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EDA startup Jasper settles in France
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Seeking to expand its presence in Europe, Jasper Design Automation, a privately-held provider of high-level formal verification solutions, announced it has opened new sales and support headquarters for Europe and the Middle East in Pornichet, near Nantes (France).
L'ANR nomme sa directrice
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L’Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR) a annoncé la nomination en conseil des ministres de Jacqueline Lecourtier en tant que directrice générale de l’établissement public.
Garching computing center gets 100 TFlops supercomputer
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In the race for ever higher computing power in its number crunching centers, German research organization Max Planck Gesellschaft plans to install a new IBM Machine with more than 100 Teraflops.
Tiny 3 MHz synchronous step-down DC-DC converter targets portable and consumer applications
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ON Semiconductor has introduced two high-performing pulse width modulation (PWM), pulse frequency modulation (PFM) and PWM-only dc-dc converters optimized for portable applications.
Tessera buys imaging startup for $18 million
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Semiconductor packaging technology specialist Tessera Technologies Inc. is buying, for $18 million, Eyesquad, a developer of micro-imaging products, only a year after the Israeli company was established.
Low-power, 8-bit, 1 Gsamples/s A/D converter is radiation-tolerant
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The ADC08D1000WG-QV is a low-power, 8-bit, 1 Gsamples/s dual CMOS analog-to-digital converter (ADC) qualified for use in broadband and high-speed communications satellite applications.
Sony Ericsson to make mobile handsets in India
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Sony Ericsson is joining the growing list of mobile phone suppliers that will make or have made for them handsets in India, perhaps the fastest growing market for mobile communications. The company will start making handsets in Chennai through a deal with its global CEM partners, Flextronics and Foxconn.
US-Firma Belden kauft Hirschmann Automation
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Der US-Verkabelunbgsspezialist Belden CDT Inc. hat Hirschmann Automation and Control (HAC) übernommen. Mit dem Deal rundet Belden sein Portfolio im Markt für Industriesteuerungen und Industrial Ethernet ab.
IBM, CeRoma team for Power PC-enabled media chips
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IBM and CeRoma Ltd. (Caesarea, Israel) have formed a partnership to develop, manufacture and sell digital media chips based on the PowerPC architecture for applications such as set-top boxes, internet protocol television (IPTV), digital television (DTV) and multiple transmission standards.
Connectors have enough power for a 30 horsepower dc motor
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M40 Powerfast connectors are designed for demanding power applications. They are well suited to motor applications, handling up to 600 V and 55 A: enough power for a 30 horse DC motor or a 55 horse 3-phase AC motor.
Un robot humanoïde entre au Laboratoire LIRMM
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La recherche française en robotique s’enrichit en accueillant le nouveau robot humanoïde HOAP3 au sein du Laboratoire d’informatique, de robotique et de microélectronique de Montpellier (LIRMM – CNRS –Université de Montpellier 2).
Raza, Continuous partner for ATCA packet processing
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Continuous Computing and Raza Microelectronics Inc. have joined forces to develop and help accelerate the deployment of low latency AdvancedTCA (ATCA) packet processing products for next generation networks.
MOSFETs suit ultra low gate drive operation
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Zetex Semiconductors has introduced three N-Channel enhancement mode MOSFETs, developed specifically for applications with limited drive voltage availability.
Acquisition creates industrial Ethernet giant
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U.S. based data cabling and signaling devices manufacturer Belden CDT Inc. has bought German industrial Ethernet and infrastructure specialist Hirschmann Automation and Control GmbH (HAC) for € 200 million ($260 million).
Multi-channel EMI filter arrays feature ultra-compact LLP leadless packages
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Vishay Intertechnology introduces four-, six-, and eight-channel EMI filters in the ultra-compact LLP leadless packages.
Component test and procurement companies merge
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Four European service providers in the areas of electronic components design, test and procurement have announced they have merged into a new holding company called Alter Technology Group.
Career Profile: Systems Analysis Supervisor /Suffolk County Sheriff Department
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As one tenured IT professional advises, career success is due to having patience and good interpersonal communication skills.
Hynix 4Q sales up on strong DRAM demand
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Hynix Semiconductor posted a fourth quarter 2006 net profit of 1.04 trillion won (about $1.1 billion) on consolidated revenues of 2.61 trillion won (about $2.8 billion), the company said. Hynix said favorable DRAM market conditions persisted through the quarter.
Surfs up with KLA 45-nm inspection tool
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KLA-Tencor Corp. has introduced the Surfscan SP2XP system, a new unpatterned wafer inspection system designed to meet 45-nm IC manufacturing requirements.
Slow IC sales seen in December
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Look for lackluster chip sales in December of 2006, which are officially due out on Friday
Statistical timing pioneer moves to transistors
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Statistical timing provider Extreme DA has purchased Xigmix, a stealth-mode startup that offers transistor-level characterization and optimization, noted Mustafa Celik, Extreme DA CEO.
V-I chip facilitates direct 48-to-1 volt DC/DC conversion
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Vicor's 320-watt PRM regulator, the P045F048T32AL, the newest member of the company's V - I Chip family, facilitates direct 48-to-1 volt DC/DC conversion at 91 percent efficiency.
PWM controller IC simplifies DC/DC flyback designs
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Linear Technology's highly integrated LTC3805 PWM current-mode controller cuts the size and complexity of flyback power supplies.
