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Intel makes optical push at IDF
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Engibous says cash cushion will help TI through downturn
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Texas Instruments Inc. has more than $3 billion in cash, a cushion that will allow the Dallas chip maker to continue investments in capital and R&D despite the current industry slump, executives said today.
Chief operating officer of ON Semiconductor resigns
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ON Semiconductor, Phoenix, on Wednesday announced that Jim Thorburn, senior vice president and chief operating officer, has accepted an operations role with Texas Pacific Group beginning March 12.
Verifying an ARM Core
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Elpida president says Rambus royalties may need to be renegotiated
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The president of Elpida Memory Inc., the NEC-Hitachi joint DRAM venture, said the firm may be forced to renegotiate its synchronous DRAM licensing agreement with Rambus Inc. if three rival memory makers escape paying royalties while current litigation drags on indefinitely.
Intel to ease into DDR memory in 2001
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SAN JOSE --Intel Corp. plans to introduce DDR DRAM support for the Pentium 4 during the first quarter of 2001, but not the fastest PC266 speed, Intel executives said Tuesday.
IBM and Nikon hope to improve throughput for electron projection lithography
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- While companies are scrambling to boost the performance of extreme ultraviolet (EUV) exposure tools, IBM Corp. and Nikon Corp. are looking to improve the throughput for the rival next-generation lithography (NGL) technology. In separate papers presented at the SPIE Microlithography conference here, IBM and Nikon described the latest developments of an alpha tool based on electron projection lithography (EPL) technology.
Japan's top chip makers mull shared 300-mm foundry
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Japan's top five chip makers may form a giant foundry consortium and build a 300-millimeter fab capable of producing 40,000 wafers a month as early as late 2003, if they can reach agreement on the project this year.
QuickLogic claims it will defend spot in embedded devices
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Tom Hart, chief executive of QuickLogic Corp., isn't bothered that larger competitors are tracing the small FPGA supplier's steps into the world of embedded programmable devices.
Wind River passes design tool over to competitor
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Wind River has decided to give the main competitor for one of its tools exclusive distribution rights for its own product in a deal that could see The MathWorks decide to kill it off.
Basestation filter goes for superconductor film
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Toshiba has developed a tunable filter for wireless basestations that uses a high-temperature superconductor.
Flomerics sees boost from EMC and outsourcing
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Flomerics Group, supplier of analysis software to the electronics sector, reported record full-year results, and said acquisitions remain an option in the long term.
LCD price cuts peaked this month, research firm says
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DisplaySearch, Austin, Texas,said that LCD price reductions peaked in February for the majority of panel sizes.
Elantec expects revenues to drop 20-25%
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Analog chip maker Elantec Semiconductor, Inc., Milpitas, Calif., today said that sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2001 will be below previous expectations as a result of continued economic slowdown and weakening demand, particularly in the PC industry.
Consortium seeks help to boost power output in EUV tools
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- While a consortium has developed the world's first exposure tool based on extreme ultraviolet (EUV) technology, the organization is now looking for ways to boost the critical power output in the system. The Extreme Ultraviolet LLC consortium yesterday announced the development of an alpha EUV-based tool, but also noted that the system only runs at 10 watts of power (see Feb. 28 story ).
Intel to support new lower-cost Rambus DRAM due next year
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A new lower-cost four-bank Direct Rambus DRAM chip now in development depends on a new Intel Corp. chipset slated to be introduced next year, the Intel Developers Forum heard Tuesday.
Microchip to lay off 400, delay new fab, close Hong Kong test facility
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CHANDLER, Ariz.--Microchip Technology Inc. today (Feb. 28) announced it was cutting 400 jobs, delaying a new wafer fab in Puyallup, Wash., and closing its Hong Kong test facility as part of cost reductions in the midst of a severe industry downturn.
126-nm lithography seen as intriguing 'R&D curiosity' at conference
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Hoping to extend the life of optical lithography tools, a group led by the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) is attempting to drum up support for yet another technology generation with an exposure wavelength of 126 nanometers.
Japan's Gigaphoton prepares to ship 157-nm laser source
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Looking to gain ground on its competitors, Japan's Gigaphoton Inc. plans to soon ship its first laser source line for 157-nm lithography tools.
Chartered won't cut key investments despite 'unprecedented' fall in foundry utilization
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SINGAPORE -- Faced with an unprecedented collapse in foundry market demand, Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Pte. Ltd. here is attempting to do everything possible to maintain its planned increase in capital spending and R&D this year, said company officials during a conference call with analysts today (Feb. 28).
ASML holds steady with higher lithography forecast--for now
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- While Japan's Nikon Corp. has cut back its forecast for lithography tool shipments this year, rival supplier ASM Lithography is still holding steady with its original projections--at least for now.
Samsung receives Intel funding for ramping Rambus DRAM output
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SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. today (Feb. 27) said Intel Corp. has signed a final agreement to fund additional production capacity for 128-megabit Rambus DRAMs. The Korean memory maker said it will now be able to produce at least 10 million 128-Mbit RDRAM chips a month without spending any of its own money as a result of the strategic alliance.
