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MoSys applies 1T-SRAM to TSMC's 90-nm process for smallest cell yet
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3/29/2002   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- MoSys Inc. today announced it has extended its collaboration with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. to include the company's one-transistor SRAM cell technology in TSMC's 90-nm (0.09-micron) foundry processes.
STMicro doubles speed of EEPROM, preps chip for automotive systems
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3/28/2002   Post a comment
GENEVA--STMicroelectronics today introduced a faster version of its serial peripheral interface (SPI) 256-kilobit EEPROM to support 10-MHz clock frequencies at 5-volt operation and a range of 2-to-5-MHz at 2.5 volts.
Centillium sees stronger demand for DSL chips in Japan
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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.
Germany's X-Fab buys Zarlink's Plymouth fab
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3/28/2002   Post a comment
Deal meets company's first quarter deadline to dispose of UK site – just.
Zarlink to sell U.K. plant to X-Fab and receive foundry services
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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
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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
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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.
Fujitsu says new CMOS ASICs compete with SiGe, GaAs technologies
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3/26/2002   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Fujitsu Microelectronics America Inc. here launched a new 0.11-micron CMOS standard cell ASIC series, which targets advanced networking and low-power consuming wireless systems served by competing SiGe and GaAs chip technologies.
JEDEC describes new DDR-II specs, says first parts due out in late 2002
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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
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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
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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
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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.
JEDEC discloses DRAM roadmap, but 400-MHz DDR may not make the cut
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3/25/2002   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- During the first-ever JEDEX conference today, a representative from JEDEC outlined a roadmap for the "mainstream" DRAM market, disclosing that his organization "may or may not" ratify a much-anticipated standard for 400-MHz double-data-rate (DDR) SDRAMs.
Toshiba claims smallest four-chip stacked flash/SRAM package
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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.
Intel's server 'blueprints' program for MPUs attracts over 30 companies
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3/25/2002   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif.--Intel Corp. today announced it has lined up more than 30 systems integrators, software houses, and computer suppliers to use and support server platforms based on its microprocessors--such as the Xeon series and the upcoming McKinley processors.
Infineon announces first DDR modules based on 512-Mbit chips
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3/25/2002   Post a comment
MUNICH --Infineon Technologies AG today announced it has become the first company to use 512-megabit double-data rate SDRAMs to build 1-gigabyte and 2-Gbyte dual-inline memory modules (DIMMs) for high-end PCs, workstations, and computer servers.
Denali Software sells market research to memory design customers
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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
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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
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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.
Micron sales rise 52% from prior quarter due to 70% price increase
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3/21/2002   Post a comment
OISE, Idaho--Micron Technology Inc. today reported a 52% sequential increase in revenues to $645.9 million in the company's second fiscal quarter, ended Feb. 28, compared to $423.9 million in the prior three-month period.
Apogee, STMicro team up to offer all-digital amplifier chips for audio
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3/21/2002   Post a comment
NORWOOD, Mass.--Apogee Technology Inc. here today announced a joint development agreement with STMicroelectronics to apply an all-digital amplifier technology a new series of semiconductors that replace digital-to-analog converter (DAC) circuits in audio systems.
Dialog Semi expects to recoup some money from U.K. foundry in IR purchase
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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
Micron ships 400-DDR SDRAM samples, evaluates system performance
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3/20/2002   Post a comment
BOISE, Idaho--Micron Technology Inc. today announced it has shipped its first samples of DDR-400 double-data rate SDRAMs to Silicon Integrated Systems Corp. in Taiwan for qualification on platforms using the SiS648 chip set.
Motorola transfers PLL chip series to Lansdale Semiconductor
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3/20/2002   Post a comment
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Motorola Inc. today announced it has sold the rights to its MC12000 series of phase-locked loop chips to Lansdale Semiconductor Inc. here as part of the company's ongoing efforts to downsize its IC manufacturing operations.
QDR SRAM group says JEDEC spec supports future chip densities
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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."
