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Nikon Precision names new president and COO to lead North American operations
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BELMONT, Calif. -- Nikon Precision Inc. today announced that Geoff Wild has been named president and chief operating officer of the company. Wild will also join the board of Nikon Precision. The Belmont-based company is the North American subsidiary of Japanese semiconductor-equipment giant Nikon Corp.
Power X calls in the administrators
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Switch fabric chip specialist Power X Networks has filed for bankruptcy protection and called in administrators BDO Stoy Hayward.
Dual-band issue: super-heterodyne v.s. zero IF
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The success of dual-band WLAN products will be determined predominantly by their cost compared to a single-band product.
For speed: there's 802.11, everything else, Bluetooth
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The biggest challenge in applications development is successful porting to multiple platforms and devices. IEEE 802.11b supports full Ethernet-style data communications.
Achieving battery life for handhelds with 802.11b connectivity
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Handheld devices typically operate off of lithium ion or alkaline batteries, so power consumption is always a concern for system designers.
Software development crucial for multistandard radios
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As we look into the future of wireless connectivity, software will become an important element that bridges the various wireless standards.
How to get backward compatibility in next gen WLANs
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Designers of next-generation high-speed wireless LAN (WLAN) devices are primarily concerned with two issues: Which high-speed standard, 802.11a or the proposed 802.11g, will offer the best solution? And, how do they address backward compatibility with a legacy 802.11b infrastructure?
Can Bluetooth, Wi-Fi coexist in the future?
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Many in the industry see Bluetooth and Wi-Fi fighting for the limelight.
802.11g spec: Covering the basics
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Adopted last November after a long and often-heated debate, the IEEE 802.11g draft standard extends data rates for 2.4-GHz wireless-LAN (WLAN) systems to 54 Mbits/second and provides backward compatibility with existing 802.11b (Wi-Fi) equipment.
WLAN vendors debate 802.11g spec, coexistence issues
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Though security has been getting the lion's share of attention in discussions of wireless local-area and personal-area networking, it is, paradoxically, the easiest problem to fix through basic attention to keys and virtual private networking.
US firms shun unions
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Viking Telecom får order på 50 milj kr
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Viking Telecom har fått ytterligare en order på telefoner med inbyggd routerfunktionalitet från en ledande teleoperatör i Europa.
Power X Networks files for bankrupcty protection and restructures itself
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MANCHESTER, England -- Switch-fabric chip technology specialist Power X Networks today announced it was restructuring itself under the protection of the English legal system in an attempt to revive itself financially.
MEMS platform for variable optical attenuators
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A MEMS platform has been unleashed for developing variable optical attenuators (VOAs) or VOA arrays.
EEPROMs housed in a 5-lead SOT-23
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The 24LCXXB and 24AAXX families of I2C serial EEPROMs are now housed in a 5-lead SOT-23 package.
Octal DSP board
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An octal DSP board has been unleashed for wireless base station designs.
Optical measurement system
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An enhanced signal analyzer and two optical sampling modules have been released for the 10 Gigabit Ethernet and optical transport network markets.
MKS Instrument buys Emerson's ENI unit for $288 million in stock
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ANDOVER, Mass. -- MKS Instruments Inc. today announced it has completed the acquisition of Emerson Electric Co.'s ENI Division, which supplies solid-state radio frequency (RF) and direct current (DC) plasma power supplies, matching networks, and instrumentation to semiconductor and thin-film processing industries.
VCSEL Lasers Zero In On Short-Haul Apps
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PicoLight Inc. is introducing a long-wavelength optical-transceiver family designed for 10- and 20-km transmission.
New routing concepts for ad hoc networks
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The belated popularity of wireless LANs, one of the few bright spots in an otherwise-gloomy 2001, had a whiff of commodity about it.
NPU doubles its clock to 400 MHz
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The IQ2200 network processor has an internal 400-MHz clock that allows it to process up to 600 instructions per packet in a Gigabit Ethernet stream.
Layer 2 switch has 100/1000 Ethernet
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A full Layer 2 switch in a 1U reference-design board, the RD-48370-48F4G, combines 48 ports of fast Ethernet with four ports of Gigabit Ethernet.
Flash FPGAs break 1 million gates
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The ProASIC Plus family of flash-based FPGAs uses a 0.22-micron process to accommodate up to 1 million gates in 184 mm.
Fast A/Ds are highly linear
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At 40- and 60-Msamples/s, respectively, the 40-MS SPT7864 and the 60-MS SPT7866 CMOS A/D converters both offer DLE linearity of +/-0.5 LSB and ILE linearity of +/-0.6 LSB.
Bit Detective
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The accurate detection of digital bits requires channel analysis that goes beyond idealistic assumptions.
10-Gbit/s module does CWDM
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The Flamethrower XGLX4 10-Gbit/second Ethernet optical module is compatible with the Xenpak MSA standard and provides coarse wave-division multiplexed (CWDM) transmission in a pluggable package.
Euro-patent deadlock but a deal is still possible
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The Patent Office remains confident that an EU-wide patent system will eventually come into being, despite the failure of EU ministers to reach agreement.
CDMA-order för Ericsson
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Ericsson och Verizon Wireless skriver kontrakt om Express Network AAA lösningar.
Axeon wants a deal in make-or-break year
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Scottish neural networking cores group Axeon has set 2002 as the make-or-break year for its business. Hamish Grant (pictured), CEO, says the Aberdeen-based start-up must secure at least one major deal in the automotive market, its chosen focus, within 12 months.
Cisco halts plant relocation plans
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Cisco Systems has abandoned plans to merge its Bellshill and Cumbernauld plants near Glasgow into a new facility. The decision not to go ahead with the relocation spells the end of the promise of 200 extra jobs associated with the development.
Interactive boy with a nasty habit
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Tiger Electronics is about to give us Wedgies. The interactive boy (pictured) tells stories, jokes and plays games.
R&D move to Ireland for US-based DTS
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US-based Digital Theater Systems has invested £263000 in relocating its main R&D centre from the US to Bangor in Northern Ireland.
Remote upgrades for wireless devices
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Vodafone, IBM and Motorola are to collaborate in the development of technologies that will enable 3G and GPRS mobile devices to be managed over wireless networks.
Physical-Layer Solutions for Switch and Router Backplane Interconnect
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As the speed and port density of switches and routers increase, designing interconnect within these systems becomes more difficult. Michael Bollesen of Cypress Semiconductor compares LVDS and Differential CML for point-to-point connectivity of high-speed switch and router backplanes.
Full fart framåt för Sectra
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Sectra har under den senaste tiden rönt stora framgångar. Företaget har fått sitt genombrott på den norska marknaden inom digital röntgen. Bolagets avlyssningssäkra GSM-telefon, Tiger, har godkänts av NATO.
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