AMD licenses Mips' 64-bit processor technology for future products News & Analysis 4/29/2002 Post a comment SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Advanced Micro Devices Inc. here today expanded its ties with Mips Technologies Inc. under which AMD will license Mips' 64-bit microprocessor architecture.
Under the terms announced here today, AMD will license Mips' MIPS64 Instruction Set Architecture (ISA). With this license, AMD plans to develop 64-bit processors that implement the MIPS64 architecture standard.
Year-old Bermai packs all functions for 5-GHz wireless LANs in one chip News & Analysis 4/29/2002 Post a comment LAS VEGAS -- In a move that's certain to raise the stakes in wireless local area networks, startup Bermai Inc. plans to formally launch its single-chip solution for 5-GHz wireless LANs at the NetWorld+Interop trade show here this week. The year-old fabless chip company is jumping into a crowded market, claiming to be the first to offer a single "radio chip" for the emerging 802.11a wireless LANs.
GlobeSpanVirata takes huge charge for reorganization, but sees 56% jump in sales News & Analysis 4/29/2002 Post a comment RED BANK, N.J. -- In connection with the merger between GlobeSpan Inc. and Virata Corp., GlobespanVirata Inc. here will take a $20-to-$40 million charge in Q2 and announced a reorganization plan that eliminates an undisclosed amount of positions at the supplier of DSL chips.
The charge will also involve the consolidation of its worldwide facilities. The announcement follows GlobeSpan's blockbuster move to acquire Virata for $1.3 billion late last year.
Litho chemical market to grow 14% over seven-year period, says report News & Analysis 4/29/2002 Post a comment LITTLE FALLS, N.J. -- Despite the downturn in the overall semiconductor market, the outlook for photolithography chemicals remains promising, particularly deep ultraviolet (DUV) photoresists, according to a new report from Kline & Co. here today.
In total, the market for photoresists, etchants, and related cleaning products used in semiconductor manufacturing will grow on a compound annual rate of 14% over the next several years, from $2.4 billion in 2001, to $4.6 billion in 2006, according to
Virage offers multiport memory for SoC designs News & Analysis 4/29/2002 Post a comment Memory designer Virage Logic Corp. intends to market a configurable SRAM-based multiport memory that can perform three read and write operations simultaneously, increasing data throughput in today's embedded systems and meeting the expected demands of parallel or pipelined processors in future system-on-chip designs.
Startup's service to meld optics, GPS time stamp News & Analysis 4/29/2002 Post a comment Time stamp references from global-positioning system satellites will create accurate time slices for the "fractional lambda switching" service of optical startup Synchrodyne Networks Inc., the company said in its initial description of the service Monday (April 29) at the IEEE International Conference on Communications.
Startup promises automated cell optimization News & Analysis 4/29/2002 Post a comment Electronic design automation startup Zenasis Technologies Inc. wants to bring the precision of full-custom design to ASIC and system-on-chip design with a cell-optimization technology it plans to release sometime next year.
Network processor entrants find tough sledding News & Analysis 4/29/2002 Post a comment New companies are lined up deep at the starting gate with the promise of innovation and ultrahigh performance, but the bulk of business in the overly hyped network processor market is still residing at the low end of the performance spectrum where established industry stalwarts are in control.
Intel's 2003 capex plans draw more predictions, but some call forecasts 'irresponsible' News & Analysis 4/29/2002 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- There are more predictions floating around the marketplace concerning Intel Corp.'s capital spending plans for 2003, although one investment banking firm believes the forecasts are nothing more than "chatter"-if not "irresponsible."
Intel announced its 2002 capital spending plans only a few months ago, but analysts on Wall Street are already making some educated guesses about the company's expenditures for 2003. The first predications, generated from Intel's analyst meet
Internet needs better simulation models, speakers say News & Analysis 4/29/2002 Post a comment Simulation models that relate applications to bandwidth provisioning have a long way to go before a multiservice Internet is easy to use, according to speakers at the opening sessions of the International Conference on Communications' 50th anniversary gathering.
Maxim's Q1 sales up 4% sequentially as bookings jump worldwide News & Analysis 4/29/2002 Post a comment SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Maxim Integrated Products Inc. today reported revenues of $258.5 million for its fiscal third quarter ended March 30, a 35% decrease from $397.8 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2001, but up 4% from $247.1 million in the previous period.
