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SMT LNAs support high dynamic range applications from 2 to 28 GHz
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8/27/2009   Post a comment
Hittite Microwave Corporation has introduced three SMT packaged GaAs pHEMT/HEMT MMIC Low Noise Amplifiers (LNAs) which are ideal for microwave radio, VSAT, military/space, sensors and test instrumentation applications from 2 to 28 GHz.
Fluke Networks completes acquisition of AirMagnet
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Fluke Networks, involved in network installation, certification, testing, monitoring and analysis, has announced that it has completed the acquisition of AirMagnet, a provider of performance, security and compliance solutions for wireless LANs.
WCDMA/HSPA family of power amplifiers simplify 3G mobile device design
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ANADIGICS has launched a family of WCDMA/HSPA power amplifiers (PAs) that incorporate daisy-chainable RF power couplers enabling simplified design of 3G handsets, data cards, modems and other types of UMTS subscriber devices.
E-paper display market to hit $600 million in 2010, says analyst
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The total e-paper display market is set to be 22 million units and $431 million in revenues in 2009 and is set to grow with a compound annual growth rate of 41 percent for revenues and 64 percent for units over the next decade, according market research company DisplaySearch.
Developing and emerging market communications service providers are outperforming says new TM forum report
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In a new Insights Business Intelligence Report, "Winning in a Shrinking World: Seizing the Opportunities," TM Forum has revealed that Communications Service Providers (CSPs) that have implemented cost reduction measures early are now producing positive revenue growth.
Dialog begins shipping Intel Atom companion power management IC for in-vehicle infotainment applications
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Dialog Semiconductor Plc (Kirchheim, Germany) has collaborated with Harman Becker, the Harman International Automotive Division, to develop the DA6001 power management IC as a companion device for the Intel Atom processor.
Daimler, Bosch extend short-time working
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Despite the silver linings industry pundits currently are painting at the horizon, slow demand persists in many areas of the automotive industry. In this week OEM Daimler and tier one Bosch announced to extend their short-time working schemes.
Startup rewrites NXPís legacy in 3D passive integration
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Economic crises can have positive as well as negative impacts. Thus, if NXP had not divested its wireless business and decided to sell its integrated passives device unit near Caen, Normandy (France), Ipdia would not have emerged with an ambition to deliver next-generation 3D-SiP modules for various applications, including advanced LED modules.
Dresden is like Silicon Valley: hungry talent & excellent education
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8/27/2009   1 comment
How comes that the Dresden area is the most remarkable center for start-up activities in Germany? The answer is that in the town, all ingredients necessary such as excellent mathematical education and a generation of engineers with great ideas meet. The ignition spark, however, has been imported from the U.S. Ė in person of Gerhard Fettweis, professor at the Dresden Technical University. In the interview Fettweis explains what are the essentials for start-up friendly environments and which techn
Plenty of business in VDSL for Lantiq
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Christian Wolff, designated CEO of Infineon's wireline business sold to Golden Gate Capital, explains the company's strategies in terms of product spectrum, technologies and geographies.
Synfora adds Esterel Studio to IP portfolio
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Synfora, Inc. has purchased the Esterel Studio tool suite developed by Esterel EDA Technologies.
Arasan adds MIPI to IP stable
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Arasan Chip Systems, Inc. has released its MIPI (Mobile Industry Processor Interface) High Speed Synchronous Interface (HSI) controller IP and software stack.
Altium sponsors the World Skills Competition 2009
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Altium Designer has been chosen as the electronics design solution for the WorldSkills Competition's electronics category.
Taray appoints Bernie Aronson to Board of Directors
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Taray, Inc., a supplier of electronic design automation for design of FPGA-based systems, announced it has made a key addition to its board of directors with the appointment of Bernie Aronson, an industry veteran in semiconductors and electronic design automation.
Dual-band front end IC for WiFi increases performance in mobile electronics
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ANADIGICS has launched a high power, dual-band front end integrated circuit (FEIC) designed to address the growing demand for WiFi capability in size-constrained mobile electronics, the AWL9966.
HSI Controller IP and Software Stack offer flexibilty in mobile SoC designs
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Arasan Chip Systems has released its MIPI® High Speed Synchronous Interface (HSI) Controller IP and Software Stack.
