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Intel rolls out 12 new processors in move to corner mobile market
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- In an attempt to corner the mobile microprocessor market, Intel Corp. here today announced 12 new chips, including the world's fastest product for this segment to date. The new product launch is aimed to expand Intel's market share lead in the four major and separate mobile PC segments: mainstream, thin-and-light, mini-notebooks, and sub-notebooks/tablet PCs, according to analysts. It is also geared to fend off competitive threats from its processor rivals, most notably A
Inductance nags, tools lag in 0.13-micron ICs
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9/29/2001   Post a comment
Parasitic on-chip inductance is looming as a new challenge as high-end ASICs push toward 0.13 micron and approach frequencies in the gigahertz range. But as IC companies begin to tackle the problem, the tools and methodologies for resolving it are in their infancy.
Genesis acquires rival Sage in $241M deal
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9/28/2001   Post a comment
Genesis Microchip Inc. has announced plans to acquire rival Sage Inc. in an all-stock trade valued at $241 million. The two companies compete in the display controller chip market, and the combined entity will be have a significant technology base in that segment.
Zuken cuts U.S. staff in reorganization
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Zuken USA has cut 16 workers or 40 percent of its sales and support staff and said it will reduce efforts to sell its CR5000 pc-board design product as part of a business restructuring.
Alliance Semi lays off 10% of workers, plans pay cuts to reduce losses
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SANTA CLARA, Calif.-- In an attempt to return to profitability, memory supplier Alliance Semiconductor Corp. here today announced it will cut its worldwide workforce by 10%, and the company said its remaining employees will take a 5-to-15% pay cut effective Oct. 1.
Liberty alliance takes aim at Microsoft Passport
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An alliance of 33 companies announced plans this week to create a standard approach that would enable an Internet user to use just one sign-on identity to access disparate electronic services.
The PCB Market: A Year of Questions
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Heard on the Beat (Sept. 28)
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Heard on the Beat (Sept. 28)
The legend continues...
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Perfecting The DFM Process
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Semiconductor Alert! (Sept. 24-28)
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Commentary & analysis of week's chip news, Sept. 24-28
Copy protection bill divides industry, Hollywood
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A draft copy-protection bill backed by Hollywood heavyweights is triggering an outcry from PC and consumer electronics companies who say the legislation would force them to relinquish control of key system design technologies.
It Pays to Be Reasonable
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Trends in PCB Materials
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Living in a Material World
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EBN 100 Stock Index
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Architecture planning avoids frequency spurs in third generation equipment
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Third-generation cellular radio will require new RF architectures. Frequency planning will help avoid spurious images and duplex feedthrough in highly integrated circuits, writes Mitel's Peter Chadwick.
Sidebar: Parts Obsolescence
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Demos don't hide rough road faced by MPEG-7 spec
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A handful of Japanese companies have demonstrated their own versions of MPEG-7 applications software, but industry watchers caution that much work remains to be done to jumpstart the market for MPEG-7, which provides a standard method of describing digital multimedia content.
Floorplanning
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Hand-wound transformer builds isolated SLIC supply
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9/28/2001   Post a comment
The circuit here generates three isolated voltages from a 5V input: +3.3V @ 100mA, -24V @ 25mA and -72V @ 100mA. Efficiency is better than 80%. Maxim's Ron Young gives details.
Brooks Automation to lay off 175-200 workers, lowers outlook
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CHELMSFORD, Mass.--Joining a parade of companies cutting their forecasts, Brooks Automation Inc. today announced it would lay off 175-to-200 people and it lowered estimates for revenues in the current fiscal quarter. The company said its revenues are now expected to be in a range of $60-to-$63 million, down from a previous guidance of $70-to-80 million.
Nasdaq suspends delisting rule
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Ultratech Stepper to cut 100 jobs, close Massachusetts site
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SAN JOSE -- Ultratech Stepper Inc. today announced it will eliminate 100 jobs, or 20% or its workforce, as part of a cost-reduction plan that involves consolidating and closing certain operations.
OpenAccess standards group struggles for closure
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The OpenAccess Community is close to resolving organizational issues that have thus far delayed the EDA industry's ambitious interoperability standards effort, according to sources at the Silicon Integration Initiative (Si2) and Cadence Design Systems Inc. But both Synopsys Inc. and Avanti Corp. have withheld their support and are still skeptical of the standard's use of Cadence's Genesis database as its centerpiece.
NEC expects to post $1.2 billion loss in current fiscal year
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TOKYO -- Two months after announcing a wide-ranging restructuring, NEC Corp. today said it expects to report a net loss of $1.2 billion for the current fiscal year, ending March 31, 2002. The company also said it will postpone equipping a joint-venture 300-mm fab planned by Elpida Memory Inc. (see today's story).
Sony lowers sales forecast but still expects a profit
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Sony Corp. has lowered its sales forecast a second time for the year, but said it still expects to make a profit. The company also said it will cut about 5,000 jobs to improve profitability this year.
Single wireless LAN spec in peril
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rospects for a harmonized global wireless LAN standard appear bleak, as political and legal barriers emerge in Europe and Japan to block adoption of the IEEE-802.11a WLAN specification, backed robustly in the United States.
EMS taking up demand creation role
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Conference to showcase smart-battery technologies
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Texas Instruments Inc. will use the Power2001 conference Monday (Oct. 1) to introduce two battery-management systems for new-generation rechargeable batteries.
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