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Micrel joins Z-Allliance
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2/27/2007   Post a comment
Power-One and Micrel jointly announced availability of the full line of Z-One compatible low dropout (LDO) regulators.
ITU homes in on HomePNA 3.1 as networking standard
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2/27/2007   Post a comment
The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has approved the Home Phoneline Networking Alliance's HomePNA 3.1 multimedia networking specification as a standard, making this at the moment the only internationally standardized home networking technology.
BenQ Mobile insolvency forces supplier to sell plants
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2/27/2007   Post a comment
Handset component supplier Balda AG sold three plants in Germany. The move is a consequence of the BenQ Mobile insolvency, one of Balda's largest customers.
Report: Foxconn looking to set up LCD production in Europe
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2/27/2007   Post a comment
Fast growing Taiwanese contract electronics manufacturer Foxconn is looking at potential sites for what would be its first plant in Europe, according to EMS industry website evertiq .
Alcatel-Lucent wins bid to run German cellular network
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2/27/2007   Post a comment
In a further sign that the mobile network outsourcing trend is increasing, Alcatel -Lucent has reached a deal with German operator E-Plus Mobilfunk that sees the communications equipment maker take over the operation, maintenance and deployment of the company's network in Germany as of next week.
Low profile, fine pitch connectors are designed for vertical SMT board-to-board applications
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2/27/2007   Post a comment
The M50 range of low profile, 1.27mm pitch female connectors feature a dual entry option for design flexibility and are fully compliant with RoHS directives.
Universal tube case accomodates non-standard components
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2/27/2007   Post a comment
FRAME is a universal tube case made of aluminium with integral guide slots for accommodating non-standard components or PC boards.
Aircraft realtime software tool embraces automotive
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In order to help designers to evaluate the realtime behavior of automotive controllers, software vendor Absint Angewandte Informatik GmbH has developed two tools that allow precise design checks.
La vidéo sur mobile : oui, mais sans compromis
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2/27/2007   Post a comment
il est désormais possible, où que l’on se trouve, de rester connecté et d’accéder à tout type de contenu. Les usages en matière de mobilité ont évolué ; ils dépassent désormais le champs des applications professionnelles comme la messagerie. Les progrès les plus récents concernent bien entendu les contenus vidéos sur plates-formes portables, qu’il s’agisse de contenus vidéo gratuits ou payants comme les clips musicaux, les films, …
Keithley introduces measurement how-to library on CD
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2/27/2007   Post a comment
Keithley Instruments has released the Simplified Test Toolkit, an interactive tutorial CD that helps test engineers overcome tough measurement challenges.
Startup Aquest gains funding
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Aquest Systems Inc., a developer of fab automation solutions, announced it has raised $20 million in its second round of venture financing.
Firms collaborate on blue laser diodes, LEDs
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2/27/2007   Post a comment
Arrowhead Research said that its majority-owned subsidiary, Aonex Technologies, has entered into a collaborative agreement with Kyma Technologies to develop materials to reduce the cost of gallium nitride--based devices such as blue laser diodes and blue light emitting diodes.
Ferrite materials span 10-kHz to 1-MHz frequency range
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2/26/2007   Post a comment
MMG's F58 and P11 high-stability manganese-zinc ferrite core materials span the 10-kHz to 1-MHz frequency range.
Optical isolators provide high voltage isolation
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2/26/2007   Post a comment
OPTEK Technology has developed a family of optical isolators aimed at dust-contaminated environments in industrial, medical and office equipment applications.
DC/DC converter eliminates heat sink requirements
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2/26/2007   Post a comment
A fixed five-volt output DC/DC converter, housed in a hybrid SIP package, from BI Technologies, eliminates the need for a heat sink while saving board space.
CJC module enhances temperature measurement
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2/26/2007   Post a comment
BI Technologies offers a CJC module that is designed to enhance the accuracy of thermocouple temperature measurement in power electronic applications.
Express far outpaces RapidIO in comms
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2/26/2007   Post a comment
PCI Express is far outpacing RapidIO as a chip-to-chip interconnect in communications systems, according to a market research report from In-Stat.
Arrow to host China RoHS seminar
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2/26/2007   Post a comment
Arrow Electronics is sponsoring several upcoming environmental compliance informational seminars starting next month with China RoHS.
Dual 14-Bit A/D converters provide 20 MSPS conversions for commercial, military applications
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2/26/2007   Post a comment
C&D Technologies has added the ADSD-1420S and ADSD-1420S-EX to its range of dual, sampling A/D converters. The 14-bit resolution modules provide a 20 megasamples per second (MSPS) sampling rate with no missing codes over their full temperature range.
