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Intel rolls out 12 new processors in move to corner mobile market
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9/30/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- In an attempt to corner the mobile microprocessor market, Intel Corp. here today announced 12 new chips, including the world's fastest product for this segment to date. The new product launch is aimed to expand Intel's market share lead in the four major and separate mobile PC segments: mainstream, thin-and-light, mini-notebooks, and sub-notebooks/tablet PCs, according to analysts. It is also geared to fend off competitive threats from its processor rivals, most notably A
Alliance Semi lays off 10% of workers, plans pay cuts to reduce losses
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9/28/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif.-- In an attempt to return to profitability, memory supplier Alliance Semiconductor Corp. here today announced it will cut its worldwide workforce by 10%, and the company said its remaining employees will take a 5-to-15% pay cut effective Oct. 1.
The legend continues...
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Architecture planning avoids frequency spurs in third generation equipment
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9/28/2001   Post a comment
Third-generation cellular radio will require new RF architectures. Frequency planning will help avoid spurious images and duplex feedthrough in highly integrated circuits, writes Mitel's Peter Chadwick.
Hand-wound transformer builds isolated SLIC supply
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9/28/2001   Post a comment
The circuit here generates three isolated voltages from a 5V input: +3.3V @ 100mA, -24V @ 25mA and -72V @ 100mA. Efficiency is better than 80%. Maxim's Ron Young gives details.
Brooks Automation to lay off 175-200 workers, lowers outlook
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9/28/2001   Post a comment
CHELMSFORD, Mass.--Joining a parade of companies cutting their forecasts, Brooks Automation Inc. today announced it would lay off 175-to-200 people and it lowered estimates for revenues in the current fiscal quarter. The company said its revenues are now expected to be in a range of $60-to-$63 million, down from a previous guidance of $70-to-80 million.
Ultratech Stepper to cut 100 jobs, close Massachusetts site
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9/28/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Ultratech Stepper Inc. today announced it will eliminate 100 jobs, or 20% or its workforce, as part of a cost-reduction plan that involves consolidating and closing certain operations.
EUV consortium obtains $65 million in new funds
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9/28/2001   Post a comment
LIVERMORE, Calif. -- A U.S.-led consortium to develop extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography tools has received $65 million in new funding as part of an expanded contract for the organization. The consortium--dubbed Extreme Ultraviolet LLC--has received the new funds from its existing members, bringing the total capitalization for the organization to about $315 million.
On Semi says it's first to get international automotive quality certification
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9/28/2001   Post a comment
PHOENIX--On Semiconductor Corp. today claimed to be the first chip company to receive certification for ISO/TS16949 quality standards established by the International Automotive Task Force.
Nanometrics expects 35% decline in Q3 revenues from prior quarter
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9/28/2001   Post a comment
MILPITAS, Calif.--Metrology supplier Nanometrics Inc. today warned investors that it now expects to post a 35% sequential drop in revenues for the third quarter compared to $14.8 million in Q2.
Elpida delays 300mm DRAM wafer fab
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9/28/2001   Post a comment
Elpida Memory Inc. announced it will delay for nine months the start of equipping a new 300mm wafer fab in Hiroshima, Japan.
Rudolph Technologies, Therma-Wave settle patent dispute
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9/28/2001   Post a comment
FLANDERS, N.J.--Metrology suppliers Rudolph Technologies Inc. here and Therma-Wave Inc. in Fremont, Calif., today announced a settlement to their patent dispute with "no financial consideration" paid by either party.
Matsushita settles 'V-chip' patent suit, licenses Soundview technology
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9/28/2001   Post a comment
PASADENA, Calif.--Acacia Research Corp., a subsidiary of Soundview Technologies Inc., today announced it has licensed a patent related to TV content-blocking technology to Matsushita Electric Industrial Co Ltd. The licensing agreement settles a lawsuit filed by Soundview against Matsushita.
Genesis Microchip to buy display processor supplier Sage for $241 million in stock
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9/28/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Genesis Microchip Inc. here today announced plans to acquire digital display processor supplier Sage Inc. in nearby Milpitas for $241 million in stock to expand growth in consumer video IC applications worldwide.
