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High-temp superconductor power hits Long Island
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Long Island Power Authority and American Superconductor Corp. have activated a high-temperature superconductor power transmission cable system.
DC to 2.8 GHz 3.3 V matched gain block amplifier in SOT-89 package
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Mimix Broadband has introduced a 3.3 V InGaP HBT matched gain block amplifier that combines high linearity and gain with low thermal resistance.
700 MHz spectrum antenna products can be customized to fit customer needs
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Laird Technologies is offering a range of 700 MHz spectrum products including base station, customer premises equipment (CPE) and vehicular antenna designs that can be customized to fit a customer's needs.
Automotive linear regulators integrate voltage tracker, protection circuitry
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Maxim Integrated Products has introduced the highly integrated MAX15008 and MAX15010 300-mA automotive linear regulators with a voltage tracker and load-dump protection.
Wire-to-board connectors offer secure mating retention
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Molex Inc. has introduced a series of 2.00-mm pitch SMT wire-to-board connectors designed for applications that require secure electrical contact.
Nvidia unleashes Cuda attack on parallel-compute challenge
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More graphics processor providers should look at enabling the use of the Compute Unified Device Architecture (Cuda) programming language on their devices, says the chief scientist at Cuda developer Nvidia Corp., which is looking to open the language to speed massively parallel computing.
Stanford kicks off parallel programming effort
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4/30/2008   2 comments
Six companies are contributing a total $6 million to kick off a three-year project at Stanford University to explore fresh models for parallel programming, one of three efforts recently funded by a computer industry increasingly concerned software will not be able to keep pace with the evolution of multicore processors.
Power amplifiers offer high linearity, low current consumption
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Avago Technologies has introduced one- and two-watt families of high-performance power amplifiers designed for next-generation cellular and WiMAX infrastructure applications.
PTC thermistors provide improved resistance tolerance
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Bourns has expanded its line of ceramic Positive Temperature Coefficient (PTC) thermistors for telecom over-current protection. Theses devices offer improved resistance tolerance and reduce the number of devices required per board.
Tektronix, LitePoint address LTE design, troubleshooting
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Tektronix, Inc. and LitePoint Corp. have partnered to deliver a solution for LTE development.
'Missing link' memristor created: Rewrite the textbooks?
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4/30/2008   10 comments
HP Labs' Stanley Williams has invented the world's first memristor, the 'missing link' in circuit theory--a fourth passive-device type after resistors, capacitors and inductors--as predicted by University of California at Berkeley professor, Leon Chua.
European Union Shares Preliminary Recommendation Findings
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Although it's too early to provide final results from the feedback, Gerald Santucci, head of the Networked Enterprise & Radio Frequency Identification unit, DG Information Society and Media, European Commission, shared the following preliminary findings and statistics.
Berkeley Design Automation Delivers Noise Analysis Tool
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Berkeley Design Automation, Inc., announced the availability of the Noise Analysis Option.
Competition winners highlight breadth of NFC applications
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A system that allows hotel guests with NFC-enabled mobile phones to bypass the check-in process and unlock their doors using their phones was one of the winners in a competition held this week at the 2nd European NFC Developers Summit in Monaco.
GE takes stake in Sofradir's subsidiary
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CEA Valorisation, an equity investor for the French Atomy Energy Agency, announced it has divested its stake in Ulis, Sofradir's subsidiary specializing in uncooled infrared detectors for low cost infrared civilian and military imaging equipment, to General Electric (GE). Financial details remained undisclosed.
Micronas fancies with industrial markets
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Against the background of problems with its consumer business and encouraged by substantial success in its automotive division, Swiss chip maker Micronas eyes to industrial markets.
Analysts split on MEMS accelerometers' cell-phone prospects
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While silicon microphones and RF switches based on microelectromechanical systems have rapidly penetrated handsets, industry analysts are divided over MEMS accelerometers' near-term prospects for volume uptake in cell phones.
GPS and GLONASS controlled frequency standard improves precision and coverage
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Pendulum Instruments, an Orolia Group company, has introduced a combined GPS and GLONASS controlled frequency standard designated GPS-12RG.
UMC drops hints about 40-nm process
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Like its main rival, Taiwan's United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) appears to be developing a 40-nm foundry process.
Lower pricing could slow MEMS growth, says Bourne Research
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Although revenues for MEMS reached record levels in 2007, the MEMS industry was impacted by lower pricing, legal wrangling, and competitive technologies, according to a new study from Bourne Research LLC.
Fulcrum creates open-source software partnership for Ethernet switches
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Ethernet switch chip developer Fulcrum Microsystems Inc. announced an effort to provide open-source methods for developing protocol middleware for LAN switching.
UMC's profits fall in Q1, cuts capex
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Taiwan foundry provider United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) saw its profits fall as the company cut its capital spending in 2008.
ASE's sales, profits fall in Q1
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Taiwan's Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc. (ASE), the world's largest provider of IC packaging and testing services, reported net revenues of NT$24.7 billion ($811.3 million) for the first quarter of 2008, up 17 percent year-over-year and down 15 percent sequentially.
Altium tops PCB layout poll
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Altium Ltd. (Sydney, Australia) has been voted the most popular provider of PCB layout tools, beating Mentor Graphics, Cadence and Zuken in a poll open to EE Times Europe readers.
Intégrer le système dans la conception de systèmes électroniques
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Vous avez sans doute déjà entendu l’affirmation selon laquelle la complexité croissante des systèmes et technologies (par exemple, les processeurs multicœurs et les FPGA) rend obsolète les anciennes méthodologies de conception. De nouvelles approches s’imposent, notamment des abstractions de niveau système capables de gérer la complexité et les outils qui automatisent les étapes consommatrices de temps et coûteuses entre le concept et la mise en œuvre.
