ARM extends Java deal for wireless with J2ME licence News & Analysis 6/29/2001 Post a comment ARM Holdings has taken out a licence for the J2ME technology from Sun Microsystems in a move that will see the companies look at adapting Java further for "the segments that ARM serves", according to Reynette Au, ARM's vice-president of corporate marketing.
Dense-Pac to expand workforce to handle 3-D memory growth News & Analysis 6/27/2001 Post a comment GARDEN GROVE, Calif.--Dense-Pac Microsystems Inc. here today announced it will increase its direct labor force by 10-to-15% to handle growing demand for stacked memory products. The three-dimensional chip-packaging company said new demand for stacked memory "appears to be a firming business climate."
NeoMagic ready to sample ICs for Net appliances News & Analysis 6/27/2001 Post a comment NeoMagic Corp. is poised to jump back into the semiconductor market after more than a year away. But instead of graphics components aimed at notebook computers the product generally associated with the company NeoMagic is moving into an entirely different segment with a family of parts designed for the handheld Internet appliance market.
ATI sales up sequentially 10% in quarter News & Analysis 6/27/2001 Post a comment MARKHAM, Ontario -- Graphics and multimedia chip supplier ATI Technologies Inc. today reported an adjusted net loss of $4.2 million for the company's fiscal third quarter, ended May 31, on sales of $255.9 million, which was a 10.1% sequential increase form the prior three-month period.
Winbond starts production ramp of Rambus DRAMs, offers first samples News & Analysis 6/27/2001 Post a comment HSINCHU, Taiwan -- Winbond Electronics Corp. here today announced it has begun ramping volume production of Rambus DRAMs, with samples now available of 128- and 256-megabit memories based on Rambus Inc.'s chip architecture. Winbond becomes the first Taiwan chip company to launch Rambus DRAM production.
Semtech refocuses power management portfolio, drops some commodity ICs News & Analysis 6/27/2001 Post a comment NEWBURY PARK, Calif.--Semtech Corp. here reaffirmed that revenues for the second quarter would be in a range of $38-to-$40 million--which is 33-to-38% below $60.5 million in Q1. The company also said it has decided to take a $14.0 million charge for write-down of inventories and discontinued products after a review of its chip portfolio.
Alpha's demise thwarts Samsung's processor dreams, analysts say News & Analysis 6/26/2001 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.'s costly efforts to enter the microprocessor field may have abruptly ended this week, especially after Compaq Computer Corp.'s decision to kill the 64-bit Alpha processor by 2004 or so.
In 1998, Samsung created a U.S. joint venture with Compaq--called Alpha Processor Inc. (API)--to help it enter the high-end processor market. The venture was also aimed at expanding Samsung's non-memory chip business.
Intel's 870 chip set, Pentium 4 and other ICs to air at 'Hot Chips' News & Analysis 6/26/2001 Post a comment PALO ALTO, Calif. -- During the annual Hot Chips Conference at Stanford University here in mid-August, Intel Corp. plans to disclose more details about its Pentium 4 and Itanium processor series as well as the awaited 870 chip set, which supports double data rate (DDR) synchronous DRAMs in computer servers. The 870 will also support Direct Rambus DRAMs.
Amkor develops software to cut RF testing costs up to 80% News & Analysis 6/26/2001 Post a comment CHANDLER, Ariz.--Amkor Technology Inc. here announced development of a new radio-frequency device testing platform that reduces test times by as much as 80%. The platform uses proprietary software that optimizes standard instrumentation systems for faster RF testing results, Amkor said.
IDT packs programmable features in first octal voice codec News & Analysis 6/25/2001 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Codec chips have been around for decades converting analog telephone signals to digital formats for telecom switching systems, but now there's something new in coder-decoder ICs--the first programmable octal voice codec from Integrated Device Technology Inc.
IC Media announces 'true' single-chip digital color camera News & Analysis 6/25/2001 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- Three-year-old IC Media Corp. today claimed development of the first "true single-chip digital color camera"--the ICM-532A--which provides common interchange format (CFI) resolution of 352-by-288 pixels for still or full-motion video up to 30-frames-per-second.
Transmeta MPUs leverage latest Taiwan technologies from TSMC and ASE News & Analysis 6/25/2001 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Transmeta Corp.'s newest x86-based microprocessor series--which are being officially unveiled here today--will take advantage of the latest 0.13-micron process and flip-chip packaging technologies from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) and Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc. (ASE), respectively.
Xilinx, ASIC vendors talk licensing News & Analysis 6/22/2001 Post a comment Xilinx Inc. is talking to ASIC vendors about licensing its field-programmable gate array blocks to them. If such discussions are successful, ASIC companies will be able to include FPGAs in their ASICs and provide field programmability to their customers.
Europe and Asia begin to hinder electronics recovery News & Analysis 6/22/2001 Post a comment Europe and East Asia are further complicating the already difficult task of pulling the electronics industry out of its slump. Worsening overseas conditions are competing for the attention of executives in the electronics sector, who for months have been distracted by worries over the state of the U.S. economy. But after a series of interest rate reductions, inventory write-offs, and production cuts failed to engineer a hoped for turnaround, U.S. business leaders are quickly realizing that globa
Transmeta, Seiko to develop 'energy-saving' processors for notebooks and Internet appliances News & Analysis 6/21/2001 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Transmeta Corp. and Seiko Epson Corp. here today announced that they will co-develop a future line of "energy-saving" microprocessors, chip sets, and other products for notebook PCs and Internet appliances.
Under the terms, the companies will co-develop low-power processors that combines Transmeta's Crusoe family of x86-based MPUs and Seko Epson's "energy-saving" chip technology.
ON Semiconductor cuts revenue expectations News & Analysis 6/21/2001 Post a comment ON Semiconductor Corp. announced that it expects second quarter 2001 revenues to be down 12 to 15% from the first quarter and expects a loss per share of 35 to 40 cents, excluding restructuring charges, amortization of goodwill and other intangibles.
Transmeta says TSMC--not IBM--is sole foundry for its new 0.13-micron processors News & Analysis 6/21/2001 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- During a conference call with analysts on Thursday, Transmeta Corp. confirmed that its new, 0.13-micron microprocessors will be solely manufactured by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC)--not IBM Microelectronics.
TSMC will make Transmeta's 0.13-micron chips on a foundry basis in two locations in Taiwan, including its Fab 4 facility in Hsinchu and Fab 6 plant in Tainan, said Mark Allen, president and CEO of Transmeta. "We are not ramping up 0.13-micron tec
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.