HP-led splinter group to proceed with real-time Java spec News & Analysis 11/30/1998 Post a comment The latest salvo in the war between Hewlett-Packard Co. and Sun Microsystems Inc. for control of real-time Java will be fired this week, when an HP-led coalition is expected to announce it has linked up with a standards body to formally oversee its effort to forge a real-time specification.
Intel, Cisco take stake in optical component pioneer News & Analysis 11/30/1998 Post a comment Intel Corp. (Santa Clara, Calif.) and Cisco Systems Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) have each invested about $10 million for minority stakes in Bookham Technology Ltd., a pioneer in the use of silicon for the fabrication of optical and opto-electronic components. Intel and Cisco are each thought to have received a little over 5 percent of Bookham in return for their investments.
Verisity adds spec-based verification News & Analysis 11/30/1998 Post a comment Verisity Design Inc. has added temporal language support to its Specman test-bench development software, embracing a new methodology it calls "spec-based verification." The company's Specman Elite brings some of the advantages of formal model checking into a familiar simulation environment.
National builds a scanner chip News & Analysis 11/30/1998 Post a comment National Semiconductor Corp.'s just released integrated scanner chip promises to lower the price and improve the quality of desktop color scanners. Though the 36-bit scanner-on-a-chip follows devices from Exar Corp., Burr-Brown and others into an increasingly competitive market, National's LM-9830 fulfills the company's long-term promise to use its analog components as building blocks for mixed-signal integration.
Via signs patent license with Intel News & Analysis 11/30/1998 Post a comment In a move that lifts some of Taiwan's core logic for Pentium II systems from legal limbo, Via Technologies Inc. announced today (Nov. 30) that it has reached a joint patent license agreement with Intel Corp. The agreement solidifies the legality of Via's Pentium II Slot 1 core logic products, and helps to resolve several outstanding intellectual property issues relating to Via's chip sets.
Analysis: Cable industry not set for 'super' set top News & Analysis 11/30/1998 Post a comment With standards still in flux, set-top and semiconductor makers in the United States and Europe are being left largely to their own devices in the drive to define a feature-rich, reliable "super set-top" box for next-generation TV. Chip and system vendors face a tough balancing act: They must design their platforms flexibly enough to accommodate evolving specifications for the U.S. cable industry while also ensuring that the same platform complies with individual set-top requirements from potenti
Equator debuts "software TV" engine News & Analysis 11/30/1998 Post a comment Equator Technologies this week will take the wraps off a device that it calls a "software television." Fully programmable in C, the MAP1000 media processor-scheduled to roll out at the Western Show, here-formats digital video and graphics for display on high-resolution monitors. It also provides NTSC image enhancement and MPEG-4 decoding, and anticipates advanced video services such as videoconferencing and interactive gaming.