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NEWS IN BRIEF Powering the navy

Gresham Power Electronics has won a contract to supply specialist battery charging equipment and batteries for new submarines for India. The contract is valued at some £540,000. The Gresham Power Electronics battery charging systems have been designed into the Scorpène class submarines by French contractor DCN and Spanish shipbuilder Navantia.

RF and mixed-signal partnership

Shortlink and Landshut Silicon Foundry have agreement to provide Shortlink low power RF and mixed-signal custom IP in LFoundry's 150nm CMOS process technology. The move lets LFoundry provide ASIC customers with a proven source of low power RF and mixed-signal IP that can be quickly adapted to meet specific application requirements.

Replication eliminates re-design costs

authorised continuing source for this part. Formany equipmentmanufacturers, this eliminates the need for systemre-designs, savingmillions of dollars in related re- design costs. Rochester's SRP combines archive

Rochester Electronics has re-created Intersil's avionics-level HIP0081 quad-inverting power drives

End-of-life semiconductor specialist, Rochester Electronics, has re-created the Intersil avionics-level HIP0081 quad- inverting power drives, said to be ideal for aviation, automotive, industrial, and robotic applications.

The company's semiconductor

replication process (SRP) ensures the new partsmatch the form, fit, and function of the originals. Rochester is now the

identification, tear down of sample product, processmatch, source-to-target comparison, SPICE analysis and testing to the originalmanufacturer's specifications. Using these techniques, Rochester re- created the HIP0081 devices fromjust a few samples. Co-president at Rochester Electronics,

Paul Gerrish, said: “Semiconductor re- creation and continuingmanufacturing is a cost-effective and time-saving alternative to systemre-design when critical semiconductors are no longer available. Our engineers provide a replacement that matches the original semiconductor's physical features, layer-by-layer and pin- for-pin and is guaranteed to perform exactly as the original.” Mineral shortage predicted

ITRI and TIC have set a target date of April 2011 for full implementation of the iTSCi conflictmineral tagging system. This date has been proposed in light of the short deadlines of the US conflictminerals legislation. Cassiterite and tantalumminerals fromthe central African region that are not tagged will likely be unacceptable to the international tin or tantalummarkets after that date.

The tagging requirement will apply not

only tominerals produced in all provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) but also thosemined in adjoining countries such as Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda since

these states are also implicated in the US legislation. ITRI's Kay Nimmo noted: “While ITRI and

thewhole supply chain has beenworking hard to address the conflictminerals issue via our phased system, itwill be challenging to meet this target date. Realistically,with the resources available to us, it is unlikely that all cassiterite fromthe region can be covered by the systemin time andmany current production areaswill unfortunately be subject to an effective embargo by next April.”

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