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Slowdown makes employers more selective about hiring
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Though more engineering students have moved into digital circuitry, a shortage of analog engineers has persisted over the past several years. And while the sluggish economy has helped to relieve that shortage, employers said they can now be more choosy about analog specialists.
Lam to lay off 10% of workforce, take restructuring charge
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FREMONT, Calif.--Lam Research Corp. here today announced was cutting 10% of its workforce, or about 350 jobs, in response to continued weakness in semiconductor capital equipment markets.
Intel takes two paths in its graphics strategy
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By confirming that it is developing its first integrated graphics core in years, Intel Corp. this week began pursuing divergent tracks for graphics support in its Pentium III and Pentium 4 microprocessor platforms.
AMD hopes to convince PC market that less is more
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Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has a simple message that it urgently wants PC users to accept: less is more.
Samsung installs Cymer's e-diagnostic tools to boost fab output
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SOEUL -- Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. here has become the first company to install and deploy Cymer Inc.'s new e-diagnostics software tools used in its excimer-laser equipment. Cymer claims that Samsung has installed its so-called CymerOnLine software. Launched last quarter, CymerOnLine provides e-diagnostics and performance monitoring for remote analysis and support of its excimer light sources.
Chip makers questioned by FTC about Rambus actions
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Micron Technology Inc. and Hynix Semiconductor Co. this week confirmed they have been interviewed by the Federal Trade Commission in an investigation of possible antitrust actions by Rambus Inc.
Cypress, Munich startup offer cores for programmable devices in optical network linecards
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SAN JOSE -- Cypress Semiconductor Corp. here today announced a partnership with Munich startup MorethanIP GmbH to provide intellectual property (IP) and design cores for programmable physical layer devices (PHY) and complex programmable logic devices (CPLDs).
Hitachi plans new general-purpose chip company while focusing applications ICs
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TOKYO -- As part of a massive restructuring of its chip business, Hitachi Ltd. today announced plans to set up a new company to focus on general-purpose semiconductors.
Hitachi to eliminate 14,700 jobs, cut chip capital spending 57%
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TOKYO -- Hitachi Ltd. today outlined massive cutbacks in its businesses, including the elimination of 14,700 jobs worldwide--about 4% of its workforce--and restructuring of its trouble semiconductor division. The company called the moves "emergency management measures" aimed at reviving turnaround efforts that began two years ago.
HNDs slump as unattractive to students
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The popularity of Higher National Diplomas in electronics-related subjects has slumped. Some courses have not secured acceptances from any students.
Intel speeds up Xeon for multi-thread hardware
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Intel plans to speed up a forthcoming Xeon x86 by 30% by giving it the ability to run two threads at once.
Future servers 'just ram' with networked applications
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A senior Intel executive wants his company to shift its strategy for next-generation networks (NGN) towards reconfigurable logic and distributed processing models.
Soitec puts cash into start-up to kick-start SOI design
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French silicon-on-insulator (SOI) wafer maker Soitec has tried to kick-start design work for the technology by putting $400000 into a start-up that has built standard cell libraries and circuit blocks.
Arc and Siroyan catch ARM's Amba bus
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ARC International and Siroyan have joined the list of companies to adopt ARM's Amba as an on-chip system bus, making it easier for both companies to plug into systems and IP built around it.
CDT to develop handheld battlefield technology for US army
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Cambridge Display Technology is to develop a handheld battlefield display technology for the US armed forces.
Intel and AMD declare an I/O truce
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SAN JOSE --- Archrivals Intel Corp. and AMD Corp. have reached d??tente on their separate high-speed I/O standards, and officials of both firms told EBN they are hoping to make Intel's 3GIO and AMD's HyperTransport work together.
Taiwan's Aopen issues apology to Intel for pre-announcing Brookdale
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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- AOpen Inc. must be in hot water, as the Taiwanese company here issued an apology to Intel Corp. for pre-announcing a PC motherboard line based on Intel's 845 chip set, code-named Brookdale. AOpen is now asking the news media to remove its news release "any print, electronic, or other form'' that pre-announced the Brookdale chip set.
Chartered lowers Q3 sales estimate, but loss won't be worse than expected
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SINGAPORE -- Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Pte. Ltd. here today said its wafer shipments may be slightly lower than expected in the third quarter, causing revenues to drop 15-to-20% from Q2, but the foundry company's loss in the current period will still be in line with previous estimates.
3DSP lines up software development support from India's Wipro
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BANGALORE, India --Wipro Technologies here today announced it has joined a partnership program at U.S.-based 3DSP Corp. to develop MPEG-4 video software for digital signal processing (DSP) ICs. The two companies said they are also planning an ongoing alliance for wireless and video applications, based on 3DSP's platform.
Cirrus Logic to use China's CSMC for foundry services in consumer ICs
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AUSTIN, Tex.--Fabless semiconductor supplier Cirrus Logic Inc. today announced a five-year foundry agreement with China's Central Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd., which will fabricate analog and digital ICs for the Austin chip company.
Intel gives preview of new IXP network processor
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SAN JOSE--Intel Corp. Thursday gave a peek at its second- generation IXP network processor, planned for next year at a 1GHz frequency handling 10-gigabit/second transmission rates. Sean Maloney, executive vice president and general manager of the Communications Group, told EBN at the Intel Developers Forum that the new IXP processor will use the next-generation Xscale ARM-based core that is also being introduced in 2002.
Hynix samples first 0.13-micron DDR SDRAM devices
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SAN JOSE -- During the Intel Developer Forum (IDF), Hynix Semiconductor Inc. here announced that it has begun sampling its first 0.13-micron products--a family of 512-megabit double-data-rate (DDR) SDRAMs. At the same time, the Korean chip giant also rolled out a new line of low-profile memory modules that supports DDR SDRAMs.
