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Magma to pay Synopsys $12.5 million to settle suit
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EDA software providers Synsopsys Inc. (Mountain View, Calif.) and Magma Design Automation Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) have said they have agreed to settle all pending litigation between them. As part of the deal Magma has agreed to make a payment to Synopsys of $12.5 million.
ip.access, Tatara partner on femtocell designs
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Femtocell and picocell specialist ip.access and Tatara Systems, which specializes in mobile services convergence platforms, have sealed a partnership that will see ip.access’ Oyster 3G femtocells integrated with Tatara's platforms.
DOSA compliant bricks offer up to 25 A at 1.2 V and 2.5 V
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SynQor announces further additions to its DOSA compliant sixteenth brick family in a 1.3” x 0.9” footprint.
Flat-coil power inductors offer improves efficiency and reliability
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Pulse introduces a series of flat-coil surface mount (SMT) power inductors which lower the inductor operating temperature of a notebook computer by as much as 5 °C, and improve battery operating time by 6 %.
China LCD maker struggles to survive
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China's largest TFT-LCD maker, Beijing BOE Optoelectronics Technology Ltd. (BOE OT), is dumping most of its interest in large-sized TFT-LCD panels after failing to make it profitable.
MEMS flow sensors measure air/gas flow speed in medical applications
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Omron Electronic Components LLC announces the availability of the D6F series of MEMS flow sensors which have the ability to measure flow speed from 1 mm/s to 40 m/s. The flow sensor uses a thermopile element which converts thermal energy into electrical energy.
Data-parallel DSP aimed at cost-sensitive video surveillance apps
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At just $29 each in low-volume quantities, Stream Processors is bringing designers building power- and price-sensitive video surveillance systems that need the flexibility of software programmability a data-parallel DSP that delivers programmable performance of 16,000 MMACs while consuming less than 0.1 milliwatt per MMAC.
Demo kit enables evaluation, prototyping of low-frequency IDICs
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Atmel announced the availability of the ATA2270-EK1125-kHz RFID demo kit which enables the evaluation and prototyping of low-frequency (LF) identification ICs (IDICs), which are used in a broad range of RFID applications including access control, industrial automation, loyalty cards, anti-counterfeiting, and animal identification.
Isolated DC/DC converters deliver 180 W
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FDK introduced the FPQR48T01215 and FPQR48T01214 converters which provide up to 180 W of output power with minimal derating at elevated temperatures.
LEDs increase resolution for large-color, variable-message signs
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Avago Technologies developed a series of high-brightness surface mount (SMT) tri-color light emitting diodes (LEDs) that will enable designers to develop large indoor and outdoor electronic displays that provide sharper images and graphics.
PMC-Sierra cuts 175 jobs, shutters sites
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PMC-Sierra Inc. is cutting 175 jobs and is closing two design centers amid a slowdown in its business.
Atmel's 32-bit Flash MCU claims world's lowest power
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Delivering 80 Dhrystone MIPS and drawing 40 mA at 66 MHz, the AVR32 UC3 Series A microcontrollers feature 512KB flash, 64KB RAM, Ethernet MAC & USB OTG
Atmel's AVR32 UC3 core targets ARM7/9 and Cortex-M3 sockets
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Optimized for cost, the AVR32 UC3 core delivers up to 1.3 Dhrystone MIPS/MHz with DSP and atomic memory manipulation instructions
Single-chip ZigBee platform enables 20-year battery life
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3/29/2007   Post a comment
Designed to support wireless applications, Freescale Semiconductor has developed a single-chip ZigBee PiP (Platform in Package) that enables up to 20-year battery life and features up to 2-Mbits/s TurboLink technology.
Synopsys implements Unified Power Format
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Synopsys has announced plans to support the Accellera Unified Power Format (UPF), one of two rival low-power description formats, in its products later this year.
Optical connectors operate in harsh environments
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Molex offers a beefed up version of its LC small form factor (SFF) connector family with the introduction of its LC2 metallic optical connectors with a ruggedized, all-metal housing for harsh environments.
