Startups aim new Java chips at accelerator role News & Analysis 10/19/2000 Post a comment NEW YORK ( ChipWire) Second-generation twists on Java silicon are taking shape separately at two little-known startups that aim to bust through the language's performance and memory management problems. The goals of both design houses Nazomi Communications Inc. in Santa Clara, Calif., and Chicory Systems Inc. in Austin, Tex. is to give the lie to industry talk that Java chips are too slow for real-world embedded syste
Parthus to license Arm-based chip for smart phones, PDAs News & Analysis 10/19/2000 Post a comment LONDON -- Parthus Technologies plc in Dublin, Ireland, has designed a chip based on an Arm920T core from Arm Holdings plc, and intends to license it to smart-phone and personal digital assistant makers. Parthus co-developed the chip, called Infostream, with Psion plc in London.
National rolls out DVD chip with integrated audio, progressive scan News & Analysis 10/19/2000 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif.--National Semiconductor Corp. today announced it has achieved higher levels of integration in a second-generation DVD-on-a-chip product that provides additional video support and audio capability. The company said its new NDV8501 Mediamatics device is the first to integrate progressive scan and DVD audio on a single chip.
TI sees slight slowing of chip growth rates in Q4 News & Analysis 10/18/2000 Post a comment
DALLAS -- Texas Instruments Inc. today reported its semiconductor sales grew 29% to $2.7 billion in the third quarter compared to $2.1 billion in the same period last year. Corporate-wide, TI's revenues were up 25% to $3.1 billion from $2.5 billion last year, including sales of calculators, materials and controls components.
Atmel wins four-year patent case against SST, Sanyo and Winbond News & Analysis 10/17/2000 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- Atmel Corp. today declared victory in a nonvolatile-memory patent infringement case against Silicon Storage Technologies Inc., Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd., and Winbond Electronics Corp. following a final ruling by the U.S. International Trade Commission. The ITC declared that Atmel's U.S. patent No. 4,451,903 was valid, enforceable, and infringed upon by the three companies, said the San Jose company.
Motorola aims fast DSP core at low-cost, low-power portables News & Analysis 10/17/2000 Post a comment AUSTIN, Texas ( ChipWire) Motorola Inc.'s Semiconductor Products Sector here is introducing a digital signal processing core, the DS-P56800E, that offers five times the processing speed of current-generation DSP56800 cores with one-third the power consumption. The new core targets low-cost portable communications devices as well as industrial, motor control and automotive applications.
AMD revs up Athlon to 1.2 GHz, claims to extend lead over Intel News & Analysis 10/17/2000 Post a comment SUNNYVALE, Calif.--Advanced Micro Devices today pushed out its 1.2-GHz Athlon microprocessor, claiming to further establish itself as the supplier of the fastest central processors for personal computers. The announcement comes after Intel Corp decided to delay its re-launch of 1.13-GHz Pentium III, whih had suffered problems in testing this summer (see Oct. 16 story). AMD also today introduced an 800-MHz speed grade of its Duron p
National adds 'virtual prototyping' to Web-based tools News & Analysis 10/17/2000 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- National Semiconductor Corp. this week is expanding its online engineering workbench to include a phase-locked loop (PLL) simulator, an enhanced power simulation tool, and a one-of-a-kind thermal analysis system for evaluating board designs with "virtual prototyping" capabilities. National said the enhanced Webench 2.0 system will not only speed development of products by chip customers, but it w
SMC begins sampling PC chip set line for Pentium-based systems News & Analysis 10/16/2000 Post a comment HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. - Bearing the first fruit from its alliance with Intel Corp., Standard Microsystems Corp. (SMC) here today announced today the availability of production samples of its PC chip set line for Intel's Pentium II and III microprocessor lines.
