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Analog Devices says digital audio IC removes analog processing from stereo players
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11/30/2001   Post a comment
NORWOOD, Mass. -- Analog Devices Inc. today announced a new integrated audio IC aimed at replacing low-cost analog systems designs with new digital processing capability that increases sound quality in consumer automotive and home stereo players.
Sirenza claims 25 million-unit milestone in SiGe products
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11/30/2001   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif.--Sirenza Microdevices Inc. today said it has now shipped over 25 million products, based on high-performance silicon-germanium (SiGe) process technology. The SiGe chips--including a range of radio-frequency (RF) devices--are fabricated by Atmel Corp., which is supplying foundry services to Sirenza.
Communications ICs will recovery slowly after 30.6% drop this year, says report
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11/30/2001   Post a comment
SCOTTSDALE, Calif. -- Worldwide revenues for communications ICs will plunge 30.6% to $28.8 billion in 2001 compared to $41.5 million in 2000, and chip sales in this troubled sector will not exceed last year's record until 2004, according to a new forecast from IC Insights Inc.
DRAM could end up in a price trap following a fall in memory prices
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11/30/2001   Post a comment
DRAM producers could end up being caught in a price trap following the precipitous fall in memory prices this year, making it almost impossible to charge more than the bare minimum for devices.
Lattice prepares to enter FPGA fray
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11/29/2001   Post a comment
Altera Corp. and Xilinx Inc. may soon be looking over their shoulders at Lattice Semiconductor Corp., which is planning to join the FPGA fray sometime next year. The company's newly appointed president Steven Laub called FPGAs "a natural extension for us, both customerwise and technologywise."
IDT wants partners for speed to market
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11/29/2001   Post a comment
IDT, the Californian communications IC developer, is seeking to increase the number of partnerships it enters into.
Roadmap for chipmaking puts CMOS alternatives into mainstream
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11/29/2001   Post a comment
The international committee working on the roadmap for the semiconductor industry for the next 15 years has decided to look at alternatives to conventional CMOS transistors as the brick wall that threatens the current approach to scaling looms closer.
Alchemy rolls out processor with 66-MHz PCI controller and Internet peripherals
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11/28/2001   Post a comment
LAS VEGAS--At the Microsoft Windows Embedded Developers Conference today, Alchemy Semiconductor Inc. today launched its second integrated processor for communications and networking applications. The new Au1500 is based on a 32-bit RISC core from MIPS Technologies Inc. It includes PCI interface, on-chip memory controllers, and Internet access peripherals.
Hynix claims all but two Rambus patents dismissed in lawsuit
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11/28/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Hynix Semiconductor Inc. today said a U.S. district court in California has dismissed all but two patent claims out of 400 filed by Rambus Inc. in a dispute over DRAM technology rights.
Pentium 4 shortage expected to last until January
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11/28/2001   Post a comment
A recent shortage of Socket 478 Pentium 4 microprocessors has analysts and PC component makers wondering whether Intel Corp. dropped the ball in its planning or if it is trying to manipulate customers into using more expensive, high-end chips.
Zilog plans to file for bankruptcy protection after securing debt deal
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11/28/2001   Post a comment
IC group Zilog's rescue plan took a step forward this week as a clutch of its largest debt holders struck a preliminary agreement to convert most of their interest into shares.
Alcatel says 0.35-micron high-voltage technology will boost automotive IC integration
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11/27/2001   Post a comment
BRUSSELS -- Alcatel Microelectronics here today announced a new 0.35-micron high-voltage IC technology, which is capable of integrating mixed-signal blocks, logic, embedded 32-bit microcontroller, and circuits with up to 80-volt functionality for automotive applications.
Rambus to appeal injunction preventing DDR patent suits against Infineon
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11/27/2001   Post a comment
LOS ALTOS, Calif. -- Rambus Inc. here vowed to "swiftly appeal" a final ruling from a Virginia federal court, which has issued a permanent injunction barring the company from filing new patent suits against Infineon Technologies AG involving double data rate (DDR) synchronous DRAMs based on JEDEC industry standards.
