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Lexra to become fabless chip supplier, settles RISC patent suit with MIPS
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12/31/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Lexra Inc. today (Dec. 31) announced it was changing its business plan to become a fabless semiconductor company after reaching an agreement to settle a two-year-old patent lawsuit filed by MIPS Technologies Inc.
Nanometrics expects 25% sequential drop in Q4 revenues
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12/28/2001   Post a comment
MILPITAS, Calif.--Metrology supplier Nanometrics Inc. today cut its revenue estimate for the fourth quarter to show a 25% sequential drop in sales from $10.1 million in Q3. Nanometrics had previously said it expected sequentially flat revenues in the fourth quarter.
Highly experienced women top IEEE-USA salary survey
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12/27/2001   Post a comment
WASHINGTON -- The gender gap for professional salaries in U.S. electronics and information technology fields now shows women with 20-to-29 years of experience being paid more than men, according to a new survey by the IEEE-USA organization.
IMT claims largest dedicated MEMS fab for independent supplier
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12/27/2001   Post a comment
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- Innovative Micro Technology here this week announced an expansion of its microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) fab and assembly/packaging facility. The MEMS frontend fab now has 30,000 square feet of class 100 production area, while the backend packaging section totals 4,000 square feet, according to the company.
DDR memory prices soar pending Intel introduction
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12/27/2001   Post a comment
The premium for double-data-rate SDRAMs is almost double the price of comparable density single data rate chips, as OEMs and suppliers gear up for Intel Corp.'s touted January launch of its 845D DDR chipset.
Power supply vendor Ault reports loss
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12/27/2001   Post a comment
External power supplier Ault Inc., Minneapolis, reported that sales for its second 2002 fiscal quarter ended December 2, were $9.9 million, down from the $26.5 million reported for the second quarter of fiscal 2001.
Mentor extends offer for IKOS, says it owns 9% of stock
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12/26/2001   Post a comment
WILSONVILLE, Ore. -- Mentor Graphics Corp. today (Dec. 26) extended its unsolicited cash takeover offer for IKOS Systems Inc. until midnight Jan. 25, New York time, because it wants to give the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) more time to review the proposed purchase and merger.
Samsung pushes deeper into digital audio with new SoC series
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12/26/2001   Post a comment
SEOUL -- Aiming to increase its presence in next-generation digital audio applications, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. this week announced development of a system-on-chip IC with integrated 16-bit microcontroller, 24-bit digital signal processor, 96-kilobyte cache SRAM, and other peripherals functions for handheld devices.
Hynix considers Micron offer on DRAM fabs
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12/24/2001   Post a comment
The Hynix Semiconductor Restructuring Committee and the firm's major Korean bank creditors will meet this week to consider the outcome of discussions with Micron Technology last week in Boise, Idaho to sell its memory fabs or form an alliance with the U.S. chip maker, the firm said Monday.
Court of Appeal says IR35 clampdown is legal
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12/21/2001   Post a comment
Judges reject contractors' latest attempt to strike down contoversial tax system but acknowledge law is neither clear nor up to date.
RF module
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12/20/2001   Post a comment
The AWT6200 PowerPlexer RF module integrates an InGaP power amplifier, GaAs pHEMPT antenna switches, as well as passive filters integrated passives, and analog control circuitry.
Varian Semiconductor to receive Lam payments in patent suit settlement
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12/20/2001   Post a comment
GLOUCESTER, Mass.--Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates Inc. here today announced it has settled a patent infringement lawsuit with Lam Research Corp., which has agreed to pay Varian $20 million and issue a warrant for the purchase of 2 million shares of Lam's common stock at a value of $42.6 million.
ST leapfrogs competitors in Dataquest league after bad year for everybody
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12/20/2001   Post a comment
If there has been a winner in what Gartner Dataquest has described as the worst year of the semiconductor industry, it has to be STMicroelectronics. Not because its sales were up over 2001 but because, out of the top ten companies in the field, its sales fell less precipitously.
Lineo to dispose of hardware lines to focus on Linux software
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12/20/2001   Post a comment
Utah-based Lineo is trying to sell off its remaining two hardware-making units following the company's decision to focus on the two versions of embedded Linux that it sells.
T&B to close plants, lay off about 1,000 workers
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12/19/2001   Post a comment
Seeking to regain profitability, Thomas & Betts Corp. has initiated a program to streamline production, improve productivity and reduce costs at its plants in the U.S., Europe, and Mexico.
Clear Logic raises another $10.5 million
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12/19/2001   Post a comment
Although the legality of its technology is being challenged, Clear Logic Inc. continues to win the confidence of investors.
Winbond pushes DDR with new 512MB chip
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12/19/2001   Post a comment
HSINCHU, Taiwan -- Winbond Electronics Corp. said that it has sampled production of Taiwan's most advanced double data rate (DDR) SDRAM chips with technology it developed with Toshiba Corp.
