Toshiba sets $10 billion R&D spending plan News & Analysis 3/21/2001 Post a comment Toshiba Corp. Wednesday announced another restructuring plan to double net income in three years to $1.7 billion at current exchange rates (200 billion yen) and increase total sales 33% to $65 billion (7.9 trillion yen).
Intel ships new, 900-MHz Xeon microprocessor for servers News & Analysis 3/21/2001 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Intel Corp. here today (March 21) announced it has begun shipping a new Xeon processor line for high-end servers.
More than a dozen server OEMs have endorsed the new Xeon chip, which is based on a 900-MHz Pentium III processor core, advanced Level 2 cache, and other features.
Crawford resigns as Zilog's chairman News & Analysis 3/20/2001 Post a comment Zilog Inc. announced on Tuesday that Curtis Crawford had resigned as chairman of the company's board of directors, less than three weeks after yielding the chief executive post at the company.
ISSI president killed in car accident News & Analysis 3/20/2001 Post a comment Integrated Silicon Solution, Inc., Santa Clara, Calif., today announced that Thomas C. Endicott, president and chief operating officer, was killed in an automobile accident on March 18.
AMD rolls out flash-memory line based on new architecture News & Analysis 3/20/2001 Post a comment SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- In a move to expand its non-microprocessor business, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. here today (March 20) introduced a 64-megabit, flash-memory line based on a new architecture.
The Am29DL640 line of 64-Mbit, flash-memory devices are built around the company's new and innovative Flex Bank architecture. Building on AMD's current Simultaneous Read/Write (SRW) technology, Flex Bank is optimized for use in cellular phones, PDAs, and other products.
Taiwan chills investments in China News & Analysis 3/20/2001 Post a comment The Taiwan government has withheld approval for Via Technologies Inc. and Asustek Computer Inc. to make further investments in China, raising speculations of a policy shift towards dampening investment in the mainland.
Lattice acquires IP chip supplier I2P News & Analysis 3/19/2001 Post a comment HILLSBORO, Ore. -- Lattice Semiconductor Corp. today announced that it has acquired Integrated Intellectual Property Inc. (I2P), a Santa Clara, Calif.-based supplier of intellectual-property (IP) cores. Terms of the deal were not
I2P is a provider of ASIC and IP cores for use in communications, networking, and embedded processor systems. The acquisition will enhance Lattice's IP development efforts, said Cyrus Y. Tsui, president and chief executive of Lattice.
Samsung claims RDRAM sales surpass $1 billion mark News & Analysis 3/19/2001 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- Samsung Semiconductor Inc. here today (March 19) claimed it has surpassed the $1 billion sales mark for chips based on Rambus Inc.'s DRAM (RDRAM) technology, with plans to quadruple its RDRAM shipments in 2001.
Samsung has set plans to increase the output of RDRAM products from over 10 million units per month right now, to about 20 million units per month during the second half of the year.
Notebook PC Industry Backs Intel's 1-GHz mobile chip News & Analysis 3/19/2001 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Intel Corp. officially launched its 1-GHz mobile Pentium III on Monday, but it seems almost everyone already has one.
According to Intel, the chip has been designed into approximately 16 notebooks from 12 manufacturers, some available today. Hewlett-Packard Co. even began selling its Pavilion N6395 in retail stores such as Best Buy on Sunday, March 18.
Is Vitesse driving new networking standard with chip set? News & Analysis 3/19/2001 Post a comment CAMARILLO, Calif. -- In a possible move to drive a new standard in the networking market, Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. here today (March 19) will announce a chip set that supports forward-error correction (FEC) operations at speeds of 11.5- and 12.5-gigabits-per-second.
Intel's 1-GHz mobile chip to launch Monday News & Analysis 3/18/2001 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Intel Corp. will announce its 1-GHz mobile Pentium III on Monday, sources said, almost certainly beating rival Advanced Micro Devices Inc. to the punch.
Intel and AMD have dueled before, both preannouncing 1-GHz
desktop chips last year. But this time is different: Intel's customers -- OEMs such as Dell Computer Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co., and IBM -- have finished notebooks waiting to ship.
PC's role will shrink in chip market News & Analysis 3/16/2001 Post a comment SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.--When this downturn's stormy skies finally turn blue, the convergence of consumer and communications devices will offer booming opportunities for chip manufacturers, analysts say.
Optical component demand stays strong on high end News & Analysis 3/16/2001 Post a comment Fiber optic component suppliers are reporting strong demand for their high-end parts, despite the fact that OEMs in the industry are suffering from a softening business climate that erodes market capitalization and triggers widespread layoffs.
Japan cuts capital spending, but chip market fares better News & Analysis 3/16/2001 Post a comment Major Japanese electronics companies are scrambling to lower their March 31 fiscal year-end sales and profit projections as the country's economic crisis deepens. But in what could be a global market dichotomy, semiconductor purchases in Japan for the coming year may fare better than in most other regions.
Conexant becomes fifth licensees of LSI Logic's DSP core News & Analysis 3/16/2001 Post a comment PHOENIX -- During a briefing session here with analysts and the press, LSI Logic Corp. today announced it has licensed its ZSP400 digital signal processor core to Conexant Systems Inc., which will use the DSP in ICs for wireless and communications applications.
Rambus' shares fall amid negative ruling in court case, report says Product News 3/15/2001 Post a comment MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- Shares of Rambus Inc. here today (March 15) were down 30% following reports that the company faces a negative ruling in its pending case against Infineon Technologies AG, according to a report from Reuters.
