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Researchers say eye strain a concern as 3-D TVs debut
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2/25/2010   Post a comment
Experts in human perception are expressing concerns stereo 3-D TVs now hitting the market could cause eye strain and related health problems, a sensitive topic industry groups are actively discussing, but in their rush to get systems out the door vendors have yet to fund any major studies of the issues.
Senator: Committee struck deal on patent reform
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2/25/2010   Post a comment
A U.S. Senator leading the charge for patent reform suggested a Senate committee has struck a rough compromise keeping a draft bill alive by balancing calls for lowering damages in patent infringement suits with calls for improving the quality of patents.
PRODUCT HOW TO: Improving switch maintenance in PXI with BIRST
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2/25/2010   Post a comment
Switching systems are a key part of any test system, they allow users to connect the test equipment to the unit under test in different ways. Users consider the switching system to be perhaps one of the most likely parts of the system to fail, this article explores the reasons for concern and a way that one manufacturer has found to diagnose these problems.
Tektronix launches Scope Central online test and measurement community
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2/25/2010   Post a comment
Tektronix launches Scope Central, an online community dedicated to oscilloscope users
Mentor unveils thermal characterization, design tool
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2/24/2010   Post a comment
Mentor Graphics Corp. has introduced FloTHERM IC, a productivity tool for semiconductor package thermal characterization and design.
Bluetooth group explores apps in smart grid
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2/24/2010   Post a comment
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group has formed a Smart Energy Study Group with CSR, Broadcom and Emerson Electric as the initial members of the group.
Mephisto adds usability to analog design platform
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2/24/2010   Post a comment
For the latest version of its M-Design platform, Mephisto Design Automation NV (Leuven, Belgium) said it has improved functional and usability. Interoperability will be the company's next point of focus.
Mil/aero group foresees shift to optical in 2012
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2/24/2010   1 comment
The VITA Standards Organization, a leading standards group for military and aerospace markets, will announce as early as next week a call for participation in a group to explore the feasibility of deploying in 2012 products with optical backplanes and system interconnects.
Intel-led alliance pledges $3.5B in venture funds
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2/23/2010   Post a comment
The Invest in America Alliance, a group of 25 venture capital and 17 high tech companies led by Intel Corp., pledged to invest $3.5 billion in U.S. technology startups over the next two years and hire as many as 10,500 college students in 2010.
Uncle Sam asks consumers to weigh in on smart grid
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2/22/2010   Post a comment
In an effort to break through electronics-industry logjams, U.S. government policy makers are launching a blog to consumers for comment on a range of questions about smart electric grids including issues about gateways and networks that speak to systems engineers.
Real-time oscilloscope solutions, 4 channels at 30GHz or 8 channels at 16GHz
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2/22/2010   Post a comment
LeCroy has extended its WaveMaster 830 Zi 30GHz real-time oscilloscope by providing a simple and fast method to combine two oscilloscopes and provide 4 channels at 30GHz
Infineon files DRAM complaint against Elpida
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2/22/2010   Post a comment
Chipmaker Infineon Technologies AG (Munich, Germany) has announced it has filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) against Elpida Memory Inc. (Tokyo, Japan) seeking to stop Elpida from importing and selling certain DRAMs in the United States.
Jasper releases LPDDR, DDR3 proof kits
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2/22/2010   Post a comment
Verification-focused EDA startup Jasper Design Automation announced the availability of formal verification proof kits for LPDDR1, LPDDR2 and DDR3 SDRAM.
Mentor names VP of new ventures
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2/19/2010   1 comment
Mentor Graphics Corp. announced it has named Serge Leef, current general manager of the System Level Engineering division, as vice president of New Ventures, to expand the company into markets adjacent to EDA.
ISSCC, Nvidia shortfall lead weekly story ranking
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2/19/2010   Post a comment
Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Feb. 14, as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Friday, Feb. 19. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
Silicon Frontline enhances post-layout verification tools
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2/19/2010   Post a comment
Startup Silicon Frontline Technology, Inc. has introduced the latest versions of its products for post-layout verification: F3D (Fast 3D) for fast 3D extraction and R3D (Resistive 3D) for 3D extraction and analysis of large resistive structures like power devices.
