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Deal roils DFM status quo
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12/28/2006   Post a comment
Design-for-manufacturability may be the next big hope for the EDA industry, but the world's largest provider of lithography steppers also wants a piece of the DFM action. ASML Holding NV last week announced its intention to acquire Brion Technologies Inc., an up-and-coming provider of lithography verification and optical proximity correction (OPC) solutions.

China drives home standards goes here please
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It's been a roller-coaster ride for homegrown technology in China, but little will deter the Chinese from pushing ahead with their efforts to introduce standards.

EVD supporters renew their push
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Backers of a Chinese optical-disk format are trying to rekindle interest in the technology as an alternative to legacy DVDs and pricey HD-DVD or Blu-ray media. But internal friction, controversy and a closing window of opportunity are conspiring against the format's success.

Deal roils DFM status quo
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Design-for-manufacturability may be the next big hope for the EDA industry, but the world's largest provider of lithography steppers also wants a piece of the DFM action. ASML Holding NV last week announced its intention to acquire Brion Technologies Inc., an up-and-coming provider of lithography verification and optical proximity correction (OPC) solutions.

VIDEO: Startup tunes .11n for short-range HDTV
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12/28/2006   Post a comment
Startup Amimon Ltd. will demonstrate a prototype of its wireless high-definition interface for HDTV video at the 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show using technology based on a variation of 802.11n that can deliver up to 1.5 Gbits/second.

Multicore faces a long road
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This may go down as the year the electronics industry woke up to the full breadth and significance of the trend to multicore processors.

'06 had Sony singing the blues
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By any measure, 2006 has been Sony Corp.'s annus horribilis, a year of high-profile manufacturing snafus that have cost the company dearly--in revenue, market share and prestige.

MEMS chips accelerate for drive to market
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Fujitsu's use of a U.S. startup's MEMS microphone in a low-end tablet PC and Swatch's MEMS crystal deal with another startup signal a new energy in the market for microelectromechanical systems.

