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SIA: Record October chip sales, but slowdown looms
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12/2/2006   Post a comment
SAN FRANCISCO — October worldwide semiconductor sales reached $21.9 billion, setting a new monthly record for the fourth consecutive month, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). But the organization's chief warned of a slowdown on the horizon.
Ericsson, Intel collaborate to push mobile broadband
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12/2/2006   Post a comment
Ericsson has entered into a joint effort with Intel Corp. to accelerate deployment of services and applications on mobile PCs, powered by Ericsson's HSDPA-based mobile broadband and IMS solutions and Intel Core Microarchitecture for mobile clients and servers. Together, the two companies are aiming to accelerate the market uptake of mobile broadband and multimedia services usage, through a more convenient and attractive experience for consumers and enterprises.
South Korea aims to be top battery supplier by 2012
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SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea aims to become the world's top supplier of rechargeable batteries by 2012, surpassing current leader Japan. The government said it has assembled the infrastructure and key materials needed to boost production.
SIA: Record October chip sales, but slowdown looms
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12/1/2006   Post a comment
October worldwide semiconductor sales reached $21.9 billion, setting a new monthly record for the fourth consecutive month, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association. But the organization's chief warned of a slowdown on the horizon.
More options for pin headers
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12/1/2006   Post a comment
FCI has expanded its FCI BASICS+ range of commodity connectors with two new versions of its Quickie Shrouded Pin Headers for cable-to-board applications.
Real-time clock chip includes EEPROM and crystal
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STMicroelectronics' real-time clock (RTC) includes EEPROM and an embedded crystal in a single 18-pin SOIC to boost reliability and cut board space and overall cost.
Integrated-inductor DC/DCs boost efficiency, thermal performance
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Enpirion's second-generation DC/DC power converter families with integrated inductors, the 3-amp EN533x and 6-amp EN536x, tout improved thermal performance and efficiency, lower ripple and noise, and a 25 percent reduction in footprint over competing solutions.
CMOS image sensors aim for true machine vision
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12/1/2006   Post a comment
New CMOS imager chips are emerging that directly sense depth--3D pixel-by-pixel--enabling machine vision to realize its goal of perceiving objects, and reacting appropriately.
Receptacles make it easier to replace LEDs
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Mill-Max Mfg. offers a full line of low-profile, above board and elevated barrel receptacles suitable for socketing LED devices in display backlighting, automotive signal lights, electronic signs and custom array displays.
RAST headers target PCB apps
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Tyco Electronics has introduced a new line of RAST 5 tab header assemblies for PCB applications.
For telcos, all about access
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The International Telecommunications Union moves it biggest summit meeting to Hong Kong this year, a change of venue that reflects the shift to broadband deployments in developing nations.
Analyst downgrades Broadcom
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A Wall Street analyst who last week said Broadcom has secured a socket in Apple's forthcoming cellular handset downgraded Broadcom's stock rating to "neutral" from "buy."
Vishay's IR modules range from 30 to 56 kHz
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The infrared receiver modules come in a new Minicast package that delivers high EI immunity and a high-precision band filter.
Chassis line adds 2U height
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Elma Electronic expands its Type 39C HA chassis line with the Type 39 2U EasyPlug CompactPCI enclosures.
Evaluation board speeds up design time for processor power management applications
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Dialog Semiconductor introduces an evaluation board for its recently introduced DA9034 IC that enables designers to configure designs based on the Marvell PXA3xx application processors.
Kutaragi clipped in Sony management shakeup
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Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. announced a management shakeup, moving Ken Kutaragi to chairman and promoting Kaz Hirai as president and COO.
WiMedia Alliance certifies six IC products for UWB interoperability
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Platform-level certifications are expected to be completed by early 2007, about the same time system-level Wireless USB products start to appear.
Battery charger accepts two power sources
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Intersil's battery charger accepts power inputs from both a USB port and a desktop cradle
Infineon maps multi-gate technology to CMOS
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Infineon reports a major breakthrough in semiconductor technology, promising significant reductions in space and leakage currents.
Indian designers focusing on Rapid I/O
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Interest in Rapid I/O specifications is growing in India as more designers sign up for conferences focusing on how to implement the spec.
Single/dual/quad comparators draw just 8.5 microamps per input
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austriamicrosystems' initial line of comparators, its AS1970-75 family, available in single, dual, and quad versions, tout low power consumption—down to 8.5 microamps per input.
