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Sematech tips new 450-mm efforts, pitch standard
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Despite the IC downturn, International Sematech insists that it is continuing to make progress on 450-mm tool technology, by announcing several new efforts in the arena.
Forum planned on 40/100G Ethernet
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The Ethernet Alliance will host a one-day forum in Silicon Valley on the changes coming with the 40 and 100 Gbit/second versions of the IEEE P802.3ba standard now in the works.
Ex-UBS top dealmaker launches green tech boutique
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Former top UBS AG investment banker Jeffrey McDermott and several other Wall Street veterans have launched a boutique advisory firm focused on alternative energy and "cleantech" companies.
Digitally controlled potentiometer reduces cost, programming and system calibration
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With < 1 percent typical resistor tolerance, Intersil's low-voltage digitally controlled potentiometer (DCP) can be used as a true variable resistor, enabling users to set standard and non-standard resistor values for open-loop applications.
Samsung BDP-3600 BluRay Player
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As a precursor to my surround sound purchase I did end up buying a BluRay player over the weekend. I picked up the Samsung BDP-3600 from the local FutureShop.
Virginia Tech tools up with MathWorks
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The MathWorks and Virginia Tech College of Engineering have signed a new three-year agreement for The MathWorks to provide resources and support for course components that utilize MathWorks tools.
Canon reportedly cutting 700 jobs in stepper biz
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Canon plans to cut about 700 jobs from its lithography stepper division, according to reports.
Singapore launches 3-D packaging consortium
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Singapore's Institute of Microelectronics (IME), a research group, has launched a consortium in 3-D packaging.
Protests interrupt Cisco keynote
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6/30/2009   1 comment
Protesters interrupted a keynote speech by Cisco Systems chief executive John Chambers at the company's annual Cisco Live event in San Francisco today.
Micron puts 34-nm NAND chips in mass production
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Micron Technology announced mass production of NAND flash memory chips using 34-nanometer (nm) process technology. Micron also said its subsidiary, consumer memory product provider Lexar Media, would deliver flash memory cards and USB flash drives based on the 34-nm devices.
Digital photo frames to get connected
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The total silicon opportunity for digital photo frame suppliers will exceed $550 million by 2013, according to market research group InStat.
IBM re-uses PV thermal energy for better efficiency
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6/30/2009   1 comment
IBM researchers recently have shown that the reuse of cooling liquid for computers can increase the total efficiency of a system. Now they do a similar trick on solar cells. The result could be an overall efficiency of better than 50 percent.
Cypress Envirosystems' Wireless Pneumatic Thermostat Wins Prestigious Buildy Award for Smart Devices
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Cypress Envirosystems announced that its Wireless Pneumatic Thermostat (WPT) has won in the Smart Devices category at the fifth annual Buildy Awards.
Optoma partners with Texas Instruments to develop new 3D future ready projectors
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Optoma Technology, Inc. announced it is partnering with Texas Instruments to launch a new series of 3D enabled projectors during the second half of 2009. Utilizing Texas Instruments' DLP technologies, Optoma's new projectors will enable 3D imagery from a single projector, driving greater cost efficiency, easier installation and usage.
TI announces MSP430 MCUs for e-metering applications
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In support of three-phase e-metering applications, Texas Instruments Incorporated has unveiled the ultra-low power MSP430F471xx microcontroller (MCU) series. The F471xx system-on-chip metering solution offers simultaneous sampling of voltage and current as well as tamper-detection for efficient and reliable energy measurement.
Freescale LED driver eliminates audible noise and visual artifacts for LCDs
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Freescale Semiconductor has introduced the MC34845 LED driver with high-speed pulse width modulation (PWM) capability.
CADEKA : Octal A-D converter claims lowest power consumption
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CADEKA claims the industry’s most power efficient, eight channel analog-to-digital converters.
Ember Unveils High Performance ZigBee Chips
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Ember unveiled the EM300 Series, its next-generation ZigBee chip family that packs wireless networking performance and application code space into a low power-consuming chip set.
APC's Newest NetShelter Products Allow Businesses to Deploy Network and Server Equipment Directly in the Open Office
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APC announced that it has expanded its NetShelter product line to include innovative rack enclosures that can be installed in virtually any open office environment.
Global chip sales seen ticking up in May
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Global chip sales in May are believed to have increased by a seasonally adjusted 2 percent on the previous month, according to analysts at Carnegie Group (Oslo, Norway).
Conexant : System-on-chip targets connected photo frames
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Conexant Systems has announced the first in a planned series of system-on-chip (SoC) solutions targeted at the growing market for “connected” digital photo frames and interactive display appliances (IDAs).
How a Power Switch Can Save the World
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6/30/2009   2 comments
Nearly all electronic products contain a switch-mode power subsystem. To improve efficiency and cost throughout the life cycle of an application, many topologies and control methods have been tried. The latest-generation of power switches have changed the landscape by allowing integration as well as exceeding the new energy efficiency regulations that are becoming mandatory in the industry.
SMIC readies 45-nm process
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Don't look now, but Chinese foundry provider Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) could be gaining on its rivals.
Metrology provider Semilab buys SDI
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Continuing on its buying spree, metrology equipment provider Semilab Co. Ltd. has acquired Semiconductor Diagnostics Inc. (SDI).
Dolphin Integration unveils Helium audio converter
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EDA and IP company Dolphin Integration SA (Meylan, France) claimed it has released a digital audio converter (DAC) that combines ultra-low power consumption and low bill-of-material with high audio quality.
