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ON Semi, Chinese appliance maker team on power lab
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ON Semiconductor Corp. and China-based home appliance maker Haier Group have teamed to set up a joint power laboratory at Haier's research & development center at Qingdao in Shandong Province, northern China.
August rejects Rudolph's hostile takeover bid
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August Technology Corp. said that it is still committed to a merger agreement with Nanometrics Inc. -- and has rejected a hostile bid to be acquired by Rudolph Technologies Inc.
Atheros' Q4 sales up 9%, '04 revenue jumps 94%
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Atheros Communications Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.), a developer of wireless LAN chipsets, said revenue in the fourth quarter was $41.7 million, compared with $38.3 million in the third quarter, an increase of 9 percent.
EDA models falling short for rapid production ramp ups
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Better models and analysis tools don't always translate into quick production ramp ups, an EDA industry executive told the DesignCon 2005 meeting.
Semiconductor market ends on slow note in 2004
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The semiconductor market ended on a slow note in December of 2004, as sales, unit volumes and average selling prices (ASPs) were down for the month.
Toshiba posts quarterly profit, cuts yearly outlook
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Japan's Toshiba Corp. reported a profit of 1.6 billion yen ($15.1 million) for the quarter, compared to a loss of 9.2 billion yen ($88.8 million) in the same period a year ago.
EPA names Phihong first external power supply Energy Star partner
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Philong is the first manufacturer of external power supplies to be named a partner of the Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR Program. The EPA presented Phihong with a Certificate of Recognition to acknowledge the company's involvement in helping the group develop energy standards and specifications for manufacturers.
Bluetooth SIG releases worldwide requirement database
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The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) released a regulatory database that provides an online reference for worldwide regulatory requirements.
AlGaInP laser diode market to boom by 2009 says analyst
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The market for AlGaInP laser diodes, a key element in optical drives, is expected to boom over the next five years, to become a $1.5 billion global market for the devices by 2009, according to market research company Strategy Analytics. Strategy Analytics ascribes this to sales of DVD players.
PCB 'synthesis' product automates component placement
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A startup launched by Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) researchers is preparing CircuitSpace, a pc-board "synthesis" tool that claims to be the first to bring user-assisted automated component placement to PCB designers.
Studenter först med svensk ZigBee-modul
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Den första svenska ZigBee-modulen är utvecklad av två studenter vid Linköpings universitet Jonas Olsson och Johan Lönn. De studerar på programmet Elektronikdesign vid Campus Norrköping.
Low-Power-Lastschalter mit minimalem Platzbedarf
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Fairchild Semiconductor erweitert seine Lastschalterserie für ultraportable Lösungen mit dem ersten integrierten Low power Load Switch der Serie Intellimax für mobile und batteriebetriebene Applikationen. Das neue Bauelement kombiniert Funktionsschutz, Steuerung und Fehlerüberwachung in einem SC-70 Gehäuse mit niedrigem Bauprofil.
L’Inde et la Chine cherchent à collaborer sur les logiciels
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L’Inde et la Chine, concurrents potentiels dans le secteur de la sous-traitance mondiale de logiciel, prennent actuellement des mesures pour augmenter le niveau de leurs activités commerciales réciproques dans ce secteur.
Les livraisons d’appareils photo numériques chutent face au ralentissement du marché
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Les livraisons d’appareils photo numériques, fabriqués au Japon, ont atteint 6,1 millions d’unités en décembre, en baisse de 11% sur une base séquentielle mais en hausse de 22% par rapport à la même période de l’année passée, selon RBC Capital Markets Inc.
Marconi, Huawei to cooperate on product development, marketing
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U.K. telecom equipment market Marconi has taken a step toward expanding its operations into the Chinese and Asian markets, linking with Huawei Technologies Inc. in a deal that will allow it to provide Huawei's carrier-grade data products to key customers in Europe while Huawei gets access to Marconi's access radio gear.
