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Rhines keynote spotlights EDA 'discontinuities'
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Five "discontinuities" that may lead to explosive EDA growth were highlighted in a keynote speech by Wally Rhines, Mentor Graphics president and chief executive, at this week's DesignCon 2001 conference. What may be most controversial, however, is Rhines' belief that physical synthesis — one of the hottest topics in EDA — does not represent a discontinuity.
Secrets for a successful EDA start-up
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EDA start-up experts give hints on starting new companies in Japan.
The role of the semiconductor industry in the 21st century
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Keynote speaker notes the need for new attitudes in the semiconductor industry.
Flow Management: Hitting the Motherlode in SOC Design
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Consider a strategy that turn wasted resources into a gold mine of efficiency.
Tools & Technologies
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Focus Report: PCB Design Tools
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Complexity, prosperity, and consolidation are the trends that color the PCB tool industry presently.
ARM unruffled by cellular slowdown
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Strong sales of initial licenses for processor intellectual property (IP) helped ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) record its "largest growth in revenues for the last few years," according to Pete Magowan, ARM's senior vice president of sales and marketing.
Avanti earnings pullback spooks investors
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Avanti Corp. stock tumbled nearly 20 percent Wednesday (Jan. 31) after the company abruptly delayed its fourth-quarter 2000 earnings release by two weeks. But the EDA company's reporting delay probably isn't due to a revenue or earnings shortfall, according to an analyst who follows the company.
Handhelds hold promise in weakened computing sector
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The news in January from computer makers was far from reassuring.
On Semi plans 'limited' layoffs, but won't touch manufacturing
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PHOENIX-- On Semiconductor today reported fourth-quarter product revenues of $490.7 million, a sequential drop of 9% from $539.0 million in the third quarter of 2000, but 15% higher than $427.8 million in Q4 1999.
Amkor Technology warns of 'very challenging' quarter
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Amkor Technology Inc., West Chester, Pa., announced that its 2000 year revenue rose 25% to $2.39 billion, marking the company's fifteenth consecutive year of revenue growth.
Maxim's profits and revenues climb 50%
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Net income and revenue increased more than 50% for Maxim Integrated Products Inc., Sunnyvale, Calif., in the company's second fiscal quarter.
Maxim's sales up 51.2%
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Maxim Integrated Products Inc. reported record net revenues of $305.1 million for its fiscal second quarter ended Dec. 30, a 51.2% increase over the $201.7 million reported for the same quarter a year ago. Net income increased to a record $99.1 million in the second quarter, compared to $64.6 million last year, a 53.3% increase. Diluted earnings per share were $0.31 for the second quarter, a 55.0% increase over the $0.20 reported for the same period a year ago.
Celestica reports 218% surge in Q4 profits
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Strong demand for communications and server products elevated Celestica Inc.'s net income 218% during the fourth quarter of 2000 and boosted the company's year-end profits to record levels.
Mattson's Q4 profits jump 471%, but orders pushed out in 2001
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FREMONT, Calif. -- Mattson Technology Inc. today reported sales of $62.3 million for the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, an 74% increase over $35.8 million in the same period a year ago. Pro-forma net income was $8.3 million, or $0.40 per diluted share, a 471% increase over $1.5 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, a year ago.
SpinCircuit acquires eBizAutomation
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SpinCircuit Inc., which provides collaborative product commerce services, said today it acquired eBizAutomation Inc., a developer of b2b infrastructure technologies.
India's stamina as software power questioned
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An Indian labor group is raising doubts about the country's ability to sustain high growth rates for its software exports.
Ando teams with Yokogawa to create stronger test player
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In a shakeup that principals said underscores a new willingness in Japan to break business ties to better compete in the global market, Yokogawa Electric Corp. and Ando Electric Co. Ltd. have agreed to combine their measurement and electronic device testing equipment businesses.
ON Semiconductor expects 10-12% drop in 1Q revenues
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ON Semiconductor, Phoenix, Wednesday announced that total product revenues in the fourth quarter of 2000 were $490.7 million, an increase of $62.9 million, or 15%, compared to the fourth quarter of 1999.
Consumer-oriented MEMS market to hit $1.5 billion by 2005, report says
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) market for consumer electronics products is projected to jump from $200 million in 2000 to more than $1.5 billion in 2005, according to a report released today by Cahners In-Stat Group here. "MEMS have been used in specialized markets--primarily automotive and medical--for a number of years but are on the cusp of impacting the consumer electronics market in a big way," said Marlene Bourne, senior analyst for In-Stat of Scottsdale, A
Amkor braces for weaker Q1, but expects rebound in 2001
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WEST CHESTER, Pa. -- Amkor Technology Inc. dodged a bullet in the fourth quarter as the chip industry sank into an unexpected downturn. The contract chip manufacturer today reported fourth-quarter revenues of $637 million, a 1.8% sequential drop from $649 million in the third quarter of 2000, but it could have been worse than that if it wasn't for an increase in sales to Amkor's largest customers.
ARM's Q4 sales flat, but company bullish for 2001
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CAMBRIDGE, England -- ARM Holdings plc here today reported sales of $20.3 million (29.8 million) for its fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, up 58% from $12.9 million (18.9 million) in the like period a year ago. The company also reported flat earnings of $5.95 million (8.75 million) in the period, compared to $5.99 (8.81 million) a year ago. Earnings per fully diluted share increased to $0.13 in the quarter, from $0.8 a year ago. The company was projected to earn $0.03 a share, according to Zacks I
Fed cuts interest rates one-half percent
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The Federal Reserve Board today slashed short-term interest rates by half a percentage point, while acknowledged the problem of excess inventory that manufacturers, including electronics OEMs and component suppliers, said savaged their fourth quarter results.
