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Survey says: ESL methodologies can improve productivity
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There is a strong feeling within the design community that electronic system level methodologies can improve productivity, according to the results of a survey conducted by ESL Now.
Toshiba to boost NAND production
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Toshiba Corp. will boost investment in its memory fab in Yokkaichi, increasing capacity to 30,000 300-mm wafers a month, or 40 percent more than previously planned.
Energy saving products highlight IR's mixed-growth revenue picture
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While International Rectifier's total annual revenues grew just $100-million over last fiscal year (from $1.06 billion in fiscal 2004 to $1.17 billion in fiscal 2005), the company's biggest growth was reflected in energy-saving products, followed by computer industry products and those for military and aerospace customers. Alex Lidow is enthused about energy-saving products.
Report Shows Trend to 100% Recording
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Contact centers seek deep data bases for root cause analysis.
CCFL inverter delivers sure strikes
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Maxim Integrated Products' MAX8729 is a fully integrated controller optimized to drive multiple cold-cathode fluorescent lamps (CCFL) used in LCD monitor and TV applications. Using a topology that the company touts as unique, the controller works in a resonant mode during striking and switches over to a fixed-frequency mode after the lamps are lit to ensure reliable striking and operation under all conditions while reducing electrical stress on the transformer.
Optical sensor saves power, space in portable devices
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Intersil Corp. has entered the light sensor market with the launch of its new EL7900, a light-to-current optical sensor, that integrates a photodiode and a current amplifier on a single surface-mount chip. The new device offers both a power- and space savings for portable and handheld system designers.
LED module suits battery-operated devices
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Para Light Corp. now offers an enhanced-power LED module as a light source for any battery-operated device or for use in flashlights. Available with yellow, green, red or blue LEDs, the new LS0615 series is also suitable for full-color signage as well as track-, task-, emergency-, security- and garden-lighting applications.
Mentor VP arrested for fake hunting licenses, according to report
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A Mentor Graphics vice president has been arrested for allegedly obtaining false hunting license and game tags, according to a report published by a Portland, Ore. newspaper.
Optical forum finds support for 100-, 160-Gbit interfaces
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The Optical Internetworking Forum has collected input on possible standards for some of the first optical physical-layer interfaces to exceed 100 Gbits/sec.
Twentieth Century Fox to support Blu-ray Disc Format
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Twentieth Century Fox, a member of the Board of Directors of the Blu-ray Disc Association since October 2004, announced today that it will release content on the new high definition Blu-ray Disc format through its subsidiary Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment LLC.
SMB interface eliminates additional cables or connectors
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Bomar Interconnect Products Inc. has added a SMB interconnect to its proprietary Eliminator coaxial series, that also includes a family of F-style connectors. These Eliminator interfaces are designed to eliminate the need for extra cable assemblies and PC-board connectors traditionally required to mate box-type, or modular integrated components to boards. Users only have to connect the Eliminator connector directly to an electronic device and drop it onto the PC-board.
SMIC pushes out 90-nm, blames loss on rivals
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China’s Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) disclosed that it would begin generating sales for its new 90-nm process by the fourth quarter of this year -- which is several months later than the company’s original schedule.
USB TTL I/O module delivers higher drive
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Here's news of a USB 2.0 TTL-compatible I/O module from Data Translation that can sink or source higher currents than its predecessors. It packs 28 I/O lines.
U.S. researchers report atomic clock advance
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Government scientists said they have been able to use the natural oscillations of two different ions to produce "ticks" that could power future atomic clocks.
The Week in Review: July 24 to 30
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Gathered herein are the top five stories for the week beginning Sunday, July 24, 2005, as ranked by EE Times' readers, up to and including Friday, July 29. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article. In addition we provided an editor’s selection of other significant stories of the week.
RFID startup secures $66 million in funding
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Startup RFID provider Alien Technology announced the completion of a $66 million round of financing, led by SunBridge Partners.
AC/DC supplies front industrial, medical applications
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Artesyn Technologies' NLP250 AC/DC power supplies, which deliver up to 250 watts, are suited to front-end conversion solutions and distributed power architectures, including medical applications. The supplies provide a choice of 12-, 24- or 48-volt outputs to simplify system integration (main channel output current is 21, 10.5, and 5.25 amps, respectively), and are supported by control and monitoring features to satisfy a wide variety of DC supply requirements.
