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Infineon to cut capital spending in half during next fiscal year
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9/26/2001   Post a comment
MUNICH -- Infineon Technologies AG today described details of a previously announced initiative to save over 1 billion euros ($920 million) in costs from its semiconductor operations, including new plans to cut capital spending in half during the 2002 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.
Altera makes download of IP core evaluation available
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Altera has taken the process of evaluating intellectual property cores for its programmable logic devices one step further by developing 'time-limited' evaluation versions that can be downloaded and tested in an actual device.
Imagination software tools buy boost for Metagence spinoff
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Imagination Technologies has bought a UK software tools operation from games developer Sega Technologies to help build the software tools for Imagination's Metagence digital signal processor spinoff.
Intel's Shen: 'microprocessor researchers at a crossroads'
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9/25/2001   Post a comment
The trade-off between instructions per cycle and the increasing emphasis on microprocessor clock frequency needs a thorough re-examination, said John Shen, director of Intel Corp.'s microarchitecture lab.
Aehr's sales drop 26% sequentially in quarter, causing wider loss
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9/25/2001   Post a comment
FREMONT, Calif. -- Aehr Test Systems here today reported net sales fell 68% to $2.8 million in the company's fiscal first quarter, ended Aug. 31, compared to $8.7 million in the period last year. Sales sequentially declined 26% from $3.8 million in the prior fiscal quarter, said the company.
Micron posts $576 million loss on sales of $480 million in quarter
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9/25/2001   Post a comment
BOISE, Idaho--Micron Technology Inc. today posted a net loss of $576 million on net sales of just $480.3 million for the company's fiscal fourth quarter, ended Aug. 30. Micron's revenues plunged 40% sequentially from $802.3 million in the prior quarter, and sales were 79% lower than a year ago.
Update: Micron posts loss for fiscal 2001
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9/25/2001   Post a comment
With rising inventories and plunging prices, Micron Technology posted a net loss of $576 million on sales of $480 million for its fiscal fourth quarter. The memory chip maker had a net loss for the full fiscal year of $521 million.
Dow offers spin-on etch stop film for low-k dielectric stack
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9/25/2001   Post a comment
MIDLAND, Mich.--The Dow Chemical Co. today claimed it has become the first materials supplier to offer a production-ready, spin-on etch stop film for interconnect dielectric processing.
How to scale network processors
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Worldphone challenges designers
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Integrated optics need magnets
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Wireless LANs move to 5 GHz
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IP mobility to run seamless course
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AMD to close two six-inch fabs in Austin, cut 2,300 jobs by Q2 2002
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SUNNYVALE, Calif.--Advanced Micro Devices Inc. today announced it will close two aging six-inch wafer fabs in Austin, Tex., and eliminate 2,300 jobs, or about 15% of its workforce, by the end of the second quarter of 2002 as part of a restructuring of its manufacturing operations.
IDT integrates multi-queuing logic and FIFO memory for fast networks
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9/25/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif.--Integrated Device Technology Inc. here has integrated high-speed queuing logic and first-in, first-out memory to offer a new series of multi-queue FIFOs for fast networking applications, such as terabit routers, multi-service switching platforms, and wireless base stations.
ASIC vendors will not benefit from upcoming chip recovery, says report
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9/25/2001   Post a comment
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- There's good and bad news in the application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) market. The worldwide ASIC market will fare better than the overall semiconductor industry in 2001, but the business will not enjoy the full benefits of the coming recovery, according to a report from iSuppli Corp. here today. Worldwide ASIC revenues will decline by 22% in 2001, compared to a 28% decrease in overall semiconductor revenue for the year, said Jordan Selburn, who tracks the industr
Berkeley says PC-based programming system speeds setup of fab controllers
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9/25/2001   Post a comment
RICHMOND, Calif. -- Berkeley Process Control Inc. here announced a new Microsoft Windows-based integrated development system that cuts programming time by one third for the company's BXi series of machine controllers used in wafer fabs.
