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Freescale hits GaAs on RF basestation ICs
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6/30/2010   1 comment
Freescale is moving into gallium arsenide for monolithic microwave basestation ICs that harness ultralow-noise amps for trunk network amplifier radio cards and as predrivers for its high-voltage lateral diffusion MOS power amps.
SiLabs breaks low-power record for touch-sense microcontrollers
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6/30/2010   Post a comment
Silicon Laboratories claims to have broken its own record for the industry's lowest-power capacitive touch sensor microcontrollers with the new F9xx family.
French defense firm takes control of MicroOLED
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6/30/2010   Post a comment
Photonis Technologies SAS has announced it has taken a 51 percent stake in MicroOLED SA, a spin off from CEA-Leti pioneering the use of OLED materials in near-to-eye displays.
Plastic Logic delays e-reader, cancels orders
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Plastic Logic GmbH (Dresden, Germany) has delayed for a second time the launch of its monochrome Que e-reader and cancelled existing orders.
Micron's results: What analysts are saying
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Micron Technology Inc. roared past analysts’ consensus estimate in its recent quarter.
Qualcomm brews apps store for mobile OS
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Qualcomm Inc. is expanding its efforts in the mobile operating system and connectivity arenas.
Taiwan to invest in NAND flash project
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Taiwan Innovation Memory Co., previously rejected as a suitable case for government investment as a DRAM company, has reinvented itself as a NAND flash supplier.
MagnaChip withdraws IPO - again
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MagnaChip Semiconductor LLC, a spinoff from Hynix Semiconductor Inc. that filed for bankruptcy protection in June 2009, has withdrawn a planned initial public offering due to "adverse market conditions."
Price hikes, shortages seen in hot solar biz
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6/30/2010   2 comments
Photovoltaic demand is projected to double over last year.
Gyro vendor InvenSense files IPO
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6/30/2010   Post a comment
InvenSense Inc., a provider of motion processing solutions or gyroscopes, is filing for an IPO.
Dolphin Integration reduces 65nm silicon area
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EDA and IP company Dolphin Integration SA has introduced a panoply of silicon IPs optimized for high density so that designers can increase the density of their SoC by up to 10 percent.
NASA seeks proposals for new heavy-lift rocket
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6/30/2010   Post a comment
NASA is seeking industry proposals for the design of a new rocket to take machines and humans beyond Earth orbit.
Samsung preps 32-GB load-reduced DIMM for servers
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Samsung is getting ready to mass produce later this year a 32 gigabyte (GB) load-reduced, dual-inline memory module (LRDIMM), for server applications.
Mid-range IR sensors feature digital or analog outputs in three package types
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Vishay Intertechnology Inc. has beefed up its optoelectronics portfolio with a family of mid-range infrared (IR) sensors featuring digital and analog outputs in three package types.
HP, QLogic, Emulex FCoE
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6/29/2010   Post a comment
Hewlett-Packard is adopting new Fibre Channel over Ethernet chips from Emulex and QLogic in its latest round of data center systems, giving a much boost to the upcoming suppliers who face competition from entrenched chip designers including Broadcom, Intel and Marvell.
Anti-piracy SaaS tracks legal, illegal software users
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Vi Labs has spun a software-as-a-service version of its CodeArmor anti-piracy app to let ISVs of lower-cost applications track both legal and illegal users of their software via daily reports on usage patterns.
ATLANTiS FrameWork eases FPGA implementation
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The BittWare ATLANTiS FrameWork (AFW) is an integrated system framework implemented in Altera's Stratix FPGA family.
Microchip integrates USB, large RAM in PIC MCUs
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In an effort to improve throughput and data buffering in Ethernet connectivity, remote sensing, data logging and audio streaming applications, Microchip Technology has integrated USB for Embedded Host/Peripheral/On-the-Go and 96 Kbyes of RAM into its latest microcontrollers.
TruBlue submersible level transducer stores more, lasts longer
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6/29/2010   Post a comment
Pressure Systems' TruBlue submersible level transducer gets more memory, longer battery life for environmental water usage and water resource applications.
Supreme Court's Bilski patent ruling
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6/29/2010   12 comments
In a slim 5-4 majority, the Supreme Court decided not to endorse or define a test of what can be patented, instead, it issued a narrow decision in the case of Bernard Bilski vs. the U.S. Patent Office.
GE licenses Rambus LED technology
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6/29/2010   Post a comment
GE Lighting, a unit of the General Electric Company's appliances and lighting business, has signed a licensing agreement for the use of Rambus' lighting patents, reference designs and manufacturing process know-how.
Intel, Israel discuss next fab, says report
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Intel is discussing locating a wafer fab in Kiryat Gat, Israel, with the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor, according to The Media Line.
TSMC given OK to take 10% SMIC stake
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The Taiwanese Ministry of Economic Affairs has approved an application by TSMC to take up a 10 percent stake in Chinese foundry rival SMIC, according to reports.
TI offers USB 3.0 IC for 5-Gbit/s transfers
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Texas Instruments has introduced to the market a USB 3.0 transceiver capable of 5-Gbits-per-second data transmission rates.
EUV litho sources improving, says workshop
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6/29/2010   2 comments
Sources for extreme ultraviolet lithography are not yet sufficiently bright to allow commercial wafer throughputs, but they are improving sufficiently for beta tools shipping in 2011, according to participants at a workshop held in Maui, Hawaii.
Dolphin Integration rolls panoply of IPs to reduce 65nm silicon area
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EDA and IP company Dolphin Integration SA has introduced a panoply of silicon IPs optimized for high density so that designers can increase the density of their SoC by up to 10 percent.
