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National's flagship Geode design finds home in Compaq's iPaq
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10/31/2000   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. ( ChipWire) — Winning its third design this month, National Semiconductor today announced that its flagship Geode reference design is the architecture behind Compaq's iPaq IA-2 home Internet appliance.
TI claims its chips are in 45% of ADSL equipment
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10/31/2000   Post a comment
DALLAS -- Texas Instruments Inc. today predicted that its analog line driver shipments this year enable eight million asymmetrical digital subscriber line (ADSL) ports to deployed in the field in 2000. That total is 25 times greater than TI's shipments in 1999, according to the Dallas company.
Double-digit chip growth still seen in next couple years
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10/30/2000   Post a comment
SAN DIEGO -- Despite a slowdown in the PC, network equipment, and wireless handset markets in recent weeks, the semiconductor market will continue to grow at a double-digit rate for the remainder of 2000 and the next couple of years before hitting a downturn in 2003, according to chip forecasts from Dataquest Inc.
I-Cube scrubs Ethernet for crosspoint-switch line
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10/30/2000   Post a comment
CAMPBELL, Calif. ( ChipWire) -- I-Cube Inc. here is rolling out a crosspoint-switch line this week as part of a strategy to abandon the Ethernet LAN business in favor of more lucrative switching markets.
Intel roadmap shows little Rambus support in 2001
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10/30/2000   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- A confidential roadmap obtained by EBN shows Intel Corp. dropping Direct Rambus DRAM from every computing platform but high-end workstations by mid-2001. This would appear to bear out recent comments by Intel president Craig Barrett that the exclusive deal to support the memory interface was "a mistake" (see Oct. 18 story).
AMD says DDR platforms are ready to roll with new Athlon, chip set
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10/30/2000   Post a comment
TOKYO--During a press conference here and around the world, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. today claimed to be the first chip supplier to offer a PC platform supporting double data rate (DDR) memory. The solution includes the AMD-760 chip set and a new Athlon processor with a 266-MHz front-side bus for the highest grade of DDR memory available, according to the company.
Taiwan approves S3-Via graphics chip venture after delay
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10/30/2000   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif.--After a three-month delay, Taiwan's government has given its blessing to a graphics chip joint venture between S3 Inc. and Via Technologies Inc., which today announced they are moving ahead with plans to formally launch the new company.
Intel bundling Pentium 4 with Direct RDRAM, say sources
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10/30/2000   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- As the Nov. 20 launch of the Pentium 4 nears, Intel Corp. is priming the pump by shipping limited quantities of the new microprocessor bundled with Direct Rambus DRAM, according to industry sources.
Micron aims to move up in flash ranking with SyncFlash, wireless memories
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10/30/2000   Post a comment
BOISE, Idaho -- DRAM giant Micron Technology Inc. aims to turn itself into a Top 10 flash memory supplier by 2002. To do that, the company has begun ramping up volume production of low-power flash devices here for wireless handsets, and today, Micron officially introduces its first SyncFlash chip, which replaces synchronous DRAMs in a range of embedded nonvolatile memory applications.
Centillium rolls out processor for voice-enabled broadband systems
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10/30/2000   Post a comment
FREMONT, Calif. -- Centillium Communications Inc. here today will announce what the company claims is the world's highest-capacity processor for voice-enabled broadband applications. Based on a 32-bit RISC core from Mips Technologies Inc., the new Entropia chip from Centillium is among a new class of voice-processor products in the market that helps deliver both voice and data services over a cable, Digital Subscriber Line (DSL), or wireless network.
Intel protects software with IA-64 patents
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10/27/2000   Post a comment
NEW YORK -- A flurry of more than 20 new patents suggests Intel Corp. is expanding its time-tested legal strategy to prevent cloning of its new, flagship IA-64 architecture.
Philips adds MystiCom's DSP-based Ethernet core to ASIC offering
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10/27/2000   Post a comment
EINDHOVEN, the Netherlands -- Philips Semiconductors today announced it has ported an embedded DSP-based 10/100 Ethernet physical layer device designed by MystiCom Ltd. to an advanced CMOS process technology. The Dutch chip maker is now offering the digital signal processor core as a building block for system-on-chip ASICs serving local area networks (LANs) applications.
TI invests in U.K.-based RadioScape, plans DSPs for digital radio
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10/27/2000   Post a comment
LONDON -- Texas Instruments Inc. today announced plans to develop digital baseband chip solutions using its digital signal processor (DSP) technology and software from RadioScape Ltd., a London startup. TI also said it has invested an undisclosed amount of money in four-year-old RadioScape, which is focused on software for the Eureka-147 digital radio standard for consumer products.
Microchip to acquire TelCom for $300 million in stock
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10/27/2000   Post a comment
CHANDLER, Ariz.-- In a move to quickly expand its analog portfolio for microcontroller customers, Microchip Technology Inc. here today announced plans to acquire TelCom Semiconductor Inc. of Mountain View, Calif., for $300 million in stock.
Former CEO of Burr-Brown to head TI's catalog analog unit
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10/26/2000   Post a comment
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Syrus Madavi, credited by analysts for turning around Burr-Brown Corp. during his seven-year tenure as CEO, has been named vice president at Texas Instruments Inc. and the head of TI's Advanced Analog Products (AAP) organization.
