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DRAM prices rise sharply following Taiwan quake
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The ripple effect of Taiwan's deadly earthquake is beginning to surface throughout Asia and beyond, affecting everything from DRAM prices to the supply of computer peripherals.
Vertical cavity nitride system emits blue laser
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Advances in the ability to grow quality epitaxial layers on mismatched substrates has brought device researchers close to building a blue vertical cavity surface-emitting laser (VCSEL) diode.
Power rationing adds to Taiwan woes
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Still reeling from the earthquake that rocked Taiwan last week, energy officials this week find themselves coping with temperatures in the 90s that have caused the state-run power agency to decree power rationing in Taipei and on most of the rest of the island. Despite growing demand for electricity brought on by the heat, Taiwan's fabrication facilities have been given "100 percent, all-the-time" status, as have hospitals and military installations.
Samsung halts Rambus production after Intel delays Camino
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With another delay of a key Intel Corp. chip set for enabling Direct Rambus DRAMs in PCs, Rambus systems have missed the window for the Christmas selling season, analysts say, potentially costing PC makers tens of millions, possibly hobbling the upcoming launch of Intel's next version of the Pentium III and causing at least one DRAM maker to halt production of Rambus parts.
Foreign R&D spending in U.S. tops $1 9 billion
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The globalization of high-tech research and development is forcing policy-makers to consider the growing number of strategic alliances between U.S. and foreign companies, according to a new government study.
ATE struggles to keep up with deep-submicron chips
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The ATE industry is gearing up for a period of prosperity, but there is serious trouble ahead unless the industry drops long-held testing shibboleths and prepares for a future in which the key drivers are the Internet and the consumerization of the electronics industry.
Portable phone makers press demand for thin lithium-ion cells
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Demand for miniaturized components among portable-phone makers has moved the front lines of competition in the rechargeable battery market to cells under 4 mm thick. To get there, vendors are marshaling novel lithium-ion structures, most based on a polymer gel electrolyte.
Magma Completes Executive Management Team
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Cupertino, Calif.--Sept. 29, 1999--Three senior executives from Silicon Valley high-technology companies have joined Magma Design Automation, an EDA software supplier headquartered ...
Samsung Announces DSP, Ethernet, and IEEE 1394 Processors at Embedded Systems Conference
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San Jose--Sept. 29, 1999--Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. (San Jose) announced an expanded portfolio of embeddedcommunication cores to include Teaklite and Teak DSP cores,Ethernet ...
Atmel Chip Powers Security Features in the New IBM PC 300PL
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San Jose--Sept. 29, 1999--AtmelCorp. (San Jose) announced the availability of a turnkeyhardware security solution for PC clients developed in conjunction with IBMCorp. Concurrently, ...
Verplex Joins Artisan's EDANet Partner Program
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San Jose--Sept. 29, 1999--Verplex Systems (San Jose) has joined Artisan Components' (Sunnyvale, Calif.) EDANet partner program. By joining the program, Verplex is authorized ...
Synopsys and LSI Logic to Jointly Develop Models for Hardware/Software Co-verification
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San Jose--Sept. 29, 1999--Synopsys, Inc.(Mountain View, Calif.) and LSI Logic Corp. (Milpitas, Calif.) have agreed to jointlydevelop cycle-accurate models of LSI Logicmicroprocessor ...
Centura Software Premieres Latest Release of SQLBase Safegarde
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San Jose--Sept. 28, 1999--Centura Software Corp. (Redwood Shores, Calif.) announced the availability of SQLBase Safegarde 7.5.1, their new standard in embedded database solutions ...
Altera and Tensilica Announce the Xtensa Microprocessor Core Now Available for Apex Devices
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San Jose--Sept. 29, 1999--Altera Corp. (San Jose) and Tensilica, Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.) announced theavailability of Tensilica's 32-bit Xtensa microprocessor core for ...
Stellcom, Inc. Announces Availability of Industry White Paper Exploring Internet Appliance Implementation Technologies
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San Jose--Sept. 28, 1999--Stellcom, Inc. (San Diego) announced the availability of a white paper focusingon present and future issues surrounding Internet appliances. The whitepaper ...
Navigation snafu caused Orbiter crash, NASA says
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NASA said Thursday (Sept. 30) that a mix-up over units of measurement led to last week's loss of the $125 million Mars Orbiter.
Industry logs atypical Q3
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G.Lite faces many challengers in DSL race
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Four months after the G.Lite plugfest spelled the end of the short-lived Universal ADSL Working Group, activity among carriers and OEMs working in digital subscriber line services indicates that there is anything but universal agreement on the virtues of splitterless ADSL.
In-Stat bets on Rambus to win
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Toshiba decides against boosting LCD output
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Faced with a shrinking capital spending budget and another year of red ink, Toshiba Corp. has declined to increase capacity at its Japan-based joint venture LCD plant, though partner IBM Corp. is making plans to boost production.
SIA presses China to end IC tariffs
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U.S. semiconductor industry executives at a technology development seminar this week said they will bring China into the World Semiconductor Council, and expressed support for China's entry into the World Trade Organization.
Panelist debate the role of future FPGAs
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Panelists at the Military Applications of Programmable Logic Devices conference took a look at tomorrow's market for field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and decided that the parts have a future in system-on-a-chip designs and possibly even in consumer electronics.
Mitsubishi adds programmability to flash controller line
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Mitsubishi Electronics America Inc. has expanded its embedded-flash microcontroller line with two chips that deliver in-system programmability for field applications.
Cypress licenses Intel USB products, development tools
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Cypress Semiconductor Corp. said today it will cooperate with Intel Corp. on Universal Serial Bus (USB) peripheral controller technology, and that it has licensed USB development tools and high-performance designs from the microprocessor giant.
Cypress, Canadian startup to develop next-generation PLDs
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Cypress Semiconductor Corp. here and Canadian startup Right Track CAD Corp. today announced an agreement to jointly develop new architectures and software for next-generation programmable logic.
Waferscale loads memory into programmable storage devices
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Waferscale International Inc. has integrated what it calls an unprecedented amount of SRAM and flash-memory onto a new programmable storage device (PSD) for 8-bit CISC microcontroller-based systems that use high-level-language microcode.
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