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Motorola's master plumber
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Theresa Metty thought she had the perfect job managing a $42 billion procurement budget--until Motorola Inc. came calling with a proposal she couldn't refuse.
IMEC aims at 20-nm transistors with metal-gate project
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IMEC, a process technology and EDA research organization, has extended its collaborative research program on high-k dielectrics to include the implementation of metal gate stacks in planar scaled CMOS at dimensions below 65 nanometers.
Natsemi gründet virtuelle "Analog University"
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Der Halbleiterhersteller National Semiconductor hat eine virtuelle "Analog University" eröffnet. Hardwarentwickler können dort in interaktiven Lehrgängen Wissen über Analogtechnik erwerben oder vertiefen.
JMAR benefits from discontinued business, awaits sell offs
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JMAR Technologies Inc. said that revenues, from continuing operations jumped by 42 percent in the year to December 31, 2002, compared with the previous year moving to $18.4 million from $12.9 million.
Dyson's appointment as innovation advisor "scandalous"
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James Dyson, the UK entrepreneur that moved his manufacturing operations out of the UK last year with the loss of 800 jobs, has been asked by the government to act as a consultant to the UK's manufacturing industry.
IP core lets designers aggregate Fast Ethernet pipes
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Startup TeamF1 is sending a link aggregation intellectual property (IP) core to market today (March 31) that allows VxWorks users to multiplex Fast Ethernet channels together on the same pipe.
AMD, Fujitsu to revamp flash-memory venture
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Advanced Micro Devices Inc. today (March 31, 2003) is expected to announce the formation of a new flash-memory chip venture with Japan's Fujitsu Ltd., according to a report from Reuters.
Paging Dick Tracy: Docomo to test-market Seiko's wristwatch phone
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NTT Docomo Inc. is close to launching a test-marketing effort in Japan for a wristwatch phone developed by Seiko Instruments Inc.
Anwender kritisieren Qualität von EDA-Tools
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Die Qualität der EDA-Software lässt zu wünschen übrig. Besserung ist nicht in Sicht. Der Grund: Die Toolanbieter können bei der Neuentwicklung von EDA-Tools kaum mit der Innovation in der Chip-Branche mithalten.
Vernier delivers power over Ethernet to cut WLAN installation costs
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Vernier Networks Inc. has added power-over-Ethernet capabilities to its line of security and management systems for IEEE 802.11-based wireless LANs.
Japan: TV-Hersteller erarbeiten Internet-TV-Spezifikation
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Digitales Fernsehen via Internet -- das peilen japanische TV-Gerätehersteller zurzeit an. Eine Arbeitsgruppe soll bis Oktober die technischen Spezifikationen erarbeiten.
SoC: Die Qual mit den Tests
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Nach Entwicklung und Verifikation kommt der Test, oder? Aber mit immer komplexeren Chip-Designs steigt der Schwierigkeitsgrad der Tests exponentiell an. Vordenker suchen einen Weg aus dem Chaos.
Xerox tips MEMS switch for optical networking
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Xerox Corp. has built an 8 x 8 microelectromechanical system (MEMS) switch using a silicon-on-insulator process that was developed through a National Institute of Standards and Technology advanced research project.
Optical-components makers turn to custom jobs
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Survivors in the optical-components manufacturing industry are keeping production lines open by increasing the amount of their custom-made offerings.
TEL, Teseda to combine forces on design-for-test
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Japan -- Tokyo Electron Ltd. (TEL) and Teseda Corp. have linked two pieces of equipment together to demonstrate a combined design-for-test system, and pledged to develop their partnership further.
Les ventes de Smartphones devancent celles des PDA dans les pays de l'EMEA
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D'après un rapport de l'analyste britannique Canalys, les expéditions de smartphones devraient dépasser celles des mobiles dans les pays d'Europe, du Moyen-Orient et d'Afrique (EMEA pour Europe, Middle East and Africa) en 2003.
Dual PCIMG 2.16 PMC carrier board
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Blade Runner 500 is a dual PMC carrier board for 6U PICMG 2.16-compatible CompactPCI systems.
12-km XFP module
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An XFP module has been developed for 10-Gbit Sonet and 10 Gigabit Ethernet designs that delivers a reach of 12 km.
Motorola demonstrates 4-Mbit nano-crystal flash memory
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Motorola Inc. has demonstrated prototypes of a potential successor to flash memory for which the memory effect is based on charge-trapping at grain boundaries in a thin layer of polycrystalline silicon. The memory devices, at 4-Mbit capacity, are considered an important development because flash memory based on traditional floating-gate technology is considered to have problems scaling, the company said.
Philips gambit: Self-timing's time is here
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Philips Research is preparing to spin off its internal asynchronous chip design technology in hopes of a wide uptake for a methodology that delivers low-power devices.
RapidIO gains chip support, legitimacy
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The infrastructure needed to bring the RapidIO interconnect to the networking market is coming together, squelching questions about whether the chip-to-chip technology has lost momentum to competitors HyperTransport and the Intel-spearheaded Advanced Switching derivative of PCI Express.