Imagination launches PowerVR SGX 'shader' core
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Imagination Technologies Group plc has provided some details of a graphics accelerator core family aimed at providing graphics and video on mobile systems, called the PowerVR SGX Shader Graphics Accelerator.
Robert Bosch creates MEMS subsidiary
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Robert Bosch GmbH has formed a subsidiary company, Bosch Sensortec GmbH, to encompass its microelectromechanical system sensor activities.
According to new CEA research, consumers seek smart homes and simple tech terminolgy
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Phrases and descriptions of home technology should emphasize the environment they create within a home according to "Exploring the Language of TechHome: How Consumers Talk about Home Technologies," a study recently released by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).
Analyse : Pourquoi Intel annonce-t-il une nouvelle usine de fabrication ?
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Comme Intel Corp. l’a suggéré au début de la semaine, la construction d’une nouvelle usine de plaquettes de 300 mm n’a pas grand chose à voir avec la croissance future des PC. Au contraire, cette annonce fait plutôt partie de sa stratégie visant à rattraper son rival en microprocesseurs, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD), et à obtenir un avantage compétitif sur celui-ci au nœud stratégique de 45 nm.
PLD vendor releases open IP core soft MCU
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In a move to drive user development of its new 8-bit soft microcontroller core, Lattice Corp. is offering an open IP core license that eliminates the boundaries found in free reference designs that restricts the use of IP.
Alcatel et Telus développent une architecture Ethernet IP de prochaine génération
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L’équipementier français de télécommunications Alcatel a accepté de soutenir Telus dans l’élaboration d’un service Ethernet IP et d’une architecture réseau.
500mA VLDO grants fixed voltages
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Linear Technology Corp. is trumpeting what it claims is the first 500 mA very low dropout regulator (VLDO) with fixed low-output voltage options.
Losses grow as sales slide at Mentor
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EDA company Mentor Graphics Corp. reported a net loss of $6.8 million on revenue of $154.8 million for the second quarter of 2005. The loss was up from $4.4 million reported in the preceding quarter and the revenue was down from first quarter revenue of $164.3 million.
NEC Electronics, Renesas report weak quarterly results
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NEC Electronics and Renesas Technology Corp. each reported weak results for the first quarter that commenced in Japan in April.
NAND flash market growing, says Semico
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The market for NAND flash memories is set to reach $36.1 billion in 2008 prior to a price collapse in 2009 according to market research company Semico Research Corp.
Tool kit modernizes PFC designs
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International Rectifier's IRAC1150-D2 power-factor-correction (PFC) control design kit, with a complementary design tool that can be accessed from the company's myPOWER online site, brings PFC designs up to date. "This reference design allows designers to immediately see the benefit of IR’s one-cycle control performance without a major redesign or spending a lot of time evaluating and prototyping a new PFC circuit," said Stephen Oliver, marketing manager for AC/DC products.
Legal costs bump up Lattice's Q2 losses
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The costs of an investigation into executive compensation and internal controls at programmable logic company Lattice Semiconductor Corp. were partly responsible for the company reporting a net loss of $8.2 million on revenue of $52.4 million in the second quarter.
Altera apologizes to semi analyst for silent treatment
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A controversy pitting Altera Corp. against a semiconductor industry analyst came to a head this week when the company issued an apology for refusing to speak with the analyst.
Hitachi affiche des pertes au 1er trimestre fiscal
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Le géant d’électronique japonais Hitachi Ltd. a publié des ventes de 18,2 milliards de dollars avec une perte nette de 217 millions de dollars au titre de son premier trimestre fiscal, clos le 30 juin. Le niveau de ses ventes est semblable au premier trimestre 2004, à l’heure où Hitachi enregistrait un bénéfice de 142,3 millions de dollars.
Motorola et Cisco développent une technologie de réseaux mobiles
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Motorola Inc. et Cisco Systems signent un accord de partenariat visant à fournir une solution de mobilité transparente pour l’entreprise incluant les technologies de téléphonie mobile, de protocole Internet (IP) et de réseaux locaux sans fil (WLAN).
