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Qualcomm acquires Spike Technologies to bolster 3G capability
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Qualcomm Inc. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire semiconductor design services company Spike Technologies Inc. for $19 million in an effort to support increasing demand for 3G CDMA wireless devices.
Dow, Veeco gain NIST award for nano measuring tool
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Veeco Instruments Inc. and The Dow Chemical Co. have been awarded the funding to develop a quantitative nano-mechanical measurement instrument for sub-50-nm designs.
Position detection switch designed for mobile devices
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ALPS Electric Co., Ltd. has developed the industry's first hinge-mounted position detection switch for miniature mobile devices. The new miniaturized SREF switches, mounted within the hinge, detect the cover position of a folding device.
Microsemi shrinks ambient light sensor
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Microsemi Corp. says it has introduced its smallest, lowest-cost, and easiest to implement ambient light sensor to its portfolio of automatic brightness control integrated circuits. The new LX1972 doesn't require optical filters and its output current can be used directly or converted to a voltage by placing the device in series with a single resistor at either of its two pins, said the company.
Mil-Qualified thinfilm chip resistors available in standard packages
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Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. touts that it's new MIL-PRF-55342 thinfilm chip resistors are the industry's first available in standard package sizes with resistance values from 100 ohms to 160 Kohms and a failure rate of 0.01% per 1,000 hours. As a result, designers no longer have to use commercial, non-qualified devices for applications requiring this combination of performance and size, said the company.
Lehman Brothers lowers quarterly forecast for Micron
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Concerns about the memory market prompted investment banking firm Lehman Brothers to lower its quarterly forecast for Micron Technology Inc.
Seminar to honor electronics pioneer Edward McCluskey
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A who's-who list of electronics academics will converge here for a one day seminar Sunday, Oct. 10 held in honor of noted Stanford Professor, Edward J. McCluskey.
Mixed signals seen in SIA's semiconductor data
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The new global chip figures for August indicate that there are still mixed signals in the semiconductor industry.
EVE ouvre une filiale au Japon
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Emulation and Verification Engineering (EVE) poursuit son expansion à l’international. Après la signature successive de deux accords de distribution exclusive de ses solutions en Inde et en Israël, le spécialiste franco-américain des plates-formes de vérification fonctionnelle de circuits intégrés annonce la création d’une filiale à Yokohama, a
LVPECL Translator Clock IC's Help Solve Jitter Issues
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These translator clock ICs from Pericom Semiconductor were designed to meet translation requirements, as well as to eliminate jitter concerns in networking/telecommunications, storage, and industrial system applications.
Ne laissons pas la définition des normes aux techies, avertit un cadre de l’ETSI
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Ce serait une « terrible erreur » pour l’industrie que de laisser les décisions concernant les normes d’équipements et de services de communications aux seuls experts techniques, affirme Jorgen Friis, Président adjoint de l’institut européen de définition des normes.
Accellera re-elects officers, cites progress in IEEE
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The Accellera standards organization has re-elected all of its existing officers, including Dennis Brophy, who will serve as Accellera's chairman for a fifth term. Meanwhile, the organization is reporting rapid progress with SystemVerilog and the Property Specification Language (PSL), both of which are now undergoing IEEE standardization.
Renesas übernimmt STs SuperH-Core-Geschäft
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Renesas Technology übernimmt den Aktienanteil des europäischen ST-Ablegers STMicroelectronics NV am Core-Lizenzgeschäft von SuperH (SHI), einem Joint Venture mit ST. Ab Oktober werden Renesas und ST gemeinsam an der Entwicklung von CPU-Cores arbeiten, die auf der SuperH-Architektur basieren.
DVD+RW 8X disc spec released
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The DVD+RW Alliance has released the final draft specifications for 8X rewriting on DVD+RW media by HP, MKM, Philips, Ricoh, Sony and Yamaha.
Chinesische Chip-Startups entpuppen sich als Papiertiger
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Weltweit haben Chiphersteller ein argwöhnisches Auge auf ihre neuen chinesischen Konkurrenten, die momentan wie Pilze aus dem Boden schießen. Branchenbeobachter geben jetzt Entwarnung: Viele chinesische Startups werden sich letztlich nur als Papiertiger herausstellen.
Fairchild schärft Profil als Leistungselektroniker
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Der US-Halbleiterhersteller Fairchild Semiconductor sieht sich in seiner Fokussierung auf die Leistungselektronik bestätigt: Der Bereich wächst wesentlich schneller als der Chip-Gesamtmarkt. Jetzt will Fairchild in Europa seinen Marktanteil ausweiten. Mit Übernahmen ist zu rechnen.
