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Dim outlook seen for solar in '06
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12/31/2005   Post a comment
After sizzling growth in recent times, the solar energy market is projected to dim and "hit the wall" for panel, equipment and materials vendors in 2006, warned an analyst.
Times Square New Year's Eve Ball going high-tech
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12/31/2005   Post a comment
When the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball slides down to mark the beginning of 2006, it will be the last time it is lit entirely with conventional, incandescent light bulbs. Starting in December 2006, the ball will be lit by LEDs.
Cadence expecting $500M for repatriation of foreign earnings
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12/30/2005   Post a comment
Cadence Design Systems was expecting an extraordinary cash dividend of about $500 million from a wholly owned Irish subsidiary in late December, according to a regulatory filing earlier this month.
Stocks: Cadence, Synopsys close year on sour note
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12/30/2005   Post a comment
On another day of very light trading, shares of Cadence Design Systems and Synopsys each posted double-digit loses as Nasdaq investors quietly bid farewell to 2005.
Analysis: Promise, but questions as 2006 approaches
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12/30/2005   Post a comment
As the ball drops on 2005, the prognosis for the electronics industry in 2006 remains at best a puzzle to many.
Ruckus chooses Wi-Fi for CES video demos
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12/30/2005   Post a comment
Ruckus Wireless will multicast IPTV, digital TV (DTV) and HDTV over Wi-Fi at the Consumer Electronics Show next week.
Chip gear maker posts improved quarterly, annual results
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12/30/2005   Post a comment
Semiconductor equipment provider Amtech Systems reported improved net losses for its fiscal fourth quarter and fiscal 2005.
Intel leaps into new branding strategy
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12/30/2005   Post a comment
Seeking to boost its image in the consumer markets, Intel Corp. plans to revamp its rebranding strategy and will unveil a new name for its next-generation, notebook-based microprocessor line.
Voltaix receives NSF grant to develop SiGe
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12/30/2005   Post a comment
Voltaix Inc. has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) SBIR/STTR Program to accelerate the commercialization of silicon-germanium (SiGe) technology.
Sales drop for machine-vision firm
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12/30/2005   Post a comment
Machine-vision equipment provider PPT Vision Inc. said revenues for the fourth quarter were $1.2 million, down 41 percent from the like period a year ago.
Report says EDA market could be nearing 'inflection point'
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12/30/2005   Post a comment
Some insiders believe that new electronic system level and design-for-manufacturing technologies could recast the EDA landscape the way RTL tools did in the 1980s, according to a recent Gartner Dataquest report.
UMass to open nano-imprint litho lab
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12/30/2005   Post a comment
The University of Massachusetts Amherst is establishing a nano-imprint lithography laboratory to further its research capabilities in device manufacturing.
Samsung, Vodafone, Qualcomm team on HSDPA
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12/29/2005   Post a comment
South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has agreed to team up with Vodafone and Qualcomm to introduce high-speed downlink packet access (HSDPA)-enabled mobile phones in Europe next year.
EDA's 'big three' decline on low volume
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12/29/2005   Post a comment
Shares of Cadence Design Systems, Synopsys and Mentor Graphics declined in very light Nasdaq trading.
Commentary: ASMI, Unaxis sing the blues
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12/29/2005   Post a comment
In the stock market, the rule of thumb is that you buy low and sell high. Two semiconductor-equipment vendors -- ASM International BV (ASMI) and Unaxis Holding AG -- could be looking to apply the same rule for their respective backend units.
Silicon won't bring solar into mainstream
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12/29/2005   Post a comment
Asking the very large, mainstream digital electronics manufacturing firms a rhetorical question to the effect of ‘why aren't you working on solar?’ … is a question which largely answers itself this way: a really big solar-cell array has perhaps 10,000 diodes, connected in a very simple series/parallel network.