RF power DC-DC converter offers smallest power management solution for W-CDMA/CDMA RFPAs in 3G handsets
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Fairchild Semiconductor is claiming the industry's smallest power management solution for the designers of 3G handsets and wireless datacards with the introduction of the company's FAN5902, RF Power DC-to-DC converter which operates at 6 MHz with a reduced size 0.5uH chip inductor that saves space and component costs.
Design trust and verification
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It's generally acknowledged that we have entered the 45 nm processing node era. It's also well known that at this node the mantra among SoC designers should be "verify!, verify!, verify!"
A real-time HPC approach for optimizing Intel multi-core architectures (Part 2 of 3)
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This 3-part series will explore real-time high performance computing with the usage of embedded multi-core processors. Part 2 outlines software architecture approaches for utilizing multi-core processors, along with cache optimizations.
National rolls high-side dual LED flash driver
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Natinal's PowerWise synchronous boost converter enables thermally optimized flash system in portable devices.
RF PA 6-MHz DC/DC converter implements dynamic voltage scaling for improved efficiency of 3G handsets
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Fairchild FAN5902 has minimum footprint, maximum efficiency due to switching frequency, dynamic adjustment of power amplifier current to match output power
Broadcom jacks up Emulex offer 19%, drops lawsuit
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Broadcom Corp. has increased its offer for Emulex Corp. 20 percent, raising the value of the deal to $912 million, and has also dropped a lawsuit against the board of directors in a bid to engage the management in a friendly takeover discussion.
Jobs go but new processors coming at ARC
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ARC International (St Albans, England) is to lay off 35 employees and close several of its locations in a major restructuring that sees the licensor of multimedia IP cores reduced to 115 direct staff, excluding its Adaptive Chips joint venture in India. The company also revealed it is readying a new processing range that will be launched in November.
MSC : High voltage IGBTs offer fast switching with low conduction losses
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Xtreme light Punch Through (XPT) IGBTs are the latest generation of short-circuit rated high voltage IGBTs from IXYS, with fast switching and low conduction losses.
Rapid debug of serial buses in FPGAs
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6/30/2009   1 comment
Low-speed serial buses remain prevalent in computer, semiconductor, aero/defense, communications, consumer automotive, medical, test and measurement industries. Serial buses such as I2C, SPI, CAN, LIN, and RS-232 are often key points for debugging designs with FPGAs which higher speed serial buses quickly pass data from chip to chip. Historically, capturing and decoding the information required significant manual effort if using an oscilloscope or the purchase of custom tools. Oscilloscope v
Smart meters face uneven acceptance across Europe
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While energy vendors and environmentalists promote smart power meters as a panacea for green user education and empowerment, the market perspectives have been rather unclear. Now a Swedish study brings light into the dark.
U.S. joins International Renewable Energy Agency
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The United States joined the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Monday as part of the Obama administration's commitment to developing a new energy policy, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said.
Clock mesh variation robustness: benefits and analysis
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This article gives an overview and highlights the benefits of clock mesh technology compared to conventional clock tree methods.
Non-traditional environmental test methodologies for electronics
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Just how tough is Panasonic's Toughbook? Brian Caufield uses an elephant, a tiger, a Volkswagon Jetta, diet coke, and doritos just to see how tough it really is.
Taking the West Bridge to higher mass storage densities on Digital Still Cameras
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In digital still cameras, processor-intensive functions, such as USB or mass storage control, may be offloaded to a West Bridge for maximum performance.
Intel, Micron, Samsung start NAND scaling race
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6/29/2009   1 comment
The NAND flash memory scaling race is off and running--again.
Amkor's founder to step down as CEO
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Amkor Technology President and Chief Operating Officer Ken Joyce will assume the role of CEO of the company effective Oct. 1. James Kim, Amkor's founder, will step down as CEO and become executive chairman.
SunPower, Wells Fargo funding solar projects
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6/29/2009   1 comment
U.S. solar panel maker SunPower Corp and Wells Fargo Monday said they have teamed up to fund up to $100 million in solar projects for businesses and public buildings.
Climate bill spurs less green power than hoped
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The renewable energy mandate in the climate change bill approved by the U.S. House of Representatives last week does not go far enough for green power proponents, but the proposed national standard is likely as strong as it will get.
Green pressure sensors tap quartz MEMS
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Epson Toyocom unveiled a green sensor technology that eliminates dangerous oil and gases from pressure sensors, instead using a quartz microelectromechanical system (QMEMS) tuning fork as the sensing element.
Forte beefs up high-level synthesis tool
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6/29/2009   1 comment
High-level synthesis EDA vendor Forte Design Systems has commenced volume shipments of the latest version of its Cynthesizer SystemC synthesis software for hardware and electronic system level design.
Energy-efficient lowest-jitter transceivers offer more backplane and cable reach
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Two new energy-efficient, quad transceivers that extend backplane and cable reach up to 30 percent farther than competitive devices have been unveiled by National Semiconductor Corp.
High-side dual LED flash driver enables dual LED operation for flash applications in handheld devices
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National Semiconductor Corp., has introduced what is claimed to be the industry's first high-side light-emitting diode (LED) driver that enables dual LED operation for the camera flash function in portable, battery-powered multimedia devices.
2 A, switch-mode charger minimizes heat and charge time for mobile devices
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Maxim Integrated Products has introduced a switch-mode DC-DC charger with Smart Power Selector circuitry.
Customization is everywhere
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What this did raise in my mind, however, was the amount of customization that is available in all of the consumer product I have. I just never really sat down and thought about how much almost everything I own is customized just for me.
Obama sets new lighting efficiency standards
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President Barack Obama's administration Monday laid out new efficiency standards for lighting used in homes and businesses, hastening measures to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, an official said.
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