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Xilinx may owe IRS after appellate court ruling
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5/28/2009   Post a comment
Programmable logic vendor Xilinx could lose more than $40 million after a federal appeals court overturned a 2005 ruling that favored the company in a tax dispute with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.
Reconfigurable logic startup seeks funds, engineers
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5/28/2009   Post a comment
Reconfigurable logic IP start-up Akya (Selby, England) is looking to raise further capital and has started recruiting design and applications engineers so as to expand its marketing and product development efforts.
Registration opens for X-fest technical seminar series
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5/27/2009   Post a comment
Registration has been opened for X-fest 2009, a 36-city global technical seminar series sponsored by Xilinx and Avnet.
Danish researchers target 4G test
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5/27/2009   Post a comment
The Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation has awarded Euros 6 million towards a project at Aalborg University in which the researchers there will work with Infineon Technologies and Agilent Technologies on topics such as high performance, easy test infrastructure and low power consumption.
Rambus: Court orders Hynix to post bond
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5/26/2009   Post a comment
Memory technology licensor Rambus said the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has ordered Hynix Semiconductor to secure about $397 million through a combination of a bond and a lien on a Hynix property in South Korea stemming from a March ruling in favor of Rambus.
10 FREE copies of my Bebop book!
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5/26/2009   Post a comment
My publisher is offering 10 free copies of the only electronics book where you can simultaneously learn about state machines, musical socks, Reed-Muller logic, and the best time of the day to eat smoked fish!
Swept spectrum analyzer offers sophisticated triggering for elusive signal capture, insight
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5/26/2009   Post a comment
Tektronix RSA6000 Series operates to 14 GHz, triggers on signals within signals, performs sophisticated analysis
Swedish processor startup replaces CEO
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5/26/2009   Post a comment
Coresonic AB, the Swedish developer of programmable baseband processors targeting wireless and broadcast technologies, has appointed Johan Lodenius as its chief executive officer.
Rambus targets DDR4 DRAMs
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5/26/2009   1 comment
Rambus has announced a set of new and existing interconnect technologies it says will meet the needs of main memory in 2011 and beyond and hopes the industry adopts them as part of a pending DDR4 DRAM standard.
Schott, Transense develop durable torque sensor
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5/25/2009   Post a comment
Measuring torque in rough automotive environments is a non-trivial task: The sensors have to deliver exact data and at the same time have to be oil-proof over the vehicle's entire lifetime. Schott and Transense claim to have found a solution that meets both requirements.
Computer Solutions : High-speed debugger supports ARM Cortex devices
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5/25/2009   Post a comment
Development support for microprocessor devices based on the ARM Cortex architecture is now available on the Abatron BDI3000 high-speed debugger from Computer Solutions.
Philips Lumileds wins another round in patent lawsuits
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5/25/2009   Post a comment
In another round of the long running patent infringement cases between LED suppliers Philips Lumileds (san Jose, Calif.) and Epistar (Hsinchu, Taiwan), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has rejected Epistar's appeal of the International Trade Commission's interpretation of the claims in Philips Lumileds' U.S. Patent No. 5,008,718 (the '718 patent).
Court reverses ITC in Linear- AnalogicTech spat
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5/22/2009   Post a comment
A U.S. federal appeals court partially vacated a final determination by the U.S. International Trade Commission that found a patent held by Linear Technology to be invalid, according to statements released by Linear and Advanced Analogic Technologies.
Nokia lost out as Q1 mobile phone sales fell, says Gartner
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5/22/2009   Post a comment
Worldwide mobile phone sales totalled 269.1 million units in the first quarter of 2009, a 8.6 percent decrease from the first quarter of 2008, according to market analysis firm Gartner Inc. (Stamford, Connecticut).
Software pirates pinpointed on Google Map
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5/22/2009   Post a comment
A new software anti-piracy tool can pinpoint violators on a Google Map.
Handheld ultrasound gets FDA approval
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5/21/2009   Post a comment
Startup Signostics got approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to ship what it claims is the world's smallest ultrasound device, the pocket-sized, one-pound Signos that sells for about $4,000 as a kind of visual stethoscope.
