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ICCAD keynote reaches for cloud computing
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10/31/2009   Post a comment
The IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation and Cadence Design Systems will offer a live webcast of the International Conference on Computer-Aided Design Keynote Monday, November 2, from 9-10:30 a.m. (P.S.T.).
TSMC backs down from 'record year' prediction
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10/30/2009   Post a comment
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. sought to qualify a statement made by its chief executive that the company expects to have a record year in 2010.
Slideshow: Japan loves 3-D, veggies from LEDs
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10/30/2009   1 comment
We toured a flat-panel display and "green" device forum in Yokohama, Japan, and also found plenty of e-readers and some interesting applications for LEDs.
MCUs - SoC for dashboard-mounted car navigation and infotainment systems offers enhanced audio and video functions
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10/30/2009   Post a comment
The SH7777 (SH-NaviJ3) system-on-chip (SoC) from Renesas Technology America, Inc., speeds development for compact portable navigation and infotainment systems and low- and mid-priced dashboard-mounted car navigation and infotainment systems, and offers enhanced multimedia functions such as terrestrial digital TV broadcast support.
EnerSys moves to acquire Oerlikon Battery business
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10/30/2009   Post a comment
The world's largest manufacturer, marketer and distributor of industrial batteries, EnerSys has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the industrial battery businesses of the Swiss company Accu Holding AG.
Toshiba extends ASIC offering with eFUSE technology
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10/30/2009   Post a comment
The ASIC and Foundry Business Unit at Toshiba Electronics Europe (TEE) has announced that European ASIC and system-on-chip (SoC) customers can now take advantage of eFUSE (electrical programmable fuse) technology when developing ICs based on Toshiba processes.
Phoenix Contact : Safety coupling relays target process technology
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10/30/2009   Post a comment
The PSR-FSP safety relay from Phoenix Contact is a safe coupling relay that is specifically harmonized to operate with fail-safe controls (F-PLC) in process technology.
SensorDynamics plans energy-harvesting TPMs
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10/30/2009   Post a comment
Austrian sensor technology vendor SensorDynamics AG (Lebring, Austria) has signed a license agreement with EnOcean GmbH (Unterhaching, Germany) on the latter ones' energy harvesting technology. SensorDynamics plans to use the technology for automotive products.
Hamamatsu : Photo sensor IC is I2C compatible
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10/30/2009   Post a comment
The RGB color sensor photo IC S11059-78HT features I2C compatibility and uses a small and highly reliable WL-CSP (Wafer Level – Chip Size Package).
Mouser Electronics and Comchip Technology sign for global distribution
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10/30/2009   Post a comment
Mouser Electronics and Comchip Technology have signed a global distribution agreement to include all of Comchip's RoHS, tin-free, gold-plated, and flat-chip diode packages.
Analog Devices appoints Automotive group VP
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10/30/2009   Post a comment
As Vice President of Analog Device's Automotive Group, Thomas Wessel will head all teams at the semiconductor vendor dealing with customers in the automotive value chain. Hitherto, Wessel was Sales Vice President for Analog Device's European organization.
GreenPeak Technologies secures further funding to finance growth plans
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10/30/2009   Post a comment
Fabless semiconductor company, GreenPeak Technologies (Utrecht, The Netherland) that is offering innovative ultra low power wireless and battery-free data communication technologies for consumer electronics and sense and control applications, has closed a Series B financing round.
MIPS Technologies submits code for Tamarin open source project
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10/30/2009   Post a comment
MIPS Technologies Inc., has released a MIPS-optimized version of the ActionScript virtual machine (VM) that is used in web-connected technologies such as Adobe Flash player.
Color LCD modeler and 3-D textures application software
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10/30/2009   Post a comment
Lighting simulation software developer Optis announced a color LCD modeler and a 3-D textures application sofware directly aimed at the display design market.
The Energy Technologies Institute increases funding for wave and tidal energy
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10/30/2009   Post a comment
The ETI announced a GBP 8 million project designed to make wave and tidal energy more competitive and unlock the potential of marine energy.
Samsung triples Q3 profit on better chip ASPs
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10/30/2009   1 comment
South Korea's Samsung Electronics recorded a sharply better operating profit in the third quarter, thanks largely to better demand and higher average selling prices for memory chips, the company said.
Maxim posts profit
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10/30/2009   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products posted a sequential double-digit increase in sales for the second consecutive quarter in the period ended Sept. 26, the company said.
