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Intel makes optical push at IDF
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2/28/2001   Post a comment
Chief operating officer of ON Semiconductor resigns
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2/28/2001   Post a comment
ON Semiconductor, Phoenix, on Wednesday announced that Jim Thorburn, senior vice president and chief operating officer, has accepted an operations role with Texas Pacific Group beginning March 12.
Intel to support new lower-cost Rambus DRAM due next year
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2/28/2001   Post a comment
A new lower-cost four-bank Direct Rambus DRAM chip now in development depends on a new Intel Corp. chipset slated to be introduced next year, the Intel Developers Forum heard Tuesday.
Altera says orders 'deteriorated' in February, predicts 24% drop in Q1 sales
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2/27/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Altera Corp. today (Feb. 27) joined the parade of chip companies reducing revenues estimates for the first quarter.
STMicro places price tag of new R&D center at $1 billion
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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).
TI, Beatnik team up on OMAP-based wireless audio solutions
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2/27/2001   Post a comment
Texas Instruments Inc. today announced that Beatnik Inc., a developer of audio solutions and content for digital devices, will optimize its Beatnik Audio Engine (BAE) for TI's programmable DSP-based OMAP architecture.
STMicroelectronics opens new 8-inch fab, flash R&D center
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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.
UPDATED: JDS Uniphase slashes 3,000 from payroll
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2/27/2001   Post a comment
The world's largest optical components supplier, JDS Uniphase Corp., said today it would reduce its headcount by 3,000 due to the slowing business environment.
Intel demonstrates Infiniband Fabric at IDF
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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
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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.
Intel unveils single-chip Gigabit Ethernet controller at IDF
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2/27/2001   Post a comment
Intel Corp. on Monday announced that it has begun sampling a single-chip Gigabit Ethernet controller that the company believes will help accelerate the deployment of high-speed data networks.
Network Processor Forum to unite CSIX and CPIX efforts
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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.
SST applies 3-Mbit flash to firmware storage in Intel Hub Architecture
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2/27/2001   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif.--Silicon Storage Technology Inc. here today (Feb. 27) claimed to be the first to offer a 3-megabit flash memory chip for basic input/output (bios) firmware storage in computers based on the Intel Hub Architecture.
AMD constructs $45 million test, design center for MPUs in Singapore
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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.
TI adds MIPS-based broadband processor to ADSL chip set for gateway solutions
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2/26/2001   Post a comment
DALLAS -- Texas instruments Inc. today added new communications processors to its digital subscriber line (DSL) chip set and software to offer what TI says is the most complete solution for home and small-office gateway systems.
AMD develops testing for bare-die flash with guaranteed reliability
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2/26/2001   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif.--Advanced Micro Devices Inc. here today (Feb. 26) announced it has perfected bare-die testing techniques to the point that it is now able to guarantee reliability and quality of unpackaged burst mode flash chips to the same level as standard packaged memory devices.
Oak Technology cuts revenue guidance, expects loss
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2/26/2001   Post a comment
Oak Technology, Inc., Sunnyvale, Calif., today said that it anticipates that total revenue in the third quarter of Oak's fiscal 2001, ending March 31, 2001, will be less than previously announced.
Oki rolls out prototyping board for reusable IP and SoC designs
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2/26/2001   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- As part of its efforts to push deeper into system-on-chip designs for communications applications, Oki Semiconductor today unvealed a rapid prototyping system for its Micro-plat platform, which is based on a 32-bit RISC core from Arm Ltd.
Intel agrees to acquire VxTel for $550M, boosting VoP solutions
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2/26/2001   Post a comment
Intel Corp., Santa Clara, Calif., agreed today to pay $550 million to boost its voice-over-packet technology by purchasing VxTel Inc., a chip company that delivers voice and data solutions over next-generation optical networks.
Startup seeks to embed Internet security in silicon
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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.
Micron shows DDR chip set for entry servers developed under pact with Intel
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2/26/2001   Post a comment
BOISE, Idaho--Micron Technology Inc. today (Feb. 26) formally rolled out a prototype of a new chip set for double data rate (DDR) memory and Pentium III processors from Intel Corp. in entry-level servers.