Panel ponders cost of programmable system-on-chip
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10/25/2000   Post a comment
EDINBURGH, Scotland -- Adding programmable hardware to system-on-chip (SoC) devices is a little bit like the weather: Everyone talks about it but no one is doing anything about it, if discussions at the IP2000 Europe conference and exhibition are any indicator.
QuickLogic licenses technology to Aeroflex for space ICs
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10/25/2000   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif.--QuickLogic Corp. here announced it has licensed its ViaLink metal-to-metal interconnect technology for field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and embedded standard products to Aeroflex Corp.'s UTMC subsidiary. The Aeroflex unit will use the technology to offer radiation-hardened ICs in space applications.
System-on-chip market to hit 1.3 billion units in 2004, says new report
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10/25/2000   Post a comment
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.--For years, chip makers have been struggling to get a grasp on the size and scope of "system-on-chip" market applications. Even the term has been nebulous, but market researcher Cahners In-Stat Group here today predicted that the system-on-chip, or SoC, business will exceed 1 billion units in 2004, compared to about 345 million devices last year.
Intel expands technology partnership with LG Electronics
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10/24/2000   Post a comment
SEOUL -- Intel Corp. today signed an expanded technology agreement with South Korea's LG Electronics Co. to jointly develop technology for digital TV, home networking systems, Internet access appliances, and notebook PCs.
Lexar says trial set for flash dispute with SanDisk
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10/24/2000   Post a comment
FREMONT, Calif. -- Lexar Media Inc. today announced that a federal judge in California has ruled that SanDisk Corp. must go to trial for alleged fraud, patent violations, and unfair competition in a dispute over flash memory technology.
Dallas Semi's souped up 8051 MCU clocks in at 50 MIPS
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10/24/2000   Post a comment
DALLAS -- Dallas Semiconductor here has rolled out a new high-speed 8051-compatible microcontroller, capable of achieving peak processing performance of 50 million instructions per second (MIPS) running at a maximum clock speed of 50 MHz. A couple of major design changes in the 8051 architecture enabled the speedup, said the company.
Infineon selling consumer chip units to Micronas for $213 million
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10/24/2000   Post a comment
MUNICH -- Micronas Semiconductor Holding AG of Zurich today announced an agreement to acquire the consumer electronics IC operations of Infineon Technologies AG here for 250 million Euros ($213 million). The move will enable Munich-based Infineon to focus more efforts on core businesses, including communications ICs, according to the company.
C-Cube's DVD processing engine adds music
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10/23/2000   Post a comment
MILPITAS, Calif. ( ChipWire) -- C-Cube Microsystems Inc. is introducing its latest DVD processing engine, the Ziva-5, a highly integrated device that supports audio formats. Company executives predict the engine will be a key component when DVD technology becomes the heart of several home entertainment systems.
Cypress to integrate physical-layer device into FPGA
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10/23/2000   Post a comment
SAN JOSE ( ChipWire) — Cypress Semiconductor Corp. is getting into the field-programmable gate array integration game, starting with parts that will combine physical-layer (PHY) ICs with the company's own FPGA architecture.
India's Wipro to roll range of Bluetooth basebands
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10/23/2000   Post a comment
EDINBURGH, Scotland ( ChipWire) — Wipro Technologies has developed a range of baseband controller core solutions that it says complies with Bluetooth 1.0b — the latest version of the short-range wireless communications technology that could revolutionize connectivity in electronic equipment.
AMD, LSI to develop IC interfaces, 'system-in-packages' for CDMA handsets
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10/23/2000   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Advanced Micro Devices Inc. here and nearby LSI Logic Corp. in Fremont today announced an alliance to develop interfaces between AMD's flash memory chips and LSI's baseband processors for wireless handsets, based on the code division multiple access (CDMA) transmission standard. Under the partnership, the two Silicon Valley companies plan to collaborate in development of multi-chip packages to house flash memories sand the baseband processor in a "system-in-a-package."
Conexant offers tri-band amp for GSM, GPRS handsets
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10/23/2000   Post a comment
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- Conexant Systems Inc. here today announced a low-cost, tri-band power amplifier line designed for handsets based on the Global System for Mobile communications (GSM) and General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) standards.
Analog Devices aims core at multi-channel communications
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10/20/2000   Post a comment
NORWOOD, Mass. ( ChipWire) -- Analog Devices Inc. has weighed in with its first implementation of its 16-bit ADSP219x core announced last year. Dubbed the '2192, the device is a dual-core monolithic digital signal processor (DSP) aimed squarely at high-density, multi-channel applications such as voice, fax and data over the Internet, as well as PBX extenders and telephony.
Motorola adds floating-point unit to Coldfire MPU core
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10/20/2000   Post a comment
SAN JOSE ( ChipWire) — Motorola Inc. has rolled a floating-point unit and other significant enhancements into the synthesizable Coldfire version 4e processor core, creating a modular design that delivers up to 350 Dhrystone millions of instructions per second (MIPS) in a 0.18-micron process.
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