Micron-sized refrigeration device has no moving parts News & Analysis 5/2/2005 Post a comment National Institute of Standards and Technology researchers have exploited the difference in resistance between a normal conductor and a superconductor to create a tiny solid-state refrigeration device that can be fabricated using standard semiconductor-processing techniques.
Mobile handsets are dialing up Linux News & Analysis 5/2/2005 Post a comment Although its victory has been fairly silent, Linux has achieved widespread adoption in consumer electronics devices ranging from Sony high-definition televisions and TiVo digital video recorders to home networking equipment from companies such as LinkSys and D-Link.
SoC processing options News & Analysis 5/2/2005 Post a comment Systems-on-chip with multiple processing elements are an important part of the design landscape, especially for portable systems that require the high level of integration and the mixed data and signal processing that SoC devices offer.
Pc board package for the frugal News & Analysis 5/2/2005 Post a comment Claiming to provide capabilities comparable to much more expensive pc-board design tools, Novarm Software has released DipTrace 1.21, aimed at students, hobbyists and industrial users.
History lives at the PTO News & Analysis 5/2/2005 Post a comment Even though there are strict guidelines under which a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office examiner must accept or reject a claim, there is a human side to the process, said supervisory patent examiner Nestor Ramirez.
Patently protected News & Analysis 5/2/2005 Post a comment It's one of those "Aha!" moments. A lone engineer toiling away on a project gets a bright idea that cuts through a knotty technical problem.
Acquisitions take Juniper to enterprise News & Analysis 5/2/2005 Post a comment When Juniper Networks Inc. acquired two traffic-shaping companies for $469 million last week, it was only the opening salvo in an effort to redefine enterprise architectures for optimizing LAN and WAN traffic.
Japan-made design tools come to U.S. News & Analysis 5/2/2005 Post a comment After working in Japan as a chip designer and later selling EDA software from U.S. companies there, Rick Ader has launched a startup that will try to reverse a 20-year trend by bringing Japanese design automation technology into the U.S. market.
Creative storage News & Analysis 5/2/2005 Post a comment An increasing number of systems used by the creators of motion pictures, TV programming and other entertainment content will integrate optical disks and hard-disk drives over the next few years.
Vet guides PC's 'domestication' Product News 5/2/2005 Post a comment Dick Grote led the team that designed Hewlett-Packard Co.'s first IBM-compatible PC, the 12-MHz 286 Vectra, introduced in 1985. Today, the 30-year HP veteran heads R&D for consumer PCs.
La sécurité fait caler le multimédia mobile News & Analysis 5/2/2005 Post a comment Le potentiel de transmettre des fichiers MP3, des jeux vidéo, des séquences de films, des émissions télévisées en temps réel ainsi que d’autres contenus multimédias numériques sur les téléphones portables a déclenché une activité fébrile d’ingénierie sans précédent. Mais pour le moment, les consommateurs sont restés bloqués sur un seul cheval de bataille - le téléphone appareil photo.
Best Practices in Workforce Management News & Analysis 5/1/2005 Post a comment The Year of the Agent continues here at
Call Center Magazine. So far, we’ve covered new-hire assessment, staffing services, and computer-based training. In this article, we’re going to help you get the most out of all of those highly qualified, well-trained agents by improving your company’s workforce management practices.
Back to the Future Product News 5/1/2005 Post a comment At the time it seemed like a bet with no downside risk: AMX Corp. would mine its wealth of audio/video control technology to strike gold in the MP3 player market, the next killer application expected to bubble up from the Internet well.
Being socially responsible News & Analysis 5/1/2005 Post a comment In mid-April I invited a dozen or so very smart industry executives to join me for an afternoon to discuss issues and challenges facing the electronics industry and to help draft the agenda for the fourth annual Supply Network Conference, slated for October 24-26 in San Jose, Calif. The group I convened is the conference planning committee, chaired by Stanford University professor Hau Lee. We spent a lively and engaging few hours talking about issues that ranged from the tactical, such as applyi
Fujitsu hops on the IDM train News & Analysis 5/1/2005 Post a comment Traditional Japanese electronics companies were vertically integrated, their capabilities encompassing most functions in the semiconductor supply chain.
Recycling? News & Analysis 5/1/2005 Post a comment When your company tosses out waste products of any kind, is it also serving competitive information to its rivals?
Intel:The one-hit wonder News & Analysis 5/1/2005 Post a comment Flash back 10 years to the PC processor war between Intel and its rivals. One by one, venerable competitors dropped out of the race: Texas Instruments sharpened its focus on DSPs, IBM developed PowerPC for Apple and the embedded market, and Cyrix followed National's vision of low-cost information appliances. That essentially left a $30 billion-plus market to Intel and perennial second source, AMD.
Weaker Still News & Analysis 5/1/2005 Post a comment The U.S. economy is weakening, consumer sentiment is sliding, Dell Inc. though still dominant in the PC market is talking of moderating computer demand and the Electronics Supply & Manufacturing Business Index is at its lowest level in eight months. The logical conclusion? The second-quarter outlook for the electronics market isn't as rosy as everyone expected it would be a few months ago.
Tapping innovation networks News & Analysis 5/1/2005 Post a comment There's no question that technology innovation is one of the most important competitive factors for OEMs. But with the outsourcing of both manufacturing and design on the rise, many OEMs no longer invest as heavily in internal R&D and process technology as they once did. With this hollowing out comes a critical need to develop new models and new relationships to access innovation wherever it is being developed. Some companies are doing so using a dynamic method that Forrester Research Inc. (
A happy alliance News & Analysis 5/1/2005 Post a comment Last year, Toshiba America Information Systems launched a new program to streamline its repair and customer service processes and came up with an unlikely solution: Outsource the job. That in itself wasn't so unusual, but the company it picked to do the job was: shipping giant United Parcel Services.
Top 35 Global Distributors News & Analysis 5/1/2005 Post a comment Going by the numbers, last year was a very good one for distributors. Top-line growth hit double digits at many major companies, following single-digit growth the year before, and some are reporting a revival of staffing and facilities expansions, particularly in Asia.
China's Green Quandary News & Analysis 5/1/2005 Post a comment Supreme leader Deng Xiaoping unleashed the rewards and curses of capitalism on China more than two decades ago when he declared, "To get rich is glorious."
Diagnosis: Chronic Growth News & Analysis 5/1/2005 Post a comment Engineers at SonoSite Inc. reduced a 300-pound dresser-sized ultrasound unit to a hand-carried device. The health care industry loved it. SonoSite's 2004 revenue soared 37 percent, to $115 million, and 25 percent growth is expected this year.
TFT-LCD regulator drives low-voltage portables Product News 5/1/2005 Post a comment Maxim touts the ability of its MAX8739 regulator, which includes two high-current operational amplifiers for driving active-matrix, thin-film transistor liquid-crystal displays (TFT-LCDs), to work at input voltages down to 1.8 V. Suited for notebook and automotive applications, the regulator includes a logic-controlled, high-voltage switch with adjustable delay.