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Samsung claims it is first to make 4-Gbit DDR3 DRAM
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Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has announced that it has developed a 4-Gbit DDR3 DRAM chip using a 50-nm manufacturing process. The memory operates at 1.35 volts and has a maximum data transmission speed of 1.6-Gbits per second, Samsung said.
Feu vert de Bruxelles pour Crolles 3
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La commission Européenne a donné son accord pour le support financier de 457 million euros (environ $600 million) accordé par la France au programme Nano2012 R&D.
Thomson va céder pour 1 milliard d'actifs
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Confronté à un endettement financier net en augmentation de 800 millions d'euros au deuxième semestre 2008, Thomson s'oriente vers un procesus de cession d'activités de près de 1 miiliard d'euros pour améliorer son bilan.
Cambridge University creates low-cost production method for GaN LEDs
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Cambridge University's Centre for Gallium Nitride has developed a new way of making GaN which could produce LEDs for a tenth of current prices and may see household lighting bills reduced by up to 75 percent within five years.
TI Scales Back RFID Business
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TI has stopped RFID research and development efforts in e-ID/e-government markets such as e-passports.
Intellectual Ventures picks up Transmeta patents
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Intellectual Ventures, a patent development and licensing company, has acquired the patent portfolio of Transmeta Corp., including more than 140 issued U.S. patents in areas such as low power microprocessor technology.
Teradyne to cut 14% of staff, posts loss
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There are some bad signs for the ATE market. Teradyne Inc. will be reducing its worldwide staff by about 14 percent and implementing a 10 percent broad-based temporary pay cut.
Potholes seen on road to silicon photonics
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The computer industry wants optical interconnects in its future multicore processors, but just how it will get them remains unclear, according to a panel of experts from at Photonics West here.
Bad day for Canon, Lam, FormFactor
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It was a bad day for semiconductor equipment vendors like Canon, Lam and FormFactor.
EU authorizes aid of $600 million for Crolles-3 R&D program
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The European Commission, the administrative arm of the European Union, has decided not to raise any objections under state aid rules to the financial support of 457 million euros (about $600 million) being granted by France to the Nano2012 R&D program.
Linear Technology licenses Virage Logic's AEON NVM for power management ICs
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Linear Technology has licensed Virage Logic's AEON embedded non-volatile memory (NVM) solution for use in Linear Technology's high-performance analog and power management ICs used in a wide range of applications.
New 'green' VCSEL targets optical computer mouse market
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Bookham, Inc., has launched a new 'green' vertical cavity surface emitting laser, VCSEL, featuring the patented Bookham wide oxide aperture design and consumes less than 5mW of power which is 50 percent less than previous offerings.
STM supprime 4500 postes dans le monde
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Genève, Suisse -- Confronté a une perte substantielle de 786 millions de dollars US en 2008, STMicroelectronics s'est engagé dans un plan d'économie de plus de 700 millions de dollars en 2009 avec la suppression de 4500 emplois.
IBM cuts jobs as workers reach boiling point
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1/28/2009   9 comments
IBM Corp. has cut more workers, including within its chip, research and other units.
Applied CEO urges Obama to boost solar funding
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President Barack Obama met with business leaders to discuss the economic stimulus bill.
LTC3603 step-down regulator delivers 2.5A
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A wide 4.5V to 15V input range allows the LTC3603 buck converter to serve in applications driven by a dual-cell Li-Ion source or a traditional 12V supply.
Interactive robot features 31 proportionally-controlled axes and lifelike movement
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Engineered Arts Ltd, a company which specialises in hi-tech multi-media, has created an interactive robot - named RoboThespian " which features 31 proportionally-controlled axes and lifelike movement due to Festo fluidic muscles.
Leadis sells display driver unit to startup
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Leadis Technology Inc., an analog and mixed-signal semiconductor developer of color display drivers, announced the sale of its display driver business to AsTek Inc., a privately-held company located in Korea.
Startup shows chip for non-contact controls
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Startup company Ident Technology AG (Wessling, Germany) has produced a proof-of-concept chip supporting the company's capacitive data transport technology. The technology enables innovative user interfaces and safety features in the automotive and industrial automation industry.
IQE sees Q2 upturn as restructuring bears fruit
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A trading update from semiconductor wafer supplier IQE plc (Cardiff, Wales) suggests the company will hit forecasts for 2008, with revenues of approximately £60 million, up 20 percent on the previous year, and bring in profits of about £8.4 million, more than double that of 2007.
Extremely thin wire reduces harness weight
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Delphi says it has developed particularly thin wires for automotive wiring harnesses. The technology could help to significantly reduce the weight of this problematic part of a car's electrical system.
OPTEK : RGBA LED assemblies have low thermal resistance
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Integrating four 1-W LED die into a single assembly for solid state lighting applications, OPTEK's star-shaped red/green/blue/amber LED assembly features exceptional thermal performance.
Solution proposed for MEMS temperature stability problem
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Silicon Clocks Inc. claims to have solved the MEMS temperature stability problem.
RJ45 LAN jacks feature low insertion loss and high noise suppression
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Epcos has developed RJ45 LAN jacks with integrated magnetic modules for the electrical isolation of common and differential-mode interference.
Intel loses another round against EU regulators
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The European Court of First Instance has rejected Intel's attempt to delay publication of the European Commission's findings on the anti-trust allegations against the chip maker.
