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Court throws out most Rambus claims against Infineon
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4/30/2001   Post a comment
RICHMOND, Va. -- U.S. District Court Judge Robert Payne late today dismissed all but three of the patent infringement claims filed against Infineon Technologies AG by Rambus Inc., ruling that Rambus had failed to prove that "dozens" of patents related to SDRAM and double-data-rate SDRAM technology had been violated.
Trident accuses Via, S3 venture of hiring engineers to steal trade secrets
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4/30/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Trident Microsystems Inc. has filed a lawsuit here in California court, accusing Via Technologies Inc. and the S3 Graphics joint venture in Taiwan of conspiring with a former engineering manager to misappropriate trade secrets by hiring employees.
Mosaid to step up patent licensing, network IC introductions with new divisions
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4/27/2001   Post a comment
OTTAWA--Mosaid Technologies Inc. here has divided up its Semiconductor Division into two new units in order to focus more attention on intellectual property revenues and new networking products.
SZ Testsysteme, LogicVision partner in on-chip test for mixed-signal testers
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4/24/2001   Post a comment
MUNICH -- During the Semicon Europa trade show here today, SZ Testsysteme AG and LogicVision Inc. announced a partnership in on-chip testing technology for system-on-chip products and mixed-signal IC testers.
Lexra claims 32-bit CPU blazes past MIPS core, eliminates disputed instructions
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4/23/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- In a move to break embedded-processing bottlenecks and to clear at least one legal hurdle in a U.S. patent suit, Lexra Inc. today launched a new 32-bit RISC processor core that's optimized for 0.13-micron processes.
Atmel joins project for new long-range RFID systems in Europe
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4/20/2001   Post a comment
HEILBRONN, Germany--Atmel Corp.'s chip operations here today said the company has joined a European project to create radio-frequency identification (RFID) components and systems for a new passive long-range standard that operates at 860 MHz to 2.45 GHz--from UHF to microwave frequency bands.
Credence warns test revenues will fall below $50 million in quarter
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4/19/2001   Post a comment
FREMONT, Calif. -- IC tester supplier Credence Systems Corp. here said it now expects revenues to fall below $50 million in the current fiscal quarter, which ends April 30, because of weak orders, cancellations, and push-back of deliveries.
Intel stands firm behind ASML's takeover of SVG, says DoD okays merger
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4/19/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Intel Corp. isn't budging one nanometer in its total support for the sale of Silicon Valley Group Inc. to ASM Lithography, despite the appearance of a controversial video tape that shows the former president of SVG Lithography and the chief technology officer of Ultratech Stepper Inc. against the deal because of national security concerns.
KLA-Tencor's revenues slip 8% quarter-to-quarter
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4/18/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- KLA-Tencor Corp. today posted an 8% sequential drop in revenues to $529 million in the company's fiscal third quarter, ended March 31, compared to $573 million in the prior quarter. KLA-Tencor's revenues increased from $413 million in the same quarter last year.
Catalyst plans to fight Xicor's patent suit
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4/18/2001   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif.--Catalyst Semiconductor Inc. today said it will vigorously defend itself against a U.S. patent lawsuit filed by Xicor Inc., which claims that recently introduced digitally programmable potentiometers are violating its technology (see April 17 story).
Singapore bucks slowdown with new fab
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4/18/2001   Post a comment
In the face of a severe industry slowdown, Singapore is proceeding with plans to construct a fourth wafer fab in an industrial area called Senoko and is succeeding in attracting new investments from overseas.
Keithley's software deals with growing wafer-test recipes in fabs
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4/18/2001   Post a comment
CLEVELAND -- Keithley Instruments Inc. today introduced two new software modules for its Automated Parametric Test (APT) systems to significantly increase tester utilization by eliminating potential operator errors and by providing absolute historical correlation between test program changes, process control anomalies, and product field failures.
Xicor sues Catalyst for infringing on digital potentiometer patent
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4/17/2001   Post a comment
MILPITAS, Calif.--Xicor Inc. here today announced it was suing Catalyst Semiconductor Inc. for allegedly infringing upon patented technology in a new series of digitally programmable potentiometers.
Teradyne sees Q1 orders plunge 45% from prior quarter
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4/17/2001   Post a comment
BOSTON--Teradyne Inc. here today reported a 23% sequential decline in sales to $605.2 million in the first quarter this year compared to $789.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2000. The supplier of testers and interconnect products reported a net income of $5.2 million in Q1 compared to earnings of $117.7 million in the final three months of 2000.
Advantest, LogicVision combine testers and embedded test functions
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4/16/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Automatic test equipment supplier Advantest Corp. today announced it has joined LogicVision Inc.'s partnership program to link built-in chip testing technology with stand-alone ATE systems.
KLA-Tencor acquiring Phase Metrics to expand in data storage inspection markets
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4/11/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- In a move to increase its presence in data storage inspection and metrology markets, KLA-Tencor Corp. today announced plans to acquire San Diego-based Phase Metrics.
Philips settles I2C bus suit with Cirrus Logic
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4/11/2001   Post a comment
NEW YORK -- U.S Philips Corp. and Cirrus Logic Inc. today announced a settlement to their patent dispute over technology for the two-wire I2C bus.
