July 2004 Archives

Low Corporation Tax attracts McAfee

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Emigrant.ie has an interesting article on McAfee.

It seems that the US anti-virus software company McAfee is to relocate its European headquarters from Amsterdam to either Dublin or Cork, with the possibility of up to 100 new jobs here.

Discussions with IDA Ireland are already underway, while the company's Netherlands staff were reportedly informed of the move last week.

It's understood that Ireland's competitive 12.5% corporate tax rate is the main incentive behind the decision - the Dutch rate is 34% - with analysts suggesting that there are concrete savings to be made in locating the office and certain functions here.

Our low rate of corporation tax is a very sore point with some of our EU neighbours

Professional Ireland Newsletter

NP firm Agere - forecast dissapoints

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Network Processor Agere is a small bit of trouble.

Shares of Agere Systems Inc. plunged Wednesday as the chip maker projected earnings below Wall Street estimate.

In midday trading, shares of Agere had skidded 50 cents, or 29 percent, to $1.25 on the New York Stock Exchange.

Forbes.com: Agere Forecast Disappoints, Stock Plunges

First Irish Credit Card and PIN transaction

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What I experienced in a supermarket in Gothenburg 4 years ago has finally came to Ireland.

Siliconrepublic reports on the fact that Irish card payment processing company EuroConex claims to have made history by processing the very first non-test chip and PIN transaction in Ireland at the Nas Na Riogh Bookshop in Naas.

The transaction is understood to have been made on a EuroConex-owned Hypercom terminal on 28 June. Following that, the first concentrated roll-out of chip and PIN technology in Ireland took place last Tuesday (13 July) in the towns of Naas and Newbridge.

First Irish chip and PIN transaction

You're in deep chip now

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I came across this website while reading an article on silicon strategies. This site is devoted to the hardware and silicon engineers. It is not light reading as the title suggest you are in deep chip now ...

DeepChip ESNUG Archive

Thurles Golf Club now online

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Thurles Golf Club now has a website. Included on the site are competition results and information about the club. The site is in its infancy and more content will added over the next few weeks.

Welcome to Thurles Golf Club

Dermot Ahern Announces First Towns For Group Broadband Scheme

Kinnegad, Kilbeggan and Gweedore Sign Up Dublin, Tuesday 20 July 2004
Dermot Ahern T.D., Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources today announced the first three locations to benefit from the Governments €25 million Group Broadband Scheme to deliver high-speed broadband into our smaller communities over three years.

The first locations to sign-up are Kilbeggan and Kinnegad, Co Westmeath and Gweedore in Co Donegal. Representatives from the three towns met with the Minister in Dublin today where details were released on the grant-aid and technology which will be used. Both Kinnegad and Kilbeggan will access broadband via wireless technology while Gweedore will utilise a combination of satellite and wireless.

The Minister said further small towns and villages with populations of less than 1,500 will be announced in the coming weeks. Applications are currently being processed by his Departments staff.


- Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources | An Roinn Cumarsáide, Mara agus Acmhainní Nádúrtha

TD's - They Work For You

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BoingBoing - reports on a UK website TheyyWorkForYou.com it scrapes the UK Parliamentary record and then turns the debates into an easily searched means of keep tabs on your MP -- and to turn your MP's deeds into the basis for discussion and political activism.

My experience with the irlgov.ie website is that we badly need this facility.

Well, now the TheyWorkForYou team have released the source-code for their app under the GPL, and they're also publishing raw XML feeds of their data-sources for you to mix and munge.

TheyWorkForYoi source

Google circa 1960

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Kevin Fox has whipped up a concept sketch for Google functionality as available in 1960.

Google circa 1960





Universal Interactions using Smart Phones

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ITpapers has an article that presents a system architecture that allows users to interact with embedded systems located in their proximity using Smart Phones. These phones have the unique feature of incorporating short-range wireless connectivity (e.g., Bluetooth) and Internet connectivity (e.g., GPRS) in the same personal mobile device. This feature together with significant processing power and memory can turn a Smart Phone into the only mobile device that people will carry wherever they go.

Smart Phone: An Embedded System for Universal Interactions

Gnome 2.6 Usability Review

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On Slashdot TuringTest writes ""The user-centric UI webzine" UserInstinct has published a usability overview of the latest version of the GNOME desktop. While their conclusions and recommendations are not mind-blowing, it includes two interesting appendices with a survey of new users (and their reactions to the system) and a list of common tasks of modern computer users with a commentary on how Gnome performs in each one.

