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Congress may debut patent reform bill Tuesday
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2/28/2009   2 comments
Patent reform could be introduced in Congress as early as March 3, as high tech lobbying groups on both sides of the issue turn up the heat.
Scaling methods apply to EUV, says IMEC litho chief
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2/27/2009   Post a comment
Techniques being used to extend the life of 193-nm lithography appear equally applicable to next-generation extreme ultraviolet lithography, which could greatly increase the extendibility of the technology, according to Kurt Ronse, director of the advanced lithography program at nanoelectronics research center IMEC.
Spansion reinstates pay for execs
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2/27/2009   Post a comment
Despite layoffs and losses, NOR flash leader Spansion Inc. has reinstated full pay for many of its executives.
Updated: Speculation simmers over Intel-TSMC announcement
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2/27/2009   Post a comment
Speculation is building about a planned news conference Monday where Intel and TSMC are set to make a strategic announcement.
DoE seeks input on wind energy initiative
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The Energy Department, under growing pressure to begin spending economic stimulus funds, is seeking industry comment on its wind energy initiative.
Stringer assumes Sony presidency in major reorg
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2/27/2009   Post a comment
Sony Chairman and CEO Howard Stringer will also assume the title of president of the Japanese electronics giant as part of a major restructuring that includes management changes and the formation of two new business groups. The changes will go into effect April 1.
January chip sales seen down 30% year-on-year
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2/27/2009   Post a comment
The three-month moving average of global chip sales is expected to come in at $15.1 billion for January, down from the $17.7 billion achieved in December 2008, according to analysts at Carnegie Group (Oslo, Norway).
Update: Advantest to cut 1,200 jobs amid losses
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2/27/2009   Post a comment
The other shoe has dropped at Japanese ATE giant Advantest Corp.
TSMC tips litho roadmap, backs maskless
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2/27/2009   2 comments
At the SPIE Advanced Lithography conference here, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) disclosed its lithography roadmap and said it is still backing maskless technology.
ARM, NXP finances and EUV advances lead story ranking
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2/27/2009   Post a comment
Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Feb. 21, as ranked by EE Times Europe readers, up to and including Friday, Feb. 27. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
Is Nokia seeking partners for laptop initiatve?
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2/27/2009   Post a comment
Nokia is in negotiations with Taiwanese notebook makers and EMS companies about its proposals to enter the netbook or small laptop market, according to sources cited by DigiTimes .
Nangate offers design services for 28-nm digital cell libraries
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2/27/2009   Post a comment
Nangate leverages its advanced cell library development tools and technology support expertise to ease the physical IP development burden of IDMs and fabless semiconductor companies
Is Nokia seeking partners for its laptop initiative?
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Nokia is in negotiations with Taiwanese notebook makers and EMS companies about its proposals to enter the netbook or small laptop market, according to sources cited by DigiTimes .
Flexible multistandard platform handles wireless measurement tasks of the future
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2/27/2009   Post a comment
The CMW500 wideband radio communication tester from Rohde & Schwarz is a all-in-one solution for every phase of development and production.
3G switch filter modules target multi-band multimode handsets
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2/27/2009   Post a comment
RF Micro Devices has announced the company's entry into the market for cellular switch filter modules. The first available switch filter modules (SFMs), the RF1194 and the RF1195, are designed for use in multi-band, multimode 3G handsets.
High linearity dual downconverting SiGe mixers for DCS/PCS, WCDMA, WCS, LTE, WiMAX, and MMDS base stations
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2/27/2009   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced the MAX19995/MAX19995A/MAX19997A/MAX19999 family of high-performance, dual, downconverting mixers targeted specifically for DCS/PCS, cdma2000™, WCDMA, WCS, LTE, WiMAX™, and MMDS wireless-infrastructure applications.
Analyst weighs benefits of Nokia/Qualcomm link
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2/27/2009   Post a comment
Qualcomm is likely to see its position as the leading supplier of baseband chips for next generation mobile handsets enhanced following its recent deal with Nokia, but the jury is still very much out on just what market share gains it woud enjoy, according to market research group iSuppli.
