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Business users slate smartphone functionality, quality
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Smartphones are not that smart, leave a lot to be desired as a business tool, lack functionality and are often inadequately tested, according to mobile software specialist Intuwave.
Accounting for currency swings
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Like death and taxes, exchange rate fluctuations are inevitable. It's when the swings are large or unexpected that currency conversions have an impact, both positive and negative, on business results. In 2003, the dollar depreciated about 17 percent against the euro and 11 percent against the Japanese yen, diluting the bottom line of some companies.
PLM comes of age
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One short year ago, Fox Electronics Inc. was easily the perfect example of a company in dire need of a product lifecycle management (PLM) application.
Avoiding allocation
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If you are hiking in the woods with a group and a bear starts chasing you, just remember that you don't have to be the swiftest"you just have to be able to outrun the slowest hiker.
ASIC-FPGA high wire act
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Remember when ASIC was ASIC and FPGA was an afterthought? It wasn't that long ago--maybe 10 years--but technology and market forces have done a lot to blur the distinction.
Are you green enough?
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Last summer, Greg Frazier spoke on a panel about environmental compliance in foreign markets. Out of 300 attendees, 10 said they had heard of ROHS--Restriction on the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances--the European Union's so-called lead-free law. And of those, just three had active compliance programs, said Frazier, executive vice president of Avnet Supply Chain Services (Phoenix).
Look before you buy
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After more than three years of cutthroat component pricing and abundant supply, the specter of allocation once again is creeping across the electronics industry. But a potential new source of supply, unavailable in the boom times of the late 1990s, is beginning to emerge in China. Though unequipped just yet to deliver strategic components like ASICs, microprocessors or flash memory, China has an established expertise in labor-intensive commodity goods ranging from printed-circuit boards and plas
ROI isn't just a buzz word
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Ed Knab remembers the chaotic days at chip maker Conexant Systems Inc., when the supply chain system at his company"like so many others"consisted of software of all shapes and sizes, stitched together. One application handled back-end functions, juggled advanced planning activities and managed communication with offshore facilities. As IT execs added each piece, the prospect of hefty financial returns and increased operational efficiencies glimmered a bit brighter.
Germany's ZMD banks on analog strategy
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With fab utilization running high, German chip maker ZMD AG said its analog strategy should innoculate it against market vagaries and Asian competition.
IMEC entwickelt DSP mit Parallelprozessor-Array
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Die belgische Forschungsorganisation IMEC hatte in der Vergangenheit mit Xilinx Forschungen zum Thema rekonfigurierbare Systeme durchgeführt. Darauf aufbauend haben die Belgier nunmehr ein weiteres Forschungsprogramm aufgesetzt, das flexible und leistungseffiziente Architekturen für Wireless- und Multimediasysteme untersuchen soll.
Startup für "Liquid Optic" erhält solide Millionen-Finanzierung
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Die PolyTechnos Venture-Partners aus München und Sofinnova Partners aus Paris haben gemeinsam eine 10 Millionen Euro schwere Finanzierung für Varioptic SA auf den Weg gebracht. Das Unternehmen entwickelt und fertigt elektrisch gesteuerte "flüssige Linsen". Varioptic hat bereits im vergangenen Jahr von Sofinnova Partners eine Finanzierung in Höhe von zwei Millionen Euro erhalten.
Sony-Studio setzt auf Blu-Ray, Nokia bringt Funk und TV aufs Handy
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Ein zum Sony-Konzern gehörendes Filmstudio will künftig seine neuen Titel auf Datenträgern im hochauflösenden Blu-Ray-Format auf den Markt bringen. Auch bei Nokia legt man die Hände nicht in den Schoß: Kräftig wird an der Entwicklung spezieller Dienste gebastelt, um Handy-Daten mit UKW- und digitalen Fernsehsignalen unter einen Hut zu bringen.
Le marché des photomasques achève sa période de repli
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L'ensemble du marché des photomasques connaîtra une croissance d'environ 12 % en 2004 pour atteindre 2 milliards de dollars et une autre croissance de 5 % en 2005, indique un rapport publié par l'Information Network.
L'Union européenne s'associe aux Etats-Unis dans une affaire de taxe chinoise
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L'Union européenne (UE) s'est associée aux Etats-Unis dans une plainte adressée à l'encontre de la Chine à l'Organisation mondiale du commerce et concernant une taxe sur la valeur ajoutée (TVA) sur les ventes de circuits intégrés, indique un rapport de Bloomberg publié mercredi (31 mars 2004).
Leiterplatten weiter im Aufwind
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Die Erholung des Leiterplattenmarkts setzt sich weiter fort. Im Januar stieg das Book-to-Bill-Verhältnis auf 1,05 und damit auf den höchsten Januarwert in den vergangenen drei Jahren.
Tutorial on Designing Delta-Sigma Modulators: Part 2
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Delta-sigma modulators will allow designers to meet the dynamic range, adaptability, and programmability requirements of multi-mode GSM/W-CDMA designs. Find out how to craft these devices in this two-part tutorial.
NSE evaluation kit
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An evaluation kit has been developed for the 512K entry NL5000 family of network search engines (NSEs).
Sumitomo, Fujitsu consolidate compound semi operations into Eudyna
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Fujitsu is combining the operations of its Quantum Devices group with the electronic devices division of Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd. into a joint venture company dubbed Eudyna Devices, Inc.
Business users slate smartphone functionality, quality
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Smartphones are not that smart, leave a lot to be desired as a business tool, lack functionality and are often inadequately tested, according to mobile software specialist Intuwave.
