Design Challenge: Connected & Secure Vehicles

Today's car is moving a great deal of data between its embedded processors and application-specific integrated circuits (ASICs) to deliver the creature comforts, safety, and performance features we all have come to demand when driving a late-model vehicle. However, all these features come with a price — higher data flows and more complex semiconductors to…

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Reverse in Motion

{complink 4644|Research In Motion Ltd. (RIM)} is in serious trouble, and unless something is done soon to stem the ongoing slide, the company that revolutionized corporate messaging with its Blackberry device may become a minor player, even in the markets it still dominates. How bad is the company's current situation? Let's first review market reaction…

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EDA World Embracing IP Subsystems

After attending the 48th Design Automation Conference in San Diego last week, it was clear to me that the discussion around the trend towards IP Subsystems is real and has substance behind it. In fact, several IP and EDA vendors were discussing this idea, including Sonics, Synopsys, Cadence, Atrenta, ChipStart, and eSilicon, to name a…

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Nokia Plans for Growth Despite Dropping Sales

Does {complink 3847|Nokia Corp.} need another manufacturing facility, considering the embattled company is embarking on a major restructure that will involve big headcount cuts? Should Nokia even seek to expand its manufacturing footprint in an environment where industry observers expect shipment of its mobile handset devices to continue dropping ahead of the launch of Microsoft's…

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Avnet Takes Thermal Solutions to the Nextreme

PHOENIX, Ariz. — Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, a business region of Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), has inked a distribution agreement with Nextreme Thermal Solutions, a manufacturer of micro-scale thermal and power management products. Nextreme’s energy harvesting products are available from Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas and online at www.AvnetExpress.com. Nextreme uses breakthrough thin-film thermoelectric generators and…

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How to Confront Relentless Commoditization

{complink 2470|IBM Corp.} is marking its centennial anniversary with a broad range of activities starting today and continuing through the year. The company is showcasing its history with essays; stories about the “100 IBM innovations that helped shape the last century“; films; a Celebration of Service Day; and a book offering “an in-depth look at…

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Acer’s Blunder Sends Up Warning Flares

{complink 38|Acer Inc.}, once a high-flying PC vendor, is licking its wounds — again. After what seems to be a serious misreading of market demand and equally disconcerting missteps in supply chain planning, the company is slashing its full-year tablet shipment target by 60 percent, dumping three million laptops into the European market to clear…

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Happy 100th Birthday Big Blue – What’s Next?

{complink 2470|IBM Corp.}, otherwise known as “Big Blue,” turned 100 today, marking a major milestone in the company's history and, more importantly, helping to focus the technology world's collective mind on the history and future of the high-tech industry. No other company represents the industry's past better than IBM. Incorporated as Computing-Tabulating-Recording Co. (CTR) in…

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