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Surface-mount MLCC products extend capacitance values
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5/29/2007   Post a comment
Kemet developed several new multilayer chip capacitor (MLCC) products in C0G dielectric. Capacitance values have been extended in 25 V rated EIA 0402, 0603, 0805, 1206 and 1210 case sizes. Tolerance offerings include F (±1%); G (±2%); J (±5%); K (±10%); and M (±20%).
Sanyo posts third consecutive fiscal-year loss
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Struggling Sanyo posts its third consecutive net annual loss as it nears a deal for the sell-off of its semiconductor business and, according to analysts, weighs unloading others.
Double-row strip sockets offer up to 100-position configurations
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Mill-Max has introduced a double-row SMT strip socket that accepts .025 - .037-inch diameter and .025-inch square pins.
40-GHz sockets target 0.4-mm pitch QFN ICs
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Ironwood Electronics has introduced a 40-Ghz QFN socket for 0.4-mm pitch QFN 40-pin ICs.
Cooling fan boasts high airflow, static pressure
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Sanyo Denki has added a 60-mm counter-rotating fan to its line of compact DC cooling fans. The San Ace 60CR fans are available in 12-volt S-speed and H-speed models.
Power amplifier delivers high voltage for driving ceramic speakers
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National Semiconductor has introduced the LM485555, a single-chip Boomer audio power amplifier that is said to deliver the industry's highest voltage for driving ceramic speakers used in 3-V portable devices.
Power sensor measures true-RMS power
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Anritsu says it has introduced a highly accurate power sensor that measures true-RMS power, regardless of the input signal or its bandwidth, over 63 dB of dynamic range from 50 MHz to 6 GHz.
Mini-ITX motherboard has AMD S1 processor socket
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High-level integration and comprehensive on-board capability of the LV-681 Mini-ITX motherboard offer high performance, low-power-consumption solutions for embedded products.
Edxact demo's enhanced netlist reduction tools at DAC
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Edxact SA, a French EDA startup company specializing in parametric extraction and physical verification, announced it would demonstrate new versions of its Jivaro netlist reduction technology and Comanche interconnection analysis tool at the Design Automation Conference early June in San Diego, California.
Design kit accelerates DSP development for Virtex-5 FPGAs
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VMETRO and Impulse Accelerated Technologies have released the V5+C DSP development kit, an advanced platform for rapid prototyping and algorithm development.
Solid-state MUX delivers 40-V switching
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Pickering Interfaces is expanding its PXI switching product line with the 40-682 versatile multiplexer (MUX) that uses high-performance solid state switching to provide it with long service life, no switch bounce, and low on resistance.
Sony shows flex twist on organic LED displays
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Sony Corp. has developed what it says is the first full-color active-matrix organic LED display on a flexible plastic substrate.
New TV broadcast UHF transistor announced
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NXP has launched the BLF878, the world's first true 300W ultra-high frequency (UHF) transistor in High Voltage Generation 6 LDMOS. The new power transistor is targeted at the TV transmitter/broadcast market.
Cadence attacks assertion-based verification bottlenecks
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Cadence Design Systems has updated its functional verification tools with three new capabilities that claim to relieve bottlenecks in assertion-based verification.
Hand-held broadband meter sets new standards in the measurement of electromagnetic fields
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Available from Link Microtek is a hand-held broadband meter designed for measuring electromagnetic fields in the vicinity of transmitters and industrial equipment. Manufactured by Narda Safety Test Solutions, the NBM-550 instrument offers a choice of calibrated interchangeable probes, a GPS option and a wide range of storage and documentation features.
Gigabit-compatible PoE midspan provides full power to all ports
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5/29/2007   Post a comment
Phihong USA has developed a low-cost, 8-port midspan that lowers the cost of implementing PoE, VoIP and single points of backup in small office/home office (SOHO) environments.
High-brightness (HB) LED driver has analog and PWM dimming
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The MAX16831 driver minimizes component count and improves overall system reliability, which is especially critical in space-constrained, harsh operating environments.
Brion targets designers with lithography tool
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Brion Technologies' first product aimed at IC design teams, Tachyon Lithography Aware Design (LAD), helps designers discover and correct lithography-induced hot spots before tapeout.
Sierra fuels 45 nm IC physical design
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Offering new support for 45 nm IC design, Sierra Design Automation is upgrading its Olympus-SoC design suite with a new global routing solution, a multi-corner clock tree synthesis capability, and a 45 nm "ready" router.
Temperature sensor offers easy thermal diode monitoring
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TI has introduced an integrated +/-1 degree C maximum remote junction temperature sensor and local temperature sensor, designed to monitor thermal diodes found in CPUs, microprocessors, graphics processing units and FPGAs. The TMP411 is said to simplify the design process with easy thermal diode monitoring.
Multilayer ceramic capacitors offer high capacitance
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AVX Corp. has released radial- and axial-leaded multilayer ceramic capacitors that offer high capacitance values of up to 1.0 uF at 50 V and 100 V in SR21 radial and 3.3 uF at 10 V in SA10 axial configurations.
Low-profile FPC connectors securely lock in place
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Omron's low-profile FPC connectors feature a rotary locking mechanism that offers easy operation and secure mounting in tight work spaces.
Switch features high tactile feedback
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Elma Electronic has introduced its C08 coded output switches that feature "click with a kick" tactile feedback.
Ultracapacitors target handheld devices
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Tecate Industries has expanded the 2.7-V PowerBurst family of cylindrical, radial-leaded ultracapacitor cells, extending the capacitance value range from 0.5 F to 300 F.
Intersil LNB supply and control voltage regulators for satellite STBs
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Intersil Corporation has announced the release of the ISL6422B and ISL6423B LNB supply and control voltage regulators. These compact and energy efficient regulators are the industry's first to use an I2C interface for satellite set top boxes.
Intersil 10-bit video digitizer delivers high performance from analog sources
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Intersil Corporation has introduced the ISL51002, the industry's most sophisticated 10-bit video digitizer. This device combines ease-of-use and high-resolution video performance to create the ideal choice for digitizing analog YPbPr video from HDTV tuners, set-top boxes, SD and HD DVDs.
Power integrity suite spans ICs, packages, boards
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Promising a comprehensive noise and power analysis solution for chip, package and pc-board design, Apache Design Solutions is announcing Sentinel, a product line that generates compact Spice-compatible models for portability across design teams.
Products line up for DAC debut
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Here's a sampling of significant new technology presentations that will take place at the Design Automation Conference, June 4-8.
PCI Express 2.0 demo chips tout performance as 3.0 work begins
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The PCI Express train is making slow, steady progress, increasing data rates and expanding into new uses, according to briefings and demonstrations at the annual PCI Special Interest Group's developer's conference here last week.

