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Agere cuts 500 jobs, reiterates plan to sell fab
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Agere Systems Inc. on Wednesday (Sept. 29) said it would reduce its workforce by 500 employees and reiterated its plans to shut down its wafer fab if it cannot find a buyer for the plant.
SIA praises move to extend R&D tax credit
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The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) on Wednesday praised the U.S. House and Senate for passage of legislation extending the research and development tax credit.
System level design is here, Synopsys CTO says
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System-level design is happening right now, said Synopsys CTO and general manager Raul Camposano, in a keynote speech entitled "System Design: EDA's Next Big Thing?" Camposano spoke at an industry conference here Sept. 29.
Connector secures connections between cord sets and devices
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With the new SPEEDCON connection system from Phoenix Contact, a simple "1/2 turn" makes a secure, watertight and vibration-proof connection between cord sets and devices, said the company. Compatible with all standard M12 connectors, SPEEDCON reduces up to 90% of the time required to connect a M12 threaded plug connector without special adapters.
Thinfilm chip resistors avoid roll-off at frequencies above 100 MHz
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Available in industry standard case sizes as small as 0402, Vishay Intertechnology's new FC series of high-frequency chip resistors avoid roll-off at frequencies above 100 MHz, and offer TCR values as low as ±25 ppm/°C.
Cal-Chip offers full range of MLCCs
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Cal-Chip Electronics, Inc. says its GMC series of multi-layer ceramic chip capacitors (MLCCs) now includes 10 EIA sizes ranging from 0201 to 2225. Designed for high-density mounting, the devices feature an ultra-stable COG temperature dielectric, low dissipation factor, and low equivalent series resistance (ESR).
Photo detector IC supports Super Multi DVD drives
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Designed to support Super Multi DVD-writable drives that support all major DVD recordable media, the SP8058 photo detector IC from Sipex Corp. provides eleven selectable gain settings in a slim 3.5 x 4.0 mm package.
Amphe-Power connectors available through distribution channel
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Amphenol Industrial Operations now offers its Amphe-Power connector series through its nationwide distribution network. The Amphe-Power series consists of three families — P-Lok, GT, and AC connectors. The connectors feature RADSOK technology, a terminal that uses a stamped hyperbolic grid to provide low insertion force, high amperage, high reliability, and a longer cycle life. Additional RADSOK lines will be available through the company's distribution network in the future.
Ferrite material targets high frequency applications
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In response to increased frequency demands, ACME Electronics Corp. has developed a new low core loss power material for high frequency electronics applications that provides excellent electrical stability over a wide temperature range for telecom and automotive applications, according to the company.
Micron misses quarterly targets, ups capital spending
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Amid a plan to boost its capital spending, Micron Technology Inc. missed Wall Street's expectations for the quarter due to slumping memory prices.
Vishay acquires Aeroflex's thin-film business
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Vishay Intertechnology Inc. (Malvern, Pa.) has acquired the Aeroflex Pearl River Thin Film Interconnect operations, previously known as MIC Technology, from Aeroflex for $8.8 million.
Amkor lowers Q3 sales forecast, sees wider loss
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Amkor Technology Inc. on Wednesday (Sept. 29) lowered its third-quarter forecast amid an ongoing slowdown in its IC-packaging and test business.
IBM's Blue Gene/L grabs supercomputing lead
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IBM Corp. claimed its Blue Gene/L system has beat the top supercomputer in the world, NEC Corp.'s 35 teraflop Earth Simulator.
Silicon Image unveils low-cost storage architecture
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Silicon Image Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.) has introduced a storage architecture and appliance the company said meets the $1 per gigabyte price point required by consumer electronics and small business users.
Copper-based wafer demand to grow by 25% over '09
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Demand for wafers based on copper interconnects is expected to increase at a compounded annual growth rate of 25 percent, reaching 1,300 thousand wafer starts-per-week (kwspw) by 2009, according to a report from VLSI Research Inc.
Azaire scores $9 million for cellular/WiFi roaming
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Startup Azaire Networks has secured $9 million in Series B financing for its cellular/WiFi network convergence technology.
Chip set pushes powerline networking rates to 85 Mbits/s
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Intellon is pushing up the data rate of home powerline networks with the release of a new chip set that delivers 85-Mbits/s throughputs.
