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Intel has late metal fix for design error
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1/31/2011   15 comments
Some more details of a design error in companion chip to the Sandy Bridge processor, and the fix being implemented, have emerged in a conference call held by Intel to discuss the issue and the impact on revenues and margins.
Rambus CEO sees light in semi growth
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1/31/2011   1 comment
In the first DesignCon keynote today here president and chief executive officer of Rambus Inc. painted an optimistic forecast for semiconductors and electronics in general, and of course touted Rambus' IP business model as ideal to produce "one SoC that addresses a broad range of performance levels and price points. "
Cavium buys Chinese fabless chip firm
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1/31/2011   Post a comment
Cavium Networks said it signed a definitive agreement to acquire Beijing-based fabless chip firm Celestial Semiconductor in a cash and stock deal worth $55 million.
U.S. reaches H-1B cap for 2011
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1/31/2011   27 comments
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) agency has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap for fiscal year 2011.
SIA: Chip sales hit record $298B in 2010
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1/31/2011   Post a comment
Global 2010 semiconductor sales totaled a record $298.3 billion, up 32 percent increased from 2009, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.
Xilinx experts have lots to say at DesignCon 2011
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1/31/2011   1 comment
Through silicon vias (TSVs), signal integrity, design methodologies, FPGA-based SoC development, demonstrations, technical sessions, the future of FPGAs, and more...
TSMC tips 450-mm fab
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1/31/2011   Post a comment
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) has disclosed plans that it will build a 450-mm fab, according to an analyst.
Ceva claims top spot for cell phone DSP
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1/31/2011   Post a comment
DSP intellectual property supplier Ceva Inc. has claimed that is now the world's leading DSP architecture deployed in cellular baseband processors.
Despite chip bug Intel raises Q1, 2011 outlooks
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1/31/2011   1 comment
Despite acknowledging it has discovered a costly design error in a processor support chip, Intel has raised its revenue predictions for both the first quarter of 2011 and the full year.
Synopsys: IC Compiler speeds DRC up to 7X
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1/31/2011   Post a comment
Synopsys released the latest version of its Galaxy Implementation Platform and IC Compiler, including enhancements that the company claims make automatic design rule check repair up to 7 times faster.
TEL posts profit but sales fall
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1/31/2011   Post a comment
Japan's Tokyo Electron Ltd. (TEL) posted sales of 159.6 billion yen ($1.95 billion) in its third fiscal quarter, up 39.7 percent from a year ago.
Cadence rolls 28-nm digital design flow
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1/31/2011   Post a comment
EDA vendor Cadence Design Systems rolled out an end-to-end digital design flow for 28-nm based on the company's Encounter platform.
Optiphase creates waveform and timing generator instrument using Opal Kelly XEM3001 FPGA module
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1/31/2011   1 comment
Optiphase has created a PC-controlled Waveform and Timing Generator (WTG) instrument using the Opal Kelly XEM3001 FPGA module mated with a custom adapter PCB.
Intel finds design error in chip
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1/31/2011   13 comments
Intel has found a design error in a support chip for the recently announced Sandy Bridge processor. The company says it has implemented a solution but that the error could cost the company $700 million.
Intel commits $200 million to Obama startup plan
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1/31/2011   8 comments
Intel Corp. has joined President Obama's Startup America campaign to strengthen entrepreneurship in the United States and, through Intel Capital, has pledged to invest an additional $200 million in U.S. technology companies and joined the campaign's board of advisors.
Xilinx buys high-level synthesis EDA vendor
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1/31/2011   1 comment
Programmable logic vendor Xilinx acquired high-level synthesis vendor AutoESL Design Technologies. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
DesignCon: National, Rambus rev to 20G+
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1/31/2011   1 comment
National, Molex and Rambus will be among dozens of companies at DesignCon unveiling capabilities to drive signals to 20 Gbits/s or higher for next-generation systems.
Powerchip exits DRAM business
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1/31/2011   3 comments
Taiwan's Powerchip Technology Corp. is exiting the DRAM market, and is transferring the business over to Japan's Elpida Memory Inc.
Tyco Electronics devises solid-state lighting for dummies
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1/31/2011   5 comments
Tyco Electronics, a leading supplier of electronic components, is now laying a strategic bet on the solid-state lighting business.
What's inside the iPad 2?
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1/31/2011   20 comments
What's inside Apple Inc.'s iPad 2? The iPad 2, Apple's next-generation tablet PC, will use ARM's Cortex-A9 dual core processor.
Magneti Marelli, Wind River provide Genivi-compliant infotainment platform for BMW
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1/31/2011   Post a comment
Automotive component supplier Magneti Marelli and embedded software vendor Wind River have announced a technological collaboration to create what they call the first Genivi-compliant in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) solution for the automotive industry.
UK company launches 'personal' femotcell
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1/31/2011   1 comment
Ubiquisys, developer of 3G and LTE intelligent cells, has announced the world's first attocell - a personal femtocell.
CSEM Brasil receives USD 8 million for microsystems-based agricultural research
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1/31/2011   1 comment
The Brazilian development bank BNDES approved funding of US$ 8M for the Innovation Center CSEM Brasil, Belo Horizonte, to develop technological systems for crop monitoring and to set-up an applied-research facility in nanotechnology, microsystems and sensors.
M2M World microsite
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1/31/2011   Post a comment
Cinterion just launched the Cinterion M2M World microsite to bring the many benefits of M2M to life with engaging, animated videos.
