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IC makers gear up for new tire pressure monitor rule
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11/26/2003   Post a comment
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration could be on the verge of issuing a regulation that would put a microprocessor in every new tire, paving the way for semiconductor makers to provide automakers with 80 million chips a year.
SAR Converter with Muscle Offers Speed and Accuracy
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11/26/2003   Post a comment
Analog Devices muscles its way to the top with 3 MSPS 16-bit SAR converter. It's the real deal but is it complete? Read what Senior Technical Editor Paul O'Shea has to say about the company's newest SAR A/D converter.
Stage set for FCC debate on regulating VoIP
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11/26/2003   Post a comment
When the FCC examines VoIP in landmark hearings Monday, the battle lines in the debate will be sharply drawn between the country's two sunny states -- California and Florida. California wants to regulate VoIP, Florida doesn't.
DVD Forum approves portion of new format
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11/26/2003   Post a comment
An HD DVD format proposed by Toshiba Corp. and NEC Corp. as the next-generation DVD format was finally approved by the DVD Forum's steering committee during recent meetings in New York.
32-bit Secure Processor for Smart Card ICs
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11/26/2003   Post a comment
Murray Slovick looks at STMicro's new ST22FJ1M, a 32-bit smart card processor with 1Mb of embedded Flash memory. The chip's memory capacity and security features should open up a host of new opportunities in the mobile communications, pay-per-view TV, IT security and Identification markets.
Chip makers not doing enough to protect fab workers, toxicologist charges
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The semiconductor industry is dragging its feet in chemical research and going backward in providing medical monitoring to ensure fab workers are safe from exposure to toxic chemicals, according to a leading medical toxicologist.
Signature d'un accord de partenariat stratégique entre Soitec et KLA-Tencor
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« Les matériaux avancés, tels que le SOI et le SOI contraint sur isolant sont en passe d'être reconnus par l'industrie comme étant la solution inévitable pour l'obtention d'une meilleure performance des circuits intégrés », déclare André-Jacques Auberton-Hervé, directeur général de Soitec, premier fabricant et fournisseur de plaques SOI pour l'industrie des semi-conducteurs. Pour accélérer l'adoption de la technologie SOI pour les générations de produits inférieurs à 90 nanomètres, la société is
Vernetzung gibt der Automatisierungsbranche Impulse
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11/26/2003   Post a comment
Die Automatisierungsbranche steht vor einer wirtschaftlichen Erholung. Davon ist jedenfalls der Fachverband Automation des ZVEI überzeugt. Bei der Eröffnung der Fachmesse SPS/IPC/Drives in Nürnberg legte der Branchenverband ermutigende Zahlen vor.
Automatisierung setzt auf Vernetzung
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11/26/2003   Post a comment
Mit einer vorweggenommenen Erfolgsbilanz startete am Dienstag die Automatisierungsmesse SPS/IPC Drives: Ein zweistelliger Zuwachs bei der Zahl der Aussteller ebenso wie bei der Ausstellungsfläche nähren die Hoffnung auf eine Erholung der Branchenkonjunktur.
Philips et JSMC créent une coentreprise de fabrication de semi-conducteurs de puissance
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Le géant hollandais de l'électronique, Royal Philips Electronics NV, crée une coentreprise avec Jilin Sino-Microelectronics Co. Ltd. (JSMC) dans le but de mettre au point, de concevoir et de fabriquer des puces de semi-conducteurs bipolaires, a annoncé Philips jeudi 25 novembre. Cette annonce était attendue suite à la déclaration faite lundi par Gerard Kiesterlee, directeur général de Philips.
Sun, Alcatel back spec for multilevel signaling backplanes
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11/26/2003   Post a comment
A group of seven semiconductor and systems companies will unveil an alliance and draft specification Wednesday (Nov 26) for high-speed multilevel signaling, potentially gaining an edge over a group advocating a rival binary technology.
Le marché des entreprises va stimuler les activités liées aux réseaux locaux sans fil
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11/26/2003   Post a comment
Selon de toutes récentes données commerciales, le secteur du matériel pour réseaux locaux sans fil (WLAN) connaît une croissance fulgurante et même le jeune marché des commutateurs de réseaux locaux sans fil commence à progresser rapidement.
Leistungshalbleiter aus dem Reich der Mitte
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Philips Semiconductor produziert Leistungshalbleiter künftig gemeinsam mit dem chinesischen Unternehmen Jilin Sino Microelectronics (JSMC). Zu diesem Zweck haben die beiden Partner jetzt ein Joint Venture gegründet.
