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AVX AU series multilayer ceramic chips
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8/31/2010   Post a comment
AVX has beefed up its multilayer ceramic chip (MLCC) line to include gold plated terminations, helping to eliminate a printed-circuit board’s susceptibility to tin wiskering that can affect system performance.
Sematech completes 3-D chip pilot line
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8/31/2010   Post a comment
Sematech announced the completion of its 300-mm, 3-D IC pilot line.
Using requirements planning in embedded systems design: Part 5 - Managing communications between tasks
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8/30/2010   Post a comment
In this six part tutorial, Keith Curtis takes you step by step through development of an embedded systems design requirements document for a seven digit electronic alarm clock. Part 5: Managing communications between tasks
Applied's flowable CVD: Another opinion
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8/30/2010   Post a comment
Applied called FCVD a ''game changer.'' Some analysts were not as impressed, however.
Analyst cuts forecast for AMD
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8/30/2010   4 comments
An investment banking firm has lowered its estimates for Advanced Micro Devices Inc.
Report: EMS vendors face supply chain 'pileup'
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8/30/2010   2 comments
Contract manufacturers are facing a challenging supply imbalance characterized by tight inventories of components and a glut of raw materials, according to a report by market research firm iSuppli.
Intel-Infineon deal: What analysts are saying
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8/30/2010   8 comments
Here's what analysts said about the Intel-Infineon deal.
Top-of-rack 10GE switches to hit $500M
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8/30/2010   3 comments
The market for 10 Gbit/second Ethernet switches geared for rack-mounted servers grew a whopping 300 percent in the last quarter, an indicator a major upgrade cycle is underway in business networks, said an analyst.
Chip sales stay strong amid slowdown signs
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8/30/2010   3 comments
The three-month average of global sales of semiconductors for July was $25.24 billion, up 1.2 percent from June and up 37.0 percent from July 2009, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.
Microsoft founder sues the industry
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8/29/2010   17 comments
Interval Licensing LLC, which is backed by Paul Allen, has filed a complaint against AOL, Apple, eBay, Facebook, Google, Netflix, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples, Yahoo, and YouTube.
Light string has contradictory instructions
8/27/2010   19 comments
What to do when a product's safety labeling contradicts the design itself
Apple should build a fab
8/26/2010   83 comments
With Apple and its key foundry partner, Samsung Electronics, on a collision course in several end-user markets, Apple should consider building its own fab to make the A4 chip for its iPad and iPad.
California proposal could jumpstart U.S. solar market
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8/26/2010   3 comments
Will solar finally take off in California--and the U.S.?
Analyst: IC business back on track in July
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8/26/2010   6 comments
After a lull, the IC industry is back on track, at least according to one analyst.
Ford steers electric car push in Portland
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8/25/2010   13 comments
Ford Motor Co. and Portland General Electric announced a collaboration to help prepare the city of Portland.
Analyst: Street is too bearish on IC climate
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8/25/2010   1 comment
Regarding the growing chip inventories and IC lull, one analyst drew a simple conclusion: Don't worry.
Applied's flowable CVD: What analysts are saying
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8/25/2010   Post a comment
Applied called FCVD a ''game changer,'' but analysts were not as impressed.
Fob functionality goes beyond the car
Design How-To  
8/25/2010   10 comments
The latest in RFID and security technologies permit keys to serve as multi-function personal devices—even as credit cards.
VLSI raises IC, fab tool forecasts
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8/25/2010   1 comment
Despite a lull in the market, VLSI Research Inc. has raised its chip and fab tool forecasts for 2010.
Capacitor lead times could remain stretched through 2010
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8/25/2010   4 comments
Lead times for aluminum, ceramic and tantalum capacitors could remain abnormally long through the rest of the year, according to iSuppli.
ISuppli: Apple to dominate tablet market through 2012
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8/25/2010   10 comments
Apple's iPad is set to continue dominating the tablet computer market through at least 2012, accounting for nearly two-thirds of tablet shipments that year, according to iSuppli.
Audio amplifier power supply design - Part 2: External supplies, inrush current & RF emissions
Design How-To  
8/25/2010   4 comments
Part 2 of an excerpt from the "Audio Power Amplifier Design Handbook", 5th Edition, considers the pros and cons of external supplies, inrush current control, RF emissions from bridge rectifiers, and relay supplies.
Selecting resistors for preamp, amplifier and other high-end audio applications
Design How-To  
8/25/2010   11 comments
This paper describes the noise generation in resistors manufactured using the various available resistor technologies and quantifies the noise insertion typical for each type.
Semico's IC forecast index takes dip
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8/25/2010   Post a comment
In August, the Semico IPI Index experienced its first drop since December 2009.
SpaceX and the new space race
8/24/2010   5 comments
SpaceX and other commercial vendors deserve a shot at ferrying astronauts and supplies into orbit.
