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AMD, Acacia resolve patent disputes through licensing agreements
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Acacia Research said AMD has entered into licensing agreements with two of its wholly owned subsidiaries, dissolving two patent infringement suits that were pending in U.S. District Courts.
4-Gbyte embedded storage device to replace micro hard drives
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SanDisk Corp.'s iNAND is a small, high-speed NAND flash storage device that the company is touting as an alternative to micro hard drives in mobile applications.
Philips boosts its ARM7 TDMI CPU core speeds to 70 MHz
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Claiming a 10 MHz edge on other ARM7 TDNMI based 32-bit microcontrollers, Philips Semiconductors will in November make available three new additions to its LPC2000 (MCU) family.
EVE lance la 3ème génération de sa plate-forme ZeBu
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Forte d’une croissance fulgurante au cours de l’exercice fiscal 2004, la jeune pousse franco-américaine Emulation and Verification Engineering (EVE) dévoile cette semaine sa troisième génération de plate-forme de vérification matérielle, ZeBu-UF. Le premier-né de cette famille, l’émulateur ultra-rapide ZeBu-UF2, vise la vérification simultanée du matériel et du logiciel embarqué.
File viewer adds EDA enhancements
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Cimmetry Systems Corp. has released version 19 of the company's AutoVue enterprise-wide file viewing software.
Renesas builds capacitorless twin-transistor RAM for embedded SoCs
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In a development that could have significant impact of a wide range of memory-intensive embedded System-on-Chip designs, Renesas Technology Corp. today announced that it has built a high-density capacitorless twin-transistor RAM (TTRAM) that achieves both high-speed operation and low power consumption.
Focus targets video distribution with UWB chip set
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Focus Enhancements Inc., a video production and conversion technology developer, said it has received first silicon for its 880-Mbps ultrawideband chip.
1500-watt industrial supplies carry 5-year warranty
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Suited for high-power, high-reliability designs, Lambda's HWS1500 series of AC/DC fan-cooled single-output supplies, for industrial equipment and like applications, comes with a five-year warranty. These rack-mount units are available in four versions, with nominal outputs at 12, 15, 24 and 48 volts.
Active OR-ing hot-swap IC is also programmable
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Summit Microelectronics touts its SMH4814 as the industry's first programmable dual-feed active OR-ing hot-swap controller. The SMH4814 device can monitor and control two independent -48 volt feeds, allowing for redundant power supply control.
Oasis file format gets endorsed by DFM startup
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Oasis Tooling is expected to announce next week that Aprio Technologies is the first commercial licensee of Oasis test cases and tools to assist in the development and optimization of Oasis database technology for photomask layout exchange and interchange.
Emerson network powers Liebert's Global Services Group
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An Internet-based remote monitoring gateway from Emerson Network Power creates a secure link between mission critical infrastructure equipment (for example, UPS, cooling, generators) at the customer's facility and the Liebert Global Services command center.
Elektra PC/104 board features 4 D/A channels, 24 programmable I/O
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Diamond Systems has a new 200 MHz Pentium II PC/104 board that incorporates 128MB memory, Ethernet, and a professional-quality analog and digital I/O circuitry with autocalibration.
Quartz device maker Epsom Toyocom launches operations
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Epson Toyocom Corp., formed through the integration of the quartz device business of Seiko Epson Corp. (Epson) and Toyo Communication Equipment Co., Ltd. (Toyocom), will begin operations on Oct. 1, aiming to be the largest global supplier of quartz crystals and oscillators.
Axiomtek switches take on real time industrial Ethernet apps
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Targeting the real time deterministic Ethernet needs in many industrial and communications infrastructure applications, Axiomtek has just introduced two new multiport 10/100 and 100-base managed switches in its iCOM product family.
WLAN and Bluetooth combos get isolation switch
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NEC's UPG2150T5L SP3T (Single Pole Triple Throw) switch isolates Bluetooth from 802.11b/g for designs that require transceivers that combine Bluetooth, WLAN, and Short Range Wireless capability.
Altera Adds Marubun and Tachibana Tectron to Distribute FPGAs, CPLDs in Japan
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On the heels of celebrating 15 years serving Japanese electronics markets, Altera announced that it has signed distribution agreements with Marubun and Tachibana Tectron.
Eureka Demonstrates PCI Express Compliance Targeting FPGAs and ASICs
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Eureka Technology's PCI Express Controller core can, according to the company, be implemented in virtually all current FPGA and ASIC technologies.
Cisco acquires network memory company
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Network systems company Cisco Systems Inc. has agreed to acquire network memory technology supplier Nemo Systems Inc. for $12.5 million.
