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Panel: Future job prospects bright for EDA pros
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Amid concerns that EDA may be permanently shrinking, technical professionals with EDA experience nevertheless have good future job prospects, according to members of a career-oriented panel discussion at the Design Automation Conference.
News from DAC: Mentor Graphics unveils embedded Linux strategy
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The latest news from the 46th Design Automation Conference, including an announcment from Magma Design Automation that its independent auditor has formally raised questions about the company's ongoing viability.
Shortages seen for DDR3 SDRAM
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Don't look now, but there are DDR3 SDRAM shortages in the market right now.
DFM debated as a 'weapon of mass design'
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The more than abused DFM acronym reared its ugly head again at a leading design engineering forum. The consensus is that Design for Manufacturing has its place in the chip design world, but basically it's a crapshoot.
IC-packaging houses see better results
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Major IC-packaging houses are staging a comeback amid the downturn.
Intel exec speaks out on PC, netbooks and economy
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Intel's Sean Maloney talks of PC, netbooks and economy.
Intel invests in five cleantech startups
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Intel Corp. has expanded its new energy initiative by investing in five startups.
Trio of 500-V MOSFETs offer 0.270 Ω on-resistance in TO-220, TO-220F and TO-247 packaging
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Vishay Intertechnology, Inc., has released three new 500-V MOSFETs that extend its Gen 6.2 n-channel planar FET technology to the TO-220, TO-220F, and TO-247 packages.
New microprocessor supervisor monitors up to six power-supply voltages down to 0.5 V
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Maxim Integrated Products has introduced a hex-voltage microprocessor supervisor with integrated reset timing, which eliminates the need for an external capacitor.
HDMI V1.4: New Opportunities for Active Cables with Embedded RM1689
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Version 1.4 of the HDMI specification brings some powerful new features to the video and audio communications market. This paper looks at what opportunities the new HDMI specification presents to cable manufacturers, focusing particularly on the high speed consumer applications market.
GlobalFoundries to earn significant portion of ST outsourcing
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It is now official. STMicroelectronics NV is GlobalFoundries' first strategic customer and will devote a significant portion of its outsourcing to the chip manufacturing service provider, ST told EE Times Europe.
UMC posts profit, raises capex
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Taiwan's United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) moved back into the black in the second quarter and raised its capital spending from $400 million to $500 million in 2009.
MIT's 'bokode' chip said to outperform bar codes
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A new kind of identification tag that combines the security of a bar code with the capacity of an RFID tag will debut at the Siggraph 2009 conference.
New quad/dual 14-Bit, 125 Msps ADCs dissipate one-third the power
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Linear Technology Corporation has released a family of 24 ultralow power 14-bit/12-bit, 125Msps to 25Msps, quad and dual ADCs that claims to dissipate as little as one-third the power of competing ADCs.
ST, Globalfoundries sign manufacturing contract
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Sooner than expected by many market watchers, chip manufacturing service provider Globalfoundries has clinched its first strategic customer contract: It is STMicroelectronics.
Quad and dual 14-bit 125 Msps ADCs dissipate one-third the power
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Linear Technology Corporation has announced a family of 24 low-power 14-bit/12-bit, 125-Msps to 25-Msps, quad and dual ADCs that dissipate as little as one-third the power of competing ADCs. The flagship ADC is the LTC2175-14, a quad 14-bit, 125Msps ADC that dissipates only 558 mW (140 mW per channel).
Implementation of a digital temperature PID controller
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Described is the implementation of a digital temperature PID controller. Various temperature control system configurations and aspects of their practical implementation are analyzed.
TSMC keynoter touts cooperative business models
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Future growth in EDA and other segments of the semiconductor industry supply chain depends on the evolution of a new breed of collaborative business model that enable partners to pool costs and increase profits, according to Fu-Chieh Hsu, vice president of Design & Technology Platform at TSMC.
Intuition for signal integrity
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The design process is a creative process and intuition is the most important skill you rely on first. Once you have a design, then you apply your analysis skills to evaluate the cost-performance tradeoffs.
Actel posts wider loss on declining revenue
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Programmable logic supplier Actel reported a net loss in accordance with generally accepted accounting practices of $45.1 million on revenue of $45.2 million for the second quarter.
ST narrows loss, outlook improves
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Amid an improved outlook, STMicroelectronics Inc. narrowed its loss in the second quarter amid growing sales.
ST widens loss in first half
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European chipmaker STMicroelectronics NV (Geneva, Switzerland) reported that its second half net loss was $860 million, or $-0.98 per share, compared to a net loss of $131 million, or $-0.15 per share in the first half of 2008.
Surveillance video standards promise easier entry
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7/28/2009   1 comment
Two new security video standards are not technically in conflict with each other, but reflect very different visions of the future of security video.
Spansion moves to emerge from Chapter 11
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7/28/2009   2 comments
Spansion Inc. provided an update on its ongoing restructuring efforts that are aimed for the company to emerge from a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing by the fourth quarter of this year.
Virage Logic tapes out its first 32/28nm IP test chip
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Virage Logic has taped out a 32/28-nanometer process node test chip with multiple IPs optimized for a high performance application for an early adopter customer.
Quad/Dual 14-Bit, 125Msps ADCs Dissipate One-Third the Power
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Linear Technology Corporation announces a family of 24 ultra low power 14-bit/12-bit, 125Msps to 25Msps, quad and dual ADCs that dissipate as little as one-third the power of competing ADCs.
Instead of green cars should we focus on green driving?
SmartEnergy Designline Blog  
7/28/2009   2 comments
In his blog entry, Allan Yogasingam wonders if installing fuel efficiency meters in vehicles would be suitable method of increasing fuel efficiency in vehicles.
