Conexant shareholders file suit, saying company hid troubles News & Analysis 12/28/2004 Post a comment Shareholders of Conexant Systems Inc. have filed a class-action suit against the company in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, claiming the communications semiconductor supplier failed to fully inform them about the company's deteriorating finances and inventory problems.
Hitachi files patent suit against Chinese company News & Analysis 12/28/2004 Post a comment Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST) announced Tuesday (Dec. 28) that it has sued GS Magicstor Inc. of China along with its parent company and research affiliate for allegedly infringing upon multiple Hitachi hard disk drive patents.
Sun, Cadence partner with Indian firm for VLSI training News & Analysis 12/28/2004 Post a comment Sun Microsytems and Cadence Design have partnered with Veda Institute of Information Technology, based in Hyderabad in southern India, to start the country's first nodal center of competency for research and development in VLSI engineering, design automation and embedded system engineering
Focus-On: Data-acq study reveals segment complexities Product News 12/23/2004 Post a comment A report just released by market researchers at Frost and Sullivan shows the mature, densely populated data-acquisition systems market is highly fragmented. But, the report also reveals that the DAQ arena is intensely competitive, and has made rapid technological advancements. Its complex and varied nature, and the presence of well-entrenched participants, also deters the entry of smaller hopefuls. But, don't lose hope if you're a market entrant. There are golden opportunities.
JTAG targets production test Product News 12/22/2004 Post a comment Working with JTAG? Here's a new software add-on that gives you a graphical way to run JTAG tests in production-line settings. Use it to test boards with JTAG-compatible devices on-board, such as BGAs, chip-scale packages, flip-chips, and other high-density packages.
Plug-in power monitor sends e-mail alerts Product News 12/22/2004 Post a comment Here's a new battery-backed-up power monitor that's essentially an e-mail-enabled Internet appliance. It uses any active public telephone line connection, and that line can even be shared with another device at the monitored location. Priced at about $300, this device can inform you if 110-V AC power is lost, or when it is restored at any given location.
VSI Alliance benennt neuen Vorstand News & Analysis 12/22/2004 Post a comment Die Virtual Socket Interface Alliance, die Organisation für Intellectual Property (IP) Standards, kommt mit ihrer Umstrukturierung offensichtlich weiter voran. Neueste Aktion ist die Benennung des Normenspezialisten Ralph von Vignau von Philips Semiconductor und Chairman des Spirit Consortiums als Vorstandsmitglied der Alliance.
Opinion: Despite naysayers, virtual instrumentation goes mainstream Product News 12/20/2004 Post a comment Established companies making conventional test instruments have largely ignored virtual instrumentation because, in its early years, it offered less measurement performance, and therefore (as is the case with most other disruptive technologies), it posed little threat. That has changed. Come along with National Instruments engineer Eric Starkloff to learn why.
Tektronix und IBM zeigen neue SiGe-Chips News & Analysis 12/17/2004 Post a comment Die seit 1996 gemeinsame Entwicklungsarbeit von IBM und Tektronix trägt erste Früchte: Beide Unternehmen stellen eine neue SiGe-Chipgeneration für Highspeed-Messinstrumente vor, die Tektronix sicherlich in zukünftigen Test- und Messgeräten verwenden wird.
PC-hosted WLAN tester excercises 802.11 systems, components Product News 12/17/2004 Post a comment As consumer- and office-oriented RF packet communications proliferates, the evaluation and testing of systems and system components poses challenges for designers and network implementers alike. In tune with this trend Communication Machinery Corp. has what it says is the world's only multi-station performance and load-test system For Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) enterprise and personal implementations that use 802.1x authentication. Read CMC's release notes and eeProductCenter Sen
Altera ouvre un laboratoire de FPGA à Bangalore News & Analysis 12/17/2004 Post a comment Altera Corp. vient de créer le premier laboratoire universitaire de développement en Inde pour les réseaux prédiffusés programmables (FPGA) et les systèmes sur puce programmable (SOPC) à l’Institut indien des Sciences (IISc.).
