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Cirrus bets on 98k chip to bring DVD to the masses
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12/29/2000   Post a comment
SAN MATEO, Calif. - Cirrus Logic Corp.'s Crystal Semiconductor unit has stepped out of its audio-processing niche to introduce a DVD device that it hopes will seed the market for the growing video standard in everything from cars to mini-entertainment systems.
TI's 24-bit ADC packs eight-channel multiplexer, programmable gain amplifier
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12/27/2000   Post a comment
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Texas Instruments Inc. today claimed unmatched integration and performance in a new 24-bit analog-to-digital converter that features an eight-channel multiplexer, programmable gain amplifier, input buffer, burn-out current sensor, dual independent current DACs, and other functions for measurement and control applications.
Intersil, Sony develop support for wireless home networking of video, audio
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12/20/2000   Post a comment
IRVINE, Calif. -- Intersil Corp. said it has teamed with Sony Corp. in Japan to develop Point Coordination Function (PCF) technology for high-speed wireless local area networks in homes. The PCF technology is being added to Intersil's Prism chip set offering for IEEE 802.11b WLANs.
Silterra achieves first silicon, expects production soon
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12/20/2000   Post a comment
Silterra Malaysia Sdn. Bhd., a semiconductor foundry, today said that it has successfully produced fully functional, yielding wafers and expects to begin production early in 2001.
TI rolls out front-to-back digital audio chip set
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12/19/2000   Post a comment
DALLAS — Texas Instruments Inc. here this week announced an all-digital amplifier chip solution. The company's TDAA chip set provides a totally digital signal processing chain from line-level input to high-power output. (Apogee Technology unveiled a pulse-width modulator, the front end to a digital amplifier chain, at November's Comdex computer show).
STMicro sees little demand for G.Lite DSL technology
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12/19/2000   Post a comment
SEDONA, Ariz. -- Hoping to establish a brand name in the consumer-oriented Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) chip market, STMicroelectronics has little or nothing to show from its one-year effort to crack the market.
STMicro buys compiler firm for DSP-based system-on-chip designs
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12/19/2000   Post a comment
GENEVA -- In a move to strengthen its system-on-chip campaign, STMicroelectronics today announced it will spend $17.1 million to acquire privately-held Portland Group Inc., a supplier of compilers and software development tools for parallel computing designs.
Part II: Bluetooth's Technical Details
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12/19/2000   Post a comment
Simon Gawne, vice president of business development and marketing for Red-M, presents the technical details of the emerging Bluetooth technology. This is the second of a two-article series.
BitBlitz unveils 8-channel CMOS transceiver
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12/18/2000   Post a comment
MILPITAS, Calif. -- BitBlitz Communications Inc. here this week will launch an eight-channel part that incorporates the low-power CMOS technology the company unveiled last summer. The BBT3800 transceiver has eight data channels running at 3.125 Gbits per second each. Power consumption is 200 mW/channel.
Wolfson nabs D/A slot in Microsoft's Xbox console
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12/18/2000   Post a comment
EDINBURGH -- Wolfson Microelectronics, a privately held mixed-signal semiconductor company based in Edinburgh, has gotten a big boost from Microsoft Corp., which will use Wolfson's analog audio D/A converters in its Xbox videogame console due to launch next year.
SiberCore seek development partners for CAM-based networking ICs
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12/18/2000   Post a comment
KANATA, Ontario--SiberCore Technologies here today announced an initiative to develop a new family of content addressable memory (CAM) networking ICs from alliances between other companies and its designers of packet management co-processors.
Cypress to mix programmable logic, high-speed serial I/O in new chip series
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12/18/2000   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Cypress Semiconductor Corp. here today announced plans to offer a new series of devices that mix programmable logic and serial interface functions for high-bandwidth communications applications. Cypress said its new family of programmable serial interface chips, called PSI, will reduce system development, complexity and cost.
What's in a Bluetooth System?
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12/15/2000   Post a comment
How do you make Bluetooth, anyway? Well, developers can use technology offered by Atmel. Atmel's Nick Kanopoulos goes through the development tools and kits that the company offers lone developers like yourself so that you can remain on the cutting edge of wireless technology. And you know you like to be on the cutting edge
Pixelworks buying Panstera to expand chip offering for XGA LCDs
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12/14/2000   Post a comment
UALATIN, Ore.--Pixelworks Inc. here announced it will acquire privately-held Panstera Inc., a San Jose-based supplier of system-on-chip ICs for advanced displays. The acquisition, to be made with $127.4 million in stock, is aimed at expanding Pixelwork's mixed-signal device technology for high-volume, XGA-resolution liquid crystal displays (LCDs).
