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Single-phase energy meter IC supports 80-segment LCD displays
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austriamicrosystems has introduced the AS8267, a single phase energy meter IC providing security protected on-chip data and program memory with reliable data-retention specifications over an extreme temperature range.
A/D converter delivers 16-bit resolution at 10-MHz
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The ADS-939 sampling A/D converter from C&D Technologies is a fully integrated data acquisition system that provides 16-bit resolution at a 10-MHz sampling rate over the entire operating temperature range.
1.5A and 1.2A step-down converters simplify system design
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The AAT1112 and AAT1145 1.5A and 1.2A constant frequency current mode step-down converters are available in a small, 3 x 3 mm TDFN package.
ERNI Electronics expands family of M8-M12 products
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ERNI Electronics offers a catalog that present its latest portfolio of M8/M12 cable systems. All components conform to protection class IP67and are resistant to shock and vibration, resulting in reliable connections. The ready-assembled cables
Telecom interface boards transition from SDH/SONET to packet switching
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NPMC-STMx interface boards are targeted at telecom applications dealing with SDH (Synchronous Digital Hierarchy), such as SS7, ISDN or 3G/3.5G mobile applications in optical OC3/STM-1 or OC-12/STM-4 and SONET environments.
Fraunhofer researchers improve solar cell efficiency
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A manufacturing technique developed by Fraunhofer Institute ISE (Freiburg, Germany) helps to increase the energy yield of solar cells.
Fujitsu claims legal victory over Nanya
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Fujitsu Ltd. said that the Tokyo District Court has upheld its claims of patent infringement in the suit brought against Nanya Technology Corp. Japan.
IR's CEO takes leave amid snafu
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International Rectifier Corp. said that Alex Lidow, chief executive and director, has gone on a ''leave of absence'' with pay pending the resolution of a previously-announced accounting snafu.
Allegro boosts thermal stability in power transistors
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Targeted at the home and professional audio amplifier markets, Allegro has launched a new series of Darlington transistors that deliver a high safe operating area, and low thermal resistance derived from a thinner-die technology.
LED driver IC is optimized for LCD and DLP TV
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The HV9980, a three channel, high voltage LED driver IC is well suited for both LCD and DLP television applications. It features three channels of pea
NDS vows revamp of STBs, DVRs to save energy
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NDS Group plc, a supplier of software, conditional access systems and architectural blueprints for digital pay-TV, has announced plans to reduce the energy consumption of digital televisions, set-top boxes and digital video recorders as well as its own "carbon footprint."
DC-DC converter is ideal for wireless telecom applications
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Delivering a tightly regulated 24 V output at up to 3 A in the DOSA standard eighth-brick 0.9 x 2.3 inch footprint and pinout, the PQ60240EGL03 dc/dc converters operates over the input voltage range of 35 to 75 V.
Plug-in PSU offers high power density without fan cooling
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The latest addition to Schroff’s ecopower range of ac/dc switch-mode regulators is a compact 200 W plug-in unit that takes up just half the width of a conventional power supply of this performance level and yet is able to achieve an efficiency of 90 percent, using only convection cooling.
Press-fit, card-edge connectors comply to MicroTCA specification
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FCI has developed the HCI connector system in response to increasing system power requirements that are driving the need for improved current density.
MEMS, FRAMs qualified
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Microelectromechanical system oscillators and ferroelectric random access memory have been qualified for high-reliability and extended-temperature-range applications, respectively.
FTC seeks info in Intel-ST flash venture
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Intel Corp. said that it has received a request for additional information from the Federal Trade Commission in connection with the agency's regulatory review of a proposed flash-memory venture.
SerDes gegen SSO- und Ground-Bounce-Effekte
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In großen FPGAs mit zahlreichen parallelen I/O-Leitungen können SSO-Störungen ('Ground Bounce') zu erheblichen Designproblemen führen. Gegen dieses Phänomen ist ein Kraut gewachsen: Extene Serializer-Deserializer (SerDes) können das System stabilieren.
Net Logic buys Cypress' search engine IC line-up
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NetLogic Microsystems Inc. has bought, for $12 million in cash, a portfolio of network search engine products from Cypress Semiconductor Corp.
Lego Group to play with Moore Microprocessor patent portfolio
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Danish play materials specialist Lego Group has become the 21st company to license the Moore Microprocessor patent porfolio from The TPL Group
MEMS cooler controls chip temperature
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With an innovative technology, Micropelt GmbH (Freiburg, Germany) helps to keep semiconductors, laser diodes and photonic sensors cool: The company offers thermoelectric coolers (TECs) on microchip basis, manufactured in MEMS technology.
Qualcomm joins IMEC TAD design program
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Mobile technology provider Qualcomm has joined IMEC's Technology-Aware Design Program (TAD). The Belgian research center and the U.S. fabless chip vendor will collaborate on innovative circuit and system design methodologies.
Secure supervisor circuit incorporates tamper detection
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Maxim says the SPI-compatible DS3650 is the industry's first secure supervisor with tamper detection to meet the payment card industry's voltage- and temperature-monitoring requirements. It integrates a battery-backup controller, system power monitor, CPU supervisor, temperature sensor, along with two tamper-detection comparators.
AmberWave, RIT gain NSF grant
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AmberWave Systems Inc. and the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) have been awarded a three-year research grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
PoE interface controller delivers precise regulation
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Linear Technology has introduced the LTC4268-1, a PoE interface controller with a synchronous, current mode, switching regulator for delivering precise regulation and high efficiency to powered devices.
Letter to the editor: IP worth its weight
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There are those that say semiconductor intellectual property (Semi IP) is a lost cause.
Tip of the Week: Make or break a wireless provider's business case
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Advanced broadband wireless access systems such as mobile WiMax employ multiple-antenna technologies to enable high-capacity deployments that deliver advanced services to the end user. Tower-top radio basestations are an essential component of a successful BWA business case.
