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AMD, HP propose extensions for PCI Express 3.0
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7/31/2009   Post a comment
Researchers from Advanced Micro Devices and Hewlett-Packard have written two extensions to the PCI Express 3.0 specification which aims to enable lower cost chips that could support multiple protocols and reduce processor overhead.
Silicon Valley, Wall Street meet at interconnect event
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7/30/2009   Post a comment
The Hot Interconnects conference will move from its longstanding home on the Stanford campus to Lower Manhattan next month as organizers try to bring together Silicon Valley technologists and bleeding edge systems users on Wall Street, in part to debate the competition between 10 Gbit Ethernet and Infiniband.
Kappos sketches out plans for patent office
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7/30/2009   1 comment
David J. Kappos, nominated by President Barack Obama to head the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, pledged to "refashion the patent examination process" and improve funding for the patent office in his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday.
Micronova shrinks HiL simulator to desktop size
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7/30/2009   Post a comment
With the NovaSim Micro, test devices vendor Micronova (Vierkirchen, Germany) has shrunk Hardware-in-the-loop (HiL) simulators to desktop size. Despite its small size, the simulator runs function tests on complex ECUs, the vendor promises.
Virtex-6 achieves PCIe 2.0 compliance
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7/30/2009   Post a comment
Xilinx said its new Virtex-6 FPGA family is achieved compliance with the PCI Express 2.0 specification.
Panel: Future job prospects bright for EDA pros
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7/29/2009   Post a comment
Amid concerns that EDA may be permanently shrinking, technical professionals with EDA experience nevertheless have good future job prospects, according to members of a career-oriented panel discussion at the Design Automation Conference.
News from DAC: Mentor Graphics unveils embedded Linux strategy
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7/29/2009   Post a comment
The latest news from the 46th Design Automation Conference, including an announcment from Magma Design Automation that its independent auditor has formally raised questions about the company's ongoing viability.
Ball joint seal testing machine uses ethernet TCP/IP controlled servos
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7/28/2009   Post a comment
TCP/IP-compatible servo drives from Baldor Electric Company have simplified the construction of an automotive component tester.
Maxim designs compact LNA for automotive systems
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7/28/2009   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has rolled out a low-noise amplifier (LNA) optimized for remote keyless entry (RKE) and tire pressure monitoring (TPM) applications operating in the 315MHz and 433MHz bands.
Selective radiation meter ideal EMF and EMCE applications over 9 kHz to 6 GHz
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7/28/2009   Post a comment
The selective radiation meter from Narda Safety Test Solutions, designated SRM-3006, has been specially designed for environmental and safety measurements in electromagnetic fields.
EDA chiefs debate getting bigger slice of the pie
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7/28/2009   Post a comment
The age-old question of whether EDA gets its fair share of semiconductor ecosystem revenue reared its head at a panel discussion involving the CEOs of EDA's three largest companies at the Design Automation Conference, with at least one suggesting that the current recession may be the catalyst for a favorable change.
Agilent to pay $1.5B for Varian
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7/27/2009   1 comment
Agilent Technologies Inc. has agreed to pay $1.5 billion for Varian Inc. as it continues to seek growth opportunities outside of its dominant position in the electronic test and measurement equipment market.
Patents key to Nortel wireless auction
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7/24/2009   Post a comment
A portfolio of patents is one of the most sought-after assets in an auction today of a wireless business unit of Nortel Networks, the veteran Canadian telecom systems provider forced into bankruptcy earlier this year.
DAC preview: Power again takes center stage
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7/24/2009   Post a comment
As has been the case for the past several years, low-power design is a sure bet to emerge as one of the central themes of the 46th Design Automation Conference, set for next week.
Metamaterial cloak could render buildings 'invisible' to earthquakes
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7/23/2009   3 comments
Earthquakes can be made to bypass buildings surrounded by seismic invisibility cloaks, claim researchers at the University of Liverpool.
Continental integrates yaw rate and acceleration sensors in one unit
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7/23/2009   1 comment
Automotive tier one Continental AG has combined yaw rate and acceleration sensors in one component. The device aims at ESC and other safety-related systems, offering compact design at lower cost. Unlike comparable sensors, it is not based on MEMS technology but implemented as capacitive sensors.
