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Technology Week in Review: Analog ascendant, 'supermagnets'
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5/30/2008   Post a comment
Technology Week in Review: Analog ascendant, 'supermagnets', dangerous nanoparticles
E-Shuttle sheds light on maskless litho
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Amid a major expansion plan, Japan's e-Shuttle Inc. is moving to improve its direct-write e-beam capabilities.
Private equity group eyes Filtronic
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Filtronic plc , the British electronics group that has recently sold off its compound semiconductor division, that included Europe's largest GaAs foundry in Newton Aycliffe (England), and oveerr the past two years most of its activities in wireless communications, incuding PAs in mobile handsets, looks set to be acquired by U.S. private equity group Carlyle.
Freescale figures in Infineon breakup speculation
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Could Freescale provide a haven for the communications business unit of Infineon Technologies AG while much of the rest of Infineon is pushed towards Dutch chipmaker NXP?
Infineon dominates story ranking
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Here are the top six online stories for the week beginning Sunday, May 25, as ranked by EE Times Europe readers, up to and including Friday, May 30. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
Virage rolls DRAM physical layer interface IP
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Virage Logic Corp. has rolled out its latest DRAM physical layer interface solution, based on a 65-nm process.
Lattice names interim president, CEO
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Lattice Semiconductor Corp. has appointed Jan Johannessen, senior vice president and chief financial officer, as interim president and chief executive.
SEC probes insider trading of ATI, Freescale
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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said that it has charged a former partner at Ernst & Young LLP and two others in an insider trading scheme that resulted in nearly $600,000 in illicit profits.
Nanotech pioneers win Kavli Prize
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Two nanotechnology pioneers were honored with the Kavli Prize, a $3 million award shared among seven recipients.
Dow raises epoxy prices
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Dow Epoxy, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Co., announced plans to raise prices in North America and other regions as necessary.
Leoni verdrahtet künftig Airbusse
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Die Leoni-Gruppe hat großen einen Auftrag zur Ausstattung Airbus-Baugruppen mit Kabelbäumen gewonnen. Der Auftrag läuft über fünf Jahre und soll rund 50 Millionen Euro in die Leoni-Kasse spülen.
Chip-Weltmarkt wächst im April langsamer
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Im April wurden nach Zahlen von Carnegie Research weltweit mit Halbleitern 21,2 Milliarden Dollar umgesetzt. Der über drei Monate gemittelte gleitende Durchschnitt lag damit etwa auf der gleichen Höhe wie im März. Im Vergleich zum Vorjahr stieg der Umsatz um 4 Prozent. Damit hat sich das Wachstum verlangsamt: Im März betrug der Vergleichswert noch 7.3 Prozent.
French semi market up 8.6% in Q1
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Alvarion spreads WiMax across the Baltic States, UK
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Alvarion Ltd. (Tel Aviv, Israel) has been selected by Balticum TV to deploy a 802.16e BreezeMAX network in the three Baltic States; Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. Phase one is already in progress and is providing primary broadband services to Lithuanian business and residential users. Alvarion is collaborating with its partner DAN Communications in this deployment.
Optoelectronics to show good growth through 2013, says analyst
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The worldwide optoelectronics annual market is set to grow to $17.4 billion in 2008 from $15.9 billion in 2007, according to DataBeans Inc.
Romania's hot PC market to pass $1B; notebook sales soar
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Mobile PCs are beginning to overtake desktop sales in Romania as the PC market continues strong double-digit growth, according to research firm IDC.
Global chip market growth eased to 4% in April, says analyst
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The three-month moving average of worldwide chip sales was $21.2 billion in April, about the same ($21.15 billion) as in March, according to Bruce Diesen, analyst with Carnegie Research. The unadjusted chip sales for April should be up 4 percent year-on-year, slower than the 7.3 percent jump recorded in March, Diesen said.
Cree : High-power LED outputs 790 lumens at 9.8 W
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The Cree multi-chip XLamp MC-E retains the same 7 x 9 mm footprint as the company's XLamp XR family LEDs while providing four times the light output of the existing XR-E, the highest lumen output for a package of this size.
Aerco : EMI-RFI vents come with or without dust filters
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Aerco supplies a comprehensive range of honeycomb EMI/RFI vents from P & P Technology.
3G launches in St Petersburg
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Russia's Mobile TeleSystems launched the country's first 3G network in St Petersburg and announced plans to invest 38 billion roubles ($1.6B) in 3G network development over the next three years.
Le marché français des puces croît de 8,6% au 1er trimestre
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Pour le premier trimestre 2008, le Sitelesc a enregistré, à partir des facturations des fabricants de semi-conducteurs (circuits intégrés et semi-conducteurs discrets), une croissance de 8,6% sur un rythme séquentiel. Elle est, cependant stable sur un an.
Ovum Sees Cable Modems Outpacing DSL
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Ovum says cable modem growth is outpacing DSL growth, albeit from a smaller worldwide base of users.
Semicon West features 450-mm debate, solar show
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The sparks are expected to fly at the upcoming Semicon West trade show in San Francisco, as the industry is expected to debate 450-mm fabs, 3-D packaging and other hot topics.
Watermarks need privacy controls, group says
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Digital watermarks can compromise consumer privacy if not designed and deployed correctly, according to a new white paper from The Center for Democracy & Technology that lays out best practices for creating and using watermarks.
