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posted in March 2002
Germany's X-Fab buys Zarlink's Plymouth fab
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3/28/2002   Post a comment
Deal meets company's first quarter deadline to dispose of UK site – just.
Zarlink to sell U.K. plant to X-Fab and receive foundry services
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3/28/2002   Post a comment
PLYMOUTH, England -- Canada's Zarlink Semiconductor Inc. today announced it has found a buyer for its wafer fab here. X-Fab Semiconductor Foundries AG of Erfurt, Germany, has agreed to buy the facility for $30 million--$12 million in cash on closing of the transaction and $18 million in secured notes payable over three years, the two companies said.
Alpha Industries cuts forecast due to weakness in wireless systems
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3/28/2002   Post a comment
WOBURN, Mass.--Alpha Industries Inc. today lowered its forecast for revenues in the current fiscal quarter to $28 million and it predicted an adjusted net loss of $0.11-to-$0.13 per share because unexpected weakness in wireless infrastructure markets and delays in orders for radio-frequency (RF) semiconductors used in handsets.
Updated: STMicro said to be largest analog vendor
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3/27/2002   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has been ranked as the leading analog supplier in 2001 by Databeans Inc., a two-year-old research firm based in Reno, Nev., dethroning Texas Instruments Inc.
Signal Integrity effects haunt SoC Designs - A Designer's Perspective
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3/27/2002   Post a comment
Written by members of the VSIA Signal Integrity subcommittee, this tutorial offers an overview of the issues faced by System-on-Chip designers. It amplifies some concerns expressed by Dr. Raminderpal Singh in EE Times' March 25th Signals section.
Multipoint standard boosts LVDS
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3/25/2002   Post a comment
Low-voltage differential signaling, or LVDS (TIA/EIA-644), has become extremely popular because of its high-speed and low-power characteristics for a wide range of applications.
LVDS extends utility of 1149.1 boundary scan test
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3/25/2002   Post a comment
Developers of voice and data communications systems face twin challenges. They must meet ever-expanding bandwidth requirements, yet design testable, manufacturable and reliable hardware.
Diverse IP cranks noise control headaches
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3/25/2002   Post a comment
If you ask designers of high-speed printed-circuit boards about signal integrity, chances are they know all about the interactions of "aggressors" and "victims" and the nasty things that can happen to logic signals clocked at near-gigahertz rates.
TI's analog business hits a bump
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3/22/2002   Post a comment
Texas Instruments Inc. has grown accustomed to sitting atop the analog IC and DSP pecking order. But now the company's No. 1 analog status is endangered, due principally to its overexposure to the electronics industry's communications sector, which fell into a well in 2001.
Apogee, STMicro team up to offer all-digital amplifier chips for audio
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3/21/2002   Post a comment
NORWOOD, Mass.--Apogee Technology Inc. here today announced a joint development agreement with STMicroelectronics to apply an all-digital amplifier technology a new series of semiconductors that replace digital-to-analog converter (DAC) circuits in audio systems.
Dialog Semi expects to recoup some money from U.K. foundry in IR purchase
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3/21/2002   Post a comment
KIRCHHEIM, Germany -- Dialog Semiconductor Plc today said it will receive about 6 million euros ($5.3 million) from International Rectifier Corp.'s acquisition of European Semiconductor Manufacturing Ltd., a sub-micron silicon foundry company based in Wales. On Monday, U.S.-based IR announced it was buying the assets of ESM for $81 million in cash to expand its production of mixed-signal and power semiconductors (see March 13 stor
Motorola transfers PLL chip series to Lansdale Semiconductor
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3/20/2002   Post a comment
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Motorola Inc. today announced it has sold the rights to its MC12000 series of phase-locked loop chips to Lansdale Semiconductor Inc. here as part of the company's ongoing efforts to downsize its IC manufacturing operations.
Intersil/Elantec merger to create new force in analog
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3/20/2002   Post a comment
The new Intersil faces tough challenges in all its markets, Beyer said. In power management, there is Maxim and Linear Technology. In flat-panel drivers, there's Analog Devices and National Semiconductor. In optical storage, Intersil competes against Sony's internal development. And in WLAN, there's Agere.
Gyrator circuit adds audio signaling to flyback supplies
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3/20/2002   Post a comment
An LTC engineer adds an audio output to a server power supply. The deceptively simple feedback circuit provides a surprising degree of accuracy for both voltage and current control.
Early indicators show 'uneven' bounce from downturn's bottom, says report
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3/20/2002   Post a comment
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The integrated circuit business is now staging an apparent recovery, but the initial steps in the bounce-back are extremely uneven in IC markets when revenues are broken down into major product segments, observed IC Insights Inc. in its new March newsletter released this week.
