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Cree, Sumitomo sign $180 million deal
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Japanese distribution giant Sumitomo Corp. has agreed to purchase $180 million worth of Cree Inc.'s light-emitting diode (LED) and wafer products over the next year.
Troubled Brooks hit by shareholders suit
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Troubled fab-equipment automation specialist Brooks Automation Inc. announced that it has been notified that a shareholder derivative lawsuit was filed against Brooks in the Superior Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on May 23.
3-LED driver optimized for high-volume applications
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Honing in on simplicity and cost-effectiveness, Catalyst Semiconductor's CAT3603 is a fractional charge pump in a 3-by-3 mm TDFN package specifically optimized for high-volume, three-LED backlighting display applications for cellular phones, digital still cameras, and handheld devices.
Restructuring Sun to cut as many as 5,000 jobs
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Troubled Sun Microsystems Inc. said it would cut 4,000 to 5,000 jobs and exit several facilities in Silicon Valley in the hope of restoring profitability.
Restructuring Sun to cut as many as 5,000 jobs
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Troubled Sun Microsystems Inc. said it would cut 4,000 to 5,000 jobs and exit several facilities in Silicon Valley in the hope of restoring profitability.
Heard on the Beat: AMD-ATI merger?
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Shares rose about 10 percent at ATI Technologies Inc. amid reports that the graphics chip maker would be acquired by Advanced Micro Devices Inc.
Qimonda offers DDR2 memory modules for Intel server platforms
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Qimonda AG is manufacturing its Double Data Rate 2 (DDR2) fully buffered Dual-In-line memory modules (FB-DIMMs) in high volume for Intel’s Bensley server platforms in 533MHz and 667 MHz for densities ranging from 512 MBytes to 4GBytes.
IBM targeting medical electronics
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After having gone through painful reorganization in recent years, IBM is looking at medical electronics as one of its future growth markets.
Ceragon Networks doubles Gigabit Ethernet speed
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Calling it a breakthrough in wireless Gigabit Ethernet, Israel-based Ceragon Networks Ltd. has introduced a product that doubles the speed of wireless communications for wireless and cellular carriers that want to provide data-rich services such as triple-play.
Tronic’s Microsystems raises capital and extends capacity
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Nearly three years have passed since Tronic’s Microsystems, French contract manufacturer of custom MEMS (micro-electromechanical systems) components, hit the news wire with the grand opening of its manufacturing site near Grenoble. The company is now coming back to the front stage with a series of announcements, including a 1.7 million euro round of funding and an extension of its capabilities for design, frontend/backend manufacturing and electronic interfacing for MEMS components.
32-bit SuperH-based processor targets telematics systems
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Based on a 300MHz, 32-bit SH-4A SuperH superscalar architecture that achieves processing performance up to 540 MIPS and 2.1 GFLOPS, Renesas Technology's SuperH Processor is tailored for cost-sensitive telematics systems.
MOSFETs improves light-load efficiency in battery-operated systems
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International Rectifier introduces two 30-volt synchronous buck HEXFET MOSFETs for DC-DC synchronous point-of-load (POL) converters. It improves light-load efficiency in battery operated systems.
DSP FPGA boards handle high-speed I/O
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With prices starting at less than $800, board maker Alphi Technology releases several PCI/cPCI, PMC, and Industry Pack I/O modules.
Rotary switches meet industrial requirements
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Designed to meet the most stringent requirements of industrial applications, Electroswitch's detent-action rotary switches boast continuous ratings from 5 to 30 amps at 600 volts.
Third-generation VME single-board computer extols backwards compatibility
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Here's news of a VME bus board packing a Freescale Semiconductor PowerQUICC III MPC8560 microprocessor clocking at 833-MHz. The chip provides 1926 MIPS of processing horsepower. The board is compliant with the VME Rev. C legacy standard, so it doesn't require the new VME bus extension, making it fully compatible with all existing VME backplanes.
2-megapixel camera modules simplify mobile phone designs
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Alps Electric rolls out three-models of its FP85 series of 1/4-inch format, two-megapixel camera modules for mobile phones. Packaged in the same 8.5 x 8.5 x 6.1-mm footprint, these modules offer a choice of fixed focus, macro, and autofocus features.
