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Intel to roll out less costly 1.3-GHz Pentium 4
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12/31/2000   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. --Trying to push its new Pentium 4 processor more quickly into the mainstream PC market, Intel Corp. plans to introduce a less-expensive 1.3-GHz chip in January.
Cirrus bets on 98k chip to bring DVD to the masses
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
Analog Devices' decoder gets Dolby certification for surround-sound format
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12/27/2000   Post a comment
NORWOOD, Mass. -- Analog Devices Inc. this week announced certification of its Melody audio decoder chip set by Dolby Laboratories Inc. for the new Dolby Surround Pro Logic II format.
TI's 24-bit ADC packs eight-channel multiplexer, programmable gain amplifier
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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
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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
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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
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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 assemblers.
Zilog cuts workforce by 7%, reduces revenue forecast
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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
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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
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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.
Ravisent chip chosen for Microsoft's Xbox
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12/22/2000   Post a comment
Ravisent Technologies Inc., Malvern, Pa., e Friday became the latest chip vendor selected by Microsoft Corp. for the upcoming Xbox electronic game console.
ST opts for phase-change memory
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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.
Virata revises forecast; stock price plummets
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12/21/2000   Post a comment
Virata Corp. said slack demand for its Helium devices will trigger lower-than-forecast revenues and earnings for its fiscal third quarter ending in December and its fourth quarter ending in March.
STMicro to apply Ovonyx's thin-film technology to nonvolatile memory
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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
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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
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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.
STMicro in licensing, development deal for non-volatile memory technology
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12/21/2000   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics today announced that it has signed an agreement with Ovonyx Inc., Santa Clara, Calif., under which ST will license Ovonyx's thin-film non-volatile semiconductor memory technology. The two companies will also establish a joint development program.
Micron sales fall 30% from prior quarter due to weak DRAM demand
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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
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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%
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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.
Zoran cuts forecast for fourth quarter revenue and earnings
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12/20/2000   Post a comment
Zoran Corp., Santa Clara, Calif. today announced that revenue and earnings for its fourth quarter ending December 31, 2000 will be below current forecasts.
Intersil, Sony develop support for wireless home networking of video, audio
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12/20/2000   Post a comment
IRVINE, Calif. -- Intersil Corp. said it has teamed with Sony Corp. in Japan to develop Point Coordination Function (PCF) technology for high-speed wireless local area networks in homes. The PCF technology is being added to Intersil's Prism chip set offering for IEEE 802.11b WLANs.
eHitex to acquire NECX component exchange from VerticalNet
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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
ITC to pursue Xilinx case against Altera
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12/20/2000   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- The U.S. International Trade Commission said it plans to investigate Xilinx Inc.'s charges of patent infringement against Altera Corp.
Siliconix cuts forecast for sales and earnings
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12/20/2000   Post a comment
Siliconix Inc., Santa Clara, Calif., an 80.4% subsidiary of Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. on Tuesday cut its forecast for fourth quarter sales and earnings.
TI rolls out front-to-back digital audio chip set
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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
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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
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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.
STMicro sees little demand for G.Lite DSL technology
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12/19/2000   Post a comment
SEDONA, Ariz. -- Hoping to establish a brand name in the consumer-oriented Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) chip market, STMicroelectronics has little or nothing to show from its one-year effort to crack the market.
Chip softness will continue in Q1 of 2001, says research firm
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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.
STMicro buys compiler firm for DSP-based system-on-chip designs
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12/19/2000   Post a comment
GENEVA -- In a move to strengthen its system-on-chip campaign, STMicroelectronics today announced it will spend $17.1 million to acquire privately-held Portland Group Inc., a supplier of compilers and software development tools for parallel computing designs.
Magnetic RAM continues its attraction to chip makers
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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
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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
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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
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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.
SiberCore seek development partners for CAM-based networking ICs
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12/18/2000   Post a comment
KANATA, Ontario--SiberCore Technologies here today announced an initiative to develop a new family of content addressable memory (CAM) networking ICs from alliances between other companies and its designers of packet management co-processors.
Cypress to mix programmable logic, high-speed serial I/O in new chip series
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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
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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.
Broadcom wraps up Allayer buyout
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12/15/2000   Post a comment
Broadcom Corp. has completed its purchase of Allayer Communications, San Jose, in a stock swap deal.
Wafer fab delays challenge belief in short-term slowdown
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12/15/2000   Post a comment
Separate announcements last week from Intel Corp. and Microchip Technology Inc. that fab projects will be pushed out by up to a year are challenging industry convictions that the market is wading through a short-term pause in its latest upturn.
Sale of systems business gives Mitel focus on communications chips
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12/15/2000   Post a comment
Kanata, Ontario -- Mitel Corp. expects the sale of its systems business to free the company's semiconductor operation to focus on fast-growing communications-IC markets and to gain more visibility as a merchant-chip supplier.
TI rolls out low-frequency RF chip for keyless entry systems
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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
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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
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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
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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.
Pixelworks buys display-chip specialist Panstera for $120M
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12/14/2000   Post a comment
Pixelworks Inc. today said it has agreed to acquire Panstera Inc., a fabless chip company that designs mixed-signal ICs for XGA-resolution LCD desktop monitors. The all-stock deal is valued at more than $120 million.
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