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Companies scramble for tech talent
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While some companies find attracting solid technical talent difficult in a dot-com world, others are flush with qualified candidates. IPOs may be responsible for this unevenness. In many cases, employees want a shot at the big score in the form of pre-IPO stock options. Some companies have given up and instead rely on partnerships and acquisitions to gain access to talent.
JDS Uniphase merger with E-Tek closes
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The merger between JDS Uniphase and E-Tek Dynamics Inc. closed Friday (June 30), capping the largest deal to date in the optical components market.
Semiconductor Alert! (June 26-30)
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Moto, ally aim to drive standard for car nets
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Motorola Inc. announced this week that it is teaming with Volcano Communications Technologies to develop network architectures and software for future automobiles.
Samsung-LG-Philips rivalry stalls display-industry standard
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Rivalry between Samsung Electronics and LG-Philips is hanging up efforts by the South Korean display industry to set standards for next-generation thin-film-transistor LCDs. Such specs are needed if the nation's high-flying LCD makers are to stay competitive in the world market, according to industry experts. Yet the divisions between the two leading Korean display makers have become so deep that some industry watchers say it may take government arbitration to craft a standard.
Genetic algorithms design low-emission engine
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Survival of the fittest principles have been employed by researchers at the University of Wisconsin's Engine Research Center (ERC) to evolve the world's most efficient truck engine — one that pollutes less while consuming less fuel.
Cadence may spin out design services group
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Amid pressure from analysts and shareholders to unleash value from the fastest-growing portion of its business, Cadence Design Systems Inc. appears poised to spin out its lucrative design-services operation with a public offering. The only question is when.
Hurdles seen on road to wireless Internet
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Engineers have a long road to travel before they can deliver robust wireless Internet products, according to a panel discussion cosponsored by EE Times on Wednesday (June 28). Panelists from major OEMs including Alcatel, Ericsson, Nortel, Samsung and Philips identified a wide range of weak links in delivering robust Web services to mobile users.
Spec seeks to bring cohesion to DVD formats
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The DVD Forum rolled out plans this week for a specification aimed at bringing greater order to an array of fragmented DVD standards. The DVD Multi effort is seeking to provide broader compatibility across DVD disks for the competing DVD-RAM and DVD-RW recording formats used in the consumer video market.
LG.Philips lands TFT LCD deal
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eHITEX gains four members, $100M
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ATSC to consider enhancements to digital TV spec
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In response to broadcasters' calls for flexible use of digital TV spectrum, the Advanced Television Systems Committee unanimously agreed on Wednesday (June 28) to explore "enhancements" to the vestigial-sideband modulation scheme that lies at the core of its U.S. DTV standard. The decision could open the door to variations that may not be backward-compatible with the current approach, which is known as 8-VSB.
A Host of E-Mail Services for Call Centers
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You're ready to apply your expertise in routing and responding to phone calls to the way you answer e-mail. But you don't want to devote lots of time to installing e-mail routing software at your center. Here's how off-site hosting services can reduce the time it takes you to implement e-mail routing and enable agents to answer customers' e-mail messages in a timely and systematic manner.
Chip Sales Rack Up Another Record In May
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The SIA says it sees nothing ahead to slow down the momentum for at least the next two years.
Notebooks try on Crusoe processor at PC Expo
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If the traffic at the Transmeta Corp. booth at PC Expo this past week was any indication, Transmeta's Crusoe microprocessor could give Intel Corp. some competition in the notebook PC market.
Acquisitions bring 3G technology to TI, PMC-Sierra
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Although the market for high-bandwidth wireless telephony technology is still years from wide-scale deployment, chip vendors are starting to maneuver for key positions now.
Chip Sales Rack Up Another Record In May
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The SIA says it sees nothing ahead to slow down the momentum for at least the next two years.
Conexant moves toward elite status
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Hitachi turns focus to smart cards in Europe
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Hitachi Semiconductor Europe is on target in its drive to switch to non-DRAM production at its facility in Landshut, Germany, with smart cards predicted to constitute half of its semiconductor sales by the third quarter.
Chip sales rack up another record in May
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Chip sales continued to barrel along at high-record levels in May, climbing 39.8 percent to $15.8 billion worldwide compared to $11.3 billion in the same month last year, according to a market report released Friday (June 30) by the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) here.
Analog Devices buys Belfast firm for optical expertise
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Analog Devices Inc. announced Friday (June 30) that it will acquire BCO Technologies plc (Belfast, Northern Ireland) to increase its focus on optical devices for communications applications. The analog chip maker said it will trade stock, valued at $150 million, for BCO, a producer of integrated circuit wafers for micro-mechanical optical components.
Infineon smart-card IC can hold Microsoft OS
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Infineon Technologies AG here today rolled out the latest member of its 66Plus series of 16-bit smart-card controllers with 64 kilobytes of EEPROM for fast prototyping of new products.
Sharp to get $300M in wafers from First Silicon foundry
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First Silicon (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd., a silicon foundry startup here, has announced an expanded business relationship with Sharp Corp. of Japan, which has agreed to take delivery of more than $300 million in processed wafers over the next few years.
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