Molex boosts connector contacts, speed for Xeon processor News & Analysis 10/1/1998 Post a comment The Slot 2 connectors that Molex Inc. will roll out next week for Intel Corp.'s Pentium II Xeon processor will employ novel techniques to satisfy requirements set by Intel and Molex when they began working together in 1994. The connectors borrow circuit board techniques to handle higher speeds while increasing contact density.
Optical system probes flip-chips from backside News & Analysis 10/1/1998 Post a comment Working with a major unidentified micropro-cessor manufacture most likely, Intel Corp. Schlumberger Automated Test Equipment has come up with a breakthrough in measuring flip-chip signals through the backside of a silicon device.
Sony and Pioneer join blue-laser race News & Analysis 10/1/1998 Post a comment Two major disk-player suppliers, Sony Corp. and Pioneer Electronic Corp., have joined the race to develop a blue laser based on gallium nitride. Both trail the current leader, Nichia Chemical Industries Ltd. Blue lasers or shorter wavelength violet lasers will be in big demand for next-generation storage and communications systems.
Startup applies sigma-delta technology to software radio design News & Analysis 10/1/1998 Post a comment Philsar Electronics, an RF- and DSP-design house, plans to move into the merchant semiconductor market by year's end. The five-year-old company is using sigma-delta conversion technology to develop novel bandpass A/D and D/A converters, as well as fractional-N frequency synthesizers, to apply "software-defined radio" concepts to RF/IF chains.
Cable Web bucks industry trends with data-over-cable model News & Analysis 10/1/1998 Post a comment Cable Web Services Inc. is bucking industry trends as it sets out to provide broadband Internet-access services for cable-TV multiple-system operators (MSOs). To begin with, the company is ignoring the two-way Data Over Cable System Interface Spec (Docsis) developed by CableLabs for defining a subscriber cable modem used with a hybrid fiber/coax infrastructure.
Felix tools pushed in research project News & Analysis 10/1/1998 Post a comment A European research program is starting work on designs in the areas of digital video broadcasting and industrial control. The program also plays a key role in helping Cadence Design Systems Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) develop tools to handle codesign of hardware and software under its Felix initiative.
Minority recruitment takes center stage News & Analysis 10/1/1998 Post a comment The Amoco Foundation is launching a $2.5 million initiative to increase the percentage of minority students in engineering programs and to keep them in those programs. Under the Minority Engineering Recruitment and Retention Initiative, the foundation is issuing grants of $15,000 to $50,000 a year to organizations, schools and colleges with programs designed to boost minority participation in engineering.
Obstacles emnumerated for commercial IP News & Analysis 10/1/1998 Post a comment Hope for intellectual-property (IP) companies might be short-lived, based on the views of a panel of analysts who convened here this week. Commodity IP isn't a sustainable business model, and only a rarefied few IP companies will be blessed with large-scale success in the future, speakers said.