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Synopsys enhances Synplify FPGA Synthesis Software
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9/27/2011   1 comment
Automated error detection/recovery and greater resistance to soft errors delivers more reliable operation in harsh environments
Altera delivers industry’s first FPGA-based Serial RapidIO Gen2 solution
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Altera demonstrates interoperability with industry’s first Serial RapidIO Gen2 Switch from IDT
Intel, IBM to lead $4.4B chip R&D hub in NY
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9/27/2011   40 comments
A group of semiconductor companies led by Intel and IBM will invest $4.4 billion over five years to create a semiconductor research and development hub in New York to develop next-generation chip technology, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said.
ESC - BSQUARE's DragonBoard for Android dev board features Qualcomm's Snapdragon APQ8060 processor
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9/27/2011   Post a comment
DragonBoard from BSQUARE Corporation is an Android development platform based on Qualcomm Incorporated's Snapdragon APQ8060 processor.
austriamicrosystems AS3610 and AS3611 switching regulators
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9/27/2011   1 comment
austriamicrosystems released a pair of step-down DC-DCs that offers fast and highly efficient charging of Li-Ion batteries in mobile devices with up to 1.25 A output current.
Elpida has 4-Gbit DRAM in 25-nm process
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9/27/2011   2 comments
Elpida Memory Inc. has said it has completed development of the industry's first 25-nm process 4-Gbit DDR3 synchronous DRAM. The company claims the part is also the smallest 4-Gbit DRAM yet produced.
On Semiconductor NSI50350A constant current regulators
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9/27/2011   1 comment
On Semiconductor's constant current regulators provide voltage surge suppression through innovative Self Bias Transistor technology to protect LEDs in solid-state lighting applications.
XP Power VEH series power supplies
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9/27/2011   Post a comment
Extending XP Power's V-Brand product range aimed at high-volume, cost-sensitive applications, the series consists of 5 power levels, providing 20, 40, 60, 90 or 120 Watt output.
TI releases plug-and-play 6LoWPAN products
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9/27/2011   4 comments
TI's 6LoWPAN sub-1GHz solutions target mesh wireless Internet connectivity for metering, security, street lighting, building automation and other applications.
NXP offers free emWin graphics with ARM MCUs
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9/27/2011   5 comments
NXP Semiconductors NV has said it will provide the emWin graphic software library and graphical user interface (GUI) for free with its ARM-based microcontrollers.
Tower, Presto offer SiGe test services
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9/27/2011   Post a comment
Specialist foundry Tower Semiconductor Ltd, which trades under the name TowerJazz, has announced collaboration with Presto Engineering Inc. to provide engineering services to customers using Tower's silicon-germanium process technology.
Wind River helps Leadcore run Android on ARM
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9/27/2011   6 comments
Embedded and mobile software company Wind River Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of chip giant Intel Corp., has teamed up with China's Leadcore Technology Co. Ltd. to develop an ARM-based system-on-chip platform for Android smartphones.
Synopsys claims unified flow for digital, custom SoCs
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EDA and IP vendor Synopsys announced advances in its Galaxy implementation platform with the availability of its unified solution for mixed-signal designs.
Indian IP firm scores win with ARM
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9/27/2011   15 comments
In an unusual win for an Indian tech company, ARM Holdings is using phase-locked loop solutions from Indian IP vendor Cosmic Circuits.
More bad news for solar: Oversupply havoc
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9/27/2011   25 comments
As if the solar panel industry needed more bad news, market watcher Solarbuzz said production cutbacks at leading solar module manufacturers has been insufficient to prevent further inventory buildup, resulting in oversupplies growing into 2012 and likely depressing prices further.
Avago variable gain amp targets cellular base stations
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9/26/2011   Post a comment
Operating in a broad frequency band from 1450 to 2750 MHz, the ALM-81224 VGA module addresses cellular BTS automatic gain control (AGC) and temperature compensation circuitry applications.
First TV receiver to integrate digital/analog tuner and demods
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Silicon Labs introduces industry’s first single-chip hybrid TV receiver IC
Oracle rolls T4 servers, pulls in 28nm T5
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9/26/2011   3 comments
Oracle announced servers using the T4, the first out-of-order version of its Sparc processor, and promised to deliver a 28nm T5 as much as a year ahead of plan.