Small engines get greener
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8/26/2009   7 comments
Emissions from small gasoline engines could be reduced using a new analog chip that Freescale Semiconductor introduced at a technology forum in Shenzhen, China.
Singapore, Swiss researchers collaborate on microfluidics
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Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech), a research institute of the Singaporean Agency for Science, Technology and Research, has signed an agreement with the Centre Suisse d'Electronique et de Microtechnique SA (CSEM), Switzerland, to carry out joint research and exchange staff for the development of microfluidic technologies.
Maxim : 125-nA supervisory circuits extend battery life
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Maxim introduces the MAX16056- MAX16059, ultra low-power microprocessor supervisory circuits that monitor a single system supply voltage.
Tensilica : DSP engine runs virtually any C program
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Tensilica has introduced the high-performance, small, low-power ConnX D2 16-bit dual-MAC (Multiply Accumulator) DSP engine for its proven Xtensa LX dataplane processor cores for SOC (System-on-Chip) designs.
Optrex : Touch switches use capacitive technology
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In addition to resistive touch screens, Optrex now also offers capacitive touch switch solutions. The capacitive touch switch technology eliminates air gaps and reduces the number of layers.
Spansion to sell Suzhou factory to Powertech
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Nonvolatile memeory maker Spansion Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.) has announced its wholly owned subsidiary Spansion LLC has agreed to sell its final manufacturing facility located in Suzhou, China and related equipment to Powertech Technology Inc. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) for $31 million in cash.
Sun, IBM push multicore boundaries
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Sun Microsystems claimed a new watermark for server CPUs, unveiling Rainbow Falls, a 16-core, 128-thread processor at the Hot Chips conference, but analysts gave the IBM Power7 kudos as the more compelling achievement in the latest round of high-end server processors.
MIPS adds high def, ALi to its Android push
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MIPS Technologies took small steps forward on its journey to bring the Google Android operating system to consumer electronics devices, demonstrating a high def Android system and adding Taiwan's Ali Corp. to its list of partners.
NEC Electronic, Renesas delay merger for second time
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Japanese chipmakers NEC Electronics Corp. and Renesas Technology Corp. said Wednesday (Aug. 26) that they will delay the signing of a merger agreement until the end of September. This is the second time in a month the companies have delayed the prospective merger.
Gartner ups semi market expectations
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Strong customer demand and the effects of stimulus packages in China helped to partially iron out the dent in the global semiconductor market. Against this background, market researcher Gartner has lifted its revenue forecast to minus 17 percent for 2009. Earlier, the experts predicted a decline of 22.4 percent. But reasons persist to remain cautious.
Competitor Cross Reference tool reduces time to find crystal and oscillator inventory
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In response to the scores of customer requests to enhance the initial release, Ecliptek Corporation has further streamlined their Competitor Cross Reference tool, giving users the ability to rapidly identify alternative crystal and oscillator products that are in stock.
Fixed-ratio IBC offers optimized performance, efficiency and cost
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Emerson Network Power has expanded its intermediate bus converter (IBC) portfolio with the addition of its AED/ALD13B50 12 V sixteenth brick open-loop bus converter.
Camden : Power fuses conform with IEC 60269
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The CamdenBoss Powerfuse range includes aR semiconductor fuses in 8.5 x 31.5 mm and 10 x 38 mm sizes, aM motor circuit protection fuses in 8.5 x 31.5 mm sizes and gG general fuses in 8.5 x 31.5 mm and 10 x 38 mm sizes.
MI Technologies strengthens European presence
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MI Technologies, a global supplier of RF and Microwave antenna test and measurement products, systems and services, has announced a significant step towards strengthening its European reach with the addition of a new facility near London.
Wideband stacked log periodic antenna covers 700 MHz to 10.5 GHz
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AR RF/Microwave Instrumentation has added a wideband, high gain stacked log periodic antenna to its family of high quality test accessories, designated Model ATS700M11G.
Renesas : SuperH MCUs are intended for visualisation and GUI
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Renesas has announced the latest members of its SuperH line-up, built around the industry benchmark SH-2A core with its superb realtime processing capability.
Grace offers 130-nm embedded flash
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Shanghai-based foundry service provider Grace Semiconductor has developed a 130nm manufacturing process for embedded flash products. For this achievement, the company combined two proven processes.
