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Fairchild files patent lawsuit against Infineon
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11/29/2008   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor (San Jose, Calif.) is suing Infineon Technologies AG in the U.S. District Courts of Maine and Delaware, claiming some of the German group's CoolMOS and OptiMOS power management devices, as well as its Infineon IGBT and CanPak parts, infringe one or more of eight Fairchild patents.
UCLA develops higher efficiency polymer solar cells
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11/28/2008   Post a comment
Researchers at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have shown the possibility of creating a new polymer for use in solar cells that exhibits greater sunlight absorption and conversion capabilities than existing polymers.
UltraVolt : High voltage modules have a 10 ppm temperature coefficient
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11/28/2008   Post a comment
UltraVolt now offers a 25 ppm option on its AA Series product line. This option was available earlier on larger modules, the 10 to 25 A, and the 30 to 4A A Series.
Maxim : NiMH charger IC features alkaline-cell detection
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11/28/2008   Post a comment
Maxim introduces the DS2710, a stand-alone, NiMH charger IC that incorporate fast-charge control and alkaline-cell detection.
AMD foundry, Android uptick, Gilles Delfassy lead story ranking
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11/28/2008   Post a comment
Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Nov. 23, as ranked by EE Times Europe readers, up to and including Friday, Nov. 28. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
Melexis does not foresee large-scale job cuts
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11/28/2008   Post a comment
Automotive chip manufacturer Melexis Microelectronic Integrated Systems NV (Ieper, Belgium) does not expect to make massive head-count reductions despite forecasting that its Q4 sales will fall between 25 and 30 percent compared with Q3.
Commentary: ST's profit warning comes as no surprise
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11/28/2008   Post a comment
Geneva-based chip vendor STMicroelectronics NV has significantly downgraded its revenue growth outlook for the fourth quarter of 2008. No doubt it does not come as a complete surprise. It is part of the current climate.
RF transistors deliver high-power, high-efficiency performance across an unrivaled bandwidth
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11/28/2008   Post a comment
TriQuint Semiconductor has announced the availability of a revolutionary high power discrete RF transistor family, designated PowerBand, for broadband applications including radar, signal jammers and wireless communications.
Stühlerücken bei Siemens MedTech
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11/28/2008   Post a comment
Siemens Healthcare bekommt einen neuen Chef: Der Chief Technology Officer Hermann Requardt übernimmt die Position des CEO für den Bereich Medizintechnik. Seine Funktionen als CTO und Leiter der Zentralabteilung Corporate Technology wird er weiter ausfüllen.
Semiconductor industry utilization declined in Q3
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11/28/2008   Post a comment
The utilization in the semiconductor industry continued its decline in the third quarter. The SICAS statistics however shows surprisingly large differences between product segments.
ST, INRIA team on embedded systems
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11/28/2008   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics NV and INRIA, the French national institute for research in computer science and control, have signed a partnership agreement for next-generation embedded systems.
TSMC, UMC looking to cut costs by 20%, says report
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11/28/2008   Post a comment
TSMC and UMC, the world's two leading providers of foundry manufacturing services, are preparing to cut costs by up to 20 percent, according to a Reuters report that did not name its sources.
RF Micro : 3G front ends target next-generation handsets
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11/28/2008   Post a comment
RF Micro Devices has broadened its portfolio of 3G front ends for the open market with the release of two WCDMA/HSDPA power amplifiers (PAs) – the RF3267 and the RF6266.
CamSemi : PSS flyback controllers offer 5 percent I and V regulation
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11/28/2008   Post a comment
CamSemi has announced a breakthrough in the Primary Side Sensing (PSS) market, following on from the success of its C2470 series of Resonant Discontinuous Forward Converter controllers that were launched in late 2007.
Tumbler Technologies : 650 W supplies are approved to medical standards
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11/28/2008   Post a comment
The TM650 series of 650W AC/DC switching power supplies is approved to UL 60601-1, CSA C22.2 No. 601.1 and EN 60601-1 medical standards.
Nujira touts PA efficiency advance in handsets
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11/28/2008   Post a comment
Power amplifier specialist Nujira (Cambridge, England) is claiming PAs in handsets that use its High Accuracy Tracking technology are twice as efficient during HSUPA transmissions, and 1.5 times as efficient during W-CDMA transmissions, than the same PA with a standard constant voltage (CV) supply as widely deployed in the industry today.
