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Link Microtek : Field analyser performs isotropic measurements
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2/26/2009   Post a comment
Available from Link Microtek is an innovative field analyser designed to provide accurate isotropic measurements of both electric and magnetic fields in the vicinity of long-, medium- and short-wave broadcast transmitters.
Vishay launches Gen VII Power Module Series featuring current ratings up to 400 A
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2/26/2009   Post a comment
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc., has launched its Gen VII series of general-purpose high-voltage power modules, which feature increased current handling capability, lighter weight, lower thermal resistance, improved reliability and a totally lead (Pb)-free construction.
NEC miniaturizes DPAK form factor
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2/26/2009   Post a comment
After the introduction of its HSON-8 power transistor package, NEC Europe again rolls a new package form factor and design aiming at power devices in particular for automotive applications.
2G dual-band transmit modules target emerging market handsets
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2/26/2009   Post a comment
RF Micro Devices' family of dual-band GSM/GPRS transmit modules provides a small footprint, improved efficiency and robust ESD protection.
UMTS femto base-station chipset drives adoption in access points, residential gateways
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The receiver and transmitter in Maxim's new UMTS femto base-station chipset use the company's proprietary high dynamic range MAX-PHY interface to eliminate the need for a mixed-signal analog front-end.
STMicroelectronics : CMOS image sensors have integrated EDoF
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2/26/2009   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has introduced the VD6853 and VD6803 high-performance 3.15-megapixel CMOS image sensors with integrated Extended-Depth-of-Field (EDoF).
Toshiba adds 40-, 60- and 80-V MOSFETs to lineup
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Toshiba's higher power UMOS VI-H MOSFETS for use in the primary side switch of isolated DC-DC bus converters achieve high power efficiency through lower on-state resistance and reduced gate charge.
Tyco : Cabling system suits enterprise data centres
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2/26/2009   Post a comment
Tyco Electronics has announced a new version of its AMP Netconnect MRJ21 cabling system with optimised performance in environments, such as enterprise data centres, that are sensitive to electromagnetic interference (EMI).
Energizer plans zinc air battery design seminars
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2/26/2009   Post a comment
The Energizer Bunny is looking for a few good battery designers.
Axcelis sells joint venture to partner
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Seeking to raise cash, Axcelis Technologies Inc. has sold its joint venture in Japan to its partner.
Atmel : RF transceiver is IEEE P802.15.4c compliant
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2/26/2009   Post a comment
Atmel announced the AT86RF212, an IEEE P802.15.4c compliant RF transceiver for the Chinese wireless market.
Hall-effect switch drives lower voltage, deeper micropower and higher ESD
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2/26/2009   Post a comment
Aimed at portable handsets, PDAs and personal entertainment devices, Melexis' MLX90248 New Generation micropower and omnipolar Hall-effect switch provides what the company says is the industry's lowest current consuming magnetic, contactless solid-state switching.
6W LED driver integrates DC-DC boost converter for larger LCD panel backlighting
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On Semiconductor's CAT4106 4-channel LED driver includes on-chip diagnostics to maximize efficiency.
Carl Zeiss enters $15 million electron microscopy project
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Carl Zeiss SMT (Oberkochen, Germany) has embarked on an 11.5 million euros (about $14.7 million) project called SALVE to develop low-voltage transmission electron microscopy.
Intel joins legal fight over Psion's 'netbook' claims
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2/26/2009   Post a comment
Intel has joined Dell in legal moves to stop pioneering small computer maker Psion Teklogix's efforts to stop the use of the term ‘Netbooks’ for the latest craze in small laptops.
Embedded systems project to get $6.9 million from EU
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2/26/2009   Post a comment
Interested, a collaborative research project intended to bring embedded systems development tools together from European vendors, to create tool chains, is set to get a total of 5.4 million euro (about $6.9 million) of funding towards the cost.
