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Lexra to become fabless chip supplier, settles RISC patent suit with MIPS
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12/31/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Lexra Inc. today (Dec. 31) announced it was changing its business plan to become a fabless semiconductor company after reaching an agreement to settle a two-year-old patent lawsuit filed by MIPS Technologies Inc.
Samsung pushes deeper into digital audio with new SoC series
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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.
ST leapfrogs competitors in Dataquest league after bad year for everybody
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12/20/2001   Post a comment
If there has been a winner in what Gartner Dataquest has described as the worst year of the semiconductor industry, it has to be STMicroelectronics. Not because its sales were up over 2001 but because, out of the top ten companies in the field, its sales fell less precipitously.
PMC-Sierra collaborates with TSMC on 0.13-micron and below IC designs
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12/19/2001   Post a comment
BURNABY, British Columbia -- PMC-Sierra Inc. today announced it will collaborate with silicon foundry supplier Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. to develop system-on-chip (SoC) products, based on TSMC's new 0.13-micron process technologies.
Toshiba to drop Rambus DRAM sales for PCs
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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).
Micron posts $266 million loss in quarter as memory prices fall 24% sequentially
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12/18/2001   Post a comment
BOISE, Idaho--Micron Technology Inc. today reported a net loss of $266 million in the company's fiscal first quarter, ended Nov. 29, on net sales of $424 million. Revenues sequentially drop 11.7% from $480 million in the prior fiscal quarter, when Micron posted a net loss of $576 million.
TI licenses 32-bit synthesizable MIPS core for integration with DSP
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12/18/2001   Post a comment
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--MIPS Technologies Inc. today announced that Texas Instruments Inc. has licensed its next-generation, synthesizable 32-bit RISC processor core, the MIPS32 4KEc.
Toshiba sells DRAM business to Micron
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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.
Ramtron unit, Singapore's UTAC develop chip-scale package for 72-Mbit DDR SRAM
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12/18/2001   Post a comment
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.--Ramtron International Corp.'s Enhanced Memory Systems Inc. subsidiary here and Singapore's United Test and Assembly Center Ltd. today announced development of a new chip-scale package, using flip-chip technology, for a 72-megabit double data rate static RAM.
Flash venture between Toshiba, SanDisk to consolidate production in Japan
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12/18/2001   Post a comment
TOKYO--SanDisk Corp. and Toshiba Corp. today announced plans to consolidate manufacturing for their joint venture in flash memories at Toshiba's wafer fab in Yokkaichi, Japan. The plan was set in motion after Toshiba agreed to sell its Dominion Semiconductor facility in Virginia to Micron Technology Inc., along with the company's entire commodity DRAM business (see today's story).
Rockwell Scientific says track/hold circuit improves performance up to four times
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12/17/2001   Post a comment
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif.--Rockwell Scientific Co. LLC here today introduced a 10-GHz bandwidth track-and-hold circuit for 1-gigabit-per-second transmission applications in ultra-wideband data acquisition systems.
AMD ups speed of mobile Duron CPU to 1 GHz for notebook PCs
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12/17/2001   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif.--Advanced Micro Devices Inc. today introduced a 1-GHz mobile Duron microprocessor, which AMD claimed is now the highest performance PC processor for "mainstream notebook" computers.
Conexant expects 10% sequential growth in quarter due to better wireless sales
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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.
PMC-Sierra platform for base stations has its RF chips and TI DSPs
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12/17/2001   Post a comment
BURNABY, British Columbia -- Aiming to enable a new class of wireless base stations, PMC-Sierra Inc. today announced a reference design platform, based on its new pre-distortion chip technology as well digital signal processors (DSPs) from Texas Instrument Inc.
Conexant, Alpha to create new wireless chip company in 2002
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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.
SVR partnership yields lower-priced ASIC tools
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12/14/2001   Post a comment
Silicon Valley Research Inc. has partnered with an unnamed ASIC synthesis tool company to offer an ASIC synthesis place and route combination priced below $100,000.
Protocom claims first hardwired MPEG-4 codec for video at full frame rates
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12/14/2001   Post a comment
CUPERTINO, Calif.--Protocom Technology Corp. today said it will demonstrate the industry's first hardwired chip based on MPEG-4 technology for NTSC/PA-resolution television images at full frame rates during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas early next month.
ARM gains access to picoTurbo's RISC customers in suit settlement
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12/14/2001   1 comment
CAMBRIDGE, England -- ARM Ltd. here and U.S.-based picoTurbo Inc. today announced a settlement to a legal battle over patents related to embedded processor cores and marketing rights to ARM's RISC technology. It appears ARM won from the terms of the settlement.
Intel drops suit against Via in patent dispute over chip sets for AMD's K7
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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.
Elantec to use Philips as advanced bipolar foundry under new pact
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12/13/2001   Post a comment
MILPITAS, Calif.--Analog IC supplier Elantec Semiconductor Inc. here today announced it will use a New Mexico wafer fab operated by Philips Semiconductors as its primary bipolar foundry in the future.
Sharp rolls out 200-MHz SoC device for Internet, multimedia systems
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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.
France Telecom offers 'royalty amnesty' to 3G chip makers using error-correction codes
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12/12/2001   Post a comment
RANCHO BERNARDO, Calif. -- France Telecom, the Paris-based telecommunications giant, is gearing up to enforce its patents on forward error correction technology in ICs targeted at third-generation (3G) cellular phones.
