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Taiwan's Computex rescheduled to September
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Computex, Asia's largest IT trade show, is on again after being called off several weeks ago because of SARS.
Les systèmes embarqués et les questions d'alimentation tiendront le haut du pavé à la DAC
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Malgré la persistance de la récession économique, la Design Automation Conference (DAC) aura lieu, comme prévu, du 2 au 6 juin prochains au Convention Center d'Anaheim en Californie avec une série impressionnante de discours, de groupes d'experts et de séances techniques.
Ittiam espère devenir le leader indien du DSP
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La société Ittiam Systems a été créée en 2001 par une demi-douzaine de cadres supérieurs, tous issus de Texas Instruments (Inde). Elle a été l'une des premières sociétés à se concentrer exclusivement sur le marché des DSP (processeurs de signal numérique). Quelques sociétés, telles qu'Encore Systems, Dacs Software et Wipro Ltd., ont travaillé sur la technologie des DSP en passant malgré tout beaucoup de temps à l'écriture du logiciel d'application.
Statistical Process Control Can Improve Automated Production Testing -- Part 2: Implementation
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In Part 1 of this ChipCenter feature article, we looked back in time and traced events that led to the adoption of statistical process control in an example automated test-and-measurement application. However, the implementation of a robust SPC process for the purpose of guaranteeing performance requires the measurement of key test points with a repeatable working standard. In this Part 2 conclusion, we examine these requirements.
Cypress, Infineon, and Micron Announce First CellularRAM Samples
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Products are developed to fill the needs of specific markets. Markets are created based on new products. While sometimes it's difficult to know who's the chicken and who's the egg, that's not the case with CellularRAM.
Winbond America Introduces New ISD5108 ChipCorder Voice Record and Playback IC
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Years ago, a small company named ISD (Integrated Silicon Devices) came out with an interesting technology. It was effectively a nonvolatile analog memory chip used to record voice waveforms for record/playback purposes.
Toshiba fab expansion in China halted by SARS fears
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Toshiba Corp. is temporarily suspending the expansion of a China-based assembly and test facility because concern over SARS has made it difficult to send engineers there. The company said the move is a precautionary measure and no one at the facility has been infected with the virus.
New language makes waves
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A new HDL generation language called "Confluence" is getting good reviews from some engineers. A free evaluation version is available on-line.
Microsoft, AOL Time Warner bury hatchet, agree to work on copy protection
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In a broad agreement announced Thursday (May 29), Microsoft Corp. and AOLTime Warner essentially decided to bury the hatchet on the old browser and online services wars of the past to focus on breaking the logjam holding back digital music and movies on the Internet.
Understanding the "e" verification language
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Verisity's "e" language is still proprietary, but Verisity engineer Zeev Kirshenbaum reveals new details about the language in this first-of-its-kind tutorial. Using an Ethernet networking device as an example, the article shows how to build a verification environment using "e."
Ixys posts loss on reports record sales
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For the fourth fiscal quarter ending March 31, Ixys Corp. reported record net revenues of $37.8 million, compared with net revenues of $20.4 million reported for the same period in fiscal year 2002, which represented 85.4% period-to-period revenue growth.
Consortium Vows to Simplify IP Reuse in SoCs
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A group of EDA, silicon intellectual property (IP) and semiconductor vendors will announce the formation of a consortium at the 40th Design Automation Conference (DAC) that will work to facilitate the integration of IP blocks into SoC designs. The consortium is believed to be working on ways to define "metadata" that goes beyond simple I/O information for IP blocksb
Leakage Current Leads 90-nm Rogues' Gallery
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As leakage current shoulders its way to center stage in chip designers' gallery of horrors, leading-edge design teams are rapidly developing ad hoc techniques to minimize its impact. And while the EDA industry is characteristically lagging the leading-edge need, at least one vendor is moving aggressively to catch up, formulating both a tool and a methodology for reducing a specific source of leakage current.
Prototyping system to use DAC spotlight
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Monterey Design Systems will preview its Calypso silicon virtual prototyping system at the Design Automation Conference next week.
OpenAccess Coalition adds detail to road map
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Setting forth its most far-reaching and detailed timetable yet for design tool interoperability standards, the OpenAccess Coalition will announce a three-year road map at the Design Automation Conference here next week.
Power is top DAC theme, analyst says
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The number one topic at next week's Design Automation Conference (DAC) here will be power, according to Gary Smith, chief EDA analyst at Gartner Dataquest. Smith said electronic system level (ESL) tools will also take center stage because of the rising complexity of chip designs.