KLA-Tencor back to profit on stronger demand
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10/29/2009   Post a comment
Thanks largely to a sharp increase in demand from foundry customers, chip equipment supplier KLA-Tencor logged better-than-expected sales and returned to profitability in the quarter ended Sept. 30, the company said.
ADI appoints execs to product groups
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10/29/2009   Post a comment
Analog Devices Inc. has restructured reponsibilities of its division executives along product and application areas to better leverage the company's strenghts in signal processing technologies.
NEWS - Rapid configuration of AMBA NIC-301 enabled by CoWare/ARM partnership
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10/29/2009   Post a comment
New CoWare SBL-301 SystemC Bus Library for CoWare Platform Architect provides configurability, visibility and rapid turnaround time, enabling system designers to efficiently optimize AMBA NIC-301 network interconnect-based designs.
Exec details ST's ARM Cortex-A9 licensing choice for HDTVs
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10/29/2009   Post a comment
In an interview with EE Times, Laurent Remont, director, R&D/Architecture Group, Home Entertainment and Displays Group at STMicroelectronics NV (Geneva, Switzerland), provided details on ST's decision to build its next-generation HDTV consumer device around the high-performance ARM architecture.
Updated: Juniper challenges Cisco on the edge
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10/29/2009   Post a comment
In a splashy New York City event, Juniper Networks announced its next generation of silicon, systems, software and partnerships around a family of networking products geared to serve businesses and service providers and attack archrival Cisco Systems.
Kyocera : LED printhead prints at 180 m per minute
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10/29/2009   Post a comment
With its SLH-Series LED printhead, Kyocera achieves electrophotographic printing at 180 m/min in 1200 dpi high-resolution.
Delta Electronics : Low vibration fans prevent hard drive crashes
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10/29/2009   Post a comment
Delta Electronics offers low vibration fans aimed at the 19 inch slide-in (1U) server market. The fans address the three typical problem areas of modern high-performance boards: air flow, vibration and energy consumption.
Murata : Wirewound chip inductors contribute to dc-dc converter efficiency
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10/29/2009   Post a comment
Compared to previous models in the range Murata’s latest 1212 size wirewound chip inductor series offers improved performance in a compact, low profile case size.
Texas Instruments : I2C keypad controller is QWERTY-capable
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10/29/2009   Post a comment
Texas Instruments has introduced the TCA8418, a keypad scan device that can generate an interrupt output signal using a three-key combination such as CTRL-ALT-DEL, which frees up the processor from scanning the keypad for presses and releases, saving power and bandwidth.
Conexant : Audio SoCs support embedded applications
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10/29/2009   Post a comment
Conexant Systems has introduced a family of audio system-on-chip (SoC) solutions for embedded audio and voice applications.
3D laser scanner boasts an 80m range for industrial plant applications
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10/29/2009   Post a comment
Trimble's CX 3D laser scanner uses the manufacturer's proprietary Wavepulse technology to combines the high short-range accuracy of phase-shift technology with the low-noise sensitivity and high-distance characteristics of time-of-flight technology.
Vishay : SMD IR receivers offer high sensitivity-to-size ratio
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10/29/2009   Post a comment
Vishay Intertechnology broadens its optoelectronics portfolio with a series of ultra-miniature SMD IR receivers for remote control systems.
'Roadrunner' supercomputer verifying U.S. nuke reliability
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10/29/2009   Post a comment
Los Alamos National Laboratory is using the world's fastest supercomputer, dubbed "Roadrunner," to run extremely accurate simulations to verify the reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile.
Motorola swings to Q3 profit on cost cutting
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10/29/2009   Post a comment
Motorola Inc. fought its way back into black territory in the third quarter by sharply reducing costs throughout its operations although sales continues to fall and the company yielded market share in the mobile handset segment.
Viewpoint: In defense of Hector Ruiz
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10/29/2009   2 comments
Ex-AMD boss Hector Ruiz might have been justified in providing confidential information about the company's reorganization to a group being investigated for insider trading but he alone can end the controversy by disclosing why he talked so candidly about his former employer.
Arasan integrates IP into Cadence verification kit
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10/29/2009   Post a comment
Cadence will engineer Arasan's MIPI design IP into the Cadence Incisive Verification Kit, which incorporates Cadence-developed MIPI-based verification IP, example flows, user workshops and documented best practices.
