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Startup claims breakthrough in reconfigurable logic
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5/28/2009   Post a comment
A British company focused on dynamically reconfigurable logic, Akya (Selby, England), has launched its first licensable technology, dubbed the ART2.
Vishay : Trimming pots exceed MIL requirements
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A series of Bulk Metal Foil ultra-high-precision Accutrim trimming potentiometers, introduced by Vishay, is designed to meet and exceed the requirements of MIL-PRF-39035 Char. H.
TDK : Chip inductors offer highest impedance in 1005 package
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TDK Electronics has introduced the MMZ1005-E family of three Gigaspira multilayer gigahertz-band chip bead inductors claiming the world’s highest impedance in a 1005-size device.
Visteon files for chapter 11
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US-based automotive tier one Visteon Corp. has filed for chapter 11 of the US Bankrupcy Code. European subsidiaries are not affected. The company hopes to maintain its business but it for the time being it is unclear if and how it will able to do so.
AMS, Fraunhofer partner for encoder ICs
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Analog IC specialist Austriamicrosystems and the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (IIS) have linked to develop a generation of magnetic motion sensing integrated circuits based on Fraunhofer’s patented HallinOne magnetic sensor technology.
Technology group launches car radar initiative
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'Radar on chip for cars' (RoCC) is the name of a joint effort to drive the development of radar technology for automotive use. The group embraces luxury car manufacturers BMW AG and Daimler AG, automotive tier ones Bosch and Continental and chip vendor Infineon Technologies.
Infineon applied for bailout, paper says
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Ailing Chip maker Infineon queues up with many companies currently asking for state aid. According to Financial Times Deutschland, the company has applied for a guarantee worth €500 million (about $693 million).
Savi Settles AeroScout Lawsuit
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Savi Technology reaches "favorable settlement" with AeroScout.
Real world robots star in Terminator Salvation
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Eighteen ABB industrial robots star in the final climactic scene of the new movie Terminator Salvation, in which Christian Bale faces an army of Terminators.
Magma beats sales target, posts loss
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EDA vendor Magma Design Automation hit its most recent sales targets for the fiscal fourth quarter and fiscal year, but posted lower revenue and wider losses than in the year-ago periods.
Spreadtrum cuts jobs, posts loss
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China's Spreadtrum Communications Inc., a supplier of wireless baseband chipsets, posted a loss and implemented a 15 percent headcount reduction.
Startup Netronome rolls new family of programmable network processors
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Programmable chip vendor Netronome Systems announced the availability of a family of network processors said to remove the barriers to unified computing architectures by combining high-performance network, content and security processing with general purpose processors, such as Intel's IA, through I/O virtualization.
Obama touts solar power to break US oil addiction
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President Barack Obama provided a spending boost to the solar and geothermal energy industries Wednesday and said increased use of the fuels would make America more secure.
Registration opens for X-fest technical seminar series
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Registration has been opened for X-fest 2009, a 36-city global technical seminar series sponsored by Xilinx and Avnet.
Video: Google demos next version of Android
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Developers also gave a sneak peak of the next version of Android at Google I/O, showing new text-to-speech and basic handwriting recognition capabilities, and called for developers to use new capabilities in HTML5 to write rich applications that run inside a in a browser rather than on an operating system such as Microsoft Windows.
Actel names co-wiinners of China Students FPGA design competition
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Designs from Xian University of Electronic Science and Technology and South China Agricultural University tied for top honors in the 2009 Actel Cup China Students FPGA design competition.
Updated: SanDisk, Samsung agree flash patents and supply deals
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SanDisk Corp. (Milpitas, Calif.) and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. have announced they have agreed to cross-license their flash memory semiconductor portfolios and that Samsung will continue to supply SanDisk with a guaranteed portion of its flash memory production.
Updated: SanDisk, Samsung agree flash patents and supply deals
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SanDisk Corp. (Milpitas, Calif.) and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. have announced they have agreed to cross-license their flash memory semiconductor portfolios and that Samsung will continue to supply SanDisk with a guaranteed portion of its flash memory production.
Two RF transceivers enable secure transmission of remote data for smart grids
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Analog Devices, Inc., has introduced two new RF transceivers that deliver the best-in-class performance, low power consumption and high integration effective for smart grid and home and building automation applications.
Electric car maker Zenn posts wider loss
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Electric car maker Zenn Motor Co posted a slightly wider second-quarter net loss as the downturn in the automotive sector hurt its revenue.
Chip sales improve for second month in a row, says analyst
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The three-month moving average of global chip sales is expected to come in $15.2 billion in April, up by 3.4 percent from the $14.7 billion reported in March, according to analysts at Carnegie Group (Oslo, Norway). This would be down 27 percent on the three-month figure for April 2008, but a smaller annual decline to those recorded in the first quarter of 2009.
Step-up dc-to-dc converters increase battery run times for portables
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ADI's ADP1612 and ADP1613 dc-to-dc converters enable designers to boost input voltages as low as 1.8 V up to output voltages as high as 20 V.
Silicon Labs : 8-bit MCU has 2 x 2 mm footprint
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Silicon Laboratories has expanded its small form factor microcontrollers (MCUs) with the C8051T606 low cost 8-bit mixed-signal MCU.
NatSemi's SolarMagic wins Intersolar award
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At the Intersolar trade fair here, National Semiconductor introduced its new product line of SolarMagic PV power optimizers — and won the fair's technology award right away.
A cornucopia of fun and frivolity
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As promised, here's a bumper blog jam-packed with tempting tidbits of trivia and tasty nuggets of knowledge.
