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Do we still have the patience and stamina for deep-space missions?
Blog  
7/31/2010   15 comments
The challenges of these amazing, incredibly distant missions has obstacles beyond the obvious technical ones
Actel posts profit, names chairman
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7/30/2010   Post a comment
Actel reported second quarter growth on both a sequential and year-to-year basis and named a new chairman.
Maiden voyage
The Entrepreneurial Engineer  
7/30/2010   4 comments
Sean Murphy returns to EE Times as a regular blogger after a 16 year absence.
Cut down a tree with a herring?
Blog  
7/30/2010   4 comments
The Ethernet community needs to expand its perspective and look at other application spaces.
What really limits MOSFET performance: silicon, package, driver or circuit board? (Part 1 of 2)
Design How-To  
7/30/2010   6 comments
Understand the interplay among factors which affect MOSFET performance
Memory firms, foundries move up in semi rankings
News & Analysis  
7/30/2010   12 comments
Memory chip vendors and silicon foundries were the best performers in the first half of the year, with most moving up at least one spot in on the top 20 semiconductor firm rankings.
GT Solar buys firm
News & Analysis  
7/30/2010   1 comment
GT Solar International Inc., a provider of photovoltaic manufacturing services for the solar industry, has acquired privately-held Crystal Systems Inc.
Micron confirms support for phase-change memory
News & Analysis  
7/30/2010   13 comments
Memory chip maker Micron has confirmed its support for the phase-change memory product line and R&D inherited when it acquired Numonyx BV in May 2010.
Nanofibers-on-silicon harvest mechanical energy
News & Analysis  
7/30/2010   4 comments
Piezoelectric nanofibers aligned on polymer on a silicon substrate can harvest power from motion for medical implants and "stretchable" electronics.
Renesas moves to fab-lite strategy
News & Analysis  
7/30/2010   8 comments
Japan's Renesas Electronics Corp. has outlined its restructuring efforts in an effort to become profitable.
Axiomtek’s new fanless embedded computer is silent, power-optimized
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7/30/2010   Post a comment
Axiomtek's eBOX622-831-FL fanless embedded box computer has a 1.60 GHz Intel Atom N270 processor and features six COM ports (RS-232) and front-accessible CompactFlash socket. A 200-pin DDR2 SODIMM socket supports up to 2GB system memory.
Q2 results: What analysts are saying
News & Analysis  
7/30/2010   2 comments
It's earnings season and a plethora of IC companies reported their results. Here's what analysts said about some of the players.
IR rolls automotive-qualified power MOSFETs
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7/30/2010   Post a comment
International Rectifier (IR) announced it has extended its family of automotive-qualified power MOSFETs for applications low on-state resistance such as on-board power supplies and heavy loads on Internal Combustion Engine platforms, micro and full hybrid platforms.
SMT termination targets SSL and industrial applications
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7/30/2010   Post a comment
AVX has developed what it claims is the smallest available 6A SMT single IDC discrete wire-to-board contact.
Analyst: Maxim readies parts at Powerchip's 300-mm fab
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7/30/2010   Post a comment
Analog chip maker Maxim has formed a 300-mm foundry alliance with Taiwan's Powerchip, according to an analyst.
Student Entrepreneur shakes to charge
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7/30/2010   9 comments
PhD student Simon Barker is pleased to see his topic of interest, energy harvesting, make it in to mainstream consciousness.
Qualcomm forms Indian joint venture
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7/30/2010   4 comments
Qualcomm Inc. has joined with two Indian partners to form an LTE wireless joint venture.
AC-DC power supply achieves 92% efficiency at 50% full load
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7/30/2010   Post a comment
Emerson Network Power has introduced the DS460S-3 bulk front end AC-DC power supply that can achieve a high typical conversion efficiency of 92 percent at 50 percent full load, meeting the Climate Savers Computing Gold standard.
Secure middleware for IP-based in-vehicle communication
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7/30/2010   Post a comment
For in-car communication networks, IP is increasingly seen as an option, with security addressed at the network and at the application layer. A middleware handling security issues could drastically simplify the software requirements.
Patent pool uncertainty looms over LTE roll out
News & Analysis  
7/30/2010   7 comments
Three patent pool administration organizations are each trying to garner support from essential patent holders for the LTE standard for fourth generation communications.
Napoleon's buttons and other tales of materials failures
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
7/30/2010   3 comments
An entertaining look at the unintended consequences of the chemical properties of materials
DSP: Beyond the theory, straight into practice
Engineer’s Bookshelf  
7/30/2010   3 comments
A must-have book for the EE who needs to shake off some of the DSP rust
TTI delivers copper flex assemblies for the military and aerospace industry
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7/30/2010   Post a comment
TTI is now offering Molex's range of Copper Flex interconnect products that can be designed and manufactured to meet the challenging demands of the military/aerospace market.
Using in-design physical verification to reduce tapeout schedules
Design How-To  
7/30/2010   2 comments
Synopsys' IC Validator, combined with IC Compiler, provides both the functionality and performance required for an in-design physical verification solution. This paper highlights the advantages of using IC Validator at several stages of the Toshiba design flow for both DRC and metal fill. Toshiba demonstrates the runtime and flow benefits of using IC Validator to find and debug DRC issues during the implementation stage. Toshiba also shows a significant reduction in total schedule time for compl
SiGe Semi files for IPO
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7/30/2010   Post a comment
RF chip maker SiGe Semiconductor Inc. has filed for an initial public offering of shares of its common stock on NASDAQ under the symbol ''SIGE.''
