Microtune to expand RF efforts into more broadband applications News & Analysis 1/31/2002 Post a comment PLANO, Tex. -- In a move to expand its business, Microtune Inc. today announced plans to offer radio-frequency silicon chips and systems solutions for a wide range of commercial and consumer electronics applications in broadband communications, wireless connectivity products and automotive markets.
AMD to buy MIPS processor startup Alchemy News & Analysis 1/29/2002 Post a comment Advanced Micro Devices Inc. plans to acquire Alchemy Semiconductor Inc. and pit that company's MIPS-based processor architecture against Intel Corp.'s Xscale processors, broadening an already fierce rivalry to the embedded front, sources said.
Nazomi offers plug-in Java accelerator for wireless handsets News & Analysis 1/28/2002 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif.--Nazomi Communications Inc. today officially launched a universal Java accelerator chip, which offloads Java bytecode instructions from host microprocessors in wireless systems to speed applications by 15-to-60 times. The accelerator chip also saves battery power.
Motorola pushes PowerPC to 1-GHz with SOI technology News & Analysis 1/28/2002 Post a comment AUSTIN, Tex. -- Motorola Inc. today announced its fastest PowerPC processor yet, the MPC7455, which is fabricated with silicon-on-insulator technology and operating at 1-GHz speeds. A slower, lower-power version of the SOI processor, the MPC7445, is also being offered at speeds up to 800 MHz.
MoSys adds soft-error protection, correction to 1-transistor SRAM for 'free' News & Analysis 1/28/2002 Post a comment SUNNYVALE, Calif -- How about error correction in embedded SRAM memory for free? That's essentially what MoSys Inc. today announced with the launch of an enhanced single-transistor SRAM cell that combats a growing range of problems in manufacturing yields, chip reliability, and "soft error" rates as IC-design feature sizes shrink.
Trident's operating loss grows in quarter due to problems in chip set ramp News & Analysis 1/25/2002 Post a comment SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Trident Microsystems Inc. here reported an increase in operating loss despite a 17% sequential increase in revenues to $30.2 million in the company's fiscal second quarter, ended Dec. 31, from $25.7 million in the prior period. The graphics chip set supplier's sales were 14% below $35.1 million in the quarter a year ago.
TI claims highest analog integration on MCU for embedded displays News & Analysis 1/22/2002 Post a comment DALLAS -- Texas Instruments Inc. today claimed it has broken the 1-microampere barrier in a low-power 16-bit microcontroller, which integrates mixed-signal functions and flash memory for embedded display applications in utility metering, portable instruments, intelligent sensing, and other systems.
Radioscape picks up parallel DSP News & Analysis 1/22/2002 Post a comment Radioscape, based in London, has bought the Liverpool DSP intellectual property company Systolix in a deal that will see the PulseDSP massively parallel processor used as the underpinning for Radioscape's 3G software.
Infineon aims to shrink DRAM inventories a bit more in Q1, says CEO News & Analysis 1/22/2002 Post a comment MUNICH -- DRAM prices have climbed steadily--in some cases more than tripling--since the low point in November, but production costs remain above average selling prices, and there is still room to work off excess inventories in the first quarter before markets can fully recover this year, said the CEO of Infineon Technologies AG here.
Microchip puts EEPROMs in 'ant-sized' package News & Analysis 1/21/2002 Post a comment CHANDLER, Ariz.--Microchip Technology Inc. today claimed it is now offering the world's smallest standard package for low- and medium-density serial EEPROMs. The company's I2C serial electrically erasable PROMs are available with chip densities of 128 bits-to-16 kilobits in five-lead SOT-23 packages.
Fujitsu, Toshiba prepare faster FCRAMs with 30% higher bandwidth News & Analysis 1/21/2002 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- The U.S. semiconductor subsidiaries of Fujitsu Ltd. and Toshiba Corp. today announced joint specifications for second-generation Fast Cycle RAM products, which will provide random access cycle times of 25 nanoseconds while supporting performance up to 200-MHz and a bandwidth of 400-megabits per second.
