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LSI maximizes nanometer SoC integration
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LSI Logic announced its Core in I/O methodology, which the company states provides optimal use of core and I/O area for logic design, and an improved design experience.
Chip set raises DC/DCs
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International Rectifier's new DirectFET chipset is designed to maximize DC/DC bus converter efficiency. When used with IR's recently announced IR2086S full-bridge bus-converter IC, the chip set enables a solution that can deliver 336 watts with 97 percent efficiency in a footprint that's about 30 percent smaller than a traditional quarter-brick converter, according to the company.
Sun, NTT DoCoMo team on Java for mobile data
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Sun Microsystems Inc. has announced an agreement with NTT DoCoMo, Japan's largest mobile operator, to deliver a next-generation mobile data services platform based on open-standard Java technology.
12-bit digital temp sensor delivers ±1.0°C accuracy
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Analog Devices Inc. unveiled a complete digital temperature monitoring IC, which includes an on-chip temperature sensor that comes in two performance grades.
Security features on MPEG decoder prevent piracy
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To prevent the piracy of digital broadcasts on pay television, NEC Electronics America, Inc. rolled out a single-chip MPEG decoder with enhanced security features for digital set-top boxes (STBs).
HD DVD gains further momentum as commercialization approaches
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The HD DVD Promotion Group today announced that momentum is building for the launch of HD DVD. Several key manufacturers in the disc replication and equipment industry simultaneously confirmed the manufacturability of HD DVD discs at high volumes and provided tangible data to prove feasible and realistic production.
Military gets high CV tantalum capacitors in smaller case sizes
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AVX Corp. has developed an extended range tantalum capacitor series that offers additional high capacitance/voltage (CV) ratings in smaller case sizes than previously available. Designed specifically for military applications, the CWR19 and CWR29 capacitors are mil-qualified up to failure rates of B and C. These devices may also be used in harsh environment applications such as space exploration and aerospace.
Genesis Microchip, Meridian Audio ally on video processors
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Image processing chip supplier Genesis Microchip Inc. and audio/video products supplier Meridian Audio Ltd. have entered a strategic licensing agreement giving Meridian the right to promote Genesis' Faroudja technologies, products and brand on a global basis.
RF-to-baseband transceiver start-up raises another $13.5 million
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Xceive Corporation, specialist developer of RF-to-baseband receiver integrated circuits for televisions, mobile telephones and consumer electronics devices, has closed a Series C funding round worth $13.5 million.
LSI shatters previous density/performance boundaries with 90-nm RapidChip platform ASICs
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LSI Logic announced that its next-generation RapidChip Platform ASIC families will be manufactured in the company's G90 90nm process technology.
10-watt DC/DCs point to lowest cost
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The single and dual output DC/DC converters in MicroPower Direct's B1000ERW series, an addition to the company's Budget Saver family, are promoted as the lowest cost 10-watt modules of their type. Priced at from $9.75 to $10.40 each in quantities of 100, these 1-by-2 inch converters, in eighteen models, provide 5, 12, 15, and ±5, ±12, and ±15 volts from a 9-18, 18-36, or 36-75 volt input.
Semiconductor analyzer has integrated CV and IV capability
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Agilent Technologies's Automated Test Group is now delivering a new semiconductor tester called the B1500A Semiconductor Device Analyzer. This product was announced a few months ago, but is now ready to order.
Freescale rejoint le projet européen NanoCMOS
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Freescale Semiconductor vient de rejoindre l’ambitieux projet européen NanoCMOS, consacré à la recherche sur le nœud de fabrication logique CMOS 45 nanomètres.
Microsoft et Toshiba unissent leurs forces pour les DVD nouvelle génération
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Microsoft Corp. et Toshiba Corp. ont annoncé leur intention d’étendre leur coopération afin qu’elle comprenne le développement de produits DVD HD basés sur Windows CE.
MGV Stromversorgungen's CPCI Power Supply offers two types of power feed
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MGV Stromversorgungen has developed the P2070, an 8HP-wide (two-slot), dual-model power supply offering two different types of power feed.
Zetex low leakage Schottky helps extend battery life
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With typical and maximum reverse current ratings at 30V of 1A and 4A respectively, the ZLLS350 Schottky barrier diode from Zetex Semiconductors helps extend battery life in a broad range of applications, from chargers to LED drivers.
