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Europe again lags in global chip sales
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Sales of semiconductors in Europe for August were $3.21 billion, up 4.4 percent from the $3.08 billion in the corresponding period last year, according to the U.S. Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). European sales again showed the lowest percentage increase both for month-on-month and year-to-year sales.
BenQ Mobile insolvency triggers wave of allegations
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After the BenQ Mobile insolvency, there is a volley of reproaches against Siemens as the former owner of the company. Critics say that the insolvency was intended. Siemens answers back with allegations against BenQ.
Record month maintained chip market growth at 10%, says SIA
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The three-month average of worldwide sales of semiconductors was a record $20.54 billion in August, an increase of 10.5 percent from the $18.59 billion reported in August 2005, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) which cited the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization as its source.
Filtronic warns of losses as it offloads wireless division
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Filtronic plc has warned of operating losses for the coming year following the approval by shareholders last week of the company’s largest division, wireless infrastructure, to Powerwave Technologies Inc.
Imagination extends Intel license, takes cash infusion
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Imagination Technologies Group plc, a struggling licensor of intellectual property related to graphics processors, has extended its licensing agreement with Intel Corp. and announced that Intel Capital, the venture capital arm of Intel, would invest about $10 million.
Flat keyboards offers great design and trademark reliability
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Cherry Electrical Products have released its ultra-flat 16mm keyboard, developed for home-office and business users seeking pleasing, innovative designs and reliable key operation (up to 10 million).
Imagination extends TI deal to cover OMAP3
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Struggling Imagination Technologies Group plc has said that Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) has licensed a PowerVR graphics core under a multiple-use license arrangement.
Automotive Load Driver IC comes in SOI Technology
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Atmel Corp has announced the availability of the new ATA6826 driver IC, the first such product in high-voltage BCD-SOI technology (SMARTISTM) available on the market. The new driver IC provides improved performance, a broad range of protection features, and a very attractive price.
Aculab announces the first VoIP card in PCI Express form factor
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Aculab announces Prosody X PCIe, the industry’s first VoIP media processing platform with PCI Express bus compatibility. The product targets the high volume, SME level VoIP market. Attractively priced, it delivers the lowest cost per voice channel compared to any competitive product available on the market.
Samsung Introduces High Performance SoC for Hybrid Drive
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Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. has developed a new system-on-chip (SoC) solution for its hybrid drive. In the hybrid drive, Samsung's new SoC supports up to 4Gb flash memory as a data buffer. It maximizes the 'disk spindle down' mode and reduces power consumption levels up to 80 percent compared with the conventional HDD
Video crosspoint switch ensures black-level accuracy in composite video ensures black-level accuracy in composite video
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Intersil’s ISL59530 16x16 video crosspoint switch integrates a DC-restore clamp on each video input, achieving consistent black-level accuracy throughout all regions of composite video signals with fewer external components.
Motorola Delivers Broadband Coverage to Multi-Unit Buildings
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Motorola, Inc. has introduced a multi-unit (MU) building broadband solution, Powerline MU, that is the latest addition to the company's MOTOwi4(TM) portfolio. The Powerline MU solution delivers broadband access through a pervasive, existing network -- the building's electrical wiring.
Temperature data logger is thin and flexible
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The KSW-VarioSens® temperature data logger is a semi active RFID transponder in a label format, which measures the temperature with an integrated sensor and records the data by means of the paper thin environmentally friendly battery.
Cable Plugs Target Rugged Fine Pitch Interface Applications
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Samtec Tiger Eye™ contacts are used in new Micro Mate™ discrete wire cable plugs (SFSD Series) to provide cable-to-board solutions for the popular TFM/SFM Series board-to-board interconnect system.
Agilent Test Solution Supports HDMI Standard
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Agilent Technologies Inc. has announced an integrated sink, source and cable test solution for the new High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) 1.3 standard. The system is used for manual and automated HDMI physical-layer compliance tests, as well as for margin-test and characterisation for R&D and manufacturing.
USB 2.0 compliance test solution is based on high-performance digital oscilloscopes
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The Yokogawa busXplorer-USB is a compact USB 2.0 compliance test solution based on the company's DL9240/9240L family of high-performance digital oscilloscopes.
PMC I/O modules offer choice of mezzanine cards
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PMC-LX and PMC-SX modules support a variety of AXM plug-in I/O extension modules to interface different signal types to a user-configurable Xilinx® Virtex-4® FPGA. The powerful Virtex-4 FPGA can process user-defined algorithms and custom logic routines on RS-485 differential, CMOS, or LVDS digital I/O signals depending on the AXM I/O module inserted.
Sun forms governance board around OpenSPARC
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Sun Microsystems has created an independent OpenSPARC governance board charged with setting the direction, and assuring adherence, for the OpenSPARC community.
Serial data analyzer reveals time- and frequency-domain behavior
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Tektronix is rolling out its DSA8200 Digital Serial Analyzer sampling oscilloscope, with remote-sampling electrical modules and software to analyze serial data networks. The time-domain-reflectometry instrument and its array of electro-optical modules are claimed to represent "the most significant performance advancement in TDR test technology in 20 years."