Gnome 2.6 Usability Review

C++ you Jimmy

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Amazon.com has announced it will be opening a development centre in Edinburgh to tap local talent for new features to add to the e-tail giant's site.


The centre is to open its doors before the end of the year but Amazon.com has already started the hunt for recruits to populate the Edinburgh site, with up to 40 positions needing to be filled by the end of 2006.

Amazon is looking for managers, a graphic designer, and software engineers with over three years experience in Java or C++.

Amazon.com, which recently launched its own search engine, received a £250,000 grant from the Scottish government to set up the development centre.

For more information on the centre and the jobs, go to www.amazondc.com


Amazon hunts techies for Scotland

Intel Facing a Myriad of Challenges and Changes

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According to In-Stat/MDR (http://www.instat.com), Intel, the world's leading semiconductor manufacturing company, is in the midst of many changes in its microprocessor product portfolio and manufacturing strategy. In 2004, Intel is ramping production of new desktop and mobile microprocessors in Prescott and Dothan, respectively. In addition, Intel has announced the introduction of dual-core processors beginning in the second-half of 2005 to overcome the growing problems of leakage current and power consumption associated with smaller manufacturing process technology and increasing operating frequencies. This will be accompanied by a shift in marketing from microprocessor speed grades to other feature and performance characteristics.

Intel is also ramping production on a 90nm process using 300mm wafers in 2004. The new process increases the number of potential units four times over the older 0.13µm process using 200mm wafers. Intel's fab expansion strategy is also changing to favor the retooling of older fabs over building new megafabs.

Intel Facing a Myriad of Challenges and Changes

Planxty gigs planned for end of 04

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I emailed Andy Irvine a few days ago to congratulate him on the DVD. He informed me that Planxty are planning Gigs in Galway, Belfast and Killarney in Dec 04/Jan 05.

I am looking forward to getting to one of them !

Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann - Clonmel

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The fleadh is on in Clonmel again this year. A website has been created especially for this.

http://www.clonmelfleadh.com

Having being involved in last years event , I am looking forward to rolling up the shirt sleeves and getting involved in streaming the Fleadh onto the Web. This involved a variety of tasks including setting up a wireless link to the Clonmel Campus, filming, editing, and 3 Km of duct tape ! Hopefully we can get our hands on a steadycam mounting as the floor in the dome has a tendency to vibrate when 600 people are tapping their feet in time to a Ceili band.

Seachtain na hEigse will form an integral part of this years event in Clonmel, this has been hailed as a new dimension to Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann , Tomas O'Canainn, an immense musical and academic figure in the traditional arts, will be bestowed with the honour of Ard Ollamh ,Supreme Bard of the Fleadh Cheoil, on Tuesday 24th August at a celebration dinner in Clonmel.

A full list of events are here. amongst the artists appearing at the fleadh are Liam Clancy and Danu. Having read Liam's autobiography I am looking forward to seeing the Carrick On Suir man play.

The fleadh will be bigger than ever this year with two gig rigs, sessions in pubs etc. The competitions will be opened officialy on Friday the 27th of August and will close on Monday the 30th. The various instrumental competitons will take place on the Sat 28th and Sun 29th, the highlight being the Ceili Bands on Sun night. I am looking forward to attending the mandolin and uileann pipes events.

Next generation of Sony Playstation

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It looks like that I will have to start thinking of reasons as to why I will need the next generation of the Sony Playstation. I already own the PSone and PSTwo. My reasoning the last time was that I did not have a DVD player...

The next-generation PlayStation will be unveiled as early as the end of the year by designer Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., which plans to demonstrate a prototype of its next game console during the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2005 next May.

Embedded.com - Sony readies next-generation Playstation

licensing battleground hots up for embedded development

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Jack Ganssle at embedded.com reports on the change of strategies of microsof and Windriver with regards to embedded licensing.

With Microsofs and Windrivers change if heart to GPL it now means that developers may now use and modify some 2.5 million lines of CE without releasing their revised code back to Microsoft

Also windriver are now embracing linux with the release of an IDE that supports Linux and VxWorks. Their licensing model for VxWorks has also changed so that it no longer requires royalties.


