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Hirose DF57 wire-to-board connectors
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5/26/2011   Post a comment
Hirose's DF57 Series delivers 2A per contact in a compact package.
Conec EMI-filtered connectors
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5/26/2011   Post a comment
CONEC has developed a series of EMI-filtered connectors that provide near linear performance up to 1GHz and beyond.
Orion Fans OA300ST Series AC fan trays
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5/26/2011   Post a comment
Orion Fans' three-position AC fan tray is ready for insertion into any 19" rack.
FCI launches XCede backplane connector line
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5/26/2011   Post a comment
FCI released XCede vertical backplane headers and right-angle daughter card receptacles designed for 25 Gb/s performance.
Meggitt Sensing Systems 8510B series piezoresistive pressure transducers
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5/26/2011   Post a comment
Meggitt Sensing Systems has expanded its Endevco piezoresistive pressure transducer offerings with units that offer high resonance frequencies for accurate measurements over the full audio range, with five times minimum burst pressure and 20K g shock survivability.
Silicon Labs offers energy harvest WSN design
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5/26/2011   5 comments
Silicon Laboratories Inc. has produced a wireless sensor node (WSN) reference design based on its Si10xx wireless microcontroller (MCU) family and powered by a solar energy harvesting source.
Analyst sees flat April for global chip sales
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5/26/2011   1 comment
The three-month average of global chip sales for April are likely to be $25.3 billion April, similar to the $25.26 billion reported in March by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization, according to Bruce Diesen, an analyst at Carnegie Group (Oslo, Norway).
Freescale lowers IPO share price to $18
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5/26/2011   4 comments
Freescale Semiconductor said it plans to sell 43.5 million common shares at $18 per share in an initial public offering beginning Thursday.
Carbon Adds AMBA MCU analysis SoC Designer Plus
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5/25/2011   Post a comment
Analysis package adds advanced traffic-generation capabilities with multi-run profiling tools, giving users a way to optimize system-on-chip (SoC) designs for the AXI protocol.
MIPS, Carbon team on cycle-accurate CPU virtual platform
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5/25/2011   Post a comment
Companies are collaborating on virtual platform models of MIPS Technologies’ CPU intelectural property cores.
PLX demos 10G chip 300 meters with 50% power reduction
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5/25/2011   Post a comment
PLX Technology just announced a successful demo of 10Gbps Ethernet data and electrical transfer over a breakthrough distance of 300 meters using common and economical Cat6A unshielded twisted pair copper cable, and in full compliance with IEEE 802.3an.
EVE, Xena team on Ethernet hardware-assisted verification
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5/25/2011   Post a comment
XenaCompact generates multi-port Ethernet traffic through EVE’s in-circuit emulation (ICE) speed-rate adapter with traffic buffering to manage dataflow to ZeBu for design under test (DUT) emulation. Keywords: EVE, Zebu, Xena Network, Ethernet Tester, Co-Verification, Ethernet, Network Infrastructure, Emulator, Hardware-Assisted, Co-Verification
Tablets drive investment in display manufacturing
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5/25/2011   8 comments
New products like tablet computers are driving investment and demand for LCD and OLED manufacturing equipment.
STMicroelectronics STripFET VI DeepGATE power MOSFETs
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5/25/2011   Post a comment
ST's power devices employ its proprietary technology that trims watts and weight from comfort, body and power-train electronics.
Wipro teams with EADS to manufacture aerospace actuators
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5/25/2011   1 comment
Wipro Infrastructure Engineering announced it has concluded an agreement with Spain's Compania Espanola De Sistemas Aeronauticos SA (CESA), a subsidiary of the global Aerospace and Defense Corporation, to manufacture precision engineered components for the aerospace and defense sector.
Hardware-assisted verification platform + Ethernet testing solution
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5/25/2011   Post a comment
EVE’s ZeBu hardware-assisted verification family has been integrated with Xena’s high-density Ethernet testing solution.
