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Startup remakes MOSFETs in 0.35-micron DRAM process
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Advanced Analogic Technologies Inc. is causing waves in the normally staid world of analog chip design by claiming it can build highly efficient power MOSFETs and low-dropout regulators for dirt-cheap prices by using 0.35-micron CMOS DRAM technology to make them. So intense are the claims that customers, investors and competitors are finding them hard to ignore.
Taiwan's SiS, Via report sequential sales growth for March
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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- In a possible indication of a slight recovery in PCs, two Taiwanese chip set houses reported modest to decent sequential growth for the month of March. PC chip set maker Via Technologies Inc. here today announced sales of $66.36 million (NT$2.32 billion) for the month of March, a 0.87% increase over $65.8 million (NT$2.30 billion) in February.
HP looks to build on early e-procurement success
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While many jaded procurement executives have grown frustrated by the unfulfilled promises of e-procurement, not all have lost faith. One notable exception is Hewlett-Packard Co. The company, which is likely to merge with Compaq Computer Corp. if the buyout vote succeeds, has saved "in excess of $30 million" in its first year of deploying e-procurement practices, according to Jeff McKibben, director of HP's worldwide e-procurement program. That number is expected to increase tenfold as more p
UMC shakes up top management
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United Microelectronics Co. announced today that effective April 1st, Robert Tsao will no longer serve as the company's chief executive officer.
Fairchild buys I-Cube and Signal Processing Technologies
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SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine -- Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc. today announced it has completed a pair of acquisitions to increase its chip product offerings in telecom, networking, consumer video, and instrumentation applications.
Taiwan's chip makers report few problems due to quake
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HSINCHU, Taiwan -- Taiwan's semiconductor makers were slightly affected after a strong earthquake hit the island over the weekend.
Optimizer called missing analog synthesis link
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Analog Design Automation Inc. this week will introduce its long-awaited Genius analog circuit optimizer, a device billed as "the missing link" in the analog synthesis chain.
A necessary partition
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I didn't catch up with Junko Yoshida's reporting from the CeBIT show until March 21, the day I got back from Comdex Vancouver.
Using UML to drive Java can alleviate chaos
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Although the Java language is still a new proposition for development in embedded systems, developers are beginning to consider the use of modeling languages, such as Unified Modeling Language, as part of their development strategy.
Use your own benchmarks for Java execution time
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When considering a benchmark to determine the overall performance of a Java application, the impact of byte code execution, graphics and native code execution varies depending on the nature of the specific application: what the application does, how much of it is byte code vs. native code and how much use it makes of graphics.
Real-time core extensions assure Java use
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Because it was recently approved as an International Standards Organization PAS submitter, the J Consortium can submit its Real-Time Core Extensions specification to ISO for standardization.
NetBeans: open-source project evolves
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History suggests that if an open-source project is designed to leverage the energy of the development community and offers an architecture that supports virtually unlimited change and adaptability, it will thrive and proliferate -often in ways that its creators never had envisioned. NetBeans is a perfect example.
Linux, Java team up for net enabled handhelds
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The combination of an embedded Linux OS and Java technology offer developers a new choice for flexible project deployment.
JNI links JVM to low level APIs
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The time always comes when a programmer must jump the gap between the Java world contained within the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) and the world of the low-level applications programming interface (API) through which hardware services are accessed.
J2ME platform key to wireless handsets
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The inherent complexities of integrating local and remote services in wireless handsets is no longer just "a simple matter of programming."
Custom processors rev Java execution
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Embedded Java implementations run up against performance problems because of the stack structures the language requires.
Choosing Java hardware requires planning, tough choices
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With the availability of compelling net-centric services and Java hardware, device manufacturers are faced with two questions: At what point do the revenue opportunities enabled by hardware-based Java implementations necessitate a move from a software virtual machine (VM) to a hardware solution?
DuPont Photomasks sells photoblank unit to Schott for $42 million
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ROUND ROCK, Tex. -- DuPont Photomasks Inc. today announced it will sell the company's photoblank business to Germany's Schott Lithotec AG for $42 million in cash and stock over the next two years.
EDA industry revenues topped $4 billion in '01
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Electronic design automation has become a $4 billion industry, according to the latest report from the EDA Consortium's Market Statistics Service.
Tower to swap stock for wafer purchases from new fab, negotiates with banks
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MIGDAL HAEMEK, Israel -- Tower Semiconductor Ltd. here announced agreements with three of its foundry partners--SanDisk Corp., Alliance Semiconductor Corp., and Macronix International Co. Ltd.--to advance their payments for a new 8-inch wafer fab ahead of schedule as the Israeli chip maker negotiates with banks to defer certain "obligations" in an attempt to raise more money.
Cable modem/MPEG decode IC
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The CX24430 combines cable modem and MPEG decoder capabilities in a 452-pin BGA package.
Analog, digital simulation platform
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The VCS Direct AMS integration platform has been added to the VCS 6.2 Verilog simulator.
Taiwan's UMC reshuffles executive management team again
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HSINCHU, Taiwan -- Taiwan's United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) here today once again reshuffled its executive management team, announcing that one of its vice chairmen has resumed his former role as chief executive. John Hsuan, who was vice chairman of Hsinchu-based UMC, has been named CEO of the company. He assumes the CEO title from Robert Tsao, who will remain chairman of the silicon foundry giant.
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