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Foxconn sizzles on Apple patronage
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7/28/2010   4 comments
Foxconn Technology Group’s share of the contract manufacturing market will increase to 50 percent by 2011 as demand for its services rise from companies like Apple Inc., although margin pressures will remain a major problem for the EMS provider.
Jasper unveils DFI formal verification proof kits
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7/28/2010   Post a comment
Jasper Design Automation Inc. (Mountain View, Calif.) has released proof kits for the DFI (DDR-PHY) specification.
Synopsys' Design Compiler Graphical used for hearing-aid DSP
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7/28/2010   1 comment
Synopsys Inc. said Oticon A/S, a hearing aid manufacturer, has taped out the digital signal processor (DSP) chipset for the next generation hearing-aid devices using its Design Compiler Graphical RTL Synthesis, a component of the Galaxy implementation platform.
Analyst: Chip market on track for record increase
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7/28/2010   3 comments
The semiconductor market is poised to break the industry record for annual growth by surging $72 billion from 2009, says an analyst.
Analyst: Flash is hot, supply chain is not
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7/27/2010   1 comment
Thanks to the sudden upturn, the flash market has been hot in 2010, but the supply chain has suffered in the process, according to a report.
FormFactor posts another loss
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7/27/2010   Post a comment
Probe card maker FormFactor reported strong gains in second quarter sales that exceeded analysts' expectations, but the company notched another loss in the wake of management changes and layoffs.
Debate rages over future of U.S. fabs
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7/27/2010   17 comments
The debate continues over the demise of chip manufacturing—and the lack of solar fabs-in the United States.
Microchip unveils MCP6401/2/4/ op-amps
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7/27/2010   Post a comment
Eyeing power demands in consumer, industrial, automotive and medical applications, Microchip's new MCP6401/2/4/ operational amplifiers (op amps) offer lower power consumption and smaller packages.
Embedded MCU gives power management chip programmability, flexibility
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7/27/2010   Post a comment
IDT’s latest microcontroller-based power management chip integrates all the system power regulation and management functions along with human interface subsystems, such as audio and touch user interfaces, for portable consumer applications.
Broadcom beats analyst views on record sales
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7/27/2010   2 comments
Broadcom is the latest chip vendor to surprise analysts with higher-than-expected quarterly sales, reporting record revenue of $1.6 billion for the second quarter.
LNA features separate AM and FM signal paths
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7/27/2010   1 comment
Maxim Integrated Products is offering a low-noise amplifier (LNA) with integrated automatic gain control (AGC) for automotive antenna applications.
Intel demos 50-Gbit/s silicon optics
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7/27/2010   10 comments
Intel has demonstrated a 50-gigabit per second optical connection using its silicon manufacturing processes.
Solar firm names chip exec as CEO
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7/27/2010   Post a comment
Solyndra, a manufacturer of cylindrical solar photovoltaic systems for commercial rooftops, named Brian Harrison as president and CEO.
Analysts cut estimates for Nvidia
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7/27/2010   1 comment
Legal issues are not the problem for Nvidia, but rather the company is seeing lackluster performance for its chips.
Lab offers to test IEEE 802.3ba Ethernet standard
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7/27/2010   Post a comment
The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory has launched a new consortium for companies to test products for the IEEE 802.3ba Ethernet standard.
MeeGo in-vehicle win gives embedded Intel a boost
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7/27/2010   2 comments
The Linux Foundation has announced the Genivi Alliance has chosen the MeeGo platform as the basis of its next reference release for in-vehicle infotainment.
Aluminum clad wirewounds rated up to 1000W
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7/27/2010   Post a comment
Dubbed the MHL series, Stackpole’s latest resistors are available in power ratings from 60 watts up to 1000 watts, and are typically less than half the height of traditional aluminum housed wirewounds.
Graphene beats silicon nitride
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7/27/2010   Post a comment
University of Pennsylvania researchers claim that their new carbon-based platform outperforms previous silicon-based systems.
Micron shows support for phase-change memory
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7/27/2010   10 comments
Micron will back phase-change memory technology it acquired along with Numonyx in February 2010.
ARM reports sales, profits up in Q2
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7/27/2010   3 comments
Processor intellectual property licensor ARM Holdings plc reported increased sales and profits in its second quarter. The company said it would increase its dividend by 20 percent and observed that it had increased market share in all target markets.
Telairity simulates video compression ICs with Magma's FineSim
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7/27/2010   Post a comment
Telairity Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.), specializing in video compression solutions, announced it has licensed the FineSim SPICE circuit simulator from Magma Design Automation Inc. to accelerate the circuit simulation of real-time video compression ICs.
Magma adds board member
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7/27/2010   Post a comment
Magma Design Automation Inc. announced it has appointed Dave Sugishita, a veteran of the semiconductor and EDA industries, to its board of directors.
Virage puts NXP's IP to work
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7/27/2010   2 comments
IP licensor Virage Logic Corp. has announced the expansion of its portfolio with the introduction of SiANA, Integra and a dual-core ARC processor for the implementation of audio systems targeting Blu-ray Disc 7.1 channel 192kHz/24-bit output.
Researchers say carbon-based platform beats silicon for detection
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7/26/2010   2 comments
Carbon-based platforms outperform existing silicon-nitride based systems, according to a University of Pennsylvania team that is working on a system which automates DNA sequencing.
Nvidia: ITC ruling won't affect customers
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7/26/2010   6 comments
The U.S. International Trade Commission said it would move to bar the importation and sale of chips made by Nvidia after ruling that the devices violate patents held by Rambus.
CMP foundry polishes strategy
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7/26/2010   Post a comment
The recent downturn took a toll on chip and equipment makers.
Motorola stages handset comeback
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7/26/2010   9 comments
A handset player is making waves. And it's not Apple, Google, HTC, Nokia, RIM or Samsung.
