AMD to drop EV6 bus in upcoming Hammer microprocessors News & Analysis 1/24/2001 Post a comment San Jose, Calif. -- Advanced Micro Devices will drop its current Athlon and Duron EV6 bus architecture for its upcoming 64-bit Hammer-series processors to allow for connecting large multiprocessing arrays, the Platform Conference was told Monday.
Oak warns of big revenue drop, layoffs News & Analysis 1/23/2001 Post a comment
Citing numerous factors including a recent slowdown in the PC industry, global economic conditions, and regular seasonality in the business, Oak expects total revenue for the third fiscal quarter of 2001 will increase by approximately 30% compared with the same quarter of fiscal 2000. This implies that revenues will be down sequentially, perhaps as much as 40% compared to the quarter just ended -- a quarter in which Oak posted a sequential increase of 18.9% compared to the previous quarter.
C-Cube's Q4 profits falls 55% News & Analysis 1/23/2001 Post a comment MILPITAS, Calif. -- C-Cube Microsystems Inc. reported sales of $74 million in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, up 15% from $64 million posted in the like period a year ago.
Net income for the fourth quarter was $8.3 million, or $0.16 per diluted share, compared with $18.4 million, or $0.25 per diluted share, a year ago. Analysts were expecting the company to earn $0.15 per share in the period.
Centillium's Q4 sales up more than 1000% News & Analysis 1/23/2001 Post a comment FREMONT, Calif. -- Centillium Communications Inc. here today reported sales of $24.3 million for the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, up more than 1000% from $2.2 million posted in the like period a year ago.
The supplier of chips for Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) applications reported a pro forma net loss of $1.7 million, or $0.05 per share, compared to a deficit of $5.0 million, or $0.20 per share, for the same quarter of 1999.
QLogic's profits climb 75% in quarter News & Analysis 1/23/2001 Post a comment QLogic Corp., Aliso Viejo, Calif., reported third quarter net income grew 75% to $25.2 million, or 28 cents per share, compared to the $14.4 million, or 17 cents per share, recorded a year ago.
Chip equipment orders fell in December News & Analysis 1/23/2001 Post a comment The North American-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $2.5 billion in orders in December 2000 and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.03, according to the December 2000
Express Report published today by Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI).
Fairchild predicts 10% revenue drop in quarter News & Analysis 1/23/2001 Post a comment Citing excess inventory that will remain in distribution and CEM channels through the first quarter, Fairchild Semiconductor International warned that revenue in the current quarter will be down 10% from the nearly half billion reported in the fourth quarter.
C-Cube net income beats estimates by a penny News & Analysis 1/23/2001 Post a comment C-Cube Microsystems reported revenues for the fourth quarter of $74.0 million compared with $64.0 million for the fourth quarter of 1999. Total revenues for 2000 reached $265.0 million compared with $222.1 million for 1999.
Microsemi's net income up 310% in quarter News & Analysis 1/23/2001 Post a comment Microsemi Corp., Santa Ana, Calif., posted net income of $4.1 million, or 30 cents per share, for the first quarter ended Dec. 31, 2000, a 310% increase compared with the $1 million, or 9 cents per share, reported in the first quarter last year. The company credits its move to higher margin application-specific products for the increase.
Broadcom's earnings top estimates News & Analysis 1/23/2001 Post a comment After beating communications chip suppliers on the acquisition front by making multi-billion dollar purchases during the last year, Broadcom Corp. has also posted healthy earnings and revenue gains that topped analysts' estimates for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2000.
Toshiba offers 32-bit MCUs based on new CISC processor core News & Analysis 1/23/2001 Post a comment TOKYO -- Toshiba Corp. today announced two new 32-bit complex-instruction set computer (CISC) microcontrollers with integrated 128-kilobytes of ROM and 6-Kbytes of RAM. The MCUs are the industry's first 32-bit microcontrollers based on a CISC architecture with that level of memory on chip, according to Toshiba.
RF Micro Devices aims modulator IC at direct-conversion radio News & Analysis 1/23/2001 Post a comment GREENSBORO, N.C.-- RF Micro Devices Inc. here rolled out the first in a series of multi-band, direct-quadrature modulator ICs aimed at serving direct-conversion radio architectures in new handsets, base stations and other wireless products. The new radio-frequency IC features a very low noise floor and includes gain control, said the company.
Simtek forms division to attack FPGAs News & Analysis 1/23/2001 Post a comment COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Simtek Corp. here today announced the formation of a new division that will support the conversion of expensive programmable logic devices (PLDs) to the company's own, low-cost ASIC products.
Though its recent acquisitions of Integrated Logic Systems Inc. and MacroTech Semiconductor, Simtek has formed the Simtek
Integrated Logic business unit.
TI says slumping demand--not capacity--plagues chip markets News & Analysis 1/23/2001 Post a comment DALLAS -- Widespread inventory adjustments in key wireless and communications infrastructure markets are likely to continue for months--possibly into the summer--based on customer feedback at Texas Instruments Inc., said company officials during an conference call with analysts after releasing sequentially flat semiconductor revenues for the fourth quarter.
