Micron says it will challenge Hynix bailout News & Analysis 10/31/2001 Post a comment Micron Technology Inc. as expected, said it will challenge the multi-billion dollar bailout of Hynix Semiconductor Co. as an unwarranted Korean government subsidy to keep the memory chip maker alive.
Amy Kleiner, Micron government affairs manager, said the company will ask the U.S. Trade Representative and U.S. Treasury Department to file an unfair government subsidies case against Korea at the World Trade Organization (WTO).
How chip markets will perform in 2002, based on new WSTS forecast News & Analysis 10/31/2001 Post a comment GRAZ, Austria -- A moderate chip recovery, starting in the fourth quarter this year, will lead a weak recovery year in 2002, with worldwide semiconductor revenues growing just 2.6% after plunging 32.1% in 2001, according to a new industry consensus forecast released by the WSTS group based here.
Schlumberger's Saber unit to provide IC-testing services on rival testers from Agilent News & Analysis 10/31/2001 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- In a slight change in strategy, Schlumberger Semiconductor Solutions' Saber unit has begun to offer test and engineering consulting services on testers from a rival--Agilent Technologies Inc.
Previously, Saber--a business unit of Schlumberger Semiconductor of San Jose--offered design, test, engineering, and consulting services for customers exclusively on Schlumberger's own line automatic test equipment (ATE).
Semitool's 3Q sales drops 25% sequentially amid downturn News & Analysis 10/31/2001 Post a comment KALISPELL, Mont. -- Semitool Inc. today reported sales of $41.1 million in its fourth fiscal quarter ended Sept. 30, compared to $54.6 million in the third quarter of this fiscal year and $64.5 million in the like period a year ago.
The company reported a loss of $637,000, or minus $0.02 per share, for the quarter, compared to net of $3.5 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, in the previous quarter and $7.3 million, or $0.25 per diluted share, in the same period last year.
Diode maker reports quarterly loss News & Analysis 10/31/2001 Post a comment Diodes Inc., Westlake Village, Calif., today reported revenues for the third quarter ended September 30 were $22.7 million, a sequential increase of 8% from the second quarter of 2001, but a 29.8% decrease as compared to $32.3 million for the third quarter of 2000.
Speaker advocates smarter test methods News & Analysis 10/31/2001 Post a comment Chip makers will be forced to "test smarter" with new, adaptive testing methods in order to maintain historic quality levels without increasing costs, according to Phil Nigh, a senior engineer at IBM Microelectronics, speaking Tuesday (Oct. 30) at the International Test Conference.
LogicVision raises about $40.5 million in IPO News & Analysis 10/31/2001 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- LogicVision Inc.--a supplier of built-in-self-test (BIST) technology that promises to reduce the cost of chip-testing--here today announced that it commenced its initial public offering.
The company sold 4,500,000 shares of its common stock at a price of $9.00 per share, for a total of $40.5 million. The deal was managed by UBS Warburg LLC, SG Cowen Securities Corp. and Dain Rauscher Inc.
Taiwan's DRAM makers lose $1.23 billion this year News & Analysis 10/31/2001 Post a comment HSINCHU, Taiwan -- All of Taiwan's DRAM manufacturers suffered losses in the third quarter as a global downturn diminished demand and eroded prices.
For the first 9 months of this year, Taiwan's six DRAM companies have lost a combined $1.23 billion, according to reports from the companies.
Cree says SiC-based devices have 10 times the power levels as last year News & Analysis 10/31/2001 Post a comment TSUKUBA, Japan -- At a technical conference here this week, Cree Inc. disclosed development a silicon-carbide PiN power diode and SiC-based power MOSFET transistors that have 10 times the power levels of devices announced at last year's the meeting. The Durham, N.C.-based company said these scaled-up devices could soon address power conditioning applications in commercial and military systems.
Transmitting IP Efficiently over the Network Design How-To 10/31/2001 Post a comment The increasing demand for bandwidth to carry information over the Internet is putting a strain on IP providers who offer low-cost IP transport. Michael T. Moore of Cypress Semiconductor discusses the different protocols for transmitting IP across networks and describes a techniquevirtual concatenationfor increasing bandwidth-use efficiency.
Intel relying heavily on distributors to sell Pentium 4 News & Analysis 10/31/2001 Post a comment Intel Corp. will ship close to half of Pentium 4 chips through distributors in this quarter, said Paul Otellini, executive vice president and general manager of the Intel Architecture Group.
Otellini, as on previous conference calls with analysts, reiterated the strong growth of the distributor channel for PC processors, which grew 46% in the third quarter over the same period a year ago. "The distributor channels last quarter accounted for 24% of all Pentium 4 shipments and will account for 4
IMEC improves turbo coding technique News & Analysis 10/30/2001 Post a comment In a development that could boost channel coding efficiency of wireless communication standards, researchers at the Interuniversities Microelectronics Center (Leuven, Belgium) say they have implemented a convolutional turbo coding core capable of performing encoding and decoding functions faster and with less power than available methods.
