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FCC approves AT&T-BellSouth merger
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12/30/2006   Post a comment
The FCC approves the merger of AT&T and BellSouth after company agrees to repatriating BellSouth jobs, providing cheap Internet access, and assuring "net Neutrality" in packet delivery.
WiMAX Forum releases frequency-availability database
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12/29/2006   Post a comment
The database includes frequency, regulatory and technical information such as guard band requirements for 75 countries.
Apple restates, acknowledges faked documents
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12/29/2006   Post a comment
In regulatory filings, Apple Computer recognized additional non-cash stock-based compensation expense of $84 million after tax, including $4 million, $7 million and $10 million in fiscal years 2006, 2005 and 2004, respectively. The company acknowledged that it faked documentation of a special meeting of its board pertaining to a 2001 options grant to CEO Steve Jobs.
Hedge fund urges Cypress to reorg, go private
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12/28/2006   Post a comment
Los Angeles-based hedge fund Chapman Capital has written a letter to the board of directors of Cypress Semiconductor urging the company to reorganize itself and become a private company through leveraged buyout.
Intel ordered to produce evidence
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12/28/2006   Post a comment
A U.S. District Court in Delaware has ordered Intel to produce documents and other evidence related to its business conduct outside of the U.S., according to a statement issued by Advanced Micro Devices.
Apple faked options grant documents, reports say
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12/28/2006   Post a comment
Apple Computer gave CEO Steve Jobs 7.5 million unauthorized stock options in 2001 and later falsified records to make it appear as though its board of directors met to approve the grant, according to reports.
Former KLA-Tencor CEO Tompkins resigns from board
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12/27/2006   Post a comment
Jon Tompkins, former chairman and CEO of fab equipment supplier KLA-Tencor, resigned from the company's board of directors Dec. 21, according to a regulatory filing. Tompkins is the fourth high-ranking official to abruptly sever ties with KLA-Tencor since the company was implicated in a scandal over historical stock options grants.
Multi-function DMMs make 4-wire measurements with two test leads
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12/27/2006   Post a comment
Two 6-1/2-digit graphical DMMs sport 14 measurement functions, with ranges to measure temperature, capacitance, period and frequency. A 2 x 4 ohms function uses patented split terminal jacks that let you perform 4-wire measurements using only two leads instead of four. Click to read Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn's comments.
LXI leverages Ethernet for test
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12/26/2006   Post a comment
Focus-On: For decades, IEEE-488/GPIB served well in small- and medium-sized test systems, with VXI-based testers meeting the needs of high channel-count applications. Time marches on. Test engineers now seek high-bandwidth systems that are relatively easy to configure and are low in cost. Enter Ethernet-connected LXI.
Slew of high-tech execs on Santa's naughty list
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12/22/2006   Post a comment
Just days before Santa loads up the sleigh the make his famous trek, the U.S. Justice Department has provided a reminder that many high-tech executives had better be prepared to find lumps of coal in their stockings on Christmas morning.
SED's CES pullout likely related to patent dispute
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12/22/2006   Post a comment
A legal dispute with Nano-Proprietary has placed an obstacle in the path of Toshiba and Canon's promotion of SED displays at next month's Consumer Electronics Show, an important event for a technology scheduled to be in commercial production next year.
Samsung Semi president faces jail in DRAM probe
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12/21/2006   Post a comment
The president of Samsung Semiconductor, the U.S. subsidiary of Samsung Electronics, has agreed to plead guilty, serve 10 months in prison and pay a $250,000 fine in connection with an ongoing U.S. Justice Department investigation into DRAM price fixing in 2001 and 2002.
Genesis, Silicon Image reach multimillion dollar settlement
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12/21/2006   Post a comment
Genesis Microchip said it has agreed to pay Silicon Image $4.5 million to settle terms of a memorandum of understanding entered into by the companies in 2002. But Silicon Image puts a different spin on the agreement, saying it was worth far more.
Counting down our top 5 stories of 2006
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12/21/2006   Post a comment
It's time to count down the top 5 technology stories of 2006.
Cypress to set up $50 million solar fab in India
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12/21/2006   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor is in talks with the government of Andhra Pradesh in southern India to set up a solar "fab center" that would produce solar cells and wafers.
