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Bull rides European outsourcing wave
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11/28/1998   Post a comment
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Sony sees robotic pets as next consumer gold mine
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11/27/1998   Post a comment
Just as a dog is a man's best friend, for Toshi Doi an "entertainment robot" is more than a pet project. The corporate vice president of Sony Corp. says he is "creating a new industry" out of electronic dogs and cats, toys that he sees serving as both a technology playground and, potentially, as a platform for 21st century consumer electronics.
Analysis: Intel regroups to strengthen StrongARM
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11/27/1998   Post a comment
After a year of uncertainty, the embedded StrongARM processor has found a home with its new parent, Intel Corp., which is scheduled to have its first home-grown version of the processor ready by the second half of 1999.
HP's mentoring project grows international in size
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11/27/1998   Post a comment
When Nancy Merchant's high-school-level CAD students at Sabin Skills Center in the North Clackamas School District wanted to develop a new product, they turned to a mentor from Hewlett-Packard Co.'s New Product Introduction Group.
ICE forecasts flat semiconductor market for 1999
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11/27/1998   Post a comment
There will be virtually no semiconductor revenue growth for 1999, according to the just-released Status 1999 forecast report by Integrated Circuit Engineering Corp. ICE estimates worldwide total semiconductor sales will remain flat at $120 billion to $121 billion for both 1998 and 1999.
Top PC makers withhold support from Intel I/O scheme
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11/25/1998   Post a comment
Citing concerns about Intel Corp.'s approach to open standards, three top PC server makers are refusing to endorse an Intel effort to define a next-generation computer I/O architecture.
Open-source movements get behind GNU EDA tools
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11/25/1998   Post a comment
The open-source software movement is bearing its first fruits in the EDA world, where several individuals and companies are offering tools under the Free Software Foundation's GNU Public License (GPL). Such software can be freely used, modified and distributed, bypassing the high price tags for commercial EDA tools.
Mentor pushes Celaro emulator to the system level
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11/25/1998   Post a comment
Meta Systems, the French company acquired in 1996 by Mentor Graphics Corp. for its emulation technology, has introduced its largest emulator yet — the Celaro Super-C.
Dale Paulin Joins OrCAD as Director of Corporate Marketing
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11/25/1998   Post a comment
Beaverton, Ore.--Nov. 24, 1998--OrCAD (Beaverton) announced that Dale Paulin has joined the company as director of corporate marketing. OrCAD is the leading supplier of Windows ...
PRI Will Buy Promis
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11/25/1998   Post a comment
The acquisition is part of an effort to expand its role in wafer-fab automation.
Nasdaq To Review Aspec Listing
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11/25/1998   Post a comment
The design automation supplier has failed to meet public filing requirements.
Seeq picks Panda's VSPA over plastic BGA package
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11/25/1998   Post a comment
Seeq Technology Inc. has opted to use a high-contact plastic quad-flat pack (PQFP) from The Panda Project Inc. to house its new 10/100 Fast Ethernet series of Octal PHY Transceivers.
Analog Devices taking long hard look at analog and DSP strategies
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11/25/1998   Post a comment
Analog Devices Inc., which has been hurt by poor market conditions and weakness in several product areas, is reviewing its DSP and analog chip strategies.
Nippon Signal brings compact laser scanner to light
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11/25/1998   Post a comment
Nippon Signal Co. Ltd. has brought blue and violet lasers closer to the broad commercial viability that has eluded them by perfecting an indispensable counterpart to the laser: a mirror that reflects the laser beam in the desired direction. Using monocrystalline silicon micro-optical technology, the company claims to have achieved a laser scanner that has less than one-tenth the bulk and less than one-hundredth the power consumption of some existing devices.
MPEG-4 project in Europe achieves wavelet silicon
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11/25/1998   Post a comment
An MPEG-4 multimedia research program at the Interuniversities Microelectronics Center (IMEC) has achieved working silicon on a wavelet-compression-based visual texture-coding chip. Called Ozone, the chip could become a key intellectual-property (IP) core for third-generation mobile terminals.
Analysis: AOL-Netscape-Sun trio widens Net's reach
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11/25/1998   Post a comment
AOL wants to become both a corporate logo and a household word.
PC makers delay move to DVD-ROM
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AMD advises K6-2 buyers of Windows 95 glitch
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11/25/1998   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. is advising buyers of a compatibility problem between the latest versions of its K6-2 microprocessors and some versions of Windows 95.
Koreans to boost DRAM output, raising industry fears
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11/25/1998   Post a comment
After months of cutting back DRAM production, South Korean chip makers are suddenly hiking 64-Mbit output to record levels, leaving rivals to wonder if the increase will disrupt a new and precarious period of pricing stability.
