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Gas gauge ICs fuel high accuracy
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10/31/2004   Post a comment
Focus On battery management—Gas-gauging ICs for the high-stakes portable market are in the very-high-accuracy phase of their evolution, sparked by learning algorithms that enable the best of these "early warning" systems to determine remaining battery capacity to 1 percent. With power availability in portable devices perhaps the most critical factor in applications ranging from cell phones to medical monitoring, users and system designers want to know exactly what's left in the tank—to
Silicon Strategies' VC Counter stands at $1918.4 mllion
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10/31/2004   Post a comment
So far in 2004, up to and including Sunday, October 31 Silicon Strategies has reported on 153 startup deals that have raised $1,918.4 million from more than 100 venture capital firms and other investors.
Sequans Communications choisi pour participer au Forum financier de Paris
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10/30/2004   Post a comment
Formidable opportunité, Sequans Communications a été sélectionné en tant que jeune pousse française pour participer au 7ème Forum financier annuel de Paris Europlace.
ASMI's Q3 sales down 13%, sees decline in Q4
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10/29/2004   Post a comment
Chip-equipment vendor ASM International N.V. (Bilthoven, the Netherlands) said earnings for the third quarter of 2004 amounted to 3.7 million euros (US$4.7 million), compared to a net loss of EUR 9.7 million (US$12.4 million) for the third quarter of 2003.
Mentor creates PCB design team collaboration technology
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10/29/2004   Post a comment
Mentor Graphics Corp. has added a new server based PCB team collaboration technology to its Board Station and Expedition layout tools.
Counterfeit batteries prompt Kyocera recall
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10/29/2004   Post a comment
Kyocera Wireless Corp. (San Diego), has announced a voluntary recall of as many as a million of its mobile phone batteries after discovering one of its former suppliers knowingly supplied counterfeits.
Finally, Embedded EEPROM for Real World Designs At a Good Price -- Free
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10/29/2004   Post a comment
'FREEPROM Memory Offers Non-Volatile Storage in Mixed-Signal ICs for Real-World Applications and Operating Conditions up to 150 Degrees C'
512KB Electronic Passports; One step Closer to Universal Electronic ID
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Sharp Ships the Australian Government IC Module for E-passports
Timing is Everything
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Industry's First Register and Phase Lock Loop for Registered DIMMs at 667 and 800 Mbps
One Wire 4 Kb Memory is Addressable
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10/29/2004   Post a comment
Between GPIO and external addressability, these new parts can now play nice with others.
Cassini radar lifts the veil from Saturn's Titan
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10/29/2004   Post a comment
The first radar images of Titan, the cloud-shrouded moon of Saturn, revealed a relatively young, active surface.
Kyocera recalls cell phone batteries after counterfeits emerge
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10/29/2004   Post a comment
Kyocera Wireless Corp. (San Diego), has announced a voluntary recall of a number of its mobile phone batteries after discovering one of its former suppliers knowingly supplied counterfeits.
TI, SMIC partner on 90-nm technology
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10/29/2004   Post a comment
Chinese silicon foundry provider Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) on Thursday (Oct. 28) disclosed that it has signed a deal to develop 90-nm process technologies with Texas Instruments Inc.
UK electronics manufacturers looking to expand workforce
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10/29/2004   Post a comment
LONDON -- More employers in the manufacturing sector are looking to recruit staff than lay them off over the final three months of 2004, according to research carried out by NOP and reported in the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey.
Worldwide IC sales to fall by 3% in September
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10/29/2004   Post a comment
Worldwide semiconductor sales are projected to drop by 3 percent in September amid the current inventory correction problems in the marketplace, according to Handelsbanken Capital Markets.
Application engine synthesis offers new design approach
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10/29/2004   Post a comment
On-chip application engines can greatly speed algorithm execution, says Vinod Kathail (right), founder and CTO of Synfora. Kathail shows how "application engine synthesis" works, and suggests an evaluation process for choosing the right technology and tools.
CCS offers advanced delay calculation methodology
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10/29/2004   Post a comment
Authors from Synopsys make the case for that company's new Composite Current Source (CCS) delay calculation technology, said to provide the accuracy needed for deep submicron designs.
IPS Alpha forms to sell LCDs for flat-panel TVs
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10/29/2004   Post a comment
Hitachi Ltd., Toshiba Corp., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd., and Hitachi subsidiary Hitachi Displays Ltd. have concluded a joint venture agreement establishing a company to manufacture and sell liquid crystal display (LCD) panels for flat-panel TVs
CEO interview: Micron's Steve Appleton
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10/29/2004   Post a comment
Silicon Strategies caught up with Steve Appleton, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Micron Technology Inc., at London's Savoy Hotel where Micron was hosting a conference for financial analysts. Peter Clarke asked Appleton about the challenges that lie ahead in the highly competitive memory chip markets.
