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DC fans deliver airflow of 27 CFM
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7/3/2007   Post a comment
The Super-Flow Turbo series of back-to-back fans from Jaro Thermal offers airflow of 27 CFM and produces a static pressure of 1.4 inches in H2O.
USB-based sensors provide simpler power measurements
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7/3/2007   Post a comment
Agilent has released the Agilent U2000 series of USB-based power sensors, which the company says are more affordable and lighter weight than typical power meters and similar power-sensing solutions.
Signal-supply op amp achieves ultra-low noise
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7/2/2007   Post a comment
Intersil has added four single-supply op amps to its family of pinPoint precision analog products that are said to deliver noise performance up to four times better than similar competitive devices.
ESL rolls out fiber-to-RS485/422/232 interface converter
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7/2/2007   Post a comment
Aimed at defense applications, Electro Standards Laboratories' (ESL) Model 4149 high speed ruggedized fiber-to-RS485/422/232 interface converter provides typical operating speeds of 1.5-Mbits/s for RS232 to fiber conversion and 20-Mbits/s for RS485/422 to copper conversion.
Power supplies offer flexible output voltage
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7/2/2007   Post a comment
Advanced Power Solutions has released the APS600/800Rx-N series of 600 and 800 watt flexible output switching power supplies with multiple packaging options, including U-Frame, top cover, end-mount fan and top-mount fan packages.
TXP applies ODM model to passive optical networking
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7/2/2007   Post a comment
Among the dozens of OEMs offering passive optical network (PON) equipment at NxtComm, TXP stood out as the first to apply the original design manufacturer (ODM) business model to the market.
Software upgrade adds USB connectivity, Vista support to audio analyzers
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7/2/2007   Post a comment
Audio Precision Inc. has made key enhancements to its AP2700 v3.30 and ATS v1.60 control software, adding USB connectivity, native support for Windows Vista, and improved user profile management to its 2700 Series and ATS-2 audio analyzers.
Analog CAD startup promises automated flow
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7/2/2007   Post a comment
Analog IC designer Cliff Wiener believes he can bring some unique automation capabilities to the custom IC layout environment.
AMD to ship native x86 quad-core processors in August
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AMD's quad-core Opteron processors, code-named Barcelona, are planned for shipment in both standard and low-power versions at launch later this summer, marking the first time the chip maker has made both standard and low-power parts immediately available as part of a new processor launch.
30-V DC/DC buck controllers provide internal compensation
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7/2/2007   Post a comment
Sipex has launched 30-V step-down DC/DC controllers that are housed in a 2.9 x2.8 mm TSOT6 package and provide internal compensation to minimize board space in industrial systems.
MOSFET drivers offer 4.5- to 18-V operating voltage range
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7/2/2007   Post a comment
Check out Microchip's latest single-output MOSFET drivers. The chip maker is housing the devices in SOT-23, 2 mm x 3 mm DFN packages, and designed them to deliver a wide operating voltage range.
Bipolar junction transistor line adds packaging options
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7/2/2007   Post a comment
ON Semiconductor has expanded its low Vce(sat) bipolar junction transistors (BJTs) portfolio to include PNP and NPN devices that incorporate advanced silicon technology.
Universal GNSS receiver achieves 1.4-dB cascaded noise figure
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7/2/2007   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products is touting its MAX2769 as the industry's first universal, global navigation satellite system (GNSS) receiver for GPS (L1 C/A code and P-code), Galileo, and GLONASS navigation satellite systems in a single chip.
Green Hills expands product suite to support Freescale's i.MX27
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7/2/2007   Post a comment
Green Hills Software Inc, announced that its product suite, including the MULTI integrated development environment, µ-velOSity royalty-free RTOS, TimeMachine tool suite, Green Hills compilers, and Green Hills Probe are now available for the Freescale i.MX27 multimedia applications processor.
Altera ships production-qualified Arria GX FPGAs
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7/2/2007   Post a comment
Altera has shipped its first production-qualified Arria GX FPGAs, including the EP1AGX50 device with 50K logic elements (LEs) and EP1AGX60 device with 60K LEs.
Equity groups pay $1.2 billion for ECI Telecom
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7/2/2007   Post a comment
Israeli communications equipment manufacturer ECI Telecom Ltd. is being acquired for about $1.2 billion in cash by affiliates of the Swarth Group, an investment vehicle controlled by Shaul Shani, and funds that have appointed Ashmore Investment Management Limited as their investment manager.
IR exec resigns, fires CFO
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7/2/2007   Post a comment
Following an accounting snafu, International Rectifier Corp. has terminated its CFO, while another executive resigned from the chip maker.
French NFC startup raises 2.7M$
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Airtag, French startup specializing in contactless and Near Field Communications (NFC) technologies, announced it has raised €2 million in its first round of financing with European venture capital investor Seventure Partners.
GPUs deliver DirectX 10 graphics with built-in HD video processing
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7/2/2007   Post a comment
The ATI Radeon HD 2600 and ATI Radeon HD 2400 graphics processing units (GPU) from AMD support Windows Vista with DirectX 10 graphics1, and built-in multimedia functions for an immersive HD video experience on the PC.
MIT spin-off tips secret behind low-power A/Ds
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7/2/2007   Post a comment
MIT spin-off Kenet reveals that it uses charge packets, like charge-coupled devices (CCDs), rather than power-hungry amplifiers to build what it says are the coolest-running, lowest-power analog-to-digital (A/D) converters devised to date.
Low noise 16-bit delta sigma A/D converter upgrades system accuracy
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7/2/2007   Post a comment
Linear Technology has introduced the LTC2450, a 16-bit delta sigma A/D converter in a 2mm x 2mm DFN package that enables performance upgrades to lower resolution systems.
Cavium launches storage services processors line
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7/2/2007   Post a comment
Cavium's OCTEON storage services processors integrate 2 to 12 MIPS64 cores, storage and network interfaces, RAID hardware acceleration and innovative RAS features.
Pelikon to spend $6 million on display R&D
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7/2/2007   Post a comment
Pelikon Ltd. (Caerphilly, Wales), a developer of printed inorganic electroluminescent displays, has announced it is making an investment of an additional £3 million (about $6 million) in R&D.
Quadruped robot as research platform
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7/2/2007   Post a comment
At the RoboCup robot soccer festival in Atlanta, the Technical University Darmstadt will present its latest robot creation. The hitherto nameless quadruped is designed as a modular research platform and will be produced in small series.
Bull, Düsseldorf University team on computing systems
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7/2/2007   Post a comment
The French computer company Bull and the Heinrich Heine University of Düsseldorf (Germany) have concluded a two-year cooperation agreement in the areas of visualization technologies, software components and high-performance computing (HPC) technologies.
Forum to tackle mobile innovation bottleneck
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7/2/2007   Post a comment
The GSM Association has launched an initiative to speed the rollout of innovative products, services and applications by improving the interface between small and medium-sized developers and GSM operators as well as potential investors.
Powerchip's bid for Macronix fails
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7/2/2007   Post a comment
Taiwan DRAM maker Powerchip Semiconductor Corp. has failed in its bid to gain control of another local memory supplier, Macronix International Corp., according to reports.
Startup aims to put 'litho-friendly' router on fast track
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7/2/2007   Post a comment
Three IC routing developers have taken on a big challenge--replacing today's IC routers with a "correct by construction" approach that claims to eliminate lithography hot spots. In so doing, the founders of startup Lizotech Inc. are charting an approach to design-for-manufacturability (DFM) based on prevention rather than repair.

