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Agere's Gbit Ether chip gets USB 2.0 design win
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Agere Systems Inc. is expected to announce a major design win this week for its Gigabit Ethernet chip in a Universal Serial Bus 2.0 adapter card offered by Belkin Corp.
Optical modulator leaps size, power bars
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Electrical engineers at the University of Texas (Austin) have demonstrated what they claim is the world's smallest silicon modulator.
'Scope twist sees single molecules
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Since chip makers use surface effects extensively in building up complex structures on silicon, a recent innovation in observing the behavior of atoms at a material's surface could prove an important breakthrough.
EDA execs: ESL, DFM will stand out in lackluster '06
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Don't look for substantial EDA industry revenue growth in 2006, but do expect some important developments in electronic system-level design and design-for-manufacturing, industry insiders say.
Sandwork hones waveform viewing
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Sandwork Design, best known for its Spice waveform viewing tools, plans to venture into new territory this week with the launch of a schematic cross-probing capability and an enhanced visualization and debugging tool.
Thomson crée une équipe R&D dédiée aux produits télécoms et passerelles
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Faisant suite à l’acquisition d’Inventel fin mars 2005, Thomson a annoncé la création d’une équipe de recherche et développement dédiée à l’innovation. Le « Thomson-Inventel Advanced Product Development Group », ou APD, aura pour responsabilité le développement et le déploiement de services liés aux produits d’accès large bande intégrant le triple-play et de solutions de réseaux domestiques.
Trübe Aussichten für Solar-Markt 2006
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Nach einem berauschenden Wachstum in jüngster Zeit stehen dem Markt für Solarenergie nun trübe Zeiten bevor. So warnt ein Analyst vor Absatzrückgängen bei Solarzellen, -techniken und -materialien im neuen Jahr.
Winziger Akkuladechip mit hohem Strom
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Eine Stromtragfähigkeit von 750 Milliampere auf nur 4 Quadratmillimetern Chipfläche bietet ein neuer Akkulader-Schaltkreis von Linear Technologies.
The Week in Review: Dec. 25 to 31
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Gathered herein are the top five stories for the last week of 2005 as ranked by the readers of EE Times. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article. In addition we have provided an editor’s selection of other significant stories of the week.
Arithmatica discloses more customer names
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Arithmatica Inc., a startup company that offers to improve its customers’ integrated circuits by offering innovations in mathematical circuit blocks, has named five of its customers.
Control-by-thought firm updates results
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Cyberkinetics Neurotechnology Systems Inc. has reported the latest findings with respect to its BrainGate neural interface system in two poster presentations at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in Washington, D.C.
LG, Samsung unveil DVB-H, Media FLO phones
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LG Electronics Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. simultaneously announced they have developed the first handset models based on the DVB-H and Media FLO mobile broadcasting standards.
Erweiterungsfähiger Industrierechner von DSM
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Für Anwendungen in Automatisierung, Bildverarbeitung und Robotik hat DSM Computer seinen neuen 19-Zoll-Industriecomputer 96M15803 aus der Infinity-Familie konzipiert. Der langzeitverfügbaren Rechner basiert auf der kürzlich vorgestellten Backplane 96M1101 und bietet 13 Slots für Erweiterungen nach Kundenanforderungen.
Elektronikbranche 2006: Neues Jahr, neue Probleme
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Nicht alles ändert sich im neuen Jahr. So bleibt die Prognose für die Elektronikbranche für 2006 für viele Marktteilnehmer weiterhin ein Rätsel.
Gott Nytt År 2006
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Gott Nytt År 2006
LG.Philips LCD lance son usine de 7ème génération
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Le fournisseur sud-coréen d’écrans à cristaux liquides LG.Philips LCD a commencé la production de masse de panneaux LCD à matrice active sur son site de 7ème génération, baptisé P7, à Paju, en Corée.
