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AMD: "Prozessorherstellung erfordert die äußerste Präzision"
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Anlässlich der Inbetriebnahme des Halbleiter-Forschungszentrums CNT, an dem der Prozessohersteller AMD beteiligt ist, (siehe separaten Bericht) sprach EE Times.de mit AMDs Forschungs-Chef William Siegle (Bild) über das Verhältnis des Mikroprozessorherstellers zum Halbleiterstandort Dresden und üb
On the rebound, Nortel inks telecom deals
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Showing signs of emerging from a year of turmoil, Nortel Networks Corp. signed several telecom agreements and updated its financial reporting.
Xignal changes strategy, appoints manufacturing exec
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Xignal Technologies AG (Munich, Germany) has appointed Sean Moynagh as director of operations, to accelerate the company's transition from an intellectual property business model to a fabless chip company business model, the company said.
Dresden nano center aims to rival LETI, IMEC
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The Center for Nanoelectronic Technologies (CNT) in Dresden, a collaboration between Advanced Micro Devices Inc., Infineon Technologies AG, and the German Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, is to focus on the development and testing of process technology steps for upcoming semiconductor generations. The three partners expect the CNT to become the German equivalent to other European research centers such as LETI in France or IMEC in Belgium.
Rasende Logikanalysatoren von Tektronix
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Einen mindestens dreimal höheren Datendurchsatz als bisherige Logikanalysatoren bieten zwei neue Mainframe-Modelle von Tektronix. Damit erzielen Anwender eine wesentlich Höhere Produktivität bei den Messaufgaben.
8-bit MCU packs USB-to-serial bridge interface
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Running at 48 MHz, Atmel's newest 8-bit AVR microcontroller IC provides a full-speed USB slave interface, compliant to USB 2.0 specification.
Industrial TFT LCD comes with extended operating temp range
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Optrex America, Inc., has expanded the operating temperature range of its standard industrial TFT-LCD product line to -20° to 70°C. This wide operating temperature range is being implemented now and throughout the third quarter 2005 for its high performance active-matrix digital TFT LCDs in sizes from 6.5 to 15.0-in. diagonal in VGA, SVGA and XGA formats.
Extensible modular data-acq system records to Secure Digital memory cards
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If you're working with industrial instrumentation, data acquisition equipment supplier DATAQ Instruments has some nifty new modular data-acquisition instruments that will interest you. Depending on model, Dataq's latest 14-bit eight-channel instruments either stream data to your PC, or collect data as standalone data loggers, using solid-state memory cards for storage.
Backlights use one LED to illuminate LCDs
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Global Lighting Technologies (GLT), Inc. offers a range of custom LED backlights that use only one white LED to backlight color and monochrome LCD modules for a variety of applications. These single-LED backlights can be custom-designed in sizes from 0.25 to 4.7-in. diagonal.
Intel spreads RosettaNet gospel to SMEs
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When Intel Corp. set out four years ago to streamline its online business transactions using standards defined by RosettaNet, it was surprised to discover that implementing the Partner Interface Processes would require not just a technology ramp, but a complete re-engineering of its business processes.
Outsourcing? Think strategic
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A study by the Center for Strategic Supply Research and consulting firm A.T. Kearney revealed that most companies do not think strategically about outsourcing. Rather, companies are making decisions based on cost reduction or operational goals-objectives that don't necessarily contribute to sustainable competitive advantage.
Avnet stakes out Asia with Memec buy
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Avnet Inc., the largest global electronic components distributor, said in April that it would buy tier-one rival Memec plc, creating a design-chain and supply-chain giant with about $8.6 billion in annual revenue. Electronics Supply & Manufacturing senior editor Crista Souza spoke with Harley Feldberg, president of Avnet's Electronics Marketing/Global unit, about what the merger would mean for the industry. Here are excerpts from the interview:
The Doldrums
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This is not the season for spectacular news in the electronics industry. A confluence of factors is keeping growth in the single digits across most industry sectors, giving manufacturers some breathing room to focus on fine-tuning their operations without having to simultaneously manage hot market expansion or a sharp slide.
