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New SMT POL DC/DCs are small, efficient, affordable and "double" lead-free
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Forget the generalized headline promoting Datel's new point-of-load converter; this product is about establishing high reliability in manufacturing processes using Pb-free solder. See Product Review.
PCI Express made easy
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Looking for an easy way to implement PCI Express on chip? Companies including Cascade, Denali and Knowlent have the IP you need to do it.
Advantages of FPGA design methodologies
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Altera engineer Shekar Chandrashekar argues that FPGAs are fully capable of system-on-chip designs, while offering reduced costs and faster time-to-market compared to ASICs.
Using formal verification to create robust IP
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Traditional silicon IP verification methods leave much to be desired. Real Intent's Jay Littlefield (right) shows how to use formal methods, including assertions in both simulation and formal verification, to provide a more thorough solution.
After Intersil earnings report, analyst still says hold
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Intersil reported an inline quarter, but American Technology Research analyst Doug Freedman views guidance as disappointing. He says Intersil continues to lose ground to its peer group.
Intersil reports profit, completes Xicor acquisition
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Analog semiconductor supplier Intersil Corp. reported net income of $27.2 million on sales of $144.2 million in its second quarter, compared to $20.1 million on sales of $125.5 million in the year-ago quarter.
Resurgent IT market drives International Rectifier's revenues
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International Rectifier reported revenues of $298.6 million for the quarter ended June 30 - up 30 percent from last year. Power management needs in the IT sector is driving it, IR's chief (right) told Steve Ohr.
IBM touts self-configuring chip
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IBM Corp. unveiled new chip technology that it said is able to adjust its own functionality and perform trade-offs between performance and power consumption without human intervention.
IBM's eFuse technology portends adaptable chips
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IBM Corp. unveiled new chip technology it said is able to adjust its own functionality and perform trade-offs between performance and power consumption without human intervention.
A new bird gives wings to active mixer designs with high linearity up converting
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A new RF active mixer from Linear Technology provides linearity and signal-to-noise performance matching that of passive mixers, allowing designers to build 3G cellular basestations that are more compact and at substantially reduced cost. The LT5521 streamlines basestation design by resolving the high LO (Local Oscillator) drive level, poor LO suppression and low conversion gain issues common to passive solutions.
8-bit MCUs proliferate with on-chip peripherals, flash memory
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With many new offerings now being rolled out by the semiconductor industry, the well-established 8-bit microcontroller could be one of the hottest chip markets this year. For details, see the focus report by Marty Gold.
Japan's wafer production at record levels
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Japan's realigned semiconductor industry is showing signs of renewed strength after a decade of decline.
Resurgent IT market drives International Rectifier's revenues
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International Rectifier reported revenues of $298.6 million for the quarter ended June 30.
Intersil reports profit, completes Xicor acquisition
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Analog semiconductor supplier Intersil Corp. reported net income of $27.2 million on sales of $144.2 million in its second quarter, compared to $20.1 million on sales of $125.5 million in the year-ago quarter.
DRAM market seen headed for recession
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The booming DRAM market is expected to head toward recession next year, according to a market researcher.
Platinum-Chip Temp. Sensors - in SMD style 0805 housing
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Jumo GmbH, has introduced 0805 series SMD components in a miniaturized style. The reduced dimensions of only 1.35 x 2.10 x 0.60 mm (W x L x H) facilitate increased packing density in production and placing. This leads to a further price reduction, making these high-performance platinum sensors competitive with the semiconductor sensors that have been frequently used up to now.
Nassda hit with second class-action suit in a day
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The lawsuits just keep coming for simulation tool vendor Nassda Corp.
RF Foam - is broadband microwave absorbing
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The R&F Products Division of Laird Technologies offers a complete range of foam products for the microwave design engineer
AMD-Prozessoren: Sempron basiert auf dem Athlon XP
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Die in dieser Woche angekündigte neue 'Sempron'-Prozessorlinie von AMD hat mit der eingeführten Athlon-Familie mehr gemein, als es zunächst den Anschein hat. In manchen Fällen erhält der Kunde den gleichen Die, der vorher als Athlon verkauft wurde.
Preise für große LC-Displays im Sinkflug
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Nach 18 Monaten Marktpräsenz beginnen die Preise für LCD-Displays mit Diagonalen von 10 Zoll und größer zu fallen. Das meldet das US-Marktforschungsunternehmen DisplaySearch.
