分类

<p>9co, www.9co.com</p>

In advance of the technical committee's first meeting, Schwartz said the group will probably point to other standards efforts rather than try to define standards for blades, which are modular computers on adapter cards slotted into dense chassis-based systems. However, he said the standards efforts that do exist address some, but not all, of the concerns of blades.

Buying all the companies was a really good way to drive up the stock price, but the downturn happened so fast that JDS Uniphase never had time to pull it all together,” said Tom Hauskem, director of optical components at research firm Strategies Unlimited, Mountain View, Calif.

In trying to get the horse back on track, Kennedy is being given only half a free rein. Although Syrus Madavi, president and chief operating officer of JDS Uniphase, will also leave the company, Straus will remain as founder emeritus and adviser to the chief executive. Straus will also retain his seat on the board of directors.

DBDA25S

Nevertheless, Kennedy may find the going smoother than his predecessor. First, JDS Uniphase is not growing as fast as it was three years ago, giving managers an opportunity to reassess the key market opportunities shaping up. Additionally, many of the rivals that jostled with JDS Uniphase for design sockets at equipment vendors have vanished, especially in the optical components segment. With Agere, Corning, and Nortel out of optical components, OEMs have limited choices and are more likely to stay with established suppliers like JDS Uniphase, analysts said.

The supply chain is becoming considerably tighter and there are fewer competitors,” said Strategies Unlimited's Hauskem.

DENVER ” Agere Systems Inc. on Monday (Aug. 25) acquired Massana Ltd., an Irish physical-layer Ethernet specialist which had shifted from DSP cores for Digital Subscriber Lines, to devices for physical-layer Gigabit Ethernet functions. Agere offered 9.1 million shares of common stock, worth approximately $26.2 million, for all assets of Massana.

DBDA25S

Agere (Allentown, Pa.) will use the Massana acquisition as the core of its new Ethernet division, headed by Ed Roberts, former vice president of systems and architectures at Agere. The division will take on the 45 employees of Massana, in addition to centralizing Agere's existing custom business in Ethernet MAC and interface devices.

Roberts said semicustom Ethernet business will remain in ASIC groups, but that his group will look at a variety of network interface card opportunities, as well as future chip sets in Ethernet in the First Mile and Metro Ethernet markets.

DBDA25S

Given the breadth of Massana's analog and DSP talents, Agere could consider offering DSL physical-layer devices in the future, Roberts added. Meanwhile, Agere will update the existing Massana 0.18-micron single-channel transceiver in a 0.13-micron CMOS process in early 2004, and will produce an octal version of the transceiver by the middle of 2004. Agere's interest in Massana stemmed from a supply contract Massana had with the desktop group at Agere to supply physical-layer devices for NIC cards.

Ron Steudler, who will direct marketing in the new division, said Agere will not hesitate to go directly against existing Ethernet physical-layer and switching specialists in desktop and enterprise switching applications. In fact, Roberts added, large OEMs who are existing customers of Agere for network processors and controllers, had encouraged the company to look at Massana, in order to increase the number of chip suppliers in the combined MAC/PHY device market.

Macronix International Co. Ltd. Monday expanded its NOR flash memory product line to include a new 64Mbit density chip. Production volumes will begin in September.

The 64Mbit flash is available in x8 or x16 configuration with 3V operation and 90ns access time.

The flash devices are made at Macronix's Taiwan fab using its 0.18-micron process. The units are priced at $6.95 in 10,000-unit quantities.

PARK RIDGE, Ill. — California and the automotive industry settled their legal differences last week, setting the stage for the emergence of fuel cell cars and likely writing off any broad acceptance of battery-powered vehicles.

General Motors Corp., DaimlerChrysler Corp., Isuzu Motors Ltd. and approximately a dozen vehicle dealers agreed to drop their lawsuit against the state in return for new zero-emission-vehicle regulations that would no longer force automakers to build battery-powered cars.