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Inficon buys coating firm
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Inficon Inc., a manufacturer of instrumentation and process control software for the semiconductor and vacuum-coating industries, has acquired substantial assets of Electro Dynamics Crystal Corp. (EDC), a developer of quartz-based products.
Symbol, Terabeam settle patent suit
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Symbol Technologies Inc. has entered into a licensing agreement with Terabeam, Inc., the parent company of Proxim Wireless Corp., settling long-standing patent litigation between the two companies.
Q-Cells reports sales, earnings gains
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Solar energy products supplier Q-Cells AG posted sales of 299.9 million Euro ($356.9 million) in 2005, up 132 percent from 128.7 million Euro ($153.4 million) in 2004.
Jury finds Mohsen guilty of perjury, obstruction of justice
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A federal jury here has found former Aptix Corp. CEO Amr Mohsen guilty of 14 counts, including perjury, mail fraud and obstruction of justice in connection with a 2000 patent dispute.
Samsung, Siltronic to form wafer venture
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South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and Germany’s Siltronic AG are in talks to form a joint silicon wafer venture in Singapore, according to a report.
Study: Wi-Fi chipset market to grow more
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Unit shipments of wireless LAN (WLAN) chipsets are projected to grow from 140 million in 2005 to 430 million in 2009, according to market research firm In-Stat.
Evergreen's loss widens, sales up
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Solar cell maker Evergreen Solar Inc. said revenues increased 25 percent to $11.6 million from $9.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2004 and rose 4 percent from $11.1 million for the third quarter of 2005.
Power analysis tool suite adds SystemVerilog support
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Sequence Design released the next generation of its PowerTheater design suite, targeting requirements for wireless, mobile, and large system-on-chip designs below the 90 nanometer node.
Innovation, not scaling key to future ICs, says IBM exec
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In a keynote at the Global Press Summit in Monterey, IBM chief technical officer Dr. Bernard Meyerson said that innovation, not scaling would drive next-generation IC development.
Tensions high in China, Taiwan
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Tensions are running high again between Beijing and Taipei -- a move that could rattle the worldwide electronics supply chain.
Firms partner on PCIe verification
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PLDApplications and EVE have forged a partnership whereby, PLDA's x4 PCIe Xpress intellectual property will be embedded in EVE's ZeBu hardware-assisted verification platform.
Asat posts loss, speeds move to China
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Amid ongoing losses, Asat Holdings Ltd. said that the transfer of all manufacturing operations to its new facility in Dongguan, China is anticipated to be completed by the end of April -- or about four months ahead of schedule.
TES Electronic Solutions ouvre un centre de conception à Francfort
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TES Electronics Solutions SA, société française de fabrication et de conception électronique, a annoncé l’ouverture d’un nouveau centre de conception à Francfort, en Allemagne. Son champ d’action concernera le développement de logiciels embarqués.
Accord entre Sequans Communications et LSI Logic
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LSI Logic Corporation a annoncé la signature d’un accord de licence avec la jeune pousse française Sequans Communications afin que ce dernier utilise le cœur de DSP ZSP de LSI Logic sur le marché des communications large bande sans fil.
Reef Point fields massively scalable IMS security gateway
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Reef Point Systems' multiservice security gateway for IMS networks handles multiple next-generation standards.
The IP Contact Center: A Major Leap Forward for the Center
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The second in a series of articles exploring five key technological changes taking hold in call centers.
Knowles set to dominate acoustic MEMS
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The market leader for silicon microphones and speakers, Knowles Acoustics (Itasca, Illinois), has a built up a 95 percent market share and will retain its lead position for at least the next three years, according to market research firm The Information Network.
Evergreen Solar inks pact with Vermont company
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Solar power product supplier Evergreen Solar Inc. has entered a four-year photovoltaic module supply contract worth $88 million with Global Resource Options Inc. (GRO), a Vermont-based solar power distributor and system integrator.
Online chip estimation tool claims 4,000 users
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Giga Scale Integration more than 22,000 IC designs have been estimated through ChipEstimate.com since its introduction. The company claims more than 4,000 individual users.
India readies high-tech manufacturing policy
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The Indian government will soon announce a policy that will enable it take equity in and help boost the manufacture of high-technology products, such as semiconductors, wafers, storage devices, plasma and LCD panels.
