LSI Logic inks foundry, marketing alliance with Mobility Electronics News & Analysis 11/30/2000 Post a comment MILPITAS, Calif. -- LSI Logic Corp. here today announced a major foundry and marketing alliance with Mobility Electronics Inc., a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based supplier of chips for high-speed connectivity and docking applications for PCs.
Under the terms, LSI Logic will license Mobility Electronics' Split Bridge chip technology, which provides high-speed connectivity between PCs and other products. In addition, LSI Logic will manufacture, market and sell the Split Bridge chips to its customers. The
IBM-Infineon venture selects Dow Chemical's resin for low-k process News & Analysis 11/30/2000 Post a comment
CORBEIL ESSONNES, France--Altis Semiconductor, the joint-venture fab venture between IBM Corp. and Infineon Technologies AG, today announced it will use a low-k dielectric resin from The Dow Chemical Co. for 0.13-micron copper chip production next year. The decision follows IBM's selection of Dow Chemical's SiLK material for its own 0.13-micron copper processes earlier this year (see April 3 story).
TEL, Nikon team up in 300-mm track, scanner evaluations News & Analysis 11/30/2000 Post a comment TOKYO--Tokyo Electron Ltd. today announced it plans to share a facility with Nikon Corp. to evaluate lithography track coater and developers systems with exposure tools for 300-mm wafer fabs. The share facility and collaboration will enable TEL to develop new processes and technologies for next-generation fabs, said company officials in Japan.
Matsushita's three-year plan emphasizes ICs for TV, mobile communications News & Analysis 11/30/2000 Post a comment OSAKA, Japan--Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. here today outlined plans to reshapes its business culture while restructuring its businesses for stronger growth in the decade. The three-year "Value Creation 21" initiative sets Matsushita's top priorities as being in television and mobile communications applications, and it plans to expand these segments with advances in integrated circuits, data storage devices, and displays.
Via announces new 650- and 667-MHz processors for low-cost PCs News & Analysis 11/30/2000 Post a comment TAIPEI, Taiwan -- In a move to expand its microprocessor business, Taiwan's Via Technologies Inc. here today introduced two new chips for the low-cost PC and related markets.
Based on an advanced, 0.18-micron process technology, the two new Via Cyrix III line of processors from the Taipei-based chip maker run at speeds of 650- and 667-MHz. The chips are targeted for the "value" segments of the x86-based desktop, notebook, and information appliance markets, said Wenchi Chen, president and chie
Surprising jump in Q3 wafer capacity could spell trouble News & Analysis 11/30/2000 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- Wafer processing capacity worldwide took a sudden and somewhat unexpected jump in the third quarter, based on new data released by the Semiconductor Industry Association here. The SIA's quarterly capacity report shows wafer starts in chip-fabrication plants surging 6.8% in the third quarter from volume run rates in the second quarter, putting this year on a record pace for increased unit output, said industry observers, who worry about the timing of the growth.
'Positive' outlook for Radstone News & Analysis 11/30/2000 Post a comment Beeson Gregory, the investment bank, has put out a buy note on Radstone Technology, saying its stock could climb by 50% on the back of comparisons with competitors and strong market potential.
Spin-off wins $2.5m for plastic chips study News & Analysis 11/30/2000 Post a comment Cambridge University, with the help of Herman Hauser's Amadeus Capital Partners venture capital company, has formed a spin-off called Plastic Logic to commercialise research into plastic semiconductors.
Configurable SoCs Give You Options Design How-To 11/30/2000 Post a comment System-on-chip (SoC) designs, with their high-performance, high-density promises, are not developing as rapidly as some proponents have predicted. High cost and longer-than-desired time to market have limited SoCs to the high volume segment of the chip industry. SOCnet site director Jim Lipman explains that CSoC, with its ability to meet evolving standards and accept design changes late in the development cycle, is becoming very attractive to many system developers.
