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Dopant-free transistor could boost printable electronics
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9/30/2009   Post a comment
Researchers from the Nanoelectronic Materials Laboratory (NamLab) based in Dresden (Germany) have created an electronic device that goes without dopants. The device gets its switching characteristics by means of electric fields. With its high electron mobility, it could eventually be used in printable electronics.
Analysis: European technology report hints at protectionism
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9/30/2009   Post a comment
A long-awaited strategy document from the European Commission on technology shows hints of a climate of increased protectionism within Europe, where the beleaguered technology-based industry has suffered more than its equivalents in many other regions.
EC report discusses increased support for electronics
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9/30/2009   Post a comment
The European Commission has identified nanotechnology, electronics and photonics as key enabling technologies (KETs) that are of strategic interest to the European Union. Advanced materials and biotechnology are also listed in a report that goes on to discuss ways in which greater support should be offered to these disciplines.
Step-down DC/DC converter draws only 85uA of quiescent current
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9/29/2009   Post a comment
Linear Technology Corporation has announced the LT3980, a 2A, 58Vin step-down switching regulator with Burst Mode operation to maintain quiescent current under 85uA.
Future robotics technology
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9/29/2009   Post a comment
One thing that I was asked to do for the "Dissecting the Bot" article was make some predictions on what future robotics technology will look like. I have my thoughts, what are yours?
Exciton transistors inch toward commercialization
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9/29/2009   Post a comment
Researchers have refined the materials mix and architecture of excitonic transistors to permit economical operation at 125 degrees Kelvin, which they say is attainable with inexpensive liquid nitrogen.
Magnetic superpower on the rise
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9/29/2009   1 comment
At the 10th Cambridge Enterprise Conference, at the end of September, a number of startups showed up to exhibit what could be the next wave of technology to penetrate our everyday lives. Magnifye Ltd was one of them.
Analysis: What's behind Taiwan's decision to ease investment rules?
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9/29/2009   Post a comment
Comments reported by local media from Taiwan's economic minister Shih Yen-shiang on the easing investment restrictions with regard to mainland China were enough to send the share prices of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and United Microelectronics Corp. shooting upwards, but the devil could yet be in the detail.
Virage rolls new interface IP products
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9/29/2009   Post a comment
Intellectual property vendor Virage Logic announced new interface IP products to join its SiPro product line, the group of products that have sprung from the company's January licensing agreement with AMD.
Yamaichi : SIM and Smart card reader mounts on circuit board
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9/29/2009   Post a comment
With the FMS008-4000-xx connector Yamaichi offers a variable reading system for SIM and Smart cards.
TSMC, UMC boosted by lifting of Taiwan investment ban
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9/29/2009   Post a comment
The Taiwan government is set to lift a long-running ban on investment by Taiwanese companies in Chinese counterparts, according to reports. The result is likely to benefit foundry chipmakers Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. and United Microelectronics Corp.
Tower and Jazz Semiconductor enhances SiGe platform to offer power savings
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9/29/2009   Post a comment
Tower Semiconductor Ltd., and its U.S. subsidiary, Jazz Semiconductor, has announced the availability of its proprietary Deep-Silicon-Via (DSV) technology available in its 0.18-micron SiGe BiCMOS (SBC18).
Suss seeks strategic position in Taiwan's 3D chip game
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9/29/2009   Post a comment
Back-end semiconductor tool vendor Suss Microtec (Garching, Germany) joins the Taiwan-based 3D chip integration equipment consortium Adstac. The company expects that the move secures a "strategic edge" in a booming future market.
The case for using millimetre waves for solving the backhaul capacity crunch
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9/29/2009   Post a comment
The author makes the case for going past microwaves and up to millimetre waves to get the capacity up and cost down for higher-capacity backhaul links.
Implementing cost-effective gigabit serial links over cable
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9/28/2009   Post a comment
New technologies are readily found in integrated circuit devices such as gigabit serdes (Serializer/De-Serializers) that make implementing cable and backplane-based serial links much easier for the system designer. These advances in semiconductor technology are enabling systems designers to cost-effectively implement gigabit serial links.
OPTEK donates 200 high brightness LEDS to university bridge development contest
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9/28/2009   Post a comment
TT electronics OPTEK Technology donated 200 high brightness LEDs to an engineering team at North Carolina State University participating in the 2009 North Carolina Engineering Day to be utilized in a bridge design.
