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Raytheon spins out ASIC company for commercial wireless products
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1/31/2002   Post a comment
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Raytheon Co. today announced it has launched a venture-backed fabless semiconductor company, called TelASIC Communications Inc., to pursue application-specific ICs for advanced wireless products.
SiGe power problems may send IC makers back to CMOS, says AMCC executive
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1/31/2002   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- While silicon-germanium (SiGe) technologies promise to deliver the next wave of high-speed communications chips, some unexpected power issues with this process could force IC suppliers back to traditional CMOS, said an executive from Applied Micro Circuits Corp. (AMCC).
Sharp taps Parthus' Java accelerator for system-on-chip products
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1/31/2002   Post a comment
CAMAS, Wash. -- Sharp Electronics Corp.'s U.S. chip subsidiary here announced is has licensed a Java acceleration platform from Parthus Technologies plc of Ireland, to accelerate the introduction of system-on-chip products for "PC-equivalent performance" on handheld devices.
AMD taps UMC as foundry partner to build processors
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1/31/2002   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. plans to hold a press conference late Thursday to announce it has selected United Microelectronics Corp. of Taiwan as its foundry partner to make microprocessor chips.
Microtune to expand RF efforts into more broadband applications
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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.
RF Solutions plans chip set to support both cell phones and wireless LANs
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1/30/2002   Post a comment
ATLANTA--RF Solutions Inc. here today announced development of a wireless, multi-band, multi-standard RF chip set technology, which can support digital cellular phones and local area networking systems conforming to the IEEE 802.11a, b, and g formats.
Toshiba adds ARM processor core to speed Java execution in mobile devices
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1/30/2002   Post a comment
TOKYO -- Toshiba Corp. today announced it has expanded the licensing of RISC design cores from U.K.-based ARM Ltd. with the addition of the ARM926EJ-S processor, which has been optimized for wireless applications such as mobile phones and personal digital assistants (PDAs).
AMD to buy MIPS processor startup Alchemy
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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.
AMD claims Athlon 4 now fastest notebook processor available
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1/28/2002   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Advanced Micro Devices Inc. today claimed it was now offering the fastest microprocessor for notebook PCs with the rollout of its mobile Athlon 4 processor 1500+.
Nazomi offers plug-in Java accelerator for wireless handsets
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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
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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'
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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.
NEC plans ICs with SST's SuperFlash by fourth quarter
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1/28/2002   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif.--Silicon Storage Technology Inc. (SST) today announced it has licensed flash technology to NEC Corp. for embedded nonvolatile memory use in microcontrollers and other ICs fabricated with 0.35-micron processes.
Philips, Mitsumi to jointly develop, sell analog ICs
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1/28/2002   Post a comment
EINDHOVEN, the Netherlands -- Philips Semiconductors here and Mitsumi Electric Co. Ltd. in Japan today announced plans to jointly develop, manufacture, market, and sale analog and mixed-signal ICs worldwide.
DRAM price runs may not endure
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1/28/2002   Post a comment
DRAM contract prices are rising, but analysts warn against complacency, saying prices are being driven by deals that may never come to fruition.
Trident's operating loss grows in quarter due to problems in chip set ramp
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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.
Micrel ramps 0.6-micron SiGe process for 10-Gbit communications ICs
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1/24/2002   Post a comment
SAN JOSE --Micrel Inc. today announced the installation of a new 0.6-micron silicon-germanium (SiGe) process technology, which will be used to introduce 10-gigabit-per-second communications ICs for Sonet systems, 10/100-Gigabit Ethernet networks and other high-speed applications.
Agere to use Path 1 Network's Ethernet cores in ASIC libraries, IC products
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1/24/2002   Post a comment
SAN DIEGO -- Path 1 Network Technologies Inc. today announced it has licensed Ethernet media access control cores to Agere Systems Inc., which plans to use the intellectual property (IP) design blocks in standard networking ICs and customized ASIC chips.
Samsung begins to sample 1,066-MHz and 1.2-GHz Rambus memories
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1/23/2002   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- The U.S. semiconductor subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. today announced it has begun sampling the fastest speed grades of Rambus DRAMs yet. The high-bandwidth memories are operating at 1,066- and 1,200-MHz frequencies, according to the company.
Rambus demos 1.2-GHz RDRAM memory in PC at conference
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1/23/2002   Post a comment
LOS ALTOS, Calif.--Rambus Inc. today plans to demonstrate the first PC running 1.2-GHz RDRAM memory at the Platform Conference in San Jose.
Cypress, Ramtron expand development of one-transistor SRAM products
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1/23/2002   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Cypress Semiconductor Corp. here and Ramtron International Corp. in Colorado today announced plans to expand their alliance in one-transistor SRAM technology to offer a broader line of network-communications memory products.
TI claims highest analog integration on MCU for embedded displays
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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
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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.
