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DuPont rolls out fast order processing system
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7/31/2003   Post a comment
DuPont Photomasks Inc. today (July 31) announced the introduction of an automated photomask order processing solution designed to speed up cycle times to semiconductor manufacturers.
ASE Test narrows loss, sees profitable Q3
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IC-test house ASE Test Ltd. of Taiwan posted sales of $91.7 million in the second quarter of 2003, up 18 percent from 2Q '02 and up 29 percent from 1Q '03.
Intel sells 'eyesore' structure in Texas
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Intel Corp. has reached a deal to sell the site of a partially constructed building in Austin, Texas, to the federal government, according to a report from Reuters.
ChipPAC posts loss, sells Malaysia office building
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In an effort to cut costs and return to profitability, chip-packaging specialist ChipPAC Inc. today (July 31) said it has entered into an agreement with an undisclosed company to sell one of its office buildings in Malaysia.
Canon's fab-tool unit posts loss amid LCD surge
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Canon Inc.'s semiconductor equipment unit benefited from a surge in the exposure tool market for flat-panel displays, although the group continues to operate in the red amid a shortfall in sales in the IC sector.
Shakeout looms for IC test houses, says ASE exec
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In the 1980s and 1990s, a slew of companies took a page out of the silicon foundry business model and created the so-called chip-testing outsourcing industry.
Foundry Watch: GCS becomes 'virtual' opto foundry
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In the mid- to late-1990s, a handful of startups emerged and entered into the pure-play gallium arsenide (GaAs) foundry business. One of those hopefuls included Global Communication Semiconductors Inc. (GCS) of Torrance. Like its rivals, GCS hoped to offer GaAs foundry services for OEMs and chip makers. In the late 1990s, the company opened a 4-inch compound semiconductor fab for foundry services.
Loss-making Tokyo Electron to cut jobs, says report
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Tokyo Electron Ltd. (TEL), world's second largest vendor of chip-making equipment, said Thursday (July 30, 2003) it would cut 10 percent of its workforce to about 9,000 people by March 2004 and curb capital investment and R&D spending, according to a Reuters report.
Cypress to withdraw from PLD business
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Cypress Semiconductor Wednesday (July 30)confirmed that it is phasing out its programmable logic business, saying that it makes little sense to fight with a handful of chip companies that focus exclusively on PLDs.
IC-test outsourcing market set to double by '05
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After years of select resistance and flat growth in the marketplace, the IC-test outsourcing business is expected to gain traction and double in sales by 2005, according to the top U.S. executive for Taiwanese chip-packaging and test giant Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc. (ASE).
Mattson's Q2 sales falls 55% over Q1
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Chip-equipment maker Mattson Technology Inc. posted sales of $30.5 million in the second quarter of 2003, a 55 percent decrease from $37.3 million $67.8 million in the first quarter of 2003, and a 36 percent drop from $16.8 million in the second quarter of 2002.
Texas Instruments acquires RF chip maker Radia
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DALLAS -- Texas Instruments Inc. today (July 30) said it has acquired Radia Communications Inc., a Sunnyvale, Calif.-based chip maker that specializes in radio frequency (RF) design.
On Semi posts Q2 loss amid 5% sales drop
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On Semiconductor Corp. reported sales of $256.2 million in the second quarter of 2003, a decline of 5 percent from $269.5 million in the previous quarter and compared to $280.6 million in the like period a year ago.
Axcelis cuts 4% of workforce; sees boom in Japan
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Chip-equipment maker Axcelis Technologies Inc. has reduced its workforce by 4 percent and plans to consolidate its facilities as part of a plan to cut costs, according to a report from Morgan Stanley released today (July 30).
China's SMIC joins ARM Foundry Program
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ARM Ltd. Wednesday announced that Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) has become the first foundry in mainland China to join the ARM Foundry Program.
Managing the Transition from Parallel to Serial Storage Interfaces
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In 2003, the storage industry has taken major steps in transitioning serial-based interface technologies to replace parallel physical interface standards. In addition to significant increases in data throughput, serial technologies offer advantages in IC packaging, cabling, power consumption, and other important system performance metrics.
Spending on masks can pay off, Sematech finds
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Mask costs are rising sharply, with a huge jump expected at the 45-nanometer manufacturing node. But according to an International Sematech analysis, these costly advanced masks often are worth the price.
Keithley cuts staff amid losses, sales drop
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Instrument and IC-test provider Keithley Instruments Inc. laid off a "small percentage" of its workforce amid losses and a drop in sales.
Siliconix blames SARS for Q2 sales drop
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Siliconix Inc., an 80.4 percent subsidiary of Vishay Intertechnology Inc., reported net income of $9.3 million, or $0.31 per share, for Q2 ended June 28, compared to $11.2 million, or $0.37 per share, in Q2 of 2002 and $10 million, or $0.33 per share, in Q1 of 2003.
