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IBM researchers develop stable SRAM operating at 6 GHz
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7/11/2007   Post a comment
At the VLSI Circuits Symposium held recently in Kyoto, Japan, IBM scientists revealed a prototype embedded SRAM chip set capable of reaching speeds beyond 6 GHz. Their accomplishment is nearly twice as fast as the SRAMs available today.
ST to close three plants; move impacts 4,000 jobs
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7/11/2007   Post a comment
Following the decision to exit the flash memory business, STMicroelectronics Inc. will now shut down two U.S. wafer fabs and an IC assembly site. ST estimates these moves will involve about 4,000 employees worldwide.
Laird Technologies sets up research lab in India
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7/11/2007   Post a comment
Antenna and EMI shielding specialist Laird Technologies has established a corporate research facility in Bangalore, India that will focus on the development of materials for use in electronic components and systems.
Gennum expands in Europe with BFi OPTiLAS deal
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Mixed signal and data communications chip specialist Gennum Corporation is expanding in Europe and Israel through a distribution deal with French company BFi OPTiLAS.
Hot-swap protection IC employs Hall-effect current sensing
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Allegro MicroSystems has developed a hot-swap protection IC for 12-V applications that combines Hall-effect current sensing technology with hot-swap control circuitry.
World's lowest power op amp?
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7/11/2007   Post a comment
Intersil's pinPOINT product line's new family of nano-power, single-supply precision op amps and comparators achieves supply current consumption of 450nA (Max).
Ezurio pushes Bluetooth range to 1 km
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Wireless chip and module specialist Ezurio has pushed out the boundaries of Bluetooth with a module that gives the short-range wireless protocol a range of 1 km.
Recipe for low-cost medical tests: FISH and chips
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7/10/2007   Post a comment
Microfluidic chip performs laboratory medical tests automatically, promising a tenfold to thousandfold reduction in cost and time-to-results.
First shipment of multi-channel 8-bit 3 GSPS COTS FPGA module
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Nallatech announces first shipment of the industry's only multi-channel 8-bit 3 GSPS COTS FPGA module to S2 Corporation.
Hardware-in-the-loop solution based on Xilinx FPGAs and Intel Processors
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Opal-RT announces eMEGAsim, a real-time, hardware-in-the-loop solution for the simulation of power and energy distribution systems.
Euro consortium demos SRAM using 32-nm process
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7/10/2007   Post a comment
The PullNano consortium, a European collaborative research project set to to take CMOS down to the 32-nanometer and 22-nanometer manufacturing nodes, has devised a functional CMOS SRAM demonstrator built using 32nm design rules.
Adcore-Tech starts sampling baseband processor
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7/10/2007   Post a comment
Adcore-Tech Co. Ltd, the joint venture established last year by NEC Corp., NEC Electronics Corp., Matsushita Electric Industrial, Panasonic Mobile Communications and Texas Instruments Inc., has started sampling mobile phone makers the W-CDMA baseband processor it was set up to develop.
ST, Bosch sign licensing agreement
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7/10/2007   Post a comment
Long-time partners, Bosch Group and STMicroelectronics NV announced a licensing agreement by which Bosch will use ST's smart power and high-voltage technologies to design and manufacture highly integrated automotive products.
Microsoft plans stepwise path to Xbox upgrade
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7/10/2007   Post a comment
Microsoft Corp. will take a phased approach to updating its Xbox 360 videogame console, following the footsteps of the Sony Playstation2 as it evolves toward a smaller, quieter, cooler system dubbed Falcon.
Over-voltage protection regulator replaces bulky protection circuitry
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7/9/2007   Post a comment
Linear Technology's LT4356 over-voltage protection regulator with over-current protection and inrush current limiting targets applications where electronic systems must deal with high-voltage surges of short duration.
TI's DSPs dominate China's TD-SCDMA Node B's
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7/9/2007   Post a comment
Digital signal processors from Texas Instruments Inc. are used in 80 percent of the Node B basestation equipment being supplied for the trials of the country's Time Division Synchronous Code Division Multiple Access (TD-SCDMA) air interface technology, according to market research groups.
German-Swiss group to make appliances power-conscious
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7/9/2007   Post a comment
On the quest for energy efficiency, a German-Swiss group has developed a system that enables line-operated appliances to be controlled centrally and to limit standby power. In addition, the system includes security and comfort functions.
Mobile I/O companion chips ease portable device designs
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7/9/2007   Post a comment
National Semiconductor's mobile I/O companion chip family enables designers to easily expand system functionality in portable products by offloading tasks from the processor and adding features through a reconfigurable set of simple commands.
