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IC execs whisper of recovery
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For two years chip makers have been at the mercy of their customers, who have not been shy about playing the overcapacity card to their advantage by pressing for lower prices and shorter lead times. Now, emboldened by rising orders and shipments, some integrated-device manufacturers may be ready to start pushing back.
Could strontium titanate be high-k gate dielectric?
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LONDON -- Strontium titanate, a relatively well-known perovskite material, could be the dark horse to come through and provide a replacement high-k gate dielectric material at sub-25-nanometer process technology nodes, according to a late paper at this year's International Electron Device Meeting (IEDM) to be held December 8 to 11 in San Francisco.
Intel broadens temperature spec for XScale 80200
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Intel Corp. has published information on a version of its XScale 80200 processor that has been assessed as able to operate over the 'industrial temperature range' that runs from minus 40 to plus 85 degrees Celsius.
Japan's chipmakers mull filling Trecenti fab, says report
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TOKYO --- For the sake of cost-efficiency Japanese chipmakers are considering outsourcing some of their manufacturing to the Trecenti Technologies Inc. subsidiary of Hitachi Ltd. that operates Japan's only 300-mm wafer fab, industry and government officials were reported as saying on Friday (November 29, 2002) by Reuters.
UK spectrum agency lambasted over 3.5GHz BFWA fiasco
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Delegates at this week's Wireless Broadband Forum, held here, rounded on speakers from the UK's Radiocommunications Agency (RA) over the handling of the consultation process and licensing arrangements for use of the 3.5GHz spectrum for broadband fixed wireless access.
Growth in chip sales slows, Europe hot, U.S. flat
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Global semiconductor sales reached $12.5 billion in October 2002, a 1.8% sequential increase from the $12.3 billion in revenue achieved in September 2002 and a 20% increase from the $10.4 billion total recorded in October 2001. But the growth rate has slowed.
3GLAB warns on MMS shortcomings
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Multimedia software developer 3GLAB has warned that consumers are so confused by the menu systems of MMS-enabled phones that they are unwilling to send photos via MMS to other phones.
Uppgång på väg?
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Fred Shlapak, Motorola: -- Bara chip räcker inte
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Motorola arbetar idag mot en affärsmodell som radikalt skiljer sig från den för två år sedan. Vi träffade Fred Shlapak, Motorolas chef för halvledardivisionen, för att få en bild av dagens verksamhet och vart företaget är på väg.
Fred Shlapak, Motorola:
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Motorola arbetar idag mot en affärsmodell som radikalt skiljer sig från den för två år sedan. Vi träffade Fred Shlapak, Motorolas chef för halvledardivisionen, för att få en bild av dagens verksamhet och vart företaget är på väg.
Europe clears Hitachi, Mitsubishi to form Renesas chip firm
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11/28/2002   Post a comment
BRUSSELS, Belgium --- The European Commission has cleared Hitachi Ltd. and Mitsubishi Electric Corp. to proceed with the proposed merger of their logic chip semiconductor operations. If successfully established Renesas Technology Corp. could be the world's second largest chip company with $7 billion annual sales.
EU official tells China to drop own 3G standard, says report
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A European Union official said that China should not go ahead with deployment of its own third-generation (3G) mobile communications standard, according to a report at the 3Gnewsroom Web site. The official told a group of telecommunications industry officials that an integrated world standard would reduce costs and that country-based standards should be avoided, the report said.
System complexity puts pressure on clock suppliers
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Growing demand for fail-safe networks and storage systems is putting additional pressure on clock IC suppliers to deliver more complexity and performance.
DRAM makers beef up capital budgets
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Although the majority of DRAM suppliers continue to report large losses, capital expenditure budgets in 2003 will show a 25% increase over this year's levels. That compares with a relatively anemic 4% increase for the rest of the chip industry, according to market research firm iSuppli Corp., El Segundo, Calif.
Hynix ready to seek partners abroad, says report
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SEOUL -- Massively endebted Hynix Semiconductor Inc. wants to form a strategic partnership with three to four semiconductor firms in the United States and Europe, according to a report in the Korean Herald today (November 28, 2002). Hynix is also thinking of selling the flash memory part of its business to a European chipmaker, the report said.
Fujitsu, Toshiba mulling 300-mm fab, says report
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TOKYO -- Fujitsu Ltd. and Toshiba Corp. are likely to share the cost of building a 300-mm wafer fab, but there is no prospect of a merger of Fujitsu's flash memory operation with that of Advanced Micro Devices Inc., a Fujitsu executive is reported as saying today (November 28, 2002).
IEDM late paper: IBM shows how to stack for 3D circuitry
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LONDON -- Three-dimensional circuit blocks, made without degrading electrical performace of leading-edge transistors, is the topic of a late paper from IBM at this year's International Electron Device Meeting (IEDM) to be held December 8 to 11 in San Francisco. The team has mated together two circuits from atop separate silicon-on-insulator wafers using a "glass-handle" transfer method.
Gratis utbildning
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Marknadsspecifika plattformar ger snabbare utveckling
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Vid Wind Forum härom veckan presenterade Wind River sin nya strategi, som går ut på att erbjuda kunderna marknadsspecifika plattformar med hög integrationsnivå. Man har också infört en ny marknadsmodell, där man tar betalt för en licens per ingenjör och år.
