LONDON — Contract electronics manufacturer Sanmina-SCI is to close its computer parts plant in Greenock, Scotland, with the loss of about 300 jobs. Sanmina-SCI acquired the plant three years ago from IBM as part of an outsourcing deal.

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LONDON — Contract electronics manufacturer Sanmina-SCI is to close its computer parts plant in Greenock, Scotland, with the loss of about 300 jobs. Sanmina-SCI acquired the plant three years ago from IBM as part of an outsourcing deal.

SMIC said it would invest about $31 million in the solar cell production over the next five years, with about $6.2 million laid out for initial production of silicon wafers, due to start in the first quarter of 2006, according to the report. SMIC plans to boost production by a factor of ten later on, the report also said.

The report quoted Richard Chang, SMIC’s chief executive officer, saying that the production of solar cells is an almost costless” business for silicon foundries because the wafers can be made from wasted materials.

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PowerChip, best known as a foundry supplier of DRAM chips, has confirmed that it has invested in a solar-cell venture, becoming the largest shareholder in the company, the report said. The venture is expected to form an alliance with Mitsubishi of Japan, the report added.

SAN JOSE, Calif. &#151 Litel Instruments Inc. said that Frank Masciocchi, a former executive of Nikon Precision Inc., has joined the company as senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing.

Most recently, he was vice president of sales and marketing for Nikon Precision, the U.S. subsidiary of Japanese lithography giant Nikon Corp.

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At Litel (San Diego), the worldwide sales and marketing group will report to Masciocchi. His predecessor, John Cossins, has moved to the position of vice president of marketing. Cossins' new role will include new product development activities for Litel, which makes metrology products for lithography applications.

San Jose, Calif.&#8212Summit Microelectronics' SMB118, part of a second generation of multi-output programmable power manager ICs, integrates six precision programmable regulators and a programmable battery charger to cut system size and cost in portable consumer electronics.

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The SMB118, working from a 2.7- to 6-volt input, incorporates three synchronous step-down converters, one step-up converter, one configurable step-up or step-down converter, and one low-dropout (LDO) linear regulator. Also included is a battery charger for single-cell lithium-ion and lithium-polymer cells. All charging parameters are configurable to accommodate a wide variety of battery packs without hardware changes.

Using the company's PC-based graphical (GUI) development environment, designers can program a multiple output power supply and associated power management functions with a few clicks ofa mouse. In high-volume applications, the company provides a product that is pre-programmed with the customer's custom configuration” at no extracost. The chip's I2 C interface facilitates digital power management. Non-volatile memory allows the user to configure power functions and parameters for each channel: Individual channel enabling/disabling,power-up/down sequencing, power-up slew rate control, static and dynamic output voltage control (Dynamic Voltage Management, particularly useful in Xscale and ARM CPU applications to control the brightness of LED backlights).

PARIS – Fin de carrière mouvementée pour le président du Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS). Bernard Meunier a annoncé sa démission le vendredi 6 janvier 2006 dans une lettre adressée au personnel et transmise à la presse. Il dénonce les lourdeurs administratives qui freinent le CNRS dans sa course à la compétitivité.

Nommé à la présidence fin octobre 2004, Bernard Meunier succède à Gérard Mégie, décédé quelques mois auparavant. Il est alors secondé par Bernard Larrouturou, nommé directeur général du CNRS en 2003.

A ses débuts, indique-t-il dans sa lettre, il nourrit « l’espoir de pouvoir contribuer à la réorientation du CNRS vers des structures dynamiques au service d’une recherche de haut niveau dans un monde ouvert avec de plus en plus de compétitieurs, non seulement les pays européens, les Etats-Unis et le Japon, mais également la Chine, l’Inde et de nouveaux pays émergents. »

Aujourd’hui, il déplore une « réticulation administrative excessive » car, précise-t-il, cela n’est pas la « meilleure manière de répondre aux défis scientifiques qui attendent notre établissement. »

Cleveland, Ohio — Electronika International has introduced a universal adapter kit that includes reverse polarity and standard coaxial adapters for telecommunications and wireless systems.

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