New easicopy cell-based ASICs from eASIC
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5/25/2011   2 comments
The new easicopy cell-based ASIC from eASIC mitigates the traditional risks associated with cell-based ASIC design.
AeroVironment wins contract with US Army for small unmanned aircrafts
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5/25/2011   6 comments
AeroVironment Inc. announced it has obtained an $8.4 million order with the US Army for digital Raven small unmanned aircraft systems (SUAS) and initial spares packages.
ST Micro ramps up MEMS production
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5/25/2011   1 comment
STMicroelectronics reports it is significantly increasing its MEMS production capacity to more than 3 million sensors a day, by the end of 2011 to sustain exploding demand.
ITT Cannon Nemesis series connectors
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5/25/2011   Post a comment
ITT's rugged miniature circular connector provides sealed, space-saving design for handheld and medical devices.
BSV-nano FPGA POL converter from Bellnix
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5/25/2011   4 comments
Partnering with Xilinx and Altera, the BSV-nano POL converter is said to provide optimal performance for the latest FPGAs designs.
Ramtron sampling first FRAMs made at IBM
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5/25/2011   3 comments
After multiple delays, Ramtron is now sampling the first pre-qualification FRAM devices built on the company's manufacturing line at IBM.
Hirose DF59 series connector system
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5/25/2011   1 comment
This connector system from Hirose provides wire-to-board, board-to-board, and short-circuit connection with a common receptacle design.
Audio test & measurement seminar in UK (June 2-3)
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5/25/2011   Post a comment
A two-day audio test and measurement training seminar held by Prism Sound and its UK distribution partner, TTi distribution, will introduce engineers to the practical and theoretical aspects of accurately measuring audio for a wide variety of applications.
Wireless stereo audio modules feature audio codec firmware update
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5/25/2011   Post a comment
Laird Technologies, Inc., has released its enhanced Bluetooth BTM510/511 and BTM520/521 wireless stereo audio modules with new firmware update.
Sound terminal IC for heatsink-free 50W audio systems
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5/25/2011   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics' Sound Terminal digital audio SoC supports up to 50W of output power, without requiring any external heatsink.
Slide potentiometer with 60mm travel length for professional audio
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5/25/2011   Post a comment
The RS6011 series a family of compact, smooth-running slide potentiometers from Alps Electric Europe has been designed for use in professional audio applications such as mixing console faders.
Mixed-signal MCUs on 90nm process
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5/25/2011   Post a comment
Targeting designers of industrial and consumer applications who need solutions with low power consumption and increased integration, Freescale has introduced the ColdFire+ MCF51Qx and MCF51Jx microcontroller families.
Switches offer guaranteed latch-up prevention and low charge injection, leakage
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5/25/2011   Post a comment
Analog Devices, Inc., has introduced the ADG5212 and ADG5213 high-voltage, latch-up proof quad switches that offer guaranteed latch-up protection for industrial, instrumentation, and automotive applications operating at up to ±22 V.
IBM to test wafer pruning
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5/25/2011   10 comments
IBM will test a wafer pruning technique developed at the University of California at Los Angeles said to spot bad wafers early with test structures in-between die that can reject wafers before costly metallization steps.
AVX 9276 series wire-to-board connector series
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5/25/2011   Post a comment
AVX's 9276 Series dual-contact connector simplifies installation and provides quick and reliable termination in a 2.5 mm pitch SMT package.
Nomura sees 2011 chip market growth of 4.4%
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5/25/2011   5 comments
Brokerage firm Nomura Securities has raised its forecast for growth in the value of the global semiconductor market to 4.4 percent, an increase from its previous projection of 3.1 percent given in December 2010.
AFE for auto radar provides signal path: 6-channel mux, PGA, LNA, filter, and 14-bit, 80-MapsADC
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5/25/2011   Post a comment
Analog Devices AD8283 analog front end integrates analog signal chain, facilitates design and adoption of car radar
New Roboteq programmable motor controller touts advanced features, small size
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5/24/2011   Post a comment
The SDC2130 motor controller from Roboteq, Inc can directly drive two DC motors up to 20Amps each at up to 50Volts, or one motor up to 40Amps.