TI slashes Q1 revenue forecast again
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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
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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
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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.
Direct conversion scheme to 'save 30%' on basestation costs
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2/26/2001   Post a comment
Texas Instruments (TI) has developed a scheme for direct conversion of radio signals that it says can save up to 30% of the cost of building a GSM or GPRS mobile phone.
Intel hedges bets in processor market with new Pentium chips, sources say
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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
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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
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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
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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?
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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.
Sony will work with IMEC to develop BiCMOS, wireless network technologies
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2/23/2001   Post a comment
LEUVEN, Belgium -- European research laboratory IMEC here and Sony Corp. of Japan today (Feb. 23) announced collaborative R&D plan in wireless local area network (WLAN) technology and BiCMOS processes for high-speed analog ICs.
Nvidia's Xbox chip arrives for Macs, PCs
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2/23/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Nvidia Corp. has unveiled the GeForce3, the same core graphics chip that will be used in the forthcoming Xbox game console from Microsoft Corp.
JDS Uniphase acquires Optical Process Automation
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2/23/2001   Post a comment
JDS Uniphase Corp., Ottawa, Ontario, has acquired Optical Process Automation Inc. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Lucent Technologies secures $6.5 billion in credit
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2/23/2001   Post a comment
After weeks of negotiations, Lucent Technologies said it has closed $6.5 billion in credit facilities.
New design wins help Semtech reach record profits
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2/23/2001   Post a comment
Aided by a number of recent design wins, semiconductor supplier Semtech Corp., Newbury Park, Calif. announced record net sales, gross margin and net income for the fourth quarter and the fiscal year ended Jan. 28, 2001.
Altera moves into programmable ASSPs with comms device
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2/23/2001   Post a comment
For its first foray into application-specific standard products (ASSPs), Altera has developed a communications chip that combines a group of 1.25Gbit/s serial interfaces with up to 350000 gates of programmable logic.
Smartcards gear up for 100MHz clock rates
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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.
Vishay offers to acquire all shares of Siliconix
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2/22/2001   Post a comment
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. announced today that it is proposing to purchase any and all outstanding shares of common stock of Siliconix Inc. not already owned by Vishay at a price of $28.82 per share in cash.
Patents help Mosaid profit despite sector slump
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2/22/2001   Post a comment
Posting a 318.5% increase in net income for the third fiscal quarter, Mosaid Technology Inc., Ottawa, Canada, said it has escaped the slump dragging down much of the semiconductor sector.
Texas Instruments idles plants
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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.
Forecaster says chip market will show virtually no growth in 2001
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2/22/2001   Post a comment
A prominent market research firm has cut its chip industry forecast for the second time this year, and now expects the semiconductor industry to register almost no growth at all in 2001.
TI plans $100M investment in 3G software startups
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2/22/2001   Post a comment
CANNES, France -- Texas Instruments Inc. today (Feb. 22) announced plans to invest $100 million in startup software companies working on new products for digital signal processors and next-generation wireless phones.
'Smoking gun' seen lacking in Rambus papers
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2/21/2001   Post a comment
Court documents submitted in an antitrust suit filed against Rambus Inc. do not appear to have produced the iron-clad evidence that the company's adversaries were hoping for.
Taiwan's DRAM makers expect losses this quarter
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2/21/2001   Post a comment
HSINCHU, Taiwan -- Taiwan's DRAM companies are expecting to suffer losses in the first quarter as memory prices extend their slides.
STMicro enters A/D converter market with first 8-, 10-bit devices
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2/21/2001   Post a comment
GENEVA--In a move to accelerate mixed-signal IC sales, STMicroelectronics here today (Feb. 21) entered the high-performance analog-to-digital converter market with the launch of a new A/D chip series based on 0.25-micron CMOS technology.
TranSwitch acquires design house
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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 company.
Matsushita trims forecast for current quarter
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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
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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
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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.
NetSilicon acquires Japanese distributor
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2/20/2001   Post a comment
WALTHAM, Mass.--NetSilicon Inc. here today (Feb. 20) announced the purchase of its Japanese distributor, Dimatech Corp. of Tokyo, for $1.7 million in stock and cash.
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