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SOTWARE TOOLS - UDE 2.6 plug-in provides cross debugger for Eclipse
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8/31/2009   Post a comment
A plug-in that enables a separate debug perspective for Eclipse-based platforms is now provided free with the Universal Debug Engine (UDE) 2.6 from pls Programmierbare Logik & Systeme.
Blog Rx: Researcher taps into brain waves
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The chairman of EMBC '09 discusses his work using imaging to understand the brain and his views on the bioengineering profession.
Lab-on-chip innovator Michelle Khine to be honored
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Michelle Khine, a professor at the University of California at Irvine, will be honored next month for inventing a method for fabricating microfluidic devices without a clean room.
National Instruments touts FPGA capabilities for distributed I/O
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National Instruments announced new field-programmable gate array capabilities for the NI 9144 expansion chassis.
Macronix mulls plan to build 300-mm fabs
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Taiwan's Macronix International Co. Ltd. is mulling plans to build two 300-mm fabs--at a cost of $4.9 billion, according to reports.
China stimulus seen as opportunity for IC firms
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Market research firm Gartner advised semiconductor firms to step up efforts to work with Chinese manufacturers in order to cash in on a rise in that country's domestic demand being driven by a government subsidy program for home appliances.
Communications failure ends India's first lunar mission
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India's first lunar mission was called off after communications were lost with the Chandrayaan 1 spacecraft headed to the moon.
Taejin opts for Tower Semiconductor's power management process to produce voltage regulator ICs
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Taejin Technology, Co., Ltd., (Daejeon, Korea), a linear and switching regulators supplier, has selected global specialty foundry, Tower Semiconductor, Ltd., (Migdal Ha'emek, Israel) to manufacture Taejin's low power, high efficiency voltage regulator ICs.
Magma posts loss, amends tender offer
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Magma Design Automation posted a loss in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles of $4.3 million on revenue of $28.8 million for the first quarter of its fiscal 2010, the company reported last week.
TI power management controls Xilinx FPGA eval kit
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Xilinx announced that Texas Instruments Fusion Digital Power controllers are being applied in Xilinx's Virtex-6 ML605 field programmable gate array (FPGA) evaluation kit.
Lattice offers evaluation platform for touch-screen LCD video
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Lattice Semiconductor announces LCD-Pro, an advanced FPGA-based LCD video imaging and control solutions platform.
Analog Devices : Precision op amp claims lowest offset and drift
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Analog Devices has introduced a compact, 36-V precision JFET-input operational amplifier with claims the industry’s lowest noise and distortion over the widest temperature range.
Pulse : Power inductors have tight DCR tolerance
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Pulse introduces the PG0871NL and PG0702NL series of round-wire coil surface mount power inductors.
Vimicro buys surveillance line from Alcatel-Lucent
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China's Vimicro International Corp., a multimedia semiconductor provider, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the video surveillance system technology line from Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell Ltd. Co.
SRAM market consolidates as Sony exits
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The SRAM market continues to consolidate.
Globalfoundries in multi-year contract with Cadence
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Foundry services provider Globalfoundries has signed a multi-year technology contract with semiconductor design software vendor Cadence Design Systems. The deployment covers large parts of the design chain including verification and manufacturing.
Nonvolatile memory IP market set to stall, says Gartner
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The market for nonvolatile memory intellectual property was $23 million in 2008, down 6.3 percent from 2007, according to market analysis company Gartner Inc. Gartner expects the market to grow 3 percent in 2009
Shin-Etsu joins Sematech's 22-nm resist program
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Shin-Etsu Chemical Co. Ltd has joined SEMATECH's Resist Materials and Development Center (RMDC) at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering's (CNSE) Albany NanoTech Complex.
Dolphin Integration eases evaluation of embedded memories in-SoC area
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EDA and IP company Dolphin Integration SA (Meylan, France) has introduced the Logos standard as an alternative to the traditional memory evaluation process based on compiler outputs.
Blog Rx: Post cards from a bioengineer's Woodstock
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8/31/2009   1 comment
This is the first of a week of planned blogs from the 31st Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, the Woodstock of biomedical engineering.
Book Excerpt--RF Front-End: World Class Designs (Part 2 of 7)
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Learn about RF/IF circuits from Chapter 9 of this recently published book, presented here in serial form
July averaged chip sales up 5.3% on previous month
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The three-month average of global sales of semiconductors rose to $18.15 billion in July, up 5.3 percent from $17.24 billion in June. July sales were down 18.2 percent from $22.19 billion in July 2008.
European chip market continues slow recovery
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In July, sales for the European chip industry were up for the third month in a row, reports the European Semiconductor Industry Association (ESIA).
Maybe we're not as smart as we think we are?
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8/29/2009   3 comments
When you look at what it takes to be in the IC business, versus the return, sometimes you have to wonder if it makes sense at all
SoC design issues going virtual
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A dramatic shift is taking place in the technical conference area: provide an entire design-oriented conference and exhibits to millions of desktops across the globe.
LDRA integrates tool suite with IBM Rational Rose RealTime MDDE
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The LDRA tool suite, which supports the analysis, instrumentation, and testing of both auto-generated and user-created source code, has been integrated into the IBM Rational Rose RealTime model-driven development environment.
California Micro fights back in proxy battle
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8/29/2009   1 comment
The bitter proxy battle has intensified at California Micro Devices Inc. (CMD).
From 2009 to 2020: A history of developments in programmability
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8/28/2009   3 comments
Predictions come easy, but from the demise of FPGAs to the emergence of 32-core processors, DSPs are showing some strong trends and I think it is possible to divine what will happen in the next few years as we move towards the next order of magnitude increase in computational efficiency.
