Cirrus bets on 98k chip to bring DVD to the masses News & Analysis 12/29/2000 Post a comment SAN MATEO, Calif. - Cirrus Logic Corp.'s Crystal Semiconductor unit has stepped out of its audio-processing niche to introduce a DVD device that it hopes will seed the market for the growing video standard in everything from cars to mini-entertainment systems.
Samsung taps NAND flash devices for cell phones News & Analysis 12/29/2000 Post a comment SAN MATEO, Calif. -- Samsung Electronics said it has started offering NAND flash memory, used mostly as data storage memory in flash cards, as an alternative to NOR flash devices in multichip packages aimed at cell phone makers.
Semiconductor worker safety at record levels News & Analysis 12/28/2000 Post a comment The healthiest American workers are the ones making microprocessors and telephones. According to the latest Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses, the semiconductor and communications manufacturing industries are the safest in the United States.
California Micro Devices issues earnings warning News & Analysis 12/28/2000 Post a comment California Micro Devices Corp., Milpitas, Calif., said today that it expects revenues for its third fiscal quarter ending
December 31 to be 8-10% lower than its second quarter revenues of $16.1 million and that earnings would be 10-20% lower than analysts' estimates of 14 cents per share.
IBM licenses SOI technology to Ibis News & Analysis 12/28/2000 Post a comment Ibis Technology Corp, Danvers, Mass., today said that it has licensed from IBM the right to manufacture and sell SIMOX-SOI(Separation by IMplantation of OXygen / Silicon-On-Insulator) wafers, using IBM's proprietary SIMOX process, to IBM and to all Ibis customers.
TI's 24-bit ADC packs eight-channel multiplexer, programmable gain amplifier News & Analysis 12/27/2000 Post a comment TUCSON, Ariz. -- Texas Instruments Inc. today claimed unmatched integration and performance in a new 24-bit analog-to-digital converter that features an eight-channel multiplexer, programmable gain amplifier, input buffer, burn-out current sensor, dual independent current DACs, and other functions for measurement and control applications.
Magnetic memory tests show impact of thin-film control on read speeds News & Analysis 12/27/2000 Post a comment TORONTO--Micromem Technologies Inc. here said its nonvolatile magnetic memory technology performed favorably in recent tests performed by Honeywell International Inc.'s Federal Manufacturing & Technologies unit. The tests also underscored the relationship of thin-film process control with read speeds of the nonvolatile memories, according to the Canadian company.
San Diego-based REMEC buying RF assembly/test firm in Philippines News & Analysis 12/27/2000 Post a comment SAN DIEGO -- REMEC Inc., a publicly-traded supplier of high-frequency subsystems here, announced it plans to acquire Pacific Microwave Corp., a device assembler and testing house in the Philippines. Privately-held PMC specializes in backend production and testing of radio-frequency (RF), microwave, and millimeter-wave gallium-arsenide (GaAs) devices, subsystems, and boards for broadband wireless applications.
Remec acquires microwave component maker in Philippines News & Analysis 12/26/2000 Post a comment Remec, Inc., San Diego, announced today that it has signed an agreement to acquire for cash Pacific Microwave Corp. (PMC), a privately-held microwave electronics manufacturing company located in the Philippines. PMC has approximately 850 employees, including microwave engineers, technicians and
Zilog cuts workforce by 7%, reduces revenue forecast News & Analysis 12/22/2000 Post a comment Zilog, Inc. today announced that it will cut 7% of its workforce due to slowing demand for its products. The chip company expects fourth quarter revenues to decline approximately 15% from the third quarter, while first quarter 2001 should decline approximately 10% from the fourth quarter.
Actel offers space-class FPGAs with radiation hardened latches News & Analysis 12/22/2000 Post a comment SUNNYVALE, Calif.--Actel Corp. here said it is introducing the industry's first field-programmable gate array series with radiation hardened latches for space applications. The new antifuse FPGAs eliminates the need for triple module redundancy (TMR), which is used in programmable logic devices that do not have radiation hardened latches, said the company.
2000 update to chip roadmap stirs controversy News & Analysis 12/22/2000 Post a comment AUSTIN, Tex. Recognizing that semiconductor process technology is changing faster than envisioned only a year or two ago, the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) has posted a 2000 update to its Web site (see http://public.itrs.net). But there is disagreement on how long the accelerated pace will continue, since troublesome delays in lithography now appear likely.
