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AMD won't return to profitability until Q2 of 2002, says CEO
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11/8/2001   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif.--During a conference with financial analysts today, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. here said current market conditions--especially weakness in flash memories--will delay AMD's return to profitability until the second quarter of 2002.
Exciton carries charge in step towards light emission control in semis
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11/8/2001   Post a comment
A Cambridge PhD student has taken a step towards controlling light emission in semiconductors. The technique could be used to modulate output intensity or wavelengths of lights. This would be a valuable tool in optical networks.
National, software startup target video-on-demand over low-bit connections
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11/7/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- National Semiconductor Corp. here and Digital Interactive Streams Inc. in Florida today announced a partnership to offer high-quality streaming video capability over low bit-rate connections to homes.
TSMC to fab 333-MHz 18-Mbit SRAMs for GSI using 0.13-micron process
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11/6/2001   Post a comment
AUSTIN, Tex. -- Static memory supplier GSI Technology today announced an extension of a foundry agreement with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) to produce 18-megabit burst and "no bus turnaround" synchronous SRAMs for the company.
To integrate or not? Analog, digital strategies diverge
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11/6/2001   Post a comment
As enthusiasm for application-specific, system-level semiconductor solutions grows, some analog-IC makers maintain there is increased need for a "less is more" approach that allows discrete and mixed-signal functionality to remain partitioned from the digital blocks. Others, however, disagree.
STMicro, Delphi to collaborate on power ICs for automotive systems
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GENEVA -- STMicroelectronics here and U.S.-based Delphi Automotive Systems Corp. today announced an agreement to cooperate in the development of new smart power IC products for automotive applications.
Mitsubishi wedges two 16-bit MCU series between 8- and 32-bit segments
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SUNNYVALE, Calif.--Believing that many microcontroller applications are ready to migrate from 8-bit to 16-bit processing performance, Mitsubishi Electric Corp. this week rolled out two new series products for a wide range of embedded control applications. The M16C/10 is aimed at bridging the "void" between 8- and 16-bit control, while the more powerful M32C/83 will be marketed as a low-cost alternative to 32-bit MCUs, said the company.
'IC Recovery Index' points to end of slump, says researcher
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11/6/2001   Post a comment
CUPERTINO, Calif.--Details are sketchy, but there could be recovery light at the end of the semiconductor downturn tunnel, based on the slowing of price erosion in DRAMs and improvements in wafer shipments, said Advanced Forecasting Inc. here today.
Mentor's first wave of new FPGA synthesis tools targets 50 million gate designs
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11/6/2001   Post a comment
WILSONVILLE, Ore. -- Three months after disclosing an ambitious plan to redefine design software for field programmable gate arrays, Mentor Graphics Corp. here is preparing to ship its first beta versions of knowledge-based, heuristic synthesis tools targeting next-generation FPGAs with up to 50 million ASIC gates on a chip.
HyperTransport, RapidIO switch chips set to duel
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11/5/2001   Post a comment
The race to define a post-PCI interconnect for communications systems will heat up Monday (Nov. 5) as two fabless design companies announce competing switch chips.
ESS to develop controllers for NEC's 64-bit processors in consumer electronics
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11/5/2001   Post a comment
TOKYO -- NEC Corp. today announced a licensing and joint-marketing pact with Silicon Valley-based ESS Technology Inc., which will use system controller chip technology from the Japanese company to develop advanced versions of the ICs for 64-bit processor-based digital consumer electronics applications.
Cellular base station IC sales to regain momentum after 2002, says new report
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11/5/2001   Post a comment
OYSTER BAY, N.Y.-- Integrated circuit revenues for cellular-phone base stations will remain relatively flat at around $380 million in the next year or so, but IC sales are expected to gain momentum after 2003, when carriers move to next-generation wireless services and increase the volume of their networks, according to a new forecast from Allied Business Intelligence Inc. here.
AMCC, IDT to eliminate 'glue' chips between network and IP processors
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11/5/2001   Post a comment
BOSTON-- Integrated Device Technology Inc. and Applied Micro Circuits Corp. today announced a partnership to offer "seamless" interfaces between IDT's Internet protocol (IP) co-processors and AMCC's network processors for edge routers and security communications systems operating at OC-12 to OC192 line rates.
SyChip hires TI executive as CEO, gets in funding for integrated RF products
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11/1/2001   Post a comment
PLANO, Tex. -- SyChip Inc. here today announced it has hired a former executive from Texas Instruments Inc. as its chief executive officer, and the startup said it has closed on the first part of $20 million in funding for radio-frequency ICs and chip-scale modules aimed at wireless Internet appliances.
On Semi and Fairchild in sales slump
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11/1/2001   Post a comment
On Semiconductor saw Q3 component sales fall a further 10% on Q2 and Fairchild saw sales fall 12.6% from Q2.
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