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Samsung speeds up move to 0.12-micron process
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6/29/2001   Post a comment
Samsung Semiconductor will push its planned shrink to the 0.12-micron process for 256- and 512-Mbit memory parts ahead two quarters in a bid to dominate next year's Windows XP-driven PC market.
Germany's X-Fab offers SOI foundry services for mixed-signal, high-voltage ICs
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6/29/2001   Post a comment
ERFURT, Germany--X-Fab Semiconductor Foundries here today announced its has moved into the silicon-on-insulator wafer processing business, offering SOI technology for high-voltage and high-temperature chip applications.
ARM extends Java deal for wireless with J2ME licence
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6/29/2001   Post a comment
ARM Holdings has taken out a licence for the J2ME technology from Sun Microsystems in a move that will see the companies look at adapting Java further for "the segments that ARM serves", according to Reynette Au, ARM's vice-president of corporate marketing.
Integration levels are turning IC firms into 'virtual asic' suppliers
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6/29/2001   Post a comment
The level of integration in communications chips is turning Broadcom and similar comms specialists into 'virtual asic' suppliers.
STMicro uses 'pure' CMOS approach in read-channel IC for higher integration
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6/28/2001   Post a comment
GENEVA--STMicroelectronics today announced samples of a new CMOS read/write channel chip that supports data rates up to 750 megabits per second and features advanced signal processing techniques for wider tolerance of heads and media.
ST extend PowerVR architectural licensing deal with Imagination
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6/28/2001   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics, Europe's leading chip maker, has extended its longstanding architectural licensing deal with Imagination Technologies to include the next two generations of Imagination's PowerVR graphics processing architecture.
Alcatel to sell most plants by end of 2002
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6/28/2001   Post a comment
French industrial and technology giant Alcatel wants to get out of manufacturing.
ST's low-cost SiGe route to faster RF circuits
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6/28/2001   Post a comment
Silicon germanium is set to enter the mainstream after decisions by STMicroelectronics and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing to bring the technology into production.
RF Micro Devices plans China assembly plant to serve Nokia
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6/28/2001   Post a comment
GREENSBORO, N.C.--In a move to expand in China's cellular phone market, RF Micro Devices Inc. here today announced plans to open a final assembly facility and logistics center in Beijing to supply radio-frequency components to Nokia Group.
Intel prepares to launch 1.8-GHz Pentium 4 in CPU speed battle
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6/28/2001   Post a comment
NEW YORK -- At the Technology Exchange Week trade show here, an Intel Corp. executive disclosed plans to officially unveil two new microprocessors in July, including the company's fastest Pentium 4 chip.
More chip companies lower revenue forecasts
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6/28/2001   Post a comment
A further tranche of electronics companies have revised their revenue projections downwards.
Fab tool shipments and bookings in decline
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6/28/2001   Post a comment
The book-to-bill ratio for fab equipment may have bottomed out in May but shipments and bookings continued to decline.
Altera to cut 7% of workforce, take $115 million charge for excess inventory
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6/27/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Altera Corp. today announced it is will lay off 152 people, or 7% of its workforce, as part of a restructuring of operations in the current industry downturn. The supplier of programmable logic also said it was planning to take a one-time, pre-tax charge of about $115 million for excess inventory in second quarter.
QuickLogic cites weakness in Europe for 25-30% drop in Q2 sales
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6/27/2001   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif.--QuickLogic Corp. today blamed a weak global economy and reduced demand for products--especially in Europe--for lowering its revenues more than expected in the second quarter.
Dense-Pac to expand workforce to handle 3-D memory growth
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6/27/2001   Post a comment
GARDEN GROVE, Calif.--Dense-Pac Microsystems Inc. here today announced it will increase its direct labor force by 10-to-15% to handle growing demand for stacked memory products. The three-dimensional chip-packaging company said new demand for stacked memory "appears to be a firming business climate."
NeoMagic ready to sample ICs for Net appliances
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6/27/2001   Post a comment
NeoMagic Corp. is poised to jump back into the semiconductor market after more than a year away. But instead of graphics components aimed at notebook computers — the product generally associated with the company — NeoMagic is moving into an entirely different segment with a family of parts designed for the handheld Internet appliance market.
IBM says SOI process will support digital, RF functions
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6/27/2001   Post a comment
Researchers at IBM Microelectronics believe the low-power, 130-nanometer silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technology IBM unveiled at the recent VLSI Technology Symposium may prove superior to its silicon germanium technology.
ATI sales up sequentially 10% in quarter
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6/27/2001   Post a comment
MARKHAM, Ontario -- Graphics and multimedia chip supplier ATI Technologies Inc. today reported an adjusted net loss of $4.2 million for the company's fiscal third quarter, ended May 31, on sales of $255.9 million, which was a 10.1% sequential increase form the prior three-month period.
Winbond starts production ramp of Rambus DRAMs, offers first samples
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6/27/2001   Post a comment
HSINCHU, Taiwan -- Winbond Electronics Corp. here today announced it has begun ramping volume production of Rambus DRAMs, with samples now available of 128- and 256-megabit memories based on Rambus Inc.'s chip architecture. Winbond becomes the first Taiwan chip company to launch Rambus DRAM production.
