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Serial Buses Cut EMI, Cabling Constraints in 3G Camera Phones
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8/31/2004   Post a comment
Tapping serdes technology for display interfaces could play a big role in reducing flex cabling constraints and EMI when interfacing cameras and LCD displays to baseband processors in emerging mobile phone architectures.
2x2 crosspoint switches
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The SY58023U and SY58024U are 2 x 2 crosspoint switches can route data up to 10.7 Gbit/s in networking designs.
ASML und Novellus melden Verschiebung von Aufträgen
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8/31/2004   Post a comment
Trotz extremer Auslastungsgrade wollen die Chiphersteller ihre Anlagen offenbar nicht weiter ausbauen: ASML und Novellus, zwei Anbieter von Frontend-Equipment für die Halbleiterherstellung, melden Verschiebungen bei Aufträgen aufgrund verhaltener Investitionen.
Flextronics übernimmt indische Future Software
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8/31/2004   Post a comment
Der Elektronik-Vertragshersteller Flextronics International übernimmt das Unternehmen Future Software aus dem indischen Chennai.
NEC zeigt hochauflösendes 3D-Display
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8/31/2004   Post a comment
151 NEC hat eine neue LCD-Struktur für 3D-Displays vorgestellt, die eine hohe Auflösung von 470 horizontalen Pixel pro Zoll verspricht. Mit der Displaytechnik lassen sich ohne Umschalten sowohl 2D- als auch 3D-Bilder darstellen.
Cadence tools added to China IC reference methodology
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Cadence Design Systems Inc. and the Shanghai Research Center For Integrated Circuit Design (ICC) have announced a CPU/digital signal processing (DSP) system-on-chip (SoC) reference methodology favoring Cadence tools.
Xpedion gets funding from veteran EDA investors
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Privately-held RF IC simulator vendor Xpedion Design Systems Inc. announced it has secured a new round of venture funding.
Samsung exec sees spot DRAM shortages
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Seasonal PC and cellphone demand will cause spot DRAM shortages in the second half of 2004, but not a significant price increase, according to an executive from Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.
U.S. IT spending projected to rise 7% in 2005
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The long-battered U.S. IT sector received encouraging words in a report from Forrester Research Inc. that projects a 7 percent overall increase in spending on IT goods, services, and staff in 2005 and similar growth through 2008.
Samsung readies Philips' near-field communications for cellphones
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Philips Electronics and Samsung Electronics have entered into a deal that will enable Samsung to deploy cellular devices using Philips' near-field communications chip and technology.
Sony's QRIO robot named science education ambassador
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QRIO, Sony's humanoid robot, has been appointed "science messenger" for Unesco's children's science program.
U.S. IT spending reportedly set to rise 7% in 2005
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The long-battered U.S. IT sector received encouraging words in a report from Forrester Research Inc. that projects a 7 percent overall increase in spending on IT goods, services, and staff in 2005 and similar growth through 2008.
Startup fits 12-node Linux cluster on desktop board
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Startup Orion Multisystems Inc. hopes to revive the workstation market with a design that shrinks a 12-node Linux cluster to a single large motherboard.
Parama offers OC-48 support in an integrated package
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Parama Networks Inc. has fleshed out existing 10- and 40-Gbit/s Sonet chips with the PNI8010.
ATDF, HPL demonstrate next-gen transistor
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ATDF Inc. (Austin) and HPL Technologies Inc. (San Jose) have demonstrated process capability at the 45 nm technology node for a multi-gate field effect transistor (MuGFET), an advanced semiconductor device that eventually could replace conventional CMOS transistors.
At Your Own Trace
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Training sessions combine conference calls with hands on labs and instructionals.
Pentium M-based cPCI board works in harsh embedded environments
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Pentium-M microprocessors are proliferating! Here's another example, this time in an SBC format from MEN Micro. It's new SBC comes in an operational range suitable for industrial applications. The plug-in is a single-slot 32-bit CompactPCI system controller whose CPU clocks at frequencies up to 1.8 GHz.
