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Lehman Brothers lowers quarterly forecast for Micron
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9/30/2004   Post a comment
Concerns about the memory market prompted investment banking firm Lehman Brothers to lower its quarterly forecast for Micron Technology Inc.
Mixed signals seen in SIA's semiconductor data
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9/30/2004   Post a comment
The new global chip figures for August indicate that there are still mixed signals in the semiconductor industry.
Chinesische Chip-Startups entpuppen sich als Papiertiger
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9/30/2004   Post a comment
Weltweit haben Chiphersteller ein argwöhnisches Auge auf ihre neuen chinesischen Konkurrenten, die momentan wie Pilze aus dem Boden schießen. Branchenbeobachter geben jetzt Entwarnung: Viele chinesische Startups werden sich letztlich nur als Papiertiger herausstellen.
Intel, Chungwha Telecom to reportedly team on digital home
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9/30/2004   Post a comment
Intel Corp said Thursday (September 30) it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Chunghwa Telecom Co. Ltd. to promote digital home technologies, according to a Forbes report
Conexant to miss sales targets as inventories rise
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9/30/2004   Post a comment
Reeling from rising channel inventories in Asia, Conexant Systems Inc. (Red Bank, N.J.) announced Thursday (September 30) that it expects revenue for its fourth fiscal 2004 quarter ending October 1 to range from $210 million to $215 million, lower than the $250 million to $255 million originally forecast in July.
Supervisor IC has the right watchdog for automotives
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9/30/2004   Post a comment
EM Microelectronic says its 615x/625x family of microprocessor supervisory ICs is especially suited to automotive applications. It features programmable voltage reset monitoring, special watchdog timer with programmable time window, system enable output, optional low-dropout (LDO) +5-volt regulator and a power saving function compatible with the CANbus sleep mode that, together, eliminate the need for redundant microprocessors to supervise each other. The family includes the V6150 and V6155 wind
Agere cuts 500 jobs, reiterates plan to sell fab
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9/29/2004   Post a comment
Agere Systems Inc. on Wednesday (Sept. 29) said it would reduce its workforce by 500 employees and reiterated its plans to shut down its wafer fab if it cannot find a buyer for the plant.
Micron misses quarterly targets, ups capital spending
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9/29/2004   Post a comment
Amid a plan to boost its capital spending, Micron Technology Inc. missed Wall Street's expectations for the quarter due to slumping memory prices.
Silicon Image unveils low-cost storage architecture
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9/29/2004   Post a comment
Silicon Image Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.) has introduced a storage architecture and appliance the company said meets the $1 per gigabyte price point required by consumer electronics and small business users.
Copper-based wafer demand to grow by 25% over '09
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9/29/2004   Post a comment
Demand for wafers based on copper interconnects is expected to increase at a compounded annual growth rate of 25 percent, reaching 1,300 thousand wafer starts-per-week (kwspw) by 2009, according to a report from VLSI Research Inc.
Les ventes de semi-conducteurs pourraient atteindre 18 milliards de dollars pour le mois d’août
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9/29/2004   Post a comment
Handelsbanken Capital Markets prévoit que les ventes mondiales de semi-conducteurs pour le mois d’août 2004, dont les chiffres doivent être rendus publics au début du mois d’octobre sous la forme d’une moyenne trimestrielle par la World Semiconductor Trade Statistics, pourraient atteindre 18 milliards de dollars. Ce total est un statu quo par rapport à la moyenne trimestrielle de juillet 2004, mais il constitue une progression de 32,7% par rapport aux chiffres d’août 2003.
NEC meldet Durchbruch bei High-k-Dielektrika
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9/29/2004   Post a comment
Schon nächstes Jahr wollen der japanische Elektronikkonzern NEC und sein Tochterunternehmen NEC Electronics ein High-k-Dielektrikum für die Chip-Produktion nutzen. Grund für den Optimismus ist ein Durchbruch bei der Bestimmung der Filmzuverlässigkeit.
Agere cuts 500 jobs, reiterates plan to sell fab
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9/29/2004   Post a comment
Agere Systems Inc. said it would reduce its workforce by 500 employees and reiterated its plans to shut down its wafer fab if it cannot find a buyer for the plant.
Chip maker NuCore garners $25 million in funding
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9/29/2004   Post a comment
NuCore Technology Inc., a provider of digital image processing chips for digital cameras, has secured $25 million in series E funding, bringing the total investment in the company to $83 million.
Micromem claims to demo MRAM array for RFID
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9/29/2004   Post a comment
After five years in research and development, Micromem Technologies Inc. (MMT) claimed it has come one step closer in producing an MRAM for use radio-frequency identification (RFID) applications.
Fuel gauge fields more I/O, all battery types
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9/29/2004   Post a comment
Microchip Technology's PS501, an addition to the company's product line for battery management, expands on the company's earlier PS401, PS402, and PS700 versions with more functional I/O and the capability to work with all popular battery types. This battery manager/fuel gauge is accurate to 1 percent for two-, three- and four-cell lithium-ion/polymer sources, or six- to 12-cell nickel-metal-hydride and nickel-cadmium sources.
