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DVD ruling could delay managed copy rollouts
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A surprise ruling in the civil suit over the technology used to secure DVDs could have a chilling effect on already overdue moves to update current and next-generation DVDs with new managed-copy features.
ESC video special: Eric Lidow on 60 years of innovation
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International Rectifier founder and chairman Eric Lidow discusses 60 years of technology and business.
Costs cast ICs into Darwinian struggle
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The IC business is fast becoming unaffordable for all but the wealthiest chip makers. The trend will become even more pronounced starting at 45-nm manufacturing, some industry observers predict.
Arrow acquires Aussie components distributor
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Establishing a larger footprint in the electronics market down under, Arrow Electronics Inc.'s Asia Pac subsidiary is acquiring the components distribution business of Adilam Pty. Ltd.
Omron Semi to launch foundry services
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Japan's Omron Corp. Friday (March 30) completed its acquisition of Seiko Epson's chip fab, Yasu Semiconductor Corp., which it plans to relaunch as a foundry for nonvolatile memory and logic.
PMC-Sierra shuts R&D sites
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Comms-chip supplier PMC-Sierra Inc. is cutting 175 jobs -- or 15 percent of its total work force -- and is closing two design centers amid a slowdown in its business.
Dell primes for battle in China
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As its main markets mature and growth sputters, Dell Inc. is making a more concerted effort to tap into the higher growth in PC sales outside the U.S. It will be tough to pull off.
Denmark beats out U.S. in 'networked' technology
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In another indication this week that the U.S is losing its competitive high-tech edge, the country dropped from first to seventh place in "networked readiness" rankings of global economies released this week by the World Economic Forum (WEF.)
Intel Research goes for long distance Wi-Fi
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Intel plans to test this summer an antenna capable of transmitting Wi-Fi signals dozens of miles, making it possible to bring Internet-based communications to villages in remote areas of the world.
Dell probe finds 'evidence of misconduct'
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Dell late Thursday announced it would delay filing its 10-K annual report with the Securities and Exchange Commission in order to wrap up the inquiry by the audit committee of the company's board.
Intel and the need to be loved by China
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Readers may be familiar with the Intel versus Advanced Micro Devices saga in the west but things happen a little bit differently in the east and particularly in China.
Patent resolution removes cloud over Magma
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With the resolution of a long-running patent dispute with Synopsys, Magma Design Automation is freed from a significant legal expense and a drag on the company's market capitalization.
Patent resolution removes cloud over Magma
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With the resolution of a long-running patent dispute with Synopsys, Magma Design Automation is freed from a significant legal expense and a drag on the company's market capitalization.
Tekelec, HP to collaborate on open servers for wireless
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Tekelec Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Co. announced a joint development and marketing agreement in which the partners will combine expertise in blade-based Advanced Telecommunications Computing Architecture servers.
Cheaper avenue to 65 nm?
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Researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology and spin-off company Focal Point Microsystems claim to have devised a cheaper, easier way to pattern at the 65-nm node.
Ex-CEO battles for control of Atmel
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George Perlegos, the largest shareholder and former CEO of Atmel Corp., continues to battle for control of the troubled chip maker.
Cadence and Synopsys announce low power solutions
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Both Cadence, supporting the CPF standard and Synopsys, supporting the UPF standard, are moving forward in implementing support for the two competing low-power format standards.
Signal source analyser improves on throughput and precision
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Agilent Technologies has introduced an enhanced model of its E5052A signal source analyser. The 10 MHz to 7 GHz E5052B features a tenfold improvement in measurement throughput and more precise analysis functions than its predecessor, as well as a better performance in clock jitter measurement.
Attenuator suits RF/microwave applications
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Model IMA2404 is a surface-mount thick film 0805 attenuator especially suited to RF/microwave applications and communications-oriented circuitry.
IMEC may have misrepresented but claims victory in court case
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Research organization IMEC vzw (Leuven, Belgium) "may have been negligent in its representations towards third parties" in dealings that have been examined in a long-running legal case, according to IMEC in a statement. However, the recently concluded trial also ruled that "no damages to the shareholders of Rose Research have been caused by IMEC," IMEC also said.
What is Imperas thinking?
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One of the most secretive startups in the EDA space (or is it embedded software?) is Imperas Inc. (Palo Alto, Calif.). A presentation at this week's Multicore Expo may reveal some of their thinking.
Keithley introduces Enhanced Pulse and Pulse I-V capabilities for advanced semiconductor device testing
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Keithley Instruments announces hardware and software advances for its Model 4200-SCS semiconductor characterization system.
Sanyo appoints new president, plans more spin-offs
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Sanyo Electric has appointed a new president, a move that is expected to accelerate the unbundling of business units such as digital cameras and mobile phones following the expected sale of its semiconductors operations.
Solar gear market shines
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The total market for commercial solar cell production equipment will grow from revenues of $1.2 billion in 2006 to $4.5 billion in 2010, according to The Information Network, a New Tripoli, Penn.-based market research company.
Dell primes for battle in China
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Michael Dell doesn't like being No. 2, let alone No. 3. But that's where he is in China, and a distant third at that.
