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ARM micros rival Freescale's ColdFire
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9/28/2010   23 comments
Freescale Semiconductor's two new families of ARM- and ColdFire-based microcontrollers bring the price of battery-saving half-watt power consumption down to around a $5.
Tilera details 100-core processor
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9/28/2010   53 comments
Fabless chip vendor Tilera detailed its third generation of multicore processors, headlined by an SoC that features 100 64-bit cores.
IBM 'fab club' denies problems with high-k
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9/28/2010   4 comments
A member of IBM Corp.'s technology alliance dismissed a report that the group is struggling with its high-k/metal-gate technology.
Teardown finds Cypress, STMicro in new iPod nano
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9/27/2010   11 comments
Apple's sixth generation iPod nano features chips supplied by Samsung Electronics, Toshiba, Cypress Semiconductor, Cirrus Logic and STMicroelectronics NV, according to a teardown analysis conducted by market research firm iSuppli.
Ultracapacitor firm buys company
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9/27/2010   Post a comment
Ioxus Inc., a manufacturer of ultracapacitor technologies for military, transportation and alternative energy markets, has acquired Advanced Energy Conversion Inc. (AEC).
RIM reveals its Playbook in tablet game
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9/27/2010   15 comments
Research in Motion is using high-end media aimed at business users to differentiate its tablet computer in what is quickly becoming a crowded field.
Analog Devices AD9467 16-bit ADC
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9/27/2010   17 comments
Analog Devices announced the AD9647 16-bit A/D converter operating at 250 MSPS (mega samples per second).
Report: Oracle sues Micron
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9/27/2010   47 comments
Oracle Corp. has filed suit against Micron Technology Inc., alleging that it overcharged Sun Microsystems Inc. for DRAMs, according to a report from Bloomberg.
NKK Switches KP series of RGB illuminated pushbuttons
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9/27/2010   8 comments
NKK Switches' KP Series of illuminated miniature pushbutton switches provides design engineers with many options that enhance and complete front panels needing an innovative and modern look and feel.
AMCC takes another shot at multicore
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9/27/2010   2 comments
After a false start, Applied Micro Circuits Corp., or AppliedMicro, is taking another shot in the multicore processor arena.
Industry group opposes FDA proposal
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9/27/2010   4 comments
A medical electronics trade group said a proposal from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to create a Class IIb category of regulated medical devices is too broad and could create unneeded regulatory hurdles.
Synopsys enhances FPGA synthesis – 4X speedup plus team design capabilities
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9/27/2010   1 comment
Synopsys has just announced a bunch of enhancements to its Synplify Pro and Synplify Premier FPGA synthesis tools - 4X speedup, team-based eesign capabilities,and more...
LM3492 LED Driver with dynamic headroom control reduces complexity, cost in automotive LCD backlight apps
Product News  
9/27/2010   1 comment
National Semiconductor Corp. now offers an LED driver with dynamic headroom control that drives current to two independently dimmable strings of LEDs. The LM3492, a member of National’s PowerWise energy-efficient product family, maximizes system efficiency and reduces system complexity and cost in automotive LCD backlight applications.
Vishay's WSLP0805 power metal strip resistor
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9/27/2010   Post a comment
Check out Vishay’s surface-mount Power Metal Strip resistor that it claims is the industry's first 0.5-W current sensing resistor in the compact 0805 package size.
IBM buys Blade Network
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9/27/2010   Post a comment
IBM Corp. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Blade Network Technologies, a privately-held company based in Santa Clara, Calif.
Tech group opposes offshoring bill
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9/27/2010   9 comments
The TechAmerica industry group has come out in opposition to a draft bill in the U.S. Senate that claims it will end the practice of offshoring jobs.
Interconnect group opens India office
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9/27/2010   4 comments
IPC, the electronic interconnect industry association is opening an Indian office as part of a plan to expand its electronics manufacturing and training.
HDMI, DVI, and 7:1 LVDS video display interfaces for Lattice FPGAs
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9/27/2010   2 comments
Free reference designs are available for the High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI 1.3a), Digital Visual Interface (DVI), and 7:1 LVDS video display interfaces.
IBM, Taiwan firm join forces in solar
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9/27/2010   5 comments
Taiwan's DelSolar Co. Ltd. has signed an agreement to jointly develop compound thin-film solar cells with IBM Corp.
AWR readies Microwave Office library for Freescale's RF high power models
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9/27/2010   Post a comment
EDA vendor AWR Corp. said it has delivered a Microwave Office 2010 design software library for Freescale Semiconductor's RF high-power models.
Micrel MIC26xxx SuperSwitcher II family of DC-DC buck regulators
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9/27/2010   Post a comment
Micrel rolled out its SuperSwitcher II family of integrated MOSFET buck regulators for high power density DC-DC applications.
Micrel MIC26xxx SuperSwitcher II family of DC-DC buck regulators
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9/27/2010   Post a comment
Micrel rolled out its SuperSwitcher II family of integrated MOSFET buck regulators for high power density DC-DC applications.
Austriamicrosystems' AS3695A and AS3695C high-precision LED driver ICs
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9/27/2010   Post a comment
austriamicrosystems has beefed up its portfolio of LED backlight unit drivers and controllers for the latest generation of LCD TVs.
MIPS offers multicore processor for Web-connected CE devices
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9/27/2010   35 comments
MIPS Technologies launched a new processor IP core designed for consumer chip vendors to develop high-performance multicore, multi-threaded SoCs with ease.
Snecma uses Ansys' Workbench for aircraft, rocket engine design
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9/27/2010   Post a comment
France-based aerospace manufacturer Snecma said it has deployed Ansys' Workbench as its standard simulation environment to support the development of civil and military airplane engines, launch vehicles and satellites.
