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Court denies Synopsys motion to block patent re-exam
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9/29/2006   Post a comment
U.S. District Court Judge Maxine Chesney has denied a motion by Synopsys seeking to enjoin the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office from reexamining two patents held by rival Magma Design Automation.
Comment: Battery failures could scorch Sony name
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9/29/2006   Post a comment
An ever-expanding recall of laptop PC battery packs from Sony could undermine the company's efforts to revive its glorious past.
Seagate unveils plans for new Singapore plant
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9/29/2006   Post a comment
Hard-disk drive manufacturer Seagate unveiled plans to spend $818 million over the next four years on a new hard-drive media plant in Singapore.
Four companies establish common platform for e-payment
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9/29/2006   Post a comment
Major Japanese electronic-payment players announced an agreement to share a common platform for offering their services.
BVS's hand-held spectrum analyzer targets WiMAX
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9/29/2006   Post a comment
A touch-screen user interface and ruggedized water-resistant casing compliment the spectrum analysis features.
Maxim asks Nasdaq to remain listed
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9/29/2006   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products Inc. has requested a hearing before the Nasdaq Listing Qualifications Panel, asking to remain listed on the Nasdaq exchange despite a delay in filing its Form 10-K
China's IPTV future still unclear
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9/29/2006   Post a comment
The recent cancellation of an IPTV trial in Beijing by one of the country's major telecom operators is the latest indication that unclear government policy still plagues IPTV in China.
OCP-IP adds six members
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9/28/2006   Post a comment
The Open Core Protocol International Partnership, an intellectual property plug and play organization, announced six new members: Bluespec, Digital Dynamics, Digital Media Professionals, Georgia Institute of Technology, Sci-worx and TrustIC.
Computer experts renew call for secure e-voting
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9/28/2006   Post a comment
Computer experts again warned Congress that electronic voting machines remain unreliable and that a paper trail is needed to verify election results.
HP execs to apologize to Congress while defending parts of leak probe
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9/27/2006   Post a comment
Current and former Hewlett-Packard Co. executives will offer Congress a corporate mea culpa while attempting to explain how an internal media-leak investigation snowballed into criminal probe of HP's business practices.
Bluetooth group assists in raid on Chinese plant
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9/27/2006   Post a comment
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group said it raided a plant in Shenzhen, China, suspected of infringing the group's registered trademarks by illegally including the Bluetooth trademark and logo on manufactured products.
India to auction 3G spectrum
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9/27/2006   Post a comment
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has recommended that spectrum for 3G services be auctioned, ending speculation it may be given away free. The base price for regional licenses is $17 million maximum and lower for regions expecting less business.
ZigBee's improved spec incompatible with v1.0
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9/27/2006   Post a comment
The ZigBee Alliance released an updated specification that should help system developers targeting the home automation market, but large-scale deployments may have to wait.
Despite ITU nod, China IPTV codec's future unclear
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9/27/2006   Post a comment
A domestically developed audio/video codec known as AVS (Audio Video Coding Standard) is being considered as part of a global IPTV standard being drafted by the International Telecommunication Union.
LVDT signal conditioner supports vehicular testing
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9/27/2006   Post a comment
Touting universal applicability and extended functionality, Macro Sensors single-channel, low-voltage signal conditioner, the LVC-2500 DC-LVDT, supports all standard LVDT, RVDT and VRT half-bridge sensors for 24-volt PLC systems and 12-volt vehicular testing applications.
IEEE tackles 100-Gbit Ethernet
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9/26/2006   Post a comment
An IEEE study group met for the first time to explore the possibility of a standard for 100Gbit/s Ethernet.
Staccato tips wireless USB, Bluetooth strategy
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9/26/2006   Post a comment
Staccato Communications Inc. used the Intel Developers Forum in San Francisco to unveil a joint Certified Wireless USB and Bluetooth roadmap.
Tech job growth strong: study
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9/26/2006   Post a comment
The U.S. tech industry added 140,000 jobs between January and June 2006, a 2.5 percent increase, for a total of 5.81 million, according to study by the industry group American Electronics Association.
