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Honeywell SMART Position Sensor boasts 360° non-contact position sensing
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Honeywell's new SMART position sensor provides 360° non-contact angular position sensing.
Multitest handler simplifies high-power IC test
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The MT9928 gravity handler provides easy integration with test interface boards and Kelvin contactor to form 500 A test system.
Geotest PXI DMM doubles as waveform analyzer
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The GX2065 integrates a 3-MHz, 16-bit isolated-input digitizer for acquiring and analyzing waveforms.
Aeroflex LTE-A tester ups interference cancellation
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Design improves cell-edge performance and coverage in heterogeneous networks featuring nodes with overlapping coverage areas.
TI makes good on NS buy to lead industrial sector
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7/25/2012   1 comment
Market research firm IHS iSuppli, in its latest report, has confirmed Texas Instruments’ purchase of National Semiconductor has boosted TI’s market share, reinforcing its dominance in 2011, as its revenue from the industrial electronics chip space grew to $2.2 billion, up 24.9 percent from $1.8 billion a year earlier.
High density film capacitors reduces cost and component count
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The EPCOS MKP film capacitors from TDK Corporation now feature two new voltage classes.
Sorensen ASD ideal for process power, ATE and control
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The Sorensen ASD Series 40V and 60V precision programmable AC-DC power supplies were unveiled by AMETEK Programmable Power.
Mini50 unsealed connector system achieves 50% space savings
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The Mini50 miniaturized unsealed wire-to-board connector system is validated to automotive standards.
CSRF current sense resistor series adds 0805 option
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The CSRF series foil-on-ceramic carrier technology lowers resistance values and offers TCR as low as 50 ppm.
Smart proximity sensor distinguishes between human body and inert objects
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The SX9300 from Semtech Corporation is an ultra-low power capacitive proximity sensor with on-chip Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) engine for human body detection.
TSMC says single-customer fabs make sense
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7/25/2012   21 comments
The world's leading foundry chip maker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. is considering operating single-customer wafer fabs, according to chairman and CEO Morris Chang.
Black Hat: Impersonating Microsoft Exchange servers to manipulate mobile devices
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7/25/2012   2 comments
A Black Hat researcher demonstrates a mobile man-in-the-middle, proof-of-concept attack that allows for unauthorized remote wipes.
LeCroy introduces 10GBASE-R and 40/100GBASE-R electrical/optical full test lineup
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LeCroy Corporation offers new software and hardware test solutions for 10GBase-R and 40/100GBase-R4 Ethernet.
Expert, lawmakers at odds over GPS security
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7/25/2012   9 comments
After testifying before Congress about security vulnerabilities in civil GPS systems last week, Todd Humphreys is convinced the industry needs a new approach.
Processor IP firms sue Amazon, Samsung, Huawei, ZTE, others
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7/25/2012   6 comments
Alliacense LLC, the adminstrator of the Moore Microprocessor Patent (MMP) portfolio, has announced that the co-owners of the portfolio are pursuing 13 companies with complaints alleging infringement being filed with the International Trade Commission and District Court for the Northern District of California.
Losses up at NXP on increased sales
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7/25/2012   2 comments
Mixed-signal chip company NXP Semiconductor NV (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) has posted an increased loss on sales that climbed sequentially in the second quarter but were down year-on-year.
ARM Q2 continues climb in sales and profits
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7/25/2012   3 comments
Processor IP licensor ARM has posted yet another quarter with increased sales and profits.
Micron's Elpida buy carries risks, says IHS
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7/25/2012   1 comment
Micron move to acquire Elpida Memory is a bold one that carries risk, particularly if the integration and technology transfer does not go smoothly, according to market research firm IHS iSuppli.
Globalfoundries to expand N.Y. fab
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7/25/2012   1 comment
Globalfoundries announced it would move forward with additional construction of its Fab 8 campus in upstate New York, a move that will bring the total manufacturing capacity of the facility to 300,000 square feet.
Toshiba cuts NAND production by 30%
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7/25/2012   5 comments
Japan's Toshiba it cut its production of flash memory chips by about 30 percent due to market oversupply and price declines.
Broadcom not threatened by Samsung's CSR buy
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7/25/2012   9 comments
Broadcom CEO Scott McGregor downplayed speculation that Samsung's acquisition of CSR's mobile business posed a threat to the company's business following Broadcom's better-than-expected second quarter financial report.
RS Components signs global distribution agreement for HiWave Technologies audio and haptic devices
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HiWave Technologies and RS Components have announced a worldwide distribution agreement whereby RS will stock HiWave's range of audio exciters, haptic touch feedback actuators, balanced mode radiator (BMR) speaker drivers and energy efficient amplifier modules.
Audio analyzer features high functionality, low price
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The dScope Series IIIE audio analyzer, dubbed the "Essentials' package, is targeted for customers who don’t need the entire feature set of the top range systems.
Audio device needs no MCU, enhances sound
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The ISD2360 ChipCorder device has three-channel mixing playback and general-purpose input/output (GPIO) parallel processing.
HDMI video and audio capture card targets device testing
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ADLINK Technology, Inc. has released a full HD HDMI video and audio capture card that enables one-card acquisition of full analog/digital video and digital audio input.
