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Piezoelectrics move to nanoscale
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1/31/2005   Post a comment
A team at Central Michigan University (Mount Pleasant) is striving toward a model that will let designers build application-specific piezoelectric semiconductors.
International team boosts thin films
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The United States, Italy and China are cooperating to develop superior thin-film technologies that could endow future devices with properties not possible in today's processing.
Intel grew graphics IC market share in Q4, says analyst
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Intel Corp. saw a 6.2 percent sequential increase in graphics shipments in the fourth quarter of 2004, was the largest supplier of PC graphics devices worldwide, and claimed an increased share of the total graphics market, according to Jon Peddie Research (JPR).
Taiwan tips memory card format
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A technology consortium in Taiwan is putting the finishing touches on a memory card format that it says is twice as speedy as, yet cheaper than, USB 2.0.
Flash forward to smaller cards
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A Taiwanese flash card maker said that it will take the wraps off a new flash memory architecture this March at the CeBit IT exhibition in Hannover, Germany.
S2io is now Neterion
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S2io Inc., which took an early lead in 10-Gbit Ethernet accelerator cards, has gone through a name change to become Neterion Inc. Chief executive Dave Zabrowski said S2io was a trifle too geeky for a company making early plans for an eventual public offering and looking to expand its base in data center 10-Gbit architectures.
Dual strategy for security in silicon
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The debate continues over the best way to solve various security-related problems in silicon. Is a multicore processor that handles multiple functions like encryption, Internet Protocol Security tunnels and the Secure Sockets Layer the best solution?
Design outsourcing: Beware of pitfalls
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There's no question that outsourcing is gaining momentum. But before shipping your design to a third party halfway 'round the world, keep in mind that outsourcing is not always a panacea.
A research report: Design outsourcing
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A research report: Design outsourcing
Sierra Wireless, Qualcomm team on HSDPA designs
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Sierra wireless said Monday (Jan. 31) that it is using Qualcomm's MSM6275 chipset for the development of high-speed data packet access (HSDPA) PC cards.
Mycket snabb A/D-omvandlare i CMOS
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1/31/2005   Post a comment
ADC081000 är en 8 bit A/D-omvandlare som kan samplas med 1 GSa/s och som har 1,8 GHz analog bandbred. Den tillverkas av National Semiconductor i en 0,18 µm CMOS-process och uppnår bättre än 7,5 ENOB (antal användbara bitar), skriver här Bengt Andersson ICU Scandinavia AB.
Immortal Works 105
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Those lucky stiffs. The following readers and their captions were chosen by our august judges as worthy of instant fame. They've raised the bar for all future contributors. Silly fools
Phased-array antennas get MEMS relays
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XCom Wireless Inc. has begun sampling packaged MEMS-based relays and varactors that achieve 18-GHz frequencies, the company said, with Q factors in the 150 range.
Effektiv kanalindelare för FPGA
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1/31/2005   Post a comment
IP-block för FPGA-kretsar gör dem till effektiva decimeringskretsar för kanalindelning i en digital radiomottagare. Genom att inte använda standarkretsar är det möjligt att hantera fler kanaler på en given kiselyta. Tekniken är utvecklad av RF Engines Ltd och beskrivs här av John Lillington, vd och chefstekniker från detta företag som är beläget på Isle of Wight.
Will anyone miss FCC's Powell?
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Pariahs and heroes tend to cast bigger shadows than their real impact would warrant. Michael Powell may be remembered by history as an FCC chairman whose long-term influence didn't stack up to his press releases.
Insecure customer service
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The complaint most heard during the corporate hollowing-out of the 21st century is that companies throughout the manufacturing and service industries have either automated customer-service functions or outsourced them.
IC floor planning moves ahead
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A new approach to IC floor planning is said to reduce wire length while running orders of magnitude faster than previous solutions.
Outsourcing trend proves: Complex by design
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The outsourcing of design engineering has become an increasingly prevalent practice.
India, China exert inexorable pull
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Of the two main destinations for offshore design work, China may get the headlines, but India seems to be garnering the jobs.
Cypress propose à sept clients des échantillons d’une mémoire RAM magnétique
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Silicon Magnetic Systems, une filiale de Cypress Semiconductor Corp. (San Jose, Californie), vient de fournir à certains de ses clients des échantillons dits « alpha » d’une mémoire RAM magnétique (MRAM) de 256 kbits. Dans au moins deux cas, la mémoire a déjà été déployée dans des systèmes.
