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Waveform generators deliver waveforms from microHz to 32 MHz
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Highland Technology has expanded its T340 series of embedded complex waveform generators with the introduction of the 8-channel T346 and 4-channel T344 instruments.
Carrier cards ease I/O implementation in 3U CompactPCI systems
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Acromag has introduced two models of its AcPC4610 carrier cards that provide an easy way to expand the use of PMC mezzanine modules in 3U CompactPCI computer systems.
Circuit-board test tool supports latest PowerQUICC III processors
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Kozio's kDiagnostics embedded circuit-board test tool now supports Freescale's latest PowerQUICC III processors.
Intel's Atom already designed into future iPhone, say reports
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A version of Intel's Atom processor is already designed into the generation of the Apple iPhone set to follow on from the imminent 3G iPhone, according to Eric Savitz, the west coast editor for Barron's Magazine, who cited JoAnne Feeney, an analyst with FTN Midwest Securities Corp. (Cleveland Ohio), as his source.
EC approves Avnet's offer to acquire Horizon Technology
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The European Commission announced it has approved the proposed acquisition of Horizon Technology Group PLC (Dublin, Ireland) by Phoenix-based Avnet Holdings Ltd. as the combination would not give rise to competition concerns.
Spansion: Numonyx' PCM is 'marketing fluff'
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Sizing up its new competitor in Numonyx BV, Spansion Inc. said it will keep a close eye on the company, but called its efforts in the phase-change memory arena as "marketing fluff.''
Technology Week in Review: Virtual worlds, Freescale forum
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Technology Week in Review: Virtual worlds, Freescale forum
Fabless chip market up 16% in Q1, says GSA
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Fabless semiconductor company revenue totaled $13.4 billion in the first quarter of 2008, up 16 percent compared with the first quarter of 2007, according to the Global Semiconductor Alliance industry group.
850-nm infrared emitters housed in 5-mm packages
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Vishay's new generation of 850-nm infrared emitters in 5-mm leaded packages offer high radiant intensity of 230mW/sr and 90mW/sr at 100mA, and low forward voltage of 2.3V at 1A.
Avistar inks Eastern Europe distribution agreement with Tbilisi firm
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Avistar Communications Corp has signed a distribution partnership with SK Group Ltd, based in the Georgian capital Tbilisi.
Nokia, Symbian, Infineon, ST-NXP lead story ranking
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Here are the top six online stories for the week beginning Sunday, June 22, as ranked by EE Times Europe readers, up to and including Friday, June 27. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
BPM Microsystems signs distributor for Eastern Europe
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BPM Microsystems has named Etek Europe Ltd as its distributor for Eastern Europe.
Sony Ericsson posts another profits warning
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A profit warning from Sony Ericsson sent the share price of most mobile phone makers lower as the joint venture between Sony and Ericsson said second-quarter sales and net income would be hit by slowing demand for mid- to high-end models, and that it would only break even for the quarter.
Global chip sales seen 7% up in May
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The three-month moving average of global chip sales is estimated to have come in at $21.7 billion in May, up a healthy 7 percent on the $20.3 billion achieved in May 2007, according to Bruce Diesen, analyst at Carnegie Research.
Russia's Angstrem modernizes wafer fab
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Chip manufacturer Angstrem (Zelenograd, Russia) has commissioned M+W Zander FE GmbH (Stuttgart, Germany) to expand and modernize its existing wafer fab. The investment amounts to €150 million (about $233 million).
CEE supercomputers among world's most powerful
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Central and Eastern Europe is the home to four of the world's 100 most powerful supercomputers.
NXP, Thomson move closer to can tuner JV
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NXP Semiconductors and Thomson have signed a definitive agreement to combine their can tuner module operations in a joint venture. Financial details remained undisclosed.
Low power COM Express modules with Celeron M processors
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MSC presents its low-end starter version COM Express platform CXB-PM915 with Intel Celeron M and Pentium M processors.
Autodesk ends interest in bid for Flomerics
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Autodesk will not pursue its interest in simulation software group Flomerics (Hampton Court, England) leaving the field clear again for Mentor Graphics, who has a 29 percent stake in the British company and who has made several bids to take control.
UK academic gets funds to improve code generation
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A researcher from the School of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton has received funding of £300,000 pounds ($594,000) from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to improve the safety and usability of automatically generated software code used in the automotive and aerospace industries.
X-Fab emphasizes role as pure-play foundry
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Despite offering intensive engineering support to its customers, X-Fab Semiconductor Foundries AG (Erfurt, Germany) rejects business models that include an own product development. Nevertheless, the company plans long-term growth, explains X-Fab CEO Hans-Jürgen Straub.
4A multi-cell, multi-chemistry battery charger controller
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Linear Technology introduces the LTC4009, a fast-charge 4A capable, high efficiency switch-mode battery charger controller for multiple battery chemistries which minimizes power dissipation without compromising board space.
40V buck converter for power LEDs
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Prema Semiconductor presents the LED driver PR4101 designed to meet the requirements for a new generation of high-power LEDs. The inductive converter drives single or multiple LEDs with currents from 100mA up to several amps, depending on the configuration of external components, from a supply voltage of 9V up to 40V.
Infineon gives Bauer CEO title, axing "spokesman" designation
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Infineon Technologies AG has quietly restored the title of chief executive officer to its top executive, dropping the ponderous designation of "spokesman of the management board" it gave Peter Bauer in May when he replaced Wolfgang Ziebart at the helms of the German semiconductor company.
Coming (not too) soon: wireless set-top boxes
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Wireless is coming to the cable TV set-top box, but just which wireless and when is still not clear, said a Cox Communications executive after a panel on wireless video networking at the Connections conference.
