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TI's sub-1 GHz RF SoC integrates USB controller
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The CC1111 is particularly useful when designed into a low-power sensor network utilizing TI's proprietary SimpliciTI network protocol.
DC-AC inverter drives two industrial LCDs
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Taiyo Yuden expands its DC-AC inverter line for driving CCFLs in LCD backlighting applications with the introduction of a low-profile driver designed for 10 to 15-inch industrial panels.
Polymer Vision acquires manufacturing subcontractor
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Polymer Vision Ltd has bought, for an undisclosed sum, Southampton, England based Innos Limited, the manufacturing subcontractor of the company's rollable displays.
Altera FPGAs featured in PROC algorithm acceleration boards
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GiDEL utilizes Altera's Stratix FPGA families in latest PROC algorithm acceleration development systems.
Cisco plans new $100 million venture fund in India
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Cisco Systems Inc. will invest another $100 million in early-stage Indian technology companies, doubling venture funding it announced two years ago as part of its $1.1 billion investment plan for India.
ASE's sales, profits jump
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Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc. (ASE), the world's largest independent provider of IC packaging and testing services, reported sales of NT$27,733 million ($855.3 million) for the third quarter of 2007, up 4 percent year-over-year and up 19 percent sequentially.
Seagate shutters Northern Ireland facility
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Hard drives specialist Seagate Technology is abandoning one of its two manufacturing plants in Northern Ireland, which will result in about 780 full time employees losing their jobs.
Förvärvar konsultverksamhet
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Prevas förvärvar en verksamhet med 50-talet specialister inom inbyggda system av Flextronics. Specialisterna finns i Göteborg och förstärker Prevas befintliga kompetens- och utvecklingscentrum för fordonsbranschen.
Ember unveils EmberZNet PRO 3.1 to support new ZigBee PRO
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The new protocol stack is well suited for secure applications in advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), home automation and monitoring, and building automation systems.
USB Bluetooth dongle design expands Bluetooth headset apps
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A USB Bluetooth dongle design from CSR lets PC users with stereo or mono Bluetooth headphones switch seamlessly between listening to music and taking a VoIP call.
DSM Computer : Control cabinet PCs have four free PCI slots
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Galaxy control cabinet PCs are offered either four free PCI slots or three free PCI and one PCI Express x1 to allow the installation of a wide range of long or short plug-in cards.
Digital-Logic : PC/104 Plus extension has two PC card slots
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The Microspace PC/104 Plus extension card MSMJ104+ is a PC card adapter with two 16-bit slots. The PCMICA 2.1 compliant card is based on a PCI1520GHK controller from Texas Instruments.
Qimonda relaunches Aeneon brand
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Memory maker Qimonda has announced to re-position its Aeneon brand. Instead of no-name PCs, Aeneon will be associated with channel sales. The Qimonda brand will be connected to B-to-B and contract markets, explains the company.
'Shrink-wrap' formation of carbon-60 observed
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Latest research confirms that fullerenes--also called buckyballs or carbon-60--form by shrink-wrapping sheets of graphene.
SMIC's Q3 loss widens
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China's Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) posted lackluster sales and a loss of $25.6 million in the third quarter, due to severe price declines in the DRAM market.
On Semi's sales up, profit flat
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On Semiconductor Corp. said revenues in the third quarter of 2007 were $402.9 million, an increase of approximately 6 percent from the second quarter of 2007.
MIPS to enter the 32-bit MCU fray
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MIPS Technologies Inc., best known as a supplier of IP cores used in SoCs, will enter the fast-growing, high-volume 32-bit microcontroller market.
Alcatel-Lucent to expand restructuring plan, says report
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Suffering from financial difficulties, telecommunications equipment provider Alcatel-Lucent is set to expand the restructuring measures announced in February with a second wave of layoffs , reported Agence France Presse.
iC-Haus : Differential Hall switch allows gear and pole wheel scanning
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iC-MZ is an integrated device consisting of a differential Hall switch with back-end complementary line drivers. The two integrated Hall sensors are set 2 mm apart and sense the difference in magnetic field.
E-seals: The Missing Key
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A new generation of RFID devices aims to improve shipping container security to keep cargo and consumers safe.
Memory tester targets multi-chip packages
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The T5781 test system from Advantest offers high test speeds of 533-Mbits/s for next-generation MCPs, devices that combine multiple memory types, including NAND, NOR and DRAM, in a single package.
Failure module simulates faults for auto electronic control unit testing
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ETAS has released the ES4440 Compact Failure Simulation Module to insert electrical faults in the wire harness of a powertrain Electronic Control Unit (ECU) to verify the software and hardware passes diagnostics tests.
Panasonic intros next-gen Blu-ray player
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Panasonic has announced the introduction of the DMP-BD30, which the company calls the next generation High Definition 1080p Blu-ray Disc player. The DMP-BD30 is the first standalone Blu-ray player to be introduced with Final Standard Profile, which adds a variety of new and enhanced features to the Blu-ray arena and one that separates the Panasonic Blu-ray player from the rest of the field.
S3 acquires Portuguese mixed-signal startup
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Silicon & Software Systems Ltd. (S3), a licensor of mixed-signal circuits for consumer products, has said it has acquired Acacia Semiconductor SA (Caparica, Portugal), a developer of data conversion intellectual property.
Continuous opts for full-sized ATCA strategy
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While some backers of the Advanced Telecommunication Computing Architecture are betting big on the junior version of the standard, MicroTCA, Continuous Computing Inc. is sticking with full-sized ATCA for a product launch.