En raison d’un 3ème trimestre déficitaire, LSI supprime des emplois
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10/29/2004   Post a comment
LSI Logic Corp. (Milpitas, Californie) a supprimé 510 emplois, soit environ 11 % de ses effectifs, et a inscrit des charges de 383 millions de dollars pour son usine de l’Oregon, à l’heure où le fabricant de circuits à applications spécifiques (ASIC) annonce un programme complet de restructuration après un troisième trimestre déficitaire.
Rocker switches handle high current
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10/29/2004   Post a comment
Suitable for applications with current ratings up to 20 amps at 125 Vac, the new SRJ panel-mount round rocker switches from Cherry Electrical Products can be used in household appliances, surge protectors and lighting controls.
Gemplus réduit sa perte au 3ème trimestre
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10/29/2004   Post a comment
Gemplus retrouve peu à peu le sourire. A l’issue du troisième trimestre 2004, le spécialiste de la carte à puce annonce une diminution de sa perte nette, à 8,5 millions d’euros, contre 13,1 millions d’euros un an auparavant. Cette performance reflète « l’étape finale de la restructuration du groupe ».
U.S. busts cyber gangs
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10/29/2004   Post a comment
The U.S. Secret Service announced arrests in eight states and six foreign countries of 28 suspected cybercrime gangsters on charges of identity theft, computer fraud, credit card fraud, and conspiracy.
Memory applications seen driving nanotechnology's growth
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A market researcher is projecting that emerging "nanomemory" technology will drive demand for nanoelectronics over the next three years.
High-speed cable system designed for edge card interfaces
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Available with a variety of mounting options, Samtec Inc.'s new EEDP series of high data rate cable assemblies provide a flexible high-speed cable system for HSEC8 series edge card interfaces.
Tiny VCO supports wide frequency range
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10/29/2004   Post a comment
Challenged to develop a miniature voltage controlled oscillator (VCO) with comparable performance to larger packages, Crystek Crystals Corp. has launched its smallest VCO package. Measuring 0.25 x 0.25 x 0.079 in. (6.35 x 6.35 x 2.0 mm), the tiny CVCO25 oscillator provides excellent electrical performance, and generates frequencies from 100 MHz to 1 GHz. Higher frequency capability is under development.
Software speeds Dolby Digital audio testing
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10/29/2004   Post a comment
Audio test-and-measurement specialty house Audio Precision now offers Dolby Digital generator software that's capable of up to 10X faster test and verification to Dolby Digital standards. eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn takes a look at the new software and the hardware platform it uses.
MLVs target auto apps with high-energy capabilities
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10/29/2004   Post a comment
AVX Corp.'s new series of multi-layer varistors (MLVs) are designed for electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection requirements in automotive applications. Designated the CANBus series varistor, the new surface-mount device can offer a significant space savings by replacing three components — two back-to-back zener diodes and an EMC capacitor in parallel — typically used to protect against transient voltage spikes.
TFT displays come with resolution scaling feature
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10/29/2004   Post a comment
Supporting legacy and next-generations designs, One Stop Displays offers a new 8.4-in. thin-film-transistor (TFT) display with a smart 6-bit TTL interface that can adjust to resolution requirements. At clock frequencies below 36 MHz, the OSDT084SN05v2 display is scaled to a VGA resolution to support legacy devices, and at higher frequencies offers a SVGA resolution.
Open-top sockets make it easier to test and program QFN/MLF devices
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10/29/2004   Post a comment
Emulation Technology has unveiled its new open-top testing and development sockets and open-top programming adapters for quad flat non-leaded/micro lead-frame (QFN/MLF) packaged devices. Both the sockets and adapters are available in body sizes of 3 x 3 mm to 15 x 15 mm, 8- to 84- pin counts, and lead pitches of 0.50 mm, 0.65 mm, 0.80 mm, 1.27 mm.
PLL-based clock generator solves aerospace timing problem
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10/29/2004   Post a comment
Designed for satellite applications, Aeroflex Colorado Springs, an Aeroflex Inc. company, says its radiation-hardened RadClock family of PLL-based clock generators is the first space-qualified solution that solves clock network design problems in aerospace applications with a single chip. The first products launched are the UT7R995 RadHard clock generator featuring eight-outputs and a UT7R9951 RadHard clock generator with dual-outputs.
Small LCD display market continues surging, says DisplaySearch
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10/29/2004   Post a comment
While sales of large liquid crystal display (LCD) panels have slowed, small and medium size LCD panels continue to see increases in both unit shipments and revenue, according to market research firm DisplaySearch Inc. (Austin).
