20-01-07

Using the Wii can be healthy!

Read this interesting article about a new health guru name the Wii !

 

Title : 'It's official. Wii use can cause weight loss'

 

Link: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070119/tc_nm/nintendo_wii_we...

 

Running to the shop to get a wii at this moment

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The FPNI is born!

FPNI = 'field programmable nanowire interconnect'

 

Check this article titled 'HP touts FPGA breakthrough'

http://www.eetasia.com/ART_8800449860_499485_f7d247642007...

 

 

It seems like the FPGA world will never stop!

 

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14-01-07

St. Elmo's Fire Lyrics

This song made my morning today so I feel obligated to post this great lyric on my blog! especially the part: I can climb the highest mountain, cross the wildest sea.

 

This made me believe more into my own capabilities to go for some things in my life :)




Growin' up, you don't see the writing on the wall
Passin' by, movin' straight ahead, you knew it all
But maybe sometime if you feel the pain
You'll find you're all alone, everything has changed

Play the game, you know you can't quit until it's won
Soldier on, only you can do what must be done
You know in some way you're a lot like me
You're just a prisoner and you're tryin' to break free

Chorus:

I can see a new horizon underneath the blazin' sky
I'll be where the eagle's flying higher and higher
Gonna be your man in motion, all I need is a pair of wheels
Take me where my future's lyin', St. Elmo's Fire

Burning up, don't know just how far that I can go (just how far I go)
Soon be home, only just a few miles down the road
I can make it, I know I can
You broke the boy in me, but you won't break the man

(chorus)

I can climb the highest mountain, cross the wildest sea
I can feel St. Elmo's Fire burnin' in me, burnin' in me

Just once in his life a man has his time, and my time is now, I'm coming alive

I can hear the music playin', I can see the banners fly
Feel like you're back again, and hope ridin' high
Gonna be your man in motion, all I need is a pair of wheels
Take me where my future's lyin', St. Elmo's Fire

(chorus)

I can climb the highest mountain, cross the wildest sea
I can feel St. Elmo's Fire burnin' in me

Burnin', burnin' in me, I can feel it burnin'
Oooh, burnin' inside of me... (to fade)

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07-01-07

The Top-10 Programmable Logic "How To" articles of 2006

As most of the visitors of this blog are interested in FPGA and their technology I hereby put some of the most interesting articles about technology about FPGA's and everything around (or inside ) them. Enjoy this links 

 

#10 Alternative computing solutions, from single cores to arrays of 'things'
There are many ways of performing computations, including single CPU or DSP processors (chips or cores), multiple processors, arrays of "things", and "great big piles of gates."

#9 The state-of-play in multi-processor and reconfigurable computing
When a conventional processor (core) cannot meet the needs of a target application, it becomes necessary to evaluate alternative solutions such as multiple cores and/or configurable cores.

#8: How to take advantage of partial reconfiguration in FPGA designs.
The capability of designs to leverage partial reconfiguration opens doors to a whole host of applications.

#7: How to invert three signals with only two NOT gates (and *no* XOR gates): Part 2.
In part two of this article, we consider a dynamic solution to our original problem (using a ring oscillator and other "stuff"); also, we learn how to implement a NOT gate using four AND gates!

#6: FPGA Architectures from 'A' to 'Z' – Part 2.
If you are new to FPGAs, there are a bewildering number of different architectures and related concepts; but fear not, because this tutorial explains all.

#5: All About FPGAs.
An industry expert examines field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), including current and forthcoming architectures, technologies, and software tools.

#4: How to implement a digital oscilloscope in Structured ASIC fabric.
Structured ASICs provide quicker time-to-market and lower development costs than standard ASICs, while also providing higher performance and lower unit costs than FPGAs.

#3: How to invert three signals with only two NOT gates (and *no* XOR gates): Part 1
Even for hardened logic designers, these solutions will delight and entertain; also, there's a new "Brain Boggler" to be pondered.

#2: FPGA architectures from 'A' to 'Z' – Part 1
If you are new to FPGAs, there are a bewildering number of different architectures and related concepts; but fear not, because this two-part tutorial explains all.

