Supplier rankings change, worldwide chip sales stay static

09 April, 2002

As the shake-up in the rankings, largely the result of the severe economic downturn that hit the semiconductor industry in 2001, occurs worldwide chip sales in February totalled A$20 billion, the same as January's sales.

Possible recovery in IC industry

03 April, 2002

The recovery in the IC business is somewhat mixed, according to research company IC Insights.

Intel shrinks chips to 90 nanometres

28 March, 2002

Intel has produced memory chips containing 330 million transistors through manufacturing technology that will hit the mainstream in 2003.

SONET/SDH equipment to revitalise optical market

28 March, 2002

In-Stat/MDR finds that manufacturers of synchronous optical network (SONET) and synchronous digital hierarchy (SDH) equipment suffered heavily in 2001, due to a sharp cut back on capital expenditures by telecommunications carriers and the demise of many competitive local exchange carriers.

Memory price rises to continue

27 March, 2002

The memory market looks set to be more stable and profitable in 2002, and this could mean higher prices.

Floppy computer

25 March, 2002

Phillip Bullock, IBM Australia/New Zealand CEO, has said the company is trying to develop a computer flexible enough to roll up and put in your pocket.

DRAM prices will continue to rise

21 March, 2002

Citing a dramatic increase in average selling prices coupled with a slight increase in consumer demand for PC memory upgrades, market research company iSuppli has raised its forecast for the DRAM market.

Mobile technology requires new memory

19 March, 2002

Recent advances in mobile phone technology have generated demand for memory with high levels of functionality and capacity. However, there is no standardisation in the packaging of the chips that power them.

IBM claims fastest semiconductor circuit

13 March, 2002

IBM has announced that is has created what it believes is the fastest semiconductor circuit, operating at speeds of more than 110GHz and processing an electrical signal in 4.3 trillionths of a second.

Audio codec chip for PDAs

01 March, 2002

Philips semiconductor division has debuted an advanced mixed-signal audio codec chip for LCD-based handheld applications, such as PDAs, 3G mobile phones and other mobile devices.

Semiconductor development platform market to grow

26 February, 2002

In spite of current economic conditions, the market for semiconductor development platforms is forecast to continue positive growth according to Cahners In-Stat/MDR, the high-tech market research firm.

Desktop chips used in laptops

20 February, 2002

Intel Australia has issued a warning to Australian consumers to be wary of laptops containing processors designed for desktop computers.

Embedded DSPs offer potential

12 February, 2002

The use of digital signal processors (DSPs) in the design of customer-specific products, or application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs), offers a high-growth, high-margin opportunity, according to Cahners In-Stat/MDR.

C and R Arrays

12 February, 2002 | Supplied by: Adilam Technologies

A range of capacitor and resistor arrays introduced by Phycomp can help to reduce board space. Their use can also simplify circuit layout and assembly.

PC Module

12 February, 2002 | Supplied by: Backplane Systems Technology Pty Ltd

Backplane has released Digital-Logic's embedded smartModule with a 300 MHz Geode GX1 processor, the SMGXPC.

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