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Embedded Linux quandary: what price for a free OS?
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6/29/2002   Post a comment
The law of supply and demand will face a curious test over the next few years, as embedded Linux vendors search for a way to make engineers pay for an operating system that appeals to users largely because it's free.
Intel reportedly places ATE order with Advantest
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6/28/2002   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Rumors are running rampant that Intel Corp. has placed a new and large order for automatic test equipment (ATE) from Japan's Advantest Corp., according to several sources and analysts in the industry. Sources believe that Advantest is building a new line of "structural testers" for Intel. The Santa Clara, Calif.-based chip giant is reportedly using these testers for next-generation chip products, possibly even microprocessors, according to sources.
Embedded Linux quandary: what price for a free OS?
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6/28/2002   Post a comment
The law of supply and demand will face a curious test over the next few years, as embedded Linux vendors search for a way to make engineers pay for an operating system that appeals to users largely because it's free.
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Worldcom's hubris
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Heard on the Beat
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What happen to the upturn?
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SAN JOSE -- What happened to the anticipated recovery in the semiconductor industry? While it's a bit early to write off the year, there are more signs that the chip industry will remain in the tank in 2002. Just this week alone, the IC and telecommunications markets were rocked by a plethora of bad news from Alcatel, Motorola, WorldCom, and others.
Silicon Engineering
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In the 30 years and 1,225 issues since EE Times first appeared, perhaps no human pursuit has changed as profoundly and fundamentally as the practice of electronics engineering. That's the motivating force behind one of the most fundamental changes EE Times has ever undertaken.
Nu Horizons reports break-even quarter
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6/28/2002   Post a comment
Nu Horizons Electronics Corp., Melville, N.Y., said net sales from continuing operations for the first quarter of fiscal 2003, ended May 31, were $75 million as compared to $89.7 million for the prior year's fiscal period.
Engineers hit hard, as Motorola lays off 7,000
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6/28/2002   Post a comment
Motorola Inc. pushed ahead with its "asset-light" strategy last week, announcing thousands of engineering and other layoffs and widening its embrace of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) for additional foundry capacity.
U.S. consumer income and spending
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Standards-based tool tests systems and apps
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Tau/Tester is a stand-alone, standards-based tool for testing systems and software applications.
eConnections failure will test rivals
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6/28/2002   Post a comment
The stunning demise of eConnections has sent shock waves through the broader supply chain services market, where more casualties may be imminent. The same factors forcing eConnections to throw in the towel-the slumping electronics industry and slower-than-expected adoption of its services by high-tech users-are likely to hit other providers, analysts said.
Justice probe of Sun could spur new look at H-1B visas
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6/28/2002   Post a comment
A Justice Department preliminary investigation to determine whether Sun Microsystems Inc. might have discriminated against U.S. citizens and favored foreign workers could spur a congressional reexamination of the H-1B visa program, legal experts say.
Sun counters Intel with low-cost UltraSPARCs
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6/28/2002   Post a comment
Even as Intel Corp. invades Sun Microsystems Inc.'s Unix-based enterprise server territory, Sun is staging a flanking maneuver to attack the low-end and Web-based server markets that Intel has come to dominate.
Hot spots may push WLAN
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Midtier distributors edge into China
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6/28/2002   Post a comment
Distribution's midtier is feeling a tug from OEM and EMS customers to enter China's budding electronics market, but a survey of companies in the sector indicates that smaller channel players will not move to the mainland en masse. Unlike most of the industry's top-tier distributors, which began forging a sales and engineering presence and building warehouses in China in the early '90s, few midrange distributors have yet committed substantial resources to prime mainland manufacturing locations s
Struggling FCI, Tyco haven't hurt connector industry yet
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6/28/2002   Post a comment
The procurement strategies of buyers in the $30 billion connector industry have so far not changed, despite continuing poor market conditions and mounting problems at two of the largest suppliers.
NeoMagic lands Toshiba as SOC customer
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After exiting the notebook graphics-IC market in 2000 and then introducing an a system-on-a-chip (SoC) for handheld Internet appliances last year, NeoMagic Corp. this week said Toshiba Corp. is using NeoMagic's MiMagic 3 (NMS7210) processor for its MOBILPHILE portable digital audio player.
Intel has Irish plan to share and save alike
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6/28/2002   Post a comment
Intel is gearing up to make 0.13µm flash memories at its existing fabs in the Irish Republic, a project originally earmarked for a new plant being built alongside it.
