Gathered below are the top eight stories for the week from Sunday August 3, 2003, as ranked by Silicon Strategies' readers, up to and including Saturday August 10. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
1) Intel working on 'Yamhill' technology, says report ...Intel Corp. is still working on a technology for 32/64-bit processor designs code-named "Yamhill", according to a report from investment banking firm American Technology Research Corp.
2) UMC to buy Infineon out of Singapore fab ...United Microelectronics Corp is to buy out Infineon's share in UMCi Pte Ltd., a joint venture 300-mm wafer fab in Singapore, the companies said Wednesday.
3) Analysis: AMD scores potential 8-Gbit win over Intel ...The news that polymer memory start-up Coatue Corp. was sold to Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) and folded into AMD's joint venture with Fujitsu Ltd. (see August 6 story), represents a potentially big win for AMD over its arch-rival Intel Corp., wrote Silicon Strategies' Peter Clarke.
4) Americas' chip sales slide continues, say SIA stats ...Unaveraged sales numbers from the Semiconductor Industry Association show the worldwide chip market doing less well in June 2003 than the numbers it promulgates, which are based on three-month moving averages.
5) Coatue secretly sold to AMD, folded into FASL ...Coatue Corp., a start-up company that had successfully built arrays of non-volatile memory cells in polymer technology, was sold to backer Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) for an undisclosed amount earlier this year.
6) Nvidia to resolve problematic chip yields ...Nvidia Corp.'s yield problems with its high-end graphics chips are expected to be resolved by the end of this month according to a report issued by Pacific Crest Securities Inc. Tuesday.
7) China's PC Alley swept into history's dustbin ...China's PC Alley -- the ragtag collection of shops selling bootleg personal computers, silicon, software and computer books that was the birthplace of this country's Silicon Valley -- has gone the way of New York's Radio Row and Fairchild Semiconductor's Rusty Bucket.
8) IBM, Raytheon sign $100 million chip design deal ...IBM Corp. and Raytheon Co. announced plans to co-develop custom semiconductors and systems for aerospace and defense applications on Tuesday.
Other top stories for the week of August 3:
Monday August 4:
PalmChip patent looms over SoC on-chip buses ...A patent granted to PalmChip Corp. on July 29 covers techniques used to implement on-chip CPU bus structures in nearly all system-on-chip designs, the company said. Many intellectual property vendors and most SoC design teams may be infringing the new patent, PalmChip warned.
Tuesday August 5:
The Analyst's Couch: Semico lowers IC forecast ...The prospect of a lackluster recovery for the semiconductor industry prompted Semico Research Corp. to lower its chip market growth forecast to 10.7 percent for 2003 over 2002.
Wednesday August 6:
IBM Microelectronics shakes up management team ...Bijan Davari, the vice president of technology who led IBM Microelectronics into the use of copper and silicon-on-insulator before its rivals, has been moved to a new job at IBM Research, effective immediately, wrote EETimes' Dave Lammers.
Thursday August 7:
Plastic memory problems persist for Opticom, Intel ...Opticom ASA, a company that has attracted research contracts from chip giant Intel Corp. for polymeric three-dimensional memory technology, said that problems perfecting the technology are persisting.
Friday August 8:
ASML, Novellus join used fab-equipment consortium ...Two of the leading chip making equipment vendors, ASML Holding NV and Novellus Systems Inc., have joined a used semiconductor-equipment consortium that is in the process of becoming a not-for-profit organization.