Egyptian uprising imperils high tech progress
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1/29/2011   12 comments
The sudden eruption of street protests in Egypt has tumbled the world stock market, as Egypt virtually cut itself off Friday from the rest of the world. Both cell phones and Internet are blocked.
ITC finding for ADI over Knowles to stand
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1/28/2011   Post a comment
The U.S. International Trade Commission will let stand a determination last year by an administrative law judge finding that patents asserted by Knowles Electronics against Analog Devices are invalid.
China's ZTE cracks handset vendor top 5
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1/28/2011   7 comments
China's ZTE placed fourth in sales globally among handset vendors in the fourth quarter of 2010, marking the first time that a Chinese company cracked the top five in any quarter, according to market research firm IDC.
Micron buys Canon's stake in Tech Semi
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1/28/2011   4 comments
Micron Technology said it acquired Canon's 10 percent stake in Tech Semiconductor Singapore for $121 million.
VW to idle plant due to parts shortage
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1/28/2011   8 comments
Germany carmaker Volkswagen has decided to close its Wolfsburg plant on Monday for one day because of a shortage of parts, according to reports.
Microsemi, Lattice post results
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1/28/2011   Post a comment
Microsemi reported a net loss despite another quarter of increased revenue, while Lattice Semiconductor saw sales and net income decline sequentially.
Gallium arsenide on a roll, says analyst
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1/28/2011   9 comments
The global market for GaAs devices was $4.9 billion in 2010, up 32 percent on 2009, according to market research firm Strategy Analytics.
Study: Europe medtech as safe as U.S.
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1/28/2011   5 comments
Europe is not less safe than the U.S. despite a widely held perception its regulatory process for approving new medical devices is faster, a new report said.
Dongbu licenses EnSilica RISC processor
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1/28/2011   Post a comment
Design house EnSilica Ltd. has announced that Korean foundry Dongbu HiTek has licensed the eSi-1600 embedded RISC processor. The eSi-1600, part of a configurable family of processor cores, is a 16-bit CPU core suitable for integration into ASIC and FPGA designs.
Samsung raises capex after IC sales climb
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1/28/2011   1 comment
Amid a plan to raise its capital spending in 2011, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. announced revenues of 41.87 trillion won ($37.7 billion) on a consolidated basis for the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, 2010, a 7 percent increase year-on-year.
Microchip, Rambus, SanDisk post results
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1/28/2011   Post a comment
Microchip, Rambus and SanDisk separately posted mixed results.
Freescale sales grow for 6th straight quarter
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1/27/2011   9 comments
Freescale Semiconductor's top executive said the company is in position to grow in 2011 after reporting sequential revenue growth for the sixth consecutive quarter.
Tessera cuts jobs; outlook mixed
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1/27/2011   1 comment
As part of Tessera Technologies Inc.’s recent reorganization of its Imaging & Optics segment, the company announced a reduction of its Imaging & Optics employees that is anticipated to be up to 15 percent of the company’s worldwide employee base.
Microsoft calls for 16-core server SoCs
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1/27/2011   14 comments
A Microsoft executive called for multicore system-on-chips to drive the lower power servers for future data centers, but said he wants x86, not ARM based chips.
Advantest, Teradyne post mixed results
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1/27/2011   Post a comment
Two ATE giants-Advantest Corp. and Teradyne Inc.-separately posted mixed results.
Nanotech boosting piezoelectrics, thermoelectrics
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1/27/2011   2 comments
Nanoscaling critical dimensions of advanced piezoelectric and thermoelectric materials is inching them toward commercial energy harvesting applications, according to separate research groups at Northwestern University and Boston College.
Firm boosts solar forecast
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1/27/2011   7 comments
Solar is warming up again.
Firms hatch landfill electricity plant
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1/27/2011   5 comments
Is this the next big thing in energy? The Republic Services Vasco Road Landfill will be home to a new 4.3 megawatt landfill gas-to-electricity plant that will be owned and operated by Ameresco Inc.
STATS ChipPAC posts mixed results
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1/27/2011   Post a comment
Singapore's STATS ChipPAC Ltd. posted mixed results for the quarter.
Update: Cree rolls 'breakthrough' LED bulb
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1/27/2011   45 comments
Cree Inc. claims that it has banished last century’s lighting with a ''revolutionary'' LED light bulb.
On Semi buys Cypress image unit
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1/27/2011   2 comments
On Semiconductor Corp. has bought another company.
TSMC ups capex, outlook mixed
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1/27/2011   Post a comment
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) has raised its capital spending for 2011 amid mixed results for the quarter.
Europe awards contract to assess 450-mm pilot line
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1/27/2011   Post a comment
Two consultancy firms with expertise in the semiconductor industry – Future Horizons Ltd. and Decision SA – have been awarded a one-year joint contract to assess the benefits of a 450-mm semiconductor prototyping line being located in Europe.
Four-core ARM A9 to run Sony game console
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1/27/2011   18 comments
Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) has announced its next-generation portable entertainment system (codenamed NGP) will be run on a four-core Cortex-A9 processor from ARM and a PowerVR SGX543MP4+ graphics core from Imagination Technologies. NGP will make its debut at the end of the year 2011, Sony said.
EDA firm Calypto names new CEO
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1/27/2011   Post a comment
Privately held EDA vendor Calypto Design Systems announced that Doug Aitelli, currently the company's current vice president of worldwide sales, would assume the position of CEO.
Update: Hynix' Q4 income slips, LSI posts loss
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1/27/2011   Post a comment
Memory chip maker Hynix Semiconductor reported that its fourth quarter net income declined sharply sequentially, while fellow chip maker LSI reported a net loss.
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