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Bloated IC inventories seen in Q3
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After two quarters of ballooning semiconductor inventories in the first half of 2006, early results for the third quarter indicate that excess chip stockpiles are not going away, according to iSuppli Corp.
RightNow Technologies' Two-Sided Approach to CRM
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What's new with RightNow Technologies' latest CRM suite: RightNow 8.
South African Government Puts Faith in Call Center Industry
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Government to invest funds and trust in local industry.
U.S. signs off on patent disclosure plan
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U.S. antitrust enforcers have signed off on a proposal by an computer industry standards group to disclose and license patents.
EGain Debuts New Software
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EGain Service 7.6 CIH software suite includes nine new applications.
HigherGround, Left Bank Solutions in Alliance
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A collaboration will offer fully integrated workforce management tools.
EC raids SRAM makers amid U.S. probe
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The European Commission confirmed that it raided the premises of several SRAM producers in Germany over alleged price-fixing practices.
RFID for mil-aero poised to take off, researcher says
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Military and aerospace contractors are expected to expand their use of RFID technology for services like the maintenance, repair and overhaul of military equipment and aircraft.
Test challenges could trump future chip designs, expert warns
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Coming silicon process generations will bring not only immense increases in device density, but also the challenges of working with process and device variations that are worse than for the processes of 20 years ago, Robert Daasch, professor of electrical and computer engineering at Portland State University, told the International Test Conference.
Volkswagen presents high temp automotive fuel cell
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Volkswagen today (Oct. 31) introduced a fuel cell type that in some years could fit for automotive drives, the company said. Fuel-cell-driven cars, however would require a complete different architecture for the control circuits.
Samsung develops 50nm DRAM chip
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Samsung Electronics Co has developed a 50-nm DDR2 DRAM (dynamic random access memory) chip, which will increase production efficiency from the 60nm level by 55 percent.
EU helps Israeli researcher develop electronic nose
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Hossam Haick, of the Technion Israel Institute of Technology, has been awarded a grant worth 1.73 million euros (about $2.2 million) from the European Union for the development of an artificial olfactory system that can sniff out cancer.
WSTS cuts IC forecast for '06, '07, '08
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In another sign that the IC business is slowing and maturing, the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) group reduced its semiconductor forecast for 2006, 2007 and 2008.
Le "chip boy" meurt dans un accident de moto.
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Derek Jacobs, un génie informatique qui avait été l’un des premiers humains à se faire greffer un circuit intégré, est décédé le 30 septembre dans un accident de moto à l’âge de 18 ans. En 2002, Derek Jacobs s’était fait implanter une puce sous la peau à titre expérimental. Le "code-barres humains" avait ainsi acquis dans la presse un statut de "jeune pionnier" de l'informatique.
ARM drawn into lawsuit with processor technology licensor
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Processor technology licensor ARM Holdings plc has disclosed that in September 2006 it intervened in patent litigation between Technology Properties Limited Inc. (TPL) and certain companies in the Fujitsu, Matsushita, NEC and Toshiba groups of companies and became a defendant in their court cases.
Thermal interfaces are silicon-free
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Gore Polarchip SF3000 thermal interface material is a soft silicone-free thermal gap pad that eliminates the problems of silicone outgassing and silicone oil migration
Dolphin Intégration fait une percée dans les contrôleurs d'écrans géants
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Plus connu pour ses bibliothèques de mémoires et de convertisseurs audio, Dolphin Integration fait une percée dans le domaine des contrôleurs d'écrans vidéo géants.
ATA solid-state storage allows seamless integration into mobile and embedded applications
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SST's NANDrive ATA solid-state storage devices give mobile and embedded system designers an easy way to adopt a NAND flash data storage solution.
