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Options emerge for 10-Gbits/s chip-to-chip interfaces
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Engineers have been rapidly increasing chip-to-chip I/O speeds in an effort to keep pace with the bandwidth needs of increasingly integrated silicon. Consequently, a variety of parallel and serial options at speeds up to 10 Gbits/second are becoming available that a designer would do well to evaluate carefully.
Non-transparent bridging allows multiprocessor design with PCI Express
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There are significant differences between the PCI Express architecture and its future cousin Advanced Switching Interconnect (ASI), but contrary to popular belief, the ability to build robust multiprocessor systems is not among them. The PCI Express standard offers a state-of-the-art serial interconnect technology with the same software architectural world view as PCI, and as such benefits from the same system-level capabilities.
Inside the HyperTransport 2.0 Interface
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HyperTransport has proven to be a powerful, integrated parallel chip-to-chip interconnect technology that can provide performance benefits to a wide range of applications while simplifying board-level design. With the move to HyperTransport 2.0, however, the specification has increased the bandwidth by 75 percent, further extending its sphere of application.
For startup, power savings start in architecture
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Most discussion of energy efficiency in fine-geometry processes focuses on the finest levels of abstraction: materials, transistors and libraries. But researchers at the system level seek energy efficiency in architecture, not detail.
Taiwan puts rising system design prowess on display
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Taiwan's ascendancy in the electronics design food chain seemed official on the floors of the fourth annual Embedded System Conference-Asia and the 12th annual Electronics Design Automation & Test-Taiwan Conference & Exhibition, held here last week at the Lakeshore Hotel.
Fast-growing Samsung preps fab for logic push
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Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.'s semiconductor business plans a second-half 2005 ramp for its first 300-mm wafer fabrication facility dedicated to logic devices, aiming at products that complement the company's efforts in NAND flash for advanced cell phones.
EU toxins plan stirs hot debate
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Proposed European environmental controls on the industrial use of chemicals have the potential to evolve into a global standard, forcing the chemical industry and its customers world-wide-including semiconductor manufacturers-to phase out a number of substances that European regulators deem dangerous.
French EDA startup targets custom designers
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It's a big step moving from PhD research at the University of Paris to selling commercial EDA software worldwide. With a new U.S. office, that's the step the founders of startup Avertec SA are taking with their transistor-level timing and signal integrity technology.
Up close, personal
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For STMicroelectronics, matters of environment, safety and health are not just corporate.
Q1 EDA sales support record high employment
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Revenues from the sale of electronic design automation (EDA) goods and services were US$995 million in the first quarter of 2004 a 6 percent increase over first quarter 2003, according to the Market Statistics Service (MSS) of the EDA Consortium, an industry organization.
Aruba proposes solution to potential wireless security breach
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Aruba pitches Radius recommendations to the IETF that could prevent a security breach in wireless-enabled enterprise networks.
Class D audio amp eliminates filters, smooths design for portable devices
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Microsemi introduces a Class-D audio amplifier targeted for LCD TVs, desktop monitors, cell phones, PDAs and other handheld or portable audio applications. The design requires no filters or AC coupling capacitors.
High-Current Schottky Rectifier - offers twice the current handling
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A dual high-voltage, high-current Schottky rectifier that combines 100V reverse voltage and 60A forward current capabilities in the TO-220AB package was announced today by Vishay Intertechnology. Offering twice the current handling of typical 100V Schottky rectifiers in the TO-220AB, the MBR60100CT is intended for secondary rectification of ac-to-dc and dc-to-dc converters and for freewheeling and polarity protection in power supplies for desktop and notebook
Au Japon, la production de tranches atteint un niveau record
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Au Japon, le secteur des semi-conducteurs montre les signes d’une forte reprise après dix années de récession.
Firewire wächst trotzt USB-Konkurrenz
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Der Markt für Firewire-Produkte ist nur etwas für starke Nerven: Das Marktforschungsinstitut iSuppli bescheinigt ihm enorme Wachstumschancen, andererseits aber auch ein hohes Maß an Unsicherheit.
150mA LDO - features power save mode
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Ricoh announced the R1162x LDO Regulator. The product has two operational modes: low power mode and fast mode. Its fast mode has a consumption current of typical 70µA with a ripple rejection of 70dB (at f=1kHz). When the system requires only a small output current, or low ripple rejection, the unit can be switched to low power mode consuming only 5.5µA, which is more than 12 times less than on fast mode, keeping its output voltage.
3.3-V Buck-Boost Regulator - has compact 4.9 x 3.0 mm footprint
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A buck-boost regulator that offers designers a simple, low-cost solution for obtaining a stable voltage from the batteries in portable electronic systems was announced by Siliconix. The SiP1759 provides a stable 3.3V fixed output or 2.5V to 5.5V variable output voltage with a 1.6V to 5.5V input voltage range. The regulator is designed for handheld, battery-powered equipment including digital cameras, PDAs, MP3 players, camcorders, cell phones, and drivers for flashlights u
BGA Relay - no slot or hole required on PC board
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Coto Technology has introduced the first four independent channel, form-A, planar BGA Reed Relay. The B41 series is the latest offering in Coto's growing line of RF capable, reed relay products. Unlike the company's B10, B40 and other high-performance RF reed relay products, no slot or hole in the PC board is required to mount the device " a feature which simplifies the design of multi-layer boards.
