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Court throws out most Rambus claims against Infineon
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RICHMOND, Va. -- U.S. District Court Judge Robert Payne late today dismissed all but three of the patent infringement claims filed against Infineon Technologies AG by Rambus Inc., ruling that Rambus had failed to prove that "dozens" of patents related to SDRAM and double-data-rate SDRAM technology had been violated.
Virage Logic revenues up year-over-year and sequentially
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Virage Logic Corp., an embedded memory IP vendor, today reported revenues for the second quarter of fiscal 2001, ended March 31, were were $7.6 million, up 65% from $4.6 million a year ago, and up 15% from revenues of $6.6 million reported for the prior quarter.
Wafer supplier MEMC cuts 7% of workforce, posts $17.6 million loss in Q1
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ST. PETERS, Mo. -- Silicon wafer supplier MEMC Electronic Materials Inc. reported a 14% sequential decrease in net sales to $219.8 million in the first quarter from $255.2 million in Q4 of 2000. MEMC's sales were 14% higher than $193.1 million in the first quarter of 2000.
Xilinx offers migration kit to Altera customers
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Xilinx Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) will introduce an Altera-to-Xilinx design migration kit this week that will allow users of Altera Corp. parts and Max+plus II software to transfer their designs to Xilinx's Integrated Synthesis Environment (ISE) tool flow.
Simtek rolls out FPGA replacement ICs in BGA packages
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Simtek Corp. here today announced an expansion of its field-programmable gate array (FPGA) replacement series to include ICs housed in ball-grid array (BGAs) packages with contacts counts as high as 900 balls.
Trident accuses rivals of hiring employees to steal secrets
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Trident Microsystems Inc. has filed a lawsuit here in California court, accusing Via Technologies Inc. and the S3 Graphics joint venture in Taiwan of conspiring with a former engineering manager to misappropriate trade secrets by hiring employees.
Infineon to buy optical firm Catamaran for $250M in stock
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Infineon Technologies AG has agreed pay $250 million in stock to buy Catamaran Communications Inc., San Jose, in a move designed to widen its offerings in fiber optics networks.
Taiwan foundries see profits falling 60-70% this year
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HSINCHU, Taiwan -- Taiwan's silicon foundry giants have given gloomy forecasts for their 2001 net income.
Photronics closing photomask units in 'final phase' of Align-Rite merger
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JUPITER, Fla. -- Photronics Inc. here today announced a series of plant closings and consolidation of photomask operations in the U.S. as well as Europe to increase its competitiveness. The moves are also aimed at shifting more focus onto advanced reticles for 0.13-micron and below process technologies, the company said.
Thomas & Betts reports loss on lower sales
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Thomas & Betts Corp., Memphis, Tenn., reported sales for the first fiscal quarter ended April 1 were $396.9 million, compared with $475.1 million in the year-ago quarter.
Micron seeks to intervene in Rambus/Infineon trial
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Micron Technology Inc. has made a last-minute bid to intervene in the Rambus Inc. SDRAM patent infringement trial against Infineon Technologies AG, according to documents released by the Federal District Court in Richmond, Va.
Trident accuses Via, S3 venture of hiring engineers to steal trade secrets
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Trident Microsystems Inc. has filed a lawsuit here in California court, accusing Via Technologies Inc. and the S3 Graphics joint venture in Taiwan of conspiring with a former engineering manager to misappropriate trade secrets by hiring employees.
On Semi's latest low-dropout regulator eliminates bypass capacitor
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PHOENIX--On Semiconductor Corp. today announced a new CMOS low-noise, low-dropout (LDO) voltage regulator that's designed to improve the performance of circuits in portable product applications. The new regulator also eliminates the need for an external bypass capacitor.
Infineon to buy optical chip supplier Catamaran for $250 million in stock
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MUNICH -- In a move to expand its IC portfolio in high-speed optical networks, Infineon Technologies AG today announced plans to acquire privately-held Catamaran Communications Inc. of San Jose for $250 million in stock.
Intel could face delay on its 0.13-micron process
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Intel Corp.'s projected Pentium 4 Northwood processor and 1.26-GHz Tualatin Pentium III processor may be impacted by a three-to-four month delay in a crucial piece of processing equipment, according to industry sources.
PMC-Sierra adopts 'poison pill' measure
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PMC-Sierra, Inc. today announced that its board of directors has adopted a Stockholders' Rights Plan designed to discourage unsolicited takeover bids.
Legerity seeks to emerge from AMD's shadow
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After years of living as the "ignored child" under the roof of parent Advanced Micro Devices Inc., Legerity Inc.'s place at the intersection of voice and data convergence could finally earn it the recognition that it craves.
Industry reacts to illegal tantalum mining
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The U.S. electronics industry is demonstrating mixed reaction to the illegal mining of tantalum ore in several environmentally protected areas in the Democratic Republic of Congo. But even those who express concern say they don't see how they or the electronics industry as a whole can do anything to remedy the problem.
AMD rides off to the notebook races with Palomino
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Advanced Micro Devices Inc. may have been a non-factor in the notebook computer race so far, but this quarter the company is finally going to bust out of the starting gate riding its Palomino notebook PC processor.
