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In chips, private equity became a buyer's game
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12/30/2006   Post a comment
One of the biggest stories of 2006 seemed to come out of nowhere but really didn't: the surge in private-equity buyouts of major chip vendors.
Circular plastic connector is Ethernet enabled
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12/29/2006   Post a comment
Tyco has expanded its Circular Plastic Connector product line with the introduction of the Series 45 circular connectors for Ethernet communication applications.
Laptop cooler offers choice between maximum cooling, minimum noise
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12/29/2006   Post a comment
Antec has introduced a small portable cooler that prevents overheating in laptop computers by using two ball-bearing blowers to direct cool air across the base of the notebook computer.
Xilinx ships industry's largest 65-nm FPGA
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12/29/2006   Post a comment
Xilinx started to ship the LX330, a 65-nm FPGA that is said to deliver 65% more logic than the largest 90-nm device. Xilinx fab partners UMC and Toshiba have quickly ramped 65-nm production, producing excellent yields that have enabled the chip vendor to deliver the complete 65-nm Virtex-5 LX platform on time and over one year ahead of its competition.
Dual-slot, hot swap controller simplifies PCI Express connection
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12/29/2006   Post a comment
Linear Technology's LTC4242, a narrow, dual-slot PCI Express hot swap controller for mid-range networking or storage servers and embedded applications, eliminates complex software interfaces, yet provides a rugged and compact solution for independently controlling the main supplies and the auxiliary supply on two slots.
Light pipes come in many colors
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12/29/2006   Post a comment
Elma Electronic offers light pipes for front panel enclosure applications in a variety of colors. The LEDs transfer light to the front panel with a translucent and intense coloration and can emit light even when embedded deeper within a panel.
800-watt AC/DC can be configured and supplied next day
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12/29/2006   Post a comment
Users can specify next day delivery on custom orders for UNIPOWER's QuiQPLUS, a modular AC/DC power source that provides up to 800 watts from up to eight outputs.
Epoxy resin adheres to many substrate materials
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12/28/2006   Post a comment
Master Bond has successfully completed in use trial testing for its EP21TDC-2AN epoxy resin compound. This cured compound is used for high performance bonding, coating, and encapsulation.
CoCreate's new PLM tool suite 'changes the rules'
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12/28/2006   Post a comment
Innovation is the lifeblood of companies in the fast-moving electronics industry, yet the very process of product development can become a roadblock to beating a competitor to market. CoCreate Software Inc., a product lifecycle management software provider, is trying to eliminate those design bottlenecks using an approach to 3D product development the company calls "dynamic modeling."
40-amp driver-MOSFET cuts power losses by 20 percent
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12/28/2006   Post a comment
Renesas Technology's R2J20602NP 40-amp driver-MOSFET claims the industry's highest efficiency, cutting power losses by more than 20 percent compared to the company's first generation product.
AR introduces testing solutions for RF conducted immunity
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12/28/2006   Post a comment
Amplifier Research RF/Microwave Instrumentation has unveiled two complete testing solutions for RF conducted immunity.
MEMS: Yesterday to tomorrow at Analog Devices
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12/28/2006   Post a comment
Startup companies are touting MEMS as a new growth area for ICs. But Analog Devices says it has been pioneering MEMS chips since 1989 and has shipped hundreds of millions of units.
Encapsulant developed for image sensor assembly
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12/28/2006   Post a comment
Henkel has announced the commercial availability of a new non-conductive paste (NCP) underfill encapsulant for flip-chip image sensor applications. The Hysol FP5110 material is said to provide excellent adhesion to both 2- and 3-layer flexible printed circuits.
Stahlin offers updated enclosure product catalog
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12/28/2006   Post a comment
Stahlin offers an updated product catalog of its non-metallic enclosures and accessories. The catalog also provides information on choosing the right enclosure material, cutting and drilling non-metallic enclosures and a full chemical resistance table.
High-frequency designers gain access to advanced LTCC technology
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12/28/2006   Post a comment
A LTCC process deisgn kit (PDK) enables RF, microwave, and millimeter wave designers to access the DuPont GreenTape low temperature co-fired ceramic (LTCC) technology within AWR's Microwave Office 2006 software.
MEMS chips accelerate for drive to market
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12/28/2006   Post a comment
Fujitsu's use of a U.S. startup's MEMS microphone in a low-end tablet PC and Swatch's MEMS crystal deal with another startup signal a new energy in the market for microelectromechanical systems.

