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Maxon sterilisable motors and gearheads target medical technology
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Traditional compressed air drives used in medical technology are gradually being replaced by electrical ones. They are more flexible to use, very easy to regulate, more hygienic and not least, do not make the shrill noise that terrifies so many patients. maxon motor is responding to this trend by offering a wide range of sterilisable motors and gearheads.
Aluminum-nitride startup raises $8.9 million
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HexaTech Inc., a company developing and producing single crystalline aluminum nitride (AlN) substrates for electronic and optoelectronic semiconductor devices, said it has closed an $8.9 million financing round.
Amended lawsuit filed against Merix
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Pc board maker Merix Corp. announced Thursday (Dec. 1) that the plaintiff in the previously filed securities class action lawsuit against the company and four of its officers has filed an amended suit, alleging violations of federal securities laws.
Motorola unveils license plate readers
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Motorola Inc. and PIPS Technology are releasing an innovative license plate reader technology to public safety organizations nationwide.
NOTE utser ny CFO
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Kontraktstillverkaren NOTE har utsett Henrik Nygren till ny CFO med tillträde i mars 2006.
Xbox reloaded
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As it launches the Xbox 360 videogame console, Microsoft Corp. faces a gargantuan supply chain challenge.

The company is ramping production to millions of units a month at three contract manufacturers in China. From there, the software giant is shipping consoles by boat simultaneously to three regions of the world, so as to stage a coordinated launch in Europe, Japan and North America over the course of only 18 days, from late November through early December. In doing so, Microsoft is break
My last Sony
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One night about eight years ago, I went around the house counting the number of Sony-branded products I owned. Among them was my first TV--a 17-inch Trinitron. It still worked after 17 years. I also found that slim metallic cassette Walkman that fit in my pocket while powder skiing back in the late '80s. In my office was a new, superslim Vaio 505 notebook with a magnesium alloy chassis. It never crashed.
EMS finds traction in automotive sector
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There's good news for EMS providers seeking new avenues for revenue growth: During the next five years, automotive electronics suppliers expect to more than double their spending on contract manufacturing.
Moving up the tech ladder
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Kia Tong Tan remembers what happened 10 years ago, when Singapore-based massage machine maker Osim International began out- sourcing its simplest manufacturing to China. The small electric handheld massagers Osim outsourced weren't always made well, and the reject ratio was quite high.
Soft launch for China RoHS in July
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Shanghai, China - China is making progress toward introduction of its version of the European Union’s RoHS directive but the timeline for eliminating the use of hazardous materials will lag Europe's.
Infrastructure, suppliers play catch-up in Vietnam
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Though growing, Vietnam's electronics exports remain small. It is expected to export $1.5 billion worth of electronics products this year, up 7.1 percent from 2004, according to the Vietnam Electronic Industries Association. By comparison, in 2004 neighboring Thailand exported roughly $30 billion in electronics and the Philippines $27 billion.
Keeping track of the package
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For some demanding OEMs, a simple yes/no certificate of compliance with environmental regulations from the supplier is not enough. They want to know the materials composition of all the hazardous substances in a component, and those not in the component, including detailed information on the packaging house that packaged a particular part. And for good reason: When it comes to reporting material content for environmental compliance, not all packages are the same.
Disaster planning
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As Hurricane Katrina barreled toward the U.S. Gulf Coast in August, Mike Haikola was glued to the television and to the Internet.It wasn't just plain curiosity. As head of business continuity for the Americas at Solectron Corp., a leading EMS provider, Haikola is charged with ensuring that operations from Canada to Brazil keep running, come hell or high water. "The second a tropical storm starts in the Caribbean, my group is monitoring every weather organization we can find," Haikola said.
New Dragon, quiet roar
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Sometime next year, the world's largest laser printer factory will open. At full capacity, it will turn out 8 million units a year, all for export, and be the source for one-third of all laser printers sold globally.
Going green: the OEM's challenge
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With the European Union's Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) deadline less than a year away, pressure is building on OEMs to identify the suppliers that have qualified their components to meet RoHS requirements and to begin working the kinks out of their production lines.
