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S3 Graphics joint venture in Taiwan finally starts up
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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- It took more than a year to accomplish, but Via Technologies Inc. here and U.S.-based Sonicblue Inc. (formerly S3 Inc.) announced the formal launch of a PC chip set venture after clearing regulatory hurdles in Taiwan and receiving shareholder approval. The joint venture is called S3 Graphics Inc., and its focus will be high-performance graphics cores for a range of products in desktop and notebook PCs.
Semtech to miss revenue growth forecast
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NEWBURY, Calif. -- Semtech Corp. here today said that its fiscal fourth quarter revenue will be flat compared with third quarter levels, missing the 7-to-9% sequential growth previously forecast. The company added it expects to achieve analysts' consensus earnings estimates of 23 cents per share for the fourth quarter, which ends Jan. 28, 2001.
Semtech to miss revenue growth forecast
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Semtech Corp., Newbury Park, Calif., today said that its fiscal fourth quarter revenue will be flat compared with third quarter levels, missing the 7 to 9% sequential growth previously forecast.
DSL-chip maker GlobeSpan to meet or exceed 4Q results
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RED BANK, N.J. -- Bucking the trend in the market, communications-chip maker GlobeSpan Inc. here today announced it would meet or exceed its sales and profit forecast for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2000. The supplier of chips for Digital Subscriber Line (DSL), network processing, and other applications is projected to earn $0.19 a share in the quarter, up from $0.04 in the like period a year ago, according to estimates from First Call/Thomson Financial.
Opinion: Despite turbulence, the chip market will grow in 2001
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Driven by strong 30% unit growth and a moderate 8% price increase, the world chip market passed the $200 billion mark in 2000, growing at 38% over 1999. Remember, it was $50 billion in 1990, $10 billion in 1980, $2 billion in 1970, and just $1 billion in 1960. What a race!
Hyundai signs outsource agreement with ChipPAC
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ChipPAC, Inc., Santa Clara, Calif., will become the primary outsource supplier of semiconductor test and package services to Hyundai Electronics Industries Co., Ltd. under an agreement announced today.
inSilicon misses revenue and earnings targets
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SAN JOSE -- Semiconductor intellectual-property vendor inSilicon Corp. here today said that it generated lower-than-expected revenue during December, which will result in revenue and earnings for its first fiscal quarter being below expectations. For the quarter ended December 31, inSilicon expects to report revenue of approximately $6 million, as compared to $5.3 million in the same quarter of the prior year, and earnings before goodwill and other non-cash charges of between 2 and 4 cents per
Cypress combines serial channels with programmability
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Cypress Semiconductor has joined Quicklogic in making a device that combines programmable logic with dedicated high-speed serial comms links and logic.
Waves Ltd. forms semiconductor division, hires managers
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SAN MATEO, Calif. -- Audio signal processing specialist Waves Ltd. today announced the formation of a semiconductor division to market its Maxx technologies for a variety of consumer product applications. The semiconductor division has set up sales offices in San Mateo, Tokyo, and Austin, Tex.
inSilicon misses revenue and earnings targets
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Semiconductor intellectual-property vendor inSilicon Corp., San Jose, Calif. today said that it generated lower-than-expected revenue during December, which will result in revenue and earnings for its first fiscal quarter being below expectations.
LSI Logic launches ADSL front-end chips from Datapath acquisition
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MILPITAS, Calif. -- LSI Logic Corp. has added a pair of integrated analog front-end ICs to its portfolio of broadband products for asymmetric digital subscriber line (ADSL) systems. The two new SpeedReach devices require a single power supply--unlike competing solutions--and LSI Logic said mixed-signal integration reduces the number of components required in systems.
M-Systems offers flash disk chip in TSOP package
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FREMONT, Calif. -- M-Systems Flash Disk Pioneers Ltd. here today claimed development of the industry's smallest 16-megabit flash disk chip.
AMD said to use Transmeta's chip as prototype tool
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Advanced Micro Devices Inc. will reportedly use Transmeta Corp.'s code-morphing software to prototype its own forthcoming Sledgehammer chip, according to industry sources. The agreement solidifies the relationship between the two companies, reported last August by Electronic Buyers' News.
TI's 12-bit a-to-d converter operates at 80-mbits per second
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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Texas Instruments Inc. today announced a 12-bit analog-to-digital converter that handles 80 megabits per second for communications and medial imaging systems.
Electronics industry confronts a challenging year
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The year 2000 was exceptional for the electronics industry in many ways. It opened with fears of a Y2K crash, then the sector's revenue, stock value, and capital investments soared to lofty heights before plunging late in the year.
