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Posted by iMark on 2005-12-03       Article Source : TechWeb News

Logitech and Creative, which together own about three-quarters of the Webcam market, joined Skype on Thursday to co-market the Luxembourg-based VoIP developer's newest software with their cameras and headsets.

On Thursday, Skype released the beta version of Skype 2.0, which features integrated video calling.

Skype worked with Logitech and Creative to ensure that their webcams would work properly with the new video function of Skype 2.0, company officials said.

Many of Logitech's QuickCam line of webcams have been

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Posted by iNext on 2005-12-03       Article Source : EE Times

Motorola Inc. and PIPS Technology are releasing an innovative license plate reader technology to public safety organizations nationwide.

Called Automatic License Plate Recognition (ALPR), the technology installed in police cars "reads" vehicle plates as they enter the view of a vehicle-mounted or roadside infrared camera, and checks them against a database for nearly instantaneous identification. The system runs continuously, automatically capturing images of license plates with a camera that works in nearly every lighting condition.

"This technology is completely automated and built

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Posted by iNext on 2005-12-02       Article Source : EE Times

Market research company iSuppli Corp. has ranked the top 25 semiconductor companies in terms of their projected 2005 revenues and reckons number one ranked Intel Corp. will leap ahead of its competition with 14.4 percent annual growth.

The only chip companies set to outgrow Intel are IBM Corp. which iSuppli (El Segundo, Calif.) predicts will achieve 30 percent growth and Hynix Semiconductor Inc. which the market researchers has growing at 18.5 percent.

The market research company includes fabless chip companies

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Posted by iMark on 2005-12-02       Article Source : EE Times

The University of Tokyo and Sharp Corp. have established Todai-Sharp Laboratories, an institute aimed at conducting research and development for flexible electronics.

The laboratory has been formed by the Nanoelectronics Collaborative Research Center (NCRC), part of the Institute for Industrial Science at the University of Tokyo and activities are slated to begin this month.

Researchers primarily from within the University of Tokyo will be recruited and selected as full-time researchers for the project and will be resident at Todai-Sharp Laboratories

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Posted by inet on 2005-12-01       Article Source : InformationWeek

By getting atoms to spin simultaneously in opposite directions, scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology make advancements toward creating applications that could help computers solve problems much faster.
Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have enticed six atoms into spinning simultaneously in two opposite directions in an experiment that could advance quantum computing.

Researchers believe quantum computers could solve problems exponentially faster than today's computers of a similar size. It would take

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Posted by iMark on 2005-12-01       Article Source : EE Times

HILLSBORO, Ore. — Intel Corp. on Wednesday (Nov. 30) said that it expects to see shortages for its chipset lines at least until the first half of 2006.
For months, the microprocessor giant has experienced shortages for its notebook-based chipsets in the marketplace. Intel’s chipset lines are still “tight” and the shortages are expected to extend until a “fair portion for the first part of next year,” said Andy Bryant, senior vice president and chief financial officer at Intel.


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Posted by inet on 2005-12-01       Article Source : EE Times

BANGALORE, India — Samsung has become the latest to join the bandwagon of global handset makers that have recently announced either manufacturing or assembly operations in India.

The South Korean company plans to start a plant at Chandigarh in Haryana in northern India, according to a Press Trust of India Report Wednesday (Nov. 30), initially investing $15 million.

The plans were reportedly disclosed to the chief Minister of Haryana during his ongoing visit to Seoul by Ki Tae Lee, president,

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Posted by iMark on 2005-12-01       Article Source : TechWeb News

The lackluster hard disk drive (HDD) market will receive a shot in the arm from the booming small form factor and Mobile PC HDD segments driving worldwide HDD semiconductor markets to a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.6 percent to 2009, according to research firm IDC.

