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FCC OKs Verizon's MCI acquisition
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10/31/2005   Post a comment
The Federal Communications Commission approved the proposed acquisition of MCI Inc. by Verizon Communications Inc. after concluding the transaction advances the public interest.
Pre-validation interoperability test software is for 3G cellphones
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10/31/2005   Post a comment
If you've ever grappled with 3G cellphone pre-validation interoperability testing, you'll be interested in new Windows-based software from Anritsu. It's new network simulation library for its existing signaling tester hardware lets you conduct pre-validation of interoperability testing between 3G user equipment and the world's various 3G networks.
Outsourcing helps, not hurts U.S. economy, says trade group
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10/31/2005   Post a comment
Global outsourcing of U.S software and IT services has benefitted the domestic economy by improving wages, encouraging investment and spending, and ultimately by increasing the number of jobs, according to a study by the Information Technology Association of America.
Nomadic IEEE-802.11a receiver targets 5-GHz WiFi
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10/31/2005   Post a comment
Having a handheld wireless "sniffer" can be a godsend at times when working with WiFi systems. Check out this battery powered receiver for the 5.8-GHz band.
Court OKs Mosaid request to appeal Infineon case
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10/31/2005   Post a comment
Semiconductor IP supplier Mosaid Technologies Inc. has announced that U.S. District Judge Fogel has issued a stipulation and order granting the company the right to appeal the court judgement in its patent dispute with Infineon Technologies AG.
Nokia unveils DVB-H broadcast solution
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10/31/2005   Post a comment
Nokia Inc. has announced a commercial service management solution for DVB-H services, the Nokia Mobile Broadcast Solution 3.0, that supports the broadcasting of different types of digital content such as live TV, radio and video clips over DVB-H networks to mobile devices.
STATS ChipPAC, UTAC appear primed for growth
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10/31/2005   Post a comment
Better than anticipated quarterly results from assembly and test firms STATS ChipPAC and United Test and Assembly Center signal further growth ahead for both firms, analysts said.
Nanotech pioneer Richard Smalley dead at 62
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10/31/2005   Post a comment
Nobel laureate Richard Smalley, co-discoverer of the buckyball, died on Oct. 28 in Houston after a long battle with cancer. He was 62.
Devices simplify 3G test methodologies
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10/31/2005   Post a comment
The latest offerings from Aeroflex enable testing of network infrastructure operating in frequency bands I to VI using existing 3GPP Band I test mobiles.
Qualcomm: Claims to EU have no merit
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10/28/2005   Post a comment
CDMA technology supplier Qualcomm Inc. said the allegations of withholding intellectual property made to the European Commission by six rivals are factually inaccurate and legally meritless.
Motorola staffing 4G wireless center in Austin
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10/28/2005   Post a comment
Motorola Inc. is setting up a wireless research center here that will hire about 250 engineers by the end of 2006, said Paul Struhsaker, vice president of engineering for mobile platforms.
German tax authorities probing ex-Infineon boss Schumacher
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10/28/2005   Post a comment
German tax authorities are investigating Infineon Technologies AG and its ex-chief Ulrich Schumacher, adding to the legal woes of both.
Japan's SoC effort dissolved
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10/28/2005   Post a comment
Japan's 90-nm joint R&D research company, Advanced SoC Platform Corp., closed up shop and was quietly dissolved on Oct. 7.
Motorola gets $500 million to settle Telsim dispute
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10/28/2005   Post a comment
Motorola Inc. has reached an agreement to settle Motorola's financial and legal claims against Turkish cellular phone operator Telsim Mobil Telekomunikasyon (Telsim), and the Turkish Savings and Deposit Insurance Fund.
Vodafone takes stake in India's Bharti Televentures
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10/28/2005   Post a comment
Vodafone has taken a 10 percent stake in India’s Bharti Tele-ventures Ltd., the holding company whose Airtel brand of GSM-based services is one of the the largest GSM service provider in India.
India to take stake in fab project
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10/28/2005   Post a comment
The Indian government will take an equity stake in its proposed "Fab City" project, with its Department of Information Technology expected to be the shareholder.
Taiwan seen relaxing chip policies toward China
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10/27/2005   Post a comment
Taiwanese chip makers will likely gain even greater access to the mainland Chinese market with the expected adoption of new regulations governing cross-Strait trade, according to a business group.
