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Hidden IP: booby trap or buried treasure?
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4/30/2007   Post a comment
If the process by which technology standards are forged and implemented isn't broken, it is surely straining under the weight of globalization, relentless technological change, patent-infringement and antitrust lawsuits as well as increasingly noisy standards battles among competing industry consortia.

A path around patent ambushes
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4/30/2007   Post a comment
The rules for licensing the patents essential for standards are hard to understand, even for experts. Participants in standards bodies, whether or not ANSI-accredited, have claimed that their duty to disclose essential intellectual-property rights (IPR) is unclear and that the obligation to license IP on "fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory" (FR&ND) terms has no legal content.
Line blurs between phones, PCs
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4/30/2007   1 comment
Mainstream notebook PCs and mobile phones are worlds apart when it comes to cost, size and design metrics. But trends revealed in recent teardowns on ultramobile PCs from Sony, Samsung and Tablet- Kiosk show the chasm is closing when UMPCs are compared with a recent ultrahigh-segment smart phone from HTC.

Japan rolls Li-ion battery safety plan
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Tales of burning notebook PCs that hit the news last summer raised serious concerns among consumers about the safety of lithium-ion batteries. Responding to those fears, Japan's battery and PC industries have jointly hammered out guidelines for the safe use of Li-ion batteries. The industries' task force has also presented its proposal to the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

Promise, peril in going green
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4/30/2007   Post a comment
Don't worry, this is not another commentary about climate change, although I do know that simulations can be very sensitive to assumptions in their underlying models and to errors in the input data. (As physics Nobel laureate Niels Bohr said, "Prediction is very difficult, especially if it's about the future.") My concern is about the R&D structure that will arise as society attempts to reduce the possibility of global warning through new and improved energy sources, greater efficiency and
High luminance 2.7-inch LCD modules target industrial applications
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NEC Electronics America adds three high luminance 2.7-inch QVGA amorphous silicon color LCD modules to its portfolio of TFT-LCD modules for industrial mobile applications.
MEMS exec sees billion-dollar markets
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Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) are poised to leverage the economies of scale that have driven the semiconductor industry, enabling a bright future of new devices with lower cost, superior performance and increasingly diminutive size. So says MEMS expert Kaigham (Ken) Gabriel, the co-founder of Akustica Inc. (Pittsburgh) and a veteran MEMS developer.

Networks: Ethernet card challenges Infiniband
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NetEffect Inc. (Austin, Texas) claims that its dual-port 10-Gbit/second Ethernet card closes in on the throughput, latency and cost of Infiniband, currently the performance leader in data center networking. The NE020 card implements the iWarp standard, defined more than five years ago to create a high-performance version of Ethernet using the techniques baked into Infiniband.

