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Celeritek quits handset amplifier business
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Celeritek Inc (Santa Clara, Calif.) is pulling out of the increasingly competitive handset power amplifier business to focus on standard GaAs semiconductors for the communications and defence markets and GaAs subsystems targeting military applications.
Agere crée un centre de développement 3G en Australie
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Agere Systems est occupé à établir un centre de conception en Australie destiné au développement de la technologie sans fil de prochaine génération. Les premiers projets concerneront des jeux de composants et des logiciels intégrés pour les téléphones portables 3G bimode.
Les ventes mondiales de semi-conducteurs progressent de 4% au mois d'août
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Les ventes mondiales de semi-conducteurs ont atteint 13,42 milliards de dollars en août, soit une augmentation de 4% par rapport à 12,9 milliards de dollars le mois précédent, indiquent les nouveaux chiffres communiqués par la Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).
Proper Layout and Component Selection Controls EMI
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Understanding the physics of voltage-regulator topologies is important when designing power systems for EMI and EMC compliance. In particular, the physical principles behind switching regulators (buck, boost, flyback, and SEPIC topologies) guide component choice, magnetics design, and PC board layout. Parasitic elements such as leakage inductance, ESR, and ESL are significant when optimizing circuit performance.
Startup prepares tools to predict copper variations
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Seeking to head off a looming problem for sub-100-nanometer ICs, startup Praesagus Inc. is preparing a suite of tools that will provide manufacturing data to help designers predict thickness variations in copper interconnect.
Garmin GPSMap 76S: Sensory overload
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Besides a GPS longitude-latitude position indicator, the GPSMAP from Garmin is an altimeter electronic compass. It has specialized magnetic sensors, and a variety of ICs from suppliers like Cirrus Logic, Fairchild, Linear Technology, and Maxim. David Carey opens the case to show what's inside.
National studies low-power WiFi for handsets
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Researchers at National Semiconductor are studying the feasibility of a low-power version of 802.11 that would be suitable for cellphones and PDAs. The company is not sure whether it will field such products, but executives at an informal roundtable discussion here said the need is real.
AMCC buys IBM's PowerPRS switching fabric product line
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Applied Micro Circuits Corp. said Monday (Sept. 29)that it has agreed to buy IBM's PowerPRS switching fabric product for approximately $47 million.
Solving the equations for a merger
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Employing his mathematics background, Duane Zitzner has led the effort to smoothly integrate Compaq into Hewlett-Packard's supply chain. Crista Souza has this exclusive.
PC's pass at Taiwan computer show
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Sun sets plan for IC design at India center
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Sun Microsystems Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) plans to expand the small team working at its India Engineering Center (IEC) here to take on full chip designs eventually. At present, the 10-member team is assigned to Sun's processor group, working on validation technologies, including those for the Niagara processor slated for launch in 2005.
IBM spin-off, university devise system-on-package
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Endicott Interconnect Technologies Inc. has entered into a partnership with the Packaging Research Center at the Georgia Institute of Technology to develop and manufacture a new technology called "system-on-package."
Digital car radio poised to show up in 2005 models
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The move toward CD-quality car radios is gaining momentum with Kenwood Corp.'s delivery of the first HD Radio tuner and Philips Semiconductors' announcement that it is ready to roll out a new chip that could help cut the cost of entry into the fledgling market. Chuck Murray has this scoop.
Superfast data converters herald radio revolution
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A chip set from TelASIC Communications that enables direct digital conversion of the intermediate frequency heralds a new architectural generation for cell-phone infrastructure, the company claims.
HyperTransport protocol upgraded for packet processing
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The HyperTransport Consortium has unveiled optional upgrades to its protocol specification to open the door to greater use of its interconnect for handling data plane packet traffic in communications systems.
Tektronix scopes bulk up with feature bundles
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Tektronix Inc. is offering bundled packages that increase the analysis capabilities of its TDS5000 and TDS3000 series of digital oscilloscopes.
China bashing
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The China bashers have been out in force, with both U.S. political parties accusing the Chinese of everything from currency manipulation to the theft of U.S. jobs.
At nanoscale, silicon may lose its 'edge' over time
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Diamonds are forever, aren't they? Not according to a new interpretation of the crystalline structure of silicon wafers from researchers at Ohio State University.
FPGAs need ASIC-style, team-based tools
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Million-dollar ASICs are in all sorts of valuable, high-end products, and usually there is a team of engineers assigned to design each one of them.
NEC crafts speedy nanotube transistors
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NEC Corp. engineers say they have developed a "stable" technology for the fabrication of carbon nanotube transistors with 10 times greater transconductance than silicon MOS transistors.
Tool models substrate noise on SoCs
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The Interuniversity Micrelectronics Center (IMEC; Leuven, Belgium) has developed a tool that models and analyzes substrate noise generated in deep-submicron CMOS technologies.
FSA, VSIA form quality IP team
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In an indication of the growing importance of reusable intellectual property to fabless chip makers, the Fabless Semiconductor Association (FSA) and the Virtual Socket Interface Alliance (VSIA) announced last week that they have agreed to pool resources to develop and roll out a quality metric for IP cores.
Revolution comes to SoC methods
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The winners in the system-on-chip revolution are winning because they have adopted system-level design tools and methodologies.
Cadence reaches payoff for IBM tool suite deal
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A year after buying IBM Corp.'s test and design unit, Cadence Design Systems Inc. will release the resultant tools at this week's International Test Conference in Charlotte, N.C.
Startup preps FPGA hard/soft co-development tool
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Impulse Inc., a six-person startup in Kirkland, Wash., wants to bring affordable hardware/software co-development to engineers using FPGAs to implement their designs.
EDA spinout preps 'electronic specification' tool
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Promising to deliver a Web-based "electronic specification system" for IC design, Giga Scale Integration Corp. will announce its spinout from InTime Software Inc. this week.
Motorola SPS may be headed for a spinoff
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The resignation last week of Christopher B. Galvin as chief executive of Motorola Inc. makes a spinoff of the company's Semiconductor Products Sector more likely, according to a number of analysts.<
Jaco's sales improve in fiscal 2003
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Jaco Electronics Inc. today reported that sales for fiscal 2003, ended June 30, reached $217.9 million, up from $194.1 million in the prior year. The distributor's net loss declined to $2.9 million, or 52 cents per diluted share, compared with a net loss last year of $5 million, or 88 cents per diluted share.
Samsung, Toshiba merge optical disk operations
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By agreeing last week to combine their optical disk businesses into a joint venture, Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and Japan's Toshiba Corp. hope to cut their operating costs and maintain a competitive edge in a market saddled with severe pricing pressures.
Bookham plays a doubleheader
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Bookham Technology plc last week improved its chances of surviving the optical telecommunications market's downturn. The British company made two acquisitions that are expected to expand its product lines, add a low-cost manufacturing plant, and better its cash balance.
Tools to warn of variations in copper thickness
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Seeking to head off a looming problem for sub-100-nanometer ICs, startup Praesagus Inc. is preparing a suite of tools that will provide manufacturing data to help designers predict thickness variations in copper interconnect.
Good-bye to the bar codes?
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9/29/2003   Post a comment
Soon the consumer may not notice that an extra silicon chip has entered his life, as part of the new product-tracking system called radio frequency identification.
Multimedia phone deal
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Wireless communications design group TTPCom (Cambridge, England) has teamed with Emblaze Semiconductor (Ra'anana, Israel) to develop reference designs for full-featured multimedia mobile phones.
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