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IBM settles chip suit with U. of Wisconsin
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IBM Corp. this week reached an out-of-court settlement with the University of Wisconsin over alleged patent infringement in chip manufacturing, according to the Associated Press.
Fears linger over Agilent’s ammonia storage
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California is expected to approve Agilent Technologies Inc.’s controversial request to increase its storage of toxic ammonia gas in San Jose.
Market for MEMS microphones takes off
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The MEMS-based microphone and speaker markets are taking off due to growth in consumer electronics products, according to The Information Network.
EPA reaches agreement on Motorola Superfund Site
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached agreements with eight potentially responsible parties suspected of causing soil or groundwater contamination that may have contributed to the contamination at a Superfund Site in Phoenix.
Resistor manufacturer announces breakthrough in power resistor technology
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Billed as the first "true" power surface-mount resistor device in the industry, Stackpole Electronics, Inc. has introduced a new surface-mount power resistor capable of handling up to 12 watts at 85°C. Available in 5-, 10- and 12-watt ratings, the new HPC series offers a resistance value range from 0.1Ω to 100 KΩ. All devices are available in a 0.5 x 0.5 x 0.5-in. package size.
SMD fuses offer high current ratings in 1206 package
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Raychem Circuit Protection, a business unit of Tyco Electronics, has expanded its line of overcurrent protection devices with its RoHS-compliant slow blow surface-mount fuses. Available in industry standard 1206 chip sizes, the fuse line offers some of the highest current ratings available in this size package.
LED driver claims world on a string
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Austriamicrosystems bills its AS3691 chip as the world's first high-current with high-precision LED driver. "The IC's absolute current accuracy of 0.5 percent allows for highly accurate brightness settings and is thus ideal for supporting sophisticated color management applications like LCD monitors with RGB backlighting," said Ronald Tingl, marketing manager for Power Management. The AS3691 includes four independent high precision current sources each capable of sinking 400 mA (for four strings
Panasonic slashes plasma TV prices
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In another sign of how technology advances are driving down the prices of consumer electronics, Panasonic will cut the retail prices of its plasma TVs an average of $500 beginning Sept. 1.
Applied’s Wang resigns, joins China chip group
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David N. K. Wang, a long-time executive of Applied Materials Inc., has resigned and been named chief executive of Chinese semiconductor conglomerate Shanghai Hua Hong Group Co. Ltd.
Efficient engines will lead to hydrogen economy
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Automotive electronics will be key for fuel efficient engine and emission controls, says panel.
Common mode chokes solve EMI problems
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J.W. Miller Magnetics has introduced two new RoHS-compliant 7400 and 7500 series of common mode inductors for noise-suppression in a variety of applications. With proper design, these through-hole inductors can reduce or eliminate unwanted conductive electromagnetic interference (EMI), said the company.
CompactPCI Pentium M blade family expands
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Packing low-power Pentium M processors, two new 6U-sized CompactPCI board debut. The expanding family combines the Pentium Ms with the 855GME chipset and two different I/O controller hubs.
Mixed-signal IC specialist enters frequency control market
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Touting high reliability, high performance, and short lead times, Silicon Laboratories Inc. has entered the frequency control market with the introduction of two families of high-frequency, low-jitter crystal oscillators (XOs) and voltage-controlled crystal oscillators (VCXOs) for applications up to 1.4 GHz. These new Si530 and Si550 product families are said to include the industry’s first quad-frequency XO and VCXO devices.
Smallest EMI filters save board space for wireless handsets
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California Micro Devices said its new 0.4-mm pitch chip-scale package (CSP) Centurion electromagnetic interference (EMI) filters set a new price/performance standard for the industry. The new family of Application Specific Integrated Passive (ASIP) EMI filter arrays tout higher filtering performance and a reduced form factor along with electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection for wireless handsets.
Free prototypes for contest winners
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Microfabrica kicks off its EFAB Access Design Competition with winning MEMs and microdevice designs earning free prototypes, scooters, and a Toshiba DLP projector.
Codec expands portable features
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Wolfson Microelectronics plc introduced a stereo codec for portable multimedia apps, including cellular phones — that is said to integrate high-quality audio performance and enhanced mixing capabilities, with low-power consumption.