Hybrid coupler covers 100-500-MHz range
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Innovative Power Products has introduced a high power 3-dB 90-degree hybrid coupler that covers the 100 to 500-MHz frequency range.
Chip sales start growing again
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Worldwide sales of semiconductors increased by one percent in March to $20.3 billion compared with the previous month, and are 3.2 percent better than the $19.7 billion reported for March 2006, according to the the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).
APT brings pro-audio quality sound to Bluetooth
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Audio compression algorithm specialist Audio Processing Technology Ltd (Belfast, Northern Ireland) has expanded its relationship with Bluetooth chip pioneer CSR plc. to bring professional quality audio to headsets and other consumer devices.
Hiring Report: Mu Security Seeks Collaborative Security Experts
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The security analysis vendor says candidates should be able to map their IT skill sets to the company's product offerings.
Chip sales start growing again
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Worldwide sales of semiconductors increased by one percent in March to $20.3 billion compared with the previous month, and are 3.2 percent better than the $19.7 billion reported for March 2006, according to the the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). The increase reverses three months of sequential declines recorded by the SIA.
AT&T shareholders cry foul over executive pay
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AT&T Inc. announced at its shareholders meeting that Edward Whitacre would be stepping down as chairman and chief executive but a shareholder proposal called for advisory voting powers in the approval of executive pay to be given to shareholders.
Cars, the G-phone and the oil economy lead story ranking
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Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, April 22, as ranked by EE Times Europe readers, up to and including Saturday, April 28. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
Optically coupled isolators provide 6kV isolation
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Providing design engineers with an extended range of isolators for applications that require 6kVDC electrical isolation, TT electronics OPTEK Technology has expanded its family of optically coupled isolators.
Wintegra launches second generation DSL silicon and software
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Wintegra has launched its WinArrow2 IP-DSLAM processor and software solution that offers software compatibility and increased performance to support high end ADSL2+ and VDSL2 applications while simultaneously reducing BOM costs.
Alcatel-Lucent, NEC supply 20,000km submarine cable network
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Alcatel-Lucent and NEC Corporation announced they have been selected to deploy the Asia America Gateway, the first direct Terabit submarine cable network between Southeast Asia and the United States. The contract, amounting to about $500 million, aims to deliver a 20,000-km cable network spanning almost half the length of the equator.
Software: Analysis tool maps code's 'DNA'
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Coverity Inc. says the new release of its Prevent static code-analysis software embodies a new approach to "software mapping" that finds more bugs in embedded and enterprise software than previous technologies. The Prevent Software Quality System (SQS) also includes new defect- tracking capabilities and Java support.

Static analysis tool maps code's 'DNA'
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Coverity Inc. says the new release of its Prevent static code-analysis software embodies a new approach to "software mapping" that finds more bugs in embedded and enterprise software than previous technologies. The Prevent Software Quality System (SQS) also includes new defect- tracking capabilities and Java support.

