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CPCI flexiswitch leverages installed base of VoIP and media gateways
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Kontron's CP6923 is a 6U CompactPCI flexiswitch that leverages installed base of VoIP and media gateways. It provides built-in switching capabilities for CPCI installations at an attractive price-to-performance ratio by implementing the latest technologies, including the highly compact Broadcom BCM56502 Gigabit Ethernet switch chip.
Plasma panel growth slowed in Q3, firm says
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Third quarter plasma panel shipments increased 17 percent sequentially and 47 percent year-to-year, reaching a record 2.8 million units, according to market research firm DisplaySearch. The firm noted that third quarter growth was slower than any of the past 12 quarters, which had ranged from 73 to 170 percent year-to-year.
China's Actions Semi powers ahead in Q3
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Actions Semiconductor said sales hit a new high of $45 million in the third quarter, up 19 percent from a year ago and 16 percent quarter on quarter. Sales were driven by demand for its new line of Series 9 personal media player chips, the company said.
Configurable processors on the rise, speakers say
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Speakers including analyst Jim Feldhan predicted a bright future for configurable processor cores at ARC International's ConfigCon Silicon Valley 2006 conference Monday.
Consumer giants push 60-GHz high-def home nets
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LG, Matsushita, NEC, Samsung, Sony and Toshiba said they have formed WirelessHD to deliver a specification for multi-Gbit/second wireless home networking via 60- GHz radios.
SMIC slips back into the red for Q3
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Foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. slid back into the red in the third quarter, losing $35 million even though sales slightly increased 2.1 percent to $368 million. Despite expectations of higher sales in the fourth quarter, the foundry is likely to lose money again, hit by a double whammy of low gross margins and an industry-wide inventory build.
SLAC claims world's brightest X-ray laser
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The Department of Energy's Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) has broken ground on the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS), the world's first X-ray free-electron laser.
Report: Toshiba to sell stake in wafer unit to private equity
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Toshiba's silicon wafer unity, Toshiba Ceramics, plans to conduct a management buyout in conjunction with a pair of private equity firms, according to a Reuters report.
AMD rolls first post-acquisition ATI graphics card
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AMD rolled out the first product borne of its recent acquisition of ATI Technologies, a graphics card that makes use of ATI's CrossFire technology and is billed as providing "gaming enthusiast-class" technology at a low price point: $149.
AMCC expands family of PowerPC evaluation kits
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Applied Micro Circuits Corp. has expanded its family of PowerPC evaluation kits, with the addition of four kits supporting its PowerPC440EPx, 440GRx, 440GX and 440SPe processors.
MEMS resonator touts small size, high Q
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Startup company SiTime claims to introduce the industry's smallest and thinnest megahertz MEMS resonator aimed at automotive, consumer and industrial frequency control applications.
Options scandal: Atmel expects big restatement
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Atmel is the latest high-tech company to acknowledge it would restate a significant portion of its historical financials in connection with past stock options granting practices, saying its financial statements for 2003 through 2005, plus the first quarter of 2006, should no longer be relied upon.
Broadcom dismisses Qualcomm legal claims
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Broadcom Corp. dismissed Qualcomm Inc.'s move to declare victory in their long and bitter legal battle.
Xilinx VP to Keynote at GSPx 2006
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Xilinx announces new processing solutions, delivers conference papers and conducts booth demonstrations.
Lattice announces PCI Express solutions for LatticeECP2M AND LatticeSCM FPGAs
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Successfully tested against the PCI Express version 1.0a specifications, these solutions enable single-chip, programmable PCI Express endpoints.
Lattice expands ispClock5300S family of clock distribution devices
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New sixteen- and twenty-output devices feature programmable skew and programmable termination.
Integrated radio card platform for W-CDMA and WiMAX standards from Xilinx and AXIS
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Platform delivers high power amplifier efficiency and reduces operating and capital costs for wireless base station OEMs.
Xilinx announces new MicroBlaze embedded kit
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Low-cost kit includes Xilinx Platform Studio Integrated Design Environment, Spartan-3E embedded board, and flexible 32-bit MicroBlaze soft processor.
AC/DC supply assists compact 250-watt medical applications
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One of the smaller, mid-power supplies for cost-effective medical applications, Tamura's PAM250/PAS250 Series of single output switching supplies, measuring just 4-by-7-by-1.5 inches, delivers up to 250 watts at 12 to 48 volts.
Xilinx XtremeDSP development tools reduce Power for Virtex-5 DSP applications
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Xilinx, Inc. has launched version 8.2 of its XtremeDSP development tools. These tools consist of the System Generator for DSP and AccelDSP, which feature optimized DSP support for XilinxVirtex 5 LX and LXT.
Primarion partners with two university centers for advancing digital power
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Primarion is partnering with the Center for Power Electronics Systems and Colorado Power Electronics Center to advance digital power technologies.
AFFINA Unites With Hinduja TMT
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An American outsourcer is being taken over by one from Bangalore.
Bluetooth devices could double in '06, analyst says
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The number of systems shipping this year with Bluetooth could double the 250 million units sold in 2005, said IMS Research in its latest report, but wireless USB could become a speed bump on Bluetooth's ramp.
