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Silicon Access drops embedded DRAM from net processors
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7/31/2001   Post a comment
Silicon Access Networks will release the first of its networking chips next week, but the iAP address processor will be built on custom SRAM, not the embedded DRAM technology on which the company was founded.
KLA-Tencor revenues slip 13% sequentially in quarter
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SAN JOSE -- KLA-Tencor Corp. today reported a 13% sequential decline in revenues to $462 million in the company's fiscal fourth quarter, ended June 30, compared to $529 million in the prior quarter. The metrology supplier posted a net income of $56 million in the quarter vs. $91 million in the prior three-month period.
Opinion: Japan down but not out in chip race
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Japan Inc. is choking on semiconductors. The Land of the Setting Semiconductors is not alone and has lots of global company in the current chip malaise.
Rockwell Scientific pursuing antimonide compound semiconductors in U.S. project
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THOUSAND OAKS, Calif.--Rockwell Scientific Co. LLC here today announced a $6.4 million contract with the U.S. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center to develop ultra-low power chip technology for high-speed digital and millimeter wave circuits.
Fujitsu claims first 'triple stack' memory package for cell phones
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LONDON -- Fujitsu Ltd.'s European chip operation today claimed to be offering the industry's first triple-stacked multi-chip package (MCP) for cellular phones, combining three types of memories for digital handsets.
Intel kills plan to use SVG's 193-nm scanners in production due to delays
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Intel Corp. has scrapped its production plans to use 193-nm, argon-fluoride (ArF) lithography tools from Silicon Valley Group Inc. because of delays in tool shipments. The decision, confirmed by an Intel official in an interview with SBN, apparently kills a $100 million tool order.
JMAR receives funding from U.S. Army to complete X-ray lithography tool
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SAN DIEGO -- JMAR Technologies Inc. here today announced that it has received funding from the U.S. Army to continue the development of its X-ray lithography program. The San Diego-based company received a total of $7,796,259 from the U.S. Army Robert Morris Acquisition Center in Adelphi, Md. The contract is sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
Molex moves forward with new management
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At the beginning of July, Molex Inc., one of the world's largest connector suppliers, saw two new leaders take the helm. J. Joseph King became vice chairman of the board and chief executive, while Martin Slark took over as president and chief operating officer. King and Slark replace Fred A. Krehbiel and John H. Krehbiel Jr., who are retiring from their positions as co-chief executives. The Krehbiel brothers will remain co-chairmen.
Trikon says tool orders up 15%, but sales drop 27% from Q1
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NEWPORT, Wales -- Trikon Technologies Inc. today reported a 27% sequential drop in revenues to $27.7 million in the second quarter, compared to $37.6 million in Q1 of 2001. The supplier of deposition and etch tools for wafer fabs said its sales were 12% higher in Q2 than $24.7 million in the period last year.
MCT reviews operations after posting $2.5 million net loss in Q2
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ST. PAUL, Minn.--Micro Component Technology Inc. today reported a 20.6% sequential drop in net sales to $7.4 million in the second quarter from revenues in Q1, and a net loss of $2.5 million in the period ended June 30.
UMC posts $53 million loss as sales drop 36% from prior quarter
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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- United Microelectronics Corp., the world's second largest silicon foundry company, posted a net loss of NT$1.9 billion ($53 million) on sharply lower net sales of NT$15.0 billion ($436 million) in the second quarter.
Singapore's STATS enters Taiwan with majority stake in test house
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SINGAPORE -- ST Assembly Test Services Ltd. today announced plans to acquire a 51% stake in Winstek Semiconductor Corp. of Taiwan, a semiconductor-testing house. The majority interest in the Hsinchu-based startup company will be purchased for $28 million in cash, said STATS.
TI and Sun rule out SOI wafers, but push copper, CVD-based low-k for RISC chips
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DALLAS -- Several months later than originally planned, Texas Instruments Inc. has qualified a 900-MHz 64-bit RISC processor, with copper and low-k interconnects, for volume shipment to Sun Microsystems Inc., which will now use the central processing units in workstations within the next 90 days (see July 30 story).
Asia becomes growth driver for comms chip companies
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Qualcomm and Virata are pinning their hopes on growth in Asian markets in 2002 to help drive them out of the current slowdown.
NEC confirms 600 Scottish job losses
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NEC Semiconductor is cutting 600 jobs at its facility in West Lothian, Scotland — around 40% of the plant's 1600 staff. The company blames the continuing slump in the semiconductor market.
Intel and TI extend licenses to support ARM's v6 architecture
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Intel and Texas Instruments (TI) threw their weight behind ARM Holdings' upcoming v6 architecture last week by announcing wide-ranging extensions to their licensing agreements with the UK processor cores company.
