Motorola's master plumber News & Analysis 3/31/2003 Post a comment Theresa Metty thought she had the perfect job managing a $42 billion procurement budget--until Motorola Inc. came calling with a proposal she couldn't refuse.
Anwender kritisieren Qualität von EDA-Tools News & Analysis 3/31/2003 Post a comment Die Qualität der EDA-Software lässt zu wünschen übrig. Besserung ist nicht in Sicht. Der Grund: Die Toolanbieter können bei der Neuentwicklung von EDA-Tools kaum mit der Innovation in der Chip-Branche mithalten.
SoC: Die Qual mit den Tests News & Analysis 3/31/2003 Post a comment Nach Entwicklung und Verifikation kommt der Test, oder? Aber mit immer komplexeren Chip-Designs steigt der Schwierigkeitsgrad der Tests exponentiell an. Vordenker suchen einen Weg aus dem Chaos.
Xerox tips MEMS switch for optical networking News & Analysis 3/31/2003 Post a comment Xerox Corp. has built an 8 x 8 microelectromechanical system (MEMS) switch using a silicon-on-insulator process that was developed through a National Institute of Standards and Technology advanced research project.
12-km XFP module News & Analysis 3/31/2003 Post a comment An XFP module has been developed for 10-Gbit Sonet and 10 Gigabit Ethernet designs that delivers a reach of 12 km.
Motorola demonstrates 4-Mbit nano-crystal flash memory News & Analysis 3/31/2003 Post a comment Motorola Inc. has demonstrated prototypes of a potential successor to flash memory for which the memory effect is based on charge-trapping at grain boundaries in a thin layer of polycrystalline silicon. The memory devices, at 4-Mbit capacity, are considered an important development because flash memory based on traditional floating-gate technology is considered to have problems scaling, the company said.
RapidIO gains chip support, legitimacy News & Analysis 3/31/2003 Post a comment The infrastructure needed to bring the RapidIO interconnect to the networking market is coming together, squelching questions about whether the chip-to-chip technology has lost momentum to competitors HyperTransport and the Intel-spearheaded Advanced Switching derivative of PCI Express.
Motorola demos test chip for 4Mbit nanocrystal memory News & Analysis 3/31/2003 Post a comment Motorola, Inc. has demonstrated what it says is the world's first 4Mbit memory device based on silicon nanocrystals. The fully functional test chip will be used to develop successors to floating gate-based flash memories, which many believe will not continue to scale to smaller geometries.
Schienennetzteil als Billigmacher News & Analysis 3/31/2003 Post a comment Einsparungen von bis zu 20 Prozent gegenüber gängigen Stromversorgungen verspricht der britische Hersteller XP den Benutzern seiner DIN-Schienennetzteilen der Serie THD.
Italian police defuse bomb outside IBM offices, says report News & Analysis 3/31/2003 Post a comment Italian police defused a bomb outside the offices of IBM Corp. Bologna on Monday (March 31, 2003), according to a report from Reuters. The police action thwarted an attack that was probably a protest against U.S.-led military action in Iraq, local officials were reported as saying.
Xilinx, IBM, UMC combination ships 90-nm circuits News & Analysis 3/31/2003 Post a comment FPGA maker Xilinx Inc. said today (March 31, 2003) that it has started shipping programmable chips made using 90 nanometer manufacturing process technology, with functional chips having been produced at both its foundry partners IBM Microelectronics and United Microelectronics Corp.
Samsung begins ascent of multi-billion dollar MCP market News & Analysis 3/31/2003 Post a comment Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has announced mass production of a four-chip multi-chip package (MCP) intended for use in mobile communications handsets. The company said that use of internal EDA software for MCP design would help it take a "leadership position" in the booming multi-billion dollar market for multi-chip components.
Semiconductor recovery stalled in February, says SIA News & Analysis 3/31/2003 Post a comment The recovery in the worldwide market for semiconductors stalled in February, due to a combination of seasonal flatness and political uncertainty ahead of the Iraq conflict, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). However, the industry organization still sees a sufficiently healthy second half to 2003 for the market to achieve double-digit percentage growth for the year.
Organische LEDs ermöglichen flexible Displays News & Analysis 3/31/2003 Post a comment Die Technologie flexibler Displays bietet eine Unmenge von Vorteilen: beträchtliche Gewichtsreduzierung, schlankere Geräte, erhebliche Verbesserung der Robustheit und der nicht linearen Formfaktoren und Erschließung neuer, bisher unerreichbarer Märkte. Organische LEDs gelten dabei als Technik der Wahl.
Converge in midst of major shakeup News & Analysis 3/29/2003 Post a comment Converge Inc. is distancing itself from its exchange model and moving closer to its independent distribution roots under a new name, EBN has learned.
According to internal Converge company documents, Pharos Capital Partners, an existing Converge shareholder, will immediately infuse into Converge more than $7 million that will enable the distributor to restructure and regroup.
Samsung fights to hold top LCD spot News & Analysis 3/28/2003 Post a comment Though Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.'s closest LCD rival is sniping at its heels, executives at the South Korean company insist that competition plays only a small role in setting its corporate strategy.
Why you need RTL virtual prototyping News & Analysis 3/28/2003 Post a comment Cadence Design Systems' Suk Lee traces the evolution of silicon virtual prototyping, and proposes a "continuous convergence" methodology for solving timing closure problems.
Xilinx qualifies FPGAs at UMC's 300-mm fab News & Analysis 3/28/2003 Post a comment Xilinx Inc. here today (March 28, 2003) announced production qualification for its FPGA lines, based on 130-nm technology and 300-mm substrates from its foundry partner--Taiwan's United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC).
Taiwan procurement conference postponed by Sony News & Analysis 3/28/2003 Post a comment TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Sony Corp. has postponed its procurement conference with Taiwan suppliers, citing concerns over the current war in Iraq.
The deadly pneumonia virus that has recently spread to Taiwan was not mentioned as a factor in Sony's decision.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times