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Renesas consolidates units as it opens for business
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After about a year in the works, Japanese chip maker Renesas Technology Corp. today (March 31, 2003) said it has officially opened for business.
90 nm requires collaboration on design rules
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Successful completion of 90 nm designs requires a common set of design rules, specifications, and transistor characteristics -- while safeguarding the proprietary technology of individual contributors.
AMD and Fujitsu merging their flash operations
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Advanced Micro Devices Inc. and Fujitsu Ltd. on Monday said they would combine their flash memory operations into a new company based in Sunnyvale, Calif. The companies today announced they have executed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to establish FASL LLC. A Japan headquarters will be located in Tokyo. The new company will be based on the integration of AMD and Fujitsu's flash memory businesses, including their existing joint manufacturing venture, Fujitsu AMD Semiconductor Ltd. The new c
War worries deal electronics industry recovery a wild card
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Persistent concerns about the war in Iraq and terrorism have dampened the growth potential of the global economy, but electronics industry executives said they still expect slow expansion as they cling to gains made over the last year.
Portable ultrasound gear works the battlefield
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An integrated portable ultrasound monitor designed for earlier military conflicts is helping to save lives on the battlefields in Iraq. The 5.4-pound point-of-care equipment developed by SonoSite (Bothell, WA) boots up in under 7 seconds and allows battlefield surgeons to learn if a wounded soldier is bleeding internally or if a wound contains fragments from an exploded land mine or grenade.
Synthesizable verification IP speeds design cycle
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Today's deep sub-micron process technology allows the creation of an incredible range of System on Chip (SoC)-based electronic products.
Dialog says goodbye to Swedish center
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German chip developer Dialog Semiconductor announced today (March 31) that it will close its Swedish subsidiary in a move to control both costs and headcount.
EDA revenues dip 7 percent in '02
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EDA revenue fell for the first time in at least nine years in 2002, declining 7 percent overall and 13 percent in the fourth quarter, the EDA Consortium said last week.
Wafer prices fall 6% in Q1, FSA says
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The average selling price (ASP) for a wafer fell six percent in the first quarter of 2003, as compared to the fourth quarter of 2002, according to a survey from the Fabless Semiconductor Association (FSA) today (March 31, 2003).
Sony shuts down U.S. fab, cuts 600 jobs
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Japan's Sony Corp. plans to shut down a wafer fab in San Antonio, Texas--a move that impacts part of the company's foundry efforts, according to reports from Reuters today (March 31, 2003).
Windows XP download boosts 802.11 security
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Microsoft released Monday (March 31) for download a free patch that adds Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) to both consumer and business versions of its Windows XP operating system. WPA offers an interim boost in security for 802.11 networks while the 802.11i standards effort continues its work.
IBM, Nvidia strike foundry deal
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IBM Corp.'s Microelectronics Division has scored another coup in the silicon foundry business, forging a multiyear alliance with graphics-chip maker Nvidia Corp.
Five to begin DTV spec for Internet
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Five Japanese TV manufacturers are spearheading a working group to hammer out technical specifications for digital TVs equipped with Internet access.
DSP pervades a new genre
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As cell phones move further into 2.5G and 3G territories, the traditional DSP-baseband and RISC-core pairing on the same die is becoming inadequate for video and audio.
Edge gaining converts among cellular carriers
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AT&T Wireless hopes to have Edge-enabled phones in users' hands by this time next year and is spending $325 million to see that its networks support Edge technology by the end of this year.
Follow those chip leaders
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In January, IC Insights released a study showing that the four largest semiconductor vendors in 2002 were Intel, Samsung, Texas Instruments and STMicroelectronics.
Edge gaining converts among cellular carriers
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AT&T Wireless hopes to have Edge-enabled phones in users' hands by this time next year and is spending $325 million to see that its networks support Edge technology by the end of this year.
NEC to spin out LCD operation
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Infineon empowers Asian fabs
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Infineon Technologies AG is extending its reach in the world's hottest market.
Duo sends PCI board to HD market
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LSI Logic Corp. and Victor Co. of Japan (JVC) have jointly developed a PCI board capable of high-definition encoding, making it possible for the first time to author HD content in a PC workstation environment.
Toshiba picks startup's video bit-rate controller
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A video bit-rate controller chip from ViXS Systems Inc. has been included in a major Toshiba reference design, the Toronto-based company said last week.
Bluetooth seems finally to be hitting its stride
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Despite disappointment with the rate of Bluetooth deployment, the wireless connectivity technology now appears to be moving into a period of accelerated growth, and Silicon Wave Inc. is throwing a batch of third-generation silicon into the market. Bluetooth for the past five years has been touted as the answer for short-range wireless connections, but it wasn't until last year that chip shipments began to meet expectations. Darrell Dunn reports.
Yields, packages hang up design below 100 nm
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Plunging yields, expensive packages and fab overcapacity are among the problems that could derail the move to sub-100-nanometer ICs, according to speakers at last week's International Symposium on the Quality of Electronic Design (ISQED) here.
China fabs eye ramp to 300 mm
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Talk of China's nascent 300-mm foundries turning out wafers sooner than expected grew last week-even as many, including foundry officials, tried to downplay the speculation.
Small board meets large demands
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The Cool RoadRunner III single-board computer offers up to 512MB SDRAM and either an Intel Celeron or an Intel Pentium III processor.
802.16a tapped for wireless MANs
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Fujitsu Microelectronics wants to be the first company with silicon for a new air connection interface that some believe could serve as a universal backbone for today's Wi-Fi wireless LANs.
Chip market down slightly on pricing pressures
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The global semiconductor market in February expanded 18% from the year-ago month but declined 3% on a sequential basis as pricing pressures continued to hurt key segments such as DRAM.
Slump sparks design, IP-reuse shift at Broadcom
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Broadcom Corp.'s introduction of the BCM5812 cryptography processor earlier this month represented more than an extension of the company's product line.
Modem adds com to power-constrained devices
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Half-Inch Modem is a TTL interface modem module for set-top boxes, POS terminals, ATMs, and other small footprint devices.
Moto lab builds 4-Mbit 'nanocrystal' memory
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Using conventional silicon deposition techniques, Motorola engineers have built a 4-Mbit nonvolatile memory based on small islands of silicon measuring 50 angstroms in diameter.
EDA revenues dip 7 percent in '02
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EDA revenue fell for the first time in at least nine years in 2002, declining 7 percent overall and 13 percent in the fourth quarter, the EDA Consortium said last week.
Technology goes to war
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A serviceman stationed in Afghanistan uses a Phraselator, a ruggedized SA-1110 Strong ARM-based PDA that translates spoken English phrases into other languages.
China foundry latest to use chip maker's DRAM, 300-mm technologies: Infineon empowers Asian fabs
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Infineon Technologies AG is extending its reach in the world's hottest market.
Midtier EMS providers challenged
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Viasystems
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Faraday furnishes USB 2.0 IP cores
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