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Two terabit core routers ditch the unified chassis
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A pair of revolutionary terabit-router architectures have emerged in recent days to launch divergent attacks on the unified-chassis architectures that dominate at the core of global optical networks.
Phone fun means 3-D wake-up call
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Whenever executives from ATI Technologies Inc. meet people who are skeptical about the company's three-dimensional cellular phone graphics technology, they console themselves with history.
Modeler connects RTL, SystemC simulation
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Adveda Inc. is introducing this week a model generator simulation add-on that places a SystemC or PLI wrapper around RTL code so Adveda's fast models can be used with established top-down and bottom-up verification environments.
High-level synthesis rollouts enable ESL
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Three vendors promise to lift ASIC and FPGA designers above today's RTL design methodologies with high-level synthesis tools they will roll out this week. Mentor Graphics, Celoxica and Bluespec all claim huge productivity gains as well as quality-of-results improvements.
Cadence, CoWare partner on ESL-to-RTL verification
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Last September's partnership between CoWare Inc. and Cadence Design Systems Inc. has yielded its first fruits, as the companies are this week introducing a new co-developed flow they claim will allow users of CoWare's ConvergenSC SystemC-based prototyping system to "seamlessly" transfer models built in SystemC and Verilog to Cadence's Incisive verification platform.
The alternative workforce
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Two years ago, Sparton Electronics Inc., a division of Jackson, Mich.-based Sparton Corp., faced a dilemma common among many midtier technology companies.
Charge-pumps brighten display picture
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Three new generations of charge-pump from Advanced Analogic Technologies bring a new level of functional, high-efficiency, and cost- and space-saving performance to LED- and LCD-based display applications. These chips maximize brightness in white LEDs (AAT3140/41) in single-cell portable applications, improve camera flash performance (AAT3112), and provide the positive and negative voltages (AAT3190) for thin-film transistor liquid-crystal displays (TFT-LCDs), organic light-emitting diodes (OLED
Phone fun means 3-D wake-up call
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Whenever executives from ATI Technologies Inc. meet people who are skeptical about the company's three-dimensional cellular phone graphics technology, they console themselves with history.
Nvidia gets real
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Believing that cell phones are the next frontier for 3-D graphics chips, Nvidia Corp. has assigned more than 100 people to its handheld team, including 80 who work with game developers on writing software for their architecture.
ATI attacks power
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When executives at ATI Technologies Inc. took a hard look at the cell phone market early in 2003, they concluded the time was right for 3-D technology.
Size matters in flat panels, and so does fab capacity
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Cost was at the forefront of the minds of makers of thin-film-transistor liquid-crystal displays who came to the Society for Information Display conference here last week.
Displays' future viewed through the looking glass
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The future is clear. You get up in the morning, look in the mirror and, while brushing your teeth, check your e-mail on that same looking glass, which doubles as an interactive touch display.
Competition heats in X86, PowerPC embedded markets
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Competition stepped up a notch or two in the embedded X86 and PowerPC processor markets last week, and already the brickbats are flying.
EDA trends suggest turning point for chip design
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Marking what may be a turning point for chip design, EDA vendors will come to the 41st Design Automation Conference here on June 7-11 with new technology in three areas: electronic-system-level (ESL) design, IC implementation and functional verification.
VSIA group shakes up its foundations
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The Virtual Socket Interface Alliance (VSIA) today will announce a new, broader charter and a radically different structure that will transform the organization from something like an industry-standards body to a kind of new-business incubator.
Sequans spins MAC/PHY SoC
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A 22-employee fabless chip company here, whose founders are mostly ex-Alcatel engineers, promises to deliver two system-on-chip devices supporting WiMAX broadband wireless communication in the second quarter of '05, plus modular software packages and reference designs.
Clearing hurdles to integrated transceivers
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While direct-conversion radios are not new, no one had done an implementation for two radio interfaces in different bands. Startup Quorum Systems Inc. (San Diego) leveraged its staff's expertise in converter, filter and synthesizer design in developing a Wi-Fi and quad-band GSM/GPRS/Edge transceiver that it says overcomes the space, power and cost barriers to internetwork communication for mobile handsets.
