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Mephisto adds usability to analog design platform
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2/24/2010   Post a comment
For the latest version of its M-Design platform, Mephisto Design Automation NV (Leuven, Belgium) said it has improved functional and usability. Interoperability will be the company's next point of focus.
Mil/aero group foresees shift to optical in 2012
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2/24/2010   1 comment
The VITA Standards Organization, a leading standards group for military and aerospace markets, will announce as early as next week a call for participation in a group to explore the feasibility of deploying in 2012 products with optical backplanes and system interconnects.
HP Labs' Singapore hub aims to advance cloud computing
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2/24/2010   Post a comment
Hewlett-Packard's latest advanced research facility opening in Singapore today (Wed. Feb. 24) will embark on projects for using cloud computing to alter development of data centers and application design principles.
IPL group releases PDK standard
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2/24/2010   1 comment
After several false starts, the industry appears to have finally paved a roadmap for interoperable process design kits (PDKs).
Free seminars focus on high performance DC/DC regulators
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2/24/2010   Post a comment
Linear Technology Corporation is planning to run a series of free half-day seminars on the use of its family of high performance DC/DC uModule regulators.
New EDA tool release boosts analog and mixed-signal design productivity
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2/24/2010   Post a comment
Belgian EDA tool innovator, Mephisto Design Automation (MDA) has unveiled its M-DESIGN 3.2 release which offers analog and mixed-signal designers immediate productivity gains for their front-end design tasks.
TSV foundry embeds capacitors in interposers
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2/24/2010   Post a comment
Allvia Inc., which bills itself as the world's first through-silicon via (TSV) foundry, has announced it has integrated embedded capacitors on silicon interposer substrates.
Samsung is mass producing 4-Gbit DDR3 DRAM
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2/24/2010   3 comments
Memory chip vendor Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., has announced it has begun mass production of a 4-Gbit DDR3 devices using 40-nm process technology.
Altera transitions its 40nm Arria II GX FPGAs to production
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2/24/2010   Post a comment
Altera announced it is shipping in volume production the first members of its 40nm Arria II GX FPGA family specifically targeting 3-Gbps transceiver applications
0.7mm-high slide switch targets mobile devices
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2/24/2010   Post a comment
Alps Electric Europe announced the development of the SSAJ series, a 0.7mm-high slide switch that enables the design of more compact electronic devices including mobile phones, digital cameras and compact music players
Global shipments of short range wireless ICs to exceed 2 billion units in 2010
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2/24/2010   Post a comment
Global shipments of short range wireless ICs (Bluetooth, NFC, UWB, 802.15.4, Wi-Fi) are expected to surpass two billion units this year, increasing approximately 20 percent compared to 2009. Shipments are forecast to total five billion in 2014, according to new market data from ABI Research
Directed self-assembly grabs the spotlight at SPIE
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2/24/2010   Post a comment
If there is a darling of this year's SPIE Advanced Lithography conference, it just might be directed self-assembly, a technology that emerged in recent years to land on the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors and is considered a potential candidate to extend optical lithography.
Molex sockets for servers, desktops and notebooks earn Intel validation
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2/24/2010   Post a comment
Molex announced that three of its socket products have met the stringent criteria for Intel validation across all three computer market segments of server, desktop and notebooks
Kumar Sivarajan named tech visionary; Verismo's internet TV device named best product by ISA
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2/24/2010   1 comment
ISA names Kumar Sivarajan tech visionary, lists electronic products award winners
IR rolls GaN devices
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2/24/2010   Post a comment
International Rectifier Inc. has introduced the industry's first family of commercial integrated power stage products utilizing IR's gallium nitride (GaN)-based power device technology platform.
Toyota CEO to acknowledge 'confused' priorities in testimony
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2/24/2010   4 comments
Toyota's CEO concedes in prepared testimony before a House panel that the Japanese car maker's "priorities became confused" as it pursued global market growth.
APEC: Tesla Roadster, solar-panel dangers kickstart power fest
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2/24/2010   Post a comment
The 25th APEC kicked off with a dynamic plenary session that discussed the past and future of power, exposed the latest improvements to the Tesla Sports Roadster, uncovered the hidden dangers and inefficiencies of solar panels and showed how close-coupling cooling can achieve a 31 percent improvement in cooling efficiency for data centers.
Berkeley puts flying litho on the runway
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2/23/2010   Post a comment
At the SPIE Advanced Lithography event here, the University of California at Berkeley provided an update on a technology called plasmonic nano-lithography--based on a flying lens.
