Sirenza claims 25 million-unit milestone in SiGe products News & Analysis 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.
Lattice prepares to enter FPGA fray News & Analysis 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."
Alchemy rolls out processor with 66-MHz PCI controller and Internet peripherals News & Analysis 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.
Pentium 4 shortage expected to last until January News & Analysis 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.
Rambus to appeal injunction preventing DDR patent suits against Infineon News & Analysis 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.
Vitesse launches InP-based ICs for 10- and 40-Gbit networks News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
Virtual library in single cell for asic design News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
STMicro, HP roll out test chip with customizable VLIW core for multimedia ICs News & Analysis 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.
AMD increases top speed of Duran to 1.2 GHz News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
Sony, Infineon collaborate in contactless chip-card technology News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
National shows how eight consumer apps can be packed inside 10-oz. system News & Analysis 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.