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IDF: Rambus group tackles cost issues
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A Rambus DRAM Implementers Forum, announced Tuesday will consider ways to trim costs associated with the Rambus memory architecture, including taking a common approach to reducing the number of memory banks in the current Direct RDRAM design.
Spice utility addresses process variations
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Process variations are becoming a significant problem for sub-0.25-micron chip design, but designers traditionally have not had an accurate way to predict them. A technology-CAD (T-CAD) company, PDF Solutions, is trying to change that by aiming its new Circuit Surfer tool at designers.
S3 adds transform and lighting to graphics chip
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S3 Inc. has incorporated a transform and lighting engine in its latest product, the Savage2000. The addition showcases the next major wave in graphics-engine technologies and further suggests that the once-dominant company may be on a comeback.
Two power utilities unite for national fiber-optic net
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New Century Energies Inc., a holding company over several state power utilities and new communication subsidiaries, is partnering with Touch America Inc. (Butte, Mont.) to create an 18,000-mile fiber-optic network to challenge the new crop of fiber interexchange carriers (IXCs).
Synopsys offers "term-value" tool licenses
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Synopsys Inc. Wednesday (Sept. 1) will roll out one-, three- and five-year "term value licenses," EE Times has learned. While the licensing approach might appear at first glance similar to the ill-fated three-year flexible access model (FAM) licenses used at Cadence Design Systems, Synopsys insists it's taking a different approach that won't artificially inflate revenues.
Shaky Olicom sells token-ring business
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Olicom A/S today (8/31) announced the sale of its token-ring LAN business, including chip, board and system-level products, to Madge Connect, an arm of Madge Networks N.V. (Wexham Springs, U.K.). The sale could augur even more serious shakeouts at Olicom, coming on the heels of yesterday's sudden resignation announcement by chief technology officer Niels Jorgensen and the company's postponement of its earnings report for the June-ended quarter in anticipation of the "sale of other activities."
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Satcom provider ICO files for bankruptcy
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ICO Global Communications Ltd. has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, leaving the Globalstar consortium as the only low-earth-orbit satellite communications provider still planning to do business as usual.
Temic inks SiGe deals with Anadigics, M/A COM
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Anadigics Inc. has signed a joint development agreement on silicon germanium with Atmel Corp. subsidiary Temic Semiconductors Inc. (Heilbronn, Germany), the second SiGe deal the German company has inked in as many weeks. On Aug. 24, Temic joined hands with AMP Inc. subsidiary M/A-COM Inc. (Lowell, Mass.) to jointly design and manufacture SiGe ICs for RF/IF telecommunications applications.
Hyundai samples 128-Mbit DDR SDRAM
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Apple unveils PowerPC G4
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Claiming ownership to a "supercomputer on a chip," Apple Computer Inc. revealed details of the PowerPC G4 processor Tuesday (Aug. 31) at the Seybold trade show here.
IDF: Intel to speed Coppermine ramp
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Intel said Tuesday (Aug. 31) that it will bring its Pentium III Coppermine processor to market faster than expected and at a higher clock speed that anticipated.
Virage Appoints Chief Financial Officer
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Fremont, Calif.--Aug. 30, 1999--Virage Logic (Fremont) announced that it has appointed James Pekarsky as chief financial officer. Pekarsky will be responsible for all financial ...
Cadence Quickly Integrates OrCAD Technology
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San Jose--Aug. 30, 1999--Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (San Jose) announcedthe new PCB Systems Division formed by the merger of OrCAD, Inc. withthe Cadence printed-circuit ...
Scenix Semiconductor Makes Major Addition to Asian Sales Representative and Distribution Network
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Santa Clara, Calif.--Aug. 30, 1999--Scenix Semiconductor, Inc. (Santa Clara) announced that it has added a major pan-Asian specialist, Insight, to its roster of technical ...
Silicon Metrics Receives Venture Funding From Synopsys
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Austin--Aug. 30, 1999--Silicon Metrics Corp. (Austin) announced the receipt of venture funding from Synopsys, Inc. (Mountain View, Calif.). The recent funding will enablethe ...
STMicroelectronics Delivers Samples of Dedicated Processor Chip for All-Digital Car Stereos
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Geneva--Aug. 30, 1999--STMicroelectronics (Saint-Genis-Pouilly, Cedex) has delivered to customers fully functional samples of a new chipthat allows consumer electronics companies ...
Texas Instruments Expands DSP-Based Timebuilder Portfolio Adding Mysticom's Digital Ethernet Physical Interface
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Dallas--Aug. 31, 1999--Texas Instruments (TI; Dallas) announced the additionof Mysticom, Ltd.'s MystiPHY110 digital Ethernet physical interface(PHY) to its digital signal ...
Mentor Graphics Announces XRAY Debugger Support for IBM PowerPC 405GP Processor
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San Jose--Aug. 30, 1999--Mentor Graphics Corp. (Wilsonville, Ore.) announced that the Embedded Software Division's XRAY Debugger will support the recently announced IBM PowerPC ...
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