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Engibous says cash cushion will help TI through downturn
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2/28/2001   Post a comment
Texas Instruments Inc. has more than $3 billion in cash, a cushion that will allow the Dallas chip maker to continue investments in capital and R&D despite the current industry slump, executives said today.
Elantec expects revenues to drop 20-25%
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2/28/2001   Post a comment
Analog chip maker Elantec Semiconductor, Inc., Milpitas, Calif., today said that sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2001 will be below previous expectations as a result of continued economic slowdown and weakening demand, particularly in the PC industry.
IMP threatened with delisting by Nasdaq
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2/27/2001   Post a comment
IMP, Inc., San Jose, a maker of analog semiconductors, today said that it has received a letter from Nasdaq notifying it that, because the company has not filed its Form 10-Q for the period ended December 24, 2000, the Company's securities are subject to delisting from the Nasdaq Small Cap Market.
The right, and wrong, way
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Network Processor Forum to unite CSIX and CPIX efforts
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Former members of two network processor groups have joined together to form the Network Processing Forum, a consortium aimed at accelerating development of networking and telecommunications products by establishing standards. The NP Forum has established four working groups to drive the development of standards, said Raj Yavatkar, director of the Internet Exchange Architecture for Intel and NP Forum board member.
Bluetooth leaves room for security
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2/26/2001   Post a comment
Location services expand scope
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A changeable SoC for every WLAN
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Cost, power budget hit 5-GHz apps
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OFDM shoulders heavy RF traffic
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Test tools keep Bluetooth on track
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CMOS downsizing extends wireless
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Ultrawideband radios set to play
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Bluetooth can coexist with 802.11
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Road to wireless Net has bumps
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Reuse eases wireless SoC efforts
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TI slashes Q1 revenue forecast again
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2/26/2001   Post a comment
Texas Instruments Inc., the world's No. 1 supplier of wireless-communications chips, today slashed its revenue estimate for the second time in several weeks and now sees first-quarter revenue down 20% from the $3 billion posted in the prior quarter.
IBM's new wireless thrust hinges on four-prong strategy
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2/26/2001   Post a comment
EAST FISHKILL, N.Y. -- After a false start in the wireless chip market--including a recent move to dissolve its cellular-phone chip set operation--IBM Corp.'s Microelectronics Division is quietly preparing to make a new, four-prong attack in the portable communications arena, SBN has learned.
Direct conversion scheme to 'save 30%' on basestation costs
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2/26/2001   Post a comment
Texas Instruments (TI) has developed a scheme for direct conversion of radio signals that it says can save up to 30% of the cost of building a GSM or GPRS mobile phone.
Qualcomm's shares tumble amid problems in cell-phone business
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2/23/2001   Post a comment
SAN DIEGO -- Shares of Qualcomm Inc. took a beating today (Feb. 23) amid reports of weak demand for its chip products and delays in the deployment of third-generation (3G) wireless technology. The concerns among analysts caused San Diego-based Qualcomm's stock to fall by some 7.7% to about $61.81 per share in heavy trading today.
Sony will work with IMEC to develop BiCMOS, wireless network technologies
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2/23/2001   Post a comment
LEUVEN, Belgium -- European research laboratory IMEC here and Sony Corp. of Japan today (Feb. 23) announced collaborative R&D plan in wireless local area network (WLAN) technology and BiCMOS processes for high-speed analog ICs.
Math scares students away from engineering, study finds
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2/21/2001   Post a comment
Poor math skills is one of the key reasons students drop out of engineering programs, according to a recent survey of about 4,700 engineering professors.
STMicro enters A/D converter market with first 8-, 10-bit devices
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2/21/2001   Post a comment
GENEVA--In a move to accelerate mixed-signal IC sales, STMicroelectronics here today (Feb. 21) entered the high-performance analog-to-digital converter market with the launch of a new A/D chip series based on 0.25-micron CMOS technology.
Hitachi GPRS transceiver adapts for basebands
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2/20/2001   Post a comment
Hitachi has developed a single-chip transceiver for GSM mobile phones that can support GPRS communications up to 50kbit/s.
UMC, Mentor create turnkey design flows for RF, mixed-signal processes
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2/19/2001   Post a comment
WILSONVILLE, Ore.--Mentor Graphics Corp. here and Taiwan's United Microelectronics Corp. today (Feb. 19) announced a "complete turnkey" design flow for UMC's radio-frequency and mixed-signal CMOS process technologies. The two companies said the package give will UMC's foundry customers a complete solution for new ICs, from product specification to tape-out of designs for volume production.
