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Micron says it will challenge Hynix bailout
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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
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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
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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).
Microcontrollers and DSPs projected to grow in 2002
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Both the microcontroller and digital signal processor markets are expected to rebound in 2002 following sharp drops this year, according to iSuppli Corp.
Display maker meets guidance but cuts 2002 forecast
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Planar Systems, Inc., Beaverton, Ore., said sales in the fiscal fourth quarter ended September 28 were $50.6 million, a 6% increase over the same period a year ago.
Semitool's 3Q sales drops 25% sequentially amid downturn
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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
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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
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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
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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.
High cost of test scares off investors, conference goers told
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The howling cost of test is resounding on Wall Street this year.
Taiwan's DRAM makers lose $1.23 billion this year
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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
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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.
Infineon and Micron file DRAM dumping claims against Hynix
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US and European chipmakers allege South Korean firm is getting unfair government subsidies in a petition to the World Trade Organisation.
Applied builds patent portfolio in CVD low-K as technology moves to products
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Applied Materials Inc. today notified the chip industry that it has secured two more U.S. patents for low-k dielectric film technology, based on chemical vapor deposition (CVD).
UMC slides further, but predicts uptick
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United Microelectronics Corp (UMC) losses deepened in the third quarter, as fewer orders from its key communications customers muted demand for its advanced process technologies
Cell phones as fashion create new lighting design challenges
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Color maps, games and browsers will add excitement to cell phones and PDAs. Lighting them without dramatically shortening battery life is a power management challenge reports National's Jim Schuessler
Transmitting IP Efficiently over the Network
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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 technique—virtual concatenation—for increasing bandwidth-use efficiency.
Intel relying heavily on distributors to sell Pentium 4
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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
Intel CEO looks 'beyond the turbulence' in market during two-hour Web cast
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- During a two-hour Web cast today, Intel president and CEO Craig Barrett place his emphasis on "looking beyond the turbulence" in 2001 as he and other top executives outlined plans for better times next year. Those plans include the delivery of a 3-GHz Pentium microprocessor in 2002.
IMEC improves turbo coding technique
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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
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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.
Motherboards with Intel's DDR chip set to ship in December
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Major motherboard makers will debut their designs based on Intel Corp.'s forthcoming double-data-rate DRAM chip set next month at Comdex Fall 2001 in Las Vegas and should have products on the shelf a few weeks before Christmas.
Cymer reduces headcount by 11% or 100 employees
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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
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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.
PLD recovery won't come until 2003, but 300-mm will help suppliers cut costs, says report
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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Pulled down by the slump in wired communications systems, the sale of programmable logic devices will plunge 34.1% this year and drop an addition 3.5% in 2002 before a slow recovery takes place in 2003, according to a new forecast released today by iSuppli Corp.
Applied teams with PDF to boost defect-catching ability for higher yields
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SANTA CLARA, Calif.--Applied Materials Inc. here and PDF Solutions Inc. in San Jose today announced a partnership to combine wafer inspection systems with process/design characterization methodologies for a "comprehensive approach" to yield improvements in chip manufacturing.
National's device eases boundary-scan test in systems and reconfiguration in field
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SANTA CLARA -- National Semiconductor Corp. here announced availability of system-level testing support along with embedded flash programming and the ability to reconfigure programmable logic in a new 48-pin chip, which conforms to the industry's IEEE 1149.1 standard for boundary-scan test.
ON Semiconductor's loss meets expectations
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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
Resonext says WLAN chipset cuts power, space and costs
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Resonext Communications Inc (San Jose, Calif) has announced details of a two-piece CMOS chipset for 802.11a wireless LANs with a zero-IF architecture and featuring the company's Accuchannel equalisation technology
Power product market move for Alcatel
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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
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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.
Entegris cuts 100 jobs in consolidation of fluid handling group
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CHASKA, Minn.--Entegris Inc. here today announced it was eliminating 100 jobs, or about 5% of its total workforce, and consolidating two manufacturing buildings in a realignment of its Fluid Handling Group.
Xilinx set to sample FPGAs built on 300mm wafers
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SAN JOSE -- Xilinx Inc. is about to sample field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) fabricated on 300mm wafers, the company said today.
Intel chips away at Pentium 4 microprocessor pricing
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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
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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.
Resonext uses ARM core and bus in new 5-GHz wireless LAN chip-set series
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SAN JOSE -- Resonext Communications Inc. here today announced it has licensed the ARM922T RISC processor core from ARM Ltd. for use in a new chip-set series targeted at 5-GHz wireless local area networks.
Altera, Xilinx planning major strategic shifts
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As the programmable logic market begins a slow recovery, the top two suppliers -- Altera and Xilinx -- are working on ways to avoid repeating past mistakes.
Canon's IC-equipment unit reports strong 3Q, but warns of 'rapid drop' in orders for 4Q
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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%.
Synopsys adds timing-defect option to test generator, boosts design-for-test compiler
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BALTIMORE--At the International Test Conference here today, Synopsys Inc. announced new advanced test modeling technology that will more than triple the capacity of the company's design-for-test complier software, while increasing the tool's speed by seven times without impacting IC-layout optimization features.
Teradyne upgrades Tiger tester to support new protocols
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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
Singapore's STATS sets up U.S. unit to speed IC-test ramp in offshore facilities
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SINGAPORE -- In move to strengthen its position in the heart of the U.S. chip industry, Singapore's ST Assembly Test Services Ltd. today announced a Silicon Valley-based subsidiary to provide engineering test and pre-production test services with the same type of chip-testing equipment that customers use in offshore volume testing plants.
Qualcomm launch of CDMA2000 through Tetra takeover 'not legal'
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The UK's Radiocommunications Agency has slapped down the possibility that Qualcomm could launch its CDMA2000 third-generation comms technology in Europe by taking over troubled UK Tetra operator Dolphin Telecom
Analogue, 'micro' ICs will give weak recovery some legs, says new WSTS forecast
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A weak semiconductor recovery in 2002 will be led by analogue ICs and "micro components"--such as processors, microcontrollers, and microperipherals--while memories, bipolar digital devices and discretes will continue to languish next year, according to a new chip industry consensus forecast
TSMC predicts 15% sequential growth in Q4; fab utilisation better than expected
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Silicon foundry giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) reported its capacity utilisation rate dropped to 41% in the third quarter, down slightly from 44% in Q2 but less the decline expected in July
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