Transmeta discovers faulty processors in NEC's notebook PCs News & Analysis 11/29/2000 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- In the latest setback in its relatively short history, Transmeta Corp. here on late Wednesday announced that it discovered a faulty batch of microprocessors in a notebook PCs made by NEC Corp. of Japan. Transmeta, a high-profile startup supplier x86-based processors, said it is working with NEC to correct the problem by replacing the faulty chips in about 300 of notebook PCs.
Smaller chip designs will propel growth of ion-implanter market, says analyst News & Analysis 11/29/2000 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- Fueled by the push towards smaller geometries in IC designs, the ion-implanter equipment market is projected to grow 58% over a three-year period, according to figures from VLSI Research Inc. here.
In total, the worldwide ion-implanter equipment market is projected to grow from $671 million in 1999, to about $1.35 billion in 2000, said Risto Puhakka, an analyst who tracks the industry for VLSI Research in San Jose. However, the ion-implanter tool market will de-accelerate next year,
Russian DSP developer scouts RISC partnership News & Analysis 11/29/2000 Post a comment LONDON ( ChipWire) Research Center Module, a design group and intellectual property licenser based in Moscow, is moving its 64-bit NeuroMatrix digital signal processor to a 0.25-micron process technology and is looking for a partnership with a Western RISC-processor provider to help its DSP technology penetrate key applications.
ATI announces program to help OEMs develop set-top boxes News & Analysis 11/29/2000 Post a comment MARKHAM, Ontario, Canada -- ATI Technologies Inc. here today unveiled a program that will enable OEMs to develop a low-cost, set-top box based on the company's graphics and related chip products.
ATI's new Technology Access Program (TAP) also includes third-party software and hardware suppliers, which will also help OEMs develop their products. The initial TAP partners are Metro Link Inc. and Bsquare Corp. Metro Link specializes in embedded software applications like Linux and VxWorks, while Bs
Microsemi sales grow 21% from year ago in quarter News & Analysis 11/29/2000 Post a comment SANTA ANA, Calif. -- Microsemi Corp. today reported net sales increased 21% to $65.4 million in the company's fiscal fourth quarter, ended Oct. 1, compared to pro forma sales of $54.2 million in the period last year (excluding a business sold in June). The supplier of analog, mixed-signal and discrete devices posted a net income of $4.7 million in the fourth quarter vs. $2.5 million last year.
Altera warns of flat sales in fourth quarter News & Analysis 11/29/2000 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- Altera Corp. here today announced that it is reducing its guidance for sequential revenue growth in the fourth quarter, ending Dec. 31. The programmable logic supplier said it now expects fourth-quarter revenues to be nearly flat with sales in the third quarter.
AMD prepares assault on workstation, server segments News & Analysis 11/29/2000 Post a comment SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- A year after successfully penetrating the consumer PC segment, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. isn't resting on its laurels. The company is now preparing products and technology to enter the workstation and low-end server market in the first half of 2001.
ASM International expands 300-mm furnace production in Europe News & Analysis 11/29/2000 Post a comment BILTHOVEN, the Netherlands -- ASM International N.V. today announced its European subsidiary has leased 4,500 square meters of space for assembly and test of 300-mm wafer vertical furnaces. About 10 million euros ($8.6 million) will be invested in the new facility, which will double ASM Europe's vertical furnace capacity, said the company.
Semitool inks distribution agreement in Japan with Toyoko News & Analysis 11/29/2000 Post a comment KALISPELL, Mont. -- Semitool Inc. here today announced an exclusive distribution pact with Toyoko Kagaku Co. Ltd. to sell wafer spin rinsers, dryers, and wafer-container cleaning equipment in the Japan. The agreement covers Semitool's Storm series of wafer container cleaning equipment as well as its spin rinser/dryer and Scepter rinser/dryer systems.