RF Magic delivers bundled DVB-C tuner and receiver
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RF Magic's RF4800 advanced single-chip DVB-C silicon tuner IC comes with full firmware interoperability with ST's newest video demodulator and integrated MPEG decoder+demodulator.
Judge rules against DVD consortium
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A Superior Court judge ruled Thursday (March 29) a startup's media server does not violate the Content Scramble System (CSS) security technology used to protect DVD disks because the standard licensing contract and specifications for the technology are so poorly worded.
China Netcom win boosts A/V codec
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China Netcom, one of China's major wired-telecom companies, will implement a homegrown A/V codec in its fledgling Internet Protocol television network this year.
Configurable memory buffer exceeds DDR3-1600 rates
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Inphi says its latest ExacTik precision timing device is the industry's first JEDEC compliant double data-rate (DDR3) configurable integrated register device.
LN optical modulator touts lowest drive voltage
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Fujitsu says it has developed the industry's lowest drive voltage Differential Quadrature Phase Shift Keying (DQPSK) LN optical modulator for 40 Gbits/s optical transmission systems.
Federal IT spending to rebound in 2009
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Flat federal employment levels coupled with continued expansion and scope of government programs should boost IT spending by 5 percent a year, said analysts at INPUT.
Maxwell Technologies announces webcast on ultracapacitors in cold engine starting
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Maxwell Technologies will present a webcast on how ultracapacitors succeed in cold engine starting environments. Learn how ultracapacitors provide higher energy storage and offer more efficiency.
ESD protection array fits into a small space
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Vishay says it has released the industry's first ESD protection array to integrate eight diodes in the small, leadless LLP1713 package with a low profile of 0.55 mm.
Arrow to distribute Blackfin development kits
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Arrow Electronics is offering off-the-shelf development kits for industrial applications based on the Blackfin digital signal processor from Analog Devices.
AdvancedTCA chassis offers improved cooling
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Elma Electronic has introduced its second generation AdvancedTCA (ATCA) system platform for carrier-grade applications. The 13U chassis meets full NEBS compliance and offers improved cooling features.
Agassi out as SAP reorganizes
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SAP shook things up Wednesday, announcing that executive board member Shai Agassi and the ERP leader are parting ways by "mutual agreement."
Fake components delay designs in Israel
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Israeli designers, fed up with long component lead times, are buying counterfeits from China, sources said. The result is a high failure rate of designs, and lost sales at several companies.
U.S. has lost its high-tech edge, report finds
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The AeA's follow up study from 2005 delivers chilling statistics but offers a pathway to regaining an advantage in science, technology and innovation.
MEMS device controls human cells
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MIT researchers have developed a microelectromechanical system they claim will allow biologists to manipulate the distance between human cells in laboratory experiments.
ESD protection array has eight diodes in small package
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The VESD05A8A-HNH ESD protection array integrates eight diodes in the very small, leadless LLP1713 package. With a low profile of 0.55 mm, it is designed to provide ESD protection while saving board space in portable electronics for mobile computing, mobile communication, consumer, industrial, automotive, and medical applications.
ASML sets up scholarship fund to honor chairman
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ASML Holding NV has set up a scholarship fund in conjunction with the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) as a tribute to Henk Bodt, who retires after 12 years as Chairman of the lithography maker's supervisory board.
Bench power supply has fully variable auxiliary output
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TTi (Thurlby Thandar Instruments) has replaced its top-selling EX354T 300 W triple-output laboratory power supply with a new model that incorporates a fully variable auxiliary output.
REVIEW: 300-mV input-voltage boost converter throttles micro-fuel cells
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Chip maker Texas Instruments is debuting an ultra-low-input DC-to-DC boost converter IC that promises to let portables operate from new energy sources such as micro-fuel cells. TI's power circuit can let you build converters that operate with input voltages lower than 300-mV. eeProductCenter Senior Technical Editor Alex Mendelsohn reports.
