<p>So what did we decide on? Our first try was to combine Orbit Semiconductor for prototype runs and initial volumes with a very large Santa Clara microprocessor company as our production facility. The choice was problematic as the processor company’s demand fell and rose; foundry services were not its main business, and we had some significant variability in production schedules. The production uncertainty doomed this relationship. Re-enter the offshore option.</p>

Traditionally, larger EMS players have added midsize companies to their rosters, said Roger Norberg, an analyst at J.P. Morgan H&Q in Minneapolis. But now, midsize EMS companies are folding the next layer down,” he said. The next layer down traditionally is a company that is not public and is probably not that substantially capitalized, with one or two plants and one major customer.”

Finally, System Compiler Designer can automatically generate a vector-based HDL regression test from C/C++ simulation. Testbench stimulus and result vectors are saved in a cycle-by-cycle” file from the C/C++ simulation, and then replayed through an automatically generated HDL testbench. The customer immediately knows if there is any kind of functional mismatch between the C and HDL models,” Park said.

System Compiler Designer will be available in the second quarter starting at $95,000. Existing System Compiler users under maintenance will be upgraded at no charge.

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Worldwide semiconductor revenue is projected to decline 17% this year, to $188 billion, according to the latest forecast by Dataquest Inc.

In 2001, all product types are seeing a serious decline in revenue, with the DRAM- and Flash-heavy memory category dropping 26%, the company said. In 2002, memory is expected to grow at roughly 26%, but this will not return the revenue to its $68 billion high of last year, Dataquest said.

A fairly slow recovery is expected to bring 2002 revenue to $213 billion, growing 13%. The semiconductor industry won't see revenue totals match the results in 2000 until sometime in 2003 when the industry is projected to reach nearly $265 billion, the San Jose company added.

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AUSTIN, Texas — Bob Helms, director of silicon technology research at Texas Instruments Inc., has been named president of International Sematech, effective July 1. The former Stanford University professor is expected to replace Mark Melliar-Smith as chief executive officer of Sematech this September.

Helms will become the fourth head of Sematech, a semiconductor manufacturing consortium founded in 1988 by U.S.-based chip makers concerned with the encroaching power of overseas suppliers, particularly those in Japan. Melliar-Smith, who has directed Sematech since 1997, is credited with opening the consortium to non-U.S. members. International Sematech now employs about 600 people here.

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Helms is vice-chairman of Sematech's executive steering council and has served as a member of the ESC for the past three years. He joined TI in 1997 and has held various research management jobs there. He earned a bachelor's degree in engineering physics at the University of California at Berkeley, and master's and doctoral degrees in electrical engineering at Stanford. After a three-year stint at Exxon Research, Helms joined the Stanford faculty in 1976. His research at Stanford was concentrated in semiconductor process technology and new materials. He was named professor emeritus at Stanford last year.

Melliar-Smith plans to remain at Sematech until the end of the year to guide the transition. He said he has been planning the succession for the past year. A periodic change in leadership at the top is part of what keeps us open to new perspectives and approaches,” he said.

Me: Me too!

But then we (well, Gina) heard some dreadful news. The breeder had decided to keep the girl kitten — we could only have the boy. I tried to be brave. We British are famous for the stiff upper lip. I was managing really well until I came home about two weeks ago to find a black rescue kitten roaming around the house. Its name is Mandy. (Well, its name was Mandy. Now it’s called Coco, or Coconut.)

For the first week Mandy… Coco… Coconut was a sweet little bundle of joy. Then we went to pick up the boy kitten. Gina calls him Drummer. Gina’s mother calls him Jean-Paul. I have no idea why, but I think of him as Harrogate. Irrespective of what we call him, Coconut-Mandy became insanely jealous, growling and clawing anyone who went near her. Gina’s hands and arms were covered in scratches.

It turns out that Gina had stayed in touch with the woman who gave us Coconut-Mandy. It seems this woman always has a houseful of rescue cats that she places with good homes. I understand this lady has a husband who hates cats. (I feel his pain.) For the first few days, Gina was contemplating returning Coconut-Mandy. The main thing that held her back was that the lady had told Gina that her husband would be really upset.

I wanted to scream, No! You don’t say!”

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