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ESC: Keynoter sketches out vision for electric cars
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4/26/2010   4 comments
In 10 years as many as a third of all new cars sold could be battery-operated electric vehicles, according to startup Better Place that will sketch out its vision in a keynote address at the Embedded Systems Conference.
Taiwan's PC, LCD makers see rebound
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4/26/2010   Post a comment
Taiwan's PC and LCD industries rebounded in the first quarter after a bad 2009.
Winners, losers in 2009 foundry rankings
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4/25/2010   1 comment
The 2009 downturn had a huge impact on the silicon foundry market and the top-10 rankings.
Facility can test steering hardware
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4/23/2010   Post a comment
Laboratory of Mechatronics at the Cologne University of Applied Science has implemented a HiL test stand for steering systems.
Bosch rides auto recovery
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4/23/2010   Post a comment
Bosch CEO Franz Fehrenbach said there are clear signs of recovery" in all regions, with an especially powerful boost coming from the markets in China and India.
Q&A: Rick Hill, CEO of Novellus
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4/23/2010   Post a comment
In a Q&A, Rick Hill, chairman, president and chief executive of Novellus, addressed the state of the IC industry, fab tool business and the company's rivals. As expected, Hill pulled no punches.
Analysts split on Altera inventory build fears
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4/23/2010   Post a comment
Several Wall Street analysts expressed concerns about inventory buildup by programmable logic vendor Altera following the company's strong first quarter financial report. But others, including Paul McWilliams, editor of a technology investment newsletter, maintain that these concerns are off base.
Renesas gets in-touch with Immersion touch interface
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4/23/2010   Post a comment
Renesas Electronics America Inc. and Immersion Corp. have collaborated to provide a system-level solution that enables designers of consumer electronics; white goods; and medical, building automation and office equipment to integrate haptic [touch] feedback in product designs.
Analysis: Freescale moves closer to IPO
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4/23/2010   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor Inc.'s growing revenue, improving operating performance and steps taken to adjust debt maturities combined with a favorable equity market have put the IC vendor several steps closer to its goal of selling shares in an initial public offering.
ESC: FitBit teardown as therapy
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4/23/2010   Post a comment
A casual encounter at the right time sends an imaginative and driven, out "of-shape engineer on a journey of passion, frustration, learning, marriage, birth " and the on-going struggle for mental and emotional survival against all the odds. There are many like him, but help is available.
Restructuring weighs on ST-Ericsson results
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4/23/2010   1 comment
Wireless chip maker ST-Ericsson made a net loss of $154 million on net sales of $606 million in the first quarter of 2010. The company said it expected a flat second quarter to follow. Net sales increased by 7.9 percent compared with the same period a year before
Down to Earth: Shuttle astronaut looks back while pondering the future
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4/23/2010   Post a comment
Space shuttle comamander George Zamka is adjusting to life back on Earth while contemplating his next move in space.
More chip firms top estimates, but ST comes up short
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4/23/2010   Post a comment
Several more chip makers--including Cypress Semiconductor, Microsemi, PMC-Sierra and Lattice Semiconductor--reported quarterly sales that beat analysts' expectations, but bellwether European semiconductor firm STMicroelectronics came up short of estimates.
Freescale operating loss shrinks as sales jump
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4/22/2010   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor Inc. reported improved performance in the March quarter with sales rising 21 percent and operating loss narrowing sharply although the chip vendor reported net loss of $257 million versus $2.3 billion of non-cash net profit in the year-ago quarter.
Cabot, Cymer, Ultratech post results
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4/22/2010   Post a comment
AE, Cabot, Cymer, Ultratech and other fab tool vendors posted strong results.
Photonics IC vendor files for IPO
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4/22/2010   Post a comment
NeoPhotonics Corp. has filed an initial public offering of shares of its common stock in the United States.
Rambus' sales jump 425 percent
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4/22/2010   Post a comment
Thanks to a deal with Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., Rambus Inc. said sales for the first quarter of 2010 were $161.9 million, up 425 percent sequentially from the fourth quarter of 2009 and up 492 percent from the quarter a year ago.
