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Silicon Image hits Analogix with infringement suit
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1/31/2007   Post a comment
Silicon Image filed a federal lawsuit against Analogix Semiconductor, alleging copyright infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets, and unlawful, unfair and fraudulent business practices.
Xilinx CEO says IC business models under pressure
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1/31/2007   Post a comment
The semiconductor industry will see only moderate growth in the near term, with three IC-manufacturing business models evolving over time, warned Xilinx CEO Wim Roelandts.
Update: Sea search resumes for missing Microsoft researcher
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1/31/2007   Post a comment
Coast Guard search-and-rescue teams on Wednesday resumed the hunt for missing Microsoft researcher Jim Gray,
Financial raider Icahn seeks Motorola director's seat
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1/30/2007   Post a comment
Billionaire financier Carl Icahn has petitioned Motorola to join its board of directors, according to an announcement issued by Motorola on Tuesday.
Award-winning Microsoft researcher missing at sea
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1/30/2007   Post a comment
The U.S. Coast Guard is expected to resume searching for Jim Grey, founder of Microsoft Bay Area Research Center, who has been missing at sea.
How To Succeed As A Start-Up Founder
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1/30/2007   Post a comment
It's the business issues that don't crop up until you're already up and running that can cause the most headaches at a startup venture. Find out the lessons learned from an IT security professional who set up his own Infosec company.
Rambus to detail ultra low power I/O technology
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1/29/2007   Post a comment
Rambus Inc. is expected to plow new ground in high speed, but low power interconnects with a paper at the International Solid State Circuits Conference in February detailing a technique to deliver I/O at power rates as little as 2miiliWatts per Gbit per second.
UCSB researchers claim blue laser diode breakthrough
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1/29/2007   Post a comment
A team of University of California-Santa Barbara (UCSB) researchers led by Shuji Nakamura, a pioneer of laser diode science, have created a new type of blue-violet laser diode that they say could replace the c-plane violet laser diodes used for competing next-generation DVD formats. The researchers say they've achieved lasing operation in nonpolar gallium nitride semiconductors and demonstrated the world's first nonpolar blue-violet laser diodes.
India gears up for WiMax, China slows down
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1/29/2007   Post a comment
India looks to WiMAX to accelerate vision for a universal, regenerated broadband infrastructure.
Shifting technology roils mobile TV
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1/29/2007   Post a comment
What would happen if a specification designed to unify an emerging market became obsolete just as the market jelled?
ISSI gets Nasdaq delisting reprieve
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1/26/2007   Post a comment
Integrated Silicon Solution said that the Nasdaq stock market has informed the company it would stay the delisting of ISSI's security.
RuBee seen as alternative protocol to RFID
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1/26/2007   Post a comment
You have got used to ZigBee, are pondering the benefits of WiBree, so start getting used to yet another wireless networking protocol - RuBee, also known as IEEE 1902.1. The emerging standard is expected to give retailers and manufacturers an alternative to RFID for many applications.
Elpida, Powerchip ramp 70-nm production
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1/26/2007   Post a comment
Joint venture partners Elpida Memory Inc. and Powerchip Semiconductor Corp. will commence business in April, aiming to launch manufacturing operations with a 70-nm process by this summer.
Networked IEEE-1588 clocking ensures timing, frequency measurement
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1/25/2007   Post a comment
In some test-and-measurement applications, ensuring high accuracy time transfer over probabilistic networks is desirable. Symmetricom's XLi IEEE 1588 Grandmaster Clock, with its GPS reference, implements the IEEE-1588 Precision Time Protocol protocol to ensure accurate synchronization over Ethernet LANs.
Broadcom restates, takes $2.2B in options charges
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1/24/2007   Post a comment
Broadcom announced the filing of amended and delayed 2005 annual and 2006 quarterly reports with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which included net readjustments of $2.2 billion as a consequence of improperly backdated stock options.
Oregon's Wu to head key science panel
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1/24/2007   Post a comment
A five-term Oregon congressman representing the high-tech region around Portland has been named to head a key science panel.
Trio of nomadic spectrum analyzers cover 9-kHz to 20-GHz
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1/23/2007   Post a comment
Here's news of three battery-powered RF spectrum analyzers. All three LCD-equipped analyzers come with built-in AM/FM/SSB demodulators, integral preamps, and the ability to do smart measurements.
