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  • December 18. 2001:
    Micron Technology acquires DRAM business unit from Toshiba Corp.. The buy will include the Dominion Semiconductor fab in Manassas, Virginia but not the equipment there used to make flash memories. Jointly owned by SanDisk and Toshiba, the flash equipment will be moved to another location.
  • December 11. 2001:
    NeoMagic Corporation will acquire four-year-old Linkup Systems Corp., a Santa Clara-based supplier of RISC-based design cores, for about $5 million in stock.
  • December 11. 2001:
    TransDimension Inc. has acquired SoftConnex Technologies Inc. for an undisclosed price. SoftConnex provides software solutions for the embedded market, including USB host and device stacks for the USB 1.1 and 2.0 standards.
  • December 11. 2001:
    Pixelworks Inc. will acquire privately-held nDSP Corporation of Campbell, Calif., which supplies video processing ICs for enhanced displays in televisions, multimedia projectors, and flat-panel displays.
  • December 11. 2001:
    Lattice Semiconductor Corp. announced plans to acquire the field programmable gate array business of Agere Systems Inc. for $250 million in cash.
  • December 11. 2001:
    Advanced Power Technology Inc. [APT] plans to acquire GHz Technology Inc., a Santa Clara, Calif. based supplier of radio-frequency ICs, for $29.1 million in stock and cash.
  • December 05. 2001:
    Cambridge Display Technology (CDT) acquired Litrex Corporation from Gretag Imaging of Regensdorf, Switzerland for an undisclosed amount. Litrex is pioneering Piezo Micro Deposition (PMD) inkjet printing technology for precision manufacturing of the next generation of LEP color displays and electronic devices. CDT, owns the fundamental Intellectual Property (IP) and know-how portfolio for LEP technology.
  • December 05. 2001:
    RF Micro Devices Inc. has agreed to purchase IBM Corp.'s global positioning system (GPS) development operation for an undisclosed sum. IBM plans to transfer to IP associated with these products to RF Micro Devices Inc., which will then file for patent protection. The GPS operations will become part of RFMD's communications semiconductor division.
  • December 05. 2001:
    Eastman Kodak Co. and Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd. announced the formation of a $350 million joint venture to make products based on a new and emerging technology called organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs). The venture, SK Display Corporation, will make OLED displays for consumer devices, such as cameras, PDAs, and portableentertainment machines. Manufacturing will be based at a new plant in Japan. Each company will market and sell the displays.
  • November 12. 2001:
    German start-up Systemonic AG, a wireless comms platform provider, has bought key parts of Raytheon's RF Networking business.
  • November 01. 2001:
    The slumping networking industry has claimed another victim. Network processor startup Acorn Networks has laid off nearly all of its employees and is closing its doors. The company is undergoing a legal dissolution and its next step will probably be a Chapter 7 bankruptcy filing, chief executive Eric Broockman said.
  • October 31. 2001:
    Digi International Inc. announced that it has acquired NetSilicon Inc. for approximately $50 million in stock. With the acquisition of NetSilicon Digi gains a quick entry into the Ethernet/Internet Protocol (IP) - based embedded chip market.
  • October 29. 2001:
    Alliance Semiconductor Corp. announced that it has acquired PulseCore Semiconductor, Inc., a developer of chips based on mixed-signal technology, for $5 million in stock. PulseCore currently provides electromagnetic interference (EMI) suppression chips for use in PC and consumer applications.
  • October 29. 2001:
    Microtune Inc. announced to acquire Transilica, Inc., a San Diego-based developer of chips based on Bluetooth technology, for about $152 million in stock. The acquisition gives Microtune a quick entry into the Bluetooth-chip market.
  • October 25. 2001:
    Network-processor startup Entridia Corporation (Irvine, Calif.) has undertaken a major layoff and is pinning its survival hopes on an acquisition or takeover.
  • October 19. 2001:
    Startup Impinj Inc. has developed a process for recharacterizing CMOS transistors after they've been fabricated.
  • October 18. 2001:
    Toshiba Corp. and Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. announced they will merge their liquid-crystal display (LCD) and next-generation display businesses in a joint venture company, which will be launched in April 2002. Toshiba will own 60% of the new company with Matsushita owning 40%.