Hitachi, RF Micro Devices team up in GaAs-based amplifier modules
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11/27/2001   Post a comment
TOKYO--Hitachi Ltd. and RF Micro Devices Inc. today announced a cross-supply agreement for gallium-arsenide (GaAs) heterojunction bipolar transistors (HBTs) and modules, including cooperation in design and manufacturing of products.
Vitesse launches InP-based ICs for 10- and 40-Gbit networks
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11/26/2001   Post a comment
CAMARILLO, Calif.--Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. today announced availability of its first indium-phosphide (InP) circuits for OC-192 and OC-768 communications systems, which operate at 10 and 40 gigabits per second, respectively. The InP process, called VIP-1, produces 0.8-micron feature sizes on 4-inch diameter wafers.
ESS says Q4 sales will be higher than expected due to strong DVD demand
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11/26/2001   Post a comment
FREMONT, Calif. -- ESS Technology Inc. today increased its revenue estimate for the fourth quarter to a range of $74-to-$76 million, compared to a previous forecast of $68-to-$74 million because of strong demand for chips used in DVD video players. ESS Technology's revenues were $72.4 million in the third quarter.
IDT aims octal framer, line interface units at multiprotocol telecom switches
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11/26/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Integrated Device Technology Inc. today introduced a new octal framer chip and line interface units (LIUs) for line cards in carrier-class telecommunications switches, which now must handle multiple protocols for a growing range of networking and transmission technologies.
Samsung rolls out 1.8-volt 256-Mbit NAND flash with 16-bit I/O
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11/26/2001   Post a comment
SEOUL --Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. said it has used a 0.15-micron process technology to offer the industry's first 256-megabit NAND flash memories that operate on 0.18 volt and feature 16-bit input/output (I/O) pins. The new flash chip is also available with 8-bit I/O.
TSMC implements MoSys' new low-power 1T-SRAM for 0.13-micron process
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11/21/2001   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, CALIF. -- MoSys Inc. here said silicon foundry giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. has successfully implemented the company's 1T-SRAM-M technology for second-generation one-transistor memory cells used in low-power mobile systems applications.
Atmel says logic conversion blocks cut costs compared to FPGAs and CPLDs
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11/21/2001   Post a comment
NANTES, France--Atmel Corp. here today announced new 0.25- and 0.35-micron embedded memory blocks for its Ultimate Logic Conversion products, which will enable users of field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and complex programmable logic devices (CPLDs) to move their designs to lower cost ULC-configured devices.
Tundra Semi's revenues drop 47% from prior quarter, resulting in loss
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11/21/2001   Post a comment
OTTAWA -- Canada's Tundra Semiconductor Corp. here reported a 47% sequential drop in revenues to $5.2 million in the company's fiscal second quarter, ended Oct. 28, compared to $9.8 million in the prior fiscal quarter. Tundra's sales fell 68% from $9.6 million in the fiscal Q2 period last year.
Virtual library in single cell for asic design
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11/21/2001   Post a comment
A set of tools for asic design that dispenses with standard cell libraries almost completely is being written by a research team from Infineon Technologies' research centre in Sophia-Antipolis and the University of Montpelier.
Taiwan's small-scale players lessen focus on commodity DRAM
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11/20/2001   Post a comment
Though burned by a devastated DRAM market, Taiwan's small-scale memory manufacturers remain unwilling to merge for greater efficiency. Instead, most are slowly withdrawing from commodity chips in hopes of finding more lucrative business in flash or specialty memory devices.
NEC licenses Ramtron's FRAM, aims to speed integration in microcontrollers
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11/20/2001   Post a comment
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.-- Ramtron International Corp. here today said NEC Corp. has become the ninth company to license its ferroelectric RAM technology. Ramtron said the licensing pact is a multi-million agreement, under which NEC will pay the Colorado company future royalties, certain licensing fees, and milestone payments in return for the nonvolatile FRAM technology.
