Versatile microwave hybrid devices can be used as combiners or dividers
RF and microwave component specialist Link Microtek has added a range of general-purpose 90-degree hybrid devices to its LYNX portfolio of microwave components, which provide a reliable yet low-cost non-ITAR alternative to more established product lines.
Toshiba expands European ASIC offering with eFUSE memory macro
The ASIC and Foundry Business Unit at Toshiba Electronics Europe (TEE) has announced that European ASIC and system-on-chip (SoC) customers can now take advantage of eFUSE (electrical programmable fuse) technology when developing ICs based on Toshiba processes.
Synopsys unveils 30 percent smaller area, low power USB 2.0 PHY IP for 28nm processes
Synopsys, Inc has announced the addition of the new DesignWare USB 2.0 picoPHY IP to its USB 2.0 PHY IP product line that has been successfully deployed in more than 300 customer designs, and in more than 50 different process technologies ranging from 180nm to 32nm. Targeted at mobile and high-volume consumer applications such as feature-rich smartphones, mobile internet devices and netbooks, the DesignWare USB 2.0 picoPHY supports advanced 28nm processes in a 1.8V architecture, is 30 percent smaller than the previous USB 2.0 PHY generation, and offers reduced pin count and low standby power consumption.
Napatech Announces Winpcap Support
Napatech recently released WinPCAP support on its intelligent real-time network adapters. WinPCAP is an additional feature to the previously released Windows driver, believed to be the world's fastest Windows driver for Ethernet applications. The same packet capture feature set and high performance can now be supported across Windows, Linux and FreeBSD.
New Integral Optics facility now completed
Hamamatsu Photonics K.K. has announced that construction of their new building for the development of portable products which combine optical systems with photonic devices is now completed. The new facility, called the "Business Promotion Project Building," is located on the grounds of the company's Central Research Laboratory. The completion ceremony was held on the 16th October 2009 and operations will begin in November 2009.
Acal Proposes Acquisition Of Bfi Optilas S.A.S.
Acal has announced that it has agreed to acquire the entire issued share capital of BFi OPTiLAS (the "Acquisition"). BFi OPTiLAS is a private specialised distributor of electronic and photonic components, modules and systems across Europe, as well as supplying value-added calibration and maintenance services. BFi OPTiLAS will be acquired for a consideration of €10 million payable in cash and 2 million Acal ordinary shares to be issued on completion (the "Consideration").
Synopsys announces 40th DesignWare audio codec IP
Synopsys, Inc, a leader in software and IP for semiconductor design, verification and manufacturing, today announced the availability of its 40th audio codec IP with the release of the DesignWare 96 dB Hi-Fi Audio IP in the SMIC 65-nanometer (nm) process. Synopsys has been a leading provider of audio IP for more than twelve years and provides designers with high-quality audio IP solutions supporting 20 different process nodes, from 180-nanomenter (nm) to 65-nm processes and with performance levels from 80 dB to 103 dB. By providing a broad portfolio of silicon-proven audio IP solutions that is backed by local technical support experts across all major geographical regions and shipped in more than 100 million units, Synopsys has gained the trust of designers in helping them lower integration risk, speed time-to-market and achieve first-pass silicon success for their SoC designs.
Molex accredited as PROFINET Competence Centre for France
Molex has been accredited as a PROFINET Competence Centre (PICC) in France for a period of 2 years. The Molex PROFINET Competence Centre, which consists of employees of Molex and Testlab, has demonstrated the necessary competence and has the necessary equipment to support PROFINET technology.
Cypress Envirosystems and Adura Technologies Partner to Bring Smart Control of HVAC and Lighting Systems to Existing Commercial Buildings
Cypress Envirosystems, a subsidiary of Cypress Semiconductor and Adura Technologies, which creates turn-key wireless lighting management systems for commercial facilities, today announced they have formed a strategic sales and technology partnership. As part of the partnership, both companies will sell a fully compatible solution that combines Cypress Envirosystems' Wireless Pneumatic Thermostat (WPT) and the Adura LightPoint System (ALPS). The combined solutions can save between 30 and 50 percent of the overall energy use in a commercial building and enable facilities to connect to a Smart Grid.
Agilent Technologies and Stanford University to Explore New Class of Nanoscale Devices
Agilent Technologies today announced it is collaborating with Stanford University in a research program designed to explore a new class of nanoscale devices using a combinations of the scanning probe microscope (SPM) and atomic layer deposition (ALD). The research will enable the rapid prototyping and characterization of nanoscale devices with breakthroughs in sub 10 nm scale for a wide range of applications.
