IBM sets its sights on communications silicon News & Analysis 7/30/1999 Post a comment Following the $810 million proposed acquisition of server maker Sequent Computer in July and an estimated $240 million bid for storage controller maker Mylex Corp. earlier this week, a casual observer might expect IBM Corp. was ready to sit back and digest a heavy meal of storage and computing technologies. But that's not the view from the office of Jim Vanderslice, who heads IBM's thrust to sell ICs, storage and networking equipment into the OEM marketplace.
Group dissolves, closing chapter of semiconductor trade News & Analysis 7/30/1999 Post a comment The Electronic Industries Association of Japan (EIAJ) said it will dissolve its Users' Committee of Semiconductors (UCOM) effective Monday (August 2), the day after the U.S.-Japan Semiconductor Trade Agreement, established to help open Japan's semiconductor market to foreign suppliers, is set to expire.
IBM, Sun eye NUMA architectures to make servers sizzle News & Analysis 7/30/1999 Post a comment The real target in IBM Corp.'s acquisition of Sequent Computer Systems Inc. earlier this month was not Sequent's widely debated NUMA-Q nonuniform memory architecture, according to sources at Sequent. Instead, it was an as-yet unreleased next-generation system architecture that IBM intends to apply across its spectrum of CPUs in an attempt to seize the initiative from Sun Microsystems Inc. in the explosive market for Web servers. But Sun will be a moving target. That company, long a critic of NUM
Tensilica Closes Third Funding Round News & Analysis 7/30/1999 Post a comment Santa Clara, Calif.--July 26, 1999--Tensilica, Inc. (Santa Clara) disclosed that the firm had closed its third round of funding, raising $20 million from a combination of high ...
Trio proposes MO disk format for digital still cameras
News & Analysis 7/30/1999 Post a comment Three Japanese companies have proposed a compact magneto-optical disk format for digital still camera storage in hopes of breaking new ground for the the disk-format system in Japan, where it faces pressure from disk formats such as writable CDs and Zip disks.
Allayer moves to Layer 3 with state-machine switch
News & Analysis 7/30/1999 Post a comment Allayer Technologies Inc. is living up to its name by being one of the first enterprise switching-chip players to move to true Layer 3 Internet Protocol (IP) routing functions in a chip that includes a packet parser, search engine, and DMA-based management engine. The AL3000 IP Routing Engine is being introduced simultaneously with the AL126, a new eight-port Ethernet/Fast Ethernet switch chip that operates on the RoX-II bus a 100-MHz upgrade to Allayer's "Ring of Switches" (RoX) archite
National, Samsung team up on LCD chip sets News & Analysis 7/30/1999 Post a comment National Semiconductor Corp. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. today announced a partnership to bundle integrated circuits from each party to be sold as low-power, low-noise chip sets for thin-film transistor liquid-crystal displays (TFT-LCDs).
Hard drives look to land in consumer electronics News & Analysis 7/29/1999 Post a comment A new class of consumer digital video recorders that use hard-disk drives rather than cassette tapes will spin into the market this Christmas from the likes of consumer giants such as Matsushita, Philips and Sony. The market, already ignited by Silicon Valley startups such as TiVo and Replay Networks, promises to breathe new life into a hard-disk business battered by cratering prices for PC components.
Deals seek to assure a supply of displays News & Analysis 7/29/1999 Post a comment The flat-panel-display globe took a decidedly international spin this week as three different players took stakes in various display operations. Dutch giant Philips finalized its agreement to acquire half interest in South Korea's LG LCD, Apple Computer Inc. took a $100 million stake in the LCD operation of South Korea's Samsung and Hong Kong's Varitronix forged a manufacturing and technology agreement with U.S. microdisplay startup SpatiaLight Inc.
Japan notes uptick in chip, appliance sales News & Analysis 7/29/1999 Post a comment While continuing to struggle with intense price pressure for commodity products, Japan's electronics companies got a much needed boost as sales of semiconductors and digital consumer electronics devices started to surge during the first half of the year.
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.