Big Bear nets additional $18 million
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Optical network equipment group Big Bear Networks has raised $18 million in a series C funding round.
Umrichter für Trench-IGBTs optimiert
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Mit deutlich niedrigeren Leitungsverlusten im Vergleich zum Wettbewerb wirbt der Leistungselektronik-Spezialist Semikron für seine Frequenzumrichter-Modulfamilie Semix. Auf der Automatisierungs-Fachmesse SPS/IPC/Drives war erstmals die komplette Familie zu sehen.
Managing Traffic in Access Box Designs: Part 1
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11/26/2003   Post a comment
Fine-grained traffic management is an essential ingredient when developing next-generation access box designs. Here are seven components that will make traffic management come to life in these architectures.
PWM controllers for telecom/datacom
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The Endura ISL6740 and ISL6741 are double-ended PWM controllers that are optimized for telecom and datacom equipment designs.
Mobile handset analysis tool
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The AirAnalyzer software application has been released for analyzing the performance of wireless handsets.
Intel réalise une mémoire SRAM de test au 65 nm
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Utilisant des règles de conception au 65 nm, Intel Corp. a annoncé, lundi 24 novembre, avoir réalisé des mémoires SRAM 4 bits entièrement fonctionnelles avec une taille de cellule de 0,57 microns2, soit une taille suffisamment petite pour maintenir la Loi de Moore prévoyant le doublement de la densité tous les deux ans.
Avanex to shut or sell Kymata optical components facility
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11/26/2003   Post a comment
Acquisitive optical components group Avanex Corporation has put the 'for sale' sign up on the Livingston, Scotland, facility that was originally established by arrayed waveguide gratings start-up Kymata, which was sold first to Alcatel Optronics in 2001 and then just months ago to Fremont, California based Avanex.
2003 : Toshiba augmente ses dépenses en capital pour les puces et favorise les mémoires Flash
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Toshiba Corp. a augmenté le niveau de ses dépenses en capital pour les semi-conducteurs pour l'exercice en cours. Son objectif consiste à accroître la production de mémoires à son usine Oita de Kyushu, a annoncé la société mardi 25 novembre. Elle a également fait part de ses projets d'externalisation pour la fabrication des mémoires afin de faire face à un regain de la demande.
FPGAs will stifle EDA, analyst says
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A growing trend towards FPGA design and a "precipitous" drop in ASIC design starts spells trouble for the EDA industry, according to a new market update issued by Erach Desai, analyst at American Technology Research. But Desai's predictions clash with a much more optimistic scenario from Gartner Dataquest.
Silicon Valley pioneer Kleiner dies at 80
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11/26/2003   Post a comment
When Eugene Kleiner, who died this week, and seven other scientists and engineers left Shockley Semiconductor Laboratory to start Fairchild Semiconductor in 1958, William Shockley said the loss of the eight would have "no real effect on the Shockley lab." Shockley eventually had to eat his words, as Kleiner and the others forged ahead to virtually build Silicon Valley while Shockley's business faded away.
Nanotech researchers seek chip-making applications
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Researchers at a nanotechnology symposium here said they are attempting to use the technology to plug gaps in the roadmap for future semiconductor production.
Philips, JSMC form power semiconductor joint venture
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Dutch electronics giant Royal Philips Electronics NV is forming a joint venture with Jilin Sino-Microelectronics Co. Ltd. (JSMC) to develop, design and manufacture bipolar power semiconductor chips.
Lead times extend for NAND, NOR flash memory
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11/26/2003   Post a comment
Lead times for both NAND- and NOR-based flash memory continues to extend in the marketplace, due to exploding demand for cellular phones, digital cameras, camera phones and other products, according to an analyst with Semico Research Corp.
Former Philips Semi executive to head MEDEA+
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MEDEA+, the pan-European collaborative research program, has appointed Arthur van der Poel, formerly chief executive officer of Philips Semiconductors, as chairman.
Network Security
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Secure data starts at home
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It can't be stated any more simply than this: Companies in the private sector are starting to be held to the same security standards as U.S. government agencies. So says InFocus contributor Arun Subarrao, the director of software engineering at LynuxWorks, who reports that Internet service providers, financial institutions and power companies are being forced to evaluate those of their operating systems and products that are part of the country's critical security infrastructure.
FPGAs will stifle EDA, analyst says
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11/25/2003   Post a comment
A growing trend towards FPGA design and a "precipitous" drop in ASIC design starts spells trouble for the EDA industry, according to a new market update issued by Erach Desai, analyst at American Technology Research. But Desai's predictions clash with a much more optimistic scenario from Gartner Dataquest.
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