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16-bit expanders offer cost-effective approach to increasing I/O capabilities
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6/30/2005   Post a comment
To help designers save development time and cost, Microchip Technology Inc. has designed a pair of 16-bit I/O expanders to provide system I/O expansion through existing microcontroller serial ports.
Apologetic Owens warns of more Nortel cost cuts
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6/29/2005   Post a comment
Nortel Networks Inc. chief executive Bill Owens offered a public apology to shareholders at the company's delayed annual meeting.
Wet clean IC-equipment market heating up
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6/29/2005   Post a comment
The wet clean IC-equipment market is heating up, as Applied Materials Inc. and Lam Research Corp. are reportedly entering the crowded fray.
Intel CEO's response to AMD: Company won't change business practices
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6/29/2005   Post a comment
Two days after Advanced Micro Devices Inc. filed an antitrust suit against Intel Corp. accusing its archrival of unfair business practices, Intel president and chief executive Paul Otellini fired back, stating the company would not change its business practices and expects any court decision to be resolved in its favor.
Asyst revises Q4 results with reduced loss
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6/29/2005   Post a comment
Chip-equipment maker Asyst Technologies Inc. readjusted its consolidated financial statements for the fiscal fourth quarter ended Mar. 31.
Mistral introduces rapid development kit for TI processor
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6/29/2005   Post a comment
Mistral Software in introduing a new rapid development kit designed to help accelerate product and application development processes on Texas Instruments' OMAP5912 dual-core processor.
NAND market hit by MP3 slowdown
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6/29/2005   Post a comment
The high-flying, NAND-based flash memory market has not collapsed, as expressed by one fabless chip maker. But the sector has finally experienced some tough and turbulent times, following a lull and disappointing demand for flash-based MP3 players in the consumer market.
Dual-input supply keeps substation equipment up
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6/29/2005   Post a comment
The Rackguard RG1202 from Northwest Power Integrations, a subsidiary of Vicor Corp., is a 600-watt dual-input AC/DC and DC/DC rack-mounted power supply specifically engineered for supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems typically used to monitor and manage power lines from a central location.
Military suppliers announce support of next-gen data network
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6/29/2005   Post a comment
Three of the largest U.S. military contractors have announced they will support development of an open-standard mesh networking system as an extension to the Defense Department's specification for a Common Data Link.
Cam switches designed for power industry
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6/29/2005   Post a comment
Designed for the power industry, Electroswitch offers a new compact Series 20 cam switch line with double-break, silver-plated contacts housed in rigid thermoset plastic for long, reliable life.
ADE rolls out next-generation wafer inspection tool
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6/29/2005   Post a comment
ADE introduced its latest nano-particle inspection and defect classification tool used for inspection of silicon substrates.
Yosemite kit lowers PowerPC 440EP evaluation time, costs
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6/29/2005   Post a comment
To accelerate the usage of the PowerPC 440EP CPU it has just acquired from IBM Corp., Applied Micro Circuits has just introduced a low cost evaluation kit designed for it by Embedded Planet LLC.
APEC 2006 to Focus on the Future of Power
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6/29/2005   Post a comment
A call for papers was issued by APEC, the leading power conference. Expanded events are planned for the show in New Orleans in February, 2006. Get more details here.
Host connectors and slot systems available for ExpressCard
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6/29/2005   Post a comment
FCI has expanded its ExpressCard offering with the introduction of several host connectors and slot systems to support the implementation of ExpressCard technology in mobile and desktop PCs.
LSI maximizes nanometer SoC integration
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6/29/2005   Post a comment
LSI Logic announced its Core in I/O methodology, which the company states provides optimal use of core and I/O area for logic design, and an improved design experience.
Philips demonstrates imaging based on magnetic traces
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6/29/2005   Post a comment
Scientists at Philips Research have demonstrated the feasibility of an imaging technique called magnetic particle imaging.
Analyst raises annual chip market growth forecast to 7%
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6/29/2005   Post a comment
Handelsbanken Capital Markets has upgraded its forecast for global semiconductor market growth from 3 percent to 7 percent after it has seen indications that chip sales were strong in May.
Chip set raises DC/DCs
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6/29/2005   Post a comment
International Rectifier's new DirectFET chipset is designed to maximize DC/DC bus converter efficiency. When used with IR's recently announced IR2086S full-bridge bus-converter IC, the chip set enables a solution that can deliver 336 watts with 97 percent efficiency in a footprint that's about 30 percent smaller than a traditional quarter-brick converter, according to the company.
Sun, NTT DoCoMo team on Java for mobile data
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6/29/2005   Post a comment
Sun Microsystems Inc. has announced an agreement with NTT DoCoMo, Japan's largest mobile operator, to deliver a next-generation mobile data services platform based on open-standard Java technology.