Semtech refocuses power management portfolio, drops some commodity ICs
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6/27/2001   Post a comment
NEWBURY PARK, Calif.--Semtech Corp. here reaffirmed that revenues for the second quarter would be in a range of $38-to-$40 million--which is 33-to-38% below $60.5 million in Q1. The company also said it has decided to take a $14.0 million charge for write-down of inventories and discontinued products after a review of its chip portfolio.
IBM develop SiGe layer capable of driving comms chips up to 100Gbit/s
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6/27/2001   Post a comment
IBM claims to have developed a silicon germanium (SiGe) transistor with a speed of 210GHz. This should drive communications chips at speeds up to 100Gbit/s. A typical chip operates at 40Gbit/s.
Mip-map 3D graphic technique speeds up chip layouts
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6/27/2001   Post a comment
Researchers at Stanford University have developed a way of speeding up the display of chip layouts by borrowing techniques from the world of 3D animation.
Alpha's demise thwarts Samsung's processor dreams, analysts say
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6/26/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.'s costly efforts to enter the microprocessor field may have abruptly ended this week, especially after Compaq Computer Corp.'s decision to kill the 64-bit Alpha processor by 2004 or so. In 1998, Samsung created a U.S. joint venture with Compaq--called Alpha Processor Inc. (API)--to help it enter the high-end processor market. The venture was also aimed at expanding Samsung's non-memory chip business.
Xilinx expects 32% sales drop in quarter due to falloff of 'turns business'
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6/26/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Programmable logic supplier Xilinx today slashed its forecast for revenues in the current quarter because of an unexpected drop in customer orders during the first three weeks of June.
Alpha Industries, SAW supplier to develop switch/filter modules for handsets
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6/26/2001   Post a comment
WOBURN, Mass.--Alpha Industries Inc. today announced plans to cooperate with Munich-based Epcos AG in development of integrated switch/filter modules for wireless handsets. Alpha Industries will provide radio-frequency semiconductors while Epcos will supply surface acoustic wave (SAW) filters for a new series of modules.
Intel's 870 chip set, Pentium 4 and other ICs to air at 'Hot Chips'
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6/26/2001   Post a comment
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- During the annual Hot Chips Conference at Stanford University here in mid-August, Intel Corp. plans to disclose more details about its Pentium 4 and Itanium processor series as well as the awaited 870 chip set, which supports double data rate (DDR) synchronous DRAMs in computer servers. The 870 will also support Direct Rambus DRAMs.
Imagination Technologies, STMicro extend partnership in 3-D graphics
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6/26/2001   Post a comment
KINGS LANGLEY, England -- Imagination Technologies Group here today announced it has extended a two-year partnership with STMicroelectronics to development new ICs for high-performance PC graphics and video accelerators, based on Imagination's PowerVR technology for three-dimensional images.
Amkor develops software to cut RF testing costs up to 80%
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6/26/2001   Post a comment
CHANDLER, Ariz.--Amkor Technology Inc. here announced development of a new radio-frequency device testing platform that reduces test times by as much as 80%. The platform uses proprietary software that optimizes standard instrumentation systems for faster RF testing results, Amkor said.
TI says complete 2.5-G handset solution 'ready for final plastic,' volume production
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6/25/2001   Post a comment
DALLAS -- Texas Instruments Inc. today announced it has begun sampling a complete chip set solution for 2.5-generation wireless handsets using the General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) Class 12 format. In addition to the three-chip set, TI said it will offer a full suite of software for GPRS units.
IDT packs programmable features in first octal voice codec
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6/25/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Codec chips have been around for decades converting analog telephone signals to digital formats for telecom switching systems, but now there's something new in coder-decoder ICs--the first programmable octal voice codec from Integrated Device Technology Inc.
IC Media announces 'true' single-chip digital color camera
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6/25/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Three-year-old IC Media Corp. today claimed development of the first "true single-chip digital color camera"--the ICM-532A--which provides common interchange format (CFI) resolution of 352-by-288 pixels for still or full-motion video up to 30-frames-per-second.
Cirrus aims audio processor at breaking $100 barrier in MP3 players
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6/25/2001   Post a comment
AUSTIN, Tex. -- Aiming to cut the retail price of flash-based audio players to less than $100, Cirrus Logic Inc. here today launched a new processor that integrates 24-bit DSP and a RISC processor core from ARM Ltd.
Mindspeed says new IC is first to support 10-Gbit Fibre Channel standard
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6/25/2001   Post a comment
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- Mindspeed Technologies Inc. here today announced what the company claims is the world's first serializer/deserializer transceiver that supports the emerging Ten Gigabit Fibre Channel standard.
STMicro develops cost-optimized SiGe process for RF chips
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6/25/2001   Post a comment
GENEVA--STMicroelectronics today announced improvements in silicon-germanium BiCMOS manufacturing processes, which the company says is optimized for lower cost, high-performance radio frequency ICs.