Wireless data logging is based on a mesh network
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Gemini Data Loggers introduces the Tinytag radio data logging system based on a robust, easy to use, wireless ‘mesh’ network.
Enea acquisition extends Linux expertise
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RTOS specialist Enea AB has bought, for $1.2 million, fellow Swedish software group QiValue Technologies, which specializes in embedded and enterprise Linux development.
ST, China ICT to co-develop Loongson-based chips
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The Institute of Computing Technology (ICT) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and STMicroelectronics NV have agreed to work together on the development and commercialization of processors based on Loongson-2E processor intellectual property (IP) core developed by ICT.
Mobile markets, NXP, Indian fab feature in story ranking
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Herein are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, March 25, as ranked by EE Times Europe readers, up to and including Friday, March 30. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
China LCD maker struggles to survive
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China's largest TFT-LCD maker, Beijing BOE Optoelectronics Technology Ltd. (BOE OT), is dumping most of its interest in large-sized TFT-LCD panels after failing to make it profitable.
High directivity coupler improves power amplifier gain control
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The CP0402P is an ultra tight tolerance, high directivity coupler that improves power amplifier gain control in various wireless systems including cellualar and WIMAX system transmitters.
Magma to pay Synopsys $12.5 million to settle suit
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EDA software providers Synsopsys Inc. (Mountain View, Calif.) and Magma Design Automation Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) have said they have agreed to settle all pending litigation between them. As part of the deal Magma has agreed to make a payment to Synopsys of $12.5 million.
ip.access, Tatara partner on femtocell designs
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Femtocell and picocell specialist ip.access and Tatara Systems, which specializes in mobile services convergence platforms, have sealed a partnership that will see ip.access’ Oyster 3G femtocells integrated with Tatara's platforms.
PMC-Sierra cuts 175 jobs, shutters sites
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PMC-Sierra Inc. is cutting 175 jobs and is closing two design centers amid a slowdown in its business.
Synopsys implements Unified Power Format
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Synopsys has announced plans to support the Accellera Unified Power Format (UPF), one of two rival low-power description formats, in its products later this year.
Judge rules against DVD consortium
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A Superior Court judge ruled Thursday (March 29) a startup's media server does not violate the Content Scramble System (CSS) security technology used to protect DVD disks because the standard licensing contract and specifications for the technology are so poorly worded.
China Netcom win boosts A/V codec
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China Netcom, one of China's major wired-telecom companies, will implement a homegrown A/V codec in its fledgling Internet Protocol television network this year.
Federal IT spending to rebound in 2009
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Flat federal employment levels coupled with continued expansion and scope of government programs should boost IT spending by 5 percent a year, said analysts at INPUT.
Maxwell Technologies announces webcast on ultracapacitors in cold engine starting
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Maxwell Technologies will present a webcast on how ultracapacitors succeed in cold engine starting environments. Learn how ultracapacitors provide higher energy storage and offer more efficiency.
Agassi out as SAP reorganizes
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SAP shook things up Wednesday, announcing that executive board member Shai Agassi and the ERP leader are parting ways by "mutual agreement."
Fake components delay designs in Israel
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Israeli designers, fed up with long component lead times, are buying counterfeits from China, sources said. The result is a high failure rate of designs, and lost sales at several companies.
U.S. has lost its high-tech edge, report finds
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The AeA's follow up study from 2005 delivers chilling statistics but offers a pathway to regaining an advantage in science, technology and innovation.
MEMS device controls human cells
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MIT researchers have developed a microelectromechanical system they claim will allow biologists to manipulate the distance between human cells in laboratory experiments.
ESD protection array has eight diodes in small package
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The VESD05A8A-HNH ESD protection array integrates eight diodes in the very small, leadless LLP1713 package. With a low profile of 0.55 mm, it is designed to provide ESD protection while saving board space in portable electronics for mobile computing, mobile communication, consumer, industrial, automotive, and medical applications.
ASML sets up scholarship fund to honor chairman
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ASML Holding NV has set up a scholarship fund in conjunction with the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) as a tribute to Henk Bodt, who retires after 12 years as Chairman of the lithography maker's supervisory board.
Single-cell Li-Ion / Li-Polymer chargers are targeted at consumer electronic devices
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Cost-effective MCP7381X Li-Ion/Li-Polymer charge-management controllers offer programmable charge currents up to 500 mA.
ROSA amplifier is optimized for next-generation passive optical networks
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CIP is launching a reflective semiconductor optical amplifier (RSOA) family which offers both the performance and economy needed to implement advanced PONs (passive optical networks) based on wavelength division multiplexing (WDM).
Fake components delay designs in Israel
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Fake components are delaying several design projects in Israel. According to sources who spoke with EETimes Europe , the fake components, mostly from China, will lead to lost sales at several companies due to the delays.
RFID transponder has extended read/write distance
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The ATA5577 is a 330-bit read/write transponder IDIC that features a unique ID and extended read/write distance.
Single-chip solution drives GPS into mainstream mobile phones
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Built on TI’s innovative DRP single-chip technology, the NaviLink 5.0 GPS solution has a footprint of 25 mm2, delivering high performance with the industry’s smallest solution size and lowest bill of materials.
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