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<p>Software-defined radio will make possible great strides in equipmentinteroperability, Hatfield said. But it may lead the FCC to take a conservativeapproach to regulation, treating all handsets and basestations capable of meetingmultiple standards as being simultaneous radiators in all frequency bands forwhich they can be programmed.</p>

Calibre, which already runs on Unix and Microsoft Windows NT, is the most widely used standard physical verification solution, according to Joe Sawicki, marketing director for Calibre at Mentor Graphics. By working closely with Red Hat Inc. to make sure that Calibre takes advantage of the system's capabilities, our physical verification and manufacturability family has expanded its market leadership across all three major engineering platforms,” he said.

Lange said that IBM has about 30 custom SiGe chip designs in the design or fabrication stage and that between 50 and 100 customers are working with or considering using the SiGe process.

Executives at Hewlett-Packard Co. are attempting to quell reports that it will skip the 64-bit Merced chip in its servers and instead promote the next-generation McKinley.

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HP plans to initially offer its next-generation servers with its own PA-RISC architecture, principally for reasons of code compatibility with previous generations, according to Ken Kroeker, senior technical consultant at the company's Partner Support Organization, Palo Alto, Calif. However, the servers will be upgradeable to Intel Corp.'s IA-64 platform Merced or McKinley by replacing the processor add-on card, Kroeker said.

Reports indicating that HP is pushing the McKinley over the Merced are complete hooey,” Kroeker said. However, in recent HP tests, the net integer performance of a simulation of the first Merced chip was 90% of HP's current 440-MHz PA-RISC 8500, and 85% of the 8500's ability to calculate floating-point operations, according to Kroeker. The tests were conducted to eliminate factors such as bus speed, using software that would isolate the performance of the CPU. While the Merced's clock speed is faster than 440 MHz, it has not been publicly disclosed, he said.

Executives at HP as well as at Intel noted that on Monday of this week, HP announced it would design a Merced-based server, which can be taken as evidence of the company's support for the 64-bit IA-64 platform, they said. HP and Intel designers jointly developed the IA-64 architecture, although the Merced is reported to have been designed mainly by Intel engineers.

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Kroeker also said he expects demand for the McKinley to surpass that of the Merced, because a large base of application software developers will have had no time to prepare IA-64 applications before Merced's launch. The bulk of that software, however, should be completed in time for the McKinley, he said.

But we're going to have a lot of end users that jump on Merced,” Kroeker added. Why would we make a box we couldn't sell?”

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HP's transition from its PA-RISC architecture to the Merced will depend primarily on the software code, according to Kroeker. HP's proprietary Unix operating system, HP-UX, automatically translates the PA-RISC code to IA-64 instructions in version 11 of the software. On the other hand, the company has an extremely large installed base of older software code written over the past 15 years or so, he said.

If your code doesn't run on PA-RISC HP-UX 11, then it won't run on IA-64,” he said. Although the software translates PA-RISC code and saves it for later use, the IA-64 architecture is not mixed-mode, allowing software requests from IA-64 to PA-RISC or vice versa, he said.

According to observers, it is virtually a foregone conclusion that Intel will soon unveil its plan to support 133-MHz SDRAM in chip sets coming in the first half of 2000. A spokesman for the company last week indicated that a 133-MHz SDRAM session will be a late addition to the agenda of the Intel Developer Forum set for Aug. 31 in Palm Springs, Calif.

Asked if Intel would discuss the merits of the PC133 standard, the spokesman said the company is only studying its options on 133-MHz SDRAM-not PC133.” He said Intel will not elaborate until it makes a final decision whether to embrace 133-MHz SDRAM as an interim to Direct Rambus DRAM, which has suffered delays.

Intel has long spurned PC133, adamantly sticking to a plan to move directly from PC100 SDRAM to Direct Rambus. The company last month finally softened its stance, confirming that customer demand for faster SDRAM memory had prompted it to consider a 133-MHz alternative.

TOKYO — In an ironic twist to one of the most complicated relationships in the computing world, NEC Corp. and SGI Japan Ltd. signed a memorandum of understanding this week to resell each other's supercomputers in Japan.

The announcement was made a day after SGI announced a corporate-wide restructuring. As part of that announcement, SGI said it had formed a separate business unit for its line of Cray vector supercomputers, and would try to sell that unit.

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As part of the acquisition of Zenith's Chihuahua plant, SMTC has also entered into a long-range supply agreement with that company's Network Systems division. The Chihuahua facility currently focuses on manufacturing digital set-top boxes and satellite receivers.

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