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Analog chip maker to cut 4% of workforce
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Sipex Corp., Billerica, Mass., today announced it will reduce its workforce.
Contract manufacturers project lower revenue
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EMS providers SMTC Corp., and Plexus Corp. have joined the growing list of technology companies that have projected lower revenue in upcoming quarters.
2001 slump makes 2002 looks like recovery year, says research firm
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The 2001 semiconductor recession is getting so bad that it now looks a recovery could come sooner rather than later, said IC Insights Inc., which is calling for a double-digit rebound in integrated circuit sales next year.
China's chip makers open capacity throttle
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While chip makers elsewhere are scaling back capital spending amid a slumping market, China's semiconductor industry is rushing ahead with a spate of fab construction plans to meet what local observers say is red-hot demand.
Infineon mulls transistor plant in China
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BEIJING -- Munich-based Infineon Technologies AG is considering a joint venture in China to make transistors and diodes for telecom products, according to sources familiar with the negotiations.
China's latest chip plan adds help from Taiwan
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BEIJING -- After a number of false starts to modernize its chip industry, China's government and a number of fledging IC makers here this week outlined new strategies that could transform the nation into the next Asian powerhouse for semiconductors.
Analysis: Cisco's inventory bubble roils supply chain
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The severity of the decline in end-equipment demand in the networking industry demand came home to roost this week when it was revealed that Cisco Systems Inc. had halted component ordering in the March-ended quarter.
EMS providers have stocks downgraded by analyst
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EMS providers Celestica, Flextronics, Plexus and SCI Systems were downgraded by Robertson Stephens to reflect what the financial firm calls "an accelerating slow down in end market demand, compounded by poor visibility for the rest of the year."
Infineon mulls transistor plant in China
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Infineon Technologies AG is considering a joint venture in China to make transistors and diodes for telecom products, according to sources familiar with the negotiations.
Long design effort delivers space station power
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The designers at Boeing Co.'s Rocketdyne Division (Canoga Park, Calif.) are riding high, thrilled that the power system they crafted for the International Space Station is working successfully in orbit after almost a decade of development on earth.
Mitsubishi, NEC work to reopen quake-damaged fabs
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A 6.4-magnitude earthquake that struck south of Hiroshima on March 24 caused greater damage to a Mitsubishi Electric system-on-chip fab and a major NEC DRAM fab than was initially reported, but it spared other semiconductor plants.
Subcontractor looking for equity infusion
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Undercapitalized and in need of a bailout, ADS Electronics Inc. is shopping for an equity investor or joint venture partner.
Thomas & Betts reports loss for quarter and year
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Interconnection components supplier Thomas and Betts, Memphis, Tenn., reported a net loss of $44.6 million or 77 cents a share for the fiscal year 2000 ending December 31, compared with earnings of $119.4 million or $2.06 per diluted share in 1999.
Nanometrics sees 15% drop in metrology sales from Q4
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MILPITAS, Calif. -- Metrology supplier Nanometrics Inc. here today (March 30) said its revenues would sequentially decline 25% in the first quarter from $17.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2000. The company cut its estimates for system shipments, saying that total would decline 15% in Q1 instead an expected drop of 10%.
Transmitter keeps in tune with loop antennas
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Micrel Semiconductor has developed a single-chip radio transmitter for unlicensed bands in the 280 to 460MHz range that automatically corrects for differences in a connected loop antenna so the board does not need to be tuned on the manufacturing line with a trimmer pot.
Cambridge company moves into US for "triple business"
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Cambridge-based ANT is expanding, with the opening of a US headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts.
PRI lays off 20% of workforce due to drop in fab automation sales
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BILLERICA, Mass. --PRI Automation Inc. here today (March 30) announced it was laying off 20% of its workforce, or 370 people, because of falling orders for wafer fab automation systems. The company also slashed its estimates for revenues and earnings in the company's current fiscal quarter, which ends March 31.
U.S.-based Cradle hopes India's software will reshape MPU business
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DELHI, India--Silicon Valley startup Cradle Technologies Inc. today (March 30) launched a software initiative in India to build development support for its Universal Micro System (UMS) platform and plant the seeds for a new crop of "chipless chip" companies that could redefine the microprocessor business.
Automotive electronics hit by temporary layoffs
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The automotive semiconductor sector looks to have been adversely affected by the downturn in demand for semiconductors after all as Motorola lays off 1500 in France temporarily.
Wacom brings pen technology to handhelds
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Wacom is to make a second push into the OEM market for its pen-tablet technology, focusing on a new crop of personal digital assistants and handheld devices.
UML moves towards hardware-software codesign
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Work by Cadence Design Systems and the companies that make up the European Electronic Chips and Systems Design Initiative (ECSI) could lead to a version of the Unified Modelling Language (UML) that can underpin both the hardware and software sides of system design.
Cirrus Logic says profits for next two quarters will disappoint
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Semiconductor maker Cirrus Logic Inc. said on Friday it expects profits for the next two quarters to come in sharply below analysts' expectations, citing an inventory charge and a shift towards its lower-margin magnetic storage business.
Genesis Microchip expects higher loss due to non-recurring expenses
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SAN JOSE -- Genesis Microchip Inc. today (March 29) warned that its losses be higher than previously estimated because of costs associated with restructuring its operations, low production yields, and other non-recurring expenses.
Morningstar analyst says Intel will admit to cutting capital spending
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CHICAGO--Another financial analyst is predicting that Intel Corp. will soon buckle to the chip recession and cut capital spending from the company's current budget of $7.5 billion. In a new report, Morningstar Inc. analyst Jeremy Lopez said it is only a question of how much Intel will cut back from its record capital spending plans.
