JANUARY 2005 / 21
ACCRETECH - Tokyo Seimitsu 30%
Kulicke & Soffa
30% 10% 10%
ACCRETECH - Tokyo Seimitsu 20%
Tokyo Electron Advantest
Mfrg Connectivity & Design and Test
ICOS Vision System August Technology CAMTEK
Memory IC Test Advantest Yokogawa Electric Agilent
$1,076M 70% 15% 5%
SoC Test Systems
$134M 35% 20%
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The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH- IOL) has created the iWARP Con- sortium to enhance the interoperability of products using the remote direct memory access (RDMA) technology known as RDMA-over-Ethernet, or iWARP. The group will build a test bed to advance interoperability of RDMA- over-Ethernet. The group is also tar- geting wire-level interoperability between two similar versions of the iWARP standard, that of the RDMA Consortium and that of the IETF. The founding members are: Ammasso, Broadcom, Chelsio, EMC, HP, Intel, Networks, Microsoft, NetEffect, Network Appliance, S2io, Siliquent, and Sun. www.iol.unh.edu/consor- tiums/iwarp/
The “Organic Electronics Associ- ation” was founded in December 2004 “to build up a competitive in- frastructure for the production of plastic electronics in Germany and Europe.” The OEA was founded in Frankfurt as a working group within the German Engineering Federation VDMA by 37 companies and re- search institutes working in the field of organic electronics, including Covion, Degussa, MAN Roland, Merck, PolyIC and Siemens. Wolf- gang Mildner, managing director of PolyIC and chairman of the OEA. Dr. Klaus Hecker, klaus.hecker@ vdma.org
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Pulse~LINK has demonstrated 667 Mbps of throughput after forward error correction, claiming to have achieved the highest data rates ever transmitted and received for UWB wireless communications. The chipset architecture is capable of sur- passing one Gigabit and the actual
over-the-air data rate is at present 1.3 Gbps. Pulse~LINK is also pioneer- ing longer-range UWB transmissions for WLANs. The company has trans- mitted two simultaneous HDTV sig- nals for “picture-in-picture” television through a combined 7” thick concrete wall and an addition- al steel-frame drywall at ten meters and has demonstrated the same two streams at distances of 25 meters through one steel-frame drywall.
Pulse~LINK will begin making Gi- gabit wireless UWB evaluation kits available to partners in February 2005. The company’s Gigabit RFIC is presently in fabrication and evalu- ation kits based on the sample RFIC are planned for release inApril 2005. John Santhoff, founder and CTO; Bruce Watkins, president and COO.
Renesas has developed a high-speed, high-reliability MRAM (Magnetore- sistive Random Access Memory) technology for SoC use. Using this technology, Renesas fabricated a pro- totype 1-Mbit MRAM employing a 130 nm CMOS process. Investiga- tion showed the prospect of high- speed operation with an operating frequency of 143 MHz or above at a 1.2V, and measurements in a one-tril- lion-rewrites experiment confirmed that there was no degradation. www.renesas.com
The ZigBee Alliance has ratified the first ZigBee specification. Now that the ZigBee specification has been ratified, the Alliance will continue to validate the specification through expanded interoperability and scal- ability tests and future enhance- ments. Given the number of ZigBee-ready products announced in 2004, the Alliance anticipates seeing ZigBee-compliant consumer prod-
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