GlobalFoundries, Samsung join e-beam group
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2/23/2010   Post a comment
The eBeam Initiative--a forum dedicated to the education and promotion of a new design-to-manufacturing approach known as design for e-beam (DFEB)--has announced that six additional companies have joined the group.
Verigy posts loss amid sales gain
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2/23/2010   Post a comment
ATE supplier Verigy Ltd. said revenue for the first quarter was $106 million, an increase of 9 percent from the prior quarter, and an increase of 56 percent from the prior year period.
Is there a bidding war for SST?
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2/23/2010   Post a comment
Microchip Technology Inc. has entered into an amendment to its Feb. 2 definitive agreement to acquire Silicon Storage Technology Inc.
IBM says litho chemical better for environment
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2/23/2010   Post a comment
IBM said researchers from its Semiconductor Research and Development Center have developed a fluorine-free photo-acid generator for use in 193-nm lithography, billed as a more environmentally friendly alternative than the fluorine-based perfluorooctane sulfonate and perfluorooctanoic acid currently in use.
Intel-led alliance pledges $3.5B in venture funds
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2/23/2010   Post a comment
The Invest in America Alliance, a group of 25 venture capital and 17 high tech companies led by Intel Corp., pledged to invest $3.5 billion in U.S. technology startups over the next two years and hire as many as 10,500 college students in 2010.
PIR sensor touts tiny footprint
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2/23/2010   Post a comment
Murata Electronics North America is calling its latest pyroelectric infrared (PIR) sensor the world's smallest with a 5.0mm x 4.7mm x 2.4mm footprint.
Power management chip debuts with on-chip PMBus support
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2/23/2010   Post a comment
National has unveiled a system power management chip dubbed the LM25066 that is designed to reduce data center operating expenses and improve system reliability.
Junctionless transistor is ready for 20-nm node, says researcher
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2/23/2010   3 comments
Professor Jean-Pierre Colinge of Tyndall National Institute (Cork, Ireland), co-author of the paper Nanowire transistors without junctions, has said that junctionless transistors could be implemented commercially at around the 20-nm manufacturing node.
CamSemi opens business development office in Korea
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2/23/2010   Post a comment
CamSemi has opened a dedicated business development and application design centre in the Bundang-GU district of Gyungg-Do, Seoul in South Korea.
DAC 2010 to award Richard Newton graduate scholarships
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2/23/2010   Post a comment
The 47th Design Automation Conference, to be held from June 13 to 18, 2010, in Anaheim, Calif., intends to award scholarships to promote graduate research and study in EDA and circuit design. These $24.000 scholarships are in honor of the memory of Dr. A. Richard Newton.
iPhone/iPod dock ref design enables bit-perfect audio streaming
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2/23/2010   1 comment
An iPhone/iPod dock reference design from XMOS eliminates analog audio processing components, reducing RF interference and enabling bit-perfect digital audio for highest fidelity audio performance.
Fairchild PSR PWM controllers target designers of mobile chargers
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2/23/2010   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor is offering a portfolio of primary side regulation (PSR) PWM controllers to meet the stringent power and regulatory specifications such as ENERGY STAR Level V faced by designers of mobile chargers, adapters and LED lighting applications.
DNA sequencing startup pulls in $7 million
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2/23/2010   Post a comment
Nabsys Inc. (Providence R.I.), a developer of electronic, solid-state DNA sequencing, has announced it has received a $7 million investment as part of a Series B equity round led by Stata Venture Partners.
2.5-A automotive gate drive optocoupler is ideal for HEVs
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2/23/2010   Post a comment
Avago Technologies has introduced a new compact extended temperature automotive grade optocoupler for use in hybrid electronic vehicles.
Mid-year slump to limit chip market growth, says analyst
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2/23/2010   Post a comment
A mid-year slump in the western economy is likely to inhibit consumer electronics spending and hold annual semiconductor revenue growth back at 11.2 percent in 2010, according to Robert Castellano of market research company The Information Network (New Tripoli, Pennsylvania).
Silicon wafer revenues fell 41% in 2009, says SEMI
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2/23/2010   Post a comment
Worldwide silicon wafer revenues declined by 41 percent in 2009 compared to 2008 wafer revenues, according to the SEMI Silicon Manufacturers Group (SMG) in its year-end analysis of the silicon wafer industry.
Ultra low-loss rectifier diodes offer efficient, greener power supplies
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2/23/2010   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has introduced a new family of high-efficiency power rectifiers that will help product manufacturers achieve energy-efficiency approvals, such as 80 PLUS.
