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Posted by inet on 2005-11-30   

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) order requiring full VOIP E911 service takes affect at midnight Monday, and most experts say it's likely that some providers of residential VOIP have fallen short. But on what scale?

To comply with the order, PSTN-connected VOIP providers must be able to connect the 911 calls from their customers to a local emergency operator. This entails an interconnection arrangement with a given market's local exchange carrier in order to connect with the PSAPs, or public safety access

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-29       Article Source : CRN

VoIP system sales dwarfed those of traditional voice systems for the year ended in June 2005, according to a new research report issued Monday by investment firm Merrill Lynch.

As of June, VoIP system sales grew 31 percent year-over-year, while sales of legacy voice systems declined by 20 percent during the same period, according to the report.

The drop in sales of traditional voice systems apparently cancelled out much of the momentum VoIP system sales gave to the overall telephony

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Posted by iMark on 2005-11-27       Article Source : CRN

Framingham, Mass.-based IDC and San Jose, Calif.-based Gartner both gave the top honor to IBM. IDC said IBM's worldwide server revenue climbed 10.3 percent over the same quarter last year to hit $4 billion. Gartner pegged IBM's revenue at about $4.1 billion, up 9 percent year over year.

Hewlett-Packard was No. 2, according to both analyst firms. IDC said HP's worldwide server revenue increased 12.4 percent to hit $3.5 billion, while Gartner pegged HP's third-quarter growth at a more modest 6.6 percent

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-25       Article Source : TechWeb News

The New York State Public Service Commission (PSC) approved Verizon Communications' acquisition of MCI this week, eliminating the last major hurdle facing the acquisition and setting the stage for Verizon to compete with AT&T.

The PSC had expressed some concerns over the pending acquisition, but Verizon said that the PSC found that the deal is in the public interest.

"We were confident that once an analysis based on the full set of facts was conducted, the commission would reach the

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Posted by inet on 2005-11-24       Article Source : TechWeb News

The U.S. digital satellite radio market is expected to grow from 12 million installed units this year to 55 million units in 2010, according to a new report.

Jupiter Research announced the 35 percent compound annual growth rate Tuesday. While 23 percent of online consumers surveyed reported an interest in satellite radio, only six percent have it, according to Michael Gartenberg, vice president and research director at JupiterResearch.

The report, "U.S. Satellite Radio Forecast, 2005 to 2010" states that in-car

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Posted by inet on 2005-11-24       Article Source : EE Times

Juniper Networks opened a new technical center here Wednesday (Nov. 23) built at a cost of $8.5 million.
The opening comes two years after it started an R&D center that includes a laboratory that supports product development by testing systems for Juniper’s solutions.

"Ten percent of the overall engineering workforce in Juniper is based in India, and they work on all product lines as the U.S. R&D center," said Sridhar Sarathy, managing director of Juniper's India operations.


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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-24   

China's IPTV market is on fire, with mainland carriers lining up further service trials as Hong Kong's PCCW Ltd. reaches a customer milestone and plans its next generation of services.

Joining UTStarcom Inc. in serving up IPTV to China Telecommunications Corp.'s Shanghai branch, ZTE Corp. (Shenzhen: 000063 - message board; Hong Kong: 0763) has been chosen by the incumbent operator to provide telco TV equipment for a Jiangsu-province trial involving up to 100,000 subscribers. (See ZTE Wins IPTV Deal and UTStarcom Sells IPTV

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Posted by inet on 2005-11-24       Article Source : EE Times

Texas Instruments Tuesday (Nov. 22) announced a new release of the company's Web site that TI says has been specifically tailored to electronic designers.

TI (Dallas) said the company's new Web design makes it faster and easier for design engineers to access product information and support materials critical to designs.

Designed with the engineer in mind, TI said, the new site is built using a component-based architecture that allows engineers to view relevant content based on where they are on

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Posted by inet on 2005-11-23       Article Source : EE Times

Packaging IP services company Staktek Holdings Inc. has unveiled a family of flash memory stacking technologies, called FlashStak, aimed at higher capacity, low-cost flash storage applications.

The first available reference design, Value FlashStak, enables stacking of 0.5mm pitch thin small outline package (TSOP) Flash memory components for USB flash drives, solid-state drives, flash-based MP3 players and other consumer electronics.

Staktek (Austin) is making licensing and manufacturing services for the Value FlashStak design available to OEMs, memory semiconductor companies and third-party memory module

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Posted by inet on 2005-11-23       Article Source : VARBusiness

As the market for VoIP technology continues to boom, partners are finding that the commercial market may be outpacing the enterprise in its ability to provide ready-made sales opportunities.

“In the commercial space, folks are buying today; in the enterprise, most folks are just preparing to buy,” says Dave Woodward, vice president of sales for Calence, a networking solution provider in Tempe, Ariz. “If [enterprise customers] are doing a core network refresh, they want to put themselves in a position to build

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Posted by iMark on 2005-11-23       Article Source : EE Times

Singaporean test and packaging service provider STATS ChipPAC Ltd. has qualified a copper process for integrated passive devices (IPD) that the company claims delivers superior performance and miniaturization in radio frequency (RF) wireless systems.

Responding to market pressure to optimize size, performance and cost of wireless devices STATS ChipPAC said it can fabricate smaller, thinner and higher-performing IPDs by integrating and fabricating passive devices at the silicon wafer level.

To further maximize the performance potential of IPDs, STATS ChipPAC said

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-23       Article Source : EE Times

Octavian Scientific Inc., an early stage company creating semiconductor test technology, has said it has secured $6.6 million in financing from OVP Venture Partners, TL Ventures and Northwest Technology Ventures.

Octavian (Portland, Oregon) also announced that OVP partner John Hull and Javier Fernandez of TL Ventures have joined the company's board of directors.

Octavian CEO Mark Gardiner said the money would be used to hire employees to pursue engineering, marketing and sales functions, as well for product development.
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Posted by iTech on 2005-11-22       Article Source : EE Times

KLA-Tencor Corp. said Monday (Nov. 21) that it has identified a new application for its MicroLoop electrical defect detection methodology that can detect critical bridging defects on advanced flash memory wafers nearly twice as fast as current methods.

KLA (San Jose, Calif.) said the new application was developed through collaboration with Spansion LLC's Fab 25 in Austin, Texas. As a result of the development, KLA said, Spansion has deployed the MicroLoop methodology in conjunction with KLA's eS31 electron-beam inspection system in the

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Posted by iMark on 2005-11-22   

Intel remained the largest semiconductor supplier in the world, with estimated 2005 revenue of $35.5 billion; AMD is the 12th largest with estimated 2005 revenue of $5.8 billion.
Among the 12 largest suppliers of microprocessors in the world, rivals Intel and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. were two of the fastest growing semiconductor companies this year.

Both Intel and AMD are expected to have a 15% growth rate in semiconductor revenue, according to research firm IC Insights. Only Sony,

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Posted by iNext on 2005-11-22       Article Source : EE Times

Startup Pyxis Technology Inc. this week will announce plans to field a design-for-manufacturability (DFM)-aware IC router. Whereas other DFM startups are targeting analysis, said chief executive officer Naeem Zafar, "We are the only ones actually implementing and changing the design."

Pyxis (Austin, Texas) promises an IC router that can take in design rules and models from the manufacturing side and intelligently perform such tasks as wire spreading and metal fill during routing, rather than as a postprocessing step.

To make

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