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Renesas rolls dual-type power MOSFET
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Designed to make DC/DC converters more efficient for laptop PCs and communication devices, Renesas' latest power MOSFET boasts a chip mounting area that is half the size of existing dual-package power MOSFET configurations.
Mini USB connectors target portable, handheld devices
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Mill-Max Mfg. Corp. has expanded its USB family to include two new mini USB receptacles for portable and handheld devices.
One-piece interfaces target high shock/vibration applications
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Samtec offers a variety of one-piece interfaces for high shock/vibration applications.
ASMI sells inspection gear unit
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Under pressure on a number of fronts, ASM International N.V. has signed a letter of intent to sell its majority-owned subsidiary NanoPhotonics AG, a supplier of inspection gear.
K&S buys Orthodyne, sells wire unit
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Kulicke & Soffa Industries Inc. has acquired one company and divested a business unit.
Audio connectors shrink in size
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ITT Interconnect Solutions has developed a miniature audio connector series, aimed at higher quality compact audio applications in video, broadcast and recording.
RF connectors boast all-metal construction for high durability
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Bomar's KCC series of RF connectors feature all-metal construction for high durability and a super-tight grip for reliable operation in a variety of audio/video applications.
DC/DC converters target rugged military, avionics applications
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Suitable for military and avionic platforms with a nominal 28 VDC input, the 15W and 30W COTS units from XP Power are available with either ±12VDC or ±15VDC outputs.
Taiwan mulls 300-mm fabs in China
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The Taiwan government is mulling over a plan to relax its semiconductor export control laws in China.
Automotive MCU reduces board space in body electronics
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Silicon Laboratories Inc. is touting its latest product as the industry's smallest automotive communications MCU.
Eighth-brick isolated DC/DC converters deliver 100W at 75°C
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FDK has expanded its Sensei Series of isolated DC-DC converters that are targeted at Intermediate Bus Architecture and Distributed Power Architecture in telecommunications, WiMAX, data processing, computing, and storage applications.
RF tuner IP reduces risk for developers of next-generation GPS devices
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MIPS Technologies' silicon-proven GPS RF tuner IP integrates low-noise RF front-end for GPS receivers in the L1 band, enabling embedded system designers to decrease costs and time-to-market for next-generation devices incorporating GPS.
World Bank unit funds Russian polysilicon giant
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International Finance Corp., a member of the World Bank Group, has made a $50 million equity investment along with a $25 million loan to Russian polysilicon producer Nitol Solar.
Solar group slams Congress over failed tax credit bill
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The Solar Energy Industries Association slammed the U.S. Senate for failing to pass a critical solar bill that would extend an investment tax credit.
Atmel seeks to cut French workers
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There are more cutbacks at Atmel Corp., namely within its operations in France.
Digital Potentiometers feature 1 percent accuracy
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Analog Devices introduced the digital potentiometer (digiPot) AD529x family with the industry's best resistor tolerance of just 1 percent, allowing designers of industrial and instrumentation equipment to meet tighter resistor matching requirements for improved system accuracy.
Secure lock ZIF connector guarantees correct alignment
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AVX has developed a series of secure lock ZIF connectors that provides enhanced robustness and dependability for applications that require high reliability.
High-precision resistors deliver high reliability, long life
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Vishay has released the improved S series of high-precision Bulk Metal foil (BMF) resistors that deliver high reliability, long life, stable operation in harsh conditions, and instantaneous thermal stabilization time.
Solar-cell startup obtains funding
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Solar-cell startup Cyrium Technologies Inc. has closed its Series B round of funding for a total of $15 million.
MEMS for cell phones to boom by 2012, says Yole
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French research and strategy consulting company Yole Développement (Lyon, France) provides an analysis on MEMS components for cell phone applications as it expects this market will represent $2.5 billion in 2012.
Debug engine supports new 32-bit automotive MCUs from Freescale and ST
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At the same time as the launch of the automotive microcontroller families SPC560xx/SPC563xx from STMicroelectronics and MPC560/MPC563xx from Freescale, pls Programmierbare Logik & Systeme (Lauda, Germany) announces the availability of its Universal Debug Engine (UDE) 2.4, a complete debug and test environment especially for the specific features of these new Power Architecture 32-bit devices.
Handheld test set software provides advanced testing of signal strength
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Aeroflex Inc. has released a software update for the 3500 series 1-GHz handheld radio test set to support Survey Technologies' Field Test 6 Software.
Poland's Microtech to launch IPO, go across borders
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Microtech, one of Poland's few electronics design houses, is in talks with international customers, focusing on R&D and launching an IPO this year.
TDK, Epcos merger forms passive components giant
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Electronic component vendor TDK (Tokio) plans to merge its passive component business with its German competitor Epcos AG (Munich, Germany). The Epcos management supports the plan. Both brands will be continued, the companies said.
Maxim : Temperature sensor and thermostat has a nonvolatile memory
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The DS7505 is ±0.5 °C accurate, digital temperature sensor and thermostat with nonvolatile memory (EEPROM).