Japanese group takes strategic stake in Nujira
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2/26/2009   Post a comment
Power amplifier specialist Nujira (Cambridge, England) has won a strategic, but undisclosed level investment from Japanese financial group Mitsubishi UFJ Capital.
First Solar sees breakthrough in manufacturing costs
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Solar module manufacturer First Solar Inc. had both bright and subdued forecasts for the emerging solar industry, unsettling investors with suggestions that it expects demand to fall, competition to increase and huge financial challenges for the industry in the near future, as it revealed it had broken the $1/watt price barrier by reducing manufacturing costs to just $0.98/watt.
Analyst: Trio dominated GaAs device market in '08
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2/26/2009   Post a comment
The market for Gallium Arsenide devices grew by 9 percent in 2008, according to market research group Strategy Analytics, with early estimates showing that RFMD, Skyworks and TriQuint further consolidated their position in the sector.
Congatec : Hard- and sofware kit introduces PLC automation
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Congatec presents the conga-ARkit, a complete solution package for the implementation of PLC functions.
Unipower : 80W switchers are highly customizable
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Unipower’s AE-080 Easymod family of switching power supplies provides up to 80 W of highly regulated output power in single or quad output configurations from 1.5 to 48 Vdc.
ESL : Interface converter changes Ethernet to RS485, 422, 232
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Electro Standards Laboratories announces the model 4163/4164 Ethernet-to-RS485/422/232 interface converter.
Automotive electronics to recover slowly after deep dip
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As does the market for cars, the market for automotive semiconductors will see a steep decline in the current year. But the increasing electronics content for the vehicles will feed the recovery, says market researcher Databeans.
RFMD : 3G/4G front end offers nine-band coverage
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The RF6460 is currently RFMD’s most highly integrated and scalable 3G/4G cellular front end platform.
INTERFACES: PCI Express Digital I/O Interface is isolated
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2/26/2009   Post a comment
SeaLevel Systems' DIO-32.PCIe adaptor has 16 optically isolated inputs & 16 Reed relay outputs (SPST) and is PCI Express X1 compliant.
NEWS: New EU initiative plans to create embedded open reference tool chain
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INTERESTED aims at 50% reduction in cost of deployment and maintenance of a complete tool chain for embedded development
GRAPHICS/VIDEO: Testing starts on 40-nm low power HDMI transmitter analog IP core silicon
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Silicon Image ultra low-power IP core targets mobile products requiring HDMI or MHL interconnect to digital TVs
Standards needed to tap smart grid potential
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2/25/2009   Post a comment
The move to so-called smart electric grids will open new opportunities for communications companies in the energy sector, but it will require new standards, according to Jake MacLeod, chief technology officer with Bechtel Communications.
Report: NXP considering debts swap as credit rating falls
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2/25/2009   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductor is slated to Thursday (Feb. 26) announce a new efforts to bring its $6 billion debt under control by swapping the bonds for new secured bonds as part of the continued reorganization of the loss-making company.
TEL to shut U.S. support offices
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2/25/2009   Post a comment
Amid the downturn, Japan's Tokyo Electron Ltd. (TEL) is shutting down its field support offices in Virginia and Texas, according to sources.
Altera's Stratix III selected for largest ASIC prototyping engine
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2/25/2009   Post a comment
The Dini Group uses Altera's Stratix III in its single-board prototyping engine for custom ASICs that are devoted to wireless communications, networking, and graphics processing.
Module combines Virtex-5 and embedded PowerPC core for high-performance I/O signal processing
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2/25/2009   Post a comment
Acromag's PMC-VFX modules enable users to offload CPU-intensive operations such as video/3D data processing or floating-point math to improve system performance. See it at Acromag's booth at the Embedded Systems Conference.
Leverage telematics and on-board diagnostics for warranty management
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2/25/2009   Post a comment
Vehicle "intelligence" can monitor and relay diagnostic and health information, thereby containing warranty costs.
