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Richer media awaits bandwidth
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Mobile devices set to drive IPv6
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Intel to develop advanced compilers with Chinese organization
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BEIJING -- In an effort to optimize its microprocessors for next-generation applications, Intel Corp. will team up with the Institute of Computing Technology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences here to develop advanced software compilers for R&D purposes. The research is targeted to develop compilers that improve the performance of Intel's Itanium processor family, said Patrick P. Gelsinger, vice president and chief technology officer of the Intel Architecture Group.
SEMI chief sees changes in chip cycle
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As the US book to bill ratio for March fell to 0.64, Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) president Stanley Myers told Electronics Times further falls could follow, and talked about how the cyclical nature of the semiconductor industry was set to change.
Lights-out fab in three years possible
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Fully automated fabs, which do not employ any manufacturing staff at all, could be a reality in just three years but semiconductor producers will have to deal with incompatible equipment.
President Bush considers ASML deal on SVG buy
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The decision whether Netherlands-based lithography player ASML can go ahead with its acquisition of US firm Silicon Valley Group (SVG) has fallen into the hands of President George Bush.
Microfab sector unlikely to develop
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The efficiency of 'superfabs' which churn out thousands of wafers each week and the rising cost of equipment mean that forecasts suggesting a parallel specialist microfab sector will open up are likely to be disappointed.
Boost for secondhand semiconductor equipment
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The second-hand semiconductor fab equipment market is receiving a boost as a result of the downturn in the industry, according to a senior executive with sector specialist Comdisco Electronics.
Applied Materials looks to widen share
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Applied Materials, the world's largest fab equipment company, is targeting improving transistor performance to extend its market share for front-end process tools.
Karl Suss turns to optoelectronics
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German equipment maker Karl Suss hopes it can ride out the chip downturn with an increased focus on optoelectronics.
Intel launches Pentium 4 price war salvo
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The US downturn has sparked off a price war in PC microprocessors.
Home gateway processor gets network help
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Integrated Device Technology (IDT) has put together a commns controller for home DSL gateways that combines its MIPS-based RC32300 core with Ethernet, USB, telephony and ATM interfaces.
Transmeta momentum fears
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US analysts are concerned that the technology slowdown may rob high-profile, microprocessor start-up Transmeta of vital momentum.
General Semiconductor accuses Vishay of 'coercion'
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The public war of words between General Semiconductor, Inc. and Vishay Intertechnology Inc. continued Wednesday over Vishay's proposed takeover offer of the company, with General Semiconductor accusing its suitor of coercion.
ON Semiconductor revenues fall 24% from fourth quarter
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ON Semiconductor Corp. on Wednesday announced that total product revenues in the first quarter of 2001 were $357 million, a decrease of 13% compared to the first quarter of 2000 and a decrease of 24% from the fourth quarter of 2000.
ISSI revenue slips from fourth quarter
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Integrated Silicon Solution, Inc., Santa Clara, Calif., today reported revenue for the second fiscal quarter ended March 31 was $52 million, compared with revenue of $30 million for the March 2000 quarter.
QuickLogic reports loss on falling revenues
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QuickLogic Corp. today announced net revenues for the quarter ended March 31 were $10.8 million, down 11% from net revenues of $12.2 million reported in both the same period last year and in the previous quarter.
'Data-on-demand' fab software from domainLogix targets e-diagnostics of tools
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MUNICH -- In a move to support tool-to-tool communications and remote e-diagnostics in wafer fabs, domainLogix Corp. today rolled out its latest production implementation of OBEM XP.
Silicon foundry PolarFab inks deal with Cadence
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SAN JOSE -- Silicon foundry PolarFab Inc. and Cadence Design Systems Inc. here announced an electronic design automation tool that will accelerate the manufacturing flow in PolarFab's BiCMOS-based wafer fab. The companies announced the availability of the Process Design Kit (PDK), a product that promises to accelerate the time-to-tapeout for customers. The PDK is based on Cadence's analog, mixed-signal, and radio-frequency (RF) IC design tools.
Atmel says flash parts from SST and Winbond are seized
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Atmel Corp. said today that the U.S. Customs Service has begun detaining shipments of flash memory devices made by Silicon Storage Technologies Inc., and Winbond Electronics Corp. of Taiwan and Winbond Electronics North America Corp. of California.
Taiwan chipset companies suffer losses
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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- A slowdown in the PC market pushed the first-quarter results of two of Taiwan's largest chipset makers into the negative territory.
Power-One has strong quarter but sees tough year
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Power supplier Power-One Inc., Camarillo, Calif., reported that net sales for the first quarter ended April 1 increased $92.8 million, or 121%, to $169.9 million, compared with $77.0 million in the first quarter of 2000.
Electroglas cuts cost of fast wafer inspection tool for assembly plants
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MUNICH --During the Semicon Europa trade show here, Electroglas Inc. introduced an inspection system for automatic identification and classification of defects on processed wafers at production-compatible rates. The tool is aimed at improving incoming wafer inspection at final assembly and testing operations.
SVG reports sales fall 18% from prior quarter, but beats estimates
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SAN JOSE -- Silicon Valley Group Inc. today posted an 18% sequential decline in revenues to $208.9 million in its second fiscal quarter, ended March 31, from $255.0 million in the prior quarter.
Analysts debate if 2001 will be second year ever for IC unit decline
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MUNICH -- Industry observers and chip managers are keeping a weary eye on integrated circuit unit volumes as a key indicator of where the semiconductor business goes next.
AMCC has sequential drop in revenues and earnings
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Communications chip maker Applied Micro Circuits Corp. reported sequentially lower revenue and earnings for its fiscal fourth-quarter 2001.
