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ASIC design starts to halt decline, says iSuppli
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The protracted decline in design starts in ASICs (Application-Specific Integrated Circuits) will reverse itself over the next year as the demand for structured ASICs grows, according to market research firm iSuppli Corp. (El Segundo, Calif.)
Analyst lowers capital spending forecast for '05
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A slight pause in the semiconductor industry prompted a research firm to increase its capital spending forecast for 2004 while lowering its outlook for 2005.
KLA-Tencor to sell Seiko's AFM tool for ICs
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KLA-Tencor Inc. and SII NanoTechnology (SIINT), a subsidiary of Seiko Instruments, Tuesday (August 31) said they have formed a distribution deal.
Xpedion to use new funds for RFIC tool development
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Xpedion President and CEO Pete Rodriguez said the company will use the new venture funds in preparation for the launch of its second-generation GoldenGate RFIC analysis tool.
Programmability an increasingly viable option for analog
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Observers of Programmable Analog as a business option may take heart in the announcement this week by Anadigm, Inc. that a Canadian recreational boat company, Teleflex, is using Anadigm's parts for steering controls. Steve Ohr filed this report.
Corrigan says chip industry in 'wait-and-see' mode
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The semiconductor industry has adopted a "wait-and-see" attitude marked by vast uncertainties over the direction of oil prices, instability in Iraq and the presidential election, LSI Logic Chairman and Chief Executive Wilfred Corrigan said. Brian Fuller did this interview.
InFocus sues 3M for patent infringement
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InFocus Corp. (Wilsonville, Ore.) has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against 3M Company (Minneapolis) in the United States District Court in Oregon, claiming 3M is infringing on its front projector technology patent US 6,424,097 B1.
FCC appeals cable broadband decision
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The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to review a decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco that ruled cable modem services should be regulated as a telecommunications service.
5-GHz power amp module targets next wave WLAN systems
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A recent unveiling by SiGe Semiconductor of a 5 GHz power amplifier module is sure to be a success for access points, PCMCIA cards, laptop computers and other client devices that are compliant with the 802.11a WLAN standard.
Multirate VCSEL driver focuses on optical modules for Ethernet, Fibre-channel apps
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Maxim introduces the MAX3795 +3.3V, multirate common-cathode VCSEL driver with automatic power control. It operates from 1Gbps up to 4.25Gbps and can be used in Gigabit Ethernet, Fibre Channel, and OC-48 modules for short-reach applications.
Plasma display sales level slightly, says DisplaySearch
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Shipments of plasma display panels reached 799,000 units during the second quarter, up 14 percent from the previous quarter but falling 43,000 units short of expectations, according to market research firm DisplaySearch (Austin).
Renesas ouvre un centre de conception de puces au Vietnam
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Le Japonais Renesas Technology Corp. est sur le point d’ouvrir un centre de conception de circuits intégrés à Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam), a annoncé la société mardi (31 août 2004). Renesas a également indiqué sa volonté d’étendre le centre de façon à accueillir 1 000 employés d’ici à la fin de la décennie.
RF detector accurately detects RF signals up to 3GHz
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Linear Technology introduces a high performance logarithmic type RF detector, the LT5534, that can accurately detect RF signals up to 3GHz. It is designed for cellular basestation receivers and transmitters, and other high performance transceivers.
WiMAX and the last mile potential for wireless broadband
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Fujitsu gives its views on the Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMAX) standard. It is with the WiMAX standard that system vendors can create many different types of WiMAX-based products, including various configurations of base stations and customer premise equipment.
NI launches next-gen multi-function data-acq plug-ins
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Offering no less than 20 new products, all introduced in a family at the same time, National Instruments is rolling out what it bills as the next generation of multi-function DAQ products. Significantly, they use the company's newly designed NI-STC 2 system controller chip and a new NI-PGIA 2 monolithic amplifier chip.