#1: An introduction to different rounding algorithms
The mind soon boggles at the variety and intricacies of the rounding schemes that may be used for different applications. In addition to introducing different techniques, this article provides real-world examples of the types of errors associated with the different rounding schemes applied at various stages throughout a digital filter.

 

Here is the link to the article:

http://www.pldesignline.com/196801547?cid=RSSfeed_program...

06-01-07

Learn SystemC for developing FPGA applications

Hi all,

 

today I got myself the informaiton and tools to study SystemC for developing FPGA applications. For now I have only one problem for getting into this material and that is one big missing in my life: TIME!!!!

 

Here are the links where you can download and learn some SystemC tricks:

* Tutorials (blog): http://sclive.wordpress.com/tag/sytemc-tutorials/

* Tutorial (website): http://www.asic-world.com/systemc/index.html

* LiveCD for SystemC: http://www.esperan.com/livecd/index.html

This liveCD includes a tutorial from Esperan. They are a real good point to start with SystemC.

 

If you have developed some SystemC applications or have found other tutorials can you please post this as a reaction to this post?

 

thanks in advance you blog readers!

 

* by the way there is also a good tutorial on VHDL on one of those website check this out: http://www.asic-world.com/vhdl/index.html

 

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03-01-07

Why 2007 will be a good year for the semiconductor industry...

Check out this article:

http://www.eetimes.com/rss/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=19...

 

This is why:

 

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Based on a record setting level of new fabs coming online in 2007, Strategic Marketing Associates Inc. (SMA) expects capital spending to hit $60 billion in 2007.

''This will be the second highest level of spending in the history of the industry,'' said George Burns, president of market research firm SMA (San Luis Obispo, Calif.).

SMA expects 29 fabs to come online and begin volume production this year. The value of these fabs when fully equipped will exceed $44 billion.

As many as nine new DRAM fabs will come online in 2007. ''Companies like Powerchip, TECH Semiconductor, ProMOS, Samsung, Nanya, Inotera Hynix, and Winbond will all bring new DRAM fabs online,'' Burns said in a statement.

Burns expects that $8.5 billion of new microprocessor fabs by Intel and AMD will also come online in 2007, as well as $4.5 billion of new flash memory fabs. ''Add in almost $4 billion of new foundry fabs,'' Burns said, ''and its almost inevitable that capital spending will grow this year.''

''Already companies like Micron, AMD, TSMC, SanDisk, Inotera and ProMOS have indicated that they will be budget more in 2007 than in 2006,'' according to Burns.

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How to teach a billion transistor chip a new trick

The title shows it all; follow the next link to get more information on how you can teach your favorite FPGA to do new tricks.

The presentation focuses on stream applications (video,...).

 

http://ptolemy.eecs.berkeley.edu/~kienhuis/ftp/kenniscong...

 

Conclusion: It is possible to learn your dog new tricks, so in the future it will be more easily to learn your billion transistor chip new tricks :):)

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02-01-07

Lyrics from the song I am currently listening to

I thought love was only true in fairy tales
Meant for someone else but not for me
Love was out to get me
That's the way it seemed.
Disappointment haunted all my dreams.

And then I saw her face
Now I'm a believer
Not a trace
Of doubt in my mind
I'm in love ooooo whoa
I'm a believer I couldn't leave her if I tried.

I thought love was more or less a givin' thing.
Seems the more I gave the less I got.
What's the use in trying?
All you get is pain.
When I needed sunshine
I got rain.

And then I saw her face
Now I'm a believer
Not a trace
Of doubt in my mind
I'm in love ooooo whoa
I'm a believer I couldn't leave her if I tried.

(instrumental)

Love was out to get me
Now that's the way it seemed
Disappointment haunted all my dreams

And then I saw her face
Now I'm a believer
Not a trace
Of doubt in my mind
I'm in love ooooo whoa
I'm a believer I couldn't leave her if I tried.

Then I saw her face
Now I'm a believer
Not a trace
Of doubt in my mind
Said I'm a believer
Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah
I'm a believer

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European chip sales growing fast, says SIA


LONDON — European sales of semiconductors continued to improve in the latter part of 2006, with the three-month moving average of sales for September to November up by 14.8 percent on the previous three months, outpacing all other regions according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).