Power and microwave firms merge ahead of expansion
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9/28/2001   Post a comment
Two UK companies have merged to create a power and microwave components specialist they claim is "second to none". The move is a prelude to further expansion.
Jobs put at risk in Nortel PCB outsourcing deal
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9/28/2001   Post a comment
Fifty jobs at Nortel Networks in Monkstown, Northern Ireland, are at risk as the company proposes to outsource PCB assembly operations there and at a facility in Canada to SCI Systems.
IC surface assessed using nanotube tip
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9/28/2001   Post a comment
A team based at Nasa's Ames Research Center in California has developed a multi-walled carbon nanotube as the tip of an atomic force microscope.
G4 PowerPC and C6000: A Comparison
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9/28/2001   Post a comment
Traditional DSP chips are now being challenged by a new generation of RISC microprocessors. Pentek's Rodger Hosking compares Motorola's G4 PowerPC RISC device and Texas Instruments' C6000 DSP family by examining both hardware and software issues, and by highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of each device.
Infineon launches 32-bit telematics controller based on TriCore architecture
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9/27/2001   Post a comment
MUNICH--Infineon Technologies AG today introduced a dedicated telematics controller for information and entertainment applications in consumer systems and automobiles. The "infotainment" telematics controller is based on Infineon's 32-bit TriCore Unified Processor.
STMicro tailors flash and SRAM chips for automotive systems
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9/27/2001   Post a comment
GENEVA -- STMicroelectronics today announced an expansion of its memory offering for automotive applications, including four new 16-megabit flash chips configured with 32-bit wide data buses and a 128-kilobit (by-16-bit) SRAM dedicated for automotive system designs.
AVX uses thin-film process for low-pass filters
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9/27/2001   Post a comment
AVX has developed tiny low-pass filters and directional couplers using a thin-film process it developed for capacitor-related problems that result from using larger, thick-film hybrids.
Intel creates Web-based telematics center for wireless computing systems in cars
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9/27/2001   Post a comment
BADEN, Germany--During an automotive trade show here today, Intel Corp. announced a telematics design center to offer Web-based development and technical support for deployment of new wireless computing solutions in cars.
IBM and Philips back EC dielectric research project
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9/27/2001   Post a comment
The European Commission has launched a three-year research project to ensure transistor miniaturisation continues by developing high dielectric materials and processes.
Valiosys links with TNI to 'lead' design and verification
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9/27/2001   Post a comment
Continuing consolidation in the French EDA industry has created what is claimed to be one of the world's leading design and verification players.
Ibis to make 300-mm SOI wafers by yearend after securing financing
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9/27/2001   Post a comment
DANVERS, Mass.--Ibis Technology Corp. here today said it has secured financing for $4.5 million to lease additional production equipment for its initial 300-mm wafer line, which will produce silicon-on-insulator substrates using SIMOX-SOI technology.
Cable tuner removes 150 passives
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9/27/2001   Post a comment
LSI Logic has developed what it claims is the world's first true integrated VLSI tuner for digital cable modems.
Samsung readies 576-Mbit Rambus DRAM with 0.12-micron process
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9/27/2001   Post a comment
SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. today claimed development of the industry's first 576-megabit Rambus DRAM. The new memory is based on 0.12-micron processes and operates at 1.066-GHz frequencies, making it about eight times faster than today's PC133 synchronous DRAMs, said the Korean chip maker.
Applied's Etec aims e-beam mask tool, new etcher at regaining momentum
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9/27/2001   Post a comment
HAYWARD, Calif. -- Hoping to regain momentum in the photomask systems business, Applied Materials Inc.'s Etec Systems subsidiary today rolled out a one-two punch in the arena: a new electron-beam-based reticle-writing tool for 0.10-to-0.07-micron IC processes and the company's entry into the emerging plasma-etch photomask equipment market.
Minimizing SoC Risk with Embedded Programmable Logic
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9/27/2001   Post a comment
For reduced risk and faster time-to-market, several vendors offer configurable SoCs with processors and other cores embedded in programmable-logic chips. Adaptive Silicon's Ralph Zak argues for an interesting alternative—using embedded programmable-logic cores in an ASIC or ASSP chip.