Mobile audio solution delivers more than five times the power to micro speakers
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NXP Semiconductors N.V. has developed a revolutionary embedded algorithm in a new audio system that the company claims boosts the output power of micro speakers by more than five times while improving the sound quality of mobile devices.
Class G stereo amplifier IC with digital I2S interface offers power saving benefits
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Toshiba Electronics Europe has expanded its family of ultra-low power stereo headphone amplifier ICs with a new class-G device that claims to combine outstanding audio performance with a digital I2S interface.
Despite record iPad sales, Apple's revenue comes up short
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7/24/2012   5 comments
Apple reported record sales of its iPad media tablet for the quarter ended June 30, but the company's overall revenue for the quarter and its sales target for the current quarter came up short of analysts' expectations.
Silicon Labs rolls out sub-GHz wireless ICs
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The Si4455 transceiver and Si4355 receiver simplify adding RF connectivity to a wide range of embedded designs.
Crystek VCO spans the band from 1662 to 1708 MHz
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Low-noise oscillator delivers +2 dBm of output power from a 20 mA input for satcom, base-station, and digital radio applications.
Analog Devices unveils octal ultrasound receiver
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Featuring embedded digital demodulation and decimation filtering, the device reduces FPGA processing load.
SMIC says Q2 sales better than expected
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Chinese chip foundry SMIC increased its second quarter sales and gross margin forecast, citing improved business.
The Feature Phone Rises (Again?)
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7/24/2012   43 comments
We all feel like we’ve already seen the movie: “Downfall of the Feature Phones.” Our heroes are Apple and Samsung. They take over the world with their smartphones, while Nokia ignores the early warning signs of smartphone ascendancy.
Qualcomm drops Mirasol display, seeks licensees
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7/24/2012   10 comments
Qualcomm Inc. has said it will focus its manufacturing of Mirasol sunlight-readable displays on a limited set of products and try and license the technology out to other companies.
Higher gas prices drives car, automotive IC sales
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7/24/2012   3 comments
The market for automotive ICs is forecast to grow 8 percent in 2012 to an annual value of $19.6 billion, according to market research company IC Insights.
Maxim secures smart grid infrastructure with security manager
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7/24/2012   3 comments
Maxim Integrated Products Inc. has introduced the MAX36025 tamper-reactive cryptographic-node controller with non-imprinting memory to add secure encryption to critical points of data aggregation within the smart grid.
Qualcomm, Renault team on wireless electric vehicle charging
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7/24/2012   16 comments
Qualcomm has announced it has agreed to apply its wireless electric vehicle charging technology to Renault vehicles as part of an upcoming trial to take place in London in 2012.
Slideshow: A blacksmith shop in the heart of high tech
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7/24/2012   6 comments
We've walked by Klockars' Blacksmith Shop in San Francisco many times. Once inside, we discovered an ornery proprietor who is still making things people can use.
Chip set shortage, weak economy mars Fairchild’s sales growth
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Fairchild Semiconductor’s president and chief executive, Mark Thompson, said “chip set shortages from a major vendor” hurt second-quarter sales.
Chinese safety requirement may be de facto global standard
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7/24/2012   7 comments
A new Chinese safety standard set to go into effect Dec. 1 could essentially become a de facto global standard for power supplies, since the vast majority of all power supplies are now manufactured there.
ST trims losses, cuts capex
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7/24/2012   3 comments
A combination of continued losses and renewed market softness for Europe's leading chip company STMicroelectronics NV has led the company to make a 25 percent cut in its capital expenditure budget for 2012.
ARM to intro engineer certification
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7/24/2012   25 comments
Processor intellectual property licensor ARM has signed up U.S. company Prometric to design and deliver the ARM Accredited Engineer certification program for software and hardware engineers.
Chipset shortage, weak economy mars Fairchild’s sales growth
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Fairchild Semiconductor's president and chief executive, Mark Thompson, said "chip set shortages from a major vendor" hurt second-quarter sales.
Mindspeed cuts 15% of workforce
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7/24/2012   3 comments
Network infrastructure chip vendor Mindspeed Technologies announced plans to cut more than 80 jobs as part of a restructuring plan to reduce costs.
TI: Customers holding off on new orders
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7/23/2012   8 comments
Despite lean inventors, OEM customers and distributors are being cautious about new purchase orders, executives from Texas Instruments said as the company provided a third quarter sales target that fell short of analysts' expectations.
Black Hat finds holes in ARM, x86, embedded
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7/23/2012   5 comments
Security experts will show vulnerabilities in everything from ARM processors to x86 CPUs and even hotel locks at the annual Black Hat conference in Las Vegas this week.
Cisco to cut another 1,300 jobs
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7/23/2012   5 comments
Networking giant Cisco Systems said it plans to cut about 1,300 jobs, or roughly 2 percent of its global workforce, in connection with ongoing restructuring at the company.
Samsung rolls out 16-GB DDR4 modules
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Designed for enterprise server systems, the units use 40% less power than DDR3 versions.
Black Hat: The phishing scare that wasn't
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7/23/2012   1 comment
About 7,500 security professionals scheduled to attend this week's Black Hat conference raised a howl yesterday when they received what looked like a phishing attack in their email boxes.
VC chip funding: Down in June, up in quarter
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7/23/2012   Post a comment
Venture capital investments in semiconductor companies fell 76.2 percent to $32 million in June but were strongly up for the quarter, according to the GSA.
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