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Report: Sigma Designs to buy CopperGate
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9/30/2009   Post a comment
Sigma Designs Inc. is in discussions to acquire CopperGate Communications Inc., according to reports.
Analysis: Behind the downfall of Silicon Image's CEO
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9/30/2009   4 comments
The sudden resignation of Silicon Image CEO Steve Tirado may not have surprised those following the company's recent financial results.
Analysis: Behind the downfall of Silicon Image's CEO
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9/30/2009   4 comments
The sudden resignation of Silicon Image CEO Steve Tirado may not have surprised those following the company's recent financial results.
BOARDS - Intel Atom board boasts high performance per watt for CompactPCI
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9/30/2009   Post a comment
Kontron's upgraded CP305 offers typical power consumption of 10 Watts, EN50155 compliant reliability, soldered components and ultra low TDP for harsh environments.
Controller boosts telescope output by damping noise
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9/30/2009   1 comment
A CCD controller devised at the University of Montreal amplifies the output from optical instruments like telescopes and endoscopes while supressing noise for a tenfold net boost.
Renesas, Panasonic to devise 28-nm process
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9/30/2009   Post a comment
Amid a merger agreement with NEC Electronics Corp., Renesas Technology Corp. is moving forward with its process technology alliance with Panasonic Corp.
ISuppli upgrades 2009 chip forecast again
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9/30/2009   Post a comment
Market research firm iSuppli again upgraded its forecast for 2009 semiconductor sales, saying it now predicts a decline of 16.5 percent compared to 2008.
EDA revenue posted sixth consecutive decline in Q2
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9/30/2009   Post a comment
EDA revenue declined on a year-to-year basis for the sixth consecutive quarter in the second quarter, the longest string of successive declines since at least 1997, according to the EDA Consortium.
Renesas improves PLC solution for smart metering networks
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Renesas Technology presents an enhanced version of its popular PLC network layer RUN-M.
Young : Polymer capacitors offer excellent noise absorption
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Young Electronics Group introduces the Nippon ChemiCon ultra low ESR functional polymer capacitor which offers excellent noise absorption.
Analysis: European technology report hints at protectionism
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A long-awaited strategy document from the European Commission on technology shows hints of a climate of increased protectionism within Europe, where the beleaguered technology-based industry has suffered more than its equivalents in many other regions.
EC report discusses increased support for electronics
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9/30/2009   Post a comment
The European Commission has identified nanotechnology, electronics and photonics as key enabling technologies (KETs) that are of strategic interest to the European Union. Advanced materials and biotechnology are also listed in a report that goes on to discuss ways in which greater support should be offered to these disciplines.
Faulty memory chip causes Philips defibrillator recall
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9/30/2009   1 comment
Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), a leading vendor of consumer and medical products, has announced that it is recalling approximately 5,400 HeartStart FR2+ automated external defibrillators (AEDs).
DCPs gear up to drive digital power semiconductor market forward
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9/30/2009   Post a comment
Suppliers of digital power semiconductors are aligning behind Digital Controllers of Power (DCPs) in preparation for an almost sevenfold rise in revenue by 2013, according to market research company iSuppli Corp.
ARM in talks with GlobalFoundries, say reports
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9/30/2009   Post a comment
Processor intellectual property licensor ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) is holding talks with the foundry chip manufacturer GlobalFoundries Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.), according to reports.
Analysis: TI fab ramp puts analog rivals on notice
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9/30/2009   Post a comment
Having finally announced its intent for a 300-mm fab in the United States, Texas Instruments Inc. is putting its analog rivals on notice.
Forum: Will cloud services rain on data center systems?
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9/29/2009   1 comment
Cloud computing will rain down a new level of competitors and price pressures on today's data center hardware vendors, reshaping the business computer market, according to an industry consultant.