Transmeta-Microsoft alliance tackles uncertain terrain
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Microsoft Corp.'s debut this week of a Tablet PC powered by Transmeta Corp.'s Crusoe processor represents a high-stakes play for both companies in a U.S. market plagued by numerous duds.
Chip assembler IPAC posts $3 million loss in Q4
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SAN JOSE -- Integrated Packaging Assembly Corp. here today (March 29) reported revenues dropped 23% in the fourth quarter to $4.3 million compared to $5.6 million in the same period a year ago.
Intersil closing Ohio plant to phase out automotive, industrial ICs
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IRVINE, Calif.--Intersil Corp. today (March 29) announced plans to close its semiconductor plant in Findlay, Ohio, which produces ICs for automotive and industrial systems. About 430 people work at the facility.
Micron posts loss as memory prices drop 50% in quarter
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BOISE, Idaho -- Micron Technology Inc. today (March 29) reported a net loss of $88.3 million on net sales of $1.07 billion in the company's fiscal second quarter, ended March 1. The loss includes the effects of Micron Electronics Inc. pulling out of the PC business and plunging DRAM prices, said the Boise company.
Micron Technology reports net loss for quarter
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Micron Technology, Boise, Idaho, today confirmed its March 21, 2001 announcement that the pretax results of its Semiconductor Operations were slightly profitable for the second fiscal quarter ended March 1, 2001 on net sales of $1.05 billion.
Packaging company reports bigger loss for quarter
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Integrated Packaging Assembly Corporation, San Jose, reported revenues for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2000 were $4,295,000 compared with revenues of $5,605,000 for the same period one year earlier.
Intersil to phase out IC facility
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Intersil Corporation announced today that it plans to embark on a phased closure of the company's Findlay, Ohio operation, which manufactures integrated circuits primarily for automotive and industrial applications.
Genesis Microchip expects loss for quarter
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Genesis Microchip Inc. today said that its earnings for the fourth quarter of its 2001 fiscal year ending March 31, 2001 are anticipated to fall short of its previously stated expectation.
PLDs, DRAMs, and standard cell chips get clobbered in downturn, says report
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Market researcher IC Insights Inc. here said an analysis of chip sales in January vs. October shows DRAMs, MOS standard cell designs, and programmable logic getting hit the hardest out of nine IC product categories.
Japan develops packaging technology road map
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The Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA) has written a road map that plots the direction of packaging technology development for roughly the next decade.
Developing an Emulation Environment
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Correction slightly cuts record sales figure for chip equipment in 2000
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SAN JOSE -- Last year was a record year for semiconductor equipment sales, but a slight correction in a couple tool categories lowered the 2000 revenue estimate by $706 million, said an international trade group here today (March 29).
Simtek revenue jumped 57% in 2000
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Simtek Corp., a Colorado Springs, Colo., a provider of nonvolatile memory, saw its revenue increase by 57% in the year ended Dec. 31, 2000.
Dry etch sales will grow 17.5% in 2001 after surging 70.2% last year, says report
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NEW TRIPOLI, Pa. -- Purchases of dry-etch tools for wafer fabs will grow 17.5% to $4.7 billion in 2001 from $4.0 billion in 2000, according to a new market report from The Information Network here. Worldwide revenues for dry-etch systems surged 70.2% last year, according to the report.
Applied launches etch tool for next-generation 300-mm fabs
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SANTA CLARA, Calif.-- Applied Materials Inc. today (March 29) rolled out a new etch platform, which the company says is the first etcher designed specifically to address next-generation process barriers on 300-mm wafers. The system is aimed at producing 100-nanometer and below features in both silicon- and metal-etch applications, said the company.
Applied aims for $1 billion sales in China, plans Beijing training center
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BEIJING -- In a move to expand its business in China, Applied Materials Inc. plans to establish a chip-equipment training center in Beijing this year.
China's Grinm moves into 8-inch wafer substrate production
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BEIJING -- Looking to compete against the silicon-wafer giants from Japan, Europe, and the U.S., China's Grinm Semiconductor Materials Co. Ltd. here has begun producing its first 6- and 8-inch diameter substrates for chip production in a new Beijing factory.
Is Embedded Going Net-Crazy?—A Response
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3/29/2001   Post a comment
The commentary Is Embedded Going Net-Crazy? has prompted response from the industry. Check out what consultant Ed Steinfeld has to say about the proliferation of Internet technology.
Aetrium warns of loss, additional 20% shortfall in Q1 revenues
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3/28/2001   Post a comment
ST. PAUL, Minn.--Aetrium Inc. here today (March 28) said it is cutting an additional 20% off its revenue estimate for the first quarter because of shrinking equipment sales in the industry's downturn.
Malaysia's Silterra aims at $10 million in foundry sales next quarter
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Malaysian foundry startup Silterra Sdn. Bhd. has just produced its first revenue-producing wafers and expects to post sales exceeding $1 million this quarter. With an eye on a quick ramp to volume production, the company is predicting a more than tenfold increase in sales next quarter.
EMS firm in Finland seeks to replace lost Ericsson business
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Months after Elcoteq Network Corp. lost Sweden's LM Ericsson's cell phone business, the Finnish EMS company is still searching for a replacement customer of similar size.
Clock Management with PLLs and DLLs
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China said to trump Taiwan in fab costs
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BEIJING-- China has significant cost advantages over its rival Taiwan in constructing and operating wafer fabs, said an executive who has experience in both markets.
ATI reports loss in line with expectations
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ATI Technologies Inc., Markham, Ontario, today reported sales of US$232.4 million for the second quarter ended February 28, 2001, and an adjusted net loss of US$26.1 million or 11 cents per common share, in line with guidance issued by the company on March 1.
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