California Micro says orders continue to strengthen
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9/25/2001   Post a comment
MILPITAS, Calif.--California Micro Devices Corp. here said orders for products have continued to strengthen despite a brief pause following terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington on Sept. 11. The supplier of analog semiconductors and integrated thin-film passive devices estimated that revenues would be closer to the high end of its $7-to-$7.5 million forecast for the current quarter.
Intel rolls out 2-GHz Xeon processor for workstations
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Intel Corp. today announced its fastest Xeon microprocessor to date--a 2-GHz chip for dual-processor workstations and other system products.
Applied Materials forced to cut 2000 and close two sites
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Applied Materials, the world's leading semiconductor production equipment manufacturer, is cutting 2000 staff.
City banks to recycle IT kit for community groups
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Leading City banks and other financial institutions have agreed to take part in a large-scale computer recycling operation costing £1m.
Alphamosaic unveils MPEG4 approach to low-power video processing
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Cambridge Consultants spin-out Alphamosaic is to market its image processing architecture as both a fabless silicon and intellectual property supplier.
RTOS: Buy or Roll Your Own?
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9/25/2001   Post a comment
Considering whether to buy or develop the real-time operating system for your next embedded system? CMX's J.R. Rodrigues gives some compelling reasons why you should never "roll your own" RTOS.
RTOS Vendors
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Kopin raises Q3 estimate, expects lower loss due to stronger revenues
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9/24/2001   Post a comment
TAUNTON, Mass.--Kopin Corp. here today raised its forecast for third-quarter revenues to a range of $11.6-to-$12.0 million, which would be a 25% sequential increase over the prior fiscal quarter.
Canada's IceFyre aims three-engine modem IC at 5-GHz wireless LANs
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9/24/2001   Post a comment
OTTAWA, Ontario -- Seven-month-old IceFyre Semiconductor Inc. here today disclosed plans to introduce the industry's first single-chip modem solution for 5-GHz wireless local area networks using a proprietary architecture of three signal-computational engines to simplify waveform processing and lower power consumption.
Winbond 'reintroduces' nonvolatile memory ICs in U.S. after import ban expires
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9/24/2001   Post a comment
HSINCHU, Taiwan--Winbond Electronics Corp. here today said it has begun notifying U.S. customers that it is now able to reintroduce EPROMs, EEPROMs, flash memories and other nonvolatile memory products after an exclusion order in a patent dispute with Atmel Corp. expired last week.
Viasystems calls in receivers at Tyneside PCB operations
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9/24/2001   Post a comment
Viasystems Tyneside, the UK subsidiary of the US PCB manufacturer, has been put into receivership following the failure of a last minute rescue package.
Fujitsu and partner shut Irish joint venture fab with 340 redundancies
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9/24/2001   Post a comment
Dublin's Shinko Microelectronic plant falls victim to "the deepening and protracted global downturn".
Taiwan's SIS rolls out Pentium 4-compliant chip set with graphics
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TAIPIE, Taiwan -- Taiwan's Silicon Integrated Systems Corp. (SIS) here today rolled out another integrated chip set that supports PCs, based on Intel Corp.'s Pentium 4 microprocessor line. The new SiS650 chip set from Taipei-based SIS is geared for Pentium 4-based computers in the $800-to-$1,200 range, according to the company.
Hitachi joins QDR group defining high-speed SRAMs for communications
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9/24/2001   Post a comment
TOKYO -- Hitachi Ltd. today announced plans to join Cypress, IDT, Micron, NEC, and Samsung in joint development of Quad Data Rate SRAM devices for high-performance communications applications.
UMC to port MoSys' one-transistor SRAM cell to advanced logic processes
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9/24/2001   Post a comment
HSINCHU, Taiwan--Silicon foundry supplier United Microelectronics Corp. here and memory developer MoSys Inc. of Sunnyvale, Calif., today announced an extension to their cooperation in one-transistor SRAM technology for 0.15- and 0.13-micron logic-IC processes.
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