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Silicon Access drops embedded DRAM from net processors
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7/31/2001   Post a comment
Silicon Access Networks will release the first of its networking chips next week, but the iAP address processor will be built on custom SRAM, not the embedded DRAM technology on which the company was founded.
Rockwell Scientific pursuing antimonide compound semiconductors in U.S. project
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7/31/2001   Post a comment
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif.--Rockwell Scientific Co. LLC here today announced a $6.4 million contract with the U.S. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center to develop ultra-low power chip technology for high-speed digital and millimeter wave circuits.
Fujitsu claims first 'triple stack' memory package for cell phones
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7/31/2001   Post a comment
LONDON -- Fujitsu Ltd.'s European chip operation today claimed to be offering the industry's first triple-stacked multi-chip package (MCP) for cellular phones, combining three types of memories for digital handsets.
Intel kills plan to use SVG's 193-nm scanners in production due to delays
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7/31/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Intel Corp. has scrapped its production plans to use 193-nm, argon-fluoride (ArF) lithography tools from Silicon Valley Group Inc. because of delays in tool shipments. The decision, confirmed by an Intel official in an interview with SBN, apparently kills a $100 million tool order.
TI and Sun rule out SOI wafers, but push copper, CVD-based low-k for RISC chips
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7/31/2001   Post a comment
DALLAS -- Several months later than originally planned, Texas Instruments Inc. has qualified a 900-MHz 64-bit RISC processor, with copper and low-k interconnects, for volume shipment to Sun Microsystems Inc., which will now use the central processing units in workstations within the next 90 days (see July 30 story).
Asia becomes growth driver for comms chip companies
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7/31/2001   Post a comment
Qualcomm and Virata are pinning their hopes on growth in Asian markets in 2002 to help drive them out of the current slowdown.
NEC confirms 600 Scottish job losses
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7/31/2001   Post a comment
NEC Semiconductor is cutting 600 jobs at its facility in West Lothian, Scotland — around 40% of the plant's 1600 staff. The company blames the continuing slump in the semiconductor market.
Intel and TI extend licenses to support ARM's v6 architecture
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7/31/2001   Post a comment
Intel and Texas Instruments (TI) threw their weight behind ARM Holdings' upcoming v6 architecture last week by announcing wide-ranging extensions to their licensing agreements with the UK processor cores company.
Infineon chip set targets multi-tenant/multi-dwelling unit networks
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7/30/2001   Post a comment
MUNICH -- Infineon Technologies AG today introduced an eight-channel chip set for high-density Ethernet or Digital Subscriber Line Multiplexers (DSLAM) applications based on the company's proprietary 10BaseS technology, which extends Ethernet networks over existing copper-wire infrastructure.
Mobile Pentium III revs to 1.13 GHz; three new chip sets add support
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7/30/2001   Post a comment
SAN FRANCISCO -- At a press event here today, Intel Corp. officially rolled out its awaited 0.13-micron Pentium III processor-M series with speeds up to 1.13-GHz at a price of $625 each in quantities of 1,000.
Intel content to let Rambus sink or swim, Barrett says
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7/30/2001   Post a comment
Intel Corp. chief executive officer Craig Barrett signaled on Monday (July 30) that he was quite content to let synchronous DRAMs and not Rambus DRAMs serve as the dominant memory in Pentium 4 systems.
Update: Group delays vote on 3GIO support
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7/30/2001   Post a comment
A PCI standards organization decided Friday (July 27) to delay a vote on support for a next-generation I/O scheme backed by Intel Corp. until Aug. 3, saying it needed more time to review the spec.
Intel and TI license ARM's upcoming 'v6' core for future processor products
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7/30/2001   Post a comment
CAMBRIDGE, England -- ARM Ltd. here today announced an extension of its RISC processor-licensing pact with Intel Corp. to include a next-generation ARMv6 architecture and other core designs. The Cambridge company today also announced a licensing agreement for ARMv6 cores with Texas Instruments Inc., which will use the low-power consuming RISC processor core in chip sets for 2.5 and 3G cellular phone handsets.
Semiconductor companies tighten deals with customers to stop gluts
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7/30/2001   Post a comment
Leading semiconductor companies are insisting on more order transparency from customers to avoid another slump.
4bit array to make digital cameras fast enough for dynamic reconfiguration
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7/30/2001   Post a comment
A spin off from Hewlett-Packard's (HP) Bristol research labs has focused on digital cameras as the first designs to use an accelerator that can be reconfigured on-the-fly to carry out compression or processing operations one after the other.
