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PCI Express card kit smaller alternative to PCMCIA
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AVX Corporation developed next-generation Personal Computer Memory Card International Association (PCMCIA) cards which support both the ExpressCard/34 (34 mm wide) and ExpressCard/54 (54 mm wide) form factors, respectively.
AC/DC current probes measure from DC to 100 MHz bandwidth
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Agilent Technologies introduced a family of wide-bandwidth, active current probes for oscilloscopes. Low noise, high accuracy and low-circuit insertion loss make the N2780A Series current probes suitable for capturing transient or steady-state currents in power-electronics applications.
Dual-channel instrument delivers large waveforms, fast rise time
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TEGAM has introduced its 2700A line of Hybrid Series function/arbitrary waveform generators. The Model 2732 has dual independent channels that are capable of sourcing waves up to 50 MHz and can store 4 million points of 14-bit waveform data per channel.
DVR with optional USB, SDI features
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Fast Forward Video announced the release of their Recon DVR with optional USB, CF, SMPTE timecode and serial digital interface (SDI) features for increased flexibility.
SMD resistors target applications with pulse power requirements
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Stackpole Electronics released the RPC series of surge-withstanding SMD resistors for applications with pulse requirements. The series is a thick-film SMD chip resistor with improved surge-handling characteristics over standard commercial thick-film chips as well as SMD metal-electrode leadless-face (MELF) resistor types.
New TI algorithm standard eases codec implementation
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TI has introduced the eXpressDSP Digital Media Software Standard (xDM), a low-level application programming interface (API) for DSP-based software, that provides a framework for integrating and exchanging multiple codecs within an application.
RoHS and WEEE input needed
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IPC is asking the electronics industry for input on the impact of RoHS and WEEE on their businesses for two studies commissioned by DG Enterprises and Industry of the European Commission.
LG.Philips leads LCD shipments in 1Q
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LG.Philips shipped the most large-sized LCD panels in the first quarter of 2007, but Samsung Electronics continues to lead the market in terms of revenue, according to a report out by iSuppli.
Client server computing is dead, says IBM CEO
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IBM CEO Sam Palmisano believes businesses need to migrate to more efficient computing models where applications are stored centrally and can be tapped from a broad range of computing devices.
Report: China seeks 'indigenous innovation'
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China is launching a 15-year plan akin to the U.S. post-Sputnik research initiative to achieve "indigenous innovation," a U.S. group concludes in a report on global competitiveness.
Nu Horizons enters German market
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Semiconductor distributor Nu Horizons Electronics Corp. is moving to expand its European presence by opening a subsidiary in Munich, Germany.
CEO interview: Microchip's Steve Sanghi
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Microchip Technology CEO Steve Sanghi pulls no punches as he addresses the state of the semiconductor industry, private equity, the IDM/fab model and Microchip's overall strategy.
LG.Philips takes the lead in the large-sized LCD panel market, says iSuppli
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LG.Philips LCD Co. Ltd. in the first quarter of 2007 managed to stave off the worst effects of the seasonal sales slowdown, allowing it to surpass AU Optronics Corp. to become the world's leading supplier of large-sized LCD panels in terms of unit shipments, according to a preliminary estimate from iSuppli Corp.
Report: China seeks 'indigenous innovation'
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China is launching a 15-year plan akin to the U.S. post-Sputnik research initiative to achieve "indigenous innovation," a U.S. group concludes in a report on global competitiveness.
Si2 releases free OpenAccess utilities
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The Silicon Integration Initiative has released two "community contributions" from the OpenAccess Coalition. They include an analog schematic symbol set and a debugging utility.
Sun tapes out Niagara 2, faces 45nm challenge
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Sun Microsystems has taped out its highly integrated Niagara 2 and Rock processors, but the company faces a major hurdle getting access to leading edge 45 and 32nm process technology for its future Sparc CPUs, according to David Yen, who heads the recently re-created Sun Microelectronics group.
ShoreTel Releases ShoreTel 7
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New software is designed to provide a single point of management, complete feature transparency between enterprise locations and scalability for enterprises and SMBs alike.
LG.Philips grabs lead in large-sized LCDs
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LG.Philips LCD Co. Ltd. in the first quarter fought off a seasonal slowdown, allowing it to surpass AU Optronics Corp. to become the world's leading supplier of large-sized LCD panels in terms of unit shipments, according to iSuppli Corp.
Startup Simberian launches 3D simulation package
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Startup Simberian, Inc. has released a 3D full-wave transmission line field solver with capabilities to extract via hole parameters.
Hynix claims first DDR3 validation
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South Korea's Hynix Semiconductor Inc. claims to have received the industry's first validation on its DDR3 SDRAMs and modules from Intel Corp. However, there is still no chipset support for DDR3 SDRAMs in the market.
'Edutainment toys' to drive semis
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The worldwide market for ''edutainment toys'' will reach $7.3 billion by 2011, which could be a driver for the semiconductor sector, according to In-Stat Inc.
Cypress sells SunPower shares for $455M
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Cypress Semiconductor Corp. Tuesday (May 1) sold 7,500,000 shares of SunPower Corp.'s Class A common stock in an offering.