In a report release Tuesday, IDC said the small form factor HDD segment has a 39.4 percent CAGR over the same period. By 2009, the market research firm expects almost 25 percent of the market

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-30   

MANHASSET, N.Y. — Disk drive supplier Seagate Technology LLC has implemented Sony Corp.’s Cybercapture technology in a 1-in. hard disk drive, paving the way for faster recording of photographic and video data.

Seagate (Scotts Valley, Calif.) teamed with Japan-based Sony to employ the Cybercapture technology its Compactvault removable hard disc media drive that uses Seagate's CompactFlash photo hard drive, following a joint implementation effort between both companies.

Seagate is locked in a heated battle with rivals Hitachi Global Storage Technologies and Toshiba

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Posted by iMark on 2005-11-30       Article Source : EE Times

MANHASSET, N.Y. — NanoDynamics Inc. has announced it would commercialize nanowire fabrication technologies developed by its New Zealand-based partner, Nano Cluster Devices Ltd., to make possible a new generation of nanoscale electronic devices and semiconductors.

NanoDynamics (Buffalo, N.Y.) will deploy technology by Nano Cluster Devices that uses a bottoms-up manufacturing approach with atomic clusters.

"Atomic clusters exhibit a range of useful electrical, chemical, and magnetic properties, demonstrating great potential as the building blocks of nanoscale electronic and complex semiconductor devices," said Simon

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-30       Article Source : EE Times

LONDON — Philips Semiconductors has introduced two Nexperia semiconductor platforms for televisions with liquid crystal displays.

The TV810 reference design an integrated analog/digital hybrid system suitable for global analog and digital broadcast TV sets with matrix displays including LCD, plasma, moving-mirror and liquid-crystal on silicon (LCOS) displays, Philips said.

The PNX5050 offers high-definition resolution and integrate motion compensated de-interlacing with “movie judder”’ cancellation.

Philips’ judder cancellation technology increases the clarity of fast-moving high-definition images, especially film material originating

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Posted by iTech on 2005-11-29       Article Source : EE Times

MANHASSET, N.Y. — Motorola Inc. and Skyworks Solutions Inc. have agreed to produce complete Edge radios based on Skyworks’ Helios DigRF Radio solution.

The chipset will be designed to support next-generation mobile handsets featuring high-speed Web browsing, music downloads and streaming video.

DigRF Edge requires just 10 external components to implement a complete RF section with a digital interface. Motorola (Libertyville, Ill.) may leverage the DigRF Edge solution in the design of several of its next-generation mobile handsets.

"Skyworks' Helios Edge

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Posted by iMark on 2005-11-29       Article Source : TechWeb News

Early users of Microsoft's Xbox 360 are coming up with innovative ways to fix some of the first reported glitches plaguing the new videogame console. One of the fixes involves dangling the unit's power supply in midair with string.
Within days of the Xbox 360's launch a week ago, users began reporting intermittent crashes, screen freezing, and display artifacting.

One gamer, identified only as "Goldeneyemaster," wrote on the Gamespot message forum Wednesday that he had stopped the crashes by suspending

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Posted by inet on 2005-11-29       Article Source : EE Times

Agilent Technologies Inc. has introduced an image pipe processor that allows mobile phone and computing devices to take lifelike, rich color photos in all lighting conditions.

The image pipe is integrated in Agilent's family of system-on-chip (SOC) sensors, which feature the enhanced-performance (EP) pixel architecture.

The pipe accommodates various lighting conditions, from indoor to sunlight to fluorescent, and can enhance overexposed or underexposed images. It provides automatic illuminant detection and highly advanced exposure control, pixel correction and contrast control.

According to

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-28       Article Source : EE Times

South Korean electronics giant Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. said it has developed a flexible seven-inch diagonal thin-film transistor LCD on which uses plastic substrate to display 640 by 480 pixel resolution television video pictures.

The plastic substrate that is thinner, lighter and more durable than conventional LCD glass panels, the firm said, and will maintain a constant thickness even when it is bent.

The display is intended for use in notebook computers, cell phones and it could even be included

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