IBM crafts silicon optical amplifier
News & Analysis  
7/30/2010   5 comments
IBM has demonstrated a silicon-based, all-optical amplifier for mid-infrared wavelengths used in applications like heat sensors and medical imaging.
Benchmark for deep packet inspection
News & Analysis  
7/30/2010   2 comments
The Embedded Microprocessor Benchmarking Consortium is developing a benchmark for measuring the performance of deep packet inspection on network processors.
Samsung posts record profit on strong chip sales
News & Analysis  
7/30/2010   2 comments
Samsung Electronics reported a record operating profit for the second quarter, with strong semiconductor and LCD sales setting the pace.
Intel wins ruling in class action suit
News & Analysis  
7/29/2010   2 comments
A judge reviewing an antitrust case against Intel brought by computer users recommended rejecting the plaintiffs' request for class action status, Intel said.
Disk drives fail in a particularly annoying way
Engineering Investigations  
7/29/2010   3 comments
Body parts prove the inspiration in a case involving a disk drive emulation system
Analog semiconductor makers join earnings rally
News & Analysis  
7/29/2010   1 comment
Analog chip vendors are mostly joining in the semiconductor earnings rally in recent days, with Maxim Integrated Products, MaxLinear and Monolithic Power Systems reporting profits, while Advanced Analogic Technologies posted a loss.
KLA, Varian beat forecast; MEMC misses
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7/29/2010   Post a comment
Fab tool and materials suppliers posted mixed results for the quarter.
VLSI ups IC forecast, but CEOs remain cautious
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7/29/2010   Post a comment
VLSI Research Inc. has raised its IC forecast, but the research firm sees more product shortages and a possible DRAM glut looming on the horizon.
MRAM maker settles with WD
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7/29/2010   Post a comment
MagSil Corp. is developing MRAM technology, based on some patents from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Focus spins off chip unit
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7/29/2010   Post a comment
Focus Enhancements Inc. has spun off its semiconductor division under the name Summit Semiconductor LLC.
Optimizing real-time performance and efficiency through intelligent motor control
Design How-To  
7/29/2010   8 comments
How smart is your motor? Two engineers from Texas Instruments explain how you can improve a motor's performance through more intelligent motor types and controls.
RFID privacy concerns are overblown
Blog  
7/29/2010   7 comments
Wal-Mart last week kicked its on-again, off-again RFID tagging program into higher gear. We're still standing.
15 unknowns for electronics companies
Blog  
7/29/2010   15 comments
Electronics sales are surging, further lifting profit margins and boosting cash piles. Still, unease continues. We identify 15 unanswered questions for vendors.
ST offers dual-core Cortex-A9 processor for embedded apps
News & Analysis  
7/29/2010   6 comments
STMicroelectronics has announced it can provide samples of a Cortex-A9 dual-core processor with a DDR3 memory interface intended for embedded applications.
TSMC forecast indicates chip cycle nearing its peak
Blog  
7/29/2010   2 comments
TSMC's Q2 financial results show that the wild swings of the last two years are over along with signs that the chip market cycle is nearing its peak.
EU embedded project SPEEDS to conclusion
Research  
7/29/2010   1 comment
The four-year SPEEDS (SPEculative and Exploratory Design in Systems Engineering) project, funded under the European Union’s 6th Framework Programme, has come to a successful conclusion.
EnSilica declares 'open season' on 8051 MCU
Product News  
7/29/2010   2 comments
EnSilica has established a special licensing deal to encourage existing 8051 licensees to switch their next ASIC design start to an eSi-1600 16-bit soft processor core.
TSMC sees Q2 sales climb, modest growth in Q3
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7/29/2010   Post a comment
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. reported net income of $960 million on revenues of $2.51 billion during the second quarter.
Home media server embraces car infotainment
News & Analysis  
7/29/2010   1 comment
In a project highlighting the increasing merger between home and automotive entertainment technologies, a consortium explores ways to use home media content in vehicles and mobile devices.
Welcome to the changing face of digital signal processing
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
7/29/2010   3 comments
The world of DSP has undergone a massive shift, from the use of well-defined, math-oriented architectures to a more holistic approach that looks at the problem and selects any combination of available architectures, DSP, RISC or FPGA, to solve it. We've changed our approach too, to help you navigate these new waters more effectively.
The ripple effect
Blog  
7/29/2010   8 comments
Part of the reason so many semiconductor projects miss schedule is that staffing levels are not aligned with the level of complexity that the design team needs to undertake. This is solvable problem.
EDA startup Sigasi raises funds
News & Analysis  
7/29/2010   5 comments
Sigasi, a Belgian EDA start-up that develops and markets Sigasi HDT, an Intelligent Development Environment (IDE) for VHDL designers, announced it has raised $800.000 in an initial round of financing.
LSI blames customer inventory adjustments for Q2 miss
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7/29/2010   Post a comment
LSI blamed isolated customer inventory adjustments for modest second quarter revenue growth that resulted in the company coming up short of analysts' expectations for sales.
More fab tool vendors top expectations
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7/29/2010   Post a comment
More semiconductor manufacturing equipment vendors posted strong quarterly results, with Lam Research, Teradyne and Axcelis Technologies all putting up numbers that exceeded analysts' expectations.
ASMI buys Siemens' SMT business
News & Analysis  
7/29/2010   1 comment
Germany's Siemens AG will sell its assembly systems business--Siemens Electronics Assembly Systems (SEAS)--to ASM Pacific Technology.
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