China's chip makers open capacity throttle News & Analysis 3/30/2001 Post a comment 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 News & Analysis 3/30/2001 Post a comment 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 News & Analysis 3/30/2001 Post a comment 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.
EMS providers have stocks downgraded by analyst News & Analysis 3/30/2001 Post a comment 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."
Long design effort delivers space station power News & Analysis 3/30/2001 Post a comment 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.
Thomas & Betts reports loss for quarter and year News & Analysis 3/30/2001 Post a comment 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 News & Analysis 3/30/2001 Post a comment 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 News & Analysis 3/30/2001 Post a comment 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.
PRI lays off 20% of workforce due to drop in fab automation sales News & Analysis 3/30/2001 Post a comment 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 News & Analysis 3/30/2001 Post a comment 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.
UML moves towards hardware-software codesign News & Analysis 3/30/2001 Post a comment 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.
Morningstar analyst says Intel will admit to cutting capital spending News & Analysis 3/29/2001 Post a comment 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.
Micron posts loss as memory prices drop 50% in quarter News & Analysis 3/29/2001 Post a comment 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 News & Analysis 3/29/2001 Post a comment 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.
Intersil to phase out IC facility News & Analysis 3/29/2001 Post a comment 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.
Applied launches etch tool for next-generation 300-mm fabs News & Analysis 3/29/2001 Post a comment 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.
Malaysia's Silterra aims at $10 million in foundry sales next quarter News & Analysis 3/28/2001 Post a comment 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.
ATI reports loss in line with expectations News & Analysis 3/28/2001 Post a comment 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.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times