SAN DIEGO--JMAR Technologies Inc. has announced here that it expects its JMAR Semiconductor Inc. subsidiary to be profitable in 1999, with sales in the range of $8 million to $9 million. That is up from about $3 million last year and just $250,000 in 1997.
JMAR Semiconductor, located in Irvine, Calif., is working on a new line of telecommunications chips, said John S. Martinez, chairman and chief executive officer of JMAR Technologies.
"We are very pleased with JSI's progress this past year, "Martinez said. "During the year 2000, we aim to target producers of the high-speed switching and data handling hardware critical to the growth of the broadband telecommunications industry. We expect JSI's new chips to be instrumental in accelerating the transmission of data, voice and Internet information for a broad range of users."
Under its contracts this year, JSI has created a family of semiconductors for both commercial and defense applications. In addition, JSI constructed and has access to a new, low-cost wafer fabrication facility in Sacramento, Calif., owned by the Defense Department."
In addition, JMAR has executed a multi-year support and supply agreement with Cadence Design Systems Inc. of San Jose.
The agreement will broaden JSI's ability to design high-performance semiconductors for the rapidly expanding telecommunications market. Under the agreement, Cadence Methodology Services will provide valuable on-site support for JSI's extensive suite of Cadence physical design and verification software tools. Such support will significantly enhance JSI's ability to design circuits with much higher gate counts now in great demand for an expanding list of high-end telecommunications applications.
"This agreement enhances JSI's already strong position in deep sub-micron semiconductor design and assures our ability to produce and verify high gate count architecture," said Marvin W. Sepe, president of JMAR Semiconductor. "With our 0.25-micron design process in place and the 0.18-micron capability scheduled to come on line shortly, JSI possesses the very latest high-value semiconductor design tools available. Accordingly, we are now equipped and capable of producing fully verifiable designs of circuits containing in excess of 1 million gates.
Sepe said JMAR has other strategic relationships, including design center and wafer supply agreements with Intersil Corp., the former Harris Semiconductor subsidiary, and Worldwide Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp., along with technology licensing agreements with IMP Inc. and Philips Semiconductor.
"We have also established a series of supply chain relationships to assure turnkey capability for the complex high-performance semiconductor designs JSI plans to produce in the year 2000, and beyond," Sepe said.
JMAR is also developing X-ray lithography technology under a $13 million contract from the Defense Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and expects to have its PXS light source integrated into a demonstration lithography system soon, Sepe said. It ill be capable of producing circuit sizes of 0.15 micron and eventually 0.07 micron, he added.