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Synopsys revamps license, product strategies
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Though revenues were down substantially in its recently-completed fiscal quarter, Synopsys Inc. has declared success with two major transitions. One is a shift to subscription-based licensing, and the second more significant change is Synopsys' evolution into an IC physical design company.
Europe mulls electronics-recycling legislation
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As European Union member countries ready procedures for the recycling and disposal of electronic equipment, those monitoring their progress are warning that multinational equipment makers should similarly be gearing up to comply with the evolving European Union directives.
VoiceAge betting on Net voice transmission
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VoiceAge Corp. is banking on voice transmission becoming as integral to the Web as text is today.
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Cypress Issues Earnings Warning
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Some major OEMs have also lowered their previous forecasts, including Gateway and Lucent.
China trial to test software-defined set-tops
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Chinese company will start field trials of a software-defined set-top box in December, underscoring the country's move upstream into new technologies for broadband networking.
Alcatel settles suit against optical developer
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Alcatel USA Inc. and IPOptical Inc. said they have settled a trade secret dispute involving a former Alcatel employee.
Yageo's Rising Resistor Empire
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Resistors' expansion is restrained
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Cable operators shopping for home services
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Home networking was hot at this week's The Western Show as set-tops and other gadgets displayed built-in links to wired and wireless domestic nets. But the industry showed no signs of consolidating around any particular technology yet with wireless, phone line, power line and other options all getting some attention.
Special Report: Capacitors & Resistors: An Attitude for Adjustment
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LSI Logic inks foundry, marketing alliance with Mobility Electronics
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MILPITAS, Calif. -- LSI Logic Corp. here today announced a major foundry and marketing alliance with Mobility Electronics Inc., a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based supplier of chips for high-speed connectivity and docking applications for PCs. Under the terms, LSI Logic will license Mobility Electronics' Split Bridge chip technology, which provides high-speed connectivity between PCs and other products. In addition, LSI Logic will manufacture, market and sell the Split Bridge chips to its customers. The
Familiar problems resurface at Globecom
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Despite the breaking of this year's IEEE Globecom into six miniconferences, the problems communications researchers pursued at this week's gathering had a familiar ring, whether the physical layer is fiber, copper or a wireless-radio environment. With the network protocol all but unified under the Internet Protocol (IP) umbrella, developers are looking to the Transport Control Protocol (TCP) and higher layers, in attempts to make IP look fully dynamic and flexible.
Xilinx IP Solutions Division Standardizes on Model Technology's Simulation Tool
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Portland, OR - November 28, 2000 - Xilinx, Inc. and Model Technology, a Mentor Graphics company,announced that the Intellectual Property (IP) Solutions Division of Xilinx ...
ISS Delivers Series of ADPCM Coding Solutions
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San Jose, CA - November 30, 2000-- Integrated Silicon Systems (ISS) today announced theimmediate availability of a series of semiconductor IP core solutions for adaptive ...
Synopsys Posts Financial Results for Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year
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Mountain View, CA - November 30, 2000 - Synopsys, Inc. reported its fourth quarter and annualresults for the period that ended on October 28, 2000. For the fourth quarter, ...
Altera Reduces Revenue Guidance
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San Jose, CA - November 29, 2000 - Altera Corp. announced that it is reducing its guidance forsequential revenue growth for the fourth quarter ending December 31, 2000. ...
Closely watched capacitors
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Cypress is latest company to issue warning for 4Q
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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Hit by a slowdown in its chip business, Cypress Semiconductor Corp. here today become the latest chip maker to issue a warning about its financial picture in the fourth quarter. The disclosure by San Jose-based Cypress follows similar announcements made by Altera, Fairchild Semiconductor, Mosel Vitelic, and other chip makers in recent days. Another concern is that some major OEMs have also lowered their previous forecasts, including Gateway, Lucent, among others.
Hyundai looks to speed HEI spinoff
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Altera selects Daane to be CEO
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Transmeta Finds Faulty Chips In NEC Notebooks
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Transmeta insists that the problem only involves some 300 of its processors, dubbed the Crusoe line.
