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Infineon mulls transistor plant in China
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3/30/2001   Post a comment
BEIJING -- Munich-based Infineon Technologies AG is considering a joint venture in China to make transistors and diodes for telecom products, according to sources familiar with the negotiations.
Correction slightly cuts record sales figure for chip equipment in 2000
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3/29/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Last year was a record year for semiconductor equipment sales, but a slight correction in a couple tool categories lowered the 2000 revenue estimate by $706 million, said an international trade group here today (March 29).
China said to trump Taiwan in fab costs
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3/28/2001   Post a comment
BEIJING-- China has significant cost advantages over its rival Taiwan in constructing and operating wafer fabs, said an executive who has experience in both markets.
Motorola will run first wafers in China fab next week, say sources
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3/28/2001   Post a comment
BEIJING -- Next week, Motorola Inc. is expected to process its first wafers at the company's new MOS17 fab in Tianjin, China, according to industry sources.
China will supply 25% of its chip needs by 2005 despite buildup
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3/28/2001   Post a comment
BEIJING -- Semiconductor capital spending in mainland China will nearly double to $4 billion in 2001 from about $2.1 billion in 2000, according to government estimates presented at industry forum here today (March 28). Investments in China's chip plants will then surge to $7 billion by 2003, said the government.
Fujitsu puts physical, link layer functions on 1394 multimedia IC
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3/26/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Fujitsu Microelectronics Inc. today (March 26) rolled out a new IEEE 1394 multimedia IC that integrates the physical (PHY) and link layer functions on a single-port device for notebook PCs, video cards, and peripherals.
Microchip says Taiwan's Syntek must pay court costs, lawyer fees
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3/22/2001   Post a comment
CHANDLER, Ariz.--Microchip Technology Inc. today (March 22) announced it has won an amended judgment against Taiwan's Syntek Semiconductor Co. Ltd., which will have to pay court costs and attorney's fees in a microcode copyright case.
Chip tool slump may only be halfway over, based on SEMI's new report
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3/22/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- New orders for semiconductor equipment slipped just 4% to $1.80 billion in February from $1.87 billion in January, according to new report, based on input from North American-based suppliers.
Ex-Motorolan sails into DSP waters
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3/22/2001   Post a comment
At Motorola, Tom Beaver helped make the VMEbus a mainstay of the electronics industry. Now he's hoping he'll be able to steer another technology into the realm of classic. As the new chief at tiny 3DSP Corp., Beaver has turned his attention to system-on-chip digital signal processing, with a view to guiding his company's DSP core technology into design wins with OEM customers and chip makers alike.
All eyes are now on tool orders as key cycle indicator
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3/21/2001   Post a comment
NEW YORK -- With semiconductor capital spending still falling deeper into negative "growth" territory, Wall Street is turning more of its attention to tool orders, believing that the bookings rate will be an early indicator of when the industry downturn will hit bottom.
Yokogawa develops first 50-Gbit devices for optical-network instruments
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3/19/2001   Post a comment
TOKYO -- Yokogawa Electric Corp. here claimed development of the industry's first 50-gigabit-per-second devices, which were fabricated with indium gallium phosphide (InGaP) and indium gallium arsenide (InGaAs) for telecommunications measurement instruments targeted at next-generation optical communications networks.
To Chip Designers, Test is a Four-Letter Word
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3/19/2001   Post a comment
You don't have to like implementing design-for-test in your chips, but you have to do it. Help is on the way through cooperative efforts between vendors that develop chip DFT software and companies that manufacture chip test equipment.
Intersil says Proxim suit 'without merit' in wireless LAN dispute
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3/16/2001   Post a comment
IRVINE, Calif.--Intersil Corp. today (March 16) said a lawsuit filed Proxim Inc. was without merit, and it promised to fight allegations that it was infringing upon the company's wireless networking technology.
SIA, U.S. agency aim to lower PFC emissions from chip plants
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3/15/2001   Post a comment
WASHINGTON--The Semiconductor Industry Association and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have set a goal to reduce emissions of perfluorocompound greenhouse gases from chip-making plants by 15% in 2010.