U.S. says ‘jailbreaking’ iPhones is legal
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7/26/2010   5 comments
In a blow to Apple Inc., the Library of Congress has ruled that consumers can legally hack wireless phones and other electronics.
CEOs: Still room for fab tool startups
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7/26/2010   Post a comment
Some equipment segments are nearly turning into quasi-monopolies, leaving fab tool buyers with fewer choices.
MosChip launches four multi-function PCIe controllers
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7/26/2010   Post a comment
MosChip’s multi-function PCI Express (PCIe) controller chipset consists of four devices that provide built in support to enable a variety of PCIe to multiple I/O connectivity options.
ESC panel: Indian design climbs the value chain
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7/26/2010   6 comments
Panelists at ESC Bangalore 2010 saw signs that Indian design firms are preparing to move up the value chain.
Thin-film chip resistors feature 215°C maximum operating temperature
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7/26/2010   Post a comment
Vishay Intertechnology Inc. is adding to its passive component portfolio for extreme high-temperature environments with a new series of SMD wraparound thin-film chip resistors optimized for use in multichip modules for down-hole drilling and aerospace applications.
ST, Digi-Key offer $5,000 prize in student contest
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7/26/2010   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics and chip distributor Digi-Key have announced a design contest for North American engineering students based on ST's iNEMO multisensor inertial measurement unit.
PSA secures loan to finance plug-in hybrid development
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7/26/2010   Post a comment
The European Investment Bank (BEI) announced it has awarded a 200 million euro ($258 million) loan to PSA Peugeot Citroen to finance the carmaker's program to develop plug-in hybrid vehicles.
ITT unveils power interconnect series
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7/26/2010   Post a comment
Shortly after the release of the SAE Electric Vehicle J1772 charging specification, ITT Interconnect Solutions has introduced its latest automotive power interconnect series, the EVC Series of J1772 connectors and cable assemblies.
TV chip market to rise 30% in 2010, says iSuppli
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7/26/2010   3 comments
The market for chips for inclusion in TVs is set to rise to $12.1 billion in 2010, up 30 percent from $9.3 billion achieved in 2009, according to analysis company iSupply Corp.
European smart meter market to boom, says Berg
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7/26/2010   2 comments
The installed base of smart electricity meters in Europe will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 17.9 percent between 2009 and 2015 to reach 111.4 million at the end of the period, according to analysis firm Berg Insight.
Fairchild plans to appeal PI patent ruling
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7/26/2010   1 comment
Fairchild Semiconductor has said it expects to appeal a federal court's decision that the company willfully infringed patents owned by Power Integrations.
Infineon rolls wireless control receivers for automotive, consumer apps
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7/26/2010   Post a comment
Infineon Technologies AG announced it has introduced wireless control receivers that offer enhanced sensitivity, lower power consumption and flexible multi protocol support.
NXP buys Jennic, boosts short-range RF portfolio
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7/26/2010   3 comments
Dutch chip company NXP has bought wireless connectivity company Jennic for $12.2 million, to be topped up to $20 million if the acquisition meets two-year targets.
Volkswagen bundles global e-mobility R&D efforts
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7/26/2010   2 comments
In a move to coordinate its globally distributed e-mobility R&D activities, Volkswagen announced its intention to bundle its advanced research efforts for electric vehicles. The company's US-based Electronics Research Lab focuses on battery technology.
NetLogic four-chip module
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7/26/2010   1 comment
NetLogic Microsystems has formally announced the XLP8128S, a four-chip module that links four of the company's quad-threaded, eight-core XLP832 network processors on its proprietary Inter-chip Coherency Interface for high-end networking systems.
Digi and GroundedPower partner to enable reduced energy consumption
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7/24/2010   1 comment
Digi International has partnered with GroundedPower to integrate GroundedPower’s Interactive Customer Engagement System (iCES) with the Digi X-Grid to connect consumers’ home energy devices. The Digi X-Grid is an 'Extended Grid' that enables real-time, IP-based monitoring and control of home energy devices beyond the electric meter.
Court rules Fairchild infringed Power Integrations patents
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7/24/2010   3 comments
A federal court ruled that Fairchild Semiconductor infringed Power Integrations' IC technology patents.
Power Integrations claims legal victory over Fairchild
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7/23/2010   3 comments
A U.S. federal court ruled that Fairchild Semiconductor willfully infringed patents held by Power Integrations.
6U CompactPCI processor blade sports Intel Core i7 and QM57 chipset
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7/23/2010   Post a comment
ADLINK Technology’s highly integrated cPCI-6510 series supports optional extended temperature ranges and incorporates two PMC sites and DDR3 memory with ECC.
Software simplifies Bluetooth/WLAN module testing
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7/23/2010   Post a comment
Anritsu’s CombiTest PC application is designed to speed design verification and production test of the latest generation Bluetooth/WLAN modules.
Humidity sensor passes AEC-Q100 automotive standard
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7/23/2010   Post a comment
Sensirion's new SHT21 humidity and temperature sensor has now been qualified in accordance with the AEC-Q100 automotive standard. This confirms the reliability, stability and robustness of the sensor, which has been in regular production since April 2010.
dSpace offers Diesel exhaust system simulation
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7/23/2010   Post a comment
The limits for nitrates in diesel engine emissions defined by international standards are becoming increasingly strict. Compliance with these limits requires electronic controls for catalytic converters. Selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems that use urea injection (with AdBlue) are said to be an effective solution. Simulating the control algorithms plays a vital role in the development of these systems.
Glass invisibility cloak shields infrared
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7/23/2010   5 comments
Michigan Tech researchers demonstrated a metamaterial, constructed from chalcogenide glass, that acts as an invisibility cloak in the infrared region.
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