DRAM makers beef up capital budgets
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Weak economy slows EMS industry
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Startup develops design project tracking tool
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Design groups can accurately track the progress of electronic design projects with the Pragmax product lifecycle management tool from startup Pragmax Software Corp., the company said.
Restructured Hynix could sell Oregon fab, report says
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SEOUL --- Creditors of massively endebted Hynix Semiconductor Inc., have been advised to sell the company's Eugene, Oregon, wafer fab, according to a Dow Jones Business News report today (November 27, 2002). The sell-off would be part of bailout proposal from Deutsche Bank AG, the creditors' financial adviser.
Nu Horizons extends wireless reach
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Hello Kitty may be key to 3G success
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It's scary to think that sophisticated 3G mobile systems may depend for their survival on Hello Kitty, that cutesy Japanese pink cat with whiskers but no mouth. But that's what it might come down to.
Garbage in / garbage out: Input filters enhance A/D converter measurements
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Analog-to-Digital Converters (A/D converters) are capable of quite impressive noise and distortion performance. However, even the best signal generators and synthesizers produce signals that are not spectrally pure enough to evaluate noise and distortion performance of A/D converters. A National apps guy reminds us that even the best test set ups can benefit from an input filter.
High cost of bugs ignites quest for exterminators
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The escalating cost of software goofs combined with the specter of malpractice suits over glitchy programs are spawning fresh attempts to swat bugs before they can do much harm.
Geiger counter 'badge' eyed to detect radiation
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Gallium arsenide diodes are being used to build real-time nuclear-radiation detectors that their inventors promise will be as small and cheap as today's non-real-time "dosimeter" badges. The button-size single-chip detectors will give on-the-spot readings of radiation levels, as Geiger counters do, but without the Geiger counters' expense and heft.
IBM offers assertion-based verification tool
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Taking a further step into the commercial EDA world, IBM's Haifa Research Laboratory has started to offer the company's FoCs assertion-based verification tool for a free 90-day trial. FoCs (pronounced "fox") was previously available only to IBM's business partners and to customers of RuleBase, the company's high-end formal verification tool.
The myth behind the semiconductor industry's growth-cycle guarantee
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It is now clear that we are going through the worst semiconductor industry recession ever. Yet, we are told, the industry is bound to resume its growth curve as it did many times in the past. I am afraid it might not.
IC layout market soars, as front-end tools dip
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IC implementation toolsets and IC layout tools experienced phenomenal growth in 2001, while front-end tools such as logic synthesis faltered, according to a new report by Gartner Dataquest. And market share leadership changed in several key areas of the electronic design automation market last year, due in part to a wave of industry consolidation.
Equipment vendors tread lightly in downturn
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Semiconductor equipment vendors are retooling their strategies in the face of the industry's declining book-to-bill ratio, which slid to 0.73 in October. The ratio of three-month moving-average bookings to three-month moving-average billings for the North American semiconductor equipment industry was released last week by the Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) trade organization.
Denali ready to expand into chip I/O market
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It's not a memory chip company, but it knows the intimate details of just about every memory chip on the market.
Complex field-modeling problems tackled
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As operating frequencies on deep-submicron chips continue to rise and-more important-as edge rates spiral almost unnoticed, design teams and vendors alike are getting an uncomfortable feeling about parasitic extraction, signal integrity and even basic timing analysis, according to many industry leaders.
Broadband tech delivers 9-Mbit/s data rates to Europe
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IPWireless Inc. has launched mobile broadband technology in Europe that is said to offer PC users access at up to 9-Mbit/second data rates using a PCMCIA card.
Differential Hall-effect sensors aid rotational speed control
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11/27/2002   Post a comment
The rotational speed of motors with gear teeth can be precisely monitored and controlled with new-generation Hall-effect sensors. BiCMOS technology provides devices with high-sensitivity and speed, and yet small enough to fit inside motor housings or other tight spaces. Allegro's ace applications engineer explains their principles of operation, and provides a guideline for analog signal conditioning.
TEL prepares critical dimension measurement unit
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TOKYO -- Tokyo Electron Ltd. (TEL), a supplier of semiconductor and flat panel display manufacturing equipment, has introduced an optical critical dimension (OCD) measurement module for use with coater/developers.
Credence moves to acquire optical test firm
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FREMONT, Calif. --- Automatic test equipment company Credence Systems Corp. announced today (November 27, 2002) that it is to buy Optonics Inc., a privately held supplier of optical emission based diagnostic and failure analysis tools, based in Mountain View, California. The acquisition is anticipated to be an all-stock transaction for approximately two million Credence shares, which would make it worth about $23 million.
Macronix, Mitsubishi get closer over flash memory
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Macronix International Co. Ltd. said today (Nov. 27) that it has signed an agreement with Mitsubishi Electric Co. to cooperate on the development of so-called DINOR style flash memory on 0.15-micron process technology.
TCP/IP stack for 8-/16-bit processors
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The CMX-MicroNet TCP/IP stack provides out-of-the box support for seventeen different 8- or 16-bit processor families.
Surface-mount optical driver amp
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The MDA-1220-08S surface-mount optical amplifier drives EA and LiNbO3 Mach-Zhender modulators.
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