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3-axis accelerometer cuts power, add features
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5/27/2010   2 comments
STMicro three axis accelerometer lowers power, extends battery life, shrink size and integrated with other MEMS devices like gyroscopes for mobile handsets, remote controls, gaming controllers.
Critics again hammer proposed NASA's manned flight plan
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Lawmakers remain skeptical about NASA's blueprint will ensure continued U.S. access to low-Earth orbit and beyond.
Report predicts 75 million stereo 3-D PCs in 2014
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Nearly one million PCs will ship this year equipped to display stereo 3-D content, rising to 75 million by 2014 valued at a whopping $30 billion, according to a new report from Jon Peddie Research.
BOARDS: SBC suits display control in railway and mobile markets
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MEN Mikro Elektronik has developed the SC21 single-board computer for intelligent displays for use in the railway and mobile markets.
X-ES bases OpenVPX module on Freescale eight-core P4080 processor
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The XPedite5470 from Extreme Engineering Solutions Inc. (X-ES) is a high-performance 3U OpenVPX single-board computer featuring a Freescale QorIQ P4080 processor with eight Power Architecture e500 cores at up to 1.5 GHz.
Unisem eyes IC-packaging expansion in Chengdu
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5/27/2010   Post a comment
Seeking to break out from the crowded IC-packaging pack, Malaysia’s Unisem Berhad here outlined its ambitious growth strategy amid robust demand and shortages in the market.
Rambus acquires more lighting and display technology
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5/27/2010   Post a comment
Rambus will pay $2.25 million to acquire intellectual property related to dynamic backlighting, field sequential color displays and time multiplexed optical shutter display technology from Uni-Pixel.
Autoelectronics market to reach $210 billion in 2014, says analyst
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5/27/2010   Post a comment
The market for automotive electronic systems is set to grow from a 2009 low of $125 billion to about $210 million in 2014, a CAGR over the period of 11 percent, according to market research firm Strategy Analytics. Over the longer period to 2017 the company is forecasting a CAGR of 9 percent to yield an annual market of about $244 billion.
Rambus acquires Uni-Pixel backlighting display IP
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Rambus has acquired a portion of Uni-Pixel's intellectual property portfolio relating to dynamic backlighting, field sequential color displays, and Time Multiplexed Optical Shutter display technology for $2.25 million.
Analyst sees chip market uptick over next decade
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5/27/2010   Post a comment
The global chip market will likely rise annually by about 8 to 10 percent on average over the next decade, due to the demands of environmental engineering on semiconductor technologies, according to an industry analyst.
Oclaro backs ClariPhy in $24 million VC round
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5/27/2010   Post a comment
ClariPhy Communications, a vendor of mixed-signal, digital signal processing (MXSP) integrated circuits for optical networks, has raised $24 million in Series C funding.
Group breaks logjam over smart meter standard
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5/27/2010   1 comment
Developers have agreed on a process to define by the end of the year a "seed" standard describing how to present data to devices that monitor smart electric grids, breaking a logjam that has drawn attention from Obama Administration officials and others trying to drive the move to a digital networked grid.
New loss measurement requirement coming for circuit board fab shops
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5/27/2010   1 comment
Intel is setting expectations with their circuit board fab houses that loss measurements will become a required performance metric for their high end server circuit boards.
Intel further retreats from discrete GPUs
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5/26/2010   13 comments
Intel has further retreated from plans to bring a high-performance stand-alone graphics processor to market, but will continue to develop its multi-core Larrabee architecture for the high-performance computing market, the company revealed in a blog posting.
Foxconn dismisses 'sweatshop' allegations
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5/26/2010   2 comments
Terry Gou, president of the Foxconn Technology Group, has denied claims that the Taiwan contract manufacturing giant is a sweatshop for its factory workers in China amid a string of suicides at the company, according to a report.
ITC again extends Nvidia investigation
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5/26/2010   Post a comment
The U.S. International Trade Commission extended its deadline for completing an investigation into a matter brought by Rambus against Nvidia and other firms until July 26, according to a statement issued by Rambus.
Critics again hammer proposed NASA manned flight plan
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U.S. lawmakers remain skeptical that a new blueprint for NASA will ensure continued U.S. access to low-Earth orbit and beyond.
