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Dialog begins shipping Intel Atom companion power management IC for in-vehicle infotainment applications
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8/27/2009   Post a comment
Dialog Semiconductor Plc (Kirchheim, Germany) has collaborated with Harman Becker, the Harman International Automotive Division, to develop the DA6001 power management IC as a companion device for the Intel Atom processor.
Startup rewrites NXP’s legacy in 3D passive integration
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8/27/2009   Post a comment
Economic crises can have positive as well as negative impacts. Thus, if NXP had not divested its wireless business and decided to sell its integrated passives device unit near Caen, Normandy (France), Ipdia would not have emerged with an ambition to deliver next-generation 3D-SiP modules for various applications, including advanced LED modules.
Dresden is like Silicon Valley: hungry talent & excellent education
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8/27/2009   1 comment
How comes that the Dresden area is the most remarkable center for start-up activities in Germany? The answer is that in the town, all ingredients necessary such as excellent mathematical education and a generation of engineers with great ideas meet. The ignition spark, however, has been imported from the U.S. – in person of Gerhard Fettweis, professor at the Dresden Technical University. In the interview Fettweis explains what are the essentials for start-up friendly environments and which techn
Plenty of business in VDSL for Lantiq
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8/27/2009   Post a comment
Christian Wolff, designated CEO of Infineon's wireline business sold to Golden Gate Capital, explains the company's strategies in terms of product spectrum, technologies and geographies.
Synfora adds Esterel Studio to IP portfolio
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Synfora, Inc. has purchased the Esterel Studio tool suite developed by Esterel EDA Technologies.
Arasan adds MIPI to IP stable
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Arasan Chip Systems, Inc. has released its MIPI (Mobile Industry Processor Interface) High Speed Synchronous Interface (HSI) controller IP and software stack.
Altium sponsors the World Skills Competition 2009
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8/27/2009   Post a comment
Altium Designer has been chosen as the electronics design solution for the WorldSkills Competition's electronics category.
Dual-band front end IC for WiFi increases performance in mobile electronics
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ANADIGICS has launched a high power, dual-band front end integrated circuit (FEIC) designed to address the growing demand for WiFi capability in size-constrained mobile electronics, the AWL9966.
Taray appoints Bernie Aronson to Board of Directors
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8/27/2009   Post a comment
Taray, Inc., a supplier of electronic design automation for design of FPGA-based systems, announced it has made a key addition to its board of directors with the appointment of Bernie Aronson, an industry veteran in semiconductors and electronic design automation.
HSI Controller IP and Software Stack offer flexibilty in mobile SoC designs
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Arasan Chip Systems has released its MIPI® High Speed Synchronous Interface (HSI) Controller IP and Software Stack.
Small engines get greener
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8/26/2009   7 comments
Emissions from small gasoline engines could be reduced using a new analog chip that Freescale Semiconductor introduced at a technology forum in Shenzhen, China.
Maxim : 125-nA supervisory circuits extend battery life
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8/26/2009   Post a comment
Maxim introduces the MAX16056- MAX16059, ultra low-power microprocessor supervisory circuits that monitor a single system supply voltage.
Comment: A cold corporate hand chills Hot Chips
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8/26/2009   4 comments
The cold hand of corporate marketing has a firm grip on the esophagus of the electronics industry, controlling what gets said, when it gets said and in what key it is vocalized, muting technical conferences such as Hot Chips and ISSCC.
Fishy power requirements
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8/26/2009   Post a comment
MIT researchers have displayed prototype robotic fish that have just ten moving parts, including a single motor. Some prototypes have survived in the lab for four years of constant underwater tests without a leak.
Tensilica : DSP engine runs virtually any C program
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8/26/2009   Post a comment
Tensilica has introduced the high-performance, small, low-power ConnX D2 16-bit dual-MAC (Multiply Accumulator) DSP engine for its proven Xtensa LX dataplane processor cores for SOC (System-on-Chip) designs.
Optrex : Touch switches use capacitive technology
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In addition to resistive touch screens, Optrex now also offers capacitive touch switch solutions. The capacitive touch switch technology eliminates air gaps and reduces the number of layers.
Sun, IBM push multicore boundaries
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Sun Microsystems claimed a new watermark for server CPUs, unveiling Rainbow Falls, a 16-core, 128-thread processor at the Hot Chips conference, but analysts gave the IBM Power7 kudos as the more compelling achievement in the latest round of high-end server processors.