SynTest rolls out design-for-test software to reduce chip-testing costs News & Analysis 10/30/2001 Post a comment BALTIMORE -- During the International Test Conference (ITC) here today, SynTest Technologies Inc. rolled out a new design-for-test (DFT) software line that promises to reduce chip-testing costs.
The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company announced TurboDFT, a software product that integrates test-ready blocks and intellectual property (IP) cores for use in testing system-on-a-chip and other complex ICs.
Cymer reduces headcount by 11% or 100 employees News & Analysis 10/30/2001 Post a comment SAN DIEGO -- Citing the current and sharp downturn in the IC market, Cymer Inc. here today announced that it has reduced its headcount by 11%, or about 100 jobs.
Effective today, the work force reduction will trim the company's headcount from about 900 employees to 800 employees worldwide, according to Cymer. The San Diego-based company is a supplier of lasers for lithography tools and other products.
Credence offers one-stop design-to-test solution for chip makers News & Analysis 10/30/2001 Post a comment FREMONT, Calif. -- Credence Systems Corp. here today announced a one-stop design-to-test solution that promises to reduce chip-testing costs for IC makers.
Credence's Quartet Series of automatic test equipment (ATE) now supports Integrated Measurement Systems Inc.'s (IMS) pre-silicon test debug solution, dubbed VirtualTester. IMS is a subsidiary of Credence, based in Fremont.
ON Semiconductor's loss meets expectations News & Analysis 10/30/2001 Post a comment ON Semiconductor Corp (Phoenix, Arizona) announced that total product revenue in the third quarter of 2001 was $275.4m, a decrease of 10% sequentially and a decrease of 47% compared to the third quarter of 2000
Power product market move for Alcatel News & Analysis 10/30/2001 Post a comment Alcatel Converters is looking to develop a market for its power products outside internal clients with the award of an exclusive UK and Republic of Ireland distribution franchise to Acal Power Solutions.
Elpida rolls out 64- and 128-Mbit DRAMs for mobile applications News & Analysis 10/29/2001 Post a comment TOKYO -- Japan's Elpida Memory Inc. here today rolled out a 64- and 128-megabit DRAM line for use in mobile applications.
Elpida's Mobile RAM line are 1.8- to 2.5-volt devices that are geared for cellular phones and PDAs, said Akira Yabu, technical marketing and engineering manager for Elpida. The company is a joint DRAM venture between Japan's Hitachi Ltd. and NEC Corp.
Intel chips away at Pentium 4 microprocessor pricing News & Analysis 10/29/2001 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Intel Corp., working to keep up the pressure on rivals and potentially goose fourth-quarter sales, has again slashed prices on its desktop processors.
The chip maker cut its high-end, 2GHz Pentium 4 by 29 percent from $562 to $401 in 1,000-unit quantities. Intel cut 1.9GHz
Pentium 4 processors from $375 to $273, or 27 percent, and 1.8GHz processors from $256 to $225, or 12 percent.
Applied's AKT unit rolls out PECVD system for new flat-panel displays News & Analysis 10/29/2001 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Applied Materials Inc.'s AKT unit here today announced a new plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD) system for use in developing fifth-generation flat-panel displays.
The AKT 15K PECVD system is geared to deposit silicon-based films on the industry'ss latest thin-film transistor liquid-crystal displays (TFT-LCDs) at sizes of approximately 1.1- x 1.2-m.
Canon's IC-equipment unit reports strong 3Q, but warns of 'rapid drop' in orders for 4Q News & Analysis 10/29/2001 Post a comment TOKYO -- Japan's Canon Inc. here today reported strong sales for its chip-equipment operations in the third quarter of this year, but it warned of a "rapid drop" in orders for the fourth period of 2001.
In total, Canon reported worldwide sales of $5.7 billion (680.3 billion yen) in the third quarter ended Sept. 31, a 7.6% jump over the like period a year ago. It also reported third-quarter net income of $315 million (37.5 billion yen), or $ 0.36 per share, a year-over-year increase of 4.1%.
Teradyne upgrades Tiger tester to support new protocols News & Analysis 10/29/2001 Post a comment BALTIMORE -- During the International Test Conference (ITC) here today, Teradyne Inc. here added high-speed, serializer/ deserializer test capabilities to its flagship line of VLSI logic testers.
Teradyne has added 3.2-gigabits-per-second, serializer/deserializer (SerDes) Port Qualifier (SPQ) capabilities to its Tiger line of automatic test equipment (ATE). The new capabilities are aimed to meet the test needs for devices, based on SerDes, InfiniBand, SONET/SDH, and related technologies, said J