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Startup Multilink Technology raises $72 million
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6/21/2001   Post a comment
SOMERSET, N.J. -- Communications-chip maker Multilink Technology Corp. here today announced that it raised $72 million in an initial public offering.
Micron's loss hits $301 million as sales drop 24% from prior quarter
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6/21/2001   Post a comment
BOISE, Idaho -- Micron Technology Inc. here today posted a net loss of $301 million as a result of a pre-tax inventory write-down of $260 million and a 24% sequential drop in revenues from the prior quarter. The DRAM maker's net sales fell to $818.3 million from $1.07 billion on the prior quarter as a result of a 35% drop in average selling prices for the company's memory products.
Micrel cuts forecast for revenue and earnings
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6/21/2001   Post a comment
Micrel, Inc. today reduced its revenue and earnings guidance for the second quarter of 2001.
Advantest cuts flash testing costs by third in parallel system
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6/21/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Advantest Corp. today rolled out a new front-end flash memory test system, which has the ability to test up to 128 devices simultaneously. The throughput of the T5771 tester is an eightfold increase compared to the company's previously available system, said Advantest.
DRAM sales to fall 55.5%, making 2001 the worst year ever for suppliers, says Dataquest
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6/21/2001   Post a comment
EGHAM, England --The incredible shrinking DRAM business is collapsing at an unprecedented rate and will suffer its worst year ever in 2001 with a 55.5% decline in revenues compared to 2000, according to a new forecast released by Dataquest Inc. today.
Ferromagnetic material makes perfect switch
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6/21/2001   Post a comment
A group of US research scientists has developed a half metallic ferromagnetic material that could be used in magnetic ram (MRAM) to create a perfect on-off switch.
picoTurbo and ARM clash over ruling in processor patent infringement suit
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6/20/2001   Post a comment
MILPITAS, Calif.--RISC processor core supplier picoTurbo Inc. here on Wednesday claimed a U.S. judge has limited the scope of patents in a lawsuit filed by ARM Ltd. against the Milpitas company. But ARM, based in Cambridge, England, quickly countered those claims, saying the judge adopted its "construction" on the vast majority of the seven patents in the suit.
Transmeta blames weakness in Japan for lower revenues in Q2
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6/20/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif.-- Despite a series of high-profile design wins in recent weeks, microprocessor supplier Transmeta Corp. today had bad news for investors. The startup said it was cutting its outlook and lowering revenue estimates for the current quarter by 40-to-45% due to weak demand for processors in portable computer systems.
Opinion: Chip smuggling still big business in China
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6/20/2001   Post a comment
Hong Kong -- One of the big supply channels for chips in China doesn't show up in any SCM systems. It's smuggling.
Infineon expects loss in quarter with 30% sequential drop in sales
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6/20/2001   Post a comment
MUNICH -- Infineon Technologies AG today warned that price erosion and deteriorating conditions in semiconductor markets will result in a 30% sequential decline in revenues during the current quarter from the prior three-month period.
Infineon expects 30% drop in revenues
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6/20/2001   Post a comment
Infineon Technologies AG said Wednesday that its third quarter results will be negatively influenced by price erosion and by one-time charges related to inventory write downs.
Chip suppliers still see allure of wireless market
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6/19/2001   Post a comment
It doesn't appear that wireless handset makers are going to get themselves untangled any time soon, but chip suppliers are waiting in line for a shot at a promised re-emergence that seems increasingly tied to a rollout of packet-based services.
IMEC's FPGA-based webcam moves a step closer to 'soft' hardware
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6/19/2001   Post a comment
IMEC has developed an FPGA-based camera system in which both hardware and software modules can be reconfigured over the Internet while the camera is operating.
IBM, National team up to accelerate Internet gateways in household systems
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6/19/2001   Post a comment
SOMERS, N.Y. -- IBM Corp. and National Semiconductor Corp. today announced development of new platform and technology for home gateways that connect household appliances, lights, security systems, air conditioners, entertainment units, and other consumer products to the Internet for remote access and management.
