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MPSOC'12 advanced registration open until May 11th
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4/25/2012   Post a comment
MPSoC'12 will be held on July 9-13, 2012 at Chateau Montebello Québec, Canada
Standards effort seeks to put a charge in EV deployment
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4/25/2012   9 comments
The American National Standards Institute is driving an effort to develop technical specs for electric vehicle technology and related efforts like battery development and an interoperable charging infrastructure.
Agilent PC software analyzes scope captures
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The application supports a variety of popular waveform formats.
CISC's test system checks RFID tag performance
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The unit comes with measurement software and a reference tag for self-calibration.
Emulation market growing. Mentor ups the ante.
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The emulation market is growing and Mentor wants a bigger piece of the pie. It hopes the new Crystal2 chip will do just that along with VirtuaLAB…
Rugged SBCs enable C4-ISR systems to process fast in confined space
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GE Intelligent Platforms today announced three new rugged single board computers (SBCs) based on 3rd generation Intel Core processors.
Power consumption calculator simplifies isolation product selection
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Silicon Laboratories announced a free web-based Isolator Power Consumption Calculator to assess system power budgets for power-sensitive and thermally constrained designs
Holt’s HI-4850 transceiver complies with RTCA/DO-160G
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4/25/2012   2 comments
Holt Integrated Circuits said its RS-485 transceiver family, HI-4850, now complies with lightning and EMI requirements of RTCA/DO-160G
Synopsys extends HAPS FPGA-based debug visibility by 100X
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New HAPS Deep Trace Debug dramatically increases signal tracing capacity in FPGA-based prototypes
Second generation for FPGA software
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4/25/2012   7 comments
Today, Xilinx is launching their Vivado Design Suite, heralding the second generation of tools for programmable systems…
GE Energy delivers industry-first 300W eighth brick bus converter
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This digital bus converter from GE Energy reduces power loss and lowers cooling requirements with up to 95 percent energy efficiency rating for circuit board power applications.
Microchip Technology MCP3911 energy-measurement analog front end
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Microchip's next-generation AFE features two 24-bit, delta-sigma ADCs that operate at 3V with industry-leading accuracy of 94.5 dB SINAD and 106.5 dB THD.
ProTek SM3KWxxA and SM5KWxxA series TVS diodes
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ProTek Devices' transient voltage suppressor diode modules are aimed at automotive, wireless base stations, Ethernet, industrial and other applications.
Mentor's next-gen emulator promises more performance, capacity
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4/25/2012   1 comment
Mentor Graphics announced the availability of its next-generation hardware emulation system, Veloce2, promising twice the performance, twice the capacity and four times productivity gain in the same footprint and power consumption as its predecessor.
Broadcom aims to spread 100-Gbit Ethernet with single-chip solution
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4/25/2012   7 comments
Broadcom announced its fourth-generation Ethernet network processor, which it claims is the industry's first chip to use massive parallelism by virtue of its 64 packet-processing cores running at one gigahertz. Providing full-duplex 100Gbit per second performance, it can also be configured to provide a dozen 10-Gbit channels.
Class-D amplifier device reduces distortion and prevents early phone software shutdown
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Fairchild Semiconductor has developed the FAB3103 2.3 watt class-D audio amplifier with integrated boost regulator and battery AGC which is suitable for use in mobile handsets, smart phones, and tablets, as well as portable media players.
Multi-chip MEMS microphone delivers 63dB SNR acoustic performance in a 2.5x3.35x1.0mm footprint
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Akustica has added a new analog MEMS microphone to its portfolio with the AKU340, a high-performance analog microphone that uses established surface-micromachining MEMS technology developed by Bosch.
DSP-based AM/FM one-chip tuner drives car entertainment innovations
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NXP Semiconductors N.V. has made a new addition to its highly successful family of RFCMOS-based one-chip car radio solutions.
Flexible op amp design tool slashes product development time
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Intersil has launched a highly flexible op amp design tool that it says will help slash the development time of new embedded products.
LeCroy regains oscilloscope bandwidth lead
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4/24/2012   1 comment
At 65 GHz, the Labmaster 10Zi is the world's highest-bandwidth oscilloscope
Xilinx unveils Vivado Design Suite for the next decade of ‘All-Programmable’ devices
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4/24/2012   9 comments
This IP and system-centric tool suite is built from the ground up to accelerate programmable systems integration and implementation by up to 4X.
Cray sells interconnect hardware unit to Intel
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4/24/2012   9 comments
Supercomputer maker Cray Inc. has signed a definitive agreement to sell its interconnect hardware development program and related intellectual property to Intel Corp. for $140 million in cash.
Apple expects quarterly sales decline
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4/24/2012   18 comments
Apple delivered quarterly sales and profit above consensus analysts' expectations, but said it expects sales to fall further than expected in the current quarter.
DCD's D16950 UART core for FPGAs and ASICs/SoCs
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All in one UART core with IRDA onboard is one of the most advanced and flexible UART cores available.
GainSpan Wi-Fi reference design code for TI MSP430
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Reference design offers easy Wi-Fi connectivity and access to extended capabilities; designers can take advantage of networking features not readily available on the market.
Nokia downgraded to 'junk'
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4/24/2012   20 comments
Another quarter of disastrous financial results for Nokia last week, with a quarterly loss of $1.7 billion, has led to the Finnish phone maker’s debt being downgraded to “negative” and even “junk” by major financial consultants.
