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Japanese play catch-up on magnetic RAMs
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Japan's semiconductor industry is rushing headlong into the development of magnetic RAMs, spurred by the market prospects for advanced nonvolatile technologies and by an acknowledged need to catch up to the West in the fledgling field. The involvement of the Japanese could accelerate the technology's expansion beyond the defense applications targeted by the U.S. military.
Little harmony found among Net-music players
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Any consumer OEMs that expect next week's Secure Digital Music Initiative (SDMI) gathering here to give them a one-size-fits-all framework for portable, downloadable Internet music players had best prepare themselves for a messier reality.
Industry group will push DDR DRAMs
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More than 20 memory-industry players have joined an effort to promote double-data-rate (DDR) DRAMs. The new body, Advanced Memory International Inc., grew out of the remains of SLDRAM Inc., which quietly slipped from the limelight this year after trying to promote the SLDRAM format.
Java proposed as automotive juice
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In the eyes of some observers, the automotive-electronics business took one step forward and one step back this week. Going forward, the five-company Automotive Multimedia Interface Collaboration (AMIC) has voted to propose Java as an application-programming-interface (API) standard for in-car multimedia systems and has appointed Sun Microsystems and IBM as development partners. In the setback, American Honda Motor Co. announced it would kill its electric-vehicle program because of lack of publi
Reliance readies Champion for PC133 servers
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Reliance Computer Corp.'s third-generation chip set, the Champion 3.0, scheduled for production in June, is to enable a class of servers and workstations that will benefit from a 133-MHz system bus, faster SDRAMs, and enhanced I/O capabilities.
North Carolina advertises jobs, and itself
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North Carolina added more high-tech jobs than all but four other states between 1990 and 1996, according to the American Electronics Association. The bulk of that growth occurred in a sprawling wedge called Research Triangle Park.
AMD Elects President And COO
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S. Atiq Raza is made president and chief operating officer, and Richard Previte is vice chairman of the board of directors.
Phoenix BIOS Products Support Intel's New 810 Chipset
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San Jose--April 26, 1999--Phoenix Technologies, Ltd.(San Jose) announced that its BIOS productsfully support the 810 Chipset that Intel (Santa Clara, Calif.)introduced. Intel's ...
Frontier Design Introduces GSM Layer 1 System-Level IP Core
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Santa Clara, Calif.--April 26, 1999--Frontier Design (Leuven, Belgium) introduced a system-level intellectual property (IP) core that provides the baseband signal processing functionality ...
Sky Computers Introduces the 2.7 TFLOP HPC-1 High Performance Computing System
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Santa Clara, Calif.--April 26, 1999--Sky Computers, Inc. (Chelmsford, Mass.) introduced the HPC-1 high performance computing system. The scalable supercomputer achieves 2.7 TFLOPS ...
Mentor Graphics Announces Revenues of $123 Million
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Wilsonville, Ore.--April 28, 1999--Mentor Graphics Corp. (Wilsonville) announced first quarter revenue was $123 million, up 13.5 percent from the first quarter of 1998, and earnings-per-share ...
Verisity Appoints New VP of Marketing and VP of R&D
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Mountain View, Calif.--April 26, 1999--Verisity Ltd. (Mountain View) announced the appointment of twoofficers to its executive staff: Francine Ferguson, 34, tovice president ...
AMD names new president, COO
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K&S Reports Sequential Revenue Growth
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Kulicke & Soffa Industries see a 17 percent increase in revenue, but a net loss of more than twice the previous quarter's.
SanDisk to build flash cards in Taiwan
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After tapping a Chinese operation to assemble its CompactFlash cards, SanDisk Corp. has moved the assembly of its Multimedia Card, a stamp-size flash device, to Taiwan. With the move, SanDisk has entrusted the production of its volume flash-cards to Asian assembly and test facilities.
Agere leads second wave of network processors
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Another network-processor startup has tossed its hat into the ring, with a novel pattern-matching architecture that eases the high-layer packet analysis that will be necessary to alleviate router bottlenecks in public backbones. Agere Inc. is one of many specialized processor companies moving into the realm of application-aware switching.
