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Data I/O Chairman Resigns
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10/29/1998   Post a comment
Fran Conley is leaving because of increased demand on her time from other business commitments.
Acacia Networks files for bankruptcy
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10/28/1998   Post a comment
The glut that's led to the price commoditization of Layer 2 and 3 switching systems has claimed its first victim, as startup Acacia Networks Inc. has folded shop. The company's switchboard and Web site were closed by this past Monday (Oct. 26).
Rockwell angles for a share of Japan's CTI market
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10/28/1998   Post a comment
Rockwell International's Electronic Commerce division badly wants a piece of Japan's growing market for computer/telephony-integration (CTI) equipment. To get it, Rockwell recruited a management team from a rival Lucent Technologies division here, planned a public announcement before it receiving governmental approval to sell in Japan, and has prepared systems for shipment before finishing the conversion of its interface software to Japanese.
Compact optical module connector proposed
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10/28/1998   Post a comment
Four Japanese companies have proposed a compact form of detachable connector for optical modules.
Bastani sees life beyond GaAs for Anadigics
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10/28/1998   Post a comment
Anadigics Inc., which has grown from zero to nearly $100 million in revenue on the strength of gallium arsenide (GaAs) circuits, will branch out of the high-speed technology as it tries to grow to $500 million in sales, according to its new president.
Ericsson Signs Agreement with Mentor Graphics On Intellectual Property and Consulting
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10/28/1998   Post a comment
Wilsonville, Ore.--Oct. 27, 1998--Mentor Graphics Corp.(Wilsonville) and Ericsson announced agreements to supply MentorGraphics intellectual property (IP) components ...
Altera's Signaltap Logic Analysis Solution Provides New Means to Speed Design Verification
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10/28/1998   Post a comment
San Jose--Oct. 26, 1998--Altera Corp. (San Jose) unveiled the Signaltap logic analysis solution, a unique capability built into the company's new Quartus development system. ...
International Test Conference By Tets Maniwa
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10/28/1998   Post a comment
International Test Conference By Tets Maniwa Washington--Oct. 22, 1998--The International Test Conference, in addition to the usual sessions on the latest ...
Synopsys Acquires Everest Design Automation
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10/28/1998   Post a comment
Mountain View, Calif.--Oct. 27, 1998 - Synopsys, Inc. (Mountain View) announced that it has agreed to acquire the privately-held Everest Design Automation, Inc. Merging ...
Microsoft leads effort for data-acquisition API
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10/28/1998   Post a comment
Microsoft Corp. and six vendors of PC-based data-acquisition hardware and software products have joined forces to develop a data-acquisition API that will eliminate the burden of writing drivers to couple specific data-acquisition boards with a particular software package.
Palmchip offers controller core, design kit
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10/28/1998   Post a comment
Palmchip Corp. is adding a configurable memory controller to its roster of synthesizable IP cores. The company also has developed what it claims is the first-ever hardware design kit for systems-on-a-chip.
ITU actions push ADSL, HDSL forward
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10/28/1998   Post a comment
Two weeks of hard work in mid-October have led to a full determination of international standards for asymmetric digital-subscriber-line service, and to a final approval for high-bit-rate DSL and a task-group assignment for HDSL-2. The International Telecommunications Union's telecommunications group (ITU-T) approved the splitterless, "G.lite" ADSL as G.992.2, augmenting the G.992.1, or G.dmt, standard for full-rate ADSL.
Digital camera makers back direct print format
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10/28/1998   Post a comment
A quartet of camera makers is taking steps to establish the platform for direct printing of digital still-camera pictures. Canon, Eastman Kodak, Fuji and Matsushita have proposed a scheme called DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) as a format for digital printing using removable media such as CompactFlash, SmartMedia, PCMCIA cards, and floppy and magneto-optical disks.
Move is on for parameterized cores
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10/28/1998   Post a comment
The IP98-Europe conference and exhibition held here this week witnessed one discernible trend, that of an increased offering of parameterized IP cores and associated compiler software as a way to help engineers move up system-level design.
European consortia back rival cable-modem standards
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10/28/1998   Post a comment
Two rival consortia have been formed to support competing U.S.- and European-developed cable-modem standards in the European market.
Philips Tightens Smart Card Security
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10/28/1998   Post a comment
The company rolls out an encryption-controller chip for a growing number of multi-service card applications and Java-based systems.
Synopsys 4Q Revenue Rises 12 Percent
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10/28/1998   Post a comment
Record fourth quarter revenue helps lead Synopsys to 1998 revenue of $717.9 million, 11 percent higher than the previous year's $647 million.
IDC Predicts Double-Digit Chip Growth By 2000
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10/27/1998   Post a comment
The start of a recovery in the latter half of the year won't be enough to salvage the semiconductor industry from a dismal 1998, says researcher.
