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<p>International Rectifier (310) 252-7105www.irf.comEETInfo No. 628</p>

They have drivers that enable hardware to work more out of the box,” said Les Wilson, a marketing director at TriMedia Technologies Inc., Milpitas, Calif. But Microsoft also knows Windows XP will run on applications on platforms with 800MHz and faster processors, whereas not long ago, they were running at 100 to 200MHz. So consumers right away are going to see a 3X shortening of all the visible delays [in video streaming] based on faster processors.”

Even if methods like smart cards, fingerprint and retinal scans, and surveillance techniques have loopholes, officials hope that their implementation will at least slow, if not stop, terror efforts. Terrorists are prone to going to the point of least resistance,” Besse said. Even suicide bombers will go to a place where they have the least possibility of being stopped.”

TOKYO — Citing software problems, Japan's second-largest mobile carrier, KDDI, will put off the commencement of its third-generation (3G) mobile service to next spring. KDDI originally had planned to begin service this autumn, competing with NTT Docomo's so-called Foma 3G service.

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KDDI's development of 3G phones was successful, but software development for the infrastructure, such as basestations, is behind schedule,” said company president Tadashi Onodera. The company also needs a better test infrastructure for field trials, a KDDI spokesman said.

KDDI now plans to offer a packet communication service that will support 144-kbit/second transmissions this autumn, based on the b” version of the cdma2000 standard. NTT Docomo has started a 384-kbit/s service, based on the W-CDMA system, to a limited number of users in central Tokyo.

Hiroyuki Masuko, an analyst at Daiwa Institute of Research Ltd., said third-generation cdma2000 can be added on to the current cdmaOne service. Foma's service areas are limited at this early stage, but the cdmaOne service already offers nationwide coverage, so even though KDDI's service is delayed to next spring, KDDI's service will be competitive to Foma.”

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KDDI currently offers a WAP-based information service based on the cdmaOne network, which supports a data rate of 14.4 kbits/s. The cdma2000 1x is an extension of the current cdmaOne service, and does not require a completely new infrastructure such as NTT Docomo's Foma system, according to KDDI.

Meanwhile, KDDI said it will increase the data rate of its existing cdmaOne service to 64 kbits/s in December. Using the accelerated network, the company will begin MPEG-4 compressed video distribution and GPS service with an accuracy of about 10 meters. KDDI's WAP service will be upgraded to be WAP 2.0 compatible at the same time.

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Royal Philips Electronics NV told analysts that it now expects semiconductor revenues to sequentially drop 17 to 18% in the third quarter from 1.13bn euros ($1.04bn) in Q2 due to the industry's downturn

Philips officials said the company was planning to take more than $100m in charges for layoffs and restructuring of semiconductor operations during the last two quarters of 2001.

To further reduce design hurdles, Altera is releasing a correlator megafunction core and Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum reference design, both optimized for CDMA and W-CDMA wireless standards. The DSSS reference design showcases Altera's correlator megafunction, FIRcompiler, and NCO compiler.

The correlator is priced at $8,995 for a perpetual license. The DSSS reference design is available at no cost. The DSP Builder is slated for release in early October, priced at $1,995. All three can be downloaded from Altera's IP megastore Web site.

Despite the current uncertainty, the worldwide integrated circuit market will recover to grow 14% next year, according to IC Insights.

The future will depend heavily upon electronic systems. This was true before last week's attack and it may be even more true now,” the research firm said. There will likely be a surge in electronic security systems such as smartcard identification, government/military surveillance equipment, and fingerprint recognition, according to IC Insights.

There may also be a large increase in computer usage and information data storage from intelligence gathering operations. Teleconferencing may finally become more prevalent than it has been in the past. Cellular phones may now be considered as much a personal safety device as a telecommunications system, expanding its adoption rate throughout society,” it added.