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posted in September 2008
Strains showing on sapphires growth for electronics
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9/30/2008   Post a comment
The sapphire substrate market for electronic applications reached 4.61 million wafers (2 inch equivalent) for LEDs last year, as well as tens of thousands of 6 inch wafers for SoS RF applications in 2007, according to report from Yole Development (Lyon, France).
Advanced mezzanine card targets wireless baseband applications
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9/29/2008   Post a comment
Targeted at Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGAs, the AMC-V5F Advanced Mezzanine Card from CommAgility provides optical CPRI/OBSAI antenna interfaces and SRIO, for AdvancedTCA and MicroTCA systems.
3U VPX FPGA processing engine supports FMC-VITA 57 standard
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9/29/2008   Post a comment
VMETRO has developed a 3U VPX FPGA processing engine with support for the FPGA Mezzanine Card (FMC/VITA 57) standard.
Underwater helicopter surfaces
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9/29/2008   1 comment
Undersea robots have until now operated like fixed-wing aircraft, requiring motion to maneuver. Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers now say they have created the helicopter-of-the-sea, the Odyssey IV.
Ipetronik appoints Manager of the new Engineering & Consulting Division
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9/29/2008   Post a comment
Ipetronik has appointed Dr. Ullrich Hesse as the manager of their new Engineering & Consulting division.
Intelligent cameras enable fast image data transmission
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9/26/2008   Post a comment
Eltec has developed an innovative camera concept. The scalable multi-channel solution can process up to 32 cameras on one basic unit and the Ethernet patch cables guarantee industry-compatible and low-cost cabling.
Control/monitoring solutions reduce energy costs in older plants
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9/25/2008   Post a comment
Cypress Envirosystems has introduced a family of control and monitoring solutions designed to help older buildings and manufacturing sites cut energy costs and boost productivity. These products upgrade pneumatic thermostats, manual steam trap monitoring and dial gauges in minutes, providing payback in less than one year.
International Rectifier : Class D audio amplifier is scalable from 25 to 500 W
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9/24/2008   Post a comment
International Rectifier has introduced the IRAUDAMP7 reference design for Class D audio amplifiers above 25W per channel including home theatre applications, musical instruments and car entertainment.
QNX and Kontron collaborate on BIOS-less instant-on platform for Intel Atom processors
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9/24/2008   Post a comment
QNX and Kontron announced that the Kontron nanoETXexpress-SP Computer-on-Module is the first commercial embedded platform to support QNX's fastboot technology for Intel Atom processors.
Flexible industrial network solutions
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9/23/2008   Post a comment
FP-Sigma and FP2 PLCs from Panasonic Electric Works can now be effortlessly integrated into three different fieldbus systems: Profibus, DeviceNet and CANopen.
VMETRO upgrades analog performance of 1.5GSPS ADC XMC module
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9/22/2008   Post a comment
VMETRO has improved the analog performance of its dual-channel 1.5GSPS ADC XMC module, which uses an 8-bit converter that is directly connected to either a Virtex-5 SX95T, LX110T or LX155T FPGA back-end.
Evaluation kit provides a complete, drop-in 2:1 HDMI solution
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9/22/2008   Post a comment
Capable of handling high-frequency TMDS signals and low-frequency, HDMI control signals, Maxim's fully assembled and tested surface-mount PCB provides a complete solution for multiplexing two HDMI video streams into a single port.
Self-terminating switch offers the speed and reliability of PIN diodes
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9/22/2008   Post a comment
The self-terminating 50S-1584 1P16T switch from JFW Industries offers the speed and reliability of PIN diodes from 20 to 4300 MHz.
Evolution and design
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9/22/2008   Post a comment
Twenty years ago, when someone wanted real-time audio on a personal computer, it typically meant toggling bit 1 in I/O port 97 to generate a pulse waveform through the PC's small built-in annunciator speaker. Ten years ago, real-time audio on a PC typically meant buying a PCI-bus plug-in sound card. In the past decade, however, the vast majority of PCs have emerged from the shipping box ready to play with motherboard audio solutions based on the Audio Codec (AC) '97 specification and its success
PRODUCT HOW-TO: Taking the RISC out of COMs
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9/19/2008   Post a comment
How Kontron's Atom CPU-based nanoETXexpress modules enables the efficient and cost-effective development of different types of applications such as mobile handhelds, solar-powered ultra small stationary devices and modular devices with very compact displays.
