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Maxim takes $838 million charge on restatements
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Maxim Integrated Products has taken a pre-tax charge of more than $838 million for restated financial results covering a period of nearly 10 years, the company said.
Atmel to outsource German fab operation
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In a complex arrangement that in effect rids the company of the Heilbronn, Germany manufacturing operation it has been trying to sell for two years, Atmel said that a U.K. company has agreed to buy the fab's equipment and lease the facility from Atmel.
IBM: Stand in line for high-k process
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IBM Corp.'s ''fab club'' customers may have to stand in line to get their hands on early wafers based on high-k and metal gates.
Cadbury, Heinz, Mars, Kraft: Recalls Highlight Need for RFID
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RFID could assist in the recall of tainted-milk products that has led to bans or recalls in 16 countries.
Avago buys Infineon's BAW biz for $21 million
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Chipmaker Avago Technologies has acquired Infineon Technologies' bulk acoustic wave business, based in Munich, Germany, for approximately 21.million euros (about $30.3 million).
R&D chiefs share their strategies
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Researchers in computer science are taking on new models and fresh subjects as the tackle with new and old challenges, according to a panel discussion that gathered R&D executives from Google, IBM, Microsoft and PARC.
Group plans science and tech policy event
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A group of scientists and technologists will convene a national conference in October in an effort to get science and technology issues on the front burner of the 2008 presidential campaign.
Freescale launches custom SoC business
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Freescale Semiconductor launched a Customer Specific Products business to provide custom system-on-chip solutions based on its SoC platforms.
IBM questions TSMC's 28-nm strategy
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An IBM Corp. executive questioned the new 28-nm process rollout from rival Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd., saying TSMC's strategy is risky.
Robotic posture control demonstrated
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A two-wheeled, inverted pendulum robot that demonstrates posture control in robots that must balance was shown at Ceatac Japan by Waseda University's Humanoid Robotics Institute and industry partner STMicroelectronics.
Needham cuts '09 IC capex forecast; sees 16% dip
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Needham and Co. has lowered its forecast for 2009 worldwide semiconductor capital expenditures, saying it now believes capex will be down 16.1 percent next year.
Strains showing on sapphires growth for electronics
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The sapphire substrate market for electronic applications reached 4.61 million wafers (2 inch equivalent) for LEDs last year, as well as tens of thousands of 6 inch wafers for SoS RF applications in 2007, according to report from Yole Development (Lyon, France).
Vishay tender bid unlikely to win, says analyst
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Vishay Intertechnology $23-per-share tender offer to acquire International Rectifier is too low and unlikely to succeed, an analyst said.
Intersil to acquire Kenet
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Intersil Corp. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Kenet Inc., a supplier of low-power data converters.
TSMC, Virage Logic expand IP agreement
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Virage Logic and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. have extended their agreement to provide intellectual property for system-on-chip designs for mainstream and advanced process technologies.
Chinese design center licenses MIPS cores
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MIPS Technologies has licensed its low-power MIPS32 M4K and MIPS32 4Kc processor cores to China's Shenzhen Integrated Circuit Design Industrial Center, an IC design industry base supported by the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology.
Researchers highlight GPS vulnerability
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A group of Virginia Tech and Cornell University researchers have underlined a vulnerability in GPS navigation by "spoofing" GPS receivers.
US jobs first to go in Sony Ericsson reorganization
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Mobile phone maker Sony Ericsson is to lay off about 400 workers, roughly half the work force, at its North American headquarters in Research Triangle Park, Rayleigh, North Carolina in the U.S.
Lithuanian laser company quietly thriving
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Light Conversion, a developer of femtosecond lasers in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius, holds about 70 percent of the world's scientific market and is entering the industrial market.
Iannucci departs from Nokia
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Bob Iannucci has resigned from his post as chief technology officer at Nokia with immediate effect.
Recherche publique, privée créent un laboratoire sur les antennes
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Le CNRS, l'Université Nice-Sophia Antipolis et Orange Labs annoncent la création du CREMANT, centre de recherche mutualisé sur les antennes pour technologies sans fil, les antennes sur puces, les antennes intelligentes ou encore les capteurs pour la santé. L'objectif à terme consiste à s'imposer sur le marché européen des systèmes communicants.
OBSAI forum and RapidIO Trade Association partnership enables double speed in RP3 standard
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The Open Base Station Architecture Initiative (OBSAI) has announced a doubling of the maximum data rate capability of its baseband to RF module (RP3) interface.
Multi-output clock generators feature low jitter and flexible outputs
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The AD9520 and AD9522 multi-output clock generators from Analog Devices feature low jitter and include a 512-byte embedded EEPROM memory block, affording system engineers a programmable clock solution that can serve as both the source and system clock.
RF components to see few benefits from basestation growth
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The global market for RF components for cellular basestations will remain flat at $1.1 billion through 2013 according to market research group Strategy Analytics. This despite the fact that actual shipments of basestations are forecast to grow to 13.4 million units in 2013, a CAAGR (compound annual average growth rate) of nearly 70 percent.
IDT : Single-chip solution monitors multiple computing processes
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IDT has introduced the 9WDV3501 single-chip solution that monitors multiple computing processes simultaneously.
Switchtec : Pilot lamp has third connection for testing
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The latest addition to Switchtec’s SCL brand, the PL22-LT 22 mm LED Lamp Test pilot lamp incorporates a third connection terminal for testing the LEDs without energising a whole panel.
Schurter : Filtered AC connector features snap-in mounting
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Schurter’s IEC C14 inlet with EMI filter, series 5120 ECO design is now also available as snap-in mounting version.
