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Heard on the Beat (Aug. 31)
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Online component exchange postpones IPO
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Online component exchange ICX Electronics Inc. this week decided to postpone its initial public stock offering.
Slowdown makes employers more selective about hiring
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Though more engineering students have moved into digital circuitry, a shortage of analog engineers has persisted over the past several years. And while the sluggish economy has helped to relieve that shortage, employers said they can now be more choosy about analog specialists.
Lam to lay off 10% of workforce, take restructuring charge
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FREMONT, Calif.--Lam Research Corp. here today announced was cutting 10% of its workforce, or about 350 jobs, in response to continued weakness in semiconductor capital equipment markets.
Avnet gets mixed reviews for its new model
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Little more than two months after reorganizing its Electronic Marketing group to the applause of suppliers, Avnet Inc. is receiving its first report card from its vendor base. The results are mixed. A survey of top component manufacturers yielded consensus that Avnet's new Speedboat program is better serving customers by tailoring distribution services to specific product categories and geographies.
Heavy job cuts planned as Hitachi trims sales forecast by $8B
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Joining the line of Japanese electronics giants to announce steep losses and layoffs, Hitachi Ltd. said Friday (Aug. 31) that it expects to lose about $1 billion in its current fiscal year and to cut 14,700 jobs under a restructuring plan.
Lab to offer open-source Java-based FPGA tool
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A new approach to FPGA design is unfolding at the Configurable Computing Laboratory at Brigham Young University (BYU), where researchers have developed a Java-based tool, called JHDL, that has been used to design million-gate Xilinx Inc. devices. The tool will be available on an open-source basis within a few months, and BYU is working on a behavioral Java synthesis capability.
IBM executive leaves to become CEO of AMI
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Chris King, vice president at IBM Microelectronics semiconductor products, East Fishkill, N.Y., has left her position to head up AMI Semiconductor Inc., an ASIC and mixed signal chipmaker based in Pocatello, ID.
Intel takes two paths in its graphics strategy
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By confirming that it is developing its first integrated graphics core in years, Intel Corp. this week began pursuing divergent tracks for graphics support in its Pentium III and Pentium 4 microprocessor platforms.
PLD inventories are whittled down
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Weak prices punish DRAM sector
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Three key execs depart Motorola SPS
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AMD hopes to convince PC market that less is more
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Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has a simple message that it urgently wants PC users to accept: less is more.
Lull won't stop optical growth, report says
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Despite a significant decline in 2001, the core global optical markets of Sonet, synchronous digital hierarchy (SDH) and wavelength division multiplexing will hit $38.5 billion by 2006, according to a report by Probe Research.
Tality appoints Hudson as president
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Brent Hudson has been named president of Tality Corp., the design services subsidiary of Cadence Design Systems Inc., succeeding Bob Wiederhold, who resigned for "personal" reasons, the company said.
Samsung installs Cymer's e-diagnostic tools to boost fab output
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SOEUL -- Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. here has become the first company to install and deploy Cymer Inc.'s new e-diagnostics software tools used in its excimer-laser equipment. Cymer claims that Samsung has installed its so-called CymerOnLine software. Launched last quarter, CymerOnLine provides e-diagnostics and performance monitoring for remote analysis and support of its excimer light sources.
Cypress strikes deal with German IP provider
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Cypress Semiconductor and MorethanIP, Munich, Germany, today announced a partnership to make available MorethanIP's cores for the Cypress Programmable Serial Interface family of programmable physical layer (PHY) devices and the Delta39K family of complex programmable logic devices (CPLDs).
MOSFET rectifiers
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Chip makers questioned by FTC about Rambus actions
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Micron Technology Inc. and Hynix Semiconductor Co. this week confirmed they have been interviewed by the Federal Trade Commission in an investigation of possible antitrust actions by Rambus Inc.
Cypress, Munich startup offer cores for programmable devices in optical network linecards
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SAN JOSE -- Cypress Semiconductor Corp. here today announced a partnership with Munich startup MorethanIP GmbH to provide intellectual property (IP) and design cores for programmable physical layer devices (PHY) and complex programmable logic devices (CPLDs).
Chartered Semiconductor fab use in 'low 20s'
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Chartered Semiconductor, the Singapore-based foundry, has warned of a further drop in capacity.
Hitachi plans new general-purpose chip company while focusing applications ICs
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TOKYO -- As part of a massive restructuring of its chip business, Hitachi Ltd. today announced plans to set up a new company to focus on general-purpose semiconductors.
Matsushita, Sony see promise in smarter, smaller digicams
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Struggling to grow in a stagnant market, two Japanese consumer giants have leveraged their miniaturization expertise to shrink down or pack new functions into their maturing digital camcorders.
Closedloop offers visibility relief
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Circuit board consortium folds shop
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The Interconnection Technology Research Institute (ITRI), a consortium of the circuit board industry, has fallen victim to the slumping economy. The ITRI board voted unanimously on Friday (Aug. 31) to cease funding of the group.
Araphoe gains support
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The third generation I/O (3GIO) architecture being developed by the Arapahoe consortium has gained support from Altera and Standard Microsystems (SMSC).
Intel picks TUXIA Linux suite
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German software company TUXIA has been selected by Intel to adapt the TASTE (TUXIA Appliance Synthesis Technology) embedded Linux software suite for a new consumer media gateway platform now being developed.
Intel delays debut of Xeon MPU
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EBN 100 Stock Index
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USB ADC chip
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The AK5371 is a two-channel analog-to-digital converter chip with a built-in USB interface.
Software for ZF Micro chip
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This software suite supports ZF Micro's ZFx86 PC-on-a-chip. It consists of Jump Start v. 3.0 for ZF Micro, ZF Boot Loader, and ZF Persistent Storage.
RTOS for MIPS32
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The Integrity RTOS supports the MIPS32 architecture and compatible processor cores, such as 4Kc, 4Km, and 4Kp.
Internet development platform
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The Accelent Systems integrated development platform (IDP) provides an environment for prototyping or developing software for Internet appliance devices.
Internet application accelerator
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MachStream is an application acceleration platform that features hardware-based JIT technology.
GNU debugger
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The GNUPro compiler/debugger combines augmented GNUPro Toolkit software with expanded subscription support options and development platform ports.
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