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Altera charts new course for FPGA industry with optical innovation
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3/29/2011   6 comments
Altera shares its vision of the future with optics subsystem embedded in FPGA package thereby eliminating chip-to-chip and chip-to-backplane bandwidth bottlenecks.
Battery R&D seeks to amp up electric vehicles
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3/29/2011   6 comments
The drive to put more electric vehicles on the road starts with high battery density and, with it, longer range.
ESA enables students to fly experiments in microgravity flights
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3/29/2011   Post a comment
The Education Office of the European Space Agency (ESA) announced that four teams of university students have been selected for the 'Fly Your Thesis!' program. They will be able to fly their experiments in microgravity in a series of parabolic flights on the Airbus A300 Zero-G aircraft.
Curtiss-Wright's VPX3-685 secure router undergoes NIST cryptographic validation
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3/29/2011   Post a comment
Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing announced that its 3U OpenVPX VPX3-685 secure Ethernet switch and router is undergoing a stringent Federal Information Processing Standard 140-2 Level 2 cryptographic validation at National Institute of Standards and Technology under the Cryptographic Module Validation Program.
Large diameter high temperature solder-in EMI filters
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3/29/2011   Post a comment
Large diameter high temperature solder-in EMI filters Spectrum Advanced Specialty Products added a high temperature version to its solder-in filter product line of 10.16mm (0.400") diameter mounting EMI filters, with a construction able to withstand 300°C.
Li-ion charger maximizes battery cell performance
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3/29/2011   Post a comment
Li-ion charger maximizes battery cell performance Norwegian power design specialist, Mascot AS has introduced a high-quality, high-performing charger for lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries, which features 3-stage charging for maximum battery performance.
NXP announces secondary share offer
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3/29/2011   2 comments
NXP Semiconductors N.V., the European chipmaker spun off from Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV by a private equity buy out in 2006, has announced that certain of its shareholders intend to offer in a secondary offering, subject to market and other conditions, approximately 25 million shares of its common stock.
VCO spans 2184 to 2238 MHz
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3/29/2011   Post a comment
Z-Communications, Inc. has announced a RoHS-compliant voltage-controlled oscillator (VCO) model CRO2211B-LF in S-band.
Fujitsu restarts two front-end chip fabs
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3/29/2011   3 comments
Operations partially resumed at two Fujitsu Group front-end semiconductor fabs in Aizu-Wakamatsu-shi, Fukushima prefecture, that had been idled in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami that struck off the coast of Japan March 11.
Renesas mulls foundry for auto MCUs, say reports
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3/29/2011   3 comments
Renesas Electronics Corp., the world's leading maker of microcontrollers that was hit hard by the Japan earthquake of March 11, is in talks on outsourcing the production of automotive microcontrollers to Globalfoundries Inc., according to reports.
Teardowns find Fujitsu FCRAM in Nintendo 3DS
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3/29/2011   4 comments
Teardowns conducted by UBM TechInsights and IHS iSuppli found Fujitu's fast-cycle RAM. It's the first time the part has been found in a UBM TechInsights teardown and, according to IHS a potential problem as a proprietary technology.
Anadigics CEO resigns
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3/28/2011   4 comments
Anadigics Inc. has announced the resignation of its president and chief executive, Mario Rivas, and its senior vice president, Greg White.
Mentor's board rejects Icahn takeover bid
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3/28/2011   3 comments
The board of directors of EDA vendor Mentor Graphics voted unanimously to reject a $1.9 billion takeover bid made by billionaire financier Carl Ichan last month, Mentor said.
Receiver aims for GLONASS, GPS
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3/28/2011   Post a comment
SkyTraq has introduced a 25mmx25mm GLONASS/GPS receiver optimized for high-performance and low-power.
Tensilica adds DSP in cellular battle
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Tensilica ratcheted up its battle with rival Ceva for the cellular baseband market with the release of the Xtensa LX4 which supports 128-bit VLIW instructions.
Update: Advantest to buy Verigy for $1.1B
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3/28/2011   1 comment
As expected, Advantest Corp. and Verigy Ltd. have announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Advantest will acquire all outstanding Verigy ordinary shares for $15.00 per share in cash. The total acquisition price will be approximately $1.1 billion.
