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Intel regained ground from AMD, analyst says
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1/25/2002   Post a comment
Intel Corp. ramped up low-end Celeron processor sales in the fourth quarter to gain back some PC market share lost to AMD, according to Dean McCarron, preisdent of Mercury Research, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Trident's operating loss grows in quarter due to problems in chip set ramp
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Trident Microsystems Inc. here reported an increase in operating loss despite a 17% sequential increase in revenues to $30.2 million in the company's fiscal second quarter, ended Dec. 31, from $25.7 million in the prior period. The graphics chip set supplier's sales were 14% below $35.1 million in the quarter a year ago.
Sumitomo, Mitsubishi merge silicon operations and create No.2 wafer supplier
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1/25/2002   Post a comment
TOKYO -- After nine months of planning, the silicon materials operations of Sumitomo Metal Industries Ltd. and Mitsubishi Materials Corp. today received final approval to merge and create a new wafer company with nearly 25% share in the blank silicon substrate market, according to officials here.
Low-cost set-top price could halve
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1/25/2002   Post a comment
Pace Micro Technology, the set-top box manufacturer, has set a £99.99 price for its low-cost digital TV adapter, but admits the price may have to drop significantly further to drive take-up of digital TV.
A Reusable Fiber-Chip Coupling Method for Optical-Communication Transmitter Modules
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U.H.P. Fischer of Berlin's Heinrich-Hertz Institute describes a low-cost technique for high-efficiency coupling of optical fiber to a laser diode.
Micrel ramps 0.6-micron SiGe process for 10-Gbit communications ICs
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1/24/2002   Post a comment
SAN JOSE --Micrel Inc. today announced the installation of a new 0.6-micron silicon-germanium (SiGe) process technology, which will be used to introduce 10-gigabit-per-second communications ICs for Sonet systems, 10/100-Gigabit Ethernet networks and other high-speed applications.
Actel's revenues plateau after string of declines
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1/24/2002   Post a comment
After watching sales decline for the better part of a year, Actel Corp. today said its fourth quarter revenue was flat over the prior quarter, an indication that the bottom of the cycle has finally been reached.
Lattice reports 10% slide in revenue
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1/24/2002   Post a comment
The fourth quarter of 2001 wasn't as good to Lattice Semiconductor Corp. as it was to some of its competitors. The Hillsboro, Ore.-based programmable logic supplier said revenue dropped 10% and earnings fell 36% from the September-ended quarter.
Agere to use Path 1 Network's Ethernet cores in ASIC libraries, IC products
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1/24/2002   Post a comment
SAN DIEGO -- Path 1 Network Technologies Inc. today announced it has licensed Ethernet media access control cores to Agere Systems Inc., which plans to use the intellectual property (IP) design blocks in standard networking ICs and customized ASIC chips.
Rambus affirms modest share of DRAM market
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1/24/2002   Post a comment
Rambus Inc. in briefings this week showed projections of a 12% Direct RDRAM share of the total DRAM market by 2005 -- a far cry from the 50-to-75%% share that supporters had claimed last year. In a presentations to the Platform Conference in San Jose, Calif. and elsewhere, Rambus affirmed forecasts by IDC that also showed rival DDR memory taking nearly 80% total DRAM market share in the same time period.. Frank Fox, vice president and general manager of the RDRAM Solutions Division, said Rambus
Ten-million-gate switched fabric needs better verification
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1/24/2002   Post a comment
Because Onex is a startup, our design and verification teams require efficient design flows and methodology to be effective. During the design phase of the company's service processor, the Switch Fabric chip, we recognized the need to incorporate formal equivalence checking into our silicon design flow.
Power-One records loss for quarter and year
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1/24/2002   Post a comment
For the fourth quarter of 2001 ended December 31, Power-One Inc. reported a net loss of $78.7 million or $1 per share including non-recurring items, compared with a net income of $18.8 million or 23 cents per diluted share for the year-ago fourth quarter.
Electroglas to move wafer prober production to Singapore from San Jose
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1/24/2002   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Electroglas Inc. today announced plans to move manufacturing of wafer-probe test systems from San Jose to Singapore. The announcement came as the company posted a net loss of $14.6 million on sequentially higher sales of $13.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2001.
Brooks posts flat revenues, but sees bottom of fab investment down cycle
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1/24/2002   Post a comment
CHELMSFORD, Mass.--Brooks Automation Inc. here reported sequentially flat revenues at $61.5 million in the company's fiscal first quarter, ended Dec. 31. The supplier of wafer fab automation systems said sales were 45% below $111.4 million in the quarter a year ago.
