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Broadcom buys optical storage specialist Sunext Design
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Targeting the Blu-ray Disc market, Broadcom Corp. said it has acquired optical storage specialist Sunext Design Inc. and will license optical disk reader and writer technology from parent company Sunext Technology Co.
AVR MCUs drive automotive motor control applications
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Atmel has developed an AVR 8-bit microcontroller (MCU) family dedicated to motor control applications in automotive systems.
WiQuest launches WUSB reference design
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The kit includes hardware, software, schematics, layout source files, detailed bill-of-materials, design manual, manufacturing test solution, user's guide and a quick-start guide.
Mercury Computer Systems scores US government contract
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The company's wholly owned subsidiary, Mercury Federal Systems, Inc., will provide development and demonstration of a testbed to support the Joint Counter Radio-Controlled Improvised Explosive Device Electronic Warfare (JCREW) program
TSMC revamps units, exec resigns
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Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) has reorganized its operations amid the resignation of its sales and service chief.
Wafer inspection firm gains funding
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Qcept Technologies Inc., a developer of wafer inspection systems, has raised $9.5 million in Series C funding.
Slowdown set for 'easy' impact, says readers' poll
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The impact of the much-predicted "recession" is more likely to be "easy" than "hard" according to a poll of EE Times Europe readers. Some 57.6 percent tended towards the easy opinion while 42.3 percent veered towards a hard landing.
Daimler brings Li Ion battery to hybrid cars
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In its first serial hybrid car model, Daimler AG will use a lithium ion battery as the central electrical energy storage device. The batteries will be produced by Continental AG.
ST confirms talks, "no comments' on $1.8 billion figure
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A report claimed that STMicroelectronics NV would invest 1.2 billion euros ($1.8 billion) in Crolles (France) as part of a development program from 2008 to 2012. Contacted by EE Times Europe, the spokeswoman for the group said it was premature to comment on this since a host of partners, including ST, local authorities and the French state, have just entered a discussion.
Help is here for industrial electronics developers
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EE Times Europe has launched the Industrial Control DesignLine Europe (ICDLE), a new member of the DesignLine web site family. The site offers product news, in-depth technical papers and how-to articles, with a European perspective. In addition it offers access to the repository of technical material and education resources represented within TechOnline.
Multiplexers reconstruct impaired HDMI, DVI signals
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Intersil's timing regenerators and multiplexers for HDMI and DVI applications feature a signal regenerator function that allows them to restore corrupted HDMI signals to their original quality in consumer and professional video systems.
Cyan : Entry-level MCU targets high volume, low cost applications
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Cyan announces the launch of the eCOG1XE01A6, an entry-level subset of the company’s eCOG1X microcontroller (MCU) family.
Contrinex : Fibre optic sensor detects small targets or features
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Contrinex introduces an ultra-tiny diffuse fibre optic sensor that has a tip diameter of only 0.5 mm making it ideal for detecting extremely small targets or features.
St. Petersburg plant to make LCD televisions, says report
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The St. Petersburg electronics manufacturing plant that is the subject of a sale to Singapore-based Flextronics International by Elcoteq SE (Luxembourg) is earmarked for LCD television production, according to a St. Petersburg Times report.
Plugging the laser gap
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Researchers at Binghamton University claim to have devised a strategy to bridge the lasing gap with new materials and architectures that could enable applications not now possible.
Winbond tailors four-channel codec for short-loop VoIP applications
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This low-power CMOS device combines four programmable codecs that enable it to support a comprehensive set of signaling capabilities for telephone line supervision and control, as well as offload processor overhead.
MOSFET line offers high power output with low on-state resistance
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Toshiba has announced a broad selection of power MOSFETs in its Low Voltage, Low Resistance Series targeted for applications in lithium-ion batteries in notebook PCs and other handheld electronic devices.
Russian LCD television factory hit by fire, says report
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A fire at a plant making LCD televisions belonging to JSC Sitronics, a Russian provider of telecommunications and consumer equipment, in Zelenograd, Russia, destroyed about 20 percent of the premises, according to a cnews report.
European chip sales hold firm in Jan 08
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Chip sales in Europe for January 2008 held up best of the four regions tracked by the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), with a decrease of only 2.5 percent compared with December 2007. The SIA said the overall month-on-month decrease was 3.6 per cent, with worldwide semiconductor sales worth $21.49 billion.
Solar firms bulk up in Czech Republic
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Driven by the European solar market, solar panel manufacturers have been investing in factories in the Czech Republic.
FDK : Dc/dc converters are reliable at elevated temperature
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FDK has added three high performance dc/dc converters to its Senpai Series of non-isolated point-of-load (POL) converters.
January chip sales beat expectations
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The three-month moving average of global chip sales came in at $21.49 billion, up 0.03 percent from January 2007, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association and ahead of expectations.
