Foundry Watch: GCS becomes 'virtual' opto foundry News & Analysis 7/31/2003 Post a comment 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 News & Analysis 7/31/2003 Post a comment 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 News & Analysis 7/31/2003 Post a comment 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 News & Analysis 7/31/2003 Post a comment 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 News & Analysis 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.
On Semi posts Q2 loss amid 5% sales drop News & Analysis 7/30/2003 Post a comment 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 News & Analysis 7/30/2003 Post a comment 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).
Managing the Transition from Parallel to Serial Storage Interfaces News & Analysis 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.
Siliconix blames SARS for Q2 sales drop News & Analysis 7/30/2003 Post a comment 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 News & Analysis 7/30/2003 Post a comment 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 Product News 7/30/2003 Post a comment 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 Product News 7/30/2003 Post a comment 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.
Semitool's sales falls 30% sequentially News & Analysis 7/29/2003 Post a comment 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 News & Analysis 7/29/2003 Post a comment 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 News & Analysis 7/29/2003 Post a comment 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.
Optocouplers maintain data integrity near high voltage noise News & Analysis 7/29/2003 Post a comment 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.
Hynix to ship DDR500 SDRAM in August News & Analysis 7/29/2003 Post a comment 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 News & Analysis 7/29/2003 Post a comment 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 News & Analysis 7/29/2003 Post a comment 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 News & Analysis 7/29/2003 Post a comment 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.
Nvidia cuts forecast, blames 130-nm foundry costs News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 7/28/2003 Post a comment 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 News & Analysis 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.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.