NHK crafts 33 million-pixel image sensor for next-gen TV
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Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK) has developed a 33 million-pixel CMOS image sensor that delivers "8k x 4k" video resolution, which Japan's largest broadcaster is promoting as Super Hi-Vision for future broadcast services. NHK demonstrated the sensor at an open house at its Science & Technical Research Laboratories.

Tool makers look to fix bottlenecks, fill gaps
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This year's Design Automation Conference won't be focused on some hot new EDA market segment, like design-for-manufacturing or electronic system-level design.
Statistical pioneer rolls threaded timing analysis
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Promising a dramatic speedup for timing analysis, Extreme DA Corp. this week will introduce a multithreaded static and statistical timing analyzer that runs on multicore CPU platforms. GoldTime uses the company's patent-pending ThreadWave technology, which promises gains in both performance and capacity.

MIPS gets out-of-order with its latest 32-bit MPU core
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5/28/2007   Post a comment
Bringing a number of high-end computing technologies to the embedded world, MIPS Technologies Inc. unveiled its new RISC-based, 32-bit processor architecture last week. The intellectual-property (IP) core in- cludes a superscalar, out-of-order technology for use in a range of high-performance applications.

E-paper, flexible displays creep closer to market
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Electronic paper seems to be coming of age. E Ink Corp. exhibited a slew of recently launched products at the Society for Information Display conference here last week. The Cambridge, Mass., company also showed flexible-display prototypes from half a dozen E Ink customers, signaling a rapid advancement in flexible displays across the industry in the past year.

