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ARM wrestles rivals to stay on top of embedded market
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Ensconced as the premier providers of licensable embedded processor technology, ARM Ltd. and MIPS Technologies Inc. are seeking growth through new markets while attempting to hold off the challenge of insurgent architectures.
PC growth slows, but installed based will be huge this decade
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BUFFALO GROVE Ill.--The personal computer market, now nearly 25 years old, is beginning to slow down and show signs of maturing. That of course means slower unit growth, which will remain below 10%, according to market researchers at eTForecasts here today.
Don't be fooled by Q1 chip surge; recovery remains gradual, says analyst
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Hang on. Here comes a speed bump to slow down the 2002 semiconductor recovery, after chip sales grew at their fastest sequential rate in the first quarter of this year since the mid-1980s.
Improving NAT Performance with Stateful Traffic Analysis
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Firewall designers integrating NAT/PAT functionality can turn to secure flow processing engines to speed execution and in turn speed overall system performance.
Conexant's foundry spin-off becomes 'Jazz Semiconductor,' serves 27 customers
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NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.-- Conexant Systems Inc.'s new spin-off "specialty" foundry company today was officially named Jazz Semiconductor Inc.
Voice gateways pose challenges to design engineers
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As the adoption of Voice over IP (VoIP) has accelerated, it has taken on a variety of forms in different application spaces. More than 15 million VoIP ports are in use today, primarily in the infrastructure, often without consumers even being aware that they are talking over VoIP lines.
Telephone moves to broadband
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Voice-over-broadband (VoB) represents the next incremental step in the evolution of the global voice/data network from a circuit- to packet-switching architecture.
Standards, test requirements needed for toll quality VoIP
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Why do people pay for choppy and unreliable cell phone service?
Rough start, but voice market growing
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The recent carnage in the next-generation voice space among established North American players as well as startups is yet another reminder that hype alone won't do the job.
Real-time tuning critical for voice quality
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Internet Protocol (IP) phones is a DSP market segment that is particularly hot.
Optimizing softswitches: international versus national long distance
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The similarities between softswitches optimized for international long distance (ILD) and those optimized for national long distance (NLD) are strong and fundamental.
IP voice quality: Getting a handle on echo control
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Broadband networks represent excellent data delivery platforms, handling a variety of multimedia applications that could include voice traffic.
IP routing key to integrated services
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For years, people in the industry have talked about providing fully integrated voice, video and data services through the same network equipment.
Digital voice market needs novel apps
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Much of the hype around voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) to date has focused on the technology's ability to deliver exciting new services that are not possible in the narrowband public switched telephone network (PSTN).
Deploying service at the network edge
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The best way to build out the Internet for the delivery of next generation services has been a topic of debate in recent years.
Channelized DSL targets multiservice
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There are essentially three ways to transport voice traffic over a copper phone line using digital subscriber line (DSL) bandwidth: voice-over-Internet Protocol (IP), voice-over-asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) and channelized voice-over-DSL.
Advanced analog voice solutions in a VoIP world
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VoIP holds out the promise that the wired desktop will converge into one major appliance, allowing companies to do away with traditional analog telephones and FAX machines and avoid installing both Ethernet and twisted-pair copper lines throughout the building.
ASML says upturn underway in lithography after major order from foundry
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VELDHOVEN, the Netherlands--A huge order for 200-mm and 300-mm wafer photolithography systems has been received by ASML Holding N.V here from a unnamed "major foundry" in Asia--widely believed to be Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd., the world's largest silicon foundry.
GaAs IC revenues will recover with 17% growth in 2002, says new report
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NEW TRIPOLI, Pa. -- After plunging 33% in 2001, the market for gallium-arsenide (GaAs) integrated circuits is now expected to grow 17% and reach $1.9 billion in 2002 with cellular phones applications helping to revive revenues this year, said a new report from The Information Network here. The research firm is predicts that worldwide GaAs IC revenues will reach $4.2 billion in 2005.
Turning to MIMO for Non-LOS Wireless Operation
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With interest in fixed broadband wireless at an all time high, designers must build systems that account for tough non line-of-sight RF environments. Fortunately, MIMO antenna schemes are coming to the rescue.
