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Microsemi sales grow 21% from year ago in quarter
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11/29/2000   Post a comment
SANTA ANA, Calif. -- Microsemi Corp. today reported net sales increased 21% to $65.4 million in the company's fiscal fourth quarter, ended Oct. 1, compared to pro forma sales of $54.2 million in the period last year (excluding a business sold in June). The supplier of analog, mixed-signal and discrete devices posted a net income of $4.7 million in the fourth quarter vs. $2.5 million last year.
Silicon Wave claims first chip tuners for cable telephony and VoIP
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11/29/2000   Post a comment
LOS ANGELES--During the Western Cable Show here, Silicon Wave Inc. today claimed it was offering the world's first silicon tuner for cable telephony. The SiW1100 chip allows cable and network operators to compete with local exchange carriers in offering telephone services, according to the San Diego-based company.
TI claims 30% market share in data-over-cable modem chips
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11/29/2000   Post a comment
HOUSTON -- Texas Instruments Inc. is predicting that it will ship nearly 3 million of the world's 10 million chips for data-over-cable services in 2000. Using market projections from Dataquest Inc., TI's digital signal processor division here said it expects to grab 30% of the market for DOCSIS integrated circuits in 2000, less than a year-and-a-half after the company entered the cable-modem chip business.
Broadcom to buy Israeli MPEG-2 encoder supplier for $777 million in stock
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11/28/2000   Post a comment
IRVINE, Calif.-- Still hot on the acquisition trail, Broadcom Corp. here today announced it will buy VisionTech Ltd., an Israeli supplier of digital video/audio compression and depression chips, for $777 million in stock. VisionTech's encoder chips are used in MPEG-2 applications for personal video recording, interactive videoconferencing, and Internet Protocol systems.
IBM, Infineon, UMC say common 0.13-micron process 'production ready'
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11/28/2000   Post a comment
EAST FISHKILL, N.Y. -- Logic process partners IBM Corp., Infineon Technologies AG, and United Microelectronics Corp. today formally announced they have begun fabricating advanced ICs with a new 0.13-micron foundry process technology that's now "production ready" and available to customers.
Motorola to use new GaAs process for single-supply RF circuits
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11/27/2000   Post a comment
PHOENIX -- Motorola Inc.'s chip group here today reported qualification of what the company said was a true enhancement-mode (E-mode) heterostructure field-effect transistor process for gallium-arsenide circuits. Motorola said the GaAs process results in single-power supply devices with exceptional and cost effective performance in both linear transmitter and receiver circuits for low-power wireless applications.
Home connections need better security
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11/27/2000   Post a comment
Bluetooth drives wireless appliances
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Kawasaki, Sonicblue (formerly S3) back ComSilica for wireless LAN technology
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11/27/2000   Post a comment
MAKUHARI, Japan -- Kawasaki Steel Corp. and Sonicblue Inc.--formerly known as S3 Inc.--announced a joint investment in ComSilica Inc., a Berkeley, Calif.-based startup focused on broadband wireless technology for the IEEE 802.11a standard. Both Kawasaki Steel and Sonicblue said they hoped to use technology from ComSilica to offer new products for next-generation wireless local area networks.
PMC-Sierra enters 3G infrastructure arena with DSP for power amplifiers
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11/27/2000   Post a comment
BURNABY, British Columbia -- PMC-Sierra Inc today announced its entry into the wireless-infrastructure chip market with the launch of a new series of digital signal processor ICs aimed at power amplifier architectures for third-generation wireless networks. The company said the PM7800 Palandin-10 chip allows traffic over all major digital 3G standards to be transmitted through new digitally-controlled power amplifier architectures.
TDK teams up for transformer-less modem
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11/26/2000   Post a comment
To reduce the amount of space taken up in settop boxes, TDK Semiconductor has designed a low-speed single-chip modem that connects directly to a transformer-less data access arrangement (DAA) interface.
