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FBAR-based Band 8 WCDMA duplexer claims superior insertion loss and isolation
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3/30/2009   Post a comment
Avago Technologies has announced a high-performance Band 8 WCDMA duplexer that leverages the industry's leading Q values of its FBAR (Film Bulk Acoustic Resonator) technology, designated ACMD-7605.
Ohmite : Current sense resistors have 1 percent tolerance
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3/30/2009   Post a comment
Using metal resistive elements made from Nickel-Chromium or Cupron (Manganin-Copper) the MCS Series of SMD flip chip resistors from Ohmite have a very low TCR of <50 ppm/°C over the range of current sense values which are popular in portable, battery operated equipment and power supplies.
Trend : Network tester covers SDH and PDH
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3/30/2009   Post a comment
The Trend Multipro SDH is a portable, hand-held tester for working on SDH and PDH services to 2.5 Gbits/s.
Hand held SDH, PDH tester features ease-of-use and rapid test
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3/30/2009   Post a comment
Trend Communications has launched the Trend Multipro SDH, a portable, hand held tester for use by technicians working on SDH and PDH services to 2.5 Gbit/s.
VCO covers 1370 to 1400 MHz with high linearity
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3/30/2009   Post a comment
Crystek's CVCO55CC-1370-1400 VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) operates from 1370 MHz to 1400 MHz with a control voltage range of 0.5V to 4.5V.
Gartner: ASIC design starts to fall by 22% in '09
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3/30/2009   Post a comment
ASIC design starts are expected to drop by 22 percent in 2009 as the economy causes firms to push out and--in some cases--cancel designs, accordng to market research firm Gartner.
Vendors call for cloud computing standards
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3/30/2009   Post a comment
A group of 38 companies and academic groups have signed on to a so-called Open Cloud Manifesto calling for open standards for cloud computing.
LTE/WiMAX repeater delivers flexibility and scalability
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3/30/2009   Post a comment
Renaissance Electronics Corporation has announced the production of a range of TCA based repeaters and macro cells for point to point and point to multi-point deployment support for WiMAX and LTE systems.
Willtek adds EDGE capabilities to its mobile service tester
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3/30/2009   Post a comment
Willtek Communications has announced support of EDGE measurements for its 2201 ProLock, a compact GSM and WCDMA communication test set.
SpectraLinear rolls new PC clock chip
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3/30/2009   Post a comment
Seeking to expand its market opportunities, SpectraLinear Inc. has rolled out what it claims is the industry's first non-volatile programmable, PC clock chip family.
Algorithm could replace touch screens with MEMS control
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3/30/2009   Post a comment
A new type of MEMS-based user interface enables 12 different device control functions while also eliminating expensive touch screens.
Hush Puppies RFID Project
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3/30/2009   Post a comment
Indexport S.A., the manufacturer and distributer of Hush Puppies brand footwear, accurately and precisely manages its real-time stock in its Spanish distribution center in Castellon. Thanks to its accurate information, it efficiently fills customer orders and correctly restocks materials to avoid stock-outs. Here is the story.
Declining ASIC starts seen as gain for FPGAs
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3/30/2009   Post a comment
FPGAs are displacing ASICs--a trend that in 2009 will be exacerbated by the global financial crisis--and now have a 30-to-one edge in design starts, according to market research firm Gartner.
Second-gen QuickLogic VEE proven system block
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3/28/2009   Post a comment
QuickLogic has announced the second generation of its VEE proven system block, said to improve consumer viewing experience while also extending the battery life of mobile devices.
Magma CEO upbeat on new products, analog push
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3/27/2009   Post a comment
Despite challenging times for his company and the industry as a whole, Magma Design Automation Chairman and CEO Rajeev Madhavan was upbeat about new products and his company's inroads in analog EDA during an interview with EE Times this week.
NEWS: QNX claims first multi-core RTOS with Common Criteria Security Certification
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3/27/2009   Post a comment
QNX Neutrino RTOS Secure Kernel v6.4.0 now certified to Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level 4+.
Analyst: Nokia could cut $5B in outsourcing
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3/27/2009   Post a comment
In a reverse-outsourcing move, Nokia will stop using external companies to assemble its handsets, cutting a whopping $5 billion in contract manufacturing business, according to an analyst from market watcher iSuppli Corp.
