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Sematech tips new 450-mm efforts, pitch standard
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6/30/2009   Post a comment
Despite the IC downturn, International Sematech insists that it is continuing to make progress on 450-mm tool technology, by announcing several new efforts in the arena.
Forum planned on 40/100G Ethernet
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6/30/2009   Post a comment
The Ethernet Alliance will host a one-day forum in Silicon Valley on the changes coming with the 40 and 100 Gbit/second versions of the IEEE P802.3ba standard now in the works.
Ex-UBS top dealmaker launches green tech boutique
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Former top UBS AG investment banker Jeffrey McDermott and several other Wall Street veterans have launched a boutique advisory firm focused on alternative energy and "cleantech" companies.
US EPA approves California auto emissions standard
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6/30/2009   Post a comment
The Obama administration Tuesday approved California's long-standing bid to set its own tough standards for vehicle emissions, a decision in tune with a national plan to boost fuel efficiency and reduce greenhouse gases linked to climate change.
Virginia Tech tools up with MathWorks
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6/30/2009   Post a comment
The MathWorks and Virginia Tech College of Engineering have signed a new three-year agreement for The MathWorks to provide resources and support for course components that utilize MathWorks tools.
Canon reportedly cutting 700 jobs in stepper biz
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6/30/2009   Post a comment
Canon plans to cut about 700 jobs from its lithography stepper division, according to reports.
Singapore launches 3-D packaging consortium
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Singapore's Institute of Microelectronics (IME), a research group, has launched a consortium in 3-D packaging.
Protests interrupt Cisco keynote
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6/30/2009   1 comment
Protesters interrupted a keynote speech by Cisco Systems chief executive John Chambers at the company's annual Cisco Live event in San Francisco today.
Micron puts 34-nm NAND chips in mass production
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Micron Technology announced mass production of NAND flash memory chips using 34-nanometer (nm) process technology. Micron also said its subsidiary, consumer memory product provider Lexar Media, would deliver flash memory cards and USB flash drives based on the 34-nm devices.
Digital photo frames to get connected
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6/30/2009   Post a comment
The total silicon opportunity for digital photo frame suppliers will exceed $550 million by 2013, according to market research group InStat.
Intersil : Low-voltage potentiometer has a tight resistor tolerance
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Intersil has introduced the ISL22317, a low-voltage digitally controlled potentiometer (DCP) with < 1 percent typical resistor tolerance.
Innovations in the 'More than Moore' era
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For decades semiconductor developments have been driven by Moore’s Law productivity gains. This led to extremely fast digital processors, increases in bandwidth and huge memories that boost the productivity of PCs, mobile phones and other applications demanding heavy data traffic and storage. However, the economics of the IC industry as well as developments in society, are creating a paradigm-shift in the semiconductor world.
IBM re-uses PV thermal energy for better efficiency
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6/30/2009   1 comment
IBM researchers recently have shown that the reuse of cooling liquid for computers can increase the total efficiency of a system. Now they do a similar trick on solar cells. The result could be an overall efficiency of better than 50 percent.
Le pôle System@tic dresse ses priorités 2009-2011
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Le pôle System@tic Paris-Région, l'Etat et la Région Ile-de-France viennent de signer le contrat de performance du pôle définissant les engagements réciproques pour la période 2009-2011.
Global chip sales seen ticking up in May
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Global chip sales in May are believed to have increased by a seasonally adjusted 2 percent on the previous month, according to analysts at Carnegie Group (Oslo, Norway).
SMIC readies 45-nm process
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Don't look now, but Chinese foundry provider Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) could be gaining on its rivals.
Metrology provider Semilab buys SDI
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Continuing on its buying spree, metrology equipment provider Semilab Co. Ltd. has acquired Semiconductor Diagnostics Inc. (SDI).
NXP, IBM in Dutch traffic control field trial
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Traffic authorities in the Netherlands have started pilot trials with traffic control systems aiming at controlling traffic volume in critical regions. The project is based on technology from IBM and NXP.
Tower, Panavision partner for linear image sensors
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6/30/2009   Post a comment
Foundry Tower Semiconductor (Migdal Ha’emek, Israel) has started making, on its 0.18 micron CMOS process, reconfigurable linear image sensors for Panavision Imaging that are said to be the fastest of its type.
Broadcom jacks up Emulex offer 19%, drops lawsuit
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Broadcom Corp. has increased its offer for Emulex Corp. 20 percent, raising the value of the deal to $912 million, and has also dropped a lawsuit against the board of directors in a bid to engage the management in a friendly takeover discussion.
Spoerle greift Atom-Entwicklern unter die Arme
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6/30/2009   Post a comment
Eine beschleunigte und erleichterte Entwicklung von x86-basierten Embedded-Produkten verspricht der Distributor Spoerle Nutzern seines EPC-X86-Designkonzepts. Entwickler können dabei auf umfangreiche Funktionsbibliotheken und andere fachliche Unterstützung zugreifen.
Minalogic change de président
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6/30/2009   Post a comment
Le pôle de compétitivité Minalogic, dédié aux micro- et nanotechnologies et au logiciel embarqué, vient de nommer Philippe Delorme à sa présidence.
Smart meters face uneven acceptance across Europe
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6/30/2009   Post a comment
While energy vendors and environmentalists promote smart power meters as a panacea for green user education and empowerment, the market perspectives have been rather unclear. Now a Swedish study brings light into the dark.
U.S. joins International Renewable Energy Agency
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6/30/2009   Post a comment
The United States joined the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Monday as part of the Obama administration's commitment to developing a new energy policy, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said.
