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Cree, Sumitomo sign $180 million deal
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5/31/2006   Post a comment
Japanese distribution giant Sumitomo Corp. has agreed to purchase $180 million worth of Cree Inc.'s light-emitting diode (LED) and wafer products over the next year.
Troubled Brooks hit by shareholders suit
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Troubled fab-equipment automation specialist Brooks Automation Inc. announced that it has been notified that a shareholder derivative lawsuit was filed against Brooks in the Superior Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on May 23.
3-LED driver optimized for high-volume applications
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Honing in on simplicity and cost-effectiveness, Catalyst Semiconductor's CAT3603 is a fractional charge pump in a 3-by-3 mm TDFN package specifically optimized for high-volume, three-LED backlighting display applications for cellular phones, digital still cameras, and handheld devices.
Restructuring Sun to cut as many as 5,000 jobs
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Troubled Sun Microsystems Inc. said it would cut 4,000 to 5,000 jobs and exit several facilities in Silicon Valley in the hope of restoring profitability.
Restructuring Sun to cut as many as 5,000 jobs
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Troubled Sun Microsystems Inc. said it would cut 4,000 to 5,000 jobs and exit several facilities in Silicon Valley in the hope of restoring profitability.
Heard on the Beat: AMD-ATI merger?
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Shares rose about 10 percent at ATI Technologies Inc. amid reports that the graphics chip maker would be acquired by Advanced Micro Devices Inc.
Qimonda offers DDR2 memory modules for Intel server platforms
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Qimonda AG is manufacturing its Double Data Rate 2 (DDR2) fully buffered Dual-In-line memory modules (FB-DIMMs) in high volume for Intel’s Bensley server platforms in 533MHz and 667 MHz for densities ranging from 512 MBytes to 4GBytes.
32-bit SuperH-based processor targets telematics systems
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Based on a 300MHz, 32-bit SH-4A SuperH superscalar architecture that achieves processing performance up to 540 MIPS and 2.1 GFLOPS, Renesas Technology's SuperH Processor is tailored for cost-sensitive telematics systems.
MOSFETs improves light-load efficiency in battery-operated systems
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International Rectifier introduces two 30-volt synchronous buck HEXFET MOSFETs for DC-DC synchronous point-of-load (POL) converters. It improves light-load efficiency in battery operated systems.
DSP FPGA boards handle high-speed I/O
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With prices starting at less than $800, board maker Alphi Technology releases several PCI/cPCI, PMC, and Industry Pack I/O modules.
Rotary switches meet industrial requirements
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Designed to meet the most stringent requirements of industrial applications, Electroswitch's detent-action rotary switches boast continuous ratings from 5 to 30 amps at 600 volts.
Third-generation VME single-board computer extols backwards compatibility
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5/31/2006   Post a comment
Here's news of a VME bus board packing a Freescale Semiconductor PowerQUICC III MPC8560 microprocessor clocking at 833-MHz. The chip provides 1926 MIPS of processing horsepower. The board is compliant with the VME Rev. C legacy standard, so it doesn't require the new VME bus extension, making it fully compatible with all existing VME backplanes.
Neah, Novellus renew fuel cell collaboration
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Fuel-cell developer Neah Power Systems Inc. has renewed and extended its collaboration agreement with chip-equipment provider Novellus Systems Inc.
Toshiba collaborating with DFM startup
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Toshiba will apply startup Takumi Technology's automated layout modification methodology to its mask data preparation design flow in advanced IC manufacturing under the terms of a collaborative agreement between the two companies.
SMIC gains loan for 200-mm Tianjin fab
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Responding to a growing demand for trailing-edge processes, Chinese silicon foundry provider Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) is beefing up its 200-mm fab capacity.
Sycamore subpoenaed for stock option practices
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Sycamore Networks Inc. has been served a grand jury subpoena by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts, requesting documents related to an ongoing investigation of the company’s stock option practices, the company reported in its 8-K regulatory filing dated May 30.
