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Chip equipment trade groups merge, creating new SEMI North America division
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5/31/2001   Post a comment
AUSTIN, Tex. -- A U.S. industry group, previous called SEMI/Sematech, has merged with the Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) trade group.
KLA-Tencor taps third-party tests for compatibility to 300-mm standards
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5/31/2001   Post a comment
WILLISTON, Vt. -- CCS Technology Inc. here announced it will supply communications testing capability to KLA-Tencor Corp., which will use the technology to ensure that new equipment interfaces comply with plug-and-play interface standards.
Agere sues Proxim in growing patent fight over wireless LAN technology
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5/31/2001   Post a comment
ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- Agere Systems Inc. today announced it was suing Proxim Inc. for patent infringement in a growing legal fight over technology rights in high-speed wireless local area networks.
Philips Semi, Cadence's Tality unit team up in Bluetooth solutions
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5/31/2001   Post a comment
EINDHOVEN, the Netherlands -- Philips Semiconductors here today announced a strategic partnership with the design services subsidiary of Cadence Design Systems Inc. to provide complete embedded solutions for wireless connections using Bluetooth radio-frequency links.
SigmaRAM group to roll out memory roadmap, first products for fast networks
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5/31/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Attempting to play catch up in the market, the SigmaRAM Consortium next month will finally unveil its roadmap and first wave of SRAM products for high-performance networking applications.
Silicon material shipments fall 14% in Q1 from prior quarter
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5/30/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE--Worldwide shipments of blank wafer substrates declined by 14% in the first quarter compared to volumes in Q4 of 2000, reported the Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) trade group here today.
Cirrus to integrate Silicon Wave's Bluetooth technology in processors
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5/30/2001   Post a comment
SAN DIEGO--Silicon Wave Inc. here announced it has licensed Bluetooth wireless connectivity technology to Cirrus Logic Inc., which plans to integrate the function into its Maverick microprocessors for consumer products, such as Internet audio players, personal digital assistants (PDAs) and electronic books.
How 2001 downturn will impact regions, chip segments
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5/29/2001   Post a comment
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The big losers in chip revenues this year will be the Americas and Asia Pacific markets as well as memories, bipolar digital ICs, and "micro" product segments, according to the new World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) forecast issued this week.
WSTS forecast shows 13.5% drop in 2001 chip sales, but recovery in Q3
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5/29/2001   Post a comment
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Chip revenues are expected to drop 13.5% in 2001 to $176.8 billion compared to $204.4 billion in 2000, based on a new downgraded forecast issued by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) group on Monday.
Q1 fab utilization falls near low point of last recession
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5/25/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Worldwide wafer fab utilization rates plunged to their lowest levels in two years during the first quarter of 2001, according to new industry statistics. IC wafer fabrication plants were operating at 83.7% of their installed capacity in Q1 compared to 92.8% in Q4 of 2000, said a report released by the Semiconductor Industry Association here this week.
Cypress hires National VP to make back-end assembly, test plants more efficient
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5/25/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Cypress Semiconductor Corp. today announced it has recruited a manufacturing vice president from National Semiconductor Corp. to head up the company's efforts to make chip-packaging and testing plants more efficient.
Anite on the hunt for staff
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5/25/2001   Post a comment
A Hampshire-based company specialising in GSM, GPRS and 3G testing technology is on a major recruitment drive.
Italian court finds Micron did not infringe Rambus patents
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5/24/2001   Post a comment
Rambus Inc.'s synchronous-interface patent infringement case against Micron Technology Inc. was dismissed Thursday by a judge in Monza, Italy, a Micron spokesman confirmed today.
Japan becomes top chip equipment market in Q1; Taiwan falls to fifth place
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5/23/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- The chip industry's sharp downturn in 2001 has reshuffled the ranking of geographic markets for semiconductor equipment. Surprisingly, Japan has come out on top of the world by growing 31.7% to $3.37 billion in the first quarter compared to $2.56 billion in Q4 of 2000, according to new market numbers released today.
