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On Semi says it's first to get international automotive quality certification
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9/28/2001   Post a comment
PHOENIX--On Semiconductor Corp. today claimed to be the first chip company to receive certification for ISO/TS16949 quality standards established by the International Automotive Task Force.
Matsushita settles 'V-chip' patent suit, licenses Soundview technology
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9/28/2001   Post a comment
PASADENA, Calif.--Acacia Research Corp., a subsidiary of Soundview Technologies Inc., today announced it has licensed a patent related to TV content-blocking technology to Matsushita Electric Industrial Co Ltd. The licensing agreement settles a lawsuit filed by Soundview against Matsushita.
Tokyo Seimitsu accuses KLA-Tencor of antitrust violations in patent dispute
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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.
Tessera says ITC determination finds Sharp violating IC-package patents
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9/26/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Tessera Technologies inc. today announced an initial determination by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has found that Sharp Corp.'s "face-up" chip-scale packages are violating Tessera's patents.
Intel expands chip-set patent fight with Via into Germany, U.K. and Hong Kong
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9/26/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif.--Intel Corp. today announced an expansion of its Pentium 4 chip-set patent fight with Taiwan-based Via Technologies Inc., which is now being sued in Germany, the United Kingdom, and Hong Kong in addition to the United States.
Aehr's sales drop 26% sequentially in quarter, causing wider loss
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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.
City banks to recycle IT kit for community groups
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9/25/2001   Post a comment
Leading City banks and other financial institutions have agreed to take part in a large-scale computer recycling operation costing £1m.
Canada's IceFyre aims three-engine modem IC at 5-GHz wireless LANs
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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.
Winbond 'reintroduces' nonvolatile memory ICs in U.S. after import ban expires
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9/24/2001   Post a comment
HSINCHU, Taiwan--Winbond Electronics Corp. here today said it has begun notifying U.S. customers that it is now able to reintroduce EPROMs, EEPROMs, flash memories and other nonvolatile memory products after an exclusion order in a patent dispute with Atmel Corp. expired last week.
Hitachi joins QDR group defining high-speed SRAMs for communications
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9/24/2001   Post a comment
TOKYO -- Hitachi Ltd. today announced plans to join Cypress, IDT, Micron, NEC, and Samsung in joint development of Quad Data Rate SRAM devices for high-performance communications applications.
Agere says new 2.5G chips, support will cut one year from handset launch
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9/24/2001   Post a comment
ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- In a move to raise the bar in chip sets for 2.5G handsets, Agere Systems Inc. today rolled out a new platform series, software, and testing support to reducing the total number of components in GSM-based cellular phones by nearly 50%, while accelerating product introductions by up to one year.
Chip gear index slips slightly, ending steady rise since April
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9/20/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- The book-to-bill ratio slipped slightly in August for North American-based suppliers of chip production systems after steadily increasing since April, said Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) today.
Via accuses Intel of violating patent for storage of formats in MPUs
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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
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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).
Telecoms restrictions as China joins World Trade Organisation
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9/19/2001   Post a comment
Foreign investors will be blocked from controlling Internet, third-generation mobile and other telecoms joint ventures in China under the final deal struck over the country's accession to the World Trade Organisation.
Amkor 'rounds out' Taiwan expansion with IC-test partnership
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9/19/2001   Post a comment
HSINCHU, Taiwan -- In a move to "round out" its expansion in Taiwan, U.S.-based Amkor Technology Inc. today announced an agreement to cooperate with King Yuan Electronics Co. Ltd., a 14-year-old independent semiconductor test services company based here.
MIPS Technologies claims favorable ruling in patent suit against Lexra
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9/18/2001   Post a comment
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- MIPS Technologies Inc. today claimed a legal victory in a judge's ruling on the interpretation of a key disputed patent in its lawsuit against Lexra Inc., which is accused of infringing upon RISC processor instruction-set technology.
Protech to offer rework and testing services
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9/18/2001   Post a comment
Protech Electronic Services, the contract electronics manufacturer, has invited its competitors to come for help by opening a 'ball grid array doctors surgery'.
