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<p>By upgrading the mounting method of the piezoelectric element from wire bonding to flip-chip construction, Murata was able to reduce the SAW duplexer’s footprint by 52 percent, compared to its predecessors. This new duplexer measures 3.0 x 2.5 x 0.80 mm.</p>

At least 50,000 people will be trained in India during the next three years, adding a large pool to the already existing developer community familiar with Intel platforms.

One reason CPU designers have turned to parallel architectures has been the crisis in power, he said. The impact of power on architecture will force architectures to become more parallel,” Kirk said. If the threads aren't there to exploit the hardware, the market will value a multicore CPU less than it values a single-core chip.”

That, the Nvidia scientist added, was an outcome that even the CPU vendors couldn't accept.

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LONDON — TTPCom Ltd. has agreed to license the AJAR cellular applications platform to Motorola Inc. for the development of mass market mobile devices, TTPCom said Tuesday (Aug. 17).

AJAR combines a framework in which applications sit, a suite of applications and software tools for the development and testing of applications, the company said. Applications already within AJAR, include JavaT, MMS, WAP2.0, digital camera support, embedded and downloadable games, and polyphonic ring tones, TTPCom said.

TTPCom Ltd. (Cambridge, England) is the principal operating subsidiary of TTP Communications plc. TTPCom licenses its technology to leading semiconductor and terminal manufacturers worldwide, including Analog Devices, Intel, LG, NEC, Renesas, Sharp and Siemens.

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SAN JOSE, Calif. &#151 Applied Materials Inc., the world's largest supplier of semiconductor equipment, met Wall Street’s expectations despite a down quarter in terms of sales. And the company’s outlook remains mixed amid ongoing sluggish orders from the silicon foundries and in China.

Applied (Santa Clara, Calif.) on Tuesday (August 16) reported sales of $1.63 billion in its third fiscal quarter, down 12 percent from $1.86 billion for the second fiscal quarter of 2005, and down 27 percent from $2.24 billion for the third fiscal quarter of 2004.

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Net income for the third fiscal quarter of 2005 was $370 million, or $0.23 per share, up from net income of $305 million, or $0.18 per share, for the second fiscal quarter of 2005, and down from net income of $441 million, or $0.26 per share, for the third fiscal quarter of 2004.

The results of the third fiscal quarter of 2005 included a favorable tax adjustment of $132 million, or $0.08 per share, principally due to the resolution of a multi-year tax examination.

PALO ALTO, Calif. — Expanded research is needed into techniques for identifying and preserving parallelism in chip applications, according to chip maker Nvidia's chief scientist.

Comparing the futures of general-purpose CPUs and graphics processors (GPUs), David Kirk told the 17th Hot Chips conference on the Stanford Univeristy campus here on Tuesday (Aug. 16) that a crisis looms in programming technology. He said this could not only blight the future CPU market but also bring an end to improvements in graphics performance despite continued improvements in GPUs.

If we look at the situation of general-purpose CPUs,” Kirk said, we see architects moving rapidly to multithreading and multicore designs. But we don't see a lot more threads to run. What parallelism there may be in algorithms is often concealed or lost altogether in the programming process.”

Kirk grounded his pessimism in the experiences of game developers trying to exploit new multicore CPU chips. We are already seeing some games limited by CPU throughput. We can render images faster than the CPU can send us the data,” Kirk said. But when game developers try to use dual-core CPUs to help, we have seen virtually no benefit to the second CPU core. And if the developer doesn't clearly understand the interactions of the cores with the caches, we have seen the application actually run slower on a dual-core machine.”