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Promise, peril in going green
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4/30/2007   Post a comment
Don't worry, this is not another commentary about climate change, although I do know that simulations can be very sensitive to assumptions in their underlying models and to errors in the input data. (As physics Nobel laureate Niels Bohr said, "Prediction is very difficult, especially if it's about the future.") My concern is about the R&D structure that will arise as society attempts to reduce the possibility of global warning through new and improved energy sources, greater efficiency and
Pushing for 'another record year'
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Despite a seasonal slowdown in the overall semiconductor industry, Microchip Technology Inc. last week smashed Wall Street's estimates for its fourth fiscal-2007 quarter and broke the $1 billion plateau in annual sales for the fiscal year.

CEO interview: Microchip's Steve Sanghi
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Steve Sanghi joined Microchip Technology Inc. as president and CEO in 1990--when the company was near liquidation--and engineered a remarkable turnaround. Today Microchip is the world's leading supplier of 8-bit microcontrollers, has branched out into 16-bit MCUs and analog, and surpassed the $1 billion sales mark in fiscal 2007, ended March 31. In an interview with EE Times' Mark LaPedus, Sanghi pulled no punches as he weighed in on the chip industry at large, the private-equity steamroller,
Hidden IP: booby trap or buried treasure?
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4/30/2007   Post a comment
If the process by which technology standards are forged and implemented isn't broken, it is surely straining under the weight of globalization, relentless technological change, patent-infringement and antitrust lawsuits as well as increasingly noisy standards battles among competing industry consortia.

IEEE's patent policy fails to quell EDA standards row
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4/30/2007   Post a comment
Hoping to head off intellectual-property disputes in standards efforts, the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) is clarifying and strengthening its patent protection policy. But the changes don't appear to resolve an EDA standards dispute that's based in part on IP protection concerns.

Designer's woes inspire FPGA verification tool
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There are far more FPGA design starts than ASIC design starts, but far fewer FPGA verification tools.
High luminance 2.7-inch LCD modules target industrial applications
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NEC Electronics America adds three high luminance 2.7-inch QVGA amorphous silicon color LCD modules to its portfolio of TFT-LCD modules for industrial mobile applications.
Meru stresses hardware flexibility for 802.11n nets
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Meru Networks Inc., which has blazed its own trail in 802.11b/g media access control chips to gain system-level advantages, is going for multiple unique attributes in its 802.11n networks.

APT brings pro-audio quality sound to Bluetooth
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Audio compression algorithm specialist Audio Processing Technology Ltd (Belfast, Northern Ireland) has expanded its relationship with Bluetooth chip pioneer CSR plc. to bring professional quality audio to headsets and other consumer devices.
Chip sales start growing again
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Worldwide sales of semiconductors increased by one percent in March to $20.3 billion compared with the previous month, and are 3.2 percent better than the $19.7 billion reported for March 2006, according to the the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).
Hybrid coupler covers 100-500-MHz range
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Innovative Power Products has introduced a high power 3-dB 90-degree hybrid coupler that covers the 100 to 500-MHz frequency range.
Hiring Report: Mu Security Seeks Collaborative Security Experts
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The security analysis vendor says candidates should be able to map their IT skill sets to the company's product offerings.
Chip sales start growing again
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Worldwide sales of semiconductors increased by one percent in March to $20.3 billion compared with the previous month, and are 3.2 percent better than the $19.7 billion reported for March 2006, according to the the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). The increase reverses three months of sequential declines recorded by the SIA.
AT&T shareholders cry foul over executive pay
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AT&T Inc. announced at its shareholders meeting that Edward Whitacre would be stepping down as chairman and chief executive but a shareholder proposal called for advisory voting powers in the approval of executive pay to be given to shareholders.
Wintegra launches second generation DSL silicon and software
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Wintegra has launched its WinArrow2 IP-DSLAM processor and software solution that offers software compatibility and increased performance to support high end ADSL2+ and VDSL2 applications while simultaneously reducing BOM costs.
Cars, the G-phone and the oil economy lead story ranking
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4/30/2007   Post a comment
Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, April 22, as ranked by EE Times Europe readers, up to and including Saturday, April 28. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
Optically coupled isolators provide 6kV isolation
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Providing design engineers with an extended range of isolators for applications that require 6kVDC electrical isolation, TT electronics OPTEK Technology has expanded its family of optically coupled isolators.
Alcatel-Lucent, NEC supply 20,000km submarine cable network
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Alcatel-Lucent and NEC Corporation announced they have been selected to deploy the Asia America Gateway, the first direct Terabit submarine cable network between Southeast Asia and the United States. The contract, amounting to about $500 million, aims to deliver a 20,000-km cable network spanning almost half the length of the equator.
Software: Analysis tool maps code's 'DNA'
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Coverity Inc. says the new release of its Prevent static code-analysis software embodies a new approach to "software mapping" that finds more bugs in embedded and enterprise software than previous technologies. The Prevent Software Quality System (SQS) also includes new defect- tracking capabilities and Java support.

