Samsung to join quad-data-rate SRAM group News & Analysis 3/31/2001 Post a comment Samsung Electronics, the largest SRAM vendor, is expected to announce Monday (April 2) that it will join the QDR (quad-data-rate) group of vendors that now includes Cypress, IDT, Micron and NEC.
Microsoft reveals Xbox strategy for Japan News & Analysis 3/30/2001 Post a comment Chairman Bill Gates explained Microsoft's strategy for cracking the Japanese market with his company's Xbox gaming console in a keynote address Thursday (March 29) at the Tokyo Game Show before an audience of 4,000, including hundreds of journalists.
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.
Cadence donates funds, execs to design program at CalState News & Analysis 3/30/2001 Post a comment Cadence Design Systems Inc. will fund coursework at California State University at Long Beach intended to give students a better understanding of IC design. Cadence plans to give CalState $2 million over three years, and said it is likely to spend another $4.2 million to expand the program to other California universities.
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.
Midtier distributors seek global strategies News & Analysis 3/30/2001 Post a comment Set against the backdrop of Avnet Inc.'s pending purchase of Kent Electronics Corp., pressure to serve OEMs around the world is forcing some midtier U.S. distributors to seek out creative ways to gain a global presence without making acquisitions.
Speakers cite trouble spots for SoC, mobile designs News & Analysis 3/30/2001 Post a comment Designers must help solve the power consumption crisis for mobile devices and achieve a better rate of first-pass success with system-on-chip (SoC) silicon if those products are to flourish, according to speakers at this week's International Symposium on Quality Electronic Design (ISQED) conference.
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%.
China handset market still booming News & Analysis 3/30/2001 Post a comment
BEIJING -- Cell phone makers in China aren't suffering from the glut of excess inventory afflicting the rest of the world, according to parts exhibitors at the International IC Show held here this week.
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.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ 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.