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Chipmakers take new steps

There's no sitting tight in the world of semiconductor design. IBM and Stanford University, for instance, are digging deeper into the esoteric field of spintronics, while a start-up says its processor can learn as it goes.

There's no sitting tight in the world of semiconductor design. IBM and Stanford University, for instance, are digging deeper into the esoteric field of spintronics, while a start-up says its processor can learn as it goes.

IBM, Stanford put new spin on chip research

update The tech company and the university announce a joint research effort into spintronics, a technology that one day may yield computers that start working as soon as the power comes on.
April 26, 2004

Chip rewires itself on the fly

update A start-up called Stretch says that its new software-configurable design allows processors to add instructions while they're operating.
April 26, 2004

Factory flaws yield headaches for chipmakers

Some of the world's biggest chip companies have lost both money and time straightening out the complex process of turning microchip designs and discs of silicon into working electronics.
April 24, 2004

Infineon to boost memory-making capacity

The German chipmaker will add a new RAM-manufacturing line to its Richmond, Va., facility, as part of a $1 billion expansion.
April 23, 2004

Chip designer sends patent suit threats

Patriot Scientific, already involved in lawsuits with Intel and five Japanese electronics giants, alleges that one of its patents has been incorporated into the design of chips running at more than 120MHz.
April 23, 2004

HP remains top chip buyer

Hewlett-Packard tops the list of chip buyers in 2003 as PC sales began picking up again, according to market researcher iSuppli.
April 23, 2004