Cirrus bets on 98k chip to bring DVD to the masses News & Analysis 12/29/2000 Post a comment SAN MATEO, Calif. - Cirrus Logic Corp.'s Crystal Semiconductor unit has stepped out of its audio-processing niche to introduce a DVD device that it hopes will seed the market for the growing video standard in everything from cars to mini-entertainment systems.
Samsung taps NAND flash devices for cell phones News & Analysis 12/29/2000 Post a comment SAN MATEO, Calif. -- Samsung Electronics said it has started offering NAND flash memory, used mostly as data storage memory in flash cards, as an alternative to NOR flash devices in multichip packages aimed at cell phone makers.
Korean chip equipment pushout hits Nanometrics News & Analysis 12/29/2000 Post a comment In a sign that semiconductor firms are delaying equipment purchases, Nanometrics Inc., Milpitas, Calif., said today that a large Korean chip company rescheduled an order this quarter, which will result in a revenue shortfall at the equipment firm.
Metrology supplier Nanometrics cuts Q4 revenue outlook News & Analysis 12/29/2000 Post a comment MILPITAS, Calif.--Nanometrics Inc. today warned investors that it will report lower-than-expected revenues for the fourth quarter because of changes in tool shipments to a major South Korean chip maker. Nanometrics did not identify the Korean customer.
U.S. semiconductor worker safety at record levels News & Analysis 12/28/2000 Post a comment WASHINGTON -- The healthiest American workers are the ones making microprocessors and telephones. According to the latest Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses, the semiconductor and communications manufacturing industries are the safest in the United States.
Semiconductor worker safety at record levels News & Analysis 12/28/2000 Post a comment The healthiest American workers are the ones making microprocessors and telephones. According to the latest Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses, the semiconductor and communications manufacturing industries are the safest in the United States.
Extraction tool for interconnects designs features per-hour licensing News & Analysis 12/28/2000 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Silvaco is offering an extraction and characterization tool for on-chip interconnects that is one of the first IC physical design tools available exclusively on a pay-per-use basis. Silvaco will not sell licensed copies of the Quest tool but instead will offer it only online at $15 per use.
California Micro Devices issues earnings warning News & Analysis 12/28/2000 Post a comment California Micro Devices Corp., Milpitas, Calif., said today that it expects revenues for its third fiscal quarter ending
December 31 to be 8-10% lower than its second quarter revenues of $16.1 million and that earnings would be 10-20% lower than analysts' estimates of 14 cents per share.
Ibis licenses IBM's process for new series of SOI wafers News & Analysis 12/28/2000 Post a comment DANVERS, Mass.--Ibis Technology Corp. here today announced it has licensed IBM Corp.'s patented process for silicon-on-insulator (SOI) wafers using separation by implantation of oxygen technology, known as SIMOX. IBM's process employs a modified low-dose process to produce SIMOX-SOI wafers.
IBM licenses SOI technology to Ibis News & Analysis 12/28/2000 Post a comment Ibis Technology Corp, Danvers, Mass., today said that it has licensed from IBM the right to manufacture and sell SIMOX-SOI(Separation by IMplantation of OXygen / Silicon-On-Insulator) wafers, using IBM's proprietary SIMOX process, to IBM and to all Ibis customers.
AXT to discontinue laser diode business News & Analysis 12/27/2000 Post a comment AXT, Inc., Milpitas, Calif., a manufacturer of compound semiconductor substrates and optoelectronic devices, today announced that it will discontinue its laser diode and consumer
product lines in 2001 in order to focus on its core businesses.
Valence completes Telcordia lithium-ion battery patent takeover News & Analysis 12/27/2000 Post a comment Valence Technology, Inc., today announced that the Federal
Trade Commission (FTC) has granted early termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act with respect to the company's acquisition of all of Telcordia's Bellcore lithium-ion polymer battery intellectual property rights.
TI introduces ADC supporting 8 input channels News & Analysis 12/27/2000 Post a comment Texas Instruments Inc has introduced a highly-integrated delta-sigma analog-to-digital converter (ADC) from the company's Burr-Brown product line, which features 24 bits of no missing code (NMC) performance, operates from 2.7V to 5.25V, and consumes less than 1mW of power, according to TI.
TI's 24-bit ADC packs eight-channel multiplexer, programmable gain amplifier News & Analysis 12/27/2000 Post a comment TUCSON, Ariz. -- Texas Instruments Inc. today claimed unmatched integration and performance in a new 24-bit analog-to-digital converter that features an eight-channel multiplexer, programmable gain amplifier, input buffer, burn-out current sensor, dual independent current DACs, and other functions for measurement and control applications.
