STMicro chief predicts fourth-quarter upturn News & Analysis 7/27/2001 Post a comment The semiconductor industry will rebound in the fourth quarter of this year, but price pressure on components will remain fierce until the middle of next year when supply and demand come into balance, predicted Pasquale Pistorio, president and chief executive of STMicroelectronics NV, during an editor's roundtable discussion held in New York
Infineon plans extensive cost reductions News & Analysis 7/26/2001 Post a comment In light of the continued weakness in the technology sector worldwide, Infineon Technologies AG, Munich, Germany, is planning to streamline company operations in order to reduce costs. As part of the restructuring efforts, about 5,000 jobs, or 17.2% of Infineon's workforce, will be cut or reduced to part-time status.
TSMC has first operating loss in its history News & Analysis 7/26/2001 Post a comment Hsinchu, Taiwan -- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. said net profits plunged in the second quarter, but a gradual recovery is on the way thanks to pickups from personal computers and consumer products.
Nvidia expects graphic chipset to be 10% of its sales News & Analysis 7/25/2001 Post a comment Nvidia Corp. expects its new nForce high-end graphics processor-controller chipset will account for as much as 10% of the firm's total revenue next year, a senior official told EBN Wednesday at the Robertson Stephens Semiconductor Conference.
Brooks to buy mini-environment supplier; outlook cut for current quarter News & Analysis 7/25/2001 Post a comment CHELMSFORD, Mass.--Brooks Automation Inc. today announced it will acquire General Precision Inc., a supplier of mini-environment systems to semiconductor equipment manufacturers. Brooks announced its acquisition plans while posting revenues of $93.8 million and a net income of $304,00 in the company's fiscal third quarter, ended June 30.
Micron: DRAM capital spending cut over $9 billion in '01 News & Analysis 7/25/2001 Post a comment SAN FRANCISCO -- A manager for Micron Technology Inc. told the Robertson Stephens semiconductor conference here Wednesday that loss-plagued DRAM manufacturers in June alone slashed capital expenditure plans by $1 billion to a total reduction of $9.16 billion for 2001.
NEC backs radical nitridation over high-k to 70 nm News & Analysis 7/25/2001 Post a comment NEC's new radical nitridation process to improve gate oxide dialectrics for 100-nm process-based system-on-chip (SoC) technology should work all the way down to the 70-nm process node, according to engineers at NEC Electron Devices.
Gerald Hsu resigns from Avanti after case concludes News & Analysis 7/25/2001 Post a comment Gerald Hsu stepped down from his position as president and chief executive of Avanti Corp. late Wednesday night (July 25), citing a recent heart attack. The move came just hours after final sentencing in the Avanti/Cadence Design Systems Inc. software theft case.
STMicro makes its move in flash News & Analysis 7/25/2001 Post a comment NEW YORK -- Hoping to live up to its long-held ambition to become a world leader in flash memory production, STMicroelectronics Inc. expects to surpass Fujitsu Ltd. as the world's third largest flash IC maker as early as next quarter, according to company president and chief executive Pasquale Pistorio.
Intel claims SVG's 193-nm tool delays won't impact 0.13-micron ramp News & Analysis 7/25/2001 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Officials from Intel Corp. here today said that shipment delays of Silicon Valley Group's 193-nm, argon-fluoride (ArF) lithography tools will not impact its ability to deliver chips based on 0.13-micron design rules this year. In fact, Intel will announce its first chip product based on 0.13-micron technology on July 30.
As reported last week, ASM Lithography's Silicon Valley Group unit once again delayed the shipments of its latest 193-nm tools by another three to four
Nanometrics reports sequentially flat revenues in Q2 News & Analysis 7/25/2001 Post a comment MILPITAS, Calif.--Nanometrics Inc. today reported revenues were nearly flat in the second quarter compared to the prior three-month period. The metrology supplier said its revenues were $14.8 million in the quarter, ended June 30, compared to $14.4 million in Q1, but sales were 11.8% lower than a year ago.
Credence warns of 54-65% drop in sales in quarter News & Analysis 7/25/2001 Post a comment FREMONT, Calif. -- Credence Systems Corp. today warned that revenues for the company's fiscal third quarter, ended June 30, will range from $15-to-$20 million, a 54-to-65% decline sequentially from the prior quarter and a 90-to-93% drop from the same period a year ago.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times