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FRANKFURT, Germany — Fujitsu Ltd's European Microcontroller Design Centre today announced a new CAN microcontroller that combines a Full-CAN bus interface and on-chip flash memory.

Aimed at automotive and industrial embedded control applications, the MB90F497 is designed to compete against low-cost products that offer only a basic CAN interface and an 8-bit architecture.

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Fujitsu's MB90F497 is based on the company's F2MC-LX 16-bit microprocessor core and CAN bus macro. A Full-CAN bus interface, conforming to V2.0 part A and part B, is combined with 64 kilobytes of single-voltage flash, which serves as on-chip user-programmable memory. A flexible message-buffer scheme using eight buffers offers increased functionality over traditional CAN designs, the company said.

A system clock employing an on-chip phase-lock-loop (PLL) clock multiplier provides an internal instruction cycle time of 62.5 nanoseconds from an external 4-MHz clock. A 32-kHz subsystem clock is also available for additional power-saving modes and real-time measurement. The chip has 10 different power-saving modes, including sleep, stop, CPU intermittent mode, and hardware standby pin.

Fujitsu said it plans to price the MB90F497 competitively in order to serve both high-end 8-bit and entry-level 16-bit applications.

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Fabricated in 0.5-micron CMOS technology and housed in a QFP-64 package with 0.65-mm pin-pitch, the new chip will be available in sampling quantities during the first quarter of 2000, with production volumes scheduled for the second quarter.

CHELMSFORD, Mass. — Brooks Automation Inc. here reported that its revenues for the fourth quarter of fiscal 1999, ended Sept. 30, were $33.9 million, an increase of 65% from revenues of $20.6 million in the same quarter a year ago, and up 28% sequentially.

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Revenues for the fiscal year were essentially even, at $103.9 million, up from revenues of $100.3 million for fiscal 1998.

All revenue amounts reflect the combined financial statements of Brooks Automation and Smart Machines Inc., a San Jose-based maker of vacuum robots for semiconductor wafer handling that Brooks acquired in July (see July 8 story).

More and more, chip companies are adopting leasing as a policy as they strive to balance their appetite for the latest fab gear with a desire to keep tabs on their expenditures.

When the market heats up, there's a faster business cycle, and this market has so many twists and turns that it makes sense to have a hedge,” Mori said.

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Semiconductor technologist are becoming concerned about the industry's ability to deliver a new class of powerful system-on-chip products, identified as performance SoC” in the 1999 International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors, released Monday (Nov. 22) by the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).

In previewing the new international road map, representatives with the SIA suggested that a whole new category of P-SoC” products was emerging and required the development of different technologies and architectures than today's cost-effective SoC” designs.

Growing concerns revolve around challenges in maintaining a rate of improvement in electrical performance of about two-times every two years in high-performance components,” said the 1999 International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors, which charts requirements and possible solutions for chip making over the next 15 years.

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