Avago Technologies - Automotive-Grade High Speed, Low Power Digital Optocouplers for Hybrid Electric Vehicles
Avago Technologies has announced a pair of automotive-grade high speed, low power, digital CMOS optocouplers for use in Hybrid Electric Vehicles. The ACPL-M71T single channel high speed 15MBd and ACPL-M72T low power LED drive optocouplers are the latest additions to Avago's R2Coupler™ digital family. Both of these high temperature, low power optocouplers, which are available in small outline IC-5 (SOIC-5) packages, are ideal for use in controller area network bus (CANBus) interfaces and microcontroller interfaces applications.
Vehicle Dynamics Tests for Commercial Vehicles
To improve the safety of commercial vehicles in road traffic, UN/ECE regulation 13-H stipulates that electronic stability systems (ESP systems) must be installed in commercial vehicles from 2011 onward. For the first time, this regulation permits the use of simulation models to verify that the ESP systems function correctly. dSPACE's new simulation model ASM Truck already provides all the features required for testing and validating ESP functions for directional stabilization and rollover protection. With virtual vehicle dynamics tests, testing activities can be moved from the road to the simulation system. This significantly reduces the workload and costs involved in testing the enormous number of different vehicle variants available in the commercial vehicle industry.
STMicroelectronics and ARM team up to power entertainment
STMicroelectronics and ARM announced today that ST has adopted the ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore processor, in addition to the Mali®-400 graphics processor, for its upcoming set-top-box and digital TV system-on-chip (SoC) ICs.
Phyworks opens Santa Clara office
Phyworks, the high-performance analog and mixed signal communications IC company, has announced the opening of a new office in Santa Clara, California. Housing marketing, sales and application engineering functions, the office will support the company's rapidly growing range of equalizers and physical media devices.
picoChip delivers first ‘greater femtocell’ solution for enterprise, metro and rural applications
picoChip has launched the PC8219E, the world's first Class 3 femtocell reference design that brings femtocell technology to campuses, rural areas or 'metrozone' hot-spots. The turnkey solution builds on picoChip's field-proven robust PC8208 and 8209 PHYs to provide a complete extended-reach HSPA femtocell baseband. The PC8219E has already been delivered to customers and deployed by carriers.
Agilent Technologies Appoints Ambry Genetics as First Certified Service Provider for Agilent's Target Enrichment System for Next-Gen Sequencing
Agilent Technologies and Ambry Genetics today announced that Ambry is the first organization to achieve Certified Service Provider (CSP) status for Agilent's SureSelect Target Enrichment System for next-generation sequencing. SureSelect, introduced in February 2009, has been shown to greatly increase the speed and cost-efficiency of next-generation sequencing workflows used in life science research by enabling experiments to focus on genomic regions of interest rather than sequencing the entire genome.
Cable Set-Top-Box Platform from STMicroelectronics Drives Value-Added Digital-TV Services in China
STMicroelectronics has announced that its highly integrated single-chip STi5197 cable STB decoder is now shipping in high volume to leading STB makers in China. The STi5197 includes a QAM (quadrature amplitude modulation) demodulator and MPEG-2 audio/video-decoding and application-processing functions making the chip ideally suited to the cost-effective solutions being requested by operators in all markets. The chip also supports all major conditional-access security schemes and middleware.
Imagination and NAVTEQ enter agreement to stimulate developer adoption of 3D graphics in navigation and location-based services (LBS)
Imagination Technologies, a leading multimedia chip technologies company, has teamed up with NAVTEQ, the leading global provider of digital map, traffic and location data for in-vehicle, portable, wireless and enterprise solutions, to drive innovation in graphics for location-based services (LBS). Imagination and NAVTEQ Network for Developers (NN4D.com) aim to stimulate increased developer adoption by providing technical documentation and resources for how to build advanced LBS applications for wireless devices with smoothly rendered 3D mapping and navigation features.
Freescale and Synopsys announce multi-year strategic collaboration agreement to increase verification productivity
Synopsys, Inc. has announced the expansion of its verification collaboration with Freescale. The integration of complex hardware enabled by Moore's law, IP, and embedded software content in modern devices is causing a rapid increase in verification complexity. Freescale and Synopsys have broadened their ongoing collaboration to manage this growing complexity. In addition to verification performance, efficiency, and methodology, the expanded collaboration will focus on managing the ever-increasing cost of verification, which can encompass up to 75 percent of the total cost of product development.
Wolfson Power Management IC selected for IREX Technologies’ new touch-screen eReader
Wolfson Microelectronics has announced that IREX Technologies has selected the WM8352, a Wolfson power management device with integrated stereo CODEC, for its innovative new touch-screen eReader, the DR800SG. The WM8352 is part of the successful portfolio of Wolfson AudioPlus devices, which offers a highly integrated solution delivering superior sound quality and extended battery life to leading edge portable multimedia devices, such as the IREX DR800SG.
