Spectators of the US-lead attack on Iraq are being offered an extraordinary virtual coverage from breaking e-mail news flashes to an interactive Internet "control room." \nHeavyweight US television networks such as ABC, CNN and CBS, and magazines such as Newsweek are joining battle with Yahoo, America Online/Netscape and MSN.com to bring frontline action to the Internet. \nUsers pay about US$10 a month for ABCnews.com's premium service, with an interactive control room linked to four cameras: one trained permanently to the destruction in Baghdad. \nThe other cameras pan across news events from demonstrations in Washington to live news conferences in Doha, Qatar. \nIt also offers a link to the ABC television news coverage. \nCNN.com matches ABC with a free live link to a camera in Baghdad and a "War Tracker" with a scorecard of battles, stikes, casualties and a day-by-day graph of Iraqi troop surrenders. \nWar protesters' and supporters' comments are provided side by side on the CNN site. \n"This massive destruction of Iraq is wrong. Killing is wrong. Listen to the millions of people outcry to stop this killing," wrote Laura Castleman of Alaska. \n"The war on Iraq is a necessary first strike event to defend the United States against a terrorist sponsor nation -- our enemy," said Russ Hamilton of Phoenix, Arizona. \nCBSnews.com delivers the live Baghdad skyline pictures, and an interactive map of the battlefield. All three networks include a sign-up to receive alerts on war developments via email. \nNewsweek goes a step further. \nUnder a special feature "Targeting Baghdad," Internet browsers are invited to "choose a destroyed site to locate," from a menu. Each choice, from "Saddam's Residence" to "Baath Party headquarters" zooms in on the stop on a satellite picture. \nYaho's yahoo.com homepage has been redesigned with box, headlined in white on black background: "Yahoo News -- War with Iraq."
POTENTIAL SETBACK: Although Chinese chip designers and foundry firms already have US EDA software, they might be unable to update those programs under new US rules The US’ latest ban on advanced electronic design automation (EDA) software exports to China might hinder Chinese chip companies from accessing advanced semiconductor technology, as they attempt to upgrade to 3-nanometer processes in the next three to five years, market researcher TrendForce Corp (集邦科技) said yesterday. The US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security on Friday announced bans on EDA tools for gate-all-around field-effect transistors (GAAFET), a new-generation semiconductor technology that US chipmaker Intel Corp and Samsung Electronics Co from South Korea are adopting to make 4-nanometer and 3-nanometer chips. The bureau in a statement said that gate-all-around field-effect transistor
WIDENING THE FIELD: Human resources managers must drop prejudices regarding gender, appearance and age to find the best candidates, Micro Technology said The job market for Taiwan’s semiconductor industry remained tight this quarter, as hiring activity slowed from a record high last quarter, a survey released yesterday by online human resource firm 104 Job Bank (104人力銀行) showed. Ongoing labor shortages have prompted local semiconductor firms to recruit more women and foreigners in Taiwan and in Southeast Asia, the job bank said. The talent gap in the first quarter reached 35,000 people per month, a surge of 39.8 percent from the same period last year, as the contactless economy and digital transformation shore up demand for semiconductors, 104 Job Bank said in its annual report
DISMAL OUTLOOK: A Citigroup analyst predicted firms face ‘the worst semiconductor downturn in at least a decade,’ due to inventory build and the potential of a recession Semiconductor stocks tumbled after Micron Technology Inc became the latest chipmaker to warn about slowing demand, triggering concern that the industry is heading into a painful downturn. In the US on Tuesday, the Philadelphia semiconductor index sank 4.6 percent, with all 30 members in the red, its biggest drop in about two months. In Asia, chip stocks from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC, 台積電) to Samsung Electronics Co, SK Hynix Inc and Tokyo Electron Ltd slumped. Investors are growing increasingly skittish as the notoriously cyclical industry is hurtling toward a prolonged slump after years of widespread shortages that led to heavy
POSITIVE CULTURE: Pursuing 12-inch wafers earlier than peers helped TSMC lead the industry, said a former executive, whose main regret was working for SMIC in China Corporate culture at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC, 台積電) is what made the chipmaker a leading player in the global industry, a former executive said in an interview with California’s Computer History Museum. “One of the really important reasons that TSMC succeeded” is the culture at the firm, where “if equipment went down at two o’clock in the morning, we just called an equipment engineer,” and the worker would not complain, said former TSMC joint chief operating officer Chiang Shan-yi (蔣尚義). “We didn’t really do anything special, anything great, but we didn’t make any major mistakes,” when compared with competitors, such