Départ du président d’UMC
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Dans une surprenante lettre aux actionnaires, Robert Tsao a annoncé qu’il quitterait ses fonctions de président et membre du conseil d’administration du spécialiste de fonderie taiwanais United Microelectronics Corp.
Leiterplattenmarkt mit positivem Trend
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Der Umsatz der Leiterplattenhersteller in Deutschland lag im September marginal unter dem Wert des Vorjahres. Er übertraf aber den Durchschnittswert der ersten neun Monate 2005, berichten der Verband der Leiterplattenindustrie und der ZVEI-Fachverband Electronic Components and Systems. Da der September meist die Tendenz für den Rest des Jahres vorgibt, erwarten die Verbände, dass sich das letzte Quartal positiv entwickelt.
Automobileletronik-Experten treffen sich in München
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Einen Überblick über den Stand der Entwicklung in der Automobilelektronik will die 10. Euroforum-Jahrestagung "Elektroniksysteme im Automobil" bieten, die Anfang Februar in München stattfindet.
Career Profile: VP Of Interactive Technology, World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.
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Tasked with driving Internet and wireless strategies for such a well-known entertainment enterprise keeps Jon Zerden busy. Success as an IT professional hinges on learning from others and knowing how to listen, he says.
LG.Philips LCD launches Gen 7 plant
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South Korea-based liquid crystal display (LCD) supplier LG.Philips LCD has begun mass producing thin-film-transistor (TFT) LCD panels at its P7 7th generation plant in Paju, Korea.
Could IC shortages be on the horizon?
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It's been such a long time since anyone in the electronics market has muttered the word shortage that it would seem to have been struck from the industry lexicon. Apparently, that's not the case. In December, several analysts issued fairly bullish reports about the electronic-components market, with one of them implying that manufacturers might be double-ordering parts to guarantee supply.
Weighing the business risks
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It's not over on July 1, 2006. In addition to the European Union's RoHS and WEEE directives, several other environmental regulations, including the EU's Energy-using Products (EuP) and Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals (Reach) directives, are emerging. Also in the works are China's RoHS and legislation expected from Taiwan, Japan and South Korea. The electronics industry has to address them all or face the prospect of paying penalties as a result of noncompliance.
AeA rolls information service
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Industry trade association AeA and international law firm Allen & Overy LLP launched an online service last month to help companies comply with the European Union's Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive and the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive.
Reality Check
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Don't underestimate the power of perception, however contrary to the facts it might seem. Is the electronics industry growing, stalled or sliding toward another recession? The answer depends upon a variety of factors: which figures you are looking at, who you are asking, where they are based and their specific markets.
Seven supply chain lessons
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At leading-edge companies around the world, supply chain management has evolved from building operational excellence to creating value across the supply chain. By architecting supply chains, companies create value for their customers, their suppliers and, of course, for themselves.
The Next Wave
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There's a boom going on in China, and it's not just in cheap manufacturing. Over the last few years, the country has emerged as a location for product design serving both Western and Asian customers, especially South Korean electronics companies. While the focus has been on international companies setting up their own design centers in China, an emerging local industry is paralleling the growth of captive operations.
Old Gadgets New Tricks
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If there's any doubt that high technology has pervaded virtually every aspect of daily life, just wander the floor of any home improvement or home appliance trade show. Talking washing machines, refrigerators with LCD TVs in the door, smart dishwashers that sense whether dishes are dirty or clean--these are just a few of the innovations in the product category known as white goods. And these improvements are putting the kitchen and laundry room on a par with the living room for sophistication an
Thailand Re-emerges
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History has been kind to Thailand. Unlike many of its Asian neighbors, the country has not experienced foreign occupation or any major armed conflicts. In the 1980s and '90s, Thailand offered a good starting point for many electronics equipment and components manufacturers seeking the benefits of a low-wage manufacturing environment in a politically and economically stable area.
