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Fairchild files patent lawsuit against Infineon
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11/29/2008   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor (San Jose, Calif.) is suing Infineon Technologies AG in the U.S. District Courts of Maine and Delaware, claiming some of the German group's CoolMOS and OptiMOS power management devices, as well as its Infineon IGBT and CanPak parts, infringe one or more of eight Fairchild patents.
Keithley : Component test solution integrates a powerful curve tracer
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11/27/2008   Post a comment
Keithley announces ACS Basic Edition, characterization and curve tracer software for component test applications.
Toshiba may delay fabs, according to report
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11/26/2008   Post a comment
Japan's Toshiba may delay the construction of two flash memory fabs in Japan on account of conditions in the chip market, according to a report by the Kyodo news service.
Industrial Automation: To date no sign of recession
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11/26/2008   Post a comment
At SPS/IPC/Drives exhibition in Nuremberg the industrial automation industry shows no sign of a recession. The industry is in a good mood, there is still growth and the ZVEI (German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association) expects further growth due to extensive bookings.
InterDigital, Samsung settle patent disputes
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
Samsung and InterDigital Inc. have settled their patent disputes, with the South Korean handset maker agreeing to pay the latter an undisclosed sum for both 2G and 3G products until the year 2012.
EC targets another Euros 90 million on photonics R&D
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
The European Commission has opened two more calls for photonics components and systems R&D projects under the 7th research framework programme (FP7), for work to be undertaken between 2009 and 2010.
CiA integrates safe communications into microcontroller
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
The CAN in Automation (CiA) industry group integrates the CANopen safety protocol into the firmware of a Renesas 16-bit microcontroller and provides it to customers. The device, dubbed CSC02, will be available in lieu of the discontinued CSC01.
FTC asks Supreme Court to overturn Rambus decision
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11/25/2008   2 comments
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn an April decision by a lower court that found the FTC failed to demonstrate that actions by memory technology vendor Rambus harmed competition.
Nasdaq warns Cadence on compliance
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11/25/2008   Post a comment
Cadence Design Systems has been notified by the Nasdaq stock market that the company is not in compliance with market rules for failing to file a 10-Q report with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for the quarter ended Sept. 27.
PCI Express gears for backplane role
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11/24/2008   Post a comment
PLX Technology Inc. has defined a way to run Ethernet over its PCI Express switches, reducing cost and power by eliminating the need for Ethernet silicon in some backplane-based network and computer systems.
Firm sues Apple, claims iPhone infringes patent
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11/24/2008   Post a comment
A small technology company has filed suit against Apple, claiming the iPhone infringes a recently granted patent for technology used to help mobile devices access the Internet.
Ericsson calls time on U.S. R&D center
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11/24/2008   Post a comment
Telecom equipment conglomerate L.M. Ericsson (Stockholm, Sweden) is to close its Warrendale, Pennsylvania, research and development center in a move to cut costs.
Combined signal and spectrum analyzers target applications up to 13.6 GHz and 30 GHz
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11/23/2008   Post a comment
Rohde & Schwarz has added two additional combined signal and spectrum analyzers, designated FSV13 and FSV30 to its FSV family: one up to 13.6 GHz and one up to 30 GHz.
Cadence promotes three to exec leadership team
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11/21/2008   Post a comment
EDA vendor Cadence Design Systems Inc., which saw its leadership team gutted in October with the resignations of five top executives, has promoted three people to executive management positions in R&D, worldwide sales, field operations.
Report: Obama gives peek into H-1B policy
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11/21/2008   Post a comment
If President-elect Barack Obama appoints Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano to be secretary of the Department of Homeland Security the move would have significant implications on the incoming administration's policy on H-1B visas, according to a report.
New EU chemical rules take effect Dec. 1
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11/21/2008   Post a comment
European Union environmental legislation that takes effect on Dec. 1 will require manufacturers to register chemicals used in products sold in the EU.
