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Licensing issues may derail DVD market in China
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With the DVD market widely seen as poised to skyrocket this year, Chinese developers gathered here recently with Hollywood executives and PC companies to promote cooperation and to resolve lingering concerns over licensing.
Competitors draw even in next-generation lithography race
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The competition to develop a next-generation lithography solution drew nearly dead even this week, as two factions of the scanning e-beam camp and one high-profile backer of a competing extreme-ultraviolet (EUV) scheme floated announcements of broadened support.
Market up but still sub-par
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4Q more mean than lean
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SCI to close plant
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Benchmark, Stratus sign deal
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Hyundai, LG move closer to a deal
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Woodhead realigns sights
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S3 seeks salvation in Savage4
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IDT reaches deep into logic niches
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Briefs
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Avnet unit raises profile
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Arrow completes Bell EDG buy
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APS helps balance supply/demand
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Relays resist surge rates of 10,000 volts
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Aromat Corp. has broadened its LA Slim Power relay series with two models that it says resist surge rates of 10,000 V minimum. The NAiS-brand products target power-switching applications in such audio/visual equipment as televisions, monitors, vending machines and home appliances.
SVG pushes optical evolution with scanner
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Citing the extreme conservatism of semiconductor-manufacturing managers, Silicon Valley Group (SVG) has proposed a comprehensive road map for optical lithography at its Lithography Division here. The proposal would bridge the gap between current systems and the extreme-ultraviolet (EUV) litho systems being developed by the EUV LLC consortium.
Leads improve circulator, isolator design
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The M/A-COM division of AMP Inc. has launched a three-port surface-mount drop-in design for its family of circulators and isolators.
100-W coupler is suitable for cellular, wireless apps
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RF Power Components' single-directional coupler serves cellular and wireless applications at 810 to 960 MHz. The SDC-801-1-2-R5-11 is a 100-W device with less than 0.2-dB insertion loss, 11-dB coupling, more than 20-dB directivity and a main line, and coupled line, voltage standing-wave ratio of less than 1.15, and 1.20, respectively.
Capacitor arrays are surface-mountable
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NIC Components Corp. has broadened its line of capacitors to address two common design issues: the relatively large space requirements of conventional capacitors, and the power loss and heat generated by tantalum capacitors.
Snubber caps offer high pulse
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A wide selection of snubber capacitors with a high pulse range of up to 6,400 V/microsecondsecond are available from Seacor Inc.
Amp meets 1089 telecom spec
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Amplifier Research's microwave amp, the 15T4G18 traveling wave tube (TWT), tests to the higher-frequency radiated RF requirements of the new GR-1089-Core Bellcore spec for telecom.
Surface-mount ZIF contacts roll
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The FLH series surface-mountable connectors from J.S.T. Corp. have a mounting height of 1.2 mm (0.047 inch) and 0.5 mm (0.020 inch) pitch. The components adapt to 0.3-mm-thick, off-the-shelf industry-standard cable.
Current-sense resistors on a roll
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The burgeoning market for portable electronics has opened up a huge demand for current-sensing resistors, and manufacturers are responding with lower resistance levels.
Gigabit transceiver can carry data 10 kilometers
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With Fibre Channel technology apparently poised for a huge market uptake, Molex Fiber Optics Inc. has joined the fray with a gigabit optical transceiver designed to minimize electromagnetic interference while carrying data over distances up to 10 kilometers.
Big FED, EL prototypes coming to display confab
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Two display companies will demonstrate large prototypes at the Display Works conference next week: PixTech International will show a 15-inch-diagonal field-emission display (FED); and Westaim Advanced Display Technologies will present a 17-inch thick-film electroluminescent (EL) unit it calls SSD for solid-state display.
DRAM camps vie for PC-server space
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Java builds momentum in cable world, while Sun pushes Jini
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Members of the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) met this week with members of CableLabs Inc. and other designers from cable, consumer-electronics and software companies to hammer out details of a Java TV applications programming interface that could be broadly used for both cable and terrestrial broadcast TV. Meanwhile, the CableLabs consortium here has revealed it will not use Java in a basic version of its OpenCable specification for next-generation set-top boxes, although Java is
Twilight Sets In For SRAM Industry
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Study says merchant market revenue will decline nearly $1.5 billion by 2002.
Uniphase, JDS merger eyes optical modules
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The planned merger of two optical component makers, Uniphase Corp. and JDS Fitel Inc. (Nepean, Ontario), aims to create a supplier of integrated optical modules for wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) and fibre-optic-based cable TV networks. The merger, announced Thursday (Jan. 28), is structured as a stock swap of the two companies with a combined market capitalization of $6.1 billion.
DII Group restructures semiconductor operations
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A week after agreeing to sell the wafer fabrication plant of its struggling Orbit Semiconductor Inc. subsidiary, DII Group Inc. has announced a restructuring of its semiconductor businesses.
Market fades for Level 2 cache, researcher says
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The SRAM cache market is looking grim for SRAM manufacturers, according to a Semico Research Corp., which said merchant market revenues will decline nearly $1.5 billion by 2002 and units will decline at a compound annual growth rate of -15 percent from 1997-2003.
Synopsys tool bridges logical and physical design
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Claiming it is defining the design methodology for the system-on-a-chip era, Synopsys Inc. officially rolled out its long-awaited Chip Architect design planning tool here at an internationally broadcast press conference.
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