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Atheros weaves mesh networking effort
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4/30/2010   Post a comment
Atheros Communications is trying to rally interest in a standard for using mesh technology in home networks, an effort that would help the company merge and add value to its Wi-Fi and powerline chip products.
ESC: Smart grid faces security, consumer challenges
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4/29/2010   Post a comment
An array of hurdles ranging from making communications gear secure to understanding consumer behaviors stand in the way of flipping on smart electric grids, according to a panel of experts at the Embedded Systems Conference.
Tektronix acquires SyntheSys Research
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4/29/2010   Post a comment
Tektronix, Inc. completed the acquisition of privately-owned SyntheSys Research, Inc. Details of the transaction were not disclosed.
TI unveils lowest power JFET-input audio operational amplifiers
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4/29/2010   Post a comment
Extending its Burr-Brown Audio line, Texas Instruments has introduced a family of JFET-input op amps featuring ultra-low noise and distortion to maximize audio system quality and performance.
Multicore not up to snuff for basestations
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4/27/2010   Post a comment
Multicore processors should be ideal for wireless base stations, but so far both the chips and their tools fall short of meeting engineers needs, according to a senior developer at HuaWei speaking at the Multicore Expo.
Study pegs Tek scope 'winner' in specific test tasks
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4/27/2010   1 comment
A study by research firm Hansa|GCR concluded that among three scopes performing similar tasks the Tektronix MSO4000 mixed signal oscilloscope was preferred, according to a press release by Tektronix, Inc. by over two-thirds of the participants and was 53 percent faster in finding runts and glitches when debugging a design.
Fasten your seatbelt: go for a 32-GHz real-time, analog-bandwidth, oscilloscope ride
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4/27/2010   Post a comment
Agilent Infiniium 90000 X-Series family features 10 models (16 to 32 GHz); extremely low noise and jitter; sophisticated probe system; 40 application packages
Down to Earth: Shuttle astronaut looks back while pondering the future
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4/23/2010   Post a comment
Space shuttle comamander George Zamka is adjusting to life back on Earth while contemplating his next move in space.
LTE mobile gateways break 100 Gb/s speeds
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4/22/2010   Post a comment
Ixia together with with Alcatel-Lucent announced the results of an LTE Evolved Packet Core (EPC) test that broke the 100 Gb/s barrier for mobile gateways.
Bluetooth backers explore 60 GHz future
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4/20/2010   Post a comment
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group is expected to create a study group to help pick a transport for a future gigabit-class version of the short-range wireless technology, and the leading candidates are the two rival flavors of 60 GHz technology promoted by the WirelessHD Consortium and the Wireless Gigabit Alliance.
Low-k test regime spots defects on wafers
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4/19/2010   Post a comment
In a low-k dielectric test regime being developed for Semiconductor Research Corp. members, Columbia University is perfecting an approach that will measure the average number of density traps in a low-k material to spot potential failures while the chips are still on the wafer.
New converged network blends Ethernet, Infiniband
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4/19/2010   1 comment
The race toward converged networks took a step forward as a trade group announced a capability for layering Infiniband's low latency features on top of Ethernet for high performance computing applications running on large clusters.
Consortium backs mobile interface for high def video
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4/14/2010   1 comment
Nokia, Samsung Electronics, Silicon Image, Inc., Sony and Toshiba Corp. have formed the MHL Consortium. The group has created a draft specification for the Mobile High-Definition Link originally announced by Silicon Image in 2008 for sharing high-definition video between mobile devices and televisions.
Intel touts personal energy management
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4/14/2010   4 comments
Intel's CEO declared the "era of personal energy management" during the chip maker's developer's forum in Beijing this week.
WiMax device testing centers to open in May
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4/13/2010   Post a comment
The WiMax Forum has launched a so-called Open Retail Initiative under which it will open in May a set of labs to help test, certify and activate WiMax devices sold via retail or direct to customers in an effort to simplify the job of getting many devices and subscribers on WiMax networks and generate the kind of open mobile networking environment WiMax backers envision.
India, Arizona chip test firms agree to merge
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4/12/2010   Post a comment
Semiconductor test services companies Tessolve Services Pvt. Ltd. (Bangalore, India) and Dynamic Test Solutions Inc. (Chandler, Ariz.) have announced that they have signed a definitive agreement to merge the two companies.
