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IDT rolls chips to handle data flow management
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FIFO buffers have long been indispensible in controlling the sequential flow of data between two domains.
Two call on superscalar CPUs for handset apps
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Superscalar CPU architectures, in which a single instruction stream feeds multiple parallel execution units, began life in the rarefied world of workstations and servers, then gradually migrated downstream to PCs and very high-performance embedded applications.
Le fondeur TSMC se lance l'année prochaine dans la technologie 0,11 micron
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Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) comblera l'écart entre ses technologies 130 et 90 nanomètres et expédiera des plaquettes reposant sur son nouveau process, non annoncé, de 0,11 micron au premier trimestre de 2004, indique une nouvelle étude de Pacific Crest Securities Inc.
Oracle to support Japanese companies in China
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Software giant Oracle Corp. said it has launched a business unit in Shanghai to service Japanese companies operating in China as part of plans to increase revenue in the region and help improve supply chain efficiencies in the country.
Siemens macht seiner SPS Beine
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Ihr gesamtes CPU-Spektrum für die SPS-Familie Simatic S7-400 hat Siemens Automation and Drives (A&D) deutlich in der Leistung verbessert. Erstmals auf der diesjährigen SPS/IPC/Drives im November in Nürnberg zu sehen, bieten jetzt alle sieben CPUs der Familie die dreifache Verarbeitungs- und doppelte Kommunikationsleistung gegenüber den Vorgängermodellen.
Leiterplattenbranche erlebt Durchhänger
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Die Leiterplattenindustrie profitiert nur unterdurchschnittlich von der Branchenerholung. Im August rutschte das Book-to-Bill-Verhältnis wieder unter die magische Schwelle von 1.
La WSTS revoit à la hausse ses prévisions de croissance du marché des puces pour les 3 ans à venir
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L'organisation World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) a revu à la hausse ses prévisions pour le marché des puces des trois prochaines années, indique l'European Semiconductor Industry Association.
WLAN clock oscillators
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The S1633 and S1634 crystal clock oscillators have been optimized for 802.11a/b/g designs.
Silicon wafer shipments below forecast in 3Q
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SAN JOSE--Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments were lower-than-expected in the third quarter of 2003, due to a decline in deliveries for smaller diameter products and other factors.
LDO integrates PowerOK function
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Cap-free LDOs
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The TPS731xx 150-mA, TPS732xx 250-mA, and TP736xx 400-mA LDOs are ideal low-power comms designs such as PDAs and WLAN cards.
Nanolab soll Bio-Analysen in Echtzeit durchführen
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Bis zu 2000 biotechnische Einzeltests soll ein nanotechnisches System in Echtzeit durchführen, das ein US-Forscherteam zurzeit entwickelt. Dieser "Nanolab-Chip" soll mit seiner höheren Arbeitsgeschwindigkeit und feineren Granularität heutige Mikroarrays für Gen- und Proteinuntersuchungen in den Schatten stellen.
Valeo errichtet F&E-Center in China
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PARIS — Der französische Automobilausrüster Valeo baut ein Technik-Center in Wuhan. Dort will das Unternnhmen elektrische und elektronische Komponenten und Systeme für die europäische und die chinesische Automobilindustrie entwickeln. In dem neuen Technik-Center sollen einmal bis zu 120 Ingenieure und Techniker beschäftigt werden, die sich anfangs auf automobile Beleuchtungssysteme für chinesische Kunden konzentrieren werden. Die neue Einrichtung soll 2004 fertig gestellt sein. "Diese Inv
Résultats satisfaisants pour Alcatel au troisième trimestre 2003
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Belle performance pour le géant français des réseaux Alcatel : pour le troisième trimestre, clos le 30 septembre, sa perte nette a été réduite de 1,35 milliard d'euros à 264 millions d'euros. Réuni cette semaine, le Conseil d'Administration d'Alcatel a étudié et arrêté les comptes du troisième trimestre 2003. Dans l'ensemble, les résultats du groupe sont plutôt satisfaisants. Le résultat opérationnel, tout d'abord, fait montre d'une étonnante progression. Au troisième trimestre, l'équipementier
EMI in Schaltnetzteilen lässt sich reduzieren
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Unkontrollierte HF-Ausstrahlungen und elektromagnetische Störungen (EMI) sind nicht nur schwer zu lokalisieren und zu quantifizieren, sondern sie beeinträchtigen die Funktionen so mancher Elektronikgeräte. Zwei Spezial-ICs können hier die notwendige Vorsorge liefern.
Sequence Design optimiert Chip-Parameter
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Der EDA-Anbieter Sequence Design hat ein Patent für eine verbindungsorientierte IC-Optimierung erhalten. Diese Technologie ist im PhysicalStudio des Unternehmens integriert. Das PhysicalStudio bietet die Funktionen Analyse und Optimierung für Timing, Signalintegrität, die Leckstrom und Spannungsabfall.
Trolltech expands Qtopia platform to mobile phones
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Multiplatform software developer Trolltech AS (Oslo, Norway) has revealed that the fist company to use its Qtopia Phone Linux-based application platform for mobile phones will be Foxconn, one of the largest original design houses in Taiwan. The platform will be generally available in the first quarter of 2004 and the Foxcomm Smartphone will start appearing in the Chinese market at the same time.
Intel : utilisation de capteurs sans fil pour la maintenance de l'équipement de production des puces
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Dans le cadre d'un effort susceptible, à terme, de réduire de plusieurs millions de dollars ses coûts en termes de production de puces, Intel Corp. prévoit d'utiliser sa technologie de capteurs sans fil au sein de ses propres usines en vue d'une nouvelle application : la maintenance de l'équipement servant à la fabrication de semi-conducteurs.
