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MODULES - FPGA processing AdvancedMC module has PCI Express interface
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10/31/2009   Post a comment
The AMC-V5Fe Advanced Mezzanine Card from CommAgility includes a high-speed PCI Express interface and a Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGA. It provides flexible I/O and high processing power for industrial, scientific and telecoms applications.
ICCAD keynote reaches for cloud computing
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10/31/2009   Post a comment
The IEEE Council on Electronic Design Automation and Cadence Design Systems will offer a live webcast of the International Conference on Computer-Aided Design Keynote Monday, November 2, from 9-10:30 a.m. (P.S.T.).
Assault and batteries
Power DesignLine Blog  
10/31/2009   3 comments
The soft on/off switch functionality in many products is a real drain on their limited batteries
"Goodby, UWB, we hardly knew you", or: What happened to ultrawideband?
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
10/31/2009   4 comments
UWB was supposed to be the next big thing, but things didn't quite work out as promoted
Surge stopper IC simplifies design for hazardous apps
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10/31/2009   1 comment
In order to operate safely in hazardous environments, instrumentation must be made explosion proof. Linear Technology's LT4356 series of overvoltage/overcurrent protection devices offers an efficient and elegant means of creating protection barriers in electronic apparatus.
TSMC backs down from 'record year' prediction
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10/30/2009   Post a comment
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. sought to qualify a statement made by its chief executive that the company expects to have a record year in 2010.
Slideshow: Japan loves 3-D, veggies from LEDs
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10/30/2009   1 comment
We toured a flat-panel display and "green" device forum in Yokohama, Japan, and also found plenty of e-readers and some interesting applications for LEDs.
MCUs - SoC for dashboard-mounted car navigation and infotainment systems offers enhanced audio and video functions
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10/30/2009   Post a comment
The SH7777 (SH-NaviJ3) system-on-chip (SoC) from Renesas Technology America, Inc., speeds development for compact portable navigation and infotainment systems and low- and mid-priced dashboard-mounted car navigation and infotainment systems, and offers enhanced multimedia functions such as terrestrial digital TV broadcast support.
EnerSys moves to acquire Oerlikon Battery business
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10/30/2009   Post a comment
The world's largest manufacturer, marketer and distributor of industrial batteries, EnerSys has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the industrial battery businesses of the Swiss company Accu Holding AG.
Low-side intelligent power switches target harsh 24-V automotive environments
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10/30/2009   Post a comment
International Rectifier has introduced the AUIPS2051L and AUIPS2052G 75V low-side intelligent power switches (IPS) for harsh 24V automotive environments including truck junction box applications.
The wireless world in 2012
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10/30/2009   Post a comment
The year is 2012, and you have the good fortune to be in London for the Olympic Games. Some of your friends are along for the trip, too, compliments of Lily, who has invited you to stay at her flat. You're excited about checking out all of the new advanced wireless communications at the games. In a digital world already dominated by advanced, innovative wireless equipment, this fictitious scenario forces us to imagine: What will you be able to do in the wireless world of 2012?
SensorDynamics plans energy-harvesting TPMs
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Austrian sensor technology vendor SensorDynamics AG (Lebring, Austria) has signed a license agreement with EnOcean GmbH (Unterhaching, Germany) on the latter ones' energy harvesting technology. SensorDynamics plans to use the technology for automotive products.
Jennic : Wireless MCU uses energy harvesting
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10/30/2009   Post a comment
Jennic has demonstrated the capability of its JN5148 wireless microcontroller to perform multiple packet transmissions from 100 uJ of energy harvested from an electro-mechanical switch, thus enabling ZigBee communication with very low energy consumption.
Customization makes the difference, Dialog CEO Bagherli says
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10/30/2009   Post a comment
With a share price hike of more than 1000 percent in less than a year, Dialog Semiconductor (Kirchheim, Germany) currently is one of the most successful chip vendors in Europe. The fabless company has built its remarkable success on power management applications for portable devices. But isn't power management a rather commonplace application with little chances to differentiate? Dialog CEO Jalal Bagherli says no — if some critical factors are taken into account.
Isolation in high-voltage battery monitoring for transportation
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10/30/2009   Post a comment
HV stacks are already used in many industries and applications outside of the transportation industry " typically in uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) to store energy from the grid in dc form; as emergency dc supplies in 48V communications equipment; as emergency supplies in crane and lift systems; and in wind turbines for feathering the blades in an emergency. Discussed here the use of battery stacks in vehicles, the underlying issues are common to all types of stacks.
