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ERG offers LED drivers for SSL luminaires
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Endicott Research has developed LED driver solutions for the solid state lighting market.
Motion sensor enables precise hand movement control for portables
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Freescale's low-power 3-axis digital accelerometer with intelligent features provides orientation, shake and tap detection.
Dual, quick-PWM step-down controller targets notebook power supplies
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Maxim Integrated Products has introduced the MAX17031, a dual, Quick-PWM step-down controller with synchronous rectification specifically intended for generating 5 V/3.3 V supplies in battery-powered systems.
Renesas : Application processor targets mobile phones
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Renesas Technology has announced the SH7370, an SH-MobileHD application processor for mobile phones.
National's SolarMagic power optimizers receive worldwide compliance certifications
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National Semiconductor Corp., has passed rigorous testing and received product safety, emissions and environmental compliance certifications for its SolarMagic power optimizers which are designed to improve the output of solar arrays when affected by real-world conditions such as shade, debris and panel aging.
Chip market stable in March, says analyst
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The three-month moving average of global chip sales is expected to come in at $14.7 billion, up by 5 percent from the $14.2 billion achieved in February, according to analysts at Carnegie Group (Oslo, Norway).
Updated: STATS cuts jobs; ASE, Amkor suffer
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Two Taiwanese chip-packaging houses--ASE and Siliconware--posted mixed results. Another vendor, ChipMOS, appears to be in trouble.
Wireless rivals vie to replace IR remote controls
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4/29/2009   1 comment
The Bluetooth 3.0 spec adds a feature which enables wireless remote controls to use Bluetooth, but RF4CE is specifically designed to replace IR remote controls with a wireless alternative.
ADI samples low-power ADCs for wide variety of applications
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4/29/2009   1 comment
Available in multiple speed grades, ADI's new pin-compatible, low-power, dual-channel ADCs increase channel densities and reduce power consumption in power-sensitive communications, industrial, portable-electronics and instrumentation equipment.
WHDI 2nd Gen Wireless 1080p Chipset from AMIMON
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AMIMON Inc. announced the immediate availability of its second generation baseband chipset. The second generation transmitter and receiver chips (AMN 2120/2220) are designed for the WHDI (Wireless Home Digital Interface) standard.
Pentek : Data recording and playback system features a multiband transceiver
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With the RTS 2701 recording and playback system with multiband transceiver, Pentek has introduced a system that can be used as a powerful laboratory test instrument, as a stand-alone remote data acquisition system, or as a dedicated record/playback sub-system for deployed applications.
Instrumentation amplifier features low power, small size
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ADI's AD8235 in-amp enables palm-sized medical devices and activity-monitoring medical products with what the company claims is 50 percent less power consumption than competitive offerings.
14-bit ADC reduces digital feedback in data conversion systems
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Linear Technology has introduced a low-power 14-bit, 150Msps ADC that it says dissipates 149mW, less than one-third the power of competitive products.
Antenna line expands with 2.4-GHz versions
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Antenna Factor is offering 2.4GHz versions of its PW and CW series dipole antennas that are well suited for a wide range of industrial, medical, sporting and consumer applications.
SH/Tiny flash MCU line expands with 16-Kbyte version
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Renesas' latest16 Kbyte version includes 4Kbyte of RAM and is ideal for white goods applications such as washing machine and vacuum cleaner motor control.
UMC Q1 sales fall; sees profit in Q2
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Silicon foundry UMC reported that first quarter sales declined 41.5 percent sequentially as capacity utilization fell to 30 percent, but said recent orders point to strong second quarter demand.
Wi-Fi startup raises $18 million
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Quantenna Communications, Inc., a startup focused on consumer Wi-Fi network chips for consumer video, has closed a $13.85 million Series C funding round led by new investor.
Premier Farnell checks out website improvements
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Component distributor Premier Farnell (Leeds, England) managed to reduce abandonment rates across its 42 global websites by 50 percent through the implementation of an Express Checkout capability.
Sales, utlization rates tumble at NXP
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NXP Semiconductors (Eindhoven, the Netherlands) is blaming the economic downturn and decreased utilization rates for losses of $673 million in the first quarter, nearly 50 percent less than in the corresponding quarter a year ago. Pre-tax loss came in at $71 million, compared with profits of $183 million in Q1 2008.
IDT embeds smart power tech into its consumer ICs
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IDT has introduced Power Smart technology, which will initially be embedded into the company's integrated circuits targeted for consumer applications.
ALPS : Incremental encoders come with or without center-switch
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With the EC11 series, ALPS Electric offers a series of 11 mm incremental-type encoders with metal shaft.
ARM sees Q1 sales, profits drop
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ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) posted a 10 percent fall in sales expressed in dollars for the first quarter of the year as it saw continuing decline in the semiconductor market.
Automotive slump drags Continental under
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Automotive tier one Continental AG (Hannover, Germany) saw its sales decline in lockstep with European car production in the first quarter. The company's automotive group's Q1 sales dropped 42 percent over Q1/2008. However, the worst seems to be over.
Analysis: Chasing Apple, Nokia calls up all developers
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Nokia and Symbian Foundation find themselves between a rock and a hard place. While they have to fight against Apple's iPhone, a closed platform, they'd also have to fight against Google's Android built around Linux designed to leverage its free, open-source community.
PXI Express reconfigurable IF transceiver provides software-defined RF test and prototyping
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The PXIe-5641R RIO IF transceiver from National Instruments is a dual-input, dual-output module that combines an intermediate frequency (IF) transceiver with reconfigurable I/O (RIO) capability using a Xilinx Virtex-5 SX95T field-programmable gate array (FPGA) and PXI Express technology.
