Via announces new 650- and 667-MHz processors for low-cost PCs News & Analysis 11/30/2000 Post a comment TAIPEI, Taiwan -- In a move to expand its microprocessor business, Taiwan's Via Technologies Inc. here today introduced two new chips for the low-cost PC and related markets.
Based on an advanced, 0.18-micron process technology, the two new Via Cyrix III line of processors from the Taipei-based chip maker run at speeds of 650- and 667-MHz. The chips are targeted for the "value" segments of the x86-based desktop, notebook, and information appliance markets, said Wenchi Chen, president and chie
Transmeta discovers faulty processors in NEC's notebook PCs News & Analysis 11/29/2000 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- In the latest setback in its relatively short history, Transmeta Corp. here on late Wednesday announced that it discovered a faulty batch of microprocessors in a notebook PCs made by NEC Corp. of Japan. Transmeta, a high-profile startup supplier x86-based processors, said it is working with NEC to correct the problem by replacing the faulty chips in about 300 of notebook PCs.
AMD prepares assault on workstation, server segments News & Analysis 11/29/2000 Post a comment SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- A year after successfully penetrating the consumer PC segment, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. isn't resting on its laurels. The company is now preparing products and technology to enter the workstation and low-end server market in the first half of 2001.
Intel's future rides with Pentium 4 chip News & Analysis 11/20/2000 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- When Intel Corp. here today officially unveils its long-awaited Pentium 4 microprocessor line, there will be few, if any, surprises, about the chip in terms of specifications and product pricing.
But Intel--which has revealed most of the details about the Pentium 4 in a systematic, step-by-step approach to the media over the last several months--will have a lot riding on the chip, perhaps even the company's entire future, according to analysts.
Intel expected to delay next Almador chipset News & Analysis 11/17/2000 Post a comment Intel Corp. has delayed the launch of its next-generation Almador chipset and, instead, will upgrade the 815E to support its upcoming Tualatin 1.3-GHz Pentium III processor, according to industry sources.
Rambus may drag Intel's ramp of Pentium 4 News & Analysis 11/17/2000 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. ( ChipWire) -- Intel Corp. will officially roll out its Pentium 4 processor on Monday, promising the device will have the steepest sales ramp of any microprocessor in its history. But at least for its first six months, the chip will be tied solely to the controversial Rambus memory architecture, a fact that several analysts and at least one DRAM maker said looms as a question mark over the lofty ambitions of the world'
Intel says server chip program on track; will unveil Pentium 4 on Monday News & Analysis 11/16/2000 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Amid the launch of the Pentium 4 microprocessor on Monday, Intel Corp. here today insisted that its next-generation, 64-bit chip for servers is still on schedule despite reports that the product has been delayed.
Reports surfaced that servers based on Intel's code-named McKinley processor will not be shown until the first half of 2002. Intel originally promised that "pilot systems" based on the McKinley chip would roll out in late-2001.
Transmeta to use TSMC for 0.18- and 0.13-micron processors News & Analysis 11/14/2000 Post a comment LAS VEGAS -- During the Comdex trade show here, Transmeta Corp.'s chief executive officer confirmed that the microprocessor startup has entered into a foundry deal with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd., which will process chips with 0.18- and 0.13-micron technology. Until now, IBM Corp. has been Transmeta's sole foundry for processed wafers.
Intel, HP show 'concept' PC based on Pentium 4 microprocessor News & Analysis 11/14/2000 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Providing a sneak preview of its future directions in the microprocessor arena, Intel Corp. as well as Hewlett-Packard Co. here today jointly announced a concept PC based on Intel's upcoming Pentium 4 chip.
The system, called the Deep Forest Concept PC, a technology demonstration and the product is not for sale. Still, the PC is based on the Pentium 4, a long-awaited chip that is expected to be rolled out by Intel next week.
Willamette margins may crimp Intel's profits News & Analysis 11/13/2000 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Intel Corp.'s long-awaited Willamette-class Pentium 4 processor is slated to launch next week, but what was once painted as a high-margin MPU may prove to be something of a profit damper for the company.
Tensilica expands marketing staff News & Analysis 11/13/2000 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Tensilica Inc., a supplier of application-specific configurable processors, here today announced the appointment of Stephen Roddy as director of product marketing.
In the new post, Roddy will report to Bernie Rosenthal, vice president of marketing and business development for Tensilica. Prior to Tensilica, Roddy was vice president of marketing and sales at Integrated Silicon Systems Inc. He has also help various positions at Cadence, LSI Logic, and Synopsys.
Intel confirms low-end 815 chipset News & Analysis 11/13/2000 Post a comment Intel Corp. Monday confirmed today an earlier EBN report that it is introducing a special 815EP chipset that only includes external graphics capability. By disabling the integrated graphics function that the other 815 versions have, the new version will sell for about 10 percent lower price than the current 815e, sources said.
Willamette margins may crimp Intel's profits News & Analysis 11/13/2000 Post a comment Intel Corp.'s long-awaited Willamette-class Pentium 4 processor is slated to launch next week, but what was once painted as a high-margin MPU may prove to be something of a profit damper for the company.
Intel adds 733- and 766-MHz Celeron MPUs News & Analysis 11/13/2000 Post a comment LAS VEGAS -- Intel Corp. today introduced its two latest Celeron microprocessors, attempting to cement its hold over the value desktop space. The Santa Clara, Calif., company said it was shipping 733-MHz and 766-MHz Celerons to personal computer makers, including Hewlett-Packard Co. and others.
