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China opens up foreign component procurement
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Starting this month, China will begin to pry open another segment of its economy by giving foreign companies the right to set up wholly owned export divisions, further changing the dynamics of electronics companies operating in China.
IC sales up 6.5% in September, with 17.5% jump in Q3
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The IC recovery continues to pick up steam. Worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $14.4 billion in September, up 6.5 percent from $13.6 billion in August, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).
Cell phone design trends prompting RF integration
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Demand for integrated RF mobile-handset devices has been pallid so far, but that's expected to change as next-generation phone standards prompt redesigns to accommodate the attendant shifts in technology. Suppliers thus are stepping up development of integrated RF devices, and some are reporting a pickup in business as new phone models emerge. EBN's Spencer Chin has this report.
VCO line works in 50 MHz to 3.5 GHz frequency range
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A new line of voltage controlled oscillators (VCOs) from Crystek Crystals Corp. features a frequency range from 50 MHz to 3.5 GHz. The initial product launches include the CVCO55, CVCO45 and CVCO33. The company plans to launch additional products in the VCO family by first quarter 2004.
TCXO offers tight stability in small package
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Responding to customer demand for small packaging and high performance in telecommunications applications, Connor-Winfield claims its new T501 is the industry's smallest temperature compensated crystal oscillator (TCXO) with a +/-4.6 ppm stability.
I2C-Programmable Dual PLL EMI Reduction IC
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Alliance says their new ic reduces emi at clock source, enables significant system cost savings.
32-Bit SuperH MPU has on-Chip Ethernet Controller and Host Interface
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Renesas Technology Corp.'s new SH7618 32-bit SuperH RISC microprocessor is targeted for use in digital audio/video products requiring network connection capability.
Synch clock generator compatible with existing platforms
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Connor-Winfield's new SCG102A synchronous clock generator is a pin-for-pin replacement for the Vectron FX102 product. The mixed-signal phase locked loop (PLL) generates LVPECL outputs from a fundamental frequency, low jitter, voltage controlled crystal oscillator. These are designed for line cards in telecommunications infrastructure equipment.
Intel Takes Gaming To The Extreme
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Intel Corporation on Monday (Nov 3)introduced the Pentium 4 processor Extreme Edition supporting Hyper-Threading (HT) technology at 3.20 GHz. The Santa Clara, CA chipmaker said computers based on this new processor are expressly designed for high-end gamers and computing enthusiasts.
IBM Processors to Power Future Xbox Game Systems
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Microsoft Corp. today (Nov. 3) announced that it has entered into a semiconductor technology agreement with IBM Corp. Under the agreement, Microsoft has licensed semiconductor processor technology from IBM for use in future Xbox products and services to be announced at a later date.
Avnet offers AMD Athlon 64 processor-based custom systems
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Avnet Computing Components has announced that AMD Athlon 64 processor-based custom white box systems are now available through its online configurator - QuickSource. Customers can purchase AMD Athlon 64 and AMD Athlon 64 FX processors via the telephone (1-888-300-8277) or configure fully validated AMD Athlon 64 processor-based systems via Quicksource at www.quicksource.avnet.com
IBM scores processor win for Xbox
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Microsoft Corp. and IBM Corp.'s Technology Group announced today (Nov. 3) that the next- generation Xbox electronic game console will use a yet-to-be-designated IBM processor. IBM's chip will replace Intel Corp.'s Pentium III processor now in the current Xbox version. The Intel chip runs at 650 to 800MHz.
SST extends licensing deal with Shanghai foundry
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Silicon Storage Technology Inc. (SST) said today it has extended its SuperFlash core licensing agreement with Shanghai Hua Hong NEC Electronics Co. to include 0.25-micron process technology.
High-speed cable systems offer variety of options
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Samtec Inc.'s new high-speed cable assembly systems provide high-speed I/O solutions on .5-mm and .8 mm-pitch (HQCD & EQCD series), JTAG interfaces (HHSC Series), edge card interfaces (EEDP Series) and custom cable assemblies to meet signal integrity specifications.
Wireless sensor nets demand trade-offs
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Wireless sensor networks represent an emerging technology that has great potential for widespread applications. These networks consist of a large number of simple nodes with limited power sources and functionality, but they offer far greater utility than the sum of those individual nodes.
Pain Relief
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The worst is over for analog and mixed-signal IC suppliers that have survived several years of double-digit price erosion and weak demand from the computing and communications sectors.
