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Lexra to become fabless chip supplier, settles RISC patent suit with MIPS
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12/31/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Lexra Inc. today (Dec. 31) announced it was changing its business plan to become a fabless semiconductor company after reaching an agreement to settle a two-year-old patent lawsuit filed by MIPS Technologies Inc.
Highly experienced women top IEEE-USA salary survey
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12/27/2001   Post a comment
WASHINGTON -- The gender gap for professional salaries in U.S. electronics and information technology fields now shows women with 20-to-29 years of experience being paid more than men, according to a new survey by the IEEE-USA organization.
Court of Appeal says IR35 clampdown is legal
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12/21/2001   Post a comment
Judges reject contractors' latest attempt to strike down contoversial tax system but acknowledge law is neither clear nor up to date.
Varian Semiconductor to receive Lam payments in patent suit settlement
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12/20/2001   Post a comment
GLOUCESTER, Mass.--Varian Semiconductor Equipment Associates Inc. here today announced it has settled a patent infringement lawsuit with Lam Research Corp., which has agreed to pay Varian $20 million and issue a warrant for the purchase of 2 million shares of Lam's common stock at a value of $42.6 million.
SVR says its suit survives Avanti's motion for dismissal
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12/14/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Silicon Valley Research Inc. today celebrated a federal judge's decision not to dismiss its lawsuit against Avanti Corp., which is being accused of unfair competition, concealment and sale of stolen goods, false advertising, conspiracy, and violations of U.S. racketeering laws. Those charges are being made in connection to allegations that Avanti stole computer code and secrets from Cadence Design Systems Inc.
Antitrust concerns could delay Synopsys' purchase of Avanti
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12/14/2001   Post a comment
Legal firms representing investors have voiced concerns that Synopsys Inc.'s bid to buy Avanti Corp. may raise antitrust issues with the Federal Trade Commission.
ARM gains access to picoTurbo's RISC customers in suit settlement
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12/14/2001   1 comment
CAMBRIDGE, England -- ARM Ltd. here and U.S.-based picoTurbo Inc. today announced a settlement to a legal battle over patents related to embedded processor cores and marketing rights to ARM's RISC technology. It appears ARM won from the terms of the settlement.
A Time-Domain-Based Technique for Noise Measurements
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12/14/2001   Post a comment
Although electronic noise is often a critical design parameter in an analog system, evaluation of noise performance of circuits that perform a frequency translation from RF to baseband is not easy to do. Torben Larsen and colleagues from Aalborg University in Denmark describe a time-domain-based technique to determine the noise factor of a device with a low desired output frequency.
Intel drops suit against Via in patent dispute over chip sets for AMD's K7
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12/13/2001   Post a comment
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan's Via Technologies Inc. here today claimed victory in a long and bitter suit against Intel Corp. over Pentium III-enabled chip set patents. On Dec. 11, Intel apparently dismissed the final claims relating to a suit, which involved Via's chip sets that supported Advanced Micro Devices Inc.'s K7 microprocessors. The suit--file in July of 2000--contended that Via's K7-based chip sets infringed upon Intel's patents.
Advantest doubles speed system-on-chip testing with new dynamic handler
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12/13/2001   Post a comment
TOKYO -- Advantest Corp. has introduced a new dynamic test handler capable of doubling the throughput of high-end logic and system-on-chip testing by performing tests on up to eight devices simultaneously. The maximum throughput of 6,000 devices per hour is twice the capacity of the system's predecessor, Advantest said.
Chartered hires former ProMOS manager to head R&D
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12/12/2001   Post a comment
SINGAPORE--The former head of R&D at ProMOS Technologies Inc. in Taiwan has joined Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Pte. Ltd. here as senior vice president of technology development and a fifth member of the company's Office of the President.
France Telecom offers 'royalty amnesty' to 3G chip makers using error-correction codes
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12/12/2001   Post a comment
RANCHO BERNARDO, Calif. -- France Telecom, the Paris-based telecommunications giant, is gearing up to enforce its patents on forward error correction technology in ICs targeted at third-generation (3G) cellular phones.
Electromagnetic-Compatibility Analysis Using TEM Cells
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12/10/2001   Post a comment
Transverse-electromagnetic (TEM) cells are important structures for analyzing the electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) of electronic components. Kresimir Malaric of University of Zagreb, Croatia discusses the design and analysis of several types of TEM cells available for emission testing of small equipment, calibration of RF probes, and biomedical experiments.
Cadence chief denies Synopsys settlement talks
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12/6/2001   Post a comment
In his first public comments since Synopsys Inc. announced its intention to purchase Avanti Corp., Ray Bingham, Cadence Design Systems Inc.'s president and chief executive officer, strongly denied that any deal is in the works to resolve Cadence's civil suit against Avanti. Bingham said Cadence may seek well over a $1 billion in the case, and he blasted Synopsys for acquiring "seriously tainted IP intellectual property."
China foundry turns to Europe for advanced chip gear
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12/6/2001   Post a comment
The chief executive of China's first advanced semiconductor foundry said technology export restrictions in the United States are not hindering his ability to purchase advanced semiconductor tools because European vendors are able to deliver equipment with minimal red tape for export licenses.
Teradyne packs digital and image testing in parallel tester for CMOS sensors
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12/5/2001   Post a comment
TOKYO -- Teradyne Inc.'s Japan Division today formally launched a new CMOS image sensor tester, which is capable of parallel testing devices with 25-MHz as the measurement frequency and data capture rate. The integrated system puts the power of a complete 100-MHz digital tester and an image sensor tester into the space of a single test head, Teradyne said.
Infineon, Toshiba roll out Bluetooth ICs for consumer applications
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12/5/2001   Post a comment
MUNICH -- After nine months of collaboration, Infineon Technologies AG and Toshiba Corp. today announced development of two new Bluetooth ICs--a radio-frequency transceiver and a baseband device--which are intended to server high-volume consumer product applications.
Fairchild plans packaging/test plant in China to balance outsourced assembly
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12/4/2001   Post a comment
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine--Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc. today announced plans to build a new manufacturing and warehouse facility in China to expand its internal chip-assembly and testing capabilities. Over the next five years, the total investment will be about $200 million, said Fairchild.
Agilent rolls out low-cost tester for nonvolatile memory devices
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12/3/2001   Post a comment
CHIBA, Japan -- During the Semicon Japan trade show here this week, Agilent Technologies Inc. will roll out a new member of its Versatest line of memory testers. Agilent will announce the Versatest Series Model V4100 TDS, a low-cost test development system for nonvolatile memory chips. Available at 40-, 70- and 100-MHz, the Model V4100 TDS enables the development of test programs, which, in turn, can be transferred to its Model V4400 tester for production purposes.
Atmel supports Micron's SyncFlash memories as alternate source
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12/3/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Atmel Corp. here today announced it will support Micron Technology Inc.'s SyncFlash interface for nonvolatile flash memories connected to synchronous DRAM buses. Atmel and Micron said they have signed an alternate sourcing pact and partnership to promote SyncFlash memories as part of a new alliance.
October's sales increase supports turnaround forecast, says SIA
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12/3/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- For the fourth consecutive month, worldwide chip sales increased in October, according to a new report issued today by the Semiconductor Industry Association. Chip sales grew 2.5% sequentially to $10.43 billion in October from $10.18 billion in September, based on a three-month moving average, said the SIA, which continues to forecast the start of a semiconductor recovery in the fourth quarter.

As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.

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