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Survey says: ESL methodologies can improve productivity
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7/29/2005   Post a comment
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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7/29/2005   Post a comment
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.
CCFL inverter delivers sure strikes
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7/29/2005   Post a comment
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.
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.
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.
Mentor VP arrested for fake hunting licenses, according to report
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7/29/2005   Post a comment
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.
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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7/29/2005   Post a comment
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.
AC/DC supplies front industrial, medical applications
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7/29/2005   Post a comment
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.
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.
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.
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.
500mA VLDO grants fixed voltages
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7/29/2005   Post a comment
Linear Technology Corp. is trumpeting what it claims is the first 500 mA very low dropout regulator (VLDO) with fixed low-output voltage options.
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.
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.
SMIC reshuffles execs amid Q2 loss
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7/28/2005   Post a comment
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.
Stand alone Li-ion chargers get even smaller
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Billed as a complete stand alone linear charger in a 2-by-2 mm DFN, Linear Technology's LTC4065 and LTC4065A can deliver up to 750 mA for single-cell lithium-ion batteries and applications in digital still cameras, portable point-of-sale and diagnostic equipment, cell phones, PDAs and USB-equipped handheld devices.
Terminal blocks handle high current for power panels
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7/28/2005   Post a comment
With a pass-through current capability of up to 130 amps (A), the new OTB series of terminal blocks from BlockMaster Electronics Inc. is well suited for the transfer of high power from outside to inside power panels, particularly for special power situations or for custom polarization, said the company. These high power feed-through terminal blocks can also be used for power supply, lighting, machine tool and off-road vehicle applications.
DRAM maker sampling 2-Gbit DDR2 DRAM
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7/28/2005   Post a comment
Micron Technology Inc. is sampling 2-Gbit, DDR2 devices to a select server customer. The DRAM maker said the part, MT47H512M4HG, is designed to enable up to 8-Gbyte high density modules, providing more memory per server with less space and power consumption than current component offerings.
Intel taps notebook CPU for power-sensitive servers
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Intel Corp. will revamp its next-generation notebook microprocessor for use in servers as the first in a series of low-power server CPUs the company will release starting later this year.
Power-One loss misses guidance
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7/28/2005   Post a comment
Power supplier Power-One Inc. reported a net loss of $14.8 million, or 17 cents per share on sales of $63.4 million in the second quarter ended June, compared with a net loss of $3.9 million, or 5 cents per share, on sales of $72.5 million in the year-ago quarter.
IPnexus quad-processor blade handles net-centric multiprocessing
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7/28/2005   Post a comment
Performance Technologies’ new IPnexus CPC714 quad-processor resource blade packs four 440GX PowerPC CPUs into a single 6U CompactPCI form factor for use in packet-based networking, telecommunications, network management and data/process control applications.
Foundry wafer prices to fall through 2005
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7/28/2005   Post a comment
The silicon foundry industry remains embroiled in a subtle but damaging price war for select products and processes. This in turn will cause foundry wafer prices to drop for the remainder of 2005, according to a report from Semico Research Corp.
K&S reports $100 million quarterly loss due to write down
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7/28/2005   Post a comment
Kulicke & Soffa Industries reported a fiscal third quarter net loss of $101.8 due to a massive, previously announced write off of intangible assets associated with the company's Test segment.
Realtime PXI instrument controllers run high-speed Intel processors
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7/28/2005   Post a comment
Two new PXI embedded controllers are slated for realtime instrumentation and data-acq tasks. One runs a 2-GHz intel Pentium M 760 processor. The second features a 1.5-GHz Celeron M 370 processor.
TCXO touts tight stability, small size
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Fordahl USA Inc. said it has introduced the industry's smallest wide temperature range Stratum III and Sonet temperature compensated crystal oscillator (TCXO). The new lead-free/RoHS compliant TCXO offers a temperature stability of ±0.28 ppm over a temperature range of -40° to 85°C in a surface-mount 5 x 7-mm package.
40-inch LCD-TV panels falling under $1,000, says iSuppli
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7/28/2005   Post a comment
Prices of 40 and 42 in. liquid crystal display (LCD) TV panels declined to an average of $1,125 in July, with some prices falling to as low as $950, according to market research firm iSuppli Corp.
Decoder turns cellphones into media players
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Atmel Corp.'s single-chip MP3 decoder allows mobile phones to play MP3 music and ring tones and to convert it into a pen drive.
Hitachi expects slow growth to continue after posting loss
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Japanese electronics company Hitachi Ltd. reported sales of $18.2 billion with a net loss of $217 million in its first fiscal 2005 quarter ended June 30.
Mitsubishi sales up, but earnings fall
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7/28/2005   Post a comment
The slumping Japanese economy took its toll on Japanese electronics supplier Mitsubishi Electric Corp., which reported net income of $98.8 million on sales of $6.6 billion in the first fiscal 2006 quarter ended June 30.
AC/DC supply meets VME/VXI requirements
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7/28/2005   Post a comment
The 57S81 from North Atlantic Industries, working from a 115/230 VAC or 270 VDC input, delivers up to 500 watts for Versa Module and extended instrumentation (VME and VXI) applications associated with industrial and military (NAVMAT compliance) requirements.
Discrete device vendor offering new platform of app specific complex arrays
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Diodes Inc. introduced a product platform featuring two series of application specific complex arrays.
Xilinx offering gigabit reference design with Treck software
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Xilinx and Treck announced the availability of the Xilinx gigabit system reference design with the Treck TCP/IP protocol stack.
AccelChip offering cores through Xilinx program
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7/27/2005   Post a comment
AccelChip has begun providing a family of fixed-point linear algebra intellectual property cores for Xilinx FPGA devices.
ESS, Pixelworks, Trident, Zoran post losses
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7/27/2005   Post a comment
Hit hard by a slowdown in the TV and related markets, consumer-chip makers ESS, Pixelworks, Trident and Zoran separately posted losses for the quarter.
Applied Micro Circuits cuts workforce 5 percent, narrows loss
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7/27/2005   Post a comment
Storage and network semiconductor supplier Applied Micro Circuits Corp. announced it would reduce its headcount by 5 percent as part of a restructuring plan.
Microcontrollers target automotive passive-keyless-entry
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Microchip Technology's latest PICs combine data transmission security with power management.
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