TI expects 10% sequential drop in Q1 revenues News & Analysis 1/22/2001 Post a comment DALLAS -- Texas Instruments Inc. today reported mixed results for its semiconductor operations in the fourth quarter of 2000, and the Dallas chip company said it now expects overall revenues to decline 10% in the first quarter of 2001 from sales in the final three months of 2000.
Vitesse revenues jump 85% in quarter News & Analysis 1/22/2001 Post a comment Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. today reported revenues for the first quarter of fiscal 2001, ended Dec. 31, 2000 were $165.1 million, an increase of 85% over the $89.3 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2000 and an increase of 20 percent over the $138.0 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2000.
Memory maker Micron fine-tunes logic roadmap News & Analysis 1/22/2001 Post a comment BOISE, Idaho -- Crafting a roadmap that includes a range of embedded memory products, DRAM powerhouse Micron Technology Inc. is intent on expanding into the logic market, but will no longer focus on general-purpose devices to get there.
Intel, Corning, Xerox, and others form MEMS trade group News & Analysis 1/22/2001 Post a comment INTERLAKEN, Switzerland -- A group led by Corning, Honeywell, Intel, Xactix, and Xerox have announced the formation of a new U.S. trade association in the exploding microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) arena.
Announced at the IEEE International MEMS-01 Conference here this week, the new MEMS Industry Group (MEMS-IG) hopes to become the unified voice for the U.S. MEMS chip and systems industry.
EndPoints receives $7 million in funding News & Analysis 1/22/2001 Post a comment BEDFORD, Mass. -- EndPoints Inc., a supplier of controller chips used in digital cameras and other products, has announced the receipt of $7 million in funding from a group of investors led by IndexIT, a division of London-based Beeson Gregory International.
The private placement of Series B Preferred stock was the second round of financing for EndPoints. The company will use the funding to develop new versions of the controller chips used by OEMs to produce web-enabled digital cameras.
1394 serial-bus group aims to link with wireless standards News & Analysis 1/22/2001 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif.---Jan. 22, 2001--Branching out from its original serial-bus focus, the 1394 Trade Association today announced efforts to create a new wireless working group to address connectivity with radio-frequency networks between computers, peripherals, and consumer electronics.
Hitachi, Triscend ink deal to co-develop configurable RISC processors News & Analysis 1/22/2001 Post a comment TOKYO -- Japan's Hitachi Ltd. has announced plans to enter the configurable RISC chip market as part a product development alliance with Triscend Corp.
Under the terms, Hitachi will integrate Triscend's configurable chip technology across its SuperH line of 32-bit RISC processors. In addition, Hitachi will gain access to Triscend's configurable FastChip software, intellectual-property (IP) cores, and third-party EDA tools.
Micron Technology fine-tunes logic News & Analysis 1/22/2001 Post a comment Crafting a road map that includes a range of embedded memory products, DRAM powerhouse Micron Technology Inc. is intent on expanding into the logic market, but will no longer focus on general-purpose devices to get there.
Rambus invests $5 million in NurLogic News & Analysis 1/22/2001 Post a comment SAN DIEGO -- NurLogic Design Inc. here today announced $5 million in funding from Rambus Inc., which is helping the four-year-old company to finance development of new communications and connectivity chip technologies.
Ericsson ponders future of its semiconductor group News & Analysis 1/22/2001 Post a comment Ericsson Microelectronics AB has an image problem, one that company president Bo Andersson is in a hurry to change. At Ericsson LM, its huge Swedish communication-equipment parent, the RF wireless-chip supplier is so small it has been lumped in a business category defined as "others."
Alcatel preps Gigabit Ethernet core for Altera FPGAs News & Analysis 1/22/2001 Post a comment Alcatel has developed a Gigabit Ethernet media access controller (MAC) core for use in Altera's high-density Apex PLD family, a move the companies said will help address a growing trend to marry communications functionality with programmable logic devices.
Velio rolls out CMOS-based backplane transceivers News & Analysis 1/22/2001 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- Looking to lower the costs of networking equipment, Velio Communications Inc. here today announced its first products--a family of four- and eight-port serializer/deserializer backplane transceivers based on a CMOS process technology.
Samsung shrinks 512-Mbit flash memory with 0.15-micron design News & Analysis 1/19/2001 Post a comment SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. today reported development of a 512-megabit NAND-type flash memory chip using 0.15-micron design rules. The Korean chip maker claimed the memory is the industry's smallest 512-Mbit NAND-type flash, and the company said it plans to launch products with two chips stacked in a package for 1-gigabit nonvolatile storage capacity.
Group aims to empower Japanese startups News & Analysis 1/19/2001 Post a comment Looking to provide guidance and support to startup companies in a country that's long been a desert of new ventures, the Japan Semiconductor Venture Association (JASVA) has begun operations in an attempt to form a Japanese counterpart to the Fabless Semiconductor Association.
Ixys reports record revenues News & Analysis 1/19/2001 Post a comment Ixys Corp., Santa Clara, Calif., today reported its eleventh consecutive quarter of record revenues and sixteenth consecutive quarter of increased revenues. For the third fiscal quarter of 2001 ended December 31, 2000, the supplier of power semiconductors reported revenues of $29.2 million, a 49.0% increase from the prior year quarter revenues of $19.6 million.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.