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Bulldog pushes to demonstrate fourth generation haptics

Here’s an interesting one. UK company Redux has written about Bulldog, its demonstration unit for showing off a first for fourth-generation haptics. The Cambridgeshire¬†company writes: Our demonstration unit, called Bulldog, not only delivers true third generation haptics, allowing us to vary what effect you get depending on…

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Only Connect: On low cost manufacturing

Welcome to another post in the series by Nick Locke, of Nicab Ltd, who has over 15 years experience in the electronics manufacturing industry specialising in interconnection cable assembly. This week I was going to write about new technology however, since the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka has seen a tragic loss…

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AMD Phenom quad-core chips see HD light of day

One week after Intel launches its 45nm Penryn processor, AMD unveils its 65nm Phenom desktop chips – the centrepiece of its new Spider platform, bidding to take HD video mainstream. The Phenom chips represent the centrepiece of its “Spider” multimedia desktop platform. In the wake of Intel’s success with a…

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45nm Penryn processor unifies Intel approach

Monday sees the launch of Intel’s 45nm Penryn processor family, including a first Core 2 Extreme quad-core processor. According to Intel, back in its IDF Fall 2007, the Core 2 Extreme QX9650 will feature a massive 12MB of L2 Cache, and run at a frequency of 3GHz. It…

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Another DFM chief exec gets the chop

John Cooley has found out that another boss of a design for manufacturing EDA firm has lost his job, this time the very likable Naeem Zafar from Pyxis. Is [sic] seems that, just like Aprio, for some unannounced reason (there’s no press release nor any notice on the company…

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Shock survey: Engineers still prefer print media

Despite the hype surrounding ‘Web 2.0′, calls for the demise of print publications may have been a little premature, as print remains the information source of choice for electronics engineers. This is a conclusion from a worldwide survey run by CMP Technology’s Electronics Group, which found that electronics…

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Chipworks shows how DRAM caps are evolving

Chipworks, the nice reverse engineering people from Canada, have an analysis blog on their site looking at how DRAM capacitors are made. The snappy headline So you thought DRAM capacitors are made of only polysilicon and oxide or nitride…? looks at a Powerchip 512Mbit DDR2 SDRAM. Hopefully you can see…

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Why power electronics matters

The rise in importance of consumer electronics, and the increasing relevance of environmental issues, are forcing more people to take note of the power electronics market. According to an editorial piece on EDN, the power electronics market was worth more than $70bn last year, which is a very significant chunk…

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