ITT adopt Xilinx Qpro radiation-tolerant FPGAs
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Virtex-II QPro radiation tolerant FPGAs from Xilinx enable ITT cross-track infrared sounder program for U.S. government national oceanic and atmospheric project.
The 2006 top global distributors
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The distribution market overall fared well in 2006, despite softer demand in some end markets, continued concern about a semiconductor inventory overhang as the year drew to an end and pressure to comply with new worldwide environmental regulations.
Sweet analog dreams
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This is the concluding segment of our interview with Art George, senior vice president of the High Performance Analog business unit at Texas Instruments Inc. In the March 2006 issue, George spoke with ESM's Crista Souza about the state of the analog IC market.
China's ultimate challenge
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Wal-Mart Stores Inc. regained the title of the world's biggest company by revenue last year, pushing aside Exxon Mobil Corp., which had taken the position in the previous year as crude oil prices soared to record levels. Wal-Mart is back in the saddle, serving up everything from foodstuff to furniture and other household goods cheaply to Americans. The retailer can also be trusted to have affordable electronic gadgets, including DVD players, digital music equipment, digital camera, TVs, computer
Unstoppable
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Product compliance requirements, largely regulated by government agencies to help ensure quality and safety, have long been a factor in the design, manufacture and sale of goods and services. While environmental regulations themselves are not new to industry, they historically have been associated more with manufacturing plants than with products themselves. But this has changed dramatically in recent years. Green technology is here to stay.
Stuck in the 1920s
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Whether you are an OEM or a contract manufacturer, there is no doubt that mitigating inventory risk and reducing cost are key priorities for your operations team.Many companies purchase expensive system tools and enterprise resource planning (ERP) packages to control both inventory and cost. What they often overlook, however, are the basic policies that drive those parameters. One glaring example is the policy that defines the frequency of placing purchase orders.
Pricing opportunity
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Thanks to the rapid growth in sales of PCs and mobile phones in recent years, the semiconductor industry is experiencing a sharp expansion. Consequently, semiconductor companies have feverishly increased their supply, spending capital in the last two quarters of 2006 to support what was, until recently, a robust forecast for 2007 demand.
The IP highway
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Approximately 90 percent of new-car innovation happens in the electronics. Add in the fact that a car's electronics provide roughly 50 percent of its market value, and the dollars begin to multiply quickly when the automotive electronics market is examined from a global perspective
Yes to Western Europe
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When it comes to getting a read on an electronic device's "cool" factor, most companies look toward gadget-loving markets in Silicon Valley or Tokyo.
Hiring Report: TMP Wants Career Focused Professionals
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The recruitment advertising agency plans to hire on an analyst and data warehousing experts and will practice what it preaches, using multiple on-line media and a variety of recruitment strategies.
RF group Toumaz joins health alliance standards body
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RF chip developer Toumaz Technology Ltd has become a leading player in the Continua Health Alliance, an industry organization promoting interoperability across technology-based health devices and networks.
Mentor, Anite team for baseband chip verification
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Test and measurement specialist Anite is partnering with EDA group Mentor Graphics Corp. on a complete verification platform that will provide an integrated and efficient set up to verify baseband SoC designs.
Tower increases revenues, reduces losses in Q1
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Israeli foundry Tower Semiconductor narrowed its first-quarter net loss to $37.4 million from $45.1 million in the corresponding quarter last year, and increased revenues by 55 percent to $55.6 million.
Questions For Every Call Center Manager
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Here are the things you need to ask yourselves, and answer for yourselves, if you want to succeed in this business.
IP Comes of Contact Center Age
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Since 2004 the contact center industry has slowly begun to dip its toes in the IP pool and experiment with the customer care possibilities that IP and unified communications offers the profession.
Ask the (Self-Proclaimed) Expert
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Brace yourself for (or against) some answers to critical operational questions by one of the industry's foremost experts.
Broader Portfolios Enhance Your Outsourcing Options
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Here are three key developments in call center outsourcing you should know about.
Workforce Management From Forecasting To Optimization
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What does that pesky term "workforce optimization" actually mean, anyway?
Miami Advice: The Best of Call Center Demo
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Highlights of our gathering at CC Demo, our winter sojourn to the warm climes of Miami, wherein we learned all about the latest advances in call center operations.
Speech Makes Inroads As A Service
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It used to be the province of the adventurous and the large. But speech technology is now becoming an everyday necessity, thanks in part to the easier deployment by on-demand hosted speech providers.
How Does Your Call Center Stack Up?
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Benchmarking is a method world-class call centers use to improve their performance at a revolutionary pace.
Why Mentoring is the Best Defense Against Agent Turnover
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Mentoring enables agents to perceive their work in the broader context of their careers, rather than only as the means to earn their paychecks.
REVIEW: All-in-one DC power analyzer sidesteps programming
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Test-and-measurement house Agilent Technologies debuts a DC power analyzer for sourcing and measuring DC voltage and current into a device under test. You can use it to gain insight into a DUT's power demand in minutes, without writing a single line of code. eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn reports.
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