IBM and Nikon hope to improve throughput for electron projection lithography News & Analysis 2/28/2001 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- While companies are scrambling to boost the performance of extreme ultraviolet (EUV) exposure tools, IBM Corp. and Nikon Corp. are looking to improve the throughput for the rival next-generation lithography (NGL) technology.
In separate papers presented at the SPIE Microlithography conference here, IBM and Nikon described the latest developments of an alpha tool based on electron projection lithography (EPL) technology.
Elantec expects revenues to drop 20-25% News & Analysis 2/28/2001 Post a comment Analog chip maker Elantec Semiconductor, Inc., Milpitas, Calif., today said that sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2001 will be below previous expectations as a result of continued economic slowdown and weakening demand, particularly in the PC industry.
Consortium seeks help to boost power output in EUV tools News & Analysis 2/28/2001 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- While a consortium has developed the world's first exposure tool based on extreme ultraviolet (EUV) technology, the organization is now looking for ways to boost the critical power output in the system.
The Extreme Ultraviolet LLC consortium yesterday announced the development of an alpha EUV-based tool, but also noted that the system only runs at 10 watts of power (see Feb. 28 story ).
Hong Kong's Asat reports flat results, cuts expenditures News & Analysis 2/28/2001 Post a comment HONG KONG -- Hong Kong's Asat Holdings Ltd. here today (Feb. 28) reported sales of $84.4 million in the fourth quarter ended Jan. 31, a 1% increase over $83.7 million in the like period a year ago.
On a sequential basis, sales for the IC-packaging and test house decreased to $84.4 million, compared with $104.1 million for the previous quarter. After-tax earnings were $10.7 million, compared with $4.4 million a year ago. The company hit its forecast by earning $0.08 per share during the period.
Microchip to close test facility, plans further cuts News & Analysis 2/28/2001 Post a comment In response to the worldwide economic slowdown, Microchip Technology Inc., Chandler, Ariz., announced today that it will close its Hong Kong testing facility, laying off 400 employees, reducing overall capacity, and cutting operating costs and capital spending.
Samsung receives Intel funding for ramping Rambus DRAM output News & Analysis 2/27/2001 Post a comment SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. today (Feb. 27) said Intel Corp. has signed a final agreement to fund additional production capacity for 128-megabit Rambus DRAMs. The Korean memory maker said it will now be able to produce at least 10 million 128-Mbit RDRAM chips a month without spending any of its own money as a result of the strategic alliance.
IMP threatened with delisting by Nasdaq News & Analysis 2/27/2001 Post a comment IMP, Inc., San Jose, a maker of analog semiconductors, today said that it has received a letter from Nasdaq notifying it that, because the company has not filed its Form 10-Q for the period ended December 24, 2000, the Company's securities are subject to delisting from the Nasdaq Small Cap Market.
Barrett says Intel expects 10% hike in MPU sales News & Analysis 2/27/2001 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- Intel Corp. president Craig Barrett told the Intel Developers Forum Tuesday that despite the current PC industry downturn his firm "is operating under internal guidance" that its microprocessor and chipset sales will increase about 10 percent this year.
EUV alpha tool is now operational, says Intel lithography director News & Analysis 2/27/2001 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The director of Intel Corp.'s lithography program today (Feb. 27) announced that a consortium has developed and demonstrated the world's first exposure tool based on extreme ultraviolet (EUV) technology. The creation of the EUV system was completed about six to nine months ahead of the program's original schedule.
STMicro places price tag of new R&D center at $1 billion News & Analysis 2/27/2001 Post a comment MILAN, Italy--STMicroelectronics plans to invest a total of $1 billion in a new R&D center in Agrate Brianza, on the outskirts of Milan. The new center has begun focusing on development and pilot production of next-generation flash and nonvolatile memory-based ICs using 0.13-micron processes, said the company during a dedication ceremony today (Feb. 27).
STMicroelectronics opens new 8-inch fab, flash R&D center News & Analysis 2/27/2001 Post a comment STMicroelectronics today inaugurated an advanced technology research-and-development center along with an 8-inch wafer fab for flash memory at the company's site in Agrate Brianza, Italy, near Milan. The R2 Technology Center will focus heavily on the development and advanced manufacturing of products based on deep-submicron flash and other non-volatile memory technologies, including smart cards.
Cadence to appeal German patent court decision News & Analysis 2/27/2001 Post a comment Cadence Design Systems has said it will appeal against the German Federal Patent Court's decision to overturn a key patent used in its suit against Mentor Graphics over the technology used in Mentor's SimExpress emulators.
Intel demonstrates Infiniband Fabric at IDF News & Analysis 2/27/2001 Post a comment SAN JOSE --Intel Corp. on Monday at the Intel Developer's Forum provided the first public demonstration of its new Infiniband fabric, an I/O technology used to speed server-to-server connections and links to remote storage and networking devices.
Optical industry returns to Earth News & Analysis 2/27/2001 Post a comment Optical component suppliers are getting a reality check. For the first time in their short history, they have been plagued by cyclical ills such as decreased demand and mounting inventory.
Network Processor Forum to unite CSIX and CPIX efforts News & Analysis 2/27/2001 Post a comment Former members of two network processor groups have joined together to form the Network Processing Forum, a consortium aimed at accelerating development of networking and telecommunications products by establishing standards. The NP Forum has established four working groups to drive the development of standards, said Raj Yavatkar, director of the Internet Exchange Architecture for Intel and NP Forum board member.
Supply-chain complexity said to breed confusion News & Analysis 2/27/2001 Post a comment The correlation between increasing supply-chain complexity and the proliferation of outsourcing activities is on the minds of many people in the industry. That was made evident at a six-hour forum here with nearly three dozen executives from OEMs, EMS providers, distributors, component suppliers, solutions providers, consultants, and analysts.
AMD constructs $45 million test, design center for MPUs in Singapore News & Analysis 2/27/2001 Post a comment SINGAPORE--In a move to expand its Asian resources for microprocessor products, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. today (Feb. 27) broke ground for a new $45 million semiconductor testing and chip design facility in Singapore. The seven-story testing facility and design center will be operational in the second half of 2002, said the Sunnyvale, Calif., company.
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.