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Posted by iMark on 2006-01-01       Article Source : EE Times

SAN JOSE, Calif. — IdaTech LLC has rolled out its latest fuel cell product for power backup applications.
The ElectraGen 3 system is a hydrogen-based proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell solution capable of producing from 1.5-to-3 kilowatts of backup power.

By offering improved system reliability and more predictable performance in a broad range of climates, the ElectraGen 3 system is a cost-effective replacement to valve-regulated lead acid (VRLA) batteries and other traditional electricity generating methods, according to IdaTech (Bend,

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Posted by inet on 2006-01-01       Article Source : EE Times

SAN FRANCISCO — Claiming an industry first, low-power codec IC startup Mobilygen Inc. said Thursday (Dec. 29) that its MG1264 chip supports real-time, high-quality H.264/ACC video capture compatible with Apple Computer's video iPod.

According to Mobilygen (Santa Clara, Calif.), the MG1264 is the industry’s first chip enabling manufacturers to easily add H.264 video recording capabilities compatible with video-enabled iPods, as well as PCs and Macs. The MG1264 requires only 125 milliwatts of total chip power, the company said.

“Consumers want

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Posted by iTech on 2005-12-31       Article Source : EE Times

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The University of Massachusetts Amherst is establishing a nano-imprint lithography laboratory to further its research capabilities in device manufacturing.

The university has received a $700,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to acquire two tools from Molecular Imprints Inc. and Trion Technology Inc. The laboratory will aid in the study of nanotechnology.

Delivery and installation of the new equipment is expected by spring 2006. Orders have been placed for an Imprio 55 step-and-flash nano-imprint lithography machine

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Posted by inet on 2005-12-31       Article Source : TechWeb News

XM Satellite Radio and VoiceBox Technologies Inc. said Thursday that they are jointly developing a voice-controlled digital radio for the car.
The companies, which have formed a multiyear creative and commercial alliance, are scheduled to demonstrate their technology at the Jan. 5-8 2006 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The demonstration is expected to use a specially equipped 2006 Lexus LX 470.

The technology, which is set for availability to automakers and the aftermarket in mid-2006, would enable drivers

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Posted by iMark on 2005-12-31       Article Source : EE Times

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Citing lackluster sales in the game-machine market, investment banking firm SG Cowen Securities Corp. has reduced its forecast for the video software game industry in both 2005 and 2006.

The U.S. video software game industry is projected to decline by 7.8 percent in 2005, according to SG Cowen (New York). Originally, the firm projected the market would fall by 4.1 percent in 2005.

The reduced forecast is due in part to supply constraints for Microsoft Inc.’s

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Posted by iNext on 2005-12-29       Article Source : TechWeb News

Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. plans to ship in the first quarter of next year a Blu-ray Disc computer drive for storing high-definition video content.
The Pioneer BDR-101A is the company's first optical disc drive launched in the midst of an industry split over future standards for high-definition storage discs. Dell, Apple Computer and Pioneer are the heavyweights supporting Blu-ray, while Microsoft, Intel, Toshiba and NEC back the HD DVD standard.

The BDR-101A uses shorter wavelength blue lasers in order to

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Posted by iTech on 2005-12-29       Article Source : EE Times

MANHASSET, N.Y. — A Chinese business unit of Royal Philips Electronics NV will buy an additional 5 percent stake in Chinese television and mobile phone maker TCL Corp., becoming the company's third-largest shareholder, TCL said Wednesday (Dec. 28) in an Associated Press report.

Philips Electronics China BV. will pay $25.3 million for 129.3 million TCL shares, bringing its total stake in the Chinese company to 7.46 percent, TCL reportedly said in a statement to the Shenzhen Stock Exchange.

The deal reportedly still

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Posted by iMark on 2005-12-29       Article Source : Mobile Pipeline

Several Web blogs and Web sites Tuesday reported that Lenovo, known for its ThinkPad laptops, will be releasing a smartphone based on Windows Mobile 5.0 in March.

