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Motorola investit dans une société de convergence PC/mobile
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Motorola Inc. a annoncé que sa branche d’investissement stratégique, Motorola Ventures, avait investi dans netomat, fournisseur de services de convergence PC/mobile.
Handy-Markt wächst rasant weiter
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Im vergangenen Jahr wurden weltweit 816 Millionen Mobiltelefone verkauft – 21 Prozent mehr als im Jahr zuvor. Das Wachstum wird erst einmal weitergehen, prophezeit das Marktforschungsinstitut Gartner. Allerdings hält auch der Konzentrationsprozess an.
Micronic – allein im Fotomasken-Markt
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Mit der Schließung von Etec Systems, dem ehemaligen Marktführer bei Patterngeneratoren für die Herstellung von Halbleiter-Fotomasken, hat sich Applied Materials in aller Stille aus der Maskenfertigung zurückgezogen. Seitdem gibt es nur noch einen wettbewerbsfähigen Anbieter von Laser-Anlagen für die Fotomasken-Herstellung: das schwedische Unternehmen Micronic Laser Systems AB.
Intel confirms Vietnam plant investment, expands Israeli R&D
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2/28/2006   1 comment
As expected, Intel Corp. said that it will invest $300 million to build a semiconductor assembly and test facility in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Sipex inks agreement with Chinese foundry
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Analog IC supplier Sipex has signed a definitive foundry services agreement with Hangzhou Silan Microelectronics and Hangzhou Silan Integrated Circuit. Financial terms were not disclosed.
IPextreme to make Power.org member IP available
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Semiconductor intellectual property vendor IPextreme is working with Power.org to accelerate the adoption of the Power Architecture by making member IP available.
SystemC IDE requires no license for executables creation
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Electronic system level and hardware description language design solution provider Summit Design said its Vista integrated development environment for SystemC design and debug can now easily create and compile executables of SystemC designs based on the OSCI simulation kernel.
Silicon Design Chain claims methodology validation
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The Silicon Design Chain Initiative claimed that a second, enhanced version of its power-management methodology and implementation up to tapeout of the ARM 1136JF-S processor is proof of the methodology and its interdependent technologies.
Firms tout low-power, 90-nm Common Platform flows
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EDA heavyweights Cadence Design Systems, Synopsys and Magma Design Automation each announced low-power, 90-nanometer reference flows for the IBM-Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing common manufacturing platform.
Report: Western Digital expects to meet guidance
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Hard drive supplier Western Digital Corp. said that shipments and OEM demand are tracking to expectations for the March fiscal quarter, according to a Lehman Brothers analyst's note citing an 8-K filing from the company as the source.
Safenet exec: Printer security next network trend
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While bulk of security development efforts in computer networks focus at the PC level, there's also a growing need to protect printers in these networks, according to a cryptography and embedded security expert.
20-W amp boosts commercial and military signals
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M/A-COM introduces a 20 W X-band high-power amplifier that operates across 7.5 to 10.5 GHz.
IBM debuts FPU for PowerPC
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IBM Corp. has announced the availability of a 90-nm version of its floating-point unit (FPU) for its PowerPC processor line.
China's Vimicro sees flat profits, sales
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Vimicro International Corp., a fledging fabless semiconductor company in China, said revenue in the fourth quarter of 2005 was $27.5 million, compared with $27.4 million in the third quarter and up 113 percent from the $12.9 million reported in the fourth quarter of 2004.
Mentor to offers $175 million in debt
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Mentor Graphics plans to offer a private placement of $175 million of convertible subordinated debentures due in 2026.
Pentium-M chassis to underscore software productivity
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Thales Computers and IBM are readying a chassis called the PowerMP6. When it debuts in the near future, it will consist of multiple Pentium-M boards in a 19-in. rack. The PowerMP6 will be available in various customized configurations with up to eight processor boards per rack.
