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Simtek creates 3-V nonvolatile SRAMs with silicon-nitride technology
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4/30/2002   Post a comment
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Simtek Corp. here today announced development of next-generation low-voltage nonvolatile SRAMs for systems requiring high-speed random-access memory performance but 3-volt operation.
TI, IDT, Hitachi collaborate on small QFN packages for logic devices
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4/30/2002   Post a comment
DALLAS -- The big battle over tiny packages for advanced standard logic devices is expanding. Standard logic allies Texas Instruments Inc., Integrated Devices Inc., and Hitachi Ltd. today introduced quad flat no-lead (QFN) packages with 14, 16 and 20 contacts for gate and octal-bit width devices.
Hynix-Micron deal expires with rejection of restructuring plan
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4/30/2002   Post a comment
SEOUL -- The big memory deal is off. Micron Technology Inc.'s preliminary agreement to purchase the memory business of Hynix Semiconductor Inc. expired today with the Korean DRAM maker rejecting a restructuring plan proposed by its creditors.
Year-old Bermai packs all functions for 5-GHz wireless LANs in one chip
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4/29/2002   Post a comment
LAS VEGAS -- In a move that's certain to raise the stakes in wireless local area networks, startup Bermai Inc. plans to formally launch its single-chip solution for 5-GHz wireless LANs at the NetWorld+Interop trade show here this week. The year-old fabless chip company is jumping into a crowded market, claiming to be the first to offer a single "radio chip" for the emerging 802.11a wireless LANs.
Microsoft takes Nvidia to arbitration over pricing of Xbox processors
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4/29/2002   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Nvidia Corp. today said a dispute between itself and Microsoft Corp. over pricing of processor chip sets used in Xbox video game consoles has been taken to binding arbitration.
Nvidia hikes revenue and earnings estimate, names interim CFO
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4/29/2002   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. --Nvidia Corp. today announced it expects revenues to sequentially increase 14-to-16% to a record $570-to-$580 million in the company's fiscal first quarter, ended April 28 (Saturday), compared to $499.9 million in the prior quarter.
MIPS Technologies aims new 32-bit core at multi-CPU chip designs
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4/29/2002   Post a comment
SAN JOSE--At the Embedded Processor Forum here today, MIPS Technologies Inc. today announced a new 32-bit synthesizable RISC core, designed to optimize system-on-chip (SoC) designs implemented with multiple central processing units on chip.
Fairchild rolls out MicroPak as next-generation logic package
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4/29/2002   Post a comment
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine--Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc. today released 50 standard logic functions in its new MicroPak chip-scale package, which is 65% smaller than widely used SC70 packages, according to the company. Fairchild said the MicroPak is its next-generation package for a wide range of logic and switch functions.
NetLogic rolls out 'glue-less' CAMs for AMCC's net processors
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4/29/2002   Post a comment
MOUNTAIN VEIW, Calif. -- In a move to lower the cost of communications equipment, NetLogic Microsystems Inc. here today announced the world's first "glue-less" search engines, based on the company's ternary content addressable memory (CAM) technology.
STMicro tailors 4-Mbit flash for DSPs with programmable logic, multifunction I/Os
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4/26/2002   Post a comment
GENEVA--STMicroelectronics today rolled out a new 4-megabit flash memory designed specifically to support digital signal processors from Analog Devices Inc. with on-chip programmable logic.
Trident banks on 0.13-micron 3-D processor, chip set for rebound
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4/25/2002   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Trident Microsystems Inc. here reported a 4.4 sequential decrease in revenues to $28.8 million in the company's fiscal third quarter, ended March 31, compared to $30.2 million in the prior three-month period. The graphics chip supplier's sales were 16.6% higher than $24.7 million in the quarter last year.
IPWireless, Flextronics develop 3.5 million-gate IC for 3G broadband modem
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4/24/2002   Post a comment
SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- IPWireless Inc. here has teamed with Flextronics Semiconductor Inc. to develop a new 0.13-micron system-on-chip IC with up to 3.5 million gates to reduce the size of high-speed wireless broadband modems to a PC card format for communicates over 3G cellular networks.
austriamicrosystems offers SiGe chip set, ASIC library for passive optical networks
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4/24/2002   Post a comment
GRAZ, Austria ---Chip maker austriamicrosystems AG here today announced development of a new generation of design functions in an ASIC library for electro-optical interface ICs for passive optical networks (PON). In addition, the Graz-based company said it has created a new chip set, called Key Electro-Optical Elements (KEOPE), which will be fabricated in a high-speed, low-power silicon-germanium (SiGe) technology.
