Highly experienced women top IEEE-USA salary survey News & Analysis 12/27/2001 Post a comment WASHINGTON -- The gender gap for professional salaries in U.S. electronics and information technology fields now shows women with 20-to-29 years of experience being paid more than men, according to a new survey by the IEEE-USA organization.
Varian Semiconductor to receive Lam payments in patent suit settlement News & Analysis 12/20/2001 Post a comment GLOUCESTER, Mass.--Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates Inc. here today announced it has settled a patent infringement lawsuit with Lam Research Corp., which has agreed to pay Varian $20 million and issue a warrant for the purchase of 2 million shares of Lam's common stock at a value of $42.6 million.
SVR says its suit survives Avanti's motion for dismissal News & Analysis 12/14/2001 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- Silicon Valley Research Inc. today celebrated a federal judge's decision not to dismiss its lawsuit against Avanti Corp., which is being accused of unfair competition, concealment and sale of stolen goods, false advertising, conspiracy, and violations of U.S. racketeering laws. Those charges are being made in connection to allegations that Avanti stole computer code and secrets from Cadence Design Systems Inc.
A Time-Domain-Based Technique for Noise Measurements News & Analysis 12/14/2001 Post a comment Although electronic noise is often a critical design parameter in an analog system, evaluation of noise performance of circuits that perform a frequency translation from RF to baseband is not easy to do. Torben Larsen and colleagues from Aalborg University in Denmark describe a time-domain-based technique to determine the noise factor of a device with a low desired output frequency.
Intel drops suit against Via in patent dispute over chip sets for AMD's K7 News & Analysis 12/13/2001 Post a comment TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan's Via Technologies Inc. here today claimed victory in a long and bitter suit against Intel Corp. over Pentium III-enabled chip set patents.
On Dec. 11, Intel apparently dismissed the final claims relating to a suit, which involved Via's chip sets that supported Advanced Micro Devices Inc.'s K7 microprocessors. The suit--file in July of 2000--contended that Via's K7-based chip sets infringed upon Intel's patents.
Advantest doubles speed system-on-chip testing with new dynamic handler News & Analysis 12/13/2001 Post a comment TOKYO -- Advantest Corp. has introduced a new dynamic test handler capable of doubling the throughput of high-end logic and system-on-chip testing by performing tests on up to eight devices simultaneously. The maximum throughput of 6,000 devices per hour is twice the capacity of the system's predecessor, Advantest said.
Chartered hires former ProMOS manager to head R&D News & Analysis 12/12/2001 Post a comment SINGAPORE--The former head of R&D at ProMOS Technologies Inc. in Taiwan has joined Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Pte. Ltd. here as senior vice president of technology development and a fifth member of the company's Office of the President.
Electromagnetic-Compatibility Analysis Using TEM Cells News & Analysis 12/10/2001 Post a comment Transverse-electromagnetic (TEM) cells are important structures for analyzing the electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) of electronic components. Kresimir Malaric of University of Zagreb, Croatia discusses the design and analysis of several types of TEM cells available for emission testing of small equipment, calibration of RF probes, and biomedical experiments.
Cadence chief denies Synopsys settlement talks News & Analysis 12/6/2001 Post a comment In his first public comments since Synopsys Inc. announced its intention to purchase Avanti Corp., Ray Bingham, Cadence Design Systems Inc.'s president and chief executive officer, strongly denied that any deal is in the works to resolve Cadence's civil suit against Avanti. Bingham said Cadence may seek well over a $1 billion in the case, and he blasted Synopsys for acquiring "seriously tainted IP intellectual property."
China foundry turns to Europe for advanced chip gear News & Analysis 12/6/2001 Post a comment The chief executive of China's first advanced semiconductor foundry said technology export restrictions in the United States are not hindering his ability to purchase advanced semiconductor tools because European vendors are able to deliver equipment with minimal red tape for export licenses.
Teradyne packs digital and image testing in parallel tester for CMOS sensors News & Analysis 12/5/2001 Post a comment TOKYO -- Teradyne Inc.'s Japan Division today formally launched a new CMOS image sensor tester, which is capable of parallel testing devices with 25-MHz as the measurement frequency and data capture rate. The integrated system puts the power of a complete 100-MHz digital tester and an image sensor tester into the space of a single test head, Teradyne said.
Agilent rolls out low-cost tester for nonvolatile memory devices News & Analysis 12/3/2001 Post a comment CHIBA, Japan -- During the Semicon Japan trade show here this week, Agilent Technologies Inc. will roll out a new member of its Versatest line of memory testers.
Agilent will announce the Versatest Series Model V4100 TDS, a low-cost test development system for nonvolatile memory chips. Available at 40-, 70- and 100-MHz, the Model V4100 TDS enables the development of test programs, which, in turn, can be transferred to its Model V4400 tester for production purposes.
Atmel supports Micron's SyncFlash memories as alternate source News & Analysis 12/3/2001 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- Atmel Corp. here today announced it will support Micron Technology Inc.'s SyncFlash interface for nonvolatile flash memories connected to synchronous DRAM buses. Atmel and Micron said they have signed an alternate sourcing pact and partnership to promote SyncFlash memories as part of a new alliance.
October's sales increase supports turnaround forecast, says SIA News & Analysis 12/3/2001 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- For the fourth consecutive month, worldwide chip sales increased in October, according to a new report issued today by the Semiconductor Industry Association. Chip sales grew 2.5% sequentially to $10.43 billion in October from $10.18 billion in September, based on a three-month moving average, said the SIA, which continues to forecast the start of a semiconductor recovery in the fourth quarter.