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How to generate Gray Codes for non-power-of-2 sequences
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6/29/2007   1 comment
Prompted by a question from a reader, it turns out that there are many ways to attack this problem and a variety of jolly interesting solutions (plus free software code).
New vision needed at Sanmina-SCI
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Many star athletes know when to quit. Others just don't know when to hang up their shoes until they've been beaten to a pulp and have to crawl away. So it goes in the corporate world where only a firmly planted boot would get some CEOs out of the corner office. One such event is playing out in the contract-manufacturing world.
High-speed connectors offer additional stack height options
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FCI has expanded its GIG-ARRAY high-speed product line with the introduction of 25-mm plug connectors that add 40- and 30-mm stack height options to the high-density connector offering.
Toshiba drops rear projection TVs in favor of flat-panels for 2007
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At its summer press event in New York City held on the evening of June 28, Toshiba America Consumer Products, L.L.C. announced the that it has discontinued all rear projection televisions in favor of flat-panel displays. Toshiba also announced the availability of its 46", 47" and 52" REGZA LCD TVs as well as the upcoming availability of its largest ever LCD TV, a 57" Cinema Series model.
Precision chip resistors offer higher stability
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Stackpole has expanded its RNC series of precision nichrome thin-film chip resistors with an extended resistance range at a 0.01% tolerance and TCR values of 5 and 10 ppm.
Test platform enables WiMAX test for 802.16e-2005
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Agilent Technologies has released its WiMAX Optimization Solution for IEEE 802.16e-2005 drive-test capabilities.
DC motor driver integrates Hall sensor for commutation
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Allegro MicroSystems has introduced a full-bridge motor driver designed to drive low-voltage bipolar brushless DC motors. This single-chip A1442 motor driver eliminates the need for any external support components.
AMD's Barcelona hits 2 GHz in August
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Advanced Micro Devices said it will ship in Barcelona, the industry's first native quad-core x86 processor, in August running at up to 2 GHz.
Mosaid exits semi IP business
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Following a management shakeup, Mosaid Technologies Inc. has decided to divest the assets of its semiconductor intellectual property product business.
Micron faces layoffs, capex cuts
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Following a huge loss and a memory downturn, Micron Technology Inc. has cut its capital spending for fiscal 2008 and announced plans for a workforce reduction.
James Bond playing card firm set to market plastic memory in 2008
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Surely James Bond would never have anything to do with marked cards but now the company that supplied the playing cards used in the film 'Casino Royale' is going to add plastic memory to its products.
Philips sells stake in GaAs foundry Ommic
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Continuing its strategy of divesting non-core activities, Royal Philips Electronics has sold, for an undisclosed sum, its controlling stake in French wafer supplier Ommic S.A.S to Financiere Victoire.
Where have all the rear projection TVs gone?
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To paraphrase "Where have all the flowers gone," where have all the rear projection TVs gone? And it begs the question, "Is the demise of the rear projection TV on the horizon? Its been an interesting week with television announcements from several companies. While flat-panel TVs from Hitachi and Toshiba are proliferationg across product lines, rear projection models from those companies are disappearing.
Pentagon orders Taser stun guns
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The Defense Department is buying its first batch of stun guns.
Micron faces layoffs, capex cuts
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Following a huge loss, Micron Technology Inc. has cut its capital spending for fiscal 2008.
Infineon HDD read channel exceeds 3 Gbit/s
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Infineon claims it has demonstrated functionality and data rates in a read hard disk drive read channel exceeding 3 Gbit/s. The read/write channel IC is a result of a cooperation with Hitachi Global Storage Technologies.
What's the total length of the tracks on a silicon chip?
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Take a moment to ponder this poser. If we were to sum the lengths of all of the interconnect on a silicon chip, what do you think the total value would be?
ST, CEA team on miniaturized energy sources solutions
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European chipmaker STMicroelectronics NV and the French Atomic Energy Agency (CEA) have concluded a collaboration agreement on the development of miniaturized energy sources solutions. Two joint laboratories will be established in Tours and in Grenoble, France, so as to conduct advanced research in solid-state microbatteries and microfuel cells for clean energy generation.
SATS market grew by 26.5% in '06 , says Gartner
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The global semiconductor contract assembly and test services (SATS) market grew by 26.5 percent in 2006 and reached $19.2 billion according to Gartner, Inc. Outsourcing's share rose to 43.5 percent of the total semiconductor packaging market.
Mobile broadband set to take off, says analyst
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Sweden and Austria are leading the way in the take-up of mobile broadband in Europe, according to market watcher Berg Insight, which suggests there will be 5 million connections at the end of this year.
Print head and LCD driver delivers fast switching
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Supertex has introduced a 32-channel, serial-to-parallel converter with high voltage, push-pull outputs. The HV610 driver IC is aimed at high-speed printers and LCD displays
Nanoelectronics test system enables yield improvements at 65 nm
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Verigy has introduced the V93000 Nanoelectronics Digital solution that performs structural and functional test for wafer sort and final test of advanced digital ICs at 65 nm and below. The test system enables users to collect diagnostic and parametric data required for testing nanoelectronics.
CommScope finally grabs Andrew for $2.6 bn
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Having rejected a $1.5 billion offer last year, CommScope Inc. has succeeded with a $2.6 billion offer for wireless infrastructure rival Andrew Corporation.
Icera takes HSDPA lead, says report
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Independent research suggests that British wireless technology specialist Icera's HSDPA device and chipset outperform parts from much larger rivals such as Qualcomm and Ericsson Mobile Platforms in terms of data throughput for commercially available devices.