Power Protection/Control From FDB Electrical
FDB Electrical has announced its FDB27 range of Hangar Power Distribution Cubicles (PDC) which has proved to be the benchmark for individual circuit protection in RAF Bases around the world. Designed in accordance with MOD and PSA specifications, the FDB27 range provides electrical protection and control for power supplies to ground support equipment in hangars, workshops and garages.
Fischer moves to new headquarters and production site
In response to increasing market needs, Fischer Connectors SA has just moved its headquarters and primary production center to new facilities along the lake of Geneva in Saint-Prex, Switzerland, just 10 km away from their former location in Apples.
“WET”: A2M Embraces Autodesk Middleware and Animation Tools to Boost Game Pipeline
Autodesk has announced that Montreal-based game developer Artificial Mind & Movement (A2M) relied on several Autodesk software applications to facilitate creation of the new game title "WET." The game's characters and levels were built using Autodesk Maya and Autodesk MotionBuilder 3D animation software. Autodesk Kynapse middleware was used to implement artificial intelligence (AI) to drive the game's many nonplayable characters.
E-Mon's LonWorks Comm Option Allows Up to 40 Submeter Inputs
E-Mon, LLC , the electric submetering market leader and manufacturer of the widely installed E-Mon D-Mon product line, announces the availability of a new LonWorks communication option (specify Option LTP) for converting electrical submeter data into the LonWorks communications format for building automation systems (BAS) and equipment control applications, including lighting and security systems, HVAC and more.
Altera Starts Production Shipments of the Industry's First FPGAs with Integrated 11.3-Gbps Transceivers
Altera today announced it has started shipping in production its Stratix® IV GT EP4S100G2 FPGA, the industry's first FPGA featuring integrated 11.3-Gbps transceivers. Stratix IV GT FPGAs are the only single-chip devices available today that meet the high-speed bandwidth requirements for next-generation framer, MAC, bridging and switching applications for 100-Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and 100-Gigabit Optical Transport Networks (OTN). Altera's proven high-density, high-performance 100G solutions enable communications systems designers developing 100G systems to accelerate their time to market and reduce risk compared to ASICs, ASSPs and other currently available FPGA technologies.
ABB supplies large ultrahigh voltage transformers in US
ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has successfully tested and delivered three 750 MVA (765/500/13.8 kV), single phase auto-transformers designed and built for the US based electric utility, Allegheny Energy. The transformers together weigh over 750 tonnes and each has enough capacity to power 250 electric locomotives. They are unique in their class given the combination of their MVA rating and large size as well as their high, low and tertiary voltage ratings. The transformers will significantly enhance the electricity transmission capacity in the region and facilitate inter-state power flow.
ABB to supply drive systems for Copper Mountain project in British Columbia
ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, earlier this year was awarded a contract valued over $19 million by Copper Mountain Mining Corp., to deliver energy efficient drive systems for the Copper Mountain Mining project in Canada. The order was booked during the first quarter of 2009. Located in Southern British Columbia, the Copper Mountain mine had produced 1.7 billion pounds of copper before it closed in 1996. Copper Mountain is building a new mill and reopening the mine, with production expected to begin in 2011. Annual production is estimated at 105 million pounds of copper in the first five years.
A123Systems to Supply Li Ion Cells for Shanghai Automotive Hybrid Vehicles
Delphi Corporation announced an agreement reached to supply hybrid technology to the SAIC Motor Corporation Limited (SAIC Motor) for the mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle. This groundbreaking deal will bring SAIC Motor, currently the top OEM in the Chinese market, Delphi's leading hybrid solutions to better meet the demands of local consumers for cleaner, more energy-efficient vehicles.
GE Deepens Relationship with Battery Manufacturer A123Systems Through New Investment and Planned Addition of GE’s Technology Head to Board of Directors
A123Systems announced today it has raised $69 million from GE and other investors to accelerate the expansion of its US lithium ion battery manufacturing and smart grid capabilities. The capital will help create new jobs by expanding A123's facilities in Hopkinton, MA, and Novi, MI, as well as build planned new factories in Michigan. The funding will also support A123's efforts to develop applications for the smart grid, such as utility-scale energy storage. Mark Little, GE's Senior Vice President and Director GE Global Research, will join A123's board of directors.
