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SOFTWARE TOOLS - Rapita Systems launches improved version of RapiTime
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5/28/2010   Post a comment
Rapita Systems Ltd has added new advanced features to RapiTime, the company's tool for the measurement and timing analysis of real-time embedded software. The latest release, RapiTime v2.3, improves execution time measurement, code coverage and worst-case execution time analysis.
Smart grid standards expected by mid-2011
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5/28/2010   2 comments
Engineers aim to deliver within a year a broad suite of standards needed to build smart electric grids and reported on stepwise progress at the end of Connectivity Week here.
SOFTWARE TOOLS - Mentor, Lauterbach team on accelerated hardware/software debug/verification suite
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5/27/2010   Post a comment
Mentor Graphics Corp. and Lauterbach GmbH have collaborated to deliver a hardware-accelerated software development and debug platform for the verification of Systems-on-Chip (SoCs) and embedded systems.
Autoelectronics market to reach $210 billion in 2014, says analyst
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5/27/2010   Post a comment
The market for automotive electronic systems is set to grow from a 2009 low of $125 billion to about $210 million in 2014, a CAGR over the period of 11 percent, according to market research firm Strategy Analytics. Over the longer period to 2017 the company is forecasting a CAGR of 9 percent to yield an annual market of about $244 billion.
Analyst sees chip market uptick over next decade
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5/27/2010   Post a comment
The global chip market will likely rise annually by about 8 to 10 percent on average over the next decade, due to the demands of environmental engineering on semiconductor technologies, according to an industry analyst.
Group breaks logjam over smart meter standard
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5/27/2010   1 comment
Developers have agreed on a process to define by the end of the year a "seed" standard describing how to present data to devices that monitor smart electric grids, breaking a logjam that has drawn attention from Obama Administration officials and others trying to drive the move to a digital networked grid.
New loss measurement requirement coming for circuit board fab shops
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5/27/2010   1 comment
Intel is setting expectations with their circuit board fab houses that loss measurements will become a required performance metric for their high end server circuit boards.
Arbitrary waveform generators produce high sample rate, resolution
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5/26/2010   1 comment
LeCroy Corp. recently launched the ArbStudio series of arbitrary waveform generators (AWG) capable of generating signals up to 125 MHz with high sample rate, long memory and high resolution, as well as a variety of operating modes, modulation capabilities and a digital pattern generator.
Powerline backers spar over smart grid market
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5/25/2010   Post a comment
Competing powerline proponents used the platform of the Connectivity Week event to fire off competing announcements to position themselves for success in the emerging smart grid market that has huge potential, but sees no end in sight to years of fragmentation over technical approaches.
Intel extends business plan competition
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5/25/2010   Post a comment
Paul Otellini, CEO of Intel Corp., has launched the 2010 Intel Challenge, a competition for university students who are asked to submit business plans for the chance to win $150,000. Otellini launched the competition during a speech at the World Congress on IT in Amsterdam.
12-bit ADC clocks 3.6 Gsps with nearly invisible noise floor, strong noise power ratio and IMD
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5/24/2010   Post a comment
National Semiconductor ADC12D1800 family tops out with -147 dBm/Hz NF, 52 dB NPR, -61 dBFS IMD
USB device seeks to improve password security
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5/21/2010   Post a comment
A security expert has received patent on a USB-based devices that he claims can solve the secure password dilemma.
PNA-X network analyzer option offers accurate noise figure measurements up to 50 GHz
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5/21/2010   Post a comment
Agilent has introduced Option 028 to its PNA-X series of microwave network analyzers, allowing highly accurate, source-corrected noise figure measurements of amplifiers, frequency converters and mixers up to 50 GHz.
India 3G auction nabs $15 billion, but no national carrier
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5/20/2010   Post a comment
India’s month-long 3G auctions attracted industry bids totaling $15 billion, almost 50 percent above the government’s expectations.
Update: FormFactor's CEO, CFO step down
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5/20/2010   Post a comment
Wafer probe card maker FormFactor announced that both its chief executive and chief financial officer have stepped down, effective immediately. The company did not specify the reasons given for their resignations.
Infineon, Elpida settle spat, cross-license patents
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5/20/2010   Post a comment
German chip company Infineon Technologies AG has announced that it has settled its patent infringement claim against Japan's Elpida Memory Inc. by way of a broad cross-licensing agreement.
