Micron's loss hits $301 million as sales drop 24% from prior quarter News & Analysis 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.
Advantest cuts flash testing costs by third in parallel system News & Analysis 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.
picoTurbo and ARM clash over ruling in processor patent infringement suit News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
Chip suppliers still see allure of wireless market News & Analysis 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.
Hitachi rolls out high-end 16-bit controller line News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
STMicro says HDTV decoder IC sets integration record News & Analysis 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.
Quickturn gets on pulse train News & Analysis 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.
Sony backs wireless technology startup News & Analysis 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.
Macronix claims victory in ITC probe of Atmel's patent case News & Analysis 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.
New programmable processors will displace ASICs in communications designs, says CEO News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
Transmeta to roll out first 0.13-micron processors this month, sources say News & Analysis 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.
Motorola runs first silicon at its fab in China News & Analysis 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.
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.