Sales in Europe increased from an average of $3.2 billion a month during June to August to $3.68 billion for September to November, while those for the Americas region increased by 3.8 percent to $4 billion, with Japan increasing 8.6 percent to $4.25 billion and Asia Pacific also doing well growing by 12.9 percent to $10.8 billion.

Global sales of semiconductors reached $22.7 billion in November according to the SIA, an increase of 11.3 percent from the $20.4 billion in November 2005. Sales increased by 3.1 percent from the $22.0 billion reported in October.

For the first 11 months of 2006, worldwide semiconductor sales totaled $225.1 billion, an increase of 9.4 percent from the like period of 2005 when sales were $205.7 billion.

Europe also fared well for month-to-month sales, up 4 percent in November 2006 to $3.7 billion, while sales in the Americas region declined by 0.5 percent to $4 billion. Asia Pacific fared best, growing by 4.4 percent between October to November to reach $10.8 billion, with Japan showing a 2.6 percent rise to $4.25 billion.

However, Europe is still the poorest performer in 2006, with year to year sales to Novemmber only recording a growth of 4.3 percent to $3.7 billion, reflecting the a slow start to sales in 2006. Asia Pacific grew at the strongest pace, up 15 percent to $10.8 billion, with chip sales up 6.6 percent in the Americas to $4 billion.

 

Article link: http://www.eetimes.com/news/semi/showArticle.jhtml;jsessi...

 

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01-01-07

Austrian foundry manufactures DS2 chips

Austrian foundry manufactures DS2 chips

Austriamicrosystems AG has been contracted to manufacture the DSS7800 for Diseno de Sistemas en Silicio SA (Valencia, Spain.

December 29 2006, 5:09 AM (EE Times)
by:  Jesper Olsson
According to EETimes the foundry business unit within Austriamicrosystems AG has said it has been contracted to produce the DSS7800 IC for Diseno de Sistemas en Silicio SA (Valencia, Spain), also known as Design for Systems on Silicon or DS2.

The analog chip is expected to be the basis for development of 200-Mbit per second powerline communications products.

"We will be demonstrating this product during the Consumer Electronic Show, Las Vegas," said Jorge Blasco, president and chief executive officer of DS2, in a statement issued by austriamicrosystems (Unterpremstaetten, Austria).

"The innovative analog chip DSS7800 is already the second successful product in our long lasting cooperation with DS2," said Peter Gasteiner, senior vice president and general manager of foundry at austriamicrosystems, in the same statement.

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20-12-06

I just came across a list of European Fabless Semiconductor companies

ACCO

Acuid Corporation

Alpha Microelectronics

Alphamosaic (Now purchased by Broadcom)

Anadigm

Ansem

ART VPS

ASICOM Technologies

Aspex Technology

AudioCodec

AXEON Limited

Bluechip Communications

BroadLight

Cambridge Semiconductor

Chipcon

ClearSpeed

Cologne Chip

Communication and Control Electronics Ltd (C&CE)

CopperGate Communication

CSR Ltd (Cambridge Silicon Radio)

Cyan Technology

Dialog Semiconductor

DiBcom (Digital Broadband Communications)

Digital Communication Technologies (DCT)

Elixant

EZchip Technologies

Frontier Silicon

HELIC

Helix

HyWire

IC4IC (Intellectual Capital for Integrated Circuits)

Icera Semiconductor

Imagination Technologies

Imsys

INCIDE

Inova Semiconductors

Inside Contactless

ITRAN Communications

Kailight Photonics

Lycium Networks

Melexis

Metalink

MicroEmissive Displays (MED)

Modem Art

M-Systems

MystiCom

Nanolayers

NemeriX

NeuriCam

NewLogic Technologies

Nordic VLSI

NoyoTec

Oasis Silicon Systems

Oplus Technologies

Oxford Semiconductor

PACT XPP Technologies

Passive Technologies

Phyworks

picoChip Designs

RFWaves

Runcom Technologies

Saifun Semiconductors

SIDSA

Silicon Construction Sweden

SOISIC

Spirea

Swindon Silicon Systems

SwitchCore

Tak'Asic

TeraChip

Tpack

TransChip

TRINAMIC Microchips

TTP Com

Wireless Experience Wep

Wisair

Wolfson Microelectronics

Xemics

Xignal Technologies

ZMM Technologies

 

I copy/pasted in out of a document from PWC (PriceWaterHouseCoopers).

