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Posted by iTech on 2005-12-30       Article Source : EE Times

Hitachi Ltd., Toshiba Corp. and Renesas Technology Corp. confirmed Wednesday (Dec. 28) that the companies have initiated a joint study on the feasibility of creating a Japanese foundry to which each company could outsource some fabrication.

In a joint statement issued Wednesday, the companies said the joint study would consider establishing of a planning company, the outline of which is not yet decided

Citing a Bloomberg report, EE Times Tuesday reported that the three companies were expected to be among

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Posted by inet on 2005-12-29       Article Source : Networking Pipeline

Web access is extremely important according to 83% of cell phone users, yet only 29% are currently satisfied with using online help to resolve wireless data problems, according to a report by Detacon Inc.

Nearly one third of these users aren't even aware that online help is available, the report notes. Major gaps still exist with all types of customer service, and 34% of users have never solved a problem with a single contact, it adds.

The report also found

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Posted by iNext on 2005-12-29       Article Source : EE Times

SAN FRANCISCO — Programmable logic supplier QuickLogic Corp. and top-tier EDA vendor Mentor Graphics Corp. have entered a multi-year OEM agreement by which QuickLogic customers get access to Mentor's Precision Synthesis tool within the QuickLogic Quickworks field-programmable gate array (FPGA) development environment, the companies said Tuesday (Dec. 28).

According to the companies, using an interactive graphical environment, designers gain the flexibility to cross-probe between HDL and schematic views. The tool performs "what if" timing analysis with instant feedback, enabling designers to make

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Posted by iNext on 2005-12-28       Article Source : EE Times

SAN FRANCISCO — On-chip subsystem provider IPextreme Inc. has opened a design center in Tokyo and named design and EDA veteran Kirk Saotome head of the company's Japanese operations.

Most recently, Saotome worked for a design consulting firm introducing a platform solution for high-end digital signal processing applications. He has previously worked in the EDA industry marketing system level design tools at Cadence Design Systems Inc. and consulting on design reuse at Synopsys Inc. He holds a B.S. in math from Science

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Posted by iMark on 2005-12-28       Article Source : EE Times

TOKYO — Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd. will provide broadband wireless access equipment that Soma Networks Inc. will supply to caymanone, a Caribbean operator.

Soma and Sanyo made a contract for the joint development of Soma’s SoftAir broadband wireless access system in 2004, and started field tests jointly in May.

"Sanyo developed dedicated LSIs and designed antenna exclusively for the SoftAir system to make the system compact with higher performance," said a Sanyo spokesman.

SoftAir is a wireless local loop system covering

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Posted by inet on 2005-12-26       Article Source : TechWeb News

Verizon Communications took issue Thursday with Moody’s Investors Service for downgrading the telecommunications firm’s credit rating, maintaining that Moody’s analysis and assumptions don’t reflect the firm’s credit metrics.

“We believe our credit metrics are strong both on an absolute basis and relative to our peers,” said Doreen Toben, Verizon Communications’ CFO, in a statement.“And we believe our credit metrics do nothing but improve over the planning period that includes the anticipated close of the MCI transaction and any integration costs.”
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Posted by iNext on 2005-12-25       Article Source : EE Times

SAN FRANCISCO — An engineer has been indicted by the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California for allegedly committing theft and unauthorized downloading of trade secrets.

Suibin Zhang, 37, was charged Wednesday (Dec. 21) by a federal grand jury in San Jose, Calif. with nine counts alleging computer fraud, theft and unauthorized downloading of trade secrets, and the unauthorized copying, transmission and possession of trade secrets, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

The indictment alleges that Zhang, a

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Posted by iNext on 2005-12-25       Article Source : TechWeb News

Some Wall Street analysts are glum about 2006 for the U.S. economy because of fears of rising energy costs and bursting housing bubbles. But semiconductors may be a bright spot, said David Creamer, managing director at technology investment banking firm Jefferies Broadview.
There are expectations 2006 will be a good year for semiconductor technologies as mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, and some consolidation is prompted by large-diversified companies looking for successful fledglings to fill technology holes, he said.
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Posted by iMark on 2005-12-24       Article Source : CRN

Advanced Micro Devices said it expects to solve supply issues with some of its desktop processors by the first quarter.

The Santa Clara, Calif., chip maker sent a letter to some of its partners stating that several of its desktop processor models were in high demand and would continue to be difficult to obtain, said two systems builder who asked to remain anonymous. One of those systems builder said the note specified the Athlon 64 3500, 3800, the dual-core X2 3800 as

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Posted by iNext on 2005-12-24       Article Source : CRN

3Com Wednesday reported a smaller loss and slightly higher revenue in its second fiscal quarter, driven by increased sales.

Marlborough, Mass.-based 3Com, which makes network infrastructure equipment, reported a net loss of $10.7 million, or 3 cents a share, compared to a loss of $48.8 million, or 13 cents a share, for the same period last year. North American revenue declined 10 percent sequentially, but was offset by strong worldwide revenue of $184 million, which represented a 4 percent sequential growth from

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Posted by iNext on 2005-12-23       Article Source : EE Times

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Marine Corps will beef up its battlefield communications network through a significant expansion of a high-frequency radio procurement contract.

Harris Corp. said Wednesday (Dec. 21) the Marine Corps Systems Command has approved a more than $500 million expansion of a procurement program to supply high-frequency radios for tactical, secure and joint communications.

The procurement ceiling for a Marine contract awarded in March will be expanded to $586 million, and Harris said the first delivery of radios

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Posted by iMark on 2005-12-22       Article Source : EE Times

SAN FRANCISCO — Carbon Design Systems said Tuesday (Dec. 20) that it has added PCI, PCI-X, USB 2.0 Host and DDR SDRAM bus protocol support to its VSP product line.

According to Carbon (Waltham, Mass.), the bus functional models provide a communication layer from abstract functions, such as reads and writes, to pin-level devices listening/responding on a bus. The combination of a transactor and Carbon's register-transfer level (RTL) "virtual hardware model" creates a transaction-level model that is easy to integrate into diverse

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Posted by iMark on 2005-12-22       Article Source : CRN

Netgear has unveiled three new ProSafe stackable smart switches and a dual-band wireless access point that incorporates stronger security features.

The switches include a 24-port and 48-port model plus a 48-port model with 24 Power Over Ethernet (PoE) ports. All three units come with four Gigabit Ethernet ports and are aimed at the small- and midsize-business market, according to Peter Newton, senior product line manager at Netgear, Santa Clara, Calif.

Netgear fortified the new ProSafe switches with advanced network management

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Posted by iNext on 2005-12-21       Article Source : EE Times

BANGALORE, India — The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India issued its draft recommendations on Tuesday (Dec. 20) for India's transition to IPv6.
The agency said deploying IPv6 would expand the available IP address space and provide better service, mobility support and security. All are needed as Internet usage increases and, with it, demand for IP address space.

In August, the agency issued a paper on migrating to IPv6. Since then, it has received stakeholders' comments on the transition. This week's

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Posted by inet on 2005-12-21   

SAN FRANCISCO — Mixed-signal and structured digital IC provider AMI Semiconductor and top-tier EDA supplier Mentor Graphics Corp. have partnered to offer an analog/mixed-signal technology design kit containing comprehensive and proven building blocks at the device level, the companies said Monday.

According to the companies, the kit enables semiconductor companies and electronic systems manufacturers to "jump-start" design cycles on AMI's foundry process using Mentor's analog/mixed-signal IC flow. The companies claim the kit cuts time-to-market and ensures manufacturing success of analog, low data

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