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Chartered strikes mixed-signal IP alliance with VCX exchange
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2/18/2002   Post a comment
SINGAPORE -- In a move to increase its support and availability of third-party mixed-signal design cores for silicon foundry customers, Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Ltd. today announced an alliance with the online Virtual Component Exchange (VCX) to lower the cost of "hardening" intellectual property (IP) for ICs fabricated in Chartered's wafer fabs.
STMicro launches division to create wireless infrastructure ICs
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2/18/2002   Post a comment
GENEVA--STMicroelectronics today announced a new chip division in the south of France to pursue dedicated products for wireless infrastructure equipment, such as base stations and other systems serving cellular phones and mobile terminals.
ST to work with UK display specialist on LEP drivers
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2/15/2002   Post a comment
Monochrome devices due for delivery late next year, followed by colour drivers in mid-2003.
STMicro teams with U.K.-based CDT to develop drivers for LEP displays
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2/15/2002   Post a comment
GENEVA--STMicroelectronics today announced plans to develop device drivers for light emitting polymer (LEP) displays with U.K.-based Cambridge Display Technology Ltd. The two companies are targeting power-optimized and low-cost LEP drivers for portable applications, such as mobile phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs), and next-generation multimedia terminals.
Memory companies pitch for comms SRAM replacement
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2/15/2002   Post a comment
Memory companies have pitched into the troubled comms sector with a series of cheaper, low-latency DRAMs intended to replace SRAMs.
Catalyst expands fast serial EEPROMs with Microwire and I2C interfaces
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2/14/2002   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif.--Catalyst Semiconductor Inc. today expanded its portfolio of high-speed serial EEPROMs with the introduction of 1-kilobit devices for systems using Microwire interfaces operating up to 3 MHz and 32-Kbit chips with I2C interfaces operating up to 1 MHz.
Agilent, Cadence pool technologies for RF/mixed-signal IC development
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2/14/2002   Post a comment
PALO ALTO, Calif.-- Agilent Technologies Inc. and Cadence Design Systems Inc. today announced a "far-reaching" alliance to combine their technologies to accelerate development and testing of next-generation ICs for wireless and wireline communications systems.
MIPS rolls out faster 64-bit RISC core, promises 1-GHz at 0.10-micron process
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2/14/2002   Post a comment
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- Raising the speed stakes in the embedded processor market, MIPS Technologies Inc. announced a new 600-MHz version of its 64-bit MIPS64 RISC core for 0.13-micron process technologies. The new superscalar 20Kc "hard" core is scalable to 1-GHz speeds when produced in next-generation 0.10-micron processes, according to MIPS Technologies.
Oki goes into production with SOI watch chips
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2/14/2002   Post a comment
Oki Semiconductor claims to be the first into the market with high-integration chips based on a fully depleted silicon-on-insulator (SOI) design, a technology earmarked by Intel for use in its processors about five years from now.
Philips integrates audio codec, touch-screen controller for handheld devices
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2/13/2002   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Philips Semiconductors today announced a mixed-signal audio codec IC, which combines coder-decoder functions with a touch-screen controller and power management interface for handheld systems based on Intel Corp.'s embedded processors.
Micron's acquisition of Hynix gains new lease on life
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2/13/2002   Post a comment
Hynix Semiconductor's on-again-off-again talks to sell its DRAM operations to Micron Technology appear to have gathered new momentum.
LogicVision, National create IC for remote mixed-signal test using bus standard
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2/13/2002   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- LogicVision Inc. and National Semiconductor Corp. today announced joint development of the industry's first IC supporting the new IEEE 1149.4 mixed-signal test bus, which potentially opens the door for a new level of remote diagnostics of systems.
ISSI acquires startup, gains high-speed search engine technology
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2/13/2002   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Integrated Silicon Solution Inc. here today announced it has acquired a privately-held R&D startup company, called Purple Ray Inc., which has been developing network search engines and content addressable memory (CAM) integrated circuits.
Infineon teams with PacketVideo and sci-worx to integrate multimedia in handsets
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2/13/2002   Post a comment
MUNICH -- Infineon Technologies AG today announced an alliance with PacketVideo Corp. of San Diego and sci-worx GmbH of Hannover, Germany, to tightly integrate multimedia technologies with Internet modem chips and application processors for next-generation handsets.
Philips invests in Ishoni, plans joint development of broadband ICs
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2/12/2002   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- In a move to accelerate development of chip solutions for broadband communications, Royal Philips Electronics N.V. today announced a $25 million equity investment and majority ownership in four-year-old Ishoni Networks Inc. here.
Sierra joins with IBM in 40Gbit/s chipset project
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2/12/2002   Post a comment
California-based Sierra Monolithics is sampling a serialiser/deserialiser chipset designed for 40Gbit/s OC-768 applications. The chip-set incorporates Sierra's silicon germanium (SiGe) technology and IBM's BiCMOS process.
