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Cypress to withdraw from PLD business
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7/31/2003   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor Wednesday (July 30)confirmed that it is phasing out its programmable logic business, saying that it makes little sense to fight with a handful of chip companies that focus exclusively on PLDs.
Leopard Logic pursues 'hybrid' chip design
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7/25/2003   Post a comment
Any survival handbook for Silicon Valley start-ups trying to sell intellectual property might well include a final sentence that reads: If all else fails, build and sell chips yourself.
AmberWave gets credit from GE Technology Finance
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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.
Startup rolls FPGA prototyping tool
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7/21/2003   Post a comment
FPGA tool startup Hier Design Inc. is launching a silicon virtual-prototyping tool that applies the advanced methodologies of the ASIC world to high-end field-programmable gate array designs, the company said.
LSI Logic expands IP choices for stingy ASIC customers
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7/21/2003   Post a comment
As chipmakers spin out ASIC-lite platforms to reignite interest in custom ICs, customers are being asked to make some critical design decisions much earlier than they used to, influencing the final cost and flexibility of the completed design.
Xilinx fiscal 1Q revenue rise; profits drop
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7/17/2003   Post a comment
Programmable logic chip supplier Xilinx Inc. today reported revenue for the June quarter rose as expected 3% sequentially and 8% year-over-year, but net income declined, due to a litigation expenses.
TTPCom to demo UWB circuit at IEEE meeting
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7/17/2003   Post a comment
TTPCom Ltd. (Cambridge, England) is planning to demonstrate MAC media access control technology aimed at ultrawideband (UWB) systems on the fringes of the IEEE 802.15 standards meeting next week in San Francisco.
MathStar gets $6 million, awaits $4 million more
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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.
Fab utilization above 90% by year-end, says Gartner
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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%
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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
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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.
Elixent raises another $10 million, seeks engineering expansion
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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.
Nikon adds 193-nm, 248-nm steppers to range
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7/8/2003   Post a comment
Nikon Corp. has developed three 'step-and-repeat' scanning photolithography systems, the company said Tuesday (July 8, 2003).


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