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Report: Former employees want AXT prosecuted
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A group of former AXT employees wants the district attorney for Alameda County to hold AXT responsible for knowingly exposing them to toxic chemicals, according to a report by a Bay Area newspaper.
IBM settles chip suit with U. of Wisconsin
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IBM Corp. this week reached an out-of-court settlement with the University of Wisconsin over alleged patent infringement in chip manufacturing, according to the Associated Press.
Fears linger over Agilent’s ammonia storage
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California is expected to approve Agilent Technologies Inc.’s controversial request to increase its storage of toxic ammonia gas in San Jose.
Market for MEMS microphones takes off
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The MEMS-based microphone and speaker markets are taking off due to growth in consumer electronics products, according to The Information Network.
EPA reaches agreement on Motorola Superfund Site
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached agreements with eight potentially responsible parties suspected of causing soil or groundwater contamination that may have contributed to the contamination at a Superfund Site in Phoenix.
Resistor manufacturer announces breakthrough in power resistor technology
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Billed as the first "true" power surface-mount resistor device in the industry, Stackpole Electronics, Inc. has introduced a new surface-mount power resistor capable of handling up to 12 watts at 85°C. Available in 5-, 10- and 12-watt ratings, the new HPC series offers a resistance value range from 0.1Ω to 100 KΩ. All devices are available in a 0.5 x 0.5 x 0.5-in. package size.
SMD fuses offer high current ratings in 1206 package
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Raychem Circuit Protection, a business unit of Tyco Electronics, has expanded its line of overcurrent protection devices with its RoHS-compliant slow blow surface-mount fuses. Available in industry standard 1206 chip sizes, the fuse line offers some of the highest current ratings available in this size package.
Panasonic slashes plasma TV prices
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In another sign of how technology advances are driving down the prices of consumer electronics, Panasonic will cut the retail prices of its plasma TVs an average of $500 beginning Sept. 1.
Applied’s Wang resigns, joins China chip group
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David N. K. Wang, a long-time executive of Applied Materials Inc., has resigned and been named chief executive of Chinese semiconductor conglomerate Shanghai Hua Hong Group Co. Ltd.
LED driver claims world on a string
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Austriamicrosystems bills its AS3691 chip as the world's first high-current with high-precision LED driver. "The IC's absolute current accuracy of 0.5 percent allows for highly accurate brightness settings and is thus ideal for supporting sophisticated color management applications like LCD monitors with RGB backlighting," said Ronald Tingl, marketing manager for Power Management. The AS3691 includes four independent high precision current sources each capable of sinking 400 mA (for four strings
Efficient engines will lead to hydrogen economy
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Automotive electronics will be key for fuel efficient engine and emission controls, says panel.
Common mode chokes solve EMI problems
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J.W. Miller Magnetics has introduced two new RoHS-compliant 7400 and 7500 series of common mode inductors for noise-suppression in a variety of applications. With proper design, these through-hole inductors can reduce or eliminate unwanted conductive electromagnetic interference (EMI), said the company.
CompactPCI Pentium M blade family expands
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Packing low-power Pentium M processors, two new 6U-sized CompactPCI board debut. The expanding family combines the Pentium Ms with the 855GME chipset and two different I/O controller hubs.
Mixed-signal IC specialist enters frequency control market
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Touting high reliability, high performance, and short lead times, Silicon Laboratories Inc. has entered the frequency control market with the introduction of two families of high-frequency, low-jitter crystal oscillators (XOs) and voltage-controlled crystal oscillators (VCXOs) for applications up to 1.4 GHz. These new Si530 and Si550 product families are said to include the industry’s first quad-frequency XO and VCXO devices.
Smallest EMI filters save board space for wireless handsets
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California Micro Devices said its new 0.4-mm pitch chip-scale package (CSP) Centurion electromagnetic interference (EMI) filters set a new price/performance standard for the industry. The new family of Application Specific Integrated Passive (ASIP) EMI filter arrays tout higher filtering performance and a reduced form factor along with electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection for wireless handsets.
Free prototypes for contest winners
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Microfabrica kicks off its EFAB Access Design Competition with winning MEMs and microdevice designs earning free prototypes, scooters, and a Toshiba DLP projector.
