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Siemens cuts non-core jobs
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Siemens is shedding 2000 jobs from its Industrial Solutions and Services Group (I&S) and is looking to sell off other non-core assets.
Platform-based design still getting the kinks out
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Platform-based design can save considerable time, but the first chip based on a new platform required some architectural fine-tuning, according to the leaders of a Philips Semiconductors hardware team that designed the Nexperia Digital Video Platform and the first iteration of the DVP architecture: the pnx8500 chip.
U.S. manufacturing shipments
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GPRS mobile data networks will fail if challenges not overcome, says report
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STAMFORD, Conn. -- Despite the promises of general packet radio service (GPRS) offerings in GSM cellular networks, the technology will fail to meet the revenue expectations of mobile operators, according to a new report from Gartner Inc. here today. GPRS--which promises to deliver higher-speed data in mobile networks--will prove to be a great technological disappointment until capacity, device and application challenges are overcome, according to the report.
AMD concedes poor performance of early Hammer processors
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After several months of hyping the performance of its 64-bit Hammer chips in multiprocessor servers, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. acknowledged Monday (June 3) the assessment of an e-mail circulated last week that said early performance results don't look good.
System C: a realistic SoC debug strategy
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As Moore's Law steams ahead, the resulting rush to retool for ever-smaller geometries has led to the realization by most leading companies designing systems-on-chip that the emphasis in SoCs is on that "S," for system.
Reconfigurable IP requires a flexible software development toolset
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Until recently SoC technology was considered the exclusive domain of high-tech multinational companies. That's because of the high entrance barriers: the need for diverse and complex expertise, the high costs of hardware and software development tools and the shipment volumes required to justify the cost of ASIC development.
UMC becomes first foundry to offer Mips' 64-bit processor cores at 90-nm node
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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- Mips Technologies Inc. here today announced a major licensing and marketing deal for its new 64-bit microprocessor cores with Taiwan's United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) Under the plan, UMC will port and make available Mips' "Amethyst" line of 64-bit cores for its 130-nm process (0.13-micron) as well as it yet-to-be-announced 90-nm (0.09-micron) technology.
Embedded real-time behavior requires "design-in" processes
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In embedded environments, where the reliability of one element of a design often dictates the reliability of the whole, issues such a real-time correctness is best achieved through "design-in" techniques rather than the traditional "test-in" timing performance procedures at the end of development.
Dealing with determinism in DSPs with pipelines and caches
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To increase the performance of time-critical code, new DSPs are adopting RISC architectural features such as caches and pipelines.
Comprehensive tool chains needed to debug multiple processor cores
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The increasing reliance on complex multicore designs is driving the need for comprehensive debugging tools that can answer a variety of challenges.
Adapting traditional embedded debug strategies to SoC designs
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Embedded systems are becoming more complex. The trend in silicon design has been to put the whole system on a single chip.
Kozlowski steps down from troubled Tyco
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After two years of riding a wave of accounting criticisms and the resulting plunge in Tyco International Ltd.'s stock price, chairman and chief executive Dennis Kozlowski today abruptly resigned his position and has been replaced by John Fort, the man from whom he took over the job 10 years ago.
Agere completes spin-off from Lucent to become independent company
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ALLENTOWN, Penn. -- After months of negotiations and delays, Agere Systems Inc. here today announced it has completed the spin-off from its parent company, Lucent Technologies Inc. As part of the move, Lucent has distributed approximately 945 million shares of Agere common stock to nearly 5 million shareowners. With the distribution, Agere has become an independent and separate company, said John Dickson, president and CEO of Agere, based in Allentown.
Rambus, Samsung, Asustek launch low-cost RDRAM-based modules, PC boards
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LOS ALTOS, Calif. -- Rambus Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. today launched a new RDRAM-based memory-module line, said to reduce board space and systems cost by about 50%. Rambus also announced a deal with Asustek Computer Inc., one of Taiwan's largest PC motherboards. Under the terms, Asustek will manufacturer motherboards, equipped with Rambus' new memory-module architecture.