Video: 60 GHz, Wi-Fi, UWB face off at panel
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Competing approaches to delivering high quality video in the digital home faced off in a panel discussion at the Connections conference where representatives of Wi-Fi, ultrawideband and 60 GHz radios were clearly gunning for similar design wins in TVs, routers, set-top boxes, Blu-Ray drives and other devices.
Three-phase gate driver integrates op amp, bootstrap functionality
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IR has introduced the IRS233x(D) family of three-phase gate driver ICs for low-, mid-, and high-voltage motor drive applications.
E-One Moli Energy unveils high-power Li-ion batteries
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E-One Moli Energy (Molicel) has unveiled its new generation of high-power lithium-ion batteries at the 14th International Meeting on Lithium Batteries (IMLB 2008) in Tianjin, China.
Multi-cell battery charger controller supports multiple chemistries
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Linear Technology has introduced a fast-charge, 4-A capable, high-efficiency switchmode battery charger controller for multiple battery chemistries.
MEMS market tops $6 billion
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The worldwide microelectromechanical systems market topped $6 billion in 2007 and is growing at a compound annual rate of 14 percent, according to industry surveys.
SiGe power amplifier targets MIMO WLAN 801.11 b/g apps
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Tyco Electronics M/A-COM introduces a SiGe power amplifier for MIMO WLAN 801.11 b/g applications that require high gain and high efficiency.
World's first 32-b ARM-based ZigBee radio module
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CEL adds its new 32-bit ARM-based Freestar Pro radio module to its line of ZigBee transceivers.
Handheld tester troubleshoots MoCA-based home networks
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Spirent Communications has introduced the Tech-X Flex, a handheld network and service quality tester, to identify and troubleshoot IP video services in the consumer's home.
Avnet Memec launches Actel Ultra-Low-Power SpeedWay Design Workshop
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Workshops provide hands-on experience in leveraging Actel's 5-microwatt IGLOO FPGAs for battery-operated and portable applications.
Putting wireless expertise to the IEEE test
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The WCET certification program will benefit employers as well as students and EEs in other fields who want to move into wireless.
EVE names VP of worldwide operations
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Emulation and Verification Engineering SA (EVE), French developer of hardware and software coverification tools, announced it has appointed Christophe Ballan as vice president of worldwide operations. He reports directly to Luc Burgun, EVE's CEO.
ST, NXP unveil management team, name for wireless JV
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6/26/2008   1 comment
European chip companies NXP BV and STMicroelectronics NV have announced that the joint venture will be called ST-NXP Wireless and led by Alain Dutheil as CEO.
Linux Phone Standards (LiPS) folds into LiMo Foundation
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To address the growing adoption of Linux platforms by the global mobile market, the Linux Phone Standards (LiPS) Forum announced that activities and membership are folding into the LiMo Foundation as of July 2008.
Femto Forum, NGMN Alliance to collaborate on LTE and WiMax Study
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The Femto Forum and the Next Generation Mobile Networks Alliance will collaborate on a study on how femtocells can take advantage of Long Term Evolution and WiMax standards.
Quatech ships embedded 802.11 radios
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The Airborne Embedded 802.11b/g radio module is Quatech's first SDIO/SPI host interface product and the latest addition to Quatech's advanced line of radios for reliable and high performing M2M communication.
Video: Spansion CEO on green memories
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After a press event, Mark LaPedus, semiconductor editor from EE Times, caught up with Bertrand Cambou, Spansion Inc.'s president and CEO.
Mattson cuts 5 percent of workforce
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Mattson Technology Inc. will eliminate approximately 25 positions, or about 5 percent of the company's global workforce.
Orbotech acquires Photon Dynamics
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Israel's Orbotech Ltd. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire U.S.-based Photon Dynamics Inc., a provider of test and repair systems for the flat-panel display industry, for $290 million in stock.
Intevac buys Oerlikon's HDD equipment unit
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Intevac Inc. has signed a definitive asset purchase agreement to acquire Oerlikon Balzers Ltd.'s magnetic media equipment business for an undisclosed price.
Peak oil profits ARM
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6/26/2008   1 comment
It's a straightforward argument. The higher the oil price goes the better things are for processor IP licensor ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) and the worse they get for the world's largest chip company Intel Corp. (Santa Clara, Calif.).
Signale generieren für Produktionstests an HF-Komponenten
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Der Produktionstest von HF-Komponenten fordert von den verwendeten Signalgeneratoren eine Vielzahl von Leistungsmerkmalen. Neben hochwertigen spektralen Eigenschaften sind Pegelgenauigkeit und Benutzerfreundlichkeit gefragt.
Dutch researchers develop ultra low-cost plastic memory
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Researchers from the Zernike Institute of Advanced Materials at the University of Groningen, in the Netherlands, have introduced a technology for a plastic ferroelectric diode that is claimed to achieve a breakthrough in the development of ultra low-cost plastic memory material.
Next-generation artificial retina focuses on clinical trials
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6/26/2008   1 comment
A second-generation artificial retina chip called the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System is beginning clinical trials.
Dell first to achieve 80 PLUS Gold energy efficiency
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Dell is the first company in the industry to achieve 80 PLUS Gold certification for a server power supply, ahead of schedule to meet Energy Star 5.0.
Danish researcher gets closer to quantum computer
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Post-doc Henrik Ingerslev Jørgensen from the Nano-Science Center, located at the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen, claimed he has come to understand the interaction between two electrons placed next to each other in a carbon nanotube. His results could help for the creation of a quantum mechanical bit, the cornerstone of a quantum computer.
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