Mobile video serial screen link: Part of a healthy power consumption diet
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Raw power consumption for a competent mobile video display must be reduced by at least 40 percent in order to maintain the same battery life that current cell phone users have become accustomed to. While small improvements in power efficiency can add up, real innovative breakthroughs are required to solve this hardware challenge.
Video filter extends battery life for handheld devices
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Intersil has introduced the ISL59118, a 9-MHz, dual-channel, low-pass filter that eliminates video glitch noise associated with the use of video DACs.
Contact-less switch operates in 1.65- to 3-V range for portables
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Handset component supplier Diodes Inc. has launched the AH1884, a contact-less switch for small portable applications.
AMC reference platform runs Freescale dual-core PowerPC in target mode
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GDA's Advanced Mezzanine Card or AMC offers Freescale's leading-edge MPC8641D on a high-performance industry-standard platform running seamlessly in target mode and supported with Linux source code.
Atmel samples ARM-based secure MCU for embedded systems
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Atmel is sampling the AT91SC192192CT-USB, a flash-based, ARM SC100 powered, secure microcontroller that features 192 Kbytes of flash program memory, 192 Kbytes of high-performance EEPROM (fast erase/write time, high endurance) and 24 Kbytes of RAM.
Op amp pair offers 5- to 16-V operating range
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Analog Devices' latest precision operational amplifiers (op amps) deliver a combination of accuracy, power efficiency and versatility with a wide 5-V to 16-V operating range for an assortment of industrial, medical and consumer applications.
16-Mbit, 32-Mbit serial flash memories hit the market in volume
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Aimed at the computer, networking and consumer sectors, Winbond has available in production quantities 16-Mbit and 32-Mbit serial flash memories that feature a serial peripheral interface to support both Single-SPI and Dual-SPI operation. The memory maker is working on bringing to market a new serial flash family that will offer Quad-SPI with six times the transfer rate of standard serial flash.
Mosaid exits semi IP business
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Following a management shakeup, Mosaid Technologies Inc. has decided to divest the assets of its semiconductor intellectual property product business.
IR rolls 120-W Class D audio amp reference design
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IR's 120-W Class D audio power amplifier reference design shows designers how to reduce PCB space by 50 percent for the entire mid-voltage range of mid- and high-power amplifiers.
Micron posts big loss, seeks to cut costs
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Amid an effort to cut costs, Micron Technology Inc. posted a third-quarter loss of $225 million, or minus $0.29 per diluted share, on net sales of $1.3 billion.
EMC filters offer low leakage current for medical applications
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EPCOS has expanded its SIFI-F series with the launch of 2-line filters for medical applications.
Agilent releases modeling design system for antenna systems
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Agilent has released its Antenna Modeling Design System (AMDS), which is a 3D dedicated design, modeling and verification tool for antenna systems and placement.
Charge pump offers three-bank LED driver design
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Sipex has released a 7-channel, charge-pump based light management unit (LMU) designed for mobile display and keypad LED backlighting.
Ethernet group may bless 40, 100G paths
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A group trying to chart the future of Ethernet is expected to propose at key July meeting in San Francisco a plan to set standards both for 40 and 100 Gbit/second versions of the technology to meet the diverging needs of computer and communication companies.
Synopsys reaffirms support for Vera
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Even though Synopsys is heavily pushing SystemVerilog as a unified design and verification language, the company is reaffirming support for its own Vera testbench language.
Wire-to-board connectors save space in flat panel display systems
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Molex has developed the Pico-Clasp single- and dual-row wire-to-board connectors to save space in flat panel display systems.
Load switches provide up to 2 A current-limit protection
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Fairchild introduces the FPF250X series, a family of IntelliMAX load switches with input voltages ranging from 4.5 V up to 20 V. These highly integrated devices provide full protection against potentially damaging over-current conditions impacting low-power designs.
Mini pushbutton switches target low-cost designs
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NKK Switches has reduced the cost of its MB2000 and MB2400 series miniature pushbuttons, making them suitable for low-cost designs.
LDO regulators are housed in SOT-23 package
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Catalyst Semiconductor has announced two additions to its recently released low dropout (LDO) regulator product line. The CAT6217 and CAT6218 LDO regulators source 150 mA and 300 mA output currents, respectively, in a SOT-23 package.
Pentagon claims credit for bald eagle's resurgence
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The Department of Defense is claiming a "significant role" in the resurgence of the nation's symbol.
Semiconductor service labs to merge
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Three separate semiconductor service labs -- Berkeley Consulting Services Inc., FIB International Inc. and Nano Measurements Inc. -- have merged.
Five chipmakers control 32% of manufacturing, says analyst
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Samsung, TSMC, Intel, Toshiba, and UMC had the five largest shares of the world's chip manufacturing capacity at the end of 2006, with a combined capacity of just over 2.9 million 200-mm equivalent wafer per month.
How many silicon chips are there on a 300 mm wafer?
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Undaunted, our quest to answer essentially unanswerable questions continues...
Low-power limiting post amplifier targets SFP transceivers
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Micrel launched the SY88973BL, a low-power limiting post amplifier that is designed for use in fiber optic receivers.
Qimonda DIMMs aim at high-end servers
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With its 8-GByte DDR2 FB-DIMM modules, Qimonda claims to be the first in the industry to offer this high memory density. Probably more important could be the vendor's second claim: The devices are said to dissipate up to 45 percent less power, compared with existing solutions.
Vibrations good for harvesting electricity
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Harvesting vibrations to produce electricity enables remote devices to be powered without batteries.
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