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DVD ruling could delay managed copy rollouts
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A surprise ruling in the civil suit over the technology used to secure DVDs could have a chilling effect on already overdue moves to update current and next-generation DVDs with new managed-copy features.
Low glitch, 16-bit DAC dissipates 1.5 mW at 2.7 V
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Texas Instruments introduced a series of digital-to-analog converters (DACs) with an integrated precision reference. The DAC8560 is a 16-bit, single-channel DAC featuring low glitch (0.15 nV-s), low-power (1.5 mW at 2.7 V), an internal reference with 2 ppm/°C temperature drift and ±0.004 percent initial accuracy.
Auto-test software increases speed, accuracy of radio testing
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Aeroflex developed the Auto-Test software for its 2975 P25 Radio Test Set for P25 and FM radios. The 2975's Auto-Test software increases speed, consistency and accuracy of testing P25 and FM radios while providing the ability to store, print and share test results. For public safety and other private mobile radio (PMR) network users, the 2975 Auto-Test function allows non-technical personnel to test radios automatically.
SFP transceivers enable metro telecom equipment for voice, video applications
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Avago Technologies released a line of single-mode SFP transceivers for long reach SONET OC-48 to its METRAK family of SONET products. The AFCT-5745xZ line of transceivers includes modules for serial optical data communications that range from 125 Mbits/s to 2.7 Gbits/s.
Emergency-stop switch operates on light loads
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EAO extended its Series 84 industrial switch range to include a compact, illuminated emergency-stop switch. The emergency-stop has a mono-block design and bright LED illumination, visible even from the side.
ESC video special: Eric Lidow on 60 years of innovation
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International Rectifier founder and chairman Eric Lidow discusses 60 years of technology and business.
Costs cast ICs into Darwinian struggle
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The IC business is fast becoming unaffordable for all but the wealthiest chip makers. The trend will become even more pronounced starting at 45-nm manufacturing, some industry observers predict.
Arrow acquires Aussie components distributor
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Establishing a larger footprint in the electronics market down under, Arrow Electronics Inc.'s Asia Pac subsidiary is acquiring the components distribution business of Adilam Pty. Ltd.
Omron Semi to launch foundry services
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Japan's Omron Corp. Friday (March 30) completed its acquisition of Seiko Epson's chip fab, Yasu Semiconductor Corp., which it plans to relaunch as a foundry for nonvolatile memory and logic.
PMC-Sierra shuts R&D sites
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Comms-chip supplier PMC-Sierra Inc. is cutting 175 jobs -- or 15 percent of its total work force -- and is closing two design centers amid a slowdown in its business.
Image sensor targets security camera market
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OmniVision Technologies targets security applications with the development of its OV10620 color High Dynamic Range (HDR) CameraChip.
Low threshold voltage MOSFETs address low voltage apps
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Diodes Inc. has launched a series of low threshold voltage MOSFETs for low-voltage applications typically found in portable and handheld devices. The DMN5L06xxK MOSFET series can be driven directly from low-voltage logic-level outputs without requiring charge pumps.
Panasonic intros 2007 HD display line
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Panasonic has officially announced its 2007 HD display line. The 19-model line will be comprised of LCD, Microdisplay, and Plasma models. Here's the highlights:
PLS extends support of its Universal Debug Engine
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The UDE now also supports Freescale's MPC55xx Automotive PowerPC Family.
LED driver powers small- and mid-size LCDs
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Sipex has released a 4-channel low side LED driver for powering small- and mid-size LCD modules that use LEDs for backlighting. The SP7616 is designed to drive LEDs in series from input voltages as high as 30 V.
OmniVision demos security solution over Zigbee wireless network
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OmniVision plans to demonstrate its digital security camera reference design for MPEG-4 video systems using the company's OV7720 CameraChip sensor at the International Security Conference (ISC) West. The Home SecuCam reference design is said to be the first to use video over the 805.15.4/Zigbee wireless network.
Dell primes for battle in China
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As its main markets mature and growth sputters, Dell Inc. is making a more concerted effort to tap into the higher growth in PC sales outside the U.S. It will be tough to pull off.
Denmark beats out U.S. in 'networked' technology
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In another indication this week that the U.S is losing its competitive high-tech edge, the country dropped from first to seventh place in "networked readiness" rankings of global economies released this week by the World Economic Forum (WEF.)
Intel Research goes for long distance Wi-Fi
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Intel plans to test this summer an antenna capable of transmitting Wi-Fi signals dozens of miles, making it possible to bring Internet-based communications to villages in remote areas of the world.
Dell probe finds 'evidence of misconduct'
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Dell late Thursday announced it would delay filing its 10-K annual report with the Securities and Exchange Commission in order to wrap up the inquiry by the audit committee of the company's board.
Intel and the need to be loved by China
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Readers may be familiar with the Intel versus Advanced Micro Devices saga in the west but things happen a little bit differently in the east and particularly in China.
Patent resolution removes cloud over Magma
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With the resolution of a long-running patent dispute with Synopsys, Magma Design Automation is freed from a significant legal expense and a drag on the company's market capitalization.
Patent resolution removes cloud over Magma
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With the resolution of a long-running patent dispute with Synopsys, Magma Design Automation is freed from a significant legal expense and a drag on the company's market capitalization.
Tekelec, HP to collaborate on open servers for wireless
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Tekelec Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Co. announced a joint development and marketing agreement in which the partners will combine expertise in blade-based Advanced Telecommunications Computing Architecture servers.