Net income for the quarter was $66.7 million, a 39.3% decrease from $109.9 million last year but a 6% increase from $62.6 million in the previous quarter. Diluted earnings per share were $0.19 for the third quarter, a decrease from t
Bermai to sample single-chip 802.11a radio News & Analysis 4/29/2002 Post a comment Fresh off an initial financing round that brought in $15 million, Bermai Inc. (Palo Alto, Calif.) is close to sampling an all-CMOS IEEE 802.11a-compliant 5-GHz radio transceiver that integrates the RF (with power amplifier), baseband and media-access control sections on one chip.
Standard Micro acquires analog IC specialist Gain for $34 million Product News 4/29/2002 Post a comment HAUPPAUGE, N.Y -- Standard Microsystems Corp. here today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire analog and mixed-signal IC specialist Gain Technology Corp. for $34 million in cash and stock.
Based in Tucson, Ariz., Gain develops analog physical-layer (PHY) chips, Universal Serial Bus (USB) ICs, and radio-frequency (RF) products for wireless and wireline applications.
Signs emerge of comeback for flash memory News & Analysis 4/29/2002 Post a comment Speculation among analysts and suppliers that the flash memory market will rebound in the latter half of this year has sent some buyers to the negotiating table to update contracts and lock in prices.
Two paths to standards News & Analysis 4/29/2002 Post a comment The current battle over assertion language standards underlies a deeper philosophical division over how to approach EDA standards. One camp advocates open-source standards under vendor control, while the other supports broad standards organizations, such as Accellera or the Silicon Integration Initiative (Si2).
TriQuint to buy GaAs fab from Infineon News & Analysis 4/29/2002 Post a comment London -- Infineon Technologies and TriQuint Semiconductor are joining forces to develop and produce highly integrated radio frequency (RF) components and modules for wireless systems.
Standard Micro acquires analog startup News & Analysis 4/29/2002 Post a comment Standard Microsystems Corp. (Hauppauge, N.Y.) said Monday that it will acquire Gain Technology Corp., a developer of analog intellectual property (IP), in a cash and stock transaction worth about $34 million.
Hynix creditors approve Micron acquisition News & Analysis 4/29/2002 Post a comment Hynix Semiconductor Inc. creditors Monday acted quickly to approve the deal for Micron Technology to take over six memory fabs, even after the current value of the deal fell to $28.2 billion, a $400 million drop in a week.
Processor forum examines embedded cache, architectures News & Analysis 4/29/2002 Post a comment Bolting cache memory directly onto a processor core is a time-tested way to boost performance, but some microprocessor vendors will drop hints at this week's Embedded Processor Forum suggesting that the approach may be too unwieldy for system-on-chip design.
Hynix' creditors narrowly approve sale of memory chip operations to Micron News & Analysis 4/29/2002 Post a comment SEOUL -- In a close vote that could clinch the "big DRAM deal," creditors of South Korea's Hynix Semiconductor Inc. here on Monday approved a $3 billion offer to sell the company's memory chip operations to U.S.-based Micron Technology Inc., according to a report from the Reuters news service.
The move could finalize the blockbuster deal between Micron and Hynix sometime in May, according to the report. Some officials from the more than 50 financial institutions opposed the deal, but le
Fairchild rolls out MicroPak as next-generation logic package News & Analysis 4/29/2002 Post a comment SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine--Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc. today released 50 standard logic functions in its new MicroPak chip-scale package, which is 65% smaller than widely used SC70 packages, according to the company. Fairchild said the MicroPak is its next-generation package for a wide range of logic and switch functions.
MIPS multiprocessing core handles network duties News & Analysis 4/29/2002 Post a comment MIPS Technologies Inc. has introduced a multiprocessing core optimized for network applications where cacheless interfaces to external SRAMs are preferred. The M4K core is the first to allow developers to insert user-defined instruction logic, extending specific instructions for proprietary header-analysis tasks while preserving compatibility with the MIPS instruction set.
TriQuint to buy Infineon's GaAs business News & Analysis 4/29/2002 Post a comment Infineon Technologies and TriQuint Semiconductor are joining forces to develop and produce highly integrated radio frequency (RF) components and modules for wireless systems.As part of the partnership, Hillsboro, Oregon based TriQuint is buying Infineon's gallium arsenide semiconductor business.
Who wins in offshore design? News & Analysis 4/29/2002 Post a comment It is an accepted fact of life in electronics that design is carried out in the UK and a product is made overseas. But for distributors, this is proving more than a little perplexing.
T1/J1 LIUs News & Analysis 4/29/2002 Post a comment Dallas, Texas The DS2149/DS21349 T1/J1 line interface units (LIUs) support five build-out settings for short-haul trunks and four CSU filters from 0 to --22.5 dB.
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.