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MIT agrees to tech school at Russia's Skolkovo
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7/29/2011   4 comments
Earlier this month the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Skolkovo Foundation signed a preliminary agreement to create the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (SIST) in Skolkovo, Russia.
FDA defends 510(k) as debate begins
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7/29/2011   5 comments
Launching a public debate, U.S. regulators were quick to reject the conclusion of a report saying it should scrap its most widely used process for approving medical devices.
iRobot's CEO is bullish on future of robotics
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7/29/2011   10 comments
iRobot's founding mission is to provide intelligent robots for practical applications, including machines that can conduct dangerous search, reconnaissance and bomb-disposal missions, keeping humans out of harm’s way.
Report: FDA should scrap 510(k) process
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7/29/2011   2 comments
Industry groups are blasting a report from the Institute of Medicine that calls for scrapping the current regulatory process used by the vast majority of medical devices.
NXP grew again in Q2; may decline in Q3
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7/29/2011   4 comments
NXP Semiconductors reported a sequential increase in product revenue for the ninth consecutive quarter, but said the streak could come to an end in the third quarter because of a pause in demand from automotive customers, slower-than-expected deployment of near field communications technology and global macroeconomic weakness.
Cadence lifts sales target after strong Q2
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7/29/2011   1 comment
Cadence Design Systems adjusted its sales target for 2011 after reporting revenue for the second quarter that beat consensus analysts' expectations.
Earnings: Maxim, LSI, KLA beat estimates
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7/28/2011   1 comment
Chip makers Maxim Integrated Products and LSI and semiconductor capital equipment vendor KLA-Tencor delivered quarterly results that exceeded analysts' expectations.
Trident signs IP license deal amid Q2 loss
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7/28/2011   Post a comment
Trident Microsystems announced it reached an agreement to license some of its video processing technology and reported a narrower second quarter loss on sales that fell short of consensus analysts' expectations.
Report on FDA draws fire before release
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7/28/2011   2 comments
A major report on the future of medical device regulations to be released tomorrow is already drawing criticism.
Small-sized display shipments down except in tablets
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7/28/2011   4 comments
Shipments of small- and medium-sized display panels fell for the second straight month in May, another data point from market research firm IHS iSuppli pointing to tablets taking over where once cell phones and other consumer devices prevailed.
Tablets, smartphones hit sales of CE devices
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7/28/2011   7 comments
As sales of multi-function electronics devices like tablets and smartphones rise, sales of single-task products like MP3 players and digital still cameras are projected to decline or stay flat, according to IHS iSuppli.
Next iPhone looks to be an underachiever
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7/28/2011   23 comments
Apple's iPhone 5 may be little more than an incremental upgrade, analysts predict.
DIDO promises wireless breakthroughs
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7/28/2011   51 comments
A new white paper describes a wireless technology that can deliver more than ten-fold increases in spectrum utilization compared to today's cellular systems.
TSMC forecasts falling sales in Q3
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7/28/2011   Post a comment
Foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. has announced that its net income fell in the second quarter and has forecast its revenue will decline by about 7 percent in the third quarter.
Infineon profits as car woes no-show
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7/28/2011   Post a comment
Expected problems in the automotive supply chain failed to materialize for Infineon Technologies AG in the second quarter and helped the German chip maker turn in higher than expected sales and profits.
Lam sees steep decline in tool spending
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7/27/2011   Post a comment
Lam Research reported quarterly results that beat analysts' expectations but warned of a significant decline equipment spending that would cause its revenue to contract in the current quarter.
ZigBee gets gateway specification
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7/27/2011   12 comments
The ZigBee Alliance has released ZigBee Gateway, its tenth standard and the first in a new family of planned ZigBee Network Device standards.
Researchers to link brain, artificial limbs
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7/27/2011   12 comments
Four universities won a $1.2 million grant to develop prosthetics that deliver sensory information to patients and can be controlled by their thoughts.
