Electronics Weekly Archived News & Resources

IMEC plans to supply China with 0.13µm technology

IMEC plans to supply China with 0.13µm technologyDavid MannersIMEC, the Belgian microelectronics R&D house, is talking to the mainland China foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) about supplying 0.13µm process technology.However, the move would appear to infringe the Wasserman Agreement on restricting sales…

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Infineon supplies 300mm process to Chinese fabs

Infineon supplies 300mm process to Chinese fabsNews TeamGrace Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (GSMC) of Shanghai and Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) of Beijing are in competition to see who makes the first 300mm wafer in mainland China and both, according to reports, are getting technology from Infineon Technologies.Infineon is providing…

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Infineon signs DRAM deal with Chinese

Infineon signs DRAM deal with ChineseDavid MannersInfineon Technologies has linked up with the mainland Chinese foundry SMIC (Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation) in a technology-for-wafers swap which should give it an extra 20,000 wafers a month by 2005.Under the deal, Infineon will transfer its 0.14micron process…

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China attracts and challenges

Although Taiwan is pursuing a manufacturing love-in with the Chinese mainland, a similar route into this important growth market for non-Chinese companies is fraught with difficulties. “Over 3,500 of our member companies have set up over 6,000 factories in mainland China,” says W.J.Chen deputy…

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Chip off the old block...

Chip off the old block…Harry YeatesPoor old silicon. There must have been a time when the Periodic Table’s 14thmember thought it had the semiconductor market sewn up. But you can’t stop progress,and the stalwart of 40 years of head-over-heels development is now being passed…

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Advantage digital amps

Advantage digital ampsSteve BushLike weeds, digital audio power amplifier chips are springing up all over the place.Three years ago there were only a few low-performance devices on the market. Now there areseveral that can easily beat the old hi-fi thresholds of under 0.1 per cent distortion…

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Wrapper's delight

Wrapper’s delightRichard BallThe past few years have seen enormous advances in analogue chip processes. Parameterssuch as on-resistance for Mosfets have plummeted, but the devices can only be as good asthe packages they go into. Manufacturers have spent the last two or three years catching up with the die…

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The choice is yours...

The choice is yours…Richard WilsonThe specifying and buying of analogue semiconductors can present the design engineerwith one of the most challenging and wide-ranging of component choices. From mixed-signalICs to power semiconductors, discretes to RF and microwave devices, there is probably abigger choice of supplier and variety of…

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