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Fab tool execs remain upbeat, nervous
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7/19/2010   1 comment
At last week’s Semicon West trade show here, there were two camps regarding the current and future business outlook: the bulls and the bears.
Semicon: Rumors raise 450-mm profile
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7/19/2010   2 comments
There were no major 450-mm announcements at Semicon, but there were indications that the technology is picking up steam.
Semicon: Alchimer seeks to disrupt PVD market
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7/16/2010   Post a comment
Many startups claim they will disrupt the market with novel products. Few really live up to their promises.
Semicon: KLA seeks to put Applied on its heels
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7/16/2010   Post a comment
For years, Applied Materials Inc. and KLA-Tencor Corp. have been butting heads in the inspection market.
Semicon: ESI seeks to dance on Disco
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There has been little or no news in the wafer saw market for years.
Siemens wins multibillion dollar Russian business
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7/16/2010   3 comments
Siemens AG has signed agreements in Yekaterinburg to supply wind power and railway technologies over several years with a total value of several billion euros.
Lithography roadmap offers questions and openings
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7/16/2010   18 comments
An undercurrent of disquiet at Semicon West this week sprang from deep uncertainty in the roadmap for advanced lithography.
TSMC breaks ground on $9B fab complex
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7/16/2010   5 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) has broken ground on its previously-announced, new 300-mm fab.
TI buys two fabs from Spansion Japan
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7/15/2010   2 comments
Amid the upturn, Texas Instruments Inc. is expanding its analog fab capacity--again.
Semicon: What experts are saying at analysts events
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7/14/2010   Post a comment
Semicon West is in full swing. Several fab tool vendors have held analysts meetings. Here's what analysts are saying about those events.
Semicon: Intermolecular seeks to expand
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7/14/2010   Post a comment
Responding to rapid growth, R&D service provider Intermolecular Inc. will relocate to a larger headquarters facility in San Jose, Calif. in early 2011.
Semicon: Five reasons why Applied is upbeat
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7/14/2010   1 comment
Applied Materials Inc. has raised its fab tool growth forecast--again.
Semicon: Fab tool execs see strong '10
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7/14/2010   Post a comment
There’s a consensus among fab tool executives at a panel during Semicon West: Business is good in 2010, but there are still some concerns.
Semicon: Five worries for fab tool execs
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7/13/2010   1 comment
During a panel at Semicon West, executives raised some concerns about the industry.
Everspin names CEO
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7/13/2010   Post a comment
Everspin Technologies Inc., an MRAM supplier, has named Phillip LoPresti its president and chief executive.
Rave buys tool firm
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7/13/2010   Post a comment
Photomask repair tool vendor Rave LLC has announced the completion of its acquisition of Eco-Snow Systems, a former member of the Linde Group.
Embedded Processing Directory Goes Live
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7/13/2010   Post a comment
Embedded Insights live online resource allows embedded developers to evaluate and compare embedded processors
ZigBee applications - Part 2: No common C API
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7/13/2010   3 comments
Part 2 of an excerpt from the book "ZigBee Wireless Networking" discusses ZigBee's lack of a standard C API and looks at an API sampling from the four "Golden Unit" ZigBee vendors.
ASML sees holistic boom in litho
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7/13/2010   Post a comment
ASML Holding NV is still seeing strong demand for its tools as well as its suite of reticle enhancement technique (RET) products.
Six dead in Emcore shooting
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7/13/2010   4 comments
A former employee of Emcore Corp. shot and killed five individuals and injured four others at Emcore, an Albuquerque, N.M.-based solar and fiber optics manufacturer, according to reports.
Applied leads fab tool rankings
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7/12/2010   Post a comment
Applied Materials continued to lead the semiconductor equipment sales in 1Q10.
Sometimes you miss the obvious when you think too much
Blog  
7/12/2010   5 comments
My solar-powered light had me fooled. . . or was it that I fooled myself?
Automotive Hall-effect latch sensor is highly integrated
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7/10/2010   Post a comment
Operating from 2.7 to 24 V, Melexis has released its second generation Hall-effect latch sensor that is based on a redesigned magnetic core, providing faster and more accurate processing.
Winners, losers in cell-phone baseband biz
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7/9/2010   4 comments
Who were the winners and losers in the cell-phone baseband business in the first quarter?
Firm raises foundry forecast
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7/9/2010   1 comment
Market research firm iSuppli Corp. has raised its revenue forecast for the pure-play semiconductor foundry market in 2010.
Intersil: Analog contender or pretender?
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7/8/2010   8 comments
Intersil Corp. has taken steps to break out of the pack and become the next $1 billion wonder in analog.
Microchip continues to divest NOR assets
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7/8/2010   1 comment
Microchip Technology Inc. continues to divest its NOR flash assets.
Honeywell rolls wireless switches
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7/7/2010   Post a comment
Marketed under the brand-name Limitless, Honeywell Sensing and Control’s WGLA Series combines MICRO SWITCH global switches the latest commercial off-the-shelf wireless technology for remote monitoring applications in which wiring, or wiring maintenance, is not physically possible or economically feasible.
Semicon preview: Startup, TSV tools to emerge
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7/7/2010   2 comments
The Semicon West trade show starts next week, but the craze has already begun.
SIA sees second half IC slowdown
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7/7/2010   1 comment
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) reported record growth for ICs in May, but it also sees a slowdown in the second half of 2010.
TI pushes pillar flip-chip for next-gen ICs
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7/7/2010   3 comments
Texas Instruments Inc. said that it will no longer use traditional wirebonding techniques for devices at the 45-/40-nm node and below.
Democratization of MEMS design and manufacturing
Blog  
7/7/2010   3 comments
A perfect storm is brewing in semiconductor design and it reminds of a period about 20 years ago when many of the same forces were at work. The storm is all about challenges and opportunities to expand a market for a specific type of semiconductor technology, and the main thing missing is coherent infrastructure or ecosystem to facilitate it.
Quad industrial DAC trims down power, size; ups reliability
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7/6/2010   Post a comment
AD5755 implements innovative, transparent power-control scheme to reduce dissipation, increase density, improve system reliability
Analyst: Intel buys cell-phone chip maker
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7/3/2010   2 comments
Intel acquired Comsys Mobile Communication and Signal Processing Ltd. for $30 million in late May.
Qualcomm brews plan to boost struggling lines
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7/3/2010   2 comments
Qualcomm launched a number of new initiatives for many of its lesser-known products.
Pearl-white E Ink display to debut in next-gen Kindle DX
Product News  
7/1/2010   2 comments
E Ink's paper-white display technology upgrade, Pearl, will show off its claimed 50 percent contrast-ratio improvement over competing displays when it debuts in Amazon's next-generation Kindle DX e-reader.
Dalsa to receive $23 million Ontario grant
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7/1/2010   Post a comment
Imaging sensor and semiconductor company Dalsa Corp. is set to receive up to 24.3 million Canadian dollars (about $23 million) from the Ontario government in support of research and development (R&D) efforts in digital imaging technology.
Qualcomm CEO: No stopping mobile traffic
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7/1/2010   Post a comment
Data traffic over mobile networks is exploding, thereby requiring new technologies to keep up with the frenetic demand.
Qualcomm tips Snapdragon development platform
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7/1/2010   1 comment
Qualcomm CE0 Paul Jacobs revealed a new development platform for its chip line in the emerging mobile Internet device market.
What is augmented reality?
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7/1/2010   1 comment
What is augmented reality?
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