Sony 1394 chips could boost DTCP encryption scheme
News & Analysis 5/27/1999 Post a comment In a move to end the continuing copy-protection debate over digital interfaces for consumer appliances, Sony Electronics this summer will roll out IEEE-1394 chips that secure the transmission of digital audio and video content. The chips could give an edge to the digital transmission content protection (DTCP) scheme over the rival extended conditional access (XCA) approach.
Qualcomm, DSP Communications show latest CDMA chip sets News & Analysis 5/27/1999 Post a comment Pushing aside remaining patent-pool and modulation issues for 3G standardization, Qualcomm Inc's CDMA technologies group has announced a next-generation Mobile Station Modem 5000 chip set for handsets and a Cell Site Modem 5000 chip set for basestations, both of which Qualcomm calls "3G compatible." The chip sets follow the spreading-rate format proposed by the cdma2000 Phase One proposal, though that does not insure universal compatibility with UMTS-2000 standards.
As Cyrix departs, rivals jockey to fill MPU sockets News & Analysis 5/27/1999 Post a comment Rise Technology Co. and Advanced Micro Devices Inc., competing suppliers of Intel-compatible microprocessors, are marking their respective territories in the notebook-PC market but may wind up fighting over scraps left by the exit from the market of National Semiconductor Corp.'s Cyrix subsidiary.
Chinese carrier plans huge CDMA network News & Analysis 5/26/1999 Post a comment China Unicom, one of the few rivals to state-run China Telecom, plans to establish a huge code-division multiple-access (CDMA) network with 50 million-line capacity and more than 35 million cellular-phone users by 2003.
Expanding Williams gets $200M Intel investment
News & Analysis 5/26/1999 Post a comment Intel Corp. has agreed to make a $200 million investment in Williams Communications Inc. via a stock purchase, and said it will rely on the Williams network as a key transport element of Intel's new Internet Data Services business. The alliance comes as Williams, a backbone carrier, is expanding into wireless transport options through a point-to-point technology similar to local multipoint distribution service (LMDS), and is also expanding its inter-city fiber backbone through an alliance with M
Monterey to demo working optical router at Supercomm News & Analysis 5/26/1999 Post a comment Monterey Networks Inc. will show the first switching-fabric and I/O elements of its 20000 Series Wavelength Router at the upcoming Supercomm show in Atlanta, demonstrating how the fabric can scale from optoelectronic components to true optical switch components as the latter become practical. Completion of Monterey's prototypes comes as Cisco Systems Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) has taken a minority stake of undisclosed size in the optical startup, whose Wavelength Routing Protocol (Warp) created a s
Actel Announces Their Fastest FPGA News & Analysis 5/26/1999 Post a comment Sunnyvale, Calif.--May 24, 1999--Actel Corp. (Sunnyvale) announced the availability of0.35-µm antifuse devices at a new "-3" speed grade in Actel's high-performance SX ...
Cadence and Quickturn Complete Merger News & Analysis 5/26/1999 Post a comment San Jose--May 25, 1999--Cadence Design Systems, Inc. and Quickturn Design Systems, Inc. announced the completion of their merger. The merger agreement, unanimously approved ...
Taiwan's Hon Hai files patent suit against U.S. company News & Analysis 5/26/1999 Post a comment Taiwanese companies, long a target of U.S. patent infringement suits, are fighting back: Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. Ltd., a Taiwan-based computer component maker, filed a patent-infringement case against Kycon Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles on Tuesday (May 25).
Seiko builds TCP/IP into iChip News & Analysis 5/26/1999 Post a comment Seiko Instruments USA Inc. has incorporated TCP/IP capabilities into a device called the iChip S7600A. Developed in conjunction with iReady Corp. (Santa Clara, Calif.), the iChip will be used first in traditional telecom systems, but eventually may find its way into automobiles, appliances and vending machines.
Monday Night Football to be broadcast in 720p HDTV next fall News & Analysis 5/26/1999 Post a comment Moving to relieve the longstanding content deprivation that has plagued HDTV since its inception, ABC Network and Panasonic Broadcast & Television Systems Co. said Tuesday (May 25) that they will team up to broadcast Monday Night Football live in 720 progressive (720p) HDTV format starting next fall.
Actel pumps $8 million into struggling GateField News & Analysis 5/26/1999 Post a comment Actel Corp. has invested $8 million in GateField Corp. in exchange for a promissory note that is convertible into 420,000 shares of stock. GateField (Fremont, Calif.) had warned last week that it was about to run out of cash as it struggles to revive itself in the programmable-logic arena.
Industry urges caution on China export laws News & Analysis 5/25/1999 Post a comment The U.S. electronics industry is asking lawmakers to move cautiously on tightening U.S. export controls in response to the release Tuesday (May 25) of a House report alleging nuclear espionage by China.
Frequency hones in on timing closure News & Analysis 5/25/1999 Post a comment Frequency Technology Inc., a deep-submicron tool vendor, hopes to help designers reach timing closure with Copernicus, an "interconnect-driven optimization" tool that will be announced next week.
Cypress acquires small USB house News & Analysis 5/25/1999 Post a comment Cypress Semiconductor Corp. today announced it has acquired Anchor Chips Inc. (San Diego), a private company specializing in Universal Serial Bus (USB) ICs, for $15 million. The acquisition doubles Cypress' market share in the business.
Resources News & Analysis 5/25/1999 Post a comment The following Web sites offer additional sources of information on networking/datacom hardware and software issues.
HTML eyed for Web-based management News & Analysis 5/25/1999 Post a comment As processing power and memory become less expensive, many silicon vendors are offering so-called all-in-one products that give their customers 80 percent of a switch or router's functionality right off the shelf. The trend, referred to as OEM-in-a-box, allows OEMs to build better products by focusing only on the 20 percent of the features that add proprietary value.
High-speed switches demand agile tools News & Analysis 5/25/1999 Post a comment More demands are being made on the high-speed network switches and routers that make up corporate intranets. Thanks to the Internet, among those demands are the ability to handle real-time data types such as streaming video and voice over IP. On top of the usual gaggle of network protocols, switches must also cope with new ones such as the resource-reservation protocol (RSVP), which implements Quality of Service over Internet protocol (IP), and the service-location protocol (SLP), which discover
One CPU must serve many products News & Analysis 5/25/1999 Post a comment Beyond developing high-end switches, routers and other leading-edge networking equipment, engineers are often asked to design products at various price points and levels of the network. Systems can range from remote-access digital-subscriber-line access multiplexers (DSLAMs) to wide-area-network (WAN) access switches, often in parallel and while trying to minimize design and software resources.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.