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Tech heavyweights raise millions for tsunami relief
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12/31/2004   Post a comment
As the death toll for Sunday's earthquake and tsunami topped 114,000 Thursday, the technology industry stepped up its donations and its efforts to help individuals pledge money to victim relief organizations.
India's fab venture plans 200-, 300-mm plants
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More details are surfacing about India's first major fab company, including its bold plans to build both 200- and 300-mm plants, according to a report from the Express Computer Web site.
Z-based Bulk Metal foil tech boosts resistor performance
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Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. claims its new VSMP1206 high-precision, surface-mount, Bulk Metal Z-foil resistor is the industry's first such device to combine a high power rating of 300 mW, load life stability of 0.01%, and a low nominal temperature coefficient of resistance (TCR) of ±0.5 ppm/°C in an industry-standard, surface-mount package.
Mini ceramic motor automates in-vacuum alignment
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New Scale Technologies Inc. has released a new vacuum-compatible version of its patent-pending mini ceramic SQUIGGLE motor for automating critical alignments in high-vacuum instruments without requiring mechanical feed-throughs or stepper motors. The new motors can be used for nanometer positioning in applications such as semiconductor manufacturing and testing, scanning electron microscopes, ion beam microscopes, and scanning ion mass spectrometers.
Electronic Direct now supplies hard-to-find parts in N. America
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Electronic Direct, an independent Munich, Germany-based company that specializes in providing active, passive, and system components, has opened an East Coast office to serve North American electronics and technology companies looking to procure hard-to-find and obsolete electronic components.
The Week in Review: Dec. 26 to Jan. 1
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Gathered below are the top five stories for the week beginning Sunday December 26, 2004, as ranked by Silicon Strategies' readers, up to and including Thursday, December 30. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
MoSys' chairman, CEO resigns, cites health problems
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Fu-Chieh Hsu, chairman, president and chief executive of Monolithic System Technology Inc. (MoSys) on Friday (Dec. 31) announced that he has resigned from the company, effective Dec. 30.
Future Horizons diminue à 15% ses prévisions de croissance du secteur des semi-conducteurs en 2005
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Le jeudi 30 décembre 2004, la société d’études de marché Future Horizons a revu à la baisse ses prévisions de croissance mondiale pour les semi-conducteurs. Elle prévoit désormais que le secteur connaîtra en 2005 une croissance de 15 % et non plus de 28 % comme annoncé précédemment.
TSMC va accélérer le déploiement de son procédé 90 nm
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Afin d’accélérer le déploiement de sa technologie 65 nm, le géant taïwanais de la fonderie, Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC), a annoncé, le mercredi 29 décembre, qu’il développerait les capacités de son usine 90 nm au cours de l’année 2005.
NIST devises world's smallest, sensitive sensor
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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) claims to have demonstrated a tiny, magnetic sensor that can detect magnetic field changes as small as 50 picoteslas — a million times weaker than the Earth's magnetic field.
Cool EDA offerings for the new year
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12/30/2004   Post a comment
FPGA programming, easy formal verification, a video processing tool, Matlab-to-RTL, and FPGA-based emulation — these are some of the recent developments that can help designers in 2005.
Marine-grade DC plug-in receptacle locks out water
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12/30/2004   Post a comment
Waytek Inc. has added a new marine-grade DC plug-in receptacle that comes with a water tight sealing cap for protection against harsh weather conditions. This deluxe 12-volt standard receptacle is made from corrosion resistant marine grade materials. The plug securely locks into receptacle to provide a moisture proof connection.
Optical switch performs non-contact sensing
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TT electronics OPTEK Technology has developed a compact infrared slotted switch for general-purpose machine and automation applications that require a non-contacting sensor.
No solder or mounting holes required for 10 GHz socket
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Ironwood Electronics' new high performance 10 GHz socket can accommodate 0.5-mm pitch, 11 x 11-mm body ICs such as the AMKOR MAF223 BGA, and arrays with up to 400 balls. The SG-BGA-7026 socket doesn't require solder or mounting holes for attachment, only a 1.25-mm perimeter space for the socket body on the target PC-board.
Emergency stop switch combines compact size with full functionality
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12/30/2004   Post a comment
The new Series 61 emergency stop switch from EAO meets the industrial industry's need for miniaturization and robustness. These new switches may be used in a variety of compact control panels for machinery, process control and access control equipment such as production lines, cranes, robots, moving platforms, security systems and emergency exits.
PartMiner partners with Chinese university to enhance electronic components database
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12/30/2004   Post a comment
PartMiner, Inc. has announced a partnership with Beijing's Tsinghua University to provide content about Chinese manufactured electronic components for its CAPS database of more than 35 million components. The database includes detailed, searchable technical data and information about product changes and obsolescence.