The Lean Journey
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Bragging rights to the Shingo Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing don't come easy. Dubbed the Nobel Prize for manufacturers and named after Shigeo Shingo, the father of Lean Manufacturing, the award goes only to a select few each year.
The global view
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Language and culture may differ, but business is universal. Electronics Supply & Manufacturing looks at the threats and opportunities facing three midtier EMS providers from three regions of the world. Plus the 2005
Matsushita claims record with 12.5-Gbit/s VCSEL
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Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. (Osaka, Japan) has developed 850-nm wavelength AlGaAs/GaAs vertical cavity surface emitting laser (VCSEL) capable of modulation at rate for 12.5-Gbit per second data transmission and at an operating current of 8 milliamps, the company said.
Fairchild cuts Q2 guidance as inventory lingers
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Fairchild Semiconductor reduced guidance for second quarter 2005 sales to be flat to down slightly, compared to flat previously as the company seeks to lower distribution inventory.
TDK acquires Hong Kong battery maker
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Japan-based TDK Corp. has acquired Amperex Technology Ltd., a Hong Kong-based supplier of lithium polymer batteries, for $100 million.
New development environment provides simplified SystemC debug
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Summit Design says its new integrated development environment, Vista 1.1, emphasizes simplicity, intuitiveness and ease-of-use.
New power optimization tool includes leakage power estimation
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Claiming an industry first, ChipVision Design Systems has introduced an electronic system-level power optimization solution with leakage power estimation capabilities.
Investment in fabless chip companies increased in Q1, says FSA
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The Fabless Semiconductor Association (FSA) said that 30 deals had closed in the first quarter of 2005 and raised $357.9 million, a 36 percent increase in funding from the previous quarter and a 15 percent increase in the number of deals closed.
Where Are They Calling From?
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With emerging modes of communication, call centers have to rethink how they treat incoming calls.
IP Myths, Call Center Realities
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We help you plot the course to migrate your call center to VoIP.
Q&A: IP Contact Centers in Action
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We find out how Ocwen Financial successfully made the transition to VoIP.
Don't Miss the Mark: Motivation that Works
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There's more to motivating agents than pizza parties and attendance contests. We help you address the underlying issues that affect morale in the call center.
An Agent's Best Point of View
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When you choose displays for your call center, don't just look for the prettiest pictures. We offer guidance about which types of displays are best for presenting information that matters most to agents.
Passionate? Yes. Profitable? Maybe.
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Lior Arussy has written a new book called Passionate & Profitable, which is nothing less than a call to action for call center managers to overturn old ways of thinking about the way they approach the customer. We spoke to him about his book, and how his advice applies in everyday call centers.
What Makes Call Centers Productive?
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When technology is at the service of agents, and not the other way around, then customers are best equipped to recognize the worth of the work agents do.
Case Study: Building A Direct Response Business
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How DR and call center operations become thoroughly dependent on one another, and on technology that supports them.
Carl Zeiss SMT übernimmt Nawotec
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Der Chipausrüster Carl Zeiss SMT übernimmt alle Anteile des Startup-Unternehmens Nawotec GmbH. Damit stärkt Zeiss seine Position bei Anlagen für die Reparatur von Fotomasken.
Tiny receiver features -110 dBm sensitivity for high-volume, low-cost applications
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Targeted at car-alarm key fob, RF module, security, remote control, and remote sensor applications, a new FSK receiver from Maxim has been optimized for industry-leading sensitivity.
Actual semiconductor sales growth at 4.7 percent in April
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April's stall in semiconductor sales was driven largely by major fall in the amount of chips sold into Japan, which in actual terms was the lowest sales since August 2003, according to the SIA's global billings report.
DC/DC reference design comes in handy
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HIPAC Semiconductor's Cougar-4 reference design, based on the company's HPW7095/HPW7095A multi-channel PWM, is a 4-channel DC/DC module suited to one-cell lithium-ion powered barcode readers and similar "handy terminal" applications.
