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Let's hear it for T and M
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6/30/2004   Post a comment
What analog engineer doesn't enjoy the "snick-snick" of those knurled knobs on the front of an Agilent or Tektronix high-speed scope? asks Steve Ohr in on editorial in the July issue of Planet Analog magazine. Some of the world's best analog engineers have an enviable skill set when it comes to test, he says.
Streitereien in der Umlaufbahn
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6/29/2004   Post a comment
Hubble darf nicht sterben! Mit dieser Forderung bedrängten Tausende Amateur-Astronomen die NASA, das betagte Weltraum-Teleskop nicht einfach seinem Schicksal zu überlassen. Jetzt scheint sich eine Lösung anzubahnen – eine echte Hightech-Lösung. Henning Wriedt beschreibt in 'Transatlantische Ansichten', wie das gehen soll.
Up, up and away
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6/28/2004   Post a comment
A private company punched a hole in space last week through which a flood of commercial space enterprises may gush in the coming years.
Blame the design, not the process
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6/28/2004   Post a comment
When technologists at Intel Corp.'s process development center in Hillsboro, Ore., began developing a 90-nanometer process four years ago, several engineers discovered that strain on the silicon channel resulted in much larger performance gains than could be readily explained.
ATM debate redux
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6/28/2004   Post a comment
This issue's news feature (page 18) focuses on the multiservices glut we're seeing on the network edge.
A quick review of DAC
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6/28/2004   Post a comment
Now that the Design Automation Conference is over, it's time for a quick look at highlights. Significant changes-and questions-emerged in design for manufacturability (DFM), electronic system-level (ESL) design, and design and verification languages.
Intel, vers de nouvelles avancées dans les équipements pour semi-conducteurs
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6/21/2004   Post a comment
Les jours du rendement à tout prix sont bel et bien finis dans le domaine de la fabrication de semi-conducteurs, rendant ainsi nécessaire une vague d’innovations peu onéreuses dans le secteur des équipements pour semi-conducteurs, a indiqué jeudi (17 juin) un responsable d’Intel Corp.
Rethinking analog integration
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6/21/2004   Post a comment
The drive to integrate analog circuits onto systems-on-chip in increasingly impossible processes has revolutionized analog design.
End of disaggregation
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6/21/2004   Post a comment
The electronics industry has done right by the world in taking an old notion-disaggregation-and pushing it to new heights.
As Sony exits PDAs, others may take call
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6/21/2004   Post a comment
The news that's created the most buzz in the past month seems to be Sony's an-nounced exit from the PDA market.
DAC lack: no talk on package defects
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6/21/2004   Post a comment
At this year's Design Automation Conference, Gartner Dataquest cited the growth of ASIC and FPGA usage.
Ac scan needed for nanoscale device testing
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6/21/2004   1 comment
Huge transistor counts, rising on-chip clock rates, the relentlessly escalating levels of integration in systems-on-chip, and the new types of defects seen in deep-submicron and nanometer processes are forcing IC design and test engineers to reevaluate traditional approaches to test.
Thoughts from on high
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6/21/2004   Post a comment
I have a theory that elevation influences thought. It has to do with the view.
Erst die Emotionen – dann die Fakten
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6/15/2004   Post a comment
Die Verlagerung von Arbeitsplätzen ins Ausland lässt Emotionen hoch kochen, in Europa wie in den USA. Ein Blick auf die Fakten könnte da für Abkühlung sorgen.
The alchemist's dream
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6/14/2004   Post a comment
The last few months have seen the advent of more tools to transform high-level signal-processing application descriptions into real-time implementations.
Malaise will be temporary
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6/14/2004   Post a comment
Events get slightly predictable when revolution is replaced by reformation and reconstruction, as the 1990s battle between ATM and Internet Protocol showed.
Is verification really 70 percent?
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6/14/2004   Post a comment
The oft-quoted statistic that functional verification takes 70 percent of the chip design cycle may be more myth than science, according to a new EDA user survey by EE Times.
FPGA-Markt ruft nach neuen Lizenzmodellen
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6/8/2004   Post a comment
Schneller, leistungsfähiger und gleichzeitig preiswerter: FPGAs werden für immer mehr Applikationen zur Plattform der Wahl. Der wünschenswerten Verbreitung von Standard-Architekturen steht jedoch das Fehlen geeigneter Lizenzmodelle im Weg.
A little respect, please
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6/7/2004   Post a comment
A big chunk of the industry will converge on sun-kissed San Diego this week to take in the salt air, play a little golf, peruse some new software tools and confront a few old demons.
Deciding on tiny drives
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6/7/2004   Post a comment
In my February column, I examined the niche market for using solid-state, DRAM-based disks to replace ubiquitous magnetoresistive disk drives.
A Verilog coup d'etat
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6/7/2004   Post a comment
Because of a recent decision by the Accellera standards group, it appears that there will be two Verilog standards: IEEE 1364 (Verilog 2005) and IEEE 1800 (SystemVerilog).
The end of microarchitecture
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6/7/2004   Post a comment
The evolution of microprocessor architecture through the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s can be viewed as a process of reusing techniques first implemented in IBM mainframes in the 1960s.
Opinion: Your logic analyzer can probe those forgotten signals!
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6/2/2004   Post a comment
Logic analysis is a powerful tool. However, the most powerful logic analyzer is useless without a sound probing connection to a system under test. If you approach the problem carefully, you'll find that you can even probe those "forgotten" signals. From eeProductCenter's Test and Measurement section, Agilent Technologies' engineers offer these pointers.
More than a supply chain
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6/1/2004   Post a comment
The term supply chain seems a woefully inadequate description of the complex relationships required to bring new products to market. A chain is linear, heavy and prone to rust. The metaphor just doesn't ring true.
Creating a green supply chain
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6/1/2004   Post a comment
Change in this area is inevitable. Corporations today have a choice: We can sit back and wait to be regulated in ways that we might not like very much, or we can engage in a dialogue to understand the issues and help develop solutions that are sustainable for the communities and for business.
Extreme outsourcing
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6/1/2004   Post a comment
Remember the days when OEMs did everything: systems, software, chips, direct sales, even materials? The corporate bingeing of the 1980s led to a massive hangover, and it took almost a decade of reengineering and downsizing to cure it.
Wird das Copyright von allen Seiten missbraucht?
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6/1/2004   Post a comment
Nach dem Siegenszug des Internet mit seinem Anspruch, den Informationsfluss von allen hemmenden Schranken zu befreien, lässt sich jetzt ein kultureller Roll-back beobachten: Die Content-Industrie sucht die Informationsflut unter ihre Kontrolle zu bekommen, um daran zu verdienen. In seinen 'Transatlantischen Ansichten' beschreibt Henning Wriedt, welche Blüten die Entwicklungin den USA treibt.


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