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Chip Consolidation Continues as LSI, Agere Merge

The chip-making industry appears to be entering a period of consolidation, with a series of deals announced Monday suggesting firms are seeking to expand their technology portfolios and reduce costs by merging with onetime rivals. The largest of the deals calls for LSI Logic to purchase rival storag...

Industry Move to 100M WiFi Hits a Bump

Those who enjoy intrigue may be quite satisfied with developments in the WiFi market. Two years ago, vendors started working on a standard, dubbed 802.11n, to boost the top transmission speed from 54M bps to 100M bps. That work developed into a deadlock between two competing groups: World-Wide Spect...

USB Ready To Ride the Wireless Wave

The move to wireless technology is evident just about everywhere today. Users now carry laptops from meeting to meeting, executives pull out their cell phones to make quick calls while on the road, and one can even access the Internet at a local coffee shop. While there has been a lot of progress in...

Ultrawideband Spec Battle Takes Shape

In a battle to establish a de facto standard, is it better to deliver technology first or to have the greater number of supporters? The emergence of ultrawideband (UWB) products, which allow a wide variety of PC and consumer electronics devices to exchange information over high-speed wireless networ...

Alliance Urges Vendors To Delay Next-Generation WiFi

A leading wireless networking industry group is warning vendors not to push ahead too fast on the next generation of WiFi technology, a faster version that will enable a host of new features. The WiFi Alliance said it would not certify features based on the 802.11n standards being developed by the I...

TECHNOLOGY SPECIAL REPORT

Work on Higher-Speed WLAN Standard Begins

The quest for more bandwidth is neverending, so soon after vendors make one technical advance, they move on to the next. With 54 Mbps 802.11g wireless LANs now poised to gain a lion's share of product shipments, vendors are examining ways to push the bandwidth plateau past the 100 Mbps mark. Proprie...

TECHNOLOGY SPECIAL REPORT

Life After Moore’s Law: Beyond Silicon

In 1965, Gordon Moore, Intel's cofounder, predicted that the number of transistors on an integrated circuit would double every 18 months. In some people's eyes, that law -- which has become somewhat of an accepted axiom in the computer industry -- has been losing veracity. There are some who think t...

Europe OKs Joint Venture as Chip Sales Slump

In a move that will boost production of computer chips found in common consumer electronics equipment, the European Union regulatory board reportedly has approved a joint venture between Germany's Infineon Technologies, Motorola and Agere Systems. Each of those three companies will own one-third of ...

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