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E-beam welding eyed for dense nanoscale circuits
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An international consortium of researchers believes its electron-beam method for joining nanotubes could be applied to the construction of ultradense circuits.
Group develops first 130-nm 'X Architecture' mask
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The X Initiative--the consortium that is pushing the "X Architecture" diagonal interconnect design for photomasks--today said the group has produced the first mask for the 130-nm process node.
Opti sells semiconductor business to...Opti
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Consumer-chip maker Opti Inc. today sold its semiconductor business to Opti Technologies Inc., an unaffiliated company formed to acquire the semiconductor business, for approximately $700,000 in cash plus future royalties.
Richardson has profit in quarter
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Richardson Electronics, Ltd., LaFox, Ill., today reported revenues for the first quarter of fiscal 2003, which ended August 31, were $108.6 million, an increase of 3.8% from the previous year.
Cirrus Logic lowers Q3 estimates amid downturn
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Consumer-chip supplier Cirrus Logic Inc. today announced it estimates revenues for its second fiscal quarter, ended Sept. 28, 2002, to be between $72-to-$73 million, down approximately 4-5% from the first fiscal quarter and from the company's original guidance issued on July 22, 2002.
TranSwitch expects lower revenues, bigger loss
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TranSwitch Corp., Shelton, Conn., expects its third quarter net revenues will be between $3.3 million and $3.6 million due to continued, severe weakness in the worldwide telecommunications systems market.
Solutions proposed for verification crisis
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A validation crisis is stalking system-on-chip designs, according to a panel session at the 15th IEEE International ASIC/SoC Conference, though panel participants cited two possible routes toward its resolution.
TSMC, UMC to cut CapEx amid foundry slowdown, says report
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In another ominous sign for the IC and semiconductor-equipment industries, Taiwan's two leading silicon foundry providers are expected to cut their capital expenditures for 2002--again, according to a report from SG Cowen Securities Corp.
AMD has DDR400 all to itself for now
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It appears that Advanced Micro Devices Inc. will be the sole beneficiary of the first chipsets to support high-speed DDR400 PC memory. Intel Corp. and third-party vendors said they have no plans -- at least for now --to offer DDR400 chipsets for Intel processors.
Quad Fibre Channel serdes launches PMC-Sierra storage gambit
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PMC-Sierra Inc. is working the silicon integration lever as it takes its first steps into storage chips this week with the release of a quad Fibre Channel serializer/deserializer (serdes), seeking to leapfrog market leader Agilent Technologies.
Matsushita picks Ramtron's FRAM for autos
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Matsushita Communication Industrial Co. Ltd. has selected the ferroelectric RAM of Ramtron International Corp. for portable DVD players and automotive audio and navigation display systems.
Japan's Selete endorses new GDSII replacement
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The new data exchange format for the photomask industry has received a major boost, as Semiconductor Leading Edge Technologies Inc. (Selete) has endorsed the technology.
Dell confirms it may use AMD processor in server
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Dell Computer Corp. on Monday confirmed that it is considering selecting the Advanced Micro Devices Opteron Hammer MPU for an upcoming server product. A decision is due by the end of the year, a Dell spokesman said.
Group unveils 'Oasis' IC data format to replace GDS-II
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Hoping to lower the soaring costs of photomasks in chip production, a group of EDA, IC and chip-equipment vendors today unveiled a new data interchange format that replaces the venerable GDS-II standard.
Sun taps Dot Hill for low-end storage arrays
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Sun Microsystems. Inc. has tapped Dot Hill Systems Corp. to make its StorEdge 3300 series of storage arrays, which will be aimed for use with Sun's entry-level Linux and Solaris servers.
Intel invests in organic semiconductor startup
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Nanolayers Ltd., a developer of organic semiconductor materials, today announced the closing of a seed round of financing from Intel Capital, Millennium Materials Technology Fund, and Summit Technology. Nanolayers' ultra-thin film technology claims to be a breakthrough in the field of organic materials and molecular electronics. The Jerusalem-based company is developing organic materials for flat-panel displays, OLEDs, and semiconductor ICs, said Ben-Tzion Spitz, CEO of
288-Mbit FCRAM
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A 288-Mbit fast-cycle RAM (FCRAM) has been unleashed for networking applications.
Quad-port switching element
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The QuadPort datapath switching element supports bandwidths up to 27 Gbit/s, making it a nice fit for high-speed networking designs.
Mobile multimedia processor
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The SH7300 processor performs video and audio processing in next-generation portable communication designs, such as cell phones and PDAs.
IBM, Cadence expand EDA and foundry ties
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Cadence Design Systems Inc. and IBM Corp.'s Microelectronics Division today announced a broad agreement, including a move to simplify the chip design process at the 90-nm node.
NPTest adds analog options to SoC tester
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NPTest Inc., formerly known as Schlumberger Semiconductor Solutions, here today introduced a suite of analog options for its system-on-a-chip (SoC) tester line.
Toshiba readies second-generation fast-cycle RAM
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Toshiba Corp. is putting the finishing touches on a 333-MHz fast-cycle random-access memory (FCRAM) that will usher in the second generation of its low latency memory line.
