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Envisat to launch with contributions from 11 UK firms
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Envisat, the Earth Observation Satellite (EOS) assembled in the UK for the European Space Agency, is due to launch from French Guiana on 1 March.
Cookson optimistic on electronics
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Diversified industrial group Cookson says its latest data suggests the electronics industry has bottomed out.
Bakslag för Telia i länsrätten
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2/28/2002   Post a comment
Länsrätten avslår Telias begäran om inhibition av Post- och Telestyrelsens, PTS, föreläggande om sänkt samtrafikpris för trafik till Telias GSM-nät.
Vidga diskussionen!
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2/28/2002   Post a comment
Jag hade knappast kunnat tänka mig att det skulle bli en sådan kalabalik om ersättningen till företagsledare efter det jag skrev i förra numrets inledare. Nej, jag tror inte att det var mina funderingar som startade det hela utan "äran" är helt och hållet Percy Barneviks, men visst känner jag mig lite profetisk.
Speeding GPRS Data Services with Packet Relay Techniques
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2/28/2002   Post a comment
Splitting out the data packet relay plane from the control plane allows GPRS equipment to reduce retransmission through faster conversions, encapsulations, and protocol timing adjustments.
Quad-port gigabit transceiver
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Housed in a 21 x 21-mm package, the Alaska quad-port transceiver is engineered for delivering Gigabit Ethernet traffic over copper lines.
Camera modules for mobile phones
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The CX11646-21 processor chip and CX20490-31 sensor have been combined into a camera chipset module for mobile phone architectures.
Parallel fiber modules for VSR apps
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A set of 30-Gbps, 12-channel parallel fiber modules has been developed for VSR optical interconnects in communication designs.
Chip equipment sales falls 41% in 2001, but market has finally hit bottom
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2/27/2002   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- The semiconductor equipment market fell a staggering 41% in terms of worldwide sales in 2001 over 2000, but it appears that the business has finally hit the bottom, according to new figures from the Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) trade organization here today. Worldwide sales of semiconductor equipment totaled $28 billion in 2001, representing a year-over-year decline of 41%, according to SEMI of San Jose.
Tegal refutes TEL's claim of victory in appellate court ruling
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PETALUMA, Calif. -- Tegal Corp. here today shot back at Tokyo Electron Ltd., refuting TEL's claim of a "total" legal victory in an appellate court ruling over patent rights to dual-frequency etch technology.
Genesis Microchip completes Sage merger, expects sequential growth
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SAN JOSE -- Genesis Microchip Inc. today said it expects to post a 9.5% sequential increase in revenues in the current fiscal quarter after completing its acquisition of Sage Inc. in nearby Milpitas for about $241 million in stock.
Fairchild expects quarter to be sequentially flat
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc. today said revenue for the first quarter of 2002 is expected to be flat with the fourth quarter of 2001, with a top executive calling it a positive sign in a quarter typically marked by a seasonal dip.
House approves broadband bill
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The House approved controversial broadband legislation on Wednesday(Feb. 27) that would free incumbent phone companies to provide broadband data service without opening the facilities to competitors.
Agilent names head of chip group as new chief operating officer
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PALO ALTO, Calif.--Agilent Technologies Inc. today named the head of its semiconductor division as its new chief operating officer, replacing Alain Couder, who has decided to leave Agilent to join another unidentified company as chief executive officer.
Intel keynote to describe optical research
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Intel Corp. on Thursday will describe research work the firm is doing on optical chip-to-chip connections and optical waveguides on chip for when copper interconnect reaches its physical limits.
Altera updates guidance on revenue and profit margins
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Altera Corp. today said it expects first-quarter revenue to grow between 3% and 5% sequentially, to approximately $170 million, based on sales in January and February and orders for March.
EE wrestles with noise, onstage and off
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It's probably a safe bet that not too many engineers have had a star turn on Broadway.
