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

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. — Contrary to popular belief, the semiconductor business is still in the growth phase, according to an economist at Air Products and Chemicals Inc. on Monday (Jan. 9).

For some time, many industry analysts have said the semiconductor industry is maturing. The compound annual growth rate for the IC industry is expected to slow to about 10 percent from 2005 to 2008, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.

One expert disagreed, saying there is little or

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Posted by inet on 2006-01-10   

Intel rolled out last week the first batch of low-power dual-core processors that are the centerpiece of its next-generation Napa mobile platform.

Models based on the technology were on display at the International Consumer Electonics Show in Las Vegas—from large-screen entertainment notebooks offered by top-tier OEMs to whitebooks boasting features tailored for system builders.

Dubbed Core Duos, Intel, Santa Clara, Calif., promises the new processors, formerly code-named Yonah, will deliver more computing might but still will operate at a reduced

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Posted by iNext on 2006-01-10       Article Source : TechWeb News

SanDisk Corp. unveiled a fingernail-sized microSD card with 1GB of memory Friday at CES.

SanDisk, which said the device is the smallest flash memory card in the world, added that the card can store up to 32 hours of WMA-compressed music, equal to about 480 songs. The card will initially be offered by Verizon Wireless for use with its V CAST Music service.

An adapter for the card enables it to be used also in a standard SD slot. Read More...  

Posted by iNext on 2006-01-09   

D-Link rolled out a new network security product and Buffalo Technology unveiled additions to its home wireless networking line and upgrades to its storage product line at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Thursday.

Designed to protect home and small business networks, D-Link's SecureSpot Internet Security Device installs between the broadband modem and the wireless router and performs a wide range of security functions that were previously handled by multiple applications, says Rocky Rosas, technical marketing engineer at D-Link, Fountain

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Posted by iNext on 2006-01-08       Article Source : EE Times

SAN FRANCISCO — Semiconductor test and burn-in equipment supplier Aehr Test Systems Thursday (Jan. 5) reported a big jump in sequential and year-to-year revenue for the second quarter of fiscal 2006, which closed Nov. 30.

Aehr (Fremont, Calif.) reported net sales of $5.8 million, up 21 percent from the $4.8 million reported for the second quarter of fiscal 2005 and 25 percent from the $4.6 million reported in the first quarter of fiscal 2006.

The company reported a profit of

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Posted by iMark on 2006-01-07       Article Source : EE Times

EVE S.A. Thursday (Jan 5) announced the availability of a catalog of peripheral intellectual property (IP) components for its ZeBu emulation platform to address wireless, graphics/video/multimedia, networking and embedded processor markets.

The IP components are organized in three families — synthesizable memory models, transactors and hardware bridges — and allow EVE to offer vertical solutions of ZeBu, the company said.

"Unlike classical verification IPs, our components are designed for extremely high performance tuned to our ZeBu platform," said Lauro Rizzatti,

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Posted by iTech on 2006-01-07       Article Source : EE Times

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Keeping up with rival Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., Japan’s Toshiba Corp. announced the availability of a 16-gigabit, NAND-based flash memory chip, based on its multi-level cell (MLC) technology.

The part, dubbed the TH58NVG4D4CTG, is said to support 2-gigabytes (GB) of storage by stacking a pair of 8-Gbit chips in a single thin, small-outline package (TSOP).

The new part is ideal for solid-state file storage applications, including audio players, USB drives, memory cards and streaming audio/video equipment.

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Posted by inet on 2006-01-06       Article Source : Networking Pipeline

Network-based IP VPN revenues will nearly double from 2004 to 2009, to reach $658 million in sales, according to a new report by In-Stat.

The report said that the growth is due to VPN intelligence being moved to the edge of the network, rather than tunneling at the CPE with CPE-based VPN services. Converged voice and video is driving the growth as well, according to Henry Goldberg, In-Stat analyst, who noted in a statement, "The number of end-users that are converging voice

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Posted by iNext on 2006-01-06       Article Source : EE Times

LAS VEGAS, NV — Motorola Ventures, Motorola Inc.'s investment arm, has made a strategic investment in CopperGate Communications, a Israeli-based supplier of chipset solutions for multimedia home networking.

The investment was made as part of a $14.5 million round led by new investor Carmel Ventures, with the participation of existing investors Tamir Fishman Ventures and the Challenge Fund.

"CopperGate's technology brings a compelling new approach to the distribution of IP video content seamlessly throughout the home by leveraging existing wires," said Matthew

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Posted by inet on 2006-01-05       Article Source : EE Times

SAN JOSE, Calif. — More details were disclosed on Tuesday (Jan. 2) about the formation of two U.S. nanotechnology centers, especially the one in New York.

As reported last month, seeking to accelerate nanoelectronics research in the United States, a consortium of companies announced its first research grants under the Semiconductor Industry Association's new Nanoelectronics Research Initiative (NRI).

The grants will fund the creation of two new university-based nanoelectronics research centers — one in California and the other in New

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Posted by iNext on 2006-01-04       Article Source : EE Times

SAN FRANCISCO — EDA vendor Sequence Design said Tuesday (Jan. 3) that it is developing an advanced power-aware reference flow with South Korean foundry DongbuAnam Semiconductor Inc. for 130-nanometer and below process technologies.

According to Sequence (Santa Clara, Calif.) the flow addresses a range of critical issues, such system-on-chip (SoC) power analysis and optimization, stand-by leakage and dynamic power optimization, and power grid analysis and optimization.

DongbuAnam said it plans to make the reference flow available to its customers in

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Posted by iMark on 2006-01-02       Article Source : EE Times

SAN FRANCISCO — EDA market leader Cadence Design Systems Inc. was expecting an extraordinary cash dividend of about $500 million from a wholly owned Irish subsidiary in late December, according to a regulatory filing earlier this month.

According to an 8-K filed with the U,S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Dec. 21, a the payment was to be made by Castlewilder, a subsidiary of Cadence incorporated in Ireland, repatriating certain foreign earnings pursuant to the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004. Read More...  

Posted by inet on 2006-01-01       Article Source : InformationWeek

CBS last week began streaming episodes of two sitcoms, "Two And A Half Men" and "How I Met Your Mother," on Yahoo Inc.’s Web site, where viewers can watch them for free until Jan. 2. The move closely follows other forays into the new territory of Internet Protocol-based TV, or IPTV, which is creating much buzz in the telecom, IT, and media industries.

NBC Universal last month started selling episodes of TV shows including "The Office" and "Law & Order" at Apple

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Posted by iNext on 2006-01-01       Article Source : EE Times

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has agreed to team up with Vodafone and Qualcomm to introduce high-speed downlink packet access (HSDPA)-enabled mobile phones in Europe next year.

"We agreed with Vodafone and Qualcomm to closely work together to commercialize the next-generation HSDPA technology for the first time in Europe," Samsung said in a statement.

Samsung said it has been working with Vodafone and Qualcomm since 2003 to bring high-speed, affordable wireless access to the market.


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Posted by iNext on 2005-12-31       Article Source : TechWeb News

AT&T wants you to think about "Your World, Delivered."
The former Baby Bell, renamed recently from SBC Communications, is mounting an ambitious branding campaign to sell the idea that the new AT&T is ubiquitous.

"The new AT&T will lead the industry in delivering the next generation of integrated solutions that deliver on the promise of virtually anywhere, anytime connectivity,"said AT&T’s Edward E. Whitacre Jr., in a statement. The corporation will kick off the campaign New Year's Eve during televised festivities

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