The Rocket Has Left The Building
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Industry's first FPGAs with production-quality transceivers at speeds above 3.7 Gbps.
At The 90 Yard Line, Pass or Punt
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Many go into production with FPGAs on board. But, many look for a lower cost high volume solution. Here's one.
The Right Tools for the Right Jobs
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New Suite of Tools is Setting Standards Everyone Wants to Be a Part of.
Flagship Tool Suite for Electrical Systems Design Is Focus of FPGA Makers
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When industry leaders make significant announcements, everyone wants to get on the bandwagon.
FACTS to verify software for 300-mm manufacturing
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the International Sematech Manufacturing Initiative, has contracted Texas-based design services firm FACTS Inc. to ensure automation software works properly with 300-mm semiconductor manufacturing equipment.
Why you should outsource IC rule decks
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Outsourcing IC physical verification rule deck qualification to expert consultants can provide objectivity, competency and accuracy, says Mentor Graphics' Bill Martin.
iPolicy offers smaller platforms for enterprise customers
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The original packet-inspection platforms from iPolicy Networks Inc. will be augmented this week with the 2000 and 3000 families.
HP to help customers finance enterprise purchases
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Hewlett-Packard Co. has announced a financing program enabling companies to obtain hardware and software at low lease rates or deferred payments until January 2005.
TÜV zertifiziert CANopen-Safety-Chip
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Der TÜV Rheinland hat den von einem Konsortium entwickelten CANopen-Safety-Chip CSC01 für sicherheitsrelevante Anwendungen bis SIL 3 (Safety Integrity Level) nach IEC 61508 freigegeben.
In Silicon We Trust
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8/30/2004   Post a comment
For the most part, we all trust in the reliability of our semiconductor devices. This book addresses the soft error issues that can corrupt systems that otherwise function perfectly.
RapidFabric multicast and data streaming specs get the nod
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8/30/2004   Post a comment
RapidIO is gaining steam. The RapidIO Trade Association just announced the approval of two new additions to the family of specs known as the RapidFabric extensions. These specs add some nifty features to the RapidIO architecture.
Servered The Way You Like It
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New standards are addressing the server memory issues which presently may be bottlenecking your attainable performance.
On The Cusp
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One thing you can bet on with a reasonable level of confidence. That is that communications will not go away. Our societies and planet are 'wired', physically, or wirelessly.
NOR Shall We Flash
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Are the days numbered for NOR Flash architectures? I think they will always be around, but, NAND Flash is making inroads at eliminating NOR altogether in som applications.
RF design and simulation products support wireless system development
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The MathWorks announces the availability of the RF Blockset and the RF Toolbox, two new products that help expand the scope of model-based design for signal processing and communications engineering applications.
Soft Error Issues Become Sources of Increased Concern
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It is wise to know the enemy. Soft errors are that special class of enemy that can cause perfectly functioning devices to go astray.
NAND Flash Begins Chipping Awaw at NOR Flash Foothold
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NAND Flash has distinct advantages over NOR, but, also carries with it some issues.
Winziger Wandler versorgt batteriebetriebene Geräte
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8/30/2004   Post a comment
Einen rekordverdächtig kleinen DC/DC-Wandler für Mobilgeräte hat Texas Instruments vorgestellt. Bei Abmessungen von nur 2 x 1 mm treibt das Bauteil Ströme bis zu 500 mA.
Le cryptage quantique prêt à renforcer la sécurité des données
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8/30/2004   Post a comment
Peut-on atteindre la sécurité absolue des données ? Cette question préoccupe beaucoup les responsables de la sécurité des pays au moment où la technologie du cryptage quantique sort des laboratoires pour être intégrée aux systèmes commerciaux qui tirent le meilleur parti de la technologie de réseautage optique évoluée.
Analyst cuts ATE forecasts for Agilent, Teradyne
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Amid an apparent slowdown in the chip packaging and test markets, SG Cowen Securities Corp. reduced its forecasts for automatic test equipment (ATE) rivals Agilent Technologies Inc. and Teradyne Inc.
