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FCC OKs Verizon's MCI acquisition
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The Federal Communications Commission approved the proposed acquisition of MCI Inc. by Verizon Communications Inc. after concluding the transaction advances the public interest.
Siddall steps down as Credence executive chairman
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Graham Siddall has stepped down as executive chairman of automated test equipment supplier Credence Systems, 10 months after being replaced as CEO.
Lattice rolls out ispLEVER 5.1 programmable logic design tools
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Lattice Semiconductor announced the immediate availability of the ispLEVER 5.1 programmable logic design tool suite.
Texas Prototypes hones NPI model
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What does a Design Chain Champion do for an encore? Texas Prototypes Inc., for one, has continued to hone the business model that resulted in its being named one of Electronics Supply & Manufacturing's 2004 Supply & Design Chain champions.
Hitachi posts loss, blames LCDs
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Hitachi Ltd.'s consolidated revenues were 4,413.3 billion yen ($39.1 billion) for the first half of fiscal 2005, up 2 percent year-on-year.
Pre-validation interoperability test software is for 3G cellphones
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If you've ever grappled with 3G cellphone pre-validation interoperability testing, you'll be interested in new Windows-based software from Anritsu. It's new network simulation library for its existing signaling tester hardware lets you conduct pre-validation of interoperability testing between 3G user equipment and the world's various 3G networks.
Get fully populated and tested power supplies within seven days
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Fairchild Semiconductor introduces its Power-On-Demand, an online capability that streamlines product selection and design for 10-25W AC/DC Switch Mode Power Supplies.
Blade readiness assessment helps data center managers
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American Power Conversion says its new Blade Readiness Assessment Service informs IT professionals of the feasibility of deploying blade servers in their current data center installations.
Dell to fall short of guidance
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Dell Computer said it expects to achieve a non-GAAP earnings per share of 39 cents, the low end of the range of its previous guidance for fiscal 2006 third quarter, and expects revenue to be $13.9 billion, below its original guidance of $14.1 to $14.5 billion.
Startup claims breakthrough in fuel cells
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Startup PolyFuel Inc. said that it has achieved a critical milestone that could propel the mass adoption of fuel cells in PDAs, cellular phones and notebook computers.
Outsourcing helps, not hurts U.S. economy, says trade group
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Global outsourcing of U.S software and IT services has benefitted the domestic economy by improving wages, encouraging investment and spending, and ultimately by increasing the number of jobs, according to a study by the Information Technology Association of America.
Single-cell Li-ion charger IC optimized for Bluetooth headset applications
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Intersil introduces a single-cell Li-ion battery charger witha 28V input voltage rating that eliminates the over-voltage protection circuit normally required in low-input chargers, reducing component count and overall system cost.
I-Logix unveils Statemate 4.1 for auto, aerospace modeling
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I-Logix has released a new version of its Statemate 4.1 unified modeling language suite with additional workflow capabilities that allow teams of developers in applications such as automotive and aerospace to coordinate system specification.
DC/DC converter focuses on distributed power and power management
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The Ericsson Power Module is a revised DC/DC converter that offers reduced cost and compatibility with the lead-free soldering process. It's is aimed at projects looking for cost reduction, particularly the cost of power per board.
3-axis accelerometer sets low power benchmark for mobile devices
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Analog Devices, Inc. said its new ADXL330, 3-axis accelerometer, is the industry's lowest power device of its kind, typically consuming only 200 microamps at full power at a supply voltage of 2.0 V. Combined with a small surface-mount 4 x 4 x 1.45-mm package, the new device aims to be the sensor of choice for a variety of portable consumer devices, particularly mobile phones, by offering designers the ability to deliver new motion and tilt sensing features.
Cadence now trading solely on Nasdaq
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Cadence Design Systems, EDA's largest company, is now being traded exclusively on the Nasdaq National Market.
Qualcomm: the problem or scapegoat?
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It was not a major surprise that six leading communications companies filed complaints with the European Commission (EC) against CDMA chipset giant Qualcomm Inc. But is Qualcomm is the problem or the scapegoat?
