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Infineon's new VDSL chip sets support ATM, packet transmissions
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2/28/2002   Post a comment
MUNICH -- Infineon Technologies AG today announced plans to introduced a new chip-set series for 4-band very-high-bit rate digital subscriber line (VDSL) networks with support for asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) and packet-over-VDSL communications.
Opti sales surge on last-time buys as its weighs liquidation plan
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2/28/2002   Post a comment
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--Still reconsidering a plan to liquidate itself, Opti Inc. here posted a net income of $381,000 on revenues of $2.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2001. The company's sales surged 98% on a sequential basis from the third quarter of 2001 because of an increase in last-time buys of PC chip sets, said Opti's chief executive officer.
STMicro collaborates with APT to offer Serial ATA chip solutions
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2/28/2002   Post a comment
GENEVA--STMicroelectronics today announced it was jumping into the race to develop new chips for the high-speed Serial ATA interface to storage peripherals and hard-disk drives by striking a product-design alliance with APT Technologies Inc. of Santa Cruz, Calif.
Tegal refutes TEL's claim of victory in appellate court ruling
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2/27/2002   Post a comment
PETALUMA, Calif. -- Tegal Corp. here today shot back at Tokyo Electron Ltd., refuting TEL's claim of a "total" legal victory in an appellate court ruling over patent rights to dual-frequency etch technology.
Agilent names head of chip group as new chief operating officer
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2/27/2002   Post a comment
PALO ALTO, Calif.--Agilent Technologies Inc. today named the head of its semiconductor division as its new chief operating officer, replacing Alain Couder, who has decided to leave Agilent to join another unidentified company as chief executive officer.
Gain enters analog IC market with physical-layer transceiver for USB 2.0
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2/27/2002   Post a comment
SAN FRANCISCO -- Gain Technology Corp. rolled out its first analog front-end interface chip for high-speed USB peripherals during the Intel Developer Forum here this week. The GT3200 is compliant with the USB 2.0 Transceiver Macrocell Interface (UTMI) specification, said Gain, which is based in Tucson, Ariz.
Five chip suppliers form DMT-VDSL initiative for interoperable devices
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2/27/2002   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- An alliance of five chip suppliers--Alcatel Microelectronics, GlobespanVirata, Ikanos, STMicroelectronics, and Zarlink--today announced an initiative to create interoperable semiconductors for broadband VDSL communications using Discrete Multi-Tone (DMT) line coding technology.
Simtek receives patent for metal-programmed gate arrays
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2/27/2002   Post a comment
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Simtek Corp. here today announced it has received a U.S. patent for technology used to customize programmable gate arrays with one metal layer.
TEL says it won appeal in Tegal suit over etch patent
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2/26/2002   Post a comment
TOKYO--Tokyo Electron Ltd. today announced it has won an appeal in a U.S. patent lawsuit filed by Tegal Corp., and it is now able to continue selling its A-IEM oxide etchers in the United States "without fear of any further interference by Tegal."
RF Solutions, Ellipsis to develop wireless LAN chip sets for multiple standards
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2/26/2002   Post a comment
NORCROSS, Ga. -- RF Solutions Inc. and Ellipsis Digital Systems Inc. today announced a partnership to develop a chip set for dual-band, multi-protocol wireless local area networks (WLANs) supporting 2.4 and 5-GHz standards.
LSI, Seagate team up to make first Serial ATA interface chip for PC drives
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2/25/2002   Post a comment
SAN FRANCISCO -- LSI Logic Corp. and disk-drive maker Seagate Technology LCC today announced plans to develop a "breakthrough" Serial ATA interface for next-generation desktop PC hard disk drives.
New IC-testing requirements will rescue ATE market in 2002, say Schlumberger executives
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2/21/2002   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- The automatic test equipment (ATE) business fell a staggering 64.2% in 2001 over 2000, but the market should rebound and achieve modest growth in 2002, according to executives from Schlumberger Semiconductor Solutions here today. The worldwide ATE market suffered its worst downturn in history last year, falling from $6.7 billion in terms of sales in 2000, to $2.4 billion in 2001, according to VLSI Research Inc. of San Jose.
Sematech names Philips assignee as one of its chief operating officers
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2/21/2002   Post a comment
AUSTIN, Tex. -- Semiconductor consortium International Sematech today named John Schmitz of Philips Semiconductors as vice president and chief operating officer of manufacturing operations and technology.
