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Motorola sells its Symbian stake to Nokia, Psion
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8/29/2003   Post a comment
Nokia is buying most of Motorola's stake in Symbian plc, increasing its share in the Psion plc-led operating system licensing venture from 19% to 32%. Psion will increase its share in Symbian to 31%. The companies stressed the proposed transfer will not affect Motorola's existing licensing arrangement with Symbian.
Collaborant avec Sanyo, ST développe des systčmes sur puce iDTV pour téléviseurs LCD et CRT
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STMicroelectronics, travaillant avec Sanyo Industries (Royaume-Uni) Limited, une filiale de Sanyo Electric Co., a mis au point une gamme de systčmes sur puce iDTV (Integrated Digital TV), destinés aux téléviseurs ā cristaux liquides (LCD pour Liquid Cristal Display) et ā tubes cathodiques (CRT pour Cathodic Ray Tube). Les nouveaux produits iDTV de Sanyo utilisant ces systčmes sur puce sont présentés ā l'occasion de l
Intel et Legend vont s'associer pour mener des opérations mixtes de recherche et développement
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Intel Corp. et Legend Group Ltd., le plus grand fabricant d'ordinateurs en Chine, ont indiqué qu'ils allaient ouvrir un centre de développement mixte pour des applications de réseautique domestique et de sécurité informatique, indique un rapport de Reuters paru jeudi 28 août.
Sjukhusen känslig miljö för trådlös kommunikation
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8/29/2003   Post a comment
Hittills har trådlös kommunikation skapat problem på sjukhus och i många fall förlitar man sig på generella förbud att använda exempelvis mobiltelefoner. Jan Welinder, SP Sveriges Provnings- och Forskningsinstitut, skriver här dock att CE-märkt sjukhusapparatur och de låga effekterna hos moderna, trådlösa system inte bör lägga några hinder för trådlös kommunikation på sjukhus.
Opto-Antenne revolutioniert IR-Wireless
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8/28/2003   Post a comment
Von der Optical Antenna Solutions Ltd. (OAS) wurde ein preisgünstiger Opto-Konzentrator entwickelt, der sich nicht nur individuellen Applikationen anpassen lässt, sondern gegenüber halbkugelförmigen Linsen eine fast 50-fache Leistungsverbesserung bieten soll.
Advantest tips world's first open ATE system
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Japan's Advantest Corp. today (Aug. 28, 2003) provided the first glimpse of its initial IC-test system, based on what it calls an "open ATE architecture."
Biotechnologie soll der Militärtechnik auf die Sprünge helfen
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Die U.S. Army beauftragte die 'University of California at Santa Barbara' mit der Einrichtung eines Forschungszentrums, das sich ausschließlich auf die Entwicklung neuer Materialien, Sensoren und Elektronik konzentrieren soll.
Middleware announced for DSP Environments
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OpenFusion e*ORB C-RT Edition is a real-time, small-footprint embedded CORBA product for software defined radio designers on DSP platforms.
Chinese developer preps 10-Tflops supercomputer
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The drive to put China on the supercomputing map may bear fruit early next year, when one of China's top server makers wraps up work on a system that will run at maximum speeds exceeding 10 trillion floating-point operations per second.
Chip vendors strive to stay 'hitless'
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Equipment vendors looking to support the link capacity adjustment scheme in their Sonet/SDH designs are turning to silicon providers to deliver the capability in framer/mapper ICs.
Security for mobile devices in the enterprise
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Data mobility and accessibility are necessities in today's business environment. Professionals want to stay connected while they are traveling, and businesses strive to improve productivity and streamline operations by making relevant information accessible to their mobile work force.
A security program based on technology
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8/28/2003   Post a comment
In today's digital economy, the high value of integrated software and hardware form a vital part in the success of a business. Looking at this technology from a network perspective, components of software and hardware enable a channel of communication, by which an organization operates and integrates with other businesses: partners, suppliers, customers, managed service providers and others.
Intersil's WLAN unit cuts workforce by 8%
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Intersil Corp.'s wireless LAN unit on Thursday (Aug. 28) disclosed that it has reduced its workforce by 8 percent just as it is being acquired by GlobespanVirata Inc.
AMCC makes play at SAN designs through JNI acquisition
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Applied Micro Circuits Corp. (AMCC) is making a play at capturing business in the storage area networking (SAN) space, announcing late Thursday (Aug. 28) that it has acquired storage component and software developer JNI Corp. for approximately $190 million.
Newest Army lab will target biotechnology for electronics
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The U.S. Army has tapped the University of California at Santa Barbara to create its newest research center that will focus on biotechnology for new materials, sensors and electronics.
Demand for color LCDs on the rise in PDA, cell phones
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As demand for high-content color displays in PDAs and mobile handsets grows, LCD makers continue to add new products to improve viewability while reducing size and simplifying integration.
ST, Sanyo develop SoCs for display TVs
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STMicroelectronics, working with a Sanyo Electric subsidiary, has developed a family of integrated digital TV (iDTV) SoCs designed for both LCD and CRT televisions.
Altera rolls out an RSA decryption on 50-cent silicon
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Altera Corp. has developed what it calls a way to lower the cost of RSA decryption. By porting a reusable RSA intellectual-property core to its Cyclone series of FPGAs, Altera said that it can make the computationally intensive RSA decryption scheme available for Internet appliances for less than 50 cents.
Packets go dynamic
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Dynamic bandwidth management is not a new topic in communications. Networking-equipment vendors have long folded technologies into switch and router designs that allow such systems to adapt to network loads, time-of-day traffic patterns and other factors.
