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Singapore beats out Taiwan and China to land AMD/UMC fab
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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
Raytheon spins out ASIC company for commercial wireless products
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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Raytheon Co. today announced it has launched a venture-backed fabless semiconductor company, called TelASIC Communications Inc., to pursue application-specific ICs for advanced wireless products.
SiGe power problems may send IC makers back to CMOS, says AMCC executive
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- While silicon-germanium (SiGe) technologies promise to deliver the next wave of high-speed communications chips, some unexpected power issues with this process could force IC suppliers back to traditional CMOS, said an executive from Applied Micro Circuits Corp. (AMCC).
Belden makes profit but cuts more jobs
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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.
Sharp taps Parthus' Java accelerator for system-on-chip products
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CAMAS, Wash. -- Sharp Electronics Corp.'s U.S. chip subsidiary here announced is has licensed a Java acceleration platform from Parthus Technologies plc of Ireland, to accelerate the introduction of system-on-chip products for "PC-equivalent performance" on handheld devices.
AMD taps UMC as foundry partner to build processors
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Advanced Micro Devices Inc. plans to hold a press conference late Thursday to announce it has selected United Microelectronics Corp. of Taiwan as its foundry partner to make microprocessor chips.
AMD taps UMC as foundry partner to build processors
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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
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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.
Ultratech cuts loss, says it's preparing for technology-driven recovery
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SAN JOSE -- Ultratech Stepper Inc. today reported an 11.5% sequential drop in net sales to $21.5 million in the fourth quarter compared to $24.3 million in Q3. The lithography supplier posted a net loss of $2.4 million, including one-time charges, compared to a net loss of $26.0 million in the prior quarter.
Updated: Infineon and Hynix reported in collaboration talks
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Ulrich Schmacher, president of Infineon Technologies AG, was quoted in a Japanese newspaper that his firm is discussing a possible strategic alliance with Hynix Semiconductor Inc. to take the form of cooperative development and perhaps some joint manufacturing.
Managing Differential Delay in SONET Architectures
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Today's SONET network operators covet virtual concatenation capabilities. To answer this call, designers must manage differential delay in system architectures by choosing between SRAMs and SDRAMs.
Hynix allocation move startles DRAM market
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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.
Server costs could be cut sharply by common platforms
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1/30/2002   Post a comment
NEW YORK -- A move by some of the world's largest communications players to join the Open Source Development Lab (OSDL) could help cut server costs sharply, according to some attendees of the LinuxWorld Conference here.
RF Solutions plans chip set to support both cell phones and wireless LANs
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ATLANTA--RF Solutions Inc. here today announced development of a wireless, multi-band, multi-standard RF chip set technology, which can support digital cellular phones and local area networking systems conforming to the IEEE 802.11a, b, and g formats.
Anadigics reports smaller-than-expected loss
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Anadigics, Inc., Warren, NJ, today reported net sales of $21 million and a loss of 43 cents per share (excluding special charges and amortization of intangibles) for the fourth quarter ended December 31.
SRAM firms likely to suffer another downturn in 2002
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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.
Fujitsu agrees to buy Toshiba's SAW filter business
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Fujitsu Media Devices Ltd. Wednesday announced it has reached an agreement to acquire Toshiba Corp.'s surface acoustic wave (SAW) filter business for an undisclosed amount.
Taiwan's chipset makers predict strong recovery
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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
Toshiba adds ARM processor core to speed Java execution in mobile devices
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TOKYO -- Toshiba Corp. today announced it has expanded the licensing of RISC design cores from U.K.-based ARM Ltd. with the addition of the ARM926EJ-S processor, which has been optimized for wireless applications such as mobile phones and personal digital assistants (PDAs).
Hynix says it has put all DRAMs on allocation
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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.
On Semi sales/marketing VP Rohleder leaves company
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PHOENIX-- On Semiconductor Corp. today said Michael Rohleder has resigned as senior vice president and director of sales and marketing to pursue other opportunities outside the company.
HPL will buy TestChip to extend fab yield solutions
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SAN JOSE -- HPL Technologies Inc. today announced it has agreed to acquire privately-held TestChip Technologies Inc. of Plano, Tex., for cash and stock worth about $35 million.