Mini MC card connectors offer alternate choice to MMCX connectors
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12/30/2004   Post a comment
Aliner Industries Inc. offers a complete range of MC card coax connectors that includes more than a dozen products. The line includes three types of RF antenna switches plus straight/right angle plugs and jacks for popular cable sizes.
Preparing for the Next 'DARPA Grand Challenge'
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Team Overbot designers are pushing development of their autonomous robot vehicle for next October's competition.
Japanese companies look to integrate, not outsource
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Outsourcing and fabless foundry business strategies are common in the semiconductor industry, but Rohm, Sony and Renesas are seeking more integration.
Top ten EEdesign stories of 2004
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From the legal troubles of ex-Aptix CEO Amr Mohsen, to Cadence Design Systems' new CEO and Synopsys' acquisition of Monterey Design Systems, here are the top ten EEdesign news stories of 2004, ranked according to reader response.
Hitachi intente une action en contrefaçon de brevet contre une société chinoise
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Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST) annonce ce mardi 28 décembre avoir intenté un procès contre la société chinoise GS Magicstor Inc. ainsi que sa société mère et associée dans la recherche, pour une contrefaçon alléguée à l’encontre de multiples brevets de lecteurs de disques durs d’Hitachi.
Future Horizons cuts IC forecast to 15% growth in '05
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Market research firm Future Horizons on Thursday (Dec. 30) cut its worldwide growth forecast for ICs. The research firm now predicts that the semiconductor industry would grow 15 percent in 2005, down from its original forecast of 28 percent.
Newport restructures packaging unit amid losses
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Chip-equipment subsystems vendor Newport Corp. on Thursday (Dec. 30) revised its guidance amid a move to restructure and downsize its packaging and automation unit.
Three-phase PWM condenses microprocessor designs
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International Rectifier's IR3093 is a three-phase interleaved PWM control IC that supports AMD Athlon, AMD Opteron, AMD Athlon64, and Intel VR10.X processors for applications that include desktop computer motherboards, voltage regulator modules, video graphics cards and telecom single-in-line (SIP) modules. It integrates MOSFET gate drivers, reducing parts count by 75 percent as well as solution size over competing devices, according to the company.
Samsung sets aside $100 million for DRAM probe
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South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. on Thursday (Dec. 30) said that it has set aside a $100 million provision against a DRAM price fixing scheme that has rocked the industry, according to published reports.
ESS Technology lowers fourth quarter forecast
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ESS Technology Inc. on Thursday (Dec. 30) lowered its forecast for the fourth quarter.
USB OTG for Faster Cores and Faster Streams
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Embedded ASIC and SoC Designers Gain Hi-Speed USB Host, Device or OTG Support.
The Beginning of the Mega Solar Age
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12/29/2004   Post a comment
Kyocera announces the development of a large-scale solar module with 200-watt output capability. The company says it is ideally geared for large-scale solar electric generating systems of 100 kilowatts (kW) or greater.
Chartered confirms bank loans to support 300-mm fab
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Singaporean foundry provider Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Pte. Ltd. on Wednesday (Dec. 29) confirmed that it has signed an agreement for a $653 million term loan facility from J.P. Morgan, guaranteed by the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM).
AdTech offers multi-layer co-fired ceramic design guide
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12/29/2004   Post a comment
Advanced Technical Ceramics Company (AdTech)offers designers a new design guide on advanced electronic packages manufactured with co-fired multi-layer ceramic technology. Typical applications include multi-chip modules, microwave packages, high frequency feed-throughs, crystal packages, custom pin grid arrays and ceramic/metal packages.
Active EMI filters suit DC/DC converters
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12/29/2004   Post a comment
Picor, a subsidiary of Vicor Corp. has added three new devices to its QPI family of active EMI filters. The company says the new products — QPI-3, QPI-5 and QPI-6 — support all 24- and 48-volt (V) DC/DC converter applications including COTS, industrial, information technology and telecommunications with higher current ratings and lower costs.
Tiny 10 MBd optocouplers operate up to 100°C
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12/29/2004   Post a comment
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. has introduced a new series of 10 MBd optocouplers in an SOIC-8 package that is rated for operating temperatures up to 100°C.
POLs stress cost-performance edge for distributed power
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12/29/2004   Post a comment
V-Infinity's new VPOL series of DC/DC point-of-load (POL) converters point to their high efficiency (up to 94 percent in the 5 volt models) and low cost (priced starting at $10 each in OEM quantities) for a range of distributed power architecture applications. They're available in 5-, 15-, and 16-amp versions with single outputs from 0.75 to 5 volts.
