SAN JOSE, Calif. &#151 Propelled by a new wave of commercial and military applications, a growing number of device makers are scrambling in what is becoming the next gold rush in the industry: gallium nitride (GaN).

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SAN JOSE, Calif. &#151 Propelled by a new wave of commercial and military applications, a growing number of device makers are scrambling in what is becoming the next gold rush in the industry: gallium nitride (GaN).

SAN JOSE, Calif. &#151 Silicon foundry giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) said that its net sales for June were NT$27.295 billion ($845 million), an increase of 2.0 percent over May 2006 and an increase of 35.8 percent over June 2005.

Revenues for January through June 2006 totaled NT$158.521 billion ($4.9 billion), an increase of 38.8 percent over the same period in 2005, according to TSMC (Hsinchu).

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Rival foundry United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) posted a 33 percent year-to-year increase in sales during June, the company said Friday (July 7).

UMC (Hsinchu, Taiwan) posted un-audited revenue of NT$8.8 billion (about $271 million) during June, an increase of 3.3 percent from May salesof NT$8.5 billion ($263.8 million).

Through June, UMC posted sales of NT$50.1 billion (about $1.5 billion), up 26 percent over the first half of 2005.

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BEIJING — A lack of test equipment remains a key hurdle to commercialization of China's 3G standard, a mobile phone test equipment supplier said here on Friday (July 7).

China is delaying issuing 3G licenses until its domestic standard, TD-SCDMA, is ready to compete against the more mature wideband-CDMA and CDMA2000 1X specs. Government-controlled operators have been testing the standard for at least three years, and are still having problems with reliable connections between terminals and the networks, especially at data rates above 128 kbps.

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There isn't a unified test machine or environment for the terminals, which is holding back the commercialization,” said Dongming Zhang, research director at BDA China Ltd., a telecom consultancy based here.

The situation probably won't improve for some time, said Michael Stork, an engineer in the test and measurement division of Rohde & Schwartz. The number of companies involved in producing TD-SCDMA terminals is much, much, much smaller than GSM. So the decision to develop a conformance tester especially for TD-SCDMA has not been made yet,” he said.

MUNICH, Germany — Dialog Semiconductor Plc has announced major changes in its board of directors. The shift marks a repositioning of the fabless chip vendor.

New to the board are Chris Burke, former Chief Technology Officer for Vodafone UK, and Russ Shaw, Capability and Innovation Director of mobile phone service provider O2. In addition, Peter Tan, President and Managing Director of manufacturing service provider Flextronics Asia, will also join the board, effective immediately.

According to Dialog CEO Jalal Bagherli, the company hopes to benefit from Burke's extensive experience in development and implementation of technologies and operative solutions mainly in the telecommunications industry while Russ Shaw will contribute with his marketing-oriented approach and financial services innovation track record. Peter Tan, who formerly worked in management positions for companies like Apple Computer and Molex, is said to be an expert in production technology and has extensive knowledge of Asian markets.

Chairman Jan Tufvesson will leave Dialog's board of directors. Tufvesson was chairman of the board since the company's IPO 1999. Originally serving as representative of Ericsson, Tufvesson acted as an independent board member after leaving this company. He will go into retirement, Dialog said.

New chairman of the board will be semiconductor veteran Gregorio Reyes, who already is member of the board since December 2003. Reyes has a broad spectrum of management experience in semiconductor companies including National Semiconductor, Motorola, and Fairchild Semiconductor.