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Avago Technologies extends high-gain GPS LNA family with variable current and shutdown functions
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Avago Technologies has unveiled the latest edition to its family of low noise amplifiers (LNAs) with a new high-gain LNA with variable current and shutdown functions for use in GPS, unlicensed Industrial, Scientific, and Medical (ISM) bands, and WiMax applications.
Maxim sells RFID IP, takes stake in firm
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Analog chip maker Maxim Integrated Products Inc. has sold some RFID intellectual-property (IP) to Intelleflex Corp.
September 'actual' chip sales narrow the gap on 2008
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September's global market for semiconductors was $23.98 billion, down 8.7 percent from the $26.26 billion value for sales recorded in September 2008, according to "actual" data from the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization.
Ireland key to Analog Devices re-org, promotions
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Analog Devices Inc. (Norwood, Mass.) has created two groups as part of an organizational change. Both will be led by executives who began their careers with ADI in Ireland, where the company has had a presence for many years.
Renesas to transfer fab tool unit to Hitachi
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Seeking to cut costs amid a major merger, Japan's Renesas Technology Corp. has sold its IC-equipment business to Hitachi High-Technologies Corp.
Xplain evaluation kit for Atmel's AVR XMEGA microcontroller family
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Atmel launched the mini USB connector-based Xplain evaluation kit to support its AVR XMEGA microcontroller family.Atmel launched the mini USB connector-based Xplain evaluation kit to support its AVR XMEGA microcontroller family.
DFTMAX compression extended to boost pin-limited testing
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Synopsys announced a new capability in its DFTMAX compression to reduce the cost of test for designs and methodologies that mandate very few test pins.
32-bit processor cores offer near 16-bit code size
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The M14K and M14Kc cores from MIPS Technologies target compact area and low power microcontrollers and low-footprint embedded applications.
Network analyser sweeps a frequency range as low as 5 Hz up to 3 GHz
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The Agilent E5061B analyses a frequency range as low as 5 Hz up to the RF range of 3 GHz, eliminating the need for additional low-frequency-dedicated instruments.
MIPS debuts new cores, instruction set
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MIPS Technologies Inc. is upgrading two of its cores and introducing a new instruction set architecture to expand the company's relatively small presence in 32-bit microcontrollers and leverage its strength in wired consumer systems to attack sockets in wireless devices.
Ruiz resigns as Globalfoundries chairman
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In the wake of allegations that he passed along confidential information, Globalfoundries Chairman Hector Ruiz has stepped down, effective immediately.
Q-Cells moves to end supply contract with LDK Solar
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Embattled solar cell manufacturer Q-Cells SE has terminated a contract with Chinese wafer supplier LDK Solar. Q-Cells accused its former business partner of unspecified contract violations.
Atheros targets cellphone with Wi-Fi chip
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Atheros Communications debuts a Wi-Fi chip for cellphones that supports a single-stream version of the latest 802.11n standard, attacking giants such as Broadcom and Texas Instruments who have been winning sockets in handsets with .11g chips that have integrated Bluetooth and FM radio features.
Altera announces Cyclone IV FPGAs
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Altera announced the newest Cyclone low-cost FPGA family, which adds support for mainstream serial protocols as well as a rich supply of logic, memory and DSP capabilities. The company also rolled out version 9.1 of its Quartus II design software.
EE Times begins accepting ACE Award nominations
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EE Times to start accepting submissions for ACE Awards.
China chip market growth below rest of Asia-Pacific, says ESIA
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The September three-month average for chip sales in China was $4.07 billion up 8.3 percent from $3.76 billion in August 09, according to data released by the European Semiconductor Industry Association.
SEMI Europe launches new thrust for funding
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Chip equipment vendors' organization SEMI Europe has rendered more precisely its demands towards the European Commission for better business conditions. For its European clientele, the organization demanded incentives comparable to those in the US and in Asia.
Top vendors increase NAND flash market share, says research
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The top three vendors of branded NAND flash memory increased their market share in the third quarter compared with the previous quarter, according to DRAMexchange, a market analysis company.
September averaged global chip sales show 8.2% growth
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The three-month average of global sales of semiconductors rose to $20.64 billion in September, up 8.2 percent from an upwardly revised $19.07 billion in August, and down 10.1 percent from September 2008, according to the European Semiconductor Industry Association.
32-Mbit quad I-O serial flash memory supports high speed burst data rates
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Silicon Storage Technology announces what the company claims to be the fastest quad-bit serial flash memory, operating from 1.8V and capable of sustaining 320 Mbit per s burst data rates.
Saft introduces highest power lithium iron phosphate cell
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Saft is claiming the highest power lithium iron phosphate cell on the market with the addition of the VL 10V Fe Super-Phosphate to the company's range of lithium battery technologies.
Automotive PMIC aims to reduce car-battery load
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STMicroelectronics has unveiled its new power management chip that addresses the carmakers' challenge to reduce the stand-by current consumption (quiescent current), at a time when the number of power-consuming products in the car is continuously increasing.
Acquisition yields combo test/yield product line
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Mentor Graphics has combined its embedded compression and Automatic Test Pattern Generation (ATPG) technology with Built-In Self-Test (BIST) technology from recently-acquired LogicVision into the new Tessent product line.
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