IC makers, OEMs define new multimedia standard
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6/28/2002   Post a comment
SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- A consortium of chip makers and OEMs here today announced the first specifications for a new and emerging high-definition multimedia interface standard. The technology is geared for a new class of consumer electronic devices and other products. The recently-formed consortium, dubbed the High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) Founders, include Hitachi, Matsushita Electric (Panasonic), Philips, Silicon Image, Sony, Thomson, and Toshiba.
Nanophase clarifies slurry deal with Rodel
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ROMEOVILLE, Ill. -- In an attempt to clarify the apparent confusion in the marketplace, Nanophase Technologies Corp. here today elaborated on its deal with Rodel Inc. in the slurry materials arena. Under the terms, announced on Wednesday, Rodel will combine its patented chemistries with Nanophase's new nanoparticle technology to develop and market new chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) slurries for the semiconductor industry.
More jobs to go at Alcatel
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French telecomms equipment maker Alcatel is set to cut a further 10 000 jobs worldwide. The company also admitted it would not make a profit this year, as it forecast just two months ago.
DDi gets new loan agreement
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DDi Corp., Anaheim, Calif., today announced that its principal operating subsidiary, Dynamic Details Inc., has successfully reached an agreement to amend its senior credit facility, effective June 28.
Fabless chip maker alters weapons for VoP battle with TI
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6/28/2002   Post a comment
Fabless chip supplier Octasic Inc. is looking to angle its way into the voice-over-packet (VoP) market currently cornered by Texas Instruments Inc.'s DSP-based approach.
Via backs HyperTransport for future chip set designs
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6/28/2002   Post a comment
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan's Via Technologies Inc. here announced plans to support HyperTransport, the next- Generation, I/O chip-to-chip interconnect technology. The Taipei-based chip set specialist is also joining the HyperTransport Technology Consortium. Developed by Advanced Micro Devices Inc., HyperTransport is a high-speed interconnect technology that is suitable for a range of applications, such as PCs, game consoles, and mobile devices.
SQI offers backgrinding wafer service
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6/28/2002   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Silicon Quest International (SQI) Inc. here announced that it has begun offering a backgrinding and wafer thinning service for semiconductor device manufacturers. SQI's high-volume backgrinding service is focused on the production of 3- to 8-inch wafer sizes. The company's service also includes solder and gold bumped wafer thinning, and tight tolerance silicon-on-insulator (SOI) wafer thinning.
Linux scheduler latency
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6/28/2002   Post a comment
Clark Williams of Red Hat takes a look at two of the patches developed to deal with scheduler latency.
TSMC shrinks CMOS transistors
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TSMC, the world's largest dedicated semiconductor foundry, has demonstrated a working device which uses CMOS transistors that are about 10 times smaller than those made with today's most advanced production technology.
Teacher shortage to be addressed
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6/28/2002   Post a comment
The government is looking to address the shortage in secondary school science teachers by using post-doctorate students on a part-time basis.
High tech start-up funding should look to longer term
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6/28/2002   Post a comment
Venture capital (VC) funding for high technology start-ups is a "fashion business", according to Dr Peter van Cuylenburg, an associate with Pond Venture Partners.
VoIP interface board
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6/28/2002   Post a comment
A VoIP interface board has been released that supports up to 1024 voice channels.
FFT IP core
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A Fast Fourier transform (FFT) IP core has been added to the MegaCore family.
The future of Java for embedded applications
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6/28/2002   1 comment
Michael Mathews of Montavista explains how the combination of an embedded Linux OS and Java technologies can provide a option for flexible project development.
Partners can access SuperH tools for SoC
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6/28/2002   Post a comment
Microprocessor cores developer SuperH has developed a partnership programme that will give licensees access to the tools and complementary intellectual property (IP) necessary for integrating its cores in to system-on-chip (SoC) products. The programme includes IP libraries, silicon design, modelling, verification and testing.
IEEE 802.11g to benefit WLANs
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6/28/2002   Post a comment
Jim Zyren, director of strategic marketing for wireless networking at Intersil explains the draft standard and explains how its adoption is an important step for the introduction of dual band radios.
Varian raises forecast amid sudden demand
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6/28/2002   Post a comment
GLOUCESTER, Mass. -- Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates Inc. here today raised its forecast for the third quarter of fiscal 2002, ending June 28. Due to a late-quarter acceleration in customer demand, Varian now expects revenue for the quarter to range from $91-to-$96 million, up from previously anticipated revenue of $75-to-$90 million, and diluted earnings per share to rise from a previously anticipated breakeven level to between $0.06 and $0.09.
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