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posted in October 2001
Cell phones as fashion create new lighting design challenges
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10/31/2001   Post a comment
Color maps, games and browsers will add excitement to cell phones and PDAs. Lighting them without dramatically shortening battery life is a power management challenge reports National's Jim Schuessler
Resonext uses ARM core and bus in new 5-GHz wireless LAN chip-set series
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10/29/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Resonext Communications Inc. here today announced it has licensed the ARM922T RISC processor core from ARM Ltd. for use in a new chip-set series targeted at 5-GHz wireless local area networks.
Analog IC maker reports quarterly loss
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10/25/2001   Post a comment
Clare Inc. announced that revenues from continuing operations for its second 2002 fiscal quarter ended September 23, 2001 were $10 million, compared with $17.2 million for the year-ago quarter.
Programmable analogue vies for accuracy with dedicated processes
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10/22/2001   Post a comment
A Seattle startup plans to use a novel variant on the technology used to build flash memories to let cheap, digital CMOS processes support analogue circuits that would otherwise call for specialised processors.
Intel hopes to leverage processor technology into RF and SiGe
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10/19/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Intel Corp. here gave a rare glimpse of just how the company fans out its most advanced microprocessor fabrication technologies into new markets, including its upcoming foray into the radio-frequency (RF) and silicon-germanium (SiGe) chip sectors. During a press briefing at Intel's headquarters earlier this week, the company outlined its major push into 0.13-micron technology (see Oct. 17 story ). As part o
Intersil expects sequential growth in quarter
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10/19/2001   Post a comment
Intersil Corp., Irvine, Calif., said revenue was down 4.1% sequentially in the quarter ended Sept. 28. Sales were $113.4 million, down from $118.3 million in the second quarter, and a representing a decline of 31.8% from $166.2 million in the same period last year.
Post-fabrication process resizes analog transistors
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10/18/2001   Post a comment
A startup founded by EDA industry icon Carver Mead has developed a process for recharacterizing CMOS transistors after they've been fabricated.
Philips, Ericsson join 25-GHz CMOS development project
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10/18/2001   Post a comment
IMEC, an independent research organization, has started a three-year project to develop RF process technology modules for the 5- to 25-GHz frequency range.
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10/18/2001   Post a comment
The following Web sites offer technical information about optical networking gleaned from various conferences and forums.
Optical interconnects: modularity key for 10 Gbits/s
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10/18/2001   Post a comment
The need for optical interconnection from box to box and board to board is being driven by ever-increasing bandwidth, which is continuing to accelerate to 40 Gbits/second and beyond.
IC design for OC 192: changing the rules
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10/18/2001   Post a comment
In the fiercely competitive networking market, winning is all about bandwidth. Industry standard OC-192 (10 Gbits/seconds) and the follow-on OC-768 (40 Gbits/s) promise to deliver it.
Fiber-optic modules enable next-generation switching architecture
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10/18/2001   Post a comment
The metropolitan-area network (MAN) has quickly developed into the next great opportunity for optical networking gear.
Challenges roil MPLS and GMPLS
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10/18/2001   Post a comment
The basic goals of the MPLS and GMPLS protocols are to alleviate network complexity, automate service provisioning and provide traffic engineering.
Optical wireless LANs need MEMS
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10/18/2001   Post a comment
The goal of achieving high-speed wireless local-area network (LAN) connections comparable to wired solutions, while desirable, has been elusive.
ATM, IP layers need integration
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10/18/2001   Post a comment
Most service providers operate two separate and distinct packet networks, each with its own technologies, organizations and mandates.
VPNs reopen switch/routing debate
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10/18/2001   Post a comment
Since there's been data networking, there's been a debate between switched and routed architectures-stated in OSI terms, between performing functions at Layer 2 or Layer 3. As technologies change, the argument never really goes away, but simply assumes new forms.
MPLS, optical Ethernet eye VPNs
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10/18/2001   Post a comment
Based on its simplicity and low cost, Ethernet technology is expanding beyond its local-area network heritage to emerge as a compelling alternative to traditional frame relay/asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) and leased-line services in metropolitan-area networks.
