AMD prepares assault on workstation, server segments News & Analysis 11/29/2000 Post a comment SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- A year after successfully penetrating the consumer PC segment, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. isn't resting on its laurels. The company is now preparing products and technology to enter the workstation and low-end server market in the first half of 2001.
Silicon Wave claims first chip tuners for cable telephony and VoIP News & Analysis 11/29/2000 Post a comment LOS ANGELES--During the Western Cable Show here, Silicon Wave Inc. today claimed it was offering the world's first silicon tuner for cable telephony. The SiW1100 chip allows cable and network operators to compete with local exchange carriers in offering telephone services, according to the San Diego-based company.
Broadcom to buy Israeli MPEG-2 encoder supplier for $777 million in stock News & Analysis 11/28/2000 Post a comment IRVINE, Calif.-- Still hot on the acquisition trail, Broadcom Corp. here today announced it will buy VisionTech Ltd., an Israeli supplier of digital video/audio compression and depression chips, for $777 million in stock. VisionTech's encoder chips are used in MPEG-2 applications for personal video recording, interactive videoconferencing, and Internet Protocol systems.
Kawasaki, Sonicblue (formerly S3) back ComSilica for wireless LAN technology News & Analysis 11/27/2000 Post a comment MAKUHARI, Japan -- Kawasaki Steel Corp. and Sonicblue Inc.--formerly known as S3 Inc.--announced a joint investment in ComSilica Inc., a Berkeley, Calif.-based startup focused on broadband wireless technology for the IEEE 802.11a standard. Both Kawasaki Steel and Sonicblue said they hoped to use technology from ComSilica to offer new products for next-generation wireless local area networks.
PMC-Sierra enters 3G infrastructure arena with DSP for power amplifiers News & Analysis 11/27/2000 Post a comment BURNABY, British Columbia -- PMC-Sierra Inc today announced its entry into the wireless-infrastructure chip market with the launch of a new series of digital signal processor ICs aimed at power amplifier architectures for third-generation wireless networks. The company said the PM7800 Palandin-10 chip allows traffic over all major digital 3G standards to be transmitted through new digitally-controlled power amplifier architectures.
Infineon inks $1 billion global distribution pact with Avnet, sets sales targets News & Analysis 11/22/2000 Post a comment MUNICH -- In a major move to reorganize its sales activities, Infineon Technologies AG here announced its first worldwide semiconductor distribution agreement with Avent Inc. The deal is expected to be worth at least $1 billion over the next three years, and it will play a key role in Infineon's goal of reducing direct sales accounts from 2,000 to about 300.
Fujitsu creates 30-GHz BiCMOS for integrated RF circuits News & Analysis 11/21/2000 Post a comment MUNICH -- Fujitsu Ltd.'s Microelectronics Europe GmbH subsidiary today announced the development of a 30-GHz BiCMOS process for mobile communications and wireless applications. The new process, called UESBIC4, will be used to produce Fujitsu's MB15H series of radio-frequency large-scale integrated devices with double the performance of previously available BiCMOS ICs, said the company.
Cisco insists Radiata purchase won't stop use of Intersil chips News & Analysis 11/17/2000 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- Cisco Systems Inc.'s recent move to acquire wireless-chip maker Radiata Inc. could put Cisco's chip relationship with Intersil Corp. in limbo, according to industry observers and analysts. But officials at Cisco here this week insisted it would still maintain its chip ties to Intersil in the wireless local-area networking (WLAN) market--at least for its current generation of products.
Micron shifts gears on DDR chipset News & Analysis 11/16/2000 Post a comment Micron Technology is ready to drop production plans for its Samurai DDR chipset, which has now morphed into at least two new embedded DRAM integrated graphics versions.
NEC, Luxxon target wireless solutions for streaming multimedia News & Analysis 11/15/2000 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- NEC Electronics Inc. today announced a partnership with San Jose-based Luxxon Corp. to develop streaming multimedia solutions for wireless Internet devices. The two companies said they will focus on new market opportunities for MPEG 4 technologies, including multimedia home gateways and wireless mobile video.
Xilinx, Motorola to cooperate in RapidIO development efforts News & Analysis 11/14/2000 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- Xilinx Inc. and Motorola Inc. today announced plans to collaborate in product development using the RapidIO interconnect architecture, which has been designed to eliminate bottlenecks in embedded systems communications between chips, boards, and backplanes.
Legerity claims broadband technology for standard phone lines News & Analysis 11/13/2000 Post a comment AUSTIN, Tex. Legerity Inc. here today announced what the company claims is a revolutionary chip technology that enables simultaneous voice and Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) services over traditional telephone lines. Legerity--the communications chip spin-off of Advanced Micro Devices Inc.--said its new chip set technology could transform some one billion voice-only telephone lines worldwide into a full-fledged broadband network that supports both voice and data services.
