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ARM's Q4 sales flat, but company bullish for 2001
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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 chops Pentium prices to spur demand
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1/30/2001   Post a comment
Intel Corp. has slashed the prices of most of its microprocessors to help overcome sluggish demand for PC products.
Intel says PC processor uses less than 1-V
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1/30/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif.--Intel Corp. today announced the industry's first PC microprocessor that operates with less than 1 volt of power while consuming less than 1 watt.
Motorola drops Psion from wireless development plan
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1/29/2001   Post a comment
The wheels have fallen off the deal cut last year by Motorola Inc.'s Personal Communications Sector and Psion plc to develop wireless information devices that use the EPOC 32-bit operating system.
Intel's chipset deal with ATI seen as shrewd move
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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.
SBN Reporter's Notebook
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1/26/2001   Post a comment
What's heard on the chip beat
Rambus exec says Intel DDR chipset not a big threat
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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."
AMD and Intel both win slots in Sun's Cobalt server
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1/25/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE, CALIF.--Both AMD and Intel Corp. won processor slots in the new Sun Microsystems Cobalt net servers, it was learned at the Platform Conference here this week.
Taiwan motherboard makers hedge bet with new DDR-based products
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1/25/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- In a major boost for the double-data-rate (DDR) SDRAM standard, Taiwan's PC motherboard giants this week threw their weight behind this new, emerging memory technology.
ServerWorks plans chip sets for range of Intel processors
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1/24/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Two weeks after agreeing to be acquired by Broadcom Corp., ServerWorks Corp. today outlined its strategy in the server-based chip set market, reportedly including a major deal with Intel Corp.
Samsung says AMD validates DDR modules
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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.
AMD names Meyer to head MPU group
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1/22/2001   Post a comment
AMD today announced the appointment of Dirk Meyer as group vice president of its Computation Products Group (CPG).
Hitachi, Triscend ink deal to co-develop configurable RISC processors
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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.
Intel and AMD duel on pricing, capital spending fronts
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1/22/2001   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- If Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has its way, there will be no processor price war with arch-rival Intel Corp. this quarter, AMD chairman Jerry Sanders told financial analysts last week.
Intel and AMD duel on pricing, capex fronts
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1/19/2001   Post a comment
If Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has its way, there will be no processor price war with arch-rival Intel Corp. this quarter, AMD chairman Jerry Sanders told financial analysts this week.
Intel had $2.6 billion operating loss outside of MPU group
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1/19/2001   Post a comment
NEW YORK -- Intel Corp. had a $2.6 billion operating loss outside its microprocessor group, according to financial data released by the company this week.
Intel's Brookdale chipset arrives in Taiwan
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1/19/2001   Post a comment
Intel Corp. is working with Taiwan's motherboard makers to facilitate the development of its SDRAM-enabled Brookdale chipset to support the Pentium 4 processor.
UMC plans 70-nm gates with Numerical's phase-shifting technology
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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
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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
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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 plans Pentium 4 push around Brookdale chipset
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1/16/2001   Post a comment
Intel Corp. Tuesday confirmed that its expected big Pentium 4 rampup will come in the second half when its new supporting SDRAM Brookdale chipset is introduced to cut desktop PC price points.
Intel closes PCB plant, freezes hiring, but accelerates Pentium 4 into market
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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 meets lowered expectations but warns of 15% drop in first quarter revenues
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1/16/2001   Post a comment
Even with record revenue and earnings in 2000, a slow fourth quarter with flat revenue and decreased earnings sequentially dampened Intel Corp.'s year-end results released on Tuesday.
Intel expects 15% sequential drop in Q1 sales
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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 plays catch-up in mobile PC market
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1/16/2001   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices on Monday reminded OEMs that it is still in the PC notebook market with the release of mobile versions of its low-end Duron processor.
VIA begins shipping DDR chipsets to support AMD processors
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1/15/2001   Post a comment
Taipei, Taiwan -- VIA Technologies Inc., the biggest rival of Intel Corp. in computer chipsets, has started volume shipment of its double data rate (DDR) chipsets that support the Athlon processor made by Advanced Micro Devices Inc.
AMD ships 600- and 700-MHz Duron MPUs for notebooks
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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.
Sun's Cobalt may launch AMD's Athlon into server market
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1/12/2001   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices Inc.'s Athlon processor may make its long-sought leap into the server market when Sun Microsystems Inc. next week unveils its Cobalt division's low-end Internet-appliance server.
PowerPC battles MIPS on the network front
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1/12/2001   Post a comment
Licensees of the MIPS processor architecture are revving clock speeds to defend their turf against further encroachment by the PowerPC.
Chip industry grapples with deteriorating market
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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.
ATI can make chip sets for Intel processors under licensing pact
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1/10/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- ATI Technologies Inc. today announced a broad cross-licensing pact with Intel Corp., including technology rights to build integrated chip sets for computers based on Intel's microprocessors. Details of the licensing agreement were not released.
Taiwan foundry could team with AMD in 300mm fab
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1/10/2001   Post a comment
Taipei, Taiwan -- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and United Microelectronics Corp. are candidates to partner with Advanced Micro Devices Inc. in its planned 300mm wafer fab, according to a local report.
AMD leapfrogs Intel in value-processor arena with 850-MHz Duron
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1/8/2001   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Advanced Micro Devices Inc. today ratcheted up the speed war in value-end microprocessors by introducing a new 850-MHz Duron MPU, just weeks after Intel unveiled its 800-MHz Celeron (see Jan. 3 story).
AMD planning 300-mm fab for processors in 2004, says Ruiz
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1/8/2001   Post a comment
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Advanced Micro Devices Inc. is in the planning stages of a 300-mm wafer fab for microprocessors, with an anticipated start-up date of around 2004, according to Hector Ruiz, president and chief operating officer of AMD.
AMD planning 300mm wafer fab for microprocessors
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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.
Deal with Micron improves AMD's prospects in business market
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1/5/2001   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. took a significant step forward in its race with Intel Corp. for PC market share when it announced this week that Micron Electronics Inc. will use its Athlon microprocessors in a business-class line of personal computers.
Intel's Barrett to map out 'Extended PC Era' at Consumer Electronics Show
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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.
Philips shows Internet appliance LCDs with integrated MPUs
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1/5/2001   Post a comment
Philips Components, as expected, this week introduced new Internet appliance LCD panels that integrated microprocessors into the back of the 10.4-inch screen.
Opinion: Despite turbulence, the chip market will grow in 2001
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1/4/2001   Post a comment
Driven by strong 30% unit growth and a moderate 8% price increase, the world chip market passed the $200 billion mark in 2000, growing at 38% over 1999. Remember, it was $50 billion in 1990, $10 billion in 1980, $2 billion in 1970, and just $1 billion in 1960. What a race!
AMD said to use Transmeta's chip as prototype tool
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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
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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
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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.
Micron to use AMD processors in its business-oriented PCs
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1/2/2001   Post a comment
Micron Electronics, Inc., said today it plans to use microprocessors from Advanced Micro Devices in its ClientPro line of business-class personal computers.
Chip industry still expecting growth in 2001
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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
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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.


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