SMC's new products include the Victory66 South Bridge and VictoryBX-66 Chipset. The VictoryBX-66 Chipset is a two-chip solution based on Intel's memory controller (North Bridge) and SMC's I/O controller. Meanwhile, the Victory66 SLC90E66 Sout
Intel delays 1.13-GHz Pentium III, plans modification to chip News & Analysis 10/16/2000 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Intel Corp. is entirely reworking the 1.13-GHz Pentium III processor, delaying the high-speed MPU until the second quarter of 2001. All of Intel's 0.18-micron Pentium III line is undergoing a new core "stepping," or manufacturing revision, according to a product change notification notice sent out by Intel and obtained by TechWeb.
Motorola launches PowerPC-based powertrain controller News & Analysis 10/16/2000 Post a comment PARK RIDGE, Ill. ( ChipWire) Motorola Inc. will roll out a new PowerPC-based microcontroller this week that incorporates 1 Mbyte of on-board flash memory. Known as the MPC565, the microcontroller designed specifically for automotive powertrain applications will be unveiled at the Convergence 2000 conference in Detroit.
Startup Velio outlines strategy in communications-IC market News & Analysis 10/16/2000 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- A new and high-profile communications-chip startup, led by former executives from Cadence, Intel, MMC Networks, and other companies, here today will disclose its strategy to address the bandwidth bottlenecks in local- and wide-area networks.
The new company, called Velio Communications Inc., plans to develop a line of low-power, CMOS-based chips designed for high-end switching applications in ATM, SONET/SDH and related LAN/WAN networks.
IBM adds SOI to copper CPUs in servers; low-k comes up next News & Analysis 10/16/2000 Post a comment AUSTIN, Tex. -- IBM Corp. today announced it is putting silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technology to work along with copper interconnects to significantly boost the performance of central processing units inside new server computers, called the pSeries 680. The result, said IBM, is a new lineup of 64-bit servers that are 63% faster than the company's existing S80 systems, which are based on copper processors using standard silicon substrates. Microprocessor managers in Austin described an aggressive
TI's Burr-Brown A-to-D converter handles 500-kHz sampling News & Analysis 10/13/2000 Post a comment TUCSON, Ariz.--Texas Instruments Inc.'s Burr-Brown operation today said it was introducing the industry's fastest six-channel, simultaneous-sampling analog-to-digital converter. The new ADC chip operates at a 500-kilohertz sampling rate and is designed for motor control and power monitoring applications.
Agilent gears up to boost semiconductor profile, growth News & Analysis 10/13/2000 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- Hoping to raise its profile in the chip business, the Semiconductor Products Group of Agilent Technologies Inc. here in briefings with the press and analysts outlined the company's strategy to expand its already large presence in the communications IC market. At its first ever Semiconductor Products Summit here on Thursday, Agilent's chip group announced a reorganization, a new line of products and technologies, and a bold fab-capacity expansion program, reportedly including a plan t
TI, Troy develop cell-phone wireless printing with Bluetooth chips News & Analysis 10/13/2000 Post a comment DALLAS -- Texas Instruments Inc. here said it is collaborating with a subsidiary of Troy Group Inc. to enable wireless printing from cellular phones using Bluetooth technology. The capability will use TI's recently introduced Bluetooth chip set, which is fabricated in 0.18-micron process technology and claimed to be the first semiconductor solution to fully integrate software for the wireless standard in ROM (see Sept. 19 story).
Tower increases investment in flash partner Saifun News & Analysis 10/13/2000 Post a comment MIGDAL HAEMEK, Israel--Silicon foundry supplier Tower Semiconductor Ltd. here said it has invested $1 million in its flash technology partner, Saifun Semiconductor Ltd., as part of a $40 million round in private financing at the Israeli chip company. "We are confident that Saifun's unique flash technology, co-developed with Tower, will play a major roll in our planned Fab 2," said Rafi Levin, co-CEO at Tower.
Intel possibly jumps on aboard SOI bandwagon News & Analysis 10/13/2000 Post a comment SAN JOSE ( ChipWire) Silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technology stepped farther out of the shadows at the Microprocessor Forum, as Motorola Inc. unveiled a G4 PowerPC design ported to a 0.18-micron SOI process and as Intel Corp. engineers hinted that the company may reverse course and support SOI technology, initially for mobile processors and communications ICs.