12-bit digital temp sensor delivers ±1.0°C accuracy
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6/29/2005   Post a comment
Analog Devices Inc. unveiled a complete digital temperature monitoring IC, which includes an on-chip temperature sensor that comes in two performance grades.
Security features on MPEG decoder prevent piracy
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6/29/2005   Post a comment
To prevent the piracy of digital broadcasts on pay television, NEC Electronics America, Inc. rolled out a single-chip MPEG decoder with enhanced security features for digital set-top boxes (STBs).
Genesis Microchip, Meridian Audio ally on video processors
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6/29/2005   Post a comment
Image processing chip supplier Genesis Microchip Inc. and audio/video products supplier Meridian Audio Ltd. have entered a strategic licensing agreement giving Meridian the right to promote Genesis' Faroudja technologies, products and brand on a global basis.
Flash memory price fall has frozen market, says SigmaTel
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6/29/2005   Post a comment
According to a fabless supplier of analog-intensive mixed-signal chips into the portable electronics market, a 30 percent fall in NAND flash memory pricing has "temporarily frozen the market" and caused disruption to orders for its own system-level chips.
RF-to-baseband transceiver start-up raises another $13.5 million
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6/29/2005   Post a comment
Xceive Corporation, specialist developer of RF-to-baseband receiver integrated circuits for televisions, mobile telephones and consumer electronics devices, has closed a Series C funding round worth $13.5 million.
LSI shatters previous density/performance boundaries with 90-nm RapidChip platform ASICs
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6/29/2005   Post a comment
LSI Logic announced that its next-generation RapidChip Platform ASIC families will be manufactured in the company's G90 90nm process technology.
Les fabricants électroniques américains en Malaisie prévoient une croissance ralentie en 2005
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6/29/2005   Post a comment
Selon un groupe du secteur, les fabricants électroniques américains installés en Malaisie prévoient une forte croissance pour 2005 malgré certaines préoccupations sur les prix élevés du pétrole et les hausses des taux d’intérêt. Les performances globales devraient, toutefois, chuter par rapport à 2004.
HD DVD gains further momentum as commercialization approaches
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6/29/2005   Post a comment
The HD DVD Promotion Group today announced that momentum is building for the launch of HD DVD. Several key manufacturers in the disc replication and equipment industry simultaneously confirmed the manufacturability of HD DVD discs at high volumes and provided tangible data to prove feasible and realistic production.
Military gets high CV tantalum capacitors in smaller case sizes
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6/29/2005   Post a comment
AVX Corp. has developed an extended range tantalum capacitor series that offers additional high capacitance/voltage (CV) ratings in smaller case sizes than previously available. Designed specifically for military applications, the CWR19 and CWR29 capacitors are mil-qualified up to failure rates of B and C. These devices may also be used in harsh environment applications such as space exploration and aerospace.
Jobs go as Spirent restructures U.S. DSL monitoring group
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6/29/2005   Post a comment
Spirent plc is making large cuts in the workforce of its mainly U.S. based and loss making Service Assurance division, which focuses on monitoring systems of leased lines and DSL lines at major carriers.
10-watt DC/DCs point to lowest cost
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6/29/2005   Post a comment
The single and dual output DC/DC converters in MicroPower Direct's B1000ERW series, an addition to the company's Budget Saver family, are promoted as the lowest cost 10-watt modules of their type. Priced at from $9.75 to $10.40 each in quantities of 100, these 1-by-2 inch converters, in eighteen models, provide 5, 12, 15, and ±5, ±12, and ±15 volts from a 9-18, 18-36, or 36-75 volt input.
KLA-Tencor still interested in August
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6/29/2005   Post a comment
KLA-Tencor Corp. said it is still interested in acquiring August Technology Corp for $11.50 per share despite August's announcement on Tuesday that it had agreed to be acquired by Rudolph Technologies Inc. in a cash and stock transaction valued at $10.50 per share.
Freescale rejoint le projet européen NanoCMOS
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6/29/2005   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor vient de rejoindre l’ambitieux projet européen NanoCMOS, consacré à la recherche sur le nœud de fabrication logique CMOS 45 nanomètres.
Semiconductor analyzer has integrated CV and IV capability
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6/29/2005   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies's Automated Test Group is now delivering a new semiconductor tester called the B1500A Semiconductor Device Analyzer. This product was announced a few months ago, but is now ready to order.