Software suite aims at adaptable EMC
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4/11/2001   Post a comment
Test house Schaffner EMC has developed a software suite that can be configured to handle any combination of electrical emission and immunity tests.
KLA-Tencor, Therma-Wave settle metrology patent suits
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4/11/2001   Post a comment
FREMONT, Calif.--KLA-Tencor Corp. and Therma-Wave Inc. announced a settlement to a year-and-a-half legal dispute over patented thin-film metrology technologies.
Chartered, Ericsson see working IC from co-developed RF CMOS
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4/9/2001   Post a comment
SINGAPORE -- After more than a year of joint development work, Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Pte. Ltd. here and partner Ericsson Microelectronics today (April 9) announced implementation of a 0.25-micron radio-frequency CMOS chip.
ISSI names new president and COO
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4/9/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Integrated Silicon Solution, Inc. announced today that Gary L. Fischer has been named president and chief operating officer. He replaces Thomas Endicott, who was killed in an auto accident last month.
Fujitsu Microelectronics names new president and CEO
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4/9/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Fujitsu Microelectronics Inc. (FMI) here has reshuffled its management team, naming Kazuo "Ken" Iida as its new president and chief executive. Iida replaces Ryusuke Hoshikawa, who becomes an advisor to Fujitsu Ltd. and president of Fujitsu LSI Technology Ltd. in Japan.
Appeals court rules against Rambus on fraud issue
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4/6/2001   Post a comment
WASHINGTON -- The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va. has upheld a lower court ruling that deals with the issue of whether Rambus Inc. may have committed fraud in failing to disclose its SDRAM patent applications to the JEDEC standards body in the 1992-96 time period.
National's CFO Macleod becomes chief operations officer
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4/6/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- National Semiconductor Corp. today (April 6) promoted its chief financial officer, Don Macleod, to the position of chief operations officer, making him responsible for all the company's product lines.
Rambus had 'spy' at JEDEC, says Infineon in U.S. court case
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4/5/2001   Post a comment
WASHINGTON -- Rambus Inc. had a mole, called "Secret Squirrel," tipping it off to private SDRAM deliberations at JEDEC (Joint Electron Devices Engineering Council) in 1997, Infineon Technologies has charged in the federal district court in Richmond, Va.
Micron to increase DDR output to 30% of its DRAM output in Q4
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4/4/2001   Post a comment
BOISE, Idaho--Micron Technology Inc. today (April 4) said it would steadily increase production of double data rate SDRAMs during 2001 and push DDR memory volumes to about 30% of the company's total DRAM capacity in the fourth quarter of this year.
Tundra reorganizes to strengthen interface portfolio for next two to five years
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4/4/2001   Post a comment
KANATA, Ontario--Tundra Semiconductor Corp. here today (April 4) announced a reorganization, and it has shuffled its top management team to speed the company's response to new requirements in systems for high-speed interconnect interfaces for communications and Internet infrastructure applications.
Analog Devices forms new DSP group to expand growth
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4/3/2001   Post a comment
NORWOOD, Mass. -- Analog Devices Inc. today (April 3) announced it was pulling together all of its digital signal processor activities into a new DSP and Systems Products Group to enable it to apply the technology across more market segments.
It's so bad that another fabless survey is needed to predict foundry demand
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4/3/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE --A survey of fabless semiconductor companies, conducted in February, shows participants still expecting a modest 12% increase in their use of silicon foundry services duri the first half of 2001 despite a decline in wafer demand in the first quarter of this year.
Chip sales drop 6.9% in February from previous month, says SIA
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4/3/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE--Worldwide chip sales dropped 6.9% in February to $15.49 billion from $16.63 billion in January, according to new market statistics released today (April 3) by the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) here.
Taiwan's China policy leaves some firms in limbo
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4/3/2001   Post a comment
TAIPEI--As their competitors increase their investments in mainland China, Via Technologies Inc. and Asustek Computer Inc. remain on the sidelines, waiting for Taiwan's government to make its next move. Taiwan's Investment Commission rejected applications submitted by the companies last month, and now Via and Asustek have submitted revised drafts for their proposed investments in China. The rejection has caused concern in Taiwan's electronics industry, which has been struggling to interpret last
Electroglas downgrades Q1 revenue estimates another 10-12%
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4/2/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Electroglas Inc. today (April 1) warned investors that its revenues for the first quarter of 2001 will be 10-to-12% lower than its previous estimate of $42-to-44 million.
Infineon teams with U.S. software developer in 3G wireless platforms
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4/2/2001   Post a comment
MUNICH -- Infineon Technologies AG here today (April 2) announced a partnership with U.S.-based InterDigital Communications Corp. to develop software for third-generation (3G) mobile products based on ICs from the Munich chip company.
API NetWorks offers first bridge IC to link AMD's HyperTranport to PCI
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4/2/2001   Post a comment
CONCORD, Mass.--API NetWorks Inc. here today (April 2) claimed to be the first to offer a high-speed bridge chip that connects the HyperTransport bus, promoted by Advanced Micro Devices Inc., to the widely used 32-bit PCI bus.


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