ST opts for phase-change memory News & Analysis 12/22/2000 Post a comment STMicroelectronics is to start work on a joint development project with US-based Ovonyx to build non-volatile memories based on a technology derived from that used in rewriteable CDs.
STMicro to apply Ovonyx's thin-film technology to nonvolatile memory News & Analysis 12/21/2000 Post a comment GENEVA -- STMicroelectronics here today announced plans to collaborate with Ovonyx Inc. in Santa Clara, Calif., to jointly develop thin-film nonvolatile memory technology for a range of chip applications. The R&D partnership aims to apply Ovonyx's memory technology to STMicroelectronics' processes for nonvolatile storage in microcontrollers, memory chips and other ICs.
Samsung stacks NAND flash, SRAM in package for 3G cell phones News & Analysis 12/21/2000 Post a comment SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. today announced it is sampling a multi-chip package device that stacks a 64-megabit NAND-type flash memory chip and an 8-Mbit SRAM together for use in third-generation (3G) cellular phones. Wireless handsets currently have 16-Mbit or 32-Mbit NOR-type flash memory built-in, but the wireless Internet access capabilities of 3G phones necessitates an increased flash memory capacity, said Samsung.
Toshiba, Infineon to develop ferroelectric RAM for cell phones News & Analysis 12/21/2000 Post a comment TOKYO -- Toshiba Corp. here and Infineon Technologies AG in Munich today announced a development agreement to commercialize nonvolatile memory chips using ferroelectric technology. Under the pact, Toshiba and Infineon said they will initially create a 32-megabit ferroelectric random-access memory (FeRAM) for use in cellular phones. The FeRAM will be aimed at replacing NOR-based flash memories and SRAMs now used in cell phones, said the two companies.
Micron sales fall 30% from prior quarter due to weak DRAM demand News & Analysis 12/20/2000 Post a comment BOISE, Idaho -- Micron Technology Inc. today reported a 30% sequential drop in net sales to $1.8 billion in the company's fiscal first quarter, ended Nov. 30, compared to $2.6 billion in the prior three-month period. Micron said the lower revenues resulted from a drop in memory shipments and a 10% decline in average selling prices for chips.
Dense-Pac's new 3-D package bundles DSP, SRAM, timing device News & Analysis 12/20/2000 Post a comment GARDEN GROVE, Calif. -- Dense-Pac Microsystems Inc. this week rolled out at new three-dimension chip-packaging format that combines digital signal processors with other devices. The new DSP HeLP-Stack is part of a new series of 3-D packages that will combine dissimilar devices in a three-dimensional assembly, said the company.
Conexant forecasts loss, cuts revenue outlook by 20% News & Analysis 12/20/2000 Post a comment Conexant Systems, Inc., Newport Beach, Calif., on Wednesday announced that it expects to report lower-than-anticipated
revenues for its December-ending first fiscal quarter of 2001, driven by a slowdown in worldwide demand for its personal networking products.
eHitex to acquire NECX component exchange from VerticalNet News & Analysis 12/20/2000 Post a comment BOSTON -- The PC industry-led exchange eHitex announced today that it would acquire NECX.com LLC, a Peabody, Mass.-based subsidiary of e-marketplace technology provider VerticalNet Inc. In a separate announcement, eHitex said it will change its name to Converge Inc. As a result of the acquisition agreement, VerticalNet, Horsham, Pa., will receive a 19.9% equity interest in Converge, $60 million in cash, and a seat on Converge's board. The companies expect the acquisition to close the end of Janu
TI rolls out front-to-back digital audio chip set News & Analysis 12/19/2000 Post a comment DALLAS Texas Instruments Inc. here this week announced an all-digital amplifier chip solution. The company's TDAA chip set provides a totally digital signal processing chain from line-level input to high-power output. (Apogee Technology unveiled a pulse-width modulator, the front end to a digital amplifier chain, at November's Comdex computer show).
SST hires Dataquest analyst Handy as marketing executive News & Analysis 12/19/2000 Post a comment SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Silicon Storage Technology Inc. today said it has hired Dataquest analyst Jim Handy as senior director of marketing. Handy had spent nearly 10 years at Dataquest in San Jose, and most recently he was director of the market research firm's memory group.
