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Tough RoHS choices
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Mauj Telecom receives $10 million in VC funding
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Indian wireless solutions provider Mauj Telecom has received $10 million in venture funding from WestBridge Capital Partners, Intel Capital and Sequoia Capital.
VCC breaks through half-billion dollars
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So far in 2006, the EE Times Venture Capital Counter has recorded 45 startup deals that have raised $538.46 million from about 60 venture capital firms and other investors.
EU powers up battery law
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Batteries are the next environmental offender locked in the sights of the European Union. Though the matter is still under spirited discussion within the EU, industry sources said they expect the European body to finalize a battery directive this summer. Member states will then have two years to implement it.
PLM that makes sense
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Walls are everywhere in the electronics supply chain. You know the ones: the walls you hit trying to manage the product life cycle. Marketing tosses product specifications over the wall to the development team. Development tosses designs over the wall to the manufacturing team. And manufacturing tosses supply needs over the wall to the supply chain.
Peribit's Graham joins video-processing startup
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Jef Graham, formerly chief executive of Peribit Networks Inc., has joined a startup formed by three veterans of iMedia Corp.
CSR doubles sales, profits from Bluetooth chips
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Bluetooth chip specialist CSR plc doubled both sales and profits for the year ended 30 December 2005, but the results were not enough to see the company’s share price fall by 14 percent on the London stock exchange.
Boost regulators extend battery packs
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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.
Gigabit-Bausteine für lokale Netze
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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.
Le marché des photomasques pourrait ne pas supporter plusieurs fournisseurs
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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.
AMCC, Intrinsity developing PowerPC core
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AMCC and Intrinsity Inc. said they are codeveloping a multigigahertz PowerPC core for use in AMCC’s network infrastructure and storage products.
Crosspoint switch routes video signals
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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
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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.
Intel investerar 2,4 miljarder kronor
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Intel investerar nära 2,4 miljarder kronor i Vietnam. En fabrik för montering och test av halvledare börjar nu byggas i Ho Chi Minh City för att öka företagets leveranskapacitet.
Letter: Leave engineering, help those left behind
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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.
Le Consortium EEMBC nomme un Français à la tête du sous-comité automobile
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Le Consortium EEMBC a annoncé la nomination du Français Patrick Leteinturier d’Infineon Technologies en tant que président du sous-comité dédié à l’automobile et à l’industrie.
Le nouveau dirigeant de Matsushita souhaite dynamiser les marges
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La nouvelle équipe de direction de Matsushita Electronics définit actuellement des objectifs hauts visant à soutenir une reprise lente mais stable.
Letter: Engineers' pay will fall
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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.
What Wages Tell You – and What They Don't
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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.
How to Respond To Call Center Stress
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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.
2006 Products of the Year
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Eighteen of the most creative, innovative and above all else, USEFUL tools for making your call center the best it can be.
A Competition Worth Winning
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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.
What We Know & What We Don't Know
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New research raises as many questions as it answers about the state of the call center industry.
The Contact Center Triple Threat
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The biggest factor driving Performance Management's growth is the practice of using Analytics in daily call center operations.
Do You Call Center, Take This Staffing Agency?
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The relationship that flourishes is one that is worked on over time, which is why more call centers are choosing to commit to one staffing agency to assist them in hiring agents.
Good Exercise
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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.
SLAs and Outsourcing: How to Make Service Delivery Work
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Today's business has to manage a growing portfolio of SLAs, each tied to different business obligations, technologies, and problem resolution practices. Managing SLAs associated with outsourced services adds to the complexity.
Spannungen zwischen Peking und Taipeh belasten Elektronikindustrie
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Eine Reihe von Zwischenfällen hat die Spannungen zwischen Taiwan und der Volksrepublik China angeheizt. Die Situation könnte die weltweite Halbleiter-Wertschöpfungskette belasten.
Samsung und Siltronic wollen Wafer-Tochter gründen
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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.
Samsung ups sales forecast in 2006
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Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. on Tuesday (Feb. 28) raised its sales forecast for 2006, but its estimates were below market consensus.
Design productivity can grow by 8X, says Synopsys VP
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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.
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