IBM Micro is hiring in U.S.
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4/22/2010   Post a comment
Amid a series of job cuts, IBM Corp. plans to fill about 100 manufacturing jobs at its chip facility in Essex Junction, Vt., according to a report.
IBM demos faster, cheaper alternative to e-beam litho
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4/22/2010   4 comments
Using a tiny silicon tip attached to a flexible cantilever, IBM has created a 3-D patterning technique that it says is faster and cheaper than e-beam lithography. IBM's "nanoscale milling machine" has a resolution of about 15 nm—about twice as small as e-beam litho.
Dongbu HiTek rolls BCDMOS PDK
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4/22/2010   Post a comment
South Korean analog foundry vendor Dongbu HiTek has rolled out what it calls a Low Vgs BCDMOS process design kit (PDK).
CIA invests in LensVector
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4/22/2010   Post a comment
LensVector Inc. has announced a strategic investment and development agreement with In-Q-Tel, the venture capital arm of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
ESC: Via rolls 64-bit MPUs for embedded apps
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4/22/2010   Post a comment
Taiwan's Via Technologies Inc. has rolled out the VIA Nano E-Series processor line, a family of x86-based, 64-bit devices for the embedded markets.
ESC panel addresses 3-D GUI designs
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4/22/2010   Post a comment
A panel session at the Embedded Systems Conference will address the challenges of designinging graphical user interfaces for embedded applications.
iWatt sells power module division to IDT
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4/22/2010   Post a comment
In order to fund its IC businesses for the foreseeable future, digital power IC vendor iWatt Inc. (Los Gatos, Calif.) has announced the sale of its IKOR power module division to Integrated Device Technology Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.).
LTE mobile gateways break 100 Gb/s speeds
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4/22/2010   Post a comment
Ixia together with with Alcatel-Lucent announced the results of an LTE Evolved Packet Core (EPC) test that broke the 100 Gb/s barrier for mobile gateways.
ARM stock rises on Apple takeover talk
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4/22/2010   2 comments
London's financial district was full of rumors on Wednesday (April 21) that Apple is considering a takeover of processor intellectual property licensor ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England), according to the London Evening Standard newspaper.
Lattice tops estimates
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4/22/2010   Post a comment
Programmable logic vendor Lattice Semiconductor reported first quarter sales of $70.4 million, up 28 percent from the fourth quarter of 2009 and up 63 percent from the first quarter of 2009.
Infineon, Fairchild agree common power MOSFET packaging
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4/22/2010   Post a comment
Infineon Technologies AG and Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc. have announced an agreement to create compatibility between their power MOSFET packages. Specifically the agreement covers the Infineon PowerStage 3x3 and Fairchild MLP 3x3 packages.
Hynix reports record sales
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4/22/2010   Post a comment
South Korea's Hynix Semiconductor reported record first quarter sales of 2.82 trillion won (about $2.54 billion), up about 1 percent from 2.8 trillion won in the previous quarter and up 115 percent 1.3 trillion won in the first quarter of 2009.
Adobe throwing in the towel on Flash for iPhone
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4/22/2010   3 comments
After years of working to get Apple's iPhone to support Flash software, Adobe Systems has thrown in the towel, according to a blog posting by an Adobe executive.
Synopsys announces enhanced synthesis tool for Actel's SmartFusion
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4/22/2010   Post a comment
EDA and IP vendor Synopsys announced enhanced FPGA synthesis support is available for Actel's SmartFusion mixed-signal FPGAs.
Xilinx adds training provider to network
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4/22/2010   Post a comment
Xilinx has added FPGA design and verification training provider Doulos to its network of authorized training providers.
Xilinx, Avnet wrap X-fest seminar series
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4/22/2010   Post a comment
Avnet Electronics Marketing and Xilinx said they have concluded their five-month, 37-city global X-fest technical seminar series.
Marvell rolls MPU for systems, plugtop PCs
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4/22/2010   Post a comment
Propelling new and green applications, including its emerging ''plugtop PC'' effort, Marvell Technology Group Ltd. has rolled out a low-power application processor.
