China's IC-card industry draws global players News & Analysis 7/29/1999 Post a comment China's emerging IC-card industry got a boost earlier this month when the country's powerful Ministry of Information Industry announced the second group of qualified product and system providers. The group includes four chip makers, 14 card makers and two applications developers.
The blind get lift from Java-based design News & Analysis 7/29/1999 Post a comment Heightened awareness, tight job markets and government action are combining to make it simpler for the blind and visually impaired to work with computers. Several companies are taking advantage of the portability of the Java programming language, and its design for accessibility, to let visually impaired individuals use different types of machines.
Agilent Technologies emerges from HP News & Analysis 7/29/1999 Post a comment The test equipment and component company chiseled out of Hewlett-Packard Co. will be called Agilent Technologies, a name intended to reflect the company's focus on agility and speed in reacting to customers' needs for new products and services.
LSI Logic ASICs to add programmable-logic cores News & Analysis 7/29/1999 Post a comment LSI Logic Corp. today is expected today (July 29) to announce plans to add small programmable-logic cores to its ASICs, a move that mirrors the efforts of FPGA vendors to combine their chips with soft or hard cores. It also marks an industry consensus that programmability, in some form, will be a vital component of future system-on-chip designs.
Designer creates utilities for Xilinx FPGAs News & Analysis 7/28/1999 Post a comment Three new tools for users of Xilinx Inc. FPGAs are now available from someone who's been in the trenches. Phil Freidin, president and sole employee of Fliptronics, an FPGA design consulting firm, is offering a module generator, timing-report tool and chip-level viewer that contain features not available from Xilinx's own tools, Freidin said.
Virtual Component Exchange revs IP-exchange initiative News & Analysis 7/28/1999 Post a comment Virtual Component Exchange has stepped up efforts to recruit more companies as members to participate in the exchange of intellectual property (IP), courting at a luncheon here this week representatives from numerous systems, semiconductor, foundry, EDA and IP companies.
QuickSilver accelerates sked for 2G soft radio News & Analysis 7/28/1999 Post a comment QuickSilver Technology Inc. (Campbell, Calif.) is accelerating the introduction of its reconfigurable computing, software-defined approach to intermediate frequency-to-baseband hardware for mobile telephony. It is also accelerating its global efforts by appointing a U.K.-based chairman and through work with Kyocera Corp. in Japan.
Atmel flash booked through year end News & Analysis 7/28/1999 Post a comment A rise in demand from cellular phone and set-top box customers has cleared Atmel Corp.'s shelves of flash chips, according to B. Jeffrey Katz, the company's vice president of marketing. "We're booked out in flash through the year," Katz said, speaking here Wednesday (July 28) at the BancBoston Robertson Stephens Semiconductor Conference.
IBM, Toshiba discuss telecom, networking chip deal News & Analysis 7/28/1999 Post a comment IBM Microelectronics and Toshiba Corp. today confirmed Asian press reports that the two companies are in preliminary discussions to jointly develop telecommunications and networking logic chips. Spokesmen for both companies said no agreement has been reached and did not elaborate further.
Broadcom opens support center in Singapore News & Analysis 7/28/1999 Post a comment Broadcom Corp. today dedicated a new design and manufacturing support facility in Singapore that will provide extended coverage for Broadcom operations, especially to customers and suppliers in the region.
Cisco expands packet voice efforts with common DSP base News & Analysis 7/28/1999 Post a comment Midway through a five-phase program to integrate voice services into Internet Protocol networks, Cisco Systems Inc. this week launched a flotilla of voice-enabled platforms for branch offices and small telco central offices, as well as a gatekeeper platform for H.323 conferencing networks.
Qualcomm to use SST flash in CDMA chip sets News & Analysis 7/28/1999 Post a comment Silicon Storage Technology Inc. here said it will provide flash memory technology to Qualcomm Inc. (San Diego) for use in chip sets that target new wireless phone applications using code-division multiple-access (CDMA).
Cirrus acquires AudioLogic
News & Analysis 7/28/1999 Post a comment Cirrus Logic Inc. has acquired AudioLogic Inc. for an undisclosed sum, as part of Cirrus' bid to extend its leadership in PC audio chips into the emerging market for portable MP3 audio players.