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Internet fever makes Asian flu a memory
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Asian Internet stocks were hit with a new wave of speculation in recent weeks when Hong Kong investors flocked by the thousands to local banks to get a piece of new Internet offering Tom.com. The huge demand for shares and the scuffles that ensued over the month-old Chinese portal signify that the Internet boom has arrived in Asia and is there to stay.
Hackers attack EDAToolsCafe Web site
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Unknown hackers attacked and temporarily shut down a popular EDA portal site, www.EDAToolsCafe.com, on Monday (Feb. 28), just hours after the site launched "e-Store," an e-commerce capability for reselling EDA software.
Hyundai, Infineon making RDRAMs in volume, Rambus reports
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Rambus Inc. said Tuesday (Feb. 29) that Hyundai Microelectronics and Infineon Technologies have joined three other DRAM suppliers is passing component and system-level validation testing of Rambus memory chips and Rambus-in-line memory modules (RIMMs).
RapidIO spec bows at embedded conference
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Mercury Computer Systems Inc. and the Networking and Computer Systems Group of Motorola's Semiconductor Products Sector (Austin, Texas) announced a new spec for high-speed chip-to-chip and board-to-board interconnections at the Embedded Systems Conference on Tuesday (Feb. 29).
Improv improves on VLIW core
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Fujitsu brings 32-bit RISC controller to North America
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Fujitsu Microelectronics Inc. is offering to the North American market the FR Series of 32-bit RISC microcontrollers, which was previously available only in Japan and Europe.
LSI adds channel to Fibre chips
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Surface-mount oscillators reduce jitter
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MF Electronics Corp.'s T3312 and T3212 clock oscillators are miniature, industrial-grade surface-mount devices based on inverted mesa crystals and a rugged multilayer gold/ceramic package design.
Peerless recast as ASIC supplier
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Synchronous-rectification IC efficiency numbers cited
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International Rectifier has simultaneously released two families of HEXFET power MOSFETs and a synchronous rectification IC that it says will boost efficiencies in 3.3-volt converters.
MOSFET has on-chip temp-sensing diode
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Vishay Siliconix is sampling what it says is the industry's first commercially available power MOSFET with an on-chip temperature-sensing diode.
30-V MOSFET comes with BGA packaging
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Fairchild Semiconductor touts its FDZ5047N as an n-channel MOSFET on a ball-grid array (BGA) that is targeted at high-efficiency synchronous rectification dc/dc converters in notebooks and VRMs.
Panamax surge protector taps new joule technology
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Panamax says its Powermax 8 TEL surge protector safeguards computer systems with modems or other telephone lines in a new way.
DSP codecs claim speedier voice apps
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Texas Instruments Inc. has introduced two DSPcodec products designed to work with its digital signal processors in voice-over-Internet Protocol phones, hands-free car kits, PBX phones and other voice-related applications.
Maxim eyes battery volt monitoring
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Maxim Integrated Products has added two comparators, the MAX9040 and MAX9050, with rail-to-rail inputs and outputs and an on-board reference.
Broadcom acquires Digital Furnace
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Broadcom Corp. will acquire Digital Furnace Corp. (Atlanta), a supplier of communications algorithms and software that supports interactive services over broadband networks. Digital Furnace's Propane software runs on Broadcom's chip sets, and the acquisition is expected to help Broadcom reduce the cost of integrating voice and data over existing cable television networks.
GPRS transceiver targets mobile phones
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Philips Semiconductors has launched a single-chip, triple-band, General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) Class 12 RF transceiver based on the near-zero intermediate frequency (N-ZIF) architecture. Philips claims it is among the first companies to develop the N-ZIF architecture for GSM applications.
Repeater/retimer and replicator debut
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Vitesse Semiconductor has introduced its VSC7130, a dual repeater/retimer for improving signal quality and eliminating jitter transfer for duplex serial links.
CyOptics chip supports OC-768 networks at 40 Gbits/s
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CyOptics Inc., a semiconductor startup, will blow past the 10-Gbit/second world at the Optical Fibers Conference next week in Baltimore with a component that supports OC-768 networks at 40 Gbits/s.
ISQED conference to explore design quality
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Called a first-of-its-kind conference by organizers, the IEEE's International Symposium on the Quality of Electronic Design (ISQED) will explore the increasingly important issue of design quality. Scheduled for March 20-22 in San Jose, Calif., the ISQED program includes a number of technical papers and panels, plus two plenary sessions.
Battery IC brings monitoring to portables
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Dallas Semiconductor says that its DS2438 smart-battery monitor chip makes battery-management features formerly the domain of high-end systems cost-effective for portable products, such as cellular phones, two-way radios, camcorders and PDAs.
Line driver cuts power for DSL
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Elantec Semiconductor has introduced its EL1503C DSL line driver for asymmetric digital subscriber line and high-bit-rate DSL2 applications.
Qualcomm and Symbian partner on CDMA wireless devices
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Qualcomm Inc. and Symbian Ltd. will work together to ensure that Qualcomm's CDMA chip sets interoperate with Symbian's wireless information software and platforms.
AMCC seeks SiGe capacity, possible acquisitions
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Applied Micro Circuits Corp. is in discussions with several companies to acquire additional silicon germanium (SiGe) production capacity, and is also actively looking for acquisition candidates, a company executive said Monday (Feb. 28).
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Alcatel to use STMicro DSP core in SoC designs
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Alcatel Microelectronics (Brussels, Belgium) has selected the ST100 DSP from STMicroelectronics as its preferred programmable DSP core for use in high-performance applications.
Agilent fields spate of optical net test products
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Agilent Technologies Inc. will roll out bit error rate testers (Berts) next week at the Optical Fibers Conference, along with high-end LAN and telecom performance analysis capabilities developed at its Colorado Springs network systems test division.
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