Infineon takes stake in Colorado startup, cross licenses patents News & Analysis 9/25/2000 Post a comment COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Celis Semiconductor Corp. here today announced Infineon Technologies AG has taken a minority stake in the four-year-old developer of nonvolatile memories and mixed-signal devices as part of a transaction that includes a cross-licensing pact between the two companies
LSI Logic to enter read-channel IC market following Datapath acquisition News & Analysis 9/22/2000 Post a comment MILPITAS, Calif. -- LSI Logic Inc. is preparing to enter the read-channel IC market for hard-disk drives as one major player--Texas Instruments Inc.--pulls out of the business. At this week's Diskcon trade show in San Jose, LSI Logic dislosed plans to use read-channel technology from recently acquired DataPath Systems Inc. to offer both standard products and customized ASICs for disk-drive applications, starting in the third quarter of 2001.
AMCC buys developer of I/O, transceivers for optical IC thrust News & Analysis 9/21/2000 Post a comment SAN DIEGO--Applied Micro Circuits Corp. (AMCC) here today announced it has acquired privately-held SiLutia of Fort Collins, Colo., a digital and mixed-signal company focused on high-speed, low-power I/O and transceiver designs for broadband communications. The acquisition is part of AMCC's efforts to expand its integration and serial backplane technologies for networking products.
TRW gears up to make InP chips in volume for communications systems News & Analysis 9/21/2000 Post a comment REDONDO BEACH, Calif.--TRW Inc. today announced plans to ramp up volume production of indium phosphide (InP) semiconductors for fast-growing telecommunications applications, such as fiber-optic transmission gear, mobile systems, and wireless broadband services.
TRW's Space & Electronics Group said it has completed construction of a new facility here for a 4-inch wafer line, and it will now begin installing equipment for volume production of InP chips in the second half of 2001.
TI sets $5 target for ROM-based Bluetooth chip set in high volumes News & Analysis 9/19/2000 Post a comment DALLAS--Texas Instruments Inc. here has introduced a new low-cost chip set for Bluetooth wireless connections using a new 0.18-micron baseband controller, which contains a fully integrated software stack in read-only memory. The ROM-based controller eliminates the need for a separate flash memory device in Bluetooth system designs.
Lucent claims lowest power embedded modem chip set News & Analysis 9/19/2000 Post a comment ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- Lucent Technologies Inc.'s Microelectronics Group here announced a low-power chip set for embedded modem applications in that tie a range of systems, handheld devices, and set-top boxes together over phone lines at speeds up to 56 kilobits per second.
TI ends read-channel chip efforts for hard-disk drives News & Analysis 9/19/2000 Post a comment SAN FRANCISCO -- Texas Instruments Inc. is pulling the plug on its read-channel IC development efforts for hard-disk drives and reassigning more than 100 analog design engineers from those projects to high-growth communications chip applications, said Tom Engibous, TI president and chairman, during a speech here today.
Infineon aims integrated line driver/analog frontend at ADSL ramp News & Analysis 9/18/2000 Post a comment MUNICH -- In a move to fill out its "one-to-shop" for digital subscriber line (DSL) systems, Infineon Technologies AG today introduced a single-chip line driver/analog frontend device for asymmetric DSL modems. The new 80-pin chip boosts integration and cuts power consumption in ADSL systems, which are beginning to grow in high volumes, said the Munich-based company.
Cirrus, IR collaborate on digital PWM amplifiers for audio News & Analysis 9/18/2000 Post a comment AUSTIN, Tex. -- Cirrus Logic Inc. here today announced a joint-marketing and development alliance with International Rectifier Corp. to create complete system-level solutions for digital Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) power amplifiers. Cirrus Logic said it has developed a new digital PWM technology for audio systems that reduces power requirements for audio amplifiers, improving the sound and cutting costs.
Startup rivals Atheros, Radiata launch CMOS radio chips for 5-GHz wireless LANs News & Analysis 9/18/2000 Post a comment SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- The race to build a better radio-on-chip for high-speed wireless data networks is heating up. Atheros Communications Inc. here today unveiled what it claims is a true radio-on-a-chip, or "RoC", in a two-chip solution that uses standard CMOS processes, without the need for a separate power amplifier made with more expensive gallium-arsenide or silicon-germanium technologies. Atheros' announcement comes at the same time when rival-startup Radiata Inc. in San Jose, is disclosin
Taiwan's GaAs foundry race heats up as new 6-inch fab opens News & Analysis 9/15/2000 Post a comment TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan's Win Semiconductors Corp. here today announced it has opened the world's first 6-inch wafer fab for pure-play foundry services in the gallium-arsenide (GaAs) device arena. Other companies in Taiwan are also jumping into GaAs technology as demand grows for high-speed communications devices and radio-frequency ICs made with the compound semiconductor material. These companies are planning to follow pure-play foundry models established in Taiwan's silicon chip industry dur
How Conexant's split up aims to make two huge chip companies News & Analysis 9/14/2000 Post a comment NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- Analysts believe Conexant Systems Inc.'s bold new plan to split itself into two separate chip companies is a daring, innovative move to accelerate growth in the communications IC business. The company here on Wednesday announced it will divide itself next year into two companies, which will share some resources under a multi-year alliance, to serve Internet infrastructure and "personal networking" applications.
National takes aim at wider range of wireless chip markets News & Analysis 9/8/2000 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Having been a niche player in wireless chip applications, National Semiconductor Corp. is now gearing up to become a bigger force in several new and large IC markets. For years the Santa Clara company was known as the "king" of phase-lock-loop (PLL) devices and other niche-oriented chips, but it has begun to expand into emerging wireless markets for Bluetooth, cellular radio-frequency (RF) products, and now home-networking systems with new plans to jointly develop ICs with
National Semiconductor sales grow 33% in quarter News & Analysis 9/7/2000 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif.--National Semiconductor Corp. today reported a 33% increase in net revenues to $640.8 million in the company's fiscal first quarter, ended Aug. 27, compared to $481.8 million in the period last year. National's net income was $144.2 million vs. $47.1 million in the quarter last year, including special charges and gains in the two fiscal periods.
Infineon rolls out samples of tunable Bluetooth chip set News & Analysis 9/7/2000 Post a comment MUNICH -- Infineon Technologies AG here today announced sampling of its first Bluetooth chip set--called BlueMoon I--which includes an integrated controller with baseband, link manager and host interface functions, and a separate radio-frequency transceiver chip. The solution is fully software tunable and adaptable to any modifications made to the Bluetooth specification, said Infineon managers.
Designers bring practical touch to GameCube News & Analysis 9/7/2000 Post a comment Designers of video games can pull out all the stops, aiming for the multifunction network console featuring whizzy effects and features. Or they can do what the engineers behind the new Nintendo GameCube did: keep it simple.
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.