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D&R adds configurable documentation platform
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Design & Reuse SA (D&R), a global collaboration network for sharing system-on-chip (SoC) design resources, announced a configurable documentation platform as part of its Enterprise Intranet Platform.
Broadcom to acquire Dune Networks for $178 million
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Fabless chip vendor Broadcom plans to acquire Dune Networks, a developer of solutions for data center networking equipment, in a deal worth $178 million, the company said.
Silicon Frontline licenses fast 3D extraction tool
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Image sensor provider Aptina announced it has licensed the Fast 3D software for post-layout verification and fast 3D extraction from startup Silicon Frontline Technology, Inc. to improve its image sensor design accuracy and manufacturing quality.
Firm to lease New York fabs, facilities
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Real estate firm Binswanger has been named exclusive agent by IBM Corp. for the lease of two fabs and industrial space located in East Fishkill, N.Y.
Analysis: Sleeping giant Applied wakes up
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The sleeping giant woke up in the fab tool business, but will its rivals take notice or respond with a yawn?
Spansion MirrorBit module available for Spartan-6
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NOR flash vendor Spansion saidits MirrorBit flash memory is now available as a verified configuration solution for Xilinx' Spartan-6 FPGA family.
250-MSPS, 14-bit ADC claims lowest power consumption
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Texas Instruments has introduced the first in a new class of high-speed analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) that claims to deliver ultra-low power consumption and excellent dynamic performance across wide signal bandwidths from DC up to 550 MHz.
HiTek Power offers full RS232 control of 70 kV power supply
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HiTek Power has added an RS232-controlled variant to its XRG70 series of compact high-voltage power supplies for high-performance analytical and measurement X-ray applications.
OTB Solar partnersTrident Solar to offer inkjet technologies to solar market
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OTB Solar BV (Eindhoven, the Netherlands) and Trident Solar today announce a partnership for bringing innovative, cost-saving inkjet technologies to the solar market.
Worst could be over for solar slump
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The solar industry is seeing its first downturn, but the worst could be over in the arena.
Low-power FPGA startup hits volume production
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Low-power FPGA startup SiliconBlue Technologies Corp. (Santa Clara, Calif.) has shipped production-volume quantities of its iCE65 mobileFPGA devices to more than 10 customers. The company claims it is the first new FPGA vendor to achieve this in 20 years.
Obducat's CEO resigns amid losses
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Patrik Lundstrom, chief executive of Obducat AB, has announced his intention to leave the nano-imprint lithography supplier.
Wintegra samples wireless network processor
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Communications chip developer Wintegra Inc. (Austin, Texas) has said that the company's third-generation network access processor, the WinPath3, is now sampling.
'Upfitting' market heats up
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The vehicle "upfitting" sector appears to be a growth market for automotive suppliers.
Virtutech sets foot in China
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System simulation technology provider Virtutech Inc. announced it has created a subsidiary in Shanghai, China, in a view to support the growing demand for virtualized systems development solutions.
Survey shows how users want more on mobiles
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Users of mobile computing and portable communications expect to access more multimedia content over time but are not prepared to pay much by way of a subscription for the right, according to a survey conducted by ABI Research on behalf of Mirics Semiconductor Ltd. (Fleet, Hampshire).
Programmable low frequency wakeup receiver offers longest range and battery life in active tags
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austriamicrosystems has expanded its RF product portfolio with the AS3930, a single-channel low power, low frequency wakeup receiver which claims to offer the highest sensitivity at lowest current consumption for the industry's best range.
October's averaged chip sales beat expectations
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The three-month average of global sales of semiconductors rose to $21.7 billion in October, ahead of expectations, up a 5.1 percent from September and down 3.5 percent from October 2008, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.
Ceravision signs Toshiba for microwave lighting
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Ceravision Ltd. (Milton Keynes, England), developer of a microwave-powered light bulb, has formed an alliance with Toshiba Electronics to accelerate development of magnetrons for lighting applications.
Apple accused of NAND price manipulation, says Korean report
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Consumer electronics giant Apple Inc. is being accused of using its commanding purchasing position to manipulate NAND flash memory prices, according to a Korea Times article.
Power source equipment integrated connector module
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The HyperJack PoE+ drop-in solution connector modules from Molex help migrate designs from non-PoE to fully-integrated Power over Ethernet Plus.
Diamond Microwave Devices closes GBP1.3m commercialisation round
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Diamond Microwave Devices (DMD), a spin out from the diamond electronics team in Element Six Technologies (E6), has closed a GBP1.3m equity investment from a consortium consisting of Oxford Technology Management, YFM via the Partnership Investment Fund, The ERA Foundation and two private investors.
Phoenix Contact launched what it claims to be the world fastest I/O system
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Phoenix Contact's Axioline is a real-time I/O system that allows update times of 500 ns to 1 microsecond per terminal block depending on the I/O configuration.
Battery monitoring components to the rescue of data centres
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LEM launched its Sentinel III portfolio of battery monitoring components, aimed at UPS installations in data centres.
CISSOID introduces high temperature 80 V small-signal N-channel MOSFET
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High temperature semiconductor specialist, CISSOID has introduced a new high temperature 80 V small-signal N-channel MOSFET transistor in its Planet family of high temperature transistors and switches.
Aeroflex Plainview adds eight new mini mux devices to HiRel analog multiplexer modules
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Aeroflex Plainview has added eight new products to its family of HiRel Analog Multiplexer Modules which are used in aerospace applications to send multiple signals to subsystems for monitoring.