Multiplexer supports high-voltage and dual-voltage SD/SDIO/MMC
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Fairchild Semiconductor says the FSSD06 is the first multiplexer that supports high voltage and dual-voltage secure digital (SD)/secure digital I/O (SDIO)/ multimedia cards (MMC), enabling an application's processor to multiplex between a SD card, SDIO card, MMC card and peripherals
Nordic Semiconductor's 2.4 GHz transceiver enables high-performance wireless USB dongles
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The nRF24LU1 provides native support for up to five bidirectional ultra-low power wireless peripherals communicating via a single, ultra-compact full-speed USB 2.0-compliant dongle.
Thick-film copper substrates address power issues
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The TFC series of solderable thick-film copper substrates from IRC Advanced Film targets high-current and power module applications.
Panasonic delivers world's first 3LCD 1080p microdisplays
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Panasonic has started to ship a new line of High Definition LCD Rear Projection Display televisions featuring their revolutionary long-life LIFI, a first-of-its kind light fidelity projection display application that ensures image brightness over an extended period of time as well as greatly reduced start-up time.
Sharp opens TV plant in Poland
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Sharp has formally opened a new LCD TV manufacturing site in Poland. The move brings Sharp closer to the largest market for flat screen TVs: Europe.
Report: Apple, VW in talks about 'iCar'
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Apple and Volkswagen are considering a cooperation, aiming at a completely novel car concept, writes Financial Times Deutschland in its online edition. With the move, both company aim at attracting young customers.
Software confirms human-to-human spread of avian flu
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The avian flu has been confirmed by TranStat software to have been passed from human to human, a necessary condition for pandemics.
Luxtera names new president, CEO
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Luxtera Inc., a developer of CMOS-based photonic devices, named Greg Young as its new president and CEO.
Jazz Semiconductor fabs 100-Gbits device
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Foundry provider Jazz Semiconductor Inc. claims that it has collaborated on the design and production of the world's first 100-gigabit-per-second integrated circuits (ICs).
NASA bestätigt Einstein
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Astronomen der NASA haben mit neuen Methoden zur Erforschung ultra-dichter Objekte weitere Erkenntnisse über die geheimnisvollen 'Schwarzen Löcher' gewonnen. Die Ergebnisse untermauern Einsteins Relativätstheorie.
CompactPCI CPU features second generation dual core processor
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The CCG-RUMBA is a versatile 4HP/3U (single size Eurocard) CompactPCI CPU board, equipped with an Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 processor at 2.2 GHz clock, and up to 4 GB dual channel DDR2 RAM.
Ethernet camera has GPIO and RS232 interfaces
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GigE is a Gigabit Ethernet camera equipped with a C-mount lens connector with adjustable mounting dimensions.
Inductorless DC/DC boost converter delivers high efficiency
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The AS1301 inductorless DC/DC boost converter from austriamicrosystems is capable of output currents as high as 50 mA at 5 V.
Channel stacking ICs target European DBS market
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The RF5218 and RF5219 channel stacking switch RF ICs are designed to address the low power requirements of the European Digital Broadcast Satellite (DBS) market.
Precision 1uA amplifier simplifies high-performance designs
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Featuring a single-input-stage architecture, the zero-crossover operational amplifier (op amp) OPA369 achieves rail-to-rail performance without input crossover to solve the common design problem of input offset distortion due to the change in common mode voltage that is very prominent in low-voltage, rail-to-rail applications.
Nokia phones have entertainment in mind
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Nokia has responded to the expected increased competition in Europe in the smartphone sector from the Apple iPhone with five handsets that have dedicated music and gaming keys and larger than usual screens, and has also laid out plans for an on-line music store to rival Apple's iTunes.
Battery-backup ICs improve system reliability
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The MAX16033-MAX16040 are low-power, microprocessor supervisory circuits with precision power-supply monitoring and battery control functions.
Spreadtrum, ZTE ink TD-SCDMA deal
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Fabless chip maker Spreadtrum Communications Inc. has entered into a TD-SCDMA strategic partnership agreement with Chinese equipment giant Zhongxing Telecommunication-Equipment Enterprise (ZTE).
Ball lightning's frightening . . . but finally explained
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A Ukrainian researcher explains that ball lightning consists of an aerosol of nanoscale batteries--formed from a reductant, an oxidizer and an electrolyte--that short-circuit by surface discharge to spontaneously generate mega-amperes of current.
Dongbu, SRAM maker sign foundry deal
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South Korean foundry provider Dongbu HiTek Co. Ltd. will soon commence volume production of low-power SRAMs from another Korean firm, Emerging Memory & Logic Solutions Inc.
Surface mount 1-2 GHz VCO delivers high linearity
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Crystek has launched a 1-2 GHz VCO for use in applications such as digital radio equipment, fixed wireless access, satellite communications systems, and base stations.
Energy Conversion cuts jobs amid loss
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Amid a loss for the quarter, Energy Conversion Devices Inc. (ECD) has cut 110 jobs in an effort to reduce costs.
Foxconn kick-starts Vietnam investment drive
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Contract manufacturer Foxconn opened two factories in northern Vietnam, the first phase of a massive investment that executives said would total billions of dollars over the next few years.
Videodrivkretsar i bärbara apparater
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Små dimensioner är en viktig egenskap hos bärbara apparater. Därför vill konstruktören undvika att använda stora komponenter som kopplingskondensatorer. Samtidigt får apparatens prestanda inte äventyras. Med enkla kretslösningar går det att reducera storleken på, eller rent av eliminera, kopplingskondensatorerna. Tamara Papalias och Michael Wong, som är applikationsingenjörer på Intersil, berättar mer.
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