Mixed-signal chip suppliers point to end of order famine
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2/12/2002   Post a comment
Mixed-signal chip makers believe most inventories will have cleared by the end of the coming quarter and customers will start to place larger orders rather than the 'turns fills' that have dominated since last year.
ChipWrights lines up tools, kernel for new DSP-based processor
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2/11/2002   Post a comment
NEWTON, Mass. -- Fabless semiconductor startup ChipWrights Inc. here today announced it has licensed compiler and debugger technology from Metrowerks, a development tool supplier owned by Motorola Inc., for use with its new DSP-based processor.
Philips develops one-chip stereo radio for embedded use in consumer products
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2/11/2002   Post a comment
EINDHOVEN, the Netherlands -- Philips Semiconductors today announced development of a single-chip implementation of stereo radio for European, U.S., and Japanese FM bands. The Dutch company said the breakthrough will enable low-cost FM radio receivers to be embedded in a range of portable consumer products, such as mobile phones, MP3 players, CD players, toys, and inexpensive promotional "giveaways."
Sierra Monolithics uses IBM's SiGe to make 40-Gbit chips for optical networks
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2/11/2002   Post a comment
REDONDO BEACH, Calif.-- Sierra Monolithics Inc. here today announced a highly integrated multi-rate chip set for 40-gigabit-per-second OC-768 optical communications. The company said its chip set was the first highly-integrated serializer/deserializer (SerDes) fabricated with silicon-germanium (SiGe) technology.
SandCraft claims to be shipping fastest 64-bit MIPS processors at 600 MHZ
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2/11/2002   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- SandCraft Inc. today announced it has begun production shipments of the industry's highest performance MIPS64 64-bit processors, which operate at 600 MHz.
Infineon says 256-Mbit reduced latency DRAM closes speed gap with SRAMs
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2/11/2002   Post a comment
MUNICH--Infineon Technologies AG today announced samples of 256-megabit reduced latency DRAMs, which are designed for high-speed networking and fast-cache applications.
Agere teams with Hifn to integrate security with network processors
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2/11/2002   Post a comment
ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- Agere Systems Inc. here and Hifn Inc. in Los Gatos, Calif., today announced joint development of an integrated package for network processor-based security systems serving carrier-class infrastructure equipment.
AMD teams for 65nm and moves back into RISC
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2/11/2002   Post a comment
Chip maker AMD and foundry UMC are to build a 300mm fab in Singapore and work together on advanced process technologies for logic products. AMD has also bought Alchemy Semiconductor. The deal gives AMD access to an embedded RISC processor once again, a product line removed when the company moved away from its 29K architecture in the 1990s.
Altera claims fastest, largest PLDs with up to 40% speed improvement
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2/11/2002   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Altera Corp. today announced it has developed the industry's fastest and largest programmable logic devices with the launch of a new series, called Stratix, which offers up to 10 megabits of RAM and 114,140 logic elements on a chip. The new series will offer a 40% speed improvement over the company's previous generation of PLDs, said Altera.
Colour image sensor does away with filters
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2/11/2002   Post a comment
US start-up Foveon has designed an image sensor for digital cameras that does away with the colour filters normally needed by CMOS and CCD sensors.
Philips announces first 'fully-integrated' telematics processor
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2/8/2002   Post a comment
EINDHOVEN, the Netherlands -- Philips Semiconductors today said it is now sampling the first "full-integrated" telematics processor. The SAF3100 combines a microcontroller core, 12-channel GPS baseband circuitry, dual 14-bit analog-to-digital converter, embedded RAM, CAN-bus controller, and high-speed UARTs for interfacing to a cellular phone.
Network Elements buys engineering team from TriQuint for 10-Gbit optical designs
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2/8/2002   Post a comment
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Network Elements Inc. here today said it has acquired an engineering operation from TriQuint Semiconductor Inc. to accelerate its development of ASICs for optical networking module products.
Chipmakers look to quad-band GSM transceiver upgrades
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2/8/2002   Post a comment
Chip makers are putting together designs for handset transceivers that can handle all four GSM bands, but few are showing enthusiasm for the idea of a true quad-band phone.
STMicro to withdraw from PC graphics chips, sell business
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2/8/2002   Post a comment
GENEVA--STMicroelectronics today announced it will pull out of the PC graphics accelerator chip market and is now seeking a buyer for the related assets of the business.
Tektronix to use IBM's 0.18-micron SiGe in future test instruments
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2/7/2002   Post a comment
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Tektronix Inc. here today announced plans to use next-generation 0.18-micron silicon-germanium (SiGe) technology from IBM Corp. in test instruments, such as digital oscilloscopes.
