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Here comes a shakeout in cell-phone chips, warns new research report
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7/20/2001   Post a comment
OYSTER BAY, N.Y--Wireless-chip set vendors face a rapidly evolving market that is going to lead to consolidation among the makers of handset ICs, according to a new report from Allied Business Intelligence (ABI) here.
Samsung sales and earnings decline
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7/20/2001   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics Co. Friday reported pretax earnings of $730 million in the second quarter ended June 30, down 39% sequentially from $1.2 billion from the first quarter.
Taiwan venture sticks to 300mm wafer plans
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7/20/2001   Post a comment
HSINCHU, Taiwan -- ProMos Technologies Inc. expects to lose money this year amid the depressed DRAM market, though plans for the company's 300mm wafer fab projects remain on track.
IXYS sales fall 20% from prior quarter
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7/20/2001   Post a comment
IXYS Corp. reported revenues of $25.6 million for its first fiscal quarter of 2002 ended June 30, up 10% over the same quarter a year ago but down 20% from the $32 million in the previous quarter ended March 31.
Growing technique to slash oxide defects could improve reliability of CMOS technology
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7/20/2001   Post a comment
Scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, US, have developed a technique to grow crystalline oxides on semiconductors. The process reduces the number of defects at the oxide, semiconductor interface.
Fab equipment diagnostic systems in need of intensive care
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7/20/2001   Post a comment
Existing diagnostic systems for fab equipment have run out of steam and the industry is in a hurry to find new, more effective, approaches.
Triquint and Sawtek profitable prior to closing merger
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7/19/2001   Post a comment
TriQuint Semiconductor Inc. and Sawtek Inc. eked out modest profits in their last quarter as separate companies.
IDT records a loss as sales shrivel
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7/19/2001   Post a comment
Integrated Device Technology Inc. posted a net loss in its recently ended quarter and its sales shrank 50% as the company joined other component suppliers savaged by the slumping communications market.
Atmel plans to cut staff 20% as sales continue to weaken
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7/19/2001   Post a comment
Atmel Corp., San Jose, Calif., today said it would reduce staffing by 20% and consolidate manufacturing facilities in order to bring costs in line with anticipated revenues for the remainder of the year.
Chartered delays 300mm wafer fab by a year
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7/19/2001   Post a comment
Singapore-based foundry Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing today announced declining revenues and a net loss for its second quarter.
Microchip's capital spending set at $55 million in fiscal year
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7/19/2001   Post a comment
CHANDLER, Ariz. -- Microchip Technology Inc. here today reported sales dropped 9% sequentially to $138.9 million in the first fiscal quarter, ended June 30, compared to $153.4 million in the prior quarter. Microchip's revenues were 22% lower than $177.7 million in the same quarter last year.
Conexant revenues decline 20% from prior quarter
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7/19/2001   Post a comment
Conexant Systems, Inc., Newport Beach, Calif., today announced revenues of $200.1 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2001, which ended June 30, down 20% from second quarter fiscal 2001 revenues of $251 million, and slightly below the lower end of guidance established in April.
Cirrus Logic to acquire home networking vendor
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7/19/2001   Post a comment
Cirrus Logic Inc. today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire ShareWave Inc., a maker of wireless home networking products.
PMC-Sierra revenues decline 21% from first quarter
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7/19/2001   Post a comment
PMC-Sierra, Inc. today reported net revenues of $94.1 million and a pro forma net loss of 8 cents per share for the second quarter of 2001.
Vitesse has loss as revenues fall 47%
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7/19/2001   Post a comment
Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. today reported revenues for the third quarter of fiscal 2001 ended June 30 were $60.1 million, a decrease of 47% from the $114.1 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2000 and a decrease of 51% from the $121.8 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2001.
Cirrus to buy DVD chip supplier LuxSonor for $65 million in stock
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7/19/2001   Post a comment
AUSTIN, Tex.--Cirrus Logic Inc. here today announced it will acquire LuxSonor Semiconductors Inc., a supplier of DVD video processors and audio/video semiconductors, for approximately $65 million in stock.
Via unveils Ethernet switch controller chipset
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7/19/2001   Post a comment
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Via Technologies Inc. has introduced what it claims is the industry's first 8+2G Ethernet switch controller chipset, boosting the core logic chipset design house's presence in the networking applications market.