    The merger of the display businesses is expected to create the world's third largest LCD company. The new company will aim to achieve leading positions in the global LCD markets and other next-generation displays, including organic light emitting displays (OLEDs).
    The new joint-venture company will take over all of Toshiba's and Matsushita's manufacturing sites for LTP TFT LCDs, amorphous silicon TFT LCDs and super twisted nematic LCDs.
  • October 16. 2001:
    RF Micro Devices, Inc. announced plans to acquire privately-held RF Nitro Communications Inc. to expand its processes and products in gallium-nitride (GaN) and indium-gallium-phosphide (InGaP) technologies for a range of communications IC applications.
  • October 10. 2001:
    GlobeSpan Inc. announced plans to acquire Virata Corp. for $1.3 billion in stock.
  • September 20. 2001:
    Stanford Microdevices, Sunnyvale, Calif., will change its name to Sirenza Microdevices. The transition to the new name is expected to be complete by January 31, 2002. Stanford Microdevices is neither affiliated with nor sponsored or endorsed by Stanford University.
  • September 20. 2001:
    Philips Semiconductors Inc. has exited from the code-division multiple access (CDMA) chip set business, and simultaneously sold its CDMA reference design operations to China's Holley Communications Group Co. Ltd. Philips will continue to sell its existing CDMA-based chip set, which is a baseband processor for IS-95-enabled handsets. But the company will no longer develop future CDMA-based chip sets in the market.
  • September 11. 2001:
    Opti Inc. announced to shut down the company and sell its assets. The board decided to shut down Opti after it was unable to find a buyer for the troubled supplier of controllers for LCD, 1394, and Universal Serial Bus (USB) applications. Formed in 1989, Opti emerged as one the leading suppliers of PC chip sets in the 1990s.
  • September 06. 2001:
    Fairchild acquired Impala Linear Corp., a supplier of power management chips for a range of applications. The purchase was for $6 million in stock and cash. The San Jose company's analog power management products are used in handheld devices, including laptop PCs, MP3 audio players, cellular phones, portable test gear, and personal digital assistants (PDAs).
  • September 06. 2001:
    Hynix Semiconductor Inc. signed a definitive agreement to sell its thin film transistor LCD business to a new joint venture to be formed with an investor group led by Cando Corporation of Taiwan. Cando makes color filters for TFT LCD panels. The new joint venture with Hynix marks the firm's first major expansion into flat panel manufacturing.
  • September 04. 2001:
    Texas Instruments Inc. has purchased Graychip of Palo Alto, Calif., a privately-held supplier of re-configurable chip technology. Graychip's digital down converter (DDC) and digital up converter (DUC) chips are used in a variety of high-speed signal processing applications, including digital radio, wireless basestations, point-to-point microwave communications, broadband wireless access, cable modem head-ends, digital video and digital video distribution systems. Graychip's products also support multi-cellular standards, including third-generation W-CDMA handsets.
  • September 04. 2001:
    ST Assembly Test Services Ltd., a leading independent semiconductor test and advanced packaging service provider, announced the completion of the acquisition of 51% interest in Winstek Semiconductor Corporation, Taiwan. STATS subscribed to new shares issued by Winstek for a total consideration of approximately US$28 million in cash. Winstek has capabilities to test optical, mixed-signal, digital and radio frequency devices and provides an integrated range of services including wafer probe, final test, turnkey and drop shipment services. It has a 220,000 sq. ft 4-story plant at Chiung Lin, Hsin-Chu Hsien, Taiwan and a technical support office in San Jose, Calif.
  • August 30. 2001:
    Conexant Systems Inc. will sell its photomask-making operation to Photronics Inc. Photronics will become the primary supplier of advanced masks to Conexant under a new multi-year purchase agreement. Under the supply agreement, Photronics will provide photomasks and related services for both Conexant's Newport Beach and Newbury Park wafer manufacturing operations. Photronics and Conexant said they will also share product development roadmaps to accelerate technology in the future.
  • August 21. 2001:
    Cypress Semiconductor announced plans to acquire In-System Design Inc. of Boise, Idaho. In-System Design produces cutting-edge solutions for connectivity and USB technology. No manufacturing takes place in Boise. Cypress will pay $45 million in cash and assumed options, with provisions for additional employee performance bonuses. Privately-held In-Systems Design currently employs 70 people. The purchase is expected to be completed in September.