Controllerchip vereinfacht Netzwerk-Implementierung
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Für die einfache Implementierung von Netzwerk-Controllern hat Epson seine Controller-Chipfamilie S1S60000 um einen neuen Baustein erweitert. Der S1S60020 bietet eine erbelich höhere Performance als die bisherigen Familienmitglieder.
Chip-Ranking: Infineon wird nach hinten durchgereicht
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Gleich um mehrere Plätze nach hinten wurde Infineon im aktuellen Ranking der größten Halbleiterunternehmen durchgereicht. Gewinnen konnte in der Aufstellung der "Top ten" der Branche des Marktforschungsinstituts IC Insights hingegen Freescale Semiconductor, die Halbleiter-Ausgliederung des Motorola-Konzerns.
SMIC erwirbt NROM-Lizenz
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Die chinesische Fourndy Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) hat von dem israelischen Chipunternehmen Saifun eine Lizenz für die Fertigung der NROM-Technologie erworben.
SMIC reshuffles execs amid loss; ups capex
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Amid a loss for the second quarter, China’s Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) said that it has elected Yang Yuan Wang as its new chairman, replacing Richard Chang, who will remain chief executive of the loss-ridden silicon foundry provider.
14-slot AdvancedTCA shelf adds performance
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Tracewell Systems' second generation CO-Star 14-slot AdvancedTCA (ATCA) Central Office Shelf touts numerous design enhancements including an advanced split backplane design for easy customization, highly robust construction, board-to-board assembly to eliminate internal wire harnesses, and additional airflow capacity for cooling beyond 200 watts per slot.
Silvestri named CEO of MoSys
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Monolithic System Technology Inc. (MoSys), a provider of embedded memory solutions, announced the appointment of Chet Silvestri as chief executive.
Microsemi posts big increase in quarterly net income
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Microsemi reported fiscal 2005 third quarter net sales of $75.2 million, up 3 percent from the $73.3 million that the company reported for the second quarter and up 17 percent from the $64.1 million it reported for the same period in 2004.
USB class drivers support streaming audio/video applications
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The Accelerated Technology division of Mentor Graphics has just released two new class drivers for its Nucleus USB software designed to allow developers to incorporate streaming audio and/or video capabilities into their embedded designs.
SMIC reshuffles execs amid Q2 loss
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Amid a loss for the second quarter, China’s Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) said that it has elected Yang Yuan Wang as its new chairman, replacing Richard Chang, who will remain chief executive of the loss-ridden silicon foundry provider.
Agilent to acquire high-frequency EDA provider
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Agilent Technologies has signed a definitive agreement to acquire most of the assets and businesses of system and circuit design software provider Eagleware-Elanix.
Microtune, MicroLinear narrow losses as sales rebound
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RF semiconductor supplier Microtune Inc. posted a net loss of $0.6 million, or 1 cent per share, on sales of $13.5 million in the second quarter, compared to a net loss of $2.0 million, or 4 cents per share on sales of $12.2 million the previous quarter.
SPIL,Tessera buck trend, post profits
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The chip packaging and test sector is taking a beating, based on the recent results from Amkor, STATS ChipPAC and others.
Magma posts record quarterly revenue, shrinking loss
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Magma Design Automation reported a nominal net loss on record quarterly revenue of $38.8 million for its fiscal first quarter of 2006.
AMI Semi restructures business, sees profit shrink
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Mixed-signal semiconductor supplier AMI Semiconductor has realigned its business by integrating its foundry services business into its mixed-signal business unit, a move the company said would offer customers a full range of options from applications-specific products to custom designs and foundry services.
Lawmakers stress research funds in energy bill
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Backers of controversial energy legislation said it contains research funding for projects ranging from alternative energy sources to advanced computing.
AE, KLA, Therma-Wave, Varian post mixed results
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Chip-equipment makers Advanced Energy, KLA-Tencor, Therma-Wave and Varian posted mixed results in the quarter.
Connectors provide smallest pitch for industrial sensors
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A new line of 1.50-mm (.059 in.) pitch EZ-Conn connectors from Molex Inc. offers the smallest pitch available for industrial sensor applications. The new connector system also features a simple wire termination for cost savings and easy make-to-fit harness assemblies in the field.
Telus, Alcatel team on next-gen Ethernet IP architecture
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France-based telecom solutions supplier Alcatel has agreed to support Telus in building a next-generation Ethernet IP service and network architecture.
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