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Controller boosts telescope output by damping noise
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9/30/2009   1 comment
A CCD controller devised at the University of Montreal amplifies the output from optical instruments like telescopes and endoscopes while supressing noise for a tenfold net boost.
Rigel : Vital signs simulator simulates six parameters
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9/30/2009   Post a comment
A hand held, combination vital signs simulator capable of undertaking six synchronised vital signs parameters tests has been launched by Rigel Medical.
JTAG : Boundary-scan controller supports PCIe bus
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9/30/2009   Post a comment
JTAG Technologies has added the DataBlaster JT 37x7/PCIe to its line of high-performance boundary-scan IEEE Std. 1149.1 controllers. The unit offers support for the PCI-express slot format found extensively in today’s PCs.
Analysis: European technology report hints at protectionism
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9/30/2009   Post a comment
A long-awaited strategy document from the European Commission on technology shows hints of a climate of increased protectionism within Europe, where the beleaguered technology-based industry has suffered more than its equivalents in many other regions.
EC report discusses increased support for electronics
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9/30/2009   Post a comment
The European Commission has identified nanotechnology, electronics and photonics as key enabling technologies (KETs) that are of strategic interest to the European Union. Advanced materials and biotechnology are also listed in a report that goes on to discuss ways in which greater support should be offered to these disciplines.
Forum: Will cloud services rain on data center systems?
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9/29/2009   1 comment
Cloud computing will rain down a new level of competitors and price pressures on today's data center hardware vendors, reshaping the business computer market, according to an industry consultant.
Canon shuffles responsibility for semi equipment
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9/29/2009   Post a comment
Canon and its independent marketing arm, Canon Marketing Japan, announced they have reached a basic agreement to transfer Canon Marketing Japan's semiconductor equipment-related business to Canon, effective Jan. 1, 2010.
Analysis: What's behind Taiwan's decision to ease investment rules?
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9/29/2009   Post a comment
Comments reported by local media from Taiwan's economic minister Shih Yen-shiang on the easing investment restrictions with regard to mainland China were enough to send the share prices of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and United Microelectronics Corp. shooting upwards, but the devil could yet be in the detail.
Judge approves TI's purchase of Qimonda assets
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9/28/2009   Post a comment
A U.S. bankruptcy judge has approved the $172.5 million purchase by Texas Instruments of semiconductor manufacturing equipment from Qimonda's fab in Virginia.
Former Hynix DRAM plant to get solar makeover
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9/28/2009   1 comment
A South Korean leather goods manufacturer plans to buy from Hynix Semiconductor the closed DRAM plant here with plans to turn it into the largest solar cell producer in the United States.
IC recovery, Canon's struggle and executive migration lead weekly story ranking
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9/25/2009   Post a comment
Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Sept. 18, as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Friday, Sept. 25. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
Fast interfaces overlap at IDF
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9/24/2009   1 comment
The buzz in fast interconnects at Intel Developer Forum was supposed to be around SuperSpeed USB, the 3.0 version of the omnipresent interface coming to systems in 2010, but somewhere on the road to San Francisco's Moscone Center, Intel decided to roll out Light Peak, the next next big thing in fast interconnects.
Accounting rule change to help smartphone makers
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9/24/2009   Post a comment
A change to U.S. accounting rules is expected to benefit makers of smartphones and other high-tech devices that include both hardware and software.
Standards bodies seek common ground for powerline nets
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9/24/2009   Post a comment
A senior director of DS2, the Valencia, Spain based specialist in silicon for broadband power line gear, has warned of confusion and frustration in the industry and amongst consumers if forthcoming votes on a standard for the technology fail to resolve the problem of a fragmented powerline networking industry.
Berkeley Lab engineer tapped to head U.S. energy R&D agency
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9/24/2009   Post a comment
Roughly seven months after launching a new energy research agency, the Obama administration has nominated a top engineer at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to head the agency.
Update: Intel debuts optical link for PCs
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9/23/2009   2 comments
Intel Corp. wants to consolidate all the wired connections on your PC to a single 10 Gbit/second optical cable it calls Light Peak that it plans to support in silicon sometime next year working with Sony Corp.'s Viao group and other unnamed partners.