ADI sues Silicon Labs for patent infringement
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12/21/2006   Post a comment
Analog Devices filed a patent infringement suit against Silicon Laboratories in U.S. District Court in Boston. ADI alleges that Silicon Labs' Si84xx family of products infringe multiple U.S. patents addressing physical construction and signaling techniques related to ADI's iCoupler digital isolation products.
3GPP wireless library eases way through evolving standard
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12/20/2006   Post a comment
Hastening next-generation mobile communications product development, Agilent Technologies rolls out its 3GPP LTE Wireless Library for use with the company's existing Advanced Design System EDA software. The library is expected to help you speed development of evolving 3GPP Long Term Evolution designs.
Agilent rolls oscilloscope-based DDR2 compliance test
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12/15/2006   Post a comment
Test-and-measurement equipment supplier Agilent Technologies debuts what it says is the industry's first oscilloscope-based DDR2 compliance test application. It runs on two of the company's scope lines.
FCC OKs DS-OFDM UWB modulation without waivers
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12/14/2006   Post a comment
Approval was granted without waiver restrictions that are currently being applied to the WiMedia Standard UWB technology.
U.S.: Ex-Chinese national stole military technology
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12/14/2006   Post a comment
A former Chinese national has been charged in a 36-count indictment alleging that he stole military application trade secrets and used them in demonstration and sales proposals to China, Malaysia and Thailand, according to a statement issued by the U.S. Attorney.
Single-chip comprises THD analyzer
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12/14/2006   Post a comment
Build your own test gear. Specialized IC supplier Mixed Signal Integration has a nifty CMOS chip that can measure THD. The device is a single-chip 1/6th octave-wide five-harmonic distortion analyzer.
Samsung's U.S. phone shipments top 100 million
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12/14/2006   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics Co. said it has sold more than 100 million handsets in the U.S. market over the last decade.
Data acquisition modules connect through USB
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12/14/2006   Post a comment
Connecting data-acq modules to a computer couldn't be any easier than plugging them into a USB port. Here's the first module in a family of USB modules that ultimately will include reed relay, Form C relay, optically isolated input, TTL interfaces to solid-state relays,and A/D and D/A types.
GSMA calls for clarity on mobile comms IPR
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12/14/2006   Post a comment
The trade association representing the interests of mobile phone operators, GSM Association (GSMA), has urged industry to increase the transparency around intellectual property rights related to new technology standards.
ZigBee Alliance releases 2006 spec
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12/13/2006   Post a comment
The Alliance requires a minimum of three independent implementations to prove a specification revision and demonstrate interoperability.
Pixelworks CEO steps down, remains chair
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12/13/2006   Post a comment
Allen Alley plans to resign as president and CEO of display IC vendor Pixelworks, effective Dec. 31, Pixelworks said. Alley, who founded Pixelworks, will continue to serve as the company's chairman.
ST reorganizes product groups
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12/13/2006   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics said it plans to reorganize its product segments into three separate groups and as one of its top executives left the company. Effective Jan. 1, ST will divide its product groups into an Application Specific group, a Flash Memories group and a Multi-segment group.
Consortium preps multicore CPU benchmarks
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12/12/2006   Post a comment
The Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium (EMBC) has started work on a standard suite of tests to measure performance of multicore processors and expects a benchmark suite could be available in six to eight months.
U.K., Canada reenlist for U.S. fighter program
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12/12/2006   Post a comment
U.S. allies are lining up for the next phase of the U.S. Joint Strike Fighter program.
India's Cosmic Circuits licenses IP
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12/12/2006   Post a comment
India's Cosmic Circuits has licensed silicon IP ready for volume production to 15 customers.
Siemens hires outside auditor to contain bribery scandal
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12/11/2006   Post a comment
Siemens' audit committee has brought in an external auditor as it struggles to contain a growing corruption scandal.
Branded Indian module reaches foreign shores
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12/11/2006   Post a comment
In a milestone for India's nascent electronics industry, a homegrown, self-branded electronic product— a short-range wireless, plug-in payment module from startup Innoviti—is being deployed in portable point-of-purchase payment terminals in half a dozen Asian countries and is said to be headed for others around the globe.
