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Ultracapacitors with increased energy and power density seek to drive high-power applications
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1/31/2010   1 comment
Ultracapacitor innovators, Ioxus Inc (Oneonta, New York, USA) has recently launched a new family of large cell prismatic electrochemical double layer capacitors (EDLC) for transportation and utility applications that have been developed to be more cost effective in terms of overall system designs.
Intel, Micron take NAND lead, roll 25-nm chip
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1/30/2010   8 comments
Intel Corp. and Micron Technology Inc. have regained the process technology lead in NAND flash, by rolling out the first in a family of 25-nm devices.
Upek makes unsolicited bid to buy AuthenTec
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1/29/2010   Post a comment
Upek Inc., a supplier of biometric fingerprint devices, has launched an unsolicited bid to buy rival AuthenTec Inc.
ASIC pioneer reinvents 3-D FPGAs
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1/29/2010   8 comments
By building a three-dimensional field-programmable FPGA with an ultra-dense anti-fuse interconnect, NuPGA claims to be able to achieve the density of an ASIC at a fraction of the cost.
DirecTV explores Wi-Fi, G.hn networks
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1/29/2010   Post a comment
DirecTV said it is testing versions of Wi-Fi and aims to test wired links based on the ITU G.hn standard days after the company debuted the first satellite TV set-top boxes to use the home networking technology of the Multimedia over Coax Alliance.
Can nuclear waste be handled safely?
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1/29/2010   14 comments
A blue-ribbon panel convened by the Obama Administration must answer within two years the question of how the latest science and technology can provide safe methods to handle the waste from nuclear power plants. We'd like to hear what you think.
Atmel outlines plans for business restructuring
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1/29/2010   Post a comment
Following a comprehensive review of alternatives for its ASIC business Atmel Corporation has announced plans to continue to explore the potential sale of the company's Smart Card (SMS) business located in Rousset, France and East Kilbride, UK and that it intends to discontinue potential sale discussions for its Customer Specific Products (CSP) and Aerospace businesses.
Foundry rankings, Apple iPad lead weekly story ranking
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1/29/2010   Post a comment
Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Jan. 24, as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Friday, Jan. 29. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
All hail, mighty iPad
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1/29/2010   Post a comment
Now that Apple's long-rumored tablet computer has finally been unveiled, there seems to be some question about whether it will be a hit. The answer: it already is.
Credit where credit is due
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1/29/2010   1 comment
Consultant, electrical engineering PhD and blogger Don Scansen offers up credit to Apple for using an internally designed processor in the iPad and to other bloggers who guessed correctly about the product prior to the much-hyped unveiling.
Atmel puts smart card business up for sale
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1/29/2010   1 comment
Microcontroller vendor Atmel Corp. (San Jose, Calif.) has announced it is exploring the potential sale of its smart card business located in Rousset, France and East Kilbride, Scotland but that it intends to discontinue potential sale discussions for its customer-specific products and aerospace businesses.
Tyco acquires touchscreen firm
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1/29/2010   Post a comment
Venture capital firms Sofinnova Partners and Motorola Ventures announced they have sold their stake in Sensitive Object SA, French developer of touch input technology, to Tyco Electronics, Ltd.
Low-profile series resistor networks sample kit
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1/29/2010   Post a comment
Providing design engineers with isolated and bussed network circuit options, TT electronics BI Technologies has developed two SON (QFN or DFN) 8-pad packaged sample kits.
Haptic piezo controller helps to "feel the touch" in touch-screen applications
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1/29/2010   Post a comment
A novel haptic solution that provides customers with an enhanced, true "touch" experience with touch screens has been introduced Maxim Integrated Products which the company claims is the industry's first fully integrated, programmable HPC (haptic piezo controller) for single-layer and multilayer piezo actuators.
Hynix: no bidders for stake forces rethink
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1/29/2010   Post a comment
Bank shareholders in Hynix Semiconductor Inc. had received no offers for their 28 percent stake in the memory maker by a Friday deadline, according to local reports that cited lead investor Korea Exchange Bank as their source.
Infineon reports strong growth, raises guidance
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1/29/2010   Post a comment
German chip vendor Infineon Technologies AG (Munich, Germany) reported strong revenue growth for the first quarter of fiscal year 2010, ended Dec. 31, 2009, and raised full year revenue guidance.
The worldwide mobile phone market grew 11.3% in the fourth quarter of 2009
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1/29/2010   Post a comment
Ending five consecutive quarters of retrenchment, vendors shipped 325.3 million units in 4Q09 compared to 292.4 million units in the fourth quarter of 2008, says IDC.