France Télécom et Microsoft développeront des services multimédia
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6/29/2005   Post a comment
France Télécom et Microsoft ont conclu un accord de partenariat pour le développement conjoint de produits et de services multimédia. Ensemble, ils chercheront à fournir aux utilisateurs finaux, à savoir les entreprises et le grand public, des services interactifs sur des terminaux de plus en plus intelligents et interconnectés ainsi que des produits et des services de convergence entre le fixe et le mobile.
Startup draws VC funds for rechargeable battery
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6/29/2005   Post a comment
ReVolt Technology AS, a start-up which has developed a rechargeable zinc-Air battery, has received 7 million euro (about $8.5 million) in a first round of financing by Northzone Ventures, Sofinnova Partners, Techno Venture Management, and Viking Ventures.
NAND price collapse causes SigmaTel to cut Q2 guidance 20%
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6/29/2005   Post a comment
Analog and mixed-signal IC supplier SigmaTel Inc. has cut its sales revenue guidance for the second quarter of 2005 by more than 20 percent from previous guidance because of a "frozen market" stimulated by collapsing NAND flash memory prices.
Philips readies platform for sub-$20 mobile handsets
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6/29/2005   Post a comment
Royal Philips Electronics expects to sample a sub-$5 hardware and software platform for making ultra-low cost mobile handsets by the end of this year.
Network analyzer firm raises $3 million venture capital
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6/29/2005   Post a comment
Netcordia, a provider of network analysis and diagnostic tools, announced that it has received $3 million of equity financing from Novak Biddle Venture Partners (NBVP), marking its first round of venture capital investment.
HP présente l’ordinateur portable biométrique
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6/29/2005   Post a comment
La technologie biométrique franchit une nouvelle étape vers une utilisation courante avec le lancement, par Hewlett-Packard Co., de nouveaux ordinateurs portables équipés de lecteurs d’empreintes digitales.
Microsoft et Toshiba unissent leurs forces pour les DVD nouvelle génération
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6/29/2005   Post a comment
Microsoft Corp. et Toshiba Corp. ont annoncé leur intention d’étendre leur coopération afin qu’elle comprenne le développement de produits DVD HD basés sur Windows CE.
MGV Stromversorgungen's CPCI Power Supply offers two types of power feed
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6/29/2005   Post a comment
MGV Stromversorgungen has developed the P2070, an 8HP-wide (two-slot), dual-model power supply offering two different types of power feed.
Zetex low leakage Schottky helps extend battery life
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6/29/2005   Post a comment
With typical and maximum reverse current ratings at 30V of 1A and 4A respectively, the ZLLS350 Schottky barrier diode from Zetex Semiconductors helps extend battery life in a broad range of applications, from chargers to LED drivers.
TSMC claims to be largest captive mask maker
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6/29/2005   Post a comment
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) claims to be the world's largest captive photomask maker, ahead of Intel, Samsung and others with internal mask shops, according to an executive from the silicon foundry giant.
Innovation, cooperation keys to DFM, says Synopsys exec
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6/29/2005   Post a comment
Synopsys' Michel Cote told an audience at the Advanced Reticle Symposium that continued industry cooperation is the key to overcoming design-for-manufacturing challenges.
On Semi shutters fab line, cuts 150 jobs
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6/29/2005   Post a comment
Continuing to cut costs, On Semiconductor Inc. announced a workforce reduction. The company also plans to transfer its fab operations from Malaysia to Phoenix -- a move that will eliminate a total of 150 jobs.
Design becoming bigger differentiator in IC industry, analyst says
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6/29/2005   Post a comment
A Gartner Dataquest analyst predicted a bleak future for photomask manufacturers, warning them that they must capitalize on the rising importance of chip design.
DIN-rail UPS serves the factory floor
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6/29/2005   Post a comment
Sola/Hevi-Duty's SDU Series of off-line uninterruptible power supplies (UPSes) are designed to mount on a DIN rail to provide protection for sensitive electronics (including industrial computers, robotics, automation and process control equipment) on the factory floor. With a compact footprint and minimal weight (11 lbs.), the SDU can also be installed in a control panel or easily integrated into an enclosure or machine where space considerations are at a premium.
Magma, SMIC forge design service partnership
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6/29/2005   Post a comment
Magma Design Automation and Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. announced a partnership to enable mutual customers to implement system-on-chip designs.
Quadros RTXC RTOS supports latest ColdFire processors
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6/29/2005   Post a comment
Quadros Systems, Inc. has ported its RTXC Quadros RTOS and integrated middleware for use with the new Freescale MCF521x family of microcontrollers.
FPGA-based Baseband Processor PMC targets SDR, DSP apps
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6/29/2005   Post a comment
Radstone's ICS (Interactive Circuits & Systems)has a new baseband processing engine, the ICS-1580, which it has designed for use in high data rate, computationally intensive applications common in software defined radio systems.
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