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Elprint investerar i Bergen
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Elprint AS startar ett investeringsprogram värt 6,5 miljoner Euro vid sin anläggning i norska Bergen
Vehicle bus analyzer decodes CAN in symbolic format
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If you're an automotive systems designer, check out these new scope adjuncts from LeCroy. The company claims it has the first oscilloscopes that can decode CAN Bus serial data into symbolic application-layer text.
EEMBC expands licensing on processor benchmark software
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The Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium (EEMBC) has expanded licensing on its software to any commercial user who applies.
Mentor Precision Synthesis support for QuickLogic's low-power FPGAs
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The latest version of Precision Synthesis from Mentor Graphics supports QuickLogic's uWatt FPGAs and programmable bridges.
Freescale tops 200 million communications processors shipped
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Freescale has shipped more than 200 million integrated communications processors, a semiconductor device category the company pioneered 16 years ago.
Adapter enables testing of microBGA devices
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Aries Electronics has rolled out the latest addition to its line of Correct-A-Chip intelligent adapters that can modify designs without changing existing PC-board layouts. The new 12-ball microBGA to 14-pin DIP adapter enables designers to test or breadboard a 12-ball microBGA device on an existing PC-board with 0.300-in. holes. The top of the adapter accepts a 12-ball microBGA on a 0.5-mm pitch, and the bottom of the adapter supports 14-pin DIP packages.
Capacitive touch sensors feature low power consumption
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Designed for inexpensive touch controls in almost any product, Saelig Co., a U.S. distributor for Quantum Research Group in the U.K., offers the manufacturer's new QT110 family of QTouch capacitive touch sensor ICs for charge-transfer capacitive touch-sensing switch applications such as on/off buttons, appliance controls, security detection, lighting controls, intrinsically safe switches and toys/interactive games.
E-Power LEDs are offered in infrared versions
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Para Light Corp. has introduced infrared versions of its EP2 and EP4 families of enhanced-power (E-Power) LEDs. The new IR series LEDs are designed for use in remote control and charge-coupled devices, infrared applied systems, smoke detectors, security lighting, and a variety of other applications.
Lattice announce new programmable power management devices
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New devices add power supply margining, trimming, and voltage measurement to existing power manager capabilities.
Altera Extends PCI x8 solution for its GX FPGAs
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Altera Corporation today extended its range of PCI Express solutions, releasing an x8 PCI Express MegaCore function optimized for Stratix II GX FPGAs.
Actel introduces new version of CORE1553BRT IP core
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First MIL-STD-1553 IP core to offer safe state machines and 100 percent code coverage.
Miniature trimmer extends resistance range
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TT electronics BI Technologies has developed a new multi-turn 3-mm trimmer that combines a small size with an extended resistance range. The new RoHS-compliant 43 Series trimming potentiometers, with top adjust capabilities, are said to match the size of the industry's smallest multi-turn, sealed surface-mount trimmers.
Actel holds first annual FPGA space forum
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Actel's forum fosters connection with FPGA users in the space community and demonstrates Actel's long-term commitment to the industry.
Microchip ships one billionth lead-free device
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With the shipment of its one billionth Pb-free device, Microchip demonstrates efficient RoHS conversion and commitment to environmental responsibility.
8-bit MCU evaluation kit comes on a $11 USB stick
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Looking to make evaluating its 8 bit MCUs as easy as plugging a device into a USB port, Silicon Laboratories Inc., has just introduced its ToolStick.
Survey: most companies are dysfunctional
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Most organizations are dysfunctional and exhibit "unhealthy" traits that prevent them from turning decisions into action, according to new research by management consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton.
Magma, LogicVision complete product integration
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LogicVision and Magma Design Automation have completed flow integration between LogicVision's ETCreate and Magma's Blast Create and Blast Fusion products.
Video effect IP provider joins OCP-IP
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Jetstream Media Technologies has joined the intellectual property plug-and-play standards organization Open Core Protocol International Partnership.
Exar loses proxy board battle
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Communications chip maker Exar Corp. appears to have lost a proxy board battle following the sudden retirement of Donald Ciffone Jr., the company’s chairman, effective Oct. 31.
