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Nortel hires Internet guru as new CTO
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Nortel Networks Corp. named Gary Kunis its new chief technology officer Thursday (March 31), as the network infrastructure company continued to clean house at the management level.
Mario Rivas to leave Philips Semiconductors
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Mario Rivas, Philips Semiconductors' executive vice president, will resign effective May 1 for personal reasons.
IEEE moves to create EDA council
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The IEEE is moving toward the creation of a council that would serve as the focal point for all of the organization's electronic design automation (EDA)activities.
Infineon claims major power efficiency, density gains for ADSL2+ chipset
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Infineon Technologies AG has introduced an ADSL2+ chipset targeted at DSLAMs and digital loop carriers that incorporates Class D line drivers which are said to make the part the most tightly integrated and power efficient in its class.
2:1 multiplexer family
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The SY8984x multiplexer family offers a non-PLL clock switchover circuit that guarantees no runt pulses, when the inputs are switched.
Cymer ships light source for immersion lithography
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Cymer Inc. claimed to have made the world's first shipment of a light source for immersion lithography.
Rite Track to support TEL's older track, coater systems
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Rite Track Inc., a manufacturer of track systems, has established an agreement with Tokyo Electron Ltd. (TEL) of Japan.
China's value-added tax on ICs due to expire
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China's value-added tax on semiconductors is due to expire Friday, concluding a deal reached between the US and China last year to end what US officials believed was a discriminatory tax against foreign chipmakers.
Mentor donates library to standards organization
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Mentor Graphics has donated its SystemVerilog Assertion (SVA) version of the Open Verification Library (OVL) to Accellera, the organization for electronic design industry standards.
Transmeta lays off 67, names Arthur Swift new president, CEO
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Transmeta Corp. cut 67 employees from its global workforce and the troubled processor company also named Arthur Swift new president and chief executive.
Ramtron touts 1-Mbit FRAM as drop-in replacement for SRAM
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The company's latest 3-V, 1-Mbit FRAM, which comes in a 32-pin thin small outline plastic (TSOP) package, offers virtually unlimited read/write cycles. While FRAM is known for high write-endurance, some applications needed more cycles than FRAM could offer. Now Ramtron's FM20L08 allows users to access each address a million times per second indefinitely with no wear out.
HP CEO Hurd's challenge: cut costs, not innovation
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Mark Hurd, Hewlett-Packard Co.'s sixth CEO, faces the two-fold challenge of clamping down on costs while leaving HP's vaunted research-and-development teams free to innovate.
Artesyn releases revised PMBus spec
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Artesyn Technologies Inc. has announced the public release of Revision 1.0 of the PMBus open-standard digital power management protocol and a special interest to further develop and promote the PMBus power operating system.
Integrated features cut component count in phone line IC
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The newest member of Clare, Inc.'s phone interface IC family for direct access arrangements (DAA) in telephony apps features simultaneous phone line ringing detect and caller-ID monitoring, which simplifies DAA designs for international telephone applications.
Firm raises IC forecast amid brighter outlook
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Investment banking firm SG Cowen Securities Corp. raised its IC forecast amid an improved outlook in the information-technology (IT) and semiconductor markets.
Firm raises IC forecast amid brighter outlook
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Investment banking firm SG Cowen Securities Corp. raised its semiconductor forecast amid an improved outlook in the information-technology (IT) and IC markets.
Aixtron's sales jump 55% in 2004
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Chip-equipment maker Aixtron AG, which has just acquired Genus Inc., said total fiscal year 2004 revenues rose by 55 percent year-over-year to 140.0 million euros ($181.5 million) in 2004.
Former ARM USA president joins Ambric
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Ambric, Inc. has named former ARM USA President Jerry Ardizzone to the position of vice president of sales.
Nokia taps Korean vendor for EV-DO phones
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Nokia has struck a deal with a Korean manufacturer to develop 3G 1xEV-DO phones instead of building their own, several Asian news sources reported this week.
Handheld 802.11 RF sweeper gets new freebie bits
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Wireless test equipment maker Berkeley Varitronics Systems has a software update for its Yellowjacket 802.11b sweeping RF test receiver. The yellowjacket is based on an HP iPAQ PDA.
LVPECL Fanout Buffers & Multiplexers seek to obsolete Industry Standard 100EPxxx families with Stub-free termination.
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Low-voltage differential logic for PECL had typically been very klugey. Micrel hopes to change this with a gamily of fanout buffers that can talk to 12 other PECL devices. The device outputs provide an 800mV swing (1600mV differential).
Samsung joins Sematech's manufacturing branch
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Samsung Electronics has joined a International Sematech Manufacturing Initiative subsidiary focusing on standards and productivity challenges in chip manufacturing.
Ambric names former Arm exec to management team
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Ambric Inc., a fabless semiconductor company, has named Jerry Ardizzone as vice president of sales.
Swedish group seeks to globalize mobile phone ID standard
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A group of Swedish banks and mobile phone operators has established a common standard for electronic identification in mobile phones.
ZTE opens telecom plant in India
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Chinese telecom and wireless solution provider ZTE Corp. has opened a plant and research center in India to serve a growing market there.
AMD dévoile sa plate-forme de virtualisation
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AMD a, pour la première fois, dévoilé publiquement des éléments essentiels sur sa technologie de virtualisation Pacifica destinée aux serveurs x86, aux ordinateurs de bureau et aux ordinateurs portables, à l’occasion de la journée bilan d’AMD qui s’est tenue à Austin (Texas).