Austria's NewLogic receives certification for Bluetooth IP cores
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LUSTENAU, Austria -- Austria's NewLogic Technologies AG here announced it has completed the qualification phase of its intellectual-property (IP) cores for Bluetooth-enabled applications. This is believed to be the first Bluetooth-based IP cores to be certified in the market, enabling them to interoperate with other chips and systems in this arena, said Gianmaria Mazzucchelli, managing director of NewLogic.
Rambus wins ITC decisions in SDRAM patent case
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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. International Trade Commission in a year-end action upheld Rambus Inc.'s request to withdraw its synchronous DRAM patent infringement case against Hyundai Electronics Industries Co., while overturning restrictions on Rambus on future new cases that might be filed with the ITC.
November semiconductor sales slowed from previous month
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The global chip market posted a 28% revenue increase in November and is on target to grow 17% in the first quarter of this year despite the recent slowdown in demand from some sectors of the electronics industry.
SRAMs expected to offset lower DRAM sales, Samsung says
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While slower PC sales have prompted many semiconductor suppliers to issue earnings warnings over the past month, Samsung Semiconductor is betting that steady SRAM sales will offset any revenue hit it takes from falling DRAM sales.
Chip sales moving back to normal 17% growth in Q1, says SIA
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SAN JOSE -- Worldwide chip sales are heading back to normal annual growth rates of 17% in the first quarter of 2001 after increasing 37.1% in 2000, said George Scalise, president of the Semiconductor Industry Association. The U.S. trade group president today insisted that the outlook for semiconductor markets remains strong despite a slowdown in growth that began in September when major chip customers started delaying orders to clear out their inventories.
Mitsubishi inks SDRAM, DDR pact with Rambus
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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- Mitsubishi Electric Corp. today became the seventh chip maker to announced it was licensing Rambus Inc.'s patents for synchronous DRAMs, double data rate (DDR) memories, and controllers that interface to those devices.
AMI modifies name after investment firms buy 80% ownership
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SAN DIEGO -- ASIC pioneer American Microsystems Inc. today announced it has changed its name to AMI Semiconductor after two U.S. investment firms purchased 80% ownership in the company from Japan Energy Corp.'s GA-Tek subsidiary.
Intel ships 1.3-GHz Pentium 4 processors to Dell, Gateway, and others
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Intel Corp. is quietly shipping a new--and slower--version of its Pentium 4 processor to major OEMs, including Dell, Gateway, among others. In fact, Dell Computer Corp. has released a PC based upon a slower Pentium 4 chip from Intel, the first step in what Intel hopes will be an industry-wide shift to the new architecture.
Japan's chip makers remain cautiously optimistic about New Year
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TOKYO -- Right after chip revenue and profits went soaring in the first half of 2000, the market suddenly went soft, leaving industry executives guessing where it would head next. Following last year's roller-coaster ride, none of the major Japanese semiconductor industry executives interviewed recently would stick their necks out to forecast 2001 sales.
Taiwan's Global UniChip licenses ARM processor core
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HSINCHU, Taiwan--Global UniChip Corp. here today announced it has licensed ARM Ltd.'s ARM7TDMI processor core for system-on-chip designs in wireless, networking, and consumer entertainment applications.
Semiconductor market grew 31% in 2000: Dataquest
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Despite a slight slowdown at the end of the year, the worldwide semiconductor market reached $222.1 billion in 2000, a 31% percent increase over 1999 revenue, according to preliminary results from Dataquest Inc.
Motorola's camera-on-chip sensor integrates analog, signal processing
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PHOENIX--Motorola Inc. here today rolled out a new 1.3-megapixel image sensor for digital cameras, video systems and imaging applications. Fabricated with Motorola's ImageMOS technology, the "camera-on-a-chip" device contains analog and digital signal processing circuits, said the company.
Chip sales up 31% in 2000; Toshiba passes NEC as No. 2 supplier
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SAN JOSE -- Semiconductor sales increased 31% to $222.1 billion in 2000 from $169.1 billion in 1999 despite a slight slowdown in revenue growth during the final months of the year, according to preliminary estimates released today by Dataquest Inc.
DSP growth expected to slow from torrid pace in 2001
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DALLAS --Despite a year-end slump in consumer demand, DSPs continued to shine as one of the fastest-growing semiconductor segments in 2000.
Japan's chipmakers remain cautiously optimistic
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Right after chip revenue and profits went soaring in the first half of 2000, the market suddenly went soft, leaving industry executives guessing where it would head next. Following last year's roller-coaster ride, none of the major Japanese semiconductor industry executives interviewed recently would stick their necks out to forecast 2001 sales.
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