<p>He added that: The decline of activity combined with the dollar's decline will have an impact on our operating margin. We shall then take all necessary measures to reduce our costs so as to better adjust to the demand.”</p>

Wirewound technology has long been known as a leading technology for power resistor needs though it is inherently inductive, said Stackpole. By using a non-inductively wound version this greatly reduces the inductance of any given resistor size and value combination; however, it does not completely eliminate the inductance, added the company.

Synopsys (Mountain View, Calif.) said it plans to integrate Mosaid's chip IP into it DesignWare IP portfolio. Key elements include Mosaid's DDR memory controller and PHY semiconductor IP.

Ottawa-based Mosaid said last month it would leave the semiconductor IP business.

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The deal is subject to standard closing conditions. Synopsys said it expects to agreement to close in August.

LAS VEGAS — At the Entertainment Merchants Association (EMA) Home Media Expo 2007, the North American HD DVD Promotional Group announced that overall HD DVD hardware sales were up 37 percent from Q1 to Q2 2007, while software sales experienced a 20 percent increase in growth. The data is based on NPD reports, Nielsen Netratings reports and point of sale data from the studios. During the same time-frame, overall Blu-ray hardware sales saw a 27 percent decline from Q1 to Q2, and Blu-ray software sales were down 5 percent.

Driven by major spring marketing efforts which brought standalone HD DVD players down to an industry first $299, dedicated HD DVD CE players experienced an astounding 183 percent quarterly increase. There are currently more than 180,000 dedicated HD DVD CE players in the market.

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The numbers are clear ” HD DVD is steadily gaining momentum and market share,” said Ken Graffeo, executive vice president of HD strategic marketing for Universal Studios Home Entertainment, and co-president of the HD DVD Promotional Group. With HD DVD CE players now at MSRP prices starting at $299 and with strong marketing campaigns around new HD DVD titles with web-enabled interactivefeatures, we're continuing to raise the bar for the consumer experience.”

Recent studies[1] have shown most consumers are basing their purchasing decisions on pricing. Benefiting from more than a decade of DVD technology advancements and improvements, HD DVD hardware pricing has already dropped from $499 to $299 since the first players were introduced last year as a result of manufacturing efficiencies, while still maintaining a consistent consumer experience.

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With the total number of titles available for each format differing by only 20-30 titles at this time, the real-world gap in content between the two formats is in actuality not as large as many would perceive,” said Paul Erickson, market analyst with IMS Research.Consumers in the US and Europe continue to show the greatest sensitivity to price, rather than content or branding, in their purchase decision for standalone high-definition players.”

With titles like 300” coming later this month from Warner Home Video and Heroes: Season 1” to be released in August from Universal Studios Home Entertainment, HD DVD owners will have close to 1,000 titles worldwide to choose from by the holidays.

Sales fell 4 percent to 6.1 billion euros on the impact of currency effects and portfolio changes.

Net profits were at the lower and operating profit at the higher end of expectations. The company said it's on track to meet its goal of 7.5 percent growth in EBITA for the year on 5 to 6 percent sales growth.

During the quarter, comparable sales at its consumer electronics division dropped 14 percent, which Philips blamed on strong sales last year ahead of the World Cup as well as preparations for a new product range.

Sivignon said a new version of its Ambilight flat televisions, due for release in Europe in August, will impress.”

In medical systems, a unit which Philips has beefed up in recent years through acquisitions as it seeks to marry technology in the health field with its consumer expertise, sales on a comparable basis increased by 4 percent , as did operating profit.


The new Intel part is expected to appear in Caneland, a new four-socket platform based on Intel's latest quad-core Xeon processors and expected to be released this fall. Previously, Intel only shipped two-socket systems using its quad-core processors.

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