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Crisp air, blurred vision
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9/29/2004   Post a comment
As the sun slants lower in the sky and the leaves start to turn, a leisurely walk through the Valley seems in order.
Patient capital, not bulls, will win the day
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9/29/2004   Post a comment
The end of this week represents the two-year anniversary of the first bull market since the double whammy of the telecom recession and September 11.
Bringing back the excitement
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9/29/2004   Post a comment
Joe Costello, former Cadence Design Systems CEO and winner of this year's EDA Consortium Phil Kaufman award, recently spoke of a lack of vision and excitement in the EDA industry.
Elektronik im Auto: Die Liebe zum Detail macht's
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9/29/2004   Post a comment
Ob japanische Hersteller ihre Autos nach der Methode des 'functional build' bauen oder nicht, das ist den Ingenieuren von der Automobil-Prüfstelle der amerikanischen Verbraucherorganisation 'Consumers Union' (CU) ziemlich egal. Nur so viel wissen die Verbraucherschützer aus East Haddam in Connecticut, nachdem sie tausende Fahrzeuge bis auf die letzte Schraube zerlegt haben: Japanische Autos sind grundsätzlich anders.
An alternative approach to software construction
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9/27/2004   Post a comment
The software reliability crisis has little to do with greed, engineering incompetence' or the lack of codes. Something fundamental is wrong with the way we program our computers.
Fall rising
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9/27/2004   Post a comment
Shaking off summer's sloth, we head into fall with key initiatives and features designed to enhance the news and information feed you get from EE Times.
Semiconductor inventory pain is in effect
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9/27/2004   Post a comment
When the semiconductor industry began its rapid revenue deterioration in the fourth quarter of 2000, many industry pundits cited excess inventory as the cause of all the trouble. Indeed, at least on the surface, the evidence was there. That quarter, semiconductor inventory in the supply chain moved from 15 percent excess to 46 percent excess. It later became clear, however, that the cause of the semiconductor industry's troubles was a collapse in end demand, particularly in the enterprise sector
Voice chips finally take off
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9/27/2004   Post a comment
After a long wait, the voice-over-Internet Protocol market is off and running. In the U.S., Verizon is poised to move tens of millions of subscribers to VoIP; SBC offers hosted VoIP services; and Yahoo Broadband has signed up more than 3 million VoIP subscribers.
Anti-aging trick: Drive a ragtop
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9/27/2004   Post a comment
Methinks having a convertible helps one stay young.
XAP RISC processor moves up to 32 bits
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9/27/2004   Post a comment
Cambridge Consultants Ltd. has produced a third member of its XAP family of RISC processor cores, optimized to handle 32-bit data.
An analyst on Intersil: Very committed to the PC space
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9/24/2004   Post a comment
A number of observers have wondered whether Intersil was losing its edge in the power management device market. International Rectifier, for example, reported design wins on Pentium motherboards and server cards - places where Intersil maintained hegemony. American Technology Research's Doug Freedman went to an analyst meeting Thursday (September 23rd), and reported "they seemed very committed to the PC space."
Truths, lies and FPGA prototypes
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9/23/2004   Post a comment
Almost anyone can place two field-programmable gate array devices on a board and declare, "Ready to prototype." This is not exactly true with two FPGAs, and unrealistic with more than five or six.
Maßgeschneiderte ASICs sind nicht immer das Nonplusultra
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9/23/2004   Post a comment
Niedrige Kosten bei hohen Stückzahlen - nach Adam Riese müssten maßgeschneiderte ASICs die bevorzugte Wahl für Consumer-Elektronik sein. Doch bei Recherchen zu einem Artikel musste ich feststellen, dass das nicht immer der Fall ist.
Sematech fab opens its arms to nonmembers
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9/20/2004   Post a comment
International Sematech has re-engineered itself in significant ways over the past two years while sticking to its core mission of furthering the manufacturing skills of its members.
Comms security: a one-legged stool
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9/20/2004   Post a comment
In these pages last month, I stressed the need for top-level executives to treat communications security as an end-to-end necessity for corporate spending. However, if we flip the telescope around and look at security spending from the point of view of crypto or firewall specialists, it's easy to exaggerate the impact of a security miniboom on overall corporate IT trends.
When custom ASICs aren't the answer
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9/17/2004   Post a comment
In researching an upcoming article on consumer electronics, I made this assumption that turned out wrong: Custom ASICs would be the solution of choice, given their lower costs at high volumes.
Motorola HCS12, une gamme de microcontrôleurs pour des applications automobiles
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9/16/2004   Post a comment
Les experts prévoient que la part de l’électronique dans un véhicule atteindra bientôt 20 % pour les petites voitures et plus de 30 % pour les voitures de luxe. Ces chiffres prennent en compte les systèmes d’aide à la conduite mais également les équipements multimédias, sans oublier les dispositifs de contrôle du moteur.
