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Taiwan's IC makers claim no serious damage after major quake
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3/31/2002   Post a comment
TAIPEI -- Taiwan's chip and PC makers reported little or no interruption or damage after a major earthquake rocked the island on Sunday afternoon, killing four people and causing some buildings to collapse.
Reader doubts Magma claims
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Heard on the Beat (March 29)
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JEDEC forms new IC standards group to make 802.11 WLANs fly
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ARLINGTON, Va. -- Will the wireless local-area networking (WLAN) market finally take off? JEDEC here is attempting to make the WLAN market fly by confirming the formation of a new group that will develop chip-level standards for 802.11 technology. The group, called the JC-61 Committee-Wireless Interface Networking Group (WING), originated from several efforts led by Acer Laboratories, Conexant, Hewlett-Packard, Mitsubishi Electric and Philips.
Semiconductor Alert! (March 25-29)
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3/29/2002   Post a comment
Greetings from Down-East Maine, which just happens to be one of the last bastions of pure democracy. And the best remaining example of this is the annual New England "town meeting." Here, town residents gather to vote on every, and I mean every, budget line item. I thought I'd tell you about my town meeting because it's not only a moving experience, it's a heckuva lot of fun.
Canesta readies first 'electronic perception' chips and software
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3/29/2002   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- In what could have a major impact in a number of markets, startup Canesta Inc. here introduced the world's first "electronic perception" chip and software technology. Electronic perception technology is a real-time imaging capability that will enable machines and electronic devices to perceive nearby objects and their movements in three dimensions.
WLAN-chip maker Bermai obtains first round of venture funding
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3/29/2002   Post a comment
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Bermai Inc., a supplier of chips for high-speed wireless local-area networking applications, has received $15 million in its first round of venture funding. The round was co-led by Mobius Venture Capital, Blueprint Ventures, and Advanced Technology Ventures (ATV). The funding will be used to help launch Bermai's single-chip product, based on the 802.11a standard.
On Semi names ex-Cypress executive to head marketing and sales
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3/29/2002   Post a comment
PHOENIX -- On Semiconductor here today announced that it has appointed William R. Bradford, a former executive with Cypress Semiconductor Inc., as its new senior vice president of sales and marketing. Bradford held various positions during his 11-year career at Cypress. Most recently, he served as the vice president of European sales and marketing for the San Jose-based company. He replaces Michael Rohleder who resigned from the company in January.
Sharp makes push into N. American MCU market
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3/29/2002   Post a comment
Sharp Microelectronics of the Americas (SMA), attempting to establish itself as a serious player in the North American microcontroller market, is rolling out its BlueStreak series of 8-, 16-, and 32-bit devices.
Catalog distributors prepare
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Fujitsu's compound IC group forges 40-Gbps chip deal with JDS Uniphase
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SAN JOSE -- Fujitsu Quantum Devices Ltd., Fujitsu Compound Semiconductor Inc., and JDS Uniphase Corp. announced a multi-source agreement (MSA) for the development of 40-gigabits-per-second devices. The companies will develop PIN receivers with differential coplanar outputs for use in 40-Gbps fiber-optic applications. The MSA receiver reduces board space, cancels common mode noise at the clock and data recovery (CDR) circuit, and doubles the output voltage swing, according to Fujitsu Compound.
Fujitsu promises 90-nm production within a year
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3/29/2002   Post a comment
Fujitsu Ltd. has begun prototype production of chips in its 90-nanometer (0.09-micron) process technology at its Akiruno Technology Center, and plans to introduce the process for commercial production in the next fiscal year, which begins Monday (April 1).
'Let them come,' Chinese foundries say to competition
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3/29/2002   Post a comment
Taiwan's semiconductor manufacturing machine is poised to enter China, but that isn't concerning the mainland's fledgling foun-dry service providers, which claim that access to inexpensive technology and strong customer relationships will give them an edge for years to come.
European radio-navigation system looks to one-up GPS
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3/29/2002   Post a comment
Europeans are hoping that the planned Galileo radio navigation system enjoys smoother sailing than its namesake.
Qualcomm, Nvidia unseat Xilinx, Altera as top fabless companies, says new ranking
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3/29/2002   Post a comment
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The revenue rankings of fabless chip companies has been shuffled a great deal by the semiconductor downturn. Programmable logic rivals Xilinx Inc. and Altera Corp. fell from No. 1 and No. 2 in fabless revenues to No. 3 and 6 last year, respectively, while chip set suppliers Qualcomm Inc. (in cell phones) and Nvidia Corp. (PC graphics) took the top two spots in the fabless IC segment, according to IC Insights Inc.
Java variations could stall unified cell-phone platform
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3/29/2002   Post a comment
Unique implementations and extensions of Java for emerging voice and data cellular devices are threatening what many see as the best hope for unifying this nascent market.
'Parallel' migration to blue-laser DVD urged
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3/29/2002   Post a comment
A proposal put together by a Hollywood studio suggests that blue-laser-based high-definition DVD recorders will initially become available as VCR replacements only in the Japanese market.
Export debate asks if high-tech China poses military threat
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3/29/2002   Post a comment
Interests within the Pentagon and the Commerce Department are seemingly at odds over whether to loosen or tighten federal control over exports to China, the world's largest potential electronics market as well as a potentially potent military rival.
