Intel rolls out 12 new processors in move to corner mobile market News & Analysis 9/30/2001 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- In an attempt to corner the mobile microprocessor market, Intel Corp. here today announced 12 new chips, including the world's fastest product for this segment to date.
The new product launch is aimed to expand Intel's market share lead in the four major and separate mobile PC segments: mainstream, thin-and-light, mini-notebooks, and sub-notebooks/tablet PCs, according to analysts. It is also geared to fend off competitive threats from its processor rivals, most notably A
Brooks Automation to lay off 175-200 workers, lowers outlook News & Analysis 9/28/2001 Post a comment CHELMSFORD, Mass.--Joining a parade of companies cutting their forecasts, Brooks Automation Inc. today announced it would lay off 175-to-200 people and it lowered estimates for revenues in the current fiscal quarter. The company said its revenues are now expected to be in a range of $60-to-$63 million, down from a previous guidance of $70-to-80 million.
EUV consortium obtains $65 million in new funds News & Analysis 9/28/2001 Post a comment LIVERMORE, Calif. -- A U.S.-led consortium to develop extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography tools has received $65 million in new funding as part of an expanded contract for the organization.
The consortium--dubbed Extreme Ultraviolet LLC--has received the new funds from its existing members, bringing the total capitalization for the organization to about $315 million.
G4 PowerPC and C6000: A Comparison News & Analysis 9/28/2001 Post a comment Traditional DSP chips are now being challenged by a new generation of RISC microprocessors. Pentek's Rodger Hosking compares Motorola's G4 PowerPC RISC device and Texas Instruments' C6000 DSP family by examining both hardware and software issues, and by highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of each device.
STMicro tailors flash and SRAM chips for automotive systems News & Analysis 9/27/2001 Post a comment GENEVA -- STMicroelectronics today announced an expansion of its memory offering for automotive applications, including four new 16-megabit flash chips configured with 32-bit wide data buses and a 128-kilobit (by-16-bit) SRAM dedicated for automotive system designs.
Samsung readies 576-Mbit Rambus DRAM with 0.12-micron process News & Analysis 9/27/2001 Post a comment SEOUL -- Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. today claimed development of the industry's first 576-megabit Rambus DRAM. The new memory is based on 0.12-micron processes and operates at 1.066-GHz frequencies, making it about eight times faster than today's PC133 synchronous DRAMs, said the Korean chip maker.
Applied's Etec aims e-beam mask tool, new etcher at regaining momentum News & Analysis 9/27/2001 Post a comment HAYWARD, Calif. -- Hoping to regain momentum in the photomask systems business, Applied Materials Inc.'s Etec Systems subsidiary today rolled out a one-two punch in the arena: a new electron-beam-based reticle-writing tool for 0.10-to-0.07-micron IC processes and the company's entry into the emerging plasma-etch photomask equipment market.
Minimizing SoC Risk with Embedded Programmable Logic Design How-To 9/27/2001 Post a comment For reduced risk and faster time-to-market, several vendors offer configurable SoCs with processors and other cores embedded in programmable-logic chips. Adaptive Silicon's Ralph Zak argues for an interesting alternativeusing embedded programmable-logic cores in an ASIC or ASSP chip.
Tokyo Seimitsu accuses KLA-Tencor of antitrust violations in patent dispute News & Analysis 9/26/2001 Post a comment TOKYO -- The chairman of Tokyo Seimitsu Co. Ltd. refuted KLA-Tencor Corp.'s allegation of patent infringement in a lawsuit filed recently in the U.S. District Court of North California. Hideo Ohtsubo, who is also CEO of Tokyo Seimitsu, said KLA-Tencor's patent, covers automatic inspection technology for photomasks, is invalid and unenforceable.
Japan sees falling LCD sales News & Analysis 9/26/2001 Post a comment For the second consecutive quarter, Japan has fallen out of the global lead in TFT-LCD production as its industry undertakes a massive restructuring in response to a protracted economic downturn.
Here come plastic ICs from startup FlexICs News & Analysis 9/26/2001 Post a comment MILPITAS, Calif. -- After years of research and development, foundry startup FlexICs Inc. here will soon begin shipping samples of the world's first semiconductors fabricated on six-inch plastic substrates.
Atmel joins German R&D center for advanced analog ICs in communications News & Analysis 9/26/2001 Post a comment ULM, Germany--Silicon Valley-based Atmel Corp. today announced it was joining Multilink Technology Corp. of New Jersey and five-year-old GaAs foundry supplier United Monolithic Semiconductors in a new R&D center at the University of Ulm to pursue ICs with analog functions for wireless and high-speed optoelectronics systems.
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