Analog Devices gets acquisitive
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11/22/2000   Post a comment
They may be comparatively small in this multibillion-dollar-merger age, but the two purchases landed this week by Analog Devices Inc. could foreshadow a more acquisitive era at the company as it bolsters its already strong position in the broadband-communications market.
Philips takes $9 million stake in Improv Systems
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11/22/2000   Post a comment
MUNICH — Royal Philips Electronics BV has bought a minority stake in Improv Systems Inc., a provider of configurable hardware and software design platforms for voice-over-IP, networking and emerging media applications.
Chip foundries predicted to play marginal role in SOC
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11/21/2000   Post a comment
MUNICH -- Semiconductor foundries will play only a restricted role in the system-on-chip business, according to a panel of CEOs at the Electronica 2000 conference here last week, who claimed that SOCs are so complex and resource-intensive that "only a few semiconductor manufacturers will survive" in that business.
Fujitsu creates 30-GHz BiCMOS for integrated RF circuits
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11/21/2000   Post a comment
MUNICH -- Fujitsu Ltd.'s Microelectronics Europe GmbH subsidiary today announced the development of a 30-GHz BiCMOS process for mobile communications and wireless applications. The new process, called UESBIC4, will be used to produce Fujitsu's MB15H series of radio-frequency large-scale integrated devices with double the performance of previously available BiCMOS ICs, said the company.
System-on-chip will favor IDMs, not foundries, argue executives at Electronica
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11/21/2000   Post a comment
MUNICH -- Is the fast-growing silicon foundry business about to run into a huge speed bump, known otherwise as system-on-chip integration? It looks that way, according to top executives from Infineon, Motorola, and STMicroelectronics during a panel discussion at the opening of the Electronica 2000 trade show here today.
Intelligent Power-Management Peripheral for Motor Control
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11/21/2000   Post a comment
Toshio Takahashi, Director of Engineering, describes how International Rectifier's Accelerator partitions the inverter as an intelligent power management peripheral to the motion system control.
Fairchild sells military analog chip lines to Arrow
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11/20/2000   Post a comment
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine -- Fairchild Semiconductor International here today announced that it has sold its standard military analog chip lines to component distribution giant Arrow Electronics Inc. of Melville, N.Y. for undisclosed price. Under the terms, Fairchild will cease production of its chips for military and aerospace applications, but the Arrow/Zeus Electronics business unit will begin providing sales and marketing services for these products. This agreement also allows Arrow/Zeus to pro
ADI to pay $100 million for Chiplogic
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11/20/2000   Post a comment
Analog Devices Inc. announced Monday it will pay about $100 million in a stock deal to acquire Chiplogic Inc., a developer of ICs and software for broad band access and network protocol processing.
Amplifier war breaks out over Class-D
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11/20/2000   Post a comment
Cisco insists Radiata purchase won't stop use of Intersil chips
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11/17/2000   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Cisco Systems Inc.'s recent move to acquire wireless-chip maker Radiata Inc. could put Cisco's chip relationship with Intersil Corp. in limbo, according to industry observers and analysts. But officials at Cisco here this week insisted it would still maintain its chip ties to Intersil in the wireless local-area networking (WLAN) market--at least for its current generation of products.
Two DSP deals focus on handset programmability, interfaces
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11/16/2000   Post a comment
MANHASSET, N.Y. — Two recent collaborations that focus on GSM and General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) handsets have brought into sharp relief the need to combine a programmable, scalable wireless device architecture with an optimized user interface.
TelCom Semi issues a warning for Q4, cites order delays and cancellations in wireless market
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11/15/2000   Post a comment
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- TelCom Semiconductor Inc., which is in the process of being acquired by Microchip Technology Inc., here today warned that its fourth-quarter sales will be about 10% lower than the previous quarter. TelCom blamed the results on order delays and cancellations from its large customers in the wireless sector.
Analog Devices predicts 50% sales growth in fiscal 2001
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11/15/2000   Post a comment
NORWOOD, Mass. -- Analog Devices Inc. here predicted a 7-to-10% sequential increase in revenues during the company's current fiscal quarter, which ends in January, and the chip company said it expects sales to grow 50% in fiscal 2001 year over $2.58 billion in the 2000 period.
