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FCC OKs Verizon's MCI acquisition
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The Federal Communications Commission approved the proposed acquisition of MCI Inc. by Verizon Communications Inc. after concluding the transaction advances the public interest.
Siddall steps down as Credence executive chairman
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Graham Siddall has stepped down as executive chairman of automated test equipment supplier Credence Systems, 10 months after being replaced as CEO.
Lattice rolls out ispLEVER 5.1 programmable logic design tools
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Lattice Semiconductor announced the immediate availability of the ispLEVER 5.1 programmable logic design tool suite.
Texas Prototypes hones NPI model
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What does a Design Chain Champion do for an encore? Texas Prototypes Inc., for one, has continued to hone the business model that resulted in its being named one of Electronics Supply & Manufacturing's 2004 Supply & Design Chain champions.
Get fully populated and tested power supplies within seven days
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Fairchild Semiconductor introduces its Power-On-Demand, an online capability that streamlines product selection and design for 10-25W AC/DC Switch Mode Power Supplies.
Blade readiness assessment helps data center managers
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American Power Conversion says its new Blade Readiness Assessment Service informs IT professionals of the feasibility of deploying blade servers in their current data center installations.
Dell to fall short of guidance
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Dell Computer said it expects to achieve a non-GAAP earnings per share of 39 cents, the low end of the range of its previous guidance for fiscal 2006 third quarter, and expects revenue to be $13.9 billion, below its original guidance of $14.1 to $14.5 billion.
Startup claims breakthrough in fuel cells
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Startup PolyFuel Inc. said that it has achieved a critical milestone that could propel the mass adoption of fuel cells in PDAs, cellular phones and notebook computers.
Outsourcing helps, not hurts U.S. economy, says trade group
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Global outsourcing of U.S software and IT services has benefitted the domestic economy by improving wages, encouraging investment and spending, and ultimately by increasing the number of jobs, according to a study by the Information Technology Association of America.
Cadence now trading solely on Nasdaq
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Cadence Design Systems, EDA's largest company, is now being traded exclusively on the Nasdaq National Market.
Qualcomm: the problem or scapegoat?
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It was not a major surprise that six leading communications companies filed complaints with the European Commission (EC) against CDMA chipset giant Qualcomm Inc. But is Qualcomm is the problem or the scapegoat?
Court OKs Mosaid request to appeal Infineon case
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Semiconductor IP supplier Mosaid Technologies Inc. has announced that U.S. District Judge Fogel has issued a stipulation and order granting the company the right to appeal the court judgement in its patent dispute with Infineon Technologies AG.
Cavendish Kinetics appoints two to pursue business
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Cavendish Kinetics NV, a Dutch startup planning to offer CMOS-compatible embedded non-volatile memory using MEMS technology, has made two appointments intended to help the company pursue the next phase of its business.
Nokia unveils DVB-H broadcast solution
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Nokia Inc. has announced a commercial service management solution for DVB-H services, the Nokia Mobile Broadcast Solution 3.0, that supports the broadcasting of different types of digital content such as live TV, radio and video clips over DVB-H networks to mobile devices.
STATS ChipPAC, UTAC appear primed for growth
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Better than anticipated quarterly results from assembly and test firms STATS ChipPAC and United Test and Assembly Center signal further growth ahead for both firms, analysts said.
Infineon, union agree to close plant, says report
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Semiconductor maker Infineon Technologies AG said it has agreed with a labor union to close an outdated memory chip plant in southern Germany in 2007, according to an Associated Press report.
The Wal-Mart economy
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Though much of the economy has rebounded since the dot-com crash, and though engineers are being hired now, I'm still flooded with tales of woe from developers unsuccessfully searching for work. Here's an e-mail from a correspondent who wishes to remain anonymous: "There seems to be a great discrepancy between 'official' numbers and the truth. I worked as a software engineer/embedded developer for several years, but I can't buy a job right now.
Let feds pay high costs of snooping
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Eleven years ago, EE Times warned readers of the hidden costs of the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (Calea), then known as the Digital Telephony Act. By requiring service providers of all sizes to install packet-snooping gateways in their peering centers and central offices, at the carrier's own cost, the federal government was demanding the equivalent of an "unfunded mandate" for all players in broadband communications.