Global PCB market continues to grow
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In 2005, the global printed circuit board market has grown by 5,7 percent to a volume of $ 38,5 billion. For 2006, the party will continue, estimates Zentralverband Elektrotechnik und Elektronikindustrie (ZVEI), a German industry association that covers the electronics industry. For the year ahead, the association expects a growth of more than 6 percent. The bad news is that this growth will not be achieved in Europe.
Neah, Novellus renew fuel cell collaboration
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Fuel-cell developer Neah Power Systems Inc. has renewed and extended its collaboration agreement with chip-equipment provider Novellus Systems Inc.
Toshiba collaborating with DFM startup
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Toshiba will apply startup Takumi Technology's automated layout modification methodology to its mask data preparation design flow in advanced IC manufacturing under the terms of a collaborative agreement between the two companies.
SMIC gains loan for 200-mm Tianjin fab
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Responding to a growing demand for trailing-edge processes, Chinese silicon foundry provider Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) is beefing up its 200-mm fab capacity.
Bandspeed unveils Wi-Fi chip set, software
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Bandspeed Inc. said it has begun shipping to OEMs a chip set and software aimed at next-generation access point Wi-Fi hardware sold to small and medium enterprises.
Sycamore subpoenaed for stock option practices
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Sycamore Networks Inc. has been served a grand jury subpoena by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts, requesting documents related to an ongoing investigation of the company’s stock option practices, the company reported in its 8-K regulatory filing dated May 30.
Freescale unveils ZigBee-compliant software stack and development kit
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The kit includes a ZigBee protocol stack and configuration tools that support Freescale’s ZigBee-compliant platforms based on the HCS08 MCU.
ZigBee-compliant software stack and development kit simplifies wireless home automation
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Freescale Semiconductor hopes to ease customers’ development of ZigBee applications with its BeeKit wireless connectivity tool kit. BeeKit provides an easy-to-use interface and framework for developers to configure parameters for their point-to-point, 802.15.4 and ZigBee applications.
MIMO RF emulator does standardized Wi-Fi benchmark testing
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If you're a developer of next-generation Wi-Fi equipment, check out this RF multi-path emulator that lets you test draft 802.11n-based products for interoperability, performance, conformance, and backward compatibility. This MIMO functional tester is the industry's first to meet the draft-802.11n specification.
Thermophotovoltaics research shows more efficient power consumption
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Researchers at MIT are using thermophotovoltaics to turn light into electricity, and it's really cool and hot. Good things may come from this research.
Omron extends MEMS flow sensor range
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Omron has added three new models to its D6F range of precision MEMS based air/gas mass flow and velocity sensors, to enable their use in a wider range of applications.
Chipidea extends USB controller core IP
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Analog and mixed-signal semiconductor intellectual property (IP) group Chipidea has started sampling a USB controller core, a block designed to complement the company’s range of USB physical layer transceiver (PHY) IP.
Finland, Israel form $12.8 million R&D fund
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During a visit by a delegation of Finnish industrialists and investors to Israel, the two countries announced the formation of an R&D fund called Finland Israel Technology, according to a Globes online report.
AMCC reviews stock option practices
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The list continues to grow in the so-called stock option scandal in the semiconductor industry. Applied Micro Circuits Corp. Wednesday (May 31) announced that it is reviewing the company's historical stock option grant practices and related accounting.
Toshiba to build 200-mm wafer fab
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Toshiba Corp. said that it plans to build a 200-mm wafer fab at a cost of over 50 billion yen ($450 million).
AMCC to investigate stock option practices
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Applied Micro Circuits Corp. has announced that an independent audit Committee is reviewing the company's historical stock option grant practices and related accounting.
Survey: HSDPA networks to double by end 06
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The number of High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) enabled third generation mobile networks deployed has doubled over the past six months and reached 100, spread across 49 countries, mostly in Europe.
Renesas licenses capacitorless RAM to Canadian company
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Renesas Technology Corp. has licensed its capacitorless twin transistor RAM (TTRAM) technology to Ottawa-based Emerging Memory Technologies Inc., which develops embedded memory intellectual property.
