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President George W. Bush has announced that IBM has been awarded the 2004 National Medal of Technology by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Technology Administration in recognition of more than four decades of innovation in semiconductor technology. The award recognizes IBM for having improved the performance and versatility of today's microprocessors, citing significant breakthroughs such as the development of multicore-processor integration, DRAM (Dynamic Random Access Memory), the use of copper on-chip wiring, Silicon on Insulator (SOI) technology, and high-speed Silicon Germanium chips. The National Medal of Technology is the highest honor awarded by the President of the United States to America's leading innovators. It recognizes companies and individuals who have made lasting contributions to America's competitiveness, standard of living, and quality of li... (more)

Former Microsoft CTO: "Intellectual Property is the Next Software"

Nathan Myhrvold, who used to be Microsoft's CTO and chief strategist, and Edward Jung, who used to be Microsoft's chief architect and advisor to the executive staff, have been building a patent factory since they left. It's called Intellectual Ventures LLC and it's buying up patents. Supposedly it's bought a thousand so far. It's also rounded up what it describes as a "world-class team of physicists, engineers and biotechnologists" and set them to dreaming up ideas to patent. The spread runs to lasers, semiconductors, electronic widgets, consumer products, software, e-commerce, communications, medical devices, computer architecture and molecular algorithms not to mention nanotechnology, biotechnology and bioinformatics. They've been at it since 2000 and according to the Patent and Trademark Office the company has socked away a small cache of patents in its own name. ... (more)

The "Cell" Chip Shows a Bit of Eye-Catching Leg

IBM, Sony and Toshiba engineers used the International Solid State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) this week in San Francisco to hike the skirt on the vaunted and mysterious multi-core Power-derived ~4GHz chip code named Cell that they've been designing for four years and show a bit of ankle. The purpose-built, potentially disruptive widget is supposed to approach real-time response and TV-quality resolution and is bound for broadband digital home entertainment and rich-media applications starting with Sony's next-generation PlayStation 3 due out next year. Cell's designers said that in some cases the thing is capable of 10 times the performance of PC chips, throwing down the gauntlet to Intel, which is trying to elbow its way into the living room. One flip observer described Intel as still using "an architecture that came from a calculator chip." Intel has no known ans... (more)

Micrel Launches MIC2224, New High Frequency PWM Switching Regulator for Next Generation Mobile Phones

SAN JOSE, California, February 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Micrel, Inc. (Nasdaq: MCRL), an industry leader in Power, Connect and Protect IC solutions, today announced the MIC2224, a new high efficiency, 2MHz PWM synchronous buck switching regulator optimized for RF power amplifiers in 2.5G and 3G CDMA and W-CDMA mobile phones. The device is ideal for these single-cell Li-Ion battery applications and meets the most stringent Vout response specifications of next generation cell phones. The MIC2224 is currently sampling with volume quantities available within 10-12 weeks. Pricing starts at USD$1.91 in 1K quantity. "The MIC2224 is targeted specifically for the industry's most advanced cell phone needs," said Tony O'Brien, Micrel's director of marketing, power products. "The chip provides the industry's most efficient use of battery power while the 2MHz PWM operation allows for t... (more)

Arrow Asia Pac to Acquire Adilam in Australia

HONG KONG, March 30 /Xinhua-PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Arrow Asia Pac today announced an agreement to acquire the component distribution business of Adilam Pty. Ltd ("Adilam") with effect from June 1, 2007. Privately owned, Adilam is a leading electronic component distributor in Australia and New Zealand (ANZ). This acquisition will create significant opportunities for Arrow, strengthening its leadership position and increase its competitive advantages in the ANZ market. "I am delighted to add Adilam to Arrow Asia Pac. There are significant synergies between the two companies. This is one of our strategies to further strengthen our leadership position in the ANZ market. This acquisition will enable us to further accelerate our growth in ANZ market", said Peter Kong, President of Arrow Asia Pacific. "This acquisition will be mutually beneficial to Arrow and Adilam. Ar... (more)

Media Alert: Scalent CEO Benjamin Linder to Speak on the Future of Computing at the TiEcon 2007 Global Conference

