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Samsung speeds up move to 0.12-micron process
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6/29/2001   Post a comment
Samsung Semiconductor will push its planned shrink to the 0.12-micron process for 256- and 512-Mbit memory parts ahead two quarters in a bid to dominate next year's Windows XP-driven PC market.
Motorola, AMD's Ruiz settle suit over recruitment dispute
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SCHAUMBURG, Ill. -- Motorola Inc. and the former president of its semiconductor business, Hector de J. Ruiz, here have reached an out-of-court settlement in their suit over the alleged illegal recruitment of Motorola executives to Advanced Micro Devices Inc. In January of 2000, Ruiz surprised the industry and Motorola by deciding to join AMD as president and chief operating officer.
Flexible scheme suits broadband
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As broadband access becomes more available in homes, new possibilities exist for services that can be provided to the consumer using that access.
Architecture melds DSP with MCU
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Next-generation wireless applications combining voice, video and data require a processor that can efficiently implement advanced third-generation (3G) algorithms.
DSPs drive merger of voice, data
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Voice-over-packet technology converts narrowband voice, fax and data traffic from the circuit-switched format used in telephone and wireless cellular networks to packets that can travel over next-generation Internet Protocol (IP) or asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) optical networks.
DSP realm hits new partition choices head-on
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Like other segments of the semiconductor industry, digital signal processor (DSP) chips reap the rewards of ever-advancing integration.
Orders from TI and others may boost Teradyne, but outlook is still cloudy
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BOSTON -- Teradyne Inc.'s outlook remains cloudy in spite of a recent uptick orders for its automatic test equipment (ATE) from several established and new customers, reportedly including Texas Instruments Inc., according to analysts. It's been a rough time for Teradyne and other ATE companies. The downturn in the ATE business caused Teradyne earlier this month to reduce its workforce and lower its forecast for the second quarter of 2001.
ILS, domainLogix roll out e-diagnostics system meeting Sematech guidelines
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AUSTIN, Tex. -- ILS Technology Inc. and domainLogix Corp. said they are now offering the first commercially available e-diagnostics framework for semiconductor manufacturing, called e-CentreT. The system results from a recently announced technology alliance between the two companies.
Inficon claims first multi-sensor e-diagnostics system for fabs
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EAST SYRACUSE, N.Y.-- Inficon Holding AG today said it will be the first to offer a multi-sensor system for e-diagnostics in wafer fabs and process tools. The company plans to introduce its eFabGuard Global Support Network and the multi-sensor e-diagnostics system during Semicon West next month in San Francisco.
Texas startup GlobiTech ramps up epi-wafer foundry production
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SHERMAN, Tex. -- GlobiTech Inc. today announced shipments of its first epitaxial wafers to semiconductor manufacturers, which will use the epi-silicon substrates to fabrication CMOS chips with design rules under 0.18-micron feature sizes.
Germany's X-Fab offers SOI foundry services for mixed-signal, high-voltage ICs
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ERFURT, Germany--X-Fab Semiconductor Foundries here today announced its has moved into the silicon-on-insulator wafer processing business, offering SOI technology for high-voltage and high-temperature chip applications.
ARM extends Java deal for wireless with J2ME licence
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ARM Holdings has taken out a licence for the J2ME technology from Sun Microsystems in a move that will see the companies look at adapting Java further for "the segments that ARM serves", according to Reynette Au, ARM's vice-president of corporate marketing.
FlexICs foundry to offer plastics over glass for displays
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Californian company FlexICs has set up as a foundry for semiconductors on plastic. The aim is to sign up OLED and LCD manufacturers for what it expects to be a cheaper and more durable alternative to the glass currently used in most displays.
Integration levels are turning IC firms into 'virtual asic' suppliers
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The level of integration in communications chips is turning Broadcom and similar comms specialists into 'virtual asic' suppliers.
Brooks to buy PTI to expand interface and mini-environment offering
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CHELMSFORD, Mass. -- In a move to expand its offering in fab mini-environment systems, Brooks Automation Inc. today announced an agreement to acquire Progressive Technologies Inc., a supplier of high-precision air flow and pressure control systems based in Tewksbury, Mass.
