Tokyo Seimitsu accuses KLA-Tencor of antitrust violations in patent dispute
News & Analysis 9/26/2001 Post a comment
TOKYO -- The chairman of Tokyo Seimitsu Co. Ltd. refuted KLA-Tencor Corp.'s allegation of patent infringement in a lawsuit filed recently in the U.S. District Court of North California. Hideo Ohtsubo, who is also CEO of Tokyo Seimitsu, said KLA-Tencor's patent, covers automatic inspection technology for photomasks, is invalid and unenforceable.
Aehr's sales drop 26% sequentially in quarter, causing wider loss
News & Analysis 9/25/2001 Post a comment
FREMONT, Calif. -- Aehr Test Systems here today reported net sales fell 68% to $2.8 million in the company's fiscal first quarter, ended Aug. 31, compared to $8.7 million in the period last year. Sales sequentially declined 26% from $3.8 million in the prior fiscal quarter, said the company.
Canada's IceFyre aims three-engine modem IC at 5-GHz wireless LANs
News & Analysis 9/24/2001 Post a comment
OTTAWA, Ontario -- Seven-month-old IceFyre Semiconductor Inc. here today disclosed plans to introduce the industry's first single-chip modem solution for 5-GHz wireless local area networks using a proprietary architecture of three signal-computational engines to simplify waveform processing and lower power consumption.
Via accuses Intel of violating patent for storage of formats in MPUs
News & Analysis 9/20/2001 Post a comment
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Via Technologies Inc. today stepped up its legal counterattack against Intel Corp. by providing more details about a U.S. patent lawsuit filed against the microprocessor giant for infringement of patented MPU technology. Last week, Via said it has filed a counter suit against Intel, which is suing the Taiwan chip maker for infringement of its Pentium 4 technology.
Lexra disputes MIPS's claims of favorable ruling
News & Analysis 9/19/2001 Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Lexra Inc. today claimed it had won key interpretations on two patents in a lawsuit filed by MIPS Technologies Inc., which is accusing the company of infringing upon its instruction sets for RISC processors. On Tuesday, MIPS claimed it had won favorable rulings from the judge in the interpretation of the disputed patents (see Sept. 18 story).
Advantest begins trading on NYSE, but sales to fall 53% in fiscal 2002
News & Analysis 9/17/2001 Post a comment
NEW YORK -- Advantest Corp. here today began trading its shares on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), but the prospects for the Japanese company look gloomy for 2001.
The Tokyo-based supplier of automatic test equipment (ATE) began trading its American Depositary Receipts (ADRs) on the NYSE. The ADRs will be traded under the symbol "ATE."
UK lags behind Europe in R&D investment
News & Analysis 9/17/2001 Post a comment
The UK electronics industry is still lagging behind the rest of Europe when it comes to investment in R&D, according to the DTI. Its 11th annual R&D scoreboard reveals that the sector has witnessed a decrease in R&D investment — down 9% from £704m in 2000 to £640m this year.
Teradyne CEO says terrorist attacks may impact frail business conditions
News & Analysis 9/13/2001 Post a comment
BOSTON--Teradyne Inc. here today announced it was extending its cost-cutting actions in response to weak spending on test equipment and the worldwide economic downturn. Teradyne also said its loss in the current quarter will be at the low end of its previous estimate, but greater than the earnings consensus of financial analysts.
Schlumberger adds broadband capabilities on VLSI test system
News & Analysis 9/6/2001 Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Schlumberger Semiconductor Solutions here expanded the capabilities for its VLSI logic tester by offering a broadband channel option for the system.
The company will offer the broadband channel option on its EXA3000 System-on-a-Chip (SoC) tester. This will enable the system to test high-performance MPEG decoders and other devices used in DVDs, set-top boxes, HDTVs, and cellular baseband applications.
Low noise density reduces test time for mixed-signal ICs
News & Analysis 9/5/2001 Post a comment
Initially, mixed-signal ATE instrumentation designs focused on analog bandwidth for low and high power dc, ac (both precision low frequency and high frequency) and RF/Microwave options. Today, ATE must consider noise density as part of the test equation. Teradyne's engineers describe the parameters.
July chip sales continue nosedive with Americas down 51% from last year
News & Analysis 9/4/2001 Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Nearly no surprises here: worldwide chip sales plunged 37.2% to $10.86 billion in July from $17.29 billion in the month last year, reported the Semiconductor Industry Association here today. The SIA said July semiconductor sales, based on a three-month moving average, dropped 6.1% from $1.57 billion in June.