Xilinx redefines the non-volatile FPGA landscape
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2/26/2007   1 comment
The first 90nm non-volatile FPGA - the Spartan-3AN from Xilinx - provides high system integration, low system cost, and high security.
National unveils 6-V to 100-V current-mode buck controller
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2/26/2007   Post a comment
National Semiconductor said it has introduced the industry's first 6-V to 100-V current-mode buck controller for use in telecommunications, automotive and industrial control applications.
ISIS intros HD, SDI, ASI protection switcher
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2/26/2007   Post a comment
The ISIS Group, Inc. expands critical path protection with the introduction of the HD-212, a 2x2 HD/SDI/ASI protection changeover switch. The unit is ideal for use in network, transmitter inputs, or satellite and cable head end operations.
Renesas introduces 324 MHz microprocessor for multimedia, office automation applications
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2/26/2007   Post a comment
Renesas Technology America released the SH7764 microprocessor, a 32-bit device with a maximum operating frequency of 324 MHz. The chip incorporates the SuperH Family's SH-4A CPU core, a 2D graphics engine, Ethernet controller, USB Host/function controller, ATAPI hard-drive controller and LCD controller.
Dual-channel buck controller features high switching frequency, outputs up to 30 A
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2/26/2007   Post a comment
Semtech Corp. announced the SC2447, a DC-DC step-down (buck) controller for DrMOS™ power devices. The SC2447 is a 1 MHz synchronous PWM buck controller designed to drive DrMOS™ power devices in compact, high-efficiency DC-DC power converters for telecom, datacom, switches, routers, and other high-end applications.
NXP delivers ULPI Hi-Speed USB transceivers for mobile phones
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2/26/2007   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors announced the availability of its UTMI+ Low-Pin Interface (ULPI) Hi-Speed USB transceivers, developed for mobile phone designs. The family contains four members—ISP1504x1, ISP1508, ISP1702 and ISP1703—all of which are compliant with industry specifications, including ULPI Rev. 1.1, USB On-the-Go (OTG) Rev. 1.2 and USB Rev. 2.0.
Hot-swap capability added to XPhase family for multi-phase DC-DC buck converters
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2/26/2007   Post a comment
International Rectifier introduced another chipset into their XPhase family of control ICs and phase ICs for scalable multi-phase, interleaved buck DC-DC converters, adding N+1 redundancy, hot-swapping capability and a host of protection features.
Cortina acquires ImmenStar to move into PONs
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2/26/2007   Post a comment
Cortina Systems Inc., known to many in the networking industry as the co-developer of the Interlaken interface with Cisco Systems Inc., has bid its way into passive-optical-networking markets with the acquisition of ImmenStar Inc. for undisclosed terms.
Arrow offers China RoHS help
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2/26/2007   Post a comment
With the March 1 deadline for China RoHS compliance fast approaching, distributor Arrow Electronics Inc. said it is sponsoring a series of seminars and offering resources on its Web site to help steer customers through the maze of uncertainties.
Energy-using Products directive drives global power-down movement
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2/26/2007   Post a comment
To help consumers make buying decisions, the sticker price of a car lists the miles per gallon rating. Likewise, a mobile phone, server or photocopy machine could be required to display an energy footprint rating on the box.
Analyst upgrades LSI Logic to 'buy'
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2/26/2007   Post a comment
Citing a ramping product cycle in serial attached SCSI systems and cost savings associated with its pending merger with Agere Systems, analyst Craig Berger of Wedbush Morgan Securities upgraded his firm's rating on LSI Logic's stock to "buy" from "hold."
Intel to invest in New Mexico fab
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2/26/2007   Post a comment
Intel Corp. announced that it will invest $1-to-$1.5 billion in its Rio Rancho, N.M.-based site to retool Fab 11X for production on its 45-nm manufacturing process.
Analog Devices launches hi res, multi-channel video distribution system
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2/26/2007   Post a comment
AD8175/6 triple 16x9 crosspoint switches and AD8145/6/7/8 high-speed differential amplifiers combine to deliver 500-MHz bandwidth supporting UXGA and QXGA resolution in large video displays.
REVIEW: 100-MHz scope/spectrum analyzer connects to Windows using USB
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2/26/2007   Post a comment
Here's news of a PC-hosted 100-MHz oscilloscope that samples at 500-Msamples/s and packs a 1-Mpoint buffer. As a battery-powered portable, it connects to your PC via USB 2.0 on any platform running Windows XP, Windows 2000, or the latest Windows Vista.