ZF Electronics and Enta Technologies celebrate long-term partnership with Cherry products
ZF Electronics, formerly Cherry Electrical Products, and Enta Technologies, a leading distributor of IT systems, components, peripherals and software, are celebrating their longstanding business relationship and have outlined their plans for the future. Enta has been a distributor of ZF Electronics' computer keyboards and mice since 1995. The relationship will be further strengthened with even closer collaboration between ZF Electronics and Enta Technologies' sales and product marketing personnel in a bid to grow sales and gain share in the highly competitive consumer marketplace.
ST-Ericsson and ARM cooperate in mobile user experience
ST-Ericsson, a world leader in wireless platforms and semiconductors and ARM have announced a cooperation to accelerate the next step in mobile user experience and graphics innovation with the creation of a Mali technology-enabled development platform for content and application developers, available via the ARM Mali Developer Center. The cooperation will speed up bringing consumers a better gaming experience in terms of high quality graphics, video and audio on their mobile devices. At the same time it will improve the user interface with enhanced performance, quicker responses and the ability to implement 3D graphics. The availability of the platform will enable developers to reduce significantly the time-to-market of content and applications for next generation devices.
Dynamic Rack Control from Rittal
Rittal's Dynamic Rack Control uses a special 482.6mm (19in) rail that incorporates a RFID reader (aerial), mounted within the rack that allows you to not only manage and update the inventory very easily but to also determine capacity issues and manage maintenance schedules.
National Business Awards include Tekdata on its shortlist
Tekdata is proud to announce it reached the finalist stage of The National Business Awards. The company qualified in the category Small to Medium Sized Business of the Year Award for which a formal presentation was made to the jury on 29th September; the award ceremony will take place on 10th November at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.
European Research Project BioP@ss to Enhance Chip Card Security Paves the Way for Electronic ID Cards with EU-Wide Validity
Chip manufacturers Infineon Technologies AG and NXP Semiconductors Germany GmbH and chip card maker Giesecke & Devrient GmbH are among the eleven companies from six European Union countries participating in the European research project BioP@ss to develop a high-security chip card platform.
The Power of Balancing Technology
Turbochargers play an essential role in today's motoring technology. Air compressed by the turbocharger creates the vital "boost" to the power that is generated by an engine. Through this means, for instance, a four cylinder car can achieve performance close to that of a six cylinder car without adding engine weight or increasing fuel consumption.
New Interactive Traffic Generator for SLIMbus
LnK, the leading provider of test and verification solutions for SLIMbus, today announced its new SLIMbus Interactive Traffic Generator. Together with the powerful SLIMbus Protocol Analyzer, the Interactive Traffic Generator provides the engineers with unprecedented test and debug capabilities.
Village Tronic launches new enhanced ViBook Plus USB display extender
Village Tronic, one of the pioneers of multi-display solutions, has launched a new member of its ViBook family of display extenders that provide computer users with a simple way to run several displays from a Windows or Mac computer or laptop. The ViBook Plus is one of the first devices to use DisplayLink's new DL195 chip enabling it to support higher resolution screens of up to 1920x1200 and up to 28" with faster graphics and improved video playback that includes HD video streams.
TI demonstrates world's first coin cell demo for Blutooth low energy applications
At the Bluetooth low energy technology conference in Munich, Germany, on October 20, Texas Instruments will demonstrate the world's first coin cell demo for the new Bluetooth low energy open standard based on TI's upcoming CC2540 single-mode system-on-chip.
E Ink and Freescale partner to develop integrated processors for the fast-growing eBook market
The industry's top provider of processors for eBooks has joined forces with the leading supplier of eBook electronic paper displays to develop highly integrated embedded solutions that lower costs and foster innovation for eBook manufacturers and their customers. Freescale Semiconductor and E Ink Corporation have agreed to jointly develop system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions that integrate Freescale's i.MX processor technology with E Ink's Vizplex® display controller. The partnership is designed to lower costs and expand the ecosystem of supporting electronics for the eBook market. The collaboration also is expected to spark innovation for emerging product categories such as eNewspapers, tablet PCs, laptop secondary displays, eNotebooks and eDictionaries.
Vishay Systems Web Tension Control Technology to Be Used in Coating Pilot Plant
Vishay Intertechnology has announced that it has provided a web tension measurement system to Western Michigan University (WMU) for use in its Coating Pilot Plant. WMU's Coating Pilot Plant, located in Kalamazoo, Michigan, is a leading research center for papermaking, coating, printing, and recycling. Vishay is the major producer of strain gages and strain gage-based load cells, as well as systems based on strain gage technology. Vishay Systems Web Tension measurement system was upgraded in the spring of 2009, and performance trials have showed dramatic improvement in tension measurement stability with varying temperatures. The upgraded system precisely measures the sheet web tension between the coater backing rolls and the chill-roll S-wrap.
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