MagnaChip moves full speed ahead in foundry business
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South Korea's MagnaChip Semiconductor Ltd. has moved into pilot production with its 130-nm foundry process. The spin-off from Hynix Semiconductor Inc. plans to bring the technology into volume production in 2005.
Staccato Communications names new chairman, CEO
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Staccato Communications Inc., a developer of ultrawideband chips, on Wednesday (Dec. 29) named Rick Kornfeld as president, chief executive and board member, effective immediately.
Universal Display wins contract to develop infrared OLEDs
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12/29/2004   Post a comment
Universal Display Corp. has been awarded a $69,999 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I contract by the U.S. Army Communication Electronics Research and Development Engineering Center (CERDEC) to develop infrared organic light-emitting-diode (OLED) technology compatible with current-generation night vision capabilities employed by the military.
TSMC to accelerate 90-nm process ramp
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Amid a move to ramp up its 65-nm technology, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) on Wednesday (Dec. 29) said that it will accelerate its 90-nm fab capacity throughout 2005.
Bipolars do motors a good turn
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12/29/2004   Post a comment
Zetex Semiconductors' newest bipolar transistors, the ZX5T851Z NPN and ZX5T951Z PNP devices, tout efficient high-current operation for DC motor control applications. The transistors, in an SOT89 (4.4-by-4.0 mm footprint) and rated for a power dissipation of 2.1 watts, are also billed as a more cost-effective alternative to much larger or other traditional packages (e.g., SOT223, DPAK).
Array Processors Enable Flexibility in FFT Designs
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Reconfigurable processors allow designers to implement FFT architectures in OFDM-based comm systems, such as WLAN and WiMAX, that can adapt to changing standards.
Force Field Wireless markets wireless-security paint
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12/29/2004   Post a comment
A small startup in Silicon Valley has an anti-intrusion tool that sells for $69 a gallon--you supply the brush.
Intel to strike up 'out-of-band' technology
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Intel is taking out-of-band technology to the chip level.
Aldec blends SystemC, HDL debugging
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12/28/2004   Post a comment
Expanding its capabilities for mixed-language simulation of ASICs and FPGAs, Aldec Corp. this week (Dec. 27) announced the release of Riviera 2004.12. New features include integrated SystemC and HDL debugging, assertion-based verification, and functional code coverage.
Parlex, Infineon team on substrates for electronic ID products
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12/28/2004   Post a comment
Parlex Corp., a supplier of flexible interconnects, has formed a joint venture with Infineon Technologies AG to manufacture and sell advanced technology substrates for secure mobile electronic identification products.
Conexant shareholders file suit, saying company hid troubles
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12/28/2004   Post a comment
Shareholders of Conexant Systems Inc. have filed a class-action suit against the company in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, claiming the communications semiconductor supplier failed to fully inform them about the company's deteriorating finances and inventory problems.
Hitachi files patent suit against Chinese company
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Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST) announced Tuesday (Dec. 28) that it has sued GS Magicstor Inc. of China along with its parent company and research affiliate for allegedly infringing upon multiple Hitachi hard disk drive patents.
Schottky diodes double thermal, density ratings
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12/28/2004   Post a comment
Microsemi Corporation's UPDS3200 and UPDS5100H high-voltage Schottky diodes, in a compact PowerDI 5 package licensed from Diodes Incorporated, are designed to provide twice the power density of conventional packages. They're rated at 3 amps/200 volts, and 5 amps/100 volts/low leakage, respectively, for applications ranging from notebook computers to industrial ballasts. In addition, their environmentally friendly RoHS-compliant package, which contain no lead, bromide, or antimony, slashes therma
Analyst cuts Q4 estimates for China's SMIC
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12/28/2004   Post a comment
Investment banking firm SG Cowen Securities Corp. on Tuesday (Dec. 28) cut its forecast for Chinese silicon foundry provider Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) amid a slowdown in the IC industry.
How to select verification IP
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12/28/2004   Post a comment
Verification IP (VIP) can help you complete chip designs, but only if you choose your vendor wisely. Synopsys' Ed Bard offers some tips.
An introduction to PLM for EDA
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12/28/2004   Post a comment
A chip development project may involve over 100,000 design files, says MatrixOne's Brad Hafer (right). He shows how product lifecycle management (PLM) can cut through the confusion, and describes how PLM can be tailored for EDA environments.
IC design house SiNova sets up shop in Dubai
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12/28/2004   Post a comment
Fabless IC design house SiNova Semiconductor Inc. on Monday (Dec. 27) announced plans to establish a microelectronics design center in the Emirate of Dubai.
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