Nationalistiskt trångsynt?
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8/28/2003   Post a comment
Nationalistiskt trångsynt - så betecknade förre svenska statsministern Carl Bildt den svenska inställningen till euron i synnerhet och det utländska och främmande i allmänhet när han drog igång sin Ja-kampanj. Jag har själv under alla år sedan EU-debatten om Sveriges inträde i EU slagits av det snäva svenska perspektiv som präglat EU-motståndarnas argumentering; jag vill minnas att jag då speciellt irriterades över och kritiserade det fokus på "snus & brännvin" som den gången rådde i den svenska
RF startup Amalfi closes $12 million first round
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Amalfi Semiconductor Inc., a fabless semiconductor company specializing in low-power RF design, said Thursday (Aug. 28) that it has secured $12 million in first-round financing.
Overcoming Static Timing Issues in Low-Power 3G Chips
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8/28/2003   Post a comment
The power issues encountered by today's mobile phone manufacturers is well documented. Next-generation phones, designers must squeeze every microamp of current out of their chip architectures, but the use of power reducing design techniques could create unusual timing configurations which complicate static timing analysis (STA), a vital step in any chip design. This article looks at the STA issues faced by today's low-power 3G chip designers.
Specter of unemployment hangs over EEs
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8/28/2003   Post a comment
In a year that has seen continued economic squalls, it comes as no surprise that our survey respondents feel a bit like survivors of a shipwreck. Companies like Enron and Worldcom are struggling to right themselves, contractors such as Boeing continue to toss engineers and workers overboard, and in Silicon Valley, it's no longer a given that if you're laid off, you simply walk down the street to a new job-for some, it's more like walking the plank.
After 10-year surge, salaries level off at $89k
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For more than a decade now, design and development engineers and managers have ridden a pay surge that's taken them from $59,800 in 1994 to a high of $89,100, on average, in 2002. But the wave crested in 2003, dipping slightly to $88,900, $200 under last year's mean.
Foundry Watch: Jazz preps world's fastest SiGe
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After being spun-out from Conexant Systems Inc. nearly 18 months ago, silicon-germanium (SiGe) foundry specialist Jazz Semiconductor Inc. is expanding its repertoire and developing what is believed to be the world's fastest SiGe technology. Jazz is preparing a major thrust in the 0.13-micron market, devising 130-nm versions of its separate SiGe and CMOS processes. Due out in prototype form by 2004, the company's 0.13-micron SiGe technology is said to operate at 300-GHz (Ft)--or 1.5 times fast
Philips entdeckt die Heimvernetzung
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8/28/2003   Post a comment
Der niederländische Elektronik-Hersteller Philips will über Vertriebskooperationen mit Telekommunikationsanbietern neue Märkte für Unterhaltungselektronik erschließen. Im Mittelpunkt steht die Vernetzung vorhandener und neuer Gerätekategorien zu eine umfassenden Multimedialandschaft.
IPC enclosure touts 30-dB attenuation
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A Type 4F modular industrial PC enclosure from Elma Electronic Inc. is said to be capable of attenuating at frequencies as high as 30 dB.
Intel, Legend said to agree on joint R&D
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Intel Corp. and Legend Group Ltd., China's biggest computer maker, said they would open a joint development center for home networking and security applications, according to a Reuters report.
Power FET outputs give two-phase stepper motors a boost
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Combining low-power CMOS logic with high-current, high-voltage power FET outputs, the Series SLA706xM translators/drivers from Allegro Microsystems Inc. provides a complete control and drive from a two-phase unipolar stepper motor with pulse-width modulation (PWM) control of the output current in a power multichip module.
Planar transformers feature small footprint, low ac losses
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Pulse says its Prism series planar-transformer platform reduces componentry size by 40 percent compared with conventional wirewound magnetics.
Chartered sells equipment, know-how for China stake
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Foundry Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Ltd., based here, will take an equity stake of not more than 11.15 percent in Chinese foundry CSMC Technologies Corp. as part of a alliance on equipment purchase, technology licensing, operational assistance and customer referral, Chartered said.
La conception de référence de Philips convertit les écrans cathodiques en téléviseurs LCD
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Philips Semiconductors lance une nouvelle conception de référence permettant aux fabricants de téléviseurs d'opérer une migration rapide et facile des écrans cathodiques aux téléviseurs LCD (ā cristaux liquides).
Jazz preps world's fastest SiGe
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After being spun out from Conexant Systems Inc. nearly 18 months ago, silicon germanium foundry specialist Jazz Semiconductor Inc. is expanding its repertoire by developing what is believed to be the world's fastest SiGe technology.
En Chine, SMIC va commander pour un milliard de dollars d'équipements
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Le marché des semi-conducteurs semble avoir repris en Chine. Le jeune fondeur chinois Semiconductor International Manufacturing Corp. (SMIC) devrait, en effet, commander pour un milliard de dollars d'outils pour sa nouvelle unité de fabrication ā Pékin, indique un rapport de Susquehanna International Group LLP.
RF chip specialist Amalfi Semi closes $12 million funding
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8/28/2003   Post a comment
Low power, mixed-signal RF design specialist Amalfi Semiconductor (Los Gatos, Calif.) has secured $12 million in Series A financing. The oversubscribed round was co-led by Doll Capital Management and Trinity Ventures.
Switcher runs passive power-factor correction
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8/28/2003   Post a comment
Taiyo Yuden (U.S.A.) Inc.'s 150-watt PAS150 is a universal input/single output switch-mode power supply for 1U-height applications, especially telecom.
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