PTO upholds Microtune TV tuner patent
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12/11/2006   Post a comment
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has confirmed a patent owned by Microtune Inc. covering the company's silicon TV tuner architecture following reexamination at the request of Broadcom, Microtune said.
ON Semi claims patent infringement by Samsung
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12/8/2006   Post a comment
ON Semiconductor has filed a U.S. patent infringement suit against Samsung Electronics and its U.S. subsidiaries alleging the infringement of four patents.
Lavi Lev takes helm at Credence Systems
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12/8/2006   Post a comment
Lavi Lev has left Cadence Design Systems to become president and CEO of Credence Design Systems, as the troubled automatic test equipment (ATE) provider posts a $481.6 million loss for its fiscal 2006.
CSR adds stereo enhancement to its Bluetooth platform
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12/8/2006   Post a comment
Users will experience livelier audio quality, advanced bass enhancement, and an innovative center control feature.
Seagate to invest in new Malaysian plant
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12/8/2006   Post a comment
Hard drive maker Seagate Technology said it will invest $281 million in a new plant in Johor, Malaysia, to meet an anticipated surge in global demand.
India's Satyam to locate software center in Malaysia
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12/8/2006   Post a comment
Satyam Computer Services will set up a 2,000-seat software enginerering center in Malaysia.
HP settles with California in pretexting case
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12/8/2006   Post a comment
Hewlett Packard entered into a $14.5 million agreement with the California Attorney General to resolve civil claims arising from the previously disclosed investigation into leaks from its board of directors.
Silterra inks design deal with local universities
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12/7/2006   Post a comment
Malaysian foundry Silterra sealed an agreement with some of the country's leading educational institutions that will allow them to gauge the commercial viability of chip designs.
UWB gets 'black eye' review: Freescale quietly pulls plug?
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12/6/2006   Post a comment
Belkin UWB hub gets poor review after the company opts for a Wisair multiband-OFDM implementation after Freescale fails to deliver direct-sequence UWB chips.
Mini data-acq controllers accommodate up to 600 I/O ports
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12/6/2006   Post a comment
Here's news of a family of miniature slow-speed data logger/recorders that accommodate plug-in I/O cards. Up to 600 channels of signal data can be acquired at sample rates up to 100-samples/s on each channel.
NBC's Reitmeier to head ATSC board
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12/6/2006   Post a comment
TV industry veteran Glenn Reitmeier will head the U.S. digital TV standards group in 2007.
Portable OTDR troubleshoots optical fiber waveguides, connectors
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12/5/2006   Post a comment
eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn reviews Anritsu Instruments's ACCESS Master MT9083A Series. They're all-in-one field-measuring OTDRs for optical network test.
Agilent fields Draft-802.11n MIMO test solution
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12/5/2006   Post a comment
A MIMO upgrade kit is available for customers who own the N4010A test set.
IC equip to grow by 24% in '06, SEMI says
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12/5/2006   Post a comment
Semiconductor capital equipment revenue will reach $40.64 billion in 2006, achieving a 24 percent growth rate, according to a consensus member company forecast from trade group Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International.
Ayotte named EE Times publisher
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12/5/2006   Post a comment
Ross Ayotte, an engineer and marketing specialist, has been named publisher and and managing director of EE Times.
Signal integrity analyzers encompass triple-domain measurement
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12/5/2006   Post a comment
Slated for signal integrity analysis during design, characterization, and production, test-and-measurement maker Wavecrest is rolling out a family of all-in-one triple-domain signal analyzers for testing clock circuits, PLLs, and oscillators.
$8000 software is free to Agilent and Yokogawa realtime oscilloscope users
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12/4/2006   Post a comment
Focusing on clock and timing engineering and related measurement science, Amherst Systems Associates announces a North American kickoff of a program that will aggressively give away premium oscilloscope analysis and productivity software. The company's M1 Oscilloscope Tools will go to targeted users of Agilent and Yokogawa realtime oscilloscopes.
Groups collaborate on software-defined radio specs
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12/4/2006   Post a comment
Two standards groups are collaborating on software-defined radio specs
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