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Centillium sees stronger demand for DSL chips in Japan
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3/28/2002   Post a comment
FREMONT, Calif.--Centillium Communications Inc. here said a strong pickup in demand for digital subscriber line (DSL) products in Japan has caused the company to re-evaluate its chip inventory, which had been previously written down in value because it was believed to be obsolete or excessive for market conditions.
Denali Software sells market research to memory design customers
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3/25/2002   Post a comment
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- In an unusual move to expand services to customers of design automation and intellectual property (IP) products, Denali Software Inc. today launched a subscription-based market research program to help product development teams analyze changing standards, the proliferation of memories into new applications, and the revenue potential for new ICs.
Apogee, STMicro team up to offer all-digital amplifier chips for audio
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3/21/2002   Post a comment
NORWOOD, Mass.--Apogee Technology Inc. here today announced a joint development agreement with STMicroelectronics to apply an all-digital amplifier technology a new series of semiconductors that replace digital-to-analog converter (DAC) circuits in audio systems.
MRT promises counter suit in patent fight with Genesis Microchip
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3/19/2002   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif.--Media Reality Technologies Inc. promised to "vigorously fight" a U.S. patent infringement lawsuit filed by Genesis Microchip Inc., which is accusing MRT and two other companies of violating its technology for liquid-crystal display (LCD) controllers.
Motorola steps up 16-bit MCU efforts leveraging automotive chip architecture
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3/18/2002   Post a comment
AUSTIN, Tex.--Motorola Inc.--the market leader in 8-bit microcontrollers and 32-bit embedded processors--is aiming to move up from its third-place ranking in 16-bit microcontrollers. The company today launched 10 new 16-bit microcontrollers, built on a flash-based MCU architecture that has been serving automotive applications for more than five years.
NEC targets cell-based routable ASICs at 'mid-volume' applications
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3/18/2002   Post a comment
TOKYO -- In a move to create a new class of ASIC products for "mid-volume" applications, NEC Corp. today introduced a functional-block chip architecture, which allows customers to quickly route pre-existing cells on ICs for custom designs using two upper layers of metal--just like a gate array.
Intel adds third-party IP for 10-Gbit chips in fabless ASIC business
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3/15/2002   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Aiming to enable a new class of IC designs for communications systems, Intel Corp.'s new fabless ASIC operation today announced a complete set of chip building blocks and intellectual-property (IP) cores for use in 10-gigabit-per-second applications.
ATI pursues rival Intel and AMD PC platforms with integrated graphics ICs
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3/13/2002   Post a comment
HANNOVER, Germany--During the CeBIT electronics trade show here today, ATI Technologies Inc. took a double-barreled shot at being the first to sell integrated graphics processors for PCs based on rival 32-bit microprocessor platforms from Intel Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices Inc.
Sarnoff launches IP core strategy for ICs in TV, digital video
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3/12/2002   Post a comment
SAN FRANCISCO -- New Jersey-based Sarnoff Corp. today announced a new silicon core strategy to offer intellectual property (IP) design blocks for integrated circuits in TV and digital video applications. The IP core series includes a "smarter" MPEG function, which the company says improves pictures and reduces storage requirements.
Microchip enters stand-alone battery charging IC market
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3/12/2002   Post a comment
SAN FRANCISCO -- Microchip Technology Inc. today announced its entry into the chip market for stand-alone battery chargers with a new series of ICs.
Intersil to buy Elantec Semi for $1.4 billion in stock, cash
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3/11/2002   Post a comment
IRVINE, Calif. -- In a move to enter chip markets for optical storage systems and flat-panel displays, Intersil Corp. on Sunday announced plans to acquire Elantec Semiconductor Inc. of Milpitas, Calif., for $1.4 billion in stock and cash.
Micron to expand in network ICs after buying Music Semi assets
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3/7/2002   Post a comment
BOISE, Idaho--Micron Technology Inc. today announced it has completed the acquisition of assets for ternary content addressable memory (TCAM) from Music Semiconductors Inc. Last month, Micron had submitted a winning $4.5 million bid for those assets from Music of Milpitas, Calif., in a bankruptcy case (see Feb. 14 story).
Infineon teams with Austria's NewLogic in wireless LAN licensing pact
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3/7/2002   Post a comment
MUNICH -- Infineon Technologies AG here and Austria's NewLogic Technologies AG today announced a cross-licensing and royalty agreement for intellectual property (IP) used in wireless local area network products. The two companies said the pact will help Infineon speed development of wireless LAN products while support NewLogic's IP portfolio.
Genesis Microchip to buy assets of bankrupted DVD chip supplier
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3/5/2002   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- In a bankruptcy auction, Genesis Microchip Inc. today said it has won a bid to purchase the assets of VM Labs Inc., a Mountain View, Calif.-based fabless semiconductor company focused on the DVD market.
Operations cease at switch-fabric provider Power X
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3/2/2002   Post a comment
Switch fabric chip vendor Power X Networks effectively shut its doors Friday.

As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.

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