  • August 20. 2001:
    TransSwitch Corp., Shelton, Conn., has agreed to buy Onex Communications Corporation, a switch and router IC maker, for $75 in cash and stock. Onex's high-speed switching, routing, and grooming technology will seamlessly integrate into the TranSwitch product line. The combined product portfolio will further enable development of cost effective system architectures that address both service flexibility and increased bandwidth requirements of the next generation networks.
  • August 16. 2001:
    Dense-Pac Microsystems announced it has changed its name to DPAC Technologies Corp. to underscores efforts to diversify its business. The company offers its patented three-dimensional Memory Stack packages for memory modules in servers and networking systems. It also supplies high-density modules in surface-mount and through-hole lead style packages for aerospace and industrial applications.
  • August 12. 2001:
    Cirrus Logic acquired privately-held Stream Machine of Milpitas, California, a multimedia chip supplier. Its proprietary MPEG-2 compression chip technology is designed for use in DVD systems, personal video recorders, digital camcorders and PC video peripherals. It's Cirrus' fourth acquisition in the last five months.
  • August 10. 2001:
    Solectron Corporation acquired C-MAC Industries Inc. in a deal valued at about $2.7 billion. C-MAC has seven Canadian facilities in Quebec, Manitoba and Ontario. Solectron has facilities in Calgary, Alberta, and Vaughan, Ontario.
  • August 10. 2001:
    JMAR Semiconductor has completed its purchase of all outstanding equity in south Burlington, Vermont-based Semiconductor Advanced Lithography [SAL], a maker of X-Ray Lithography systems, gives San Diego-based JMAR access to advanced lithography capabilities.
  • August 08. 2001:
    Lansdale Semiconductor Inc. has acquired Motorola Inc.'s MC1350 product line of intermediate frequency (IF) and MC1490 radio frequency (RF) amplifiers under an agreement to continue supplying customers with devices after Motorola stops production of the two chip families.
  • August 02. 2001:
    Vishay acquires General Semiconductor for $538.9 million in stock and the assumption of $229.4 million in debt. General Semiconductor in Melville, N.Y., was formed in 1997 when Long Island-based General Instruments Corp. spun off its chip operations.
  • August 02. 2001:
    NEC Corporation of Japan has announced that it will spin off its Compound Semiconductor Device Division into a stand alone business. The new company will be called NEC Compound Semiconductor Devices Ltd. (NEC CSD Ltd.) and will be a wholly-owed subsidiary of NEC. The new NEC CSD Ltd. will be officially its own entity as of October 1, 2001.
  • July 31. 2001:
    Alcatel Optronics acquires Kymata, a technology leader providing next-generation planar passive optical components for the networking industry. The private company was founded in 1998 by Brendan Hyland and Richard Laming.
  • July 19. 2001:
    Cirrus Logic will acquire LuxSonor Semiconductors Inc., a supplier of DVD video processors.
  • July 19. 2001:
    Cirrus Logic will acquire ShareWave Inc., a designer of wireless networking products.
  • July 18. 2001:
    Netergy Networks change its name back to 8x8 Inc.!
  • July 3. 2001:
    SiRF Technology Inc. acquires global positioning systems (GPS) chip business from Conexant Systems. Six-year-old SiRF said it plans to retain all 25 employees from Conexant's GPS business. SiRF will establish offices in Newport Beach and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where Conexant's GPS employees are currently located.
  • June 28. 2001:
    Bay Semiconductors change its name to Bay Linear, Inc.. Bay Linear, Inc. is an analog semiconductor company headquartered in Livermore California USA. It has a broad range of Low Dropout CMOS (LDO) Regulators, DC-DC converters, Voltage Detectors, Power MOSFETs, Oscillators, Charge Pump, CMOS OP Amps, Positive & Negative Bipolar LDO's, Dual Slop Analog-to-Digital Converters, Voltage Reference, Shunt Regulators, Quad & Dual Operational Amplifiers, Audio Amplifiers, PWM Power Controllers, Power Factor Controller, Voice Recording/Play Controllers, Infrared Transmitter IC, as well as many other products.