Crusoe geht nach China
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Der bedrängte Prozessorhersteller Transmeta hat Pläne bekannt gegeben, seine Prozessortechnologie Crusoe auf Basis der x86-Architektur an das Hongkonger Unternehmen Culture.com zu veräußern. Der Wert des Deals wird auf 15 Millionen Dollar geschätzt.
Philips to invest $50 million in LCD backlighting plant
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Royal Philips Electronics has announced plans to invest 40 million euro (about $50 million) in backlighting to improve the picture quality of widescreen liquid crystal display televisions and consume less energy.
Bay Microsystems acquires Parama Networks
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Bay Microsystems Inc. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Parama Networks Inc., a fabless semiconductor company specializing in Sonet processing chips.
Datenpfad-Tools schaufeln auf dem Chip Platz frei
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Wer beim Chip-Design mit knappen Platzvorgaben kämpfen muss, kann sich jetzt freuen: Das Startup-Unternehmen Arithmatica bringt jetzt seine ersten EDA-Tools auf den Markt, mit denen Entwickler bis zu 40 Prozent Platz im Chip sparen können.
TPM-Modul erhöht PC-Datensicherheit
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Zum Schutz der auf einem PC oder in einem Netzwerk abgelegten Daten bringt Infineon ein Trusted-Platform-Module (TPM) auf den Markt. Als bisher einziges erfüllt das Teil die Spezifikation 1.2 der Trusted Computing Group (TCG).
Maxim's new dual linear regulator provides scalable current design
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Maxim introduces the MAX8737, a dual, high-power, linear-regulator controller used with external n-channel MOSFETs to generate two independent low-voltage supplies for notebook computers.
AnalogicTech introduces a tri-mode charge pump for high volume cell phone market
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Meeting the demanding cost/performance standards of today's mass market consumer cell phones, AnalogicTech has introduced a high efficiency, low noise, constant frequency charge pump for white LED applications.
Meter measures UMTS RF field strength
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With increasing public concern over the proliferation of 3G mobile phone towers, this UMTS software upgrade for the Narda SRM-3000 selective radiation meter enables it to measure field strength from individual UMTS cells at a shared antenna site.
Elesta extends switching capacity of safety relay by 50%
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The Elesta SGR 282 Z safety relay with 2 forcibly guided change-over contacts according to EN 50205 and has been further improved. Sensitive coils up to 110 V DC with a coil power consumption of approx. 700 mW are now available.
IBM und Chartered setzen auf kompatible 90-nm-Prozesse
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Statt Alleingängen setzen IBM und Chartered Semiconductor beim 90-nm-Node auf Teamwork: Beide Chiphersteller wollen künftig eine lückenlose Design-Portabilität für ihre 90-nm-Fabs anbieten.
Smart card groups join forces in Taiwan
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The MultiMediaCard Association intends to join forces with a Taiwanese memory card alliance.
Malaysia seeks to foster electronics cluster
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Malaysia's Ministry of Trade and Industry has unveiled plans to develop a local electronics industry cluster centered on semiconductor production.
Dresdner Nano-Zentrum verzahnt Forschung und Fertigung
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AMD, Infineon und die Fraunhofer Gesellschaft haben ihr neues 'Center Nanoelektronische Technologien' (CNT) eröffnet. Dort werden Wissenschaftler der drei Beteiligten neue Prozessschritte für künftige Halbleitergenerationen erforschen und erproben.
Manhattan Routing offers hierarchical timing closure
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Manhattan Routing has extended the capability of its Physical Window/Optimization Cockpit timing closure tool to include optimization of hierarchical integrated circuit designs.
Wireless transceiver links devices implanted in humans
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Zarlink introduces the world's first wireless chip designed specifically for in-body communication systems
Upgraded FPGA design tool boosts logic performance by 15%
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The PlanAhead design and analysis tool that supports Virtex-4 platform and Spartan-3 FPGA families has been upgraded with several new features that enable engineers to find and fix problems even earlier in the design process than previous versions. The PlanAhead 7.1 tool's enhancements include metric maps, gate-level floor planning, an intuitive user interface, and improved accuracy of timing analysis.
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