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Semiconductor industry reorganization results of 2002

Gainward´s Ti4800SE-based graphics card roadmap

AOpen announces AX45-4D Max on SiS655 chipset

Sltek releases graphics cards on NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4200-8X

Gainward announces Ti 4300 Ultra

Intel to reduce chipset prices in 2003

Semiconductor industry reorganization results of 2002

DigiTimes summed up the losses semiconductor leaders suffered this year.

In general, despite some positive moments, the reorganization resulted in numerous staff cuts in 2002.

Company Month Event



Dismissed 4000 workers


Launched 300-mm Fab 11X in Rio Rancho, New Mexico



Purchased Alchemy Semiconductor


Closed 150-mm Fab 14 and Fab 15 in Austin, TX; dismissed 800 workers from Fabs 14, 15, 25


Cut 10-20% workforce

STMicroelectronics (ST)


Purchased Alcatel

Philips Semiconductor


Closed fab in Albuquerque, NM, dismissed 600 workers

Texas Instruments (TI)


Dismissed 500 workers


Dismissed 180 workers (15%) from Tucson, AZ fab

Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing


cut capital expenditures by 10%, dismissed 300 workers (7%)

Micron Technology


Purchased a fab in Virginia from Toshiba for $300

Hynix Semiconductor


Cut 30% workforce


Announced sales of property share in HYDIS for $380 million (incomplete)



Dismissed 1450 workers (22%)

Applied Materials


Dismissed 1750 workers (11%)

Conexant Systems


Picked out a fab in Newport Beach to merge with The Carlyle Group in Jazz Semiconductor


Organized broadband components division


Merged GPU division with Zing Network in Pictos Technologies

Source: The DigiTimes

Gainward´s Ti4800SE-based graphics card roadmap

Gainward Europe posted the document, describing the graphics card roadmap for January/February 2003, including NVIDIA Ti 4800SE-based products.

So, the company will release GeForce4 PowerPack! Ultra/750-8X XP (OEM and "Golden Sample") and GeForce4 PowerPack! Ultra/750-8X TV (OEM). All cards will feature 8-layer PCB and 270MHz NVIDIA Ti 4800SE GPU; Ultra/750-8X XP solutions will have 128Mb of 128-bit 3.3ns memory, Ultra/750-8X TV cards 128Mb of 128-bit 3.6ns DDR. Besides, XP cards will have VIVO, analog and DVI sockets; TV analog and TV-out, respectively.

Source: NV News

AOpen announces AX45-4D Max on SiS655 chipset

AOpen AX45-4D Max bases on SiS655 + SiS963 chipset bundle, supporting 128-bit DDR. The motherboard operates with Socket 478 Intel Pentium 4 with FSB 400/533MHz, has 4 DIMM sockets (up to 4Gb of dual-channel 264 DDR333/266).

The board meets ATX standard, and also features 5 PCI slots, CNR slot, AGP 8x slot, USB2.0, IEEE1394 ports, integrated 6-ch. audio (RealTek ALC650), S/PDIF, LAN (Realtek 8100BL). AX45-4D Max supports Aopen proprietary Watch Dog Timer, EzRestore, VividBIOS, SilentTek, DieHard BIOS, Dr. Voice II.

Sltek releases graphics cards on NVIDIA GeForce4 Ti 4200-8X

Soltek officially announced GeForce4 Ti 4200-8X-based graphics card line.

Soltek SL-Ti428X-D7DTV features 128Mb DDR, 250/512MHz clock, VGA, DVI, VIVO.

Soltek SL-Ti428X-D6T features 64Mb DDR, the same 250/512MHz clock, VGA, TV-Out.

SL-Ti428X-D7DTV is bundled with PowerDirector 2.1 Pro ME video editing kit. Each GeForce4 Ti4200-8X card from Soltek will be shipped in one of the Solteks "gilded" bags.

Gainward announces Ti 4300 Ultra

GZeasy informed that Gainward announced the new Ti 4300 Ultra graphics card on NVIDIA GeForce 4 Ti 4200-8X, featuring U2BIOS alternative BIOS solution.

The card bases on 8-layer PCB, features 64Mb of 3.3ns BGA DDR SDRAM. Clock information is unavailable, but the 4300XP card w/o U2BIOS, that seems to be a prototype for Ultra, features 270/560MHz clock. The most unusual innovation is the alternative BIOS boot button (on the photo; near VGA socket).

We currently have no information about Gainward Ti 4300 Ultra shipments to markets other than Asian. In China the novelty costs 1299 yuans or about $157.

Source: GZeasy

Intel to reduce chipset prices in 2003

Taiwanese mass media informed that in Q1 2003 Intel is expected to reduce chipset prices (except integrated solutions) that should boost the competition in this market segment.

Perhaps, Intel plans to get rid of piled-up discrete chipsets, demand for which decreased comparing to that for integrated graphics cards, and pave the way for Springdale and Canterwood in Q2. Intel might also purpose another aim: to expand the presence on the self-assembly market.

So, prices are to be reduced today and on March 30 (on the threshold of Springdale). From December 30 845PE and 845E will cost $30 and $26. To compare: SiS645DX and SiS648 cost $18 and $23.

Pentium 4 chipset prices, $
Chipset After September 29, 2002 After December 29, 2002 After March 30, 2003
850E 40 40 40
850 38 38 38
845PE 32 30 28
845E 28 26 25
845GE 37 35 35
845G 35 35 35
845GV 26 25 24
845GL 25 24 23
845 23 21 21

Source: The DigiTimes

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