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Consumer meets medical in ESC teardown
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8/31/2011   2 comments
A teardown of the Nonin Onyx II 9560 fingertip pulse oximeter at DesignMed 2011 will give a glimpse into the future of personal medical devices.
Novellus warns of 'incremental caution'
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8/31/2011   Post a comment
Fab tool maker Novellus Systems narrowed its third quarter sales target to the low end of previously guided range as the company's CEO warned that customers were being "incrementally cautious."
China's solar rise seen in Solyndra's fall
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8/31/2011   82 comments
High profile solar panel startup Solyndra will file for bankruptcy as China's producers of crystalline solar cells continue to dominate the market.
U.S. sues to block AT&T's T-Mobile buy
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8/31/2011   4 comments
The U.S. Justice Dept. filed a civil antitrust lawsuit in an attempt to block AT&T's proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile, saying the deal would decrease competition for wireless communication services.
Synopsys, Achronix extend tool agreement
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8/31/2011   Post a comment
EDA and IP supplier Synopsys and FPGA startup Achronix Semiconductor announced a multi-year extension of their OEM agreement for Synopsys FPGA synthesis tools.
Touchstone tips drop-in replacement comparator
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8/31/2011   Post a comment
Analog IC startup Touchstone Semiconductor introduced an analog comparator billed as a drop-in replacement for Maxim Integrated Products' MAX917 comparator.
Reports: Samsung to pay retirees with cancer
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8/31/2011   9 comments
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has said it will provide up to ten years support costs for semiconductor and LCD manufacturing workers if they are diagnosed with cancer within three years of retiring from the company. This is according to Korean news reports that referenced unnamed Samsung officials.
ARM extends Michigan research deal
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8/31/2011   5 comments
Processor intellectual property licensor ARM Holdings plc has renewed research cooperation with the University of Michigan into ultra-low energy and sustainable computing.
Analyst sees upside in 2H11 chip market
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8/31/2011   1 comment
Semiconductor Intelligence LLC, a consultancy formed by analyst Bill Jewell, sees some positive signs for the electronics economy in the second-half of 2011, but has nonetheless reduced its global chip market growth forecast for 2011 to 4 percent from a previous forecast of 9 percent.
MediaTek aims at 'partnership' with Philips
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8/31/2011   2 comments
Consumer chip company MediaTek Inc. has announced it has achieved a design win with consumer electronics company Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV and is planning to develop "a long-term and close partnership with Philips."
Cisco, VMware team on network virtualization
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8/31/2011   2 comments
Cisco Systems and VMware said they have expanded their strategic relationship to create new technology for network virtualization that will broaden the mobility range of virtual machines across multiple datacenters and cloud environments.
Electric vehicles to boost analog IC demand
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8/30/2011   10 comments
The market for semiconductors used in electric vehicles and hybrid electric vehicles is expected to quadruple between 2011 and 2018, reaching $2 billion, according to market research firm Strategy Analytics.
Electronics enters era of 'systemic risk'
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8/30/2011   8 comments
The electronics industry has entered an era of "systemic complexity" where growing ecosystems of companies need to collaborate closely, according to a panel of CEOs.
Zoran shareholders approve CSR merger
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8/30/2011   Post a comment
CSR is expected to complete the acquisition of fellow chip maker Zoran following approval of the deal by Zoran shareholders, the company said.
Intel may cut capex, says analyst
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8/30/2011   7 comments
Intel may cut back on capital expenditures in 2011 and 2012 in the face of slackening PC demand, according to a Wall Street analyst.
Intel forms subsidiary for government projects
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8/30/2011   1 comment
Intel Corp. has formed a wholly owned subsidiary, Intel Federal LLC, to address new opportunities in working with the U.S. government.
GlobalFoundries charts road to 14 nm
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8/30/2011   16 comments
GlobalFoundries will give an update on its work from 32- to 14-nm technology, including work on advanced 3-D ICs at its annual tech conference.
