Shareholders plan class action against Vitesse News & Analysis 4/29/2006 Post a comment Shareholders in Vitesse Semiconductor are preparing a class action lawsuit against the troubled chip supplier following
allegations that the company may have issued unlawful, false and misleading financial statements for the three months ended December 31, 2005 and the three years ended September 30, 2005.
Debate rages over 450-mm wafer fabs News & Analysis 4/28/2006 Post a comment While a heated debate continues to ensue over next-generation, 450-mm wafer fabs, several semiconductor equipment and materials vendors are quietly exploring and developing their first prototype 450-mm technologies.
GPS gets easier to implement Product News 4/28/2006 Post a comment Focus-On: Global Positioning System satellite receivers are proliferating for myriad nomadic systems applications. If you’re not comfortable crafting RF circuits at 1.5-GHz, however, vendors are making it easier to embed critical high-performance GPS blocks. Off-the-shelf products range from receiver/active-antennas to LNAs to single-chip and modular GPS receivers. Here's a sampling of recent product roll-outs for OEMs.
CCFL inverters have smallest form factor Product News 4/28/2006 Post a comment Endicott Research says its S and SE Series (DC/AC) inverters, which can power up to two cold cathode fluorescent lamps (CCFLs) in display backlighting applications, have the industry's smallest form factor. They're available in both open-frame (S Series) and encapsulated (SE series) versions.
TSMC downgraded amid fab expansion News & Analysis 4/28/2006 Post a comment An analyst has downgraded Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) despite strong results and major expansion plans for the silicon foundry giant. TSMC is ramping up the second phase of its 300-mm fab in southern Taiwan, with a third phase in the works.
Matsushita profits double, sees slower growth News & Analysis 4/28/2006 Post a comment Japan's largest consumer electronics company, Matsushita Electric, posted its fourth consecutive year of increased sales and profits on the back of strong sales of plasma display TVs and digital electronics devices, but forecast lower growth for the year ahead.
Toshiba's profits surge in semis News & Analysis 4/28/2006 Post a comment Citing a boom in the NAND flash-memory market, Toshiba Corp.’s semiconductor and LCD unit posted a combined sales of ¥ 1.39 trillion ($11.9 billion) for its fiscal year ended March 31, up 6 percent from the previous year.
Circuit simulator optimized for sub-circuit type Spice models News & Analysis 4/28/2006 Post a comment Intellectual property characterization and circuit simulation software provider Legend Design Technology has optimized its MSIM circuit simulator to perform faster than conventional simulators when using a "sub-circuit-type Spice model" for nanometer technology, the company said.
ASE names new COO News & Analysis 4/28/2006 Post a comment Taiwan’s Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc. (ASE), the world’s largest chip-packaging house, has named Tien Wu as its new chief operating officer.
Sony sees PS3, flat TVs as keys to recovery News & Analysis 4/28/2006 Post a comment Sony is forecasting sharp falls in operating profits at many of its divisions for the year ahead as it reported a Yen 66.5 billion ($581 million) loss for the January-March quarter, worse than the Yen 56.5 billion ($501 million) loss in the same period last year.
STATS turns profit News & Analysis 4/28/2006 Post a comment Assembly and test services provider STATS ChipPAC shook off seasonal weakness to register its second consecutive quarter of profit.
Strong growth predicted for semi inspection tools News & Analysis 4/28/2006 Post a comment The semiconductor inspection and metrology market is expected to grow 75 percent over the next three years and record sales of $6.6 billion in 2008, driven by the need for more refined inspection tools as the sector moves towards smaller dimensions on devices, according to a just published report from The Information Network.
SMIC continues to spill red ink News & Analysis 4/28/2006 Post a comment Chinese silicon foundry provider Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) reported its sixth consecutive quarterly loss on Thursday (April 27) despite growing sales and a push into new foundry markets, including NAND flash and solar.
ATI set to double Indian R&D staff size News & Analysis 4/27/2006 Post a comment Graphics chip firm ATI Technologies has readied a new center in Hyderabad in southern India, where it first set up shop less than a year ago. The new center can accomodate more than twice ATI's 175-person staff in Hyerabad.
IR profit flat despite higher sales News & Analysis 4/27/2006 Post a comment International Rectifier Corp. posted GAAP earnings of $25.7 million, or 36 cents per share on sales of $297.1 million, compared with $35.7 million, or 48 cents per share on sales of $281.9 million in the year-ago third fiscal quarter.
Infineon rose to No. 2 in DRAM in 1Q, iSuppli says News & Analysis 4/27/2006 Post a comment Infineon Technologies capitalized on weak performances by rivals to rise to the No. 2 position in global DRAM sales for the first time during the first quarter, according to preliminary estimates from market analyst firm iSuppli Corp.
KLA-Tencor's sales, profits up News & Analysis 4/27/2006 Post a comment Metrology and inspection equipment giant KLA-Tencor Corp. reported net income of $98 million, and earnings per diluted share of $0.48 on revenues of $518 million for the quarter.
Renesas' sales fall 10% on weak demand News & Analysis 4/27/2006 Post a comment Renesas Technology Corp. reported that fiscal 2005 year ended March with a 10 percent decline in sales to 906 billion yen ($7.9 billion) from 1 trillion yen ($8.7 billion) in fiscal 2004.
Magma's revenue soars, but loss widens News & Analysis 4/27/2006 Post a comment Partially blaming litigation expenses tied to its high-profile litigation with Synopsys, Magma Design Automation posted record revenue but a widening loss for both the fiscal year and the quarter.
Power-grid quality monitors are GPS-equipped, networked Product News 4/27/2006 Post a comment With summer weather on the way, and air conditioners about to be cranked up, power-line quality will soon be an issue for generation companies. Here's a monitoring system that lets you---over the Web---identify site trends and power events. Embedded compression supports true-time data sampling, with values and trends continuously stored.
Hitachi profit declines News & Analysis 4/27/2006 Post a comment Japan-based Hitachi Ltd. reported earnings of $319 million on sales of $80.9 billion in its 2005 fiscal year ended March 31, 2006. Net earnings declined 28 percent from fiscal 2004, while sales rose 5 percent.
K&S posts loss, sales up News & Analysis 4/27/2006 Post a comment Kulicke & Soffa Industries Inc. said revenue from continuing operations for the second fiscal quarter was $160.3 million, compared to $102.6 million in the comparable year-ago quarter.
Cadence 'segments' PCB product line Product News 4/27/2006 Post a comment Cadence Design Systems has segmented its Allegro PCB product line into three different "tiers" representing different price levels and capabilities. Cadence is also rolling out a new version of its Design Workbench data management product, and a new Design Publisher tool that places designs into PDF files.
Terminal blocks are RoHS compliant Product News 4/27/2006 Post a comment Available in RoHS-compliant versions, Spectrum Control's filtered terminal block line is offered in barrier strip or PCB models for filtering of AC power, DC power and control lines.
Evergreen Solar posts loss News & Analysis 4/27/2006 Post a comment Solar-cell maker Evergreen Solar Inc. announced that revenues for the first quarter of 2006 increased 12 percent to $11.6 million from $10.3 million in the first quarter of 2005, and were flat compared to the $11.6 million reported for the fourth quarter of 2005.
OIF and NPF seek synergies in merger News & Analysis 4/27/2006 Post a comment Two leading industry associations, the Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) and the Network Processing Forum (NPF), are to merge in a move they say will make both a stronger force by bringing component and systems issues closer together.
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.