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Vishay launches DSCC-approved, zero-ohm chip resistor
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11/25/2010   5 comments
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. has introduced the RCWPM Jumper, a DSCC-approved, zero-ohm chip resistor that is MIL-PRF-32159-qualified.
Sitara ARM processor supports Profibus
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11/25/2010   12 comments
Texas Instruments Inc. has announced the availability of its AM1810 Sitara ARM processor, which integrates an ARM9 processor core with a Profibus interface. Profibus is a popular fieldbus used for communications between factory automation equipment.
NXP's Mifare to add NFC support to SIMs
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11/25/2010   10 comments
NXP Semiconductors NV has struck a licensing deal so that its 13.56-MHz Mifare contactless smart card technology to be integrated into the Universal Integrated Circuit Card (UICC) smart card format of Gemalto NV used in mobile terminals in GSM and UMTS (European 3G) mobile communications networks.
CMOS optical pulse compressor debuts
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11/24/2010   8 comments
Silicon photonic pulse compressors to be used for optical time division multiplexing in future on-chip silicon photonics were demonstrated on CMOS chips by researchers at the University of California at San Diego.
Broadcom closes Beceem buy
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11/24/2010   2 comments
Broadcom said it closed the $316 million acquisition of LTE and WiMAX SoC vendor Beceem Communications.
IEDM confab tackles power large and small
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11/24/2010   Post a comment
Finding better ways thru semicondcutors and other devices to generate, transmit, use and save energy will be a large focus at the upcoming International Electron Devices Meeting.
Mentor, Rohde & Schwarz develop HW-accelerated debug platform
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11/24/2010   2 comments
Mentor Graphics Corp. and Rohde & Schwarz said they have joined forces to deliver a hardware-accelerated debug platform for the verification of wireless communications SoCs.
Synopsys unveils LightTools version 7.1
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11/24/2010   Post a comment
Synopsys Inc. has made enhancements to its LightTools illumination design and analysis software.
D&R readies Intelligent Project Architect
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11/24/2010   Post a comment
Design & Reuse SA (D&R) has delivered Intelligent Project Architect (IPA) as part of its IP management platform. It is suitable for IP-based collaborative design project between geographically distributed teams using various revision control systems.
Infineon signs Chinese IGBT deal
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11/24/2010   5 comments
Infineon Technologies AG has signed a license agreement with Xinjiang Goldwind Science and Technology Co. Ltd., a Chinese manufacturer of wind power equipments allowing the company to make core components for wind turbines.
Automotive MEMS sales rebound, says iSuppli
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11/24/2010   6 comments
Driven by the sharp rebound in the automotive production and inventory rebuilding, the market for automotive microelectromechanical system (MEMS) sensors will grow to record size in 2010, according to market research firm iSuppli.
Is IBM moving to fab-lite, research heavy?
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11/24/2010   16 comments
IBM appears set to gradually back away from semiconductor manufacturing and to rely for its leading-edge silicon on Samsung and GlobalFoundries as foundry suppliers. Both Samsung and GlobalFoundries are set to have wafer fabs for foundry operations in the United States, which could help cement relations.
Chinese web TV market booming, says In-Stat
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11/24/2010   8 comments
China’s web-enabled TV market started in 2009, with over 2 million web TV set shipments and about 250,000 web-TV set top box (STB) shipments, according to market research company In-Stat.
North American PCB book-to-bill slips
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11/24/2010   3 comments
The book-to-bill ratio for the North American rigid PCB industry in October 2010 fell below parity to 0.98, according to the Association Connecting Electronics Industries, a standards body for the electronics industry known as the IPC.
Quantum hard drives on the horizon
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11/23/2010   6 comments
Entanglement may be used someday to read and write information onto quantum hard drives.
Car Wi-Fi shipments projected to soar
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11/23/2010   7 comments
Shipments of built-in car Wi-Fi systems are set to soar by more than 40 fold by 2017, as automakers increasingly view wireless connectivity as a key competitive differentiator, according to market research firm iSuppli.
Altera’s next-gen industrial networking, motor control, and safety solutions
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11/23/2010   1 comment
Good grief – it sounds like the place to be at the moment is the SPS/IPC/DRIVES 2010 Electric Automation Exhibition and Conference in Nuremberg, Germany,
Xilinx FPGA development platforms accelerate industrial system designs
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11/23/2010   3 comments
New industrial networking, machine vision and motor control platforms short-cut design and integration of hardware, software and IP for high-performance system-on-chip designs.
