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Partners produce working silicon at 45nm

IBM, Chartered Semiconductor, Infineon Technologies and Samsung Electronics have announced production of the first functional circuits based on their 45nm low power process technology collaboration.

Convergence in action

Samsung is launching what it says is the first unlicensed mobile access (uma) wlan handset for Europe. The SGH-P200 handset, which will be available initially in Italy, makes use of Philips’ Nexperia cellular system solution 6120.

Alight with technology

Clothing and furniture that demonstrates potential applications for Philips Research’s Lumalive technologies will be on display at IFA 2006 this week. The technology, shown last year in prototype format, is now ready for commercialisation and Philips foresees particular interest from the promotional industry.

Converter cuts power

Analog Devices says it has produced a ‘dramatic reduction’ in power consumption with the latest addition to its PulSAR a/d converter range.

Digital intermediary

High tech companies are set to benefit from the creation of the Advanced Digital Institute – an independent organisation that will act as an intermediary between industry and the region’s R&D expertise.

A step back in time

Cambridge base start up UndoDB has developed a bidirectional debugger that allows engineers working in compiled Linux platforms to run a programme backwards in time as well as forwards.

Instrument driver expansion

Agilent has expanded its relationship with National Instruments to include NI’s LabVIEW plug and play instrument drivers on all its latest lxi, usb and gpib instruments.

Embedded memory deal inked

Responding to soaring demand for embedded memory, TSMC has inked a technology development and licensing agreement with flash memory leader, SST, to provide 90nm embedded flash technology.

Atomic billiards?

Researchers at the University of Rochester have developed a ‘ballistic’ approach to transistor design. Instead of running electrons through a transistor as if they were a current of water, their design bounces electrons off deflectors – using inertia to redirect the electrons for ‘free’, as opposed to the traditional energy intensive way of wrestling electrons into place.

Molecular movie

Oxford University, the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory in California, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have made the first ‘molecular movie’ of the elementary interaction between light and matter.

The fluorine effect

Curiosity about how fluorine affects mobility has allowed researchers at the University of Southampton to create the fastest bipolar transistors yet.

Web tool aids chip selection

Analog Devices has expanded its suite of online evaluation tools with the introduction of ADIsimDDS. Available free of charge on its website, ADIsimDDS assists users in selecting, evaluating and troubleshooting the company’s direct digital synthesis (DDS) ics.

Robot programming is ‘kid’s stuff’

Lego is aiming to make robotics fun through its Mindstorms NXT robot platform. And a new development from National Instruments will help make programming the system much easier, particularly for the 10 to 14 year olds who comprise the target market.

Mobile WiMAX shows promise

Research firm ABI is predicting a crossover point at which mobile WiMAX will outpace deployments of fixed WiMAX which is sooner than expected.

Rapid response component manufacture

MCE-Tewkesbury has made a ‘multi million pound’ investment in new manufacturing and test equipment to enhance its ability to provide ‘rapid response’ manufacturing of custom electronic components.

Zephyr flies high

One of QinetiQ’s solar powered unmanned aerial vehicle (uav) platform, Zephyr, has confirmed its capability to fly long distances at high altitude.

Learn about ‘burgeoning’ boundary scan

Leading IEEE1149.1 boundary scan technology companies JTAG Technologies and Firecron will be running a series of free half day seminars in September that offer a perspective on the burgeoning uses of boundary scan.

Digi-Key adds design support

Digi-Key has signed a global distribution agreement with Future Designs, a design consultant for a range of products from Philips Semiconductors. The company supplies in circuit USB programmers for the Philips’ P98LPC900, LPC2000 and P89C51 families of flash microcontrollers, as well as lcd demo kits, protocol converters, i2c software and development boards.

US struggles to produce engineering graduates

The United States is producing just half of the number of engineering graduates it needs, says Ben Streetman, Dean of the University of Texas at Austin’s College of Engineering. “It’s good for the US, because other people are paying to educate our engineers” he claimed, “but it’s a strategy for failure because, as the world becomes more technological, we can’t count on people coming to the US to take up the slack.”

NI has big plans for LabVIEW

It’s 20 years since National Instruments launched LabVIEW, its flagship graphical development environment.The program was enabled by the capabilities of the Apple Mac and, since then, the company hasn’t looked back.

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