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Last week, 3Com executives announced the company will contract with Flextronics International Pte. Ltd. and Jabil Circuit Inc. to handle all of its manufacturing and supply chain operations. While a blessing for the two EMS providers, the move also represents a clear sign that 3Com's distressed business requires major surgery to restore it to financial health, according to analysts.

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Last week, 3Com executives announced the company will contract with Flextronics International Pte. Ltd. and Jabil Circuit Inc. to handle all of its manufacturing and supply chain operations. While a blessing for the two EMS providers, the move also represents a clear sign that 3Com's distressed business requires major surgery to restore it to financial health, according to analysts.

A reader IC that communicates with the micro-chip has been developed by Renesas Technology, the spin-off formed by the merged semiconductor operations of Hitachi and Mitsubishi Electric Corp. The single-chip reader is packaged in a 28-pin QFN and has an output power of 10 milliwatts without an external amplifier. It can be mounted in a space measuring 2 x 2 cm, small enough to add the reader function to cellular phones and PDAs, Hitachi said. Samples will be available early next year.

Both the micro-chip version with an integrated antenna and the Renesas reader IC were demonstrated in Tokyo last week at Auto-ID Expo 2003.

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SHANGHAI, China — Chinese silicon foundry startup Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) today (Sept. 13, 2003) announced it has raised $630 million in funding through the issuance of Series C preference shares.

Existing shareholders participating in this financing include Shanghai Industrial Holdings, H&Q Asia Pacific, Walden International, Temasek, and a Singapore consortium led by Vertex Management. New investors in SMIC include New Enterprise Associates, Oak Investment Partners, and Beida Microelectronics Investment (Hong Kong).

SMIC's 8-inch fab facilities in Shanghai have reached a capacity of more than 40,000 wafers per month. Capital raised from the issuance of Series C Preference Shares will be used for the expansion of the three fabs in Shanghai as well as the development of the new 300-mm facility in Beijing.

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LONDON — The venture capital market is beginning to heat up after a long dry spell. Who are the venture capitalists' betting on this time around? Two promising device startups, Nantero Inc. and NanoOpto Corp., are the latest companies to garner venture capital funding.

Nantero, a Woburn, Mass.-based start-up company looking to use nanometer-scale structures to create a nonvolatile RAM, said Monday (September 8, 2003) that it has received its second round of investment worth $10.5 million.

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The new lead investor Charles River Ventures was joined by returning investors; Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Stata Venture Partners and Harris & Harris Group. The $10.5 million complements a $6 million first round announced in October 2001. Bruce Sachs and Bill Tai, both partners at Charles River Ventures, have joined Nantero's board of directors.

Earlier in 2003 Nantero announced it had developed the basis of a 10-Gbit memory, an array of more than 10 billion carbon nanotube junctions” on a silicon wafer (see May 8 story). The company claims that its non-volatile memory is a candidate to replace all existing types of memory component including DRAM, SRAM and flash and that the prototype wafer was produced using only standard semiconductor manufacturing processes, maximizing compatibility with existing fabrication lines.

With the addition of these parts to its extensive HSL product line, Inphi delivers the greatest breadth of very high-speed logic circuits available today. From D and T flip-flops and simple logic gates to data encoders, frequency dividers, and frequency multipliers, Inphi's HSL products provide the industry's best signal quality with extremely low power dissipation. This wide range of DC to 50 GHz logic components enables equipment manufacturers to develop customized systems for mid-range and high-performance markets at highly competitive price points.

1:4 Fanout

Inphi's 13726CF 1:4 fanout distributes precise clock or data signals in performance-driven applications. By packaging this functionality onto a single chip, Inphi enables test-equipment manufacturers to conserve board space and reduce power levels, resulting in lower system costs. The 13726CF supports clock frequencies up to 15 GHz and data rates up to 20 Gbits/s, and as such is ideally suited for both high-speed digital logic applications and serial data transmission systems.

Figure 1 – 13726CF Output Waveform with 12.5 GHz Sine Wave input

2:1 Selector (as multiplexer, switch, and NRZ-to-RZ converter)

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