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Analog chip maker to cut 4% of workforce
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3/30/2001   Post a comment
Sipex Corp., Billerica, Mass., today announced it will reduce its workforce.
Long design effort delivers space station power
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3/30/2001   Post a comment
The designers at Boeing Co.'s Rocketdyne Division (Canoga Park, Calif.) are riding high, thrilled that the power system they crafted for the International Space Station is working successfully in orbit after almost a decade of development on earth.
Transmitter keeps in tune with loop antennas
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3/30/2001   Post a comment
Micrel Semiconductor has developed a single-chip radio transmitter for unlicensed bands in the 280 to 460MHz range that automatically corrects for differences in a connected loop antenna so the board does not need to be tuned on the manufacturing line with a trimmer pot.
PLDs, DRAMs, and standard cell chips get clobbered in downturn, says report
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3/29/2001   Post a comment
Market researcher IC Insights Inc. here said an analysis of chip sales in January vs. October shows DRAMs, MOS standard cell designs, and programmable logic getting hit the hardest out of nine IC product categories.
In Beijing, HSMC prepares first step in building four fabs this decade
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3/27/2001   Post a comment
BEIJING -- Hoping to carve out a sizable niche in the silicon foundry arena, China's Beijing Huaxia Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (HSMC) here next week will begin an ambitious chip-making campaign by breaking ground on its initial wafer fab.
Microsemi ships GaAs devices three months ahead of schedule
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3/26/2001   Post a comment
SANTA ANA, Calif.--Microsemi Corp. today (March 26) said it has begun shipping its first gallium-arsenide (GaAs) semiconductors three months ahead of schedule. The products will be used in optical transponders.
IBM launches multi-project wafer initiative for SiGe prototypes
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3/26/2001   Post a comment
EAST FISHKILL, N.Y. -- IBM Corp. today (March 26) announced a multi-project wafer program for its silicon-germanium process technology to help lower the cost of SiGe prototypes and small-volume products by placing more than one design on a wafer.
Clearing ASIC obsolescence hurdles
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System-in-package option aids reuse
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Atmel expands alliance for RF, baseband ICs in secure 3G networks
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3/26/2001   Post a comment
ROUSSET, France-- Atmel Corp. today (March 26) announced an expansion of its alliance in third-generation wireless networks with a company specializing in defense and security communications applications. Under the partnership, Atmel and EADS Defence & Security Networks (EDSN) plan to develop new platforms for all-digital "professional mobile radio" applications worldwide.
TI reshuffles analog, mixed-signal deck
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3/23/2001   Post a comment
DALLAS--Texas Instruments Inc. has reorganized its analog and mixed-signal business, retaining the group's dual management structure but realigning to better address key end-equipment markets and deepen ties with the company's DSP efforts.
Toshiba mixes bipolar, CMOS and DMOS in new process for motor driver ICs
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3/23/2001   Post a comment
TOKYO -- Toshiba Corp. has combined bipolar, CMOS and double-diffused metal oxide semiconductor technologies into a new process for highly integrated motor driver ICs. The new high-voltage BiCD process will produce motor driver chips with one-third the power consumption, said Toshiba.
TSMC launches royalty-tracking system for IP cores in chips
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3/20/2001   Post a comment
HSINCHU, Taiwan--In a series of design automation announcements, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) today said it has become the first IC manufacturer to automatically track the use of third-party intellectual property (IP) in chips.
Semtech to sell fab, quit foundry business
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3/19/2001   Post a comment
Semtech Corp., Newbury Park, Calif., announced that it is exiting the foundry services business and is in negotiations to sell its Santa Clara wafer fabrication facility.
Semtech to sell bipolar fab in Santa Clara, use outside foundries
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3/19/2001   Post a comment
NEWBURY PARK, Calif.--Semtech Corp. today (March 19) announced it is negotiating to sell its bipolar wafer fab in Santa Clara, Calif., as part of a strategy to move nearly all of its production to outside foundries. The fab processes 4- and 5-inch wafers.