Linear hires workers, mulls new U.S. fab
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4/22/2010   Post a comment
Amid strong demand for its products, Linear Technology Corp. is hiring fab workers and is mulling plans to build a new fab in the United States.
Panel to question whether multicore is ready for prime time
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4/21/2010   Post a comment
At the Multicore Expo, multicore tool vendors and system developers will share their thoughts on multicore ROI
WIRELESS/RF - CC430 MCU RF platform jump starts RF designs
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4/21/2010   Post a comment
The CC430F513x microcontrollers (MCUs) from Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) are supported by a rich developer ecosystem, offering complete, scalable hardware and software for single-chip radio frequency (RF) solutions.
Chip makers beat analysts' expectations
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4/21/2010   Post a comment
In another signal that the semiconductor market recovery remains in full swing, chip makers Qualcomm, SanDisk and Intersil reported quarterly results that exceeded consensus analyst expectations.
M+W Group acquires contract firm
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4/21/2010   Post a comment
Engineering and construction company M+W Group, formerly M+W Zander, has acquired NStar Global Services for an undisclosed amount.
Happy days are here for fab tool biz
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4/21/2010   Post a comment
Happy days are here again for most fab tool vendors--based on the results from ATMI, Lam, MKS, Novellus and others.
QuickLogic rolls low-power system block for mobile devices
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4/21/2010   Post a comment
Programmable logic vendor QuickLogic announced a new proven system block for its customer specific standard products (CSSPs) that the company said enables handheld mobile system developers to conserve energy through effective power management by shutting down the CPU and the CSSP between bursts of activity caused by peripheral devices.
Audio/video clock generator needs no external clock conditioning
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4/21/2010   Post a comment
A new triple-rate (3G/HD/SD) audio/video clock generator from National Semiconductor Corp., eliminates the need for external clock conditioning in professional and broadcast video equipment.
Yageo develops smallest PIFA GPS antenna for handhelds
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4/21/2010   Post a comment
Yageo Corp. has released what it claims is the smallest ceramic chip antenna (PIFA mode) for GPS applications.
Ethernet could integrate automotive infotainment, study says
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4/21/2010   Post a comment
After MOST and Firewire, Ethernet is emerging as a third option for in-car infotainment networks. A study reveals that Ethernet respectively IP (Internet Protocol) offers several benefits over its competitors.
SRC has Columbia U. develop low-k failure test method
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4/21/2010   Post a comment
The Semiconductor Research Corp. commissioned Columbia University to design a non-destructive testing regime to determine the reliability of new low-k dielectrics.
Reports: Google buys chip design firm Agnilux
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4/21/2010   8 comments
Google Inc. is following Apple into the IC design business by buying a chip design team company, according to reports. Google has bought Agnilux Inc. (San Jose, Calif.), which was formed by former design engineers who had been brought into Apple and then quit to form their own company.
Group seeks alternatives for high-lead solder
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4/21/2010   Post a comment
Bosch, Freescale Semiconductor, Infineon Technologies, NXP Semiconductors and STMicroelectronics have formed a consortium to explore and standardize the acceptance of alternatives for high-lead solder for attaching die to semiconductor packages during IC manufacturing.
3-D TV disparities said to cause physical, mental strain
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4/21/2010   3 comments
Visual disparities in 3-D TV images can cause physical strain in viewers, according to recent research.
Mirics launches TV decoding on GPU
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4/21/2010   Post a comment
Mirics Semiconductor Ltd. (Fleet, England) has announced the launch of a multi-standard broadcast TV decoder that uses a Cuda-based graphics add-in-card for computational acceleration.
Numonyx 1-Gbit phase-change memory delayed
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4/21/2010   1 comment
Nonvolatile memory maker Numonyx BV (Geneva, Switzerland), the company being acquired by Micron Technology Inc., has yet to sample customers with a long-awaited 1-Gbit capacity phase-change memory. The indications from Numonyx are that samples will be available in 2010 with volume production expected in 2011.
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