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posted in March 1999

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Soaring mask costs roil fine-geometry ASICs
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3/26/1999   Post a comment
ASIC designers planning to use the latest CMOS processes may be in for a shock when it comes to non-recurring-engineering charges, EE Times has learned. Mask charges for 0.18-micron and future processes will be substantially greater that what most designers have expected — estimated between $130k and $300k per set, depending on the source and the complexity of the semiconductor process — a range of analysts, ASIC vendors and mask makers agreed.
Analysis: Old demons return to haunt AMD's K6
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3/12/1999   Post a comment
Besieged from all sides, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. this week warned of a 300-person layoff and another major quarterly loss, and was quickly hammered by a pair of investor lawsuits. The company traced its difficulties to severe price competition on the low-cost K6-2 family of CPUs and production problems with the newly announced K6-III processor.


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