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Turley resigns as CEO of Patriot
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2/29/2008   Post a comment
IP provider Patriot Scientific Inc. said that Jim Turley, its president and CEO, has resigned from the company, effective Feb. 28.
CMP to break into four independent companies
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United Business Media plc said it is reorganizing its wholly-owned CMP Technology division into four separate businesses in continuation of a restructuring plan to enable the companies better serve their customers.
ST offers free TCP/IP with microcontroller
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STMicroelectronics NV has made the NicheLite TCP/IP stack available free of charge with its STR91x 32-bit microcontrollers, which include flash memory.
ST to invest $1.8 billion in Crolles, says report
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Shortly after the French government agreed to provide subsidies for STMicroelectronics’ sites in Crolles and in Grenoble (France), the European chipmaker has announced it would invest 1.2 billion euros ($1.8 billion) in Crolles as part of a development program from 2008 to 2012, according to French magazine Les Echos.
Analysis: Dell struggles with supply-chain shift
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2/29/2008   1 comment
Michael Dell, the doyen of supply-chain efficiency, and his chief financial officer stumbled to find the right words to explain why Dell Inc. missed its fiscal fourth quarter revenue target.
India plans more tech institutes, ignores electronics sector
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2/29/2008   Post a comment
The government is adding three more branches to the Indian Institutes of Technology, but largely ignored electronics industry concerns in an updated policy.
ZigBee Alliance charters new group to explore Internet solutions
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The initiative is part of the Alliance's ongoing technology evaluation programs to ensure interoperability of ZigBee solutions.
MIT researchers image fusion reaction
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have described a new method of imaging nuclear fusion reactions.
Zarlink sells analog foundry for $1.50
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Seeking to cut costs, Canada's Zarlink Semiconductor Inc. has sold its analog foundry operations in Swindon, U.K. to MHS Electronics UK Ltd., a subsidiary of MHS Industries Group.
French MEMS startup raises $3.8 million
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French startup Neosens, specializing in the development of physico-chemical sensors in microsystems technologies, announced it has raised 2.5 million euros ($3.8 million) in a capital financing round led by Sofinnova Partners, Capricorn Cleantech Fund and GALIA Gestion. Existing investors ICSO Private Equity and IRDI renewed their confidence in Neosens.
Belarus cracks open investment door
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Belarus is at the beginning of an economic liberalization that aims to create a more business-friendly climate and open the door wider for foreign investment.
Nokia concept phones, French state aid for chip R&D lead story ranking
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2/29/2008   Post a comment
Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Feb. 24, as ranked by EE Times Europe readers, up to and including Friday, Feb. 29. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
Survey: Chip execs expect growth, profit volatility
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Senior executives in the semiconductor industry expect only moderate revenue growth for the sector for this year and 'volatile' profitability for the next five years, according to survey by consultancy group KPMG.
Tony Johnson - In Memoriam
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2/29/2008   Post a comment
Tony Johnson, our friend, colleague and mentor, a legend and the creator of the Pan-European electronics media in 1972 when he launched Electronic Product News passed away at the age of 68 "on duty" in Nuremberg where he was attending the Embedded World Conference.
Israeli semiconductor sales reach $2.9 bn in '07
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Sales of semiconductors by Israeli chip makers reached $2.9 billion in 2007, including exports from foreign owned fabs, such as Intel's.
Nanoident opens biometrics subsidiary in France
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Austrian printed electronics manufacturer Nanoident Technologies AG has launched a biometrics subsidiary, Nanoident Biometrics SAS, in Montbonnot-Saint-Martin, near Grenoble (France).
Fairchild : Synchronous rectifier module helps meet Energy Star requirements
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Fairchild Semiconductor's Power-SPM FPP06R001 is a highly integrated synchronous rectifier module thatg increases efficiency in power supplies to meet stringent Energy Star requirements.
Congatec : COM Express battery management module extends operational lifetime
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The SBM2C SMART battery banager joins Congatec's original SBM2 in meeting the demand for a flexible embedded power management solution.
BI Technologies : SMD power inductor detects current in voltage regulator applications.
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The surface mount power inductor HM69S maintains a constant DC resistance value, with a shift of only ±2 percent at room temperature and 7 percent over a 100 °C temperature range.
Micrel : 4A synchronous buck regulator suits 3- and 5-V supply rails
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MIC22400, a fully-integrated 4A synchronous buck regulator, powers systems from 3.3- and 5-V supply rails.
Schurter : Power inlet meets ecological requirements
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Schurter’s 20 A IEC inlet with EMI filter, series 5130 ECO, meets the demands of IT, medical and industrial appliances.
National Semiconductor : Quad equaliser is designed for PCI Express up to 8 Gbps
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Designed for PCI Express (PCIe) applications up to 8 Gbits/s data transmission rates, the PowerWise DS50EV401 quad equaliser supports PCIe Gen1 (2.5 Gbits/s), PCIe Gen2 (5 Gbits/s) and PCIe Gen3 (8 Gbits/s) data rates, with typical power consumption of only 100 mW per channel.
Partitioning: blast from the past
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It's "back to the future": Analog computation and signal processing is a better low-power, small-size tactic for severely power-restricted biomedical applications.
Zygo buys metrology firm
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Zygo Corp. has acquired the assets of Solvision Inc., a Canadian-based supplier of metrology gear.
Asyst rejects buyout offers
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Asyst Technologies Inc. has confirmed that its board previously rejected unsolicited acquisition offers from The Gores Group and Aquest Systems for $5 to $6 per share.