New gigabit Ethernet development kit for Virtex-5 FPGAs
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Complete development kit solution from Xilinx for Virtex-5 FPGAs accelerates time-to-market for developing Gigabit Ethernet based applications.
DRC Computer ships FPGA-based reconfigurable processor unit
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FPGA-based RPU110-L200 reconfigurable processor from DRC Computer accelerates demanding applications and lowers power and cooling costs for large-scale clusters.
Voice echo canceller eases converged network equipment design
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Zarlink Semiconductor Inc. has expanded its VEC (voice echo canceller) product portfolio with a hardware and firmware platform for next-generation telecom equipment that supports voice services over converging networks.
Si-on-sapphire goes mainstream
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7/9/2007   Post a comment
Silicon-on-sapphire (SOS) has for years been recognized as a technically superior semiconductor vehicle but price, yield, availability and process issues have limited SOS to specialized military and aerospace projects. Now, the heteroepitaxial growth of single-crystal silicon on sapphire has made the technology viable for such applications as handsets.

DSCs fuel the green revolution
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Digital signal controllers (DSCs) are a new class of processor that combines the best attributes of microcontrollers and digital signal processors (DSPs).

SiP ballast IC targets compact fluorescent lamps
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Fairchild Semiconductor has introduced the FAN7710, a highly integrated ballast IC specifically developed for compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) designs. Offering a system-in-package (SiP) approach, the FAN7710 optimizes performance while simplifying design and overcoming the space limitations of CFL lighting applications.
IMEC cleared of all blame in court case
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7/9/2007   Post a comment
Research organization IMEC vzw (Leuven, Belgium) has been cleared in the Dallas County District Court in the U.S. of any wrongdoing in a long running dispute with shareholders of Rose Research about the licensing of optoelecronics technology.
Nanotron raises $10.3 million in funding round
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7/9/2007   Post a comment
German wireless technology developer Nanotron Technologies GmbH has raised Euros 10 million ($10.3 million) from a group of venture capital funds led by London based Cleantech investor zouk ventures and including Polytechnos (Munich, Germany) , Danfoss (Denmark), and IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft - VC Fonds Berlin.
Current/power monitor IC achieves high accuracy
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7/6/2007   Post a comment
TI has introduced a high-side measurement, bi-directional current/power monitor IC with an I2C interface. The INA209 provides high accuracy for power monitoring and control in servers, telecommunications equipment and industrial equipment.
Op amp delivers 200mA of peak output current from a single supply
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7/6/2007   Post a comment
austriamicrosystems has rolled out the AS1710, an operational amplifier that operates from a single +2.7V to +5.5V supply and can swing to within 100mV from the rails while sinking or sourcing 50mA of output current.
Voltage reference delivers low-noise performance
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7/5/2007   Post a comment
The ISL21007 voltage reference from Intersil delivers low-noise performance at 4 uVpp (0.1 Hz to 10 Hz) and low supply current at 150 uA (maximum over temperature). The voltage reference is aimed at portable instrumentation applications where power and noise are a concern.
USB power manager integrates three buck regulators
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7/5/2007   Post a comment
Linear Technology introduces a multi-function power management solution for Li-ion/polymer battery applications. The LTC3557 integrates a linear PowerPath manager, a standalone battery charger, ideal diode, three high-efficiency synchronous buck regulators and an always-on LDO.
Step-down DC/DC controller offers wide voltage input range
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7/5/2007   Post a comment
The 95% efficient LTC3850 dual-output synchronous step-down switching regulator controller from Linear Technology drives all N-channel power MOSFET stages with coincident or ratiometric tracking.
Motion control card handles steppers, servos and linear motors
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7/5/2007   Post a comment
The PCI-8154, a 4-axis pulse train modularized motion control card for controlling steppers, servos, and linear motors, from ADLINK Technology delivers high-frequency pulse rates of up to 6.55 MHz.
PA pioneer extends Pacific Rim operations
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7/5/2007   Post a comment
Nujira Ltd, which has patented and developed efficient power amplifiers for wireless applications, is expanding its operations in the Pacific Rim with a field support office in Japan and a larger sales network in China.
DiBcom, Pinnacle enhance mobile TV on PC experience
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7/4/2007   Post a comment
As part of a long-established cooperation, DiBcom SA and Pinnacle Systems, Inc. announced they have combined their technologies in a view to enhance the user experience of mobile TV on PC.
