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Micron misses forecast in results
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12/22/2010   4 comments
Micron Technology Inc. missed Wall Street's estimates for the quarter amid a DRAM downturn.
Report: Intel's solar spinoff shuts down
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12/22/2010   32 comments
Intel Corp.'s solar cell spinoff, SpectraWatt Inc., is apparently shutting down its operations, according to reports.
Report: Sony to buy back fab from Toshiba
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12/22/2010   Post a comment
Sony plans to re-acquire a semiconductor fab in Nagasaki, Japan, that it sold to Toshiba in 2008, according to a report.
Analyst downgrades Xilinx after sales warning
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12/22/2010   2 comments
Xilinx was downgraded by a Wall Street analyst after the firm cut its sales guidance for the fiscal third quarter due to weaker than anticipated sales to a few large wireless communications customers.
Teledyne buys Dalsa in MEMS play
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12/22/2010   4 comments
Moving into MEMS and other markets, Teledyne Technologies Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Dalsa Corp. for $336 million.
Report sees 1.7B USB 3.0 devices in 2014
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12/22/2010   6 comments
Despite a slow take-off, 1.7 billion USB 3.0 devices will ship in 2014, up from a slower than expected 14 million this year, according to an In-Stat report.
NXP sells off sound division for $855 million
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12/22/2010   15 comments
NXP Semiconductor NV, a chip company that has been undergoing a strategic overhaul and downsizing led by CEO Rick Clemmer, has agreed to sell its Sound Solutions business line to Dover Corp. for $855 million.
Prism Sound adds Bluetooth support to audio tester
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12/22/2010   Post a comment
Prism Sound's dScope Series III audio analyzer has been upgraded so support audio streaming directly between test system and Bluetooth device, enabling real-time, closed-loop testing of Bluetooth audio systems.
LG to spend $12-bn to turn electronics around
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12/22/2010   4 comments
LG Group plans to spend about 70 percent of a planned capital expenditure and R&D budget of 21 trillion won (about $18 billion) in 2011 on its electronics businesses including smartphones, tablet computers and flat panel displays, according to reports.
Zarlink invests $5 million in timing firm
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12/22/2010   Post a comment
Zarlink Semiconductor Inc. has announced it has invested $5 million in Multigig Inc., a fabless chip company that provides clock generation and timing products for the wired and wireless communications markets.
Ambarella SoC said to enable 'smart camera'
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12/22/2010   2 comments
Image processing chip vendor Ambarella announced the availability of an SoC that the company claims will create a new class of camera that marries advanced HD camera and multimedia capabilities with the Android platform.
Xilinx lowers quarterly guidance on weak comms
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12/22/2010   1 comment
FPGA vendor Xilinx Inc. has reduced its guidance for its third fiscal quarter which ends with the calendar year.
ARM share price soars on Windows reports
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12/22/2010   20 comments
ARM's share price jumped sharply on reports that Microsoft will use the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next month to demonstrate a version of its Windows operating system that will run on processors designed by the U.K. firm.
Thermoelectrics could harvest car exhaust heat
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12/22/2010   30 comments
Researchers at the University of Michigan think they have found a way of increasing the efficiency of barium-doped skutterudites to create the commercially viable thermoelectric devices.
13 'fabless' chip firms to top $1B in sales
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12/22/2010   5 comments
IC Insights said that a record 13 fabless chip companies will top $1 billion in sales this year, though the firm defines the term to include one company that maintains its own fabs but gets most of its wafers from foundries.
Foundries to boost capex in 2011
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12/21/2010   4 comments
The so-called capital spending ''arms race'' in the foundry business will continue, as leading-edge vendors will boost their expenditures in 2011, according to an analyst.
Analyst: SanDisk up, Micron down
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12/21/2010   Post a comment
Investment banking firm Raymond James & Associates Inc. has upgraded SanDisk Corp., but the firm has also lowered its estimates for Micron Technology Inc.
Seven good signs for handset biz
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12/21/2010   5 comments
The mobile phone industry looks decent for the fourth quarter despite a lull in the market. Here are seven good signs about the segment from analyst Mark McKechnie of Gleacher & Co.:
DDC's RP-26300 solid-state power controller handles four 75-amp channels
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12/21/2010   Post a comment
The RP-26300 from Data Device Corporation (DDC) is a new compact (6.3 in X 4.6 in), multi-channel solid-state power controller card with the capability to distribute and control power to four independent 75 Amp subsystems, and handle high current loads up to 300 Amps with channel paralleling.
In split vote, FCC approves Net neutrality rules
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12/21/2010   16 comments
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission split along party lines to narrowly pass what chairman Julius Genachowski called the first enforceable rules for the Internet.
UMC invests in smart grid firm
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12/21/2010   1 comment
Trilliant Inc., a provider of smart grid communication solutions, said that Taiwan-based UMC Capital, the corporate venture arm of semiconductor foundry United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC), has invested in Trilliant.
Zarlink invests in Multigig
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12/21/2010   Post a comment
Zarlink Semiconductor Inc. has invested $5 million as part of a $10 million Series C financing in Multigig Inc., a fabless semiconductor company that provides advanced clock generation and timing products for the wired and wireless communications markets.
ITC ruling for Tessera over chip firms upheld
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12/21/2010   Post a comment
A U.S. federal appeals court upheld an ITC ruling against several chip makers that were found to infringe BGA package patents held by Tessera Technologies.
VCs upbeat on consumer, media, mobile
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12/21/2010   8 comments
A slim majority of venture capitalists expect rising investments mainly in the U.S. with most enthusiasm for consumer, media and mobile sectors, according to a new survey.
