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We would like to have something this year, if not in the first half,” Lounsbury said. The group is considering technical approaches from such companies as Aicas GmbH and Aonix Inc., he said.

Because clockless processors consume zero dynamic power when there is no activity, they can significantly extend battery life compared with clocked equivalents, although this is software and application dependent.

ARM’s clocked processor cores are already well known for power efficient operation. Taking the power consumption lower and the efficiency higher in clockless versions could have broad consequences across the industry although, for now, the ARM996HS is being promoted for its low electromagnetic footprint, another benefit of clockless performance which would make the processor core suitable for automotive and mixed-signal applications.

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Richard York, ARM’s ARM996HS product manager, said ARM would not rush to introduce clockless versions of other cores. It [asynchronous logic] will take some time to become widely accepted because it is very different,” he told EE Times .

In addition, designing the core, although now complete, has not been straightforward.

The ARM996HS has yet to be implemented in silicon and is being prepared for a multi-project wafer (MPW) run using a standard 130-nanometer process sometime in the first half of 2006, York said.

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At the time the asynchronous processor project with Handshake Solutions was announced, in October 2004, ARM expected the design of the core to be complete and available for licensing in the first quarter of 2005 with a lead customer expected to be shipping silicon in a 0.18-micron manufacturing process shrunk down to 0.14-micron to its customers before the end of 2005.

The design took a little longer than we expected,” said York. We’re about three quarters behind where we wanted to be,” he said but added that he was confident that the silicon would work correctly first time.

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York said that a lead customer would also be taking the ARM996 to silicon but that ARM and Handshaking Solutions would be organizing a MPW run for benchmarking purposes. York declined to name the customer.

The MPW run could be performed with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. York did not confirm this but simulations have been done on the ARM996 using Artisan Sage-X libraries targeting a TSMC 130-nm manufacturing process.

For 2006, Amkor is currently budgeting capital additions of $300 million, including $50 million to facilitize our new factories in China and Singapore.

First quarter revenues are expected to drop from 5-to-10 percent, reflecting a shorter work calendar and seasonal adjustments within the supply chain. Net income is expected to be in the range of $0.10-to-$0.14 per share.

Taiwanese chip packaging giant Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc. (ASE) reported revenues of NT$26,404 million ($816.3 million) for the fourth quarter of 2005, up 27 percent year-over-year and up 21 percent sequentially.

Net income for the quarter totaled NT$2,915 million ($90.1 million), up from net loss of NT$1,407 million ($43.5 million) in 4Q04 and from net income of NT$1,588 million ($49.1 million) in 3Q05.

For the full year of 2005, ASE’s revenues were NT$84,036 million ($2.6 billion), up 12 percent compared to 2004. Net loss was NT$4,718 million ($145.9 million), compared to net income of NT$4,210 million ($130.2 million) in 2004.