ARM's Q4 sales flat, but company bullish for 2001 News & Analysis 1/31/2001 Post a comment CAMBRIDGE, England -- ARM Holdings plc here today reported sales of $20.3 million (29.8 million) for its fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, up 58% from $12.9 million (18.9 million) in the like period a year ago.
The company also reported flat earnings of $5.95 million (8.75 million) in the period, compared to $5.99 (8.81 million) a year ago. Earnings per fully diluted share increased to $0.13 in the quarter, from $0.8 a year ago. The company was projected to earn $0.03 a share, according to Zacks I
Intel's chipset deal with ATI seen as shrewd move News & Analysis 1/29/2001 Post a comment San Jose--Industry observers are hailing Intel Corp.'s decision to award its first Pentium 4 bus license to ATI Technologies Inc. as a savvy move that lets the company satisfy regulatory issues while keeping the lion's share of control over its newest chip architecture.
Rambus exec says Intel DDR chipset not a big threat News & Analysis 1/25/2001 Post a comment SAN JOSE, CALIF.--Avo Kanadjian, vice president of worldwide marketing for Rambus Inc., said he isn't worried about Intel Corp. providing a Pentium 4 chipset this year as a rival to Direct Rambus DRAM. He said he believed it would be 2002 before Intel brought its own DDR chipset to market, "and by that time RDRAM would have ramped up so strongly for Pentium 4 that a DDR chipset won't be able to compete."
Samsung says AMD validates DDR modules News & Analysis 1/22/2001 Post a comment Samsung Semiconductor Inc., San Jose, Calif., Monday said Advanced Micro Devices has validated 10 of the Korean chip maker's DDR memory modules now in full production, compared to one or two DDR modules of competitors validated so far.
Hitachi, Triscend ink deal to co-develop configurable RISC processors News & Analysis 1/22/2001 Post a comment TOKYO -- Japan's Hitachi Ltd. has announced plans to enter the configurable RISC chip market as part a product development alliance with Triscend Corp.
Under the terms, Hitachi will integrate Triscend's configurable chip technology across its SuperH line of 32-bit RISC processors. In addition, Hitachi will gain access to Triscend's configurable FastChip software, intellectual-property (IP) cores, and third-party EDA tools.
UMC plans 70-nm gates with Numerical's phase-shifting technology News & Analysis 1/18/2001 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- Taiwan's United Microelectronics Corp. today announced plans to become one of the first chip makers to ramp production of 0.07-micron (70-nanometer) gate-length transistors for processor-class products, using phase-shifting photomask technology from San Jose-based Numerical Technologies Inc.
Transmeta loses $97.7 million in 2000, but bullish for 2001 News & Analysis 1/18/2001 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Transmeta Corp. here today reported a larger-than-expected loss of $26.2 million on sales of $12.4 million for the fourth quarter ended Dec. 29.
Pro forma net loss, which excludes the effect of amortization of deferred charges, was $17.3 million, or $0.20 per share, for the quarter, compared with a pro forma net loss of $12.9 million, or $0.45 per share, a year ago.
AMD sales rose 21% year-over-year News & Analysis 1/17/2001 Post a comment Advanced Micro Devices Inc. claimed it snatched market share from arch-rival Intel Corp. in the December quarter, during which its revenue rose 21% and net income soared 173% on a year-over-year basis, although it declined sequentially.
Intel closes PCB plant, freezes hiring, but accelerates Pentium 4 into market News & Analysis 1/16/2001 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- During a conference call to analysts today, Intel Corp. here announced some measures to cut costs, including a hiring freeze and a move to phase out a printed-circuit board plant in Puerto Rico.
Intel also said it would use the slowdown in the worldwide semiconductor market to accelerate its transition from the Pentium III microprocessor line to its new Pentium 4 chip in 2001--in an apparent effort to fend off competition from its main rival: Advanced Micro Devices Inc.
Intel expects 15% sequential drop in Q1 sales News & Analysis 1/16/2001 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Intel Corp. today warned investors that it expects a 15% decline in first quarter revenue from $8.7 billion in sales recorded in the fourth quarter of 2000. The world's largest chip supplier blamed seasonal factors and the impact of slowing worldwide economies on the sequential drop in revenues in the current quarter.
AMD ships 600- and 700-MHz Duron MPUs for notebooks News & Analysis 1/15/2001 Post a comment SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Advanced Micro Devices Inc. here today announced 600- and 700-MHz versions of its Duron processor line for the notebook PC market.
The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company also announced a major design win for the processor line--NEC Corp., Japan's largest PC maker.
Chip industry grapples with deteriorating market News & Analysis 1/12/2001 Post a comment PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Not even the announcements of three new 300mm wafer fabs could dispel the unease that pervaded the annual Industry Strategy Symposium (ISS) here this week, as tales of chip equipment pushouts and falling semiconductor growth rates dominated formal presentations and hallway conversations.
AMD planning 300mm wafer fab for microprocessors News & Analysis 1/8/2001 Post a comment Pebble Beach, Calif. - Advanced Micro Devices is in the planning stages of a 300mm wafer fab for microprocessors, with an anticipated start-up date of around 2004, according to Hector Ruiz, president and chief operating officer.
Intel's Barrett to map out 'Extended PC Era' at Consumer Electronics Show News & Analysis 1/5/2001 Post a comment LAS VEGAS -- Despite predictions of a post-PC era in electronics, Intel Corp. argues firmly that the role of personal computers in the home will grow, not decrease, in the near future. In fact, Intel president and CEO Craig Barrett plans to introduce the "Extended PC Era" during his speech at the opening of the 2001 Consumer Electronics Show here tonight.
AMD said to use Transmeta's chip as prototype tool News & Analysis 1/3/2001 Post a comment SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Advanced Micro Devices Inc. will reportedly use Transmeta Corp.'s code-morphing software to prototype its own forthcoming Sledgehammer chip, according to industry sources.
The agreement solidifies the relationship between the two companies, reported last August by Electronic Buyers' News.
Intel ships 1.3-GHz Pentium 4 processors to Dell, Gateway, and others News & Analysis 1/2/2001 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Intel Corp. is quietly shipping a new--and slower--version of its Pentium 4 processor to major OEMs, including Dell, Gateway, among others.
In fact, Dell Computer Corp. has released a PC based upon a slower Pentium 4 chip from Intel, the first step in what Intel hopes will be an industry-wide shift to the new architecture.
Taiwan firm licenses ARM core News & Analysis 1/2/2001 Post a comment Global UniChip Corp., Taipei, Taiwan, today announced that it has licensed the ARM7TDMI microprocessor core from ARM, Cambridge, England, for use in system-on-chip (SoC) devices for a wide range of embedded applications including wireless, networking and consumer entertainment solutions.
Chip industry still expecting growth in 2001 News & Analysis 1/1/2001 Post a comment In the end, the year 2000 proved to be a classic case of too much of a good thing for semiconductor component suppliers. It started with the perfect scenario: insatiable demand from the networking and wireless equipment markets gobbled up semiconductor supplies, drove factories to run at full throttle, and led many chip makers to raise capital spending budgets.
Japan's chipmakers remain cautiously optimistic News & Analysis 1/1/2001 Post a comment Right after chip revenue and profits went soaring in the first half of 2000, the market suddenly went soft, leaving industry executives guessing where it would head next. Following last year's roller-coaster ride, none of the major Japanese semiconductor industry executives interviewed recently would stick their necks out to forecast 2001 sales.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.