Mips, Ampro ink deal to develop embedded products News & Analysis 9/22/2000 Post a comment MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- Mips Technologies Inc. and Ampro Computers Inc. have announced an agreement that will accelerate the development of Mips processor-based systems and chips for embedded applications.
Under the terms, Ampro will develop single-board system modules based on MIPS' 32-bit RISC processors. Based on Ampro's EnCore platform, the modules will be designed for Internet- and other network-connected embedded systems.
LSI Logic to enter read-channel IC market following Datapath acquisition News & Analysis 9/22/2000 Post a comment MILPITAS, Calif. -- LSI Logic Inc. is preparing to enter the read-channel IC market for hard-disk drives as one major player--Texas Instruments Inc.--pulls out of the business. At this week's Diskcon trade show in San Jose, LSI Logic dislosed plans to use read-channel technology from recently acquired DataPath Systems Inc. to offer both standard products and customized ASICs for disk-drive applications, starting in the third quarter of 2001.
Macronix grows sales to $1 billion, inks pacts with Analog Devices, Nintendo News & Analysis 9/22/2000 Post a comment HSINCHU, Taiwan -- Closing in on $1 billion in sales this year, Taiwan's Macronix International Co. Ltd. is pushing to expand its chip portfolio by quietly forging separate deals with Analog Devices Inc. and Nintendo Ltd. Macronix is working on a deal with Analog Devices to develop system-on-a-chip products based digital signal processor technology and flash memory. The company is also expanding its ties with Japan's Nintendo, its largest chip customer, to create a new line of chips for a next-g
Xilinx buys formal verification technology from French EDA company News & Analysis 9/21/2000 Post a comment SAN JOSE--Xilinx Inc. today announced the purchase of formal design verification technology from Veriphia, a French electronic design automation company based in Sophia-Antopolis. Along with the purchase of Veriphia's formal verification tool suit, Xilinx said it has hired key engineers responsible for the development of the technology. The verification is expected to complement support for Xilinx's 10-million gate field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs).
AMCC buys developer of I/O, transceivers for optical IC thrust News & Analysis 9/21/2000 Post a comment SAN DIEGO--Applied Micro Circuits Corp. (AMCC) here today announced it has acquired privately-held SiLutia of Fort Collins, Colo., a digital and mixed-signal company focused on high-speed, low-power I/O and transceiver designs for broadband communications. The acquisition is part of AMCC's efforts to expand its integration and serial backplane technologies for networking products.
Intel warns Q3 sales under expectations, cites weak European demand News & Analysis 9/21/2000 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Intel Corp. here today stunned the market by saying its third quarter revenues for 2000 will be below its previous expectations, primarily due to weaker PC demand in Europe.
Although Intel did not elaborate on the problems, the company now expects its revenue for the third quarter to be approximately 3% to 5% higher than in its second quarter ended June 1. In the second period of this year, Intel reported sales of $8.3 billion, up 23% from the like period a year ago
TRW gears up to make InP chips in volume for communications systems News & Analysis 9/21/2000 Post a comment REDONDO BEACH, Calif.--TRW Inc. today announced plans to ramp up volume production of indium phosphide (InP) semiconductors for fast-growing telecommunications applications, such as fiber-optic transmission gear, mobile systems, and wireless broadband services.
TRW's Space & Electronics Group said it has completed construction of a new facility here for a 4-inch wafer line, and it will now begin installing equipment for volume production of InP chips in the second half of 2001.
Motorola's Symphony audio DSP hums along at 150 MIPS News & Analysis 9/20/2000 Post a comment AUSTIN, Tex.--Motorola Inc. is offering a new 24-bit digital signal processor--called Symphony--which is designed to handle all of the major multi-channel audio decoding standards and other functions while operating with low-power consumption.
Chip growth still strong despite DRAM dip, new cell-phone forecasts, say analysts News & Analysis 9/20/2000 Post a comment NEW YORK -- Spot-market DRAM prices will probably slip a little more before firming up in October when PC makers begin to increase their unit shipments for the fourth-quarter holiday shopping season, said analysts at Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. during a conference call with investors on Tuesday. The analysts also see solid growth in cellular phones continuing despite recent adjustments in forecasts for slightly lower growth.
TI sets $5 target for ROM-based Bluetooth chip set in high volumes News & Analysis 9/19/2000 Post a comment DALLAS--Texas Instruments Inc. here has introduced a new low-cost chip set for Bluetooth wireless connections using a new 0.18-micron baseband controller, which contains a fully integrated software stack in read-only memory. The ROM-based controller eliminates the need for a separate flash memory device in Bluetooth system designs.
Lucent claims lowest power embedded modem chip set News & Analysis 9/19/2000 Post a comment ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- Lucent Technologies Inc.'s Microelectronics Group here announced a low-power chip set for embedded modem applications in that tie a range of systems, handheld devices, and set-top boxes together over phone lines at speeds up to 56 kilobits per second.
TI ends read-channel chip efforts for hard-disk drives News & Analysis 9/19/2000 Post a comment SAN FRANCISCO -- Texas Instruments Inc. is pulling the plug on its read-channel IC development efforts for hard-disk drives and reassigning more than 100 analog design engineers from those projects to high-growth communications chip applications, said Tom Engibous, TI president and chairman, during a speech here today.