Digital Theaters, at Last?
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After years of being stuck in test market mode, waiting for innovation that's more financial than technological, widespread deployment of digital cinema in movie theaters finally appears to be at hand, thanks to some new alliances.
TSMC claims to be largest captive mask maker
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Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) claims to be the world's largest captive photomask maker, ahead of Intel, Samsung and others with internal mask shops, according to an executive from the silicon foundry giant.
Innovation, cooperation keys to DFM, says Synopsys exec
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Synopsys' Michel Cote told an audience at the Advanced Reticle Symposium that continued industry cooperation is the key to overcoming design-for-manufacturing challenges.
On Semi shutters fab line, cuts 150 jobs
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Continuing to cut costs, On Semiconductor Inc. announced a workforce reduction. The company also plans to transfer its fab operations from Malaysia to Phoenix -- a move that will eliminate a total of 150 jobs.
Standing in line for some juice
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How many portables do you carry? How often do you have to charge them? Likely it's too many times. Come vent with me and even share your thoughts about what to do.
DIN-rail UPS serves the factory floor
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Sola/Hevi-Duty's SDU Series of off-line uninterruptible power supplies (UPSes) are designed to mount on a DIN rail to provide protection for sensitive electronics (including industrial computers, robotics, automation and process control equipment) on the factory floor. With a compact footprint and minimal weight (11 lbs.), the SDU can also be installed in a control panel or easily integrated into an enclosure or machine where space considerations are at a premium.
Design becoming bigger differentiator in IC industry, analyst says
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A Gartner Dataquest analyst predicted a bleak future for photomask manufacturers, warning them that they must capitalize on the rising importance of chip design.
Magma, SMIC forge design service partnership
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Magma Design Automation and Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. announced a partnership to enable mutual customers to implement system-on-chip designs.
FPGA-based Baseband Processor PMC targets SDR, DSP apps
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Radstone's ICS (Interactive Circuits & Systems)has a new baseband processing engine, the ICS-1580, which it has designed for use in high data rate, computationally intensive applications common in software defined radio systems.
Quadros RTXC RTOS supports latest ColdFire processors
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Quadros Systems, Inc. has ported its RTXC Quadros RTOS and integrated middleware for use with the new Freescale MCF521x family of microcontrollers.
Entegris files suit against Japanese rival
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Entegris Inc. has filed a patent infringement suit against Miraial Co. Ltd. of Japan over wafer carrier technology.
Mango intros Strtix-based Bluejay Video Processing Board
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Mango DSP Inc. has taken multiprocessing to the limit with its new Bluejay Compact PCI (CPCI) card with four Altera Stratics FPGAs and up to 16 TI DSP engines.
White-LED driver touts innovative brightness control
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Micrel points to its MIC2297, a PWM boost regulator that's optimized for driving 10 white LEDs in series, for its innovative brightness control circuitry, which in addition to conserving power also helps to cut noise and EMI.
Mattson, Ultratech reduce forecasts
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Mattson Technology Inc. and Ultratech Inc. have separately reduced their quarterly forecasts, due to a lull in the semiconductor-equipment industry.
Money not driving lawsuit against Intel, claims AMD lawyer
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The lawsuit filed Monday by Advanced Micro Devices Inc. alleging that Intel Corp. engaged in monopolistic activity is motivated by market share rather than financial goals, according to the lead attorney for AMD on the case.
Applied acquires SCP's wet clean technology
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Expanding into an emerging arena, Applied Materials Inc. announced that it has acquired wet clean technology from SCP Global Technology Inc.
Modified LDO regulator sinks PECL-termination current
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For high-speed clock and data systems, positive emitter-coupled-logic (PECL) - a differential signaling scheme - is emerging as a preferred alternative to single-ended CMOS and TTL logic. High-speed ECL offers differential I/O, with excellent skew and jitter control, along with fast rise and fall times. From the June issue of Planet Analog magazine, a Maxim engineer shows how to extract high current.
Photo ICs combine high sensitivity and high speed in a small package
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The new S9684 series of photo ICs from Hamamatsu Corp. combines high sensitivity and high speed in a compact package for laser beam detection applications such as print start timers for laser printers, digital copiers, and fax machines.
