Bouncing back from DRAM debacle, FMI charts new course News & Analysis 5/31/2000 Post a comment Fujitsu Microelectronics Inc. (FMI) executives on Wednesday charted a bold course for the once-battered company, with lavish capital expenditures to pay for the company's hoped-for dominance in flash memory and its new 0.11-micron (drawn) process technology.
Philips licenses voice-over-DSL technologies News & Analysis 5/31/2000 Post a comment Philips Semiconductors has licensed technology for voice-over-digital subscriber line (VoDSL) services from two U.S. companies, Tollbridge Technologies Inc. and CopperCom Corp. Philips will use the technologies in its products and will serve as a semiconductor manufacturing partner for the two companies.
Mentor buys German tool company News & Analysis 5/30/2000 Post a comment Mentor Graphics Corp. showed it is getting serious about Product Data Management (PDM) systems, as its Board Systems Division announced this week the purchase of privately held Descon Informationssysteme GmbH (Nuremberg, Germany) for an undisclosed amount of money.
Test automation profile rises in IC design News & Analysis 5/30/2000 Post a comment Developments on tap for next week's Design Automation Conference in Los Angeles reveal the rising importance of test automation in the chip design process. The new capabilities also show that software-based test companies are quick to put breakthroughs in computer technology to work in test.
Lucent combines networking and opto groups News & Analysis 5/30/2000 Post a comment Lucent Technologies Inc.'s Microelectronics Division is pulling together its telecom-chip and optoelectronics groups for an unprecedented collaboration, to prepare for bringing packet-handling logic directly into optical transponders to modulate OC-48 (2.5-Gbit/second) and OC-192 (10-Gbit/s) networks.
As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.
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