IBM-Infineon venture selects Dow Chemical's resin for low-k process
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CORBEIL ESSONNES, France--Altis Semiconductor, the joint-venture fab venture between IBM Corp. and Infineon Technologies AG, today announced it will use a low-k dielectric resin from The Dow Chemical Co. for 0.13-micron copper chip production next year. The decision follows IBM's selection of Dow Chemical's SiLK material for its own 0.13-micron copper processes earlier this year (see April 3 story).
Intersil jumps into broadband wireless chip market
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IRVINE, Calif. -- Intersil Corp. here today entered the broadband wireless chip market by rolling out a product said to deliver data at speeds up to 155-megabits-per-second. The new 7060 modem chip set from Intersil is designed for use in wireless broadband systems, third-generation (3G) cellular equipment, and other products. The 7060 was originally designed and developed by SiCom Inc., a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based company that was acquired by Intersil in September for about $192 million.
TEL, Nikon team up in 300-mm track, scanner evaluations
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TOKYO--Tokyo Electron Ltd. today announced it plans to share a facility with Nikon Corp. to evaluate lithography track coater and developers systems with exposure tools for 300-mm wafer fabs. The share facility and collaboration will enable TEL to develop new processes and technologies for next-generation fabs, said company officials in Japan.
Banderacom names Crudele as CEO
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Banderacom Inc. has announced the appointment of Les Crudele as chief executive officer, replacing Eric Johnson, who will leave the company at year's end.
STMicroelectronics enters cable-modem chip market
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GENEVA -- STMicroelectronics Inc. here today jumped into the emerging cable-modem chip business, announcing an integrated product that complies with the Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification (DOCSIS) standard. The product will put ST in a growing but competitive market. Other suppliers of cable-modem chip include Broadcom, C-Cube, Conexant, Intel, and Texas Instruments.
Matsushita's three-year plan emphasizes ICs for TV, mobile communications
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OSAKA, Japan--Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. here today outlined plans to reshapes its business culture while restructuring its businesses for stronger growth in the decade. The three-year "Value Creation 21" initiative sets Matsushita's top priorities as being in television and mobile communications applications, and it plans to expand these segments with advances in integrated circuits, data storage devices, and displays.
Capacity expansion: caution prevails
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Surprise Jump In Wafer Capacity Could Mean Trouble
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Chipmakers attempt to deal with inventory adjustments and delays in new product orders.
Electronic paper writes new chapter for displays
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Working prototypes of "electronic paper," which unites organic transistors with a unique spray-on electronic ink, will be shown this week at the fall meeting of the Materials Research Society.
Via announces new 650- and 667-MHz processors for low-cost PCs
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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- In a move to expand its microprocessor business, Taiwan's Via Technologies Inc. here today introduced two new chips for the low-cost PC and related markets. Based on an advanced, 0.18-micron process technology, the two new Via Cyrix III line of processors from the Taipei-based chip maker run at speeds of 650- and 667-MHz. The chips are targeted for the "value" segments of the x86-based desktop, notebook, and information appliance markets, said Wenchi Chen, president and chie
Credence posts record Q4 results, but cites uncertain outlook
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FREMONT, Calif. -- Despite a record fourth quarter and a strong fiscal year, Credence Systems Corp. tempered the news this week with talk of an expected downturn in revenue for the first quarter due to looming uncertainties in the marketplace.
Surprising jump in Q3 wafer capacity could spell trouble
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SAN JOSE -- Wafer processing capacity worldwide took a sudden and somewhat unexpected jump in the third quarter, based on new data released by the Semiconductor Industry Association here. The SIA's quarterly capacity report shows wafer starts in chip-fabrication plants surging 6.8% in the third quarter from volume run rates in the second quarter, putting this year on a record pace for increased unit output, said industry observers, who worry about the timing of the growth.
