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A PROFINET Competence Centre opens in France
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10/29/2009   Post a comment
Molex has been accredited as PROFINET Competence Centre (PICC) for France for a period of two years. The PICC which consists of employees of Molex and Testlab, has demonstrated the necessary competence and has the necessary equipment to offer full support.
256Mbit serial Flash memory innovates with 32-bit addressing scheme
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10/29/2009   Post a comment
Memory manufacturer Macronix has announced what the company claims to be the world's first 256Mbit serial Flash product, based on an innovative 32-bit addressing scheme.
MEMS foundry expected to have a 25 percent CAGR in the next four years
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10/29/2009   Post a comment
In its Status of the MEMS Industry 2009 report, Yole Developpement predicts a CAGR of over 25 percent for MEMS foundries in the next four years, with enough production infrastructure in place to absorb the MEMS devices market growth for the next couple of years.
Acal to acquire electronics, photonics component supplier
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10/29/2009   Post a comment
Components and systems distributor Acal plc announced it is acquiring the entire issued share capital of France-based BFi Optilas SAS for 10 million euros ($14.78 million) payable in cash and 2 million euros ($2.95 million) of Acal ordinary shares to be issued on completion.
Update: TSMC posts best revenue, profit since Q308
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10/29/2009   Post a comment
Saying the quarter brought solid growth in demand for chips across all major applications, leading foundry TSMC reported its best revenue and profit numbers in a year.
LSI, Silicon Labs report bigger Q3 profits
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Chip makers LSI and Silicon Laboratories reported sharp increases in third-quarter profits and sales that beat Wall Street's expectations.
Teradyne posts Q3 profit
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10/29/2009   Post a comment
Automated test equipment vendor Teradyne posted a GAAP net income from continuing operations of $6.7 million on revenue of $262 million for the third quarter, the company said.
Bluetooth group drops ultrawideband, eyes 60 GHz
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10/29/2009   6 comments
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group has shelved any plans to use the ultrawideband technology it acquired from the WiMedia Alliance when that group decided in March it would fold, and in its place is conducting due diligence on 60 GHz technology as a possible transport for a future high-rate Bluetooth.
4 reasons for 3-D TV, 7 more for why it's a long shot
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10/29/2009   8 comments
The possibility of 3-D entertainment in the home is a foregone conclusion according to Japanese consumer electronics giants Sony and Panasonic. But here are four reasons for their 3-D push, and seven reasons for why it's still a long shot.
Foundries top Q3 forecasts on improved utilization
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
Continuing a positive trend that is rippling through the broader semiconductor industry, silicon foundries UMC and SMIC posted better-than-expected third-quarter sales. Both companies also reported improved capacity utilization levels approaching 90 percent.
Cadence shrinks Q3 loss, beats revenue views
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
EDA vendor Cadence Design Systems reported third-quarter sales of $216 million, in line with the company's guidance for the quarter and slightly above consensus analyst estimates for the period.
Microsemi to close Arizona fab
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
Analog mixed-signal semiconductor vendor Microsemi plans to close its manufacturing facility in Scottsdale, Ariz., by April 2011, eliminating an undisclosed number of jobs.
NEWS - Collaboration produces processor test chip running at 1.1GHz in 65nm ASIC
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
Collaboration between Open-Silicon, MIPS Technologies, and Virage Logic has produced a processor test chip that runs at 1.1GHz in 65nm ASIC.'The ultimate objective of the three companies is to produce a 40nm device that runs at 2.5GHZ or more.
Low shrinkage clear epoxy ensures dimensional stability
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
The EP30LV-1 developed by Master Bond is a low viscosity, optically clear epoxy for general purpose bonding, coating, sealing and casting. Its linear shrinkage after cure is as low as 0.0003 to 1.
Slideshow: Plenty of energy at Solar Decathlon
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10/28/2009   1 comment
If the energy of the engineering students at this year's Solar Decathlon is any indication, the alternative energy field is poised to take off.
Verizon to OEMs: Get the heat out
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10/28/2009   2 comments
Verizon Communications Inc. will require OEMs starting in July 2010 to supply thermal models for circuit boards and cabinets for any equipment they want to sell to the carrier as part of a new energy-saving strategy.
