Acacia Networks files for bankruptcy News & Analysis 10/28/1998 Post a comment The glut that's led to the price commoditization of Layer 2 and 3 switching systems has claimed its first victim, as startup Acacia Networks Inc. has folded shop. The company's switchboard and Web site were closed by this past Monday (Oct. 26).
Rockwell angles for a share of Japan's CTI market News & Analysis 10/28/1998 Post a comment Rockwell International's Electronic Commerce division badly wants a piece of Japan's growing market for computer/telephony-integration (CTI) equipment. To get it, Rockwell recruited a management team from a rival Lucent Technologies division here, planned a public announcement before it receiving governmental approval to sell in Japan, and has prepared systems for shipment before finishing the conversion of its interface software to Japanese.
Bastani sees life beyond GaAs for Anadigics News & Analysis 10/28/1998 Post a comment Anadigics Inc., which has grown from zero to nearly $100 million in revenue on the strength of gallium arsenide (GaAs) circuits, will branch out of the high-speed technology as it tries to grow to $500 million in sales, according to its new president.
Microsoft leads effort for data-acquisition API News & Analysis 10/28/1998 Post a comment Microsoft Corp. and six vendors of PC-based data-acquisition hardware and software products have joined forces to develop a data-acquisition API that will eliminate the burden of writing drivers to couple specific data-acquisition boards with a particular software package.
Palmchip offers controller core, design kit News & Analysis 10/28/1998 Post a comment Palmchip Corp. is adding a configurable memory controller to its roster of synthesizable IP cores. The company also has developed what it claims is the first-ever hardware design kit for systems-on-a-chip.
ITU actions push ADSL, HDSL forward News & Analysis 10/28/1998 Post a comment Two weeks of hard work in mid-October have led to a full determination of international standards for asymmetric digital-subscriber-line service, and to a final approval for high-bit-rate DSL and a task-group assignment for HDSL-2. The International Telecommunications Union's telecommunications group (ITU-T) approved the splitterless, "G.lite" ADSL as G.992.2, augmenting the G.992.1, or G.dmt, standard for full-rate ADSL.
Digital camera makers back direct print format News & Analysis 10/28/1998 Post a comment A quartet of camera makers is taking steps to establish the platform for direct printing of digital still-camera pictures. Canon, Eastman Kodak, Fuji and Matsushita have proposed a scheme called DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) as a format for digital printing using removable media such as CompactFlash, SmartMedia, PCMCIA cards, and floppy and magneto-optical disks.
Move is on for parameterized cores News & Analysis 10/28/1998 Post a comment The IP98-Europe conference and exhibition held here this week witnessed one discernible trend, that of an increased offering of parameterized IP cores and associated compiler software as a way to help engineers move up system-level design.
Hitachi ports speech engine to SH-4 processor News & Analysis 10/27/1998 Post a comment Hitachi Ltd. and Lernout & Hauspie, a speech-technology company, have extended a porting arrangement to apply L&H's latest generation of automatic-speech-recognition (ASR) and text-to-speech (TTS) technologies to Hitachi's SH-4 Super RISC processor.
Flomerics' Web-based add-on aids thermal analysis News & Analysis 10/27/1998 Post a comment Flomerics Ltd., a supplier of thermal-analysis software based on computational fluid dynamics, is introducing a Web-based add-on tool for its Flotherm product that will help IC packaging engineers reduce modeling times, the company said.
Linux inventor assesses future of open-source software News & Analysis 10/27/1998 Post a comment Linus Torvalds is rapidly becoming an influential figure in Silicon Valley. The Linux operating system he created continues to gain attention, and Torvalds now working at the enigmatic Transmeta Corp. finds himself guest-speaking at conferences or fielding questions from the mainstream media.
Intel and PBS set to test enhanced DTV News & Analysis 10/27/1998 Post a comment Intel Corp. and Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) will get a glimpse of the potential future for interactive digital-TV broadcasts on Nov. 10 and 11, when PBS airs a documentary about Frank Lloyd Wright in digital TV signals in six U.S. cities.
Brophy to lead OVI News & Analysis 10/27/1998 Post a comment Dennis Brophy, standards program manager at Mentor Graphics Corp. (Beaverton, Ore.), has been elected chairman of Open Verilog International (OVI), an industry organization that promotes the use of the Verilog language.
Quickturn speeds cycle-based simulator tool News & Analysis 10/26/1998 Post a comment Quickturn Design Systems Inc. has introduced a new version of its SpeedSim Verilog cycle-based simulator with enhanced performance and more support for multiple clock domains. The idea is to appeal to new users creating complex chip designs.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.