UK photovoltaic firm attracts Fister as CEO
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8/30/2011   5 comments
Mike Fister, a former manager of processor development at Intel and CEO at EDA software vendor Cadence, has been appointed CEO of privately-held Enecsys Ltd. (Cambridge, England).
Analog guru leaves legacy in $85 text book
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8/30/2011   21 comments
Jim Williams, a respected analog engineer who passed away in June 2011, has made a posthumous contribution to electronic engineering as a co-author and co-editor of Analog Circuit Design, published by Newnes, an imprint of Elsevier Science & Technology Books.
Scopes cover hi-speed/hi-fidelity domains at ESC
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8/30/2011   1 comment
Tektronix, Inc. has introduced a mixed-domain oscilloscope that delivers the functionality of an scope and a spectrum analyzer in a single instrument. And Rohde & Schwarz has enhanced its real-time digital trigger scope for analyzing extremely small signals with high fidelity. Both companies will exhibit their wares at the Embedded Systems Conference, Boston (Sept. 26 to 29).
Freescale joins 4G-era small-cell basestation race
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8/30/2011   10 comments
Freescale has begun sampling new wireless basestation SoCs designed for picocells and femto cells, by using the company’s QorIQ Qonverge family of processors.
GlobalFoundries fabs 20-nm test chip
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8/29/2011   11 comments
GlobalFoundries taped out a 20nm test chip using design tools from Cadence Design Systems, Magma Design Automation, Mentor Graphics and Synopsys.
MIT chip spinout gets $6.5M in funding
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8/29/2011   12 comments
MTPV, a startup developing chips used to convert heat to electricity, has received $6.5 million in funding from 13 investors, according to a regulatory filing.
GlobalFoundries, Amkor forge alliance
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8/29/2011   2 comments
GlobalFoundries and Amkor will co-develop integrated assembly and test solutions, including 3-D ICs, as the first members of a new alliance.
Fibre Channel over Ethernet, GPON rising
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8/29/2011   5 comments
Fibre Channel over Ethernet is driving sales and market share shifts for 10 Gbit Ethernet, while China drives sales in GPONs, according to two Dell 'Oro Group reports.
Dongbu tips specialty foundry processes
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8/29/2011   1 comment
South Korean chip builder Dongbu HiTek announced the availability of a pair of specialized 180-nm process technologies for creating analog, power, and mixed-signal chips.
ABI: 97% of smartphones to have touchscreens
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8/29/2011   9 comments
By 2016, smartphones with touchscreens will account for 97 percent of all smartphone volume, up from 75 percent in 2010, according to market research firm ABI Research.
NXP loses manager to Globalfoundries' Dresden fab
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8/29/2011   1 comment
Globalfoundries Inc. has appointed Rutger Wijburg as vice president and general manager of its manufacturing campus in Dresden, Germany – known as Fab 1 – with effect from October 2011.
Analyst predicts DRAM price plunge in 2H11
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8/29/2011   13 comments
The second half of 2011 is shaping up to be a DRAM buyer's dream as the price for the memory component is set to go into free-fall, according to market research firm IHS.
Russian-backed Crocus buys NXP's MRAM patents
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8/29/2011   8 comments
Crocus Technology Inc., a developer of magnetic RAMs with French origins and Russian financial backing, has announced the acquisition of the MRAM patent portfolio of NXP Semiconductors NV.
A&O power chip firm to buy Oregon fab
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8/29/2011   4 comments
Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Ltd., a power semiconductor IC vendor with strong connections in China, has said it intends to buy a 200-mm wafer fab owned by Integrated Device Technology Inc. and located in Hillsboro, Oregon.
Emulex to demo 10GbE upgrades at VMworld
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8/29/2011   1 comment
Networking IC vendor Emulex said it would demonstrate new technology enhancements to its OneConnect 10 Gigabit Ethernet universal converged network adapter family at the VMworld exhibition in Las Vegas this week.
Calypto acquires Mentor's Catapult C
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8/26/2011   12 comments
Calypto Design Systems said it acquired Catapult C Synthesis from Mentor Graphics in a deal with undisclosed terms.
