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VLSI Symposium Eyes 65-nm Logic
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Though 90-nanometer designs are not expected to move into early commercial production until late this year, about a dozen papers at the 2003 VLSI Technology Symposium will target 65-nm design rules.<
Low-Cost Techniques for Sound Generation
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We'd all love to have a color display attached to the systems we design. It would make communicating with the user so much easier. But most of us don't have that option. By using sound, we can offer the user more information with only a small increase in system complexity. David Hinerman explores some of the hows and whys of installing sound output in a system.
Xelerated Brings Programmable 40 Gbits/s Technology to the Mainstream Ethernet
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Network processors are an interesting lot. As very high performance application specific processors, they are targeting specific, and for the most part, standard tasks. Conversely, they still need a degree of programmability and the key ability to adapt to traffic patterns at full throttle. Oh yeah, lower power would be nice, too.
Extending the Network
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Wired LANs have demonstrated their effectiveness in tying together computers and equipment to create an effective conglomerate machine with abilities beyond that of the individual desktop machine. The extended reach of a networked machine makes it part of something much bigger than itself.
April chip sales up 10% year-over-year
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Worldwide semiconductor sales rose 10% year-over-year in April but failed to budge from March as electronic equipment makers deferred purchases due to the absence of strong demand from corporations, according to a trade business organization.
New chief executives named in EDA firms
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On the eve of the Design Automation Conference, two big names in the EDA industry have landed chief executive jobs at startup design automation firms.
No shortages seen in NOR flash
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The NOR flash memory market in 2003 remains in a state of oversupply, apparently belying earlier forecasts that anticipated shortages would begin sending prices higher this year.
EDA language dispute erupts in advance of DAC
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The IEEE is pushing ahead to make Verisity Ltd.'s proprietary "e" an industry-standard verification language and to define the next revision of Verilog. But an apparent rift with the Accellera standards organization has raised the risk that Accellera's SystemVerilog 3.1 may diverge from the standard eventually approved by IEEE.
SCO's McBride says Novell trying to 'curry favor' with Linux users
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Executives at the SCO Group (Lindon, Utah), the maverick software company that's taking on IBM Corp. and the open source community, lashed out Friday (May 30) at their adversaries, particularly Novell, Inc.
Ex-Intel technology guru joins NuTool's board
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Gerald Marcyk, formerly director of components research at Intel Corp.'s R&D arm, has been elected to the board of NuTool Inc., a supplier of semiconductor equipment for copper, CMP, and related applications.
Fiber: The Last Mile
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Ethernet, PON plus CWDM drive fiber closer to the curb
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Given the massive telecom recession and the metropolitan fiber overbuild, the last thing any pundit might have expected was a move to make fiber deployment cheaper in the last mile to home and office, and in the feeder rings leading to metropolitan Sonet rings.
SARS, PC upgrade delays impact IC sales, says SIA
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A delay in the PC upgrade cycle, SARS, and other factors stalled the worldwide semiconductor industry in April, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) Friday (May 30).
Intel, Sony, TSMC, Toshiba to show low-k roadmaps
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Frustrated with the integration issues of low-k dielectric materials, chip makers next week will present several novel approaches to the technology for 90-nm designs and below.
Fabs quickly recovering from Japan earthquake
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Damage from a magnitude 7 earthquake in northern Japan was lighter than expected, with few injuries reported and semiconductor fabs in the region quickly recovering from the suspension of operations
ESL power startup taps SystemC chair
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ChipVision Design Systems AG, a German provider of system-level power analysis tools, has named EDA veteran Stan Krolikoski as its new CEO. Krolikoski was vice president of Cadence Design Systems' functional verification group, and is well known as chairman of the Open SystemC Initiative (OSCI).
China's electronics industry embraces Web in face of SARS outbreak
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The SARS virus is shaking up ingrained buying practices within China's electronics procurement community, and could force Web-shy purchasing executives there to rely more heavily on the Internet for their wares, according to ChinaECNet Ltd., the three-year-old Internet joint venture between Avnet Inc. and the China Ministry of Information Industries.
Accellera approves SystemVerilog and three other standards
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The Accellera Board of Directors voted Thursday (May 29) to approve the proposed SystemVerilog 3.1 standard. In addition, the board voted to approve the Property Specification Language (PSL) 1.01, the Standard Co-Emulation Application Programming Interface (SCE-API) 1.0, and Verilog-AMS 2.1.
Antenna specialist Sarantel forms U.S. subsidiary
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Strong sales of and interest in its miniature antennas by US OEMs has led Sarantel (Wellingborough, England) to set up a US subsidiary, Sarantel Inc. in the Seattle area. It has started putting together a team in the US to complement the strong engineering and support effort in the UK.
Agilent claims breakthrough in 'test reuse' for SoCs
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Agilent Technologies Inc. today (May 30) claimed it has made a breakthrough in "test reuse" for complex ICs, by rolling out a software management tool that supports the core test language (CTL) standard for chip-testing applications.