Investment firm buys 6 million shares of Applied stock
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9/28/2004   Post a comment
Applied Materials Inc. on Sept. 24 received notification of an unsolicited mini-tender offer being made by TRC Capital Corp. (TRC).
Mindspeed cuts guidance on lower China demand
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9/28/2004   Post a comment
Mindspeed Technologies Inc. (Newport Beach, Calif.) announced Tuesday (Sept. 28) it anticipates fourth fiscal 2004 quarter revenues of $26 million to $27 million, down 25 percent from fiscal third-quarter revenue of $35.4 million and compared to previous guidance of flat to 10 percent higher sequential revenue.
Chip inventories to moderate in Q3, says report
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9/28/2004   Post a comment
Inventory levels at major semiconductor companies and OEMs are projected to moderate in the third quarter after rapid and troubling growth in the first half, according to a report from SG Cowen Securities Corp.
Motorola reportedly lays off 1,000 workers
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9/28/2004   Post a comment
Motorola Inc. (Schaumburg, Ill.) has announced it would lay off 1,000 employees as the spin off of chipmaking subsidiary Freescale Semiconductor as an independent company is completed, according to a Forbes report.
Hard Software and Soft Hardware
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9/28/2004   Post a comment
Software allows FPGA users to compile C to Altera's highest-performance programmable platforms
First Kid on the Block, or Last One to Give in
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9/28/2004   Post a comment
Proven 90nm process results in excellent yields and volume production of world's lowest cost FPGA family
A homogenous programming and design language permits a new type of partitioning
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9/28/2004   Post a comment
HDL's do a good job of capturing logic functionality in a generic and synthesizable way. In a similar fashion, high level languages do a good job of capturing software personality in a standard yet flexible way.
NAND Flash Architectures Making Inroads To Be Dominant Form of Non Volatile Memory
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9/28/2004   Post a comment
Faster write speeds reposition NAND Flash architectures to give end users less wait time for common transfers of data. Hooks to replace NOR Flash are in there too.
Corporate capex to boost electronics sales to $1T in 2004
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9/28/2004   Post a comment
Pent up demand for electronic systems within the corporate sector will help boost the global electronics market to $1.1 trillion in revenue in 2004, according to iSuppli Corp. (El Segundo, Calif.).
Big Pay-off for Small Trade-Off
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9/28/2004   Post a comment
A new family of high-speed analog-to-digital converters (A/D converters) from Linear Technology combines strong AC performance with low power, making them suited for a range of wireless and cable communications systems.
Moore, Moore, Moore -- New Advanced Memory Buffer
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9/28/2004   Post a comment
It's not just the memory chips that make high speed and advanced memory modules possible.
Low Flash Point -- 1.8 Volt Multi Purpose Flash
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9/28/2004   Post a comment
Industry's Smallest 8-Mbit NOR Flash Memory Combines Low Power Consumption with Fast Program/Erase Times
COSMORAM Rev.3 Common Specifications for PSRAM
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9/28/2004   Post a comment
Agreement on standard interface specifications for Pseudo Static Random Access Memory (PSRAM) with burst mode. Higher speed and standard interface will push PSRAM into everyone's hands.
Faster Writes Up the Antes
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9/28/2004   Post a comment
The device -- the first Renesas Technology chip built with a 90-nanometer process -- attains a programming speed of 10 Megabytes/second, fast enough to record a 2-hour movie in about two minutes using MPEG-4 coding.
Specifically Generic Analog Functions for FPAAs
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9/28/2004   Post a comment
Anadigm Expands Drag-and-Drop Programmable Analog Building Block Options with New Configurable Analog Modules
Black Box Exposed
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9/28/2004   Post a comment
Logic Navigator Trace and Debug Solutions and Debug Tools Now Optimized for Actel's FPGAs
Contrat entre Siemens Automotive et Freescale pour la fourniture de composants
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9/28/2004   Post a comment
Siemens VDO Automotive (Auburn Hills, Michigan) accorde à Freescale Semiconductor (Austin) un contrat de 245 millions de dollars pour la fourniture de composants électroniques, notamment des circuits à applications spécifiques (ASIC), des microcontrôleurs et des composants analogiques et de détection, destinés à ses systèmes électriques et électroniques pour l’automobile.
Supervisor ICs link up to 30 POLs
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9/28/2004   Post a comment
Summit Microelectronics' SMM766 and SMM764 supervisor ICs, using single-pin control, can link up to 30 POL (point-of-load) DC/DC converters. The SMM766, a six-channel device, and the SMM764, a four-channel device, include sequencing, margining, and true differential tracking capability.
