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Sun plans to accelerate upgrades to UltraSparc CPUs
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9/29/2000   Post a comment
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- With this week's launch of the UltraSparc III architecture, Sun Microsystems Inc. here is aiming to accelerate its 64-bit processor roadmap to stay well ahead of Intel Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices Inc., which are pushing into the 64-bit arena with their own PC-compatible MPUs.
Wind River, Intel partner on development support for XScale I/O chip set
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9/28/2000   Post a comment
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Embedded-systems tool supplier Wind River Systems Inc. today announced an agreement with Intel Corp. to support the chip giant's move into data storage, networking, and communications applications, based on the new Intel StrongArm and XScale processor architectures.
Rise discloses more details about its x86 processor strategy
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9/28/2000   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- At the Embedded Systems Conference here, Rise Technology Co. disclosed more details about its plans to compete in the x86-based microprocessor business. The San Jose-based company rolled out the first member of its iDragon System-on-Chip line, an x86-based processor designed for use in set-top boxes, Internet appliances, and related products
LinkUp licenses Bluetooth technology from Signia
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9/25/2000   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- LinkUp Systems Corp. here today entered the wireless arena, announcing that it has licensed Bluetooth technology from Signia Technologies Inc. of Milpitas, Calif. Under the terms, LinkUp will provide Bluetooth-enabled capabilities for its L7205 processor line, a product based on ARM Ltd.'s 32-bit RISC chip. Designed for a host of embedded applications, LinkUp's L7205 processor also consists of a digital signal processor (DSP), LCD controller, DMA controller, SDRAM, flas
Rise unveils first x86-compatible processor, inks deal with Acer
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9/25/2000   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Rise Technology Co. here today unveiled its first product-an x86-compatible, system-on-a-chip processor family designed for use in set-top boxes, Internet appliances, and related platforms. At the same time, Rise and Taiwan's Acer Laboratories Inc. (ALI) announced a multimedia platform solution for set-top boxes that combines Rise's x86-compatible chip and ALI's Aladdin V chip set.
Alchemy licenses DSP technology from Infineon
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9/25/2000   Post a comment
AUSTIN, Tex. -- Alchemy Semiconductor Inc. here today announced plans to bolster its networking-chip offerings by licensing some digital signal processor (DSP) technology from Infineon Technologies AG. Under the terms, Alchemy has licensed Infineon's Carmel line of DSPs, including synthesizable versions of both the company's Carmel DSP 10xx and Carmel DSP 20xx core architectures. The Carmel DSP is a 16-bit, fixed-point product designed for high-performance, low-power applications.
Intel offers 850-MHz mobile Pentium III with battery-optimizing mode
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9/25/2000   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif.--Intel Corp. today rolled out faster mobile Pentium III processors featuring the company's SpeedStep technology, which automatically adjusts power settings and system speeds to balance performance and battery life in portable PCs. In addition to 850- and 800-MHz mobile Pentium III processors, Intel is also offering a new 700-MHz Celeron for lower-cost portable PCs.
Mips, Ampro ink deal to develop embedded products
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9/22/2000   Post a comment
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- Mips Technologies Inc. and Ampro Computers Inc. have announced an agreement that will accelerate the development of Mips processor-based systems and chips for embedded applications. Under the terms, Ampro will develop single-board system modules based on MIPS' 32-bit RISC processors. Based on Ampro's EnCore platform, the modules will be designed for Internet- and other network-connected embedded systems.
Intel warns Q3 sales under expectations, cites weak European demand
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9/21/2000   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Intel Corp. here today stunned the market by saying its third quarter revenues for 2000 will be below its previous expectations, primarily due to weaker PC demand in Europe. Although Intel did not elaborate on the problems, the company now expects its revenue for the third quarter to be approximately 3% to 5% higher than in its second quarter ended June 1. In the second period of this year, Intel reported sales of $8.3 billion, up 23% from the like period a year ago
Via enters mobile MPU market, unveils power-management technology
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9/21/2000   Post a comment
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan's Via Technologies Inc. here today jumped into the mobile microprocessor market by announcing a chip that the company says will extend battery life in a system by up to 50%. Via also rolled out its own power-management technology, dubbed "LongHaul."
Via unveils $199 PC design platform for OEMs
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9/20/2000   Post a comment
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Via Technologies Inc. here today unveiled a reference design kit that would enable an OEM to develop a PC equipped with a new browser technology for as low as $199. Announced at the Via Technology Forum here, the new Starter Information PC design kit platform is built around the company's own line of microprocessors, chip sets, and other components. Among the components in the design kit include the company's 533-MHz VIA Cyrix processor, the VIA Apollo PLE133 SMA chipset with
Chip growth still strong despite DRAM dip, new cell-phone forecasts, say analysts
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9/20/2000   Post a comment
NEW YORK -- Spot-market DRAM prices will probably slip a little more before firming up in October when PC makers begin to increase their unit shipments for the fourth-quarter holiday shopping season, said analysts at Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. during a conference call with investors on Tuesday. The analysts also see solid growth in cellular phones continuing despite recent adjustments in forecasts for slightly lower growth.
S3, Via offer chip set for low-cost PCs based on AMD processors
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9/15/2000   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif.--S3 Inc. and Via Technologies Inc. today announced a fully integrated core logic chip set supporting the Athlon and Duron microprocessors from Advanced Micro Devices Inc. The ProSavage KM133 chip set, aimed at the "value PC" market segment, is coming from a joint venture being set up by S3 and Via in Taiwan.
Intel to push Rambus with rebates, Almador chip set, says analyst
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9/8/2000   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Intel Corp. will make two new attempts to spur the adoption of Direct Rambus DRAMs in the market. One is by offering a Pentium 4 rebate program. The other effort links the memory chip with its upcoming Almador chip set, which also supports PC133 SDRAM, said market analyst Bert McComas.
MIPS strikes deal with Integrated Telecom Express
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9/6/2000   Post a comment
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- MIPS Technologies Inc. here today announced that it has licensed its 32-bit RISC chip architecture to Integrated Telecom Express Inc. (ITeX), a supplier of ICs for Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) applications. The agreement enables ITeX to integrate MIPS' 32-bit RISC processor technology into its advanced DSL controllers, which will be used for home gateways and related systems.
Surge still seen in chip markets next year, followed by slowdown
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9/6/2000   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The semiconductor industry will continue to surge in 2001, but there are fears of a possible slowdown in 2002, according to forecasts from Semico Research Corp. "We see a good year in 2001," said analyst Jim Feldhan, president of Semico, in a forecast workshop here today. "But we believe there will be some capacity pressures in 2002, which will cause some downward pricing pressures in the semiconductor industry."
Samsung targets $30 billion in semiconductor sales by 2005
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9/6/2000   Post a comment
SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. today set an aggressive target of increasing its semiconductor sales to $30 billion by 2005--triple the chip revenues expected by the company this year. The sales target includes IC products as well as liquid crystal displays (LCDs) produced by Samsung. To reach this goal, the Korean chip maker said it will continue to emphasize memory products, and it has organized its System LSI business operation around eight strategic product areas with the target of bec
XML helps to cut Net data snarls
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9/1/2000   Post a comment
Much has been written about the impact that XML is having on business-to-business interactions as an enabling technology for the automated exchange of business documents. To be sure, that kind of information exchange is a killer application for XML t

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