Business group calls for U.S. IP strategy plan
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2/18/2010   Post a comment
A U.S. business group is calling on the Obama administration to deliver by this summer the country's first national strategy plan for protecting intellectual property.
PLX fires up 8 GHz PCI Express chip
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2/17/2010   Post a comment
PLX Technology, Inc. announced it has working PCI Express Gen 3 silicon that it will demo to key customers before the end of March and aims to sample a range of PCIe Gen 3 switches made in 40nm process technology before the end of the year, starting with server and storage switches sampling before July.
EU project to define next gen design methodologies
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2/17/2010   Post a comment
Scientists and companies from Europe and Brazil have joined forces in an EU-backed project that aims to develop design methods and EDA tools in a view to remove the limitations in physical implementation effectiveness associated with technology scaling and advanced sub-wavelength lithography.
Intel joins RPX patent defense pool
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2/16/2010   Post a comment
Intel Corp. has joined the patent aggregation service of RPX Corp., a move the startup claims comes at a time when patent suits are on the rise.
XMOS brings in veteran chip exec as interim CEO
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2/16/2010   Post a comment
XMOS Semiconductor Ltd. (Bristol, England), a vendor of event-driven multicore processor chips, has announced the appointment of Charles Cotton as a board member and interim chief executive officer. He takes over from James Foster, who continues as an advisor to the company.
Altair Semiconductor and ZTE collaborate on LTE interoperability testing
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2/16/2010   Post a comment
Altair Semiconductor and ZTE have performed extensive system level interoperability development testing (IODT) on their respective products, Altair's recently announced FourGee LTE USB ExpressCard UE and ZTE's LTE eNodeB
CoFluent bridges gap from UML to SystemC
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2/15/2010   Post a comment
French ESL company CoFluent Design (Nantes, France) claimed it has developed a methodology that combines the OMG's (Object Management Group) standards UML (Unified Modeling Language), SysML (System Modeling Language) and MARTE (Modeling and Analysis for Real-Time and Embedded Systems) profiles.
HARDWARE TOOLS - Napatech Enables Monitoring of Mobile Data Networks
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2/14/2010   Post a comment
Napatech has added technology for detailed monitoring and troubleshooting of IP-based mobile data networks to its real-time network analysis adaptors.
12-port 70 GHz VNA system ideal for high accuracy signal integrity measurements
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2/12/2010   Post a comment
Anritsu Company has introduced a scalable 12-port, 70 GHz measurement system based on its award-winning VectorStar broadband vector network analyzer (VNA) that can conduct highly accurate signal integrity measurements.
JDSU to buy Agilent's network solutions test unit
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2/11/2010   Post a comment
Optical components and test gear maker JDSU has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Agilent Technologies' network solutions communications test business for $165 million, the company said.
IBM joins EU R&D project to slash chip design time
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2/11/2010   Post a comment
IBM Research Lab in Haifa, Israel, announced it has joined the European research project DIAMOND (Diagnosis, Error Modeling and Correction for Reliable Systems Design) to provide integrated diagnosis and correction for spec, design and soft errors.
Tiny temp sensor boosts equipment reliability, energy savings
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2/10/2010   Post a comment
Semtech's highly integrated SX8733 temperature sensor monitors up to two temperature diodes and its own temperature, while its low-power design enables temperature monitoring of ASICs during sleep mode.
Amkor beats Q4 sales target
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2/10/2010   Post a comment
Semiconductor test and assembly house Amkor Technology reported revenue of $668 million for the fourth quarter of 2009, surpassing analyst's expectations and the company's own revised sales target for the period, issued in December.
NI adds vision capabilities to CompactRIO, Single-Board RIO
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2/10/2010   Post a comment
National Instruments has added machine vision capabilities to its NI CompactRIO and NI Single-Board RIO hardware devices that provide engineers with an integrated measurement and control platform for industrial and embedded systems, the company said.