Broadcom inks deals with Motorola, Net2Phone in set-top box IC market News & Analysis 11/29/2000 Post a comment IRVINE, Calif. -- In a move to expand its reach in the set-top box and telephony markets, Broadcom Corp. here today announced separate alliances with Motorola Inc. and Net2Phone Inc.
In the first announcement, Broadcom rolled out a new line of interactive TV video decoder chips. Among the first customers for the chips is Motorola, which will use the products in a new line of interactive set-top boxes.
Silicon Wave claims first chip tuners for cable telephony and VoIP News & Analysis 11/29/2000 Post a comment LOS ANGELES--During the Western Cable Show here, Silicon Wave Inc. today claimed it was offering the world's first silicon tuner for cable telephony. The SiW1100 chip allows cable and network operators to compete with local exchange carriers in offering telephone services, according to the San Diego-based company.
Fairchild expects stronger growth in 2001 after current slowdown News & Analysis 11/29/2000 Post a comment SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine -- Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc. today reiterated its forecast of $490 million in sales during the current fourth-quarter period. Fairchild's guidance shows a 3% sequential gain in revenues from $476 million posted in the third-quarter period, which ended Oct. 1.
TEL to sell NuTool's copper electroplating system News & Analysis 11/29/2000 Post a comment TOKYO--In a move to increase its portfolio for copper processing steps, Tokyo Electron Ltd. here today announced it will sell copper electroplating systems from U.S. startup NuTool Inc. The marketing, sales, and support pact covers chip makers in Japan, U.S., and Europe.
TI claims 30% market share in data-over-cable modem chips News & Analysis 11/29/2000 Post a comment HOUSTON -- Texas Instruments Inc. is predicting that it will ship nearly 3 million of the world's 10 million chips for data-over-cable services in 2000. Using market projections from Dataquest Inc., TI's digital signal processor division here said it expects to grab 30% of the market for DOCSIS integrated circuits in 2000, less than a year-and-a-half after the company entered the cable-modem chip business.
Siliconix's new power MOSFET package takes up less space News & Analysis 11/28/2000 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Siliconix Inc. today announced plans to offer advanced power MOSFET packaging technology that provides a direct thermal path from the backside of a copper die-attach pad to printed circuit boards. The package will significantly improve the thermal performance of power conversion and power management circuits in a range of system applications, according to Siliconix.
Ibis aims for 100% increase in SOI wafer deliveries in 2001 News & Analysis 11/28/2000 Post a comment DANVERS, Mass. -- Ibis Technology Corp. today reiterated its outlook for financial results in the current fourth quarter, estimating that revenues will grow 50% sequentially from $2.52 million in the third quarter. The supplier of silicon-on-insulator (SOI) wafers and implanter tools said fourth-quarter revenues are expected to be 130% higher than $2.37 million in the period last year.
Agilent adds synthesizable ARM cores for communications, imaging ASICs News & Analysis 11/28/2000 Post a comment PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Agilent Technologies Inc. today announced it has licensed two synthesizable RISC cores from ARM Ltd. for integration into communications and imaging ASIC products. The ARM7TDMI-S and ARM946E-S are being delivered in software form--as "soft" vs. "hard" cores--which offers additional flexibility for ASIC designers, according to Agilent.
Broadcom to buy Israeli MPEG-2 encoder supplier for $777 million in stock News & Analysis 11/28/2000 Post a comment IRVINE, Calif.-- Still hot on the acquisition trail, Broadcom Corp. here today announced it will buy VisionTech Ltd., an Israeli supplier of digital video/audio compression and depression chips, for $777 million in stock. VisionTech's encoder chips are used in MPEG-2 applications for personal video recording, interactive videoconferencing, and Internet Protocol systems.
Elpida to build 300mm DRAM fab News & Analysis 11/28/2000 Post a comment Elpida Memory Inc., the NEC-Hitachi DRAM joint venture, took its first step toward independent production capability by announcing it will build its own $1.7 billion 300-mm wafer fab on the site of NEC's Hiroshima complex.
