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Les ventes de semi-conducteurs atteignent 18,5 milliards de dollars en octobre, selon la SIA
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11/29/2004   Post a comment
Les ventes mondiales de semi-conducteurs ont affiché une nouvelle hausse de 1,5 % pendant le mois d’octobre, selon les chiffres publiés le 26 novembre 2004 par la Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), pour atteindre 18,8 milliards de dollars, soit une progression de 22 % par rapport aux 15,4 milliards de dollars en octobre 2003.
Technology's worst enemy
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11/29/2004   Post a comment
It's been almost two years since the first camera phones appeared, heralding the advent of multimedia messaging (MMS) and paving the way for the impending 3G data services. Surprise, surprise, initially they were a resounding flop, marred by issues such as service costs, network interoperability, lack of handset availability, lack of roaming agreements and overly complex user interfaces. Granted, it took just a press of a button to take a picture. But storing, e-mailing or downloading that shot
Don't reinvent the EDA 'wheel'
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11/29/2004   Post a comment
A "discontinuity" is a profound shift in an industry, leaving behind winners and losers.
Makin' a list
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11/29/2004   Post a comment
It's the time of year to take out the No. 2 pencil and start jotting down our gift wishes for the holiday season.
Lithography promise — and price
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11/29/2004   Post a comment
Here in Austin, some good people from KLA-Tencor's facility and elsewhere are voting with their feet, taking jobs at Molecular Imprints Inc. (MII), the "squish and flash" startup founded by Grant Willson and S.V. Sreenivasen, professors at the University of Texas at Austin. MII and Austria's EV Group are both charging ahead in the imprint lithography game, with MEMS, optoelectronics devices, inkjet heads and other fairly sizable niche markets as their initial targets.
More vital than the election
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11/29/2004   Post a comment
My first presidential election was 1956 and I voted for our favorite son, Adlai Stevenson. In the 12 presidential elections since then, I have never been as anxious as I was this year.
International workshop on reversible computing
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11/29/2004   Post a comment
Plans for the first international workshop on reversible computing continue to develop. I just got a confirmation from Charles Bennett of IBM, who was the original founder of the field. Charlie is the biggest "rock star" in reversible computing; he's greatly admired and respected by all of us.
Chip-Lieferkette hat Bauchschmerzen
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11/26/2004   Post a comment
Seltsame Dinge gehen zur Zeit in der Halbleiterbranche vor. Verschiedene Indikatoren sprechen dafür, dass dem Markt eines seiner besten Jahre bevorsteht - mit Wachstumsraten von 25 bis 30 Prozent. Warum also die gedrückte Stimmung?
With public companies revising their guidance, startups drive the demand for engineering talent
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11/24/2004   Post a comment
Our intrepid recruiter " always a good indicator of what's going on out there " is back with a new barometer on the analog IC industry. Despite the 3rd and 4th quarter backups we're seeing, there's still high demand for seasoned engineering talent, he says. And deals like the Intersil-Xicor merger will drive demand rather than kill it.
On the Trail in an XC90
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11/23/2004   Post a comment
I looked down over the edge and saw the rusted hulk of a car at least 50 years old that never was recovered.
What we need is a device to get slow drivers out of the fast lane
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11/22/2004   Post a comment
You know what I'd like to see? A device that gets slow drivers out of the left lane of the freeway.
Roll out the red carpet
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11/22/2004   Post a comment
Hollywood's glitterati convene Feb. 27 for the Academy Awards, but the hottest gala ticket this winter is for an event two weeks later in San Francisco.
Supply chain worries for chips
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11/22/2004   Post a comment
A funny thing is happening to the semiconductor industry.
Humble X86 satisfies embedded needs
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11/22/2004   Post a comment
Although specialized systems-on-chip have taken over most high-volume embedded applications, licensable CPU cores top out at about 400 MHz.
Focus on results in system language debate
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11/19/2004   Post a comment
SystemC, SystemVerilog, and PSL are complementary languages that address different needs. There's no need for an "either-or" choice, says Cadence's Victor Berman.
A crown of teraflops and ampere/hours
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11/19/2004   Post a comment
IBM has wrested the crown for fastest computer, again, from Japan's NEC Earth Simulator. But there's more to the story than raw computing power.