Hitachi, Toshiba und Matsushita produzieren gemeinsam LCDs
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Vor dem Hintergrund eines scharfen Wettbewerbs seitens koreanischer und taiwanesischer LCD-Produzenten haben sich die japanischen Elektronikkonzerne Hitachi, Toshia und Matsushita zusammengetan, um gemeinsam Flachbildschirme für Fernsehgeräte zu produzieren. Ein von dem Trio gegründetes Joint-Venture soll bereits im Januar kommenden Jahres seine Tätigkeit aufnehmen.
Battery-free backup power system achieves 2 hour runtime
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Active Power Inc. (Austin) said it has operated a prototype of its battery-free energy storage system at 10 kilowatts (kW) for over 2 hours, a feat the company expects to help position the product for the telecommunications segment.
Corrigan says chip industry in 'wait-and-see' mode
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The semiconductor industry has adopted a "wait-and-see" attitude marked by vast uncertainties over the direction of oil prices, instability in Iraq and the presidential election, a senior executive said.
Intel seen at lower end of Q3 guidance, says report
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Faced with excess inventories and slow notebook PC sales in the market, Intel Corp. is expected to be at the lower end of its previous guidance for the third quarter of 2004, according to a report from SG Cowen Securities Corp.
Software erzeugt automatisch Prozessor
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Viel Zeit und Ärger können sich Designer von konfigurierbaren Prozessoren künftig sparen: Ein Tool des EDA-Software-Anbieters Tensilica erzeugt optimierte Prozessoren direkt aus der C-Code-Beschreibung. Bislang mussten solche Bausteine per Hand in Sprachen wie VHDL oder Verilog codiert werden.
Renesas to open Vietnam chip design center
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Japan's Renesas Technology Corp. plans to open an IC design center in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and expand the staff to 1,000 employees by the end of the decade.
Spoerle nimmt Hahn-Trafos ins Programm
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Der Industrieelektronik-Distributor Spoerle Electronic vertreibt künftig die Transformatoren von Hahn Elektrobau. Die beiden Unternehmen haben jetzt ein entsprechendes Franchiseabkommen abgeschlossen.
Foundry Watch: ChipMOS enters limelight
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After years' of obscurity in the chip packaging and test business, Taiwan's ChipMOS Technologies Bermuda Ltd. has finally moved into the limelight with plans on becoming the next $500 million player in the industry.
Hitachi, Toshiba, Matsushita join on LCD TV panels
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Japanese display makers Hitachi Ltd., Toshiba Corp. and Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. have agreed to establish a joint venture to manufacture and sell LCD panels for flat-panel TVs that would begin operating January 2005.
Finnish startup working on tiny projector
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Upstream Engineering, a Finnish developer of advanced optical technology for tiny projectors, has received seed money to finance development of the technology for use in commercial products.
AMD zeigt Dual-Core-Opteron
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Den ersten Dual-Core-Prozessor in x86-Architektur hat AMD heute vorgestellt. Damit hat Intels Rivale nach seinem Erfolg mit der 64-Bit-Erweiterung wieder einmal die Nase vorne.
Samsung envisage la construction d’une nouvelle usine de plaquettes de 300 mm
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La société coréenne Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd a récemment révélé qu’elle projetait de construire une nouvelle unité de fabrication de plaquettes de 300 mm. Ce projet cadre avec ses ambitions d’extension de la capacité.
Le silicium devrait permettre d’expliquer l’origine de l’univers
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Les origines de l’univers pourraient bientôt être dévoilées grâce au silicium et à d’autres matériaux.
IBM und ASML testen Immersions-Lithographie
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Im Forschungszentrum Albany NanoTech wird erstmals ein 193-nm-Vorabsystem für die Immersions-Lithographie mit 300-mm-Wafern eingesetzt. Die Plattform stammt von der niederländischen ASML Holding NV und gilt als erstes 193-nm-System der Welt. An den Entwicklungsarbeit sind auch AMD und Infineon beteiligt.