Mobile-TV chip firm DiBcom raises $27 million
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7/4/2007   Post a comment
French Mobile TV chip specialist DiBcom SA announced it has raised €20 million (about $27 million) in its fifth round of financing, bringing its total funding to date to €60 million (about $80 million).
ADC operates at 350 MSPS
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7/3/2007   Post a comment
Kenet has released a higher speed and lower power KAD2708-350 analog-to-digital converter (ADC) that operates at 350 MSPS. The company also announced the addition of CMOS outputs for lower-speed versions.
HDMI/DVI switch maintains signal integrity, doubles the inputs
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7/3/2007   Post a comment
The MAX4886 quad, high-speed HDMI/DVI digital video switch from Maxim is aimed at applications that require switching signals from one or two driving sources and connecting them in a single monitor.
Pushbutton controller tracks a switching regulator's I/O voltages
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7/3/2007   Post a comment
Linear Technology has introduced the LTC2953-1, a pushbutton controller that integrates supervisory voltage monitors and timers for tracking a switching regulator's input and output voltages.
CSR and nFore enhance in-car Bluetooth audio
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7/3/2007   Post a comment
Enhancements include noise and echo cancellation and music quality improvements.
Assa Abloy takes over Irish RFID specialist
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7/3/2007   Post a comment
RFID product and service provider Assa Abloy Identification Technologies (ITG) has acquired Aontec Teoranta (Galway, Ireland). The move gives ITG access to additional production capacity and strengthens the company's position in government markets.
Signal-supply op amp achieves ultra-low noise
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7/2/2007   Post a comment
Intersil has added four single-supply op amps to its family of pinPoint precision analog products that are said to deliver noise performance up to four times better than similar competitive devices.
ESL rolls out fiber-to-RS485/422/232 interface converter
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7/2/2007   Post a comment
Aimed at defense applications, Electro Standards Laboratories' (ESL) Model 4149 high speed ruggedized fiber-to-RS485/422/232 interface converter provides typical operating speeds of 1.5-Mbits/s for RS232 to fiber conversion and 20-Mbits/s for RS485/422 to copper conversion.
AMD to ship native x86 quad-core processors in August
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7/2/2007   Post a comment
AMD's quad-core Opteron processors, code-named Barcelona, are planned for shipment in both standard and low-power versions at launch later this summer, marking the first time the chip maker has made both standard and low-power parts immediately available as part of a new processor launch.
30-V DC/DC buck controllers provide internal compensation
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7/2/2007   Post a comment
Sipex has launched 30-V step-down DC/DC controllers that are housed in a 2.9 x2.8 mm TSOT6 package and provide internal compensation to minimize board space in industrial systems.
MOSFET drivers offer 4.5- to 18-V operating voltage range
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7/2/2007   Post a comment
Check out Microchip's latest single-output MOSFET drivers. The chip maker is housing the devices in SOT-23, 2 mm x 3 mm DFN packages, and designed them to deliver a wide operating voltage range.
Universal GNSS receiver achieves 1.4-dB cascaded noise figure
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7/2/2007   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products is touting its MAX2769 as the industry's first universal, global navigation satellite system (GNSS) receiver for GPS (L1 C/A code and P-code), Galileo, and GLONASS navigation satellite systems in a single chip.
Altera ships production-qualified Arria GX FPGAs
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7/2/2007   Post a comment
Altera has shipped its first production-qualified Arria GX FPGAs, including the EP1AGX50 device with 50K logic elements (LEs) and EP1AGX60 device with 60K LEs.
GPUs deliver DirectX 10 graphics with built-in HD video processing
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7/2/2007   Post a comment
The ATI Radeon HD 2600 and ATI Radeon HD 2400 graphics processing units (GPU) from AMD support Windows Vista with DirectX 10 graphics1, and built-in multimedia functions for an immersive HD video experience on the PC.
MIT spin-off tips secret behind low-power A/Ds
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7/2/2007   Post a comment
MIT spin-off Kenet reveals that it uses charge packets, like charge-coupled devices (CCDs), rather than power-hungry amplifiers to build what it says are the coolest-running, lowest-power analog-to-digital (A/D) converters devised to date.
Low noise 16-bit delta sigma A/D converter upgrades system accuracy
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7/2/2007   Post a comment
Linear Technology has introduced the LTC2450, a 16-bit delta sigma A/D converter in a 2mm x 2mm DFN package that enables performance upgrades to lower resolution systems.
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