Intel roadmap shows little Rambus support in 2001 News & Analysis 10/30/2000 Post a comment A confidential road map obtained by EBN shows Intel Corp. dropping Direct Rambus DRAM from every computing platform but high-end workstations by mid-2001. This would appear to bear out recent comments by Intel president Craig Barrett that the exclusive deal to support the memory interface was "a mistake."
AMD says DDR platforms are ready to roll with new Athlon, chip set News & Analysis 10/30/2000 Post a comment TOKYO--During a press conference here and around the world, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. today claimed to be the first chip supplier to offer a PC platform supporting double data rate (DDR) memory. The solution includes the AMD-760 chip set and a new Athlon processor with a 266-MHz front-side bus for the highest grade of DDR memory available, according to the company.
LSI Logic's Q3 sales up 35%; bullish about Q4 News & Analysis 10/24/2000 Post a comment MILPITAS, Calif. -- Citing strong demand for its communication chip products, LSI Logic Corp. here today beat the street by reporting sales of $728 million for its third quarter ended Sept. 30, a 35% jump over the $540 million posted in the like period a year ago.
Net income before amortization of goodwill and other special items was $114 million, or $0.33 per diluted share, compared to $55 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, a year ago. Analysts estimated that the company would report earnin
Hitachi announces Bluetooth-enabled controller line News & Analysis 10/23/2000 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- Hitachi Semiconductor America Inc. here today announced a new 16-bit controller line that is optimized for use in Bluetooth-enabled applications.
The H8S/2214F controller combines a 16-MHz static CPU core, 128-Kbytes of flash-memory, and 12-Kbytes of RAM on the same device, thereby enabling developers need to meet the point-to-point and multi-point performance requirements of the Bluetooth specification.
3Com rolls out Internet appliance based on National's Geode processor News & Analysis 10/17/2000 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. - 3Com Corp. here today unveiled a low-cost Internet appliance build around an x86-based microprocessor from National Semiconductor Corp.
3Com's product, dubbed Audrey,is a $499 consumer-oriented device that provides Internet-access, e-mail, and other services for end users. The product is build around National's Geode GX1 chip, an x86-based processor designed for Internet appliances and related devices.
Tality, Sirius collaborate on 3G handset designs News & Analysis 10/17/2000 Post a comment SAN JOSE, Calif.-- Tality Corp., a design subsidiary of Cadence Design Systems Inc., here today announced plans to co-develop third-generation (3G) handsets and other products with intellectual-property (IP) core supplier Sirius Communications NV.
Under the agreement, Tality will incorporate Sirius' line of baseband chip cores into its 3G design services. The two companies aim to accelerate the design cycle for 3G wireless multimedia information devices, such as smart phones, PDAs, and other pr
AMD revs up Athlon to 1.2 GHz, claims to extend lead over Intel News & Analysis 10/17/2000 Post a comment SUNNYVALE, Calif.--Advanced Micro Devices today pushed out its 1.2-GHz Athlon microprocessor, claiming to further establish itself as the supplier of the fastest central processors for personal computers. The announcement comes after Intel Corp decided to delay its re-launch of 1.13-GHz Pentium III, whih had suffered problems in testing this summer (see Oct. 16 story). AMD also today introduced an 800-MHz speed grade of its Duron p
Intel, IBM ink deal to co-develop products for telematics market News & Analysis 10/16/2000 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Intel Corp. and IBM Corp. here today entered the telematics market by announcing an alliance to co-develop products based on this emerging technology for automobiles.
Under the plan, the companies intend to co-develop system-level products and reference design kits based on Intel's XScale chip technology and IBM's VisualAge Micro Edition Java application development tools.
Intel delays 1.13-GHz Pentium III, plans modification to chip News & Analysis 10/16/2000 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Intel Corp. is entirely reworking the 1.13-GHz Pentium III processor, delaying the high-speed MPU until the second quarter of 2001. All of Intel's 0.18-micron Pentium III line is undergoing a new core "stepping," or manufacturing revision, according to a product change notification notice sent out by Intel and obtained by TechWeb.
IBM adds SOI to copper CPUs in servers; low-k comes up next News & Analysis 10/16/2000 Post a comment AUSTIN, Tex. -- IBM Corp. today announced it is putting silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technology to work along with copper interconnects to significantly boost the performance of central processing units inside new server computers, called the pSeries 680. The result, said IBM, is a new lineup of 64-bit servers that are 63% faster than the company's existing S80 systems, which are based on copper processors using standard silicon substrates. Microprocessor managers in Austin described an aggressive
Intel possibly jumps on aboard SOI bandwagon News & Analysis 10/13/2000 Post a comment SAN JOSE ( ChipWire) Silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technology stepped farther out of the shadows at the Microprocessor Forum, as Motorola Inc. unveiled a G4 PowerPC design ported to a 0.18-micron SOI process and as Intel Corp. engineers hinted that the company may reverse course and support SOI technology, initially for mobile processors and communications ICs.
Embedded designs flood Microprocessor Forum for 'post-PC' era News & Analysis 10/12/2000 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- While x86-based central processor suppliers tried to hog the spotlight as usual at the Microprocessor Forum here this week, a number chip houses jockeyed for position by disclosing new embedded microprocessors and MPU cores for is fast becoming the "post-PC era" of rapid growth in IC markets.