NETWORKING - USB 3.0 to SATA bridge IC supports 5Gbps SuperSpeed USB
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Fujitsu Microelectronics Europe has launched the MB86C30A, one of the first USB 3.0 to SATA bridge ICs that support data transfer rates up to 5Gbps.
Companies require more focus on green impact of their supply chain
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According to a new study by the Business Performance Management (BPM) Forum and E2open, it appears that operations, logistics and supply chain executives need a better understanding of how to go green and save green across complex, global, multi-tiered supply and distribution networks.
Power-One agrees license deal with Powervation for digital power technology patents
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Power-One, Inc., (Camarillo, CA) a power conversion and power management solutions provider, and Powervation, Ltd., (Limerick, Ireland), a fabless semiconductor startup developing a digital control chip for power converters, have entered into a non-exclusive Field of Use license for Powervation under Power-One's digital power technology patents.
SOFTWARE TOOLS - Arria II GX Development Kit speeds development of high-performance 3Gbps apps
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The new Arria II GX Development Kit from Altera speeds development of high-performance 3Gbps apps and enables rapid adoption of low-cost, low power applications requiring transceivers.'
NXP dual channel Class-D amplifiers bring high quality sound to in-vehicle applications
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NXP has introduced a family of dual channel Class-D amplifiers that promise cutting-edge sound quality for vehicle audio entertainment applications.
Dual channel Class-D amplifiers deliver power efficient concert hall-like sound into vehicles
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A new family of dual channel Class-D amplifiers introduced by NXP is claiming to deliver vibrant sound quality and cutting-edge power efficiency for improved an in-car entertainment experience.
GridWeek 2009 Highlights Smart Grid's Role in "Energizing Our Economy"
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In a year of dramatic advances in smart grid initiatives and funding, GridWeek 2009 is expanding both the range and breadth of its programs for its 4 day conference.
Ball joint seal testing machine uses ethernet TCP/IP controlled servos
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TCP/IP-compatible servo drives from Baldor Electric Company have simplified the construction of an automotive component tester.
Energy Smart Marketers Expands Channel Marketing Services to Solar and Wind Power Energy Markets
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Energy Smart Marketers is expanding its efforts to assist manufacturers in more effectively marketing to and through the electrical channel to include the solar and wind power energy markets
Mountz introduces Hybrid torque control assembly solution
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7/28/2009   1 comment
Mountz has introduced the Hybrid, a new product for repeatable screw fastening technology. According to Mountz, the patented HD Series Torque Control System is the world's first torque control tool using both air and electric power to set and control torque.
Vishay : Low-profile rectifiers feature ESD protection to 25 kV
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Vishay Intertechnology has released a series of low-profile surface-mount rectifiers with ESD protection to 25 kV. The MSE1Px devices are offered in an eSMP series MicroSMP package with footprint dimensions of just 2.5 x 1.3 mm with a height profile of 0.65 mm.
Nextreme partners Lockheed Martin to develop next generation power management solutions
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A developer of thermal and power management products, Nextreme Thermal Solutions Inc., (Durham, N.C), has entered into a cooperation agreement with global security company, Lockheed Martin (Bethesda, Md) to develop new products based on Nextreme's thin-film thermoelectric materials.
Edinburgh researchers aim EnCore processor at low-power apps
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7/28/2009   2 comments
Researchers at the University of Edinburgh have developed a microprocessor based on the ARC600 32-bit configurable architecture from ARC International plc. (St. Albans, England). A working prototype has been demonstrated in the laboratory.
SMIC posts loss, sales up
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Chinese foundry provider Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) posted another loss in the second quarter, but the company's sales rebounded in the period.
Storage controller dissipates low power of 293mW
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PLX Technology's OXUF943SE targets portable external storage market, and offers flexible integrated encryption as well as powerful firmware.
Digitally programmable 5A LDO features 85mV dropout, 25µVRMS noise
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Linear Technology Corp. has designed its LT3070, a digitally programmable linear regulator, with what it claims is the lowest dropout voltage, lowest noise and fastest transient response of any monolithic 5A LDO currently available.
Maxim designs compact LNA for automotive systems
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Maxim Integrated Products has rolled out a low-noise amplifier (LNA) optimized for remote keyless entry (RKE) and tire pressure monitoring (TPM) applications operating in the 315MHz and 433MHz bands.
Virage Logic offers PCI Express PHY IP in volume
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Virage Logic Corp. announced its volume production-proven 40-nm G PCI Express Gen1/Gen2 Physical Layer (PHY) IP block.
ST samples Cartesio+ automotive application processor
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7/28/2009   1 comment
European chipmaker STMicroelectronics NV has produced an application processor with an embedded GPS for next generation in-car and portable navigation systems.
The 'big three' EDA execs speak in 'one voice'
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EDA industry's "big three" held a panel session at DAC on the future of EDA and agreed that this is not "your father's recession." They offered some food for thought.
ARM sales, profits fall as consumer exposure hurts
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Processor intellectual property licensor ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) saw its sales and profits decline in the second quarter of 2009 compared with the same quarter a year before.
The TSMC Tsunami at DAC 2009
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In a well-orchestrated and clearly scripted show of force, the CEOs of the three "largest" companies in EDA appeared together under the Big Top at the 2009 Design Automation Conference in San Francisco on Monday, July 27th, for a highly touted afternoon keynote panel purportedly addressing "Futures for EDA."
Infineon Austria to return to full-time work
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Infineon has terminated the short-time schedule for most of its Austrian workers ahead of schedule. The move reflects the improving market situation for the semiconductor company.
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