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Professor Martin Edmonds of the Centre for Defence and International Security told Electronics Times : The munitions they expend [in Afghanistan] will have to be replaced so, to that extent, there will be repeat orders.

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Professor Martin Edmonds of the Centre for Defence and International Security told Electronics Times : The munitions they expend [in Afghanistan] will have to be replaced so, to that extent, there will be repeat orders.

Moore's Law [as it applies to conventional silicon processes] is helping designers reach higher and higher integration levels and processor speeds,” said Ron Levy, director of marketing and business development at Lenslet (Ramat-Gan, Israel), but they still can't meet the capacity demands of both wireless and wireline communications systems.” All the while, he said, the power consumption is rising on a parallel path with those higher integration levels. Also, by 2010, the physics of those silicon processes will mean that Moore's Law will likely have run its course,” he said. ODSPE will take processing to a higher level and with a much faster growth curve [than Moore's Law].”

The company has already demonstrated an 8-Tops, 20-watt device. Using conventional DSPs to get that performance,” said Levy, you would need 6,600 devices, thereby requiring 26,400 cm2 of board space and 3,300 W. FPGAs would need 40 devices and 200 W, while ASICs would need 21 devices and 133 W.” As for pricing, Levy claims the ODSPE comes in at 1,000th that of current DSPs, again for the same performance level.

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The very nature of the ODSPE's operation, combined with its high processing speed, will also allow designers to operate at a much higher level of abstraction to greatly accelerate the migration from basic research to product development, Levy said.

Their technology is one of the most exciting developments I've seen in a while,” said Will Strauss, president of Forward Concepts (Tempe, Ariz.). If they can do what they say they can do, they could force everyone to reevaluate the potential of their own technologies going forward.”

Lenslet is targeting a market that it believes is one of the fastest-growing in the industry. The Semiconductor Industry Association predicts that the DSP market will start rising again in 2002 at a rate of 30 percent to reach $6 billion,” said Levy. By 2004 the SIA sees it reaching $10 billion. This after a disastrous 2001 period in which the market is projected to drop 26 percent.

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Lenslet's core competence is the processing of transforms such as fast Fourier transforms/inverse fast Fourier transforms (FFTs)/(IFFTs), discrete cosine transform (DCT), discrete Fourier transform (DFT), compression, vector-matrix multiplication, equalization and correlation, all of which are essential functions at the baseband level of most communications technologies — and are the ones that demand the most processing power,” said Levy.

Light's transform

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However, while designs to date have thrown more DSP/FPGA/ASIC horsepower at the processing of those transforms, Lenslet is instead relying on the fact that as light propagates through optical elements it undergoes a type of transform. (A simple lens can do an FFT,” said Levy.) The input and output data is the light, and the optical elements that perform different mathematical operations on the light represent the linear transform.

The type of transform to be performed is controlled by altering the characteristics of an optical element within the device and also by patented algorithms — specific to each transform — that encode and decode the electrical signals in and out and perform the signal conditioning.

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RF Micro Devices, Greensboro, N.C., said today that it has agreed to acquire RF Nitro Communications, Inc., a privately- held supplier of materials and products used in broadband wireless and wireline (fiber-optic) markets.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to be completed during RFMD's current fiscal quarter ending December 31. It is anticipated that RF Nitro will operate under the name RF Micro Devices Charlotte.

Through RF Nitro, we will gain instant access to advanced compound semiconductor processes, such as Gallium Nitride, as well as additional resources to conduct advanced research on this and other technologies,” said William Pratt, chairman and chief technical officer of RF Micro Devices, in a released statment.


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