Microsemi sales grow 21% from year ago in quarter News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
Motorola to use new GaAs process for single-supply RF circuits News & Analysis 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.
Kawasaki, Sonicblue (formerly S3) back ComSilica for wireless LAN technology News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
Chip foundries predicted to play marginal role in SOC News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
Fairchild sells military analog chip lines to Arrow News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
Cisco insists Radiata purchase won't stop use of Intersil chips News & Analysis 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.
Analog Devices predicts 50% sales growth in fiscal 2001 News & Analysis 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.
TSMC develops test chip for 0.13-micron mixed-signal/RF process News & Analysis 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.
STMicro, cellular technology supplier to develop baseband platform chips News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.