Counterfeit parts nettle buyers News & Analysis 8/19/2003 Post a comment Though bound by the privileges of World Trade Organization (WTO) membership to police its industries, China's efforts to stamp out IP theft and trafficking in counterfeit electronic components appear to be gaining little ground, according to industry observers. And more than one US company has gotten stung. EBN's Laurie Sullivan has this report.
Chip designers move back from bleeding edge News & Analysis 8/18/2003 Post a comment The Hot Chips conference has long been the showcase for processors that hit blistering speeds by way of advanced architecture, bleeding-edge processes and full-custom design. But new approaches are emerging based on unconventional semi-custom design methodologies that wring the same kind of speed from familiar architectures and ordinary processes. EE Times' Ron Wilson is on the scene.
Chip designers move back from bleeding edge News & Analysis 8/18/2003 Post a comment The Hot Chips conference, which opens at Stanford University Monday (Aug. 18), has long been the showcase for processors that hit blistering speeds by way of advanced architecture, bleeding-edge processes and full-custom design.
ATI steals the show from Nvidia for Xbox 2 News & Analysis 8/18/2003 Post a comment Nvidia Corp. confirmed last week that it will not supply the graphics processor for the next-generation Microsoft Xbox, which instead will feature a graphics engine designed by Nvidia rival ATI Technologies Inc.
Microsoft Corp., though declining to comment on its relationship with Nvidia, issued a statement last week that ATI, Markham, Ontario, would provide custom graphics technology for use in systems and services powering the Xbox 2.
For Korea, flash is the new DRAM News & Analysis 8/18/2003 Post a comment Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., riding the crest of surging NAND flash memory demand, expects to double its NAND revenue this year from $1.1 billion in 2002. Already claiming to be the world's largest NAND supplier in terms of units and revenue, Samsung also hopes to increase its global market share.
Supreme Court urged to hear Rambus case News & Analysis 8/18/2003 Post a comment A groundswell of support emerged last week for Infineon Technologies A.G. in its last-ditch legal maneuver vs. Rambus Inc., though privately backers said the chances are slim that it will have any impact.
One-on-one: Samsung's chip czar foresees tightening of DRAM supplies News & Analysis 8/18/2003 Post a comment Yoon Woo Lee, head of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.'s semiconductor group, is predicting a steady tightening of DRAM supplies for the rest of 2003. After competing for the last three years in a buyers' market, lean inventories and customer allocation will be the order of business, although Lee said conditions for the next several quarters will not result in any abrupt changes in supply or prices.
Sunplus engineers Silicon Image's commodity push News & Analysis 8/18/2003 Post a comment Taiwan consumer electronics IC designer Sunplus Technology is forging a closer relationship with Silicon Image Inc., agreeing to co-develop future multimedia ICs and help tweak the Sunnyvale, Calif., company's current chips into lower-cost versions that can compete in commodity markets.
AMD-Fujitsu venture inks $100 million used equipment deal News & Analysis 8/18/2003 Post a comment GE Global Electronic Solutions (GES), a provider of used and refurbished semiconductor equipment, today (August 18, 2003) announced it has sourced and structured a $100 million equipment finance deal for a new subsidiary between Advanced Micro Devices Inc. and Fujitsu Ltd.
National ushers Geode MPU line into AMD's stable News & Analysis 8/11/2003 Post a comment Advanced Micro Devices Inc. last week signed a letter of intent to purchase the Geode product line from National Semiconductor Corp., a move that will put the family of thin-client X86 processors and support silicon into the hands of a company that is better suited to exploit its strengths, according to analysts.