Air Force cadets will fly own birds News & Analysis 12/31/1998 Post a comment A program that gives U.S. Air Force Academy cadets a chance to fly their own satellites will put an experimental bird into orbit this fall carrying, among other things, an experiment from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to study self-generated health-status reporting for a spacecraft, for potential use onboard a Pluto fly-by mission.
Group may rewrite DVD rules News & Analysis 12/31/1998 Post a comment The Optical Storage Technology Association (OSTA) is preparing to launch an initiative that it says may resolve the incompatibility issues that currently cloud the future of rewritable DVD technology.
Software group lukewarm to crypto export rules News & Analysis 12/31/1998 Post a comment The Business Software Alliance, a trade group whose members include Microsoft Corp. and other top U.S. software firms, offered lukewarm support for draft U.S. regulations on encryption exports announced on Wednesday (12/30).
Analysis: Quarter-micron designs ready to roll News & Analysis 12/30/1998 Post a comment In 1999, 0.25-micron design seems poised to leave the domain of the power users and enter the ASIC and IC design mainstream. But most observers agree that while 0.25-micron design is rapidly becoming more accessible, there are still gaps in tools and methodologies that make it a continuing challenge.
Defiant LG hints at compromise News & Analysis 12/30/1998 Post a comment LG Semicon Co. is hinting at a possible compromise in the face of financial sanctions imposed after it threatened to sue a U.S. consultancy that chose Hyundai Electronics Industries to head the company's newly merged semiconductor operations.
At CES, the TV becomes the network News & Analysis 12/30/1998 Post a comment As the top design managers of the major consumer electronics companies descend on the Winter Consumer Electronics show here next week (Jan.7-10), the winds of change seem to be blowing from a new direction. The quest to design a killer convergence product such as a PC/TV is over. Instead, engineers at the top suppliers have set about developing a host of distributed, connected digital devices in an environment where networking, Java-and a good deal of partisan politics among technology factions-
XML draft addresses post-PC world News & Analysis 12/30/1998 Post a comment Preparing for what many believe will be a post-PC world, the World Wide Web Consortium's HTML Working Group has completed a draft follow-on to Hypertext Markup Language 4.0 that targets handheld and TV-based devices. The Extensible Markup Language (XML) aims to make Web content more accessible on a diversity of non-PC platforms and thus has become a focal point for TV and wireless-data efforts.
Japanese group to develop Net routers News & Analysis 12/30/1998 Post a comment Four Japanese companies have formed a consortium to develop router architecture and packet-prioritization technology that they hope will secure them a role in defining the next-generation Internet.
Zoran offers multi-format digital-audio processor News & Analysis 12/30/1998 Post a comment In response to a growing demand among consumer-electronics manufacturers for digital-audio receivers to run several decoding algorithms, Zoran Corp. is unveiling a digital-audio processor, ZR38650, at the Consumer Electronics Show to be held here this week.
Analysis: LCD industry looks to turnaround News & Analysis 12/30/1998 Post a comment With the new year the LCD industry expects to transition from oversupply to shortages, and vendors are putting plans in place to help weather whatever storms 1999 brings. Despite continued unit growth last year, the LCD market's dollar value suffered its first-ever decline, the result of what one analyst called "catastrophic" cuts in prices.
Mentor makes new cash offer for Quickturn News & Analysis 12/30/1998 Post a comment Mentor Graphics Corp. has made a $14 per share cash offer for Quickturn Design Systems Inc. (San Jose, Calif.). The move alters Mentor's hostile takeover attempt for Quickturn, and serves as a counteroffer to Cadence Design Systems Inc.'s earlier acquisition attempt of Quickturn for $14 per share in a stock transaction.
Recruiters see a sunny '99 News & Analysis 12/29/1998 Post a comment Despite clouds on the economic horizon, recruiters see a sunny job market ahead. The coming year "will eclipse anything we've seen in the last 10 years," predicts Bob Crotinger, a principal in the engineering-recruitment company of National Engineering Search, here.
LCD makers pursue low-power displays News & Analysis 12/29/1998 Post a comment With new applications like electronic books on the horizon, LCD makers are being called on to cut power consumption while providing better-looking images. A number of vendors, including Toshiba and Sharp, are taking a reflective tack, developing LCDs that efficiently utilize ambient light as their lighting source. Sanyo is using a hybrid approach.
IBM Japan reports healthy ASIC sales growth News & Analysis 12/29/1998 Post a comment Despite a domestic recession and slump in IC sales, IBM Japan Ltd. reports double-digit growth in sales and design activity for customized devices as it seeks to ply its advanced chip technologies and couple semiconductor development with other technology divisions, officials told a recent press gathering.
Apple to preview next major move News & Analysis 12/29/1998 Post a comment While most analysts don't expect dramatic product introductions at next week's Macworld here (Jan.4 to 8), the show could serve as a window into Apple Computer Inc.'s next major move, drawn from a bag of tricks that includes the AltiVec-enabled G4 Macintoshes, a chip-integration project aimed at set-top boxes and other devices, and possibly another foray into the handheld computing market.
Strides made in wafer bonding News & Analysis 12/29/1998 Post a comment Several reports at the recent fall meeting of the Materials Research Society revealed some promising new approaches to wafer bonding as a way to integrate diverse electronic materials. While wafer bonding is gaining ground commercially for silicon-on-insulator applications, the basic technique could have a much wider application for integrating optoelectronic materials or microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) with standard CMOS circuits.
LSI Logic signs major Avant! contract News & Analysis 12/28/1998 Post a comment The recent injunction against Avant! Corp.'s Aquarius product, and the indictment of present and former executives, has not stopped LSI Logic Corp. from replacing its proprietary placement-and-routing tools with Avant!'s Apollo, a tool that Cadence Design Systems Inc. claims may contain stolen source code.
Vision template inspires real-time pattern classification News & Analysis 12/28/1998 Post a comment The human brain nearly instantaneously classifies objects, even when parts of them are hidden by obstructions. Computer-based pattern recognition, on the other hand, rarely operates in real-time. But Sandia National Laboratories researchers believe they have found a way to level the playing field.
Sonet clock race picks up tempo News & Analysis 12/28/1998 Post a comment The process-technology race for physical-layer devices at high Sonet rates is heating up with the new year. PMC-Sierra Inc. will expand its CMOS products with new spins of its popular Suni (Saturn user network interface) design, while Vitesse Semiconductor Inc. (Camarillo, Calif.) and Applied Microcircuits Corp. (AMCC; San Diego) launch GaAs and bipolar products, respectively, to handle a variety of transceiver and clock-generation duties.