Protect USB devices in automotive infotainment applications
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9/17/2008   Post a comment
With more portable devices being taken into cars, proper protection for USB automotive applications is a key reliability element.
Imbera readies volume manufacturing for IMB technology
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9/17/2008   Post a comment
Embedded packaging technology specialist Imbera (Espoo, Finland) is set to more than double investments from its venture capital backers, with the money earmarked for a significant increase in the start-up's manufacturing capability for its third generation integrated module board (IMB) technology.
Viewpoint: DisplayPort makes sense now
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9/16/2008   Post a comment
DisplayPort is a Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) standard and is a new video interface that aims to replace internal low-voltage differential signal (LVDS) video interconnects and VGA/digital video interface (DVI) external interconnects.
Elmos, NEC partner for automotive, industrial projects
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9/16/2008   Post a comment
Component groups Elmos Semiconductor AG (Dortmund, Germany) and NEC Electronics Corporation (Kawasaki, Japan) have sealed a strategic collaboration deal that will see them jointly developing and manufacturing a wide range of products targeting the automotive and industrial markets.
Nujira raises $18 million, pushes on handsets market
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9/15/2008   Post a comment
Power amplifier technology specialist Nujira (Cambridge, England) has raised $18 million in a Series C round of financing that it says will be used to accelerate commercialization of its patented envelope tracking power saving technology by wireless infrastructure gear suppliers, and to broaden sales to the mobile handsets and digital broadcast transmission equipment sectors.
Zoran introduces pay satellite and cable STB processors
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9/14/2008   Post a comment
The SupraTV 260 family of processors is optimized for pay cable and satellite set-top boxes using standard definition MPEG-2. Advanced features include: 10/100 Ethernet MAC, digital video recording hardware and software including picture-in-picture based on USB 2.0 hard drives, MPEG-4 Advanced Simple Profile and JPEG hardware decoding.
TV IC market growth on a roll, consolidation seen
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9/12/2008   Post a comment
The global market for TV ICs was 29.8 million units in the second quarter of the year, up 21 percent on the same period last year, with shipments 7.8 percent better than in Q108, according to DisplaySearch (Austin, TX.).
Updated: Groups back European DAB profiles initiative
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9/12/2008   Post a comment
TV and audio receiver chip specialist Frontier Silicon (Watford, England) has welcomed the World DMB organization's initiative to promote defined digital receiver profiles that would benefit European broadcasters, manufacturers and consumers.
Premier Farnell profits up, outlook mixed
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9/11/2008   Post a comment
Electronic components distributor Premier Farnell (Leeds, England) posted a 15 percent increase in first-half profits and said its Internet-based focus on higher-margin markets would lead to progress in the second half.
Trio partner to demo DVB-T2 transmission
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9/11/2008   Post a comment
Three technology companies — NXP Semiconductors, Pace plc. and Enensys — are fronting a DVB-T2 transmission demonstration at the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC).
IR touts power device technology breakthrough
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9/10/2008   Post a comment
International Rectifier Corporation has started making prototype devices using a proprietary gallium nitride (GaN)-based power device technology platform that it has been developing over the past five years and which it says will drive a major breakthrough in power conversion.
Alcatel-Lucent, Motorola said to dominate in mobile WiMAX
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9/9/2008   Post a comment
Alcatel-Lucent and Motorola together accounted for over two thirds of worldwide mobile WiMAX equipment revenue during the three months ended June 2008, according to market research group Infonetics Research.
The COTS Ecosystem--Strength in numbers
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9/9/2008   Post a comment
Getting one or two companies to work together is no small feat. Today, five diverse organizations make up the COTS Ecosystem. They're complementary, insist they don't compete, and they're making great strides in furthering the adoption of COTS. Here's a roundtable discussion with the members--designed to eliminate confusion and well, just see what they're all up to.
14-bit, 800-MSPS digitizer leverages TI's fastest data converters
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9/8/2008   Post a comment
This board from TI enables rapid evaluation and prototyping of interleaved systems for wide-bandwidth communications, military and test applications.
