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Analysts raise Xilinx estimates despite concerns
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4/30/2010   Post a comment
Two Wall Street analysts raised their estimates for sales by programmable logic vendor Xilinx following the company's strong fiscal fourth quarter earnings report earlier this week. But some concerns persist about inventory builds, double ordering and constrained foundry capacity.
IAR correlates software with dev board power
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4/30/2010   2 comments
C/C++ compiler and software development tools supplier IAR Systems AB (Upsalla, Sweden) has announced a method whereby developers can correlate development board power consumption with the software running on ARM-based microcontrollers.
Q1 results: What analysts are saying
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4/30/2010   Post a comment
It's earnings season and a plethora of IC companies reported their results. Here's what analysts said about some of the players.
Synapse, Silicon Labs team on wireless mesh
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4/30/2010   Post a comment
Snap, the operating systems for wireless sensor networks from Synapse Wireless Inc. (Huntsville, Ala.) has been linked up with the Si1000 wireless microcontroller from Silicon Laboratories Inc. (Austin, Texas) to enable sub-GHz connectivity for smart meters, building automation and personal medical devices.
Atheros weaves mesh networking effort
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4/30/2010   Post a comment
Atheros Communications is trying to rally interest in a standard for using mesh technology in home networks, an effort that would help the company merge and add value to its Wi-Fi and powerline chip products.
Rumor mill: Layoffs seen at Applied
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4/30/2010   2 comments
More rumors at Applied Materials Inc.: The fab tool giant is expected to have a layoff between May 10 to May 12, according to sources.
KLA's sales jump but firm losses share
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KLA-Tencor Corp. lost share in the process control market in 2009, according to a report from Barclays Capital, which cited Gartner Inc. as its source.
Samsung reports record operating profit for Q1
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South Korea's Samsung Electronics posted record operating profit on strong first quarter sales growth driven by its components business, especially semiconductors.
Firm raises chip forecast
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Market research firm Databeans Inc. current outlook for the chip industry for 2010 has been revised up to $277 billion, a 23 percent increase over 2009.
IDT aims CMOS at quartz/MEMS
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Integrated Device Technology announced its foray into CMOS oscillators which it claims replaces the need for quartz crystals without the need for MEMS.
Record chip shipments in Q1, says research house
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4/29/2010   Post a comment
Semiconductor unit shipments hit 44.5 billion in the first quarter, surpassing the previous record of 44.1 billion in the third quarter of 2008, according to a new report by market research firm IC Insights.
Actel reports Q1 sales growth
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4/29/2010   Post a comment
Programmable logic supplier Actel said first quarter sales rose on both a sequential and year-to-year basis, and the company said it expects sales to increase further in the second quarter.
Exec: Reasons why new Renesas will succeed
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4/29/2010   2 comments
Completing a merger transaction between the former NEC Electronics Corp. and Renesas Technology Corp., the new combined entity--Renesas Electronics Corp.--commenced business operations on April 1.
ESC: Smart grid faces security, consumer challenges
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4/29/2010   Post a comment
An array of hurdles ranging from making communications gear secure to understanding consumer behaviors stand in the way of flipping on smart electric grids, according to a panel of experts at the Embedded Systems Conference.
ACE slideshow: Celebrating creativity in electronics
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4/29/2010   Post a comment
The electronics industry turned out to honor some of its best and brightest earlier this week at the sixth EE Times Annual Creativity in Electronics Awards at the Embedded Systems Conference.
TSMC to build new fab
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Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) said it plans to build a new 300-mm wafer fab, according to reports.
Tektronix acquires SyntheSys Research
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4/29/2010   Post a comment
Tektronix, Inc. completed the acquisition of privately-owned SyntheSys Research, Inc. Details of the transaction were not disclosed.
Boosted by Asian licensee, MIPS elbows ARM
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MIPS has landed a major cellular baseband/application chip company based in Asia. The deal represents MIPS' first win on the cell phone market, displacing ARM as the processor IP core.
Intel gains MPU share in slow Q1
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Intel Corp. gained share in the microprocessor market in the slightly depressed first quarter of 2010, according to International Data Corporation (IDC).
X-Fab's sales jump in Q1
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The X-Fab Silicon Foundries Group posted sales of $79.1 million for the first quarter of 2010, up approximately 93 percent from a year ago and up abouty 19 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2009.
Ikanos' CEO resigns amid losses
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4/29/2010   1 comment
Amid a string of losses, Ikanos Communications Inc. said that effective immediately Michael Gulett has resigned as CEO and president and as a member of its board.
Motor control gets attention, award at ESC
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4/29/2010   Post a comment
There is a lot of vendor interest related to motors and motion control at this year's Embedded Systems Conference. Equally impressive, motor vendor PCBMotor won in the "Editors' Choice" category at the ACE Awards event.
Cadence beats estimates, sees broad strength
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Cadence Design Systems reported first quarter results that beat consensus analyst expectations and its own guidance.
Xilinx again posts record quarterly sales
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4/28/2010   3 comments
Programmable logic vendor Xilinx posted a net income of $148.5 million on record revenue of $529 million for the quarter ended April 3, beating consensus analyst expectations. It was the second consecutive quarter in which Xilinx recorded record quarterly sales.
Gesture Designer lends hand for MEMs-based interface development
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4/28/2010   Post a comment
The Gesture Designer helps OEMs design gesture-based interfaces using Kionix's MEMS accelerometers, widening the potential range of motion-enabled functionality for consumer electronics. Kionix is pitching the software engine to developers of intuitive user interfaces and interactive games.