State offical: Bangalore semi policy due in August
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7/22/2009   Post a comment
A semiconductor policy for the southern Indian state of Karnataka is expected to be announced by the government next month, according to a state official speaking at the Embedded Systems Conference Bangalore.
Silicon Valley eyes Taiwan stock markets
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7/22/2009   Post a comment
Silicon Valley executives are taking a close look at Taiwan's stock markets as a road for raising capital to fuel their growth given the tight U.S. venture capital and public markets.
Cisco, Intel help power up smart grids
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7/21/2009   1 comment
A broad group of companies including giants Cisco Systems and Intel Corp. are rolling up their sleeves to help set standards and compete for Department of Energy grants to build smart electric grids.
Report attacks post-grant patent review
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7/20/2009   Post a comment
A new post-grant review process proposed in a patent reform bill before Congress would add to the delays and costs getting patents, according to an analysis by a professor at Case Western Reserve.
Venture capital rebounds in second quarter
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7/18/2009   Post a comment
Venture capital investments leapt 32 percent in the second quarter to hit $5.27 billion, up from $4 billion in the first three months of the year, the lowest level in a decade, according to Dow Jones VentureSource.
W.and.T : Digital logger stores one million events
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7/17/2009   Post a comment
With the Web-IO digital logger, nearly a million switching events over time can be retained in the internal memory.
Report: India to pursue homegrown microprocessor design
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7/16/2009   7 comments
The Indian government will reportedly bring together top engineers to design what is tentatively being called the "India microprocessor."
Report: LCDs rule in growing digital-sign market
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7/16/2009   Post a comment
The market for public signs using flat-panel displays will grow 24 percent over the next few years, expanding from about 1.5 million units in 2009 to about 7.5 million in 2015 with LCDs dominating the market and plasma taking a small share, according to market watcher DisplaySearch.
Intel keynoter offers pep talk, vision of better days
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7/16/2009   Post a comment
Anand Chandrasekher, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's Ultra Mobility Group, did his best to offer hope to beleaguered semiconductor equipment executives in a Semicon West keynote address, predicting that the convergence of communications and computing would mean big money for the industry in years to come.
Veteran chip analyst killed in motorcycle crash
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7/16/2009   Post a comment
Veteran semiconductor industry analyst Scott Hudson died July 6 after suffering fatal injuries in a motorcycle accident. He was 52.
PCI Express will scale to 8 GHz by next June
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7/15/2009   1 comment
The final specification for PCI Express 3.0 will be released by next June, the PCI Special Interest Group announced at its annual conference, providing more detail about the 8 GHz interconnect and challenges implementing it.
University project selects Altera, Impulse for reconfigurable computer
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7/15/2009   Post a comment
The National Science Foundation Center for High-Performance Reconfigurable Computing is developing what it considers the most power reconfigurable computing machine ever field for research, linking 96 high-end Stratix III FPGAs with 576 GB of memory and 20 Gb/s InfiniBand.
CEA may set wireless charging standard
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7/14/2009   1 comment
The Consumer Electronics Association is investigating whether it should create a wireless charging standard for devices such as cellphones at a time when many competing technologies are emerging including one used in the Palm Pre Touchstone that has analysts scratching their heads.
NI and Tektronix to continue 20-year co-development
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7/14/2009   Post a comment
National Instruments and Tektronix have extended their more than 20-year relationship developing new products.
Mosaid sues IBM for patent infringement
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7/13/2009   Post a comment
Mosaid Technologies filed suit against IBM in a U.S. federal court alleging infringement of six Mosaid patents.
Semicon's hot products: AMAT, EV, KLA, Norcimbus, Rudolph, sp3
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7/13/2009   Post a comment
At the Semicon West trade show here, fab tool vendors rolled out a plethora of products.
Ericsson, Koreans dispute level of agreed investment in wireless R&D
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7/13/2009   Post a comment
An unusual and rather undignified war of words has broken out between Swedish communications equipment giant Ericsson AB and South Korean authorities over the extent of an agreement between the two sides regarding co-operation in wireless technologies R&D.