ISSI plans to use cash reserves to beef up specialty memory line
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7/27/2001   Post a comment
Though its revenue has fallen by more than two-thirds in the last six months, specialty memory chip vendor Integrated Silicon Solution Inc. (ISSI) is looking to spend some of its cash reserves on an acquisition to beef up its line of specialty memory devices, chairman and chief executive officer Jimmy Lee said.
Clare, Analog Devices to integrate high-voltage circuits on MEMS devices
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7/27/2001   Post a comment
BEVERLY, Mass. -- Clare Inc. here today announced a development partnership with Analog Devices Inc. to create high-voltage IC technology for fiber optical networks that use integrated microelectromechanical systems (iMEMS).
Can Motorola bend rules, take over cell-phone chips with 'open' strategy?
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7/27/2001   Post a comment
AUSTIN, Tex. -- When Motorola Inc. this week announced it was unleashing its entire arsenal of semiconductors, software, and embedded systems technologies for cellular phone manufacturers worldwide, the press, financial analysts, and competitors were justifiably confused as well as downright skeptical.
Infineon plans extensive cost reductions
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7/26/2001   Post a comment
In light of the continued weakness in the technology sector worldwide, Infineon Technologies AG, Munich, Germany, is planning to streamline company operations in order to reduce costs. As part of the restructuring efforts, about 5,000 jobs, or 17.2% of Infineon's workforce, will be cut or reduced to part-time status.
TSMC has first operating loss in its history
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7/26/2001   Post a comment
Hsinchu, Taiwan -- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. said net profits plunged in the second quarter, but a gradual recovery is on the way thanks to pickups from personal computers and consumer products.
Wolfson puts market flotation on hold until 2002
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7/26/2001   Post a comment
Wolfson Microelectronics has postponed its planned stock market flotation despite achieving record £2.4m sales last quarter and breaking into profit.
Applied Materials aims to produce 100nm capacitors
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7/26/2001   Post a comment
Applied Materials has developed the Silicon Etch Hart chamber (pictured) designed to construct trenches with aspect ratios greater than 60:1.
ADSL chipset brings video from under the sea
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7/26/2001   Post a comment
A group of engineers in Lancaster has been using an ADSL chipset, not for its intended purpose of telecoms, but to move data and video over a cable for underwater surveying.
Intersil has profit but expects sales to decline
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7/25/2001   Post a comment
Intersil Corp. said it eked out a modest profit in the second quarter, raised its gross profit margin and boosted its cash position on continued strength in some parts of its business.
STMicro makes its move in flash
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7/25/2001   Post a comment
NEW YORK -- Hoping to live up to its long-held ambition to become a world leader in flash memory production, STMicroelectronics Inc. expects to surpass Fujitsu Ltd. as the world's third largest flash IC maker as early as next quarter, according to company president and chief executive Pasquale Pistorio.
Infineon cuts power consumption 80% in 128-Mbit Mobile-RAMs
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7/25/2001   Post a comment
MUNICH -- Infineon Technologies AG today announced samples of a low-power 128-megabit DRAM for mobile system applications, housed in a new industry-standard memory package, called a fine-pitch ball-grid array (FBGA).
Chemical molecules provide memory and switching functions in nanoscale arrays
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7/25/2001   Post a comment
Two scientists at the Hewlett-Packard (HP) labs in Palo Alto have won a US patent for a method to construct molecular electronics.
Chip manufacturers see bottom of downturn in sight
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7/25/2001   Post a comment
Latest quarterly results for major IDMs show the slowdown continuing to have an impact, although another company has pointed to a bottoming out of the downturn.
Pericom revenues fall 49% from first quarter
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7/24/2001   Post a comment
Pericom Semiconductor Corp. said revenue for the fourth quarter ended June 30, was $13.3 million, down 56% from $30.31 million in the comparable period last year, and down 49% sequentially from $25.9 million in the previous quarter.
Microsemi results exceed forecast
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7/24/2001   Post a comment
AMD studies use of silicon-28 wafers for MPUs, says Isonics
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7/24/2001   Post a comment
GOLDEN, Colo.--Isonics Corp. here has disclosed that Advanced Micro Devices Inc. is studying the potential benefits of using silicon-28 wafer substrates to produce microprocessor products.
Japan's Elpida aims to double DRAM share to 20% by 2003
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7/24/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- DRAM joint venture Elpida Memory Inc. of Japan has been in business for just six months, but the company has set lofty goals. During a presentation here today, the joint venture between Hitachi Ltd. and NEC Corp. said it aims to nearly double its market share and take 20% of the world's DRAM sales by 2003.