ESC - Prism IQ compression technology lowers costs for mobile operators migrating to 4G
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4/28/2010   Post a comment
Samplify's new Prism IQ compression technology lowers costs for mobile operators migrating to 4G. The algorithm reduces fiber optic costs when connecting 4G remote radio units in wireless base stations.
HP to buy Palm for $1.2B
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4/28/2010   1 comment
Hewlett Packard Co. said it will pay $1.2 billion for Palm Inc. in a move that will likely improve its position in the smartphone market while ending the saga of one of the pioneers in the segment.
Microchip CEO: Five reasons to be bullish, bearish
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4/28/2010   1 comment
What a difference a year makes.
The servers are coming, says ARM's CEO
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4/28/2010   7 comments
Servers based on ARM multicore processors should arrive in the next 12 months, according to Warren East, chief executive officer of processor intellectual property licensor ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England).
Samsung to ship MCP with phase-change
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4/28/2010   5 comments
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. claims that it will ship the industry's first multi-chip package (MCP) with phase-change RAM (PRAM) for use in mobile handsets beginning later this quarter.
Silicon Labs buys MEMS firm
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4/28/2010   Post a comment
Silicon Laboratories Inc. has acquired Silicon Clocks Inc., a developer of microelectromechanical system (MEMS) technology, for an undisclosed price.
Cadence teams with Wind River, rolls verification platform
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4/28/2010   Post a comment
EDA vendor Cadence Design Systems announced a partnership with embedded software vendor Wind River Systems and introduced an integrated verification computing platform said to unify simulation, acceleration and emulation into a single verification environment.
Broadcom reports record sales
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4/28/2010   Post a comment
Fabless chip vendor Broadcom reported record sales of $1.46 billion for the first quarter, beating consensus analyst expectations.
UMC sales up year-to-year, down sequentially
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4/28/2010   Post a comment
UMC reported first quarter sales of NT$26.72 billion ($849 million), up 147 percent compared with the year ago quarter, but down 4 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2009.
Wireless sensor networks set to take off
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4/28/2010   Post a comment
After years' of promises and hype, the wireless sensor networking market is finally set to take off—at much lower levels than originally thought, according to panelists at the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) here.
Actel licenses cryptography technology
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Actel has licensed technology from Cryptography Research to enhance the security of its products against differential power analysis and other side-channel related attacks.
EE Times honors 2010 ACE Award winners
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EE Times honored the winners of the sixth ACE Awards at a reception in conjunction with the Embedded Systems Conference in San Jose, Calif.
Actel licenses cryptography technology
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Actel has licensed technology from Cryptography Research to enhance the security of its products against differential power analysis and other side-channel related attacks.
Group forms multicore alliance
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4/27/2010   1 comment
A new alliance has been formed in the multicore parallel processing and software development arena.
Multicore not up to snuff for basestations
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4/27/2010   Post a comment
Multicore processors should be ideal for wireless base stations, but so far both the chips and their tools fall short of meeting engineers needs, according to a senior developer at HuaWei speaking at the Multicore Expo.
Intel teams with partners on wireless health care apps
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4/27/2010   Post a comment
At the Embedded Systems Conference here, LynuxWorks announced that it has combined efforts with Portwell, Inc. to deliver a proof-of-concept (PoC) wireless sensor platform based on Intel chips to the health care community.
Freescale MCUs pave SoC path to medical devices
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4/27/2010   1 comment
Freescale took a system-on-chip approach for its Flexis medical microcontrollers, shown at ESC, integrating an analog front end for biosensors, LCD drivers and medically approved USB stack.
Video: LinuxWorks founder on embedded software
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4/27/2010   Post a comment
Virtualization and security technology could be the focus of the next round of consolidation for an embedded software sector that is increasingly adopting Linux, according to Inder Singh, chairman of LynuxWorks, Inc.
EDAC elects AWR's CEO
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4/27/2010   Post a comment
AWR Corp. announced that Dane Collins, the company's chief executive officer, has been elected to the Electronic Design Automation Consortium (EDAC) board of directors.
Chip makers 'flying blind'
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4/27/2010   1 comment
Semiconductor companies can improve their supply chain visibility and extract additional value from the operations by increasing sales force effectiveness, boosting integration with external value chain partners, and optimizing planning and fulfillment processes.
ESC - IAR Embedded Workbench now supports ARM Cortex-M4
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4/27/2010   Post a comment
The newest version of IAR Embedded Workbench adds software performance for Cortex-M4's signal processing.
Teradyne gets testy in test
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Teradyne Inc. was the ATE share leader in 2009, according to a report from Barclays Capital, which cited Gartner Inc. as its source.
ARM posts record results in Q1
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Processor IP licensor ARM Holdings plc turned in record financial results for its first quarter of 2010 with revenues at $143.3 million up 19 percent on the revenue in the first quarter of 2009. The quarter saw ARM achieve its highest ever unit shipments leading to record royalty revenues, profits and net cash generation.
Study pegs Tek scope 'winner' in specific test tasks
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4/27/2010   1 comment
A study by research firm Hansa|GCR concluded that among three scopes performing similar tasks the Tektronix MSO4000 mixed signal oscilloscope was preferred, according to a press release by Tektronix, Inc. by over two-thirds of the participants and was 53 percent faster in finding runts and glitches when debugging a design.
300-mm wafers drive silicon recovery
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4/27/2010   Post a comment
Global demand for silicon used in semiconductor manufacturing is expected to rebound robustly in 2010, led by shipments of cutting-edge 300mm wafers.
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