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China drives home standards
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12/30/2006   Post a comment
It's been a roller-coaster ride for homegrown technology in China, but little will deter the Chinese from pushing ahead with their efforts to introduce standards.
Readers chase the bare facts in 2006
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12/30/2006   Post a comment
Restructurings, microprocessors and nakedness--literal and otherwise. Those were the themes that dominated the year in stories, as judged by viewer traffic on EETimes.com.
In chips, private equity became a buyer's game
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12/30/2006   Post a comment
One of the biggest stories of 2006 seemed to come out of nowhere but really didn't: the surge in private-equity buyouts of major chip vendors.
CIOs Map Out Top Two IT Priorities For 2007
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12/30/2006   Post a comment
New service architectures, and cost efficiencies with data centers are highlighted in survey about top priorities for the New Year.
FCC approves AT&T-BellSouth merger
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12/30/2006   Post a comment
The FCC approves the merger of AT&T and BellSouth after company agrees to repatriating BellSouth jobs, providing cheap Internet access, and assuring "net Neutrality" in packet delivery.
Circular plastic connector is Ethernet enabled
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12/29/2006   Post a comment
Tyco has expanded its Circular Plastic Connector product line with the introduction of the Series 45 circular connectors for Ethernet communication applications.
PowerDsine investors approve sale to Microsemi
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12/29/2006   Post a comment
Shareholders of PowerDsine Ltd. have approved the acquisition of the specialist developer and maker of chips and modules for Power over Ethernet applications by Microsemi Corporation for $245 million.
Arrow buys U.K. IT distributor InTechnology
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12/29/2006   Post a comment
Arrow Electronics Inc. said today it has completed its acquisition of the storage and security distribution business of InTechnology plc for approximately $80 million. The deal will allow Arrow's Enterprise Computing Solutions division to make further inroads into the United Kingdom, Europe's second-largest IT market.
WiMAX Forum releases frequency-availability database
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12/29/2006   Post a comment
The database includes frequency, regulatory and technical information such as guard band requirements for 75 countries.
Apple clears Jobs, but says phony records created
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12/29/2006   Post a comment
Apple Computer filed much-anticipated reports with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Friday (Dec. 29), saying its CEO Steve Jobs committed no wrongdoing in its options backdating scandal but that evidence surfaced of phony records that had been created to show a directors meeting that had never taken place.
Apple restates, acknowledges faked documents
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12/29/2006   Post a comment
In regulatory filings, Apple Computer recognized additional non-cash stock-based compensation expense of $84 million after tax, including $4 million, $7 million and $10 million in fiscal years 2006, 2005 and 2004, respectively. The company acknowledged that it faked documentation of a special meeting of its board pertaining to a 2001 options grant to CEO Steve Jobs.
Laptop cooler offers choice between maximum cooling, minimum noise
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12/29/2006   Post a comment
Antec has introduced a small portable cooler that prevents overheating in laptop computers by using two ball-bearing blowers to direct cool air across the base of the notebook computer.
Xilinx ships industry's largest 65-nm FPGA
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12/29/2006   Post a comment
Xilinx started to ship the LX330, a 65-nm FPGA that is said to deliver 65% more logic than the largest 90-nm device. Xilinx fab partners UMC and Toshiba have quickly ramped 65-nm production, producing excellent yields that have enabled the chip vendor to deliver the complete 65-nm Virtex-5 LX platform on time and over one year ahead of its competition.
Report: Earthquake-damaged Asian networks will be slow to recover
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12/29/2006   Post a comment
Communications facilities damaged by a Dec. 26 earthquake off Taiwan are gradually being repaired, but it will likely be at least a few weeks before communications can return to normal, according to Renesys, an Internet and communications traffic-monitoring firm. "This isn't going to get fixed quickly," said Todd Underwood, VP of operations and professional services at Renesys.
Test - Please ignore
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12/29/2006   Post a comment
Dual-slot, hot swap controller simplifies PCI Express connection
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12/29/2006   Post a comment
Linear Technology's LTC4242, a narrow, dual-slot PCI Express hot swap controller for mid-range networking or storage servers and embedded applications, eliminates complex software interfaces, yet provides a rugged and compact solution for independently controlling the main supplies and the auxiliary supply on two slots.
Light pipes come in many colors
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12/29/2006   Post a comment
Elma Electronic offers light pipes for front panel enclosure applications in a variety of colors. The LEDs transfer light to the front panel with a translucent and intense coloration and can emit light even when embedded deeper within a panel.
How Important Is A Job Title Change?
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12/29/2006   Post a comment
Career expert Oreste "Rusty" D'Aversa says a career title change should be about the duties and skills you are responsible for and the progression of responsibility in the new role.
Counting down top stories of 2006: No. 1
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12/29/2006   Post a comment
In our No. 1 story of 2006, Silicon Valley editor Mark LaPedus details a claim by IBM Corp. and the Georgia Institute of Technology that they broke the silicon speed record, thanks in part to a "frozen chip." IBM and Georgia Tech said that they demonstrated the first silicon-based chip capable of operating at frequencies above 500 GHz by cryogenically "freezing" the circuit to minus 451 degrees Fahrenheit.
