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Analysts look for Sanmina-SCI's upside
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Sanmina-SCI Corp. had some promising news in its latest quarter: Revenue was slightly higher, gross margins swung up nicely and inventories fell to a two-year low.
ASE Test's Q3 up as it goes private
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ASE Test Ltd., one of the world's largest independent providers of semiconductor testing services, said net revenues totaled $128.2 million for Q3.
EDA 2Q revenues grew 11.4 percent
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EDA industry revenues grew 11.4 percent in the second quarter to more than $1.4 billion, the EDA Consortium reported.
New portable apps drive growth in small display market
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The increasing number of new portable applications is boosting sales of small/medium liquid crystal displays (LCDs), according to iSuppli.
ADI's Lew Counts: IC process shapes industry, society
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On the eve of his retirement, Lew Counts of Analog Devices looks at the industry's situation and future from veteran's perspective. His theme: It's all about the process.
Garmin maps out a different future for TeleAtlas
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A bidding war has started for digital map provider Tele Atlas NV as navigation device maker Garmin made an unsolicited Euros 2.3 billion ($3.3 billion) offer for the Dutch group, trumping an agreed bid from rival European market leader for navigation devices TomTom.
IBM verwandelt Silizium-Abfall in Solarzellen
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IBM hat nach eigenen Angaben eine umweltfreundliche Technik entwickelt, Silizium-Wafer aus der Chipfertigung zu recyclen: Der Konzern macht daraus Solar-Panels.
Nouveau DG à l'Arcep
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L’Autorité de régulation des communications électroniques et des postes (ARCEP) vient d'annoncer la nomination de Benoît Loutrel en tant que directeur général adjoint.
Osram, Toyoda Gosei enter patent agreement
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Siemens subsidiary Osram GmbH and Japanese company Toyoda Gosei Ltd. have agreed to exchange patents for Laser and LED technologies.
Profibus-Pionier Edgar Küster verstorben
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Der Vorstandsvorsitzende der Profibus-Nutzerorganisation (PNO), Edgar Küster, ist am 24. Oktober im Alter von 59 Jahren nach schwerer Krankeit verstorben. Mit Küster verliert auch die globale Profibus-Dachorganisation ihren Chairman.
Switchcraft : IP68 rated receptacles are right-angle pc mount
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Switchcraft has extended its IP68 rated EN3 range by adding panel mount receptacles that have right-angle circuit board terminals.
Endicott : System-in-package reduces circuit board real estate
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System in Package (SiP) designs from Endicott Interconnect reduce size and weight, transferring multiple packages from a printed wiring board (PWB) into a SiP for improved electrical performance, and reduced complexity and cost.
Intersil : RS-485 RS-422 single transmitters feature excellent ESD protection
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ISL329xE series 3.3-V-powered RS-485/RS-422 single transmitters are designed with excellent ±16.5 kV ESD protection and ultra-low supply current requirement.
Motorola prototype validates metal-oxide for WPAN device
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A Motorola prototype validates Phiar's metal-oxide electronics for 60-GHz radios to be used in IEEE 802.15.3c wireless personal area networks (WPAN).
VenturEast launches $150 million India fund
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Venture capital continues to pour into India on the heels of new investments by Google Inc. and Cisco Systems in recent days.
UMC's Q3 up, Q4 and capex forecast down
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Amid capital spending cuts for 2008, Taiwan's United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) posted strong Q3 results but it projects a lull in Q4.
Better '08 for chip industry if glut ends early, predicts Applied's Splinter
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A strong holiday season in the U.S. and Europe and strong sales around the Chinese New Year will go a long way toward a better year for the global chip industry, a company executive said.
Ofcom chief airs concerns about EU telecom regulation
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National telecoms regulators in Europe have started flexing their muscles about plans by the European Commission to shake up the regulatory framework and setting up a pan-European watchdog.
3S Photonics predicts 38% sales growth in 2008
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3S Photonics reported a net income of $1 million for fiscal year 2006-2007, ended June 30, 2007. This compares to the net loss of $9.9 million for fiscal year 2005-2006.
Snabbt 1,2 V DDR2 RAM
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Japanska Elpida Memory Inc. säger sig vara klara med utvecklingen av vad som uppges vara världens första 533 Mbit/s, 512 Mbit DDR2 mobile RAM med 1,2 V matning
Record turnover at Wolfson for Q3, but shares suffer
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Sales at Wolfson Microelectronics surged 21 per cent to £34 million ($70 million) in the third quarter ended September 30 compared with the same period last year, and the supplier of audio chips for consumer electronics products like the iPod said it was expecting 11 to 14 per cent growth in full-year revenues to between $226 million and $232 million.
Archuleta tapped as CEO by Plastic Logic
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Flexible active-matrix display backplanes specialist Plastic Logic has appointed Richard Archuleta Chief Executive Officer and member of the company's Board of Directors .
Erdbeben im Silicon Valley
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Ein Erdbeben mit der Stärke von 5,6 auf der Richter-Skala hat am Dienstag abend die Gegend um Santa Clara erschüttert. Größere Personen- oder Sachschäden wurden bislang nicht gemeldet.
Earthquake shakes Northern California
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A 5.6 magnitude earthquake shook the Santa Clara Valley in Northern California on Tuesday (Oct. 30) evening.
OFDM and DVB-H courses set for Munich
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hueggenberg gbr is presenting a three-day course on OFDM and a one-day course on DVB-H in Munich.
