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Sharp taps Parthus' Java accelerator for system-on-chip products
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1/31/2002   Post a comment
CAMAS, Wash. -- Sharp Electronics Corp.'s U.S. chip subsidiary here announced is has licensed a Java acceleration platform from Parthus Technologies plc of Ireland, to accelerate the introduction of system-on-chip products for "PC-equivalent performance" on handheld devices.
Nazomi offers plug-in Java accelerator for wireless handsets
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1/28/2002   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif.--Nazomi Communications Inc. today officially launched a universal Java accelerator chip, which offloads Java bytecode instructions from host microprocessors in wireless systems to speed applications by 15-to-60 times. The accelerator chip also saves battery power.
MoSys adds soft-error protection, correction to 1-transistor SRAM for 'free'
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1/28/2002   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif -- How about error correction in embedded SRAM memory for free? That's essentially what MoSys Inc. today announced with the launch of an enhanced single-transistor SRAM cell that combats a growing range of problems in manufacturing yields, chip reliability, and "soft error" rates as IC-design feature sizes shrink.
NEC plans ICs with SST's SuperFlash by fourth quarter
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1/28/2002   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif.--Silicon Storage Technology Inc. (SST) today announced it has licensed flash technology to NEC Corp. for embedded nonvolatile memory use in microcontrollers and other ICs fabricated with 0.35-micron processes.
Trident's operating loss grows in quarter due to problems in chip set ramp
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1/25/2002   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Trident Microsystems Inc. here reported an increase in operating loss despite a 17% sequential increase in revenues to $30.2 million in the company's fiscal second quarter, ended Dec. 31, from $25.7 million in the prior period. The graphics chip set supplier's sales were 14% below $35.1 million in the quarter a year ago.
TI claims highest analog integration on MCU for embedded displays
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1/22/2002   Post a comment
DALLAS -- Texas Instruments Inc. today claimed it has broken the 1-microampere barrier in a low-power 16-bit microcontroller, which integrates mixed-signal functions and flash memory for embedded display applications in utility metering, portable instruments, intelligent sensing, and other systems.
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.
TI, National share roadmaps for initial Multipoint-LVDS products
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1/21/2002   Post a comment
DALLAS -- Interface logic competitors Texas Instruments Inc. and National Semiconductor Corp. today announced a partnership to help launch a new backplane technology--called Multipoint Low-Voltage Differential Signaling--into the marketplace after standards for M-LVDS were set late last year.
ESS licenses Super Audio CD from Philips for DVD chips
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1/18/2002   Post a comment
FREMONT, Calif. -- ESS Technology Inc. today announced it has licensed the Super Audio CD storage format from Royal Philips Electronics N.V. to incorporate in ICs for DVD player applications. The SACD format will be added to the company's Vibratto DVD single-chip solutions in the second quarter of 2002.
STMicro claims first one-chip frontend solution for DVD players
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1/17/2002   Post a comment
GENEVA--STMicroelectronics today announced it has become the first chip supplier to offer an integrated frontend solution for DVD players, packing all the functions for analog pre-processing, servo control, channel decoding, and error correction on a 0.18-micron CMOS die.
Conexant adds encoders for HDTV video on PCs, DVD, game systems
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1/14/2002   Post a comment
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- Conexant Systems Inc. today announced an expansion of its broadcast video offering to include new encoders that cut the cost of "TV-out" solutions for displaying high-definition television (HDTV) on PC systems, DVD players, game consoles, and other new systems.
Philips offers multi-standard high-definition video codec for PCs, consumer products
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1/14/2002   Post a comment
EINDHOVEN, the Netherlands -- Philips Semiconductors today said it has become the first chip company to ship a multi-standard, high-definition video codec IC for personal computers, notebook PCs, and consumer electronics in the mass market.
Toshiba jumps into U.S. automotive processor market with integrated RISC chip
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1/14/2002   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Toshiba America Electronic Components Inc. today entered the microprocessor segment of the U.S. automotive chip market with the introduction of a 32-bit RISC-based IC for information display applications.
STMicro, Thomson expand pact for SoC designs in digital consumer systems
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1/10/2002   Post a comment
PARIS -- STMicroelectronics and Thomson SA's multimedia unit in Paris today announced a five-year agreement to expand collaborate in system-on-chip (SoC) development for digital consumer product applications, including televisions, set-top boxes, and DVD systems. The pact extends a previous R&D partnership between the two European companies during the past decade.
Micronas says converter IC will move progressive-scan TV into volume markets
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1/8/2002   Post a comment
FREIBURG, Germany -- Micronas GmbH here today announced plans to begin volume production of a single-chip scan-rate converter for progressive-scan televisions, combining the functions of six other devices and potentially saving 30% of the cost compared to other design solutions.
Chips readied to put Ethernet over Sonet
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1/8/2002   Post a comment
Communications IC makers are now beginning to supply chips that will relay Ethernet packets over Sonet or SDH telecom networks.
SRS Labs expects 20-25% revenue growth in 2002, realigns units
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1/4/2002   Post a comment
SANTA ANA, Calif. -- SRS Labs Inc. here said it expects 2002 revenues to grow 20-to-25% over 2001, resulting in "moderate profitability" for the supplier of surround sound and other audio technologies used in digital signal processing (DSP) systems and entertainment products.
Fairchild says power supply controller eases DDR, HSTL memory systems design
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1/4/2002   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc. today introduced a new dual synchronous switch-mode power supply controller, which has been developed to greatly simplify bus termination in high-speed memory systems based on double-data rate (DDR) or high-speed transceiver logic (HSTL) interfaces.
DSP Group to launch 'total solutions' for all cordless phones at CES
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1/4/2002   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- DSP Group Inc. plans to roll out a comprehensive series of digital signal processor-based chip solutions for a full range of digital cordless telephones at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week (Jan. 8-11).
Opti postpones liquidation to consider patent infringement suits
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1/4/2002   Post a comment
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- Opti Inc., once a high-flying PC chip set supplier, today announced postponement of its voluntary liquidation plan to allow the company more time to evaluate its intellectual property (IP) portfolio and the potential for filing patent infringement suits against other IC manufacturers.
Taiwan targets IC design as next expansion phase, plans SoC R&D park
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1/3/2002   Post a comment
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- A new system-on-chip technology park, located on the outskirts of Taipei, is being planned by Taiwan's Industrial Development Bureau to help the island's chip industry accelerate advanced IC design capabilities and expand its role in global semiconductor markets far beyond manufacturing.
Sensory offers first speech-synthesis chips resulting from pact with TI
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1/2/2002   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif.--Sensory Inc. here today launched a new series of speech-synthesis chips that provide up to 37 minutes of sound for toys and consumer electronics systems. The new SC-6x series also supports up to nine hours of sound from external memory devices, said the company.
Standard logic sales fall 46% in 2001, won't fully recover by 2005, says report
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1/2/2002   Post a comment
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- The standard logic market was hit hard by the 2001 downturn, with worldwide revenues dropping 46% to $1.6 billion last year from $3 billion in 2000, according a new report from iSuppli Corp. today.
Standard logic said to have worst decline ever
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1/2/2002   Post a comment
The latest projections from the iSuppli Market Intelligence Service indicate that the market for standard logic will experience its worst decline in history during 2001.
Israel's Metalink expects Q4 sales to rise 40% from prior quarter
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1/2/2002   Post a comment
YAKUM, Israel -- Fabless chip supplier Metalink Ltd. today said it expects to report 40% sequential growth in revenues for the fourth of 2001, compared to $1.2 million in Q3. Revenues are expected to reach $1.7 million for the period, ended Dec. 31, according to Israeli communications chip company.

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