Texas donates $30 million for nanoelectronics research
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9/26/2006   Post a comment
A nanoelectronics research program aimed at post-CMOS logic will receive about $30 million in funding from the state of Texas and various private companies over the next three years. Texas Instruments Inc. is contributing $5 million to the effort.
Software upgrade boosts Yokogawa scopes
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9/26/2006   Post a comment
Oscilloscope maker Yokogawa releases its latest spin of Xviewer scope software. Version 1.30 enhancements include functions that take main and zoom waveforms, waveform measurement results, cursors, math channels, FFT, X-Y displays, etc., and turn them into customized reports.
Integrated tester supports HDMI 1.3 standard
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9/26/2006   Post a comment
Learn more about this integrated sink, source, and cable test approach for the new HDMI 1.3 High-Definition Multimedia Interface standard. You can use it for manual or automated HDMI physical-layer compliance tests, as well as for margin-test and characterization during R&D and manufacturing.
China readies 3G trials
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9/26/2006   Post a comment
It's been a long time coming, but Chinese consumers may actually get their hands on homegrown 3G technology next month.
Protocol exerciser, analyzer puts PCIe 2.0 through its paces
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9/26/2006   Post a comment
Check out Agilent Technologies's integrated PCI Express 2.0 protocol analyzer and exerciser systems. Agilent's E2960B Series addresses the need for non-intrusive measurement of ultra-fast 5-Gbit/s PCIe signals, and Link Training and Status State Machine testing. It also handles cross-system logic analysis.
Synopsys: Magma may have helped with PTO requests
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9/26/2006   Post a comment
Synopsys has filed a motion to reopen limited discovery in its high-profile patent litigation with archrival Magma Design Automation.
House panel subpoenas HP execs
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9/25/2006   Post a comment
A congressional committee has issued subpoenas compelling the testimony of two Hewlett-Packard executives and the head of an HP subcontractor implicated in a pretexting scandal.
HP execs to testify in leak case: report
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9/25/2006   Post a comment
Subpeonas were delivered to two Hewlett-Packard Co. executives to testify at a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing Thursday on the boardroom leak probe, according to a Reuters report quoting unnamed sources.
Mosaid details Loeb agreement
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9/25/2006   Post a comment
Intellectual property and memory test technology provider Mosaid Technologies confirmed that it has expanded its board of directors to 10 as part of an agreement to avoid a proxy fight with activist hedge fund Loeb Partners.
Spec seeks to drive spec for modular disk arrays
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9/25/2006   Post a comment
An industry group is releasing its first specification to bring standards to the rapidly growing market for hard-disk drive arrays.
Pantech unveils phones for Argentina market
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9/25/2006   Post a comment
Aiming to carve out a 10 percent share of the Latin American mobile phone market, South Korean handset maker Pantech Group has begun selling three mobile phones for carrier CTI Movil in Argentina.
Pioneer sues Samsung SDI for patent infringement
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9/25/2006   Post a comment
Pioneer Corp. has filed a patent against Samsung SDI Co. Ltd. (SDI) and several other Samsung companies in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, claiming Samsung infringed several Pioneer patents related to plasma display panel (PDP) technology.
Dell to hire 500 engineers
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9/25/2006   Post a comment
Dell Inc. said it plans to hire 500 engineers to work in design and product development.
Amkor teams with IBM, Chartered and Samsung on 65-nm
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9/25/2006   Post a comment
Amkor Technology Inc. will collaborate with IBM, Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. to qualify 90-nm and 65nm flip-chip packaging and design capabilities for Common Platform technology.
5.8-GHz arbitrary waveform generators set the pace
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9/25/2006   Post a comment
Tektronix is debuting a line of arbitrary waveform generators that are arguably the industry's fastest. Designed to test high-speed serial data buses and wideband digital RF devices, Tek's AWGs tout up to 5.8-GHz of analog bandwidth, 10-bit resolution output DACs, and sample rates up to 20-Gsamples/s. They can produce high-speed real-life waveforms with imperfections including noise, jitter, pre/de-emphasis and multi-level signaling up to 10-Gbits/s.
