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Nokia, ARM, ST and TI extend mobile alliance
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7/29/2003   Post a comment
The Mobile Industry Processor Interface Alliance (MIPI) has been formed by mobile phone maker Nokia, processor licensor ARM and two leading chipmakers, Texas Instruments Inc. and STMicroelectronics.
Hong Kong firm offers 'Chinese' CPU for Linux PCs
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7/28/2003   Post a comment
Culturecom Holdings Ltd., originally a publisher of Chinese language 'fighting' comics that migrated into information technology in the 1990s, said recently that it has started selling its V-Dragon microprocessor intended for use in PCs for the China market.
Philips keeps options open after Adelante sale
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7/23/2003   Post a comment
Philips Semiconductor executives are downplaying speculation that the Adelante Technologies DSP core unit will be folded back into the parent company after selling the spin-off's key design tool technology to ARM Ltd.
STMicro, Sharp add flash to Transmeta's processor
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7/22/2003   Post a comment
Transmeta Corp. today (July 22) announced it has added flash-memory capabilities for its next-generation microprocessor.
AmberWave gets credit from GE Technology Finance
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7/22/2003   Post a comment
AmberWave Systems Corp., a supplier of strained silicon technology, said Tuesday (July 22, 2003) that GE Technology Finance, a unit of the GE Structured Finance, has recently expanded its existing line of credit to AmberWave.
Intel Tips Custom 14nm Server Chips
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7/22/2003   17 comments
Intel said it made custom server CPUs for eBay and Facebook, has a 14nm Xeon SoC in the works, and is in trials with cellular base station chips.
Analysis: on ARM, customer saturation, acquisitions
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7/22/2003   Post a comment
ARM Holdings plc, the U.K. based microprocessor licensing company continues to shine, but its second quarter results announced Tuesday (July 22, 2003) showed the company shining through the dark clouds of an uncertain future.
Profitable ARM rebuilds revenue slowly in Q2
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7/22/2003   Post a comment
ARM Holdings plc made a net profit of £4.3 million (about $6.9 million) on sales revenue of £31.4 million (about $50.3 million) in the second quarter of 2003. This was considerably down on the same period in the previous year but slightly up on the first quarter of 2003.
ARM acquires design part of DSP firm Adelante
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7/22/2003   Post a comment
RISC processor licensor ARM Holdings plc said Tuesday (July 22, 2003) it has purchased Adelante Technologies Belgium, a part of Adelante Technologies Holding B.V.
Samsung speeds mobile processor past 500-MHz
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7/21/2003   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. said the S3C2440 microprocessor has a core clock frequency of 533-MHz.
Betting on the Next Silicon Boom
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7/17/2003   Post a comment
Chip manufacturers are looking to identify the next big silicon-fueled high-growth market. Companies that choose correctly stand to leapfrog their competitors as the electronics industry starts to turnaround. Jim Lipman takes a look at what some companies are betting will be the next silicon boom.
AMD sees improved sales ahead
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7/16/2003   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. forecasts its third quarter revenue will rise strongly, setting the microprocessor and flash memory manufacturer on track to further reduce its losses and perhaps report a profit sometime in the next few quarters.
ARM ponders a four-processor core
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7/12/2003   Post a comment
While stressing that his paper at the Multiprocessing System-on-Chip (MPSOC) conference discussed a research project, John Goodacre, multiprocessing core manager at ARM Ltd. (Cambridge, England), disclosed some of the thinking at the company.
Fab utilization above 90% by year-end, says Gartner
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7/9/2003   Post a comment
The semiconductor industry's utilization of wafer fab capacity should move back above 90 percent for the first time in three years in the first quarter of 2004 and remain there throughout the year, according to a forecast from market research firm Gartner Inc.
June sales down at UMC, half-year up 28%
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7/9/2003   Post a comment
June 2003 sales revenue at foundry chip supplier United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) was NT$7028 million (about $204 million) up 4.7 percent from the same month a year before and down 4.5 percent from sales revenue in May 2003, UMC said Wednesday (July 9, 2003).
Gartner quantifies back-end led 2003 spending revival
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7/8/2003   Post a comment
Market research company Gartner Inc. is forecasting 2003 to be a growth year in capital expenditure with equipment for packaging and assembly scoring a 26 percent rise over 2002 and wafer fabrication equipment scoring a more modest 9 percent growth.
This is not your father's HotChips
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7/8/2003   Post a comment
The recession's toll notwithstanding, the upcoming 15th annual HotChips conference drew a near-record number of paper submissions. But the scheduled lineup shows that HotChips, like the industry it examines, has distinctly changed its flavor.
Via launches mobile CPU
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7/8/2003   Post a comment
Via Technologies Inc. took the wraps off its mobile processor Tuesday (July 8, 2003), a low-power 1GHz offering dubbed Antaur that will first ship into slim and light notebooks on sale in the China market, and then into the U.S. and Europe.
Nikon adds 193-nm, 248-nm steppers to range
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7/8/2003   Post a comment
Nikon Corp. has developed three 'step-and-repeat' scanning photolithography systems, the company said Tuesday (July 8, 2003).
Microchip grabs MCU unit lead from Motorola
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7/7/2003   Post a comment
Steve Sanghi likes to think of Microchip Technology Inc. as the Toyota of the microcontroller world. Like the Japanese auto manufacturer, Microchip, Chandler, Ariz., has built credibility and mass appeal for its 8-bit microcontrollers with bare-bones, low-priced products, gradually mixing in models that offered more features and fetched higher prices.

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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