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IC sales jump 8% in Q3 amid slow recovery, says SIA
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Worldwide semiconductor sales were $36.9 billion in the third quarter of 2002, an 8.2% increase from $34.1 billion in the second quarter of this year and a 21% rise from the corresponding period of 2001, according to figures from the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) late today.
Chip sales grew 8% in third quarter
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Global semiconductor sales climbed to $36.9 billion in the third quarter, an 8.2% sequential increase from $34.1 billion in revenue reached in this year's second quarter and a 21% rise from the corresponding period of 2001, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).
Simplicity reigns in NPU programming
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The frequent changes to the communication standards and the growing demand for quality-of-service support has created the need for programmable networking devices that can replace traditional field-programmable gate arrays in implementing high bit-rate data-path networking functionality.
How to optimize programmability and speed in network processor design
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The relationship between NPU software and the underlying hardware is critical because of the need for deterministic processing results, even at very high speeds and regardless of peaks or spikes in traffic flow.
Tunneling solves IP traffic snarls
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Existing networks, as well as the emerging multiprotocol label switching, or MPLS, types, use traditional and well-understood Ethernet, PPP (Layer 2) and IPv4 (Layer 3) addressing protocols.
Flexible NPU achieves wire speed
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In the evolving marketplace for network-processing semiconductors, the conflicting demands designers tackle have never been more evident.
Elpida appoints turnaround expert as president
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Elpida Memory Inc. has hired a reputed turnaround specialist, Yukio Sakamoto, as its new president, raising expectations that he will put Japan's largest DRAM maker on solid footing. That is, if Elpida's corporate parents empower him to do so.
Net design needs standard models
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While most embedded-networking designers would agree on the intended benefits of network processors (NPs), there has been no such agreement on how they should be programmed.
Modules ease programming task
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Although the new generation of software-programmable network processors offers both flexibility and performance, its programming is quite involved.
China's fab explosion raises question of chip glut
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China's chipmakers plan to ramp up seven new 200mm-wafer fabs next year and have another three fab shells waiting in the wings, leading analysts to ask if the expansion will add to global overcapacity or be sopped up by China's seemingly insatiable apppetite for electronics content.
Commentary: Post-boom economy redefines ASICs
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We in the technology sector woke up after the euphoric party of the high-tech boom with a ringing hangover, only to learn once again that clichs are born in fact and that what goes up inevitably must come down. As the hangover has waned, we have started to reevaluate what we do and how we do it. The most obvious result of this reevaluation has been layoffs and company closures. The not-so-obvious effect, however, has been the reevaluation of technology and product-delivery value propositions.
Tokyo Seimitsu divests in-line measuring unit
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In a move to focus on its core business, Japanese chip-equipment maker Tokyo Seimitsu Co. Ltd. here has divested and shifted its in-line measuring instruments unit from its Metrology Division Metrology Division to its majority-owned subsidiary, Tosei Engineering Corp.
NeoMagic tailors mobile platform for multimedia
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NeoMagic Corp. is crafting a mobile-system architecture designed to attack two of the most pressing concerns for handheld devices — power consumption and multimedia-processing performance. The Associative Processor Array (APA) architecture addresses those issues by performing both bit storage and processing in a single memory cell, slashing the amount of data that must be shuttled around during image and video processing while increasing the amount of processing that can be done per clock c
Embedded RTOS suppliers offer one-stop shopping
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Wind River Systems Inc. and Green Hills Software Inc. have taken a first step toward what may be a sweeping change in the way embedded-software companies do business. Instead of selling a variety of point products under perpetual, project-based or royalty-based licenses, they're offering a simpler and perhaps cheaper solution: fully integrated development suites priced at around $15,000 annually per seat.
Moving OFDM demodulator from ASIC to FPGA
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LEUVEN, Belgium — You hear a lot about migrating a design from a field-programmable gate array to an ASIC to save unit cost. But you don't hear a lot about the opposite: taking an existing ASIC design back to an FPGA for flexibility reasons. But that's exactly what a research team at IMEC here did.
Advantest settles patent dispute with Korean firm
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Japan's Advantest Corp. recently announced it has settled a patent infringement dispute with TSE Co., Ltd., a Korean manufacturer of semiconductor test system components. The companies have signed a patent license agreement under which Advantest grants to TSE a worldwide license to use its "coaxial cable unit, cable terminal and fixture board" technologies, according to the Tokyo-based automatic test equipment (ATE) giant.
Numerical, Shipley to enable 100-nm ICs with 248-nm tools
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Shipley Co. L.L.C. and Numerical Technologies Inc. here announced a partnership to develop photoresists and phase-shift photomasks for IC designs at the 100-nm (0.10-micron) node and below.
Wireless mesh networking
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University of Sheffield research awards rocket to £100m
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The University of Sheffield has reported a 61 percent increase in its research awards for the financial year August 2001 to July 2002. Figures released by the university reveal that total funds of £99.7m were contributed to the university with the biggest department earners being science, engineering and medicine.
Ansoft tool supports modeling in mixed domains
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Ansoft Corp. is ready to introduce a new simulation tool that supports high-level modeling in thermal, hydraulic, mechanical and electrical domains. Developed by Simec GmbH, which Ansoft acquired last year, Simplorer 6.0 provides model builders and simulators for the VHDL-AMS hardware description language.
Elpida Memory shakes up executive team
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Changes in the Japanese semiconductor industry continued this week as Elpida Memory Inc. named a new president and NEC Corp. as expected spun off its chip operation as a new wholly-owned subsidiary called NEC Electronics Corp.