Mentor Graphics sees weak Fiscal Q1 sales
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2/28/2008   Post a comment
Mentor Graphics Corp. reported strong revenue and profit growth for its fiscal fourth quarter but sees weaker-than-expected performance for the current period on softer seasonal demand.
TI's Templeton stresses energy, medical, safety apps
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Texas Instruments CEO Richard Templeton used his keynote address at the chip maker's developers' conference to underscore plans to leverage TI's expertise in the medical , energy and safety markets.
Nvidia-AMD: Deal or no deal?
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2/28/2008   2 comments
Industry observers are pushing for Nvidia Corp. to acquire troubled microprocessor maker Advanced Micro Devices Inc., but such a transaction is fraught with regulatory and other hurdles.
eSilicon licenses embedded SerDes core
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Fabless ASIC house eSilicon Corp. has licensed Avago Technologies Inc.'s 90- and 65-nm embedded SerDes cores on a limited basis.
MPEG group sues Amino over patent infringement
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Set top box specialist Amino Communications (Cambridge, England) is being sued by several companies and academic institutions within the patent licensing group MPEG LA, LLC for infringing Intellectual Property related to the MPEG-2 digital video compression technology.
Soitec takes action to resume growth
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Silicon-on-insulator (SOI) wafer supplier Soitec SA (Bernin, France) expects sales to be 20 percent down on that achieved in the previous quarter.
ASMI rejects calls for break up, management changes
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ASM International NV (Bilthoven, the Netherlands) has rejected proposals from investment group Fursa Alternative Strategies to break up the chip-equipment maker and make major management changes.
More on the dismissal of Soitec's COO
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2/28/2008   Post a comment
A week after silicon-on-insulator (SOI) wafer supplier Soitec SA (Bernin, France) dismissed Pascal Mauberger as chief operating officer of the company, André-Jacques Auberton-Hervé, chairman and chief executive officer, comments briefly on the board’s decision.
Tech group claims low-cost fix to radar, windfarm conflict
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Cambridge Consultants claims it has come up with a solution to the acutely embarrassing technical challenge faced by the UK's Ministry of Defense over the potential interference of its radars from proposed energy wind farms.
CSR misses targets, remains cautious on outlook
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Wireless comms chip specialist CSR plc saw its revenues in the fourth quarter of last year increase to $232.5million from $173.3million in the corresponding period of 2006. For the whole year, sales were $848.6million, up 20 percent from $704.7 million during 2006.
Intersil : Real time clock takes time from mains frequency
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Intersil has introduced full-featured, ac-driven real time clock (RTC) devices.
Infineon : Power MOSFETs feature low on-resistance
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Infineon Technologies has added three families of power semiconductors to its OptiMOS 3 N-channel MOSFET portfolio.
Silicon Sensor legt Rekordergebnis vor
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Auf einen neuen Rekordwert hat Silicon Sensor seinen Umsatz im vergangenen Geschäftsjahr ausbauen können. Doch im kommenden Jahr wird sich die Wachstumskurve deutlich abflachen.
TTI : Dc-link capacitors withstand tough environments
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TTI, Inc. has added WIMA DC-Link MKP 4 capacitors to its product range.
Suppressions de postes chez Asteel
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Le spécialiste de la sous-traitance électronique et électromécanique Asteel Développement va supprimer 42 postes sur son site de Lannuagat, à Douarnenez, selon le quotidien Ouest France.
ASML, Canon, Nikon tip EUV roadmaps
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2/28/2008   Post a comment
At the SPIE Advanced Lithography conference here this week, ASML, Canon and Nikon jumped out of the starting blocks and separately outlined their respective new roadmaps in the extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography race.
Magma acquires analog IP specialist Sabio Labs
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2/28/2008   Post a comment
Magma Design Automation Inc. said it has acquired Sabio Labs Inc., an analog intellectual property provider.
Health First Taps AT&T for RFID Services
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2/27/2008   Post a comment
Health First signed a contract with AT&T for RFID services estimated at between $300,000 and $350,000, but the project could extend across 40 locations.
Ibis seeks buyer amid losses
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Ibis Technology Corp., a provider of SIMOX-SOI implantation equipment, has engaged the investment bank BlueLake Partners LLC for the purpose of assessing ''strategic alternatives'' for the company.
ETSI pushes standards for NFC with mobiles
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2/27/2008   Post a comment
Wider adoption of near field communications with mobile phones took a further step forward with the European Telecoms Standardization Institute ETSI's Smart Card Platform Technical Committee approving the specification for the Host Controller Interface.
Nanoident crée une filiale de biométrie dans l'Isère
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ichien Nanoident AG, spécialisé dans le développement et la fabrication de capteurs d’images à base de semi-conducteurs imprimés, vient de créer une filiale de biométrie, Nanoident Biometrics SAS, à Montbonnot Saint Martin, dans l’Isère.
Silicon photonics goes mainstream
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2/27/2008   Post a comment
Silicon photonics is ready for prime time, according to presenters at the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition.
Sematech starts nanoimprint litho effort
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In a major boost for nanoimprint lithography, Sematech has started a development program.
Microchip Technology delivers six billionth PIC microcontroller!
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White-good appliance maker Mabe takes delivery of Microchip Technology's six billionth PIC microcontroller.
Mapper Lithography gains funding
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2/27/2008   Post a comment
Mapper Lithography has received a subsidy of approximately 3.5 million euros ($5.3 million) from the European Union to enable the further development of its multi-beam machine for maskless lithography.
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