Single-cell Li-Ion / Li-Polymer chargers are targeted at consumer electronic devices
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Cost-effective MCP7381X Li-Ion/Li-Polymer charge-management controllers offer programmable charge currents up to 500 mA.
ROSA amplifier is optimized for next-generation passive optical networks
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CIP is launching a reflective semiconductor optical amplifier (RSOA) family which offers both the performance and economy needed to implement advanced PONs (passive optical networks) based on wavelength division multiplexing (WDM).
Fake components delay designs in Israel
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Fake components are delaying several design projects in Israel. According to sources who spoke with EETimes Europe , the fake components, mostly from China, will lead to lost sales at several companies due to the delays.
RFID transponder has extended read/write distance
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The ATA5577 is a 330-bit read/write transponder IDIC that features a unique ID and extended read/write distance.
SanDisk launches 4-Gbyte memory stick micro card
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SanDisk expanded its Memory Stick Micro (M2) line by introducing a 4-Gbyte card that has the capacity to hold up to 1,000 songs, 2,000 high-resolution photos or 20 hours of MPEG4 video, making it compatible with Sony Ericsson's latest generation of slim line, multimedia mobile handsets.
Shaped-foil inductor could reduce size, cost for energy applications
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A shaped-foil inductor design is offering loss reductions as high as 50 percent compared to conventional inductors.
Chip maker expands power amplifier line for EDGE handsets
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RF Micro Devices' quad-band EDGE power amplifier (PA) module is designed to support merchant-market EDGE transceivers that implement large signal polar modulation (LSPM) transmit architectures.
Single-chip solution drives GPS into mainstream mobile phones
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Built on TI’s innovative DRP single-chip technology, the NaviLink 5.0 GPS solution has a footprint of 25 mm2, delivering high performance with the industry’s smallest solution size and lowest bill of materials.
LVDS buffers feature equalisation and pre-emphasis
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National Semiconductor has added three signal-conditioning buffers to its industry-leading low-voltage differential signaling (LVDS) product portfolio. They offer transmit pre-emphasis and receive equalisation for superior jitter performance up to 3.125 Gbits/s, while using less power than previous generation buffers.
Dual-band PA module targets entry-level handset sector
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RF Micro Devices designed its latest PowerStar power amplifier for manufacturers of dual-band handsets for the growing entry level and replacement markets. The GSM/GPRS PA dual-band module features improved isolation, harmonic performance and cross-band, helping to reduce RF complexity and increase design flexibility related to antenna and switch selection.
Le CEA reçoit son 3ème label Carnot
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3/29/2007   Post a comment
Nouvelle distinction pour le Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique (CEA). Le Laboratoire d’innovation pour les technologies des énergies nouvelles et les nanomatériaux (Liten) de la Direction de la recherche technologique (DRT) du CEA de Grenoble, a annoncé l’obtention du troisième label Carnot auprès du ministère délégué à l’Enseignement supérieur de la Recherche.
IQE looks to solar future as it reports losses
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3/29/2007   Post a comment
Epitaxial wafer and substrate foundry IQE increased sales by 55.2 percent in the year to 31 December 2006 to £32.4 million ($64 million), and wafer starts by just over 60 percent to 250,000 units, but still made operating losses of £4.2 million ($8.2 million). The company also said it is on track to begin limited pilot production of material for solar cells by the end of this year.
Enea förvärvar QiValue Technologies
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Enea stärker sitt utbud av inbyggda Linux-lösningar
Acer fires back at HP over patent dispute
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Acer Inc is investing allegations of patent infringement by Hewlett-Packard, and is hinting that it may use its own patents to wage a counter claim.
Projection technology goes mobile
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Texas Instruments has developed a DLP pico-projector small enough to fit on a finger tip. It enables mobile projection solutions that expand beyond the limitations of a physical screen for mobile users of cellular phones, digital cameras and portable media players.
Optium to acquire Israeli optical chip developer
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Optical subsystems specialist Optium Corporation is to acquire Israeli developer of 40Gbit/s transmission devices Kailight Photonics in a deal valued at up to $40 million.
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