Gain enters analog IC market with physical-layer transceiver for USB 2.0
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Gain Technology Corp. rolled out its first analog front-end interface chip for high-speed USB peripherals during the Intel Developer Forum here this week. The GT3200 is compliant with the USB 2.0 Transceiver Macrocell Interface (UTMI) specification, said Gain, which is based in Tucson, Ariz.
Intersil flexes muscle in PC power market
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Intersil Corp. told press and analysts at IDF that it dominates the market for Pentium voltage regulators. What's more, its Digital Power Architecture would put it deeper into Intel's drawers.
AMD affirms estimate of small loss in Q1
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SUNNYVALE, Calif.--Advanced Micro Devices Inc. continues to forecast revenues in the $900 million range for the first three months of 2002, said Robert Rivet, senior vice president and chief financial officer of AMD.
High-tech industry asks India to delay tariff cuts
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India's high-technology industries are pressing their government to delay the planned elimination of import duties by two years, to 2005.
Economy Watch: Electronics shipments jump 2%
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Shipments of electronic components and electronic systems rose 2% in January after a 2.6% increase in December. Orders did even better; up 2.2% in January following a 3.7% gain in December.
Nokia presses open platform strategy
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Nokia, the world's leading mobile-phone handset vendor, will license the source code of smart-phone software it has designed internally.
Five chip suppliers form DMT-VDSL initiative for interoperable devices
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SAN JOSE -- An alliance of five chip suppliers--Alcatel Microelectronics, GlobespanVirata, Ikanos, STMicroelectronics, and Zarlink--today announced an initiative to create interoperable semiconductors for broadband VDSL communications using Discrete Multi-Tone (DMT) line coding technology.
O'Keefe promises fiscal responsibility for NASA
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Sean O'Keefe, the new NASA administrator, told Congress on Wednesday (Feb. 27) that he would get the space agency's fiscal house in order and ensure that programs like the troubled space station are driven by science, not politics.
Intel discusses 'Prescott' microprocessor
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San Francisco -- Intel Corp. has added a 0.09-micron process desktop Pentium 4 processor, code-named Prescott, to its roadmap slated for introduction in the second half of 2003.
At IDF, Intel rolls out new initiative and chips to drive notebook PCs
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SAN FRANCISCO -- During the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) here today, Intel Corp. announced it will form a new initiative to help propel the development of low-power, high-speed notebook computers and related handheld products. Executives from Intel also said the company will shortly announce a mobile version of its desktop Pentium 4 microprocessor line, while also disclosing more details about its next-generation notebook chip line, code-named Banias.
Jabil to acquire Compaq server factory in Scotland
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Jabil Circuit Inc. will expand its manufacturing footprint in Europe through an agreement to acquire a Scotland server facility from Compaq Computer Corp.
Simtek receives patent for metal-programmed gate arrays
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Simtek Corp. here today announced it has received a U.S. patent for technology used to customize programmable gate arrays with one metal layer.
Intel offers 'Tidewater' and 'Big Water' reference platforms for developers
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SAN FRANCISCO -- During the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) here today, Intel Corp. announced that it is developing two reference design platforms that will help system houses to manufacturer high-speed but low-power PCs. The two platforms, dubbed Tidewater and Big Water, reportedly will not be marketed under the Intel brand name. The Santa Clara, Calif.-based chip giant will offer the platforms to OEMs in order to help them develop their products more rapidly.
Cell phones and PDAs yield to 'commoditization'
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The wireless handset industry is heading for a new era of competition as component suppliers and software vendors rush to intercept the convergence of cell phones and handheld computers. The trend, according to many in the industry, is likely to result in a rapidly commoditized market where brand is king and much of the technology used to build the next generation of handheld devices becomes interchangeable. The trend was exemplified by a deal
European defense contractors brace for consolidation
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The European military electronics sector could be facing a wave of consolidation as companies position themselves for increased U.S. defense spending.