Hitachi rolls out high-end 16-bit controller line
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6/18/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Hitachi Semiconductor America Inc. here today introduced a high-end version of its H8S family of 16-bit microcontrollers for use in industrial, wireless, and other applications. The H8S/2268F consists of a 16-bit, 20-MHz CPU core, 256-kilobytes of flash memory, an LCD controller/driver, and a dual-tone multiple-frequency output circuit.
SigmaRAM group expects samples of 18-Mbit memories in Q4
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6/18/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Right on the heels of an announcement by a rival group, the SigmaRAM Consortium today unveiled its product roadmap for high-speed synchronous SRAMs, which will support sustained data rates of up to 24-gigabits per second at clock speeds of 333 MHz in networking and telecom systems.
$22.7bn to design 2005's biggest asic
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6/18/2001   Post a comment
An analysis conducted to give chip design tools greater prominence in the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) has revealed the extent of the spiralling costs of design if changes in the tools are not embraced.
Asics squeezed by looming capacity crunch
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6/18/2001   Post a comment
Bryan Lewis, chief analyst at Gartner Dataquest, has told Electronics Times companies currently using asics could be forced into designing for programmable logic devices (PLDs) or using off-the-shelf application specific standard products (ASSPs) as capacity for older processes gets squeezed out by the effects of the current semiconductor downturn.
Will DRAM 'futures' trading work this time? Houston firm thinks so
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6/18/2001   Post a comment
NEW YORK -- Enron Corp.'s financial muscle and risk management skills may be just what the DRAM market needs to address price and procurement imbalances.
STMicro says HDTV decoder IC sets integration record
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6/18/2001   Post a comment
GENEVA--STMicroelectronics today announced it has set a chip-integration record for high-definition television (HDTV) applications by developing a single-chip decoder with additional circuit blocks for decoding multiple MPEG video data streams.
TI claims world's smallest logic package for portable consumer products
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6/18/2001   Post a comment
DALLAS -- Taking aim at portable consumer product applications, Texas Instruments Inc. today announced it was making available the world's smallest chip package for standard logic devices. TI said its NanoStar package reduces the spaces for logic functions by 13% compared to any other packaging solution.
Quickturn gets on pulse train
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6/18/2001   Post a comment
Cadence Design Systems' Quickturn subsidiary has reworked the Cobalt in-circuit emulator to take in some of the technology developed for its Mercury Plus emulator and allowed the company produce a smaller, cheaper, design.
Magnetic ram to hit market a year early
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6/18/2001   Post a comment
Magnetic ram (MRAM) could arrive in volume within 18 months as Motorola and IBM speed up development work. The original volume target date was 2004.
Sony backs wireless technology startup
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6/15/2001   Post a comment
Systemonic AG, a digital signal processing startup in Dresden, Germany, has snagged Sony as a backer of its technology, which Systemonic said can be used to build communications chips for 5-GHz wireless LANs.
Three-pronged approach to packet-voice
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6/15/2001   Post a comment
A US firm with its R&D centre in Cambridge, UK has developed a complete software suite for packet-voice and fax gateways and switches.
Mosaid revenues up 14% sequentially with boost from DRAM royalties
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6/15/2001   Post a comment
OTTAWA--Mosaid Technologies Inc. posted record revenues of $24.3 million in the company's fiscal fourth quarter, ended April 27. Mosaid's revenues increase sequentially 14% from $21.6 million in the prior quarter, and 71% above $14.2 million in the period last year.
Intel will lag behind competitors in DDR
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6/15/2001   Post a comment
Intel's double data rate version of the Brookdale Chipset could be behind the times before it even hits the market.
ST reduces Q2 outlook but Europe escapes job axe
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6/15/2001   Post a comment
Europe escaped any job cuts as the continent's largest semiconductor company, STMicroelectronics, unveiled it is to seek further cost savings because of falling revenues.
ARM follows MIPS in adding floating point option
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6/15/2001   Post a comment
ARM Holdings has followed MIPS Technologies into adding a synthesisable floating point unit to its library of processor cores.
Motorola opts for ARM technology over its own cores for DragonBall
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6/15/2001   Post a comment
Motorola's next generation of processors for Palm handheld computers and other devices has been based on the ARM architecture, not the US group's own processor cores.