Adaptec Recovers With Profitable 4Q
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Adaptec turns a $40 million operating profit in the fourth quarter, up 108 percent from the year-ago period.
Startup uses packet switching to energize ATA drives
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By applying network switching to hard-disk drives, startup 3ware Inc. believes it has found a way to bring ATA drives up to the same speed as more expensive SCSI drives. As the company begins shipping its first products next month, its founders believe they can help PC OEMs improve system speed through storage — one of the least tapped areas for performance gains — while breathing new life into ATA.
Fabless IC makers face tightening wafer supply
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Cheap and abundant silicon may soon be a thing of the past, as demand for semiconductor wafers threatens to outstrip the industry's capacity to process them.
1Q: Still no recovery
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Digital Modems To Overtake Analogy By 2002
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The industry is moving to integrated, controller-less, and "soft" modems, market researcher says.
Fujitsu lays out macro-based approach to DTV silicon
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Fujitsu Microelectronics Inc. will field a range of silicon this summer for the U.S. terrestrial and Japanese satellite digital-TV broadcast markets. Devices will run the gamut from demodulation chips to audio and high-definition video decoders.
Designers key to evolution of distribution
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Warren Miller finds himself talking evolutionary biology when he mulls the e-commerce prospects for electronics distribution. "We're still in the amphibian stage; we still have gills," said Miller, director of engineering for Marshall Industries (El Monte, Calif.). "But pretty quickly we're going to get to the mammal stage. Over the next few years it's going to become clear to customers that this is the best way [to do business]."
Avant! gains IC packaging tools with Xynetix purchase
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Extending its franchise into an unexpected new direction, Avant! Corp. has announced its intent to purchase Xynetix Design Systems Inc., a provider of IC packaging tools. The purchase suggests that advanced packaging tools may become an important part of the deep-submicron IC design tool suite, in spite of their origins in the pc-board CAD world.
Quarterly earnings roundup: 1Q '99
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Mosaid offers to buy Accelerix Inc.
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Ottowa, Ont.--April 27, 1999- Mosaid Technologies, Inc. (Kanata, Ont.)announced it has made an offer to purchase all of the outstanding shares in Accelerix, Inc (Ottowa), a ...
OrCAD Announces First Quarter 1999 Results
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Beaverton, Ore.--April 28, 1999--OrCAD (Beaverton) reported results for the quarter ending March 31, 1999. Revenue for first quarter 1999 remained constant with the same period ...
Sun Microsystems Introduces Java Hotspot Performance Engine for Sparc Microprocessor Family
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Paris--April 27, 1999--Sun Microsystems,Inc., (Los Altos, Calif.) announced 440 MHzand 480 MHz versions of its highly integratedUltrasparc IIi microprocessor. Sun alsoannounced ...
Globetrotter Ships SAMsolutions
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San Jose--April 26, 1999--Globetrotter Software, Inc. (San Jose) announced SAMsolutions, a suiteof software asset management products designed to help IT professionalsmanage ...
Atmel and Synplicity Provide Synthesis Solution for AT40K FreeRAM FPG
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San Jose--April 28, 1999--Atmel Corp. (San Jose) and Synplicity, Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.) announced support betweenAtmel's AT40K FPGA version 6.0 development software and Synplicity's ...
Briefs
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Intel Invests In Wireless LAN Company Proxim
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Intel purchases 320,000 shares of Proxim common stock and acquires a warrant to purchase 96,000 additional shares.
Toshiba forms joint venture to sell digital content
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Toshiba Corp. will set up a joint-venture company with a Tokyo-based publisher to produce and sell digital content. A mainstay of the venture will be packaged software based on SmartMedia, a Toshiba-developed flash card the size of a postage stamp. While SmartMedia has been widely accepted as a recording medium for digital still cameras, it has not yet found other strong applications.
DSL vendors add routing at different network points
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The wide variety of carrier types offering digital subscriber line (DSL) services meant, almost from the beginning, that all of the carriers were not going to adopt the asynchronous transfer mode interfaces favored by the ADSL Forum. DSL access multiplexers (DSLAMs) introduced in the last two years have used a variety of ATM and simpler Internet Protocol interfaces to bring in data traffic from end users.
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