H1-B visa shortage is top story for '05
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12/29/2005   Post a comment
Not only is the “article of the year” missing coverage of the H1-B visa shortage, but maybe EETimes’ coverage in general has been missing too [many of these stories] recently.
Spintronics generating excitement in tech world
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12/29/2005   Post a comment
Spintronics, the new technology wherein both the charge and spin of an electron is used to carry information, is generating much excitement in the technology world for its potential in a wide range of applications.
MEMC files suit against Soitec
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12/29/2005   Post a comment
MEMC Electronic Materials Inc. said that a patent suit has been filed against Soitec SA over defect-free silicon wafer technology.
Terror attack wake-up call for India
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12/29/2005   Post a comment
The alleged terror attack on the Indian Institute of Science here, which sent shock waves throughout the city, is a wake-up call for India, according to officials.
LTC's Li-Ion battery charger IC fits in 2-by-2mm DFN package
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12/29/2005   Post a comment
A complete charger solution requires only four discrete components and can charge a single-cell Li-Ion battery at up to 750mA.
AMCC joins Wi-Fi Alliance
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12/29/2005   Post a comment
As a member, AMCC can directly participate in activities shaping the future of the wireless market and industry events sponsored or organized by the Alliance.
MagnaChip sells chip unit to GreenChips
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12/29/2005   Post a comment
Seeking to narrow its focus, South Korea’s MagnaChip Semiconductor Ltd. said that it has agreed to sell its application processor business to GreenChips Co. Ltd, a Korean semiconductor maker and distributor.
NEC to delist on European exchanges
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12/29/2005   Post a comment
Troubled NEC Corp. said that it plans to apply for delisting of its ordinary shares and depositary receipts from the London, Euronext Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Swiss stock exchanges.
UMC chairman to resign amid snafus
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12/29/2005   Post a comment
In a stunning and revealing letter to shareholders, Robert Tsao announced that he plans to resign from his positions as chairman and board member of Taiwanese foundry specialist United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC).
GE, Xcel propel wind power market
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12/29/2005   Post a comment
In a major boost for proponents of alternative energy, General Electric and Xcel Energy Inc. separately announced major wind power projects for use in generating electricity.
Firm cuts forecast in video game industry
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12/29/2005   Post a comment
Citing lackluster sales in the game-machine market, investment banking firm SG Cowen Securities Corp. has reduced its forecast for the video software game industry in both 2005 and 2006.
Three Japanese companies confirm consideration of foundry
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12/29/2005   Post a comment
Hitachi, Toshiba and Renesas Technology confirmed that the companies have initiated a joint study on the feasibility of creating a Japanese foundry to which each company could outsource some fabrication.
Consumer electronics vet named to PortalPlayer board
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12/28/2005   Post a comment
Fabless semiconductor vendor PortalPlayer appointed consumer electronics retail veteran and former Good Guys CEO Robert Gunst to the company's board of directors.
Oil hike derails EDA market rally
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12/28/2005   Post a comment
Major EDA stocks traded on the Nasdaq market posted mixed results, as Cadence Design Systems and Mentor Graphics showed gains while Synopsys and Magma Design Automation slipped.
LG exec expects LCOS, PVRs to bolster TV sales
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12/28/2005   Post a comment
LG Electronics chief executive S.S. Kim expects Liquid Crystal on Silicon technology to help the Korean electronics company achieve its goal of becoming the leading supplier in the global television market, using premium display products.
Red Cross Call Center Agents Indicted In Katrina Scam
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12/28/2005   Post a comment
Twenty-two call center agents allegedly committed fraud and may have stolen over $200,000 from the Red Cross.
Ovonyx, Samsung ink pact on memory IP
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12/28/2005   Post a comment
Ovonyx Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. have entered into a long-term license agreement to use Ovonyx' intellectual property relating to the thin-film semiconductor memory technology.
Unaxis mulls fab-tool divestiture
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12/28/2005   Post a comment
Unaxis Holding AG said that it plans to sell its assembly and packaging equipment unit in 2006.