Codec expands portable features
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Wolfson Microelectronics plc introduced a stereo codec for portable multimedia apps, including cellular phones — that is said to integrate high-quality audio performance and enhanced mixing capabilities, with low-power consumption.
Infineon bekräftigt Einstellung zur Speichersparte
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Trotz schwacher Geschäftsentwicklung und düsterer Aussichten hält Infineon an seiner Speichersparte fest: Sie besitzt eine zentrale Bedeutung für die Prozessentwicklung.
AccelChip partnering with British design services provider
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AccelChip is partnering with British design services provider Systems4Silicon in an effort to bolster the company's design service capacity.
Street disappointed with Novellus
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Shares fell at Novellus Systems Inc. following a disappointing forecast and order delays for the chip-equipment vendor.
Sensory unveils RSC-464 Speech Recognition Microcontroller
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Continuing to mine the speech recognition niche in many embedded consumer and industrial applications for all it is worth, Sensory, Inc. released the newest member of its RSC-4x family, the RSC-464, supported by a suite of development tools.
Altera et TI développent une solution PCI Express programmable
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Altera Corporation et Texas Intruments ont conclu un partenariat en vue de développer une solution PCI Express économique, conforme à la norme du SIG, utilisant les FPGA Cyclone II d’Altera et la dernière génération de la puce PHY T1 x1. Les deux partenaires répondent ainsi au besoin d’un concept de référence programmable et économique selon la norme PCI Express pour relier les systèmes embarqués.
Nouveau vice-président Marketing et Ventes chez Cypress
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Cypress Semiconducteur Corp. annonce la nomination de Chris Seams, actuel vice-président Production et R&D de Cypress, en tant que vice-président Marketing et Ventes. Succédant à Ralph Schmidt, Chris Seams sera chargé de renforcer les activités de saisie de commandes, de contrôle de production, de fabrication et d’assistance aux clients.
Berlin stellt Fonds für Startup-Förderung bereit
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Die deutsche Regierung hat einen Riskikokapitalfonds aufgelegt, mit dem sie Technologie-Startups fördern will. Der Fonds soll für die kommenden fünf Jahre über einen Etat von 262 Millionen Euro verfügen.
BlueRun Ventures expands in China
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BlueRun Ventures, formerly Nokia Ventures, has opened an office in Shanghai, China, and appointed Andrew Chen as investment director for the office, with a view to making more investments in China and to help startups make progress in Chinese markets.
Voltage tracker/sequencer ensures proper order
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Maxim introduces dual/triple power-supply trackers/sequencers that ensure proper power-up and power-down conditions. The devices provide close-loop control of powering up to three power-supply rails.
Fairchild reiterates Q3 guidance
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Fairchild Semiconductor has reiterated guidance for third quarter 2005 sales to be flat and gross margin to flat to slightly higher sequentially.
Hand-held unit uses Sharp ARM processor
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Sharp Microelectronics Europe and Nordic ID, the manufacturer of mobile data capture instruments and auto ID products, are co-operating to design ARM-based industry handheld devices.
Fujitsu ouvre un centre européen ISV à Londres
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Fujitsu Europe Limited annonce l’ouverture de son premier centre de coopération ISV (Independent Software Vendor ou fournisseurs indépendants de logiciels) au Hayes Park Central, près de Londres. La société renforce ainsi son engagement durable en faveur de la promotion du marché européen de la gestion électronique des documents.
Rosy future yet 86% of designers report no ESL training
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The results of a second annual worldwide design trends survey indicates a significant increase in ESL methodology adoption is brewing, and that much of the growth is actually not being covered by traditional market analysis.
Opteron-based EBX board packs powerful multimedia clout
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Take a look at this EBX form-factor board that packs dual-core AMD Opteron processors and 64-bit technology. Available with both single- and dual-core processors, this board packs a 16-lane PCI Express slot, a stackable HyperTransport connector, ExpressCard and CompactFlash sockets, SATA, Gigabit Ethernet, and lots more.
Philips to demo roll-up display at IFA
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Philips subsidiary Polymer Vision NV is planning to demonstrate a handheld device with a roll-out electronic display at the Internationale Funkausstellung, a consumer electronics exhibition due to take place in Berlin, Germany, Sept. 2 to 7.