IMF slashes 2009 global GDP growth forecast to 0.5%
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The International Monetary Fund has cut its prediction for GDP growth for 2009 for the second time in three months. The cut was larger than expected and moves the estimate for growth from 2.2 percent to 0.5 percent, according to online reports.
Comment: IMF pulls the rug from under Penn's prediction
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Malcolm Penn, of Future Horizons is a self confessed optimist but even he, working from the basis of the International Monetary Fund's GDP growth forecast from November, came up with the view that the global semiconductor market would contract by 28 percent in 2009.
Bosch hit hard by auto crisis
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Robert Bosch GmbH (Stuttgart, Germany) reports sales below expectations for its FY 2008. The group was hit particularly hard by the automotive market collapse. Nevertheless, the company said it will try to avoid major job cuts — at least in its home base Germany.
High Density LXI 2 Amp Matrices
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Pickering Interfaces is expanding its range of customer focused LXI switch matrices with the introduction of the 60-554 High Density 256x16 EMR (Electromechanical Relay) Matrix.
RFID read/write devices with ISO functionality
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Siemens's Industry Automation Division has redesigned its high frequency 13.56 megahertz range Simatic RF310R and RF380R RFID read/write devices so that they can also work with ISO 15693 standard transponders (tags).
Reflective Memory PMC for maximum data safety
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MEN presents the Reflective Memory PMC mezzanine card P512 which is suited for use in safety-critical applications, offers a high transmission speed and high flexibility.
Bosch will trotz Einbruch Kündigungen vermeiden
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Mit einem Minus von 2,8 Prozent lag der Umsatz der Bosch-Gruppe im abgelaufenen Jahr deutlich unter den Erwartungen. Dennoch will das Unternehmen alles daran setzen, die Arbeitsplätze zu erhalten. Auch bei den strategischen Zukunftsinvestitionen soll es keine Abstriche geben.
C Components : Snap-acting switches provide excellent tactile feedback
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K5G and K5A2 snap-acting key switches feature silver- or gold-plated dome inserts for enhanced user feel, provide excellent tactile feedback, and are housed in small, low profile packages.
Micrel : PWM buck regulators suit 5- and 3.3-V buses
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Micrel introduces a family of dual non-synchronous PWM buck regulators.
PCI Express SDR boards feature direct FPGA connectivity
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The 7700 is the latest family of Pentek software defined radio products and the first to feature the PCI Express (PCIe) form factor with advanced connectivity options.
SL Power : 22-W power supply is medically approved
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The MINT1022 is a 22-W internal single output power supply designed for applications requiring a medically approved compact internal power supply, particularly drug infusion pumps, portable ultrasound and cardiac monitoring.
Pickering Interfaces Introduces new High Density LXI 2 Amp Matrices
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Pickering Interfaces is expanding its range of customer focused LXI switch matrices with the 60-554 high density 256x16 EMR (electromechanical relay) matrix.
Samsung, Toshiba to cut more costs
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Two memory giants--Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and Toshiba Corp.--continue to cut costs.
Solar cell startup taps infrared light
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1/28/2009   1 comment
San Jose startup Solexant has licensed materials technology that can harvest energy from infrared light, boosting the efficiency of solar cells, one of many advances under development at a photonics institute at the University of Buffalo.
ST to cut 4,500 jobs amid weak results
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Amid gloomy results and a poor outlook, STMicroelectronics Inc. outlined a major cost-cutting effort in 2009, including a plan to shed 4,500 jobs.
Former IBM exec cleared to lead Apple group
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IBM and Apple have resolved litigation over Mark Papermaster, clearing the way for the former IBM executive to start work as senior vice president of devices hardware engineering at Apple on April 24.
Altera profits up, sees sales drop
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Amid a gloomy outlook and missed forecast, Altera Corp. said that fourth-quarter sales were $314.5 million, down 3 percent from the fourth quarter of 2007 and down 12 percent from the third quarter of 2008.
Bookham buys Avanex for $35 million
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Expanding its efforts in communications, Bookham Inc. has agreed to buy Avanex Corp. for $35.4 million in stock.
Video: HP calls for on-chip optics
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Multicore processors will need to adopt optical interconnects over the next decade to deliver the bandwidth and programmability the computer industry needs, said a researcher from Hewlett-Packard Co.
Memo: Rich Templeton to TI employees on job cuts
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Memo from Rich Templeton to TI employees on job cuts
Analysis: TI hunkers down for a prolonged recession
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1/27/2009   3 comments
Texas Instruments is bracing for a prolonged market downturn and expects to emerge with a smaller revenue base.
TTTech rolls TTEthernet evaluation system
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TTTech Computertechnik AG (Vienna) has announced the availability of evaluation systems for its real-time based TTEthernet data communication technology. The system enables users to analyze the properties of TTEthernet systems and the development of distributed real-time applications.
Maxim : Step-down controller delivers up to 25 A
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1/27/2009   Post a comment
The MAX15023 is a low-cost, dual-output, synchronous step-down controller capable of driving external MOSFETs to deliver at least 12 A per output.
Unipower : DC power system meets telecoms needs
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1/27/2009   Post a comment
The Gravitas X410R dc power system is designed specifically to meet the requirements of telecom systems applications where reliability, flexibility and battery back up are key factors.
MRAM startup adds flash guru to board
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MagSil Corp., a semiconductor IP provider based on MRAM technology, has added flash guru Stefan Lai to its board.
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