Intersil rolls out cascaded power controllers for DDR memories
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2/7/2002   Post a comment
IRVINE, Calif.--Intersil Corp. today said it was the first chip supplier to offer cascaded dual DDR memory power controllers for double-data rate SDRAMs. The Endura ISL6530 and ISL6531 dual pulse width modulation (PWM) regulators are aimed at powering DDR memories on computer motherboards and in systems.
UK microcontroller startup finds alternative ways to make chip variants
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2/7/2002   Post a comment
UK startup Cyan Technology aims to use flash memory and packaging to let the company build variants and application-specific standard products based on its 16bit microcontroller using a comparatively small number of silicon implementations.
Europe chip sales narrowly scrape ahead of worldwide
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2/7/2002   Post a comment
The European semiconductor market declined 28.6% in 2001, a performance slightly better than worldwide sales, which were down 32%.
Shanghai startup creates 2.4-GHz transceiver on Chartered's 0.18-micron CMOS process
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2/6/2002   Post a comment
SHANGHAI -- A startup joint venture here pursuing high-speed wireless network chips has received its first working prototypes of 2.4-GHz radio frequency transceivers fabricated in 0.18-micron RF CMOS by Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Pte. Ltd. in Singapore.
Micron offers Q-Flash as alternative to Intel StrataFlash
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2/6/2002   Post a comment
BOISE, Idaho--Micron Technology Inc. today launched its first Q-Flash memory product, a 32-megabit even-sectored device, which the company said is an alternative to Intel Corp.'s StrataFlash for set-top boxes, cellular base stations, networking and automotive applications.
Direct-conversion IC demand to surge in cell phones, wireless LANs, says report
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2/6/2002   Post a comment
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- A major shift from dual-conversion architectures to direct-conversion radios is shaking up the chip market serving cellular phones and other wireless communications systems, said a new report from iSuppli Corp.
Linear Tech CEO says length of patent suit against Micrel unfair
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2/5/2002   Post a comment
MILPITAS, Calif. -- Linear Technology Corp. today announced a favorable ruling from an appellate court, which has overturned a lower court's decision to invalidate a patent on IC voltage regulators because of promotional activities prior to the filing of the U.S. patent.
Motorola, Sega plan portable game interface for DragonBall processors
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2/5/2002   Post a comment
AUSTIN, Tex. -- Motorola Inc.'s semiconductor group and the company's Metrowerks development tool business today announced a partnership with Sega Corp. to develop an application programming interface (API) for portable games on personal digital assistants (PDAs) that are running the Palm OS operating system.
Debate follows application of Moore's Law to analog ICs
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2/5/2002   Post a comment
Those looking for a brouhaha at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference almost got one Monday (Feb. 4) as technologists debated the future of Moore's Law for analog circuits.
Philips, MobilEye to integrate car driver 'assistance' on chip
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2/4/2002   Post a comment
EINDHOVEN, the Netherlands -- Philips Semiconductors here and MobilEye B.V., also of the Netherlands, today announced a partnership to make system-on-chip solutions for automotive driver "assistance" applications, which the two companies said will be the first step towards development of "autonomous driving systems."
TI targets 0.09-micron process for production by mid-2003
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2/4/2002   Post a comment
DALLAS -- Texas Instruments Inc. today announced it will launch a 0.09-micron logic process into production in the middle of 2003. TI said its next-generation CMOS process features transistors as small as 37 nm (0.037 micron), and it will enable the company to fabricate ICs with more than 400 million transistors on a chip.
Cirrus adds UMC as multi-year foundry source for advanced ICs
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2/4/2002   Post a comment
AUSTIN, Tex. -- Cirrus Logic Inc. today announced it has entered into a new multi-year foundry agreement to source advanced ICs from United Microelectronics Corp. in Taiwan. Under the pact, UMC will accelerate the availability of mixed-signal and other processes for Cirrus chip designs, based on features sizes down to 0.10 micron (100 nm).
Heard on the Beat (Feb. 1)
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2/3/2002   Post a comment
Heard on the Beat (Feb. 1)
Via aims to become next $1 billion IC maker in Taiwan, preps 1-GHz processor
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2/1/2002   Post a comment
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Via Technologies Inc. will shortly unveil a new corporate and product diversification strategy that could turn the company into the next $1 billion chip maker in Taiwan.
300-mm pact means AMD shifts from Motorola to UMC as technology partner
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2/1/2002   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- While Advanced Micro Devices Inc. here and silicon foundry supplier United Microelectronics Corp. move into a major manufacturing alliance for PC processors and 300-mm wafer processing, the two companies are also faced with restructuring and merging their R&D activities to implement 65-nm processes for a planned joint-venture fab in Singapore by 2005.
Power X Networks files for bankrupcty protection and restructures itself
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2/1/2002   Post a comment
MANCHESTER, England -- Switch-fabric chip technology specialist Power X Networks today announced it was restructuring itself under the protection of the English legal system in an attempt to revive itself financially.
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