Linux fuels rethink of tool strategies
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Every other product on display at this year's Consumer Electronics Show seemed to integrate Internet connectivity.
Photronics expands in Asia with majority stake in Korean photomask maker
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JUPITER, Fla. -- Photronics Inc. today announced it has acquired a majority stake in PKL Co. Ltd., a photomask supplier in South Korea, after increasing its ownership in the company to 34% in July.
Metrology supplier ADE expects more layoffs, big drop in revenues
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WESTWOOD, Mass.--ADE Corp. here reported a net loss of $1.2 million on revenues of $25.4 million in the company's fiscal first quarter, ended July 31. The metrology and wafer inspection tool supplier said the results were within a recently downgraded forecast (see Aug. 10 story).
Tech research centre planned for Belfast
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Queen's University Belfast (Northern Ireland) is creating a research institute for electronics, communications and information technology (ECIT)
Substrates go conductive for lighter whites
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A North Carolina start-up has reworked a technology originally developed for high-power RF circuits in basestations into high-brightness blue and, ultimately, white LEDs
Cost drives handheld design to Linux
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When Agenda Computing and parent company Kessel International Holdings Ltd. (Hong Kong) set out to design the first Linux handheld computer, we knew that to compete with the Palm and Handspring devices, which together commanded about 85 percent of the handheld market, we had to come up with something very special.
Nvidia slashes power consumption with new interface in graphics processor
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SANTA CLARA, Calif.--Nvidia Corp. today announced integration of a new flexible power management system into its mobile graphics chips and software to reduce power consumption by more than four watts in notebook PCs without impacting performance.
Real-time Corba extends net devices
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Corba, the common object request broker architecture, is emerging as an important tool in the embedded arena to support designs in a wide variety of connected and distributed applications.
Next nets meld SNMP, Web protocols
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Since the late 1980s the number of computer networks has been increasing tremendously. Companies are employing larger and more-extensive networks that span not just offices, but countries.
Distributed systems face barriers to reliability
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In contrast to centralized systems, distributed software systems add an entire new layer of complexity to the already difficult problem of software design.
Samsung steps up flash memory efforts, shrinking process ahead of DRAMs
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SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. today claimed to be shipping the world's first engineering samples of 1-gigabit NAND flash memory devices, fabricated with a 0.12-micron technology. The Korean chip giant said the new nonvolatile flash chip has leaped ahead of advanced DRAM manufacturing technologies, which are now based on 0.15-micron design rules.
Manhunt - the A-Z of survival in an urban environment
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Manhunt (pictured) is a realtime gaming device based on tracking, hunting and surviving in a real urban environment.
Semiconductor market figures 'are stabilising'
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Gerard Kleisterlee, CEO of Philips Electronics, believes the global electronics market is showing signs of recovery.
Nuon games technology ready for DVD player
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Samsung demonstrated its first DVD player for the European market enhanced with Nuon games platform technology.
Intel Xeon processors already employ Hyperthreading
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SAN JOSE -- Hyperthreading -- Intel's self-proclaimed trickery to make a single processor look like two virtual MPUs -- is already implemented on the currently available Xeon workstation chip, but not activated.
Motorola produces first EUV photomasks with 'very complex IC layout'
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PASADENA, Calif. -- Motorola Inc. today announced its researchers have fabricated the industry's first extreme ultraviolet (EUV) photomasks capable of producing devices with feature sizes below 100 nanometers (0.10 micron).
Rival I/O standards can co-exist, Intel says
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SAN JOSE -- It is a milder, gentler Intel Corp. that told its Developers Forum Wednesday that rival I/O standards can coexist on platforms.
Intel's chip-set integration will soon gobble up USB 2.0 function
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SAN JOSE -- Intel Corp. is at it again. The world's largest chip maker today outlined plans to integrate more functions on PC chip sets, ostensibly to drive down the costs of personal computer platforms.
Intel to introduce new integrated graphics core
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SAN JOSE--Intel Corp. in the fourth quarter will introduce its first new integrated graphics core in years in a new version of its 830 chipset for the Tualatin Pentium III-M.
AMD says it expects 15% sales decline in third quarter
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Advanced Micro Devices Inc. updated its guidance for the third quarter, saying that revenues are expected to decline 15% sequentially.
AMD still sees Q3 operating loss with 15% sequential drop in sales
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SUNNYVALE, Calif.--Advanced Micro Devices Inc. here today estimates that its revenues will sequentially fall on the low side of its previous forecast, dropping 15% in the current third quarter from $985.3 million in Q2.
Intel discloses samples of mobile Pentium 4 processors for notebooks
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SAN JOSE -- During the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) here, Intel Corp. today surprised many in the industry by announcing samples of its first Pentium 4 microprocessors for notebook PCs.
Intel delays launch of Foster chip for servers
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SAN JOSE -- The launch of the new Xeon server processor code-named Foster will be delayed three months until the fourth quarter due to a longer-than-expected validation time, the Intel Developers Forum was told Tuesday.
Mindspeed claims successful test of XAUI optical interface to 10-Gbit Ethernet
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NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.--Conexant Systems Inc.'s Mindspeed Technologies business unit today announced a partnership with Tyco Electronics, Blaze Network Products, and Alvesta to prove the feasibility of 10-Gigabit Attachment Unit Interface technology, known as XAUI.
Secretive DRAM group seeks standard status for its spec
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A secretive group made up of the world's biggest memory makers and Intel Corp. has started circulating to PC makers specifications for a double-data-rate-like DRAM that the group's members hope will succeed Rambus and DDR-2 memories.
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