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The new challenge for tech companies: currency fluctuations
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The fluctuating currency market is affecting more than fiscal results; it is also skewing competitiveness and preoccupying corporate boards as top management confronts one more issue over which it has limited control.
Solar array simulator delivers high power, small package
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Agilent Technologies has introduced a modular solar array simulator, designed for testing a satellite's power system, which is said to offer the most power in the smallest package.
Cirrus closes China unit, posts loss
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Cirrus Logic Inc. disclosed that it has shut down Caretta Integrated Circuits, a subsidiary based in Shanghai, China, causing a loss for the quarter.
SAFC Hitech opens $9 million facility
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SAFC Hitech has opened a new $9 million cleanroom facility at the company's Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin campus.
NXP mulls IP licensing for its Mifare platform
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NXP Semiconductors is looking seriously at licensing to other semiconductor companies its Mifare contactless chip card platform technology for use in SIM cards and NFC applications such as ticketing, payment and access management.
L'Inria axé sur les sciences numériques à l'horizon 2012
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L'heure est aux projets à L'Inria. Après quarante ans d'existence, l'Institut de recherche vient de présenter son quatrième plan stratégique à l'horizon 2008-2012.
Icera delays IPO, plans to raise cash for LTE play
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Icera Inc., a venture capital backed fabless chip company with a chipset and software modem for high-speed packet access (HSPA), has delayed a planned initial public offering of shares until about 2010, while it plans to raise more private money to fund its push into the Long-Term Evolution communications standard.
Group uses graphene electrodes for LCDs, solar cells
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Researchers at the University of Manchester (England) claimed they have produced tiny liquid crystal devices with graphene electrodes. This could lead to the development of computer and TV displays based on this technology.
French group readies NFC-enabled speakers
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French consumer electronics manufacturer Parrott (Paris) is readying a range of speakers that will incorporate Near Field Communications tags supplied by Innovision Research and Technology plc (Cirencester, England).
AMCC integrates Redpine's low-power Wi-Fi solution
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The solution for wireless client applications interfaces the Lite-Fi SoC to the 405EXr through a high-speed parallel interface, with a close-to-zero load WLAN driver on the PowerPC host.
Atmel adds Arch Rock's wireless sensor networking software
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The software includes a pre-built binary image that exposes its capabilities through TCP and UDP services on a host PC.
Towerstream launches fixed WiMAX network in Dallas
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Companies utilizing multiple appliances simultaneously, such as streaming video and VoIP, can prioritize their bandwidth to secure mission-critical activities.
Russia to co-develop laptop fuel cells
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Moscow-based Aspect Association, an organization working with a network of Russian technology companies, announced plans to mass produce fuel-cell chargers for laptop computers by the end of 2009.
Wireless camps prep fresh 4G battle
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The International Telecommunication Union, Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) 's recent call for candidates for the next-generation IMT-Advanced mobile broadband technologies has spurred competing standards groups into action.
Icera moves HSPA modem to 65-nm
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Icera Inc., a fabless semiconductor startup that has developed the Livanto wireless modem chipset supporting high-speed packet access (HSPA), has announced the customer sampling of the second-generation of the chipset.
Samsung boxt Wettbewerber aus dem DRAM Markt
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Nach der jüngsten Statistik des Marktforschungsunternehmens iSuppli ist es dem koreanischen Elektronikkonzern Samsung im ersten Quartal gelungen, seinen Vorsprung im hart umkämpften Markt für Speicherchips weiter auszubauen. Während die Wettbewerber angesichts des Preisverfalls und der schwachen US-Konjunktur ihre Produktion zurückschrauben mussten, hat Samsung seinen Ausstoß noch erhöht.
Nokia Siemens Networks joins Mutlticore Association
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Nokia Siemens Networks has joined the Multicore Association (Espoo, Finland), a non-profit organization tackling critical roadblocks for developing multicore-enabled systems, as an executive board member.
D/A converter guarantees 16-bit linearity
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Linear's LTC2755-16 is a D/A converter with six software-programmable output ranges that guarantees 16-bit linearity over the industrial temperature range without any adjustment.
Micron extends automotive memory temperature range
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Micron Technology is extending its line of automotive memory products to reach an extended temperature range of -40° to +105°C, critical for keeping the memory operating under extreme heat conditions.
Simtek launches 8-Mbit nvSRAM product line
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Simtek continues to push nvSRAM densities higher with an 8-Mbit family of nvSRAM products.
DRAM rankings: Samsung seeks to bury competitors
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Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. clung to its DRAM market lead in the first quarter, according to market researcher iSuppli, cranking up production as competitors retreated in response to weak market conditions and a U.S. economic recession.
Passive switches handle DisplayPort and PCIe 2.0 data rates
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Maxim Integrated Products has released the ultra-high-speed MAX4928A and MAX4928B passive switches for routing DisplayPort and PCI Express (PCIe) signals.
What is Atmel?
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Atmel Corp. has quietly sold its WiMax development group in Germany as part of an ongoing effort to restructure the company, according to reports from analysts.
RF transceiver module delivers small size, long range
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Intuicom, Inc. has introduced an ultra-small spread spectrum OEM RF transceiver module that features a data communications range of up to 60 miles and up to a 1.2 Mbits/s data rate.
OnChip delivers tiny silicon capacitor
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OnChip Devices has released a wire-bondable miniature silicon chip capacitor that the company claims is the industry's smallest and thinnest, measuring 10 x 10 mils sq. (0.25 x 0.25 mm) with thicknesses as thin as 4 mils (0.1 mm).