Agere rolls out broadband satellite radio chip set, ships to seven receiver makers
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6/25/2001   Post a comment
ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- Agere Systems Inc. here today announced technical details and the first samples of broadband receiver chip sets for a planned satellite digital audio radio service in North America.
IBM claims 210-GHz SiGe transistor is world's fastest, four years ahead of competition
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6/25/2001   Post a comment
EAST FISHKILL, N.Y.--IBM Corp. today announced development of a new silicon-germanium (SiGe) transistor, which is capable of reaching speeds of 210 GHz while drawing only a milliamp of electrical current.
Transmeta MPUs leverage latest Taiwan technologies from TSMC and ASE
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6/25/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Transmeta Corp.'s newest x86-based microprocessor series--which are being officially unveiled here today--will take advantage of the latest 0.13-micron process and flip-chip packaging technologies from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) and Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc. (ASE), respectively.
Xilinx, ASIC vendors talk licensing
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6/22/2001   Post a comment
Xilinx Inc. is talking to ASIC vendors about licensing its field-programmable gate array blocks to them. If such discussions are successful, ASIC companies will be able to include FPGAs in their ASICs and provide field programmability to their customers.
Europe and Asia begin to hinder electronics recovery
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6/22/2001   Post a comment
Europe and East Asia are further complicating the already difficult task of pulling the electronics industry out of its slump. Worsening overseas conditions are competing for the attention of executives in the electronics sector, who for months have been distracted by worries over the state of the U.S. economy. But after a series of interest rate reductions, inventory write-offs, and production cuts failed to engineer a hoped for turnaround, U.S. business leaders are quickly realizing that globa
Sagantec boost 1GHz PC processor and cut power consumption with SiClone
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6/22/2001   Post a comment
Sagantec has used an early version of a migration tool for full-custom designs to boost the performance of a 1GHz PC processor by 20% using the same semiconductor process as the original. The reimplementation also cuts power consumption by around 15%.
Race heats up for 0.13-micron MPUs for notebooks, but portable market is slowing
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6/22/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The race to deliver the world's first 0.13-micron microprocessors is heating up, particularly in the notebook PCs arena. But the new processor technology is coming at an inopportune time for suppliers as the current slowdown in desktop PCs begins to spread into the notebook space, according to analysts.
Micron CEO says DRAM balance possible with fab cutbacks, but Koreans appear reluctant
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6/22/2001   Post a comment
BOISE, Idaho -- DRAM production capacity has been reduced in the last several months by many memory chip makers, and more cuts in output may be coming, according to Steve Appleton, chairman and president of Micron Technology Inc. here.
Vishay says court won't stop stock swap for Siliconix shares
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6/22/2001   Post a comment
MALVERN, Pa.--Vishay Intertechnology Inc. here said a U.S. court in Delaware has denied an attempt to stop it from acquiring total ownership of Siliconix Inc., a long-time supplier of power and analog ICs based in Santa Clara, Calif.
Analysts say chips are down again
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6/22/2001   Post a comment
The 2001 chip downturn has not yet bottomed out, say leading industry analysts.
AMI to use outside foundry for deep submicron processes
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6/22/2001   Post a comment
Asic supplier and FPGA conversion specialist AMI Semiconductor has decided to go to an outside foundry to give it access to 0.25 and 0.18µm processes.
Fly's eye mask pattern may make cheap filters
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6/22/2001   Post a comment
Researchers at Harvard University have developed a lithography technique that uses an array of microscopic lenses to shrink patterns more than 1000 times and repeat them across a surface.
Coherent spin for interface could lead to faster electronic circuits
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6/22/2001   Post a comment
US scientists have succeeded in maintaining electronic spin coherence across an interface between two different semiconducting materials, a move that could lead to faster electronic circuits than those based on charge carriers.
Transmeta, Seiko to develop 'energy-saving' processors for notebooks and Internet appliances
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6/21/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Transmeta Corp. and Seiko Epson Corp. here today announced that they will co-develop a future line of "energy-saving" microprocessors, chip sets, and other products for notebook PCs and Internet appliances. Under the terms, the companies will co-develop low-power processors that combines Transmeta's Crusoe family of x86-based MPUs and Seko Epson's "energy-saving" chip technology.
ON Semiconductor cuts revenue expectations
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6/21/2001   Post a comment
ON Semiconductor Corp. announced that it expects second quarter 2001 revenues to be down 12 to 15% from the first quarter and expects a loss per share of 35 to 40 cents, excluding restructuring charges, amortization of goodwill and other intangibles.
Transmeta says TSMC--not IBM--is sole foundry for its new 0.13-micron processors
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6/21/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- During a conference call with analysts on Thursday, Transmeta Corp. confirmed that its new, 0.13-micron microprocessors will be solely manufactured by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC)--not IBM Microelectronics. TSMC will make Transmeta's 0.13-micron chips on a foundry basis in two locations in Taiwan, including its Fab 4 facility in Hsinchu and Fab 6 plant in Tainan, said Mark Allen, president and CEO of Transmeta. "We are not ramping up 0.13-micron tec
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