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Broadcom buys Gigle for $75 million
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11/22/2010   7 comments
Broadcom Corp. has announced that it has agreed to pay $75 million in cash to acquire Gigle Networks Inc., a privately-held company that develops system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions for home networking over power lines.
Fairchild FSA8008 audio jack detection and configuration switch
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11/22/2010   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor developed the FSA8008 audio jack detection and configuration switch as a one-chip audio jack detector and switch for 3- or 4-pole accessories.
3-D digital video cameras on the horizon?
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11/22/2010   14 comments
Anticipating an emerging 3-D trend on the digital video camera market, Ambarella has unveiled a 3-D video pre-processor, called S3D, designed to be used with the company’s camera SoCs such as A5 or A7.
Analog Devices AD9278 and AD9279 receiver chips
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11/22/2010   Post a comment
Octal ultrasound receivers integrate ADI’s data conversion technology to provide high output-referred large-signal SNR, enabling improved sensitivity in diagnostic ultrasound systems while reducing board space up to 40 percent.
EE Times seeks nominations for top EEs
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11/22/2010   9 comments
We'd like your recommendations for a list of EEs who made notable contributions in 2010.
Aeroflex IPO raises $232 million
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11/22/2010   2 comments
Aeroflex Holding Corp. priced its initial public offering of 17,250,000 shares of common stock at a price to the public of $13.50 per share last week. The company granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 2,587,500 shares at a 6.25 percent discount.
Semtech SX8120 SX8121 LED and motor timer-controllers
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11/22/2010   4 comments
Semtech Corp. unveiled two new sub-1 V mixed-signal LED and motor timer-controllers, the SX8120 and SX8121 for consumer home and office appliance applications.
Medical electronics a focus for ISSCC '11
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11/22/2010   11 comments
Medical electronics will be a focus at this year's International Solid State Circuits Conference which has chosen a theme of Electronics for Healthy Living.
EUV tool costs hit $120 million
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11/19/2010   17 comments
Who can afford extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography?
Peregrine files for $100 million IPO
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11/19/2010   6 comments
RF chip maker Peregrine Semiconductor Corp. has filed for a $100 million initial public offering (IPO) in the U.S., according to a filing.
ARM server debuts with STM chip
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11/19/2010   8 comments
A medium-sized computer maker has announced an ARM-based server using a dual-core Cortex A9 processor from STMicroelectronics.
Linear Technology LT3694
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11/19/2010   Post a comment
Linear Technology unveiled the LT3694, a 2.6A, 36V step-down switching regulator with dual linear controllers.
Japan tool book-to-bill falls
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11/19/2010   3 comments
The fab tool book-to-bills are falling.
Sumitomo claims first 6-in. GaN wafers
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11/19/2010   2 comments
Japan's Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd. claims that it has developed the world’s first 6-inch diameter gallium nitride (GaN) substrates to be used for white LEDs.
Conexant names president, COO
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11/19/2010   2 comments
Conexant Systems Inc. said that Sailesh Chittipeddi has been named president and chief operating officer.
Report: ARM in Google talks, could oust Intel
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11/19/2010   17 comments
Processor intellectual property licensor ARM Holdings plc is in discussions with Google Inc. about ARM processors being used for the GoogleTV initiative, according to Dow Jones reports that quotes ARM president Tudor Brown.
Synopsys rolls DesignWare ARC processor core for Blu-ray Disc players
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11/19/2010   Post a comment
Synopsys Inc. has introduced the DesignWare ARC AS 221 BD dual-core processor and released enhancements to its DesignWare ARC 600 32-bit configurable processor family.
ARM 64-bit CPU coming soon, says report
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11/19/2010   13 comments
Processor intellectual property licensor ARM Holdings plc is expected to reveal its plans for processor cores that support 64-bit computing, within the next few weeks, according to an IDG news service report.
PCI-SIG releases PCIe v3.0 specification
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11/19/2010   4 comments
PCI-SIG, the industry organization responsible for the Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) standard for computer expansion cards, has announced the availability of the PCIe Base 3.0 specification.
Singapore's A*STAR joins EU research on molecular-sized processor chip
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11/19/2010   1 comment
The A*STAR's Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE) partners ten European Union research organisations to work on the groundbreaking €10 million ATMOL project that lays the foundation for creating and testing a molecular-sized processor chip.
UK researchers develop a Mars hopper
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11/19/2010   1 comment
Researchers from the Space Research Center at the University of Leicester, United Kingdom, are developing a conceptual design for a Mars hopping vehicle propelled by a radioisotope thermal rocket.
Sandia upgrades supercomputer benchmarks
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11/19/2010   4 comments
Sandia National Labs has teamed with Intel, IBM, AMD and others on a new graphics-oriented supercomputer benchmark that concentrates on performance when analyzing large-scale but sparse data sets.
Semi book-to-bill dips below parity
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11/18/2010   Post a comment
The book-to-bill ratio for North American semiconductor capital equipment manufacturers slipped below parity in October for the first time in 15 months, according to the Semi trade group.
Marvell beats estimates
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11/18/2010   1 comment
Marvell Technology Group reported sales for its fiscal third quarter which were at the high-end of the company's guidance and edged consensus analysts' expectations.
