Flash growing 123% in 2000, but report sees glut in NOR-type chips News & Analysis 9/5/2000 Post a comment MONTEREY, Calif. -- Flash memory markets will rack up an extraordinary growth rate of 123% in 2000, pushing worldwide revenues to $10.4 billion from $4.56 billion in 1999, according to a new report from Web-Feet Research Inc. here. Shortages of flash will continue to fuel sales growth through the middle of next year, but new production capacity for NOR-type flash devices will exceed demand in late 2001 or early 2002, said analyst Alan Niebel of Web-Fleet Research.
Motorola sets up chip R&D center in Scotland News & Analysis 9/5/2000 Post a comment SCHAUMBURG, Ill. -- Motorola Inc. here today announced that it has chosen Scotland as the location for a major semiconductor research and development center.
The $30 million center, to be located in the Alba Campus in Livingston, will focus on embedded software and systems-on-a-chip design technology. The site will create up to 550 new jobs by 2005.
Conexant, Connect One announce design kit for Internet-enabled devices News & Analysis 9/5/2000 Post a comment NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.-- Conexant Systems Inc. here today announced a deal with Connect One Ltd. to co-develop and sell a reference design platform for use in Internet-enabled devices.
The reference design platform is based on Conexant's SmartSCM single-chip, analog-modem solution and Connect One's iChip line of embedded chips. Applications for the platform include set-top boxes, Internet-enabled televisions and game consoles, Web phones, and PDAs.
NETsilicon acquires PSI for $2.3 million News & Analysis 9/5/2000 Post a comment WALTHAM, Mass.-- NETsilicon Inc. here today announced that it has acquired PSI Softworks Technology from its parent company, PASW Inc., for about $2.3 million in stock.
With PSI, based in Newbury Park, Calif., NETsilicon will add new and significant software capabilities to its line of chips for embedded Internet-enabled applications. PSI develops software that enables electronic devices to communicate over local area networks and wide area networks.
Fujitsu, startup Redux plan DSL chips for Internet services News & Analysis 9/5/2000 Post a comment FRANKFURT -- Fujitsu Microelectronics Europe GmbH here announced plans to cooperate with Israeli startup Redux Communications Ltd. to provide next-generation chip sets for digital subscriber line (DSL) systems and greater control of Internet services over those broadband links. The European chip division of Fujitsu Ltd. and Redux will develop reference design systems and jointly promote DSL solutions for service and multimedia access. These broadband platforms and chip sets will be based on Redu
Broadcom's angry CEO blasts Intel for filing patent suit News & Analysis 9/5/2000 Post a comment IRVINE, Calif.--Broadcom Corp.'s chief executive today fired back at Intel Corp., accusing the world's largest chip company of resorting to "specious litigation in the courts rather than competition in the marketplace." Responding to last week's lawsuit, Broadcom CEO and president Henry T. Nicholas III called Intel's claims "provocative" and said he was making an exception to a policy of not publicly commenting on pending litigation because of "outrageous allegations and statements made by Intel
Intersil to buy wireless IC supplier SiCom for $196 million in stock News & Analysis 9/5/2000 Post a comment IRVINE, Calif. -- Intersil Corp. here today announced plans to acquire privately held SiCom Inc. of Scottsdale, Ariz., to strengthen its position in broadband, wireless LAN chip market. Intersil, which spun out of Harris Corp. last year, will trade 3.7 million shares of stock, valued at $196 million, for 15-year-old SiCom.
Analog Devices roadmap aims at $5 DSP with 1.2-GFLOPS performance News & Analysis 9/5/2000 Post a comment NORWOOD, Mass. -- Analog Devices Inc. today unveiled its most powerful 32-bit digital signal processor for cost-sensitive DSP applications, and it disclosed a roadmap for $5 chips capable of executing 1,200 million floating-point operations per second (MFLOPS) in a few years. The DSP roadmap also sets a target for high-end 32-bit processors at 10 billion FLOPS.
Chip sales continue record-breaking run in July at $17.3 billion News & Analysis 9/5/2000 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- Worldwide chip sales smashed another record in July, climbing to an all-time high of $17.3 billion in the month, said new data released today by the Semiconductor Industry Association. Chip revenues jumped 50% from $11.5 billion in July 1999 and increased 5.4% from $16.65 billion in June, based on the SIA's three-month moving average of worldwide sales.
Eaton spin-off Axcelis to offer spares procurement over Web News & Analysis 9/5/2000 Post a comment BEVERLY, Mass. -- Expanding its online business-to-business strategy, Axcelis Technologies Inc. today announced a new Web-based portal that supports self-service procurement of consumables and spare parts for the company's wafer-processing tools as well as online access to technical literature and order-tracking services. The former semiconductor equipment division of Eaton Corp. said Axcelis Connection will dramatically lower transactions costs, reduce inventory overhead, and simplify customer
Chip-testing houses struggle to get new ATE systems News & Analysis 9/1/2000 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- Faced with expanding lead times for delivery of new chip testers and explosive growth in outsourcing of manufacturing steps, independent test subcontractors say they are now suffering from a capacity crunch and having a hard time keeping up with demand. Several leading test subcontractors cite an unexpected surge in business. In some cases, these companies say they are now turning away new customers in order to handle the growing volumes at existing accounts.
IR extends line of hi-rel power MOSFETs News & Analysis 9/1/2000 Post a comment EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- International Rectifier Corp. today introduced 24 new hermetically-sealed, high-reliability (hi-rel) HEXFET power MOSFET devices for applications operating in harsh conditions, such as "step-down" DC-DC power conversion systems in satellite launch vehicles, missiles, down-hole oil drilling, and undersea broadband communications equipment. IR said its fabrication technology delivers as much as 65% better device on-resistance than previous available devices.
XML helps to cut Net data snarls Special Report 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
3dfx expects rebound after 36% revenue drop in quarter News & Analysis 9/1/2000 Post a comment SAN JOSE -- Multimedia chip supplier 3dfx Internative Inc. reported a 100.5 million net loss, including a $66.2 million charge related to an acquisition in the company's fiscal quarter, ended July 31. Revenues dropped 36% to $67.0 million, but 3dfx expects improvements in financial performance now that 3-D chips are shipping across a range of price points and it has completed the acquisition of GigaPixel.
Agilent acquires test IP supplier for network systems applications News & Analysis 9/1/2000 Post a comment PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Agilent Technologies Inc. today announced it has completed a previously announced acquisition of privately-held Digital Technology Inc., which supplied intellectual property (IP) for testing of network systems. The spin-off from Hewlett-Packard Co. did not release financial terms of the acquisition.
TI to expand presence in San Diego after buying Dot Wireless News & Analysis 9/1/2000 Post a comment DALLAS -- Texas Instruments Inc. today announced it has completed the acquisition of Dot Wireless Inc., a San Diego-based supplier of system architecture and protocol software for third-generation (3G) cellular phones and wireless devices. TI said it will establish a wireless technology center in San Diego, where Dot Wireless is based, and it expects to expand in the area as it develops new wireless products.
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