3 GHz DSP is W-CDMA "baseband on a chip"
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2/26/2007   Post a comment
TI's latest DSP supports all of the baseband functions required for a W-CDMA base station. This "baseband on a chip" is said to eliminate the need for FPGAs, ASICs and other bridging devices, reducing the total bill of materials by up to a factor of five.
DSP supports 504 voice channels, video transcoding
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2/26/2007   Post a comment
TI has announced the TMS320TNETV3020, its newest DSP-based carrier infrastructure processor for converged multimedia services over both fixed line and mobile applications.
Nikon aims EUV tools to Intel, Selete
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2/26/2007   Post a comment
Nikon Corp. here outlined its roadmap in the extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography arena and disclosed plans to ship two prototype tools by year's end. The first two tools are reportedly heading to Intel Corp. and Selete, sources said.
BenQ Mobile to be sold off piecemeal on eBay
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2/26/2007   Post a comment
Efforts to save the German handset business of Taiwan's BenQ Corp. have failed and a bankruptcy administrator in Germany said the firm's business will be divided and sold, according to German media reports.
DNP, Takumi team on mask inspection system
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2/26/2007   Post a comment
Design-for-manufacturing software vendor Takumi Technology has entered into a technology partnership with photomask manufacturing giant Dai Nippon Printing under which the two companies will work with an unnamed semiconductor manufacturer to develop a photomask inspection system.
ADI chairman to chip industry: Provide solutions, not products
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2/26/2007   Post a comment
It's not enough to provide products or even technologies. The semiconductor industry, facing relentless price pressure and spiraling design costs, must provide solutions, says Ray Stata, chairman of Analog Devices. Inc.
Infinera to raise $150 million through IPO
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2/26/2007   Post a comment
Infinera Inc., the start-up that used a proprietary InP processes to integrate photonic and electronic elements in photonic ICs and which has raised over $330 million in venture capital funding since its founding in 2000, is to raise $150 million through an IPO.
Geotest enters PXI Express market with 9-slot chassis, controller
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2/26/2007   Post a comment
Geotest added the GX7600 9-slot, PXI Express Smart chassis series and GX7940 PXI Express controller to its family of PXI mainframes and controllers.
Mindspeed, Terawave team on single-IC Gigabit PON
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2/26/2007   Post a comment
Terawave will work with Mindspeed on a single-chip Gigabit passive optical network (PON) system-on-chip, based on an ARM11 core for voice processing, that will target optical-network terminal (ONT) applications.
DaVinci platform speeds digital video product development
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2/26/2007   Post a comment
Aimed at accelerating digital video product development, TI has launched a $500 development platform for its DaVinci DM643x series processors that are designed with a DSP core.
Quantum says it is not preparing Apple iPhone suit
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2/26/2007   Post a comment
Quantum Research Group Ltd., a developer of capacitive sensors for user interfaces, has denied it is preparing a legal suit against Apple regarding Apple's iPhone.
Philips geht eine Energiesparlampe auf
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2/26/2007   Post a comment
Für sein weiteres Wachstum will die Philips GmbH verstärkt auf Kooperationen setzen. Darüber hinaus peilt das Unternehmen neue Geschäftsfelder an. Vor allem in Energiesparlampen sieht die deutsche Tochter des niederländischen Philips-Konzerns einen vielversprechenden Wachstumsmarkt.
Polaris sells Cushcraft antenna group to Laird
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2/26/2007   Post a comment
Laird Technologies Inc. continued a series of acquisitions in RF and antenna components by picking up Cushcraft Corp. from Polaris Venture Partners for $89.75 million in cash.
Nemerix to use ARC cores for GPS chip design
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2/26/2007   Post a comment
Nemerix, the fabless semiconductor company developing global positioning system chipsets, is to standardize further development of its devices on ARC's configurable 600 core family.
ADI chairman to chip industry: Provide solutions, not products
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It's not enough to provide products or even technologies. The semiconductor industry must provide solutions, Ray Stata, co-founder and chairman of Analog Devices. Inc., told members of the India Semiconductor Association.
ATCA handle offers easy assembly
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2/26/2007   Post a comment
Elma has developed a second-generation advanced TCA (ATCA) handle that is designed with a slide-motion button to latch the handle shut and activate an optional micro-switch.
AMS driver improves data transfer in analog sensors
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2/26/2007   Post a comment
The Sensors Division of MTS Systems has developed an Asset Management System (AMS) device driver for its model M-Series MR analog liquid-level sensor that allows easier access to internal data registers and controls all of the devices on the network using advanced automation software.
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