  • June 28. 2001:
    Vishay Intertechnology Inc. announced that it will acquire the infrared components business of Germany's Infineon Technologies AG for $120 million.Under the terms, Vishay will take over Infineon's development, marketing and distribution activities in the infrared space. Infineon's infrared components business is headquartered in San Jose.
  • June 21. 2001:
    Hynix Semiconductor Inc. (formerly Hyundai Electronics Industries Co.) announced it will sell its thin film transistor liquid crystal display business to a new joint venture of Beijing Orient Electronics Group Co. (BOE) and Cando Corp. of Taiwan. Beijing Orient Electronics Group is a computer monitor and display manufacturer in China. Taiwan-based Cando Corp. makes color filters for TFT LCD displays.
  • June 13. 2001:
    Microsemi announced plans to acquire two Massachusetts-based companies, Compensated Devices Inc. [CDI] of Melrose and New England Semiconductor [NES] of Lawrence. Compensated Devices specializes in high-reliability diode, rectifier, and Schottky products. New England Semiconductor produces aerospace-grade bipolar transistors. The acquisitions expand Microsemi's chip product offering in military and aerospace applications
  • June 8. 2001:
    Stratos Lightwave Inc., noted within the compound semi industry for their work in VCSELs and HB-LEDs, is acquiring Advanced Interconnection Technology [AIT], located in Islip, New York. AIT designs and manufactures optical flex circuit products and equipment and related software.
  • June 8. 2001:
    Oplink Communications Inc. will acquiring the assets of privately held Aurora Photonics Inc. of Santa Clara, California. Aurora Photonics is a pioneer in tunable acousto-optic technologies, and holds six fundamental AO technology patents.
  • June 8. 2001:
    Amphenol Corp. announces purchase of Teradyne Inc. aerospace defense connector and backplane business.
  • June 8. 2001:
    Silicon Image Inc., Sunnyvale, Calif., announced it has acquired CMD Technology Inc., Irvine, Calif. Privately held before the acquisition, CMD will now operate as a business division of Silicon Image. CMD operations and employees will remain in place.
  • June 7. 2001:
    OZ Optics Ltd. announced it has acquired Bitmath Incorporated of Fremont, Calif. Bitmath develops complex mixed-signal CMOS ASICs, intellectual-property cores, and other products.
  • June 7. 2001:
    Cypress Semiconductor announced an agreement to acquire Lara Networks, a San Jose based company specializing in silicon-based packet processing products for wide-area-network infrastructure equipment.
  • June 5. 2001:
    Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. will acquire Versatile Optical Networks Inc. for $243 million in stock. Based in San Jose, Versatile designs and manufactures optical modules based on a multi-level, building-block architecture. Initial applications include optical switches, transponders, transponder arrays, and other networking equipment.
  • May 31. 2001:
    Cypress Semiconductor announced it will acquire ScanLogic. of Burlington, Mass. ScanLogic's USB chip family is designed for use in PDAs, cellular phones, set-top boxes, digital cameras, Internet appliances and automotive communication systems.
  • May 30. 2001:
    Mitel Corp. unveiled its new corporate name: Zarlink Semiconductor. Zarlink, the Canadian chip company will focus on wired, wireless and optical ICs as well as specialized ultra low-power chip sets for use in medical applications.
  • May 30. 2001:
    LSI Logic Corp. announced that it will acquire the assets of American Megatrends Inc.'s RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) business. American Megatrends Inc. [AMI] don't has any connections to AMI Semiconductor (formerly American Microsystems [AMI])
  • May 29. 2001:
    Century Semiconductor Inc. and Myson Technology Inc. have announced plans to merge their operations. The merged company will focus on the development of chips for communications, consumer and video applications. Century, a two-year-old fabless design house, develops digital signal processors (DSPs), embedded microcontrollers, LCD driver ICs, image sensors, fiber-optic chips as well as other products.
  • May 22. 2001:
    Agilent Technologies announced it will acquire four-year-old Sirius Communications, a Brussels-based developer of ASICs for CDMA cell phones and satellite communications systems.
  • May 16. 2001:
    TriQuint Semiconductor acquires Sawtek Incorporated, a maker of surface accoustical wave (SAW) devices based in Orlando, FL. in a deal worth about $1.6 billion.
