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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)

White House Awards National Medal of Technology for Semiconductor Innovation to IBM

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)

Nel 2004 i fornitori di dispositivi wireless e chip di memoria hanno primeggiato

EL SEGUNDO, California, March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Nel 2004, i principali fornitori di semiconduttori che offrono prodotti wireless e chip di memoria hanno surclassato enormemente altre aziende che si occupano di prodotti diversi. Questi dati emergono dalla classifica definitiva stilata annualmente dal servizio "Competitive Landscaping Tool" (CLT) di iSuppli. Nel 2004, i maggiori fornitori di semiconduttori le cui entrate sono generate principalmente dalla vendita di chip di memoria, come ad esempio Samsung, Infineon, AMD/Spansion e Hynix, hanno visto aumentare le proprie entrate di un tasso compreso tra il 29,1 e il 58 percento. Altri, fra cui Texas Instruments, STMicroelectronics, Infineon, Philips Semiconductors, Freescale Semiconductor, Qualcomm, Analog Devices e Sharp Electronics, hanno registrato un notevole incremento delle entrate in seguito al loro ingresso ne... (more)

Microsoft Announces Worldwide Availability of Sixth Generation Windows Embedded CE 6.0

Craig Mundie, Microsoft chief research and strategy officer, has announced the availability of Windows Embedded CE 6.0, the latest version of the company’s industry-leading software toolkit used to build real-time operating systems for devices such as Internet protocol (IP) set-top-boxes, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), wireless projectors, and a variety of industrial automation, consumer electronics and medical devices. In conjunction with the 10-year anniversary of Windows Embedded, 100 percent of the Windows Embedded CE 6.0 kernel is now available through the Microsoft Shared Source program, an overall increase of 56 percent from previous versions of Windows Embedded CE. The Shared Source program provides full source-code access for modification and redistribution by device-makers (subject to the terms of a license agreement), who are under no obligation to... (more)

Ulitzer to Give Drupal 6.0 Its Biggest Scalability Challenge Yet, which initially made the headlines with its "job descriptions from the future," announced today that it will launch its Ulitzer "beta" site with more than 16,000 authors and more than 1 million original articles, published in more than 5,000 topic-specific online journals. Each journal offers up to 14 content-specific sections, written by the world's most-respected authors in their fields. All Ulitzer authors will earn 100% of their Google AdSense revenue. See author index here. All approved Ulizter authors can post a variety of story types: 01) Article 02) Blog 03) Book Excerpt 04) Book Review 05) Case Study 06) Feedback 07) Interview 08) News 09) Opinion 10) Podcast 11) Product Review 12) Tutorial 13) Video 14 Whitepaper  Within one year after its beta launch date, Ulitzer is projecting to serve more than 100,000 authors with over 10 million original article... (more)

NextWave Wireless Retains Deutsche Bank and UBS to Explore the Sale of Its Wireless Spectrum Holdings in the U.S.

NextWave Wireless Inc. (NASDAQ: WAVE), a global provider of advanced mobile multimedia and wireless broadband technologies, announced that it has retained Deutsche Bank and UBS Investment Bank to explore the sale of its extensive spectrum holdings in the United States. NextWave’s U.S. spectrum footprint covers over 251 million people, or pops, in the United States and includes major markets such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Denver, Houston, and Detroit. The company’s holdings include licenses and lease rights for a total of 4.7 billion MHz/pops of spectrum comprised of 154 Advanced Wireless Service (“AWS”) licenses in the 1.7/2.1 GHz band, 30 Wireless Communication Service (“WCS”) licenses in the 2.3 GHz band, and 39 Educational Broadband Service (“EBS”) and Broadband Radio ... (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 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)

Double Fusion Names CEO; Closes US$10 Million Funding Round With Accel Partners and JVP

SAN FRANCISCO, California, November 8 /PRNewswire/ -- - Yahoo! Games Veteran Geoff Graber Assumes Top Role at In-Game Ad Leader Double Fusion, a leader in the in-game advertising industry, has appointed Geoff Graber, the former general manager of Yahoo! Games, as its chief executive officer. The company also announced that it closed a US$10 million financing round led by Accel Partners and JVP (Jerusalem Venture Partners). Double Fusion is widely recognized as a leader in the rapidly growing in-game advertising market. The company's technology is utilized by video and PC game publishers to place advertising within their games, which Double Fusion represents to leading marketers and their advertising agencies. Mr. Graber brings more than 15 years of entrepreneurial experience and success in the games and media businesses to Double Fusion. Most recently, Mr. Graber was ... (more)

Arrow Asia Pac Offers Ember's ZigBee Wireless Systems

HONG KONG, Nov. 13 /Xinhua-PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Arrow Asia Pac Ltd. (Arrow Asia Pac) announced today a franchise distribution agreement to market Boston based Ember Corporation's (Ember) ZigBee(TM) wireless mesh networking systems throughout Arrow's 41 sales offices in 11 countries and territories in the Asia Pacific region. "We are pleased to be working with Ember. Ember's ZigBee system has become the preferred platform for embedded wireless networks for sensing and control applications," said Richard Huxley, Vice President of Marketing, Arrow Asia Pac. "Ember's products extend Arrow's wireless semiconductor portfolio in Asia. Our industry leading design-in and technical service support complements well with Ember's mature and feature-rich ZigBee platform and tools. We will deliver significant benefits to our customers in the industrial, home automation and te... (more)

Broadcom Receives 2006 'Product Line Strategy' Award From Frost & Sullivan

IRVINE, Calif., April 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Broadcom Corporation , a global leader in semiconductors for wired and wireless communications, today announced that the company's multi-core embedded processor portfolio has received the 2006 Award for Product Line Strategy from Frost & Sullivan (a leading global growth consulting firm), in the Embedded Processor category. The Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Line Strategy is presented each year to a company that has demonstrated the most insight into customer needs and product demands. According to Frost & Sullivan, the innovative chip design, high-performance and low power consumption features of Broadcom's highly integrated, multi-core processor solutions have made them the preferred customer choice for a wide variety of embedded applications such as networking, communications, storage, 3G wireless infrastruct... (more)

Hercules Participates in a $27.8 Million Equity Financing to BARRX Medical, Inc., a Medical Device Company Focused on the Treatment for Barrett's Esophagus, a Precancerous Condition of the Esophagus

PALO ALTO, Calif., July 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Hercules Technology Growth Capital, Inc. , a leading specialty finance company providing debt and equity growth capital to venture capital and private equity backed technology and life science companies, announced that on June 30, 2006 it participated in a $27.8 million equity financing by providing $1.5 million to BARRX Medical, Inc., a medical device company focused on the treatment for Barrett's esophagus, a precancerous condition of the esophagus. (Photo: ) "Barrett's sufferers are at increased risk for developing a dangerous type of cancer called esophageal adenocarcinoma, currently one of the fastest growing cancers in the United States," said Kathy Conte, managing director of life sciences at Hercules. "BARRX Medical's new product, the HALO360 System(TM... (more)