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Stock analyst turns focus knob on Intersil: Can restructuring of operations offset slower end market growth?
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7/29/2004   Post a comment
Doug Freedman of American Technology Research reiterates a "Hold" rating on Intersil stock. His view of the Xicor acquisition and the sale of the WiFi business is generally positive, but with sluggish PC, flat screen and DVD-R markets, Freedman says the company have an uphill battle to increase its share.
Schrumpfkur bei Chips macht Asien reich
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7/29/2004   Post a comment
Das Gesundschrumpfen ihrer Chip-Imperien ließen sich japanische Unternehmen im Jahr 2002 einiges kosten. Doch schon 2003 reagierte die japanische Wirtschaft mit deutlichen Aufwärtstendenzen.
PCI Express requires ATE strategy
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7/26/2004   Post a comment
As PCI Express becomes mainstream, IDMs and fabless companies face a new breed of test challenges requiring new production test strategies.
Chip shakeout brings riches to Asia
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7/26/2004   Post a comment
Japan's electronics giants spent much of 2002 disaggregating their silicon empires, which led to some dramatic changes last year.
Content is king? Not for Sony, ironically
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7/26/2004   Post a comment
To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Walkman — the day Sony practically invented personal audio electronics — the company is introducing a hard-drive-based digital music player to take on Apple's successful iPod.
Wary Wall Street is growing overcautious
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7/26/2004   Post a comment
Semicon West kicked off in an odd fashion earlier this month, and I'm still scratching my head about it.
Tenuous schedule
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7/26/2004   Post a comment
It's hard to imagine 450-mm wafers-heck, the sight of 300-mm wafers today can still cause eyeballs to bug-but they're not far down the road.
NPUs and FPGAs: on different planes?
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7/26/2004   Post a comment
One fringe benefit of all intelligence moving to the edge of the public network is that small boxes have to grapple with complex, multiprotocol tasks.
Eine vielversprechende Zukunft für ATM
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7/26/2004   Post a comment
Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) als Technologie für den Austausch von Daten in Multiservice-Netzwerken ist nach langer Entwicklungszeit mittlerweile ausgereift. Seine Zukunftsaussicht ist dabei durchaus positiv, denn die ATM-Technik funktioniert und ist weit verbreitet. Immer mehr Kommunikations-Ausrüstungen der jetzigen und kommenden Generation bieten zudem Multiservice-Fähigkeiten unter Verwendung neuer Technologien wie ATM zusammen mit dem auf dem Internet Protocol (IP) basierenden Multi-Pro
Im Handymarkt ist für Unruhe gesorgt
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7/22/2004   Post a comment
Während der größte Mobiltelefonanbieter Nokia einen Schwächeanfall erlebt, sind die Konkurrenten schnell zur Stelle, um dem Branchenriesen Marktanteile abzuknöpfen. Leitwolf bei dieser Hatz ist Samsung Electronics.
Aluminum Cap Multipliers - why we can't have them and eat them too
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7/21/2004   Post a comment
With virtually the highest available CV (capacitance time voltage) capability, accompanied by the lowest cost, aluminum capacitors are still not even close to getting canned into history books, as some would think. Some of our younger engineers get rather charged up thinking about ceramic and modern polymer technologies, writes columnist Sanjaya Maniktala. They should really be paying closer attention to aluminum electrolytics.
Flexibilität wird zum Schlüssel zur Profitabilität
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7/21/2004   Post a comment
Für Halbleiterhersteller, die Prozessor-IP (Intellectual Property) anbieten, gibt es ein neues Paradigma. Es besteht darin, den bisherigen Leitspruch 'Schneller, billiger, sparsamer' durch den Flexibilitätsaspekt zu ergänzen. Um auf dem äußerst wettbewerbsintensiven Gebiet des Designs prozessorbasierter System-on-a-Chip-Produkte (SoC) bestehen zu können, müssen die Chiphersteller ihre Fokussierung ändern.
Wireless innovation rolls on
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7/19/2004   Post a comment
Call me a nerd (though never a geek), but I still find technology fascinating. Over the years I've moved from pure engineering to (gasp!) marketing and then management, but I still love to spend time tinkering with something new or being otherwise involved with the leading edge.
Spin-on, low-k dielectrics remain viable
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7/19/2004   Post a comment
Although low-k dielectrics with k values in the range of 3.0 have already been introduced into back-end-of-the-line pilot production, the ultimate ultra-low-k material that complies with all the requirements of the future microelectronics industry has not yet been found.
