Mitsubishi to consolidate silicon RF series down to 6 products News & Analysis 10/26/2001 Post a comment In an apparent move to cut costs and simplify its product lines, Japan's Mitsubishi Electric Corp announced plans to consolidate its silicon-based radio-frequency (RF) lines from about 425 products right now, to 6 over the next few years
Mitsubishi has already got the ball rolling by announcing a new line of silicon-based RF modules and discrete transistors, both of which will replace several legacy products, according to the company.
Smartcard controllers get virtual machine speedups News & Analysis 10/25/2001 Post a comment At Cartes 2001 this week, Hitachi and Infineon Technologies launched 32bit smartcard controllers that have Java acceleration without going as far as implementing Java operations directly in silicon. But ARM Holdings has decided to put direct Java support into its forthcoming SC200 core.
Atmel counts cost of restructure News & Analysis 10/24/2001 Post a comment Atmel, the US company that mothballed the North Tyneside fab it bought from Siemens only last year, has taken massive restructuring charges of nearly half a billion dollars.
Samsung chip unit posts $294 million operating loss in Q3 News & Analysis 10/22/2001 Post a comment SEOUL -- In releasing third-quarter results today, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. said its semiconductor division posted an operating loss of 380 billion won ($294 million) on sales of 1.6 trillion won ($1.24 billion). Samsung's semiconductor revenues were 26% lower than sales in Q2, primarily because of falling DRAM prices.
UltraRF rolls out new LDMOS technology and devices for 3G networks News & Analysis 10/22/2001 Post a comment The UltraRF subsidiary of Cree Inc unveiled its new laterally-diffused metal oxide silicon (LDMOS) technology for 3G wireless networks
The new LDMOS-8 process uses a new die architecture and a dual-layer gold metalization system for superior RF performance. Compared to UltraRF's current LDMOS-7 technology, LDMOS-8 provides a 10% increase in efficiency and boosts the overall Fmax from 6.5- to 8.5-GHz.
Ready or not, here come more powerful networking ICs for trodden market News & Analysis 10/22/2001 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- More than a half dozen chip suppliers this week are expected to launch a new round of network processors and related products at the Network Processors Conference here, but it's unclear if the weakened marketplace is ripe for these next-generation products given the sharp downturn in the communications business, according to analysts.
Intel hopes to leverage processor technology into RF and SiGe News & Analysis 10/19/2001 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Intel Corp. here gave a rare glimpse of just how the company fans out its most advanced microprocessor fabrication technologies into new markets, including its upcoming foray into the radio-frequency (RF) and silicon-germanium (SiGe) chip sectors.
During a press briefing at Intel's headquarters earlier this week, the company outlined its major push into 0.13-micron technology (see Oct. 17 story ). As part o
Hynix's loss greater than expected at $1.25 billion in Q3 News & Analysis 10/19/2001 Post a comment SEOUL -- Hynix Semiconductor Inc. today reported a larger-than-expected net loss of 1.62 trillion won ($1.25 billion) for the third quarter, reported The Korean Herald here. Hynix has now posted net losses of 3.7 trillion won ($2.85 billion) in the first nine months of 2001, according to the newspaper.
TI claims to offer first 1.8-volt optimized standard logic series News & Analysis 10/19/2001 Post a comment DALLAS -- Just like the battery-powered toy bunny on TV commercials, standard logic devices seem to keep going and going. To prove that point--and keep its lead in the $2.4 billion logic chip market--Texas Instruments Inc. today claimed to be the first supplier to announced a next-generation standard logic family that's optimized for 1.8-volt systems, but operational at sub-volt levels.
Via plans push for faster DDR memory News & Analysis 10/18/2001 Post a comment Via Technologies plans to launch a version of its double-datarate (DDR) chipset for Pentium 4 PCs that will support 333MHz DRAMs early next year, joining Acer Labs and SiS in backing the higher-speed memory.
Co-processor compression for wireless handset DSPs News & Analysis 10/17/2001 Post a comment Texas Instruments (TI) has put several co-processors for video compression into two of its DSPs for wireless handsets. The move follows the addition of two co-processors to its C6416 DSP for basestations, to speed up Viterbi and Turbo decoder algorithms.
Intel discloses 'Nocona' processor development for future 32-bit servers News & Analysis 10/16/2001 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- Proving that 32-bit microprocessors will remain viable in servers for years to come, Intel Corp. here announced the development of a new chip for use in high-end systems.
The new processor, code-named Nocona, is a 32-bit chip that will ship in the 2003 time frame, said Dileep Bhandarkar, director of the Enterprise Architecture Lab at Intel of Santa Clara, Calif. "Nocona extends our IA-32 line of processors," he said. "It's targeted for the high-volume, dual-processor server market,
National's new info-appliance MPU packs enhanced x86 core, power management News & Analysis 10/15/2001 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- Pushing ahead with its information appliances chip strategy, National Semiconductor Corp. this week will officially launch its new Geode GX2 series of integrated processors, based on a re-engineered x86-based core, 0.15-micron process technology, and a new modular architecture with built-in power management circuits.
More DRAM bad news--no recovery until end of 2002, says report News & Analysis 10/15/2001 Post a comment EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Troubled DRAM makers will suffer 12 more months of market gluts, price erosion and probably losses, based on a gloomy new forecast from iSuppli Corp. here. The market research firm today said supply/demand equilibrium will not occur in DRAMs until the fourth quarter of 2002.
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 18 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 ...