Agilent claims first single-chip mapper for Gigabit-over-Sonet solutions
News & Analysis 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
SIA applauds passage of trade bill
News & Analysis 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.
ESS taps NEC's MPEG2 technology for chips in DVD recorders, set-top boxes
News & Analysis 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.
AMD officially rolls out MirrorBit flash in attack on Intel's Strataflash
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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.
GaAs IC revenues will recover with 17% growth in 2002, says new report
News & Analysis 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
News & Analysis 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.
LSI Logic becomes first to license ARM's new synthesizable processor core
News & Analysis 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.