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Database
Overview and User’s Guide

Contents

Introduction

Overview

General
Navigation Tips

Tips
for Finding and Sorting Companies (or
Fabs)

Printing
Tips

Customer
Support

Introduction

IC
Insights’ Strategic Reviews On-Line database
is the result of numerous comments and inputs from
professionals such as yourself who desire quick and
flexible access to extensive amounts of information
on the world’s IC manufacturers and fabless
suppliers. This format makes it easy to search,
sort, browse, and compile data in a variety of
ways.

Interested
in who’s implementing 300mm wafer technology?
Search and sort the database to find the answer.
New foundries in Taiwan? Intel’s fab locations? IBM
Microelectronics’ strategic alliances? Search and
sort. The database can be searched according to
company location, wafer size, product type, etc.
and then sorted according to your specific needs.

The
on-line version of the Strategic Reviews
takes advantage of the capabilities of the
Worldwide Web as an effective way to publish
timely, useful information. Database information
can be served up on request, thus ensuring that the
most recent information is made available.

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Overview

For best
results in using the Company Database and
related Fabrication Facility Database, the
lastest versions of web browsers such as Microsoft
Internet Explorer or Netscape
Navigator/Communicator are recommended.

In the
Main Menu screen you may have noticed that there
are links to access the Company Database and
related Fabrication Facility Database. These
links are password protected, meaning you will be
prompted to enter a user name/ID and password
before being allowed access to the databases.

The
Company Database
contains data on more than 200
IC companies, with the information on each company
presented on nine linked web pages: At A Glance,
Financial Highlights, Overview & Strategy,
Management Personnel, Products & Services,
Process Technology, Strategic Alliances, Fabs &
Foundries, and Regional Offices.

The
Fabrication Facility Database
provides the same
information that is shown in the Fabs &
Foundries
window of the Company
Database.
However, it allows you to more easily
search for and sort through the details on the more
than 600 fabs included in the database. If your
main interest is IC fab data, then the
Fabrication Facility Database may better
suit your needs.

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General
Navigation Tips

For best
performance, the list of companies (or fabs) found
is shown in groups of 15. There are links provided
at the top and bottom of each group that will show
the previous or next group in the found set. Note:
if your search found only one company (or fab), you
will be taken directly to the company (or fab)
details, bypassing the listing page.

To view
details on any of the companies found in the
Company Database or fabs found in the
Fabrication Facility Database, click on a
company name in the list.

With
respect to the Company Database, there are
various ways to navigate through the profiles of
companies you’ve found. The navigation bar across
the top of each page provides links to each of the
nine profile segments discussed above. On the
left-hand side of the navigation bar, there are
Prev Co and Next Co links that take
you to the previous or next company in the found
set, while remaining in same profile segment. In
other words, you could scan the Financial
Highlights segment of all companies in the set of
found companies without having to return to the
listing page to select the previous or next
company. If you would like to view the list of
companies, you can by clicking the List View
link on the navigation bar.

Similarly,
the Fabrication Facilities Database has
Prev Fab and Next Fab links on the
navigation bar that take you to the previous or
next fab in the found set.

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Tips
for Finding and Sorting Companies (or
Fabs)

Find
requests can be as simple as a single request for a
specific company or as complex as a
multiple-request search using operators and logical
AND or OR functions. Below are the five steps
required to find a particular set of companies (or
fabs) followed by several examples and a list of
operators that can be used to find records.

  1. Click
    Find Company (or Find Fab). If you want to find
    every company (or fab) in the database at once,
    click the All Companies in Database (All Fabs in
    Database) button at the bottom of the page,
    otherwise continue with the remaining four
    steps.



  2. Select
    whether to perform an AND search or an OR search
    (see examples below).



  3. Enter
    criteria [the word(s) or values(s) plus any
    operators to search by] into as many fields
    as needed to make your request specific.



  4. Choose
    how you want the records sorted (the default is
    alphabetically by company name).



  5. Click
    the Find Company(ies) [or Find Fab(s)]
    button to find those companies (or fabs) that
    meet your criteria. To clear the form and start
    over, click the Reset button.

Examples:

AND
Search

Select
the AND search radio button. Enter criteria into
as many fields as needed to make your request
specific, and then click Find. Only those
records will be found that meet each AND every
criteria.

For
example, in the Company Database, choose
“IC Manufacturer” in the Business Type field and
type “Taiwan” in the Country field to find all
Taiwanese IC manufacturers.

OR
Search

Select
the OR search radio button. Like the AND search,
enter criteria in as many fields as needed to
make your request specific. Unlike the AND
search, however, each criteria will be
considered separately when finding records. That
is, all records that meet the first criteria, OR
the second criteria, OR the third, and so on,
will be found.

For
example, in the Company Database, select
“Europe” from the Region of Origin menu and type
“Singapore” in the Country field to find all
companies in Europe as well as all companies in
Singapore.

In
another example, using the Fabrication
Facility Database,
type “200” in the Wafer
Size field and type “<0.35” in the Min.
Geometry field to find those fabs that are using
200mm wafers (regardless of feature size) OR
those fabs using processes with minimum
geometries finer than 0.35µ (regardless of
wafer size).

Operators:

To
find values that are

Use
this operator

Less
than the value to the right of the
symbol

<

Less
than or equal to the value to the right
of the symbol

<=

Greater
than the value to the right of the
symbol

>

Greater
than or equal to the value to the right
of the symbol

>=

Exactly
as you specify, although the field may
contain other values (additional words,
for example)

=

Exactly
as you specify, in the order you
specify, and the field contains no
other values

==

Within
the range you specify


(three periods)

One
unknown or variable text character

@

Zero
or more unknown or variable text
characters

*


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Printing
Tips

The
database web pages were designed more for on-screen
viewing than for printing information. As a result,
the screen layout is wider than a standard sheet of
paper. However, several options are available that
facilitate printing the information.

First,
in the Company Database, a link is provided
at the top right of the web page that takes you to
a special layout that is optimized for printing the
profile of the company being browsed.

Second,
you may save the web page being browsed as a plain
text or HTML source file (check your browser’s help
documentation to find out how), open it with a word
processor or text editor program, and then print
the information.

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Customer
Support

For
support please call or send an e-mail or fax with
your question.

Address:

IC
Insights, Inc.

13901 North 73rd Street, Suite 205

Scottsdale, Arizona 85260 USA

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