Gathered below are the top five stories for the week of November 23 as ranked by Silicon Strategies' readers, up to and including Saturday November 29. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
1) Brother of President Bush linked to China foundry, says report ...Neil Bush, younger brother of United States President George Bush, has a contract worth $2 million to provide advice to Chinese foundry Grace Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp., according to a report that appeared on the website of the Houston Chronicle on Sunday November 23.
2) Chip equipment firm to cut staff by 25 percent ...Struggling plasma etch equipment maker Surface Technology Systems plc, has decided to reduce employee costs and said that by the end of 2003 the overall workforce would be reduced by approximately 50 people to around 150 employees.
3) Intel targets Oregon fab for volume 65-, 45-nm chips ...On Monday Intel disclosed details of a 65-nm manufacturing process; an eight-layer technology equipped with copper interconnects, low-k dielectrics, strained-silicon, and "hard" or alternating phase-shift photomasks.
4) Foundry Watch ...One of the common beliefs in the semiconductor industry is that silicon foundries are taking over the world by making for both the fabless chip companies and the IDMs but Mark Lapedus pointed out that AMD has struck a blow for the 'old-fashioned' IDM.
5) Heard on the Beat: Intel plastic memory moves to apps It appears that Intel's development of a multi-layer plastic memory has reached the stage of writing software, a move that could precede a market launch for the technology, wrote Peter Clarke.
Other stories from the week of November 23:
Monday, November 24
ST's Pistorio to step down Spring 2005...Pasquale Pistorio, the 67 year-old president and chief executive officer of STMicroelectronics, has said he will step down when his current contract expires in Spring 2005.
Tuesday, November 25
Philips, JSMC unite in power semiconductor joint venture...Dutch electronics giant Royal Philips Electronics NV said it is forming a joint venture with Jilin Sino-Microelectronics Co. Ltd. (JSMC) to develop, design and manufacture bipolar power semiconductor chips.
Wednesday, November 26
Cadence to train 3000 Chinese chip designers per year...Cadence Design Systems Inc. said it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Ministry of Education of the Peoples Republic of China to develop a national IC design training program.
Thursday, November 27
Who will replace Pistorio at the helm of STMicro?...Silicon Strategies has come up with five candidates to take the top job at STMicroelectronics. They include the French and Italian Princes and the French and Italian Wise Counsellors but we also encourage readers to have their own say.
Friday, November 28
Strong October chip sales hide European euro woes ...The month of October exceeded expectations in terms of worldwide semiconductor component sales, which were US$15.43 billion, up 6.8 percent from the previous month according to data from the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization.