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Fairchild cuts delivery cycle times for logic, interface chips
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9/27/2000   Post a comment
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine -- Fairchild Semiconductor International Corp. today said it has trimmed cycle times for deliveries of logic and interface products by 65% to 90 days. "New tools and processes will further reduce our cycle time on selected products to 75 days by the end of this year," promised W.T. Greer, senior vice president and general manager of Fairchild's Interface & Logic Group.
Marvell enters switch-chip market with DSP-embedded device
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9/26/2000   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Marvell Semiconductor Inc. here has entered the switch-chip business, rolling out an integrated solution for low-cost systems in Ethernet- and Fast Ethernet-based networks. Built around Marvell's digital signal processor (DSP) technology, the new 88E6050 is a five-port product that integrates several components on the same device.
LSI Logic to enter read-channel IC market following Datapath acquisition
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9/22/2000   Post a comment
MILPITAS, Calif. -- LSI Logic Inc. is preparing to enter the read-channel IC market for hard-disk drives as one major player--Texas Instruments Inc.--pulls out of the business. At this week's Diskcon trade show in San Jose, LSI Logic dislosed plans to use read-channel technology from recently acquired DataPath Systems Inc. to offer both standard products and customized ASICs for disk-drive applications, starting in the third quarter of 2001.
Macronix grows sales to $1 billion, inks pacts with Analog Devices, Nintendo
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9/22/2000   Post a comment
HSINCHU, Taiwan -- Closing in on $1 billion in sales this year, Taiwan's Macronix International Co. Ltd. is pushing to expand its chip portfolio by quietly forging separate deals with Analog Devices Inc. and Nintendo Ltd. Macronix is working on a deal with Analog Devices to develop system-on-a-chip products based digital signal processor technology and flash memory. The company is also expanding its ties with Japan's Nintendo, its largest chip customer, to create a new line of chips for a next-g
AMCC buys developer of I/O, transceivers for optical IC thrust
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9/21/2000   Post a comment
SAN DIEGO--Applied Micro Circuits Corp. (AMCC) here today announced it has acquired privately-held SiLutia of Fort Collins, Colo., a digital and mixed-signal company focused on high-speed, low-power I/O and transceiver designs for broadband communications. The acquisition is part of AMCC's efforts to expand its integration and serial backplane technologies for networking products.
Intersil splits wireless network chips into home, business groups
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9/21/2000   Post a comment
IRVINE, Calif.--Intersil Corp. today announced it has split up its wireless networking chip set efforts into two separate product groups aimed at specializing on the needs of home and business local area networks.
AMD spin-off Legerity launches broadband chip sets
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9/20/2000   Post a comment
AUSTIN, Tex. -- Legerity Inc. here announced its first products under its new corporate identity--a line of line-card chip sets for broadband applications.
TI sets $5 target for ROM-based Bluetooth chip set in high volumes
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9/19/2000   Post a comment
DALLAS--Texas Instruments Inc. here has introduced a new low-cost chip set for Bluetooth wireless connections using a new 0.18-micron baseband controller, which contains a fully integrated software stack in read-only memory. The ROM-based controller eliminates the need for a separate flash memory device in Bluetooth system designs.
TI ends read-channel chip efforts for hard-disk drives
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9/19/2000   Post a comment
SAN FRANCISCO -- Texas Instruments Inc. is pulling the plug on its read-channel IC development efforts for hard-disk drives and reassigning more than 100 analog design engineers from those projects to high-growth communications chip applications, said Tom Engibous, TI president and chairman, during a speech here today.
Infineon aims integrated line driver/analog frontend at ADSL ramp
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9/18/2000   Post a comment
MUNICH -- In a move to fill out its "one-to-shop" for digital subscriber line (DSL) systems, Infineon Technologies AG today introduced a single-chip line driver/analog frontend device for asymmetric DSL modems. The new 80-pin chip boosts integration and cuts power consumption in ADSL systems, which are beginning to grow in high volumes, said the Munich-based company.
Startup rivals Atheros, Radiata launch CMOS radio chips for 5-GHz wireless LANs
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9/18/2000   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- The race to build a better radio-on-chip for high-speed wireless data networks is heating up. Atheros Communications Inc. here today unveiled what it claims is a true radio-on-a-chip, or "RoC", in a two-chip solution that uses standard CMOS processes, without the need for a separate power amplifier made with more expensive gallium-arsenide or silicon-germanium technologies. Atheros' announcement comes at the same time when rival-startup Radiata Inc. in San Jose, is disclosin
Atmel rolls out single-chip DAB processor for digital radios
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9/15/2000   Post a comment
HEILBRONN, Germany--Atmel Corp. today announced a single-chip baseband processor for Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) radios. The European unit of Atmel here said the new IC U2739M processor is the industry's first one-chip decoder, featuring full decoding rate capability.
S3, Via offer chip set for low-cost PCs based on AMD processors
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9/15/2000   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif.--S3 Inc. and Via Technologies Inc. today announced a fully integrated core logic chip set supporting the Athlon and Duron microprocessors from Advanced Micro Devices Inc. The ProSavage KM133 chip set, aimed at the "value PC" market segment, is coming from a joint venture being set up by S3 and Via in Taiwan.
Anadigics expects sales drop due to fire disrupting wireless customer
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9/15/2000   Post a comment
WARREN, N.J.-- Gallium-arsenide chip supplier Anadigics Inc. today announced its sales will be lower than expected in the second half of 2000 because a major cellular phone maker has postponed orders for GaAs devices due to a fire that stopped IC shipments from Philips Semiconductors earlier this year.
Infineon claims to offer most secure chip-card controller
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9/14/2000   Post a comment
MUNICH -- Infineon Technologies AG here today announced certification of a new 16-bit chip-card controller as compliant with the most severe security criteria currently defined for ICs in smart-card applications. Infineon said its SLEC66CX320P controller received the E4 high-security rating from the Information Technology Security Evaluation Criteria (ITSEC) group.
Quake aims to shake up optical network arena with faster ICs
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9/14/2000   Post a comment
OTTAWA -- Quake Technologies Inc. here today announced plans to enter the market for optical networking ICs with the development of physical-layer devices for high-speed communications applications. The five-month-old company said it will offer mixed-signal ICs capable of supporting 10-gigabit-per-second and higher-speed networks based on Ethernet, Infininband, Fibre Channel and Sonet/SDH applications.
How Conexant's split up aims to make two huge chip companies
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9/14/2000   Post a comment
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- Analysts believe Conexant Systems Inc.'s bold new plan to split itself into two separate chip companies is a daring, innovative move to accelerate growth in the communications IC business. The company here on Wednesday announced it will divide itself next year into two companies, which will share some resources under a multi-year alliance, to serve Internet infrastructure and "personal networking" applications.
Designing SOC Platforms for Maximum Flexibility
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9/13/2000   Post a comment
By using platform-based design techniques, companies can rapidly develop many derivatives of a core SOC platform.
Dallas Semi packs three potentiometers on CPU supervisor
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9/11/2000   Post a comment
DALLAS -- Dallas Semiconductor Corp. here today expanded its line of digital control devices for gigabit optical transceivers with the launch of the DS1846 NV device, which integrates three linear taper potentiometers, nonvolatile memory, and a central-processor supervisor in reduced TSSOP packaging.
IDT moves into Internet protocol co-processors, ships units to Cisco
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9/11/2000   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif.-- Integrated Device Technology Inc. today announced its entry into the Internet protocol (IP) co-processor business with a new device that combines content-addressable memory (CAM) technology with specialized logic and high-speed control interface circuits. IDT's first product is a customized IP co-processor, which will be shipped to Cisco Systems Inc. for use in the company's Catalyst series of multi-layer switches.
