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Venture capital counter moves above $1.5 billion
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LONDON — So far in 2005, up to and including Wednesday Aug. 31, EE Times has reported on 120 startup deals that have raised $1,511,150,000 from more than 200 venture capital firms and other investors.
Demodulator ermöglicht winzige DVB-T-Empfänger
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Weniger Störungen beim Empfang von DVB-T-Signalen in problematischen Empfangsgebieten verspicht der Chiphersteller Micronas beim Einsatz seines neuen COFDM-Demodulator-Chips DRX3977D in DVB-T-Fernsehgeräten. Der neue Chip nimmt besonders wenig Platz in Anspruch.
EU-Projekt könnte Lithographie revolutionieren
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Ein dreijähriges, von der EU finanziertes Forschungsprogramm hat eine Imprint-Lithographie-Maschine für Strukturen unter 50 Nanometer hervorgebracht. Die Teilnehmer des Forschungsprojekts wollen 2006 einen Stepper auf den Markt bringen, der mit 300-mm-Wafern arbeiten kann.
Virtuelles Prototyping für Analog-Chips
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Mit einem analogen virtuellen Prototyping (AVP) will der Startup Accelicon Technologies analoge IC-Layouts früher in den Entwickungszyklus einbinden.
Infineon en pourparlers pour vendre son usine à X-Fab
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L’entreprise allemande Infineon Technologies AG serait en pourparlers pour vendre son usine de tranches de 150 mm à X-Fab Semiconductor Foundries AG.
128-Mbit NAND flash device shifts to 90-nm process
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8/31/2005   Post a comment
; STMicroelectronics has started to produce 128-Mbit NAND flash memory using 90-nm process technology. The company also plans to shift production of its 256-Mbit and 512-Mbit flash memory devices using the advanced manufacturing process this year.
Philips unveils semiconductor solutions to enhance the home of the Connected Consumer Solutions at IFA 2005
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8/30/2005   Post a comment
Demonstrating its commitment to the Connected Consumer, Royal Philips Electronics has announced a series of new semiconductor solutions for advanced consumer electronics applications in the home. These include a complete system solution for digital TVs for the European market, a development kit for IP set-top boxes (STBs), a Class D amplifier for flat panel TVs and a video decoder enabling TV on the PC.
Simtek completes sale of Q-Dot for $2.2 million
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Simtek has completed the sale of the assets of its Q-Dot subsidiary to Hittite Microwave for $2.2 million in cash.
Novellus narrows forecast for Q3
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Novellus Systems Inc. on Wednesday (August 30) projected that its third-quarter orders would range from $285-to-$290 million, from its previous forecast of $280-to-$310 million set in July.
Tundra's sales jump 6%
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Chip maker Tundra Semiconductor Corp. (Ottawa) reported sales of $18.2 million in its first fiscal quarter, up 6 percent quarter-over-quarter but down 20 percent from a year ago.
Semtech blames cautious customers for mixed 2Q results
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Semtech reported fiscal second quarter 2006 net income of $7.4 million, or 10 cents per diluted share, down 57 percent from the net income of $17.4 million, or 22 cents per diluted share, for the second quarter of fiscal 2005.
Inovys claims to extend customer yield management capability
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Inovys introduced FlopPlot WaferView, the latest addition to the FlopPlot suite of software analysis tools for advanced semiconductor devices.
ATX reference design meets "80 PLUS" initiative
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ON Semiconductor touts the industry’s first open ATX power supply reference design certified to meet the so-called "80 PLUS" performance requirements for computing applications. The 250-watt reference design addresses all functional blocks of the ATX power supply, including power factor correction, switch-mode power supply control and regulation, post regulation, and output rectification.
Interactive troubleshooting guide CD is a freebie
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8/30/2005   Post a comment
Keithley Instruments is offering a free tutorial CD troubleshooting guide. It lets you explore the symptoms and causes of common errors associated with low-level signals, such as low voltage, low current, low resistance, high resistance, and voltage from a high resistance source measurement. Click here to learn more and get your free copy.
Rumors swirl about Agilent’s ATE unit
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The rumors continue to swirl about the fate of Agilent Technologies Inc.’s automatic test equipment (ATE) unit, which is reportedly up for grabs.
Consortium formed on next-gen hybrid vehicle
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Raser Technologies Inc. has joined with three other companies to create a cooperative research and development consortium to work toward the development of the next generation of hybrid electric vehicles.