Atrion International and Microsoft help businesses achieve corporate green
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
Atrion International announced that it is working together with Microsoft to help businesses design and distribute greener and safer products.
Intel, Numonyx claim phase-change memory milestone
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10/28/2009   13 comments
Researchers from Intel and its flash memory joint venture, Numonyx, have demonstrated the ability to stack multiple layers of phase-change memory (PCM) arrays within a single die, a breakthrough that could pave the way for PCM to one day displace multiple existing memory technologies in various applications, they said.
30V, N-channel devices improve switching performance, power efficiency
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
ON Semiconductor has introduced 24 new 30 volt (V), N-channel Trench MOSFETs in DPAK, SO-8FL, µ8FL, and SOIC-8 packages, featuring enhanced switching performance for synchronous buck converters in computing and game console applications.
Dual-SATA RAID storage controller features real-time encryption
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
PLX Technology announced the OXUFS946DSE, claiming it to be the industry's lowest-power (391mW), highest-performance dual-storage controller that bridges two SATA hard disks with eSATA, FireWire800 or USB2.0 serial interfaces.
Nvidia licenses Synopsys' yield management tool
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
Graphics chip vendor Nvidia Corp. has licensed Synopsys' Yield Explorer, a yield management tool said to expedite the discovery and mitigation of yield limiters in leading-edge ICs, to reduce time-to-volume.
700mA step-down converters provide flexible control in a tiny CSP
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced the MAX8884Y/MAX8884Z 700mA step-down converters with dual 300mA LDOs in a 2mm x 2mm CSP (chip-scale package).
Linear Tech : Downconverting mixers satisfy 4th generation LTE
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Linear Technology’s LTC554x family of four high dynamic range downconverting mixers covers the 700MHz to 4GHz wireless infrastructure frequency range.
Austriamicrosystems : Rotary encoder targets safety-critical applications
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
Austriamicrosystems has expanded its magnetic rotary encoder portfolio with the AS5245, a fail-safe magnetic rotary encoder IC specifically designed to address safety critical automotive applications such as pedals, transmission and steering wheels, where a failure can be lethal and is completely unacceptable
Downconverting mixers reduce power consumption in 3G & 4G wireless basestations
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
Linear Technology has unveiled a family of four new high dynamic range downconverting mixers covering the 700 MHz to 4 GHz wireless infrastructure frequency range.
AMS : Fiber-coupled laser modules have 488 and 532 nm wavelengths
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
The FiberTECII series is Blue Sky Research’s recently released, second generation of high performance, fiber-coupled laser modules.
Toshiba : CMOS image sensor is highly sensitive
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Toshiba has announced a CMOS image sensor that will bring 14.6 million pixels to digital still cameras and to mobile phones supporting video imaging.
Intellon, Whirlpool snag smart grid grants
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
Proposals from chip designer Intellon Corp. and white goods giant Whirlpool were among a broad group of 100 projects selected Tuesday to share $34 billion in federal funds to accelerate deployment of smart electric grids.
Silicon Labs : Infrared sensing ICs target human interface applications
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
Silicon Laboratories enters the human interface market with the QuickSense portfolio, including the Si1102 proximity sensor and the Si1120 proximity and ambient light sensor, claimed to be the industry’s fastest infrared sensing solutions.
Automotive-grade digital optocouplers feature high speed, low power
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
Avago's R2Couplers are aimed at CANBus interface isolation applications, and meet stringent automotive AEC-Q100 Grade 1 qualifications.
Silicon Labs seeks to unify touch interfaces
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
Silicon Laboratories Inc. has launched a mixed-signal silicon and software initiative for developing human interfaces for touch-, proximity- and ambient light-sensitive devices.
Power Integrations unveils online technical learning center for power supply circuit design
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
Specialist in energy-efficient power conversion, Power Integrations (San Jose, Calif.) has launched PI University, an online technical learning center featuring practical instructional videos that build to form a complete how-to tutorial in power supply circuit design.
Microchip houses synchronous buck MOSFET drivers in tiny packages
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
Aiming to provide maximum efficiency in a small footprint, Microchip Technology Inc. is housing its MCP14628 and MCP14700 synchronous Buck MOSFET drivers in small 8-pin SOIC and 3 mm x 3 mm DFN packages.
