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Posted by iNext on 2006-02-04       Article Source : EE Times

BANGALORE, India — The market for home networking chipsets will grow from $2.58 billion in 2004 to $6.65 billion in 2009, according to a Frost & Sullivan study.

The study said that interoperability among various wireless LAN products of different vendors will alleviate customer worries about technological obsolescence and improve revenue for the home networking chipset market.

"For direct sequence spread spectrum (DSSS) WLAN products, the Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance (WECA) tests and certifies them as being interoperable. Once the

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Posted by iNext on 2006-02-04       Article Source : TechWeb News

Sun Microsystems and Imation reported Wednesday that they will extend their existing strategic partnership in storage technologies to work together to develop and launch an extension of the Sun StorageTek T9840 tape drive platform and to investigate alternative storage technologies.
In recent months, both firms have been acquiring their respective ways to more advanced storage technologies primarily in the area of tape and archival storage.

The firms also said they will examine whether Imation's Ulysses hard disk cartridge technology

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Posted by iTech on 2006-02-03       Article Source : EE Times

Two flash-memory newcomers, Hynix Semiconductor Inc. and Infineon Technologies AG, are moving in opposite directions in the NAND market, according to an e-mail newsletter from Gartner Dataquest Inc.

In the fourth quarter of 2005 alone, South Korea’s Hynix generated a staggering $670 million in sales in the NAND-based flash-memory market — or 40 percent of its total memory business, according to the newsletter. Not long ago, Hynix was no where on the map in NAND, it was noted.

In contrast,

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Posted by inet on 2006-01-24   

A U.S. Congressman said on Friday that federal agencies were looking into whether telephone companies were sufficiently protecting consumers' records amid concerns that Internet sites were selling cellphone call information.

Rep. Edward Markey, a Democrat from Massachusetts, said the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) told him the agency was investigating whether phone companies were adequately protecting consumer records. He said in a statement "the FCC and the Federal Trade Commission were coordinating efforts to combat this rising fraud."Read More...  

Posted by iMark on 2006-01-21       Article Source : EE Times

Samsung Techwin said Thursday (Jan. 19) it has entered the digital single-lens reflex camara market with a 6-megapixel model that uses interchangeable lens technology.

Samsung said the DSLR technology for its GX-1S camera was jointly developed with Japan’s Pentax Corp. The partners joined forces last October.

The new digital camera measures 4.9- by 3.6- by 2.6-inches and weighs 17.8 ounces.

The GX-1S also features advanced optics from lens maker Schneider, a high-resolution 2.5-inch LCD and 16-segment multipattern metering

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Posted by iTech on 2006-01-15       Article Source : EE Times

WASHINGTON — A solar initiative approved Thursday (Jan. 12) by the California Public Utilities Commission could make the Golden State one of the world's largest producers of solar energy.

The California Solar Initiative would promote the installation of 3,000 megawatts of solar collectors on homes, businesses, farms, schools and public buildings.

The commission said it would provide $2.8 billion in incentives for solar projects on existing residential buildings, factories, businesses and farms. An additional $400 million in incentives will be

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Posted by iMark on 2006-01-15       Article Source : EE Times

The Japanese electronics giant Fujitsu Ltd. said it will produce 1.8-inch hard-disk drives for portable music players, video cameras and notebooks PCs.

To accelerate development, Fujitsu said it will collaborate with Cornice Inc. (Longmont, Colo.).

Fujitsu said Friday (Jan. 13) its hard-disk drive strategy calls for it to become the No. 3 supplier of disk drives on a value basis by the end of fiscal 2008 (March 2009). Fujitsu currently ranks fifth on a value basis and seventh in terms

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Posted by iMark on 2006-01-14       Article Source : TechWeb News

Two Hollywood video game store owners and a third man who were charged in December for allegedly pirating video games and installing them on modified Microsoft Corp. Xbox consoles were indicted on Thursday, according to the United States Attorney's Office in Los Angeles.

