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Sensor module design improves automotive electrical integration, functionality (Part 2)
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Devices must be reliable and robust, and operate with long-term stability and high precision under harsh physical, chemical, and electrical stress conditions.
Ansys to buy Apache Design for $310 million
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6/30/2011   9 comments
Design software vendor Ansys said it signed a definitive agreement to acquire power analysis and optimization EDA vendor Apache Design Solutions for $310 million in cash.
NKK Switches FP01 series pushbutton switches
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6/30/2011   3 comments
NKK has developed contactless illuminated pushbutton switches that use a diode photo interrupter rather than traditional contacts to ensure high reliability.
C&K Components K12S series of LED illuminated key switches
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C&K has developed high-performance IP67-sealed SMT key switches for harsh environment applications.
Stackpole SM series surface mount wirewound resistors
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Stackpole's SM Series of surface mount molded wirewound resistors have compliant terminations that expand and contract with the PCB.
Automotive chip market to show 12% CAGR
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6/30/2011   6 comments
The annual global automotive chip market was worth $22 billion in 2010 and will be worth close to $35 billion in 2014, according to market research firm Markets and Markets. This equates to a compound annual growth rate for the period of about 12 percent.
Thin Film offers passive plastic NVM
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6/30/2011   2 comments
Printed plastic memory pioneer Thin Film Electronics ASA has announced the development of a passive array nonvolatile printable plastic memory that is describes as being suitable for secure documents.
Power management IC family combines multirail outputs, digital control, reporting, efficiency
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6/30/2011   3 comments
AS19xx series from Akros Silicon strives to meet needs of gateways, femtocells, settop boxes, and even LED drives
IBM reports drift-tolerant multilevel cell PCM
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6/30/2011   26 comments
Scientists at IBM Research in Zurich, Switzerland, have reported a method to store multiple bits reliably in a phase-change memory cell.
Photo gallery: Inside TI's RFAB
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6/30/2011   16 comments
Representatives from Texas Instruments last week invited a few members of the media to Richardson, Texas, for a tour of RFAB—the semiconductor industry's first 300-mm analog fab and first LEED certified fab.
SMIC trading halted after chairman's death
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6/30/2011   12 comments
Shares of Chinese chip foundry SMIC ceased trading at the company's request after it reported that its chairman died and that the company's president and CEO failed to win re-election to its board of directors.
Boundary conditions dictate battery management
Design How-To  
6/30/2011   2 comments
Once cell and electronics architecture is understood, one must consider tradeoffs in circuit topology such as how to optimize communications and interconnection within battery pack.
Solar module vendor gets $20M in funding
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6/30/2011   3 comments
Semprius, a provider high-concentration photovoltaic solar modules, announced that it recently secured $20 million in its first tranche of series C venture fundraising.
IDC: Cloud server revenue to hit $9.4B in 2015
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6/30/2011   8 comments
Worldwide revenue for cloud computing servers is projected to grow to $9.4 billion in 2015, according to market research firm IDC.
ADLINK's Express-LPC compact COM Express module sports DDR3 memory Support
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Express-LPC is the newest member of ADLINK Technology, Inc.'s Computer-on-Module (COM) family. The new module measures 95 x 95 millimeters, and is fully compatible with the Type 2 pin-out of the PICMG COM Express specification.
Broadband RF mixer targets MIMO
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Linear Technology's dual-broadband RF mixer draws 300mW/channel for 4G MIMO multi-mode receivers
Atmel expands maXTouch E-Series family for 2.8 to 3.5-inch touchscreens
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The new Atmel maXTouch mXT112E controller from Atmel Corporation is optimized for 2.8- to 3.5-inch touchscreens for consumer markets such as feature phones, digital still cameras, global positioning systems (GPS), gaming consoles, and other high-volume devices.
Samsung takes Apple fight to ITC
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6/29/2011   9 comments
South Korea's Samsung Electronics filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission requesting an investigation of alleged patent infringement by Apple and presumably seeking a ban on the importation of Apple products into the U.S.