'Next big thing' may be process, not a product
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IBM Research is celebrating its 60th anniversary in a year that may prove to be as transformational as 1945 was, for the company and for the world in general. Where the year IBM Corp.'s research arm was founded marked the start of the Cold War and the nuclear-arms race, from now on it may be intangibles — such as information, software and intellectual property, delivered via the Internet — that will be the center of global struggles for dominance, rather than physical products such as
Dell's $99 printer gambit
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When Dell introduced the 1100 monochrome laser printer in the United States and Europe in June, the 1100 became the lowest-priced laser printer on the market. Having set an introductory price of only $99, Dell aggressively undercut its nearest competitors, Samsung and Konica Minolta, which both offered similar printers but for at least $50 more. Dell also sought to redefine price entry points for the growing small-office/home-office (Soho) consumer printing segment.
China's designers court Wall Street
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Two of China's top fabless IC makers are heading for the Nasdaq, the first in the country's fast-growing chip design sector to see if they can cash in on a hunch.
Process R&D 'a team sport'
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Even the mightiest manufacturer can't go it alone anymore.
Matsushita skips 90-nm, shipping 65-nm
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Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. will make a strategic move from 130-nanometer manufacturing to the 65-nm generation this month as it begins to ship 65-nm chips in volume.
Consumer era gives birth to 'gigafabs'
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Just as giants of the retail world are erecting massive "megastores," so the chip industry is eyeing supersized foundries to build the ICs for the products that wind up on those retailers' shelves.
Verifying large models in RTL simulation
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Using Silicon Graphics' ccNUMA memory architecture as an example, ASIC designer Debra Klopfenstein shows how you can efficiently represent extremely large models in RTL simulation environments.
IC design is a 'package' deal
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As chip designers, Kaushik Sheth and Egino Sarto struggled to fit silicon into cost-effective packages.
DOD eyes comms for disaster response
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The U.S. Northern Command will consider any and all technologies that will help it develop a flexible and survivable communications network to respond to future domestic disasters, Northern Command Commander Adm. Timothy Keating told the Homeland Defense Symposium here last week.
Test diagnostic tool helps to increase yields
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Mentor Graphics promises to simplify IC failure analysis with Monday's release of its YieldAssist diagnostic tool.
Startup Rio making design a 'package' deal
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Startup Rio Design Automation plans to provide software that lets chip designers optimize the placement of I/Os, bumps and pins and to "synthesize" interconnects between I/Os on different dice.
Broadcom licenses Optimode DSP from ARM
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Fabless communications chip company Broadcom Corp. has extended its relationship with ARM Holdings plc by licensing Optimode data engine technology.
Årets Elektronikföretag specialist på markradar.
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På Elektronik i Nordens årliga evenemang, Bransch-punschen, presenterades årets elektronikföretag: Malå GeoScience AB.
Panel looks at ways to clean up nanotech's act
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Nanostructured materials are poised to revolutionize engineering, offering an unprecedented level of control over physical properties.
SILICON PROCESSING: Test diagnostic tool helps to increase yields
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Pity the IC failure analysis expert. While scan test data provides a starting point for diagnosis, isolating fault locations and identifying defect types is tough.
WIRELESS: Startups' mini-PCI card kit, chip set fuel WiMax race
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As two startups fighting to be heard above the big WiMax guns of Intel and Fujitsu, Sequans Communications and Wavesat Inc. this week will separately announce a chip set and a mini-PCI card reference kit designed to accelerate WiMax development and deployment.
SERVERS: IBM servers to use Neterion's 10-Gbit Ethernet adapters
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IBM Corp. has signed an OEM agreement with 10-Gbit Ethernet startup Neterion Inc., making Neterion's Xframe II adapters a standard element in xSeries servers from the IBM systems and technology group. While the formal deal is limited to Neterion's PCI-X 2.0 adapter card, IBM and Neterion are continuing informal talks about alternative designs placing Xframe ASICs on the BladeCenter CPU card itself, or in alternative bus adapters such as PCI Express.
