Play it again with 'replayable' floorplans News & Analysis 10/31/2003 Post a comment Replayable, or reusable, floorplans can save weeks of design time by letting designers manage floorplan complexity and cope with design changes. Sharlene Gee, applications engineer at ReShape, shows how you can create and use replayable floorplans in this feature article.
Strategy shift begins to pay off at Creative News & Analysis 10/31/2003 Post a comment Creative Technology Ltd. is looking to build on its success as a supplier of computer sound cards to become a worldwide supplier of digital entertainment products, and its latest financial results show progress on that front.
India mulls tech manpower needs News & Analysis 10/31/2003 Post a comment Even as India's software industry brims with confidence at the imminent economic recovery in the United States, a recent meeting called by the Indian government raised questions about the industry's ability to meet its future manpower needs.
Foundry UMC cuts fab spending News & Analysis 10/31/2003 Post a comment Silicon foundry United Microelectronics Corp. said it is scaling back its planned capital expenditures this year, but suggested that it will build out its 300-mm wafer capacity in 2004 faster than originally planned.
Lab-on-a-pill may replace invasive endoscopy News & Analysis 10/31/2003 Post a comment In vitro trials are under way at the University of Glasgow to test a sensor-laden diagnostic device that is swallowed to collect data as it passes through a patient's intestines. The laboratory-on-a-pill will later move to clinical trials with live subjects.
Startup bets on drop-in digital amps News & Analysis 10/31/2003 Post a comment Two-year-old startup D2Audio Corp. is gambling that the growing popularity of home theater surround-sound "stereos" with five or more output channels will secure slots for its digital amplifier modules.
Low-cost, low-power wireless gathers steam News & Analysis 10/31/2003 Post a comment This week's InFocus look at low-cost, low-power wireless technologies arrives amid a burst of innovation-from ad hoc Bluetooth printer connectivity, to cutting-edge distributed wireless networks and sensors, to extremely lowpower implementations of ultrawideband radio. Even modulated-magnetic-field schemes are riding the crest of development and interest.
Deposition cites questionable behavior in EDA News & Analysis 10/31/2003 Post a comment There is supposed to be an impenetrable wall between financial analysts and their investment-banking counterparts to avoid conflicts of interests in which analysts might be pressured to report favorably on companies that would, in turn, give banking business to their firms.
The Week in Review: October 26 to November 1 News & Analysis 10/31/2003 Post a comment Gathered here are the top stories for the week of October 26 as ranked by Silicon Strategies' readers. The week's top story was IC Insights' projected top 10 semi supplier rankings for '03. Peter Clarke's stories on fab expansions at IBM and TSMC garnered a slew of hits. See what else was hot this week.
Fast ASICs with structure News & Analysis 10/31/2003 Post a comment Lightspeed can produce a structured ASIC that runs at 700 MHz, with a fast turnaround time and simple cost model. Here's how they do it.
French EDA startup is 'fluent' in co-design News & Analysis 10/31/2003 Post a comment With a goal of helping systems-on-chip architects and designers make sound decisions, startup CoFluent Design (Nantes, France) is gearing up to sell CoFluent Studio, a functional and architectural design tool. It helps define a hardware/software architecture, and it generates C code and synthesizable VHDL.
SAME se fait une place au soleil News & Analysis 10/31/2003 Post a comment Que les organisateurs se réjouissent : la sixième édition du Sophia Antipolis forum on MicroElectronics, appelé plus communément SAME 2003, fut un succès. Hausse du nombre de visiteurs, de participants aux panels de discussions et aux diverses sessions, du nombre d'exposants et des sponsors : SAME est décidément fait pour durer.
Data swell refocuses biotech on systems News & Analysis 10/31/2003 Post a comment Bio-
technology companies are swamped by a rising tide of data on genes and proteins that could influence human illnesses, with all too little information about how those interactions work and how to harness them.
Basestation ICs face revenue decline News & Analysis 10/31/2003 Post a comment Despite increasing numbers of mobile-phone subscribers, more mobile services offered over more frequencies and the stepped-up installation of basestations, the market for semiconductor components sold into cellular basestations is set to fall over the next five years, according to market research firm In-Stat/MDR.
Transmeta's last stand News & Analysis 10/31/2003 Post a comment Whenever I think of Transmeta, I picture a game-show contestant who must perform a complex task before the sand sifts into the lower half of an hourglass.
SMT coax connectors target high density apps Product News 10/31/2003 Post a comment ITT Industries, Cannon has unveiled a new range of 75-ohm surface mountable coaxial connectors for switching and transmission equipment in telecommunications applications. Designed to increase connector density, the CoSMID (Coax Surface Mount Interconnect Device) connectors incorporate a unique plastic housing that can be selectively plated and molded into a variety of configurations.
Rotary knobs feature built-in pointer Product News 10/31/2003 Post a comment Selco Products has introduced a new Soft Touch Bullet Knob series that feature a built-in pointer in two- and three-color designs. Offering a range of color combinations for a variety of control panel aesthetics and functions, these knobs are suited for audio and broadcast equipment, lighting, communications, industrial and test equipment, or other panel applications requiring color-coded knob control.
KDDI's 3G service will transmit at 2.4 Mbits/s News & Analysis 10/31/2003 Post a comment KDDI Corp., the second-largest cellular phone carrier in Japan, will upgrade the transmission rate of its third-generation service from today's 144 kbits/
second to 2.4 Mbits/s, starting in three major metropolitan areas this month and going nationwide by next fall.
Standard to address precise locationing News & Analysis 10/31/2003 Post a comment Ultrawideband is a radio communications technique (with recent Federal Communications Commission unlicensed-spectrum allocation) that may be applied to all manner of communications systems, just as narrowband, carrier-based or spread-spectrum techniques may be used for any type of system.
Israel's Wisair raises $15.5M News & Analysis 10/31/2003 Post a comment Wisair Ltd. (Tel Aviv, Israel) has raised $15.5 million in second-round funding that it will use to accelerate its development of ultrawideband chip sets and reference designs and to expand its global sales and marketing operations.
Analog switches target feature-rich cell phones News & Analysis 10/31/2003 Post a comment To address wireless handsets with lots of multimedia features, Fairchild Semiconductor International last week introduced a family of analog switches designed to increase audio quality while switching signals among three or more outputs.
New features recast Zilog's Z8 microcontroller News & Analysis 10/31/2003 Post a comment Useful architectures achieve a kind of immortality in the microcomputer world. The situation is not unlike that of the New Englander who claimed to be using the very ax his forebears brought over on the boat from England.
Logic and memory shown on molecular scale News & Analysis 10/31/2003 Post a comment Integrated circuits all depend on lockstep, unerring, nanoscale accuracy in their fabrication. Now Rice University researchers have challenged that wisdom by demonstrating that molecule-sized electronic devices can be used for both logic and memory, despite being randomly wired, error-prone and inaccurately formed at the nanoscale.
Moto, NTT promote multicast MPLS News & Analysis 10/31/2003 Post a comment Motorola Computer Group and NTT Corp. of Japan have jointly proposed a multicast version of the multiprotocol label switching standard, and the Internet Engineering Task Force has agreed to form a project within its MPLS working group.
Symposium to highlight 'ambient intelligence' News & Analysis 10/31/2003 Post a comment The first European Symposium on Ambient Intelligence (EUSAI) will be held in Eindhoven, the Netherlands next week. Philips is sponsoring the event, promoting "ambient intelligence," a technology concept still embryonic but gathering interest in research communities in Europe.
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