SMIC profits in Q4, posts annual loss
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Shanghai foundry SMIC managed a profit of $1.2 million last quarter, but a tough year and high depreciations costs weighed it down overall.
Altera, announces first 8-port switch development board with IEEE 1588 timing control
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Jointly created by Altera, National Semiconductor, and MorethanIP, an 8-port switch development board with IEEE 1588 timing control accelerates design.
Synplicity's Certify software supports Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGAs
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By supporting Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGAs, Synplicity's Certify software, extends the automation of the FPGE-based ASIC prototyping flow and enhances quick partitioning technology.
Altera's FPGAs are first to demonstrate support for PCI Express 2.0
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See demonstrations of Altera, PLDA, and Molex solutions for PCI-SIG's newly announced 5-GT/s PCIe 2.0 standard at DesignCon
Connector system delivers 20+ Gbits/s data rates, new shielding technology
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1/30/2007   Post a comment
Amphenol TCS unveils a breakthrough in backplane connector performance with the introduction of its XCede connector that supports next-generation 20 Gbits/ data rates. It also incorporates anti-resonance and de-skew features.
SonicRecruit Releases New SonicIVR
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Phone-based application module provides hourly employers with recruiting tool.
Global IP Sound expands tech base with name change, acquisitions
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Global IP Sound changes name to Global IP Solutions with acquisition of CrystalVoice and codec unit from Espre Solutions.
Apple activates stealth Wi-Fi features
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Apple Inc. said users can download software to activate stealth, next-generation Wi-Fi features in products that have been shipping since August.
Control your ESR capacitors, say EEs
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Design engineers debated the practical uses of controlled equivalent series resistance bypass capacitors at an evening panel discussion during DesignCon here Monday (Jan. 29). One of the most heated debates in the signal integrity community concerns the proper ESR value of bypass capacitors.
Higher-density SFP+ interconnect supports 10 Gbits/s, occupies less space
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Molex has released its SFP+ Interconnect System, which meets the next-generation Small Form Factor (SFF) 8431 specification and supports 10 Gbits/s speeds using the same port space as a standard SFP system.
EDA startup Athena secures $4 million
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EDA startup Athena Design Systems, a provider of IC analysis and routing optimization tools, has secured an additional $4 million in venture capital funding.
Actel expands channel in China
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To promote wider use of its field-programmable gate array devices by Chinese designers, Actel Corp. announced a significant expansion of its sales channel in Greater China.
National Semi extends popular Simple Switcher dc/dc IC family; enhances companion Webench tool with footprint vs. efficiency tradeoff
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New switching regulators from National Semiconductor go to 75V, plus improved Webench design tool
Financial raider Icahn seeks Motorola director's seat
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Billionaire financier Carl Icahn has petitioned Motorola to join its board of directors, according to an announcement issued by Motorola on Tuesday.
Cypress Semi to sell R&D fab
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Cypress Semiconductor agreed to sell its Silicon Valley Technology Center to private equity firms for approximately $53 million in cash, but will remain a customer of the research fab.
Four-channel LVDS SerDes delivers 5-Gbits/s bandwidth
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With an eye toward supporting high-end multimedia applications, Mixel designed its latest four-channel LVDS SerDes to provide up to 5-Gbits/s data throughput.
Enhanced Xilinx FPGA tool extends serial I/O debug capabilities
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Check out Xilinx's latest version of its ChipScope Pro software and Serial I/O toolkit. Version 9.1i extends serial I/O debug capabilities to support 65-nm Virtex-5LXT FPGAs. This release also delivers 60% faster clock speeds and comprehensive low-cost BERT capabilities for RocketIO multi-gigabit transceivers.
5V protection device provides integrated ESD protection solution for portable designs
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Semtech Corp. has announced the uClamp0524P, a 5 V electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection device with a flow through design. The four-line device is suitable for portable systems and replaces four separate discrete components, saving both cost and board space.
Software aims to make CE devices play together
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Startup Dartdevices Corp. uses a new software interconnect technology that allows any device equipped with its DartPlayer to obtain direct access to the combined resources of all devices with such equipment.
OmniVision ends CSP equipment deal
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OmniVision Technologies Inc., a supplier of CMOS image sensors, has terminated its equipment procurement agreement with Taiwan's XinTec Inc.
Picogiga readies composite substrates for GaN RF power devices
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French developer and manufacturer of compound semiconductor substrates Picogiga International announced it is sampling Silicon-on-polysilicon-carbide (SopSiC) composite substrates for GaN based power devices.
Amdocs Announces Availability of Amdocs 7
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Software aimed at helping service providers profit from convergence.
Submini relay switches up to 10 amps
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CIT Relay & Switch has released the subminiature J105E series relay for low voltage signal change-over in a variety of instrumentation, computer, security, telecommunications, test and medical equipment applications.
Battery said to last lifespan of notebook unveiled at DEMO 07
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Boston-Power introduces new lithium-ion battery technology platform engineered to deliver industry's fastest recharge time.
Canon to distribute nano-imprint litho
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Canon Inc. has signed a deal to distribute Obducat AB's nano-imprint lithography systems in Japan.
Willow CSN Changes Its Name To Arise
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Entity continues its mission as a virtual contact center with a new brand name identity.
Award-winning Microsoft researcher missing at sea
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1/30/2007   Post a comment
The U.S. Coast Guard is expected to resume searching for Jim Grey, founder of Microsoft Bay Area Research Center, who has been missing at sea.
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