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Tundra bringt Host-Brücke für PowerPC
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9/29/2004   Post a comment
Der kanadische Halbleiterhersteller Tundra Semiconductors will bis Anfang kommenden Jahres eine Reihe von Unterstützungs-Bausteinen für den PowerPC auf den Markt bringen. Als erstes kommt eine PowerPC-to-PCI-X-Bridge.
Corporate capex to boost electronics sales to $1T in 2004
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9/28/2004   Post a comment
Pent up demand for electronic systems within the corporate sector will help boost the global electronics market to $1.1 trillion in revenue in 2004, according to iSuppli Corp. (El Segundo, Calif.).
O2Micro receives patent for media reader
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9/27/2004   Post a comment
O2Micro International Ltd. (Santa Clara, Calif.) has been granted 16 claims under United States patent number 6,779,059 for its reconfigurable Flash Media Reader system
Infineon, Volkswagen roll 'basic' telematics platform
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9/27/2004   Post a comment
A new telematics platform rolled out by Volkswagen and Infineon Technologies AG seeks to provide a scalable platform for in-car telephony.
Toshiba, Microtune team to develop HDTV module
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9/27/2004   Post a comment
Microtune Inc. (Plano, Texas) and Toshiba Corp.'s Toshiba Module Group have cooperated to develop a digital cable-ready TV tuner module that will be used in a number of high-definition televisions (HDTVs) Toshiba is unveiling
LG.Philips LCD launches sixth-generation fab
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9/24/2004   Post a comment
LG.Philips LCD Co. Ltd. (Seoul) has announced that its new sixth-generation thin-film-transistor (TFT) liquid crystal display (LCD) fab, designated P6, has begun mass producing panels for LCD TVs and desktop monitors.
Plexus to close Seattle plant in $10M restructuring
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9/23/2004   Post a comment
In the latest phase of its ongoing reorganization, Plexus Corp. said it will close its manufacturing facility in Bothell, Wash., near Seattle.
Jaco Electronics sells EMS unit, expands display ops
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9/22/2004   Post a comment
As electronics manufacturing service (EMS) providers continue to be profit-challenged, Jaco Electronics Inc. is exiting the business to focus on a segment that has been a boon for components distributors with the knowhow: flat panel displays.
Tax break planned for products using Chinese ICs
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9/22/2004   Post a comment
After agreeing to scrap a value added tax rebate on integrated circuits made in China, the Chinese government has announced a plan to apply a similar rebate on products that contain ICs made in China.
Hitachi, Agilent raise bar on Fibre Channel drive performance
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9/21/2004   Post a comment
Hitachi Global Storage Technologies and Agilent Technologies Inc. announced they have successfully achieved 4 Gbit/s (gigabyte per second) performance in the Fibre Channel Arbitrated Loop (FCAL) interoperability test, paving the way for 4 Gbit/s Fibre Channel hard drives for fast enterprise computing systems.
Agilent, VXI Technology roll out LXI standard
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9/21/2004   Post a comment
Combining the attributes of rack-and-stack instruments and modular test capabilities rolled into compact and flexible packages, Agilent Technologiesand VXI Technologyare debuting a new LAN extensions for instrumentation standard called LXI. It's billed as the industry's next-generation LAN-based modular platform standard for automated test systems.
Power plant is safe from the elements
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9/18/2004   1 comment
Transistor Devices' (TDI) new environmentally sealed DC power plant provides outside plant power, DC distribution, battery back-up and remote monitoring and alarm capabilities in a front access, weather-resistant enclosure for remote site telecommunications applications. The systems deliver up to 1,000 watts of 24 or 48 VDC power with up 4 hours of battery backup if the power line fails.
PDUs for Pulsar UPSes extend flexibility
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9/17/2004   Post a comment
MGE UPS Systems' new Pulsar power distribution units (PDUs), for the company's line of uninterruptible power supplies (UPSes) carrying the same name, provide a full complement of mounting options, numerous input plug/output receptacle choices and configurations that include a convenient maintenance bypass switch. In addition, the new PDUs are fully compatible with any UPS sporting an appropriate output receptacle.
ATI develops memory technology that cuts PC costs
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9/17/2004   Post a comment
ATI Technologies (Markham, Ontario) has developed a memory technology that enables visual processors to use system memory for graphics processing, thus lessening dependence on graphics memory and lowering system costs.
World's smallest PXA270 embedded CPU card?
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9/15/2004   Post a comment
Board maker Strategic Test has a tiny single-board computer with an Intel PXA270 processor aboard. Measuring just 1.2 x 2.6 x 0.16 inches, it's packaged as a DIMM200-compatible module that's optimized for embedded and mobile designs where low-power and extremely small size are design factors.
RFID tags ubiquitous by 2010, MIT prof predicts
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9/15/2004   Post a comment
Kevin Ashton, vice president of ThingMagic Inc. and cofounder of the MIT Auto-ID Center, told a keynote audience at the Embedded Security Seminar conference in Boston that global RF sensor networks will be ubiquitous to the point of invisibility within a few years.
Multi-channel 105-MHz data converter PMC module is DC-coupled
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9/15/2004   Post a comment
Board maker Interactive Circuits and Systems is debuting a DC-coupled version of a previously released 4-channel PMC module. The latest board can handle high-speed baseband sampling requirements as needed for communications, radar, and test-and-measurement applications. The DC-coupled inputs are especially useful for baseband sampling in software defined radios.