Spectrum analyzer supports frequency ranges from 3.6 to 13.5GHz
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2/10/2010   Post a comment
Anritsu has developed the MS2830A, a spectrum Analyzer which supports frequency ranges from 3.6 to 13.5GHz, and can be easily customized to an all-in-one advanced TRx tester
WIRELESS - DEVA development platform enables fast Bluetooth product design
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2/8/2010   Post a comment
Cambridge Consultants' new DEVA hardware platform allows developers to quickly design and test differentiated Bluetooth products, including Apple iPhone accessories and Continua compliant telehealth solutions.
An analyst's 10 reasons to be cheerful
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2/8/2010   Post a comment
Bill McClean, analyst with IC Insights Inc. (Scottsdale, Ariz.) has provided ten reasons that support the idea that 2010 could be between a good and a great year for the semiconductor industry.
Engineers explore life beyond 10 Gbit links
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2/8/2010   1 comment
Electronics engineers are bumping up against the limits of their tools and techniques—and perhaps even physics--to keep pace with the rapidly expanding needs of an Internet-driven society as they coalesce around a move to 25 Gbit/second chips and ponder what comes next.
Metering chips feature isolated sensing technology
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2/7/2010   Post a comment
Teridian Semiconductor has begun sampling its fourth generation residential smart metering integrated circuits (ICs) that eliminate costly current transformers and associated copper wiring in 2-element residential meters, with up to class 0.2-accuracy.
NASA chief defends shift to new capabilities
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2/6/2010   2 comments
NASA chief Charles Bolden defended a decision to phase out a new U.S. moon program in favor or developing new launch capabilties.
Cadence back in the black in Q4
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2/5/2010   Post a comment
EDA vendor Cadence Design Systems Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) reported a net income of $2 million, based on generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), for the fourth quarter of 2009, compared to a net loss of $1.63 billion a year ago.
FCC may redraw spectrum allocations in broadband plan
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2/4/2010   1 comment
A Federal Communications Commission director suggested the agency is exploring new ways to use a swath of spectrum to serve multiple users including utilities building smart electric grids as part of a national broadband plan the FCC will release March 17.
Data logger supports all automotive bus systems
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2/3/2010   Post a comment
For test and evaluation purposes in automotive environments, Ixxat automation GmbH (Weingarten, Germany) has developed its CARcorder diagnosis and data logging unit. The device supports all relevant bus systems such as CAN, FlexRay and LIN.
Toyota recall highlights lapses in addressing auto safety
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2/3/2010   Post a comment
Analysts say the massive Toyota recall illustrates how slowly car makers move to fix safety problems.
Updated: Applied execs arrested for leaking Samung process details to Hynix
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2/3/2010   Post a comment
Prosecutors in Seoul, South Korea, have arrested two executives from U.S. semiconductor equipment maker Applied Materials alleging they stole Samsung process technology details and passed them on to Hynix, according to local reports.
Updated: Applied execs arrested for leaking Samung process details to Hynix
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2/3/2010   Post a comment
Prosecutors in Seoul, South Korea, have arrested two executives from U.S. semiconductor equipment maker Applied Materials alleging they stole Samsung process technology details and passed them on to Hynix, according to local reports.
Panel sees smart grid engineering challenges
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2/3/2010   Post a comment
Engineers face plenty of challenges enabling smart grids in the home and in utility distribution networks, according to a panel at the GridCom Forum event here.
Agilent handheld VNA takes accuracy, portability, built-in calibration to the field
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2/2/2010   Post a comment
N9923A FieldFox RF vector network analyzer brings up to 6-GHz range & capabilities from the lab and bench to where the action really is
Forum describes 25G backplane, standard
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2/1/2010   Post a comment
The Optical Internetworking Forum has successfully demonstrated a 25 Gbit/second backplane, more than twice the speed to today's typical systems and reported on it at an open workshop hosted by the Optical Internetworking Forum that is drafting a standard for 25G interconnect.
EDA pundits confront market projections for 2010
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2/1/2010   7 comments
2010 has just started, and there is no better time to generate estimates and predictions for this year's EDA market. Three EDA industry experts have agreed to share their projections with EE Times.
Advanced probes, instrument take digital test console to full PCI Express 3.0 evaluation regime
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2/1/2010   Post a comment
Advanced probes, instrument take digital test console to full PCI Express 3.0 evaluation regime


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