OSRAM introduces new compact LEDs for daytime running lights in mid-range vehicles
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9/28/2009   Post a comment
OSRAM Opto Semiconductors has introduced the OSLON MX ECE and OSLON SX ECE LEDs designed for use in daytime running lights in the front light clusters of mid-range vehicles.
SOFTWARE TOOLS - Arasan adds IEEE 1588 PTP support to Ethernet IP Core
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9/28/2009   Post a comment
Arasan Chip Systems, Inc. has integrated support for IEEE 1588 Precision Time Protocol (PTP) into its Ethernet IP core. Mission critical environments such as factory automation systems, networking environments, manufacturing, test and measurement systems rely on IEEE 1588 to maintain precise timing synchronization in order to execute activities in real-time.
Battery makers mix new notebook chemistries
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9/28/2009   Post a comment
New variations in the chemistry used for lithium ion batteries promise longer life for notebook computers, but the changes will also force new trade offs in the power electronics of those systems.
Analog Devices offers first PDM digital-input class D audio amplifier for portable applications
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9/28/2009   Post a comment
Analog Devices, Inc., has introduced what the company claims is the industry's first PDM (pulse density modulation) digital-input Class D audio amplifier for handset and other portable applications, such as portable media players and laptop computers.
Forte acquires IP, datapath synthesis vendor
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9/28/2009   Post a comment
High-level synthesis EDA vendor Forte Design Systems has acquired Arithmatica, a U.K.-based supplier of IP and datapath synthesis. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
Book Excerpt--RF Front-End: World Class Designs (Part 6 of 7)
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9/28/2009   Post a comment
Learn about RF/IF circuits from Chapter 9 of this recently published book, presented here in serial form
Liquavista takes $3.7 million loan from Dutch government
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9/28/2009   Post a comment
Electrowetting display pioneer Liquavista BV (Eindhoven, The Netherlands has received a 2.5 million euro (about $3.7 million) innovation loan from SenterNovem, an agency of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs. The money is intended to accelerate the development of Liquavista's range of eReader display technologies.
Dissecting the bot
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9/28/2009   Post a comment
Even in this tough economy, robots are being introduced for a variety of new application areas.
Standards bodies seek common ground for powerline nets
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9/24/2009   Post a comment
A senior director of DS2, the Valencia, Spain based specialist in silicon for broadband power line gear, has warned of confusion and frustration in the industry and amongst consumers if forthcoming votes on a standard for the technology fail to resolve the problem of a fragmented powerline networking industry.
How to make your next design succeed by really mattering
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
9/24/2009   1 comment
Would anyone shed a tear if your company went away tomorrow? If not, then you've made the mistake of not fully leveraging the power of good design to get you and your product to the point where you actually matter to anyone, according to Robert Brunner, an industrial designer of such product lines as the Apple II, Macintosh, Newton and PowerBook. But there's an answer.
Update: Intel debuts optical link for PCs
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9/23/2009   2 comments
Intel Corp. wants to consolidate all the wired connections on your PC to a single 10 Gbit/second optical cable it calls Light Peak that it plans to support in silicon sometime next year working with Sony Corp.'s Viao group and other unnamed partners.
Nanotubes pack promise of battery-free energy storage
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9/23/2009   Post a comment
Macroscopic springs, based on microscopic carbon nanotubes, could power devices in harsh environments, or for extended periods, where batteries are impractical or too short-lived.
Advantest brings terahertz material testing to commercial realm
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9/23/2009   Post a comment
For a long time, researchers have worked on techniques using the terahertz frequency range for material test applications. Japanese test system vendor Advantest now brings these waves to practical applications.
Melexis keeps cutting jobs as it raises guidance
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9/23/2009   Post a comment
Melexis Microelectronic Integrated Systems NV (Ieper, Belgium), a supplier of automotive ICs and subsystems, has said it now expects 2009 sales to be towards the top of the range given in July, of between 118 million euro (about $175 million) and 123 million euro (about $182 million). Nonetheless the company has announced job cuts at a newly-opened facility in Erfurt, Germany.
AT&T to unleash femtocell for 3G
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9/22/2009   1 comment
AT&T's long-awaited entry into the femtocells market is believed to rely on home basestations supplied by ip.access (Cambridge, England), powered by silicon from picoChip (Bath, England) and Cisco acting as systems integrator.
Phase-changing thermal management to prolong LED lifespan
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9/21/2009   Post a comment
Honeywell material changes phase from hard solid to soft liquid-like consistency that increases thermal conductivity to direct heat away from light-emitting diode (LED) arrays used in display backlights and for solid state lighting.