Chinese foundry with Intel links licenses flash from SST
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Flash memory developer Silicon Storage Technology Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.) has entered into an investment, technology licensing and foundry relationship with Nanotech Corp., a semiconductor foundry located in Changzhou, China, according to SST.
Former TSMC executive joins MoSys board
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Chenming Hu, a former chief technology officer of chip foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. and presently the TSMC Distinguished Chair Professor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley, has joined the board of directors of Monolithic System Technologies Inc. (MoSys) of Sunnyvale, California.
Array-bearbetning utnyttjar hårdvaran bättre
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Fast Fourier Transform (FFT), och omvänd FFT (IFFT) har fått stor användning för att detektera respektive skapa OFDM-modulerade signaler. Omvandlingarna görs bäst i en programmerbar plattform eftersom man då får en flexibilitet att kunna ändra antalet bärvågor, deras inbördes frekvensavstånd och kanalbandbredder.
Kameramobiler sänker halvledargiganter
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Toshiba, japans näst största halvledartillverkare, med presidenten Tadashi Okamura i ledningen kan bara ta hem 10 procent av fjolårets vinst. Prisras på digitala kameror och mobiltelefoner gör att trots stora ökningar i kvantitet så faller vinsten för Toshibas tillverkning av flashminnen
Software-Architektur hält Autos jung
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Als Brückenschlag zwischen den kurzen Entwicklungszeiten der IuK-Branche und den langen Produktlebensysklen im Automobilbau hat Siemens VDO eine Softwarearchitektur vorgestellt: Sie gestattet es, die Funktionen elektronischer Geräte im Auto auch nachträglich anzupassen – per Softeware-Download.
TTPCom links with ARM for 3G designs
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TTPCom and ARM have started collaborating on 3G intellectual property platforms, the first fruits of which will see TTP Com integrating an ARM 11 processor core with the its Cellular Baseband Engine (CBEmacro) technology.
Security techs go begging for a clear safety strategy
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As the United States struggled to adjust to its dark new reality following the terror attacks of September 2001, one of the first phenomena to rise from the rubble was a booming security-technology market that today remains in runaway expansion mode. But all that activity hasn't yet translated into an effective vision for enhancing public safety, some industry experts say.
Culture clash can't keep Linux from consumers
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Linux is fast gaining momentum in consumer electronics, despite a culture clash between CE and open-source engineers and a laundry list of unresolved technical issues that are weighing down the pace of progress.
Guiding light for optical circuits
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Cornell professor Michal Lipson heads a research group of a dozen EEs pursuing nanoscale photonics. The team has created silicon photonic chips that confine light in very small cavities that can slow down, enhance and otherwise manipulate the optical properties of light. These pioneering nanostructures enhance the light-matter interaction in silicon by orders of magnitude, Lipson claims, enabling a material's optical properties to be controlled externally — either electrically or with anoth
Security Decrypted?
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As corporate networks expand distributed security functions to keep up with interception and hacker attacks, thin clients are being tasked with many more functions than the simple block encryption that defined a secure transmission in past decades. Depending on the type of network and a client's place in it, a node may need to encrypt data, authenticate a message or a user, create a secure virtual private network to connect a telecommuter to a home office, and enable secure transactions using a
Plastic chips tap IR, solar power
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Development of a low-cost plastic infrared photovoltaic material by a group at the University of Toronto could herald a major step forward for solar power, its creators believe, by enabling solar-powered systems to also harvest infrared emissions.
International team boosts thin films
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The United States, Italy and China are cooperating to develop superior thin-film technologies that could endow future devices with properties not possible in today's processing.
Dual strategy for security in silicon
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The debate continues over the best way to solve various security-related problems in silicon. Is a multicore processor that handles multiple functions like encryption, Internet Protocol Security tunnels and the Secure Sockets Layer the best solution?
Immortal Works 105
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Those lucky stiffs. The following readers and their captions were chosen by our august judges as worthy of instant fame. They've raised the bar for all future contributors. Silly fools
Taiwan tips memory card format
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A technology consortium in Taiwan is putting the finishing touches on a memory card format that it says is twice as speedy as, yet cheaper than, USB 2.0.