Maynuo Electronic appoints StanTronic Instruments as distributor for the UK, Ireland and Germany
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1/29/2010   Post a comment
StanTronic Instruments (Bugbrooke, UK) has been appointed distributor for Maynuo Electronic in the UK, Ireland and Germany.
Low-profile, dual-sided, edge-card connector supports 25Gbps
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1/29/2010   Post a comment
Molex unveils the CoEdge connector, a low-cost, flexible and scalable solution for high-signal transmissions and high-density signal applications.
Smart meters deployment to rise from 76 million to 212 million in 2014
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1/29/2010   Post a comment
According to a new study from ABI Research, the number of smart electric meters deployed worldwide will rise from a 2009 level of 76 million to reach about 212 million in 2014.
Harris Stratex changes company name to Aviat Networks
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1/29/2010   Post a comment
Marking the third anniversary of the merger between the Microwave Communications Division of Harris Corporation and Stratex Networks, Inc., Harris Stratex Networks, Inc., has announced that it has changed its name to Aviat Networks, Inc.
Fujitsu joins the TRaC Partner Laboratory Programme to enhance support for companies seeking European certification
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1/29/2010   Post a comment
TRaC, the largest UK-based provider of testing, validation and certification, has announced that Fujitsu General EMC Laboratory Limited has joined the TRaC Partner Laboratory Programme, enhancing services offered to manufacturers wishing to certify products for sale in the UK and Europe.
Plextek reaches co-marketing agreement with TriQuint
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1/29/2010   Post a comment
Plextek, the Cambridge-based electronics and communications design consultancy today announced that it is cooperating with TriQuint Semiconductor, a leading RF products manufacturer and foundry services provider, on a co-marketing agreement.
Chip makers swing to profitability
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1/29/2010   Post a comment
Chip makers including Sandisk, Maxim Integrated Products, Cypress Semiconductor and Lattice Semiconductor swung to profit in the calendar fourth quarter of 2009—compared to losses suffered at the height of the downturn in late 2008. But memory technology licensor Rambus posted a wider loss after retroactively recognizing previously withheld royalties in the year-ago period.
Samsung revenue up 19% on strong chip sales
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1/29/2010   Post a comment
South Korean giant Samsung Electronics reported strong sales and profit for the fourth quarter of 2009, citing a 50 percent year-to-year improvement in semiconductor revenue and a seasonal increase in consumer electronics sales.
Earnings roundup: Fab tool winners, losers
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1/29/2010   Post a comment
Who were the winners and losers in the quarter today? Winners: Cabot, Cymer and KLA-Tencor. Losers: Advantest and FormFactor.
Freescale posts lower Q4 net loss
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1/28/2010   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor Holdings Ltd.'s financial position improved in the fourth quarter with its net loss dropping on lower charges and rising margins even as sales crept up from the year-ago quarter.
Semtech expands buck converter platform 3.5-MHz, 500-mA synchronous step-down regulator
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1/28/2010   Post a comment
Semtech Corp., has introduced a highly integrated 500 mA synchronous step-down (buck) regulator with the tiny size and output flexibility needed for low voltage point-of-load regulation, as well as mobile device applications.
Report: Smart meters rise to 212 million in 2014
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1/28/2010   Post a comment
Deployments of smart electricity meters worldwide will rise from 76 million in 2009 to reach about 212 million in 2014, according to a new report from ABI Research.
Power Over Ethernet DIMM family offers time and cost savings
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1/28/2010   Post a comment
Microsemi Corporation has released the PD67100 PoE+ module family, which integrates the company's PD69012 PoE Manager device into an easy-to-integrate dual in-line memory module (DIMM).
Semprius partners Siemens to develop solar energy solutions
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1/28/2010   Post a comment
Semprius, Inc., and Siemens Industry, Inc., have entered into a joint development agreement to co-develop and deploy plug-and-play demonstration systems based on Semprius' Solar Module Arrays and Siemens' automation and control components.
Analyst rails against the fab-lite
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1/28/2010   6 comments
The fabless chip vendors and pursuers of fab-lite manufacturing strategies are about to get a shock, according to Malcolm Penn, principal analyst with Future Horizons (Sevenoaks, England). Some companies could under-perform, others could be driven out of business in a market that should be booming for them; and all because they have lost control of manufacturing.
Motorola posts Q4 profit even as sales decline
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1/28/2010   Post a comment
Motorola Inc. eked out a small profit in the fourth quarter on a lift from higher margins even as sales continued to drop while the company intensified efforts to stabilize its various business units.