Toshiba offers single-channel interface ICs as discrete replacement
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TOKYO -- Toshiba Corp. said it is offering the industry's first single-channel interface driver ICs as a replacement for discrete transistors that are often used to connect devices together when voltages are different.
Internet redraws the recruiting equation
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The Internet has become a potent tool in the rush to help employers find engineers and other technologists who might want to switch jobs.
Ericsson launches China 3G research
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Swedish cell phone giant Ericsson is supporting a third-generation (3G) wireless effort in China designed to back the China Wireless Telecommunication Standard (CWTS) group.
Zilog reports operating loss and falling revenues
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CAMPBELL, Calif. -- One day after announcing its chief executive officer was stepping down, Zilog Inc. today reported net sales of $56 million for the fourth quarter of 2000, as compared to the $65.4 million in Q4 1999. Annual net sales for 2000 were $239.2 million compared with $245.1 million in 1999.
EDA exec panel says vendors must broaden scope
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EDA growth prospects for 2001 are excellent in spite of the semiconductor industry downturn, according to a panel of CEOs at the EDA Consortium (EDAC) annual forecast meeting.
Departing CEO spells out Zilog's problems
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One day after announcing he was stepping down as chief executive officer of Zilog Inc., Curtis Crawford offered a blunt assessment of a disappointing year.
Matsushita commits to Coware's development platform
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Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. has signed a three-year contract to use Coware Inc.'s N2C co-design tool as a development platform for system-on-chip (SoC) devices and software for consumer electronics applications. Matsushita is the second major Japanese consumer electronics company, after Sony Corp., to commit to the Coware tool.
Cymer sees flat revenues for excimer lasers in first half 2001
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SAN DIEGO -- Cymer Inc. here posted fourth-quarter revenues of $102.2 million, a 4% sequential increase from 98.4 million in the prior third quarter but a 31% jump from $78.0 million in Q4 1999.
Cypress shifts USB burden onto hardware
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For its second generation of USB microcontrollers, Cypress Semiconductor has concentrated on building hardwired logic to implement the most commonly used parts of the USB protocol.
Entegris to buy fluid-handling product line from Nisso Engineering
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CHASKA, Minn.-- Entegris Inc. today announced it will acquire the fluid-handling product line of Nisso Engineering Co. Ltd. in Tokyo. The purchase will give Entegris NSE's product line of pumps, valves, and fittings as well as the rights to distribution of level sensors and related intellectual property.
Java coprocessor squashes loops for faster code
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Intellectual property developer Insilicon has developed a co-processor for Java that can run at up to 200MHz.
China holds huge bargaining chip in hunt for wireless tech
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China is dangling entry to its huge wireless market as a bargaining chip to gain access to core code-division multiple-access (CDMA) technologies that will form the basis for next-generation mobile telecommunications services there, a U.S. government report has found.
Falling DRAM prices take toll on Infineon results
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A weak DRAM market saw Infineon's sales slip from their Q42000 levels in the company's first financial quarter of 2001.
SafeNet to pull chip vendors into security licensing program
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SafeNet Inc. has decided to turn its Secure Internet Protocol technology into a suite of licensable software and hardware elements, and to possibly expand its semiconductor partnerships beyond an existing alliance with Analog Devices Inc.
ARM unruffled by cellular slowdown
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On the back of strong processor intellectual property (IP) sales, for the last year ARM reported its "largest growth in revenues for the last few years,"
CISC returns to the embedded 32bit world
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Toshiba has decided to bring CISC back into the 32bit world with a family aimed at consumer electronics, airbag controllers and car radios.
Diodes sees weak demand for first half
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WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. -- Diodes Inc. here today reported sales of $26.1 million for the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, an increase of 12.5% compared to $23.2 million in the like period in 1999. Net income for the same period rose 18.1% to $2.8 million, or $0.31 or share, as compared to $2.4 million, or $0.27 a share, a year ago.
Reptron reports 49% jump in sales
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Reptron Electronics, Inc. said that fourth quarter net sales increased 49% to a record $160 million, compared to $107 million for the same period a year ago.
Yokogawa, Ando team up to accelerate chip tester growth
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TOKYO -- Yokogawa Electric Corp. and Ando Electric Co. Ltd. today announced plans to collaborate in semiconductor test and measurement systems. At the same time, NEC Corp. disclosed it was planning to sell all of its shares in Ando to Yokogawa.
Ericsson signs mobile handset deal with Taiwan's GVC
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Taipei, Taiwan -- Ericsson has reached an agreement to outsource some of its mobile phone production to Taiwan's GVC Corp.
Cabot's market share in CMP slurries hits 75%, says report
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AURORA, Ill. -- Cabot Microelectronics Corp. here continues its dominance in wafer-polishing slurry applications for chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) in 2000. The company increased its market share to 75% of worldwide slurry sales, which totaled $284.5 million in 2000, said a new report from The Information Network.
Elcoteq fyrdubblade resultatet och tror på fortsatt tillväxt
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Då Elcoteq idag presenterade bokslutet för 2000 framgick att omsättningen ökat från 752,5 miljoner euro till 2,2135 miljarder samt att bruttoresultatet fyrdubblades och uppgick till 66,4 miljoner euro. Trots förändringarna i affärsförhållandet med Ericsson räknar Elcoteq-ledningen med att omsättningen kommer att öka under 2001 samt att resultatet blir positivt.
National licenses wafer-bumping technology from K&S venture
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WILLOW GROVE, Pa.--Kulicke & Soffa Industries Inc. today announced that National Semiconductor Corp. has become the latest chip maker to license wafer-bumping technology for advanced IC packaging.
Asic Emulation
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CDs simplified for automotive applications
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Toshiba Electronics has introduced two surface-mount chipsets that promise to simplify the task of designing compact disc (CD) modules for use in vehicle audio applications.
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