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India spawns homegrown IC design houses
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1/28/1999   Post a comment
Though most Indian chip designers work for large, multinational companies, there's been a marked swelling in the ranks of domestic startups doing silicon and intellectual-property (IP) design on a global scale. Those companies enjoy the same advantages of the multinationals — notably an abundance of local engineering talent, available at low cost. But they also endure such challenges as high EDA-tool costs and the attrition of trained engineers to the United States.
STM sees light amid industry slump
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STMicroelectronics' (STM) annual sales returned to growth in 1998 and were marked by a rise in net profits as well as revenue.
Dwindling supplies raise LCD prices
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Thin-film-transistor LCD prices are rebounding from a sharp drop last year. Japanese and Korean industry leaders are reporting price hikes as the market moves from oversupply to scarcity.
Atmel To Buy Motorola Smart Card IC Business
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The purchase will make Atmel the world's third-largest supplier of integrated circuits for smart card applications.
Atmel designs ARM into pocket Playstation
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The ARM7TDMI Thumb processor core, developed by ARM Ltd., will control a portable miniature games console from Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. called the PocketStation.
LSI Logic recovers in 4Q
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Micro Linear breaks even in 4Q
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Partners announce multi-service carrier offerings at ComNet
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OEMs broke new ground at the ComNet show this week, striking alliances aimed at giving carriers better tools to provision multiple voiceband channels and Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) services.
NTT plans wireless Internet service for cell phones
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NTT Mobile Communications Network Inc. (NTT Docomo), the largest cellular/PHS phone carrier in Japan, will start a wireless Internet-access service — called "i-mode" — next month that uses NTT's cellular phones.
Honeywell to use MEMS technology for gyro chip
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Honeywell Inc. said Thursday (Jan. 28) that it will acquire microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) technology from Boeing Co. (Seattle) that could be used to develop a "gyro on a chip."
Varistors raise the SMT bar
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Multilayer varistors have been made surface-mountable through a nickel barrier-termination technology that to date has been the province of chip capacitors, resistors and inductors. Harris Semiconductor said that its Terminator surge suppressors provide the optimized solderability required in harsh wave-solder environments.
ARC awaits steep increase in unit royalties
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ARC Cores Ltd., which licenses the ARC 32-bit RISC processor to ASIC designers, expects its sales will triple in 1999 as it starts to collect unit royalties from licensees.
Arizona absorbs bumps in the EE jobs market
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We may indeed be headed toward a virtual world, but until then, one can never overestimate the value of a good setting. And as settings go, few are better than Arizona. With desert, skiing and year-round summer, it's basically California without the beach — but with more than a few of the biggest engineering employers in the world.
GHz converter enhances cellular phones
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Anadigics Corp. has developed what it calls a "microwave dc/dc converter" that could solve a problem that plagues cellular-handset makers using gallium-arsenide RF transmitters and receivers. When incorporated onto GaAs chips, the new Anadigics part allows the devices to function from single 3- or 5-V supply rails. The microwave dc/dc converter is expected to eliminate the external dc/dc converters, charge pumps and capacitors now used to generate a negative-bias voltage for the GaAs power amps
Atmel to buy Motorola smart-card chip business
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In a surprise move, Atmel Corp. today announced an agreement to acquire Motorola Inc.'s smart-card chip business. Atmel said the purchase would make it the world's third largest supplier of ICs for smart-card applications.
Motorola, TelCom to second-source power, thermal management ICs
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TelCom Semiconductor Inc. today said it has entered a second-source agreement with Motorola Inc.'s Semiconductor Products Sector involving power and thermal management ICs.
Toshiba ships RIMMs to Intel for 800-MHz testing
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Toshiba America Electronic Components Inc. announced Wednesday (Jan. 27) that it has delivered samples of 64-megabyte and 128-Mbyte Rambus-in-line memory modules (RIMMs) to Intel Corp. for testing in high-speed systems.