VIPAC modules expand military COTS horizons
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12/1/2006   Post a comment
Vicor's MIL-COTS VIPAC family is a new class of user-defined, modular power solutions for military applications, including radar, ground vehicle, communications, and aerospace equipment.
Slowdown fails to impact Chartered's ramp
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A general industry downturn apparently has yet to take the wind out of Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Pte. Ltd.'s sails, with executives stating that it remains business as usual for the company's most advanced plant.
Nvidia joins AMD in graphics-chip probe
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Joining Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) in a probe, Nvidia Corp. Friday (Dec. 1) said that it has received a subpoena from the U.S. Department of Justice in connection with potential antitrust violations related to graphics processing units and cards.
New microscope said to improve wafer imaging
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FEI Co. will unveil a family of transmission electron microscopes that it says will enable atomic-scale imaging and analysis of semiconductor wafers.
Smallest high-frequency 3-amp regulator serves satellite radio
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Micrel says its MIC4722, a 3-by-3 PWM buck regulator working at 2.7 MHz, is the industry's smallest and highest-frequency 3-amp device.
Nonvolatile SRAM modules tout integrated reflowable battery
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Dallas Semiconductor's newest nonvolatile SRAM modules integrate a reflowable battery into surface-mountable devices.
South Korea aims to be top battery supplier by 2012
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South Korea aims to become the world's top supplier of rechargeable batteries by 2012, surpassing current leader Japan.
Swiss criminal investigation targets ST dealings
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SAN FRANCISCO — 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 Thursday (Nov. 30).
Quantum dot technology specialist buys rival
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Quantum dot technology specialist NL Nanosemiconductor GmBH has bought for an undisclosed sum rival Zia Laser Inc, a leading innovator and manufacturer of quantum dot semiconductor lasers.
Transitive hails Manchester Uni's Knowledge Transfer award
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12/1/2006   Post a comment
Transitive Corporation says that its technology and commercial success was one of the key elements in the University of Manchester winning the coveted Knowledge Transfer Challenge Award and the accompanying £500,000 grant from the U.K. government's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
RF DesignLine joins growing line-up
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12/1/2006   Post a comment
This week saw the launch of RF DesignLine (www.RFDesignLine.com), the 14th in the growing network of micro Web sites from TechOnline customized for design engineers.
Layout tool speeds MEMS design
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GenISys has started sampling to designers of MEMS based devices, sensors and flat panel displays a flexible simulation platform for mask aligner lithography that lets them virtually model, redesign and optimize device layouts and processes in hours rather than weeks.
Analyst: Ditching 300mm wise move for Hua Hong
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12/1/2006   Post a comment
The decision by an affiliate of China's Hua Hong NEC (HHNEC) to back away from an earlier commitment to build a 300-mm wafer makes sense for the company, an iSuppli Corp analyst said Friday.
Chinese electronics entrepreneur to blast into space
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A Chinese electronics entrepreneur is among the first group of space tourists that will blast off on Virgin Galactic's inaugural suborbital flight scheduled for 2008.
Winbond invest $15 million in Korean memory maker
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Winbond Electronics Corporation is investing $15.7 million in a South Korean maker of specialty memory, Emerging Memory & Logic Solution, Inc.
Image sensors and notebook webcams: Less pixels, more performance
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12/1/2006   Post a comment
With the proliferation of integrated notebook webcams, designers today risk heading down a path similar to DSCs: the drive for more pixels (higher resolution) when there really isn't a compelling need for one. In reality, going down this route can severely degrade the end-user experience because packing more pixels into smaller sensors translates into smaller pixels, which dramatically decreases low-light performance.
Gemstar-Digeo EPG patent dispute update
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12/1/2006   Post a comment
From the ever-contentious world of EPGs (electronic program guides) and the precarious legality of trying to build a DVR or set top box that does not pay Gemstar-TV Guide for their patents, comes an update I received recently from a Digeo spokesperson. Digeo, you'll recall, filed an antitrust suit against Gemstar after refusing to come to terms with them, a somewhat pre-emptive move that was followed by Gemstar's patent infringement suit. Here's Digeo's letter.
DOJ hits AMD with subpoena in graphics biz
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Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) has received a subpoena from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) over potential antitrust violations related to graphics processors and cards.
Processor compiler provider expands to U.S.
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12/1/2006   Post a comment
EDA veteran Steve Cox is heading up a new U.S. office for Target Compiler Technologies, a Belgium-based supplier of design tools for application-specific instruction set processors (ASIPs).
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