W-CDMA test tool
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The MX786201A rapid test designer (RTD) let's developers conduct interoperability tests on 3G mobile phones.
NextHop updates routing software, receives $4 million in funding
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NextHop Technologies unveiled an updated version of its GateD next generation carrier (NGC) routing and MPLS software that adds support for the virtual routing redundancy protocol (V RRP) and 15 additional command line interface (CLI) products.
The Crystal Ball Prediction—More Software in Our Future
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The crystal ball predicts that there will be more software in our future. And, it's no wonder. Trends in chip design are daunting—mask costs are exorbitant, while other development costs are rising exponentially as verification becomes more difficult and the cost of failure grows. Catalytic's Andy Haines describes how software can help overcome some of the technological challenges facing the electronics industry today.
IVF utvidgar samarbete med Shanghai Universitet
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IVF Industriforskning och utveckling AB fördjupar sitt engagemang i Kina och bildar ett samriskbolag, SMI Ltd, tillsammans med teknikparken vid Shanghai Universitet. Syftet med SMIT Ltd. är att bättre kunna marknadsföra IVFs produkter samt att bättre kunna hjälpa svenska företag med kunskaper och rådgivning när det gäller att sätta upp fabriker i Kina.
Acte satsar hårt på M2M
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Acte AB satsar stort på den gryende M2M-marknaden (machine-to-machine), där maskiner trådlöst kommunicerar mellan varandra. I dagarna blev det nämligen klart att Acte får distributionen av Siemens trådlösa moduler för GSM- och GPRS-kommunikation.
Avgörande för tillväxten och framtiden
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Bristen på samsyn i tillväxtfrågan mellan regeringen/samarbetspartierna å ena sidan, och näringslivet och en betydande del av forskningssamhället å den andra, gör åtminstone mig pessimistisk när det gäller den eftertraktade, och ack så behövliga tillväxten.
WLAN Power Amps has best power efficiency
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ANADIGICS has begun shipping InGaP, HBT, WLAN, power amplifiers (PAs) to a leading supplier of WLAN chipsets for PC notebooks. The RFS P2023 power amplifier was selected because it achieves higher power efficiencies in all operating modes compared with other WLAN PAs
RF transceiver offers unequaled sensitivity performance
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Toshiba America Electronic Components has broadened its wireless product lineup with the addition of a new ISM frequency-band RF transceiver operating from 240 MHz to 450MHz.
Power IC family expands for PoE
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Focus on the class of audio amps
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The sweet sound you hear in your home theater, your portable CD headset, and your multi-speaker car audio may be sheer magic to your ears, but it required diverse design techniques that presented several design challenges before it could go live. Paul O'Shea has this comparison of Class AB, G, H and other topologies.
UHF band RFID reader/writer successfully meets EPC specifications
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Omron offers an RFID reader/writer compatible with both UHF and HF frequency bands. In addition, the company also provides a UHF band IC tag that utilizes proprietary IC chip ultrasonic bonding technology.
Maxwell launches ultracap in standard battery form factor
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Maxwell Technologies, Inc. has unveiled its first BOOSTCAP ultracapacitor in a standard battery-sized package. Maxwell said it's the first company to offer ultracapacitors packaged in an industry standard form factor. Gina Roos has this report.
Synopsys forum updates SystemVerilog support
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The message at the Synopsys EDA Interoperability Developer's Forum, convening Thursday (April 1), is clear; SystemVerilog support is growing. The forum will provide updates on both Synopsys' SystemVerilog plans and those of third-party vendors in Synopsys' Catalyst partner program.
Boost Controller consumes only 120 micro amps at no load
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Microchip introduces a series of 750-kHz gated oscillator DC/DC Boost Controllers. These devices can deliver 5 Watts of power to the load while consuming only 120 microamps of quiescent current at no load. They are used to generate the supply voltage for microcontrollers and other electronic loads from a battery supply or the bus voltages available in the system.
Low skew clock driver reduces loading
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The PCK3807A is a low skew clock driver from Philips Semiconductor that reduces loading on the preceding driver and provides an efficient clock distribution network.
Adaptive antennas gain in 60-GHz band
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The 60-GHz band has been allocated worldwide for unlicensed wireless-communications systems. The United States, Europe and Japan have all allocated at least 5 GHz of contiguous bandwidth, which is nearly equal to the total for all other wireless communications. This unprecedented amount holds the potential for much higher data rates than other channels that are bandwidth-limited, with wireless data rates in the range of 1 Gbit/second becoming reasonable. A student at the Berkeley Wireless Resear
Fujitsu shows mobile media processor
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Fujitsu Microelectronics unveiled a new generation of media processing chip for mobile applications such as cell phone handsets.
Lucky warns of end-user broadband expectations
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Former Bellcore and Telcordia research head Robert Lucky warned of the end-user expectations for "free" service as a key factor affecting future telecom recovery.
Barcelona Design names new CEO
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Barcelona Design, a provider of synthesizable analog intellectual property (IP) solutions, has replaced its existing CEO, Thomas Heydler, and named Ariel Sella (right) to that position. Sella said he doesn't expect drastic changes, but wants to clarify Barcelona's mission.
Xilinx development kit 6.2
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The Xilinx Embedded Development Kit (EDK) includes an IDE, software tools, system wizards, and IP to speed embedded design and use all the power offered by a programmable platform.
TCP/IP stack for TI 'C5416
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The CMX MicroNet TCP/IP stack has been ported to the Infinetix Ethernet daughter card for the Texas Instruments TMS320VC5416 DSK.
Software debugger supports ARM cores
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Galieosoft's GalieoSD software debugger supports all ARM cores and JTAG emulators.
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