12, 14 and 16bit octal DACs suit industrial control and portable instrumentation
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5/21/2009   Post a comment
Claiming twice the accuracy of competitive devices, the 16it DAC8568, 14bit DAC8168 and 12bit DAC7568 from TI have been designed for data acquisition systems, industrial process control and portable instrumentation.
Update: Tessera wins ITC patent ruling
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5/21/2009   Post a comment
The U.S. International Trade Commission has issued a limited exclusion order prohibiting the import of chips from six companies it has determined infringe two packaging patents of Tessera Technologies Inc, overturning a December decision by an administrative law judge.
Japan's chip equipment book-to-bill climbs to 0.44
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5/21/2009   Post a comment
The global book-to-bill ratio for Japanese semiconductor manufacturing equipment climbed to 0.44 in April, up from 0.30 recorded in March, according to a Dow Jones report which gave the Semiconductor Equipment Association of Japan as its source.
Tessera wins ITC patent ruling
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5/20/2009   Post a comment
The U.S. International Trade Commission has issued a limited exclusion order prohibiting the import of chips from six companies it has determined infringe two packaging patents of Tessera Technologies Inc, overturning a December decision by an administrative law judge.
Servers get new energy metrics
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5/20/2009   Post a comment
Computer makers are testing the Transaction Processing Performance Council's energy specification, a new benchmark for measuring the energy use of servers that could be released as early as June just weeks after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued its first Energy Star specifications for measuring the energy efficiency of servers.
Counterfeiting of electronics moves online
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5/20/2009   5 comments
The counterfeiting of electronics has long been a problem, but the economic downturn that has many searching for bargains could cost U.S. consumer electronics companies alone as much as $200 billion, according to one estimate.
Wintegra, 4M Wireless team for LTE interoperability
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5/20/2009   Post a comment
LTE terminal protocol stack specialist 4M Wireless (Luton, England) is partnering with communications processors group Wintegra (Austin, TX) for interoperability testing.
Micronas rolls 3D hall sensor
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5/20/2009   Post a comment
For applications requiring three-dimensional position measurements, Micronas has developed a 3D hall sensor. The device is implemented as a monolithic component, allowing for higher operational temperature range than competing products, the vendor claims.
RFEL signals another 'exclusive' design win
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5/20/2009   Post a comment
Signal processing specialist RF Engines Limited (RFEL) is to develop an algorithm and the optimum architecture for determining the fine time of arrival of classified signals for SELEX Galileo, the military surveillance, navigation and tracking division of Italian engineering and defense group Finmeccanica.
Wafer shipments fell 56% in Q1, says SEMI
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5/20/2009   Post a comment
Shipments of silicon wafers fell by 56.5 percent to 940 million square inches compared to 2,163 million square inches in the same quarter a year before, according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its quarterly analysis of the silicon wafer industry.
Near field comms gets new specs
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5/19/2009   Post a comment
Near-field communications took two small steps forward as the NFC Forum released two candidate specifications, the NFC Digital Protocol and the NFC Logical Link Control Protocol, now available as free downloads.
Two years on, Spirit approves register description standard
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5/19/2009   Post a comment
The Spirit Consortium, a non-profit organization that develops the IP-XACT standard for the description of intellectual property cores and models, has said it has approved for public release SystemRDL, a language for the design and delivery of registers to be used in IP blocks within electronic designs. However, that standardization has been going on for two years.
Analysis: Dissecting the MIPS-Chipidea breakup
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5/18/2009   4 comments
MIPS executives have blamed its short marriage with Chipidea on a weak economy. But ex-Chipidea employees insist integration of the two companies was botched by MIPS.
Analysis: Dissecting the MIPS-Chipidea breakup
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5/18/2009   4 comments
MIPS executives have blamed its short marriage with Chipidea on a weak economy. But ex-Chipidea employees insist integration of the two companies was botched by MIPS.
Innovision confirms NXP as Gem licensee
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5/18/2009   Post a comment
The deal signed by Innovision Research and Technology plc (Cirencester, England) with an un-named supplier of NFC chips turns out to be with NXP Semiconductors BV (Eindhoven, the Netherlands).
Groups demo LTE platforms, test cases at Berlin summit
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5/18/2009   Post a comment
Silicon IP licensor Ceva Inc. ((Herzelia, Israel) has teamed with communications network integrator and software supplier Aricent to demonstrate a licensable IP platform solution for LTE baseband terminals based on Ceva's DSP core at this week’s LTE World Summit that takes place in Berlin, Germany.