800-watt AC/DC can be configured and supplied next day
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12/29/2006   Post a comment
Users can specify next day delivery on custom orders for UNIPOWER's QuiQPLUS, a modular AC/DC power source that provides up to 800 watts from up to eight outputs.
Hedge fund urges Cypress to reorg, go private
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12/28/2006   Post a comment
Los Angeles-based hedge fund Chapman Capital has written a letter to the board of directors of Cypress Semiconductor urging the company to reorganize itself and become a private company through leveraged buyout.
Analyst Gary Smith: top 10 EDA topics for 2007
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12/28/2006   Post a comment
Veteran EDA analyst Gary Smith explains his "top ten" list of hot EDA topics for 2007, including electronic system level (ESL), design for manufacturability (DFM), IP reuse, analog/RF, globalization, and multi-core systems on chip.
CoCreate's new PLM tool suite 'changes the rules'
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12/28/2006   Post a comment
Innovation is the lifeblood of companies in the fast-moving electronics industry, yet the very process of product development can become a roadblock to beating a competitor to market. CoCreate Software Inc., a product lifecycle management software provider, is trying to eliminate those design bottlenecks using an approach to 3D product development the company calls "dynamic modeling."
Epoxy resin adheres to many substrate materials
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12/28/2006   Post a comment
Master Bond has successfully completed in use trial testing for its EP21TDC-2AN epoxy resin compound. This cured compound is used for high performance bonding, coating, and encapsulation.
Intel ordered to produce evidence
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12/28/2006   Post a comment
A U.S. District Court in Delaware has ordered Intel to produce documents and other evidence related to its business conduct outside of the U.S., according to a statement issued by Advanced Micro Devices.
Apple faked options grant documents, reports say
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12/28/2006   Post a comment
Apple Computer gave CEO Steve Jobs 7.5 million unauthorized stock options in 2001 and later falsified records to make it appear as though its board of directors met to approve the grant, according to reports.
Study: Despite growth, Indian embedded industry faces threats
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12/28/2006   Post a comment
India's $2.53 billion embedded software industry, while enjoying rapid growth, faces a number of challenges related to a shortage of relevant skills, according to a new study.
Sony Ericsson seeks to enter South Korean market
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12/28/2006   Post a comment
Sony Ericsson, the world's fourth largest mobile phone maker, seeks to make inroads into the South Korean market and is negotiating with SK Telecom, South Korea's top mobile telecommunications service provider.
AR introduces testing solutions for RF conducted immunity
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12/28/2006   Post a comment
Amplifier Research RF/Microwave Instrumentation has unveiled two complete testing solutions for RF conducted immunity.
40-amp driver-MOSFET cuts power losses by 20 percent
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12/28/2006   Post a comment
Renesas Technology's R2J20602NP 40-amp driver-MOSFET claims the industry's highest efficiency, cutting power losses by more than 20 percent compared to the company's first generation product.
Stahlin offers updated enclosure product catalog
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12/28/2006   Post a comment
Stahlin offers an updated product catalog of its non-metallic enclosures and accessories. The catalog also provides information on choosing the right enclosure material, cutting and drilling non-metallic enclosures and a full chemical resistance table.
MEMS: Yesterday to tomorrow at Analog Devices
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12/28/2006   Post a comment
Startup companies are touting MEMS as a new growth area for ICs. But Analog Devices says it has been pioneering MEMS chips since 1989 and has shipped hundreds of millions of units.
Encapsulant developed for image sensor assembly
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12/28/2006   Post a comment
Henkel has announced the commercial availability of a new non-conductive paste (NCP) underfill encapsulant for flip-chip image sensor applications. The Hysol FP5110 material is said to provide excellent adhesion to both 2- and 3-layer flexible printed circuits.
Philips sells APM manufacturing unit to Lite-On
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12/28/2006   Post a comment
Royal Philips Electronics is selling the manufacturing operations of its Automotive Playback Modules (APM) business to Lite-On IT Corporation of Taiwan. Philips said the remainder of the APM operations, which are no longer seen as core to the conglomerate, would be transferred to a joint-venture between the two companies that will operate under the name Philips & Lite-On Digital Solutions, or PLDS.
Sony Ericsson seeks to enter South Korean market
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12/28/2006   Post a comment
Sony Ericsson, the world's fourth largest mobile phone maker, seeks to make inroads into the South Korean market and is negotiating with SK Telecom, South Korea's top mobile telecommunications service provider.
High-frequency designers gain access to advanced LTCC technology
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12/28/2006   Post a comment
A LTCC process deisgn kit (PDK) enables RF, microwave, and millimeter wave designers to access the DuPont GreenTape low temperature co-fired ceramic (LTCC) technology within AWR's Microwave Office 2006 software.
MULTIMEDIA: Personal media platform reference supports GPS
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12/28/2006   Post a comment
In a move it claims will pave the way for increased penetration of location-based services, NXP Semiconductors has introduced a reference design for a personal media player that pairs GPS navigation functionality with multimedia capabilities. The combined hardware- and software-based solution is ticketed for PMPs with retail prices of $250 or less.