Intel, Micron, Samsung start NAND scaling race
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6/29/2009   1 comment
The NAND flash memory scaling race is off and running--again.
Amkor's founder to step down as CEO
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6/29/2009   Post a comment
Amkor Technology President and Chief Operating Officer Ken Joyce will assume the role of CEO of the company effective Oct. 1. James Kim, Amkor's founder, will step down as CEO and become executive chairman.
SunPower, Wells Fargo funding solar projects
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6/29/2009   1 comment
U.S. solar panel maker SunPower Corp and Wells Fargo Monday said they have teamed up to fund up to $100 million in solar projects for businesses and public buildings.
Climate bill spurs less green power than hoped
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6/29/2009   Post a comment
The renewable energy mandate in the climate change bill approved by the U.S. House of Representatives last week does not go far enough for green power proponents, but the proposed national standard is likely as strong as it will get.
Green pressure sensors tap quartz MEMS
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6/29/2009   Post a comment
Epson Toyocom unveiled a green sensor technology that eliminates dangerous oil and gases from pressure sensors, instead using a quartz microelectromechanical system (QMEMS) tuning fork as the sensing element.
Obama sets new lighting efficiency standards
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6/29/2009   Post a comment
President Barack Obama's administration Monday laid out new efficiency standards for lighting used in homes and businesses, hastening measures to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, an official said.
TSMC adds analog to 0.13-micron process
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Silicon foundry giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) continues to move down the analog and mixed-signal path.
Virage Logic joins Power.org
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IP vendor Virage Logic has joined Power.org, the organization that promotes and develops standards for Power Architecture.
ASE gains $365 million syndicated loan
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6/29/2009   1 comment
Taiwan's Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc. (ASE) has signed a syndicated loan agreement with 17 banks. The five-year loan is worth NT$12 billion ($364.7 million).
CSR and SiRF combine to launch a new era of connectivity and location
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6/29/2009   Post a comment
CSR and SiRF on Friday June 26 completed the merger between SiRF and a wholly owned subsidiary of CSR.
Telecom firms back standard phone charger in Europe
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Top mobile telephone suppliers have agreed to back an EU-wide harmonization of phone chargers, the European Commission said on Monday, hailing the pact as good news for consumers and the environment.
SMIC raises Q2 outlook
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Chinese foundry provider Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) has raised its forecast.
Management buys out Sarnoff Europe
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A management group has acquired Sarnoff Europe and its ESD protection technology from Sarnoff Corp.
Industrie verständigt sich auf Einheits-Ladegerät für Handys
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6/29/2009   Post a comment
Die Mitglieder der Industrieorganisation Digitaleurope haben ein Absichtserklärung zur Entwicklung eines einheitlichen Ladegeräts für Handys unterzeichnet. Damit kommt die Branchenorganisation einer entsprechenden Zwangsregelung durch die EU zuvor.
Samsung using 45-nm process for ARM-11 based processor
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Samsung Electronics Ltd has started sampling its ARM11-based application processor that will be made on its 45-nm CMOS process technology.
Industry agrees on unified cellphone chargers
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The members of industry association Digitaleurope have signed a memorandum of understanding aiming at developing a common charging solution for mobile phones. The move dangles the availability of a charger that can be used across all almost brands.
Semico projects five-fold netbook growth
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6/29/2009   Post a comment
As many as 59 million netbooks will ship in 2013, nearly 22 percent of the mobile PC market and up almost five-fold from 2008, according to a new report by Semico Research that profiles the major chip contenders in the sector.
Green shoots start to sprout in green sector
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6/29/2009   Post a comment
Canada's alternative energy sector is showing signs of a budding recovery, as companies resurrect financing deals and public offerings that withered with the recession, but that revival remains very fragile.
Heuermann introduces an autocalibration box for network analyzers
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6/29/2009   Post a comment
Easy calibration of one to n-port vector network analyzers (VNAs) can be performed with Heuermann HF Technik’s RapACal NA-RC1.
Stantum, Sitronix team for multi-touch controllers
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Stantum Technologies, the French multi-touch sensing technologies specialist, has teamed with Taiwanese group Sitronix (Hsinchu), which focuses on LCD driver and SoC design, to develop voltage matrix multi-touch single-chip solutions.
Siemens platform addresses Hi-Mix Low-Volume production
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6/29/2009   Post a comment
After several months of field testing, Siemens Electronics Assembly Systems GmbH (Munich) has launched sales for its Siplace SX component insertion machine platform. With a high degree of flexibility, the platform particularly addresses production environments characterized by frequent product changes and low volumes.
MODULES - Dajac launches USB-controlled I/O module for PC-based automation
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6/28/2009   Post a comment
Expert I/O 1000 simplifies automation projects for testing, process control, industrial, distribution, medical, home and hobby applications
Advantest reshuffles management amid losses
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6/27/2009   Post a comment
Amid losses and layoffs, ATE giant Advantest Corp. has reshuffled its management ranks.
Five enablers for future chip scaling
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6/26/2009   Post a comment
Here are some of the proposed options for transistor-level scaling.
Sematech addresses EUV inspection gap
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6/26/2009   Post a comment
Following recent warning shots from Intel Corp., Sematech on Friday (June 26) sounded the alarm bells--again. The chip-making consortium warned that there is still a major funding shortfall and a lack of mask inspection gear to enable extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography.
Sematech to set up 'test bed' for TSV production
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6/26/2009   Post a comment
Chip-making consortium Sematech disclosed plans to set up a 300-mm R&D ''test bed'' for the production of 3-D devices based on through-silicon-via technology.
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