Alpha Industries, SAW supplier to develop switch/filter modules for handsets
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Alpha Industries Inc has announced plans to co-operate with Munich-based Epcos AG in development of integrated switch/filter modules for wireless handsets
STMicro uses 'pure' CMOS approach in read-channel IC for higher integration
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GENEVA--STMicroelectronics today announced samples of a new CMOS read/write channel chip that supports data rates up to 750 megabits per second and features advanced signal processing techniques for wider tolerance of heads and media.
Flexible flat-panel display program gets extra U.S. funding
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EWING, N.J.--Universal Display Corp. here today announced it has been awarded an additional $1.5 million by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop flexible organic light-emitting device (OLED) technology for flat-panel displays. The 18-month development program for OLED technology now totals $3 million.
ST extend PowerVR architectural licensing deal with Imagination
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STMicroelectronics, Europe's leading chip maker, has extended its longstanding architectural licensing deal with Imagination Technologies to include the next two generations of Imagination's PowerVR graphics processing architecture.
Alcatel to sell most plants by end of 2002
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French industrial and technology giant Alcatel wants to get out of manufacturing.
ST's low-cost SiGe route to faster RF circuits
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Silicon germanium is set to enter the mainstream after decisions by STMicroelectronics and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing to bring the technology into production.
RF Micro Devices plans China assembly plant to serve Nokia
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GREENSBORO, N.C.--In a move to expand in China's cellular phone market, RF Micro Devices Inc. here today announced plans to open a final assembly facility and logistics center in Beijing to supply radio-frequency components to Nokia Group.
Intel prepares to launch 1.8-GHz Pentium 4 in CPU speed battle
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NEW YORK -- At the Technology Exchange Week trade show here, an Intel Corp. executive disclosed plans to officially unveil two new microprocessors in July, including the company's fastest Pentium 4 chip.
More chip companies lower revenue forecasts
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A further tranche of electronics companies have revised their revenue projections downwards.
Fab tool shipments and bookings in decline
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The book-to-bill ratio for fab equipment may have bottomed out in May but shipments and bookings continued to decline.
Lynuxworks halts its $70m initial public offering
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LynuxWorks, the US embedded OS company that diversified into the Linux business almost two years ago, has cancelled its $70m initial public offering, citing market difficulties.
Vishay acquires Infineon's infrared components business for $120 million
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6/27/2001   Post a comment
MALVERN, Pa. -- Vishay Intertechnology Inc. late today announced that it will acquire the infrared components business of Germany's Infineon Technologies AG for $120 million. Under the terms, Vishay will take over Infineon's development, marketing and distribution activities in the infrared space. Infineon's infrared components business is headquartered in San Jose.
Altera to cut 7% of workforce, take $115 million charge for excess inventory
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SAN JOSE -- Altera Corp. today announced it is will lay off 152 people, or 7% of its workforce, as part of a restructuring of operations in the current industry downturn. The supplier of programmable logic also said it was planning to take a one-time, pre-tax charge of about $115 million for excess inventory in second quarter.
QuickLogic cites weakness in Europe for 25-30% drop in Q2 sales
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SUNNYVALE, Calif.--QuickLogic Corp. today blamed a weak global economy and reduced demand for products--especially in Europe--for lowering its revenues more than expected in the second quarter.
Schlumberger, IMS to set up a network of worldwide IC-testing centers
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SAN JOSE -- The new alliance between Integrated Measurement Systems Inc. (IMS) and Schlumberger Semiconductor Solutions will create a new and low-cost outsourcing model for chip-testing, according to company officials. Last week, the two companies announced plans to set up the first in a series of independent test centers that will provide IC debug, validation, characterization, probing, and related services for chip makers
Dense-Pac to expand workforce to handle 3-D memory growth
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GARDEN GROVE, Calif.--Dense-Pac Microsystems Inc. here today announced it will increase its direct labor force by 10-to-15% to handle growing demand for stacked memory products. The three-dimensional chip-packaging company said new demand for stacked memory "appears to be a firming business climate."
Intel confirms second 300-mm R&D fab in Oregon for 0.07-micron ICs
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Intel Corp. Wednesday confirmed that it has filed permit applications to build a $2 billion development fab capable of 0.07-micron design rules in Hillsboro, Ore. The fab represents Intel's second 300-mm wafer plant at this site. The announcement has been expected for weeks (see May 14 story ). As first reported at SBN, Intel is moving ahead with the new 300-mm development fab in Oregon, dubbed D1D.
