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2001 slump makes 2002 looks like recovery year, says research firm
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3/30/2001   Post a comment
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The 2001 semiconductor recession is getting so bad that it now looks a recovery could come sooner rather than later, said IC Insights Inc., which is calling for a double-digit rebound in integrated circuit sales next year.
China's chip makers open capacity throttle
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3/30/2001   Post a comment
While chip makers elsewhere are scaling back capital spending amid a slumping market, China's semiconductor industry is rushing ahead with a spate of fab construction plans to meet what local observers say is red-hot demand.
Transmitter keeps in tune with loop antennas
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3/30/2001   Post a comment
Micrel Semiconductor has developed a single-chip radio transmitter for unlicensed bands in the 280 to 460MHz range that automatically corrects for differences in a connected loop antenna so the board does not need to be tuned on the manufacturing line with a trimmer pot.
U.S.-based Cradle hopes India's software will reshape MPU business
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3/30/2001   Post a comment
DELHI, India--Silicon Valley startup Cradle Technologies Inc. today (March 30) launched a software initiative in India to build development support for its Universal Micro System (UMS) platform and plant the seeds for a new crop of "chipless chip" companies that could redefine the microprocessor business.
Cirrus Logic says profits for next two quarters will disappoint
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3/30/2001   Post a comment
Semiconductor maker Cirrus Logic Inc. said on Friday it expects profits for the next two quarters to come in sharply below analysts' expectations, citing an inventory charge and a shift towards its lower-margin magnetic storage business.
Genesis Microchip expects higher loss due to non-recurring expenses
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3/29/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Genesis Microchip Inc. today (March 29) warned that its losses be higher than previously estimated because of costs associated with restructuring its operations, low production yields, and other non-recurring expenses.
Morningstar analyst says Intel will admit to cutting capital spending
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3/29/2001   Post a comment
CHICAGO--Another financial analyst is predicting that Intel Corp. will soon buckle to the chip recession and cut capital spending from the company's current budget of $7.5 billion. In a new report, Morningstar Inc. analyst Jeremy Lopez said it is only a question of how much Intel will cut back from its record capital spending plans.
Intersil closing Ohio plant to phase out automotive, industrial ICs
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3/29/2001   Post a comment
IRVINE, Calif.--Intersil Corp. today (March 29) announced plans to close its semiconductor plant in Findlay, Ohio, which produces ICs for automotive and industrial systems. About 430 people work at the facility.
Micron posts loss as memory prices drop 50% in quarter
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3/29/2001   Post a comment
BOISE, Idaho -- Micron Technology Inc. today (March 29) reported a net loss of $88.3 million on net sales of $1.07 billion in the company's fiscal second quarter, ended March 1. The loss includes the effects of Micron Electronics Inc. pulling out of the PC business and plunging DRAM prices, said the Boise company.
Intersil to phase out IC facility
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3/29/2001   Post a comment
Intersil Corporation announced today that it plans to embark on a phased closure of the company's Findlay, Ohio operation, which manufactures integrated circuits primarily for automotive and industrial applications.
Genesis Microchip expects loss for quarter
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3/29/2001   Post a comment
Genesis Microchip Inc. today said that its earnings for the fourth quarter of its 2001 fiscal year ending March 31, 2001 are anticipated to fall short of its previously stated expectation.
PLDs, DRAMs, and standard cell chips get clobbered in downturn, says report
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3/29/2001   Post a comment
Market researcher IC Insights Inc. here said an analysis of chip sales in January vs. October shows DRAMs, MOS standard cell designs, and programmable logic getting hit the hardest out of nine IC product categories.
Mitsubishi tailors SDRAMs for low-power consumption in handheld products
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3/28/2001   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif.-- Mitsubishi Electric Corp.'s chip subsidiary here today (March 28) announced a new series of low-power synchronous DRAMs that contain a number of battery-saving features for handheld and wireless system products.
KLA-Tencor says Samsung cut DRAM development with UV inspection tool
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3/28/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE--KLA-Tencor Corp. here said Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. in South Korea has successfully used its new ultraviolet wafer inspection tool to cut development of new DRAM process technologies by several months.
ATI posts $26 million loss on lower PC chip sales in quarter
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3/28/2001   Post a comment
MARKHAM, Ontario -- Multimedia chip set supplier ATI Technologies Inc. today (March 28) reported an adjusted net loss of $26.1 million on sales of $232.4 million in the company's second fiscal quarter, ended Feb. 28. A stock transaction in the quarter resulted in a pre-tax gain of $54.9 million, pushing the company's total net income to $607,000 in the fiscal period.
Need2Buy signs e-commerce deal with Total Parts Plus
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3/27/2001   Post a comment
Need2Buy, an online sourcing site for the electronic components industry, today announced a partnership with Total Parts Plus, a Fort Walton Beach, Fla.-based provider of component end-of-life (EOL) information.
