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IPC reports lower bookings and shipments
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4/29/2003   Post a comment
The Association Connecting Electronics Industries (IPC) said its shipment and bookings indexes fell sharply in March from the year-ago month, indicating connector and printed-circuit board suppliers are still struggling with weak demand and excess production capacity.
Infineon lays off 900, with more to come
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Infineon Technologies A.G. today announced a workforce reduction of 900 jobs due to "the continuing tense market situation."
Load disconnect protects lead-acid batteries from overcurrent/overdischarge
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"You know you're running too much current when your 12V car battery drops to less than 10.5 under load," say Maxim's applications team. A handy-dandy fusing circuit withstands 20V and 5A - and needs only 50 uA to run.
Pemstar sells facilities to cut debts
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4/29/2003   Post a comment
In an effort to reduce debt, Pemstar Inc. has sold its Minnesota headquarters and manufacturing plant to W.P. Carey & Co. LLC for $12.5 million.
Precision voltage reference uses EEPROM and floating gate trim
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4/29/2003   Post a comment
A floating gate charge, controlled by EEPROMs, is capable of building references with 16-bit accuracy. Xicor's Jim McCreary explains the tunneling effects that can be used to control CMOS threshold voltages.
Overcoming timing, power bottlenecks
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4/28/2003   Post a comment
In most SoC designs, embedded ROM, RAM or register file memories of various sizes consume up to 50 percent of die area.
Samsung to upgrade Austin fab
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ASE reports first quarter loss
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March chips sales rise 13%
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Small EMS shops hunt for design talent
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4/28/2003   Post a comment
Without in-house engineering expertise at their fingertips, a growing number of small EMS providers are reaching out to third-party firms or larger contract manufacturers to enhance their design capabilities.
Update: Agilent unlocks ASIC vault and enters merchant market
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4/28/2003   Post a comment
At a time when sharp competition for fewer and fewer new ASIC sockets is sending vendors in search of other avenues, Agilent Technologies Inc. is jumping into the market with both feet.
Challenged by AMD's Opteron, Intel to upgrade Itanium 2
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4/28/2003   Post a comment
Not to be upstaged by archrival Advanced Micro Devices Inc.'s new Opteron microprocessor, Intel Corp. later this year will upgrade its 64-bit Itanium 2 MPU to run 32-bit x86 programs at about 1.5GHz.
JEDEC, memory test lab square off over specs
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4/28/2003   Post a comment
A confrontation over memory module testing is shaping up between the JEDEC Solid State Technology Association and an independent lab that performs motherboard compatibility testing for Advanced Micro Devices Inc. and Intel Corp.
Europe slaps hefty duty on Hynix DRAMs
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4/28/2003   Post a comment
The European Commission last week ruled that a provisional countervailing duty of 33% will be levied on imported DRAMs from Hynix Semiconductor Inc. as a penalty for what the commission said were illegal subsidies the chipmaker received from the Korean government.
NOR flash diehard, ST, enters NAND market with Hynix
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4/28/2003   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics N.V. and Hynix Semiconductor Inc. last week jumped into the NAND flash memory market with plans to jointly develop 512Mbit parts within a few months, expanding the procurement options of storage equipment makers.
Japan's top chip suppliers kick up capital spending
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4/28/2003   Post a comment
After a two-year hiatus, Japan's largest chipmakers are again hiking their capital investment budgets.

In fact, as its semiconductor suppliers try to regain their footing and adopt new long-range business strategies, Japan is among the few markets expected to raise spending for new plants and equipment.

LDOs tout 250-mV dropout voltage at 300 mA
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4/24/2003   Post a comment
Siliconix Inc. has packaged a pair of 300-milliamp low-noise, low-dropout (LDO) regulators in 3 x 3-mm PowerPAK MLP33s.
PWM control chip handles higher heat
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4/24/2003   Post a comment
Intersil Corp. has spun new versions of its Endura ISL6558 multiphase pulse-width modulation controller, making it available in an industrial temperature grade and in a near-chip-scale quad flat no-lead (QFN) package.
LCD power supplies deliver full output range
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4/24/2003   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products' MAX1997 and MAX1998 power supplies provide the voltages required for active-matrix, thin-film-transistor LCDs.
Dual-mode charge pumps drive four or six white LEDs
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4/24/2003   Post a comment
Advanced Analogic Technologies Inc.'s AAT3123/4 white-LED drivers are constant-frequency charge pump dc/dc converters that use a dual-mode load switch and fractional (1.5x) conversion to maximize efficiency for white-LED applications.
Lithium batteries eye PCs, autos
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4/24/2003   Post a comment
With the energy density and capacity of rechargeable lithi-um-ion and lithium-polymer cells up by a quarter to a third over the past two and a half years, suppliers of Li-ion batteries are now tackling bigger and more varied applications that include larger and more capable PC-based systems, automobiles and military equipment.
Intersil results meet guidance
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Memory test lab says it will no longer ask customers to meet JEDEC specs
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Setting the stage for a confrontation with the JEDEC Solid State Technology Association, a leading memory module and motherboard test lab today said products submitted for its compatibility testing program will no longer be required to meet JEDEC design specifications.
It's a Switcher - Part 4
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4/21/2003   Post a comment
In part 3 of this four-part series, Sanjaya Maniktala examined Buck ICs, the "Type 2s" in his topology. Here, he turns to the sensing schemes that are critical to load regulation. Whether we're looking at negative-to-positive or negative-to-negative transitions, current sensing and better output regulation can be implemented by using an op-amp like an LM324. This final article installment examines where the amplifier can be inserted in the flyback chain.
Analog controller balances power, precision and cost in handhelds
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4/21/2003   Post a comment
Wearing pulse monitors and other instruments to the health club? Our fascination with gadgets extends from airports and convention centers to the most intimate of settings. These devices have much in common: A CPU and sensor interface that's accurate, cheap, and runs from a coin cell. A Texas Instruments' authority gives details using a glucose meter example.
AMD woos conservative server market with Opteron processor
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4/21/2003   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices Inc.'s long-awaited Opteron server processor will make its official debut Tuesday, but it may take years before the success of the company's landmark chip can be judged.
Power struggle
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4/21/2003   Post a comment
Look inside any portable or wired system these days and the density of the design is immediately impressive. What is not as readily apparent are the power management issues designers must grapple with as they tie together a growing number of subsystems, all running at different operating voltages.
Chip Express pits gate arrays against ASICs
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4/21/2003   Post a comment
Chip Express Corp. today will unveil a 0.18-micron gate-array family designed as a lower cost alternative to standard-cell ASICs, while attempting to stave off the FPGA migration into high-end designs.
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