Advantest brings terahertz material testing to commercial realm
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9/23/2009   Post a comment
For a long time, researchers have worked on techniques using the terahertz frequency range for material test applications. Japanese test system vendor Advantest now brings these waves to practical applications.
Opinion: EC's antitrust supremo fights against time . . .
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9/23/2009   Post a comment
Neelie Kroes, the European Commissioner in charge of antitrust cases, is a tough cookie, She needs to be, looking into alleged misdemeanours by some of the biggest global corporations and governments.
Otellini denies antitrust charges in EC's Intel report
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9/23/2009   Post a comment
Chief executive Paul Otellini denied Intel Corp. engaged in anticompetitive practices outlined in a 518-page report released Monday by the European Commission, and said in a Q&A session after his keynote at the first day of the Intel Developer Forum that Intel will present its evidence in an appeal of the EC's May decision to slap a $1.45 billion fine on the chip maker.
Europe releases report on Intel antitrust investigation
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9/21/2009   1 comment
A day before the opening of the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, the European Commission has released a 518-page report detailing its allegations of antitrust violations against Intel Corp. for which it levied a $1.45 billion fine in May.
Long, bumpy transition seen for USB 3.0
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9/21/2009   1 comment
The Intel Developer Forum is expected to generate buzz around SuperSpeed USB this week, but the transition to the 5 GHz interface may be slower and bumpier than many would hope due to cost, power and support issues.
St. Dennis out as Applied shuffles GMs
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9/18/2009   Post a comment
Chip and solar manufacturing equipment vendor Applied Materials announced significant leadership changes, including the departure of veteran semiconductor equipment executive Tom St. Dennis.
Skype founders launch another lawsuit against eBay
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9/17/2009   Post a comment
The founders of Skype, Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, have sued owner eBay and an investor group that last month said it would buy the net-based phone and messaging service, accusing them of copyright violation.
Rambus demos threaded modules at IDF
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9/17/2009   Post a comment
Rambus Inc. has partnered with Kingston Technology to create a prototype DDR3 memory module that increases performance and lowers power for main memory access, and they will demonstrate the prototype targeted at use with multicore processors at next week's Intel Developer Forum.
Companies partner for space qualified modules
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9/17/2009   Post a comment
C-MAC MicroTechnology (Great Yarmouth, England) and Linear Technology (Milpitas, Calif.) have joined forces for a deal that will allow manufacturers outside of the U.S. to purchase space grade and rad-hard monolithic and multichip modules from a European manufacturer without the bureaucratic restrictions they have to face.
ADI Ireland invests in scholarship program
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9/17/2009   Post a comment
Analog Devices Ireland is partnering with the University of Limerick's electronic engineering faculty to develop a scholarship program valued at in excess of 125,000 euros.
Optical Ethernet eyes low power, higher speeds
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9/16/2009   Post a comment
Engineers are exploring ways to make optical Ethernet networks run at lower power, higher speeds and even over backplanes, according to presentations at a meeting of the Ethernet Alliance.
Data acquisition software with enhanced functionality
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9/16/2009   Post a comment
Automotive industry measurement equipment vendor Ipetronik (Baden-Baden, Germany), has announces the availability of version V.01.02.00 of its IPEmotion measurement-data acquisition software for download. The version features several highlights and improvements.
Patent office again finds in favor of MMP portfolio
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9/16/2009   Post a comment
The US Patent Office has again affirmed the validity of US’336, the most widely recognized patent in the Moore Microprocessor Patent (MMP) portfolio jointly owned by Patriot Scientific Corporation and the TPL Group (Cupertino, Calif.)
Tektronix spectrum analyzers extend analysis up to 20GHz
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9/16/2009   Post a comment
The new RSA6120A spectrum analyzers enable powerful signal analysis for radar, electronic warfare, and spectrum-management applications with optimum dynamic range and channel flatness.
Nanotubes sorted, aligned to reduce friction
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9/16/2009   Post a comment
An international team studying the effects of friction on carbon nanotubes claims that it can be cut in half when carbon nanotubes are aligned lengthwise rather than transversely.
Rambus ups guidance for third quarter
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9/16/2009   Post a comment
Memory technology licensor Rambus Inc. (Los Altos, Calif.) has revised upwards a revenues guidance issued in June and now expects sales for the third quarter to be between $27 million and $28 million rather than between $22 million to $25 million.
