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Jury: SCO does not own copyright on Linux code
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3/30/2010   4 comments
A jury in a Salt Lake City Federal court ruled that Novell, not the SCO Group, owns the copyrights to the Unix operating system, at least temporarily protecting a wide range of Linux users whom SCO claimed owned it royalties.
Supreme Court expected to rule on Bilski case soon
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3/30/2010   Post a comment
Legal experts expect the Supreme Court will issue a decision any day upholding the Bilski ruling that limits business-method and software patents but may call for the Federal Circuit court to broaden a test of what can be patentable it set in that case.
Microsemi buys White Electronic for $100 million
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3/30/2010   Post a comment
Microsemi Corp., a manufacturer of analog and mixed-signal ICs, has resumed the buying spree that characterized the company in 2009, and agreed to acquire White Electronic Designs Corp. (Phoenix, Arix.) for a cash offer of $7 per share. The net transaction value is approximately $100 million, net of White Electronic's projected cash balance at closing, Microsemi said.
Groups seek path to bring smart grid home
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3/24/2010   2 comments
Members of the ad hoc U-Snap Alliance hope to field this summer the first products based on its specifications for carrying smart grid data over home networks, one of a handful of new efforts seeking ways to unite today's fragmented wired and wireless technologies for emerging energy applications.
Smart grid group reaches out to consumers
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3/23/2010   2 comments
A handful of organizations have formed the Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative, a non-profit group that aims to engage consumers in the evolution of the smart grid by conducting consumer research, education and establishing best practices.
Anritsu's MP2100A BERTWave series to halve test time and costs
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3/23/2010   Post a comment
The MP2100A BERTWave series measurement solution announced by Anritsu is an all-in-one instrument that performs simultaneous BER measurements and eye pattern analysis of active optical devices.
Education to reduce barriers to SOI adoption
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3/23/2010   Post a comment
The SOI Industry Consortium has launched the 'Ready for SOI Technology' program to stimulate adoption of energy-efficient silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technology. A cornerstone of the program is education.
U.K. firm buys U.S. connector maker for $185 million
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3/22/2010   Post a comment
Smiths Group plc, a broad U.K. engineering and instrumentation company, has announced the purchase of wafer probe and connector maker Interconnect Devices, Inc. (Kansas City, Kansas) for $185 million.
Discount supermarket chains sued over MPEG patents
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3/18/2010   Post a comment
MPEG LA LLC (Boulder, Colo), the licensing authority set up to provide one-stop licenses for MPEG-related patents, has announced that several patent holders in its MPEG-2 patent portfolio have filed separate law suits in Dusseldorf, Germany, against the international discount supermarket chains Aldi and Lidl.
Mentor completes Valor acquisition
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3/18/2010   Post a comment
EDA vendor Mentor Graphics Corp. announced it has completed the acquisition of Israel's Valor Computerized Systems Ltd. for about $82 million in cash and stock.
Smart grid protocol will ride Wi-Fi at home
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3/17/2010   Post a comment
Zigbee and Wi-Fi backers will collaborate to on bringing the Smart Energy 2.0 protocol to Wi-Fi networks as the first phase of a broad collaboration between the Zigbee Alliance and the Wi-Fi Alliance on wireless home area networks for smart grid applications.
MicroUnity sues mobile giants for patent infringement
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3/17/2010   Post a comment
Former media processor startup MicroUnity Systems Engineering filed suit Tuesday alleging 22 of the world's top cellphone companies including chip, system and service providers infringe 15 of its patents, one of the broadest suits in recent memory.
Web voting for space, energy innovation awards begins March 29
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3/16/2010   Post a comment
Voting begins March 29 to help select the winners from among high school teams competing for technology innovation awards in aerospace, renewable energy and clean technology along with a space nutrition category.
SOFTWARE TOOLS - UAD3+ tests and debugs complex SoCs
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3/13/2010   Post a comment
The Universal Access Device 3+ (UAD3+) from pls (Programmierbare Logik & Systeme) is a hardware tool for high-end trace, multi-core and multi-target debugging, profiling, and calibration targeted for users of complex 16-bit and 32-bit microcontrollers (e.g. ARM7/9/11, Cortex-M3/R4/A8, PowerArchitecture, TriCore, XC2000/XE166 and SH-2A).
Are 18 and 20 bits now the new 16 bits?
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3/13/2010   3 comments
Recently introduced 20-bit DACs are truly impressive, and revisit the eternal question: how do you measure this level of performance? . . . . .
Bill Schweber, Planet Analog Editor
Defendants in Samsung 'secrets' case deny charges, says report
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3/12/2010   1 comment
Nineteen semiconductor engineers and managers indicted for stealing process technology and market planning details from Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and passing them to Hynix Semiconductor Inc. have all pleaded not guilty in court in Seoul, according to a Yonhap report.
Synopsys discreetly acquires Gemini
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3/11/2010   1 comment
No news announcement. No press release. Yet, Synopsys Inc. has acquired Gemini Design Automation (Fremont, Calif.), a start-up company focused on the challenges of verifying complex analog and mixed-signal designs.
Audio codecs, algorithms target the ARM Cortex-M4
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3/10/2010   Post a comment
Ittiam Systems has announced audio processing software for the ARM Cortex-M4 processor, including a fully optimized implementation of MP3 and WMA decoders, complemented by a set of audio effects and acoustic processing algorithms.
