China's chip makers open capacity throttle News & Analysis 3/30/2001 Post a comment While chip makers elsewhere are scaling back capital spending amid a slumping market, China's semiconductor industry is rushing ahead with a spate of fab construction plans to meet what local observers say is red-hot demand.
Transmitter keeps in tune with loop antennas News & Analysis 3/30/2001 Post a comment Micrel Semiconductor has developed a single-chip radio transmitter for unlicensed bands in the 280 to 460MHz range that automatically corrects for differences in a connected loop antenna so the board does not need to be tuned on the manufacturing line with a trimmer pot.
U.S.-based Cradle hopes India's software will reshape MPU business News & Analysis 3/30/2001 Post a comment DELHI, India--Silicon Valley startup Cradle Technologies Inc. today (March 30) launched a software initiative in India to build development support for its Universal Micro System (UMS) platform and plant the seeds for a new crop of "chipless chip" companies that could redefine the microprocessor business.
Morningstar analyst says Intel will admit to cutting capital spending News & Analysis 3/29/2001 Post a comment CHICAGO--Another financial analyst is predicting that Intel Corp. will soon buckle to the chip recession and cut capital spending from the company's current budget of $7.5 billion. In a new report, Morningstar Inc. analyst Jeremy Lopez said it is only a question of how much Intel will cut back from its record capital spending plans.
Micron posts loss as memory prices drop 50% in quarter News & Analysis 3/29/2001 Post a comment BOISE, Idaho -- Micron Technology Inc. today (March 29) reported a net loss of $88.3 million on net sales of $1.07 billion in the company's fiscal second quarter, ended March 1. The loss includes the effects of Micron Electronics Inc. pulling out of the PC business and plunging DRAM prices, said the Boise company.
Intersil to phase out IC facility News & Analysis 3/29/2001 Post a comment Intersil Corporation announced today that it plans to embark on a phased closure of the company's Findlay, Ohio operation, which manufactures integrated circuits primarily for automotive and industrial applications.
ATI posts $26 million loss on lower PC chip sales in quarter News & Analysis 3/28/2001 Post a comment MARKHAM, Ontario -- Multimedia chip set supplier ATI Technologies Inc. today (March 28) reported an adjusted net loss of $26.1 million on sales of $232.4 million in the company's second fiscal quarter, ended Feb. 28. A stock transaction in the quarter resulted in a pre-tax gain of $54.9 million, pushing the company's total net income to $607,000 in the fiscal period.
STMicro adds LCD drivers to IC portfolio for cell phones News & Analysis 3/27/2001 Post a comment GENEVA--STMicroelectronics today (March 27) said it has filled in the last gap of its cellular-phone chip offering with the introduction of two new liquid-crystal display (LCD) drivers. The new ICs integrate complete controller and driver functions for 65-by-128 column black-and-white graphic LCDs, said the European chip maker.
Ramtron claims first nonvolatile memory with unlimited endurance News & Analysis 3/27/2001 Post a comment COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.--Ramtron International Corp. here today (March 27) claimed it has developed the industry's first nonvolatile memory product with "unlimited endurance" for read and write cycles. Ramtron is aiming the new 256-kilobit ferrorelectric RAM at replacing low-power SRAMs.
Cisco reportedly halts component ordering News & Analysis 3/27/2001 Post a comment SAN FRANCISCO -- Continuing weakness in the networking infrastructure market has led networking giant Cisco Systems to halt component ordering, particularly impacting two programmable logic suppliers, according to an analyst at Thomas Weisel Partners LLC.
AuthenTec lands $20M in funding from TI, others News & Analysis 3/26/2001 Post a comment AuthenTec Inc., Melbourne, Fla., a start-up designer of fingerprint authentication integrated circuits, said today that it has secured $20 million in Series B financing led by a $5 million investment by Texas Instruments Inc.
TI claims smallest DSP controller for embedded applications News & Analysis 3/26/2001 Post a comment HOUSTON -- Texas Instruments Inc. today (March 26) claimed it was offering the industry's smallest DSP-based controller for embedded use in consumer and industrial products. The digital signal processor and two other small DSP chips are the newest members in TI's 16-bit, fixed-point 320C2000 series.
Atmel expands alliance for RF, baseband ICs in secure 3G networks News & Analysis 3/26/2001 Post a comment ROUSSET, France-- Atmel Corp. today (March 26) announced an expansion of its alliance in third-generation wireless networks with a company specializing in defense and security communications applications. Under the partnership, Atmel and EADS Defence & Security Networks (EDSN) plan to develop new platforms for all-digital "professional mobile radio" applications worldwide.
Comms warm a bit to reconfigurable processor News & Analysis 3/23/2001 Post a comment Reconfigurable processors may still be off the beaten path for most hardware engineers, but there's evidence they are making their way into large, massively parallel network processors with cores numbering in the hundreds.
TI reshuffles analog, mixed-signal deck News & Analysis 3/23/2001 Post a comment DALLAS--Texas Instruments Inc. has reorganized its analog and mixed-signal business, retaining the group's dual management structure but realigning to better address key end-equipment markets and deepen ties with the company's DSP efforts.
Micron Technology expected to report loss News & Analysis 3/23/2001 Post a comment Some analysts believe that Micron Technology Inc. will report a net loss next week after it consolidates pro rata results from its Micron Electronics PC affiliate, which reported a $168 million loss for the quarter ending March 1.
Intel's DSL effort in limbo after scrapping consumer-oriented chip News & Analysis 3/23/2001 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Intel Corp.'s efforts to conquer the Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) chip market is in limbo, SBN has learned. The Santa Clara semiconductor giant has quietly scrapped a line of consumer-orient DSL chips, while also acknowledging that its entire DSL-chip program is "up in the air."
Chip makers continue to slow orders for equipment News & Analysis 3/23/2001 Post a comment The North American-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.8 billion in orders in February 2001 and a book-to-bill ratio of 0.77, according to the March 2001
Express Report published today by Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI).
A book-to-bill of 0.77 means that orders were 23 percent
lower than shipments for the month.
The three-month average of worldwide bookings in February 2001 was $1.80 billion. The bookings figure is 4% below the revised January 20
Ex-Motorolan sails into DSP waters News & Analysis 3/22/2001 Post a comment At Motorola, Tom Beaver helped make the VMEbus a mainstay of the electronics industry. Now he's hoping he'll be able to steer another technology into the realm of classic. As the new chief at tiny 3DSP Corp., Beaver has turned his attention to system-on-chip digital signal processing, with a view to guiding his company's DSP core technology into design wins with OEM customers and chip makers alike.
Adaptec to cut 20% of workforce News & Analysis 3/21/2001 Post a comment Adaptec, Inc., Milpitas, Calif., said it is cutting its headcount by 450 positions, or approximately 20% of the workforce worldwide, because of the weakening economy.
Via readies second volley in CPU battle News & Analysis 3/21/2001 Post a comment TAIPEI, Taiwan Hoping to strike deeper into the CPU market, Via Technologies will officially unveil its second generation microprocessor at two upcoming conferences later this month, including CeBit in Hannover, Germany and WinHEC in Anaheim, Calif.
And based on tests claiming that it performs equitably against Intel's Celeron on commonly used 2D applications, the company believes it can win 5-to-7% market share this year.