Pixelworks, Analog Devices target single-chip LCD solution News & Analysis 10/12/2000 Post a comment TUALATIN, Ore.--Pixelworks Inc. here and Analog Devices Inc. today announced they will work together to combine ADI's analog and digital receiver technology with Pixelworks' ImageProcessor ICs for a single-chip solution serving high-performance dual-interface displays. The partnership aims to create a one-chip solution for all of the functions needed to operate a liquid-crystal display (LCD) monitor.
Microtune enters BiCMOS foundry pact with Germany's X-Fab News & Analysis 10/12/2000 Post a comment PLANO, Tex. --Dallas area startup Microtune Inc. here today announced a manufacturing agreement with Germany's X-FAB Semiconductor Foundries Group, which will provide BiCMOS processes for advanced radio-frequency ICs beginning in early 2001. Under the pact, Microtune will use X-Fab's new 0.6-micron double-poly, double-metal BiCMOS technology for analog and mixed-signal chips, which are being aimed at RF broadband communications. Terms of the new foundry agreement were not released.
Embedded designs flood Microprocessor Forum for 'post-PC' era News & Analysis 10/12/2000 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- While x86-based central processor suppliers tried to hog the spotlight as usual at the Microprocessor Forum here this week, a number chip houses jockeyed for position by disclosing new embedded microprocessors and MPU cores for is fast becoming the "post-PC era" of rapid growth in IC markets.
Motorola, Tundra strike R&D alliance for RapidIO technology News & Analysis 10/12/2000 Post a comment AUSTIN, Tex. -- Motorola Inc. today announced an alliance with Canada's Tundra Semiconductor Corp. to develop new RapidIO interface technology for embedded processors and other products in the fast-growing communications and networking applications. The alliance will focus on technology for new Motorola PowerPC host processors, PowerQuicc integrated processors, and C-Port network processors as well as new Tundra systems interconnect products using the RapidIO communications links.
Infineon applies new SiGe BiCMOS process to 10-GHz PLL News & Analysis 10/11/2000 Post a comment MUNICH -- Infineon Technologies AG today introduced its silicon-germanium BiCMOS technology to support high-speed, low-power IC designs for next-generation mobile communications. The Munich-based chipmaker also said it has implemented a 10-GHz phase-locked-loop (PLL) circuit using the B7HFc process.
Hitachi, STMicro to develop 64-bit RISC architectures for consumer systems News & Analysis 10/11/2000 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- Hitachi Ltd. and STMicroelectronics today announced plans to extend their partnership RISC processor development to next-generation 64-bit architectures for multimedia and Internet appliances for consumers. The two companies said they will aim the SH-6 and SH-7 architectures at applications in digital video cameras, video telephones, home networking Internet appliances and digital televisions as well as other consumer products.
Micron to use embedded DRAM, Mips core in SoC push News & Analysis 10/11/2000 Post a comment SAN JOSE ( ChipWire) In yet another attempt to remake itself as something other than a commodity DRAM maker, Micron Technology Inc. plans to ply a new embedded DRAM technology and a Mips processor license to build application-specific devices for use by customers inside and outside of Micron.
RISC supplier Arm posts stronger-than-expected revenues News & Analysis 10/11/2000 Post a comment CAMBRIDGE, England -- Demand for embedded RISC design cores pushed revenues higher than expected in the third quarter at Arm Holdings plc Ltd. here. The processor core supplier today reported revenues grew 68% to £26.4 million ($38.3 million) in the period, ended Sept. 30, compared to £15.7 million ($22.8 million) last year.
Lucent adds TriMedia core for ICs in set-top boxes, home gateways News & Analysis 10/11/2000 Post a comment ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- Lucent Technologies Inc.'s Microelectronics Group here today announced it has licensed a 32-bit very-long instruction word (VILW) processor core from TriMedia Technologies Inc. for use in system-on-chip designs. Lucent plans to offer the TM32 VLIW processor for embedded use in ICs aimed at residential gateways and set-top box applications.