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Samsung pushes deeper into digital audio with new SoC series
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12/26/2001   Post a comment
SEOUL -- Aiming to increase its presence in next-generation digital audio applications, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. this week announced development of a system-on-chip IC with integrated 16-bit microcontroller, 24-bit digital signal processor, 96-kilobyte cache SRAM, and other peripherals functions for handheld devices.
The End Is Near—Electronics to Rebound in '02
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12/21/2001   Post a comment
Out with the old and in with the new! TechOnLine's Content Director, Jim Lipman, tells why he thinks 2002 will be a turnaround year for the electronics industry.
PMC-Sierra collaborates with TSMC on 0.13-micron and below IC designs
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12/19/2001   Post a comment
BURNABY, British Columbia -- PMC-Sierra Inc. today announced it will collaborate with silicon foundry supplier Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. to develop system-on-chip (SoC) products, based on TSMC's new 0.13-micron process technologies.
Protocom claims first hardwired MPEG-4 codec for video at full frame rates
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12/14/2001   Post a comment
CUPERTINO, Calif.--Protocom Technology Corp. today said it will demonstrate the industry's first hardwired chip based on MPEG-4 technology for NTSC/PA-resolution television images at full frame rates during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas early next month.
ARM gains access to picoTurbo's RISC customers in suit settlement
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12/14/2001   1 comment
CAMBRIDGE, England -- ARM Ltd. here and U.S.-based picoTurbo Inc. today announced a settlement to a legal battle over patents related to embedded processor cores and marketing rights to ARM's RISC technology. It appears ARM won from the terms of the settlement.
Intel drops suit against Via in patent dispute over chip sets for AMD's K7
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12/13/2001   Post a comment
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan's Via Technologies Inc. here today claimed victory in a long and bitter suit against Intel Corp. over Pentium III-enabled chip set patents. On Dec. 11, Intel apparently dismissed the final claims relating to a suit, which involved Via's chip sets that supported Advanced Micro Devices Inc.'s K7 microprocessors. The suit--file in July of 2000--contended that Via's K7-based chip sets infringed upon Intel's patents.
France Telecom offers 'royalty amnesty' to 3G chip makers using error-correction codes
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12/12/2001   Post a comment
RANCHO BERNARDO, Calif. -- France Telecom, the Paris-based telecommunications giant, is gearing up to enforce its patents on forward error correction technology in ICs targeted at third-generation (3G) cellular phones.
Samsung will move 0.13-micron processes into mass production early next year
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12/12/2001   Post a comment
SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. today disclosed plans to begin mass production of 0.13-micron integrated circuits early in 2002 using a newly developed technology platform that gives the Korean chip maker three options for different kinds of IC products.
AMD launches Athlon processor, new chip set for multiprocessing systems
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12/12/2001   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif.--Advanced Micro Devices Inc. today launched a new Athlon microprocessor and chip set with special architectural features to perform multiprocessing applications in server and workstation systems.
Tensilica, Adamya claim system-on-chip drives Bluetooth functionality below $5
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12/11/2001   Post a comment
SAN FRANCISCO -- Wireless systems developer Adamya Technologies Inc. and processor core supplier Tensilica Inc. today announced availability of a system-on-chip solution for Bluetooth radio-frequency connections that simplifies verification through standard software development tools.
Cirrus expects explosive growth from latest acquisition--Stream Machine
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12/11/2001   Post a comment
AUSTIN, Tex. -- Cirrus Logic Inc. here said it has completed its stock-for-stock purchase of Stream Machine Co., a multimedia chip supplier based in Milpitas, Calif., and the company estimates that it will take a one-time, non-cash charge of $14-to-$20 million in the current quarter for goodwill in the acquisition.
Pixelworks will buy nDSP to expand in China, low-cost display processing systems
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12/10/2001   Post a comment
TUALATIN, Ore.-- Pixelworks Inc. today announced it will acquire privately-held nDSP Corp. of Campbell, Calif., which supplies video processing ICs for enhanced displays in televisions, multimedia projectors, and flat-panel displays.
NeoMagic to buy LinkUp to speed SoC products for Internet systems
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12/7/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- NeoMagic Corp. here announced it will acquire four-year-old LinkUp Systems Corp., a Santa Clara-based supplier of RISC-based design cores, for about $5 million in stock to expand its new strategy in system-on-chip products for Internet multimedia communications devices.
Zarlink develops DMT transceiver technology to boost VDSL efficiency
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12/6/2001   Post a comment
OTTAWA -- Zarlink Semiconductor Inc. today claimed it has produced prototype samples of the industry's first DMT-based data transceiver that's fully compliant with international standards for four-band, 12-MHz very-high-bit-rate DSL communications.
Philips becomes supplier of sub-1V logic
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12/5/2001   Post a comment
With OEMs rapidly moving toward low-voltage systems, Philips Semiconductors today announced it has joined the growing base of suppliers offering sub-1V discrete logic devices.
Intel launches integrated chip series aimed at embedded communications
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12/4/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif.--Intel Corp. today announced a new series of chips designed specifically for embedded communications with integrated multiple ports, which the company said will eliminate the need for separate networking ICs in systems.
Fairchild plans packaging/test plant in China to balance outsourced assembly
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12/4/2001   Post a comment
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine--Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc. today announced plans to build a new manufacturing and warehouse facility in China to expand its internal chip-assembly and testing capabilities. Over the next five years, the total investment will be about $200 million, said Fairchild.
Standard Microsystems drops PC chip sets, cuts 55 jobs, but sees growth
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12/3/2001   Post a comment
HAUPPAUGE, N.Y.--Standard Microsystems Corp. today announced it was pulling out of the PC chip set business to increase its focus on other core technologies for a higher return on investments. The company also said it has eliminated 55 jobs, or 11% of its workforce, as part of new cost-cutting efforts.

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