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Swiss criminal investigation targets ST dealings
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A Swiss prosecutor is conducting a criminal investigation of alleged fraudulent activity pertaining to certain ST Microelectronics currency transactions entered into by the company's former treasurer between 1998 and 2005, ST said.
Tek unveils UWB software utility extension
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The utility delivers single-button tests for debugging and RF compliance testing of WiMedia UWB systems.
Analyst: Digital camera market plateaus at $18B
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With the majority of amateur and professional photographers having made the switch from film to digital cameras, the worldwide market for digital still cameras appears to be leveling off at about $18 billion per year, according to market research firm IC Insights.
How to use CPLDs to implement a QWERTY keypad
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This tutorial describes how low cost, low power CPLDs can be used to expand a typical handset DTMF keypad into a QWERTY keypad.
HDMI 1.3 comes to 1080p audio products in 2007
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This week I spent some time at Denon and Marantz as they gave pre-CES 2007 preview. OK. You ask what does this have to do with Digital TV? Well, they realize that to fully appreciate 1080p and HDTV, you need good audio. And, not just good audio, but audio and that also includes video processing and scaling.
Analog/digital pin-boards, GUI software, extend ATE scalability
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ATE maker Teradyne announces two pin-cards for its existing TestStation ICT platform. These boards make the TestStation a scalable in-circuit test platform with options that include multiplexed or pure-pin, analog only or hybrid, and low pin-count or high pin-count configurations. New GUI software makes it play.
5.7-inch TFT-LCD integrates white LED backlight
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OSD Displays offers a RoHS-compliant 5.7-inch (VGA) TFT-LCD with a white LED backlight for industrial control and mobile computing applications.
DC/DC conversion ICs pick up on power management
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Product recap - With industry's call for the highest possible system efficiencies taking center stage, today's DC/DC conversion ICs for advanced datacom, telecom, and portable products are taking on more power-management duties.
Schottky rectifiers offered in mini SMPC package
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Vishay has launched a new miniature SMPC package for its TMBS and planar Schottky rectifiers that enables higher-current-density power supply designs.
Magma names user conference chairman
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Magma Design Automation has named Stefan Hamacher, director of central design flow development at Infineon Technologies, as international chairman of the Magma Music users conference set for Feb. 28 " March 1, 2007.
Strontium scheme enters atomic clock race
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A new kind of atomic clock is 40,000 times more precise by virtue of suspending strontium atoms in a lattice of laser light.
Sensor detects photo orientation
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SRAM's SFH 7710 SMT orientation sensor for mobile devices detects whether a photo has been taken in portrait or landscape format and automatically displays the photo in its correct orientation, eliminating the need to rotate digital pictures in order to view them.
Nvidia pushes out graphics IC for iPod
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Nvidia Corp. is moving into unsteady waters. The company is readying a lower-margin integrated chipset for PCs, while it has also delayed a graphics chip for use in Apple Computer Inc.'s next-generation video iPod line, according to an analyst.
Nokia plans DVB-H pilot with India broadcaster
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Nokia has launched a DVB-Handheld broadcast mobile TV pilot with state-owned TV broadcaster Doordarshan that will use Nokia's DVB-H solution.
SEC ends Xilinx' stock investigation
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Xilinx Inc. said the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has formally notified Xilinx that its investigation of its stock option granting practices has been terminated and that no enforcement action has been recommended.
QuickLogic announces SDIO and CE-ATA solutions for Marvell PXA3xx processors
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Low power connectivity solutions from QuickLogic provide fast time to market and design flexibility for handheld consumer electronics applications.
Tutorial: Programming High-Performance DSPs, Part 3
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11/30/2006   1 comment
This third of a three-part series shows how you can help the compiler produce faster code. It explains the drawbacks of software pipelining. It also explains how to optimize for minimum power consumption.
Using fill synthesis for enhanced planarization (part 2)
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Part 2 of a two parts tutorial on the use of Fill Synthesis to improve wafer's surface planarity by inserting non-functional patterns into the design layout.
