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Dual UART rolls with 16-Mbits/s data rate
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6/29/2006   Post a comment
Exar claims that its latest UART product family dubbed the XR16V2x5x series is the first to support a data rate of 16-Mbits/s.
EDA returned to double-digit growth in Q1, EDAC says
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EDA revenue was up 10 percent year-to-year during the first quarter, the first time EDA posted double-digit growth in more than two years, according to a report by the EDA Consortium's Market Statistics Service.
First quarter Western Europe EDA revenue up 13%
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First quarter EDA revenue from Western Europe grew 13 percent year-to-year to reach $218 million, part of a strong quarter for EDA that saw worldwide revenue grow hit double digits for the first time in more than two years, according to the EDA Consortium.
Qualcomm looking for Indian startups
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Qualcomm, which outsources services to several Indian software and hardware firms, is seeking a startup in India.
Reference design optimizes six-channel, Class D audio amp
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International Rectifier's IRAUDAMP3 Class D audio reference design is a complete six-channel, 120-watt half-bridge Class D audio power amplifier.
Now you can watch for Big Brother
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6/29/2006   Post a comment
The latest twist is car navigation data that provides drivers with the location of traffic cameras.
Winners, losers in Intel-Marvell deal
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Who are the winners and losers in Intel Corp.'s move to sell its application processor business to Marvell Technology Group Ltd. for $600 million?
Option probe widens for Asyst
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Asyst Technologies Inc.'s stock-option troubles have expanded for the fab-automation equipment specialist.
Enhanced myPower tools accelerate DC/DC reference designs
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6/28/2006   Post a comment
International Rectifier's POWIR+ chipset reference designs, an enhanced expansion to the company's myPOWER collection of on-line design services, simplify and accelerate the design of single-phase synchronous buck converters appropriate to the power level for computing and high-end consumer applications.
Linear gets inquiry over option practices
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Linear Technology Corp. announced that the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California has requested certain information on the company's practices and procedures regarding its past stock option grants.
TEL rolls probing accuracy analysis tool
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Japan's Tokyo Electron Ltd. (TEL) has rolled out a new probing accuracy diagnosis system for its prober tool.
Korea seeks to bolster economic status
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At an investment conference, speakers from numerous Korean economic and trade groups said the world's tenth largest economy is primed for strong growth and is an attractive investment target.
Updated: Xilinx issues Spartan-3 recall
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6/28/2006   Post a comment
Programmable logic supplier Xilinx has issued what appears to be a sizeable recall of Spartan-3, Spartan-3E and Spartan-3L FPGAs made between early September 2005 and late April of this year, according to a posting on the company's Web site.
How to use supercapacitors to extend alkaline battery life in your portable designs
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6/28/2006   Post a comment
Portable electronics rely on constant battery power but are challenged with the addition of functions. Here's how to increase battery life in your design by using electrochemical double-layer capacitors.
How to speed FPGA debug with measurement cores and a mixed-signal oscilloscope
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In which a packet communications system is analyzed, and glitches on an external serial channel are linked to a crashing state machine inside the FPGA.
Micron beats estimates but cuts capex
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Micron Technology Inc. beat Wall Street's earnings estimates, thanks in part to the company's ongoing diversification strategy.
HiFn to close design facility, cut 22% of workforce
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Security chip provider Hifn plans to close its Carlsbad, Calif. facility and reduce its overall workforce by about 22 percent, the company said.
Ultramini coax cable assembly meets wireless demands
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Tyco Electronics has introduced a lower profile Ultraminiature Coax Connector and Cable Assembly (UMCC) series for next-generation wireless applications.
LEDs are RoHS compliant
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Philips Lumileds Lighting has announced its LUXEON, SnapLED and SuperFlux LEDs are fully compliant with the EU's RoHS directive.
Card-edge connectors target power apps
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FCI has developed a low-cost Power Card-Edge series that can be used for DC power output from embedded AC/DC power supplies or for power distribution between boards within an enclosure.
Wacker to expand polysilicon capacity
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Seeking to meet exploding demand in the solar-cell industry, Germany's Wacker Chemie AG announced plans to expand its annual polysilicon production within a new plant in Burghausen.
Accelerated verification vendor collaborating with Indian firm
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Hardware-assisted verification provider Tharas Systems has formed a strategic alliance with Bangalore, India-based technology services provider Mirafra Technologies to collaborate on SystemVerilog support for Tharas' Hammer accelerated verification products.
Musings on a lazy, hazy summer day
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6/28/2006   Post a comment
Forget the Age of Aquarius. We are now in the Age of Blue. What does that mean? I've no idea. It may be to quote the Old Bard, "Much Ado About Nothing." I spent several paragraphs last week on "Blue." I think its time to change the subject.
Italian mobile TV provider has signals covered
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Technology companies involved in the ballyhooed launch of mobile TV launch are scrambling behind the scenes to gather data on "real-world" broadcast reception.
Synopsys rolls USB 2.0 IP for TSMC low-power process
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Synopsys released DesignWare USB 2.0 nanoPHY intellectual property (IP) for the Nexsys 90-nanometer low-power process from leading silicon foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC).