Diode array provides ESD protection for high-speed serial interfaces
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In a space-saving, chip-scale package suitable for mobile, digital consumer and computing applications, California Micro Devices Corp.'s newest member of its PicoGuard family of diode arrays, dubbed the CM1230, offers an ultra-low input capacitance of 0.8-pF per channel to preserve signal integrity in high-speed serial interfaces.
Tact switches tout long life
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Tyco Electronics has introduced a new line of ALCOSWITCH sealed tactile (tact) switches. The new line includes a full range of popular sizes including 3.5 x 6-mm, 7-mm and 12-mm versions.
Chipscale terminators improve signal integrity in high-speed circuits
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Designed for terminating signal lines in high-speed digital circuits, TT electronics IRC Advanced Film Division has developed a Thevenin termination network in a chipscale package.
Update: Intel, AMD primed to battle in antitrust suit
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Intel Corp. has responded to rival microprocessor supplier Advanced Micro Device Inc.'s antitrust suit by defending its business practices, paving the way for a protracted court battle some industry observers feel could go AMD's way.
Single-chip, triple differential receiver reduces board space by more than half
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Analog Devices Inc.' AD8143 is a compact, single-chip solution that receives differential signals over a twisted pair cable. The triple differential receiver is primarily designed to receive RGB (red, green, blue) signals with resolutions up to 1600 X 1200; however, it can able be used to receive any other type of differential analog signal or high-speed data transmission.
Eval. kit for PowerPC processor brims with development treats
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Competitively-priced and filled with goodies, an evaluation kit for Applied Micro Circuits Corp.'s PowerPC 440EP includes a board called Yosemite, industry-standard development tools, sample applications, system benchmarks, and hardware design files.
Hitachi, Tegal win fab-tool satisfaction rankings
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Hitachi High-Technologies Corp. and Tegal Corp. separately received the highest ratings in their respective categories for customer satisfaction in the chip-equipment industry for 2005, according to an annual survey conducted by VLSI Research Inc.
LSI pushes RapidChip ASICs to 90 nm
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LSI Logic announced plans for its long-expected 90-nm, 500-MHz structured ASIC family.
Artesyn Technologies bulks up new power conversion catalog
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The latest edition of Artesyn's Quick-select Guide for power conversion products runs to 24 information-packed pages, and is available in PDF and printed formats.
On-line power supply configuration tool makes it easy
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Vicor now offers a flexible on-line power supply configurator tool for its AC-DC power supplies.
Updated: Speakers spar over foundry-versus-IDM models
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Keynote speakers agreed that the IC industry is heading towards a disaggregation model, but they disagreed over whether the integrated device manufacturers or silicon foundries would have a leg up on the trend.
Tiny LDOs aimed at 3G wireless handsets
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Texas Instruments Inc. unveiled a series of 200-mA low-dropout linear regulators in a chip scale package, which tout low noise and quiescent current, and a high power supply rejection ratio.
Quarter-brick IBCs extend to 450 watts
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Artesyn says its series of very high efficiency Typhoon quarter-brick intermediate bus converters (IBCs) delivers up to 50 percent more useable power than the company's previous generation. Providing up to 450 watts, these single-output 12-volt models include the IBC38AQT (unregulated, 4:1 fixed-ratio input/output) for computing and two semi-regulated models with input voltage ranges optimized for telecom (IBC28AQW) and networking (IBC30AQS) to power multiple point-of-load (POL) converters.
Début des travaux à l’usine d’Hyderabad. La présence d’IBM reste incertaine
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La construction de la première usine de fabrication majeure de semi-conducteurs en Inde, Nano-Tech Silicon India Pvt. Ltd., a commencé à Shamshabad dans la banlieue d’Hyderabad, dans le sud de l’Inde.
Chamäleon-Prozessor passt sich an die Aufgabe an
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151 Auf Anwendungen in den Bereichen Video, Bildverarbeitung und Mobilfunk-Basisstationen zielt der Hersteller Stretch mit seinem neuen software-konfigurierbaren Prozessor. Das Außergewöhnliche daran: Die Architektur des Prozessors lässt sich per Software für die jeweilige Aufgabe optimieren – auch noch zur Programmlaufzeit.
Handhelds meld insulation tester, multimeter functions
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Need to measure AC line frequency in the field? How about insulation breakdown resistance? Voltage of non-sinusoidal waveforms? Fluke Corp. is combining the capabilities of frequently used test tools into one compact new tool that can fill the bill for these disparate, yet related, measurements.
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