Trident's operating loss grows in quarter due to problems in chip set ramp News & Analysis 1/25/2002 Post a comment SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Trident Microsystems Inc. here reported an increase in operating loss despite a 17% sequential increase in revenues to $30.2 million in the company's fiscal second quarter, ended Dec. 31, from $25.7 million in the prior period. The graphics chip set supplier's sales were 14% below $35.1 million in the quarter a year ago.
Low-cost set-top price could halve News & Analysis 1/25/2002 Post a comment Pace Micro Technology, the set-top box manufacturer, has set a £99.99 price for its low-cost digital TV adapter, but admits the price may have to drop significantly further to drive take-up of digital TV.
Lattice reports 10% slide in revenue News & Analysis 1/24/2002 Post a comment
The fourth quarter of 2001 wasn't as good to Lattice Semiconductor Corp. as it was to some of its competitors. The Hillsboro, Ore.-based programmable logic supplier said revenue dropped 10% and earnings fell 36% from the September-ended quarter.
Rambus affirms modest share of DRAM market News & Analysis 1/24/2002 Post a comment Rambus Inc. in briefings this week showed projections of a 12% Direct RDRAM share of the total DRAM market by 2005 -- a far cry from the 50-to-75%% share that supporters had claimed last year.
In a presentations to the Platform Conference in San Jose, Calif. and elsewhere, Rambus affirmed forecasts by IDC that also showed rival DDR memory taking nearly 80% total DRAM market share in the same time period..
Frank Fox, vice president and general manager of the RDRAM Solutions Division, said Rambus
Ten-million-gate switched fabric needs better verification News & Analysis 1/24/2002 Post a comment Because Onex is a startup, our design and verification teams require efficient design flows and methodology to be effective. During the design phase of the company's service processor, the Switch Fabric chip, we recognized the need to incorporate formal equivalence checking into our silicon design flow.
Power-One records loss for quarter and year News & Analysis 1/24/2002 Post a comment
For the fourth quarter of 2001 ended December 31, Power-One Inc. reported a net loss of $78.7 million or $1 per share including non-recurring items, compared with a net income of $18.8 million or 23 cents per diluted share for the year-ago fourth quarter.
Lowering ispPAC frequencies to the audio range News & Analysis 1/24/2002 Post a comment The ispPAC family of analogue components gives the circuit designer the flexibility of designing general-purpose analogue signal processing applications using in-system-programming (ISP). Designs are completed on the PAC Designer software and downloaded to the devices in milliseconds allowing the completed design to be immediately evaluated. Configuration data is stored in non-volatile memory enabling retention of circuit designs while power is turned off.
QuickLogic revenues exceed expectations News & Analysis 1/23/2002 Post a comment QuickLogic Corp. today reported 4% top line growth and a smaller net loss in the fourth quarter of 2001 compared with the prior quarter, the latest sign that the semiconductor cycle may have turned in the positive direction.
Closer Look: America's failed quest in flat panel displays Blog 1/23/2002 Post a comment Like King Arthur's search for the Holy Grail, the U.S. quest to manufacture flat panel displays is a myth. The trail is littered with American FPD corpses -- and the vision of the future is blurred, if not illusory.
The latest demise is field emission displays (FED) -- once the hoped-for jump-start to finally get America into the FPD world.
Fairchild reports loss for quarter and year News & Analysis 1/22/2002 Post a comment Fairchild Semiconductor International reported a net loss of $16.2 million or 16 cents per share in its fiscal 2001 fourth quarter ended December 31, compared to a net income of $93.7 million or 92 cents per diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2000.
TI claims highest analog integration on MCU for embedded displays News & Analysis 1/22/2002 Post a comment DALLAS -- Texas Instruments Inc. today claimed it has broken the 1-microampere barrier in a low-power 16-bit microcontroller, which integrates mixed-signal functions and flash memory for embedded display applications in utility metering, portable instruments, intelligent sensing, and other systems.
Radioscape picks up parallel DSP News & Analysis 1/22/2002 Post a comment Radioscape, based in London, has bought the Liverpool DSP intellectual property company Systolix in a deal that will see the PulseDSP massively parallel processor used as the underpinning for Radioscape's 3G software.
Kemet reports loss after restructuring charge News & Analysis 1/22/2002 Post a comment
Despite signs of an uptick, Kemet Electronics Corp. reported a net loss of $26.9 million or 31 cents per diluted share in its third fiscal 2002 quarter ended December 31, 2001, after a $38.5 million pretax restructuring charge to streamline manufacturing facilities, accelerate productivity improvement programs, and reduce its workforce by another 1,600 employees.
Infineon aims to shrink DRAM inventories a bit more in Q1, says CEO News & Analysis 1/22/2002 Post a comment MUNICH -- DRAM prices have climbed steadily--in some cases more than tripling--since the low point in November, but production costs remain above average selling prices, and there is still room to work off excess inventories in the first quarter before markets can fully recover this year, said the CEO of Infineon Technologies AG here.
LogicVision reports 13% sequential growth in Q4 revenues after IPO News & Analysis 1/22/2002 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- Fresh off one of the few successful initial public offerings of stock last fall, LogicVision Inc. here today reported a 13% sequential increase in revenues to $5.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2002 compared to $4.8 million in Q3. The supplier of embedded test for ICs said revenues were up 103% from $2.7 million in Q4 of 2000.
Lam says integrated process boosts etch rates 30% News & Analysis 1/21/2002 Post a comment FREMONT, Calif.--Lam Research Corp. today announced validation of a productivity breakthrough for integrated self-aligned contact etch in its Exelan dielectric etcher. The system uses a unique dual-frequency plasma technology to perform etch, resist strip, and etch-stop layer removal in one chamber vs. three.
Microchip puts EEPROMs in 'ant-sized' package News & Analysis 1/21/2002 Post a comment CHANDLER, Ariz.--Microchip Technology Inc. today claimed it is now offering the world's smallest standard package for low- and medium-density serial EEPROMs. The company's I2C serial electrically erasable PROMs are available with chip densities of 128 bits-to-16 kilobits in five-lead SOT-23 packages.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times