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DESIGN TOOLS: Synthesis tool adds support for SystemC
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When Mentor Graphics Corp. introduced its Catapult C synthesis tool last year, the company eschewed SystemC in favor of ANSI C++.
NETWORKS: Low-cost TDM transmultiplexer handles high-density mapping
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PMC-Sierra Inc.'s latest transmultiplexer and mapper for time-division-multiplexed services can handle 168 bidirectional T1 or E1 lines with 336 independent framers on-chip.
History lives at the PTO
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Even though there are strict guidelines under which a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office examiner must accept or reject a claim, there is a human side to the process, said supervisory patent examiner Nestor Ramirez.
Biker steers code at the core of Windows
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I'm on my way to the stage at the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference to buttonhole a chip designer who's just finished a presentation when someone taps my elbow.
Optical forum completes electrical interface work
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Electrical interfaces for 6- and 11-Gbit/second backplanes have been firmed up by the Optical Internetworking Forum, completing work started three years ago by the High-Speed Backplane Initiative.
Patently protected
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It's one of those "Aha!" moments. A lone engineer toiling away on a project gets a bright idea that cuts through a knotty technical problem.
Acquisitions take Juniper to enterprise
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When Juniper Networks Inc. acquired two traffic-shaping companies for $469 million last week, it was only the opening salvo in an effort to redefine enterprise architectures for optimizing LAN and WAN traffic.
In the beginning, DSP was just a toy
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In 1978, a four-man team of designers at Texas Instruments Inc. combined semiconductor design expertise with advanced algorithmic know-how to create the first "talking IC."
TSMC navigates dangerous channel to 65 nm
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Beneath the reassuringly smooth surface at the annual TSMC Technology Symposium here last week, the roiling undercurrents of change ran deep and fast.
TSMC navigates dangerous channel to 65 nm
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Beneath the reassuringly smooth surface at the annual TSMC Technology Symposium here last week, the roiling undercurrents of change ran deep and fast.
Japan-made design tools come to U.S.
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After working in Japan as a chip designer and later selling EDA software from U.S. companies there, Rick Ader has launched a startup that will try to reverse a 20-year trend by bringing Japanese design automation technology into the U.S. market.
Precise placement of nanotubes demonstrated
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Growing carbon nanotubes on silicon chips could enable nanoscale transistors, but only if designers can specify exactly where the tiny devices grow.
Creative storage
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An increasing number of systems used by the creators of motion pictures, TV programming and other entertainment content will integrate optical disks and hard-disk drives over the next few years.
HDTV encoder supports Intel SDVO PC interface specification
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A new SDTV/HDTV encoder IC has been designed to comply with Intel's serial digital video output (SDVO) PC interface specification, enabling SDVO-based PCs to transmit video through a TV-Out port to analog video inputs on external TV sets.
Vet guides PC's 'domestication'
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Dick Grote led the team that designed Hewlett-Packard Co.'s first IBM-compatible PC, the 12-MHz 286 Vectra, introduced in 1985. Today, the 30-year HP veteran heads R&D for consumer PCs.
Longhorn: tough trail to PC digital media
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The good news is that Microsoft Corp. is working with content and service providers to get digital media on the PC.
WIRELESS: Hybrid access IC melds legacy and 3G wireless
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Agere Systems Inc. has combined all the processing and interfacing required for 2-, 2.5- and 3G wireless-network access into a single set of chips with supporting software.
PROGRAMMABLE LOGIC: FPGA tool offers choice in compilation techniques
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Claiming a major step forward in FPGA design technology, Altera Corp. this week will roll out what it calls the FPGA industry's first incremental compilation capability.
Global chip sales up 13% year-on-year in Q1 2005, says SIA
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The three-month average of worldwide sales of semiconductors was $18.43 billion in March 2005, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association, up 2.2 percent from the February level of $18.04 billion and up up 13.2 percent from the same period in 2004.
La sécurité fait caler le multimédia mobile
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Le potentiel de transmettre des fichiers MP3, des jeux vidéo, des séquences de films, des émissions télévisées en temps réel ainsi que d’autres contenus multimédias numériques sur les téléphones portables a déclenché une activité fébrile d’ingénierie sans précédent. Mais pour le moment, les consommateurs sont restés bloqués sur un seul cheval de bataille - le téléphone appareil photo.
Les recettes de l’IMEC en hausse de 12% en 2004
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L’IMEC vzw, groupe de recherche installé à Louvain, en Belgique, a enregistré des recettes de 125 millions d’euros en 2004, soit une hausse de 12% par rapport à 2003.
RF chipsets target broadband wireless base station and access points
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TI launches a family of RF products operating at 2.5, 3.5, and 5.8 GHz.
Best Practices in Workforce Management
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The Year of the Agent continues here at Call Center Magazine. So far, we’ve covered new-hire assessment, staffing services, and computer-based training. In this article, we’re going to help you get the most out of all of those highly qualified, well-trained agents by improving your company’s workforce management practices.