IBM announces Unix server based on new, high-end processor architecture News & Analysis 11/10/2000 Post a comment EAST FISHKILL, N.Y. -- IBM Corp. here has announced its next-generation, Unix-based server built around a dual-processor architecture complete with copper-interconnects and silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technology.
The new Regatta server, to be shipped next year, is based on the so-called Gigaprocessor-a proprietary chip said to operate in excess of 1-GHz in performance. Consisting of more than 170 million transistors, the Gigaprocessor is optimized for both commercial and technical applications
Gateway deal caps wild week for Transmeta News & Analysis 11/10/2000 Post a comment NEW YORK -- The drama involving Transmeta Corp. this week almost matched that of the Bush-Gore contest for the U.S. presidency. Rebounding from the recent loss of a key IBM Corp. design win, the company launched a successful public offering even as renewed skepticism surfaced over the fate of the low-power microprocessor maker.
Gateway deal caps wild week for Transmeta News & Analysis 11/10/2000 Post a comment New York-- The drama involving Transmeta Corp. this week almost matched that of the Bush-Gore contest. Rebounding from the recent loss of a key IBM Corp. design win, the company launched a successful public offering even as renewed skepticism surfaced over the fate of the low-power microprocessor maker.
AMD readies 64-bit Hammer MPU, predicts flash price increase in 2001 News & Analysis 11/10/2000 Post a comment SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Advanced Micro Devices Inc here laid out its plans for 2001, when it will introduce new Athlon products and bring 64-bit computing to the desktop PC. A previously undisclosed derivative of the company's 64-bit Hammer processor is being designed for the desktop PC and low-end servers, executives said at the company's fall analyst meeting in Sunnyvale on Thursday.
AMD hopes to bring the Hammer down News & Analysis 11/9/2000 Post a comment Advanced Micro Devices today laid out its plans for 2001, when it will introduce new Athlon products and bring 64-bit computing to the desktop PC. A previously undisclosed derivative of the company's 64-bit Hammer processor is being designed for the desktop PC and low-end servers, executives said at the company's fall analyst meeting in Sunnyvale, Calif.
Transmeta beats Intel and Via for wearable PC maker ViA News & Analysis 11/9/2000 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Transmeta Corp. here has beaten Intel Corp. and Via Technologies Inc. for a major x86-based microprocessor design win at ViA Inc., a Burnsville, Minn.-based supplier of wearable computers for commercial applications. Under the terms of a deal announced here today, ViA--which is not related to Taiwanese PC chip set and processor maker Via--will develop a line of wearable PCs for the U.S. Army based on Transmeta's Crusoe processor family.
Transmeta's IPO shines, but Intel threatens long-term prospects News & Analysis 11/8/2000 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. ( ChipWire) -- If any company knows the value of positive buzz, it's Transmeta Corp. Just days after IBM Corp. pulled a last-minute about-face and cancelled a project based on the company's low-power Crusoe chip, Transmeta more than doubled its share price on its first day of trading as a public company.
National rolls out set-top box reference platform News & Analysis 11/7/2000 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- National Semiconductor Corp. here today announced the availability of an advanced set-top box reference platform based on its x86-compatible microprocessor.
The Geode SP1SC10 is a reference platform that enables OEMs to develop a set-top box, which features interactive TV broadcast services, Internet browsing, e-mail services, time-delay recording, multimedia gateway, video-on-demand, and streaming video.
Intel targets 2001 for 0.13-micron production News & Analysis 11/7/2000 Post a comment Claiming to take the lead in chip manufacturing, Intel Corp. here today entered the 0.13-micron race by announcing a new process technology complete with copper-interconnects and low-k dielectrics. The company will move its new 0.13-micron technology into production in the first half of 2001, but it declined to give an exact timetable for product introductions based on the process.
Intel's Almador chip set to support 'Coppermine' Pentium III News & Analysis 11/6/2000 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Intel Corp. will pre-launch its SDRAM-enabled Almador core-logic chip set in the second quarter of 2001 to support a new Pentium III processor, known as Coppermine-T. The new Pentium III processor was only lately added to the company's product road map, according to industry sources.
Transmeta preps for IPO amid talk of IBM's defection News & Analysis 11/3/2000 Post a comment NEW YORK-- Transmeta Corp. will go to Comdex in Las Vegas later this month flush with an impressive series of design wins. The company is also poised to pile up a huge war chest of cash, because its initial public offering (IPO) of stock is expected to hit the market on Tuesday.
'Fat' memories, fast logic to reign at next ISSCC News & Analysis 11/3/2000 Post a comment SAN FRANCISCO -- Ultra-fat memories with more than a billion transistors, roaring logic devices, Bluetooth innovations and exotic genetic circuits will highlight the 48th International Solid-State Circuits Conference next February, where researchers will show off their attempts to drive digital convergence.
Intensys receives $7 million in funding News & Analysis 11/1/2000 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- Intensys Corp. here has announced that it has raised $7 million in its second round of funding, bringing the total capitalization for the application-processor supplier to about $9 million.
Investors include RWI Group, Rahn Group, and Telos Venture Partners. The company also received funding from venture capitalist Donald Lucas, as an individual investor.