Serial Buses Cut EMI, Cabling Constraints in 3G Camera Phones
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Tapping serdes technology for display interfaces could play a big role in reducing flex cabling constraints and EMI when interfacing cameras and LCD displays to baseband processors in emerging mobile phone architectures.
ASML und Novellus melden Verschiebung von Aufträgen
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Trotz extremer Auslastungsgrade wollen die Chiphersteller ihre Anlagen offenbar nicht weiter ausbauen: ASML und Novellus, zwei Anbieter von Frontend-Equipment für die Halbleiterherstellung, melden Verschiebungen bei Aufträgen aufgrund verhaltener Investitionen.
Flextronics übernimmt indische Future Software
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Der Elektronik-Vertragshersteller Flextronics International übernimmt das Unternehmen Future Software aus dem indischen Chennai.
NEC zeigt hochauflösendes 3D-Display
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151 NEC hat eine neue LCD-Struktur für 3D-Displays vorgestellt, die eine hohe Auflösung von 470 horizontalen Pixel pro Zoll verspricht. Mit der Displaytechnik lassen sich ohne Umschalten sowohl 2D- als auch 3D-Bilder darstellen.
Xpedion gets funding from veteran EDA investors
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Privately-held RF IC simulator vendor Xpedion Design Systems Inc. announced it has secured a new round of venture funding.
Samsung exec sees spot DRAM shortages
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Seasonal PC and cellphone demand will cause spot DRAM shortages in the second half of 2004, but not a significant price increase, according to an executive from Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.
U.S. IT spending reportedly set to rise 7% in 2005
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The long-battered U.S. IT sector received encouraging words in a report from Forrester Research Inc. that projects a 7 percent overall increase in spending on IT goods, services, and staff in 2005 and similar growth through 2008.
ATDF, HPL demonstrate next-gen transistor
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ATDF Inc. (Austin) and HPL Technologies Inc. (San Jose) have demonstrated process capability at the 45 nm technology node for a multi-gate field effect transistor (MuGFET), an advanced semiconductor device that eventually could replace conventional CMOS transistors.
At Your Own Trace
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Training sessions combine conference calls with hands on labs and instructionals.
Pentium M-based cPCI board works in harsh embedded environments
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Pentium-M microprocessors are proliferating! Here's another example, this time in an SBC format from MEN Micro. It's new SBC comes in an operational range suitable for industrial applications. The plug-in is a single-slot 32-bit CompactPCI system controller whose CPU clocks at frequencies up to 1.8 GHz.
The Rocket Has Left The Building
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Industry's first FPGAs with production-quality transceivers at speeds above 3.7 Gbps.
At The 90 Yard Line, Pass or Punt
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Many go into production with FPGAs on board. But, many look for a lower cost high volume solution. Here's one.
The Right Tools for the Right Jobs
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New Suite of Tools is Setting Standards Everyone Wants to Be a Part of.
Flagship Tool Suite for Electrical Systems Design Is Focus of FPGA Makers
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When industry leaders make significant announcements, everyone wants to get on the bandwagon.
In Silicon We Trust
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For the most part, we all trust in the reliability of our semiconductor devices. This book addresses the soft error issues that can corrupt systems that otherwise function perfectly.
RapidFabric multicast and data streaming specs get the nod
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RapidIO is gaining steam. The RapidIO Trade Association just announced the approval of two new additions to the family of specs known as the RapidFabric extensions. These specs add some nifty features to the RapidIO architecture.
Servered The Way You Like It
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New standards are addressing the server memory issues which presently may be bottlenecking your attainable performance.
On The Cusp
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One thing you can bet on with a reasonable level of confidence. That is that communications will not go away. Our societies and planet are 'wired', physically, or wirelessly.
NOR Shall We Flash
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Are the days numbered for NOR Flash architectures? I think they will always be around, but, NAND Flash is making inroads at eliminating NOR altogether in som applications.
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