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This is the most significant announcement we have made since the company went public,” Nicholas said.

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This is the most significant announcement we have made since the company went public,” Nicholas said.

This is the industry's highest-density solution for transmission of IP traffic over OC-12/STM-4, channelized down to DS1/E1 circuits,” said Marek Tlalka, Sonet/SDH product line manager for Conexant's Network Access Division. Conexant continues to expand its network access portfolio to address some of the most pivotal challenges of today's aggressive Internet infrastructure upgrade.”

The CX29503 BAM device is packaged in a 31-sq.-mm super ball gridarray (SBGA) package and is $790. The companion CX28500 controller is packaged in a 35-sq.-mm BGA and is $275. The CX29600 and CX29610 framer/multiplexers are packaged in 416-pin 27-sq.-mm SBGAs, and are $70 and $225, respectively. All prices are in volumes of 10,000.

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FREMONT, Calif. — Two-year-old Cradle Technologies Inc. here today said it has received a $10 million round of financing to help it pursue a new generation of single-chip, parallel processors based on the company's Universal Microsystems (UMS) platform. The Silicon Valley startup said it has raised a total of $14 million.

Cradle Technologies also announced that Suhas Patil, a founder of Cirrus Logic Inc., was named chairman of the company. Patil, an early investor in Cradle, said he believes the startup's technology has the potential to accelerate the introduction of new systems for networking, multimedia, and Internet access. The technology enables new chip functions to be developed with redesigned software instead of requiring new design in silicon. The UMS architecture also contains dozens of small, fast processors, which work in parallel.

Cradle managers believe the UMS architecture will offer an order of magnitude performance improvement in computing speed compared to today's solutions. A $200 handheld DVD player would be possible with a UMS-based design, according to the Fremont startup.

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In addition to Patil, investors in Cradle include a number of former industry executives and high-profile visionaries. Gordon Bell, considered by many as the father of the minicomputer,” is one of Cradle's investors. Another is Michael Hackworth, former president and CEO of Cirrus Logic. Other investors include: Stanley Meresman, former chief financial officer of Silicon Image; Suni Munshani, chairman of Acurion and Internetix; Safi Qureshi, co-founder of AST Research; and Kanwal Rekhi, co-founding investor of Exodus Communications and fonder of Excelan.

TEMPE, ARIZ. — Motorola Computer Group is tapping into Intel Corp.'s Pentium III, in a flip-chip pin-grid array socket, as well as Intel's 840 chip set for two boards: a dual-processor ATX motherboard and a single-slot CompactPCI board computer.

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Motorola's support of Intel's Pentium III represents a major step for our customers to densely pack more processing power than ever before onto a board and to continue to provide product longevity with these long-life processors,” said Steve Kulpa, director of the company's cross-industry business unit. These speed and memory enhancements will serve as a starting place for next-generation embedded boards, offering a minimum five-year life cycle,” compared to the typical nine- to 12-month product life cycle typical for desktop applications, he said.

Kulpa said that the 840 chip set lends the boards 133-MHz front-side-bus performance, as well as support for up to 4 Gbytes of Rambus memory, both 64-bit/66-MHz and 32-bit/33-MHz PCI buses, and 4X AGP graphics.”

Also critical is choosing the right applications to create an Internet-enabled model that allows these various activities to take place. Unlike the past, when IT employees were left to pick what software solutions would be put in place, today many companies get the users, in this case supply-chain managers, involved in the selection process.

A way to tackle the software issue is to think about the procurement needs of the company and match those against possible solutions, according to Paul Katz, vice president of value-added programs at Arrow Electronics Inc.'s Supplier Services Group in Melville, N.Y.

In a spot-buy situation, for example, using a stand-alone tool may be appropriate. However, when purchasing high-volume production items, a more integrated solution that ties into existing back-end systems may be a way to drive greater supply-chain efficiencies and control, Katz said.

Calculating the materials spend, evaluating customer demand patterns, and weighing total cost of ownership vs. unit price may also help shape the development of the digital supply chain, he said. There are also a number of questions to ask software vendors to ensure they can meet a company's e-business requirements, Shaw said.

Among them are: What parts of the business process does the solution address? What is the pricing model? How does the software leverage current and emerging e-commerce technologies? Does it support industry standards such as EDI and XML? How does it integrate into legacy business processes and systems?

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