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Germany's ZMD banks on analog strategy
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With fab utilization running high, German chip maker ZMD AG said its analog strategy should innoculate it against market vagaries and Asian competition.
SIA, AeA oppose plan to expense stock options
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A proposed rule requiring the expensing of stock option grants would seriously damage the competitiveness of U.S. chip makers without achieving the goal of uniform financial reporting, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.
CEOs defend outsourcing
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As offshoring increasingly infects the political debate in the U.S., especially in electronics, a handful of chief executives defended the practice on Wednesday during a forum at the electronicaUSA with Embedded Systems Conference.
Le P.D.G de Wind River explore le monde des systèmes embarqués réseautés
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Evénement majeur de l'Embedded Systems Conference, cette semaine à San Francisco, l'allocution de Jerry Fiddler, co-fondateur et Président-directeur général de Wind River Systems Inc., explore le monde des systèmes embarqués réseautés. Il offre, à cette occasion, sa vision d'un gigantesque système interopérable, crée par l'industrie électronique alors que celle-ci relie tous les appareils intelligents à des réseaux avec ou sans fil.
Drivers for PCI-bus cards use Linux 2.6
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New data-acquisition drivers for United Electronic Industries' PCI-bus cards take advantage of real-time enhancements to the Linux kernel 2.6.
Simulator for Motorola eTPU
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Ash Ware's eTPU Simulator supports Motorola's Enhanced Time Processor Unit. The simulator provides simulation and debugging capabilities such as code-coverage analysis, a logic analyzer display, variable and watch windows, call stack windows, trace, direct register modification, data verification, and test verification.
Chip market recovery set to last, says researcher
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Market researcher Future Horizons is bucking the conventional industry wisdom in a report that downplays forecasts of a short-lived recovery and chip market downturn in 2005.
Analyst Niles sees strong upturn just ahead
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Dan Niles, the oft-quoted stock analyst turned high-tech fund manager, said here Tuesday (March 30)that underinvestment in semiconductor capital equipment over the past three years has created a favorable climate for semiconductor supply and demand.
Underwater explorer Ballard spins his tales
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Spinning tales of discovery and adventure like a modern-day Captain Nemo, famed deep-sea explorer Robert Ballard didn't disappoint during the opening keynote of electronicaUSA with the Embedded Systems Conference.
Compression schemes take screen test for digital cinema
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As many as eight compression schemes will face screen tests in April as they vie for inclusion in the final U.S. specification for digital cinema.
Conversational interface aids robot navigation
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Inching across the surface of Mars or racing through the Mohave desert, autonomous vehicles are breaking new ground in hands-free navigation. At the same time, the difficulties and deficiencies of such machines are all too evident.
LTCC samples in two weeks
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TDK Research & Development Corp. has opened a new prototyping facility for low temperature co-fired ceramic (LTCC) products in its Phoenix design center, which now offers both product design and prototyping services. The new facility allows the company to turnaround LTCC sample devices in two weeks.
Inductors find a home in high-current filtering
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Carlsbad, Calif. — The new 51P53XX inductor series from Vitec Electronics Corp. can handle DC/DC conversion in notebook computers, handheld devices and battery-powered and low-voltage converters that require a low profile and current handling of up to 17 amps (A).
La division de systèmes embarqués de Mentor Graphics acquiert Project Technology
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Accelerated Technology, la division de systèmes embarqués de Mentor Graphics Corporation, annonce l'acquisition par Mentor Graphics de Project Technology, un fournisseur clé d'outils UML (Unified Modeling Langage ou Langage de modélisation unifié). Cette annonce a été officialisée lundi 29 mars, à l'occasion de l'Embedded Systems Conference à San Francisco.
Mid-sized industrial platform specification debuts
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A group of board-level computer makers is now supporting a next-generation embedded single board computer platform. Dubbed the Embedded Platform for Industrial Computing, the mid-sized platform will be larger than a 3.6 x 3.8-in. PC/104 module. On the other hand, it will be smaller than the 5.75 x 8-in. EBX board form-factor.
February chip sales at $15.25 billion predicts analyst
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Worldwide chip sales figures for February 2004, due to be published Thursday (April 1, 2004) as a three-month moving average, have been predicted to come in at $15.25 billion by analysts at Handelsbanken Capital Markets.
Testchips ebnen den Weg zur X Architecture
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Die X Architecture bietet die Möglichkeit, die Leistung und Komplexität einer Schaltung zu steigern, ohne gleich den Aufwand für den Umstieg in die nächstkleinere Geometrieklasse treiben zu müssen. Doch Chiphersteller, die auf die X Architecture umstellen wollen, sollten ihre Fertigung unbedigt zunächst an einem speziellen Testchip erproben.
