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posted in June 2001
Flexible scheme suits broadband
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6/29/2001   Post a comment
As broadband access becomes more available in homes, new possibilities exist for services that can be provided to the consumer using that access.
Architecture melds DSP with MCU
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6/29/2001   Post a comment
Next-generation wireless applications combining voice, video and data require a processor that can efficiently implement advanced third-generation (3G) algorithms.
DSPs drive merger of voice, data
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6/29/2001   Post a comment
Voice-over-packet technology converts narrowband voice, fax and data traffic from the circuit-switched format used in telephone and wireless cellular networks to packets that can travel over next-generation Internet Protocol (IP) or asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) optical networks.
DSP realm hits new partition choices head-on
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6/29/2001   Post a comment
Like other segments of the semiconductor industry, digital signal processor (DSP) chips reap the rewards of ever-advancing integration.
Germany's X-Fab offers SOI foundry services for mixed-signal, high-voltage ICs
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6/29/2001   Post a comment
ERFURT, Germany--X-Fab Semiconductor Foundries here today announced its has moved into the silicon-on-insulator wafer processing business, offering SOI technology for high-voltage and high-temperature chip applications.
STMicro uses 'pure' CMOS approach in read-channel IC for higher integration
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6/28/2001   Post a comment
GENEVA--STMicroelectronics today announced samples of a new CMOS read/write channel chip that supports data rates up to 750 megabits per second and features advanced signal processing techniques for wider tolerance of heads and media.
RF Micro Devices plans China assembly plant to serve Nokia
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6/28/2001   Post a comment
GREENSBORO, N.C.--In a move to expand in China's cellular phone market, RF Micro Devices Inc. here today announced plans to open a final assembly facility and logistics center in Beijing to supply radio-frequency components to Nokia Group.
IBM says SOI process will support digital, RF functions
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6/27/2001   Post a comment
Researchers at IBM Microelectronics believe the low-power, 130-nanometer silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technology IBM unveiled at the recent VLSI Technology Symposium may prove superior to its silicon germanium technology.
Alpha Industries, SAW supplier to develop switch/filter modules for handsets
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6/26/2001   Post a comment
WOBURN, Mass.--Alpha Industries Inc. today announced plans to cooperate with Munich-based Epcos AG in development of integrated switch/filter modules for wireless handsets. Alpha Industries will provide radio-frequency semiconductors while Epcos will supply surface acoustic wave (SAW) filters for a new series of modules.
Amkor develops software to cut RF testing costs up to 80%
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6/26/2001   Post a comment
CHANDLER, Ariz.--Amkor Technology Inc. here announced development of a new radio-frequency device testing platform that reduces test times by as much as 80%. The platform uses proprietary software that optimizes standard instrumentation systems for faster RF testing results, Amkor said.
TI says complete 2.5-G handset solution 'ready for final plastic,' volume production
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6/25/2001   Post a comment
DALLAS -- Texas Instruments Inc. today announced it has begun sampling a complete chip set solution for 2.5-generation wireless handsets using the General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) Class 12 format. In addition to the three-chip set, TI said it will offer a full suite of software for GPRS units.
IDT packs programmable features in first octal voice codec
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6/25/2001   Post a comment
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Codec chips have been around for decades converting analog telephone signals to digital formats for telecom switching systems, but now there's something new in coder-decoder ICs--the first programmable octal voice codec from Integrated Device Technology Inc.
Cirrus aims audio processor at breaking $100 barrier in MP3 players
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6/25/2001   Post a comment
AUSTIN, Tex. -- Aiming to cut the retail price of flash-based audio players to less than $100, Cirrus Logic Inc. here today launched a new processor that integrates 24-bit DSP and a RISC processor core from ARM Ltd.
STMicro develops cost-optimized SiGe process for RF chips
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6/25/2001   Post a comment
GENEVA--STMicroelectronics today announced improvements in silicon-germanium BiCMOS manufacturing processes, which the company says is optimized for lower cost, high-performance radio frequency ICs.
Agere rolls out broadband satellite radio chip set, ships to seven receiver makers
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6/25/2001   Post a comment
ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- Agere Systems Inc. here today announced technical details and the first samples of broadband receiver chip sets for a planned satellite digital audio radio service in North America.
Connectivity impacts telematics future
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6/22/2001   Post a comment
We view telematics in the vehicle today a lot like the Internet 10 years ago. Back then, few Internet-based applications existed and access was painfully slow. Today, as wireless technologies proliferate and data rates increase, expect to see some truly innovative products for the Internet.
Modular design key to interoperability
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6/22/2001   Post a comment
Telematics and navigation systems are now almost standard in high-end models and rental cars. Drivers are demanding simple guidance help when traveling in unfamiliar locations, and safety and convenience support and assistance.
Drive-by-wire needs real-time reliability
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6/22/2001   Post a comment
Recent advances in dependable embedded-system technology, as well as continuing demand for improved handling and passive and active safety improvements, have led vehicle manufacturers and suppliers to work to develop computer-controlled, by-wire subsystems with no mechanical link to the driver. These include steer-by-wire and brake-by-wire and are composed of mechanically decoupled sets of actuators and controllers connected through multiplexed in-vehicle computer networks.
