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Low-power supervisors feature capacitor-adjustable reset and watchdog timeouts
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8/25/2009   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced ultra-low-power microprocessor supervisory circuits that monitor a single system supply voltage and consume 125 nA supply current to extend battery life in power-sensitive applications.
TV dynamics to drive STB sales
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8/25/2009   Post a comment
According to market researcher iSuppli, vendors for set top boxes (STBs) are heading for a bright future. Paradigm shift in TV reception will drive STB sales and trigger solid growth for the industry.
Daetwyler Cables sees no recovery
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8/25/2009   Post a comment
In contrast to other companies active in the field of industrial electronics, parts and equipment, Swiss technology group Daetwyler Holding AG has no upturn on its radar. The company thus announced to continue its cost control tactic.
Calypto develops sequential power analyzer
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8/24/2009   Post a comment
Calypto Design Systems has applied its patented sequential analysis technology to enable accurate power measurement in its PowerPro Analyzer tool.
U.S. invests $6.4 million in LED research
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8/24/2009   Post a comment
The Energy Department will fund LED and organic LED research with funds from the economic stimulus package approved by Congress in February.
Trio of low-power difference amplifiers feature fast slew rates, reduce board space
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8/24/2009   Post a comment
Analog Devices, Inc., has unveiled three new low-power difference amplifiers as small as 4.9 mm x 3 mm and featuring slew rates up to 10 times faster than competing products.
Smallest white LED boost converter offers better picture contrast and energy efficiency benefits
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8/24/2009   Post a comment
National Semiconductor Corp., has introduced what the company claims is the industry's smallest white light-emitting diode (LED) driver with dynamic display backlight control.
Market researcher: Bosch bought Akustica for its MEMS integration approach
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8/24/2009   Post a comment
When recently automotive electronics giant Bosch toke over tiny MEMS microphone company Akustica, the reason was the latter one's expertise in integrating MEMS on standard chips, presumes market researcher The Information Network. The move is not intended to help Bosch to enter the electro-acoustic devices market, but strengthen its leading position in the automotive MEMS scene.
Comment: Intel's counsel of complacency on energy efficiency
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8/24/2009   Post a comment
Intel and Microsoft funded a Stanford University professor, to produce a series of research papers that assess the energy and environmental impacts of information technology. Peter Clarke argues that many of the benefits that have been quantified in this research are already factored in to our apprecation and that more needs to be done than we are inheriting from Moore's Law.
PerkinElmer licenses silicon photomultiplier technology
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8/24/2009   Post a comment
Medical technology provider PerkinElmer has taken a license to use the solid-sate photomultiplier technology developed the Max Planck Institute for Physics in Munich. The technology can be used to improve nuclear diagnostic processes and design highly sensitive laboratory equipment.
Silicon circuit board seeks to replace ASICs
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8/24/2009   Post a comment
You may be able to kiss that printed-circuit board good-bye soon, instead mounting bare die on a wafer-scale silicon circuit board that essentially eliminates the power-hungry soldered interconnections between packages.
PTC Heater does away with complex cabling
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8/24/2009   Post a comment
Eberspaecher catem GmbH (Esslingen, Germany) will introduce an optimized PTC heater for electric supplementary heating systems at the IAA trade fair in September. The device does it without external relay control box and the associated cabling.
Bosch verlängert Kurzarbeit
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8/24/2009   Post a comment
Der Autozulieferer Bosch ist noch nicht aus der Krise: Das Unternehmen hat beantragt, die Kurzarbeit für sein Werk Feuerbach zu verlängern. Die Maßnahme zeigt, dass nicht die gesamte Autoindustrie von der Abwrackprämie profitiert hat.
Jennic forms global partnership with Mitsubishi
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8/24/2009   Post a comment
Wireless chip developer Jennic Ltd. (Sheffield, England) has announced it has formed a "strategic partnership" with Mitsubishi Corp. to serve emerging markets with low-power wireless technology.
Solarflare integrates 10GBase-T on a single chip
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8/24/2009   Post a comment
Solarflare Communications debuts two chips that mark a significant milestone on the road to the long delayed transition to 10 Gbit/second Ethernet, but the industry still faces a host of challenges eking out mainstream markets for 10 Gbit Ethernet over copper.