Infineon, Toshiba team up in 3G cell phone chip sets
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2/19/2001   Post a comment
MUNICH -- Infineon Technologies AG here and Toshiba Corp, in Japan today (Feb. 19) announced joint development of an interface between baseband ICs and MPEG-4 codec chips for dual-mode cellular phones. The alliance in cell-phone chip set interfaces is an extension of Infineon's collaboration with Toshiba in DRAMs and ferroelectric random-access memories (FeRAMs), which are also aimed at handset applications (see Dec. 21 story
Analog Devices trims GSM parts count
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2/19/2001   Post a comment
A highlight of the GSM World Congress in France is a new chip set and reference design from Analog Devices.
Distributor adjustments impacts Sipex revenues
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2/15/2001   Post a comment
Sipex Corp., Billerica, Mass., a supplier of analog circuits, today reported revenues of $20.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2000, which ended December 31.
Analog Devices offers gain and phase measurement in single chip
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2/13/2001   Post a comment
Analog Devices has announced the industry's first single-chip circuit that simultaneously detects the gain and phase difference between two independent signals up to 2.7 GHz.
STMicro enters DVD-ROM arena with system-on-chip design
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2/12/2001   Post a comment
GENEVA--STMicroelectronics today (Feb. 12) announced its entry into the DVD-ROM chip market with the development of an integrated solution containing all of the functions for drives except actuator drivers and external memory.
National, Motorola partner in development of battery management techniques
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2/12/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- National Semiconductor Corp. and Motorola Inc.'s Energy Systems Group today (Feb. 12) announced plans to jointly develop new methods of protecting and managing energy in lithium-ion and lithium-ion polymer batteries for portable electronics. The effort aims to reduce the part count and size of lithium energy systems.
Mobile CPU power turns up the heat
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Demystifying power supply design
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Components boost display options
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Charge pumps backlight color LCDs
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Switcher aids cellular efficiency
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Analog prospects remain amid talk of slowdown
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2/8/2001   Post a comment
Despite talk of a slowdown, hiring managers with several analog companies report that they're still not only hiring but expanding the number of analog engineers on their staffs, which begs the philosophical question, If a slowdown hits the analog industry, will anyone feel it?
Council counts Latino grads as survey's bright spot
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2/8/2001   Post a comment
The number of minority students completing engineering degrees is rising at a minuscule pace, and the number of African-Americans receiving engineering degrees last year declined for the third straight year, according to The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME). The group said its latest survey showed only glimpses of good news.
Program targets schoolgirls for tech careers
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2/7/2001   Post a comment
When IBM veep Carol Kovac threw a birthday party for her young daughter a while back, the entertainment wasn't the usual games, clowns or movies. Instead, Kovac set out old VCRs, computers, radios and screwdrivers and set the kids loose.
TI's DSL chip set quadruples channels on line cards
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2/7/2001   Post a comment
DALLAS -- Texas Instruments Inc. has rolled out a new analog front end (AFE) chip set solution for asymmetric digital subscriber line applications that enables central office system makers to increase DSL line card density from four or eight channels to 12, 24 or 32 channels.
Elantec preps foray into DSL consumer market
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2/6/2001   Post a comment
Elantec Inc. is positioning itself to claim a larger share of the exploding DSL IC market by expanding its fastest-growing product line into higher-volume consumer applications.
National to buy wireless chip developer innoComm for $130 million
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2/6/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif.-- National Semiconductor Corp. has announced plans to purchase innoComm, a developer of wireless networking chip sets in San Diego, for $130 million. The acquisition is expected to be completed in February and is intended to strengthen National's position in wireless communications.
Cypress to acquire HiBand Semiconductors
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2/5/2001   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor, San Jose, today announced that it had signed a definitive agreement to acquire HiBand Semiconductors, a provider of mixed-signal integrated circuits for high-speed communications markets, such as SONET, Ethernet, Fibre Channel, and InfiniBand.
Cypress will buy HiBand Semi to expand in networking ICs
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2/5/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- In a move to expand its high-speed networking chip portfolio, Cypress Semiconductor Corp. today announced it will acquire mixed-signal IC supplier HiBand Semiconductors Inc. in Scotts Valley, Calif.
TI unveils single-chip, direct-conversion RF transceiver
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2/5/2001   Post a comment
Texas Instruments Inc. (Dallas) will flex its RF muscle Monday (Feb. 5) with the unveiling of a single-chip, direct-conversion RF transceiver for Global System for Mobile Communications, General Packet Radio Service and universal mobile telecommunications system applications.
PMC-Sierra rolls out inverse multiplexer chips
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BURNABY, British Columbia -- PMC-Sierra Inc. has announced what the company claims are the world's most robust inverse multiplexer chips for ATM, DSL, E1/E3, T1/T3, and other networking applications.
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