  • May 10. 2001:
    Entegris Inc. of Chaska, Minn., will acquire privately held NT International, which designs and manufactures patented ultra high purity flow and pressure measurement sensors and controllers.
  • May 10. 2001:
    Parthus Technologies announced it will be acquiring total control of Silicon Systems Design (SSD). Silicon Systems Design was a joint venture between Geneva-basec STMicroelectronics and Parthus Technologies.
  • May 09. 2001:
    Infineon Technologies AG has founded a company with Saifun Semiconductors Ltd. The joint venutre, named Ingentix, will develop, manufacture and market flash memory products based on Saifun's patented nitrided read only memory (NROM) technology.
  • May 05. 2001:
    Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc. announced a partnership between its Analog Power Management Group and Taiwan's Champion Microelectronic Corp.
  • May 05. 2001:
    In a move to expand its reach in the communications chip market, Micrel Inc. announced that it has acquired Kendin Communications Inc. for $215 million in stock.
  • May 05. 2001:
    Zapex Research a wholly owned subsidiary of Emblaze Systems Ltd., fromerly Geo Interactive, announced the name change of the company to Emblaze Research. Emblaze Research, based in Israel, is a semiconductor company specializing in highly integrated digital video chips for the consumer, mobile and cellular markets.
  • April 30. 2001:
    Infineon Technologies acquires Catamaran Communications of San Jose. Catamaran is a designer and supplier of 10-Gbit Ethernet applications.
  • April 27. 2001:
    Cirrus Logic is acquiring the assets of Peak Audio based in Boulder, Colorado, Peak Audio is a supplier of digital audio chips.
  • April 24. 2001:
    Intel buys three optical networking componet makers: Cognet Microsystems, based in Los Angeles, nSerial Corporation, based in Santa Clara and LightLogic, based in Newark, Calif.
  • April 17. 2001:
    Millipore Microelectronics transfers its microelectronics businesses into a new wholly-owned subsidiary called Mykrolis Corporation.
  • April 17. 2001:
    QuickLogic Inc. acquires V3 Semiconductor Inc., based in Toronto. V3 is a manufacturer of ASSPs for telecommunications and Internet infrastructure systems.
  • April 06. 2001:
    On February 15. 2001 KOA Speer Electronics, Inc. acquired Tama Electric Co.. Tama, a supplier of resistors, sensors and varistors, was a subsidiary of NEC Japan.
  • April 03. 2001:
    IDT [Integrated Device Technology] announced it will spend $80 million in cash to acquire four-year-old Newave Semiconductor Corp., a fabless startup based in Shanghai.
  • April 03. 2001:
    Vishay Intertechnology Inc. announced its intention to acquire General Semiconductor Inc. of Melville, N.Y., in a proposed stock swap. General Semiconductor was formed in 1997 by a spin-off from General Instruments Corp. At the time of writing, it was not immediately clear whether General Semiconductor was interested in discussing the proposed acquisition. Vishay expanded its presence in semiconductors when it purchased a large portion of Temic Telefunken Microelectronics in Germany.
  • April 03. 2001:
    Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. of Camarillo, Calif., announced that it has agreed to acquire Exbit Technology to expand its technology for high-speed ICs for communications and networks. Exbit is a fabless semiconductor company based in Danemark and develops chip sets and intellectual property (IP) cores for high-speed networks and communications.
  • April 03. 2001:
    Anadigics Inc. announced it has acquired Telcom Devices Corp., a supplier of indium-phosphide photodiodes for telecommunications and data networking applications.
  • March 27. 2001:
    LSI Logic acquires C-Cube Microsystems Inc. for $878 million in stock. C-Cube has been an early supplier of MPEG-based solutions for digital video systems. It is serving digital set-top boxes, DVD systems, and other coder-decoder (codec) applications, such as personal video recording (PVR), home media servers, recordable DVD, residential gateway and streaming video. C-Cube's customers include Sony, Samsung, LG Electronics, JVC, Motorola, Pace and Philips.
  • March 22. 2001:
    ATI Technologies acquires FGL Graphics business line from SONICblue. FGL Graphics develops the Fire GL brand of OpenGL-based graphics accelerators for NT and Linux-powered workstations. ATI will acquire FGL Graphics' business contracts with Compaq, Dell, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, IBM and Siemens, the right to use the technology-leading Fire GL brand name and 35 employees at FGL Graphics research and development and marketing facilities in Munich (Germany) and San Jose.