Static analysis tool maps code's 'DNA'
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Coverity Inc. says the new release of its Prevent static code-analysis software embodies a new approach to "software mapping" that finds more bugs in embedded and enterprise software than previous technologies. The Prevent Software Quality System (SQS) also includes new defect- tracking capabilities and Java support.

Standard boosts disk drive performance
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The IDEMA group of disk drive makers has put the finishing touches on its Long Block Data standard that aims to lower error rates and boost performance on hard drives that will start sampling later this year.
Environmental law firm releases REACH document
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4/27/2007   Post a comment
White & Case LLP has published a Q&A document about the European Union's Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals (REACH) legislation, which goes into effect on June 1, 2007.
Plexus praised as Scotland looks to move up value chain
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Scottish Enterprise has opened an expanded design center at the Alba Campus in Livingston for electronics manufacturing services specialist Plexus.
Flextronics posts record sales and profits
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Flextronics reported sales levels for its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2007 reached record levels, rising 32 percent and 23 percent, respectively, compared to 2006.
Congress considering energy technology agency
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A proposal for a new government energy research agency patterned after the Pentagon's research office appears to be gaining momentum in Congress.
NIST issues security recommendations for RFID
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The federal agency's guidelines are aimed at helping "smart tag" users evaluate and reduce potential security and privacy risks.
Americans spend $1,200 a year on tech gadgets
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Two of the fastest movers and shakers in the CE industry are devices that enable home networking, according to a new report from the Consumer Electronics Association.
LDO extends battery run-time in portable devices
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4/27/2007   Post a comment
Diodes Inc. has launched a 300-mA fast transient response LDO with a low quiescent current and adjustable regulation down to 1.0 V, which makes it suitable for portable and low-power applications.
16-Mbit SDRAM design reduces SiP/MCP cost in mobile apps
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4/27/2007   Post a comment
Optmized for the mobile handset market, Inapac Technology Inc. is sampling a 16-Mbit SDRAM design based on its high-volume SiPFLOW platform that incorporates a design-for-test (DFT) architecture and production methodology.
Spectrum analyzers offer digital demodulation for wireless networks
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4/27/2007   Post a comment
Aimed at wireless design, R&D and production test engineers, the Aeroflex 3280 Series spectrum analyzers now offers digital demodulation for analyzing 802.11a, b and g wireless networks.
Siemens loses its CEO, gains an SEC probe
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Siemens disclosed Thursday that the Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating the firm, just hours after CEO Klaus Kleinfeld abruptly resigned.
Toshiba reports record high sales despite NAND price drop
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Toshiba said annual sales reached 7.16 trillion ($60 billion), up 12 percent compared to the previous year. Operating profit totaled 258 billion ($2.2 billion), the highest since 1989.
Hynix gains on Samsung in DRAMs
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4/27/2007   Post a comment
Hynix Semiconductor experienced strong growth in DRAMs for the first quarter, allowing it to come within striking distance of market leader Samsung Electronics, according to iSuppli Corp.
ZigBee module features TI SoC
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One RF Technology has introduced a SoC-based ZigBee solution for building automation and wireless sensor networks applications. The miniature ZigBee module, dubbed uTiny, is based on the Texas Instruments CC2430 SoC.
Intel, Micron sample 50-nm MLC NAND flash
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IM Flash Technologies, the manufacturing joint venture between Intel Corp. and Micron Technology Inc., is sampling a 50-nm multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash memory with a 16-Gbit die density.
