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Sun Ultrasparc III box tackles 64-bit multiprocessing
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Firing off a long-awaited salvo in what an analyst called "an arms race" with Hewlett-Packard, IBM and Intel, Sun Microsystems Inc. rolled out the first systems based on its 64-bit Ultrasparc III microprocessor on Sept. 27.
Agilent announces new memory tester
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PALO ALTO, Calif.-- Agilent Technologies Inc. here has expanded its line of automatic test equipment, rolling out a system for use in testing high-speed non-volatile memory devices. Featuring a tester-per-site architecture, the V4400 NVM Test System from Agilent is a general-purpose wafer-sort and final test system designed for use in testing non-volatile memories, embedded devices, and specialty ICs.
STMicro doubles speed of 16-bit MCU, adds DSP functions
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GENEVA — STMicroelectronics here today announced a new 16-bit microcontroller core, based on a chip architecture that enables most instructions to be executed in a single clock cycle. The new core--called Super10--doubles the execution speed of existing ST10 microcontrollers in such applications as hard-disk drives, automotive electronics and consumer systems, said STMicroelectronics.
TI forms cell-phone handset venture in China
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BEIJING — Texas Instruments Inc. here today announced a joint venture with four companies in China to co-develop next-generation cellular phones, based on TI's digital signal processors (DSP) technology. The deal apparently gives TI an early jump in the terms of garnering design wins among China's fledging OEMs.
TI Forms Handset Venture In China
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UML language eyes system-level design role
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The Unified Modeling Language, widely used by software designers but little-known among their hardware counterparts, could be on its way to becoming a lingua franca for system-level modeling. But even its supporters disagree on whether UML is rich enough in its current state to represent hardware adequately.
Semiconductor Alert! (Sept. 25-29)
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Extreme Devices raises $30 million in funding
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AUSTIN, Tex. - Extreme Devices Inc. has raised $30 million in its second round of funding, bringing the total capitalization for the supplier of advanced semiconductor products to $34.25 million. Investors in the company include KLM Capital Group, Trellis Partners, Dell Ventures, Dow Chemical Co., Austin Ventures, Arch Venture Partners, Tredegar Investments and other institutional and private investors.
Intel drops Timna integrated CPU project
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Intel Corp. said Friday (Sept. 29) that it has cancelled its work on Timna, a planned integrated CPU. The company said customers preferred to use Celeron processors with 810 or 810e chip sets for value PCs, rather than the integrated Timna PC-on-a-chip.
Innoveda Announces Latest Version of PowerBGA
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Marlboro, MA - September 29, 2000 - Innoveda, Inc., a provider of software and services for the design of advanced electronic products, today announced the latest version of its advanced package design tool, PowerBGA 3.6.
Chip makers find partners for IP packet services
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Alliances between semiconductor players to craft advanced Internet Protocol services were a central theme at NetWorld+Interop Fall this past week.
Intel Expands Technology Investment in Applied Computing
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Santa Clara, CA - September 27, 2000 - Intel Corp. expanded its investment of fast processors, chipsets and development kits in the rapidly growing applied computing market ...
Motorola Unveils Internet Protocol Security Solutions for Wired and Wireless
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Austin, TX - September 26, 2000 - Motorola unveiled itsSecurity technology with the announcement of a family of securityprocessors. Motorola is broadening its Smart ...
Tools tweaked for high-density interconnect
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EDA vendors came to the High-Density Interconnect (HDI) Expo with package design tools capable of handling more complex IC packages as well as the multichip, system-in-package solutions that are becoming the poor man's answer to the system-on-chip.
Linux deals rock the RTOS status quo
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Linux double-timed its march into the mainstream of embedded computing this past week amid a clutch of new alliances, startling market share gains and vigorous debate over the open-source software model.
Industry warily watches euro slide
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Aerospace hiring declines as industry 'goes gray'
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As chief stats man for the Aerospace Industries Association, David Napier is constantly ferreting out numbers and trends. What he's found hasn't been comforting.