The PRISM team's fall from grace
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11/18/2004   Post a comment
Pot holes in its roadmap and a slow migration to CMOS have forced Conexant's PRISM team to fall behind competitors in the WLAN space.
Kung Hei fat Choy: Financial analyst likes what he sees in Chinese handsets
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11/17/2004   Post a comment
Here's some interesting news in the analog IC supply chain: Our friend Doug Freedman at American Technology Research has a "buy" recommendation on Analog Devices. While ATE and digital camera markets are bland, he foresees an upturn in the Asian cellular handset market after the Chinese New Years. Freedman believes the company is working down its inventories and that its order rates look solid. The unedited text of his remarks follow here:
Microsoft Streets and Trips 2005 Means Never Having to Ask for Directions
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11/17/2004   Post a comment
David Strom reviews Microsoft's latest Streets and Trips software, and finds out never having to ask for directions has its downside too.
Energy efficiency a winner at TI
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11/15/2004   Post a comment
Early this year, Paul Westbrook, a fab construction manager at Texas Instruments, invited a couple of guys to his home in Dallas. Paul designed his house to be energy-efficient, using solar panels and other techniques. In fact, his design received an award in 1996.
Retiring, but not shy
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11/15/2004   Post a comment
With six months to go until mandatory retirement, Craig Barrett is looking relaxed these days.
Where startups could bloom
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11/15/2004   Post a comment
If you're looking to launch a startup, EDA is a tough business. Just about every sector of this small market is overcrowded.
Clusters today, comms tomorrow
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11/15/2004   Post a comment
When the HyperTransport Consortium (HTC) announced its HTX connector standard at Supercomputing 2004 last week, the standard may have seemed to be specific to Linux clusters.
A virtual instrument reality check: Where's it really at?
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11/12/2004   Post a comment
Leaps in processing power, I/O speeds, and local memory characterize today's system-ready test instruments. Agilent Technologies' program manager Marsh Faber tells why system-ready equipment is a major evolutionary phase in test, packing every bit as much impact as IEEE-488/GPIB did when it was introduced back in 1972. This in spite of so-called virtual instruments.
The Reversible Computing Challenge
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11/11/2004   Post a comment
What are the limits to power efficiency? Good power management strategies are important, but ultimately, they are limited by the energy dissipated by individual operations. Read what an expert, Dr Michael Frank, thinks about this critically important issue in his first blog for Power Management DesignLine.
Portable power: where does it fit in your design?
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11/9/2004   Post a comment
Most design attention is devoted to the system's processor architecture, I/O, and all the functional blocks that make up a portable system. But the consequences of a poorly performing power system can be devastating. Read the thoughts from TI's Dave Heacock about this important issue.
Power supply specifications: what's lurking behind the datasheet?
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11/9/2004   Post a comment
There's nothing quite like a power supply datasheet for providing specifications that are open to interpretation, vague, or downright misleading.
Wi-Fi: An alliance over the line
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11/8/2004   Post a comment
The Wi-fi Alliance needs to drop the threats, chill out, and move forward.
Wi-Fi: An alliance over the line
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11/8/2004   Post a comment
A colleague of mine once referred to industry alliances as the "rules of engagement."
Readers weigh in on package woes
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11/8/2004   Post a comment
After last month's column ("The cost of packaging defects," Oct. 11, page 47), I received a number of e-mails and phone calls from users. The problems I had identified are more widespread than I suspected, and engineers were glad to see them brought out in a public forum.
China mobilizing on 3G IP
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11/8/2004   Post a comment
A group of influential Chinese companies and industry organizations has formed the Mobile Multimedia Technology Alliance to promote Chinese-driven technical innovation and standards and to popularize 3G applications.
A decade online
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11/8/2004   Post a comment
Ten years ago this month, we launched eetimes.com, a simple Web site that ventured where no other electronics industry newspaper had yet dared to go.
The design-outsourcing effect
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11/8/2004   Post a comment
More than a year ago, experts in the design-outsourcing business began to warn that a bubble was forming. U.S. companies were falling all over themselves to set up relationships with design shops, first in Bangalore, India, then in southeastern China, then just about anywhere.