Early indicators show 'uneven' bounce from downturn's bottom, says report
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3/20/2002   Post a comment
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The integrated circuit business is now staging an apparent recovery, but the initial steps in the bounce-back are extremely uneven in IC markets when revenues are broken down into major product segments, observed IC Insights Inc. in its new March newsletter released this week.
ATI posts 6% sequential sales growth and $3 million loss in quarter
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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.
RF MEMS begin to catch up
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3/20/2002   Post a comment
Devices could go into production this year as the sector catches up with optoelectronics.
MRT promises counter suit in patent fight with Genesis Microchip
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3/19/2002   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif.--Media Reality Technologies Inc. promised to "vigorously fight" a U.S. patent infringement lawsuit filed by Genesis Microchip Inc., which is accusing MRT and two other companies of violating its technology for liquid-crystal display (LCD) controllers.
Motorola steps up 16-bit MCU efforts leveraging automotive chip architecture
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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
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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.
IR buys U.K. foundry assets for $81 million, plans investments
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3/18/2002   Post a comment
EL SEGUNDO, Calif.--International Rectifier Corp. today announced it has acquired the assets of European Semiconductor Manufacturing Ltd. (ESM), a silicon foundry company in Newport, Wales, which has been struggling with bankruptcy in the industry downturn.
Intel adds third-party IP for 10-Gbit chips in fabless ASIC business
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3/15/2002   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Aiming to enable a new class of IC designs for communications systems, Intel Corp.'s new fabless ASIC operation today announced a complete set of chip building blocks and intellectual-property (IP) cores for use in 10-gigabit-per-second applications.
Samsung ships DDR 400-memory samples, expects demand to emerge in Q3
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3/15/2002   Post a comment
SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has announced shipments of its first engineering samples of 200-MHz double-data rate SDRAMs (DDR 400), which deliver 400-megabit-per-second memory bandwidth in personal computer systems.
No new CTO for ARC, more emphasis on software
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3/15/2002   Post a comment
UK cores group will not replace Keith Diefendorff following his move to rival MIPS Technologies.
Ramtron expects revenues to climb 30-40% in Q1 after Q4 loss
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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
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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.
Cellular 3G claims W-CDMA chip cuts power use by 90% in handsets
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3/14/2002   Post a comment
HANNOVER, Germany--U.S.-based startup Cellular 3G Inc. today claimed it has developed the industry's most power-efficient, high-bit-rate chip for W-CDMA third-generation (3G) cellular phones.
STMicro says 40-MHz 16-bit MCU with flash handles DSP for automotive jobs
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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
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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.
Agilent Labs pursues FeRAMs, optical processors, and 100-Gbit Ethernet
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3/14/2002   Post a comment
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Behind the protected doors of Agilent Labs here, researchers are in pursuit of a surprising range of advanced and somewhat exotic R&D projects to position Agilent Technologies Inc. in emerging new markets by the middle of this decade.
Oki uses ARM RISC core in new 32-bit microcontroller series
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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.
ATI pursues rival Intel and AMD PC platforms with integrated graphics ICs
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3/13/2002   Post a comment
HANNOVER, Germany--During the CeBIT electronics trade show here today, ATI Technologies Inc. took a double-barreled shot at being the first to sell integrated graphics processors for PCs based on rival 32-bit microprocessor platforms from Intel Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices Inc.
STMicro to use IBM's speech technology in mobile processors
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3/13/2002   Post a comment
GENEVA--STMicroelectronics today announced plans to license recognition speech technology from IBM Corp. for embedded use in multimedia processor platforms for smart cellular phones and other mobile devices connected to the Internet.
Motorola aims to expand ColdFire processors from audio to other applications
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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
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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
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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.
Microchip enters stand-alone battery charging IC market
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3/12/2002   Post a comment
SAN FRANCISCO -- Microchip Technology Inc. today announced its entry into the chip market for stand-alone battery chargers with a new series of ICs.
UMC adds integrated ARM RISC cores for foundry services
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3/12/2002   Post a comment
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- United Microelectronics Corp. today announced it has expanded its offerings in embedded RISC processors by licensing ARM Ltd.'s integrated ARM946E and ARM1022E cores for IC designs.
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