Centillium sees stronger demand for DSL chips in Japan News & Analysis 3/28/2002 Post a comment FREMONT, Calif.--Centillium Communications Inc. here said a strong pickup in demand for digital subscriber line (DSL) products in Japan has caused the company to re-evaluate its chip inventory, which had been previously written down in value because it was believed to be obsolete or excessive for market conditions.
Zarlink to sell U.K. plant to X-Fab and receive foundry services News & Analysis 3/28/2002 Post a comment PLYMOUTH, England -- Canada's Zarlink Semiconductor Inc. today announced it has found a buyer for its wafer fab here. X-Fab Semiconductor Foundries AG of Erfurt, Germany, has agreed to buy the facility for $30 million--$12 million in cash on closing of the transaction and $18 million in secured notes payable over three years, the two companies said.
Alpha Industries cuts forecast due to weakness in wireless systems News & Analysis 3/28/2002 Post a comment WOBURN, Mass.--Alpha Industries Inc. today lowered its forecast for revenues in the current fiscal quarter to $28 million and it predicted an adjusted net loss of $0.11-to-$0.13 per share because unexpected weakness in wireless infrastructure markets and delays in orders for radio-frequency (RF) semiconductors used in handsets.
PDA chip content to 'inch up' in 2002, says report News & Analysis 3/26/2002 Post a comment EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Unit shipments of personal digital assistants (PDAs), also known handheld computers, are expected to grow from 12.1 million systems in 2001 to about 50 million units in 2006, according to a new report from iSuppli Corp.
JEDEC describes new DDR-II specs, says first parts due out in late 2002 News & Analysis 3/26/2002 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- During the JEDEX conference here on Monday, representatives from the DRAM and PC markets outlined some of the first public details, specifications and updates for a second-generation, double-data-rate SDRAM standard called DDR-II.
The proposed DDR-II standard has been in the works for months and is supposed to replace existing DDR SDRAMs or DDR-I. The "mainstream DRAM" market is also supposed to migrate from the 200/266-MHz versions of DDR SDRAMs in the market today, to t
Xilinx looks to ease path to custom FPGAs News & Analysis 3/25/2002 Post a comment Several years after exiting the FPGA-to-ASIC conversion business, Xilinx Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) has come up with a "no-risk" alternative for customers who want a lower piece price for higher volume orders, the company said.
TI's new DSP cuts cost of multiple/accumulate function in half News & Analysis 3/25/2002 Post a comment HOUSTON -- Texas Instruments Inc. today announced it has expanded the scope of its TMS320C64x series of digital signal processors to address low-power consuming applications with a DSP chip that cuts the cost of multiply/accumulate functions in half, compared to its nearest competitors.
Samsung VP sees paradigm shift in memories due to new applications News & Analysis 3/25/2002 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- At the JEDEX conference today, an executive from Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. insisted the memory market is alive and well despite the current IC downturn, saying that a new class of digital applications will "digest" and propel the need for existing and next-generation devices in the market.
Toshiba claims smallest four-chip stacked flash/SRAM package News & Analysis 3/25/2002 Post a comment TOKYO -- Toshiba Corp. today said it is offering the industry's smallest multi-chip package for stacked memory in portable phones. The four-chip NOR flash/SRAM memory products measure 10-mm long and 7-mm wide, combining 8 megabits of static RAM and 32 Mbits of pseudo SRAM with two 64 Mbits of nonvolatile flash memories.
Denali Software sells market research to memory design customers News & Analysis 3/25/2002 Post a comment PALO ALTO, Calif. -- In an unusual move to expand services to customers of design automation and intellectual property (IP) products, Denali Software Inc. today launched a subscription-based market research program to help product development teams analyze changing standards, the proliferation of memories into new applications, and the revenue potential for new ICs.
32-bit controllers hit the mainstream News & Analysis 3/22/2002 Post a comment Once confined to a few niche markets, microcontroller vendors are suddenly clamoring to take the lead in offering general-purpose MCUs based on 32-bit processor cores a trend that promises to raise the performance bar, at minimal cost, for a range of embedded systems.
TI's analog business hits a bump News & Analysis 3/22/2002 Post a comment Texas Instruments Inc. has grown accustomed to sitting atop the analog IC and DSP pecking order. But now the company's No. 1 analog status is endangered, due principally to its overexposure to the electronics industry's communications sector, which fell into a well in 2001.
Dialog Semi expects to recoup some money from U.K. foundry in IR purchase News & Analysis 3/21/2002 Post a comment KIRCHHEIM, Germany -- Dialog Semiconductor Plc today said it will receive about 6 million euros ($5.3 million) from International Rectifier Corp.'s acquisition of European Semiconductor Manufacturing Ltd., a sub-micron silicon foundry company based in Wales. On Monday, U.S.-based IR announced it was buying the assets of ESM for $81 million in cash to expand its production of mixed-signal and power semiconductors (see March 13 stor
QDR SRAM group says JEDEC spec supports future chip densities News & Analysis 3/20/2002 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- The five development partners promoting Quad Data Rate (QDR) SRAMs today announced JEDEC approval of industry packaging standards for QDRII and Double Data RateII (DDRII) static RAM architectures. These devices are aimed at serving high-speed communications and are competing with rival format, called "SigmaRAM."
