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Intensys Raises $7 Million in 2nd Major Financing
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San Jose, CA - October 30, 2000 - Intensys Corp., an application processor company, announced today that it has raised $7 million in its second major round of venture ...
IBM to Invest $300 Million for Chip Facility in China
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Shanghai, China - October 27, 2000 - IBM announced plans to invest $300 million to build an organic chip packaging manufacturing facility in Shanghai, China to support ...
Avanti Reports Quarter of Record Growth
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Fremont, CA - October 27, 2000 - Avanti Corp. reported record results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2000. For the quarter, revenue was a record $90.5 million, ...
Infineon Receives Bluetooth Qualification
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Munich, Germany - October 27, 2000 - Infineon Technologies announced that its Bluemoon I chipset has received Bluetooth qualification and will be included on the Bluetooth ...
Silicon foundry sales remain strong until 2003, predicts Dataquest
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SAN DIEGO -- Demand for silicon foundry services is expected to remain strong for the next couple of years, but some analysts believe that a capacity-glut could hit this booming market with a major thud by 2003. But for now demand still remains robust for foundry services from both fabless semiconductor houses and integrated device manufacturers (IDMs), said James Hines, analyst who tracks the industry segment for Dataquest Inc. of San Jose.
Synthesis Techniques Using Synopsys' ACS
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The semiconductor engineering productivity gap increases consistently. Design reuse is one of the solutions for closing this gap; soft intellectual property (IP) can dramatically reduce the complexity and time-to-market. Designs that are technology- and tools-independent can be rapidly ported into a new process with low engineering effort.
Avnet nears purchase of Chinese distributor Sunrise
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HONG KONG -- U.S.-based Avnet Inc. is in the final stages of acquiring Hong Kong's Sunrise Technology Ltd. to strengthen its distribution foothold in China, industry sources on both sides of the Pacific said last week.
Gemplus builds USB into smart card for direct connection
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French smart card pioneer Gemplus SA claims to have developed the first generation of card that has "full-speed capability," enabling it to communicate directly with PCs.
I-Cube scrubs Ethernet for crosspoint-switch line
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I-Cube Inc. is rolling out a crosspoint-switch line this week as part of a strategy to abandon the Ethernet LAN business in favor of more lucrative switching markets.
Micron targets flash growth with SyncFlash, wireless memories
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BOISE, Idaho — DRAM giant Micron Technology Inc. aims to turn itself into a Top 10 flash memory supplier by 2002. To do that, the company has begun ramping up volume production of low-power flash devices here for wireless handsets, and today, Micron officially introduced its first SyncFlash chip, which replaces synchronous DRAMs in a range of embedded nonvolatile memory applications.
Diodes to acquire FabTech, 5-inch wafer fab
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WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. — Diodes Inc. here today announced an agreement to acquire a 5-inch wafer-processing plant, called FabTech Inc., for $25 million and additional funds, if specific earnings targets are reach in the next four year. The facility, located in Lee's Summit, Mo., specializes in Schottky products and will be used by Diodes to support value-added products.
Diodes to acquire FabTech, 5-inch wafer fab in Missouri
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WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif.--Diodes Inc. here today announced an agreement to acquire a 5-inch wafer-processing plant, called FabTech Inc., for $25 million and additional funds, if specific earnings targets are reach in the next four year. The facility, located in Lee's Summit, Mo., specializes in Schottky products and will be used by Diodes to support value-added products.
AMD: DDR Platforms Ready To Roll With Athlon
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The move is part of an effort by AMD to take advantage of Intel's backing of the Direct Rambus memory format.
I-Cube scrubs Ethernet for crosspoint-switch line
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CAMPBELL, Calif. ( ChipWire) -- I-Cube Inc. here is rolling out a crosspoint-switch line this week as part of a strategy to abandon the Ethernet LAN business in favor of more lucrative switching markets.
Just what is this thing we call EDA?
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The definition of an EDA company is becoming many things to many people.
Avnet nears acquisition of Chinese distributor, Sunrise Technology
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Avnet Inc. is in the final stages of acquiring Hong Kong's Sunrise Technology Ltd. to strengthen its distribution foothold in China, industry sources on both sides of the Pacific said last week.
