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DRAM module market hit by price erosion
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11/29/2007   Post a comment
While larger, more diversified global third-party DRAM module makers posted double-digit growth during the first half of 2007, smaller players were hit hard by price erosion with their combined revenue declining about 48 percent during the same period.
EU ministers back spectrum farming for 3G, caution on DVB-H for mobile TV
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11/29/2007   Post a comment
European Union telecommunications ministers have endorsed the EC's proposals to open radio frequencies, initially allocated to GSM mobile phone services, to other technologies including 3G. However, they only partially backed proposals to mandate DVB-H as the technology of choice in Europe for mobile TV.
IPhone delays to impact NAND in '08
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Apple Computer Inc. could push out the introduction of the next-generation iPhone, which may put a damper on the NAND flash market in 2008, according to an analyst.
Shake your phone to check messages, battery power
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Researchers at the University of Glasgow have demonstrated an interface that allows mobile phone users to check if the power is low or whether there are unopened messages by simply shaking the device.
U.K. government backs manufacturing R&D
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11/29/2007   Post a comment
The British government, through its Technology Strategy Board, is holding a beauty contest amongst companies in numerous manufacturing sectors for £23 million worth of research grants for technologies that improve high value manufacturing procedures.
High-current POLs shrink chip footprint 70 percent
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SupIRBuck point-of-load regulators, touting 8-10 percent higher efficiency than monolithic ICs, integrate HEXFET MOSFETs and a synchronous buck control IC in a 5-by-6 mm Power QFN package
Acal results hit by component industry downturn
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Electronic components and parts services group Acal plc has been held back in the first part of its financial year ended September 2007 due to tough market conditions, with revenues at £77.6 million from on-going activities 1.8 percent lower than for the corresponding period last year.
Leoni buys fiber optics vendor
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Wiring systems manufacturer Leoni AG (Nuremberg, Germany) expands its business activities: The company hitherto focusing on automotive and industrial wiring systems now takes the majority in optical fiber manufacturer Fibertech GmbH (Berlin).
Silicon Sensor raises sales, profit
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In the first nine months of the year, Silicon Sensor raised sales and profit in the double-digit percentage range. The company announced to continue its growth.
eDevice, Simcon Wireless ready GSM/GPRS modules
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eDevice SA, French provider of complete M2M solutions, and Shanghai Simcon Wireless Solutions Ltd, supplier of wireless communication module solutions, announced a collaboration agreement to develop GSM/GPRS modules with AT# Internet interface.
Gate drive optocoupler minimizes PCB space
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11/29/2007   Post a comment
Avago's high output current gate driver with under voltage lockout combines optocoupler technology with a 5-A power transistor into a single 8-pin package.
White paper advises on choosing right EMS provider for medical products
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EMS provider Federal Electronics is offering a free white paper that advises medical device OEMs on choosing the right EMS provider for medical products outsourcing.
A/V interface card brings analog connectivity to FPGAs
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SingMai Electronics has introduced DP1, an A/V interface card that provides analog connectivity to Altera and third-party FPGA development boards.
Automotive HDDs deliver higher capacity, improved altitude specs
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Toshiba SDD has expanded its automotive-grade hard disk drive (HDD) line with the introduction of an 80 GB offering with improved altitude specifications.
Modbus side tank indicator debuts for liquid-level sensors
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MTS Systems Corp.'s Sensors Division has developed a display meter to work with the Level Plus MG transmitter with Modbus interface.
WTO rules against Japanese DRAM tariffs
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The World Trade Organization has upheld a ruling that Japan has violated international trade rules by imposing punitive import duties on DRAMs from South Korea.
SemIndia reportedly in talks to raise funds
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SemIndia Inc., the semiconductor manufacturing startup based in Hyderabad, plans to raise about $100 million within the next 180 days to help launch operations.
Freescale launches touch sensing technology
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Freescale Semiconductor has introduced a pair of next-generation capacitive sensor controllers and a proximity sensing software solution that works with hundreds of the company's microcontrollers.
Freescale offers touch-panel software 'absolutely free'
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Free software from Freescale enables capacitive touch panels with up to 32 pads to be created with their microprocessors, or for eight pads using their MPR08X chips.
Data logging software simplifies data acquisition
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Agilent Technologies has introduced its BenchLink Data Logger Pro software for the Agilent 34970A and 34980A data acquisition/switch units.
Optocoupler targets hybrid electric vehicles
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Avago Technologies has released its automotive-grade ACPL-M46T 1 MBd intelligent power module (IPM) digital interface optocoupler for hybrid electric vehicles.
LAN switch lowers cost, saves space
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Maxim introduces the MAX4927 quad, high-speed, high-bandwidth, Gigabit-LAN switch with integrated electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection that eliminates the need for external ESD diodes.
Aeroflex base station tester adds encryption support
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The new feature provides a field portable and easy-to-use base station test solution for installation and commissioning, routine maintenance and fault finding.
FuturePlus proposes replacement for BERTs
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FuturePlus has developed a small system to replace bit-error-rate testers (BERTs) in most high-speed serial testing.
Google visar vägen
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11/28/2007   Post a comment
För en tid sedan skrev jag om den nya ekonomin. Den som inte längre bygger på 80/20-regeln utan på den samlade mängden av små intäkter. Cris Anderson, redaktör för Wireless, har beskrivit denna svans av små intäkter i en bok som följaktligen fått namnet "The Long Tail".
Micron enters solid-state drive market
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In a major move, Micron Technology Inc. has entered the emerging solid-state drive (SSD) market.
Siemens simplifies group structure
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As an indirect consequence of the bribery scandal at Siemens, CEO Peter Loescher has implemented a new organization, greatly reducing the complexity of the industry giant.
