Japanese play catch-up on magnetic RAMs News & Analysis 4/30/1999 Post a comment Japan's semiconductor industry is rushing headlong into the development of magnetic RAMs, spurred by the market prospects for advanced nonvolatile technologies and by an acknowledged need to catch up to the West in the fledgling field. The involvement of the Japanese could accelerate the technology's expansion beyond the defense applications targeted by the U.S. military.
Little harmony found among Net-music players News & Analysis 4/30/1999 Post a comment Any consumer OEMs that expect next week's Secure Digital Music Initiative (SDMI) gathering here to give them a one-size-fits-all framework for portable, downloadable Internet music players had best prepare themselves for a messier reality.
Industry group will push DDR DRAMs News & Analysis 4/30/1999 Post a comment More than 20 memory-industry players have joined an effort to promote double-data-rate (DDR) DRAMs. The new body, Advanced Memory International Inc., grew out of the remains of SLDRAM Inc., which quietly slipped from the limelight this year after trying to promote the SLDRAM format.
Java proposed as automotive juice News & Analysis 4/30/1999 Post a comment In the eyes of some observers, the automotive-electronics business took one step forward and one step back this week. Going forward, the five-company Automotive Multimedia Interface Collaboration (AMIC) has voted to propose Java as an application-programming-interface (API) standard for in-car multimedia systems and has appointed Sun Microsystems and IBM as development partners.
In the setback, American Honda Motor Co. announced it would kill its electric-vehicle program because of lack of publi
Reliance readies Champion for PC133 servers News & Analysis 4/30/1999 Post a comment Reliance Computer Corp.'s third-generation chip set, the Champion 3.0, scheduled for production in June, is to enable a class of servers and workstations that will benefit from a 133-MHz system bus, faster SDRAMs, and enhanced I/O capabilities.
North Carolina advertises jobs, and itself News & Analysis 4/30/1999 Post a comment North Carolina added more high-tech jobs than all but four other states between 1990 and 1996, according to the American Electronics Association. The bulk of that growth occurred in a sprawling wedge called Research Triangle Park.
SanDisk to build flash cards in Taiwan News & Analysis 4/30/1999 Post a comment After tapping a Chinese operation to assemble its CompactFlash cards, SanDisk Corp. has moved the assembly of its Multimedia Card, a stamp-size flash device, to Taiwan. With the move, SanDisk has entrusted the production of its volume flash-cards to Asian assembly and test facilities.
Agere leads second wave of network processors News & Analysis 4/30/1999 Post a comment Another network-processor startup has tossed its hat into the ring, with a novel pattern-matching architecture that eases the high-layer packet analysis that will be necessary to alleviate router bottlenecks in public backbones. Agere Inc. is one of many specialized processor companies moving into the realm of application-aware switching.
Startup uses packet switching to energize ATA drives News & Analysis 4/30/1999 Post a comment By applying network switching to hard-disk drives, startup 3ware Inc. believes it has found a way to bring ATA drives up to the same speed as more expensive SCSI drives. As the company begins shipping its first products next month, its founders believe they can help PC OEMs improve system speed through storage one of the least tapped areas for performance gains while breathing new life into ATA.
Fujitsu lays out macro-based approach to DTV silicon News & Analysis 4/29/1999 Post a comment Fujitsu Microelectronics Inc. will field a range of silicon this summer for the U.S. terrestrial and Japanese satellite digital-TV broadcast markets. Devices will run the gamut from demodulation chips to audio and high-definition video decoders.
Designers key to evolution of distribution
News & Analysis 4/29/1999 Post a comment Warren Miller finds himself talking evolutionary biology when he mulls the e-commerce prospects for electronics distribution. "We're still in the amphibian stage; we still have gills," said Miller, director of engineering for Marshall Industries (El Monte, Calif.). "But pretty quickly we're going to get to the mammal stage. Over the next few years it's going to become clear to customers that this is the best way [to do business]."
Avant! gains IC packaging tools with Xynetix purchase News & Analysis 4/29/1999 Post a comment Extending its franchise into an unexpected new direction, Avant! Corp. has announced its intent to purchase Xynetix Design Systems Inc., a provider of IC packaging tools. The purchase suggests that advanced packaging tools may become an important part of the deep-submicron IC design tool suite, in spite of their origins in the pc-board CAD world.
Mosaid offers to buy Accelerix Inc. News & Analysis 4/29/1999 Post a comment Ottowa, Ont.--April 27, 1999- Mosaid Technologies, Inc. (Kanata, Ont.)announced it has made an offer to purchase all of the outstanding shares in Accelerix, Inc (Ottowa), a ...
Globetrotter Ships SAMsolutions News & Analysis 4/29/1999 Post a comment San Jose--April 26, 1999--Globetrotter Software, Inc. (San Jose) announced SAMsolutions, a suiteof software asset management products designed to help IT professionalsmanage ...
Toshiba forms joint venture to sell digital content News & Analysis 4/29/1999 Post a comment Toshiba Corp. will set up a joint-venture company with a Tokyo-based publisher to produce and sell digital content. A mainstay of the venture will be packaged software based on SmartMedia, a Toshiba-developed flash card the size of a postage stamp. While SmartMedia has been widely accepted as a recording medium for digital still cameras, it has not yet found other strong applications.
DSL vendors add routing at different network points News & Analysis 4/29/1999 Post a comment The wide variety of carrier types offering digital subscriber line (DSL) services meant, almost from the beginning, that all of the carriers were not going to adopt the asynchronous transfer mode interfaces favored by the ADSL Forum. DSL access multiplexers (DSLAMs) introduced in the last two years have used a variety of ATM and simpler Internet Protocol interfaces to bring in data traffic from end users.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.