Sony to double TV production in Slovakia
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Sony plans to double annual production of its Bravia LCD TVs to 4 million this year at its plant in Nitra, western Slovakia, due to growing demand in Europe.
Activité en léger recul pour Bull au premier trimestre
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Le groupe français Bull a publié un chiffre d'affaires consolidé de 234,5 millions d'euros pour le premier trimestre 2008, en baisse de 5,1% sur un rythme annuel. Le chiffre d'affaires est en léger retrait de 3,4% à périmètre retraité.
Motion sensing startup doubles VC funding to $38M
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Invensense, a startup specializing in single-chip devices based on MEMS technology for motion sensing applications, has secured $19 million in a Series C round of financing.
Elmos raises sales, confirms guidance
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Automotive and medical chip vendor Elmos AG (Dortmund, Germany) reports sales and earnings improvements in the first quarter. The results are in line with excpectations; the company reiterated its guidance — under the condition that the U.S. dollar maintains its current value.
Synaptics advances gesture recognition technology for ClearPad solutions
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Enhanced Gesture Recognition (EGR) eases integration of gestures for touchscreen devices.
A simple, cost-effective solution to protect FPGA designs
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Maxim Integrated Products and Altera offer a simple, cost-effective solution to protect FPGA designs.
Used equipment firm gains funding
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GES Inc., a used IC-equipment services company, has received its first of funding and plans to build a facility in Vietnam.
HSPA+ test solution for 3GPP compliant components
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Agilent Technologies has announced that its Vector Signal Analysis (VSA) software now offers HSPA+ analysis capability, claiming to be the only commercially available HSPA+ signal analysis test solution in the industry.
European academia, industry leaders join Certess' TAB
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California-based EDA startup Certess Inc. announced it has established a technical advisory board (TAB) comprising internationally recognized visionaries from academia and the Electronic Design Automation (EDA) industry.
Sony Ericsson project combines Java, Flash Lite for mobiles
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Sony Ericsson will demonstrate at next week's JavaOne developers' event in San Francisco its Project Capuchin, which will allow software developers to create applications for mobile phones that can use pieces of both Java ME and Adobe Systems' Flash Lite to create their applications.
Power MOSFET-Treiber für Automobil-Beleuchtungssysteme
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Bei Automobil-Beleuchtungssystemen treten hohe Einschaltstromspitzen auf. Eine weitaus bessere Lösung als Relais und Sicherungen zur Steuerung solcher Systeme besteht darin, einen High-Side-Pre-FET-Treiber mit einem Leistungs-FET zu kombinieren
Researchers claim photovoltaic cell advance
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Scientists at the University of Tel Aviv in Israel claim they have found a way to construct efficient photovoltaic cells costing at least a hundred times less than conventional silicon based devices, and with similar or better energy conversion efficiency.
Avago delivers tiny FETs for multiple wireless apps
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VMMK-1218 and -1225 do not require negative voltage to operate, which results in lower costs and ease of use for RF designers.
Triquint and AWR launch incentive program for GaAs-MMIC designs
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Project Jumpstart combines AWR's electronic design automation (EDA) tools and TriQuint's pseudomorphic high electronic mobility transistor (pHEMT) foundry process.
Record Q1 for VC tech funding in Israel
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High technology companies in Israel raised $617 million from venture capital investors – both local and foreign - in the first quarter of the year, the highest amount for seven years.
Sitronics takes $234M loss, but chip unit shines
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Russian electronics conglomerate Sitronics took a net loss of $234M (150M euros) for fiscal year 2007 while semiconductor unit revenues outperformed all other divisions.
Chauvin Arnoux : Thermographic camera has a multi-directional color screen
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The RayCAm C.A 1884 thermographic camera from Chauvin Arnoux is easy to use and offers an excellent price/performance ratio.
QuickLogic : Innovative CSSP platform targets handheld applications
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Engineering samples of QuickLogic's latest customer specific standard product (CSSP) platform for the connectivity, intelligence, and logic requirements of handheld applications are now available.
Dual-channel signal source creates digital arbitary waveforms and offers fast channel switching of 15 ns
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Narda, an L-3 Communications company, has introduced the Model 10512 programmable signal source that digitally creates frequency-modulated "noise" waveforms and applies them to a carrier whose center frequency can be varied ±50 MHz in less than 100 ns.
Maxim : Versatile class D amplifiers combine high efficiendy with low cost
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Maxim Integrated Products introduces the MAX9736A/B, a family of versatile single-supply, filterless Class D speaker amplifiers, which provide high-performance, thermally efficient amplifier solutions at a low solution cost.
Bosch Sensortec : Triaxial acceleration sensors have three analog outputs
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The BMA140 is an analog acceleration sensor in a 3 x 3 x 0.9 mm miniature 12-pin LGA package.
MPE Garry : Crimp connectors connect boards to boards or boards to cable
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A series of 2.54 mm crimp connectors together with mating pin headers extend MPE-Garry product range which now provides all possible combinations of board to board and wire to board connections.
Vishay : HF Rectifiers have fast and soft reverse recovery
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Four 600-V FRED Pt Hyperfast rectifiers from Vishay Intertechnology have fast and soft reverse recovery times, together with low forward voltage drop.
Tyco : IEC connector filters suit high-power applications
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Alongside its IEC connector filter packages for standard and medical applications, Tyco Electronics now also offers a filter for high-power applications.
Emerson Network Power : 72 W power adapter meeets Blue Angel requirements
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The AD72 power adapter features a universal 90-264-Vac input – enabling it to be used anywhere in the world – and produces a single, fully regulated 16 Vdc output capable of delivering up to 4.5 A continuously.
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