IHS: Full Japan quake recovery by September
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6/29/2011   6 comments
The electronics industry supply chain is expected to be completely recovered from the after effects of the March 11 earthquake in Japan by the end of the third quarter, according to a report by market research firm IHS iSuppli.
Step-down regulators support DDR1, DDR2, and DDR3 memory
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Linear Technology has introduced the LTC3634, a high-efficiency, dual-channel monolithic synchronous step-down regulator for power supply and bus termination rails for DDR1, DDR2 and DDR3 SDRAM controllers.
QuickLogic announces Jupiter app reference platform for ArcticLink II CX family
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Jupiter reference platform accelerates evaluation time, enables performance benchmarking, and showcases fast sideloading and content protection capabilities.
FPGA startup Silicon Blue snags more funding
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6/29/2011   13 comments
Consumer-focused programmable logic startup SiliconBlue Technologies said it closed $18 million in series D venture capital funding from five separate funds.
Gray Code Fundamentals – Part 4
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6/29/2011   7 comments
In this, the fourth installment of our mini-series, we take a look at generating sub-2^n Gray code count sequences comprising *consecutive values*
Neul raises $12.8 million for M2M radio
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6/29/2011   2 comments
Neul Ltd., a startup company working with Microsoft, Nokia and Samsung to use so-called TV white-space spectrum for machine-to-machine communications, has raised $12.8 million from a venture capital syndicate.
Researchers look at typing as power source
Research  
6/29/2011   17 comments
Researchers in Australia have been looking at whether typing could be used to recharge electronic equipment. If their findings can be scaled up then chargers could be relegated to emergency use only.
Circuit lets you test sample-and-hold amplifiers - measure voltage drop with a digital voltmeter
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6/29/2011   1 comment
Sample-and-hold amplifiers sample an analog voltage and hold it until an ADC can digitize it. A perfect sampling circuit holds a voltage until digitizing is complete. Thus, the amplifier’s output is identical to its input. Real sample-and-hold amplifiers, however, can gain or lose voltage, producing an error. Offset voltages in amplifiers cause a static additive error. Further, there occurs a specific additive error, the so-called voltage pedestal, which originates within the transition from th
Spreadtrum targeted by Muddy Waters report
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6/29/2011   2 comments
Nasdaq-traded Chinese fabless chip company Spreadtrum Communications Inc. has been targeted by Muddy Waters LLC, a brokerage firm that has declared a short position in the company and published an open letter to the chairman.
SMIC picks Kilopass NVM IP for 55-nm process
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6/28/2011   Post a comment
Non-volatile memory IP vendor Kilopass Technology said Tuesday (June 28) it is expanding its one-time programmable NVM product offering to SMIC's 55-nm logic CMOS process.
Fujitsu's MB91580 32-bit MCUs enable highly efficient electric and hybrid vehicle motor control
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6/28/2011   3 comments
Fujitsu Semiconductor America's new MB91580 32-bit microcontrollers (MCUs) combine excellent performance with a wide range of peripheral functions to enable optimal, high-speed and highly efficient 3-phase inverter motor control in electric (EV) and hybrid vehicles (HV).
Evatronix rolls USB 2.0 high speed PHY to complement its USB offering
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Evatronix SA has introduced a USB high speed PHY IP that complements the company's suite of USB 2.0 device and host controllers.
ST's fast-write EEPROM for low-cost blackbox recorders simplifies design
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6/28/2011   1 comment
The new M35B32 EEPROM from STMicroelectronics has a unique ultra-fast recording feature for storing important data during unexpected events. Its uses include recovering system data when a sudden power failure occurs, and ‘black-box’ recorders that help identify the causes of equipment failures or accidents.
Energy efficiency may require 'cool factor'
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6/28/2011   27 comments
The Smart Energy Panel at the Freescale Technology Forum addressed the issue of smarter energy efficiency by asking its panelists to expound on the question: What is the biggest hurdle to action?
Fresco Microchip gets $9M in series C funding
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6/28/2011   3 comments
Fresco Microchip, a developer of RF, mixed-signal and digital signal processing chips for TVs, announced it secured $9 million in series C funding from the Ontario Venture Capital Fund and previous Fresco investors Celtic House Venture Partners and Ventures West.
