Bluetooth växer starkt News & Analysis 7/31/2001 Post a comment Trots problemen att få fram Bluetooth-produkter och trots de tekniska problem som orsakar detta tror marknadsanalytikerna hos Frost & Sullivan att tillväxtpotentialen för Bluetooth fortfarande är stark.
Intergraph files suit against Intel over 64-bit Itanium processor patents News & Analysis 7/31/2001 Post a comment HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Intergraph Corp. late today announced that it has filed another suit against Intel Corp., this time charging that Intel's 64-bit Itanium processor technology infringes upon Intergraph's RISC-based MPU patents.
Intergraph's suit, filed in the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Texas, claims that Intel has infringed upon two patents that defines key aspects of parallel instruction computing (PIC). Developed by Intergraph's former Advanced Processor Division, the PI
Components group looks to step out from Matsushita's shadow News & Analysis 7/30/2001 Post a comment Looking to sweep away the stagnation that's dragged down Matsushita Electronic Components Co. Ltd. for a decade, Kurt Kitadai wants to turn the stodgy subsidiary of Matsushita Electric Industrial into a snarling global competitor by building on its R&D programs and breaking its dependence on its parent.
Demand drops for all but 300-mm wafers News & Analysis 7/30/2001 Post a comment Despite a marked drop in orders for 200-mm and smaller wafers from Japan's leading chip makers, demand for 300-mm wafers has increased steadily since late last year, according to the Committee of Silicon, an association whose members supply more than 90 percent of the world's wafers.
TI and Sun to ship copper-based Sparc processors News & Analysis 7/30/2001 Post a comment
Texas Instruments Inc. and Sun Microsystems Inc. announced Monday that qualification tests on the first copper-interconnect versions of the UltraSparc III microprocessor have been completed and production quantities with 900-MHz clock rates are expected to begin shipping within three months.
Comms recovery seen over next quarter or two News & Analysis 7/30/2001 Post a comment The consensus among several industry analysts and executives speaking last week at the Robertson Stephens Technology Conference is that the communications market will hit bottom by the next quarter, paving the way for recovery in 2002.
Agere's manufacturing strategy in doubt News & Analysis 7/30/2001 Post a comment Facing mounting debt and a sales slump that has nearly idled its chip fabs, Agere Systems Inc. may be forced to take more aggressive measures than slashing head count and consolidating fabs to cut costs, according to analysts last week.
But how far is the company willing to go to bring expenses in line with revenue? According to one source, a fabless ASIC strategy is not out of the question.
HP, Actel back reconfigurable SoC contender News & Analysis 7/30/2001 Post a comment A startup spun off the U.K. branch of Hewlett-Packard Laboratories is commercializing a reconfigurable ALU technology that poses a significant new option in a growing field of reconfigurable and embedded DSP alternatives.
Microchip forms analog IC division News & Analysis 7/30/2001 Post a comment
Microchip Technology Inc. is putting more muscle behind its "black magic" analog business by forming a separate analog IC division that will also serve to bolster the company's recent push into DSPs.
G8 supports 'digital divide' issues but cuts funds News & Analysis 7/30/2001 Post a comment The G8 summit in Genoa sought to deal with the 'digital divide' by endorsing an action plan to widen the availability of information and communication technologies in the developing world. But the global leaders failed to vote any new funds to support the plan.
Update: Group delays vote on 3GIO support News & Analysis 7/30/2001 Post a comment A PCI standards organization decided Friday (July 27) to delay a vote on support for a next-generation I/O scheme backed by Intel Corp. until Aug. 3, saying it needed more time to review the spec.
Numerical's software speeds migration of design cells to advanced fab processes News & Analysis 7/30/2001 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- Numerical Technologies Inc. today said it is now offering two new software products that will help ease the task of moving embedded design cores to advanced chip-processing technologies. The company's abraMAP maps existing design cells to new wafer-processing technologies, while the abraKAZAM combines migration and cell-development capabilities.
Investing in the future News & Analysis 7/30/2001 Post a comment The President's Fiscal Year 2002 Federal Science and Technology (FY 2002 FS&T) Budget has come as a disappointment to many in the science community. While the proposed budget presents an argument for a notable boost in funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the budget freezes or cuts spending levels at most of the other scientific agencies.
Intel takes up more ARMs News & Analysis 7/30/2001 Post a comment Intel has extended its existing license agreements to include the next generation ARMv6 architecture as well as providing Intel with the ability to offer specific ARM core design implementations.
Computer board touts STD bus migration Product News 7/30/2001 Post a comment WinSystems has a single-board computer (SBC) for the STD bus that's said to provide an upward migration path for STD systems while maintaining hardware, I/O and software compatibility over an industrial temperature range of -40 degrees C to 85C.
64-bit RISC MPU uses superscalar scheme Product News 7/30/2001 Post a comment NEC Electronics' 64-bit VR5500 MIPS RISC microprocessor is the first in a line of MPUs based on NEC's two-way superscalar VR5500 processor architecture and manufactured on its 0.13-micron process technology. It delivers 600 Mips at 300 MHz.
Alliance Semiconductor is latest memory vendor to join SigmaRAM consortium News & Analysis 7/30/2001 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- In a move to expand its efforts in the communications chip arena, Alliance Semiconductor Corp. here today announced that it has joined the SigmaRAM Consortium.
Alliance is the latest company to support the SigmaRAM family of synchronous SRAM products for networking and telecommunications applications. Other members of the consortium include GSI Technology, Integrated Silicon Solution Inc., Mitsubishi, Sony, and Toshiba.
ATI acquires Appian's desktop software technology for $2 million News & Analysis 7/30/2001 Post a comment MARKHAM, Ontario -- ATI Technologies Inc. here today announced that it has acquired Appian Graphics Corp.s' desktop management software and technology for $2 million.
Under the terms of the agreement, ATI has acquired ownership of Appian's HydraVision desktop management software and related technologies. In addition, ATI has hired several of Appian's employees to develop future enhancements to HydraVision software.
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.