Catalyst increases foundry capacity from Oki News & Analysis 9/6/2000 Post a comment SUNNYVALE, Calif.--Catalyst Semiconductor Inc. here today announced it will significantly increase its use of silicon foundry capacity at Oki Electric Inc. under a new agreement that begins in September. "Foundry capacity has been a major limitation for our operation over the last few quarters," said Radu Vanco, president and CEO of the programmable IC supplier.
Fairchild to buy Micro Linear's power management unit, Kota Microcircuits News & Analysis 9/6/2000 Post a comment SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine--Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc. here today announced agreements to buy Micro Linear Corp.'s power management business in San Jose and Kota Microcircuits in Colorado as part of the company's aggressive efforts to grow its analog chip business. Fairchild said it will buy the two operations for $21 million in cash and stock.
Surge still seen in chip markets next year, followed by slowdown News & Analysis 9/6/2000 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The semiconductor industry will continue to surge in 2001, but there are fears of a possible slowdown in 2002, according to forecasts from Semico Research Corp. "We see a good year in 2001," said analyst Jim Feldhan, president of Semico, in a forecast workshop here today. "But we believe there will be some capacity pressures in 2002, which will cause some downward pricing pressures in the semiconductor industry."
STMicro's multi-bit flash design handles both data, program code News & Analysis 9/6/2000 Post a comment GENEVA--STMicroelectronics here today announced a new 64-megabit flash memory that can handle both data and program code storage as well as operate from a single 2.7- to 3.6-volt power supply. The new flash chip uses a multi-bit cell design that increases storage density as lower costs compared to conventional flash devices, said the company.
Microsemi to expand fab for GaAs, other compound semiconductors News & Analysis 9/6/2000 Post a comment GARDEN GROVE, Calif.-- Microsemi Corp. today announced it will invest $75-to-$100 million in a major expansion of an 4-inch wafer fab here to increase production of compound semiconductors for power management, radio-frequency, microwave, and optoelectronics applications. The expansion to increase production of devices with gallium-arsenide (GaAs), indium gallium phosphide (InGaP), heterojunction bipolar transistors (HBT), InGaAs, and other materials and processes, said the company.
Samsung targets $30 billion in semiconductor sales by 2005 News & Analysis 9/6/2000 Post a comment SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. today set an aggressive target of increasing its semiconductor sales to $30 billion by 2005--triple the chip revenues expected by the company this year. The sales target includes IC products as well as liquid crystal displays (LCDs) produced by Samsung. To reach this goal, the Korean chip maker said it will continue to emphasize memory products, and it has organized its System LSI business operation around eight strategic product areas with the target of bec
Flash growing 123% in 2000, but report sees glut in NOR-type chips News & Analysis 9/5/2000 Post a comment MONTEREY, Calif. -- Flash memory markets will rack up an extraordinary growth rate of 123% in 2000, pushing worldwide revenues to $10.4 billion from $4.56 billion in 1999, according to a new report from Web-Feet Research Inc. here. Shortages of flash will continue to fuel sales growth through the middle of next year, but new production capacity for NOR-type flash devices will exceed demand in late 2001 or early 2002, said analyst Alan Niebel of Web-Fleet Research.
Fujitsu, startup Redux plan DSL chips for Internet services News & Analysis 9/5/2000 Post a comment FRANKFURT -- Fujitsu Microelectronics Europe GmbH here announced plans to cooperate with Israeli startup Redux Communications Ltd. to provide next-generation chip sets for digital subscriber line (DSL) systems and greater control of Internet services over those broadband links. The European chip division of Fujitsu Ltd. and Redux will develop reference design systems and jointly promote DSL solutions for service and multimedia access. These broadband platforms and chip sets will be based on Redu
Intersil to buy wireless IC supplier SiCom for $196 million in stock News & Analysis 9/5/2000 Post a comment IRVINE, Calif. -- Intersil Corp. here today announced plans to acquire privately held SiCom Inc. of Scottsdale, Ariz., to strengthen its position in broadband, wireless LAN chip market. Intersil, which spun out of Harris Corp. last year, will trade 3.7 million shares of stock, valued at $196 million, for 15-year-old SiCom.
Analog Devices roadmap aims at $5 DSP with 1.2-GFLOPS performance News & Analysis 9/5/2000 Post a comment NORWOOD, Mass. -- Analog Devices Inc. today unveiled its most powerful 32-bit digital signal processor for cost-sensitive DSP applications, and it disclosed a roadmap for $5 chips capable of executing 1,200 million floating-point operations per second (MFLOPS) in a few years. The DSP roadmap also sets a target for high-end 32-bit processors at 10 billion FLOPS.
Chip sales continue record-breaking run in July at $17.3 billion News & Analysis 9/5/2000 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- Worldwide chip sales smashed another record in July, climbing to an all-time high of $17.3 billion in the month, said new data released today by the Semiconductor Industry Association. Chip revenues jumped 50% from $11.5 billion in July 1999 and increased 5.4% from $16.65 billion in June, based on the SIA's three-month moving average of worldwide sales.
3dfx expects rebound after 36% revenue drop in quarter News & Analysis 9/1/2000 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- Multimedia chip supplier 3dfx Internative Inc. reported a 100.5 million net loss, including a $66.2 million charge related to an acquisition in the company's fiscal quarter, ended July 31. Revenues dropped 36% to $67.0 million, but 3dfx expects improvements in financial performance now that 3-D chips are shipping across a range of price points and it has completed the acquisition of GigaPixel.
TI to expand presence in San Diego after buying Dot Wireless News & Analysis 9/1/2000 Post a comment DALLAS -- Texas Instruments Inc. today announced it has completed the acquisition of Dot Wireless Inc., a San Diego-based supplier of system architecture and protocol software for third-generation (3G) cellular phones and wireless devices. TI said it will establish a wireless technology center in San Diego, where Dot Wireless is based, and it expects to expand in the area as it develops new wireless products.