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TSMC prepares to manufacture automotive grade ICs in China
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11/27/2009   Post a comment
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) plans to launch what it says will be the automotive industry's first process qualification specification and service package for automotive-grade semiconductor manufacturing in China.
Low-cost development environment for the STM32 microcontrollers
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11/27/2009   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics is making low-volume design around its STM32 microcontrollers accessible, thanks to the very low-cost ST-LINK debug probe, delivered with the Atollic TrueSTUDIO  IDE.
Contact-free capacitive level switch
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11/27/2009   Post a comment
Sensortechnics' CLW series detects point levels of liquids and granular or pulverised materials without contacting the media, relying on non-invasive capacitive sensor technology and allowing complete media compatibility and sterility.
20 W PIM test system provides high accuracy and sensitivity
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11/27/2009   Post a comment
Boonton, a Wireless Telecom Group company, has introduced the PIM 31 precision analyser for testing passive intermodulation (PIM) of RF components and assemblies.
Renesas samples 45-nm ARM-based mobile processor
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11/26/2009   Post a comment
Renesas Technology Europe has begun sampling the SH-Mobile APE4, a Cortex-A8 based processor targeted at mobile phone and mobile device implementations. The processor is implemented in a 45-nm process and can be operated at a clock frequency in excess of 1-GHz, Renesas said.
Creditors hear plan to save Qimonda Portugal, say reports
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11/26/2009   Post a comment
The Portuguese DRAM test and assembly operation subsidiary of insolvent Qimonda AG (Munich, Germany) has been offered a financial life line and is taking on a new name, according to local reports.
Letter to the editor: iSuppli states the obvious
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11/26/2009   Post a comment
Fact of the matter is Q4 foundry wafers are Q1's IC shipments. Q1 is ALWAYS down on Q4 for a whole variety of reasons so the fact Q4 wafer growth is lower than Q4 is simply stating the obvious.
Small microwave antenna packs more backhaul power
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11/26/2009   Post a comment
The Andrew ValuLine Vision™ one-meter microwave backhaul antenna with its robust electrical design enables radiation pattern performance and gain levels that are similar to a 1.2-meter antenna and compliant to the highest regulatory standards.
60 GHz reflective electro-absorption modulator claims world first
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11/26/2009   Post a comment
CIP Technologies has released a combined modulation and photodetection transducer capable of working at up to 60 GHz — designated 60G-R-EAM-1550.
Researchers report room-temperature silicon spintronics
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11/26/2009   Post a comment
Rsearchers from the University of Twente (Enschede, The Netherlands) are claiming they can control a silicon electron's spin at room temperature. The research team has published a paper to that effect in the Nature.
VCO delivers low phase noise in satellite and wireless applications
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11/26/2009   Post a comment
An RoHS compliant VCO for the L-band from Z-Communications, designated model ZRO1860A1LF, operates at 1860 MHz with a tuning voltage range of 0.5 to 4.5 Vdc.
Infineon and Nokia collaborate on developing advanced LTE transceivers
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11/26/2009   Post a comment
Infineon Technologies and Nokia are co-operating to develop advanced radio frequency (RF) transceiver solutions. The agreement covers a non-exclusive collaboration to ensure the compatibility and interworking of Nokia's advanced licensable baseband modem technologies and Infineon's leading RF solutions.
Evatronix supports ONFi 2.2 standard
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11/26/2009   Post a comment
Evatronix SA of Bielsko-Biala, Poland, announced it has updated its NAND Flash memory controller to meet the latest specifications of the Open NAND Flash interface (ONFi).
Texas Instruments spin-off files for $500 million IPO
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11/26/2009   Post a comment
Sensata Technologies Holding BV, a vendor of sensors and controls used in the automotive and aerospace industries, has filed for an IPO that would raise $500 million.
Synopsys adds Data Converter IP solutions
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11/26/2009   Post a comment
Synopsys Inc. (Mountain View, Calif.) announced it has expanded its DesignWare Converter IP portfolio for 40nm process technologies.
Mixed signals seen in distribution channels
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11/26/2009   Post a comment
There are mixed signals in the IC distribution channels right now.
Novellus rolls ashable hardmask film
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11/26/2009   Post a comment
Novellus Systems Inc. has rolled out a suite of ashable hardmask (AHM) films, said to have up to 25 percent greater etch selectivity than rival amorphous carbon films.