16-bit PCI-bus plug-in lets your PC do high-speed signal analysis
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6/28/2006   Post a comment
PC instrumentation house AlazarTech says it's got the world's fastest 16-bit PCI waveform digitizer. Designed for both OEM applications as well as lab use, the digitizer can be used for RF signal analysis, biomedical imaging, ultrasonics, radar, and more. The plug-in's two simultaneous analog inputs can each be sampled at rates up to 125-Msamples/s.
Azimuth's power tester targets Wi-Fi devices
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The software suite helps designers predict average power consumption over a battery life.
Denali memory controller IP supports Cadence Encounter
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EDA and intellectual property vendor Denali Software has added support on its Databahn memory controller IP products for the Encounter RTL Compiler global synthesis tool from EDA market leader Cadence Design Systems.
iSuppli slightly increases IC forecast
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Despite a slowdown for electronic equipment, market researcher iSuppli Corp. has slightly upgraded its semiconductor forecast for 2006.
Secure processor touts integrated RFID
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Broadcom's BCM5890 secure processor with integrated radio frequency identification technology is designed to secure personal authentication transactions associated with physical access, logical access (into a PC or network) and contactless payment applications.
TecHarmonic roll out gas abatement system
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TecHarmonic Inc. (THI) has rolled out what the company claims is the industry's first point-of-use gas abatement system for a range of toxic emissions.
Integrated power, cooling architecture with smart power module targets server rooms, data centers
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American Power Conversion announces a fully assembled InfraStruXure system integrated with a Smart-UPS VT power module, hot-swappable batteries and integrated power distribution.
Smart-UPS with InfraStruXure delivers for small data centers
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6/28/2006   Post a comment
Product Review - American Power Conversion's first fully assembled InfraStruXure system using UPSes from the company's new Smart-UPS VT family is designed to bring new flexibility to small to medium data center applications in the 20-30 kVA range.
ASE gains $247 million settlement in fire
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6/28/2006   Post a comment
Taiwan's Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc. (ASE) on Wednesday (June 28) announced it has reached a NT$8.07 billion ($247 million) settlement with insurers regarding a fire that damaged its plant in 2005.
Fuel cell developer raises $16.2 million in London IPO
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6/28/2006   Post a comment
Portable fuel cell technology specialist Protonex Technology Corp. has raised ?£8.8 million ($16.2 million) through a placing on the London Alternative Investment Market (AIM).
Chartered joins alliance to commercialize photonic chips
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Chartered Semiconductor hopes to leverage a new alliance with a Singapore research agency and a U.S photonics specialist to move high-performance photonic chips into mass production.
Synopsys packages concurrent timing, SI analysis
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Synopsys announced the availability of NanoTime, the company's next-generation transistor-level static timing analysis tool, offering concurrent timing and signal integrity analysis.
Wireless functional tester slashes cost-of-test
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6/28/2006   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies now offers a mobile-phone functional tester that's priced starting at about $25,400. The tester includes a mobile test station and test software, as well as a special RF-shielded box with build-in antenna coupler.
Nokia sues Chinese companies on phone design
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Mobile phone supplier Nokia has filed suit in Beijing, China against two companies for allegedly manufacturing and selling phones copying Nokia's proprietary design of its 7260 model.
No royalty cut, Qualcomm says
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Qualcomm Inc. dismissed calls in India to cut royalties assessed to Indian CDMA-based wireless providers.
AMD, IBM climb in latest supercomputer rankings
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AMD and IBM Corp. are on the rise while Intel Corp. declined slightly in its dominance of microprocessor technology in the latest rankings of the top 500 supercomputer systems.
European groups hover around ZigBee
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Two European heavyweights — ST Microelectronics and Schneider Electric — have joined the ZigBee Alliance’s board of directors, increasing their involvement with the wireless sensor and home control networks effort.
A6-size electronic paper achieves Quad-XGA resolution
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6/28/2006   Post a comment
Epson has developed A6-size (7.1” on the diagonal) electronic paper using a plastic substrate. Drawing on the company’s original SUFTLA technology, the electronic paper achieves Quad-XGA resolution (1536 x 2048 pixels), and shows the potential for increasing screen size.
BP, Caltech to devise 'nanorod' solar cells
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Energy giant BP plc and the California Institute of Technology have teamed up in a research program that will develop a new type of solar-cell technology called nanorods.
TriQuint to add design center in North Carolina
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Chip maker TriQuint Semiconductor said it intends to open a new design and support center in High Point, N.C.
AMCC receives subpoenas for stock practices
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6/27/2006   Post a comment
Applied Micro Circuits Corp. (AMCC) announced that it has received a subpoena from the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California requesting documents relating to its historical stock option practices.
Datatypes accelerate algorithm validation by 10X, Mentor says
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6/27/2006   Post a comment
Mentor Graphics has made available new high-speed datatypes based on ANSI C++ that the company claims can accelerate algorithm validation by 10 fold.
Intel's cellular phone effort a huge failure
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6/27/2006   Post a comment
Intel, the world's largest semiconductor company, on Tuesday finally owned up to one of the most colossal failures in that industry's history when it unloaded its communications and applications processor business to Marvell for $600 million.
Rambus may restate results in option scandal
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Rambus Inc. said that it may need to restate its financial results amid a stock-option investigation taking place in the company.
VeriSign hit by stock-option probe
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6/27/2006   Post a comment
VeriSign Inc. has received a grand jury subpoena from the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California requesting documents relating to its stock option grants and practices.
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