STMicro adds LCD drivers to IC portfolio for cell phones
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3/27/2001   Post a comment
GENEVA--STMicroelectronics today (March 27) said it has filled in the last gap of its cellular-phone chip offering with the introduction of two new liquid-crystal display (LCD) drivers. The new ICs integrate complete controller and driver functions for 65-by-128 column black-and-white graphic LCDs, said the European chip maker.
Ramtron claims first nonvolatile memory with unlimited endurance
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3/27/2001   Post a comment
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.--Ramtron International Corp. here today (March 27) claimed it has developed the industry's first nonvolatile memory product with "unlimited endurance" for read and write cycles. Ramtron is aiming the new 256-kilobit ferrorelectric RAM at replacing low-power SRAMs.
Cisco reportedly halts component ordering
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3/27/2001   Post a comment
SAN FRANCISCO -- Continuing weakness in the networking infrastructure market has led networking giant Cisco Systems to halt component ordering, particularly impacting two programmable logic suppliers, according to an analyst at Thomas Weisel Partners LLC.
In Beijing, HSMC prepares first step in building four fabs this decade
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3/27/2001   Post a comment
BEIJING -- Hoping to carve out a sizable niche in the silicon foundry arena, China's Beijing Huaxia Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (HSMC) here next week will begin an ambitious chip-making campaign by breaking ground on its initial wafer fab.
Fujitsu puts physical, link layer functions on 1394 multimedia IC
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3/26/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Fujitsu Microelectronics Inc. today (March 26) rolled out a new IEEE 1394 multimedia IC that integrates the physical (PHY) and link layer functions on a single-port device for notebook PCs, video cards, and peripherals.
Microsemi ships GaAs devices three months ahead of schedule
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3/26/2001   Post a comment
SANTA ANA, Calif.--Microsemi Corp. today (March 26) said it has begun shipping its first gallium-arsenide (GaAs) semiconductors three months ahead of schedule. The products will be used in optical transponders.
Hyundai uses DRAM fabs to make low-power 8-Mbit SRAMs for cell phones
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3/26/2001   Post a comment
ICHON, South Korea -- Hyundai Electronics Industries Co. Ltd. today (March 26) announced a new series of low-power, 8-megabit SRAMs, which are being fabricated with 0.18-micron process technology inside the company's existing DRAM fabs.
IBM launches multi-project wafer initiative for SiGe prototypes
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3/26/2001   Post a comment
EAST FISHKILL, N.Y. -- IBM Corp. today (March 26) announced a multi-project wafer program for its silicon-germanium process technology to help lower the cost of SiGe prototypes and small-volume products by placing more than one design on a wafer.
Transmeta works with Microsoft on Tablet PC design
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3/26/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Transmeta Corp. here today (March 26) said it is working with Microsoft Corp. to incorporate its low-power Crusoe microprocessor into next-generation Tablet PCs.
Transmeta working with Microsoft on Tablet PC
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3/26/2001   Post a comment
Transmeta Corp., Santa Clara, Calif., today said that it is working with Microsoft Corp. to incorporate Transmeta's low-power Crusoe microprocessor into next-generation Tablet PCs.
AuthenTec lands $20M in funding from TI, others
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3/26/2001   Post a comment
AuthenTec Inc., Melbourne, Fla., a start-up designer of fingerprint authentication integrated circuits, said today that it has secured $20 million in Series B financing led by a $5 million investment by Texas Instruments Inc.
Microsemi begins shipping GaAs devices
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3/26/2001   Post a comment
Microsemi Corp., Santa Ana, Calif., announced today that it has begun shipping its first gallium arsenide semiconductors, three months ahead of plan.
TI claims smallest DSP controller for embedded applications
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3/26/2001   Post a comment
HOUSTON -- Texas Instruments Inc. today (March 26) claimed it was offering the industry's smallest DSP-based controller for embedded use in consumer and industrial products. The digital signal processor and two other small DSP chips are the newest members in TI's 16-bit, fixed-point 320C2000 series.
LSI Logic to buy C-Cube for $878 million in stock
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3/26/2001   Post a comment
LSI Logic Corp. has agreed to buy C-Cube Microsystems Inc. in an all-stock deal valued at $878 million.
Atmel expands alliance for RF, baseband ICs in secure 3G networks
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3/26/2001   Post a comment
ROUSSET, France-- Atmel Corp. today (March 26) announced an expansion of its alliance in third-generation wireless networks with a company specializing in defense and security communications applications. Under the partnership, Atmel and EADS Defence & Security Networks (EDSN) plan to develop new platforms for all-digital "professional mobile radio" applications worldwide.
