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Fixed-frequency, step-down regulator is tailored for AMD's serial VID interface (SVI) CPU
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A fixed-frequency, step-down regulator designed specifically for the AMD serial VID interface (SVI) CPU has been introduced by Maxim Integrated Products.
Stepping Motor Fundamentals
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Stepping motors fill a unique niche in the motor control world and are commonly used in measurement and control applications. This technical paper looks at the fundamentals of these motors, and provides microcontroller motor control examples.
Laser technology looks to optimize production costs and efficiency of solar cells
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Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology in Aachen, Germany, will be demonstrating how laser technology can contribute to optimizing the manufacturing costs and efficiency of solar cells at Laser 2009 in Munich, Germany, June 15 to 18, 2009.
AMD rolls six-core server CPUs
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Advanced Micro Devices rolled out its first six-core, single-threaded server processors, on the heels of archrival Intel Corp.'s debut in late March 30 of its Xeon 5500 chips that sport four, dual-threaded cores.
Analysis: AMD's fab-light strategy; myth vs. reality
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6/1/2009   2 comments
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. is already benefitting from its decision to spin off the manufacturing operation but it will take years before the company gets to reap the full benefits of its fabless manufacturing strategy due to the nature of its relationship with spin off GlobalFoundries Inc.
Falling silicon prices pressure thin-film solar
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A collapse in silicon prices threatens to put the heat on solar panel makers that use little of the material, such as Japan's Sharp Corp and even low-cost industry darling First Solar Inc.
Is Wave power going to drive new engineering achievements?
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6/1/2009   1 comment
It is going to be interesting to see whether Google's new real-time communication platform, Google Wave, is going to finally spark some interest in engineers and gain acceptance as a useful development tool.
Antenna specialist claims big SAR advance for small devices
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Antenna specialist SkyCross (Viera, FL.) claims it has developed a way to reduce Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) levels in small wireless devices without sacrificing signal strength.
Letter to editor: Taiwan Memory's grand plan
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Memory survival is about the manufacturing costs, and memory companies measure success or failure over longer time periods.
E-book chip market to reach $1.1 billion in 2013, says In-Stat
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Worldwide shipments of e-books are expected to grow from almost 1 million units in 2008 to close to 30 million units in 2013, according to market research company In-Stat (Scottsdale, Ariz.). This shipment growth is expected to result in a semiconductor market of $1.1 billion in 2013, In-Stat said.
Extend Battery Life in Mobile Applications using Innovative Audio Headphone Amplifiers
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This article weighs headphone amplifier architectures, explains their pros and cons, and introduces a novel solution that solves issues created by some headphone amplifier architectures.
Extending Battery Life on the iPhone
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With the more advanced features being implemented in smart phones, the devices are being used for much more than just as a phone. I watch movies, play games, surf the web using WiFi, check e-mail you name it chances are I'm doing it on my phone. But this also means that I have to charge it much more often, usually every night. And that is just from intermittent use throughout the day. The next time I have to travel, while I will be entertained, I don't expect my phone to have any charge left
Zuken launches CADSTAR ECAD-MCAD bridge
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Zuken is introducing an important new bridging technology to the CADSTAR design suite " CADSTAR BoardModeler Lite. This technology provides an optimized environment for the verification of the PCB layout in its mechanical environment.
iMAT Antennas Reduce SAR of Wireless Devices By 50 Percent without Sacrificing Signal Strength
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SkyCross has developed a way to reduce Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) levels in small wireless devices without sacrificing signal strength.
Power detection and control for mobile handsets
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A key requirement within the modern mobile-handset power amplifier (PA) is a need to detect and control the transmitted power. This three-part article first explores the various methods of power control for amplifiers operating in both saturated and linear modes. The discussion continues with power detection techniques used in modern handsets. Topics include current, voltage, diode, power, logarithmic (log), and RMS detection, including performance characteristics such as RF bandwidth, video ban
LA Metro upgrades security with Mifare Plus
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Ticketing and automated fare collection on Los Angeles' Metro network is about to get more secure, courtesy of NXP's Mifare Plus smart card IC contactless technology.
Taiwanese group pays $215 million for E Ink
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Electronic paper display technology pioneer E Ink Corporation (Boston, Mass.) is set to be acquired by Prime View International (PVI) , one of Taiwan's leading suppliers of small and medium sized displays and itself a developer of ePaper display modules.
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MIPS backs Android at Computex
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Android will get a boost at Computex in Taipei this week as MIPS Technologies announces it will help port the software to a range of MIPS-based processors, starting with chips from RMI and Sigma Designs.
French MEMS startup raises $5.6 million
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French startup Neosens, specializing in the development of physico-chemical sensors in microsystems technologies, announced it has raised 4 million euros ($5.6 million) in a second capital financing round led by Sofinnova Partners, Capricorn Cleantech Fund and Galia Gestion. Existing investors ICSO Private Equity and IRDI reaffirmed their confidence in Neosens.
Visibility still limited for IC sales, says SIA chief
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George Scalise, president of the US Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), reiterated that "visibility remains limited" for the global semiconductor market while welcoming the latest figures indicating that sales increased in April by 6.4 percent to $16.54 billion.
Power detection and control for mobile handsets, (Part 1 of 3): Power amplifier biasing for power control
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Understand the various biasing methods and tradeoffs in GSM/EDGE mobile unit PA stages
Atmel's first Cortex-M3 MCU features high speed USB, firmware protection
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Atmel Corporation announced their SAM3U Cortex-M3 Flash microcontroller with high speed USB Device, SDIO/SD/MMC Host and SPI interfaces on-chip aimed at applications such as high speed gateways in industrial, medical, data processing and telecom applications.
Opportunities still exist for 16-bit microcontrollers
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6/1/2009   1 comment
A look at the shift towards using 32-bit MCUs and the cost versus performance with regards to 16-bit and 8-bit MCUs.
UK research targets improved display readability
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A multi-disciplinary research and development project led by GE Aviation Systems (Newmarket, England) and backed by the U.K.'s Technology Strategy Board) will deliver information displays with enhanced readability in bright lighting conditions.
ViXS, ARC demo enhanced audio/video SoC
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Video codecs chip group ViXS Systems (Toronto, Canada) is demonstrating its XCode 3290 SoC targeting video and audio systems at this week's Computex trade fair in Taipei, Taiwan.
Chip sales see 6.4% improvement in April
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The three-month moving average of global chip sales in April was $15.64 billion, up 6.4 percent on that achieved the previous month, and the second straight monthly improvement, according to the European Semiconductor Industry Association (ESIA).
Green-memory movement takes root
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Internet data center power requirements are rising as much as 20 percent a year.
Microsoft's Bhandarkar on server chips: 'main challenge is power'
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The engineers at Microsoft Corp.'s Global Foundation Services unit (GFS) are among the professionals looking to tame the data center's runaway power requirements into submission.
Freescale, Qualcomm mint smartbooks at Computex
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6/1/2009   2 comments
At Computex, Freescale and Qualcomm are minting a new term—smartbooks--for the ARM- and Linux-based portables their customers are designing that are bigger than smart phones, smaller than notebooks and different than netbooks.
Agilent Nonlinear Vector Network Analyzer family extends active device test to 50 GHz; yields X-parameters for advanced component and system insight
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PNA-X NVNA network analyzer extends range, performance; reduces cost, test time, footprint
NETWORKING: New cellular router enables high-bandwidth remote industrial apps
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Digi International is shipping its new high-speed cellular router, the Digi Connect WAN 3G IA, designed to serve industrial applications in harsh environments.
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