AmberWave gets credit from GE Technology Finance News & Analysis 7/22/2003 Post a comment AmberWave Systems Corp., a supplier of strained silicon technology, said Tuesday (July 22, 2003) that GE Technology Finance, a unit of the GE Structured Finance, has recently expanded its existing line of credit to AmberWave.
Profitable ARM rebuilds revenue slowly in Q2 News & Analysis 7/22/2003 Post a comment ARM Holdings plc made a net profit of £4.3 million (about $6.9 million) on sales revenue of £31.4 million (about $50.3 million) in the second quarter of 2003. This was considerably down on the same period in the previous year but slightly up on the first quarter of 2003.
Japan opens 300-mm joint shuttle service for 90-nm ICs News & Analysis 7/21/2003 Post a comment Advanced SoC Platform Corp. (ASPLA) will begin shuttle services later this year using its 300-mm wafer-prototyping line and 90-nanometer process technology. The services, which reduce a customer's costs by allowing it to share a wafer run with other companies, will be available for member companies starting in October and for third parties starting next April.
Price battle looms as Taiwan preps low-cost WLAN ICs News & Analysis 7/21/2003 Post a comment It's looking like a race to the bottom as Taiwanese wireless-LAN suppliers prepare to attack the 802.11g market with low-cost chip sets, a development that will quickly squeeze margins in the marketplace. Yet the upcoming battle seems to favor the nascent RF IC industry in Asia, as a handful of companies field analog front-end chips with dirt-cheap decent performance that threatens entrenched U.S. suppliers.
Sand Video ups ante in decoder sector News & Analysis 7/21/2003 Post a comment As the market heats up for chips that comply with the recently frozen H.264 standard, fabless IC company Sand Video, Inc., Andover, Mass., is rolling out the industry's first licensable core for high-definition, real-time H.264 video decoders.
FRAM seen gaining in embedded applications News & Analysis 7/21/2003 Post a comment Ferroelectric RAM, long studied as an alternative to flash or EEPROM, appears to be taking a detour on the roadmap, as backers of the technology veer toward embedded, rather than discrete applications.
Demand for DDR400 shorts spot market News & Analysis 7/21/2003 Post a comment DDR400 SDRAM chips purchased through the spot market are commanding a high premium over the same devices available through contract channels, raising concerns that some white-box and Tier 2 PC makers may curb the memory's use until prices come down sometime later this year.
TransChip rolls out a single-chip CMOS imager News & Analysis 7/18/2003 Post a comment Israeli start-up TransChip is targeting mobile handset vendors seeking to upgrade cellphones to popular camera phones with a single-chip CMOS image sensor that integrates image processing and compression along with LCD controller functions.
Cypress CEO sees recovery amid 12% sales jump News & Analysis 7/17/2003 Post a comment Cypress Semiconductor Corp. today (July 17) posted sales of $203.1 million for the second quarter, an increase of 12 percent from $181.0 million in the previous quarter and up slightly from the year-ago second quarter revenue of $202.1 million.
MathStar gets $6 million, awaits $4 million more News & Analysis 7/16/2003 Post a comment Programmable hardware start-up MathStar Inc. said Wednesday that it had received $6 million of add-on finance that it would use to complete manufacturing and start marketing its architecture of programmable devices that it calls FPOAs.
Infineon gains DRAM ground on Samsung, Micron News & Analysis 7/16/2003 Post a comment South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. is ranked as the top DRAM maker for the first half of 2003, but Germany's Infineon Technologies AG is closing the gap on Micron Technologies Inc. for the second spot, according to a report from Semico Research Corp. here today (July 16).
Intel 2Q profit doubles, revenue up 8% News & Analysis 7/15/2003 Post a comment Intel Corp.'s second quarter profits more than doubled and revenue grew at a higher-than-expected rate on strong demand for the company's PC processors both from the desktop and notebook markets.
AMD, Fujitsu form 'Spansion' flash venture News & Analysis 7/14/2003 Post a comment Advanced Micro Devices Inc. and Fujitsu Ltd. have extended their co-operation in flash memory from one exclusively focused on manufacturing to the formation of 60:40 joint-venture that will make and market flash memories under the Spansion' product brand name.
