Nintendo's Wii ($250 at Circuit City) is bringing more realism to the gaming world, using plenty of high-powered technology to make users feel like they're actually in the game. STMicroelectronics Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) acceleration sensors let players' wrist, arm and hand movements control games. The module's 5 ื 5 ื 1.5 mmณform factor lets it fit in the user interface, and its 10,000g shock resistance helps it survive when the controller flies loose.
In a move that strengthens its 3D design business, Stratasys continued a 15-month buying spree this week by announcing its plan to acquire GrabCAD, a provider of a cloud-based collaboration environment for engineers.
Many diverse markets take advantage of semiconductor IP; so many that no one can recite the entire list without leaving off several. So why do we track all the vertical markets? They all have a unique set of requirements and value attributes differently. One major vertical market segment is automotive.
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