Power LEDs tout small size, high brightness
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Philips Lumileds offers the LUXEON Rebel power LEDs with a new packaging technology that significantly reduces the size of the LED and enables new approaches to solid-state lighting design.
Lattice's embedded microprocessor available through open source
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LatticeMico32 is a 32-bit soft microprocessor optimized for Lattice Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs)
Mentor Graphics supports new ARM Cortex-M1 processor for FPGAs
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Comprehensive portfolio of vendor-independent FPGA design solutions from Mentor Graphics allows engineers to implement the ARM Cortex-M1 processor on any FPGA device.
EVE emulator supports Power Architecture
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EVE has introduced direct support for Power Architecture technology in embedded applications.
Cheaper avenue to 65 nm?
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Researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology and spin-off company Focal Point Microsystems claim to have devised a cheaper, easier way to pattern at the 65-nm node.
Ex-CEO battles for control of Atmel
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George Perlegos, the largest shareholder and former CEO of Atmel Corp., continues to battle for control of the troubled chip maker.
Cadence and Synopsys announce low power solutions
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Both Cadence, supporting the CPF standard and Synopsys, supporting the UPF standard, are moving forward in implementing support for the two competing low-power format standards.
Signal source analyser improves on throughput and precision
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Agilent Technologies has introduced an enhanced model of its E5052A signal source analyser. The 10 MHz to 7 GHz E5052B features a tenfold improvement in measurement throughput and more precise analysis functions than its predecessor, as well as a better performance in clock jitter measurement.
Attenuator suits RF/microwave applications
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Model IMA2404 is a surface-mount thick film 0805 attenuator especially suited to RF/microwave applications and communications-oriented circuitry.
IMEC may have misrepresented but claims victory in court case
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Research organization IMEC vzw (Leuven, Belgium) "may have been negligent in its representations towards third parties" in dealings that have been examined in a long-running legal case, according to IMEC in a statement. However, the recently concluded trial also ruled that "no damages to the shareholders of Rose Research have been caused by IMEC," IMEC also said.
What is Imperas thinking?
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One of the most secretive startups in the EDA space (or is it embedded software?) is Imperas Inc. (Palo Alto, Calif.). A presentation at this week's Multicore Expo may reveal some of their thinking.
Keithley introduces Enhanced Pulse and Pulse I-V capabilities for advanced semiconductor device testing
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Keithley Instruments announces hardware and software advances for its Model 4200-SCS semiconductor characterization system.
Sanyo appoints new president, plans more spin-offs
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Sanyo Electric has appointed a new president, a move that is expected to accelerate the unbundling of business units such as digital cameras and mobile phones following the expected sale of its semiconductors operations.
Solar gear market shines
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The total market for commercial solar cell production equipment will grow from revenues of $1.2 billion in 2006 to $4.5 billion in 2010, according to The Information Network, a New Tripoli, Penn.-based market research company.
Dell primes for battle in China
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Michael Dell doesn't like being No. 2, let alone No. 3. But that's where he is in China, and a distant third at that.
Wireless data logging is based on a mesh network
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Gemini Data Loggers introduces the Tinytag radio data logging system based on a robust, easy to use, wireless ‘mesh’ network.
Kingston rolls 2-Gbyte microSD dual adapter pack
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Kingston Technology released a 2-Gbyte microSD card with mini- and standard-size Secure Digital (SD) adapters to maximize microSD card compatibility and interoperability between mobile phones, digital cameras and portable media devices.
TFT panel displays offer numerous design options
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Beside conventional built-in models that extend over the full 19” width (with corresponding front panels) and models that can be fitted in a 19” chassis using subpanels, models are also available for front-panel installation in switch cabinets and electronics cabinets, as well as stand-alone models with their own enclosures.
WiMAX antenna integrates variable electrical tilt technology
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PCTEL introduced the first in its line of MAXRAD high-gain sector panel antennas with integrated variable electrical tilt (iVET) for WiMAX base stations.
Test set allows developers to verify WiMAX specs
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Agilent released its IEEE 802.16e 2005 protocol conformance test (PCT) product that is based on its E6651A Mobile WiMAX Test Set, allowing equipment developers and test houses to run validated protocol test cases to verify that their implementations conform to WiMAX standards.
H264-MCE core brings 150-MHz performance to Nextreme ASICs
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eASIC is offering the H264-MCE multi-channel baseline video encoder core from CAST for implementation in its Nextreme 90-nm structured ASICs.
Enea acquisition extends Linux expertise
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RTOS specialist Enea AB has bought, for $1.2 million, fellow Swedish software group QiValue Technologies, which specializes in embedded and enterprise Linux development.
ST, China ICT to co-develop Loongson-based chips
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The Institute of Computing Technology (ICT) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and STMicroelectronics NV have agreed to work together on the development and commercialization of processors based on Loongson-2E processor intellectual property (IP) core developed by ICT.
Mobile markets, NXP, Indian fab feature in story ranking
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Herein are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, March 25, as ranked by EE Times Europe readers, up to and including Friday, March 30. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
China LCD maker struggles to survive
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China's largest TFT-LCD maker, Beijing BOE Optoelectronics Technology Ltd. (BOE OT), is dumping most of its interest in large-sized TFT-LCD panels after failing to make it profitable.
High directivity coupler improves power amplifier gain control
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The CP0402P is an ultra tight tolerance, high directivity coupler that improves power amplifier gain control in various wireless systems including cellualar and WIMAX system transmitters.
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