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Intel CEO looks 'beyond the turbulence' in market during two-hour Web cast
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10/30/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- During a two-hour Web cast today, Intel president and CEO Craig Barrett place his emphasis on "looking beyond the turbulence" in 2001 as he and other top executives outlined plans for better times next year. Those plans include the delivery of a 3-GHz Pentium microprocessor in 2002.
PLD recovery won't come until 2003, but 300-mm will help suppliers cut costs, says report
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10/30/2001   Post a comment
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Pulled down by the slump in wired communications systems, the sale of programmable logic devices will plunge 34.1% this year and drop an addition 3.5% in 2002 before a slow recovery takes place in 2003, according to a new forecast released today by iSuppli Corp.
National's device eases boundary-scan test in systems and reconfiguration in field
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10/30/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA -- National Semiconductor Corp. here announced availability of system-level testing support along with embedded flash programming and the ability to reconfigure programmable logic in a new 48-pin chip, which conforms to the industry's IEEE 1149.1 standard for boundary-scan test.
Resonext uses ARM core and bus in new 5-GHz wireless LAN chip-set series
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10/29/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Resonext Communications Inc. here today announced it has licensed the ARM922T RISC processor core from ARM Ltd. for use in a new chip-set series targeted at 5-GHz wireless local area networks.
Analog, 'micro' ICs will give weak recovery some legs, says new WSTS forecast
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10/26/2001   Post a comment
GRAZ, Austria -- A weak semiconductor recovery in 2002 will be led by analog ICs and "micro components"--such as processors, microcontrollers, and microperipherals--while memories, bipolar digital devices and discretes will continue to languish next year, according to a new chip industry consensus forecast issued this week.
Mitsubishi to consolidate silicon RF series down to 6 products
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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.
September semiconductor orders fall 10% from already depressed August level
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10/25/2001   Post a comment
The September book-to-bill ratio for semiconductor equipment companies stood at just 0.65, as orders declined 10% from their already depressed August level.
Smartcard controllers get virtual machine speedups
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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
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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.
Second QDR spec pushes speeds to 333MHz
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10/24/2001   Post a comment
The Quad Data Rate (QDR) co-development team has released the specification for the quad data rate II and double data rate II SRAM interfaces.
Anadigics remains confident of Q4 growth in wireless segment
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10/24/2001   Post a comment
Anadigics Inc has said its third-quarter results were better than expected with net sales of $16.3m in Q3 and a net loss of $22.4m, including charges
STMicro applies 0.18-micron process to 32-bit and 8-bit smart card platforms
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10/23/2001   Post a comment
GENEVA--STMicroelectronics today announced it has begun using a 0.18-micron process technology to make secure smart-card ICs with higher levels of memory, smaller die sizes, and enhanced features for greater performance than previous generation chips.
TSMC says 300-mm fab shows acceptance yields with 0.13-micron copper process
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10/22/2001   Post a comment
HSINCHU, Taiwan--Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. today claimed its new Fab 12 here has become the industry's first full-scale 300-mm wafer plant capable of processing 0.13-micron ICs with acceptable volume-production yields.
IDT teams separately with Solidum, Xeletrated Packet in networking IC space
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10/22/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif.--Integrated Device Technology Inc. today announced a pair of non-exclusive partnerships in the network-processing arena, while rolling out new Internet protocol (IP) co-processors, based on content addressable memory (CAM) for what IDT said is the widest search width currently available.
Toshiba taps inSilicon's USB 2.0 core for system-on-chip designs
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10/22/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE --Intellectual property design core provider inSilicon Corp. today announced it has licensed its Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 host communications core to Toshiba Corp.'s semiconductor group. Toshiba plans to use the USB 2.0 technology in complex system-on-chip designs.
Samsung chip unit posts $294 million operating loss in Q3
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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
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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.
Programmable analogue vies for accuracy with dedicated processes
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10/22/2001   Post a comment
A Seattle startup plans to use a novel variant on the technology used to build flash memories to let cheap, digital CMOS processes support analogue circuits that would otherwise call for specialised processors.
FPGA company goes for standard products with Web help
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10/22/2001   Post a comment
FPGA company Quicklogic has gone into the standard products business, letting customers use a Web interface to configure devices remotely, with samples delivered within a couple of days.
Ready or not, here come more powerful networking ICs for trodden market
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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.
Philips Semi's new emerging business GM hunts for something new
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10/19/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- "Chapter Two" in the Emerging Businesses Unit of Philips Semiconductor is now underway with newly-appointed senior vice president John Payne hunting inside and outside of the Dutch company for a handful of new concepts to build upon.
Intel hopes to leverage processor technology into RF and SiGe
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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
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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
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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.
Altera's Nios 2.0 soft processor core runs custom instructions
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10/19/2001   Post a comment
Altera has given its Nios soft processor core for FPGAs the ability to run custom instructions. The technique is already exploited by ARC International and Tensilica in their designs aimed at asics and standard chips.
AMD unveils Hammer processor architecture as challenge to Intel's Itanium
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10/19/2001   Post a comment
AMD has unveiled the architecture of its forthcoming 64bit Hammer processor, its proposed competitor to Intel's Itanium family.