Wild cards galore in handsets
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7/19/2004   Post a comment
As Nokia Corp. seemingly falters and shows signs of weakness, the sharks are quickly gathering to nip and chomp bits of market share, with Samsung Electronics leading the attack.
Looking for a successor to the 6-T SRAM
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7/19/2004   Post a comment
The search for a successor to the six-transistor (6-T) SRAM cell is gathering momentum. Initially, this pursuit might have appeared to be a case of new technology looking for an application.
Is the party really over?
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7/19/2004   Post a comment
Merrill Lynch sucked the oxygen out of the room last week with the most bearish outlook issued to date for semiconductors and semiconductor equipment.
Motes – das Computernetz im Hintergrund
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7/13/2004   Post a comment
Mit 'Smart Dust' haben Vernetzung und Miniaturisierung der Computer einen Grad erreicht, wo ganz neue Anwendungen möglich werden. in der neuesten Ausgabe von 'Transatlantische Ansichten' zeigt Henning Wriedt, welche Perspektiven diese autonomen Computernetze eröffnen.
Manufacturing matters
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7/12/2004   Post a comment
Electronics is now the biggest manufacturing industry in the world. What's more, it is growing at an average annual rate of 8 percent, and getting even bigger.
Outsourcing, part 2: Design
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7/12/2004   Post a comment
This paper made a big deal of Nortel's outsourcing of optical design teams to Flextronics (July 5, page 1), and not just because our readership is dominated by design engineers.
The many facets of CMOS scaling
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7/12/2004   Post a comment
It's hard to be terribly optimistic about CMOS device scaling, particularly as power consumption replaces raw performance as the chief concern.
Answers in the stars
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7/12/2004   Post a comment
We humans tend to fixate on the ground, but a recent achievement has given more than just the habitual stargazers among us reason to look up and wonder.
High-speed CAN transceiver offers 3.3V or 5.0V logic
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7/7/2004   Post a comment
AMI Semiconductor introduced a high-speed CAN transceiver that combines true 3.3V or 5.0V logic interfaces, excellent EMC performance and a new environmentally friendly package.
A debatable issue: Fair compensation for long hours?
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7/6/2004   Post a comment
Now that the employment picture is beginning to brighten, engineers are looking at the kind of hours they've been putting in and starting to wonder if they've been fairly compensated. Our intrepid recruiter, Gary Fowler entertains a radical proposal and asks you to take a stance: Should we get paid by the hour?
A wiser way to evaluate career prospects
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7/5/2004   Post a comment
The resumes are flying with the slightly improved job market, and people have the luxury of making career choices for the first time since 2001.
Unwiring home audio/video
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7/5/2004   1 comment
Two megatrends in home computing-wireless networking and the digitization of music and video-are beginning to collide.
Consumers turn to media servers
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7/5/2004   Post a comment
The explosive adoption of broadband connectivity and home-networking technologies by consumers has laid the groundwork for new killer applications centered on digital media.
Push-over-Cellular braucht Quality of Service
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7/5/2004   Post a comment
Mit Push-over-Cellular (PoC), einem neuen Sprachkommunikationsdienst über Mobilfunknetze, wollen die Netzbetreiber den müden Markt wieder in Schwung bringen. Anstatt eines zeitaufwändigen Verbindungsaufbaus ist dabei eine sofortige Kommunikation mit einem oder mehreren Teilnehmern durch nur einen Tastendruck möglich. Diese neue Kommunikationsart eröffnet sowohl für Kunden aus dem Geschäftsbereich als auch für private Anwender neue Möglichkeiten und ist eine interessante Alternative zur bislang ü
Evolving beyond apprenticeship
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7/1/2004   Post a comment
The biggest difference between building construction and software engineering is the maturity of the construction industry.
Profits from turmoil
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7/1/2004   Post a comment
As the electronics industry becomes ever more global, it gets increasingly fragmented. This seeming contradiction is nonetheless true because globalization is generally viewed from the perspective of the worldwide reach of multinational corporations.
A new era beckons
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7/1/2004   Post a comment
The nominations, please
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7/1/2004   Post a comment
Chances are you don't recognize the face on this month's cover, but Jason Sun and his company, Cellon International, are challenging some of the fundamental assumptions of product development--specifically, that an OEM must own the design process. A five-year-old design house specializing in handset design, Cellon has an innovative business model with implications beyond cell phones.


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