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ARM licenses Parthus GPS design for mobile location
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Parthus Technologies, an emerging intellectual property company, has designed a GPS chip set that it claims is the world's most accurate and least power consuming.
NEC, In-System to develop ICs for USB 2.0 spec
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BOISE, Idaho -- In-System Design Inc. (ISD) today announced a partnership with NEC Corp. to co-develop a family of devices based on a new Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 standard. Under a partnership agreement, ISD's digital expertise will be combined with NEC's analog capabilities to create what the companies claim will be the world's first single-chip solutions for the USB 2.0 specification.
Wind River funds set-top, optical net startups
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Wind River Systems Inc. will announce next week that it will fund startups Tvia Inc. and Zaffire Inc. under a venture-capital initiative it began two months ago.
Tundra to buy chip-layout specialist Quadic for $45 million
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KANATA, Ontario--Tundra Semiconductor Corp. here today announced plans to acquire Quadic Systems Inc., an analog chip developer and design-layout specialist based in South Portland, Maine. Tundra said the purchase will help it reduce development time for high-speed interconnect technology in communications-chip applications. Tundra plans to buy Quadic for stock and cash, valued at up to $45 million.
Avnet info to broaden SpinCircuit Web data
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In a nonexclusive deal, distributor Avnet Inc. has agreed to provide business data that will augment the Web-based design tools of SpinCircuit Inc. and enable engineers to access pricing and availability information from the SpinCircuit Web site. Avnet also took an undisclosed minority position in SpinCircuit as part of the deal.
Deep South working to see that high tech takes root
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Jim Clinton speaks in Dickensian terms about the prospects for a high-tech flowering in the Deep South. The motivation for change and progress is strong, but "It's also a scary time," said Clinton, executive director of Southern Growth Policies Board.
OSE, Siliconware aim to be Taiwan's next $1 billion companies
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SAN JOSE -- The rapid shift towards outsourcing in the IC-packaging and assembly arena is creating the next wave of $1 billion companies in Taiwan. Two Taiwan-based companies -- Orient Semiconductor Engineering Ltd. (OSE) and Siliconware Precision Industries Co. Ltd. (SPIL) -- separately projected that they will reach $1 billion in sales over the next year or two, putting them in an elite group of companies in the booming IC-packaging and assembly business.
Fiber-to-the-home resurfaces
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A number of companies are laying the groundwork to offer residential fiber on a broad scale as early as next year, according to this week's National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (NFOEC). This trend indicates that the advent of high-speed data access has revived interest in fiber to the home, after huge costs and an indifferent public had dashed initial hopes for the technology.
Innocomm shifts to fabless model from wireless-IC design house
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SAN DIEGO -- Two-year-old Innocomm Wireless Inc. here has turned itself into a fabless chip company from its start as an IC design house for radio-frequency and mixed-signal devices. The San Diego startup said it now specializes in chip sets for wireless PCs and automation products in the home and office.
£7.5 Million Optoelectronics Foundry & Research Centre Opens
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Glasgow, Scotland - August 31, 2000 - Compound Semiconductor Technologies Ltd, (CST), a £7.5 million optoelectronics foundry and technology transfer company was officially ...
VxTel targeting packetized apps
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Quantum laser turns electron wave into memory
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8/31/2000   1 comment
How many electrons does it take to remember the entire contents of the Library of Congress?
Murata ups ceramic-cap output
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VSIA offers IP protection paper
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ADI continues on DSP fast track
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Wolfson's stereo DAC integrates all audio functions for digital TV
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EDINBURGH, Scotland -- Wolfson Microelectronics Ltd. today announced a single-chip digital-to-analog converter (DAC) that integrates all the functions needed for audio processing in digital TVs and set-top boxes.
Metrology supplier ADE posts 76% sales increase, narrows loss
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WESTWOOD, Mass.--ADE Corp. here reported a 76% increase in revenues to $21.8 million in the company's first fiscal quarter, ended July 31, compared to $12.4 million in the period last year. The supplier of metrology and inspection systems posted a net loss of $1.2 million in the quarter vs. a net loss of $7.2 million in the period last year.
Finnish tool maker opens U.S. office
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Aplac Solutions, a Finnish provider of analog, RF and electromagnetic simulation tools, has opened a U.S. office.
Machine tool makers look to linear motors, digital controls
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Linear motors and digital controls will take a significant step forward in industrial automation Wednesday when Cincinnati Machine rolls out a high-speed machining center at the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago.
