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Miniature crystal suited for wireless applications
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Frequency- control products manufacturer Fox Electronics said its FX325B crystal is the smallest available in the industry for handheld, portable and wireless applications where size and space are critical.
Multichip RF receiver IC is multitalented
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An RF remote-control receiver from Atmel Corp. can be used in keyless-entry, telemetering and security systems.
Fiber-optic transceivers go metro
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Fiber-optic transceiver developers are building datacom and telecom capacity into and around metropolitan-area networks (MANs) with a touch more urgency these days as the IEEE 10-Gigabit Ethernet specification nears final adoption.
Distrib rolls modular H/W platform
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Looking to provide design engineers with a flexible development solution to speed design cycles and lower costs, distributor Nu Horizons Electronics Corp. has rolled out a modular hard-ware development platform that supports a variety of chip device makers and their suppliers. The initial offering features Xilinx's field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs).
Power-measurement IC boasts 0.05-dB optical accuracy
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Norwood, Mass. - A logarithmic converter chip from Analog Devices Inc. offers optical power-measurement accuracy of up to 0.05 dB over an 80-dB optical dynamic range.
Low-power NEC MPU now faster
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The 64-bit VR4181A microprocessor from NEC Electronics Inc. integrates more peripherals and offers more memory than the earlier VR4181 and is said to be significantly faster.
U.S. GDP
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Welsh schools get cash for science
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The Wales Science Year initiative has awarded its first round of grants. Jane Davidson, minister for education and lifelong learning, has given the green light to 68 science projects for young people in Wales.
Itronix looks to cut 80 jobs
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Notebook computer designer and manufacturer Itronix is looking to cut 80 jobs at its European headquarters in Coventry. The plant employs 170 staff.
Nearly half of UK homes are on Net
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The UK has a competitive dial-up Internet access market with a wide range of unmetered and metered services, claims Oftel.
Microtune to expand RF efforts into more broadband applications
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PLANO, Tex. -- In a move to expand its business, Microtune Inc. today announced plans to offer radio-frequency silicon chips and systems solutions for a wide range of commercial and consumer electronics applications in broadband communications, wireless connectivity products and automotive markets.
UMC operating revenues drop 44.2% in 2001
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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Silicon foundry supplier United Microelectronics Corp. today released preliminary results for 2001, showing its net operating revenue dropped 44.2% to NT$64.5 billion ($1.9 billion) compared to NT$115.6 billion ($3.4 billion) in 2000.
Insulation breaks could pave way to nanoscale ICs
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Scientists at HP Labs and UCLA have patented a technique to construct ICs from a grid template that could lead to a simple means of constructing circuits on the nanoscale — 100 times smaller than circuits today.
How to trap two electrons and align their spins
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Spanish researchers have discovered a different quantum phenomenon. The group has determined a method to trap two electrons and align their spins.
GameCube cuts Xbox in half in price war
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Nintendo's GameCube will debut in Europe on 3 May at £150 — half the retail price of Microsoft's much-touted and eagerly anticipated Xbox.
Ultratech cuts loss, says it's preparing for technology-driven recovery
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SAN JOSE -- Ultratech Stepper Inc. today reported an 11.5% sequential drop in net sales to $21.5 million in the fourth quarter compared to $24.3 million in Q3. The lithography supplier posted a net loss of $2.4 million, including one-time charges, compared to a net loss of $26.0 million in the prior quarter.
Symbian secures further funds for 2.5/3G OS development
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Symbian has raised a further $29.3m from its five industrial shareholders, Psion, Nokia, Motorola, Sony/Ericsson and Matsushita. The Cambridge, UK based company, which was spun out of Psion three years ago, said the additional funding would ensure that Symbian can push on and develop the next version of its operating system for mobile handsets and devices.
EDA is set to bounce back in 300mm tool up
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The EDA industry is set for a rebound in sales this year as semiconductor suppliers tool up for 300mm fab capacity at 0.12µm and below, according to Mentor Graphics.
Sony sales boom for a record Christmas
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Sony has reported the largest quarterly sales figure in its history, and revised upwards its projected sales for the year.
Palmisano ersätter Gerstner hos IBM
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Louis Gerstner avgår som CEO hos IBM i mars i år, företagets VD Samuel Palmisano kommer att efterträda honom.
Åter till nuet och verkligheten
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Jag känner mig inte tillfreds med vad som kom ut av den s k framtidsdebatten på Elektronik/EP 2000 som jag berättade om i förra numret och som du kan läsa mer om på sid 13 i tidningen. Orsaken är att den, såsom jag fruktade, till så stor del kom att handla om de stora övergripande, oftast ganska självklara, sakerna.
Tiny contact probe for 500MHz plus ICs
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Osaka-based Sumitomo Electric Industries has developed a contact probe with a 30µm sq tip. It is designed for ICs with pad dimensions of less than 10µm and frequencies of 500MHz and higher.
Carbide at a tenth of the previous cost
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Russian scientists claim to have developed a technique to fabricate silicon carbide at one-tenth the cost of current manufacturing methods.
Updated: Infineon and Hynix reported in collaboration talks
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Ulrich Schmacher, president of Infineon Technologies AG, was quoted in a Japanese newspaper that his firm is discussing a possible strategic alliance with Hynix Semiconductor Inc. to take the form of cooperative development and perhaps some joint manufacturing.
Cahners In-Stat/MDR förutspår ljus framtid
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Cahners In-Stat/MDR förutspår att marknaden för metrooptiska nätverk kommer att växa kraftigt under de närmaste åren. Detta gör marknaden till en av de snabbast växande segmenten vad gäller utrustning inom telekommunikationsbranschen.
