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JPEG 2000 codec
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A JPEG 2000 code has been unleashed for mobile phone, home networking, and portable communication designs.
10-Gb framer
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The POSIC10G (CY7C9547-FAC) single-chip framer operates in four modes: 10 Gigabit Ethernet LAN, 10 Gigabit Ethernet MAN, OC-192/STM-64, and direct.
Ung hedersdoktor
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Christer Fåhraeus, grundare av Anoto, CTechnologies, CellaVision och Precise Biometrics promoveras idag till teknologie hedersdoktor vid Lunds Tekniska Högskola, LTH. Christer Fåhraeus blir en av de yngsta hedersdoktorerna någonsin.
Whitener to help cut the cost of solar cells
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Researchers from Bath University are developing an alternative solar technology to silicon, and have turned to a chemical more commonly found in coffee whitener and toothpaste.
Semiconductor sales edge up 3.1% in April
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April shipments of semiconductors, based on a three month average, were down 7.5% from March, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association. This apparently was not just a DRAM problem, but rather a PC problem. DRAM ASPs dropped from $4.456 in March to $4.274 in April with steady volume. Microprocessor ASPs fell from $81.859 to $66.398 with MPU revenue off nearly 30% from Feb.
Chip makers back off photomask production
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The number of semiconductor companies with significant in-house mask-making capabilities shrank significantly in the wake of two recent agreements that will see photomask production being outsourced to new facilities to be built in Europe.
Avanti tool spreads routing over multiple processors
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Aiming to ease chip designers out of the "tapeout crunch," Avanti Corp. has announced a distributed routing capability for its Astro optimization, placement and routing system.
AMD slashes processor prices by up to 52% in response to Intel
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SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Are the two leading microprocessor suppliers heading towards a price war amid lackluster demand in the PC market? Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has cut the prices on nearly all of its microprocessor lines by 7-to-52%, in an apparent response to Intel Corp.'s recent moves to slash its chip tags, according to a report from Reuters here today.
Agilent supplies ASICs for HP's Itanium 2-based systems
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PALO ALTO, Calif.--Agilent Technologies Inc. here today disclosed it is using 0.18-micron ASIC technology to ship a three-chip set solution to Hewlett-Packard Co. for workstations and servers based on Intel Corp.'s 64-bit Itanium 2 microprocessors.
Intel fills out development support for network processor lineup
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SANTA CLARA, Calif.--Intel Corp. today rolled out two new hardware development platforms aimed at easing the job of designing communications systems, based on the company's IXP2800 and IXP2400 network processors. The two new platforms fill out Intel's development tools for its new network processors.
Software tools manage selection of components
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Banking on OEM customers' seeing value in paying for component selection, sourcing, design and collaboration services, electronic-components distributors Arrow Electronics Inc. here and Pioneer-Standard Electronics Inc.
ST chief discusses plans for China fab, acquisitions
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President and chief executive officer Pasquale Pistorio detailed STMicroelectronics' aggressive plans for penetrating China, its possible acquisitions in Japan, and a growing list of strategic partnerships at the company's annual analysts meeting here Thursday (May 30).
STMicro licenses embedded memories
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Virage Logic Corp. , Fremont, Calif., today announced an agreement to license its high density SRAM embedded memories to STMicroelectronics'.
10-kV supply rides on pcb
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Fluke data logger handles 120 channels
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Fluke Corp.'s 2686A data-logging system is designed as a scalable 120-channel system with universal inputs.
Large supercaps steer toward auto apps
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A few capacitor makers are ready to supply large-cell ultra- and supercapacitors in the 1,200- to 2,700-farad range for hybrid electric vehicles, among other applications.
Chip from Cypress allows USB 2.0 mass storage
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A fourth-generation mass-storage bridge chip from Cypress Semiconductor Corp., the EZ-USB AT2 (CY7C68300), offers Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0 to advanced technology attachment/advanced technology attachment packet interface (ATA/Atapi) support to connect PCs and other information appliances to external storage units, such as hard-disk drives, CD drives and DVD drives.
Supervisory circuits roll
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Targeted for the next generation of portable and wireless systems, Advanced Analogic Technologies' AAT3520/2/4, AAT3526/7/8 and AAT3532 microprocessor supervisory circuits provide a progressive set of reset delay functions, manual reset capabilities and integrated watchdog timers for power management.
Processor handles Java codes directly
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Vulcan Machines' second-generation Java processor, called Moon2, executes Java byte codes directly, in parallel with a host processor. Vulcan is offering the processor as an intellectual-property solution for integration into system-on-chip designs.
MOSFETs eye mobile designs
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The Si8405DB and Si8401DB MOSFETs and DG3000 analog switch from Vishay Siliconix are intended for mobile phone designs.
Limiting amp fits optical designs
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A 10.7-Gbit/second limiting amplifier from Maxim Integrated Products is aimed at long-reach optical receiver designs.