Former Intel exec donates $26 million to CCNY
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10/27/2005   Post a comment
The City College of New York (CCNY) announced today that Andrew Grove, a member of the Class of 1960 and former chairman and chief executive of Intel Corp., will donate $26 million to his alma mater.
Viterbi skeptical of broadband wireless potential
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10/27/2005   Post a comment
Broadband wireless technology is likely to remain too cost prohibitive to ever achieve user numbers close to the 2 billion people who currently use mobile phones, according to Andrew Viterbi, co-founder of Qualcomm.
Updated: Motorola, Intel team on mobile WiMAX technology
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10/27/2005   Post a comment
Motorola Inc. and Intel Corp. have agreed to collaborate to advance the use of mobile WiMAX technology, based on the proposed IEEE 802.16e standard, for both fixed and wireless broadband applications.
Malaysia's budget welcomed by electronics industry
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10/27/2005   Post a comment
Malaysia's budget proposals for 2006 contain incentives and funding that will encourage the growth of the high-tech sector, the head of an electronics industry group said.
Rambus signs Taiwan's SiS for PCI Express
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10/26/2005   Post a comment
Rambus Inc. will net another licensee for its PCI Express PHY cells by signing up Taiwanese PC core logic firm Silicon Integrated Systems Corp.
IBM names Lisa Su as semiconductor VP
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10/26/2005   6 comments
Lisa Su, a 10-year IBM veteran, was named vice president of the IBM semiconductor research and development center.
Industry groups seek to stem IP violations in China
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10/26/2005   Post a comment
The office of the U.S Trade Representative has initiated a special process under World Trade Organizaion rules to probe China’s intellectual property enforcement (IP) efforts. The Semiconductor Industries Association (SIA) applauded the move.
I/O module packs on-board Web server
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10/26/2005   Post a comment
There have been a number of USB data-acq module products introduced of late, but here's one with a built-in Web server. A compact module can replace a PC-based system for many data acquisition and control applications, including remote monitoring of equipment, wireless data collection, and Web enabling of legacy systems. eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn reports.
Lattice, partners offer programmable PCI Express solution
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10/26/2005   Post a comment
Lattice Semiconductor introduced a low-cost programmable PCI Express solution that incorporates the LatticeECP and LatticeEC field-programmable gate array (FPGA) devices, the Genesys Logic GL9711 PCI Express PHY and Northwest Logic's PCI Express IP core.
Altera, Wi-LAN to partner on WiMAX modems
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10/26/2005   Post a comment
FPGA supplier Altera Corp. has formed a partnership with Canadian broadband wireless technology provider Wi-LAN Inc. to deliver a programmable, low-cost WiMAX-compliant base transceiver station (BTS) modem solution supporting the IEEE 802.16-2004 standard.
Optical Internetworking Forum launches 25-Gbit effort
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10/26/2005   Post a comment
The Optical Internetworking Forum’s physical link-layer working group will work on a new 25-Gbit Common Electrical I/O standard to augment existing 6- and 11-Gbit physical standards for optical networks.
Budget forecast predicts more U.S. R&D cuts
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10/26/2005   Post a comment
A budget forecast is predicting sharp cuts in U.S. military R&D spending by the end of the decade.
System to identify AC distribution impedance
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10/26/2005   Post a comment
Are you worried about poor AC power quality and excess energy use in your facility? For performing energy management and power quality studies, a very new company called Z Meters is readying a product that will address those concerns. It will use time-synchronized multi-point measurement and correlation techniques to characterize the impedance of an AC power distribution system.
Magma sues Synopsys for patent infringement
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10/26/2005   Post a comment
The protracted legal tussle between electronic design automation rivals Magma Design Automation Inc. and Synopsys Inc. took another turn. This time, Magma sued Synopsys on the grounds that claiming that Synopsys' Astro and IC Compiler products infringe a Magma patent.
Caulfield joins Novellus
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10/25/2005   Post a comment
Novellus Systems Inc. said it has appointed Tom Caulfield its new executive vice president of sales, marketing and customer satisfaction.
Four Japanese companies sued for MPU patent infringement
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10/25/2005   Post a comment
Four Japanese electronics giants are the target of a patent infringement lawsuit filed by a U.S. intellectual property management company.
Development tool supports hardware-independent mobile test
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10/25/2005   Post a comment
Here's news of a hardware-independent and modular R&D tool for the development, testing, and debugging of mobile terminal applications. The GCF/PTCRB-compliant platform is a one-box tester facilitating the development and implementation of individual test scenarios during the engineering design phase of mobile applications.
