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IBM, MII to devise dielectric materials for nano-imprint
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IBM Corp. and Molecular Imprints Inc. (MII) are jointly working on dielectric materials to propel the development of nano-imprint lithography for mainstream chip production.
Fånga in kalla atomer för databehandling
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Forskare har konstruerat magnetiska vågledare på kiselsubstrat och lyckats styra superkalla atomer till kaviteter där dom kan påverka varandra. Resultatet är kretsar där atomer behandlar data
RFMD abandons WLAN chipset development
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RF Micro Devices (RFMD) said late Monday (Feb. 28) that it will discontinue internal wireless LAN (WLAN) chipset development efforts.
RF Micro to discontinue WLAN chipset efforts
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RF Micro Devices Inc. said that it will discontinue its internal "WiFi" or wireless local area networking (WLAN) chipset development efforts.
ARM, Synopsys collaborate on energy management
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Synopsys Inc. and ARM Ltd. have jointly developed a low-power reference methodology for implementing ARM's energy manager technology in silicon.
Airespace, Kineto Wireless develop 802.11-GSM enterprise solution
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Airespace Inc. and Kineto Wireless have demonstrated what they say is the first enterprise class solution for 802.11-GSM convergence, paving the way for the seamless delivery of high-performance mobile voice and data services over secure enterprise wireless networks.
Applied Materials settles patent suit against SPM
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Semiconductor equipment supplier Applied Materials Inc. announced Monday (Feb. 28) that it has settled its patent lawsuit against Semiconductor Products Manufacturing, Inc. (SPM).
DoD pledges $146.6 million for basic research
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The Pentagon said it will earmark $146.6 million for university research programs over the next five years.
Intel's Barrett warns U.S. over global competition
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Intel's outgoing chief executive officer Craig Barrett has written an essay which warns that U.S. leadership in semiconductors is not inevitable and that to stand any chance in a global competition the U.S. must first choose to compete.
Programmable power control addressed at Embedded Systems Conference
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Summit Microelectronics announces that Tom DeLurio, applications engineering director, will present a paper titled, "Set-point Accuracy and Temperature Effects in Communications Equipment", at the Embedded Systems Conference
Unified methodology enables full-chip test
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Disconnected point tools don't provide a good design for test strategy. Cadence Design Systems' Mick Tegethoff (right) describes a "unified" full-chip approach that spans test specification, implementation, and verification.
Chalmers samverkar med MC2
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Chalmers samlar resurserna inom hårdvaruforskning i elektronik- och mikrosystemteknik. Det hjälper företagen att förverkliga idéer för nya produkter och stärker forskning och utbildning i mikroelektronik och mikrosystem.
Malaysian foundry starts shipping embedded flash at 0.25-micron
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Malaysian foundry chipmaker 1st Silicon (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. has begun shipping flash memory embedded in a 0.25-micron manufacturing process, the company said.
DRS wins $21.3 million to build Army computer systems
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DRS Technologies Inc. has received a $21.3 million delivery order to provide Applique Computer Systems for the U.S. Army's Force XXI Battle Command, Brigade and Below (FBCB2) program.
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DoCoMo reaches 10 million 3G users
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Japan's NTT DoCoMo says it has passed the 10 million user milestone for its 3G service making it, arguably, the most successful 3G service in the world.
Taos enhances light-to-digital converter performance
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Texas Advanced Optoelectronic Solutions, Inc. (Taos) boosted the performance of two new light-to-digital converters to suit a wider range of applications.
January's 'actual' chip sales growth set to bounce, says analyst
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Strong sales into the PC sector will have resulted in worldwide chip sales in Jan. 2005 hitting $16.4 billion, up 18.6 percent compared with Jan. 2004, which is a bounce in annual growth from the 13.3 percent growth recorded in December, according to Handelsbanken Capital Markets.
AMD innove dans le domaine technique mais ne parvient pas à convaincre Dell
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Advanced Micro Devices Inc. continue d’investir dans l’innovation des processeurs et l’amélioration des performances, mais ne parvient pas à briser le mur de Dell Inc., qui continue d’ignorer les processeurs non Intel pour sa ligne de produits.