RF Monolithics reports improved revenues and narrowed loss News & Analysis 12/19/2000 Post a comment RF Monolithics, Inc., Dallas today reported sales for the first quarter ended November 30, 2000, of $12.2 million, compared to
$9.3 million in the first quarter of the prior year. The ompany reported a net loss of $1.3 million or 21 cents per diluted share for the first quarter, compared to net loss of $3.9 million or 68 cents per diluted share for the first quarter of the prior year.
Chip softness will continue in Q1 of 2001, says research firm News & Analysis 12/19/2000 Post a comment CUPERTINO, Calif. -- With the year 2000 ending on a weak note for semiconductor companies, Advanced Forecasting Inc. here today continued to warn of softer bookings and delays in chip orders in 2001. Advanced Forecasting also did a little chest pounding, by bragging that it was the only major research firm to "accurately" predict the semiconductor's turning point in the fourth quarter of 2000.
Magnetic RAM continues its attraction to chip makers News & Analysis 12/18/2000 Post a comment The recent memory-technology development agreement between IBM Corp. and Infineon Technologies AG has once again demonstrated the industry's continued belief in the promise of magnetic RAM, even if commercialization of the devices seems always to be just a few years off.
Terayon plans to cut costs following quarterly loss News & Analysis 12/18/2000 Post a comment Terayon Communication Systems, Inc., a Santa Clara, Calif. supplier of cable modems, today announced that it expects revenues and earnings for the fourth quarter to be significantly less than previously anticipated, due to the
cancellation of orders late in the quarter and an unexpected slowdown in the growth of orders for its products by existing and new customers.
BitBlitz unveils 8-channel CMOS transceiver News & Analysis 12/18/2000 Post a comment MILPITAS, Calif. -- BitBlitz Communications Inc. here this week will launch an eight-channel part that incorporates the low-power CMOS technology the company unveiled last summer. The BBT3800 transceiver has eight data channels running at 3.125 Gbits per second each. Power consumption is 200 mW/channel.
Wolfson nabs D/A slot in Microsoft's Xbox console News & Analysis 12/18/2000 Post a comment EDINBURGH -- Wolfson Microelectronics, a privately held mixed-signal semiconductor company based in Edinburgh, has gotten a big boost from Microsoft Corp., which will use Wolfson's analog audio D/A converters in its Xbox videogame console due to launch next year.
Cypress to mix programmable logic, high-speed serial I/O in new chip series News & Analysis 12/18/2000 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- Cypress Semiconductor Corp. here today announced plans to offer a new series of devices that mix programmable logic and serial interface functions for high-bandwidth communications applications. Cypress said its new family of programmable serial interface chips, called PSI, will reduce system development, complexity and cost.
Infineon pumps $30m into Ramtron News & Analysis 12/18/2000 Post a comment Infineon Technologies has taken a 20% stake in ferroelectric memory specialist Ramtron International. The two companies have signed a further deal exchanging technology for FRAM design and manufacture.
TI rolls out low-frequency RF chip for keyless entry systems News & Analysis 12/15/2000 Post a comment DALLAS -- Texas Instruments Inc. today announced a new low-frequency RF chip designed to simplify the design of vehicle access systems while cutting cost, development time and broad space requirements. TI's new 3D analog frontend IC, designated TMS37122, supports passive entry, including anti-collision, "passive go," immobilization, and remote keyless entry features all in one system, said the company.
TRW plans new indium phosphide wafer line Product News 12/15/2000 Post a comment New indium phosphide integrated circuits will soon be available for the new satellite and terrestrial broadband systems planned for 60-to-90-GHz range and for new frequencies opneing up above 100-GHz. TRW Space and Electronic Systems. is building a 4-inch indium phosphide wafer line at its Redondo Beach, Calif., headquarters to sell the chips on the commercial market.
Mitel to become pure-play chip company, sell telecom systems unit News & Analysis 12/15/2000 Post a comment OTTAWA--Mitel Corp. today announced plans to turn itself into a pure-play semiconductor company by agreeing to sell off its communications systems division for $350 million in cash and a minority interest in a business controlled by Terence H. Matthews, a co-founder of Mitel. The transaction is expected to be completed in February 2001.
Mainstream microprocessors prepare for Level 3 cache News & Analysis 12/15/2000 Post a comment MONTEREY, Calif. Intel Corp. and others are investigating Level 3 cache as a way to juice microprocessor performance. Having exhausted its best X86 design tricks, Intel is looking at ways to boost clock frequency while keeping the number of instructions executed per clock from falling off a cliff. Large Level 3 caches are prime among them.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times