Ascend claims breakthrough to simplify TAM analysis
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Ascend Instruments Inc. on Wednesday (Sept. 29) claimed to have devised a new technique that eliminates most of the steps in transmission electron microscopy (TAM), based on focused ion beam (FIB) technology.
Web pioneer warns of patent licensing royalty threat
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World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee said royalty-free standards are key to advancing the online world.
Les ventes de semi-conducteurs pourraient atteindre 18 milliards de dollars pour le mois d’août
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Handelsbanken Capital Markets prévoit que les ventes mondiales de semi-conducteurs pour le mois d’août 2004, dont les chiffres doivent être rendus publics au début du mois d’octobre sous la forme d’une moyenne trimestrielle par la World Semiconductor Trade Statistics, pourraient atteindre 18 milliards de dollars. Ce total est un statu quo par rapport à la moyenne trimestrielle de juillet 2004, mais il constitue une progression de 32,7% par rapport aux chiffres d’août 2003.
Vishay acquires Aeroflex's thin-film business
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Vishay Intertechnology Inc. (Malvern, Pa.) has acquired the Aeroflex Pearl River Thin Film Interconnect operations, previously known as MIC Technology, from Aeroflex for $8.8 million.
NEC meldet Durchbruch bei High-k-Dielektrika
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Schon nächstes Jahr wollen der japanische Elektronikkonzern NEC und sein Tochterunternehmen NEC Electronics ein High-k-Dielektrikum für die Chip-Produktion nutzen. Grund für den Optimismus ist ein Durchbruch bei der Bestimmung der Filmzuverlässigkeit.
Meyerson in at Synplicity, Aronson moves to Kilopass
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Synplicity Inc. has apparently sped up the timeline for transitioning Gary Meyers to his new post as Synplicity's president and CEO, as the company announced that Meyers will assume the new post effective October 2, 2004.
Dual SPDT Analog Switch - ideal for portable applications
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Texas Instruments announced the TS5A23157 low-power dual single pole double throw (SPDT) analog switch. Designed for operation between 1.65V to 5.5V Vcc, the device provides low power consumption and high-speed, while maintaining excellent signal integrity, making it ideal for applications such as analog signal routing, signal gating, and digital signal multiplexing/demultiplexing.
Arbitrary waveform generator
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The N6030A arbitrary waveform generator allows designers to create realistic wideband signals for the design and test of comm equipment.
10Gbps APD ROSA Module - excellent price/performance ratio
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Meeting the demand for high performance, low cost optical components, Northlight Optronics' APD receiver optical subassembly (ROSA) is intended for small form factor transceivers and transponders such as XFP, X2 and Xenpak. The high performance APD ROSA offers OEMs a product whose price/performance ratio is not achieved by any other non-captive, sub-component vendor.
Analyst upgrades chip and chipmaking equipment sectors
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Market analysis company American Technology Research Inc. has upgraded its view of the prospects for chip and chip equipment stocks, saying that underperformance against market norms is now over. But at the same time the company nearly halved its expectations for semiconductor revenue growth in 2005 and trimmed its expectation for 2004 from 32 percent to 29 percent.
Stanford Resources name disappears, becomes iSuppli
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Stanford Resources, a market analyst that has followed electronic displays for more than 25 years, is to disappear as a separate name and be merged with iSuppli Corp., iSuppli said.
U.S, India reach accord on dual-use technologies
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A U.S.-Indian accord loosens export restrictions on dual-use technologies.
Wi-LAN, Radionet form strategic alliance
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Wi-LAN Inc. and Radionet announced the formation of a global sales and marketing alliance to jointly market broadband wireless solutions that combine Wi-LAN's pre-WiMAX Libra products with Radionet's Wi-Fi Hotzone solutions.
Leiterplattenindustrie macht Sommerpause
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Der Höhenflug der deutschen Leiterplattenindustrie hat im Juli ein abruptes Ende gefunden. Der ZVEI hat bereits einen Schuldigen für die Delle ausgemacht: Die Urlaussaison. Der gute Auftragseingang legt allerdings ein Anhalten der Konjunktur nahe.
Tundra bringt Host-Brücke für PowerPC
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Der kanadische Halbleiterhersteller Tundra Semiconductors will bis Anfang kommenden Jahres eine Reihe von Unterstützungs-Bausteinen für den PowerPC auf den Markt bringen. Als erstes kommt eine PowerPC-to-PCI-X-Bridge.