Viewpoint: Embrace platform-based design
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A fickle market and unpredictable consumer tastes make platform-based design a time- and money-saver for manufacturers.
Powerline chip maker sets terms for IPO
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Powerline chip specialist Intellon Corp (Ocala, FL) is set to push ahead with an IPO that could value the company at nearly $330 million.
Service Oriented Architecture at the Edge
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11/28/2007   Post a comment
This white paper sets out to define "Service-Oriented Architecture" (SOA) and to explain how RFID/Sensor technologies can benefit from it. It also introduces GlobeRanger's iMotion Edge Process Manager (EPM), a system based on SOA principles.
Carrier-class FPGA-based network timing solution for wired and wireless networks
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Programmable FPGA-based solution from Xilinx and Brilliant Telecommunications offers highly accurate and customizable timing for broadband and wireless applications.
BMW brings Internet Protocol under the hood
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A BMW research group has tested the Internet Protocol to network automotive controllers. The engineers found that IP could well suit the real-time requirements even of safety-critical applications. But the most prominent benefits are in another area: With IP networking, costs for automotive electronics probably could be lowered.
Swedish design house agrees to maintain OpenCores
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11/28/2007   Post a comment
ORSoC AB (Stockholm, Sweden), a design house, that specializes in using open-source hardware intellectual property blocks, has agreed to maintain the OpenCores website, www.opencores.org.
Slovenia boosts R&D investments via tax incentives
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Seeking to strengthen Slovenia's economy and attract foreign investors, the Slovenian Government has approved a decree that allows tax incentives for research and development activities.
Carbon transistors touted as outperforming amorphous silicon
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11/28/2007   1 comment
Georgia Institute of Technology researchers are claiming to have perfected a method of making room- temperature transistors that are 100-times faster--as fast a amorphous silicon--by fabricating their channels from thin films of carbon-60, also knows as buckyballs or fullerenes.
Winners, losers in 2007 chip rankings
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11/28/2007   1 comment
Intel, Sony, Toshiba and Qualcomm are the stars -- or winners -- in iSuppli Corp.'s projected IC rankings for 2007.
Microsemi buys Microwave Device
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Analog and mixed-signal device maker Microsemi Corp. has acquired Microwave Device Technology Corp. (MDT) of Westford, Mass. for $7.8 million in cash.
Israel funds more than 1,000 tech projects per year
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The Israeli government has financed more than 1,000 technology projects per year over the past five years, according to a study written by Karen Vainunska and Yael Rosenberg from Tel-Aviv University.
Solid-state switching matrix sustains surge currents up to 0.75-A
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11/28/2007   Post a comment
Available in 2, 4 and 8 slot BRICs, these solid state matrices from Pickering Interfaces are suitable for applications requiring hot switching since they can sustain short term inrush currents and full load operation without any degradation in operational life.
Low-pin count 16-bit MCUs provide 40 MIPS performance
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Microchip Technology Inc. has added to its PIC24H 16-bit microcontroller (MCU) family three devices that feature low pin counts with up to 32 Kbytes of flash program memory in packages as small as 6x6 mm.
Freescale baut 8-Bit-Familie weiter aus
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11/28/2007   Post a comment
Freescale hat seine 8-Bit-Mikrocontrollerfamilie S08 um 30 neue Modelle erweitert. Die Bausteine zielen auf Anwendungen in Consumer-, Industrie- und Fahrzeugelektronik.
Alcatel-Lucent wins $1.1 billion deals with Chinese telcos
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Following French president's trip to China, Paris-based network supplier Alcatel-Lucent announced it has signed a package of framework agreements, amounting to €750 million (about $1.114 billion), to deliver mobile communication solutions and services with Chinese state-owned operators China Mobile and China Unicom.
Galileo coordinating consortium to be wound up, report says
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ESN Industries, the consortium established to coordinate development and tests of the Galileo satellite project, is about to be phased out, reports German newspaper Handelsblatt. The move reflects a compromise recently agreed upon by the parties involved.
Motorola continues to lose ground in mobiles
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Motorola is continuing to lose ground in the global share of mobile phone sales, according to Gartner Inc's latest analysis of the sector.
BAE Systems selects Achronix for rad-hard FPGA
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Defense and aerospace company BAE Systems Inc. (Rockville, Maryland) and Achronix Semiconductor Corp. (San Jose, Calif.) have agreed to develop a reconfigurable radiation-hardened field-programmable gate array.
Embedded engineers prefer Linux OS, says poll
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11/28/2007   Post a comment
About half the embedded systems engineers that read EE Times Europe, are planning to use Linux as an embedded operating system, according to respondents to a poll.
Stereo audio selector ICs offer low distortion
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The NJW1110 and NJW1111 nine-input/three-output stereo audio selectors and adjustable gain buffers from NJR offer low distortion, output noise and crosstalk.
Amplified ZigBee module achieves 2.5-mile range
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11/28/2007   Post a comment
MeshNetics is sampling an amplified 2.4-GHz IEEE 802.15.4 /ZigBee module that offers high range and low power.
Solenoid chip drives inductive loads
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Fairchild Semiconductor is bringing automotive control system designers more reliable solenoid control operation using less board space with the FDMS2380, a dual integrated solenoid driver (DISD).
Quad-channel PCIe hot-plug controllers save board space, cost
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11/28/2007   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced the MAX5957/MAX5958 (triple-channel) and MAX5959/MAX5960 (quad-channel) hot-plug controllers for safe insertion and removal of PCI Express (PCIe) cards from live PCIe hot-plug slots.
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