Standard boosts disk drive performance
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The IDEMA group of disk drive makers has put the finishing touches on its Long Block Data standard that aims to lower error rates and boost performance on hard drives that will start sampling later this year.
Environmental law firm releases REACH document
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4/27/2007   Post a comment
White & Case LLP has published a Q&A document about the European Union's Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals (REACH) legislation, which goes into effect on June 1, 2007.
Plexus praised as Scotland looks to move up value chain
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Scottish Enterprise has opened an expanded design center at the Alba Campus in Livingston for electronics manufacturing services specialist Plexus.
NIST issues security recommendations for RFID
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The federal agency's guidelines are aimed at helping "smart tag" users evaluate and reduce potential security and privacy risks.
Flextronics posts record sales and profits
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Flextronics reported sales levels for its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2007 reached record levels, rising 32 percent and 23 percent, respectively, compared to 2006.
Congress considering energy technology agency
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A proposal for a new government energy research agency patterned after the Pentagon's research office appears to be gaining momentum in Congress.
Americans spend $1,200 a year on tech gadgets
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Two of the fastest movers and shakers in the CE industry are devices that enable home networking, according to a new report from the Consumer Electronics Association.
LDO extends battery run-time in portable devices
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Diodes Inc. has launched a 300-mA fast transient response LDO with a low quiescent current and adjustable regulation down to 1.0 V, which makes it suitable for portable and low-power applications.
Spectrum analyzers offer digital demodulation for wireless networks
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Aimed at wireless design, R&D and production test engineers, the Aeroflex 3280 Series spectrum analyzers now offers digital demodulation for analyzing 802.11a, b and g wireless networks.
16-Mbit SDRAM design reduces SiP/MCP cost in mobile apps
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Optmized for the mobile handset market, Inapac Technology Inc. is sampling a 16-Mbit SDRAM design based on its high-volume SiPFLOW platform that incorporates a design-for-test (DFT) architecture and production methodology.
ZigBee module features TI SoC
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One RF Technology has introduced a SoC-based ZigBee solution for building automation and wireless sensor networks applications. The miniature ZigBee module, dubbed uTiny, is based on the Texas Instruments CC2430 SoC.
Siemens loses its CEO, gains an SEC probe
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Siemens disclosed Thursday that the Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating the firm, just hours after CEO Klaus Kleinfeld abruptly resigned.
Toshiba reports record high sales despite NAND price drop
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Toshiba said annual sales reached 7.16 trillion ($60 billion), up 12 percent compared to the previous year. Operating profit totaled 258 billion ($2.2 billion), the highest since 1989.
Hynix gains on Samsung in DRAMs
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Hynix Semiconductor experienced strong growth in DRAMs for the first quarter, allowing it to come within striking distance of market leader Samsung Electronics, according to iSuppli Corp.
Intel, Micron sample 50-nm MLC NAND flash
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IM Flash Technologies, the manufacturing joint venture between Intel Corp. and Micron Technology Inc., is sampling a 50-nm multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory with a 16-Gbit die density.
Compact digital I/O module includes locking USB connector
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The SeaDAC Lite family of USB digital I/O products offers system designers a compact, low-cost alternative for interfacing any USB equipped computer with real world signals.
Exclusive: Outgoing Sony exec Kutaragi already planning PS4
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Playstation inventor Ken Kutaragi, who will retire as chairman and group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. on June 19, is already thinking ahead to Playstation 4 and beyond.
600-V thyristors deliver high current in small package
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IXYS has announced that its subsidiary, Westcode Semiconductors, launched a series of 600-V thyristors encapsulated in Westcode's low-profile Wespack housings for greater energy and weight efficiency in power systems.
Regulators delaying mobile TV roll-out
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A quagmire of regulatory delays in Europe is hampering the availability of mobile TV spectrum and will significantly delay the adoption of the continent's favoured specification for the technology, DVB-H, a report from Strategy Analytics warns.
Artemis' first innovation cluster is approved
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The European Institute for Complex Safety Critical Systems Engineering (EICOSE) has been named the first Artemis innovation cluster. Initially centered on transportation, the insitute will now turn to complex safety critical systems engineering.
DC/DC converters offer adjustable outputs as high as 350 Vdc
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Transitronix has introduced the TAF series of high-voltage DC/DC converters that provide adjustable outputs as high as 350 Vdc from 12 Vdc or 24 Vdc inputs.
Advances seen in high-k dielectrics
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Composite nanomaterials, which encapsulate inorganic dielectrics in an organic polymer matrix, promise to double the charge storage capabilities of capacitors, as well as supercharge plastic circuits with high-k dielectric gate oxides, according to researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Hynix gains on Samsung in DRAMs
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Hynix experienced strong growth in DRAMs for the first quarter, allowing it to come within striking distance of market leader Samsung, according to iSuppli Corp.
Congress considering energy technology agency
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A proposal for a new government energy research agency patterned after the Pentagon's research office appears to be gaining momentum in Congress.
Obituary: Fred Miller, 81, founded chip equipment maker
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Fred Miller, the founder of a successful microelectronics wire bonding company, died April 21. He was 81.
The wedding of green science and nanotechnology
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Nanotechnology need not be the new asbestos. It has the potential to be the new penicillin: a panacea for polluting industries and a shot in the arm for U.S. technology leadership.
SMIC's profits, sales up
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Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) said sales increased to $388.3 million in the first quarter, up 10.6 percent from the like period a year ago and up 1.2 percent sequentially.
Integrated power modules improve performance in plasma displays
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Fairchild Semiconductor has developed the PDP-SPM power modules specifically for driving plasma display panels (PDP). The integrated modules are said to simplify designs and improve system performance.
Analog input XMC modules feature Virtex-5 FPGA
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Designed with the latest generation Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGA, VMETRO has developed a pair of high-speed analog input XMC modules— one is a single channel 3 GSPS ADC and the other is a dual channel 1.5GSPS ADC.
Diamond Point introduces revolutionary new Zeusiops fibre-channel solid state drives
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4/27/2007   Post a comment
Available from Diamond Point is a family of STEC ZeusIOPS high performance, 3.5-inch, low-profile solid state drives for advanced mass data storage solutions.
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