Letter: Outsourcing, H-1B visas are bad for U.S. workers
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A software engineer speaks out against both outsourcing and H1-B visas. As employment policies they are ruinous, opportunistic, irresponsible and the result of short-term thinking he states.
Motorola invests in mobile PC convergence firm
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Motorola Inc. has announced that its strategic venture capital arm Motorola Ventures has made a strategic investment in netomat, a supplier of mobile PC convergence services.
Op amps draw 13 uA per amp
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Exclusive to eeProductCenter: Linear Technology Corp. says its 1.8-volt dual and quad operational amplifiers are the first available in a tiny DFN package.
Memory Bulletin: NAND prices dive
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Spot prices for NAND-based flash memories continue to fall at an alarming rate amid ongoing rumors of product order cancellations from Apple Computer Inc. and Sony Corp., according to Gartner Inc.
McTighe takes chair of Cambridge Semiconductor
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Mike McTighe, an experienced U.K. electronics industry executive, has taken on the role of non-executive chair at Cambridge Semiconductor Ltd. (CamSemi), a privately held power semiconductor startup founded by two academics from the University of Cambridge.
Une jeune pousse française offre un processeur 32 bits RISC compact
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Une jeune pousse française, Cortus SA, a développé un processeur 32 bits hautement compact pour applications embarquées, désormais disponible sous licence.
Optical sensors target corded and cordless mice
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Avago Technologies has expanded its optical mouse sensor line with a sensor bundle for cordless laser-based mice, and two small sensors for cordless and corded LED-based mice.
STATS puts pop in PoP packages
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Singapore’s STATS ChipPAC Ltd. said that it has increased the performance of its package-on-package (PoP) technology with a two-die stack capability in the bottom package.
Trading firm takes stake in Pac Tech
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Nagase and Co., a trading company in Japan, has acquired a 60 percent stake in chip-packaging equipment maker Pac Tech GmbH for an undisclosed amount.
Shockley Labs marks 50th anniversary
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Civic and industry leaders gathered at a produce market to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Shockley Semiconductor Laboratory -- sometimes considered the birthplace of Silicon Valley.
ADC Telecommunications gobbles Israel's G-Connect
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After more than 10 years of trying to break into the market, Internet systems company G-Connect has sold out to Minneapolis-based ADC Telecommunications or an undisclosed amount
Programmable power management solutions from Lattice
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Lattice expands its Power Manager II family with programmable power management solutions for high-volume applications
Halbleiter meets Auto-Elektronik
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Um die Beziehungen zwischen Halbleitern und der Fahrzeugektronik in allen Bereichen der Wertschöpfungskette geht es, wenn sich am 29. und 30. März Fachleute aus beiden Bereichen zur Euroforum-Konferenz 'Halbleiter in der Automobilelektronik' treffen.
NEC und Sony produzieren optische Laufwerke gemeinsam
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Die japanischen Elektronikunternehmen NEC und Sony haben die Gründung eines Joint Ventures für die Produktion optischer Laufwerke beschlossen.
Amkor débute le bumping sur plaquettes à Singapour
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La société de services de test et d’assemblage de semi-conducteurs Amkor Technology Inc. a établi des activités de bumping sur plaquettes à Singapour, utilisant le même procédé que sa filiale Unitive à Taiwan.
16-bit MCU boasts 1.8 mW/MIPS power consumption
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NEC Electronics America’s 16-bit 78KOR series flash microcontrollers boasts low power consumption of 1.8 milliwatts per million instructions per second and six times the power/performance ratio of NEC Electronics' 8-bit 78K0 MCUs.
PCI-X board runs parallel TI DSPs
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Designed for high-speed I/O and processing, here's news of a board-level PCI-X drop-in that harnesses the power of up to nine TI TMS320C6414T DSPs. With that you can get over 2000-Mbytes/s of concurrent I/O, and the ability to combine any number of customer-specific channels of data for up to 500-Mbytes/s of continuous data input from an external source.
