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Enter RF spectrum management
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4/26/2004   Post a comment
One common question I get on unlicensed devices is what end users need to do about interference.
Intel's a victim of its own success
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4/26/2004   Post a comment
About six years ago, in the wake of the AMD-Cyrix P-rating controversy, Intel briefly found itself in a situation similar to one that its competitors had confronted: Its products could not keep pace on clock rate.
Hello, Bangalore
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4/26/2004   Post a comment
I am whole again. I have a broadband connection once more in our home, from which we were displaced last fall as part of a rebuilding project.
Reliability and redundancy
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4/26/2004   Post a comment
An interesting discussion has emerged about the resistance of various kinds of system-level ICs to single-event upset (SEU) and whether this is an important to system reliability.
Re-inventing the Wheel... as a square
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4/20/2004   Post a comment
We've all seen renderings of the disconnect between marketing, engineering and customers in product development - using a child's backyard swing as the example. "What marketing requested" shows a three-tiered swing, with cushions and lollypop dispensers. "What engineering came up with" shows a rocket-propelled platform, springing back-and-forth through a steel-reinforced tunnel. "What the customer really wanted," of course, was a truck tire hanging by a rope from a tree limb. This month, Sanjaya
Leveling the field
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4/19/2004   Post a comment
Suddenly it's 1984 all over again. We're being attacked abroad and from within.
Optical extension for the next tech node
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4/19/2004   Post a comment
Based on Rayleigh's equation, smaller resolution of state-of-the-art high-numerical-aperture ArF lithography can only be achieved with resolution-enhancement techniques.
Who's doing 90-nm tapeouts?
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4/19/2004   Post a comment
How many 90-nanometer tapeouts have there been to date, and which IC implementation tool vendors have been primarily responsible?
Where have the optimists gone?
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4/19/2004   Post a comment
Living in a connected world is depressing. And that's true whether you're connected to the news from Iraq, Afghanistan, Mexico or Washington; or scanning the local news in your daily paper.
We're not down yet
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4/19/2004   Post a comment
Heading east on I-70 into the Denver metro area, one encounters several large, blinking signs telling truckers that steep grades into Denver last longer and are more treacherous than they look.
April Newsletter: Jeff Bier's "Impulse Response"
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4/12/2004   Post a comment
BDTI's Jeff Bier offers commentary on the trend towards using complex, heterogeneous multiprocessor chips.
Some assembly required
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4/12/2004   Post a comment
Buying unassembled toys for your kids is always risky. Although the package may assure you of "quick and easy assembly," those of us who have had to put the darn things together know better.
Design myths surround strained SOI
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4/12/2004   Post a comment
Some industry observers believe strained silicon is preferable to silicon-on-insulator or strained SOI at 90-nanometer design rules, citing SOI, which often requires new design libraries, as being more difficult to integrate.
Will offshoring shift innovation's frontier?
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4/12/2004   Post a comment
There is a general awareness in high-technology industries that companies that spend more on research and development keep ahead of their competitors.
The vanishing microprocessor
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4/12/2004   Post a comment
Open a new wireless router and you probably won't find a processor chip, although last year's models had one.
Vendors team on manufacturability
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4/12/2004   Post a comment
A design-for-manufacturing standard-cell library solution specifically targeted at improving yield has been created by Prolific Inc., Circuit Semantics Inc. and Legend Design Technology Inc.
Innovate to win the zero-sum game
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4/12/2004   Post a comment
Sustainable technologies can be one of the sources of innovation and wealth creation that reverses the flow of jobs offshore.
Broadband promise
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4/12/2004   Post a comment
Three weeks ago, President Bush made a lofty promise about the future of broadband technology in the United States, saying his administration would work to ensure that homes across America are broadband-enabled by 2007.
Gbit Ethernet transition begins
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4/5/2004   Post a comment
This year, the revenue from Gigabit Ethernet chips will exceed that of Fast Ethernet for the first time.
Old school rules, for now
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4/5/2004   Post a comment
In Europe the old school has reared its head once again, as Ulrich Schumacher discovered when his got put on a pike. Schumacher's sudden resignation as CEO of Infineon Technologies suggests that North American- or Asian-style management still doesn't cut it in his society, where unions, reduced workweeks and old ways still hold sway.
Rethinking an engineer's education
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4/5/2004   Post a comment
In my composite role as administrator of the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) and engineering educator, I am greatly concerned about the impact of outsourcing on the engineering community, both in the short term and in the very long term.
China sets erratic course for IP
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4/5/2004   Post a comment
Kay Das is an R&D manager based in Singapore at an STMicroelectronics research center there, and China's push to develop its own standards for graphics processing, third-generation cell phones and other areas is causing him to learn fast about China's intellectual-property policies.
Microsoft: Jury still out on Linux
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4/1/2004   Post a comment
What role will Linux play in the embedded world? Chuck Murray talks to Scott Horn, director of the Embedded Devices Group for Microsoft Corp.
Wind River looks to Linux era
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4/1/2004   Post a comment
Wind River is focusing on Linux for select applications. Chuck Murray finds out what's ahead in an interview with Wind River's chief marketing officer, Dave Fraser.
A new tool for your business
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4/1/2004   Post a comment
We live in a tumultuous age in which reinvention is a necessity for survival. The magazine you hold in your hands is both a product of this tumult and a tool with a mission to help you navigate through your own reinvention. Above all else, we are launching Electronics Supply & Manufacturing to provide you with "actionable" editorial that, if applied and used, will lead to improved business performance for your company and for your supply and design chains.
Perspective: Mastering supply chain politics
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4/1/2004   Post a comment
The rising role of electronics manufacturing services (EMS) providers and original design manufacturers (ODMs) in the electronics industry has spurred a power shift in electronics supply chain management. In supply chains where EMS providers or ODMs play a role, OEMs and their purchasing departments no longer hold dictatorial authority over decisions regarding which component suppliers to work with and which parts to buy. Instead, EMS and ODM companies have achieved parity with many OEMs when it
Game Theory in supply chain management
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4/1/2004   Post a comment
An analysis of supply chain politics can benefit from applying game-theory concepts extensively. Game theory, according to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, studies the ways in which strategic interactions among rational players produce outcomes with respect to the preferences (or utilities) that none of those players might have intended. In simpler terms, game theory tries to explain the results of interactions between people or groups whose motives are opposed, or at least not identical
Last word: Watching for red flags
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4/1/2004   Post a comment
Two seemingly benign announcements made in the fall of 2000, when fundamentals appeared to be stronger than ever across the supply chain, turned out to be major red flags that perhaps things were not so rosy.


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