Delta Electronics : Hot swappable fans avoid system shut-down
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Delta Electronics introducea series of hot swappable fans that can be replaced within seconds without turning off the computer system.
Motorola powers Unwired Fiji's mobile WiMAX network
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Motorola, has announced that it has been selected by Unwired Fiji to design and deploy an end-to-end 802.16e-based WiMAX network to upgrade and provide increased capacity to the operator's existing network for expansion of network coverage and capacity.
Nokia focuses services strategy towards third parties, cuts costs
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Nokia has announced that it will focus the strategy of its Services unit to create a better, more simplified user experience across its services and to open up deeper and greater opportunities for third parties.
A planned approach to maximum efficiency design
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Engineers specifying a power supply for a given application may naturally assume that ensuring a generous output-power margin will deliver benefits such as reduced stress and a longer lifetime. In fact, the opposite is true. For optimum performance, engineers should assess the power requirements of the system accurately, and size the power supply accordingly.
Elmos sales cut in half in Q1
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The series of negative quarterly reports from the electronics industry does not stop. Now automotive chip vendor Elmos (Dortmund, Germany) has published its figures.
ADC family lowers power requirements by up to 60 percent
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Analog Devices has introduced 18 power-efficient analog-to-digital converters (ADC) with resolutions ranging from 10 to 16 bits.
Top five handset OEM signs first Coolteq deal with Nujira
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Nujira has announced that a major global OEM has signed a purchase agreement for its Coolteq™-l handset development platform, the first since the technology was announced at Mobile World Congress in February 2009.
2.5-V VCXOs in low-cost miniature 5-mm by 3.2-mm package
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Fox Electronics has expanded its XpressO oscillator series to include a 2.5-V LVDS VCXO version, designated FVXO-LC52, with a frequency range of 0.75 MHz through 1.0 GHz in a miniature 5 mm x 3.2 mm package at the same price point as the larger 7 mm x 5 mm package.
Directional coupler range offers high performance at low-cost
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Link Microtek has expanded its portfolio of LYNX microwave components with the addition of a comprehensive range of directional couplers that deliver high performance at competitive prices.
IBM to hire for new 'analytic' centers
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IBM Corp. plans to open up a network of ''analytic'' centers worldwide. As part of this initiative, Big Blue will retrain or hire as many as 4,000 new analytics consultants and professionals.
RS launches 8,000 more Texas Instruments devices
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RS Components has announced the launch of 8,000 new products from Texas Instruments (TI).
Board-to-board connector boasts 0.4-mm pitch and 0.8-mm stacking height
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Claiming to be the industry's smallest 0.4-mm pitch board-to-board connector, the low-profile 5802 series from AVX Corporation features an ultra-slim form factor of 0.8-mm stacking height and 3.2-mm width, including tails.
From Greek-Irish dancing to round-the-world jamming to dogs and cats to...
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In response to my previous blog, which featured videos of two acts from a UK talent show, I received an email pointing me to an old "Burns and Allen" television show from yesteryear.
Advantest posts loss, consolidates units
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Amid ongoing losses, Japan's Advantest Corp. has consolidated a number of its manufacturing and software subsidiaries to reduce costs.
ASMI ships high-k tool to foundry, says TEL buys stake
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4/28/2009   Post a comment
Amid a loss for the quarter, ASM International N.V. disclosed that Tokyo Electron Ltd. (TEL) has acquired a 4.9 percent stake in the Dutch-based equipment vendor.
Updated: Atmel lays off 293 workers
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A spokesperson for Atmel confirmed that the company laid off 293 workers, including 266 at the company's fab in Colorado Springs, Colo., and 27 at the company's headquarters in San Jose, Calif.
RF Micro posts loss, says demand stabilized
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RF Micro Devices reported a GAAP net loss of $49.4 million on revenue of $172.3 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009, which closed March 28, the company said.
OnStar still generating revenues for GM
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Embattled General Motors has sold more than 16 million vehicles with OnStar control units over the last decade, according to a market researcher.
QuickLogic sees sales fall
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Programmable chip vendor QuickLogic had sales of $4.6 million in the first quarter, down 23 percent from the fourth quarter of 2008 and down 59 percent from the first quarter of 2008, the company reported.
Actel narrows loss as sales decline
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Actel said first quarter sales declined and the company forecast they would decline further in the second quarter.
ARPA-Energy launches first research project
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A new energy research agency has issued its first solicitation to industry for developing new energy technologies and applications.
NI Labview FPGA-based transceiver brings user-defined IF processing to RF apps
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4/28/2009   1 comment
National Instruments announced the NI PXIe-5641R RIO IF transceiver, the company's most recent device for RF test, which offers reconfigurable I/O capability using a Xilinx Virtex-5 SX95T FPGA.
RS expands its stock of analog products from TI
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RS Components has added 8,000 products from Texas Instruments (TI) to its line card.
Letter to the editor: Protect the patent system
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4/28/2009   4 comments
A letter to the editor takes issue with our April 20 story on patent reform and calls for a strong patent system to bolster U.S. competitiveness in intellectual property and innovation.
ESilicon provides design, manufacturing services for series of accelerated audio processors
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4/28/2009   Post a comment
Fabless ASIC vendor eSilicon Corp. said it provided ASIC design services, custom design flow and manufacturing services to Creative Technology Ltd.'s new PCI-Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Series of accelerated audio processors.
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