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Dow Corning adds conductive silver inks to materials lineup
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Dow Corning Corp. is expanding its presence in the organic materials market by introducing five new products in its family of conductive silver inks.
ASIC design starts to halt decline, says iSuppli
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The protracted decline in design starts in ASICs (Application-Specific Integrated Circuits) will reverse itself over the next year as the demand for structured ASICs grows, according to market research firm iSuppli Corp. (El Segundo, Calif.)
Analyst lowers capital spending forecast for '05
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A slight pause in the semiconductor industry prompted a research firm to increase its capital spending forecast for 2004 while lowering its outlook for 2005.
KLA-Tencor to sell Seiko's AFM tool for ICs
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KLA-Tencor Inc. and SII NanoTechnology (SIINT), a subsidiary of Seiko Instruments, Tuesday (August 31) said they have formed a distribution deal.
Xpedion to use new funds for RFIC tool development
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Xpedion President and CEO Pete Rodriguez said the company will use the new venture funds in preparation for the launch of its second-generation GoldenGate RFIC analysis tool.
Programmability an increasingly viable option for analog
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Observers of Programmable Analog as a business option may take heart in the announcement this week by Anadigm, Inc. that a Canadian recreational boat company, Teleflex, is using Anadigm's parts for steering controls. Steve Ohr filed this report.
Corrigan says chip industry in 'wait-and-see' mode
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The semiconductor industry has adopted a "wait-and-see" attitude marked by vast uncertainties over the direction of oil prices, instability in Iraq and the presidential election, LSI Logic Chairman and Chief Executive Wilfred Corrigan said. Brian Fuller did this interview.
FCC appeals cable broadband decision
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The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to review a decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco that ruled cable modem services should be regulated as a telecommunications service.
China's mobile phone exports ring up huge profits
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Manufacturers of mobile phones in China saw the value of their exports increase by 104.9 percent to $7.15 billion between January and July of this year, according to just published figures from the country's Ministry of Commerce.
InFocus sues 3M for patent infringement
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InFocus Corp. (Wilsonville, Ore.) has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against 3M Company (Minneapolis) in the United States District Court in Oregon, claiming 3M is infringing on its front projector technology patent US 6,424,097 B1.
5-GHz power amp module targets next wave WLAN systems
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A recent unveiling by SiGe Semiconductor of a 5 GHz power amplifier module is sure to be a success for access points, PCMCIA cards, laptop computers and other client devices that are compliant with the 802.11a WLAN standard.
Multirate VCSEL driver focuses on optical modules for Ethernet, Fibre-channel apps
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Maxim introduces the MAX3795 +3.3V, multirate common-cathode VCSEL driver with automatic power control. It operates from 1Gbps up to 4.25Gbps and can be used in Gigabit Ethernet, Fibre Channel, and OC-48 modules for short-reach applications.
Silicon Strategies' VC counter stands at $1550.9 million
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So far in 2004, up to and including Tuesday, August 31 Silicon Strategies has reported on 126 start-up companies that announced they had raised $1,550.9 million from more than 100 venture capital firms and other investors.
Plasma display sales level slightly, says DisplaySearch
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Shipments of plasma display panels reached 799,000 units during the second quarter, up 14 percent from the previous quarter but falling 43,000 units short of expectations, according to market research firm DisplaySearch (Austin).
Renesas ouvre un centre de conception de puces au Vietnam
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Le Japonais Renesas Technology Corp. est sur le point d’ouvrir un centre de conception de circuits intégrés à Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam), a annoncé la société mardi (31 août 2004). Renesas a également indiqué sa volonté d’étendre le centre de façon à accueillir 1 000 employés d’ici à la fin de la décennie.
RF detector accurately detects RF signals up to 3GHz
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Linear Technology introduces a high performance logarithmic type RF detector, the LT5534, that can accurately detect RF signals up to 3GHz. It is designed for cellular basestation receivers and transmitters, and other high performance transceivers.
WiMAX and the last mile potential for wireless broadband
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Fujitsu gives its views on the Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMAX) standard. It is with the WiMAX standard that system vendors can create many different types of WiMAX-based products, including various configurations of base stations and customer premise equipment.
NI launches next-gen multi-function data-acq plug-ins
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Offering no less than 20 new products, all introduced in a family at the same time, National Instruments is rolling out what it bills as the next generation of multi-function DAQ products. Significantly, they use the company's newly designed NI-STC 2 system controller chip and a new NI-PGIA 2 monolithic amplifier chip.