STMicro revamps cell-phone chip strategy after TI bought partner
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12/13/2000   Post a comment
SEDONA, Ariz. -- STMicroelectronics is quietly revamping its cellular-phone chip set strategy after its key technology partner was acquired last summer by one of the company's main competitors--Texas Instruments Inc.
MoSys works with Lucent to apply 1T-SRAM to communication ICs
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12/11/2000   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif.--MoSys Inc. today announced that its single-transistor SRAM cell technology is being validated for CMOS logic processes by Lucent Technologies Inc.'s Microelectronics Group--which is being renamed Agere Systems as part of a spin-off plan (see Dec. 5 story).
SIS to introduce DDR chipsets for Intel, AMD processors
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12/11/2000   Post a comment
HSINCHU, Taiwan -- Silicon Integrated Systems Corp. is planning to introduce its first double data rate (DDR) core logic chipsets that support processors made by Intel Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. One of the new stand-alone chipsets, called SiS635, will be used to back up Intel's Pentium III, Tualatin and Celeron processors, while the SiS735 supports AMD's Athlon and Duron processors. Sample products of both chipsets are slated for shipment later this month, according to the Hsinchu-b
Lexra launches legal offensives against MIPS
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12/11/2000   Post a comment
Lexra has launched a pair of offensives in its legal battle with MIPS Technologies, filing a motion for summary judgment in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, and petitioning the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) to rexamine a MIPS patent involved in the companies' dispute.
SIS to introduce DDR chipsets for Intel, AMD processors
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12/11/2000   Post a comment
Hsinchu, Taiwan -- Silicon Integrated Systems Corp. is planning to introduce its first double data rate (DDR) core logic chipsets that support processors made by Intel Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices Inc.
Microtune expands all-silicon RF arsenal with upstream cable amplifier chip
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12/11/2000   Post a comment
PLANO, Tex. -- Dallas area startup Microtune Inc. is adding a upstream amplifier IC to its single-chip TV tuner to deliver what the company says is the first all-silicon, two-way RF "gateway" for interactive applications over cable networks. The MicroStream MY1530 chip provides programmable amplification of return signals that are transmitted from cable network devices--such as set-top boxes and modems--in interactive applications. The BiCMOS chip is the first upstream amplifier IC to support bo
Peregrine believes SOS-based CMOS is now ready for mainstream
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12/8/2000   Post a comment
SAN DIEGO -- Having been labeled a developer of exotic technology for niche markets, wireless-chip specialist Peregrine Semiconductor Corp. is looking to break out in 2001. The San Diego supplier of chips based on a silicon-on-sapphire (SOS) CMOS process is beginning to leverage its technology into more mainstream markets, such as wireless broadband equipment, base stations, and, of course, handsets.
Nikon, Canon, Toshiba back direct write e-beam for 0.1-micron SoC production
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12/8/2000   Post a comment
TOKYO -- Direct write electron-beam lithography was endorsed at this week's Semicon Japan trade show here as potentially "the only affordable solution" for production of next-generation 0.1-micron system-on-a-chip (SoC) designs. Japanese lithography leaders Nikon Corp. and Canon along with Toshiba Corp. separately proposed direct write e-beam systems under development to pattern very complex SoC integrated circuits. Panelists at a lithography technical session on Thursday here said the slower th
IBM shows Bluetooth-enabled jewelry, gadgets
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12/8/2000   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- As chip and system vendors huddled over first-generation commercial products at this week's Bluetooth Developers Conference, researchers from IBM Corp. unveiled their long-term vision of how Bluetooth and other wireless technologies may transform users' involvement with computers.
NEC to ramp U.S. 300-mm fab in 2003, says executive
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12/6/2000   Post a comment
TOKYO -- NEC Corp. plans to build its first wholly-owned 300-mm wafer fab in Roseville, Calif., with initial production slated to start in late 2003, said Keiichi Shimakura, deputy president and head of NEC Electron Devices.
Part I: Introducing Bluetooth
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12/1/2000   Post a comment
Simon Gawne, vice president of business development and marketing for Red-M, will go all the way back to the 10th century to explain the origins and try to predict the future of this much talked-about developing technology. APPLIANCEnet is proud to introduce Bluetooth. This is the first of a two-article series.


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