Ink-jet printable nanotube transistors made easy
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5/26/2010   5 comments
Rice University researchers have discovered an easier method of ink-jet printing nanotubes as conductors, semiconductors or insulators without having to perform a tedious and expensive presorting task.
Sony develops 'rollable' OLED display
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Sony Corp. has developed a highly flexible OLED display that can be rolled around a pencil and continue to operate.
TSMC to invest $5 million in Shanghai VC firm
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Foundry chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. has said it will invest $5 million, or about NT$160 million, in a venture capital company based in Shanghai, according to a Focus Taiwan report.
Intel to add jobs in Chengdu plant
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Amid the chip upturn, Intel Corp. is in the process of hiring at its IC-packaging facility in Chengdu, China.
SMIC, TI still in talks about fab takeover
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Silicon foundry vendor Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) is still in talks with Texas Instruments Inc. about taking over the operation of a 200-mm fab in Chengdu, China, according to sources.
5 reasons why Samsung scares Japan
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5/26/2010   18 comments
Here are the five reasons why the Japanese are losing confidence against Samsung -- and why they’re feeling whipped by their erstwhile whipping boy, Korea.
Arbitrary waveform generators produce high sample rate, resolution
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5/26/2010   1 comment
LeCroy Corp. recently launched the ArbStudio series of arbitrary waveform generators (AWG) capable of generating signals up to 125 MHz with high sample rate, long memory and high resolution, as well as a variety of operating modes, modulation capabilities and a digital pattern generator.
Flat-flex cable-compatible driver boards power LED-backlit LCDs
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5/26/2010   Post a comment
Endicott Research Group (ERG) is offering two LED driver boards that provide compact, economical products to OEM panel designers looking to get the maximum performance out of their displays.
Atrenta, AutoESL claim working 3D design flow
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5/26/2010   Post a comment
On the eve of the 47th edition of the Design Automation Conference in Anaheim, Calif., Atrenta Inc. and AutoESL announced they will be demonstrating a working 3D design flow.
Real Intent's DFT tool to achieve fault coverage at RTL
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5/26/2010   Post a comment
Real Intent Inc. has extended its Meridian product family with the introduction of a Design-For-Test (DFT) software tool.
Analog FastSPICE Multi-Core Parallel solution offers up to 50x higher performance
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5/26/2010   Post a comment
Berkeley Design Automation, Inc., provider of the Analog FastSPICE unified circuit verification platform (AFS Platform), has unveiled a new platform - the AFS Multi-Core Parallel operating mode (AFS MCP).
Avnet targets Japan’s Unidux for acquisition
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5/26/2010   Post a comment
Avnet Inc. is moving to expand its footprint in Asia and especially in Japan by offering to acquire all the outstanding shares of Unidux Inc., a Japanese electronic component distributor that is expected to add key local OEM customers to the company's roster.
Dell taps Android, Snapdragon for mini tablet
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5/26/2010   3 comments
On the same day Dell Inc. announced an ARM/Linux tablet, a panel of mobile experts—including a designer of the Dell device—suggested alternative platforms for tablets and netbooks are on a road of slow but steady growth.
Samsung exec anoints AMOLED displays as next 'big thing'
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The next 'big thing' in displays is amorphous organic light emitting diodes powering ‘smart’ TVs and ‘smart’ mobile devices.
Analysts: 450-mm will happen, eventually
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5/25/2010   Post a comment
The probability that the semiconductor industry will one day use 450-mm silicon wafers in manufacturing has increased significantly, though the chance of achieving volume production by the original target date of 2012 is remote, according to a new report by analysts at Semico Research.
Despite challenges, heady growth seen for 3-D TV
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5/25/2010   Post a comment
Despite making them available for the first time in March, television manufacturers are expected to ship some 4.2 million 3-D TVs in 2010, thanks to increasing traction and acceptance from enthusiastic early adopters, according to market research firm iSuppli. The firm projects until 3-D TV shipments will triple in 2011, reaching more than 12.9 million, before doubling to 27.4 million in 2012.
VLSI ups IC forecast, sees super cycle
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5/25/2010   Post a comment
VLSI Research Inc. has raised its chip forecast again amid booming demand in the area.
