Motorola puts Shlapak in No. 2 post News & Analysis 1/5/1999 Post a comment Motorola Inc.'s Semiconductor Products Sector has beefed up its top management ranks by creating a new No.2 position, assistant to the president, and naming Fred Shlapak, a 28-year company veteran, to the post.
Conexant begins independent operations News & Analysis 1/5/1999 Post a comment Conexant Systems Inc., the $1.2 billion semiconductor spin-off of Rockwell International Corp., began operations Monday (Jan. 4) as the largest independent company focused exclusively on providing semiconductor products for communications electronics. The company's stock, which has been trading on a "when issued" basis since Dec. 9, began regular trading Monday on the NASDAQ system.
Intel reveals low-end strategy for 1999 News & Analysis 1/4/1999 Post a comment Intel Corp. executive vice president Paul Otellini opened the 1999 business year today with a new assault on the retail low end of the personal computer CPU market. New Celeron CPU speed grades and prices, further reliance on less expensive plastic PGA packaging in place of the ill-accepted single-edge Slot-1 card format, and promised new core logic chip sets will be Intel's weapons of choice.
EEs take EV for a ride News & Analysis 1/4/1999 1 comment Greg Hanssen bounces around with youthful energy showing a visitor the sleek, Buck Rogers lines of his electric car at, of all places, a gas station in the smoggy heart of Southern California.
Microtec to address system-on-a-chip designs News & Analysis 1/4/1999 Post a comment Mentor Graphics' Microtec division, a real-time operating system (RTOS) and tools vendor, is launching a strategy to drive into deeply embedded applications in 1999. To that end, Microtec today (Jan. 4) will name Michael Kaskowitz its general manager.
Cadence extends layout tools to 0.18-micron designs News & Analysis 1/4/1999 Post a comment Promising a next-generation placement-and-routing solution for 0.18-micron design, Cadence Design Systems Inc. this week will announce Silicon Ensemble ultra, a high-end product that complements the company's Silicon Ensemble DSM tool. The major enhancements to the ultra offering are concurrent placement and optimization, the integration of "quasi-3D" extraction and nine-layer metal routing.
Enhanced security characterizes new HomeRF spec News & Analysis 1/4/1999 Post a comment The HomeRF Consortium will uncloak details of its specification for wireless home networking at the Consumer Electronics Show this week. The Shared Wireless Access Protocol packs a surprising wallop in the security arena, with an optional 56-bit encryption capability. But that may not be enough to knock out a competing home network technology, based on phone lines, to be shown at CES that hits lower prices in products that are ready to roll out to market.
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.