Foundry Watch: GCS becomes 'virtual' opto foundry News & Analysis 7/31/2003 Post a comment 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 News & Analysis 7/31/2003 Post a comment 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 News & Analysis 7/31/2003 Post a comment 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 News & Analysis 7/31/2003 Post a comment 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 News & Analysis 7/30/2003 Post a comment 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.
On Semi posts Q2 loss amid 5% sales drop News & Analysis 7/30/2003 Post a comment 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 News & Analysis 7/30/2003 Post a comment 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).
Managing the Transition from Parallel to Serial Storage Interfaces News & Analysis 7/30/2003 Post a comment 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.
Siliconix blames SARS for Q2 sales drop News & Analysis 7/30/2003 Post a comment 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 News & Analysis 7/30/2003 Post a comment 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 News & Analysis 7/30/2003 Post a comment 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 Product News 7/30/2003 Post a comment 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 News & Analysis 7/30/2003 Post a comment 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 Product News 7/30/2003 Post a comment 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 News & Analysis 7/30/2003 Post a comment 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 News & Analysis 7/30/2003 Post a comment 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.
Semitool's sales falls 30% sequentially News & Analysis 7/29/2003 Post a comment 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 News & Analysis 7/29/2003 Post a comment 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 News & Analysis 7/29/2003 Post a comment 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.
Optocouplers maintain data integrity near high voltage noise News & Analysis 7/29/2003 Post a comment 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.
Hynix to ship DDR500 SDRAM in August News & Analysis 7/29/2003 Post a comment 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 News & Analysis 7/29/2003 Post a comment 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 News & Analysis 7/29/2003 Post a comment 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.