STMicro places price tag of new R&D center at $1 billion News & Analysis 2/27/2001 Post a comment MILAN, Italy--STMicroelectronics plans to invest a total of $1 billion in a new R&D center in Agrate Brianza, on the outskirts of Milan. The new center has begun focusing on development and pilot production of next-generation flash and nonvolatile memory-based ICs using 0.13-micron processes, said the company during a dedication ceremony today (Feb. 27).
STMicroelectronics opens new 8-inch fab, flash R&D center News & Analysis 2/27/2001 Post a comment STMicroelectronics today inaugurated an advanced technology research-and-development center along with an 8-inch wafer fab for flash memory at the company's site in Agrate Brianza, Italy, near Milan. The R2 Technology Center will focus heavily on the development and advanced manufacturing of products based on deep-submicron flash and other non-volatile memory technologies, including smart cards.
Intel demonstrates Infiniband Fabric at IDF News & Analysis 2/27/2001 Post a comment SAN JOSE --Intel Corp. on Monday at the Intel Developer's Forum provided the first public demonstration of its new Infiniband fabric, an I/O technology used to speed server-to-server connections and links to remote storage and networking devices.
Optical industry returns to Earth News & Analysis 2/27/2001 Post a comment Optical component suppliers are getting a reality check. For the first time in their short history, they have been plagued by cyclical ills such as decreased demand and mounting inventory.
Network Processor Forum to unite CSIX and CPIX efforts News & Analysis 2/27/2001 Post a comment Former members of two network processor groups have joined together to form the Network Processing Forum, a consortium aimed at accelerating development of networking and telecommunications products by establishing standards. The NP Forum has established four working groups to drive the development of standards, said Raj Yavatkar, director of the Internet Exchange Architecture for Intel and NP Forum board member.
AMD constructs $45 million test, design center for MPUs in Singapore News & Analysis 2/27/2001 Post a comment SINGAPORE--In a move to expand its Asian resources for microprocessor products, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. today (Feb. 27) broke ground for a new $45 million semiconductor testing and chip design facility in Singapore. The seven-story testing facility and design center will be operational in the second half of 2002, said the Sunnyvale, Calif., company.
Startup seeks to embed Internet security in silicon News & Analysis 2/26/2001 Post a comment With more commerce headed online every day, Internet security is becoming an ever-more-urgent concern. Taking aim at this need, a new semiconductor company, Corrent Corp., is looking to implement encryption functions in silicon, and expects to sample its first products by the end of the year.
TI slashes Q1 revenue forecast again News & Analysis 2/26/2001 Post a comment Texas Instruments Inc., the world's No. 1 supplier of wireless-communications chips, today slashed its revenue estimate for the second time in several weeks and now sees first-quarter revenue down 20% from the $3 billion posted in the prior quarter.
Intel will buy VxTel for $550 million to gain DSP for optical networks News & Analysis 2/26/2001 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif.--Intel Corp. today (Feb. 26) announced plans to acquire two-year-old VxTel Inc. of Fremont, Calif., for $550 million in cash to expand its chip offering in voice-over-packet (VoP) applications. Intel said privately-held VxTel has developed unique digital signal processing technology for VoP that serves next-generation optical networks.
IBM's new wireless thrust hinges on four-prong strategy News & Analysis 2/26/2001 Post a comment EAST FISHKILL, N.Y. -- After a false start in the wireless chip market--including a recent move to dissolve its cellular-phone chip set operation--IBM Corp.'s Microelectronics Division is quietly preparing to make a new, four-prong attack in the portable communications arena, SBN has learned.
Intel hedges bets in processor market with new Pentium chips, sources say News & Analysis 2/23/2001 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- In an apparent move to hedge its bets in the microprocessor market, Intel Corp. will shortly announce new versions of its Pentium III and 4 chips, according to sources.
Intel is reportedly expected to expand its Pentium 4 processor line by shortly announcing a 1.7-GHz version of the chip, according to sources. At present, Intel's fastest Pentium 4 processor runs at 1.5-GHz.
Issues in Rambus case have surfaced before News & Analysis 2/23/2001 Post a comment Rambus Inc. isn't the first company to become ensnared in a patent controversy relating to deliberations of the Joint Electron Device Engineering Council (JEDEC). The issue has played a role in several cases, and at least two disputes are currently active.
Qualcomm's shares tumble amid problems in cell-phone business News & Analysis 2/23/2001 Post a comment SAN DIEGO -- Shares of Qualcomm Inc. took a beating today (Feb. 23) amid reports of weak demand for its chip products and delays in the deployment of third-generation (3G) wireless technology.
The concerns among analysts caused San Diego-based Qualcomm's stock to fall by some 7.7% to about $61.81 per share in heavy trading today.
Nortel Networks deals with fallout from stock plunge News & Analysis 2/23/2001 Post a comment Nortel Networks Corp.'s attorneys were busy this week addressing JDS Uniphase Corp.'s claims that the stock plunge that followed Nortel's February 15 earnings warnings may have offset the value of its purchase of JDSU's Zurich facility.
3G or not 3G? News & Analysis 2/23/2001 Post a comment Silicon manufacturers, OEMs, and service providers continue to push aggressively to accelerate the availability and demand for high bandwidth in cellular handsets and related portable devices, even as estimates for the implementation of the technology continues to be pushed further into the future, and some question the need for increased capabilities.
Smartcards gear up for 100MHz clock rates News & Analysis 2/23/2001 Post a comment Future processors' smartcards will have to have performance of at least 100MHz as the functions of the core are spread around the chip for security reasons, according to the chief architect of SmartMIPS core.
Texas Instruments idles plants News & Analysis 2/22/2001 Post a comment Responding to a weak first quarter and an inventory building holdover from the end of last year, Texas Instruments Inc. has implemented the first of five planned two-week idling of fab operations.
TranSwitch acquires design house News & Analysis 2/20/2001 Post a comment TranSwitch Corp., Shelton, Conn., today announced the acquisition of privately-held Horizon Semiconductors, Inc., a specialized design for test and diagnostics engineering service
Matsushita trims forecast for current quarter News & Analysis 2/20/2001 Post a comment Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., Osaka, Japan, reported that its Consolidated Group recorded a sales increase of 7% to 1.992.6 billion yen (U.S. $17.33 billion) from 1,866.7 billion yen, for the fiscal third quarter ended December 31, 2000.
Japan's Oki licenses DSP technology from DSP Group News & Analysis 2/20/2001 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- DSP Group Inc. here today (Feb. 20) announced it has licensed its digital signal processor (DSP) technology to Japan's Oki Electric Industry Co. Ltd.
Under the terms, Oki has licensed the DSP Group's Teak DSP Core product line, which is designed for use in audio and wireless applications. Oki has also licensed other DSP cores from DSP Group, including its SmartCores, OakDSPCore, and TeakLite product lines.
Via looks to conquer new worlds News & Analysis 2/20/2001 Post a comment In an exclusive interview, Wen-chi Chen, 45, Via's president and chief executive, talked to EBN's editor at large Jack Robertson and EBN freelance editor Faith Hung in Taipei about the future of the company, including Via's planned Pentium 4 chipset, which is expected to hit the market later this year.