STMicro, cellular technology supplier to develop baseband platform chips News & Analysis 11/13/2000 Post a comment GENEVA -- STMicroelectronics today announced plans to develop baseband platform chips for next-generation handsets and mobile Internet devices with TTPCommunications plc, a supplier of digital cellular phone technology based in Cambridge, England. The two companies said they have agreed to create platforms for products, using the Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM) and General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) standards.
NetChip rolls out controller for USB 2.0 applications News & Analysis 11/13/2000 Post a comment MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- NetChip Technology Inc. here today announced a controller designed to meet the specifications for the new, high-speed Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 standard. Targeted for digital audio players, printers, mass storage devices, and scanners, the NET2270 controller from NetChip has a data transfer rate of up to 480-megabits-per-second--about 40 time faster than the chip-level products based on the USB 1.1 standard.
Gateway deal caps wild week for Transmeta News & Analysis 11/10/2000 Post a comment NEW YORK -- The drama involving Transmeta Corp. this week almost matched that of the Bush-Gore contest for the U.S. presidency. Rebounding from the recent loss of a key IBM Corp. design win, the company launched a successful public offering even as renewed skepticism surfaced over the fate of the low-power microprocessor maker.
Samsung sees DDR in PCs by next spring--sooner than expected News & Analysis 11/10/2000 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- U.S.-based officials with Samsung Semiconductor Inc. here said the Korean chip company will ship Double Data Rate SDRAMs to desktop PC maker sooner than expected now that Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has cleared Samsung's DDR modules to work with the AMD-760 PC chip set.
AOL, Broadcom, Gateway, and Transmeta to develop Internet appliance News & Analysis 11/9/2000 Post a comment IRVINE, Calif. -- America Online, Broadcom, Gateway, and Transmeta on Friday will announce an alliance to jointly develop and market an Internet appliance that will enable the movement of streaming audio and video content between music players, TVs, PCs, and cable modems. The capability will use standard phone lines.
Design Choices for Teledatacom Systems Design How-To 11/9/2000 Post a comment With integration, consolidation, and networking of information (voice, video, and data) gaining momentum, engineers face new complexities and uncertainties. Artesyn Technologies' Jeff Durst will help you learn to deal with the new technology by defining and explaining the various types of nodes for the teledatacom infrastructureas well as the protocols that will get data from node to node.
On Semiconductor aims to increase efforts in Internet applications News & Analysis 11/8/2000 Post a comment PHOENIX -- On Semiconductor here today announced plans to increase its presence in chip sets for Internet infrastructure and broadband technologies. To do that, the spin-off from Motorola Inc. said it will set up new design facilities and increase research in application specific standard products for physical media, clock management, and data-flow management functions.
TI launches voice-capable cable modem solution News & Analysis 11/7/2000 Post a comment DALLAS -- Drawing on its modem, digital signal processing and voice-over-packet software expertise, Texas Instruments Inc. here this week introduced a complete voice-capable cable modem solution that overcomes the limitations of packet-based voice transmission.
LSI Logic unveils octal MAC/PHY combo chip for Fast Ethernet News & Analysis 11/6/2000 Post a comment MILPITAS, Calif. --LSI Logic Corp. today announced availability of the industry's first Fast Ethernet octal media access controller (MAC) and physical layer device (PHY) on a chip. The octal MAC/PHY combo chip, called L88800, is aimed at high-speed networking applications, such as Ethernet switches, backbones, network convergence, and network processors, said the company.
Intel's Almador chip set to support 'Coppermine' Pentium III News & Analysis 11/6/2000 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Intel Corp. will pre-launch its SDRAM-enabled Almador core-logic chip set in the second quarter of 2001 to support a new Pentium III processor, known as Coppermine-T. The new Pentium III processor was only lately added to the company's product road map, according to industry sources.
Lucent spin-out SynChip shrinks GPS receiver with chip-scale technology News & Analysis 11/6/2000 Post a comment WARREN, N.J. ( ChipWire) -- A company spun off from Lucent New Ventures is using chip-scale integration technology developed at Bell Labs to deliver what it claims is the smallest complete receiver for the global positioning system (GPS) standard to date. SyChip here said it has packed the SiRFstarII GPS receiver IC from SiRF Technology of San Jose into an 11 x 14 x 3.5-mm module that includes a 12-channel RF section, baseband and memory.
Qualcomm claims it's first to have chips shipped in 3G handsets News & Analysis 11/2/2000 Post a comment SAN DIEGO -- Apparently beating Texas Instruments Inc. and other IC rivals to the punch, Qualcomm Inc. here is claiming an early lead in the race to supply chips for new third-generation (3G) cellular phones. The San Diego company told SBN this week that its chip sets are now being shipped in the world's first 3G-enabled handsets.
Sharp investing $64 million to upgrade UMC's Nippon Foundry in Japan News & Analysis 11/2/2000 Post a comment TOKYO--Sharp Corp. today announced plans to invest 7 billion yen ($65 million) in Nippon Foundry Inc., a Japanese subsidiary of Taiwan's United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC). Sharp said it was making the investment in the silicon foundry operation as part of a long-term agreement aimed at meeting its "fast-rising" demand for flash memories and other advanced chip products.