Bioident wins Darpa biosensor contract
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Printed optoelectronics specialist Bioident Technologies Inc. said it has won a government research contract to develop handheld biosensors based on printed optoelectronics.
Finisar's acquisition of Optium expands company push in telcos, MSOs
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Finisar's acquisition of Optium carries benefits from Optium past acquisitions of Engana, Kailight.
High-temp superconductors pave way for 'supermagnets'
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New iron-based superconductors show a strong affinity for magnetism, unlike low-temperature materials, whose superconducting is quelled by magnetism, promising a new era for super electric motors, electrical transmission lines and magnetic-resonance imaging (MRI).
Analyst's take on Intel-Micron 34-nm NAND
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What does an analyst think about the Intel-Micron NAND announcement?
M&A Activities in the 2008 Electronics Industry
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Merger and acquisition activity remains high in the electronics industry, even in a slow 2008, with 19 percent of deals driven by private equity groups.
e2v wins ESA's ADC contract
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The European Space Agency (ESA) has commissioned e2v, a specialist in designing and manufacturing electronic components for the space industry, to develop an analog to digital converter (ADC) for next-generation broadband satellite payloads.
Russia lifts scientific research efforts
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Russia and the European Union have pledged to strengthen scientific research ties while the Russian federal budget is expected to provide $8.5B for the nation's civilian research in 2008.
Japan to invest $1 billion in CEE solar farms
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Japan's Itochu Corp. plans to spend $1 billion on solar farms in the Czech Republic and Bulgaria.
Software firms with CEE operations pull in investment capital
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Two software-related firms with core operations in Eastern Europe have raised funding from investors, underscoring the opportunity in the software industry throughout the region.
Power Integrations : Power conversion ICs eliminate secondary feedback circuitry
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Power Integrations announces the LinkSwitch-II family of highly integrated ac-dc switched-mode power conversion ICs with very accurate primary-side control.
Camden : Vented housings provide improved heat dissipation
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Camden Electronics has added a vented version of its size 12 enclosures to its modular DIN rail mounting family for applications requiring additional heat dissipation.
CIT Relay : Automotive relay has weatherproof shroud
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With a switching capacity to 40 A, the automotive A2S series shrouded relays offer contact arrangement options of SPST N.O., SPST N.C. Coil voltage options are 6, 12 and 24 Vdc with coil power choices of 1.6 and 1.9 W to maximize battery life.
Link Microtek : Cross-guide couplers fit confined spaces
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Link Microtek has expanded its AMX range of waveguide cross-guide couplers, which are designed for monitoring microwave power in space-restricted systems.
Vincotech : Power modules are designed for solar inverters
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Vincotech, the former Electronic Modules division of Tyco Electronics, is releasing four module families designed for solar inverter applications.
Zetex : Rectifier controller optimises flyback converter design
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The ZXGD3101 is a dedicated rectifier controller for driving MOSFETs so that they perform as ‘ideal diodes’ in synchronous flyback converters ranging from 50 to 150 W.
Abu Dhabi pours $2B in solar effort
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Abu Dhabi's clean technology venture--the Masdar Initiative--has announced a $2 billion investment in thin-film photovoltaic solar technology.
Rohm enters OLED area, buys Oki's IC unit
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Rohm Co. Ltd. has kept a relatively low profile, as compared to other chip makers in Japan.
Simulation challenge: Mimicking Earth and the brain
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Simulating the human brain and the Earth's climate are two of the most important challenges in science, according to Robert Bishop, chairman of the advisory board to the Blue Brain Project.
Fab utilization hovers at 90%
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Worldwide fab-capacity utilization hit 89.7 percent in the first quarter of 2008, with leading-edge processes hovering around the 96.7 percent range, according to the Semiconductor International Capacity Statistics (SICAS) organization.
Computer models how nanoparticles harm cells
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Named for Buckminster Fuller, buckyballs--tiny nanoparticles composed of just 60 carbon atoms (carbon-60)--can enter cells and accumulate to cause damage, according to research scientists at two universities.
Tower cuts jobs amid Jazz acquisition
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Following its acquisition of Jazz Technologies Inc., Tower Semiconductor Ltd. has reduced its workforce by 170 employees, primarily in the managerial and support functions.
Fab spending to fall by 17% in '08
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Worldwide equipment spending on fabs is expected to show a decline of about 17 percent in 2008, ''as more companies are forced to postpone fab projects due to global economic uncertainties,'' according to the World Fab Forecast from SEMI.
Next up for LSI: Ethernet?
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For a company now focused exclusively on storage and networking markets, LSI Corp. has a glaring lack of standard Ethernet products, and chief executive Abhi Talwalkar is exploring the options for the venerable Silicon Valley icon.
DAC targets 45-nm design
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A special Management Day session during the upcoming Design Automation Conference will again tackle the toughest chip design issues using 45-nm process technology.
Memory prices fall despite fab outage
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Despite the power outage at Hynix Semiconductor Inc.'s fab last week, prices are expected to be down for DRAM and NAND flash memory, according to Avi Cohen, head of research at Avian Securities LLC.
ST's Crolles2 fab to get $500 million for volume ramp
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STMicroelectronics NV has earmarked $500 million in capital expenditure to take its Crolles2 wafer fab manufacturing capacity up to between 4,500 and 5,000 wafers per week. "We want to fulfill the capacity of the building," said Carlo Bozotti, president and CEO of ST.
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