Micro Linear power controller supports UL safety requirement
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11/25/1998   Post a comment
The ML4827 controller for power-factor-corrected (PFC), switched-mode power supplies released today (Nov. 25) by Micro Linear Corp. includes circuitry to provide conformance to the safety requirements of UL1950. UL1950 requires that no unsafe condition may result from the failure of any single circuit component in a system.
Test your DRAM IQ
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11/25/1998   Post a comment
Bull rides European outsourcing wave
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Avnet: The worst is behind us
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Digital-TV patent pool draws fire in Europe
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11/24/1998   Post a comment
As European broadcasters this month begin airing terrestrial digital-TV signals, the issue of intellectual-property rights related to the Digital Video Broadcast-Terrestrial (DVB-T) standard is raising hackles among industry leaders here.
Designers differ on future of the sub-$1,000 PC
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11/24/1998   Post a comment
With the peak of the consumer PC buying season at hand, OEMs are divided over the future of the famed sub-$1,000 consumer PC.
STMicroelectronics Buys Adaptec Chip Unit
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11/24/1998   Post a comment
The sale is part of Adaptec's efforts to focus on its core business of interconnection between peripherals and computer systems.
Outspoken engineer goes to bat for IEEE-USA
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11/24/1998   Post a comment
Former IEEE president Merrill Buckley Jr. is back. The retired RCA engineering manager was elected president of IEEE-USA and lost no time in speaking out for the U.S. engineer. He thinks at least some of the current industry layoffs can be attributed to increased levels of immigration.
LSI Logic expects more decoder design wins from China
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11/24/1998   Post a comment
LSI Logic Corp. expects to announce additional design wins in China for its DVD decoder chip, a company official said.
Chip Interconnect Standard Launched to Address Deep Submicron PerformanceProblems
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11/24/1998   Post a comment
Santa Clara, Calif.--Nov. 18, 1998--More than 100 representatives fromsemiconductor, foundry, and EDA companies and organizations attended the first SIPPs standards meeting ...
Integrix's New Technology Completes the Solution
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11/24/1998   Post a comment
Newbury Park, Calif.--Nov. 23, 1998-Integrix, Inc. (Newbury Park) announced the availability of its new PCI UltraSCSI Host Adapter cards, the PHA 400 and PHA 450. The cards ...
Syntest Selects Japanese Distributor Spinnaker Systems to Offer Syntest's DFT Solutions for Unix and Windows NT Platforms
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11/24/1998   Post a comment
Sunnyvale, Calif./Tokyo--Nov. 23, 1998--Syntest Technologies, Inc. (Sunnyvale), an EDA company and supplier of DFT tools for IC designers and foundries, announced that Spinnaker ...
Duet's Corporate Headquarters Relocated to Larger San Jose-based Facility
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11/24/1998   Post a comment
San Jose--Nov. 23, 1998--Duet Technologies (San Jose) announced that it has moved its corporate headquarters to a new site.The company is leasing a 30,000-square foot building ...
Philips Semiconductors Announces Investment Plans to Enhance Broad Discretes Portfolio
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11/24/1998   Post a comment
Sunnyvale, Calif.--Nov. 23, 1998--Philips Semiconductors (Sunnyvale) announced the opening of their fab that manufactures six-inch (150mm) wafers for the production of small ...
Applied Materials Announces New Ti/TiN CVD System to Enable Low Cost, High Speed DRAMs
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11/24/1998   Post a comment
Santa Clara, Calif.--Nov. 23, 1998--Applied Materials, Inc. (Santa Clara) introduced the CVD Ti/TiN Centura. Using titanium chloride (TiCl4) source chemistry, the system deposits ...
Conference to feature Taiwan chip industry
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11/24/1998   Post a comment
OEMs will get a chance to meet the movers and shakers of Taiwan's bustling chip industry up close and in person at a major semiconductor conference and trade mission to be held at the Santa Clara Westin Hotel from Dec. 9-10.
STMicroelectronics to buy Adaptec chip unit for $73 million
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11/24/1998   Post a comment
Adaptec Inc. announced today (Nov. 24) that it will sell its semiconductor operation to STMicroelectronics for $73 million in cash.
Net gateway protocols gain support
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11/24/1998   Post a comment
Gateway protocols being considered by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) got some backing from the Multiservice Switching Forum this week.
Analysis: White knight Tyco rescues AMP
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11/24/1998   Post a comment
Four months after AlliedSignal Inc. launched an attempt to buy connector giant AMP Inc. for $44.50 per share, or $10 billion, Tyco International Ltd. has stepped in to buy AMP for $51 a share, or $11.3 billion. The boards of both companies approved the deal, which is expected to close in early 1999.
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