Selon une étude de Gartner, 40 % des fabricants de circuits intégrés sont appelés à disparaître
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9/15/2004   Post a comment
L’industrie des semi-conducteurs s’est transformée en un marché gonflé de centaines de fournisseurs en concurrence dans une arène surpeuplée. Les conséquences pourraient s’avérer dramatiques puisque, selon une étude de Gartner Inc. en date du 13 septembre, jusqu’à 40 % des fournisseurs actuels de semi-conducteurs sont appelés à disparaître au cours des 10 prochaines années.
FPGA's vs. ASIC's
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9/13/2004   Post a comment
Deciding between ASICs and FPGAs requires designers to answer tough questions concerning costs, tool availability and effectiveness, as well as how best to present the information to management to guarantee support throughout the design process.
A quick guide to e-voting issues
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9/13/2004   Post a comment
Our country is facing a potential threat that's more imminent than any of the environmental issues I usually talk about here. What's got me worried is a series of documented irregularities, operational problems and design flaws experienced by many of the electronic voting systems that will be used in this fall's presidential election.
Let's get it right with parts info
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9/13/2004   Post a comment
In my last few columns I have highlighted the shortcomings of today's components.
Design-for-manufacturability needed at 90 nm
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9/13/2004   Post a comment
As process technologies scale below 0.13 micron, challenges in manufacturing cost-effective new designs are increasing.
WLAN deployments: Let's get dense
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9/13/2004   Post a comment
Remember the days when long-distance rates dropped at 5 p.m.? I used to plan my day around that, delaying those lengthy calls to California. Times change, of course, but old habits take a little longer.
EBV Elektronik présente la gestion personnalisée de la chaîne logistique
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9/13/2004   Post a comment
Mondialisation, tension sur les prix, temps d’accès au marché… Ces trois facteurs obligent les fabricants d’équipements électroniques à rechercher le meilleur moyen de gérer leur chaîne logistique. Pour une implémentation réussie, les fournisseurs de services, tels qu’EBV Elektronik, mettent à votre disposition des programmes personnalisés dédiés à la chaîne de gestion, des outils flexibles haut de gamme et des expe
Freedman on Linear Technology Corp: Summer weakness continues
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9/8/2004   Post a comment
We periodically republish recommendations from Doug Freedman of American Technology Research because they shed good light on what kinds of analog parts are going through the supply chain. We do not necessarily agree (or disagree) with his recommendations. In this report, Doug is being kind to Linear Technology, even though he sees that company experiencing the same kind of third-quarter slow downs as its competitors. The full text of his report is here.
Student's dilemma
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9/6/2004   Post a comment
You worry about your design job-your very rewarding design job-being shipped off to Bangalore and your career being turned upside down.
To fab or not to fab? Consider the stats
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9/6/2004   Post a comment
For as long as I can remember, passionate semiconductor industry participants and investors have pondered the question: "Which business model is superior: fabless or IDM?" This debate has always been theoretical, often qualitative and mostly anecdotal.
Needed: smarter NICs
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9/6/2004   Post a comment
As network speed increases faster than processor speed, a crossover point is looming that will create opportunities for a new class of product: protocol processors.
Thoughts on turning 70
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9/6/2004   Post a comment
I was born in Chicago on Aug. 15, 1934.
The battle for logic synthesis
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9/6/2004   Post a comment
Can Synopsys maintain its historic near-monopoly in logic synthesis?
Secrets to a successful alliance
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9/1/2004   Post a comment
Every day OEM managers are faced with the challenges of creating time lines and getting products delivered on schedule. A common solution is to partner with a contract manufacturer or original design manufacturer to get the product designed, built and tested for timely delivery to your customers.
The OEM evolution
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9/1/2004   Post a comment
Decades ago, OEMs began outsourcing materials, but nobody foresaw the avalanche to come. Today, OEMs outsource everything from system and semiconductor design and manufacturing to software and intellectual property (IP).
Behind schedule
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9/1/2004   Post a comment
The glass may be half full or it may be half empty, but either way we are talking half measures. That's the worrying conclusion from a recent environmental-compliance survey conducted by Electronics Supply & Manufacturing and Design Chain Associates, and underwritten by Avnet Inc.
Are you a champion of change?
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9/1/2004   Post a comment
Two stories in this month's issue deal with e-procurement — the Motorola Inc. cover story on page 38 and the General Dynamics case study on page 58. Both companies have revamped their procurement processes, invested heavily in supply chain software tools and are reporting dramatic results from using the Web. In Motorola's case, the results were so impressive that the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences selected the company and its software vendor Emptoris Inc.


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