Infineon to supply memory technologies for XBox
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Infineon Technologies said it would supply several key technologies for Microsoft's Xbox 360.
Sigma Designs earnings flat on higher sales
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Digital media processor supplier Sigma Designs Inc. posted net earnings of $0.1 million, or zero cents per share, on sales of $7.9 million in the second fiscal 2006 quarter ended July 31, compared to a net loss of $0.7 million, or 3 cents per share on sales of $6.4 million the previous quarter.
Intel s’allie à DiBcom pour ajouter la TV mobile à ses plateformes
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DiBcom SA, une petite entreprise française, va s’allier à Intel Corp. pour doter les plateformes Centrino et Xscale d’Intel de TV mobile.
Rabbit releases TCP/IP-based embedded system control module
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Continuing its focus on bringing more connectivity options to developers of Z80-type based MCU designs, Rabbit has just released its RCM3750 RabbitCore module.
NEC och Hitachi minskar sitt Elpida-engagemang
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8/30/2005   Post a comment
NEC Corp. och Hitachi, Ltd., som tillsammans startade DRAM-tillverkaren Elpida säger i en pressrelease att man nu lämnar sin starka närvaro i företaget
LG aiming to be largest PDP supplier, say reports
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Korean electronics giant LG Electronics is opening its fourth plasma display panel plant in Gumi, North Gyeongsang, South Korea on Wednesday, in a move that would make the company the largest plasma display supplier, according to Korean online reports.
Toshiba develops high performance microprocessor core
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Toshiba Corporation has announced that it has developed a new high-end processor core, MeP-h1, the first configurable microprocessor to achieve a 1GHz clock speed. The MeP-h1 is based on Toshiba's "Media embedded Processor" (MeP) architecture for digital consumer and other high performance SoCs. It gives designers the flexibility to customize processors at the design stage, including the ability to change processor configurations and add custom instructions to satisfy application requirements.
DRAM vendor begins to ship 8-Gbit NAND flash in volumes
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Micron Technology Inc. has started to ship in volume quantities 4-Gbit and 8-Gbit qualified NAND flash memory products to support growing customer demand in the MP3, USB drive and flash card sectors.
Fairchild Introduces the industry's most highly integrated standard definition, precision video filter/driver for Set-Top Boxes and Personal Video Recorders
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Fairchild Semiconductor's FMS6406 is the industry's most highly integrated standard definition, low-pass reconstruction video filter/driver. This device features an integrated sound notch and output drivers that meet the latest cable and satellite set-top box performance requirements of 170 ns group delay predistortion.
Apple-Motorola combo cellphone-music player expected
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A Motorola mobile phone that can play Apple Computer’s iTunes software may finally have its formal unveiling Sept. 7.
LED driver circuit uses non-isolated buck-boost for lighting signs
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Power Integrations introduces an innovative power conversion for a driver circuit for off-line LED lighting. Applications include emergency signs, nightlights and other lighting uses.
Analog Devices' JPEG2000 IC enables wireless High-Definition Video distribtion in the home
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Analog Devices, Inc., a global leader in high-performance semiconductors for signal processing applications, has announced that it has demonstrated the first real-time compression and wireless transmission of high-definition (HD) video in a consumer application at the DisplaySearch HDTV Conference held on August 23-24, 2005.
Demodulators support US HDTVs
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8/30/2005   Post a comment
Micronas announced availability of its DRX-H family of multi-standard 8VSB/QAM/QPSK/NTSC demodulator products targeting applications in digital TV-sets, set-top boxes, multimedia-PCs, DVD recorders, PVRs and tuner modules.
NOTE varslar 8 i Björbo
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8/30/2005   Post a comment
NOTE varslar 8 anställda sysselsatta inom produktion vid NOTE Björbo AB om uppsägning
Mentor's Calibre integrated with Cadence's Virtuoso
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Mentor Graphics' Calibre physical verification and extraction tools have been fully integrated into Cadence Design Systems' Virtuoso design environment.
Samsung opens RFIC design center in Atlanta
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Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd. has opened a North American research center at the Georgia Institute of Technology's Georgia Electronic Design Center in Atlanta.
Buck controller IC has full complement of power management features for networking
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International Rectifier introduces a high-performance, dual output pulse-width modulator driver IC for synchronous buck DC/DC converters used in networking and communications systems.