 

here is the link to the document titled:

European Semiconductors Fabless Review:

Blurring Business Models (http://www.pwc.com/images/tech/Fabless.pdf)

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19-12-06

At which level is Europe's electronic Industry? And their manufacturing sites?

Check this link out: http://www.cio.com/blog_view.html?CID=27533

It is titled Foxconn to Sink $1B into Wuhan, China

 

 

It seems like we in Europe can dream about such investments in Electronic manufacturing plants. it is a pitty that there are no such big projects in Europe.

 

I am worried about the future of the economic situation in Europe especially in the world of electronics. When there a such huge investments in Asia the next investmenst are in R&D investments for Asia. So in long term everything is moving to those countries. They will be the leaders of tomorrow's technology.

 

Come on and stand up you over there European electronic wonder!

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China's largest OEMs - Top 10

iSuppli has released a top list of China's largest OEM companies.

15 hours, 24 minutes ago (iSuppli)
by:  Jesper Olsson
According to iSuppli the domestic OEM companies accounted for 23 percent of the Chinese electronics manufacturing in 2005 while foreign multinational OEMs accounted for about 41 percent of the electronics manufacturing in China. Although Chinese OEMs have encountered difficulties during the last two years they have maintained constant growth. However total multinational OEM revenue as a percentage of overall manufacturing in China is declining. iSuppli predicts that the multinational OEMs will decrease its percentage from 41% to 32 % in 2010 while the Chinese OEMs percentage will rise from 23 to 27 in 2010.

Table 1: China's Top-10 Electronic System OEMs ini 2006(Ranked by revenues in millions of U.S. dollars)
2006 rankOEMGross Electronics Equipment Revenue ( $M)YY Growth rate
1Lenovo13.25023%
2Huawei6.15033%
3TCL5.9717%
4Haier5.48%
5ZTE2.91021%
6Hisense2.82616
7Gree2.68823%
8Midea2.23018%
9Changhong2.00412%
10Skyworth1.91030%

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10-12-06

FPGA Based RFID reader

I just found online a nice article about building your own FPGA based RFID card reader. For more information visit the following link:

 

http://www.cieonline.co.uk/cie2/articlen.asp?pid=1404&...

 

 

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Reconfigurable Radio Using Software Technologies

If you want to learn more over reconfigurable Radio using Software Techniques you can visit the following interesting website:

 

http://santoshsdr.wetpaint.com/page/Reconfigurable+Radio+...

 

ABSTRACT

The role of radio in the telecommunication systems have extended from simple radio telephone to mobile communications and beyond. Minimization/replacement of hardware in communication technologies through software has resulted in the birth of new technology, widely known as Software-Defined Radio (SDR). This has come with the challenges to replace the functioning of hardware components by the software on a single chip like DSPs, ASICs, or FPGAs with high speed of operations. The depth of digitization in the radio communication engineering up to the RF front-end from the baseband is stated as an Ideal software radio. In this paper we cover the basic radio communication architecture, SDR architecture, technological challenges and applications.

 

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08-12-06

Writing your own OS

This links shows how to write your own OS.

 

In a technical point of view this is very nice when you use it combined with an core you have on your FPGA.

 

FPGA --> hard or softcore processor --> OS (you best choose for an Real-time OS)

 

When I have some spare time I will start immediately a project like this.

 

 

Ooh yes, here is the link: http://www.joelgompert.com/OS/introduction.htm

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07-12-06

4 Belgian Software companies in the Truffle100 Europe Listing

The Truffle100 Listing gives an overview of the most innovative, the companies with the most 'potential to grow'.

 

More information about this listing can be found on this website: http://www.truffle-venture.com

 

The belgian companies listed are:

26: Arinso International

36: LMS International

62: Artwork Systems

68: Ubizen

 

Congratulations guys.

