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Automakers asked to can CAN
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A consortium of the world's biggest auto and chip makers moved last week to make a safety-critical data bus the main electrical backbone for tens of millions of future vehicles.
Inventors breathe easier after Supreme Court patent ruling
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Engineers, inventors, electronics executives and patent attorneys breathed a collective sigh of relief this week when the U.S. Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, partially reversed a lower-court ruling that restricted the scope of patents and their inventor's ability to defend them against infringement.
Rambus tosses 32-bit RIMM into memory fray
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Rambus Inc. and some of its partners are set to deploy a 32-bit Rambus in-line memory module (RIMM) populated with faster, 1,066-MHz Rambus DRAM memory chips, as part of a renewed campaign to woo more PC makers over to the RDRAM camp.
Good behavior for debugging
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Benchmarks in, McKinley girds for marathon
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Intel Corp. claimed victory in the speed race for server microprocessors last week, but competitors and analysts said the Itanium 2 performance metrics the company released only marked a warmup lap in a marathon competition ahead.
IMEC takes steps to pave technology alliance with China's SMIC
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LEUVEN, Belgium -- IMEC here today announced that it has taken steps to pave the way for its previously-announced technology alliance with silicon foundry startup Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) of China. In April, IMEC, Belgium's independent microelectronics R&D center, announced an advanced chip-making technology alliance with SMIC of Shanghai.
ST division will target wireless infrastructure
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As some others chip suppliers have abandoned the foundering telecom infrastructure business, STMicroelectronics has stood firm and has even bolstered its arsenal.
OEA expands suite with RF, timing analysis tools
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Expanding the suite of offerings based on its 3-D extraction technology, OEA International Inc. is heading to the 39th Design Automation Conference (DAC) with two new products: RF-Pass, an analysis tool for passive component design; and Net-An/PT, which couples OEA's critical net extractor with Synopsys Inc.'s PrimeTime offering.
Electronic equipment sales jump in April
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April sales were larger than first reported for U.S. electronics and computer manufacturers, while sales for all durable goods manufacturers jumped 3.7% from an upward revised March total.
Nortel's optical woes continue as recovery stalls
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In mid-2000, Nortel Networks Corp.'s only problem as it tried to sell its optical components division was to convince Corning Inc., one of a host of panting suitors, to shell out a reported $100 billion for the red-hot business. Today, in a much cooler market, Nortel is struggling to find a buyer for the same unit at just about any price.
Samsung tries to get early jump with DDR-II chip
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Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. last week set the tone for the emerging DDR-II SDRAM market by introducing a validated 533Mbit/s chip. But what the company didn't disclose was that it also has a 1Gbit/s DDR-II device that will actually begin shipping much sooner as a specialty memory for graphics.
Skyworks braves wireless slump
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Skyworks Solutions Inc., apparently unafraid of the downward spiral the wireless handset market finds itself in, is launching into the struggling sector.
Palm, Converge broaden relationship
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DSP software development toolset
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CodeWarrior Development Tools 5.0 includes support for the DSP56800 family, a line of hybrid digital signal processors from Motorola that features microcontroller functionality and integrated flash memory.
Microcontroller for audio
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The MCF5249 core features up to 125 Dhrystone 2.1 MIPS at 140MHz.
Software development tools for video applications
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The iMMediaTools 5.5 software development toolkit (SDK) enables engineers to develop video applications in C and C++ for the software-programmable BSP-15 and MAP-CA families of chips.
System analysis tool
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The FS2 System Analyzer is a real-time trace system analyzer for the QuickMIPS development platform.
Photronics' new CEO sees rebound in photomask market due to Asia growth
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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- After a tough and painful year in 2001, the blank photomask business is showing signs of a mild recovery, following some new and positive signs in the market, according to the new chief executive at Photronics Inc. A sudden surge in fab utilization in the silicon foundry business, coupled with growing demand in select end-user consumer markets, are positive signs for photomask suppliers and other companies involved in the semiconductor industry, said Dan Del Rosario, CE
Suit filed against ARM could affect Java use in handhelds
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A patent infringement lawsuit filed last week by Nazomi Communications Inc. against ARM Ltd. could seriously slow the use of Java software instructions in handheld communications equipment.
