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San Diego-based REMEC buying RF assembly/test firm in Philippines
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12/27/2000   Post a comment
SAN DIEGO -- REMEC Inc., a publicly-traded supplier of high-frequency subsystems here, announced it plans to acquire Pacific Microwave Corp., a device assembler and testing house in the Philippines. Privately-held PMC specializes in backend production and testing of radio-frequency (RF), microwave, and millimeter-wave gallium-arsenide (GaAs) devices, subsystems, and boards for broadband wireless applications.
ITC to pursue Xilinx case against Altera
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12/20/2000   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- The U.S. International Trade Commission said it plans to investigate Xilinx Inc.'s charges of patent infringement against Altera Corp.
SST hires Dataquest analyst Handy as marketing executive
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12/19/2000   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Silicon Storage Technology Inc. today said it has hired Dataquest analyst Jim Handy as senior director of marketing. Handy had spent nearly 10 years at Dataquest in San Jose, and most recently he was director of the market research firm's memory group.
STMicro sees little demand for G.Lite DSL technology
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12/19/2000   Post a comment
SEDONA, Ariz. -- Hoping to establish a brand name in the consumer-oriented Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) chip market, STMicroelectronics has little or nothing to show from its one-year effort to crack the market.
Electroglas will buy Statware to offer e-diagnostics for wafer probers
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12/18/2000   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Electroglas Inc. here today announced plans to acquire Statware Inc. of Corvallis, Ore., a supplier of software for real-time analysis and monitoring of wafer-testing tools over the Internet. Terms of the acquisition were not released.
Taiwan's Mosel Vitelic reportedly scraps plan to build 300-mm fab in Canada
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12/16/2000   Post a comment
HSINCHU, Taiwan -- In a major development, Taiwan's Mosel Vitelic Inc. late today reportedly scrapped plans to build a 300-mm wafer fab in Canada, after the Canadian government decided not to fund the project, according to reports from Reuters. According to the reports, Industry Minister Brian Todd said Mosel Vitelic withdrew the company's application to build the $2 billion plant in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec, near Montreal.
Altera sells stake in WaferTech to TSMC for $350 million
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12/15/2000   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Altera Corp. has announced an agreement to sell its 23% equity ownership interest in the WaferTech LLC foundry fab to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) for $350 million cash. The agreement is part of TSMC's plans to increase its ownership in the U.S.-based foundry fab from 66.89% to 99% and includes equity purchases from Analog Devices Inc. and Integrated Silicon Solution Inc. (see Nov. 11 story).
STMicro revamps cell-phone chip strategy after TI bought partner
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12/13/2000   Post a comment
SEDONA, Ariz. -- STMicroelectronics is quietly revamping its cellular-phone chip set strategy after its key technology partner was acquired last summer by one of the company's main competitors--Texas Instruments Inc.
Amkor, Toshiba agree to start chip-assembly venture on Jan. 1
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12/12/2000   Post a comment
CHANDLER, Ariz.--Amkor Technology Inc. and Toshiba Corp. today announced a final agreement in their plans to set up a joint venture for semiconductor assembly and test in Japan. The venture will be called Amkor Iwate Co. Ltd., and it will begin operations on Jan. 1 at the Iwate Toshiba Electronics Co. Ltd. site, near Kitakami.
Italy, France, and Phoenix considered for STMicro's 300-mm fab
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12/12/2000   Post a comment
SEDONA, Ariz. -- After entering into a 300-mm pilot line partnership with Philips Semiconductors last spring, STMicroelectronics intends to build its own, separate 300-mm wafer fab in the 2003-04 timeframe, said a company official today.
Kulicke & Soffa form test unit after acquisitions
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12/12/2000   Post a comment
WILLOW GROVE, Pa. -- The semiconductor test world added another player today when Kulicke & Soffa Industries Inc. here said it has formed a Test Division following the completion of its purchase of privately-held Probe Technology Corp., a Santa Clara, Calif.-based manufacturer of probe cards, for about $65 million in cash (see Nov. 14 story).
UMC plans majority stake in Singapore 300-mm fab; STMicro denies involvement
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12/12/2000   Post a comment
HSINCHU, Taiwan -- Silicon foundry supplier United Microelectronics Corp. here plans to be the majority shareholder in a $2.5 billion 300-mm wafer fab in Singapore. UMC chairman Robert Tsao told local reporters here today that his company--the world's second largest silicon foundry supplier--would take a majority stake in the project.
AMCC set to roll digital wrapper chips
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12/11/2000   Post a comment
SAN DIEGO -- Off-the-shelf silicon for digital wrappers will begin to hit the market this week with Applied Micro Circuits Corp.'s announcement of a chip aimed at implementing the technology.
