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PLDs, DRAMs, and standard cell chips get clobbered in downturn, says report
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3/29/2001   Post a comment
Market researcher IC Insights Inc. here said an analysis of chip sales in January vs. October shows DRAMs, MOS standard cell designs, and programmable logic getting hit the hardest out of nine IC product categories.
STMicro adds LCD drivers to IC portfolio for cell phones
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3/27/2001   Post a comment
GENEVA--STMicroelectronics today (March 27) said it has filled in the last gap of its cellular-phone chip offering with the introduction of two new liquid-crystal display (LCD) drivers. The new ICs integrate complete controller and driver functions for 65-by-128 column black-and-white graphic LCDs, said the European chip maker.
Fujitsu puts physical, link layer functions on 1394 multimedia IC
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3/26/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Fujitsu Microelectronics Inc. today (March 26) rolled out a new IEEE 1394 multimedia IC that integrates the physical (PHY) and link layer functions on a single-port device for notebook PCs, video cards, and peripherals.
Atmel expands alliance for RF, baseband ICs in secure 3G networks
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3/26/2001   Post a comment
ROUSSET, France-- Atmel Corp. today (March 26) announced an expansion of its alliance in third-generation wireless networks with a company specializing in defense and security communications applications. Under the partnership, Atmel and EADS Defence & Security Networks (EDSN) plan to develop new platforms for all-digital "professional mobile radio" applications worldwide.
Intel's DSL effort in limbo after scrapping consumer-oriented chip
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3/23/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Intel Corp.'s efforts to conquer the Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) chip market is in limbo, SBN has learned. The Santa Clara semiconductor giant has quietly scrapped a line of consumer-orient DSL chips, while also acknowledging that its entire DSL-chip program is "up in the air."
Toshiba mixes bipolar, CMOS and DMOS in new process for motor driver ICs
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3/23/2001   Post a comment
TOKYO -- Toshiba Corp. has combined bipolar, CMOS and double-diffused metal oxide semiconductor technologies into a new process for highly integrated motor driver ICs. The new high-voltage BiCD process will produce motor driver chips with one-third the power consumption, said Toshiba.
TSMC launches royalty-tracking system for IP cores in chips
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3/20/2001   Post a comment
HSINCHU, Taiwan--In a series of design automation announcements, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) today said it has become the first IC manufacturer to automatically track the use of third-party intellectual property (IP) in chips.
Is Vitesse driving new networking standard with chip set?
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3/19/2001   Post a comment
CAMARILLO, Calif. -- In a possible move to drive a new standard in the networking market, Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. here today (March 19) will announce a chip set that supports forward-error correction (FEC) operations at speeds of 11.5- and 12.5-gigabits-per-second.
Scottish initiative adds online 'try-before-buy' cores for IC designs
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3/19/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Hoping to accelerate the development of system-on-a-chip products in the market, Scotland's Simutech has launched a new service that enables designers to download and evaluate intellectual-property (IP) chip cores over the Internet.
PMC-Sierra's next move is with new Chess-II chip set for optical networks
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3/19/2001   Post a comment
BURNABY, British Columbia -- PMC-Sierra Inc. here today (March 19) will roll out a chip set that enables OEMs to consolidate a range of voice, video, and data services on a single platform on the network.
Intersil says Proxim suit 'without merit' in wireless LAN dispute
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3/16/2001   Post a comment
IRVINE, Calif.--Intersil Corp. today (March 16) said a lawsuit filed Proxim Inc. was without merit, and it promised to fight allegations that it was infringing upon the company's wireless networking technology.
Conexant becomes fifth licensees of LSI Logic's DSP core
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3/16/2001   Post a comment
PHOENIX -- During a briefing session here with analysts and the press, LSI Logic Corp. today announced it has licensed its ZSP400 digital signal processor core to Conexant Systems Inc., which will use the DSP in ICs for wireless and communications applications.
Infineon offers ADSL, 'plain old telephone' solution in chip set
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3/15/2001   Post a comment
MUNICH -- Infineon Technologies AG today (March 15) rolled out a telecommunications chip set that integrates voice and full-rate ADSL services on a single line card. The IVAX chip set is aimed at Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) applications in access network and digital loop carrier systems.
Philips, U.S. developer plan Bluetooth prototypes for chip users
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3/15/2001   Post a comment
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Engineering tool and services provider Stonestreet One Inc. here has teamed up with Philips Semiconductors to offer "comprehensive" solutions for Bluetooth wireless systems in an effort to speed product development by chip users.
Sony switches supplier of embedded DRAM for Playstation
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3/14/2001   Post a comment
Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) has changed its development partner of embedded DRAM for Playstation chips from Fujitsu Ltd. to Toshiba Corp., which will fabricate the chips in a 0.13-micron process. Fujitsu had been SCEI's partner up until the 0.18-micron process generation.
