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Arrow buys U.K. IT distributor InTechnology
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12/29/2006   Post a comment
Arrow Electronics Inc. said today it has completed its acquisition of the storage and security distribution business of InTechnology plc for approximately $80 million. The deal will allow Arrow's Enterprise Computing Solutions division to make further inroads into the United Kingdom, Europe's second-largest IT market.
PowerDsine investors approve sale to Microsemi
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12/29/2006   Post a comment
Shareholders of PowerDsine Ltd. have approved the acquisition of the specialist developer and maker of chips and modules for Power over Ethernet applications by Microsemi Corporation for $245 million.
Top auto electronics stories of 2006
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12/29/2006   Post a comment
From cosmic rays damaging electronics to the FlexRay protocol's impact on auto safety, here are the stories electronic engineers thought were tops for the year.
CoCreate's new PLM tool suite 'changes the rules'
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12/28/2006   Post a comment
Innovation is the lifeblood of companies in the fast-moving electronics industry, yet the very process of product development can become a roadblock to beating a competitor to market. CoCreate Software Inc., a product lifecycle management software provider, is trying to eliminate those design bottlenecks using an approach to 3D product development the company calls "dynamic modeling."
Philips sells APM manufacturing unit to Lite-On
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12/28/2006   Post a comment
Royal Philips Electronics is selling the manufacturing operations of its Automotive Playback Modules (APM) business to Lite-On IT Corporation of Taiwan. Philips said the remainder of the APM operations, which are no longer seen as core to the conglomerate, would be transferred to a joint-venture between the two companies that will operate under the name Philips & Lite-On Digital Solutions, or PLDS.
Multi-threaded design tackles SoC performance bottlenecks: Part 2
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12/27/2006   Post a comment
Coupling processor operation closely to bus and other computational demands leads to a dramatic increase in automotive vision system processor efficiency. With further tuning, optimizing the bus to work closely with the hardware threads improves performance and provides a more controllable, measurable, and predictable system latency.
Warren Buffett to buy distributor TTI
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12/27/2006   Post a comment
TTI Inc., one of the world's largest distributors of passive and electromechanical components, is being bought by Berkshire Hathaway, billionaire Warren Buffet's investment vehicle. Terms of the deal, which includes TTI's catalog based distribution business, Mouser Electronics, were not disclosed.
LXI leverages Ethernet for test
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12/26/2006   Post a comment
Focus-On: For decades, IEEE-488/GPIB served well in small- and medium-sized test systems, with VXI-based testers meeting the needs of high channel-count applications. Time marches on. Test engineers now seek high-bandwidth systems that are relatively easy to configure and are low in cost. Enter Ethernet-connected LXI.
Multi-threaded design tackles SoC performance bottlenecks: Part 1
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12/22/2006   Post a comment
Multi-threading processor core tackles both the CPU efficiency and the bus latency bottlenecks in driver-assistance/vision/navigation system SoC design.
eBay taps FreeFlow for private auction services
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12/19/2006   Post a comment
In a deal that could bring online auctions into the mainstream among electronics multinationals, eBay Inc., the biggest name in online auctions, has teamed up with FreeFlow, an Intenet-auction service provider that has, until now, focused in the high-tech sector.
Conversion module puts RS-232-to-USB in a connector
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12/19/2006   Post a comment
Here's news of a simple but effective product that may save some engineering time. A small module from Timewave Technology comprises an RS-232-to-USB converter. As a replacement for board-mounted DB-9 and DB-25 connectors, the modules offers an upgrade to 12-Mbit/s USB 2.0 of an existing product's legacy RS-232 serial port.
ARM-equipped modules acquire GPS signals, generate reference
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12/18/2006   Post a comment
Check out this pair of GPS modules designed for acquiring and tracking satellites in weak signal areas such as under dense foliage, in urban canyons, and even inside buildings. Both run embedded ARM processors. One can act as a timing module capable of outputting a GPS-disciplined frequency up to 10-MHz.
Shared storage systems offer pre-configured RAID options
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12/14/2006   Post a comment
Small Tree Communications has beefed-up its line of shared storage products with the introduction of ATA-over-ethernet units for MAC OS X small and medium businesses Products come with a choice of pre-configured JBOD and RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 options.