MULTIMEDIA: Personal media platform reference supports GPS
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12/28/2006   Post a comment
In a move it claims will pave the way for increased penetration of location-based services, NXP Semiconductors has introduced a reference design for a personal media player that pairs GPS navigation functionality with multimedia capabilities. The combined hardware- and software-based solution is ticketed for PMPs with retail prices of $250 or less.

VIDEO: Startup tunes .11n for short-range HDTV
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12/28/2006   Post a comment
Startup Amimon Ltd. will demonstrate a prototype of its wireless high-definition interface for HDTV video at the 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show using technology based on a variation of 802.11n that can deliver up to 1.5 Gbits/second.

Osram signs laser TV deal with Coherent
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12/28/2006   Post a comment
Lighting firm Osram GmbH has signed a licensing agreement allowing it to use Optically Pumped Semiconductor Laser (OPSL) technology from Coherent Inc. for consumer laser-based projection displays for use in laser-TV and so called "pocket projectors" for hand-held devices.
Octal load-control switches simplify automotive designs
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12/28/2006   Post a comment
Providing versatile and board-efficient power distribution, Freescale Semiconductor's MC338xx and MC3399x octal serial switch ICs for automotive electronics control up to sixteen loads.
QuickLogic provides power comparison resource package
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12/27/2006   Post a comment
Demo platform, whitepaper, and microsite compares leading low power programmable logic from QuickLogic, Xilinx, Altera, and Lattice Semiconductor.
LCD TV growth to slow in '07, iSuppli says
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12/27/2006   Post a comment
Rapid price declines will slow LCD TV revenue growth in 2007, according to projections from market research firm iSuppli. Worldwide LCD TV factory revenue will rise by 20 percent in 2007, down from 76 percent in 2006, according to the firm.
Samsung unveils 1-Gbit mobile DRAM
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12/27/2006   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics said it has developed the industry's first one gigabit mobile DRAM for mobile products, using 80-nm process technology. It will be available in second quarter 2007.
Test points enable easy identification, polarization
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12/27/2006   Post a comment
Components Corporation offers a RoHS-compliant TP-104 series of color-coded PCB-mountable test points that features quick identification and easy polarization.
Multi-function DMMs make 4-wire measurements with two test leads
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12/27/2006   Post a comment
Two 6-1/2-digit graphical DMMs sport 14 measurement functions, with ranges to measure temperature, capacitance, period and frequency. A 2 x 4 ohms function uses patented split terminal jacks that let you perform 4-wire measurements using only two leads instead of four. Click to read Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn's comments.
DC/DC claims it's the smallest for 400-mA applications
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12/27/2006   Post a comment
Advanced Analogic Technologies' AAT1149, in an 8-pin SC70JW package measuring just 2-by-2.1 mm, claims it's the smallest 400-mA step-down DC/DC converter.
Samsung develops gigabit mobile DRAM
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12/27/2006   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. said it has developed the industry's first 1-Gbit DRAM for mobile products, using 80-nm process technology.
3-watt DC/DC offers 50 percent more power in ultrasmall SIP
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12/27/2006   Post a comment
TracoPower's TMR-3 Series of (isolated) DC/DC converters, at 3 watts, offers 50 percent more power over converters in the industry's 0.86-by-0.36-by-0.44 inch SIP package.
Microdisplays deliver high image quality, power efficiency
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12/26/2006   Post a comment
Delivering high image quality and low-power consumption to consumer electronics devices, Displaytech's LightView VGA, WVGA and SVGA microdisplays leverage the company's FLCOS technology to achieve full-color video images that are free of motion smearing.
LXI leverages Ethernet for test
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12/26/2006   Post a comment
Focus-On: For decades, IEEE-488/GPIB served well in small- and medium-sized test systems, with VXI-based testers meeting the needs of high channel-count applications. Time marches on. Test engineers now seek high-bandwidth systems that are relatively easy to configure and are low in cost. Enter Ethernet-connected LXI.
Amphenol offers RoHS-compliant circular connectors
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12/26/2006   Post a comment
Amphenol offers the 97 series of RoHS-compliant circular connectors for general duty and environmental applications. They are widely used in the automotive, robotics, heavy equipment, machine tool and welding industries.
Ambient light sensors adjust LCD brightness to save battery power
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12/26/2006   Post a comment
Ambient light sensors are used as backlighting controls in any number of LCD display applications from consumer electronics to automotive, and by automatically adjusting display brightness, they can conserve battery life, which is a key benefit in mobile device applications. These sensors work well in all kinds of light sources from natural sunlight to fluorescent and incandescent lamps.
