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<p>The holy grail of the embedded memory industry, a so-called unified memory that replaces all other types, combines the speed of SRAM with the memory density of DRAM and the non-volatility of Flash. Philips' new phase-change line-cell technology is a significant step towards this goal,” said Karen Attenborough, project leader of the Scalable Unified Memory project at Philips Research, in a statement.</p>

Jerry Panagrossi, VP of US operations at Symbian, noted the operating system specialist has just added IMS support to the latest version of its products, an indication of how important and urgent it feels the cellular-Wi-Fi Convergence could become. Network operators see Wi-Fi as a lower cost/byte proposition, and are keen to offload data intensive applications to that.”

EET: What is Intel's biggest challenge going forward?

Moore: It depends hw far out you look. If you look out 20 years, competing with China has to be the biggest challenge, in my view. If you look out half that distance, continuing growth in the areas we are in, or finding new businesses, is the challenge. But it is hard to find new growth areas that can have a significant impact on a business as big as Intel.

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EET: What do you think of Moore's Law?

Moore: That was a term I couldn't utter for 20 years after the article was published, but I finally got comfortable with it. My original message was to get the idea across that integrated circuits were going to be cheap someday. They were not cheap at the time. I never expected it to be an accurate prediction. It turned out to be more accurate than I ever envisioned. Then it became a self-fulfilling prophecy. The industry recognized it had to stay on that rate of progress or fall behind.

It's a peculiar thing. Technology [scaling] allows you to offer higher performance at a cheaper cost, so you can't allow yourself to fall behind. On the other hand, a company can't get very far ahead, because then it has to bear the cost of the equipment by itself. There is a maximum speed that you can go and still be successful.

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That is what the SIA road map does — define where that wavefront is, where the search track has to be laid out ahead of time. We all struggle for a six-month advantage. It is expensive, but very valuable if you can get there.

EET: What do you see as the things that will drive the market forward?

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Moore: I think computing still has a long way to go. There is a lot of the world that is not participating fully, and the developing countries are the fastest-growing markets by far. I think people will continue to replace and change their computers, and get real advantages as a result. But I don't know. I look at cell phones that already are at 600 million to 700 million units a year. Gosh, that is a lot. That is one for every 10 people on earth, every year.

Intel has decided there is a lot in the home that can be developed, with a focus on the digital home. That is a very good possibility, something my son would jump on in a minute. My wife would be reluctant to put that much electronics in the house. It's a generational thing.

RF parameters can also be extracted and de-embedded (for the first time in realtime) from measured s-parameters. That's done using what we feel is the industry's largest RF parametric extraction library,” adds Scharrer. It's accomplished without the need for any post-processing, either, also saving time and increasing throughput.”

Measurements At 40-GHz

Combined with the company's Model S680 parametric test system, Keithley also offers a direct-dock capability for making measurements at 40-GHz. Scharrer emphasizes that competitors Teradyne and Agilent Technologies are limited to about 6-GHz with their testers. We're at 40-GHz with production throughput levels.”

Competitive products also require a manual probe-card change by an RF specialist using a torque wrench followed by manual recalibration,” points out Scharrer. Our RF Option completes an automated RF probe card change in a fraction of the time it takes for a manual change.”

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