Used fab equipment startup emerges
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8/24/2010   Post a comment
A group of executives from the ATE and other industries have formally announced a new used equipment and service company.
Renesas assigns patents to Acacia for licensing
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8/24/2010   3 comments
Chip company Renesas Electronics Corp. has entered into a patent licensing agreement with Acacia Research Corp., a patent portfolio holder and licensor.
Harness speed, performance, signal integrity, and low current advantages of 65nm QDR family SRAMs
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8/23/2010   3 comments
QDR devices based on 65 nm technology provide the ability to achieve high performance and bandwidth with few changes to existing boards in networking applications. Here's how.
Analyst: Applied to roll shallow trench CVD tool
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8/23/2010   3 comments
Applied this week is expected to roll out a new product-a shallow trench isolation film deposition tool.
PCB layout techniques to maximize power module performance
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8/23/2010   4 comments
Understand how board layout affects results of power subsystems
McAfee deal brings Intel into mobile security
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8/20/2010   10 comments
Intel Corp.'s proposed $7.68 billion acquisition of security software vendor McAfee Inc. expands its ongoing push in the embedded front, especially the mobile space.
ATE shines as fab tool book-to-bill climbs
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8/20/2010   2 comments
North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted a book-to-bill ratio of 1.23 in July, up from 1.18 in June, according to SEMI.
Dongbu opens office in Europe
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8/20/2010   Post a comment
South Korean foundry vendor Dongbu HiTek has kicked off its strategy to expand its European presence by opening a sales office in Nice, France.
Echelon names president, CEO
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8/20/2010   Post a comment
Echelon Corp. has appointed Ron Sege as president and chief executive.
Dissecting the requirements document
Design How-To  
8/19/2010   2 comments
In this six part tutorial, Keith Curtis takes you step by step through development of an embedded systems design requirements document for a seven digit electronic alarm clock. Part 1: Dissecting the requirements document.
AMCC buys networking firm
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8/18/2010   Post a comment
Applied Micro Circuits Corp., now called AppliedMicro, has entered into a definitive stock purchase agreement to acquire Tpack A/S of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Reflections from SanDisk CEO Harari
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8/18/2010   3 comments
Eli Harari, SanDisk chairman and CEO (shown), gave a keynote and addressed several topics in a keynote address and subsequent interview.
Firm: U.S. falling behind in nanotech
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8/18/2010   6 comments
The U.S. is also falling behind in the arena, warned a research group.
SanDisk rolls embedded SSD
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8/18/2010   2 comments
SanDisk Corp. claims to have rolled out the first product in a new category of embedded solid state drives.
Photronics boosts capex again
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8/18/2010   1 comment
Mask maker Photronics Inc. raised its capital spending again amid strong results.
Using switched capacitors to create programmable analog logic blocks in mixed-signal designs
Design How-To  
8/18/2010   5 comments
Any physical system design needs both analog and digital functionality. Achieving a modular, programmable design is crucial for the demanding applications of future, which has led to more and more designs integrating subsystems and using mixed-signal architectures.
More states file suits against LCD makers
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8/17/2010   1 comment
West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw filed suit against manufacturers of thin-film transistor liquid crystal display panels.
Intel tips 'Soda Creek' line of SSDs
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8/17/2010   5 comments
Intel Corp. is quietly sampling a product line, based on the mini-SATA interface technology.
Dual-mode receive/transmit internal SMD FM antenna module for embedded FM radio applications
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8/17/2010   Post a comment
Antenova Ltd has announced the addition of the M10385 dual-mode receive/transmit internal surface mount FM Antenna Module for a broad range of mobile and digital media device applications.
NXP design contest-Building a better Bitchin' Betty
8/17/2010   14 comments
Dave Termohlen has accomplished much in his 25 years as an engineer, but he may just be hitting his stride with Bitchin' Betty.
Price hikes, growth seen in power management ICs
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8/17/2010   Post a comment
Comprising of ICs and discretes, power management semiconductors are projected to generate sales of $31.4 billion in 2010.
Vanguard Q2 up, says capacity is booked
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8/16/2010   1 comment
Taiwan specialty foundry vendor Vanguard International Semiconductor Corp. (VISC) reported second-quarter revenue.
NAND specification adds error correction
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8/16/2010   Post a comment
The Open NAND Flash Interface (ONFI) Working Group has updated its specification to include error correction.
Veeco sells metrology unit to Bruker
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8/16/2010   3 comments
Seeking to narrow its focus, Veeco Instruments Inc. has agreed to sell its metrology business to Bruker Corp. for $229 million in cash.
Epistar invests in LED firm
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8/13/2010   1 comment
Israel's Oree Inc., a developer of LED planar illumination technology, has secured an investment from Epistar Corp.
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