Tensilica aims at Chinese audio
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4/24/2012   2 comments
Tensilica is banking its future growth on the world's largest electronics market by adding support for China's Dynamic Resolution Adaptation standard to its entire library of over 100 audio encoders, decoders, an sound enhancement chips for adding high-fidelity audio digital signal processors to mobile handsets.
3-D FPGAs enable silicon convergence
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4/24/2012   7 comments
Altera says its three-dimensional FPGAs can incorporate a host of traditionally discrete components to boost system performance and minimize power consumption.
Freescale ups ante with quad-core Qorivva
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4/24/2012   4 comments
Freescale Semiconductor said its new quad-core Qorivva MPC5746M microcontroller boost performance up to 5-times plus includes specialized circuitry for safety, security and input/output including on-chip Ethernet.
RF chip firm Amalfi snags another $20 million in funding
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Amalfi Semiconductor, a provider of power amplifiers for cellular handsets, announced it raised an additional $20 million in funding from previous investors Battery Ventures, DCM and Globespan Capital Partners.
CEL modules claim best-in-class ZigBee performance
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California Eastern Laboratories (CEL) recently announced sample availability of its MeshConnect™ EM357 Mini Modules, which are built around the EM357 ZigBee chip from Ember Corporation.
High-sigma Monte Carlo meta-simulator for memory design
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Meta-simulator solution provides accurate, scalable and verifiable analysis and design solutions for memory chips.
ST-Ericsson rescue plan underwhelms
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4/24/2012   4 comments
The plan put together to try and transform the fortunes of struggling mobile chip company ST-Ericsson NV by CEO Didier Lamouche, announced Monday (April 23), at one level makes a kind of sense but also looks like the last throw of the dice by an unlucky gambler.
RF driver amp adjusts bias, extends temperature range
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Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) has made available its ADL5324 half-Watt RF driver amplifier.
GE's new rugged SBCs process more data faster in less space
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Three new rugged single board computers (SBCs) from GE Intelligent Platforms, the SBC625, XVR15 and XCR15, are based on 3rd Generation Inte Core processors.
Achronix announces new 22nm Speedster22i FPGAs
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4/24/2012   1 comment
Achronic announces two new FPGA families at the 22nm node: the synchronous high-density (HD) Family and the asynchronous high-performance (HP) family.
CSNE helps bring STEM to NYS school districts
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A partnership between the New York State School Boards Association and the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering of the University at Albany will create innovative local school programs that will help students gain 21st century learning and career skills in emerging fields such as nanotechnology.
ARM profits, sales up in Q1
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4/24/2012   2 comments
Processor IP licensor ARM has posted yet another quarter with increased sales and profits as it continues to benefit from being designed into market leading smartphones and tablet computers.
Achronix reveals 22-nm FPGAs, courtesy of Intel
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Fabless FPGA vendor Achronix Semiconductor Corp. (Santa Clara, Calif.) has announced details of its Speedster22i HD and HP product families, the first FPGAs to be built on a 22-nm manufacturing process technology.
ST's Bozotti says billings bottomed in Q1
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European chip vendor STMicroelectronics reported a wider loss on lower revenue for the first quarter, but the firm's CEO said the company believes billings bottomed out during the quarter.
ST-Ericsson reports wider loss on declining sales
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ST-Ericsson, the mobile phone chip joint venture between STMicroelectronics and Ericsson, reported a wider first quarter loss on declining sales due largely to lower sales to Nokia, one of its largest customers.
Toshiba to replace chip assembly plant in Thailand
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4/24/2012   1 comment
Toshiba will rebuild its chip assembly operations decimated by the 2011 Thai floods by relocating its Thai subsidiary to a new back-end facility in a different location in Thailand, Toshiba said.
TI's sales top estimates as orders, inventory swell
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4/23/2012   2 comments
Texas Instruments reported first quarter sales that beat analysts' expectations as the company's top executive said TI expects 2012 to be "a good year for growth."
Wafer inspection gets smart
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4/23/2012   1 comment
By adding intelligent parallel processing, KLA-Tencor Corp. (Milpitas, Calif.) has increased the throughput of its wafer inspection and metrology tool by as much as four times.
IDT introduces temperature sensor for SSDs
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Device supports 1.8-V power supply for enterprise server and storage applications.
Startup claims 'Holy Grail' of SoC design
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4/23/2012   23 comments
Startup Algotochip claims to have achieved the Holy Grail of chip design: the ability to create complete system-on-chip designs from a C-code specification and test stimulus vectors in eight to 16 weeks.
China mulls national CPU architecture spec
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4/23/2012   40 comments
Chinese officials have kicked off a program to define a national processor architecture that could become a requirement for projects seeking government funding.
Veteran Fujitsu exec to lead U.S. chip subsidiary
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4/23/2012   2 comments
Fujitsu Semiconductor announced that 30-year Fujitsu veteran Satoru Yamaguchi was named to lead its U.S. subsidiary and its wireless products subsidiary. Wireless Products announced that 30-year Fujitsu veteran Satoru Yamaguchi was named president and CEO, replacing Yutaka Suzuk, who is retiring.
Equipment book-to-bill ratios diverge in U.S., Japan
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4/23/2012   Post a comment
The three-month rolling average book-to-bill ratio for North America-based semiconductor capital equipment vendors improved for the sixth straight month in March, while the ratio for Japanese vendors declined for the third straight month, according to trade groups.
One-Blue patent pool seeks to enforce Blu-ray, other IP
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4/23/2012   3 comments
After more than a decade striving to untangle proprietary claims among the IP juggernauts of CD, DVD and Blu-ray technologies, 15 companies with essential patents have finally forged a patent pool called One-Blue, LLC.
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