Nvidia suspends employees accused of insider stock trading
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11/20/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Graphics chip supplier Nvidia Corp. today announced that 10 of its employees have been accused of insider trading violations by the U.S. government.
IMP posts second consecutive profit in quarter as it continues cost cuts
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11/19/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- IMP Inc. here today posted a $6,000 net profit on revenues of $6.8 million in the company's fiscal second quarter, ended Sept. 30. The analog chip maker's revenues fell 15% from $8.0 million in the same quarter last year.
STMicro, HP roll out test chip with customizable VLIW core for multimedia ICs
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11/19/2001   Post a comment
GENEVA -- STMicroelectronics today described the first very-long instruction word (VLIW) microprocessor core resulting from an ongoing partnership with Hewlett-Packard Co. that began in 1998. The scaleable, customizable core has been designed for embedded use in multimedia system-on-chip (SoC) designs, with the ability to execute up to four instructions per clock cycle, said the company.
Analog Devices says pocket PCs--like Compaq's iPAQ--is hot spot for cellular chips
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11/19/2001   Post a comment
HOUSTON -- Compaq Computer Corp. today became the first handheld PC maker to announce it was using GSM/GPRS chip sets from Analog Devices Inc. to provide wireless communications over digital 2.5-G cellular networks.
Fujitsu to use synthesizable 32-bit ARM cores in ICs for portable products
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11/19/2001   Post a comment
TOKYO -- Fujitsu Ltd. today announced it has licensed two synthesizable, 32-bit RISC processor cores for use in integrated circuits inside portable multimedia products, such as digital cameras, personal digital assistants (PDAs), next-generation cell phones, and Internet appliances.
TranSwitch cuts 10% of workers due to weakness in telecom chip markets
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11/16/2001   Post a comment
SHELTON, Conn.--TranSwitch Corp. here today announced it has laid off 10% of its workforce because of weakness in telecommunications chip markets. The company had employed 460 people worldwide.
Westell will keep buying Virata broadband chips under suit settlement
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11/16/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif.--Virata Corp. today announced settlement of its lawsuit with broadband chip customer Westell Technologies Inc., which earlier this week said it had also reached separate agreements to drop suits filed by Alcatel Microelectronics N.V and the PAC TEL division of La France Corp.
STMicro shrinks package of single-gate logic chip by half
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11/16/2001   Post a comment
GENEVA--STMicroelectronics today introduced a small new chip package for CMOS single-gate logic devices, reducing the footprint requirement on printed-circuit boards by about half compared to existing packages.
Fujitsu doubles density of NOR flash chip to 128 Mbits
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11/16/2001   Post a comment
Fujitsu Ltd. has pepped up its NOR flash product line, doubling unit density to 128 Mbits as it begins to transition its flash memory to 0.17-micron process technology in cooperation with Advanced Micro Devices Inc.
Intersil says task group vote will speed use of faster wireless data networks
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11/16/2001   Post a comment
IRVINE, Calif.--Intersil Corp. today gave a loud endorsement to an industry task group, which voted on Thursday to move ahead with plans to set standards for higher-speed wireless networks with data rates up to 54 megabits per second in the 2.4-GHz spectrum.
Anadigics considers sale of fiber optics product line, hikes Q4 growth estimates
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11/16/2001   Post a comment
WARREN, N.J.--Anadigics Inc. today announced additional measures to restore profitability at the company, including plans to partially outsource chip-testing operations and an effort to find "strategic alternatives" for its fiber optics product line.
AMD increases top speed of Duran to 1.2 GHz
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11/15/2001   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Advanced Micro Devices Inc. today announced it has bumped up the speed of its fastest Duron microprocessor to a frequency of 1.2 GHz. The new PC central processing unit is priced at $103 each in quantities of 1,000.
Altera, Synopsys plan 'ASIC-like' design solutions for complex PLDs
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11/14/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Altera Corp. and Synopsys Inc. today announced plans to jointly develop ASIC-like design solutions for complex system-on-programmable-chip (SoPC) devices. The partnership will address the need for next-generation design and verification flows for high-density programmable logic devices, said the two companies.
