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IBM benchmarks prod microprocessor designers
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IBM Research and Intel Research collaborated on a set of benchmarks made publicly available to aid microprocessor designers and to evaluate the winners of a clock synthesis contest at the International Symposium on Physical Design.
Taser, Stinger zap each other over patents
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4/2/2010   1 comment
Taser International Inc. (Scottsdale, Ariz.), the developer of electric-shock gun technology, has said that it won summary judgment against rival manufacturer Stinger Systems Inc. (Tampa Florida) on Tuesday (March 31) in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona.
PC pioneer Ed Roberts passes away
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Dr. Henry Edwards Roberts, the designer of the Altair 8800, died of pneumonia on April 1, at age 68, according to media reports.
Flextronics ordered to pay $14M to ex-employees
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A French industrial tribunal has released a ruling ordering Singapore-based EMS provider Flextronics International Ltd. to pay 11 million euros ($14.8 million) in compensation to former employees on its site of Chateaudun, France.
Spansion claims progress in emergence from Chapter 11
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Spansion Inc. has said that the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware has issued a decision regarding Spansion's reorganization plan that sets aside a number of objections to the plan and provides guidance on the remaining issues.
At least two more WiMax handsets coming in 2010
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At least two more WiMax handsets are expected to emerge this year, according to the company that designed silicon inside the EVO 4G handset recently announced by Sprint, and they will be joined by prototype phones for the Long Term Evolution network that will be demonstrated as early as May by China Mobile.
Smartphones: A new calling for DRAMs?
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4/1/2010   2 comments
The average amount of DRAM used in smartphones is set to rise by more than a factor of 10, growing to 1.3-Gbytes by 2014, up from 123-Mbytes in 2009, according to iSuppli Corp.
Nikon forms metrology company
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Japan's Nikon Corp. has formed a new company, dubbed Nikon Metrology Inc.
Surprise vendor lands on NAND rankings
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In the NAND flash rankings for 2009, there is a surprise vendor on the list: SanDisk Corp.
Embedded.com Weekly Newsletter: March 29 - April 2, 2010
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This is archive copy of the Thursday Embedded.com Newsletter, chronicling news, product and design article activity during the week of March 29 to April 2, 2010.
EDA sequential revenue trend is positive, says EDAC
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For the second consecutive quarter, EDA revenue improved on a sequential basis in the fourth quarter of 2009, according to the EDA Consortium (EDAC) trade group.
Keep alternative energy engineering clean: from politics
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4/1/2010   6 comments
We were brainstorming on ideas for the up-coming EETimes Digital Edition on Alternative Energy (mark your calendar: it debuts June 7th) and I realized after just a few minutes that it's really hard to discuss Alternative Energy without raising political hackles, no matter how much you try and focus on the engineering aspects.
Firms explore electroless plating for solar cells
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The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) of the University at Albany, N.Y. and Technic Inc. have announced an R&D partnership that is designed to enable critical improvements in manufacturing processes for solar cells.
Europe backs thermally-aware EDA project
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4/1/2010   1 comment
Europe's big three chip makers — STMicroelectronics, Infineon Technologies and NXP — are all taking part in a three-year European collaborative research project to try and improve thermal-awareness and thermal effect modeling within IC design.
Analog Q1 preview: What analysts are saying
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There are still select shortages and extended lead times in the analog arena. And demand looks strong--at least until the third quarter.
Verilab names VP to sustain growth
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Verilab Ltd., an international team of VLSI verification experts, announced it has named JL Gray as vice president to support the continued international growth.
Comment: Scaling, collaboration are keys to maintaining U.S. cleantech edge
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Scaling existing technologies and collaboration among industry, gvernment and universities is the best way for the U.S. to maintain its edge in clean-energy technology.
Synopsys' exec details Design Compiler enhancements
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EDA and IP vendor Synopsys Inc. (Mountain View, Calif.) said it has extended its topographical technology in Design Compiler 2010 to produce physical guidance to its place-and-route solution, IC Compiler.
SiliconBlue licenses Synopsys' Synplify Pro tool
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Low-power FPGA startup SiliconBlue Technologies Corp. (Santa Clara, Calif.) announced it has selected Synplify Pro FPGA synthesis software from Synopsys Inc. for its iCE65 family of mobileFPGA devices.
Toshiba backs memory appliance maker
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Memory appliance Violin Memory said Japan's Toshiba has made a multi-million dollar investment in the company as part of a strategic agreement.
Enlarged Renesas climbs the chip vendor ranks
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The carefully prepared merger transaction of NEC Electronics Corp. and Renesas Technology Corp. has been completed to create Renesas Electronics Corp., the world's third (or fourth) largest chip company.
Global OLED revenue jumped 35% in 2009, says analyst
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Revenue for orgamic light emitting diode displays jumped 35 percent in 2009 to $826 million, according to market research company DisplaySearch.
Konica Minolta selects EVE's ZeBU
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Japan's Konica Minolta Technology Center Inc. announced it has licensed ZeBu emulation platform from EVE SA (Palaiseau, France) to accelerate the validation of its image processing LSI designs.
IC shortages seen, but inventories grow
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The IC industry is recovering, but there are also signs of growing chip inventories in the channels.
Power management IC vendor files for $91M IPO
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Power management IC vendor Alpha & Omega Semiconductor filed a registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial public offering worth about $91 million, according to a report.
Analyst: Spansion's EcoRAM 'nearly dead'
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4/1/2010   Post a comment
At one time, Spansion Inc. was touting its green memory line as a replacement for DRAMs in servers.
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