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<p>Offering data transfer rates up to 400-Mbit/s, IEEE-1394 promisesto link PCs, printers, scanners, disk drives, and other devices overa single network.</p>

The acquisition includes AMD's intellectual property related to 900-MHz direct sequence spread-spectrum (DSS) and radio-frequency products used in cordless telephones. As part of the purchase, the DSP Group said it will gain substantially all of AMD's RF engineering team as well as the company's RF laboratory equipment.

Brazil's sharp currency plunge last month may have cast a shadow of doubt on its economic future. But executives and analysts in the electronics industry say the pinch so far is being felt more by the locals, and not so much by the large international companies for which the country has become an enclave.

Over the past couple of months, there have been some pretty significant companies that have fallen out of the market, and we would not be surprised if that continues,” said Loren Loverde, Latin America personal-systems research manager for International Data Corp., a Framingham, Mass., research firm.

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Local Brazilian electronics assemblers are particularly susceptible to the higher interest rates brought about by the devaluation of the country's currency, the real, because many of them are supplied through distributors in Miami, exposing them to currency-conversion problems, Loverde noted.

The whole industry is going to be affected by higher financial costs, but if you have a low-margin business that depends a lot on credit, it's going to be significantly impacted by changes in interest rates,” he said. More concretely, you may have individual companies that are going to go bankrupt or aren't going to be able to cover their outstanding debt.”

However, the growing number of international electronics companies that have moved into Brazil over the past several years are better insulated from its troubled economy, according to analysts and executives.

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Lured by what, until recently, had been a widely held perception of Brazil as South America's bastion of political and economic stability, electronics outfits have been building a presence there, eager to tap into the burgeoning market.

Major international PC OEMs, including Compaq, Hewlett-Packard, and IBM, have bolstered their Brazilian operations in the past few years. The country's blossoming wireless-communications market has drawn the likes of Northern Telecom and Ericsson, as well as a range of companies that provide the parts and manufacturing services needed to build up the country's wireless infrastructure.

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Along with the growing OEM presence has come increased investment by contract electronics manufacturers. CEM powerhouses Flextronics, SCI Systems, and Solectron have each made significant acquisitions in Brazil.

And, in the current economic environment, these companies have an edge over domestic electronics outfits, according to Jeanette Garretty, a senior economist at Bank of America, San Francisco.

Call (408) 955-9888www.enablesemi.comEETInfo No. 614

CHESTNUT RIDGE, N.Y. — LeCroy Corp. has brought out a telecom mask-test product line that includes an optical-to-electrical converter, reference receiver and software.

The packages automate testing of STM-1/OC3 and STM-4/OC12 optical signals. They control a LeCroy digital oscilloscope, turning its operation into a specialized, dedicated operation.

The MT03 and MT01/02/03 packages sell for $4,950 and $7,750, respectively.

Call (800) 453-2769www.lecroy.comEETInfo No. 637