40Gb Ethernet set to be major feature at ECOC
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9/21/2009   Post a comment
40GbE transceivers and other parts, including testers, are set to be a major talking point at both the exhibitor stands and conferences at this week's European Conference and Exhibition on Optical Communication (ECOC) in Vienna, Austria.
Book Excerpt--RF Front-End: World Class Designs (Part 5 of 7)
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9/21/2009   Post a comment
Learn about RF/IF circuits from Chapter 9 of this recently published book, presented here in serial form
ADI targets 4G infrastructure with mixers, modulators
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9/21/2009   Post a comment
Analog Devices, Inc., has started sampling the first devices in a range of highly integrated RFICs for fourth generation cellular basestations.
Where's the money in medical design? Join the conversation
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9/21/2009   4 comments
Between government stimulus packages, an aging population, exploding healthcare costs and increasing need for better remote diagnostics, it's understandable that engineers looking for the next big opportunity would look up and cry: "Thars gold in them thar [medical] hills." But not so fast.
Strain engineering aims for room-temp superconducting
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9/18/2009   Post a comment
The government lab has created structural irregularities called phase inhomogeneity in correlated electron materials that could someday enable colossal magnetoresistance, and perhaps even room-temperature superconductivity.
Fate and Opportunity in EDA
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9/18/2009   Post a comment
Evatronix SA of Bielsko-Biala, Poland has appointed Carsten Elgert as its Vice President of Marketing and Sales. Elgert was with Mentor Graphics European division.
MSC : Coaxial connectors suit 50 ohm systems up to 6 GHz
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9/18/2009   Post a comment
MSC offers Daa-Sheen’s MCX series of miniature connectors which are designed for 50 ohm systems with working frequency up to 6 GHz.
Amphenol : Hybrid connectors carry signal and power
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9/18/2009   Post a comment
For the power supply and control circuits of small electric appliances, such as electric motors for example, Amphenol now offers special solutions based on its miniature Series C091.
Graphene mixes it up with GaAs
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9/17/2009   Post a comment
Pure carbon atoms based on depositing graphene on gallium arsenide wafers could yield the next generation of high performance semiconductors, according to German researchers.
Optical Ethernet eyes low power, higher speeds
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9/16/2009   Post a comment
Engineers are exploring ways to make optical Ethernet networks run at lower power, higher speeds and even over backplanes, according to presentations at a meeting of the Ethernet Alliance.
Cypress looks to change the game with new PSoC product line and design software
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9/16/2009   Post a comment
With the announcement of two new families of programmable system on chip (PSoC) devices, along with a new development environment, Cypress is looking to change the way people do system design.
Altair offers LTE RF transceiver
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9/16/2009   Post a comment
Altair Semiconductor Ltd. (Hod Hasharon, Israel), a developer of 4G semiconductors for handheld devices, has announced the availability of its LTE RF transceiver, the FourGee-6150.
Design chiefs weigh in on SoC options
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9/16/2009   Post a comment
The ASIC versus FPGA debut took an interesting turn Wednesday (Sept. 16), as high-ranking executives from two design tool firms offered dueling keynote address on the virtues of and challenges facing FPGA-based and ASICs-based system-on-chip (SoCs) designs.
MIT researchers build silicon/gallium nitride combo wafer
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9/16/2009   Post a comment
MIT researchers have created a chip that combines silicon transistors on the same wafer with ones made from gallium nitride, a semiconductor material that has a much better performance than silicon.
Nanotubes sorted, aligned to reduce friction
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9/16/2009   Post a comment
An international team studying the effects of friction on carbon nanotubes claims that it can be cut in half when carbon nanotubes are aligned lengthwise rather than transversely.
JTAG test routines harness device functionality
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9/15/2009   Post a comment
JTAG Technologies is offering JTAG Functional Test (JFT) which simplifies test preparation and interpretation of results for sequential clusters.
Dual-channel bipolar audio op amp caters for professional audio market
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9/15/2009   Post a comment
Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, Tx) has added to its Burr-Brown Audio line with the OPA1612 dual-channel, bipolar-input audio operational amplifier.
Intel's 32-nm chips could ship by year's end
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9/14/2009   Post a comment
Semiconductor analyst Don Scansen reports on his discussions with senior Intel engineers about the roll out of the chip maker's 32-nm process technology.
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