Scots start-up seeks $900k for UWB demonstrator
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Dukosi Ltd., a semiconductor design company specialising in integrated circuits for wireless and mixed-signal applications, is seeking £500,000 (about US$915,000) to fund the development of a CMOS ultra-wideband (UWB) wireless technology demonstrator.
Emblaze, M-Systems team for security in multimedia processors
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Emblaze Semiconductor and M-Systems' Fortress Security Division are collaborating to develop processor architectures with tighter security functions than available with existing multimedia processors for the mobile market.
Test modules support next-generation 4.25-Gbit/s storage area networks
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Agilent Technologies announces what it bills is an industry-first storage area network tester. This SAN tester addresses the 4-Gbit/s Fibre Channel standard.
Infineon eröfffnet RFID-Center
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Infineon hat im österreichischen Graz ein Entwicklungs- und Fertigungzentrum für die RFID-Technik eröffnet. Dabei stellte das Unternehmen eine RFID-Produktplattform für den Einsatz in Logistikanwendungen vor.
Partenariat stratégique entre ARC International et Green Hills Software
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ARC International annonce la signature d'un partenariat avec Green Hills Software Inc., spécialisé dans les outils de développement logiciels embarqués.
Intel paiera 225 millions de dollars pour régler son différend avec Intergraph
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Intel Corp. a réglé les questions en suspens dans une affaire de violation de brevet avec Intergraph Corp., a indiqué Intel mardi 30 mars 2004. Cette affaire concernait le processeur Intel Itanium qui, pour Intergraph, violait certains de ses brevets.
Deux autres responsables d'Infineon quittent la société après le départ d'Ulrich Schumacher
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Après le départ d'Ulrich Schumacher de son poste de Président-directeur général d'Infineon Technologies AG, deux autres responsables de la société ont donné leur démission et la société parle aujourd'hui de « changement de cap » pour les fonctions administratives et celles liées aux communications.
Linear PA module for CDMA
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The RF3163, RF3164, and RF3165 power amplifier modules are developed using lead-frame module (LFM) technology.
Power-over-Ethernet switches
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The DPA-Switch family has been crafted for emerging 802.3af power-over-Ethernet (PoE) designs.
Windows CE wird sicherer und mediafreudiger
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In dieser Woche hat Microsoft eine neue Version seines Betriebssystems Windows CE für Embedded Systeme vorgestellt. Mit der Software, die unter dem Codename Macallen entwickelt wurde, will Microsoft Marktanteile bei Embedded Systemen hinzugewinnen.
Teure Einigung im Patentstreit zwischen Intel und Intergraph
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Intel hat seinen langen Patentstreit mit Intergraph durch einen Vergleich beendet. Der Prozessohersteller zahlt eine Entschädigung an Integrraph -- so viel, dass ein verlorener Prozess vielleicht doch billiger gewesen wäre.
Motorola to acquire Quantum Bridge
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Motorola, Inc. announced Tuesday (Mar. 30) that it entered into a definitive agreement to acquire fiber-to-the-premise equipment provider Quantum Bridge Communications, Inc. for an undisclosed amount.
National hilft Sun beim GigE-Chipdesign
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National Semiconductor hat die Gigabit-Ethernet-MAC-Technologie (Media Access Control) von Sun Microsystems mit einem eigenen Gigabit-Ethernet-PHY-Core kombiniert und daraus einen Single-Port-Controller entwickelt. Sun will diesen in Adaptern, Blade-Servern und anderen Netzcmputer-Entwürfen einsetzen.
Weitere Köpfe rollen bei Infineon
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Nach der Ablösung von Infineon-Chef Ulrich Schumacher kündigt das Unternehmen weitere Entlassungen an. Der Hausputz beginnt in der Infineon-Stabsabteilung 'Corporate Center' und in der Pressestelle.
TI setzt ADSL, VoIP und WLAN auf eine Karte
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Mit der Kombination zweier proprietärer Interface-Schaltungen auf dem Routerchip AR7 für ADSL-2/ADSL-2+ hat Texas Instruments zwei Referenzplattformen entwickelt, die ADSL, Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) und Wireless-LAN-Funktionen auf einer Platine unterstützen.
Underwater explorer Ballard spins his tales
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Spinning tales of discovery and adventure like a modern-day Captain Nemo, famed deep-sea explorer Robert Ballard didn't disappoint during the opening keynote of electronicaUSA with the Embedded Systems Conference.
Fujitsu debuts 10-Gbit Ethernet switch
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Fujitsu Microelectronics America Inc. officially unveiled a 10-Gbit Ethernet switch IC at electronicaUSA.
Product speeds up software builds
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Parallel builds have always created problems with getting Makefile dependencies just right. The company Electric Cloud says they've created a build accelerator that solves all this.
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