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DirecTV explores Wi-Fi, G.hn networks
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1/29/2010   Post a comment
DirecTV said it is testing versions of Wi-Fi and aims to test wired links based on the ITU G.hn standard days after the company debuted the first satellite TV set-top boxes to use the home networking technology of the Multimedia over Coax Alliance.
Can nuclear waste be handled safely?
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1/29/2010   14 comments
A blue-ribbon panel convened by the Obama Administration must answer within two years the question of how the latest science and technology can provide safe methods to handle the waste from nuclear power plants. We'd like to hear what you think.
Report: Smart meters rise to 212 million in 2014
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1/28/2010   Post a comment
Deployments of smart electricity meters worldwide will rise from 76 million in 2009 to reach about 212 million in 2014, according to a new report from ABI Research.
Earnings roundup: Qualcomm lowers sales target
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1/28/2010   Post a comment
More semiconductor firms and suppliers reported quarterly results that surpassed analyst expectations, but No. 1 fabless chip vendor Qualcomm disappointed the market by lowering revenue guidance for the year.
ESC: Saluting the unsung hero of product development
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1/27/2010   1 comment
Test engineers should get as much credit as product designers, but they don't. Here's to the test engineer, whose daily challenges and strong will make them a valuable addition to the product development cycle.
Byte Paradigm announces PC-controlled logic signal source
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1/27/2010   Post a comment
Byte Paradigm launched the GP-24100, a PC-controlled USB 2.0 high speed device featuring digital pattern generator and digital data sampling capabilities.
Berkeley, Solido claim faster IC variation analysis
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1/27/2010   Post a comment
EDA companies Berkeley Design Automation Inc. and Solido Design Automation Inc. have validated a flow for rapid reduction in variation risk in nanometer designs at the transistor level.
3-channel power meter delivers fast measurement over 10 kHz to 40 GHz
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1/27/2010   Post a comment
AR RF/Microwave Instrumentation has added the PM2003 power meter to its family of high-quality test instruments, offering high-speed measurement capability and a wide dynamic range.
National Instruments' profit slides
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1/27/2010   Post a comment
National Instruments posted a net income of $2.37 million on revenue of $202 million for the fourth quarter of 2009, the company said.
LG Electronics licenses EVE's emulation platform
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1/26/2010   Post a comment
LG Electronics Inc. announced it has selected EVE's ZeBu emulation platform for the verification of its high performance, mass-market consumer products.
DirecTV adopts MoCA for home networking
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1/25/2010   Post a comment
DirecTV will use home networking chips from Entropic Communications Inc. in a deal that adds support from a major satellite TV player for the technology of the Multimedia over Coax Alliance which to date has mainly been used in set-top boxes for Verizon's Fios IPTV service.
VC investment fell in 2009, Q4 signals change
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1/25/2010   Post a comment
Venture capitalists invested $17.7 billion in 2,795 deals in 2009, marking the lowest level of dollar investment since 1997, according to the MoneyTree Report by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), based on data from Thomson Reuters.
Next stop for digital media--the cloud
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1/22/2010   Post a comment
Apple, Disney and a broad coalition of companies are working on cloud-based services that analysts say will usher in the next phase of the digital media era, aiming to let users safely store movies, songs and e-books they can access anytime on any device—or almost any device.
Infineon files patent suit against Volterra
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1/22/2010   Post a comment
German chip vendor Infineon Technologies AG (Munich, Germany) has filed a lawsuit alleging patent infringement against Volterra Semiconductor Corp. (Fremont, Calif.) in the United States District Court for the District of Delaware.
Hynix holding out against Rambus, say reports
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1/21/2010   Post a comment
Memory chip maker Hynix Semiconductor Inc. still sees a gap between its position and that of Rambus Inc. (Los Altos, Calif.), the memory intellectual property licensor that is pursuing it in the law courts, according to reports.
Ex-ST exec calls for EDA to take strategic view
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1/20/2010   Post a comment
When asked if the EDA industry has a roadmap, Joseph Borel, ex-executive vice president in central research and development at STMicroelectronics NV (Switzerland, Geneva), answers affirmatively as Europe continually renews the Medea+ EDA roadmap. The real question should however be: Does the EDA industry need an international roadmap?
U.S. cracks down on Energy Star violators
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1/19/2010   Post a comment
The U.S. Department of Energy plans to start conducting its own tests soon to determine whether products are in compliance with the Energy Star program, the latest step in a broad initiative under the Obama Administration to crack down on an electronics industry that has been lax in adhering to the requirements of the energy efficiency program.
Mosaid, Samsung settle terms of patent licenses
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1/19/2010   Post a comment
Memory IP provider Mosaid Technologies Inc. (Ottawa, Canada) has said it has agreed semiconductor patent license terms with Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.
Agilent Technologies extends its offering for the characterisation of serial interfaces
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1/19/2010   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies announced the N4876A 2:1 multiplexer, extending the generator data rate of its J-BERT N4903B and ParBERT 81250A test instruments up to 28Gbit/s.
VeriWave makes MIMO testing moves
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1/19/2010   Post a comment
VeriWave has reduced test times and cut overall test costs 50-75 percent with its new 3x3 MIMO signal generator.
