Researchers from Mentor Graphics Corp. are proposing a more complete way to test multiple cores on a system-on-chip. At the International Test Conference, Mentor presented a paper that defines SoC testing as a restricted three-dimensional bin-packing problem and provides a heuristic to determine an optimal solution.

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Researchers from Mentor Graphics Corp. are proposing a more complete way to test multiple cores on a system-on-chip. At the International Test Conference, Mentor presented a paper that defines SoC testing as a restricted three-dimensional bin-packing problem and provides a heuristic to determine an optimal solution.

However, Tim Bennett, senior vice president of the American Electronics Association in Washington, says there have been fewer investments in Israel in recent years because of escalating hostilities and the global economic downturn. Right now, it's easier for companies to hold off [coming to Israel] than to enter.”

Yuri Har, director general of the Israel Association of Electronic & Information Industries in Tel Aviv, said, There's less manufacturing in Israel right now, as is true all over.”

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Also, enhanced engineering activities in emerging markets like China and India could threaten EMS providers' long-term commitment to Israel, according to Randall Sherman, an analyst at New Venture Research Corp. in Nevada City, Calif.

Nevertheless, R&D activities remain strong in the country, contributing to Plexus' interest, Verstegen said. The company has operated a Tel Aviv design center the past four years, with 10 workers who carry out high-tech assignments without disruption from the political turmoil around them, he said.

Sanmina-SCI runs a plant in Petah Tivka, which was owned by SCI Systems Inc. before its merger with Sanmina Corp. last December.

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Singapore's Flextronics maintains design centers in Eilat and Tel Aviv and operates a plant in Migdal Ha-Emek. The EMS provider established its presence in Israel in April 2000 when it acquired Uniskor Ltd., a local contractor with 500 employees, for $21.9 million.

There's already a lot of design in Israel for infrastructure products, systems, and exchange systems, said a Flextronics spokesperson. And there is potential in home security, home automation and consumer devices, telecom, mechanical industrialization, logistics, and medical.”

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New Venture's Sherman summed up: Contractors face a lot of negatives being in Israel, but the positives are the engineering talent and the large number of capital-equipment makers and start-up companies there.”

Researchers from Mentor Graphics Corp. are proposing a more complete way to test multiple cores on a system-on-chip. At the International Test Conference, Mentor presented a paper that defines SoC testing as a restricted three-dimensional bin-packing problem and provides a heuristic to determine an optimal solution.

Marks & Spencer recently invested in RFID technology to test tracking of refrigerated goods through its supply chain, replacing barcodes with TI's Tag-it smart labels. Systems integrator Intellident is creating a system to track almost 3.5 million reusable trays, dollies and roll cages used throughout the store's refrigerated food supply chain.

The TI tags have reduced the time taken to read a stack of multiple trays by 80% compared with barcoding. A complete dolly, with more than 25 trays, can be scanned in a single pass through a portal in just five seconds with high accuracy and reliability – compared with 29s for conventional barcode scanning.

This forms part of a three-year effort to replace M&S's barcode systems with RFID tags and portable and fixed multi-scanners/ portals.

RFID technology is also becoming visible to the public. Visitors to two theme parks in Atlanta, Georgia – Stone Mountain Park and Six Flags Over Georgia – are being issued with Precision Dynamics' RFID-enabled Smart Band wristbands, allowing them to gain access to individual rides, lockers, and to pay for merchandise and refreshments without having to carry cash.

They can even become part of the attraction in virtual or interactive games, where scores and other game information are written on to the RFID chips.

It's good technology, the plants are great, the products have high average selling prices,” said Ralph Quinsey, TriQuint's president and chief executive, during a conference call with analysts. And we have some short-term and long-term synergies going forward. It's not our intent to carry that large of a product portfolio forward.”

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