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HDTV team shoulders China's technical aspirations
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4/29/1999   Post a comment
China's decision to broadcast its 50th National Day celebration live via high-definition TV has a research team in Beijing sprinting to put together a practical HDTV system in time for the anniversary in October. The short time frame is matched only by another tight parameter: the budget.
Banatao joins SandCraft as chairman
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4/29/1999   Post a comment
Dado Banatao, a founder of S3 Inc., Chips & Technologies Inc., and Mostron Corp., has been named chairman of the board at SandCraft Inc.
SanDisk MultiMedia Cards near volume production in Taiwan
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SanDisk Corp. expects to reach volume production of MultiMedia Card removable storage devices at two facilities in Taiwan in May. The company began making the devices in Taiwan earlier this year.
ASSPs cut into ASIC turf in networking segment
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4/29/1999   Post a comment
ASICs are still the leading semiconductor product in the global market for networking equipment, and remain in high deman from manufacrturers of routers and switches, according to new research conducted by Frost & Sullivan.
ST, SCM Team To Open Digital TV
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German and Californian firms join forces to offer digital TV set-top boxes that can cater for multiple service operators.
LSI Logic licenses package technology to Amkor
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LSI Logic Corp. said Wednesday (April 28) that it has licensed its Enhanced Plastic Ball Grid Array (EPBGA) packaging technology to Amkor Technology Inc., a packaging specialist.
High-tech legacy for Silicon Valley: polluted air
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4/28/1999   Post a comment
Silicon Valley has done a lot to combat water pollution in the past two decades, but new data from the Environmental Protection Agency indicates that air pollution from high-tech manufacturing might be just as worrisome.
Intel buys into LogicVision
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Without revealing terms, Intel Corp. has made an equity investment in privately held LogicVision Inc., a pioneer in embedded ATE and BIST technology. At the same time, LogicVision said that an Intel director, D. James Guzy, will join the LogicVision board. Guzy is president and chief executive officer of SRC Computers Inc. (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and sits on other boards.
Startup's design tool comes with money-back guarantee
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Startup Magma Design Automation Inc. has fielded an approach to IC physical design that promises timing closure, and it is backing that promise with an unusual money-back guarantee. Blast Fusion, the latest in a string of new products challenging EDA market leaders, promises to slash chip design time while boosting area, timing and power optimization. It also challenges prevailing industry perceptions of the need to merge synthesis with layout.
IBM, Singapore join forces on Net development
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IBM Corp. said Wednesday (April 28) that it will collaborate with Singapore's research network on development of advanced Internet technologies.
Intel And Level One Cleared For Merger
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The parties have clearance from both the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice to proceed with the merger.
Quantum dots are used to build logic gates
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In a step toward developing quantum computers, researchers at Notre Dame University have demonstrated logic gates that use quantum-dot cellular automata (QCA), and which switched using only two electrons. Future versions of the QCA promise to squeeze 1 trillion gates into a scant 1-cm square.
Sprint acquires MMDS license holder
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4/28/1999   Post a comment
Sprint Corp. will gain a wireless component for its highly-touted Integrated On-Demand broadband network, through the acqusition of American Telecasting Inc. (Colorado Springs, Colo.), announced Tuesday (April 27). ATI, a specialist in Metropolitan Multipoint Distribution Service (MMDS), holds licenses covering a potential 10 million households in Denver, Portland, Ore., Seattle and Las Vegas.
Tau Simulation upgrades cycle-based simulator
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4/28/1999   Post a comment
Tau Simulation has introduced version 4.0 of its synchronous Verilog simulator, which offers greater flexibility than eariler versions in its support of sophisticated clocking domains and higher simulation speeds.
Monterey Design Systems Announces Dolphin
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Sunnyvale, Calif.--April 26, 1999--Monterey Design Systems, Inc. (Sunnyvale) announced Dolphin, a physical design system for sub-0.25 µm, multimillion gate systems-on-a-chip ...
Atmel Completes Acquisition of Motorola Smart Card Chip Operations
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San Jose--April 27, 1999--Atmel Corp. (San Jose) has finalized the acquisition of the Smart Information Transfer (SIT) businessof Motorola, Inc. and transferred its operations ...
EDAC Spring Quarterly Meeting By Tets Maniwa
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EDAC Spring Quarterly Meeting By Tets ManiwaFremont, Calif.--April 7, 1999-- EDAC, the Electronic Design automation consortium held their quarterly meeting at ...
Bingham Named Cadence CEO
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San Jose--April 27, 1999--CadenceDesign Systems, Inc. (San Jose) announced the appointment ofRay Bingham to CEO. Bingham has served as thecompany's chief financial officer since ...
Mitel ATM device supports IMA standard
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The Mitel Semiconductor division of Mitel Corp. has introduced a quad-channel version of its octal chip that supports the inverse multiplexing over ATM (IMA) standard for transporting asynchronous transfer mode cells over T1 or E1 lines. While OEMs like 3Com Corp. and Larscom Corp. have offered support for IMA on a systems level, Mitel's MT90221 quad IMA/UNI reduces such muxing functions to a chip level.
National quietly exits Sematech
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4/28/1999   Post a comment
The 1998 semiconductor slump delivered a blow to Sematech at the end of last year, when National Semiconductor Corp. quietly pulled out of the U.S. chip consortium for financial reasons. National (Santa Clara, Calif.) was one of 13 founding members of Sematech when it was launched in 1987, and Charles Sporck, National's retired chief executive officer, was a driving force behind the consortium as its founding chairman.
End is near for circuit switches, Lucent declares
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Mere days after launching its IPWorX network for Internet service providers, Lucent Technologies Inc. set the stage for next week's ALTS '99 alternative carriers show by declaring that the days of the circuit switch are numbered. The statements were made as Lucent's switching and access solutions group launched the 7R/E Call Feature Server, a packet-switching network that the company is positioning to take the place of most 5ESS circuit switches in all networks
DC/DC module can take heat
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Group will support Direct RDRAM alternative
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The former SLDRAM consortium, which had stepped to the sidelines with the emergence of Direct Rambus DRAM, is rechartering itself to develop the chip infrastructure behind the projected Double Data Rate-2 SDRAM, sources said today.
Scenix looks to boost 8-bit MCUs
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Scenix Semiconductor Inc. is on a mission to shake up the often staid world of microcontrollers. The design house is energizing its MCU line by amassing a software core library that allows customers to add functions to devices and take advantage of their processing power. While typical microcontrollers provide single-digit Mips ratings, Scenix has an 8-bit MCU in production that boasts 50-Mips performance.
Scenix packs mips into 8-bit MCUs
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Agere intros processor line
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Broadcom buys Epigram for $316M
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RF Connectors signs Powell
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Bell bulks up computer biz
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SMSC, IOTA form MEMS outfit
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Hitachi and TI to develop micromirror-based TV
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Texas Instruments Inc. and Hitachi Ltd. have agreed to collaborate on a high-definition rear-projection TV set for the Japanese and U.S. consumer markets based on TI's digital light-processing (DLP) technology.
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