Phased-array antennas get MEMS relays
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XCom Wireless Inc. has begun sampling packaged MEMS-based relays and varactors that achieve 18-GHz frequencies, the company said, with Q factors in the 150 range.
Flash forward to smaller cards
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A Taiwanese flash card maker said that it will take the wraps off a new flash memory architecture this March at the CeBit IT exhibition in Hannover, Germany.
IC floor planning moves ahead
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A new approach to IC floor planning is said to reduce wire length while running orders of magnitude faster than previous solutions.
False paths get a true reading
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Claiming to eliminate a tedious manual process, Averant Inc. has introduced an automatic verification tool for false and multicycle paths.
Cool tech survives shop's closing
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Despite promises of breakthrough technology in IC physical design, EDA startup AmmoCore is going into liquidation.
S2io is now Neterion
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S2io Inc., which took an early lead in 10-Gbit Ethernet accelerator cards, has gone through a name change to become Neterion Inc. Chief executive Dave Zabrowski said S2io was a trifle too geeky for a company making early plans for an eventual public offering and looking to expand its base in data center 10-Gbit architectures.
Piezoelectrics move to nanoscale
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A team at Central Michigan University (Mount Pleasant) is striving toward a model that will let designers build application-specific piezoelectric semiconductors.
Hope floats for new DRAM
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A potentially revolutionary 90-nanometer DRAM technology — claiming gains in speed, size and power consumption — has been developed by a Swiss startup.
Will anyone miss FCC's Powell?
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Pariahs and heroes tend to cast bigger shadows than their real impact would warrant. Michael Powell may be remembered by history as an FCC chairman whose long-term influence didn't stack up to his press releases.
Education: a worthy debate
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As a sign I once saw perceptively noted, "The rat race is over. The rats won." The debate about design outsourcing is also over.
Insecure customer service
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The complaint most heard during the corporate hollowing-out of the 21st century is that companies throughout the manufacturing and service industries have either automated customer-service functions or outsourced them.
Outsourcing trend proves: Complex by design
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The outsourcing of design engineering has become an increasingly prevalent practice.
Outsourcing trend proves: Complex by design
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The outsourcing of design engineering has become an increasingly prevalent practice.
India, China exert inexorable pull
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Of the two main destinations for offshore design work, China may get the headlines, but India seems to be garnering the jobs.
Cypress hones global design edge
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Cypress Semiconductor president and CEO T.J. Rodgers is one of Silicon Valley's most outspoken defenders of outsourcing.
Design outsourcing: Beware of pitfalls
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There's no question that outsourcing is gaining momentum. But before shipping your design to a third party halfway 'round the world, keep in mind that outsourcing is not always a panacea.
A research report: Design outsourcing
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A research report: Design outsourcing
Effektiv kanalindelare för FPGA
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IP-block för FPGA-kretsar gör dem till effektiva decimeringskretsar för kanalindelning i en digital radiomottagare. Genom att inte använda standarkretsar är det möjligt att hantera fler kanaler på en given kiselyta. Tekniken är utvecklad av RF Engines Ltd och beskrivs här av John Lillington, vd och chefstekniker från detta företag som är beläget på Isle of Wight.
Mycket snabb A/D-omvandlare i CMOS
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ADC081000 är en 8 bit A/D-omvandlare som kan samplas med 1 GSa/s och som har 1,8 GHz analog bandbred. Den tillverkas av National Semiconductor i en 0,18 µm CMOS-process och uppnår bättre än 7,5 ENOB (antal användbara bitar), skriver här Bengt Andersson ICU Scandinavia AB.
Sierra Wireless, Qualcomm team on HSDPA designs
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Sierra wireless said Monday (Jan. 31) that it is using Qualcomm's MSM6275 chipset for the development of high-speed data packet access (HSDPA) PC cards.
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