Metamaterials antenna supports multiple bands
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2/23/2010   Post a comment
The world's first metamaterial antenna permits multiple bands--LTE, 3G, WiMax, WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS--to share the same antenna without the usually switching circuits and matching components.
TSMC, Dialog team on process for power management ICs
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2/23/2010   Post a comment
Power management chip vendor Dialog Semiconductor plc (Kirchheim-unter-Teck, Germany) has announced it is working with foundry partner Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) on a bipolar-CMOS-DMOS (BCD) manufacturing process technology tailored to power management ICs for portable devices.
SystemC configuration requirements spec ready for review
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2/23/2010   Post a comment
The Open SystemC Initiative (OSCI) has released a draft of requirements for the configuration portion of the SystemC Configuration, Control & Inspection (CCI) standardization effort. It is open for public review until April 2, 2010.
163 million smartbooks will ship worldwide in 2015, estimates ABI Research
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2/23/2010   Post a comment
What is a smartbook? That depends on who you ask. “Smartbook” isn’t a product category, nor is it a brand. According to ABI Research senior analyst Jeff Orr, a smartbook is a low-powered device running a mobile operating system that is always connected, either via Wi-Fi or (more often) using cellular or mobile broadband
Ultra-high-precision resistors for metrology and laboratory use
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2/23/2010   Post a comment
Vishay's Z203 metrology and laboratory ultra-high-precision resistors feature a maximum TCR of 0.5 ppm/degree C, a load-life stability of 50ppm at +70 degree C for 10,000 hours, and a tolerance to 0.005 percent
GateRocket rolls new version of FPGA debug tool
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2/23/2010   Post a comment
FPGA verification and debug software vendor GateRocket Inc. Tuesday (Feb. 23) announced the newest version of its RocketVision debugging software, introducing new capabilities that allow designers to select individual design blocks to run in their simulator or GateRocket's RocketDrive hardware verification system.
LED-based edge-lit illumination solutions expand beyond LCDs
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2/23/2010   Post a comment
Global Lighting Technologies expands its range of LED-based edge-lit illumination solutions beyond LCDs, keyboards and keypads and into areas of egress lighting and general illumination
X-FAB opens UK branch office
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2/23/2010   Post a comment
Following the recent sale of its Plymouth silicon fabrication facility to Plessey Semiconductors, X-FAB has established a UK office supporting research and development, customer hotline support and sales
Xilinx opts for the high-k metal gate 28nm process from TSMC and Samsung
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2/23/2010   Post a comment
Process choice and architectural unification will lower total power consumption by 50 percent, while increasing capacity by two and driving down costs, says Xilinx about the high-k metal gate 28nm low-power process from TSMC and Samsung
EUV delayed again. Now what?
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2/23/2010   2 comments
This is not a surprise to most lithographers, but extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography is delayed. EUV is now targeted for chip production at the 16-nm half-pitch node.
BOARDS - 3.5" SBC with Intel Atom Processor N270 and DualView support saves energy
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2/23/2010   Post a comment
Axiomtek's SBC84833 3.5-inch embedded board offers high reliability, excellent performance and power efficiency in small form factor.
SPIE: MII rolls nano-imprint tool for HDDs
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2/22/2010   Post a comment
Molecular Imprints Inc. (MII) has rolled out the NuTera HD7000--its next-generation nano-imprint lithography tool for the hard disk drive (HDD) industry.
Xilinx confirms: Samsung, TSMC in, UMC out at 28-nm
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2/22/2010   Post a comment
Xilinx said it will use TSMC as one of two foundry suppliers for its 28-nm FPGAs, a major strategy shift that has been the subject of industry rumors and analyst speculation for weeks.
Xilinx banks on power efficiency for 28-nm
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2/22/2010   Post a comment
By the end of this year, Xilinx Inc. will begin sampling 28-nm FPGAs that consume half the power of its current devices while offering twice the capacity as previously possible, the company said Monday (Feb. 22).
Mentor Graphics to address variant diversity
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2/22/2010   Post a comment
With the acquisition of Freescale's Virtual Garage software product line, EDA software vendor Mentor Graphics plans to address two aspect that increasingly complicate automotive electronic designer's work: First, the conflict between added value and costs associated with the complexity of multiple electronics options in cars. The second aspect is the availability of vehicle-specific design data to service workshops — for instance dynamic circuit diagrams.
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