Matheson Tri-Gas, Pall to develop gas purifiers
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8/30/2004   Post a comment
Pall Corp. and Matheson Tri-Gas Inc. have entered into an alliance to jointly develop, manufacture and sell gas purifiers to the semiconductor industry.
CMOS Transceiver reduced sized, power meets needs of new cell phones
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8/30/2004   Post a comment
Berkna Wireless offers a new family of single-chip CMOS transceivers with the industry's best combination of performance, power and integration of any quad-band GSM/GPRS Radio Frequency Integrated Circuit. The BKW9000 transceivers feature a excellent receiver performance across all four bands with a sensitivity as low as -110 dBm while consuming approximately 90 mA current.
Synopsys en butte à un recours collectif de ses actionnaires
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8/30/2004   Post a comment
Plusieurs cabinets d’avocats ont déposé ou ont manifesté l’intention de déposer des recours collectifs au nom des actionnaires, à la suite de la dégringolade du cours des actions de Synopsys.
Toshiba veut augmenter sa capacité de production de mémoires flash
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8/30/2004   Post a comment
La société japonaise Toshiba Corp. a l’intention d’accroître de 7,5 % la capacité de production des puces de mémoire flash dans son usine située au centre du Japon pour répondre à la forte demande des fabricants d’appareils photos numériques et de téléphones portables, selon un rapport de Reuters.
Memec to distribute PLX's PCI, PCI-X products
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8/30/2004   Post a comment
PLX Technology Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.) and Memec Unique, a division of the Memec Group (San Diego) have announced a distribution agreement for PLX's lines of advanced PCI and PCI-X bridging silicon.
Intel verbessert 65-nm-Prozess
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8/30/2004   Post a comment
Intel hat weitere Einzelheiten seines 65-Nanometer-Herstellungsprozesses bekanntgegeben. Die Fortschritte, die der Konzern erzielte, betreffen auch die Verwendung von gestrecktem Silizium.
Juniper melds client security with its own
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8/30/2004   Post a comment
Juniper Networks Inc. has launched an effort to integrate endpoint security packages with its SSL-based security appliances. The Juniper Endpoint Defense Initiative (Jedi) involves client-based security packages, and also includes those endpoint services launched from a centralized server.
Bluetooth IC hits 3-Mbit data rate
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8/30/2004   Post a comment
RF Micro Devices Inc. has started sampling a CMOS Bluetooth system-on-chip (SoC) device that supports data rates up to 3 Mbits/second.
Startup Berkana builds all-CMOS GSM transceiver
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Silicon Valley startup Berkana Wireless Inc. has unveiled an all-CMOS single-chip transceiver that it believes will address the power, performance, space, cost and multimode flexibility requirements of GSM handsets.
Foss' Swan Labs nets $15M in startup financing
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Andrew Foss, former manager of the PIX and Local Director product lines at Cisco Systems Inc., has pulled in $15 million in combined Series A venture and seed financing for his latest company, Swan Labs Inc. The San Jose, Calif., startup promises to solve wide-area network optimization through session management at Layer 5.
Op amp with unity-gain stability and low noise zips along at 1GHz
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8/30/2004   Post a comment
The Analog Devices AD8045 operational amplifier combines a voltage-feedback architecture, unity-gain stability, and a pin-out optimized for high-performance systems. Not bad, but there's more. It provides 1-GHz speed, low noise, and low distortion as well. It makes the op amp a good fit for medical instrumentation, ATE, and data-acquisition systems.
High availability systems save power, space with this diode-OR controller
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8/30/2004   Post a comment
The Linear Technology LTC4354 -48V diode-OR controller supports high availability systems and dramatically improves efficiency and eliminates bulky heat sinks with its design that controls external N-channel MOSFETs for the redundant supply paths instead of traditional ORing diodes.
Clock generator is dead-on for xDSL equipment needing low-jitter outputs
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8/30/2004   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products introduces the MAX9486 clock generator with an 8kHz reference-clock input. The 9486 is a timing solution for ADSL/VDSL central-office line cards and telecom network systems.
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