Via outlines PC processor strategy News & Analysis 10/10/2000 Post a comment SAN JOSE - Via Technologies Inc. here today outlined its microprocessor strategy by announcing a new line of chips for the low-end PC market.
Initially, the company intends to push its current Cyrix III processor lines to new performance levels in order to attack the low-end PC and related markets, said Glenn Henry, founder and president of Centaur Technology, the x86-based chip development subsidiary of Taiwan's Via.
Intel's change in MPU management comes at crucial time, say analysts News & Analysis 10/10/2000 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Intel Corp.'s shuffling of its microprocessor management team comes at a critical time for the world's largest chip maker, said industry analysts reacting to the company's realignment of leadership in its Technology and Manufacturing Group and the Intel Architecture Group (see Oct. 9 story). According to some Intel observers, the moves are aimed at solving chronic manufacturing problems and slow production ra
Intel shuffles management to ensure smooth ramp of new processors News & Analysis 10/9/2000 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif.-- In a move apparently aimed at solving manufacturing problems in advanced microprocessors, Intel Corp. today shuffled the responsibilities of top managers overseeing its highest performing products. Mike Splinter, 50, was named executive vice president and general manager of Intel's Technology and Manufacturing Group. Splinter was previously senior vice president in the group, but he is also being given additional responsibilities by Intel to guarantee the successful ramp of
STMicro announces x86- and RISC-based processor lines News & Analysis 10/9/2000 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- At the Microprocessor Forum here today, STMicroelectronics will announce an x86-based microprocessor line as well as a part built around Hitachi Ltd.'s RISC chip core.
On the x86-based front, ST will roll out three products built around a 64-bit, 133-MHz processor core. Designed for use in Internet appliances, set-top boxes, Web TVs, and related low-cost applications, the new x86-based products from ST include the STPC Atlas, STPC Consumer-II, and the STPC Elite.
Intel reportedly validating its own DDR chip set News & Analysis 10/9/2000 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- In a move almost certain to raise a few eyebrows at Rambus Inc., Intel Corp. is validating its desktop-PC double-data-rate (DDR) chip set, the Almador, scheduled to be unveiled next year, according to memory companies currently supplying Intel.
SiByte enters network-processor arena with programmable chip News & Analysis 10/8/2000 Post a comment SAN JOSE - SiByte Inc. here today will take the Microprocessor Forum to enter the network-processor market by announcing a programmable chip said to run at speeds up to 4,400 million of instructions per second (MIPS). Built around a 64-bit RISC microprocessor architecture from Mips Technologies Inc., the new Mercurian line of network-processor products from SiByte are highly-integrated chips designed for use in 2.5-Gbits (OC-48) bandwidth applications.
Pact announces processor that runs at 51 billion of instructions per second News & Analysis 10/8/2000 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- At the Microprocessor Forum here today, a little-known German chip maker called Pact GmbH will announce its first product--a radical multi-parallel microprocessor architecture said to run at speeds of more than 51 billion of instructions per second (Bips).
Pact-a Munich-based, fabless-IC design house that was formerly known as Parallel Array Computer Technology GmbH-will roll out what the company calls its eXtreme Processor platform.
AMD offers free simulator for future 64-bit processor lines News & Analysis 10/6/2000 Post a comment SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Advanced Micro Devices Inc. here today announced it will offer a free simulation tool that will enable developers and OEMs to prepare for its long-awaited entry into the 64-bit microprocessor world.
The AMD SimNow! Simulator gives developers and OEMs the ability to debug their software code prior to the release of the company's 64-bit processor line. Code-named Hammer, AMD's 64-bit processor will be announced by the end of 2001.
Philips rolls out first reusable architecture chip for video News & Analysis 10/5/2000 Post a comment NOORDWIJK, the Netherlands -- After reusable design cores for ICs, what's the next big thing? Philips Semiconductors says it's reusable architectures for large system-on-chip platforms, and today the Dutch company launched its first such product aimed at next-generation, interactive set-top boxes. After the introduction of the first Nexperia digital video platform (DVP), Philips is planning to roll out three other reusable chip architectures for wireless communications, digital audio, and car in
Lexra offers low-power RISC core for consumer applications News & Analysis 10/3/2000 Post a comment SAN JOSE - Lexra Inc. here introduced a new line of RISC chip cores designed for use in low-power, consumer-electronics applications, such as PDAs, MP3 players, Web-enabled digital cameras, and other products.
Based on a RISC chip architecture from MIPS Technologies Inc., the new LX5180 RISC-DSP core from Lexra consumes 40% less power than competitive devices on the market, including ARM Ltd.'s ARM9E product.
Toshiba sees annealed wafers replacing epi silicon in logic fabs News & Analysis 10/2/2000 Post a comment TOKYO -- Toshiba Ceramics Co. Ltd. here believes it has made significant progress in moving hydrogen-annealed wafers from mainly being used in memory fabs to chip plants making high-performance logic. The Tokyo-based company said its hydrogen-annealed Hi-Wafer substrates have been certified for use with 0.18-micron CMOS processes by an unidentified "major" supplier of digital signal processors (DSPs).
Blog Doing Math in FPGAs Tom Burke 13 comments For a recent project, I explored doing "real" (that is, non-integer) math on a Spartan 3 FPGA. FPGAs, by their nature, do integer math. That is, there's no floating-point ...