Verigy/LTX-Credence merger: What analysts are saying
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11/18/2010   2 comments
Here's what analysts said about the deal.
QuickLogic names new CEO
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11/18/2010   1 comment
QuickLogic Corp. has named Andrew Pease as its new CEO, effective Jan. 3, 2011.
Blue Xmas forecast for consumer electronics
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11/18/2010   23 comments
It will be a flat Christmas for consumer electronics companies based on the latest research on expected consumer purchases for the 2010 holiday season.
Applied's results: What analysts are saying
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11/18/2010   Post a comment
As reported, Applied Materials Inc. reported a strong quarter, but the company's outlook is cloudy. Here's what the analysts said about the results.
GSI Group names CEO
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11/18/2010   1 comment
GSI Group Inc. has announced that John Roush agreed to join GSI as its next CEO.
Servers poised to ride 10G Ethernet
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11/18/2010   11 comments
Server motherboards will sport 10G Ethernet next year, marking the link's long-awaited volume ramp, said engineer and serial entrepreneur Andy Bechtolsheim.
Ultratech opens Singapore operations
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11/18/2010   Post a comment
Ultratech Inc. has announced the opening of its Singapore international headquarters.
Narda rolls miniature fixed 3-dB attenuator
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11/18/2010   1 comment
Narda has delivered the Model 4772-3 miniature fixed 3-dB attenuator that has flat frequency response, low VSWR, and meets environmental requirements for MIL-A-3933
UMC, He Jian terminate merger deal
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11/18/2010   3 comments
Taiwan's United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) has terminated its acquisition agreement with Infoshine Technology Ltd., the holding company of Chinese foundry vendor He Jian Technology Suzhou Co. Ltd.
Exar's XR16M890 and XR20M1280 UARTs
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11/18/2010   Post a comment
Exar’s latest single-channel UARTs with selectable bus interfaces simplify mixed voltage designs for next generation systems.
Verigy buys LTX-Credence
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11/18/2010   2 comments
In a major move in the ATE sector, Verigy Inc. has acquired rival LTX-Credence Corp.
GPS receiver features 20Hz update rate
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11/18/2010   1 comment
SkyTraq Technology has released the Venus638FLPx, a GPS receiver that features industry leading 20Hz update rate
Qualcomm rolls 28-nm Snapdragon
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11/18/2010   11 comments
At its analyst meeting in New York, Qualcomm Inc. has rolled out a new version of its Snapdragon chipset, based on a 28-nm process.
Report: Toshiba to close fab next month
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11/18/2010   3 comments
Toshiba will close one of its oldest fabs next month and outsource some of its chip production to boost profitability, according to a Bloomberg report which quotes the president of company's semiconductor division.
Analog IC market projected to decline in Q4
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11/18/2010   3 comments
Fourth quarter analog semiconductor revenue is projected to be roughly $10.3 billion, a decline of 7 percent compared to the third quarter, according to market research firm Databeans.
Five predictions from Applied CEO
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11/17/2010   3 comments
Mike Splinter, chairman and chief executive of Applied Materials Inc., painted a mixed picture of 2011 after the fab tool giant posted a strong quarter.
FCC chairman under fire at Web 2.0
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11/17/2010   10 comments
The chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission came under fire in an interview for not accomplishing enough in areas such as Net neutrality.
SEMI forms LED standards group
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11/17/2010   Post a comment
Fab tool trade group SEMI has announced the formation of a high-brightness light-emitting diode (HB-LED) standards committee.
Applied beats forecast, sees slowdown
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11/17/2010   1 comment
Applied Materials Inc. reported a strong quarter, but the company's outlook is cloudy.
Rodgers retires from SunPower
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11/17/2010   Post a comment
T.J. Rodgers, founder, president and CEO of Cypress Semiconductor Corp., has retired as chairman of SunPower Corp.
Trident regains lead in TV chip market
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11/17/2010   2 comments
Trident Microsystems stormed into the No. 1 position among television video processing chip vendors earlier this year—in part thanks to its 2009 acquisition of assets from NXP Semiconductor, according to market research firm iSuppli.
Three good and bad signs in IC market
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11/17/2010   8 comments
There is good-and bad-news in the IC market, according to VLSI Research Inc.
Samsung's chairman promotes son
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11/17/2010   1 comment
Lee Kun-hee, chairman of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., has promoted his only son to the position of president at the electronics giant, according to reports.
It’s crazy – Xilinx Virtex-7 FPGAs to support 2.78 terabits/sec!
Product News  
11/17/2010   5 comments
Xilinx have announced their forthcoming Virtex-7 HT family of devices, which will enable 100-400 Gbps applications and beyond – in a single FPGA – for next generation communication systems.
Lynguent adds members to advisory board
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11/17/2010   Post a comment
Analog startup Lynguent Inc. said it has appointed Joe Agiato, president of Newlight Asset Partners, and Mike Hill, managing director of learning and organization development for Lam Research Corporation, to its advisory board.
Synopsys unveils DesignWare STAR ECC IP
Product News  
11/17/2010   3 comments
Synopsys Inc. has delivered the DesignWare STAR ECC (Self-Test and Repair Error Correcting Codes) IP as part of its DesignWare STAR Memory product family to help reduce embedded memory transient errors.
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