PALO ALTO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 05/09/07 -- What: Benjamin Linder, CEO of Scalent Systems, will join a panel of industry leaders to discuss the future of computing at the TiEcon 2007 conference at the Santa Clara Convention Center, May 19, 2007, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. With virtualization occurring at every level of computing hardware, and software as a service reviving time-sharing and pay-as-you-use, new computing infrastructure technologies, including Scalent Systems server repurposing software, are changing data center design forever. The "Front Line: Future of Computing" session at TiEcon will discuss how startups are redefining the landscape of computing, how analysts perceive these inevitable changes, and look at the technology adoption lifecycle of some of today's most innovative computing technologies. Scalent Systems is the leading provider of serve... (more)

DS2 Announces Availability of The DE21P: The Ultimate New Compact Reference Design for Embedded Powerline Applications

DS2, the leading technology innovator and global supplier of high-speed powerline communications technology, announced today the availability of a new compact reference design, the DE21P module for embedded powerline communications applications that will help drive widespread acceptance of high quality powerline enabled connectivity for home networking and IPTV applications. The DE21P enables product differentiation and can be used for widely different products including set top boxes, home gateways, remote speaker systems, IP cameras, or personal computers, DS2´s DE21P Embedded Powerline modem Reference Design is designed for use with Aitana, DS2´s leading 200 Mbps chipset solution for reliable high speed multimedia home networking, consumer electronics and service provider IPTV applications. DS2´s 200 Mbps solution is already used by leading service providers inc... (more)

New IBM Petaflop Supercomputer at German Forschungszentrum Juelich

The German research center Forschungszentrum Juelich has selected IBM to develop the first supercomputer in Europe capable of one Petaflop, or one thousand trillion operations per second. IBM will partner with Juelich-based Gauss Centre for Supercomputing to install the new IBM Blue Gene/P System in the first half of this year. This new system - financed by the German Government - will help assure Forschungszentrum Juelich remains one of Europe's most renowned research centers and continues to play an important role in the global high performance computing research community. This new Blue Gene System is the first to include new water cooling technology, created by IBM Research, which uses room temperature water to cool the servers. As air moves through the server racks, heat is removed as it passes through the water-based cooling system before it enters the next ... (more)

A Tale of Two Networks Winners and Losers

Cloud computing and virtualization are driving new forms of IT, new requirements for vendors and new career possibilities.  Today more than ever, legacy tools, investments and tactics are introducing ever-increasing risks.  The race between enterprises who automate their network and those who rely increasingly on operations spend may ultimately be settled by standards set by external IT service providers, some of whom today may be virtually unknown entities. We saw a similar effect a few years ago when browsers impacted the access and delivery of enterprise applications once architected for LANs.  New demands drove new technology innovation and enterprise apps were supplemented with web front ends and then application front ends started replacing load balancers because of their up stack (layer 4-7) intelligence. In the same way that the browser drove new expectations ... (more)

New Report Says Plastics Will Change the Face of the Electronics Industry

STERLING, Va., Feb. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Plastic electronics, based on conductive polymers and flexible substrates, will change the face of electronics, according to a new report from NanoMarkets, LC, a leading industry analyst firm. NanoMarkets forecasts that the worldwide plastic electronics market will grow to $5.8 billion in 2009, and reach $23.5 billion by 2012. Additional information can be found at http://www.nanomarkets.net/. Members of the press may request an executive summary of the report. Key Findings: In 2009, NanoMarkets expects that displays will account for 46 percent of the plastic electronics market and that memory will account for 38 percent. By 2012 the markets for logic/processors, flexible solar panels and sensors will all be measured in the billions of dollars. In 2009, 37 percent of plastic electronics products will come from the mobile phone... (more)

Broadcom Delivers Affordable High-Quality Video to Mobile Phones

CANNES, France, Feb. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- 3GSM World Congress -- Broadcom Corporation , a global leader in wired and wireless broadband communications semiconductors, today announced a new multimedia processor that is optimized for mobile phones. With the ability to display high-quality video on two inch color LCD screens that capture four mega-pixel images, the new Broadcom(R) VideoCore(R) multimedia processor can cost- effectively transform a mobile phone into a multi-functional media device, allowing it to act as a handheld television, camcorder and digital camera. Enabling these features while having no significant impact on talk time, the new processor is the world's most power-efficient, high-performance multimedia processor cost-optimized for mobile phones. The increasing popularity of high-end multimedia features in mobile phones has created demand ... (more)