STMicro doubles speed of 16-bit MCU, adds DSP functions News & Analysis 9/29/2000 Post a comment GENEVA--STMicroelectronics here today announced a new 16-bit microcontroller core, based on a chip architecture that enables most instructions to be executed in a single clock cycle. The new core--called Super10--doubles the execution speed of existing ST10 microcontrollers in such applications as hard-disk drives, automotive electronics and consumer systems, said STMicroelectronics. It also adds DSP functionality for real-time control.
Sun plans to accelerate upgrades to UltraSparc CPUs News & Analysis 9/29/2000 Post a comment
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- With this week's launch of the UltraSparc III architecture, Sun Microsystems Inc. here is aiming to accelerate its 64-bit processor roadmap to stay well ahead of Intel Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices Inc., which are pushing into the 64-bit arena with their own PC-compatible MPUs.
Samsung applies DDR format to speed up 128-Mbit graphics DRAM News & Analysis 9/29/2000 Post a comment SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. here today claimed to be the first chip maker to develop a 128-megabit double data rate (DDR) SDRAM for graphics memory applications. The memory supports three-dimensional images and video storage using the DDR memory format, achieving data rates of 500 Mbits per second, according to Samsung.
NEC-Hitachi venture announces 'Elpida' name, 0.13-micron DRAM News & Analysis 9/28/2000 Post a comment TOKYO--The DRAM joint venture between NEC Corp. and Hitachi Ltd. today branded itself as Elpida Memory Inc. The two Japanese chip giants also announced that the joint venture has completed development of its first product using 0.13-micron design rules to create a 256-megabit memory in half the die size of today's 0.18-micron DRAMs.
Fairchild cuts delivery cycle times for logic, interface chips News & Analysis 9/27/2000 Post a comment SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine -- Fairchild Semiconductor International Corp. today said it has trimmed cycle times for deliveries of logic and interface products by 65% to 90 days. "New tools and processes will further reduce our cycle time on selected products to 75 days by the end of this year," promised W.T. Greer, senior vice president and general manager of Fairchild's Interface & Logic Group.
V3, Infineon collaborate in design boards for TriCore processors News & Analysis 9/27/2000 Post a comment TORONTO--V3 Semiconductor Inc. here today announced a new development board and collaboration with Infineon Technologies AG to support single-board computers with embedded PCI interfaces. V3's new evaluation and reference-design system supports embedded PCI applications using Infineon's TriCore Unified Processor Architecture.
How Zilog aims to pump new life into its Z80 chips News & Analysis 9/27/2000 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- At the Embedded Systems Conference here, Zilog Inc. demonstrated how it hopes to prolong the life of the venerable Z80 8-bit processor architecture. The Campbell, Calif.-based company rolled out a new Internet-enabled version of Z80-based chips, while repositioning the product line for mainstream embedded applications.
On Semi aims to integrate passives with fast transistors on ICs News & Analysis 9/26/2000 Post a comment On Semiconductor here today announced a new development effort to create advanced miniaturization techniques with passive integration technology licensed from Advanced Device Design Inc. (ADD) of Tempe, Ariz. On Semiconductor said it plans to use the technology to develop manufacturing processes that integrate on-chip passives with high-speed silicon transistors.
LSI Logic pushes synthesized Arm processor core to 200 MHz News & Analysis 9/26/2000 Post a comment
MILPITAS, Calif. -- LSI Logic Corp. today announced availability of the industry's first synthesized processor from Arm Ltd. that reaches 200-MHz speeds. The Milpitas company said the synthesized Arm966E-S processor is targeted at communications applications needing highly deterministic control and digital signal processing (DSP) capabilities for such application as digital cellular phones, networking, and mass storage systems.
PMC-Sierra to buy SwitchOn Networks for $450 million in stock News & Analysis 9/26/2000 Post a comment CAMPBELL, Calif.--PMC-Sierra Inc. today announced plans to buy packet-content processor supplier SwitchOn Networks Inc. for $450 million in stock. The acquisition is aimed at giving PMC-Sierra additional processing capabilities for next-generation Internet switches, routers, and high-security networks.
Marvell enters switch-chip market with DSP-embedded device News & Analysis 9/26/2000 Post a comment SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Marvell Semiconductor Inc. here has entered the switch-chip business, rolling out an integrated solution for low-cost systems in Ethernet- and Fast Ethernet-based networks. Built around Marvell's digital signal processor (DSP) technology, the new 88E6050 is a five-port product that integrates several components on the same device.
Toshiba, SanDisk to sample first 512-Mbit flash from partnership News & Analysis 9/26/2000 Post a comment SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- SanDisk Corp. here and Toshiba Corp. in Japan have completed joint development of a 512-megabit NAND flash memory chip, and the two companies announced plans to begin shipping samples of the device to customers in the fourth quarter this year. The 512-Mbit flash chip is the first jointly-developed product resulting from a partnership announced earlier this year.
Intel offers 850-MHz mobile Pentium III with battery-optimizing mode News & Analysis 9/25/2000 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif.--Intel Corp. today rolled out faster mobile Pentium III processors featuring the company's SpeedStep technology, which automatically adjusts power settings and system speeds to balance performance and battery life in portable PCs. In addition to 850- and 800-MHz mobile Pentium III processors, Intel is also offering a new 700-MHz Celeron for lower-cost portable PCs.
NEC to invest $60 million in U.S.-based wired communications chip unit News & Analysis 9/25/2000 Post a comment TOKYO -- NEC Corp. here today announced plans to invest $60 million over the next three years in a new U.S.-based Communications Strategic Business Unit, which will develop and market semiconductor products and technologies for wired communications systems applications. The expansion of the business unit, based in Santa Clara, is part of NEC's strategy to transform itself into an Internet-focused company.
Toshiba rolls out 0.11-micron gate process, expands ASIC efforts News & Analysis 9/25/2000 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- Toshiba Corp. today launched its next-generation ASIC offering, based on an advanced CMOS process technology with drawn gate lengths of 0.11 micron. Toshiba is also adding new high-performance networking applications to its ASIC market focus in addition to the company's existing emphasis on low-power and high-density chip applications. Production of the new TC280 ASIC series will start in the spring of 2001.
Infineon takes stake in Colorado startup, cross licenses patents News & Analysis 9/25/2000 Post a comment COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Celis Semiconductor Corp. here today announced Infineon Technologies AG has taken a minority stake in the four-year-old developer of nonvolatile memories and mixed-signal devices as part of a transaction that includes a cross-licensing pact between the two companies
Industry tries to decipher Intel's shortfall; investors dump stock News & Analysis 9/22/2000 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Technology stocks took a beating today after Intel Corp. announced lower-than-expected sales in the third quarter, leaving the analysts and industry managers trying to comprehend the factors behind the surprising shortfall in revenues at the world's largest chip maker.