With the acquisition, AEM broadens its global solution offerings beyond logic IC
handlers and RF test and measurement, to include complete MEMS testing solutions.
Orders have fallen recently due to the tough operating environment in US and Europe but are set to recover in the next quarters due to increased investments for microfabrication of logic IC
manufacturers and foundries, JCR said.
The brokerage said the output value of the worldwide logic IC
(Integrated Circuit) sector has grown
Tessera recently conducted a study to evaluate pitch trends for the logic IC
in mobile applications from 2003 to 2007.
The size and structure of logic IC
packages limit parallelism to just a few devices.
Thus, the rate of increase of transistors per die per year for microprocessors may draw even closer to that of memory ICs (Figure 1), and the devices on the logic IC
may rise toward 100 million by the year 2000.
FPG, they said, would use the companys patented technologies to strengthen its DRAM subsidiaries process technologies and patents, Toshiba and Micron may combine Elpidas DRAM technologies with their NAND Flash chips, and TSMC may branch out into DRAM foundry from logic IC
foundry by acquiring Elpidas technologies.
An alternative approach which makes use of 'on-the-fly' configuration of the programmable logic IC
should also be considered.
Future products in this family will integrate proprietary technology from ST's new Xpander Logic family, which helps to overcome limitations in the number of Input/Output (I/O) ports in MCU-based embedded systems by reassigning I/O-intensive tasks to an ultra-low-power Xpander Logic IC
. The technology allows an existing system processor to use a wide range of additional intelligent functions through a fast I2C interface, including a keypad controller capable of supporting up to 96 keys, with ghost key, multiple key and hot-key handling; and LED brightness control through a PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation) controller.
Advantest Corp, Japan's leading maker of chip-testing equipment, expects an 80% increase in US orders for equipment related to logic IC
production for fiscal 1999, said president Hiroshi Ohura.
Some industry watchers estimated TSMC's shipments of logic IC
and microprocessors on contract basis will increase at annual rate of 7% and 6% this year, respectively.
Silego Technology announced the GreenPAK 2, a one-time programmable logic IC
with programmable analog components.