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Rambus outlines memory roadmap to keep up with DDR SDRAM
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TOKYO -- In a move to keep up with competitive memory technologies, Rambus Inc. late today outlined its future roadmap, including plans to boost the bandwidth of its RDRAM architecture by five-fold in 2005. At the Rambus Developer Forum in Japan today, Rambus outlined its strategy in order to keep up with competitive next-generation memory technologies, most notably double-data-rate (DDR) SDRAM.
Motorola's next PowerPC uses application units to boost performance
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SAN JOSE -- During the Embedded Processor Forum here today, Motorola Inc. said its next-generation PowerPC core--the e500--will be optimized for system-on-chip designs with 800 MHz of speed and power dissipation of 3 milliwatts per megahertz.
Exar anticipates a 35-45% drop in revenues
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Exar Corp., said it expects first fiscal quarter revenue will be down approximately 35% to 45% from the fourth quarter's revenue of $21.6 million.
Tensilica steers towards processor sea
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Tensilica has developed the first configurable processor core to help it move into what CEO Chris Rowen sees as a new generation of "sea-of-processors" designs.
Protocol keeps dual processor fed
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PMC-Sierra has developed the first single-chip multiprocessor based on the MIPS architecture.
Network processor aims at adjunct role
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Clearwater Networks (formerly XStream Logic) has developed a network processor that can work on its own but is intended to act as an adjunct, delving into layer-four to layer-seven frames at OC-192 (10Gbit/s) speeds.
Lexra pulls 16 cores into NetVortex
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Lexra has put 16 RISC processors onto one chip in a design that will act as a field trial for its approach to on-chip multiprocessing for networking equipment.
Graphics processor reworked for 40Gbit/s comms
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ClearSpeed Technology will reveal at Embedded Processor Forum this week (14 June) how it has modified an architecture originally designed for 3D graphics processing to handle network packet processing at 40Gbit/s.
Cognigine goes for mix-and-match instructions
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Cognigine, a start-up in the networking processor space, has developed what the company calls a Variable Instruction Set Communications architecture.
Brecis goes to the edge for voice and data
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Brecis Communications has put together a network processor for handling voice and data traffic at the very edge of the network.
16bit micro pulls in DSP engine
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Although it was not at Embedded Processor Forum, Microchip Technology has unveiled the architecture that it plans to use in a new generation of microcontroller-DSP combos.
Embedded Processor Forum news
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At Embedded Processor Forum this week (12-14 June), companies are lining up to disclose the architectures, cores and silicon they have developed.
Philips spins DSP group into tools company
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Philips Semiconductors has merged its digital signal processing design group with a design-tools company originally spun out by Mentor Graphics.
3G chipset works with GSM network
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Alcatel Microelectronics and STMicroelectronics are developing a complete chipset for third-generation mobile comms that will co-exist with GSM networks.
Network processor field gaining new players
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ATLANTA -- The crowded network processor scene is gaining new entrants promising previously unavailable levels of programmability for the high end of the market. At SuperComm 2001 here last week, Xelerated Packet Devices AB provided the first details of its Packet Instruction Set Computer architecture, while at the Embedded Processor Forum this week in San Jose, Cognigine Corp. will unveil its Variable Instruction Set Communications architecture.
LSI, partners dial programmable core into ASICs
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LSI Logic Corp. backed up two years of talk Monday (June 11) by rolling out details of a reconfigurable programmable logic function in an ASIC with partners Adaptive Silicon Inc. (ASi; Los Gatos, Calif.) and Ericsson.
MIPS Technologies offers 'soft' 64-bit core with floating-point unit
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SAN JOSE -- During the Embedded Processor Forum here today, MIPS Technologies Inc. announced a synthesizable 64-bit processor core with integrated floating-point unit. The company said the 5Kf core is the industry's only synthesizable 64-bit processor with integrated FPU that's available for licensing.
Stanford Microdevices agrees to change name
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Stanford University and Stanford Microdevices, Sunnyvale, Calif., said they have resolved their differences over the infringement case pending in theUnited States District Court for the Northern District of California.
Anadigics to cut workforce by 10%
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Tensilica environment will handle multiple CPU cores
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In an effort to ease the burden on engineers designing multiple-processor chips, Tensilica Inc. is readying a design environment that packs system-modeling tools, a shared-memory interface and enhanced debug capabilities for its Xtensa reconfigurable processor.
Analog Devices introduces first DSPs developed with Intel
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NORWOOD, Mass. -- Analog Devices Inc. today formally announced its new Blackfin series of 16-bit digital signal processors (DSPs), the first product family to integrate the Micro Signal Architecture jointly developed by the Norwood-based company and Intel Corp.
Hynix adds picoTurbo RISC cores to ASIC, foundry offering
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MILPITAS, Calif.--South Korea's Hynix Semiconductor Inc. has licensed two synthesizable RISC microprocessor cores from picoTurbo Inc. here for system-on-chip designs and ASICs aimed at cellular phones, MP3 players, smart cards, set-top boxes, modems, and other high-volume system applications.
ARC recodes for denser instructions
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ARC International has developed a more compact instruction set for the next generation of its 32bit configurable processor to let it improve code density to the level offered by compressed formats such as the ARM Thumb and MIPS16.
Core changes allow reductions
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MIPS Technologies has made major changes to the synthesisable HDL code for a new version of its 32bit processor core to reduce power consumption and code density.
Analog plans a path to 1GHz DSP
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Analog Devices has launched the first implementation of the DSP architecture that it co-developed with Intel, and the company reckons it can produce versions that will run at 1GHz and above.
