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Marvell rolls quad-core IC for 3G
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2/19/2013   1 comment
Marvell’s new single-chip quad-core processor is a low-cost 3G platform designed for both smartphones and tablets.
ISSCC: ASML says EUV best option at 10nm
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2/19/2013   17 comments
An ASML executive gave an update on the progress with extreme ultraviolet lithography systems and "cautious" plans for 450mm wafers in a keynote at ISSCC.
Carver Mead: Finish the physics revolution
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2/19/2013   35 comments
Veteran semiconductor academic exhorts chip designers to question orthodox thinking in physics at a packed ISSCC keynote presentation.
Microsoft machine learning takes on 'big data'
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2/18/2013   2 comments
Software giant celebrates 'big data' by describing how analytic software running on Windows servers is already extracting business intelligence.
Former Freescale CEO takes Dialog director's seat
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European mixed-signal, power and RF chip company appoints Richard Beyer and Michael Cannon as non-executive directors.
TransferJet to demo speedy wireless at MWC
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2/18/2013   5 comments
Japanese companies are set to demonstrate speedy downloads of movies, music and e-books to smartphones and tablets at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Slideshow: Google updates fiber offer
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2/18/2013   5 comments
Milo Medin, former cable Internet entrepreneur and head of the Google Fiber program, gave engineers an update on the search giant's progress testing the waters as a carrier.
Tensilica vs. Ceva in imaging/vision IP core battle
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2/17/2013   Post a comment
Rapidly evolving embedded vision algorithms are opening up a new battleground for DSP core IP companies in mobile handsets, automotive and video products.
MEMS market growth accelerating
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2/16/2013   3 comments
Additional MEMS sensor applications will emerge for mobile handsets and camera phones helping to drive MEMS growth towards double-digital percentage annual growth, says market researcher.
SEMI adds startup forum to Semicon West
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2/15/2013   1 comment
Concerned that a lack of funding for startups could jeopardize the fortunes of its members, industry body SEMI has announced a half-day conference called the Silicon Innovation Forum.
Case studies highlight temperature solutions for 3-D ICs
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2/15/2013   1 comment
Real case studies of temperature solutions for chips and transient responses of power mode changes in 3-D ICs the chip design flow are presented at DesignCon 2013.
Intel research improves moisture-tracking in PCBs
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2/15/2013   2 comments
A senior Intel Corp. executive raises moisture sensitivity concerns in PCBs and explains Intel’s approach based on determining and controlling PCB insertion loss.
Slideshow: Berkeley wields big data to beat cancer
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2/15/2013   8 comments
Researchers including Dave Patterson (pictured) showed progress in gene-based analysis of cancer, the Internet of Things and computer theory at an annual UC Berkeley event.
Indian chip industry body broadens remit
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2/15/2013   2 comments
At its annual Vision Summit held in Bangalore the Indian Semiconductor Association has changed its name to the Indian Electronics and Semiconductor Association.
SK Telecom sets up Silicon Valley incubator
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2/15/2013   1 comment
The South Korean giant that now own Hynix will open a small incubator in Silicon Valley for up to four startups in chips, networking or medical electronics.
Applied Materials' sales top estimates
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Chip gear vendor's CEO reports progress on re-org, expresses optimism about 2013.
Xilinx accelerates design productivity for high-vol apps
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Artix-7 FPGA AC701 eval kit now available for designs requiring increased system performance, small form factor, and low power.
Free webinar: Reducing risks with safety-critical software
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2/14/2013   Post a comment
This free webinar explains how to reduce risk in safety-critical applications with the use of Microsemi SmartFusion2 FPGAs and SAFERTOS safety-critical software.
Alpha Data's Xilinx Virtex-7-based FPGA card for OpenVPX systems
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2/14/2013   Post a comment
Ideal for rugged embedded computing applications, Alpha Data’s ADM-VPX3-7V2 is designed to support the world’s largest FPGA (V2000T), PCIe Gen3, VITA57 FMC I/O, and more...
Low-jitter dual-channel Hall-effect direction detection sensor IC
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2/14/2013   Post a comment
The A1233 from Allegro MicroSystems Europe is a dual-channel, Hall-effect direction detection sensor IC that provides digital output signals indicating the speed and direction of a rotating target.
Flexible termination capacitors rated for use at 150°C
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Kemet has extended the case size offerings as well as capacitance values in both the C0G and ultra-stable X8R dielectric platforms.
60V LED drivers improve efficiency, light quality of solid state lighting systems
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2/14/2013   1 comment
Infineon is prepping a pair of 60V DC/DC LED drivers with high power conversion efficiency and current accuracy.
Voltage identification IC features 1% output-accuracy, supports 4- and 6-bit VID interfaces
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2/14/2013   Post a comment
TI introduced the industry's first voltage identification interface controller with adjustable start-up current for core-voltage regulators.
ADI 1.65-GHz clock buffer/divider IC combines high-speed, low jitter
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Analog Devices' multi-output 1.65-GHz clock buffer and divider IC delivers low jitter to optimize noise performance in high-speed data converters.
Mill-Max spring-loaded connectors feature ultra-low profile
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2/14/2013   Post a comment
Mill-Max’s lowest-profile spring-loaded connectors measure just .100-in. in height.