Synthesis moves a step above RTL, aiding ESL design
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Three vendors promise to lift ASIC and FPGA designers above today's RTL design methodologies with high-level synthesis tools they will roll out this week.
Two terabit core routers ditch the unified chassis
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A pair of revolutionary terabit-router architectures have emerged in recent days to launch divergent attacks on the unified-chassis architectures that dominate at the core of global optical networks.
Startup's dual-radio IC opens door to roaming
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With the introduction of a single-chip wireless-LAN and cellular RF transceiver, a small startup may have laid the fundamental hardware building block for ubiquitous wireless connectivity.
High-voltage chip resistors target medical devices
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5/29/2004   Post a comment
Review: SEI Electronics Inc. says its new high-voltage chip resistor series for medical applications outperforms its competitors in higher withstanding voltage and resistance range. The new HVC resistors can replace current solutions such as axial-leaded film and wirewound resistors in high-voltage medical applications with a smaller and surface-mountable part.
Silvaco offers full-chip RC extraction
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Offering its first full-chip parasitic extraction product, Silvaco International has released Hipex, which claims "3D accurate" resistance and capacitance (RC) extraction. It's based on the same Digital Equipment Corp. (DEC) technology that was used to build Simplex extraction products, according to Silvaco.
Improving timing closure with physical synthesis
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Physical synthesis tools need an overhaul, says Cadence Design Systems' Ashutosh Mauskar (right). He details new requirements for improving timing closure, including wire topology modeling, capacity, and global optimization.
What's needed for mixed-signal verification
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Mixed-signal verification has four requirements, says Synopsys' Bijan Kiani: throughput, accurate models, parasitic extraction, and multiple levels of abstraction.
French startup tackles SoCs for WiMAX
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A French startup will take on wireless industry heavyweights in pursuing a WiMAX-certified integrated baseband system-on-a-chip.
ST et le CEA renouvellent leur contrat de recherche en microélectronique
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Partenaires technologiques de longue date, STMicroelectronics et le Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique (CEA) annoncent le renouvellement pour quatre ans de leur contrat de recherche en microélectronique.
Sensors Expo highlights micro and nano technologies
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Need or want to learn more about micro and nano technologies, then the Sensors Expo & Conference is the place to be on June 7-10 in Detroit's Cobo Center. Designed to inform the technical community about advances and applications for these emerging technologies, the "Nanotechnology and Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS), Microsystems Technologies (MST) and Micromachines" session will tackle three major issues — commercialization, research and development progress, and current and future
Taiyo Yuden offers free HF component sample kit
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Taiyo Yuden (U.S.A.) is offering its new high-frequency designer's kit free to qualified designers attending the IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium 2004 in Ft. Worth, Texas, from June 8-10. The component sample kit comes bundled with an assortment of capacitors, ferrite beads and multilayer inductors that are included on the accompanying RF Component Library CD containing enhanced high-frequency performance data for use in circuit simulations, and a copy of Ansoft Designer SV design si
Opinion: Your logic analyzer can probe those forgotten signals!
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5/28/2004   Post a comment
Logic analysis is a powerful tool. However, the most powerful logic analyzer is useless without a sound probing connection to a system under test. If you approach the problem carefully, you'll find that you can even probe those "forgotten" signals.
WiMAX patent suit settled
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In what may be a portent of future legal conflicts, Wi-LAN Inc. and Redline Communications said they have settled a patent dispute covering technology used in wireless broadband equipment.
Telchemy lands patent for VoIP call quality measurement
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Telchemy, a developer of embedded VoIP passive monitoring solutions, announced Friday (May 28) that it landed a U.S. patent for its VQmon call quality monitoring and analysis software.
High quality audio amp for the home with minimal design effort
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National Semi offers three new stereo audio amplifiers in its Overture line of products for home stereo systems. Check out the review by Editor Paul O'Shea on these newest audio amplifiers that feature quiet fade-in/fade-out mute mode circuitry for gradually bringing the sound up or down.
The Week in Review: May 23 to 29
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Ampex seeks ban on imports of Sanyo's digital cameras
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Ampex Corp. is claiming that Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd. infringed its intellectual property and is seeking a ban on U.S. imports and sales of Sanyo's digital still cameras and camera phones using the dispute technology.
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