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After IBM rested its defense, plaintiffs called three additional ex-IBM employees to testify on the working conditions at IBM.

Today in a shortened, quick paced session IBM called three ex-IBM managers and plaintiffs called one ex-IBM worker to the stand in an effort to address contentious areas in the case.Throughout the trial, IBM's defense team has relied on eyewitness testimony from former IBM managers, while plaintiffs have relied on eyewitness testimony chiefly from ex-IBM manufacturing workers but also one former IBM manager, Arthur Diaz.

In presenting their case, plaintiffs witnesses, including Diaz, have painted IBM as a company that chiefly cared about hitting production quotas and less about worker safety.

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That evidence was then countered during the defense phase by the testimony of Karl Aitken, who during the mid 1980s was the manager of plaintiff Alida Hernandez at IBM. Aitken, in testimony late last month, told the jury that IBM's hard drive manufacturing operation in San Jose was safe and that IBM educated employees including Hernandez about the hazards of chemicals they worked with.

Today IBM called three more ex-IBM managers to the stand to testify to the safety of the San Jose Cottle Road disk coating operation.

David Hoffmann, who worked for IBM 24 years starting in 1979, and Jeanne Francis-Emery, who worked at IBM 20 years starting in 1970, both testified that worker safety was a high priority among IBM managers.

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Both Hoffmann and Francis-Emery managed Hernandez in the hard disk coating operation at different times during the 1980s.

Both testified that disk coating in general was not a messy job when done properly and that hard disk coaters could clean coating machines without getting coating material on their clothes. Both testified that coaters were given goggles and chemical resistant gloves and aprons to protect themselves from chemicals.

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Both Hoffmann and Francis-Emery testified that the disk coating bays showed no signs of chemical disk coating material spillage and staining.

That testimony seemingly contradicts the testimony of several plaintiff witnesses and even photographs presented by the plaintiffs that portray disk coating as a messy job-soaked through bunny suits to the skin, stained tiles on the ground around coating booths and soaked through the perforated tiles to solidify on sub flooring.

NEC will work with two physical layer (PHY) chip suppliers, Staccato Communications Inc. and Wisair, on its Wireless USB implementation. The company's initial samples will be a chip set that puts its wireless USB protocol in one chip and includes a UWB PHY chip supplied by either Staccato or Wisair.

NEC plans to integrate the wireless USB protocol and the UWB PHY into a system-on-chip solution by late 2006.

NEC predicts that the market for Wireless USB devices will grow to 6.5 million units in 2006 and 22 million units by 2007. The company intends to ship 14 million Wireless USB chips in 2007.

Norwood, Mass. — A small form-factor pluggable (SFP) reference design has been unleashed for developers of optical transceivers and transceiver modules. The reference design includes the ADN2870 laser diode driver, ADN2890 limiting amplifier, ADN2880 TIA, and an ARM7-based microcontroller. The reference design is optimized for 1-Gbit/2-Gbit fibre channel, Gigabit Ethernet, and OC-3 to Oc-48 designs.

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