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Microchip : 16-bit MCUs have lowest sleep current
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Microchip has announced two families of 16-bit PIC24F microcontrollers (MCUs) - one with USB functionality and one for general-purpose applications - both of which feature nanoWatt XLP extreme low power technology, small packages and mTouch capacitive touch sensing.
Chip equipment market to grow 50% in 2010, says SEMI
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After the worst ever annual decline in the semiconductor equipment market, the industry's trade organization is predicting two years of booming growth.
Analyst raises forecast on soaring October chip sales
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Bruce Diesen, analyst with Carnegie ASA (Oslo, Norway), has raised his forecast for the 2009 chip market, for the second month in a row. Carnegie asserts the market will still be down but the shrink will be less than Carnegie previously predicted.
Semefab to spend $11 million building a CMOS fab
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Semefab (Glenrothes, Scotland) has started building its CMOS3 wafer fab to support front end processing of MEMS structures.
October chip sales grew fastest in Europe
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The European and Americas regions grew fastest according to the October three-month average chip sales released by the Semiconductor Industry Association on Monday (Nov. 30), when compared with the previous month.
Samsung ramps production of 30-nm NAND memory
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Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has begun volume production of 3-bit, multi-level-cell NAND flash chips using a 30-nm manufacturing process technology.
X-FAB and Plus Semi agree on sale of X-FAB UK
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X-FAB Silicon Foundries Group and Swindon-based Plus Semi have agreed on the sale of X-FAB's wafer fabrication plant in Plymouth, UK, to Plus Semi. A technology license agreement ensures the continuation of the existing operation.
Soitec and CEA-Leti expand their collaboration on wafer-to-wafer 3D integration
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The Soitec Group and CEA-Leti announced plans to expand their collaboration on wafer-to-wafer 3D integration by offering customers a joint, comprehensive industrial solution.
Squeezable interface technology targets the 3D market
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Product design and development firm Cambridge Consultants launched Suma, a uniquely intuitive and very low-cost squeezable user-interface technology aimed at 3D content interaction.
Space-saving RJ45 jack with LEDs and protection against mis-mating
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The 12-pin, low-profile, in-board RJ45 jacks from Suyin only measure 18.05 x 20.25 x 11.45-mm and can be installed on the board in an offset manner to save further space.
EskoArtwork opens new devompment centre in India
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EskoArtwork (Gent, Belgium) has increased its presence in India by opening its state-of-the-art development centre in Bangalore.
Energy-harvest DC/DC IC solves conundrum as it stores, regulates, manages, and operates from scavenged power
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Linear Technology's LTC3108 is missing link in chain from transducer source to microcontroller/ADC and wireless transmitter.
Osmotic power generators harvest energy from sea
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The first pilot osmotic electricity generation plant built in Norway by Statkraft was enabled by the pressure exchanger inventions of Energy Recovery.
Semicon Japan: Axcelis, KLA roll tools
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At the Semicon Japan trade show this week, Applied, Axcelis, KLA-Tencor and others have rolled out new products.
IBM achieves accurate brain simulation
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IBM succeeds in simulating a human brain with as many neurons as a cat brain in its Synapse project for the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, for which it recently received $16.1 million in federal funding.
Inphi sues Netlist for patent infringement
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Firing back at a competitor, analog IC vendor Inphi said it filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Netlist in U.S. District Court.
Update: Altera bumps up Q4 sales target
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Altera raised its sales target for the fourth quarter, saying it now expects revenue to improve by 15 to 18 percent compared to the third quarter.
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