Qimonda reportedly seeks ITC probe of Seagate, LSI
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11/21/2008   Post a comment
German memory supplier Qimonda AG has asked the U.S. International Trade Commisision to investigate accusations of patent infringement by LSI and Seagate Technology, according to a Reuters report.
Poland's lower FDI signals change in investment terrain
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11/20/2008   Post a comment
Poland is bracing for a steep drop in foreign investment next year particularly in the vehicle engine, home appliance and electronics sectors due to the slowing global economy.
Illinois gives sneak peak on multicore programming ideas
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11/19/2008   Post a comment
Researchers at the University of Illinois have detailed their agenda for defining the parallel programming capabilities needed for tomorrow's multicore processors in a white paper that provided one of the most specific plans to date for a next-generation multicore CPU they plan to build in tandem with new parallel programming tools.
U.S. launches Wiki on nano health and safety
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11/18/2008   Post a comment
The National Institute of Standards and Technology is co-developing a collaborative Web site aimed at establishing standard methods for minimizing the environmental, health and safety risks of nanotechnology.
Broadcom says Qualcomm held in contempt of injunction
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11/18/2008   Post a comment
A federal judge found Qualcomm in contempt of an injunction entered last December that was designed to prevent the company from infringement of two patents, according to Broadcom.
JDSU acquires optical comms test specialist
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11/18/2008   Post a comment
Optical components and test gear maker JDSU has acquired, for an undisclosed sum, Circadiant, a leading player in SFP+, 10 GigE and other stressed signal test systems.
Anritsu : Integrated test set measures new Bluetooth low energy products
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11/18/2008   Post a comment
Anritsu introduces an integrated test set to measure the new generation of Bluetooth low-energy products, as well as a solution to support the Enhanced Power Control (EPC) feature.
Handheld spectrum analyzers meet requirements for field use
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11/18/2008   Post a comment
Rohde & Schwarz is presenting two all-purpose instruments for mobile spectrum analysis: the R&S FSH4 and the R&S FSH8
Report: Patent office continues to fall behind
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11/17/2008   1 comment
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office gave itself high marks in an annual report but the office still has not found a route to clearing its growing backlog of applications despite several programs in the works.
Spec drives USB to 300 Mbytes/s and beyond
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11/17/2008   1 comment
The widely used USB interface officially gets an upgrade to a version 3.0 at a developers' conference where a handful of companies are expected to announce product plans for the new spec with data rates that could hit 400 Mbytes/second.
Klaric : Automotive test module measures voltage and current
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11/17/2008   Post a comment
With the KLARI-MOD MC 2 module, Klaric GmbH introduces a new generation of electronic measurement equipment.
Cray second to break petaflops barrier
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11/17/2008   Post a comment
The world officially has a second petaflop-class computer, the Jaguar system at U.S. Oak Ridge National Laboratory hit Linpack performance of 1.059 petaflops using a Cray XT5 system in the latest rankings of the world's fastest supercomputers.
ARM introduces S/W interface standard for Cortex-M series processors
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11/14/2008   Post a comment
New standard from ARM provides a single, scalable interface standard across all Cortex-M series processor vendors enabling easier code sharing and re-use.
Tiny RF MEMS switch targeted at T&M gear
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11/14/2008   Post a comment
Omron Electronic Components has started sampling a 10GHz RF MEMS switch, offering a typical insertion loss of 1dB at 8GHz in a tiny package measuring 5.2 x 3.0 x 1.8mm.
AMD nudges graphics computing forward
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11/13/2008   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices is releasing new software and hardware to drive use of its graphics processors for general-purpose Stream Computing initiative, competing head-on with Nvidia Corp. to establish a way to use graphics chips as parallel processors for a range of high-end technical and media uses.
Energy-harvesting scheme targets 'sustainable' buildings
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11/12/2008   Post a comment
A Siemens spinoff called EnOcean is targeting its energy-harvesting technology at wireless sensor networks in buildings, which company executives predict will be a multibillion dollar market.
Synopsys announces USB 3.0 cores
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11/12/2008   Post a comment
Synopsys is announcing its plans to ship intellectual property cores for the USB 3.0 interface a week ahead of a conference where the initial spec for the fast interconnect is expected to be released.