Smartphone market boom risky for PC vendors, market researchers warn
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
Market researchers see the smartphone market to continue its boom, luring PC manufacturers to join the fray. But the challenges for the newcomers will be immense — in particular since the OS platform landscape will turn out to be a moving target.
Fujitsu fiscal Q2 profit rise on investment gains, sales drop 10%
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
Fujitsu Ltd.'s net income for the fiscal 2009 second quarter jumped to $804 million from $47 million, boosted by a huge increase from gains on the sale of investment securities, which helped to offset the negative impact of a 10 percent decline in sales from the year-ago comparable quarter.
STMicroelectronics works with ARM to boost power efficiency of next-generation Home Entertainment solutions
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
One of the world's leading set-top-box chip makers, STMicroelectronics is adopting the ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore processor, in addition to the Mali-400 graphics processor, for its upcoming set-top-box and digital TV system-on-chip (SoC) ICs and is aiming to raise the bar for power efficiency in home entertainment equipment.
Conexant launches SoC line for embedded audio applications
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Conexant Systems has launched an audio system-on-chip (SoC) product line for embedded audio and voice applications.
ST licenses ARM Cortex-A9 multiprocessor core
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European chipmaker STMicroelectronics NV has licensed the Cortex-A9 MPCore multicore processor from ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) for use in its next-generation set-top-box and digital TV system-on-chip (SoC) ICs.
Epcos still suffers from weak automotive, industrial demand
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
Passive component vendor Epcos AG (Munich) presented figures as ambiguous as the situation of the entire industry: They are better than in the previous quarter but far worse than in the same quarter last year.
Downconverting mixers improve performance and reduce power consumption in 3G/4G basestations
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The LTC554x family from Linear Technology comprises four new high dynamic range downconverting mixers covering the 700 MHz to 4 GHz wireless infrastructure frequency range.
Reset IC supports safe manual restart using regular function buttons
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
The STM65xx family of smart-reset ICs from STMicroelectronics aims at eliminating the frustration of “Frozen” gadgets, as users no longer need to find the reset key or risk data loss by removing the battery.
Haydon : Lead screw assemblies suit demanding, miniature applications
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
Kerk mini series lead screw assemblies are offered for demanding miniature applications, such as data storage drives, miniature pumps and dispensing systems, micro-actuators and laser/optical focusing mechanisms.
Silicon Laboratories combines capacitive and IR proximity sensing
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
With its QuickSense portfolio, Silicon Laboratories Inc., launched three new products aimed at the human interface market, supporting accurate and fast-response touch, proximity and ambient light sensing within a common development environment.
TTi : Bench power supply has improved accuracy
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
TTi has upgraded its EX354D bench power supply to improve its precision. The new model, EX354RD, has 4-digit meters for both voltage and current along with switchable remote sense terminals.
STMicroelectronics : Smart-reset chip supports two-button control
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
To overcome the frustration people can feel when electronic products ‘freeze’ in mid-operation, a smart-reset chip announced by STMicroelectronics allows the system to be restarted safely without removing the battery or finding a tool to push the reset button, usually hidden behind a hole in the casing.
Coupling relay for fail-safe controls in process technology
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
The PSR-FSP safety relay from Phoenix Contact has been specifically harmonized to operate with fail-safe controls (F-PLC) in process technologies.
SOFTWARE TOOLS - Sybase updates its iAnywhere Mobile SDK
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
Sybase has just released a new version of its Sybase iAnywhere Blue SDK with support for the Bluetooth Core Specification version 3.0+ High Speed (HS).
Earnings roundup: More chip firms top estimates
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
More semiconductor companies and suppliers reported quarterly sales that beat consensus analyst expectations, including RF Micro Devices, Silicon Storage Technology, Amkor Technology, Actel, National Instruments and Integrated Device Technology.
Actel swings to Q3 profit
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
Actel reported a third-quarter profit, surprising analysts who had expected the programmable logic vendor to post a loss for the period.
Dongbu seeks respect, rolls foundry processes
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
Dongbu HiTek, based here, has a ways to go to be mentioned in the same breath as silicon foundry giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC), but the Korean company appears to be pointed in the right direction.
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