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Amtech buys stake in implanter firm
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Amtech Systems Inc., a supplier of production and automation systems and related supplies for the manufacture of solar cells, has entered into an agreement to acquire a controlling interest in a China-based ion implant technology company located in Shanghai, China.
It’s a mad, mad, electronics test world
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2/1/2011   4 comments
The proliferation of wireless devices and the demand for low-cost and high-performance products are all part of global wireless traffic that is expected to grow to 600 Terabytes per month mostly consisting of audio and video streams by 2014, according to market reports.
ARM plays catch-up in graphics IP
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2/1/2011   4 comments
Despite all the jockeying, graphics IP still looks like a one-horse race, and ARM is trailing.
ARM updates roadmap with Kingfisher, Cygnet
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2/1/2011   2 comments
Processor IP licensor ARM Holdings plc has tipped several additional cores in its roadmap for 2011 during a presentation provided as a background to the company's fourth quarter and full year financial results.
EUV litho era begins, but is it ready?
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2/1/2011   20 comments
ASML recently shipped the world's first ''pre-production'' extreme ultraviolet lithography tool, reportedly to Samsung Electronics, according to sources.
Agilent takes signal/power integrity test at DesignCon
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Agilent is demoing its Advanced Design System 2011 as a power integrity solution at DesignCon here, which aims to solve power integrity problems that are complicated by heavily perforated power and ground planes.
Microsemi PD69104 and PD69108 power-over-ethernet ICs for HDBaseT
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Microsemi's HDBaseT-compliant PoE chips offer low power and a small footprint.
Infineon, Toshiba results: What analysts are saying
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It's earnings season and a plethora of companies reported their results. Here's what analysts said about Infineon and Toshiba:
7 things to look for at Mobile World Congress
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2/1/2011   8 comments
We've put together a list of seven things to look for at the Mobile World Congress later this month in Barcelona, Spain.
Bilayer gate solves plastic transistor woes
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2/1/2011   6 comments
Georgia Institute of Technology researchers say they have developed a method for stacking two gate dielectric materials that cancel out the drawbacks of each, resulting in relatively fast, stable plastic transistors with high current carrying capabilities.
Apple invests in LCD supply
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2/1/2011   4 comments
Apple is investing to guarantee availability of advanced liquid-crystal display (LCD) panels for its iPad and iPhone lines, IHS iSuppli research indicates.
New material for semis said to beat silicon
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2/1/2011   18 comments
A new semiconductor material called molybdenite is claimed to be 100,000 times lower power than silicon, plus will allow the fabrication of much smaller transistors, according to researchers at Switzerland's Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne.
Imec and Coventor cooperate on MEMS R&D
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Coventor, a supplier of design technology for micro-electromechanical systems, Belgium-based research powerhouse Imec have signed a strategic partnership for advanced design and manufacturing techniques for CMOS integrated MEMS.
Maxim Integrated Products' MAX9611 current-sense amplifiers
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Maxim's new CSAs include an ADC and an op amp/comparator for inrush-current limiting and gain control.
SkyTraq achieves low power in high-performance satellite receiver
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SkyTraq has introduced S4554GNS-LP, a high-performance low-power GLONASS/GPS receiver.
Demo of 28 Gb/s readies for data centers
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2/1/2011   5 comments
At DesignCon here National Semiconductor is demonstrating a breakthrough in high-speed signal conditioning, with its 28 Gb/s discrete quad-channel re-timer technology, which can drive 100 Gb/s to 400 Gb/s interfaces in next-generation data center systems.
Toumaz offers radio to beat Bluetooth, ZigBee
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2/1/2011   12 comments
Toumaz Ltd., a company that applied low-power transistor design techniques to circuits mainly for medical applications, has launched the TZ1053 Telran transceiver and claims it offers considerably lower power consumption than Bluetooth Low Power and ZigBee.
AVX 0101 series of multilayer ceramic capacitors
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AVX's miniature 01005 MLCC reduces space constraints, provides enhanced ESR characteristics.
ESA investigates the benefits of analog self-steered antennas
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Bulky present generation satellite dishes and ground terminals could become relics of the past thanks to research currently being conducted for the European Space Agency (ESA) by Queen’s University Belfast’s Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT) which aims to develop discrete self-aligning flat antennas.
DesignCon panel mulls over delayed design skeds
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At DesignCon here a panel of four designers from Broadcom, Nvidia, Netlogic, and Juniper Networks, agreed that designs need to meet different "good enough" specs for different markets.
Mid-range power MOSFET cuts Rgs, boosts efficiency
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IR DirectFETs have ultra low gate resistance Rg, further improving efficiency beyond low on-state resistance Rds(on) and gate charge Qg
Med tech seeks to overcome market uncertainty
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Regulatory uncertainty and the ability to develop new devices that insurers will pay for are among the challenges faced by the emerging med tech sector.
Agilent releases DDR3 protocol violation detector capability
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Available with Agilent logic analyzers and oscilloscopes new capability monitors DDR3 bus traffic continuously and as long as required to find protocol violations early in the memory system design cycle. 
TriQuint releases PA module for ST-Ericsson broadband platforms
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TriQuint Semiconductor, Inc has added the TQM7M9070 device to its TRIUMF Module™ Family.
IR, IDT hit quarterly sales targets
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Chip makers International Rectifier and Integrated Device Technology reported quarterly sales that were consistent with company guidance and analysts' estimates.
VLSI: Soar gear market to shine
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2/1/2011   1 comment
Photovoltaic equipment has another strong year in store for 2011.
Fab tool results: What analysts are saying
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It's earnings season and a plethora of fab tool companies reported their results. Here's what analysts said about some of the players:
I/Q downconverters target military apps
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Hittite adds three I/Q downconverter/receivers for applications from 5.6 to 24 GHz
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