 

 

Zigbee

Soon I will be playing with some Zigbee modules.

I am not sure what I am going to do with them; maybe I will make an Zigbee --> usb module that you can connect to your laptop/pc. But lateron they will be used to connect them to an FPGA or to a CompactRIO system we have.

 

If you want more information on zigbee you can visit this website.

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04-12-06

FPGA start-ups will struggle, says Xilinx CEO Wim Roelants

http://www.electronicsweekly.com/ARTICLES/2006/11/30/4025...

 

Nice story but: Electronic Engineers all over the world: you know what they say: If a professional says you can't make it you have to make it to become a guru :)

 

 

 

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03-12-06

Nice article about embedding linux onto your hardware platform

visit this site to have a global overview of what embedded linux means to your hardware platform...

 

http://www.linuxdevices.com/articles/AT9182054455.html

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02-12-06

Hardware for Your Software Radio

I just found a nice article on Sofware Defined Radio checkout this link.

I handles over the GNU Software Radio project and USRP (Universal Software Radio Peripheral).

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25-11-06

Software Defined Radio

By WikiPedia the definition of software defined radio (SDR) is a radio communication system which uses software for the modulation and demodulation of radio signals. This is not like the good old analog transceivers.

An SDR performs significant amounts of signal processing in a general purpose computer, or a reconfigurable piece of digital electronics. The goal of this design is to produce a radio that can receive and tramsit a new form of radio protocol just by running new software.

It is like you can listen to the radio and have a phone call by 1 piece of electronic hardware since the modulation and demodulation is done in software.

Software radios have significant utility for the military and cell phone services, both of which must serve a wide variety of changing radio protocols in real time.

The hardware of a software-defined radio typically consists of a superheterodyne RF front-end which converts RF signals from (and to) analog IF signals, and analog to digital converter and digital to analog convertors which are used to convert a digitised IF signal from and to analog form, respectively.

Software-defined radio can currently be used to implement simple radio modem technologies. In the long run, software-defined radio is expected by its proponents to become the dominant technology in radio communications.

 

The main problems today are building a receiver that works with frequenties from 0 till infinity.

 

There are today some manufacturers who are building SDR plaforms around FPGA's like there are EONIC's and National Instruments (NI).

 

 

22-11-06

Importing Assembler code into a C application

Here you find an example of implementing assembler code into a C application that you can build with your Visual C++ compiler... When you put 'Inline Assembler' in the magic google box you get more information about this topic. I have only tested this on Visual Studio 2005, not on GCC or other compilers, you can best check your compiler for how to implement assembler code into your C program.

Have fun...

 

#include <stdio.h>
 
main() {
 
    int arg1=3;
     int arg2=4;
     int Result;
 
_asm{
MOV arg1,202
MOV arg2,125
MOV EAX,arg1
MOV EBX,arg2
ADD EAX,EBX
MOV Result,EAX
}
   printf("%dt%dt%d",arg1,arg2,Result);
}

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21-11-06

Instant Karma - John Lennon lyrics

Just because I got into the mood for working on some project on this song I will dedicate this place on my blog for this song :):)

 

Instant Karma's gonna get you,
Gonna knock you right on the head,
You better get yourself together,
Pretty soon you're gonna be dead,
What in the world you thinking of,
Laughing in the face of love,
What on earth you tryin' to do,
It's up to you, yeah you.

Instant Karma's gonna get you,
Gonna look you right in the face,
Better get yourself together darlin',
Join the human race,
How in the world you gonna see,
Laughin' at fools like me,
Who on earth d'you think you are,
A super star,
Well, right you are.

Well we all shine on,
Like the moon and the stars and the sun,
Well we all shine on,
Ev'ryone come on.

Instant Karma's gonna get you,
Gonna knock you off your feet,
Better recognize your brothers,
Ev'ryone you meet,
Why in the world are we here,
Surely not to live in pain and fear,
Why on earth are you there,
When you're ev'rywhere,
Come and get your share.

Well we all shine on,
Like the moon and the stars and the sun,
Yeah we all shine on,
Come on and on and on on on,
Yeah yeah, alright, uh huh, ah-.

