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TSMC uses Mentor Graphics’ Eldo for 40-nm cell library characterization
To characterize cells in its 40-nm standard cell libraries, the world’s leading semiconductor foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd said today it will use the Eldo analog simulation tool from Wilsonville, Ore-based chip design tool provider Mentor Graphics Corp.

Sematech engineers advance EUV resist technology to 22-nm
In a critical step toward creating the infrastructure for extreme ultraviolet lithography in high volume manufacturing at the 22-nm half-pitch node, engineers from Sematech have worked closely with researchers from major resist suppliers to demonstrate chemically amplified EUV resist platforms that support 22-nm half-pitch resolution.

Q2 silicon wafer shipments show modest rise, impacted by macroeconomic concerns, SEMI says
Reflecting macroeconomic concerns and following the slightly weaker Q1, silicon wafer area shipments on a worldwide basis grew more than 6% sequentially during Q2 over Q1 area shipments, according to industry association SEMI’s silicon manufacturers group in its quarterly analysis of the silicon wafer industry.

Gartner ‘surprised’ by semiconductor market’s robust 1H
Gartner shares an optimistic view of the semiconductor market after it records 5% sales growth for the first half. The research company points to demand growth from PCs and cell phones, but questions just how long that will last. “Notably, it is demand in the emerging regions that has fueled this unit growth in these two important markets. The question is: How long before demand slows down in the likes of China, India, Russia, and South America?” Richard Gordon, a research VP at Gart

Avnet's Harley Feldberg: Distribution evolution
Electronic Business recently spoke with Harley Feldberg, president of Avnet Electronics Marketing, about the company's June quarter, how Avnet buffered the economy, the lack of organic growth in the distribution market and the new M&S structure that has encouraged, what impact the Olympics is going to have on business in Asia, plus the changing inventory models that make up the modern day electronics supply chain.

Ambric, Pixellexis to develop ISO/IEC 15444-compliant JPEG2K codec
Beaverton, Ore-based massively parallel processor array developer Ambric Inc is working with Pixellexis Systems & Technologies to develop an ISO/IEC 15444-compliant JPEG2K codec.

ITC upholds Broadcom patent-infringement claim against SiRF
As it did in Round One, Broadcom has prevailed in Round Two of a GPS patent dispute with SiRF Technology, as a US ITC (International Trade Commission) judge Friday ruled that SiRF products infringe six patents belonging to Global Locate, a wholly owned Broadcom subsidiary.

Applied Materials donates more than $5M in equipment, services to UC Berkeley
With the aim of advancing semiconductor research, Santa Clara, Calif-based semiconductor manufacturing equipment leader Applied Materials is donating more than $5 million worth of processing equipment and services to the University of California, Berkeley’s Nanofabrication Laboratory in the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society. The company also inked a 5-year service deal for its SunFab thin film solar module manufacturing line.

Intel’s Nehalem-based chips to carry “Intel Core” brand
For its upcoming high performance and energy efficiency desktop processors based on its “Nehalem” architecture, Santa Clara, Calif-based chip giant Intel Corp said today that the chips will be branded “Intel Core processor,” with the first products in the family, including an “Extreme Edition” version, to carry an “i7” identifier and formally branded as “Intel Core i7 processors.”

TSMC, UMC report July sales, weakened by lagging demand
Hsinchu, Taiwan-based semiconductor foundry leader Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd and the world’s second largest foundry Taipei, Taiwan-based United Microelectronics Corp both announced July sales that were weakened by the global slowing on a macroeconomic level.