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<p>''The flash industry is abuzz with talk about solid-state drives (SSDs) and other emerging applications that could drive new NAND demand,'' said Nam Hyung Kim, an analyst with iSuppli. ''However, none of these applications is expected to change the momentum of the NAND business anytime soon. With the gloomy economic outlook, excess inventory, slow orders and weak consumer spending, the NAND market will remain under pressure for the foreseeable future. With its extensive use in consumer-oriented products like MP3 players and digital still cameras, NAND is highly susceptible to changes in macroeconomic conditions.''</p>

With approximately $600 million in cash and short-term investments on its balance sheet as at the end of the June quarter, Vishay would need to tap the debt market to fund the transaction, especially since it seems to prefer structuring the deal as an all cash transaction rather than a combination of cash and stocks.

FCI offers a flip actuator, 0.5mm pitch, 2mm height FPC ZIF connector for use in optical drives and automotive multimedia systems. Designated the VHC Series, the FPC ZIF connectors provide a robust design that can withstand high cable retention forces making them ideal for consumer and automotive applications.

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Consumer and automotive multimedia systems are utilizing larger and higher quality LCD displays that require FPC cable connection. Optical disk drive systems such as Blu-Ray are consuming elevated levels of data volume that need faster transmission speeds and more signals in the systems to connect with pick-up units and module boards, and the VHC connectors make that possible.

The connector's flipping actuator facilitates the secure cable assembly with click actuation, and the VHC series is available with or without cable lock. FCI integrated these features to ensure compatibility for automotive multimedia applications.

The 0.5mm pitch FPC ZIF connector will be available in 40-70 positions and accepts 0.3mm thick FPC cable. The 60-position version is currently available and lower pin-count types are in development to complete the family offering.

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For more information contact FCI via email at or visit FCI on the web at .

Note: The above text is the public part of the press release obtained from the manufacturer (with minor modifications). EETimes Europe cannot be held responsible for the claims and statements made by the manufacturer. The text is intended as a supplement to the new product presentations in EETimes Europe magazine.

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Montreal, Canada—Aimtec continues to build its AC-DC product offering with the release of AMEx15-MAZ family of switching power supplies.

''In the memory world, process migrations and wafer scale are two crucial factors in driving down costs,'' said Nam Hyung Kim, an analyst with iSuppli, in a statement.

''Micron has rapidly increased its 300-mm wafer capacity and the 32-nm geometry will boost its profitability in the near future, as well as its productivity. Because of its aggressive production ramp, Micron now is challenging Hynix for the market's No.-3 spot–and by the first half of 2009 likely will be in a position to vie with industry leaders Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and Toshiba Corp in terms of profitability,'' he added.

The DRAM rankings did not change in the second quarter of 2008, but Japan's Elpida Memory Inc. is gaining ground on Hynix. Amid a major downturn in the sector, Samsung was still in first place in the DRAM rankings for the second quarter, followed in order by Hynix, Elpida, Micron, Qimonda, Powerchip, Nanya, Promos, Etron and Winbond, according to iSuppli.

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A Xilinx Virtex5 SX95T with 512 MB DDR2 DRAM and 4MB QDR-II memory provide a high performance DSP core for demanding applications such as emerging wireless standards. The close integration of the analog I/O, memory and host interface with the FPGA enables real-time signal processing at high rates exceeding 300 GMACs per second.

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