Handheld analyzers give field engineers W-CDMA and HSDPA capabilities
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MT8222A and Spectrum Master™ MS272xB series analysers from Anritsu Company now boast added options that allow field engineers and technicians to conduct W-CDMA and HSDPA measurements faster and more efficiently during the installation and maintenance of wireless networks.
AWR and AMPSA partner to bring multimatch amplifier design technology to Microwave Office
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AWR and AMPSA (Pty) Ltd, a supplier of RF and microwave amplifier design software, today announced a relationship that enables AWR to incorporate AMPSA's Multimatch amplifier design technology as an optional module into its industry-leading Microwave Office high-frequency design software.
Salary Survey: 'Hot' tech markets leave Chinese EEs cold
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11/30/2009   8 comments
The globalization of engineering has made some geography-specific trends more difficult to spot.
Where next? Debating the future of manned space flight
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11/30/2009   5 comments
The future of U.S. manned spaceflight and exploration of the solar system looks bleak unless political and budget barriers can be overcome.
2009 Salary Survey: Engineers take a bad year in stride
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11/30/2009   6 comments
Despite the toll of the past year on the economy in general and tech in particular, most EEs still love their jobs, wish to stay in the field and do not regret their investments in the profession.
Salary Survey: What ails Japanese engineers?
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11/30/2009   1 comment
The struggle for relevance in a technology world that is rapidly shifting resources and manufacturing to China appears to be taking a heavy toll on Japanese engineers.
Engineers take a bad year in stride
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I tip my hat TO ENGINEERs.
Salary Survey: Chinese, Indian engineers expand wish list
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Engineers in China and India want more--more money, more societal recognition, higher positions at their employers.
Smart grid hits snag over powerline standard
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The U.S. government is grappling with one of the first big snags in the wake of awarding $4 billion in grants to build a smart electric grid—how to find a standard that would let consumer appliances plug into an intelligent power network.
Altera signs distribution agreement with Newark
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Electronics distributor Newark has signed a franchise agreement with Altera to supply Altera's FPGA and CPLD devices, the latest development kits and the Quartus II design software in North America.
GreenPoint reference designs simplify LED apps
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ON Semiconductor debuts two new GreenPoint reference designs which will enable easy and speedy development of high-efficiency LED based lighting applications.
Ingenic licenses Dolphin Integration's audio codecs
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Chinese embedded microprocessor supplier Ingenic Semiconductor announced it is licensing the ultra-low power audio converter from Dolphin Integration.
Oerlikon Systems wins multiple crystalline silicon solar cell system orders
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Oerlikon Systems (Balzers, Liechtenstein) has received a large order for multiple SOLARIS crystalline silicon solar cell systems from a major European crystalline solar cell manufacturer.
Three EDK 300 kits to win for EnOcean Dolphin modules
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Offering a simple entry to bidirectional, self-powered wireless communications, the EDK 300 developer's kit enables users to start complex hardware and software design for new products based on EnOcean's Dolphin EO3000i platform.
Organic solar cell startup raises $27 million
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Heliatek GmbH (Dresden, Germany), a startup developing organic solar cells, has raised $27 million in a second round of financing, with which it plans to build a manufacturing facility.
Samsung, Freescale, Apple pro and con lead weekly story ranking
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11/27/2009   Post a comment
Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Nov. 22, as ranked by EE Times readers, up to and including Friday, Nov. 27. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
European stocks recover from lows on Dubai debt shock
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European stock markets recovered lost ground on Friday (Nov. 27) after opening between 1 and 2 percent down on the previous close. The low opening prices had been a reaction to news that state-owned Dubai World had said it would delay repaying some of its debt by six months.
Infineon extends energy efficient lighting IC portfolio
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Infineon Technologies AG is extending its portfolio of energy efficient lighting ICs with a new family of low cost linear LED drivers.
Samsung licenses HD video processor IP from Silicon Hive
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Silicon Hive BV (Eindhoven, The Netherlands), a licensor of application processors, has announced that Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd has licensed its HiveGo VSS3000 video processor.
LF RFID IC with OTP functionality targets small-sized access control systems
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Atmel Corporation's LF OTP (One Time Programmable) transponder, desinated IDIC® ATA5575M1, has been optimized for next-generation access control systems. Application areas include, for example, hotel rooms, engineering departments, offices, time recording systems and parking lots, as well as customer loyalty and membership cards.
Microchip expands its automotive portfolio into the 150 degree C operating range
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Microchip Technology has extended its range of devices tested and qualified in accordance with AEC-Q100 Grade 0 requirements, to include 8- and 16-bit PIC microcontrollers and dsPIC digital signal controllers, serial EEPROM devices, and analogue products.
Global chip sales were flat in October, says analyst
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Global chip sales in October are believed to have been flat on the previous month, according to analysts at Carnegie Group (Oslo, Norway). The three-month average of August, September and October chip sales is expected to be reported as $21.0 billion, compared to $20.6 billion for the equivalent figure in September.
Low-cost development environment for the STM32 microcontrollers
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STMicroelectronics is making low-volume design around its STM32 microcontrollers accessible, thanks to the very low-cost ST-LINK debug probe, delivered with the Atollic TrueSTUDIO  IDE.
Contact-free capacitive level switch
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Sensortechnics' CLW series detects point levels of liquids and granular or pulverised materials without contacting the media, relying on non-invasive capacitive sensor technology and allowing complete media compatibility and sterility.
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