Seagate unveils online center for SAS technology
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Seagate Technology LLC (Scotts Valley, Calif.) has announced formation of the SAS Knowledge Center, an online resource to educate and prepare IT professionals and system builders for the transition to Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) technology in the enterprise.
Intel, Chungwha Telecom to reportedly team on digital home
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Intel Corp said Thursday (September 30) it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Chunghwa Telecom Co. Ltd. to promote digital home technologies, according to a Forbes report
The Challenges and Opportunities of 42 Volt Systems
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Switching to 42V automotive electrical systems almost seems like a no-brainer. But there's still a lot of engineering and testing to be done.
Conexant to miss sales targets as inventories rise
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Reeling from rising channel inventories in Asia, Conexant Systems Inc. (Red Bank, N.J.) announced Thursday (September 30) that it expects revenue for its fourth fiscal 2004 quarter ending October 1 to range from $210 million to $215 million, lower than the $250 million to $255 million originally forecast in July.
Microsoft and Fiat Announce Major Partnership for Telematics
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As Microsoft and automaker Fiat unveil a strategic partnership to develop a telematics system for Fiat cars, the executive in charge of Microsoft's Automotive Business Unit describes the vision behind the biggest deal in Microsoft's eight years in the telematics business
Supervisor IC has the right watchdog for automotives
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EM Microelectronic says its 615x/625x family of microprocessor supervisory ICs is especially suited to automotive applications. It features programmable voltage reset monitoring, special watchdog timer with programmable time window, system enable output, optional low-dropout (LDO) +5-volt regulator and a power saving function compatible with the CANbus sleep mode that, together, eliminate the need for redundant microprocessors to supervise each other. The family includes the V6150 and V6155 wind
Renesas reprend l’activité de processeurs SuperH de ST
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La société japonaise Renesas Technology Corp. signe un accord avec l’Européen STMicroelectronics NV afin de reprendre les parts détenues par ST dans l’activité de mise sous licence de processeurs SuperH de SuperH Inc., coentreprise formée avec ST. Dès le début du mois d’octobre 2004, Renesas Technology et ST devraient développer séparément les processeurs basés sur l’architecture SuperH, annonce-t-on chez Renesas.
Mentor propose des modèles StarCore pour la co-vérification matérielle/logicielle
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Mentor Graphics Corp. annonce un partenariat avec le fournisseur de cœurs DSP, StarCore LCC, dans le but de proposer aux utilisateurs de l’outil de co-vérification matérielle/logicielle Seamless de Mentor des modèles de processeur pour les cœurs de processeur SC1200 et SC1400 de StarCore.
Using Modeling to Analyze Backplane Deterministic Jitter
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By selectively de-embedding key causes of deterministic jitter, designers can significantly improve the performance of passive interconnect backplane platforms. Here's why.
Gary Meyers est nommé PDG de Synplicity
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Synplicity Inc. semble avoir accéléré la nomination de Gary Meyers à son nouveau poste de Président-directeur général. La société a effectivement annoncé le 28 septembre que M. Meyers prendrait ses fonctions à compter du 2 octobre 2004.
Sicherheits-Zertifikat für Philips-Chip
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Als erster Chip mit Dreifach-Schnittstelle hat der SmartCard-Controller P5CT072 von Philips Semiconductor die höchste Sicherheits-Zertifizierung erhalten. Damit ist der Weg frei für den Einsatz des Bausteins in E-Government-Anwendungen wie fälschungssichere Reisepässe. Aber auch für den Einsatz im Banking-Umfeld will Philips die Karte positionieren.
SIA praises move to extend R&D tax credit
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The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) on Wednesday praised the U.S. House and Senate for passage of legislation extending the research and development tax credit.
Agere cuts 500 jobs, reiterates plan to sell fab
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Agere Systems Inc. on Wednesday (Sept. 29) said it would reduce its workforce by 500 employees and reiterated its plans to shut down its wafer fab if it cannot find a buyer for the plant.
System level design is here, Synopsys CTO says
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System-level design is happening right now, said Synopsys CTO and general manager Raul Camposano, in a keynote speech entitled "System Design: EDA's Next Big Thing?" Camposano spoke at an industry conference here Sept. 29.
Connector secures connections between cord sets and devices
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With the new SPEEDCON connection system from Phoenix Contact, a simple "1/2 turn" makes a secure, watertight and vibration-proof connection between cord sets and devices, said the company. Compatible with all standard M12 connectors, SPEEDCON reduces up to 90% of the time required to connect a M12 threaded plug connector without special adapters.
Thinfilm chip resistors avoid roll-off at frequencies above 100 MHz
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Available in industry standard case sizes as small as 0402, Vishay Intertechnology's new FC series of high-frequency chip resistors avoid roll-off at frequencies above 100 MHz, and offer TCR values as low as ±25 ppm/°C.