Isonics ships thick-film SOI wafers for optical MEMS applications
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GOLDEN, Colo.-- As planned several weeks ago, Isonics Corp. today announced it has begun shipping thick-film silicon-on-insulator (SOI) wafers. The Colorado company accelerated its entry into the SOI wafer market by striking an alliance with Silicon Quest International Inc. of Santa Clara, Calif. (see Jan. 8 story).
Toshiba, Matsushita plan LCD joint venture to expand display applications
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OSAKA, Japan -- Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. today announced plans to transfer its liquid crystal display (LCD) business to a new joint venture with Toshiba Corp., effective April 1. The new company will be called Toshiba Matsushita Display Technology Co.
Littelfuse reports fourth quarter loss
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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
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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
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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
FTC wants more information on planned Synopsys-Avanti merger
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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- Synopsys Inc. here today said it has received a request from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for additional information on its proposed acquisition of Avanti Corp.
Simplex buys Coyote's 3-D modeling technology to support diagonal interconnects
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Design automation and verification tool supplier Simplex Solutions Inc. today announced it has acquired the software intellectual property (IP) assets of the Coyote Systems business from Coventor Inc.
Sematech to become more aggressive in photomask development efforts
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AUSTIN, TEX. -- Barriers in photomask production and technologies have become so challenging that International Sematech has decided to dedicate more than half of its lithography R&D budget to solving problems in mask making and reticle materials, said the Austin-based semiconductor consortium.
TI chip sales rise 3% from Q3, but 2002 capex to be cut 56%
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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.
Soft errors a problem as SRAM geometries shrink
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The frequency of errors in SRAM devices is intensifying as memory-IC vendors employ smaller geometries and continue moving their products into the networking equipment market.
ARM revenues rise 7% sequentially on higher royalties from chip makers
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CAMBRIDGE, England -- ARM Holdings plc today reported a 7% sequential increase in revenues to £40.2 million ($56.7 million) in the fourth quarter compared to £37.6 million in Q3. Revenues were 35% higher than £29.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2000, said ARM.
Motorola pushes PowerPC to the 1-GHz level
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Motorola Inc.'s Semiconductor Products Sector (SPS) said it has begun shipping its first PowerPC microprocessor to achieve 1-GHz performance.
AMD claims Athlon 4 now fastest notebook processor available
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Advanced Micro Devices Inc. today claimed it was now offering the fastest microprocessor for notebook PCs with the rollout of its mobile Athlon 4 processor 1500+.
Pressure mounting for tantalum capacitor price hike
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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
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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.
Kingston hikes DRAM purchases from Taiwan
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HSINCHU, Taiwan --- Kingston Technology Inc. is planning to raise its memory chip purchase from Taiwan, hoping the battered dynamic random access memory industry will stabilize this year.
Motorola pushes PowerPC to 1-GHz with SOI technology
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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'
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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.
NEC plans ICs with SST's SuperFlash by fourth quarter
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SUNNYVALE, Calif.--Silicon Storage Technology Inc. (SST) today announced it has licensed flash technology to NEC Corp. for embedded nonvolatile memory use in microcontrollers and other ICs fabricated with 0.35-micron processes.
Philips, Mitsumi to jointly develop, sell analog ICs
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EINDHOVEN, the Netherlands -- Philips Semiconductors here and Mitsumi Electric Co. Ltd. in Japan today announced plans to jointly develop, manufacture, market, and sale analog and mixed-signal ICs worldwide.
ARM sales up by almost half during tough year for chips
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ARM Holdings saw full-year 2001 sales climb 45% from £100.7m in 2000 to £146.3m despite the chaos in among the company's semiconductor customers.
DRAM price runs may not endure
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DRAM contract prices are rising, but analysts warn against complacency, saying prices are being driven by deals that may never come to fruition.
Therma-Wave boosts optical metrology using spectroscopic ellipsometry technology
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FREMONT, Calif.--Therma-Wave Inc. today announced the first critical dimension (CD) metrology tool that combines spectroscopic ellipsometry technology for high levels of optical measurement with real-time regression capability.
Intel regained ground from AMD, analyst says
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Intel Corp. ramped up low-end Celeron processor sales in the fourth quarter to gain back some PC market share lost to AMD, according to Dean McCarron, preisdent of Mercury Research, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Trident's operating loss grows in quarter due to problems in chip set ramp
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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.
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