Infineon chip set targets multi-tenant/multi-dwelling unit networks
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7/30/2001   Post a comment
MUNICH -- Infineon Technologies AG today introduced an eight-channel chip set for high-density Ethernet or Digital Subscriber Line Multiplexers (DSLAM) applications based on the company's proprietary 10BaseS technology, which extends Ethernet networks over existing copper-wire infrastructure.
TI and Sun to ship copper-based Sparc processors
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Texas Instruments Inc. and Sun Microsystems Inc. announced Monday that qualification tests on the first copper-interconnect versions of the UltraSparc III microprocessor have been completed and production quantities with 900-MHz clock rates are expected to begin shipping within three months.
Agere's manufacturing strategy in doubt
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Facing mounting debt and a sales slump that has nearly idled its chip fabs, Agere Systems Inc. may be forced to take more aggressive measures than slashing head count and consolidating fabs to cut costs, according to analysts last week. But how far is the company willing to go to bring expenses in line with revenue? According to one source, a fabless ASIC strategy is not out of the question.
Mobile Pentium III revs to 1.13 GHz; three new chip sets add support
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SAN FRANCISCO -- At a press event here today, Intel Corp. officially rolled out its awaited 0.13-micron Pentium III processor-M series with speeds up to 1.13-GHz at a price of $625 each in quantities of 1,000.
Intel and TI license ARM for competing wireless offerings
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ARM today announced licensing agreements for its new ARMv6 architecture with Intel Corp. and Texas Instruments Inc., two companies that plan to utilize the microprocessor technology in competing wireless handset implementations.
Microchip forms analog IC division
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Microchip Technology Inc. is putting more muscle behind its "black magic" analog business by forming a separate analog IC division that will also serve to bolster the company's recent push into DSPs.
G8 supports 'digital divide' issues but cuts funds
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The G8 summit in Genoa sought to deal with the 'digital divide' by endorsing an action plan to widen the availability of information and communication technologies in the developing world. But the global leaders failed to vote any new funds to support the plan.
Molecular beam epitaxy produces precise, uniform wafers
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A research group comprising members from a number of UK universities has developed a method that slashes the variation in the behaviour of semiconductor hetrostructure devices made using molecular beam epitaxy
Alcatel back on acquisition trail with Kymata purchase
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Alcatel Optronics has strengthened its line up for passive optical components through the acquisition of Livingston, Scotland based Kymata in an all share deal valued at Euros134m (#82m)
Intel content to let Rambus sink or swim, Barrett says
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Intel Corp. chief executive officer Craig Barrett signaled on Monday (July 30) that he was quite content to let synchronous DRAMs and not Rambus DRAMs serve as the dominant memory in Pentium 4 systems.
Intel move heightens war between Rambus and DDR
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More blows rained down last week in the slugfest between Direct Rambus DRAM and double-data-rate SDRAM, with Intel Corp. clearly in the middle.
Analysis: IT spending much lower than expected
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It never happened. The IT investment boom of 1998 to 2000 has been scaled back significantly in the annual revisions of U.S. gross domestic product.
Update: Group delays vote on 3GIO support
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A PCI standards organization decided Friday (July 27) to delay a vote on support for a next-generation I/O scheme backed by Intel Corp. until Aug. 3, saying it needed more time to review the spec.
Numerical's software speeds migration of design cells to advanced fab processes
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SAN JOSE -- Numerical Technologies Inc. today said it is now offering two new software products that will help ease the task of moving embedded design cores to advanced chip-processing technologies. The company's abraMAP maps existing design cells to new wafer-processing technologies, while the abraKAZAM combines migration and cell-development capabilities.
ATI acquires Appian's desktop software technology for $2 million
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MARKHAM, Ontario -- ATI Technologies Inc. here today announced that it has acquired Appian Graphics Corp.s' desktop management software and technology for $2 million. Under the terms of the agreement, ATI has acquired ownership of Appian's HydraVision desktop management software and related technologies. In addition, ATI has hired several of Appian's employees to develop future enhancements to HydraVision software.
Intel and TI license ARM's upcoming 'v6' core for future processor products
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CAMBRIDGE, England -- ARM Ltd. here today announced an extension of its RISC processor-licensing pact with Intel Corp. to include a next-generation ARMv6 architecture and other core designs. The Cambridge company today also announced a licensing agreement for ARMv6 cores with Texas Instruments Inc., which will use the low-power consuming RISC processor core in chip sets for 2.5 and 3G cellular phone handsets.