View from Sand Hill Road
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12/28/2006   Post a comment
Early-stage venture capital fund Formative Ventures (Menlo Park, Calif.) counts Pyxis Technology, Innocomm Wireless and Staccato Communications among its portfolio. General partner Clint Chao held management roles at SkyStream Networks, C-Cube Microsystems and Motorola. His co-founder, Brian Connors, also a general partner, was with Redpoint Ventures and Institutional Venture Partners. He also worked at C-Cube and Synopsys. General partner Dino Vendetti worked at MetaWave and Qualcomm before m
Medical sensor firm secures $3.3 million investment
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BiancaMed Ltd., a spinoff from University College Dublin, has secured 2.5 million euro (about $3.3 million) in investment. The investment round was led by DFJ ePlanet Ventures with participation from existing corporate investor ResMed.
Osram signs laser TV deal with Coherent
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Lighting firm Osram GmbH has signed a licensing agreement allowing it to use Optically Pumped Semiconductor Laser (OPSL) technology from Coherent Inc. for consumer laser-based projection displays for use in laser-TV and so called "pocket projectors" for hand-held devices.
Philips sells APM manufacturing unit to Lite-On
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Royal Philips Electronics is selling the manufacturing operations of its Automotive Playback Modules (APM) business to Lite-On IT Corporation of Taiwan. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Emergency calls set to drive in-vehicle chip market
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The market for semiconductors in vehicles is expected to be worth $5 billion in 2013 and is growing because of in-vehicle infotainment and communications demand, according to market research company Strategy Analytics.
Report: Powerchip denies selling fab to Vanguard
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Taiwan's Powerchip Semiconductor said in a filing to the Taiwan Stock Exchange that reports that it is planning to sell its eight-inch-wafer plant to Vanguard International Semiconductor are pure speculation, according to a Forbes.com report.
Analyst: Back-end memory testing could tighten in '07
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12/28/2006   Post a comment
The back-end memory testing industry may become tighter in the second half of 2007, as memory packaging and testing companies struggle to keep pace with a changing and rapidly growing market, according to a report by market researcher DRAMeXchange.
Advice On Changing Career Tracks
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Two tech professionals seek advice on how to prep a resume, and their professional development, to move into new IT career arenas.
Counting down top stories of 2006: No. 2
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Our No. 2 story for 2006, written by London editor Peter Clarke, described the ARM9-based asynchronous processor developed by ARM Holdings plc and Handshake Solutions NV, a subsidiary of Royal Philips Electronics subsidiary. The ARM996HS is thought to be the first commercial clockless processor and is said to be particularly suited to use as an automotive microcontroller.
Octal load-control switches simplify automotive designs
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Providing versatile and board-efficient power distribution, Freescale Semiconductor's MC338xx and MC3399x octal serial switch ICs for automotive electronics control up to sixteen loads.
Formal provider OneSpin opens U.S. office
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OneSpin Solutions, a formal verification spinoff from Infineon in Germany, has opened a U.S. office in Sunnyvale, Calif. to boost sales of its Module Verifier and Equivalence Checker products.
Former KLA-Tencor CEO Tompkins resigns from board
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12/27/2006   Post a comment
Jon Tompkins, former chairman and CEO of fab equipment supplier KLA-Tencor, resigned from the company's board of directors Dec. 21, according to a regulatory filing. Tompkins is the fourth high-ranking official to abruptly sever ties with KLA-Tencor since the company was implicated in a scandal over historical stock options grants.
QuickLogic provides power comparison resource package
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12/27/2006   Post a comment
Demo platform, whitepaper, and microsite compares leading low power programmable logic from QuickLogic, Xilinx, Altera, and Lattice Semiconductor.
Covad finishes national ADSL2+ network buildout
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Covad completes nationwide upgrade of digital subscriber line network to ADSL2+
Matsushita's heat-shield battery hits high gear
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Matsushita Battery offers a lithium ion battery with high heat resistance insulator as the solution for the battery troubles, which caused a stir for Sony last summer.
Mentor confirms ESL buy with SpiraTech
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Mentor Graphics has confirmed its acquisition of SpiraTech, an electronic system level (ESL) tool provider whose tools are based on a proprietary assertion-based language.
Test points enable easy identification, polarization
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12/27/2006   Post a comment
Components Corporation offers a RoHS-compliant TP-104 series of color-coded PCB-mountable test points that features quick identification and easy polarization.
LCD TV growth to slow in '07, iSuppli says
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Rapid price declines will slow LCD TV revenue growth in 2007, according to projections from market research firm iSuppli. Worldwide LCD TV factory revenue will rise by 20 percent in 2007, down from 76 percent in 2006, according to the firm.
Warren Buffett to buy distributor TTI
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TTI Inc., one of the world's largest distributors of passive and electromechanical components, is being acquired by Berkshire Hathaway, billionaire Warren Buffet's investment vehicle. Terms of the deal, which includes TTI's catalog based distribution business, Mouser Electronics, were not disclosed.
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U.S. turns to the Czech Republic for R&D
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Over 60 percent of the 2006 foreign direct investments in the Czech Republic announced by U.S.-based companies are R&D projects in innovation industries, according to data collected by CzechInvest, an agency of the Ministry of Industry & Trade of the Czech Republic.