Executive Comment: DDR revs up DRAM market
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9/26/2001   Post a comment
DDR, with clock speeds approaching 250MHz, has major support in the industry and is quickly emerging as the architecture of choice in a number of applications.
Tokyo Seimitsu accuses KLA-Tencor of antitrust violations in patent dispute
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9/26/2001   Post a comment
TOKYO -- The chairman of Tokyo Seimitsu Co. Ltd. refuted KLA-Tencor Corp.'s allegation of patent infringement in a lawsuit filed recently in the U.S. District Court of North California. Hideo Ohtsubo, who is also CEO of Tokyo Seimitsu, said KLA-Tencor's patent, covers automatic inspection technology for photomasks, is invalid and unenforceable.
Hitachi scheme paves way for 1.0-volt Gbit DRAMs
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9/26/2001   Post a comment
Researchers at Hitachi Ltd.'s Central Research Laboratories (CRL) have created a sense amplifier circuit technology that they claim will allow the development of 1-volt multigigabit DRAMs.
Isonics licenses SOI wafer technology, plans to eventually acquire supplier
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9/26/2001   Post a comment
GOLDEN, Colo.--Semiconductor materials developer Isonics Corp. here today announced it has licensed silicon-on-insulator (SOI) wafer technology from Silicon Evolution Inc. of Vancouver, Wash., for 500,000 share of stock. The licensing agreement is an initial step towards Isonics buying the SOI business.
Tessera says ITC determination finds Sharp violating IC-package patents
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9/26/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Tessera Technologies inc. today announced an initial determination by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has found that Sharp Corp.'s "face-up" chip-scale packages are violating Tessera's patents.
Japan sees falling LCD sales
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9/26/2001   Post a comment
For the second consecutive quarter, Japan has fallen out of the global lead in TFT-LCD production as its industry undertakes a massive restructuring in response to a protracted economic downturn.
Intel expands chip-set patent fight with Via into Germany, U.K. and Hong Kong
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9/26/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif.--Intel Corp. today announced an expansion of its Pentium 4 chip-set patent fight with Taiwan-based Via Technologies Inc., which is now being sued in Germany, the United Kingdom, and Hong Kong in addition to the United States.
Winbond packs speech synthesizer in system-monitoring chip
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9/26/2001   Post a comment
HSINCHU, Taiwan -- Winbond Electronics Corp. today announced the first hardware-monitoring ICs with speed functionality and compliance to the new Alert Standard Forum (ASF) specification for Internet protocol (IP) capable systems.
Intel claims world's first 256-Mbit flash in new family of memories
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9/26/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Intel Corp. here today announced its third-generation, flash memory products, including what the company claims is the world's first 256-megabit, NOR-based chip.
Hynix prepares to ramp 'low-cost' 0.15-micron process for DRAMs by year's end
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9/26/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- The U.S. subsidiary of Hynix Semiconductor Inc. today said the Korean IC maker will begin using a new 0.15-micron process technology, code-named "Blue Chip," to deliver 128- and 256-megabit synchronous DRAMs before the end of 2001.
Here come plastic ICs from startup FlexICs
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9/26/2001   Post a comment
MILPITAS, Calif. -- After years of research and development, foundry startup FlexICs Inc. here will soon begin shipping samples of the world's first semiconductors fabricated on six-inch plastic substrates.
Thales confirms up to 470 jobs to go and Bracknell to close after Bowman loss
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9/26/2001   Post a comment
Thales has revealed that its failure to win the Bowman UK Army digital communications system contract is set result in almost 500 UK job cuts.
Atmel joins German R&D center for advanced analog ICs in communications
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9/26/2001   Post a comment
ULM, Germany--Silicon Valley-based Atmel Corp. today announced it was joining Multilink Technology Corp. of New Jersey and five-year-old GaAs foundry supplier United Monolithic Semiconductors in a new R&D center at the University of Ulm to pursue ICs with analog functions for wireless and high-speed optoelectronics systems.
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