Former Micron president joins IP startup
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Interactive Silicon Inc. (ISI) today said it has appointed a former vice chairman and president of Micron Technology Inc. as its new chief executive officer.
New IEEE standard promises IP protection
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Marking a major milestone for the EDA and silicon intellectual property (IP) communities, the Open Model Interface (OMI) — a language-neutral interface between models and simulation tools — has been accepted as the IEEE 1499 standard. OMI could greatly facilitate the exchange and protection of IP, but questions remain about its ability to handle complex data types.
Vendors scramble to keep pace with Rambus
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The Rambus machine is hitting full throttle, as chip, module and tester vendors take steps that may help ease a predicted shortage of Direct Rambus devices this year.
Hot workers wag the salary dog
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The computer industry has something in common with professional sports. No, there's not a Moore's Law for football that drives ticket prices down and improves the quality of games each season. (Indeed, you could safely argue the opposite.)
Update: Intel ID protection scheme called insufficient
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At least one critic of Intel Corp.'s plan to place identification numbers on each of its Pentium III processors said the protection scheme Intel devised for the plan will not cover up its technical shortcomings.
Viewlogic moves six tools to NT
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Viewlogic Systems Inc. is making a number of its high-speed design tools available on Windows NT platforms. These tools, primarily aimed at board-level design, include XTK, Quiet Expert, Quiet, Blast, AC/Grade and Isis Prevue.
U.S. forecasts chip growth
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The U.S. semiconductor industry will grow at a healthy 10.2 percent in 1999, according to a government forecast released Tuesday (Jan. 26).
Fujitsu locates site to be near workers
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A major trend in high-tech recruitment today reverses past practices when workers would go where the jobs were; today it's the employers who go where the workers are.
Model Technology opens e-commerce site
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Mentor Graphics Corp.'s Model Technology subsidiary introduced a new business model this week by setting up an e-commerce Web site from which users can buy products. The company's HDL simulation offerings can be purchased directly from the site.
Triple-key DES encryption processor goes commercial
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A processor that uses the triple-key data-encryption standard to provide hardware encryption and message authentication is now available in large quantities from Cognitive Designs Inc.
IC Works offers frequency timing generator for 440ZX
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IC Works Inc. has launched a family of single-chip solutions for the Intel 440ZX AGPset for the Celeron processor. The new frequency timing generators, which are now available in volume, are targeted for basic PC plat-forms and conform to Intel's CK97 jitter specification.
Single-chip Ethernet switching devices
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Texas Instruments Inc. has introduced two new ThunderSwitch II single-chip switching devices for Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet applications.
Dc/dc converters target Pentium II notebook PCs
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The LTC1735 and LTC1736 from Linear Technology Corp. are designed as high-efficiency step-down dc/dc controllers for powering the newest Intel Pentium II processors in notebook computers.
Pentium ID concerns were unfounded, expert says
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1/27/1999   Post a comment
Concerns that the indentification number Intel Corp. had planned to put on Pentium III processors could have been used to track Web activity might have been overstated, as the ID mechanism masks the ID number from any Web site requesting it, according to a security expert who has worked with Intel.
Acoustic echo canceler debuts
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Mitel Semiconductor is offering an acoustic echo canceler that it says is a complete speaker-phone solution. Mitel claims the MT9315 provides several advantages over acoustic echo cancelers using standard digital signal processors.
2nd-gen Cheetah chips launched
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Sage Inc. has launched the second generation in its family of display control chips called the Cheetah II. Its AutoSet utility enables flat panel monitors to be plug-and-play replacements for standard CRT monitors.
PCM codecs tap cell-phone apps
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Rohm Electronics Division has introduced two linear pulse-code-modulation coder/decoder ICs for cellular telephones. The BU8731KV and the BU8733KV have respective typical operating currents of 8.0 mA and 5.4 mA and standby current of 0.1 microamps.
Audit faults U.S. modernization efforts
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Several U.S. science agencies are under fire for mismanaging programs ranging from modernizing air traffic control to controlling International Space Station costs.
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