<p>Hitachi and ST have been collaborating on the development of Hitachi's SuperH RISC architecture as the processor of choice for personal-information electronics,” said Peter Carbone, director of marketing of systems LSI at Hitachi, San Jose.</p>

The acquisition of Pirelli's active-component technologies and products significantly adds to our capabilities in the transmission segment of the optical layer,” said Roger Ackerman, Corning's chairman and chief executive.

What this decision does do is validate the strategy of an appropriate standalone CPU with an integrated chip set,” McCarron said. This validates that that's the approach to use right now.”

It also demonstrates Intel's newfound attitude of being flexible in response to market demand, he said. Rather than cling to strategies that are no longer valid, Intel is reversing course with Timna, as it did in an earlier decision to have the Pentium 4 processor support SDRAM.


While Intel never declared a formal price range for Timna, there was an assertion that Timna would be somewhat cheaper than the cost of a Celeron and a separate chip set,” McCarron said. Given that particular guidance, we expected sub-$100 type pricing when Timna would have achieved significant volumes, perhaps the $80-to-$90 range for high-volume, low-cost products, and $115-to-$120 range for the faster parts. That compares with Celerons in the $60 range at the bottom part of the market and volume Celeron products in the $80-to-$90 range.”

McCarron noted that Intel had planned to introduce Timna next year in the 700-MHz speed range. It definitely was not intended as a bottom-feeding product, though it would be at the low end. It was never a compromise product.”

The Intel spokesman said Intel does not currently have any integration projects under way, though he did not preclude another project at a future time. The market has moved on to other ways of saving costs,” he said.


SOUTH EL MONTE, CALIF. — An Electro-Mech Components Inc. switch that was designed as a custom unit for medical applications is now available from the company as a standard, off-the-shelf product.

The SW43728 illuminated momentary pushbutton switch weighs less than 2 ounces and measures 1.77 inches long for use in such equipment as external defibrillator control panels, where overall weight and size are important considerations. The flush-mount design is said to provide safety by preventing accidental actuation.


The compact housing includes a switch and mounting adapter. The product's small size lets users access small panel areas and deploy the component with portable instrumentation.

The switch is easily mounted from the front of a panel into a standard 0.89-in.-diameter hole using a supplied plastic round slotted nut.

Meanwhile, a number of companies have also envisioned Keitai as a core platform that can be transformed into a variety of handheld consumer gadgets — a sort of electronic Swiss Army knife — by inserting a densely packed, tiny add-on module into a cell phone's flash memory card slot.

Sony Corp., for example, showed off a host of new add-in prototypes housed in a Sony Memory Stick. Such modules, called Application Sticks,” ranged from an FM data receiver, a TV tuner, or digital still camera up to a GPS unit and a digital zoom microphone. Sharp Corp. presented a similar vision. The company hopes to use its versions of add-in modules — built into single Compact Flash memory cards — to expand the functionality of its popular Zaurus PDA. Such add-on modules included everything from Bluetooth, PHS and LAN cards to GPS, TV tuner, speaker and scanner cards. Under the new scenario, consumers will use an Secure Digital memory card to expand the PDA's memory, while the PDA's Compact Flash memory card slot is used for add-on application cards, according to a Sharp official.

In Japan, Bluetooth technology is clearly the element that has given mobile phones fresh momentum among consumer electronics manufacturers. Akita Nishimura, manager of business strategic office at Matsushita Electric Industrial, said, We see Bluetooth as a strategic linkage between our Keitai products and other consumer electronics systems.”

Despite the willingness of Japanese consumer electronics companies to embrace and promote Bluetooth, the shortage of certified Bluetooth modules — both baseband and RF — appears to have hampered the product development cycle for Bluetooth-enabled consumer devices.

There is no doubt that the market will see Bluetooth-enabled Keitai next year, but right now, there are just not enough Bluetooth modules to go around,” said Masami Kato, principal researcher at Sanyo Electric Co.'s telecommunication systems department.


Instead, the reviewer's credibility was questioned. And it was even implied at one point that contributors to the DIY community – such as the designer(s) of the headphone amplifier – shouldn't be criticized, even if they publish erroneous/misleading specifications.

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