Via launches 750MHz microprocessor News & Analysis 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 News & Analysis 5/29/2001 Post a comment 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 News & Analysis 5/29/2001 Post a comment 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 News & Analysis 5/29/2001 Post a comment 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
Analog Devices doubles 16-Bit SAR converter speeds to 1-megasample rate News & Analysis 5/29/2001 Post a comment 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.
Sony to put TV on mobiles News & Analysis 5/29/2001 Post a comment 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 Design How-To 5/29/2001 Post a comment 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.
Motorola puts its chips on communications News & Analysis 5/28/2001 Post a comment 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 News & Analysis 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.
Intel finally unwraps the Itanium News & Analysis 5/25/2001 Post a comment 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.
Q1 fab utilization falls near low point of last recession News & Analysis 5/25/2001 Post a comment 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 News & Analysis 5/25/2001 Post a comment 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.
EUV deadlines bring rivals closer News & Analysis 5/24/2001 Post a comment 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.
Spin-on low-k may gain advantage with porous-film requirement, says study News & Analysis 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 Product News 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 Survey 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 News & Analysis 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.
A Book For All Reasons Bernard Cole1 Comment Robert Oshana's recent book "Software Engineering for Embedded Systems (Newnes/Elsevier)," written and edited with Mark Kraeling, is a 'book for all reasons.' At almost 1,200 pages, it ...