ST Micro opens lab for humanoid robot research
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7/27/2011   1 comment
STMicroelectronics and Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna of Pisa announced the creation of a joint laboratory for research and innovation in bio-robotics, smart systems and microelectronics.
ST-Ericsson to close R&D sites
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7/27/2011   12 comments
Mobile chip company ST-Ericsson is set to close R&D sites as part of the latest round of restructuring, according to CEO Gilles Delfassy. A site in Basingstoke, England, has already been earmarked for closure with a loss of up to 139 jobs, according to a local report.
TI touts 3-D packaging technology
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7/27/2011   9 comments
Texas Instruments said it has shipped more than 30 million power management devices featuring its PowerStack 3-D packaging technology, which the company says offers performance, thermal, power consumption and board space advantages compared with conventional packaging technologies.
Israel offers Intel $290 million to expand
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7/27/2011   11 comments
The Israeli government is offering semiconductor giant Intel up to 1 billion shekels (about $290 million) to expand its manufacturing operations in the country, according to local reports.
DRAM price declines suggest tough second half
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7/27/2011   5 comments
The contract price of 2-GB DRAM modules has decreased nearly 16 percent in July compared with June, a warning sign that the DRAM market outlook for the second half of 2011 could be bleak, according to DRAMeXchange.
Mouser launches new audio applications site
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7/27/2011   1 comment
Mouser Electronics launched an audio applications training site devoted to the newest products and developments for sound engineering.
STMicroelectronics collaborates with Soundchip to bring HD-PA to market
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7/27/2011   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics is to collaborate with Soundchip SA, a Swiss-based electro-acoustics consultancy and originator of the High Definition Personal Audio (HD-PA) Standard, to bring HD-PA to market by applying their respective strengths in audio system and semiconductor technology, product design and industrialization methods, audio software and sales and marketing.
Audio Pixels Holdings Limited signs joint development agreement with Sony Corporation of Japan
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7/27/2011   Post a comment
Audio Pixels Holdings Limited has announced that it has signed a Joint Development Agreement with Sony Corporation of Japan for the development of its patented low cost micro-electro mechanical ("MEMS") digital speakers.
Design and selector guide for high-precision resistors
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7/27/2011   3 comments
Vishay Precision Group has released its Vishay Foil Resistors division's Design and Selector Guide for High-Precision Resistors, available as a free download.
CML Microsystems acquires leading-edge vocoder technology
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7/27/2011   Post a comment
CML Microsystems has acquired the exclusive rights to the RALCWI low bit-rate vocoder products from Spirit Corp., (Spirit), a Moscow based software company.
Fab tool vet Cutini to lead solar startup
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7/26/2011   Post a comment
Longtime semiconductor capital equipment executive Jerry Cutini has joined elQ Energy, a developer of DC-to-DC parallel solar technology, as president and CEO.
Former CFO to become Intel's next chairman
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7/26/2011   10 comments
Intel Chief Administrative Officer Andy Bryant was elected to the new position of vice chairman of the board of directors in preparation for him to be elected the company's next chairman following Intel's annual stockholder meeting next May.
MIT prof pedicts medical device revolution
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7/26/2011   4 comments
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has created its Medical Electronic Device Realization Center (MEDRC) to develop technologies for enabling affordable and accessible delivery of services to patients, according to its leaders.
Tektronix buys Optametra for coherent optical testing
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7/26/2011   1 comment
Tektronix, Inc. has acquired Optametra, LLC, a producer of test equipment for optical transmission products. The details of the transaction were not disclosed.
U.S. group calls for cloud-friendly policies
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7/26/2011   4 comments
A group of experts from industry and academia made 14 recommendations for best practices and policies to accelerate adoption of cloud computing in the U.S.
Cracking the code on a next-gen software strategy
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7/26/2011   Post a comment
Whether you are a chip, board or systems maker, you cannot afford to remain aloof from the shifts in software, unless you don’t mind getting lost in a jungle of code.
