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Swiss criminal investigation targets ST dealings
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11/30/2006   Post a comment
A Swiss prosecutor is conducting a criminal investigation of alleged fraudulent activity pertaining to certain ST Microelectronics currency transactions entered into by the company's former treasurer between 1998 and 2005, ST said.
Tek unveils UWB software utility extension
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11/30/2006   Post a comment
The utility delivers single-button tests for debugging and RF compliance testing of WiMedia UWB systems.
Analog/digital pin-boards, GUI software, extend ATE scalability
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11/30/2006   Post a comment
ATE maker Teradyne announces two pin-cards for its existing TestStation ICT platform. These boards make the TestStation a scalable in-circuit test platform with options that include multiplexed or pure-pin, analog only or hybrid, and low pin-count or high pin-count configurations. New GUI software makes it play.
Cypress Semi forges new mobile device model
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11/30/2006   Post a comment
Seeking to reshape the mobile market, Cypress Semiconductor Corp. is pushing for a new peripherals concept--or even a standard architecture--for feature-rich and other handhelds.
TD-SCDMA phone testing option targets Chinese developers
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11/29/2006   Post a comment
Targeting The People's Republic of China's near-future wireless 3G TD-SCDMA standard, Willtek Communications announces an option for its existing 4400 Mobile Phone Tester. The tester will be equipped to handle all functions necessary to calibrate transmitter and receiver sections of a phone, perform functional tests, and carry out final testing prior to shipment.
Nomadic 2-port cable analyzers span 2-MHz to 20-GHz
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11/29/2006   Post a comment
Check out this pair of handheld battery-operated analyzers for measuring cables and communications systems. They work from 2-MHz in the HF portion of the spectrum well into the microwave regime. Anritsu's cable and antenna analyzers can also pack an optional CW module for conducting long cable-loss measurements between out to 20 GHz, and a VNA option.
Integrated PXI chassis and controller costs less than $1000
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11/29/2006   Post a comment
Lowering the entry cost for a PXI-based test system, National Instruments is rolling out a PXI chassis with integrated remote controller. The chassis provides five peripheral slots, and includes a host card to control the system from either a desktop or laptop. It can achieve up to 110-Mbytes/s sustained throughput to the PC host.
Tektronix releases software for UWB WiMedia radios
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11/29/2006   Post a comment
Tektronix, Inc. announced its Tek UWB WiMedia2 software which extends the ultra wideband (UWB) debug and analysis capabilities of the Tektronix DSA70000, DPO70000 and TDS6000C series to include real-time analysis of UWB RF and electrical signals.
Siemens could face SEC probe
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11/29/2006   Post a comment
German law enforcement investigations into alleged bribery activity by Siemens AG employees indicate that so-called letterbox companies in the United States and the British Virgin Islands may have had a role.
World's fastest USB oscilloscope?
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11/29/2006   Post a comment
PC test gear vendor Pico Technology rolls out a dual-channel PC-connected digital sampling oscilloscope with a bandwidth of 250 MHz. Pico's Model 5204 gives you a memory depth of 128-Msamples and a realtime sampling rate of 1-Gsample/s. Not bad for less than $1800, eh?
Better wireless rules needed, BellSouth CTO says
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11/28/2006   Post a comment
Engineers need to engage with regulators to sort out looming problems in network technologies, including broadband-over-powerline and Wi-Fi, according to BellSouth's CTO.
Microsoft buys stake in TCS China
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11/27/2006   Post a comment
Microsoft Corp. has acquired a 10 percent equity stake in TCS China, a joint venture IT services firm working with software services giant Tata Consultancy Services Ltd.
Taking the pain out of doing electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) compliance testing
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11/23/2006   Post a comment
To meet the directives and standards for electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) in various markets you have two choices, either hire a consultant or build your own test facility and train your engineers. This article provides a few guidelines to making a decision.
Offshoring: risk to U.S. innovation?
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11/22/2006   Post a comment
The U.S. engineering community is wrestling with the quickening pace of offshoring--and what, if anything, should be done about it.
China's ZTE inks Indian joint venture
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11/22/2006   Post a comment
ZTE Corp. has signed a joint venture deal with India's MCorpGlobal.