VIDEO: Startup tunes .11n for short-range HDTV
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12/28/2006   Post a comment
Startup Amimon Ltd. will demonstrate a prototype of its wireless high-definition interface for HDTV video at the 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show using technology based on a variation of 802.11n that can deliver up to 1.5 Gbits/second.

MEMS chips accelerate for drive to market
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12/28/2006   Post a comment
Fujitsu's use of a U.S. startup's MEMS microphone in a low-end tablet PC and Swatch's MEMS crystal deal with another startup signal a new energy in the market for microelectromechanical systems.

EVD supporters renew their push
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12/28/2006   Post a comment
Backers of a Chinese optical-disk format are trying to rekindle interest in the technology as an alternative to legacy DVDs and pricey HD-DVD or Blu-ray media. But internal friction, controversy and a closing window of opportunity are conspiring against the format's success.

Keen eye and GPS make for enterprising story
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12/28/2006   Post a comment
One of the more amusing and enterprising stories of the year concerned an advertisement. An Analog Devices Inc. ad on page 19 in the July 17 edition of EE Times included the geographical coordinates 32 54.7 N, 96 45.1 W.

China drives home standards goes here please
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12/28/2006   Post a comment
It's been a roller-coaster ride for homegrown technology in China, but little will deter the Chinese from pushing ahead with their efforts to introduce standards.

In chips, private equity became a buyer's game
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12/28/2006   Post a comment
One of the biggest stories of 2006 seemed to come out of nowhere but really didn't: the surge in private-equity buyouts of major chip vendors.

View from Sand Hill Road
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12/28/2006   Post a comment
Early-stage venture capital fund Formative Ventures (Menlo Park, Calif.) counts Pyxis Technology, Innocomm Wireless and Staccato Communications among its portfolio. General partner Clint Chao held management roles at SkyStream Networks, C-Cube Microsystems and Motorola. His co-founder, Brian Connors, also a general partner, was with Redpoint Ventures and Institutional Venture Partners. He also worked at C-Cube and Synopsys. General partner Dino Vendetti worked at MetaWave and Qualcomm before m
Multicore faces a long road
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12/28/2006   Post a comment
This may go down as the year the electronics industry woke up to the full breadth and significance of the trend to multicore processors.

'06 had Sony singing the blues
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12/28/2006   Post a comment
By any measure, 2006 has been Sony Corp.'s annus horribilis, a year of high-profile manufacturing snafus that have cost the company dearly--in revenue, market share and prestige.

'06 had Sony singing the blues
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12/28/2006   Post a comment
By any measure, 2006 has been Sony Corp.'s annus horribilis, a year of high-profile manufacturing snafus that have cost the company dearly--in revenue, market share and prestige.

'06 had Sony singing the blues
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12/28/2006   Post a comment
By any measure, 2006 has been Sony Corp.'s annus horribilis, a year of high-profile manufacturing snafus that have cost the company dearly--in revenue, market share and prestige.

Questions in the wake of a watershed year
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12/28/2006   Post a comment
It's hard to know what to make of a year as it's still winding down. Here, we scramble to close everything out with a leaner and meaner and vacationing staff, a thin news month and holiday wishes galore coming in by snail mail (TI's Gene Franz sent candy canes).

Readers chase the bare facts in 2006
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12/28/2006   Post a comment
Restructurings, microprocessors and nakedness--literal and otherwise. Those were the themes that dominated the year in stories, as judged by viewer traffic on EETimes.com.

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