Samsung unveils 1-Gbit mobile DRAM
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12/27/2006   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics said it has developed the industry's first one gigabit mobile DRAM for mobile products, using 80-nm process technology. It will be available in second quarter 2007.
Multi-function DMMs make 4-wire measurements with two test leads
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12/27/2006   Post a comment
Two 6-1/2-digit graphical DMMs sport 14 measurement functions, with ranges to measure temperature, capacitance, period and frequency. A 2 x 4 ohms function uses patented split terminal jacks that let you perform 4-wire measurements using only two leads instead of four. Click to read Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn's comments.
DC/DC claims it's the smallest for 400-mA applications
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12/27/2006   Post a comment
Advanced Analogic Technologies' AAT1149, in an 8-pin SC70JW package measuring just 2-by-2.1 mm, claims it's the smallest 400-mA step-down DC/DC converter.
LCD-TV growth to slow in 2007, says iSupply
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12/27/2006   Post a comment
Despite soaring sales of larger-screen sets, rapid price declines will cause the Liquid Crystal Display Television (LCD-TV) market to undergo a deceleration in 2007 compared to the red-hot year in 2006, although growth will continue at a prodigious rate, iSuppli Corp. predicts.
Warren Buffett to buy distributor TTI
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TTI Inc., one of the world's largest distributors of passive and electromechanical components, is being bought by Berkshire Hathaway, billionaire Warren Buffet's investment vehicle. Terms of the deal, which includes TTI's catalog based distribution business, Mouser Electronics, were not disclosed.
U.S. turns to the Czech Republic for R&D
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Over 60 percent of the 2006 foreign direct investments in the Czech Republic announced by U.S.-based companies are R&D projects in innovation industries, according to data collected by CzechInvest, an agency of the Ministry of Industry & Trade of the Czech Republic.
Austrian foundry to make Spanish powerline AFE chip
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The foundry business unit within Austriamicrosystems AG has said it has been contracted to produce the DSS7800 IC for Diseno de Sistemas en Silicio SA (Valencia, Spain), otherwise known as Design for Systems on Silicon or DS2.
Samsung develops gigabit mobile DRAM
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Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. said it has developed the industry's first 1-Gbit DRAM for mobile products, using 80-nm process technology.
Israeli technology deals valued at $10.6 billion in 2006
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Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity involving Israeli companies that were either acquired or merged totaled $10.58 billion in 76 deals in 2006, according to a report by the Israeli research center IVC-Online.
3-watt DC/DC offers 50 percent more power in ultrasmall SIP
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12/27/2006   Post a comment
TracoPower's TMR-3 Series of (isolated) DC/DC converters, at 3 watts, offers 50 percent more power over converters in the industry's 0.86-by-0.36-by-0.44 inch SIP package.
Counting down top stories of 2006: No. 3
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12/26/2006   Post a comment
Our No. 3 story of 2006 by Silicon Valley editor Mark LaPedus described how Apple Computer teamed up with Ford Motor, General Motors and Mazda to deliver "seamless iPod integration" across the majority of their respective car brands and models.
TSMC, UMC undamaged by quakes, according to report
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12/26/2006   Post a comment
The world's two largest semiconductor foundries -- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) and United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) -- reported no damage from a pair of major earthquakes that struck southern Taiwan, according to a report.
Microdisplays deliver high image quality, power efficiency
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12/26/2006   Post a comment
Delivering high image quality and low-power consumption to consumer electronics devices, Displaytech's LightView VGA, WVGA and SVGA microdisplays leverage the company's FLCOS technology to achieve full-color video images that are free of motion smearing.
Heard on the Beat: Has Mentor bought SpiraTech?
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12/26/2006   Post a comment
Has Mentor Graphics Corp. bought SpiraTech Ltd.? The word on the street, or rather the mobile phone, is that Mentor has bought the company.
LXI leverages Ethernet for test
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12/26/2006   Post a comment
Focus-On: For decades, IEEE-488/GPIB served well in small- and medium-sized test systems, with VXI-based testers meeting the needs of high channel-count applications. Time marches on. Test engineers now seek high-bandwidth systems that are relatively easy to configure and are low in cost. Enter Ethernet-connected LXI.
Trinity Convergence to Acquire Swell Software
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Trinity Convergence's acquisition of Swell Software puts VoIP middleware specialist into new GUI markets for embedded MP3 players, GPS units, and digital cameras.
India scores highly versus other SoC destinations
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12/26/2006   Post a comment
The emergence of rival design locations and the seemingly inevitable increase in offshoring and outsourcing is causing global companies to pay more serious attention to the immediate and future prospects of locating development activity, causing some to make individual assessments among three of the most likely destinations: China, India and Taiwan.
Matsushita reportedly selling stake in JVC
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12/26/2006   Post a comment
Matsushita's reported intention to sell JVC was big news in Japan over the holiday weekend. Matsushita, which owns about 52.4 percent of JVC, offered little comment, saying the company has not decided anything in regard to the sale of its stake in legendary consumer electronics outfit.
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