ETSI hails IPv6 interoperability event
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Engineers from a record number of companies and organizations hailed the latest Internet Protocol IPv6 protocol implementation event, held here late last week, as a major success.
Independent scours for hard-to-find components
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Area51 Electronic Service Group Inc. is pushing hard to persuade OEMs and EMS providers to use its services to globally track down hard-to-find parts.
Mattson, Varian collaborate on 65-nm processing
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FREMONT, Calif. -- Mattson Technology Inc., a supplier of chip-making process equipment, and Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates Inc., a supplier of ion implantation systems, are to collaborate on the development of process technologies for 90-nanometer and more advanced process nodes.
IBM grows nanotube patterns on silicon wafers
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IBM Corp. has grown catalyst-free nanotube networks on silicon carbide substrates, bringing the promise of nanotube transistors arrayed across silicon chips one step closer to reality, the company said.
RF Micro invests and strikes foundry deal with Jazz
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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Looking to expand its chip-manufacturing capabilities, RF Micro Devices Inc. here today announced it will invest $60 million for a minority equity position in Jazz Semiconductor Inc., the silicon-germanium (SiGe) and BiCMOS foundry spin-off of Conexant Systems Inc. RF Micro and Jazz have also entered into a foundry manufacturing and development arrangement. Under the deal, RF Micro will obtain a guaranteed supply of wafers utilizing Jazz's SiGe, BiCMOS, and radio-frequency (
Samsung Electro to sell capacitor business
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Samsung Electro-Mechanics Corp. has decided to sell its electrolytic capacitor business to Samhwa Electric Inc. this year-end.
Halla thinks the next boom will be a hummer
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If Brian Halla could attach neon lights to his new SUV, the flashing message would dare high-tech executives to quit their hand-wringing and show more faith in the industry's ability to renew itself. And just as the Hummer, the civilian version of the army's HumVee, dwarfs most vehicles on the road, National Semiconductor Corp.'s chief executive believes the battered high-tech sector is on the cusp of another major expansion that could see semiconductor sales more than triple from the record $
China whets ODM appetite
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CTS cuts 140 more jobs, shifts work to China
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Still reeling from softness in its communications end-markets, CTS Corp. is eliminating an additional 140 positions and expects to take a larger-than-expected restructuring charge in its third quarter ending September.
Radamec slips into loss but orders raise hopes
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Radamec, the UK defence and TV studio equipment supplier, slipped into loss for the first half of 2002 as sales slipped 16.6% from the same period in 2001.
Motorola chip set digitally tweaks analog radio
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As satellite digital radio services struggle for survival and terrestrial digital radio broadcasting in the United States faces at least three more months of dead air, Motorola Inc. is going retro, gambling on old-fashioned analog AM/FM.
RF Micro inks foundry, development pact with Jazz
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RF Micro Devices Inc. has signed a manufacturing and development pact with wafer foundry Jazz Semiconductor Inc. (Newport Beach, Calif.), and is investing $60 million to take a minority stake in Jazz as part of the deal.
Mentor Graphics offers speedy support for GDSII replacement
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Mentor Graphics Corp. has said it will support a replacement data format for GDSII that it helped to develop, in its Calibre product family and the IC Station tool suite in the first quarter of 2003. Mentor claimed that it has been instrumental in developing the replacement format, which is being introduced today (September 30, 2002).
Synopsys adds logic BIST tool to test solutions
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Synopsys Inc. is entering the logic built-in, self test (BIST) market this week with a tool named DFT Compiler SoCBIST, which will reduce both tester time and data volume, the company said. Synopsys joins other EDA vendors that have announced various techniques for test vector compression and expansion, and brings some new ideas to the table.
RF Micro Devices and Jazz ink financial and process development deal
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RF Micro Devices is teaming with RF and mixed signal wafer foundry Jazz Semiconductor for silicon manufacturing and development. As part of the deal, RFMD is investing $60m in Jazz for a minority stake.
Amkor completes sale of Anam stake to Dongbu
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CHANDLER, Arizona -- Amkor Technology Inc., a provider of contract semiconductor assembly and test services, has completed its sale of 20 million shares in Anam Semiconductor Inc. to Dongbu Group at a price of 5700 Korean Won (about $4.64) per share, for a total consideration of 114 billion Won or about $93 million. As a result, Amkor's ownership interest in Anam reduces from 42% to 22% and it effectively leaves the wafer foundry business.
EMS-företag i miljardklass
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Två EMS-företag går nu samman: NOTE-koncernen och Xperi. Det ligger i linjer med Notes planer på att expandera och ger möjlighet att nå en miljard kronor i omsättning. -- Vi hade att välja mellan att köpa en EMS-tillverkare på nedgång till billigt pris eller att gå samman med ett välmående företag. Vi valde det senare, förklarar Sten Dybeck, koncernchef för Note AB. Därmed kan vi snabbt följa marknaden när den åter tar fart.
Ericsson varslar i Kumla och Gävle
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Ericsson fortsätter att varsla personalen. Varslet berör 750 personer i Kumla och 320 personer i Gävle som alla arbetar med att tillverka basstationer. På två år har därmed Kumlafabriken sänkt antalet anställda från 3 200 till 850. I Gävle kommer det efter neddragningen att återstå 1 130 anställda.
Micron slashes fiscal 2003 capex
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