LED maker Seoul raises $248 million
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11/25/2009   Post a comment
LED manufacturer Seoul Semiconductor Co. Ltd. has announced that it and its affiliate company, Seoul Optodevice Co. Ltd., have raised $248 million by way of a share issue.
Ten random things you should know about the 2010 CES
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11/25/2009   Post a comment
The largest consumer electronics show has always presented the latest and greatest of gadgets, both for useful work and for frivolous entertainement. Here is a random of what can be expected at CES.
Ultra Clean acquires Singapore site
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11/25/2009   Post a comment
Ultra Clean Holdings Inc., a developer and supplier of subsystems, has opened its new manufacturing operation in Singapore.
Low cost enclosed AC/DC power supplies focus on industrial applications
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11/25/2009   Post a comment
XP Power has introduced the LCL series of single output chassis mount enclosed AC/DC power supplies which is low cost range comprising 150, 300 and 500 W models and claims to provide an industry leading typical efficiency of 90 percent at full load.
ST uses Omron MEMS microphone in multi-die package
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11/25/2009   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics NV (Geneva, Switzerland) has started selling MEMS microphones that use sensor technology from Omron Corp. and has asserted that this will improve the sound quality, reliability, and cost-effectiveness for voice applications in cell phones, wireless devices and games.
Soitec builds growth strategy on 4 pillars, says CEO
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11/25/2009   Post a comment
The end of 2009 is fast approaching, and there is no better time to assess the year's achievements and highlight priorities for the coming year, and even years. At a press conference last week in Paris, André-Jacques Auberton-Hervé, president and CEO of Soitec SA (Bernin, France), said the company has the financial resources it needs to seize market opportunities and has built its growth strategy on four pillars.
CUI : Optical encoders offer IP65 protection
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11/25/2009   Post a comment
CUI’s C14 panel mount optical encoders are now available with optional IP65 protection to prevent dust and water intrusion.
Austriamicrosystems : Funlight LED driver matches lighting to audio
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11/25/2009   Post a comment
Austriamicrosystems introduces the AS3665 funlight LED driver that enables astounding lighting effects in mobile phones and a variety of other consumer applications.
STMicroelectronics : LED signage drivers help avoid bright spots
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11/25/2009   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has announced a series of highly accurate LED drivers with automatic power saving (STP16CPP05, STP16CPPS05, STP16DPP05 and STP16DPPS05), enabling electronic signage such as road signs, advertising, stadium displays, battery or solar-powered signs and similar equipment to deliver better, high-resolution viewing by ensuring consistent brightness across the viewing area.
Imagination : HD video encoder IP offers full H.264 HP capability
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11/25/2009   Post a comment
Imagination Technologies announces POWERVR VXE380, the latest member of its third generation video encoder IP family, which delivers multi-standard encoding of video, now including H.264 High Profile (HP), at HD resolutions.
ON Semiconductor launches two GreenPoint reference designs for high efficiency LED lighting
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11/25/2009   Post a comment
ON Semiconductor has launched two new GreenPoint reference designs that the company claims will speed and simplify the development of high-efficiency LED-based lighting applications.
'Intel inside' could mean thought-control chip in brain, say reports
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11/25/2009   4 comments
Intel researchers are working on functional magnetic resonance imaging as a possible way to allow TVs, computers and cell phones to be controlled by human brain activity picked up by an implanted chip sensor, according to online reports.
Infineon, Nokia agree to push LTE radios towards 1-Gbit/s
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11/25/2009   Post a comment
Infineon Technologies AG and Nokia have said they are going to cooperate on the development of RF transceivers for use in LTE wireless communications. The work could lead to systems which can deliver 1-Gbit per second data transfer rates.
Hynix backers opt for December auction, say reports
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11/25/2009   Post a comment
Shareholders who bailed out memory chip maker Hynix Semiconductor Inc. in the early part of this decade are planning to put their holding up for auction in December, according to online reports.
MEDER : Ultra-miniature surface mount reed sensor boasts high performance
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11/25/2009   Post a comment
MEDER electronic has introduced the MK24 series Reed Sensors. Measuring only 5 x 1.8 x 2.2 mm the devices meet a minimum life expectancy of 50 million operations at 5 V, 5 mA, 100 Hz.