Chip makers prepare silicon for USB version 2.0
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The movement toward the 2.0 version of the Universal Serial Bus is picking up steam.
NSA selects test labs for info security products
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The National Security Agency (NSA) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have selected four industry testing laboratories to evaluate information security products.
TSMC Sold Out Of Foundry Capacity
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Demand is outstripping supply, with the president of the U.S. subsidiary not seeing a slowdown on the horizon.
ON Semi to triple R&D spending
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ON Semi to triple R&D spending
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ON Semiconductor here today announced plans to triple its spending on research and development by 2001, compared to 1999 levels, with a long-term target of R&D expenditures set at 5-to-6 percent of revenues this decade.
Alliance invests $75M in Tower fab plan
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Alliance Semiconductor Corp. (Santa Clara, Calif.) has become the latest company to sign up as an equity partner in Tower Semiconductor Ltd. as part of Tower's plans to build a second wafer fab in Israel.
Top AMD executive departs suddenly
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Fab infrastructure supplier Kinetics completes $550 million buyout
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SANTA CLARA, Calif.--Kinetics Group Inc., a supplier of process infrastructure systems for chip-production tools, announced the completion of a $550 million buyout of its operations by management and the investment arm of Deutsche Bank AG.
TI says it will not rush merger with Burr-Brown
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Now that Texas Instruments Inc. has completed its $7.6 billion acquisition of Burr-Brown Corp., the tricky merger portion of the M&A has begun.
Intel suit accuses Broadcom of patent infringement
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Intel Corp. expanded its legal assault against Broadcom Corp. (Irvine, Calif.) on Wednesday (Aug. 30), charging the company with patent infringement and misappropriation of trade secrets.
TI hints at strategy following Burr-Brown acquisition
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Texas Instruments Inc. officials are optimistic that their $6.1 billion investment in Burr-Brown Corp. will pay off, insisting they acquired more than op amps and data converters.
TI says it won't rush Burr-Brown merger; Tucson fab upgrade considered
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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Now that Texas Instruments Inc. has completed its $7.6 billion acquisition of Burr-Brown Corp., the real tricky part of M&A has begun--merger. Top TI officials promise to take a steady-but-not-hurried pace in merging the venerable analog chip supplier into Texas Instruments. In doing so, TI will put customer requirements ahead of merger activities, and it will consider upgrading Burr-Brown's 4-inch wafer fab in Tucson, while maintaining existing foundry agreements, said managers
Philips buys full ownership of LCD joint venture in Japan
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AMSTERDAM, the Netherlands -- Royal Philips Electronics NV today announced it is acquiring the remaining shares of a Japanese joint venture in liquid-crystal displays, formed three years ago with partner Hosiden Corp. in Osaka. The Dutch company said it will buy the remaining 20% interest in Hosiden and Philips Display Corp. (HAPD), which was created in April 1997 to produce 15-inch active-matrix LCDs.
Lithography sales rise 178%; tools total grows 112% in first half of 2000
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SAN JOSE -- Semiconductor capital equipment shipments grew 112% in the first half of 2000, compared to the same period last year, according to a new industry report, which underscores the rapid buildup of chip capacity that worries some analysts. Chip makers took delivery of $21.9 billion in production equipment during the first six months of 2000 vs. $10.3 billion in the first half of 1999, said the SEMI trade group today.
On Semi to triple R&D and target power management, broadband ICs
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PHOENIX -- On Semiconductor today announced plans to triple spending on research and development by 2001, compared to 1999 levels, with a long-term target of R&D expenditures set at 5-to-6% of revenues after next year. The year-old spin-off from Motorola Inc. spent about $37 million on R&D in 1999, which represented 2.3% of its revenues.
Pentium IV Pushes Clocks To 1.4 GHz and Beyond
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DSPnet Site Director Ray Weiss discusses how the Pentium IV, Intel's latest Pentium built on microburst architecture, proves that the Pentium still kicks butt.
Write Once, Then What?
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Java arose from the vision of the network as the computer. It was intended to be a language by which applications could run on any machine without changes. The rallying cry "write once, run anywhere" fired the imagination of developers worldwide. EMBEDDEDnet site director Rich Quinnell asks, "Has Java delivered on its promise?"
Elegant use of memory
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Chartered, Dialog sign foundry deal
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Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing and Dialog Semiconductor will join forces under a three-year manufacturing deal potentially worth $250 million.
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