Scots start-up intros color polymer microdisplay
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MicroEmissive Displays Ltd. (MED), a start-up company working in the area of polymer OLED microdisplays, said Wednesday (July 30, 2003) that it has developed an active matrix polymer OLED viewfinder display comprising 320 x 240 pixels on a substrate of 0.3-inch diagonal size.
UMC 2003 capex reined in at $500 million
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United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) estimated that its capital expenditure in 2003 would be $500 million, lower than the $800 million UMC spent in 2002 and the company's lowest capex for at least six years.
4-MHz regulator can supply up to 4 amps
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Linear Technology Corp.'s LTC3414 is a high-efficiency, 4-MHz synchronous buck regulator in a 20-lead thin-shrink small-outline package using a constant-frequency, current-mode architecture that the company says can deliver up to 4 amperes of continuous current at output voltages down to 0.8 volt.
UMC's capacity utilization leaps, outlook less good
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Wafer fabrication capacity utilization at foundry chip maker United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) jumped to 85 percent in the second quarter of 2003 up from 67 percent in the first quarter of 2003, the company said Wednesday (July 30, 2003). However, a dip in wafer shipments in the third quarter of 2003 could see the number drop back to around 80 percent, the company added in a statement of its second quarter financial results.
LDO regulators offer 400-mV dropout
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Sipex Corp.'s SPX-2950x family of low-dropout (LDO) linear regulators is said to provide output current of up to 5 amps, dropout of 400 millivolts typical and fast transient response.
UMC echoes TSMC with spirited Q2 results
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Foundry chip manufacturer United Microelectronics Corp. reported revenue for the second quarter of 2003 of NT$21.71 billion (about US$630 million) and a 21.3 percent sequential increase from the first quarter of 2003 and a 16.8 percent year-on-year increase. The net income for 2Q03 was NT$2.69 billion (about $78.1 million), more than six times larger than the profit in 1Q03 but down on the profit of about $128 million in the same quarter a year before.
STATS' sales jump 16% in Q2 over Q1
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Singapore's ST Assembly Test Services Ltd. (STATS) today reported second quarter net revenues of $87.6 million, an increase of 71 percent over the same quarter a year ago and an increase of 16 percent over the prior quarter.
Applied, Brooks to form wafer handling JV?
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7/29/2003   Post a comment
There are plenty of rumors circulating about Applied Materials Inc. and Brooks Automation Inc. these days.
Semitool's sales falls 30% sequentially
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Semitool Inc. posted sales of $25 million for its fiscal 2003 third quarter, down 11.8 percent from $28.4 million for the same quarter last year, and down 29.8 percent from $35.6 million in the second quarter of 2003.
Asyst posts loss, sells land in California
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Chip-equipment maker Asyst Technologies Inc. reported sales of $45.3 million for its first fiscal quarter, compared with $59.7 million in the prior quarter and $51.9 million in the same quarter a year ago.
Big changes await disk drive industry
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The hard-disk drive industry is finally coming to terms with the reality that many of its underlying technologies are approaching their performance limits. Starting this year manufacturers are gearing up to debut faster, more cost-effective, less power-hungry serial technologies to replace parallel SCSI and ATA interfaces.
FormFactor posts profit on 18% sales jump
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FormFactor Inc. today (July 29) reported its first financial results since the supplier of probe cards went public last month
Optocouplers maintain data integrity near high voltage noise
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Factories have noisy environments that can make transmitting data over long distances a nightmare ---- unless the noise can be eliminated at the receiver. High-speed optocouplers that can handle data rates of up to 15 Mbits/s can isolate high frequency signals typically found in the factory data transmission. A Fairchild apps engineer offers provide background information on optocouplers and some applications circuits.
Toshiba invests in M-Systems, licenses NAND IP
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Japan's Toshiba Corp. today (July 29) announced it has invested in M-Systems Inc., a Kfar Saba, Israel-based supplier of flash-based data storage products.
Nvidia's forecast lowered amid design, foundry woes
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Is Nvidia Corp. experiencing IC design or manufacturing problems with its high-end graphics chip? Maybe both.
Hynix rolls out DDR500 SDRAM
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Hynix to ship DDR500 SDRAM in August
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Troubled Hynix Semiconductor Inc. said Tuesday (July 29, 2003) that it has developed a 500-MHz 256-Mbit double data rate synchronous DRAM and that volume production would begin in August 2003.
Japan's equipment b-to-b ratio hits 1.57, says report
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June's global orders for Japanese semiconductor manufacturing equipment rose 6.3 percent from a year earlier to 91.48 billion yen (about $760 million) on brisk demand from domestic chip makers, according to a Dow Jones report on Tuesday (July 29, 2003) citing industry data.
FEI sees reduced profit on growing Q2 sales
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FEI Company, a vendor of ion-beam and electron-beam tools, reported net sales of $89.8 million for its second quarter ended June 29, 2003, up from net sales of $85.4 million in the first quarter of this year, and up from net sales of $87.9 million in the second quarter of last year. The company made a net income of $1.3 million.
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