News 2008.07.16 Late Edition

Atmel Unveils ATtiny167 AVR Microcontrollers for Automotive LIN Networking
Atmel® Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML), announced the availability of a new family of AVR® 8-bit microcontrollers for LIN Automotive networking applications. The ATtiny167 is the first device and is optimized to LIN slave applications. It will be qualified to AECQ-100 grade 0 and sustain ambient temperatures of up to 150 degrees Celsius. Combined with a LIN transceiver such as ATA662x or ATA666x it brings a complete solution for sensors in a gearbox, exhaust gas system, pumps or turbo.

ST Improves Motor Drive Efficiency with STV250N55F3 250A Power MOSFET
Taking aim at reduced operating costs and lowering the environmental footprint in applications such as electric vehicles, STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), a world leader in power applications, has introduced a 250A surface-mount power MOSFET with the lowest on-resistance in the market, to minimize energy conversion losses and enable higher performance.

Texas Instruments Rolls Out CC2591 2.4-GHz RF Front End
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) introduced the industry’s highest integrated 2.4-GHz radio frequency (RF) front end for low-power and low-voltage wireless applications. The CC2591 increases the range (link budget) in wireless systems by integrating a power amplifier for increased output power of +22 dBm and a low-noise amplifier for improved receiver sensitivity of +6 dB.

Strategy Analytics Publishes Report on SI GaAs Substrates
The latest Strategy Analytics analysis on the semi-insulating (SI) GaAs bulk substrates market, “Markets for SI GaAs Substrates: 2007-2012,” predicts that merchant demand for four-inch material will decline by over 20% by 2009, with demand shifting to six-inch material. Six-inch substrates will account for 76% of total market revenues in 2012, up from 63% in 2007.