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Taking in the view
3/29/2004   Post a comment
We're a full quarter into the new year, we've turned all the knobs, and we still can't quite get things to come into focus.
EC vs. Microsoft is consumer market's fight
3/29/2004   Post a comment
In covering the European Commission's efforts to regulate Microsoft, most of the U.S. press missed the point.
New knob for designing-in yield
3/29/2004   Post a comment
After horrifying experiences at 130 nanometers, design-for-yield has become a big deal.
SoCs face challenges on integration road
3/29/2004   Post a comment
The idea of a true system-on-chip has been the semiconductor industry's holy grail for three decades. Much has been accomplished and more remains to be done.
Silicon Virtual Model aids process selection
3/22/2004   Post a comment
The recent push for finer-geometry semiconductor processes has resulted in a vast increase in the number of process options available.
Can Microsoft keep its grip?
3/22/2004   Post a comment
With about 95 percent of the desktop software market under its belt, $7.5 billion in MS Office operating profits alone and sales bigger than the combined world's No. 2 and 3 software companies (Oracle and SAP), Microsoft's grip on the desktop software market seems unshakable.
Fear's demagogue
3/22/2004   Post a comment
As a journalist, I'm uncomfortable watching the dumbing-down of news amid the rising din of information.
Time for level-headed thinking
3/22/2004   Post a comment
Maybe Andy Grove, who said only the paranoid survive, was right.
Shareholder democracy revisited
3/22/2004   Post a comment
The succession struggle at Disney, bookended between the indictment of Bernie Ebbers and the conviction of Martha Stewart, has generated plenty of talk of shareholder activism and democracy. While lessons can be learned about governance among communications companies, one must be careful to take away the right lessons.
Here come the 'red chip' tech stocks
3/22/2004   Post a comment
The time has come for tech-oriented initial public offerings to start steadily flowing out of China.
Loop design sometimes compensates for lower-quality switchers
3/16/2004   Post a comment
Sanjaya Maniktala is back with a new installment of his popular power supply design column. The question he asks is how to make up for the erratic quality of the 3842 and 3844 switching power supply controllers now on the market? An adjustment of the RC components in the hysterysis loop allowed a power supply company to safely utilize the batch lot of jittery components they were stuck with - some 50,000 of them.
The wonderful world of wireless... la... la... la...
3/16/2004   Post a comment
In conjunction with the recent Wireless Systems Design Conference, Steve Ohr interviewed keynoter Henry Samueli of Broadcom. CMOS integration will pave the way for "wireless everywhere" " a virtual media console in your pocket, Dr. Samueli had said. While some people may not want all the wireless advertising this will enable, Ohr's blog does identify some applications for RF communications technology we shouldn't take for granted.
Interview with Agere's Peter Kelly
3/1/2004   Post a comment
Two years ago, Agere Systems Inc. began transforming itself into a fabless semiconductor company as part of a wide range of reorganization measures it took to restore profitability. Peter Kelly, Agere executive vice president, global operations, recently discussed the changes since implemented by the company and the outlook for the semiconductor industry with Electronics Supply & Manufacturing executive editor Bolaji Ojo.

As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.

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