Analog Devices acquires power-line carrier technology for smart-grid energy applications
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2/25/2009   Post a comment
Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) has acquired the PowerBUS RHINO power-line communications technology and all related patents, hardware, and software from Domosys Corporation, a privately held company based in Quebec City, Canada.
Credit Watch: Chartered's survival hinges on Temasek
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2/25/2009   Post a comment
A major ratings agency has downgraded Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd.'s bonds further into junk territory but the Singapore foundry's remains a viable player in the wafer business because of the support it can count on from parent Temasek Holdings Pte Ltd.
Stimulus and Clean Technology -- How long can you wait for funds?
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2/25/2009   Post a comment
What does the stimulus package mean for the entrepreneur or new start-up in the clean technology field. Allan Yogasingam of the Green SupplyLine ponders that it could be awhile before any organizations see funds, if government practices haven't changed...
Listening to engineers can keep researchers in the shadows
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2/25/2009   Post a comment
National's approach to power optimization promises to make life easier for installers by giving them more flexibility and that should pay dividends for end users too.
Wireless 101: Automatic Gain Control (AGC)
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2/25/2009   1 comment
Here's how automatic gain control (AGC) algorithms work. Topics covered include loop detection, loop analysis, and stability analysis.
EPA to regulate nanotube production
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The Environmental Protection Agency will begin enforcing new rules in March regulating companies using carbon nanotubes.
TEL to enter maskless litho business
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Japanese equipment giant Tokyo Electron Ltd. (TEL) is quietly making an entry into the maskless lithography business.
Home networking groups edge toward G.hn
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2/25/2009   1 comment
Three ad hoc groups promoting competing networking standards have formed liaisons with the Home Grid Forum, another step toward industry support for the ITU G.hn effort to create a single wired standard for home networks over powerline, coax and telephone lines.
Viewpoint: More to IP reuse than software tweaks
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2/25/2009   1 comment
Platform-based design with heavy IP reuse will continue to proliferate as more functionality is included into tomorrow's chip, but differentiation through software alone falls short of power and performance requirements.
The Greenest Notebook Computer...Fact or Fiction?
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2/25/2009   Post a comment
Apple has spent a great deal in advertising for their new line of eco-friendly notebooks. Michael Kirschner, President of Design Chain Associates, takes a look at how "green" the new line of Macbooks really are, and how other manufacturers must take notice on improving their own environmental performance when they are improving cost and technical performance.
AnalogicTech : Battery charger supplies up to 2A
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2/25/2009   Post a comment
With the AAT3620, AnalogicTech claims the industry’s first fully integrated single-cell Lithium-ion battery charger capable of supplying up to 2A charge current in a small 3x3 mm TDFN package.
Recom : LED drivers deliver up to 1200 mA
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2/25/2009   Post a comment
The RCD series of constant current LED drivers from Recom has been extended to a maximum of 1200 mA to provide the higher currents needed by the next generation of high brightness LEDs.
Verification tools step up
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2/25/2009   Post a comment
Jasper Design Automation said it is automating IC design verification routines with a new suite of tools.
Fab tool book-to-bill falls to 0.10, says VLSI
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2/25/2009   Post a comment
How bad is the semiconductor equipment market? The worldwide fab tool book-to-bill hit a staggering 0.10 ratio in January, its lowest point in recent memory, according to VLSI Research Inc.
Short duty cycles lead to smaller DC-DC converters
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2/25/2009   Post a comment
A buck converter circuit addresses short duty cycles and incorporates a new control architecture that implements valley current mode control, with user-configurable on-time settings.
FTDI : USB cables support RS-422 and RS-485
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2/25/2009   Post a comment
Two serial interface converter cables from FTDI incorporate transceivers to facilitate connecting RS-422 or RS-485 based peripherals to a PC’s USB port.
Nokia Siemens lands billion dollar order from China
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2/25/2009   Post a comment
Telecom equipment vendor Nokia Siemens Networks says it has booked orders from China Mobile and China Unicom for 2G and 3G mobile equipments and services valued at €880 million (about $1.12 billion).
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