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Notebook computer shipments increase while PC shipments drop
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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- While the overall number of PC shipments suffered a 1% decline in the second quarter of 2002 compared with a year before, the mobile PC subset of the PC market grew 6.1%, according to preliminary results from market research firm Dataquest.
Motorola doles out pain at Swindon
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Motorola is axing 400 jobs at its Swindon facility. The losses form part of 7000 global cuts announced last month.
Puttnam committee recommends further research on spectrum trading
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Lord Puttnam's joint committee on the draft communications bill wants the government and MPs to spend more time looking at the issue of spectrum trading.
2.4 GHz amplifier module
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The model 5302015 amplifier module spans the 2.4 to 2.5 GHz band, making it a nice fit for unlicensed wireless systems.
512-macrocell CPLD
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The EPM3512A is a 3.3-V CPLD that delivers 512 macrocells, making it a nice fit for communication apps.
3G ATM net processor board
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The iNAV 4000 network processor board is aimed at ATM-based 3G wireless infrastructure designs.
Number of WLAN implementations doubled in a year, says report
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BOSTON, Mass. -- The number of WLAN implementations has doubled over the past year while wide-area wireless data initiatives have stagnated, according to a report from market research company The Yankee Group.
Single RF Chip Combines 802.11a with b
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The EN303 is a single-chip RF front end that integrates the radio functions for both IEEE 802.11a and 802.11b wireless LANs and complies with the current components of the 802.11g draft standard.
UWB Chip Set Meets FCC Spectral Mask
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The XSI100 Trinity ultrawideband (UWB) radio four-chip set for personal-area networking offers 100-Mbit/second data rates.
18-Mbit CAM takes less than 6 W, eyes OC-48, -192
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The SiberCAM Ultra-18M, a low-power, 18-Mbit content-addressable memory for packet-forwarding and classification coprocessing applications, consumes less than 6 watts and targets OC-48 and OC-192 applications.
Network controllers work with MIPS or PowerPC
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Designed to work with MIPS and PowerPC processors, the Discovery II family of system controllers targets networking equipment applications.
Transceiver operates at 622 Mbits/s or 2.4 Gbits/s
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The M27218 octal SkyRail transceiver can operate at both 622 Mbits/second and 2.4888 Gbits/s.
Processor terminates disparate networks
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Engineered for OC-12 applications such as add/drop multiplexer, access switches, digital loop carriers and MTUs, the POP-12 path overhead processor integrates VC-3/VC-4 path overhead processing, AU-3/AU-4 pointer processing and retiming, and AU-3/AU-4 cross-connects.
80-Msample/s A/D has 75-dB spurious-free range
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Engineered for 2.5- and third-generation wireless basestation designs, the ADS5410 12-bit, 80-Msample/second analog-to-digital converter delivers a 75-dB spurious-free dynamic range at 100 MHz and maintains input signal integrity beyond 200 MHz IF.
Processor interfaces DSPs to high-speed converters
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The 80-Msample/second AD6634 receive-signal processor serves as the interface between the DSP and high-speed converter in multicarrier transceiver designs employed in cellular basestations.
Questioning the Logic of Reconfigurable
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Some emerging silicon vendors are making reconfigurable computing another option for the design/development of communications systems.
What's in a Signature?
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A couple of fairly important things happened in recent weeks, almost in parallel. First, WorldCom's woes came to a spectacular head befitting its meteoric rise through the '90s. Second, I rewrote the signature at the bottom of this column.
Class action suit brought against HPL
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NEW YORK -- The law firm of Wechsler Harwood Halebian & Feffer LLP, has started a "class action" in the U.S. district court for the Northern District of California on behalf of purchasers of HPL Technologies Inc. securities between July 31, 2001 and July 18, 2002. The action has been brought, against design for manufacture design-services and tools company HPL and certain of its officers.
Tvia acts to reduce costs
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Tvia Inc., a developer of semiconductor and software products to present multiple media streams on one or more displays, has decided to implement a "reduction-in-force" of about 15% China and 25% in the U.S. Numbers of staff effected were not given out.
Memscap sales down in transition
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GRENOBLE, France -- Sales at Memscap SA, the micro-electromechanical systems developer and manufacturer, in the first half of 2002 more than halved compared with the half-year a year previously. The company is bringing up its first major wafer fab at nearby Bernin and said it expects the second half of 2002 to improve but for the company to remain loss-making.
JDS sells Cronos to French MEMS maker
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GRENOBLE, France -- Memscap SA, one of the pioneers of the micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), has agreed to buy the Cronos business unit from JDS Uniphase Inc. As part of the agreement, JDS Uniphase is committing buy MEMS products exclusively from Memscap for at least three years following the close of the deal.
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