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IBM sets its sights on communications silicon
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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.
CEMs: Time is right for buy-outs
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Group dissolves, closing chapter of semiconductor trade
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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
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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
Flash-memory shortage deepens
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Toshiba Develops 512-Mbit NAND Flash Memory Components
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Irvine, Calif.--July 29, 1999--Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC; Irvine) announced their 512 Mbit NAND flash components and 64Mbyte Smartmedia cards. Toshiba ...
LSI Logic Announces Embedded FPGA Technology
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Milpitas, Calif.--July 29, 1999--LSI Logic Corp. (Milpitas) announced the addition of anembedded FPGA core into the company's Coreware library for high-volumeprogrammable ...
LSI Logic Files Registration Statement for the Sale of Convertible Subordinated Notesand Common Stock
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Milpitas, Calif.--July 29, 1999--LSI Logic Corp. (Milpitas) announced that it has filed a registration statement for anaggregate principal amount of $287,500,000 of convertible ...
Tensilica Closes Third Funding Round
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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 ...
Atmel Places Order for Multiple ASML DUV and I-line Step & Scan Units
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San Jose--July 29, 1999--Atmel Corp. (San Jose)announced that it has placed multiple unit orders from ASM Lithography (ASML; Veldhoven, The Netherlands) for both its latest ...
Toshiba Targets NAND Flash Market for Growth
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Irvine, Calif.--July 29, 1999--Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC; Irvine) announced that Toshiba Semiconductor Company is increasing production ofhigh-density ...
Fujitsu Picks Denali for Flash Models
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Palo Alto, Calif.--July 29, 1999--Fujitsu Ltd. (Tokyo) andDenali Software, Inc. (Palo Alto) announced that Fujitsu isusing Denali's Specification of Memory Architecture (SOMA) ...
Lattice Releases 3.3-Volt Family of High I/O ispGDX Devices
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Hillsboro, Ore.--July 26, 1999--Lattice Semiconductor Corp. (Hillsboro) released the first of a familyof 3.3- volt in-system programmable digital crosspoint devices. The ...
Why TI bought Unitrode
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Update: Taiwan blackout may delay chip, system deliveries
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Taiwan's chip and PC makers were still reeling after a major blackout struck the island Thursday night (July 29), causing millions of dollars in damages and possibly disrupting product shipments.
Flat-panel crunch challenges OEMs
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Notebook-PC makers get creative
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AMD completes wafer qualification at Dresden fab
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Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has completed the wafer qualification process, including copper deposition, at its new 8-inch fabrication facility in Dresden, Germany.
Power outage temporarily throws Taiwan fabs offline
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A disabled generator created a ripple effect that eventually caused a power outage to most of Taiwan Thursday (July 29) night. The blackout affected all of the Hsinchu Science Park and the fabrication facilities located there.
Trio proposes MO disk format for digital still cameras
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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.
Flash shortage worsens
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Anadigics again on solid ground
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Allayer moves to Layer 3 with state-machine switch
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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
Intel: Invitation to the dance
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Sharp package stacks chips in system integration play
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Sharp Corp., a major player in chip-scale packages (CSPs), has developed a CSP able to stack three chips in a single package to create a kind of system-on-chip package.
Theseus Logic, university get funding to develop clockless IC
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Theseus Logic Inc., an IC developer here, and the University of Central Florida have been awarded a state-funded grant to fund a joint research project involving a new semiconductor design methodology.
Cabot Plans Microelectronics IPO
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The company will offer 15 percent of its microelectronics materials business as part of an initiative to boost shareholder value.
National, Samsung team up on LCD chip sets
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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).
Avnet acquires Australian VAR
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Hard drives look to land in consumer electronics
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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.
Study sees bandwidth gap continuing
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Demand for bandwidth to provide emerging services like voice and video over Internet Protocol is outpacing supply by a growing margin, a telecom-industry study warns.
Deals seek to assure a supply of displays
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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
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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.
Analysis: Unitrode to fuel TI march to dominate analog ICs
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$1.2 billion acquisition of Unitrode Corp. (Merrimack, N.H.), Texas Instruments Inc. has revealed the scope of its desire to dominate every segment of the analog IC business.
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