Organic transistors could simplify large-panel production
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10/27/1998   Post a comment
By using organic compounds to build transistors and light-emitting diodes (LEDs), researchers at Lucent Technologies' Bell Laboratories hope to speed progress toward large emissive displays.
Update: Synopsys acquires place-and-route vendor Everest
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10/27/1998   Post a comment
Pushing deeper into physical-design, Synopsys Inc. said today (Oct. 27) that it will acquire place-and-route startup Everest Design Automation Inc.
Hitachi ports speech engine to SH-4 processor
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10/27/1998   Post a comment
Hitachi Ltd. and Lernout & Hauspie, a speech-technology company, have extended a porting arrangement to apply L&H's latest generation of automatic-speech-recognition (ASR) and text-to-speech (TTS) technologies to Hitachi's SH-4 Super RISC processor.
Notebook makers wrestle with pinouts, heat dissipation
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10/27/1998   Post a comment
Notebook-computer makers in Taiwan are facing a broad range of design challenges as they struggle to engineer machines for three different CPU pinouts and to reign in heat and noise problems.
ATI launches video-in, TV-out display chip
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10/27/1998   Post a comment
In an attempt to become a full-solution provider to the set-top market, ATI Technologies Inc. has launched what it calls the industry's first single-chip video-in/TV-out display IC.
Flomerics' Web-based add-on aids thermal analysis
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10/27/1998   Post a comment
Flomerics Ltd., a supplier of thermal-analysis software based on computational fluid dynamics, is introducing a Web-based add-on tool for its Flotherm product that will help IC packaging engineers reduce modeling times, the company said.
Surefire Verification Establishes Itself as Supplier of FunctionalVerificationSoftware Suite
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10/27/1998   Post a comment
Campbell, Calif.--Oct. 26, 1998--Surefire Verification, Inc. (Campbell) introduced its long-range corporate mission to be the leadingsupplier of functional verification ...
Altera Unveils Quartus Development System for Multimillion-Gate Designs
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10/27/1998   Post a comment
San Jose--Oct. 26, 1998--Altera Corp. (San Jose)introduced the Quartus fourth-generation programmable logicdevelopment system. Based upon modern software technologies,Quartus ...
Mentor Graphics IP Division Develops and Releases Super Fast 8051 Microcontroller Core
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10/27/1998   Post a comment
Wilsonville, Ore.--Oct. 26, 1998--Mentor Graphics (Wilsonville) announced the availability of the M8051Warp microcontroller core. The core, a reusable chip design offering ...
Atmel Launches Flash/AVR-Based Secure Microcontroller for Smart Card Applications
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10/27/1998   Post a comment
San Jose--Oct. 26, 1998--Atmel Corp. (San Jose) announced the AT90SC3232C smart card integrated circuit microcontroller (MCU). It is the first member of Atmel's AT90SC ...
Design Migration Tool Used to Move Libraries to Different Processes
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10/27/1998   Post a comment
Fremont, Calif.--Oct. 26, 1998--Sagantec (Fremont) reported itsphysical design migration software has gained widespread acceptance byindependent physical library suppliers ...
Linux inventor assesses future of open-source software
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10/27/1998   Post a comment
Linus Torvalds is rapidly becoming an influential figure in Silicon Valley. The Linux operating system he created continues to gain attention, and Torvalds — now working at the enigmatic Transmeta Corp. — finds himself guest-speaking at conferences or fielding questions from the mainstream media.
Marshall and Xilinx to part ways
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10/27/1998   Post a comment
TI maps out broad approach for DSPs
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10/27/1998   Post a comment
Intel and PBS set to test enhanced DTV
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10/27/1998   Post a comment
Intel Corp. and Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) will get a glimpse of the potential future for interactive digital-TV broadcasts on Nov. 10 and 11, when PBS airs a documentary about Frank Lloyd Wright in digital TV signals in six U.S. cities.
Synopsys Buys Everest For Routing Complex ICs
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10/27/1998   Post a comment
CEO says Everest's routing technology, with Synopsys' design tools and methodology, will be instrumental in progressing in the realm of system on a chip.
Networked supercomputers get conference focus
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10/27/1998   Post a comment
The rapidly maturing field of networked supercomputers will be showcased at next week's Supercomputing 98 conference.
Brophy to lead OVI
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10/27/1998   Post a comment
Dennis Brophy, standards program manager at Mentor Graphics Corp. (Beaverton, Ore.), has been elected chairman of Open Verilog International (OVI), an industry organization that promotes the use of the Verilog language.
System gives artificial 'nerve' to robotic soldiers
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10/26/1998   Post a comment
Raytheon Systems Co. is mapping out an ambitious program for building an artificial nervous system (ANS) for the soldier of the future.
Quickturn speeds cycle-based simulator tool
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10/26/1998   Post a comment
Quickturn Design Systems Inc. has introduced a new version of its SpeedSim Verilog cycle-based simulator with enhanced performance and more support for multiple clock domains. The idea is to appeal to new users creating complex chip designs.
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