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Communications ICs will recovery slowly after 30.6% drop this year, says report
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11/30/2001   Post a comment
SCOTTSDALE, Calif. -- Worldwide revenues for communications ICs will plunge 30.6% to $28.8 billion in 2001 compared to $41.5 million in 2000, and chip sales in this troubled sector will not exceed last year's record until 2004, according to a new forecast from IC Insights Inc.
Alcatel says 0.35-micron high-voltage technology will boost automotive IC integration
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11/27/2001   Post a comment
BRUSSELS -- Alcatel Microelectronics here today announced a new 0.35-micron high-voltage IC technology, which is capable of integrating mixed-signal blocks, logic, embedded 32-bit microcontroller, and circuits with up to 80-volt functionality for automotive applications.
Vitesse launches InP-based ICs for 10- and 40-Gbit networks
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11/26/2001   Post a comment
CAMARILLO, Calif.--Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. today announced availability of its first indium-phosphide (InP) circuits for OC-192 and OC-768 communications systems, which operate at 10 and 40 gigabits per second, respectively. The InP process, called VIP-1, produces 0.8-micron feature sizes on 4-inch diameter wafers.
IDT aims octal framer, line interface units at multiprotocol telecom switches
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11/26/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Integrated Device Technology Inc. today introduced a new octal framer chip and line interface units (LIUs) for line cards in carrier-class telecommunications switches, which now must handle multiple protocols for a growing range of networking and transmission technologies.
TSMC implements MoSys' new low-power 1T-SRAM for 0.13-micron process
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11/21/2001   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, CALIF. -- MoSys Inc. here said silicon foundry giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. has successfully implemented the company's 1T-SRAM-M technology for second-generation one-transistor memory cells used in low-power mobile systems applications.
Tundra Semi's revenues drop 47% from prior quarter, resulting in loss
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11/21/2001   Post a comment
OTTAWA -- Canada's Tundra Semiconductor Corp. here reported a 47% sequential drop in revenues to $5.2 million in the company's fiscal second quarter, ended Oct. 28, compared to $9.8 million in the prior fiscal quarter. Tundra's sales fell 68% from $9.6 million in the fiscal Q2 period last year.
STMicro, HP roll out test chip with customizable VLIW core for multimedia ICs
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11/19/2001   Post a comment
GENEVA -- STMicroelectronics today described the first very-long instruction word (VLIW) microprocessor core resulting from an ongoing partnership with Hewlett-Packard Co. that began in 1998. The scaleable, customizable core has been designed for embedded use in multimedia system-on-chip (SoC) designs, with the ability to execute up to four instructions per clock cycle, said the company.
Analog Devices says pocket PCs--like Compaq's iPAQ--is hot spot for cellular chips
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11/19/2001   Post a comment
HOUSTON -- Compaq Computer Corp. today became the first handheld PC maker to announce it was using GSM/GPRS chip sets from Analog Devices Inc. to provide wireless communications over digital 2.5-G cellular networks.
Fujitsu to use synthesizable 32-bit ARM cores in ICs for portable products
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11/19/2001   Post a comment
TOKYO -- Fujitsu Ltd. today announced it has licensed two synthesizable, 32-bit RISC processor cores for use in integrated circuits inside portable multimedia products, such as digital cameras, personal digital assistants (PDAs), next-generation cell phones, and Internet appliances.
TranSwitch cuts 10% of workers due to weakness in telecom chip markets
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11/16/2001   Post a comment
SHELTON, Conn.--TranSwitch Corp. here today announced it has laid off 10% of its workforce because of weakness in telecommunications chip markets. The company had employed 460 people worldwide.
Westell will keep buying Virata broadband chips under suit settlement
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11/16/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif.--Virata Corp. today announced settlement of its lawsuit with broadband chip customer Westell Technologies Inc., which earlier this week said it had also reached separate agreements to drop suits filed by Alcatel Microelectronics N.V and the PAC TEL division of La France Corp.
STMicro shrinks package of single-gate logic chip by half
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11/16/2001   Post a comment
GENEVA--STMicroelectronics today introduced a small new chip package for CMOS single-gate logic devices, reducing the footprint requirement on printed-circuit boards by about half compared to existing packages.
Intersil says task group vote will speed use of faster wireless data networks
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11/16/2001   Post a comment
IRVINE, Calif.--Intersil Corp. today gave a loud endorsement to an industry task group, which voted on Thursday to move ahead with plans to set standards for higher-speed wireless networks with data rates up to 54 megabits per second in the 2.4-GHz spectrum.
On Semi jumps into high-performance bus switch segment
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11/14/2001   Post a comment
PHOENIX--On Semiconductor Corp. today announced its entry into the high-performance bus switch market with the rollout of five CMOS devices aimed at serving multiple processors with shared memory systems, high-speed bus structures, notebook computer docking stations, high-speed memory, and relay replacement applications.
Sony, Infineon collaborate in contactless chip-card technology
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11/13/2001   Post a comment
MUNICH--Infineon Technologies AG here and Sony Corp. in Japan today announced plans to jointly develop secure ICs for contactless chip-card systems, which are used to authenticate and identify individuals in a range of applications, including online banking, electronic fares for public transportation, and security systems.
Fairchild embraces TI's logic architecture
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11/12/2001   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor International today announced it's throwing its weight behind ALVC logic, a fast 3.3V CMOS architecture developed by longtime rival, Texas Instruments Inc.
National, software startup target video-on-demand over low-bit connections
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11/7/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- National Semiconductor Corp. here and Digital Interactive Streams Inc. in Florida today announced a partnership to offer high-quality streaming video capability over low bit-rate connections to homes.
STMicro, Delphi to collaborate on power ICs for automotive systems
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11/6/2001   Post a comment
GENEVA -- STMicroelectronics here and U.S.-based Delphi Automotive Systems Corp. today announced an agreement to cooperate in the development of new smart power IC products for automotive applications.
HyperTransport, RapidIO switch chips set to duel
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11/5/2001   Post a comment
The race to define a post-PCI interconnect for communications systems will heat up Monday (Nov. 5) as two fabless design companies announce competing switch chips.
ESS to develop controllers for NEC's 64-bit processors in consumer electronics
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11/5/2001   Post a comment
TOKYO -- NEC Corp. today announced a licensing and joint-marketing pact with Silicon Valley-based ESS Technology Inc., which will use system controller chip technology from the Japanese company to develop advanced versions of the ICs for 64-bit processor-based digital consumer electronics applications.
Cellular base station IC sales to regain momentum after 2002, says new report
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11/5/2001   Post a comment
OYSTER BAY, N.Y.-- Integrated circuit revenues for cellular-phone base stations will remain relatively flat at around $380 million in the next year or so, but IC sales are expected to gain momentum after 2003, when carriers move to next-generation wireless services and increase the volume of their networks, according to a new forecast from Allied Business Intelligence Inc. here.

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.
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