Barrett says Intel expects 10% hike in MPU sales News & Analysis 2/27/2001 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- Intel Corp. president Craig Barrett told the Intel Developers Forum Tuesday that despite the current PC industry downturn his firm "is operating under internal guidance" that its microprocessor and chipset sales will increase about 10 percent this year.
Intel lobbies for 400MHz DDR SDRAM News & Analysis 2/26/2001 Post a comment Intel Corp. is quietly pushing the DRAM industry to develop a 400MHz double-data-rate SDRAM to succeed today's memory devices in PCs and server applications, according to industry sources familiar with the company's initiative. Sources said Intel, Santa Clara, Calif., is calling on the industry to develop the higher-speed chips, which would be approximately 66% faster than emerging PC266 DDR SDRAM, to match memory clock speeds to the company's 400MHz IA-32 quad-pumped processor bus. Intel is hop
Startup seeks to embed Internet security in silicon News & Analysis 2/26/2001 Post a comment With more commerce headed online every day, Internet security is becoming an ever-more-urgent concern. Taking aim at this need, a new semiconductor company, Corrent Corp., is looking to implement encryption functions in silicon, and expects to sample its first products by the end of the year.
IBM's new wireless thrust hinges on four-prong strategy News & Analysis 2/26/2001 Post a comment EAST FISHKILL, N.Y. -- After a false start in the wireless chip market--including a recent move to dissolve its cellular-phone chip set operation--IBM Corp.'s Microelectronics Division is quietly preparing to make a new, four-prong attack in the portable communications arena, SBN has learned.
Qualcomm's shares tumble amid problems in cell-phone business News & Analysis 2/23/2001 Post a comment SAN DIEGO -- Shares of Qualcomm Inc. took a beating today (Feb. 23) amid reports of weak demand for its chip products and delays in the deployment of third-generation (3G) wireless technology.
The concerns among analysts caused San Diego-based Qualcomm's stock to fall by some 7.7% to about $61.81 per share in heavy trading today.
UMC, Mentor create turnkey design flows for RF, mixed-signal processes News & Analysis 2/19/2001 Post a comment WILSONVILLE, Ore.--Mentor Graphics Corp. here and Taiwan's United Microelectronics Corp. today (Feb. 19) announced a "complete turnkey" design flow for UMC's radio-frequency and mixed-signal CMOS process technologies. The two companies said the package give will UMC's foundry customers a complete solution for new ICs, from product specification to tape-out of designs for volume production.
NeoMagic sales fall to $1.1 million from $56.6 million in quarter last year News & Analysis 2/16/2001 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- NeoMagic Corp. here reported a net loss of $4.4 million on net sales of just $1.1 million in the fiscal fourth quarter, ended Jan. 31. The company has switched its emphasis from graphics in notebook computers to system-on-chip solutions for Internet-based multimedia communications, but its sales plunged from $56.6 million in the quarter a year ago.
Japan's Sharp sets up SoC design center in Camus News & Analysis 2/12/2001 Post a comment CAMAS, Wash. -- Sharp Microelectronics of Americas (SMA) here today announced it has been designated as the company's main IC design center for system-on-a-chip (SoC) and microcontroller products.
SMA's parent company, Osaka, Japan-based Sharp Corp., will make a significant investment in the IC design center over the next five years in order to help develop new products in these segments.
Qualcomm prepares multi-mode chips in cell-phones arena News & Analysis 2/8/2001 Post a comment SAN FRANCISCO -- At an investment conference here today, the president of Qualcomm Inc. dropped a number of hints about the company's new multi-mode chip set series for third-generation cellular phones. The chip set will soon be offered as an alternative to digital signal processor (DSP) products from Texas Instruments Inc., Motorola Inc., and others.
National to buy wireless chip developer innoComm for $130 million News & Analysis 2/6/2001 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif.-- National Semiconductor Corp. has announced plans to purchase innoComm, a developer of wireless networking chip sets in San Diego, for $130 million. The acquisition is expected to be completed in February and is intended to strengthen National's position in wireless communications.
NEC lays plans for Gbit interface ICs News & Analysis 2/5/2001 Post a comment As part of its push into high-speed interface communications devices, NEC Corp. on Monday (Feb. 5) announced it has developed a chip capable of 2.5-gigabit/second transfers per channel.
STMicro prepares ramp of ICs for small-format optical drives News & Analysis 2/5/2001 Post a comment GENEVA--STMicroelectronics has announced a new system-on-chip device and companion power IC for small-format optical disk drives that can store hours of music or hundreds of photos in portable system applications. The chips will serve as DataPlay Inc.'s micro-optical engine for small-format storage systems.