ST cuts Q4 revenue growth forecasts
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11/28/2008   Post a comment
European chipmaker STMicroelectronics NV has significantly downgraded its revenue growth outlook for the fourth quarter of 2008 and now expects revenues to be between $2.2 billion and $2.35 billion.
Ten years ago: Intel regroups to strengthen StrongARM
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11/27/2008   Post a comment
It was on Nov. 27 1998 that EE Times reported Intel Corp. was working to have a home-grown version of the StrongARM processor ready by the second half of 1999.
Continental develops car-to-car ice warning system
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11/27/2008   Post a comment
Continental has a system under development that includes car-to-car communications for clear ice warning systems. Such as system would be superior to current temperature sensors since drivers can be warned ahead of dangerous situations, the company says.
Nanotube switching effect discovered
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11/27/2008   Post a comment
Scientists from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) (Karlsruhe, Germany) have unexpectedly discovered a physical effect that potentially can be used to develop novel electronic components. By means of the effect, the conductance of the nanotubes can be controlled.
Qimonda : DDR3 memory suits Intel Core i7 processor
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11/27/2008   Post a comment
Aeneon, the channel and retail brand of Qimonda, has announced availability of its DDR3-1600 Triple Channel Kits (CL9) with 3 GB and 6 GB for the new Intel Core i7 processor and Intel X58 Express chipset.
German processor firm alleges Xilinx, Avnet infringe patents
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11/27/2008   Post a comment
Pact XPP Technologies AG, a developer of a reconfigurable highly parallel processor architecture, has filed a law suit against FPGA vendor Xilinx Inc. and distributor Avnet Inc. in the Eastern District court of Texas, claiming patent infringement. The case was filed Dec 28, 2007.
MEMS market to suffer from economic crisis in 2009, says Yole
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11/27/2008   Post a comment
French research and strategy consulting company Yole Développement provided an analysis on the impact of the economic slowdown on the MEMS market as it expects it will be significant in 2008, down $500 million, and very significant in 2009, down $1.5 billion.
Molex : Circular connectors are sealed and very rugged
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11/27/2008   Post a comment
Molex has announces the XRC of line of sealed circular connectors. Plugs and receptacles have been developed to meet the demanding requirements of the heavy-equipment industry.
Sharp and Enel look to invest $2.6 bn in Italian solar power ventures
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11/27/2008   Post a comment
Japan's Sharp Corp., the world's No.2 maker of solar cells, Enel of Italy and an unnamed third manufacturer plan to invest more than $2.6 billion in Italian solar power ventures to tap the growing demand for cleaner energy.
Keithley : Component test solution integrates a powerful curve tracer
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11/27/2008   Post a comment
Keithley announces ACS Basic Edition, characterization and curve tracer software for component test applications.
Improved interface between CANoe and Matlab
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11/27/2008   Post a comment
The new 2.1 version of the CANoe/MATLAB Interface simplifies data exchange between the two standard tools considerably, and MATLAB models may be parameterized directly from CANoe. Vector is supplying the interface free-of-charge, and it is part of every CANoe license effective immediately.
Linear Technology : Dc-dc regulators meet Gigabit SERDES specs
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11/27/2008   Post a comment
Linear Technology's LTM4606 and LTM4612 ultralow noise dc/dc uModule regulators are designed to deliver low noise power by attenuating both radiated energy and conducted wideband harmonic energy.
Nokia calls home to save on energy
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11/27/2008   Post a comment
Nokia has started developing a wireless platform to control functions such as heating and security in homes.
Befact Technologies : PoE modules deliver up to 21 W
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11/27/2008   Post a comment
Befact Technologies announces two series of embedded tiny PoE PD modules – the high power THPD and the normal power TPD.
Alcatel-Lucent CFO quits
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11/27/2008   Post a comment
Two months after top executive changes, Alcatel-Lucent announced that Hubert de Pesquidoux, chief financial officer and president of Enterprise business, has decided to leave the company to pursue other opportunities. Paul Tufano, an executive in international finance, will succeed him.
Global chip sales seen tumbling in October
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11/27/2008   Post a comment
The three-month moving average of global chip sales is expected to come in at $22.8 billion for October, down 1 percent on the $23 billion achieved in September, according to Bruce Diesen, analyst at Carnegie ASA in Oslo, Norway.