Intel roadmap shows little Rambus support in 2001
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- A confidential roadmap obtained by EBN shows Intel Corp. dropping Direct Rambus DRAM from every computing platform but high-end workstations by mid-2001. This would appear to bear out recent comments by Intel president Craig Barrett that the exclusive deal to support the memory interface was "a mistake" (see Oct. 18 story).
Intel roadmap shows little Rambus support in 2001
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A confidential road map obtained by EBN shows Intel Corp. dropping Direct Rambus DRAM from every computing platform but high-end workstations by mid-2001. This would appear to bear out recent comments by Intel president Craig Barrett that the exclusive deal to support the memory interface was "a mistake."
IP trading moves online and into OEM purchasers' realm
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As OEMs increasingly adopt off-the-shelf technology and standardized cores for their products, the online electronics marketplace is evolving from an exchange for landing scarce components to a resource for buying intellectual-property blocks.
AMD says DDR platforms are ready to roll with new Athlon, chip set
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TOKYO--During a press conference here and around the world, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. today claimed to be the first chip supplier to offer a PC platform supporting double data rate (DDR) memory. The solution includes the AMD-760 chip set and a new Athlon processor with a 266-MHz front-side bus for the highest grade of DDR memory available, according to the company.
Taiwan's chip makers worried over move to scrap nuclear power plant
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SAN JOSE -- Taiwan's leading electronics companies expressed concern over the government's decision on Friday to scrap plans to build the island's fourth nuclear power plant--a move that could lead to more energy problems for local chip and PC makers.
Taiwan approves S3-Via graphics chip venture after delay
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SANTA CLARA, Calif.--After a three-month delay, Taiwan's government has given its blessing to a graphics chip joint venture between S3 Inc. and Via Technologies Inc., which today announced they are moving ahead with plans to formally launch the new company.
Intel bundling Pentium 4 with Direct RDRAM, say sources
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- As the Nov. 20 launch of the Pentium 4 nears, Intel Corp. is priming the pump by shipping limited quantities of the new microprocessor bundled with Direct Rambus DRAM, according to industry sources.
Conexant inks deals to co-develop set-top boxes with Liberate, Next Level
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NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- Looking to take a new approach in its consumer-broadband chip business, Conexant Systems Inc. here today will announce plans to co-develop set-top-box products with Liberate Technologies Inc. and Next Level Communications Inc. Under the terms of the deal between Conexant and Liberate, the companies will co-develop a next-generation, set-top box platform for use in satellite, terrestrial, and cable applications.
Micron aims to move up in flash ranking with SyncFlash, wireless memories
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BOISE, Idaho -- DRAM giant Micron Technology Inc. aims to turn itself into a Top 10 flash memory supplier by 2002. To do that, the company has begun ramping up volume production of low-power flash devices here for wireless handsets, and today, Micron officially introduces its first SyncFlash chip, which replaces synchronous DRAMs in a range of embedded nonvolatile memory applications.
Centillium rolls out processor for voice-enabled broadband systems
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FREMONT, Calif. -- Centillium Communications Inc. here today will announce what the company claims is the world's highest-capacity processor for voice-enabled broadband applications. Based on a 32-bit RISC core from Mips Technologies Inc., the new Entropia chip from Centillium is among a new class of voice-processor products in the market that helps deliver both voice and data services over a cable, Digital Subscriber Line (DSL), or wireless network.
Postcard from Edinburgh
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Steve Ohr was in Edinburgh to get an earful on Scotland's contributions to SoC development. The virtual component exchange won't include analog IP, he says.
IBM plans packaging facility in China
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IBM Corp. announced Oct. 26 its plans to invest $300 million to build a chip-packaging and systems-manufacturing facility in Shanghai. The plant will be the company's first microelectronics production site in China and is part of IBM Microelectronics' recently announced, $5 billion worldwide investment strategy.
Nokia bucks wireless market downturn ...
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Nokia AB is nimbly sidestepping many of the land mines that have slowed its chief competitors this year, in the process maintaining its place as the world's largest cellular-handset maker.
... as rumors arise that Ericsson will spin-off handset business
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LM Ericsson is scrambling to stem losses mounting from its cellular-handset business, with indications growing that a spin-out may be the ultimate solution.
Bluetooth product developers exploring cost, integration options
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The emerging market for Bluetooth-enabled electronics is leading to a new round of cost and integration issues that will determine how and at what rate OEMs build the wireless-communications standard into their products.