Départ du président de Ramtron
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10/29/2004   Post a comment
Le fabricant de mémoires Ramtron International Corp. a annoncé vendredi (29 octobre) la nomination de William Howard en tant que président.
Cirrus Delivers Two New Audio Product Lines — High-Performance Converters (DACs) that Support Six- and Eight-Audio Channels and a Sample Rate Converter for Synchronizing Multiple Audio Sources
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10/29/2004   Post a comment
Expanding its high-performance analog and mixed-signal audio converter ICs, Cirrus Logic Inc. unveiled two new 24-bit, 192-kHz, multi-channel digital-to-analog converter (D/A converter) ICs, the CS4365 and CS4385. The company also announced a high-performance asynchronous sample-rate converter — giving audio system designers a high-performance, cost-effective silicon solution for synchronizing multiple audio sources.
Polymerelektronik schält sich aus dem Ei
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10/29/2004   Post a comment
Bei kaum einer anderen Technologie in der Elektronik klaffen Versprechen und Wirklichkeit so weit auseinander wie bei der Polymer-Elektronik. Vor allem Schaltgeschwindigkeiten und Zuverlässigkeit bleiben noch weit hinter der Siliziumtechnik zurück. Doch die Akteure bleiben optimistisch. Schließlich winken phantstisch anmutende Kostensenkungen.
Lackluster demand seen for 90-, 65-nm foundry processes
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10/29/2004   Post a comment
Major silicon foundries continue to move ahead with leading-edge 90- and 65-nm processes, but demand for the technologies appear to be miniscule — if not disappointing, according to analysts.
The Week in Review: October 24 to 30
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10/29/2004   Post a comment
Gathered below are the top five stories for the week beginning Sunday October 24, 2004, as ranked by Silicon Strategies' readers, up to and including Saturday, October 30. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
ASE Test posts profit but sees flat fourth quarter
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10/29/2004   Post a comment
ASE Test Ltd. (Taipei) reported third-quarter net income of $20.6 million, or 21 cents per share on sales of $163.5 million, compared with $0.7 million, or 2 cents per share on sales of $103.1 million in the year-ago quarter.
UK gives OK to open source
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10/29/2004   Post a comment
The British are coming -- to the open-source software community.
IPS Alpha forms to sell LCDs for flat-panel TVs
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Hitachi Ltd., Toshiba Corp., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd., and Hitachi subsidiary Hitachi Displays Ltd. have concluded a joint venture agreement establishing a company to manufacture and sell liquid crystal display (LCD) panels for flat-panel TVs.
Foundry pricing, spending cutbacks impact worldwide CapEx
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10/29/2004   Post a comment
Price competition and spending cutbacks among the leading silicon foundries have prompted an investment banking firm on Friday (Oct. 29) to lower its forecast for worldwide capital expenditures in 2004 and 2005.
38-A quarter-brick converter
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10/29/2004   Post a comment
The QTS48T38096 is a 97-percent efficient, 38-A quarter-brick converter targeted at comm equipment designs.
Regulators, cities, business converge on wireless broadband
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10/29/2004   Post a comment
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has twice in the last month moved to make broadcast spectrum available for advanced wireless services.
PCTEL, Atheros ink soft AP licensing agreement
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Atheros has signed an agreement with PCTEL, under which Atheros will license PCTEL's soft access point software for its wireless LAN (WLAN) chipsets.
Ramtron's chairman leaves over potential conflicts
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10/29/2004   Post a comment
Memory maker Ramtron International Corp. on Friday (Oct. 29) named board director William Howard as chairman.
Mosaid lowers forecast due to ATE pushouts
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Citing a shortfall in sales for memory testers, Mosaid Technologies Inc. on Friday (Oct. 29) lowered its estimates for the second quarter of fiscal year 2005, ended October 22.
L’Inde s’apprête à organiser une association pour les semi-conducteurs
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10/29/2004   Post a comment
L’Inde met actuellement sur pied une association nationale visant à développer son secteur des semi-conducteurs.
Virginia Tech gets U.S. funding for verification training
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10/29/2004   Post a comment
The National Science Foundation will fund design verification courses at Virginia Tech's engineering department designed to overcome future roadblocks in complex designs.
Power Amplifier Targets WLAN IEEE802.11b/g Applications
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STMicroelectronics Introduces Three-Stage Linear PA with +19dBm Output Power
Thales : Nouveau venu d’Eclipse Foundation
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10/29/2004   Post a comment
En accord avec sa politique de soutien aux technologies logicielles ouvertes, le groupe français d’électronique de défense, Thales, a rejoint Eclipse Foundation.
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