时间：2021-06-14 02:21:20 来源：网络整理编辑：Trumeter
(See Feb. 5 story.)
(See Feb. 5 story.)
As a fabless semiconductor company, Massana will design silicon for the broadband communications market. The company initially will target the exploding gigabit Ethernet PHY market. Indeed, according to forecasts made by Merrill Lynch, the overall gigabit Ethernet semiconductor market for LAN applications, which includes products such as PHYs, MACs and fabric switches, is expected grow 56 percent annually to $998 million by 2004. Likewise the gigabit Ethernet semiconductor market for NIC applications is expected to grow 156 percent annually to $944 million by the same year.
The development of the broadband data infrastructure has created staggering demand for Internet ICs – off-the-shelf integrated circuits designed specifically for broadband data applications – to effectively enable timely and cost-effective delivery of bandwidth,” said Clark Westmont, Communications IC analyst at Salomon Smith Barney. With its patented approach to semiconductor design and its history of successful communications design as a design services and IP provider, Massana is in a good position to deliver solutions that enable this exploding demand for voice, video and data access over the web.”
After solving the gigabit Ethernet challenge for the LAN/WAN or backbone” of the Internet, Massana believes the next problem will be delivering broadband access to the user – often referred to as the first mile.” As a member of the IEEE Ethernet-in-the-first-mile task force, Massana is helping to define a standard for delivering voice, video, and data to the consumer over the existing copper infrastructure. Moving forward, Massana will leverage its technology and experience to deliver standards-based products that solve this growing first mile broadband access challenge.
Massana engineers apply the company's unique smart math approach, proprietary methodologies and custom signal processing architectures to create next-generation products for the high-performance, high-speed, low-power networking and broadband communications markets. Massana's design teams in Dublin, Ireland and Madrid, Spain are experts in analog, mixed-signal and silicon design, the company said. Massana is a member of the TSMC Emerging Companies Program,” and is working with TSMC to deliver semiconductors in volume to communications system designers.
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Philips, Intermec and Gemplus have clubbed together to try to establish standards for radio frequency identification (RFID).
The three companies have submitted a joint proposal for an RFID protocol to the Global Tag (GTAG) project group. As part of the development, the group has submitted proposals to ISO 18000 to establish a UHF protocol. ISO 18000 defines a standard for RFID item management.
Katja Kienzl, Philips marketing manager, said: The UHF proposal must be available throughout the world. There are variations in anti-collision options between the US and Europe and this is reflected in the communications layer.
Another important issue for us is that the cost of establishing the GTAG protocol must be negligible compared to the cost of the chip.”
Pricing on the current DVD-ROM chip design was not released.
ACT Manufacturing Inc. said today it will expand its European operations with the purchase of Fisher-Rosemount Systems' manufacturing division in the United Kingdom.
ACT has agreed to buy Fisher-Rosemount's Leicester, England manufacturing unit for an undisclosed amount. The deal with the England-based supplier of process management products and solutions is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2001.
The Hudson, Mass.,-based EMS company has pushed further into Europe with its purchase last September of French conglomerate Bull Groupe's Angers, France manufacturing facilities. ACT joins the flood of North American EMS companies that have flocked to Europe.
The recent deal boosts ACT's relationship with Emerson, a St. Louis-based manufacturer of a broad range of electronic and electromechanical products and systems and long time customer. Fisher-Rosemount Systems' is a division of Emerson.
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