Analyst Niles sees strong upturn just ahead News & Analysis 3/31/2004 Post a comment Dan Niles, the oft-quoted stock analyst turned high-tech fund manager, said here Tuesday (March 30)that underinvestment in semiconductor capital equipment over the past three years has created a favorable climate for semiconductor supply and demand.
Silicon Fuels the Automotive Industry Design How-To 3/29/2004 Post a comment While hydrocarbon-based fuels make cars go, the automotive industry moves forward on a very different fuelsilicon chips. Advancements in chip technology are transferring the cars you drive from simply cars to get from place-to-place to sophisticated personal-transportation vehicles providing extraordinary levels of efficiency, safety, comfort, and convenience. Jim Lipman examines some of the automotive industry's future silicon advancements.
Credence, NPTest to target non-DRAM test Product News 3/18/2004 Post a comment Buesiness is picking up---literally. ATE giant Credence Systems, a provider of design-to-test approaches, and NPTest Holding, a provider of test and diagnostic products, announce they've entered into an agreement where Credence will acquire NPTest.The target is non-DRAM test.
Next downturn not far away, analyst says News & Analysis 3/17/2004 Post a comment The semiconductor industry's return to profitability probably will be short-lived, as a coming slowdown in consumer and IT upgrade spending are conspiring with capacity additions to create another recession in 2005, according to Semico analyst Jim Feldhan. From Phoenix, Brian Fuller reports.
Chip design knights ride to slay power dragon News & Analysis 3/8/2004 Post a comment Chip designers are wielding new weapons in the struggle to control power leakage. Transistors with more than one threshold voltage, chips with multiple voltage "islands" and substrate-biasing techniques are among the schemes being brought to bear to quell what an IBM manager called "clearly the most pressing problem facing our industry, one that threatens our very lifeblood." David Lammers has this report.
MIPS to focus on digital camera market News & Analysis 3/8/2004 Post a comment In hopes of driving MIPS RISC cores deeper in a digital imaging market, MIPS Technologies, Inc. on Monday (March 8) disclosed a growing list of camera companies now shipping MIPS-based digital still and video camera models. The list includes Canon, Fujifilm, JVC, Pentax and Samsung. From Paris, Junko Yoshida reports.
January chip sales down 3.0%, says SIA News & Analysis 3/3/2004 Post a comment Is the glass half-empty? Or half-full? The Semiconductor Industry Association said global chip sales totaled $15.55 billion in January, down 3 percent from $16.03 billion in December. Out of the other side of its mouth, the SIA also reaffirmed its forecast for the chip market to grow by 19.4 percent in 2004. Silicon Strategies Peter Clarke filed this report.