Canon shuffles responsibility for semi equipment
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9/29/2009   Post a comment
Canon and its independent marketing arm, Canon Marketing Japan, announced they have reached a basic agreement to transfer Canon Marketing Japan's semiconductor equipment-related business to Canon, effective Jan. 1, 2010.
Micron narrows quarterly loss
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9/29/2009   Post a comment
Saying the market remains challenging but is beginning to improve, memory chip vendor Micron Technology reported a net loss of $88 million for the quarter ended Sept. 3, down from a net loss of $290 million in the prior quarter and a net loss of $344 million in the year-ago quarter.
Lean IC inventories could create artificial sales bump
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9/29/2009   Post a comment
Global chip revenue in the third quarter is likely to rise by 3 percent more than actual demand would dictate, creating an artificial bump in sales thanks to lean inventory levels, according to market research firm iSuppli.
Mindtree acquires Kyocera's Indian design arm
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Software services provider MindTree will acquire the design arm of Japan's Kyocera Wireless Corp.
TI to open 300-mm analog fab in North Texas
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9/29/2009   2 comments
Texas Instruments plans to open a 300-mm analog semiconductor fab in Richardson, Texas. The company expects to begin equipping the facility next month and ship the first chips from the fab by the end of next year.
R&D guru returns to TSMC
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Shang-Yi Chiang has rejoined Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) in the R&D ranks.
Innovation et énergie verte
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9/29/2009   Post a comment
La hausse inévitable du coût de l'énergie a suscité beaucoup d'intérêt pour l'énergie verte. La nécessité de gérer l'énergie n'a rien de nouveau pour les ingénieurs de Linear. Ce qui a changé, c'est l'intérêt que nos clients portent à l'augmentation du rendement. Les acheteurs comprennent maintenant que la consommation électrique des grandes installations comme les centres de données ou les stations de base peut dépasser le coût des équipements eux-mêmes. Aussi, nos clients attachent beaucoup pl
ARM gets to sit beside Intel inside Dell laptop
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9/29/2009   2 comments
Dell has unveiled a range of laptops that, for the first time, use a microprocessor based on one of ARM plc's low power cores, sitting side-by-side an Intel Core Duo.
Exciton transistors inch toward commercialization
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Researchers have refined the materials mix and architecture of excitonic transistors to permit economical operation at 125 degrees Kelvin, which they say is attainable with inexpensive liquid nitrogen.
Partnerships, VC funds warm up French solar industry
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As summer fades away, many initiatives have emerged to continue to foster solar energy on the French soil.
Magnetic superpower on the rise
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9/29/2009   1 comment
At the 10th Cambridge Enterprise Conference, at the end of September, a number of startups showed up to exhibit what could be the next wave of technology to penetrate our everyday lives. Magnifye Ltd was one of them.
Analysis: What's behind Taiwan's decision to ease investment rules?
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9/29/2009   Post a comment
Comments reported by local media from Taiwan's economic minister Shih Yen-shiang on the easing investment restrictions with regard to mainland China were enough to send the share prices of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and United Microelectronics Corp. shooting upwards, but the devil could yet be in the detail.
Powerful problems seen for mobile handsets
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9/29/2009   Post a comment
Emerging solutions for bridging the power gap required by a growing number of handset features and available handset battery capacity are unlikely to solve the increasing and worrying problem, according to market trackers at IMS Research.
TSMC, UMC boosted by lifting of Taiwan investment ban
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9/29/2009   Post a comment
The Taiwan government is set to lift a long-running ban on investment by Taiwanese companies in Chinese counterparts, according to reports. The result is likely to benefit foundry chipmakers Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. and United Microelectronics Corp.
Tower and Jazz Semiconductor enhances SiGe platform to offer power savings
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9/29/2009   Post a comment
Tower Semiconductor Ltd., and its U.S. subsidiary, Jazz Semiconductor, has announced the availability of its proprietary Deep-Silicon-Via (DSV) technology available in its 0.18-micron SiGe BiCMOS (SBC18).