14-bit A/D has 77-dB S/N ratio
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A 14-bit, 50-Msample/second A/D converter from Linear Technology Corp. achieves a 77-dB signal-to-noise ratio and an 87-dB spurious-free dynamic range at a 5-MHz input frequency.
Transimpedance amp runs at 10 Gbits/s
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SiGe Semiconductor has added a 10-Gbit/second transimpedance amplifier (TIA) to its LightCharger line of optical interface components.
Multiplexers target telecom nets
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Analog Devices Inc. has added four CMOS 32-channel/dual 16-channel analog multiplexers for telecommunications networks.
Analog switch shields microprocessors from noise
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A single-pole, double-throw analog switch from Fairchild Semiconductor International protects ASICs, microprocessors and other critical ICs from noise or undershoot (negative voltage) transients, regardless of frequency, down to -2 volts. Protection is needed whenever an analog or digital signal connector is inserted into an MP3 player, CD player, notebook, mobile phone or other electronic device.
Companies add mapper features, shrink packages
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Responding to customer demands for more efficient data transfer between enterprise networks and long-haul backbones, Agilent Technologies Inc. here and Exar Corp.
Controllers terminate DDR, QDR memory
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The LTC3717 and LTC3718 double- and quad-data-rate memory termination solutions from Linear Technology Corp. are synchronous, step-down switching regulator controllers that can sink and source current from 1 to 15 amperes while providing 93 percent efficiency.
Mouser beefs up LCD line
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Expanding its liquid-crystal display offerings to better support the company's design, engineering and research and development customers, Mouser Electronics has signed a distribution agreement with Amulet Technologies.
Octal video generator aids surveillance
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Maxim Integrated Products has an eight-channel on-screen display video generator that lets manufacturers of security camera surveillance systems serve worldwide market requirements.
Supercaps take aim at pulse power
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Double-layer specialty electrochemical capacitors have found wide usage for memory-backup protection in consumer electronics products such as CD players, microwave ovens and VCRs.
Agere works with Silicon Labs to offer new soft modem chip sets
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ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- Agere Systems Inc. today said it has developed two next-generation chip sets for "soft" modem functions in desktop personal computers and notebook PCs that could dramatically reduce the space and cost of analog dial-up communications.
Agilent's hot-pluggable transceiver extends Fibre Channel
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Agilent Technologies bills its HFBR-5720AL/5720ALP as the industry's only 2-Gbit/second hot-pluggable fiber-optic transceiver with extended temperature and operating-voltage ranges, as well as a unique delatching mechanism for unplugging the transceivers in extremely tight installations.
RF ICs, embedded memories to get airing at DAC
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RF IC design platforms will be among the tools clamoring for attention when the 39th annual Design Automation Conference (DAC) opens June 10 in New Orleans.
Silterra plans expansion of foundry
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(EETimes Asia)-- Silterra Malaysia Sdn Bhd, a semiconductor foundry, will invest an additional $107 million in capital equipment. The funds will be used to expand Silterra's facility with additional 0.18-micron equipment and to install initial 0.13-micron equipment.
Hitachi power amp uses MOSFETs
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Future gets help from i2, Sun
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Chase implements Raytheon strategy
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Philips design team wins EDAC award
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Chip veteran Don Brooks elected chairman of GaAs foundry specialist GCS
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TORRANCE, Calif. -- Semiconductor veteran Donald Brooks has been elected chairman of Global Communications Semiconductor Inc. (GCS), a pure-play compound semiconductor foundry provider, based here. Brooks, who is also the chairman of KLM Capital Group, has held a number of executive management positions in the IC industry. He is currently a member of the board of directors of Taiwan's United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) and previously served as president and co-CEO of that company.
Raytheon invests and forms GaAs foundry alliance with Taiwan's Win Semi
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LEXINGTON, Mass. -- Raytheon Co. here today announced that it has formed a compound semiconductor foundry alliance and invested $5 million in Taiwan's Win Semiconductors Corp. Under the terms of the alliance, Win will manufacturer gallium-arsenide (GaAs) devices on a foundry basis for Raytheon's RF Components (RRFC) operation. Based in Taoyuan, Win is a pure-play foundry vendor that operates a 6-inch GaAs fab. The Taiwan company moved its fab into production in 2000
Cypress readies USB on-the-go, Bluetooth silicon
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Cypress Semiconductor Corp. will intensify its push into I/O silicon this year, as it prepares to roll out a USB chip and software package that will allow peripherals and mobile devices to communicate with each other without the aid of a PC.
Intel benchmarks serve claims that Itanium2 will outperform other processors
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Munich, Germany: Intel predicted at its European Developers Forum, held here this week, that its soon-to-be-released 64-bit Itanium2 processor, formerly code-named McKinley, will, under certain conditions, outperform Sun Microsystems' UltraSparc III by a factor of ten.
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