Verdrillte Leitungen mit 10 Gbit/s
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Mit einem neuen Einchip-Transceiver erhält der Vollduplexbetrieb über einfache Kabel ungeahnte Geschwindigkeiten: Der proprietäre Baustein für den 'Nahverkehr' schafft nach Unternehmensangaben über ein ungeschirmtes verdrilltes Kupferkabel einen Durchsatz von 10 Gigabit/s.
USA führt bei Nanotechnologie - Asien und Europa holen auf
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Zwar führt die USA noch bei der Nanotechnologie, doch Europa und Asien holen langsam aber sicher auf.
MagnaChip kauft Bildsensor-Startup IC Media
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Der südkoreanische Chiphersteller MagnaChip Semiconductor will expandieren. Wie jetzt bekannt wurde, plant das Unternehmen die Übernahme von IC Media, einem Entwickler von CMOS-Bildsensoren.
ASIC für schnellere Peripherie-Entwicklung
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Faraday Technology hat mit dem PeripheralComposer-1 (PC-1) einen strukturierten ASIC vorgestellt, der Kunden jede Menge Zeit bei der Entwicklung und Fertigung sparen soll.
Kompaktes Messgerät für Multiservicetests
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Anritsu Company, ein Anbieter von Test- und Messinstrumenten, hat mehrere Erweiterungen für seine kompakten MP1590B-Netzwerktester vorgestellt - getreu der Devise: Ein Instrument für alle Anforderungen.
Samsung to join Sematech manufacturing initiative
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South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. will join the International Sematech Manufacturing Initiative (ISMI) as the newest member of the manufacturing semiconductor consortium, effective April 1.
SMIC's CEO fined by Taiwan government
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The Taiwan government has fined Richard Chang, president and chief executive of Chinese foundry provider Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC), over what it called an illegal investment in China.
SMSC acquires Oasis Silicon for $94 million
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SMSC said it has acquired fabless semiconductor company Oasis Silicon Systems Holding AG for $94 million in cash and stock.
Another Fully-Buffered DIMM tester bows in
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Another company has also joined the FB-DIMM test fray. Predating Tek's recent announcement, Pycon has shipped more than 130 FB-DIMM testers since November of last year---and is now offering a very enticing deal for first-time buyers.
8051-based MCUs go lead-free
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Goal Semiconductor has launched its 'go green' initiative with the VRS1000 " an 8-bit, flash 8051 MCU, modified to meet RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) standards.
Sony establishes mobile display unit
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Sony Corp. established ST Mobile Display Corp. (STMD) on Thursday (March 31) as its second low temperature polysilicon thin-film liquid crystal display production base to boost panel production.
Pulse introduces SMT Flat Coil Inductors for PC notebook applications
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Pulse introduces the PG0255NL series of low profile, surface mount (SMT) flat coil inductors. With a saturation current rating up to 30 A and a heating current rating up to 38 A, these inductors are designed for the multiphase voltage regulator modules (VRMs) supporting the increasing current needs of Vcore power in PC notebooks and other DC/DC applications.
Steward offers Surface Mount Chokes that operate up to 10A continuous
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Steward's new CM1812x330R monolithic surface mount common mode chokes are designed for power and data line EMI filtering where high current, small size or high frequency performance are required.
Vishay's Thin Film Chip Inductors provide typical Q values up to 49
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Vishay Intertechnology has announced two thin film chip inductors in compact 0402 and 0603 case sizes that provide high Q values up to 49 at specified frequencies from 100 MHz to 1700 MHz.
Applied research center planned for Bangalore
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The Birla Institute of Technology and Science will set India's first center for applied research and professional excellence in June.
EU asks Congress to delay e-passport deadline
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The European Union has asked U.S. lawmakers for a 10-month delay before it must begin issuing electronic passports to citizens in its 25 member countries.
Is there a doctor in the house? RFID chip and read/write modules do the tracking, tracing, and documenting
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Maxell has taken its RFID coil-on-chip technology and honed it for the medical, biotech, and pharmaceutical industries, offering read/write capabilities and a small 2.5 x 2.5 mm form factor. And, they have paired it with a reader/writer with an access time of less than 1 s.
C&D Technologies' Non-Isolated POL Converters support intermediate bus converters
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C&D Technologies has added three non-isolated NFA series DC-DC converters to its Volant family of point-of-load (POL) products. A comprehensive array of features and options helps designers find the ideal solution for their application.
Thomson rachète la société Inventel
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Thomson révèle l’acquisition de la société française Inventel, leader sur le marché des plates-formes d’accès télécoms et des technologies sans fil.
OEM International samlar elektronikverksamheten
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OEM Component AB, Egevo Elektronik AB samt Pronesto AB som under 2004 omsatte drygt 240 MSEK, går samman och bildar OEM Electronics AB.
More Storage Please
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The computer market is by far the largest for mass storage ICs. Computers account for over 70 percent of total revenue, however new opportunities from other market segments are gaining momentum as OEMs begin replacing designs using Flash memory, with "Tiny" drives.
Inverter powers rugged railroad requirements
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Absopulse Electronics' RSI 500 series of low-profile inverters deliver 500 VA continuous for on-board railway applications. It's also suitable for driving AC appliances in industrial, utility, mining, marine and other harsh environments.
Wafer fab, assembly facility up for sale in Thailand
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The Cullen Group, a real estate and development firm, said that it has become the listing agent for a wafer fab facility and backend assembly plant in Thailand.
SMSC acquires fabless semiconductor company
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SMSC acquired fabless semiconductor company Oasis Silicon Systems Holding AG.
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