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NXP design contest-Building a better Bitchin' Betty
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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
News & Analysis  
8/16/2010   1 comment
Taiwan specialty foundry vendor Vanguard International Semiconductor Corp. (VISC) reported second-quarter revenue.
Making medical image quality mobile
Design How-To  
8/16/2010   2 comments
Understand the processing techniques used to improve the medical image quality of portable ultrasound devices
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.
The basics of control theory
Design How-To  
8/16/2010   8 comments
In this first of a three part series, robotics pioneer John Holland provides a brief tutorial on the basics of the proportional, integral and derivative (PID) algorithms and their effective use in many robotic, machine and industrial control applications. Part 1: Classical control theory.
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.
Asahi invests in LED firm
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Crystal IS and Asahi Kasei Corp. announced the signing of a joint development agreement.
IC and equipment results: What analysts are saying
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8/13/2010   Post a comment
Several chip and equipment firms-including Cree, Disco, DNS, Nikon and Nvidia-have recently reported their results.
Use powerline communication and Bluetooth for a smart home
Design How-To  
8/13/2010   4 comments
Here's a case for the use of a mixed system, whereby existing electrical wiring and outlets are used as the medium for data communication within the home. The user interacts with the system wirelessly via a Bluetooth-enabled device, and an adapter serves as the bridge between the two networking technologies.
LCD market hit by slowdown
News & Analysis  
8/13/2010   1 comment
LCDs could be next to see a slowdown.
Oregon files $100M suit against LCD makers
News & Analysis  
8/13/2010   3 comments
Oregon Attorney General John Kroger announced a $100 million lawsuit against major manufacturers of liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) panels.
'Perilous' market conditions seen in solar
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8/12/2010   10 comments
Major swings in inventory levels for solar cells are resulting in ''perilous'' market conditions.
Cisco's miss sends jitters in supply chain
News & Analysis  
8/12/2010   12 comments
Cisco posted lackluster results-a move that could impact select chip makers, such as Cavium, NetLogic and others.
SEMI names U.S. president in reorg
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8/12/2010   Post a comment
SEMI has announced a reorganization, by splitting the trade group into three dedicated business units.
Altis Semi finds buyer
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8/12/2010   4 comments
Altis Semiconductor, a joint venture between Infineon and IBM, has finally found a buyer.
Slowdown seen in LEDs
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8/12/2010   8 comments
Based on Cree Inc.'s results this week and other trends, analysts are worried about the segment.
Solar results: What analysts are saying
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8/12/2010   Post a comment
Several solar firms have recently reported their results. Here's what analysts are saying about the numbers.
Spreadtrum names chairman
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Spreadtrum Communications Inc., one of China's emerging wireless baseband chipset providers, has appointed a chairman.
Line driver accepts signals from any power line carrier modem
Product News  
8/12/2010   5 comments
ON Semiconductor’s Class AB low distortion line driver is targeted at power line carrier (PLC) communications applications such as smart metering, industrial control and street lighting.
GM's CEO steps down
News & Analysis  
8/12/2010   2 comments
General Motors said that Edward Whitacre will step down as chief executive on Sept. 1, 2010, and as chairman.
Illinois, Washington file suits against LCD makers
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8/12/2010   2 comments
Illinois and Washington state have separately filed antitrust actions against LCD makers over alleged price fixing.
An Intro to Networking - Part IV
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8/12/2010   Post a comment
Networking is a new concept for many embedded engineers. The goal of this book, therefore, is to provide a bridge that spans from basic concepts to how to add networking functionality to an embedded design. This chapter provides a quick introduction to networking protocols and then moves rapidly to a discussion on TCP/IP over Ethernet, today's preferred network technology combo with the widest usage in terms of the number of devices and applications. Here is the final segment of Chapter 2.
What are the hot IC product segments?
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8/11/2010   2 comments
Some 26 out of 28 IC product segments will show double-digit growth in 2010, according to IC Insights Inc.
Avago drops share offering
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8/11/2010   Post a comment
Avago has agreed with its principal controlling shareholder to withdraw the proposed secondary offering to the public of 24,840,000 ordinary shares.
ECD revamps solar unit, cuts 140 jobs
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8/11/2010   1 comment
Solar cell maker Energy Conversion Devices Inc. is realigning its solar manufacturing capacity.
SMIC revamps fab deals, confirms capital infusion
News & Analysis  
8/11/2010   7 comments
Chinese foundry provider Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) has revised the business model for its fab arrangements in Chengdu and Wuhan.
