Speech technology loses its kooky luster News & Analysis 10/31/2002 Post a comment Long considered a niche technology years from widespread adoption, speech recognition is becoming part of the pervasive computing strategies of IBM, Cisco, Intel and Microsoft, which intend to embed it into every future cell phone, PDA, car and consumer gadget.
Altium upgrades P-CAD layout tool News & Analysis 10/31/2002 Post a comment Altium Ltd. has released P-CAD 2002, a new version of its pc-board layout software with about 60 new features that address board complexity, the company said. The company, formerly named Protel Ltd., said the upgrade improves ease of use and provides greater control.
ChipPAC narrows loss on stronger sales News & Analysis 10/31/2002 Post a comment ChipPAC, Inc., a Fremont, Calif.-based provider of semiconductor assembly and test services, today announced revenue for the third quarter ended September 30,increased 26.8% to $94.7 million, compared to $74.7 million in the same quarter a year ago.
AMD's market share said to slip last quarter News & Analysis 10/31/2002 Post a comment Advanced Micro Devices Inc. suffered a large drop in its share of the microprocessor market share of processor sales in the third quarter, mainly as the result of a one-time channels inventory correction, according to Mercury Research.
Intel claims win over Via in Germany News & Analysis 10/31/2002 Post a comment A German court this week has entered a judgment that bars importing of Via Technologies Inc. Pentium 4 chipsets into that country, according to an Intel Corp. spokesman Thursday.
LTX reduces workforce amid ATE downturn News & Analysis 10/31/2002 Post a comment Hit hard by the current IC downturn, LTX Corp. here has reduced its workforce by 94 employees and will take a $2 million charge associated with the action, according to a report from Dow Jones.
Oresis closure marks ongoing softswitch consolidation News & Analysis 10/31/2002 Post a comment The year-long consolidation of the once highly-touted softswitch market continued on several fronts this week, as Oresis Communications Inc. laid off most of its workers, leaving 15 executives to search for a buyer. In addition, NexVerse Networks Inc. agreed to a merger with ECI-NGTS Ltd. to form a new company, Chorale Networks Inc., that will make another go at the packet telephony market.
Mentor provides link to Arrow component database News & Analysis 10/31/2002 Post a comment Mentor Graphic Corp. will allow pc-board designers and layout engineers to add the Ubiquidata database of Arrow Electronics Inc. to its Data Management System (DMS) solution under an agreement between the companies. The database includes more than 16 million electronic components.
Deutsche Boerse creates new tech index News & Analysis 10/31/2002 Post a comment Frankfurt -- Deutsche Boerse announced today that it will create a new technology index, called TecDAX, for the Frankfurt exchange's largest 30 non-DAX technology companies. The move will phase out the current NEMAX50 index by the end of 2004.
Antennas go miniature to 870 MHz News & Analysis 10/31/2002 Post a comment Yageo Corp. has expanded its line of miniature ceramic antennas with 433- and 870-MHz versions for low-data-transfer, unidirectional wireless communications systems such as wireless remote controls.
DDR regulators cut termination system costs News & Analysis 10/31/2002 Post a comment Analog double-data-rate (DDR) termination regulator chips from Philips Semiconductors are said to reduce the overall cost of a DDR termination system by as much as 50 percent and to cut board space by up to 60 percent compared with switch-mode designs.
Chips roll for Pentium 4 systems Product News 10/31/2002 Post a comment Two new low-pin-count, bus-based input/output controllers are available from National Semiconductor Corp. for Intel Pentium 4 systems. National's PC87372 and PC87373 Super I/O controllers integrate all of the required Pentium 4 system control functions in a single chip, rather than having discrete logic scattered about the motherboard.
Six-die memory component tailored for mobile phones News & Analysis 10/31/2002 Post a comment SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Fujitsu Ltd. has introduced a multi-chip package (MCP) for mobile telephone applications that includes three flash memories, one static SRAM, and two fast cycle RAM die. Fujitsu's device bonds a pair of packages into a single unit that has dual bus structure so that data and program memory spaces can be addressed simultaneously.
EC approves Finmeccanica purchases News & Analysis 10/31/2002 Post a comment Italian defence firm, Finmeccanica has won clearance from the European Commission to purchase Marconi Mobile, the defence communications unit of the British telecoms equipment maker and Italian satellite services company, Telespazio.
Opto Speed completes 30m second financing round News & Analysis 10/31/2002 Post a comment Swiss manufacturer of Indium Phoshide (InP) based opto electronic components, Opto Speed, has completed its second round of financing with a further investment of 10m from ABN AMRO Capital, following the 20 million investment by The Carlyle Group in March 2002.
Six-die memory component tailored for cellphones News & Analysis 10/31/2002 Post a comment SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Fujitsu Ltd. has introduced a multi-chip package (MCP) for mobile telephone applications that includes three flash memories, one static SRAM, and two fast cycle RAM die. Fujitsu's device bonds a pair of packages into a single unit that has dual bus structure so that data and program memory spaces can be addressed simultaneously.
Ixys replaces Cu with Al for demanding power modules News & Analysis 10/31/2002 Post a comment SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Power semiconductor maker Ixys Corp. has introduced an aluminum-based interconnection and substrate technology that it calls Direct Aluminum Bonded or DAB. DAB is intended for the creation of high-power devices and multi-die power modules for use in demanding automotive, aerospace and industrial applications, the company said.
Wi-Fi Alliance takes lead in wireless LAN security features News & Analysis 10/31/2002 Post a comment The Wi-Fi Alliance has taken steps to boost the security of wireless LANs based on the IEEE's 802.11 standard by adding 802.1x authentication and Temporal Key Integrity Protocol (TKIP)-based encryption algorithms to its Wi-Fi Protected Access initiative. Both elements are drawn from the IEEE's draft specification for 802.11i, which won't be finalized until late next year.
Equipment makers must wait as China Telecom delays IPO News & Analysis 10/31/2002 Post a comment HONG KONG -- A much anticipated $3.7 billion initial public offering of shares (IPO) in giant telephone service provider China Telecom was delayed Thursday (October 21, 2002), the victim of lack of interest among major institutional investors and those wary of China's regulatory risk. The IPO effort will have a direct bearing upon telecommunications equipment makers, who vie to sell equipment into China's growing market.
Chip supports switchable 802.11b WLAN and GPRS News & Analysis 10/31/2002 Post a comment Connect One has designed novel functionality into its iChip Plus Internet Controller chip that will support Intersil's PRISM 2 chip set for switchable 802.11b wireless LAN connectivity, in addition to iChip's current support for the GPRS cellular network.
CMP, Messe Muenchen to bring Electronica to USA News & Analysis 10/31/2002 Post a comment MUNICH, Germany --- CMP Media LLC, publisher of SBN and Messe Muenchen GmbH, owner of the biennial Electronica exhibition, have agreed to stage electronicaUSA alongside the Embedded Systems Conference in San Francisco in 2004. According to Manhasset, New York, based CMP Media, the two events will unite to form a new format of event including an exhibition, business events and technical conferences.
Single-voltage E-pHEMT FET News & Analysis 10/31/2002 Post a comment The ATF-531PB is a single-voltage Enhanced mode pHEMT FET in a miniature leadless chip carrier package designed for wireless applications up to 6GHz.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times