Search out enhanced monolithic or multi-chip dc-to-dc converters with integrated MOSFETs
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8/28/2009   1 comment
Integrating advanced discrete power MOSFETs or combining power MOSFETs on the same die results in small, easy-to-use, point-of-load solutions.
Precision JFET-input op amp claims best-in-class signal acquisition and fast settling times
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Analog Devices, Inc., has introduced a compact, 36-volt precision JFET-input (junction field-effect transistor input) operational amplifier (op amp) that claims to offer the industry's lowest noise and distortion over the widest temperature range.
Newsbits: Broadband flood, iPhone in China
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Two separate signs of growth in communications hit today as the U.S. government reported it received nearly 2,200 applications requesting nearly $28 billion in stimulus funding for proposed broadband projects and Apple struck a deal with China Unicom to sell the iPhone in China.
SST : 2.4 GHz WLAN power amplifier with ultra-high linear output power
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SST Communications has doubled the output power of its 2.4 GHz WLAN power amplifier (PA) offering with the SST12CP11.
Murata : LC filter array improves receiving sensitivity
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Murata’s latest addition to its NFA18SL series of EMIFIL LC arrays, the NFA18SL 227V1A45, has improved electrical performance with deeper insertion loss characteristics at high frequency, compared to the rest of the NFA18SL range.
Tensilica ConnX D2 DSP engine balances performance, size and programmability
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The new highly efficient ConnX D2 core from Tensilica represents a major push by the company into broader communcications processing applications it comes well armed as far as new architectures go, with full C compiler support, including intrinsics for TI's C6x and ITU code.
Liquid-OLED could boost flexible displays, e-readers
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The possibility of combining the rich color gamut of organic light emitting diode (OLED) displays with enhanced flexibility is opened up by an academic paper on a liquid-OLED display in a recent issue of Applied Physics Letters.
Hands-on training tool seeks to address analog design skill shortages
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8/28/2009   Post a comment
To address analog design skill shortages, The Institute for System Level Integration has introduced a hands-on training tool that enables would-be analog designers to design, build and perform measurements on analogue circuits.
PCB-mounting coaxial rotary joint claims industry first
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Link Microtek's Engineering Division has introduced what is believed to be the industry's first commercially available PCB-mounting coaxial rotary joint.
Paper: Infineon cuts payments to former CEO Ziebart
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According to Financial Times Deutschland (FTD), Infineon's supervisory board has agreed to reduce the interim payments to ex-CEO Wolfgang Ziebart. Insiders believe the move is an act of personal revenge.
Gateways, Web shape next-gen home networks
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8/28/2009   Post a comment
Tomorrow's home networks will be shaped by a race to bring the Web to digital home products and the rising influence of service providers, according to a market watcher Parks Associates in an online talk.
Failure not an option: Heading off chip flaws during design
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8/27/2009   Post a comment
Engineers could detect design flaws resulting in cracks, fractures and interface faults before chip fabrication using a new method that harnesses an electronics failure simulation technique called peridynamic equations.
IBM visualizes single molecule structure
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Scientists at IBMs Zurich laboratory have succeeded to visualize the structure of an individual molecule using non-contact atomic force microscopy (AFM). The move is a further step to a still very distant future: Molecular electronics.
Group bids to spend $178M on smart grids
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8/27/2009   1 comment
A team of utilities, vendors and research groups has submitted a five-year, $178 million proposal to the U.S. Department of Energy to build a smart electric grid demonstration system in the Pacific Northwest region, one of more than 400 bids for economic stimulus grants the DoE has received, contending for as much as $3.9 billion in government funds aimed at accelerating work on smart grids.
Lithium-ion battery leader leads funding drive for Norway's Think Global electric vehicle maker
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Norwegian electric vehicle producer, Think Global AS, is to receive $47 million of equity funding from a group of investors lead by Ener1, Inc., which is the parent company of EnerDel, a leading manufacturer of advanced lithium-ion automotive battery systems based in Indianapolis, USA, and an existing supplier to Think.
Nvidia offers $5,000 in prizes to Cuda programmers
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8/27/2009   1 comment
Graphics chipmaker Nvidia Corp. (Santa Clara, Calif.) has said it plans to offer prizes totaling $5,000 to five programmers who use the Cuda parallel programming environment to solve the first of a series of challenges.
Quad Sink/Source Current DAC offers low-cost solution for power-supply adjustments and tracking
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Maxim Integrated Products has introduced a low-cost, quad sink/source current DAC with tracking control.
Murata acquires Panasonic Electronic Devices' MLCC business
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Murata Manufacturing Company has purchased the multilayer ceramic capacitor (MLCC) business from Panasonic Electronic Devices (PED).
SMT LNAs support high dynamic range applications from 2 to 28 GHz
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Hittite Microwave Corporation has introduced three SMT packaged GaAs pHEMT/HEMT MMIC Low Noise Amplifiers (LNAs) which are ideal for microwave radio, VSAT, military/space, sensors and test instrumentation applications from 2 to 28 GHz.
Fujitsu, TSMC partner on 28-nm logic ICs
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Fujitsu Microelectronics Ltd. and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. are collaborating on the development of a 28-nm manufacturing process technology for Fujitsu.
E-paper display market to hit $600 million in 2010, says analyst
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8/27/2009   Post a comment
The total e-paper display market is set to be 22 million units and $431 million in revenues in 2009 and is set to grow with a compound annual growth rate of 41 percent for revenues and 64 percent for units over the next decade, according market research company DisplaySearch.
WCDMA/HSPA family of power amplifiers simplify 3G mobile device design
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8/27/2009   Post a comment
ANADIGICS has launched a family of WCDMA/HSPA power amplifiers (PAs) that incorporate daisy-chainable RF power couplers enabling simplified design of 3G handsets, data cards, modems and other types of UMTS subscriber devices.
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