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Enecsys' single, duo micro-inverters obtain UL 1741 certification
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7/12/2011   Post a comment
Solar photovoltaic micro-inverter manufacturer Enecsys Ltd. (Cambridge, UK) announced it has obtained the UL 1741 certification for the SMI-S240W-60 and SMI-S240W-72, 240 Watt, single micro-inverters for 60 cell and 72 cell solar modules, and for the SMI-D360W-72, a 360 Watt Duo product for 72 cell solar modules.
Cadence acquires power specialist Azuro
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7/12/2011   7 comments
Cadence followed up an earlier deal to buy EDA vendor Altos with the acquisition of power specialist Azuro.
Samsung Foundry tapes out 20-nm ARM test chip
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7/12/2011   9 comments
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has said that is foundry chip making business has taped out an ARM processor test-chip intended for manufacture in a 20-nm process with high-K metal-gate technology.
Globalfoundries engages startup for R&D
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Globalfoundries will collaborate with startup Intermolecular on semiconductor process technology R&D under the terms of a multi-year collaborative development program and IP licensing agreement.
Globalfoundries says New York wafer fab is ready for kit
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7/12/2011   5 comments
Globalfoundries Inc., the foundry that is majority owned by an Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund, has said that its newly constructed cleanroom in New York and a cleanroom extension in Dresden have both had the first chip making equipment installed.
Report: Tablet silicon content to approach $14 Billion by 2015
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7/12/2011   2 comments
Apple’s April 2010 launch of the iPad has had an impact on silicon providers with forecasts that silicon content for tablets will soar to nearly $14 billion by 2015.
Schurter's DC filter offers PV system inverter noise benefits
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Schurter has introduced a standard DC filter series FMER SOL suited for use on the DC side of the inverter in photovoltaic systems. The filters are cURus approved up to 1000 VDC and an ambient temperature up to 75°C.
Consensus forecast sees 12% tool sales growth
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The fab tool vendor trade group SEMI released its mid-year consensus forecast for the chip equipment industry, which calls for equipment sales to increase 12 percent to $44.33 billion in 2011.
Microchip warns it will miss sales target
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7/11/2011   5 comments
Microchip Technology said it expects sales for the quarter ended June 30 to be about $373.3 million, down 1.5 percent compared to the previous quarter.
Novellus misses Q2 estimates; bookings slip
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Chip gear vendor Novellus Systems reported second quarter sales that came in slightly short of consensus analysts' expectations as the firm warned that bookings declined nearly 25 percent during the quarter.
ATMI CEO named chair of SEMI
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Doug Neugold, chairman, president and CEO of process technology and materials developer ATMI, was named chairman of the board of directors of the fab tool trade group SEMI, effective later this week.
SiliconBlue launches 40nm mobileFPGA family (code name “Los Angeles”)
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7/11/2011   1 comment
Custom ultra-low-power mobileFPGA platform provides high-speed sensor management, custom connectivity, and video and imaging solutions.
Synopsys tips 65-nm PDKs for Globalfoundries
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EDA and IP vendor Synopsys collaborated with Globalfoundries to develop, validate, support and distribute interoperable process design kits for Globalfoundries' mainstream and advanced process technologies.
EV Group to ship 450-mm wafer bonding tool
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Wafer bonding and lithography equipment supplier EV Group announced the semiconductor industry's first bonding system for 450-mm-diameter wafers manufactured from SOI substrates.
Advantest announces NAND flash test solutions
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Advantest Corporation announced the availability of two new solutions for next-generation NAND flash memory test: the T5773 for package test and the HA5100CELL, based on the Harmonic architecture, for wafer test.
IMEC identifies hot spots in 3-D mixed IC stacks
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7/11/2011   3 comments
Imec researchers have proven out that its 3-D design tools have the appropriate thermal models for designing next-generation 3-D stacked chips.
