San Diego-based REMEC buying RF assembly/test firm in Philippines News & Analysis 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.
SST hires Dataquest analyst Handy as marketing executive News & Analysis 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.
Taiwan's Mosel Vitelic reportedly scraps plan to build 300-mm fab in Canada News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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).
Amkor, Toshiba agree to start chip-assembly venture on Jan. 1 News & Analysis 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.
Kulicke & Soffa form test unit after acquisitions News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
STMicro doubling size of chip-assembly plant in China, says CEO News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
Hyundai has 300-mm option for Wales fab if it finds no buyer News & Analysis 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.
Chip-equipment market headed for 'recession' in 2001, says VLSI Research News & Analysis 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.
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.