Applied braces for sales decline
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5/24/2011   Post a comment
Applied Materials, the largest maker of semiconductor production equipment, reported second quarter sales and earnings that exceeded analysts' expectations but said it expects sales for the current quarter to decline due to sluggish near-term economic conditions.
IHS: Tablet's rise hurt Q1 PC sales
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5/24/2011   10 comments
First quarter global PC sales declined by 0.3 percent compared to the first quarter of 2010, in part because of rising interested in Apple's iPad and other tablets, according to IHS iSuppli.
Tessera loses appeal of ITC ruling
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5/24/2011   1 comment
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a decision by the U.S. International Trade Commission that DRAM vendors did not infringe on a Tessera patent by using wBGA laminate-based package substrates.
Acer, Fujitsu, ZTE dial up WinPhone 7
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5/24/2011   5 comments
Acer, Fujitsu and ZTE will make smartphones using Windows Phone 7, Microsoft said as it previewed Mango, the software's next release.
Report: Smart grid could cost $476B
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5/24/2011   29 comments
Sensor networks are one of the big emerging opportunities in building a smart grid now estimated to cost nearly half a trillion dollars.
Skyworks broadband quadrature modulators support cellular infrastructure
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5/24/2011   1 comment
Skyworks Solutions, Inc. has introduced three wideband quadrature modulators for cellular infrastructure and high performance radio link applications.
FPGA development board help drive electric vehicles and the Smart Grid
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5/24/2011   1 comment
Microsemi and Ariane Controls are working together on a development platform to support key emerging electric-vehicle charging and related Smart Grid standards.
IMEC, Atrenta to show 3-D design flow at DAC
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5/24/2011   3 comments
EDA company Atrenta Inc., working with the IMEC research institute on a 3-D integration project, has developed a planning and partitioning design flow for heterogeneous 3-D stacked IC assemblies. They plan to demo the flow at the DAC exhibition.
Analyst predicts OLED lighting market
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5/24/2011   4 comments
The global market for OLED lighting will be $4.8 billion in 2016, according to market research firm NanoMarkets LLC. Of that Europe will be responsible for $1.5 billion in OLED lighting panel sales and Asia is expected to provide $2.1 billion.
PMC-Sierra leaps into 40G optical
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5/24/2011   1 comment
PMC-Sierra announced a 40G coherent optical transceiver in 40nm CMOS, one day after startup ClariPhy revealed its progress on a similar part.
'Green' displays making more and more economic sense
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5/24/2011   6 comments
Energy efficiency is constantly improving in flat-panel displays as backlight LEDs are improved and architected to constantly better performance. This year's DisplayWeek attested to that.
Intel's Maloney tapped to lead China unit
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5/24/2011   10 comments
Sean Maloney, executive vice president and general manager of Intel's Architecture group, has been named chairman of Intel China.
Foxconn blast may cause iPad shortfall
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5/23/2011   9 comments
The explosion that ripped through a Foxconn plant in Chengdu, China, late last week—killing three—could result in a production loss of 500,000 Apple iPad 2 tablets in the second quarter, according to a report by market research firm IHS iSuppli.
Mixed signals for MeeGo at dev con
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5/23/2011   14 comments
About 1,200 developers signed up for this week's MeeGo Conference on Intel's mobile Linux variant, but the future of the OS is unclear.
Pentek's Cobalt Virtex-6 family now supports CompactPCI system designs
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5/23/2011   Post a comment
Pentek, Inc.'s Cobalt Virtex-6 board family is now available for use in CompactPCI (cPCI) systems. The migration to cPCI gives system designers full access to Pentek’s modular technology, which features high-performance signal acquisition and the processing power of Xilinx Virtex-6 FPGAs.
ClariPhy samples 40G coherent chip
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5/23/2011   1 comment
Clarify is sampling a chip aimed for upgrading long distance optical networks to 40G, part of a rising tide of silicon for next-generation carrier and data center nets.
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