STMicro, Nera to develop ICs, software for interactive satellite systems
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9/8/2000   Post a comment
BERGEN, Norway -- STMicroelectronics and Nera Wireless Broadband Access AS here today announced collaboration in chip-set and software development for new interactive set-top box applications using broadband satellite communications.
600-650 million cell phones in 2001? It's possible, say National executives
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9/7/2000   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Worried Wall Street analysts today heard reassuring words from National Semiconductor Corp. executives, who said there is no evidence that chip demand in wireless phones is cooling despite major adjustments in inventory by some of the top-tier handset makers.
National, Proxim to develop home-networking wireless chips
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9/7/2000   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- National Semiconductor Corp. here today jumped in a new wireless-chip market, announcing a deal with Proxim Inc. to co-develop ICs and other products for an emerging home-networking standard. The two companies will combine their expertise to co-develop products based on the HomeRF standard , which enables systems to obtain wireless data over a 2.4-GHz frequency-hopping, spread-spectrum technology.
Infineon rolls out samples of tunable Bluetooth chip set
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9/7/2000   Post a comment
MUNICH -- Infineon Technologies AG here today announced sampling of its first Bluetooth chip set--called BlueMoon I--which includes an integrated controller with baseband, link manager and host interface functions, and a separate radio-frequency transceiver chip. The solution is fully software tunable and adaptable to any modifications made to the Bluetooth specification, said Infineon managers.
Lucent, PacketVideo to optimize software for multimedia wireless ICs
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9/7/2000   Post a comment
ALLENTOWN, Pa.--Lucent Technologies Inc.'s Microelectronics Group here and PacketVideo Corp. of San Diego today announced plans to jointly optimize products for next-generation devices used in multimedia wireless products. PacketVideo's wireless media software will be optimized for higher performance and low-power consumption when running on Lucent chip sets, including DSP platforms based on StarCore digital signal processors.
ESS licenses Fast Ethernet technology from Davicom in Taiwan
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9/7/2000   Post a comment
FREMONT, Calif. -- ESS Technology Inc. today announced it has licensed Fast Ethernet technology from Davicom Semiconductor Inc. of Taiwan for integration in ICs for broadband communications and Internet appliance products. The licensed technology includes 10/100-megabit-per-second media access control (MAC) and physical layer (PHY) transceiver functions.
IteX licenses Mips 32-bit core for DSL controllers
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9/6/2000   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Integrated Telecom Express Inc. (IteX) here today said it has licensed a 32-bit RISC processor core from Mips Technologies Inc. for use in digital subscriber line (DSL) controllers.
Microsemi to expand fab for GaAs, other compound semiconductors
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9/6/2000   Post a comment
GARDEN GROVE, Calif.-- Microsemi Corp. today announced it will invest $75-to-$100 million in a major expansion of an 4-inch wafer fab here to increase production of compound semiconductors for power management, radio-frequency, microwave, and optoelectronics applications. The expansion to increase production of devices with gallium-arsenide (GaAs), indium gallium phosphide (InGaP), heterojunction bipolar transistors (HBT), InGaAs, and other materials and processes, said the company.
Samsung targets $30 billion in semiconductor sales by 2005
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9/6/2000   Post a comment
SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. today set an aggressive target of increasing its semiconductor sales to $30 billion by 2005--triple the chip revenues expected by the company this year. The sales target includes IC products as well as liquid crystal displays (LCDs) produced by Samsung. To reach this goal, the Korean chip maker said it will continue to emphasize memory products, and it has organized its System LSI business operation around eight strategic product areas with the target of bec
Motorola sets up chip R&D center in Scotland
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9/5/2000   Post a comment
SCHAUMBURG, Ill. -- Motorola Inc. here today announced that it has chosen Scotland as the location for a major semiconductor research and development center. The $30 million center, to be located in the Alba Campus in Livingston, will focus on embedded software and systems-on-a-chip design technology. The site will create up to 550 new jobs by 2005.
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