Freebie RF terminology guide clears the air
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10/25/2005   Post a comment
Test-and-measurement house Keithley Instruments is publishing a free guide to understanding the vocabulary of wireless. The 32-page booklet defines a variety of technical terms and acronyms, and includes some useful tables.
Wireless USB tools to address ultra-wideband development, test
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10/25/2005   Post a comment
Supporting certified Wireless Universal Serial Bus and WiMedia UWB interface standards, new protocol analysis and traffic-generation tools soon to be released from LeCroy promise to provide insight at each stage of a product's development lifecycle. These tools come just as the WUSB v1.0 spec has been published.
IC test software gets better, supports Teradyne FLEX
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10/25/2005   Post a comment
Semiconductor test provider Pintail Technologies is releasing the latest version of its SwifTest 5.2 realtime statistical sampling software suite for semiconductor testing. This new version promises to reduce test cost, improve quality, and boost test efficiency. The company will also be supporting Teradyne test platforms.
Pace of U.S. IT spending predicted to slow
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10/25/2005   Post a comment
U.S. IT spending is expected to slow over the next five years, but would still account for more than 7 percent of U.S. discretionary spending, according to an industry forecast.
Fluidigm opens Singapore's first biochip plant
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10/25/2005   Post a comment
Fluidigm unveiled a new facility in Singapore that will support rising demand for its integrated fluidic circuits and the firm's regional expansion plans.
Intel invests $650 million to expand 300-mm fab
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10/24/2005   Post a comment
Continuing its strategy to increase 300-mm manufacturing capacity, semiconductor supplier Intel Corp. announced it would invest $650 million to expand an existing fab in Rio Rancho, N.M., called Fab 11X.
Agilent joins ZigBee Alliance
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10/24/2005   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies Inc. has announced it is the first test and measurement equipment manufacturer to join the ZigBee Alliance, an association of more than 100 companies working to enable cost-effective, low-power, wirelessly networked monitoring and control products based on an open global standard.
Ericsson plans R & D center in India
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10/24/2005   Post a comment
Swedish telecom firm Ericsson plans to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in India, setting up an R & D center in India, expand its existing manufacturing facilities, and build a global distribution center.
Sanmina president and COO Randy Furr resigns
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10/24/2005   Post a comment
Citing personal and family reasons, Sanmina-SCI Corp. president and chief operating Randy Furr announced he would leave the company after 13 years.
Schumacher, ex-CEO of Infineon, linked to corruption probe
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10/24/2005   Post a comment
As part of an ongoing probe of alleged corruption at Infineon Technologies AG, German prosecutors are investigating former chairman and CEO Ulrich Schumacher.
Sound and vibration recorders rely on RAID
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10/21/2005   Post a comment
Offering secure digital data recording with 12-Mbit/s recording rates, Sony Manufacturing Systems America is starting to roll out a series of sound and vibration recorders. These modular data-acq systems rely on redundant 200-Gbyte hot-swappable RAID arrays for storage.
R&D spending surges in Singapore
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10/21/2005   Post a comment
Singapore witnessed a significant increase in research and development spending in 2004, with electronics and precision engineering firms accounting for much of the growth, a government report released Oct. 19 stated.
Warner to back Blu-ray and HD-DVD format
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10/21/2005   Post a comment
Warner Bros. Entertainment, up to now a key HD-DVD backer among Hollywood studios, announced it would release films on the Blu-ray format as well.
Corning, Picvue settle lawsuit; man arrested
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10/20/2005   Post a comment
Corning Inc. and Picvue Electronics Ltd. have resolved the lawsuit between the parties relating to alleged trade secret misappropriation and copyright infringement.
IEEE-USA opposes H-1B visa increase
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10/20/2005   Post a comment
IEEE-USA is opposing an industry-backed proposal before a Senate panel that would add up to 60,000 new high-tech visas a year.
Connectorless Probing Enables HyperTransport Debug at 2.4Gb/s
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10/20/2005   Post a comment
HyperTransport is becoming one of the most popular links for chip-to-chip communication. As HyperTransport continues to appear in more and more platforms, system engineers are requiring sophisticated debug tools to aid in validation. In most cases, engineers select a logic analyzer as their debug tool of choice. One of the biggest challenges facing engineers as they try to debug HyperTransport links is making the physical connection between their logic analyzer and the target system. Brock J. La
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