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Chip, gear makers face challenges

roundup Makers of semiconductor equipment are recovering from the economic downturn, but that doesn't mean life is easier. Meanwhile, Intel advances new Pentium 4 date to stave off AMD.

Increasingly complex technological demands and other forces leave chip equipment makers more vulnerable to financial swings and pressure to consolidate. Intel, meanwhile, hopes a combination of higher speeds and lower prices makes its Pentium 4 chips more attractive--and AMD's less so.

Stakes get higher for chip gear
Makers of semiconductor manufacturing equipment are recovering from the economic downturn, but that doesn't mean life is easier.
July 23, 2002 
Intel accelerates new Pentium 4 date
update The company is pushing up the release of faster Pentium 4 processors in an effort to speed even further ahead of rival Advanced Micro Devices.
July 23, 2002 
AMD alumnus takes up new cause
The former marketing chief of Advanced Micro Devices takes over a similar post at Mellanox, a start-up banking on the future success of InfiniBand high-speed communications technology.
July 22, 2002 
Applied's science: Building tinier chips
The manufacturer of chipmaking equipment says its latest product will incorporate a technique that creates chips atom by atom.
July 22, 2002