NETWORKS: Boards offer 224 ports of 10G Ethernet
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Force10 Networks Inc. has stuffed 224 ports of 10-Gbit Ethernet into its E1200 chassis, following up on the more than 1,000 ports of Gigabit Ethernet per node it fielded last spring.
TEST: Agilent targets Ethernet passive optical networks
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Agilent Technologies Inc. has upgraded its N2X multipurpose test system with a hardware/software test suite specifically designed for Ethernet-based passive optical network (PON) systems.
SECURE NETWORKS: Tarari rolls fourth-generation content processors
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Tarari Inc. has introduced the fourth generation of its Regular Expression (RegEx) content processors for application-layer acceleration.
Nanotech pioneer Richard Smalley dead at 62
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Nobel laureate Richard Smalley, co-discoverer of the buckyball, died on Oct. 28 in Houston after a long battle with cancer. He was 62.
Analyst raises 2005 chip market forecast
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After global September chip sales came in above expectations, Handelsbanken Capital Markets has raised its forecast for the 2005 semiconductor market annual growth from 4 percent to 6 percent. The company predicted that the market would grow a further 9 percent in 2006.
Le MIT et Nokia ouvrent un laboratoire de recherche
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Le Laboratoire d’informatique et d’intelligence artificielle (CSAIL) du Massachusetts Institute of Technology et le Centre de recherche de Nokia ont annoncé un projet de recherche collaborative sur les technologies de communication et l’informatique mobile avancée. Le nouveau laboratoire de recherche s’appellera le Centre de recherche Nokia Cambridge et sera situé près du campus du MIT.
Lattice : Pertes trimestrielles et suppressions d’emplois
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Dans un climat de recul ce trimestre, Lattice Semiconductor Corp. a annoncé une réorganisation et un plan de suppression de 12 à 14% de ses effectifs.
Hausse de la demande en ASIC structurés
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Selon une étude menée par Frost and Sullivan, l’innovation dans le secteur des circuits intégrés ainsi que la demande croissante de systèmes électroniques hautes performances guident la demande de circuits intégrés à application spécifique (ASIC) structurés.
WiMedia/USB chips meet 480-Mb/s certification specs
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Alereon's AL4000 PHY chipset and AL4300 Media Access Controller (MAC)/BaseBand Processor (BBP) IC have been certified as conforming to the 480-Mbps Wireless USB/WiMedia PHY specification.
Chip market up 5.2% in September, says ESIA
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The three-month average of worldwide semiconductor sales in September came in at $19.55 billion, higher than expectations for the second month running. This was up by 5.2 percent compared with $18.58 billion in August 2005 and up 5.6 percent on the equivalent number in September 2004, according to numbers from WSTS.
Energy concerns outrun by strong Q3, says SIA
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September’s global sales of semiconductors have resulted in a strong third quarter despite concerns that rising energy prices and declining consumer confidence would impact sales of electronic products, according to the U.S. Semiconductor Industry Association.
The Week in Review: Oct. 23 to 29
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Gathered herein are the top five stories for the week beginning Sunday, Oct. 23, 2005, as ranked by EE Times' readers, up to and including Saturday, Oct. 29. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article. In addition we provided an editor’s selection of other significant stories of the week.
VeriSilicon provides 0.13-micron 'platform' for SMIC
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VeriSilicon Holdings Co. Ltd., a fabless ASIC design company in Shanghai, China, has released a design "platform" aimed at a 0.13-micron CMOS manufacturing process from local foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp.
Updated: PMC-Sierra buys Agilent's storage IC unit
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PMC-Sierra Inc. said that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR) and Silver Lake Partners to acquire the storage semiconductor business of Agilent Technologies Inc. for about $425 million in cash.
Kleiner A/D-Wandler mit großer Auflösung
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Eine Auflösung von 18 Bit liefern die neue Analog-Digitalwandler der Typen AD7690/91 von Analog Devices. Trotz des schaltungstechnischen Aufwands für die hohe Auflösung kommen die Chips in einem winzigen Gehäuse.
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