Microchip : 32-bit MCUs offer extensive connectivity
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11/25/2009   Post a comment
Microchip is building on the success of its 80MHz 32-bit MCU portfolio with three new families.
Omron : See-saw switches offer positive operational feeling
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11/25/2009   Post a comment
A range of switches from Omron features a see-saw mechanism that offers a very positive operational feeling, combined with a quick electrical change-over with minimal risk of sparks and chattering.
Toshiba : Bus switches interface between 1.8 and 5 V
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11/25/2009   Post a comment
Toshiba has announced a series of CMOS bus switches that provide an ultra-compact solution for bi-directional voltage translation and efficient isolation between host and peripheral ICs.
Cypress : LCD segment drive with drag and drop simplicity
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11/25/2009   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor has introduced two evaluation kits showing the ease-of-use, fast development time and flexibility of its new PSoC 3 architecture for LCD segment drive applications.
Keystone : Coin cell retainers suit 3 or 6-V applications
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11/25/2009   Post a comment
A series of insulated low profile coin cell retainers, suited for high density circuit board packaging is the latest Keystone Electronics Corp’s innovation for surface and thru hole mount battery retainers.
Sensirion : Pressure sensors offers best zero-point accuracy
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11/25/2009   Post a comment
Sensirion’s SDP600 series of dynamic digital differential pressure sensors offer outstanding long-term stability and a short response time along with high accuracy and sensitivity – even with very small differential pressures (less than 10 Pa).
IC-Haus : Sine-digital converter features signal error compensation
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11/25/2009   Post a comment
The high-resolution sine-to-digital converter iC-NQC is an interpolation circuit with signal error compensation for sinusoidal sensor signals, such as those generated by optical or magnetic position sensors.
Reference design enables wireless transportation of real-time logistics data
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11/25/2009   Post a comment
Jennic has released a Logistics Reference Design that provides a comprehensive platform for use in monitoring and tracking of goods in transportation. Based upon the company's patented Sleeping Beacon Technology, the platform allows battery powered, time-synchronised sleeping wireless sensor networks to be evaluated for logistics applications.
Compact integrated synthesizer module delivers 24-bit step size resolution
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11/25/2009   Post a comment
A fully integrated broadband synthesizer module, the HMC-C070 MicroSynth™ from Hittite Microwave Corporation operates from 5.5 to 10.5 GHz and is ideal for military radar, EW, ECM, test and measurement and lab instrumentation applications.
Integrated sine-to-sine wave clock buffer reduces cost and board space
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11/25/2009   Post a comment
Texas Instruments claims to have introduced the industry's smallest four-channel, low-power, low-jitter sine-to-sine wave clock buffer, the first device in a family of sine-wave clock buffers, designated CDC3S04.
Man pleads guilty to selling counterfeit ICs
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11/25/2009   3 comments
One of three people charged with selling counterfeit semiconductors to the U.S. Navy pleaded guilty to trafficking in counterfeit goods, according to the U.S. Justice Department.
Tiny isolated voltage/current detectors packaged in smaller stretched SO-8
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11/25/2009   Post a comment
Avago Technologies is offering one of the smallest isolated voltage/current detectors with 8mm creepage and clearance, as well a low price tag.
ANALOG/LINEAR - PSoC 1 device boasts enhanced analog performance
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11/25/2009   1 comment
Cypress Semiconductor's CY8C28xxx PSoC 1's integrate analog-to-digital converters and CapSense touch sensing.
Thin film resistor series provides twice the normal power rating
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11/25/2009   Post a comment
Stackpole Electronics' thin film resistor series combines high power and high accuracy for telecom applications.
Update: Patent office rejects Rambus claims
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11/24/2009   2 comments
A patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has rejected all 17 claims in three Rambus patents that the company asserted against Nvidia in a complaint filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission.
Foundry sector slows, ASPs fall
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11/24/2009   Post a comment
After a booming period, the pure-play foundry business is slowing again, with prices under pressure, according to iSuppli Corp.
SOFTWARE TOOLS - LinuxLink supports TI's new Sitara AM35x MPUs
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11/24/2009   Post a comment
LinuxLink supports TI's new Sitara AM35x MPUs with open-source Linux solution for creating products targeted for rugged and extreme thermal industrial environments.
Low-energy Bluetooth boasts low peak currents
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11/24/2009   Post a comment
A new product offers low peak currents in use.
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