Le père du Mac est décédé à 61 ans
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Jef Raskin, créateur de l’ordinateur Macintosh, est décédé le samedi 26 février à son domicile de Pacifica (Californie) à l’âge de 61 ans. Un cancer du pancréas avait été récemment diagnostiqué.
Le PDG de Cadence déclare que le marketing de la CAO doit changer
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A l’occasion d’une visite dans les centres indiens de Cadence situés à Noida, près de New Delhi, et à Bangalore, le Président-directeur général de Cadence, Michael J. Fister a déclaré que les entreprises de CAO allaient davantage prendre conscience des besoins du client et qu’elles n’allaient plus seulement représenter un secteur qui se permet des tentatives d’intimidation par des babillages technologiques.
Kontron schlägt Brücke zwischen PCI und PCI Express
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Kontron Embedded Modules stellt mit 'Pisa-Express' ein neues CPU-Slotkarten-Konzept vor, das sowohl PCI als auch PCI-Express über einen einzigen Half-Size-Slot ausführt. Damit knüpft der Hersteller an den Erfolg seiner Pisa-Familie an.
AMD announces Open Platform Management Architecture spec
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AMD Inc. has released an Open Platform Management Architecture (OPMA) specification that defines a common hardware interface between the server platform and its server management subsystem.
PoL converter packs big power into a small space
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An ultra-integrated DC-to-DC converter for Point of Load (POL) applications from Enpirion offers 20W of output power, 6A of output current, and 92% peak efficiency power density of up to 700 Watts-per-cubic-inch, or 80 Watts-per-square inch.
Scope Wars: The closing bell?
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eeProductCenter sounds the bell in the ongoing oscilloscope specsmanship battle between Agilent Technologies and Tektronix. If you haven't been following this instrumentation specs debate, here's your chance to catch up, with Agilent's latest retort to Tektronix now on-line.
MCU enables energy-efficient lighting systems
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Freescale Semiconductor has hopes of penetrating smart fluorescent lighting applications that require power factor correction and/or high-resolution pulse width modulation with its newest 8-bit microcontroller line.
mPhase, Rutgers University expand nanotechnology battery research
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mPhase Technologies Inc. said it will collaborate with Rutgers University to broaden the capabilities of its nanotechnology-based battery now under development.
Hot research harnesses cold atoms
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It sounds wildly impractical: define magnetic waveguides on silicon chips so as to route clumps of supercold atoms into cavities, where their wave functions can interfere with one another.
China Ministry, Freescale to set up Linux-on-PowerPC lab
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In an effort aimed at promoting the use of the PowerPC architecture running the Linux operating system in the People's Republic of China, Freescale Semiconductor Inc. has aligned with China's government-run Software and Integrated Circuit Promotion Center to set up a jointly run evaluation lab in Beijing.
Macintosh-Schöpfer Jef Raskin gestorben
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Jef Raskin, der geistige Vater des Macintosh-Computers, ist tot. Der 61-jährige starb am vergangenen Samstag in seinem Haus in Pacifica bei San Francisco an Pankreaskrebs.
Centilium erweitert Spielraum für Breitbandleitungen
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Um gegen die Konkurrenz von Mobilfunkern und Kabelanbietern mithalten zu können, müssen Telekommunikationsbetreiber ihre Breitband-Zugänge 'Triple-Play'-fähig machen, also Sprach- Daten- und Videoübertragung über ihre Netze anbieten. Der Halbleiterhersteller Centillium hat einen Chipset, mit dem das geht.
Advanced hard drives clamp mobiles' power drain
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The Apple iPod set a trend among portable handheld consumer devices: It was among the first battery-powered MP3 music players to use a microminiature hard drive. That was followed late last year in South Korea by the Samsung SPH-V5400, arguably the first camera phone to make use of a 1.5-Gbyte hard drive. Clearly there is a move toward replacing flash memory with hard-disk drives (HDDs) in portable devices to increase storage capacity in an effort to meet consumer demands for more songs, picture
Low-end cell leans on analog
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esigned primarily for the entry-level cell phone user and first launched in Brazil, Kyocera's K112 handset nevertheless supports a fairly rich feature set, including games, calculator, ring tones and an alarm-one of my favorite little extras. On a more technical note, the handset also features an internal antenna-an amazing bit of RF engineering in itself-to bypass all those breakage-prone stubs and whips.