German industry calls for microelectronics aid
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2/27/2009   Post a comment
The VDE, umbrella group for the German electrotechnical and electronics industry, has raised its voice in favor of state aid for the ailing chip industry. At the EC level, the industry might find this a hard nut to crack.
Tokyo Electron, Oerlikon cooperate on PV sales
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Semiconductor equipment providers Tokyo Electron (Japan) and Oerlikon Solar (Switzerland) have announced a sales cooperation for photovoltaic equipment. The move aims at improving Oerlikon's market position in the Far East.
Mixed prospects seen for memories markets
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2/27/2009   Post a comment
The DRAM market will show significant quarterly growth throughout the rest of 2009, after touching a revenue low point in the first quarter, according to market research group IC Insights (Scottsdale, AZ.).
What is source-mask optimization?
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2/27/2009   Post a comment
A war of words of sorts emerged at the SPIE Advanced Lithography conference among vendors developing source-mask optimization tools in hopes of extending 193-nm immersion lithography to the 22-nm node.
New California emissions rules target IC fabs
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California's Air Resources Board adopted regulations to control, and in some cases phase out, chemicals used in semiconductor manufacturing and other industries.
Report: Synthetic biology R&D targets energy, health care
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A report on synthetic biology warns that commercialization of so-called "syn-bio" products may be further away as applications move up the evolutionary scale.
Hurt by charge, Magma posts $78 million loss
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2/26/2009   Post a comment
Dragged down by a $60.8 million non-cash goodwill impairment charge, EDA vendor Magma Design Automation posted a net loss of $78.1 million, or $1.73 per share, for the quarter ended Feb. 1.
SPIE panel: EUV on the ropes
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2/26/2009   Post a comment
During a panel discussion at the SPIE Advanced Lithography conference here, experts debated and spared over the future of patterning.
Comment: Android beyond the phone
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2/26/2009   Post a comment
Look out, Redmond, I'm seeing signs that Google's Android could wind up in netbooks, digital picture frames and a host of embedded devices as a friendly, app-rich face for Linux.
Mentor posts profit, but will cut jobs
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2/26/2009   Post a comment
EDA vendor Mentor Graphics posted a profit of $31.5 million on revenue of $242.6 million for the quarter ended Jan. 31, in line with a revenue warning the company issued earlier this month. The company said it plans to cut an unspecified number of jobs as it trims costs amid the economic downturn.
Obama budget request targets technology R&D, education
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2/26/2009   Post a comment
President Barack Obama's fiscal 2010 budget blueprint includes big increases for basic research in energy and other technologies as well as science and engineering education.
Keithley cuts more jobs, halts product line
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2/26/2009   Post a comment
Test-equipment supplier Keithley Instruments plans to discontinue its S600 Series parametric testing product line and cut 6 percent of its workforce due to lack of demand and the economic downturn.
Microcontrôleur STM 32 pour applications réseau, temps réel et audio
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2/26/2009   Post a comment
Offrant des interfaces CAN2.OB, Ethernet et USB OTG et des interfaces I2S audio, ces microcontrôleurs 32 bits de la famille STM32 ciblent de nouveaux marché tout en gardant une compatibilité parfaite de brochage et logicielle.
CPU core shipments to exceed 10 billion in 2012, says analyst
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2/26/2009   Post a comment
CPU core shipments reached 5.3 billion in 2008 and are set to double by 2012, according to market analysis firm The Linley Group (Mountain View, Calif.).
Audio network chip start-up nabs $6 million
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2/26/2009   Post a comment
BridgeCo Inc., the provider of processor IC and software platforms for home networking and Internet radio, has raised a further $6 million from its existing backers, bringing the total raised to $59 million.
Fujitsu expands IP foundry offerings
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2/26/2009   Post a comment
Fujitsu Ltd. has expanded its IP foundry offerings, by signing a deal with Sidense Inc.