The report originated with a Chinese-language site called PhoneDaily. The site said that the Lenovo ET980 will support GPRS, be able to play MP3 files and will have a MiniSD slot for additional storage. It also reportedly will have a 4 megapixel camera.

In addition, the site says the device will measure 110

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Posted by iNext on 2005-12-28       Article Source : EE Times

The camera-enabled cellular phone market is booming, as shipments are expected to reach nearly 1 billion units by the end of this decade, according to a new report.

In total, the market for camera-enabled cellular phones is expected to grow from 225 million units in 2004, to 365 million units in 2005, to 475 million in 2006, to 600 million in 2007, to 780 million by 2008, according to the report from IC Insights Inc. (Scottsdale, Ariz.).

Clearly, camera phones

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Posted by inet on 2005-12-27       Article Source : EE Times

SAN JOSE, Calif. — In an effort to reverse its misfortunes, Japan’s NEC Corp. is seeking business partners for its separate and loss-ridden cellular phone and semiconductor units, according to Reuters.

In its cellular phone business, NEC is seeking a “tie-up” with other partners in development and marketing, according to the report. The company is also considering a plan for an “all-out integration” of its mobile phone operations with a rival, the report said.

For its semiconductor unit, NEC is

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Posted by iMark on 2005-12-25       Article Source : EE Times

LONDON — Viciciv Technologies Inc. is a startup company that appears to be preparing to enter the FPGA or programmable ASIC market, using patented stacked SRAM cell technology.

The company has been assigned a patent that appears to cover the construction of an SRAM inverter pair stacked vertically or with the SRAM laid out in single plane stacked on top of logic transistors.

At its website Viciciv (Sunnyvale, Calif.) claimed its goal is to create a “new paradigm for ASIC

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Posted by iNext on 2005-12-24       Article Source : EE Times

MANHASSET, N.Y. — Belgium-based wireless technology company Option and Toronto-based Nortel Networks Corp. have completed demonstrating High Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) data card calls reaching wireless transmission rates of 3.6 megabits per second, faster than current broadband connections.

The test were carried out on commercial HSDPA network equipment at Nortel's research campus in Chateaufort, France.

The series of calls are reportedly the first data card calls to demonstrate downlink speed of 3.6 Mbps, at HSDPA category 6 using 16 QAM modulation.

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Posted by inet on 2005-12-23       Article Source : EE Times

LONDON — A Japanese fabless semiconductor company, Digital Media Professionals Inc., has launched a graphics processor called the Ultray 2000. Originally shown at the Siggraph computer graphics exhibition in Los Angeles the chip was expected to become available for sale in the fall of 2005.
The chip is intended to allow the generation and rendering of three-dimensional graphics and has been made for the company by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. using a 0.13-micron CMOS manufacturing process, DMP said in a statement.

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Posted by iNext on 2005-12-23       Article Source : EE Times

SAN FRANCISCO — For the second time this year, a truck carrying chips made by Maxim Integrated Products Inc. has been hijacked in Asia.
A transportation truck loaded with $565,000 worth of Maxim chips was hijacked in the Philippines Dec. 17, Maxim said Wednesday (Dec. 21).

According to Maxim (Sunnyvale, Calif.), the parts were traveling on a Federal Express truck en route to customers that had already purchased them. Maxim said it is in the process of notifying the customers

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Posted by iMark on 2005-12-23       Article Source : EE Times

LONDON — Leading chip maker Texas Instruments Inc. has said it plans to acquire Chipcon, a Norwegian developer of Zigbee and other radio frequency transceiver devices, for approximately $200 million.

Chipcon Group ASA (Oslo, Norway) is the parent company and holding company that controls the activities of its wholly-owned subsidiaries Chipcon AS and Chipcon Inc. Chipcon has developed expertise in Zigbee wireless applications and acquired Figure 8 Wireless Inc. (San Diego, Calif.) in January 2005.

Chipcon's design experience in RF

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