Signal Integrity Sign-Off Verification
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The proliferation of deep-submicron technology has made the awareness and verification of signal-integrity (SI) issues an important part of chip development. Magma Design Automation's Rajit Chandra offers an overview of SI effects of which you need to be aware throughout the design process.
On Semi claims breakthrough in standby performance for power controller
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PHOENIX -- On Semiconductor Corp. claimed a breakthrough in low standby power dissipation in a new pulse width modulator (PWM) current-mode controller for high-voltage and off-line power conversion applications.
Flash Storage Alternatives for the Low-Pin-Count (LPC) Bus
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Sharon Dagan of M-Systems discusses trends in the embedded market that have brought about the decline of the ISA bus and its replacement by the Low Pin Count (LPC) bus. Ms. Dagan also reviews LPC bus benefits, various storage solutions supporting the LPC bus, and a case study showing migration from ISA to LPC bus on a thin-client platform.
Infineon forms new wireless unit, de-emphasizes cordless phone chip activities
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MUNICH -- Infineon Technologies AG today announced formation of a new Local Area Wireless business unit to address applications using Bluetooth radio-frequency (RF) connections and wireless local area networking (WLAN) technologies. The Munich chip maker also indicated that the move was part of a new strategy to refocus resources to avoid price wars in the digital cordless phone segments.
Cypress forms magnetic RAM subsidiary
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Cypress Semiconductor Corp. has formed a subsidiary to develop magnetic RAMs using technology licensed from a start-up company located in Eden Prairie, Minn.
Infineon signs production deal with Taiwan's Nanya
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TAOYUAN, Taiwan -- Infineon Technologies AG confirmed today that it has signed an agreement with Nanya Technology Corp. to build a 300mm-wafer facility in Taiwan, a deal that would significantly increase the German chipmaker's market share.
OFDM Uncovered Part 1: The Architecture
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OFDM is quickly becoming the de-facto modulation scheme for WLAN architectures around the world. In Part 1 of this series we look at the OFDM architecture and how it handles multipath fading problems.
Micron gives up on negotiating purchase of Hynix memory business
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BOISE, Idaho--Micron Technology Inc. today officially threw in the towel and said it was withdrawing from negotiations with Hynix Semiconductor Inc. in a failed attempt to buy the Korean company's memory business.
Sarnoff launches UV-light inspection system for wafers, photomasks
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PRINCETON, N.J. -- Sarnoff Corp. here this week announced it has applied charged-coupled device (CCD) technology and its camera expertise to develop a new deep-submicron semiconductor inspection system, which uses ultraviolet light and high-speed UV-sensitive cameras to find defects in photomasks and wafers.
Infineon, Nanya plan 300-mm fab in Taiwan and DRAM process development
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TAOYUEN, Taiwan -- After months of negotiations, Nanya Technology Corp. here and Germany's Infineon Technologies AG today announced a non-binding memorandum of understanding to co-develop next-generation DRAM processes for 300-mm wafers at the 90-nm and 70-nm technology nodes.
Electromagnetic Modeling of RF MEMS Devices
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The use of MEMS components in RF systems is on the rise due to their low cost, small area, and high performance. Ansoft's Nick Campbell discusses the design and analysis of a tunable LC filter for wireless applications.
A new true single supply power amplifier solution for dual and tri-band handsets
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5/1/2002   Post a comment
Until recently, the depletion-mode GaAs antenna drivers used in most cell phones required a negative rail generator. This paper, reprinted from Microwave Engineering in the UK, describes the implementation of a three-stage dual-band single supply RF power amplifier for cellular handsets. With output matching, this device can be easily used in tri-band applications (GSM900/DCS1800/PCS1900). The IC is fabricated using 1m pHEMT enhancement mode technology developed specifically for single 3.6-V sup
LSI Logic becomes first to license ARM's new synthesizable processor core
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SAN JOSE -- LSI Logic Corp. today announced plans to use ARM Ltd.'s new synthesizable 32-bit ARM1026EJ-S microprocessor core in system-on-chip designs for advanced communications, storage, and consumer electronics applications. Making the announcement at the Embedded Processor Forum here, LSI Logic said it was the first semiconductor company to license ARM's new core, which was introduced at the meeting on Tuesday.
