PRI sales fall 16% from prior quarter, resulting in $7 million net loss News & Analysis 4/30/2002 Post a comment BILLERICA, Mass. -- PRI Automation Inc. today reported a 16% sequential drop in revenues to $45.7 million in the company's fiscal second quarter, ended March 31, compared to $54.9 billion in the prior three-month period. The company's revenues were 37% lower than $72.9 million in the same fiscal quarter last year.
Pragmatic TCM Using 8-PSK in Satellite Communications Design How-To 4/30/2002 Post a comment Satellite transponders employ specialized modulation schemes to improve bandwidth utilization. S. Jayasimha of India's Signion Systems describes the implementation of a Trellis-coded modulation technique using an "industry standard" 64-state, rate 1/2 convolutional code on M-ary PSK constellations.
Rudolph Technologies' revenues rise 13% from prior quarter News & Analysis 4/29/2002 Post a comment FLANDERS, N.J.--Metrology supplier Rudolph Technologies Inc. today reported a 13% sequential increase in revenues to $12.0 million in the first quarter compared to $10.7 million in Q4 of 2002. The company posted a net income of $447,000 in the first quarter vs. a net income of $662,000 in Q4.
Year-old Bermai packs all functions for 5-GHz wireless LANs in one chip News & Analysis 4/29/2002 Post a comment LAS VEGAS -- In a move that's certain to raise the stakes in wireless local area networks, startup Bermai Inc. plans to formally launch its single-chip solution for 5-GHz wireless LANs at the NetWorld+Interop trade show here this week. The year-old fabless chip company is jumping into a crowded market, claiming to be the first to offer a single "radio chip" for the emerging 802.11a wireless LANs.
Signs emerge of comeback for flash memory News & Analysis 4/29/2002 Post a comment Speculation among analysts and suppliers that the flash memory market will rebound in the latter half of this year has sent some buyers to the negotiating table to update contracts and lock in prices.
Fairchild rolls out MicroPak as next-generation logic package News & Analysis 4/29/2002 Post a comment SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine--Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc. today released 50 standard logic functions in its new MicroPak chip-scale package, which is 65% smaller than widely used SC70 packages, according to the company. Fairchild said the MicroPak is its next-generation package for a wide range of logic and switch functions.
Implementing Parallel Packet Buffering: Part 2 Design How-To 4/29/2002 Post a comment Memory architectures have become a key bottleneck in high-speed networking designs. This two-part series details a new parallel packet buffering technique that will improve memory utilization and scale as line rates increase.
Basics of DWDM for Electronic Engineers Design How-To 4/29/2002 Post a comment Nicolae Miron of Optune Technologies (Quebec, Canada) reviews several aspects of optical communications of interest to electrical and communications engineers. Miron's article concentrates on dense wavelength division and multiplexing (DWDM) technology using monomodal optical fibers.
Fate of Hynix-Micron deal unclear as deadline looms News & Analysis 4/26/2002 Post a comment Although a deadline has been set for Hynix Semiconductor Inc.'s creditors to decide on whether to sell the South Korean chipmaker's DRAM assets to Micron Technology Inc., a deal between the two companies remains tentative.
The Hynix Creditors Council on Tuesday is scheduled to vote on the nonbinding memorandum of understanding (MOU) reached with Micron this week to acquire Hynix's six memory fabs.
But it isn't clear what will happen if Hynix's creditors don't agree to a deal by the end of the
Making hardware specifications 'firmware friendly' Design How-To 4/26/2002 Post a comment Firmware engineers and systems board designers face huge learning curves as they design and control systems that are increasingly complex, requiring dependence of some form of documentation methodology to carefully assess design options.
Macronix has loss but predicts rebound News & Analysis 4/26/2002 Post a comment TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Macronix International Co. posted losses in the first quarter as shipments to OEM customers fell and product prices plunged, but it gave upbeat guidance for the rest of 2002.
