Singapore beats out Taiwan and China to land AMD/UMC fab News & Analysis 1/31/2002 Post a comment Advanced Micro Devices and UMC late Thursday announced they will form a joint venture to build and operate a 300mm wafer fab in Singapore to make PC processors and other logic products.
UMC will also become a foundry to make AMD processors to augment output from the chip firm's own fab in Dresden, Germany.
The joint venture, called AU Pte Ltd., will start production in 2005 at the 0.065-micron processing node
Belden makes profit but cuts more jobs News & Analysis 1/31/2002 Post a comment Belden Inc. reported net income in its fourth fiscal quarter ended December 31 of $6.4 million or 26 cents per diluted share, on revenues of $204.8 million. In the year-ago quarter, Belden earned $16.2 million or 66 cents per share on sales of $309.9 million.
AMD taps UMC as foundry partner to build processors News & Analysis 1/31/2002 Post a comment Advanced Micro Devices late Thursday will hold a press briefing to announce it has selected United Microelectronics Corp. of Taiwan as its long-awaited foundry partner to make microprocessor chips.
The announcement ends weeks of speculation after AMD President Hector Ruiz two weeks ago said a foundry would be named this quarter.
AMD so far provided no details of what the foundry agreement will include or what chips UMC may make for the processor firm. Because Ruiz two weeks ago highlighted th
Microtune to expand RF efforts into more broadband applications News & Analysis 1/31/2002 Post a comment PLANO, Tex. -- In a move to expand its business, Microtune Inc. today announced plans to offer radio-frequency silicon chips and systems solutions for a wide range of commercial and consumer electronics applications in broadband communications, wireless connectivity products and automotive markets.
Hynix allocation move startles DRAM market News & Analysis 1/30/2002 Post a comment Hynix Semiconductor Inc.'s move on Tuesday placing all its DRAMs on allocation was greeted with some raised eyebrows and skepticism in the industry, but also some concurrence that the memory chip supply is tightening.
SRAM firms likely to suffer another downturn in 2002 News & Analysis 1/30/2002 Post a comment Static RAM revenues plunged over 41% in 2001 from the previous year's levels, as falling demand from wireless and wired networking customers created a major oversupply conditions, significantly depressing both unit shipments and ASPs, according to iSupply Corp., El Segundo, Calif.
Taiwan's chipset makers predict strong recovery News & Analysis 1/30/2002 Post a comment TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan's chipset design companies reported declining results for 2001 as stiff competition and soft PC demand worldwide ate into profits.
Via Technologies Inc., the No.2 core-logic chipset design house after Intel Corp., said net income slid 23% from 2000 to $151.1 million. Silicon Integrated Systems Inc. lost $13.6 million, widening from $6.5 million during the same period.
"Last year was pretty bad for the industry as consumer and corporate confidence stayed low," said
Hynix says it has put all DRAMs on allocation News & Analysis 1/30/2002 Post a comment Hynix Semiconductor America Inc., San Jose, Tuesday said it was putting all DRAMs -- both single data date and DDR products -- on allocation for the remainder of the first quarter. The firm claimed that increased demand and its supply shortfall prompted the action.
Littelfuse reports fourth quarter loss News & Analysis 1/29/2002 Post a comment Littelfuse Inc. reported a net loss for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2001 of $2.8 million or 13 cents per share on sales of $60.9 million, down from net earnings of $6.7 million or 31 cents per share on sales of $82.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2000.
AMD to buy MIPS processor startup Alchemy News & Analysis 1/29/2002 Post a comment Advanced Micro Devices Inc. plans to acquire Alchemy Semiconductor Inc. and pit that company's MIPS-based processor architecture against Intel Corp.'s Xscale processors, broadening an already fierce rivalry to the embedded front, sources said.
Nikon leads litho market in 2001, but ASML could grab top spot in 2002, say analysts News & Analysis 1/29/2002 Post a comment SAN FRANCISCO -- The current semiconductor downturn caused some new and surprising results in terms of market share for lithography-tool vendors in 2001. This included Canon Inc.'s move to surpass ASM Holding N.V. as the world's second largest lithography vendor last year, according to combined estimates from Morgan Stanley Dean Witter & Co. and VLSI Research Inc.
In terms of worldwide tool shipments for IC production in 2001, Nikon Corp. of Japan remained the world's largest lithography vendor
TI chip sales rise 3% from Q3, but 2002 capex to be cut 56% News & Analysis 1/28/2002 Post a comment DALLAS -- Texas Instruments Inc. today announced a 3% sequential increase in semiconductor sales in the fourth quarter, but seasonally weaker shipments of educational calculators offset those gains, resulting in a 3% drop in total revenues to $1.79 billion compared to $1.85 billion in Q3.
Pressure mounting for tantalum capacitor price hike News & Analysis 1/28/2002 Post a comment Tantalum powder suppliers are denying requests by several major capacitor makers to renegotiate multiyear "take or pay" contracts signed at the height of the last component shortage, putting severe pressure on their already depressed margins.
Nazomi offers plug-in Java accelerator for wireless handsets News & Analysis 1/28/2002 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif.--Nazomi Communications Inc. today officially launched a universal Java accelerator chip, which offloads Java bytecode instructions from host microprocessors in wireless systems to speed applications by 15-to-60 times. The accelerator chip also saves battery power.
Motorola pushes PowerPC to 1-GHz with SOI technology News & Analysis 1/28/2002 Post a comment AUSTIN, Tex. -- Motorola Inc. today announced its fastest PowerPC processor yet, the MPC7455, which is fabricated with silicon-on-insulator technology and operating at 1-GHz speeds. A slower, lower-power version of the SOI processor, the MPC7445, is also being offered at speeds up to 800 MHz.
MoSys adds soft-error protection, correction to 1-transistor SRAM for 'free' News & Analysis 1/28/2002 Post a comment SUNNYVALE, Calif -- How about error correction in embedded SRAM memory for free? That's essentially what MoSys Inc. today announced with the launch of an enhanced single-transistor SRAM cell that combats a growing range of problems in manufacturing yields, chip reliability, and "soft error" rates as IC-design feature sizes shrink.
Trident's operating loss grows in quarter due to problems in chip set ramp News & Analysis 1/25/2002 Post a comment SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Trident Microsystems Inc. here reported an increase in operating loss despite a 17% sequential increase in revenues to $30.2 million in the company's fiscal second quarter, ended Dec. 31, from $25.7 million in the prior period. The graphics chip set supplier's sales were 14% below $35.1 million in the quarter a year ago.