Optelian unveils 100G platform
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Configurable as either a muxponder or transponder, the MPX-9110 can aggregate and transport any mix of 10 Gb/s, 40 Gb/s and 100 Gb/s services over a 100G OTN DWDM wavelength.
Tower sees soft Q1, then growth
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2/14/2013   Post a comment
Specialist foundry made a net loss in 2012 but after weak first quarter, due to customer transition in Japan, sees growth through 2013.
Ericsson demos Gbit LTE, talks OpenFlow at MWC
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2/14/2013   Post a comment
Firm plans to show capabilities to deliver Gbit/s data rates to future handsets and embrace OpenFlow in hybrid software-defined networks.
Clouds shift in Taiwan’s favor, says Quanta exec
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2/14/2013   8 comments
The head of the cloud computing group at Quanta shines a light on Taiwan’s growing server makers and what they want in software and silicon.
Intel discloses Internet TV service plan
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2/14/2013   31 comments
Chip giant's plan goes far beyond Google TV, involving both the consumer box and the service business.
Ten chip sectors tipped to grow
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2/13/2013   2 comments
Tablet and cellphone processors, NAND flash memory and telecom-specific ICs are set to enjoy best growth in 2013, says IC Insights.
Agilent gives Georgia Tech $90 million in software
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2/13/2013   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies announced the largest software donation in its relationship with Georgia Institute of Technology: so why Georgia Tech, and why now?
Reflex CES enters mainstream FPGA-based prototyping market
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2/12/2013   Post a comment
Reflex offers 25 to 125-million gates ASIC prototyping platform with partitioning software.
Atmel's new two-channel LED drivers complement MCUs
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2/12/2013   1 comment
MSL2021/23/24 devices deliver high light quality for warm white high color rendering index (CRI) LED lamps with industry’s most efficient power management and lowest component count.
Free online course: How to Choose a Microcontroller Architecture
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2/12/2013   Post a comment
I just heard about the latest track coming to the Digi-Key Continuing Education Center – Monday 18 February to Friday 22 February.
Adding a display to a Raspberry Pi is a piece of cake
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2/12/2013   1 comment
Adafruit’s new kits at Newark element14 make adding a display to a Raspberry Pi easy-peasy.
Free code examples for Microchip PIC projects
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2/12/2013   Post a comment
Embedded Code Source (ECS) is a Microchip site where you can browse and download free software / firmware code examples for your PIC projects.
Agilent expert explains DDR4 timing
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JEDEC board member Perry Keller, who's also manager for the digital memory applications program at Agilent Technologies, talked about the latest DDR iteration at DesignCon.
Imaging/video DSP IP core targets mobile handsets, DTV, auto and computer vision apps
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Tensilica’s imaging/video DSP IP core offloads host CPU while providing a 10 to 20x peak performance boost.
Slideshow: IBM outlines fab future beyond FinFETs
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2/12/2013   28 comments
Foldable wafers, CMOS continuing to scale, and double patterning tricks were spotlighted at the recent Common Platform Technology Forum.
Microchip expands SPI flash family
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2/11/2013   Post a comment
Three devices operate between 2.3 V and 3.6 V.
Low-power outdoor digital signage solution uses flexible plastic displays
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2/11/2013   Post a comment
Serelec and Plastic Logic have collaborated to develop an innovative, low-power outdoor digital signage solution based on Plastic Logic's flexible plastic displays, called ZED.
Compact dual-mode Wi-Fi network controller targets home appliances
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2/11/2013   Post a comment
Murata's SN8200 series of compact low power certified Wi-Fi controller modules are capable of providing 2.4GHz 802.11b/g/n internet connectivity to a broad host of home appliances, industrial automation machines and healthcare equipment.
Wi-Fi modules with Intel 7-year longevity and wide temp support
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2/11/2013   Post a comment
Advantech has added four new industrial grade embedded wireless modules from Intel with 7 years longevity support for the industrial and enterprise embedded market.
Robust and low-cost 'plug-and-play' digital signage system
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2/11/2013   Post a comment
Powered by the fanless FitPC3 computer running WireSpring’s FireCast EasyStart software, the FitSignage from andersDX offers quick, easy and affordable digital signage for small numbers of screens, ranging from point-of-sale advertising and digital menu boards to tradeshow signs and public safety information displays.
Hardware platform brings the cloud to life for M2M
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2/11/2013   Post a comment
Kontron a platform for cloud computing hardware that is designed from the ground up to transform and simplify how providers of network equipment and cloud services deploy web-based, machine-to-machine (M2M), and mobile applications in cloud infrastructure.
Jacinto 6 brings more processing power to automotive infotainment
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2/11/2013   Post a comment
Texas Instruments has introduced an automotive OMAP processor built to bring higher in-vehicle entertainment and telematics functionality to automobiles.
TSMC enjoys sales bonanza
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2/8/2013   6 comments
Taiwanese foundries TSMC and UMC both enjoyed a sequential jump in sales in January but market leader TSMC's sales growth was stellar.
Silicon photonics vendors face tough call at IEEE
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2/8/2013   6 comments
An IEEE group hopes to take a first stab at a key standard for 4 x 25G optics by May, but competing silicon photonics wannabes are divided over modulation schemes.
Technology Roundup: Logic Devices for Automotive
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2/7/2013   1 comment
What types of devices are available? And where specifically should/shouldn't they be deployed?
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