Hynix revenues slide 34% in quarter
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7/19/2001   Post a comment
Hynix Semiconductor co. (formerly Hyundai Electronics Industries Co.) Thursday reported a $985 million pre-tax loss in the second quarter ended June 30, compared to a $360 million pre-tax loss in the first quarter.
General Semiconductor earnings fall again
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7/19/2001   Post a comment
General Semiconductor, Inc. reported that sales for the second fiscal quarter ended June 30 were $84 million, 17.6% below the $102.0 million recorded in the previous quarter and a 34.5% under the $128.3 million reported in the second quarter of 2000.
Cypress to cut workforce following loss
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7/19/2001   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. said it is taking significant steps to cut its operating costs after posting a second quarter loss and amid signs the company may not post a profit for the full year.
Analog Devices expects 20% drop in sales, but 'trough' could be near
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7/19/2001   Post a comment
NORWOOD, Mass. -- Analog Devices Inc. today cut its outlook for its fiscal third-quarter results, which ends Aug. 4, to $480 million or 20% below $601 million in the prior fiscal quarter.
Teradyne aims system at cutting test costs for nonvolatile memories
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7/19/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Teradyne Inc. moved to reduce the cost of test by rolling out a tester that supports a range of nonvolatile memories during the Semicon West trade show here this week.
Processor technology pace may slightly accelerate in 2001 technology roadmap
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7/19/2001   Post a comment
SAN FRANCISCO -- The 2001 International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors now being drafted may slightly accelerate the timetable for new microprocessor generations, but so far it is keeping the existing schedule for introducing new DRAM process generations, said industry officials here during the Semicon West trade show.
AMCC reports net loss for quarter
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7/18/2001   Post a comment
Applied Micro Circuits Corp. reported today mounting losses and lower revenues for its first quarter of fiscal 2002 and said it would reduce its 1,169 person workforce by 5% as part of a restructuring program that would also involve consolidating its production capacity.
Keithley bundles RF and DC parametric testing for wafers with high-speed ICs
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7/18/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Keithley Instruments Inc. today announced availability of a single-insertion RF and DC parametric test solution for probing wafers of processed communications and high-speed digital devices.
TranSwitch reports loss as revenues fall
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7/18/2001   Post a comment
TranSwitch Corp., Shelton, Conn., announced today that it posted net revenues of $11 million, and a pro forma net loss of $9.5 million, or 7 cents a share for the second quarter of 2001.
Agere dumps USB chip development
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7/18/2001   Post a comment
The telecoms downturn has killed the development of the next generation of USB chips at Lucent Technologies spin-off Agere Systems.
Philips takes aim at inefficient fabs in chip operations
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7/18/2001   Post a comment
Philips Semiconductors' recently closed 8in line in Albuquerque, New Mexico (pictured) will be joined by other operations as the company halts capital spending for the year and focuses production on fabs that can deliver higher efficiencies.
Hitachi moves to multi-chip to get EEPROM on top
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7/18/2001   Post a comment
Hitachi has decided to move to a multi-chip package to get EEPROM on to one of its flash memory-based microcontrollers.
Rambus sees DRAM and IP royalties grow
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7/18/2001   Post a comment
Rambus said its royalties from licensing patents needed for SDRAM production have fallen but those for its core RDRAM intellectual property (IP) grew in the last quarter.
Intel plans to wipe out desktop Pentium 3 processors by Christmas
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7/18/2001   Post a comment
Intel surprised competitors when the company said it would replace the Pentium 3 with its successor by the end of the year and, to help it do, so ship the 845 chipset for SDRAM-based PCs within two weeks.
RF Micro Devices reports higher than expected revenues
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7/17/2001   Post a comment
RF Micro Devices Inc., Greensboro, N.C., today reported revenues for its fiscal 2002 first quarter, ended June 30, were approximately $70.1 million, a sequential increase of approximately 27.3% versus revenues of $55 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2001 and a decrease of approximately 28.7% versus revenues of $98.2 million for the corresponding quarter of fiscal 2001.
Intel profit narrowly beats expectations
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7/17/2001   Post a comment
Second quarter earnings excluding acquisition-related costs were 12 cents per share, a decrease of 76% from 50 cents in the second quarter of 2000 and down 25% sequentially. Intel Corp. today announced second quarter revenue of $6.3 billion, down 24% from the second quarter of 2000 and down 5 percent sequentially. The consensus of analysts polled by First Call/Thomson was for 10 cents per share earnings.
