FCC OKs Verizon's MCI acquisition News & Analysis 10/31/2005 Post a comment The Federal Communications Commission approved the proposed acquisition of MCI Inc. by Verizon Communications Inc. after concluding the transaction advances the public interest.
Pre-validation interoperability test software is for 3G cellphones Product News 10/31/2005 Post a comment If you've ever grappled with 3G cellphone pre-validation interoperability testing, you'll be interested in new Windows-based software from Anritsu. It's new network simulation library for its existing signaling tester hardware lets you conduct pre-validation of interoperability testing between 3G user equipment and the world's various 3G networks.
Dell to fall short of guidance News & Analysis 10/31/2005 Post a comment Dell Computer said it expects to achieve a non-GAAP earnings per share of 39 cents, the low end of the range of its previous guidance for fiscal 2006 third quarter, and expects revenue to be $13.9 billion, below its original guidance of $14.1 to $14.5 billion.
House & Senate firm-up analog signal cut-off date Blog 10/31/2005 Post a comment A milestone was reached this past week in Congress by the House's Energy and Commerce Committee along with the Senate panel in setting a firm deadline of April 7, 2009 requiring television stations to switch to all-digital broadcasts, and requiring that the airwaves be returned to the government.
Outsourcing helps, not hurts U.S. economy, says trade group News & Analysis 10/31/2005 Post a comment Global outsourcing of U.S software and IT services has benefitted the domestic economy by improving wages, encouraging investment and spending, and ultimately by increasing the number of jobs, according to a study by the Information Technology Association of America.
3-axis accelerometer sets low power benchmark for mobile devices Product News 10/31/2005 Post a comment Analog Devices, Inc. said its new ADXL330, 3-axis accelerometer, is the industry's lowest power device of its kind, typically consuming only 200 microamps at full power at a supply voltage of 2.0 V. Combined with a small surface-mount 4 x 4 x 1.45-mm package, the new device aims to be the sensor of choice for a variety of portable consumer devices, particularly mobile phones, by offering designers the ability to deliver new motion and tilt sensing features.
Qualcomm: the problem or scapegoat? News & Analysis 10/31/2005 Post a comment It was not a major surprise that six leading communications companies filed complaints with the European Commission (EC) against CDMA chipset giant Qualcomm Inc. But is Qualcomm is the problem or the scapegoat?
Court OKs Mosaid request to appeal Infineon case News & Analysis 10/31/2005 Post a comment Semiconductor IP supplier Mosaid Technologies Inc. has announced that U.S. District Judge Fogel has issued a stipulation and order granting the company the right to appeal the court judgement in its patent dispute with Infineon Technologies AG.
Noise effects on temperature measurement accuracy in 'thermal diode' systems Design How-To 10/31/2005 Post a comment This is the last in a series of three articles on thermal diodes. The previous two articles of the series demonstrated how 'thermal diodes' are used to measure temperature and developed an understanding of the internal variables of 'thermal diodes' used in temperature measurement systems. This article addresses an external variable -- noise coupling. It discusses the effects of noise coupling on 'thermal diode' systems and methods to prevent it.
Dell's $99 printer gambit Teardown 10/31/2005 Post a comment When Dell introduced the 1100 monochrome laser printer in the United States and Europe in June, the 1100 became the lowest-priced laser printer on the market. Having set an introductory price of only $99, Dell aggressively undercut its nearest competitors, Samsung and Konica Minolta, which both offered similar printers but for at least $50 more. Dell also sought to redefine price entry points for the growing small-office/home-office (Soho) consumer printing segment.
Nokia unveils DVB-H broadcast solution News & Analysis 10/31/2005 Post a comment Nokia Inc. has announced a commercial service management solution for DVB-H services, the Nokia Mobile Broadcast Solution 3.0, that supports the broadcasting of different types of digital content such as live TV, radio and video clips over DVB-H networks to mobile devices.
Verifying large models in RTL simulation News & Analysis 10/31/2005 Post a comment Using Silicon Graphics' ccNUMA memory architecture as an example, ASIC designer Debra Klopfenstein shows how you can efficiently represent extremely large models in RTL simulation environments.
100-watt AC/DC saves industrial space Product News 10/31/2005 Post a comment XP Power says its single-output ECM100 AC/DC power supply, which delivers up to 100 watts, is at least one-third smaller than the industry's nearest competitor. These universal-input supplies, for industrial and medical applications, have a footprint of just 4.5-by-2.5 inches and are 1.2 inches high, thus setting claim on an industry-leading power density of 7.4 W/in3.
Updated: PMC-Sierra buys Agilent's storage IC unit News & Analysis 10/31/2005 Post a comment PMC-Sierra Inc. said that it has entered into a definitive agreement with Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR) and Silver Lake Partners to acquire the storage semiconductor business of Agilent Technologies Inc. for about $425 million in cash.
PWM dimming enhances color purity in high-end LED video displays Design How-To 10/31/2005 Post a comment PWM dimming provides reduced brightness levels while reproducing an accurate color. Since PWM dimming maintains the full-forward current through the LED, it eliminates the color “shift” associated with analog dimming. Changes in LED brightness are achieved by modulating the total amount of time that forward current flows.
Qualcomm: Claims to EU have no merit News & Analysis 10/28/2005 Post a comment CDMA technology supplier Qualcomm Inc. said the allegations of withholding intellectual property made to the European Commission by six rivals are factually inaccurate and legally meritless.
Transformer delivers 100 watts in small package Product News 10/28/2005 Post a comment Expanding its off-the-shelf transformer portfolio for forward converters, Tabtronics Inc. has launched the HXTF02005 transformer that incorporates the company's Hyper-X Magnetic Technology to dissipate less than 1% of output power while delivering 20 volts at 5 amps from a 400 Vdc input in a compact PQ26/25 package.
Card edge connectors target SHB Express backplane designs Product News 10/28/2005 Post a comment FCI has developed a broad range of vertical PCI Express (PCIe) card edge connectors to support backplane designs based on the SHB Express System Host Board PCI Express Specification recently adopted by the PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group (PICMG) as the PICMG 1.3 specification.
Wirewound inductors target high-density designs Product News 10/28/2005 Post a comment Cal-Chip Electronics, Inc. has released a NL series of molded chip wirewound inductors that are suitable for high-density boards in a variety of appliance, instrumentation, and onboard automotive equipment. They may also find homes in audio/video equipment, handheld consumer products such as mobile phones and PDAs as well as hybrid ICs and other modular components.
RoHS-compliant switch comes in multiple configs Product News 10/28/2005 Post a comment CIT Relay & Switch has introduced a RoHS-compliant RPH series of pushbutton switches in DPDT, 4PDT and 6PDT configurations. These switches are designed for computers and peripherals, instrumentation and measurement equipment, and non-power on/off applications.
GaN helps scientists generate hydrogen from water News & Analysis 10/28/2005 Post a comment A research group based in a Tokyo university has succeeded to produce hydrogen using a Gallium Nitride (GaN) device as a photocatalyst, which scientists believe could lead to a process that extracts hydrogen directly from water using only solar energy.