ST owns EU-registered iPad trademark
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1/28/2010   5 comments
Apple Inc. has unveiled with fanfare its iPad tablet-style mobile computer. Enthusiasm is likely to be rapidly waned as STMicroelectronics NV already has a registered trademark on the iPad brand.
Reliable power-supply modules target industrial automation applications
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1/28/2010   Post a comment
A new family of power-supply modules has been designed by Harting to offer high performance and reliability in industrial automation applications.
Soaring DRAM prices push Elpida into Q3 profit
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1/28/2010   Post a comment
With the average selling price for PC DRAMs rising 30 percent compared with the previous quarter Elpida's PC DRAM product sales soared in its third financial quarter, which ended Dec. 31, 2009, propeling the company into profit.
LSI, Seagate team up for solid-state storage
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1/28/2010   Post a comment
LSI Corp. (Milpitas, Calif.) and Seagate Technology Inc. (Scotts Valley, Calif.) are going to work together on PCI-based solid-state storage for data centers.
Miniature optical finger navigation input system targets cell phones
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1/28/2010   Post a comment
Avago Technologies announced a miniature optical finger navigation (OFN) input system that brings high precision cursor control to a variety of mobile and consumer electronic devices.
Liquid lens delivers optical image stabilization in mobile phones
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1/28/2010   Post a comment
Varioptic announced it has developed its first liquid lens, the A316S, to offer optical image stabilization functionality to mobile phones
Agilent to offer RF small-signal products design kit from NXP
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1/28/2010   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies Inc., is to offer a NXP Semiconductors' design kit for RF small-signal products within Agilent's Advanced Design System (ADS).
Korean Fab plans to manufacture LF receiver IC for Micro Analog Systems
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1/28/2010   Post a comment
Dongbu HiTek (Seoul, Korea) is to manufacture Low Frequency (LF) receiver ICs for Micro Analog Systems Oy (MAS), a fabless analog semiconductor company based in Espoo, Finland.
Analysis: Why a sustained ASP turnaround could be a mirage
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1/28/2010   Post a comment
Malcolm Penn, founder and principal analyst with Future Horizons (Sevenoaks, England), has been at the bullish end of the spectrum of market researchers' opinion through most of the last decade. He remains so, but he is convinced that at long last the conditions are coming together to create manufacturing capacity shortages and a boom for chip makers and vendors.
PTC thermistors in SMD package can be wave-soldered at up to 280 degree C
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1/28/2010   Post a comment
The SMD series of PTC thermistors announced by TDK-EPC are shipped with AEC-Q200 Rev-C qualification for use in automotive electronics applications involving frequent and rapid temperature changes.
TSMC profits in Q4 on returning demand
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1/28/2010   Post a comment
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) to post a net income of NT$32.67 billion (about $1.02 billion) on consolidated revenue of NT$92.09 billion (about $2.88 billion) in the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2009.
Dedicated high-resolution bright-field objectives for industrial imaging
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1/28/2010   Post a comment
Olympus has introduced the MPLAPON series of plan apochromatic objectives available in 50x and 100x magnification, providing the ultimate level of chromatic aberration correction for materials imaging.
Bosch Sensortec delivers a triaxial digital accelerometer in a 2x2mm LGA housing
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1/28/2010   Post a comment
The BMA220 triaxial digital accelerometer is what manufacturer Bosch Sensortec claims to be the world's smallest at 2x2x0.98mm, a 55 percent reduction in surface area over current 3x3mm LGA housings.
Low-ESR solid tantalum chip capacitors feature built-in fuse
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1/28/2010   Post a comment
Vishay Intertechnology's TF3 Tantamount low-ESR solid tantalum chip capacitors are delivered in three molded case sizes and feature a built-in fuse for safety-critical applications.
100MS/s PC-based hand-probe takes 200mV to 800V DC differential input
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1/28/2010   Post a comment
The high input range of the Handyprobe HP3 enables the measurement of voltages from 200mV full scale up to 800V DC (566 V AC) without the need of external attenuators or probes.
Sony Electronics acquires Convergent Media Systems
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1/28/2010   Post a comment
Sony Electronics announced the acquisition of Convergent Media Systems, the digital signage and content distribution systems company will be integrated as a subsidiary into Sony Electronics' broadcast and professional products business.
Winners, losers from Apple iPad roll out
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1/28/2010   4 comments
Analyst reaction to Apple's iPad tablet computer launch trickled in, with market watchers pointing to some winners and some losers resulting from the product's debut.
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