Frequently Ask Questions

Who is participating in STARnet

STARnet is a cooperative effort. Participants include members of:

1. Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA)

Semiconductor Materials & Equipment Suppliers and EDA companies

2. U.S. Department of Defense

The STARnet program is managed by MARCO, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Semiconductor Research Corporation. MARCO stands for Microelectronics Advanced Research Corporation.


What is STARnet?

STARnet is a collaborative network of Semiconductor Technology Advanced Research centers. It is a new program, contracted as the newest phase of FCRP (Phase VI). FCRP Phase V ends in early 2013.

Each STARnet center is a team of U.S. universities that conducts precompetitive exploratory research on semiconductor, system and design technology critical to the U.S. microelectronics and defense industries


Why, when I double click on a file in Explorer, does it take several seconds for TextPad to start up?

You are probably running either Outlook or Lotus Notes in corporate or workgroup mode. These block DDE messages. One solution is to run Outlook in Internet mode. Alternatively, make your associations without using DDE as follows:

1. In Explorer click on Tools and select Folder Options

2. Select the tab File types.

3. Select the file type from the list and click Edit.

4. Under “Actions” select the “open” option click Edit.

5. Clear the option “Use DDE”

6. In the box called “Application used to perform action” add “%1” (including the quotes) to the end of the line.


Why does Shift+Backspace type a block character

The Shift+Backspace problem occurs with certain combinations of keystroke compatibility and customizations, if they are carried over from TextPad 3.2.5. It can be fixed as follows:

1. From the Configure menu, choose Preferences.

2. Select “Keyboard”.

3. From the list of Categories, choose Edit.

4. From the list of Commands, choose EditBackspace.

5. Type Shift+Backspace in the shortcut box.

6. Click Apply.

7. Click OK.


Why am I not licensed to use TextPad

TextPad 7 is available as a free upgrade to registered users of TextPad 5 or later. Simply download and install it in its default folder. You do not need to apply for a new license.

TextPad licenses purchased prior to 6 March 2006 are only valid for use with TextPad 4.x and will require upgrading. To inquire about upgrade cost please provide your license number in an email to

Replacement Licenses:

Should you require a replacement license which predates 2006 then an upgrade/replacement fee will apply. The cost of the license will be 60% off the list price. Again, contact, if this applies to you.


When I save a file as name.ext, why is it saved asname.ext.txt

This is due to the way Microsoft implemented the Save As dialog box: If you supply an extension it doesn’t recognize (including none), it either appends the default extension, if the filter is “*.*”, or the first extension in the list for the selected filter. This behavior is designed to enforce the strong association between extensions and applications in Windows, but it does get in the way at times. One of the most irritating aspects of this is that it can create files with names like FILE.XYZ.TXT, when you type FILE.XYZ.


To allow a file to be saved with an arbitrary extension, delete the default extension from the File page of the Preferences dialog box, and select “*.*” from the “Save as Type” list on the Save As dialog box. Alternatively, you can force it to accept exactly what you type by putting quotes around the name.