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ST gives update on headcount restructuring
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Commenting on its financial results for the first half of fiscal year 2009, European chipmaker STMicroelectronics NV (Geneva, Switzerland) provided an update on the current status of the company's restructuring plan.
Infineon rights issue success a setback for investment firm
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Infineon Technologies AG has managed to raise at least Euros 692 million (about $986 million) in its share offer, which means U.S investment firm Apollo Global Management LLC has largely failed to build up a major stake in the German semiconductor company.
Stereo DAC with an integrated 2Vrms driver claims 112dB dynamic range
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Designed for high-definition audiovisual products, the latest stereo DAC from ESS Technology (Fremont, California) claims to outperform 'all 3.3V powered D/A converters with 2Vrms drivers in the market.'
Libero IDE v8.6 features design debug and upgraded power analysis
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Actel Corporation has released a new version of Libero Integrated Design Environment (IDE), v8.6. The new version offers designers several new features, including upgraded power analysis using the SmartPower tool and post-layout probe insertion for device debug.
Actel touts power design, analysis features of latest Libero IDE
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Programmable logic vendor Actel announced the latest release of its Libero integrated design environment, including new features such as upgraded power analysis using the SmartPower tool and post-layout probe insertion for device debug.
Healthy IC supplier inventories seen in Q2 results
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Most major semiconductor suppliers that have reported second-quarter results are currently holding lean levels of chip inventory, putting them in a strong competitive position as demand begins to recover, according to market research firm iSuppli.
10 Gbit Ethernet lands on server motherboards
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Ten Gbit Ethernet is beginning to find its way on to motherboards for server blade systems, providing some traction for what has been a slow ramp for the next big step in networking.
Atmel tops sales target, but swings to loss
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Atmel it exceeded its second quarter revenue target, posting sales of $285 million for the period.
Altera releases CPRI v4.1 IP core
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Altera announced the availability of its Common Public Radio Interface v4.1 intellectual property core.
SOFTWARE TOOLS - Libero IDE v8.6 features design debug and upgraded power analysis
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Actel's new version of Libero Integrated Design Environment (IDE), v8.6, offers designers several new features, including upgraded power analysis using the SmartPower tool and post-layout probe insertion for device debug.
SOFTWARE TOOLS - Toolkit for ModLyng Integrated Modeling Environment reduces simulation time for analog mixed signal models
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Lynguent Event-Driven Mixed-Signal Toolkit for ModLyng Integrated Environment reduces the simulation time for analog mixed-signal models used in IC designs.
Video: DAC chair on the 2009 show
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EE Times caught up with Andrew Kahng, chair of the 46th Design Automation Conference, who said the event exceeded a lot of expectations considering the economy and the July dates.
Lattice releases new version of CPLD design suite
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Programmable logic supplier Lattice Semiconductor rolled out a new version of its free ispLEVER Classic design tool suite, including updated support for Lattice's complex programmable logic devices.
Crydom introduces "HS" series of heat sinks and solid state relays
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Crydom has introduced a new line of heat sinks, solid state relay/heat sink assemblies and accessories.
NI LabVIEW 2009 targets emerging applications
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National Instruments has announced LabVIEW 2009, the latest version of the graphical system design software platform for control, test and embedded system development.
Google CEO leaves Apple board as competition builds
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Google's chief executive, Eric Schmidt, has resigned from the board of Apple, Inc. in a sign of the increasing competition between the two companies in the market for mobile systems and software.
TEL to close three plants amid losses
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Not long ago, Japan's fab tool giants were riding high during the boom times.
Rudolph Technologies buys APC firm
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Rudolph Technologies Inc. has acquired Adventa Control Technologies Inc., a Plano, Texas-based provider of advanced process control (APC) technologies.
Innovision raises $9 million to fund NFC growth
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Innovision Research & Technology plc (Cirencester, England) has announced that it has secured funding of nearly £5.4 million (about $9 million) from existing and new institutional investors.
High input voltage switching regulator with programmable output current limit
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Linear Technology Corporation has announced the LT3663, a 1.2A, 1.5MHz monolithic current mode step-down switching regulator with a programmable output current limit.
Fanless system with 6 serial ports support from IBASE
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IBASE Technology Inc. has introduced the ASB200-883-6COM, a compact fanless embedded system based on IBASE IB883 3.5-inch disk-size embedded SBC that supports six serial ports and eight GPIOs.
Low-profile 1-A rectifiers feature voltage range of 100 V to 200 V
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Vishay Intertechnology, Inc., has introduced a new series of low-profile, surface-mount 1-A rectifiers with a 100-V to 200-V voltage range and ultrafast 25-ns reverse recovery time for high-frequency applications.