IMEC exposes wafers on preproduction EUV tool
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7/11/2011   5 comments
Research institute IMEC (Leuven, Belgium) has said it has exposed its first wafers on the NXE:3100 extreme ultraviolet lithography preproduction tool from ASML Holding NV installed at IMEC's pilot fab.
Japan hit by magnitude 7.0 aftershock
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7/11/2011   4 comments
Northeastern Japan suffered an earthquake of magnitude 7.0 on Sunday morning. It gave rise to tsunami warnings, subsequently withdrawn, and is described as an aftershock to 9.0 earthquake of March 11, 2011 that devastated the region.
WSTS: Chip market now shrinking year-on-year
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7/11/2011   1 comment
Thanks to modifications made to April's actual chip market figures by WSTS, May becomes the second month on the bounce in which the global chip market has been smaller than it was in the same month in the year before.
Chip inventory continues to build, says IHS
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Semiconductor inventory levels at chip suppliers worldwide excluding memory have risen for the seventh consecutive quarter, according to market research company IHS.
Freescale processors gain on-chip e-reader
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7/11/2011   3 comments
Freescale's i.MX family of application processors expanded its support of E-Ink by incorporating e-reader drivers into lower-end processors for applications ranging from signage to home/office automation.
SiliconBlue samples 40-nm FPGAs for tablets
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7/11/2011   7 comments
Programmable logic startup SiliconBlue Technologies announced it is sampling its next-generation 40-nm FPGAs for smartphones and media tablets.
Atmel samples SAM3S16 ARM-based MCU with 1MB embedded Flash
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Atmel Corporation is sampling its SAM3S16 Cortex-M3 MCU, a 32-bit ARM Cortex -M3-based microcontroller with 1MB embedded Flash and 128KB SRAM. The new MCU's high performance, low power and large memory density suit it for user interfaces requiring capacitive touch, increased data processing, and connectivity.
Broadcom ships FCoE card, finally
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7/11/2011   2 comments
Broadcom finally entered the market for 10 Gbit/s Fibre Channel over Ethernet, announcing an adapter card using its BCM57712 passed certification testing.
ADC family yields direct-RF sampling architecture of 2.7 GHz signals, with 3.6 Gsps rate
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National Semiconductor ADC12Dxx00RF converter quintet pumps 12 bits with bandwidth to 2.7 GHz, sampling to 3.6 Gsps, can replace major parts of radio signal path
PlotWatt wins GE Ecomagination Challenge with personalized smart meter data analysis
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7/10/2011   Post a comment
The PlotWatt residential product's algorithms analyze smart meter data for individuals in real-time to figure out appliance-level energy cost without monitoring the individual appliances.
First tweets over white space spectrum achieved
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7/10/2011   1 comment
Cambridge Consultants has successful trialled a wireless network using the unused spectrum between TV channels, or White Space.
Network processor delivers a faster, smarter and greener network experience
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Alcatel-Lucent has announced a new network processor that delivers a fourfold increase in performance over the fastest Internet Protocol (IP) networks available today.
TI unveils sub-1GHz RF at sub-$1
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A two-chip bundle costing less than $1.00 is aimed at enabling long-range wireless connectivity for cost-sensitive, low-power applications such as toys, security systems and more.
9-axis IMU BAN supports full body motion capture, gesture recognition
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Movea's MEMS-based MotionPod solution can be used to enable more realistic avatar motion for gaming or highly accurate biomechanical analysis for sports applications.
Sicily 'fab' PV plant is its own first customer
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7/8/2011   2 comments
A building in Catania, Sicily, that was originally constructed by STMicroelectronics to be a 300-mm wafer fab, has been inaugurated as a manufacturing site for photovoltaic panels. And the plant is going to be its own first customer with plans to site a 1-megawatt solar energy farm on the roof of the building that was formerly known as M6.
TSMC posts weak June, Q2 sales figures
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7/8/2011   3 comments
Net sales in June 2011 for foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. were down on a sequential basis, running against historic trends for the month, which helped produce a weak second quarter net sales figure, although this had been forecast.