  • March 13. 2001:
    Acer Inc. and UMC [United Microelectronics] announced yesterday the merger of their subsidiaries Acer Display Technology Inc. [ADTI] and Unipac Optoelectronics Corp. to form AU Optronics. Following the merger, ADTI will be renamed AU Optronics Corp. and claims that its total capacity will make it the second largest display maker in the world.
  • March 09. 2001:
    Hyundai Electronics Industries [HEI] [Korea] announced yesterday that it will change its name to Hynix Semiconductor Inc.. According to Hyundai Semiconductor, Hynix Semiconductor Inc. will be valid immediately.
  • March 08. 2001:
    Amkor, the largest chip maker in the world, will acquire Taiwan Semiconductor Technology Corporation [TSTC]. TSTC is a dedicated IC packaging service provider and a joint venture founded by Acer group, Amkor Technology Inc., Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacture Corporation, United Test Center Inc. and ChingFong S&T on July 1, 1998. The company is a leading IC packaging solutions provider.
  • March 07. 2001:
    Amkor, the largest chip maker in the world, has reached an agreement to acquire a 56% stake of Sampo Semiconductor Corp.. Sampo Semiconductor , serves customers such as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. [TSM] and United Microelectronics Corp. [UMC]. TSM and UMC are the world's largest two foundries.
  • February 27. 2001:
    Intel on Monday announced a deal to acquire VxTel, a producer of chips for optical networks. Intel will pay $550 million for the privately held company, based in Fremont, Calif. Since 1999, Intel, the Santa Clara, California-based chipmaker has acquired some 26 companies.
  • February 26. 2001:
    The Hyderabad (India) - based MosChip Semiconductor Technology Ltd. has acquired the Silicon Valley- based NetMos Technology in an all share swap deal. Netmos specialises in supplying semiconductors in the area of PCI bus peripherals while Moschip concentrates in the area of consumer electronics and data communications.
  • February 20. 2001:
    Hyundai Electronics Industries Co. Ltd.
    By converting itself into a chip maker completely divorced from its parent, the company believes it can pull itself out of red ink.
    First, Hyundai Electronics Industries (HEI) plans to sell its fruitless LCD panel operation, telecommunications chip unit, and plant infrastructure support activities. To reflect the changes, the chip maker will unveil a new corporate name in June, dropping all references to Hyundai.
    The main semiconductor group, which accounts for 80% of HEI's business, had a $1.25 billion operating profit last year. With all financial accounting problems wiped from the books in a $2 billion special charge, HEI expects the restructured company to be profitable this year, even in the face of the current DRAM price downfall.
  • February 19. 2001:
    M/A-COM Incorporated (which is owned by Tyco Electronics) recently acquired Stellex Electronics, Inc. from Stellex Technologies Inc.
    Stellex Electronics, Inc. includes Stellex Microwave Systems, Inc. and Phoenix Microwave Corporation. Read the Press Release.
  • February 13. 2001:
    BCcomponents takes on
    multi-layer ceramic capacitors from Taiwan.

    BCcomponents has signed a deal with Taiwan-based ceramic multi-layer chip capacitor manufacturer Walsin Technology to extend its existing portfolio of electrolytic, film and ceramic disc capacitors. Walsin products will be marketed globally under the BCcomponents' trade name as part of its standard product portfolio. Starting from 1 April, Walsin's MLCCs will be available from BCcomponents in Europe, Asia/Pacific and NAFTA. Nazario Proietto, CEO of BCcomponents, said: "This partnership will enable us to further grow in SMD and establishes a solid market base for the leading edge MLCC technology of Walsin". Walsin Technology currently holds more than 35% market share for MLCCs in Taiwan.
  • February 07. 2001:
    Communicant Semiconductor Technologies AG (Communicant) was launched today with Intel and the IHP (Innovations for High Performance microelectronics) as strategic investors. Communicant will be a "pure-play" integrated circuits foundry serving the wireless, broadband, and high-performance markets. Communicant has concluded technology licensing agreements with the IHP and Intel. Both companies are taking equity positions in Communicant. A state-of-the-art $1.5B facility is to be constructed in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany.
