Nanometrics expects 25% sequential drop in Q4 revenues News & Analysis 12/28/2001 Post a comment MILPITAS, Calif.--Metrology supplier Nanometrics Inc. today cut its revenue estimate for the fourth quarter to show a 25% sequential drop in sales from $10.1 million in Q3. Nanometrics had previously said it expected sequentially flat revenues in the fourth quarter.
Highly experienced women top IEEE-USA salary survey News & Analysis 12/27/2001 Post a comment WASHINGTON -- The gender gap for professional salaries in U.S. electronics and information technology fields now shows women with 20-to-29 years of experience being paid more than men, according to a new survey by the IEEE-USA organization.
IMT claims largest dedicated MEMS fab for independent supplier News & Analysis 12/27/2001 Post a comment SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- Innovative Micro Technology here this week announced an expansion of its microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) fab and assembly/packaging facility. The MEMS frontend fab now has 30,000 square feet of class 100 production area, while the backend packaging section totals 4,000 square feet, according to the company.
Power supply vendor Ault reports loss News & Analysis 12/27/2001 Post a comment External power supplier Ault Inc., Minneapolis, reported that sales for its second 2002 fiscal quarter ended December 2, were $9.9 million, down from the $26.5 million reported for the second quarter of fiscal 2001.
Larger IC makers won't shift to foundries, concludes research firm News & Analysis 12/27/2001 Post a comment LONDON -- Silicon foundry companies could eventually capture up to 40% of revenues from processed wafers at integrated device manufacturers, but the top 10 IDMs will outsource no more than 10-to-15% of their ICs to third-party wafer fabs, according to a new report from Future Horizons this week.
Mentor extends offer for IKOS, says it owns 9% of stock News & Analysis 12/26/2001 Post a comment WILSONVILLE, Ore. -- Mentor Graphics Corp. today (Dec. 26) extended its unsolicited cash takeover offer for IKOS Systems Inc. until midnight Jan. 25, New York time, because it wants to give the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) more time to review the proposed purchase and merger.
Samsung pushes deeper into digital audio with new SoC series News & Analysis 12/26/2001 Post a comment SEOUL -- Aiming to increase its presence in next-generation digital audio applications, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. this week announced development of a system-on-chip IC with integrated 16-bit microcontroller, 24-bit digital signal processor, 96-kilobyte cache SRAM, and other peripherals functions for handheld devices.
Hynix considers Micron offer on DRAM fabs News & Analysis 12/24/2001 Post a comment The Hynix Semiconductor Restructuring Committee and the firm's major Korean bank creditors will meet this week to consider the outcome of discussions with Micron Technology last week in Boise, Idaho to sell its memory fabs or form an alliance with the U.S. chip maker, the firm said Monday.
RF module News & Analysis 12/20/2001 Post a comment The AWT6200 PowerPlexer RF module integrates an InGaP power amplifier, GaAs pHEMPT antenna switches, as well as passive filters integrated passives, and analog control circuitry.
Varian Semiconductor to receive Lam payments in patent suit settlement News & Analysis 12/20/2001 Post a comment GLOUCESTER, Mass.--Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates Inc. here today announced it has settled a patent infringement lawsuit with Lam Research Corp., which has agreed to pay Varian $20 million and issue a warrant for the purchase of 2 million shares of Lam's common stock at a value of $42.6 million.
Winbond pushes DDR with new 512MB chip News & Analysis 12/19/2001 Post a comment HSINCHU, Taiwan -- Winbond Electronics Corp. said that it has sampled production of Taiwan's most advanced double data rate (DDR) SDRAM chips with technology it developed with Toshiba Corp.
EMS companies still awash in inventory News & Analysis 12/19/2001 Post a comment IC vendors and OEMs are capping off the year with a lighter inventory load, but EMS companies have accomplished little when it comes to shedding billions of dollars in excess parts clogging the supply chain.
Although EMS providers have burned off some of their surplus inventory, levels are still abnormally high. The sector is currently carrying $9.6 billion in inventory, a reduction from the nearly $12 billion EMS companies possessed at the beginning of the year, said Jerry Labowitz, an analyst
Micron still pursuing Hynix takeover News & Analysis 12/18/2001 Post a comment Steve Appleton, Micron president, told financial analysts in a conference call late Tuesday that the pending deal with Toshiba doesn't preclude his firm from trying to acquire Hynix Semiconductor Inc. fabs as well.
He said talks continue with Hynix at the same time Micron is also finalizing its deal to acquire Toshiba's Dominion Semiconductor fab in Manassas, Va.
Toshiba to drop Rambus DRAM sales for PCs News & Analysis 12/18/2001 Post a comment Toshiba Corp. today said it will cease selling Direct Rambus DRAMs in the PC market as part of its strategic shift in its memory chip strategy. The Japanese chip maker announced today it was exiting the commodity DRAM business and selling its Virginia wafer fab to Micron Technology Inc. as part of that change in strategy (see today's story).
MIPS, software make for smooth DVD decoding News & Analysis 12/18/2001 Post a comment Digital videodisk playback is a complicated process that requires decoding many different complex data types and coordinating the flow of time-sensitive data through a complex series of transformations.
Meeting MPEG-4 advanced audio coding requirements News & Analysis 12/18/2001 Post a comment MPEG-4 audio does not require a single or small set of highly efficient compression schemes but rather a complex toolbox to perform a wide range of operations from low-bit-rate speech coding to high-quality audio coding and music synthesis.
Kemet cutting workforce by 1,600 News & Analysis 12/18/2001 Post a comment With shipments at one-third of last year's level, Kemet Corp. has announced another series of cost-cutting moves, including workforce reductions, that are expected to save $10 million in the December quarter and $30 million annually.
Toshiba sells DRAM business to Micron News & Analysis 12/18/2001 Post a comment Toshiba has decided to sell its DRAM business, not to German chipmaker Infineon Technologies, with which the company had been negotiating for several months, but to US-based Micron Technology.
Micron to buy Toshiba's commodity DRAM business, Virginia fab News & Analysis 12/18/2001 Post a comment BOISE, Idaho--Micron Technology Inc. today announced it will acquire Toshiba Corp.'s commodity DRAM business, including the company's Dominion Semiconductor LLC manufacturing facility in Virginia. Terms of the acquisition agreement were not released by the two companies, but knowledgable sources said Micron will pay between $250-to-$400 million for the wafer fab.
NEC to close Livingston fab News & Analysis 12/18/2001 Post a comment Scottish region faces deepening economic crisis as NEC shuts site, adding to its earlier decision to axe DRAM production and Motorola's closure of nearby Bathgate.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Timesí Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.