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Winners, losers in IC rankings for '07
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Who were the winners--and losers--in the top-10 rankings for 2007?
Groups debut multicore API, benchmarks
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Efforts to improve techniques for programming and measuring multicore processors take three small steps forward as the annual MultiCore Expo where the Multicore Association will announce it has completed work on a standard applications programming interface for communications and started work to define a standard for embedded virtualization and a related group will show the first fruits of its efforts to define a benchmark for multicore CPUs.
TCL group takes majority stake in GSPK Circuits
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GSPK Ltd has sold its printed circuit board manufacturing subsidiary GSPK Circuits Ltd to the TCL group, the Ware , England-based company that already is a major supplier of PCBs through operating companies Daleba Electronics Ltd and DK Thermal.
Startups give virtualization a novel twist
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Two startups--3Leaf Systems and ScaleMP--are giving virtualization a new twist to help create large systems made up from multiple x86 servers.
India unveils more incentives for solar power
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India's renewable energy ministry has announced a new program designed to expand Indian solar power generating projects up to a maximum capacity of 50 megawatts.
Siemens to use MRAM in touch screen HMI
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Siemens has developed an industrial touch-screen human machine interface application using magnetoresistive random access memory (MRAM) technology supplied by Freescale Semiconductor.
ASMI, shareholder battle for board seats
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Investment firm Hermes Focus Asset Management--which wants to break up ASM International N.V. into two parts--is now pushing for new board members at the fab-tool vendor.
Ricor acquires InnerSense
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Ricor Cryogenic & Vacuum Systems Ltd., a manufacturer of semiconductor equipment, has acquired InnerSense Ltd. for an undisclosed price.
WEEE a challenge in Central Europe
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Central and Eastern Europe lack a well-developed network of statewide collection points for electronics waste compared to most of Western Europe.
Exchange rates bite deep into European chip sales
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Sales of semiconductors in Europe fell by 3.1 percent in February to $3.33 billion from the previous month according to figures from the Word Semiconductor Trade Statistics association.
Optical networking startup raises $8.3 million
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Startup Xtellus Ltd. (Morris Plains, New Jersey), a supplier of scalable Wavelength Selective Switches (WSS) for reconfigurable optical networks, has raised $8.3 million in growth capital.
Chip sales decline 4.9 percent in February
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The three-month moving average of global chip sales came in at $20.14 billion for February, up 1.5 percent from the corresponding month last year, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), and in line with normal seasonal patterns for the industry.
EC takes closer look at Nokia/ Navteq mapping deal
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The European Commission has started an in depth examination of Nokia's proposed acquisition of U.S digital mapping firm Navteq.
Megatech : Portable thermal imaging camera shoots 60 frames per second
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The PTI-90 infrared thermal imaging camera is well suited for energy audits, predicative maintenance and manufacturing process measurement applications.
ST, Intel complete creation of memory venture
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Intel Corp and ST Microelectronics NV have, as expected, signed the deal that combines the former's NOR flash memory business with the latter's NAND activities to form Numonyx B.V.
SENSeOR : SAW sensors need no local power source
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SENSeOR, a French start-up based in Sophia-Antipolis (Nice – France), offers a comprehensive range of surface acoustic wave (SAW) sensors.
TTi : Low-noise power supply offers dual and single output modes
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Housed in a half-rack (212 mm wide) casing, the PL303QMD linear regulated power supply has two identical outputs of 0 to 30 V at 0 to 3 A, and uses less bench space than other linear regulated PSUs of similar power.
Atmel : High-end debugger serves 8- and 32-bit microcontrollers
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Atmel has announced the AVR ONE! high-end debugger for AVR and AVR32 microcontrollers.
AMD accelerates 3D workstations
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AMD's latest graphics acceleration chipset, the AMD RV670, powers the ATI FireGL V7700 graphics card for professional 3D workstations.
Reporter's Notebook: Hong Kong rises with mainland
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Ten years after its handover from Britain, Hong Kong is vibrant community rising on China's coattails.
Technology Week in Review: Of graphene and hyper-entanglement
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R. Colin Johnson offers this multimedia look at the best and most interesting of the past week's technology news and developments.
NXP selects Southampton firm for phase-change memory R&D
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NXP BV (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) has selected materials discovery company Ilika Technologies Ltd. (Southampton, England) to share in a research collaboration to accelerate the development and optimization of phase-change memory materials.
India's people power is also its problem
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One of India's biggest challenges is managing its biggest strength: its deep well of young and talented people.
MIT solar startup aims to beat coal on price
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Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Ely Sachs has said he plans for a startup company called 1366 Technologies (Lexington, Mass.) to develop an improved silicon-based solar cell that can beat coal on cost efficiency.
Kill Qimonda, ST strike lead story ranking
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Here are the top six online stories for the week beginning Sunday, March 23, as ranked by EE Times Europe readers, up to and including Friday, March 28. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
Workers protest over site closures, jobcuts in Brittany
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About 300 people gathered yesterday (March 27) in the streets of Douarnenez, in the French region of Brittany, France, to show their discontent over successive restructuring plans in the local electronics industry, according to French press reports.
Indian WiMax developer Sloka seeks funding from Intel, Motorola
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WiMax startup Sloka Telecom is in talks with Intel Capital, Motorola Ventures and independent venture capital firms to raise its first round of funding.
