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The virus, which TSMC said was accidentally spread by misoperation during the software installation process for a new tool, affected a number of the company's computer systems and fab tools in Taiwan. The company said Sunday that about 80% of the impacted tools had been recovered and that a full recovery is expected Monday.

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The virus, which TSMC said was accidentally spread by misoperation during the software installation process for a new tool, affected a number of the company's computer systems and fab tools in Taiwan. The company said Sunday that about 80% of the impacted tools had been recovered and that a full recovery is expected Monday.

Last week, a representative of the SEMI trade association testified before a U.S. interagency panel weighing trade tariffs against China, calling for a removal of more than 100 products from the tariff list. Jonathan Davis, global vice president of industry advocacy at SEMI, told the panel that an escalation of the trade dispute could result in higher consumer prices, an expanded U.S. trade deficit, and a slowdown in U.S. economic growth.

But Davis — who also voiced support for intellectual property protections — said the tariffs if imposed could ultimately undercut the ability of U.S. chipmakers to sell overseas, stifling innovation and curbing U.S. technological leadership.

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We are happy that both sides have come to the table and agreed to suspend the tariffs,” Jamie Girard, senior director of public policy at SEMI, told EE Times Monday.

Girard said the tariff proposals had caused a lot of consternation among SEMI's member companies in both the U.S. and China. He called the suspension of the tariffs a good start for putting together a framework of talks that could lead to constructive negotiations, but cautioned that the devil will be in the details” as the two sides come together for further discussions on the trade deficit, intellectual property protection and other issues.

— Dylan McGrath is the editor-in-chief of EE Times.

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People who are really serious about software should make their own hardware.” — Alan Kay

As part of EE Times’ look at Apple’s march to becoming the first trillion-dollar company, I will look at their modern” semiconductor work.

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To do this, I first need to think about the iPhone. It is the defining product on the road to the trillion-dollar milestone. When the iPhone was unveiled on Jan. 9, 2007, it was a departure from the existing phone paradigm.

Steve Jobs described it as a widescreen iPod with touch controls, a revolutionary mobile phone, and a breakthrough internet communicator.” That day, he also introduced a new operating system: iPhoneOS, aka iOS.

That’s what I regard as the birth notice of Silicon Valley,” said Gibbons of the contract that spawned Fairchild Semiconductor.

By July 1959, Shockley Labs was able to make as many as a thousand four-layer diodes a month. Unfortunately, Western Electric, seen as a big target customer, decided not to use them. Beckman sold the lab for a million dollars and Shockley took a job at Stanford.

Ostensibly a failure, the company incubated much more than a few early silicon components, argued Gibbons. It gave rise to the idea of quickly bootstrapping new tech companies backed by a new breed of venture capitalists. Eventually, they spawned a semiconductor capital equipment sector and CMOS processes that replaced bipolar technology.

Taking all the companies and VCs and suppliers into account, you could call it the first trillion-dollar startup,” he said, adding that there’s a lot of Silicon Valley in this motion” of quickly forming new companies around fresh tech ideas.

The audience, which included a handful of former Shockley employees and more than a dozen veterans of Fairchild, laughed and applauded. They shared stories over finger food at a reception in a courtyard behind the revamped 391 S. San Antonio Road.

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