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17:19 ET TAIWAN'S CHIP-DESIGN HOUSES SET UP SHOP IN JAPAN


Aug 14, 2000 (Tech Web - CMP via COMTEX) -- HSINCHU, Taiwan -- Faraday Technology Corp. and two other Taiwanese chip-design houses are planning to establish offices in Japan to garner business from the world's second-largest semiconductor manufacturing market.

Faraday, which provides ASIC and intellectual-property design services, is slated to open a sales office in Tokyo in the fourth quarter.

"The market is significant," said Frankwell Lin, a vice president at Faraday, Hsinchu, Taiwan. "Our target customers include all of the big names like Toshiba, NEC (stock: NIPNY), you name it." Faraday is about 20 percent owned by semiconductor-wafer foundry United Micro Electronics Corp. (UMC).

Faraday and two smaller chip-design houses, Elan Microelectronics Corp. and Integration Circuit Solution Inc., both based in Hsinchu, Taiwan, are eager to tap into increasing Japanese demand, analysts said. The country will buy $1.74 billion worth of semiconductor products from Taiwan this year, a jump of 30 percent from 1999, according to Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute.

Faraday is expecting its overseas business to constitute 50 percent of total sales in coming years, increasing from a forecast of 40 percent this year, Lin said. The company has raised its 2000 sales target by 16 percent, to $70 million, reflecting better-than-expected demand.

Elan and analog and mixed-signal designer Integration Circuit are scheduled to open their offices in Japan next year.

Although no Japanese companies have specifically indicated plans to turn to Taiwan for chip-design services, analysts say it's just a matter of time. Japanese semiconductor makers can benefit from Taiwan's cheaper costs and the solid foundry support offered by UMC and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC), the world's top two pure-play foundries, said Eric Wang, head of regional semiconductor research at ABN AMRO in Taipei.

Taiwan has increasingly become a high-tech outsourcing center for Japan. TSMC (stock: TSM), a manufacturer for Fujitsu, NEC, and other Japanese companies, said about 7 percent of its second-quarter sales were generated in Japan, up from about 5 percent in the first quarter.

UMC said its orders from Hitachi (stock: HIT) are increasing, while the two companies early this year agreed to build a joint 12-in.-wafer fab in Japan. Meanwhile, Toshiba is outsourcing its DRAM production to Winbond Electronics Corp., Hsinchu, Taiwan. Mitsubishi has a similar arrangement with Powerchip Semiconductor Corp., Hsinchu, Taiwan.

Consumer electronic products, such as DVD players and digital cameras, are likely to be among those that Taiwan's design houses will be targeting, said Alfred Yin, a vice president at Primasia Securities Co. in Taipei.



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17:19 ET AMD UNDERCUTS INTEL WITH LATEST CHIP PRICES
Aug 14, 2000 (Tech Web - CMP via COMTEX) -- Advanced Micro Devices Inc. finally agreed to reduce the price of its 1-GHz Athlon microprocessors, introducing its 1.1-GHz Athlon in the process. Full Story

17:19 ET NO STRIDES IN VERIZON STRIKE
New York, Aug 14, 2000 (123Jump via COMTEX) -- As communications company Verizon (NYSE:VZ) enters its ninth day of strikes, union leaders claim negotiations are regressing due to Verizon's most recent proposals that union workers say do not address many key issues that affect Verizon employees. Full Story

17:19 ET IBM ADDS LINUX TO THIN-CLIENT COMPUTERS
Aug 14, 2000 (Tech Web - CMP via COMTEX) -- IBM, which recently announced that it wants to make Linux available throughout its products, has taken the first steps closer to meeting its goal. Full Story

14:49 ET CA'S FATE RESTS IN KUMAR'S HANDS
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14:49 ET INDIAN GOVT WITHDRAWS STATEMENT ON ACTION AGAINST MICROSOFT
NEW DELHI, Aug 14, 2000 (AsiaPulse via COMTEX) -- In a curious development, the overnment withdrew a statement on action against global software giant Microsoft for alleged unfair trade practices in India, a charge contested by the company. Full Story

14:49 ET CHINA TO FOCUS ON SOFTWARE INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT
BEIJING, Aug 14, 2000 (AsiaPulse via COMTEX) -- China will take measures to accelerate the development of its software industry over the next five years, said an official of the Ministry of Science and Technology. Full Story




 
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