Intel's Q2 profits fall 60%, sales down 5% from first quarter
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7/17/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Intel Corp. today announced second quarter revenue of $6.3 billion, down 24% from the second quarter of 2000 and down 5% sequentially. For the second quarter, net income excluding acquisition-related costs was $854 million, down 76% from the second quarter of 2000 and down 22% sequentially.
Fujitsu reportedly in talks to sell U.S. wafer fab to AMD
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7/17/2001   Post a comment
TOKYO--Japan's Fujitsu Ltd. may be selling its last overseas wafer fab. The big chip maker reportedly is in talks to sell a U.S. fab to its joint venture partner Advanced Micro Devices Inc., according to the business daily, Nihon Keizai.
Exar revenues fall 43% sequentially
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7/17/2001   Post a comment
Exar Corp., Fremont, Calif. today reported first quarter fiscal revenue for the period ended June 30, was $12.4 million, down 55% from $27.3 million for the same period last year and down 43% from $21.6 million recorded in the prior quarter.
IDT licenses MIPS 32-bit processor core
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7/17/2001   Post a comment
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--Intergrated Device Technology Inc. has expanded its use of processor cores from MIPS Technologies Inc., to develop system-on-a-chip (SoC) designs for the communications market.
Samsung adds three more processor cores from ARM
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7/17/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE--Samsung Semiconductor has licensed three microprocessor cores from ARM to broaden its range of ARM core-based, system-on-a-chip (SoC) products. The Samsung Electronics subsidiary already has more than 100 design wins for its standard mobile computing platform.
Three semiconductor companies team up to cut junction depths
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7/17/2001   Post a comment
Two US firms and a Japanese company are setting up a development centre to develop a way of building ultra-shallow junction transistor structures for the 70nm generation and beyond.
SEMI say 'decline of a decline' in orders not necessarily pointing to a recovery
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7/17/2001   Post a comment
Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) said that it has seen a significant easing in the fall in orders for semiconductor production equipment. But the organisation warned the flattening out does not necessarily point to a recovery just yet.
Altera's Atlantic to 'mediate the I/O standards war'
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7/17/2001   Post a comment
Altera is trying to create a common on-chip channel for communications functions using an approach that has made ARM's Amba hardware bus the most commonly used peripheral bus in system-on-chip designs.
SigmaRAM and QDR SRAM standards at war at 333MHz
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7/17/2001   Post a comment
The battle between the two high-speed communications SRAM standards is turning into an argument over package and timing details.
Helium testing for Virata opens up potential markets
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7/17/2001   Post a comment
Virata, the UK specialist in communications processors for broadband networks, has started sampling two new parts in its Helium range for the residential gateway market.
Taiwan foundry has first layoff in its history
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7/16/2001   Post a comment
HSINCHU, Taiwan -- United Microelectronics Corp. has laid off 3% of its workforce in efforts to cope with the global meltdown in the semiconductor industry.
Motorola boosts flash endurance to 100,000 cycles on MCU
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7/16/2001   Post a comment
AUSTIN, Tex. -- Motorola Inc. today announced is has pushed the endurance of flash memory on 8-bit microcontrollers to 100,000 write/erase cycles with data retention of 50 years. The speed and high endurance level in Motorola's new 68HC908GR8 and GR4 microcontrollers removes the need for EEPROM, and reduces the overall cost, said product managers here.
AMD to move x86 processors to SOI but hangs fire on 300mm
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7/16/2001   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices will convert the entire microprocessor output of its Dresden fab to a 130nm silicon-on-insulator process by the end of 2003 but is hanging fire on a move to 300mm production until it has lined up a manufacturing partner.
Joint bid to set standards for lead-free semiconductor products
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7/16/2001   Post a comment
Infineon Technologies, Philips Semiconductors and STMicroelectronics have joined in a bid to set standards and processes for lead-free semiconductor products.
IMEC develops BiCMOS silicon germanium process
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7/16/2001   Post a comment
Belgian research lab IMEC is developing a 0.18µm BiCMOS silicon germanium process to make the manufacture of radio devices easier, with a full chip ready by the end of next year.
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