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SDMI urged to rethink protection of digital content
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10/31/2000   Post a comment
A group of university researchers claims to have cracked the watermarking technology of the Secure Digital Music Initiative, which could force the SDMI to rethink its solution for a secure digital music distribution system, security experts said.
NEC narrows gate length below 0.10 micron
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NEC Corp. has developed a 0.13-micron generation process technology that uses a transistor gate measuring less than 0.10 micron, a length many semiconductor makers consider a technological milestone as CMOS transistors become harder to scale.
AMD chip set supports DDR memory
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Fulfilling a strategic move disclosed earlier this year, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.) unveiled support on Monday (Oct. 30) for double-data-rate (DDR) memory in the form of its 760 core logic chip set, which will work with the company's flagship Athlon microprocessor.
SVG revenues grow 26% to record $239.9 million in fiscal Q4
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SAN JOSE -- Silicon Valley Group Inc. today reported it received new orders for 26 Micrascan lithography systems in the company's fiscal fourth quarter, ended Sept. 30, and sales in the period increase 26% to a record $239.9 million compared to $189.8 million a year ago.
Trikon sales surge 139% to $31.5 million in quarter
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NEWPORT, Wales -- Trikon Technologies Inc. today reported revenues of $31.5 million in the third quarter, an increase of 139% from $13.2 million in the period last year and a 23% sequential gain from $25.7 million in the second quarter. The supplier of deposition and etch equipment posted a net income of $7.1 million vs. $4.2 million in the third quarter last year and $3.7 million in the second quarter of 2000.
Dataquest sees 567 million handset shipments in 2001
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SAN DIEGO -- Amid an apparent slowdown in the wireless handset business, Dataquest Inc. may alter its bullish forecast for 2000, but not for 2001--at least for now.
NEC narrows gate length below 0.10 micron
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TOKYO ( ChipWire) -- NEC Corp. has developed a 0.13-micron generation process technology that uses a transistor gate measuring less than 0.10 micron, a length many semiconductor makers consider a technological milestone as CMOS transistors become harder to scale.
Downturn in semiconductor industry forecast for 2003
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LA JOLLA, Calif. — The next semiconductor industry slowdown will hit in 2003, when most of the fabs now under construction will come on stream, leading to capacity glut, forecasters said Tuesday.
National's flagship Geode design finds home in Compaq's iPaq
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. ( ChipWire) — Winning its third design this month, National Semiconductor today announced that its flagship Geode reference design is the architecture behind Compaq's iPaq IA-2 home Internet appliance.
Amkor revenues up 29% in Q3 as outsourcing trends grows
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WEST CHESTER, Pa.--Amkor Technology Inc. today posted a 29% increase in revenues to $649 million in the third quarter compared to $502 million in the period last year. Sequentially, Amkor's revenues were up 19% from the second quarter.
National's flagship design finds home in iPaq
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Winning its third design this month, National Semiconductor announced Oct. 31 that its flagship Geode reference design is the architecture behind Compaq's iPaq IA-2 home Internet appliance.
TI: Chips Will Be In 45 Percent Of ADSL Equipment
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The company says it will double shipments of ADSL chipsets in the second half of 2000
Semitool sales rise 94% in quarter; copper tool orders triple in fiscal year
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KALISPELL, Mont.--Semitool Inc. here today reported net sales increased 94% to $70.7 million in the company's fourth fiscal quarter, ended Sept. 30, compared to $36.5 million in the same period last year. Sequentially, Semitool's sales grew 9% from the prior three-month period.
Downturn in semiconductor industry forecast for 2003
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The next semiconductor industry slowdown will hit in 2003, when most of the fabs now under construction will come on stream, leading to capacity glut, forecasters said Tuesday.
Mosel Vitelic closer to announcing 300-mm fab in Canada
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SAN DIEGO — During a forecasting conference here, Mosel Vitelic Inc. officials disclosed the company is one step closer to moving ahead with an ambitious 300-mm wafer fab project in Canada. However, managers with the Taiwanese chip maker also indicated that the company would not look for a joint technology partner in the venture as previously thought.
Chipworks buying ICE to increase reverse engineering services
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Integrated Circuit Engineering Corp. (ICE), one of the chip industry's oldest market and technology research firms here, has agreed to be acquired by Chipworks Inc., an Ottawa-based company specializing in reverse engineering services.
