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Postle joined PRI in 1994 and has over 20 years of semiconductor industry experience. Postle held senior management positions at Ulvac Technologies and ASM Ion Implant. He was also founder and president of Xertronix Corp., a semiconductor products company sold to Eastman Kodak in 1985.

We've been told to go back and look at Rambus designs,” the NEC engineer said. Instead of a 95/5 percent mix of SDRAM and Rambus, we may move to a 90/10 percent mix. But that would require a whole new mix of chip sets and other components and a whole new test program. It's not a simple change.”

The engineer said he does not expect to get a full report on the overall Taiwan sourcing situation until Monday, at which point a switch in the memory mix would be determined. He said the quake has enormous potential for disrupting PC designplans since NEC, like many companies, sources motherboards, displays, keyboards, power supplies, and cable harnasses from Taiwan.

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Expecting power to return soon, foundry officials called in strike teams from their semiconductor equipment vendors to begin the task of recalibrating the hundreds of finely tuned machines rattled silent by the earthquake and power outage.

ASM Lithography of Veldhoven, Netherlands, flew a six-member team to bolster its two-dozen-strong engineering group in Taiwan and begin to service 300 lithography steppers throughout Hsinchu Science Park. The recalibration, while routinely done in fabs on a weekly or bimonthly basis, still will take days, given the situation, an ASM spokesman said.

It's just not 'just press reboot on your computer,'” said Mark Bigelow, a spokesman for ASM's U.S. operations in Tempe, Ariz.

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Engineers will need to power up the steppers, check software settings, and then run a test wafer on each machine, shooting through an overlay reticle to render an array of alignment marks over the image field. Once that's done, the engineers will run the test wafer under a second stepper and then through a metrology machine to discover how far off the alignments are, Bigelow said.

Bigelow said it's not unreasonable to be able to recalibrate an average fab in a day, but it's going to take longer because of power-down situation and physical shaking.”

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Bigelow said it's unlikely that any of the million-dollar quartz lenses were damaged. They're often put through rougher shaking, even in special packing, during delivery from the Netherlands to customer sites, he said.

Meanwhile, the big three Taiwan semiconductor houses — TSMC, UMC, and Winbond — announced charitable contributions to quake relief totaling more than $16 million.

In a press release Monday announcing its intended merger with Viag, VEBA stated that it will systematically and optimally” divest all but its core businesses of energy and specialty chemicals. Planned divestitures include VEBA Electronics and silicon wafer supplier MEMC Electronic Materials Inc., based in St. Peters, Mo., according to company documents obtained by EBN .

No timetable has been set for the spin-offs, according to a VEBA Electronics spokesman. Shareholders are slated to vote on the merger in early February 2000, with completion of the transaction anticipated by next summer.

In the interim, VEBA Electronics said it will seek guidance from its parent organization in setting a strategy for continued growth without the backing of a deep-pocketed shareholder.

VEBA Electronics' major distribution operations include Impact Technologies, Insight Electronics, Unique Technologies, and Wyle Electronics in the United States; the Memec Group, EBV Elektronik, and others in Europe and Asia; and Atlas Services, a fulfillment operation that provides a global link between the separate distribution units.

HSINCHU, Taiwan — Silicon foundries and other chip-making operations here continued racing the clock to restart production facilities and wafer fab equipment following Tuesday's powerful earthquake. While semiconductor officials say they are now making progress in evaluating manufacturing lines and work-in-progress, the recovery efforts have not all gone smoothly.

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