MIPS adds high def, ALi to its Android push
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MIPS Technologies took small steps forward on its journey to bring the Google Android operating system to consumer electronics devices, demonstrating a high def Android system and adding Taiwan's Ali Corp. to its list of partners.
Gartner ups semi market expectations
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8/26/2009   Post a comment
Strong customer demand and the effects of stimulus packages in China helped to partially iron out the dent in the global semiconductor market. Against this background, market researcher Gartner has lifted its revenue forecast to minus 17 percent for 2009. Earlier, the experts predicted a decline of 22.4 percent. But reasons persist to remain cautious.
Fixed-ratio IBC offers optimized performance, efficiency and cost
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8/26/2009   Post a comment
Emerson Network Power has expanded its intermediate bus converter (IBC) portfolio with the addition of its AED/ALD13B50 12 V sixteenth brick open-loop bus converter.
Camden : Power fuses conform with IEC 60269
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8/26/2009   Post a comment
The CamdenBoss Powerfuse range includes aR semiconductor fuses in 8.5 x 31.5 mm and 10 x 38 mm sizes, aM motor circuit protection fuses in 8.5 x 31.5 mm sizes and gG general fuses in 8.5 x 31.5 mm and 10 x 38 mm sizes.
Renesas : SuperH MCUs are intended for visualisation and GUI
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Renesas has announced the latest members of its SuperH line-up, built around the industry benchmark SH-2A core with its superb realtime processing capability.
Via calls for 802.11n patent pool
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8/26/2009   Post a comment
Via Licensing Corp. issued a call for 802.11n patents in an effort to create a patent pool for the IEEE standard now in a near-final status.
Report: PCs on slow road to high definition
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8/25/2009   1 comment
Blu-Ray drives will not supplant DVD drives as the main optical storage device on personal computers until sometime after 2013, according to a new report from iSuppli Corp.
INSTANTIS launches pioneering solution for green enterprise management
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8/25/2009   Post a comment
Instantis announces the availability of EnterpriseTrack Green Edition.
Trends in power management semiconductors in mobile applications
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8/25/2009   Post a comment
It's a fact, that consumers have an insatiable appetite for smaller, lighter, and function-rich portable electronic devices. But to do so, designers need to grasp integration, and the latest integration trends are in the power management ICs that have come from the simple MOSFET switch, to today's advanced load switches. Learn how with this design article.
Alliance drives Ethernet into cars, professional media
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8/25/2009   Post a comment
The AVnu Alliance, an ad hoc industry group, will drive a set of IEEE standards that could bring Ethernet to new automotive and professional audio/video markets and enhance tomorrow's home networks.
Making bare essentials work
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8/25/2009   Post a comment
Startup siXis Inc. claims mounting bare die on a wafer-scale silicon circuit board essentially eliminates the power-hungry soldered interconnections between packages.
Chip supports realtime accident data recording
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8/25/2009   Post a comment
Automotive OEMs, accident researchers and insurance companies increasingly are interested in an equipment component for cars which in aircraft has been established as standard equipment already for a long time: A drive recorder. This 'black box' could record accident data in realtime, shedding light on the cause of an accident.
MIT's robotic fish target monitoring tasks
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8/25/2009   Post a comment
Robotic fish could swim in schools of hundreds to perform surveys, environmental monitoring, reconnaissance and other underwater tasks, according to MIT researchers.
IDT : Embedded clocks are SMBus programmable
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8/25/2009   Post a comment
IDT announces a family of clocks for embedded applications or any computing system that is hidden from view and runs a real-time operating system.
Fairchild : 600-V MOSFETs have low figure of merit
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8/25/2009   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor (NYSE: FCS) brings designers of power supplies, lighting, display and industrial applications a new generation of 600-V Super-Junction MOSFETs -SupreMOS.
Toyota tops 'clunker' sales list
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8/25/2009   1 comment
Toyota Motor Co. was the primary beneficiary of the U.S. government's "Cash for Clunkers" program, accounting for three of the top five models purchased by new car buyers, according to a new survey of the auto stimulus program.
New generation of Super-Junction MOSFETs is unveiled
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8/25/2009   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor has released a new generation of 600 V Super-Junction MOSFETs - SupreMOS suitable for designers of power supplies, lighting, display and industrial applications
First market-ready handheld Plaszma platform features Wolfson's integrated audio and power management solution
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8/25/2009   Post a comment
Applications processor vendor, ZiiLABS has selected Wolfson Microelectronics' WM8350 Stereo CODEC with Integrated Power Management for inclusion on both its ZMS-05 System Module for embedded devices and its Zii EGG StemCell Computer, the first market-ready handheld Plaszma platform.