Sigma-delta A/D IP features parameter programmability
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A family of sigma-delta A/D converter cores offered as intellectual property (IP) from Chipidea can be pushed to higher resolution or lower power
Cypress adds mode to USB transceiver
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Cypress has taken its high-speed MoBL-USB TX2 transceiver for mobile handsets and added a mode that allows all input/output (I/O) pins on its UTMI interface to be tri-stated. This MoBL-USB TX2 transceiver, which is optimized for Intel's Monahans processor, allows handsets makers to share baseband or application processor general purpose I/O pins between high-speed USB and other features such as a camera module, GPS or DVB-H.
VIA launches HDTV-ready chipset for embedded market
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VIA Technologies' latest IGP chip set for the VIA C7 and Eden processor platforms integrates graphics, audio, memory, storage and HDTV support all in a single chip design. The VIA CX700M chip set measures just 35-mm X 35-mm, helping designers build smaller products.
Reference Desk
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Gathered below is a compendium of recent stories containing market forecasts and rankings from IC Insights Inc., iSuppli Corp., Gartner Inc., VLSI Research Inc., Semico Research Corp., and The Information Network.
Water cooler
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What's the latest and greatest news heard around the water cooler?
Vendor has new Rx for old problem
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Product data is the lifeblood of electronics distributors and contract manufacturers that deal with a fast flow of products from myriad sources. The bad news is that in the electronics industry, there is no standard way to express all types of product data that supply chain systems can easily understand.
Newark InOne puts focus on design engineers
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Recognized for years as a leading distributor of maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) components, Newark InOne is carving out a presence in the semiconductor market as a way to cover more of the bases for the company's target customers: electronic design engineers.
RoHS: A done deal?
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You would think the deadline for compliance with the European Union environmental directive RoHS is still months away, given the heated discussions in the electronics industry.
Proper IT disposal
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Product data is the lifeblood of electronics distributors and contract manufacturers that deal with a fast flow of products from myriad sources. The bad news is that in the electronics industry, there is no standard way to express all types of product data that supply chain systems can easily understand.
No energy boost
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The Labor Day holiday in the United States heralded some major relief for harried consumers. Energy prices swung sharply lower as the Israeli-Hezbollah fighting died down. Not even continued trouble in Iraq and worries about Iran's nuclear program could stem the slide in oil pricing, helping to quell fears that the heating season would be an expensive one for home owners.
Hidden savings
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Supply chain and logistics executives are under intense pressure to keep domestic transportation costs down in the face of rate increases and fuel surcharges, while keeping customer service levels up in the face of capacity constraints. Proactive transportation leaders are looking for ways to minimize their costs and resources while maximizing the efficiency of inbound freight.
Trolling for chip treasures
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Dreamers. Visionaries. Risk takers. Perhaps even opportunists. A good case could be made for calling venture capitalists any of those names, but only the uninitiated would ever call them reckless. Not all the ventures they invest in pan out, but those that do yield enough gold to keep these hardy folks in business.

Merging Models
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A typical workday for John Blake is filled with an alphabet soup of acronyms and other jargon that might be meaningless to most people outside the electronics industry. As an executive with Eastman Kodak Co. (Rochester, N.Y.), Blake has no problem with people tossing around terms like OEM, EMS, ODM, CEM and so on, as long as the words don't stand in the way of getting the job done.
Speed matters
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In today's hypercompetitive marketplace, survival requires a powerful strategy. But what are the ingredients of a good competitive strategy, and what are the most effective methods for implementing it rapidly to achieve and sustain value?
Your Call Is Not Particularly Important To Us
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What happens when bad corporate planning collides with a too-effective call center? Could be a PR disaster.
Staff Management Trends in 2006
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Snapshots from our industry research reveal variety in training goals, among other surprises.
Return to the Rez: Indian Contact Centers Revisited
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Stockford's column on outsourcing to America Indians got a big response; among the letters, one from the manager of a Canadian Indian call center on a remote British Columbian island.
Speech Recognition Comes of Age
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Like much of the technology used in the call center today, speech recognition tools are no longer on the sometimes thrilling, sometimes intimidating bleeding edge; now it's time to make them work.
The Viability of Virtual Queuing Tools
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Call centers that play the virtual queuing game correctly experience a significant improvement with regard to occupancy -- without frying staff.
DIRECTV Partners With Speech IVR Provider West Corporation
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DIRECTV's touch-tone IVR was maze-like. It was time to begin the conversion to a natural language speech-enabled system.
The Case for Quality Assurance
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A Q&A on QA with Outspoken Expert Lesley Vereen
Quality & Recording Solutions Keep Getting Better
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While there have been improvements in the core elements of quality monitoring suites, even greater benefits can be realized from the newer add-on modules. The rapid payback from some of the newer applications is contributing to the sector's fast growth.
Call Center Tall Tales
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From the long gone days when call centers were the stuff of legend, am old-timer reminisces.
Don't Just Say No
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Why the most effective approach to customer support is to build bridges, rather than roadblocks, between your customers and your company.
Call Center Spotlight: U.S. Cellular Corporation
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How a center stocked its frontline with agents who thrive on customer contact.
Oscilloscope line expands into 2-GHz regime, garners options
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Oscilloscope maker LeCroy introduces three new oscilloscope models that expand the bandwidth of the company's existing scope line-up. New probes, and a unique WaveScan feature give you the ability to locate problems by going beyond hardware triggering, integrating algorithms to continuously scan for unusual behaviors. You get up to 20 search modes, including modes for pulse width, frequency, risetime, runt, duty cycle, and setup/hold.
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