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BOARDS - Intel Atom board boasts high performance per watt for CompactPCI
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9/30/2009   Post a comment
Kontron's upgraded CP305 offers typical power consumption of 10 Watts, EN50155 compliant reliability, soldered components and ultra low TDP for harsh environments.
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.
BVM : A-V capture card supports H.264 MPEG-4
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9/30/2009   Post a comment
BVMís MP-840, a high-end video and audio capture Mini-PCI card, supports the high performance H.264 MPEG-4 video compression standard, digitally encoding four channels at 120 fps with full D1 resolution.
Forum: Will cloud services rain on data center systems?
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9/29/2009   1 comment
Cloud computing will rain down a new level of competitors and price pressures on today's data center hardware vendors, reshaping the business computer market, according to an industry consultant.
ARM gets to sit beside Intel inside Dell laptop
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9/29/2009   2 comments
Dell has unveiled a range of laptops that, for the first time, use a microprocessor based on one of ARM plc's low power cores, sitting side-by-side an Intel Core Duo.
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.
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.
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.
Drive makers at crossroads over next generation
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9/29/2009   Post a comment
Hard disk makers will have to decide in the next year which of two major paths they will take to tomorrow's drives that will pack a terabit or more per square inch, according to a leading consultant—heat-assisted recording or patterned media.
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.
Premier Farnell to offer EDA to get closer to engineers
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9/24/2009   Post a comment
Component distributor Premier Farnell plc (Leeds, England) wants to become a vendor of PCB layout software, including a free-of-charge lightweight edition. This should allow the company to get closer to engineers and to be able to sell chips direct to them from the design tool as it is in use.
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.
VersaLogic's EPIC-sized SBC features Intel Core 2 Duo and
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9/24/2009   Post a comment
At ESC Boston VersaLogic introduces its EPIC-sized SBC featuring an Intel Core 2 Duo and SUMIT Connector Scheme
Chinese vendors take to cellular modems
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9/22/2009   Post a comment
The fast growing market for cellular modems has a distinctly Chinese flavor.
Samsung demos component advances for mobiles
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9/22/2009   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics will start sampling in December 1GHz application processors based on ARM's Cortex-A8, targeted at designers of smartphones and netbooks.
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.
Observations from Day 0 at ESC Boston
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9/21/2009   1 comment
FPGAs vendors are distributers are collaborating far more than I imagined.
Huawei ups the ante with 56Mbit/s HSPA+
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9/21/2009   Post a comment
Chinese communications equipment provider Huawei, (Beijing) is gearing up to launch next year a commercial 56Mbits/s system delivering HSPA+ (High Speed Packet Access Plus) that will have the potential to double current download rates.
CIP claims breakthrough performance for integrated SOA-EAM
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9/21/2009   Post a comment
CIP Technologies (Martlesham Heath, England) has unveiled a monolithically integrated reflective amplifier-modulator for wavelength division multiplexing and DWDM networking applications.
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.
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.
Tough challenges ahead seen for fast growing MediaTek
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9/18/2009   Post a comment
Fast growing Taiwanese cellular chip supplier Mediatek has made huge strides over the past few years, but now faces some challenges identifying new growth opportunities, according to market research group Strategy Analytics.
InterDigital targets M2M modules sector, but market seeing little bounce
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9/18/2009   Post a comment
Wireless IP specialist InterDigital Inc. is entering the M2M sector with a deal to license its 2G/3G patents to Cinterion Wireless Modules GmbH (Munich, Germany), a specialist supplier of M2M modules.
Next steps for Ethernet. Join the conversation
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9/17/2009   1 comment
We want to hear your comments on what's the next big step for Ethernet--400 Gbits/second or a terabit rate.
Kontron takes majority of Digital-Logic
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9/17/2009   Post a comment
Board computer manufacturer Kontron AG (Eching, Germany) Has announced it has acquired a controlling interest in Digital-Logic AG (Solothurn, Switzerland). Through the move, Kontron hopes to realize synergy effects.
Companies partner for space qualified modules
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9/17/2009   Post a comment
C-MAC MicroTechnology (Great Yarmouth, England) and Linear Technology (Milpitas, Calif.) have joined forces for a deal that will allow manufacturers outside of the U.S. to purchase space grade and rad-hard monolithic and multichip modules from a European manufacturer without the bureaucratic restrictions they have to face.
DSM : Industrial computer has 19-inch 2 U format
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9/17/2009   Post a comment
A 19-inch 2 U industrial computer from DSM Computerís Infinity 96M1584E family is intended for industrial applications that require highest performance but are subject to space constraints.
e2v targets 1.3MP and 2MP sensors at industrial apps
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9/16/2009   Post a comment
Image sensor specialist e2v (Chelmsford, England) will start shipping by the end of this year a range of 1.3MP CMOS sensors targeting industrial applications and having embedded features.