Le poids croissant du LCD sur les marchés de l'électronique
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L’expansion des téléviseurs LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) va entraîner des conséquences sur l’ensemble de l’industrie de l’électronique, annonce Jonathan Cassell, directeur éditorial du groupe d’études de marché iSuppliCorp. En effet, l’augmentation spectaculaire des ventes d’écrans LCD entraînera un besoin croissant de semi-conducteurs, qui sont plus nombreux dans les téléviseurs LCD que dans les appareils analogiques. Le poids des LCD dans le marché des semi-conducteurs devrait donc s’accroître
Elmos-Gewinn wieder auf Wachstumskurs
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Elmos hat im dritten Quartal wieder deutlich besser verdient, nachdem im zweiten Quartal der Anlauf einer neuen Chipfertigung auf die Gewinne gedrückt hatte. Der Umsatz erreichte mit 41,4 Millionen Euro eine neue Rekordmarke.
ARM7 flash MCUs support GByte-plus SDRAM, NAND Flash and CompactFlash
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Atmel Corp. has added three microcontrollers to its SAM7 family of ARM7-based USB MCUs. Available in Flash memory densities of 32-, 256-, and 512-Kbytes, SAM7SE microcontrollers include an external bus interface (EBI) that provides access to massive amounts of external NAND Flash, SDRAM, CompactFlash, SRAM and ROM storage.
ARM turns in steady Q3 results
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ARM Holdings plc announced it made a net profit of £9.3 million on revenues of £64.8 million in its third quarter ended Sept. 30.
TCL turns off TV business in Europe
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Chinese consumer electronics company TCL Group will exit the European TV market, hoping to staunch losses in the region. The decision will cost it 45 million euros in restructuring charges.
Agere profits jump on strong margin improvement
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Agere Systems Inc. today posted strong fiscal fourth quarter revenue and net income, beating analysts' consensus estimate on a surge in sales into the consumer and storage markets. The communications and networking chip maker also announced fiscal 2006 results showing its first annual profit since being spun off from Lucent Technologies Inc. in 2002.
Energy harvesting will power growth -- but which ones?
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An upcoming report by Darnell on ultra-low-power wireless components explores energy harvesting and micro-power generators, and is available for sponsorship. The report quantifies the market for these components by application and identifies the markets that are commercially viable.
Chinese companies favoring soft IP
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TAIPEI, Taiwan — Chinese companies ready to buy intellectual property blocks are favoring design-ins with soft cores rather than hard cores. This is pushing IP vendors to loosen up about delivering RTL code to Chinese customers. The development is occurring as Chinese companies become more proficient at handling the more design-intensive soft IP, said Chu Lung, president of Asia-Pacific operations for Cadence Design Systems.
SMIC slips back into the red for Q3
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TAIPEI, Taiwan — Foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. slid back into the red in the third quarter, losing $35 million even though sales slightly increased 2.1 percent to $368 million. Despite expectations of higher sales in the fourth quarter, the foundry is likely to lose money again, hit by a double whammy of low gross margins and an industry-wide inventory build.
Plasma panel growth slowed in Q3, firm says
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SAN FRANCISCO — Third quarter plasma panel shipments increased 17 percent sequentially and 47 percent year-to-year, reaching a record 2.8 million units, according to market research firm DisplaySearch Inc., which noted that growth was slower than previous quarters.
Chartered Semiconductor invests in Taiwan's Gateway Silicon
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SINGAPORE — Chartered Semiconductor announced Oct. 30 an investment in Taiwan-based design services firm Gateway Silicon that the foundry said would broaden its range of solutions. The amount of Chartered's investment in the ASIC/system-on-chip design specialist was not disclosed, but Chartered said that Gateway's parent, Macronix International, would continue to hold a majority stake in the company.
ARM buys SOI specialist to extend its physical IP
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LONDON — ARM Holdings plc, a developer of processor related intellectual property (IP), said it has acquired Soisic SA, a developer of silicon-on-insulator (SOI) IP. How ARM acquired Soisic and the purchase value were not disclosed in the announcement of the purchase.
Embedded FPGA to reach 65-nm in 2007, says M2000
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Claiming to be already delivering the densest embedded FPGA (eFPGA) at the 90-nanometer manufacturing node, M2000 SA is in the process of preparing FPGA intellectual property targeting 65-nanometer designs. The first 65-nm tapeout is expected during the first half of 2007, the company said.
ARM buys SOI specialist to extend its physical IP
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ARM Holdings plc, a developer of processor related intellectual property (IP), has said it has acquired Soisic SA, a developer of silicon-on-insulator (SOI) IP. How ARM acquired Soisic and the purchase value were not disclosed in the announcement of the purchase.