MIT, France create joint lab for energy research
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At a France-MIT Forum on energy this week in Paris, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and France's national scientific research center signed a memorandum of understanding for the creation of a joint international laboratory on multi-scale materials science for energy and the environment.
Sanmina-SCI's NY PCB facility obtains military certification
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Sanmina-SCI Corp. announced it has achieved certification and qualification to Military Performance Specification MIL-PRF-31032 for its Owego, New York, printed circuit board (PCB) manufacturing facility.
Researchers bring contactless power transmission to public transport
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7/8/2011   7 comments
Electric mobility drives research on inductive power transmission: The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) has launched a project that aims at inductive power transmission. The approach of the KIT researchers opens interesting perspectives - it even could be applied during the ride.
ACAL Energy, Gordon Murray to develop affordable fuel cell vehicle concept
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7/8/2011   1 comment
ACAL Energy is to partner with automotive design expert Gordon Murray Design in a 12-month project to design a low cost, durable fuel cell vehicle utilizing ACAL’s innovative fuel cell technology.
BEEcube joins MathWorks FPGA development program
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7/7/2011   Post a comment
BEEcube Inc. has joined the MathWorks Connections Program of complementary, commercially available products and services based on Matlab and Simulink.
Vishay XT23 and XT35 quartz crystals
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Vishay's latest SMD quartz crystals combine a low 0.8 mm profile with a wide 12-MHz to 25-MHz frequency range for handheld devices.
Toshiba opens two hard drive R&D centers
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7/7/2011   11 comments
Toshiba will open two new R&D facilities for its hard disk drive business, a shot across the bow of competitors in the consolidating hard drive business.
ITT cannon KJAYA series
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ITT's MIL-DTL 38999 Series III style connector for low-pressure applications uses lightweight aluminum shells that provide a sealed, watertight and airtight solution for pressures up to 15psi.
VIA Technology EPIA-M900 Mini-ITX board
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7/7/2011   Post a comment
VIA launched the VIA EPIA-M900 Mini-ITX board that features the VIA Nano X2 E-series dual core CPU.
IDT teams with China MCU firm on smart meter reference design
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IDT collaborated with Chinese fabless IC vendor Fudan Microelectronics to provide a turn-key smart meter reference design that meets Chinese smart meter standards.
EU project to pave the way for electric vehicles
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The EU-funded Green eMotion project aimed at promoting electric mobility throughout Europe has entered a new phase of development.
Spectrum Sensors & Controls XL403A accelerometers
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Spectrum Sensors & Controls has introduced a line of quick-ship analog accelerometers available in customer-specified configurations and fully calibrated.
ARM invests in smart grid startup
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7/7/2011   4 comments
Processor intellectual property licensor ARM Holdings plc and Moonray Investors have participated in a $7 million Series A round of funding in digital power control startup Amantys Ltd.
Linear Technology LTC3617 switching regulator
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7/7/2011   Post a comment
Linear’s latest synchronous step-down switching regulator is capable of generating a bus termination voltage for DDR/DDR2/DDR3 and future standard memory applications requiring sourcing and sinking of current.
Tower sells stake in Chinese foundry
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7/7/2011   5 comments
Tower Semiconductor Ltd., a Israel-based specialist foundry chipmaker that trades as TowerJazz, has announced it has agreed to sell its 10 percent stake in Hua Hong Semiconductor Ltd. (HHSL) for $32 million in cash.
Study: Startups, multi-nationals drive innovation in India
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7/7/2011   11 comments
The real potential for innovation in India lies in cooperation between multi-national firms and Indian startups, a study has found.
Qualcomm grabs four sockets in HP TouchPad
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7/7/2011   18 comments
Cypress, LG, Qualcomm, SanDisk and Samsung snagged major design wins in HP's TouchPad, its first tablet to use the WebOS it acquired with Palm.
Tessera warns of sales shortfall
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7/7/2011   4 comments
Tessera Technologies warned that sales for the second quarter fell short of its previously issued sales target due to lower than expected shipments of DRAM units by customers in the first quarter.
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