SiPort brings HD radio to Micosoft's Zune
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9/15/2009   Post a comment
Fabless chip group SiPort (Santa Clara, Calif.) is trying to give a much needed boost to HD radio in the U.S., and has persuaded Microsoft to include it in the latest version of the software giantís Zune portable media player, which goes on sale this week.
Nujira raises funds, targets defence
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9/15/2009   Post a comment
Power amplifier specialist Nujira (Cambridge, England) has raised a further £10 million to accelerate development of its handset technology. The company has also set up a group to work on projects in the defense sector, targeting improved power efficiency for military gear using its High Accuracy Tracking amplifier technology.
Element CXI targets 4G apps with computing array
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9/14/2009   Post a comment
Element CXI, the Milpitas, California based fabless group developing reconfigurable processors, is launching at this week's 4G World Forum in Chicago its nGEN Elemental Computing Array (ECA) platform targeting multi-mode and multi-band wireless applications.
Startup's flash drives ride serial-attached SCSI
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9/14/2009   Post a comment
Startup Pliant Technology has released two flash drives that ride the serial-attached SCSI interconnect and use a proprietary controller to deliver what it claims is a new level of performance and reliability.
Video: Researchers craft automated surgical gear
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9/14/2009   Post a comment
Going far beyond the scalpel, researchers are taping hybrid sensors, wireless technology and video to create tomorrow's surgical instruments.
Snoopy would approve
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9/11/2009   Post a comment
BeagleBoard sessions at ESC teach you how to configure the TI OMAP3530-based development platform. And it's yours to keep!
Pace touts hybrid STB with 3D user interface
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9/11/2009   Post a comment
Pace (Saltaire, England) unveiled a hybrid set-top box with a fully integrated 3D user interface at the IBC this week.
Opinion: One big problem, eight vague options, no solutions for NASA
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9/10/2009   8 comments
Our commentator says the Augustine Commission on the future of U.S. human spaceflight failed to tell NASA what it needs to hear.
picoChip targets small-cell LTE femto designs
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9/10/2009   Post a comment
Wireless chip design group picoChip (Bath, England) is continuing to extend its range of development systems for the emerging femtocells market, with a hardware and software platform targeting "small cell" LTE basestations.
Off and running with ESC
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9/9/2009   1 comment
Check out the highlights of ESC Boston
Micrium/STMicroelectronics raffle off new RTOS book at ESC
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9/9/2009   3 comments
Book covers uC/OS-III, the Real-Time Kernel.
GSMA backs mobile broadcast technology for 3G
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9/9/2009   Post a comment
The GSM Association has endorsed yet another 3GPP standard intended to accelerate the adoption of mobile data and broadcast services.
NXP, Entropic demo MoCA based STB design
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9/9/2009   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors and Entropic Communications, Inc. will demonstrate at this week's IBC in Amsterdam a jointly developed MoCA (Multimedia over Coax Alliance) enabled set-top box (STB) reference design.
Broadcom touts MS Mediaroom certification at IBC
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9/9/2009   Post a comment
Broadcom is making a major push into the set-top box and broadcast sector at the IBC, which starts this week in Amsterdam, most notably with the announcement that its latest STB system on chip has received Microsoft Mediaroom integration.
Irish teams target customizable antennas
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9/8/2009   Post a comment
Wireless chip design group DecaWave (Dublin, Ireland) is to collaborate with the Dublin Institute of Technology's Antenna & High Frequency Research Group (AHFR) for antenna design and research to support its ScenSor chip.
Consortium touts crosstalk eliminating DSL technology
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9/8/2009   Post a comment
Two of the founding members of the iSMART consortium, ECI Telecom and Actelis Networks, said at this week's Broadband World Forum in Paris they have completed the first successful tests of the consortium's Dynamic Spectrum Management Level 3 (DSM L3) technology in conjunction with three major operators.
Analyst: R&D consortia vital for chip equipment future
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9/7/2009   Post a comment
Spending on research and development in the semiconductor equipment industry is set to be slashed, with an $8 billion decline seen over the next five years, according to market trackers Gartner.
OneChip readies EPON transceivers
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9/7/2009   Post a comment
Photonics chip startup OneChip Photonics Inc. (Ottawa, Canada) has started sampling to selected customers and potential partners its Ethernet Passive Optical Network (EPON) transceivers, targeting optical line terminals and optical network units.
Direct Insight : System-on-module uses OMAP35x MCU
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9/7/2009   Post a comment
Direct Insight has introduced a tiny, low-cost module based on the Texas Instruments OMAP3530 family of microcontrollers.
Chip groups light the way at BBWF
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9/7/2009   Post a comment
Semiconductor companies are out in force at this week's Broadband World Forum in Paris, many introducing or demonstrating new devices.
APTX licenses audio technology to Creative Labs
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9/4/2009   Post a comment
APTX, the Belfast, Northern Ireland-based developer and licensor of apt-X audio compression technology, has licensed its technology to Creative Technology, the digital entertainment products group famous for its Sound Blaster sound cards for PCs.
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