Microsoft inks deal with Vietnam IT provider
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11/22/2006   Post a comment
Microsoft Corp. has forged a three-year strategic alliance with Vietnam's largest information technology provider, FPT Corp.
Japan's IC equip book-to-bill slipped in October
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11/21/2006   Post a comment
Japan's semiconductor equipment book-to-bill ratio slipped for the fourth straight month in October, according to the the Semiconductor Equipment Association of Japan trade group.
USB data acquisition module is optically-isolated
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11/21/2006   Post a comment
ACCES I/O Products' USB embedded data acquisition module (USB-IIRO4-2SM) incorporates four optically isolated digital inputs, four Form C (SPDT) electromechanical relay outputs, and two RS-232/422/485 serial communication ports, all packaged in an industrial enclosure.
Keynoter suggests changes in Indian policy
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11/21/2006   Post a comment
The Indian government must change its policies to encourage electronics manufacturing in the country, merely giving incentives and subsidizing semiconductor fabs will not be adequate according to speakers at the second annual Mentor Graphics' user forum here.
Aeroflex adds channel fading capability to protocol tester
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11/21/2006   Post a comment
With the 6401 AIME's integrated radio channel fading capability up to 8 paths for each of its 3 UMTS carriers are available.
Nova Measuring cuts 8% of workforce
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11/21/2006   Post a comment
Semiconductor metrology specialist Nova Measuring Instruments Ltd., is reducing its workforce by 8 percent, with research and development groups and production staff set to be the worst affected. It is taking a $300 000 charge in its fourth quarter because of the cutbacks.
Op Ed: Proper test gear critical to WiMAX performance
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11/20/2006   Post a comment
For new technologies such as WiMAX, deciding on the type of gear and which measurements to take is not as easy as it seems.
Former Elpida exec to plead guilty to price fixing
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11/16/2006   Post a comment
A former Elpida Memory executive has agreed to plead guilty in connection with an ongoing U.S. Justice Department investigation into DRAM price fixing, the Justice Department said.
Software-based PXI plug-in grants 2-Gsamples/s sampling speed
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11/16/2006   Post a comment
Check out this PXI digitizer/oscilloscope plug-in that provides a 1-Gsample/s realtime sampling rate on two simultaneous channels, or 2-Gsamples/s on one channel. It uses 8-bit data conversion. For repetitive signals, it provides an equivalent-time sampling mode that lets it sample at up to 20-Gsamples/s.
Toshiba debuts second-gen HD DVD players
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11/16/2006   Post a comment
The introduction of two new HD DVD players by Toshiba Corp. represent the company's second-generation system it hopes will boost sales above a half-million units by next spring.
Analyst: CE in 'Camelot' era, but threats loom
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11/16/2006   Post a comment
The consumer electronics segment is currently "in a Camelot era" and stands to profit from a strong holiday buying season in the U.S., according to Sean Wargo, director of industry analyst for the Consumer Electronics Association. But Wargo warned that long- and short-terms threats could derail momentum.
ZigBee Alliance announces first certified products
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11/15/2006   Post a comment
Alliance members companies earning certified product status include MaxStream, NEC Engineering, S3C and Software Technologies Group.
PCB tester is equipped with boundary scan, PXI, more
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11/14/2006   Post a comment
Test-and-measurement firm Aeroflex is offering its 5800 Series of multi-configuration, multi-function PCB test systems. They let you integrate hardware with commercial off-the-shelf and PXI instruments from third-party suppliers, so that one machine can be cost-effectively configured to any test environment.
Market researchers iSuppli, Data Garage merge
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11/13/2006   Post a comment
U.S.-based market research firm iSuppli is merging with Data Garage of Japan, the firms announced. Financial details and specific merger terms were not immediately disclosed.
China's engineers too busy for offshoring
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11/10/2006   Post a comment
Most of the 250,000 engineers graduating from universities in China each year pose little threat to U.S. electrical and electronics engineers, according to the head of an industry group.
Commentary: EDA's identity problem
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11/10/2006   Post a comment
The EDA industry has done well this year, but in general it's struggling--struggling with its identity, with its message and, most jarringly, with its value proposition.
Samsung plans Indian consumer electronics complex
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11/10/2006   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics said its Indian subsidiary has signed an agreement with an Indian state government creating a manufacturing complex for consumer electronics.