Lattice keeps the pressure on its competition
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The last thing Altera or Xilinx really want is for "maverick players" to leap into the center of the playing field with low-cost devices boasting high-end features.
IPTV available to "millions' in Eastern Europe, says analyst
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"Millions" of households across Eastern Europe are now able to choose an Internet protocol television (IPTV) provider, according to market research company Strategy Analytics.
Boards : Dual cores power high-performance systems
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When Intel Corp. unveiled its Core Duo microprocessor early last year, the chip giant promised that its device, which places two mobile-processing cores on one chip, would deliver huge performance gains and reduce battery consumption by at least 40 percent compared with its single-core processors.

Rodney Smith, long time Altera CEO, dies in accident
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5/27/2007   Post a comment
Rodney Smith, a sports-car loving executive who built a startup programmable-logic company called Altera into an industry powerhouse, was killed Friday in a bicycle accident in Menlo Park. Smith, who retired four years as chairman and CEO of the FPGA company, was 67.
Optical transceivers incorporate electronic dispersion compensation
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5/25/2007   Post a comment
Avago Technologies has introduced the HFBR-707X2DEM family of 10 GbE LRM transceivers that incorporate electronic dispersion compensation (EDC) functionality.
TFT-LCD driver offers up to 50 percent power savings
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5/25/2007   Post a comment
Leadis Technology has announced sample availability of the LDS285, a 16 million color QVGA TFT driver, which is designed to save power in battery-powered mobile applications.
Programmable battery charger reduces charge time, heat and size
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5/25/2007   Post a comment
Summit Microelectronics expands its family of programmable battery charger ICs with the introduction of the SMB138, targeted at portable consumer electronics applications. This device reduces charge time, heat and size by 50 to 80 percent. Plus, it supports USB On-the-Go.
Pixel architecture delivers higher performance image sensors
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5/25/2007   Post a comment
OmniVision Technologies has announced its third-generation pixel design, called OmniPixel3. Featuring a 1.75-micron pixel, this new architecture is expected to deliver image sensors with higher resolution, enhanced performance and improved image quality in a smaller form factor.
Enterprise-class RF switch is 802.11n ready
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Motorola has announced several enhancements to its flagship, enterprise-class RFS7000 RF switch to support location, management and security services.
Prime View goes prime time with flex displays
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Taiwan's Prime View International has begun manufacturing its flexible active-matrix electrophoretic display at its volume thin-film transistor fab.
LCD module with white LED backlight is ideal for industrial applications
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NEC LCD Technologies has introduced a 6.5-inch amorphous-silicon thin-film-transistor (TFT) liquid crystal display (LCD) module with high luminance and extended graphics array (XGA) resolution.
CoFluent presents new architecture exploration facility
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5/25/2007   Post a comment
French Electronic System Level (ESL) company CoFluent Design announced it would demonstrate version 2.1 of CoFluent Studio, a functional and architectural design tool, at the Design Automation Conference early June in San Diego, California.
REVIEW: Antenna-routing hybrid endows cellular--plus-PCS handsets with GPS
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5/25/2007   Post a comment
Here's news of a hybrid RF signal routing device that offers low insertion-loss while delivering GPS to cell-band isolation, and GPS to PCS-band isolation. eeProductCenter Senior Technical Editor Alex Mendelsohn reports.
Forte claims SystemC-to-GDSII flow
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5/25/2007   Post a comment
Forte Design Systems is claiming an automated path from SystemC to GDSII with Cynthesizer 3.3, a new release of its behavioral synthesis tool that links to Magma Design Automation's Blast Create.
Sub-1MM chip inductor supports high frequency circuitry
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5/25/2007   Post a comment
Aimed at high frequency circuit designs in a wide range of electronic equipment, the DR354-0 chip inductors from Datatronic Distribution feature a sub-1mm square surface mount chip footprint.
ARM's business strategy targets automotive, set-top box
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5/25/2007   Post a comment
Multimedia in set-top boxes and automotive applications are two of the ways ARM intends to extend beyond its current position, where it is best known as a supplier of RISC processor intellectual property for mobile phone handsets.
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