Shares of Rambus fell $10.35 to $25 in heavy trade after SG Cowen reported that U.S. District Court Judge Robert Payne would rule in favor of Infineon regarding the scope of Rambus' patents, the report said.
Ramtron posts $4.8 million loss on lower sales in quarter News & Analysis 3/15/2001 Post a comment COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Memory supplier Ramtron International Corp. here today (March 15) reported a 23% sequential decline in revenues to $6.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2000 from $8.1 million in the prior quarter. Compared to the previous year, Ramtron's revenues were 9% lower than $6.8 million in Q4 1999.
Infineon offers ADSL, 'plain old telephone' solution in chip set News & Analysis 3/15/2001 Post a comment MUNICH -- Infineon Technologies AG today (March 15) rolled out a telecommunications chip set that integrates voice and full-rate ADSL services on a single line card. The IVAX chip set is aimed at Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) applications in access network and digital loop carrier systems.
S3 Graphics rolls out graphics chips for mobile PCs News & Analysis 3/15/2001 Post a comment TAIPEI, Taiwan -- S3 Graphics here today (March 15) rolled out two new, high-end graphics chips for the mobile market.
The new SuperSavage product line comes in two versions: the MX and IX. The MX is a standalone device, while the IX comes with 8-Mbytes of memory on the same chip.
SanDisk braces for 45% sequential drop in Q1 revenues News & Analysis 3/15/2001 Post a comment SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- SanDisk Corp. here today (March 15) downgraded its outlook for the first quarter, predicting a 45% sequential decline in revenue from $155 million in the fourth quarter of 2000. Previously, the supplier of flash memory products has estimated a 15-to-20% drop in sales this quarter.
GlobeSpan lowers Q1, Q2 outlook, citing customers' inventory News & Analysis 3/15/2001 Post a comment GlobeSpan Inc., a DSL chip leader, has lowered its expectations for the first and second quarters of 2001. The Red Bank, N.J., company now expects to report net revenue of $105 million to $115 million for the first quarter, representing a sequential decline from the fourth quarter of 12% to 20%.
SST invests in Shanghai foundry, maps out China expansion strategy News & Analysis 3/15/2001 Post a comment SHANGHAI -- U.S.-based Silicon Storage Technology Inc. today (March 15) announced an expansion strategy in China's burgeoning chip markets with the formation of a subsidiary here and a $50 million equity investment in a start-up silicon foundry, called Shanghai Grace Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp. Ltd.
Hyundai finds a DRAM that can make a profit News & Analysis 3/14/2001 Post a comment WASHINGTON -- Cash-strapped Hyundai Electronic Industries Co. Ltd., which is plagued by the current crashing DRAM prices, today (March 14) told investors it has a highly profitable memory chip to help its bottom line -- the venerable 16-megabit DRAM that now commands a small price premium.
TI to close 6-inch analog fab in California News & Analysis 3/14/2001 Post a comment DALLAS -- Texas Instruments Inc. today (March 14) announced it will close its 6-inch wafer fab in Santa Cruz, Calif., which primarily produces analog ICs for hard disk drives. Products from that fab will be transferred to other manufacturing plants in Dallas and Houston, said TI.
TranSwitch teams with start-up in VoIP News & Analysis 3/14/2001 Post a comment TranSwitch Corporation, Shelton, Conn., announced today that it has entered into a strategic technology partnership and OEM agreement with Systems On Silicon, Inc., a privately-held, New Jersey-based company.
University research program expanded by SIA News & Analysis 3/14/2001 Post a comment WASHINGTON -- The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) Wednesday said the industry basic research Focus Centers initiative for universities has been doubled in funding this year to "mid-$20 million" with two new additional research programs. The two new Focus Centers added this year include an effort headed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) into advanced materials and devices, and a projected headed by Carmegie Mellon University into interaction of circuits, systems and software
Sony switches supplier of embedded DRAM for Playstation News & Analysis 3/14/2001 Post a comment Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) has changed its development partner of embedded DRAM for Playstation chips from Fujitsu Ltd. to Toshiba Corp., which will fabricate the chips in a 0.13-micron process. Fujitsu had been SCEI's partner up until the 0.18-micron process generation.
SST, Oki enter into flash foundry, licensing pact News & Analysis 3/14/2001 Post a comment SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Silicon Storage Technology Inc. here announced a foundry and flash technology licensing agreement with Oki Electric Industry Co. Ltd. in Japan, which will begin volume production of ICs using SST's 0.25-micron SuperFlash memory design in the first half of 2002.
Logicvision plans on-chip test for mixed-signal SoCs News & Analysis 3/14/2001 Post a comment Looking to suppress rising test costs, Logicvision Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) is working to bring on-chip testing to mixed-signal IC designs that include analog-to-digital (A/D) converters. The company is now working with a group of customers to develop techniques and intellectual property to test a selection of typical converter architectures, said Rodger Sykes, vice president of marketing and business development at Logicvision.
Matsushita inks Rambus licensing pact for SDRAM, DDR controllers News & Analysis 3/13/2001 Post a comment LOS ALTOS, Calif.--Japan's Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. has become the eighth chip maker to license Rambus Inc.'s patents for controllers used with synchronous DRAMs and double data rate (DDR) memories. Rambus today (March 13) said Matsushita is the first "logic-only" licensee to sign an agreement for those patents.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.