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Octasic aims echo cancellers at lower-end gateways
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VoIP chip provider Octasic Inc. will make a play for designs in gateway, enterprise and access-box architectures this week with the release of 32- and 64-channel versions of its echo cancellation chips.
Airoha adds cell phone, WLAN chips
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Fabless RF IC designer Airoha Technology Corp. is boosting its portfolio with a series of transceiver chips and modules designed for cell phones and 802.11g wireless-LAN-enabled devices.
Packet Design gets behind EIGRP routing
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Packet Design Inc. has added support for the Cisco-proprietary Enhanced extension to Internal Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP) to its routers.
Xilinx revises FPGA design software
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Xilinx Inc. said Version 6.2i of its integrated software environment (ISE) for FPGA design taps optimizations that deliver a 40 percent performance boost in Virtex-II Pro FPGAs.
The VoFi question
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Along with position/location tracking, VoIP-over-Wi-Fi is the hot topic for 2004.
Modular approach cuts cost at 10 Gbits/s
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Deregulation, the entrance of competitive carriers and a growing number of alternative suppliers of telecommunications systems equipment have forced telecom equipment manufacturers (TEMs) to rethink their reliance on hardware as core intellectual property and to shrink their large hardware development teams to a small, specialized group of engineers.
Routes to increased integration
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Communications service providers are under pressure to meet growing bandwidth demand using existing network infrastructure.
Any-port provisioning optimizes bandwidth
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Today's high-speed line cards need to combine software programmability with the performance scalability to aggregate large numbers of granular flows for transport over high-bandwidth back-haul pipes.
Next-gen line cards take careful design
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High-speed line cards have become a ubiquitous offering in the OEM's portfolio, used to lure, secure and assure new prospects or loyal customers of advances in silicon technology.
Signature d'un partenariat stratégique entre France Telecom et Sagem
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Portées par le même objectif, les sociétés françaises Sagem et France Télécom viennent de signer un protocole d'accord pour le développement conjoint de nouveaux services de géolocalisation sur les terminaux mobiles.
High-speed line cards reemerge
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When the telecommunications sector crashed more than three years ago, development of 10- and 40-Gbit/second line cards was dropped in favor of slower designs that provided a migration path from existing OC-3 and OC-12 equipment to OC-48-class speeds.
Will IP core startups last?
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The days of the small intellectual-property (IP) core vendor aren't numbered, but customer interest in vendor consolidation makes the survival of startups in this business sector increasingly difficult.
Thomson helps track down Oscar DVD pirates
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Screener copies of the films chosen as winners of last night's Oscars will be impossible to duplicate covertly thanks to technology developed by Thomson.
Starc preps release of IC design methodology
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Using the know-how of its 10 semiconductor member companies, the Semiconductor Technology Academic Research Center (Starc) will release version 1 of a chip design methodology named StarCAD-21 this month that covers silicon implementation from RTL to GDSII.
Passing packets under ever more scrutiny
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One of the design goals of the Internet Protocol was easy routing. The router only had to look at address information in the packet header to determine what to do with the packet.
Less costly HW-assisted verification needed
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Verification users are familiar with outsize promises and disappointing results. It's not necessarily that vendors of such tools haven't come up with compelling technology or useful ways of approaching the task.
Jurors rule for IBM in toxins case
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After less than two days of deliberations, a jury of 11 women and one man returned a unanimous decision last Thursday in favor of IBM Corp. in a four-month-long civil suit about toxic-chemical exposure.
Full steam ahead on extreme ultraviolet at ASML
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The chairman and chief executive officer of lithography vendor ASML Holding NV threw his weight behind extreme-ultraviolet lithography during a keynote speech here at the recent International Forum on Semiconductor Technology.
Flexibility added to licensing-management software
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Design automation vendors will be able to tailor tool licenses for design groups with new licensing software from Macrovision Corp. Macrovision last week unveiled Flexnet Publisher, a follow-up to its popular FlexLM license-management software widely used in EDA.
Arteris spins packet-based on-chip net IP
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Arteris SA, an intellectual-property vendor in Paris, is commercializing a packet-based on-chip network as an alternative to the hierarchies of buses.
Agilent revamps logic analyzers
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Agilent Technologies Inc.'s test and measurement operation gave serious thought during the recession to turning its logic analyzers into a legacy product line.
Xilinx revises FPGA design software
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Xilinx Inc. said Version 6.2i of its integrated software environment (ISE) for FPGA design taps optimizations that deliver a 40 percent performance boost in Virtex-II Pro FPGAs.
Wipro to run Nokia center
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Wipro Technologies, the software arm of Wipro Ltd., will provide smart-phone development and integration services for licensors of Nokia's Series 60 platform.
Wind River-Red Hat alliance stuns industry watchers
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Are embedded open-source partnerships really better the second time around?
