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STMicro uses 'pure' CMOS approach in read-channel IC for higher integration
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6/28/2001   Post a comment
GENEVA--STMicroelectronics today announced samples of a new CMOS read/write channel chip that supports data rates up to 750 megabits per second and features advanced signal processing techniques for wider tolerance of heads and media.
NeoMagic ready to sample ICs for Net appliances
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6/27/2001   Post a comment
NeoMagic Corp. is poised to jump back into the semiconductor market after more than a year away. But instead of graphics components aimed at notebook computers — the product generally associated with the company — NeoMagic is moving into an entirely different segment with a family of parts designed for the handheld Internet appliance market.
Intel's 870 chip set, Pentium 4 and other ICs to air at 'Hot Chips'
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6/26/2001   Post a comment
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- During the annual Hot Chips Conference at Stanford University here in mid-August, Intel Corp. plans to disclose more details about its Pentium 4 and Itanium processor series as well as the awaited 870 chip set, which supports double data rate (DDR) synchronous DRAMs in computer servers. The 870 will also support Direct Rambus DRAMs.
TI says complete 2.5-G handset solution 'ready for final plastic,' volume production
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6/25/2001   Post a comment
DALLAS -- Texas Instruments Inc. today announced it has begun sampling a complete chip set solution for 2.5-generation wireless handsets using the General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) Class 12 format. In addition to the three-chip set, TI said it will offer a full suite of software for GPRS units.
IDT packs programmable features in first octal voice codec
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6/25/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Codec chips have been around for decades converting analog telephone signals to digital formats for telecom switching systems, but now there's something new in coder-decoder ICs--the first programmable octal voice codec from Integrated Device Technology Inc.
IC Media announces 'true' single-chip digital color camera
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6/25/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Three-year-old IC Media Corp. today claimed development of the first "true single-chip digital color camera"--the ICM-532A--which provides common interchange format (CFI) resolution of 352-by-288 pixels for still or full-motion video up to 30-frames-per-second.
Mindspeed says new IC is first to support 10-Gbit Fibre Channel standard
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6/25/2001   Post a comment
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- Mindspeed Technologies Inc. here today announced what the company claims is the world's first serializer/deserializer transceiver that supports the emerging Ten Gigabit Fibre Channel standard.
Agere rolls out broadband satellite radio chip set, ships to seven receiver makers
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6/25/2001   Post a comment
ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- Agere Systems Inc. here today announced technical details and the first samples of broadband receiver chip sets for a planned satellite digital audio radio service in North America.
IBM claims 210-GHz SiGe transistor is world's fastest, four years ahead of competition
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6/25/2001   Post a comment
EAST FISHKILL, N.Y.--IBM Corp. today announced development of a new silicon-germanium (SiGe) transistor, which is capable of reaching speeds of 210 GHz while drawing only a milliamp of electrical current.
Transmeta, Seiko to develop 'energy-saving' processors for notebooks and Internet appliances
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6/21/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Transmeta Corp. and Seiko Epson Corp. here today announced that they will co-develop a future line of "energy-saving" microprocessors, chip sets, and other products for notebook PCs and Internet appliances. Under the terms, the companies will co-develop low-power processors that combines Transmeta's Crusoe family of x86-based MPUs and Seko Epson's "energy-saving" chip technology.
IBM, National team up to accelerate Internet gateways in household systems
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6/19/2001   Post a comment
SOMERS, N.Y. -- IBM Corp. and National Semiconductor Corp. today announced development of new platform and technology for home gateways that connect household appliances, lights, security systems, air conditioners, entertainment units, and other consumer products to the Internet for remote access and management.
STMicro says HDTV decoder IC sets integration record
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6/18/2001   Post a comment
GENEVA--STMicroelectronics today announced it has set a chip-integration record for high-definition television (HDTV) applications by developing a single-chip decoder with additional circuit blocks for decoding multiple MPEG video data streams.
TI claims world's smallest logic package for portable consumer products
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6/18/2001   Post a comment
DALLAS -- Taking aim at portable consumer product applications, Texas Instruments Inc. today announced it was making available the world's smallest chip package for standard logic devices. TI said its NanoStar package reduces the spaces for logic functions by 13% compared to any other packaging solution.
TI will exit dedicated speech-synthesis chips, transfer products to Sensory
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6/14/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Texas Instruments Inc. will exit the dedicated speech-synthesis chip market at the end of this year when it transfers production of its MSP50C6XX family of speech synthesis ICs to Sensory Inc. here.
Toshiba shows 100-nm SoC that supports eDRAM
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6/13/2001   Post a comment
Toshiba Corp. came to Kyoto, Japan's VLSI Technology Symposium with a 100-nanometer (0.10-micron) system-on-chip (SoC) technology that supports embedded DRAM and mixed-signal capabilities.
Tensilica environment will handle multiple CPU cores
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6/11/2001   Post a comment
In an effort to ease the burden on engineers designing multiple-processor chips, Tensilica Inc. is readying a design environment that packs system-modeling tools, a shared-memory interface and enhanced debug capabilities for its Xtensa reconfigurable processor.
Hynix adds picoTurbo RISC cores to ASIC, foundry offering
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6/11/2001   Post a comment
MILPITAS, Calif.--South Korea's Hynix Semiconductor Inc. has licensed two synthesizable RISC microprocessor cores from picoTurbo Inc. here for system-on-chip designs and ASICs aimed at cellular phones, MP3 players, smart cards, set-top boxes, modems, and other high-volume system applications.
Sharp's U.S.-based design center to use TSMC foundry services
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6/11/2001   Post a comment
CAMAS, Wash.--Sharp Electronics Corp.'s U.S. chip division here today announced it will use foundry services at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) for volume products using Sharp's newest microcontroller and system-on-chip designs.
Infineon stays on top of chip-card IC market in 2000, says Dataquest
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6/8/2001   Post a comment
MUNICH -- Infineon Technologies AG today reported that it has topped Dataquest Inc.'s annual ranking of chip-card IC suppliers for the third year in a row.
Infineon launches chip set for new G.SHDSL multi-rate standard in carrier networks
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6/4/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Expanding its presence in the broadband IC market, Infineon Technologies Inc. today rolled out a chip set that's optimized for a new and emerging symmetric Digital Subscriber Line (SDSL) standard, called G.SHDSL.
On Semi offers first SiGe part in GigaCom series for broadband networks
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6/4/2001   Post a comment
ATLANTA-- During the Supercomm trade show here today, On Semiconductor Corp. announced engineering samples of its first silicon-germanium (SiGe) products aimed at serving broadband applications with operating speeds up to 12 gigabits per second.
Nvidia enters integrated chip set market supporting AMD Athlon processors
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6/4/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Nvidia Corp. here today formally enter the PC chip set business by rolling out an integrate product that is designed for PCs based on Advanced Micro Devices Inc.'s Athlon microprocessor line.
Intel to show long-awaited 'Brookdale' chip set in Taiwan, say sources
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6/4/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Look for Intel Corp. this week to show samples of its long-awaited chip set line that supports SDRAM memory for the Pentium 4 microprocessor, according to sources.
IC makers race to offer 40-Gbit OC-768 chips, but disagree on process technologies
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6/4/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Carriers are not expected to deploy networks that run at transmission speeds of 40-gigabits-per-second (OC-768) until 2003 or so. But in an effort to get a jump on this market, several chip makers are already racing each other to develop the critical physical-layer (PHY) devices for these high-speed networks.

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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