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Via's C3 processor used in new sub-$200 PC line
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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan's Via Technologies Inc. here today announced that its C3 processor will power a sub-$200 PC line from Microtel. Available on the WalMart.com Web site, the new Microtel systems include four products: the SYSMAR710, SYSMAR715, SYSMAR150, and SYSMAR151.
Superlog deal lets Synopsys C future
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In a move that tightens its grip on the language road map for next-generation IC design and verification, Synopsys Inc. has purchased Co-Design Automation Inc., creator of the Superlog language — the only viable competitor to the Synopsys-backed SystemC.
Prolific joins Synopsys alliance programs
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Prolific Inc. has joined the in-Sync and TAP-in programs of Synopsys Inc. to ensure the interoperability of Prolific's ProLiquid library-generation software with Synopsys' PrimeTime and Library Compiler tools, and with the standard Liberty modeling format.
Counterfeit IC concerns deepen as China rises
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China's growing presence as a center for electronics manufacturing is likely to yield an increase in the circulation of counterfeit parts, industry observers say.
Sematech searches for its second act
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International Sematech began operations 15 years ago with a manufacturing mandate, and now faces a more-complex challenge: how to redefine itself in an era of increasingly sophisticated materials and manufacturing issues, and an environment where money is hard to come by.
TI confirms 0.13-micron foundry pact with China's SMIC
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DALLAS -- According to Reuters late today, Texas Instruments Inc. here confirmed reports from SBN that it will forge a 0.13-micron silicon foundry alliance with China's Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) of Shanghai. The deal was expected (see Jan. 3, 2001 story ). As reported on SBN on Thursday, sources believe that TI and foundry startup SMIC are not talking about "trailing-edge" te
Silterra's RF, mixed-signal process called compatible with TSMC's
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Silterra Malaysia is ready to offer customers an RF and mixed-signal version of its baseline 0.18-micron process, the latest effort by the young foundry to catch up with its bigger rivals TSMC, UMC and Chartered Semiconductor.
Zoran carves DVD niche, but looks to branch out
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Zoran Corp. for the last two years has watched sales of its high-end DVD controllers triple, accounting for more than 85% of the company's revenue of $131 million. That growth has also helped Zoran establish itself as the leading supplier of high-end DVD controllers.
Anadigm fields reconfigurable analog device
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Answering critics who maintain that programmable analog represents a limited market, Anadigm Inc. has come out swinging. The company has not only cracked the formula for small production runs, president Michael Kay said, but will push open new markets with a dynamically reconfigurable device it has just introduced.
Component inventory overhang persists
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Last year's massive inventory glut continues to linger for component suppliers as poor end-market conditions, shifting product designs, and fierce global competition mar suppliers' recovery efforts.
WLAN moves into new frontier
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Component overhang persists
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Aviation's CEO jailed for securities fraud
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Aviation Distributors Inc.'s former chairman and chief executive, Osamah S. Bakhit, was sentenced last week to three years in federal prison on securities charges.
Network dynamics, SoC impact MCU design
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As connectivity changes the way microcontrollers are being designed and used, the leading vendors confronting the additional computing burden are looking beyond the use of more sophisticated, 32-bit designs in lieu of traditional, 8- or 16-bit implementations.
Net processes shuffle design priorities
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The special demands of network protocols and packet processing are a radical departure from the applications for which general-purpose processors were designed many years ago.
Microcontroller Developments
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Choosing the best microcontrol solution still requires flexiblity
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As embedded applications become more complex and offer more functions, microcontrollers makers need to keep up with the changes.
Net processors face programming trade-offs
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It promises to be a longstanding debate among network processor vendors: How much programming do customers want to do?
Philips' failed EMS gambit may spark outsourcing wave
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EMS providers panting for the kind of megadeals that drove the sector's growth in the 1990s are predicting that Royal Philips Electronics' sale of its contract manufacturing unit to Jabil Circuit Inc. will help trigger a wave of outsourcing by so-far hesitant consumer electronics makers.
Benchmark revisions displease AMD
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Micronic Laser names new president for North America
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Tby, Sweden -- Chip-equipment maker Micronic Laser Systems AB of Sweden here named Manny Ferreira president of its North American subsidiary, Micronic Laser Systems Inc. In his new role, Ferreira is in charge of leading Micronic's North American operations, customer support and sales efforts. The company's U.S. operations are based in Mountain View, Calif.
Siemens hops on CDMA bandwagon
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Intel to increase investments in China, Russia
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Intel Corp. executives indicated here on Friday (Aug. 30) that the company would make significant new investments in China and Russia.
How Infineon turned standard product into IP
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As system implementations move to higher levels of integration, conventional semiconductor companies are finding that the real value of their standard-product portfolio lies not in chip sales but in the ability to license their designs as reusable intellectual property.
Infineon referenced in report of Thai foundry re-start
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BANGKOK, Thailand -- Germany's Infineon Technologies AG is being referenced as a $50 million supporter of a state-sponsored plan to resume building a wafer foundry in Thailand. The foundry, Submicron Technologies, stalled during the Asian financial crisis, but under a new financing plan is to be re-started and renamed B Square, a report said.
NEC designs eDRAM for high-end apps
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Samsung joins Nokia's smart-phone bandwagon
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Nokia has signed consumer electronics giant Samsung Electronics as the latest licensee of its homegrown smart phone software platform, Series 60, which is essentially becoming the de facto standard for smart phones.
Parthus plans to cut jobs, IP platforms
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Parthus Technologies plc is disbanding its RF group and has also stopped investing in the development of hardware based security acceleration. The move is being made to try and improve the London-listed company's financial performance. The company is expecting to take a charge of $3 million.
Firms offering a pension ‘carrot’
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Engineering companies are bucking the national trend of abandoning final salary pension schemes, says the Engineering Employers Federation (EEF).
Anadigm launches second field programmable analog array
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CAMPBELL, Calif. -- Anadigm Inc., a fabless chip vendor with an engineering base in Crewe, England, has introduced its second field programmable analog array (FPAA), the AN220E04, plus supporting design software. Campbell, California-headquartered Anadigm claims that the AN220E04 is the first FPAA that can be dynamically reconfigured to allow real-time control of analog functions by microprocessors.
ASML sticks with second half shipments forecast, says report
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AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands -- Lithography machine maker ASML Holding NV is sticking with shipment forecasts for the second half of 2002 despite profits warnings from some of its peers, according to reports. "We are still targeting to ship 100 of our machines in the second half," spokeswoman Beth Kitchener said, adding that the company will still probably break even in the second half, Dow Jones Newswires reported.
MoD develops electronic armour
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The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has developed 'electronic armour' that, when applied to military vehicles, vapourises anti-tank grenades and shells on impact.
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