Gathered below are the top five stories for the week beginning Sunday December 26, 2004, as ranked by Silicon Strategies' readers, up to and including Thursday, December 30. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
1) Predictions for IC, equipment biz in 2005 and beyond .... Silicon Strategies has compiled a list of 15 predictions for the IC and chip-equipment industries in 2005 and beyond. The predictions come from crystal balls at Silicon Strategies and various analysts.
2) Silicon Strategies' top ten stories of 2004 Silicon Strategies has come up with its selection of the semiconductor industry's top ten news stories for 2004.
3) TSMC wants leading-edge processes in China .... Silicon foundry giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) recently announced that it sees a necessity of putting up advanced processes in mainland China despite restrictions from the Taiwan government.
4) Samsung to begin construction on new LCD plant .... Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. on Monday (Dec. 27) said that it would begin construction of a new seventh-generation, flat-panel display fabrication facility in Tanjeong, Korea.
5) Intel to strike up 'out-of-band' technology ....The Santa Clara, Calif.-based chip giant is developing what it calls Active Management Technology (AMT), which promises to give developers more ways to leverage out-of-band system controls.
Monday, Dec. 27
Chinese foundry ASMC to move ahead with IPO .... Chinese silicon foundry provider Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp. (ASMC) is moving ahead with its initial public offering (IPO) despite unfavorable market conditions, according to a report.
Tuesday, Dec. 28
Analysis: in retail notebook market, thin is in .... It's been said that in life, one can never be too rich or too thin.
Wednesday, Dec. 29
Force Field Wireless markets wireless-security paint ....A small startup in Silicon Valley has an anti-intrusion tool that sells for $69 a gallon--and you supply the brush.
Thursday, Dec. 30
Samsung sets aside $100 million for DRAM probe....South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. on Thursday (Dec. 30) said that it has set aside a $100 million provision against a DRAM price fixing scheme that has rocked the industry, according to published reports.
Friday, Dec. 31
MoSys' chairman, CEO resigns, cites health problems .... Fu-Chieh Hsu, chairman, president and chief executive of Monolithic System Technology Inc. (MoSys) on Friday (Dec. 31) announced that he has resigned from the company, effective Dec. 30.