Philips, U.S. developer plan Bluetooth prototypes for chip users
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3/15/2001   Post a comment
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Engineering tool and services provider Stonestreet One Inc. here has teamed up with Philips Semiconductors to offer "comprehensive" solutions for Bluetooth wireless systems in an effort to speed product development by chip users.
Intel, SIA 'unanimously' back ASML's purchase of SVG, says Barrett
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3/15/2001   Post a comment
WASHINGTON -- Intel Corp. and all the board members of the U.S.-based Semiconductor Industry Association "are unanimous in support of the acquisition" of ASM Lithography's pending acquisition of Silicon Valley Group Inc., according to Craig Barrett, president and CEO of Intel.
Intel combines communications IC and systems groups, shuffles executives
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3/14/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Intel Corp. today (March 14) announced a major structural change in its communications products businesses, combining semiconductor and network systems groups into a single operation to serve Internet infrastructure. Along with the move, Intel is shuffling top management, and it announced the retirement of two corporate executives.
SIA steps up R&D efforts between U.S. universities and chip industry
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3/14/2001   Post a comment
WASHINGTON -- The Semiconductor Industry Association today (March 14) announced the U.S. industry's basic research Focus Centers initiative for universities has been doubled in funding this year to "mid-$20 million" with two new additional research programs.
LSI Logic rolls out lead-free BGAs for communications, storage systems
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3/14/2001   Post a comment
MILPITAS, Calif. -- LSI Logic Corp. today (March 14) introduced lead-free ball-grid array (BGA) chip packages for communications and storage peripheral applications. The new BGAs are aimed to satisfy government directives in Japan, Europe, and the U.S. for environmentally-friendly electronics, including products that do not contain lead.
Analogue converters put focus on SoC test costs
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3/14/2001   Post a comment
Logicvision is working on a project that will bring on-chip test to mixed-signal designs that use analogue-to-digital converters (ADCs) in an attempt to stop the rise in test costs, particularly for complex system-on-chip (SoC) designs. At the same time, Agilent Technologies and Synopsys have cut a deal in which the two companies will try to optimise test software for SoC production.
Matsushita inks Rambus licensing pact for SDRAM, DDR controllers
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3/13/2001   Post a comment
LOS ALTOS, Calif.--Japan's Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. has become the eighth chip maker to license Rambus Inc.'s patents for controllers used with synchronous DRAMs and double data rate (DDR) memories. Rambus today (March 13) said Matsushita is the first "logic-only" licensee to sign an agreement for those patents.
Synopsys, Agilent seek to bridge design and test
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3/13/2001   Post a comment
In an effort to shatter the wall that lies between the design and test sides of the industry, Agilent Technologies Inc. and Synopsys Inc. are joining forces in a far-reaching partnership. The two companies announced their agreement at the Design Automation and Test Europe (DATE) conference taking place this week in Munich, Germany.
Users must define comm-specific DRAMs, panel says
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3/13/2001   Post a comment
DRAM vendors will need to work more closely with communications systems OEMs to define new comms-specific memories, according to panelists speaking Monday (March 12) at the Semico Summit.
Proxim claims patent rights to 2.4-GHz wireless LAN technology
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3/8/2001   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- In what promises to become a major legal battle, Proxim Inc. today (March 8) launched a patent enforcement campaign aimed at protecting its direct sequence wireless networking intellectual property, which the company claims is a key element of the 2.4-GHz IEEE 802.11b standard.
ASML confirms delays in SVG acquisition because of U.S. security concerns
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3/8/2001   Post a comment
VELDHOVEN, the Netherlands -- ASM Lithography Holding N.V. today confirmed that its planned purchase of Silicon Valley Group Inc. has been slowed by concerns in the U.S. over national security and defense-related lithography technologies owned by SVG.
Taiwan edges Japan as second largest chip-gear market
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3/1/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Worldwide revenues for chip-making tools grew 90% to $48.4 billion in 2000 from $25.5 billion in 1999, according to a report released today (March 1) by the Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) trade group. The report shows Taiwan just passing Japan as the world's second largest region for chip-production tools.


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