Updated: Ember, Skyworks partner on Zigbee modules
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9/8/2008   Post a comment
Skyworks Solutions, Inc. and Ember Corp. will combine their RF and controller devices to create a family of modules aimed at ZigBee wireless networks, targeting a wide range of industrial and consumer applications including smart energy meters.
CIP touts hybrid photonic integration
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9/8/2008   Post a comment
The Centre for Integrated Photonics (CIP) has started working with potential customers to commercialize its hybrid Photonic Integrated Circuit (PIC) platform and HyBoard modules.
Sun, Xilinx launch 64-bit OpenSparc development platform
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9/8/2008   Post a comment
Computer company Sun Microsystems Inc. (Mountain View, Calif.) and FPGA company Xilinx Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) have announced the availability of an OpenSparc development platform based on the UltraSparc T1 processor implemented on a Virtex-5 FPGA from Xilinx.
Kontron equips Computer-on-Modules with 45nm Intel processors
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9/8/2008   Post a comment
Equipped with space- and energy-saving 45nm high-end processors, Kontron claims that its latest ETXexpress-PC COM Express Computer-on-Module sets new performance-per-watt standards for embedded applications with high demands on data processing and/or multi-media conversion and output.
Digital radio kit aids in development, test of signal processing applications
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9/8/2008   Post a comment
Colorado Electronic Product Design's digital radio kit is intended to aid in the development and test of algorithms and signal processing applications, including digital radio, modulator/demodulator development; software defined radio; high speed data acquisition and signal processing; and audio data acquisition and signal processing.
Analysis: NI intros single-board RIO
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9/6/2008   Post a comment
National Instruments introduced a new product line, a set of eight boards that are intended as complete, off-the-shelf computing-plus-I/O solutions for medical, mechatronic, and industrial applications.
VersaLogic : PC104-Plus SBC uses only 8 W of power
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9/5/2008   Post a comment
VersaLogic has announced a fanless version of its Cheetah PC/104-Plus embedded single board computer (SBC).
High-power, solid-state, UHF power amplifier for airborne and fixed location operations
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9/4/2008   Post a comment
CAP Wireless (CAP) has released the US1498 high power, solid state, ultra-high frequency (UHF) power amplifier, which is designed especially for airborne and fixed location operations.
IBM, EMC storage gurus debate future of flash
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9/3/2008   Post a comment
In a candid online exchange, storage gurus from IBM Corp. and EMC Corp. agreed solid-state drives will rewrite the rules for system storage, but took significantly different views on how to implement solid state disks in servers.
Curtiss-Wright offers $50 million for VMETRO
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9/3/2008   Post a comment
VMETRO ASA (Oslo, Norway) has said that it received a letter from Curtiss-Wright Controls Inc. (Roseland, New Jersey) stating that Curtiss-Wright Controls intends to make a voluntary offer for all outstanding shares of VMETRO at a price per share of NOK 12.06 (about $2.17) in cash.
Nokia, 02 hail NFC trial success - look to next stage
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9/3/2008   Post a comment
Mobile phone maker Nokia and U.K. mobile operator O2 are claiming a major success with the six month trial of Near Field Communications (NFC) technology in London but are now seeking additional partners from the retail and banking sector before committing to a commercial service.
Extreme Design: Ultra-compact embedded computer overcomes multiple design challenges
Design How-To  
9/1/2008   1 comment
Putting significant signal-processing power in a very small, rugged package brings major mechanical, packaging, and thermal design challenges
e2v set to buy US group QP Semiconductors
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9/1/2008   Post a comment
Sensors, semiconductors and electronic tubes specialist e2v technologies plc (Chelmsford, England) is to buy QP Semiconductor, Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.) for an initial cash consideration of $65 million.
BVM : 5.25 inch motherboard supports two independent displays
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9/1/2008   Post a comment
The LS-572 5.25 inch form factor motherboard from BVM supports current and 45 nm next generation processors of the LGA775 packaged Core 2 Duo and Quad processors with up to 1333 MHz system bus.
Atmel rolls $399 customizable MCU kit
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9/1/2008   Post a comment
Atmel debuts a starter kit for its CAP customizable MCUs. The kit speed migration of ARM7-plus-FPGA designs to single chip solutions.


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