NEC, In-System to develop ICs for USB 2.0 spec News & Analysis 8/31/2000 Post a comment BOISE, Idaho -- In-System Design Inc. (ISD) today announced a partnership with NEC Corp. to co-develop a family of devices based on a new Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 standard. Under a partnership agreement, ISD's digital expertise will be combined with NEC's analog capabilities to create what the companies claim will be the world's first single-chip solutions for the USB 2.0 specification.
Innocomm shifts to fabless model from wireless-IC design house News & Analysis 8/31/2000 Post a comment SAN DIEGO -- Two-year-old Innocomm Wireless Inc. here has turned itself into a fabless chip company from its start as an IC design house for radio-frequency and mixed-signal devices. The San Diego startup said it now specializes in chip sets for wireless PCs and automation products in the home and office.
TI says it won't rush Burr-Brown merger; Tucson fab upgrade considered News & Analysis 8/31/2000 Post a comment TUCSON, Ariz. -- Now that Texas Instruments Inc. has completed its $7.6 billion acquisition of Burr-Brown Corp., the real tricky part of M&A has begun--merger. Top TI officials promise to take a steady-but-not-hurried pace in merging the venerable analog chip supplier into Texas Instruments. In doing so, TI will put customer requirements ahead of merger activities, and it will consider upgrading Burr-Brown's 4-inch wafer fab in Tucson, while maintaining existing foundry agreements, said managers
Philips buys full ownership of LCD joint venture in Japan News & Analysis 8/31/2000 Post a comment AMSTERDAM, the Netherlands -- Royal Philips Electronics NV today announced it is acquiring the remaining shares of a Japanese joint venture in liquid-crystal displays, formed three years ago with partner Hosiden Corp. in Osaka. The Dutch company said it will buy the remaining 20% interest in Hosiden and Philips Display Corp. (HAPD), which was created in April 1997 to produce 15-inch active-matrix LCDs.
Lithography sales rise 178%; tools total grows 112% in first half of 2000 News & Analysis 8/31/2000 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- Semiconductor capital equipment shipments grew 112% in the first half of 2000, compared to the same period last year, according to a new industry report, which underscores the rapid buildup of chip capacity that worries some analysts. Chip makers took delivery of $21.9 billion in production equipment during the first six months of 2000 vs. $10.3 billion in the first half of 1999, said the SEMI trade group today.
Anadigics enters new wireless net arena, invests in Embedded Wireless News & Analysis 8/30/2000 Post a comment Warren, N.J. -- Anadigics Inc. here entered the emerging personal area networking market, announcing that it has made an undisclosed equity investment in Embedded Wireless Devices Inc. of Pleasanton, Calif. Anadigics and Embedded Wireless plan to co-develop a range of chips, based on several new-but-incompatible 2.4-GHz wireless standards, such as Bluetooth, 802.11, and others.
Intel accuses Broadcom of building business on its patents News & Analysis 8/30/2000 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Intel Corp. today expanded its legal assault against Broadcom Corp., charging the Irvine, Calif.-based company with patent infringement and misappropriation of trade secrets. The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court of Delaware, also alleges that Broadcom is involved in a "carefully crafted plan" to base its business around Intel's communications-chip technology.
Alliance to invest $75 million in Tower's new foundry fab in Israel News & Analysis 8/30/2000 Post a comment MIGDAL HAEMEK, Israel -- U.S. memory supplier Alliance Semiconductor Corp. today announced it will invest $75 million in a planned 8-inch wafer fab planned by silicon foundry supplier Tower Semiconductor Ltd. here. Alliance, based in Santa Clara, Calif., joins SanDisk Corp. in nearby Sunnyvale as investment partners in Tower's planned second fab. Tower expects to start construction on the long-planned fab this year after securing government funding.
Nvidia files suit against 3dfx News & Analysis 8/28/2000 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- Nvidia Corp. here today announced a lawsuit against 3dfx Interactive Inc. for alleged patent infringement in the graphics chip market. The suit claims that 3dfx of San Jose has infringed upon five of Nvidia's patents involving graphics-acceleration technology used in PCs.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.