Roke launches world's first commercial generic high voltage test facility
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10/29/2009   Post a comment
Independent electronics R&D centre, Roke Manor Research Ltd (Southampton, UK) has launched the world's first commercial generic high voltage test facility.
Cadence and SMIC unveil 65-nm Low Power Reference Flow 4.0
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10/29/2009   Post a comment
Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (San Jose, Calif), has delivered a comprehensive low-power design flow for engineers targeting the 65-nanometer process at Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation.
Continental writes red figures amidst auto downturn
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10/29/2009   Post a comment
The decline of the global automotive markets has left clear traces in red ink in the quarterly report of automotive supplier Continental AG (Hannover, Germany). Now the company bets its hope on a recovery — and on electric cars.
LED trend puts the booster into Aixtron's figures
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10/29/2009   Post a comment
Driven by strong demand for LEDs, semiconductor equipment vendor Aixtron AG (Aachen, Germany) has exceeded market expectations in Q3. The company raised its outlook and announced a capital increase to fund future growth.
Low shrinkage clear epoxy ensures dimensional stability
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10/29/2009   Post a comment
The EP30LV-1 developed by Master Bond is a low viscosity, optically clear epoxy for general purpose bonding, coating, sealing and casting. Its linear shrinkage after cure is as low as 0.0003 to 1.
A PROFINET Competence Centre opens in France
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10/29/2009   Post a comment
Molex has been accredited as PROFINET Competence Centre (PICC) for France for a period of two years. The PICC which consists of employees of Molex and Testlab, has demonstrated the necessary competence and has the necessary equipment to offer full support.
256Mbit serial Flash memory innovates with 32-bit addressing scheme
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10/29/2009   Post a comment
Memory manufacturer Macronix has announced what the company claims to be the world's first 256Mbit serial Flash product, based on an innovative 32-bit addressing scheme.
MEMS foundry expected to have a 25 percent CAGR in the next four years
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10/29/2009   Post a comment
In its Status of the MEMS Industry 2009 report, Yole Developpement predicts a CAGR of over 25 percent for MEMS foundries in the next four years, with enough production infrastructure in place to absorb the MEMS devices market growth for the next couple of years.
Acal to acquire electronics, photonics component supplier
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10/29/2009   Post a comment
Components and systems distributor Acal plc announced it is acquiring the entire issued share capital of France-based BFi Optilas SAS for 10 million euros ($14.78 million) payable in cash and 2 million euros ($2.95 million) of Acal ordinary shares to be issued on completion.
Update: TSMC posts best revenue, profit since Q308
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10/29/2009   Post a comment
Saying the quarter brought solid growth in demand for chips across all major applications, leading foundry TSMC reported its best revenue and profit numbers in a year.
LSI, Silicon Labs report bigger Q3 profits
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10/29/2009   Post a comment
Chip makers LSI and Silicon Laboratories reported sharp increases in third-quarter profits and sales that beat Wall Street's expectations.
Teradyne posts Q3 profit
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10/29/2009   Post a comment
Automated test equipment vendor Teradyne posted a GAAP net income from continuing operations of $6.7 million on revenue of $262 million for the third quarter, the company said.
Bluetooth group drops ultrawideband, eyes 60 GHz
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10/29/2009   6 comments
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group has shelved any plans to use the ultrawideband technology it acquired from the WiMedia Alliance when that group decided in March it would fold, and in its place is conducting due diligence on 60 GHz technology as a possible transport for a future high-rate Bluetooth.
4 reasons for 3-D TV, 7 more for why it's a long shot
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10/29/2009   8 comments
The possibility of 3-D entertainment in the home is a foregone conclusion according to Japanese consumer electronics giants Sony and Panasonic. But here are four reasons for their 3-D push, and seven reasons for why it's still a long shot.
Foundries top Q3 forecasts on improved utilization
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
Continuing a positive trend that is rippling through the broader semiconductor industry, silicon foundries UMC and SMIC posted better-than-expected third-quarter sales. Both companies also reported improved capacity utilization levels approaching 90 percent.
Cadence shrinks Q3 loss, beats revenue views
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
EDA vendor Cadence Design Systems reported third-quarter sales of $216 million, in line with the company's guidance for the quarter and slightly above consensus analyst estimates for the period.
Microsemi to close Arizona fab
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
Analog mixed-signal semiconductor vendor Microsemi plans to close its manufacturing facility in Scottsdale, Ariz., by April 2011, eliminating an undisclosed number of jobs.
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