Fault-tolerant bus supports 'by-wire'
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6/22/2001   Post a comment
Over the next five to 10 years, traditionally mechanical vehicle systems, such as braking and steering, will become electrical systems connected to a high-performance CPU via a high-speed, fault-tolerant communications bus.
Open architecture unifies networks
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6/22/2001   Post a comment
The automotive industry has been working to develop industry standards for in-vehicle networks that will ultimately simplify incorporating electronics.
Pivotal issue: human factors research
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Tomorrow's smart car is likely to give drivers considerable control of their interaction with the telematics interface.
Automotive equation: safety vs. features
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6/22/2001   Post a comment
Automotive safety: The very words conjure up images of air bags and seat belts.
Vishay says court won't stop stock swap for Siliconix shares
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6/22/2001   Post a comment
MALVERN, Pa.--Vishay Intertechnology Inc. here said a U.S. court in Delaware has denied an attempt to stop it from acquiring total ownership of Siliconix Inc., a long-time supplier of power and analog ICs based in Santa Clara, Calif.
MPEG-2 decoder enables DTV 'trick plays'
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6/15/2001   Post a comment
One of the features required in new digital TVs is a simple recording and playback system for compressed MPEG video streams that enables the smooth execution of "trick plays." Examples of trick plays are fast or slow forward, fast or slow reverse, or pause.
Displays work to leave troubles behind
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6/15/2001   Post a comment
Over the years, a large number of new display principles have emerged from the search for flat, high-quality or low-cost alternatives for the successful CRT.
Blue laser bolsters DTV storage, features
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6/15/2001   Post a comment
Optical-disk-based video recorders using DVD-rewritable formats have become available and video recorders using current optical-storage devices have been proposed based on formats like DVD+RW/+R, DVD-RAM and DVD-RW/-R.
Consumer products interact with HAVi
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6/15/2001   Post a comment
Home Audio/Video interoperability (HAVi) is a home-networking standard that allows consumer entertainment devices to communicate, cooperate with and control each other.
Multimedia evolves for networked era
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6/15/2001   Post a comment
Recent advances in signal processing combined with an increase in network capacity are paving the way for users to enjoy a host of services wherever they go and on a wide array of multimedia-capable devices.
ICCE reflects broad scope of user demands
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6/15/2001   Post a comment
With diverse digital consumer systems poised to hook up to myriad applications and services while simultaneously networking among themselves, the task of designing consumer electronics is getting more and more complicated.
VHDL-AMS simulation for battery chargers
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6/13/2001   Post a comment
How easy-or-difficult is it to create VHDL-AMS models for analog circuits. Electronic Engineering in the UK published this Mentor Graphics code listing for a Maxim NiCd battery charged. Take a look...
Linux: the ideal client/server link
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6/8/2001   Post a comment
Some of the most innovative and revolutionary results occur when methods from one field are combined with methods from another. Networked file systems, digital signal processing and graphical user interfaces combined with Internet-enabled hypertext are just three of many examples. A new juxtaposition is emerging that could be just as profound in its effects--combining the traditional embedded paradigm with the classical network-based client/server model.
New Web services need structure
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6/8/2001   Post a comment
No one can dispute that the Web has fundamentally altered the way we shop, do business and are entertained. But underneath it all, the Web remains what it has always been-an enormous collection of networks that offers a pervasive and accessible medium for content and services.
Standards ease Web-app designs
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6/8/2001   Post a comment
Despite the market slump and the highly publicized failure of many dot-com ventures, the stampede to establish a business presence on the Web continues.
Solution to Web-service chaos: frameworks
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6/8/2001   Post a comment
As the World Wide Web morphs under our fingertips, companies, engineers and developers are trying to determine the exact nature of an environment that embraces high bandwidths, new types of devices, increased connectivity, new languages and protocols, and ways of using the Web that did not exist even a year ago.
Germany's SZ Testsysteme moves into Japanese market
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6/4/2001   Post a comment
TOKYO -- In a move to expand its presence in Japan and Asia, SZ Testsysteme AG of Germany today opened a new subsidiary in the Tokyo suburb of Chiba. Until now, the company had relied on distributors to sell its mixed-signal test equipment in Japan and the region.
Mobility sparks interference woes
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6/4/2001   Post a comment
Congestion taxes QoS delivery
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Myths abound in broadband world
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3G LMDS eyes wide-scale deployment
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IEEE takes on broadband wireless
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On Semi offers first SiGe part in GigaCom series for broadband networks
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6/4/2001   Post a comment
ATLANTA-- During the Supercomm trade show here today, On Semiconductor Corp. announced engineering samples of its first silicon-germanium (SiGe) products aimed at serving broadband applications with operating speeds up to 12 gigabits per second.
IC makers race to offer 40-Gbit OC-768 chips, but disagree on process technologies
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6/4/2001   Post a comment
SAN JOSE -- Carriers are not expected to deploy networks that run at transmission speeds of 40-gigabits-per-second (OC-768) until 2003 or so. But in an effort to get a jump on this market, several chip makers are already racing each other to develop the critical physical-layer (PHY) devices for these high-speed networks.
A Quadrature Demodulator Tutorial
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6/4/2001   Post a comment
Quadrature demodulators are important circuits for frequency modulation and certain digital-modulation applications. Motorola's Danielle Coffing and Eric Main offer a quadrature demodulator tutorial, complete with transfer-function derivation and IC implementation.


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