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Posted by inet on 2006-04-02       Article Source : VARBusiness

Back in the '90s, thin-client talk was all the rage. Whether it was Oracle's Larry Ellison or Sun's Scott McNealy, executives from across the IT landscape were heralding network-based "dumb" boxes as the eventual slayers of traditional PCs.

Of course, that hasn't happened. PCs still abound. Yet for a number of reasons today, there is renewed interest in thin-client computing. Customers are desperate to lower the costs associated with owning and managing PCs. Paramount to that, they want to make sure that critical

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Posted by iMark on 2006-04-01   

Dell is the latest PC vendor to roll out new business notebooks based on Intel's Core Duo processors with the option for broadband wireless data connectivity.

At a press event Tuesday night at the well-known New York steakhouse Sparks, the direct PC seller announced it has updated its flagship Latitude line of business notebooks. Dell's new mobile lineup consists of two new business-class notebooks that emphasize portability, connectivity and security, along with two desktop-replacement systems that boast workstation-type functionality.

Although the

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Posted by iTech on 2006-03-31       Article Source : EE Times

BANGALORE, India — India, with its huge consumer population and its intellectual capacity, is shaping up as a burgeoning market for semiconductors, according to the head of Texas Instruments Inc.

TI—the first multinational tech company to set up an R&D center in India, in 1984—will continue to commit resources to technology innovation from India, said Rich Templeton, TI’s president and chief executive officer. Such commitment will help the company’s customers take advantage of the growing opportunities in communications and entertainment in India

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Posted by iMark on 2006-03-29       Article Source : EE Times

NEW YORK, N.Y. — Corning Inc. is trying to do its part to ensure that future liquid crystal displays are not harmful to the environment.

Corning (Corning, N.Y.) has launched what it claims is the first LCD glass substrate free of heavy metals. Called Eagle XG, the glass is formulated without arsenic, antimony, and barium--- all metals often present in existing LCD glass formulations.

The company has for years been trying to phase out the use of heavy metals to

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Posted by iMark on 2006-03-29       Article Source : TechWeb News

IBM Corp. researchers are working to build faster PCs and more reliable electronics, a company research scientist said.
The company reported Friday it has built the first complete electronic integrated circuit around one "carbon nanotube" molecule, a new material that IBM hopes will enhance performance on products from computers to diagnostic equipment.

Nanotechnology is being explored by many companies as a means to keep innovation moving forward. The technology aims to improve product reliability in devices from personal computers to

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Posted by inet on 2006-03-28       Article Source : EE Times

LONDON — InPhase Technologies Inc., a five-year old startup company trying to bring holographic data storage technology to market, has claimed to have recorded the highest data density of any commercial technology by recording 515 gigabits of data per square inch using its Tapestry system.

Long foreseen as the likely successor to magnetic and optical storage holographic storage takes advantage of volumetric efficiencies rather than only recording on the surface of a material. InPhase (Longmont, Colo.) said it is on track to

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Posted by iMark on 2006-03-26       Article Source : EE Times

SAN JOSE, Calif. — A pet collar that incorporates a flash-memory card and USB technology has won the inaugural PetSafe IdeaFetch pet product invention contest.

Pet product maker PetSafe Inc. (Knoxville, Tenn.), the sponsor of the event, said that more than 5,000 people entered the U.S. contest for the chance to win $40,000 along with having their idea developed and sold nationwide.

The winning idea, dubbed the MicroID Collar, is for cats and dogs. It was developed by

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Posted by iMark on 2006-03-24       Article Source : EE Times

MANHASSET, N.Y. — Driven by cards and small public viewing screens, the flexible display panel market is expected to grow from $5 million in 2006 to $339 million in 2013, or 83.5 percent a year, according to iSuppli Corp.

The El Segundo, Calif., market research firm expects the largest application for flexible displays will be in cards used for financial payment, membership in stores, and gift certificates. Such cards could benefit from the inclusion of a display to show, for example, the remaining

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Posted by iMark on 2006-03-24       Article Source : EE Times

LONDON — Broadcom Corp. captured about one fifth and built its overal lead in a networking semiconductor market that grew by 4 percent in 2005, according to The Linley Group.

However, the underlying landscape of competitors and product segments is complex with some technologies becoming outmoded while others are growing in significance, the market analysis company said.

Sales of Ethernet ICs increased about 3 percent while sales of Gigabit Ethernet switching climbed on increased office deployment. The GbE switch and

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Posted by iMark on 2006-03-23       Article Source : EE Times

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Making good on a promise made last year, Sun Microsystems announced the release of open-source hardware and software specifications for its multi-threaded UltraSparc T1 (Niagara) processor, now called OpenSparc T1, Tuesday (March 21) at the Multicore Expo here.

The OpenSparc T1 is a 64-bit, 32-thread processor design free of any royalty or licensing fees. Sun announced its intent to provide open-source hardware specifications for the processor last December.

Specifically, Sun released Verilog RTL code for the

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Posted by iMark on 2006-03-23       Article Source : EE Times

MANHASSET, NY — The IEEE launched an Nanoelectronics Standards Roadmap initiative Tuesday (March 21) to forge industry standards for nanotechnology.
The effort is designed to move nanoelectronics innovations from laboratory to the marketplace for applications ranging from communications, information technology, consumer products and optoelectronics.

IEEE will host a roadmap workshop on May 18 in New York to define the scope and timing of the standards.

Roadmap work will be led by a steering committee representing diverse segments

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Posted by iTech on 2006-03-22       Article Source : CRN

Nimbus Data Systems aims to unify SAN and NAS architectures in a new series of unified IP storage appliances, and the company is depending on channel partners to bring the products to market.

The San Francisco-based storage vendor on Tuesday unveiled two new appliances, each of which offers meets a range of storage requirements in one device, CEO Thomas Isakovich said. The appliances can be used as an iSCSI SAN array and as a NAS appliance using Gbit or 10-Gbit Ethernet, he

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Posted by iNext on 2006-03-22       Article Source : EE Times

LONDON — Celoxica Holdings plc, a developer of C language hardware design entry tools, has formed partnerships on accelerated computing with processor vendor Advanced Micro Devices Inc. and with computer makers Hewlett-Packard, Cray and Silicon Graphics Inc.

The business approach was so successful for Celoxica (Abingdon, England) in 2005 that the company now regards the application as a second strand of its business. Celoxica was previously predominantly only a vendor of EDA tools.

Celoxica’s technology is based on research conducted

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Posted by iTech on 2006-03-20       Article Source : EE Times

TOKYO — Sony Electronics said it will launch its first Blu-ray Disc player, BDP-S1, in July in North America for about $1,000.
A Vaio desktop computer and notebook with built-in Blu-ray Disc recordable drives will follow almost immediately along with recordable and rewritable disks. An internal PC drive will also be introduced this year.

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. said this week that introduction of Playstation 3 would be delayed until November, mainly due to the delayed BD format.
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Posted by iNext on 2006-03-19       Article Source : EE Times

AUSTIN, Texas — As more of its customers seek performance headroom, Freescale Semiconductor Inc. plans to offer compatible versions of its high-end 8-bit and 32-bit processors, including software development tools, late this year.

Will Strauss, president of Forward Concepts, said Freescale's move is part of a larger trend among microcontroller and DSP vendors to protect investments in software development by offering compatible chips in the low and high end of the performance range.

The company also plans to introduce a line of

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