Panelists explore system-to-silicon link
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Panelists at the Medea+DAC conference in Germany offered suggestions for designing system-level silicon, including formal specifications, abstracted hardware-software interfaces and the use of regularity in silicon fabrics.
LED lamps offer longer life, low-power consumption
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DDP has developed the LS series of lamp-based LEDs with built-in shunt resistors to eliminate leakage current. These devices tout long life, shock and vibration resistance, and low power consumption.
IPS Alpha boosting LCD production capacity
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The Japanese LCD joint venture IPS Alpha Technology said it will more than triple production of 32-inch panels by the first quarter of 2008.
Inverter motor drivers rev up to 7.5 kW
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Extending the Smart Power Module portfolio to higher power commercial and industrial inverter motor applications, Fairchild's 50-amp FSAM50SM60A and 75-amp FSAM75SM60A deliver up to 5 and 7.5 kW for air conditioners and factory automation.
Samsung launches first European T-DMB phone
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Samsung Electronics said it is supplying terrestrial digital multimedia broadcasting (T-DMB) phones to German mobile carrier Debitel. The phones will be used to launch Europe’s first commercial DMB-based mobile TV service.
Blaupunkt packs digital radio receiver into ASIC
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Adressing the needs of high-end car radios, Bosch affiliate Blaupunkt GmbH has developed a highly integrated ASIC that replaces up to four separate electronic modules. In addition to conventional AM and FM reception, the chip supports all popular digital radio schemes.
Vodafone unveils convergence plans
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Mobile giant Vodafone Group plc has unveiled its plans to enter the highly competitive fixed broadband market, kept analysts guessing on its M&A plans, particularly regarding Verizon Wireless , and posted an annual net loss of £21.8 billion ($40.9 billion).
Leoni acquires Swiss cable specialist Studer
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Cable harness and on-board electrical supply systems vendor Leoni AG has agreed to acquire Swiss competitor Studer Draht- und Kabelwerk AG. The take-over, which is subject to approval by the respective anti-trust authorities, will enable Leoni to access Studer's worldwide sales network and hence new markets.
Alcatel joins Holst Centre wireless research
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Telecommunications equipment company Alcatel SA has joined a research program on wireless autonomous transducers that is being hosted by The Holst Centre as a “Fellow Traveller” for two years.
ADC buys Andrew Corp to increase wireless presence
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Wireline communications infrastructure supplier ADC Telecommunications Inc. has offered $2 billion to acquire Andrew Corporation in an all share deal that will bolster ADC’s position in the wireless sector.
Europe set to consider email tax, say reports
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A French politician is proposing that the European Union tax every email and text message sent from within the 25-nation bloc, according to online reports.
France's Minatec takes aim at IMEC, Silicon Saxony
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Newly established Minatec (Maison des Micro et Nano Technologies) hopes to challenge Belgium’s IMEC and Dresden’s Silicon Saxony as a major European center dedicated to nanotechnology and electronics innovation.
Soitec looks at the substrate level for device improvements
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At a time when Silicon on Insulator (SOI) technology is steadily gaining presence in today’s society, French SOI wafer manufacturer Soitec explores new domains at the substrate level in a view to offer more device solutions.
Research Update: Training Managers to Assess Employee Satisfaction Delivers Real Returns
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Employee performance is not only related to financial remuneration, but also, to daily affirmation of the employee's value and importance within the organization.
Pattern generator-equipped logic analyzers tackle the competition
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Logic analyzer maker Agilent Technologies expands its portfolio with eight new fixed-configuration models in its next-generation 16800 Series. Eight models, ranging from 34-channels to 204-channels, provide 4-GHz timing sampling simultaneously with state measurements, eliminating the need to double-probe.
Logic-analysis software tracks discontinuities
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You can use a logic analyzer for general-purpose signal and bus timing, and to make state measurements, but you can spend hours turning low-level measurement data into meaningful information. Agilent Technologies addresses this conundrum with five logic analysis software applications supported across the company's logic-analyzer instrument portfolio. Even RF analysis is covered.
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