Qualcomm hit with $80 million royalty charge in Korea
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12/11/2000   Post a comment
SAN DIEGO -- The International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce has ordered Qualcomm Inc. to share its IP royalties for CMDA and other technologies with the Korean Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI). Qualcomm said the royalties will comprise a charge of $80 million for the first fiscal quarter 2001 ending in December 2000. The charge will apply to royalties to be shared with ETRI as well as interest and other costs based on a development ag
Microtune expands all-silicon RF arsenal with upstream cable amplifier chip
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12/11/2000   Post a comment
PLANO, Tex. -- Dallas area startup Microtune Inc. is adding a upstream amplifier IC to its single-chip TV tuner to deliver what the company says is the first all-silicon, two-way RF "gateway" for interactive applications over cable networks. The MicroStream MY1530 chip provides programmable amplification of return signals that are transmitted from cable network devices--such as set-top boxes and modems--in interactive applications. The BiCMOS chip is the first upstream amplifier IC to support bo
IBM shows Bluetooth-enabled jewelry, gadgets
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12/8/2000   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- As chip and system vendors huddled over first-generation commercial products at this week's Bluetooth Developers Conference, researchers from IBM Corp. unveiled their long-term vision of how Bluetooth and other wireless technologies may transform users' involvement with computers.
IXYS sues IR in Germany for infringement of power patents
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12/8/2000   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif.--Power semiconductor supplier IXYS Corp. here said its German subsidiary has filed a patent infringement suit against International Rectifier Corp. in the country court of Mannheim, Germany. The suit alleges that IR is infringing on at least two of IXYS's German patents for integrating power module technology.
Agilent to acquire RF-component test systems house
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12/7/2000   Post a comment
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Agilent Technologies Inc. today announced an agreement to buy ATN Microwave Inc., a 16-year-old developer of test systems for radio-frequency components used in high-speed data communications. Terms of the purchase were not released.
Taiwan to surpass Japan in chip equipment procurement in 2000, SEMI says
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12/6/2000   Post a comment
TOKYO, Japan -- Taiwan will become the world's second-biggest market for semiconductor equipment makers in 2000, according to a trade organization here today. Taiwan, which dominates the chip foundry industry and makes DRAM and other chips, is estimated to hit a $9.78 billion equipment market, surpassing Japan this year and through 2003, according to the mostly recently released figures by Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI), based in San Jose.
NEC to ramp U.S. 300-mm fab in 2003, says executive
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12/6/2000   Post a comment
TOKYO -- NEC Corp. plans to build its first wholly-owned 300-mm wafer fab in Roseville, Calif., with initial production slated to start in late 2003, said Keiichi Shimakura, deputy president and head of NEC Electron Devices.
STMicro doubling size of chip-assembly plant in China, says CEO
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12/6/2000   Post a comment
TOKYO -- STMicroelectronics is expanding its chip-packing operations in China ahead of the country's business reforms related to its entry into the World Trade Organization, said Pasquale Pistorio, president and chief executive officer of the European chip maker. Interviewed at the Semicon Japan trade show here today, Pistorio said STMicroelectronics is now doubling the size of its assembly and test operation in Shenzhen for consumer electronics and telecommunications chips.
SEMICON JAPAN: Optimistic chip equipment suppliers expect 22% growth in 2001
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12/6/2000   Post a comment
TOKYO -- A new consensus forecast from suppliers of chip-making equipment and materials shows spending on semiconductor capacity growing 22.3% to $57.2 billion in 2001 after an 83.4% increase to $46.7 billion in 2000. The forecast, released during this week's Semicon Japan trade show here, shows worldwide suppliers are still optimistic about 2001 despite new projections by some analysts, who have cut their growth estimates below 10% next year.
Infineon plans 300-mm wafer-level packaging of DRAMs with FormFactor's MicroSpring
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12/5/2000   Post a comment
LIVERMORE, Calif.--FormFactor Inc. today announced its has licensed its MicroSpring contact technology for chip testing and wafer-level packaging to Infineon Technologies AG, which has also agreed to invest $5 million in the Livermore-based startup. Munich-based Infineon said it plans to use the MicroSpring technology to simplify backend testing and assembly of DRAMs from 300-mm diameter wafers.
Indian fab's future stalled by government foot-dragging
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12/4/2000   Post a comment
BANGALORE, India ( ChipWire) -- India's only major VLSI fabrication facility, the government-owned Semiconductor Complex Limited (SCL), is facing uncertain times as officials seek private investors.
Asia Pacific chip sales slip in October from previous month, says SIA
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12/4/2000   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Chip sales growth continued to slow in October, and for the first time this year, revenues dropped in the Asia Pacific region compared to shipments in the prior month, according to new market statistics released today by the Semiconductor Industry Association here.
Hyundai has 300-mm option for Wales fab if it finds no buyer
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12/2/2000   Post a comment
SEOUL -- Hyundai Electronics Industries Co. Ltd. is trying to sell its wafer fab building in Wales, but if it can't, the company will retain the site as a "backup" site for its second 300-mm wafer fab in 2004, said Hyundai's top semiconductor manager in an interview here on Saturday.
Hyundai has 300-mm option for Wales fab if it finds no buyer
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12/2/2000   Post a comment
Hyundai Electronics Industries Co. has been trying to sell its fab shell in Wales, but if it can't, the Korean chip maker will retain the site "as a backup to complete in 2004 as our second 300-mm wafer fab," according to top Hyundai manager.
Chip-equipment market headed for 'recession' in 2001, says VLSI Research
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12/1/2000   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- In yet another ominous sign for the semiconductor industry, the chip-equipment market is headed for a gradual slowdown in 2001--with a possible "recession" in the second half of next year, according to analysts at VLSI Research Inc. here. In a new forecast, VLSI Research projects that the worldwide semiconductor equipment market will grow at a modest 9.9% rate next year, from $62.7 billion in 2000, to $68.9 billion in 2001.


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