What lies ahead?
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With the year-end holidays almost upon us, it's a good time both to look back and peer ahead. No matter how you slice it, 2005 was a modest year for industry performance, and the outlook for 2006 is not that sanguine either: Projections for a sluggish start and slower overall growth do not leave much of a holiday glow.
No year-end lift
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Like the U.S. economy, the electronics industry is full of contradictions these days. While earnings and revenue are rising at many companies, the sentiment within the industry--reflected in the latest Electronics Supply & Manufacturing Business Index--is one of sluggish growth or even steady decline.
Going green: choosing a supplier
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Beginning in July, the European Union's Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive will ban the sale of many electronics products that contain lead and other substances identified as environmentally dangerous. While these new regulations are targeted specifically at Europe, they will have global implications. Similar stringent health safety laws already have been enacted in Japan, and government agencies in China, India and other emerging economies are considering imposing similar regu
US-Informatikforschung bettelt um Forschungsgelder
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Amerika, du hast es besser - dieser Spruch ist zumindest für die Forschung im Bereich Informationstechnik purer Hohn. Der Grund: Die Regierung hat die Forschungsgelder zusammengestrichen. Und private Finanzierungen sind im Zeitalter des Shareholder Value auch in den USA kaum zu bekommen.
Intel ne prévoit pas de travailler avec des fondeurs
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Contrairement à son concurrent, Intel Corp. a annoncé qu’il ne prévoyait pas de transférer ses lignes de microprocesseurs de pointe chez des fondeurs de silicium.
Analog video filter ICs tame HD aliases
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SUNNYVALE, Calif--Digital video still needs those analog filters, and the Maxim MAX9500 and MAX9501 provide key filtering functions for the high-definition video signal path.
NeoMore distribue les outils de Validated Software en France
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Neomore, spécialiste de l’embarqué et du temps réel, a annoncé la signature d’un accord avec Validated Software Corporation, fournisseur américain d’outils de certification avionique, pour la distribution de ses solutions sur le territoire français.
Chip-Ranking: Intel hängt sie alle ab
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Großer Gewinner im jährlichen Halbleiter-Ranking des Marktforschers iSuppli ist Toshiba. STMicroeletronics konnte als größter europäischer Chiphersteller einen Rang zulegen, Infineon hingegen rutschte um zwei Stufen nach unten.
Für Tetra tut sich Funkwerk mit Rohill zusammen
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Der Nachrichtentechnik-Anbieter Funkwerk will seine Aktivitäten auf die digitale Tetra-Bündelfunktechnik ausweiten. Damit könnte das Unternehmen ins Geschäft mit Funkausrüstungen für Sicherheitsbehörden einsteigen. Um das Ziel zu erreichen, hat Funkwerk ein Kooperationsabkommen mit dem niederländischen Anbieter Rohill Technologies abgeschlossen.
Intel: Chipsets weiter knapp
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Intel erwartet auch weiterhin Lieferengpässe für seine Chipsets. Ein Ende der Probleme sieht das Unternehmen nicht vor dem kommenden Früjahr.
Researcher ranks top 25 chip companies in 2005
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Market research company iSuppli Corp. has ranked the top 25 semiconductor companies in terms of their projected 2005 revenues and reckons number one ranked Intel Corp. will leap ahead of its competition with 14.4 percent annual growth.
Senator urges corporate tax reforms
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The United States must address — or radically change — its corporate tax policy to regain its competitiveness, warned U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Ore.).
Nokia expands mobile handset production in China
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Finnish wireless handset maker Nokia announced it would expand mobile device production in Dongguan, China to meet growing market demand, particularly from the Far East.
Water Cooler
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What’s the latest and greatest news heard around the water cooler?
iSuppli raises 2005 chip market growth forecast
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Based on quarterly semiconductor market-share research of the top 100 suppliers, iSuppli Corp. has increased its forecast for global chip revenue in 2005 to $237.3 billion, up 4.4 percent from $227.3 billion in 2004. The market research company’s previous forecast, issued in September, predicted 2.4 percent growth in 2005.