Broadcom reveals CPU development
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11/23/2010   11 comments
A look at the BRCM 5000, a new MIPS-compatible CPU that Broadcom has developed its broadband and consumer-video SoCs.
ISSCC'11 picks of practical gems shine
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11/23/2010   Post a comment
The International Solid State Circuits Conference boasts advanced circuit design developments from around the globe. The 2011 conference to be held in San Francisco in February breaks down this way: out of 669 papers submitted to ISSCC 2011, 211 have been accepted, with 80 from North America, 69 from the Far East, and 62 from Europe.
E-readers could mean $1B for chip makers in 2011
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11/23/2010   15 comments
The market for e-readers like Amazon's Kindle is projected to represent a $1 billion opportunity for semiconductor suppliers next year, according to market research firm In-Stat.
Analog Devices claims MEMS patent win
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11/23/2010   6 comments
Analog Devices Inc. has said that U.S. International Trade Commission has ruled patents belonging to Knowles Electronics LLC invalid. As a result Administrative Law Judge Robert K. Rogers Jr. has quashed attempts to stop ADI from importing or selling its microphones in the United States.
LTX-Credence misses estimates
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11/23/2010   Post a comment
Automated test equipment vendor LTX-Credence—set to merge with Verigy—reported sales for the quarter ended Oct. 31 that fell short of consensus analysts' expectations.
High-voltage thermoelectric power generators provide energy harvesting for self-powered distributed sensors
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11/23/2010   3 comments
Nextreme Thermal Solutions has introduced the new eTEG HV37 thermoelectric power generator, the next entry in the high-voltage (HV) series of clean energy generators based on thin-film thermoelectrics.
OpenSynergy, Sysgo cooperate on safety-critical software platform
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11/23/2010   1 comment
Real-time software vendor Sysgo AG and automotive operating system provider OpenSynergy GmbH will provide a jointly developed software platform for automotive markets. The platform meets aerospace safety specs while at the same time it is Autosar-compliant.
Adesto adds Nelson Chan to board
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11/23/2010   Post a comment
Adesto Technologies Corp., a startup developing Conductive Bridge RAM (CBRAM) technology has announced that Nelson C. Chan has been appointed to its board of directors, effective October 12, 2010.
Mirics, ArcSoft team for Latin American TV
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11/23/2010   Post a comment
PC-TV software-plus-silicon company Mirics Semiconductor Ltd. has announced that it is working with ArcSoft to enable viewers in Latin America to watch broadcast high definition television (HDTV) on their PCs.
Researchers carve CPU into plastic foil
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11/23/2010   21 comments
Researchers will describe at ISSCC a processor built on thin plastic foil as well as a 5.2 GHz IBM CPU an Intel Itanium chip packing 54 Mbytes cache.
STMicroelectronics L6470 dSpin motor controllers
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11/23/2010   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has unveiled a single-chip motor controller, dSPIN, containing digital, analog and power circuitry to control stepper motors.
Fairchild Semi to focus more on handsets
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11/22/2010   2 comments
Fairchild Semiconductor International said it would increase its focus on the mobile handset as a market for the company's products.
Audi on the search for the right sound
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11/22/2010   5 comments
While the absence of noise associated with electric vehicles is a relief for many, cars gliding along in almost perfect silence represent a potential source of danger. Audi, like many other OEMs, is now trying to find the ideal sound for its e-cars.
Wolfson selected by Movidius for mobile 3D
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11/22/2010   Post a comment
Wolfson Microelectronics has been selected by mobile multimedia processing specialist Movidius to deliver audio performance and power management to its Myriad 3D platform reference and development boards.
Fairchild’s FAN5400 Li-Ion battery switching charger shortens charge time and reduces heat
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11/22/2010   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor's FAN5400 family of USB-compliant, Li-Ion switching chargers with USB On-The-Go (USB-OTG) capabilities provides faster charge times and overcomes the thermal issues.
ADI tops estimates, but sees slowdown
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11/22/2010   Post a comment
Analog Devices reported sales for the quarter ending Oct. 30 that beat consensus analysts' expectations, but the company said it expects sales to decline sequentially in the current quarter.
