Applied Materials, the leading semiconductor equipment manufacturer, on Tuesday said it came up with a breakthrough that allows chip makers to more easily separate electrical contacts and transistors on a processor. The aim: Scale Moore's Law.
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Lyric Semiconductor is working on techology with immediate applications for cutting the size and power consumption of flash memory error correction chips, with a general processor planned for 2013.
Lyric Semiconductor is working on techology with immediate applications for cutting the size and power consumption of flash memory error correction chips, with a general processor planned for 2013
AMD has picked up market share on Intel in the first quarter as global PC semiconductor shipments fell 13 percent from a year ago, according to IDC. The tug of war between AMD and Intel is notable given the nuances of the processor market.
Intel and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp. (TSMC) today announced a collaboration involving Intel's Atom processor.
Processor design company ARM will develop mobile-chip technology with IBM, Samsung and semiconductor firm Chartered
Worldwide processor sales increased for a second month in April, thanks to growth in wireless chips. Sales jumped up just over 3 percent to $11.1 billion during the month, the Semiconductor Industry Association said on Friday. March's revised sales were $10.7 billion. The SIA's three-month average of chip sales was also up a healthy 10.5 percent. The sales bump shows that the industry, as predicted, is mounting a slow recovery from the doldrums of 2001, the SIA said. "Semiconductor sales in April are continuing the steady growth exhibited in the first quarter of this year, another sign that the industry is rebounding from 2001," said George Scalise, the SIA's president. --John G. Spooner, Special to ZDNet News
The Taiwan semiconductor maker is getting ready for AMD's next-generation processor, to launch late this year
A Gartner report shows chip designers bucked the semiconductor slump of 2001, increasing revenues from sales of technology such as processor cores by 25 percent.
Samsung Semiconductor plans to announce Monday that it has renewed its contract with Microsoft to supply memory chips for the company's Xbox game console. Such long-term supply agreements are particularly valuable in the turbulent memory-chip industry, which saw manufacturers selling dynamic random access memory (DRAM) chips below cost for much of last year just to keep factories open. Risto Puhakka, an analyst at semiconductor research firm VLSI Research, said that even though memory prices are starting to recover, it is to Samsung's advantage to lock in orders now. "The long-term contracts present a number of benefits in that suppliers can plan much more efficiently," he said. "You're not in the position of dealing entirely with the spot market." The Xbox contract also helps Samsung, a leading maker of memory, to diversify. Each Xbox console uses 64MB of high-speed double-data rate (DDR) DRAM, half of what one finds in the average PC. However, the PC industry is slogging through its worst downturn ever, while game console sales are rising rapidly. "It shows Samsung is selling into other areas besides PCs, and I think that's to their advantage," Puhakka said. Microsoft sold 1.5 million consoles from mid-November, when the Xbox went on sale, through the end of 2001. Microsoft projects worldwide shipments of 4 million to 6 million units for its 2002 fiscal year, which ends June 30. Besides Samsung, major component suppliers for the Xbox include Nvidia, which makes the graphics processor and a custom multi-function chip for the console, and storage makers Western Digital and Seagate, which make the hard drives used in the console.
National Semiconductor said Friday that Internet appliance maker Japan Computer is using its Geode chip. Japan Computer released in Japan last week the iBox-2 appliance, which uses the Geode SC1200 processor.
Semiconductor giant Intel today announced a deal with internet security specialist Symantec to protect the firms' Pentium 4 processor range.
In a game of semiconductor one-upmanship, Intel says it was actually first to market with a 1GHz processor, even though Advanced Micro Devices made that claim days ago.
IBM claimed a first on Wednesday with the launch of the Network Station Series 2200 thin client which uses a highly integrated network-on-a-chip processor supplied by National Semiconductor.
Microprocessor giant Intel yesterday announced an agreement to purchase network processor maker Softcom Microsystems, a move that increases Intel's push into the communications processor space and signals a likely consolidation in a burgeoning sector of the semiconductor market. Full story soon.
National Semiconductor Corp. said Wednesday it will "cease slugging it out in the PC processor market" and sell its PC chip business. The company will also lay off 550 employees.
Intel, the world's largest semiconductor maker, said on Monday that it has been sued by a tiny Chicago-based company, alleging patent infringement of an obscure processor architecture.
Cyrix is upping the stakes in the increasingly competitive semiconductor market after announcing that it will start volume production of its 6x86MX processor on .25 micron processing technology this summer at the National Semiconductor plant in Maine.
Motorola Semiconductor Products Sector said it has developed a processor manufacturing method that incorporates copper into its chips. The announcement comes on the heels of similar news from IBM's Microelectronics Division in September.
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