Nouveau président chez Trident Microsystems
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Le fournisseur de circuits vidéo Trident Microsystems Inc. a nommé Jung-Herng Chang, actuellement président de Trident Technologies Inc. (TTI), en tant que nouveau président. Frank Lin demeurera le Président-directeur général de la société.
Elpida achève sa ligne de production 300 mm
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Elpida Memory Inc. a achevé sa nouvelle ligne de production 300 mm à Hiroshima, au Japon.
Neuer Ärger bei Nortel
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Zwei langjährige Vorstandsmitglieder verlassen den krisengeschüttelten kanadischen Telekom-Ausrüster Nortel. Das könnte den Auftakt zu neuen tiefgreifenen organsiatorischen Änderungen bedeuten.
GPS receiver offers -158 dBm sensitivity
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NavSync has released a replacement with performance improvements for users of the discontinued Motorola M12+ GPS receiver.
Broadcom, SemIndia in foundry supply talks
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Leading fabless communications semiconductor company Broadcom Corp. is in talks with SemIndia Inc. regarding the latter’s proposed $3 billion wafer fab project.
Intel confirms Israel wafer fab plans
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Intel Corporation has announced it plans to build a chip making facility for ICs on 300-mm diameter wafers at its site in Kiryat Gat, Israel.
Sharp, Tokyo University pursue flexible circuits
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The University of Tokyo and Sharp Corp. have established Todai-Sharp Laboratories, an institute aimed at conducting research and development for flexible electronics.
Nanoident va construire une usine organique de capteurs
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La jeune pousse de nanotechnologie Nanoident prévoit de construire ce qui devrait être la première usine organique mondiale de capteurs semi-conducteurs.
Solides ventes de puces destinées aux PC, iPod et Xbox
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Les ventes mensuelles de puces devraient progresser pour atteindre une moyenne trimestrielle de 20,3 milliards de dollars en octobre, en hausse par rapport à la moyenne de 19,5 milliards de dollars en septembre, selon Handelsbanken Capital Markets.
Großbildschirme: LCD holt gegen Plasma auf
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Um rund 36 Prozent soll der Markt der Großdisplays für Non-TV-Zwecke bis 2009 jährlich wachsen. Dabei galoppieren die LCD-Bildschirme ihren Kollegen in Plasma-Technik davon – während sich Plasma-Bildschirme im Durchschnitt nur um 10 Prozent jährlich besser verkaufen, steigt der Umsatz mit LCD-Screens um atemberaubende 82 Prozent pro Jahr.
CompactPCI Ethernet boards switch IPv6 packets
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The Internet Protocl is changing. Here's news of a line of PICMG2.16-compliant boards that can help you get ready. Pluggable into CompactPCI slots, these packet switching boards will support the emerging IPv6 protocol definition, with its 128-bit addressing scheme.
Renesas teams with startup in MRAMs
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Renesas Technology Corp. and startup Grandis Inc. have agreed to collaborate on the development of a 65-nm MRAM process, based on spin torque transfer writing technology.
Elpida completes 300-mm line
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Elpida Memory Inc. said that it has completed its new 300-mm production line in Hiroshima, Japan.
VideoCRAZE
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Synthesis tool boosts FPGA performance by 20%
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Version 8.4 of Synplicity Inc.'s Synplify Pro product will provide additional performance-enhancing features for Lattice Semiconductor Corp.'s field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs).
Signal switch provides access to two PCI Express lanes at the same time
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A 4-differential channel, 2:1 mutliplexer/demultiplexer device from Pericom Semiconductor Corp. is designed to improve bandwidth allocation in PCI Express-based systems.
High-performance LED driver touts cost edge
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Product Review - Supertex bills its HV9911 current-mode controller as one that provides equal or better performance at a decidedly lower price than competing devices, focusing for comparison mainly on products from Linear Technology's LED driver portfolio, which include the LT3474, LT1618, LT3486, and LTC3783. The second advantage is the device's high-voltage regulator, and thus the chip can be powered from a 110-volt rectified (DC) input.
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