Superconductivity: New phase of matter?
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3/28/2011   8 comments
A new theory that superconductivity is rooted in an undiscovered phase of matter could be the key to room-temperature superconductors.
Mentor extends TSMC's Reference Flow 11
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Mentor Graphics Corp. and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) announced they have collaborated to enrich TSMC's Reference Flow 11 low power verification solutions.
iWatt deploys Magma's Titan to to shorten analog design process
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3/28/2011   Post a comment
iWatt, Inc., specializing in a power control ICs, has licensed the Titan mixed-signal design platform from Magma Design Automation Inc. to improve analog design and layout productivity and to automate difficult routing tasks analog cell layouts and chip-level assembly.
Russian tech probes Silicon Valley interest
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3/28/2011   1 comment
Three Russian hi-tech organizations have opened a Silicon Valley representative office under one roof to promote and coordinate partnerships between Russian and American companies and investors.
Digital edition: 'The day the lights went out in Japan'
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3/28/2011   14 comments
We present a special digital edition focusing on the consequences and lessons of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.
Cal Sensors LMA infrared detector arrays
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3/28/2011   Post a comment
Cal Sensors’ latest line of infrared detectors features a 256-element array, providing sensitivity in the 1.0 to 5.5 µm wavelength region.
The eyes reveal all: ultra-fast logic analyzer tackles DDR, other high-speed, multichannel challenges
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Agilent U4154A AXIe-based unit captures 4 Gb/s; 68 channels, sees 100 ps/100mV eyes; adds advanced probe sets
Missing sensor hits global automakers, say IHS
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3/28/2011   17 comments
Japanese and global automotive production is being hit by the lack of an airflow sensor, according market research firm IHS Automotive. Global automobile production is likely to see a further marked drop in vehicle production – beyond that due to missing Japanese production – within a matter of weeks, the analyst said.
Honeywell SL353 Hall-effect sensors series
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3/28/2011   Post a comment
Honeywell has launched a series of Hall-effect sensor ICs that features a low supply voltage and typical current, promoting energy efficiency in battery-operated applications.
Plastic memory hopeful raises $500,000 with PARC
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3/28/2011   1 comment
Thin Film Electronics ASA, a long-time developer of plastic electronic memory, has raised 2.8 million Norwegian Krone (about $500,000) from Palo Alto Research Center (PARC).
Verigy dumps LTX-Credence
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3/28/2011   Post a comment
As expected, Verigy Ltd. announced that its merger agreement with LTX-Credence Corp. has been terminated.
PLD startup Tabula snags $108M in funding
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3/28/2011   5 comments
Programmable logic startup Tabula secured $108 million in funding from seven venture capital firms, one of the largest rounds of funding ever announced by a private semiconductor company.
MIPS plans 64-bit multithreaded cores
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3/28/2011   2 comments
Hoping to get a jump on archrival ARM, MIPS will launch this fall 64-bit synthesizable cores that support multithreading and issue multiple instructions per clock cycle.
Wearable computer comes with more communication options
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3/27/2011   Post a comment
Eurotech launched the Zypad WL1500 series of wearable computers, an improvement over the company’s products that delivers a longer battery life and faster performance, as well as increased cellular communication functionality and improved wearing comfort.
Wireless MCUs Power sub-GHz mesh network modules
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3/27/2011   Post a comment
Silicon Laboratories is providing the wireless microcontroller technology for a new line of sub-GHz wireless mesh networking modules from California Eastern Laboratories (CEL).
Tag writing app targets NFC-enabled Android smartphones and tablets
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3/27/2011   3 comments
NXP Semiconductors has launched an application which allows Android smartphone users to use their NFC-enabled handset to create their own NFC tags.
Motion sensing for smart consumer devices
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3/27/2011   1 comment
STMicroelectronics has released the first details of its iNEMO Engine, which features advanced filtering and predictive software engine to integrate the outputs from a 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis gyroscope and 3-axis magnetometer.
Cloud-based collaboration for M2M applications
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3/27/2011   Post a comment
Verizon Wireless and Sierra Wireless have announced a new collaboration to co-market the Sierra Wireless' AirVantage; a cloud-based platform for developing, deploying and operating the next generation of connected devices and M2M applications.