Signaling, labels aim to simplify optical nets
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10/18/2001   Post a comment
Signaling is used extensively in the traditional telephone network to create a circuit, a route through the network that lasts for the duration of the call.
TI expects revenue floor to hit in Q4 after posting $117 million net loss in Q3
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10/17/2001   Post a comment
DALLAS -- Texas Instruments Inc. today reported chip orders and revenues "moderated" in the third quarter, with bookings for digital signal processors and high-performance analog ICs up sequentially by 11% and 10% from Q2, respectively. However, TI still posted a net loss of $117 million on lower revenues in the third quarter.
Texas Instruments says orders have hit bottom
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10/17/2001   Post a comment
Texas Instruments Inc. today said that sequential declines in orders and revenue continued to moderate in the third quarter, even as financial results continued to be affected by weakness in electronic end-equipment markets and excess customer inventories. As things stand now, it appears that third quarter will mark the bottom for orders, and the floor for revenue should be set in the fourth quarter. TI's third-quarter revenue was $1.85 billion, down 9% from the second quarter and slightly bette
Micrel launches 0.6-micron SiGe process for 10-Gbit communications ICs
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10/17/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Micrel Inc. today announced a new 0.6-micron silicon-germanium (SiGe) process, called Asset-2, which the company said will enable it produce ICs for 10-gigabit-per-second and above communications applications.
Linear Technology expects flat results in fourth quarter
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10/16/2001   Post a comment
Linear Technology Corp., Milpitas, Calif. today announced that net sales for its first quarter ended Sept. 30 were $120 million, a decrease of 48% from net sales of $232 million for the similar quarter of the previous year.
Foil automotive current spikes with intelligent load switching
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10/16/2001   Post a comment
Built-in protection logic and diodes save intelligent MOSFET switches from the high current surges that result from automotive fault conditions. Examining their likely current paths, IR engineers explain how.*
STMicro's set-top box TV decoder supports hard-disk drives
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10/15/2001   Post a comment
GENEVA--STMicroelectronics today announced development of a system-on-chip decoder for set-top boxes that integrates support for hard-disk drives in low-cost personal video recorders, known as PVR systems.
RF Micro will buy GaN-chip supplier to expand in wireless infrastructure arena
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10/15/2001   Post a comment
GREENSBORO, N.C.-- RF Micro Devices Inc. here today announced plans to acquire privately-held RF Nitro Communications Inc. in Charlotte, N.C., to expand its processes and products in gallium-nitride (GaN) and indium-gallium-phosphide (InGaP) technologies for a range of communications IC applications.
Java powers an automotive system design
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10/11/2001   Post a comment
Consumers have had to take part in the Internet revolution largely through the use of a PC anchored to a desk.
In-car comm advances curb driver distractions
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10/11/2001   Post a comment
When it comes to driver distractions, everyone is at risk. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that activities that distracts drivers — everything from changing the radio station to eating while behind the wheel — are a contributing factor in one in four motor vehicle collisions, representing more than 1.5 million crashes a year, or more than 4,300 crashes a day.
Advances in voice, Bluetooth keep drivers focused
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10/11/2001   Post a comment
Recent headlines and legislative efforts have raised the need to address driver-focus issues.
Top-down path suits complex wiring
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10/11/2001   1 comment
To handle the skyrocketing wiring complexity in today's cars and trucks, Ford has turned to a top-down design methodology that provides a systems approach to architecting and implementing wiring layouts.
Software standards fuel car networks
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10/11/2001   Post a comment
As Mr. Smith leaves his home at 8:30 a.m., he downloads his e-mail so he can listen to it on the way to work.
Magnetic induction vs. RF: power benefits, drawbacks
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10/11/2001   Post a comment
Telematics systems in high-end luxury automobiles have become a hot-ticket item in the last year.
Advanced telematics calls for end-to-end strategy
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10/11/2001   Post a comment
Telematics technology is happening now and has made a broad and all-encompassing change to the way we think of the facilities available to us while we're traveling.
Car designers focused on distraction issues
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10/11/2001   Post a comment
The recent passage of laws banning cell phone use in vehicles has had an ironic effect: Automakers and suppliers are now stepping up efforts to build advanced telematics systems, even as legislators worry about the potential for driver distraction.