Intel acquisitions reflect optoelectronics thrust
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Turning an unsettled communications equipment market to its advantage, Intel Corp. last week swooped in on three component makers that will constitute the core of a new business dedicated to optoelectronics.
Vishay sues General Semiconductor for patent infringement
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Stepping up the pressure in its takeover battle, Vishay Intertechnology Inc.'s Siliconix subsidiary has filed a patent infringement suit against General Semiconductor Inc.
Matsushita expects sales to fall in fiscal year
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Matsushita Electric Industrial Co.,Ltd., Osaka, Japan, reported that sales for its fiscal year ended March 31, 2001, increased 5% to $61.45 billion from $58.39 billion in the previous year.
Intel developing 450-mm wafers
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Indicating one destination of Intel Corp.'s $4.2 billion investment in R&D this year, president and chief executive officer Craig Barrett revealed this week that the company is already working on 450-mm (18-inch) wafers.
Foundry TSMC says profits fell 61% from last quarter
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Chairman Morris Chang told investors and analysts that sequentially, he forecasts that TSMC's second-quarter sales will drop 26%, wafer shipment will be about 30% less, and run rates will fall to 45%-50% from 70%.
Genesis denies infringing patents from Silicon Image
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SAN JOSE -- Genesis Microchip Inc. here today denied that it is infringing the consumer-chip patents from its major competitor--Silicon Image Inc. On April 24, Silicon Image announced it filed a patent infringement suit against Genesis. The complaint involves chip technology called "Digital Visual Interface" (DVI), which is a method of connecting monitors to PCs via a digital link. Both companies offer DVI technology integrated in their chip products.
Fab materials to grow at anemic 6.4% rate in 2001, says SEMI
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MUNICH -- The sharp semiconductor downturn this year will put the brakes on wafer fab materials in 2001, with silicon wafers, photoresist, and wet chemicals getting hit the hardest by the slowdown, according to a new forecast presented here at Semicon Europa.
Mosaid to step up patent licensing, network IC introductions with new divisions
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OTTAWA--Mosaid Technologies Inc. here has divided up its Semiconductor Division into two new units in order to focus more attention on intellectual property revenues and new networking products.
Dow Chemical rolls out low-k spin-on film for 300-mm fabs
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MUNICH -- During the Semicon Europa trade show here this week, Dow Chemical Co. announced development of the first low-k spin-on resin for dielectric interconnect processing on 300-mm wafers.
Zilog paid Crawford $10.3 million in quarter
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4/26/2001   Post a comment
In an unusually generous "golden parachute" deal, Zilog Inc. made a $10.3 million payment to former Zilog chairman, president and CEO Curtis Crawford in the first quarter under a contractual compensation arrangement. The payment came in a quarter in which the company reported an operating loss of $16.6 million. Crawford in January announced he was stepping down as CEO of the troubled company, but would remain as chairman to help guide Zilog's strategic direction. But shortly after, he also resi
Cabot sees revenues drop 19% from prior quarter
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AURORA, Ill.-- Wafer-polishing slurry supplier Cabot Microelectronics Corp. today reported a 19% sequential drop in revenues to $55.7 million in the fiscal quarter, ended March 31, compared to $68.6 million in the prior period. Compared to a year ago, Cabot's revenues were up 43% from $38.0 million in the same fiscal quarter.
FSI halts Calypso spin-on low-k dielectric product line
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MUNICH -- FSI International Inc. has shelved its spin-on dielectric program and product series, called Calypso, after concluding that chemical vapor deposition (CVD) has won the battle for low-k in 0.13-micron interconnect processes. Calypso also fell victim to belt tightening at FSI during the industry's sharp downturn.
Simple Technology ships 512-MB modules based on Rambus' RDRAM technology
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SANTA ANA, Calif. -- Simple Technology Inc. here today announced what the company claims is the world's highest-density, memory-module products based on Rambus Inc.'s RDRAM technology. Simple announced the availability of RIMM products with densities up to 512-megabytes. Dubbed the RAMBUS PC800 RIMM module, the product is designed for systems based on Intel Corp.'s Pentium 4 microprocessors, said Mark Moshayedi, chief operating officer of Santa Ana, Calif.-based Simple. Currently available thr
Vishay cuts forecast and expenses
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Vishay Intertechnology Inc., Malvern, Pa., announced that net earnings for the first quarter ended March 31 increased to $90.1 million or 65 cents per share, 21% over the comparable period last year when earnings were $74.2 million, or 56 cents per share.
NEC to stop making DRAMs in California and Scotland
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NEC Corp. Thursday announced it is dropping all DRAM output at its Roseville, Calif. and Scotland fabs and separately is ending its own PC LCD panel production to outsource panels from Taiwan.
ChipPac offers IC packaging design, analysis service on Web site
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- ChipPac Inc. today announced an automated IC packaging design service that uses the company's Web site and addresses device performance and reliability issues. The design system addresses simulation and analysis of electrical, mechanical, and thermal characteristics.
Net-appliance concept shifts gears
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PDA king adds on wireless slots
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Displays to define Net appliances
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Digital audio expands acoustics
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