ARM ponders a four-processor core News & Analysis 7/12/2003 Post a comment While stressing that his paper at the Multiprocessing System-on-Chip (MPSOC) conference discussed a research project, John Goodacre, multiprocessing core manager at ARM Ltd. (Cambridge, England), disclosed some of the thinking at the company.
Rambus Reveals Details of New XDR DRAM Interface News & Analysis 7/11/2003 Post a comment Although XDR DRAM initially will be aimed at consumer electronics and graphics applications, Rambus said that by 2006, the interface will be positioned for use in PC main memory in competition with industry-standard DDR architectures.
Hot Chips Conference Reflects a Changing Industry News & Analysis 7/11/2003 Post a comment Rick Merritt and Ron Wilson preview the upcoming 15th annual Hot Chips Conference. The conference drew a near-record number of paper submissions, but the scheduled lineup shows that Hot Chips, like the industry it examines, has distinctly changed its flavor.
SoCs enlisted for Navy service News & Analysis 7/9/2003 Post a comment The U.S. military's adoption of commercial technologies is increasingly moving to "mission critical" applications in weapons. The latest example is an upgrade to the Navy's Standard ship-defense missile.
Probe launched into state aid for Infineon DRAM plant News & Analysis 7/9/2003 Post a comment The European Commission has launched an "in-depth probe" into Portugese state aid for Technicos-Fabrico de Semiconductores SA, a subsidiary of Infineon Technologies AG located in Vila do Conde, Portugal, the Commission said Wednesday (July 9, 2003).
UMC explores epi growth as tool for controlling sub-65nm gate leakage News & Analysis 7/9/2003 Post a comment Researchers at United Microelectronics Corp. are exploring selective epitaxial growth as a complementary approach to tackling problems of gate leakage in transistors at the sub-65nm node. They said it might offer designers of high-performance devices a more conventional solution if substantial integration problems can be overcome.
Fab utilization above 90% by year-end, says Gartner News & Analysis 7/9/2003 Post a comment The semiconductor industry's utilization of wafer fab capacity should move back above 90 percent for the first time in three years in the first quarter of 2004 and remain there throughout the year, according to a forecast from market research firm Gartner Inc.
June sales down at UMC, half-year up 28% News & Analysis 7/9/2003 Post a comment June 2003 sales revenue at foundry chip supplier United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) was NT$7028 million (about $204 million) up 4.7 percent from the same month a year before and down 4.5 percent from sales revenue in May 2003, UMC said Wednesday (July 9, 2003).
Gartner quantifies back-end led 2003 spending revival News & Analysis 7/8/2003 Post a comment Market research company Gartner Inc. is forecasting 2003 to be a growth year in capital expenditure with equipment for packaging and assembly scoring a 26 percent rise over 2002 and wafer fabrication equipment scoring a more modest 9 percent growth.
Intel buys Canadian network chips start-up News & Analysis 7/8/2003 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Intel Corp. has bought Vancouver-based West Bay Semiconductor Inc. for cash, Intel announced Tuesday (July 8, 2003) while keeping the amount secret and not disclosing other financial terms.
This is not your father's HotChips News & Analysis 7/8/2003 Post a comment The recession's toll notwithstanding, the upcoming 15th annual HotChips conference drew a near-record number of paper submissions. But the scheduled lineup shows that HotChips, like the industry it examines, has distinctly changed its flavor.
Elixent raises another $10 million, seeks engineering expansion News & Analysis 7/8/2003 Post a comment Reconfigurable semiconductor intellectual property (IP) specialist Elixent (Bristol, England) has closed a second funding round of $10 million with the bulk of the money earmarked to increase engineering employment and accelerate the rollout of the patented D-Fabrix technology to international customers.
Via launches mobile CPU News & Analysis 7/8/2003 Post a comment Via Technologies Inc. took the wraps off its mobile processor Tuesday (July 8, 2003), a low-power 1GHz offering dubbed Antaur that will first ship into slim and light notebooks on sale in the China market, and then into the U.S. and Europe.