Alphatec: The fab that could have been
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Thailand's first wafer fab project began with the best intentions and ended under a cloud of scandal. In 1997, Charn Uswachoke, a Sino-Thai businessman who earned his MBA in the United States, decided to bring a fab to his native country to jump-start the domestic electronics industry.
Southern Violence
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Hundreds of miles from the calm of Bangkok, in Thailand's southern provinces near the border with Malaysia, Islamic violence including shootings, beheadings and bombings has claimed more than 1,000 lives since 2004. The violence is largely confined to the Narathiwat, Yala and Pattani provinces, where the government declared a special state of emergency in 2005, and in certain districts of Songkhla province, where martial law was imposed.
A New Landscape
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Tumultuous, dark, depressed. These are just some of the adjectives that have been justifiably used to describe the optical-communications sector. During the past half-decade, component vendors have seen their businesses experience a free fall without parallel in semiconductor history.
Thermal grease solves overheating issues
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Laird Technologies Thermal Products (formerly Thermagon) has developed a high-performance silicone-based thermal grease to overcome overheating in advanced computer chips, graphics-processing units and ASICs.
Intranet solution for managing aging inventory
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Aging inventory is the bane of many companies, and few have robust processes in place for moving the old stuff off the shelves and getting top dollar for it. Fremont, Calif.-based Freeflow Ltd., formerly WCTbid, is out to change that with the introduction last month of its Channel Intranet Auction solution, a Web-based inventory asset management tool.
Beyond now
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Happy New Year. 2005 is for the history books now. But first, a quick postmortem. For the electronics industry, 2005 was a fairly quiet period; sales rose modestly; China continued to draw manufacturers; more companies began looking at India; North America's share of electronics production dropped; preparations for environmental regulations intensified; U.S. interest rates went up; and the dollar didn't sink quite as expected.
Uncharted Territory
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When it comes to outsourcing manufacturing operations, the aerospace and defense industries are somewhat immature compared with other sectors of the technology market. That may be about to change. Technology Forecasters Inc. (TFI; Alameda, Calif.) recently reported that the increasingly sophisticated electronic content in commercial and military aircraft, weapons systems and equipment used in the field will spur a shift toward contract manufacturing in the next few years.
The Making of a Market
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In the early 1990s, Fisher & Paykel Appliances Inc. approached International Rectifier Corp. with an idea for a new kind of washing machine. Fisher & Paykel (East Tamaki, New Zealand), a pioneer in the use of brushless dc motors in washers, had come up with a way to make a motor that was significantly more efficient, but it would require a complete redesign.
The Agent Experience: Small Fixes with Big Impact
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Want your agents to stay on the job? Want to stop reinvesting in recruiting and training qualified reps, only to have them develop skills that they take with them out the door? Then pay some attention to the details of the agent experience. Small investments will pay large dividends.
What It Means To Be A Call Center Manager
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Call center managers have to become masters of more than telephony.
Leveraging Contact Center Technology for Inside Sales
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Placing emphasis on both field sales and inside sales organizations can be a balancing act that is difficult to master.
Your Call Center's Next Stage
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In 2006, call centers will be more vulnerable to one of their greatest challenges: attrition.
Contact Center Pros Weigh In On KPIs
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ACCE survey highlights the impact of technology problems on overall contact center productivity.
Call Center On the Road: The Austin Show
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Next stop, Texas’ coolest city, as we escape winter’s grip and journey to Austin for Call Center Demo & Conference in February.
Call Center Austin Demo: Jill Griffin Speaks
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One of the keynote speakers at Call Center Demo in Austin is Jill Griffin, an internationally recognized expert in customer loyalty issues. She’ll be talking about the key success factors call center managers have to be aware of. We had a conversation with her about her views of the current customer/ company relationship and how it can be improved.
From Data to Information
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The top priority for call centers is to enable companies to gather and share insights from interacting with customers. The same is becoming true of call center technology.
Super Size Your Customer Satisfaction
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Cross-selling and up-selling take skill, but there are other factors to consider beyond handle time.
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