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Agilent releases modeling design system for antenna systems
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6/28/2007   Post a comment
Agilent has released its Antenna Modeling Design System (AMDS), which is a 3D dedicated design, modeling and verification tool for antenna systems and placement.
EMC filters offer low leakage current for medical applications
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EPCOS has expanded its SIFI-F series with the launch of 2-line filters for medical applications.
Charge pump offers three-bank LED driver design
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Sipex has released a 7-channel, charge-pump based light management unit (LMU) designed for mobile display and keypad LED backlighting.
Ethernet group may bless 40, 100G paths
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A group trying to chart the future of Ethernet is expected to propose at key July meeting in San Francisco a plan to set standards both for 40 and 100 Gbit/second versions of the technology to meet the diverging needs of computer and communication companies.
Synopsys reaffirms support for Vera
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Even though Synopsys is heavily pushing SystemVerilog as a unified design and verification language, the company is reaffirming support for its own Vera testbench language.
Load switches provide up to 2 A current-limit protection
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Fairchild introduces the FPF250X series, a family of IntelliMAX load switches with input voltages ranging from 4.5 V up to 20 V. These highly integrated devices provide full protection against potentially damaging over-current conditions impacting low-power designs.
Mini pushbutton switches target low-cost designs
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NKK Switches has reduced the cost of its MB2000 and MB2400 series miniature pushbuttons, making them suitable for low-cost designs.
Wire-to-board connectors save space in flat panel display systems
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Molex has developed the Pico-Clasp single- and dual-row wire-to-board connectors to save space in flat panel display systems.
LDO regulators are housed in SOT-23 package
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Catalyst Semiconductor has announced two additions to its recently released low dropout (LDO) regulator product line. The CAT6217 and CAT6218 LDO regulators source 150 mA and 300 mA output currents, respectively, in a SOT-23 package.
Pentagon claims credit for bald eagle's resurgence
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The Department of Defense is claiming a "significant role" in the resurgence of the nation's symbol.
Five chipmakers control 32% of manufacturing, says analyst
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Samsung, TSMC, Intel, Toshiba, and UMC had the five largest shares of the world's chip manufacturing capacity at the end of 2006, with a combined capacity of just over 2.9 million 200-mm equivalent wafer per month.
Semiconductor service labs to merge
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Three separate semiconductor service labs -- Berkeley Consulting Services Inc., FIB International Inc. and Nano Measurements Inc. -- have merged.
Qinetiq moves investments into independent VC fund
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The U.K. defense and security firm Qinetiq Group plc has formed a venture capital company with Coller Capital Ltd. that is intended to accelerate progress at seven of its investments.
Arena sees 61% jump in sales of on-demand PLM
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Arena Solutions today reported that new customer sales jumped 61 percent in the first quarter of 2007, an indication of growing demand for on-demand product lifecycle management (PLM).
Low-power limiting post amplifier targets SFP transceivers
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Micrel launched the SY88973BL, a low-power limiting post amplifier that is designed for use in fiber optic receivers.
ASE tops IC assembly and test rankings
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Taiwan's Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc. (ASE) remained the No. 1 provider of assembly and test services in 2006 and became the first provider to exceed $3 billion in a calendar year, according to rankings from Gartner Inc.
California Micro Devices lowers outlook
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California Micro Devices Inc. has lowered its financial outlook for the first quarter of fiscal 2008, which ends June 30.
Sumitomo buys MEMS etch firm
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Japan's Sumitomo Precision Products Co. Ltd. (SPP) has completed the acquisition of Primaxx Inc., a manufacturer of MEMS etch release equipment, in an all-cash transaction.
Berner & Mattner has jobs for automotive EE testers
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Vehicle electronics engineering company Berner & Mattner presently offers some 30 jobs for engineers and technical managers.
Qimonda DIMMs aim at high-end servers
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With its 8-GByte DDR2 FB-DIMM modules, Qimonda claims to be the first in the industry to offer this high memory density. Probably more important could be the vendor's second claim: The devices are said to dissipate up to 45 percent less power, compared with existing solutions.
IPhone to gain share, but questions remain
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Strategy Analytics predicts that Apple Computer Inc.'s iPhone will account for 10 percent share of total smartphone sales in the United States by the end of 2007.
Hitachi launches 14 flat-panel HDTVs for 2007, drops all rear pros
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Hitachi introduced its fall 2007 TV line this week (June 26). According to the company, it is stepping forward in executing on its visionary strategy of providing all 1080, all flat panel, all large-screen (42-inch -60-inch).
Five chipmakers control 32% of manufacturing, says analyst
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Samsung, TSMC, Intel, Toshiba, and UMC had the five largest shares of the world's chip manufacturing capacity at the end of 2006, with a combined capacity of just over 2.9 million 200-mm equivalent wafer per month. They accounted for 32 percent of total wafer capacity as of year-end 2006, according to market research company IC Insights.
Digital power supplies offer PMBus communication
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N-0275 series ultra-compact 275 W switch mode power supplies feature digital power management and optional PMBus capability.
Can Apple sustain its iPhone launch success?
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As the hype over Apple's iPhone reaches its climax, an industry consultant is posing a fundamental question: Can Apple sustain iPhone's initial momentum over the next four months in areas like volume, price and profitability?
secureAVR MCU targets banking SDA market, small ID programs
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Atmel has replaced its AT90SC6404RT chip with the AT90SC9604RU secure microcontroller that it designed with additional ROM memory to allow its customers to implement sophisticated applications such as CPA (Common Platform Application) for the EMV banking, SDA (Static Data Authentication) market.
