Z-based Bulk Metal foil tech boosts resistor performance Product News 12/31/2004 Post a comment Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. claims its new VSMP1206 high-precision, surface-mount, Bulk Metal Z-foil resistor is the industry's first such device to combine a high power rating of 300 mW, load life stability of 0.01%, and a low nominal temperature coefficient of resistance (TCR) of ±0.5 ppm/°C in an industry-standard, surface-mount package.
Mini ceramic motor automates in-vacuum alignment Product News 12/31/2004 Post a comment New Scale Technologies Inc. has released a new vacuum-compatible version of its patent-pending mini ceramic SQUIGGLE motor for automating critical alignments in high-vacuum instruments without requiring mechanical feed-throughs or stepper motors. The new motors can be used for nanometer positioning in applications such as semiconductor manufacturing and testing, scanning electron microscopes, ion beam microscopes, and scanning ion mass spectrometers.
Electronic Direct now supplies hard-to-find parts in N. America Product News 12/31/2004 Post a comment Electronic Direct, an independent Munich, Germany-based company that specializes in providing active, passive, and system components, has opened an East Coast office to serve North American electronics and technology companies looking to procure hard-to-find and obsolete electronic components.
The Week in Review: Dec. 26 to Jan. 1 News & Analysis 12/31/2004 Post a comment Gathered below are the top five stories for the week beginning Sunday December 26, 2004, as ranked by Silicon Strategies' readers, up to and including Thursday, December 30. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
TSMC va accélérer le déploiement de son procédé 90 nm News & Analysis 12/31/2004 Post a comment Afin d’accélérer le déploiement de sa technologie 65 nm, le géant taïwanais de la fonderie, Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC), a annoncé, le mercredi 29 décembre, qu’il développerait les capacités de son usine 90 nm au cours de l’année 2005.
NIST devises world's smallest, sensitive sensor News & Analysis 12/31/2004 Post a comment The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) claims to have demonstrated a tiny, magnetic sensor that can detect magnetic field changes as small as 50 picoteslas a million times weaker than the Earth's magnetic field.
Cool EDA offerings for the new year News & Analysis 12/30/2004 Post a comment FPGA programming, easy formal verification, a video processing tool, Matlab-to-RTL, and FPGA-based emulation these are some of the recent developments that can help designers in 2005.
Marine-grade DC plug-in receptacle locks out water Product News 12/30/2004 Post a comment Waytek Inc. has added a new marine-grade DC plug-in receptacle that comes with a water tight sealing cap for protection against harsh weather conditions. This deluxe 12-volt standard receptacle is made from corrosion resistant marine grade materials. The plug securely locks into receptacle to provide a moisture proof connection.
No solder or mounting holes required for 10 GHz socket Product News 12/30/2004 Post a comment Ironwood Electronics' new high performance 10 GHz socket can accommodate 0.5-mm pitch, 11 x 11-mm body ICs such as the AMKOR MAF223 BGA, and arrays with up to 400 balls. The SG-BGA-7026 socket doesn't require solder or mounting holes for attachment, only a 1.25-mm perimeter space for the socket body on the target PC-board.
Emergency stop switch combines compact size with full functionality Product News 12/30/2004 Post a comment The new Series 61 emergency stop switch from EAO meets the industrial industry's need for miniaturization and robustness. These new switches may be used in a variety of compact control panels for machinery, process control and access control equipment such as production lines, cranes, robots, moving platforms, security systems and emergency exits.
Top ten EEdesign stories of 2004 News & Analysis 12/30/2004 Post a comment From the legal troubles of ex-Aptix CEO Amr Mohsen, to Cadence Design Systems' new CEO and Synopsys' acquisition of Monterey Design Systems, here are the top ten EEdesign news stories of 2004, ranked according to reader response.
Future Horizons cuts IC forecast to 15% growth in '05 News & Analysis 12/30/2004 Post a comment Market research firm Future Horizons on Thursday (Dec. 30) cut its worldwide growth forecast for ICs. The research firm now predicts that the semiconductor industry would grow 15 percent in 2005, down from its original forecast of 28 percent.
Three-phase PWM condenses microprocessor designs Product News 12/30/2004 Post a comment International Rectifier's IR3093 is a three-phase interleaved PWM control IC that supports AMD Athlon, AMD Opteron, AMD Athlon64, and Intel VR10.X processors for applications that include desktop computer motherboards, voltage regulator modules, video graphics cards and telecom single-in-line (SIP) modules. It integrates MOSFET gate drivers, reducing parts count by 75 percent as well as solution size over competing devices, according to the company.
Samsung sets aside $100 million for DRAM probe News & Analysis 12/30/2004 Post a comment South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. on Thursday (Dec. 30) said that it has set aside a $100 million provision against a DRAM price fixing scheme that has rocked the industry, according to published reports.
