Avnet gets a Memec boost News & Analysis 3/1/2006 Post a comment If it ain't broke, goes the adage, don't fix it. Avnet Inc. took the advice to heart when deciding how to integrate the distribution business of Memec plc, which it acquired last July for $663 million.
Gartner sees higher chip sales News & Analysis 3/1/2006 Post a comment Market forecaster Gartner Inc. in February raised its forecast for chip market growth in 2006 to 9.5 percent because of increased capital spending budgets at electronics companies. Only one month earlier, Gartner was predicting 2006 annual growth of 7.6 percent.
Gigabit-Bausteine für lokale Netze News & Analysis 3/1/2006 Post a comment Übertragunsgraten bis zu 10 Gigabit je Sekunde schaffen zwei neue kompakte optische Module von NEC Compound Semiconductors. Damit will das Unternehmen die Technik lokaler Datennetze auf Gigabit-Niveau hieven.
Boost regulators extend battery packs Product News 3/1/2006 Post a comment Vishay Intertechnology’s SiP12502/3 boost converter ICs are designed to maximize the power available from single- and dual-cell NiMH or alkaline battery packs. Working from an input down to 0.85 volt and delivering up to 500 mA, they provide up to 85 percent DC/DC conversion efficiency for cordless phones to medical diagnostic tools.
Le marché des photomasques pourrait ne pas supporter plusieurs fournisseurs News & Analysis 3/1/2006 Post a comment La cession d’Etec Systems, qui fut le plus important fournisseur de générateurs de structures de photomasques pour semi-conducteurs et dont la société mère Applied Materials a discrètement fermé les portes en octobre dernier, a modifié le marché de la production de structures de semi-conducteurs en laissant un seul fournisseur d’outils laser viable : le Suédois Micronic Laser Systems AB.
Crosspoint switch routes video signals Product News 3/1/2006 Post a comment Intersil Corp.'s video crosspoint switch is said to be the first of its kind integrating four separate 16 x 16 crosspoint switches to create a 32 x 32 matrix (or two 32 x 16 switches).
Cambridge project advances materials for wireless apps News & Analysis 3/1/2006 Post a comment Advance Nanotech Inc., a company that specializes in organizing finance and services for projects in nanotechnology, has partnered with Alps Electric Company Limited, Dow Corning Corporation and engineers at the University of Cambridge on research that promises improve the reception capacity of mobile devices.
Letter: Leave engineering, help those left behind News & Analysis 3/1/2006 Post a comment An audio electronics engineer in The Netherlands reckons globalization is driving western workers out of engineering. That will allow the market to select for excellence and those engineers that stay involved will get the pay they deserve, he argues.
Letter: Engineers' pay will fall News & Analysis 3/1/2006 Post a comment A reader makes the free market case that if the supply of engineers is unbounded by licensing or geographic conditions and expands then it is inevitable that established engineers' pay will fall.
A Competition Worth Winning News & Analysis 3/1/2006 Post a comment The good news about globalization is that there are more consumers to compete for; the bad news is that there are more workers to compete with.
How to Respond To Call Center Stress News & Analysis 3/1/2006 Post a comment Call center stress is all about control. Remaining calm is important because it results in rational thinking and a constructive response, which permits a call center agent to seize control of a service event.
What Wages Tell You – and What They Don't News & Analysis 3/1/2006 Post a comment If you're deciding where to locate your call center based on labor costs alone, you're not looking at the whole picture. Here's how to assess not only the cost, but also the quality, of a prospective call center site.
Good Exercise News & Analysis 3/1/2006 Post a comment More than a methodology, Six Sigma is a regimen for keeping your call center in shape. Here's what we learned about Six Sigma from our most recent call center conference in Austin.
Samsung und Siltronic wollen Wafer-Tochter gründen News & Analysis 3/1/2006 Post a comment Der Silizium-Hersteller Siltronic AG will gemeinsam mit dem koreanischen Elektronikgiganten Samsung Electronics Silizium-Wafer produzieren. Verhandlungen über die Gründung eines Joint Ventures in Singapur befinden sich laut Presseberichten bereits in einem fortgeschrittenen Stadium.
Design productivity can grow by 8X, says Synopsys VP News & Analysis 3/1/2006 Post a comment Productivity -- the cost in time and resources that it takes to complete a chip -- is the dominant issue in IC design today, and can be improved eight fold through a combination of changes, according to a senior vice president at Synopsys.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.