Ethernet caught in demand/cost squeeze
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9/16/2009   1 comment
In one of the central ironies of the Internet era, popular Web sites and service providers are driving bandwidth requirements through the roof while pushing the costs of systems through the floor, according to presentations from Facebook engineers and others at a meeting of the Ethernet Alliance.
U.S. engineers at a disadvantage. Join the conversation
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9/15/2009   88 comments
Is the handwriting on the wall for U.S.-trained engineers?
Video: Terabit ASICs need 25G links
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9/15/2009   Post a comment
Engineers called for 25Gbit/second channels to serve the future chips and systems now in design for tomorrow's 40 and 100 Gbit/s Ethernet networks.
Intel appeal says EC antitrust ruling was based on mistakes
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9/15/2009   Post a comment
Intel's appeal to the European Court of First Instance to annul or reduce the Euros 1.1 billion ($1.45 billion) fine imposed by the EC in May for anti-trust offences is based on claims that the EC provided insufficient proof of wrongdoing.
JTAG test routines harness device functionality
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9/15/2009   Post a comment
JTAG Technologies is offering JTAG Functional Test (JFT) which simplifies test preparation and interpretation of results for sequential clusters.
KLA-Tencor rolls reticle inspection system
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9/14/2009   Post a comment
KLA-Tencor Corp. has rolled out its new reticle defect inspection system.
Broadcom files infringement suit against Emulex
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9/14/2009   Post a comment
Two months after dropping a hostile takeover bid for Emulex, Broadcom has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against the rival network IC vendor.
Electronic nose knows, warning with color-changing badge
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9/14/2009   Post a comment
A sensor akin to an electronic nose could be used to detect toxic industrial chemicals and be as commonplace as radiation badges around nuclear facilities.
Indian 3G auction set for December
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9/14/2009   Post a comment
India is set to stage its long-awaited auction of 3G wireless spectrum on Dec. 7, followed by bidding for EVDO and WiMax spectrum two days after completion of 3G auctions.
Gelsinger to leave Intel for EMC in management shake-up
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9/14/2009   Post a comment
Intel is expected to reveal later today major senior executive changes that will see its core chip business-head Patrick Gelsinger leave the company after 30 years.
Video: Researchers craft automated surgical gear
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9/14/2009   Post a comment
Going far beyond the scalpel, researchers are taping hybrid sensors, wireless technology and video to create tomorrow's surgical instruments.
ESP sensor measures yaw rate and acceleration
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9/11/2009   Post a comment
Bosch Automotive Electronics claims that its SMI540 is the world's first micromechanical inertial measurement unit for vehicle dynamics control in low-cost SOIC16w housing. The unit opens up new development possibilities for the ESP electronic stability program.
Anritsu launches LTE base station measurement suite for handheld analyzers
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9/11/2009   Post a comment
This measurement suite combines RF, modulation quality, and OTA measurements to create a handheld solution for LTE network deployment and installation.
EC set to decide on long-running Qualcomm probe
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9/10/2009   Post a comment
Antitrust regulators in the European Commission are understood to be considering setting up a special panel to unravel the long-drawn out case pending against wireless chip group Qualcomm concerning patent royalty payments.
picoChip targets small-cell LTE femto designs
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9/10/2009   Post a comment
Wireless chip design group picoChip (Bath, England) is continuing to extend its range of development systems for the emerging femtocells market, with a hardware and software platform targeting "small cell" LTE basestations.
Polymer Vision may hit the screens again
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9/10/2009   Post a comment
On-line reports in the Netherlands suggest that Polymer Vision has been bought from the administrators by an Asian based company, and that it will continue to work on launching foldable e-paper display devices.
Motion to stay ITC ruling denied, Tessera says
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9/10/2009   Post a comment
A U.S. federal appeals court has denied a motion to stay U.S. International Trade Commission orders prohibiting the importation into the U.S. of certain products by several vendors of wireless ICs, according to Tessera Technologies.
Ramtron reaches settlement over product failure
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9/9/2009   Post a comment
Nonvolatile memory vendor Ramtron International has entered into a settlement with one of its customers that resolves all matters related to previously disclosed in-field failures of one of Ramtron's ferroelectric RAM products.
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