When distortion helps handsets
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PMC-Sierra has decided to use a proprietary DSP architecture to deliberately distort wireless signals in a bid to improve the chances of good reception at the handset.
'Positive' outlook for Radstone
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Beeson Gregory, the investment bank, has put out a buy note on Radstone Technology, saying its stock could climb by 50% on the back of comparisons with competitors and strong market potential.
Philips and LG sign CRT joint venture
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Philips Electronics and LG Electronics are to merge their CRT businesses into a new joint venture company.
Spin-off wins $2.5m for plastic chips study
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Cambridge University, with the help of Herman Hauser's Amadeus Capital Partners venture capital company, has formed a spin-off called Plastic Logic to commercialise research into plastic semiconductors.
Transmeta discovers faulty processors in NEC's notebook PCs
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- In the latest setback in its relatively short history, Transmeta Corp. here on late Wednesday announced that it discovered a faulty batch of microprocessors in a notebook PCs made by NEC Corp. of Japan. Transmeta, a high-profile startup supplier x86-based processors, said it is working with NEC to correct the problem by replacing the faulty chips in about 300 of notebook PCs.
Smaller chip designs will propel growth of ion-implanter market, says analyst
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SAN JOSE -- Fueled by the push towards smaller geometries in IC designs, the ion-implanter equipment market is projected to grow 58% over a three-year period, according to figures from VLSI Research Inc. here. In total, the worldwide ion-implanter equipment market is projected to grow from $671 million in 1999, to about $1.35 billion in 2000, said Risto Puhakka, an analyst who tracks the industry for VLSI Research in San Jose. However, the ion-implanter tool market will de-accelerate next year,
Obstacles limit India's role in global design industry
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The gulf between India's design industry and its technology institutes was highlighted by executives attending the Electronic Design Forum 2000, sponsored by Cadence Design Systems (India).
Credence posts Q4 record
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Despite a record fourth quarter and a strong fiscal year, Credence Systems Corp. tempered the news this week with talk of an expected downturn in revenue for the first quarter due to looming uncertainties in the marketplace.
Co-design tools draw a diverse crowd
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Hardware/software co-design and co-verification tools are attracting what is probably the most diversified audience of any EDA tool category, although some question whether the offerings should even be classified as EDA. Hardware, software and firmware engineers all have their own ways of using the tools, which appear to be equally adept at the chip and board levels.
Russian DSP developer scouts RISC partnership
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LONDON ( ChipWire) — Research Center Module, a design group and intellectual property licenser based in Moscow, is moving its 64-bit NeuroMatrix digital signal processor to a 0.25-micron process technology and is looking for a partnership with a Western RISC-processor provider to help its DSP technology penetrate key applications.
ATI announces program to help OEMs develop set-top boxes
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MARKHAM, Ontario, Canada -- ATI Technologies Inc. here today unveiled a program that will enable OEMs to develop a low-cost, set-top box based on the company's graphics and related chip products. ATI's new Technology Access Program (TAP) also includes third-party software and hardware suppliers, which will also help OEMs develop their products. The initial TAP partners are Metro Link Inc. and Bsquare Corp. Metro Link specializes in embedded software applications like Linux and VxWorks, while Bs
Adaptive Silicon Receives First Test Chips of Embedded Programmable Logic Cores
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Los Gatos, CA - November 27, 2000 - Adaptive Silicon announced that it has received its first test chips for its Programmable Logic Core(PLC) designs. The test chips ...
Image Power Introduces JBIG Imaging Codec for the FPGA and ASIC Market
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Vancouver, British Columbia - November 28, 2000 - Image Power, Inc. announced the immediate availability of a JBIG intellectual property (IP) core for the embedded semiconductor ...
Neolinear Announces New Customers for Its Analog Physical Synthesis
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Pittsburgh, PA - November 29, 2000 - Neolinear, Inc. today announced that Philips Semiconductor, Raytheon, Sharp Corp., and Niigata Seimitsu have all selected the company's ...
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