DSP analyst advises Intel to buy Via Telecom
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9/27/2010   26 comments
Will Strauss, president of market research firm Forward Concepts, has advised Intel to try to acquire Via Telecom for its CMDA technology.
HD-over-Wi-Fi startup raises $21 million
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9/27/2010   28 comments
Quantenna Communications Inc., a developer of silicon for wireless networking that adds beamforming to the 802.11n wireless standard to deliver guaranteed bandwidth, has raised $21 million in a Series E round of financing.
Vector processing accelerates QorIQ
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9/27/2010   5 comments
Freescale has added an AltiVec single-instruction-multiple-data processing unit inside every core inside forthcoming QorIQ chips being readied for announcement next year.
Roboteq programmable 2 x150A DC motor controller targets mobile robot & automation apps
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9/26/2010   Post a comment
The HDC2450 is an intelligent motor controller from Roboteq capable of directly driving two DC motors up to 150Amps each at up to 50V. The new controller is targeted at designers of mobile robots, Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGVs), or any other high power motor control application.
Mobile Internet apps moving e-commerce off the Web
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9/26/2010   34 comments
Mobile Internet apps are clicking with millions of smartphone users as e-commerce moves off the Web.
Innovation at home: Inside a 3-D desktop scanner
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9/26/2010   9 comments
The desktop NextEngine 3D Scanner rivals the capability of more expensive scanners by creating mesh files of three-dimensional objects for industrial design, reverse engineering, CGI and content creation apps.
6-dB Directional coupler from Anatech spans 800 to 2500MHz
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9/26/2010   Post a comment
Anatech Electronics has introduced the AM1650DC838 directional coupler designed for wireless and general-purpose applications from 800 to 2500 MHz. It uses Type N connectors and measures 4.2 x 1.6 x 0.9 in.
Z-Communications releases waveguide-to-coax adapters and termination products
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9/26/2010   Post a comment
Z-Communications' new waveguide-to-coax adapters and terminations are available in rectangular waveguide sizes ranging from WR137 to WR28. 
ESC-Cypherbridge, Nabto web-server module with Microchip PIC18F66J60
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9/25/2010   Post a comment
Cypherbridge and Nabto announced a new web-server module, the Nabto uServer module at ESC Boston 2010.
Memory startup readies conductive-bridging RAM
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9/24/2010   26 comments
Adesto Technologies Corp.-a memory startup funded by Applied Materials Inc. and others-is readying its first product-a conductive-bridging RAM (CBRAM).
AMD outlook: What analysts are saying
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9/24/2010   22 comments
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) this week lowered its forecast.
Recovery seen in LCD-TV market
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9/24/2010   28 comments
Despite a second-quarter slowdown, the second half of the year is expected to bring a recovery in LCD-TVs, according to iSuppli Corp.
Chip firms on Ellison's shopping list
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9/24/2010   16 comments
Oracle's Larry Ellison wants to buy some chip makers. Here's a possible shopping list.
Aware to spinoff patent licensing unit
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9/24/2010   1 comment
Aware Inc. has announced plans to pursue a spinoff of its patent licensing operations.
Analyst sees second gold rush in solar
News & Analysis  
9/24/2010   43 comments
A new round of government subsidies for solar panels could drive second gold rush in the solar market, according to a financial analyst.
Mil terrestrial satcom market to peak in 2014, says analyst
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9/24/2010   Post a comment
The military terrestrial portion of the satcom market is expected to grow from about $423 million in 2008 to $684 million in 2013, before dropping to slightly more than $500 million in 2020, according to market research company Strategy Analytics.
UGent and imec launch silicon photonics spin-off Caliopa
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9/24/2010   13 comments
The Photonics Research Group of Ghent University and research consortium imec have created and spun off Caliopa to develop and market advanced silicon photonics-based optical transceivers for the data and telecommunications markets.
Ultra-low-latency FPGA-based system stuns ITCH-parsing experts
Product News  
9/24/2010   2 comments
Financial organizations strive for microsecond advantages over their competition. This C-to-FPGA-based system bypasses CPU processing and puts "Trigger-to-Trade" capability into the FPGA.
PLX acquires Teranetics in $36M deal
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9/24/2010   3 comments
PLX Technology, Inc., a designer of PCI bridge and switch chips, has signed a merger agreement to acquire Teranetics, Inc., a developer of physical layer chips for 10 Gbit/second Ethernet over copper.
Samsung mass producing 8GB DDR3 module for laptops
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9/23/2010   3 comments
Samsung said it as begun mass producing an 8-gigabyte small outline dual inline memory module for laptops and mobile workstations.
September IC weakness raises red flags
News & Analysis  
9/23/2010   12 comments
After a hot start in 2010, the IC industry has ''returned to normalcy.''
Wi-Fi, TV backers clash over white spaces ruling
News & Analysis  
9/23/2010   6 comments
Wi-Fi and television backers were quick to clash over a ruling by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to free up unused spectrum between TV channels.
AMD lowers outlook
News & Analysis  
9/23/2010   6 comments
It's official. After much speculation, AMD has lowered its forecast.
2D-FFT FPGA IP library for imaging and DSP apps
Product News  
9/23/2010   1 comment
These 2D-FFT library elements from OptNgn are intended for inexpensive, low power sensor data stream processing of convolution and filtering-based applications from video, medical, radar/sonar, and scientific-based real-time sources.
Nvidia: ARM smartphones will bury x86 PCs
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9/23/2010   20 comments
ARM will triumph over Intel as smartphones and tablets disrupt the x86 PC industry, said Jen-Hsun Huang, chief executive of Nvidia, speaking at the company's annual conference.
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