TI president doubts predictions of cellular resurgence
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Some analysts have been raising their estimates for total cellular handset shipments in anticipation of a second-half resurgence in demand, but Tom Engibous, president, chief executive, and chairman of Texas Instruments Inc., the largest supplier of ICs to the market, said he has yet to see any significant improvements.
ARM and MIPS dominate silicon IP market
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ARM Holdings and MIPS Technologies continued to dominate the global market for semiconductor intellectual property last year, according to a sector analysis from Gartner Dataquest.
Sharp's U.S.-based design center to use TSMC foundry services
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CAMAS, Wash.--Sharp Electronics Corp.'s U.S. chip division here today announced it will use foundry services at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) for volume products using Sharp's newest microcontroller and system-on-chip designs.
NEC soups up 64-bit MIPS core to break bottlenecks at higher frequencies
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- NEC Corp.'s microprocessor operation here today announced major enhancements to its embedded 64-bit RISC processor platform, adding a deeper pipeline architecture and out-of-order execution capabilities. The enhancements will enable the 64-bit processors to deliver up to 1,600 million instructions per second (MIPS), while operating at speeds up to 800 MHz in the next couple years, said the company.
LSI adds fab capacity
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LSI Logic will put up to 30% of its production through foundries following April's deal with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing.
Software switches code on-the-fly
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A spin-off from Manchester University claims to have crafted software that takes binary code prepared for one type of processor and, on-the-fly, translates it into the code required by another.
No speedy end to downturn
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The UK's largest institutional investor has warned that the high-technology sector should expect a sluggish exit from the downturn.
Intel holds back DDR until 2002
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Design checks are holding up delivery of DDR Brookdale chipset says Paul Otellini (pictured), executive VP of chip giant's architecture business.
Alliance expects 50-55% drop in sales from prior quarter
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SANTA CLARA, Calif.--Alliance Semiconductor Corp. here late today cut its forecast for revenues in the current fiscal quarter to a decline of 50-to-55% below $33.0 million the last period, ended March 31.
Panel calls for reform of U.S. export controls on processors, computers
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SAN JOSE -- The Semiconductor Industry Association today endorsed a proposal to eliminate U.S. export controls on general-purpose computers and microprocessors that exceed the government's "Millions of Theoretical Operations Per Second" (MTOPS) threshold.
Wireless LANs finally emerge as a big business
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After sputtering in the market for years, wireless LAN (WLAN) infrastructure sales suddenly skyrocketed to more than $1 billion at the end of last year, a total that is expected to nearly triple by 2002.
Infineon stays on top of chip-card IC market in 2000, says Dataquest
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MUNICH -- Infineon Technologies AG today reported that it has topped Dataquest Inc.'s annual ranking of chip-card IC suppliers for the third year in a row.
ISSI expects loss for this quarter
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Integrated Silicon Solution, Inc., Santa Clara, Calif. today announced that revenue and earnings for the June quarter will be approximately $20 million to $22 million with a net loss of $3.5 million to $4 million, or approximately 14 cents per share.
RF Micro Devices to foundry Stanford's chips
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Stanford Microdevices today announced a foundry agreement whereby SMDI's radio-frequency integrated circuits (RFICs) will be manufactured in RF Micro Devices' 4-inch gallium-arsenide (GaAs) heterojunction bipolar transistor (HBT) fabrication facility, located in Greensboro, N.C.
ISSI warns sales will drop 60% from prior quarter
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. --Integrated Silicon Solution Inc. here today became the latest chip company to cut its forecast as sales continue to drop in the downturn. ISSI said it now expects revenues to sequentially plunge about 60% to the $20-to-$22 million range in the current quarter, compared to $52 million in the prior three-month period.
Speedy chips but no shrink
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IBM has developed a silicon manufacturing technique that could lead to chips that are 35 per cent faster but which do not require any shrink in transistor size.
Alcatel puts single-chip Bluetooth back on shelf
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Alcatel Microelectronics has abandoned its drive towards a single-chip Bluetooth device, opting instead for a two-chip solution that will sell for $5 next year.
DDR and SDR share slots
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STMicroelectronics has developed a single-chip termination network that lets PC motherboard builders use the same slots for 266MHz double data rate and existing 100MHz or 133MHz single data rate memories.
Cypress downgrades
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Downgrades continued last week, in what marks the fifth month of companies reducing their revenue forecasts.
TranSwitch expects loss in the current quarter
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6/7/2001   Post a comment
TranSwitch Corp. on Thursday said that it expects its second quarter revenue will fall in the range of $10 million to $12 million, with a pro-forma loss per share estimated to be 10 to 12 cents.
Lattice expects 30% sequential drop in sales due to PLD weakness
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HILLSBORO, Ore.--Lattice Semiconductor Corp. today said it now expects revenues to fall 30% in the current fiscal quarter from $111.1 million in the prior three-month period. The company's management blamed the shortfall on a decline in programmable logic consumption within communications and computing markets.
Silicon Image acquires CMD Technology
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Silicon Image, Inc., Sunnyvale, Calif., today announced it has acquired CMD Technology, Inc., Irvine, Calif.
Intel expects to hit Q2 estimates, continues to see stronger second half
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SANTA CLARA, Calif.--Just prior to its planned conference call today, Intel Corp. said it expects second-quarter revenues to be within its previous guidance, falling slightly below the midpoint of the range predicted in mid-April.
Intel says quarter remains within earlier forecast
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Intel said it expects that revenue, gross margin percentage and expenses for the second quarter will be within the previous expectations and slightly below the midpoint of the ranges provided on April 17. Intel still expects a seasonally stronger second half, it added.
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