Report sees WiMax slowdown, LTE concerns
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7/13/2009   Post a comment
WiMax networks are facing a slowdown in revenue and subscriber growth this year, and many carriers still harbor concerns about whether the rival fourth generation wireless technology, Long Term Evolution, is ready for deployment, according to a new report from Maravedis Research.
Dispelling verification myths critical for 45-nm designs
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7/13/2009   Post a comment
An important weapon in the verification arsenal is formal verification.
Study: U.S. space program should align with national goals
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7/11/2009   Post a comment
The U.S. civil space program needs changes that would align it more closely with broader national goals in environmental, economic and strategic areas, according to a report released this week by the National Research Council.
Updated: SEMI exec slams analyst
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7/10/2009   1 comment
A cyber feud of sorts has emerged between an executive at the SEMI trade group and market research firm VLSI Research.
Wireless VoIP previews LTE capabilities
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7/10/2009   7 comments
Wireless voice-over-IP services will begin previewing 4G-like capabilties in August for the "last mile" to the home.
Anritsu : Base station analyzer supports emerging 4G standards
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7/9/2009   Post a comment
Anritsu introduces the BTS Master MT8221B, a high-performance handheld base station analyzer that has been developed to support emerging 4G standards as well as installed 2G/3G networks.
Peak Test : Switch probe is designed for voltage-free applications
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7/9/2009   Post a comment
The P201/GVF from Peak Test Services is a normally open switch probe with built-in isolation for use in voltage-free ICT (in-circuit test) applications where the circuit under test needs to be isolated from voltages applied by the measurement circuitry.
Huge variations seen in mobile phone performance
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7/8/2009   1 comment
There are enormous variations in voice call performance amongst leading brands of high-end mobile phones, an independent test has shown.
Agilent broadens USB test portfolio
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7/8/2009   Post a comment
Agilent's portfolio now includes an integrated USB 3.0 protocol analysis solution, which results from a collaboration with Ellisys, and the recently introduced Infiniium 9000 Series mixed signal oscilloscope, which includes fast, integrated 2GSa/s digital channels and an in-scope protocol viewer for USB.
EE unemployment soared in 2Q to 8.6%
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7/7/2009   1 comment
U.S. engineering unemployment soared to a record in the second quarter of 2009, nearly doubling on a quarterly basis to 8.6 percent.
TTi : 3 GHz counter has USB control
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7/7/2009   Post a comment
The TF930 3 GHz universal frequency counter from TTi incorporates a USB interface for remote control and readback.
First broadband stimulus comes big and fast
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7/6/2009   Post a comment
The first chunk of U.S. government stimulus funds for broadband networks is bigger than expected at $14 billion but companies only have until August 14 to apply for the loans and grants.
HARDWARE TOOLS - Battery-powered data recorder records up to 256,000 samples per second
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7/6/2009   Post a comment
DSPCon's new battery-powered DataFlex-515 data recorder features real-time playback, display and analysis. It provides sustained, continuous recording speed of up to 256,000 samples per second.
China boosts renewable energy targets
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7/6/2009   1 comment
China is ratcheting up the target of how much of its energy it obtains from renewable resources such as solar and wind to 15 percent by 2020, according to a report in today's China Daily.
Keithley : Switch matrix card features 6 rows, 16 columns
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7/6/2009   Post a comment
Keithley has expanded its series 3700 system switch/multimeter and plug-in card family with the Model 3731 plug-in switching card.
Startup touts major advance in wireless sensor's temp sensitivity
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7/6/2009   Post a comment
A start-up based in Cambridge, England, focusing on healthcare technologies, has started user trials of a wireless temperature sensor that can measure body temperature to within a thousandth of a degree. Cambridge Temperature Concepts (CTC) has already used the sensor to create a device to assist women in getting pregnant.
European researchers warned on FP7 funding rules
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7/3/2009   Post a comment
Singleimage, a company that helps European researchers and research administrators win bids for and execute European research programs , has warned that recent EU rules that impose accurate time recording procedures on maverick staff has created a major headache for finance managers supporting collaborative research projects.
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