Cadence project becomes Russian graduate program
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A three-year joint curriculum development project co-developed by Cadence Design Systems Inc. and the Moscow Institute of Electronic Technology (MIET) will become a self-sustaining two-year graduate program.
Fahrzeugelektronik: Testgerät optimiert intelligente CAN- und LIN-Netze
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Die Fahrzeugbranche ist ein hart umkämpfter Markt. Alleinstellungsmerkmale und Kostensenkungen stehen deshalb bei Autoherstellern an erster Stelle. Intelligente Netze werden immer wichtiger, um der Konkurrenz einen Schritt voraus zu sein und sich einen Wettbewerbsvorteil zu verschaffen. Denn bei der Fahrzeugsicherheit und Infotainment im Auto geben intelligente Netze zunehmend den Ton an.
Intel baut in Vietnam Back-end-Anlage
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Intel hat heute seine Pläne zum Bau einer Back-end-Anlage für die Chipfertigung in Vietnam bestätigt. Entgegen früheren Berichten will das Unternehmen allerdings nur rund 300 Millionen Dollar in dem aisatischen Land investieren.
Stromhunger macht FPGAs zu schaffen
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Energieprobleme dominierten das FPGA Symposium 2006, das vergangene Woche im kalifornischen Monterey stattfand. Aus gutem Grund: Viele Branchenbeobachter sehen den hohen Stromverbrauch als womöglich größtes Hindernis für eine breitere Akzeptanz der Bausteine.
Les actionnaires de Gemplus approuvent le rapprochement avec Axalto
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Le 7 décembre 2005, les sociétés Gemplus International SA et Axalto Holding NV font part de leur intention de se fondre sous le nom de Gemalto afin d’établir un leader mondial de la sécurité numérique capable de concurrencer les fournisseurs de cartes à puce asiatiques. Après Axalto, c’est au tour des actionnaires de Gemplus d’approuver le projet de rapprochement lors d’une Assemblée Générale.
Orange teste le HSDPA sur le terrain
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Orange, filiale de France Télécom, a annoncé le lancement d’une phase de test « grandeur nature » de son nouveau réseau en Très Haut Débit Mobile, le HSDPA. Le lancement commercial de ses offres HSDPA pour les entreprises est prévu au second semestre 2006 et pour le grand public début 2007.
Mehr Sicherheit im Auto durch Bildsensoren
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Verschiedenartige Anwendungen für Bildsensoren im Automotive-Umfeld hat Cypress Semiconductor mit seiner neuen Evaluations-Plattform ECK100 im Auge. Das Kit soll die zügige Entwicklung von Sicherheitssystemen für Fahrzeuge ermöglichen.
QNX unterstützt Grafikcontroller für Embedded Systeme
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Auf den Einsatz in Embedded-Systemen optimiert ist der Grafikcontroller Carmine MB86297 von Fujitsu Microelectronics Europe (FME). Ensprechende dem Zielmarkt unterstützt das Echtzeit-Betriebssystem Neutrino von QNX den Controller.
Celoxica teams with software writers to drive ESL
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Celoxica Ltd., a developer of C language entry design tools, has formed a partnership with Philips TASS BV, a provider of technical software writing services.
OLED market to grow 45% in 2006, says DisplayBank
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The world market for organic light emitting diodes is set to grow 64 percent by volume and 45 percent by value in 2006, to reach 100 million units and $900 million, according to DisplayBank, a South Korean display market researcher.
Silecs raises $7.7 million for low-k expansion
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Silecs Inc., a manufacturer of dielectric materials for the semiconductor and flat panel display industries, has raised $7.7 million in a funding round.
Mobile phone sales up 21% in 2005, says Gartner
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Worldwide mobile phone sales totaled 816.6 million units in 2005, a 21 percent increase from 2004, as the leading six vendors increased their share of the market at the detriment of smaller vendors, according to market research company Gartner Inc.
Microsoft bestätigt Origami-Berichte
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Im Internet treiben Gerüchte um ein neues Handheld-Gerät von Microsoft seltsame Blüten. Immerhin hat das Softwareunternehmen Berichte bestätigt, nach denen es am Konzept für einen neuen Handheld arbeitet.