Embedded.com - A shifting landscape

The Register have a tongue in cheek article on preventing security breaches and compromise of your data

They have formulated a five-point plan which guarantees the absolute integrity of your data.
One of their recommendations is to:

"Restrict staff access to computers, preferably completely. Ideally, remove your company's entire IT infrastucture and seal the servers in concrete-filled oildrums and dump them into the Atlantic. "

Your data is at risk - from everything | The Register

Adaptec to buy network attached storage specialist

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Storage and networks are becoming ever more entwined. The news that Adaptec is to buy Snap Alliance, a network attached storage specialist, makes sense and is part of a forward looking strategy.

Both companies say that the merging of the two organisations will be an additive process, after all, Snap Alliance is not a direct competitor: it has traditionally focused its efforts on the channel and systems business, and has a big presence in vertical sectors. Adaptec, by contrast, sells mainly to OEMs.

Adaptec forks out $100m for Snap Alliance | The Register

Dell shipping Linux Desktops

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Dell are starting to ship desktops with linspire.
Chris Preimesberger discusses the implications of this over at newsforge.com

I think this is a welcome development, with the European launch of tadpole linux laptops earlier this year at Tipperary Institute the slow but every gathering momentum of Linux rolls on..

NewsForge | Commentary: Will Dell's new Linux desktops start a gray-market trend?

Factiva chief: Google not a threat

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Factiva chief: Google not a threat CEO of paid search service asserts: "It's a long way before quality information is free."

The network is the security

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Analyst Jon Oltsik handicaps the expected winners and losers after an inevitable consolidation in the network security industry.

The network is the security

Zarlink researching body area networks

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OTTAWA, CANADA, July 13, 2004 Zarlink Semiconductor (NYSE/TSX:ZL) announced today that, as a partner in the ˜Healthy Aims™ European Union Framework VI project, it is researching novel in-body antenna designs for Body Area Networks.

Healthy Aims program partners are developing a range of medical implants to help the ageing population and those with disabilities. Zarlink was selected as a project partner and secured a significant grant because of its experience in ultra low-power and wireless product design.
Body Area Networks enable wireless communication from implanted medical devices to a base station up to three meters away, allowing healthcare professionals to easily gather device performance and patient data.

Zarlinks research and development activity will focus on novel in-body antenna design and ultra low-power communications systems for implanted devices, such as hearing aids and muscle stimulators.

Transmitting signals from an in-body device to an external receiver poses unique design challenges, including power consumption, frequency, size and biocompatibility concerns. For example, different body tissues muscle, bone and fat exhibit varying resistance to electrical signals. Accordingly, antennas for wireless implanted

Zarlink Semiconductor Developing New Medical Implant Technology as Partner in˜Healthy Aims Project

802.11i to address wireless security problems

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Server Pipeline features an interesting report on the security viability of 802.11i.

The current standard is inadequate, this is something we explored at our cisco wirless instructor course in Cork earlier this year.

802.11i's privacy services are built on top of AES, a strong encryption standard.

Server Pipeline | Trends | Does 802.11i Solve Your WLAN Security Problems?

Comfort noise for VOIP

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When somebody stops speaking on VOIP it can go to quiet which can be unnerving for some people.

The solution is to turn on comfort noise, technology that delicately blends selected sound frequencies at just the right volume to create the impression that the phone line is still alive and to satisfy the need to know that someone is listening.

When silence sounds too, well, silent

NPlogic Network Processors Pages

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Bjorn Liljeqvist maintains an excellent web site on Network processors.

His mastes thesis was titled "Visions and Facts: A survey of network processors" it can be downloaded from his website.

He has also written a paper titled "Grid Computing Distribution using network processors"

The review of the various vendors is well written and should be of interest to anybody who is conducting research on network processors.

The Network Processor Pages

Analyze part of your design using Excel

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My PhD research is examining how OO can be used to assist in the design and simulation phase of a product.

So it came as a surprise to me to read that Excel can be used to assist in the same process.

Excel by Example: A Microsoft Excel Cookbook for Electronics Engineers by Aubrey Kagan shows you how you can use the ubiquitous spreadsheet application to model and analyze parts of your design.

Areas of exploration include designing a character generator for dot-matrix displays, exploring resistor combinations, setting up processor registers, handling Bode plots, adjusting counter/timers, and even optimizing power-supply circuits.