Taiwan may allow $5.7 billion in fab investments in China, says report
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TAIPEI -- Taiwan's cabinet will give the island's semiconductor companies approval to build 200-mm wafer fabrication plants in mainland China by the end of March, according to a local newspaper here quoted by the Reuters news service today.
Intel demos world's first 4-GHz and 90-nm desktop processors at IDF
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SAN FRANCISCO -- During the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) here today, Intel Corp. gave a sneak preview of its future desktop microprocessor lines, including a 4-GHz chip as well as a 90-nm (0.090-micron) product called Prescott. Intel demonstrated the world's first 4-GHz desktop processor, based on its Pentium 4 processor and Netburst architecture. The chip is twice as fast as the company's current Pentium 4 line, which is a 0.13-micron chip that runs at 2.2-GHz.
Startup pitches narrowband wireless approach
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As ultrawideband communications gathers steam, Pegasus Data Systems Inc. is pushing an alternative wireless technology called ultranarrowband (UNB) that can increase the data rate performance of mobile networks, the company said. UNB will allow GPRS and other carriers to deliver 3-Mbit/second channels over existing infrastructure designs, Pegasus said.
DRAM contract, spot prices show steady rise
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Spot prices for DRAMs have risen rapidly since Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and Hynix Semiconductor Inc. increased DRAM contract prices.
3GIO, RapidIO interconnect camps seek common ground
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The Intel-led 3GIO working group and the Motorola-backed RapidIO consortium have taken the first tentative step to forging some interoperability between their competing interconnect technologies.
IMP's profit turnaround continues despite drop in sales
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SAN JOSE -- Analog chip maker IMP Inc. here increased its profitability in the last fiscal quarter after staging a dramatic turnaround in 2001. The company this week reported a net profit of $17,000 in the fiscal quarter, ended Dec. 31, compared to a loss of $1.2 million in the period last year.
Initiative to kick-start VDSL deployment
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Five of the leading players in providing ICs for DSL applications have teamed on an initiative to create interoperable Discrete Multi-Tone (DMT) based chips that meet the emerging standards for broadband VDSL.
Apple wins a GRAMMY
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Note och Sanmina i samarbete
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2/27/2002   Post a comment
Nu skall företagen Note och Sanmina-SCI komplettera sina respektive kompetenser: Sanmina-SCI kan producera i höga volymer mot internationella företag medan Note producerar i mindre serier mot lokala beställare. Det är resultatet av ett avtal mellan företagen. Beställarna av elektronikproduktion får därmed en mjuk övergång allteftersom volymerna växlar.
Japan reins in Taiwan IC ties
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Although the partnerships were based on different products, the breakups suggest the Japanese industry's hopes of using Taiwan as a cost reduction base have faded. Hitachi Ltd. said last week that it will soon end a 300mm-wafer fab joint venture with Taiwan's United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) to provide foundry services on the grounds that the economic slowdown has eroded prices and slashed demand.
Mattson to sell AG Associates RTP tool line to Metron
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FREMONT, Calif. -- In a move to spin off mature chip-fabrication tools, Mattson Technology Inc. today announced it will sell its AG Associates rapid thermal processing (RTP) product line to Metron Technology N.V., a supplier of wafer fab support and maintenance services based in Burlingame, Calif.
Capital spending will improve as 2002 recovery gains momentum, says analyst
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Although the semiconductor equipment market is likely to stay soft this year, there are signs that the industry is coming back to life.
Intel works toward ramp of 90-nm process in 2003
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SAN FRANCISCO -- In a move to keep up in the IC technology race, Intel Corp. plans to soon announce its 90-nm (0.09-micron) process for use in high-speed microprocessors, flash memories, and other chips, said company executives at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) here.
Serial backplane protocols to slug it out
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US market research company Venture Development (VDC) says switched serial fabrics will be used in 30% of CompactPCI systems by the end of 2006.
Light changes gallium from semiconductor to metal
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A team from Southampton University has developed a process that could ease the transition between optical and electrical signals.
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