VSIA says more designers adopt its methods
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The IC design community is starting to adopt the work of the Virtual Socket Interface Alliance (VSIA), which is trying to simplify the mixing and matching of virtual components for designers struggling with increased complexity and greater time-to-market pressures. The efforts of VSIA, which has released one standard and 19 specifications in its first four years, are showing signs of paying off.
Distributed computing steps toward the mainstream
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Peer-to-peer computing, wherein data is processed and transmitted without an intermediary server, gained momentum in two separate developments this past week that could increase its application to a broad range of situations. The two events basically fired shots across the bow of the client/server empire, the current bastion of the Internet's software infrastructure.
Compaq earnings rosy despite weak Euro, lower PC demand
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While PC vendors and their semiconductor counterparts witness volatile stock prices and earnings warnings, Compaq last week reported a record third quarter.
IPAC restructures IC-packaging business, cuts 30% workforce
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SAN JOSE--Integrated Packaging Assembly Corp. here today announced a restructuring of its business and layoffs of 86 employees, or 30% of its workforce. The company has been battling losses for a couple of years as it attempted to turnaround its Silicon Valley chip-packaging services business.
Intel protects software with IA-64 patents
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A flurry of more than 20 new patents suggests Intel Corp. is expanding its time-tested legal strategy to prevent cloning of its new, flagship IA-64 architecture.
Microchip Technology expands embedded line with acquisition
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Controller chip maker Microchip Technology announced Friday (Oct. 27) that it will acquire analog IC supplier TelCom Semiconductor, based in Mountain View, Calif. The acquisition, a stock trade worth approximately $300 million, will give Microchip access to TelCom's line of data converters, amplifiers, voltage regulators and references.
Microchip to buy TelCom, expand analog for MCUs
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CHANDLER, Ariz. — In a move to quickly expand its analog portfolio for microcontroller customers, Microchip Technology Inc. here today announced it will acquire TelCom Semiconductor Inc. of Mountain View, Calif., for $300 million in stock.
Race heats up to merge image processing, CMOS sensor
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PALO ALTO, Calif. ( ChipWire) — The competition in CMOS image sensors has turned ferocious, pitting established giants such as Agilent Technologies Inc. against such smaller upstarts as IC Media Corp.
IP/SOC Conference Offers New Technical Program for SOC Designers
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Marietta, GA - October 25, 2000 - CMP Media, Inc. (publisher of Integrated System Design magazine) announced that this year's Intellectual Property (IP) System-on-a-Chip ...
BP Microsystems Reports Record Revenues
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Houston, TX - October 24, 2000 - BP Microsystems, Inc., asupplier of electronic device programming systems, announced recordrevenues of $12.6 million for the 3rd quarter ...
New Semiconductor Company Secures Funding
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Research Triangle Park, NC - October 27, 2000-Ziptronix, Inc., a company focused on wafer-scale semiconductor integration,announced today it has raised $6.5 million in its ...
Race is on to merge image processing, CMOS sensor
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The competition in CMOS image sensors has turned ferocious, pitting established giants such as Agilent Technologies Inc. against such smaller upstarts as IC Media Corp.
Intel protects software with IA-64 patents
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NEW YORK -- A flurry of more than 20 new patents suggests Intel Corp. is expanding its time-tested legal strategy to prevent cloning of its new, flagship IA-64 architecture.
TI plans digital radio DSPs, invests in RadioScape
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LONDON — Texas Instruments Inc. today announced plans to develop digital baseband chip solutions using its digital signal processor (DSP) technology and software from RadioScape Ltd., a London startup. TI also said it has invested an undisclosed amount of money in four-year-old RadioScape, which develops software for the Eureka-147 digital radio standard used in consumer products.
IBM announces advanced chip-packaging plant in China
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SHANGHAI — In another major move to expand its semiconductor production base, IBM Corp. on Thursday (Oct. 26) announced plans to invest $300 million to build a chip packaging and systems manufacturing plant here.
Can tools keep up with programmable silicon?
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As silicon architects crank out bigger and faster programmable devices, EDA vendors and the PLD companies' own tool divisions are scrambling to put the tools and methodologies in place that will let designers program the new parts quickly.
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