IRS2053M 3-channel Class-D audio driver offers superior sound quality in a smaller footprint
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11/22/2010   Post a comment
International Rectifier has introduced the IRS2053M 200 V driver IC for use in Class-D audio applications including high-performance home theater systems and car audio amplifiers requiring a compact footprint.
Audio jack detection and configuration switch enables detection of different audio accessories
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11/22/2010   2 comments
Fairchild Semiconductor has developed the FSA8008 audio jack detection and configuration switch as a one-chip audio jack detector and switch for 3- or 4-pole accessories.
Class-D audio amps and current limiting switches target portable, consumer apps
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11/22/2010   Post a comment
At Electronica in Munich, Germany, ON Semiconductor (Hall A5, Stand 225) is introducing four new devices designed to support portable and consumer electronics applications.
AVB reference design reduces barriers for A/V standards
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11/22/2010   Post a comment
A joint reference design for audio/visual bridging (AVB) applications is claimed to provide the lowest cost solution for Ethernet AVB endpoints.
USB audio/video codec board measures 38x70mm, draws 1.5W for embedded apps
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11/22/2010   Post a comment
The Model 2253 from Sensoray is a compact USB audio/video codec with a low power consumption well suited for embedded applications.
Customer convenience port modules connect state-of-the-art audio and video into cars
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11/22/2010   Post a comment
Molex has released the Customer Convenience Port (CCP) modules, which provide the automotive and non-automotive transportation markets with access to the high-speed audio and video connections needed for computers, video displays, CD players, DVD players and video games.
Cars become hotspots, fueling Wi-Fi growth
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11/22/2010   19 comments
Cars will increasingly become mobile hot spots, generating Wi-Fi chip revenues of $100 million by 2015, according to a new report from In-Stat.
Narda: 3dB attenuator handles 6GHz
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11/22/2010   Post a comment
Narda miniature fixed 3-dB attenuator covers up to 6 GHz and handles 200W peak power.
Energy Micro adds low-energy sensor interface for EFM32 MCUs
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11/22/2010   Post a comment
Energy Micro has added a generic low-energy sensor interface to its EFM32 microcontroller product family. The LESENSE function block enables autonomous monitoring of up to 16 external sensors in the microcontroller's sub-microamp Deep Sleep mode.
Intel rolls six merged Atom, FPGA chips
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11/22/2010   26 comments
Intel Corp. has rolled out the first six members of a new line of system-in-package products announced in September that include Atom and Altera FPGA die.
Vicor PFM VI Brick Isolated AC-DC converter
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11/22/2010   Post a comment
Vicor’s PFM VI BRICK module provides isolation, voltage transformation and PFC regulation in a single stage using advanced, high-frequency soft switching technology.
DDR3 DRAM from Viking
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11/22/2010   Post a comment
DDR3 stacking technology enables 8GB VLP DIMM and 16GB LR-DIMM for demanding environments
2011 ISSCC highlights progress in MEMS, sensors
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11/22/2010   1 comment
The pace of development in silicon integration of microelectromechanical systems and sensors is growing exponentially as seen from technical presentations at the upcoming 2011 International Solid State Circuits Conference.
International Rectifier AUIRS2191S driver IC and AUIRGP50B60PD1 IGBT
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11/22/2010   Post a comment
IR introduced the AUIRS2191S 600V driver IC and AUIRGP50B60PD1 600V non-punch-through insulated gate bipolar transistor for use in energy-efficient DC-DC automotive applications.
Acromag's new I/O modules offer single/dual MIL-STD-1553 interface
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11/22/2010   Post a comment
Acromag has released new MIL-STD 1553 bus modules to interface avionics and weapons subsystems to an embedded control system. Two versions of the 1553 bus interface module are available. The IP570 is an Industry Pack ANSI/VITA-4 card that plugs into VME, CompactPCI, and PCI bus mezzanine carrier cards or high-performance single-board computers. IOS-570 models are designed for use within Acromag's I/O Server industrial PC, a small fanless box computer. Both 1553 bus modules offer the choice of on
On Semiconductor AMIS-30523 CAN transceiver and NCP1090, NCP1091 and NCP1092
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11/22/2010   Post a comment
ON Semiconductor launched two products specifically targeted at the industrial market sector: an integrated stepper motor/CAN transceiver, and high-power PoE-PD interface controller family.
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