Scottish job hopes down the tubes
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Taiwanese cathode ray tube manufacturer, Chunghwa Picture Tubes, has announced plans to stop production at its North Lanarkshire plant and axe 600 jobs. The company pointed to "current global economic conditions" as the explanation for the pull-out from Lanarkshire despite shares in the company increasing in value on the Taiwanese stock exchange, in part due to increased demand for display screens.
Defence giant plans Welsh R&D centre
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U.S defence company General Dynamics has announced plans to open a £4m research and development centre at its Gwent valleys facility. The centre will be located at the company's existing Systems Design and Integration Engineering centre and will employ more than 40 engineers and scientists.
ARC appoints broker to help sort 'strategic options'
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ELSTREE, England -- ARC International plc, the provider of configurable processor intellectual property under license, has appointed WestLB Panmure Ltd. as financial advisor to help it sort out its strategic options. West LB Panmure joins Goldman Sachs as a joint-broker and joint advisor to ARC.
Dev kit adds wireless connectivity to PIC microcontrollers
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CAMBRIDGE, England -- Iosoft Ltd., has developed a microcontroller development kit that includes a reference design for interfacing a PIC microcontroller, from Microchip Inc., to an IEEE 802.11b standard wireless LAN. The development kit is aimed at developers of such products as home appliances and vending machines, who may now be seeking to add duplex connectivity to these objects for monitoring, troubleshooting and upgrades.
DRAM price hikes and shortages expected in November
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Prices for DRAMs are expected to rise again in November, with more shortages looming for select products in the marketplace, according to analysts and distributors in the industry.
IC recovery due despite no 'killer apps,' says report
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There is still no "killer application" that will jumpstart the slumping semiconductor market in the near term, but that could be a blessing in disguise in order to sustain a more moderate IC recovery in 2003, according to a report from Future Horizons.
Dev kit adds connectivity to PIC microcontrollers
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CAMBRIDGE, England -- Iosoft Ltd., has developed a microcontroller development kit that includes a reference design for interfacing a PIC microcontroller, from Microchip Inc., to an IEEE 802.11b standard wireless LAN. The development kit is aimed at developers of such products as home appliances and vending machines, who may now be seeking to add duplex connectivity to these objects for monitoring, troubleshooting and upgrades.
IQE de-lists from Nasdaq Europe
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Epitaxial wafer supplier, IQE has announced plans to change from its dual listed status and de-list from the Nasdaq index.
Mobile apps processor saves on power
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The MiMagic 5 is an ARM922T-based processor for mobile applications for which it emphasizes low-power operation and multimedia-enhancement capabilities.
Framer/mapper bridges Ethernet to Sonet
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The OC-192/quad OC-48 (VSC9118) and single OC-48 (VSC9115) framer/mapper chips support virtual concatenation (VC) to bridge Ethernet and Sonet/SDH networks.
Non-blocking switch connects 68 x 68 ports
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The HDMP-3268 is a 68 x 68-port nonblocking crosspoint switch for core network equipment.
Dual-band WLAN chip set supports 802.11a, b and g
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The RN5220 dual-band (802.11a/b/g) wireless LAN chip set comprises the RF5225 transceiver and the RN5221 baseband/MAC IC.
Dc/dc converters touted as 95 percent efficient
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With 95 percent conversion efficiency, the SIL10 series of dc/dc converters offer 0.8, 1.0, 1.2, 1.5, 1.8, 2.0, 2.5 or 3.3 voltages and accommodate any input voltage in the 3-V to 5.5-V range.
Surface-mount VCOs cover OC-48/192 rates
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The surface-mount S3569 Series voltage-controlled surface acoustic wave oscillator produces an LVPECL (3.3-V) output over the frequency range of 622.08 to 670 MHz using a SAW resonator.
Teamwork supersedes IP complexity
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Higher integration causes process changes in the design/development stage. One big change is how IP cores are chosen.
Mentor to debut Sharp's hardware compilation in 2003
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EDA tools provider Mentor Graphics Corp. has entered into partnership with Japan's Sharp Corp. concerning Sharp's internally deployed hardware compilation technology, known as 'Bach'. Mentor and Sharp plan to merge co-verification and hardware compilation technologies to create a new set of design optimization and analysis tools for embedded system and system-on-chip (SoC) design for introduction in 2003.
+5V CMOS line driver
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The AD8328 line driver is +5V CMOS device for DOCSIS, EuroDOCSIS, or OpenCable modem or set top box designs.
T1/E1/J1 PCI controller
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The iSPAN 5539F is a Quad Port T1/E1/J1 modular PCI card that also contains a 10/100BaseT Ethernet port for gateway applications.
China favors its own 3G standard in spectrum allocation
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HONG KONG -- China has moved a step closer to realization of its own regional 3G mobile phone standard by allocating two blocks of spectrum, totaling 55-MHz of bandwidth, to TD-SCDMA technology. In the same allocation the two dominant global standards, WCDMA and cdma2000 1x were each granted a 60-MHz block. The decision, made earlier this week, is a significant milestone in the development of the TD-SCDMA (time division synchronous code division multiple access) approach to 3G communications and
A Brand New World i konkurs
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En framgångsrik ackordsuppgörelse med fordringsägarna räckte inte. Nu begär styrelsen för A Brand New World bolaget i konkurs.
Minskad förlust för Net Insight
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Net Insight redovisar en minskad förlust under årets tre första kvartal jämfört med samma period ifjol. Årets förlust är 104 miljoner kronor mot 214 miljoner ifjol.
Ericsson riskerar miljardskadestånd i USA
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Ericsson riskerar skadestånd på 1,7 miljarder kronor i en patenttvist i USA. I ytterligare en tvist hotar skadeståndskrav.
Building a verification strategy 'blueprint'
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You wouldn't consider building a house without a blueprint -- why would you build a chip without a verification strategy? Here are some tips for creating one.
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