Chip makers back Google's open source codec
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5/19/2010   1 comment
A handful of mobile chip makers--including ARM, MIPS, Nvidia and Texas Instruments--said they will support Google's move to establish V8, a video codec it acquired with On2 Technologies in August.
Europe fines nine DRAM makers $400 million
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5/19/2010   Post a comment
As expected, the European Commission has announced fines for ten DRAM makers who took part in price-fixing in the earliest years of the millennium.
60 GHz groups face off in Beijing over Wi-Fi's future
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5/18/2010   Post a comment
Engineers appear to have struck a quick compromise in meetings in Beijing this week to hammer out the future of Wi-Fi in the IEEE 802.11ad group that includes members from two opposing camps in 60 GHz wireless technology.
Slideshow: A whirlwind tour of Samsung
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5/17/2010   Post a comment
A three-day tour of Samsung's operations was definitely not enough time to take in the vibrant city of Seoul and its technology. Nevertheless, here are some snap shots.
Sidense denies Kilopass patent infringement allegations
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5/17/2010   Post a comment
Sidense, a supplier of antifuse-based non-volatile memory IP cores, has said that the legal proceedings brought against it by rival memory IP supplier Kilopass for alleged patent infringement, are without substance or merit.
Europe set to fine memory chip makers, say reports
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5/17/2010   Post a comment
Memory chip makers, including Samsung, Hynix and Infineon whose subsidiary Qimonda is now defunct, are expected to be fined by the European Union for illegally fixing memory chip prices, according to reports.
Intersil aims to become $1 billion player
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5/14/2010   3 comments
Intersil has raised its second quarter outlook.
Report: Another Foxconn employee commits suicide
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5/14/2010   6 comments
Yet another Chinese employee of contract electronics manufacturer Foxconn has fallen fell to their death, according to a Xinhua report, that cited the company and local police in Shenzhen as its sources.
Silicon wafer shipments up
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5/14/2010   Post a comment
Worldwide silicon wafer area shipments increased.
Probe card market looking up
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5/13/2010   Post a comment
The ATE probe card market is looking up after the downturn in 2009, according to VLSI Research Inc.
Philips replaces 60-W standard bulb with 12-W LED alternative
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5/13/2010   5 comments
At the Lightfar International tradeshow here, Royal Philips Electronics today unveiled its 12 watt EnduraLED light bulb it claims is the first LED replacement for a 60 watt incandescent light bulb.
Cadence to buy Denali for $315 million
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5/13/2010   4 comments
EDA software vendor Cadence Design Systems Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) has entered into a definitive merger agreement to buy memory model company Denali Software Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.) for $315 million in cash. Denali is expected to have approximately $45 million in cash at closing.
HTC sues Apple over phone, pad and pod
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5/13/2010   Post a comment
HTC Corp., maker of the so-called Google phone, took legal action against Apple Inc. on Wednesday (May 12), filing a complaint with the International Trade Commission to halt the importation and sale of the iPhone, iPad and iPod in the United States.
A4 processor found inside next-gen Apple iPhone
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5/12/2010   Post a comment
Apple Inc.'s next generation iPhone will use its new A4 applications processor and support video capture.
Enables ZigBee function integration in smart energy end devices
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5/12/2010   Post a comment
SyChip has introduced SyNode, a smart energy embedded module dubbed SN3020 that it claims is the smallest, lowest-power, fully compliant ZigBee module supporting Smart Energy and Home Automation profiles.
Freescale backs Liquavista for e-reader displays
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5/12/2010   Post a comment
Electrowetting display provider Liquavista has said it is working with Freescale Semiconductor Inc., a supplier of microprocessors for e-readers.
PLS UDE 2.7 tests and debugs Cortex-M4 and Cortex-M3 derivates
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5/12/2010   Post a comment
New version of PLS UDE 2.7 tests and debugs Cortex-M4 and Cortex-M3 derivates and offers unrestricted C/C++ support, a symbol browser, configurable toolbars, extensive context related menus.
Reactions mixed to home mesh networking effort
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5/12/2010   1 comment
Reactions to plans to create a mesh standard for home networks have been mixed as backers praise the effort as the future of whole home coverage, competitors from the Zigbee Alliance critique it as a late comer, those with who have worked on other wireless mesh standards indicate it won't be easy -- and some still haven't heard about it.