AccelChip partnering with British design services provider
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AccelChip is partnering with British design services provider Systems4Silicon in an effort to bolster the company's design service capacity.
Street disappointed with Novellus
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Shares fell at Novellus Systems Inc. following a disappointing forecast and order delays for the chip-equipment vendor.
Voltage tracker/sequencer ensures proper order
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Maxim introduces dual/triple power-supply trackers/sequencers that ensure proper power-up and power-down conditions. The devices provide close-loop control of powering up to three power-supply rails.
Opteron-based EBX board packs powerful multimedia clout
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Take a look at this EBX form-factor board that packs dual-core AMD Opteron processors and 64-bit technology. Available with both single- and dual-core processors, this board packs a 16-lane PCI Express slot, a stackable HyperTransport connector, ExpressCard and CompactFlash sockets, SATA, Gigabit Ethernet, and lots more.
Fairchild reiterates Q3 guidance
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Fairchild Semiconductor has reiterated guidance for third quarter 2005 sales to be flat and gross margin to flat to slightly higher sequentially.
Rosy future yet 86% of designers report no ESL training
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The results of a second annual worldwide design trends survey indicates a significant increase in ESL methodology adoption is brewing, and that much of the growth is actually not being covered by traditional market analysis.
Judge restrains Magma from re-examining patents
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The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California issued a restraining order to Magma Design Automation in its patent dispute with Synopsys Inc. Tuesday, ordering the Magma not to abandon two patents it owns and preventing the company from seeking re-examination of the patents.
Judge restrains Magma from re-examining patents
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The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California issued a restraining order to Magma Design Automation in its patent dispute with Synopsys Inc. Tuesday, ordering the Magma not to abandon two patents it owns and preventing the company from seeking re-examination of the patents.
Intel-led alliance stirs angst over future wireless spec
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Intel has convinced Broadcom, Atheros and Marvell to join forces outside of an IEEE wireless LAN standards group to develop an interoperable physical and media access control layer.
Infineon defends memory stance
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Allaying recent rumors about plans to spin off its memory unit, Infineon Technologies AG defended the business despite a lackluster outllook for the sector.
Reducing internet crime: Risk reduction using trusted computing technology
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Risk Reduction using trusted computing technology - a white paper on the use of TPMs
128-Mbit NAND flash device shifts to 90-nm process
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; STMicroelectronics has started to produce 128-Mbit NAND flash memory using 90-nm process technology. The company also plans to shift production of its 256-Mbit and 512-Mbit flash memory devices using the advanced manufacturing process this year.
Philips unveils semiconductor solutions to enhance the home of the Connected Consumer Solutions at IFA 2005
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Demonstrating its commitment to the Connected Consumer, Royal Philips Electronics has announced a series of new semiconductor solutions for advanced consumer electronics applications in the home. These include a complete system solution for digital TVs for the European market, a development kit for IP set-top boxes (STBs), a Class D amplifier for flat panel TVs and a video decoder enabling TV on the PC.
Simtek completes sale of Q-Dot for $2.2 million
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Simtek has completed the sale of the assets of its Q-Dot subsidiary to Hittite Microwave for $2.2 million in cash.
Novellus narrows forecast for Q3
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Novellus Systems Inc. on Wednesday (August 30) projected that its third-quarter orders would range from $285-to-$290 million, from its previous forecast of $280-to-$310 million set in July.
Tundra's sales jump 6%
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Chip maker Tundra Semiconductor Corp. (Ottawa) reported sales of $18.2 million in its first fiscal quarter, up 6 percent quarter-over-quarter but down 20 percent from a year ago.
Semtech blames cautious customers for mixed 2Q results
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Semtech reported fiscal second quarter 2006 net income of $7.4 million, or 10 cents per diluted share, down 57 percent from the net income of $17.4 million, or 22 cents per diluted share, for the second quarter of fiscal 2005.
Inovys claims to extend customer yield management capability
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Inovys introduced FlopPlot WaferView, the latest addition to the FlopPlot suite of software analysis tools for advanced semiconductor devices.