Where Should You Locate Your Call Center?
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We reveal the connection between economic development and agent development in selecting the best communities for call centers.
A Plan For Growth
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When companies plan for the life-cycles of agents' careers, they further their own growth as well.
Where Call Centers Are Going
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A perspective on the key issues and trends facing the call center market today.
Telemarketing From Distant Shores
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How to enhance both offshore and outbound calling.
A Wider Audience for Knowledge With KnowledgeBase 5.0
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KnowledgeBase Solutions makes two key enhancements to its suite.
Back to the Future
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At the time it seemed like a bet with no downside risk: AMX Corp. would mine its wealth of audio/video control technology to strike gold in the MP3 player market, the next killer application expected to bubble up from the Internet well.
Asia, Europe to benefit more from IT advances
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Curious as to who's best positioned to take advantage of advances in IT and communications technology? Head for a steamy city-state in Asia or to Europe's chilly north.
Being socially responsible
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In mid-April I invited a dozen or so very smart industry executives to join me for an afternoon to discuss issues and challenges facing the electronics industry and to help draft the agenda for the fourth annual Supply Network Conference, slated for October 24-26 in San Jose, Calif. The group I convened is the conference planning committee, chaired by Stanford University professor Hau Lee. We spent a lively and engaging few hours talking about issues that ranged from the tactical, such as applyi
America II aims for perfect scores
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As the global economy expands, so does the list of rules governing domestic and international trade, security and environmental practices.
Fujitsu hops on the IDM train
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Traditional Japanese electronics companies were vertically integrated, their capabilities encompassing most functions in the semiconductor supply chain.
Envirowise steers SMEs toward compliance
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Large OEMs have internal divisions for ongoing design evaluation, but small and medium-size enterprises typically have to go outside their walls for such expertise.
Recycling?
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When your company tosses out waste products of any kind, is it also serving competitive information to its rivals?
Intel:The one-hit wonder
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Flash back 10 years to the PC processor war between Intel and its rivals. One by one, venerable competitors dropped out of the race: Texas Instruments sharpened its focus on DSPs, IBM developed PowerPC for Apple and the embedded market, and Cyrix followed National's vision of low-cost information appliances. That essentially left a $30 billion-plus market to Intel and perennial second source, AMD.
Weaker Still
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The U.S. economy is weakening, consumer sentiment is sliding, Dell Inc. — though still dominant in the PC market — is talking of moderating computer demand and the Electronics Supply & Manufacturing Business Index is at its lowest level in eight months. The logical conclusion? The second-quarter outlook for the electronics market isn't as rosy as everyone expected it would be a few months ago.
Tapping innovation networks
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There's no question that technology innovation is one of the most important competitive factors for OEMs. But with the outsourcing of both manufacturing and design on the rise, many OEMs no longer invest as heavily in internal R&D and process technology as they once did. With this hollowing out comes a critical need to develop new models and new relationships to access innovation wherever it is being developed. Some companies are doing so using a dynamic method that Forrester Research Inc. (
A happy alliance
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Last year, Toshiba America Information Systems launched a new program to streamline its repair and customer service processes and came up with an unlikely solution: Outsource the job. That in itself wasn't so unusual, but the company it picked to do the job was: shipping giant United Parcel Services.
Top 35 Global Distributors
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Going by the numbers, last year was a very good one for distributors. Top-line growth hit double digits at many major companies, following single-digit growth the year before, and some are reporting a revival of staffing and facilities expansions, particularly in Asia.
China's Green Quandary
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Supreme leader Deng Xiaoping unleashed the rewards — and curses — of capitalism on China more than two decades ago when he declared, "To get rich is glorious."
Diagnosis: Chronic Growth
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Engineers at SonoSite Inc. reduced a 300-pound dresser-sized ultrasound unit to a hand-carried device. The health care industry loved it. SonoSite's 2004 revenue soared 37 percent, to $115 million, and 25 percent growth is expected this year.
TFT-LCD regulator drives low-voltage portables
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Maxim touts the ability of its MAX8739 regulator, which includes two high-current operational amplifiers for driving active-matrix, thin-film transistor liquid-crystal displays (TFT-LCDs), to work at input voltages down to 1.8 V. Suited for notebook and automotive applications, the regulator includes a logic-controlled, high-voltage switch with adjustable delay.
TSMC sieht Low-Power-Prozess als Technologie-Motor
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Die taiwanesische Foundry TSMC will von Hochleistungs- auf Low-Power-Prozesse umsteigen. Damit setzt das Unternehmen künftig auf Niedrigstrom-Designs als neuen Technologie-Motor. Doch TSMCs strategischer Kurswechsel findet bislang kaum Beachtung.
Halbleiter-Equipment: Ab 2007 geht's wieder aufwärts
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LONDON — Ab Mitte 2006 wird sich der Markt für Halbleiter-Equipment wieder erholen. Bis es aber soweit ist, müssen die Hersteller von Chipfertigungsanlagen noch einiges wegstecken.
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