Integrating Radios Needs Fine-Tuning
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The integration of RF into single-chip devices is an ongoing challenge. A strategic plan should be developed based on what to integrate and when.
Homegrown Emulation Specs Out Comms IC
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The most challenging and time-consuming step in the design of any chip is the verification: The more complex the chip, the greater the verification task.
Guidelines for Taking Your Idea to Market
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So, you've been walking, driving, even showering with this great idea in your head. The time is right to be your own boss and take your idea to market.
Analog Array Boards Microcontroller Chip
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Implementing configurable logic blocks on a microcontroller IC is by now an established practice.
Transactions Take Object-based Route
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Today's system designs are almost always centered on processing complex transactions, but verifying such designs at the level of individual signals, bits and bytes with Verilog or VHDL testbenches is rapidly becoming impractical.
Notebook processors sizzling, and that's a problem
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Mobile-processor suppliers say they are prepared to accept the challenge, which is expected to arise with the advent of 5GHz chips that consist of 300 million or more transistors and are manufactured on 90nm-and-finer linewidths. Among the array of solutions are techniques like clock gating, dynamic frequency scaling, new IC packaging, and the use of larger on-chip caches that designers say will allow CPUs to consume a respectable 3W of power or less through 2004. Without new methods for curbi
Infineon and Nanya poised to sign DRAM deal
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TAOYUAN, Taiwan -- Infineon Technologies AG is poised to team up with Nanya Technology Corp., the latest bid by the German chipmaker to expand in the fast-consolidating DRAM market. Infineon will establish a joint venture with Nanya to build 300mm wafer facilities in Taiwan and develop process technologies, Nanya chairman Y. C. Wang said in a public appearance today. The two companies are slated to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) tomorrow, when details will be revealed.
MIPS licenses 32-bit RISC to Fulcrum for clockless communications processor
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SAN JOSE -- MIPS Technologies Inc. announced it has licensed the company's 32-bit RISC instruction set architecture to fabless startup Fulcrum Microsystems Inc. in Calabasas Hills, Calif., which plans to use the technology to develop a high-performance clockless processor for wireline communications.
TI teams with nearby Microtune to jointly pursue cable modem applications
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DALLAS -- Texas Instruments Inc. here and six-year-old Microtune Inc. in the Dallas suburb of Plano are teaming up for the first time to jointly develop and offer chip set solutions for baseband communications applications using data over cable service interface specification (known as "DOCSIS").
So many callers, so little time: PFT engine slices wideband frequency channels
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RF Engine's Vectis family DSP cores, announced April 17, perform complex filtering faster than any general-purpose processor. In addition to channel selection and filtering for cellular applications, Vectis' developer - a military contractor gone commercial - believes the cores support VDSL communications as well as signal intelligence for defense. The vectis4000R2 core, which processes data continuously at a 200 Msamples/s rate, can be implemented with room-to-spare on Xilinx Virtex/E FPGA. Th
Embedding Call Monitoring in VoIP Designs
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With QoS issues plaguing VoIP systems, designers need to find ways to monitor traffic that can accurately determine voice quality. Embedded passive monitoring agents could hold the key to success.
Convergence Processors Cleave Gordian Knot Of Multiprotocol Data
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Through the looking glass of history, it is likely to take the better part of 10 to 15 years to migrate to a predominantly packet-based network. In the meantime, convergence technologies must bridge the gap.
Advanced ICs Allow Security Integration
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Merchant-market ICs are letting designers integrate SSL and IPSec into their system-and still maintain throughput. But caveat emptor!
Memory Options Explode for Network Processors
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With options come choices, which force the designer to accurately match the design requirements against the memory's characteristics.
Processor Task Segregation Conquers Voice over IP
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While network processors are a boon to VoIP, task segregation between these processors and incumbent DSPs brings about its own problems.
New DSP Architectures Go "Post-Harvard" for Higher Performance and Flexibility
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Several "buffed-up" DSP architectures are breaking new ground in performance and flexibility. Rich Quinnell discusses how extended RISC processors, enhanced conventional DSPs, and unique high-performance architectures are helping DSP become a fundamental building block for virtually any system.
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