GlobalFoundries: We are building on Dresden
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I am an American, and I am now living here in Dresden. This is my second assignment here, following a two year stint nearly 10 years ago. I have worked for the past nearly 20 years for Advanced Micro Devices. AMD is one of only two companies left in the world that design and build microprocessors.
Freescale scraps plans to sell cellular unit, says analyst
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Freescale Semiconductor Inc. has abandoned its plans to sell its cellular unit, according to an analyst.
Perfect Plastic develops foil contactless cards with Inside Contactless
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Illinois-based Perfect Plastic Printing announced it has introduced a full-face foil PVC contactless payment card based on Inside Contactless' MicroPass 4003 and antenna design.
Vishay : Transmissive optical sensors offer junction temperature rating of + 145 degree C
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Vishay has extended the temperature range of its AEC-Q101-qualified TCPT1300X01 and TCUT 1300X01 surface-mount transmissive (interrupter) optical sensors for the automotive market.
Samplify rolls signal compression algorithm
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Mixed-singal IC vendor Samplify Systems introduced Prism 3.0, a real-time signal compression algorithm for implementation on popular FPGA platforms and Samplify's intelligent data converters.
Arteris offering peripheral interconnect IP
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Arteris, a provider of network-on-chip interconnect IP, announced the availability of a peripheral interconnect solution said to provide an efficient way to integrate peripheral components onto a system-on-chip.
Android heads for high def roles
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MIPS Technologies and one of its partners are developing extensions to the Android operating system to support high definition video displays, part of a broader initiative by MIPS to bring Google's cellphone software to consumer electronics devices such as Blu-ray players, set-top boxes and digital TVs.
Graphene nanoribbons cut power use, cooler than copper
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Graphene could carry nearly 1,000 times more current and operate at temperatures more than 10 times cooler than conventional copper interconnects below 22-nanometer line widths, according to researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Power-supply monitor/controller is bridge between analog supply and digital oversight
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LTC2978 gives your multirail analog supply subsystem the digital "hooks" it needs
Numonyx researches diodes for multilayer cross-bar memories
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Numonyx has participated in a 2.95 million euro (about $4.2 million) project to develop low-temperature zinc-oxide diodes for two-terminal memories based on cross-bar architectures. Such memories could be based on phase-change materials or on materials that change resistance through other mechanisms.
June global chip sales up 3.7% on previous month
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Global sales of semiconductors rose to $17.2 billion in June, up 3.7 percent from May when sales were $16.6 billion, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). June sales were, however, 20 percent lower than June 2008 when sales amounted to $21.6 billion.
Intersil : Video delay lines provide crystal clear images
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Four triple analog delay lines for video signals from Intersil provide crystal clear video images at distances up to 300 m for keyboard-video-mouse (KVM) applications such as in offices, banks, supermarkets or classrooms, or any video carried over long distances of inexpensive twisted-pair cable.
Lattice releases Version 1.3 of ispLEVER Classic
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Lattice Semiconductor has released Version 1.3 of its ispLEVER Classic design tool suite.
Knitter-switch : Pushbutton switch has a footprint of just 7 x 3 mm
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Knitter-switch has added to its SSP series of sub-miniature pushbutton switches with a switch designed specifically for use with mobile multimedia devices, portable medical devices and a variety of test and measuring instruments.
BMW to use Bosch-Samsung batteries for e-car
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SB LiMotive, a joint venture of Bosch and Samsung focused on the production of lithium ion batteries, has announced its first customer: BMW will use SB LiMotive batteries to power its electric cars.
Amélioration du marché français des puces en juin
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Le marché français des semi-conducteurs a enregistré une croissance de 7,8% en juin 2009, par rapport à la moyenne des trois mois précédents, selon le Syndicat des Industries de micro et nanotechnologies, plus communément appelé Sitelesc.
Bosch takes over two photovoltaics companies
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Automotive and industrial electronics giant Bosch group (Stuttgart, Germany) is broadening its photovoltaics activities by the acquisiton of two companies involved module manufacturing including CIGS thin-film modules.
Analog resistive touch-screen controllers debut for embedded markets
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Microchip Technology Inc. has announced the mTouch AR1000 resistive touch-screen controllers, giving embedded designers the flexibility they need to quickly and easily implement analog resistive touch-screen interfaces.
Borrego Solar gets $30 million for solar financing
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U.S. solar power system installer Borrego Solar Systems said it has received $30 million from Taiwan's Walsin Lihwa to offer financing to solar power project customers.
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