August chip sales to get PC boost, says analyst
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Monthly chip sales are expected to improve to a three-month average of $18.5 billion in August, up from $18 billion in July, according Handelsbanken Capital Markets. Official figures from the U.S. Semiconductor Association are scheduled to be released early next week.
CriticalBlue supporting Power architecture with Cascade
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Embedded systems design tool startup CriticalBlue has added support for IBM's Power architecture to its Cascade co-processor synthesis tool
Bicycling robot shows good balance
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Murata Manufacturing Co., Ltd. has demonstrated a bicycling robot designed to showcase the electronic component manufacturer's sensor technologies at the CEATEC Japan 2005 show.
Nortel reorganizes again
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Aiming to strengthen its role in converged network applications, communications company Nortel Networks Corp. has reorganized itself into two major product groups to better meet the needs of global enterprise and carrier customers.
La recherche sur le MOSFET s’intensifie
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Les fabricants investissent des millions de dollars en recherche pour continuer d’améliorer le transistor à effet de champ de semi-conducteur d’oxyde de métal (MOSFET pour Metal Oxide Semiconductor Field Effect Transistor). Il s’agit, en effet, de la technologie la plus populaire à 300 volts et au-delà.
Pushbutton switches meet RoHS requirements
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Constructed with heat-resistant material, the new LP01 series of pushbutton switches from NKK Switches can withstand lead-free soldering.
FPC connector features locking mechanism
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A new vertical ZIF-style FPC connector from SMK Electronics features a flip-lock mechanism to secure the flex circuit, which ensures greater stability and reliability, said the company.
Hynix unveils roadmap for 70-nm NAND flash
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Korean chip maker Hynix Semiconductor Inc. has disclosed an aggressive product roadmap to mass produce NAND-based flash memory.
Small TFT-LCD targets industrial apps
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In response to increasing demand for more cost-efficient UA-SFT-based LCDs for industrial applications, NEC Electronics America, Inc. has introduced a new 8.4-inch (21-centimeters-diagonal) video graphics array (VGA), amorphous silicon, thin film transistor liquid crystal display (TFT LCD) module.
300-watt AC/DCs serve compact robotics
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MicroPower Direct's HF300W-SC series of AC/DC supplies, in a compact 8.5-by-4.5-by-1.96 inch enclosure, delivers up to 300 watts for machine/process control systems, industrial robotics, and datacom and telecom applications. These switchers include power factor correction to over 0.98 and robust filtering.
Ecoles de génie électrique et électronique : Où sont passées les filles ?
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Cela ne figure pas sur tous les écrans de contrôle des Américains, mais l’enseignement technique aux Etats-Unis est en crise. Dans les bonnes années, le nombre d ingénieurs américains diplômés s’élève à 50 000 alors qu’il est le double ou le triple en Chine et en Inde. On ne retrouve que peu de scientifiques dans le paysage politique américain alors que c’est l’inverse en Chine et en Inde.
Intrinsic touts micropipe-free SiC substrates
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Intrinsic Semiconductor has started production of initial lots of 100-mm SiC substrates and plans to migrate production of all its products — SiC wafers of both insulating and conducting types, SiC and gallium nitride (GaN) epitaxial products in 75-mm diameter — to the new process.
Philips CEO expects slow growth in 2006
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The global semiconductor market may have seen a slowdown in the first half of this year, but the third and fourth quarters are likely to experience 5 to 6 percent growth, according to Philips Semiconductors chief executive Frans van Houten.
Venture capital counter moves above $1.72 billion
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So far in 2005, up to and including Sept. 30, EE Times has reported on 132 startup deals that have raised $1,721,950,000 from more than 200 venture capital firms and other investors.
Infineon taps Ng head of communications chip group
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More board level changes at Infineon Technologies AG sees Tony Ng taking responsibility for the operations of the communication business group at Infineon Technologies AG.
Bird mulls handset manufacture in India
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China’s largest mobile handset manufacturer, Bird, is considering setting up a handset manufacturing plant in India but will decide after talks with supplier and software developers back in China.
Handy-Bildsensoren verbessern Auflösung
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Mit neuen CMOS-Bildsensoren im Viertelzoll-Format zielt Cypress Semiconductor auf den Markt hochwertiger Fotohandys. Die neuen Imaging-Lösungen geben Designern die Möglichkeit, ihre Lösungen durch eine Verbesserung der Bildqualität und höhere Auflösung aufzuwerten, während das optische Format und die Größe der Geräte unverändert bleiben können.
Litho-Maskenstandard bleibt noch lange unverändert
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Der Standard für Lithographie-Fotomasken zur Halbleiterherstellung wird voraussichtlich bis zum 32-Nanometer-Node ohne wesentlichen Veränderungen beibehalten werden können. Darin waren sich die Teilnehmer eines Workshops der Branchenorganisation Sematech einig.