Microtune makes SEC filings, takes $8.5M charge
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1/23/2007   Post a comment
TV tuner chip specialist Microtune said it has made required filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for three quarters of 2006 and for the full year 2005. As a result of improper past stock options granting procedures, Microtune said it took additional stock-based compensation charges of approximately $8.5 million.
Report: Jobs waited months to report options grant
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1/23/2007   Post a comment
In a break from common company practice, Apple CEO Steve Jobs waited about two-thirds of a year to report receiving 7.5 million options that Apple said last month were improperly backdated, according to a report by the Washington Post.
SIA urges India to play more active role
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1/23/2007   Post a comment
The Semiconductor Industry Association is trying to cajole India's IC community into joining global industry bodies like the World Semiconductor Council in order to speed its development.
802.11n spec advances with 'scanning' option
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1/23/2007   Post a comment
The IEEE 802.11n task group's near-unanimous approval of a revised draft standard promises to leave Wi-Fi chip set vendors and access point OEMs confident that products will achieve interoperability.
1.2-GHz signal generator is a re-seller's hot ticket
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1/22/2007   Post a comment
AR RF/Microwave Instrumentation is re-selling an Aeroflex IFR signal generator, but you may find AR Microwave's value-added RF expertise something that's not reflected on the datasheet.
Northrop Grumman wins U.S. biometrics contract
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1/22/2007   Post a comment
Northrop Grumman Corp. said it has won a contract to build a U.S. biometric identification system.
4G race finds WiMax in minority position
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1/22/2007   Post a comment
WiMax won't grab the brass ring as the technology that defines fourth-generation cellular systems. But it is likely to capture a healthy minority stake in that emerging sector.
Scope/analyzer gets phase-noise, spectral jitter analysis
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1/22/2007   Post a comment
With modules and software for high-speed serial device characterization and signal integrity measurement, Agilent Technologies rolls out phase-noise application software and options for the company's popular DCA-J digital communications analyzer/scope. Both hardware and software enhancements are billed by Agilent as industry-firsts.
Newspapers blast e-reader makers over poor interfaces
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1/19/2007   Post a comment
Senior executives at Ifra, the global newspaper association, blasted the quality of electronic readers suitable for displaying newspapers on the move and suggested it is the user interface on existing e-readers, such as the Iliad from Philips Electronics off-shoot iRex Technologies BV, that needs to be significantly improved.
Gbit/s pattern generators get options
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1/18/2007   Post a comment
Providing options to hasten characterization of high-speed interfaces, Agilent Technologies introduces pattern generators with jitter injection capabilities. Useful to 7-Gbit/s and 12.5-Gbit/s, these pattern generators now let you accurately stimulate serial high-speed ports with all types of jitter.
CES video special: gadget complexity baffling consumers
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1/18/2007   Post a comment
Consumers have become increasingly frustrated with the growing complexity of new consumer devices. EE Times convened a panel at CES to tackle the problem.
With Ryan out, fate of options task force uncertain
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1/18/2007   Post a comment
The abrupt resignation earlier this week of Kevin Ryan, the San Francisco-based U.S. Attorney, has left unclear the fate of the task force Ryan established last year to investigate historical stock options granting practices at Northern California companies.
Nasdaq grants NEC extension to make SEC filing
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1/17/2007   Post a comment
Japan's NEC has been granted an extension to file its annual report by the Nasdaq stock market and will continue to see its American depositary receipts traded, the company said.
VXS RAID system stores wideband data for extended periods
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1/17/2007   Post a comment
Look at this VXS-based data recording system that enables realtime high-capacity record and playback of broadband-sampled analog data at rates up to 2-Gsamples/s (with 8-bit samples). It can save terabytes of signal data in huge RAID arrays.
DMM line includes industry-first PCI Express version
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1/17/2007   Post a comment
The folks at National Instruments continue to crank out test-and-measurement innovations. NI is now expanding its line of DMMs with 6-1/2-digit instruments for conventional PCI bus systems, as well as PCI Express platforms.