SOFTWARE TOOLS - Meridian DFT offers what-if analysis for DFT trade-offs
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5/25/2010   Post a comment
Real Intent's new Meridian DFT (Design-For-Test) software identifies trouble spots during RTL creation and offers what-if analysis for DFT trade-offs.
Powerline backers spar over smart grid market
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5/25/2010   Post a comment
Competing powerline proponents used the platform of the Connectivity Week event to fire off competing announcements to position themselves for success in the emerging smart grid market that has huge potential, but sees no end in sight to years of fragmentation over technical approaches.
SOFTWARE TOOLS: MetaCase and itemis to offer software dev automation based on DSM
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5/25/2010   Post a comment
MetaCase, provider of domain-specific modeling environments, and itemis AG, consulting firm in the field of model-driven software development, are joining forces to offer software development automation solutions based on Domain-Specific Modeling (DSM). DSM increases the productivity of software developers by raising the level of abstraction and introducing automation.
16-bit DAC enhances connectivity, system efficiency in remote industrial apps
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5/25/2010   Post a comment
Analog Devices' 4-to-20 mA 16-bit digital-to-analog converter for smart transmitters integrates precision converter with power management circuitry to simplify design and boost available power.
Isolated DC-DC converter delivers 60W in tiny package
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5/25/2010   Post a comment
Picor has introduced the PI3101 Cool-Power high-density isolated DC-DC converter that delivers 60W of output power in half the size of existing products, setting a new standard for power density by delivering over 105W per square inch.
Researchers cast graphene into quantum dots
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5/25/2010   Post a comment
Rice University researchers propose a technique for creating quantum dots with graphene semiconductors, potentially enabling single-molecule sensors, ultra small transistors and on-chip communications with semiconductor lasers.
Aldec FPGA simulation added to Altium Designer
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5/25/2010   Post a comment
Altium and Aldec have signed an OEM agreement that adds Aldec's FPGA simulation capabilities to Altium Designer.
H.264 evaluation on choice of FPGAs
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Evaluation of H.264 video encoding has got easer via a solution that can run on either Altera or Xilinx FPGAs on commercial prototyping boards.
Three-output DC-DC controllers seamlessly control core, I/O voltages
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Maxim's new buck controllers offer three regulated output voltages and integrated tracking/sequencing to seamlessly control core and I/O voltages.
2.4-GHz RF SoC delivers CD-quality wireless audio
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Targeted at consumer, portable and high-end audio applications, TI says the first RF device in its new PurePath Wireless product line can reduce bill of materials cost by 50 percent.
EdXact enhances parasitics reduction, analysis tools
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5/25/2010   Post a comment
Post-layout verification specialist EdXact SA said it will release version 5.0 of Jivaro netlist reduction platform for analog circuits and version 3.2 of Comanche post-layout analysis tool at this year's DAC in Anaheim. Enhancements include interactive debugging capabilities, hierarchical file handling and improved selectivity features.
Hybrid-core computing speeds life science research
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5/25/2010   Post a comment
A hybrid-core computing architecture integrating computer architecture and compiler technology with commercial, off-the-shelf hardware – an Intel Xeon processor and Xilinx FPGAs –' is providing a speed boost for life sciences research.
Webinar to explain designing with Actel's SmartFusion
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5/25/2010   Post a comment
Actel Corpo. is holding a live series of webinars to introduce SmartFusion intelligent mixed signal FPGAs and the tool ecosystem for enabling design creation.
ARM uses Magma's characterization, modeling tool
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ARM Holdings plc said it has utilized SiliconSmart characterization and modeling software suite from Magma Design Automation Inc. to expand its production characterization system for Physical IP products.
Videos: Net pioneers on smart grid, Web congestion
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5/25/2010   1 comment
In separate keynote addresses in Silicon Valley, Vint Cerf, co-developer of the Net's TCP/IP protocol, shared his thoughts with developers of the smart electric grid and Larry Roberts, who helped launch the forerunner of the Internet, explained his ideas for remedying the congestion that plagues the Web today.
Intel extends business plan competition
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5/25/2010   Post a comment
Paul Otellini, CEO of Intel Corp., has launched the 2010 Intel Challenge, a competition for university students who are asked to submit business plans for the chance to win $150,000. Otellini launched the competition during a speech at the World Congress on IT in Amsterdam.
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