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Bluetooth växer starkt
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Trots problemen att få fram Bluetooth-produkter och trots de tekniska problem som orsakar detta tror marknadsanalytikerna hos Frost & Sullivan att tillväxtpotentialen för Bluetooth fortfarande är stark.
Intergraph files suit against Intel over 64-bit Itanium processor patents
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Intergraph Corp. late today announced that it has filed another suit against Intel Corp., this time charging that Intel's 64-bit Itanium processor technology infringes upon Intergraph's RISC-based MPU patents. Intergraph's suit, filed in the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Texas, claims that Intel has infringed upon two patents that defines key aspects of parallel instruction computing (PIC). Developed by Intergraph's former Advanced Processor Division, the PI
Researchers strive for computer-on-a-chip with MEMS memory
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A microelectromechanical memory now in development could eventually put an entire computer system — CPU, RAM, I/O and hard drive — on a single chip, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University believe.
Components group looks to step out from Matsushita's shadow
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Looking to sweep away the stagnation that's dragged down Matsushita Electronic Components Co. Ltd. for a decade, Kurt Kitadai wants to turn the stodgy subsidiary of Matsushita Electric Industrial into a snarling global competitor by building on its R&D programs and breaking its dependence on its parent.
Demand drops for all but 300-mm wafers
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Despite a marked drop in orders for 200-mm and smaller wafers from Japan's leading chip makers, demand for 300-mm wafers has increased steadily since late last year, according to the Committee of Silicon, an association whose members supply more than 90 percent of the world's wafers.
Infineon chip set targets multi-tenant/multi-dwelling unit networks
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MUNICH -- Infineon Technologies AG today introduced an eight-channel chip set for high-density Ethernet or Digital Subscriber Line Multiplexers (DSLAM) applications based on the company's proprietary 10BaseS technology, which extends Ethernet networks over existing copper-wire infrastructure.
TI and Sun to ship copper-based Sparc processors
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Texas Instruments Inc. and Sun Microsystems Inc. announced Monday that qualification tests on the first copper-interconnect versions of the UltraSparc III microprocessor have been completed and production quantities with 900-MHz clock rates are expected to begin shipping within three months.
Comms recovery seen over next quarter or two
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The consensus among several industry analysts and executives speaking last week at the Robertson Stephens Technology Conference is that the communications market will hit bottom by the next quarter, paving the way for recovery in 2002.
Scientists present study of nation's faulty voting system to policymakers
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About 50 members of the political and scientific communities gathered on Capitol Hill recently to hear faculty from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and California Institute of Technology (Caltech) discuss their joint project to examine the reliability and uniformity of U.S. voting systems.
Agere's manufacturing strategy in doubt
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Facing mounting debt and a sales slump that has nearly idled its chip fabs, Agere Systems Inc. may be forced to take more aggressive measures than slashing head count and consolidating fabs to cut costs, according to analysts last week. But how far is the company willing to go to bring expenses in line with revenue? According to one source, a fabless ASIC strategy is not out of the question.
HP, Actel back reconfigurable SoC contender
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A startup spun off the U.K. branch of Hewlett-Packard Laboratories is commercializing a reconfigurable ALU technology that poses a significant new option in a growing field of reconfigurable and embedded DSP alternatives.
Mobile Pentium III revs to 1.13 GHz; three new chip sets add support
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SAN FRANCISCO -- At a press event here today, Intel Corp. officially rolled out its awaited 0.13-micron Pentium III processor-M series with speeds up to 1.13-GHz at a price of $625 each in quantities of 1,000.
Phase/frequency detectors
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Two ECL three-state phase/frequency detectors have been designed to be used in PLLs...
Intel and TI license ARM for competing wireless offerings
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ARM today announced licensing agreements for its new ARMv6 architecture with Intel Corp. and Texas Instruments Inc., two companies that plan to utilize the microprocessor technology in competing wireless handset implementations.
Microchip forms analog IC division
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Microchip Technology Inc. is putting more muscle behind its "black magic" analog business by forming a separate analog IC division that will also serve to bolster the company's recent push into DSPs.
G8 supports 'digital divide' issues but cuts funds
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The G8 summit in Genoa sought to deal with the 'digital divide' by endorsing an action plan to widen the availability of information and communication technologies in the developing world. But the global leaders failed to vote any new funds to support the plan.
Molecular beam epitaxy produces precise, uniform wafers
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A research group comprising members from a number of UK universities has developed a method that slashes the variation in the behaviour of semiconductor hetrostructure devices made using molecular beam epitaxy
Alcatel back on acquisition trail with Kymata purchase
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Alcatel Optronics has strengthened its line up for passive optical components through the acquisition of Livingston, Scotland based Kymata in an all share deal valued at Euros134m (#82m)
Intel content to let Rambus sink or swim, Barrett says
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Intel Corp. chief executive officer Craig Barrett signaled on Monday (July 30) that he was quite content to let synchronous DRAMs and not Rambus DRAMs serve as the dominant memory in Pentium 4 systems.