Voice-over-DSL needs IP, not ATM
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11/14/2000   Post a comment
Compression solutions get better
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Broadband in home rides software
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Digital video ready for Net work
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Multimedia nets need own chips
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VLIW chip enables video meetings
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Challenges steer OC-192 routing
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TSMC has test chip for 0.13-micron mixed-signal process
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11/14/2000   Post a comment
Silicon foundry giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) here today announced development of what it calls the industry's first "comprehensive" 0.13-micron test chip for mixed-signal and radio frequency (RF) functions.
Qualcomm lands its third Chinese deal for CDMA handsets
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11/14/2000   Post a comment
A Chinese TV set maker, Konka Group, today announced plans to manufacture Qualcomm-designed CDMA mobile phones, making it the third Chinese OEM to adopt the U.S. company's digital cell-phone standard.
TSMC develops test chip for 0.13-micron mixed-signal/RF process
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11/14/2000   Post a comment
HSINCHU, Taiwan — Silicon foundry giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) today announced development of the industry's first "comprehensive" 0.13-micron test chip for mixed-signal and radio frequency (RF) functions. TSMC said it will use the test chip to prepare design kits for customers and to characterize the next-generation 0.13-micron mixed-signal/RF CMOS processes. The technology is slated to enter production in the fourth quarter of 2001.
Atmel starts up SiGe foundry services for 82-GHz ICs
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11/13/2000   Post a comment
SAN JOSE — Atmel Corp. today announced its wafer fab in Germany is ready to provide IC foundry services using an upgraded silicon-germanium (SiGe) process for chip frequencies up to 82 GHz in communications applications.
STMicro, cellular technology supplier to develop baseband platform chips
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11/13/2000   Post a comment
GENEVA -- STMicroelectronics today announced plans to develop baseband platform chips for next-generation handsets and mobile Internet devices with TTPCommunications plc, a supplier of digital cellular phone technology based in Cambridge, England. The two companies said they have agreed to create platforms for products, using the Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM) and General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) standards.
Atmel offers SiGe RF circuits for walkie-talkies, remote control systems
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11/10/2000   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Atmel Corp.'s Wireless & Microcontrollers division today rolled out a new series of integrated frontend circuits for family radio products--also known as walkie-talkies--and remote control applications operating in the 400-to-500-MHz frequency range. The new chips are fabricated in silicon-germanium (SiGe) technology.
Xilinx completes $221 million stock purchase of RocketChips
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11/10/2000   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Xilinx Inc. here today announced completion of a $221 million stock acquisition of privately-held RocketChips Inc. Xilinx said it has issued 3.6 million shares of common stock for ownership of RocketChips, which is a Minneapolis-based supplier of high-speed CMOS mixed-signal transceivers for communications, networking and storage systems.
AOL, Broadcom, Gateway, and Transmeta to develop Internet appliance
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11/9/2000   Post a comment
IRVINE, Calif. -- America Online, Broadcom, Gateway, and Transmeta on Friday will announce an alliance to jointly develop and market an Internet appliance that will enable the movement of streaming audio and video content between music players, TVs, PCs, and cable modems. The capability will use standard phone lines.
On Semiconductor aims to increase efforts in Internet applications
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11/8/2000   Post a comment
PHOENIX -- On Semiconductor here today announced plans to increase its presence in chip sets for Internet infrastructure and broadband technologies. To do that, the spin-off from Motorola Inc. said it will set up new design facilities and increase research in application specific standard products for physical media, clock management, and data-flow management functions.
Philips Semiconductors, Widcomm partner in Bluetooth solutions
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11/6/2000   Post a comment
SAN DIEGO--Philips Semiconductors today announced an alliance in Bluetooth technology and products with San Diego-based Widcomm Inc., a networking and software company specializing in wireless communications.
Right-sizing DSP for MP3 duties
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11/6/2000   Post a comment
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