Slideshow: ACE Innovators of the Year
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3/27/2009   Post a comment
We present our five finalists for the 2009 ACE Innovator of the Year Award.
Suntech's Pluto technology achieves efficiencies of 19 percent on mono-crystalline PV Cells
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3/27/2009   Post a comment
The world's largest photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturer, Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd., says the company is routinely utilizing its Pluto technology to produce PV cells with conversion efficiencies of approximately 19 percent on mono-crystalline PV cells and 17 percent on multi-crystalline PV cells.
Is DDR3 transition delayed?
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3/27/2009   Post a comment
Is the transition to DDR3 delayed--again? If so, that could be a blow for DRAM makers, which are looking for relief amid the memory downturn.
PC slide slows as Intel eyes embedded
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3/27/2009   Post a comment
It's not a recovery, but the PC market's slide seems to be slowing according to one financial analyst firm while Intel is positioning itself for growth in embedded markets beyond the PC, said an analyst at the firm.
Editors' Choice: Products of the Week
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3/27/2009   Post a comment
Capping off a week of continued wafer fab closings, layoffs and restructuring moves by several electronics vendors, engineers can now turn to Editors' Choice to view our top product selections that offer a silver lining in a bleak market. Check out these key products, many of which emerged from the logic/interface sector.
U.K. collaboration aims at superior uncooled photonics
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3/27/2009   Post a comment
The UK government's Technology Strategy Board has agreed to spend £1.85 million (about $2.6 million) in a collaborative project to develop integrated indium phosphide-based photonic devices and new active materials.
Renesas buys wireless firm, rolls MCUs
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3/27/2009   Post a comment
Amid a major microcontroller launch, Renesas Technology Corp. has acquired Key Stream Corp.'s wireless LAN chipset business for an undisclosed price.
Action urged to help Europe's semis sector
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3/27/2009   Post a comment
European governments and public authorities need to take coordinated, strong and urgent action to ensure the continent can remain competitive in the semiconductor and nanotechnologies sectors, Dirk Beernaert of the European Commission's Nanoelectronics division warned Friday (March 27).
Nextreme claims breakthrough cooling performance
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3/27/2009   Post a comment
Nextreme Thermal Solutions Inc. (Durham, North Carolina), a maker of thermal management products, has claimed that it's OptoCooler HV14 product has produced a 60 degree C temperature difference between its cold and hot sides.
DisplayPort receiver aims to replace LVDS in notebooks
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3/27/2009   Post a comment
Chrontel has developed a receiver chip with integrated timing control (TCON) that enables notebook and netbook designers to make the transition from LVDS to DisplayPort.
30V power transistors achieve 1.6 milliohms RDS(ON) in 5x6 package
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3/27/2009   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has introduced a series of 30V surface-mount power transistors, achieving on-resistance as low as 2 milliohms (max) to increase the energy efficiency of products such as computers, telecom and networking equipment.
24-bit delta-sigma ADC delivers speeds up to 4 MSPS
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3/27/2009   Post a comment
TI says its latest 24-bit delta-sigma ADC offers a 60 percent faster sample rate than the nearest competition.
Cold Fusion, MEMS, automotive flash lead weekly story ranking
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3/27/2009   Post a comment
Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, March 22, as ranked by EE Times Europe readers, up to and including Friday, March 27. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
SolarWorld to get big slice of Obama boom
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3/27/2009   Post a comment
German renewable energy giant SolarWorld could come out of the industry's crisis stronger than it was before, outshining its peers, as it becomes one of the big inners of the "Obama boom" in the United States.
Chip industry outlook improving, says TSMC's Chang
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3/27/2009   Post a comment
The prospects for the semiconductor industry are better than they were a month ago, according to a Reuters report that quotes Morris Chang, chairman of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) as its source.
Samsung selects Spreadtrum mobile phone chips
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3/27/2009   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has selected Spreadtrum Communications Inc. (Shanghai, China) to supply wireless baseband chipsets for use in mobile phones Spreadtrum has said.
