Gathered below are the top five stories for the week from Sunday August 24, 2003, as ranked by Silicon Strategies' readers, up to and including Saturday August 30. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
1) SMIC to place $1 billion equipment order for Beijing fab ...Chinese foundry Semiconductor International Manufacturing Corp. (SMIC) is expected to order $1 billion worth of 300-mm tools for its new fab in Beijing alone, according to a report from Susquehanna International Group LLP.
2) Applied, ASML linked in consolidation debate ...Financial analysts who follow chip-making equipment vendors have been linking cash-rich Applied Materials Inc. with other companies, including lithography leader ASML Holding NV, according to a Reuters article published Saturday (August 23, 2003).
3) Intel tricks out 90-nm TCP/IP processor ...Intel Corp. has detailed an experimental 90-nanometer custom processor that handles TCP/IP ingress processing at measured data rates up to 9.64-Gbits/second.
4) Odds increase for an IC recovery, says IC Insights ...The semiconductor industry has rolled the dice and the odds on an IC recovery in 2003 have changed for the better, according to market forecaster IC Insights Inc.
5) An Applied, ASML link has strategic overtones ...Silicon Strategies' Peter Clarke looked at the strategic overtones of an Applied-ASML mega-merger in the chip-making equipment sector.
Other top stories for the week of August 24:
Monday August 25:
Intel opens Taiwan R&D center, cautious on recovery ...Intel Corp. CEO Craig Barrett said his company would set up an R&D center in Taipei and set the tone for the week as he kicked off his whistle-stop tour of southeast Asia.
Tuesday August 26:
Heard on the Beat: Intel says 90-nm process is 'healthy' ...Responding to comments from an analyst, Intel Corp. said its 90-nm process technology is on track and "healthy."
U.S. fund close to 'Hynix' bank takeover, says report ...Korea Exchange Bank (KEB), the leader of a consortium of banks and investors that has engaged in controversial debt-for-equity swaps with troubled Korean DRAM maker Hynix Semiconductor Inc., was close to being taken over by Lone Star, a US investment fund, according to a Financial Times report.
Wednesday August 27:
Japan's equipment markets hot in July, says report ...Chip-making equipment sales in Japan nearly doubled in July from a year earlier, up 76 percent to Y61.37 billion (about US$520 million), according to a Dow Jones report that cited the Semiconductor Equipment Association of Japan as its source.
Thursday August 28:
Chartered sells equipment, know-how for stake in China fab ...Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Ltd. has agreed to take a minor equity stake in Chinese foundry CSMC Technologies Corp. as part of a alliance on equipment purchase, technology licensing and operational assistance.
Friday August 29:
Philips' CEO calls for business model change ...Gerard Kleisterlee, chief executive officer of Royal Philips Electronics, called for changes to consumer electronics business models in a keynote speech delivered at the International Funkaustellung (IFA) consumer electronics exhibition.