Graphics market soft in first quarter
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Sales of computer graphics chips had a slightly lower than usual seasonal downturn, leading one analyst to issue a cautious market projection for the next few quarters for the sector that can be a bellwether for computer sales and a key indicator of electronics sales overall.
Researchers measure nanotube 'stickiness'
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Researchers at Purdue University have precisely measured the forces required to peel tiny nanotubes off of other materials, creating a possible standard for nanomanufacturing.
TSMC rolls services to cut foundry costs
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Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) is winding up and throwing a one-two punch in an effort to reduce foundry costs.
Capella unveils single-chip proximity and ambient light sensor
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Capella Microsystems, Inc. has unveiled the CM3612 device, which it claims is the industry's first proximity and ambient light sensor in a single chip. This chip extends battery life in portable products.
Test system targets high-volume production DDR3-SDRAM memory
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Advantest is touting its T5503 high-throughput memory test system as having the industry's highest parallel test capability of up to 128 devices.
16-bit, 105-Msps serial output A/D converter conserves FPGA I/O pins
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With a high speed 2-wire serial interface, the LTC2274 from Linear reduces the number of data I/O lines required between a 16-bit A/D converter and the FPGA from 16 CMOS or 32 LVDS parallel data lines to a single, self-clocking, differential pair communicating at 2.1-Gbit/s, freeing up valuable FPGA pins.
Kopin inks solar contract from NASA
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Kopin Corp. has been selected for a $600,000 solar cell development contract from NASA.
Bluetooth in-car design takes less than six-weeks to integrate
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CSR launched RoadTunes, a feature rich, fully interoperable Bluetooth hands-free package for Personal Navigation Devices (PNDs) and in-car systems.
Low-cost, versatile Class D amplifiers line debuts
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Maxim Integrated Products has introduced the MAX9736A/B, a family of versatile single-supply, filterless Class D speaker amplifiers, which provide high-performance, thermally efficient amplifier solutions at the lowest solution cost.
Agilent Technologies Released GoldenGate 4.2
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GoldenGate 4.2 represents an expansion in RFIC simulation coverage for wireless communications products, with transient simulation speed improvements and new mixed-signal simulation capabilities.
Solar firm Sunovia gains funding
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Sunovia Energy Technologies Inc. has completed its mezzanine round of financing for $12 million.
Study: U.S. entrepreneurs are educated, experienced
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If anyone clings to the image of tech whiz kids who drop out of college to make fortunes, it's time to let it go.
ARM joins Intel firmware group
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Processor intellectual property licensor ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) has joined the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface Forum to better support OEMs that are developing ARM processor-based systems.
CSR takes huge charge on Ubinetics acquisition
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Shares in wireless chip specialist CSR plc (Cambridge, England) plunged by as much as 25 percent in early trading as the company announced it had taken a charge of $52.9 million for the acquisition in 2005 of Ubinetics. The compnay also saw a fall off in demand for its chips, mainly Bluetooth parts, from makers of mobile phone makers and other consumer electronics devices, notably headsets.
Fujitsu claims advance in "soft error" elimination
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Researchers at Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. (Tokyo, Japan) are claiming a major advance on improving the reliability of semiconductors with a technique for quick and accurate measurement of the "soft errors" that could be caused to a chip by the effect of neutrons from some cosmic rays.
SanDisk planning to cut 5% of workforce, says report
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SanDisk Corp. (Milpitas, Calif.) is set to cut 5 percent of the company's jobs worldwide, including 40 workers in its Israeli sites as part of a global move, according to a report in the Israeli newspaper The Marker.
10GEPON demand outweighs risk
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While most broadband links deliver service below 10 Mbits/second, the IEEE is working on a broadband standard that is 1,000 times as fast. According to Glen Kramer, chairman of the IEEE 10-Gigabit Ethernet Passive Optical Network (10GEPON) task group and chief scientist at chip supplier Teknovus, the task group is on track to move the standardization process to the next step, working-group balloting, in July.
Broadcom expands networking portfolio
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Broadcom has expanded its network switching portfolio for businesses deploying 802.11n Wi-Fi networks with an end-to-end solution that combines its Intensi-fi silicon with its FASTPATH networking software to deliver features that IT managers require across their wireless networks.
Interface adapts GPIB instruments to Ethernet-based test systems
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ICS Electronics' Ethernet to GPIB instrument interface dubbed model 8055 provides access to GPIB instruments from any computer with a NIC interface or over a TCP/IP network.
Sierra Wireless launches tiny USB modem
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In addition to e-mail and Internet access, the Compass 597 offers GPS support, enabling the use of location search and common navigational software tools on a notebook computer.
Lime Microsystems fabs single chip WiMAX, 3G and LTE multi-standard transceiver
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The transceiver and its associated reference design can be digitally configured to operate all WiMAX, 3G and LTE frequency bands with 16 user-selectable bandwidths from 1.5MHz to 28 MHz.
Bancroft raising third CEE fund
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Bancroft Private Equity announced it is raising its third Central and Eastern Europe fund with a target size of 250M euros ($388M).
Europe continues to disappoint in chip sales growth
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Sales of semiconductors in Europe during March were $3.4 billion, up 2.1 percent over the previous month and an increase of just 0.5 percent on the $3.4 billion achieved in the same period last year. The growth rates are the slowest of the four regions tracked by the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).
Chip sales up 3.8% in Q1 compared to Q107
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Global sales of semiconductors during the first quarter of 2008 came in at $63.4 billion, up 3.8 percent on the same period last year, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).
Study: More CEE workers leaving UK than arriving
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Central and Eastern European workers are clearly beginning to leave the UK and return home, according to a recent report from Britain's Institute for Public Policy Research.
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