Ultra Mobile PC hosts RF spectrum analyzer
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1/16/2007   Post a comment
Check out this handheld wireless spectrum analyzer running on a Pentium-based Windows XP tablet PC. Its calibrated receiver can measure popular wireless bands, including those for Wi-Fi, Wi-MAX, ISM, and Bluetooth.
Aeroflex's A-GPS mobile handset tester eliminates field trials
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1/16/2007   Post a comment
The tester provides full GSM/(E)GPRS and UMA/GAN network emulation.
Free forums to address lead-free issues
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1/15/2007   Post a comment
iNEMI has scheduled several lead-free forums at the IPC Printed Circuits Expo, APEX and Designers Summit in Los Angeles, Calif., February 18-22. The industry-led consortium also plans to provide a sneak peak of its 2007 Roadmap.
Foreign patent applications jump in the U.S.
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1/12/2007   1 comment
Patent application filings by foreign nationals living in the U.S. have increased significantly in the past nine years, according to a new study.
Updated: Patent dispute breaks up SED joint venture
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1/12/2007   Post a comment
A patent dispute has ended a joint venture between Canon Inc. and Toshiba Corp. for producing surface-conduction electron-emitter display TVs.
Jobs reportedly gained from converted stock sales
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1/11/2007   Post a comment
Financial filings show that Apple CEO Steve Jobs' stock options were exchanged at a profit for restricted Apple stock, according to a report.
U.S. panel seeks to identify engineering challenges
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1/10/2007   Post a comment
In an effort to revitalize U.S. engineering and solve global problems, the government has launched an initiative designed to identify the "grand challenges for engineering."
Good news, bad news at CES about ease-of-use
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1/9/2007   Post a comment
The bad news emerging from a Consumer Electronics Show is the dizzying complexity of the potential solutions proposed by experts.
Spectrum analyzer zeros in on cellular technologies
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1/9/2007   Post a comment
Slated for low-frequency applications, a baseband analyzer from Rohde & Schwarz is tailored to the requirements of chipset development for cellphones and cellular base stations. With a frequency range up to 36 MHz, it can make measurements ahead of RF signals and measure I/Q signals at baseband.
Fast microwave frequency counters pack analysis functions
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1/9/2007   Post a comment
Pendulum Instruments dishes up what it claims is the highest resolution and fastest measurement speed frequency counter family available. Equipped with graphical displays, these counters also meaure power and perform signal analysis.
Handheld analyzer displays eye patterns
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1/8/2007   Post a comment
Working with high-speed serial data? Then look at this battery-powered handheld that can make PHY layer eye pattern measurements. It can be used with interfaces at OC-192/STM-64, 10G Fibre Channel, and 10G Ethernet data rates. With two electrical inputs you can peruse eye patterns, pulse patterns, and make mask compliance measurements at speeds to 12.5-Gbits/s.
Former Aptix CEO sentenced to 17 years
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1/6/2007   Post a comment
Amr Mohsen, the former chairman and CEO of a Aptix who was implicated in a murder-for-hire plot in 2004, was sentenced to 17 years in prison following a March 2006 conviction on 17 counts of conspiracy, mail fraud, perjury, obstruction of justice and other counts, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney.
EPA reduces TRI reporting burden
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1/4/2007   Post a comment
IPC has announced that after years of advocating for reform of the EPA's Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) rule, the government agency has finalized a TRI ruling that reduces the burden of reporting for small companies that use small amounts of the TRI chemicals.
LitePoint extends frequency range of its WiMAX tester
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1/4/2007   Post a comment
The 1.15- and 4.9-GHz bands are now covered and test support is available for WiFi and Bluetooth products.
Symmetricom acquires QoSmetrics
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1/4/2007   Post a comment
Network timing specialist Symmetricom is moving into IP performance metrics for IPTV with the acquisition of QoSmetrics S.A. for $16 million in cash.
New study finds immigrants boost U.S. economy, innovation
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1/3/2007   Post a comment
Immigrant success in technology and engineering startups is making its way into every part of the U.S. economy, according to a new research report.
Pixelplus claims split decision in patent ruling
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1/3/2007   Post a comment
South Korean fabless chip vendor Pixelplus said it obtained a favorable ruling from the Korea Intellectual Property Office granting the company's request to "effectively cancel and invalidate" a disputed contact hole process patent claimed by South Korean rival MagnaChip Semiconductor.
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