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SVG revenues grow 26% to record $239.9 million in fiscal Q4
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SAN JOSE -- Silicon Valley Group Inc. today reported it received new orders for 26 Micrascan lithography systems in the company's fiscal fourth quarter, ended Sept. 30, and sales in the period increase 26% to a record $239.9 million compared to $189.8 million a year ago.
Trikon sales surge 139% to $31.5 million in quarter
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NEWPORT, Wales -- Trikon Technologies Inc. today reported revenues of $31.5 million in the third quarter, an increase of 139% from $13.2 million in the period last year and a 23% sequential gain from $25.7 million in the second quarter. The supplier of deposition and etch equipment posted a net income of $7.1 million vs. $4.2 million in the third quarter last year and $3.7 million in the second quarter of 2000.
National's flagship Geode design finds home in Compaq's iPaq
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. ( ChipWire) — Winning its third design this month, National Semiconductor today announced that its flagship Geode reference design is the architecture behind Compaq's iPaq IA-2 home Internet appliance.
Semitool sales rise 94% in quarter; copper tool orders triple in fiscal year
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KALISPELL, Mont.--Semitool Inc. here today reported net sales increased 94% to $70.7 million in the company's fourth fiscal quarter, ended Sept. 30, compared to $36.5 million in the same period last year. Sequentially, Semitool's sales grew 9% from the prior three-month period.
TI claims its chips are in 45% of ADSL equipment
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DALLAS -- Texas Instruments Inc. today predicted that its analog line driver shipments this year enable eight million asymmetrical digital subscriber line (ADSL) ports to deployed in the field in 2000. That total is 25 times greater than TI's shipments in 1999, according to the Dallas company.
ASM, Philips create thinnest dielectric gate for 70-nm process node
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BILTHOVEN, the Netherlands -- ASM International N.V. here and partner Royal Philips Electronics N.V. announced they have produced what is believed to be the thinnest gate dielectric with a commercially acceptable leakage current. Such a thin layer of dielectric material will be needed for the 0.07-micron process technology node later this decade, according to the two companies.
Get ready for allocation of wafer substrates, warns Dataquest
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SAN DIEGO -- The silicon wafer market could enter into a state of chaos next year, as analysts project a shortage of 200-mm products and expensive price tags for 300-mm diameter substrates. Already in tight supply at the present time, 200-mm silicon wafers could move into allocation in 2001, due in part to huge demand and the lack of new capacity to make starting substrates for chip fabs, warned Klaus-Dieter Rinnen, director of semiconductor manufacturing analysis at Dataquest.
Chipworks will buy ICE to increase reverse engineering services
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Integrated Circuit Engineering Corp. (ICE), one of the chip industry's oldest market and technology research firms here, has agreed to be acquired by Chipworks Inc., an Ottawa-based company specializing in reverse engineering services. Chipworks today said its purchase of ICE will result in the world's largest reverse engineering service provider for the microelectronics markets.
Chip market expected to slow, says Dataquest
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San Diego -- The booming semiconductor market will gradually cool down over the next two years before sliding into recession in 2003, according to Dataquest Inc.
Taiwan's Mosel Vitelic moves closer to 300-mm fab in Canada
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SAN DIEGO -- During a forecasting conference here, Mosel Vitelic Inc. officials disclosed the company is one step closer to moving ahead with an ambitious 300-mm wafer fab project in Canada. However, managers with the Taiwanese chip maker also indicated that the company would not look for a joint technology partner in the venture as previously thought.
Numerical to expand phase-shifting efforts after Cadabra purchase
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SAN JOSE -- Numerical Technologies Inc. today said it has completed its acquisition of design software supplier Cadabra Design Automation Inc., which is expected to help accelerate mainstream use of phase-shifting mask technology. At the time of the announced acquisition, the stock purchase was valued at $130 million (see Sept. 5 story).
Sapphire Software spins off unit for chip automation services
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FREMONT, Calif. -- Three-year-old Sapphire Software Inc. here has decided to spin off its automation business for chip manufacturing and supply-chain management. The new company--called Sapphire Automation Inc.--will focus on consulting services and the development of next-generation control software for semiconductor production facilities, including 300-mm wafer fabs.
Double-digit chip growth still seen in next couple years
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SAN DIEGO -- Despite a slowdown in the PC, network equipment, and wireless handset markets in recent weeks, the semiconductor market will continue to grow at a double-digit rate for the remainder of 2000 and the next couple of years before hitting a downturn in 2003, according to chip forecasts from Dataquest Inc.
