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China's BCD Semi scraps IPO
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6/30/2008   Post a comment
China's BCD Semiconductor Manufacturing Ltd. has withdrew its plan for a U.S. initial public offering of its common stock, according to a filing from U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC).
No 'Apple effect' seen for NAND market
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6/30/2008   Post a comment
What happened to the ''Apple effect'' that is supposed to ignite the worldwide NAND flash-memory market?
Fujitsu's IC unit sees more exec changes
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There are more changes taking place at Fujitsu Ltd.'s chip unit.
Mentor Graphics publishes book on BGA routing
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A new book on BGA routing from Mentor will be of mega-interest to folks trying to break-out FPGAs with thousands of pins.
Lattice announces automotive versions of flash-based non-volatile FPGAs
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6/30/2008   Post a comment
New generation automotive FPGAs from Lattice provide system-on-chip functionality, high performance, low power, and "Instant-On" enhanced non-volatility.
8-bit MCU features dual bus design for complex multi-chip A/V subsystem control
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6/30/2008   1 comment
Its dual SMBus feature, small form factor and support for a wide range of operating voltages make the SST89C58RC MCU an ideal solution for numerous applications, including HDMI, HDTVs, A/V receivers, home appliances, industrial instruments, notebook PCs, DVD players, Blu-ray players, RF modules and security applications such as fingerprint identification.
National Semi enters photovoltaic market
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6/30/2008   Post a comment
Customer field trials begin for SolarMagic technology, which is designed to extract significantly more energy from solar panels in variable light conditions.
Photron Turns to Xilinx Programmable Solutions for Latest High Speed Camera
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Based on Xilinx FPGAs, the FASTCAM MH4-10K high-speed camera from Photron can shoot 2,000 frames per second.
Fingerprint sensor delivers improved imaging, durability and ESD protection
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AuthenTec has added the high-performance AES2550 fingerprint sensor to its product portfolio for notebook computers, PCs and PC peripherals.
Ambient light photo sensor extends battery life in portable devices
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Avago Technologies has introduced a miniature surface-mount ambient light photo sensor for controlling display backlighting in a wide range of portable electronic devices.
Purple Labs buys U.S. mobile browser business
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6/30/2008   Post a comment
Mobile Linux software specialist Purple Labs SA (Chambery, France) is buying the mobile phone software business of Openwave Systems Inc (Redwood City, Calif.) for up to $32 million.
Cable TV spec could revive living room PC
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6/30/2008   Post a comment
A new specification that defines a two-way digital cable TV link is in the works at Cable Labs and could revive the languishing living room PC.
F-RAM memory provides fast, frequent data logging for smart power meter
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6/30/2008   Post a comment
UK-based Energy Optimizers Ltd has designed Ramtron's FM25L512 512-kilobit serial F-RAM memory device into its series of Plogg wireless energy management plugs.
Micro SATA connector supports Hard Disk Drives
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FCI has expanded its line of storage interface interconnects with the development of the Micro SATA interconnect solution for 1.8" form factor drives.
Opinion: ST-NXP Wireless needs a new name
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6/30/2008   3 comments
ST-NXP Wireless, the new communications IC joint venture floated by STMicroelectronics NV and NXP BV, is starting life with a name that confuses its identity with those of the parent companies. Even before the ink dries up on its birth certificate, CEO Alain Dutheil should consider changing the name.
Virage buys Impinj's memory IP business
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6/30/2008   Post a comment
Is this the start of the consolidation of the memory intellectual property (IP) business?
Mentor hires advisors for Cadence bid
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6/30/2008   1 comment
Is this the beginning of the end for Mentor Graphics Corp.?
Operators ready specs for NFC enabled handsets
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The body representing GSM cellular operators, GSMA, is readying a preliminary set of minimum requirements for handsets containing Near Field Communications (NFC) chipsets.
Photovoltaic technology maximizes solar cell efficiency
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6/30/2008   1 comment
National Semiconductors SolarMagic technology enables solar technology to extract significantly more energy in variable light conditions.
Timing devices extend battery life for ultra-mobile PCs
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IDT has introduced a family of ultra-low-power timing devices that extends battery life and wireless signal range for ultra-mobile PCs (UMPCs), while improving bandwidth.
RFID modules enable global product lifecycle tracking
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6/30/2008   Post a comment
Murata has developed the tiny Magicstrap RFID module that enables product lifecycle tracking using any global frequency whilst minimizing the amount RF expertise required implementing an RFID solution.
Fluke : ScopeMeter suits CAN-bus troubleshooting
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6/30/2008   Post a comment
As well as enabling detailed signal measurements, the rugged Fluke 125 Industrial ScopeMeter features a "bus health" mode function which gives a clear good/bad indication for the electrical signals on a CAN-bus and other buses.
Samsung invests in Inside Contactless
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6/30/2008   Post a comment
Samsung Ventures America announced it has invested in French fabless supplier of smartcard chips Inside Contactless SA. Building upon investments from Nokia Growth Partners, Motorola Ventures and institutional investors, this participation brings the total investment in the company to about $42 million.
Airless tire reinvents wheel
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Resilient Technologies together with the University of Wisconsin's Madison Polymer Engineering Center, are developing an airless tire to solve the problem with a four-year, $18-million grant from the Pentagon.
Sigma-delta ADC achieves higher speed and resolution for precision sensing
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6/30/2008   Post a comment
ADI's 24-bit AD7190 sigma-delta ADC achieves greater than true 16-bit noise-free resolution up to 2.4 kHz across all input voltages from 40 mV to 5 V, enabling industrial equipment manufacturers to expand the operating speed and precision of sensitive measurement instruments.
