Arrow buys U.K. IT distributor InTechnology
News & Analysis 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.
CoCreate's new PLM tool suite 'changes the rules'
Product News 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
News & Analysis 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
Design How-To 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
News & Analysis 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
Product News 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.
eBay taps FreeFlow for private auction services
News & Analysis 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
Product News 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
Product News 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.
Data acquisition modules connect through USB
Product News 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.
Fanless industrial computer runs AMD Geode
Product News 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
News & Analysis 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.
Dual-band chipset is 802.11n-draft compliant
Product News 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
Product News 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.
Zetex claims major switch advance for LNB design
Product News 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.
e2v looks for acquisitions as it posts strong sales
News & Analysis 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.