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Qualcomm asks to pay fine in instalments

Qualcomm has filed an application with Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission (FTC) to pay its $782 million fine in instalments. The Taiwan FTC  imposed the fine on Qualcomm in October  for anti-trust violations aimed at preventing competition in the smartphone market. In what is seen as a quid pro quo for the fine, Qualcomm has broken off ...

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Intel failing to deal with chip flaws

Intel is failing to cope with the Spectre and Meltdown faults in its processors, says IDC. Intel is “still trying to get a handle on what’s really happening. They haven’t resolved the matter,” says IDC analyst Mario Morales. Yesterday Intel advised customers to stop installing patches which it had produced to resolve the vulnerabilities. According ...

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The imec view on: self-learning chips, security and biosensors

The scond of a series of Imec’s views on key aspects of IC technology looks at self learning chips, security and biosensors. Here is the paper: “Our research into transistor failure mechanisms has led to self-learning chips, new data security technologies and new biosensors” says Guido Groeseneken (pictured) imec fellow & expert in the reliability of ...

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LTC adds DAC to Power by Linear series

The  LTC7106 is a PMBus I2C controlled precision bidirectional current DAC designed to adjust the output voltage of virtually any DC/DC regulator. Through its PMBus compatible interface, the LTC7106 receives a 7-bit serial code and converts it to a bidirectional (source, sink) output current. When the current is fed into the feedback network of a ...

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Toshiba shipping small package 300mA LDO regulators

Toshiba is shipping the first products in its  TCR3UG series of small package LDO regulators with an output current of 300mA, that are suitable for power management of IoT modules, wearable devices and smartphones. Design engineers always need to consider the trade-off between the quiescent bias current, the ripple rejection ratio and load transient response ...

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AVX launches thin-fim inductors for auto and power

AVX has released a series of thin film multilayer chip inductors  designed for automotive signal and power applications. Qualified to AEC-Q200, the automotive-grade Accu-L Series inductors exhibit  inductance tolerances down to ±0.05nH, in addition to: RF power capabilities, high Q, high self-resonant frequency (SRF), low DC resistance (Rdc), and  performance from 450MHz to 2,400MHz. The ...

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SST adds to Optomax portfolio

Strengthening its Optomax portfolio of IR liquid level switches, SST Sensing offers the Optomax Industrial series. These devices offer the same functionality and operational performance as  standard Optomax switches, but with greater overall electrical robustness and flexibility. They are capable of accepting supply voltages from 4.5VDC to 15.4VDC or 8VDC to 30VDC and have built-in ...

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