Consortium reviews new standards for testing networking chip and board technologies
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5/23/2001   Post a comment
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- A consortium that hopes to set new IC-testing standards for high-speed networking chip and board-level technologies has narrowed its proposals to three separate solutions. The so-called AC-Extest Working Group--an organization that consists of automatic-test equipment suppliers, chip makers, and OEMs--plans to review IC-testing proposals from three different companies: Agilent Technologies, Cisco Systems, and Philips.
SEMI predicts chip-equipment sales will drop 27% in 2001
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5/23/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- The Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) trade organization here today slashed its forecast for the worldwide chip-equipment industry, saying the business will decline by 27% this year. Citing the downturn in the semiconductor and equipment markets, SEMI said that worldwide chip-equipment shipments will drop from $47.7 billion in 2000 to $35 billion in 2001.
Statemate becomes a formal tool
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5/23/2001   Post a comment
I-Logix has brought formal verification techniques into its Statemate Magnum software and systems design tool, using technology bought in from Germany-based Offis Systems and Consulting.
SEMI equipment book-to-bill hits new low at 0.42 in April
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5/22/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- It's gone from bad to worse for chip-equipment makers. In what is arguably the worst semiconductor downturn ever, North American-based suppliers of chip production systems posted a record low book-to-bill of 0.42 in April, said the Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) trade group here today.
Asyst buys GW Associates to expand in fab communications software
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5/22/2001   Post a comment
FREMONT, Calif. -- Asyst Technologies Inc. here today announced the acquisition of privately-held GW Associates Inc., the leading supplier of communications software for fab equipment with complying the industry's SECS and GEM standards.
Mitel taps IBM to produce PowerPC-based digital TV chips
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5/22/2001   Post a comment
LONDON -- IBM Corp. and Mitel Corp. today announced a partnership aimed at producing new PowerPC-based ICs with MPEG-2 video processing capabilities for digital TV and digital broadcasting services.
TEL sues U.S. firm for using material to sell replacement parts
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5/21/2001   Post a comment
GILBERT, Ariz. -- Tokyo Electron Arizona Inc. here today announced it was suing Discreet Industries Corp. of Mineola, N.Y., for allegedly using confidential information to make and sell replacement parts for sputtering tools.
Mentor offers emulation services for system-on-chip designs
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5/21/2001   Post a comment
WILSONVILLE, Ore.--Mentor Graphics Corp. today launched a new design emulation service as an extension to its system verification consulting business.
Standards group nixes TI wireless LAN proposal
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5/18/2001   Post a comment
Texas Instruments Inc. was forced to remove its 22-Mbit/second wireless LAN proposal from the IEEE standardization process this week when the 802.11 Working Group voted in favor of Intersil Corp.'s alternative solution, which received 58 percent of the vote. But under IEEE rules, a proposal must get at least a 75 percent vote, so Intersil's proposal has still not been accepted as the standard, and is not likely to be until the next IEEE meeting in July.
Applied's China fab bookings surge to $150 million in quarter
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5/18/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- China this year is turning into a real hot spot for Applied Materials Inc., despite the sharpest downturn ever in the semiconductor equipment history. The Santa Clara, Calif., company booked $150 million of new orders in China during what otherwise was a dismal second fiscal quarter, ended April 30.
Industry call for policy changes
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5/18/2001   Post a comment
The Labour Party's election manifesto has prompted calls from the electronics industry for policy changes if the party forms the next parliament.
Funeral set for SRC chief scientist: Peter Verhofstadt
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5/17/2001   Post a comment
SARATOGA, Calif. -- Funeral services will be held here on Friday for Silicon Valley semiconductor pioneer Peter Verhofstadt, who was chief scientist of the Semiconductor Research Corp. (SRC) and the first manager of the U.S. chip industry's Focus Center Research Program.