Intel confirms $1 billion Vietnam investment
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11/10/2006   Post a comment
Intel Corp. confirmed Friday (Nov. 10) that it will more than triple its investment in a new facility in Vietnam to $1 billion, creating the largest single factory in its global assembly and test network.
EDAC appoints new executive director
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11/9/2006   Post a comment
Robert Gardner, an EDA veteran with more then 40 years of experience, has been appointed executive director of the EDA Consortium by the organization's board of directors.
Packet loss problems surface in Wi-Fi nets
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11/9/2006   Post a comment
Development engineers at VeriWave Inc. have discovered an unexpected problem with the physical layer convergence procedure in existing 802.11 Wi-Fi networks.
Commentary: Reality catches up with Rumsfeld
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11/8/2006   Post a comment
The growing, appalling list of American dead in Iraq and Afghanistan, along with electoral politics, finally caught up with U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfield.
Matsushita, Sony tout HD video camera spec
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11/8/2006   Post a comment
Matsushita will introduce the first SD card based full HD video camera compliant with the AVCHD format.
Spectrum panel seeks to balance wireless, U.S. security
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11/6/2006   Post a comment
Representatives of the wireless and semiconductor industries along with military contractors and public-safety officials were named to a federal panel that will advise the government on spectrum issues.
Spirent's TestCenter delivers Layer 2-7 test at high speed
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11/6/2006   Post a comment
Spirent Communications' TestCenter supports concurrent testing of routers, switches, access and Layer 2-7 devices on a single Gigabit Ethernet module.
Next-gen DVD war pre-empted?
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11/3/2006   Post a comment
Machines capable of playing both Blu-ray and HD-DVD disks will emerge next year to short-circuit the format war in next-generation DVD.
Next-gen DVD war pre-empted?
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11/3/2006   Post a comment
Machines capable of playing both Blu-ray and HD-DVD disks will emerge next year to short-circuit the format war in next-generation DVD.
Next-gen DVD war pre-empted?
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11/3/2006   Post a comment
Machines capable of playing both Blu-ray and HD-DVD disks will emerge next year to short-circuit the format war in next-generation DVD.
Experts: design offshoring yielding mixed results
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11/3/2006   Post a comment
The globalization of semiconductor design is providing some competitive benefits for U.S. chip makers but is roiling the U.S. job market for engineers, a university study concludes.
Intel's Barrett presses India to release IC policy
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11/3/2006   Post a comment
Intel Corp. will delay a decision on whether to locate test, assembly and manufacturing facilities in India until the government announces a semiconductor manufacturing policy.
Report: skill shortage, labor costs challenge India design
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11/2/2006   2 comments
An inadequate number of skilled engineers due to lack of specialized institutes and advanced technical courses is a big barrier to the growth of India's VLSI design business for the next two years, according to a study by the India Semiconductor Association.
Matsushita gets the lead out of plasma displays
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11/2/2006   Post a comment
Matsushita said it has eliminated lead from all its plasma display panels, making it the first panel maker to comply with new environmental guidelines.
Low cost systems address Wi-Fi test
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11/2/2006   Post a comment
Here's news of a low-cost wireless test system family from GaGe Applied Technologies that comprises signal generation and analysis hardware and software for testing of IEEE-802.11 a, b, g, j, and n wireless devices. These testers are claimed to provide base performance that's 10-dB better than your device under test.
Vector signal analyzer uses software-defined radio architecture
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11/2/2006   Post a comment
Keithley Instruments says its Model 2810 Vector signal analyzer touts measurement speeds up to three times faster than competitive instruments for production test. What's more, it takes up half the space, and costs half as much as competitive products. A Model 2810 can perform a 200-MHz span sweep, using a narrow resolution bandwidth of 100-Hz, in approximately 15 seconds.
Hotmail co-founder Bhatia plans Indian nano-city
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11/2/2006   Post a comment
Hotmail co-founder Sabeer Bhatia has signed an agreement with the regional government of Haryana state in northern India to help establish "Nano City," a technology hub modeled after Silicon Valley.
ETH ranked best in European power electronics research
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11/2/2006   Post a comment
The leading universities in Europe for power electronics research are ETH (Zurich), Switzerland; Aalborg, Denmark and Aachen, Germany, according to research for the European Power Supply Manufacturers Association (EPSMA).
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