ConFocus, Coaxsys to produce TVnet-Ready IP Set-Top Boxes
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Coaxsys, Inc., makers of multimedia-over-coax solutions, have announced that it has reached an agreement with ConFocus Technologies, Inc., to provide set-top box reference designs with integrated TVnet. TVnet, the standard for Ethernet-over-Coax, is already deployed by more than fifty Telcos, cable operators, and service providers to deliver IPTV and in-home multimedia networking.
WiMAX exploration library speeds broadband wireless designs
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Agilent Technologies introduced a WiMAX design exploration library for use with the company's ADS EDA software.
Panasonic adds basic plasma HDTV models to its VIERA TV line
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Panasonic, the leading brand for which Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. is known, today announced it will launch the world's first 65-inch 1080p (progressive) high-definition (HD) plasma TV TH-65PX500 on November 1 and three new entry-level PX50 series HD plasma TVs with 50-, 42- and 37-inch displays on September 10 in Japan.
Tracker/sequencer ICs ease basic power-up designs
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Maxim Integrated Products' MAX6877-MAX6883 are dual/triple power-supply trackers/sequencers for controlling power-up and power-down of up to three rails. They're the company's first hardware programmable (versus programmable memory) trackers and sequencers for cost-effective design in simplified power management systems. Users adjust key performance parameters such as voltage thresholds, slew rates, and timing parameters with (external) resistors and capacitors.
Small PHY offers Hi-Speed USB host support in handhelds
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8/30/2005   Post a comment
With a footprint of 6-mm X 6-mm, the USB3450 UTMI+ standalone device/host transceiver from Standard Microsystems Corp. (SMSC) allows designers to add low-power host support to portable consumer products without sacrificing board space.
DRAM prices set to rebound in 2H
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Prices for DRAMs are expected to rebound after a dismal showing in the first half of 2005, according to a report from the DRAMeXchange Web site.
Online tool speeds amp selection
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Analog Devices Inc.'s amplifier parametric evaluation tool is said to create a virtual evaluation board environment to remove the guesswork from selecting and implementing operational amplifiers.
Socket simplifies FPGA prototyping in portable applications
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QuickLogic Corp. announced the availability of the HiLo socket from Interconnect Systems Inc. that simplifies field programmable gate array (FPGA) prototyping in space-constrained, portable consumer-electronic designs.
Inovys debuts analysis tool for ATE
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Inovys Corp., a supplier of automatic test equipment (ATE), has rolled out a software analysis tool said to boost chip yields and cycle times.
Aprio adds data viewer to Halo DFM product suite
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Aprio Technologies has expanded its Halo product suite to include the Halo-View data viewer, which the company said will make Aprio's products more readily accessible to the IC industry.
AMI CEO receives contract extension
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Christine King, president and chief executive of AMI Semiconductor Inc., has received a contract extension through the end of 2008, according to a report from the Idaho State Journal.
16-bit converter targets precision apps
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This 16-bit, 10 Msamples/second delta-sigma analog-to-digital converter from Texas Instruments Inc. features 86 dB signal-to-noise ratio and 95 dB spurious-free dynamic range over a 5-MHz bandwidth.
Twenty-eight firms demonstrate interoperability on OCAP and eTV platforms at CableLabs event
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Twenty-eight companies, including some major content owners such as Walt Disney-ABC Enhanced TV, supported the recent interoperability event held by Cable Television Laboratories, Inc. (CableLabs(r)) for the OpenCable Application Platform (OCAP) and for enhanced TV (eTV).
Double Window and PIP for HDTV signals with Micronas' Dual-Channel Single-Chip Controller
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Optimized for advanced flat panel display TVs, Micronas, a leading supplier of innovative application-specific IC system solutions for consumer electronics, today unveils a highly integrated IC family that takes HDTV picture quality of LCD and Plasma TVs to new levels of performance.
ON Semiconductor enters high-speed Op Amp market with 110-200 MHz devices for Low-Power Video applications
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ON Semiconductor has announced its entry into the high-speed operational amplifier market, with the introduction of four new devices designed for the rapidly growing low power video applications space. Building upon its existing low power operational amplifier portfolio, ON Semiconductor has utilized new technologies to achieve the ultra low distortion performance levels required by set-top boxes and security video applications.
Invesys, Cratlon team for wireless sensors
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8/30/2005   Post a comment
Industrial automation conglomerate Invensys Controls has teamed with fabless semiconductor company Cratlon Ltd (County Clare, Ireland) to develop and market a range of wireless sensors.
Fuel cells available for rental
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8/30/2005   Post a comment
Sandpiper Technologies Inc. has initiated a program enabling customers to rent methanol-powered fuel cell for evaluation.
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