Alpha's demise thwarts Samsung's processor dreams, analysts say News & Analysis 6/26/2001 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.'s costly efforts to enter the microprocessor field may have abruptly ended this week, especially after Compaq Computer Corp.'s decision to kill the 64-bit Alpha processor by 2004 or so.
In 1998, Samsung created a U.S. joint venture with Compaq--called Alpha Processor Inc. (API)--to help it enter the high-end processor market. The venture was also aimed at expanding Samsung's non-memory chip business.
API NetWorks sees life after apparent death of Alpha processor News & Analysis 6/26/2001 Post a comment CONCORD, Mass. -- Compaq Computer Corp.'s decision to end the development of the 64-bit Alpha microprocessor line by 2004 or so will have a major impact on the PC maker and other companies, especially for API NetWorks Inc.
API, formerly known as Alpha Processor Inc., was dealt a blow, when Intel Corp. on Monday signed a deal to take over Compaq's 64-bit Alpha processor technology. Compaq will also move all of its 64-bit server and workstations to Intel IA-64 bit processors by 2004, thereby endi
Intel's 870 chip set, Pentium 4 and other ICs to air at 'Hot Chips' News & Analysis 6/26/2001 Post a comment PALO ALTO, Calif. -- During the annual Hot Chips Conference at Stanford University here in mid-August, Intel Corp. plans to disclose more details about its Pentium 4 and Itanium processor series as well as the awaited 870 chip set, which supports double data rate (DDR) synchronous DRAMs in computer servers. The 870 will also support Direct Rambus DRAMs.
Transmeta MPUs leverage latest Taiwan technologies from TSMC and ASE News & Analysis 6/25/2001 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Transmeta Corp.'s newest x86-based microprocessor series--which are being officially unveiled here today--will take advantage of the latest 0.13-micron process and flip-chip packaging technologies from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) and Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc. (ASE), respectively.
Transmeta chooses TSMC instead of IBM for new chips News & Analysis 6/22/2001 Post a comment Transmeta Corp. has chosen Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. to make its next generation Crusoe TM5800 and TM5500 processors, sparking speculation that Transmeta will eventually opt for TSMC to serve as its primary fab source instead of IBM Corp.
Transmeta, Seiko to develop 'energy-saving' processors for notebooks and Internet appliances News & Analysis 6/21/2001 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Transmeta Corp. and Seiko Epson Corp. here today announced that they will co-develop a future line of "energy-saving" microprocessors, chip sets, and other products for notebook PCs and Internet appliances.
Under the terms, the companies will co-develop low-power processors that combines Transmeta's Crusoe family of x86-based MPUs and Seko Epson's "energy-saving" chip technology.
Transmeta says TSMC--not IBM--is sole foundry for its new 0.13-micron processors News & Analysis 6/21/2001 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- During a conference call with analysts on Thursday, Transmeta Corp. confirmed that its new, 0.13-micron microprocessors will be solely manufactured by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC)--not IBM Microelectronics.
TSMC will make Transmeta's 0.13-micron chips on a foundry basis in two locations in Taiwan, including its Fab 4 facility in Hsinchu and Fab 6 plant in Tainan, said Mark Allen, president and CEO of Transmeta. "We are not ramping up 0.13-micron tec
Transmeta cuts outlook because of Japanese economy News & Analysis 6/20/2001 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif.-- Despite a series of high-profile design wins in recent weeks, microprocessor supplier Transmeta Corp. today had bad news for investors. The startup said it was cutting its outlook and lowering revenue estimates for the current quarter by 40-to-45% due to weak demand for processors in portable computer systems.
Transmeta blames weakness in Japan for lower revenues in Q2 News & Analysis 6/20/2001 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif.-- Despite a series of high-profile design wins in recent weeks, microprocessor supplier Transmeta Corp. today had bad news for investors. The startup said it was cutting its outlook and lowering revenue estimates for the current quarter by 40-to-45% due to weak demand for processors in portable computer systems.
Intel's Brookdale chip set will cause Pentium 4-based motherboards to fall by 25%, sources said News & Analysis 6/15/2001 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Prices for PC motherboards based on Intel Corp.'s Pentium 4 microprocessor are expected to tumble by 25% or more--that is for products built around the company's new SDRAM-enabled Brookdale chip set, according to Asian board makers.
The Brookdale-enabled Pentium 4 boards are expected to narrow the wide and troublesome price gap between these products and motherboards built around the aging Pentium III processor, according to analysts.
Transmeta to roll out first 0.13-micron processors this month, sources say News & Analysis 6/13/2001 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Responding to competitive products from Advanced Micro Devices Inc. and Intel Corp., Transmeta Corp. is readying its first x86-based microprocessor lines, built around a 0.13-micron process technology, sources said.
The new chips, dubbed the TM5500 and TM5800, are the latest members of the company's Crusoe family of x86-based processors, sources said. The Santa Clara-based company will roll out these chips on June 26.
Nintendo uses IBM and ATI to power new Gamecube News & Analysis 6/12/2001 Post a comment SAN JOSE --Powered by an IBM Corp. PowerPC processor and a graphics processor from ATI Technologies Inc., Nintendo at the Embedded Processor Forum here today unveiled technical aspects of its Gamecube game system which the company hopes will dominate the Christmas 2001 season.
Intel samples 0.13-micron Pentium 4 in Taiwan News & Analysis 6/5/2001 Post a comment TAIPEI -- Intel Corp. has shipped samples of its next- generation 0.13-micron process Pentium 4 Northwood processor to Taiwan's key motherboard makers, preparing for a late fourth quarter launch.
ASUSTek Computer Inc. and Gigabyte Technology Co. officials
interviewed Tuesday at the Computex computer show confirmed
they are starting to prepare Northwood boards for the expected
2-GHz processor. Engineering specialists staffing Computex booths of the other Big Five motherboard makers said they cou
Improv moves Jazz DSP core into high-volume 16-bit markets News & Analysis 6/5/2001 Post a comment BEVERLY, Mass. -- Taking aim at a broader range of DSP applications, Improv Systems Inc. here this week rolled out its Jazz 2 digital signal processor technology, using a streamlined 16-bit derivative of its initial 32-bit Jazz 1 architecture launched last year.
AMD's new processors and chip set propels company into server market News & Analysis 6/5/2001 Post a comment TAIPEI, Taiwan -- At the Computex trade show here today, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. entered the high-end, x86-based microprocessor business by rolling out a line of chips for single- and dual-processor servers.
Based on a 0.18-micron process technology with copper-interconnects, AMD's new Athlon MP (multiprocessor) platform includes two microprocessors and a chip set.
Railtrack evaluates schoolboy's device News & Analysis 6/4/2001 Post a comment Railtrack is evaluating a design from a Young Electronic Designer Awards finalist who has invented a cheap rail safety device that could help prevent disasters like the Hatfield crash.
Groups face off over 64bit chips News & Analysis 6/4/2001 Post a comment The battle to dominate the next-generation 64bit chip market has begun in earnest, with Intel and Hewlett-Packard (HP) releasing their Itanium microprocessor and Transmeta planning to use Advanced Micro Devices' HyperTransport technology to develop 64bit processors.
AMD to attack Intel with new 1.4-GHz Athlon and 950-MHz Duron processors News & Analysis 6/1/2001 Post a comment SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- In another attack on Intel Corp. in the microprocessor market, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. is expected to announce its fastest processors for the low- and high-end PC markets.
AMD will announce two processors--a 1.4-GHz Athlon and a 950-MHz Duron--at next week's Computex trade in Taipei, Taiwan, according to sources.