Intel speeds Xeon to 2.4 GHz, launches new Pentium 4 mobile series
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4/23/2002   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif.--Intel Corp. today hiked the speed of its Xeon processor for two-way servers and workstations to 2.4 GHz, and the company rolled out a range of new Pentium 4 mobile processors with frequencies in the 1.8-, 1.5-, and 1.4-GHz range.
IXYS to acquire Clare in $55 million merger deal
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4/23/2002   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Power semiconductor maker IXYS Corp. here today announced an agreement to acquire Clare Inc. of Beverly, Mass., a supplier of high-voltage ICs, solid-state relays, mixed-signal ASICs and drivers for organic light emitting diode (OLEDs).
Philips says Level 3 approval from Visa will boost dual-interface smart card chips
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4/22/2002   Post a comment
EINDHOVEN, the Netherlands -- Philips Semiconductors today announced it has become the first IC maker to offer contact and contactless smart-card controllers with Level 3 approval in Visa International's GlobalPlatform program, supporting multiple applications in a single chip card.
Micron pays $295 million in cash, stock for Toshiba's commodity DRAM unit
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4/22/2002   Post a comment
BOISE, Idaho -- As part of its DRAM expansion strategy, Micron Technology Inc. today announced it has paid Toshiba Corp. $250 million in cash and issued 1.5 million shares of stock, valued at $45 million, to complete its acquisition of Toshiba's commodity dynamic random-access memory business in Virginia.
Intrinsity aims 2-GHz Adaptive Signal Processors at beating DSPs
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4/22/2002   Post a comment
AUSTIN, Tex. -- In a move to applying its dynamic logic technology to high-speed embedded processing applications, Intrinsity Inc. today announced plans to offer a 2-GHz adaptive signal processor, based on a matrix-computing engine and a souped up 32-bit RISC core, licensed from MIPS Technologies Inc.
Altera expects 30% performance gain from TSMC's 90-nm process
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4/22/2002   Post a comment
HSINCHU, Taiwan -- Altera Corp. plans to extend its technology alliance with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. here to develop programmable logic devices at the 90-nm (0.09-micron) process node.
Micron agrees to buy Hynix memory business for $3.2 billion in stock
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4/22/2002   Post a comment
BOISE, Idaho--Micron Technology Inc. today announced a non-binding agreement to purchase the memory business of Hynix Semiconductor Inc. for 108.6 million shares of stock, valued at $3.2 billion. Micron said it has also agreed to invest $200 million in Hynix in return for a 15% equity stake in the Korean company's non-memory chip business.
Could it be a flash 'boom'? AMD says so, steps up efforts to beat Intel
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4/19/2002   Post a comment
Here it goes, the end of the "flash crash" and the start of the "flash bash."
TI's kit for DSP-based cell phones has 'click-wrap licensing' for Symbian OS
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4/19/2002   Post a comment
DALLAS -- With the battle heating up for new DSP-based 2.5 and 3G cell phones, Texas Instruments Inc. today announced plans to make available in the third quarter a new development kit for its OMAP platform, which offers a "click-wrap licensing agreement' for the Symbian Ltd.'s OS operating system.
Altera, Cypress settle suit over acquisition of Right Track CAD
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4/18/2002   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Altera Corp. and Cypress Semiconductor Corp. today said they have settled a lawsuit filed by Cypress over Altera's acquisition of Right Track CAD Inc. nearly two years ago (see May 8, 2000, story).
Ramtron's revenues more than triple from Q1 last year
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4/18/2002   Post a comment
OLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.--Ramtron International Corp. today reported revenues surged to $12.6 million in the first quarter--more than triple $3.5 million in revenues reported for the same period last year.
Chartered develops low-power processes with ST, inks foundry pact with Legerity
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4/18/2002   Post a comment
SINGAPORE -- Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Pte. Ltd. today announced a long-term foundry agreement with Legerity Inc.--an AMD spin-off, based in Austin, Tex., and separately, the Singapore foundry company said it has jointly-developed "breakthrough" low-power processes for 0.18 and 0.13-micron technologies with STMicroelectronics.