Wireless test vendor Litepoint reports record growth
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4/12/2010   Post a comment
LitePoint Corp., a wireless test solutions company, is celebrating its 10th year and has posted another record quarter, with 100 percent quarter-over-quarter growth.
U.S. awards $100M in smart grid training grants
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4/8/2010   Post a comment
The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a total of nearly $100 million in grants to train an estimated 30,000 workers in smart grid technologies with awards going to a diverse group of 54 colleges, universities and companies for programs to train electricians, line workers, technicians, system operators, power system engineers, cyber security specialists and transmission planners.
Automotive still a solid opportunity for EDA, says Mentor exec
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4/8/2010   1 comment
As EDA searches for opportunities to generate more revenues from outside the semiconductor industry, Martin O'Brien, general manager, Integrated Electrical Systems Division of Mentor Graphics Corp., highlighted automotive and said the trend is likely to continue with the advent of hybrid and electric vehicles.
HARDWARE TOOLS - JTAG Live debugs boards too crowded for traditional probing
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4/7/2010   Post a comment
JTAG Technologies has introduced JTAG Live, a mix of free and paid for products that check for basic continuity and correct operation in PCBs. The family consists of three products, Buzz, Clip, and Script.
Industry asks Obama to plug consumers into smart grid
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4/7/2010   Post a comment
The Obama Administration needs to create new regulations, incentives and education programs to spark consumer use of smart grid technologies, according to a letter to the U.S. President from nearly 50 companies and organizations.
Former Fujitsu president sues over sacking
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4/7/2010   Post a comment
Kuniaki Nozoe, the former president of computer and IT services company Fujitsu Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan), is planning legal action against the firm over his removal from office, according to reports.
SIA president talks about transition, 14-year tenure
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4/6/2010   Post a comment
George Scalise talks about his 14-year tenure as president of the Semiconductor Industry Association and the outlook for the SIA which will close its Silicon Valley office this year.
Computer storage firm files for $55 million IPO
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4/6/2010   Post a comment
With a number of successful IPOs held in the recent past, including that of MaxLinear Corp. (Carlsbad, Calif.), Nexsan Technologies Inc. (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) is the latest company to try and join the rush to the watering hole the public markets.
Nano ePrint licenses Infiniscale's modeling tool
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4/6/2010   Post a comment
Nano ePrint Ltd., a spin off from the University of Manchester in England, announced it has selected the GreenLys modeling tool suite from French EDA startup Infiniscale SA for its organic electronic devices modeling needs.
Agilent rolls its first handheld RF power meter
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4/6/2010   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies Inc. has released its first handheld RF power meter, the V3500A, which includes a built-in display and integrated power sensor.
Intel's CEO earned $14 million in 2009
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4/6/2010   1 comment
Paul Otellini, president and CEO of the world's largest chip company Intel Corp., received about $14.1 million in total compensation for doing his job in 2009, an increase of 16.7 percent over what he was paid in 2008, according to documents filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission.
Telecom providers hungry for 100G, but price averse
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4/6/2010   1 comment
Big telecommunications providers are hungry for higher density systems, but they are concerned about the high costs of the first 100 Gigabit Ethernet systems coming this year and the need to transition to IPv6, according to an NTT chief technologist who shared details of a recent evaluation of core routers.
Taser, Stinger zap each other over patents
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4/2/2010   1 comment
Taser International Inc. (Scottsdale, Ariz.), the developer of electric-shock gun technology, has said that it won summary judgment against rival manufacturer Stinger Systems Inc. (Tampa Florida) on Tuesday (March 31) in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona.
EDA sequential revenue trend is positive, says EDAC
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4/1/2010   Post a comment
For the second consecutive quarter, EDA revenue improved on a sequential basis in the fourth quarter of 2009, according to the EDA Consortium (EDAC) trade group.
Synopsys' exec details Design Compiler enhancements
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4/1/2010   Post a comment
EDA and IP vendor Synopsys Inc. (Mountain View, Calif.) said it has extended its topographical technology in Design Compiler 2010 to produce physical guidance to its place-and-route solution, IC Compiler.


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