Court throws out most Rambus claims against Infineon News & Analysis 4/30/2001 Post a comment RICHMOND, Va. -- U.S. District Court Judge Robert Payne late today dismissed all but three of the patent infringement claims filed against Infineon Technologies AG by Rambus Inc., ruling that Rambus had failed to prove that "dozens" of patents related to SDRAM and double-data-rate SDRAM technology had been violated.
Virage Logic revenues up year-over-year and sequentially News & Analysis 4/30/2001 Post a comment Virage Logic Corp., an embedded memory IP vendor, today reported revenues for the second quarter of fiscal 2001, ended March 31, were were $7.6 million, up 65% from $4.6 million a year ago, and up 15% from revenues of $6.6 million reported for the prior quarter.
Xilinx offers migration kit to Altera customers News & Analysis 4/30/2001 Post a comment Xilinx Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) will introduce an Altera-to-Xilinx design migration kit this week that will allow users of Altera Corp. parts and Max+plus II software to transfer their designs to Xilinx's Integrated Synthesis Environment (ISE) tool flow.
Trident accuses rivals of hiring employees to steal secrets News & Analysis 4/30/2001 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Trident Microsystems Inc. has filed a lawsuit here in California court, accusing Via Technologies Inc. and the S3 Graphics joint venture in Taiwan of conspiring with a former engineering manager to misappropriate trade secrets by hiring employees.
Photronics closing photomask units in 'final phase' of Align-Rite merger News & Analysis 4/30/2001 Post a comment JUPITER, Fla. -- Photronics Inc. here today announced a series of plant closings and consolidation of photomask operations in the U.S. as well as Europe to increase its competitiveness. The moves are also aimed at shifting more focus onto advanced reticles for 0.13-micron and below process technologies, the company said.
Legerity seeks to emerge from AMD's shadow News & Analysis 4/27/2001 Post a comment After years of living as the "ignored child" under the roof of parent Advanced Micro Devices Inc., Legerity Inc.'s place at the intersection of voice and data convergence could finally earn it the recognition that it craves.
Industry reacts to illegal tantalum mining News & Analysis 4/27/2001 Post a comment
The U.S. electronics industry is demonstrating mixed reaction to the illegal mining of tantalum ore in several environmentally protected areas in the Democratic Republic of Congo. But even those who express concern say they don't see how they or the electronics industry as a whole can do anything to remedy the problem.
Intel developing 450-mm wafers News & Analysis 4/27/2001 Post a comment Indicating one destination of Intel Corp.'s $4.2 billion investment in R&D this year, president and chief executive officer Craig Barrett revealed this week that the company is already working on 450-mm (18-inch) wafers.
Genesis denies infringing patents from Silicon Image News & Analysis 4/27/2001 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- Genesis Microchip Inc. here today denied that it is infringing the consumer-chip patents from its major competitor--Silicon Image Inc.
On April 24, Silicon Image announced it filed a patent infringement suit against Genesis. The complaint involves chip technology called "Digital Visual Interface" (DVI), which is a method of connecting monitors to PCs via a digital link. Both companies offer DVI technology integrated in their chip products.
Zilog paid Crawford $10.3 million in quarter News & Analysis 4/26/2001 Post a comment In an unusually generous "golden parachute" deal, Zilog Inc. made a $10.3 million payment to former Zilog chairman, president and CEO Curtis Crawford in the first quarter under a contractual compensation arrangement.
The payment came in a quarter in which the company reported an
operating loss of $16.6 million. Crawford in January announced he was stepping down as CEO of the troubled company, but would remain as chairman to help guide Zilog's strategic direction. But shortly after, he also resi
Cabot sees revenues drop 19% from prior quarter News & Analysis 4/26/2001 Post a comment AURORA, Ill.-- Wafer-polishing slurry supplier Cabot Microelectronics Corp. today reported a 19% sequential drop in revenues to $55.7 million in the fiscal quarter, ended March 31, compared to $68.6 million in the prior period. Compared to a year ago, Cabot's revenues were up 43% from $38.0 million in the same fiscal quarter.
FSI halts Calypso spin-on low-k dielectric product line News & Analysis 4/26/2001 Post a comment MUNICH -- FSI International Inc. has shelved its spin-on dielectric program and product series, called Calypso, after concluding that chemical vapor deposition (CVD) has won the battle for low-k in 0.13-micron interconnect processes. Calypso also fell victim to belt tightening at FSI during the industry's sharp downturn.
Simple Technology ships 512-MB modules based on Rambus' RDRAM technology News & Analysis 4/26/2001 Post a comment SANTA ANA, Calif. -- Simple Technology Inc. here today announced what the company claims is the world's highest-density, memory-module products based on Rambus Inc.'s RDRAM technology.
Simple announced the availability of RIMM products with densities up to 512-megabytes. Dubbed the RAMBUS PC800 RIMM module, the product is designed for systems based on Intel Corp.'s Pentium 4 microprocessors, said Mark Moshayedi, chief operating officer of Santa Ana, Calif.-based Simple.
Currently available thr
Vishay cuts forecast and expenses News & Analysis 4/26/2001 Post a comment Vishay Intertechnology Inc., Malvern, Pa., announced that net earnings for the first quarter ended March 31 increased to $90.1 million or 65 cents per share, 21% over the comparable period last year when earnings were $74.2 million, or 56 cents per share.
ChipPac offers IC packaging design, analysis service on Web site News & Analysis 4/26/2001 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- ChipPac Inc. today announced an automated IC packaging design service that uses the company's Web site and addresses device performance and reliability issues. The design system addresses simulation and analysis of electrical, mechanical, and thermal characteristics.
Intel to develop advanced compilers with Chinese organization News & Analysis 4/26/2001 Post a comment BEIJING -- In an effort to optimize its microprocessors for next-generation applications, Intel Corp. will team up with the Institute of Computing Technology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences here to develop advanced software compilers for R&D purposes.
The research is targeted to develop compilers that improve the performance of Intel's Itanium processor family, said Patrick P. Gelsinger, vice president and chief technology officer of the Intel Architecture Group.
SEMI chief sees changes in chip cycle News & Analysis 4/26/2001 Post a comment As the US book to bill ratio for March fell to 0.64, Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) president Stanley Myers told Electronics Times further falls could follow, and talked about how the cyclical nature of the semiconductor industry was set to change.