EDN - Book helps engineers excel with Excel

Celoxica review

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At ISSC 04 in Queens University Belfast, Celoxica had a stand promoting their Univeristy alliance programme.

This company uses a derivative of C called Handel C which offers pure parralelism. There are some implementation issues as some of my research colleagues in the University of Limerick pointed out to me, but have since been resolved with later versions.

Clive Maxfield provides a review on embedded.com of the latest products and annoucements from Celoxica.

Clive has also written a book titled "The design warriors guide to FPGA's" I shall be purchasing this book as it seems to cover topics that are of interest to me.

Embedded.com - Celoxica adds new C tools

Cisco make another accquistion - UK Firm Parc Technologies

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Cisco are continuing their spending spree..

Cisco Systems reported that it signed a definitive agreement to purchase all privately held shares of Parc Technologies Ltd.

The London based provider of engineering and software for routing optimization will be sold for $9 million in cash, reported Forbes.

The deal will close in Cisco's 2005 fiscal year; at that time Parc Technologies' team of engineers will report to Cliff Meltzer, Senior Vice President of Network Management Technology Group at Cisco.

Parc Technologies provides server alogrithms that solve network routing problems and reduce expenses of its clients.

CoolTechZone-The Ultimate Source of Tech News::Cisco buys another routing firm::

SAN DIEGO—(BUSINESS WIRE)—July 7, 2004— Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (AMCC) (NASDAQ: AMCC) today announced that its popular nP3700 integrated network processor and traffic manager is currently sampling to Tier One OEMs. In related news, market research firm Gartner, Inc. again ranked AMCC No. 1 worldwide in network processor marketshare for 2003. The company's network processing portfolio delivered a significant revenue increase from calendar year 2002 to 2003. AMCC has held this top leadership position since the inception of the network processing industry, and AMCC network processors are used in a wide range of communications equipment in the access, metro and core segments of the network.

The company's nP3700 integrated network processing and traffic management solution serves as the cornerstone of AMCC's popular MISSION(TM) multi-service switching solution. A breakthrough, single-platform approach to delivering more features across multiple protocols and services, MISSION represents the next step for multi-service switches and core/edge routers, delivering Universal Port Services at Dedicated Port Economics(TM). The nP3700 utilizes AMCC's nP5(TM) technology, enabling developers to deliver extremely fine-grained control of subscriber traffic without impacting the ability to perform complex ATM and packet internetworking at media speeds.

AMCC's nP3700 Integrated Network Processor and Traffic Manager Now Sampling; AMCC Continues as Network Processor Marketshare Leader, Says Leading Market Research Firm

New Category added to irishsilicon.com

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I have added a new category titled "Simulation and Design" to reflect the direction and content of this site.

Compiler Automates Processor Design

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. July 7, 2004 - Tensilica, Inc. announced that it has achieved a major design automation breakthrough the automated design of optimized configurable processors from standard C code using the company's new XPRES (Xtensa PRocessor Extension Synthesis) Compiler.

This tool enables the rapid development of optimized system-on-chip (SOC) devices without requiring designers to hand code their hardware using design languages like VHDL and Verilog.

Instead, designers input the original algorithm that they're trying to optimize, written in standard ANSI C/C , and the XPRES Compiler, coupled with Tensilica's automated processor generation technology, automatically generate an RTL (register transfer level) hardware description and associated software tool chain. In less than an hour, the resulting hardware block is delivered in the form of a pre-verified Xtensa LX processor core.

Additionally, the generated RTL fully rivals the performance and efficiency of hand-coded RTL blocks with many concurrent operations, efficient data types, and optimized multiple wide deep pipe


XPRES Compiler Automates Processor and RTL Design from Standard C Code

Novell reveals more of their open source strategy

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BOSTON - As part of its transition to an open source software model, Novell will scale back its investment in some proprietary technology that competes with open source alternatives.

The company will make only minimal investments in its BorderManager VPN and other products in favor of open source alternatives as it tries to create a blend of open and closed source products, said Alan Nugent, Novell's CTO, at last week's Usenix conference in Boston.

They will instead focus on developing complementary technologies such as storage networks and grid computing. Customers that use Bordermanager (which includes Tipperary Institute) may in the future be using a product that incorporates open source transparently.

