FCC OKs Verizon's MCI acquisition News & Analysis 10/31/2005 Post a comment The Federal Communications Commission approved the proposed acquisition of MCI Inc. by Verizon Communications Inc. after concluding the transaction advances the public interest.
Texas Prototypes hones NPI model News & Analysis 10/31/2005 Post a comment What does a Design Chain Champion do for an encore? Texas Prototypes Inc., for one, has continued to hone the business model that resulted in its being named one of Electronics Supply & Manufacturing's 2004 Supply & Design Chain champions.
Dell to fall short of guidance News & Analysis 10/31/2005 Post a comment Dell Computer said it expects to achieve a non-GAAP earnings per share of 39 cents, the low end of the range of its previous guidance for fiscal 2006 third quarter, and expects revenue to be $13.9 billion, below its original guidance of $14.1 to $14.5 billion.
Pre-validation interoperability test software is for 3G cellphones Product News 10/31/2005 Post a comment If you've ever grappled with 3G cellphone pre-validation interoperability testing, you'll be interested in new Windows-based software from Anritsu. It's new network simulation library for its existing signaling tester hardware lets you conduct pre-validation of interoperability testing between 3G user equipment and the world's various 3G networks.
Outsourcing helps, not hurts U.S. economy, says trade group News & Analysis 10/31/2005 Post a comment Global outsourcing of U.S software and IT services has benefitted the domestic economy by improving wages, encouraging investment and spending, and ultimately by increasing the number of jobs, according to a study by the Information Technology Association of America.
Qualcomm: the problem or scapegoat? News & Analysis 10/31/2005 Post a comment It was not a major surprise that six leading communications companies filed complaints with the European Commission (EC) against CDMA chipset giant Qualcomm Inc. But is Qualcomm is the problem or the scapegoat?
3-axis accelerometer sets low power benchmark for mobile devices Product News 10/31/2005 Post a comment Analog Devices, Inc. said its new ADXL330, 3-axis accelerometer, is the industry's lowest power device of its kind, typically consuming only 200 microamps at full power at a supply voltage of 2.0 V. Combined with a small surface-mount 4 x 4 x 1.45-mm package, the new device aims to be the sensor of choice for a variety of portable consumer devices, particularly mobile phones, by offering designers the ability to deliver new motion and tilt sensing features.
Court OKs Mosaid request to appeal Infineon case News & Analysis 10/31/2005 Post a comment Semiconductor IP supplier Mosaid Technologies Inc. has announced that U.S. District Judge Fogel has issued a stipulation and order granting the company the right to appeal the court judgement in its patent dispute with Infineon Technologies AG.
Nokia unveils DVB-H broadcast solution News & Analysis 10/31/2005 Post a comment Nokia Inc. has announced a commercial service management solution for DVB-H services, the Nokia Mobile Broadcast Solution 3.0, that supports the broadcasting of different types of digital content such as live TV, radio and video clips over DVB-H networks to mobile devices.
The Wal-Mart economy News & Analysis 10/31/2005 Post a comment Though much of the economy has rebounded since the dot-com crash, and though engineers are being hired now, I'm still flooded with tales of woe from developers unsuccessfully searching for work. Here's an e-mail from a correspondent who wishes to remain anonymous: "There seems to be a great discrepancy between 'official' numbers and the truth. I worked as a software engineer/embedded developer for several years, but I can't buy a job right now.
Let feds pay high costs of snooping News & Analysis 10/31/2005 Post a comment Eleven years ago, EE Times warned readers of the hidden costs of the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (Calea), then known as the Digital Telephony Act. By requiring service providers of all sizes to install packet-snooping gateways in their peering centers and central offices, at the carrier's own cost, the federal government was demanding the equivalent of an "unfunded mandate" for all players in broadband communications.
'Next big thing' may be process, not a product News & Analysis 10/31/2005 Post a comment IBM Research is celebrating its 60th anniversary in a year that may prove to be as transformational as 1945 was, for the company and for the world in general. Where the year IBM Corp.'s research arm was founded marked the start of the Cold War and the nuclear-arms race, from now on it may be intangibles such as information, software and intellectual property, delivered via the Internet that will be the center of global struggles for dominance, rather than physical products such as
Dell's $99 printer gambit Teardown 10/31/2005 Post a comment When Dell introduced the 1100 monochrome laser printer in the United States and Europe in June, the 1100 became the lowest-priced laser printer on the market. Having set an introductory price of only $99, Dell aggressively undercut its nearest competitors, Samsung and Konica Minolta, which both offered similar printers but for at least $50 more. Dell also sought to redefine price entry points for the growing small-office/home-office (Soho) consumer printing segment.
Fragmentation slows IPTV adoption Product News 10/31/2005 Post a comment Will Internet Protocol TV follow the path of other interactive-TV platforms, blazing onto the scene only to fizzle into a minor market that leaves pundits grasping for explanations?
IPTV is the real deal, sources said, noting that operators in Europe and Asia have already pulled off successful deployments. Many of those pioneers are telcos that earlier deployed broadband over digital subscriber lines for Internet data service and are now expanding into IP voice and video for "triple play" servic
Consumer era gives birth to 'gigafabs' News & Analysis 10/31/2005 Post a comment Just as giants of the retail world are erecting massive "megastores," so the chip industry is eyeing supersized foundries to build the ICs for the products that wind up on those retailers' shelves.
Verifying large models in RTL simulation News & Analysis 10/31/2005 Post a comment Using Silicon Graphics' ccNUMA memory architecture as an example, ASIC designer Debra Klopfenstein shows how you can efficiently represent extremely large models in RTL simulation environments.
DOD eyes comms for disaster response News & Analysis 10/31/2005 Post a comment The U.S. Northern Command will consider any and all technologies that will help it develop a flexible and survivable communications network to respond to future domestic disasters, Northern Command Commander Adm. Timothy Keating told the Homeland Defense Symposium here last week.
SERVERS: IBM servers to use Neterion's 10-Gbit Ethernet adapters News & Analysis 10/31/2005 Post a comment IBM Corp. has signed an OEM agreement with 10-Gbit Ethernet startup Neterion Inc., making Neterion's Xframe II adapters a standard element in xSeries servers from the IBM systems and technology group. While the formal deal is limited to Neterion's PCI-X 2.0 adapter card, IBM and Neterion are continuing informal talks about alternative designs placing Xframe ASICs on the BladeCenter CPU card itself, or in alternative bus adapters such as PCI Express.
100-watt AC/DC saves industrial space Product News 10/31/2005 Post a comment XP Power says its single-output ECM100 AC/DC power supply, which delivers up to 100 watts, is at least one-third smaller than the industry's nearest competitor. These universal-input supplies, for industrial and medical applications, have a footprint of just 4.5-by-2.5 inches and are 1.2 inches high, thus setting claim on an industry-leading power density of 7.4 W/in3.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.