Motorola's 'asset light' chip strategy will outsource 50% of CMOS products
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12/19/2001   Post a comment
AUSTIN, Tex. -- Details are still sketchy, but Motorola Inc.'s new "asset light" semiconductor strategy appears to have some of the same major objectives for outsourcing chip manufacturing as a previous plan outlined by the company in 1998, but those efforts apparently never took hold.
PMC-Sierra collaborates with TSMC on 0.13-micron and below IC designs
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12/19/2001   Post a comment
BURNABY, British Columbia -- PMC-Sierra Inc. today announced it will collaborate with silicon foundry supplier Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. to develop system-on-chip (SoC) products, based on TSMC's new 0.13-micron process technologies.
Micron still pursuing Hynix takeover
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12/18/2001   Post a comment
Steve Appleton, Micron president, told financial analysts in a conference call late Tuesday that the pending deal with Toshiba doesn't preclude his firm from trying to acquire Hynix Semiconductor Inc. fabs as well. He said talks continue with Hynix at the same time Micron is also finalizing its deal to acquire Toshiba's Dominion Semiconductor fab in Manassas, Va.
Toshiba to drop Rambus DRAM sales for PCs
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12/18/2001   Post a comment
Toshiba Corp. today said it will cease selling Direct Rambus DRAMs in the PC market as part of its strategic shift in its memory chip strategy. The Japanese chip maker announced today it was exiting the commodity DRAM business and selling its Virginia wafer fab to Micron Technology Inc. as part of that change in strategy (see today's story).
Micron posts $266 million loss in quarter as memory prices fall 24% sequentially
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12/18/2001   Post a comment
BOISE, Idaho--Micron Technology Inc. today reported a net loss of $266 million in the company's fiscal first quarter, ended Nov. 29, on net sales of $424 million. Revenues sequentially drop 11.7% from $480 million in the prior fiscal quarter, when Micron posted a net loss of $576 million.
Update: Toshiba to drop Rambus sales for PCs
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12/18/2001   Post a comment
Toshiba Corp. said it will cease selling Direct Rambus DRAM to the PC market as part of its strategic shift in the memory market.
TI licenses 32-bit synthesizable MIPS core for integration with DSP
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12/18/2001   Post a comment
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--MIPS Technologies Inc. today announced that Texas Instruments Inc. has licensed its next-generation, synthesizable 32-bit RISC processor core, the MIPS32 4KEc.
Motorola to port Emblaze technology to DragonBall MPU
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12/18/2001   Post a comment
Emblaze Systems Ltd. and Motorola, Inc's Semiconductor Products Sector (SPS) today announced they have agreed to port the Emblaze MPEG4 multimedia player to Motorola's DragonBall MX1 microprocessor.
Therma-Wave will buy Sensys to gain integrated metrology systems
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12/18/2001   Post a comment
FREMONT, Calif.--Therma-Wave Inc. here today announced an agreement to acquire Sensys Instruments Corp., a five-year-old supplier of integrated metrology systems for chemical mechanical planarization (CMP), photo resist coaters and developers as well as other fab applications.
MIPS, software make for smooth DVD decoding
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12/18/2001   Post a comment
Digital videodisk playback is a complicated process that requires decoding many different complex data types and coordinating the flow of time-sensitive data through a complex series of transformations.
Meeting MPEG-4 advanced audio coding requirements
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12/18/2001   Post a comment
MPEG-4 audio does not require a single or small set of highly efficient compression schemes but rather a complex toolbox to perform a wide range of operations from low-bit-rate speech coding to high-quality audio coding and music synthesis.
Christmas list: tricks to enhance audio, video
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12/18/2001   Post a comment
Have you priced a Sony Playstation 2 lately? Despite the tough economic climate, the biggest movers in the stores this holiday season are DVD players and computer games.
Kemet cutting workforce by 1,600
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12/18/2001   Post a comment
With shipments at one-third of last year's level, Kemet Corp. has announced another series of cost-cutting moves, including workforce reductions, that are expected to save $10 million in the December quarter and $30 million annually.
Cadence to invest $50 million in China to expand design automation business
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12/18/2001   Post a comment
BEIJING--Cadence Design Systems Inc. today announced it will invest $50 million in China to enhance its sales, support, and services for electronic design automation in the country's booming EDA market.
Toshiba sells DRAM business to Micron
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12/18/2001   Post a comment
Toshiba has decided to sell its DRAM business, not to German chipmaker Infineon Technologies, with which the company had been negotiating for several months, but to US-based Micron Technology.
