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Ace is expected to be priced under $10 in volume. Altera officials expect Ace to encroach on the application-specific standard-product space by tackling moderate-volume applications that need to keep costs down. Altera is aiming the line at communications devices, including DSL modems, remote-access servers and TV set-top boxes.

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Ace is expected to be priced under $10 in volume. Altera officials expect Ace to encroach on the application-specific standard-product space by tackling moderate-volume applications that need to keep costs down. Altera is aiming the line at communications devices, including DSL modems, remote-access servers and TV set-top boxes.

This agreement enables us to become the first semiconductor manufacturer to bring the advantages of 1394 technology within the reach of the broad consumer market,” said Skip Taylor, vice president of marketing for Cirrus Logic's Crystal Audio Products Division. The division plans to offer the 1394 systems-on-chip solutions for use in a range of audio products, including consumer electronics, computers, professional audio, and automotive equipment.

Cirrus' Crystal division plans to eliminate the cost barrier that has blocked digital A/V audio/visual products from becoming ubiquitous,” Taylor said.

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The 1394 serial link is also called FireWire by Apple Computer Inc. and iLINK by Sony Corp. The 1394 standard was developed to be an intelligent high-speed connection to all types of consumer electronics, including digital audio systems, game consoles, digital cameras, digital VCRs, Web-enabled TVs, set-top boxes, DVD players, PCs and peripherals. The serial link supports streaming audio/visual transfer rates of up to 400 million bits per second.

According to market researcher In-Stat in Scottsdale, Ariz., about 12 million consumer electronics systems with 1394 technology will be shipped next year. In 2002, about 40 million 1394-enabled systems will be shipped worldwide, said the research firm.

Seattle-based Digital Harmony provides of a 1394 protocol stack firmware for system-on-chips. The company will test and certify equipment containing Cirrus Logic devices. Digital Harmony will provide its brand logo as a seal of approval” to show products are compatible with the 1394 interoperability standard.

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With the availability of Cirrus Logic's robust 1394 system-on-chip and Digital Harmony's firmware, manufacturers can lower their R&D risk, guarantee interoperability and get to market quickly,” said Greg Bartlett, president and CEO of the Seattle company. Bartlett said his company has inked licensing agreements with a number of leading audio/visual equipment makers in the U.S., Europe, and Japan.

Motorola responded to a statement by Apple on Monday that blamed a shortage of Motorola G4 microprocessors for ananticipated earnings shortfall for Apple in the September quarter.

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We're thrilled with the overwhelming and positive response in the marketplace forthe PowerMac G4,” Motorola's Semiconductor Products Sector said in astatement. This response has made it difficult for us to provide as many of the G4chips as Apple can currently use.

Apple, Cupertino, Calif., said Monday that Motorola has not beenable to supply enough chips for more than 150,000 orders Apple has receivedsince it announced the product three weeks ago.

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Today, wireless networks are static. Voice and limited amounts of data can be transmitted and received, and devices at either end are fixed. However, adaptive computing machine (ACM) technology is making its entrance into the wireless domain to recreate wireless networks into dynamically adaptive systems. Hence, the entire nature of the network can change, rather than being fixed and static.

At best, wireless networks in the near term will be a mix of 2G (second generation), 2.5G, and some 3G base stations. Ideally, in some of these cases, the designer wants a technology that allows him or her to emulate 3G in a 2G base station. Adaptive computing hands the wireless engineer that kind of design latitude. It also allows one to design greater efficiency into a wireless network so that, in effect, the adaptive network gets better with age, rather than moving toward obsolescence, as is the case with today's conventional wireless technologies.

An example of the constant evolution of existing standards can best be seen by examining one of the currently established standards, GSM (Global System for Mobile computing). In the next two years, about once every nine to 12 months a new variation or network overlay is scheduled to be added to the GSM standard. For example, some of the variations that will occur for GSM are the new adaptive multirate codec (AMR), 14.4-kbits per second data services, general packet radio service (GPRS), and enhanced data rates using optimized modulation (EDGE) among others. Each of these variations requires expensive upgrades to the entire network infrastructure. The situation is similar for IS-95 and TDMA (IS-136).

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