IR's space-grade wafer fab capacity expands in Italy with U.S. certification News & Analysis 4/26/2002 Post a comment TORINO, Italy -- International Rectifier Corp. announced its wafer fabrication plant here, southeast of Milano, has become the company's fifth production fab to be receive JANS certification from the U.S. Defense Supply Center Columbus (DSCC) for high-reliability space- and military-grade Schottky diodes and fast recovery epitaxial diodes, know as "FREDs."
IR reports largest sequential orders increase in seven quarters News & Analysis 4/25/2002 Post a comment EL SEGUNDO, Calif.--International Rectifier Corp. today reported a 3.8% sequential increase in revenues to $178.6 million in the company's fiscal third quarter, ended March 31, compared to $172.1 million in the prior quarter. IR's net income was $12.2 million in the just-ended quarter vs. $10.2 million in the prior three-month period.
Trident banks on 0.13-micron 3-D processor, chip set for rebound News & Analysis 4/25/2002 Post a comment SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Trident Microsystems Inc. here reported a 4.4 sequential decrease in revenues to $28.8 million in the company's fiscal third quarter, ended March 31, compared to $30.2 million in the prior three-month period. The graphics chip supplier's sales were 16.6% higher than $24.7 million in the quarter last year.
Chip gear book-to-bill to keep rising, but how long, how strong? News & Analysis 4/25/2002 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- With the book-to-bill for North American-based chip equipment suppliers rising above parity in March for the first time since November 2000, analysts tracking semiconductor capital spending appear to be confident that the ratio has no where to go but up--probably for at least several months. It will be in the summer when the chip industry determines if the current "recovery" has legs to run beyond the second half of 2002.
Ethernet-over-Sonet Tutorial: Part 2 Design How-To 4/25/2002 Post a comment In order to support increasing data traffic levels, equipment developers must build systems that map Ethernet packets over Sonet/SDH links. In this two-part series we'll lay out the encapsulation techniques required to make Ethernet-over-Sonet come to life.
SST turns a surprise profit in the first quarter News & Analysis 4/24/2002 Post a comment Silicon Storage Technology Inc.'s first quarter profits declined 71% from the year-ago comparable three-month period, but the flash memory supplier easily exceeded analysts' expectation on strong sales into the consumer electronics market.
DuPont Photomasks revenues slip 3.7% from prior quarter News & Analysis 4/24/2002 Post a comment ROUND ROCK, Tex. -- DuPont Photomasks Inc. today reported a 3.7% sequential drop in revenues to $83.4 million in the company's fiscal third quarter, ended March 31, compared to $86.6 million in the prior three-month period. The lithography photomask maker's revenues were 23% below $108.0 million in the same quarter last year.
austriamicrosystems offers SiGe chip set, ASIC library for passive optical networks News & Analysis 4/24/2002 Post a comment GRAZ, Austria ---Chip maker austriamicrosystems AG here today announced development of a new generation of design functions in an ASIC library for electro-optical interface ICs for passive optical networks (PON). In addition, the Graz-based company said it has created a new chip set, called Key Electro-Optical Elements (KEOPE), which will be fabricated in a high-speed, low-power silicon-germanium (SiGe) technology.
AMD tells Intel to 'get aboard' the 32/64-bit bandwagon News & Analysis 4/24/2002 Post a comment Advanced Micro Devices Inc. today announced it is collaborating with Microsoft to incorporate 64-bit support for the future 8th-generation processors into the Windows operating system. Dirk Meyer, group vice president of AMD Computation Products group, said AMD "would encourage Intel to get aboard" the combined x86 and 64-bit processor market. "We would welcome Intel's support to make this an industry standard," he added.
IXYS to acquire Clare in $55 million merger deal News & Analysis 4/23/2002 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Power semiconductor maker IXYS Corp. here today announced an agreement to acquire Clare Inc. of Beverly, Mass., a supplier of high-voltage ICs, solid-state relays, mixed-signal ASICs and drivers for organic light emitting diode (OLEDs).
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.