Firecracker speeds Blackfin designs
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Avnet subsidiary Silica has introduced a versatile development platform around Analog Devices's Blackfin processor family. The platform, dubbed Firecracker, functions as a universal tool for Blackfin developers of all flavors. Fully verified functional modules eliminate the need to design in detail common embedded subsystems.
STMicroelectronics : 8-bit microcontroller platform offers increased performance at lower cost
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STMicroelectronics has unveiled details of a new 8-bit microcontroller platform designed to offer outstanding levels of performance and cost-effectiveness in a wide range of applications.
Micron, Nanya confirm DRAM joint ventures
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Micron Technology and Nanya Technology Corp have confirmed they plan a joint venture in DRAMs and a partnership in research and development.
Allegro MicroSystems : Hall-effect sensors consume very little power
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The A139x family of linear Hall effect sensor ICs from Allegro MicroSystems combines micropower operation, a tri-state output and a user-selectable 'sleep' mode.
Vishay : IBC controller ICs have 1.6-A current driving capability
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Vishay Intertechnology has announced two controller ICs for intermediate bus converter (IBC) applications.
Switchtec : Revised pushbuttons are an alternative to high profile brands
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For use in 22 and 30 mm pushbutton applications, fully revised versions of Switchtec’s SCL 10D pushbuttons are a cost effective, high quality alternative to other high profile brands.
IRC : Current sense resistors minimize power consumption
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TT electronics IRC's ULR series surface-mount, metal element chip resistors offer tight TCRs and low inductance values for high volume, high current power electronics applications.
Brazilian chip industry faces multiple hurdles
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The birth of the Brazilian semiconductor industry has been protracted and difficult but even as the infant takes its first steps it is facing an uphill battle.
Cooling economy eases Estonian labor shortage
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Last year, a shortage of skilled labor in Estonia drove wages up 15 percent and had companies struggling to fill open positions but now the labor shortage is easing due to slowing economic growth.
Filtronic completes disposal of compound semis unit
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Filtronic plc (Shipley, England) has completed the disposal of its compound semiconductor division, including the manufacturing facility at Newton Aycliffe, England, to RF Micro Devices (Greensboro, N.C.) for approximately £12.5 million in cash.
Under the Hood: Evolution of the smart phone
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It is interesting to look at the different ways that HTC and Nokia, two companies that have very competitive and successful smart-phone offerings, arrived at their latest products. HTC used its background as a PDA manufacturer to create the TyTN 2, essentially incorporating phone functionality into a PDA. Nokia came into the smart-phone market from cell phones, so it needed to find ways to increase functionality without substantially increasing the size of its latest phone, the N95.
2.4 GHz RF transceiver for ZigBee/IEEE 802.15.4 and low-power wireless applications
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Texas Instruments Incorporated has introduced its second-generation ZigBee®/IEEE 802.15.4 radio-frequency (RF) transceiver designed for the 2.4 GHz unlicensed ISM (industrial, scientific, medical) frequency band.
50-channel positioning engine the first to simultaneously track GPS and GALILEO satellites
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A leading provider of GPS receiver technology, u-blox will perform live GALILEO satellite tracking demonstrations at the 2008 CeBIT trade show to be held in Hanover, Germany, March 4th to 9th on its revolutionary 5 A-GPS and GALILEO-ready chip.
EMF measurement software for RF emissions in a portable one-box solution
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The RFEX-Fast EMF measurement software from Rohde & Schwarz enables engineers and technicians to quickly and easily validate compliance with legally defined emission limits.
Intel ships processors based on new transistors, manufacturing
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Intel has expanded its offerings for embedded market segments with new processors that carry extended, 7-year life cycle support, a new chipset and a carrier-grade server.
Synchronous buck yields low power-loss, EMI in small package
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International Rectifier introduced the iP2005A, a fully optimized power stage product for high current synchronous buck multi-phase converters used in gaming, computing and communications applications.
Imperas donation forms open-source virtual platform initiative
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Imperas Ltd., a young company developing multiprocessing development tools, has announced that it has donated technology for an open-source infrastructure to support developers who want to simulate software running on system-on-chip designs.
Gartner cuts IC forecast by half
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SAN JOSE, Calif. — Citing a weak demand picture and slumping chip prices, Gartner Inc. has cut its worldwide IC forecast by nearly one-half.
MOSFETs enhance battery protection modules
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Eleven new devices in SOP-8 and SOP Advance packages bring high-current performance, lower RDS.
January chip sales fell, says analyst
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The three-month moving average of worldwide chip sales was $21.3 billion, down from $22.3 billion in December but also down 0.8 percent from the equivalent average for January 2007, according to Bruce Diesen, analyst with Carnegie Research.
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