User-configurable FPGA 3U PXI card offers 160 digital I/O signals
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10/30/2009   Post a comment
Geotest launched a user-configurable FPGA 3U PXI card that features 160 digital I/O signals for specific application needs. The new GX3500 employs the Altera Cyclone III FPGA that supports clock rates up to 150MHz and features over 55,000 logic elements.
ZigBee based transmissions use only 100 microjoules of harvested energy
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Jennic has demonstrated the capability of its JN5148 to perform multiple packet transmissions from 100 microjoules of energy harvested from an electro-mechanical switch.
GreenPeak Technologies secures further funding to finance growth plans
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10/30/2009   Post a comment
Fabless semiconductor company, GreenPeak Technologies (Utrecht, The Netherland) that is offering innovative ultra low power wireless and battery-free data communication technologies for consumer electronics and sense and control applications, has closed a Series B financing round.
MIPS Technologies submits code for Tamarin open source project
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10/30/2009   Post a comment
MIPS Technologies Inc., has released a MIPS-optimized version of the ActionScript virtual machine (VM) that is used in web-connected technologies such as Adobe Flash player.
In-system emulation technology support for the MPC85xx
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10/30/2009   Post a comment
Goepel electronic announced the development of a special model library for Freescale processor types MPC85xx to support its in-system emulation technology VarioTAP.
Quad power-supply controller creates accurate digital power-management solutions
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10/30/2009   Post a comment
A fully integrated, accurate (±0.3 percent), quad-channel digital power-supply controller which offers a PMBus interface for programming, sequencing, monitoring, and margining power supplies has been introduced by Maxim Integrated Products.
The Energy Technologies Institute increases funding for wave and tidal energy
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The ETI announced a GBP 8 million project designed to make wave and tidal energy more competitive and unlock the potential of marine energy.
Using multicore procesors in embedded systems - part 1
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Physical constants such as the speed of light, the size of electrons, and the operating temperature limits of silicon mean that Moore's Law can no longer be relied on to provide extra performance ad infinitum. Do multicore processors provide a solution?
Samsung triples Q3 profit on better chip ASPs
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10/30/2009   1 comment
South Korea's Samsung Electronics recorded a sharply better operating profit in the third quarter, thanks largely to better demand and higher average selling prices for memory chips, the company said.
RECENTLY INTRODUCED ANALOG (and related) PRODUCTS, October 30, 2009 edition
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10/30/2009   Post a comment
Here is our frequently updated, linked list of new analog ICs and related products
Maxim posts profit
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10/30/2009   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products posted a sequential double-digit increase in sales for the second consecutive quarter in the period ended Sept. 26, the company said.
KLA-Tencor back to profit on stronger demand
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10/29/2009   Post a comment
Thanks largely to a sharp increase in demand from foundry customers, chip equipment supplier KLA-Tencor logged better-than-expected sales and returned to profitability in the quarter ended Sept. 30, the company said.
NEWS - Rapid configuration of AMBA NIC-301 enabled by CoWare/ARM partnership
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10/29/2009   Post a comment
New CoWare SBL-301 SystemC Bus Library for CoWare Platform Architect provides configurability, visibility and rapid turnaround time, enabling system designers to efficiently optimize AMBA NIC-301 network interconnect-based designs.
Exec details ST's ARM Cortex-A9 licensing choice for HDTVs
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10/29/2009   Post a comment
In an interview with EE Times, Laurent Remont, director, R&D/Architecture Group, Home Entertainment and Displays Group at STMicroelectronics NV (Geneva, Switzerland), provided details on ST's decision to build its next-generation HDTV consumer device around the high-performance ARM architecture.
Updated: Juniper challenges Cisco on the edge
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10/29/2009   Post a comment
In a splashy New York City event, Juniper Networks announced its next generation of silicon, systems, software and partnerships around a family of networking products geared to serve businesses and service providers and attack archrival Cisco Systems.
'Roadrunner' supercomputer verifying U.S. nuke reliability
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10/29/2009   Post a comment
Los Alamos National Laboratory is using the world's fastest supercomputer, dubbed "Roadrunner," to run extremely accurate simulations to verify the reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile.
Motorola swings to Q3 profit on cost cutting
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10/29/2009   Post a comment
Motorola Inc. fought its way back into black territory in the third quarter by sharply reducing costs throughout its operations although sales continues to fall and the company yielded market share in the mobile handset segment.