Wireless-market options run riot
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Motorola Unveils Internet Protocol Security Solutions for Wired and Wireless
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Austin, TX - September 26, 2000 - Motorola unveiled its Security technology with the announcement of a family of security processors.
Xilinx: New Design Software Accelerates Ten-Million Gate Design Productivity for Virtex FPGAs
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San Jose, CA - September 26, 2000 - Xilinx, Inc. announced its newest release of the Alliance Series and Foundation Series Integrated Synthesis Environment (ISE) software, version 3.2i.
Intel Expands Technology Investment in Applied Computing
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Santa Clara, CA - September 27, 2000 - Intel Corp. expanded its investment of fast processors, chipsets and development kits in the rapidly growing applied computing market segment, extending its availability of high-performance computing technology to applications such as Internet infrastructure and networked equipment.
RosettaNet finds home with eHitex
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UltraSparc III piques OEM interest
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NECX at e-comm epicenter
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Groups promote smart cards for e-commerce security
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The Smart Card Industry Association (SCIA) and the Smart Card Forum have joined forces to proliferate smart card technology in North America.
Motorola rolls out RF device for multi-band handsets
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SAN JOSE, Calif. — At the Embedded Systems Conference here this week, Motorola Inc. expanded its efforts in the merchant cellular-phone chip business by rolling out a new radio-frequency (RF) device for multi-band handsets. Built around a high-speed BiCMOS process, the new MC13760 is an intermediate frequency (IF) chip designed for handsets, based on several analog and digital standards.
Senate expected to raise cap on H-1B visas
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The U.S. Senate is expected to vote next week on a measure to increase the H-1B visa cap by 70 percent for the next three years.
STMicro doubles speed of 16-bit MCU, adds DSP functions
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GENEVA--STMicroelectronics here today announced a new 16-bit microcontroller core, based on a chip architecture that enables most instructions to be executed in a single clock cycle. The new core--called Super10--doubles the execution speed of existing ST10 microcontrollers in such applications as hard-disk drives, automotive electronics and consumer systems, said STMicroelectronics. It also adds DSP functionality for real-time control.
Red Hat offers Net device management service
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Red Hat Inc., the open-source Linux vendor, announced at the Embedded Systems Conference this week an Internet-based service for deploying and managing open source platforms.
NEC-Hitachi spin-off, Elpida, lays out DRAM plans
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Nearly a year after agreeing to merge their respective DRAM operations into a single company, Hitachi Ltd. and NEC Corp. announced the name and product strategy of the company on Thursday (Sept. 28). The 50-50 owned spin-off, Elpida Memory Inc., will open its doors for business at the start of next year, and hopes to capture 20 percent of the DRAM market in the next few years. But company executives left unanswered many questions about their product and capacity plans.
Wireless video set to run on DSPs
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As Sprint PCS and other carriers ready wireless video applications for delivery later this year, chip companies are racing to optimize MPEG-4 and other key audio/video decoding software for their silicon platforms.
TI forms cell-phone handset venture in China
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BEIJING -- Texas Instruments Inc. here today announced a joint venture with four companies in China to co-develop next-generation cellular phones, based on TI digital signal processors (DSP) technology. According to a memorandum of understanding (MOU), TI will form a joint venture to develop handsets for the China market with ZTE Corp. Xiamen Overseas Chinese Electronic Inc. Ltd. (Xoceco), Beijing Huahong IC Design Corp., and Ningbao Bird Co. Ltd.
Sun plans to accelerate upgrades to UltraSparc CPUs
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PALO ALTO, Calif. -- With this week's launch of the UltraSparc III architecture, Sun Microsystems Inc. here is aiming to accelerate its 64-bit processor roadmap to stay well ahead of Intel Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices Inc., which are pushing into the 64-bit arena with their own PC-compatible MPUs.
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