Taiwan's Realtek has UWB transceiver in CMOS
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Fabless communications chip company Realtek Semiconductor Corp. said it has developed a low-power CMOS transceiver for ultrawideband applications, making it the first company in Taiwan to do so.
Radioscape will Digitalradio ankurbeln
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Einen neuen Anlauf zur Belebung des Markts für digitale Rundfunkempfänger starten die britische Radioscape Ltd und Texas Instruments. Die beiden Unternehmen versuchen damit, einen Milliardenmarkt anzuschieben.
Freescale, Philips, ST add test and packaging to joint R&D
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The three partners in the Crolles2 Alliance — STMicroelectronics, Philips Semiconductor and Freescale Semiconductor Inc. — have added test and packaging development to their joint R&D program at Crolles, France, and plan to set specifications for test and packaging equipment builders to follow.
December's chip sales fell, expect same in Q1, says SIA
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The three-month average of worldwide sales of semiconductors was $18.37 billion in December, down 3.5 percent from the previous month's figure of $19.02 billion, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association. The SIA predicted sales would continue to decline in the first quarter of 2005, by 4 to 6 percent sequentially, and that overall 2005 would be flat with 2004.
SMIC sees Q4 sales rise but sagging ASPs ahead
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China's leading foundry, Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp., said it expects average selling rates to drop up to 13 percent this quarter, as the slow season brings manufacturing capacity utilization down to about 85 percent.
Le groupe Test d’Agilent forme une coentreprise avec une société chinoise
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Agilent Technologies Inc. a annoncé la formation d’une coentreprise entre son unité de test et de mesure et la société chinoise Chengdu Qianfeng Electronics Ltd. Corp. afin de développer et de fabriquer des équipements de test pour le marché chinois.
Cypress bemustert MRAM-Bausteine
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Über ihre Tochter Silicon Magnetic Systems liefert Cypress Semiconductor Alpha-Muster eines nichtflüchtigen Speicherbausteins in MRAM-Technik an ausgewählte Kunden aus.
German ISP goes live with Infinera's photonic transport system
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Optical component and subsystem specialist Infinera has revealed the first customer for its innovative networking system: German ISP freenet has gone live with a network based on the Digital Optical Network system that incorporates Infinera's tightly integrated optical integrated circuits.
SBC's $16-billion deal ends AT&T's independence
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SBC Communications is buying AT&T for $16 billion, creating the largest telecommunications company in the U.S. and ending AT&T's 120-year history as an independent company.
Indien und China rücken bei Software-Entwicklung zusammen
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China und Indien, potentiell Rivalen im weltweiten Outsourcing-Business, wollen ihre Position gegenüber den traditionellen Industrieländern stärken. Als ersten Schritt haben die beiden Länder eine Intensivierung ihrer gegenseitigen Beziehungen in dieser Branche vereinbart.
ST s’engage à devenir une entreprise à émission zéro avant 2010
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Dans son allocution d’adieu lors de la conférence de presse consacrée à l’annonce des résultats financiers de sa société, le PDG de STMicroelectrronics, Pasquale Pistorio, a une nouvelle fois affirmé que ST deviendrait une « entreprise à émission zéro [de gaz à effet de serre] avant 2010 ».
Patented precision signal sources boost clock recovery module's performance
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Agilent Technologies is debuting a multi-rate optical/electrical clock-recovery module for its 86100C Infiniium digital communications analyzer. The new plug-in module performs clock extraction for waveform analysis with continuous, unbanded tuning from 50-Mbis/s out to 13.5-Gbits, with ultra-low residual jitter plus golden PLL operation. After chatting with Agilent, eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn shares his impressions.
International Rectifier upbeat on quarterly results
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International Rectifier chairman, president and CEO Alex Lidow was decidedly thrilled with the performance of his company in the latest quarter. Though down 4 percent from the previous quarter, the company's December quarter revenues were up substantially from last year " driven by production ramps in home appliances and Pentium-based computer equipment. Steve Ohr filed this report.
Pistorio vill få STM grönt till 2010
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1/30/2005   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics avgående CEO Pasquale Pistorio tryckte på igen vid presskonferensen för fjärde kvartalet om företagets mål att bli ett nollutsläppsföretag till 2010.
Market outlook
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1/30/2005   Post a comment
We're only in the first quarter of 2005, but TSMC Chairman Morris Chang and others have already lowered their growth forecasts for the semiconductor industry.
