Rhines keynote spotlights EDA 'discontinuities' News & Analysis 1/31/2001 Post a comment Five "discontinuities" that may lead to explosive EDA growth were highlighted in a keynote speech by Wally Rhines, Mentor Graphics president and chief executive, at this week's DesignCon 2001 conference. What may be most controversial, however, is Rhines' belief that physical synthesis one of the hottest topics in EDA does not represent a discontinuity.
Maxim's sales up 51.2% News & Analysis 1/31/2001 Post a comment SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Maxim Integrated Products Inc. reported record net revenues of $305.1 million for its fiscal second quarter ended Dec. 30, a 51.2% increase over the $201.7 million reported for the same quarter a year ago.
Net income increased to a record $99.1 million in the second quarter, compared to $64.6 million last year, a 53.3% increase. Diluted earnings per share were $0.31 for the second quarter, a 55.0% increase over the $0.20 reported for the same period a year ago.
Amkor braces for weaker Q1, but expects rebound in 2001 News & Analysis 1/31/2001 Post a comment WEST CHESTER, Pa. -- Amkor Technology Inc. dodged a bullet in the fourth quarter as the chip industry sank into an unexpected downturn. The contract chip manufacturer today reported fourth-quarter revenues of $637 million, a 1.8% sequential drop from $649 million in the third quarter of 2000, but it could have been worse than that if it wasn't for an increase in sales to Amkor's largest customers.
ARM's Q4 sales flat, but company bullish for 2001 News & Analysis 1/31/2001 Post a comment CAMBRIDGE, England -- ARM Holdings plc here today reported sales of $20.3 million (29.8 million) for its fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, up 58% from $12.9 million (18.9 million) in the like period a year ago.
The company also reported flat earnings of $5.95 million (8.75 million) in the period, compared to $5.99 (8.81 million) a year ago. Earnings per fully diluted share increased to $0.13 in the quarter, from $0.8 a year ago. The company was projected to earn $0.03 a share, according to Zacks I
Diodes sees weak demand for first half News & Analysis 1/31/2001 Post a comment WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. -- Diodes Inc. here today reported sales of $26.1 million for the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, an increase of 12.5% compared to $23.2 million in the like period in 1999.
Net income for the same period rose 18.1% to $2.8 million, or $0.31 or share, as compared to $2.4 million, or $0.27 a share, a year ago.
Cabot's market share in CMP slurries hits 75%, says report News & Analysis 1/31/2001 Post a comment AURORA, Ill. -- Cabot Microelectronics Corp. here continues its dominance in wafer-polishing slurry applications for chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) in 2000. The company increased its market share to 75% of worldwide slurry sales, which totaled $284.5 million in 2000, said a new report from The Information Network.
Infineon sales fall 30% sequentially in quarter due to DRAM prices News & Analysis 1/31/2001 Post a comment MUNICH--Hammered by lower DRAM prices, Infineon Technologies AG here today reported a 30% sequential drop in revenues to 1.66 billion euros ($1.53 billion) in the company's first fiscal quarter, ended Dec. 31, compared to 2.38 billion euros ($2.19 billion) in the prior three-month period. Compared to a year ago, Infineon's revenues were up 8% from 1.54 billion euros.
ASML announces KrF lithography tool for 120-nm applications News & Analysis 1/30/2001 Post a comment VELDHOVEN, the Netherlands -- ASM Lithography here today announced a lithography tool designed to extend 248-nm optical technology down to resolutions of 120-nm.
The new PAS 5500/800 family of UV Step & Scan products from ASML incorporates the new Starlith 800 lens from its optics partner--Germany's Carl Zeiss.
Pixelworks invests $7.5M in DSP start-up News & Analysis 1/30/2001 Post a comment Pixelworks, Inc., a provider of chips for the advanced display market, today announced a strategic investment in Jaldi Semiconductor Corp., a privately held fabless semiconductor start-up developing application specific reconfigurable Digital Signal Processing (DSP) technology.
Vishay acquires capacitor maker Tansitor News & Analysis 1/30/2001 Post a comment Component supplier Vishay Intertechnology Inc., Malvern, Pa., has acquired Tansitor Electronics Inc., a manufacturer of wet tantalum electrolytic capacitors and solid tantalum capacitors based in Bennington, Vt.
Applied lowers forecast for quarter, but 300-mm product sales on track News & Analysis 1/30/2001 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Applied Materials Inc. here today lowered its forecast for the first quarter following sluggish demand and order delays, but the chip-equipment giant claimed its 300-mm product sales are on track.
The announcement is an ominous sign for chip-equipment makers. Applied, the world's largest supplier of semiconductor equipment, could be the first in a parade of companies in this industry to announce disappointing results in the first quarter of this year--and beyond, accordin
Micro Linear reports loss for fourth quarter News & Analysis 1/30/2001 Post a comment Micro Linear Corp., San Jose, Calif., reported a net loss of $3.4 million, or 28 cents per share, in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, 2000. That compared to a net loss in the preceding quarter of $3.8 million, or 33 cents per share, and a net income of $228,000, or 2 cents per share, in the fourth quarter of 1999.
Singapore takes 15% stake in UMC-Infineon 300-mm fab News & Analysis 1/30/2001 Post a comment SINGAPORE -- In a move to support 300-mm wafer processing in Singapore, the country's government today announced a 15% stake in a $3.6 billion facility planned here by Taiwan's United Microelectronics Corp. and Infineon Technologies AG of Germany.
Intel and others invest in Tru-Si News & Analysis 1/30/2001 Post a comment SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Semiconductor equipment maker Tru-Si Technologies Inc. (Tru-Si) has received $18 million in funding from C 2 Capital and Intel Capital.
The funding will be used to expanded the company's management
team and operations, according to Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Tru-Si. The company sells a line of proprietary atmospheric downstream plasma gas-etch systems, which are said to be the world's most efficient damage-free removal solutions in the semiconductor industry.
FEI says Q4 booking up 31% due to 3-D metrology demand News & Analysis 1/30/2001 Post a comment HILLSBORO, Ore. -- Three-dimensional metrology supplier FEI Co. here reported record sales of $96.1 million and a net income of $10.0 million in the fourth quarter. Net sales grew 32% from $73.0 million in the fourth quarter of 1999, when the company recorded a net income of $2.0 million.
TSMC licenses specialty RF process technology from Conexant News & Analysis 1/30/2001 Post a comment HSINCHU, Taiwan -- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. has licensed advanced specialty radio-frequency process technology intellectual property (IP) from Conexant Systems Inc. to beef up its high-performance foundry services for networking and wireless communications ICs. TSMC gains access to Conexant's IP under a new long-term cross-licensing technology and wafer supply agreement.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times