Rocker switches come with or without illumination
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APEM’s KR series rocker switches feature a new actuator design and come in a wide variety of colors. Electrical ratings are 10 to 15 A at 12 Vdc and 8 to 10 A at 24Vdc.
Plug-n-talk system offers low-cost hands-free kit design
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RoadRunner Plug-n-Talk is the first in a series of ready engineered and fully-interoperable automotive solutions from CSR that provides OEMs and ODMs with a pre-tested and customisable package from which to create a low-cost Bluetooth handsfree kit. The package also forms a robust foundation on which more integrated and advanced handsfree functionality can be designed into new car models.
Industrial server is silent, compact and rugged
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Kontron unveiled the 2U or KISS-2U industrial silent server, offering a compact solution for harsh environments.
CPCI flexiswitch leverages installed base of VoIP and media gateways
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Kontron's CP6923 is a 6U CompactPCI flexiswitch that leverages installed base of VoIP and media gateways. It provides built-in switching capabilities for CPCI installations at an attractive price-to-performance ratio by implementing the latest technologies, including the highly compact Broadcom BCM56502 Gigabit Ethernet switch chip.
China's Actions Semi powers ahead in Q3
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Actions Semiconductor said sales hit a new high of $45 million in the third quarter, up 19 percent from a year ago and 16 percent quarter on quarter. Sales were driven by demand for its new line of Series 9 personal media player chips, the company said.
Configurable processors on the rise, speakers say
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Speakers including analyst Jim Feldhan predicted a bright future for configurable processor cores at ARC International's ConfigCon Silicon Valley 2006 conference Monday.
Consumer giants push 60-GHz high-def home nets
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LG, Matsushita, NEC, Samsung, Sony and Toshiba said they have formed WirelessHD to deliver a specification for multi-Gbit/second wireless home networking via 60- GHz radios.
SMIC slips back into the red for Q3
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Foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. slid back into the red in the third quarter, losing $35 million even though sales slightly increased 2.1 percent to $368 million. Despite expectations of higher sales in the fourth quarter, the foundry is likely to lose money again, hit by a double whammy of low gross margins and an industry-wide inventory build.
SLAC claims world's brightest X-ray laser
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The Department of Energy's Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) has broken ground on the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS), the world's first X-ray free-electron laser.
Report: Toshiba to sell stake in wafer unit to private equity
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Toshiba's silicon wafer unity, Toshiba Ceramics, plans to conduct a management buyout in conjunction with a pair of private equity firms, according to a Reuters report.
Options scandal: Atmel expects big restatement
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10/30/2006   Post a comment
Atmel is the latest high-tech company to acknowledge it would restate a significant portion of its historical financials in connection with past stock options granting practices, saying its financial statements for 2003 through 2005, plus the first quarter of 2006, should no longer be relied upon.
Broadcom dismisses Qualcomm legal claims
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Broadcom Corp. dismissed Qualcomm Inc.'s move to declare victory in their long and bitter legal battle.
Xilinx VP to Keynote at GSPx 2006
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Xilinx announces new processing solutions, delivers conference papers and conducts booth demonstrations.
Primarion partners with two university centers for advancing digital power
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Primarion is partnering with the Center for Power Electronics Systems and Colorado Power Electronics Center to advance digital power technologies.
AFFINA Unites With Hinduja TMT
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An American outsourcer is being taken over by one from Bangalore.
Bluetooth devices could double in '06, analyst says
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The number of systems shipping this year with Bluetooth could double the 250 million units sold in 2005, said IMS Research in its latest report, but wireless USB could become a speed bump on Bluetooth's ramp.
Chartered Semiconductor invests in Taiwan's Gateway Silicon
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Chartered Semiconductor is investing in Taiwan-based design services firm Gateway Silicon. Chartered and Gateway plan to collaborate on the development and optimization of design services while applying Gateway's expertise to Chartered's value-added solutions.
Intel invests in medical technology firm
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Intel Capital has invested $7.3 million in medical technology provider BrainLab. The companies intend to spur usage of specific IT applications in the medical area.
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