Power-saving low-voltage comparator has tiny dimensions, extended temp range
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6/29/2010   Post a comment
ST's low-voltage comparator can operate with a supply voltage ranging from 1.6 to 5 V with only 20µA current consumption, and features rail-to-rail inputs for low-voltage applications.
Low-power ADCs extend battery life
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6/29/2010   Post a comment
Maxim's new family of ADCs consumes only 9.9mW, operates down to 2.2V, and offers burst-mode operation to deliver maximum power savings.
Rohde & Schwarz find scope for expansion
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6/29/2010   Post a comment
Rohde & Schwarz is today launching its first dedicated oscilloscopes. It has developed its own ASICs and A to D converters to support the new design which is described as 20 times faster than existing devices.
Freescale plans basestation-on-chip
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6/29/2010   2 comments
Freescale Semiconductor plans to best its embedded communications competitors not just by depending on raw computing speed for its processors but by reaching the higher integration levels needed to put a "basestation on a chip," according to Lisa Su, senior vice president and general manager for networking and multimedia.
Micron fiscal Q3 profits surge on higher demand
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6/29/2010   1 comment
Micron Technology Inc. reported strong fiscal third quarter sales and profits as rising demand, improving prices and investment gains boosted the memory company's performance.
BOM for iPhone 4 is $188, says iSuppli
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6/28/2010   2 comments
The 16-Gbyte version of Apple's iPhone 4 carries a bill of materials cost of $187.51, keeping with Apple's strategy of maintaining hefty profit margins on the popular smartphone, according to a teardown analysis conducted by market research firm iSuppli.
Samsung, TSMC hit by ITC complaint
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6/28/2010   3 comments
STC.UNM (STC)--the technology-transfer arm of the University of New Mexico (UNM)--said that it is charging Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. with alleged patent infringement.
Analyst: China's IC manufacturing spend paying off
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6/28/2010   Post a comment
Semiconductor fabs in China produced 40 billion ICs in 2009, accounting for 25.1 percent of domestic demand, up from 20.9 percent in 2004, according to a new report that concludes that massive investments in China's semiconductor industry are paying dividends.
Smart consumer devices
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6/28/2010   Post a comment
Consumer electronics is on the brink of a "smart devices revolution" according to the consumer electronics panel members at last week's Freescale Technology Forum.
transceiver
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6/28/2010   1 comment
TI TUSB1310 provides essential physical-level functions, features sensitivity twice the USB 3.0 requirement
CoorsTek buys ceramics unit for $245M
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CoorsTek Inc., a manufacturer of ceramic and specialty material components, has signed a definitive agreement to purchase the advanced ceramics business of Saint-Gobain for about $245 million.
media tablet iPad Killer
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6/28/2010   3 comments
Whatever you prefer to call the next-gen media tablet, the popularity of these devices speaks to changes underway in how we use computers and consume content.
Obducat CEO resigns amid losses
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6/28/2010   1 comment
Amid losses and order delays, Patrik Lundstrom has been named acting CEO of Obducat AB (Malmo, Sweden), a supplier of nano-imprint lithography tools.
Report: Firms buy stake in PSi
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6/28/2010   Post a comment
Integrated Micro-Electronics Inc. (IMI)and Narra Venture Capital II have acquired a 67 percent stake in PSi Technologies Inc. (PSi) of the Philippines for $30 million.
Firm to pay up to $58M for Atmel's smart card biz
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6/28/2010   Post a comment
Atmel said it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Secure Microcontroller Solutions business to Inside Contactless for up to $58 million after completing consultation with the Works Council at Atmel's SMS facility in Rousset, France.
DC/DC converter powers systems from 18V to 75V
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6/28/2010   Post a comment
Ericsson Power Modules has developed a quarter-brick, isolated DC/DC converter that is optimized to deliver the highest efficiency across an ultra wide input voltage range of 18V to 75V, enabling designers to use the same DC/DC converter in both 24V and 48V-battery-based systems.
ADI to spend $28 million on Irish R&D
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6/28/2010   1 comment
IDA Ireland, the government agency responsible for industrial development in Ireland, has announced a 23 million euro (about $28 million) investment in R&D at Analog Devices facility in Raheen, County Limerick.
Synchronous regulators target consumer electronics apps
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6/28/2010   Post a comment
ON Semiconductor has introduced a new family of high efficiency 2A to 4A integrated synchronous regulators for consumer electronics applications such as set top boxes, DVD/hard disk drives, LCD monitors/TVs, speakerphones, cable modems, and telecom/datacom equipment.
IBM, WiSpry teamed on tunable RF MEMS
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6/28/2010   Post a comment
The dream of a MEMS system-on-a-chip RF front-end for wireless mobile handsets is being realized by the collaborative efforts of startup WiSpry and IBM Microelectronics.
Russia's Sistema still pursuing Infineon, says report
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Infineon has denied it is in discussions with diversified Russian holding company AFK Sistema, according to a report, in a rerun of denials from September 2009 and earlier. Another report has said that Sistema
Cost-effective airbag control unit from Bosch
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6/28/2010   Post a comment
Bosch is extending its airbag control unit portfolio with an economy model. The new “AB light” has been developed for low-price vehicles, which are rapidly becoming a common sight in emerging markets such as China, India, and Brazil.
PLX samples USB SuperSpeed 3.0 controllers
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PLX Technology Inc. has started to sample three USB SuperSpeed 3.0-to-SATA controllers targeting the rapidly expanding consumer storage market.
The soul of a sino-supercomputer
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Celebrating as if greeting a firstborn, a group of PhDs flung open the door of a factory building in Shenzhen and let loose a giant hooah.
IceCube telescope extreme science meets extreme electronics
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6/25/2010   1 comment
IceCube telescope is under construction more than a mile beneath the Antarctic ice.
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