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Posted by inet on 2005-10-26       Article Source : EE Times

LONDON — Silicon foundry and ASIC specialist Austriamicrosystems AG announced that it had raised profits and sales in the third quarter of 2005 compared with the same quarter a year before. The company, which is pursuing mixed-signal, audio and power management applications, said it expects the improvement to continue in the fourth quarter and through 2006.

Austriamicrosystems (Graz, Austria) made a net profit of 6.0 million euro (about $7.2 million) on revenues of 46.4 million euro (about $55.8 million) in the third

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Posted by iNext on 2005-10-26       Article Source : CRN

Intel is addressing a shortage of chip sets for its low-end desktop motherboards by using devices from ATI Technologies. The microprocessor maker also disclosed changes to its high-end server roadmaps.

Intel placed information about its D101GGC motherboard, which uses ATI's Radeon Xpress 200 chipset, on its reseller website Monday. An Intel spokesman declined to comment about the product, beyond saying Intel plans to use third-party chipssets in some of its motherboard but has yet to reveal which ones.

Pricing and

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Posted by inet on 2005-10-25       Article Source : EE Times

LONDON — P.A. Semi Inc., founded by microprocessor designer Dan Dobberpuhl, has announced the PWRficient processor family, a 64-bit multicore, scalable processor line based on the Power Architecture from IBM.

The company, mainly silent for the last two years, already has 150 people on its engineering team and claims its processor architecture can deliver a tenfold advantage in performance per watt over existing processors while achieving in excess of 2-GHz clock frequency. However, despite the length of time spent working in secrecy

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Posted by iNext on 2005-10-25       Article Source : CRN

The techniques for intrusions are becoming more complex and harder to detect, ranging from those that leverage known vulnerabilities to those that directly attack directories. As a result, solution providers need more advanced layered security systems to protect their customers.
F5 Networks, Seattle, is taking a different approach to protecting applications with its BIG-IP Application Security Module (ASM). The product focuses on protecting applications from compromise and offers a uniqueness not commonly found in other application protection systems: It does not rely

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-24       Article Source : CRN

EMC this week is making its foray into the already crowded continuous data protection space with a new software application that puts the company in direct competition with rivals such as Symantec and IBM.

The Hopkinton, Mass., storage giant also is introducing a new backup reporting and analysis tool and enhanced its Legato NetWorker software with improved disk-based backup and security.

EMC’s new RecoverPoint application offers continuous data protection (CDP) under enterprise Unix and Windows environments, said Rob Emsley, director

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Posted by iMark on 2005-10-24       Article Source : CRN

Taking the next step after vowing to become more competitive with its brand, Lexmark on Monday plans to unveil a lineup of color laser printers that breaks the $500 barrier.

The Lexington, Ky., company is making an aggressive move in the midrange and low-end network-ready color space. Among the new units are the C520n and the C522n, systems that run up to 20 ppm with list pricing of $499.

“If you look at color, it’s an exploding opportunity,” said John

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Posted by iMark on 2005-10-23       Article Source : EE Times

SINGAPORE — Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Pte. Ltd. President and CEO Chia Song Hwee credited much of the firm's revenue growth in the third quarter to a ramp in 90-nm production at its new 300-mm fab, but admitted continuation of the plant’s strong output was by no means guaranteed.

In a conference call on the firm's third quarter results Oct. 21, Chia said 90-nm revenues at Chartered's 300-mm fab, which began commercial shipments in June, increased by over $70 million sequentially, marking the

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Posted by iMark on 2005-10-23       Article Source : Networking Pipeline

A Senate panel yesterday set a deadline of April 7, 2009 to require television stations to switch to all-digital broadcasts, and requiring that the airwaves be returned to the government, according to the Reuters news agency. The government would sell off some of the wireless spectrum for $10 billion or more, while the remainder would be used for emergency responders.

The legislation, approved by the Senate Commerce Committee, still has to clear the full Senate, be merged with a bill in the

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Posted by iMark on 2005-10-22       Article Source : CRN

Advanced Micro Devices is for the first time supporting VARs and integrators with a dedicated channel program, as the microprocessor maker works to deepen its penetration into the commercial market.

An addition to the company’s traditional system builder effort, the new three-tier AMD Commercial Channel Access Program launched this week will provide VARs and integrators with technical support, dedicated channel managers, promotion of joint AMD-partner solutions and seed units.

Executives declined to reveal AMD’s financial investment in the program. Four

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Posted by iMark on 2005-10-22       Article Source : EE Times

Japan’s Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. said it will start shipping “system LSI devices” based on its 65-nm process at the end of October — or roughly two months ahead of schedule.

Matsushita (Tokyo) plans to ship the devices from its new 300-mm fab. The plant, which broke ground in June 2004, is located in the Toyama Prefecture in central Japan.

The company claims to be the first to ship mass-produced, 65-nm system LSIs for digital consumer electronics. The first

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Posted by inet on 2005-10-21       Article Source : EE Times

LONDON — Analogix Semiconductor Inc. is expected to announce Monday (Oct. 24) the first integrated circuit to support the DisplayPort high definition interface specification prepared by the Video Electronics Standard Association (VESA).

Analogix (Santa Clara, Calif.) said in a statement posted on the company's website that with Genesis Microchip Inc., it had successfully demonstrated the DisplayPort interface prototype to VESA’s Display Systems Committee in September.

Analogix, which has development operations in Beijing, China, has in the past introduced physical-layer transceiver

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-21       Article Source : EE Times

SAN FRANCISCO — Claiming an industry first, Cypress Semiconductor Corp. Wednesday (Oct. 19) introduced an industrial-temperature-grade USB 2.0 programmable microcontroller.
Cypress (San Jose, Calif.) said it now offers its EZ-USB FX2LP controller with a temperature rating of -40 degrees Celsius to105 degrees Celsius, providing what the company called an "ideal solution" for implementing high-speed USB in industrial, automotive and military applications.

The EZ-USB FX2LP device is a fully integrated peripheral controller, including an 8051 microprocessor, a serial interface engine, a

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Posted by iTech on 2005-10-20       Article Source : EE Times

MANHASSET, N.Y. — In the latest attempt to unify the divergent Blu-ray Disc and HD-DVD optical disk formats, Hewlett-Packard Corp. has formally appealed to the Blu-ray Disc Association to incorporate two key technologies in the format.

One technology is Managed Copy, which enables consumers to make legitimate copies of their HD movies. The other technology, iHD, provides consumers enhanced content, navigation, and functionality for HD films to provide a higher-level interactive experience.

Both technologies are currently supported in the HD-DVD format, but

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Posted by inet on 2005-10-20       Article Source : EE Times

MANHASSET, N.Y. — Electronic paper display technology E Ink Corp. and thin-film-transistor (TFT) liquid crystal display supplier LG.Philips LCD have developed a 10.1-inch flexible electronic paper display the companies believe is the largest flexible display produced to date.

The tablet-size display, to be shown at the FPD International trade show in Japan, measures less than 300 microns thick. The thin paper-white display achieves super VGA (600 x 800) resolution at 100 pixels per inch and has a 10:1 contrast ratio with four grayscale

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Posted by inet on 2005-10-19       Article Source : TechWeb News

Fujitsu Computer Systems on Tuesday unveiled a blade server and rack server powered by dual-core Opteron processors from Advanced Micro Devices Inc.

The Primergy BX630 blade computer and the Primergy RX220 rack server offer an architecture that can be combined with other hardware in the data center for optimal efficiency and density and a higher return on investment, officials with the Sunnyvale, Calif., company said. The efficiency message that Fujitsu is pitching is similar to the sell that AMD is using for

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