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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.
Counting down top stories of 2006: No. 1
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12/29/2006   Post a comment
In our No. 1 story of 2006, Silicon Valley editor Mark LaPedus details a claim by IBM Corp. and the Georgia Institute of Technology that they broke the silicon speed record, thanks in part to a "frozen chip." IBM and Georgia Tech said that they demonstrated the first silicon-based chip capable of operating at frequencies above 500 GHz by cryogenically "freezing" the circuit to minus 451 degrees Fahrenheit.
Counting down top stories of 2006: No. 2
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12/28/2006   Post a comment
Our No. 2 story for 2006, written by London editor Peter Clarke, described the ARM9-based asynchronous processor developed by ARM Holdings plc and Handshake Solutions NV, a subsidiary of Royal Philips Electronics subsidiary. The ARM996HS is thought to be the first commercial clockless processor and is said to be particularly suited to use as an automotive microcontroller.
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.
Counting down top stories of 2006: No. 3
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12/26/2006   Post a comment
Our No. 3 story of 2006 by Silicon Valley editor Mark LaPedus described how Apple Computer teamed up with Ford Motor, General Motors and Mazda to deliver "seamless iPod integration" across the majority of their respective car brands and models.
High-power LEDs combine high intensity with low power consumption
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12/22/2006   Post a comment
Lumex has expanded its high-power LED portfolio with three surface-mount packages and 34 product variants that combine high levels of illumination with low power consumption.
Siemens breaks network speed record
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12/22/2006   Post a comment
Researchers at Siemens have set what they say is a record of 107Gbit/s electric transmission of data over a single fiber-optic cable of just over 100 miles.
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.
Counting down top stories of 2006: No. 4
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12/22/2006   Post a comment
Our No. 4 story of 2006 by London editor Peter Clarke disclosed a major advance in the emerging area of CCD image sensors.
Nichia develops high-efficiency white LED
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12/21/2006   Post a comment
Nichia Corp. said it has developed a white LED delivering 150 lumens/W efficiency.
Phototriacs isolate low-voltage logic from AC voltages
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12/21/2006   Post a comment
Vishay has introduced two non-zero-crossing 1.5-kV/us dV/dt phototriac optocouplers that are designed to isolate low-voltage logic from AC voltages up to 380 V.
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.
Optocouplers come in smaller SO-6 packages
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12/12/2006   Post a comment
Avago has expanded its family of Intelligent Power Modules (IPM) interface optocouplers in a smaller, SO-6 package size.
Vishay provides thermal models for optocouplers, SSRs
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12/6/2006   Post a comment
Vishay now offers detailed thermal characteristics for its newly released optocouplers and solid-state relays that have a total power dissipation of 200 mW and higher.
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.
Vishay's IR modules range from 30 to 56 kHz
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12/1/2006   Post a comment
The infrared receiver modules come in a new Minicast package that delivers high EI immunity and a high-precision band filter.
Quantum dot technology specialist buys rival
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12/1/2006   Post a comment
Quantum dot technology specialist NL Nanosemiconductor GmBH has bought for an undisclosed sum rival Zia Laser Inc, a leading innovator and manufacturer of quantum dot semiconductor lasers.

As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.

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