Qasara and Rohde & Schwarz successfully verify ETSI 3GPP LTE test cases
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5/18/2009   Post a comment
Qasara and Rohde & Schwarz announced today that the two companies have successfully verified the ETSI 3GPP LTE TTCN-3 test cases during ongoing inter-operability testing between Qasara's Virtual UE and Rohde & Schwarz's 3GPP LTE Virtual Tester.
Analyst: SATS sector set for further declines
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5/18/2009   Post a comment
The back-end semiconductor manufacturing capacity of integrated device manufacturers (IDM) is likely to fall to 40 per cent by 2010, according to an analysis of the semiconductor packaging, assembly and test (SATS) sector by Gartner Inc.
NXP finds new head for Identification unit
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5/18/2009   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors has a new general manager for its identification business unit, with Rudy Stroh taking over with immediate effect from Christophe Duverne.
China OEMs rise as mobile market falls
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5/15/2009   Post a comment
Revenues for wireless infrastructure gear fell off a cliff in the first quarter of 2009 despite record sales of base stations and the sector is expected to be flat over the next four years, forcing a consolidation in which China's top OEMs Huawei and ZTE will rise.
Tektonix : Mixed signal scopes are economically priced
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5/15/2009   Post a comment
Tektronix has launched a lower-cost version of its MSO series of mixed-signal oscilloscopes combining two or four analog channels with 16 digital channels.
Pico Technology : Data loggers connect to PC USB port
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5/15/2009   Post a comment
Pico Technology announces two competitively priced, multi-channel, USB-powered data loggers.
U.S. satellite operator challenges EC decision on S-band
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5/15/2009   Post a comment
American satellite operator ICO Global Communications is to challenge the European Commission's decision to award the licenses for S-band mobile satellite services across EU states to Dublin, Ireland-based Solaris Mobile and the London headquartered Inmarsat group.
Trade group questions Taiwan's DRAM plan
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5/14/2009   Post a comment
The Taiwanese government plan to consolidate the island's DRAM industry around the government-backed Taiwan Memory Co. remains unclear and could do more harm than good, according to a report by a U.S.-Taiwan lobbying group.
FTC dismisses case against Rambus
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5/14/2009   Post a comment
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has issued an order dismissing the remainder of its case against memory technology vendor Rambus.
Students win training for being Cadence's 'fastest' designers
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5/14/2009   Post a comment
Americo Dias and Daniel Oliveira, two students from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, Portugal, have been declared winners of a competition held by Cadence Design Systems Inc. to find the fastest layout designers from the top academic institutions across the Europe, Middle East and Africa region.
Europe vs. Intel: Evidence in question
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5/13/2009   Post a comment
Intel claims it has evidence that will refute the European Commission's conclusion that the company has engaged in anti-competitive business practices, however Intel chief executive Paul Otellini declined to share any specifics of that evidence in a conference call about the case.
Indian designers still targeting Japan
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5/13/2009   Post a comment
Despite a slumping Asian electronics market, design services companies here continue to target Japan.
France is preparing chip industry bail out, says report
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5/13/2009   Post a comment
The French government is drawing up plans to support the semiconductor industry there, according to an AFP report that cited a senior government official as its source.
Distributors' association sees end to declines
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5/13/2009   Post a comment
The pace of decline of electronic components distribution in Europe slowed during the first quarter of the year but, according to the International Distribution of Electronics Association (IDEA), they still show every indication of bucking the historic annual billings trend of a strong Q1 followed by three declining quarters.
Intel executives come out fighting against EC ruling
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5/13/2009   Post a comment
Intel CEO Paul Otellini strongly rebutted the European Commission's findings that it breached anti-trust rules in its selling of microprocessors and said the chip maker would immediately appeal the decision.
Silicon giants honored at 50th anniversary of the semiconductor
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5/13/2009   Post a comment
Recently I attended an event that certainly ranks near the top of cool events I've ever attended: the National Inventors Hall of Fame ceremony at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif.
Warp Factor 10! Star Trek warp drive in the works
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5/12/2009   9 comments
With the latest installment of the Star Trek franchise packing theaters, researchers are again speculating about the feasibility of building a faster-than-light "warp drive."
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