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DuPont rolls out fast order processing system
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7/31/2003   Post a comment
DuPont Photomasks Inc. today (July 31) announced the introduction of an automated photomask order processing solution designed to speed up cycle times to semiconductor manufacturers.
Intel sells 'eyesore' structure in Texas
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Intel Corp. has reached a deal to sell the site of a partially constructed building in Austin, Texas, to the federal government, according to a report from Reuters.
Canon's fab-tool unit posts loss amid LCD surge
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Canon Inc.'s semiconductor equipment unit benefited from a surge in the exposure tool market for flat-panel displays, although the group continues to operate in the red amid a shortfall in sales in the IC sector.
Shakeout looms for IC test houses, says ASE exec
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In the 1980s and 1990s, a slew of companies took a page out of the silicon foundry business model and created the so-called chip-testing outsourcing industry.
Foundry Watch: GCS becomes 'virtual' opto foundry
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In the mid- to late-1990s, a handful of startups emerged and entered into the pure-play gallium arsenide (GaAs) foundry business. One of those hopefuls included Global Communication Semiconductors Inc. (GCS) of Torrance. Like its rivals, GCS hoped to offer GaAs foundry services for OEMs and chip makers. In the late 1990s, the company opened a 4-inch compound semiconductor fab for foundry services.
Loss-making Tokyo Electron to cut jobs, says report
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Tokyo Electron Ltd. (TEL), world's second largest vendor of chip-making equipment, said Thursday (July 30, 2003) it would cut 10 percent of its workforce to about 9,000 people by March 2004 and curb capital investment and R&D spending, according to a Reuters report.
Cypress to withdraw from PLD business
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Cypress Semiconductor Wednesday (July 30)confirmed that it is phasing out its programmable logic business, saying that it makes little sense to fight with a handful of chip companies that focus exclusively on PLDs.
Transmeta takes stake in Chinese Linux JV
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Processor and software developer Transmeta Corp. is joining with two Hong Kong based companies to form a joint venture to develop and sell the Midori Linux operating system together with embedded and portable computing equipment into the greater China market.
Mattson's Q2 sales falls 55% over Q1
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7/30/2003   Post a comment
Chip-equipment maker Mattson Technology Inc. posted sales of $30.5 million in the second quarter of 2003, a 55 percent decrease from $37.3 million $67.8 million in the first quarter of 2003, and a 36 percent drop from $16.8 million in the second quarter of 2002.
Texas Instruments acquires RF chip maker Radia
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DALLAS -- Texas Instruments Inc. today (July 30) said it has acquired Radia Communications Inc., a Sunnyvale, Calif.-based chip maker that specializes in radio frequency (RF) design.
On Semi posts Q2 loss amid 5% sales drop
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On Semiconductor Corp. reported sales of $256.2 million in the second quarter of 2003, a decline of 5 percent from $269.5 million in the previous quarter and compared to $280.6 million in the like period a year ago.
Axcelis cuts 4% of workforce; sees boom in Japan
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Chip-equipment maker Axcelis Technologies Inc. has reduced its workforce by 4 percent and plans to consolidate its facilities as part of a plan to cut costs, according to a report from Morgan Stanley released today (July 30).
China's SMIC joins ARM Foundry Program
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ARM Ltd. Wednesday announced that Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) has become the first foundry in mainland China to join the ARM Foundry Program.
Managing the Transition from Parallel to Serial Storage Interfaces
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7/30/2003   Post a comment
In 2003, the storage industry has taken major steps in transitioning serial-based interface technologies to replace parallel physical interface standards. In addition to significant increases in data throughput, serial technologies offer advantages in IC packaging, cabling, power consumption, and other important system performance metrics.
Spending on masks can pay off, Sematech finds
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Mask costs are rising sharply, with a huge jump expected at the 45-nanometer manufacturing node. But according to an International Sematech analysis, these costly advanced masks often are worth the price.
Keithley cuts staff amid losses, sales drop
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Instrument and IC-test provider Keithley Instruments Inc. laid off a "small percentage" of its workforce amid losses and a drop in sales.
Siliconix blames SARS for Q2 sales drop
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Siliconix Inc., an 80.4 percent subsidiary of Vishay Intertechnology Inc., reported net income of $9.3 million, or $0.31 per share, for Q2 ended June 28, compared to $11.2 million, or $0.37 per share, in Q2 of 2002 and $10 million, or $0.33 per share, in Q1 of 2003.
Scots start-up intros color polymer microdisplay
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MicroEmissive Displays Ltd. (MED), a start-up company working in the area of polymer OLED microdisplays, said Wednesday (July 30, 2003) that it has developed an active matrix polymer OLED viewfinder display comprising 320 x 240 pixels on a substrate of 0.3-inch diagonal size.