Viewpoint: In defense of Hector Ruiz
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10/29/2009   2 comments
Ex-AMD boss Hector Ruiz might have been justified in providing confidential information about the company's reorganization to a group being investigated for insider trading but he alone can end the controversy by disclosing why he talked so candidly about his former employer.
Arasan integrates IP into Cadence verification kit
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10/29/2009   Post a comment
Cadence will engineer Arasan's MIPI design IP into the Cadence Incisive Verification Kit, which incorporates Cadence-developed MIPI-based verification IP, example flows, user workshops and documented best practices.
Austrian researchers double Li-ion battery energy density
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Austrian researchers say they have doubled the energy density of lithium ion batteries through the use of a silicon gel.
Roke launches world's first commercial generic high voltage test facility
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Independent electronics R&D centre, Roke Manor Research Ltd (Southampton, UK) has launched the world's first commercial generic high voltage test facility.
Cadence and SMIC unveil 65-nm Low Power Reference Flow 4.0
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10/29/2009   Post a comment
Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (San Jose, Calif), has delivered a comprehensive low-power design flow for engineers targeting the 65-nanometer process at Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation.
Continental writes red figures amidst auto downturn
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10/29/2009   Post a comment
The decline of the global automotive markets has left clear traces in red ink in the quarterly report of automotive supplier Continental AG (Hannover, Germany). Now the company bets its hope on a recovery — and on electric cars.
A PROFINET Competence Centre opens in France
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10/29/2009   Post a comment
Molex has been accredited as PROFINET Competence Centre (PICC) for France for a period of two years. The PICC which consists of employees of Molex and Testlab, has demonstrated the necessary competence and has the necessary equipment to offer full support.
256Mbit serial Flash memory innovates with 32-bit addressing scheme
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10/29/2009   Post a comment
Memory manufacturer Macronix has announced what the company claims to be the world's first 256Mbit serial Flash product, based on an innovative 32-bit addressing scheme.
Acal to acquire electronics, photonics component supplier
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10/29/2009   Post a comment
Components and systems distributor Acal plc announced it is acquiring the entire issued share capital of France-based BFi Optilas SAS for 10 million euros ($14.78 million) payable in cash and 2 million euros ($2.95 million) of Acal ordinary shares to be issued on completion.
LSI, Silicon Labs report bigger Q3 profits
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Chip makers LSI and Silicon Laboratories reported sharp increases in third-quarter profits and sales that beat Wall Street's expectations.
Bluetooth group drops ultrawideband, eyes 60 GHz
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10/29/2009   6 comments
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group has shelved any plans to use the ultrawideband technology it acquired from the WiMedia Alliance when that group decided in March it would fold, and in its place is conducting due diligence on 60 GHz technology as a possible transport for a future high-rate Bluetooth.
4 reasons for 3-D TV, 7 more for why it's a long shot
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10/29/2009   8 comments
The possibility of 3-D entertainment in the home is a foregone conclusion according to Japanese consumer electronics giants Sony and Panasonic. But here are four reasons for their 3-D push, and seven reasons for why it's still a long shot.
Cadence shrinks Q3 loss, beats revenue views
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
EDA vendor Cadence Design Systems reported third-quarter sales of $216 million, in line with the company's guidance for the quarter and slightly above consensus analyst estimates for the period.
Microsemi to close Arizona fab
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
Analog mixed-signal semiconductor vendor Microsemi plans to close its manufacturing facility in Scottsdale, Ariz., by April 2011, eliminating an undisclosed number of jobs.
Slideshow: Plenty of energy at Solar Decathlon
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10/28/2009   1 comment
If the energy of the engineering students at this year's Solar Decathlon is any indication, the alternative energy field is poised to take off.
Verizon to OEMs: Get the heat out
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10/28/2009   2 comments
Verizon Communications Inc. will require OEMs starting in July 2010 to supply thermal models for circuit boards and cabinets for any equipment they want to sell to the carrier as part of a new energy-saving strategy.
Atrion International and Microsoft help businesses achieve corporate green
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
Atrion International announced that it is working together with Microsoft to help businesses design and distribute greener and safer products.
Intel, Numonyx claim phase-change memory milestone
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10/28/2009   13 comments
Researchers from Intel and its flash memory joint venture, Numonyx, have demonstrated the ability to stack multiple layers of phase-change memory (PCM) arrays within a single die, a breakthrough that could pave the way for PCM to one day displace multiple existing memory technologies in various applications, they said.
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