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Maxim beats revenue target
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Maxim Integrated Products posted net revenue of $339.7 million for its fiscal third quarter ended March 28, besting company guidance for the term.
U.S. House airs patent reform debate
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The debate over patent reform came to the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday as a diverse set of five industry executives, an academic and an engineer testified on their views for and against the draft Patent Reform Act of 2009, focusing on its provisions on infringement damages and post-grant review of patents.
IDT posts big loss; to sell network search assets
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Hurt by a hefty write down, mixed-signal chip vendor Integrated Device Technology reported a GAAP net loss of $719.2 million on revenue of $107.4 million for the quarter ended March 29 and said it entered into a definitive agreement to sell assets of its network search engine products to NetLogic Microsystems for $90 million.
TSMC confirms 40-nm yield issues, gives predictions
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Silicon foundry giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) posted better-than-expect results in the first quarter of 2009.
Netbook growth seen slowing when economy recovers
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4/30/2009   1 comment
Netbook shipments grew by more than 2,000 percent last year and are expected to grow another 68.5 percent in 2009, but this explosive growth is likely to slow as the economy rebounds beginning in 2010, an analyst said.
Ex-Delco exec tapped for U.S. education post
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A former automotive executive has been nominated by the Obama administration to be deputy education secretary.
Developers get access to Windows 7
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Microsoft Corp. has made a version of the next-generation of its Windows operating system, Windows 7 Release candidate, available to a limited set of professional developers and plans to debut a broader release will be on May 5.
Gennum won't match IDT's offer for Tundra Semi
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Gennum said it won't match the roughly $100 million deal that Integrated Device Technology offered to acquire Tundra Semiconductor, paving the way for the IDT-Tundra deal to go through.
Report: Indian software companies to hire more foreign engineers
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Indian technology services companies are reportedly preparing to hire more foreign engineers as they seek to position themselves as job creators in overseas markets where they have operations.
Is Windows 7 launch set to reveal ARM processor support?
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There have been rumors for a while now that Microsoft engineers in Redmond, Washington, have been demonstrating the Windows XP operating system running on chips with ARM processing cores inside.
Asyst CEO resigns as firm seeks buyer
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Stephen Schwartz, chief executive, president and chairman of troubled Asyst Technologies Inc., has resigned, according to a filing. But who will ultimately buy the company?
Asyst CEO resigns as firm seeks buyer
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Stephen Schwartz, chief executive, president and chairman of troubled Asyst Technologies Inc., has resigned, according to a filing. But who will ultimately buy the company?
TSMC results fall in Q1, sees rebound
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Silicon foundry giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) saw its fortunes tumble in the quarter, but it sees a rebound.
Analyst: PC builds, chip inventories improving
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A financial analyst said the outlook for second quarter PC builds is looking better and that Asian chip distributors are reporting better-than-expected demand for semiconductors across a number of markets.
Microsemi buys defense electronics unit
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Continuing on its buying spree, analog-chip maker Microsemi Corp. has acquired Endwave Inc.'s defense electronics and security (D&S) business.
IMEC links nanophotonics, electronics on chip
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Research institute IMEC (Leuven, Belgium) has reported a method to integrate high-speed CMOS electronics with nanophotonic circuitry based on plasmonic effects.
Infineon-Chef: Das schlimmste ist vorbei — vielleicht
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Wenn man Infineon-Chef Peter Bauer Glauben schenken darf, hat sich der Markt von seinen Tiefständen gelöst. Die Erholung, falls sie denn eine ist, findet bisher aber eher in den Köpfen als in den Zahlen statt.
Toshiba licenses SC300 processor from ARM
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ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) has announced that is has licensed its SecurCore SC300 processor to Japanese chipmaker Toshiba Corp. for use in embedded security applications.
The worst is over - maybe, Infineon's Bauer says
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If one believes Infineon's top executive Peter Bauer, the market is about to recover from its ugly low in the first quarter. The recovery, if any, however takes place more in the sentiment than in real figures.
Circuit design platform aims to mitigate substrate noise coupling
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Targeting analog, mixed-signal, memory and high-speed I/O designs, Apache Design Solutions has released Totem, an integrated power and noise integrity chip design platform that aims to tackle noise-coupling in mixed-signal SOCs.
EU eyes industry opt-outs from climate cost
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The refining, cement and glass industries may get help dealing with the cost of meeting European climate targets to safeguard their global competitiveness, a draft European Commission report showed.
Rich nations' 2020 greenhouse cuts: -9 to -15 pct
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Industrialized nations are aiming to cut emissions of greenhouse gases by an average of between nine and 15 percent below 1990 levels by 2020, far short of cuts outlined by the U.N. Climate Panel, Reuters estimates show.
Motorola net loss widens, handset share sinks
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Motorola Inc.'s net loss widened in the first quarter, total revenue fell and the company's share of the wireless handset market tumbled to 6 percent as it struggles to revamp operation in a weak economy.
Infineon meets expectations, outlook negative
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With sales of €747 million (about $971 million) in the second quarter of its FY2009, chip maker Infineon met analyst expectations. However, the company lowered its outlook for the second half of the year and announced capex cuts.
IBM's DeveloperWorks goes social
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IBM Corp. is ushering into the era of social networking its ten-year old Web site that supplies technical information on open source software by launching My DeveloperWorks which aims to help IT developers collaborate on topics including Java, Linux and XML.
ST's Q1 loss widens; wireless JV to cut 1,200 jobs
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STMicroelectronics reported that its first quarter loss widened on a decline in revenue and announced its wireless joint venture with handset maker Ericsson would eliminate 1,200 jobs.