Hynix, Infineon in talks about a DRAM alliance, says report
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SEOUL -- After breaking off merger talks with Micron Technology Inc. earlier this week, Korea's Hynix Semiconductor Inc. is now reportedly in discussions about a chip alliance with Germany's Infineon Technologies AG, according to reports from Reuters. The report claimed that Japanese business daily Nihon Keizai Shimbun quoted Infineon Chief Executive Officer Ulrich Schumacher as saying the company was in talks with Hynix about a joint venture and other potential alliances.
PLD design software
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Version 2.0 of the Quartus II design software has been unleashed for the APEX II family of PLDs.
Fiber-optic limiting amp
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The MAX3272 limiting amplifier has been unleashed for fiber-optic designs.
Gigabit Ethernet PMC module
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A dual-channel PMC Gigabit Ethernet PMC module has been released for PICMG 2.16-compliant telecom designs.
M-LVDS data line circuits
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The SN65MLVD20x family of multipoint-LVDS (M-LVDS) receivers provides differential signaling at speeds up to 4200 Mbps between up to 32 devices over typical distances of 30 m.
Managing Differential Delay in SONET Architectures
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Today's SONET network operators covet virtual concatenation capabilities. To answer this call, designers must manage differential delay in system architectures by choosing between SRAMs and SDRAMs.
EDA execs cautiously bask in Wall Street's attention
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While other electronics sectors have struggled, design automation vendors have maintained steady growth over the last 18 months to transform themselves from the dogs to the darlings of Wall Street, according to executives on the Electronic Design Automation Consortium's 2002 CEO Forecast panel Tuesday (Jan. 29).
PolarFab's 8-in. fab goes into production, shows flat growth in 2001
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Silicon foundry PolarFab Inc. here announced that it has begun production in its initial 8-inch wafer fab, as previously expected. The privately-held, pure-play semiconductor foundry also claimed that its sales were $63 million in 2001, roughly flat from 2000. While PolarFab did not release its earnings, the announcements by the foundry company were a major accomplishment, given the current and severe downturn in the IC industry.
Amkor reports loss for quarter and year
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Amkor Technology Inc. reported a net loss of $137 million or 85 cents per share, including amortization charges, in its fourth quarter ended December 31. The loss was $103 million or 63 cents per share before charges, compared to a net income of $41 million or 26 cents per share in the year-ago quarter.
Chip glut will swing to deficit in Q2, firm says
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The chip inventory glut that mired the semiconductor industry in a recession during 2001 looks set to abate during the second quarter, according to market research firm iSuppli Corp.
Panel finds many ways to build a platform
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The meaning and usefulness of platform-based design were discussed in a panel session Tuesday (Jan. 29) at DesignCon.
Tower Semiconductor's loss widens as sales fall
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Tower Semiconductor Ltd., Migdal Haemek, Israel, today announced sales for the fourth quarter were $8.8 million versus $29.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2000, and $9.9 million in the immediately-preceding quarter, ended September 30, 2001.
0.10-micron technology could drive up mask costs to $2 million per set, says TSMC
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SAN JOSE -- While 0.10-micron process technologies will enable the development of new, complex chip designs, there could be an unpleasant surprise in store for IC makers: the cost of the lowly blank photomask for this technology could run a staggering $1.5-to-$2 million per set, warned an executive from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC). In general, the cost of a blank photomask for a 0.13-micron design runs about $650,000 per set right now, said Shang-yi Chiang, senior vice pr
Zilog seeks approval for debt-to-equity swap
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Zilog Inc., San Jose, has begun soliciting approvals of a prepackaged plan of reorganization from the holders of its outstanding notes and preferred stock.
Amkor's Q4 sales jumps 5% over Q3, but Q1 could be sluggish
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CHANDLER, Ariz. -- Amkor Technology Inc. reported sales of $352 million for its fourth quarter ended Dec. 30, up 5% sequentially but down 45% from the like period a year ago. The company also posted a loss of $137 million, or minus $0.85 per share, in the quarter, compared with a profit of $41 million, or $0.26 per share, for Q4 of 2000.
Suppliers' support for Rambus varies
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Samsung says yes. Infineon says no. Elpida says maybe. Such are the mixed messages that DRAM makers are giving on whether they will continue to deliver faster and denser versions of Rambus DRAM.
Hynix allocation move startles DRAM market
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Hynix Semiconductor Inc.'s move on Tuesday placing all its DRAMs on allocation was greeted with some raised eyebrows and skepticism in the industry, but also some concurrence that the memory chip supply is tightening.
TSMC demos first 0.10-micron ICs, plans to move into production in Q3 or Q4 of 2002
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SAN JOSE -- During the DesignCon 2002 conference here today, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) announced that it has demonstrated the first chips, based on its new, leading-edge 0.10-micron (100-nm) process technology. The silicon foundry giant is also accelerating the development of its 0.10-micron technology by moving the process into initial production by the third or fourth quarter of 2002.
RF-tool tweak adds mutual inductance
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The latest version of Sequence Design Inc.'s Columbus RF tool extracts mutual inductance on differential lines, determining coupling effects in communications chips operating at 10 GHz and above.
3Dlabs pushes programmable and embedded graphics
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High-end graphics designer 3Dlabs Inc. Ltd. is driving an effort to enable a new class of programmable graphics processors with an upgraded version of the OpenGL application programming interface in a chip it may introduce later this year.
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