Phihong : PoE midspan-splitter suit multi-radio access points
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The POE60U-560G, a 60 W midspan and the POE45-120, 45 W dc-dc high-power splitter support high-power wireless access points and thin client terminals.
ASML tips next gen EUV lithography system
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Lithography gear provider ASML (Veldhoven, the Netherlands) has unveiled a production version of its upcoming NXE range of EUV machines that, the company says, is part of a roadmap that supports cost-effective chip manufacturing to at least 11 nanometres (nm).
Cloud computing hard to harness, experts say
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The vision of cloud computing is simple, but making it a reality will require years of work in areas such as parallel programming primitives, authentication standards and application programming interfaces, said panelists at an annual research event at the headquarters of Internet auctioneer eBay Inc.
KLA adds die-to-database to mask inspection
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9/29/2008   Post a comment
Seeking to stay ahead of its rivals, KLA-Tencor Corp. has added a new die-to-database capability to its most advanced photomask inspection gear.
Firms launch mobile broadband awareness campaign
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An initiative led by the GSM Association has united 16 IT and wireless service providers--including Microsoft , Dell, Toshiba, Qualcomm and T-Mobile--to drive the adoption of notebook computers with mobile broadband capability.
PMC-Sierra seeks to unify WiMax bands
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PMC-Sierra Inc. will unveil its solution for unifying five different frequency bands at this week's WiMax World.
Apple offers unlocked iPhone in Hong Kong
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In an apparent break from the marketing strategy it has employed in the rest of the world, Apple is offering in Hong Kong a carrier-independent, "unlocked" iPhone that can be used with each customer's wireless operator of choice.
Creditors to sell Hynix stake
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The Korea Exchange Bank (KEB), the single largest shareholder of Hynix Semiconductor Inc., plans to sell its combined 36 percent stake that it holds with eight other companies in the chip maker.
Vishay launches tender offer for IR
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Vishay Intertechnology Inc. is launching a proxy war as a means to acquire International Rectifier Corp.
DS2 demos 280-Mbps powerline communications
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Diseno de Sistemas en Silicio SA (Valencia, Spain), also known as DS2, has demonstrated technology being developed for 400-Mbit per second powerline communications, at the Broadband World Forum, which opened in Brussels, Monday (Sept. 29).
Underwater helicopter surfaces
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9/29/2008   1 comment
Undersea robots have until now operated like fixed-wing aircraft, requiring motion to maneuver. Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers now say they have created the helicopter-of-the-sea, the Odyssey IV.
Nokia, Huawei sign cross licensing accord
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Finnish communications group Nokia and its wireless infrastructure joint venture Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) have sealed a cross-licensing agreement with China's Huawei covering essential patents for wireless standards.
Bankruptcy looms for NextWave subsidiary GO
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Struggling wireless chip and systems company NextWave Wireless Inc.(San Diego, Calif.) is closing its Israel-based subsidiary, GO Networks, as part of its global restructuring.
ARM to develop SoC platform for IBM chip alliance at 28-nm
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ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) has agreed to develop a system-on-chip design platform of physical intellectual property at the 32-nm and 28-nm nodes for the Common Platform technology alliance of International Business Machines Corp., Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Ltd. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. for distribution to their customers.
Estonian tech companies turning to Silicon Valley
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Estonian technology companies are showing increasing interest in establishing a Silicon Valley office, according to Enterprise Estonia.
Sarnoff expands electrostatic discharge IP portfolio
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Soon after joining the TSMC Design Center Alliance, Sarnoff Europe SA (Gistel, Belgium) announced it has expanded its TakeCharge Electrostatic Discharge IP portfolio with silicon-proven solutions for the TSMC 40-nm G process technology.
TSMC pushes out high-k in 28-nm rollout
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Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) has rolled out its 28-nm process and revealed a surprise.
Ipetronik appoints Manager of the new Engineering & Consulting Division
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Ipetronik has appointed Dr. Ullrich Hesse as the manager of their new Engineering & Consulting division.
Cooperation to innovate humanoid robotics and medical-care robots
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STMicroelectronics and the Waseda University Humanoid Robotics Institute (HRI) announced the development of a high-performance two-wheel inverted pendulum robot, called WV-1 (Waseda wheeled Vehicle-No.1), which is the first result of an ongoing cooperation for the research and development of technology and solutions for innovative humanoid robots and medical-care robot systems.
Bluetooth headset turns to SUN and goes green
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9/29/2008   Post a comment
Last year, I purchased a hands-free Bluetooth car kit as a Christmas gift for a family member who, as a sales rep, spends significant time talking in her car. Worried for her safety as she drives with one hand on the wheel and the other around a cell phone, I initially felt a sense of pride as she unwrapped a gift that demonstrated concern for her well-being. Sometimes, however, a buzz can be short-lived. After a quick explanation of what the gift was, I could see a bit of uneasiness creep in as
On the hot seat
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There's trouble brewing in chip-making paradise. Manufacturers are rolling out 45-nm ICs, with 32-nm designs in the works; 22 nm and even smaller devices are in R&D. But delivery of chips at 32 nm and beyond won't be a cool breeze.
In multicore SOC architectures buses are a last resort
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The one-processor system model that has dominated electronic system design since 1971 is now thoroughly obsolete. Today's SOC designers readily accept the idea of using multiple processors in their complex systems to achieve design goals and use the terms "control plane" and "data plane" to describe how these various on-chip processors are used on the chip. These terms appeared during the Internet and networking boom. At first, these terms referred to the design of multiple-board networking syst
RFID Helps Correos Deliver Mail
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9/28/2008   Post a comment
Spain's national postal service expands RFID project.
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