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Synopsys releases one library to rule them all
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6/12/2013   Post a comment
Synopsys has released a new physical library kit and set of scripts that they claim can provide some significant benefits across the entire SoC…
DARPA kicking off Virtual Robotics Challenge
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6/12/2013   4 comments
The Defense Advance Research Projects Agency is staging a competition among 18 teams trying building more advanced search and rescue robots.
Texas Instruments plans to boost Chinese manufacturing
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6/12/2013   7 comments
U.S. chipmaker plans to expand manufacturing at its Chengdu wafer fab with the support of Chinese authorities
Broadcom hits tera-ops with comms processor
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6/12/2013   5 comments
Broadcom's former NetLogic group leapfrogged rival Cavium by sampling the first comms processor to handle a trillion operations per second.
Microchip's real-time power monitoring and code optimization
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6/11/2013   Post a comment
MPLAB REAL ICE Power Monitor Module provides unsurpassed current measurement; optimizes software for lowest possible power consumption.
Kickstart IoT development with TI’s new SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3000 BoosterPack
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6/11/2013   Post a comment
$35 CC3000 module-based BoosterPack works with both MSP430 and Tiva C Series LaunchPad evaluation kits for fast time-to-market of new Wi-Fi designs.
Microchip rolls out unique-ID EEPROMs
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Pre-programmed 32-bit serial number can be extended to other lengths.
TSMC's sales stay strong in May
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May chip sales at leading foundry chip maker came off the booming levels seen in April but were still up 17.2 percent over 2012.
AMD tips 5 GHz gamer CPU, filling Haswell hole
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6/11/2013   8 comments
Intel failed to field an overclocked x86 for gamers with its Haswell launch last week, a gap AMD says it will fill with a 5 GHz part this summer.
Conexant lays out post-Chapter 11 game plan
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6/11/2013   1 comment
Conexant, which obtained court approval of its Chapter 11 reorganization plan, will “exit the current fiscal year by generating money,” said Conexant president and CEO.
MEMS startup wins strategic investment
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6/11/2013   Post a comment
While many bemoan a lack of investment capital for fabless chip companies, firms involved in the microelectromechanical systems sector continue to get funded.
American Semiconductor's FleX-MCU – The first physically flexible microcontroller.
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6/10/2013   Post a comment
Based on the FleX silicon-on-polymer process, the FleX-MCU delivers silicon integrated circuits in a revolutionary form factor.
Smartphone showdown at PhoneRocket.com
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6/10/2013   1 comment
Picking out a new phone is not easy – each packs a different "punch" in terms of performance and specs – so PhoneRocket.com is here to help!
Altera announces Generation 10 FPGAs and SoCs
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6/10/2013   6 comments
Arria 10 FPGAs and SoCs to be implemented on TSMC's 20nm node; Stratix 10 FPGAs and SoCs to be implemented on Intel's 14nm Tri-Gate node.
Altera tips plans for 20, 14nm FPGAs in 2014
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6/10/2013   13 comments
Stratix 10 FPGAs made in Intel’s 14nm process will sample early next year, packing up to four million logic elements and running at a GHz.
Apple WWDC 2013: 8 things to expect
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6/7/2013   1 comment
Will Apple unveil a new music service or iOS 7? Just don't expect a new iPhone or iPad to debut.
Sensor network designs win IoT contest
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6/7/2013   3 comments
A wireless door lock sensor, a universal LED driver for streetlights and an energy-harvesting current sensor won an Internet of Things contest.
Silicon Labs makes IoT play with Energy Micro buy
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6/7/2013   3 comments
Mixed signal and wireless company has persuaded serial entrepreneur Geir Forre to flip his microcontroller startup for up to $170 million as they set off together in pursuit of the Internet of Things market.
Silicon Labs to acquire Energy Micro
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6/7/2013   Post a comment
Companies’ combined portfolios enable the Internet of Things, smart energy, and portable electronics.
ADLINK boards support 4th generation Intel core processor
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6/6/2013   Post a comment
Enhanced media performance and power improvements benefit applications in medical, defense, transportation and industrial automation.
Texas Instruments ADS5409 12-bit ADCs slash board space by 80 percent
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6/6/2013   Post a comment
TI’s family of 12-bit, 500- to 900-MSPS analog-to-digital converters reduces board space by 80 percent while providing industry-leading signal-to-noise ratio and spurious-free dynamic range.
Scalable system platforms run the 4th Generation Intel Core and Xeon processors
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6/6/2013   Post a comment
Employing 4th generation Intel Core i7/i5 Processors and the Intel Q87 chipset, Advantech has developed a series of industrial-grade embedded boards in a range of form factors: PICMG 1.3 SBC, ATX, MicroATX, and Mini-ITX.