Toshiba creates encoding/decoding DSP for music players News & Analysis 9/18/2000 Post a comment TOKYO --Toshiba Corp. today announced development of a new digital signal processor (DSP) series for digital audio players that can perform both signal encoding and decoding functions. The ability to encode and decode files will greatly simplify transfer of music between digital audio systems, said Toshiba.
Infineon aims integrated line driver/analog frontend at ADSL ramp News & Analysis 9/18/2000 Post a comment MUNICH -- In a move to fill out its "one-to-shop" for digital subscriber line (DSL) systems, Infineon Technologies AG today introduced a single-chip line driver/analog frontend device for asymmetric DSL modems. The new 80-pin chip boosts integration and cuts power consumption in ADSL systems, which are beginning to grow in high volumes, said the Munich-based company.
Cirrus, IR collaborate on digital PWM amplifiers for audio News & Analysis 9/18/2000 Post a comment AUSTIN, Tex. -- Cirrus Logic Inc. here today announced a joint-marketing and development alliance with International Rectifier Corp. to create complete system-level solutions for digital Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) power amplifiers. Cirrus Logic said it has developed a new digital PWM technology for audio systems that reduces power requirements for audio amplifiers, improving the sound and cutting costs.
StarCore alliance produces low-cost DSP core for Lucent, Motorola News & Analysis 9/18/2000 Post a comment ATLANTA -- About nine months after rolling out its first digital signal processor design, the StarCore joint-development center of Lucent Technologies Inc. and Motorola Inc. today introduced its second 16-bit, fixed-point DSP platform architecture, which is aimed at lower-cost consumer and entry-level communications systems. StarCore's new SC110 platform architecture a slimmed-down version of the SC140 design.
National steps up 'information appliance' MPU push with three platforms News & Analysis 9/18/2000 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Two years ago, National Semiconductor Corp. went out a bit on a limb by aggressively promoting concepts and much of its chip strategy based on so-called information appliances. It sounded great, but often few in the market and in the press knew exactly what National was aiming at, but those times are changing, according to the company. So confident is National Semiconductor in the information appliance movement that today it is launching three new processor platforms.
Startup rivals Atheros, Radiata launch CMOS radio chips for 5-GHz wireless LANs News & Analysis 9/18/2000 Post a comment SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- The race to build a better radio-on-chip for high-speed wireless data networks is heating up. Atheros Communications Inc. here today unveiled what it claims is a true radio-on-a-chip, or "RoC", in a two-chip solution that uses standard CMOS processes, without the need for a separate power amplifier made with more expensive gallium-arsenide or silicon-germanium technologies. Atheros' announcement comes at the same time when rival-startup Radiata Inc. in San Jose, is disclosin
Hyundai licenses FormFactor's MicroSpring for DRAM wafer-level packaging News & Analysis 9/18/2000 Post a comment LIVERMORE, Calif. -- Aiming to revolutionize the way ICs are tested and assembled in chip packages, FormFactor Inc. here today announced its first technology licensing pact with a major DRAM maker--Hyundai Electronics Industries Co. Ltd.--which plans to use the company's MicroSpring contacts on processed wafers to lower costs and boost yields in backend manufacturing steps. Seven-year-old FormFactor claims to be the only company to offer a complete wafer-level packaging and testing solution that
Atmel rolls out single-chip DAB processor for digital radios News & Analysis 9/15/2000 Post a comment HEILBRONN, Germany--Atmel Corp. today announced a single-chip baseband processor for Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) radios. The European unit of Atmel here said the new IC U2739M processor is the industry's first one-chip decoder, featuring full decoding rate capability.
S3, Via offer chip set for low-cost PCs based on AMD processors News & Analysis 9/15/2000 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif.--S3 Inc. and Via Technologies Inc. today announced a fully integrated core logic chip set supporting the Athlon and Duron microprocessors from Advanced Micro Devices Inc. The ProSavage KM133 chip set, aimed at the "value PC" market segment, is coming from a joint venture being set up by S3 and Via in Taiwan.
Taiwan's GaAs foundry race heats up as new 6-inch fab opens News & Analysis 9/15/2000 Post a comment TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan's Win Semiconductors Corp. here today announced it has opened the world's first 6-inch wafer fab for pure-play foundry services in the gallium-arsenide (GaAs) device arena. Other companies in Taiwan are also jumping into GaAs technology as demand grows for high-speed communications devices and radio-frequency ICs made with the compound semiconductor material. These companies are planning to follow pure-play foundry models established in Taiwan's silicon chip industry dur
Virata expects 50% sequential sale growth in quarter News & Analysis 9/14/2000 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Virata Corp. today said stronger-than-expected growth in communications processors for digital subscriber line (DSL) systems will result in revenues of $41.5 million in the company's second fiscal quarter, which ends Oct. 1. The expected revenues exceed the company's previous forecast and represent 50% sequential growth over the prior quarter, said Virata.
Infineon claims to offer most secure chip-card controller News & Analysis 9/14/2000 Post a comment MUNICH -- Infineon Technologies AG here today announced certification of a new 16-bit chip-card controller as compliant with the most severe security criteria currently defined for ICs in smart-card applications. Infineon said its SLEC66CX320P controller received the E4 high-security rating from the Information Technology Security Evaluation Criteria (ITSEC) group.