Lowering ispPAC frequencies to the audio range
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1/24/2002   Post a comment
The ispPAC family of analogue components gives the circuit designer the flexibility of designing general-purpose analogue signal processing applications using in-system-programming (ISP). Designs are completed on the PAC Designer software and downloaded to the devices in milliseconds allowing the completed design to be immediately evaluated. Configuration data is stored in non-volatile memory enabling retention of circuit designs while power is turned off.
The Case For A Standalone Classification Processor
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1/24/2002   Post a comment
Classification is one of the most important steps in processing packets in networking equipment designs. Fortunately, new IC solutions are hitting the market to ease this process.
Cable Modem Testing: Tracking Performance Problems During R&D
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The use of Tcl and packet generators speed script development and help automate the script execution process while testing cable modem and CMTS designs.
QuickLogic revenues exceed expectations
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1/23/2002   Post a comment
QuickLogic Corp. today reported 4% top line growth and a smaller net loss in the fourth quarter of 2001 compared with the prior quarter, the latest sign that the semiconductor cycle may have turned in the positive direction.
KLA-Tencor pins hope on high utilization rates in advanced fabs
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1/23/2002   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- KLA-Tencor Corp. today announced a 20% sequential decline in revenues to $404 million in its second fiscal quarter, ended Dec. 31, compared to $503 million in the prior three-month period.
Rambus exec downplays demise of four-bank design
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1/23/2002   Post a comment
Rambus Inc. on Wednesday said the demise of the four-bank Direct RDRAM is not a problem, because prices of the once-high premium memory chip have not dropped to parity with the rival DDR devices.
Samsung begins to sample 1,066-MHz and 1.2-GHz Rambus memories
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1/23/2002   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- The U.S. semiconductor subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. today announced it has begun sampling the fastest speed grades of Rambus DRAMs yet. The high-bandwidth memories are operating at 1,066- and 1,200-MHz frequencies, according to the company.
Mentor attacks Ikos directors for not accepting second purchase offer
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1/23/2002   Post a comment
WILSONVILLE, Ore. -- Mentor Graphics Corp. today attacked a decision by the board of directors at Ikos Systems Inc. to not pursue its unsolicited purchase offer of $11 per share.
Closer Look: America's failed quest in flat panel displays
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1/23/2002   Post a comment
Like King Arthur's search for the Holy Grail, the U.S. quest to manufacture flat panel displays is a myth. The trail is littered with American FPD corpses -- and the vision of the future is blurred, if not illusory. The latest demise is field emission displays (FED) -- once the hoped-for jump-start to finally get America into the FPD world.
Rambus demos 1.2-GHz RDRAM memory in PC at conference
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1/23/2002   Post a comment
LOS ALTOS, Calif.--Rambus Inc. today plans to demonstrate the first PC running 1.2-GHz RDRAM memory at the Platform Conference in San Jose.
Intel prepares to start 300-mm wafer production in Q1
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1/23/2002   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Intel Corp. is quietly moving into volume production in its initial 300-mm wafer fab as part of a major plan to reduce the company's manufacturing and chip costs.
Cypress, Ramtron expand development of one-transistor SRAM products
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1/23/2002   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Cypress Semiconductor Corp. here and Ramtron International Corp. in Colorado today announced plans to expand their alliance in one-transistor SRAM technology to offer a broader line of network-communications memory products.
DuPont Photomasks nudges into profitability on higher revenue in quarter
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1/23/2002   Post a comment
ROUND ROCK, Tex.--DuPont Photomasks Inc. here today to reported a 12% sequential increase in revenues to $86.6 million in the company's second fiscal quarter, ended Dec. 31, compared to $77.5 million in the prior three-month period.
Designs with multiple clock domains: New tools avoid clock skew and reduce pattern counts
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1/23/2002   Post a comment
Nothing accelerates a DFT engineer's receding hairline as the addition of further clock domains to the latest SoC or IC design. Avoiding clock skew during test is becoming one of the biggest DFT challenges for designs with multiple clock domains. This Mentor engineer examines some techniques for increasing test coverage in designs with multiple clock domains.
Monitor IC reads PC temp, runs fans
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1/23/2002   Post a comment
Winbond's PC monitor reads diodes and transistors for temperature, and runs PWM fan motors. It uses parts you know.
Fairchild reports loss for quarter and year
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1/22/2002   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor International reported a net loss of $16.2 million or 16 cents per share in its fiscal 2001 fourth quarter ended December 31, compared to a net income of $93.7 million or 92 cents per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2000.
Altera expects modest sequential growth this quarter
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1/22/2002   Post a comment
Altera Corp. today reported a 7% sequential decline in sales for the fourth quarter, but declared the downturn officially over.
