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AMD says DDR platforms are ready to roll with new Athlon, chip set
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10/30/2000   Post a comment
TOKYO--During a press conference here and around the world, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. today claimed to be the first chip supplier to offer a PC platform supporting double data rate (DDR) memory. The solution includes the AMD-760 chip set and a new Athlon processor with a 266-MHz front-side bus for the highest grade of DDR memory available, according to the company.
System-on-chip market to hit 1.3 billion units in 2004, says new report
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10/25/2000   Post a comment
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.--For years, chip makers have been struggling to get a grasp on the size and scope of "system-on-chip" market applications. Even the term has been nebulous, but market researcher Cahners In-Stat Group here today predicted that the system-on-chip, or SoC, business will exceed 1 billion units in 2004, compared to about 345 million devices last year.
LSI Logic's Q3 sales up 35%; bullish about Q4
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10/24/2000   Post a comment
MILPITAS, Calif. -- Citing strong demand for its communication chip products, LSI Logic Corp. here today beat the street by reporting sales of $728 million for its third quarter ended Sept. 30, a 35% jump over the $540 million posted in the like period a year ago. Net income before amortization of goodwill and other special items was $114 million, or $0.33 per diluted share, compared to $55 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, a year ago. Analysts estimated that the company would report earnin
Cypress to integrate physical-layer device into FPGA
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10/23/2000   Post a comment
SAN JOSE ( ChipWire) — Cypress Semiconductor Corp. is getting into the field-programmable gate array integration game, starting with parts that will combine physical-layer (PHY) ICs with the company's own FPGA architecture.
India's Wipro to roll range of Bluetooth basebands
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10/23/2000   Post a comment
EDINBURGH, Scotland ( ChipWire) — Wipro Technologies has developed a range of baseband controller core solutions that it says complies with Bluetooth 1.0b — the latest version of the short-range wireless communications technology that could revolutionize connectivity in electronic equipment.
Parthus to license Arm-based chip for smart phones, PDAs
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10/19/2000   Post a comment
LONDON -- Parthus Technologies plc in Dublin, Ireland, has designed a chip based on an Arm920T core from Arm Holdings plc, and intends to license it to smart-phone and personal digital assistant makers. Parthus co-developed the chip, called Infostream, with Psion plc in London.
NEC introduces faster CAN controllers for cars
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10/19/2000   Post a comment
DETROIT — NEC Electronics unveiled an automotive microcontroller design this week that enables controller-area network (CAN) modules to pass messages at least five times faster than existing systems.
National rolls out DVD chip with integrated audio, progressive scan
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10/19/2000   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif.--National Semiconductor Corp. today announced it has achieved higher levels of integration in a second-generation DVD-on-a-chip product that provides additional video support and audio capability. The company said its new NDV8501 Mediamatics device is the first to integrate progressive scan and DVD audio on a single chip.
SMC begins sampling PC chip set line for Pentium-based systems
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10/16/2000   Post a comment
HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. - Bearing the first fruit from its alliance with Intel Corp., Standard Microsystems Corp. (SMC) here today announced today the availability of production samples of its PC chip set line for Intel's Pentium II and III microprocessor lines. SMC's new products include the Victory66 South Bridge and VictoryBX-66 Chipset. The VictoryBX-66 Chipset is a two-chip solution based on Intel's memory controller (North Bridge) and SMC's I/O controller. Meanwhile, the Victory66 SLC90E66 Sout
UMC, Virtual Silicon ink IP deal in 0.13-micron space
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10/16/2000   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif. - In a move to beef up its new 0.13-micron process technology offerings for foundry customers, Taiwan's United Microelectronics Corp. here today announced a deal with Virtual Silicon Technology Inc., a supplier of intellectual-property (IP) cores for the semiconductor industry. Under the terms, Virtual Silicon will make available its eSilicon family of embedded-component libraries in UMC's 0.13-micron process technology. Dubbed WorldLogic, UMC's 0.13-micron process technology
Pixelworks, Analog Devices target single-chip LCD solution
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10/12/2000   Post a comment
TUALATIN, Ore.--Pixelworks Inc. here and Analog Devices Inc. today announced they will work together to combine ADI's analog and digital receiver technology with Pixelworks' ImageProcessor ICs for a single-chip solution serving high-performance dual-interface displays. The partnership aims to create a one-chip solution for all of the functions needed to operate a liquid-crystal display (LCD) monitor.
Motorola, Tundra strike R&D alliance for RapidIO technology
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10/12/2000   Post a comment
AUSTIN, Tex. -- Motorola Inc. today announced an alliance with Canada's Tundra Semiconductor Corp. to develop new RapidIO interface technology for embedded processors and other products in the fast-growing communications and networking applications. The alliance will focus on technology for new Motorola PowerPC host processors, PowerQuicc integrated processors, and C-Port network processors as well as new Tundra systems interconnect products using the RapidIO communications links.
National's chip-scale 8-bit MCUs shrink size by 'whopping 66%'
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10/9/2000   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- National Semiconductor Corp. here today unveiled a new leadless chip-scale package for highly integrated, full-function 8-bit microcontrollers that fit in the tight spaces of tiny information appliances and Internet-connected systems. The chip-scale package shrinks the space needed for National's COP8 microcontrollers to 7-by-7 mm, or one-third the area of MCUs housed in standard 44-pin thin-quad flat packs (TQFPs).
Atmel licenses 32-bit Arm cores, partners with Gemplus in chip sets
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10/9/2000   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- In a move to beef up its system-on-chip designs, Atmel Corp. here today announced it has licensed a pair of 32-bit RISC core from U.K.-based Arm Ltd. Atmel said the Arm920T and Arm946E-S cores will used in highly integrated 32-bit microcontrollers and ASICs for wireless, wireline, multimedia and secure-chip applications. In a separate deal, Atmel said it has agreed to support the GemCore chip set from Gemplus S.C.A., which is using the product to pursue new smart-card applications in
Intel reportedly validating its own DDR chip set
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10/9/2000   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- In a move almost certain to raise a few eyebrows at Rambus Inc., Intel Corp. is validating its desktop-PC double-data-rate (DDR) chip set, the Almador, scheduled to be unveiled next year, according to memory companies currently supplying Intel.
Philips aims telecom ASICs, co-processors at 3G phones
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10/6/2000   Post a comment
NOORDWIJK, the Netherlands -- Philips Semiconductors is stepping up its assault on wireless communications markets. During a series of press briefings here this week, Philips launched a dedicated telecom ASICs unit focused on customizing baseband chips and it the introduced an application co-processor series for multimedia functions in third-generation (3G) handsets.

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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