EMTA leads bid to tackle future skills shortage
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9/18/2001   Post a comment
The 6000 young people joining the engineering sector each year needs to be increased to 10000 by 2005 if the UK is to meet the current skills shortage.
TSMC suggests standardizing industry processes at 0.10-micron node
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9/17/2001   Post a comment
LONDON -- During TSMC's European Technology Symposium here today, a marketing vice president at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. called on the chip industry to streamline its process development practices and standardize on a single "open" 0.10-micron technology for future ICs.
Advantest begins trading on NYSE, but sales to fall 53% in fiscal 2002
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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."
Rambus, Intel expand licensing pact, hint of greater cooperation
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9/17/2001   Post a comment
LOS ALTOS, Calif. -- Rambus Inc. and Intel Corp. today announced a new comprehensive patent cross-license agreement, which supersedes a prior pact between the companies. The agreement also appears to be aimed at ending doubts about Intel's support of Rambus.
UK lags behind Europe in R&D investment
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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.
CBI call for Treasury to see R&D labs in action
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9/17/2001   Post a comment
The Confederation of British Industry is to pressure the Treasury to visit UK labs to reach a better definition of R&D.
Teradyne CEO says terrorist attacks may impact frail business conditions
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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.
Mosaid sues Samsung for DRAM patent infringement after talks break down
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9/13/2001   Post a comment
OTTAWA, Ontario -- Mosaid Technologies Inc. here today announced a DRAM patent lawsuit against South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. two days after the Canadian company said licensing negotiations had broken down with a major memory maker.
Mosaid fails to strike DRAM licensing pact, restructures and plans aggressive actions
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9/11/2001   Post a comment
OTTAWA, Ontario -- Mosaid Technologies Inc. here today announced a restructuring of its operations, partly because patent-licensing negotiations broke down with an unidentified major memory manufacturer. The company also announced other actions, including the end to its module test business.
Call to raise university scientists' pay 'by 25%'
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9/11/2001   Post a comment
Peter Cotgreave, director of Save British Science, wants the government to boost university scientists' pay to encourage young people into research careers.
Mindspeed's new device will run rings in faster optical networks
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9/10/2001   Post a comment
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- Mindspeed Technologies Inc. here today announced a device that will enable a new breed of optical networking equipment, based on the emerging resilient packet ring (RPR) standard.
ARC lays off its technology vice-president
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9/10/2001   Post a comment
Jim Turley, formerly senior vice-president of technology at ARC Cores, has left the company. Turley described his departure as "amicable".
Amkor and STATS settle patent suits over IC packaging technology
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9/7/2001   Post a comment
CHANDLER, Ariz. -- Amkor Technology Inc. here and Singapore's ST Assembly Test Services Ltd. today announced a settlement to patent infringement lawsuits, which were launched at each other earlier this year.
TMS to develop test methodology for Raytheon
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9/7/2001   Post a comment
Turnkey Manufacturing Solution (TMS), a developer of RFIC test services, has announced it has been selected by Raytheon to develop the test methodology for its Tondelayo 5.8GHz WLAN chipset
Schlumberger adds broadband capabilities on VLSI test system
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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.
RFI, Racal Instruments in 3G agreement
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9/6/2001   Post a comment
Radio Frequency Investigation (RFI) and Racal Instruments have approve the establishment of a co-operation agreement for the supply of 3G test equipment
Strong growth in wireless LAN chips hinges on 5-GHz segment, says IDC
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9/5/2001   Post a comment
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- Despite the current industry slump, semiconductor revenues for wireless local area networks are expected to increase at a strong 29% compound annual growth rate between 2000 and 2005, said International Data Corp today.
Low noise density reduces test time for mixed-signal ICs
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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.
Acer Laboratories chip sets support Ultra ATA/133 interface
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9/4/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Taiwan's Acer Laboratories Inc. (ALi) today announced that its PC chip set lines will support the new and emerging Ultra ATA/133 interface standard.
July chip sales continue nosedive with Americas down 51% from last year
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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.


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