With SONY CORP.'s technical guidance, BROADCOM CORP., an Irvine, California developer of high-speed semiconductors for cable modems, has come up with what it says is the first single-chip solution capable of receiving cable television signals as well as terrestrial digital TV broadcast signals. The consumer electronics giant will use the DTV/QAM (quadrature amplitude modulation, the portion of the device for CATV signals) chips in its high-definition/standard-definition television set-top boxes and TV sets. However, the agreement with Sony is not exclusive.
In the latest expansion of its long-established San Diego, California integrated circuit packaging plant, KYOCERA CORP. is adding a $5.7 million assembly line for flip chips. Expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of this year, the line will be able to assemble land grid array, ball grid array and pin grid array ceramic flip chip packages with lead counts greater than 300 input/output connections. Last fall, the world's top maker of IC packages invested $11 million in the factory (see Japan-U.S. Business Report No. 336, September 1997, pp. 6-7).
Austin, Texas-based AERA CORP., a manufacturer of mass gas-flow controllers for the semiconductor industry that is owned by NIPPON TYLAN CORP., has introduced an Ultra Sonic Flowmeter designed specifically for use in chemical mechanical polishing operations at wafer fabrication facilities. The USF100A-K measures the flow of the CMP slurry. It is reported to incorporate several features that enable higher purity in both flow measurement and wafer polishing.
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