Wacker shutters 6- and 8-in. wafer plants in Asia
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Germany's Wacker-Chemie GmbH will purchase the remaining shares of its Japanese silicon wafer venture, Wacker NSCE Corp. (WNC), from Japan's Nippon Steel Corp. by September 30, 2003.
Microsoft, Time Warner AOL join forces to bolster online digital media
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In a broad agreement announced Thursday (May 29), Microsoft Corp. and Time Warner AOL essentially decided to bury the hatchet on their browser and online services wars of the past to focus on breaking the logjam holding back digital music and movies on the Internet.
Distributors shed failing components businesses
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As the technology recession continues to hammer at distributors' profits, more are being forced to re-evaluate their business models.
UPS alert: Steel yourself for a summer of uncertainty
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Happily, the U.S. demand for power isn't likely to load down our generating resources this summer, as just announced by the North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC) in its 2003 assessment.
EBN's Electronic Buyers' Index climbs to one-year high
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EBN's Electronic Buyers' Index shot up more than 20% in May to a one-year high, spurred by dramatic increases in almost all its segments, especially new orders, inventory, production, and the quantity of purchased materials.
Silicon wafer market returned to positive growth
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Worldwide silicon wafer revenue totaled $5.7 billion in 2002, an increase of 5.2 percent from 2001 revenue of $5.4 billion, according to Gartner Inc.
Mosel reaches deal with bondholders to repay debt
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Mosel Vitelic Inc. has reached an agreement with its bondholders for terms to repay its $135 million debt, giving the troubled memory chip vendor some space to breathe temporarily.
Emulation software mimics OMAP
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The VPOM-1510 Virtual Platform, a software emulation of Texas Instruments' Innovator Development Kit for the OMAP platform, provides a desktop environment for application, middleware, operating system, and device driver development.
Windows CE .NET 4.2 sports security features
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Windows CE .NET 4.2 combines Microsoft's most advanced real-time operating system with tools for creating connected and small-footprint devices.
Sony to increase spending for semiconductor capex, R&D
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Sony Corp. plans to spend $4.27 billion (¥500 billion) in the next three years on semiconductor capital investments and another $4.27 billion in semiconductor R&D during the same period, the company said.
Microwave industry mourns AWR VP
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The European microwave industry has been expressing shock and grief at the death in a motorcycle accident of one of its most popular and energetic personalities, Steve Evans-Pughe, who had been vice president of international operations for Applied Wave Research since 1998.
Irish researchers receive 12m for R&D
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More than 80 third-level research projects in Ireland have been awarded 12m within the Basic Research Grants Scheme, a jointly funded initiative by Enterprise Ireland and the Irish Research Council's Embark initiative.
Amps deliver power specs
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A/D converter cranks 550 ksamples/s
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Synthesizer saves space
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Touted as reducing board-space requirements by 70 percent, a clock synthesizer from Texas Instruments Inc. offers multiplying, dividing and jitter-cleaning features that optimize timing performance.
Three flip low-voltage analog switches for array of products
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Targeting applications that range from high-speed communications to battery-powered consumer products, Siliconix Inc., here, Fairchild Semiconductor International (South Portland, Maine) and Intersil Corp. (Milpitas, Calif.) have each expanded their low-voltage analog switch portfolios.
Snap-in coax units use RJ connectors
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Revotech Industries says it has designed its RJAX Snap-In Coaxial series to easily connect a male RJ connector on coaxial cable to a female RJ coaxial connector on the wall plate or to televisions, VCRs, receivers, satellite equipment and set-top boxes.
Researchers tap into quantum dots for optical communications
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Semiconducting polymers embedded with lead-sulphide nanocrystals could produce a light source for integrated photonic chips, according to recent work at the University of Toronto.
Surface-mount LED offers wide viewing angle
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Designed with a 140 degrees viewing angle and a dominant wavelength of 647 nanometers, the miniature surface-mount BR1111C LED from Stanley Electric fits in tight spaces to accommodate high-density designs.
Marconi cuts a further 500 jobs as it warns of lower sales
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Newly-listed Marconi Corporation today forecast further falls in sales and market volume contraction as it released its full year results to March 31. The company also said that it planned a further 500 job cuts to bring overall headcount to 13,000 by the end of March 2004.
Developer kits based on Xilinx FPGAs aim at embedded apps
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Targeting different embedded applications, yet taking the same development approach, Avnet Cilicon and Insight Memec are offering development tools designed around Xilinx FPGAs to help engineers bring product to market faster.
Chip vendors zero in on wireless
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Power-managing ICs in wireless products are now playing a major role in system-level solutions. Cell phones, which are being combined with PDAs and cameras, are becoming increasingly small, dense and power-hungry, offsetting the size and energy density advances made by the lithium-ion battery sources powering them.
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