S-band coaxial resonator oscillator delivers excellent phase noise
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Z-Communications has announced the introduction a lead free, RoHS compliant, coaxial resonator oscillator (CRO2545B-LF) in S band (2500 to 2590 MHz) offering an ultra low (typical) phase noise performance of "107dBc/Hz at 10kHz offset.
Cheap car trend pushes development to Eastern Europe
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The growing momentum among carmakers to turn out low-priced cars in high volume is sending more auto electronics development to lowcost Eastern Europe.
Intersil : Battery authentication ICs provide effective device security
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The ISL9206 and ISL9206A are cost-competitive battery authentication ICs that incorporate Intersil’s FlexiHash+ engine.
Tough times to continue for RF IC suppliers
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Profits are going to be hard to come by for RF chip makers over the next year, just as they have been for the past two years, according to market research group Strategy Analytics.
Tyco Electronics : RFI filter IEC connector packages are very versatile
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Dependant upon the application, EJ series RFI filter connectors are supplied for snap-in (EJS version) or screw mounting (EEJ version).
CSR : Audio processor includes Bluetooth functionality
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CSR has introduced MusiCore1, a fully featured single-chip stereo audio processor+Bluetooth for mobile phones. The technology present
ITT Cannon : Circular connectors suit power distribution applications
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Specially designed for power-distribution applications in the entertainment market, robust and highly reliable Powerlock connectors from ITT Cannon are suitable for multiple applications such as 3-phase motors, generators, load banks, lighting distribution panels and in-house supplies.
Continental verordnet Powertrain-Sparte Schlankheitskur
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Continental will im Zuge der Restrukturierung seiner Powertrain-Sparte erheblich mehr Stellen abbauen als bisher angekündigt. Bei dem Maßnahmenpaket sollen Qualität und Profitabilität im Mittelpunkt stehen.
EPRI joins Ford-SCE to analyze plug-in hybrid vehicles on power grid
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Research will draw from battery technology data, vehicle systems, customer usage, and grid infrastructure.
Southern California Edison launches largest solar panel project
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Will convert 65 million square feet of unused roof space into solar generating stations to initially help meet peak summer demands
Single I/O any-rate clock multiplier is ideal for low jitter applications
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Silicon Laboratories has announced the expansion of its broad portfolio of reconfigurable, frequency-agile precision clocks to include a single input, single output jitter-attenuating clock multiplier IC.
LNAs improve receiver sensitivity of picocell or femtocell base stations
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Avago Technologies has announced a new family of MMIC low noise amplifiers (LNAs) designed for cellular and WiMAX infrastructure applications. The company's ultra compact MGA-12516, 13516 and 14516 base station LNAs achieve low noise figures and high gain performance at low current consumption levels.
Apple shuns Wolfson in next generation iPods
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Wolfson Microelectronics (Edinburgh, Scotland) is believed to have lost out in its bid to supply Apple's next generation iPods with audio chips.
20 to 38 GHz GaAs MMIC low noise amplifier delivers broadband performance in a QFN plastic package
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3/27/2008   Post a comment
Mimix Broadband has introduced a GaAs MMIC low noise amplifier (LNA) in an RoHS compliant, standard 3- x 3-millimeter QFN plastic package, covering 20 to 38 GHz.
Planned Sirius/XM merger: what does it mean to the chip industry?
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The Department of Justice's decision clearing the way for the XM/Sirius merger is likely to mean gains for ST Microelectronics and other semiconductor companies and may breed new baseband chip designs.
ESC: NXP Semiconductors introduces four new 32-bit ARM9 microcontrollers
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Designed for use in consumer, industrial, medical and automotive applications, the new line aims to reduce on-chip components and maximize power savings.
Two cooperate on yield-test solutions for ICs
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Pintail Technologies and Salland Engineering have formed a strategic alliance to share technology roadmaps and product-integration plans.
In-Stat reduces chip market growth forecast to 2.4%
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Market research firm In-Stat (Scottsdale, Ariz.) said the 2008 semiconductor market would grow by 2.4 percent to $261.9 billion due to softening demand.
ST to use Brion's OPC solution for 45-nm production
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STMicroelectronics NV announced it is implementing Brion Technologies' Tachyon OPC+ optical proximity correction (OPC) system to produce 55-nm and 45-nm devices.
ST, Soitec, INPG réveillent les vocations scientifiques à Grenoble
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Désireux de susciter des vocations scientifiques et technologiques, les sociétés STMicroelectronics et Soitec, en collaboration avec l'INPG, ont déployé le programme "High Tech U" du SEMI auprès d'élèves de seconde du Lycée Mounier et du Lycée du Grésivaudan, situés dans l'agglomération grenobloise.
Intel, ST flash memory company set to be approved
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Numonyx NV, the flash memory joint venture planned by Intel Corp. and ST Microelectronics NV, with financial aid from Francisco Partners LP, is finally expected to be approved early next week.
Researchers study ageing of alloys
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After having directly monitored the process that accelerates the ageing of alloys, a team of researchers stated that the presence of certain defects in alloys accelerates the separation of their components. Their work could help anticipate the lifetime of electronic components.
Research opens door to manipulating electron spin
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Physicists in the U.S. and Israel have found that the spin of an electron in a carbon nanotube interacts with the electron's orbit. The finding means researchers will have to change the way they read out or change spin, but offers a new way to manipulate the spin, by manipulating the orbit.
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