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Intel to ease into DDR memory in 2001
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2/28/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE --Intel Corp. plans to introduce DDR DRAM support for the Pentium 4 during the first quarter of 2001, but not the fastest PC266 speed, Intel executives said Tuesday.
Barrett says Intel expects 10% hike in MPU sales
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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.
SST applies 3-Mbit flash to firmware storage in Intel Hub Architecture
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2/27/2001   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif.--Silicon Storage Technology Inc. here today (Feb. 27) claimed to be the first to offer a 3-megabit flash memory chip for basic input/output (bios) firmware storage in computers based on the Intel Hub Architecture.
TI adds MIPS-based broadband processor to ADSL chip set for gateway solutions
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2/26/2001   Post a comment
DALLAS -- Texas instruments Inc. today added new communications processors to its digital subscriber line (DSL) chip set and software to offer what TI says is the most complete solution for home and small-office gateway systems.
Via Technologies uses rebate to spur DDR demand
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2/26/2001   Post a comment
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Via Technologies Inc. is poised to promote the double data rate (DDR) SDRAM with one of its biggest rebates ever, hoping to stimulate demand for the new device.
Oki rolls out prototyping board for reusable IP and SoC designs
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2/26/2001   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- As part of its efforts to push deeper into system-on-chip designs for communications applications, Oki Semiconductor today unvealed a rapid prototyping system for its Micro-plat platform, which is based on a 32-bit RISC core from Arm Ltd.
Intel lobbies for 400MHz DDR SDRAM
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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
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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.
Micron shows DDR chip set for entry servers developed under pact with Intel
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2/26/2001   Post a comment
BOISE, Idaho--Micron Technology Inc. today (Feb. 26) formally rolled out a prototype of a new chip set for double data rate (DDR) memory and Pentium III processors from Intel Corp. in entry-level servers.
IBM's new wireless thrust hinges on four-prong strategy
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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
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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.
NetSilicon acquires Japanese distributor
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2/20/2001   Post a comment
WALTHAM, Mass.--NetSilicon Inc. here today (Feb. 20) announced the purchase of its Japanese distributor, Dimatech Corp. of Tokyo, for $1.7 million in stock and cash.
PMC-Sierra launches packet-processing/classification chip series
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2/20/2001   Post a comment
BURNABY, British Columbia -- Bearing the first fruit from its acquisition of SwitchOn Networks Inc., broadband chip supplier PMC-Sierra Inc. today rolled out a new high-speed packet-processing/classification IC that acts much like a co-processor in networking applications.
UMC, Mentor create turnkey design flows for RF, mixed-signal processes
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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.
Motorola to use PowerPC core to develop mobileGT automotive processors
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2/16/2001   Post a comment
NURNBERG, Germany -- During an embedded electronics conference here this week, Motorola Inc. announced plans to use its 32-bit PowerPC architecture to develop a new series of high-performance processors for automotive applications by the end of 2001.
Intel licenses Pentium 4 chip set rights to Acer Laboratories
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2/16/2001   Post a comment
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Acer Laboratories Inc. (ALi) today (Feb. 16) announced it has licensed chip set technology for Pentium 4 processors from Intel Corp.
NeoMagic sales fall to $1.1 million from $56.6 million in quarter last year
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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.
STMicro enters DVD-ROM arena with system-on-chip design
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2/12/2001   Post a comment
GENEVA--STMicroelectronics today (Feb. 12) announced its entry into the DVD-ROM chip market with the development of an integrated solution containing all of the functions for drives except actuator drivers and external memory.
Japan's Sharp sets up SoC design center in Camus
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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.
Schlumberger to buy Bull's smart card unit for $325 million
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2/9/2001   Post a comment
NEW YORK--Schlumberger Ltd. today announced an agreement to acquire the smart card subsidiary of Groupe Bull S.A. for $325 million.
Qualcomm prepares multi-mode chips in cell-phones arena
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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.
Atmel claims keyboard controller is first to be USB 1.1 compliant
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2/8/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Atmel Corp. today said it has received the first USB-IF certification for a multimedia keyboard controller. The AT43USB324 chip has been approved as being USB 1.1 compliant by the Universal Serial Bus Implementers Forum (USB-IF).
AMCC sees orders delay as 'blip,' remains confident in growth forecast
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2/6/2001   Post a comment
SAN FRANCISCO -- During a financial conference here today, the chief executive officer of Applied Micro Circuits Corp. insisted that AMCC will meet its projections in the current quarter despite some order delays and cancellations in the past week.
National to buy wireless chip developer innoComm for $130 million
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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.
Cypress will buy HiBand Semi to expand in networking ICs
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2/5/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- In a move to expand its high-speed networking chip portfolio, Cypress Semiconductor Corp. today announced it will acquire mixed-signal IC supplier HiBand Semiconductors Inc. in Scotts Valley, Calif.
NEC lays plans for Gbit interface ICs
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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
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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.
SIA says chip growth in 2001 unlikely to meet its forecast
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2/5/2001   Post a comment
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) said that its forecast of 22% growth for 2001 is unlikely to be met because of the current slowdown in chip demand.


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