4-MHz regulator can supply up to 4 amps
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Linear Technology Corp.'s LTC3414 is a high-efficiency, 4-MHz synchronous buck regulator in a 20-lead thin-shrink small-outline package using a constant-frequency, current-mode architecture that the company says can deliver up to 4 amperes of continuous current at output voltages down to 0.8 volt.
LDO regulators offer 400-mV dropout
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Sipex Corp.'s SPX-2950x family of low-dropout (LDO) linear regulators is said to provide output current of up to 5 amps, dropout of 400 millivolts typical and fast transient response.
Applied, Brooks to form wafer handling JV?
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7/29/2003   Post a comment
There are plenty of rumors circulating about Applied Materials Inc. and Brooks Automation Inc. these days.
Semitool's sales falls 30% sequentially
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Semitool Inc. posted sales of $25 million for its fiscal 2003 third quarter, down 11.8 percent from $28.4 million for the same quarter last year, and down 29.8 percent from $35.6 million in the second quarter of 2003.
Asyst posts loss, sells land in California
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Chip-equipment maker Asyst Technologies Inc. reported sales of $45.3 million for its first fiscal quarter, compared with $59.7 million in the prior quarter and $51.9 million in the same quarter a year ago.
Big changes await disk drive industry
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The hard-disk drive industry is finally coming to terms with the reality that many of its underlying technologies are approaching their performance limits. Starting this year manufacturers are gearing up to debut faster, more cost-effective, less power-hungry serial technologies to replace parallel SCSI and ATA interfaces.
FormFactor posts profit on 18% sales jump
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FormFactor Inc. today (July 29) reported its first financial results since the supplier of probe cards went public last month
Optocouplers maintain data integrity near high voltage noise
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Factories have noisy environments that can make transmitting data over long distances a nightmare ---- unless the noise can be eliminated at the receiver. High-speed optocouplers that can handle data rates of up to 15 Mbits/s can isolate high frequency signals typically found in the factory data transmission. A Fairchild apps engineer offers provide background information on optocouplers and some applications circuits.
Toshiba invests in M-Systems, licenses NAND IP
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Japan's Toshiba Corp. today (July 29) announced it has invested in M-Systems Inc., a Kfar Saba, Israel-based supplier of flash-based data storage products.
Nvidia's forecast lowered amid design, foundry woes
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Is Nvidia Corp. experiencing IC design or manufacturing problems with its high-end graphics chip? Maybe both.
Hynix rolls out DDR500 SDRAM
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Hynix to ship DDR500 SDRAM in August
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Troubled Hynix Semiconductor Inc. said Tuesday (July 29, 2003) that it has developed a 500-MHz 256-Mbit double data rate synchronous DRAM and that volume production would begin in August 2003.
Japan's equipment b-to-b ratio hits 1.57, says report
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June's global orders for Japanese semiconductor manufacturing equipment rose 6.3 percent from a year earlier to 91.48 billion yen (about $760 million) on brisk demand from domestic chip makers, according to a Dow Jones report on Tuesday (July 29, 2003) citing industry data.
FEI sees reduced profit on growing Q2 sales
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FEI Company, a vendor of ion-beam and electron-beam tools, reported net sales of $89.8 million for its second quarter ended June 29, 2003, up from net sales of $85.4 million in the first quarter of this year, and up from net sales of $87.9 million in the second quarter of last year. The company made a net income of $1.3 million.
Genus dips to Q2 loss as sequential sales stall
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Chip making equipment vendor Genus Inc. dipped back into loss in the second quarter of 2003 when it reported a net loss of $1.4 million on sequentially reduced sales revenue of $14.7 million in its second quarter, ended June 30, 2003.
Nokia, ARM, ST and TI extend mobile alliance
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The Mobile Industry Processor Interface Alliance (MIPI) has been formed by mobile phone maker Nokia, processor licensor ARM and two leading chipmakers, Texas Instruments Inc. and STMicroelectronics.
Nvidia cuts forecast, blames 130-nm foundry costs
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7/28/2003   Post a comment
Nvidia Corp. here today (July 28) announced it would meet its sales forecast for the second quarter of 2003, but the company lowered its gross-margin expectations, due to higher-than-expected product costs for its 0.13-micron foundry technology.
MEMC posts profit on Q2 sales gain
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Silicon wafer maker MEMC Electronic Materials Inc. posted sales of $191.8 million for the second quarter of 2003, compared to $188.3 million for the 2003 first quarter and $174.3 million in the 2002 second quarter.
IC inventories fall in Q2 over Q1, says iSuppli
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7/28/2003   Post a comment
The semiconductor industry is slowly returning to heath, as excess chip inventories fell from $300 million in the first quarter of 2003, to $150 million in the second quarter, according to a new report from iSuppli Corp.
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