ASML MaskTool system simulates photoresist images from mask design data
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SANTA CLARA, Calif.-- ASM Lithography's MaskTool business unit today (Feb. 27) introduced a new simulation system for optimizing and designing lithography processes in semiconductor fabs.
IMP threatened with delisting by Nasdaq
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IMP, Inc., San Jose, a maker of analog semiconductors, today said that it has received a letter from Nasdaq notifying it that, because the company has not filed its Form 10-Q for the period ended December 24, 2000, the Company's securities are subject to delisting from the Nasdaq Small Cap Market.
Altera says orders 'deteriorated' in February, predicts 24% drop in Q1 sales
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SAN JOSE -- Altera Corp. today (Feb. 27) joined the parade of chip companies reducing revenues estimates for the first quarter.
Kingston to boost output of RDRAM modules for Pentium 4
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Kingston Technology Co., Fountain Valley, Calif. today said that it will spend $15 million to increase RDRAM RIMM module capacity to support the continuous ramp of Intel Pentium 4 processor based systems.
The right, and wrong, way
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Intel probably needs EUV by 2004 but won't have tools until 2005
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- It's not too surprising that Intel Corp. expects to become the world's first customer for a next-generation lithography tool based on extreme ultraviolet (EUV) technology.
Chartered's foundry utilization falls to low 60-percent range, loss expected
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SINGAPORE -- With its fab capacity utilization rates running in the low 60-percent range, Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Ltd. today (Feb. 27) warned that it will record a loss in the first quarter and its foundry revenues will be 35% lower than $318.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2000.
Altera and Chartered cut revenue forecasts
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Altera Corp. and Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing today both reduced their guidance for revenues in the current quarter.
Barrett says Intel expects 10% hike in MPU sales
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SAN JOSE -- Intel Corp. president Craig Barrett told the Intel Developers Forum Tuesday that despite the current PC industry downturn his firm "is operating under internal guidance" that its microprocessor and chipset sales will increase about 10 percent this year.
EUV alpha tool is now operational, says Intel lithography director
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The director of Intel Corp.'s lithography program today (Feb. 27) announced that a consortium has developed and demonstrated the world's first exposure tool based on extreme ultraviolet (EUV) technology. The creation of the EUV system was completed about six to nine months ahead of the program's original schedule.
STMicro places price tag of new R&D center at $1 billion
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MILAN, Italy--STMicroelectronics plans to invest a total of $1 billion in a new R&D center in Agrate Brianza, on the outskirts of Milan. The new center has begun focusing on development and pilot production of next-generation flash and nonvolatile memory-based ICs using 0.13-micron processes, said the company during a dedication ceremony today (Feb. 27).
TI, Beatnik team up on OMAP-based wireless audio solutions
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Texas Instruments Inc. today announced that Beatnik Inc., a developer of audio solutions and content for digital devices, will optimize its Beatnik Audio Engine (BAE) for TI's programmable DSP-based OMAP architecture.
STMicroelectronics opens new 8-inch fab, flash R&D center
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STMicroelectronics today inaugurated an advanced technology research-and-development center along with an 8-inch wafer fab for flash memory at the company's site in Agrate Brianza, Italy, near Milan. The R2 Technology Center will focus heavily on the development and advanced manufacturing of products based on deep-submicron flash and other non-volatile memory technologies, including smart cards.
Cadence to appeal German patent court decision
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Cadence Design Systems has said it will appeal against the German Federal Patent Court's decision to overturn a key patent used in its suit against Mentor Graphics over the technology used in Mentor's SimExpress emulators.
UPDATED: JDS Uniphase slashes 3,000 from payroll
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The world's largest optical components supplier, JDS Uniphase Corp., said today it would reduce its headcount by 3,000 due to the slowing business environment.
UPDATED:Samsung to use Intel cash to boost Rambus DRAM output
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SEOUL --South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co said on Tuesday it would cooperate with Intel Corp., the world's largest computer chipmaker, to boost output of high-powered Rambus DRAM chips.
Intel demonstrates Infiniband Fabric at IDF
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SAN JOSE --Intel Corp. on Monday at the Intel Developer's Forum provided the first public demonstration of its new Infiniband fabric, an I/O technology used to speed server-to-server connections and links to remote storage and networking devices.
Optical industry returns to Earth
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Optical component suppliers are getting a reality check. For the first time in their short history, they have been plagued by cyclical ills such as decreased demand and mounting inventory.
Intel unveils single-chip Gigabit Ethernet controller at IDF
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Intel Corp. on Monday announced that it has begun sampling a single-chip Gigabit Ethernet controller that the company believes will help accelerate the deployment of high-speed data networks.
Network Processor Forum to unite CSIX and CPIX efforts
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Former members of two network processor groups have joined together to form the Network Processing Forum, a consortium aimed at accelerating development of networking and telecommunications products by establishing standards. The NP Forum has established four working groups to drive the development of standards, said Raj Yavatkar, director of the Internet Exchange Architecture for Intel and NP Forum board member.
SST applies 3-Mbit flash to firmware storage in Intel Hub Architecture
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SUNNYVALE, Calif.--Silicon Storage Technology Inc. here today (Feb. 27) claimed to be the first to offer a 3-megabit flash memory chip for basic input/output (bios) firmware storage in computers based on the Intel Hub Architecture.
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