Ramtron unit, Singapore's UTAC develop chip-scale package for 72-Mbit DDR SRAM
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12/18/2001   Post a comment
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.--Ramtron International Corp.'s Enhanced Memory Systems Inc. subsidiary here and Singapore's United Test and Assembly Center Ltd. today announced development of a new chip-scale package, using flip-chip technology, for a 72-megabit double data rate static RAM.
Micron agrees to acquire Toshiba's Virginia fab
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12/18/2001   Post a comment
Toshiba Corp. Tuesday confirmed in Tokyo that it would sell its DRAM fab, Dominion Semiconductor LLC in Manassas, Va., to Micron Technology Inc. for an undisclosed amount and exit the commodity DRAM business.
Flash venture between Toshiba, SanDisk to consolidate production in Japan
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12/18/2001   Post a comment
TOKYO--SanDisk Corp. and Toshiba Corp. today announced plans to consolidate manufacturing for their joint venture in flash memories at Toshiba's wafer fab in Yokkaichi, Japan. The plan was set in motion after Toshiba agreed to sell its Dominion Semiconductor facility in Virginia to Micron Technology Inc., along with the company's entire commodity DRAM business (see today's story).
Micron to buy Toshiba's commodity DRAM business, Virginia fab
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12/18/2001   Post a comment
BOISE, Idaho--Micron Technology Inc. today announced it will acquire Toshiba Corp.'s commodity DRAM business, including the company's Dominion Semiconductor LLC manufacturing facility in Virginia. Terms of the acquisition agreement were not released by the two companies, but knowledgable sources said Micron will pay between $250-to-$400 million for the wafer fab.
NEC to close Livingston fab
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12/18/2001   Post a comment
Scottish region faces deepening economic crisis as NEC shuts site, adding to its earlier decision to axe DRAM production and Motorola's closure of nearby Bathgate.
For Lattice, buying into FPGAs was the easy part
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12/17/2001   Post a comment
Buying Agere Systems Inc.'s FPGA business was the easy part. Now Lattice Semiconductor Corp. must figure out how to sell a technology unfamiliar to its distribution and sales channel and direct customer base.
Rockwell Scientific says track/hold circuit improves performance up to four times
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12/17/2001   Post a comment
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif.--Rockwell Scientific Co. LLC here today introduced a 10-GHz bandwidth track-and-hold circuit for 1-gigabit-per-second transmission applications in ultra-wideband data acquisition systems.
AMD introducing 1GHz Duron processor
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12/17/2001   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. is expected today to roll out the first "value" mobile microprocessor to break 1 GHz.
AMD ups speed of mobile Duron CPU to 1 GHz for notebook PCs
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12/17/2001   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif.--Advanced Micro Devices Inc. today introduced a 1-GHz mobile Duron microprocessor, which AMD claimed is now the highest performance PC processor for "mainstream notebook" computers.
Conexant expects 10% sequential growth in quarter due to better wireless sales
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12/17/2001   Post a comment
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.-- Conexant Systems Inc. today said sales are showing further improvements in the last three months of 2001, with company revenues expected to grow 10% sequentially from $201 million in the prior fiscal quarter. Conexant had been forecasting a 5-to-7% sequential increase in sales in the fiscal first quarter, which ends Dec. 28.
PMC-Sierra platform for base stations has its RF chips and TI DSPs
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12/17/2001   Post a comment
BURNABY, British Columbia -- Aiming to enable a new class of wireless base stations, PMC-Sierra Inc. today announced a reference design platform, based on its new pre-distortion chip technology as well digital signal processors (DSPs) from Texas Instrument Inc.
Conexant, Alpha to create new wireless chip company in 2002
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12/17/2001   Post a comment
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.-- In a move to create a third independently-traded chip company from its operations, Conexant Systems Inc. here today announced plans to spin off and merge its wireless IC business with Alpha Industries Inc. to form a new supplier of integrated radio-frequency solutions for all major standards in 2.5 and 3G cellular phones.
Formal verification link goes through Verisity language
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12/17/2001   Post a comment
French design automation company TNI-Valiosys has licensed Verisity's e verification language as part of a project to link formal verification techniques with traditional simulation-oriented design checks.
SVR says its suit survives Avanti's motion for dismissal
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12/14/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Silicon Valley Research Inc. today celebrated a federal judge's decision not to dismiss its lawsuit against Avanti Corp., which is being accused of unfair competition, concealment and sale of stolen goods, false advertising, conspiracy, and violations of U.S. racketeering laws. Those charges are being made in connection to allegations that Avanti stole computer code and secrets from Cadence Design Systems Inc.
Hynix official proposes alliance talks with Samsung
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12/14/2001   Post a comment
A key Hynix Semiconductor official in Korea this week suggested his company should explore an alliance with Samsung Electronics, even as discussions are taking place between Hynix and Micron Technology over a proposed DRAM venture.
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