SAR ADC delivers greater level of speed and accuracy
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6/30/2008   Post a comment
ADI claims its PulSAR AD7626 SAR ADC delivers a breakthrough in data conversion with 16-bit data capture performance, 15 effective number of bits and 10 MSPS throughput. It also features low power consumption and a small package size.
Schumacher quietly leads Grace to Europe
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Grace Semiconductor Corp. is about to build up a European headquarters, based in Villach, Austria. Grace is led by former Infineon CEO Ulrich Schumacher.
Are IC thermal problems hot air, question panelists
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6/30/2008   Post a comment
At the Design Automation Conference mid-June in Anaheim, California, an educational panel addressed the thermal issue in integrated circuit (IC) design. Two key questions were raised: When will this issue be emerging as a crucial concern if at all? What are the solutions to solve this potential crisis?
Slovakia shifts to R&D focus
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6/30/2008   Post a comment
Slovakia is shifting strategy to attract more R&D operations as the country prepares to adopt the euro currency.
Europe again lags in chip sales for May '08
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6/30/2008   Post a comment
Europe was again the laggard in semiconductor growth in May, with the WSTS figures showing it fared worst in both the three month moving average and year-to-year calculations compared to other regions, and that it showed the largest decline, of 0.3 percent, for sales between April and May 2008.
MESA Systemtechnik : Signal transmitter uses inductive principle
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6/30/2008   Post a comment
The INPUD-T contactless transmission system from MESA Systemtechnik is designed to transmit signals from temperature sensors, like PT100 transducers from rotating parts to a stationary device.
TTi : DC electronic load suits battery testing
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6/30/2008   Post a comment
TTi has updated the LD300 low-cost electronic load to improve its performance at high currents.
Harting : Ethernet media convertor has PoE capability
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6/30/2008   Post a comment
The eCon 3011 from Harting is a fast Ethernet media convertor designed for use in industrial environments.
Three potential partners on Infineon's merger list
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6/30/2008   1 comment
According to media releases here, Infineon currently is examining the possibilities for a merger with three potential partners. New in this context is that apparently there is an Asian candidate.
Chip sales increased 7.5% in May, says SIA
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6/30/2008   Post a comment
The three month moving average of global chip sales was $21.8 billion in May, 7.5 percent up on the $20.3 billion reported for May 2007, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) and based on figures from WSTS.
Altera DSP tools get big performance boost
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6/30/2008   Post a comment
DSP Builder 8.0 features timing-aware Simulink synthesis.
AWR improves Microwave Office with 100+ enhancements
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6/28/2008   1 comment
With Version 2008 of the Microwave Office design environment, AWR® has made significant changes to the user interface in order to increase its flexibility for the user.
APEC reminder: Call for Papers
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6/28/2008   Post a comment
Deadline is July 19; presenters informed of acceptance on October 3.
Low-voltage SP4T supports RFID
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6/27/2008   Post a comment
NEC low voltage CMOS SP4T switch features wideband operation, internal control logic decoder and ultra-miniature package
Ultra-high-precision resistor targets high-reliability apps
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6/27/2008   Post a comment
Aimed at high-reliability applications, Vishay has introduced the oil-filled, hermetically-sealed VHP203 ultra-high-precision Z-Foil resistor.
Update: Who is the boss at Infineon, Kley or Bauer?
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6/27/2008   Post a comment
Who really is the boss at the German semiconductor company, the chairman of the supervisory board or the head of the management board?
Waveform generators deliver waveforms from microHz to 32 MHz
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6/27/2008   Post a comment
Highland Technology has expanded its T340 series of embedded complex waveform generators with the introduction of the 8-channel T346 and 4-channel T344 instruments.
Circuit-board test tool supports latest PowerQUICC III processors
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6/27/2008   Post a comment
Kozio's kDiagnostics embedded circuit-board test tool now supports Freescale's latest PowerQUICC III processors.
Spansion: Numonyx' PCM is 'marketing fluff'
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6/27/2008   Post a comment
Sizing up its new competitor in Numonyx BV, Spansion Inc. said it will keep a close eye on the company, but called its efforts in the phase-change memory arena as "marketing fluff.''
850-nm infrared emitters housed in 5-mm packages
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6/27/2008   Post a comment
Vishay's new generation of 850-nm infrared emitters in 5-mm leaded packages offer high radiant intensity of 230mW/sr and 90mW/sr at 100mA, and low forward voltage of 2.3V at 1A.
Sony Ericsson posts another profits warning
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6/27/2008   Post a comment
A profit warning from Sony Ericsson sent the share price of most mobile phone makers lower as the joint venture between Sony and Ericsson said second-quarter sales and net income would be hit by slowing demand for mid- to high-end models, and that it would only break even for the quarter.
Global chip sales seen 7% up in May
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6/27/2008   Post a comment
The three-month moving average of global chip sales is estimated to have come in at $21.7 billion in May, up a healthy 7 percent on the $20.3 billion achieved in May 2007, according to Bruce Diesen, analyst at Carnegie Research.
NXP, Thomson move closer to can tuner JV
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6/27/2008   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors and Thomson have signed a definitive agreement to combine their can tuner module operations in a joint venture. Financial details remained undisclosed.
Low power COM Express modules with Celeron M processors
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6/27/2008   Post a comment
MSC presents its low-end starter version COM Express platform CXB-PM915 with Intel Celeron M and Pentium M processors.
Autodesk ends interest in bid for Flomerics
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6/27/2008   Post a comment
Autodesk will not pursue its interest in simulation software group Flomerics (Hampton Court, England) leaving the field clear again for Mentor Graphics, who has a 29 percent stake in the British company and who has made several bids to take control.
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