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JDS reports $51bn loss and another wave of job cuts
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JDS Uniphase, the San Jose-based optical components company, reported a $51bn loss for its full-year and announced 7000 more job cuts.
Veridicom finds Asian buyer for bulk of patents and remaining staff
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Fingerprint recognition specialist Veridicom is to be bought by an Asian electronics company after selling off three blocks of its intellectual property and products in separate deals.
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.
STMicro chief predicts fourth-quarter upturn
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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
On Semi accelerates restructuring plan to cut over 3,000 jobs in 'next year or so'
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On Semiconductor Corp posted a net loss of $152.2m, including restructuring charges, on revenues of $307.3m for the second quarter
IR cutting 10% of workforce, but says current quarter will be trough
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7/26/2001   Post a comment
EL SEGUNDO, Calif.--International Rectifier Corp. today announced plans to restructure its operations, including a 10% reduction in workforce, as it prepares for another drop in revenues in the current fiscal quarter.
Insider Trading (July)
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Micro Linear has loss despite sequential sales growth
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Micro Linear Corp., San Jose, announced today net revenues results for the second quarter ended July 1 were $5.9 million, up from $3.4 million for the first quarter of 2001, and compared to $11.7 million for the second quarter of 2000.
LSI Logic reports loss as revenues slip 10% from Q1
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LSI Logic Corp. today reported second quarter revenues of $465 million, a 10% decrease from the $517 million reported in the first quarter, and 28% lower than the $644 million recorded in the second quarter of 2000.
ACM says electropolishing of copper successful with ultra-low-k dielectrics
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FREMONT, Calif.--Silicon Valley startup ACM Research Inc. here today announced successful demonstration of its electropolishing technology, which is aimed at replacing traditional chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) in copper interconnect technologies that use ultra-low-k dielectrics as insulators.
Belden revenues slip 15% from year-ago quarter
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Belden Inc., St. Louis, today announced revenues for the three ended June 30 decreased 15% to $246.9 million, compared with $291.2 million in the second quarter of 2000.
Infineon plans extensive cost reductions
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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
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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.
Wolfson puts market flotation on hold until 2002
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Wolfson Microelectronics has postponed its planned stock market flotation despite achieving record £2.4m sales last quarter and breaking into profit.
Government to rewrite the company rule book
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DTI secretary Patricia Hewitt gets set to begin a root and branch reform of UK legislation.
Altera to step up legal campaign against Clear Logic over design software
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PLD company set to move after settling disputes with Lattice and Xilinx
Ultratech sales fall 8% from prior quarter, but microsystems tool demand strong
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SAN JOSE -- Ultratech Stepper Inc. today posted an 8% sequential decline in net sales to $40.7 million in the second quarter, compared to $44.2 million in the prior three-month period.
EDA may be a candle in the dark
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Avanti names new president; Hsu remains chairman after criminal convictions
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FREMONT, Calif. -- In the wake of criminal convictions for stealing design automation software, Avanti Corp.'s president and CEO has resigned, and the company today announced its chief operating officer has become its new president.
TSMC's fab utilization will fall to 'upper 30%' range in Q3, but recovery seen
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HSINCHU, Taiwan --Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. here today reported net sales dropped 33.5% to NT$26.3 billion ($754 million) in the second quarter from NT$39.5 billion ($1.13 billion) in the prior three-month period.
SiC to move into 300W RF devices to cut switching losses
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US-based Cree has joined Infineon Technologies, one of the customers for its wafers, in making high-voltage silicon carbide (SiC) Schottky diodes
Despite concerns, copper-processing investments remain hot, says analyst
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Aggressive ramping of copper interconnect processes in wafer fabs has been one of the few bright spots in the severe downturn of semiconductor equipment sales, according to an analysts presenting an industry outlook at the Robertson Stephens Inc. Semiconductor Conference here.
