ChipNews - Chipworks "Inside Technology" Newsletter - Issue 1, 2003

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              <font size="1" face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">By Chuck Neuenschwander, 
              Principal, Patent Solutions</font><font size="2" face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><br>
              If your company deals with cutting edge technology chances are that 
              you will be confronted at some time or another with a patent licensing 
              dispute. These disputes arise out of two different kinds of situations: 
              <p><font size="2" face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"> &#8226; defensive 
                &#8226; proactive or assertive licensing campaigns</font></p>
            <p><font size="2" face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Usually the 
              first encounter with a licensing negotiation arises out of a defensive 
              situation, that is, a company is being charged with infringing a 
              competitors patents. The company is then faced with either paying 
              a significant royalty on its product and/or a costly lawsuit. This 
              is usually the wake-up call to management that they should be asserting 
              their intellectual property rights against others in their industry 
              rather than constantly being on the defensive. </font></p>
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                <td width="361" height="220"> <p><font size="2" face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Assertive 
                    patent licensing (charging someone with infringement) is usually 
                    an outgrowth of management strategy. It can however entail 
                    significant financial costs. A company must allocate human 
                    resources to various tasks such as reviewing patents, examining 
                    potential prior art problems, and developing settlement strategies. 
                    In addition there will be significant external costs for reverse 
                    engineering, legal consultations, travel expenses, and, finally, 
                    potential litigation expenditures. For these reasons, more 
                    and more corporations are outsourcing their licensing programs 
                    to external companies that specialize in this area. Ideally, 
                    these external companies should also have access to their 
                    own legal and reverse engineering resources. <a href="">con't</a></font></p></td>
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            By Dick James, Senior Technical Advisor </font><font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"> 
            <p><font size="2">In the Spring of 2002, Chipworks published an article 
              entitled Interconnect &amp; Dielectric Technologies: What&#8217;s 
              really going on?. It was based on our then experience in this technology 
              arena. We received a lot of feedback on this article and decided 
              to provide our readers with a follow up. Feedback is an important 
              part of articles like this, and we appreciate your comments. </font></p>
            <p><font size="2">We have had an ongoing discussion on what constitutes 
              &#8220;low-k&#8221;. The consensus seems to be that true &#8220;low-k&#8221; 
              processing uses dielectrics with k-values of 3 or less, and FSG 
              (fluorinated glass with k ~3.6) is merely &#8220;lower-k&#8221;.</font></p>
            </font> <p><font size="2" face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">130 
              nm processes are now much more prevalent, but despite much media 
              hype last year, they have not had an easy introduction. Many suppliers 
              have had difficulties in ramping production with decent yield, and 
              there have been embarrassing slowdowns in deliveries of high-end 
              products. These delays have one main cause - trouble with integrating 
              low-k dielectrics into processes newly developed with copper metallization. 
              IBM seems to be capitalizing on these problems and is picking up 
              business from some of TSMC&#8217;s and UMC&#8217;s customers.</font> 
              <a href="">con't</a> 
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                  <p><font size="2" face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><strong>&nbsp;<br>
                    Broadcom BCM2050 2.4 GHz Radio Single Chip Full Circuit Analysis 
                    </strong> </font></p>
                  <p><font size="2" face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Broadcom's 
                    new offering is a two-chip, all CMOS solution that employs 
                    a direct conversion architecture and is the most integrated, 
                    highest performing 2.4 GHz solution available in the industry. 
                    The new Broadcom BCM4306 baseband/MAC (media access controller) 
                    chip combines with the BCM2050 2.4 GHz radio to enable 54 
                    Mbps connectivity in the 2.4 GHz radio frequency band. <a href="" target="_blank">See 
                    what our analysis found inside</a>. <br>
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                        <p><font size="2" face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><strong><a href="" target="_blank">Circuit 
                          Analysis Reports</a></strong></font></p>
                          <li><font size="2" face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><a href="" target="_blank">Analog 
                            Devices AD9235 Analog to Digital Converter</a> </font></li>
                          <li><font size="2" face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><a href="" target="_blank">Panasonic 
                            P2101V CMOS Image Sensor</a></font></li>
                          <li><font size="2" face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><a href="" target="_blank">Samsung 
                            ATS1101XA Optical Mouse Sensor</a></font></li>
                          <li><font size="2" face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><a href="" target="_blank">NEC 
                            &micro;PC2807A Preamplifier for Infrared Remote Controller</a></font></li>
                          <li><font size="2" face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><a href="" target="_blank">Mitsubishi 
                            M61880FP Laser Diode Driver/Controller</a></font></li>
                          <li><font size="2" face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><a href="" target="_blank">National 
                            Semiconductor LMV341MG Operational Amplifier</a></font></li>
                          <li><font size="2" face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><a href="" target="_blank">Integrated 
                            Device Technology IDT82V3002PV WAN PLL </a></font></li>
                          <li><font size="2" face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><a href="" target="_blank">Gennum 
                            GS4981 Monolithic Video Sync Separators </a></font></li>
                          <li><font size="2" face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><a href="" target="_blank">Hitachi 
                            HN28F101FP-15 CMOS Flash Memory</a><br>
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                          Analysis Reports</a></strong></font></p>
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                            <a href="" target="_blank">Samsung 
                            K9K2G08U0M-YCB000 2Gb Flash Memory</a></font></li>
                          <li><a href="" target="_blank"><font size="2" face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">ST 
                            Micro LIS2L02AS 2-Axis/1G Acceleration Sensor</font></a></li>
                          <li><font size="2" face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><a href="" target="_blank">Altera 
                            Stratix (TSMC 9 Metal Process) EP1S25B672C PLD</a></font></li>
                          <li><a href="" target="_blank"><font size="2" face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Panasonic 
                            P2101V CMOS Image Sensor</font></a><font size="2" face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"> 
                          <li><font size="2" face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><a href="" target="_blank">Intel 
                            GDPXA250B2C400 Applications Processor</a></font></li>
                          <li><a href="" target="_blank"><font size="2" face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif">Sharp 
                            LH168T11 TFT LCD Source Driver</font></a></li>
                          <li><font size="2" face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><a href="" target="_blank">Sharp 
                            IR3E11M TFT LCD Gray Scale Driver</a></font></li>
                          <li><font size="2" face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><a href="" target="_blank">Sony 
                            CXD9611BR ASIC</a> </font></li>
                          <li><font size="2" face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><a href="" target="_blank">Toshiba 
                            SFOR5J43 Silicon Planar Thyristor</a> <br>
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                    in The 2003 McClean Report. This publication, produced by 
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                    and forecast of the IC industry. It is regularly referred 
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                    on the 2003 McClean Report visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</font><br>
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                          <a href="" target="_blank">Fabless 
                          Semiconductor Association </a></font></strong><font size="2" face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><br>
                          Annual Suppliers Expo<br>
                          October 9, 2003<br>
                          San Jose, CA</font></p>
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                        Executive Society (LES) Annual Meeting</a></strong><br>
                        September 21 - 25, 2003<br>
                        San Diego, CA</font></td>
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                          West 2003</a></strong><br>
                          July 14 - 16, 2003<br>
                          Wafer Processing<br>
                          Moscone Center<br>
                          San Francisco, CA</font></p>
                        <p><font size="2" face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><strong><a href="" target="_blank">Semicon 
                          December 3 - 4, 2003<br>
                          Tokyo, Japan</font></p></td>
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