Hitachi, Toshiba und Matsushita produzieren gemeinsam LCDs
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Vor dem Hintergrund eines scharfen Wettbewerbs seitens koreanischer und taiwanesischer LCD-Produzenten haben sich die japanischen Elektronikkonzerne Hitachi, Toshia und Matsushita zusammengetan, um gemeinsam Flachbildschirme für Fernsehgeräte zu produzieren. Ein von dem Trio gegründetes Joint-Venture soll bereits im Januar kommenden Jahres seine Tätigkeit aufnehmen.
Lucent grabs Army telecom deal
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Lucent Technologies Inc. has received a one-year, fixed-price contract worth $4.6 million from the U.S. Army.
BT's broadcast arm to provide services in India
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BT Broadcast Services, the broadcasting arm of British Telecom, has signed an agreement with India's ASC Enterprises to provide direct-to-home broadcasting.
China's mobile phone exports ring up huge profits
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Manufacturers of mobile phones in China saw the value of their exports increase by 104.9 percent to $7.15bn between January and July of this year, according to just published figures from the country's Ministry of Commerce.
Battery-free backup power system achieves 2 hour runtime
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Active Power Inc. (Austin) said it has operated a prototype of its battery-free energy storage system at 10 kilowatts (kW) for over 2 hours, a feat the company expects to help position the product for the telecommunications segment.
Corrigan says chip industry in 'wait-and-see' mode
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The semiconductor industry has adopted a "wait-and-see" attitude marked by vast uncertainties over the direction of oil prices, instability in Iraq and the presidential election, a senior executive said.
Gemini Israel raises $200 million for IT investment
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Gemini Israel Funds Ltd. has raised $200 million to invest as seed capital and in early-stage start-up companies, the company said Monday (Aug. 30).
Intel seen at lower end of Q3 guidance, says report
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Faced with excess inventories and slow notebook PC sales in the market, Intel Corp. is expected to be at the lower end of its previous guidance for the third quarter of 2004, according to a report from SG Cowen Securities Corp.
Software erzeugt automatisch Prozessor
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Viel Zeit und Ärger können sich Designer von konfigurierbaren Prozessoren künftig sparen: Ein Tool des EDA-Software-Anbieters Tensilica erzeugt optimierte Prozessoren direkt aus der C-Code-Beschreibung. Bislang mussten solche Bausteine per Hand in Sprachen wie VHDL oder Verilog codiert werden.
Alcatel et TCL lancent officiellement l’activité de leur société commune
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En juin 2004, TCL Communication Technology Holdings Limited et Alcatel annoncent leur intention de créer conjointement un nouvel acteur dans le domaine des téléphones portales, disposant de sa propre R&D, d’accords de sous-traitance de sa production, de forces de vente et de distribution. Aujourd’hui, la jeune société, baptisée TCL & Alcatel Mobile Phones Limited (TAMP), démarre officiellement son activité.
Renesas to open Vietnam chip design center
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Japan's Renesas Technology Corp. plans to open an IC design center in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and expand the staff to 1,000 employees by the end of the decade.
Spoerle nimmt Hahn-Trafos ins Programm
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Der Industrieelektronik-Distributor Spoerle Electronic vertreibt künftig die Transformatoren von Hahn Elektrobau. Die beiden Unternehmen haben jetzt ein entsprechendes Franchiseabkommen abgeschlossen.
Phase-change material, MEMS link for memory
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Nanochip Inc., an eight-year-old MEMS-based storage company that counts Microsoft Corp. amongst its backers, has agreed to license thin-film nonvolatile semiconductor memory technology from Ovonyx Inc.
Foundry Watch: ChipMOS enters limelight
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After years' of obscurity in the chip packaging and test business, Taiwan's ChipMOS Technologies Bermuda Ltd. has finally moved into the limelight with plans on becoming the next $500 million player in the industry.
Hitachi, Toshiba, Matsushita join on LCD TV panels
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Japanese display makers Hitachi Ltd., Toshiba Corp. and Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. have agreed to establish a joint venture to manufacture and sell LCD panels for flat-panel TVs that would begin operating January 2005.