ARC names 35-year tech vet CFO
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12/28/2005   Post a comment
Thirty-five year technology veteran Vic Young as been appointed senior vice president and chief financial officer of configurable CPU/DSP processor core and subsystem vendor ARC International.
SDR startup sets up at Hong Kong science park
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12/28/2005   Post a comment
Software-defined radio startup TechnoConcepts announced that its Hong Kong subsidiary, Techno Ltd., has established a new headquarters at the Hong Kong Science & Technology Park.
India's science institute attacked by suspected terrorists
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12/28/2005   Post a comment
A professor was killed and three others were wounded at a science conference in India by a gunman with possible ties to a terrorist group.
Tessera completes acquisition of Shellcase assets
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12/28/2005   Post a comment
Tessera Technologies has completed the previously announced $33 million acquisition of certain assets of Shellcase, including all of Shellcase's wafer-level packaging technology.
QuickLogic, Mentor in OEM agreement on FPGA tools
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12/28/2005   Post a comment
QuickLogic customers will get access to Mentor Graphics' Precision Synthesis tool within the QuickLogic Quickworks FPGA development environment through an OEM agreement between the companies.
Philips transfers TSMC shares within group
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12/28/2005   Post a comment
Royal Philips Electronics has acquired approximately 1,928 million shares of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co from its wholly owned Taiwanese subsidiary, Philips Electronics Industries.
Report: Philips boosts stake in China TV maker
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12/28/2005   Post a comment
A Chinese business unit of Royal Philips Electronics NV will buy an additional 5 percent stake in Chinese television and mobile phone maker TCL Corp., becoming the company's third-largest shareholder, TCL said in an Associated Press report.
Vishay video monitoring reference design works at up to 100 meters
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12/28/2005   Post a comment
A fully digital 2.4-GHz wireless link is implemented using Vishay's direct sequence spread spectrum (DSSS) half duplex transceiver as its core component.
UMC reportedly seeks delisting from Taiwan exchange
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12/28/2005   Post a comment
The chairman of United Microelectronics Corp., reportedly said he is considering delisting the contract chipmaker from the Taiwan Stock Exchange after being penalized for delaying disclosures.
Hitachi sells shares in fab-tool, IT units
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12/28/2005   Post a comment
Seeking to raise much-needed cash, Japan’s Hitachi Ltd. said that it has sold a part of its holdings within its chip-equipment and systems integration subsidiaries on the open market for 18.6 billion yen ($158.5 million).
Fab venture surfaces again in Japan
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12/28/2005   Post a comment
Seeking to regain lost ground in ICs, Hitachi Ltd., Renesas Technology Corp. and Toshiba Corp. are expected to be among the first companies to form the long-awaited foundry fab venture in Japan, according to a report.
Memory Bulletin: DRAM index up
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12/28/2005   Post a comment
DRAMeXchange’s DXI index jumped 1.13 percent to 2,695 points last week -- a trend that signifies a possible price rebound for DRAM makers in the marketplace.
Semis drive Singapore's output
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12/28/2005   Post a comment
Driven by semiconductors and other products, Singapore’s manufacturing output jumped by 22.4 percent in November of 2005, compared to the like period a year ago, according to the Economic Development Board (EDB).
Cradle gains $18 million in funding, names CEO
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12/27/2005   Post a comment
Fabless DSP provider Cradle Technologies has completed an $18 million round of financing and promoted Patrick Soheili to the position of president and CEO.
Former Synopsys exec leaving VC firm
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12/27/2005   Post a comment
Gordon Hull, a former Synopsys executive, is stepping down as general partner at CMEA Ventures and planning to pursue a new career path where he can spend more time working directly with entrepreneurs.
On-chip subsystem startup adds Tokyo design center
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12/27/2005   Post a comment
On-chip subsystem provider IPextreme has opened a design center in Tokyo and named design and EDA veteran Kirk Saotome head of the company's Japanese operations.
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