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Intel has revealed it is using physical layer technology from Bath-based wireless processing specialist PicoChip Designs in its WiMAX demonstration board. Apart from a few named customers, notably Airspan, PicoChip has been unable to name a number of its partners. Strictly speaking it is still under a non-disclosure agreement with Intel. “Lots and lots of people are using us, some ...

Irvine wins image contract

Silicon Hive, from Philips’ Technology Incubator, has demonstrated a DTV receiver chip based on three special purpose processors from its intellectual property (IP) portfolio. “They are very simple VLIW processors,” Geoffrey Burns, director of product management at Silicon Hive told Electronics Weekly. “The compiler generates microcode understood by the particular processor, and the processors can be simple because the compiler ...

3D entertainment demand will fuel PC controller growth

SanDisk, the NAND flash card firm, is about to bring out a USB drive which will allow any programme loaded onto it to be booted and run on any computer. “We developed a spec called U3, in conjunction with M-Systems, which allows software developers to develop applications to that spec,” Sanjay Mehrotra, co-founder and CTO of SanDisk, told Electronics Weekly. ...

AMP spends $16m on Scottish facility

An industry group aimed at developing standards to aid a ‘design-for-debug’ methodology had its inaugural meeting here at DAC. Members of the Design-for-Debug (DfD) Consortium are of the opinion that putting standards in place will enable people to use familiar debug techniques for silicon, which is currently approached in something of an ad hoc manner. “The problem is that when ...

DRAM makers seek scapegoat

Freescale Semiconductor has demonstrated a direct-sequence ultra wideband (DS-UWB) chipset operating at more than 110Mbit/s over 20m. The firm said the extended range is a direct result of a regulatory waiver granted in March by the FCC. The XS110 device is packaged in a mini-PCI card and used inside a media gateway from Taiwanese original design manufacturer USI. Martin Rofheart, ...

Hyundai plans for Scottish set-top boxes

Making supercomputer data processing performance more accessible for engineering and scientific users, FPGA-based board firm Nallatech has teamed with programming tool specialist Mitrionics of Sweden. The firms have demonstrated a technique for scaling the processing performance of an FPGA-based system to match the needs of practical applications such as protein analysis. According to Allan Cantle, president and CEO of Nallatech: ...

EMC club questions DIY test methods

Mobile operators will fight back to prevent any loss of business to BT’s recently launched Fusion service which allows a phone to roam seamlessly between fixed and mobile networks, according to analyst firm ABI Research. “The mobile operators will not be standing still,” said Jake Saunders, European research director at ABI. “They will continue to improve coverage and intend to ...

Buy-in at SCE

Comtech has unveiled a product that it said allows firms to add machine-to-machine capabilities with minimal design work. The µWeave telemetry system includes a central web-based management application, remote GSM/GPRS gateway module and services hosted by Comtech. According to the Bolton-based firm, µWeave takes the effort out of adding telecoms to remotely-located products, such as industrial machines, vending machines, security, ...

Restructuring helps boost Meggitt profits

Schaffner is offering local companies access to lower cost offshore manufacturing through its facility in Northern Thailand. The target customer is likely to be a small or medium sized domestic manufacturer looking to reduce assembly costs but without the volume to justify investing in their own offshore manufacturing plant or joint venture. “To make this service viable we are looking ...

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Chelmsford-based e2v Technologies has won the contract to supply 1.5Gpixel worth of CCD image sensors for the European Space Agency’s GAIA space mission, scheduled to fly in 2011. The company’s CCDs are in single crystal silicon with a polysilicon/metal/dielectric fab process, and combine a number of technologies to deliver high efficiency, low-noise performance across the 1µm – 350nm wavelength range. ...