TSMC makes SRAMs in three 28-nm processes
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8/24/2009   Post a comment
Foundry chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) has claimed it has achieved a functionally yielding 64-Mbit SRAMs across all three versions of its upcoming 28-nm manufacturing process technology. These are 28-LP, with an oxynitride dielectric, and 28-HP and 28-HLP which both uses a high-K metal gate process.
TSMC splits 28-nm high-k metal gate process into two versions
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8/24/2009   Post a comment
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) has announced it will add a low-power version to its 28-nm high-K metal gate (HKMG) process technology with first production coming in the third quarter of 2010.
Infineon Austria reports high utilization
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8/24/2009   Post a comment
Infineon Austria which primarily manufactures power devices is already approaching full utilization after a hefty dip earlier this year.
Researchers report progress on parallel path
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8/24/2009   4 comments
At Hot Chips, labs from Berkeley, Stanford and Illinois will deliver what amounts to their first report cards on their efforts to beat a path to programming tomorrow's many-core microprocessors, a task many have characterized as the most ambitious in the history of computer science.
IBM's Power7 heats up server competition at Hot Chips
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8/24/2009   Post a comment
IBM Corp. may walk away from this week's Hot Chips conference with bragging rights to having the most muscular microprocessor with its Power7, an eight-core, 45nm chip expected to set new watermarks in parallelism and cache that could translate into leading-edge performance for servers using it.
Teamcenter's data accuracy shortens HP printer design cycle
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8/24/2009   Post a comment
Hewlett-Packard's Indigo Division manufactures high-end digital printing presses for large commercial and industrial applications.
Good project management keeps remote MindTree, TI teams in sync
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8/24/2009   1 comment
India-based MindTree was heavily involved in software development for TI's wireless solutions involving OMAP and mobile connectivity. Keeping the project in line depended as much on good technical expertise as it did upon good trans-global, cross-cultural project-management skills.
C-to-FPGA compiler supports Virtex-6, Spartan-6
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8/24/2009   Post a comment
The CoDeveloper C-to-FPGA compiler from Impulse Accelerated Technologies has been updated to support the latest devices and software from Xilinx, including the Virtex-6 and Spartan-6 FPGAs and Version 11.2 of Xilinx ISE design suite, Impulse said.
Vietnam sees delays in IC manufacturing push
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8/21/2009   Post a comment
Vietnam has hit a few speed bumps along the road in its dreams to develop an IC manufacturing industry.
Reports: Texas Instruments circles Qimonda's US assets
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8/21/2009   Post a comment
According to media releases, Texas Instruments is interested in taking over some or all of Qimonda's US-based assets. The company even has specified a price.
ARC, Akustica acquisitions, lead weekly story ranking
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8/21/2009   Post a comment
Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Aug. 16, as ranked by EE Times Europe readers, up to and including Friday, Aug. 21. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
Pure Wafer plans to raise $3.8 million, shares resume trading
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8/21/2009   Post a comment
Pure Wafer plc (Swansea, Wales), a provider of silicon wafers and wafer services based on reclaimed wafers, has announced plans to raise £2.3 million (about $3.8 million) and restructure its debt, along with its delayed interim financial results to Dec. 30, 2008.
ASAT names interim CEO, restructuring officer
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8/21/2009   Post a comment
IC-assembly house ASAT Holdings Ltd. has named Eric Thompson to the position of chief restructuring officer and interim CEO.
Crossing takes step to buy Asyst IP
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8/21/2009   Post a comment
Crossing Automation Inc. said that the court has approved the asset purchase agreement for Asyst Technologies Inc.'s atmospheric technologies and IP assets.
Digital power ICs entering growth phase, researcher says
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8/21/2009   Post a comment
The market for digital power management devices is facing rapid differentiation with high growth at the same time, says market research company Darnell group.
LeCroy launches single-source SuperSpeed USB test suite
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8/21/2009   Post a comment
The LeCroy USB 3.0 Test Suite is an integrated selection of test instruments that addresses all transmitter, receiver, TDR and protocol tests currently defined in the Universal Serial Bus 3.0 specification.
Tiny 20V P-Channel MOSFET yields ultra-low RDS(ON)
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8/21/2009   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor has developed what it claims is the industry's lowest RDS(ON) (75mΩ at -4.5V) 20V P-Channel MOSFET, enabling longer battery life in portable applications.