Jason Jones, 34, of Los Angeles, a co-owner of ACME Game Store; Jonathan Bryant, 44, of Los Angeles, a co-owner of ACME Game Store; and Pei "Patrick" Cai, 32, of Pico Rivera were named in the indictment by a

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Posted by iMark on 2006-01-14       Article Source : EE Times

SAN JOSE, Calif. — IBM Corp., Sony Corp. and Toshiba Corp. on Thursday (Jan. 12) said they have begun a new, five-year phase of their joint technology development alliance in ICs.

As part of this broad semiconductor R&D alliance, the three companies said they will work together on fundamental research related to advanced process technologies at the 32-nm node and beyond.

Research and development will take place at IBM's Thomas J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, N.Y., the Center

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Posted by inet on 2006-01-13       Article Source : EE Times

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. — While the battle is far from over in the next-generation DVD wars, one analyst predicts that Blu-ray Disc technology will prevail and become the eventual winner.

“It's time to put a stake in the ground regarding the future of the high-definition DVD format: Blu-ray has won,” declared Adrienne Downey, senior analyst with Semico Research Corp., in an e-mail newsletter issued on Tuesday (Jan. 10).

“Walking around CES, it was obvious that much of the enthusiasm

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Posted by inet on 2006-01-13       Article Source : EE Times

LONDON — Microcontroller chip company Microchip Technology Inc. has agreed to provide German automobile maker BMW AG with access to patents covering the use of microcontrollers and microprocessors in battery-monitoring sensors, including conventional 12-volt vehicles. The technology is covered by the name SmartShunt. Microchip (Chandler, Ariz.) acquired the licensed technology as part of the acquisition of PowerSmart in 2002.

Microchip also manufactures semiconductor components used in power sensors, including voltage regulators, memory chips and microcontrollers used to transmit data. The integration of digital

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Posted by iNext on 2006-01-12       Article Source : TechWeb News

AMD topped off its AMD64 processor family Tuesday with its Athlon 64 FX-60 dual-core processor and aimed it at power-hungry gamers and heavy digital media users.

The firm said the processor is its highest performing dual-core processor and has "an average 34 percent improvement on overall digital media performance and an eye-popping 80 percent faster performance on certain benchmarks over similar single-core processors."

"Those who crave ultimate performance on 3D games and intense digital media applications can experience realistic physics

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Posted by iMark on 2006-01-12       Article Source : Mobile Pipeline

Canadian vendor BlueTree Wireless Data Tuesday unveiled two ruggedized modems for use with EV-DO cellular data networks, one of which includes GPS location technology.

The company said in a statement that the modems has a second antenna connector to increase EV-DO reception sensitivity. In addition, its GPS 5600 model uses has a built-in GPS receiver from Trimble. The modems are aimed both at public safety users as well as enterprises, the company said.

The modems also meet both military and

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Posted by iTech on 2006-01-11       Article Source : EE Times

BANGALORE, India — Starting work in June 2004 about 500 technical staff based at Intel’s Bangalore office designed parts of Intel’s Centrino Duo processor, formerly known as Yonah. The processor is Intel’s dual-core processor designed for implementation in 65-nanometer manufacturing process.

The Centrino Duo “platform” comprises the Centrino Duo processor, the 945 Express peripheral logic chips and the PRO/Wireless 3945ABG wireless LAN connection.

“The Intel Centrino Duo mobile technology platform developed in India, creates a new leap in how people

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Posted by iMark on 2006-01-11       Article Source : EE Times

SAN JOSE, Calif. — While China’s domestic chip production remains relatively small, the nation’s semiconductor market grew by 32 percent to $40.8 billion in terms of overall consumption in 2005, making it the world’s largest regional IC market for the first time ever, according to a report from IC Insights Inc.

By 2010, China’s IC market is projected to more than triple and reach a stunning $124 billion in terms of overall consumption, according to the research firm.

Last year’s

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