Weighing design effort vs. results
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The structured-ASIC concept continues to gather steam, at least in North America.
Virtuoso unifies mixed-signal, analog flows
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Cadence Design Systems Inc. will announce this week that its Virtuoso Custom Design Platform is now able to handle analog and digital blocks in the same design flow, delivering on a promise made last fall.
Unified PHY scheme takes shape
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The IEEE 802.15.3a task group took two days last week to sketch out a framework under which the two remaining physical layers for ultrawideband short-range wireless communications — currently deadlocked — can coexist peacefully.
U.S. pressures power-supply makers
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency brought its own green perspective to the Applied Power Electronics Conference last week, announcing it would draft a proposal comprising a uniform test procedure and efficiency specifications for single-voltage external ac/dc supplies rated up to 180 watts.
Two schemes steal lithography show
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Two technologies — immersion optics and nanoimprinting — were the buzz of last week's International Society for Optical Engineering's 29th annual symposium on microlithography.
The VoFi question
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Along with position/location tracking technologies, voice-over-IP-over-Wi-Fi (or what many of us now simply call "VoFi") is the hot topic for 2004.
TTL: Too dated for speedy design
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In today's world of fast electronics products, not all aspects of the technology maintain a concurrent pace.
TI takes on mobile entertainment
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Texas Instruments Inc. used last week's 3GSM conference in Cannes, France, to launch its Omap 2 architecture for 2.5- and third-generation phones.
Style and substance in wireless handsets
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Just what is a wireless handset? It's a question I ask a lot these days.
Spin-valve demo rolls
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A research technique for making organic spin-valve electronics could herald the coming of nonvolatile semiconductors melded with optical emitters, transducers and sensors.
Software: One service, many gateways
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IP phone and gateway maker Zultys Technologies has introduced software for its MX250 integrated gateway/IP PBX systems that lets as many as 32 gateways behave as one shared environment for telephony, fax, video, voicemail, instant messaging and presence applications.
Packet Design gets behind EIGRP routing
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Packet Design Inc. has added support for the Cisco-proprietary Enhanced extension to Internal Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP) to its routers.
Packed M&Ms near optimal ideal in demo
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A surprising amount of advanced research has been expended on the problem of how to optimally pack spheres into a container. While intuitively simple, the problem tends to tax computer simulations and routinely confound accepted theories.
Octasic echo cancellers aim at gateway
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Octasic Inc., a fabless supplier of voice-over-Internet Protocol silicon, will make a play for designs in gateway, enterprise and access-box architectures this week with the release of 32- and 64-channel versions of its echo cancellation chips.
Xtera receives $30 million in funding, new CEO
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Optical networking equipment vendor Xtera has closed a $30 million funding round. At the same time, the Allen, Texas-based startup has named a new CEO and CFO.
MCU combines 8051 core, 24-bit ADC in 5X5 MM Package
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The newest member of Silicon Laboratories Inc.'s precision mixed-signal microcontroller product family integrates an eight-channel, 24-bit analog-to-digital converter with a high-speed 8051-compatible CPU.
Novel ink-jet app: organ replication
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Researchers recently demonstrated a process that one day may enable ink-jet printed human organs to be formed using cells donated by the person receiving the organ, to ensure biocompatibility.
New slants on sphere-packing problem
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Anyone faced with the task of building a freestanding pile of spheres quickly discovers an obvious solution: Start by laying out the densest possible two-dimensional packing and then nestle the next layer in the hollows of the first layer.
Nassda simulator gets analysis tools
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Nassda Corp. will announce what it claims is a complete nanometer analysis platform with the release this week of HSIM version 5.0, which adds five optional post-layout analysis tools to the company's HSIM circuit simulator.
Nanotech begins journey from lab to fab
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Intel Corp. is studying the use of carbon-nanotube-based polymers in thermal-interface materials, the latest evidence that nanotechnology is not just a curiosity but is being put to work in the electronics industry.
Multimedia interconnect tops 3G's list
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Mobile-phone and chip makers acknowledged last week at the 3GSM World Congress here that they're under pressure to shelve once-cherished proprietary technologies in favor of generic interfaces for tying cell phones to multimedia peripherals such as higher-resolution displays and cameras.
Korean startup to build OLED plant in Singapore
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South Korean startup Ness Display Co. Ltd. will spend $40 million to $60 million to build an organic light-emitting diode (OLED) plant here that is expected to produce a peak of 15 million to 20 million display panels a year by 2006.
Hitachi packs 300 Gbytes in 3.5-in. server drive
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Hitachi Global Storage Technologies last week rolled out the industry's highest-capacity 3.5-inch server hard-disk drives.
Gates promises more secure XP by early 2006
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Microsoft Corp. late this year will release a version of Windows XP dedicated to improving security, said chairman and chief software architect Bill Gates in a keynote address at the RSA Conference 2004 here last week.
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