Nokia finds new direction with sat-nav device
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Finnish mobile phone giant Nokia has found a new direction with the launch of a dedicated personal navigation device, the Nokia 330 Auto Navigation. The company is pitching the device against established higher-end sat-nav providers such as TomTom.
7-inch TFT display suits automotive and industrial apps
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OSD has introduced a 7-inch WVGA 800 x RGB X 480 transflective TFT display with white LED backlighting for automotive and industrial applications.
User-friendly sensor net ties into enterprise data
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Building on the TinyOS operating system for small, wirelessly connected computers that sense the physical environment and form vast embedded networks, Arch Rock Corp. has developed a wireless sensor network that it says is simple enough to be deployed in an hour as a pilot network in a factory, office building or data center, yet sophisticated enough to be seamlessly integrated into enterprise applications as a set of standards-compliant Web services.
Chartered Semiconductor invests in Taiwan's Gateway Silicon
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Chartered Semiconductor is investing in Taiwan-based design services firm Gateway Silicon. Chartered and Gateway plan to collaborate on the development and optimization of design services while applying Gateway's expertise to Chartered's value-added solutions.
Intel invests in medical technology firm
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Intel Capital has invested $7.3 million in medical technology provider BrainLab. The companies intend to spur usage of specific IT applications in the medical area.
Solectron to close Scots factory, says report
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Electronic manufacturing services provider Solectron Corp. is planning to close a factory in Dunfermline, Scotland, with the loss of 480 jobs, according to a Glasgow Daily Record report.
Antenna specialist extends management team
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Integrated antenna specialist Antenova Ltd has added two key executives to drive the company's operations and sales in global markets. Mike Edwards has been appointed vice president of worldwide sales and marketing while CL Lim has been promoted to vice president and general manager of Asia.
Triple video amplifier has integrated filters and HV sync capability
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The THS7327 is a video amplifier with integrated filters that is capable of handling both analog RGB signals and digital horizontal and vertical (HV) sync signals on a single chip. The device saves up to 80 percent board space when compared to traditional amplifier solutions for video projectors, professional video, broadcast video, computer display, traditional and digital TV systems.
Analog Devices, Atmel, Texas Instruments are top-ranked company search queries
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Analog Devices, Atmel, Texas Instruments, ranked in that order, are the three company names used most frequently as search terms in the EE Times Europe search engine as of Oct. 30.
MOSFET devices improve reliability and energy efficiency of DC/DC converters
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Infineon Technologies has announced its next-generation family of power semiconductors used for DC/DC converter applications in computers, telecommunications and consumer electronics devices. The OptiMOS 3 30-V N-channel MOSFET family improves reliability and energy efficiency of 1 to 1.3 percent in typical power supply applications by featuring industry-leading performance in key power conversion measures, such as on-state resistance, power density and gate charge.
Chinese companies favoring soft IP
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As developers in China begin to favor soft IP blocks over hard cores, intellectual property vendors like MIPS and ARM are loosening up about delivering RTL code to Chinese customers.
Private-equity bids rise for Huawei-3Com venture
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The potential sale of networking gear maker H-3C, a joint venture between China-based Huawei Technologies and U.S.-based 3Com Corp., is attracting private equity bids that range from $1.5 billion to $2 billion.
Qualcomm gains ruling over Broadcom
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Qualcomm Inc. said that the Federal Court in San Diego has enjoined Broadcom Corp. from any further solicitation, use or dissemination of its confidential WCDMA trade secrets, including source code.
Nextek Launches Lightning Protection for Wi-Fi/WiMAX
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Optimized for 802.11/UNII /ISM applications, NexTek's SurgeGuard quarter wave weatherproof stub lightning protectors are specifically designed with compact footprint and minimal VSWR and insertion loss for Wi-Fi and WiMAX applications.
New Class D Boomer audio amplifier from National Semiconductor significantly reduces EMI
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A mono, 2.65-W, Class D Boomer audio amplifier from National Semiconductor Corp. reduces electromagnetic interference (EMI) more than 11 dB below the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) limit to lower system noise in portable devices including cell phones, smart phones, music players, notebook computers, DVD players, gaming devices and other portable electronics.
Quad-MAC CEVA DSP core targets cellular and portable multimedia
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CEVA, Inc.'s newest DSP core called the CEVA-X1641 is fully compliant with the company's CEVA-X Instruction Set Architecture and the first Quad-MAC DSP core in the scalable CEVA-X family.
Career Profile: Gardere Wynne Sewell CIO
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The tech leader at a law firm describes his role as the champion for technology. A big job skill needed, says Kenneth Orgeron, is the ability to use technology to help lead the business, not inhibit it.
What's in a name? Not real solutions
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Come this Wednesday, Nov. 1, Bangalore will officially change its name to Bengaluru (see Week in Review, page 2). It's part of a gradual movement in some Indian cities to revert to more authentically Indian (less Western) names. And it's savvy rebranding at a time when the original has become an unflattering verb in the West. To "get Bangalored" means to get offshored (or, on the consumer side, to have your DSL accidentally disconnected during a service phone call).