ATI posts 6% sequential sales growth and $3 million loss in quarter News & Analysis 3/20/2002 Post a comment MARKHAM, Ontario--Graphics and video chip supplier ATI Technologies Inc. today reported a 6.4% sequential increase in revenues to $266 million in the company's fiscal second quarter, ended Feb. 28, compared to $250 million in the prior three-month period. ATI posted a net loss of $3 million for the period compared to a net loss of $10.3 million in prior quarter.
Motorola steps up 16-bit MCU efforts leveraging automotive chip architecture News & Analysis 3/18/2002 Post a comment AUSTIN, Tex.--Motorola Inc.--the market leader in 8-bit microcontrollers and 32-bit embedded processors--is aiming to move up from its third-place ranking in 16-bit microcontrollers. The company today launched 10 new 16-bit microcontrollers, built on a flash-based MCU architecture that has been serving automotive applications for more than five years.
NEC targets cell-based routable ASICs at 'mid-volume' applications News & Analysis 3/18/2002 Post a comment TOKYO -- In a move to create a new class of ASIC products for "mid-volume" applications, NEC Corp. today introduced a functional-block chip architecture, which allows customers to quickly route pre-existing cells on ICs for custom designs using two upper layers of metal--just like a gate array.
Ramtron expects revenues to climb 30-40% in Q1 after Q4 loss News & Analysis 3/14/2002 Post a comment COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Ferroelectric RAM supplier Ramtron International Corp. today reported a net loss of $4.5 million on revenues of $8.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2001. However, the company said business is picking up and it now expects revenues to grow 30-to-40% sequentially in the first quarter of 2002 to a range of $11-to-$13 million.
India's Wipro to support TI's OMAP processors for multimedia handsets News & Analysis 3/14/2002 Post a comment BANGALORE, India -- Texas Instruments Inc. today announced it will work with Wipro Technologies Ltd. here to set up the first Asian development center for TI's OMAP application processors and modem technology for 2.5G and 3G mobile phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs) and mobile Internet appliances.
STMicro says 40-MHz 16-bit MCU with flash handles DSP for automotive jobs News & Analysis 3/14/2002 Post a comment GENEVA--Europe's STMicroelectronics today rolled out a new 40-MHz 16-bit microcontroller with embedded flash memory and 143 general-purpose I/O lines in eight ports for automotive applications requiring a large number of input/output connections. The ST10F280 microcontroller can also serve as a single-chip engine control unit, said the company.
AMD claims desktop PC processor share grew to 22% in 2001 News & Analysis 3/14/2002 Post a comment SUNNYVALE, Calif.--Declaring an uphill victory over archrival Intel Corp., executives at Advanced Micro Devices Inc. today cited new market share estimates from Dataquest Inc. that show AMD gaining ground in several desktop computer segments on its much bigger competitor in PC processors.
Oki uses ARM RISC core in new 32-bit microcontroller series News & Analysis 3/13/2002 Post a comment SAN FRANCISCO -- Oki Semiconductor today rolled out a new general-purpose 32-bit microcontroller--based on a RISC processor core from ARM Ltd.--which is aimed at lowering the cost of embedded system designs while easing the system-development transition to higher levels of 32-bit performance.
Motorola aims to expand ColdFire processors from audio to other applications News & Analysis 3/12/2002 Post a comment SAN FRANCISCO -- At the Embedded Systems Conference here this week, Motorola Inc. is taking the wraps off a new integrated processor based on the company's highest performance 32-bit ColdFire core. The new processor is aimed at expanding the reach of ColdFire-based chips from existing an existing base in audio systems to industrial control, security, and "biometrics"-such as fingerprint recognition.
PMC-Sierra speeds 64-bit communications processors to 600 MHz News & Analysis 3/12/2002 Post a comment BURNABY, British Columbia--PMC-Sierra Inc. here today announced its fourth-generation communications processors, based on a 64-bit RISC core from MIPS Technologies Inc. and operating at 600 MHz. The RM7000C and RM7065C are pin- and software-compatible with the company's previously available MIPS-based processors.
Sarnoff launches IP core strategy for ICs in TV, digital video News & Analysis 3/12/2002 Post a comment SAN FRANCISCO -- New Jersey-based Sarnoff Corp. today announced a new silicon core strategy to offer intellectual property (IP) design blocks for integrated circuits in TV and digital video applications. The IP core series includes a "smarter" MPEG function, which the company says improves pictures and reduces storage requirements.
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.