Philips licenses MoSys 1T-SRAM with error correction for 0.13-micron designs
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4/18/2002   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif.-- MoSys Inc. today announced it has licensed its one-transistor SRAM cell technology, called T1-SRAM, to Philips Semiconductors, which plans to use the embedded memory in cellular infrastructure ASICs and system-on-chip (SoC) designs.
AMD sales fall 5% sequentially in Q1 despite record MPU shipments
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4/17/2002   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif.--Advanced Micro Devices Inc. today reported a net loss of $9.2 million on sales of $902.1 million in the first quarter. Despite shipping a record 8 million PC processors in the quarter, AMD said its Q1 revenues sequentially dropped 5% from the fourth quarter, partly because of weakness in flash memories.
Voice-over-Internet chip sales to reach $1.4 billion by 2006, says report
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4/17/2002   Post a comment
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The packet voice equipment market has almost completed the changeover from frame relay-based technology to voice-over-Internet protocol (VoIP), with channel/port shipments expected to grow at a 116% compound annual rate between 2001 and 2006, according to a new report from Forward Concepts here.
Xicor buys analog development startup to expand mixed-signal efforts
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4/17/2002   Post a comment
MILPITAS, Calif.--Xicor Inc. today announced it has acquired privately-held Analog Integration Partners LLC, a developer of analog signal processing and data conversion circuits based in Milpitas. The purchase was completed on Tuesday for $15 million in stock and cash, said Xicor, also based in Milpitas.
Intel rolls out 1.8-V 'Wireless Flash' for 3G phones at Japan IDF meeting
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4/17/2002   Post a comment
TOKYO -- At the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in Japan today, Intel Corp. launched 0.13-micron versions of its low-voltage, flash-memory line for third-generation (3G) cellular phones and other products. The company also rolled out new and advanced stacked chip-scale packages (CSPs) and related technologies for these flash-memory products.
TI buys echo-cancellation software unit from Ditech
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4/16/2002   Post a comment
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- Texas Instruments Inc. today announced it has acquired the echo-cancellation software unit of Ditech Communications Corp. for $26.8 million in a move to provide communications chip customers with a complete hardware and software solution for carrier-class platforms.
ARM revenues rise 5% sequentially with growth in licensing pacts
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4/15/2002   Post a comment
CAMBRIDGE, England -- ARM Holdings plc today reported a 5% sequential increase in total revenues to £42.1 million ($28.6 million) in the first quarter of 2002 compared to £40.2 million in Q4 of 2001. ARM's Revenues were 30% higher than £32.5 million in the first quarter of 2001.
ST to buy Alcatel Micro for $343 million, sell mixed-signal business to AMI
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4/15/2002   Post a comment
PARIS -- In a complex series of transactions, STMicroelectronics today announced it has agreed to acquire Alcatel Microelectronics from telecom giant Alcatel SA for 390 million euros ($343 million) in cash. But in an usual twist, STMicroelectronics turned around and announced it had also agreed to sell the mixed-signal business of Alcatel Microelectronics to AMI Semiconductor Inc. of Pocatello, Idaho.
Intel will pay Intergraph $300 million for patents in suit settlement
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4/15/2002   Post a comment
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Intergraph Corp. and Intel Corp. today announced they have agreed to bury the legal hatchet in their dispute over microprocessor patents. Under the settlement, Intel will pay Intergraph $300 million. Intergraph will transfer ownership of patents not covered by a new cross-licensing agreement in the settlement.
Siemens to use Motorola's 3G chips, platform under new partnership
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4/15/2002   Post a comment
MUNICH -- Motorola Inc. today announced a major win in its campaign to sell cell-phone chip sets and platforms to competing handset makers under a new agreement to collaborate with Siemens AG in mainstream Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) terminals.
LSI launches 90-nm ASIC offering, expands foundry pact with TSMC
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4/15/2002   Post a comment
MILPITAS, Calif. -- In a move to enable next-generation chips with up to 1 billion transistors, LSI Logic Corp. here today announced its new ASIC and system-on-chip (SoC) product portfolio, based on 90-nm (0.09-micron) process technology. The company's "G90" product offering consists of process technology, IC building blocks, and design tools to enable development of 90-nm chip designs.
TI will use Gemplus core in controller for PC smart-card readers
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4/12/2002   Post a comment
SEATTLE -- Prior to the start of next week's WinHEC Conference here, smart-card supplier Gemplus International SA and Texas Instruments Inc. today announced a technology licensing agreement to provide smart-card reader functionality in notebook and desktop PCs.
