Virtex Reaches $2 billion Milestone News & Analysis 8/31/2003 Post a comment Virtex, which really consists of five different product families, has been Xilinx's flagship product series for some five years. Virtex was first introduced in October 1998 using a 0.22 µm process, and shipments of this family reached $25 million in August 1999. This was followed with the introduction of the 0.18 µm Virtex E in September 1999. Virtex EM, a limited family with increased embedded memory, was introduced after Virtex E. The company was able to report total Virtex shipmen
New OSCI board strives for SystemC approval News & Analysis 8/29/2003 Post a comment The Open SystemC Initiative (OSCI), a non-profit organization backing SystemC as a future hardware/software IC design and verification language, wants to cement itself as a viable language for large silicon platforms and SoCs.
Processor adapts to shifting loads News & Analysis 8/29/2003 Post a comment With an $11 million grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and collaborative support from IBM Corp.'s Austin Research Lab, a team of computer architects at the University of Texas here plans to develop prototypes of an adaptive, gridlike processor that exploits instruction-level parallelism.
130-nm SiGe chips aim at 300 GHz News & Analysis 8/29/2003 Post a comment Jazz Semiconductor Inc., the silicon germanium foundry spun off from Conexant Systems Inc. nearly 18 months ago, is readying a 130-nanometer process that creates devices operating at 300 GHz (Ft) or 1.5 times faster than Jazz's current high-speed process, the company said. The process will be ready to produce prototypes by 2004, Jazz said.
Philips' CEO calls for business model change News & Analysis 8/29/2003 Post a comment Gerard Kleisterlee, chief executive officer of Royal Philips Electronics, called for changes to consumer electronics business models in a keynote speech delivered at the International Funkaustellung (IFA) consumer electronics exhibition.
Gurus urge IC design overhaul News & Analysis 8/29/2003 Post a comment For seven years a small band of investors and technophiles has gathered in the late-summer shadows of this ski resort to divine the future of the communications industry.
Hynix bank agrees to Lone Star takeover News & Analysis 8/29/2003 Post a comment Korea Exchange Bank (KEB), the leader of a consortium of banks and investors that has engaged in controversial debt-for-equity swaps with troubled Korean DRAM maker Hynix Semiconductor Inc., has agreed to give Lone Star fund a majority shareholding in return for a capital investment.
GPL may be the next legal target of SCO News & Analysis 8/29/2003 Post a comment Pointing a legal dagger at the heart of Linux and other free software, SCO Group Inc. threatened last week to attack the validity of the general public license, the very foundation of open-source software. If SCO succeeds and some question its chances it would raise troubling questions not only for the open-source movement but for OEMs whose Linux-based products rely on the GPL.
Japan plays catch-up on EUV litho News & Analysis 8/29/2003 Post a comment A consortium of nine Japanese companies working on extreme-ultraviolet (EUV) lithography says it is making steady progress toward a spring 2006 target for fielding an alpha tool that would provide 10 watts of EUV output power. The effort seeks to bring Japan's effort in line with EUV progress made abroad.
Wi-Fi prices fall, but industry still seeks critical mass News & Analysis 8/29/2003 Post a comment Prices for Wi-Fi chips and gear are dropping rapidly as the number of public 802.11 wireless-LAN hotspots rises, but the technology has yet to gain critical mass either for consumers or carriers, according to executives at the Telecosm 2003 conference here last week.
Ericsson CEO urges Swedes to back Euro News & Analysis 8/29/2003 Post a comment The head of Swedish telecommunications group Ericsson has warned that the group could direct new investments outside of the country if Sweden rejects joining the Euro in next month's referendum.
Ericssson-Chef droht mit Exodus aus Schweden News & Analysis 8/29/2003 Post a comment Der schwedische Telekommunikationsausrüster Ericsson will seiner Heimat den Rücken kehren, falls dort der Euro nicht als Gemeinschaftswährung eingeführt wird. Am 14. September wird in Schweden abgestimmt, ob das Land der Euro-Zone beitreten will.
Thomson présente à l'IFA 2003 sa nouvelle gamme de produits et de technologies numériques News & Analysis 8/29/2003 Post a comment Vient de s'ouvrir à Berlin le plus grand salon mondial de la hi-fi : l'IFA 2003. Thomson, leader reconnu dans l'électronique grand public, entend profiter de cette occasion unique pour dévoiler sa nouvelle gamme de produits audio/vidéo grand public et réaffirmer sa stratégie, à savoir « offrir des produits et des services sur l'ensemble de la chaîne de l'image, des créateurs de contenu jusqu'aux consommateurs. »
Siemens,Huawei link to push TD-SCDMA News & Analysis 8/29/2003 Post a comment Siemens, the main backer of the third generation mobile standard TD-SCDMA (time-division synchronous code-division multiple access), which is strongly backed to be used in China's emerging mobile sector, has formed a joint venture with Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., to promote the standard worldwide.
Memscap élargit ses opérations de communications optiques en acquérant GalayOr News & Analysis 8/29/2003 Post a comment Le spécialiste français de microsystèmes électromécaniques Memscap a annoncé jeudi 28 août 2003 qu'il achetait, pour une somme non révélée, GalayOr Inc., une entreprise disposant de capitaux privés et financée par des capitaux-risqueurs, créée fin 2000. Elle fournit aux vendeurs de communications optiques des composants tout silicium intégrés aptes à la production en volume à faible coût et configurables dynamiquement ainsi que des connecteurs optiques.
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.