Scalable system platforms run the 4th Generation Intel Core and Xeon processors
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6/6/2013   Post a comment
Employing 4th generation Intel Core i7/i5 Processors and the Intel Q87 chipset, Advantech has developed a series of industrial-grade embedded boards in a range of form factors: PICMG 1.3 SBC, ATX, MicroATX, and Mini-ITX.
Kickstarter startup kicked upstairs to Logitech
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6/6/2013   10 comments
TidyTilt project went straight from a school project to a company acquisition without entrepreneurs having to go through the long song-and-dance of finding a VC and establishing a business of their own.
Microchip’s 24AA02UID, 24AA025UID, 11AA02UID, 25AA02UID and 24AA256UID unique ID family of EEPROMs debuts
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6/6/2013   Post a comment
The chip maker has also added EUI-64 options to MAC-address family of EEPROMs for easy and low-cost access to IEEE MAC addresses.
Portable spectrum analyzer sports GPS
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6/6/2013   1 comment
GPS capabilities allow handheld unit to help solve complex interference problems.
Chip sales: WSTS reduces 2013 market growth estimate
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6/5/2013   6 comments
Alongside reporting weak global chip sales for April the SIA has reported that WSTS has reduced its estimates for chip market growth for 2013 and 2014.
ITC votes to ban importation of iPhones, iPads
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6/5/2013   15 comments
U.S. regulatory body finds that several models of Apple's iPad tablet and iPhone smartphone violate patent held by Samsung.
Freescale rolls IoT toolkit at Computex
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6/5/2013   7 comments
Open-source developers toolkit for creating Internet of Things applications makes debut at Computex.
X-ES rolls 4th generation Intel Core i7 processor-based SBCs
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6/5/2013   Post a comment
Extreme Engineering Solutions has released 3U VPX, 6U VPX, XMC, 3U CompactPCI, 6U CompactPCI, 6U VME, and COM Express SBCs based on the 4th generation Intel Core i7-4700EQ processor.
Peregrine Semiconductor PE42520 and PE42521 CMOS RF switches
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6/5/2013   Post a comment
Peregrine has set new standards of performance for high-frequency CMOS RF switches with the launch of its latest SPDT devices.
Microsemi, ZL30162, ZL30161 and ZL30163 timing card devices
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6/5/2013   Post a comment
Microsemi is offering a highly integrated synchronous Ethernet timing card device for wireless infrastructure and Metro Ethernet.
Cornell Dubilier expands aluminum polymer capacitor lines
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6/5/2013   Post a comment
Cornell Dubilier's two aluminum polymer capacitor series are now available with lower ESR and higher capacitance values for board-level power-conversion applications.
Linear Technology LT3055 LDO offers 25µVRMS noise, programmable current limit and diagnostic information
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6/5/2013   Post a comment
Linear's latest device delivers up to 500mA output current with a 350mV dropout voltage at full load.
C&K designs switch for mirror control in automotive, industrial apps
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6/5/2013   Post a comment
C&K Components’ 4-way adjustable direction switch simplifies assembly with customizable wire harness and connector.
Fairchild Semi's FDD1600N10ALZD and FDD850N10LD combines a MOSFET and diode in one package
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Fairchild Semiconductor’s 100V BoostPak solution provides improved reliability, reduces system costs in LED applications.
DCD's D68HC11 – HC11 legacy with all peripherals
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6/4/2013   3 comments
The D68HC11 from Digital Core Design (DCD) can be used as direct replacement, pin-to-pin compatible with the original HC11 MCU.
Microchip subsidiary acquires Novocell non-volatile-memory IP supplier
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6/4/2013   Post a comment
Acquisition of non-volatile-memory IP supplier grows footprint and increases product portfolio for Microchip's SST Flash-IP solutions business.
Maxim’s CEO on analog, Intel, Samsung and more
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6/4/2013   4 comments
Maxim chief executive Tunc Doluca talks about his new 90nm analog process, his integration strategy, Intel, Samsung and China.
Intel’s Haswell puts more analog inside
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6/4/2013   5 comments
Inside Haswell, Intel’s next CPU, are twenty of more custom inductors, designed and made by Intel to support its new on-chip voltage regulator.
Free online classes: Application-Specific Programmable Logic
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6/3/2013   Post a comment
I just heard that my old friend Dr. DSP will be providing a series of free online classes as part of the Digi-Key Continuing Education Center.
SMIC forms joint venture for 28-nm chip production
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6/3/2013   11 comments
Some $3.6 billion funding has been earmarked for SMIC joint-venture to focus on 45-nm and finer geometry manufacturing.
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