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posted in January 2002
Actel's revenues plateau after string of declines
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1/24/2002   Post a comment
After watching sales decline for the better part of a year, Actel Corp. today said its fourth quarter revenue was flat over the prior quarter, an indication that the bottom of the cycle has finally been reached.
Lattice reports 10% slide in revenue
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1/24/2002   Post a comment
The fourth quarter of 2001 wasn't as good to Lattice Semiconductor Corp. as it was to some of its competitors. The Hillsboro, Ore.-based programmable logic supplier said revenue dropped 10% and earnings fell 36% from the September-ended quarter.
QuickLogic revenues exceed expectations
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1/23/2002   Post a comment
QuickLogic Corp. today reported 4% top line growth and a smaller net loss in the fourth quarter of 2001 compared with the prior quarter, the latest sign that the semiconductor cycle may have turned in the positive direction.
Altera expects modest sequential growth this quarter
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1/22/2002   Post a comment
Altera Corp. today reported a 7% sequential decline in sales for the fourth quarter, but declared the downturn officially over.
Xicor adds new architecture for auto-correction in adaptive closed-loop control
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1/22/2002   Post a comment
MILPITAS, Calif.--Xicor Inc. today announced a new chip architecture for "auto-correction" of errors in adaptive closed-loop control applications, with the first targeted application being cellular phone base stations.
Altera alters course on PLD software
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1/21/2002   Post a comment
The February release of the Quartus-II 2.0 design environment will mark a turning point in Altera Corp.'s software strategy, the San Jose PLD company said today.
AMI Semi rolls out FPGA-conversion ASICs, uses TSMC as foundry in 'hybrid' fab strategy
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1/21/2002   Post a comment
POCATELLO, Ida. -- Hoping to re-establish itself as an IC powerhouse, ASIC pioneer AMI Semiconductor Inc. (AMIS) here today launched the first in a series of 0.18-micron, hybrid gate-array devices geared for the FPGA-to-ASIC conversion and other chip markets. The new XPressArray ASIC line is designed to replace field-programmable gate arrays from Altera, Xilinx, and others, according to AMIS.
Lattice acquires Agere's FPGA business
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1/18/2002   Post a comment
Lattice Semiconductor Corp. today said it has completed its previously announced acquisition of the FPGA business of Agere Systems Inc.
PLD makers confront inventory demon
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1/18/2002   Post a comment
After years of selling parts almost exclusively through distributors, top PLD suppliers Altera Corp. and Xilinx Inc. are reversing strategy and trying the direct approach. EBN has learned that in February, Xilinx will launch two six-month pilot vendor-managed-inventory (VMI) programs with one global OEM using fee-based supply chain service providers iSuppli Corp. and Titan Logistics. Xilinx declined to identify the OEM, but named Celestica Inc., Jabil Circuit Inc., and Solectron Corp. as EMS par
Xilinx returns to sequential revenue growth
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1/17/2002   Post a comment
Xilinx, Inc. today announced net income for the third quarter of fiscal 2002, on a GAAP basis, or 3 cents per diluted share.
Xilinx aims initiative, low-power CPLDs at information appliances
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1/14/2002   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Xilinx Inc. today launched an initiative to increase its penetration in information appliances by offering a new series of low-power complex programmable logic devices (CPLDs), which the company said is designed to deliver higher performance in personal digital assistants (PDAs), digital cameras, home audio systems, Internet gaming products, and wireless devices.
Altera 300mm wafer PLDs are back on track
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1/9/2002   Post a comment
Altera, the programmable logic company, is expected to release its first volume PLDs on 300mm wafers, using a 0.13µm all-copper process, in the second half of this year.
Clear Logic files for bankruptcy protection
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1/8/2002   Post a comment
Clear Logic Inc. today announced it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, less than a month after closing a deal for $10.5 million in debt financing.
Actel aims to take on asic designs with upgraded flash-memory FPGAs
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1/8/2002   Post a comment
Actel has increased the number of gates on its flash-memory-based FPGAs to one million as the company attempts to take designs away from asic houses. For the new family, ProASIC Plus, Actel has shifted production to foundry UMC, away from the original foundry for the ProASIC, Infineon Technologies.
Altera reaffirms sales guidance for fourth quarter
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1/7/2002   Post a comment
Altera Corp. today announced it will take further write downs of excess inventory in the fourth quarter following a dismal year for semiconductor sales, but company executives believe revenue bottomed out in October.
Actel says flash-based FPGAs break 1-million gate barrier
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1/7/2002   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Actel Corp. today announced it has broken the 1-million gate barrier in flash-based field-programmable gate arrays with the introduction of a 0.22-micron FPGA series that will initially contain six devices.
Altera offers samples of first all-copper 0.13-micron PLD made by TSMC
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1/7/2002   Post a comment
HSINCHU, Taiwan --Altera Corp. and its silicon foundry, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., today announced samples of the industry's first 0.13-micron all-copper interconnect programmable logic device--the Apex II EP2A70, which Altera also claims is now the largest PLD on the market.

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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