ATX reference design meets "80 PLUS" initiative
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ON Semiconductor touts the industry’s first open ATX power supply reference design certified to meet the so-called "80 PLUS" performance requirements for computing applications. The 250-watt reference design addresses all functional blocks of the ATX power supply, including power factor correction, switch-mode power supply control and regulation, post regulation, and output rectification.
Interactive troubleshooting guide CD is a freebie
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Keithley Instruments is offering a free tutorial CD troubleshooting guide. It lets you explore the symptoms and causes of common errors associated with low-level signals, such as low voltage, low current, low resistance, high resistance, and voltage from a high resistance source measurement. Click here to learn more and get your free copy.
Rumors swirl about Agilent’s ATE unit
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The rumors continue to swirl about the fate of Agilent Technologies Inc.’s automatic test equipment (ATE) unit, which is reportedly up for grabs.
Infineon to supply memory technologies for XBox
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Infineon Technologies said it would supply several key technologies for Microsoft's Xbox 360.
Sigma Designs earnings flat on higher sales
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Digital media processor supplier Sigma Designs Inc. posted net earnings of $0.1 million, or zero cents per share, on sales of $7.9 million in the second fiscal 2006 quarter ended July 31, compared to a net loss of $0.7 million, or 3 cents per share on sales of $6.4 million the previous quarter.
Rabbit releases TCP/IP-based embedded system control module
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Continuing its focus on bringing more connectivity options to developers of Z80-type based MCU designs, Rabbit has just released its RCM3750 RabbitCore module.
LG aiming to be largest PDP supplier, say reports
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Korean electronics giant LG Electronics is opening its fourth plasma display panel plant in Gumi, North Gyeongsang, South Korea on Wednesday, in a move that would make the company the largest plasma display supplier, according to Korean online reports.
DRAM vendor begins to ship 8-Gbit NAND flash in volumes
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Micron Technology Inc. has started to ship in volume quantities 4-Gbit and 8-Gbit qualified NAND flash memory products to support growing customer demand in the MP3, USB drive and flash card sectors.
Mentor's Calibre integrated with Cadence's Virtuoso
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Mentor Graphics' Calibre physical verification and extraction tools have been fully integrated into Cadence Design Systems' Virtuoso design environment.
Samsung opens RFIC design center in Atlanta
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Samsung Electro-Mechanics Co., Ltd. has opened a North American research center at the Georgia Institute of Technology's Georgia Electronic Design Center in Atlanta.
Buck controller IC has full complement of power management features for networking
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International Rectifier introduces a high-performance, dual output pulse-width modulator driver IC for synchronous buck DC/DC converters used in networking and communications systems.
Panasonic adds basic plasma HDTV models to its VIERA TV line
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Panasonic, the leading brand for which Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. is known, today announced it will launch the world's first 65-inch 1080p (progressive) high-definition (HD) plasma TV TH-65PX500 on November 1 and three new entry-level PX50 series HD plasma TVs with 50-, 42- and 37-inch displays on September 10 in Japan.
Tracker/sequencer ICs ease basic power-up designs
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Maxim Integrated Products' MAX6877-MAX6883 are dual/triple power-supply trackers/sequencers for controlling power-up and power-down of up to three rails. They're the company's first hardware programmable (versus programmable memory) trackers and sequencers for cost-effective design in simplified power management systems. Users adjust key performance parameters such as voltage thresholds, slew rates, and timing parameters with (external) resistors and capacitors.
Small PHY offers Hi-Speed USB host support in handhelds
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With a footprint of 6-mm X 6-mm, the USB3450 UTMI+ standalone device/host transceiver from Standard Microsystems Corp. (SMSC) allows designers to add low-power host support to portable consumer products without sacrificing board space.
DRAM prices set to rebound in 2H
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Prices for DRAMs are expected to rebound after a dismal showing in the first half of 2005, according to a report from the DRAMeXchange Web site.
Online tool speeds amp selection
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Analog Devices Inc.'s amplifier parametric evaluation tool is said to create a virtual evaluation board environment to remove the guesswork from selecting and implementing operational amplifiers.
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