AMD garners support for new 64-bit processors from Taiwan's motherboard makers
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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- At the Computex trade show here today, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. announced that more than 35 leading hardware vendors plan to support its upcoming 32/64-bit microprocessor lines. PC motherboard, chip set, memory, clock generator, and others pledged support for AMD's eighth-generation processor lines, code-named ClawHammer and SledgeHammer, according to the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company. ClawHammer will be known as the Athlon in the market, while SledgeHammer will be brande
Bi-stable organic material shows three-way switch
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US-based researchers from the University of California, Riverside (UCR) have developed an organic material with bi-stable properties they claim could form the basis of a new class of electronic memories and switching devices.
Industry sanguine over chip security
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The smartcard industry says it is relatively unconcerned about the potential impact of a hack attack described in a paper by researchers from Cambridge University last month.
3G waits on 2004
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Vodafone will roll out 3G networks in the UK and the rest of Europe by the end of this year — but it will hold fire on promoting them. The company does not see 3G becoming a mass market on this continent until 2004.
Metro equipment chipset
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The CHESS-III chipset has been released for aggregating, growing, and transporting 2.5- and 10-Gbps metro services.
ADSL chipset
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The Pathfinder processor chipset has been unleashed for ADSL systems designs.
3-W W-CDMA MMIC
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Aimed at wideband CDMA (W-CDMA) base station designs, the TMD1925-3 is a 3-W S-band GaAs MMIC that spans the 1.9 to 2.5 GHz range.
AMD demos four-way server based on new 64-bit processor at Taiwan show
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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- At the Computex 2002 trade show here today, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. demonstrated a four-way server, based on its upcoming 64-bit microprocessor line. Conducted at Taiwan's largest PC trade show, AMD's demonstration marks the first showing of a four-way computer platform, based on its new 64-bit chip, dubbed Opteron. The platform consists of four Opteron processors, running a 32-bit Web server on top of a 64-bit SuSE Linux operating system.
Smart Basestations Maximize Capacity
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Advanced processors are allowing the adoption of smart antennas and multiuser detection to triple basestation capacity-for a start.
Simulation Tools Converge On Large RFICs
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The complexities of RFICs demand the use of highly integrated tools that can readily assimilate the latest simulation software and concepts.
Reduce Power-Supply Effects on ADSL Data Rates
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Careful selection of the supply's switching frequency can improve the data rate, size, power consumption and cost of ADSL modems.
Advanced MEMS Usher in All-Optical Networks
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However, using MEMS puts the onus on designers to examine how those devices will be optimally controlled, tested and packaged.
Bandwidth bartering rules in tough times
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At a time when bandwidth is plentiful but reliable service is hard to find, it's natural that both users and startup carriers would think of physical-layer sharing and bandwidth swapping as a means of making use of untapped pipeline potential.
Scalable processor targets mobile imaging apps
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The CW4011 is a scalable, embedded processor for mobile video/imaging applications.
Laser-diode bias controller comes complete
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The X9530 laser-diode-bias controller incorporates all circuitry necessary to control the bias of a laser diode while allowing for compensation of temperature drift and laser-diode manufacturing variations.
Data converters include broadband circuitry
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The AD9862 integrates four high-performance data converters on a mixed-signal front-end chip for broadband applications.
Dual-amp SiGe chip targets quad-band GSM handsets
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Comprising two amplifiers on a single silicon germanium chip-one for GSM850/ 900 and one for DCS1800/PCS1900-the PBA31603 targets dual-, triple- or quad-band GSM handsets.
Gigabit Ethernet MACs have SPI 4.2 interfaces
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The IXF1110 Gigabit Ethernet and IXF1010 100/1,000 Ethernet MACs are equipped with an SPI 4.2 interface.
Differential amplifiers exhibit low distortion
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The THS4502 is one of a family of fully differential amplifiers with a distortion figure that is at least 10 to 20 dB lower across the entire frequency spectrum than that of current offerings, according to the manufacturer's charts.
Low-resistance MOSFETs come in miniature package
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The six-lead SC-89 Little Foot is a low-resistance MOSFET measuring 0.6 mm high with a 2.56-mm2 footprint.
Packet classifier optimized for 0C-48 rates
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By offloading the network processor, the PAX.port 2500 classification processor can be used in a streaming architecture to achieve packet processing and classification at multigigabit rates.
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