Foundries kaufen trotz Sommerflaute weiter Equipment
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Sommerloch bei den Foundries: Laut George Burns, President des Marktforschungsunternehmens Strategic Marketing Associates (SMA), haben die Chip-Foundries im Juli einen deutlichen Auftragsrückgang hinnehmen müssen. Die Flaute trifft Spitzenanbieter und unbedeutendere Chip-Schmieden gleichermaßen.
DRAM-Markt: Hynix überholt Micron
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Hynix Semiconductor hat im zweiten Quartal seinen Erzrivalen Micron Technology überholt und ist jetzt zweitgrößter DRAM-Anbieter. Das meldete das kalifornische Marktforschungsunternehmen iSuppli. Der Anbieter aus Südkorea, der 2003 Infineon den dritten Platz in der DRAM-Hitliste abjagte, feiert damit einen weiteren Triumph.
Thinnest package cuts MOSFET losses
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Toshiba America Electronic Components says its Smart Thin Package (STP) for power MOSFETs is the thinnest surface-mount type in its class, providing the smallest mount area per milliohm of on-resistance and improving power dissipation ratings for the first MOSFETs using the package, the company's TPCT4201 and TPCT4202. The new package is about one-third the size of a TSSOP-8 and only 0.6 mm high.
DprobeXC in-circuit emulator records TTL
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A modification to the DprobeXC in-circuit emulator enables engineers to record external transistor-transistor logic (TTL) signals, a requirement for testing integration for XC166 applications.
ZiLOG offers in-circuit emulator kit for 8-bit MCUs
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Troubleshooting tool kit for Z8 Encore! 64K Family enables software elements to be run and tested on the hardware for which they are designed.
Interprocessor Communications
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Accellera approves Property Specification Language
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Providing an alternative to proprietary assertion languages, the Accellera standards organization has approved the Property Specification Language (PSL) version 1.1 and has begun the process of IEEE standardization, said Accellera chairman Dennis Brophy (right).
High power inductors stay cool in high frequency applications
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J.W. Miller's new low loss series of high power toroid inductors is the company's first standard product offering to incorporate Magnetic Inc.'s Kool Mμ ferrous alloy powder core. Although typically more expensive than powder iron cores, they offer a key advantage over these lower cost materials by preventing the distributed air gap cores from getting too hot in high frequency applications.
High-speed, high-power IR emitters boost optical efficiency
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Targeting CMOS camera applications, automotive night vision and sensor systems, Vishay Intertechnology's two new infrared (IR) emitters are optimized with an 850-nm wavelength in comparison with industry standard 870-nm emitters to improve optical efficiency in these types of applications. Both high-speed, high-radiant power devices provide a low 1.8-volt maximum forward voltage and a 20 nanosecond rise time.
Rack-mount packaging options ease CWDM integration
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Stratos Lightwave LLC is has launched several new rack-mount packaging options for its Tsunami brand of coarse wavelength division multiplexing (CWDM) optical components and modules. Offered in both industry-standard 19-inch as well as LGX-compatible racks, these packaging options make it easier to integrate the CWDM devices into existing installations of high-performance communications systems.
Stock analyst turns focus knob on Intersil: Can restructuring of operations offset slower end market growth?
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Doug Freedman of American Technology Research reiterates a "Hold" rating on Intersil stock. His view of the Xicor acquisition and the sale of the WiFi business is generally positive, but with sluggish PC, flat screen and DVD-R markets, Freedman says the company have an uphill battle to increase its share.
Nassda faces investor lawsuit
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The legal woes of circuit simulation provider Nassda Corp.'s deepened on Thursday (July 29) as the noted class-action law firm Lerach Coughlin Stoia & Robbins filed a complaint on behalf of Nassda shareholders.
Xicor shareholders approve merger with Intersil
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Analog semiconductor supplier Intersil Corp. reported that its pending acquisition of analog and mixed-signal semiconductor supplier Xicor Inc. was approved by 96% of voting Xicor shareholders.
Biometric passport delay continues
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Technology and privacy issues continue to hold up efforts to introduce biometric passports for entry into the United States.
Satellite multimedia broadcasts set for launch in Japan, South Korea
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A new satellite TV service to be launched here and in South Korea in October promises to deliver programming along with radio and data broadcasting to mobile terminals.