Space policy still off course
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The global press corps in mid-October belatedly discovered the National Space Policy document released by the U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy --10 days after EE Times first carried details of the policy on our Web site and a week after military leaders meeting in Omaha discussed the policy in open session. Dollops of righteous indignation were served all around, topped off by an Oct. 21 editorial in The New York Times chiding the policy's unilateralist principles.

Firsthand lessons in globalization
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The best way to prepare U.S. engineering students to be globally competitive, says Belle Wei, dean of engineering at San Jose State University, is to show them what they're up against. That's why Wei pioneered the school's Global Technology Initiative, which sends selected students on an expenses-paid tour of Asian companies and universities. Wei also works closely with Silicon Valley com-

Graphics cores on X86: uphill climb
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Advanced Micro Devices Inc. took a fresh turn last week in its race to the multicore future with X86 archrival Intel Corp. by announcing plans to deliver "a new class of X86 processors" with on-board graphics starting in late 2008. Intel, although it has announced no formal timetable, is also looking into integrating graphics with its CPUs. But neither company has provided details about how it will clear the many hurdles to delivering the merged chips.

Ultracheap phones head for China
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The vision of a billion peasants equipped with cell phones is creeping toward reality in China, as the market for ultralow-cost handsets begins to build unexpected momentum. The trend, if it fully unfolds, poses both promise and peril for mobile-phone chip suppliers, pitting those with a low-cost single-chip solution against those without one.

Extreme engineering demands attention to detail
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I've always been fascinated by engineers who push a design to a performance extreme in a selected dimension, such as resolution, absolute accuracy or power dissipation. These designers have to understand and analyze every source of error and shortfall, then work out a way around each--but without excessively compromising other factors. Call it a kind of "extreme scene investigation," though I doubt we'll see a TV show any time soon.

NIST demos quantum atom entanglement
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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has demonstrated error-free quantum communication by pairs of entangled atoms, promising secure quantum computers.

Cloaking experiment taps split-ring resonators
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As recently as this summer, invisibility cloaks were only a theoretical possibility. Now the world's first cloaking demonstration has bent microwaves around a 7.2-cubic-inch enclosure, effectively hiding it from detection. The proof of concept suggests how engineers might pattern split-ring resonators to create "designer" metamaterials.

NETWORKS: Juniper router handles IPTV
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Juniper Networks Inc.'s T-, M- and E-series routers will step aside for the MX class, designed specifically for carriers using Ethernet aggregation for such high-bandwidth traffic as Internet Protocol TV. The MX960, the first in the family, offers a total bandwidth of 960 Gbits/second and relies on a new dedicated forwarding ASIC, the I-chip.

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