HP used 'inappropriate techniques,' Hurd says
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9/22/2006   Post a comment
Hewlett-Packard engaged in "inappropriate techniques" in an effort to plug press leaks from its board of directors, acknowledged Mark Hurd, president, CEO--and now chairman.
Mosaid avoids proxy fight; makes deal with hedge fund
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9/22/2006   Post a comment
Intellectual property provider Mosaid Technologies struck a deal with an activist hedge fund, ultimately preventing proxy fight, according to reports.
Micrel, MPS settle patent suit for $3 million
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9/21/2006   Post a comment
Analog semiconductor supplier Micrel Inc. and power management product company Monolithic Power Systems (MPS) Inc. have settled a patent infringement suit Micrel filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
Samsung's Quinn faces prison over DRAM price fixing
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9/21/2006   Post a comment
A long time executive from Samsung Electronics' U.S. subsidiary has agreed to plead guilty and to serve jail time for participating in a global conspiracy to fix DRAM prices, the Department of Justice said.
Report: Huawei reconsiders India plans
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9/21/2006   Post a comment
China's Huawei Technologies will abandon its application to India's Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) to implement local manufacturing of CDMA-based terminals, according to an India press report.
FTC: Bar Rambus from enforcing patents
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9/21/2006   Post a comment
Lawyers for the U.S. Federal Trade Commission have filed a brief arguing that memory chip technology licensor Rambus be barred from enforcing its pre-1996 patents on Jedec-compliant memory products.
Inductor touts non-magnetic characteristic for medical and test equipment
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9/21/2006   Post a comment
Using a proprietary method to ensure non-magnetic characteristics, Gowanda Electronics has developed the MG series of non-magnetic inductors for magnetically-sensitive applications including medical and test equipment.
Industry renews call to study nanotechnology risks
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9/21/2006   Post a comment
Government and environmental leaders renewed calls for greater federal scrutiny of the health effects of nanotechnology.
Magma contributes to Accellera power standard effort
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9/21/2006   Post a comment
Magma Design Automation has donated specifications for low-power technology to EDA standards organization Accellera's Unified Power Format standardization effort.
Russia to fund military electronics
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9/21/2006   Post a comment
As Russia embarks on a plan to invest about $1 billion over the next five years to establish a domestic electronics base, Russia's military is expected to be a primary customer.
Dell warned of Nasdaq delisting
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9/21/2006   Post a comment
Dell said it would request a hearing before a Nasdaq listing qualifications panel, in response to the exchange's warning the PC maker has violated filing requirements for continued listing.
As revelations mount, HP to discuss leak probe
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9/21/2006   Post a comment
Hewlett-Packard Co. is calling a news conference to discuss an internal probe of allegations that it spied on board members and gained access to reporters' phone records.
Chinese DTV makers form IP alliance
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9/21/2006   Post a comment
A major DTV alliance is being formed in China aims to develop intellectual property that will help reduce patent payments to U.S., Japanese and European companies.
Agilent to buy back $2 billion in shares
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9/20/2006   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies Inc. will buy back up to $2 billion of its common stock over the next two years.
Former Sipex CEO settles with SEC
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9/20/2006   Post a comment
Former Sipex CEO Walid Maghribi has agreed to pay a $45,000 fine to settle charges brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission relating to his role in what the SEC called improper reporting of revenue from certain purported sales transactions, according to the SEC.
Mentor sponsoring design lab at Hungarian university
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9/20/2006   Post a comment
Providing more than $20 million worth of EDA tools, Mentor Graphics is sponsoring an electronic design laboratory at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics in Budapest, Hungary.
Microtune still determining magnitude of options charges
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9/20/2006   Post a comment
An ongoing historical stock options grant investigation by TV tuner chip specialist Microtune has preliminarily concluded the company used the wrong dates in accounting for certain grants, Microtune said.
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