Fairchild revenues slipped 18% from fourth quarter
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Fairchild Semiconductor International, South Portland, Me., reported that revenues for the first quarter ended April 1, were $385.3 million, down 18% from the fourth quarter of 2000 and roughly flat from the first quarter of 2000.
LSI Logic expects 10-15% drop in revenues
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LSI Logic Corp. today reported first quarter revenues of $517 million, a 31% decrease from the $751 million reported in the fourth quarter, and 16% lower than the $615 million recorded in the first quarter of 2000.
Silicon Image files complaint against Genesis Microchip
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Silicon Image, Sunnyvale, Calif., announced today that it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Genesis Microchip in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia as well as filed a complaint before the International Trade Commission of the United States Government.
LSI Logic's Q1 profits fall 89.2%, projects loss for Q2
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MILPITAS, Calif. -- LSI Logic Corp. today reported sales of $517 million in its first quarter ended March 31, a 16% decline from the like period a year ago and a 31% drop sequentially. Net income, before amortization of goodwill and other special items, was $9.5 million, or 3 cents a share, compared to $116 million, or 34 cents a share, a year ago. The company was expected to earn 3-to-4 cents a share, according to First Call/Thomson Financial.
IDT's revenues slipped 24% from previous quarter
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Integrated Device Technology Inc. today announced revenues for the quarter ended April 1, were $212.9 million, an increase of 8% over the fourth quarter of fiscal 2000 and a decrease of 24% from the fiscal quarter ended December 31.
Infineon cuts capital spending but sees signs of potential DRAM rebound
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MUNICH -- Infineon Technologies AG today posted sequentially flat revenues for the first three months of 2001 compared to the final quarter of last year. Infineon said sales increased in all of its chip businesses--even memories--from the previous quarter, except for wireless communications ICs.
Bel Fuse warns of slower second quarter
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Bel Fuse Inc., Jersey City, NJ, announced that net earnings for the first quarter ended March 31 increased 69% to $7.5 million, or 68 cents per diluted share, from $4.4 million, or 41 cents per diluted share, for the same period last year.
NEC and LG Philips settle patent infringement dispute
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NEC Corp. and LG. Philips LCD Co. announced Tuesday that they had settled patent infringement litigation and will cross-license each other on LCD flat panel display technology.
Infineon posts surprise profit for quarter
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Although reporting sharp declines from last year, Infineon Technologies AG, Munich, Germany, surprised Wall Street analysts today by posting a profit in the second quarter of its fiscal year.
Karl Suss announces first combo cleaning/bonding tool for SOI wafers
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MUNICH -- During the Semicon Europa trade show here today, Karl Suss announced its entry into the silicon-on-insulator (SOI) tool market with the launch of a combination cleaning and bonding system, called the CL200.
SEZ and Pure Wafer to evaluate double-sided cleaning of 300-mm wafers
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VILLACH, Austria --The SEZ Group here today announced a partnership with Pure Wafer Ltd. of Wales to evaluate double-sided wafer cleaning of 300-mm substrates using SEZ's spin-process technology. The partnership is the first evaluation of SEZ's new 300-mm cleaning technology, which was introduced in March.
Intel to acquire three optical component makers
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Intel Corp. on Tuesda announced it has agreed to acquire three optical component companies for undisclosed terms.
SZ Testsysteme, LogicVision partner in on-chip test for mixed-signal testers
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MUNICH -- During the Semicon Europa trade show here today, SZ Testsysteme AG and LogicVision Inc. announced a partnership in on-chip testing technology for system-on-chip products and mixed-signal IC testers.
JDS Uniphase to cut 5,000 workers in massive restructuring
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JDS Uniphase Corp. today announced a massive restructuring program in which it will close several operations, vacate 25 buildings, and reduce employment by approximately 5,000 people or 20% of current levels.
Infineon suffers over comms and PCs
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Agere's earnings decline 13%, plans to cut 2,000 jobs
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Agere Systems Inc. today reported declining profits for its second fiscal quarter ended March 31, and projected losses for its third quarter. It also announced plans to slash 2,000 jobs out of its headcount of 18,500 by the end of June.
After the big boom, Semicon Europa tries to look beyond the bust
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MUNICH -- What a big difference just one year makes. At the opening the annual Semicon Europa trade show here today, semiconductor equipment and materials suppliers wondered if the worst of the 2001 downturn would be over by mid-summer. A year ago, at this same industry gathering, suppliers wondered if business could get any better.
Systems and Infrastructure: Growing pains shape I/O scheme
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Developing a product is never easy and doing so in a fast-paced market operating on "Internet time" is even more difficult.
Korea's Dongbu foundry startup plans 0.18-micron mixed-signal capacity in Q4
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SEOUL -- Dongbu Electronics Co. Ltd. today formally announced it has begun production a new 8-inch wafer fab, and its first wafer shipments are going to an unidentified U.S. fabless chip company, which is targeting applications in high-end workstations, computers and telecom systems.
Systems and Infrastructure: Expanded I/O key to Net's growth
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I/O is the lifeblood of computing. You can execute all the compute cycles you like, but if you can't get the relevant information into and out of the processor on a timely basis, what's the point?
The Mathworks tunes up code generation with patent deal
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The Mathworks plans to revamp the code generation technology in its Simulink tool. the move comes as a result of its deal with Wind River Systems to sell and support the competing MatrixX suite.
Systems & Infrastructure: Voracious Internet fuels an I/O revolution
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Though Infiniband builds on technologies and concepts inherited from its immediate precursors, the Future I/O and Next Generation I/O standards, and borrows from earlier bus topologies such as PCI and PCI-X, many of the pieces that make up this server interconnect architecture are totally new.
QuickLogic takes V3
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Canadian fabless company V3 Semiconductor is to file for Chapter 11 protection from bankruptcy.
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