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There's a growing chorus of complaints about the patent system. Surprisingly enough, some fo those complaining most loudly are just as guilty as those they cry foul” about.

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There's a growing chorus of complaints about the patent system. Surprisingly enough, some fo those complaining most loudly are just as guilty as those they cry foul” about.

TAIPEI — Taiwan's Orient Semiconductor Engineering Inc. (OSE) has embarked on a $200 million expansion project to boost its IC-assembly and packaging capacity.

OSE–Taiwan's third largest chip assembly and packaging company–has begun the construction of two plants near its headquarters in Kaohsiung. The factories will move into production by late 2000 or early 2001, according to Chen Ah-mei, vice president of OSE.

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Some 30% to 40% of the capacity at the new plants will be targeted for ball-grid array (BGA) packaging, while the remainder will be geared for quad-flat pack (QFP) and small-outline package (SOP) products, Chen said. BGA is our target product, but we can support other package types as well,” she said.

The expansion is viewed as a positive step for OSE, which is attempting to gain ground on its competitors in Taiwan, namely Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc. (ASE) and Siliconware Corp. ASE is Taiwan's largest IC-packaging house, while Siliconware is No. 2 in the local market.

In total, Taiwan's IC-packaging, test, and assembly industry grew from $1.9 billion in 1994 to $3.6 billion in 1999, according to the Industrial Technology Research Institute in Hsinchu.

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OSE is an old company that remains very conservative, but it is one step behind the times,” said Thales Lee, an analyst at Vision Communications Co. Ltd. in Taipei.

OSE had sales of $315 million last year, compared with $272 million in 1998. In comparison, Kaohsiung-based ASE had sales of $1.1 billion in 1999, compared with $660 million the year before.

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We do not feel threatened by OSE. They have a lot of catching up to do,” said a spokesman at ASE, which has the leading company in the growing market for contract chip testing (see feature from SBN Online Magazine ).

OSE's Chen said she is indifferent to the criticism. We don't pay attention to our competitor's assertions. We use our own standards to judge our growth,” she added.

– enable the rapid provisioning of services across the full suite of required topologies, including ring, hub or star and mesh; and

– provide this scalable connectivity with variable restoration and protection mechanisms matched to the carried service and the price of that service.

The next-generation optical service node architecture that fulfills these objectives requires a number of attributes not found in a traditional add-drop multiplexer (ADM) infrastructure.

First, providing highly scalable capacity requires efficient and flexible use of dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) technology. It is widely recognized that the deployment of DWDM in the metro will be driven by platform architectures enabling multiprotocol wavelengths that can distribute services in hub, mesh and linear topologies across the MAN. Systems that are protocol independent or protocol unaware, merely providing raw capacity, add little value in a service-delivery environment and have proven ineffective in the metropolitan market.

To dynamically tap into the capacity of the multiprotocol wavelength, the optical service node will incorporate service-level intelligence that bridges the optical and electrical domains. Recent IETF efforts and the creation of the Optical Domain Service Interconnect (ODSI) initiative may lead to an interoperable interworking of service flows into the optical domain. The service node must be able to dynamically provision a service end to end and bind the bandwidth, priority and protection requirements of that service to the optical flow. The resulting system will tap the capacity of the photonics in a cost-effective and scalable manner.

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