SMIC to pay $175 million to TSMC in suit settlement
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1/30/2005   Post a comment
TSMC has reached a settlement with China's Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC). Under the terms, SMIC will pay TSMC some $175 million to settle the bitter patent and trade secret suit.
Global standard lowers obstacles to RFID's adoption
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1/30/2005   Post a comment
Tracking parts around the world may get a bit easier now that a next-generation radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology has gotten the nod.

With the ratification in December of the UHF Generation 2 RFID tag standard by EPCglobal Inc., an industry organization based in Brussels, Belgium, companies may be more inclined to adopt the technology and integrate RFID into their supply chain infrastructures, industry observers said.
Made In India
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1/30/2005   Post a comment
India conjures up a factory manager's worst nightmare. Bottlenecked ports. Power outages. Tough labor laws. Endless red tape. Bribe-seeking officials.
Load switch provides a slew of advantages
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1/29/2005   Post a comment
Advanced Analogic Technologies' AAT4280A family of p-channel MOSFET devices features flexible turn-on and turn-off characteristics—from very fast to slew-rate limited—for high-side load-switching in portable device applications. "As portable system processors and chipsets continue to push operating voltages lower with each new generation, they need load switches capable of supporting lower voltages," said Kin Shum, director of Strategic Marketing. "By integrating slew-rate control, sup
U.S. to review IBM-Lenovo sale
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1/29/2005   Post a comment
The U.S. House of Representatives has thrown a potential monkey wrench into the $1.25 billion sale of IBM's Personal Computer Division to China's Lenovo Group.
Ex-AMD exec joins MIPS board
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MIPS Technologies Inc. has added a former Advanced Micro Devices Inc. executive to its board of directors.
ST pledges to become zero-emission manufacturer by 2010
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1/28/2005   Post a comment
STMicroelectrronics' retiring CEO Pasquale Pistorio reaffirmed the company's pledge to eliminate all its greenhouse gas emissions by 2010.
Fujitsu's sales falls 2% due to IC, LCD slump
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1/28/2005   Post a comment
Following a slump within its chip and LCD businesses, Japan's Fujitsu Ltd. reported consolidated net sales of 1,043.6 billion yen ($10.133 billion) for the third quarter of fiscal 2004, a decline of 2.3 percent compared to the same period in the previous fiscal year.
POLs pack power punch
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1/28/2005   Post a comment
Artesyn Technologies' ultracompact SIL30E and SMT30E point-of-load (POL) converter modules deliver up to 30 amps at 0.8 to 3.63 volts for densely packed ASICs, network processor and DSP applications. That's 75 percent more current than provided by comparably sized products, according to the company. The two-phase, 2-MHz synchronous buck converters, for use in distributed power architectures with an 8-14 volt intermediate bus, are fully compatible with similar products from members of the Point-O
SEMI names new exec to expand nanotechnology focus
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1/28/2005   Post a comment
Global semiconductor industry association SEMI announced Friday (Jan. 28) that Lubab L. Sheet has been named senior director of nanotechnology and will spearhead the association's expanded efforts to clarify and exploit new technology and market opportunities for the organization's global membership.
ASICs face stiffening competition from ASSPs, says analyst
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1/28/2005   Post a comment
Although structured ASICs are helping designers shorten turn-around time and lower NRE costs for system-on-chip LSIs, ASSPs will emerge as the long-term solution for a wider range of core silicon, according to an analyst for iSuppli Japan.
Analyst's Couch: Novellus sees 2H momentum
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1/28/2005   Post a comment
Novellus Systems Inc. predicts that the bottom of the current order cycle will occur in the first quarter of 2005, with some momentum seen in the second half of the year.
Canon's IC-equipment unit shows sales gain in Q4
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1/28/2005   Post a comment
Despite missing its scanner shipment projections, Canon Inc.'s chip-equipment unit posted an operating profit of 3.4 billion yen ($33.1 million) in the fourth quarter of 2004, compared to a loss of 6.8 billion yen ($65.7 million) in the like period a year ago.
ARM aloft
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1/28/2005   Post a comment
Processor core licensor ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England), led by chief executive Warren East, announced its fourth quarter and full year financial results and provide extra detail, including tipping work on a top-line processor called "Serval-E".
Littelfuse cuts jobs, takes $3.5 million charge
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Littelfuse Inc. announced Friday (Jan. 28) it has made an undisclosed number of job cuts in its manufacturing, selling, administrative and other overhead functions in response to a recent sales slowdown.
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