TransDimension names former Silicon Systems COO as chief executive
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2/19/2002   Post a comment
IRVINE, Calif. -- TransDimension Inc. here today named Rick Goerner as its new president and chief executive officer. Goerner is a former executive at Texas Instruments Inc., and he was chief operating officer of Silicon Systems Inc. in Tustin, Calif., prior to TI's purchase of the company from TDK Corp. of Japan.
Tropian teams with Agilent and Silicon Labs to serve advanced GSM phones
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2/18/2002   Post a comment
CANNES, France--Prior to the opening of a cellular phone trade show here, Tropian Inc. today announced it was collaborating with Agilent Technologies Inc. to jointly demonstrate a radio-frequency transmitter for GSM/GPRS/Edge handsets. Silicon Valley-based Tropian also announced a partnership with Silicon Laboratories Inc. to offer the industry's first tri-band E-GPRS radio transceiver reference-design platform.
PR pioneer Walter Mathews dies at 68
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2/15/2002   Post a comment
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. -- Walter H. Mathews, one of Silicon Valley's pioneers in the semiconductor public relations and media fields, died on Thursday at his home outside of Sacramento, Calif., after a long battle with diabetes-related illness. He was 68. Mathews was the co-founder of Positio Investor & Public Relations, originally known as Mathews & Clark Communications.
Sematech names Motorola assignee as one of its chief operating officers
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2/15/2002   Post a comment
AUSTIN, Tex.-- Semiconductor consortium International Sematech today named Betsy Weitzman of Motorola Inc. as its vice president and chief operating officer for advanced technology. She will be responsible for overseeing the operations and strategy of Sematech's Lithography, Front End Processes, and Interconnect division.
U.S. controls on fab gear in China face growing opposition
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2/15/2002   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Addressing what could a life or death matter for some U.S. semiconductor equipment suppliers, the SEMI trade group here will soon throw its weight behind a growing campaign to reform or remove U.S. export controls on chip-making technologies and tools in China.
LogicVision, National create IC for remote mixed-signal test using bus standard
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2/13/2002   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- LogicVision Inc. and National Semiconductor Corp. today announced joint development of the industry's first IC supporting the new IEEE 1149.4 mixed-signal test bus, which potentially opens the door for a new level of remote diagnostics of systems.
Kodak sues Sun for patent infringement in Java technology
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2/13/2002   Post a comment
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Sun Microsystems Inc. here said it is being sued by Eastman Kodak Co. for alleged patent infringement with respect to certain aspects of Sun's Java technologies.
Advantest aims to outgrow tester market in sluggish 2002
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2/12/2002   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- It could be another tough year in the automatic test equipment (ATE) business, where the worldwide market is projected to be relatively flat in 2002 compared to 2001, said a top executive with Japan's Advantest Corp. in an interview this week.
Advantest steps up SoC test development in new U.S. R&D center
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2/12/2002   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Japan's Advantest Corp. here has established a new U.S. R&D center that will help develop a future line of automatic test equipment (ATE) for system-on-a-chip (SoC) designs, according to the company's top U.S. executive.
Keithley teams with probe supplier GGB to offer wafer-level parametric testing
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2/8/2002   Post a comment
CLEVELAND -- Keithley Instruments Inc. here has entered into a partnership with GGB Industries Inc. of Naples, Fla., to share technical and marketing support for each other's products in semiconductor wafer-level parametric testing.
Tektronix to use IBM's 0.18-micron SiGe in future test instruments
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2/7/2002   Post a comment
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Tektronix Inc. here today announced plans to use next-generation 0.18-micron silicon-germanium (SiGe) technology from IBM Corp. in test instruments, such as digital oscilloscopes.
DuPont Photomasks plans first 0.18-micron reticle line in China, seeks U.S. approval
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2/7/2002   Post a comment
SHANGHAI -- U.S.-based DuPont Photomasks Inc. (DPI) today announced plans to become the first merchant supplier of lithography reticles to install a production line for 180-nm (0.18-micron) masks in China with a major expansion of its facility here.
SIA urges U.S. Senate to authorize 'trade-opening' accords
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2/6/2002   Post a comment
WASHINGTON--The Semiconductor Industry Association today urged the U.S. Senate to pass legislation granting the President of the United States with authority to negotiate new "trade-opening" agreements with other countries.
Linear Tech CEO says length of patent suit against Micrel unfair
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2/5/2002   Post a comment
MILPITAS, Calif. -- Linear Technology Corp. today announced a favorable ruling from an appellate court, which has overturned a lower court's decision to invalidate a patent on IC voltage regulators because of promotional activities prior to the filing of the U.S. patent.


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