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Bluetooth demands system tools
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Net growth is taking SDR to task
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PLDs critical to flexible wireless
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Soft radio runs into hard standards
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Wireless is built up for notebooks
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Time for software-defined radio
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Cryogenic ICs: a link to digital RF
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Universal 3G node still a dream
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Universal radio is on the horizon
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Software radio making headway
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Philips, U.S. developer plan Bluetooth prototypes for chip users
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3/15/2001   Post a comment
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Engineering tool and services provider Stonestreet One Inc. here has teamed up with Philips Semiconductors to offer "comprehensive" solutions for Bluetooth wireless systems in an effort to speed product development by chip users.
GlobeSpan lowers Q1, Q2 outlook, citing customers' inventory
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3/15/2001   Post a comment
GlobeSpan Inc., a DSL chip leader, has lowered its expectations for the first and second quarters of 2001. The Red Bank, N.J., company now expects to report net revenue of $105 million to $115 million for the first quarter, representing a sequential decline from the fourth quarter of 12% to 20%.
TI to close 6-inch analog fab in California
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3/14/2001   Post a comment
DALLAS -- Texas Instruments Inc. today (March 14) announced it will close its 6-inch wafer fab in Santa Cruz, Calif., which primarily produces analog ICs for hard disk drives. Products from that fab will be transferred to other manufacturing plants in Dallas and Houston, said TI.
Logicvision plans on-chip test for mixed-signal SoCs
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3/14/2001   Post a comment
Looking to suppress rising test costs, Logicvision Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) is working to bring on-chip testing to mixed-signal IC designs that include analog-to-digital (A/D) converters. The company is now working with a group of customers to develop techniques and intellectual property to test a selection of typical converter architectures, said Rodger Sykes, vice president of marketing and business development at Logicvision.
Design classics: the function generator
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3/13/2001   Post a comment
If you ask a hundred engineers who created the commercial function generator, at least 99 will tell you it was Wavetek — which was not quite the case. It's close, but there are several people who could vie for credit.
Micrel cites "precipitous decline" in lead times
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3/12/2001   Post a comment
Micrel, Inc., San Jose, today announced that it has reduced its revenue and earnings guidance for the first quarter of 2001.
'Plenty of work' for power engineers
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3/12/2001   Post a comment
Power engineers may feel insulated from the shocks of today's economic anemia. According to Dennis Nickerson of Survival Systems Staffing, "There's more caution, but there's still plenty of work."
Wider DSPs enrich comms design
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VLIW calls for special debugging
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Flexible compression key to audio
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Parallel DSPs: speed at a price
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Applications take the driver's seat
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DSP IP cores fuel PLD adoption
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Siliconix Inc. to exit lateral DMOS transistor business
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3/8/2001   Post a comment
Siliconix, the Santa Clara, Calif. subsidiary of Vishay Intertechnology Inc. said it is selling its complete line of LDMOS switch transistors to Linear Integrated Systems, a manufacturer of specialty linear semiconductors.
National Semiconductor's operating income falls 68%
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3/8/2001   Post a comment
National Semiconductor Corp. said its fiscal 2001 third quarter operating income fell almost 68% and warned that its fourth quarter profits would fall short of forecasts amid a weak semiconductor market.
TSMC 'ready for production' in 0.13-micron mixed-signal processes
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3/7/2001   Post a comment
HSINCHU, Taiwan --Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. today (March 7) announced it is now ready to begin foundry production of 0.13-micron mixed-signal devices, and the company claimed will have as many as 40 customer chip designs ready for production in all of its 0.13-micron processes by June.
ON Semi to expand production, design in China
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3/7/2001   Post a comment
Motorola spinoff ON Semiconductor plans to invest $100 million in China to expand its manufacturing joint venture in Sichuan province and establish a design center in Shanghai. The company said the new facilities will design, manufacture and test power management ICs as well as an existing line of discrete semiconductors.
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