Gennum acquires Snowbush Microelectronics
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Gennum Corporation has announced it has acquired Snowbush Microelectronics, one of the leading suppliers of analog and mixed-signal intellectual property (IP) cores. This acquisition accelerates Gennum's new product introductions for 2008 and beyond as they gain access to an array of high-performance analog and mixed-signal solutions.
NASA expands Altium tool use
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NASA's Johnson Space Center has selected Altium Designer as the standard to unify electronic design for NASA's leading spaceflight-related research center.
Ten steps to a green supply chain
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Companies that want to get ahead of the environmental curve and stay there need to begin thinking green now and develop an approach to sourcing and supply chain management that factors this new reality into their plans.
Philips signs up for Moore Microprocessor Patent portfolio
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Royal Philips Electronics has become the 23rd company in as many months to purchase a Moore Microprocessor Patent portfolio license, and the third major European company to purchase a license following Schneider Electric, Nokia Corporation and Lego.
Polymer Vision acquires manufacturing subcontractor
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Polymer Vision Ltd has bought, for an undisclosed sum, Southampton, England based Innos Limited, the manufacturing subcontractor of the company's rollable displays.
Altera FPGAs featured in PROC algorithm acceleration boards
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GiDEL utilizes Altera's Stratix FPGA families in latest PROC algorithm acceleration development systems.
Cisco plans new $100 million venture fund in India
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Cisco Systems Inc. will invest another $100 million in early-stage Indian technology companies, doubling venture funding it announced two years ago as part of its $1.1 billion investment plan for India.
ASE's sales, profits jump
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Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc. (ASE), the world's largest independent provider of IC packaging and testing services, reported sales of NT$27,733 million ($855.3 million) for the third quarter of 2007, up 4 percent year-over-year and up 19 percent sequentially.
Seagate shutters Northern Ireland facility
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Hard drives specialist Seagate Technology is abandoning one of its two manufacturing plants in Northern Ireland, which will result in about 780 full time employees losing their jobs.
Förvärvar konsultverksamhet
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Prevas förvärvar en verksamhet med 50-talet specialister inom inbyggda system av Flextronics. Specialisterna finns i Göteborg och förstärker Prevas befintliga kompetens- och utvecklingscentrum för fordonsbranschen.
DSM Computer : Control cabinet PCs have four free PCI slots
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Galaxy control cabinet PCs are offered either four free PCI slots or three free PCI and one PCI Express x1 to allow the installation of a wide range of long or short plug-in cards.
Digital-Logic : PC/104 Plus extension has two PC card slots
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The Microspace PC/104 Plus extension card MSMJ104+ is a PC card adapter with two 16-bit slots. The PCMICA 2.1 compliant card is based on a PCI1520GHK controller from Texas Instruments.
'Shrink-wrap' formation of carbon-60 observed
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Latest research confirms that fullerenes--also called buckyballs or carbon-60--form by shrink-wrapping sheets of graphene.
SMIC's Q3 loss widens
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China's Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) posted lackluster sales and a loss of $25.6 million in the third quarter, due to severe price declines in the DRAM market.
On Semi's sales up, profit flat
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On Semiconductor Corp. said revenues in the third quarter of 2007 were $402.9 million, an increase of approximately 6 percent from the second quarter of 2007.
MIPS to enter the 32-bit MCU fray
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MIPS Technologies Inc., best known as a supplier of IP cores used in SoCs, will enter the fast-growing, high-volume 32-bit microcontroller market.
iC-Haus : Differential Hall switch allows gear and pole wheel scanning
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iC-MZ is an integrated device consisting of a differential Hall switch with back-end complementary line drivers. The two integrated Hall sensors are set 2 mm apart and sense the difference in magnetic field.
E-seals: The Missing Key
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A new generation of RFID devices aims to improve shipping container security to keep cargo and consumers safe.
S3 acquires Portuguese mixed-signal startup
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Silicon & Software Systems Ltd. (S3), a licensor of mixed-signal circuits for consumer products, has said it has acquired Acacia Semiconductor SA (Caparica, Portugal), a developer of data conversion intellectual property.
Continuous opts for full-sized ATCA strategy
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While some backers of the Advanced Telecommunication Computing Architecture are betting big on the junior version of the standard, MicroTCA, Continuous Computing Inc. is sticking with full-sized ATCA for a product launch.
Kontron : Slimline servers suit dense, robust applications
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The 19-inch / 1U slimline KISS-1U (Kontron Industrial Silent Server) is one of the most compact, quietest and fastest high-availability servers for long-lifecycle applications under harsh conditions.
ALPS : Geomagnetic sensor has tilt compensation function
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The HSCD series geomagnetic sensor is designed for use in portable devices such as mobile phones and wristwatches.
Kombi-Chip verbindet HF-Netze mit USB-Geräten
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Für die Anbindung von drahtlosen Geräten an PCs hat Texas Instruments einen Schaltkreis entwickelt, der neben einem HF-Transceiver einen Mikrocontroller und eine USB-Schnittstelle enthält. Einsatzgebiete für den C1111 sieht der Anbieter in Sensornetzen, Sicherheitssystemen, Überwachungsaufgaben, Fernsteuerungen und drahtloser Messdatenerfassung.
International Rectifier : Gate driver ICs have integrated bootstrap functionality
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IRS2336xD protected 600 V three-phase gate driver ICs with integrated bootstrap functionality provide industrial level ruggedness and target appliance motor control, servo drives, micro-inverter drives, and a wide range of general purpose applications.
ERNI : Right-angled female connectors support ATCA, CompactPCI Express
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ERNI Electronics has added right-angled female connectors in 2, 3 and 4 contact pair versions to its ERmetZD range of straight male connectors and right-angled female connectors.
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