NeoMagic ready to sample ICs for Net appliances
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NeoMagic Corp. is poised to jump back into the semiconductor market after more than a year away. But instead of graphics components aimed at notebook computers — the product generally associated with the company — NeoMagic is moving into an entirely different segment with a family of parts designed for the handheld Internet appliance market.
IBM says SOI process will support digital, RF functions
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Researchers at IBM Microelectronics believe the low-power, 130-nanometer silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technology IBM unveiled at the recent VLSI Technology Symposium may prove superior to its silicon germanium technology.
ATI sales up sequentially 10% in quarter
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MARKHAM, Ontario -- Graphics and multimedia chip supplier ATI Technologies Inc. today reported an adjusted net loss of $4.2 million for the company's fiscal third quarter, ended May 31, on sales of $255.9 million, which was a 10.1% sequential increase form the prior three-month period.
Winbond starts production ramp of Rambus DRAMs, offers first samples
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HSINCHU, Taiwan -- Winbond Electronics Corp. here today announced it has begun ramping volume production of Rambus DRAMs, with samples now available of 128- and 256-megabit memories based on Rambus Inc.'s chip architecture. Winbond becomes the first Taiwan chip company to launch Rambus DRAM production.
Semtech refocuses power management portfolio, drops some commodity ICs
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NEWBURY PARK, Calif.--Semtech Corp. here reaffirmed that revenues for the second quarter would be in a range of $38-to-$40 million--which is 33-to-38% below $60.5 million in Q1. The company also said it has decided to take a $14.0 million charge for write-down of inventories and discontinued products after a review of its chip portfolio.
Taiwan's ASE plans two IC-assembly plants in China
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Officials with Taiwanese IC-packaging and test giant Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc. (ASE) here outlined a bold strategy to enter the China market, telling SBN that the company plans to open two plants at two separate locations. The first facility is expected to be in production by early 2002.
Undersea Raman amplification pump laser boost to signals
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Agere Systems has developed a pump laser using Raman amplification. Aimed at submarine optical networks, Raman amplification boosts signals more efficiently than erbium-doped amplifiers, which are widely used.
IBM develop SiGe layer capable of driving comms chips up to 100Gbit/s
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IBM claims to have developed a silicon germanium (SiGe) transistor with a speed of 210GHz. This should drive communications chips at speeds up to 100Gbit/s. A typical chip operates at 40Gbit/s.
Neutral atom control in space in step towards quantum computers
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Scientists at the University of Bonn have developed a technique that enables them to hold and move neutral atoms in free space.
Superlog test to drive formal verification tools
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Co-Design Automation and Verplex are working on the verification subset of the Superlog language to try to tune some of the constructs so that they can drive formal verification tools.
Mip-map 3D graphic technique speeds up chip layouts
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Researchers at Stanford University have developed a way of speeding up the display of chip layouts by borrowing techniques from the world of 3D animation.
Photronics cuts outlook with wave of fab shutdowns hitting reticle business
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6/26/2001   Post a comment
JUPITER, Fla. -- Photomask maker Photronics Inc. today cut its revenue estimate for the fiscal quarter ending July 31 to a range of $80-to-$85 million, which is a 15-to-20% drop from $100.6 million in the prior quarter.
Alpha's demise thwarts Samsung's processor dreams, analysts say
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SAN JOSE -- Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.'s costly efforts to enter the microprocessor field may have abruptly ended this week, especially after Compaq Computer Corp.'s decision to kill the 64-bit Alpha processor by 2004 or so. In 1998, Samsung created a U.S. joint venture with Compaq--called Alpha Processor Inc. (API)--to help it enter the high-end processor market. The venture was also aimed at expanding Samsung's non-memory chip business.
SpeedFam-IPEC posts $11.7 million loss in fiscal quarter
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CHANDLER, Ariz.--SpeedFam-IPEC Inc. here today posted a 13% decline in revenues to $51.3 million in the company's fiscal fourth quarter, ended June 2, compared to $58.8 million in the prior three-month period. The supplier of chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) tools said its revenues were 46% below $94.9 million in the same quarter last year.
Xilinx expects 32% sales drop in quarter due to falloff of 'turns business'
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SAN JOSE -- Programmable logic supplier Xilinx today slashed its forecast for revenues in the current quarter because of an unexpected drop in customer orders during the first three weeks of June.
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