Conferees ponder Taiwan's design rise
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Taiwan's ascendancy in the electronics design food chain seemed official on the floors of the fourth annual Embedded System Conference-Asia and the twelfth annual Electronics Design Automation & Test-Taiwan Conference & Exhibition here this week. From Hsinchu, Majeed Ahmad filed this report.
Rutronik startet 'Bleifrei'-Informationsoffensive
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In der 'Bleifrei-Diskussion' geht der Distributor Rutronik in die Informations-Offensive: Angesichts der Schlüsselstellung der Distributoren zwischen Herstellern und Kunden will das Unternehmen mit Kundenseminaren, Roadmaps, Datenblättern und anderen Initiativen die Unsicherheit bei den Kunden bekämpfen.
NEC targets 8-bit MCUs at automotive, industrial and consumer apps
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NEC Electronics America's newest 8-bit microcontroller line called the 78K0S/Kx1+ family targets cost-sensitive applications; the higher-end 78K0/Kx1+ family offers larger memory sizes and more on-chip peripherals for more complex applications.
Fujitsu and TDK to ally on hard disk drive heads
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Fujitsu Ltd. and TDK Corp. have agreed in principle to form a strategic alliance in the magnetic hard disk drive head business that would combine the Philippines drive assembly operations of both companies.
OLED supplier wins U.S. contract to develop white light source.
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Universal Display Corp. will demonstrate its technology under a $100,000 small business contract awarded by the U.S. Energy Department.
Katsuhiko Hara ist neuer Präsident von Epson Europa
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Epson Europe hat einen neuen Präsidenten: Katsuhiko Hara hat die Nachfolge von Masao Ueno angetreten, im Juni nach kurzer Krankheit verstorben war.
Schnittstellen-Standard erleichtert LCD-Ansteuerung
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Immer größere Abmessungen der Monitore und Displays, steigendes Datenaufkommen und schnellere Bussysteme konfrontieren die Hersteller von LCD-Panels mit steigenden EMV-Problemen. Mit einem neuen Schnittstellenstandard will der koreanische Chiphersteller Samsung die Problematik in den Griff bekommen.
Satellite multimedia broadcasts set for launch in Japan, South Korea
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A new satellite TV service to be launched here and in South Korea in October promises to deliver programming along with radio and data broadcasting to mobile terminals.
CETECOM becomes Wi-Fi certification lab
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Spanish test house CETECOM Spain has announced that it has been selected by the Wi-Fi Alliance to become a Wi-FiïCertification Laboratory.
Améliorer la convergence de timing avec la synthèse physique
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Les concepteurs sont témoins des changements radicaux intervenus dans le domaine de la synthèse logique des circuits intégrés et de la prise en compte du timing. Cette vague de changements prend sa source dans l’augmentation de la taille et de la complexité des circuits, mais surtout dans le besoin de considérer bien davantage les interconnexions à travers la synthèse physique.
Schrumpfkur bei Chips macht Asien reich
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Das Gesundschrumpfen ihrer Chip-Imperien ließen sich japanische Unternehmen im Jahr 2002 einiges kosten. Doch schon 2003 reagierte die japanische Wirtschaft mit deutlichen Aufwärtstendenzen.
Suchmaschinen-Chip löst IPv6-Probleme
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Cypress Semiconductor bringt mit dem 'Ayama 20000' ein neues Mitglied seiner Familie von Network-Search-Engine-Chips (NSE) auf den Markt. Der neue Chip ist speziell für umfassendere Such- und Klassifizierungs-Anforderungen von neuen IPv6-Netzdesigns ausgelegt.
Crafting Distributed Software for Stackable Switches
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Distributed software architectures are an essential element for the development of stackable Ethernet switching and routing platforms. But, don't be fooled, building a distributed software platform is a challenging task that requires careful design. Here's why.
HF-Leistungsverstärker: Harte Zeiten in Sicht
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Hersteller von HF-Leistungsverstärkern für Mobilfunk-Basisstationen werden in den kommenden Jahren nichts zu lachen haben. Davon geht die Marktforschungsgruppe ABI aus Oyster Bay im US-Bundesstaat New York aus. Hauptursache ist laut Lance Wilson, Research Senior Analyst bei ABI, der zwangsläufig einsetzende Auftragsrückgang bei großen GSM-Implementierungen.
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