Mosel Vitelic delays DRAM projects
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5/17/2001   Post a comment
DRAM maker Mosel Vitelic Inc. is shelving plans to build two 12-inch wafer fabs in Taiwan and Canada because of the sickly nature of the memory market. The company joins a host of others inside and outside Taiwan that have deferred expansion plans because of the semiconductor slowdown.
Insider Trading (May 2001)
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Insider Trading (May)
AMD's HyperTransport bus gains support from Teradyne testers, Dolphin IC interface
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5/16/2001   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif.--Advanced Micro Devices Inc. today said chip testers from Teradyne Inc. and physical interface (PHY) design cores from Dolphin Technology Inc. will be available to support AMD's next-generation I/O data bus, called HyperTransport.
Taiwanese official suggests chip fabs leave Tainan Park
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5/15/2001   Post a comment
TAIPEI, Taiwan - A senior government official in Taiwan has suggested that semiconductor companies move operations out of the Tainan Science Park because the government will not be able to reduce vibrations from a planned high-speed rail that's to run nearby.
LTX tester revenues drop 37% from prior quarter
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5/15/2001   Post a comment
WESTWOOD, Mass.--Semiconductor tester supplier LTX Corp. today reported sales sequentially declined 37% to $65.6 million in the company's fiscal third quarter, ended April 30, compared to $104.7 million in the prior three-month period. Compared to a year ago, LTX's sales were 20% lower than $82.1 million in the quarter last year.
New survey shows foundry pricing paid by fabless chip companies
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5/14/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- The Fabless Semiconductor Association today released the results of its first quarterly wafer pricing survey, which shows respondents paying a "fabless weighted average" of $2,569 for wafers processed with 0.25-micron technologies in Q1.
TI to seek FCC certification of 22-Mbit/sec. wireless LAN technology
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5/14/2001   Post a comment
DALLAS -- Texas Instruments Inc. today announced plans to move quickly to gain U.S. certification of its 22-megabit-per-second wireless local area network technology following last week's decision by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to grant interim waivers for new digital devices operating in the 2.4-GHz band.
Intel maps out 300-mm campaign--and another Oregon fab--to cut chip costs
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5/14/2001   Post a comment
HILLSBORO, Ore. -- Setting its 300-mm sights on cost cutting in microprocessors and other products, Intel Corp. here is gearing up to accelerate the ramp of new processes for larger-diameter wafer substrates. Those plans include yet another new 300-mm facility in Oregon.
Intersil, Symbol fight Proxim's patent claims in wireless LANs
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5/14/2001   Post a comment
IRVINE, Calif. -- Intersil Corp. and Symbol Technologies Inc. today announced they are joining forces to fight Proxim Inc., which has sued both companies as part of an effort to enforce patented technology for 2.4-GHz wireless local area networks.
JPEG2000 wave rises as ADI shows still-camera accelerator
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5/11/2001   Post a comment
A brand-new, wavelet-based digital still-imaging compression format called JPEG2000 will get a shot in the arm over the next week when Analog Devices Inc. launches the first JPEG2000-compliant accelerator chip.
Barrett states Intel's stance on standards
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5/10/2001   Post a comment
The strategy behind Intel Corp.'s network-processor efforts has become entirely standards-minded, as the company freely accepts that its command over the PC market isn't going to translate into the networking area, chief executive Craig Barrett said.
Proxim inks first licensing pact in effort to enforce wireless LAN patents
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5/10/2001   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif.--Proxim Inc. here today announced its first royalty-bearing licensing agreement for technology used in wireless local area networks after launching a patent-enforcement campaign aimed at suppliers of products conforming to the 2.4-GHz IEEE 802.11b standard.
Jury finds Rambus committed fraud in patent case
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5/9/2001   Post a comment
RICHMOND, Va. -- A jury today ruled that Rambus Inc. had committed fraud in its attempts to enforce U.S. patents for synchronous DRAM interfaces and awarded Infineon Technologies AG $3.5 million in punitive damages.