Intel move heightens war between Rambus and DDR
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More blows rained down last week in the slugfest between Direct Rambus DRAM and double-data-rate SDRAM, with Intel Corp. clearly in the middle.
Analysis: IT spending much lower than expected
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It never happened. The IT investment boom of 1998 to 2000 has been scaled back significantly in the annual revisions of U.S. gross domestic product.
Alcatel Signs On BCI For Distribution
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BCI will sell the OmniPCX 4400 in the southeastern U.S.
iDial Announces SMS Phone Access Service
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iDial will begin a European sales campaign in August.
Update: Group delays vote on 3GIO support
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A PCI standards organization decided Friday (July 27) to delay a vote on support for a next-generation I/O scheme backed by Intel Corp. until Aug. 3, saying it needed more time to review the spec.
Bluetooth hit by early snags, but market could reach $330 billion by 2006, says analyst
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MOUNTAIN VEIW, Calif. -- Despite delays and technical problems, Bluetooth technology still has strong growth potential--at least in the long term, according to a report from Frost & Sullivan here. The market research firm projects that shipments of Bluetooth-enabled products will jump from 4.2 million units in 2001, to 1.01 billion units by 2006.
Numerical's software speeds migration of design cells to advanced fab processes
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SAN JOSE -- Numerical Technologies Inc. today said it is now offering two new software products that will help ease the task of moving embedded design cores to advanced chip-processing technologies. The company's abraMAP maps existing design cells to new wafer-processing technologies, while the abraKAZAM combines migration and cell-development capabilities.
Investing in the future
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7/30/2001   Post a comment
The President's Fiscal Year 2002 Federal Science and Technology (FY 2002 FS&T) Budget has come as a disappointment to many in the science community. While the proposed budget presents an argument for a notable boost in funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the budget freezes or cuts spending levels at most of the other scientific agencies.
Market Focus: RF, baseband ICs
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The view from the top
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Sony playing to win
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Intel takes up more ARMs
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Intel has extended its existing license agreements to include the next generation ARMv6 architecture as well as providing Intel with the ability to offer specific ARM core design implementations.
Little sunshine in June quarter reports
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Quarterly Results
EMS, though deflated, is no 'bubble industry'
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Wallstreet watch
Driving change at GM
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CMOS prescalar chips sample
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Op amps tune into video apps
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Nonvolatile mass memory can store large databases
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The SVME/DMV-570 flash nonvolatile mass memory module from Dy4 Systems targets applications requiring storage of extensive databases, such as maps or video and satellite imagery.
Computer board touts STD bus migration
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WinSystems has a single-board computer (SBC) for the STD bus that's said to provide an upward migration path for STD systems while maintaining hardware, I/O and software compatibility over an industrial temperature range of -40 degrees C to 85C.
Parallel optical interconnect module ships
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Picolight Inc.'s 32-Gbit/second parallel optical interconnect module features a snap-on ball-grid-array connector for easy integration on the backplane circuit cards of large switches.
Alcatel to acquire Scotland's Kymata for $117.9 million in stock
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LIVINGSTON, Scotland -- Alcatel's Optronics Division today announced it will acquire three-year-old Kymata Ltd. here, a supplier of optical components for Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) transmission applications, for stock valued at 134 million euros ($117.9 million).
64-bit RISC MPU uses superscalar scheme
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NEC Electronics' 64-bit VR5500 MIPS RISC microprocessor is the first in a line of MPUs based on NEC's two-way superscalar VR5500 processor architecture and manufactured on its 0.13-micron process technology. It delivers 600 Mips at 300 MHz.
Alliance Semiconductor is latest memory vendor to join SigmaRAM consortium
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- In a move to expand its efforts in the communications chip arena, Alliance Semiconductor Corp. here today announced that it has joined the SigmaRAM Consortium. Alliance is the latest company to support the SigmaRAM family of synchronous SRAM products for networking and telecommunications applications. Other members of the consortium include GSI Technology, Integrated Silicon Solution Inc., Mitsubishi, Sony, and Toshiba.
ON Semiconductor, Vishay raise the bar on leadless chip packaging
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ON Semiconductor here and Vishay Siliconix (Santa Clara, Calif.) have extended their leadless chip packaging technologies to bring designers power MOSFETs with lower on-resistance, smaller footprints and greatly improved thermal performance.
ATI acquires Appian's desktop software technology for $2 million
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MARKHAM, Ontario -- ATI Technologies Inc. here today announced that it has acquired Appian Graphics Corp.s' desktop management software and technology for $2 million. Under the terms of the agreement, ATI has acquired ownership of Appian's HydraVision desktop management software and related technologies. In addition, ATI has hired several of Appian's employees to develop future enhancements to HydraVision software.
Paxonet rolls out chip series for optical metropolitan networks
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FREMONT, Calif. -- Continuing its new push as a standard products company, Paxonet Communications Inc. here today announced a line of chips that promises to lower the costs of optical networks.
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