La nanotechnologie au service de tests cellulaires en temps réel au niveau moléculaire
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Sept chercheurs ont recours à la nanotechnologie afin de mettre au point un dispositif qui, à terme, pourrait réaliser 2 000 tests en temps réel sur des cellules biologiques. Cette puce, appelée « nanolab » pourrait révolutionner les microréseaux actuels de gènes et de protéines et créer un dispositif beaucoup plus rapide et granulaire que les dispositifs actuels utilisés pour le diagnostic précoce et l'évaluation
Upturn reveals changed playing field
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Finally, after one of the longest downturns in the industry, we are experiencing the upturn.
Prime-time product news
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Technology and publishing have coalesced at points in history to bring vast advancements in information distribution. Gutenberg.
Open Core Protocol group snags Cadence
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Claiming a significant win for the system-on-chip (SoC) standards organization, the Open Core Protocol International Partnership (OCP-IP) has welcomed Cadence Design Systems into its ranks.
Bust to boom?
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The outlook for ICs went from bust to boom, as the WSTS raised its chip forecast for the next three years. And the improving economy and IC growth are also expected to boost fab construction activity in 2004, said analyst George Burns of Strategic Marketing Associates.
Casio develops time to set wrist camera
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Chester Gould's Dick Tracy Watch is on the horizon. The ever-shrinking world of electronics brings imaging to your wrist in the form of the Casio Wrist Camera.
New measure of success cited for statistical prediction
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Renewed scrutiny of a statistical technique used by British intelligence to decode German military communications during World War II has opened new avenues in statistical prediction that researchers say could improve machine-learning software.
Nanosprings breakthrough shrinks size of sensors
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Quantum dots, nanowires and other nanoscale structures populate the frontier of semiconductor research, collectively aimed at downsizing chip components to the molecular scale.
Mixed-signal needs fast simulation
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Complicated mixed-signal design verification requires high throughput simulation. Unfortunately, mixed-signal simulators that combine Spice and logic simulation capabilities often are too slow and too expensive for mixed-signal design verification.
Intel, TI discuss strained-engineering techniques
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Intel Corp. and Texas Instruments Inc. process engineers are opening up about how they have strained-literally-to boost the performance of 90-nanometer silicon at only a marginal increase in process cost.
EDA execs expect to see revenue growth in '04
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Electronic design automation executives predicted that the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for EDA revenue would decline by 3 percent from 2002 to 2003 and would grow by 7 percent from 2003 to 2004, according to an EDA Consortium survey of CEOs.
Startup's tool will tackle co-design
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With a goal of helping systems-on-chip architects and designers make sound decisions, startup CoFluent Design (Nantes, France) is gearing up to sell CoFluent Studio, a functional and architectural design tool. It helps define a hardware/software architecture, and it generates C code and synthesizable VHDL.
Samsung breaks ground on advanced TFT-LCD plant
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Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. said it has started construction work at a site where it plans to manufacture seventh-generation TFT-LCD display panels as part of an agreement with Japan's Sony Corp.
Marine security seen as emerging electronics market
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New marine security initiatives created in the wake of the terrorists attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, have begun to spill over to the electronics sector where spending from the $47 billion budget of the Department of Homeland Security is helping to drive technological advances into what used to be a low-tech industry.
Will your chip design stay here?
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Recently, we've run some articles about expanding chip design activity in China and India.
UWB chip developer Artimi gets funds
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Artimi Ltd., a startup developing chips for ultrawideband applications, has obtained more than $1 million in a private investor round that it will use to develop a standards-compliant chip set.
Harvesting energy fuels wireless nets
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In an effort to extend the battery life of wireless sensor networks, Millennial Net Inc. has paired its i-Bean wireless technology with the "energy harvesting" technology of startup Ferro Solutions Inc.
Update: Avnet posts wider fiscal 1Q loss but sales rise
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Avnet Inc. reported a wider loss for its fiscal 2004 first quarter despite recording a double-digit jump in sales as charges related to the consolidation of business units and other cost-cutting expenses took a chunk out of the distributor's income.
IBM expands foundry efforts, debuts wireless processes
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IBM Corp.'s Microelectronics Division is expanding its foundry business, offering a trio of new processes for the exploding wireless market.
Power-One meets guidance but records loss
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Power-One Inc. reported a net loss for the third quarter of $3.6 million, or 4 cents per share on sales of $63.7 million, compared to a net loss of $198.5 million, or $2.45 per share on sales of $60.0 million in the third quarter of 2002.
Marine security seen as emerging electronics market
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New marine security initiatives created in the wake of the terrorists attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, have begun to spill over to the electronics sector where spending from the $47 billion budget of the Department of Homeland Security is helping to drive technological advances into what's heretofore been a decidedly low-tech industry.
The Most Important Person In Your Company
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In these days of empowered employees, it's politically correct to articulate that every person in a company is highly significant, sharing responsibility to pursue the company's goals. It's understood that every individual's actions is important. Nonetheless, experience shows that there's one position in particular that's more important than all the rest. Who is that person?
GlobespanVirata's Q3 sales jump 33% over Q2
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Communications-chip maker GlobespanVirata Inc. reported net revenues of $98.8 million for the third quarter of 2003, a 109 percent increase from net revenues of $47.4 million in the third quarter 2002, and a 33 percent sequential increase from net revenues of $74.8 million in the second quarter of 2003.
Formal tool verifies Amba bus protocol
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Promising a fast, exhaustive check of interface designs using the Amba AHB bus protocol, ARM Ltd. and Averant Inc. have announced the SolidAHB static functional verification tool.
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