Intel rolls out 12 new processors in move to corner mobile market News & Analysis 9/30/2001 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- In an attempt to corner the mobile microprocessor market, Intel Corp. here today announced 12 new chips, including the world's fastest product for this segment to date.
The new product launch is aimed to expand Intel's market share lead in the four major and separate mobile PC segments: mainstream, thin-and-light, mini-notebooks, and sub-notebooks/tablet PCs, according to analysts. It is also geared to fend off competitive threats from its processor rivals, most notably A
Inductance nags, tools lag in 0.13-micron ICs News & Analysis 9/29/2001 Post a comment Parasitic on-chip inductance is looming as a new challenge as high-end ASICs push toward 0.13 micron and approach frequencies in the gigahertz range. But as IC companies begin to tackle the problem, the tools and methodologies for resolving it are in their infancy.
Genesis acquires rival Sage in $241M deal
News & Analysis 9/28/2001 Post a comment Genesis Microchip Inc. has announced plans to acquire rival Sage Inc. in an all-stock trade valued at $241 million. The two companies compete in the display controller chip market, and the combined entity will be have a significant technology base in that segment.
Zuken cuts U.S. staff in reorganization News & Analysis 9/28/2001 Post a comment Zuken USA has cut 16 workers or 40 percent of its sales and support staff and said it will reduce efforts to sell its CR5000 pc-board design product as part of a business restructuring.
Copy protection bill divides industry, Hollywood News & Analysis 9/28/2001 Post a comment A draft copy-protection bill backed by Hollywood heavyweights is triggering an outcry from PC and consumer electronics companies who say the legislation would force them to relinquish control of key system design technologies.
Demos don't hide rough road faced by MPEG-7 spec News & Analysis 9/28/2001 Post a comment A handful of Japanese companies have demonstrated their own versions of MPEG-7 applications software, but industry watchers caution that much work remains to be done to jumpstart the market for MPEG-7, which provides a standard method of describing digital multimedia content.
Brooks Automation to lay off 175-200 workers, lowers outlook News & Analysis 9/28/2001 Post a comment CHELMSFORD, Mass.--Joining a parade of companies cutting their forecasts, Brooks Automation Inc. today announced it would lay off 175-to-200 people and it lowered estimates for revenues in the current fiscal quarter. The company said its revenues are now expected to be in a range of $60-to-$63 million, down from a previous guidance of $70-to-80 million.
OpenAccess standards group struggles for closure News & Analysis 9/28/2001 Post a comment The OpenAccess Community is close to resolving organizational issues that have thus far delayed the EDA industry's ambitious interoperability standards effort, according to sources at the Silicon Integration Initiative (Si2) and Cadence Design Systems Inc. But both Synopsys Inc. and Avanti Corp. have withheld their support and are still skeptical of the standard's use of Cadence's Genesis database as its centerpiece.
Single wireless LAN spec in peril
News & Analysis 9/28/2001 Post a comment rospects for a harmonized global wireless LAN standard appear bleak, as political and legal barriers emerge in Europe and Japan to block adoption of the IEEE-802.11a WLAN specification, backed robustly in the United States.
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.