Femto cells could deliver more
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3/27/2011   1 comment
The Femto Forum has announced progress in the development of femtocell-powered mobile applications. The body has published an industry-wide agreed set of API specifications that enable advanced mobile applications based on femtocell technology.
Internet access in the car: A wish list item for the younger generation
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3/27/2011   9 comments
According to a recent survey in Germany, one out of four drivers wishes to have an Internet access for his car. Not very surprising, among the younger generation the desire to be connected is even higher than the average of 25 percent.
Ford tests car2x communications
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3/27/2011   5 comments
Automotive OEM Ford has installed an "intelligent intersection" near its R&D center in Detroit intended to help Ford designers to better integrate car2x functions into on-board driver assistance systems.
Wireless sensor networking chip market grew 300% in 2010
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3/27/2011   Post a comment
Shipments of 802.15.4-based WSN (wireless sensor network) ICs continued to show extremely strong growth in the second half of 2010 as demand for ICs for trials and early pilots returned after the sharp decline in 2009.
ST launches market's smallest 3-axis analog gyroscope
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3/26/2011   3 comments
The L3G462A from STMicroelectronics (ST) is a motion-sensor with what the company claims is the market’s smallest 3-axis analog-output gyroscope. Housed inside an ultra-small 4mm x 4mm x 1mm package, ST’s newest gyroscope combines superior performance and reliability with smart power management and design flexibility. The new sensor is designed for high-precision gesture control and intuitive user interfaces, and is targeted for mobile phones, tablets, game controllers and other consumer devices
Micron's CEO unsure of quake's net effect
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3/25/2011   7 comments
Steve Appleton, chairman and CEO of Micron Technology, said it is too early to tell whether Micron would gain or lose sales as the result of damaged chip production facilities and infrastructure problems following the earthquake in Japan.
Google's Android tablet delay angers OEMs
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3/25/2011   20 comments
Google is limiting the release of the tablet version of Android, at least for awhile, a move frustrating many mobile systems makers who want to compete with the Apple iPad.
McAfee buys database firm
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3/25/2011   5 comments
McAfee Inc. plans to acquire privately-owned Sentrigo, a provider of database security and compliance, assessment, monitoring and intrusion prevention solutions.
STARC assesses Mentor's Calibre xACT 3D extraction tool
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3/25/2011   Post a comment
Mentor Graphics Corp. announced that the Tokyo-based Semiconductor Technology Academic Research Center (STARC) has disclosed the evaluation results for its Calibre xACT 3D Field Solver extraction tool.
EMS firm says quake will delay orders
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3/25/2011   Post a comment
Swedish electronic manufacturing services company PartnerTech AB (Vellinge, Sweden) has informed its customers that the situation in Japan affects parts of the company's supply chain and therefore may cause "disorders" in the supply of certain products.
Report: Intel's faulty chip slows PC production
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3/25/2011   7 comments
The design error found by Intel in its Cougar Point support chip for the Sandy Bridge processor has started to impact the PC supply chain, according to a Taiwan Economic News report that referenced un-named sources at foundries and packaging houses.
Synopsys deploys MunEDA's WiCkeD tool suite
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3/25/2011   Post a comment
Synopsys Inc. has integrated the WiCkeD tool suite from MunEDA GmbH (Munich, Germany) in its HSPICE, CustomSim and Galaxy Custom Designer design and simulation environments.
Slow package resin restart weighs on tablets
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3/25/2011   2 comments
Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Company Inc., thought to be a near monopoly maker of a key material for the packaging of ICs used in tablet computers, has said it plans to get back to 25 percent of former production capacity at its Electrotechno Co. Ltd. electronic materials production subsidiary during April.
Supply chain hit by 'hoard' mentality
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3/25/2011   6 comments
The electronics supply chain remains in flux following the earthquake in Japan.
On Semi fabs ramping back up
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3/25/2011   2 comments
Two Japanese fabs operated by On Semiconductor that were disabled by the March 11 earthquake are now ramping back up,according to the company.
Hitachi reeling following quake
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3/25/2011   3 comments
Hitachi Ltd. is reeling following the earthquake in Japan.
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