Sony, Samsung detail plans for large-screen LCD TVs
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Expecting a surge in demand for LCD TVs, Sony Corp., which has announced plans for a major restructuring, and rival Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. last week agreed to establish a joint venture to make seventh-generation thin-film-transistor (TFT) LCD panels.
Power management troubles vendors
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Wary of the worsening power consumption problem, processor vendors are increasingly willing to try new methods to combat leakage and dynamic power.
Zilog adds a few more features to its Z8 Encore! family
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Originally a contemporary of the Intel 8051 and Motorola 6805, Zilog Inc.'s Z8 microcontroller has survived and even thrived in its own niches, primarily in very-low-cost, consumer-related control applications such as TV sets.
Structured ASIC pioneer opts out of production
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Struggling Lightspeed Semiconductor is putting to rest months of rumors with the announcement today that it will no longer seek new customers for its structured ASICs. Instead, the company is preparing to license its metal-mask programmable-logic fabric as intellectual property to other semiconductor vendors and directly to design teams.
Value-added tax deemed anticompetitive by Semiconductor Industry Association
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A long-running battle between the United States and China, which strikes at the heart of massive semiconductor investment in Asia's largest market, is heating up once again.
High power contactor gets upgrade
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Tyco Electronics said its KILOVAC brand FM200 series contactor, also known as the FLATMAN contactor, switches loads up to 300 amps at either 480 Vac or 48 Vdc. The contactor is now rated to continuously carry loads up to 200 amps at the above rated voltages.
Rugged switch technology targets harsh applications
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Developed for harsh and hazardous environments as well as outdoor and vandal-prone locations, Texzec, Inc. said its new ActiveMetal switch technology, that combines solid metal construction with state-of-the-art sensing techniques, produces rugged keyboards, keypads and switches that are vandal-, water- and explosion-proof. They can also withstand impact and vibration, and operate in all weather conditions.
Fujitsu Develops New CPU Core for its 32-bit RISC MCUs
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The FR80 is the most powerful processor core to date for Fujitsu's FR family of 32-bit RISC microcontrollers. Manufactured with 0.18um process technology it can run at clock speeds of up to 200 MHz, roughly double the speed of earlier FR family products.
Pb-free products require changes in packaging and board manufacturingHigh-Speed Interconnect: PCI Express Enters the Race
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PCI Express is about to arrive. This new, high-speed serial interconnect technology at long last promises to bring traditionally slow I/O subsystems up to par with increasingly fast microprocessors, memory, and graphics chips. Gary Legg explains PCI Express and compares it to other high-speed interconnects, such as RapidIO and HyperTransport.
This Microcontroller Works in a Tough Neighborhood
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Aimed at automtive powertrain systems, the MPC5554 features 2Mb of embedded flash memory and DSP functionality. Murray Slovick examines the first product in Motorola's new MCU family.
Commentary: RapidIO fabric is validated at system level
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In EE Times' November 10, 2003 issue, Ian Dunn of OEM Communications Computing Segment and John Moore of Mercury Computer Systems Inc. share results from one of the first tests of the RapidIO switch fabric that shows that in an initial implementation the interconnect has achieved 97 percent of its theoretical performance after accounting for 4 percent protocol overhead.
Transceiver delivers 45 Gbits/s across backplane on just 1 watt
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Accelerant Networks' AN6420 backplane transceiver chip operates from 6.25 Gbits/second up to full-rate 10 Gbits/s in PAM-4 multilevel-signaling mode and up to 5 Gbits/s with decision feedback equalization (DFE) in binary mode for existing serializer/deserializer ICs.
Blue LED cuts back size, voltage for a better fit in portable apps
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Fairchild Semiconductor Corp.'s QTLP603C-EB blue LED combines a low profile with low voltage to give portable-application designers performance and size benefits. These tiny LED lamps can be used in backlighting keypads and pushbuttons in portable product designs, such as cell phones and PDAs.
Distributors shed failing components businesses
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As the technology recession continues to hammer at distributors' profits, more are being forced to re-evaluate their business models. Reptron Electronics is the latest to conclude that it might be better off without its electronic-components operations.
Focus on Inductors
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Spurred primarily by current requirements of evolving voltage regulator module (VRM) specifications, inductor manufacturers are developing new designs that offer higher current ratings in conjunction with higher operating temperatures, lower direct current resistance (DCR), tighter tolerance and smaller package sizes.
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