Zilog net sales remain flat from first quarter
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7/24/2001   Post a comment
Zilog Inc., Campbell, Calif., today reported net sales of $44 million for the second quarter of 2001, as compared to $61.1 million in net sales during the second quarter of 2000 and $44.3 million in the first quarter of 2001.
Qualcomm scraps IC spinoff plan, president resigns
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7/24/2001   Post a comment
Qualcomm Inc., a leading wireless IC technology supplier, reported today the resignation of its president and COO, Richard Sulpizio, to "pursue personal interests" and its decision to call off the spinoff of its IC business.
AMD turns over management of HyperTransport bus to new consortium
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7/24/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Advanced Micro Devices Inc. today officially kicked off its expected consortium to support the company's HyperTransport I/O Link, which is aimed at competing with Intel Corp.'s 64-bit microprocessor system bus architecture while delivering up to 12.8 gigabytes-per-second transfer rates inside systems.
Chip downturn scrambles top 10 ranking in 2001
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7/24/2001   Post a comment
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The severe semiconductor downturn of 2001 is doing a lot more than driving down profits. It's also shaking up the top 10 ranking of chip suppliers, according to a new listing released by IC Insights Inc. here.
Irish PM voices concerns on Intel and Gateway job cuts
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7/24/2001   Post a comment
Ahern says technology is going through a "dodgy" period and launches government review.
ARM links with Packet Video for MPEG4 video processors
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7/24/2001   Post a comment
ARM Holdings has linked with MPEG4 wireless video expert Packet Video to add hardware and software blocks to its processors that will accelerate the encoding of MPEG4 video.
Motorola to offer cellphone chips on merchant market
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7/23/2001   Post a comment
Motorola Inc. said today it would offer its entire line of 2.5G and 3G chip lines and software technologies that the number two worldwide handset player had previously slated for its captive applications.
TI reports Q2 loss of $197 million, but CEO sees 'signs of stabilization'
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7/23/2001   Post a comment
DALLAS --Texas Instruments Inc. today reported a net loss of $197 million on revenues of $2.0 billion in the second quarter. TI's revenues dropped 19% from the first quarter, while orders declined 20% sequentially to $1.7 billion.
Agere, ARM to develop RISC-based platform for handset applications
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7/23/2001   Post a comment
CAMBRIDGE, England -- ARM Holdings plc here today announced several agreements, including a joint development pact with Agere Systems Inc. to create a reusable microprocessor-based platform for the wireless systems market.
ARM revenues rise despite drop in royalties for unit shipments
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7/23/2001   Post a comment
CAMBRIDGE, England -- RISC processor technology supplier ARM Holdings plc today posted an 11% sequential gain in revenues to £36.0 million ($25.7 million) compared to £32.5 million ($23.2 million) in Q1 this year.
Anadigics' net loss hits $55.4 million; sales fall 33.7% from prior quarter
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7/23/2001   Post a comment
WARREN, N.J.--Anadigics Inc. here today announced a 33.7% sequential drop in revenues to $18.9 million in the second quarter, compared to $28.5 million in Q1 this year. Sales plunged 60.2% from $47.5 million in the Q2 of 2000, resulting in a net loss of $14.5 million for the just-ended quarter, excluding one-time charges, said the supplier of radio-frequency circuits.
Oki aims to jumpstart Bluetooth with module, chip set and software package
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7/23/2001   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Oki Semiconductor today launched a complete Bluetooth systems solution, including a module with chip set, software, an antenna and connector for products connecting to the short-range wireless link. The 18-by-38-mm module and Bluetooth protocol-stack software are intended to help accelerate product introductions in the marketplace.
STMicro to apply fingerprint technology to TouchChip series after acquisition
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7/23/2001   Post a comment
GENEVA--STMicroelectronics today announced it has completed the acquisition of technologies and products for fingerprint biometric security systems from Veridicom Inc. The European chip maker also said it has hired Veridicom's software development team for Protector Suite of products in Prague, the Czech Republic.
Altera, Lattice settle patent suits with licensing pact
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7/23/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE --Altera Corp. here and Lattice Semiconductor Corp. in Oregon today announced they are burying the legal hatchet and dropping all patent infringement suits against each other with a new royalty-free, technology-licensing pact.
Infineon says losses will continue after posting sharply lower results in quarter
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7/23/2001   Post a comment
MUNICH -- Warning that losses will continue in the current fiscal quarter, Infineon Technologies AG today posted a 23% sequential drop in revenues to 1.28 euros ($1.11 billion) for the just-ended fiscal third quarter from 1.65 billion euros ($1.4 billion) in prior three-month period.
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