Elantec expects revenues to drop 20-25% News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
Network Processor Forum to unite CSIX and CPIX efforts News & Analysis 2/27/2001 Post a comment 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.
TI slashes Q1 revenue forecast again News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
Qualcomm's shares tumble amid problems in cell-phone business News & Analysis 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.
UMC, Mentor create turnkey design flows for RF, mixed-signal processes News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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
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National, Motorola partner in development of battery management techniques News & Analysis 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.
Analog prospects remain amid talk of slowdown News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
National to buy wireless chip developer innoComm for $130 million News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 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.
TI unveils single-chip, direct-conversion RF transceiver News & Analysis 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.
As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.
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