Infineon et Volkswagen proposent une plate-forme télématique de base
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Une nouvelle plate-forme télématique lancée par Volkswagen et Infineon Technologies AG cherche à devenir une plate-forme évolutive destinée aux communications embarquées et à d’autres fonctionnalités télématiques au même prix qu’une plate-forme téléphonique standard.
L’ANVAR accorde une subvention de 500 000 euros à Sequans Communications
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L’Agence Française de l’Innovation (ANVAR) croirait-elle en l’avenir de la technologie WiMAX ? Elle semble donner une réponse à cette question en accordant, aujourd’hui même, la somme de 500 000 euros à Sequans Communications, jeune pousse française spécialisée dans la conception et le développement de composants pour la technologie WiMAX.
Un opérateur néerlandais choisit Lucent et Juniper pour son réseau d’infrastructure IP/MPLS
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KPN, le plus grand opérateur de télécommunications aux Pays-Bas, vient de choisir Lucent Technologies et Juniper Networks pour le déploiement d’un nouveau réseau d’infrastructure IP/MPLS qui, selon KPN, devrait lui permettre d’offrir des services de type Ethernet, ATM (Asynchronous Transfer Mode), réseaux privés virtuels (VPN) opérateurs et réseau VPN IP tout en réduisant les coûts.
GSM power amp module
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Input Video Switch - with 75 ohms driver
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The UTC M3366 offered by Willi Bacher is a three input integrated video switch to select one video or audio signal from three input signals.
ASML und Zeiss lassen sich Frieden mit Nikon etwas kosten
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Nikon, die Carl Zeiss SMT AG und der niederländische Halbleiterausrüster ASML haben ihre Patentstreitigkeiten um diverse Litographietechniken beigelegt. Bei dem Deal kann Nikon als Sieger gelten: Die beiden europäischen Unternehmen zahlen eine dreistellige Millionensumme an Nikon.
HP seeks to expand R & D in Puerto Rico
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Hewlett-Packard Company (Palo Alto, Calif.) has signed a memorandum with the government of Puerto Rico to explore expanding its research and development presence on the island, possibly establishing a new branch of HP Labs there.
Agere cuts 500 jobs, reiterates plan to sell fab
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Agere Systems Inc. said it would reduce its workforce by 500 employees and reiterated its plans to shut down its wafer fab if it cannot find a buyer for the plant.
Chip maker NuCore garners $25 million in funding
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NuCore Technology Inc., a provider of digital image processing chips for digital cameras, has secured $25 million in series E funding, bringing the total investment in the company to $83 million.
JMAR gains contract to procure masks for X-ray litho
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JMAR Technologies Inc. on Wednesday (Sept. 29) said the U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center has awarded the company an additional $2.1 million in funding to procure sub-100-nm feature X-ray masks for next-generation lithography.
CMOS switch takes on GaAs incumbents for GSM
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Peregrine Semiconductor Corp. has leveraged its proprietary sapphire-based silicon-on-insulator technology to build a CMOS switch that it says can displace PIN diodes and gallium arsenide devices in GSM handsets.
Routing approach promises indefinitely large nets
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The Wi-Fi revolution increasingly depends on ad hoc mesh networks to provide smooth connectivity to nodes in motion.
Low-temp polymer nanotubes foretell plastic circuits
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Chemists at Central Michigan University have grown carbon nanotubes at a record-low 175 degrees C using a polymer type known as dendrimers as the substrate.
UWB will be a hit, says reseacher
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Even without firmed-up standards, UWB consumer products will hit the market in 2005 and will be a big hit, a study released by In-Stat/MDR claims.
Nikon settles patent disputes with ASML, Carl Zeiss
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Nikon, ASML Holding N.V. and Carl Zeiss SMT AG have agreed to comprehensive settlement of legal issues and will cross-license patents on lithography equipment.
ASML et Carl Zeiss SMT, prêts à verser 145 millions de dollars à Nikon
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ASML Holding NV et Carl Zeiss SMT AG ont décidé de verser 145 millions de dollars à Nikon dans le cadre d’un règlement de procédures judiciaires entre les trois sociétés. Les sociétés proposent également la mise sous licence croisée de brevets propres aux équipements de lithographie.
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