Latest Stepper Stories

2008-09-26 12:00:14

ON Semiconductor (Nasdaq: ONNN), a leading global supplier of high-performance, energy-efficient, silicon solutions, has announced that the company has extended its bipolar stepper motor control family to include two new Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI) versions of a motor driver capable of peak currents up to 800 milliamp (mA) and for use with an external microcontroller for added flexibility. The AMIS-30511 and AMIS-30512 eliminate the need for many external components, reducing system...

2008-08-07 06:00:35

By From news reports The Japanese precision equipment maker Nikon announced Wednesday plans to more than double its output of cutting-edge machines for making semiconductors, as chip makers race to cut production costs. The investment of yen35 billion, or $323 million, over the next three years by Nikon - the world's No.2 maker, behind ASML of the Netherlands, of steppers, the machines that map out electronic circuits on silicon wafers - comes amid an industrywide slump that has prompted...

Word of the Day
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'