Samsung Electronics selects Dialog’s audio codec IC for new line of MP3 players
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12/21/2010   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics has adopted the DA7211 audio codec IC from Dialog Semiconductor plc to deliver the highest level of audio performance in its YP-Q3AB MP3 player.
PMR audio processor claims unrivalled performance
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12/21/2010   Post a comment
CML Microcircuits has added a new audio scrambler and sub-audio signaling processor, the CMX148, to the company’s family of analog two way radio ICs.
Low-power HDMI receivers deliver enhanced A/V system performance
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12/21/2010   Post a comment
Analog Devices has introduced what the company claims is the industry’s smallest, single-chip receivers to incorporate HDMI version 1.4a support for 3-D display resolutions and extended colorimetry.
Math library for HiFi audio DSPs now available
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12/21/2010   Post a comment
Tensilica has announced that the NatureDSP Math library from DSP and VoIP software solutions provider IntegrIT DSP Design House is now available for its HiFi audio DSPs for system-on-chip (SOC) design.
Voice processing modules available free to developers
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12/21/2010   Post a comment
Texas Instruments is now offering field-proven Telogy Software voice processing modules free to developers designing with C55x and C64x+ DSPs.
Haptic touch and audio exciters simulate mechanical key movement
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12/21/2010   Post a comment
NXT announced combined haptic touch and audio exciters for touch panels and screens in industrial, home automation, automotive and consumer electronic products.
Dresden's 'Cool Silicon' project preps phase 2
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12/21/2010   5 comments
The Dresden Cool Silicon project, backed by state and federal government funding and launched in 2009, is preparing to enter its second phase.
Maxim Integrated Products' MAX11645 2-channel analog-to-digital converter
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12/21/2010   5 comments
Check out what Maxim is calling the industry's smallest 2-channel, 12-bit ADC that includes an internal reference in a space-saving 4mm2 WLP.
Texas Instruments' TPS54618 step-down SWIFT DC/DC converter
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12/21/2010   Post a comment
This 6-A converter in a 3-mm x 3-mm QFN package achieves 95-percent power efficiency over full load.
Vishay's metal film resistors offer temp coefficients down to ± 5 ppm/°C
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12/21/2010   4 comments
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. has introduced a surface-mount series of high-precision, high-stability metal film resistors in the 2012 and 4527 case sizes. The PSF resistors feature extremely low temperature coefficients down to ± 5 ppm/°C and tight tolerances to 0.01%
TSMC to raise R&D spend in 2011, says report
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12/21/2010   Post a comment
Foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. plans to raise its R&D spending by nearly 39 percent to NT$50 billion (about $1.68 billion) in 2011, according to a Taipei Times report that quoted chairman and CEO Morris Chang.
Rare earth scarcity gauged by DoE
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12/21/2010   5 comments
The anticipated study by the U.S. Department of Energy concludes that rare earth scarcity is critical to the growth of clean energy technologies.
10 fab tool predictions for 2011
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12/21/2010   7 comments
What will happen in the fab tool market in 2011?
Top fab tool spenders for 2011
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12/20/2010   4 comments
An investment banking house has raised its capital spending forecast for 2011.
Narda rolls high speed switched BIT attenuator
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12/20/2010   Post a comment
Narda has launched the Model DA64-63B, a high-speed switched-bit 63-dB attenuator that operates from 2 to 6 GHz.
Shifts, growth ahead for 10G Ethernet
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12/20/2010   6 comments
The Ethernet chip market will expand to $3.4 billion in 2014 with most of the growth and shifts coming in 10G silicon, according to two new Linley Group reports.
Reference designs support wireless HDMI
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12/20/2010   Post a comment
Alereon adds 1080p and HDMI features to high-speed wireless reference designs
ADI's RF power detector serves high-performance apps
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12/20/2010   Post a comment
ADL5511 RF power detector simultaneously delivers rms and envelope outputs
AT&T buys Qualcomm's Flo TV spectrum
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12/20/2010   4 comments
AT&T has agreed to purchase spectrum licenses in the lower 700-MHz frequency band from Qualcomm Inc. for $1.925 billion.
IC lab explores Superman's X-ray vision
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12/20/2010   4 comments
The Texas Analog Center of Excellence (TxACE) has opened its new 8,000-square-foot lab.
NFC poised to take off, iSuppli says
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12/20/2010   5 comments
Boosted by support from Nokia and Google, use of near field communication in handsets is poised to begin an explosive growth phase next year, according to market research firm iSuppli.
GlobalFoundries looks at MEMS
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12/20/2010   1 comment
GlobalFoundries Inc. is making a big push in the MEMS foundry business.
Fab tool book-to-bill ratios slide again
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12/20/2010   Post a comment
A trade group reported that the book-to-bill ratio for Japan-based chip equipment vendors slide again in November to 1.09. The ratio for North American firms also slipped in November.
IP reuse standard said to be gaining steam
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12/20/2010   3 comments
More than 1,200 copies of the IEEE IP-XACT standard created to ease IP reuse have been downloaded in the past six months, according to Accellera, an EDA standards organization.
Power Integrations RDK-251 reference design
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12/20/2010   Post a comment
Power Integrations announced a new reference design for a 5-watt offline LED driver that includes flicker-free TRIAC dimming and single-stage power factor correction.
austriamicrosystems' AS5013 Hall sensor
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12/20/2010   4 comments
austriamicrosystems' new two-dimensional magnetic encoder IC is the heart of the EasyPoint joystick module aimed at portable communication devices.
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