2-A solar battery charger Matches Peak Power Tracking with Simple Control Loop
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8/21/2009   Post a comment
A solar power directed monolithic buck battery charger IC for modern battery chemistries has been introduced by Linear Technology Corporation.
Intel-sponsored research says Moore's Law makes IT green
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8/21/2009   1 comment
Downloading music can be twice as eco-friendly as buying the CD in a store and the information technology industry is halving the consumption of energy per computation every 1.6 years, according to research sponsored by Intel and Microsoft.
28-V, dual-/single-input, linear Li+ battery chargers feature battery detection and overvoltage-protected outputs
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8/21/2009   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced 28 V, dual-/single-input, linear Li+ battery chargers with battery detection and overvoltage-protected outputs.
Daimler plans volume production for e-Smart
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8/21/2009   Post a comment
Daimler plans to sell an electric version of its Smart sub-compact by 2012. The production of second generation e-smart will start as early as November 2009 — albeit for the nonce only for selected users.
BP Solar under fire after PV installation blaze
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8/21/2009   1 comment
Solar power plants on building roofs are not only a source of energy and income for the operators. They also can catch fire. In the case of a photovoltaics installation in Bürrstadt (Germany), the operator made this experience. Now he battles for the reason of the fire with solar cell manufacturer BP Solar.
IC overcomes solar cell/battery-chemistry charging conundrum
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8/21/2009   2 comments
The LT3652 from LTC maintains solar panel at peak output power wile charging various chemistries, using an input voltage regulation loop
U.S. reportedly drops NAND antitrust investigation
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8/21/2009   Post a comment
The U.S. Justice Department has ended an investigation into alleged antitrust violations in the NAND flash memory market, according to reports.
Mentor tops expectations
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8/20/2009   Post a comment
EDA vendor Mentor Graphics reported revenue of $182.6 million for the quarter ended July 31, besting consensus analyst expectations by a wide margin.
Verigy sales jump, posts loss
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8/20/2009   Post a comment
ATE vendor Verigy Ltd. said revenue for the third quarter was $87 million, an increase of 23 percent from the prior quarter, and a decrease of 51 percent from the prior year period.
RF startup Sequoia Communications shuts down
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8/20/2009   1 comment
Fabless RF chip vendor Sequoia Communications has ceased operations due to inability to secure additional funding, according to one of the company's venture capital backers.
Microsemi sells firm amid DOJ pressure
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8/20/2009   Post a comment
Under pressure from the U.S. Department of Justice, Microsemi Corp. has sold the assets of Semicoa Inc. to an undisclosed third party.
EU backs LTE Advanced research projects
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8/20/2009   Post a comment
Communications industry executives have welcomed the EU's commitment to fund research work on LTE Advanced , the follow-on technology from LTE that many mobile network operators have only just started embracing, but also cautioned on the timescales involved in deploying the next generation technology.
NEC takes DivX Plus license for EMMA chips
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8/20/2009   Post a comment
NEC Electronics is to integrate DivX Inc’s Plus HD technology into its Enhanced Multi-Media Architecture (EMMA) chips following closing of a multi-year licensing deal between the two companies.
Taiwan targets auto electronics
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8/20/2009   Post a comment
Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs said it will seek greater investment in its automotive electronics industry.
Firm blasts California Micro, seeks new directors
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8/20/2009   Post a comment
A proxy battle has intensified at California Micro Devices Inc. (CMD).
Beyond Semiconductor hiring engineers
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8/20/2009   Post a comment
Beyond Semiconductor (Ljubljana, Slovenia), a developer of 32-bit RISC/DSP processor intellectual property, has three jobs on offer on its website.
Industrial-grade 30-V MOSFETs offer low gate charge solution
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8/20/2009   Post a comment
International Rectifier has introduced a series of industrial-qualified 30 V TO-220 HEXFET power MOSFETs with low gate charge (Qg) for applications including Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS) inverters, low voltage power tools, ORing applications and netcom and server power supplies.
Nissan connects navigation system and accelerator pedal
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8/20/2009   1 comment
A driver assistance systems implemented in the latest Nissan vehicles feeds forward navigation data into the accelerator pedal: If a vehicle approaches a curve with excessive speed, the system sends a haptic signal to the pedal, urging the driver reduce speed.
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