    Intel is providing a high-performance 0.18 µm CMOS technology and an equity investment. IHP, a microelectronics research and development center in Frankfurt will provide a proprietary, high-performance silicon-germanium-carbon (SiGe:C) technology. These advanced technologies, together with key intellectual property will enable Communicant to provide modular, high-performance SiGe:C BiCMOS and CMOS processes for the rapidly growing wireless and broadband communication market.
    The Communicant fabrication facility will be operational in 3Q 2002, with production start planned for 1Q 2003. At full capacity, the facility will have an output of 30,000 eight-inch wafers per month. Prototyping services will be available as early as 3Q 2001. "Copy exact" procedures will be used to provide customers with a seamless transfer to Communicant's volume production.
    Communicant Semiconductor Technologies AG's WEBSITE: Communicant.de
  • February 06. 2001:
    National Semiconductor Corp acquires Innocomm Wireless, a designer of chipsets for wireless networking applications. Innocomm recently developed single-chip Bluetooth radio transceivers as well as HomeRF chipsets for wireless LANs.
  • February 05. 2001:
    Cypress Semiconductor acquires HiBand Semiconductors Inc., a supplier of mixed-signal IC's.
  • February 05. 2001:
    Knürr AG, a German enclosure manufacturer, acquires the Newmarket (Ireland) production facility for enclosures from Quante Telecommunications Ltd.. Knürr plans to expand the building and to increase the workforce. The target is a manufacturing capacity of 25'000 racks per year, up from 10'000 racks.
  • February 05. 2001:
    Alpine Microsystems and Ellipsiz, a spinoff of SingaTrust, establish a substrate wafer fab manufacturing center in Singapore. The new company will be called MicroRoutes and will manufacture Alpine's patented MicroBoard(R) silicon substrates.
  • February 05. 2001:
    United Microelectronics [UMC] as well as GlobalLink One Capital, Hallador Ventures, Sevin Rosen, J.W. Seligman and Hambrecht & Quist invest US$ 18 million in Netlogic Microsystems.
  • February 05. 2001:
    Agilent Technologies Ireland Ltd., a subsidiary of Agilent Technologies Inc. buys MV Technology Ltd., a provider of automated optical inspection systems.
  • February 03. 2001:
    Winbond Electronics Corp. acquires a minority stake in NexFlash Technologies Inc., a spinoff of ISSI [Integrated Silicon Solutions]. The stake was purchased for US$ 33 million.
  • January 29. 2001:
    In a surprise move, Maxim Inc. today announced an agreement to acquire Dallas Semiconductor Corp. for about $2.5 billion in stock. The agreement comes two months after a heart attack killed C.V. ("Vin") Prothro, Dallas Semiconductor's president, CEO, and chairman.
  • January 22. 2001:
    Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc. announced plans to acquire the discrete power chip business from Intersil Corp. for $338 million in cash. The purchase is aimed at making Fairchild the world's second largest supplier of power MOSFET devices with about 20% of the $3 billion market.
  • January 22. 2001:
    Conexant Systems Inc. announced that it has selected a corporate name for its new and independent Internet infrastructure company: Mindspeed Technologies Inc.
  • January 19. 2001:
    Tower Semiconductors, an independent wafer manufacturer strategically focused on advanced Flash memory and CMOS Image Sensor technologies, plans to meet anticipated future demand for smaller and more powerful chips by constructing a second fab that will operate in geometries of 0.18-micron and below. Today, Tower provides manufacturing and turnkey services for integrated circuits on silicon wafers in geometries from 1.0 to 0.35 micron. The new fab, whose groundbreaking ceremony is expected within two weeks, will use advanced materials and advanced CMOS technology from Toshiba. Over $1Billion has been committed to this new fab, including strategic alliances with Macronix, SanDisk, Alliance Seminconductor, and QuickLogic.
  • January 16. 2001:
    Cypress announced plans to acquire IMI [International Microcircuits Inc.] for $125 million in cash.
  • January 8. 2001:
    Broadcom announced that it will acquire ServerWorks Corp. of Santa Clara, California, for $ 957 in stock. ServerWork is a leading I/O semiconductor company.
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