SST, Oki enter into flash foundry, licensing pact
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3/14/2001   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Silicon Storage Technology Inc. here announced a foundry and flash technology licensing agreement with Oki Electric Industry Co. Ltd. in Japan, which will begin volume production of ICs using SST's 0.25-micron SuperFlash memory design in the first half of 2002.
Matsushita inks Rambus licensing pact for SDRAM, DDR controllers
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3/13/2001   Post a comment
LOS ALTOS, Calif.--Japan's Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. has become the eighth chip maker to license Rambus Inc.'s patents for controllers used with synchronous DRAMs and double data rate (DDR) memories. Rambus today (March 13) said Matsushita is the first "logic-only" licensee to sign an agreement for those patents.
SiS claims to ship chipset for Intel's Tualatin
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3/13/2001   Post a comment
Silicon Integrated Systems (SiS) of Taiwan Tuesday claimed it shipping production quantities of a single data rate SDRAM chipset and also a double data rate (DDR) chipset for Intel Corp.'s upcoming Tualatin 1.13-gigahertz Pentium III processor.
Intel rolls out device for back-up capability in line cards
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3/13/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Hoping to drive down the costs of networking, Intel Corp. today (March 13) launched a new device that provides built-in redundancy functions for access-oriented equipment.
IBM, Hitachi to develop new PowerPC processors under server alliance
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3/13/2001   Post a comment
ARMONK, N.Y. -- IBM Corp. and Hitachi Ltd. today (March 13) announced a development and manufacturing pact for a range of components and semiconductors used to make servers. The two companies said the development will include future versions of IBM's PowerPC processors.
National Semi, Sweden's SwitchCore to create Gigabit Ethernet solutions
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3/12/2001   Post a comment
LUND, Sweden -- Three-year-old SwitchCore AB here and National Semiconductor Corp. today (March 12) announced plans to pair up their local area networking technologies and products to demonstrate Gigabit Ethernet switch solutions for desktop systems.
Adaptive Silicon claims to cut cost of embedded programmable logic in SoC designs
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3/12/2001   Post a comment
MUNICH -- What's best--embedding chunks of programmable logic in large system-on-chip (SoC) designs, or integrating standard functions in large programmable logic devices? Privately-held Adaptive Silicon Inc., founded by former managers from National Semiconductor Corp., believes embedded programmable logic in multi-million-gate ASICs and standard ICs is the best way to go.
IBM, Toshiba, Sony plan 'supercomputer-on-chip' development for broadband consumer applications
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3/12/2001   Post a comment
AUSTIN, Tex. -- IBM Corp., Toshiba Corp., and Sony Corp.'s computer entertainment unit today (March 12) announced plans to collectively spend more than $400 million in the next five years to develop a "supercomputer-on-a-chip" architecture for extremely fast broadband network processors in consumer electronics applications.
SiS wins Pentium 4 license from Intel
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3/8/2001   Post a comment
In a push to fuel support for its Pentium 4 microprocessors, Intel Corp. has licensed the device's core-logic chipset technology to Silicon Integrated Systems Inc.
Agere discloses switch fabric bridge for high-density VoIP, servers
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3/6/2001   Post a comment
LOS ANGELES -- During the CT Expo 2001 communications infrastructure conference here, Agere Systems Inc. today (March 6) unveiled a switch-fabric chip solution that connects high-speed buses together and provides up to 128 times the voice processing capacity of other products.
Via and Micron team up to boost DDR demand
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3/5/2001   Post a comment
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- In a bid to stimulate for double data rate (DDR) SDRAMs, Via Technologies Inc. and Micron Technology Inc. will soon offer special prices for the new device.
PMC-Sierra chip supports 1,024 HDLC channels
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3/5/2001   Post a comment
PMC-Sierra Inc., which has long played in the high end of HDLC controller chips, has extended its FREEDM family of controllers to 1,024 High-Level Data Link Control channels. The company this week will sample two devices, one offering 1,024 logical channels at OC-12 (622-Mbits/second) rates and supporting 336 T1 lines; and a second that supports 1,204 channels at OC-48 (2.5-Gbit/s) rates, or 84 T1 lines.
Intel and ServerWorks to compete in server chipsets
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3/1/2001   Post a comment
Intel Corp. and ServerWorks, longtime chipset partners, used this week's Intel Developers Forum in San Jose to position themselves as competitors in server core logic controllers next year.
ATI sales drop 34% sequentially; loss expected in quarter
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3/1/2001   Post a comment
MARKHAM, Ontario -- Citing weakness in personal computer markets, ATI Technologies Inc. today (March 1) cut its revenue estimates for the just-ended second fiscal quarter and warned that it will report a net loss of $0.11-to-0.13 per share for the period.


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