Drive makers at crossroads over next generation
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9/29/2009   Post a comment
Hard disk makers will have to decide in the next year which of two major paths they will take to tomorrow's drives that will pack a terabit or more per square inch, according to a leading consultant—heat-assisted recording or patterned media.
Secure CPU vendor introduces security server
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9/28/2009   Post a comment
Secure processor vendor CPU Technology introduced a security server that combines hardware and software used to encrypt embedded applications and configure security features for the company's Acalis CPU872 secure processors.
Judge approves TI's purchase of Qimonda assets
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9/28/2009   Post a comment
A U.S. bankruptcy judge has approved the $172.5 million purchase by Texas Instruments of semiconductor manufacturing equipment from Qimonda's fab in Virginia.
Silicon Image CEO resigns amid lower forecast
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Amid a lower forecast for the quarter, Silicon Image Inc. has announced the resignation of its president and chief executive, Steve Tirado.
OPTEK donates 200 high brightness LEDS to university bridge development contest
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9/28/2009   Post a comment
TT electronics OPTEK Technology donated 200 high brightness LEDs to an engineering team at North Carolina State University participating in the 2009 North Carolina Engineering Day to be utilized in a bridge design.
Battery makers mix new notebook chemistries
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9/28/2009   Post a comment
New variations in the chemistry used for lithium ion batteries promise longer life for notebook computers, but the changes will also force new trade offs in the power electronics of those systems.
10 companies in trouble (revisited)
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9/28/2009   3 comments
Four months ago, EE Times published a story highlighting 10 companies that, in our opinion, were in trouble.
10 companies in trouble (revisited)
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9/28/2009   3 comments
Four months ago, EE Times published a story highlighting 10 companies that, in our opinion, were in trouble.
10 companies in trouble (revisited)
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9/28/2009   3 comments
Four months ago, EE Times published a story highlighting 10 companies that, in our opinion, were in trouble.
Elpida readies 2GB Mobile DDR2 memory
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9/28/2009   1 comment
Elpida Memory will start sampling next month a 2-gigabit DDR2 Mobile RAM, targeting smartphones, netbooks and mobile Internet devices.
Inphi to fight Netlist suit
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Inphi Corp. said that it will defend itself in response to a ''nuisance lawsuit'' announced by Netlist Inc.
ARM will overtake Intel in netbooks, smartbooks, says analyst
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9/28/2009   4 comments
Intel Corp. will claim 94 percent of the netbook/smartbook market in 2009 but ARM Holdings plc and its processor licensees with take the lead in 2012, according to Robert Castellano of market research company The Information Network (New Tripoli, Pennsylvania).
Peripherals authentication could change landscape
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9/28/2009   Post a comment
A presentation at the recent Intel developers forum gained little attention though it has the potential to significantly change the market for PC add-ons — and a broad spectrum of consumer devices.
Forte acquires IP, datapath synthesis vendor
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9/28/2009   Post a comment
High-level synthesis EDA vendor Forte Design Systems has acquired Arithmatica, a U.K.-based supplier of IP and datapath synthesis. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
Broadcom licenses ARM Cortex-A9 multiprocessor core
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Fabless communications chip company Broadcom Corp. (Irvine, Calif.) has licensed the Cortex-A9 MPCore multicore processor from ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) for use in some mobile and wireless applications.
Liquavista takes $3.7 million loan from Dutch government
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9/28/2009   Post a comment
Electrowetting display pioneer Liquavista BV (Eindhoven, The Netherlands has received a 2.5 million euro (about $3.7 million) innovation loan from SenterNovem, an agency of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs. The money is intended to accelerate the development of Liquavista's range of eReader display technologies.
Former Hynix DRAM plant to get solar makeover
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9/28/2009   1 comment
A South Korean leather goods manufacturer plans to buy from Hynix Semiconductor the closed DRAM plant here with plans to turn it into the largest solar cell producer in the United States.
Robots in education
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