LSI Logic to acquire C-Cube for $878 million in stock
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3/26/2001   Post a comment
MILPITAS, Calif.--LSI Logic Corp. today (March 26) announced it has agreed to acquire C-Cube Microsystems Inc. for $878 million in stock to expand its product offering for communications and entertainment applications.
Pentium 4 cost forces Intel to stick with $7.5 billion cap spending plan
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3/23/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The pressure on Intel Corp. to cut Pentium 4 manufacturing costs is causing the company to hold fast to this year's massive $7.5 billion capital spending plan, according to analysts.
Comms warm a bit to reconfigurable processor
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3/23/2001   Post a comment
Reconfigurable processors may still be off the beaten path for most hardware engineers, but there's evidence they are making their way into large, massively parallel network processors with cores numbering in the hundreds.
TI reshuffles analog, mixed-signal deck
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3/23/2001   Post a comment
DALLAS--Texas Instruments Inc. has reorganized its analog and mixed-signal business, retaining the group's dual management structure but realigning to better address key end-equipment markets and deepen ties with the company's DSP efforts.
Micron Technology expected to report loss
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3/23/2001   Post a comment
Some analysts believe that Micron Technology Inc. will report a net loss next week after it consolidates pro rata results from its Micron Electronics PC affiliate, which reported a $168 million loss for the quarter ending March 1.
For ASIC design, in-house rules
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3/23/2001   Post a comment
Intel's DSL effort in limbo after scrapping consumer-oriented chip
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3/23/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Intel Corp.'s efforts to conquer the Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) chip market is in limbo, SBN has learned. The Santa Clara semiconductor giant has quietly scrapped a line of consumer-orient DSL chips, while also acknowledging that its entire DSL-chip program is "up in the air."
Malaysia's fabless My-Ms inks pact with Singapore distributor
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3/23/2001   Post a comment
CYBERJAYA, Malaysia -- Malaysia Microelectronic Solutions Sdn Bhd (My-Ms)--which claims to be the country's first fabless chip house--today (March 23) announced a distribution pact with Singapore's Dynamar Holding Pte. Ltd.
Toshiba mixes bipolar, CMOS and DMOS in new process for motor driver ICs
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3/23/2001   Post a comment
TOKYO -- Toshiba Corp. has combined bipolar, CMOS and double-diffused metal oxide semiconductor technologies into a new process for highly integrated motor driver ICs. The new high-voltage BiCD process will produce motor driver chips with one-third the power consumption, said Toshiba.
Chip makers continue to slow orders for equipment
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3/23/2001   Post a comment
The North American-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.8 billion in orders in February 2001 and a book-to-bill ratio of 0.77, according to the March 2001 Express Report published today by Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI). A book-to-bill of 0.77 means that orders were 23 percent lower than shipments for the month. The three-month average of worldwide bookings in February 2001 was $1.80 billion. The bookings figure is 4% below the revised January 20
Microchip says Taiwan's Syntek must pay court costs, lawyer fees
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3/22/2001   Post a comment
CHANDLER, Ariz.--Microchip Technology Inc. today (March 22) announced it has won an amended judgment against Taiwan's Syntek Semiconductor Co. Ltd., which will have to pay court costs and attorney's fees in a microcode copyright case.
Ex-Motorolan sails into DSP waters
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3/22/2001   Post a comment
At Motorola, Tom Beaver helped make the VMEbus a mainstay of the electronics industry. Now he's hoping he'll be able to steer another technology into the realm of classic. As the new chief at tiny 3DSP Corp., Beaver has turned his attention to system-on-chip digital signal processing, with a view to guiding his company's DSP core technology into design wins with OEM customers and chip makers alike.
Rambus charged Siemens with copying its technology
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3/22/2001   Post a comment
The Rambus SDRAM patent trial against Infineon Technologies was postponed last week after Rambus charged that a confidential planning document showed the then-Siemens Semiconductor division "deliberately copied" its technology.
Dallas Semi expects 30% sequential drop in revenue
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3/21/2001   Post a comment
Dallas Semiconductor Corp. said today that third party analysts' projections for its first quarter revenues are above what the company anticipates.
Adaptec to cut 20% of workforce
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3/21/2001   Post a comment
Adaptec, Inc., Milpitas, Calif., said it is cutting its headcount by 450 positions, or approximately 20% of the workforce worldwide, because of the weakening economy.
Via readies second volley in CPU battle
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3/21/2001   Post a comment
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Hoping to strike deeper into the CPU market, Via Technologies will officially unveil its second generation microprocessor at two upcoming conferences later this month, including CeBit in Hannover, Germany and WinHEC in Anaheim, Calif. And based on tests claiming that it performs equitably against Intel's Celeron on commonly used 2D applications, the company believes it can win 5-to-7% market share this year.
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