World needs fewer chip suppliers, analyst says
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As if a lousy business climate weren't bad enough, there's more to worry about for semiconductor manufacturers.
India's high-tech sector edgy over possible war
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As the war or words and perhaps deeds increases between longtime foes India and Pakistan, India's high technology sector is preparing for the worst and hoping war can be averted.
Acer takes aim at China's PC market
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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Acer Inc. rolled out a multimedia PC for home users in a bid to double its share in the Chinese market.
TEL's cleaning tool picked by Sematech for low-k process evaluations
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AUSTIN, Tex. -- Tokyo Electron Ltd. today announced that its PR200Z polymer removal system has been chosen as the process tool of record for International Sematech's Advanced Tool Development Facility and copper-oxide frontend line.
Dongbu to enter wireless front by offering RF foundry process in late 2002
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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- In a move to expand its chip-manufacturing portfolio, silicon foundry startup Dongbu Electronics Co. Ltd. plans to enter the wireless space by offering a radio-frequency (RF) process technology, according to company officials. Dongbu plans to offer a 0.18-micron, RF-based foundry process by year's end for customers, said Peter Hillen, executive vice president of business development for the company. Dongbu is based in Eumsung, South Korea.
Agere re-enters USB chip market with analog companion to digital ASICs
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ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- Agere Systems Inc. today introduced a USB 2.0 analog chip for customized digital-only ASICs serving the Universal Serial Bus 2.0 standard. The introduction is a change in course for Agere, which last year announced it was pulling out of the USB 2.0 market to focus more attention of 1394b serial links (see July 16 story).
Elpida makes Rambus DRAM production plans
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Elpida Memory Inc. reaffirmed its commitment to making Rambus DRAMs, saying it will shift production to its most advanced 0.13-micron manufacturing technology this year, and plans to produce the memories at a new fabrication facility using larger 300-mm wafers starting next year.
Fortsätt utbyggnaden av stomnätet
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Staten måste fullfölja sina åtaganden när det gäller bredbandsutbyggnaden. Det innebär bland annat att uppdraget till Svenska Kraftnät att anlägga ett öppet nationellt heltäckande stomnät skall bestå. Det skriver utredaren Peter Roslund i det slutbetänkande om IT-stomnätet, SOU 2002:55, som på fredagen överlämnades till näringsminister Björn Rosengren.
U.S. dollar losing some punch
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EBI shows slight growth in May
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Cypress invests in solar cell maker to speed revenue growth
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SAN JOSE--Cypress Semiconductor Corp. today announced plans to invest $8.8 million in a privately-held manufacturer of silicon solar cell products, called SunPower Corp. in nearby Sunnyvale, as part of an effort to accelerate its revenue growth beyond current chip products.
Semiconductor sales edge up 3.1 percent in April
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Worldwide sales of semiconductors totaled $11.07 billion in April, a 3.1 percent increase from the $10.73 billion level reached in March, with all four geographic regions reporting growth for the second month in a row, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.
UMC-Infineon 300-mm venture in Singapore awards fab contruction contracts
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SINGAPORE -- The 300-mm silicon foundry venture between Taiwan's United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) and Germany's Infineon Technologies AG in Singapore here today announced some $68 million worth of contracts for the next phase of a wafer-fab construction project. The foundry venture--dubbed UMCi--is a 130-nm (0.13-micron) and 90-nm (0.09-micron) plant that is located in the Pasir Ris Wafer Fab Park in Singapore. The fab is expected to move into production in the second quarter of 2003.
Chip recovery continues in April, driven by wireless, says SIA
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SAN JOSE--Worldwide chip sales continued to cover in April with revenues growing 3.1% to $11.07 billion last month from $10.73 billion in March, said a new report released today by the Semiconductor Industry Association here.
Insure your IP against claims
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VCX, the Scottish intellectual property (IP) exchange, is moving into financial services through a series of insurance schemes.
UK teaching reform needs the resources
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Good ideas — just make sure there are the resources. That is the main message in the joint Engineering Employers Federation (EEF)-EMTA response to the government's recent green paper on secondary education.
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