Arcade-style gaming with your iPad!
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6/28/2011   7 comments
An old chum just sent me an email. The subject line was “iPad Space Invaders Console”; the body of the message contained a link and the text “Must get one!”
The interface roadblock
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6/28/2011   1 comment
Interface – verb: Interact with (another system, person, organization, etc); noun: A point where two systems, subjects, organizations, etc., meet and interact.
Efficient method for interfacing TRIAC dimmers and LEDs
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6/28/2011   7 comments
There are more than 2 million installed TRIAC dimmers worldwide, and they can prove a challenge to the control circuitry of an LED light. With such a large base, backward compatibility is a must.
Open communications for the smart grid
Blog  
6/28/2011   3 comments
Here, Tony Paine, CEO of Kepware Technologies, explains that open connectivity is a critical element for a reliable smart grid and automated meter applications for the natural gas, water, and electric utilities.
Radar Basics – Part 4: Space-time adaptive processing
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6/28/2011   2 comments
A technique called space time adaptive processing (STAP) can be used to find targets that could otherwise not be detected.
LED driver market to show 12% CAGR, says firm
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6/28/2011   10 comments
Annual LED driver IC sales will reach nearly $3.5 billion in 2015 up from nearly $2 billion in 2010, a compound annual growth rate of 12 percent, according to market research firm Strategies Unlimited Inc.
WiGig shows progress with 60 GHz specs
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6/28/2011   6 comments
The Wireless Gigabit Alliance announced progress on 60 GHz standards, gaining kudos as the future for apps including Wi-Fi and wireless docking and displays.
National Semiconductor LM5066 and LM5064 hot swap controllers
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National Semiconductor says its latest power management ICs are the first to come with on-chip power management bus (PMBus) support.
Nanoelectronics body doubles 2011 funds to $250-million
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6/28/2011   9 comments
The ENIAC Joint Undertaking, a European public-private partnership for the funding of nanoelectronics research in Europe, has said the amount of money available through the latest call for proposals includes grants totaling 175 million euro (about $250 million) an increase of 100 percent on 2010.
The potential of energy harvesting means there’s nothing to lose
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6/28/2011   2 comments
Energy harvesting is rapidly maturing to become a key sector in the electronics industry, having risen over the past five years to take its place as a competent technology enabling an expanding market. While the pioneering companies behind the technology have faced many challenges in that time, the market now faces one of its biggest obstacles; convincing system integrators that it is a viable alternative to battery packs.
Adesto ready to ramp CBRAM, with Altis
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6/28/2011   4 comments
Adesto Technologies Corp., a startup company developing conductive bridging RAM nonvolatile memory technology, has announced that it will ship products this year manufactured by foundry partner Altis Semiconductor SA.
Alcatel-Lucent rolls 400 Gbit router chip
News & Analysis  
6/28/2011   9 comments
Alcatel-Lucent's 400 Gbit/s FP3 chip set powers its push into routers with twice the throughput of the best chip from archrival Cisco.
Driving Impressions: Prius Plug-In Hybrid
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6/28/2011   26 comments
With a relatively short time to charge, the hybrid plug-in Prius is, in effect, an around-town electric vehicle.
ITT Cannon Trident High Voltage Series
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According to ITT, its Robust Trident Series is 10% smaller than competitive interconnects designed for electric vehicles and industrial devices.
Stackpole RAVF052D chip resistor array
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Stackpole's chip resistor array offers two 0201 size resistors in a single chip array package.
Vishay PLTT series thin-film resistor
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Vishay's PLTT precision low-TCR, high-temperature thin film resistor has been enhanced with extended resistance range from 250 O to 3 m O and new 1206, 2010, and 2512 case sizes.
Vishay DG2735A and DG2725 dual SPDT switches, DG2599 DPDT switch
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Vishay is offering low-voltage analog switches that feature on-resistance down to 0.6 O maximum at 2.7V in a miniQFN package, making them well-suited for portable products.
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