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Sun, HP square off over real-time Java spec
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10/31/1998   Post a comment
The battle between Hewlett-Packard Co. and Sun Microsystems Inc. for control of real-time Java will break into open warfare next week at the Embedded Systems Conference. The fracas comes amid an important technical leap forward, with demonstrations of real-time Java applications running on multiple CPUs and operating systems scheduled for the show.
China has designs on local IP prowess
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The essential underpinnings of a world-class electronics industry are emerging in China, driven by a huge consumer market and an insatiable hunger for technical know-how. Market-oriented government leaders and a new cadre of technocrats here hope to forge an indigenous design capability that would complement the nation's growing consumer-electronics industry and allow it to create and hold the intellectual property that is the coin of the realm in the Information Age.
IP issues complicate joint ventures in China
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Between the lines of China's growing list of joint ventures with foreign high-tech partners is a growing unease about how the inevitable intellectual-property issues will be sorted out. Many foreign executives here and in Japan said few, if any, IP issues have been resolved with their Chinese partners. At the same time, most of the joint ventures are proving expensive, and many are unprofitable.
Synopsys launches $40M venture fund
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10/30/1998   Post a comment
In an effort to accelerate system-on-a-chip technology, Synopsys Inc. has announced a venture capital fund aimed at emerging intellectual property (IP), EDA, and design services providers.
TTI Plus hits the e-waves
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ST's SOC goes after non-PC apps
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Micron's next move: Graphics
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Intel adds to embedded lineup
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Flip-chip packaging standard set
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Index merely edges up
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Circuit Semantics Secures Venture Funding to AccelerateDevelopment of Products Based on Boolean AnalysisTechnology
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San Jose--Oct. 29, 1998--Circuit Semantics, Inc. (San Jose) announcedthat it has received venture financing from Venglobal Capital Fund, L.P.(Santa Clara, Calif.). Venglobal's ...
LSI Logic Completes USB Coreware Family with New Host and Hub Cores
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Milpitas, Calif.--Oct. 27, 1998--Two highly-configurable cores that enable designers to create system-level ASICs with the industry-standard universal system bus (USB) interface ...
3Dlabs Reports Third Quarter 1998 Results
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Hamilton, Bermuda--Oct. 28, 1998--3Dlabs, Inc. Ltd.announced unaudited financial results for thethird quarter ended September 30, 1998.Total revenues for the quarter ...
Korean IC industry looks to diversify as slump deepens
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South Korea's struggling semiconductor industry is looking to diversify away from memory devices as a way to break out of its prolonged slump.
VLSI will let cache cores be customized
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Indicating a trend toward soft cores in the system-on-a-chip era, VLSI Technology Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) plans to give customers the ability to customize cache memory for ARM microprocessor cores.
Supercomputer network to trace defects in solids
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Cornell Theory Center has put together a multi-supercomputer system aimed at discovering how defects form and propagate through solids.
Mentor Graphics' Margins, Bookings Improve
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Company reports earnings of 12 cents a share in the third quarter on revenue of $117.9 million, up from 3 cents a share in the same period of 1997.
BGA packaging comes to logic devices
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The first logic devices to use ball-grid-array packaging will appear before the end of the year, it was announced here today. Three chip makers--Texas Instruments Inc., Integrated Device Technology Inc., and Philips Semiconductors--have jointly decided to source several logic devices with the same functionality and pin-outs in low-profile, fine-pitch ball grid array (LFBGA) packaging.
Tower to partner for 0.25-micron technology
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Tower Semiconductor Ltd. is currently in discussions with potential partners to obtain access to 0.25-micron semiconductor manufacturing capabilities, an executive said here today. The move will allow the Israel-based foundry to gain ground, as it is one of the last foundries to offer production services at that level, while some of the major foundries are expected to roll out 0.18-micron capabilities in the near-future.
Mitsubishi restructures electronics operations
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In what it described as a nationwide housekeeping effort, Mitsubishi Electric Corp. is flattening out its overseas operations by dismantling its U.S. holding company and consolidating several electronics subsidiaries.
PC buyers won't wait for Katmai CPU
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Virtual Component Exchange draws mixed reviews
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The Virtual Component Exchange (VCX), launched this week at the IP98-Europe conference and exhibition, has met with a mixed response among semiconductor companies and providers of intellectual property.
Microsoft joins cable industry in DTV 'must-carry' fight
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As digital TV hits the airwaves next week, attention is turning in earnest to DTV's next big regulatory hurdle: whether cable operators will be required to carry new digital broadcast channels on their systems.
Oak Reports $14M Loss As New CFO Comes Aboard
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Robert Hersh is going to have a lot to contend with, knowing the company's revenue has declined 54 percent from the same period last year.
Cirrus Logic Spins Out Networking Group
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Under terms of agreement, new group will acquire portfolio of Cirrus' networking products, which Basis will continue to manufacture and support.
Zoran preps single-chip digital camera
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10/29/1998   Post a comment
To keep a share of the market it helped nurture, Zoran Corp. introduced a highly integrated digital still camera-on-a-chip on Monday (Oct. 26).
Sun looks to drive voice-capable apps with Java Speech API
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Looking to remove a barrier to bringing speech technology to the mainstream, Sun Microsystems Inc. this week announced availability of Java Speech API, a platform-independent standard for speech technology.
Silicon Valley wealthy called stingy givers
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10/29/1998   Post a comment
Is the home of the nation's most expensive homes, newly optioned technical millionaires and six-figure engineering salaries a place for skinflints when it comes to philanthropy? Are the Valley's tax-deductible donations of hardware and software selfishly motivated to get engineering students working with a company's products and possibly breed a few more engineers?
STMicro's PC-on-a-chip targets industrial terminals
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STMicroelectronics has introduced an "industrial" version of STPC, its X86 PC-on-a-chip.
EE charts tough ASIC design course
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In India, where people don't take for granted things like public utilities, Ravindra Kumar has enough to do designing the electronic circuits that will help keep the country's water clean and its electrical power running uninterrupted. But as the indefatigable assistant director of India's Electronics Research and Development Center, he also makes the time to woo foundry partners seeking to offer design services, as well as foreign manufacturers that might not otherwise have considered using ASI
NTT weighs in with single-chip MPEG-2 encoder
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Anticipating a big demand for MPEG-2 encoders triggered by the advent of digital video recording, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. (NTT) is vying with Matsushita and Sony for a foothold in the market.
Classes train for CCIE certification
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GeoTrain Corp. held its first NetGun class in the United States this week to aid students working for a Cisco-Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) certification.
Oak to acquire Tele Quarz for $65M
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