TI claims its chips are in 45% of ADSL equipment
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DALLAS -- Texas Instruments Inc. today predicted that its analog line driver shipments this year enable eight million asymmetrical digital subscriber line (ADSL) ports to deployed in the field in 2000. That total is 25 times greater than TI's shipments in 1999, according to the Dallas company.
Five-day IC show to be held online
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WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. ( ChipWire) -- TheCubicle.com is sponsoring the Integrated Circuit Internet Convention (IC2), an all-virtual trade show for the semiconductor industry, from Nov. 6-10 at www.theCubicle.com.
Solectron bids for NatSteel
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ASM, Philips create thinnest dielectric gate for 70-nm process node
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BILTHOVEN, the Netherlands -- ASM International N.V. here and partner Royal Philips Electronics N.V. announced they have produced what is believed to be the thinnest gate dielectric with a commercially acceptable leakage current. Such a thin layer of dielectric material will be needed for the 0.07-micron process technology node later this decade, according to the two companies.
Old models can't explain new economy, speaker says
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Seeking to dispel popular myths about the "New Economy," the chief economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas presented a macroeconomic look at how the microprocessor and related technologies continue to expand productivity, while keeping unemployment at bay.
Rainfinity adds Internet reliability software modules
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Rainfinity, a provider of scalable Internet reliability software, has announced two modules aimed at distributing network traffic around multiple firewalls or equipment nodes, allowing network sessions to continue uninterrupted in the event of failures.
Chartered preps RF CMOS process for production
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LONDON — Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing (Singapore) now has qualification data available for its 0.25-micron and 0.18-micron CMOS process technologies, which it is readying for commercial availability. Optimized for RF applications, the 0.25-micron process is expected to be ready for prototype production early in 2001, and characterization of the 0.13-micron RF CMOS process is due to commence at about that time.
Five-day IC show to be held online
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TheCubicle.com is sponsoring the Integrated Circuit Internet Convention (IC2), an all-virtual trade show for the semiconductor industry, from Nov. 6-10 at www.theCubicle.com.
Get ready for allocation of wafer substrates, warns Dataquest
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SAN DIEGO -- The silicon wafer market could enter into a state of chaos next year, as analysts project a shortage of 200-mm products and expensive price tags for 300-mm diameter substrates. Already in tight supply at the present time, 200-mm silicon wafers could move into allocation in 2001, due in part to huge demand and the lack of new capacity to make starting substrates for chip fabs, warned Klaus-Dieter Rinnen, director of semiconductor manufacturing analysis at Dataquest.
Chartered preps RF CMOS process for production
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Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing (Singapore) now has qualification data available for its 0.25-micron and 0.18-micron CMOS process technologies, which it is readying for commercial availability.
Chipworks will buy ICE to increase reverse engineering services
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Integrated Circuit Engineering Corp. (ICE), one of the chip industry's oldest market and technology research firms here, has agreed to be acquired by Chipworks Inc., an Ottawa-based company specializing in reverse engineering services. Chipworks today said its purchase of ICE will result in the world's largest reverse engineering service provider for the microelectronics markets.
Distributors find webcrawling a sticky issue
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As high-tech companies' e-business strategies increase in sophistication and industry players try to carve a competitive Web edge, concerns about how information is collected and disseminated are starting to simmer.
Contract chip packaging and testing to grow 110% in five years
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SAN DIEGO -- Propelled by a new range of products and a major trend towards outsourcing, the worldwide IC-packaging and test market will grow by 110% over the next five years, according to analysts at the "Dataquest Semiconductors 2000" conference here this week.
Chip market expected to slow, says Dataquest
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San Diego -- The booming semiconductor market will gradually cool down over the next two years before sliding into recession in 2003, according to Dataquest Inc.
Taiwan's Mosel Vitelic moves closer to 300-mm fab in Canada
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SAN DIEGO -- During a forecasting conference here, Mosel Vitelic Inc. officials disclosed the company is one step closer to moving ahead with an ambitious 300-mm wafer fab project in Canada. However, managers with the Taiwanese chip maker also indicated that the company would not look for a joint technology partner in the venture as previously thought.
Need2Buy moving e-commerce site into Asian markets
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Online sourcing site Need2Buy Inc. has signed an agreement with distributor World Peace Industrial Co. Ltd. to develop Need2Buy-Asia, a business-to-business e-commerce marketplace targeting Asia's components industry. WPI will become the third arm of a joint venture established earlier this year between Need2Buy and Japan's Mitsubishi Electric Corp.