Cal-Chip offers full range of MLCCs
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Cal-Chip Electronics, Inc. says its GMC series of multi-layer ceramic chip capacitors (MLCCs) now includes 10 EIA sizes ranging from 0201 to 2225. Designed for high-density mounting, the devices feature an ultra-stable COG temperature dielectric, low dissipation factor, and low equivalent series resistance (ESR).
Photo detector IC supports Super Multi DVD drives
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Designed to support Super Multi DVD-writable drives that support all major DVD recordable media, the SP8058 photo detector IC from Sipex Corp. provides eleven selectable gain settings in a slim 3.5 x 4.0 mm package.
Amphe-Power connectors available through distribution channel
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Amphenol Industrial Operations now offers its Amphe-Power connector series through its nationwide distribution network. The Amphe-Power series consists of three families — P-Lok, GT, and AC connectors. The connectors feature RADSOK technology, a terminal that uses a stamped hyperbolic grid to provide low insertion force, high amperage, high reliability, and a longer cycle life. Additional RADSOK lines will be available through the company's distribution network in the future.
Ferrite material targets high frequency applications
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In response to increased frequency demands, ACME Electronics Corp. has developed a new low core loss power material for high frequency electronics applications that provides excellent electrical stability over a wide temperature range for telecom and automotive applications, according to the company.
Vishay acquires Aeroflex's thin-film business
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Vishay Intertechnology Inc. (Malvern, Pa.) has acquired the Aeroflex Pearl River Thin Film Interconnect operations, previously known as MIC Technology, from Aeroflex for $8.8 million.
Micron misses quarterly targets, ups capital spending
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Amid a plan to boost its capital spending, Micron Technology Inc. missed Wall Street's expectations for the quarter due to slumping memory prices.
Amkor lowers Q3 sales forecast, sees wider loss
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Amkor Technology Inc. on Wednesday (Sept. 29) lowered its third-quarter forecast amid an ongoing slowdown in its IC-packaging and test business.
Silicon Image unveils low-cost storage architecture
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Silicon Image Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.) has introduced a storage architecture and appliance the company said meets the $1 per gigabyte price point required by consumer electronics and small business users.
Copper-based wafer demand to grow by 25% over '09
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Demand for wafers based on copper interconnects is expected to increase at a compounded annual growth rate of 25 percent, reaching 1,300 thousand wafer starts-per-week (kwspw) by 2009, according to a report from VLSI Research Inc.
Ascend claims breakthrough to simplify TAM analysis
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Ascend Instruments Inc. on Wednesday (Sept. 29) claimed to have devised a new technique that eliminates most of the steps in transmission electron microscopy (TAM), based on focused ion beam (FIB) technology.
Vishay acquires Aeroflex's thin-film business
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Vishay Intertechnology Inc. (Malvern, Pa.) has acquired the Aeroflex Pearl River Thin Film Interconnect operations, previously known as MIC Technology, from Aeroflex for $8.8 million.
Les ventes de semi-conducteurs pourraient atteindre 18 milliards de dollars pour le mois d’août
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Handelsbanken Capital Markets prévoit que les ventes mondiales de semi-conducteurs pour le mois d’août 2004, dont les chiffres doivent être rendus publics au début du mois d’octobre sous la forme d’une moyenne trimestrielle par la World Semiconductor Trade Statistics, pourraient atteindre 18 milliards de dollars. Ce total est un statu quo par rapport à la moyenne trimestrielle de juillet 2004, mais il constitue une progression de 32,7% par rapport aux chiffres d’août 2003.
NEC meldet Durchbruch bei High-k-Dielektrika
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Schon nächstes Jahr wollen der japanische Elektronikkonzern NEC und sein Tochterunternehmen NEC Electronics ein High-k-Dielektrikum für die Chip-Produktion nutzen. Grund für den Optimismus ist ein Durchbruch bei der Bestimmung der Filmzuverlässigkeit.
Dual SPDT Analog Switch - ideal for portable applications
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Texas Instruments announced the TS5A23157 low-power dual single pole double throw (SPDT) analog switch. Designed for operation between 1.65V to 5.5V Vcc, the device provides low power consumption and high-speed, while maintaining excellent signal integrity, making it ideal for applications such as analog signal routing, signal gating, and digital signal multiplexing/demultiplexing.
Leiterplattenindustrie macht Sommerpause
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Der Höhenflug der deutschen Leiterplattenindustrie hat im Juli ein abruptes Ende gefunden. Der ZVEI hat bereits einen Schuldigen für die Delle ausgemacht: Die Urlaussaison. Der gute Auftragseingang legt allerdings ein Anhalten der Konjunktur nahe.
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