Optical transmitter vendor receives $5.75 million
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-Networks Inc., a vendor of indium phosphide optical transmitters able to transmit data at 10-Gbit/s and 40-Gbit/s, has closed a Series C round of financing with an investment of $5.75 million, bringing the company's total invested capital to $60 million.
Darpa ends litho aid at critical juncture for maskless
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Those congregating in San Jose, Calif., today for the 2005 SPIE Microlithography conference will find an altered landscape in semiconductor patterning, with imprint lithography finding fertile terrain and maskless lithography facing a funding drought.
Intel plays catch-up on multicore
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Intel Corp. will make a play for market leadership over Advanced Micro Devices Inc. in the emerging world of mainstream multicore processors at the Intel Developer Forum here this week. But the deeper, systems-level implications of a rising tide of multicore CPUs are the unfinished story of tomorrow's computers.
Darpa decision's unlucky 13
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The decision by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) to end its Advanced Lithography Program will affect 10 companies and research labs working on maskless lithography and three entities working on imprint technology.
Jef Raskin, Mac creator, dead at 61
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Jef Raskin, creator of the Macintosh computer, died Feb. 26 at his home in Pacifica, Calif. Raskin was 61, and had recently been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Engenio, Huawei Technologies team on data storage
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Engenio Information Technologies and China-based Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. have announced an OEM agreement to develop large-scale, modular data storage systems for the China market.
Power-rail integrity a factor below 130 nm
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Traditionally, designers have built supply rails with little concern about current/resistance (IR) drop and electromigration. For earlier technologies at 0.18 micron and above, designers could confidently assume that power rail integrity would at worst remain a secondary cause of silicon failure.
Giving board customers greater flexibility
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Board vendors usually deliver the board with VHDL structures already in place within the FPGA to implement a basic set of operations for control, status, data formatting, triggering, gating and channel selection. Customers who try to insert their own algorithm in the midst of this VHDL code run a very high risk of "breaking" the standard functions and interfaces.
What's with verification IP?
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There is a growing conversation these days about verification intellectual property. A clear analogy to the concept can be drawn from design IP: Use prefabricated building blocks that you can just drop into your flow to perform a predefined function. But instead of becoming blocks of the design itself, verification IP blocks become parts of the testbench used in verification. Like other IP, verification IP can, in theory, be designed for reuse or licensed from third parties.
Reborn radio gets down(loads)
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Some call it the 21st-century Walkman, others, the next iPod. In a phenomenon that hints at Back to the Future, the humble radio is being positioned as the gateway to easy music downloads without a PC.
Microdrives tip HDD growth spurt
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First the good news: Suppliers of hard-disk drives expect 2005 to bring their strongest growth in 15 years, based on higher demand for storage from popular consumer devices like MP3 players, cell phones and personal video recorders.
MCU vendors plunge into 90-nm design
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Considerations like cost and yield have kept a lot of MCU vendors from rushing into 130-or 90-nanometer processes.
Holographic storage standards eyed
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Work on holographic information storage system technology will reach a milestone this week when a technical committee of Ecma International holds its first meeting here to begin a standardization effort.
System-on-chip calls attention to higher power density
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Product Review—Enpirion's latest device is promoted as a step-improvement over the company's EN5330 introduced last May (see eeproductcenter.com, ID#21100422 and ID#21100071), which was the first claimed power system-on-a-chip with an on-board output inductor for its synchronous buck PWM converter.
By the Numbers: Voice fade: Next act for the fat pipe
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Broadband penetration is nearing 50 percent of North American households and will top 90 percent in about 10 years, Technology Futures Inc. (Austin, Texas) reports.
Immortal Works 106
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Hats off to this month's Immortal Works caption writers, whose biting bons mots ingratiated them with our esteemed judges and earned them instant fame in the process.
Caspian signs deal with South Korea's ETRI
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Caspian Networks Inc. has signed what could be its most important corporate contract since the routing company was founded.
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