STMicro tailors flash and SRAM chips for automotive systems News & Analysis 9/27/2001 Post a comment GENEVA -- STMicroelectronics today announced an expansion of its memory offering for automotive applications, including four new 16-megabit flash chips configured with 32-bit wide data buses and a 128-kilobit (by-16-bit) SRAM dedicated for automotive system designs.
Samsung readies 576-Mbit Rambus DRAM with 0.12-micron process News & Analysis 9/27/2001 Post a comment SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. today claimed development of the industry's first 576-megabit Rambus DRAM. The new memory is based on 0.12-micron processes and operates at 1.066-GHz frequencies, making it about eight times faster than today's PC133 synchronous DRAMs, said the Korean chip maker.
Here come plastic ICs from startup FlexICs News & Analysis 9/26/2001 Post a comment MILPITAS, Calif. -- After years of research and development, foundry startup FlexICs Inc. here will soon begin shipping samples of the world's first semiconductors fabricated on six-inch plastic substrates.
Atmel joins German R&D center for advanced analog ICs in communications News & Analysis 9/26/2001 Post a comment ULM, Germany--Silicon Valley-based Atmel Corp. today announced it was joining Multilink Technology Corp. of New Jersey and five-year-old GaAs foundry supplier United Monolithic Semiconductors in a new R&D center at the University of Ulm to pursue ICs with analog functions for wireless and high-speed optoelectronics systems.
Infineon to cut capital spending in half during next fiscal year News & Analysis 9/26/2001 Post a comment MUNICH -- Infineon Technologies AG today described details of a previously announced initiative to save over 1 billion euros ($920 million) in costs from its semiconductor operations, including new plans to cut capital spending in half during the 2002 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.
Micron posts $576 million loss on sales of $480 million in quarter News & Analysis 9/25/2001 Post a comment BOISE, Idaho--Micron Technology Inc. today posted a net loss of $576 million on net sales of just $480.3 million for the company's fiscal fourth quarter, ended Aug. 30. Micron's revenues plunged 40% sequentially from $802.3 million in the prior quarter, and sales were 79% lower than a year ago.
Update: Micron posts loss for fiscal 2001 News & Analysis 9/25/2001 Post a comment With rising inventories and plunging prices, Micron Technology posted a net loss of $576 million on sales of $480 million for its fiscal fourth quarter. The memory chip maker had a net loss for the full fiscal year of $521 million.
ASIC vendors will not benefit from upcoming chip recovery, says report News & Analysis 9/25/2001 Post a comment EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- There's good and bad news in the application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) market. The worldwide ASIC market will fare better than the overall semiconductor industry in 2001, but the business will not enjoy the full benefits of the coming recovery, according to a report from iSuppli Corp. here today.
Worldwide ASIC revenues will decline by 22% in 2001, compared to a 28% decrease in overall semiconductor revenue for the year, said Jordan Selburn, who tracks the industr
California Micro says orders continue to strengthen News & Analysis 9/25/2001 Post a comment MILPITAS, Calif.--California Micro Devices Corp. here said orders for products have continued to strengthen despite a brief pause following terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington on Sept. 11. The supplier of analog semiconductors and integrated thin-film passive devices estimated that revenues would be closer to the high end of its $7-to-$7.5 million forecast for the current quarter.
Canada's IceFyre aims three-engine modem IC at 5-GHz wireless LANs News & Analysis 9/24/2001 Post a comment OTTAWA, Ontario -- Seven-month-old IceFyre Semiconductor Inc. here today disclosed plans to introduce the industry's first single-chip modem solution for 5-GHz wireless local area networks using a proprietary architecture of three signal-computational engines to simplify waveform processing and lower power consumption.
LSI Logic says cable-modem tuner integrates all critical RF elements News & Analysis 9/24/2001 Post a comment MILPITAS, Calif. -- LSI Logic Corp. today claimed development of the industry's most highly integrated tuner chip for cable modems. The chip, called Hi-IQ, integrates all the critical radio-frequency elements for cable-based telephony and broadband access applications, according to the Milpitas company.