NDS to pay $107 million for Jungo
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Digital entertainment technology company NDS is completing the acquisition of startup Jungo. NDS, which supplies smart cards for digital set-top boxes, is expected to pay $107 million in cash for the company, sources in Israel told EETimes Europe.
Cypress Semi forges new mobile device model
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Seeking to reshape the mobile market, Cypress Semiconductor Corp. is pushing for a new peripherals concept--or even a standard architecture--for feature-rich and other handhelds.
Broadcom buying networking middleware vendor LVL7
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Broadcom Corp. has offered $62 million in cash for LVL7 Systems Inc., one of the few remaining independent developers of middleware for networking protocols. Given LVL7's existing integration deals with Agere, Infineon Technologies, Marvell Technology, Vitesse Semiconductor, Fulcrum Microsystems and Switchcore, the Broadcom move could prompt some scrambling in the communications IC sector.
ST demos chip for speedy medical diagnostics
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STMicroelectronics has demonstrated a prototype device capable of selectively collecting and manipulating biological molecules which the chip group suggests opens the way to cost-effective automated sample preparation for medical and forensic diagnostics.
Philips sells stake in nano tools supplier
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LONDON — Royal Philips Electronics is selling its 24.8 percent stake in FEI Co, a supplier of tools such as scanning electron microscopes to semiconductor and nanotechnology device makers. FEI, which is headquartered in Hillsboro, Oregon, filed a registration statement on Form S-3 with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Thursday (Nov.30) relating to the planned secondary offering of 8,406,007 common shares.
ADI pushes chipset at Chinese TD-SCDMA handsets
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Analog Devices, Inc. has started sampling Tier 1 mobile handset makers and local ODMs with a second-generation chipset that complies with the Chinese 3G TD-SCDMA Low Chip Rate (LCR) air interface.
Philips sells stake in nano tools supplier
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Royal Philips Electronics is selling its 24.8 percent stake in FEI Co, a supplier of tools such as scanning electron microscopes to semiconductor and nanotechnology device makers.
Cell BE platform accelerates OPC
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Working to speed optical proximity correction (OPC) for 45 nm ICs, Mentor Graphics and Mercury Computer Systems are bringing out an acceleration platform based on the Cell Broadband Engine (BE) processor.
Government policies driving adoption of digital power
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It shouldn't come as a surprise that emerging government policies in Asia, Europe and North America are expected to help drive the adoption of digital power technologies, but now there is a report from Darnell Group to back up this observation.
Synopsys fiscal 2006 strong, De Geus says
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Synopsys revenues and income are up on a quarterly and yearly basis following a strong performance in fiscal 2006, according to Aart de Geus, chairman and CEO.
Logic 101 - Part 3 - Reed-Muller Logic
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As opposed to using conventional logic, it may be more appropriate to implement a function in a form known as Reed-Muller logic, which is based on XORs and XNORs.
Turbolinux proposes mobile Linux for consumers
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Turbolinux, Inc. said it will offer a Linux booting device in an iPod-sized media player as a way to promote Linux among consumers.
LCD modules deliver high resolution for medical apps
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NEC Electronics America debuts two 21.3-inch amorphous-silicon thin-film transistor (TFT) LCD modules for medical imaging applications.
Manage flash memory in auto infotainment systems
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As the costs of NAND and NOR flash continue to fall, in-car infotainment systems are using storage in ways that no one thought possible only a few years ago. To succeed, these systems need flash file systems that can ensure data integrity, even when power failures or uncontrolled shutdowns occur.
Transition mode PFC increases efficiency to help meet the 80+ requirements
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Electronics equipment are everywhere and typically always powered, using energy. Recent standards like the 80+ initiative are trying to rectify this situation by ensuring that power supplies are more efficient. Here's help for the engineer to improve the efficiency of new power supplies with a transition mode power factor corrected design.
TD-SCDMA phone testing option targets Chinese developers
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Targeting The People's Republic of China's near-future wireless 3G TD-SCDMA standard, Willtek Communications announces an option for its existing 4400 Mobile Phone Tester. The tester will be equipped to handle all functions necessary to calibrate transmitter and receiver sections of a phone, perform functional tests, and carry out final testing prior to shipment.