15 major fab tool suppliers plan 'Sematech-styled' consortium
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5/9/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Fifteen of the world's largest suppliers of semiconductor equipment are in the final stages of planning a new industry consortium to jointly pursue R&D for new chip-production standards, next-generation processes, and a range of emerging concepts in wafer fabs, such as e-diagnostics of tools connected to the Internet.
TI executive becomes Sematech's fourth president as Melliar-Smith steps down
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5/8/2001   Post a comment
AUSTIN, Tex. -- The reins of International Sematech here are being passed on to a new president for the fourth time in the consortium's 14-year history. Bob Helms, director of silicon technology research at Texas Instruments Inc., is replacing Mark Melliar-Smith, who has served as president and CEO of Sematech since 1997.
Conexant's Mindspeed unit, Infineon cooperate in testing of SHDSL chips
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5/8/2001   Post a comment
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.--A milestone in interoperability of chip products based on the symmetric high-bit-data-rate digital subscriber line (SHDSL) standard has been reported by Conexant Systems Inc.'s Mindspeed Technologies subsidiary here and Infineon Technologies AG of Munich.
Infineon pursues multi-tenant broadband segment with VDSL chip series
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5/7/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Infineon Technologies Inc. today entered an emerging broadband market with the launch of a new product line aimed at delivering higher-speed bandwidth to apartment buildings, hotels, and offices over existing telephone lines.
Rambus loses SDRAM lawsuit against Infineon
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5/4/2001   Post a comment
RICHMOND, Va. -- Rambus Inc. today lost its lawsuit against Infineon Technology AG after a ruling by a federal court here dismissed the remaining three SDRAM patent infringement claims against the Germany chip maker.
Intel, AMD renew cross-licensing pact for another 10 years
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5/4/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Here's a rare event--an agreement between Advanced Micro Devices Inc. and Intel Corp. The two companies today announced a renewal of a long-standing patent cross-license agreement between the two microprocessor and flash memory archives.
ASML aims to accelerate EUV platform R&D once SVG merger closes
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5/4/2001   Post a comment
VELDHOVEN, the Netherlands -- As soon as ASM Lithography Holding N.V. completes its delayed acquisition of Silicon Valley Group Inc. this month, ASML will form joint-development teams with SVG's U.S. operations to accelerate the planning of a common platform for next-generation extreme ultraviolet (EUV) tools.
LSI Logic reports validation of Ultra320 SCSI capabilities in controller
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5/3/2001   Post a comment
MILPITAS, Calif. -- LSI Logic Corp. today claimed it is the first to validate Ultra320 SCSI interoperability and packetized protocol capability for next-generation SCSI interfaces in disk drives. The validation was performed on LSI Logic's Ultra SCSI controller using the SPI-4 SCSI Parallel Interface version 4.0.
IBM to license patented LCD manufacturing process
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5/3/2001   Post a comment
IBM Corp. has developed and patented a new manufacturing process that could save the LCD industry as much as $20 billion a year by simplifying display production, the company said. IBM will license the process to other manufacturers.
What ASML agreed to do to win U.S. approval of SVG merger
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5/3/2001   Post a comment
VELDHOVEN, the Netherlands -- To gain U.S. clearance in the purchase of Silicon Valley Group Inc., officials at ASM Lithography Holding N.V. agreed to a number of restrictions and obligations aimed at protecting lens technology and maintaining operations in the United States. But the Dutch company's CEO today said many of those requirements are compatible with ASML's original goals in buying SVG.
TI says ICs, patented technology boost upstream cable bandwidth by 50%
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5/3/2001   Post a comment
HOUSTON -- Targeting next-generation digital cable services, Texas Instruments Inc. here today announced a new chip offering based on advanced Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA) technology, which TI said enables a 50% increase in upstream capacity in networks.
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