ProMOS to swap debt for equity, say reports
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7/26/2011   Post a comment
Struggling DRAM maker ProMOS Technologies Inc. has agreed a deal in principle with more than 30 creditor banks to swap half of its NT$57 billion (about $2 billion) of debt for equity, according to a Taiwan Economic News report.
ARM sees licensing up in Q2, is tepid on 2H
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7/26/2011   Post a comment
While some its partners and licensees have been turning in less than stellar financial figures in the second quarter, results from ARM Holdings plc continued to show significant annual growth and increased profits in its second quarter financial results.
SMSC chips enhance power over USB
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7/26/2011   Post a comment
SMSC has announced a set of three power switches to enhance charging capabilities over USB.
Multicore group works on task management API
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7/26/2011   2 comments
The Multicore Association is defining a task-management API to ease parallel programming for embedded systems that use heterogeneous processors.
Intel SoCs aided by interconnect, IP library
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7/26/2011   3 comments
Intel now has the tools in place – in particular an on-chip interconnect fabric, an extensive IP library and software – to make a success of its system-on-chip engineering effort, according to Bill Leszinske, an executive with Intel's Atom processor SoC development group.
Ten mobile vendors license chip interconnect
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7/26/2011   4 comments
Ten cellphone chip makers have licensed the Chip to Chip Link developed by Arteris and Texas Instruments that lets cellphone chips share memory.
ST hurt by quake impact, lower Nokia sales
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7/26/2011   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics reported second quarter sales that were in line with analysts' expectations, but the company guided for lower-than-expected third quarter sales, citing lingering effects from the March 11 earthquake off the coast of Japan and weaker demand from a major wireless customer, believed to be Nokia.
TI says damaged Japan fabs back in action
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7/25/2011   2 comments
Texas Instruments said t two semiconductor fabs damaged in the March 11 earthquake in Japan resumed production ahead of schedule as the company reported second quarter results that beat analysts' expectations.
Brooks buys another life sciences firm
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7/25/2011   2 comments
Continuing to broaden the company's scope into the life sciences market, semiconductor equipment vendor Brooks Automation acquired life sciences technology vendor Nexus Biosystems in a cash deal worth $79 million.
Mindspeed buys assets of W-CDMA chip vendor
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7/25/2011   Post a comment
Network infrastructure chip maker Mindspeed Technologies said it acquired substantially all of the assets of San Diego-based W-CDMA signal processing chip vendor IPG Communications.
Broadcom, PLX beat Q2 estimates
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7/25/2011   Post a comment
Chip makers Broadcom and PLX Technology reported second quarter results that exceeded consensus analysts' expectations.
Zarlink adopts 'poison pill'
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7/25/2011   2 comments
In an apparent bid to thwart a hostile takeover attempt by Microsemi, Canadian chip vendor Zarlink Semiconductor said its board of directors has adopted a limited duration shareholder rights plan that prevents anyone from acquiring the right to vote on more than 20 percent of the company's outstanding shares.
Silicon Labs warns of weak demand
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7/25/2011   2 comments
Mixed-signal IC vendor Silicon Laboratories reported second quarter sales and profit that handily beat consensus analysts' expectations, but warned that it expects sales to fall in the third quarter due to weak end user demand.
Qualcomm buys gesture-recognition technology
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7/25/2011   9 comments
Qualcomm acquired some assets of GestureTek, a developer of gesture-recognition technology, and plans to use it in its Snapdragon processors.
Firm alleges collusion by SRAM vendors
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7/25/2011   2 comments
A lawsuit filed in U.S. federal court by GSI Technology alleges that Cypress Semiconductor and other chip vendors participated in a conspiracy to monopolize the market for high-performance SRAMs.
ST gets Air for TV
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7/24/2011   2 comments
STMicroelectonics has claimed a significant step forward in its third generation TV SoC platform for STBs, with the successful porting and certification of Adobe AIR 2.5 for TV. It enables AIR-based applications to be run on connected TVs.
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