Look before leaping in second half
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7/2/2007   Post a comment
The housing market is a pillar of the U.S. economy and, by extension, a factor in the global market. Recent weaknesses in that sector are showing up in retail, manufacturing and in how consumers see their buying activities during the summer months.
U.S., Europe strive to mesh air-traffic control setups
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7/2/2007   Post a comment
With transatlantic air-traffic congestion growing, Europe and the United States are attempting to coordinate efforts to upgrade traffic-management systems, improve safety and increase traffic capacity.
U.S., Europe strive to mesh air-traffic control setups
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7/2/2007   Post a comment
With transatlantic air-traffic congestion growing, Europe and the United States are attempting to coordinate efforts to upgrade traffic-management systems, improve safety and increase traffic capacity.
Freescale CEO: IC growth drivers shifting
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7/2/2007   Post a comment
The semiconductor industry's global opportunities are shifting to "green everything," an aging population and broadband, ubiquitous connectivity, Freescale Semiconductor CEO Michel Mayer said during a keynote address at the company's technology forum here last week.

Scramble at Sanmina-SCI
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7/2/2007   Post a comment
The electronics manufacturing services landscape is shifting rapidly under Sanmina-SCI Corp., leaving the contractor scrambling to reposition itself for new market opportunities. The company must do so while juggling another round of restructuring, even as its biggest competitors merge to reduce operating costs, streamline operations, gain new customers and sharpen their competitive edge.