500mA LDO - for portable applications
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Advanced Analogic Technologies announced a 500 mA low dropout (LDO) linear regulator for battery-operated portable applications. Featuring fast line and load transient response, high speed device turn-on and shut down, and excellent Power Supply Rejection Ratio (PSRR), the AAT3239 LDO is ideal for high current loads in handheld portable electronics.
Sabritec RF Coaxial Connector & Contacts catalogue
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Available from Sabritec, a Smiths Interconnect company, is a brochure outlining the company's comprehensive portfolio of RF coaxial connectors, contacts and cable assemblies. It features product descriptions and technical details for the SCX, MDCX, Micro-D MDCX, SMP, SMPM, PCB Termination, MIL-DTL-38999, ARINC 404 and 600 and grounded circular connectors and contacts.
Woven Coaxial Cable - eliminates tangled and unwieldy cables
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Times Microwave Systems has introduced a woven coaxial cable assembly capability for mobile cell sites and other applications requiring an organised cabling system. Cables are woven together using a variety of materials to maintain a low profile and organised cable configuration.
12 Bit Data Acquisition - with 50 kHz minimum throughput
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The HS9403-8 and HS9403-16 from SatCon provide complete 12 bit data acquisition functionality with 50 kHz minimum throughput in a single 62 pin package. The 9403 includes 8 or 16 channel multiplexing, an instrumentation amplifier with programmable gain (1 to 1000), sample-hold circuit, 10 V buffered reference, 12 bit 10 sec A/D and three-state output buffers.
15A Point-Of-Load Converters - programmability gives flexibility
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XP announced the JAZ15 family of non-isolated point-of-load converters. The devices can be programmed with external resistors to deliver tightly regulated outputs from 0.9V to 3.36V at up to 15A, so customers can use the same converter for multiple applications on a board, cutting inventory requirements. The converters accept input voltages from 3.0V to 5.5V DC and come in single in-line pin (SIP) or surface mount (SMT) packages.
Camera phone sales drive handset shipments
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Sales of camera phones, which are heavily subsidized by cellular carriers, fueled a 38 percent surge in handset shipments in the second quarter, a market research firm said Friday (July 30). Also contributing to the 157 million handsets shipped were booming sales in emerging markets, such as Latin America, Eastern Europe and Russia, Strategy Analytics said.
June global chips sales up 40 percent year-over-year
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The United States' Semiconductor Industry Association said Monday that worldwide sales of semiconductors rose to $17.82 billion for the month of June, a 40.3 percent increase from June of 2003 when global sales amounted to $12.7 billion.
SIP8 Type DC-DC Converters - provide regulated 1 and 2 Watt output
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Advanced Power Conversion announced an addition to its power product range with the introduction of the APC-PD series of isolated SIP8 type DC-DC converters. The APC-PD6NG and APC-PD10NG, packaged in a single-in-line footprint provide regulated 1 and 2 Watt output power with a wide input range (2:1). Providing maximum design flexibility, the versatile single and dual output modules can be supplied in four input voltage ranges of 4.5V"9V, 9"18V, 18"36V and 36"72V.
Optical Trackballs - 38 mm and 25 mm in stainless steel
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Additionally to an optical 50 mm trackball, an optical 38 mm trackball is now available from GETT® Gerätetechnik. The IP68-build-in trackball can be ordered in two variants:
The designation TKH-TB38o-F5 describes the free moving trackball with low actuation force.
The version TKH-TB38o-F60 consists of an additional front sealing, which prevents the penetration of rough contamination.
Startup propagiert kostengünstige Alternative zu RFID
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Eine mögliche Alternative zu Kurzstrecken-Datenverbindungstechniken wie RFID, Bluetooth und Near Field Communications (NFC) hat ein deutsches Startup-Unternehmen entwickelt. Im Gegensatz zu diesen Verfahren nutzt die 'Skinplex'-Technik die menschliche Haut als Übertragungsmedium. Bei bestimmten Applikationen ergeben sich dadurch verblüffende Vorteile.
Configuration Memories - for FPGAs with 8-million gates
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Atmel Corp introduced the only commercially available FPGA configuration ICs to provide single-chip configuration storage for FPGAs with as many as 8-million gates. The 32-megabit AT17F32 and AT17F32A have four times the density of any commercially available competing device.
Regulated Charge Pumps - target battery-powered handhelds
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Catalyst Semiconductor has introduced a pair of very low noise, regulated output charge pumps that implement a 2MHz constant switching frequency, enabling the use of small 1F ceramic capacitors. The CAT3200-5 and CAT3200 devices are designed to continuously monitor and control the inrush current during power-up, and are ideal for battery-powered applications. A shutdown feature disconnects the load from VIN and reduces quiescent current to well under 1µA.
