Here are links to a selection of the stories that appear in the latest EE Times Europe print edition covering March 4 to 18, 2007
The European Commission has finally issued details of the licensing regulations for ultra-wideband (UWB) networking in Europe, albeit with some restrictions that are due to be lifted early in 2008. UWB data transmission is set to be used for cable replacement in consumer goods enabling large files to be transmitted over short distances typically within a room – at 480-Mbits per second and above.
Despite moves by Intel Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. to bring their dual and four-core processors into embedded applications, there is a sense that some of the companies that pioneered symmetric multiprocessing in the system-on-chip (SoC) world are finding it harder to make progress.
Coupling Wave Solutions, a recently formed company, is aiming to address chip design signal integrity challenges by providing software that can analyze noise from multiple sources and across a complete chip.
Consumer electronics, which is intensely competitive and kills profit margins unless extreme volumes of production can be reached, is changing the rules of EDA, according to Guri Stark, vice president of corporate marketing at Synopsys.
In the BenQ Mobile assembly hall in Kamp-Lintfort, Germany, workers in blue suits are busy. They are not assembling mobile handsets for the world market as their colleagues did some months ago. This team of workers is dismantling pick-and-place machines, soldering machines and work benches.
Historically, the roll out of next generation cellular networks and the availability of quality and interoperable handsets at the right price has not been a smooth operation. It was the case with GSM – which, nevertheless and over time, has become a phenomenal success for Europe. It is currently the case with 3G and its higher data rate versions HSDPA and HSPA.
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