ADI ferme le centre de conception du DSP TigerSharc
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Analog Devices Inc. a annoncé son intention de fermer d’ici quatre mois son centre de conception, ouvert il y a dix ans à Herzliya, en Israël, lieu de conception de son architecture DSP TigerSharc.
Samsung se déciderait bientôt sur l’éventualité d’une usine aux Etats-Unis
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Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd devrait décider prochainement s’il construit une unité de fabrication 300 mm aux Etats-Unis.
Sony, SanDisk push micro Memory Stick
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SanDisk and Sony Corporation have launched a jointly developed Memory Stick card dubbed the Micro, and are targeting the removable flash storage recording format at the mobile phones sector.
Asustek mulls spin-out of manufacturing unit, says report
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Taiwanese electronics good maker Asustek is gearing up to outsource some of its manufacturing operations over the next three years, according to a report Friday (Sept. 30) on the Financial Times' web-site.
Radiocrafts’ Zigbee-Ready RF Module comes with serial port profile & I/O mapping
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Radiocrafts AS has expanded its product line with a compact Zigbee™-ready module with embedded Serial Port Profile and I/O mapping (SPPIO™) software. The RC2200AT-SPPIO is a complete off-the-shelf Zigbee-ready module with a fully embedded application profile and mesh networking protocol stack supporting Full Function Device (FFD) and Reduced Function Device (RFD) operation.
knitter-switch SMT Tact Switches are micro-miniature and RoHS compliant
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knitter-switch announces a series of micro-miniature tact switches designed for a variety of applications in industrial automation where an ultra-small, rugged and waterproof switch is required. Called the TMSE series, the switches are RoHS compliant, washable (comparable to a IP65 rating) and feature a long mechanical life (100 000 cycles).
Korean firm ships CMP tool to Samsung
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At the Sedex Korea 2005 trade show here, South Korean semiconductor-equipment provider Doosan DND Co. Ltd. rolled out an advanced chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) machine for 300-mm wafer applications.
TI ne croit pas aux alliances avec d’autres fournisseurs de puces
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Richard Templeton, PDG de Texas Instruments, est fermement convaincu que l’avenir de son entreprise se construira sur ses propres compétences en matière de procédés CMOS avancés et d’expertise analogique plutôt qu’en s’alliant à d’autres fournisseurs de puces.
Strained-Silicon wichtigstes Thema des IEDM
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Probleme mit High-k-Dielektrika für Strukturen jenseits des 45-nm-Nodes zwingen die Branche, nach Alternativen zu suchen. In diesem Zeichen wird auch das diesjährige 'International Electron Devices Meeting' (IEDM) stehen, das vom 5. bis 7. Dezember in Washington stattfindet. Schwerpunkt des Branchentreffens wird die zweite Generation von Strained-Silicon-Techniken sein
Infineon verstärkt Asien-Fraktion im Management
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Stühlerücken bei Infineon: Der bisherige Leiter der Region Asien-Pazifik, Tony Ng, tritt in die Bereichsleitung der Kommunikationssparte des Unternehnens ein. Der Chef des China-Geschäfts übernimmt die Verantwortung für die Region Asien-Pazifik
Micron steigert Umsatz und Gewinn
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Der Speicherchiphersteller Micron Technology hat die Rückkehr in die Gewinnzone geschafft: Im vierten Quartal seines Geschäftsjahres verdiente das Unternehmen 43 Millionen Dollar; im Vorquartal war ein Verlust von 128 Millionen Dollar in den Büchern gestanden. Der Umsatz stieg um 20 Prozent auf 1,26 Milliarden Dollar.
Samsung investiert Milliarden in Chipfertigung
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Der koreanische Elektronikgigant Samsung will seine Niederlassung in Hwaseong zur weltweit größten Chipfabrik ausbauen. Am Donnerstag begann das Unternehmen mit den Arbeiten für die zweite Ausbaustufe. Insgesamt will Samsung dort im Rahmen eines Sieben-Jahre-Plans umgerechnet 33 Milliarden US-Dollar investieren.
Sanyo supprimera 10 000 emplois d’ici janvier et revoit ses prévisions à la baisse
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Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd. va accélérer son programme triennal de revitalisation en supprimant 10 000 emplois d’ici janvier 2006, c’est à dire les deux tiers des 15 000 suppressions de postes qui devaient avoir lieu à l’origine sur l’exercice fiscal 2007.
Samsung will soon decide on U.S. fab
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Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. will shortly decide on whether to build a 300-mm fab in the United States.
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