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Agere re-enters USB chip market with analog companion to digital ASICs
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5/31/2002   Post a comment
ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- Agere Systems Inc. today introduced a USB 2.0 analog chip for customized digital-only ASICs serving the Universal Serial Bus 2.0 standard. The introduction is a change in course for Agere, which last year announced it was pulling out of the USB 2.0 market to focus more attention of 1394b serial links (see July 16 story).
Agilent supplies ASICs for HP's Itanium 2-based systems
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5/30/2002   Post a comment
PALO ALTO, Calif.--Agilent Technologies Inc. here today disclosed it is using 0.18-micron ASIC technology to ship a three-chip set solution to Hewlett-Packard Co. for workstations and servers based on Intel Corp.'s 64-bit Itanium 2 microprocessors.
Intel predicts Itanium 2 will double performance of enterprise computing
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5/29/2002   Post a comment
MUNICH -- During a meeting with European systems developers here, Intel Corp. today predicted that its upcoming 64-bit Itanium 2 microprocessor will deliver up to 1.5-to-2 times the performance of today's enterprise computers, based on existing Itanium processors.
Intel cuts MPU prices thanks to yields from 300-mm wafers, 0.13-micron process
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5/28/2002   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Intel Corp. has cut the prices of 21 microprocessor products by a range of 9-to-53% as the company's investments in 300-mm wafer fabs and 0.13-micron processes helped to drive down production costs, according to a spokesman here today.
Agilent claims first single-chip mapper for Gigabit-over-Sonet solutions
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5/28/2002   Post a comment
PALO ALTO, Calif.--Agilent Technologies Inc. today announced the first single-chip solution for Gigabit Ethernet over Sonet and Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH) networks. The Ethernet-over-Sonet (EoS) mapper chip integrates a serializer/deserializer (SerDes), clock data recovery and OC-3 to OC-48 framer functions, Agilent said
Intel aims R&D center in Spain at low-power processor designs
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5/28/2002   Post a comment
MUNICH -- During the European version of the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) here today, Intel Corp. and a major university in Spain announced plans to team up and open a new R&D laboratory to develop next-generation microprocessor designs.
Nazomi sues ARM for patent infringement in Java acceleration circuits
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5/28/2002   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif.--Nazomi Communications Inc. here today announced a patent infringement lawsuit against ARM Ltd., accusing the U.K.-based processor core supplier of violating its technology for Java-software acceleration.
Samsung speeds ramp of 512-Mbit DDR-II chips after evaluations with IBM
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5/28/2002   Post a comment
SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. today announced plans to begin volume production of 512-megabit DDR-II synchronous DRAMs in the third quarter this year after successfully completing system-level evaluation on prototype 128-Mbit DDR-II devices with IBM Corp.
SIA applauds passage of trade bill
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5/23/2002   Post a comment
The Semiconductor Industry Association today applauded the United States Senate's passage of the Trade Promotion Authority, which will allow the Administration to negotiate to further open foreign markets to U.S. high technology exports.
IBM, Sony to jointly offer chip solutions for digital TV in Europe
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5/22/2002   Post a comment
LONDON -- Sony Corp.'s Semiconductor & Devices Europe (SDE) subsidiary and IBM Corp.'s Microelectronics Division today announced plans to offer complementary and compatible products for set-top box developers in the European market.
TI claims one of the densest SRAM blocks on processor with 0.13-micron process
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5/22/2002   Post a comment
DALLAS -- Texas Instruments Inc. today announced it is using a 0.13-micron copper CMOS process to fabricate and begin shipments of a 180-million transistor multiprocessor IC for telecom applications, providing more than 200 pulse-code modulation (PCM) channels on a chip.
AMD's Austin fab ramps flash memories, plans last processor in Q3
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5/20/2002   Post a comment
AUSTIN, Tex. -- Advanced Micro Devices Inc. today said its 200-mm wafer Fab 25 here is now ramping volume production of 32- and 64-megabit flash chips using a 0.17-micron process technology after beginning a transition from microprocessor production to nonvolatile memories.