Deterministic networks spinout delivers satellite technology to terrestrial networks
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Deterministic Networks, acquired by Gilat Satellite in July of 2000 to enhance data traffic performance in satellite networks, will now be unleashed to target WAN--wireless and wired market segments.
Chip vendor delivers low-cost SATA technology to enterprise sector
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Bringing serial ATA (SATA) storage to the enterprise sector continues to gain momentum as PMC-Sierra is the second major chip maker last month to develop active-active multiplexers with native command queuing (NCQ).
Analog adds 3-Axis MEMS Accelerometer with low power
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Analog Devices, Inc. has added the ADXL330 three-axis accelerometer to its iMEMS family of motion devices featuring a power consumption of only 200 microamps at 2.0 V.
Low-cost box converts PC into network analyzer
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Ten-Tec's got a new RF vector network analyzer that's low in cost but provides quite a few of the capabilities of pricey bench-top analyzers that cost thousands. This unit works with your PC, covering 200-kHz to 120-MHz.
Level 3, Telenor, and Telefonica go shopping
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Level 3 Communications is acquiring WilTel Communications Group for $680 million; Telenor buys Vodafone Sweden for 1.04 billion euros; and Telefonica to purchase O2 PLC in $31.4 billion deal.
Multithreading: Powering the Next Wave of Embedded Systems
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Traditional approaches can't meet the need for higher performance and functionality, lower costs and power consumption, says the CTO of MIPS Technologies.
An Ounce of Prevention
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Security and Service in the Call Center
Harris inks $18 million contract for anti-jam GPS
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Harris Corp. has been awarded an $18.2 million follow-on contract by Boeing Integrated Defense Systems to provide Anti-Jam Global Positioning System (AJ GPS) modules for Boeing's Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM).
Nanotech conference chair calls for standards, funding
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The development of international standards and an increase in funding are essential to the continued development of nanotechnology, according to the chair of International Congress of Nanotechnology 2005.
Level 3 to buy WilTel
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Level 3 Communications Inc. has agreed to acquire the second generation of the broadband company known as WilTel Communications Group for $680 million.
Syscan Imaging acquires display company
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Portable image scanner supplier Syscan Imaging Inc., has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Nanodisplay Inc., a provider of carbon nanotube display technology.
WiMax SoC family improves cell coverage
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Space Time Coding, diversity combining, full subchannelization and Automatic Repeat Request are among the features Sequans has built into its SoCs to enable the deployment of low power pico-base stations and self-install terminals.
What makes a champion?
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This issue shines the spotlight on five companies nominated by our readers as among the best in managing the complex design and supply chain processes. From new product development to supplier selection to manufacturing and logistics, this year's Electronics Supply & Manufacturing Supply & Design Chain Champions have distinguished themselves from the pack. It's my hope that these profiles will spark ideas that will boost your company's supply and design chain performance.
IDHs fueling electronics market growth in China
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With the recent increase in the number of independent design houses (IDHs) in China, particularly in the wireless-handset sector, Western companies may wonder what this emerging outsourced-services segment might bring to bear on the supply chain.
Siemens to increase manufacturing in Asia
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Siemens AG employs over 430,000 people worldwide-more than 12 percent of them in the Asia-Pacific region. That number could grow dramatically in the next years, as the German electronics and industrial company implements a reorganization plan that calls for its various units to increase production in Asia.

The company's Logistics and Assembly Systems Group is leading the charge. In September, the division delivered its first high-speed Siplace placement machine from its new surface-mount t
The mysteries of RoHS exemption
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If you are seeking an exemption from the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive, the European Union (EU) unfortunately offers no precise guidance or tidy procedures to follow. So, how do you get one? Build your case by getting others to agree and declare victory? Essentially that's the way it's done.

Manuel Suarez, a lawyer at Brussels-based law firm White & Case LLP, which assists manufacturers with RoHS compliance issues, said that while there is no form a company can send
China's RoHS is official
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On Sept. 28, the People's Republic of China notified the World Trade Organization's Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade that its proposed "RoHS-equivalent" law, known as the Administration on the Control of Pollution Caused by Electronic Information Products, is now available, albeit only in Chinese.