Foreign firms edge out locals in U.S. patent awards
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1/15/2010   Post a comment
Foreign companies won more U.S. patents than U.S. companies for the second straight year, but IBM continues to top the list of U.S. patent winners and several companies—including Microsoft which now ranks third—made major gains.
Lecroy seeds education and industrial markets with low cost oscilloscopes
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1/15/2010   Post a comment
LeCroy expanded its low-end WaveAce oscilloscope series to include 4-channel and 40MHz models for simple and efficient debug, with a special discount applying for universities and industrial users.
Another guilty plea in counterfeit IC case
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1/14/2010   Post a comment
A second man has pleaded guilty to charges of trafficking in counterfeit goods in a case involving the sale of bogus parts to the U.S. Navy.
Kodak sues Apple, RIM over camera patents
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1/14/2010   Post a comment
Eastman Kodak Co. has filed lawsuits against Apple Inc. and Research In Motion Ltd., alleging patent infringement on digital cameras just days after Kodak settled an ongoing patent dispute with Samsung.
Mentor speeds USB 2.0 products verification
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1/14/2010   Post a comment
Mentor Graphics Corp. announced the availability of a hardware-assisted tool that accelerates the verification of USB. 2.0 products.
Test gear firm cuts jobs in wake of acquisitions
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1/14/2010   Post a comment
Test equipment vendor Ixia plans to cut roughly 80 jobs as part of a restructuring initiative following its acquisitions late last year of Catapult Communications and of Agilent Technologies' N2X data network testing product line.
Japan university to use Agilent ESL software
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1/14/2010   Post a comment
Yamagata University in Japan announced it has licensed Agilent Technologies' SystemVue ESL software to reduce by up to 30 percent the time required for the design and verification of its communication hysical layer (PHY) system.
Apple board rejects calls for new environmental efforts
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1/13/2010   Post a comment
Apple Inc. is opposing two petitions from shareholder groups to increase the company's environmental efforts, slated for a vote at an annual stockholder meeting February 25.
Private equity fundraising hits six-year low
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1/13/2010   Post a comment
Private equity fundraising in the U.S. hit a six-year low in 2009, according to a report that comes as one veteran investor is calling for greater transparency in venture capital investing.
VC investment jumped in November 2009, says GSA
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1/12/2010   Post a comment
Fifteen fabless chip companies and semiconductor suppliers raised $93.5 million in November 2009, according to industry organization the Global Semiconductor Alliance.
Consortium drives development of innovative OLED lighting systems
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1/12/2010   2 comments
Companies BASF, Osram Opto Semiconductors, Philips and Aixtron are to receive funding for the joint project TOPAS 2012, the second phase of the OLED 2015 initiative of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in Germany.
U.S. recovery act funding quantum research facility
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1/11/2010   Post a comment
A new quantum research laboratory will be built in Maryland with $10.3 million in economic stimulus funding provided by the U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Freescale, Mentor renew contract for EDA tools
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1/11/2010   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor Inc. and Mentor Graphics Corp. announced they are partnering on silicon test, yield analysis, physical verification and DFM technology.
Optical spectrum analyzer reduces measurement time by 80 percent, claims Anritsu
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1/8/2010   Post a comment
The MS9740A optical spectrum analyzer announced by Anritsu Corporation is designed to measure the output characteristics of active optical devices used in optical communications systems.
Nokia backs Apple complaint with lawsuit, says report
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1/7/2010   Post a comment
Mobile phone maker Nokia has launched a law suit alleging patent infringement against Apple Inc., according to a Reuters report.
EU project readies UML/SysML-based HW/SW codesign tool
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1/6/2010   Post a comment
A first technology solution has emerged from the European Union's Framework7 SATURN project: a UML/SysML-based hardware/software co-design solution based on Artisan Studio, a modeling suite from Artisan Software Tools Ltd. (Cheltenham, England).
Reporter's notebook: The CES tsunami hits
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1/5/2010   1 comment
While I slept last night, more than a dozen of the companies fired off press releases about new or improved platforms at the Consumer Electronics Show that could change the way something happens for the average Joe--two days before CES even begins.
Vizio puts 60 GHz in HDTV, Blu-ray drive at CES
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1/5/2010   3 comments
Vizio Inc. will announce at the Consumer Electronics Show plans to use the 60 GHz chips from SiBeam Inc. in a high definition TV and Blu-ray player that will ship in June a move the startup says is a sign its technology is leading a hotly competitive race to enable wireless video in the home.
ITC probes infringement claims against AMD, others
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1/4/2010   Post a comment
The U.S. International Trade Commission has opened an investigation into patent infringement claims filed by Taiwanese analog chip vendor Richtek Technology against AMD and others, the regulatory agency said.
Vizio puts 60 GHz in HDTVs, but not Blu-ray drives
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1/4/2010   1 comment
Vizio Inc. will announce at the Consumer Electronics Show plans to use the 60 GHz chips from SiBeam Inc. in a high definition TV that will ship in June a move the startup says is a sign its technology is leading a hotly competitive race to enable wireless video in the home.
Video: What to expect at CES 2010
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1/4/2010   Post a comment
In a video preview of the Consumer Electronics Show, editor-at-large Rick Merritt shares his thoughts about what to look for at CES this week including analysis of 3DTV, e-books, smartbooks and wireless video.


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