Finnish startup working on tiny projector
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Upstream Engineering, a Finnish developer of advanced optical technology for tiny projectors, has received seed money to finance development of the technology for use in commercial products.
AMD zeigt Dual-Core-Opteron
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Den ersten Dual-Core-Prozessor in x86-Architektur hat AMD heute vorgestellt. Damit hat Intels Rivale nach seinem Erfolg mit der 64-Bit-Erweiterung wieder einmal die Nase vorne.
Chip-scale atomic clock is targeted at mobiles
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Researchers at the US Government's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are claiming a tiny atomic clock they have demonstrated could form the basis of significantly more precise timekeeping than achievable now for mobile phones and other portable, battery-powered devices.
Epson first to sample mobile video interface bridge chip
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Seiko Epson has started sampling the first bridge chip set for the serial Mobile Video Interface (MVI) specification it is trying to establish in conjunction with Renesas Technology as an open standard for the transfer of text and graphics displayed on mobile communications devices.
IBM et ASML étudient la lithographie par immersion sur le campus d’Albany NanoTech
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Le centre de recherche Albany NanoTech a annoncé le jeudi 26 août avoir commencé le traitement de plaquettes de 300 mm en utilisant le premier système mondial en « pré-production » de lithographie par immersion au 193 nm, mis au point par la société néerlandaise ASML Holding NV.
Renesas to open Vietnam chip design center
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Japan's Renesas Technology Corp. is set to open a design center for integrated circuits in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, the company said Tuesday (Aug. 31), which it hopes to expand to 1000 employees shortly after the end of this decade.
Hitachi, Toshiba, Matsushita to form LCD joint venture
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Three major Japanese companies, Hitachi Ltd., Toshiba Corp. and Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd., have agreed to establish a billion-dollar joint venture company to manufacture and sell LCD panels for flat-panel TVs. Plans call for the joint venture to commence operations in January 2005.
Quatre jeunes pousses font concurrence à Texas Instruments pour le micro-affichage
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Quatre jeunes pousses élaborent en douce des versions d’affichage par micromiroirs en réponse au succès qu’a connu récemment Texas Instruments Inc grâce à sa technologie.
Aruba unveils enterprise 'Wireless Grid' architecture
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Wireless switch vendor Aruba Wireless Networks has unveiled its 'wireless grid' enterprise WLAN architecture that it claims provides the reliability and manageability of wired networks but that will be cheaper to deploy than existing WLANs.
AMD demonstrates dual-core Opteron processor
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Advanced Micro Devices Inc. is demonstrating a 64-bit Opteron processor with two parallel processing cores, the company said Tuesday (Aug. 31).
Avnet ökade till 10,24 miljarder dollar
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Den globala distributören Avnets försäljning under räkenskapsåret 2004 ökade med drygt 13 procent och uppgick till 10,24 miljarder dollar. Och det fjärde kvartalet var det bästa på över 3 år. Rörelseintäkten för 2004 blev 257.9 miljoner dollar, en ökning jämfört med 2003 på 116 procent, exkl omstruktureringskostnader. Inklusive omstruktureringskostnader blev den operativa intäkten 202,2 miljoner dollar, vilket är en ökning med 189,5 miljoner jämfört med 2003.
Samsung envisage la construction d’une nouvelle usine de plaquettes de 300 mm
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La société coréenne Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd a récemment révélé qu’elle projetait de construire une nouvelle unité de fabrication de plaquettes de 300 mm. Ce projet cadre avec ses ambitions d’extension de la capacité.
Silizium soll Ursprung des Universums erklären
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Schon bald könnten Silizium und andere Materialien tiefgehende Einblicke in den Ursprung des Universums liefern: Kommende Woche kehrt eine Weltraumsonde zur Erde zurück – an Bord spezielle Wafer zum Einfangen der interstellaren Materie.
IBM und ASML testen Immersions-Lithographie
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Im Forschungszentrum Albany NanoTech wird erstmals ein 193-nm-Vorabsystem für die Immersions-Lithographie mit 300-mm-Wafern eingesetzt. Die Plattform stammt von der niederländischen ASML Holding NV und gilt als erstes 193-nm-System der Welt. An den Entwicklungsarbeit sind auch AMD und Infineon beteiligt.
Le silicium devrait permettre d’expliquer l’origine de l’univers
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Les origines de l’univers pourraient bientôt être dévoilées grâce au silicium et à d’autres matériaux.
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