Kontron : Slimline servers suit dense, robust applications
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The 19-inch / 1U slimline KISS-1U (Kontron Industrial Silent Server) is one of the most compact, quietest and fastest high-availability servers for long-lifecycle applications under harsh conditions.
ALPS : Geomagnetic sensor has tilt compensation function
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The HSCD series geomagnetic sensor is designed for use in portable devices such as mobile phones and wristwatches.
Kombi-Chip verbindet HF-Netze mit USB-Geräten
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Für die Anbindung von drahtlosen Geräten an PCs hat Texas Instruments einen Schaltkreis entwickelt, der neben einem HF-Transceiver einen Mikrocontroller und eine USB-Schnittstelle enthält. Einsatzgebiete für den C1111 sieht der Anbieter in Sensornetzen, Sicherheitssystemen, Überwachungsaufgaben, Fernsteuerungen und drahtloser Messdatenerfassung.
International Rectifier : Gate driver ICs have integrated bootstrap functionality
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IRS2336xD protected 600 V three-phase gate driver ICs with integrated bootstrap functionality provide industrial level ruggedness and target appliance motor control, servo drives, micro-inverter drives, and a wide range of general purpose applications.
ERNI : Right-angled female connectors support ATCA, CompactPCI Express
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ERNI Electronics has added right-angled female connectors in 2, 3 and 4 contact pair versions to its ERmetZD range of straight male connectors and right-angled female connectors.
US equity firm acquires Sagem Communications
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Seeking to refocus its activities into aeronautics, French electronics, communications and defense group Safran announced it is in discussions with private equity group The Gores Group LLC (Los Angeles, California) to sell its Sagem Communications division. The transaction amounts to €383 million ($552 million).
Update: NXP gains ground in soft environment
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In the third quarter, sales for NXP declined in the single-digit range. Operating profit, however, more than doubled. Capacity utilization rose and CEO Frans van Houten appeared pleased by the results.
Innova Card renforce sa structure commerciale
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Afin d'étendre sa présence commerciale à l'international, Innova Card, société française spécialisée dans le développement et la conception de solutions sécurisées pour terminaux cartes à puce, a annoncé la nomination de Gregg Smith en tant que responsable des ventes pour l'Amérique du Nord.
ASIC trio bring Wi-Fi to digital cameras
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A startup founded by three former telecom ASIC designers is rolling out an SD card that brings 802.11g Wi-Fi links to any digital camera.
EPCOS rolls out duplexer for WCDMA Band VIII
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EPCOS is touting its latest product as the smallest duplexer for the WCDMA Band VIII.
Wafer probe cards lower wire-bond logic, SoC test costs
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FormFactor has developed a family of advanced wafer probe cards designed to address the rising cost and technology challenges associated with testing wire bond logic and system-on-chip (SoC) devices.
NEC Electronics: Will it sink or swim?
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NEC Electronics Inc. has outlined its process roadmap, tipping a new 40-nm technology while also expanding its wings in high-k dielectrics for ASICs and cell-phone chips.
OIS announces complete robotics middleware solutions
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Objective Interface Systems (OIS) Robotics Platform provides high-performance, highly reliable communications infrastructure in tiny footprint.
Altera ships first Arria GX development kit
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New Arria GX development kit from Altera is targeted toward low-cost FPGA transceiver-based designs.
Lattice and Dune to develop SPAUI-based network solutions
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LatticeSC FPGAs to provide low-cost, low-power SPAUI to SPI4.2 bridging solutions for Dune Networks' FAPs and traffic managers.
Reflective object sensor targets detection of diffuse materials
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OPTEK Technology has developed a reflective object sensor for detection of diffuse materials.
Boundary scan system debugs/tests complex PCBs in one package
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XJTAG has released version 2.0 of its XJTAG boundary scan development system that offers several enhancements that simplify and speed up printed-circuit-board (PCB) debug and test.
Atheros reduces Wi-Fi power, enables rapid deployment in battery-powered systems
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The AR6002 ROCm consumes 70% less power in active mode than other solutions, the company says, and has near-zero impact in standby mode.
Shakeup hits top-10 chip rankings
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There is a big shakeup in the top-10 semiconductor supplier rankings for the third quarter of 2007, according to IC Insights Inc.
2 Gbits/s test system targets bi-directional interfaces
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Advantest's 2 Gbits/s test solution with 36-channels, zero round trip, and multi-strobe technology provides high accuracy testing of source-synchronous interfaces including DDR2/DDR3.
Probing solution delivers oscilloscope measurements in extreme temperatures
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Agilent says it has introduced the industry's first probing solution for making oscilloscope measurements in environmental chambers and in other applications with extreme temperature conditions.
Single-channel load switch extends battery life in portables
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Diodes has released the AP2280 single channel smart load switch that supports high-side load current switching up to 2-A in 1.8-V to 5-V systems.
High isolation DC/DC converters achieve 2-W output power
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MicroPower Direct's D200EI series of miniature 2W, UL approved DC/DC converters are designed for board-level power applications.
Electronic nose starts sniffing
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An electronic nose invented by an MIT professor mimics a biological nose through the use of an array of detectors that can categorize smells including explosives and noxious gases.
PWM controllers target motherboard, POL systems
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ST's latest power management devices integrate high-level features and drivers in chip-scale packaging, with PowerGOOD output, for motherboard applications.
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