Bilan énergétique concluant pour Soitec en 2007
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11/27/2008   Post a comment
Dix huit mois après le lancement de son plan d'économies d'énergie, Soitec SA annonce des résultats satisfaisants. Le spécialiste du silicium sur isolant aurait évité le rejet de plus de 218 tonnes de CO2 dans l'atmosphère sur l'année 2007.
ERG : EL inverters offer plug-and-play solutions
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11/27/2008   Post a comment
The family of Smart Force dc-ac EL inverters from Endicott Research Group provides a wide range of standard and custom solutions for display and device designers who need to power electroluminescent (EL) backlit LCDs or devices where EL is used for accent and decorative lighting.
Diodes : Smart motor controller provides all-in-one solution
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11/27/2008   Post a comment
The AH5792 is a single chip solution providing all the functionality required for driving low power single coil brushless DC fans and motors.
AMD spin-off Foundry Co. sees no long-term downturn
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11/27/2008   Post a comment
AMD's manufacturing arm which is heading for a spin-off to form a foundry services provider, regards the current downturn as a good anti-cyclical investment opportunity. Nevertheless, the company is aware of the challenges they are approaching, said two top managers of the company.
Toshiba may delay fabs, according to report
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11/26/2008   Post a comment
Japan's Toshiba may delay the construction of two flash memory fabs in Japan on account of conditions in the chip market, according to a report by the Kyodo news service.
Analyst cuts LCD-TV forecast, but still sees growth
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11/26/2008   Post a comment
Worldwide LCD-TV shipments will grow less than expected but still rise 18.9 percent in 2008 and by 20.5 percent in 2009, according to a revised forecast by market research firm iSuppli.
Poll: Downturn won't drive more globalization
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11/26/2008   Post a comment
The economic downturn won't spark a new round of globalization in R&D, according to an informal survey of 30 high tech R&D managers.
LCOS driver chip for mobile projectors
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11/26/2008   Post a comment
The new Aurora ASI9100 driver chip has been designed specifically for optical engines embedded in internet enabled mobile products.
Elpida claims low power lead with 50nm SDRAM
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11/26/2008   Post a comment
Elpida Memory, Inc. has completed development of a 50nm DDR3 SDRAM, claiming the chip hits a new low in power consumption for DRAMs.
French test automation startup raises $6.2 million
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11/26/2008   Post a comment
Smartesting, French designer and developer of software solutions for automated test generation, announced it has raised 4.8 million euros ($6.2 million) in a third round of capital investment.
Kontron : Industrial HMIs suit high volume projects
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11/26/2008   Post a comment
Kontron announces its second generation of its successful Micro Client industrial HMI: the Kontron Micro Client II.
ERNI : D-sub connector has press-fit termination
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11/26/2008   Post a comment
ERNI Electronics has introduced a right angled D-sub connector with press-fit technology, which can be screwed to the circuit board with M3 or 4#40 UNC threads after press fitting.
3-D memristor chip debuts
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11/26/2008   Post a comment
Memristors technology got a boost recently from Hewlett-Packard Labs, which described the first 3-D memristor chip at a conference in Berkeley, Calif.
Nordic Semiconductor : USB dongle chip enables ultra-low power peripherals
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11/26/2008   Post a comment
Nordic Semiconductor releases the nRF24LU1+ USB dongle single chip solution for ultra-low power (ULP) wireless peripherals. By integrating a full-speed USB 2.0 com
650W medical power supplies provide PFD and thermal protection
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11/26/2008   Post a comment
Tumbler Technologies + TRUMPower has released the TM650 series of 650 W AC/DC switching power supplies which is approved to medical standards.
TTControl : Electronic control units are designed for mobile applications
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11/26/2008   Post a comment
TTControl has developed a modular electronic architecture for its latest electronic controller family.
Power Integrations : CV offline switcher IC provides 5 percent voltage accuracy
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11/26/2008   Post a comment
Power Integrations has introduced the LinkSwitch-CV series of ac/dc switched-mode power conversion ICs. The family includes the LNK626PG, which the company claims to be the highest-power accurate constant voltage (CV) integrated switcher IC with primary-side control on the market.
Solar panel sales to contract in 2009, says forecast
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11/26/2008   Post a comment
The economic crisis will impact significantly solar panel sales, starting with weakened average selling prices and order delays or cancellations, according to market research group The Information Network (New Tripoli, PA.)
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