Energy Drain
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For the electronics industry, Hurricane Katrina was a yawn. Not only did the storm's ferocious winds fail to budge the sector, observers expect little, if any, boost from the approximately $200 billion the government is likely to spend cleaning up the Gulf Coast and rehabilitating the local economy.
Striking a balance
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In part II of this series, we noted that pricing for electronics manufacturing services is based on four elements-three dealing with cost and one providing the opportunity for profit. Therefore, the selling price of an EMS product is the combination of cost plus margin.
Lean all over
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A Lean devotee isn't hard to spot. One adherent, an electronics industry executive who loves cooking, introduced Lean principles in his kitchen at home. Another reorganized his office, his wardrobe and then his typical workday to capture the essence of Lean.
Making do with less
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Many top-tier OEMs seek to mitigate their supply base risks in part through sophisticated enterprise and supply chain software from major service providers like SAP and Oracle. This option is often not available to small and midsize electronics manufacturers, whose slim wallets can't finance the multimillion-dollar applications available from the world's biggest supply chain management software vendors.
The Champions
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Laurels don't come easy. Just ask executives at companies selected this year as Supply & Design Chain Champions by ESM editors. Typically, the accolades were preceded by years of hard work spent in obscure offices, on long-haul flights and intense negotiations over the tiniest problems, supplier management issues and manufacturing snafus.
Satisfaction guaranteed
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Ed Chiu's consuming passion is not for the faint of heart. He wants everyone around him to be happy, a utopian dream that this unflappable electronics industry executive seriously believes can be achieved. Those who know Chiu don't doubt his commitment to this goal, one that has filtered through to his business activities at CSS Laboratories Inc., a small, privately held combo OEM and EMS provider in Irvine, Calif. Chiu's simple belief is that his company's success ultimately lies in satisfyin
Precision surgery
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Transplanting IBM's personal computer unit to China's Lenovo went smoothly. Here's the inside story of how the companies merged their supply chain units without losing key customers or disrupting production.
No shortcuts
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There is no mystery to be solved, no "secret sauce" to be unearthed. Jabil Circuit Inc. is just a customer-centric company that has honed the art of helping its OEM customers improve their profitability one step at a time, say executives at the EMS provider. That may be so, but Jabil's top executives are also quick to add that a big part of the company's arsenal is its decentralized supply chain-a system Jabil has refined over the years to meet its customers' requirements quickly, efficiently an
A richer mix
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Logitech's transition from a simple, one-product supply chain to a complex multiproduct system looks deceptively simple. Behind the smooth transition was an intense focus on efficient deployment of resources that continues today
Nimble Giant
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Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has come a long way. Once considered a disorganized conglomerate scrambling for market acceptance, the Korean company has over the past decade transformed itself into a savvy, nimble powerhouse that dominates a long list of markets. Besides being the leading producer of both DRAM and flash memory chips and the world's second-largest chip vendor overall, Samsung also is the No. 1 maker of color TVs, computer monitors and TFT-LCD screens, not to mention the world's thi
Perilous success
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I love my iPod mini. It was a birthday gift from my wife and it's been a pleasant addition to my collection of electronic gadgets. It's been a great companion on the road and a good reason to go hunting for old-favorite music: reggae songs by Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Third World and Yellowman; and obscure songs from my teenage years in Nigeria by Fela Anikulapo Kuti and King Sunny Ade. You may not know Fela or Sunny, but my point is this: The iPod made it possible for me to pack a thousand of my
Nvidia raises share in graphics chip rankings
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In the third quarter NVidia was able to raise its share of the market for graphics chips but it could not overturn the pecking order which sees Intel and ATI as the top two ranked graphics chips suppliers, according to Jon Peddie Research, a consulting firm specializing in graphics and multimedia.
Samsung inks codec agreement with Vimio
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Ireland-based Vimio plc, a developer of mobile content distribution software, has signed an agreement to license its audio and video codecs to Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. for use in mobile phones.
Six Steps to Getting Started With DSO
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Looking to get going with device software optimization? Our panel of industry consultants and experts tells you how—and what to do first.
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