Monolithic DAC offers 18/20-bit performance, targets high-end MRI and related applications
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3/10/2010   Post a comment
Analog Devices AD5791 digital/analog converter yields >1 ppm accuracy, resolution, noise, and output drift; 1 μsec settling and update rate
Interview with Chuck Thacker, PC pioneer
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3/9/2010   2 comments
Charles Thacker won the 2009 Turing Award for his work in the early 1970's on the Xerox PARC Alto, a forerunner of the Apple Macintosh and IBM PC, and is now a Microsoft researcher testing out parallel programming concepts on a multi-core FPGA development system he designed.
Cisco rolls router for 100 Gbit core networks
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3/9/2010   Post a comment
Cisco Systems announced its next generation core router, the CRS-3 which can route 100 Gbit/second streams and sports an aggregate throughput of up to 322 Terabits/second.
IMEC, Synopsys to boost 3D stacked IC development
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3/9/2010   Post a comment
IMEC (Leuven, Belgium) said it is using Synopsys' TCAD simulation tools for characterizing and optimizing the reliability and electrical performance of through-silicon vias (TSVs).
Jim Hogan joins GateRocket advisory board
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3/9/2010   Post a comment
FPGA verification and debug software vendor GateRocket Inc. announced veteran EDA investor Jim Hogan has joined its advisory board.
Carbon readies virtual models for ARM Mali GPUs
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3/8/2010   Post a comment
Carbon Design Systems (Acton, Mass.) has released virtual models for ARM Mali Graphic Processor Units (GPUs).
Report to urge U.K. state funding for tech, says FT
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3/8/2010   Post a comment
Hermann Hauser, a partner at Amadeus Capital Partners Ltd. (Cambridge, England), is expected to recommend that the U.K. government help establish three technology centers costing £300 million (about $450 million) over the next five to ten years, according to a Financial Times report.
Lantiq sues modem maker over Taiwanese chip
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3/8/2010   Post a comment
Lantiq Deutschland GmbH, the wireline chip spin-off from Infineon Technologies AG, has filed suit in the German District Court of Dusseldorf against Billion Electric Co. Ltd. (Taipei, Taiwan) alleging patent infringement.
IMEC, Altos team on chip design, prototyping services
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3/8/2010   Post a comment
IMEC (Leuven, Belgium) and Altos Design Automation Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) have joined forces to provide re-characterization of standard foundry or library vendor libraries including core and IO cells at different process, temperatures and/or voltages.
Forte enhances ex-Arithmatica's CellMath Designer
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3/5/2010   Post a comment
High-level synthesis EDA vendor Forte Design Systems has started to ship the latest version of its CellMath Designer datapath synthesis and CellMath IP software.
The MathWorks automates industrial programmable control
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3/5/2010   Post a comment
The MathWorks has introduced Simulink PLC Coder for industrial control engineers to automatically generate IEC 61131 structured text for programmable controller devices.
Industry gives mixed reaction to patent reform deal
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3/4/2010   1 comment
Early industry reaction to the latest compromise bill on patent reform is mixed following the release of the proposed amendment by U.S. Senators.
Apple/HTC suit signals smartphone patent war
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3/4/2010   1 comment
Whether Apple can put a chill on iPhone imitators or set a new standard is one of the big questions for the smartphone sector in 2010 after Apple sued Taiwan smartphone maker HTC, the first shot in what could be the next big mobile patent war, according to a report from Nomura Securities.
Agilent pads oscilloscope line
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3/4/2010   Post a comment
Agilent's 14 latest models in its InfiniiVision 7000 series mixed-signal and digital-storage oscilloscope portfolio offer bandwidths from 100 MHz to 1 GHz, a 12.1-inch display, and hardware-accelerated search and navigate capability.
ESC: Panel to debate wireless sensor networks
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3/4/2010   4 comments
A panel of experts has been drawn together to discuss the future of wireless sensor networks at the Embedded Systems Conference, which take place April 26 to 29 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California.
Wi-Fi tester encapsulates "keep it simple" principle
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3/3/2010   Post a comment
This handheld unit provides extensive insight and troubleshooting for IEEE 802-based LANs
Bluetooth enters smart grid market
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3/3/2010   Post a comment
The Bluetooth SIG has formed the Smart Energy Study Group to address smart energy initiatives sponsored by governments and other organizations on energy management throughout the world.
Fairchild sues Power Integrations in China
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3/3/2010   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc. (South Portland, Maine) has announced it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Power Integrations Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) in the People's Republic of China.
Campaign highlights Samsung workers' cancer deaths
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3/3/2010   Post a comment
A number of lobbying groups in Asia have come together to launch the "Samsung Accountability Campaign." The groups claim to have discovered an unusual cluster of cancers amongst Samsung fab workers.
Intel exec bullish on semi startups
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3/1/2010   1 comment
An Intel Capital executive who helped organize the recently launched Invest in America Alliance is bullish on new opportunities for semiconductor startups and their potential to tap into funds VCs have been sitting on.
NXP in talks on solar cell manufacture at Nijmegen
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3/1/2010   Post a comment
NXP BV is in talks on the possibility of converting a 6-inch wafer fab at Nijmegen, The Netherlands, to solar cell manufacture. The company does not wish to make solar cells itself but is interested in bringing a partner onto its Nijmegen site, according to CEO Rick Clemmer.
ESD company Shocking raises $8 million
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3/1/2010   Post a comment
Shocking Technologies Inc. (Santa Clata, Calif.), a startup company developing technology to deal with electrostatic discharge has raised $8 million in a B-1 round led by Vista Ventures.


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