Cymer now claims 81% share of light sources in wafer fabs
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SAN DIEGO -- Excimer light source supplier Cymer Inc. here today reported a 67% increase in revenues to $98.4 million in the third quarter compared to $58.9 million in the period last year. Cymer's net income jumped to $18.1 million compared to $3.5 million in the quarter last year.
UMC makes available Chipsizer estimation tool on Web site
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SUNNYVALE, Calif.--Taiwan's United Microelectronics Corp. today claimed to be the first IC maker to publicly offer an online chip-size and cost estimation tool for designers using its wafer-processing foundry services. The Chipsizer comes from nTool Inc. of Fremont, Calif., and can be accessed on UMC's Web site at www.umc.com.
ASM ships first high-k wafers made with ALCVD to Sematech
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BILTHOVEN, The Netherlands -- ASM International N.V. here today said its U.S. subsidiary has shipped the first wafers with high-k dielectric film grown from atomic layer chemical vapor deposition (ALCVD) to International Sematech as part of a development project for advanced CMOS transistor gate structures.
Diodes to acquire FabTech, 5-inch wafer fab in Missouri
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WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif.--Diodes Inc. here today announced an agreement to acquire a 5-inch wafer-processing plant, called FabTech Inc., for $25 million and additional funds, if specific earnings targets are reach in the next four year. The facility, located in Lee's Summit, Mo., specializes in Schottky products and will be used by Diodes to support value-added products.
I-Cube scrubs Ethernet for crosspoint-switch line
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CAMPBELL, Calif. ( ChipWire) -- I-Cube Inc. here is rolling out a crosspoint-switch line this week as part of a strategy to abandon the Ethernet LAN business in favor of more lucrative switching markets.
Intel roadmap shows little Rambus support in 2001
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- A confidential roadmap obtained by EBN shows Intel Corp. dropping Direct Rambus DRAM from every computing platform but high-end workstations by mid-2001. This would appear to bear out recent comments by Intel president Craig Barrett that the exclusive deal to support the memory interface was "a mistake" (see Oct. 18 story).
Intel roadmap shows little Rambus support in 2001
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A confidential road map obtained by EBN shows Intel Corp. dropping Direct Rambus DRAM from every computing platform but high-end workstations by mid-2001. This would appear to bear out recent comments by Intel president Craig Barrett that the exclusive deal to support the memory interface was "a mistake."
AMD says DDR platforms are ready to roll with new Athlon, chip set
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TOKYO--During a press conference here and around the world, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. today claimed to be the first chip supplier to offer a PC platform supporting double data rate (DDR) memory. The solution includes the AMD-760 chip set and a new Athlon processor with a 266-MHz front-side bus for the highest grade of DDR memory available, according to the company.
Taiwan's chip makers worried over move to scrap nuclear power plant
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SAN JOSE -- Taiwan's leading electronics companies expressed concern over the government's decision on Friday to scrap plans to build the island's fourth nuclear power plant--a move that could lead to more energy problems for local chip and PC makers.
Taiwan approves S3-Via graphics chip venture after delay
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SANTA CLARA, Calif.--After a three-month delay, Taiwan's government has given its blessing to a graphics chip joint venture between S3 Inc. and Via Technologies Inc., which today announced they are moving ahead with plans to formally launch the new company.
Intel bundling Pentium 4 with Direct RDRAM, say sources
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- As the Nov. 20 launch of the Pentium 4 nears, Intel Corp. is priming the pump by shipping limited quantities of the new microprocessor bundled with Direct Rambus DRAM, according to industry sources.
Micron aims to move up in flash ranking with SyncFlash, wireless memories
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BOISE, Idaho -- DRAM giant Micron Technology Inc. aims to turn itself into a Top 10 flash memory supplier by 2002. To do that, the company has begun ramping up volume production of low-power flash devices here for wireless handsets, and today, Micron officially introduces its first SyncFlash chip, which replaces synchronous DRAMs in a range of embedded nonvolatile memory applications.
Centillium rolls out processor for voice-enabled broadband systems
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FREMONT, Calif. -- Centillium Communications Inc. here today will announce what the company claims is the world's highest-capacity processor for voice-enabled broadband applications. Based on a 32-bit RISC core from Mips Technologies Inc., the new Entropia chip from Centillium is among a new class of voice-processor products in the market that helps deliver both voice and data services over a cable, Digital Subscriber Line (DSL), or wireless network.
Intel protects software with IA-64 patents
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NEW YORK -- A flurry of more than 20 new patents suggests Intel Corp. is expanding its time-tested legal strategy to prevent cloning of its new, flagship IA-64 architecture.
ADE claims KLA-Tencor violating wafer inspection patent
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WESTWOOD, Mass. -- ADE Corp. here has announced a patent infringement suit against metrology giant KLA-Tencor Corp., claiming that its technology for distinguishing pits from particles in wafer inspection was being violated.