Numerical to expand phase-shifting efforts after Cadabra purchase
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SAN JOSE -- Numerical Technologies Inc. today said it has completed its acquisition of design software supplier Cadabra Design Automation Inc., which is expected to help accelerate mainstream use of phase-shifting mask technology. At the time of the announced acquisition, the stock purchase was valued at $130 million (see Sept. 5 story).
Sapphire Software spins off unit for chip automation services
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FREMONT, Calif. -- Three-year-old Sapphire Software Inc. here has decided to spin off its automation business for chip manufacturing and supply-chain management. The new company--called Sapphire Automation Inc.--will focus on consulting services and the development of next-generation control software for semiconductor production facilities, including 300-mm wafer fabs.
Taiwan approves S3-Via graphics chip venture after delay
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — After a three-month delay, Taiwan's government has given its blessing to a graphics chip joint venture between S3 Inc. and Via Technologies Inc., which on Monday announced they are moving ahead with plans formally launch the new company.
Readers go for Bush
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10/30/2000   Post a comment
If the last close election was any indicator, the folks over at Gallup, Harris and the other polling companies can fold up their tents. In 1992, EE Times readers correctly predicted that a young man from Arkansas would overcome questions about women like Gennifer Flowers and move into the White House. Now, in EE Times' "2000 Worldwide Salary & Opinion Survey," this influential group has spoken again.
Double-digit chip growth still seen in next couple years
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SAN DIEGO -- Despite a slowdown in the PC, network equipment, and wireless handset markets in recent weeks, the semiconductor market will continue to grow at a double-digit rate for the remainder of 2000 and the next couple of years before hitting a downturn in 2003, according to chip forecasts from Dataquest Inc.
Metro nets try on all-in-one fabrics
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Last year's crop of multiservice aggregation equipment for the metropolitan network is already being challenged, as new vendors promise similar gear that uses all-in-one switch fabrics rather than the multifabric boxes currently proposed.
Cadence puts new synthesis clout in Envisia, Ambit
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Cadence Design Systems Inc. will signal an aggressive approach to wrest some market share from Synopsys Inc. this week with its announcement of major improvements to its synthesis technology.
Cymer now claims 81% share of light sources in wafer fabs
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SAN DIEGO -- Excimer light source supplier Cymer Inc. here today reported a 67% increase in revenues to $98.4 million in the third quarter compared to $58.9 million in the period last year. Cymer's net income jumped to $18.1 million compared to $3.5 million in the quarter last year.
UMC makes available Chipsizer estimation tool on Web site
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SUNNYVALE, Calif.--Taiwan's United Microelectronics Corp. today claimed to be the first IC maker to publicly offer an online chip-size and cost estimation tool for designers using its wafer-processing foundry services. The Chipsizer comes from nTool Inc. of Fremont, Calif., and can be accessed on UMC's Web site at www.umc.com.
Chartered accelerates RF CMOS roadmap for wireless chips
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SINGAPORE -- Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Pte. Ltd. today announced plans to begin prototype production of 0.25-micron radio-frequency CMOS technology in early 2001, following the recent release of process qualification data. The Singapore-based chip foundry also said it is preparing to offer preliminary design rules, device models, and characterization data for a 0.18-micron RF CMOS in December.
ASM ships first high-k wafers made with ALCVD to Sematech
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BILTHOVEN, The Netherlands -- ASM International N.V. here today said its U.S. subsidiary has shipped the first wafers with high-k dielectric film grown from atomic layer chemical vapor deposition (ALCVD) to International Sematech as part of a development project for advanced CMOS transistor gate structures.
Sound plays first note in visual recognition
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Director Steven Hillyard's Event-Related Potentials Lab (ERPL) at the University of California at San Diego may have found the "pulse" of human attention.
Cadence Announces New Versions of Synthesis Tools
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San Jose, CA - October 30, 2000 - Cadence Design Systems, Inc. today announced the new 4.0 releases of Cadence Envisia Physically Knowledgeable Synthesis (PKS) and Ambit ...
Lucent Announces New Voice Packet Processor
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Allentown, PA - October 30, 2000 - Lucent Technologies Microelectronics Group today introduced the Lucent Voice Packet Processor (VPP), the newest member of the Lucent ...
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