XP Energy : Industrial power systems suit high reliability applications
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A range of dc to ac inverters and frequency converters from XP Energy are housed in 3U or 6U high 19in subracks and can be supplied for either rack mounting or wall mounting.
Linear Technology : Low noise boost converters feature output disconnect
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LT3495/-1 low noise boost converters feature integrated power switches, Schottky diodes and output disconnect circuitry.
TSMC posts mixed Q2 results
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Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) reported consolidated revenue of NT$88.14 billion ($2.87 billion) for the second quarter, up a mere 0.8 percent from the previous period and up 17.6 percent a year ago.
Hynix posts $700M loss for Q2
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South Korea's Hynix Semiconductor Inc. reported revenues of 1.86 trillion won ($1.82 billion) for the quarter, up 16 percent from the previous quarter.
UHF FM transmitter module housed in compact package
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Tailored for the 433.92MHz (UK) or 434.42MHz (European) radio bands, Radiometrix's PCB-mounting UHF radio transmitter is contained within a compact package, measuring 20x10x2 mm.
RF subsystem tailored for femtocell base stations
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Check out Skyworks' highly integrated RF subsystem that supports femtocell base station and cellular repeaters in GSM850, EGSM900, DCS1800 and PCS1900 frequency bands.
Agilent offers 5.7 Mbit/s HSUPA test capability
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Agilent Technologies is offering a 5.7-Mbit/s HSUPA test capability for its W-CDMA/HSPA Test and Lab Applications, which run on the 8960 (E5515C) Wireless Communications Test Set.
5W AC-DC converter touts high I/O isolation
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Aimtec has released the AMEL5-MAZ series of AC-DC switching power supplies that deliver high I/O isolation of 4000VAC within a wide industrial operating temperature range of -40°C to +80°C.
Local designers drive Chinese IC market growth
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Semiconductors designed for consumption in China is forecast to expand more than 60 percent between 2007 and 2012 driven by the need to customize products for the local market although total Chinese IC consumption is seen growing at a slower 7.7 percent rate during the same period.
Conexant strengthens imaging chip portfolio
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Conexant's SoC fax products are offered in a variety of configurations, and support a wide range of optional features, including answering machine, speakerphone, and intercom capabilities.
Power management ICs combine two step-down converters with LDO
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AnalogicTech has introduced two power management ICs (PMICs) that extend battery life in portable applications by delivering low noise power at high efficiency.
KLA buys Vistec's inspection unit
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Continuing on its acquisition spree, KLA-Tencor Corp. has entered into an agreement to acquire the inspection business unit of Vistec Semiconductor Systems Inc.
Video: When the fab shuts down
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Matt, a young process engineer at the Hynix DRAM fab in Eugene, Oregon, shares his views about the human impact of the Korean company's decision in late July to close its only U.S. manufacturing plant.
Macrovision Connected Platform solution with DLNA 1.5 for STBs, TVs and CE
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New features of the Connected Platform include the ability to securely transmit and playback high definition video over a home network with full DVD-style controls using the DLNA 1.5 link layer protection (LLP) standard.
AMD to sell consumer lines, says analyst
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Amid a possible plan to spin-off its manufacturing unit, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) may sell its consumer and handset chip lines from its ATI subsidiary, according to an analyst, who said Broadcom Corp. could be part of the mix.
Palomar launches management buyout
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Palomar Technologies Inc., a provider of automation equipment and contract assembly services, has launched a management buyout of the company.
Commentary: Losing patience with SMIC
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Based on the tone of this week's conference call, the analyst community is simply running out of patience with China's Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC).
LANOptics changes company name to EZchip
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LANOptics changes company name to EZchip, after seeing more traction in network processing than Ethernet switching or security.
PMC modules with pre-installed FPGA address wide range of apps
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Pentek has introduced a family of rugged software radio modules with two of Pentek's GateFlow FPGA IP cores installed on its recently introduced Model 7141 dual multi-band transceiver.
Phihong develops efficiency level IV 18W universal adapter
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Phihong USA has developed an 18W, 3-wire input 48VDC output adapter that meets California's CEC regulation, as well as the federal government's Energy Independence and Security Act that went into effect on July 1.
UMC posts mixed Q2, warns about Q3
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Taiwan foundry provider United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) posted mixed results in the second quarter and warned about the overall business climate in the third period.
Rohm takes step to buy Oki's chip unit
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Japan's Oki Electric Industry Co. Ltd. has signed a definitive agreement to transfer 95 percent of the shares of its semiconductor unit, Oki Semiconductor Co. Ltd., to Rohm Co. Ltd.
Diablo Technologies obtains funding
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Diablo Technologies Inc., a provider of memory bridging and subsystem interconnect devices, has secured an additional $15 million in series B funding.
Gennum acquires IP firm
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Gennum Corp. has acquired ASIC Architect Inc., a developer of high-speed controller intellectual property (IP) based in Santa Clara, Calif.
AWR adds high-frequency filter design to Microwave Office
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AWR works with its partner, Nuhertz Technologies, to add filter synthesis and analysis to its high-frequency design suite.
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