Intel launches fabless ASIC business, forms alliances with Chartered, TSMC, UMC, and others News & Analysis 9/24/2001 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- In a move that could alter the semiconductor landscape, Intel Corp. here today formally launched a new and bold business that will provide fabless ASIC, global logistics and other services for customers.
The new business--called Intel Microelectronics Services--is a new and radical turnkey service that will help IC makers and OEMs bring their application specific integrated circuits (ASICs), application specific standard parts (ASSPs), or system-on-a-chip designs to the
SanDisk braces for big loss, 35% sequential sales drop due to low flash prices News & Analysis 9/21/2001 Post a comment SUNNYVALE, Calif.--Flash memory supplier SanDisk Corp. here today cut its revenue forecast for the third quarter due to severe pricing pressures on products resulting from weak market conditions and too much competition. SanDisk said it now expects third-quarter revenues to sequentially fall 35% from $88 million in the prior quarter instead of being flat with Q2.
Via accuses Intel of violating patent for storage of formats in MPUs News & Analysis 9/20/2001 Post a comment TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Via Technologies Inc. today stepped up its legal counterattack against Intel Corp. by providing more details about a U.S. patent lawsuit filed against the microprocessor giant for infringement of patented MPU technology. Last week, Via said it has filed a counter suit against Intel, which is suing the Taiwan chip maker for infringement of its Pentium 4 technology.
Lexra disputes MIPS's claims of favorable ruling News & Analysis 9/19/2001 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- Lexra Inc. today claimed it had won key interpretations on two patents in a lawsuit filed by MIPS Technologies Inc., which is accusing the company of infringing upon its instruction sets for RISC processors. On Tuesday, MIPS claimed it had won favorable rulings from the judge in the interpretation of the disputed patents (see Sept. 18 story).
Silicon Wave plans to use ARM7 core in Bluetooth chips News & Analysis 9/19/2001 Post a comment SAN DIEGO -- Silicon Wave Inc. here today announced it has licensed the 32-bit ARM7 TDMI processor core from U.K.-based ARM Ltd. to create new Bluetooth baseband ICs for cellular phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs), mobile computers and other wireless products.
Converting and scaling chipset for video systems News & Analysis 9/19/2001 Post a comment Canadian broadcast chip designer Gennum has developed a chipset for converting and scaling many video standards, including high definition, for broadcast systems and applications, such as plasma screen and projectors, and home theatre systems.
SiGe Semi uses ASAT's chip-carrier to reduce size of Bluetooth amplifier News & Analysis 9/18/2001 Post a comment OTTAWA -- Hong Kong-based ASAT Holdings Ltd. today announced it will supply leadless plastic chip-carrier (LPCC) packages to SiGe Semiconductor Inc. here for Class 1 Bluetooth power amplifiers. The 3-by-1.6-mm form factor is the industry's smallest size for a fully encapsulated Class 1 Bluetooth power amplifiers, said the two companies.
Microchip expects revenues to be almost sequentially flat in quarter News & Analysis 9/17/2001 Post a comment CHANDLER, Ariz.--After postponing its business update last week, Microchip Technology Inc. today left its revenue estimate for the current fiscal quarter unchanged, at $136-to-$141 million in the period ending Sept. 30. The guidance shows Microchip expecting revenues to sequentially decline 2% or rise 1.5% from $138.9 million in the prior fiscal quarter.
Motorola unleashes its first complete 2.5G cell-phone chip solution News & Analysis 9/17/2001 Post a comment AUSTIN, Tex. -- In an effort to redefine its semiconductor business, Motorola Inc. today publicly disclosed details of its first complete solution for 2.5-generation cellular phones, including a highly integrated four-component chip set that reduces electronics parts count in 2.5G handsets from more than 250 devices (passives and active circuits) to as low as 125.
IBM pushes two ways for wireless News & Analysis 9/14/2001 Post a comment IBM has developed two chip production processes for wireless applications. One, which IBM has named 6RF, is based on its 0.25µm RF CMOS process. The other, called 5HPE, enhances the use of silicon germanium in RF devices.
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