Avnet reports record sales
News & Analysis  
8/11/2010   1 comment
Electronics distributor Avnet reported record sales of $5.21 billion for the quarter ended July 3, besting consensus analyst expectations for revenue and profit.
Florida to file suit against LCD makers
News & Analysis  
8/11/2010   2 comments
Following a move by New York, Florida will file a suit against the world’s largest manufacturers of thin-film transistor liquid crystal display panels.
Ohio State demos plastic memory
News & Analysis  
8/11/2010   2 comments
Researchers at Ohio State University claim to have demonstrated a plastic computer memory device that utilizes spintronics technology.
Rudolph buys software line from MKS
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8/11/2010   Post a comment
Metrology tool vendor Rudolph Technologies Inc. has acquired selected assets of the yield dynamics software business from MKS Instruments Inc.
Dow Corning forms joint venture
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8/11/2010   Post a comment
Dow Corning Corp. has entered into an agreement to acquire a 49 percent ownership interest in Timminco Ltd.'s silicon metal manufacturing facility.
My solar-powered driveway lights are a nice, cheap, science project
Blog  
8/11/2010   23 comments
Science-experiment opportunities are everywhere, if you know where to look
Analyst: Slowdown seen in fab tool biz
News & Analysis  
8/11/2010   3 comments
The sky is falling on the fab tool sector, according to an analyst.
Plastic Logic scraps e-book reader
News & Analysis  
8/10/2010   4 comments
Plastic Logic said it has canceled its Que product, an e-book reader that it planned to ship earlier this year.
Red flags seen as TSMC, UMC post monthly sales
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8/10/2010   1 comment
There is good news and bad news in the IC industry.
Thanks to rival, SMIC posts profit
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8/10/2010   Post a comment
Chinese foundry provider Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) posted its first quarterly profit since 2007.
Throughput enhancements boost 802.11n MAC efficiency--Part I
Design How-To  
8/10/2010   3 comments
At the highest rates proposed for the 802.11n PHY, the legacy MAC efficiency would fall to a dismal 15%--negating almost all of the gains for applications. Here's how improvements were achieved with frame aggregation schemes, improved cumulative acknowledgment and medium access rules and other changes made the difference.
Hynix ramps 26-nm NAND chips
News & Analysis  
8/10/2010   1 comment
South Korea's Hynix Semiconductor Inc. said that it has begun mass producing 64-gigabit NAND flash chips using 20-nm class technology at its 300-mm fab, dubbed M11.
Suntech scraps amorphous solar plans
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8/10/2010   Post a comment
Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd., China's largest solar cell maker, is restructuring its operations.
TowerJazz posts record sales
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8/10/2010   Post a comment
Israel's TowerJazz, a specialty foundry vendor, reported record revenue of $125.7 million in the quarter, but it also posted another loss.
TSMC to build solar fab in $3.8B capex plan
News & Analysis  
8/10/2010   4 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) has approved a plan to invest about $3.8 billion.
Samsung invests in quantum dot firm
News & Analysis  
8/10/2010   2 comments
South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has invested $15 million in materials specialist Nanosys Inc.
E+E launches new wireless sensors for humigity, temp, and CO2
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8/10/2010   Post a comment
Engerwitzdorf, Austria - EE240 wireless sensors from E+E Elektronik are designed for high quality, wireless measurement of humidity, temperature or CO2. Up to three intelligent probes can be connected to each transmitter, but each probe operates independently and can be hot swapped. 
Samsung extends lead in DRAM rankings
News & Analysis  
8/9/2010   2 comments
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has extended its lead in the DRAM segment, according to Gartner Inc.’s DRAM rankings for the second quarter.
ASE-EEMS deal: What an analyst is saying
News & Analysis  
8/9/2010   1 comment
Taiwan's Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc. (ASE), the world's largest IC packaging and test house, is expanding.
State files antitrust suit against LCD makers
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8/9/2010   Post a comment
New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has filed an antitrust action against several companies for illegally fixing prices for liquid crystal display screens.
Firm buys silicon ink maker
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8/9/2010   1 comment
Japan's Teijin Ltd. has acquired NanoGram Corp., a company specializing in devising silicon inks and other materials.
TI seeks to soar with Eagle core
News & Analysis  
8/9/2010   3 comments
Texas Instruments Inc. claims that it will be the first licensee for ARM Holdings plc’s next-generation Cortex-A series processor core, codenamed Eagle.
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