Sony cites production troubles for Playstation 2 chip
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TOKYO ( ChipWire) — Sony officials disclosed today that one problem causing component shortages for the Playstation 2 stems from process-migration troubles at its Nagasaki fabrication facility on the island of Kyushu.
ST invests in Lara, plans to enter search-engine chip market
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GENEVA -- In a move to expand its communications chip portfolio, STMicroelectronics Inc. here has forged a broad-based agreement with Lara Networks Inc., a supplier of data-search chip engines based on content-addressable memory (CAM) technology. Under the terms of the alliance, ST will take a minority investment in Lara, licensed the company's CAM technology, and has set plans to develop a line of search-engine devices in the future. Moreover, ST will become a second-source for Lara's line of
Philips adds MystiCom's DSP-based Ethernet core to ASIC offering
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EINDHOVEN, the Netherlands -- Philips Semiconductors today announced it has ported an embedded DSP-based 10/100 Ethernet physical layer device designed by MystiCom Ltd. to an advanced CMOS process technology. The Dutch chip maker is now offering the digital signal processor core as a building block for system-on-chip ASICs serving local area networks (LANs) applications.
Novellus aims to aggressively expand Gasonics' wafer-cleaning business
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SAN JOSE -- Don't expect Novellus Systems Inc. to immediately begin bolting photoresist-stripping chambers or other surface-preparation systems onto its deposition equipment as a result of its planned acquisition of Gasonics International Corp. During a conference call with analysts, Novellus chairman and CEO Richard Hill said the proposed $347 million stock acquisition was "not a marriage of convenience" and the emphasis will be to build a viable business that lowers costs as well as improve re
TI invests in U.K.-based RadioScape, plans DSPs for digital radio
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LONDON -- Texas Instruments Inc. today announced plans to develop digital baseband chip solutions using its digital signal processor (DSP) technology and software from RadioScape Ltd., a London startup. TI also said it has invested an undisclosed amount of money in four-year-old RadioScape, which is focused on software for the Eureka-147 digital radio standard for consumer products.
Microchip to acquire TelCom for $300 million in stock
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CHANDLER, Ariz.-- In a move to quickly expand its analog portfolio for microcontroller customers, Microchip Technology Inc. here today announced plans to acquire TelCom Semiconductor Inc. of Mountain View, Calif., for $300 million in stock.
VCX to add embedded software licensing next year
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As the online Virtual Component Exchange (VCX) went live this week, chief executive officer Andy Travers said the exchange will expand to include embedded-software licensing over the next nine to 12 months.
IBM announces advanced chip packaging plant in China
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SHANGHAI -- In another major move to expand its semiconductor production base, IBM Corp. today announced plans to invest $300 million to build a chip packaging and systems manufacturing plant here.
Design automation segment shows unexpected strength in 2000
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SAN JOSE -- Despite disappointing earnings reports from high-tech companies, the electronics design automation (EDA) industry appears to be having a banner year. New figures released by the EDA Consortium show a 14% year-to-year jump in worldwide revenues for the second quarter of 2000, and the first batch of third-quarter reports from public EDA companies shows unexpectedly strong growth.
ASE Test reports 51.7% growth in Q3 sales, hikes spending plans
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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- ASE Test Ltd. here today reported a 51.7% increase in net sales to $120.8 million in the third quarter compared to $79.6 million in the same period last year. The contract chip-testing company said its net revenues were 17.6% higher than $102.7 million in the second quarter.
Dainippon to build production plant for 300-mm wafer-cleaning equipment
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KYOTO, Japan -- Japan's Dainippon Screen Manufacturing Co. Ltd. here today announced plans to build a new manufacturing plant to support the production of its wafer-cleaning equipment for 300-mm fabs.
Integrated A/D converters increase the resolution of 8-bit microcontrollers
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Many of today's typical analog signal-processing systems are built around a microcontroller with integrated A/D converter. However, the maximum amplitude of the analog signals to be processed is often not large enough to utilize the full dynamic range of the integrated converter, so designers typically use external operational amplifiers to amplify those signals.
NEC reverses last year's loss with $190 million profit
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TOKYO -- NEC Corp. today reported net income of $190 million (20.5 billion yen) for the six months ended Sept. 30, compared to a $457 million loss for the same period a year ago. Sales for the first fiscal half totaled $22.9 billion (2.48 trillion yen), compared to $21.2 billion for the similar 1999 period. The Japanese electronics giant said it was on target to reach its projected net income of $1.85 billion by March 31, 2003. The sales goal for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2003 is $62 bil
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