NEC, In-System to develop ICs for USB 2.0 spec News & Analysis 8/31/2000 Post a comment BOISE, Idaho -- In-System Design Inc. (ISD) today announced a partnership with NEC Corp. to co-develop a family of devices based on a new Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 standard. Under a partnership agreement, ISD's digital expertise will be combined with NEC's analog capabilities to create what the companies claim will be the world's first single-chip solutions for the USB 2.0 specification.
Tundra to buy chip-layout specialist Quadic for $45 million News & Analysis 8/31/2000 Post a comment KANATA, Ontario--Tundra Semiconductor Corp. here today announced plans to acquire Quadic Systems Inc., an analog chip developer and design-layout specialist based in South Portland, Maine. Tundra said the purchase will help it reduce development time for high-speed interconnect technology in communications-chip applications. Tundra plans to buy Quadic for stock and cash, valued at up to $45 million.
Avnet info to broaden SpinCircuit Web data News & Analysis 8/31/2000 Post a comment In a nonexclusive deal, distributor Avnet Inc. has agreed to provide business data that will augment the Web-based design tools of SpinCircuit Inc. and enable engineers to access pricing and availability information from the SpinCircuit Web site. Avnet also took an undisclosed minority position in SpinCircuit as part of the deal.
Deep South working to see that high tech takes root News & Analysis 8/31/2000 Post a comment Jim Clinton speaks in Dickensian terms about the prospects for a high-tech flowering in the Deep South. The motivation for change and progress is strong, but "It's also a scary time," said Clinton, executive director of Southern Growth Policies Board.
OSE, Siliconware aim to be Taiwan's next $1 billion companies News & Analysis 8/31/2000 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- The rapid shift towards outsourcing in the IC-packaging and assembly arena is creating the next wave of $1 billion companies in Taiwan.
Two Taiwan-based companies -- Orient Semiconductor Engineering Ltd. (OSE) and Siliconware Precision Industries Co. Ltd. (SPIL) -- separately projected that they will reach $1 billion in sales over the next year or two, putting them in an elite group of companies in the booming IC-packaging and assembly business.
Fiber-to-the-home resurfaces News & Analysis 8/31/2000 Post a comment A number of companies are laying the groundwork to offer residential fiber on a broad scale as early as next year, according to this week's National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (NFOEC). This trend indicates that the advent of high-speed data access has revived interest in fiber to the home, after huge costs and an indifferent public had dashed initial hopes for the technology.
Innocomm shifts to fabless model from wireless-IC design house News & Analysis 8/31/2000 Post a comment SAN DIEGO -- Two-year-old Innocomm Wireless Inc. here has turned itself into a fabless chip company from its start as an IC design house for radio-frequency and mixed-signal devices. The San Diego startup said it now specializes in chip sets for wireless PCs and automation products in the home and office.
Metrology supplier ADE posts 76% sales increase, narrows loss News & Analysis 8/31/2000 Post a comment WESTWOOD, Mass.--ADE Corp. here reported a 76% increase in revenues to $21.8 million in the company's first fiscal quarter, ended July 31, compared to $12.4 million in the period last year. The supplier of metrology and inspection systems posted a net loss of $1.2 million in the quarter vs. a net loss of $7.2 million in the period last year.
ON Semi to triple R&D spending News & Analysis 8/31/2000 Post a comment ON Semiconductor here today announced plans to triple its spending on research and development by 2001, compared to 1999 levels, with a long-term target of R&D expenditures set at 5-to-6 percent of revenues this decade.
Alliance invests $75M in Tower fab plan News & Analysis 8/31/2000 Post a comment Alliance Semiconductor Corp. (Santa Clara, Calif.) has become the latest company to sign up as an equity partner in Tower Semiconductor Ltd. as part of Tower's plans to build a second wafer fab in Israel.
TI says it won't rush Burr-Brown merger; Tucson fab upgrade considered News & Analysis 8/31/2000 Post a comment TUCSON, Ariz. -- Now that Texas Instruments Inc. has completed its $7.6 billion acquisition of Burr-Brown Corp., the real tricky part of M&A has begun--merger. Top TI officials promise to take a steady-but-not-hurried pace in merging the venerable analog chip supplier into Texas Instruments. In doing so, TI will put customer requirements ahead of merger activities, and it will consider upgrading Burr-Brown's 4-inch wafer fab in Tucson, while maintaining existing foundry agreements, said managers
Philips buys full ownership of LCD joint venture in Japan News & Analysis 8/31/2000 Post a comment AMSTERDAM, the Netherlands -- Royal Philips Electronics NV today announced it is acquiring the remaining shares of a Japanese joint venture in liquid-crystal displays, formed three years ago with partner Hosiden Corp. in Osaka. The Dutch company said it will buy the remaining 20% interest in Hosiden and Philips Display Corp. (HAPD), which was created in April 1997 to produce 15-inch active-matrix LCDs.
Lithography sales rise 178%; tools total grows 112% in first half of 2000 News & Analysis 8/31/2000 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- Semiconductor capital equipment shipments grew 112% in the first half of 2000, compared to the same period last year, according to a new industry report, which underscores the rapid buildup of chip capacity that worries some analysts. Chip makers took delivery of $21.9 billion in production equipment during the first six months of 2000 vs. $10.3 billion in the first half of 1999, said the SEMI trade group today.
On Semi to triple R&D and target power management, broadband ICs News & Analysis 8/31/2000 Post a comment PHOENIX -- On Semiconductor today announced plans to triple spending on research and development by 2001, compared to 1999 levels, with a long-term target of R&D expenditures set at 5-to-6% of revenues after next year. The year-old spin-off from Motorola Inc. spent about $37 million on R&D in 1999, which represented 2.3% of its revenues.
Write Once, Then What? News & Analysis 8/31/2000 Post a comment Java arose from the vision of the network as the computer. It was intended to be a language by which applications could run on any machine without changes. The rallying cry "write once, run anywhere" fired the imagination of developers worldwide. EMBEDDEDnet site director Rich Quinnell asks, "Has Java delivered on its promise?"
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.