Data acquisition modules connect through USB
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12/14/2006   Post a comment
Connecting data-acq modules to a computer couldn't be any easier than plugging them into a USB port. Here's the first module in a family of USB modules that ultimately will include reed relay, Form C relay, optically isolated input, TTL interfaces to solid-state relays,and A/D and D/A types.
Development boards pack Xilinx Virtex-5 LX FPGAs
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12/13/2006   Post a comment
VMETRO is shipping Xilinx Virtex-5 LX FPGA PCI/PCI-X and PMC boards. They're suited for Virtex-5 FPGA evaluation and development, as well as use in deployed signal processing systems.
Fanless industrial computer runs AMD Geode
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12/13/2006   Post a comment
ADLINK Technology's half-size PCI v2.2-complaint PCI bus single-board computer runs an AMD Geode GX 533 processor. The SBC dissipates 1.1-W of CPU power, and can operate with lots of memory, including external RAID arrays.
Antenova RF design group believed to have come from Xindium
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12/13/2006   Post a comment
Speculation is mounting that the RF designers that will form the core team of Antenova Ltd's planned research and development center in Chicago came from Xindium, an Indium Phosphide start-up that specializes in developing PA amplifiers for mobile devices but is now refocusing on other technologies.
Antenova buys into U.S. RF integration expertise
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12/13/2006   Post a comment
Integrated antenna specialist Antenova Ltd has acquired a team of RF design engineers in the U.S. with expertise in optimizing RF circuits with antennas and also said it plans to open an R&D center in the Chicago area.
U.K., Canada reenlist for U.S. fighter program
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12/12/2006   Post a comment
U.S. allies are lining up for the next phase of the U.S. Joint Strike Fighter program.
Dual-band chipset is 802.11n-draft compliant
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12/12/2006   Post a comment
Here's a chipset that may ease designs of wireless digital entertainment systems. Re-introduced as second-generation silicon by Metalink, the WLANPlus chipset is billed by the company as the industry's first IEEE-802.11n-draft-compliant dual-band chip-set.
ISM-band radio-on-a-chip includes flash microcontroller
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12/12/2006   Post a comment
Building a remote control, wireless mouse, or home automation product? If so, check out this new device from RFIC maker Cypress Semiconductor. It's debuting a next-generation radio-system-on-a-chip for ISM band applications. The device integrates the company's existing 2.4-GHz transceiver with its popular enCoRe II 8-bit Harvard architecture flash-equipped microcontroller.
FPGA-to-ASIC integration provides flexibility in automotive microcontrollers
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12/9/2006   Post a comment
The primary benefit of using MCUs has been high level system integration combined with relatively low cost. However, there are hidden costs associated with these devices well beyond the unit price.
Seagate to invest in new Malaysian plant
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12/8/2006   Post a comment
Hard drive maker Seagate Technology said it will invest $281 million in a new plant in Johor, Malaysia, to meet an anticipated surge in global demand.
Zetex claims major switch advance for LNB design
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12/8/2006   Post a comment
Analog ICs and discrete devices specialist Zetex Semiconductors is claiming a major breakthrough in Low Noise Block (LNB) design with a 4:2 IF switch that integrates gain and control function that it says significantly improves IF signal reliability, eliminates false switching and reduces circuit complexity.
Codec from Canada, CRC-WVC, outperforms H.264 video with wavelets
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12/8/2006   Post a comment
The structure and algorithms of a new wavelet-based video codec called CRC-WVC with compression efficiency that can perform better than H.264/MPEG-4, and with plenty of room for further improvement, from the Canadian Communications Research Centre.
Mini data-acq controllers accommodate up to 600 I/O ports
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12/6/2006   Post a comment
Here's news of a family of miniature slow-speed data logger/recorders that accommodate plug-in I/O cards. Up to 600 channels of signal data can be acquired at sample rates up to 100-samples/s on each channel.
e2v looks for acquisitions as it posts strong sales
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12/5/2006   Post a comment
Components and sub-systems group e2v technologies plc increased sales for the six months to September 30 to £67.8 million ($134 million), up 38 percent on the corresponding period last year. Pre-tax profits were £3.7 million ($7.3 million) , compared to £2.8 million ($5.5 million) last time.
Indian designers focusing on Rapid I/O
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12/1/2006   Post a comment
Interest in Rapid I/O specifications is growing in India as more designers sign up for conferences focusing on how to implement the spec.


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