Compact digital I/O module includes locking USB connector
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4/27/2007   Post a comment
The SeaDAC Lite family of USB digital I/O products offers system designers a compact, low-cost alternative for interfacing any USB equipped computer with real world signals.
Exclusive: Outgoing Sony exec Kutaragi already planning PS4
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Playstation inventor Ken Kutaragi, who will retire as chairman and group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. on June 19, is already thinking ahead to Playstation 4 and beyond.
Advances seen in high-k dielectrics
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Composite nanomaterials, which encapsulate inorganic dielectrics in an organic polymer matrix, promise to double the charge storage capabilities of capacitors, as well as supercharge plastic circuits with high-k dielectric gate oxides, according to researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Congress considering energy technology agency
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A proposal for a new government energy research agency patterned after the Pentagon's research office appears to be gaining momentum in Congress.
Hynix gains on Samsung in DRAMs
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Hynix experienced strong growth in DRAMs for the first quarter, allowing it to come within striking distance of market leader Samsung, according to iSuppli Corp.
Artemis' first innovation cluster is approved
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The European Institute for Complex Safety Critical Systems Engineering (EICOSE) has been named the first Artemis innovation cluster. Initially centered on transportation, the insitute will now turn to complex safety critical systems engineering.
Regulators delaying mobile TV roll-out
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4/27/2007   Post a comment
A quagmire of regulatory delays in Europe is hampering the availability of mobile TV spectrum and will significantly delay the adoption of the continent's favoured specification for the technology, DVB-H, a report from Strategy Analytics warns.
DC/DC converters offer adjustable outputs as high as 350 Vdc
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4/27/2007   Post a comment
Transitronix has introduced the TAF series of high-voltage DC/DC converters that provide adjustable outputs as high as 350 Vdc from 12 Vdc or 24 Vdc inputs.
600-V thyristors deliver high current in small package
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4/27/2007   Post a comment
IXYS has announced that its subsidiary, Westcode Semiconductors, launched a series of 600-V thyristors encapsulated in Westcode's low-profile Wespack housings for greater energy and weight efficiency in power systems.
The wedding of green science and nanotechnology
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4/27/2007   Post a comment
Nanotechnology need not be the new asbestos. It has the potential to be the new penicillin: a panacea for polluting industries and a shot in the arm for U.S. technology leadership.
Obituary: Fred Miller, 81, founded chip equipment maker
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4/27/2007   Post a comment
Fred Miller, the founder of a successful microelectronics wire bonding company, died April 21. He was 81.
SMIC's profits, sales up
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4/27/2007   Post a comment
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) said sales increased to $388.3 million in the first quarter, up 10.6 percent from the like period a year ago and up 1.2 percent sequentially.
Free layout viewer serves trillion transistors
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4/27/2007   Post a comment
A layout viewer from Micro Magic promises instantaneous viewing of trillion-transistor chips — and the Max-View viewer is free to U.S. engineers until June 2008.
Diamond Point introduces revolutionary new Zeusiops fibre-channel solid state drives
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4/27/2007   Post a comment
Available from Diamond Point is a family of STEC ZeusIOPS high performance, 3.5-inch, low-profile solid state drives for advanced mass data storage solutions.
PWM controller cuts power-supply size
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4/27/2007   Post a comment
Linear's LTC3873 is a current mode, PWM controller that reduces the size and complexity of Flyback, Boost and SEPIC power supplies.
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