Mercury Computer, TI team up on WiMAX mezzanine card
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Mercury Computer Systems MTI-203 AMC for WiMAX supports 20 MHz multi-antennas in a single AMC module.
Entwickeln mit Xignal-ADCs
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Für Entwicklungen mit seinen stromsparenden Analog-Digital-Wandlern stellt der Münchner Chiphersteller Xignal Technologies jetzt ein Development-Tool zur Verfügung.
High-Tech Solutions rolls next-generation OCR for terminal security
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Hi-Tech Solutions has commercialized its SeeGate2 second-generation gate optical-character-recognition (OCR) portal system, selling 29 of the systems to European terminals.
NetLogic, Broadcom team on packet processing
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NetLogic Microsystems Inc. is collaborating with Broadcom Corp. to provide Ethernet routing solutions to the carrier market, enabling carriers to launch services based on Ethernet communications technology.
Veteran reporter David Bursky joins CMP's Electronics Group
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David Bursky, a veteran reporter who has covered the semiconductor industry for 35 years, joins CMP Media's Electronics Group as semiconductor editor.
Movaz develops secure optical net for Energy Dept.
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Movaz Networks Inc. is using its RAYexpress optical add-drop multiplexer at the heart of a new secure optical network at an Energy Department lab in Seattle.
French startup offers compact 32-bit RISC
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A French startup company, Cortus SA, has developed a highly compact 32-bit RISC processor for embedded applications which it has begun offering for license.
Panel mulls do-it-yourself EDA
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Despite the number of arguments against in-house EDA tool development, is seems to be occurring at an increasing pace. But what types of tools are being developed internally?
Tessolve to start semiconductor TAPP services in India
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Tessolve Services Pvt. Ltd. plans to set up a test, assembly, packaging and prototyping (TAPP) facility at a cost of about $200 million in southern India by early next year.
Amkor begins wafer operations in Singapore
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Semiconductor assembly and test services company Amkor Technology Inc. has established wafer bumping operations in Singapore using the same processes employed by the company’s Unitive subsidiary in Taiwan.
Tessolve to start semiconductor TAPP services in India
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Tessolve Services Pvt. Ltd. plans to set up a test, assembly, packaging and prototyping facility at a cost of about $200 million in southern India by early next year.
Neuer Matsushita-Chef will hoch hinaus
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Matsushita Electronics will sich von seiner Schwächephase erholen. Das neue Management hat sich ehrgeizige Ziele gesetzt.
Be aware of the trade-offs
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Despite the virtues of the various forms of programmable analog components, primarily in flexibility, they do have their shortcomings in particular applications. They are, after all, compromises in some ways and will generally not be "best in class" in any single performance factor, such as speed, accuracy or power consumption. Consider:

Panel mulls do-it-yourself EDA
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At a "build or buy" panel discussion at the recent DesignCon, vendor representatives predictably raised a number of arguments against in-house tool development. If you write your own tools, they said, it takes a lot of time, you'll have bugs and it probably isn't your area of expertise. It may be a more-difficult and expensive proposition than you envision.

FPGAs consumed by power issues
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Monterey, Calif. -- Power issues charged up the FPGA 2006 symposium here last week, and for good reason--many observers see high power consumption as perhaps the biggest factor limiting wider usage of the devices.

Endless energy is harvesting's promise
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During its brief flight, the outer skin of a missile can reach 300° Fahrenheit, creating an ideal source for thermophotovoltaic conversion cells that can be used to power guidance electronics. Piezoelectric materials can be built into smart ammo shells, so that recoil forces become a power source. And electronics in a foot soldier's clothing can be powered by "heel strike" electromechanical systems built into the boot.

Optical meter takes pulsed measurements up to 10-kHz
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Newport Corp. introduces a series of optical meters that are capable of making pulsed measurements up to 10-kHz. The company claims that's an order of magnitude higher than other commercially available products.
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