Credence cuts mixed-signal test costs with building-block approach
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5/15/2002   Post a comment
FREMONT, Calif. -- Credence Systems Corp. today rolled out its newest configurable chip tester for mixed-signal ICs, saying that the ASL 2000MS system will support low-cost testing with a highly-flexible "building-block" architecture.
Motorola licenses MoSys' one-transistor SRAM technology for embedded memory
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5/15/2002   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif.--MoSys Inc. today announced it has licensed its one-transistor SRAM technology to Motorola Inc. for embedded memory applications in IC designs. Terms of the agreement were not released.
Fujitsu rolls out its multi-bit 'MirrorFlash' based on R&D with AMD
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5/14/2002   Post a comment
TOKYO -- Fujitsu Ltd. today announced its version of 64-megabit flash memories based on a multi-bit cell technology developed with flash partner Advanced Micro Devices Inc. Fujitsu is calling its version of the memory "MirrorFlash," while AMD calls the technology "MirrorBit."
ESS taps NEC's MPEG2 technology for chips in DVD recorders, set-top boxes
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5/14/2002   Post a comment
FREMONT, Calif. -- ESS Technology Inc. today announced it has licensed MPEG2 audio/video encoder technology from NEC Corp. in Japan, and it plans to integrate the function with MPEG4 capability in a new series of single-chip solutions for home entertainment products. The pact also expands the collaboration between the two companies in set-top box ICs.
Rambus stock drops on reports of possible antitrust suit, but is it old news?
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5/13/2002   Post a comment
NEW YORK -- News reports of a possible federal antitrust lawsuit against Rambus Inc. pushed the company's stock price down by nearly 3% today in trading, but it remains unclear whether the Federal Trade Commission is planning new legal action against the memory technology supplier.
Lattice expands complex PLD series with 3.3- to 1.8-V parts for 'one-stop solution'
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5/13/2002   Post a comment
HILLSBORO, Ore.--Lattice Semiconductor Corp. today introduced a new 3.3-volt series of complex programmable logic devices (CPLDs), and it expanded the company's lineup of 2.5- and 1.8-volt CPLDs.
Microtune says new tuner chip cuts cost of cable modem frontends by 25%
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5/13/2002   Post a comment
PLANO, Tex. -- With prices collapsing in cable modem markets, Microtune Inc. today launched a new low-cost single-chip broadband tuner, which could potentially save about 25% in the bill of materials for frontend systems in cable modems.
AMD officially rolls out MirrorBit flash in attack on Intel's Strataflash
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5/13/2002   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Competition in flash memories intensified today with the official launch of MirrorBit memories by Advanced Micro Devices Inc. The new MirrorBit devices are based on a multi-bit technology that doubles the amount of information on a chip, compared to standard flash cells, and it is AMD's response to Intel Corp.'s Strataflash devices, which were launched in 1997.
Europe's austriamicrosystems hones strategy for push into global markets
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5/10/2002   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Chip maker austriamicrosystems AG of Austria is pushing hard to put itself on the semiconductor map--globally speaking. The 22-year-old semiconductor company says it is taking aggressive steps to make a name for itself outside of Europe as a major supplier of ASICs and specialty foundry processes for worldwide customers.
Atmel says judge hikes verdict against SST to $36.5 million in patent case
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5/10/2002   Post a comment
SAN JOSE--Atmel Corp. today said a federal judge has increased a jury's verdict against Silicon Storage Technology Inc. from $20 million to $36.5 million in a patent lawsuit over charge-pump technology used to provide programming voltages in memory chips.
AMD cuts 200 more jobs in Austin as it prepares Fab 25 for flash production
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5/9/2002   Post a comment
AUSTIN, Tex. -- About 200 additional workers will be laid off by Advanced Micro Devices Inc. here as the Silicon Valley-based company transitions its 200-mm wafer Fab 25 facility from microprocessor production to flash memories.
Taiwan's Powerchip orders PRI's reticle stocker for new 300-mm fab
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5/8/2002   Post a comment
BILLERICA, Mass.--PRI Automation Inc. today announced it has been selected by memory maker Powerchip Semiconductor Corp. to supply bare reticle stocker systems for a new 300-mm wafer fab being constructed in Taiwan.
