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The investment reportedly is being made to ensure Dell's access to ample supplies of flat panel displays for its PC operations. Dell is expected to officially disclose the investment today.

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The investment reportedly is being made to ensure Dell's access to ample supplies of flat panel displays for its PC operations. Dell is expected to officially disclose the investment today.

BERNIN, France — A new partnership between Silicon-On-Insulator Technologies SA (Soitec) and Gemplus S.C.A. is taking aim at producing integrated circuits for advanced smart-card applications on SOI wafers. The alliance intends to enable Gemplus to accelerate development of ICs for new generations of smart cards, the companies said.

Under the program, Soitec's Smart Cut technology for SOI wafer construction will be used for high-speed, low-power ICs. Soitec produces SOI wafers with a series of process steps that first oxides the surface of one wafer before it is bonded to another silicon wafer. A high-current ion implantation step is used to create a Smart Cut” region in the oxided wafer. The region is cut, annealed and polished to form a wafer with a buried layer of oxide insulator in silicon.

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Silicon-on-insulator is a key technology to enable high performance and low power requirements in future smart card applications, said Jean-Luc Ledys, industrial coordination director at Gemplus. For a given speed, a circuit manufactured on SOI substrates will consume 30 percent less power than a standard circuit,” he said. Conversely, at the same energy consumption, the speed of the circuit built on SOI substrates will double compared to a similar device made using bulk CMOS technology.

Finally, SOI technology allows the manufacturing of circuits with supply voltages as low as 0.8 volt, while delivering the same performance of one running at 1.5 volt,” Ledys said.

The joint-development work is expected to help Gemplus be ready to use SOI designs for next-generation smart-card applications, such as contactless cards, electronic labels, high-end microcontroller cards, and microsystem cards, according to Ledys.

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COSTA MESA, Calif. — MicroSensors Inc. here has been awarded a U.S. patent for technology pertaining to its Silicon MicroRing Gyro, a microelectromechanical sensor.

Micro-gyros measure rotational velocity, which the automobile industry is considering for safety applications, as well as for backup to Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) navigational systems.

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If micro-gyros can be fabricated at price points desired by the automobile industry, other applications could follow in hand-held consumer electronics and medical applications, he added.

The Bangalore team will develop real-time operating systems, compilers and development tools for Zilog's semiconductor solutions. For example,” said Richard Moore, senior vice president and chief technology officer. of Zilog, different groups of engineers will work on server software for m@ilTV, product verification for our new Z8Plus soft core, and a C compiler for our eZ80,” the version of the venerable Z80 processor that Zilog recently reconfigured as an Internet engine.

Zilog India adds a tremendous new dimension to our design capability, particularly in the area of communications, which is our fastest growing market,” Moore said. In a very practical sense, our new software team in India will help us move our most significant products to market faster.”

The company sees India as a vast market for its own solutions. But it's also a tremendous incubator for world-class engineers and software designers,” said Moore.

In addition to designing software for Zilog products, the Bangalore subsidiary will coordinate Zilog projects and contracts with other businesses in India, and already has contract proposals with area technology companies in various stages of negotiations. Zilog is also developing design research programs with Indian universities, such as the India Institute of Technology in Chennai, which has a focused program on VLSI design.

Zilog said it plans to establish a joint development program with one or more Indian universities in 2000.

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