Nomadic IEEE-802.11a receiver targets 5-GHz WiFi
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Having a handheld wireless "sniffer" can be a godsend at times when working with WiFi systems. Check out this battery powered receiver for the 5.8-GHz band.
Court OKs Mosaid request to appeal Infineon case
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Semiconductor IP supplier Mosaid Technologies Inc. has announced that U.S. District Judge Fogel has issued a stipulation and order granting the company the right to appeal the court judgement in its patent dispute with Infineon Technologies AG.
Cavendish Kinetics appoints two to pursue business
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Cavendish Kinetics NV, a Dutch startup planning to offer CMOS-compatible embedded non-volatile memory using MEMS technology, has made two appointments intended to help the company pursue the next phase of its business.
ATEN Technology's new video expansion solutions duplicate and enhance video signals across multiple displays
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ATEN Technology, Inc. has announced new DVI-compliant video expansion solutions that are ideal for trade shows, classrooms, conferences, retail outlets, training facilities and more. The new VS-162/164 DVI Video Splitter units is available in two- and four-port models.
Fragmentation slows IPTV adoption
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Will Internet Protocol TV follow the path of other interactive-TV platforms, blazing onto the scene only to fizzle into a minor market that leaves pundits grasping for explanations? IPTV is the real deal, sources said, noting that operators in Europe and Asia have already pulled off successful deployments. Many of those pioneers are telcos that earlier deployed broadband over digital subscriber lines for Internet data service and are now expanding into IP voice and video for "triple play" servic
Nokia unveils DVB-H broadcast solution
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Nokia Inc. has announced a commercial service management solution for DVB-H services, the Nokia Mobile Broadcast Solution 3.0, that supports the broadcasting of different types of digital content such as live TV, radio and video clips over DVB-H networks to mobile devices.
STATS ChipPAC, UTAC appear primed for growth
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Better than anticipated quarterly results from assembly and test firms STATS ChipPAC and United Test and Assembly Center signal further growth ahead for both firms, analysts said.
Infineon, union agree to close plant, says report
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Semiconductor maker Infineon Technologies AG said it has agreed with a labor union to close an outdated memory chip plant in southern Germany in 2007, according to an Associated Press report.
The Wal-Mart economy
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Though much of the economy has rebounded since the dot-com crash, and though engineers are being hired now, I'm still flooded with tales of woe from developers unsuccessfully searching for work. Here's an e-mail from a correspondent who wishes to remain anonymous: "There seems to be a great discrepancy between 'official' numbers and the truth. I worked as a software engineer/embedded developer for several years, but I can't buy a job right now.
Let feds pay high costs of snooping
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Eleven years ago, EE Times warned readers of the hidden costs of the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (Calea), then known as the Digital Telephony Act. By requiring service providers of all sizes to install packet-snooping gateways in their peering centers and central offices, at the carrier's own cost, the federal government was demanding the equivalent of an "unfunded mandate" for all players in broadband communications.
'Next big thing' may be process, not a product
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IBM Research is celebrating its 60th anniversary in a year that may prove to be as transformational as 1945 was, for the company and for the world in general. Where the year IBM Corp.'s research arm was founded marked the start of the Cold War and the nuclear-arms race, from now on it may be intangibles — such as information, software and intellectual property, delivered via the Internet — that will be the center of global struggles for dominance, rather than physical products such as
Dell's $99 printer gambit
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When Dell introduced the 1100 monochrome laser printer in the United States and Europe in June, the 1100 became the lowest-priced laser printer on the market. Having set an introductory price of only $99, Dell aggressively undercut its nearest competitors, Samsung and Konica Minolta, which both offered similar printers but for at least $50 more. Dell also sought to redefine price entry points for the growing small-office/home-office (Soho) consumer printing segment.
China's designers court Wall Street
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Two of China's top fabless IC makers are heading for the Nasdaq, the first in the country's fast-growing chip design sector to see if they can cash in on a hunch.
Process R&D 'a team sport'
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Even the mightiest manufacturer can't go it alone anymore.
