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Group formed to protect security of supply chain
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Government and industry executives are coming together to examine security and supply chain concerns brought into the spotlight by the Sept. 11 terrorists attacks.
LynuxWorks releases LynxOS v. 4.0
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LynxOS 4.0 features Linux binary compatibility, as well as enhancements in networking, porting support, and performance.
AMD licenses Mips' 64-bit processor technology for future products
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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
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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
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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.
C++ compiler supports 8-bit micros
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Litho chemical market to grow 14% over seven-year period, says report
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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
Altera readies cores, tools for upcoming Stratix
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Though months away from delivering its next-generation FPGA architecture, Altera Corp. has been preparing cores and software tools so that customers can start their designs as soon as the architecture hits the streets.
Virage offers multiport memory for SoC designs
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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.
Debugger supports the ST7 family
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The inDART-ST7F is an in-circuit debugger-programmer that supports the ST72F family of flash microcontrollers from STMicroelectronics.
Microsoft takes Nvidia to arbitration over pricing of Xbox processors
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Nvidia Corp. today said a dispute between itself and Microsoft Corp. over pricing of processor chip sets used in Xbox video game consoles has been taken to binding arbitration.
Startup's service to meld optics, GPS time stamp
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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
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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
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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'
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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
ACM chip beats ASICs
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Internet needs better simulation models, speakers say
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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.
Nvidia hikes revenue and earnings estimate, names interim CFO
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. --Nvidia Corp. today announced it expects revenues to sequentially increase 14-to-16% to a record $570-to-$580 million in the company's fiscal first quarter, ended April 28 (Saturday), compared to $499.9 million in the prior quarter.
Toshiba develops configurable processor core
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Toshiba Corp. will take the wraps off a configurable processor core that can be customized according to application at the Embedded Processor Forum this week in San Jose, Calif.
NEC adds L2 cache, DRAM controller to Vr processor
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NEC Corp. has taken the wraps off a MIPS-based 64-bit embedded processor that integrates Level 2 cache and a DRAM controller, both equipped with error-correction coding features.
Maxim's Q1 sales up 4% sequentially as bookings jump worldwide
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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
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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 Microsystems to buy Gain Technology
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Standard Microsystems Corp., Hauppauge, N.Y., signed a definitive agreement to acquire Gain Technology Corp. for an initial payment of $34 million.
Standard Micro acquires analog IC specialist Gain for $34 million
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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.
Atmel claims $20 million verdict against SST in patent suit; appeal planned
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SAN JOSE -- Atmel Corp. today announced a jury has awarded the company almost $20 million in a patent infringement suit against Silicon Storage Technologies Inc.
Signs emerge of comeback for flash memory
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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.
Motor chip makers rev for integration
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I have yet to see an across-the-board marketing initiative by IC makers to promote a fully integrated design approach to building motor-control systems.
Two paths to standards
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
UMC to double capital spending from earlier plans
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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- United Microelectronics Corp. posted a drop in its first-quarter earnings, but said it's planning to double 2002 capex spending as the semiconductor market gathers steam.
Hynix' creditors narrowly approve sale of memory chip operations to Micron
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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
MIPS Technologies aims new 32-bit core at multi-CPU chip designs
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SAN JOSE--At the Embedded Processor Forum here today, MIPS Technologies Inc. today announced a new 32-bit synthesizable RISC core, designed to optimize system-on-chip (SoC) designs implemented with multiple central processing units on chip.
Agilent charts lonely path for cell phone power amps
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Agilent Technologies will go against the grain and use enhanced-mode pseudomorphic high-electron-mobility transistors instead of the more common HBTs to develop gallium arsenide power amps for mobile phones.
Fairchild rolls out MicroPak as next-generation logic package
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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.
Adaptive-computing chip could enable software-defined radio
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QuickSilver Technology Inc. will announce this week an adaptive-computing machine that enables development of algorithm processors for a new-generation of multiband cellular radios.
Motorola pairs C-Port processor with traffic manager
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Motorola Inc.'s C-Port processor group will launch the low-end C-3e network processor and its companion Q-3 traffic manager at the Embedded Processor Forum in San Jose, Calif. this week.
MIPS multiprocessing core handles network duties
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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
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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.
Small memory firms face consolidation
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The prospect of further consolidation of first-tier memory companies has upped the ante for tier-two players to consolidate their sector of the industry too.
Who wins in offshore design?
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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.
NetLogic rolls out 'glue-less' CAMs for AMCC's net processors
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MOUNTAIN VEIW, Calif. -- In a move to lower the cost of communications equipment, NetLogic Microsystems Inc. here today announced the world's first "glue-less" search engines, based on the company's ternary content addressable memory (CAM) technology.
UMC doubles capital spending to $1.6 billion in 2002, posts net income in Q1
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TAIPEI, Taiwan--United Microelectronics Corp. today reported a 12.8% sequential decline in net sales to NT$12.16 billion ($349 million) compared to revenues in Q4 of 2001, but the world's second largest silicon foundry company posted its first net income in three quarter.
MIPS processor for core networking apps
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The VR7701 is a 64-b, 400-MHz MIPS processor aimed at core networking and Internet infrastructure designs.
Dispersion compensation modules
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Camarillo, Calif. — The Light Fixer family of dispersion compensation modules has been unleashed for optical networking designs.
T1/J1 LIUs
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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.
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