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   Technology StocksLogic Devices: Ready to come out of the doghouse?


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To: Maui Jim who wrote (62)2/23/2000 8:06:00 PM
From: John Mav
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Wednesday February 23, 6:09 pm Eastern Time

Cable operators, TV makers agree on digital plan

WASHINGTON, Feb 23 (Reuters) - Cable television operators and consumer electronics makers reached agreement Wednesday on connecting new digital devices, removing one hurdle delaying the transition to futuristic broadcasting services like high-definition TV.
The agreement, which came about after years of wrangling and pressure from federal regulators, established standards for connecting cable systems to new digital-capable TV sets and displaying program guides and schedule information.
But regulators expressed concern that the two industries still had not agreed on a copy protection scheme to allow digital sets to connect to video recorders and other equipment.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman William Kennard, who last month threatened to impose regulations governing the connections, welcomed the agreement but warned his agency would move ahead unless a full pact was reached.
Kennard cited the lack of a copy protection scheme and a failure to agree on how to describe the capabilities of digital sets. Some TV sets, for example, may be capable of showing over-the-air digital broadcasts but not of connecting to cable or other digital devices.
``These two issues are very important to consumer enjoyment of digital television,' Kennard said in a statement. ``I urge the parties to continue to work toward a marketplace solution in these areas as well.'
Television is slowly but surely moving from old-fashioned analog service to advanced digital systems that will allow movie-like pictures, interactive offerings and more efficient use of the airwaves. As many as six ordinary-quality digital broadcasts or one or two high-definition shows can fit in the airwaves that now carry a single analog broadcast channel.
But few consumers have purchased TV sets capable of picking up digital and high-definition broadcasts. In part that was due to a lack of compelling programming and high-priced equipment but another major stumbling block was lack of compatibility with cable systems.
Representatives of the cable and consumer electronics industries hailed Wednesday's deal and pledged to continue working on the outstanding issues.
``This is yet another giant step forward in the transition to DTV,' said Gary Shapiro, president of the Consumer Electronics Association whose members stand to reap massive revenues if consumers begin upgrading to digital equipment en mass. The group includes Sony Electronics Inc. , Toshiba America and Matsushita Electric Industrial Co.'s Panasonic .
Robert Sachs, president of the National Cable Television Association that includes companies like AT&T Corp. (NYSE:T - news), Time Warner Inc. (NYSE:TWX - news) and Charter Communications (NasdaqNM:CHTR - news), said the agreement proved no government intervention was needed.
``This voluntary solution makes unnecessary government involvement in setting compatibility standards for the dynamic digital TV marketplace,' he said in a statement.
Cable operators are waging a fierce lobbying battle at the FCC to avoid a rule requiring them to carry all over-the-air digital broadcasts. So-called must carry rules already require cable operators to carry all analog channels and broadcasters are seeking to have the policy extended.
In a letter to the FCC on Tuesday, broadcasters blasted the agency for failing to adopt digital must-carry rule or set interconnection standards.
``The Commission has accorded cable sacred cow status,' the National Association of Broadcasters and other groups said in the letter.

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To: John Mav who wrote (63)2/28/2000 4:03:00 PM
From: Maui Jim
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The HDTV news has certainly sparked LOGC shares...

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To: Maui Jim who wrote (64)3/1/2000 9:47:00 AM
From: BigAlbe
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just discoverd LOGC last nite, wish i new earlier. just picked up some shares, i know its a long shot, but might this me the "next one" to have its day in the limelight. nice to see only 6 mil shares outstanding. any one else out there......

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To: BigAlbe who wrote (65)3/1/2000 2:54:00 PM
From: BigAlbe
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DSPs will be huge. The news on TXN last week says it all about DSPs. lets get this party started folks, next stop 10.imo

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To: BigAlbe who wrote (66)3/1/2000 4:33:00 PM
From: TheLineMan
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I'm in missed out on a few hot tech plays and almost overlooked this one because I thought it was still a memory chip maker. With DSPs for wireless base stations, telecommunication products and HDTV this one could do quite well over the next few weeks. If not, you can sock this one away as a long term play.

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To: TheLineMan who wrote (67)3/1/2000 9:12:00 PM
From: BigAlbe
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just this business description alone gets me excited about this baby:
Logic Devices Incorporated develops, manufactures and markets digital integrated
circuits for applications which require high operating speed, high-reliability,
high-levels of circuit integration and low operating power consumption. The products
of the company are mainly used in digital signal processing, telecommunications,
video imaging process, medical, military and computer markets. The company's
products are marketed through a network of 15 national and international sales
representatives and 16 international and domestic distributors. The operations of
the company are based in United States. Export sales accounted for 32% of fiscal
1999 revenues. The main customers of the company include Philips, Hitachi,
Hewlet packard, Sony, Toshiba, Honeywell, Pinnacle microsystems etc.
International sales are conducted by sales representatives and distributors located
in Japan, Canada,United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy,Netherlands, Sweden,
Finland, Hong Kong,Israel, Korea, Taiwan and Spain.

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To: BigAlbe who wrote (68)3/2/2000 4:07:00 AM
From: TheLineMan
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I think a good start would be to change the initial heading post in this thread from SRAM to DSP. It would be a start anyway.

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To: TheLineMan who wrote (69)3/2/2000 11:15:00 AM
From: BigAlbe
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hey LineMan, we should start a new LOGC thread with DSP in the heading?let me know what u think.

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To: TheLineMan who wrote (69)3/2/2000 4:36:00 PM
From: Tom Hua
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TLM, thanks for the heads up on LOGC. I joined you today.

Regards,

Tom

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To: BigAlbe who wrote (70)3/2/2000 10:21:00 PM
From: TheLineMan
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Start a new thread, its alright by me. Either that or may be you can ask the webmistress or "thread owner" if you could update this title. 90+% of sales are DSPs. Shouldn't really be considered an S-RAM chip maker anymore.

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