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Intel offers long vision for analysts
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4/28/2000   Post a comment
Intel's annual analysts briefing this week was short on technology details but long on vision and product sneak peeks. The world's largest semiconductor company is broadening its portfolio of semiconductor, services, software and funding solutions to empower Internet growth at all levels.
U.S. submits plan to break up Microsoft
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The Justice Department and state officials asked a federal judge Friday (April 28) to split monopolist Microsoft Corp. into two competing companies as a final remedy in the two-year-old antitrust case.
Microsoft spins CE 3.0, overhauls embedded
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In one stroke, Microsoft Corp. this week reorganized its embedded-systems group and announced its most ambitious embedded effort to date: Windows CE 3.0.
Outsourcing called threat to packaging advances
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Despite the gold to be found in portable systems that mix communications and computing functions, the U.S. electronics industry is not moving fast enough to adopt the packaging technologies needed to build these thin, lightweight systems, participants said at the HD (high-density) International technical conference here.
AMD readies new processor for market
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Advanced Micro Devices Inc. is preparing to launch a new microprocessor aimed at the low-cost desktop market: the Duron chip.
Design dot-com raises $10 million
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A well-financed startup with a "design chain management" site for electronic engineers has surfaced here with news of a $10 million venture capital investment.
Intel backs Chinese Linux
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Seven local and overseas Linux developers announced plans to establish technical support centers to be overseen by the China Software Industry Association and backed by Intel Corp.
Power strategy must fit the application
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Several fictitious examples can illustrate dc/dc converter selection for a subsystem in a portable product.
Outsmarting conversion hurdles
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The design of power conversion and management circuitry for portable computing products presents unique challenges.
Voltage-regulator quartet fits variety of handheld apps
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These four examples of voltage regulators, designed by Linear Technology, fit particular handheld device applications.
Handhelds put squeeze on regulators
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The next generation of handheld devices with wireless Internet connectivity is beginning to appear, fueling still further the growth of the market for handhelds. The challenge is to make them smaller and to extend their run-time and standby time on a set of batteries.
Anticipating 1-V dc-to-dc design
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Semiconductors are racing toward the 1-V operating voltage mark to achieve higher speeds and use less power.
Hot swapping provides flexibility
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Hot swapping is a way to manage power that turns the once catastrophic event of plugging something into a powered piece of equipment into a controlled environment that allows the host unit to be repaired, upgraded or expanded during operation.
Cell phones ring up complexity
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When comparing a typical cell phone today with one from a few years ago, the biggest surprise is not the smaller size or even the battery life: It is actually the complexity and feature-rich aspect of the handset.
Dc/dc converter a crucial choice
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Consumer demand has stretched the capabilities of portable devices in terms of power and functionality while pressuring for smaller size and significantly longer battery life.
Control scheme gives power tune-up
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Increasingly higher-performance computing has a direct impact on the power-management portion of the system, especially in portable PCs.
Power efficiency consumes portable designs
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Squeezing out longer battery life in increasingly smaller, more sophisticated, feature-laden wireless products can be a challenge.
FCC moves to delay June wireless auction
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FCC Chairman William Kennard told Congress this week he is postponing until September spectrum auctions that were scheduled to begin June 7.
Cypress makes another RF acquisition
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Cypress Semiconductor Corp. is continuing its push into the RF market with the acquisition of privately-held RadioCom Corp.
Cloudy patent picture may slow 1394's ascent
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A murky patent picture could slow adoption of the 1394 interface just when the fast link is seeing significant deployments, a Microsoft Corp. executive warned this week.
ATI and Nvidia battle for top graphics chip
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4/27/2000   Post a comment
ATI Technologies Inc. introduced its latest chip at Windows Hardware Engineering Conference 2000, and claimed the title of best graphics chip in the industry. They held that title for 24 hours, because the next day, Nvidia Corp. held its own product launch, and retook their position as the top-performing graphics chip.
Matsushita appoints Kunio Nakamura as new president
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Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. appointed Kunio Nakamura, 60, as its new president, and distancing itself from the 60-year dominance of the founding Matsushita family. Nakamura replaces Yoichi Morishita, 65, effective in late June.
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