TI Adds Floating-Point DSP to Roadmap and Extends Price/Performance By More Than 3X
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DSP-based system designers can improve system performance while decreasing DSP costs by using the TMS320C6711 digital signal processor (DSP) announced by Texas Instruments.
Low Noise VCOs - data rates of 9.95 to 11.35 Gbps
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Elcom's VSCR series enables clock recovery from NRZ and RZ data stream by automatically adjusting to any data rate within the unit operating range of 9.95 to 11.35 Gbps. An optional rate of 9.95 to 12.55 Gbps is also available. Data rates of 20 and 40 Gbps are under development.
RFID Reader/Writer - for ISO 14443-A & ISO 15693
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Cross Point introduced a multi technology RFID reader/writer for the ISO 14443-A & ISO 15693 standard. The XM13.56 reader/writer handles 13.56 MHz tags and supports the open architecture of this technology. There is no risk of a vendor lock-in, as all sectors are accessible.
Fab expansion
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Expansion at wafer fabs around the world is continuing apace, dspite the near-certainty that at some-point this will tip the chip market into oversupply.
RAID host bus adapter offers SATA-based features
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Broadcom announces its RAIDCore BC4000 Series RAID host bus adapter. Offering a SATA-based RAID feature set, new controller cards are for small-to-medium-sized businesses and enterprise workgroups looking to improve data integrity and data access---without the high costs usually associated with enterprise-class RAID functions.
Optical Mux/Demux - based on thin film filter technology
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Bookham Technology has launched a new class of high channel count, scalable multiplexer/demultiplexer solutions based on thin film filter (TFF) technology for telecom applications. The products give customers a low entry-cost module solution with full expandability of up to 40 channels in DWDM networks.
Intel verschiebt Einführung von 4-GHz-Prozessor
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Bei Intel purzeln die Geschwindigkeitsrekorde nicht mehr so schnell wie früher: Die für das vierte Quartal in Aussicht gestellte Version eines Pentium-4-Prozessors mit einem Takt von 4 GHz wird sich um ein Quartal verspäten.
Receiver-only OTN jitter tester ensures high absolute accuracy, repeatability
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Agilent Technologies is moving ahead of the curve, offering substantial state-of-the-art enhancements to its existing OmniBER optical transport network timing jitter tester. This comes at a time when manufacturers and service providers are expressing concern about jitter, especially measurement repeatability and absolute accuracy of results.
Intel unveils EUV micro-exposure tool
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Intel Corp. said it has installed an extreme ultraviolet micro-exposure tool from Exitech Ltd. at its development fab in Oregon.
Intel macht den Weg frei für die EUV-Lithographie
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Intel hat eine Anlage für die EUV-Lithographie (Extreme Ultraviolet) und einer Pilotfertigung für die entsprechenden Fotomasken installiert. Damit kommt das Unternehmen einen großen Schritt in Richtung auf künftige Halbleitertechnologien voran.
In search of growth
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A $70 billion market is worth mud wrestling over, even if your preference is for the more refined art of sumo. With their livelihood hanging in the balance, many of Japan's electronic-component distributors are reluctantly venturing outside their home country for the first time, forced by their biggest customers to set up shop in lower-cost Asian locations.
The Week in Review: July 25 to 31
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Silicon hardware for manufacturing firm raises $8.5 million
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Integrated Materials Inc. (San Jose, Calif.), a manufacturer of silicon products used in semiconductor diffusion processes in operation since 1999, has closed an $8.5 million Series B financing round, according to Silicom Ventures LLC.
Designing for excellence
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Michael Shores likes to describe his company as a manufacturing laboratory--two words that typically do not go together.
In the express lane
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Top 100 global OEMs
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Carly Fiorina wasn't expecting the advice she received June 8, just a day before hosting Hewlett-Packard Co.'s annual analysts' meeting. The $80 billion company she leads, No. 2 on Electronics Supply & Manufacturing's Top Global Electronics OEMs listing, should break itself up "within the next few years," because it is in too many markets, counseled Steven Milunovich, an analyst at Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc.
Back in balance
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Sometimes the first attempts at rectifying a supply chain problem aren't enough. That's why industry experts recommend always having a backup plan on hand or at least a clear process for minimizing the shortcomings of the first efforts.
TI hails chip-scale DC/DC as benchmark performer
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Texas Instruments says its new TPS62300, one of nine members in the company's TPS623xx family, is the new benchmark for small, accurate, and high-efficiency DC/DC converters for low-power portable designs. The synchronous step-down device, which includes integrated FETs in a lead (Pb)-free, 1-by-2 mm chip-scale package, delivers up to 500 mA at up to 93 percent efficiency, suiting it to smart phones, WLAN, Bluetooth equipment, and digital still cameras.
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