Applied Materials aims to produce 100nm capacitors
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Applied Materials has developed the Silicon Etch Hart chamber (pictured) designed to construct trenches with aspect ratios greater than 60:1.
Low-temperature polysilicon technique adds colour to pixels
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Philips Research, based in Redhill, has developed a low-temperature construction technique for active matrix LCDs that cuts power consumption.
ADSL chipset brings video from under the sea
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A group of engineers in Lancaster has been using an ADSL chipset, not for its intended purpose of telecoms, but to move data and video over a cable for underwater surveying.
Nvidia expects graphic chipset to be 10% of its sales
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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.
Rambus denied injunction against Micron in Italy
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7/25/2001   Post a comment
SAN FRANCISCO -- Micron Technology and Rambus Inc. will continue their countersuits in Milan, Italy, against each other over the validity of Rambus synchronous DRAM patents, EBN was told here Wednesday.
Brooks to buy mini-environment supplier; outlook cut for current quarter
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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.
Axcelis posts 33% sequential drop in Q2 sales, loss of $2.2 million
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BEVERLY, Mass.--Axcelis Technologies Inc. here today reported a 32% sequential drop in revenues to $153.4 million in the second quarter, compared to $225.9 million in the prior three-month period.
Micron: DRAM capital spending cut over $9 billion in '01
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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
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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
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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.
On Semi accelerates restructuring plan to cut over 3,000 jobs in 'next year or so'
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PHOENIX--On Semiconductor Corp. today posted a net loss of $152.2 million, including restructuring charges, on revenues of $307.3 million for the second quarter. The company also said it was accelerating a five-year manufacturing restructuring plan into a two-year plan, including the elimination of more than 3,000 jobs worldwide in the next year or so.
Intersil has profit but expects sales to decline
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Intersil Corp. said it eked out a modest profit in the second quarter, raised its gross profit margin and boosted its cash position on continued strength in some parts of its business.
Amkor reports loss as revenues plunge
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Amkor Technology Inc. reported that revenues for its second quarter ended June 30 were $350 million, down from $547 million in the second quarter of 2000.
STMicro makes its move in flash
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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
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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
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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.
China's fabs will lose ground to IC demand in next four years, says report
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NEW TRIPOLI, Pa. -- Despite an aggressive push in China to add chip-making capacity, the country's wafer fabs will still greatly lag the demand for ICs in domestic markets by the middle of this decade, said a new report from The Information Network here.
EMTA highlights distance learning for engineers at smaller companies
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Engineering training organisation EMTA is promoting open and distance learning to deal with the comparative lack of training being offered within small- and medium-sized enterprises.
Infineon cuts power consumption 80% in 128-Mbit Mobile-RAMs
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MUNICH -- Infineon Technologies AG today announced samples of a low-power 128-megabit DRAM for mobile system applications, housed in a new industry-standard memory package, called a fine-pitch ball-grid array (FBGA).
Credence warns of 54-65% drop in sales in quarter
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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.
New York hopes Albany 300-mm fab project elevates its chip industry status
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- In the coming weeks, construction will begin on a new 300-mm wafer fab facility in the United States, and this time, Intel Corp. is not building it.
ARM gets into the platform business with third parties
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ARM Holdings has moves into licensing intellectual property (IP) platforms, and is to work with third parties to implement and sell them.
Chemical molecules provide memory and switching functions in nanoscale arrays
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Two scientists at the Hewlett-Packard (HP) labs in Palo Alto have won a US patent for a method to construct molecular electronics.
SiC to move into 300W RF devices to cut switching losses
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US-based Cree is making high-voltage silicon carbide (SiC) Schottky diodes. The company plans further moves using SiC into PiN rectifiers and 100W-plus high-power RF transistors.
Chip manufacturers see bottom of downturn in sight
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7/25/2001   Post a comment
Latest quarterly results for major IDMs show the slowdown continuing to have an impact, although another company has pointed to a bottoming out of the downturn.
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