Semiconductor companies tighten deals with customers to stop gluts
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Leading semiconductor companies are insisting on more order transparency from customers to avoid another slump.
4bit array to make digital cameras fast enough for dynamic reconfiguration
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A spin off from Hewlett-Packard's (HP) Bristol research labs has focused on digital cameras as the first designs to use an accelerator that can be reconfigured on-the-fly to carry out compression or processing operations one after the other.
Qualcomm's chip spinoff cancellation draws some flak
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7/29/2001   Post a comment
Qualcomm Inc. received mixed reviews for its decision last week to scrap plans to spin off its chip division, with some observers not buying the company's rationale for retaining the unit.
Clare to sell switch business to Sumida
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7/27/2001   Post a comment
Clare, Inc., a Beverly, Mass., designer of high-voltage analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits for the communications market, today announced a definitive agreement with Sumida REMtech Corporation, a subsidiary of Sumida Corporation of Japan, to sell all of the assets of its Reed Switch business for $8 million in cash.
Applied scrambles to hold lead in e-beam photomask tools
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- After years of stability--and little excitement--the photomask equipment market appears to be undergoing dramatic changes on a number of fronts that could shakeup the entire landscape of this tool segment.
ISSI plans to use cash reserves to beef up specialty memory line
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Though its revenue has fallen by more than two-thirds in the last six months, specialty memory chip vendor Integrated Silicon Solution Inc. (ISSI) is looking to spend some of its cash reserves on an acquisition to beef up its line of specialty memory devices, chairman and chief executive officer Jimmy Lee said.
Industry facing another I/O bus collision
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The processing I/O bottleneck the industry has been wrestling with is about to encounter a bottleneck of its own in the form of a power struggle between Advanced Micro Devices Inc. and Intel Corp.
Veeco cuts workforce by 8% and lower forecast for current quarter
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PLAINVIEW, N.Y. -- Citing a slowdown in its chip-equipment and related businesses, Veeco Instruments Inc. here today cut its workforce by 8%, or 130 employees, and lowered its forecast in the current quarter. The company also reported sales of $133.5 million for the quarter ended June 30, an 11% increase from the $102.3 million figure posted in the like period a year ago. It also reported a net of $10 million, or $0.40 per diluted share, compared to a $14 million loss, or a deficit of $0.60, a
A troubled Lucent threatens Agere
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From the beginning, Lucent Technologies Inc.'s spinoff of Agere Systems Inc. has been dogged by problems and miscalculations. This week, Lucent's cash problems resurfaced, and again Agere's fate and hopes for full independence hang in the balance.
Intel to formally launch 0.13-micron Tualatin on Monday
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Intel Corp. on Monday will officially launch its new 0.13-micron process Pentium III Tualatin processor for notebooks and servers -- an anti-climax since some OEMs and Taiwan motherboard makers have been showing products with the new chip for some time.
Japanese chip giants restructure
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Fujitsu Ltd. Friday announced it is taking a $2.45 billion special charge, largely to scale down its semiconductor operations, which is expected to result in a $1.6 billion net loss in the current fiscal year ending next March 31.
Speech synthesis technology links up wearable computer
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Vocollect has launched the Talkman T2 (pictured), a voice-enabled wearable computer.
Clare, Analog Devices to integrate high-voltage circuits on MEMS devices
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BEVERLY, Mass. -- Clare Inc. here today announced a development partnership with Analog Devices Inc. to create high-voltage IC technology for fiber optical networks that use integrated microelectromechanical systems (iMEMS).
Germany's X-Fab teams with SOITEC to offer SOI-wafer foundry services
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ERFURT, Germany -- X-FAB Semiconductor Foundries AG here today announced a partnership with France's Silicon-On-Insulator Technologies (SOITEC) to develop volume production capability for SOI-based mixed-signal integrated cricuits.
Can Motorola bend rules, take over cell-phone chips with 'open' strategy?
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AUSTIN, Tex. -- When Motorola Inc. this week announced it was unleashing its entire arsenal of semiconductors, software, and embedded systems technologies for cellular phone manufacturers worldwide, the press, financial analysts, and competitors were justifiably confused as well as downright skeptical.
QinetiQ power-scavenging turns mechanical
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UK technology group QinetiQ (formerly Dera) has switched its research into power-scavenging circuits from electric shoes to devices that fit on to mechanical systems and use their motion to produce power for small devices.
NTL cuts staff but still on track for profitability
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7/27/2001   Post a comment
NTL is cutting up to 5000 jobs over the next two years as part of a scheme to reduce cash flow. The redundancies were announced alongside Q2 results.
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