Via calls for 802.11n patent pool
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Via Licensing Corp. issued a call for 802.11n patents in an effort to create a patent pool for the IEEE standard now in a near-final status.
Report: PCs on slow road to high definition
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8/25/2009   1 comment
Blu-Ray drives will not supplant DVD drives as the main optical storage device on personal computers until sometime after 2013, according to a new report from iSuppli Corp.
INSTANTIS launches pioneering solution for green enterprise management
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Instantis announces the availability of EnterpriseTrack Green Edition.
Chip supports realtime accident data recording
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Automotive OEMs, accident researchers and insurance companies increasingly are interested in an equipment component for cars which in aircraft has been established as standard equipment already for a long time: A drive recorder. This 'black box' could record accident data in realtime, shedding light on the cause of an accident.
MIT's robotic fish target monitoring tasks
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Robotic fish could swim in schools of hundreds to perform surveys, environmental monitoring, reconnaissance and other underwater tasks, according to MIT researchers.
Femtocells to see 70 million users in 2014, says research firm
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Femtocell shipments will grow from 0.2 million units in 2009 to 12 million units worldwide in 2014 demonstrating a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 127 percent, according to Berg Insight (Gothenburg, Sweden).
IDT : Embedded clocks are SMBus programmable
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IDT announces a family of clocks for embedded applications or any computing system that is hidden from view and runs a real-time operating system.
Fairchild : 600-V MOSFETs have low figure of merit
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Fairchild Semiconductor (NYSE: FCS) brings designers of power supplies, lighting, display and industrial applications a new generation of 600-V Super-Junction MOSFETs -SupreMOS.
Dublin startup samples UWB transceivers
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8/25/2009   Post a comment
Fabless chip company DecaWave Ltd. (Dublin, Ireland) has shipped evaluation kits for its first product the ScenSor chip. Scensor is a CMOS ultra-wideband IC based on the IEEE 802.15.4a standard that supports data rates of 110-kbps, 850-kbps, 6.8-Mbps, and 27-Mbps.
Toyota tops 'clunker' sales list
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8/25/2009   1 comment
Toyota Motor Co. was the primary beneficiary of the U.S. government's "Cash for Clunkers" program, accounting for three of the top five models purchased by new car buyers, according to a new survey of the auto stimulus program.
New generation of Super-Junction MOSFETs is unveiled
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Fairchild Semiconductor has released a new generation of 600 V Super-Junction MOSFETs - SupreMOS suitable for designers of power supplies, lighting, display and industrial applications
First market-ready handheld Plaszma platform features Wolfson's integrated audio and power management solution
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8/25/2009   Post a comment
Applications processor vendor, ZiiLABS has selected Wolfson Microelectronics' WM8350 Stereo CODEC with Integrated Power Management for inclusion on both its ZMS-05 System Module for embedded devices and its Zii EGG StemCell Computer, the first market-ready handheld Plaszma platform.
Carbon nanotube interconnect startup raises $4.1 million
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Surrey NanoSystems Ltd. (Newhaven, England) has raised £2.5 million (about $4.1 million) in second round venture capital to help it develop a silicon-friendly, low-temperature carbon nanotube growth process. Surrey NanoSystems believes CNTs can be used as semiconductor interconnect.
Berlin startup to present 40 GBit/s Ethernet proposal
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Data speeds of up to 40 GBit/s can be achieved with a technology developed by Berlin-based startup company VI Systems GmbH. The proposal will be presented at the Ethernet Alliance Forum in September.
Engineer seeks $60 million bonus from Atmel
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8/25/2009   3 comments
Dr. Andreas Paul Schueppen, a former employee of Atmel Germany GmbH, is preparing for his first day in court in a case filed against his former employer in which he is claiming he is owed 42 million euro (about $60 million) as an "inventor's bonus."
From A to D and back again
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8/25/2009   1 comment
Keith Miller, a semiconductor industry veteran, responds to Jim Doran of GlobalFoundries and provides a different take on that companies' presence in Dresden and its plans for Albany in New York state.
TI's 15W Class D audio amp integrates EMI suppression
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Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, Texas) has introduced a 15W Class-D audio amplifier for driving bridged-tied stereo speakers with integrated electromagnetic interference suppression.
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