Harmonic balance simulation speeds RF mixer design
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3/20/2002   Post a comment
Harmonic-balance simulators and electromagnetic analysis tools are becoming essential to RF mixer design. New balun structures for RFICs are key to matching impedances at high GHz-requencies. An AWR scientist offers some pointers on mixer-design using contemporary modeling tools.*
NEC targets cell-based routable ASICs at 'mid-volume' applications
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3/18/2002   Post a comment
TOKYO -- In a move to create a new class of ASIC products for "mid-volume" applications, NEC Corp. today introduced a functional-block chip architecture, which allows customers to quickly route pre-existing cells on ICs for custom designs using two upper layers of metal--just like a gate array.
IR buys U.K. foundry assets for $81 million, plans investments
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3/18/2002   Post a comment
EL SEGUNDO, Calif.--International Rectifier Corp. today announced it has acquired the assets of European Semiconductor Manufacturing Ltd. (ESM), a silicon foundry company in Newport, Wales, which has been struggling with bankruptcy in the industry downturn.
IR steps in to buy troubled Newport fab for $81m
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3/18/2002   Post a comment
ESM is rescued from second administration and promised $125m in investment as US firm expands its Welsh operations.
Sarnoff launches IP core strategy for ICs in TV, digital video
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3/12/2002   Post a comment
SAN FRANCISCO -- New Jersey-based Sarnoff Corp. today announced a new silicon core strategy to offer intellectual property (IP) design blocks for integrated circuits in TV and digital video applications. The IP core series includes a "smarter" MPEG function, which the company says improves pictures and reduces storage requirements.
Microchip enters stand-alone battery charging IC market
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3/12/2002   Post a comment
SAN FRANCISCO -- Microchip Technology Inc. today announced its entry into the chip market for stand-alone battery chargers with a new series of ICs.
LVDS for signal distribution in 3G basestations
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3/12/2002   Post a comment
High speed 3G mobile communications promise to deliver media-rich content for cell phones by means of W-CDMA, EDGE, and CDMA2000 protocols via the Internet. To provide the bandwidth, the cellular base-stations (which interface wireless handsets to the wireline networks) will need to process and distribute exponentially greater amounts of digital data. This feature makes the case for Low Voltage Differential Signaling (LVDS) as the means of moving data at high speeds across backplanes, through c
IDT, VoicePump collaborate on voice-enabled gateway platform
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3/11/2002   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif.--Integrated Device Technology Inc. today announced collaboration with VoicePump Inc. to offer a jointly developed voice-enabled asymmetric digital subscriber line (ADSL) reference platform for customer premises equipment (CPE).
U.S. startup targets InP and GaAs optical front-ends, gears indium-phosphide fab
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3/11/2002   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Optoelectronics IC startup OEpic Inc. today announced it has raised more than $30 million in investments to serve high-speed optical networks with complete front-end chip-set solutions, based on compound semiconductors. In the second quarter, the 21-month-old startup plans to begin shipping samples of its first indium-phosphide (InP) IC products made in a fully equipped wafer fab here.
Intersil to buy Elantec Semi for $1.4 billion in stock, cash
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3/11/2002   Post a comment
IRVINE, Calif. -- In a move to enter chip markets for optical storage systems and flat-panel displays, Intersil Corp. on Sunday announced plans to acquire Elantec Semiconductor Inc. of Milpitas, Calif., for $1.4 billion in stock and cash.
California Micro goes 'fab lite,' strikes foundry deal with China's ASMC
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3/7/2002   Post a comment
MILPITAS, Calif.--California Micro Devices Corp. today announced a foundry agreement with China's Advanced Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp. (ASMC) in Shanghai, which will produce the company's analog semiconductors and "Application Specific Integrated Passive (ASIP) devices.
TI aims codecs with USB controller at audio players, home robots
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3/6/2002   Post a comment
TOKYO -- Taking aim at CD players, portable radios, and even "domestic-use robots," Texas Instruments Inc. here today announced the first stereo audio coder-decoder (codec) chip series with integrated USB controller and internal S/PDIF-compatible I/O terminal.
Bluetooth drives auto multimedia
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3/4/2002   Post a comment
IBM aims to lead SiGe field despite competition
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3/4/2002   Post a comment
IBM expects to maintain its lead in the silicon germanium (SiGe) market, despite emerging competition from companies such as Conexant Sestems, Micrel and Communicant Semiconductor.
RF Micro enters optical communications chip market with SiGe analog ICs
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3/1/2002   Post a comment
GREENSBORO, N.C.-- RF Micro Devices Inc. here has announced a family of silicon-germanium (SiGe) serial analog ICs for fiber optic data communication transceivers with speeds up to 3.5-gigabits per second.
Intel aims to push 'ultrawideband' wireless connection to 500-Mbit speeds
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3/1/2002   Post a comment
SAN FRANCISCO -- During the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) here this week, Intel Corp. claimed it has developed the world's fastest chips and systems, based on a new, short-range wireless technology, called "ultrawideband" (UWB).


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