LSI reports $104 million loss as sales tumble
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Abhi Talwalkar is not calling the bottom, but the chief executive of LSI Corp. is looking for glimmers of hope in his company's latest quarterly results in which it lost $104 million as sales tumbled 27 percent compared to the first three months of 2008.
Cadence Q1 sales fall further
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Cadence Design Systems posted a GAAP net loss of $63 million on revenue of $206 million for the first quarter. Revenue declined 9 percent compared to the previous quarter and 24 percent compared with the same period of 2008.
CEA will set specs for 3-D glasses
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The Consumer Electronics Association plans to set standards for stereo 3-D glasses, one of many efforts aimed at paving the road to interoperable 3DTV products for the digital home, a concept some see as the next big thing in television.
Nokia's new 'wave' and eyeSight are no empty gestures
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Taking advantage of Nokia's newly exposed camera API, eyeSight Mobile Technologies developed an image processing algorithm, which translates a mere wave of the hand -- captured by a camera sensor on mobile handset -- into a gesture-controlled user interface.
UMC buys Chinese foundry He Jian
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UMC said it would pay $285 million to acquire the 85 percent of Chinese foundry He Jian Technology that it did not already own.
Silicon Labs Q1 beats revenue, earnings targets
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Analog/mixed-signal IC vendor Silicon Laboratories posted better-than-expected first quarter revenue of $83.7 million and GAAP earnings of 1 cent per diluted share.
SMIC posts loss, sees order rebound
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China's Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) posted another loss for the quarter.
Sematech, TOK to develop 22-nm resists
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Sematech and Tokyo Ohka Kogyo Co. Ltd. will team up to develop and demonstrate extreme UV materials and resists for use at the 22-nm node and beyond.
Analysis: Even ARM's solid results fail to raise optimism
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Well, we are well into the first quarter reporting season, and if anyone was hoping for big improvements after the disastrous end to last year’s financials, they will be more than disappointed.
National's SolarMagic power optimizers receive worldwide compliance certifications
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National Semiconductor Corp., has passed rigorous testing and received product safety, emissions and environmental compliance certifications for its SolarMagic power optimizers which are designed to improve the output of solar arrays when affected by real-world conditions such as shade, debris and panel aging.
Chip market stable in March, says analyst
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The three-month moving average of global chip sales is expected to come in at $14.7 billion, up by 5 percent from the $14.2 billion achieved in February, according to analysts at Carnegie Group (Oslo, Norway).
Updated: STATS cuts jobs; ASE, Amkor suffer
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Two Taiwanese chip-packaging houses--ASE and Siliconware--posted mixed results. Another vendor, ChipMOS, appears to be in trouble.
Wireless rivals vie to replace IR remote controls
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4/29/2009   1 comment
The Bluetooth 3.0 spec adds a feature which enables wireless remote controls to use Bluetooth, but RF4CE is specifically designed to replace IR remote controls with a wireless alternative.
UMC Q1 sales fall; sees profit in Q2
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Silicon foundry UMC reported that first quarter sales declined 41.5 percent sequentially as capacity utilization fell to 30 percent, but said recent orders point to strong second quarter demand.
Wi-Fi startup raises $18 million
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Quantenna Communications, Inc., a startup focused on consumer Wi-Fi network chips for consumer video, has closed a $13.85 million Series C funding round led by new investor.
Premier Farnell checks out website improvements
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Component distributor Premier Farnell (Leeds, England) managed to reduce abandonment rates across its 42 global websites by 50 percent through the implementation of an Express Checkout capability.
Sales, utlization rates tumble at NXP
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NXP Semiconductors (Eindhoven, the Netherlands) is blaming the economic downturn and decreased utilization rates for losses of $673 million in the first quarter, nearly 50 percent less than in the corresponding quarter a year ago. Pre-tax loss came in at $71 million, compared with profits of $183 million in Q1 2008.
ARM sees Q1 sales, profits drop
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ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) posted a 10 percent fall in sales expressed in dollars for the first quarter of the year as it saw continuing decline in the semiconductor market.
Automotive slump drags Continental under
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Automotive tier one Continental AG (Hannover, Germany) saw its sales decline in lockstep with European car production in the first quarter. The company's automotive group's Q1 sales dropped 42 percent over Q1/2008. However, the worst seems to be over.
Analysis: Chasing Apple, Nokia calls up all developers
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Nokia and Symbian Foundation find themselves between a rock and a hard place. While they have to fight against Apple's iPhone, a closed platform, they'd also have to fight against Google's Android built around Linux designed to leverage its free, open-source community.
PXI Express reconfigurable IF transceiver provides software-defined RF test and prototyping
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The PXIe-5641R RIO IF transceiver from National Instruments is a dual-input, dual-output module that combines an intermediate frequency (IF) transceiver with reconfigurable I/O (RIO) capability using a Xilinx Virtex-5 SX95T field-programmable gate array (FPGA) and PXI Express technology.
Motorola powers Unwired Fiji's mobile WiMAX network
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Motorola, has announced that it has been selected by Unwired Fiji to design and deploy an end-to-end 802.16e-based WiMAX network to upgrade and provide increased capacity to the operator's existing network for expansion of network coverage and capacity.
Nokia focuses services strategy towards third parties, cuts costs
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Nokia has announced that it will focus the strategy of its Services unit to create a better, more simplified user experience across its services and to open up deeper and greater opportunities for third parties.
A planned approach to maximum efficiency design
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4/29/2009   Post a comment
Engineers specifying a power supply for a given application may naturally assume that ensuring a generous output-power margin will deliver benefits such as reduced stress and a longer lifetime. In fact, the opposite is true. For optimum performance, engineers should assess the power requirements of the system accurately, and size the power supply accordingly.
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