Post-fabrication process resizes analog transistors
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10/18/2001   Post a comment
A startup founded by EDA industry icon Carver Mead has developed a process for recharacterizing CMOS transistors after they've been fabricated.
Philips, Ericsson join 25-GHz CMOS development project
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10/18/2001   Post a comment
IMEC, an independent research organization, has started a three-year project to develop RF process technology modules for the 5- to 25-GHz frequency range.
DSP sales will end up 30% lower in 2001, says new forecast
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10/18/2001   Post a comment
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The digital signal processor business will slip just like the rest of the IC industry in downturn of 2001, with DSP revenues falling 30% this year from sales in 2000, according to a revised forecast from Forward Concepts here.
Infineon ramps 0.14-micron process to cut 256-Mbit DRAM costs 30%
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10/18/2001   Post a comment
MUNICH -- Infineon Technologies AG today announced it has begun fabricating its first 512-megabit DRAMs and a shrunk version of 256-Mbit memory devices using a new 0.14-micron process technology at its 200-mm wafer fab in Dresden, Germany.
Transmeta fires CEO after eight months
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10/18/2001   Post a comment
Chip manufacturer Transmeta has fired its CEO Mark Allen after just eight months in the job.
Via plans push for faster DDR memory
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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.
DRAM makers face consolidation with sales falling to just $8.5 billion in 2002, says Dataquest
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10/17/2001   Post a comment
TOKYO -- Worldwide DRAM revenues are expected to decline 67% in 2001 and drop an additional 19% in 2002--a downward trend that will most likely fuel consolidation in the deeply trouble memory business, said a new forecast issued by Dataquest Inc.
TI expects revenue floor to hit in Q4 after posting $117 million net loss in Q3
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10/17/2001   Post a comment
DALLAS -- Texas Instruments Inc. today reported chip orders and revenues "moderated" in the third quarter, with bookings for digital signal processors and high-performance analog ICs up sequentially by 11% and 10% from Q2, respectively. However, TI still posted a net loss of $117 million on lower revenues in the third quarter.
Nvidia buys 3D graphics patents from Evans & Sutherland
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10/17/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Graphics chip supplier Nvidia Corp. here today announced a broad alliance with Evans & Sutherland Computer Corp., which has agreed to sell key patents for three-dimensional graphics technologies to Nvidia.
Philips sues eight more companies for infringement of I2C bus patent
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10/17/2001   Post a comment
NEW YORK--U.S. Philips Corp. today announced it has filed patent infringement suits against eight more companies accused of violating its technology rights in I2C bus interconnects on semiconductors. The latest round of suits follows similar cases filed against six U.S. chip makers one year ago.
Co-processor compression for wireless handset DSPs
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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.
Micrel launches 0.6-micron SiGe process for 10-Gbit communications ICs
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10/17/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Micrel Inc. today announced a new 0.6-micron silicon-germanium (SiGe) process, called Asset-2, which the company said will enable it produce ICs for 10-gigabit-per-second and above communications applications.
Updated ZSP embedded DSP to take on the C6x
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10/17/2001   Post a comment
LSI Logic is aiming to take on Texas Instruments' C6x DSP with a six-instruction issue version of its ZSP embedded DSP core.
Samsung simplify design for RDRAM with 'no real performance loss'
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10/17/2001   Post a comment
Samsung has used a simplified design to reduce the costs of producing the first 576Mbit Rambus DRAM.
Intel discloses 'Nocona' processor development for future 32-bit servers
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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,
TI offers video extensions, software for rapid DSP development
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10/15/2001   Post a comment
HOUSTON -- Texas Instruments Inc. today announced a new software library of 21 imaging functions for rapid development of digital imaging and video applications using its C55x digital signal processors.
National's new info-appliance MPU packs enhanced x86 core, power management
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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.
SanDisk sues Micron for infringement of flash patent
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10/15/2001   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif.--SanDisk Corp. today announced a patent lawsuit against Micron Technology Inc., alleging that the Boise, Idaho-based memory maker was infringing upon a basic technology for flash storage systems.
STMicro's set-top box TV decoder supports hard-disk drives
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10/15/2001   Post a comment
GENEVA--STMicroelectronics today announced development of a system-on-chip decoder for set-top boxes that integrates support for hard-disk drives in low-cost personal video recorders, known as PVR systems.
More DRAM bad news--no recovery until end of 2002, says report
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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.
Intersil, startup Primarion to develop multi-GHz power management ICs
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10/15/2001   Post a comment
IRVINE, Calif.--Intersil Corp. here today announced an investment in two-year-old Primarion Corp., a power and communications IC supplier in Arizona, and plans to form an alliance with the startup company in digital power management solutions for PCs, servers, and notebook computers.
RF Micro will buy GaN-chip supplier to expand in wireless infrastructure arena
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10/15/2001   Post a comment
GREENSBORO, N.C.-- RF Micro Devices Inc. here today announced plans to acquire privately-held RF Nitro Communications Inc. in Charlotte, N.C., to expand its processes and products in gallium-nitride (GaN) and indium-gallium-phosphide (InGaP) technologies for a range of communications IC applications.
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