La ZigBee Alliance publie sa spécification News & Analysis 12/17/2004 Post a comment Après sa création il y a deux ans et demi, la ZigBee Alliance a publié les spécifications définitives pour une technologie de mise en réseau de capteurs sans fil destinée à des applications aussi diverses que la domotique ou les unités de production.
SIA says new FASB accounting standard is flawed News & Analysis 12/16/2004 Post a comment The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) said Thursday (Dec. 16) that a new accounting standard for stock options approved by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) will create serious problems for the chip industry while not achieving the goal of uniform financial reporting.
Sharp to bolster solar cell production News & Analysis 12/16/2004 Post a comment Sharp Corp. has announced it will expand its solar cell production lines at its Katsuragi Plant in Nara Prefecture to cope with burgeoning demand for solar power both in Japan and abroad.
Motorola annonce une réorganisation en vue d’une « mobilité transparente » News & Analysis 12/16/2004 Post a comment Motorola Inc. devrait débuter la nouvelle année par une réorganisation de ses différentes unités en une « entreprise de mobilité transparente » à l’heure où le nouveau Président-directeur général, Ed Zander, tente de donner une nouvelle forme à la société. Quatre unités devraient être créées et aucune perte d’emploi n’est prévue dans le cadre de cette réorganisation.
Tektronix, IBM partner on new SiGe chips News & Analysis 12/16/2004 Post a comment A partnership that began in 1996 between Tektronix and IBM Corp. is just beginning to show results with a new generation of SiGe chips for high speed
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ZigBee Alliance verabschiedet Specs News & Analysis 12/15/2004 Post a comment Nach zweieinhalb Jahren Arbeit hat die 'ZigBee Alliance' die endgültigen Spezifikationen für eine Funksensornetz-Technologie verabschiedet, die wahrscheinlich Anwendungsbereiche von der Haustechnik bis hin zur Fabrikhalle beeinflussen wird.
Engine test system enhanced with wireless connectivity Product News 12/15/2004 Post a comment Working with instrumentation for large motors or automotive engines? If so, engine and power train test company SAKOR Technologies's updated version of its DynoLAB PT product may interest you. It's designed to support National Instruments's popular Compact Fieldpoint System (an industrial control-and-measurement system comprised of I/O modules and intelligent controllers). The redesigned DynoLAB PT supports testing of engines, vehicles, and related drivetrain components, seamlessly integr
Synopsys and Agilent intro scan diagnostics Product News 12/15/2004 Post a comment Test-and-measurement giant Agilent Technologies and EDA/signal integrity powerhouse Synopsys announce an industry-first scan diagnostics reference methodology. According to the two firms, the new methodology will speed semiconductor fault localization and failure analysis by implementing bi-directional information sharing.
Video test gear gets HDMI v1.1 support Product News 12/15/2004 Post a comment Video test vendor Quantum Data will soon be rolling out an upgrade to its line of HDMI (high-definition multi-media interface) generators and analyzers. The upgrade kits, available in January 2005, will let existing users of Quantum's gear enhance their instruments in the field with HDMI v1.1 support.
VXI plug-in provides precise timing pulses Product News 12/14/2004 Post a comment In this day and age of militarization and concomitant MIL contracts, radars are a focal point of many defense system designers' efforts. Here's news of a table-driven digital delay generator VXI bus plug-in that's in lockstep with the times. It can be used as a precision and ultra-stable timing generator to do radar pulse simulation. eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn goes over its salient features.
Spansion to join Sematech manufacturing initiative News & Analysis 12/14/2004 Post a comment Spansion LLC will join the International Sematech Manufacturing Initiative (ISMI) effective Jan. 1, 2005, becoming the eleventh member of a global alliance of semiconductor companies focused exclusively on manufacturing effectiveness.
On-chip trace and debug approach targets Atmel FPGAs Product News 12/14/2004 Post a comment The domain of on-chip testability and debug continues to get better. Hardware verification and debug supplier First Silicon Solutions is teaming up with chip maker Atmel to jointly produce a product for on-chip debug, trace, and logic analysis of Atmel's popular FPSLIC and FPGA products.
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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