Sept sociétés citées au titre de meilleurs fabricants d’équipements pour puces
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11/8/2004   Post a comment
Dans le cadre d’une évaluation du secteur des circuits intégrés, Cristina Osmena, analyste du secteur des semi-conducteurs chez Jefferies & Co. Inc. (New York), a annoncé le 3 novembre 2004 les sept « gagnants » en termes de performances financières globales dans le secteur des équipements pour puces, du moins jusqu’à cette année.
Tokyo taxis are a showcase of automotive electronics
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11/5/2004   Post a comment
Japanese taxi drivers may have the ultimate automotive electronics setup.
Monterey und Magma - Lektionen für Unternehmensgründer
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11/4/2004   Post a comment
Die EDA-Anbieter Monterey Design Systems und Magma Design Automation wurden etwa gleichzeitig und mit ähnlich hohem Startkapital gegründet. Magma überlebte, Monterey nicht. Aus der Geschichte von Monterey und Magma lassen sich einige wichtige Lektionen für alle ableiten, die mit dem Gedanken spielen, eine eigene Firma zu gründen.
Digital Power: Forward into The Past
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11/3/2004   Post a comment
In principle, digital power management increases the responsiveness of power supplies by putting them under the eye of digital controller. In practice, says Fairchild's power industry observer and commentator, Reno Rossetti, much of what is touted as "modern digital" could be a new envelop for "same ole, same ole" But nobody should "poo poo" the ability to put cell phone LDOs and switcher son the same chip, he says, nor fast-response point-of-load converters.
Technologies come together for low-power electronics
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11/2/2004   Post a comment
Trade shows and conferences such as Convergence 2004 allow editors to catch up with developers to discuss not only new products but industry trends, such as the drive for low-power automotive electronics.
Low-Power is king of the portable world
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11/2/2004   Post a comment
Where mobile devices are concerned, low power is king of the world. Here is a group of targeted articles for your low-power designs. The authors look at schemes for handhelds and more. They examine power consumption issues from four perspectives: software, processors, boards and end devices.
Le stockage haute capacité dans les appareils électroniques mobiles grand public
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11/2/2004   Post a comment
La demande croissante que connaît l’électronique numérique grand public accentue l’importance de doter ces appareils d’une grande capacité de stockage pour leur permettre d’exploiter des applications de pointe.
Developing software for audio/visual devices
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11/1/2004   Post a comment
How do you implement audio and video software for consumer products? Two experts offer some guidelines to consider based on years of practical experience.
The future of consumer electronics platforms
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11/1/2004   Post a comment
With the economic downturn, Our "Great Convergence" turned into a Rude awakening. Now a more intelligent debate has evolved around consumer media devices. The Battle lines have been drawn and history is in the making.
Next stop: Design outsourcing
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11/1/2004   Post a comment
There is far too little time these days to ponder the long-run trends shaping the technology sector. Time pressures are intense and getting worse. For many, the "long run" is the next three months-the time you have to make your quarterly numbers. For others, it's the time to product launch-12 or 18 months, if you're lucky. And then some of you just don't care. As the famous British economist John Maynard Keynes once said, "In the long run, we're all dead."
Wally's wisdom
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11/1/2004   Post a comment
My bartender, Wally, has worked in this place around Portland for a long, long time.
U.S. fab is ordered to flash or fold
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11/1/2004   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices is a triangle of sorts, with manufacturing in Dresden, Germany; Austin, Texas; and — as part of its Spansion flash venture with Fujitsu Ltd. — in Aizu-Wakamatsu, Japan.
DSP: the flavor of the week?
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11/1/2004   Post a comment
Earlier this month, MIPS announced a set of signal-processing-oriented instruction-set extensions for its RISC architecture.
The lessons of Monterey
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11/1/2004   Post a comment
Two EDA companies — Monterey Design Systems and Magma Design Automation — started around the same time with similar visions and comparable amounts of cash.
Breaking and entering: If the law fits . . .
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11/1/2004   Post a comment
Two reports on security re-leased simultaneously at the end of October — from IBM and from America Online (with the National Cyber Security Alliance) — emphasized the need to use firewalls and check for spyware.
Breaking and entering: If the law fits...
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11/1/2004   Post a comment
Two reports on security released simultaneously at the end of October emphasized the need to use firewalls and check for spyware.


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