FSI to apply CryoKinetic cleaning technology to display applications
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1/22/2002   Post a comment
SAN JOSE --The U.S. Display Consortium today announced a contract award to FSI International Inc. of Chaska, Minn., to develop an enhanced cleaning system for production of flat-panel displays.
TI claims highest analog integration on MCU for embedded displays
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1/22/2002   Post a comment
DALLAS -- Texas Instruments Inc. today claimed it has broken the 1-microampere barrier in a low-power 16-bit microcontroller, which integrates mixed-signal functions and flash memory for embedded display applications in utility metering, portable instruments, intelligent sensing, and other systems.
Radioscape picks up parallel DSP
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1/22/2002   Post a comment
Radioscape, based in London, has bought the Liverpool DSP intellectual property company Systolix in a deal that will see the PulseDSP massively parallel processor used as the underpinning for Radioscape's 3G software.
Otellini would be first Intel CEO to come from business side
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1/22/2002   Post a comment
Paul Otellini, tapped last week by Intel Corp. as the likely successor to chief executive Craig Barrett, would be the first non-technical executive chosen as the company's leader.
Xicor adds new architecture for auto-correction in adaptive closed-loop control
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1/22/2002   Post a comment
MILPITAS, Calif.--Xicor Inc. today announced a new chip architecture for "auto-correction" of errors in adaptive closed-loop control applications, with the first targeted application being cellular phone base stations.
Kemet reports loss after restructuring charge
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1/22/2002   Post a comment
Despite signs of an uptick, Kemet Electronics Corp. reported a net loss of $26.9 million or 31 cents per diluted share in its third fiscal 2002 quarter ended December 31, 2001, after a $38.5 million pretax restructuring charge to streamline manufacturing facilities, accelerate productivity improvement programs, and reduce its workforce by another 1,600 employees.
Infineon aims to shrink DRAM inventories a bit more in Q1, says CEO
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1/22/2002   Post a comment
MUNICH -- DRAM prices have climbed steadily--in some cases more than tripling--since the low point in November, but production costs remain above average selling prices, and there is still room to work off excess inventories in the first quarter before markets can fully recover this year, said the CEO of Infineon Technologies AG here.
LogicVision reports 13% sequential growth in Q4 revenues after IPO
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1/22/2002   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Fresh off one of the few successful initial public offerings of stock last fall, LogicVision Inc. here today reported a 13% sequential increase in revenues to $5.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2002 compared to $4.8 million in Q3. The supplier of embedded test for ICs said revenues were up 103% from $2.7 million in Q4 of 2000.
Silicon Access rolls out 'billing and policing' processor for networks
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1/22/2002   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- In what could help to reverse the misfortunes of loss-ridden systems manufacturers and Internet service providers (ISPs), Silicon Access Networks Inc. here today announced what the company calls the world's first "billing and policing" communications co-processor.
Applied's turnkey program targets faster fab tool installation, production ramps
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1/22/2002   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif.--Applied Materials Inc. today said it was combining its expertise in wafer fab tool installation and the experience of construction firms to offer the chip industry's first turnkey service program for accelerated ramps of new process equipment and plants.
Samsung signs DDR supply pact with Microsoft for Xbox
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1/21/2002   Post a comment
Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. today announced an agreement with Microsoft Corp. under which Samsung will continue to supply DDR SDRAM memory used in the Xbox video game system.
Lam says integrated process boosts etch rates 30%
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1/21/2002   Post a comment
FREMONT, Calif.--Lam Research Corp. today announced validation of a productivity breakthrough for integrated self-aligned contact etch in its Exelan dielectric etcher. The system uses a unique dual-frequency plasma technology to perform etch, resist strip, and etch-stop layer removal in one chamber vs. three.
NEC unveils ultra low power VR microprocessors
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1/21/2002   Post a comment
NEC Electronics Inc. is extending its VR series microprocessors into the realm of ultralow power to address portable, automotive, and industrial applications that have strict power constraints.
Altera alters course on PLD software
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1/21/2002   Post a comment
The February release of the Quartus-II 2.0 design environment will mark a turning point in Altera Corp.'s software strategy, the San Jose PLD company said today.
Microchip puts EEPROMs in 'ant-sized' package
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1/21/2002   Post a comment
CHANDLER, Ariz.--Microchip Technology Inc. today claimed it is now offering the world's smallest standard package for low- and medium-density serial EEPROMs. The company's I2C serial electrically erasable PROMs are available with chip densities of 128 bits-to-16 kilobits in five-lead SOT-23 packages.
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