Miniature Bluetooth Power Amplifier Targets Thinner and Smaller Consumer Electronics
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9/28/2004   Post a comment
SiGe Semiconductor, Inc. Delivers Miniature Bluetooth Power Amplifier for Thinner and Smaller Consumer Electronics applications requiring Bluetooth Class 1 connectivity
Cypress lowers guidance
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9/28/2004   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. projects revenue for its third quarter ended September to be $219.0 million to $221.0 million, down from second-quarter revenue of $264.3 million.
Analogix appoints Eichen president
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9/27/2004   Post a comment
Mixed signal semiconductor startup Analogix Semiconductors Inc. has appointed industry veteran Bill Eichen as its president and chief operating officer.
SMIC opens 300-mm wafer fab in Beijing
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9/27/2004   Post a comment
Chinese silicon foundry startup Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) has officially opened its 300-mm fab in a ceremony in Beijing, according to the Xinhuanet Web site.
Simtek to devise satellite IC on IBM's SiGe process
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9/27/2004   Post a comment
Simtek Corp. Monday (Sept. 27) announced that its subsidiary, Q-DOT Inc., was awarded a two-year, $725,000 Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract sponsored by the U.S. Air Force.
Hurdles high for Chinese IC startups
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9/27/2004   Post a comment
As chip makers worldwide cast a wary eye on new competitors sprouting up in China, some observers predict that most of today's Chinese startups will end up nothing more than paper dragons. Put simply, startups are trying to gain their footing in an environment much more competitive and demanding than when the Taiwanese started nibbling away at the business 20 years ago.
Toshiba, Microtune team to develop HDTV module
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9/27/2004   Post a comment
Microtune Inc. (Plano, Texas) and Toshiba Corp.'s Toshiba Module Group have cooperated to develop a digital cable-ready TV tuner module that will be used in a number of high-definition televisions (HDTVs) Toshiba is unveiling
New tools, shakeout seen in mask repair arena
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9/27/2004   Post a comment
The shift towards more complex photomasks is prompting the need for a new class of mask repair equipment for the 65-nm node and beyond. But at the same time, a shakeout looms in the mask repair tool business, as too many vendors are chasing after too few dollars in the arena.
ARC launches preconfigured, licensable audio platform
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9/27/2004   Post a comment
ARC International's new ARCsound audio subsystem has been designed as a preconfigured, licensable audio platform for use in high volume SOC designs. The subsystem includes audio codec software, a pre-configured ARC processor with custom audio extensions and a full suite of hardware and software development tools.
Synthesizable DSP cores are optimized for multimedia
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9/27/2004   Post a comment
StarCore's new SC2200 and SC2400 synthesizable digital signal processor cores are optimized for multimedia, communications, and consumer applications.
Siemens Automotive awards supply contract to Freescale
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9/27/2004   Post a comment
Siemens VDO Automotive (Auburn Hills, Mich.) has awarded Freescale Semiconductor (Austin) a $245 million contract to supply electronics components including ASICs, microcontrollers, analog and sensor components, for its automotive electrical and electronic systems.
PIC MCUs integrate LCD module in 28-, 80-pin packs
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9/27/2004   Post a comment
Targeting applications with liquid crystal displays, Microchip Technology Inc. has added eight new members of the 8-bit PIC microcontroller family with an integrated LCD module. The family additons include a 28-pin LCD MCU for simple, cost-effective display applications requiring embedded control, and programmable 80-pin MCUs capable of driving 192 segments for touchscreen and segmented LCD displays.
Hynix, ProMos to cooperate on stacked DRAM technology
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9/27/2004   Post a comment
Hynix Semiconductor Inc. (Seoul) and ProMOS Technologies (Hsinchu City, Taiwan) said Monday (September 27) they expect to sign a definitive agreement on stacked DRAM technology
Chipbranche wird Jahresziele knapp verfehlen
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9/27/2004   Post a comment
Vor dem Hintergrund von Preisdruck und steigenden Lagerbeständen wird die Halbleiterindustrie ihre Ziele für 2004 voraussichtlich nicht ganz erreichen. Das hat das Marktforschungsinstitut IC Insights errechnet. Gleichzeitig korrigieren die Marktforscher indessen ihre Vorhersagen für 2005 nach oben.
Under the Hood: LifeLong's FM Radio tunes in low-cost analog ASICs
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9/26/2004   Post a comment
Everybody's tradeshow handout: A made-in-China FM radio unit uses a capacitive tuner chip and a bunch of discrete components. From the September Planet Analog magazine folio, Portelligent's David Carey has this teardown report.
TDR helps isolate electronic package faults (Part 3)
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9/26/2004   Post a comment
Time Domain Reflectometry is increasing in importance as a non-destructive method for fault location in electronic packages. In this multipart series, TDA Systems' famous fault finder, Dima Smolyansky, shows some package faults like shorts and opens, and explains how they are likely to show up on TDR measurement screen. The first part offered a review of Time Domain Reflectometry basics. Part 2 began the process of assessing package faults such as shorts and opens. Part 3, concluding the series,
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