PolarFab starts up 8-inch foundry fab and offers 0.35-micron mixed-signal process
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10/11/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Silicon foundry PolarFab Inc. announced the initial production in its new 8-inch wafer fab and the availability of a 0.35-micron process that supports analog, BiCMOS, CMOS, and mixed-signal integrated circuits. PolarFab--which claims to be the only pure-play foundry based in the United States--said its new Polar35 process technology is geared for analog and mixed-signal applications. "We specialize in RF (radio-frequency), power-management, Bluetooth, and related applicati
X-Fab adds options to 0.6-micron BiCMOS foundry process for high-frequency ICs
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10/10/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- During a trade show here today, X-Fab Semiconductor Foundries AG of Germany announced an expansion to its existing 0.6-micron BiCMOS process to include isolated transistors and other new options for high-frequency applications.
Alcatel aims to expand in automotive ICs with standard products, push into U.S.
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10/10/2001   Post a comment
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Alcatel Microelectronics here, more broadly know for its telecom and networking chip products, is gearing up to drive deeper into the ever-expanding world of automotive electronics, which is still apparently growing despite the industry's severe downturn.
Microchip expects 2% sequential rise in sales for quarter
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10/8/2001   Post a comment
CHANDLER, Ariz.--Microchip Technology Inc. today said it expects net sales and earnings for the just-ended fiscal quarter to be at the upper end of its estimates with revenues being about 2% higher than the previous quarter.
Micronas uses UMC's 0.18-micron process for hybrid analog/digital TV decoder
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10/8/2001   Post a comment
FREIBURG, Germany -- Micronas GmbH here today announced it will use 0.18-micron foundry services at United Microelectronics Corp. in Taiwan to fabricate a new hybrid analog/digital TV decoder device. The German chip supplier claimed its new MDE9500 is the industry's first hybrid analog/digital television decoder.
Inphi announces InP-based ICs for 50-Gbit optical networks
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10/8/2001   Post a comment
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif.--Eleven-month-old Inphi Corp. here claimed to be the first to develop indium-phosphide (InP) integrated circuits for commercial optical networking applications using data transmission speeds over 50 gigabits per second.
Parity for 0.10µm analogue and mixed-signal
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10/5/2001   Post a comment
Chartered Semiconductor, the Singapore-based foundry, is bringing forward the development of analogue and mixed-signal technologies to the same point as baseline logic at the 0.10µm node.
More jobs to go at Cirrus with 30% cut worldwide
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10/4/2001   Post a comment
Cirrus Logic, the Texan mixed-signal specialist, is cutting 30% of its workforce worldwide in a second reduction of staffing this year.
Analog Devices says 14-bit A-to-D converter is fastest at 105 million samples/sec.
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10/2/2001   Post a comment
NORWOOD, Mass. -- Analog Devices Inc. today claimed to be offering the industry's first 14-bit analog-to-digital converter IC capable of performing 105 million samples per second. The AD645 A-to-D converter is more than 60% faster than its predecessor, which was introduced by the company last year.
Motorola prepares 0.18-micron SiGe:C for chip designs in Q1 2002
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10/2/2001   Post a comment
MINNEAPOLIS -- At a technical conference here today, Motorola Inc. disclosed its next-generation 0.18-micron silicon-germanium:carbon process technology, which is aimed at radio-frequency ICs in wireless handsets and other high-speed devices in gigabit optical communications. The 0.18-micron SiGe:C process will be ready for IC designs in the first quarter of 2002, said Motorola
ADSL card designs present analog challenges
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10/1/2001   Post a comment
The successful design of asymmetric digital subscriber line (ADSL) line cards for central-office broadband deployment presents numerous challenges for system designers.
Tunable lasers are key to dynamic networks
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10/1/2001   Post a comment
Today's metro market requires a new network--a network that can deliver services to end users at a fraction of today's costs.
Chartered accelerates 0.10-micron foundry targets, plans prototyping in late 2002
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10/1/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Singapore's Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Pte. Ltd. this week will unveil its accelerated 0.10-micron technology roadmap during a company forum here, promising to begin silicon-foundry prototyping services for the next-generation digital CMOS copper processes in the second half of 2002.


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