Well we all shine on,
Like the moon and the stars and the sun,
Yeah we all shine on,
On and on and on on and on.

Well we all shine on,
Like the moon and the stars and the sun.
Well we all shine on,
Like the moon and the stars and the sun.
Well we all shine on,
Like the moon and the stars and the sun.
Yeah we all shine on,
Like the moon and the stars and the sun.

 

 

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14-11-06

NI Announces LabVIEW FPGA Digital and Communications System Design Pioneer Programs

Pioneer Devices Deliver Unprecedented Flexibility for Software-Reconfigurable Hardware

    NEWS RELEASE – Nov. 13, 2006 – National Instruments today announced pioneer programs for two new devices based on the NI LabVIEW FPGA Module, giving engineers and researchers early access to technology for digital and communications system design. Engineers now can use LabVIEW FPGA to write custom software for each device’s FPGA to prototype and test emerging standards or create custom protocols. With FPGA technology, engineers can repeatedly reconfigure hardware performance through software to meet next-generation requirements, which is a new approach to system design.

    “Virtual instrumentation revolutionized the test and measurement industry,” said Dr. James Truchard, NI president and CEO. “Graphical system design now raises the bar by supporting heterogeneous multiprocessing with combinations of multicore PCs and FPGAs. The communications pioneer program provides capabilities for building high-performance RF and communications test systems, while the digital pioneer program provides capabilities for a new generation of FPGA-based digital test systems.”

    The
    high-speed digital test pioneer device features the largest LabVIEW FPGA target to date. The product has four high-speed serial I/O lines up to 3.125 Gb/s and 24 general-purpose digital I/O lines up to 400 Mb/s. The PXI Express-based module offers a x4 connector for throughput rates up to 1 GB/s, ideal for streaming applications. The digital pioneer device extends the capabilities of the company’s current high-speed digital devices beyond 200 MHz clock rates to empower engineers to interface to DVI, HDMI, SATA, IEEE 1394 and other high-speed digital protocols requiring high throughput. The digital pioneer program includes the new high-speed digital device, a PXI Express chassis and controller, LabVIEW 8.20 Professional Edition and the LabVIEW FPGA Module.

    The
    communications pioneer device is a PCI board with two 14-bit IF input channels at 100 MS/s and two 14-bit IF output channels at 200 MS/s. The device features a LabVIEW FPGA target, making it ideal for software-defined radio and RFID applications. Engineers and researchers can perform digital upconversion and digital downconversion in hardware to alleviate bus bandwidth requirements and perform custom pulse shaping while still leaving the FPGA free for user-defined processing. The communications pioneer program includes the new communications device, LabVIEW, the LabVIEW FPGA Module and the Modulation Toolkit for LabVIEW.

    Through NI pioneer programs, engineers can preview technology before it is released to help with the design and functionality of the product. Readers can find out more about the new digital pioneer program by visiting
    www.ni.com/highspeeddigitalio/pioneer. Readers can learn more about the communications pioneer program by visiting www.ni.com/rf/pioneer.

    About National Instruments
    For 30 years, National Instruments (
    www.ni.com) has been a technology pioneer and leader in virtual instrumentation – a revolutionary concept that has changed the way engineers and scientists in industry, government and academia approach measurement and automation. Leveraging PCs and commercial technologies, virtual instrumentation increases productivity and lowers costs for test, control and design applications through easy-to-integrate software, such as NI LabVIEW, and modular measurement and control hardware for PXI, PCI, PCI Express, PXI Express, USB and Ethernet. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has 4,000 employees and direct operations in nearly 40 countries. For the past seven years, FORTUNE magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America.

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04-10-06

New Clean Room in Germany

BASF opens new unit in Germany

BASF opens new Clean Room Laboratory for Application Technology in Ludwigshafen, Germany.

October 02 2006, 10:47 AM (evertiq)

BASF September 29 opened a new clean room laboratory in Ludwigshafen for the development of new process chemicals for the semiconductor industry and customer support in application technology in this market. BASF invested about €5 million in the new Clean Room Lab and created 14 modern workplaces.

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