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All eyes are now on tool orders as key cycle indicator
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3/21/2001   Post a comment
NEW YORK -- With semiconductor capital spending still falling deeper into negative "growth" territory, Wall Street is turning more of its attention to tool orders, believing that the bookings rate will be an early indicator of when the industry downturn will hit bottom.
Yokogawa develops first 50-Gbit devices for optical-network instruments
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3/19/2001   Post a comment
TOKYO -- Yokogawa Electric Corp. here claimed development of the industry's first 50-gigabit-per-second devices, which were fabricated with indium gallium phosphide (InGaP) and indium gallium arsenide (InGaAs) for telecommunications measurement instruments targeted at next-generation optical communications networks.
To Chip Designers, Test is a Four-Letter Word
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3/19/2001   Post a comment
You don't have to like implementing design-for-test in your chips, but you have to do it. Help is on the way through cooperative efforts between vendors that develop chip DFT software and companies that manufacture chip test equipment.
Analogue converters put focus on SoC test costs
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3/14/2001   Post a comment
Logicvision is working on a project that will bring on-chip test to mixed-signal designs that use analogue-to-digital converters (ADCs) in an attempt to stop the rise in test costs, particularly for complex system-on-chip (SoC) designs. At the same time, Agilent Technologies and Synopsys have cut a deal in which the two companies will try to optimise test software for SoC production.
Synopsys, Agilent seek to bridge design and test
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3/13/2001   Post a comment
In an effort to shatter the wall that lies between the design and test sides of the industry, Agilent Technologies Inc. and Synopsys Inc. are joining forces in a far-reaching partnership. The two companies announced their agreement at the Design Automation and Test Europe (DATE) conference taking place this week in Munich, Germany.
Taiwan edges Japan as second largest chip-gear market
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3/1/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Worldwide revenues for chip-making tools grew 90% to $48.4 billion in 2000 from $25.5 billion in 1999, according to a report released today (March 1) by the Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) trade group. The report shows Taiwan just passing Japan as the world's second largest region for chip-production tools.


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As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.

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