Scalable application processors target wireless handhelds
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Marvell has launched its first family of application processors based on Intel's XScale Technology. The PXA3xx series are aimed at such applications as feature handsets, GPS navigation systems, wireless handhelds and other consumer electronic devices.
Nomadic 2-port cable analyzers span 2-MHz to 20-GHz
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Check out this pair of handheld battery-operated analyzers for measuring cables and communications systems. They work from 2-MHz in the HF portion of the spectrum well into the microwave regime. Anritsu's cable and antenna analyzers can also pack an optional CW module for conducting long cable-loss measurements between out to 20 GHz, and a VNA option.
Integrated PXI chassis and controller costs less than $1000
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Lowering the entry cost for a PXI-based test system, National Instruments is rolling out a PXI chassis with integrated remote controller. The chassis provides five peripheral slots, and includes a host card to control the system from either a desktop or laptop. It can achieve up to 110-Mbytes/s sustained throughput to the PC host.
Tektronix releases software for UWB WiMedia radios
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Tektronix, Inc. announced its Tek UWB WiMedia2 software which extends the ultra wideband (UWB) debug and analysis capabilities of the Tektronix DSA70000, DPO70000 and TDS6000C series to include real-time analysis of UWB RF and electrical signals.
Marvell apps processors deliver ultra low-power wireless video
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PXA3xx processors target smartphones, GPS navigation systems, and other consumer electronic devices.
3.5-inch QVGA display features white LED backlight
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OSD Displays expands its active matrix TFT-LCD line with the 3.5-inch OSD0345CA6T1 diagonal transmissive QVGA display for handheld consumer and industrial devices.
Siemens could face SEC probe
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German law enforcement investigations into alleged bribery activity by Siemens AG employees indicate that so-called letterbox companies in the United States and the British Virgin Islands may have had a role.
Tutorial: Programming High-Performance DSPs, Part 2
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This second of a three-part series explains how to optimize code for high-performance DSPs, with a focus on loop unrolling and software pipelining. It shows how to minimize loop overhead, and how to keep a DSP's execution units busy.
World's fastest USB oscilloscope?
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PC test gear vendor Pico Technology rolls out a dual-channel PC-connected digital sampling oscilloscope with a bandwidth of 250 MHz. Pico's Model 5204 gives you a memory depth of 128-Msamples and a realtime sampling rate of 1-Gsample/s. Not bad for less than $1800, eh?
Connected HD living on the fast track with 5Ghz broadband
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If the availability of digital content is to take off quickly, the industry can not rely on consumers rewiring their homes with Ethernet or coax cables. The faster deployment, lower installation costs, configuration flexibility and other advantages of wireless networks have already been well established. But there have always been doubts about the ability of home networks based on the IEEE 802.11a/b/g standards to distribute high-quality (especially HD) video in a home environment.
Aviza names new exec in Japan
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Chip-equipment maker Aviza Technology Inc. announced the appointment of Masaaki Yashiro as president of Aviza Technology Japan K.K.
Litigation may scupper Alcatel, Microsoft IPTV partnership, says analyst
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One of the most important and visible partnerships in the emerging IPTV business is set to unravel according to an analyst following recent patent infringement lawsuits filed by Alcatel against Microsoft Corp.
Motorola makes strategic investment in Sequans
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Motorola's venture arm has made what is described as a "substantial" investment in WiMAX chip supplier Sequans.
Investment firm: Changes needed at ASMI
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Despite a setback, Mellon HBV Alternative Strategies is still lobbying for the breakup of chip-equipment maker ASM International N.V.
Authorities investigate insider trading at ASE
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The Taiwan government is investigating if insider trading may have taken place in connection with a recent bid by Carlyle Group for Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc.
VC funds down but LBOs up, experts say
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The equity markets are mixed for semiconductors. As U.S. venture capital funding slows in the semiconductor industry, private-equity buyouts are expected to accelerate in the sector, experts said.
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