The company is planning announcements for the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo next month, and the BrainShare Conference in September,

Cisco to accquire remote storage company

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Cisco are planning to accquire Actona for $82 million. The news was announced last week.

This accquistion will give Cisco a remote office storage and caching appliance, which it will later offer as a module on 2600 and 3700 series WAN routers. Cisco says the technology can be used to eliminate remote file servers, storage and back-up devices from branch offices, while boosting performance of centrally hosted Unix-, Linux- and Windows-based applications.

Actona sells a caching appliance that sits in a remote branch office and provides a local instance of files stored on systems in a central data center. The appliance provides support for Network File System (NFS) and Common Internet File System (CIFS) environments used in Unix, Linux and Windows servers.

This seems like a smart move from Cisco as I increasingly find myself using a central storage medium. At the moment I would typically use my FTP server but integrating remote storage into your WAN is a logical progression.

It is at the storage end that market analysts have predicted the growth for Network Processor ultilisation, so it will be interesting to see what technology platform Cisco will adopt in the future.

Network Processor Business Analysis - The Linley Group

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The linley group are the defacto source for critical business analysis of the network processor market. Their detailed reports are expensive ($2,500 approx) but extensive.

Thier report for 2003 reported that the network-processor market grew about 30% in 2003 to a record $85 million. During 2003, market leader AMCC saw its NPU business recover to a level not seen since 2001. Maintaining its nearly 40% share of the NPU market, AMCC contributed the most absolute dollars to the market's growth.

For its part, Intel nearly doubled its NPU revenue and increased its share to 16%. The IXP1200 represented the lion's share of Intel's shipments, but the IXP2400 began to contribute in 2003. Note that their estimates exclude the IXP4xx line, which they classify as a communications processor due to its lower performance.

Despite ceasing future product development in early 2003, IBM's NPU revenue remained almost flat on the strength of existing design wins. This bodes well for Hifn as it tries to revive the PowerNP product line it acquired from IBM at the end of 2003.

The biggest disappointment was Motorola's poor performance. The company managed only flat revenue in a growing market despite having two new products, the C-3e and C-5e, enter production in 1H03. By comparison, Vitesse increased its share using a product with no roadmap, thanks to its Tier One design wins.

The Linley Group

New network processor from Force Computers

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Force Computers, a Solectron company announced at SUPERCOMM 2004, CHICAGO, IL (June 22, 2004) announced their new NP product, the CPCI-920/922, its next generation CPCI/PICMG 2.16 network processor blade for Internet Protocol (IP) packet processing applications in telecommunications and data communications.

This product utilises the Intel IXP2400 NPU. The CPCI-920/922 offers a single or dual Intel® IXP2400 network processor design, and NPF compliant co-processor and media mezzanine interfaces. The CPCI-920/922 maximizes available IP processing performance for 2-4-Gigabit/sec. data rate packet processing segments.

Force is a a Premier member of the Intel® Communications Alliance. They are also making use of Teja Technologies to meet customer requirements for complete hardware-software solutions for these Force IXP-based network processor blades. Optimized for the CPCI-920/922 as part of its Intel IXP network processor platform, Teja NP™, incorporates an extensible application framework and forwarding-plane functionality, as well as the system resource management software and development tools needed to develop CPCI-920/922 applications.

New look for Microsoft Web Search

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Microsoft has given its search service a make-over as part of a big upgrade.

Although still powered by Yahoo technology, it has been "cleaned-up" so paid-for results do not automatically appear when users type in a query.

This means that it will resemble google's less intrusive form of advertising which the general public finds more acceptable.

BBC NEWS | Technology | Microsoft revamps its web search

Letter writing is back

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Due to issues like spam and viruses American Corporations are returning back to the practice of writing letters.

Personally speaking I would pay more attention to a letter than email. Now imagine if you are a company receiving 500 emails plus, which will you read first, the letters in your intray or an email?

So the paperless office (as if we ever had one) may be on the way out.

Dear Sir: The letter is back | Perspectives | CNET News.com

MSNBot - Trawling the Internet

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I have noticed lately when checking my access logs that MSNbot is generating alot of hits to my site. It seems that I am not the only one experiencing this.

It appears that Microsofts search bot is agressively trawling the internet as part of its algorithmic search effort to be included at a future point in its newly revised MSN Search portal.

