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Tyan TARO M9000 Card Delivers SAS And HostRAID

Tyan Launches Dual-Core Single-CPU 1U Server

Micron Reports Results For The First Quarter Of Fiscal 2006

TI To Acquire Chipcon

Tyan TARO M9000 Card Delivers SAS And HostRAID

Tyan announced an addition to its line of TARO add-on card product family. The M9000 offers the benefits of an enterprise-class storage I/O interface, including:

  • Four or eight port SAS / SATA-II ports supported (SKU-dependent)
  • Up to 3.0 Gb/s throughput per port
  • HostRAID levels 0, 1, and 10, as well as ZCR
  • PCI-X 133MHz bus interface (via TARO SO-DIMM socket)
  • Wide-range of OS supported including Windows and Linux
  • M9000 supported on many Tyan server motherboards

The TARO M9000 is currently sampling to select customers, and will reach mass availability in mid Q1'06.

Source: Tyan

Tyan Launches Dual-Core Single-CPU 1U Server

Tyan introduced the Tomcat i7230B (S5161), a 1U-optimized rackmount-ready server board with dual-core Intel Pentium 4 support and virtualization support.

The Tomcat i7230B uses the Intel E7230 "Mukilteo" chipset with an optimized 1U layout design on all components to allow for improved airflow over all parts of the motherboard. In addition, Tyan has integrated the following server-class features into the Tomcat i7230B:

  • 1U-optimized layout for best airflow and thermal management in rackmount environment
  • Support for Intel Pentium 4 LGA775 processors with Hyper-Threading, and Pentium D processors (dual-core support)
  • Supports up to 8GB of DDR2-533/667 unbuffered memory with ECC
  • Two Gigabit Ethernet and one 10/100 LAN ports – excellent flexibility for any network
  • Specialized PCI-X/e slot and one TARO add-on SO-DIMM socket
  • Serial ATA-2 with RAID levels supported (0, 1)
  • Built-in 16MB XGI Volari Z7 video controller with external video port
  • Remote management features including IPMI 2.0, all in an ATX form factor

The Tomcat i7230B (S5161) is currently sampling to select customers, and will reach mass production levels towards mid Q1'06.

Source: Tyan

Micron Reports Results For The First Quarter Of Fiscal 2006

Micron announced results for its first quarter of fiscal 2006, which ended December 1. For the first quarter of fiscal 2006, the Company earned net income of $63 million ($0.09 per diluted share based on 707 million shares) on net sales of $1.36 billion. These quarterly results compare to net income of $43 million ($0.07 per diluted share based on 650 million shares) on sales of $1.26 billion for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2005.

"Micron’s financial results were enhanced by our success in broadening our product portfolio, which significantly reduced the impact of a 15 percent decline in industry PC DRAM average selling prices," said Steven R. Appleton, Micron’s chairman, CEO and president. "Our manufacturing lines also showed strong execution for the quarter. Even as we dedicated additional production capacity to CMOS image sensors, megabit production of semiconductor memory products increased seven percent compared to the fourth quarter."

Despite PC DRAM price pressure in the quarter, the Company’s gross margin remained stable at approximately 23 percent as a result of increasing sales of higher gross margin products, including CMOS image sensors, specialty DRAM and NAND Flash. In addition, the Company’s gross margin was enhanced by lower costs achieved through further manufacturing efficiencies.

Net sales of specialty DRAM products (including synchronous and pseudo-static), CMOS image sensors and NAND Flash represented approximately 45 percent of the Company’s net sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2006.

Source: Micron

TI To Acquire Chipcon

TI announced that it will acquire Chipcon, a company specializing in the design of short-range, low-power wireless RF transceiver devices. This will enhance TI's ability to offer customers complete short-range wireless solutions for consumer, home and building automation applications. The acquisition also broadens TI's offering of RF solutions and strengthens TI's position in ZigBee, a global standard for wireless monitoring and control applications. TI agreed to pay approximately $200 million for Chipcon. The transaction is expected to be complete in January 2006.

Chipcon's CEO, Geir Forre, will lead TI's group integrating short-range wireless personnel and products from both Chipcon and TI. Geir and the short-range wireless team will report to Art George, Vice President of TI's High Performance Linear group. Chipcon will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of TI and will continue to operate from its Oslo, Norway headquarters. Its other facilities include a software design center in San Diego, California; and sales offices in New Hampshire, Germany, Hong Kong, and Tokyo. The company employs about 120 people.

Source: TI

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