Motorola demos test chip for 4Mbit nanocrystal memory
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Motorola, Inc. has demonstrated what it says is the world's first 4Mbit memory device based on silicon nanocrystals. The fully functional test chip will be used to develop successors to floating gate-based flash memories, which many believe will not continue to scale to smaller geometries.
Schienennetzteil als Billigmacher
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Einsparungen von bis zu 20 Prozent gegenüber gängigen Stromversorgungen verspricht der britische Hersteller XP den Benutzern seiner DIN-Schienennetzteilen der Serie THD.
Italian police defuse bomb outside IBM offices, says report
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Italian police defused a bomb outside the offices of IBM Corp. Bologna on Monday (March 31, 2003), according to a report from Reuters. The police action thwarted an attack that was probably a protest against U.S.-led military action in Iraq, local officials were reported as saying.
Auf den blauen Zahn gefühlt
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Der Bluetooth-Tester R4870 von Advantest verbindet einen HF-Analysator und einen Protokoll-Tester in einem gemeinsamen Gehäuse.
Tundra pays $10 million for IBM's PCI-X Bus Bridge product line
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Ottawa, Canada) has today (Monday 31 March, 2003) bought IBM's 133 PCI-X Bridge product line $10 million in cash. The devices will now be sold as the Tundra Tsi310 PCI-X Bus Bridge and through a foundry deal will continue to be made by IBM Microelectronics.
UK mobile phone recycling goes international
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UK mobile phone recycling company, Eurosource Europe, has announced plans to expand into the U.S after recycling 150,000 mobile phones and 2 million toner cartridges since its set-up four years ago.
Xilinx, IBM, UMC combination ships 90-nm circuits
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FPGA maker Xilinx Inc. said today (March 31, 2003) that it has started shipping programmable chips made using 90 nanometer manufacturing process technology, with functional chips having been produced at both its foundry partners IBM Microelectronics and United Microelectronics Corp.
Samsung begins ascent of multi-billion dollar MCP market
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Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has announced mass production of a four-chip multi-chip package (MCP) intended for use in mobile communications handsets. The company said that use of internal EDA software for MCP design would help it take a "leadership position" in the booming multi-billion dollar market for multi-chip components.
Employment prospects down for coming quarter
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Employment prospects in the UK electronics industry are at their second lowest Q2 balance in the last decade, according to the Manpower Quarterly Survey of Employment Prospects.
Semiconductor recovery stalled in February, says SIA
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The recovery in the worldwide market for semiconductors stalled in February, due to a combination of seasonal flatness and political uncertainty ahead of the Iraq conflict, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). However, the industry organization still sees a sufficiently healthy second half to 2003 for the market to achieve double-digit percentage growth for the year.
Microsoft reorganises EMEA operations
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Microsoft has confirmed that the headquarters for its OEM division for Europe, Middle East and Africa will be locating to Dublin, Ireland.
Organische LEDs ermöglichen flexible Displays
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Die Technologie flexibler Displays bietet eine Unmenge von Vorteilen: beträchtliche Gewichtsreduzierung, schlankere Geräte, erhebliche Verbesserung der Robustheit und der nicht linearen Formfaktoren und Erschließung neuer, bisher unerreichbarer Märkte. Organische LEDs gelten dabei als Technik der Wahl.
Telegnomic secures further funding, eyes new markets
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Data capture, visualisation and optimisation software company, Telegnomic has announced securing a further £250,000 funding through The Oxfordshire Investment Opportunity Network (OION).
STS bolstered by orders but records net loss for year
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Newport-based Surface Technology Systems (STS), an equipment manufacturer for micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) and optoelectronics, has announced winning an MEMS equipment order from a U.S customer.
Converge in midst of major shakeup
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Converge Inc. is distancing itself from its exchange model and moving closer to its independent distribution roots under a new name, EBN has learned. According to internal Converge company documents, Pharos Capital Partners, an existing Converge shareholder, will immediately infuse into Converge more than $7 million that will enable the distributor to restructure and regroup.
Samsung fights to hold top LCD spot
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3/28/2003   Post a comment
Though Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.'s closest LCD rival is sniping at its heels, executives at the South Korean company insist that competition plays only a small role in setting its corporate strategy.
Why you need RTL virtual prototyping
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Cadence Design Systems' Suk Lee traces the evolution of silicon virtual prototyping, and proposes a "continuous convergence" methodology for solving timing closure problems.
Samsung fights to hold top LCD spot
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Intel expected to unveil DDR2 chipsets next year
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Intel Corp. will introduce its first DDR2 chipsets in the second quarter of 2004, according to DRAM executives attending the JEDEX Conference in San Jose this week.
Hynix may face duties in U.S., says report
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The U.S. government "may slap" duties on DRAM shipments from South Korea's Hynix Semiconductor Inc. next week, according to a report from Reuters here.
Xilinx qualifies FPGAs at UMC's 300-mm fab
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Xilinx Inc. here today (March 28, 2003) announced production qualification for its FPGA lines, based on 130-nm technology and 300-mm substrates from its foundry partner--Taiwan's United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC).
Taiwan procurement conference postponed by Sony
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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Sony Corp. has postponed its procurement conference with Taiwan suppliers, citing concerns over the current war in Iraq. The deadly pneumonia virus that has recently spread to Taiwan was not mentioned as a factor in Sony's decision.
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