EE job market posts modest gains
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3/29/2002   Post a comment
A rise in demand for engineers for temporary work assignments and a small increase in hiring for permanent positions reported by U.S. staffing firms point to the beginning of a recovery for both the electronics industry and the national economy.
Aetrium cuts Q1 sales estimate due to several tool order delays
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3/29/2002   Post a comment
ST. PAUL, Minn.-- Test handler systems supplier Aetrium Inc. here said delays in several orders for products will result in 18% sequential drop in revenues to $3.1 million in the first quarter compared to $3.8 million in the prior quarter.
FCC panel to monitor network reliability
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3/29/2002   Post a comment
A new federal advisory panel unveiled by the Federal Communications Commission Thursday (March 28) will help ensure the reliability of U.S. broadcast and cable networks.
Robotic Vision being investigated by SEC for accounting error
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3/29/2002   Post a comment
CANTON, Mass. -- Robotic Vision Systems Inc. today disclosed it is under investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for accounting practices that caused RVSI to restate its financial results for the company's fiscal 2000 year and a three-month period, ended Dec. 30, 2000.
Taiwan's government lifts ban on China fabs
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3/29/2002   Post a comment
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- After months of delay, Taiwan's government has finally lifted a ban on 200mm wafer investments in China, although with several conditions. Taiwan's government will let semiconductor companies build a total of three fabs before 2005 using current-generation production equipment, Premier Yu Shyi-kun said at a press conference late tonight. Facilities that operate with new manufacturing equipment won't be allowed for at least two years from now, he added.
MoSys applies 1T-SRAM to TSMC's 90-nm process for smallest cell yet
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3/29/2002   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- MoSys Inc. today announced it has extended its collaboration with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. to include the company's one-transistor SRAM cell technology in TSMC's 90-nm (0.09-micron) foundry processes.
Infineon executive sees modest growth, but no bounce back in 2002
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The top U.S. executive from Infineon Technologies AG predicted modest growth in the overall semiconductor industry in 2002, but he also expressed some "concerns" about the weakened marketplace as well.
Flat start to 2002 is good for chip business, says SIA
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3/29/2002   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Worldwide semiconductor sales began 2002 just like it ended 2001--unchanged in January at a total of $10.01 billion compared to $10.01 billion in December, said the Semiconductor Industry Association today. Chip sales in the Asia Pacific region and Americas offset drops in Europe and Japan, said the San Jose-based trade group.
Dispersion compensator
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3/29/2002   Post a comment
An amplified tunable dispersion compensator has been unleashed for 10-Gbps optical networking designs.
OC-192 amps
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3/29/2002   Post a comment
A TIA and a limiting amplifier have been unleashed for OC-192 MAN equipment architectures.
40-Gb muxes, demuxes
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The 4030MX and 4320MX multiplexers and 4021DX and 4321DX demultiplexers achieve data rates up to 43 Gbps.
StarFabric development kit
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A software development kit has been unveiled for engineers implementing the StarFabric switched-backplane architecture in system designs.
Post acquisition spree, Intel strives for key to comms
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3/28/2002   Post a comment
Intel Corp. is striving to overcome the perception that it hasn't yet made heads or tails of the communications industry and has no central strategy to interlock the various startups it has acquired, often at inflated prices.
STMicro doubles speed of EEPROM, preps chip for automotive systems
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3/28/2002   Post a comment
GENEVA--STMicroelectronics today introduced a faster version of its serial peripheral interface (SPI) 256-kilobit EEPROM to support 10-MHz clock frequencies at 5-volt operation and a range of 2-to-5-MHz at 2.5 volts.
Vietnamese refugee works both sides at TI
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3/28/2002   Post a comment
Texas Instruments Fellow Duy-Loan Le spent her formative years straddling two countries and two cultures: one ravaged by war and steeped in tradition; the other a golden land of opportunity where innovation ruled.
Harmonic balance simulation speeds RF mixer design
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3/28/2002   Post a comment
Harmonic-balance simulators and electromagnetic analysis tools are becoming essential to RF mixer design. New balun structures for RFICs are key to matching impedances at high GHz-requencies. An AWR scientist offers some pointers on mixer-design using contemporary modeling tools.*
PDF asks software to improve chip yields
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3/28/2002   Post a comment
Taking its semiconductor yield enhancement technology into the chip design world, PDF Solutions Inc. has rolled out Design-Based Yield Improvement (DBYI), a services and software offering aimed at fabless semiconductor providers.
Big DSP suppliers chilled in market downdraft
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3/28/2002   Post a comment
Major DSP makers, accustomed to yearly success, found themselves caught in the vortex of last year's crashing communications market, resulting in severely reduced revenues and the first negative growth in DSP history.
Fairchild wraps military chip line sale to IR
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3/28/2002   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor International, South Portland, Maine, today announced it has completed the sale of its military and space-related discrete power product line to International Rectifier for approximately $29.6 million cash.
Carriers to keep a tight rein on spending
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3/28/2002   Post a comment
Network equipment and communication IC vendors attending this week's Integrated Broadband Networks Summit took little comfort in the words of executives from local and long-haul service providers, who said their only capital investments in the next few years will be for systems and software that can reduce month-to-month operating expenses.
Jedec to standardize WLAN chip interfaces
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3/28/2002   Post a comment
The Joint Electronic Device Engineering Council (Jedec) hopes to standardize a digital interface that will link chips in wireless LAN system architectures, and announced the formation of a subcommittee this week that will develop such an interface.
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