ARM group seeks to extend microcontroller software reuse
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11/12/2008   Post a comment
Processor intellectual property licensor ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) came to a hotel adjacent to the Electronica exhibition here and announced the availability of the Cortex Microcontroller Software Interface Standard (CMSIS), a hardware abstraction layer for the Cortex-M processor series.
Executives seek help to improve Europe's chip industry competitiveness
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11/11/2008   Post a comment
Europe needs to master innovation and shape its own semiconductor future to restore competitiveness according to a report from the European Semiconductor Industry Association (ESIA).
Logic analyzer module targets state-of-the-art embedded applications
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11/10/2008   Post a comment
Tektronix's TLA7BC4 provides long record length to capture more data.
NetLogic preps 100G Ethernet PHY chip
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11/10/2008   Post a comment
NetLogic Microsystems Inc. is angling to become the first company to sample a physical layer chip for the upcoming 40/100 Gbit Ethernet standard, one of the first pieces of the puzzle for a market expected to come together slowly over the next few years.
Intel rolls health care system and service
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11/9/2008   1 comment
Intel Corp. has decided it wants to be the first big systems integrator in what it believes could be a trillion dollar market for home health care services, rolling out a new line of systems, software and services for health care providers.
picoChip targets femtocell 'sniffer' opportunity
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11/7/2008   Post a comment
Wireless chip specialist picoChip Designs Ltd (Bath, England) has released three reference designs for femtocells that deals with one of the major problems and concerns surrounding the emerging technology.
Rambus files ITC complaint against Nvidia
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11/6/2008   Post a comment
Memory technology IP provider Rambus has filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission requesting an investigation into alleged patent violations by graphics graphics chip vendor Nvidia.
Report: Man indicted for stealing Intel trade secrets
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11/6/2008   Post a comment
Federal prosecutors in Massachusetts have charged a man who worked for Advanced Micro Devices with stealing more than $1 billion worth of trade secrets from Intel, according to a report.
Synopsys contributes draft standard to IPL Alliance
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11/6/2008   Post a comment
EDA and IP vendor Synopsys has contributed a draft standard for interoperable property and parameter definitions to the IPL (Interoperable PDK Libraries) Alliance.
More funds pledged to save Bletchley Park
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11/6/2008   Post a comment
Bletchley Park, home to Britain's code-cracking and computing heritage, has won a lifeline in the form of a £330,000 donation from English Heritage.
Updated: Cadence cuts 625 jobs
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11/5/2008   Post a comment
Cadence Design Systems Inc. said it will lay off 625 full-time workers, or 12 percent of its global workforce, in an effort to cut operating costs.
Wanted: America's top tech exec
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11/5/2008   1 comment
President-elect Barack Obama pledged to name the first U.S. federal chief technology officer as part of his platform as a candidate, so here are our recommendations on what the job should focus on and eight candidates to consider.
SanDisk rolls format for flash drives
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11/5/2008   1 comment
SanDisk Corp. is announcing a new flash-file format for solid-state drives it will release in its 2009 products, claiming it bolsters performance 100-fold on some operations, along with two metrics for comparing the performance of SSDs.
R&D jobs bear the brunt of Nokia restructuring
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11/4/2008   Post a comment
Nokia is continuing to reduce its headcount as it responds to lower market forecasts for mobile phones, and will cut a further 450 jobs in production, sales and marketing as well as "sharpen its focus on fewer but stronger research areas", which will see headcount at its Research Centre fall by 130.
Intel cancels ultrawideband design effort
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11/4/2008   Post a comment
Intel Corp. quietly ended a five-year research effort in ultrawideband, another blow for the emerging technology for which support is tightening in the face of an expected recession.
MEMS attack interference with spread-spectrum scheme
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11/3/2008   Post a comment
MEMS oscillator maker SiTime Corp. said it is expanding into the electromagnetic compliance business with a family of MEMS electromagnetic interference products.


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