Samsung will move 0.13-micron processes into mass production early next year
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12/12/2001   Post a comment
SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. today disclosed plans to begin mass production of 0.13-micron integrated circuits early in 2002 using a newly developed technology platform that gives the Korean chip maker three options for different kinds of IC products.
AMD launches Athlon processor, new chip set for multiprocessing systems
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12/12/2001   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif.--Advanced Micro Devices Inc. today launched a new Athlon microprocessor and chip set with special architectural features to perform multiprocessing applications in server and workstation systems.
Tensilica, Adamya claim system-on-chip drives Bluetooth functionality below $5
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12/11/2001   Post a comment
SAN FRANCISCO -- Wireless systems developer Adamya Technologies Inc. and processor core supplier Tensilica Inc. today announced availability of a system-on-chip solution for Bluetooth radio-frequency connections that simplifies verification through standard software development tools.
TI offers ROM-based Bluetooth processor for $5 solution in volume products
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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
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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.
Zarlink aims 1,000-channel processors at voice-over-IP networks
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12/11/2001   Post a comment
OTTAWA--Zarlink Semiconductor Inc. today claimed the highest capacity for voice-over-Internet protocol (VoIP) processing in two new chips, the MT92210 and 92220, which convert time-division multiplexing (TDM) voice traffic to IP packets.
Cirrus expects explosive growth from latest acquisition--Stream Machine
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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.
Second tech alliance could trigger chip standards war
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12/11/2001   Post a comment
The threat of a standards war over chip packaging for 300mm wafers loomed last week as a second technology alliance threw its hat into the ring.
Stacked cells to boost density of write-once memory
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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.
Asic design tools work in multiple voltages
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12/11/2001   Post a comment
Sequence Design is working with library suppliers to build asic design tools that run at multiple voltages.
TI integrates DSP with RISC, offers 'out-of-box' software support from RidgeRun
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12/10/2001   Post a comment
HOUSTON -- Aiming to push deeper into embedded systems applications, Texas Instruments Inc. today introduced two new digital signal processors, which integrate TI's TSM320C5000 DSP core and an ARM7 Thumb RISC processor from ARM Ltd.
Intel, Sun sketch multiprocessor chip plans
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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.
ARM, Improv to optimize DSP core for on-chip bus, create co-simulation system
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12/10/2001   Post a comment
CAMBRIDGE, England -- ARM Ltd. and Improv Systems Inc. today announced plans to collaborate in development of a configurable digital signal processor (DSP) core, which will be available for licensing and optimized for use on ARM's AMBA Multi-layer AHB on-chip interconnect bus.
Microtune offers RF chips to greatly cut cost of video-on-demand cable networks
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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.
Philips says new embedded antenna technology will ease Bluetooth integration
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12/10/2001   Post a comment
EINDHOVEN, the Netherlands -- Philips Semiconductors today claimed development of the smallest radio module for Bluetooth wireless connection systems based on a new embedded antenna technology, which is extremely flexible and does not require changes in the shape of end-user products.
TI soups up 14-bit DAC to handle 400 million samples per second
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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.
Pixelworks will buy nDSP to expand in China, low-cost display processing systems
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12/10/2001   Post a comment
TUALATIN, Ore.-- Pixelworks Inc. today announced it will acquire privately-held nDSP Corp. of Campbell, Calif., which supplies video processing ICs for enhanced displays in televisions, multimedia projectors, and flat-panel displays.
Anadigics reports improvement in wireless products sales in Q4
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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.
Lattice to acquire Agere's FPGA business for $250 million
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12/10/2001   Post a comment
HILLSBORO, Ore. -- Lattice Semiconductor Corp. today announced plans to acquire the field programmable gate array business from Agere Systems Inc. for $250 million in cash.
NeoMagic to buy LinkUp to speed SoC products for Internet systems
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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.
APT will buy GHz Technology to extend RF chip portfolio to higher frequencies
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12/7/2001   Post a comment
BEND, Ore.--Advanced Power Technology Inc. here announced plans to acquire GHz Technology Inc., a Santa Clara, Calif.-based supplier of radio-frequency ICs, for $29.1 million in stock and cash.
Fujitsu thins chips to 25µm without chemicals
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12/7/2001   Post a comment
Fujitsu has a chemical-free polishing technology that produces chips as thin as 25µm. Before, technologies have only been able to get thickness down to 100µm.
DRAM plunge shuffles Top 10 chip ranking in 2001
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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.
Intel ups Q4 revenue estimate with processor demand better than expected
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12/6/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif.--Intel Corp. today raised its estimate for fourth-quarter revenues to a range of $6.7-to-$6.9 billion compared to a previous guidance of $6.2-to-$6.8 billion because better-than expected demand for microprocessors.
AMD raises Q4 sales forecast to 10% sequential growth
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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
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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.
Zarlink develops DMT transceiver technology to boost VDSL efficiency
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12/6/2001   Post a comment
OTTAWA -- Zarlink Semiconductor Inc. today claimed it has produced prototype samples of the industry's first DMT-based data transceiver that's fully compliant with international standards for four-band, 12-MHz very-high-bit-rate DSL communications.
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