Dual, Quick-PWM graphics core controllers offer wide input/output voltage ratios
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3/27/2009   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced dual, synchronous, step-down, switch-mode power-supply (SMPS) controllers that feature a constant on-time, Quick-PWM architecture to support wide input/output voltage ratios, while maintaining a relatively constant switching frequency.
Fastest yet 24bit delta-sigma ADC claimed
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3/27/2009   Post a comment
With speeds of up to four mega samples per second (MS/s), Texas Instrument's latest 24bit delta-sigma analog-to-digital converter (ADC) is said to be 60 percent faster than its nearest competition.
Toshiba, Sharp say may work together in solar power
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3/27/2009   Post a comment
Japan's Toshiba Corp and Sharp Corp said on Friday they are considering working together in the solar power business amid growing demand for cleaner energy, sending their shares higher.
MIT study exposes manufacturing inefficiencies
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3/27/2009   Post a comment
A detailed analysis has found that modern manufacturing processes are 'alarmingly' inefficient, according to an MIT news release. The team from MIT, led by Professor Timothy Gutowski, looked at 20 different major manufacturing processes and actually showed that some of the more modern systems were the worst offenders.
Elpida to raise $465 million through offering
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3/27/2009   Post a comment
Japanese DRAM vendor Elpida Memory plans to raise capital to shore up its finances by selling shares in two of its businesses.
Samsung to accelerate 'green' product efforts
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3/26/2009   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. is jumping on the green bandwagon.
Tesla targets broader audience with electric sedan
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3/26/2009   Post a comment
Electric car start-up Tesla Motors Inc unveiled its newest, lowest-cost vehicle Thursday, a family sedan the company says will be the first highway-ready electric vehicle accessible to most car buyers.
SOFTWARE TOOLS: Microchip Technology unveils PICDEM Lab Development Kit
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3/26/2009   Post a comment
Low-Cost Kit provides complete development environment for educators, students, and engineers who are new to PIC microcontrollers
SOFTWARE TOOLS: ASIM for AUTOSAR Builder speeds validation & verification
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3/26/2009   Post a comment
Geensys' new offering identifies design issues early in the development cycle
Nvidia countersues Intel
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3/26/2009   1 comment
Graphics chip vendor Nvidia has filed a countersuit in Delaware against Intel claiming breach of contract, the company said.
Where is $3 trillion in global stimulus spending going?
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3/26/2009   Post a comment
Where is $3 trillion in global stimulus money is going? How will it impact and change the mega trends shaping the future of electronics industry? What are the fundamental technologies upon which the success of that industry will depend? Which technologies will lose out? Lisa Su, Freescale's CTO, believes she knows.
Toshiba introduces Mosfets
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3/26/2009   Post a comment
Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. introduced a new series of MOSFETs for synchronous rectification in the secondary stage of switched mode power supplies (SMPS).
TI releases family of radiation tolerant, high temperature-resistant power management
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3/26/2009   Post a comment
Texas Instruments has released a family of high-reliability power management integrated circuits and advanced CMOS (AC) logic devices to increase system-level reliability in applications exposed to long-term radiation and extreme temperatures, such as downhole drilling, x-ray imaging, satellite systems and high-altitude avionics.
Soitec claims circuit stacking is ready for prime time
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3/26/2009   Post a comment
Silicon-on-insulator (SOI) wafer and substrates supplier Soitec SA (Bernin, France) has said its circuit stacking technology is ready for technology transfer and manufacturing.
Austrian plastic startup joins Holst Center research
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3/26/2009   Post a comment
Plastic Electronic AG (Linz, Austria) has joined the systems-in-foil research program at the Holst Center (Eindhoven, The Netherlands).
Fairchild Semiconductor unveils highest efficiency 6 MHz 600 mA synchronous buck regulator
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3/26/2009   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor is providing designers of cell phones, datacards and netbooks a 6MHz synchronous buck regulator that delivers high efficiency in a compact and razor-thin footprint.
DoE debuts $3.2b in energy efficiency grants
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3/26/2009   Post a comment
The U.S. Department of Energy has announced a new $3.2 billion grant program to promote efficient use of energy, a slice of the estimated $32.7 billion in tech stimulus dollars allocated to the department.
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