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H-1B program exploits foreign workers, cramps innovation
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We need to let go of the perception that somehow our profession would be better served if only we could keep "foreigners" from taking our jobs (see Crosstalk, July 10, page 32).
Big move for small packages
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In an industry obsessed with miniaturization, Freescale Semicon- ductor Inc. has high hopes for a packaging technology that could radically alter the way chip sets are deployed.

Quashed report tracks design exodus
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A controversial report suppressed for two years by the Bush administration provides what critics claim is the most exhaustive look yet at the outsourcing of U.S. high-tech jobs. The congressionally mandated report, compiled by the Commerce Department's Technology Administration, also contains stark predictions about the future of U.S. chip design as many more U.S. engineering jobs emigrate to low-cost locations like India.

Immortal Works
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All you innovators so expert in keeping multiple balls in the air, here's your chance to become instantly famous. Write an engineering-related caption for the artwork shown at right and e-mail your submission to immortalworks@cmp.com.
Toshiba closes German fab
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According to media reports, Japanese electronics concern Toshiba Corp. has decided to close down it's fab production site in Braunschweig, Germany. The chip production will be transferred to Japan.
Mobile apps driveIC design
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When engineers start sounding like New Agers, going on about a holistic approach, then you know the problem is serious, perhaps even desperate.

AMD bets big with acquisition of ATI
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Jerry Sanders, a walking symbol of controlled chaos, is probably having a good laugh. In one bold move, the company he co-founded has shaken up PC industry supplier relationships in the near term and revived the possibility of CPU and graphics processor integration in the long term, as the personal computer evolves into an entertainment platform.

U.K. researchers develop 'nanodog' sniffing sensor
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Researchers from the University of Bangor in North Wales have developed a biosensor that can detect low levels of explosive materials in the atmosphere.
By the Numbers: Budgets strive to match designs
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Tight budgets are forcing chip designers to be more resourceful. Though 42 percent of IC designers and 66 percent of their FPGA counterparts have bigger tool budgets this year than last, a higher percentage of respondents have increased their design starts this year, according to the "EE Times 2006 EDA Users Survey."
Variability fingered as next design pothole
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The effects of process variations loomed large at last week's Design Automation Conference here, as leading-edge chip designers spelled out the challenges they face at 65 nanometers and beyond. But many offered differing views and approaches for dealing with the problem.