Matsushita skips 90-nm, shipping 65-nm
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Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. will make a strategic move from 130-nanometer manufacturing to the 65-nm generation this month as it begins to ship 65-nm chips in volume.
Consumer era gives birth to 'gigafabs'
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Just as giants of the retail world are erecting massive "megastores," so the chip industry is eyeing supersized foundries to build the ICs for the products that wind up on those retailers' shelves.
Verifying large models in RTL simulation
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Using Silicon Graphics' ccNUMA memory architecture as an example, ASIC designer Debra Klopfenstein shows how you can efficiently represent extremely large models in RTL simulation environments.
IC design is a 'package' deal
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As chip designers, Kaushik Sheth and Egino Sarto struggled to fit silicon into cost-effective packages.
DOD eyes comms for disaster response
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The U.S. Northern Command will consider any and all technologies that will help it develop a flexible and survivable communications network to respond to future domestic disasters, Northern Command Commander Adm. Timothy Keating told the Homeland Defense Symposium here last week.
Test diagnostic tool helps to increase yields
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Mentor Graphics promises to simplify IC failure analysis with Monday's release of its YieldAssist diagnostic tool.
Startup Rio making design a 'package' deal
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Startup Rio Design Automation plans to provide software that lets chip designers optimize the placement of I/Os, bumps and pins and to "synthesize" interconnects between I/Os on different dice.
Broadcom licenses Optimode DSP from ARM
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Fabless communications chip company Broadcom Corp. has extended its relationship with ARM Holdings plc by licensing Optimode data engine technology.
Årets Elektronikföretag specialist på markradar.
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På Elektronik i Nordens årliga evenemang, Bransch-punschen, presenterades årets elektronikföretag: Malå GeoScience AB.
Panel looks at ways to clean up nanotech's act
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Nanostructured materials are poised to revolutionize engineering, offering an unprecedented level of control over physical properties.
SILICON PROCESSING: Test diagnostic tool helps to increase yields
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Pity the IC failure analysis expert. While scan test data provides a starting point for diagnosis, isolating fault locations and identifying defect types is tough.
WIRELESS: Startups' mini-PCI card kit, chip set fuel WiMax race
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As two startups fighting to be heard above the big WiMax guns of Intel and Fujitsu, Sequans Communications and Wavesat Inc. this week will separately announce a chip set and a mini-PCI card reference kit designed to accelerate WiMax development and deployment.
SERVERS: IBM servers to use Neterion's 10-Gbit Ethernet adapters
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IBM Corp. has signed an OEM agreement with 10-Gbit Ethernet startup Neterion Inc., making Neterion's Xframe II adapters a standard element in xSeries servers from the IBM systems and technology group. While the formal deal is limited to Neterion's PCI-X 2.0 adapter card, IBM and Neterion are continuing informal talks about alternative designs placing Xframe ASICs on the BladeCenter CPU card itself, or in alternative bus adapters such as PCI Express.
NETWORKS: Boards offer 224 ports of 10G Ethernet
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Force10 Networks Inc. has stuffed 224 ports of 10-Gbit Ethernet into its E1200 chassis, following up on the more than 1,000 ports of Gigabit Ethernet per node it fielded last spring.
TEST: Agilent targets Ethernet passive optical networks
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Agilent Technologies Inc. has upgraded its N2X multipurpose test system with a hardware/software test suite specifically designed for Ethernet-based passive optical network (PON) systems.
SECURE NETWORKS: Tarari rolls fourth-generation content processors
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Tarari Inc. has introduced the fourth generation of its Regular Expression (RegEx) content processors for application-layer acceleration.
Transceiver reduces power for wireless connectivity
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Cypress Semiconductor slashes power consumption and boosts data rates on its second-generation 2.4-GHz WirelessUSB chip
Flexible displays, e-paper are around the corner
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Next year might be dubbed the year of the flexible, as roll-up displays and digital signage made of electronic paper debut.
Nanotubes bend to the task of switching
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Cooperating to make an all-nanotube switch, electrical engineers from Cambridge University (England) and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. have circumvented the nano-to-micro interface.
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