Lotus uses The Mathwork's tool to cut diesel emissions
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Lotus Engineering has used The MathWorks' tools for model-based design to develop a diesel emissions control system for a major car maker. The tools were also used to generate the fixed-point production intent code for track evaluation of the control system, reducing the anticipated development time by 30%.
Study rejects link between mobile phones and cancer
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One of the largest and most rigorous studies ever into the alleged links between cancer and the use of mobile phones has failed to find any connection between the two — at least for the first ten years of use.
Judge restrains Magma from re-examining patents
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The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California issued a restraining order to Magma Design Automation in its patent dispute with Synopsys Inc. Tuesday, ordering the Magma not to abandon two patents it owns and preventing the company from seeking re-examination of the patents.
Judge restrains Magma from re-examining patents
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The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California issued a restraining order to Magma Design Automation in its patent dispute with Synopsys Inc. Tuesday, ordering the Magma not to abandon two patents it owns and preventing the company from seeking re-examination of the patents.
Intel-led alliance stirs angst over future wireless spec
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Intel has convinced Broadcom, Atheros and Marvell to join forces outside of an IEEE wireless LAN standards group to develop an interoperable physical and media access control layer.
Singapore packager to expand flip-chip capacity
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Assembly and test company STATS ChipPAC Ltd. said it is expanding its capacity for flip-chip assembly. As a result, the company's flip-chip capacity is expected to reach several million units per month by the first quarter of 2006, the company said.
UMC, EDA firm offer inductor synthesis
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United Microelectronics Corp., a semiconductor foundry based in Taiwan, has collaborated with EDA software company Integrand Software Inc. (Berkeley Heights, New Jersey) to improve a virtual inductor library applicable to a UMC 0.13-micron CMOS process.
Infineon defends memory stance
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Allaying recent rumors about plans to spin off its memory unit, Infineon Technologies AG defended the business despite a lackluster outllook for the sector.
Patent tally reaches 300 at imprint litho firm
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Molecular Imprints, Inc., a vendor of step-and-flash imprint lithography equipment, said it has filed its 300th SFIL-related patent application worldwide.
Nouveau PDG à la tête de l’opérateur français Erenis
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L’opérateur de fibres optiques résidentielles français, Erenis, annonce la nomination de Patrick Leleu en tant que Président-directeur général. Sa mission consistera à « développer à grande échelle la jeune entreprise prometteuse ».
Infineon gewöhnt Si-Transistoren das Rauschen ab
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Auch bei simplen diskreten Transistoren gibt es zuweilen noch Innovation: Infineon hat eine neue Generation von Heterojunction-Bipolar-Transistoren (HBTs) entwickelt, die ein extrem niedriges Rauschen aufweisen.
Akustica, SigmaTel team on microphones for PCs
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Akustica Inc., a start-up developing acoustic components in silicon using MEMS manufacturing processes, has said it is collaborating with mixed-signal semiconductor supplier SigmaTel Inc. to promote a microphone array to computer manufacturers.
NatSemi pushes analog design for video decoder
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National Semiconductor Corporation will demonstrate at next week’s International Broadcasting Convention in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, a decoder with an integrated 2:1 multiplexing (MUX) video switch that uses analogue technology to accurately convert standard and high-definition video (YPbPr) signals to a computer video (RGB) format.
Teleo acquisition moves Microsoft into VoIP
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Microsoft has bought, for an undisclosed sum, privately held Teleo Inc. and through the acquisition entered the increasingly competitive Voice over IP business by embedding the start-up’s technology into the MSN Messenger offering.
German government forms $300 million VC fund
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The German government has launched a public venture capital fund worth 262 million euro (about $320 million) over the next five years that is intended to support technology-based startups.
Bioscrypt V-Smart readers selected for Canadian air security project
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Bioscrypt today (31/8/2005) announced that Bioscrypt's V-Smart fingerprint readers will be deployed in 89 airports across Canada.
Reducing internet crime: Risk reduction using trusted computing technology
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Risk Reduction using trusted computing technology - a white paper on the use of TPMs
Infineon takes SiGe:C transistors to 10-GHz region
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German chip maker Infineon Technologies AG has said that an improved SiGe:C (silicon-germanium carbon) manufacturing process is the basis for its latest generation of heterojunction bipolar transistors (HBTs). Infineon (Munich, Germany) has introduced a family of HBTs, the BFP740 family, that it claims offers performance that previously required gallium arsenide.
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