Low-cost charge pump drives six white LEDs
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12/26/2006   Post a comment
Allegro's A8434 touts a proprietary high-efficiency, low-EMI charge pump design, which provides a well regulated output for driving up to six white LEDs.
Bidirectional video filters simplify the input-output connection
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12/26/2006   Post a comment
Eliminating the need for separate input and output connectors, Maxim says its MAX7481/MAX7482 bidirectional video filters are the first devices to use the same filter for both the record and playback modes.
Skyworks launches Helios radio for multimedia handsets
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12/26/2006   Post a comment
Helios II-Plus EDGE radio from Skyworks is a compact RF solution for next-generation, quad-band, multimedia mobile handsets and cell phones.
APCO calls for broadband spectrum for public safety
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12/26/2006   Post a comment
The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials International (APCO) reemphasized the need for the FCC to address the need for broadband communications capacity to meet public safety needs.
DC/DC converter offers more power in a SIP package
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12/26/2006   Post a comment
TRACOPOWER introduces it's new TMR-3 Series of Wide Input Range DC/DC Converters offer 3 Watts of power for a 50% increase from traditional 0.86 x 0.36 x 0.44" SIP Package converters.
Board packs two Virtex-4 FPGAs, four C6416 DSPs
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12/22/2006   Post a comment
The SignalMaster Quad Virtex-4 aids development and testing of DSP algorithms, and can be programmed directly from MATLAB and Simulink.
SED's CES pullout likely related to patent dispute
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12/22/2006   Post a comment
A legal dispute with Nano-Proprietary has placed an obstacle in the path of Toshiba and Canon's promotion of SED displays at next month's Consumer Electronics Show, an important event for a technology scheduled to be in commercial production next year.
Cypress' radio-on-a-chip cuts design time
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12/22/2006   Post a comment
The PRoC LP integrates the company's 2.4-GHz transceiver with its low-cost 8-bit Flash microcontroller.
High-flex cable assemblies prevent data loss
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12/22/2006   Post a comment
W. L. Gore & Associates introduces the GORE FireWire high-flex round and flat cable assemblies for motion control and vision systems.
High-power LEDs combine high intensity with low power consumption
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12/22/2006   Post a comment
Lumex has expanded its high-power LED portfolio with three surface-mount packages and 34 product variants that combine high levels of illumination with low power consumption.
Lighted pushbutton switch offers flush-mount option
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12/22/2006   Post a comment
E-Switch has expanded its LA series with a flush-mount lighted pushbutton switch. The sealed switch targets outdoor environments as well as industrial, medical, audio/visual and gaming applications.
Industrial keyboard delivers quick mounting
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12/22/2006   Post a comment
EAO Switch offers a top mounting metal keyboard that can be integrated onto any surface type. The W.series keyboard is delivered in a single integrated unit for easy installation.
Mimix Broadband introduces transmitter/receiver chipset for 17 to 25 GHz
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12/22/2006   Post a comment
These single chip devices from Mimix Broadband integrate image reject mixer, LO buffer and amplifier in a QFN package.
5-amp LDO powers ultralow-voltage DSPs, ASICs
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12/22/2006   Post a comment
Micrel's MIC69502 is a 5-amp low-voltage, low-dropout (LDO) regulator suited for FPGAs, microcontrollers and logic ICs in next generation optical networks, communication switches, storage networks, wireless base stations, and home entertainment systems.
Bidirectional voltage-level translators simplify connectivity
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12/22/2006   Post a comment
Texas Instruments' TXB0104 and TXS0104E bidirectional voltage-level translation devices for connecting next-generation processors and peripherals eliminate the need for direction control signals used in traditional voltage-level translators.
Counting down top stories of 2006: No. 4
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12/22/2006   Post a comment
Our No. 4 story of 2006 by London editor Peter Clarke disclosed a major advance in the emerging area of CCD image sensors.
CCFL controllers make for low-cost inverters for LCD backlighting
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12/22/2006   Post a comment
Dallas Semiconductor touts their DS3992 two-channel, and DS3994 four-channel controllers for cold-cathode fluorescent lamps (CCFLs) as low-cost inverter solutions for LCD backlighting applications.
Low-offset buffer improves I2C reliability
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12/22/2006   Post a comment
Linear Technology's LTC4307 is an I2C bus buffer with low offset and a "stuck bus" recovery feature designed to significantly increase system reliability.
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