USB 2.0 bus-powered reference design sets sights on TV into a PC
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9/14/2004   Post a comment
Conexant introduces the first complete USB 2.0 bus-powered reference design to enable high-quality broadcast television applications on a notebook or desktop computer. The new offering is based on the company's CX25840 integrated audio/video decoder.
CompactPCI high-bandwidth board is highly scalable
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9/14/2004   Post a comment
Board-level computer maker Innovative Integration is rolling out some highly scalable cPCI-based SBCs with very high bandwidth specs. These boards are fast enough to support high-end applications such as software-defined radios, wireless Internet, ultra-fast data acquisition, vector signal generation, signal identification, radar, and electronic warfare systems. They also pack fast DSPs and up to 6-million gate FPGAs.
Powerful single-board computer houses dual DSPs
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9/13/2004   Post a comment
Here's news of a powerful standalone DSP board pckaged in a 160 x100-mm 3U form-factor that's capable of completely autonomous DSP and networked operation. Packing a C-friendly TI TMS320C6713 floating-point DSP, this single-board computer features two open-architecture I/O expansion sites that are compatible with more than fifteen off-the-shelf daughter cards.
Group forms to define storage interface for handhelds
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9/10/2004   Post a comment
An industry group led by Intel Corp. announced Thursday (Sept. 9) they would collaborate to define a standard interface for small form factor disk drives used in handheld and consumer electronics products.
STMicro schnürt Paket für Trusted Computing
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9/10/2004   Post a comment
Eine Plattform für die Entwicklung von Trusted-Computing-Lösungen hat STMicroelectronics auf den Markt gebracht. Die Plattform besteht aus einem 8-Bit-Mikrocontroller nebst komplettem Softwarestack. Damit soll das Trusted-Computing-Konzept nicht nur auf PCs heimisch gemacht werden, sondern auch auf Mobilrechnern und Geräten der Consumer-Elektronik.
Qualcomm to acquire display supplier
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9/9/2004   Post a comment
Qualcomm Inc. has signed an agreement to acquire Iridigm Display Corp., a privately held display technology company, for $170 million as the wireless handset provider seeks to lower manufacturing costs for color mobile phone displays.
CAN We Talk?
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9/9/2004   Post a comment
Niall Murphy recently spent some time working on systems with more than one processor and had some fun getting them to talk to one another. Distributed systems require protocols for communication between devices. CAN and SPI are two of the most common. In this column, he looks at some of the issues that arise in designing ad hoc protocols for small systems. He also comments on his experiences with SPI and CAN. A tutorial from Embedded Systems Programming.
Tellabs shaves $4 million off AFC acquisition deal
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9/8/2004   Post a comment
Amid financial questions, Tellabs has amended an acquisition agreement with AFC, a move that will cut approximately $4 million off an acquisition deal announced in May.
Creation expands EMS footprint with Second Source buy
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9/8/2004   Post a comment
As EMS consolidation continues, Creation Technologies Inc. announced it has acquired Second Source System Inc. (Richardson, Texas), a privately held contract manufacturer with projected 2004 revenue of $16 million.
Embedded optical time-domain reflectometry modules can work as sensors
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9/7/2004   Post a comment
Anritsu's got some nifty optical time-domain reflectometry modules that can be applied to quite a wide variety of applications. Not only can they be used to maintain cabling in lightwave-based networks, but they also have applicability as sensors. eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn gives them an approving nod.
Network processor blade is for Internet Protocol packet-processing
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9/2/2004   Post a comment
Force Computers announces its CPCI-920/922 next-generation CPCI/PICMG 2.16 network processor blade for Internet Protocol packet-processing applications.
Soft PLC packs motion control functions
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9/2/2004   Post a comment
Soft PLC PC Worx Softcontrol MC from Phoenix Contact software provides machines with powerful sequential control and integrated motion control. A variety of motion functions such as electronic gearing systems, cam discs and flying saws can be coordinated and implemented in the same PLC program along with the sequential control.
Amplicon disty appointment says "Yes" to Europe
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9/2/2004   Post a comment
Amplicon Liveline, a UK based industrial computer manufacturer, announces the appointment of three distributors in Europe.
PC-hosted software rides herd on CAN Bus
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9/1/2004   Post a comment
Here's a review of new PC-based software and hardware that can acquire data from an in-vehicle network. Use it to gather engineering data to analyze a vehicle's performance, using data from networks conforming to both CAN and J1850 standards. eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn describes the system in detail.
Fluke hands off UK PCB assembly to Plexus
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9/1/2004   Post a comment
Electronics manufacturing services provider Plexus Corp. announced an agreement to take over printed circuit board assembly for Fluke Precision Measurement in the United Kingdom.
Chip liest Fingerabruck und verarbeitet die Daten
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9/1/2004   Post a comment
Ein komplettes Biometrie-Modul mit integrierter Datenverarbeitungseinheit stellt der Mixed-Signal-Spezialist Atmel vor. Das Modul ist zum Einbau in Zugangskontrollanlagen, Schlösser, Point-of-Sales-Terminals und andere Sicherheitseinrichtungen vorgesehen.
RapidIO drängt in die Datenkommunikation
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9/1/2004   Post a comment
Die RapidIO Trade Association hat zwei Spezifikationen verabschiedet, die als Schlüssel für den Einsatz paketorientierter Daten-Applikationen in Kommunikationssystemen gelten.


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