Magnetic memory tests show impact of thin-film control on read speeds News & Analysis 12/27/2000 Post a comment TORONTO--Micromem Technologies Inc. here said its nonvolatile magnetic memory technology performed favorably in recent tests performed by Honeywell International Inc.'s Federal Manufacturing & Technologies unit. The tests also underscored the relationship of thin-film process control with read speeds of the nonvolatile memories, according to the Canadian company.
San Diego-based REMEC buying RF assembly/test firm in Philippines News & Analysis 12/27/2000 Post a comment SAN DIEGO -- REMEC Inc., a publicly-traded supplier of high-frequency subsystems here, announced it plans to acquire Pacific Microwave Corp., a device assembler and testing house in the Philippines. Privately-held PMC specializes in backend production and testing of radio-frequency (RF), microwave, and millimeter-wave gallium-arsenide (GaAs) devices, subsystems, and boards for broadband wireless applications.
Remec acquires microwave component maker in Philippines News & Analysis 12/26/2000 Post a comment Remec, Inc., San Diego, announced today that it has signed an agreement to acquire for cash Pacific Microwave Corp. (PMC), a privately-held microwave electronics manufacturing company located in the Philippines. PMC has approximately 850 employees, including microwave engineers, technicians and
Japan's Ulvac rolls out wafer cleaning system News & Analysis 12/22/2000 Post a comment METHUEN, Mass. -- Ulvac Technologies Inc. here has expanded its semiconductor equipment portfolio, announcing a new, low-cost cleaning system for 6- and 8-inch wafer fab applications.
The new system, dubbed the Enviro Advanced Dry Strip System, is a multi-chamber, single-wafer photoresist stripper and polymer-removal tool that incorporates both microwave downstream and low-energy plasma.
Zilog cuts workforce by 7%, reduces revenue forecast News & Analysis 12/22/2000 Post a comment Zilog, Inc. today announced that it will cut 7% of its workforce due to slowing demand for its products. The chip company expects fourth quarter revenues to decline approximately 15% from the third quarter, while first quarter 2001 should decline approximately 10% from the fourth quarter.
Singapore's STATS lowers forecast for next two quarters News & Analysis 12/22/2000 Post a comment SINGAPORE -- Citing a slowdown in its IC-packaging, assembly, and test businesses, Singapore's ST Assembly Test Services Ltd. (STATS) has lowered its sales and profit forecast for at least the next two quarters.
STATS late yesterday announced that its sales for the fourth period will be flat, compared to third quarter revenues of $90.5 million. Previously, the company projected sequential growth of 8% to 10%.
Actel offers space-class FPGAs with radiation hardened latches News & Analysis 12/22/2000 Post a comment SUNNYVALE, Calif.--Actel Corp. here said it is introducing the industry's first field-programmable gate array series with radiation hardened latches for space applications. The new antifuse FPGAs eliminates the need for triple module redundancy (TMR), which is used in programmable logic devices that do not have radiation hardened latches, said the company.
Vishay's Q4 earnings will fall below expectations News & Analysis 12/22/2000 Post a comment Hit by customer order cancellations and extended deliveries, Vishay Intertechnology Inc., Malvern, Pa. announced that net sales for the fourth quarter ending December 31, 2000, would be 5 to 7% lower than the $670,000,000 record high shipments in the third quarter of 2000.
2000 update to chip roadmap stirs controversy News & Analysis 12/22/2000 Post a comment AUSTIN, Tex. Recognizing that semiconductor process technology is changing faster than envisioned only a year or two ago, the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) has posted a 2000 update to its Web site (see http://public.itrs.net). But there is disagreement on how long the accelerated pace will continue, since troublesome delays in lithography now appear likely.
ASM, German chip center collaborate on SiGeC fab processes News & Analysis 12/22/2000 Post a comment BILTHOVEN, the Netherlands -- ASM International N.V. here announced an exclusive technology agreement to commercialize epitaxy processes for silicon-germanium carbon (SiGeC) processes developed by the Innovations for High-Performance Microelectronics center in eastern Germany.
Brooks Automation acquires distributor of fab software in Japan News & Analysis 12/22/2000 Post a comment CHELMSFORD, Mass.--Brooks Automation Inc. here announced the purchase of its Japanese distributor of wafer fab automation software to increase its presence in the marketplace. The transaction transfers "substantially all" of the assets of Daifuku Co. Ltd.'s business unit to the Brooks Automation-Japan subsidiary, said the Chelmsford-based company.
ST opts for phase-change memory News & Analysis 12/22/2000 Post a comment STMicroelectronics is to start work on a joint development project with US-based Ovonyx to build non-volatile memories based on a technology derived from that used in rewriteable CDs.
