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The company's long-term growth also largely hinges on yet-to-be penetrated markets for both its current -and previous-generation flavors of CDMA, said Mark McKechnie, an analyst at Banc of America Securities LLC, San Francisco.

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The company's long-term growth also largely hinges on yet-to-be penetrated markets for both its current -and previous-generation flavors of CDMA, said Mark McKechnie, an analyst at Banc of America Securities LLC, San Francisco.

Too risky

ARM sold its stock holding in Parthus the same day it launched the platform initiative with Agere, saying the volatility of the stock market made it too risky for a publicly traded company to be exposed to the risk of holding shares in other companies.

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John Bourgoin, chief executive officer of MIPS, acknowledged the growing significance of platforms but said ARM's approach risked alienating the customer base.

There's multiple classes of customers we sell to — the likes of Infineon, Micron, LSI Logic; they do their own platforms,” he said. There is another class of customers, second-tier customers who just want to get into business quickly. Five years ago they would have gone to an ASIC vendor. Today they can benefit substantially from platforms. That's why we've announced we're working with Tality.”

ARM is making its move from a position of strength. The company reported second-quarter revenue of about $51.5 million, up 56 percent from theyear before. The pretax profit was $17.5 million, up 46 percent.

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Six days earlier, MIPS Technologies reported disappointing” financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended June 30. Revenue for the final quarter was $17.6 million, a 21 percent decline from $22.4 million for the same quarter a year ago. Net income was $2 million, against $5 million for the final quarter of fiscal 2000.

For its part, Parthus is still effectively in startup mode as it transitions from design-services company to licensor of platform IP. As expected, the company had a net loss of $8.2 million on revenue of $19.9 million in the first half. The loss was reduced from $10.2 million for the year-ago period, while revenue rose 42.5 percent, from about $14 million. Fielding said Parthus was on a path to return to profitability by the middle of 2002.

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Additional reporting by Will Wade and by Chris Edwards, the editor of Electronics Times, EE Times' sister paper in the United Kingdom.

Microchip Technology Inc. is putting more muscle behind its black magic” analog business by forming a separate analog IC division that will also serve to bolster the company's recent push into DSPs.

Most the electric bikes sold in the United States are equipped with a throttle, Raleigh literature says. As with a motorcycle, throttles are let the user apply 0-to-100% of the motor’s power at will. At the extreme throttle position, your e-Bike will output about 300 watts (~1/2 horsepower). You could produce more watts, but you will drain your battery.

In an effort to breed efficiencies into its Production, Supplies and Test (PSAT) division, Avnet Inc. has invested $300,000 in the El Monte, Calif., facility.

The renovations to the 30,000-sq.-ft. warehouse include the addition of software tracking capabilities, a 40% increase in racks and shelving, and the construction of a 100-ft. conveyor with an embedded reflector system that automatically separates coded products into special handling, value-added, or shipping lines. Avnet also plans to implement a bar-code upgrade that can further expedite orders and track product along the conveyor at any stage in the shipping process.

Such efficiencies have minimized the travel time between the stocking bins and the shipping area, cutting the time it takes to fill an order by half, according to Tom Seratti, vice president of Avnet PSAT. The division also doubled the rate in which orders are received and processed by installing a T1 line, Seratti said.

Until recently, PSAT's Web site had been managed by eConnections, a company that former Marshall Industries president Rob Rodin launched following the sale of Marshall to Avnet.

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