Sun and TI reject SOI for 0.13-micron UltraSparc
News & Analysis 7/31/2001 Post a comment In a decision that will intensify the debate on the merits of silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technology, Sun Microsystems Inc. and Texas Instruments Inc. have elected not to use SOI for Sun's next-generation microprocessor, which will be manufactured by TI.
Tool architect gains following for IC mask layout editor News & Analysis 7/31/2001 Post a comment Michael Stabenfeldt, a chip designer and tool architect who has had a long and controversial career developing tools for companies like Cadence and ArcSys (now Avanti Corp.), has quietly been gaining a solid reputation among designers with his IC mask layout editor.
NEC cuts back Electron Devices group News & Analysis 7/31/2001 Post a comment Confirming the speculation that followed poorer than expected quarterly results by parent NEC Corp., NEC Electron Devices said Tuesday (July 31) that it will cut 4,000 employees, consolidate production and slash capital spending by 42 percent as part of a radical restructuring.
Vast offers developer tools News & Analysis 7/31/2001 Post a comment Vast Systems Technology Corp. has released a software development environment called Meteor to complement its Comet hardware/software co-design environment.
Israeli foundry reports loss as sales fall over 40% News & Analysis 7/31/2001 Post a comment Tower Semiconductor Ltd. today announced sales for the second quarter ended June 30 decreased by 51% to $12.5 million,
from $25.6 million in the second quarter of 2000, and by 40.5% from $21.1 million in the immediately preceding quarter, ended March 31, 2001.
NTT launches 100-Mbit/s fiber-optic service News & Analysis 7/31/2001 Post a comment Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. will launch a fiber-optic service in Japan on Wednesday (Aug. 1) capable of supporting 100-Mbit/second transmissions, opening the way for full-scale fiber to the home.
KLA-Tencor revenues slip 13% sequentially in quarter News & Analysis 7/31/2001 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- KLA-Tencor Corp. today reported a 13% sequential decline in revenues to $462 million in the company's fiscal fourth quarter, ended June 30, compared to $529 million in the prior quarter. The metrology supplier posted a net income of $56 million in the quarter vs. $91 million in the prior three-month period.
Finland's Benefon rolls out GSM handset/PDA based on SiRF's GPS chip technology News & Analysis 7/31/2001 Post a comment SALO, Finland -- Finland's Benefon Oyj here has announced the world's first dual-band handset that incorporates global positioning system (GPS) chip technology from SiRF Technology Inc.
Benefon's new handset, the Benefon Esc!, is a dual-band, 900/1800-MHz handset based on the global system for mobile communications (GSM) standard. The handset consists of a GPS navigator, a personal organizer and an advanced dual-band GSM phone in the same package.
TI, Intel lend support to next-gen v6 News & Analysis 7/31/2001 Post a comment Intel Corp. and Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) will play a significant role in the development of ARM Ltd.'s next-generation v6 core, the companies recently said, and will also work with Palm Inc. to help port the PDA maker's operating system to the ARM core.
NPU integrator touts 'service processor' News & Analysis 7/31/2001 Post a comment Network processor startup Onex Communications Corp. (Bedford, Mass.) is developing an all-in-one "service processor" to forward TDM, packet or cell traffic natively, as well as a single-chip switching fabric.
Mentor move aims to provide supply-chain integration News & Analysis 7/31/2001 Post a comment Proclaiming a major corporate initiative, Mentor Graphics entered the design data management (DDM) market Tuesday (July 31). Its first two DDM offerings, Data Management System (DMS) Workgroup and Enterprise, are based on products developed by Descon, a German company that Mentor acquired in May 2000.
Avanti apologizes to Cadence, industry News & Analysis 7/31/2001 Post a comment Avanti Corp. issued a letter of apology Monday (July 30) for the "events" that led to last week's sentencing of several of its cofounders and the court-ordered $195 million restitution the company must pay to Cadence Design Systems Inc.
JMAR receives funding from U.S. Army to complete X-ray lithography tool News & Analysis 7/31/2001 Post a comment SAN DIEGO -- JMAR Technologies Inc. here today announced that it has received funding from the U.S. Army to continue the development of its X-ray lithography program.
The San Diego-based company received a total of $7,796,259 from the U.S. Army Robert Morris Acquisition Center in Adelphi, Md. The contract is sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
NEC plans major cutbacks in chip production News & Analysis 7/31/2001 Post a comment NEC Corp. Tuesday continued to shake up its loss-plagued semiconductor group by closing aging 6-inch wafer lines in Japan, cutting production in half at its Scotland fab, and merging chip assembly operations, resulting in a loss of
Test-and-analysis system News & Analysis 7/31/2001 Post a comment Tanto is a test-and-analysis system that can be used in a variety of applications such as classic debugging, software performance optimization, and certification to industry standards.
Information appliance chip News & Analysis 7/31/2001 Post a comment The GeodeLink architecture is designed for information appliance systems ranging from thin clients, set-top boxes, and personal Internet access devices to home networking and residential gateways.
Molex moves forward with new management News & Analysis 7/31/2001 Post a comment At the beginning of July, Molex Inc., one of the world's largest connector suppliers, saw two new leaders take the helm. J. Joseph King became vice chairman of the board and chief executive, while Martin Slark took over as president and chief operating officer. King and Slark replace Fred A. Krehbiel and John H. Krehbiel Jr., who are retiring from their positions as co-chief executives. The Krehbiel brothers will remain co-chairmen.
Trikon says tool orders up 15%, but sales drop 27% from Q1 News & Analysis 7/31/2001 Post a comment NEWPORT, Wales -- Trikon Technologies Inc. today reported a 27% sequential drop in revenues to $27.7 million in the second quarter, compared to $37.6 million in Q1 of 2001. The supplier of deposition and etch tools for wafer fabs said its sales were 12% higher in Q2 than $24.7 million in the period last year.
New division at Microchip News & Analysis 7/31/2001 Post a comment Microchip Technology has formed an Analogue & Interface Products Division. The new division results from the integration of TelCom Semiconductor and offers more than 250 mixed-signal, power management, thermal management and interface solutions for embedded systems.
RTOS/SIP bundle News & Analysis 7/31/2001 Post a comment OnCore Systems has signed a multi-year contract with UK-based Siroyan, developer of what it calls SIP (scalable integrated processor) technology.
Getting the children interested News & Analysis 7/31/2001 Post a comment In the old days, when children were asked what they wanted to be when they grew up, invariably they came up with jobs such as train driver, fireman, policeman or nurse. Nowadays it's more likely to be footballer, fashion model, pop star, pilot or Formula One racing driver. The job that hardly ever appears on the list is engineer.
NEC confirms 600 Scottish job losses News & Analysis 7/31/2001 Post a comment NEC Semiconductor is cutting 600 jobs at its facility in West Lothian, Scotland — around 40% of the plant's 1600 staff. The company blames the continuing slump in the semiconductor market.
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