Japan preps tiny inlet for commercial tag duties
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Hitachi Ltd. will begin volume production this year of an RFID inlet developed by the publicly financed Hibiki project. Details of the technology will be disclosed publicly after the company delivers its final report to Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) today.
DC/DC chip packs the most power management for 3-amp applications
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Product Review - Affording a one-chip solution for basic power-with-power management designs, Zilker Labs says its ZL2105 is the industry's only such offering for 3-amp service with complete digital-power management facility, and is the mostly easily configured.
Toshiba closes German fab
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According to media reports, Japanese electronics concern Toshiba Corp decided to close down it's production site in Braunschweig, Germany. The chip production will be transferred to Japan.
Fab building soars fueling capacity glut risk, says SMA
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The construction of 11 wafer fabs was begun in the second quarter of 2006 and eight of them are projected to begin production in 2007 where they could help to fuel a glut of production capacity, according to Strategic Marketing Associates, a market research company.
Mini-projector startup raises cash, recruits CEO
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Light Blue Optics Ltd., a startup company developing a color projector suitable for inclusion in mobile phones and other portable equipment, has raised $2.5 million in seed funding from a consortium led by U.K. venture capital group 3i plc. The company has also appointed an interim CEO.
Jenoptik opens laser production in Russia
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Jenoptik group has opened a manufacturing site in St. Petersburg, Russia. There, the company is assembling laser components.
Microsoft's automotive platform shifts gears
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Microsoft plans to extend its automotive system platform by integrating navigation and telephony functionality. In an interview with EE Times.eu, Microsoft manager Juergen Za provided details.
SanDisk übernimmt Konkurrenten Msystems
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Der Flash-Chip-Hersteller SanDisk übernimmt das israelische Unternehmen Msystems, einen seiner größten Wettbewerber. Damit setzt sich die Konzentration im Markt für Flash.Speicher weiter fort.
MOSFETs offer superior synchronous rectification performance
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A new and expanded range of 60 V and 75 V HEXFET MOSFETs from International Rectifier can be used in DC-DC converters and low-voltage motor drives and for AC-DC synchronous rectification in servers, laptop adaptors, and desktop power supplies.
Immersion litho ramp is slow, says Gartner
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Despite the hype for immersion lithography, the ramp for the technology is expected to be slower-than-expected due to high costs and other factors, according to Gartner Inc.
Litho up in '06, down in '07, says Gartner
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The lithography market is projected to increase in 2006, but there are some warning signs in the short term, with a slowdown seen in 2007, according to a report from Gartner Inc.
SanDisk acquires Msystems for $1.3 billion
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SanDisk Corp., a leader in flash memory subsystems for imaging and audio storage, is acquiring one of its largest solid-state memory competitors, Msystems Ltd. of Israel, in a stock transaction worth approximately $1.35 billion.
SanDisk acquires Msystems for $1.3 billion
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SanDisk Corp., a leader in flash memory subsystems for imaging and audio storage, is acquiring one of its largest solid-state memory competitors, Msystems Ltd. of Israel, in a stock transaction worth approximately $1.35 billion.
Microsoft offers 3D photos
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Microsoft researchers will detail a new 3D software technology designed to create an immersive 3D online photo sharing capability for consumers.
43rd DAC : The week that was
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EE Times editors on the ground at the 43rd Design Automation Conference filed more than 45 reports. Here are the five most heavily trafficked.
Piecing Together the World's First Hybrid SUV
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An interview with Thomas Gee, the Ford manager who made the parts—and the partners—fit.
NEC Electronics' recovery linked to its game chip
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With the goal of restoring profits this year, NEC Electronics started its first quarter with 13 percent increase in sales and halved its operating loss year on year.
ATEME launches DaVinci A/V software
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ATEME has developed an audio/video software system for DaVinci. It consists of a GStreamer-based framework, a set of streaming protocols, and common file containers.
Jennic products declared ZigBee compliant
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The company's products were tested by TUV Rheinland Group and have been considered ready for use out of the box by developers.
Why You Don't Want To Jump Off The ASIC Career Path So Fast
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ASIC designers have a pretty rosy career future. That is, if they don't stand still too long when it comes to boosting their skill sets.
Agilent makes full 3D EM simulation accessible at a lower price
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EMDS lets designers analyze and visualize EM effects to fine tune the performance of high-frequency RF circuit designs.
Inductors exhibit low DCR, no thermal aging
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The PG0426NL series of flat-coil, power inductors from Pulse features low DCR, high saturation current, and no thermal aging up to 150 degrees C in a low-profile, surface-mount package.
Good medicine
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Royal Philips Electronics NV might be best known as a global consumer powerhouse with a hand in everything from lighting to kitchen appliances to semiconductors. But the Dutch company's strategy for growth in China goes beyond coffee makers and electronic components; it draws heavily on the burgeoning demand for medical equipment.
DC/DC controller for all n-channel MOSFETs drives 20-amp applications
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Linear Technology's LTC3822 is a 750-kHz step-down DC/DC controller that's suited for driving all n-channel MOSFETs in 20-amp applications. The synchronous device further improves efficiency by using MOSFET drain-to-source resistance for current-sensing, doing away with the sense resistor traditionally employed.
64-bit eXtremeDB supports massively larger databases
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McObject has launched eXtremeDB-64, the 64-bit version of its eXtremeDB 3.0 in-memory embedded database for real-time enterprise and embedded systems. eXtremeDB-64 supports databases that are hundreds of times larger than the 32-bit version.
Is the Intel-backed ATE group losing steam?
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Sergio Perez, vice president of business development at Advantest Corp.'s U.S. subsidiary, has quietly resigned -- a move that raises more questions about the future of an Intel-backed automatic test equipment (ATE) consortium.
Verification: Automation no substitute for thought, Foster says
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EDA can help by automating some of the "bookkeeping" aspects of verification, but ultimately that is no substitute for the thinking that goes into creating a verification plan, according to verification guru Harry Foster.
Multiple services hit with log-in problems
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Multiple proprietary Web-based services experienced simultaneous log-in problems, raising the possibility that a distributed denial-of-service attack was underway.
Express Logic's ThreadX RTOS supports Luminary Micro's Stellaris microcontrollers
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Express Logic's ThreadX real-time operating systems now supports Luminary Micro's Stellaris microcontrollers based on the ARM Cortex-M3 microcontroller core.
Lead-acid batteries seal in more power, extend life
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EnerSys has upgraded its flooded lead-acid C family of PowerSafe and DataSafe batteries, adding a Slide-Lock post seal design to its PowerSafe CC and CA and DataSafe CX lines to prevent leakage, and a slightly taller jar to increase the electrolyte reserve and enable the batteries to deliver 100 percent initial capacity.
Un nano-nez électronique détecte les explosifs
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Une équipe de chercheurs de l’Université de Bangor (Pays de Galle) a développé un biocapteur, ou nano-nez électronique, capable de détecter de faibles concentrations d’explosifs dans l’atmosphère, selon le service communautaire d’information sur la recherche et développement CORDIS.
Former Scipher CEO appointed to VC post
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Quester, a U.K. venture capital company, has appointed Rudolph Burger as director of U.S. business development. Burger is set to open an office for Quester at 2420 Sand Hill Road, San Francisco, California.
Neil Armstrong: Design freedom spurs engineering innovation
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Engineer and Apollo astronaut notes that engineering teams given the freedom to think creatively can overcome design challenges often more efficiently.
Norad, Northern Command to leave Cheyenne Mountain
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The Northern Aerospace Defense Command and Northern Command will leave Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station within two years.
Sony recovers in first quarter
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Sony Corp. managed a big recovery in its first quarter, powered by consumers electronics.
Single-oven OCXO touts ultra-high stability
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MMD Components introduces a single-oven OCXO with ultra-high stability that is said to rival more expensive double-oven units from competitors.
RF cable builder speeds up cable design
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Samtec has released an online RF Cable Assembly Builder program to help customers design and easily create valid Samtec part numbers for RF cable assemblies.
Canon's tool sales soar despite shortfall
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Despite falling short of its lithography shipments, Canon Inc.'s chip-equipment unit posted an operating profit of 8.7 billion yen ($75.4 million), up 3.7 percent over the like period a year ago.
European fund agrees to aid Turkish startups
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The European Investment Fund (EIF), a a finance body of the European Union (EU), has signed agreement with the Technology Development Foundation of Turkey (TTGV) for long-term co-operation particularly to strengthen venture capital investment in Turkish startups.
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