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Via launches 750MHz microprocessor
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5/29/2001   Post a comment
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- In a bid to grab market share in the tough microprocessor business, Via Technologies Inc. has launched a 750 MHz CPU that targets the low-end PC and information appliance products.
How 2001 downturn will impact regions, chip segments
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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The big losers in chip revenues this year will be the Americas and Asia Pacific markets as well as memories, bipolar digital ICs, and "micro" product segments, according to the new World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) forecast issued this week.
LSI Logic acquires American Megatrends' storage I/O business
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MILPITAS, Calif. -- In a move to expand its storage I/O product offerings, LSI Logic Corp. here today announced that it will acquire the assets of American Megatrends Inc.'s RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Disks) business. Under the terms, LSI Logic will acquire AMI's MegaRAID software intellectual property and host-adapter board product family. These boards support Fibre Channel, SCSI and other storage I/O standards.
Acer Labs, Trident to co-develop chip set for Intel's Tualatin processor line
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Trident Microsystems Inc. and Acer Laboratories Inc. (ALi) today announced plans to co-develop an integrated chip set that supports Intel Corp.'s future Pentium III processors based on a 0.13-micron process technology. ALi and Trident announced that they will co-develop the so-called CyberAladdinT, an integrated 3D graphics chip set for use in notebook PCs. Supporting both SDRAM and double-data-rate (DDR) SDRAM, the chip set is optimized for Intel's code-named Tualatin pr
Laser diodes boost backplane speed
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ASOCs deliver bandwidth on demand
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WSTS forecast shows 13.5% drop in 2001 chip sales, but recovery in Q3
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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Chip revenues are expected to drop 13.5% in 2001 to $176.8 billion compared to $204.4 billion in 2000, based on a new downgraded forecast issued by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) group on Monday.
Intel expects over 35 systems to use 64-bit Itanium processor this year
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SANTA CLARA, Calif.--Intel Corp. today said it expects 25 computer makers to roll out more than 35 workstation and server models based on its 64-bit Itanium microprocessor. Intel's announcement was widely expected last week, following a number of delays in making the 64-bit central processor available.
Analog Devices doubles 16-Bit SAR converter speeds to 1-megasample rate
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NORWOOD, Mass.--Analog Devices Inc. today announced a new analog-to-digital converter that breaks the 1-million-sample-per-second barrier for 16-bit successive-approximation register (SAR) A-to-D applications. The new 16-bit SAR converter provides twice the data rate that's currently available in other devices, said the Norwood-based chip company.
Actel says new FPGA package cuts space by 66% in portable systems
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Actel Corp. today announced a new chip-scale package for field programmable gate arrays, which the company says provides the smallest footprint in the industry for certain gate densities in FPGAs.
Mitel becomes 'Zarlink Semiconductor' as pure-play IC supplier
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OTTAWA -- Mitel Corp. here today unveiled its new corporate name--Zarlink Semiconductor--as part of the company's strategy to transform itself into a new pure-play communications chip company.
Optical Communications: All wrapped up
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Digital wrappers could transform optical networking
DDR memories look to an 800MHz future
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The double datarate (DDR) protocol memories beginning to go into PCs could hit transfer rates of 800MHz within a few years.
Sony to put TV on mobiles
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Sony Semiconductor is developing silicon that will allow users of next-generation smartphones and personal digital assistants to watch TV on their devices.
Broadband Wireless Access
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Benny Bing discusses the design and development of broadband wireless access systems with emphasis on how such systems can efficiently support disparate classes of multimedia traffic.
Nvidia chip expected to grab spotlight at Taiwan show
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5/28/2001   Post a comment
Innovative new PC chips-including Nvidia Corp.'s integrated graphics/ core-logic device for the AMD Athlon 4 notebook processor-will take center stage next week at Taipei's Computex 2001 exhibition.
Motorola puts its chips on communications
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Motorola Inc. is counting on its latest reorganization and merchant market focus to enable its Semiconductor Products Sector (SPS) to strengthen its position in communication ICs. SPS, based in Phoenix, is planning two major initiatives: entry into merchant handset chips and expansion into support ICs for the networking infrastructure.
Media processing for the all digital home
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5/25/2001   Post a comment
Today's goal for designers of consumer appliances is an all-digital, broadband, home network. Future appliances will be connected to each other and the Internet through a media server. Set-top boxes will allow consumers to download media on-demand. This audio and video media will come, as pay per view, in a variety of formats, such as MPEG-4 for video and MP3 for audio.
TriQuint cuts forecast for revenues and earnings
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Amidst market uncertainty and continued customer push-outs, TriQuint Semiconductor Inc. has lowered its earnings outlook for the second quarter this week.
Intel finally unwraps the Itanium
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Several server OEMs, including Dell Computer, Hewlett-Packard, and IBM, are expected to concurrently unveil systems using Intel's first 64-bit chip to penetrate the high-end enterprise server and workstation market.
Bel Fuse names new chief executive
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Component supplier Bel Fuse Inc., Jersey City, NJ, has named Dan Bernstein, the company's president, chief executive officer.
With Merced in hand, OEMs await follow-on
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Will the server industry's habit of "waiting for Itanium" now become "waiting for McKinley"?