International Rectifier cuts revenue projections
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6/14/2001   Post a comment
International Rectifier Corp. today announced that revenues for its fiscal 2001 fourth quarter ending June are expected to be $179-193 million, down 30-35% from record revenues of $276 million in the March quarter.
Microchip reaffirms sales guidance as push-outs slow
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6/14/2001   Post a comment
Microchip Technology Inc. Thursday announced that, based on April and May data, it remains on track toward its earlier guidance of net sales for the current quarter of approximately $138 million.
Macronix claims victory in ITC probe of Atmel's patent case
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6/14/2001   Post a comment
WASHINGTON -- Macronix International Co. Ltd. of Taiwan and its U.S. subsidiary today announced a legal victory before the U.S. International Trade Commission, which ruled for the second time that the company's chip products did not infringe upon the "silicon signature" patent of Atmel Corp.
Embedded MPU vendors step out of the box
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6/14/2001   Post a comment
Embedded-processor vendors are looking to buttress their designs with a wide range of features outside of the core MPU itself, a trend that may soon make processor-only designs passé.
Group enhances QDR SRAM spec for 333 MHz; samples due in Q4
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6/14/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Cypress Semiconductor, Integrated Device Technology, Micron, NEC, and Samsung today announced enhancements to the Quad Data Rate (QDR) architecture for SRAMs, pushing the overall memory performance to 333-MHz clock speeds.
Another powerful earthquake rattles Taiwan
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6/14/2001   Post a comment
HSINCHU, Taiwan -- Taiwan's semiconductor industry appears to have weathered two powerful earthquakes in less than twenty-four hours with minimal disruption.
New programmable processors will displace ASICs in communications designs, says CEO
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6/14/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- New and painful economic realities will force systems manufacturers in the networking space to shift from custom parts like ASICs to a new breed of programmable network processors in the market, according to the keynote speaker at the Network Processor Forum here today. In fact, ASICs will figure less and less in the design equation for systems manufacturers that are under pressure to develop their products more rapidly, said Chuck Fox, president and chief executive of Chameleon S
STMicro says revenues are lower than expected
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6/14/2001   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics joined the parade of chip companies slashing forecasts for the current quarter, saying it now expects revenues for the quarter ending June 30 to be in the range of $1.55 billion to $1.60 billion, below the $1.65 billion to $1.8 billion range previously anticipated.
TI will exit dedicated speech-synthesis chips, transfer products to Sensory
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6/14/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Texas Instruments Inc. will exit the dedicated speech-synthesis chip market at the end of this year when it transfers production of its MSP50C6XX family of speech synthesis ICs to Sensory Inc. here.
Transmeta to roll out first 0.13-micron processors this month, sources say
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6/13/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Responding to competitive products from Advanced Micro Devices Inc. and Intel Corp., Transmeta Corp. is readying its first x86-based microprocessor lines, built around a 0.13-micron process technology, sources said. The new chips, dubbed the TM5500 and TM5800, are the latest members of the company's Crusoe family of x86-based processors, sources said. The Santa Clara-based company will roll out these chips on June 26.
SST tries to cut back foundry volumes as revenues drop in quarter
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6/13/2001   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif.--Silicon Storage Technology Inc. here today lowered its financial forecast for the second quarter, cutting its revenue estimates to a range of $60-to-$68 million. The revenues are expected to drop 21-to-30% from $86.3 million in Q1.
Motorola runs first silicon at its fab in China
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6/13/2001   Post a comment
Hong Kong -- Motorola has just completed running first silicon through its new 8-inch wafer fab in Tianjin, China, a company official told EBN Wednesday. Joe Yiu, Motorola vice president and general manager of the Semiconductor Asia Pacific region, said the first wafers were successfully achieved after three months. The Tianjib fab, called MOS-17, will continue qualification testing for the rest of this year and is expected to start production in early 2002, he added.
Alba chief warns of threat to Scotland's standing in electronics
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6/13/2001   Post a comment
Scotland's future as a centre of technology excellence is under threat.
CML plans buys for low-power chips
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6/13/2001   Post a comment
CML Microsystems is on the acquisitions trail, having built up close to £11m in cash by the end of its 2001 financial year, up by nearly 60% on the previous year.
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