TI, National share roadmaps for initial Multipoint-LVDS products News & Analysis 1/21/2002 Post a comment DALLAS -- Interface logic competitors Texas Instruments Inc. and National Semiconductor Corp. today announced a partnership to help launch a new backplane technology--called Multipoint Low-Voltage Differential Signaling--into the marketplace after standards for M-LVDS were set late last year.
AMI Semi rolls out FPGA-conversion ASICs, uses TSMC as foundry in 'hybrid' fab strategy News & Analysis 1/21/2002 Post a comment POCATELLO, Ida. -- Hoping to re-establish itself as an IC powerhouse, ASIC pioneer AMI Semiconductor Inc. (AMIS) here today launched the first in a series of 0.18-micron, hybrid gate-array devices geared for the FPGA-to-ASIC conversion and other chip markets. The new XPressArray ASIC line is designed to replace field-programmable gate arrays from Altera, Xilinx, and others, according to AMIS.
ESS licenses Super Audio CD from Philips for DVD chips News & Analysis 1/18/2002 Post a comment FREMONT, Calif. -- ESS Technology Inc. today announced it has licensed the Super Audio CD storage format from Royal Philips Electronics N.V. to incorporate in ICs for DVD player applications. The SACD format will be added to the company's Vibratto DVD single-chip solutions in the second quarter of 2002.
SST expects Q4 loss after taking inventory, other charges News & Analysis 1/18/2002 Post a comment SUNNYVALE, Calif.--Silicon Storage Technology Inc. (SST) here announced plans to take an inventory charge of $9-to-$12 million against fourth-quarter earnings. The supplier of nonvolatile flash memory products also said it will report a 5% sequential drop in revenues to about $70 million for Q4 from $74.2 million in the prior quarter.
AMD works on major foundry pact for PC processors in Asia News & Analysis 1/16/2002 Post a comment SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- By the end of the first quarter, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. plans to announce a major move to use silicon foundry capacity in Asia to produce PC processors, said AMD president Hector de J. Ruiz, during a conference call with analysts today.
AMD sales up 24% sequentially in Q4, cutting loss to $15.4 million News & Analysis 1/16/2002 Post a comment SUNNYVALE, Calif.--Advanced Micro Devices Inc. today reported a 24% sequential increase in net sales to $951.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2001 compared to $765.9 million in Q3. AMD posted a net loss of $15.8 million in the just-ended quarter compared to a net loss of $97.4 million in Q3.
Amkor to assemble Agilent's printer ASICs, integrate assets into Asian operations News & Analysis 1/16/2002 Post a comment CHANDLER, Ariz.--Amkor Technology Inc. today announced an agreement to assemble printer ASIC products sold by Agilent Technologies Inc. The outsourcing-manufacturing pact greatly expands an ongoing relationship between the two companies and covers a broad range of chip packaging technologies, including leadframe and laminate ball-grid arrays (BGAs), said Amkor.
Linear Technology sees slight sales improvement News & Analysis 1/15/2002 Post a comment MILPITAS, Calif. -- Linear Technology Corp. today reported a 1% sequential increase in revenues to $121.3 million in the company's fiscal second quarter, ended Dec. 30, compared to $120.1 million in the prior three-month period. LTC's revenues were 53% lower than $258.5 million in net sales in the quarter a year ago.
Flash memory sales to drop 20% due to glut in 2002, says iSuppli News & Analysis 1/15/2002 Post a comment EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- More bad news for flash memory suppliers comes from iSuppli Corp. here, which today cut its forecast for revenues in the struggling chip segment to just over $6 billion in 2002--a decline of more than 20% from $7.6 billion in 2001. Until now, iSuppli was predicting a 2% drop this year.
Conexant adds encoders for HDTV video on PCs, DVD, game systems News & Analysis 1/14/2002 Post a comment NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- Conexant Systems Inc. today announced an expansion of its broadcast video offering to include new encoders that cut the cost of "TV-out" solutions for displaying high-definition television (HDTV) on PC systems, DVD players, game consoles, and other new systems.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 2 comments For a recent project, I explored doing "real" (that is, non-integer) math on a Spartan 3 FPGA. FPGAs, by their nature, do integer math. That is, there's no floating-point ...