Jazz rolls wafer shuttle program
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Jazz Semiconductor has rolled out its direct multiproject wafer (MPW) shuttle program.
Elmos revealed as Dolphin schematic capture partner
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EDA and IP company Dolphin Integration SA (Meylan, France) has provided a schematic capture system to Elmos Semiconductor AG (Dortmund, Germany), a developer of general-purpose and customer-specific automotive ICs.
RF transceivers address short-range ISM-band, io-homecontrol protocols
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Analog Devices' latest RF transceivers enable secure and robust transmission of remote data for smart grids and home and building automation.
MPL : Gigabit Ethernet cards are designed for the industrial market
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MPL introduces a rugged Gigabit Ethernet family called TRIGET, which is specially designed for the industrial market.
Wireless Solutions for VGA, S-Video, Composite or Component Video Sources
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Who needs messy cables when you can extend video at high resolution of 1280x1024/1080i using wi-fi technology?
Desktop Widget for Monitoring 802.11n Wi-Fi Routers
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D-Link announced the availability of a desktop widget that allows users to monitor any D-Link 802.11n Wi-Fi routers to monitor Internet and network send/receive rates, along with other settings of the home network including security settings and network name.
RFID sensor tag IC features low power consumption and easy data transfer
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Melexis has demonstrated its MLX90129 sensor tag IC at the Sensor & Test exhibition in N¼rnberg this week. This contactless sensing system on a chip targets applications such as cold chain management, industrial data logger or medical monitoring devices.
Danish researchers target 4G test
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The Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation has awarded Euros 6 million towards a project at Aalborg University in which the researchers there will work with Infineon Technologies and Agilent Technologies on topics such as high performance, easy test infrastructure and low power consumption.
SanDisk, Samsung agree flash patents and supply deals
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SanDisk Corp. (Milpitas, Calif.) and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. have announced they have agreed to cross-license their flash memory semiconductor portfolios and that Samsung will continue to supply SanDisk with a guaranteed portion of its flash memory production.
Nujira's DPD module said to simplify basestation design
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Power amplifier specialist Nujira (Cambridge, England) claims the digital pre-distortion (DPD) version of its Coolteq-h power modulator will simplify the design of cellular basestations.
ZMD offers 14-bit capacitive sensor signal conditioning IC
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ZMD AG (Dresden, Germany), a global supplier of analog and mixed-signal solutions for automotive, industrial, and medical applications, has expanded its family of capacitive sensor signal conditioning devices with the 14-bit dynamic range ZMD31210 cLite IC.
AMS touts through-silicon via foundry process
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Austriamicrosystems has started producing on a foundry basis parts on its Through Silicon Via (TSV) technology, targeting suppliers of devices for 3D integration of CMOS ICs and sensor components.
Maxim : Re-drivers support highest data rates
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Maxim introduces two re-drivers to support the industry’s latest high-speed serial interfaces.
Micro-Robotics : Embedded controller features powerful ARM CPU
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Micro-Robotics has introduced the VM2, an embedded controller that succeeds the VM1 which has been the company’s flagship product for the past five years.
NXP reveals lowest power 32-bit Cortex-M3 based microcontrollers
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Focusing on innovation in energy-efficiency NXP has revealed the industry's lowest power 32-bit Cortex-M3 based microcontrollers to extend the world's broadest range of ARM-based processors.
CamSemi unveils PSS controller family that lowers cost of Energy Star 2.0 compliance
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UK-based power management start up, CamSemi has introduced a new family of Primary Side Sensing (PSS) controllers to help manufacturers comply with the latest star ratings for no-load power consumption in mobile phone chargers but at lower cost.
SIM cards identified as a growing market
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The mobile communications market as a whole may be suffering, notably as regards subscriber growth, but shipments of SIM cards are powering ahead, having reached record levels in 2008 and set to continue growing this year, according to market trackers IMS Research (Wellingborough, England).
Clouds clearing away for PV industry
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Despite the current crisis, the German photovoltaics industry sees a bright future. According to industry association BSW-Solar, most companies expect a significant uptrend beginning already in the near future.
Capacitive sensor signal-conditioning IC delivers 14bit resolution at low power
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ZMD AG has added the ZMD31210 cLite IC to its family of capacitive sensor signal conditioning devices.
Asset strippers circle Qimonda
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5/27/2009   2 comments
Qimonda's chances to continue its existence as an entity sunk to almost zero after the last remaining potential investor has dismissed its interest.
BP Solar, SolarEdge to test new efficiency products
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BP Solar will join forces with SolarEdge to test new products designed to help solar modules operate more efficiently in harvesting the sun's rays, the companies said Wednesday.
U.S. flat-panel TV sales grew again in Q1
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5/26/2009   1 comment
Shipments of flat-panel televisions in the U.S. and Canada reached 7.8 million units in the first quarter, up 17.3 percent from the first quarter of 2008, according to market research firm iSuppli.
Feedback: 6 critical keys to IP licensing success
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5/26/2009   1 comment
The IP licensing market is complicated and in this response to a previous EE Times article on the history of Chipidea and MIPS, a reader lists six factors he believes are critical for success in the market segment.
When will we see the IC recovery?
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5/26/2009   Post a comment
The IC market is gradually improving amid the downturn, but analysts disagree about the timing of the recovery.
Cree raises financial targets
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5/26/2009   Post a comment
LED vendor Cree increased its revenue and earnings targets for the quarter ending June 28, saying it now expects revenue to be between $143 million and $150 million and GAAP earnings per share to be 7 to 9 cents per diluted share.
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