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<p>InterMOS' realistic assessment of its competitive position and its readiness to react to market forces is a strong contrast to the Russian chip companies in the 1990s. </p>

The venture will employ 3500 staff worldwide, and retain manufacturing ties with Flextronics International. The contract manufacturing group recently signed a global outsourcing pact with Ericsson.

The Federal Communications Commission is currently modifying regulations to enable widespread use of ultrawideband technology (see Docket 98-153 at www.fcc.gov). Companies in the computer and consumer electronics industries including Intel, Sony and 3Com have publicly supported this proceeding. The FCC has acknowledged advantages associated with UWB including the opportunity for more efficient use of scarce radio spectrum and low probability of interference with existing radio services.

UWB technologies encode and transmit large amounts of information over short distances using brief, extremely low-power bursts, or pulses, of radio energy spread across a wide range of frequencies. UWB offers the following specific advantages needed to support wireless entertainment networking:

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The nature of UWB technology combined with requirements for high-performance entertainment networks brings to light specific system requirements. The first consideration is the unlicensed spectrum in which UWB operates. In an unlicensed spectrum, consumers have complete control over what and how many devices they connect to a network, when they connect those devices and where they connect them.

A robust network architecture must support such uncontrolled deployment of consumer devices.

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Second, this variety of network devices operating under variable and random circumstances results in a mixture of both time-bound traffic and bursty traffic. Furthermore, the load generated by multimedia data is both high and continuous due to the high data rate and the requirements for quality. The network architecture must be designed to manage all traffic types and to tolerate and support a high continuous load.

Third, UWB technology operates within only one very wide frequency channel. In traditional systems, dynamic frequency selection can be used to divide transmission among multiple channels. UWB systems, by contrast, must be designed to negotiate traffic during transmission within a single channel, with minimized interruption or interference.

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Viable choice UWB technology is the most viable choice for enabling a wireless, high-performance, low-cost digital entertainment home-networking system. Introducing UWB-enabled systems into the home network market will revolutionize the way consumers use technology, affording them convenience, coexistence of various systems and reliability of services.

UWB was formed to provide solutions that eliminate the obstacles preventing the sharing of content, connections and peripherals in the home. While common data types including MPEG and HTML seem to be driving the convergence of the PC and consumer-electronics worlds, networking solutions haven't kept pace.

Vishay declined to comment. During a conference call with analysts, the company did not elaborate on the situation except to say it still hoped to sit down and have discussions with General Semiconductor.

A broad-based components manufacturer, Vishay is hoping to acquire General Semiconductor to strengthen its offerings in areas such as rectifiers and transient voltage suppressors.

Danish company IP Semiconductors introduced its SPEEDAnalyzer VLIW microprocessor lookup and classification engine, along with a software development kit (SDK) and a rapid prototyping board for hardware/software co-design. The device is targeted for core and edge routers in internet supporting applications such as jitter sensitive Voice-over-IP (VoIP), VPN routing, IPv6 for next generation mobile infrastructure, advanced server load balancing, and advanced content caching and distribution. The low-power and fully programmable architecture is claimed to be able to cut up to 80% of total power consumption as well as support OC-48, 10 Gigabit Ethernet and OC-192 applications. In addition it can be cascaded to support OC-768 applications. SPEEDAnalyzer contains a dedicated VLIW microprocessor – the SearchVLIW. The SearchVLIW is a fully programmable multi-threaded and pipelined 64 bit microprocessor containing patent pending execution units for fast lookup and classification algorithms.

The device interfaces to standard PC-100 SDRAM for table storage. A standard configuration would use two SDRAM devices and consumes less than 5W, including memory, when running typical algorithms. The interface to packet and network processors comes through a Command Result Interface (CRI). The CRI bus implements a simple FIFO like interface. Several SPEEDAnalyzers can be attached to the same CRI bus to allow for scalable solutions up to OC-768.

The SPEEDAnalyzer is sampling now, with volume production hopes for in October 2001. Packaging is a 409 pin BGA. The rapid prototyping board and SDK will be available in May 2001.

Installing, configuring, and maintaining a complex development environment on a computer workstation can be a laborious and sometimes frustrating activity. Web developers have long had access to cloud-based and online tools allowing them to create apps without needing to manage the IDE. Could similar tools be used effectively for embedded systems development?

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