Phase control ICs control two 3-phase motors simultaneously and independently
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NEC Electronics’ 3-phase control ICs V850E/IF3 and V850E/IG3 are based on the 32-bit V850E1 core, and include two integrated 16-bit 3-phase timers with 6-phase PWM output function.
ST readies chips for Sirius' in-vehicle TV receiver
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STMicroelectronics NV announced it has developed a digital broadcasting chipset for Sirius Backseat TV, a TV service that delivers live TV from family TV networks to the video screens of select vehicles.
12-V step-down converter has low quiescent current
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Consuming a low 115 µA quiescent current, the AAT1162 dc/dc converter reduces power usage for a wide range of 12 V industrial applications as well as higher powered portable systems operating from dual-cell Lithium-ion/polymer batteries.
DSM Computer presents a space-saving industry PC with high performance
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The 96M15831 19-inch 1U computer from DSM's Infinity family is designed for industrial applications that demand maximum performance but where installation space is limited.
EE Times updates list of emerging startups
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The EE Times 60 Emerging Startups list, first published in April 2004, has been updated to version 6.0 to reflect the latest corporate, commercial, technology and market conditions.
Career Profile: President/Global Wave Group
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Zubin Mehta says his career success is due to a motivating mentor and learning how to build strong relationships in business.
Aeroflex rolls error/noise tester add-ons
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Aeroflex has added a G.703 interface pod option to its FB100A bit error rate tester for telecommunications infrastructures. The add-on enables the tester to be used for a wider range of interfaces, ranging from T1 to STM-1 at 155 Mbit/s.
After a record year, Maxon sees end of growth
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For its FY 2006, electric drives vendor Maxon group (Sachseln, Switzerland) reports a record year. Sales rose 17 percent to CHF 269 million (about $219).
ST unveils front-end measurement ICs
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European chipmaker STMicroelectronics NV has launched a family of energy-metering integrated circuits (ICs) that is claimed to implement a complete meter system without requiring any other active component.
TGV Est : Communication mobile à plus de 500 km/h
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Le TGV Est européen, mis en oeuvre le 10 juin 2007, a enregistré de très hautes vitesses ferroviaires, supérieures à 500 km/h. La SNCF et le fournisseur d'équipements de télécommunications Nortel ont donc cherché à établir et à maintenir une communication GSM-R à une telle vitesse. Pari réussi.
Ganzheitlicher Ansatz für erfolgreiches Design und Verifikation auf Systemebene
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Die Komplexität elektronischer Designs nimmt exponentiell zu. Nur mit ganzheitlichen, übergeifenden Ansätzen bleiben solche Entwicklungen beherrschbar. Die transaktions-basierende Systemverifizierung stellt einen solchen Ansatz zur Verfügung.
Des transistors de plus en plus rapides
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Des transistors à partir de nanotubes de carbone sur substrat de silicium : tel est l'accomplissemnet d'une équipe de chercheurs de l’Institut d’électronique, de microélectronique et de nanotechnologie (IEMN /CNRS – Universités Lille 1 et Valenciennes, Institut supérieur de l’électronique et du numérique) et du Service de Physique de l'Etat Condensé du CEA.
Consumer dominieren PC-Nachfrage
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Angesichts fehlender neuer Killer-Applikationen für PCs kommt das Wachstum fast nur noch aus den "Emerging Markets". Dennoch geht das Marktfoschungsinstitut Gartner davon aus, dass das Marktvolumen im laufenden Jahr um etwa 11 Prozent zulegt.
UDcast expands presence in Asia
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UDcast SA, French provider of IP over broadcast media, and Zentek, integrated solutions provider for digital TV and IPTV, have concluded a strategic cooperation agreement to provide the Japanese and Far East Asia markets with DVB-H mobile TV standard.
Career Profile: President/DBA Web Technologies
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Varesh Sachdev has climbed the corporate ladder and is now running his own company—not too shabby for an techie who started out as a linear programming specialist.
Cambridge Consultants, PicoChip partner on 4G
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6/27/2007   Post a comment
Cambridge Consultants has become the first authorized design center for picoChip's multi-core digital signal processor (DSP).
Ciranova plans persistent p-cell donation
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Taking another step towards analog EDA interoperability, Ciranova Inc. is planning to donate caching technology for persistent parameterized cells (p-cells) to the Open Access Coalition.
LSI sells consumer IC biz, cuts 900 jobs
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Amid a move to cut 900 jobs -- or 13 percent of its workforce -- LSI Corp. has sold its consumer chip business to Magnum Semiconductor Inc. The transaction will be funded by private equity investment.
Kaleidescape's letter responds to moves by DVD Copy Control Association
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Kaleidescape's letter responds to moves by DVD Copy Control Association
Rohm and Haas expands CMP pad line
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Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials (R&H) has expanded its efforts in the chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) pad arena.
Private equity firms bid for UTAC
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In yet another sign of private equity's growing interest in the semiconductor industry, Affinity Global Capital and TPG Capital launched a takeover bid for Singapore's United Test and Assembly Center Ltd. (UTAC).
Vietnam bolsters efforts to attract technology investments
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The Vietnamese government has approved a master plan for the development of the electronics sector that sets the ambitious target of more than doubling its revenues over the next three years.
Siemens sells medical monitor business to Eizo
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Siemens Automation and Drives (A&D) division has sold its medical monitor business to Eizo Nanao Corp. The move follows the insight that Siemens was not a big enough player in this field.
LSI sells consumer IC biz, cuts 900 jobs
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Amid a move to cut 900 jobs -- or 13 percent of its workforce -- LSI Corp. has sold its consumer chip business to Magnum Semiconductor Inc. The transaction will be funded by private equity investment.
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