Chartered sees modest improvement in silicon foundry market News & Analysis 2/28/2002 Post a comment SINGAPORE -- Silicon foundry supplier Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Pte. Ltd. today said business conditions continued to improve, leading the company to raise its sequential revenue growth estimate for the first quarter to a percentage range in the "mid-single digits" from $76.1 million in Q4 of 2001.
Hong Kong's ASAT sees slow recovery in chip assembly business News & Analysis 2/28/2002 Post a comment HONG KONG -- Chip packaging and test contractor ASAT Holdings Ltd. today reported a 17% sequential drop in revenues to $22.6 million in its fiscal third quarter, ended Jan. 31, compared to $27.1 million in the prior three-month period. ASAT's revenues were 73% lower than $84.4 million in the same quarter a year ago.
IBM will steer PowerPC into mobile mart News & Analysis 2/28/2002 Post a comment IBM intends to take its PowerPC processor architecture to the mobile sector and into "head-to-head competition with Intel" and that company's Xscale processor, John Kelly III, senior vice president of IBM's Technology Group, said this week.
Cell phone chips integrate DSP, Xscale processor News & Analysis 2/28/2002 Post a comment Integrated baseband chips are being developed for 2.5G and 3G cell phones that merge Intel Corp.'s 400-MHz PXA250 Xscale processor, 400-MHz Micro Signal Architecture DSP and enough on-board flash to handle all DSP and applications code. The company hopes the parts, made in Intel's 0.13-micron process and being worked on at its R&D lab in Israel, can help recreate in the cellular world the kind of high-volume platform Intel and Microsoft forged with the PC.
Hitachi to spin off display operation News & Analysis 2/28/2002 Post a comment Under continued pressure to regain profitability, Hitachi Ltd. this week identified its Display Group as the next division to reorganize and will spin it off into a separate company in October.
Opti sales surge on last-time buys as its weighs liquidation plan News & Analysis 2/28/2002 Post a comment MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--Still reconsidering a plan to liquidate itself, Opti Inc. here posted a net income of $381,000 on revenues of $2.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2001. The company's sales surged 98% on a sequential basis from the third quarter of 2001 because of an increase in last-time buys of PC chip sets, said Opti's chief executive officer.
Chip equipment sales falls 41% in 2001, but market has finally hit bottom News & Analysis 2/27/2002 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- The semiconductor equipment market fell a staggering 41% in terms of worldwide sales in 2001 over 2000, but it appears that the business has finally hit the bottom, according to new figures from the Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) trade organization here today.
Worldwide sales of semiconductor equipment totaled $28 billion in 2001, representing a year-over-year decline of 41%, according to SEMI of San Jose.
IMP's profit turnaround continues despite drop in sales News & Analysis 2/27/2002 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- Analog chip maker IMP Inc. here increased its profitability in the last fiscal quarter after staging a dramatic turnaround in 2001. The company this week reported a net profit of $17,000 in the fiscal quarter, ended Dec. 31, compared to a loss of $1.2 million in the period last year.
Mattson to sell AG Associates RTP tool line to Metron News & Analysis 2/27/2002 Post a comment FREMONT, Calif. -- In a move to spin off mature chip-fabrication tools, Mattson Technology Inc. today announced it will sell its AG Associates rapid thermal processing (RTP) product line to Metron Technology N.V., a supplier of wafer fab support and maintenance services based in Burlingame, Calif.
Intel works toward ramp of 90-nm process in 2003 News & Analysis 2/27/2002 Post a comment SAN FRANCISCO -- In a move to keep up in the IC technology race, Intel Corp. plans to soon announce its 90-nm (0.09-micron) process for use in high-speed microprocessors, flash memories, and other chips, said company executives at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) here.
Intel to drop support of Rambus in new CPU products News & Analysis 2/26/2002 Post a comment Intel Corp. in the second half of this year will drop its final Direct Rambus DRAMs support in new products, it was learned Tuesday at the Intel Developers Forum.
The last RDRAMs used in Xeon workstations will be replaced by new chipsets supporting double data rate (DDR memory).
An Intel workstation roadmap secured by EBN showed a Placer chipset with DDR SDRAMs for dual processor Xeon workstations, and a Granite Bay DDR chipset for uniprocessor Xeon workstations. They will replace the
Demand for DRAM stronger than expected in PCs News & Analysis 2/26/2002 Post a comment Demand for DRAM from PC makers is exceeding expectations for this quarter, and some of that is being driven by renewed growth in the lagging corporate environment, according to an executive of Micron Technology Inc.
"Going into last December, our customers were setting us up to think about a 10% down first quarter compared to the fourth quarter," said Kipp Bedard, vice president of corporate affairs. "They have revised that to think more in the down 5% to flattish" range, he said at the Roberts
Conexant shows Bluetooth-enabled digital camera platform News & Analysis 2/26/2002 Post a comment ORLANDO, Fla. -- Conexant Systems Inc. here at a photography trade show demonstrated a Bluetooth-enabled digital still camera platform. The digital camera platform is the first to include support for wireless transmissions via Bluetooth connections, said the Newport Beach, Calif., company.
TEL says it won appeal in Tegal suit over etch patent News & Analysis 2/26/2002 Post a comment TOKYO--Tokyo Electron Ltd. today announced it has won an appeal in a U.S. patent lawsuit filed by Tegal Corp., and it is now able to continue selling its A-IEM oxide etchers in the United States "without fear of any further interference by Tegal."
AMD demos 64-bit Hammer's ability to run 64- and 32-bit software News & Analysis 2/26/2002 Post a comment SAN FRANCISCO--In an attempt to steal some of the spotlight from its archrival, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. here today held the first public demonstration of its 64-bit "Hammer" processor while much of the industry's attention was focused at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco.
Intel launches net processors running at 22,400 MIPS News & Analysis 2/26/2002 Post a comment AN FRANCISCO -- In a move to corner the network processor market, Intel Corp. here today announced a line of new products, including a 1.4-GHz part that supports Rambus Inc.'s RDRAM memories and runs at an eye-popping 22,400 million of instructions per second (MIPS).
Intel targets 'modular infrastructure' shift in communications systems News & Analysis 2/26/2002 Post a comment SAN FRANCISCO -- The year-and-a-half slump in communications markets is causing a sea of change in the industry, prompting systems houses to shift product development strategies from proprietary ASIC designs to standard ICs and a "modular infrastructure" business model, said Intel Corp.'s top networking executive during briefing with journalists on Monday evening.
MIPS to go configurable News & Analysis 2/26/2002 Post a comment MIPS Technologies plans to make its processors more configurable. The approach will be one strand of a mixture of parallelism and multiprocessing techniques the company will use as it shifts emphasis to the high end of the cores market.
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.