ISPs invited to participate in schools' broadband pilot

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Ireland - Dublin - Minister for Communications Dermot Ahern and Minister for Education and Science Noel Dempsey this week invited Internet service providers to participate in an advance deployment of broadband services in up to 100 schools.

The call for proposals follows a Government decision to provide broadband connectivity to all schools in Ireland over the next year, and is distinct from the public tendering process which is currently being prepared by both Departments.

Providers are invited to submit a proposal to showcase their broadband technologies in 10 schools of their choice, with the aim of identifying practical issues arising from the deployment. The deadline for receipt of proposals is July 30, 2004.

Hopefull the providers will choose to demonstrate broadband across a diverse range of geographical locations as remote rural schools face a number of issues when compared to schools located in urban areas. i.e. distances from broadband exchanges etc.

State broadband network: jobs boost for Limerick

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Some good news for the IT industry in Limerick.

Minister for Communications Dermot Ahern has announced close to 120 new jobs at or in support of Limerick-based E-Net, following that company's success in winning the contract to manage the State-backed Regional Metropolitan Broadband Networks.

Approximately half the positions will be created directly at E-Net, and the remainder in downstream support. The 15-year contract will commence immediately, with E-Net operating as a wholesaler of access to the networks. The pricing achieved in the contract is on a par with competitive pricing internationally and will, according to Minister Ahern, be a key driver of regional economic development. E-Net is headed by Michael Tiernan of Tiernan Properties and funded by ACT Venture Capital, Anglo Irish Bank, Bank of Ireland and private equity.

The selection of E-Net was welcomed by Shannon Broadband, the regional telecoms company headed by Shannon Development and including several local authorities. Chairman Kevin Thompstone observed: "A key objective of Shannon Broadband has been the provision of regional broadband services at reasonable prices. We are confident that the awarding of this important contract to a regionally based firm will help achieve this objective".

Are Most Wireless Phone Users Hypocrites?

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A new survey finds that many people think other wireless phone users are discourteous, but few admit to it themselves.

Are Most Wireless Phone Users Hypocrites? - Mobile Phones/PDAs News - Designtechnica News

Open Source of .NET ready

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At Tipperary Institutes we have several advocates of .NET, it is good to see that there is an open source alternative to this.

Version 1.0 of the Mono Project, an open source implementation of Microsoft's .NET platform sponsored by Novell has now been released.

The software tool can be used to create rich client, Web services and server-side applications. In beta tests since May 4, the project has undergone a prolonged development cycle since its launch in 2001 by Ximian co-founder Miguel de Icaza.

Open Source Version of .NET Ready

ISSC 2004 Belfast

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I am currently attending ISSC 2004 where I was presenting some research in the area of system design.

Again the main attraction for me this year is the chance to discuss concepts with my peers across a variety of colleges.

The two most common question I encountered today regarding my work of modelling the IXP1200 using OO techniques, where.

1. Why do you want to create a s/w model of a silicon design?

2. What is UML ?

I found that my sequence diagrams and class diagrams really brought home the idea of why OO techniques are so powerful.

The questions I recieved certainly helped to focus my thoughts as to what should be done next.

Queens University should be congratulated for the excellent conference that they are hosting.

Network World - Who wants to be a Ent

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The winner of Network World's inaugural "Who Wants to be an Entrepreneur?" contest says if all goes well his idea could lead to routers and other network devices costing much less and coming in smaller sizes.

Joe Pereira, a former design manager for pre-IPO semiconductor company NetLogic Microsystems, beat out 60 entrants with his concept for a content and database engine designed to take up two to 10 times less space and handle more chores than current specialty processors. His prize: $30,000 split between cash and services paid-in-kind, such as legal advice, plus exposure to a panel of judges including three venture capitalists.

Pereira, who moved from India to the U.S. in 1999 and now lives in California, says the technology he has under development would be sold as a subsystem, card or chip. The processor he has in mind "stores databases including routing tables and security rules (spam, intrusion-detection system, virus), and applies them at high wire rates," he wrote in his application. Pereira describes his vision as "improving performance and reducing cost for router, security, cache and database systems."

He says that his content and database engine, by supporting a range of processing duties, would be a cost-effective alternative to silicon designed specifically for each niche, such as processing XML data.

He estimates it would take about two months to define a processor for any particular customer and eight months to build it. He says he plans to build "a mathematically complete solution rather than [another one of] today's heuristics-based solutions."

In the chips

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