Microtune bucks industry trend, holds to revenue forecast News & Analysis 12/21/2000 Post a comment Microtune, Inc., Plano, Texas, said today that based on quarterly results to date, the company believes that its
guidance for fourth quarter 2000 revenue remains in line with the revenue guidance provided during the company's most recent quarterly earnings conference call. On that call, the company increased guidance for the fourth quarter from a consensus estimate of $17.5 million to a range of $21 million to $22 million in revenue.
Silicon foundry business to grow 18% to 20% in 2001, analyst says News & Analysis 12/21/2000 Post a comment PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Despite what appears to be a major downturn in the silicon foundry business, the industry will show steady growth in 2001, said Joanne Itow, who tracks the area for Semico Research Corp. of Phoenix.
In fact, Itow has not revised her original forecast for the silicon foundry business for 2001, in spite of some uncertainties in the market.
Alliance Semiconductor sharply cuts revenue forecast News & Analysis 12/21/2000 Post a comment Alliance Semiconductor Corp. today reduced its revenue guidance for the fiscal third quarter ended December 31, 2000, and now expects that third quarter revenues will be flat or up 2%
sequentially from the $64.5 million reported in the fiscal second quarter ended September 30, 2000. Prior revenue projections in October anticipated sequential quarterly revenue growth of over 20%.
Malay foundry gambles on growth forecasts News & Analysis 12/21/2000 Post a comment KUCHING, Malaysia -- Bringing high tech to a Borneo outback better known for logging than logging on, a dedicated foundry plans to mass-produce quarter-micron devices on 8-inch lines by early next year.
1st Silicon Sdn. Bhd. (1Si) is one of two Malaysian foundries ramping up the 0.25-micron lines. But while the second fab, Silterra Malaysia Sdn. Bhd., sits in an established technology enclave in Kulim in the north of Malaysia, 1Si's lines are in Sarawak, an hour's flight from Penang's packagin
STMicro to apply Ovonyx's thin-film technology to nonvolatile memory News & Analysis 12/21/2000 Post a comment GENEVA -- STMicroelectronics here today announced plans to collaborate with Ovonyx Inc. in Santa Clara, Calif., to jointly develop thin-film nonvolatile memory technology for a range of chip applications. The R&D partnership aims to apply Ovonyx's memory technology to STMicroelectronics' processes for nonvolatile storage in microcontrollers, memory chips and other ICs.
Samsung stacks NAND flash, SRAM in package for 3G cell phones News & Analysis 12/21/2000 Post a comment SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. today announced it is sampling a multi-chip package device that stacks a 64-megabit NAND-type flash memory chip and an 8-Mbit SRAM together for use in third-generation (3G) cellular phones. Wireless handsets currently have 16-Mbit or 32-Mbit NOR-type flash memory built-in, but the wireless Internet access capabilities of 3G phones necessitates an increased flash memory capacity, said Samsung.
Toshiba, Infineon to develop ferroelectric RAM for cell phones News & Analysis 12/21/2000 Post a comment TOKYO -- Toshiba Corp. here and Infineon Technologies AG in Munich today announced a development agreement to commercialize nonvolatile memory chips using ferroelectric technology. Under the pact, Toshiba and Infineon said they will initially create a 32-megabit ferroelectric random-access memory (FeRAM) for use in cellular phones. The FeRAM will be aimed at replacing NOR-based flash memories and SRAMs now used in cell phones, said the two companies.
SEMI's equipment index drops as orders, shipments fall News & Analysis 12/21/2000 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- Orders for chip production systems fell 8% in November from October and tool shipments dropped 5% in the month as the book-to-bill ratio for North American suppliers eased back to 1.12, according to the Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) trade group.
Micron sales fall 30% from prior quarter due to weak DRAM demand News & Analysis 12/20/2000 Post a comment BOISE, Idaho -- Micron Technology Inc. today reported a 30% sequential drop in net sales to $1.8 billion in the company's fiscal first quarter, ended Nov. 30, compared to $2.6 billion in the prior three-month period. Micron said the lower revenues resulted from a drop in memory shipments and a 10% decline in average selling prices for chips.
Dense-Pac's new 3-D package bundles DSP, SRAM, timing device News & Analysis 12/20/2000 Post a comment GARDEN GROVE, Calif. -- Dense-Pac Microsystems Inc. this week rolled out at new three-dimension chip-packaging format that combines digital signal processors with other devices. The new DSP HeLP-Stack is part of a new series of 3-D packages that will combine dissimilar devices in a three-dimensional assembly, said the company.