ZigBee-compliant software stack and development kit simplifies wireless home automation
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Freescale Semiconductor hopes to ease customers’ development of ZigBee applications with its BeeKit wireless connectivity tool kit. BeeKit provides an easy-to-use interface and framework for developers to configure parameters for their point-to-point, 802.15.4 and ZigBee applications.
MIMO RF emulator does standardized Wi-Fi benchmark testing
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If you're a developer of next-generation Wi-Fi equipment, check out this RF multi-path emulator that lets you test draft 802.11n-based products for interoperability, performance, conformance, and backward compatibility. This MIMO functional tester is the industry's first to meet the draft-802.11n specification.
AMCC reviews stock option practices
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The list continues to grow in the so-called stock option scandal in the semiconductor industry. Applied Micro Circuits Corp. Wednesday (May 31) announced that it is reviewing the company's historical stock option grant practices and related accounting.
Toshiba to build 200-mm wafer fab
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Toshiba Corp. said that it plans to build a 200-mm wafer fab at a cost of over 50 billion yen ($450 million).
AMCC to investigate stock option practices
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Applied Micro Circuits Corp. has announced that an independent audit Committee is reviewing the company's historical stock option grant practices and related accounting.
Chipidea extends USB controller core IP
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Analog and mixed-signal semiconductor intellectual property (IP) group Chipidea has started sampling a USB controller core, a block designed to complement the company’s range of USB physical layer transceiver (PHY) IP.
Renesas licenses capacitorless RAM to Canadian company
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Renesas Technology Corp. has licensed its capacitorless twin transistor RAM (TTRAM) technology to Ottawa-based Emerging Memory Technologies Inc., which develops embedded memory intellectual property.
Panelists explore system-to-silicon link
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Panelists at the Medea+DAC conference in Germany offered suggestions for designing system-level silicon, including formal specifications, abstracted hardware-software interfaces and the use of regularity in silicon fabrics.
LED lamps offer longer life, low-power consumption
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DDP has developed the LS series of lamp-based LEDs with built-in shunt resistors to eliminate leakage current. These devices tout long life, shock and vibration resistance, and low power consumption.
IPS Alpha boosting LCD production capacity
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The Japanese LCD joint venture IPS Alpha Technology said it will more than triple production of 32-inch panels by the first quarter of 2008.
Inverter motor drivers rev up to 7.5 kW
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Extending the Smart Power Module portfolio to higher power commercial and industrial inverter motor applications, Fairchild's 50-amp FSAM50SM60A and 75-amp FSAM75SM60A deliver up to 5 and 7.5 kW for air conditioners and factory automation.
Logic-analysis software tracks discontinuities
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You can use a logic analyzer for general-purpose signal and bus timing, and to make state measurements, but you can spend hours turning low-level measurement data into meaningful information. Agilent Technologies addresses this conundrum with five logic analysis software applications supported across the company's logic-analyzer instrument portfolio. Even RF analysis is covered.
Pattern generator-equipped logic analyzers tackle the competition
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Logic analyzer maker Agilent Technologies expands its portfolio with eight new fixed-configuration models in its next-generation 16800 Series. Eight models, ranging from 34-channels to 204-channels, provide 4-GHz timing sampling simultaneously with state measurements, eliminating the need to double-probe.
Modem chip reduces desktop PC bus size by 80%
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The SV92U2 from Agere Systems is a USB-based modem chip set that is intended to replace the PCI modem in desktop PCs.
Integrated OHCI Link/PHY squeezes 1394b interface into more notebooks
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TI recently launched an integrated open host controller that stacks two link and physical layer (PHY) devices into a package that's less than half the size of existing 1394b silicon.
Ultrafast rectifiers cut supply losses
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Vishay's 8-amp 600-volt UH8JT and UHF8JT high-voltage ultrafast rectifiers, for switchmode power supplies, boost thermal performance and system efficiency.
Rambus hit by growing stock option scandal
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Rambus Inc. is the latest chip maker to get hit by what some observers see as the growing stock option scandal in the semiconductor industry.