Analysis: New network DRAMs become hot commodity
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5/8/2002   Post a comment
You would think the networking equipment market was booming again, the way DRAM vendors are falling all over themselves courting OEMs.
Samsung, Toshiba strike network-specific DRAM pact as competition heats up
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5/8/2002   Post a comment
TOKYO -- With the battle over "network DRAMs" spreading, Toshiba Corp. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. today formally announced an agreement to produce fully compatible versions of fast-cycle RAMs, which are based on specifications jointly developed by Toshiba and Fujitsu Ltd.
TI announces major win in Motorola cable modem; Broadcom not worried
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5/7/2002   Post a comment
DALLAS --Texas Instruments Inc. here today announced that it has teamed with Motorola Inc.'s Broadband Communications Sector teamed to create and deliver certified data over cable service interface specification (DOCSIS) 1.0, 1.1 and 2.0 cable modems for the broadband cable market.
Don't be fooled by Q1 chip surge; recovery remains gradual, says analyst
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5/7/2002   Post a comment
Hang on. Here comes a speed bump to slow down the 2002 semiconductor recovery, after chip sales grew at their fastest sequential rate in the first quarter of this year since the mid-1980s.
Conexant's foundry spin-off becomes 'Jazz Semiconductor,' serves 27 customers
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5/6/2002   Post a comment
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.-- Conexant Systems Inc.'s new spin-off "specialty" foundry company today was officially named Jazz Semiconductor Inc.
GaAs IC revenues will recover with 17% growth in 2002, says new report
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5/6/2002   Post a comment
NEW TRIPOLI, Pa. -- After plunging 33% in 2001, the market for gallium-arsenide (GaAs) integrated circuits is now expected to grow 17% and reach $1.9 billion in 2002 with cellular phones applications helping to revive revenues this year, said a new report from The Information Network here. The research firm is predicts that worldwide GaAs IC revenues will reach $4.2 billion in 2005.
Infineon forms new wireless unit, de-emphasizes cordless phone chip activities
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5/2/2002   Post a comment
MUNICH -- Infineon Technologies AG today announced formation of a new Local Area Wireless business unit to address applications using Bluetooth radio-frequency (RF) connections and wireless local area networking (WLAN) technologies. The Munich chip maker also indicated that the move was part of a new strategy to refocus resources to avoid price wars in the digital cordless phone segments.
Micron gives up on negotiating purchase of Hynix memory business
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5/2/2002   Post a comment
BOISE, Idaho--Micron Technology Inc. today officially threw in the towel and said it was withdrawing from negotiations with Hynix Semiconductor Inc. in a failed attempt to buy the Korean company's memory business.
Infineon, Nanya plan 300-mm fab in Taiwan and DRAM process development
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5/2/2002   Post a comment
TAOYUEN, Taiwan -- After months of negotiations, Nanya Technology Corp. here and Germany's Infineon Technologies AG today announced a non-binding memorandum of understanding to co-develop next-generation DRAM processes for 300-mm wafers at the 90-nm and 70-nm technology nodes.
LSI Logic becomes first to license ARM's new synthesizable processor core
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5/1/2002   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- LSI Logic Corp. today announced plans to use ARM Ltd.'s new synthesizable 32-bit ARM1026EJ-S microprocessor core in system-on-chip designs for advanced communications, storage, and consumer electronics applications. Making the announcement at the Embedded Processor Forum here, LSI Logic said it was the first semiconductor company to license ARM's new core, which was introduced at the meeting on Tuesday.
MIPS licenses 32-bit RISC to Fulcrum for clockless communications processor
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5/1/2002   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- MIPS Technologies Inc. announced it has licensed the company's 32-bit RISC instruction set architecture to fabless startup Fulcrum Microsystems Inc. in Calabasas Hills, Calif., which plans to use the technology to develop a high-performance clockless processor for wireline communications.
TI teams with nearby Microtune to jointly pursue cable modem applications
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5/1/2002   Post a comment
DALLAS -- Texas Instruments Inc. here and six-year-old Microtune Inc. in the Dallas suburb of Plano are teaming up for the first time to jointly develop and offer chip set solutions for baseband communications applications using data over cable service interface specification (known as "DOCSIS").


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