Metalink demos Ethernet first-mile chips at SuperComm
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Broadband access chipset specialist Metalink (Yakum, Israel) will demonstrate at next week's SuperComm what it says is the first combined Ethernet over SHDSL (EoSHDSL) and Ethernet over VDSL network using its devices and targeting Ethernet in the First Mile applications.
ST's Pistorio downplays downturn
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What downturn? asked Pasquale Pistorio, president and chief executive officer of ST Microelectronics at the company's yearly "field trip" to meet with Wall street analysts.
Standardkomponenter för SoC-konstruktion
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SoC lovar att ge många funktioner i en och samma krets, men det finns en viktig utmaning vid konstruktionsarbetet. Här beskriver Jean-Maurice Poineau inbäddade standardprodukter som hjälper till att göra komplexiteten hos integrerade konstruktioner enklare.
Parallellkoppla synkrona omvandlare
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Parallellkoppling av DC/DC-omvandlare kräver strömdelning. Synkron strömdelning är bara möjlig i omvandlartopologier där energiöverföringen per cykel är fast. Två ingenjörer från Vicor beskriver här hur det går till, John Harding, Senior Product Line Engineer, Andover MA, USA och Giorgio Mauri, applications Engineer, Milano, Italien.
Effektivare strömförsörjning med DC på mellannivå
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En optimerad kretssats med nya topologin "DC Bus Converter" ger 150 W med verkningsgrad över 96 procent och med ett minimum av komponenter i omvandlare för 48 V till en likspänningsbuss på mellannivå. Tekniken beskrivs här av Carl Smith, International Rectifier, El Segundo, CA.
Skydda switcharna mot överspänning
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I många lågspänningsapplikationer med switchar och multiplexorer måste man skydda switchelementet och efterföljande kretsar mot överspänning. Här beskrivs olika metoder för det och hur de används, samtidigt som vi belyser några intressanta funktioner i nya integrerade kretsar. Artikeln är skriven av Uwe Bröckelmann, Maxim Integrated Products Inc, Maxim GmbH.
Multimedia med rekonfigurerbar hårdvara
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Bärbara multimediaapparater är redan storsäljare och allt fler och mera avancerade funktioner integreras i varje apparat. Men att kombinera flexibilitet, höga prestanda och låg strömförbrukning är svårt. Ett projekt hos det belgiska forskningsinstitutet IMEC visar att en kombination av rekonfigurerbar hårdvara och mjukvara kan lösa problemen. Els Parton and Théodore Marescaux från IMEC beskriver här vad man kommit fram till
Resursövervakning i Carrier Grade Linux
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Som bekant kan man inte styra något som man inte mäter. I carrier-class system, där man har krav på kontinuerlig tillgänglighet, innebär detta att man måste övervaka och mäta de resurser som applikationerna använder, så att de är tillgängliga när de behövs och att systemet inte blir överutnyttjat. John Mehaffey, technical marketing engineer hos MontaVista Software, beskriver hur resursövervakning i Carrier Grade Linux går till.
Kompilera FPGA-system från C
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Med programmerbar logik blir avvägningen mellan maskinvara och programvara betydligt intressantare. Jeff Jussel och Chris Sullivan från brittiska Celoxica beskriver här hur man med samma C-beskrivning kan implementera olika delar av konstruktionen i FPGA eller programvara.
Det våras för UML 2.0
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Efter ett drygt års försening är nu alla viktiga delar av UML 2.0 klara. Morgan Björkander från Telelogic beskriver här vad som ändrats och hur det påverkar användarna.
Molex to cut 550 jobs in fiberoptics business
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Citing continuing weakness in the telecom market, connector supplier Molex Inc. announced it plans to cut 550 jobs and take a pretax charge of up to $40 million in its current fiscal quarter as it consolidates U.S. and European fiberoptic component production.
Networking bridge chips
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The UB2G5LC, UB2G5NP, and UB2G5AG bridge chips are protocol conversion engines for datapath designs.
GSM/GPRS power amp module
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The TQM7M4009 power amplifier module is optimized for GSM/GPRS applications and is supplied in a 6 x 6 x 1.4-mm package.
Microsoft cherche à s'imposer sur le marché automobile européen
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Microsoft Corp. est entré sur le marché de l'électronique automobile en annonçant récemment son système d'exploitation Windows Automotive 4.2. Malgré un démarrage un peu lent, la société annonce avoir remporté 20 projets de conception au sein du secteur automobile européen. Dans une interview accordée à EE Times.de, Jürgen Za, responsable marketing Europe de l'unité automobile de Microsoft, a fait savoir que 17 de ces projets concernaient des systèmes embarqués. Les 3 autres concernent, quant à
Det hade vi klarat oss förutan...
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Jag tänker förstås på den ekobrottsutredning som Ericsson nu är föremål för. Att det i sådana här sammanhang förekommer mer eller mindre ljusskygga kommissioner är väl bekant, men storleken och omfattningen i det här fallet får en att undra under vilka förutsättningar Ericsson har vunnit sina framgångar, skriver EiNs ledarskribent Thore Rösnes.
Taiwan's Computex rescheduled to September
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Computex, Asia's largest IT trade show, is on again after being called off several weeks ago because of SARS.
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