Nikon's fab tool biz down in '09
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5/11/2010   Post a comment
Nikon Corp.'s fab tool business saw its net sales drop by 31.7 percent from the previous fiscal year to 150.1 billion yen ($1.6 billion).
TSMC approves $1.6 billion capex plan
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5/11/2010   Post a comment
Silicon foundry giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. has approved a $1.647 billion capital spending program, including plans to build a new fab in central Taiwan.
First MEMS gyro smartphone to ship in June; it won't be the last
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5/11/2010   4 comments
Next month's rollout of the first smartphone to pack a MEMS gyroscope is the industry's worst-kept secret. The vendor is a mystery, but the MEMS gyro's rapid adoption by the rest of the field is a certainty.
Wintegra tries again for an IPO
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5/10/2010   Post a comment
Wintegra Inc. has filed for an initial public offering in the United States--again.
Marvell plans 40-nm ARM server processors
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5/10/2010   10 comments
Marvell Technology Group Ltd. aims to supply silicon for ARM-based servers with 40-nm multicore processors it will ship this year and is working with multiple partners including one that hopes to port a server version of Microsoft Windows to ARM.
DRAMs are hot, but NAND is not
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5/10/2010   2 comments
DRAMs are hot. NAND flash is not.
Apache unveils ESD physical integrity tool
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5/10/2010   Post a comment
Apache Design Solutions Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) has introduced what it claims is the industry’s first electro-static discharge (ESD) integrity solution targeted to address the increasing reliability challenges faced by nanometer designs.
Nokia sues Apple over iPhone, iPad
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5/10/2010   Post a comment
Mobile phone vendor Nokia Oy (Espoo, Finland) has announced it has filed a complaint against Apple with the Federal District Court in the Western District of Wisconsin, alleging that the Apple iPhone and iPad 3G products infringe five Nokia patents.
UMC's sales sail forward in April
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5/10/2010   Post a comment
The world's number two foundry United Microelectronics Corp. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) has reported sales revenue for April down 1.7 percent on sales revenue for March. Sales were up 35 percent on what they were in the same month a year before.
WiGig group teams up with SiBeam, Wi-Fi Alliance
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5/10/2010   1 comment
The Wireless Gigabit Alliance has struck a deal with the Wi-Fi Alliance to have its specification for 60 GHz networking considered as the next generation of Wi-Fi and persuaded a chief competitor, SiBeam Inc., to be the first to deliver silicon for its spec.
Cable TV plans turn up volume for MoCA
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5/7/2010   1 comment
Cable TV companies are gearing up to offer networked digital video recording services this year, driving what some say could be a five-fold increase in the market for chips based on the standard set by the Multimedia over Coax Alliance, sparking support from chip makers Broadcom, Entropic, STMicroelectronics, and possibly NXP.
Pioneer of the CMOS image sensor dies at age 56
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5/6/2010   1 comment
Professor Peter Denyer, a pioneer of CMOS imaging sensor technology for cameras and a prominent member of the Scottish electronics community, died of cancer on April 22, five days before his 57th birthday.
Startup rolls automatic assertion synthesis tool
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5/6/2010   Post a comment
Santa Clara-based EDA startup NextOp Software Inc. is bridging two worlds, design and verification teams, with the introduction of what it claims is the first assertion-based verification solution to automatically generate high quality assertions and functional coverage properties from testbench and RTL.
Agilent partners with Innowireless on LTE testing
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5/6/2010   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies Inc. has formed a strategic partnership with Innowireless Co., Ltd. to enhance the development of LTE wireless test platforms.
Patent office: Fees must go up to tackle backlog
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5/5/2010   1 comment
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is clawing its way back slowly from cutbacks driven by the recession, but it still needs to increase patent application fees to reduce its historic backlog, according to Congressional testimony by the office's newly appointed director, David Kappos.
Groups attack House version of patent reform
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5/5/2010   Post a comment
A draft patent reform bill in the U.S, House of Representatives contained post-grant review provisions that would let infringers "subject valid patents to lengthy and repeat challenges," according to a statement from the Innovation Alliance which represents a diverse set of electronics and biotech companies.
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