Intel confirme l’investissement dans une usine au Vietnam
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Comme prévu, Intel Corp. a déclaré qu’il investirait 300 millions de dollars dans la construction d’une usine de test et d’assemblage de semi-conducteurs dans la ville de Ho Chi Minh, au Vietnam.
Accord entre Thomson et WiNetworks dans les services triple-play
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Le groupe français Thomson a annoncé la signature d’un protocole d’accord avec WiNetworks, spécialiste des technologies WiMAX (IEEE 802.16 d/e) et DVB, pour la fourniture de services triple-play et mobiles sur le réseau WiMax.
Motorola investit dans une société de convergence PC/mobile
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Motorola Inc. a annoncé que sa branche d’investissement stratégique, Motorola Ventures, avait investi dans netomat, fournisseur de services de convergence PC/mobile.
Handy-Markt wächst rasant weiter
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Im vergangenen Jahr wurden weltweit 816 Millionen Mobiltelefone verkauft – 21 Prozent mehr als im Jahr zuvor. Das Wachstum wird erst einmal weitergehen, prophezeit das Marktforschungsinstitut Gartner. Allerdings hält auch der Konzentrationsprozess an.
Micronic – allein im Fotomasken-Markt
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Mit der Schließung von Etec Systems, dem ehemaligen Marktführer bei Patterngeneratoren für die Herstellung von Halbleiter-Fotomasken, hat sich Applied Materials in aller Stille aus der Maskenfertigung zurückgezogen. Seitdem gibt es nur noch einen wettbewerbsfähigen Anbieter von Laser-Anlagen für die Fotomasken-Herstellung: das schwedische Unternehmen Micronic Laser Systems AB.
Intel confirms Vietnam plant investment, expands Israeli R&D
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As expected, Intel Corp. said that it will invest $300 million to build a semiconductor assembly and test facility in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Sipex inks agreement with Chinese foundry
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Analog IC supplier Sipex has signed a definitive foundry services agreement with Hangzhou Silan Microelectronics and Hangzhou Silan Integrated Circuit. Financial terms were not disclosed.
IPextreme to make Power.org member IP available
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Semiconductor intellectual property vendor IPextreme is working with Power.org to accelerate the adoption of the Power Architecture by making member IP available.
SystemC IDE requires no license for executables creation
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Electronic system level and hardware description language design solution provider Summit Design said its Vista integrated development environment for SystemC design and debug can now easily create and compile executables of SystemC designs based on the OSCI simulation kernel.
Silicon Design Chain claims methodology validation
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The Silicon Design Chain Initiative claimed that a second, enhanced version of its power-management methodology and implementation up to tapeout of the ARM 1136JF-S processor is proof of the methodology and its interdependent technologies.
Firms tout low-power, 90-nm Common Platform flows
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2/27/2006   Post a comment
EDA heavyweights Cadence Design Systems, Synopsys and Magma Design Automation each announced low-power, 90-nanometer reference flows for the IBM-Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing common manufacturing platform.
Report: Western Digital expects to meet guidance
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Hard drive supplier Western Digital Corp. said that shipments and OEM demand are tracking to expectations for the March fiscal quarter, according to a Lehman Brothers analyst's note citing an 8-K filing from the company as the source.
Safenet exec: Printer security next network trend
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While bulk of security development efforts in computer networks focus at the PC level, there's also a growing need to protect printers in these networks, according to a cryptography and embedded security expert.
IBM debuts FPU for PowerPC
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IBM Corp. has announced the availability of a 90-nm version of its floating-point unit (FPU) for its PowerPC processor line.
China's Vimicro sees flat profits, sales
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Vimicro International Corp., a fledging fabless semiconductor company in China, said revenue in the fourth quarter of 2005 was $27.5 million, compared with $27.4 million in the third quarter and up 113 percent from the $12.9 million reported in the fourth quarter of 2004.
Mentor to offers $175 million in debt
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Mentor Graphics plans to offer a private placement of $175 million of convertible subordinated debentures due in 2026.
Letter: Outsourcing, H-1B visas are bad for U.S. workers
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2/27/2006   Post a comment
A software engineer speaks out against both outsourcing and H1-B visas. As employment policies they are ruinous, opportunistic, irresponsible and the result of short-term thinking he states.
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