Q1 fab utilization falls near low point of last recession
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SAN JOSE -- Worldwide wafer fab utilization rates plunged to their lowest levels in two years during the first quarter of 2001, according to new industry statistics. IC wafer fabrication plants were operating at 83.7% of their installed capacity in Q1 compared to 92.8% in Q4 of 2000, said a report released by the Semiconductor Industry Association here this week.
Via rolls out processor line with small, low-cost EBGA package
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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan's Via Technologies Inc. here today announced an x86-based microprocessor line that features a new, low-cost package. Available at speed grades up to 733-MHz, the new VIA C3 E-Series microprocessor line from Via comes in an small EBGA package. Applications for the chip include low-cost PCs, digital set-top boxes, embedded systems, and other products.
Cypress hires National VP to make back-end assembly, test plants more efficient
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SAN JOSE -- Cypress Semiconductor Corp. today announced it has recruited a manufacturing vice president from National Semiconductor Corp. to head up the company's efforts to make chip-packaging and testing plants more efficient.
Infineon sets up DRAM development center near IBM in Vermont
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WILLISTON, Vt.--Infineon Technologies AG of Munich today opened a new DRAM development center here to focus on new high-performance memories for desktop PCs, servers, and workstations.
Century Semiconductor, Myson plan to merge in Taiwan
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HSINCHU, Taiwan -- Two of Taiwan's emerging chip design houses--Century Semiconductor Inc. and Myson Technology Inc.--here have announced plans to merge their operations.
Anite on the hunt for staff
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A Hampshire-based company specialising in GSM, GPRS and 3G testing technology is on a major recruitment drive.
AMD strikes 'alliance' with Transmeta, licenses 64-bit and bus technologies
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SUNNYVALE, Calif.--In a move to increase competition with Intel Corp. in PC processors, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. today announced it has licensed the company's 64-bit x86-64 technology and HyperTransport chip-interconnect format to microprocessor startup Transmeta Corp.
Tessera designs chip scale package with Intel
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5/24/2001   Post a comment
Tessera Inc. Friday will unveil a new ultra-thin tri-fold stacked chip-scale package (CSP) co-developed with Intel Corp. for that firm's highest-density flash memory.
Solectron to buy Singapore enclosures company
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Solectron Corp. will again expand its manufacturing presence abroad with plans to purchase a Singapore enclosure operation.
Sun and Kingston settle patent infringement lawsuit
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Sun Microsystems Inc. has settled its patent infringement case against Kingston Technologies, the companies said today.
EUV deadlines bring rivals closer
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As the pressure to develop process, design and manufacturing technologies for the 0.07- and 0.05-micron nodes builds, Japan's Association of Super-Advanced Electronics Technologies (ASET) is solidifying ties both in and outside Japan to help industry in Japan hit tough International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) development deadlines for extreme-ultraviolet technology.
Sematech reports increased confidence in 157-nm tools after symposium
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5/24/2001   Post a comment
AUSTIN, Tex. -- Lithography experts attending International Sematech's second annual 157-nm symposium appeared to be more optimistic about the use of 157-nm exposure tools in 0.065-micron process technologies, according to the Austin-based consortium today.
Intel won't budge from $7.5 billion cap spending plan but nudges up 2-GHz processor
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- During Intel Corp.'s annual shareholders meeting here today, company officials stuck to their guns and continued to insist that the chip giant would invest a record $7.5 billion in capital spending this year despite the industry's severe recession.
ChipPac launches chip-scale leadframe package for fast ICs in tight spaces
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Competition is mounting for small chip-packages that support higher-performance ICs with fewer than 100 contacts in space-constrained systems--such as cell phones, PDAs, laptop PCs and other portable systems.
Italian court finds Micron did not infringe Rambus patents
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5/24/2001   Post a comment
Rambus Inc.'s synchronous-interface patent infringement case against Micron Technology Inc. was dismissed Thursday by a judge in Monza, Italy, a Micron spokesman confirmed today.
Spin-on low-k may gain advantage with porous-film requirement, says study
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5/24/2001   Post a comment
LITTLE FALLS, N.J. -- The next major round of competition in low-k dielectrics for IC interconnects is about to heat up, and it looks like spin-on technology could gain an advantage over chemical vapor deposition (CVD) because of its ability to layer porous films with low-k values of nearly 2.0, according to a new study.
Winbond launches 256Mbit DDR SDRAM line
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5/24/2001   Post a comment
HSINCHU, Taiwan -- Winbond Electronics Corp. has introduced a line of 256Mbit double-data-rate (DDR) SDRAM chips, following the lead of first-tier companies such as Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.
Mentor Graphics Tops European EDA Charts
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5/24/2001   Post a comment
Twenty years after it was founded Mentor Graphics has topped the charts of electronic design automation (EDA) companies according to a survey conducted among electronics companies across Europe by Enterprise Planning & Research Ltd
Index control across wafers
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5/24/2001   Post a comment
Trikon Technologies, the Welsh fab equipment supplier, has developed the Delta fxP, a dielectric deposition cluster tool for compound semiconductor and planar optical waveguide production.
Samsung aims 300-MHz DDR memory at graphics, networking systems
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5/24/2001   Post a comment
SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. today claimed to be the first DRAM maker to develop a 64-megabit double data rate (DDR) memory that operates at speeds up to 300 MHz.
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