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Pentium 4 shortage expected to last until January
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11/28/2001   Post a comment
A recent shortage of Socket 478 Pentium 4 microprocessors has analysts and PC component makers wondering whether Intel Corp. dropped the ball in its planning or if it is trying to manipulate customers into using more expensive, high-end chips.
Zilog plans to file for bankruptcy protection after securing debt deal
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11/28/2001   Post a comment
IC group Zilog's rescue plan took a step forward this week as a clutch of its largest debt holders struck a preliminary agreement to convert most of their interest into shares.
Intel details new transistor development
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11/26/2001   Post a comment
SAN FRANCISCO -- Intel Corp. has devised a new structure for transistors -- the tiny switches that make up semiconductors -- in a development it said could lead to microprocessors that run at blazing speeds and consume far less power than conventional ones.
AMD boosts speed of Duron processor to 1.2GHz
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11/15/2001   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. today announced it has bumped up the speed of its fastest Duron microprocessor to a frequency of 1.2 GHz.
AMD increases top speed of Duran to 1.2 GHz
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11/15/2001   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Advanced Micro Devices Inc. today announced it has bumped up the speed of its fastest Duron microprocessor to a frequency of 1.2 GHz. The new PC central processing unit is priced at $103 each in quantities of 1,000.
Processor makers need to climb off the speed bandwagon
11/14/2001   Post a comment
Forget it, Intel. The processor clock speed race is over, killed by its own success. ITEM: The faster the processor runs, the more circuitry is needed to control the chip at fantastic speeds. That additional overhead cuts into the processing power, according to the October issue of MIT's Technology Review Magazine.
AMD hikes speed of mobile Athlon 4 processor to 1.2 GHz
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11/12/2001   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Aiming to step up the pace in portable PC processors, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. today rolled out a speedier 1.2-GHz mobile Athlon 4 microprocessor and a new 950-MHz mobile Duron chip. Both processors contain power management functions and features for Microsoft Corp.'s Windows XP operating system.
AMD won't return to profitability until Q2 of 2002, says CEO
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11/8/2001   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif.--During a conference with financial analysts today, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. here said current market conditions--especially weakness in flash memories--will delay AMD's return to profitability until the second quarter of 2002.
AMD to keep new capital spending levels flat with 2001
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11/8/2001   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. will keep capital spending levels flat as it moves into next year, allocating $800 million to ramp the transition to 0.13-micron processing in Dresden, Germany, and to start 0.9-micron processing in the middle of 2003, the company told financial analysts during a conference call today.
Semiconductor market projected to grow slowly in 2002
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11/7/2001   Post a comment
The worldwide semiconductor industry will experience a lackluster recovery in 2002, with growth of about 6%, according to a forecast made by the Semiconductor Industry Association. The SIA projected that while global semiconductor sales would decrease 31% this year to $141 billion, the industry would conversely report growth of 6% in 2002 to $150 billion, 21% growth in 2003 to $181 billion, and 21% in 2004, totaling $218 billion worldwide.
NEC signs pacts with ESS Technology for NEC processors
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11/6/2001   Post a comment
NEC Corp. and its U.S. subsidiary signed a joint licensing and marketing agreement with ESS Technology, Fremont, Calif., to port the U.S. firm's multimedia software to NEC's MIPS VR Series microprocessors for set-top boxes, PC thin clients, Internet appliances, and home network systems.
Via says it shipped a million Pentium 4 chipsets in October
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11/1/2001   Post a comment
Via Technologies Inc., Intel's closest rival in the chipset market, posted a 17.1% gain to $88.2 million from September. Taipei-based Silicon Integrated Systems Corp. said that its sales totaled $29.1 million, rising 11% over the same period. What surprised many analysts is that Via shipped more double-data-rate (DDR) chipsets featuring P4 than expected even though it hasn't received a P4 license from Intel. "Our P4 x 266 chipsets have rapidly become popular in the market," according to a state

As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.

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