Conexant still adrift in wake of telecom slump
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7/2/2007   Post a comment
No other semiconductor market has experienced the fury of the 2001 industry downturn like the communications IC segment.
Looking back over 15 years--and forward to new challenges
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7/2/2007   Post a comment
Fifteen years ago, I joined EE Times, taking a job as business editor. I knew it was a great publication, and I vaguely understood that semiconductors and software amounted to fascinating stuff that I should know about. I figured technology was the place to be, and working for EE Times was like covering Hollywood for Daily Variety. What I failed to appreciate at the time was just how much electronics design was about to transform the world.

Sparks fly as DVD group, startup clash on digital media
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7/2/2007   Post a comment
A digital media battle is flaring up again between a broad coalition responsible for the technology that secures movies on DVDs and a startup that manufactures a hard-disk-based movie jukebox.
WirelessHD group readies 60-GHz radio spec
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7/2/2007   Post a comment
The WirelessHD group has released for final review its specification for 60-GHz radios for short-range, high-bandwidth home networking. The spec should be generally available within 60 days, along with the names of semiconductor companies that are new members of the group.

Processor capex race cools as Intel takes 45-nm lead
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7/2/2007   Post a comment
Seeking to preempt a possible new fab strategy at rival Advanced Micro Devices Inc., microprocessor giant Intel Corp. is putting the pieces in place for a major ramp at the 45-nanometer node.
Freescale's public musings
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7/2/2007   Post a comment
In a time of industry maturation and consolidation, going private made sense for Freescale Semiconductor Inc.--but it's not a permanent situation.
Freescale's public musings
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In a time of industry maturation and consolidation, going private made sense for Freescale Semiconductor Inc.--but it's not a permanent situation.
Ballast-Chip verkleinert Energiesparlampen
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7/2/2007   Post a comment
Eine kleinere Bauform der bislang recht klobigen Energiesparlampen lässt sich mit dem Einsatz eines Ballast-IC fon Fairchild Semiconductor erreichen. Laut Hersteller handelt es sich bei dem FAN7710 um den am höchsten integrierten Ballast-Schaltkreis auf dem Markt.
Entertainment control platform loses the remote
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7/2/2007   Post a comment
The era of the remote control is over, according to a presentation on the entertainment control platform (ECP) delivered last week at the Freescale Technology Forum (Orlando, Fla.).

Patents eye phase-change RAM
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7/2/2007   Post a comment
The quest for a universal memory is the stuff of chip industry folklore. In the early days, phase-change RAM (PCRAM), magnetoresistive RAM (MRAM) and ferromagnetic RAM (FRAM) were seen as the three main contenders in the race to replace flash, SRAM and DRAM with a single memory.

Le CEA primé au concours d'aide à la création d'entreprises
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7/2/2007   Post a comment
Les résultats du 9ème concours national d'aide à la création d'entreprises de technologies innovantes, organisé par le Ministère supérieur de la Recherche, sont officiels. Six projets de chercheurs du CEA figurent au palmarès, cinq dans la catégorie création-développement et un dans la catégorie émergence.
Europe falls behind in May semiconductor sales
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7/2/2007   Post a comment
Europe was the only region to see its three-month average of semiconductor sales fall in May. The region achieved sales of $3.28 billion, down 0.5 percent from $3.28 billion for the month of April, according to numbers issued by the Semiconductor Industry Association.
May chip sales rebound on demand strength, says SIA
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7/2/2007   Post a comment
The three-month average of worldwide sales of semiconductors in May 2007 was $20.28 billion, 2.4 percent higher than the $19.81 billion reported for May of 2006, and 1.2 percent higher than the $20.04 billion reported for April 2007, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.
Forum formed to focus on femtocell development
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7/2/2007   1 comment
Trying to bring open standards, interoperability and low costs to — and avoid fragmentation of — an emerging technology, companies involved in the development and deployment of femtocells have formed the Femtocell Forum.
Cell phone inventory overhang resolved, says SIA
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7/2/2007   Post a comment
Numbers issued by the Semiconductor Industry Association, along with the May worldwide semiconductor sales statistics, indicate that a build up component inventory aimed at cell phone makers is over.
SolarWorld to double production capacity
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7/2/2007   Post a comment
Solar energy systems manufacturer SolarWorld has plans to double its wafer production capacity. The company will invest € 600 million (about $ 805 million) to build a new wafer production line in Freiberg (Germany).
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