3-part chipset makes a wide-range RFID reader
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Anadigm's RangeMaster5 chipset for RF identification (RFID) allows system vendors to design and maintain a combination HF and UHF reader.
Tensilica touts contributions to EDA reference books
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5/30/2006   Post a comment
Book publisher Taylor & Francis is offering a two-book reference that provides an overview of the design automation algorithms, tools and methodologies used to design integrated circuits, according to Tensilica, employer of technologists who made major contributions to the books.
SEC probes KLA-Tencor's option practices
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KLA-Tencor Corp. said that it received notice from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of an informal inquiry relating to past stock option grants.
Omron, Canadian MRAM firm ink RFID pact
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Toronto-based MRAM developer Micromem Technologies and Japanese RFID component supplier Omron have agreed to collaborate on the investigation of viable MRAM technology.
Fujitsu buys Wi-LAN's comm technology
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Canada’s Wi-LAN Inc. has completed the sale of its technology development division to Fujitsu Microelectronics of America Inc. for cash proceeds of $2 million.
IXYS, Atmel release light ballast demo kits
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IXYS released dimmable and non-dimmable demo kits for light ballast applications. These kits are the result of the cooperation between IXYS and Atmel Corp. to develop design tools and speed up the implementation of ballast solutions for the lighting market, IXYS said.
Reference design kit targets PoE powered devices
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High-voltage analog IC supplier Power Integrations unveiled a reference design kit for power-over-Ethernet powered devices.
Altera reaffirms Q2 guidance; expects stock options expenses
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Altera reaffirmed previously given second quarter guidance and said that it expects to report "several million dollars" of expense related to the company's previously announced review of historical stock options granting practices.
Hoku Scientific to sell solar modules, polysilicon
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Hydrocarbon membrane and membrane electrode assembly supplier Hoku Scientific Inc. announced it plans to manufacture and sell solar modules, in addition to the polysilicon used to produce solar modules.
Barrier strips offer two mounting options
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Tyco's BUCHANAN JC6 series dual-barrier strips provide termination for wire and cable applications that require panel mounting or PCB installation in a variety of applications including industrial controls, power supplies, HVAC equipment, test equipment and telecom equipment.
PPDS display technology for next-gen LCD TVs licensed
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National Semiconductor has announced that Himax Technologies, Inc., MagnaChip Semiconductor Ltd., and STMicroelectronics have licensed National Semiconductor's PPDS (point-to-point differential signaling) display technology to develop column drivers for next-generation liquid crystal display (LCD) televisions. In addition, Chi Mei Optoelectronics Corp. (CMO) has agreed to incorporate National's PPDS technology into its upcoming LCD TV modules.
Ethernet testers get EoPDH options
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Broadband test equipment maker Innocor adds Ethernet-over-PDH transport mechanism test capabilities to its existing TestPoint testers. The company also adds Resilient Packet Ring test options to the mix. The implementation runs on OC-48/STM-16, where RPR maps into GFP. This RPR intrusive monitor feature lets you control and impair RPR traffic to measure impacts on networks.
Asyst's CFO leaving for Agilent spinout
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Robert Nikl has resigned his position as chief financial officer at Asyst Technologies and accepted a similar position with Verigy, the planned test equipment spinoff from Agilent Technologies.
Memory Bulletin: NAND glut seen in '06
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There is expected to be a slight oversupply of NAND-based flash memories in the marketplace for 2006, although supply is projected to become tight in the second half of this year, according to an analyst.
Universal Display, Mitsubishi team on OLED materials
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Universal Display Corp. has signed an agreement with Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. and Mitsubishi Chemical Group Science and Technology Research Center to collaborate on developing materials for phosphorescent OLED displays accessible through ink-jet printing.
Workshop focuses on DC power production
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On June 1-2 Transistor Devices will speak about optimizing uninterruptible power for modern data processing equipment at an EPRI workshop.
PCI Express analysis zeros-in on AdvancedMC
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Board maker and test-and-measurement vendor Vmetro expands its existing Vanguard Express analyzer family with the introduction of a PCI Express protocol and link analyzer for the AdvancedMC form-factor.
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