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IC industry eyes reaggregation
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5/24/2004   Post a comment
While the semiconductor industry begins a cautious rebound, pundits and observers are carefully watching and trying to predict how it will manage the move toward reaggregation.
Insecurity stalks public WLAN
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5/24/2004   Post a comment
OK, here's the scenario: You're getting on a public wireless-LAN network, and up comes the splash screen asking for your credit card number and expiration date, or your user name and password.
Transformations
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5/24/2004   Post a comment
In yet another wild curve on the wacky road that Motorola's semiconductor business has traveled of late, Michel Mayer has been tapped to lead the chip operation, now called Freescale, out of the woods. Fasten your seat belts, because the door's not too reliable.
Ten more round out EU rolls
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5/24/2004   Post a comment
On May 1, 2004, the European Union (EU) underwent its biggest-ever expansion when 10 new countries-Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia-joined the 15 existing members, and collectively added about 75 million people to the European Union.
Return of an intractable debate
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5/24/2004   Post a comment
Once upon a time in the CPU world, a fierce, intractable debate emerged between two camps of processor architects.
Making PCB design easier
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5/20/2004   Post a comment
PCB design is harder than it looks. With its PADS2004 product, Mentor Graphics is at least trying to make the tools easier to use.
Entertainment in der Garage
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5/18/2004   Post a comment
Obwohl sich die Mehrheit der Internet-Benutzer, zumindestens im privaten Bereich, immer noch mit der 56K-Anwahlverbindung begnügen muss, wächst die Zahl der Nutzer einer schnellen Pipeline recht schnell an. Mittlerweile hat das schon Auswirkungen auch im privaten Bereich.
Blurred boundaries
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5/17/2004   Post a comment
As globalization spreads, so does regionalization. Ten more countries joined the European Union this month, as that region spreads its political and economic influence farther east from the Atlantic.
Public stance pays off for Intel
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5/17/2004   Post a comment
Wireless-LAN chip suppliers owe Intel a big thank-you for its public stance against China's wireless security policy.
From immersion to maskless
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5/17/2004   Post a comment
Burn Lin, the director of lithography R&D at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., is no stranger to innovation.
Of freedom and shattered dreams
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5/17/2004   Post a comment
As young lads, we were free. Free to hop on a streetcar and go to Comiskey Park to watch Luke Appling and the White Sox play ball.
Where can an MSO go?
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5/17/2004   Post a comment
Budgets still are agonizingly tight here at EE Times, and we had to assess our conference coverage carefully for the spring.
All signs point to a lively DAC
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5/17/2004   Post a comment
A month ago, it looked like things might be pretty dull at the Design Automation Conference this year.
May Newsletter: Jeff Bier's "Impulse Response"
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5/11/2004   Post a comment
Jeff Bier's EE Times column, Impulse Response for May, "The Alchemist's Dream," provides commentary on the use of high-level tools in real-time implementations.
Startup eyes molecular memories
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5/10/2004   Post a comment
In my last column, I profiled solid-state disk startup TiGi Corp.
Multiprocessor migraines?
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5/10/2004   Post a comment
Once upon a time, most signal processing applications were powered by single-proces-sor chips.
Circling around
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5/10/2004   Post a comment
Venture capitalists seem to be edging back into the game, and that's no mean feat after the battering they took during the past four years.
Faraday rearms for performance
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5/10/2004   Post a comment
Creativity is often trumped by conformity in Taiwan, a rule of thumb that has largely guided its businesses down the path of copy-cat products that are lower-risk, but also lower-margin.
Configurability stretched for the little guy
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5/10/2004   Post a comment
I see a lot of product pitches, but I rarely see one that creates a new and useful product category.
Faraday rearms for performance
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5/9/2004   Post a comment
Creativity is often trumped by conformity in Taiwan, a rule of thumb that has largely guided its businesses down the path of copy-cat products that are lower-risk, but also lower-margin. Mike Clendenin has these observations.
Getting into software
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5/6/2004   Post a comment
An engineer talks about his software background -- or lack thereof.
A bigger share of the wireless pie
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5/3/2004   Post a comment
Austin has big aspirations in the wireless IC sector, making a concerted effort to become another San Diego.
How 3-D stacks up against SoCs
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5/3/2004   Post a comment
A session on 3-D ICs at the recent International Symposium on Physical Design (ISPD2004) brought home a point worth remembering: Systems-on-chip don't represent the only path to higher functionality.
Whither the data path processor?
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5/3/2004   Post a comment
What is true for processors on the control plane may be true for those in the data path.
Green events keep on growing
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5/3/2004   Post a comment
As articles on everything from wind energy to computer recycling are showing up in my local newspaper, it looks as though Green Tech is finally becoming a popular mainstream topic.
The seed corn
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5/3/2004   Post a comment
Tom Friedman of The New York Times parachuted into the Silicon Valley recently.
Application convergence
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5/3/2004   Post a comment
We are experiencing a phenomenon that profoundly affects the industry, particularly the silicon intellectual property portion: application convergence-the combining of electronic subsystems that meld voice, data and video into all sorts of electronic equipment.
Unforeseen obstacles impede high-k shift
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5/3/2004   Post a comment
To meet the need for higher transistor speed while keeping power consumption under control, the semiconductor industry is working to introduce high-k gate dielectrics in leading-edge transistor-manufacturing processes.
Are you on target?
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5/2/2004   Post a comment
Every two weeks Electronics Supply & Manufacturing posts a question on our Web site (www.my-esm.com) inviting our readers to weigh in on an important issue of the day. It's one of the ways we stay focused on what matters most to you.
Growth Pains
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5/2/2004   Post a comment


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