Ultratech enhances new stepper for wafer-bumping throughput News & Analysis 11/28/2000 Post a comment SAN JOSE--Ultratech Stepper Inc. today rolled out a new member to its Saturn Spectrum lithography stepper series with new features aimed at flip-chip bumping and wafer-level packaging manufacturing. Among the new features are improved machine vision and a pattern recognition-based alignment system that eliminates the need for dedicated targets.
NEC-Hitachi DRAM venture plans $1.4 billion 300-mm fab in Japan News & Analysis 11/28/2000 Post a comment TOKYO -- Elpida Memory Inc.--the DRAM joint venture between NEC Corp. and Hitachi Ltd.--today announced plans to build a 300-mm wafer fab for volume production of 256-megabit memories using a 0.13-micron process. Construction on the fab in Hiroshima, Japan, will begin in January and the initial production is slated to start in the first half of 2002.
Intel, Analog Devices to detail DSP on Dec. 5 News & Analysis 11/27/2000 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Analog Devices Inc. and Intel Corp. said today they will provide the first details of their joint DSP development effort on December 5.
Intel and ADI first announced their intent to co-develop a new DSP architecture in February 1999, and have since provide virtually no details of the project, code-named Frio.
Cymer claims first ArF laser for high-volume 193-nm lithography tools News & Analysis 11/27/2000 Post a comment SAN DIEGO -- Cymer Inc. today announced an argon fluoride (ArF) laser system for 193-nm wavelength lithography tools with a repetition rate of 4 kilohertz. The supplier of excimer light sources said its new NanoLith 7000 is the first ArF laser system to operate at very high pulse rates for high-speed 193-nm scanners in volume production fabs.
Taiwan's Mosel Vitelic lowers profit and sales forecast for 2000 News & Analysis 11/27/2000 Post a comment HSINCHU, Taiwan -- Amid an apparent softening in the DRAM market, Taiwan's Mosel Vitelic Inc. late last week lowered its profits and sales forecasts by as much as 55% for 2000.
Mosel Vitelic, a provider of DRAMs, flash memories, LCD driver ICs, and foundry services, originally hoped to report a profit of $351.1 million on sales of $1.08 billion for 2000.
Now, the Taiwanese chip company has changed its forecast, saying it will report a profit of $157.9 million on sales of $847.1 million for the
Altera names Daane as new president and CEO News & Analysis 11/27/2000 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- Altera Corp. here today named John Daane, the former communications chip chief at LSI Logic Corp., as its new president and chief executive.
Daane replaces Rodney Smith, who announced his intention to retire late last year. Smith, who will remain chairman of Altera, said the San Jose-based supplier of programmable logic devices will not change its focus as a result of the management changes.
Applied plans to increase investments in implanter operations worldwide News & Analysis 11/27/2000 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif.--Applied Materials Inc. today said it was significantly increasing investments in ion implanter production and development to keep pace with the growing demand for tools in next-generation processes and 300-mm wafer fabs. Applied said its investment program includes hiring, increased applications development, and facility expansion worldwide.
Altera uses redundancy to boost yields in high-density PLDs News & Analysis 11/27/2000 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- Altera Corp. here today announced a patented redundancy technique that has increased production yields on its high-density programmable logic devices by up to four times. Altera said its silicon foundry supplier--Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC)--has used the technology to reduce defects in the company's APEX 20KE family.
Motorola to use new GaAs process for single-supply RF circuits News & Analysis 11/27/2000 Post a comment PHOENIX -- Motorola Inc.'s chip group here today reported qualification of what the company said was a true enhancement-mode (E-mode) heterostructure field-effect transistor process for gallium-arsenide circuits. Motorola said the GaAs process results in single-power supply devices with exceptional and cost effective performance in both linear transmitter and receiver circuits for low-power wireless applications.