On Semi jumps into high-performance bus switch segment
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11/14/2001   Post a comment
PHOENIX--On Semiconductor Corp. today announced its entry into the high-performance bus switch market with the rollout of five CMOS devices aimed at serving multiple processors with shared memory systems, high-speed bus structures, notebook computer docking stations, high-speed memory, and relay replacement applications.
TI takes stake in developer of DSP-based Internet audio solutions
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11/13/2001   Post a comment
DALLAS -- Texas Instruments Inc. today announced it has invested $2 million in Digital 5 Inc., a New Jersey-based startup focused on development of application-specific embedded solutions using digital signal processors (DSPs).
Sony, Infineon collaborate in contactless chip-card technology
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11/13/2001   Post a comment
MUNICH--Infineon Technologies AG here and Sony Corp. in Japan today announced plans to jointly develop secure ICs for contactless chip-card systems, which are used to authenticate and identify individuals in a range of applications, including online banking, electronic fares for public transportation, and security systems.
AMD hikes speed of mobile Athlon 4 processor to 1.2 GHz
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11/12/2001   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Aiming to step up the pace in portable PC processors, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. today rolled out a speedier 1.2-GHz mobile Athlon 4 microprocessor and a new 950-MHz mobile Duron chip. Both processors contain power management functions and features for Microsoft Corp.'s Windows XP operating system.
Toshiba, SanDisk introduce 1-Gbit flash with multi-level cell technology
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11/12/2001   Post a comment
LAS VEGAS -- Toshiba Corp. and SanDisk Corp. today claimed to be the first chip suppliers to introduce a 1-gigabit NAND-based flash memory. The nonvolatile memory is based on SanDisk's patented multi-level cell technology and will be fabricated by Toshiba using a 0.16-micron process technology, said the two companies here, during the Comdex trade show.
PMC-Sierra licenses API's HyperTransport bus for RISC processors
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11/12/2001   Post a comment
LAS VEGAS-- API NetWorks Inc. today announced it has licensed HyperTransport technology to PMC-Sierra Inc., which will integrate the high-speed, chip-interconnect bus technology in new RISC processors for servers and communications systems.
National shows how eight consumer apps can be packed inside 10-oz. system
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11/12/2001   Post a comment
LAS VEGAS -- At the Comdex fall computer conference here, National Semiconductor Corp. said it was showing a new Geode processor-based platform that integrates eight popular consumer applications into a 10-ounce portable device. National said the Geode Origami Mobile Communicator can function as a digital camera, video camcorder, smart phone, MP3 audio player, PDA, Internet access terminal, email device, and video conferencing system.
Motorola moves wafer-level burn-in/test to high-end processors
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11/12/2001   Post a comment
AUSTIN, Tex. -- Motorola Inc. today announced a major extension of wafer-level burn-in and test processes to include high-performance, flip-chip microprocessors, which can now be offered as bare-die products with the same reliability as packaged devices.
WJ Communications teams with Fujitsu Quantum Devices in GaAs-based amplifiers
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11/12/2001   Post a comment
WJ Communications Inc announced a partnership with Fujitsu Quantum Devices Ltd in Japan to develop jointly products for 40gbit/s optical networks, including power modules based on gallium-arsenide (GaAs) devices and aimed at OC-768 and STM-256 systems
National Semi bundles Geode chip with Jungo software for residential gateways
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11/9/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif.--National Semiconductor Corp. today said it was joining forces with nearby Jungo SoftwareTechnologies Inc. to enable original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to quickly develop residential gateways.
Future of chip sales set to soar says SIA
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11/9/2001   Post a comment
Chip companies are poised to experience a 6% increase in global chip sales next year, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.
Outsourcing and foundry partnerships 'will lead IC upturn'
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11/9/2001   Post a comment
Chartered Semiconductor believes the next IC upturn will be marked by more technology partnerships between foundries and other industry players. The Singapore-based foundry says outsourcing is promoting the trend.
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