K&S cuts 215 more jobs
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2/26/2009   Post a comment
Kulicke & Soffa Industries Inc. has cut 215 more jobs, according to a filing.
Energizer plans zinc air battery design seminars
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2/26/2009   Post a comment
The Energizer Bunny is looking for a few good battery designers.
Axcelis sells joint venture to partner
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Seeking to raise cash, Axcelis Technologies Inc. has sold its joint venture in Japan to its partner.
Tyco : Cabling system suits enterprise data centres
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2/26/2009   Post a comment
Tyco Electronics has announced a new version of its AMP Netconnect MRJ21 cabling system with optimised performance in environments, such as enterprise data centres, that are sensitive to electromagnetic interference (EMI).
Upcoming conferences and events
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2/26/2009   Post a comment
What events will be essential to attend for automotive electronics designers within the next few months? Automotive DesignLine Europe offers a comprehensive overview.
Russia tech efforts sink; Kremlin wants money back from Rosnano
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2/26/2009   Post a comment
Moscow wants to recall 130B roubles ($3.6B) in funds it provided to Rosnano, the state-run nanotechnology investment firm.
Nanotechnology world experts to meet in Prague
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Some 1000 nanotechnology world experts will meet in June at EuroNano Forum 2009 in Prague.
Carl Zeiss enters $15 million electron microscopy project
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Carl Zeiss SMT (Oberkochen, Germany) has embarked on an 11.5 million euros (about $14.7 million) project called SALVE to develop low-voltage transmission electron microscopy.
Intel joins legal fight over Psion's 'netbook' claims
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2/26/2009   Post a comment
Intel has joined Dell in legal moves to stop pioneering small computer maker Psion Teklogix's efforts to stop the use of the term ‘Netbooks’ for the latest craze in small laptops.
Embedded systems project to get $6.9 million from EU
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2/26/2009   Post a comment
Interested, a collaborative research project intended to bring embedded systems development tools together from European vendors, to create tool chains, is set to get a total of 5.4 million euro (about $6.9 million) of funding towards the cost.
Infineon: Controversial supervisory board member retreats
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2/26/2009   Post a comment
Infineon supervisory board member Johannes Feldmayer has abandoned his brief. Feldmayer had been criticized in the past for its involvement in the Siemens bribery scandal.
Japanese group takes strategic stake in Nujira
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2/26/2009   Post a comment
Power amplifier specialist Nujira (Cambridge, England) has won a strategic, but undisclosed level investment from Japanese financial group Mitsubishi UFJ Capital.
First Solar sees breakthrough in manufacturing costs
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2/26/2009   Post a comment
Solar module manufacturer First Solar Inc. had both bright and subdued forecasts for the emerging solar industry, unsettling investors with suggestions that it expects demand to fall, competition to increase and huge financial challenges for the industry in the near future, as it revealed it had broken the $1/watt price barrier by reducing manufacturing costs to just $0.98/watt.
Analyst: Trio dominated GaAs device market in '08
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2/26/2009   Post a comment
The market for Gallium Arsenide devices grew by 9 percent in 2008, according to market research group Strategy Analytics, with early estimates showing that RFMD, Skyworks and TriQuint further consolidated their position in the sector.
Congatec : Hard- and sofware kit introduces PLC automation
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2/26/2009   Post a comment
Congatec presents the conga-ARkit, a complete solution package for the implementation of PLC functions.
Unipower : 80W switchers are highly customizable
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2/26/2009   Post a comment
Unipower’s AE-080 Easymod family of switching power supplies provides up to 80 W of highly regulated output power in single or quad output configurations from 1.5 to 48 Vdc.
Automotive electronics to recover slowly after deep dip
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2/26/2009   Post a comment
As does the market for cars, the market for automotive semiconductors will see a steep decline in the current year. But the increasing electronics content for the vehicles will feed the recovery, says market researcher Databeans.
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