Samsung pushes deeper into digital audio with new SoC series News & Analysis 12/26/2001 Post a comment SEOUL -- Aiming to increase its presence in next-generation digital audio applications, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. this week announced development of a system-on-chip IC with integrated 16-bit microcontroller, 24-bit digital signal processor, 96-kilobyte cache SRAM, and other peripherals functions for handheld devices.
Toshiba to drop Rambus DRAM sales for PCs News & Analysis 12/18/2001 Post a comment Toshiba Corp. today said it will cease selling Direct Rambus DRAMs in the PC market as part of its strategic shift in its memory chip strategy. The Japanese chip maker announced today it was exiting the commodity DRAM business and selling its Virginia wafer fab to Micron Technology Inc. as part of that change in strategy (see today's story).
Toshiba sells DRAM business to Micron News & Analysis 12/18/2001 Post a comment Toshiba has decided to sell its DRAM business, not to German chipmaker Infineon Technologies, with which the company had been negotiating for several months, but to US-based Micron Technology.
Conexant expects 10% sequential growth in quarter due to better wireless sales News & Analysis 12/17/2001 Post a comment NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.-- Conexant Systems Inc. today said sales are showing further improvements in the last three months of 2001, with company revenues expected to grow 10% sequentially from $201 million in the prior fiscal quarter. Conexant had been forecasting a 5-to-7% sequential increase in sales in the fiscal first quarter, which ends Dec. 28.
Conexant, Alpha to create new wireless chip company in 2002 News & Analysis 12/17/2001 Post a comment NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.-- In a move to create a third independently-traded chip company from its operations, Conexant Systems Inc. here today announced plans to spin off and merge its wireless IC business with Alpha Industries Inc. to form a new supplier of integrated radio-frequency solutions for all major standards in 2.5 and 3G cellular phones.
Intel drops suit against Via in patent dispute over chip sets for AMD's K7 News & Analysis 12/13/2001 Post a comment TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan's Via Technologies Inc. here today claimed victory in a long and bitter suit against Intel Corp. over Pentium III-enabled chip set patents.
On Dec. 11, Intel apparently dismissed the final claims relating to a suit, which involved Via's chip sets that supported Advanced Micro Devices Inc.'s K7 microprocessors. The suit--file in July of 2000--contended that Via's K7-based chip sets infringed upon Intel's patents.
Sharp rolls out 200-MHz SoC device for Internet, multimedia systems News & Analysis 12/12/2001 Post a comment CAMAS, Wash.--Sharp Electronics Corp.'s U.S. division here today announced it has begun shipping beta samples of a new 200-MHz system-on-chip device, based on an ARM922T RISC core, for wireless handheld games, smart phones, pocket PCs, home entertainment controllers, industrial "Web tables," and point-of-sales terminals.
TI offers ROM-based Bluetooth processor for $5 solution in volume products News & Analysis 12/11/2001 Post a comment SAN FRANCISCO -- At the Bluetooth Developers Conference here, Texas Instruments Inc. today announced a new ROM-based baseband processor for the short-distance wireless connection format. TI said its BSN6050 baseband chip will provide full data rate Bluetooth links at a "solution" price as low as $5 for system quantities over 2 million units next year.
Via launches low-power embedded platform News & Analysis 12/11/2001 Post a comment TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Via Technologies Inc. claimed that it has launched the industry's lowest power X86-compatible embedded platform, aiming at the information appliance (IA) and home entertainment markets.
Cirrus expects explosive growth from latest acquisition--Stream Machine News & Analysis 12/11/2001 Post a comment AUSTIN, Tex. -- Cirrus Logic Inc. here said it has completed its stock-for-stock purchase of Stream Machine Co., a multimedia chip supplier based in Milpitas, Calif., and the company estimates that it will take a one-time, non-cash charge of $14-to-$20 million in the current quarter for goodwill in the acquisition.
Stacked cells to boost density of write-once memory News & Analysis 12/11/2001 Post a comment Taiwanese foundry TSMC has started building chips for a US start-up that plans to use stacked cells as a way of boosting the density of its write-once memory. Matrix Semiconductor wants to take the memories to a point where they can be as disposable as camera film or audio tape.
Intel, Sun sketch multiprocessor chip plans News & Analysis 12/10/2001 Post a comment Intel Corp. and Sun Microsystems Inc. are each laying plans to deliver multiprocessing computers on a chip. Both plan to put two to more processors on a die with simultaneous multithreading (SMT), a design approach that lets a processor handle two or more threads of an application simultaneously.
Microtune offers RF chips to greatly cut cost of video-on-demand cable networks News & Analysis 12/10/2001 Post a comment PLANO, Tex. -- Microtune Inc. here today announced it has developed the industry's first silicon-based upconverter chip set for video-on-demand (VOD) applications under a partnership with nCube Corp. The new VideoCaster product shrinks radio frequency electronics into three chips using proprietary circuit designs and silicon-germanium (SiGe) technology, according to Microtune.
TI soups up 14-bit DAC to handle 400 million samples per second News & Analysis 12/10/2001 Post a comment DALLAS -- To address higher performance in third-generation, multi-carrier wireless base station designs, Texas Instruments Inc. today launched a new 14-bit resolution digital-to-analog converter that's capable of handling output frequencies up to 400 million samples per second.
Anadigics reports improvement in wireless products sales in Q4 News & Analysis 12/10/2001 Post a comment WARREN, N.J.--Anadigics Inc. today said it now expects revenues in the fourth quarter to be on the high end of its previous estimate, or about $20.5 million, because of increased demand for CDMA and TDMA wireless products. Anadigics' new estimate places its Q4 sales 20.5% higher than $16.3 million in the third quarter.
NeoMagic to buy LinkUp to speed SoC products for Internet systems News & Analysis 12/7/2001 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- NeoMagic Corp. here announced it will acquire four-year-old LinkUp Systems Corp., a Santa Clara-based supplier of RISC-based design cores, for about $5 million in stock to expand its new strategy in system-on-chip products for Internet multimedia communications devices.
DRAM plunge shuffles Top 10 chip ranking in 2001 News & Analysis 12/6/2001 Post a comment SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- This year's plunge in DRAM revenues is causing havoc in the top 10 ranking of semiconductor companies despite an overall chip recession that's also sharply driving down sales totals across the board.
AMD raises Q4 sales forecast to 10% sequential growth News & Analysis 12/6/2001 Post a comment SUNNYVALE, Calif.--Advanced Micro Devices Inc. today raised its sales forecast for the fourth quarter partly because of strong for its new Athlon XP processor, which was introduced on Oct. 9. AMD said better-than-expected PC processor sales will drive up overall Q4 revenues by 10% compared to $765.9 million in the third quarter.
National revenues up 8% from prior quarter, trimming losses News & Analysis 12/6/2001 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- National Semiconductor Corp. today reported an 8% sequential increase in revenues to $366.5 million in the company's fiscal second quarter, ended Nov. 25, compared to $39.3 million in the prior quarter. National's net loss totaled $46.6 million in the just-ended quarter, compared to a loss of $54.6 million in the prior quarter.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.