The Beginning of the Mega Solar Age Product News 12/29/2004 Post a comment Kyocera announces the development of a large-scale solar module with 200-watt output capability. The company says it is ideally geared for large-scale solar electric generating systems of 100 kilowatts (kW) or greater.
Chartered confirms bank loans to support 300-mm fab News & Analysis 12/29/2004 Post a comment Singaporean foundry provider Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Pte. Ltd. on Wednesday (Dec. 29) confirmed that it has signed an agreement for a $653 million term loan facility from J.P. Morgan, guaranteed by the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM).
AdTech offers multi-layer co-fired ceramic design guide Product News 12/29/2004 Post a comment Advanced Technical Ceramics Company (AdTech)offers designers a new design guide on advanced electronic packages manufactured with co-fired multi-layer ceramic technology. Typical applications include multi-chip modules, microwave packages, high frequency feed-throughs, crystal packages, custom pin grid arrays and ceramic/metal packages.
Active EMI filters suit DC/DC converters Product News 12/29/2004 Post a comment Picor, a subsidiary of Vicor Corp. has added three new devices to its QPI family of active EMI filters. The company says the new products QPI-3, QPI-5 and QPI-6 support all 24- and 48-volt (V) DC/DC converter applications including COTS, industrial, information technology and telecommunications with higher current ratings and lower costs.
POLs stress cost-performance edge for distributed power Product News 12/29/2004 Post a comment V-Infinity's new VPOL series of DC/DC point-of-load (POL) converters point to their high efficiency (up to 94 percent in the 5 volt models) and low cost (priced starting at $10 each in OEM quantities) for a range of distributed power architecture applications. They're available in 5-, 15-, and 16-amp versions with single outputs from 0.75 to 5 volts.
Universal Display wins contract to develop infrared OLEDs News & Analysis 12/29/2004 Post a comment Universal Display Corp. has been awarded a $69,999 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I contract by the U.S. Army Communication Electronics Research and Development Engineering Center (CERDEC) to develop infrared organic light-emitting-diode (OLED) technology compatible with current-generation night vision capabilities employed by the military.
TSMC to accelerate 90-nm process ramp News & Analysis 12/29/2004 Post a comment Amid a move to ramp up its 65-nm technology, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) on Wednesday (Dec. 29) said that it will accelerate its 90-nm fab capacity throughout 2005.
Bipolars do motors a good turn Product News 12/29/2004 Post a comment Zetex Semiconductors' newest bipolar transistors, the ZX5T851Z NPN and ZX5T951Z PNP devices, tout efficient high-current operation for DC motor control applications. The transistors, in an SOT89 (4.4-by-4.0 mm footprint) and rated for a power dissipation of 2.1 watts, are also billed as a more cost-effective alternative to much larger or other traditional packages (e.g., SOT223, DPAK).
Aldec blends SystemC, HDL debugging News & Analysis 12/28/2004 Post a comment Expanding its capabilities for mixed-language simulation of ASICs and FPGAs, Aldec Corp. this week (Dec. 27) announced the release of Riviera 2004.12. New features include integrated SystemC and HDL debugging, assertion-based verification, and functional code coverage.
Conexant shareholders file suit, saying company hid troubles News & Analysis 12/28/2004 Post a comment Shareholders of Conexant Systems Inc. have filed a class-action suit against the company in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, claiming the communications semiconductor supplier failed to fully inform them about the company's deteriorating finances and inventory problems.
Hitachi files patent suit against Chinese company News & Analysis 12/28/2004 Post a comment Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST) announced Tuesday (Dec. 28) that it has sued GS Magicstor Inc. of China along with its parent company and research affiliate for allegedly infringing upon multiple Hitachi hard disk drive patents.
Schottky diodes double thermal, density ratings Product News 12/28/2004 Post a comment Microsemi Corporation's UPDS3200 and UPDS5100H high-voltage Schottky diodes, in a compact PowerDI 5 package licensed from Diodes Incorporated, are designed to provide twice the power density of conventional packages. They're rated at 3 amps/200 volts, and 5 amps/100 volts/low leakage, respectively, for applications ranging from notebook computers to industrial ballasts. In addition, their environmentally friendly RoHS-compliant package, which contain no lead, bromide, or antimony, slashes therma
Analyst cuts Q4 estimates for China's SMIC News & Analysis 12/28/2004 Post a comment Investment banking firm SG Cowen Securities Corp. on Tuesday (Dec. 28) cut its forecast for Chinese silicon foundry provider Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) amid a slowdown in the IC industry.
Wafer carrier firm opens factory in North Korea News & Analysis 12/28/2004 Post a comment South Korea's SJ Tech Co., a supplier of wafer carrier, chip tray and other products, on Tuesday (Dec. 28) said it had a dedication ceremony for its new factory in Kaesong, North Korea, according to the Korea Times.
TSMC wants leading-edge processes in China News & Analysis 12/28/2004 Post a comment Silicon foundry giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) recently announced that it sees a necessity of putting up advanced processes in mainland China despite restrictions from the Taiwan government.