Wireless infrastructure seen as growing market for GaAs ICs
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8/25/2011   2 comments
The global market for gallium arsenide semiconductors used in wireless network infrastructure is projected to grow to reach about $320 million in 2015 from roughly $205 million in 2011, according to market research firm Strategy Analytics.
AMD appoints former Lenovo exec CEO
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8/25/2011   27 comments
AMD's board of directors appointed as CEO Rory Read, a longtime IBM exec who most recently was president and chief operating officer at PC vendor Lenovo Group.
NEC finally releases CyberWorkBench for sale
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8/25/2011   8 comments
NEC Corp. has launched its C-based CyberWorkBench design platform in a dedicated FPGA version for commercial sale.
The lowdown on Telegent: Split three ways
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8/25/2011   Post a comment
Telegent did not crash and burn. The startup which distributed $100 million among shareholders and employees was a "success," say former managers and Reed Hundt, the ex-FCC chairman who served as a Telegent board member.
Steve Jobs resigns as Apple CEO
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8/24/2011   42 comments
Steve Jobs, the visionary and iconic leader who twice led Apple to prominence, resigned as CEO of the company he co-founded in 1976, alluding to lingering health issues.
Applied posts strong Q3, but sees Q4 decline
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8/24/2011   1 comment
Applied Materials, the largest supplier of semiconductor production equipment, delivered strong quarterly results that beat analysts' expectations but warned that it expects a sequential sales decline of 15 to 30 percent in the current quarter.
Tendril offers smart energy APIs to developers
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8/24/2011   Post a comment
Tendril has opened its application program interfaces (APIs) for select developers to build on the Tendril Connect cloud platform to deliver energy applications.
Altera ships Stratix V GT FPGAs
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8/24/2011   1 comment
Altera said it has begun shipping 28-nm Stratix V GT devices, the first FPGA featuring 28-gigabits-per-second transceivers.
Report: Lighting apps continue to boost LED usage
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8/24/2011   19 comments
LED usage continues to rise across applications and lighting is leading with a predicted increase of 20 percent over 2010.
Embedded systems gaining secure footing
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8/24/2011   5 comments
Today's embedded system designers optimize mainly for performance and footprint, but with the rise of Internet-enabled devices, security has become the third leg of the embedded design process.
Micronas inks foundry agreement with X-Fab
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8/24/2011   1 comment
Analog/mixed-signal semiconductor foundry X-Fab Semiconductor Foundries and automotive sensor and IC supplier Micronas Semiconductor announced a strategic partnership by which X-Fab will manufacture Micronas products using its 0.18-micron high-voltage CMOS process with embedded flash.
Patent suit targets Intel, Freescale, Marvell
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8/24/2011   29 comments
A company going by the name Power Management Systems LLC filed a complaint earlier this week in U.S. federal court charging that semiconductor vendors Intel, Freescale Semiconductor and Marvell Technology Group market chips that infringe upon a U.S. patent controlled by Power Management Systems.
Freescale eyes post-PC era
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8/24/2011   13 comments
Freescale CEO Rich Beyer laid out the chip maker's strategy during an event in India.
IDC: Server demand to slow after strong Q2
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8/24/2011   2 comments
Demand for servers remained high in the second quarter, but weakening macroeconomic conditions throughout the world are likely to take a toll on server demand later this year, according to market research firm IDC.
China was largest PC market in Q2, says IDC
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8/24/2011   8 comments
PC shipments in China surpassed those in the U.S. in the second quarter, making China the largest PC market in the world, according to market research firm IDC.
Mindspeed exec named Lantronix CEO
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8/24/2011   Post a comment
Kurt Busch, a former executive at semiconductor supplier Mindspeed Technologies, was named president and CEO of smart connectivity technology firm Lantronix.
SoC firm licenses Palmchip smart grid IP
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8/24/2011   Post a comment
Greenvity Communications licensed Palmchip's AcurX smart grid platform for use in smart energy and home area network chips.
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