Xicor adds new architecture for auto-correction in adaptive closed-loop control
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1/22/2002   Post a comment
MILPITAS, Calif.--Xicor Inc. today announced a new chip architecture for "auto-correction" of errors in adaptive closed-loop control applications, with the first targeted application being cellular phone base stations.
Infineon aims to shrink DRAM inventories a bit more in Q1, says CEO
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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.
Silicon Access rolls out 'billing and policing' processor for networks
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1/22/2002   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- In what could help to reverse the misfortunes of loss-ridden systems manufacturers and Internet service providers (ISPs), Silicon Access Networks Inc. here today announced what the company calls the world's first "billing and policing" communications co-processor.
Microchip puts EEPROMs in 'ant-sized' package
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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.
Samsung says Microsoft extends purchase pact for DDR chips in Xbox
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1/21/2002   Post a comment
SAN JOSE--Samsung Semiconductor Inc. today announced a strategic supply agreement with Microsoft Corp., which will continue to use the Korean chip maker as a key supplier of dual-data rate (DDR) SDRAMs for Xbox video game systems. A value on the new supply agreement was not released.
Intel completes transition of mobile CPUs to 0.13-micron processes
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1/21/2002   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif.-- Intel Corp. today announced seven new PC microprocessors that complete the transition of its entire mobile product line to 0.13-micron process technology. Intel is migrating all of its PC processors from 0.18-micron to 0.13-micron technologies in its wafer fabs.
Fujitsu, Toshiba prepare faster FCRAMs with 30% higher bandwidth
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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
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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
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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.
Micron explores a variety of uses for Axon's unique nonvolatile technology
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1/18/2002   Post a comment
BOISE, Idaho--As expected, Micron Technology Inc. today announced it has licensed a new type of nonvolatile memory structure, called Programmable Metallization Cell (PMC), from Axon Technologies Corp. of Scottsdale, Ariz.
ESS licenses Super Audio CD from Philips for DVD chips
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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
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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.
STMicro claims first one-chip frontend solution for DVD players
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1/17/2002   Post a comment
GENEVA--STMicroelectronics today announced it has become the first chip supplier to offer an integrated frontend solution for DVD players, packing all the functions for analog pre-processing, servo control, channel decoding, and error correction on a 0.18-micron CMOS die.
AMD works on major foundry pact for PC processors in Asia
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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
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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
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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.
Motorola, Xicor partner in RF power amplifiers for cellular base stations
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1/16/2002   Post a comment
MILPITAS, Calif.--Xicor Inc. today announced a partnership with Motorola Inc. to provide radio frequency power amplifier reference platforms for cellular base stations serving 2.5G and 3-G mobile phone networks. The targeted applications include GSM, Edge and W-CDMA cellular standards, Xicor said.
LSI Logic to cut 1,400 jobs, sell CDMA handset and DSL product units
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1/16/2002   Post a comment
MILPITAS, Calif. -- LSI Logic Corp. today announced it will cut 1,400 jobs, or 20% of its total workforce, while restructuring manufacturing operations in Japan and divesting business units for CDMA handset chips and standard products for digital subscriber line (DSL) communications.
Intel to push Pentium 4 into notebook and Celeron segments
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1/15/2002   Post a comment
Intel Corp. today told financial analysts that Pentium 4 will accelerate into new markets by midyear with a notebook version, as well as into the value Celeron space using the same NetBurst quad-pumped architecture.
Linear Technology sees slight sales improvement
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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.
Germany's X-Fab offers high-voltage CMOS with nonvolatile memory options
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1/15/2002   Post a comment
ERFURT, Germany -- X-Fab Semiconductor Foundries AG here today announced a new 0.6-micron mixed-signal CMOS process technology for high-voltage chips capable of handling up to 40 volts. The process contains an option for embedded EEPROM and it will soon offer another module for flash memory, said the company.
Flash memory sales to drop 20% due to glut in 2002, says iSuppli
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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
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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.
Philips offers multi-standard high-definition video codec for PCs, consumer products
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1/14/2002   Post a comment
EINDHOVEN, the Netherlands -- Philips Semiconductors today said it has become the first chip company to ship a multi-standard, high-definition video codec IC for personal computers, notebook PCs, and consumer electronics in the mass market.
Toshiba jumps into U.S. automotive processor market with integrated RISC chip
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1/14/2002   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Toshiba America Electronic Components Inc. today entered the microprocessor segment of the U.S. automotive chip market with the introduction of a 32-bit RISC-based IC for information display applications.
Taiwan has designs on analog market
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1/14/2002   Post a comment
The prolonged semiconductor slump has prompted Taiwan's semiconductor design houses to focus more closely on the analog IC market.
STMicro readies new silicon technology to replace GaAs RF amplifiers in handsets
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1/14/2002   Post a comment
CATANIA, Italy -- STMicroelectronics today claimed it has "won the race" to develop an effective silicon replacement for gallium-arsenide (GaAs) transistors now used in radio-frequency power amplifiers inside cellular telephones.
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