Intel offers design mock-ups for XScale-based wireless monitor devices
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4/12/2002   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif.--Intel Corp. today announced a reference design platform for a new-generation of smart displays using its XScale technology and the new Mira software set from Microsoft Corp. The XScale architecture is aimed at supporting processor performance and low-power consumption in wireless connections to Windows XP-based PCs that are linked to battery operated smart display devices in the home.
Matsushita licenses MoSys one-transistor SRAM for communications ICs
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4/12/2002   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif.--MoSys Inc. today announced it has licensed its one-transistor SRAM sell technology to Matsushita Communication Industrial Co. Ltd. in Japan for embedded design use in ICs for communications applications. Terms of the licensing agreement were not released.
Micron plans to turn CAM devices into a volume product line
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4/12/2002   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Looking to alter the landscape in one networking-IC market, Micron Technology Inc. here this week outlined its strategy in the content addressable memory (CAM) arena, disclosing plans to move CAMs from their current niche status to high-volume products for a broader range of applications.
Transmeta names Cirrus executive as new CEO
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4/10/2002   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif.--Transmeta Corp. today named a former executive from Cirrus Logic Inc. as its new chief executive officer, replacing industry veteran Murray A. Goldman, who temporarily took over the CEO post last fall to help stabilize the struggling microprocessor supplier (see Oct. 16 story).
Rambus revenues slip 5% from prior quarter; legal expense fall too
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4/10/2002   Post a comment
LOS ALTOS, Calif.--Rambus Inc. today reported a slight sequential increase in net income to $6.7 million in the company's fiscal second quarter, ended March 31, compared to $6.2 million in the previous quarter. Rambus said its revenues declined 5% sequentially to $23.5 million vs. $24.9 million in the prior quarter.
Cypress says highest density dual-port memory now in production
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4/9/2002   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Cypress Semiconductor Corp. today claimed it has taken the lead in production of the industry's highest density "true dual-port memory chip--a 9-megabit device, which is aimed at wireless base stations, storage networks, and wide-area networks (WANs).
ATMOS and TSMC to qualify embedded DRAM for 90-nm process
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4/9/2002   Post a comment
OTTAWA -- ATMOS Corp. here and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. today announced an agreement to develop, verify and qualify embedded DRAM memory technology for 90-nm (0.09-micron) process technology. The memory will be based on the ATMOS SoC-RAM cell design technology and will be offered to foundry customers using TSMC's Nexsys 90-nm process.
Ex-TSMC chief tips Dubai as foundry player
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4/9/2002   Post a comment
Emirate backs German start-up fab Communicant to get experience in chip production.
Alcatel teams with MPower to develop ICs for smart battery packs
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4/9/2002   Post a comment
BRUSSELS -- Alcatel SA's semiconductor unit here and Scotland's MPower Batteries Ltd. today announced a development alliance for innovative chips in smart battery packs used in cellular phones, private mobile radios, personal digital assistants (PDAs), and digital cameras.
TSMC on fast track for 90nm on 300mm wafers
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4/9/2002   Post a comment
Dr Calvin Chenming Hu, CTO, says full-scale production could be under way by the end of 2003's first quarter.
Philips claims smallest IC package with improved heat dissipation
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4/8/2002   Post a comment
EINDHOVEN, the Netherlands -- Royal Philips Electronics N.V. today announced development of the world's smallest IC package, called the depopulated very-thin quad flat-pack no-lead (DQFN) package. The DQFN is 75% smaller than the existing thin shrink small-outline package (TSSOP) and has a footprint of 2.5-by-3 mm in a 14-pin configuration, Philips said.
ASIC sales to rebound slowly, rising 5% in 2002, says report
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4/8/2002   Post a comment
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Applications-specific ICs, such as gate arrays and other ASIC technologies, were hit hard by the 2001 downturn causing revenues to drop 28% to $12.9 billion last year, but sales in the semi-custom chip segment are now expected to grow steadily to $21.7 billion by 2006, said a new report from iSuppli Corp.
Canada's SiGe Semi moves into fiber optics IC market
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4/8/2002   Post a comment
OTTAWA, Canada -- SiGe Semiconductor Inc. today announced its entry into the IC market for optoelectronics with the launch of two transimpedance amplifiers and an automatic gain control device for fiber-optic modules in routers, modems and cross connect systems supporting 2.5-gigabits-per-second OC-48 and STM-16 transmission rates.
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