Carbon nanotube interconnect startup raises $4.1 million
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8/25/2009   Post a comment
Surrey NanoSystems Ltd. (Newhaven, England) has raised £2.5 million (about $4.1 million) in second round venture capital to help it develop a silicon-friendly, low-temperature carbon nanotube growth process. Surrey NanoSystems believes CNTs can be used as semiconductor interconnect.
Engineer seeks $60 million bonus from Atmel
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8/25/2009   3 comments
Dr. Andreas Paul Schueppen, a former employee of Atmel Germany GmbH, is preparing for his first day in court in a case filed against his former employer in which he is claiming he is owed 42 million euro (about $60 million) as an "inventor's bonus."
TI's 15W Class D audio amp integrates EMI suppression
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8/25/2009   Post a comment
Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, Texas) has introduced a 15W Class-D audio amplifier for driving bridged-tied stereo speakers with integrated electromagnetic interference suppression.
Low-power supervisors feature capacitor-adjustable reset and watchdog timeouts
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8/25/2009   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced ultra-low-power microprocessor supervisory circuits that monitor a single system supply voltage and consume 125 nA supply current to extend battery life in power-sensitive applications.
Reducing costs with embedded software optimization
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The steps needed to improve code development.
Energy management for automation
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8/25/2009   Post a comment
Energy management and responsible handling of resources is currently the number one topic in industry. In light of this, the Automation Initiative of German Automobile Manufacturers (AIDA) asked the PROFIBUS organization and PROFINET International (PI) to provide functions and mechanisms for PROFINET that support energy-efficient production.
Simplifying design of industrial process-control systems with PLC evaluation boards (Part 1 of 2)
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8/24/2009   1 comment
PLC evaluation board applications for industrial process-control systems are diverse, ranging from simple traffic control to complex electrical power grids, from environmental control systems to oil-refinery process control. This two-part series looks at using a PLC evaluation board to simplify design, with a practical example application outlined including schematics and tutorial on using the system.
Calypto develops sequential power analyzer
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8/24/2009   Post a comment
Calypto Design Systems has applied its patented sequential analysis technology to enable accurate power measurement in its PowerPro Analyzer tool.
U.S. invests $6.4 million in LED research
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8/24/2009   Post a comment
The Energy Department will fund LED and organic LED research with funds from the economic stimulus package approved by Congress in February.
Trio of low-power difference amplifiers feature fast slew rates, reduce board space
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8/24/2009   Post a comment
Analog Devices, Inc., has unveiled three new low-power difference amplifiers as small as 4.9 mm x 3 mm and featuring slew rates up to 10 times faster than competing products.
Smallest white LED boost converter offers better picture contrast and energy efficiency benefits
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8/24/2009   Post a comment
National Semiconductor Corp., has introduced what the company claims is the industry's smallest white light-emitting diode (LED) driver with dynamic display backlight control.
Market researcher: Bosch bought Akustica for its MEMS integration approach
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8/24/2009   Post a comment
When recently automotive electronics giant Bosch toke over tiny MEMS microphone company Akustica, the reason was the latter one's expertise in integrating MEMS on standard chips, presumes market researcher The Information Network. The move is not intended to help Bosch to enter the electro-acoustic devices market, but strengthen its leading position in the automotive MEMS scene.
Comment: Intel's counsel of complacency on energy efficiency
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8/24/2009   Post a comment
Intel and Microsoft funded a Stanford University professor, to produce a series of research papers that assess the energy and environmental impacts of information technology. Peter Clarke argues that many of the benefits that have been quantified in this research are already factored in to our apprecation and that more needs to be done than we are inheriting from Moore's Law.
Silicon circuit board seeks to replace ASICs
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8/24/2009   Post a comment
You may be able to kiss that printed-circuit board good-bye soon, instead mounting bare die on a wafer-scale silicon circuit board that essentially eliminates the power-hungry soldered interconnections between packages.
Solarflare integrates 10GBase-T on a single chip
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8/24/2009   Post a comment
Solarflare Communications debuts two chips that mark a significant milestone on the road to the long delayed transition to 10 Gbit/second Ethernet, but the industry still faces a host of challenges eking out mainstream markets for 10 Gbit Ethernet over copper.
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