Acromag PMC-SLX reconfigurable FPGA modules reduce cost of complex embedded computing tasks
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9/26/2011   Post a comment
Acromag has introduced new PMC mezzanine modules featuring the cost-optimized Xilinx Spartan-6 FPGA. The PMC-SLX reconfigurable FPGA modules are designed to cut costs, yet deliver high-performance computing for algorithm acceleration and custom logic processing tasks, according to Acromag.
Photonics confab presents trends, research results
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9/26/2011   Post a comment
More than 550 technical presentations by the world’s leading scientists and engineers in the areas of lasers, optoelectronics, optical fiber networks and associated lightwave technologies will gather for the IEEE Photonics Conference 2011 October 9-13 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott hotel in Arlington, VA.
SoC supports 1080p HD video for still cameras
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9/26/2011   6 comments
Image processing chip vendor Ambarella announced the availability of a new system-on-chip said to enable the development of digital still cameras with full 1080p HD video.
Cadence releases additions to their Verification IP library
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Cadence has just released a bunch of new Verification IP (VIP) for various memories and protocols that they hope will allow their customers to be first to market…
Intel tips next university research center
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9/26/2011   3 comments
Intel said its fifth university research center will be based at the University of Washington and focus on pervasive computing research.
Altera's FPGA-based Serial RapidIO Gen2 enables next-gen wireless base station deployments
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9/26/2011   Post a comment
Altera Corporation has launched what they claim is the industry's first Serial RapidIO Gen2 FPGA-based solution, enabling improved bandwidth and link flexibility for next-generation 3G and 4G wireless base station deployments.
NRC report urges education in science and te
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9/26/2011   4 comments
The primary drivers of future economic growth and job creation will be innovations largely derived from advances in science and engineering, according to a recently released report issued by the National Research Council.
PMIC startup raises $11 million
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9/26/2011   1 comment
Quantance Inc., a developer of high-speed power supply management ICs, has announced it has raised $11 million in Series C funding. Investors include TD Fund, Granite Ventures, InterWest Partners and DoCoMo Capital.
AMD debuts next-gen embedded graphics processor
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9/26/2011   Post a comment
At Embedded Systems Conference Boston this week AMD is introducing its Radeon E6460, a next-generation entry-level embedded graphics processor that complements its Radeon E6760.
Freescale lowers Q3 financial guidance
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9/26/2011   6 comments
Freescale Semiconductor Inc. has lowered its financial guidance for the third quarter of 2011 ending Sept. 30.
Trident to cut 20% of staff to lower costs
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9/26/2011   8 comments
Trident Microsystems Inc., a provider of chips for TVs and set-top boxes, has announced that it plans to lay off about 275 employees out of a total of 1,275 so that is can lower its financial breakeven point.
Entropic invests $10M in Zenverge
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Entropic has invested $10 million in video specialist Zenverge, and plans to start jointly selling chips and working on future integrated devices for home networks.
ST-Ericsson's NovaThor powers HTC smartphone
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9/26/2011   3 comments
Struggling wireless chip vendor ST-Ericsson has announced that China Mobile and HTC have announced the first smartphone to be based on one of its NovaThor chipsets.
Broadcom rolls 40-nm NFC chip
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Broadcom said it is sampling the semiconductor industry's first near field communications chips built in 40-nm CMOS.
Report: Intel chooses Ireland over Israel
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9/26/2011   11 comments
Intel Corp. has chosen its Irish Leixlip campus rather than Fab 28 at Kiryat Gat in Israel, as the location to receive an upgrade to 15-nm production technology, according to a report in Globes, which cited unnamed sources.
Group will define 100G backplanes, cables
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9/26/2011   Post a comment
A new group aims to hammer out by March 2014 standards for running 100 Gbit/second Ethernet signals over backplanes and copper cables.
ESC - STMicroelectronics launches faster, more-of-everything Cortex M4 based MCUs
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9/26/2011   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has introduced a new series of microcontrollers (MCUs) that the company claims are the world's most powerful: the STM32 F4 series. This extension to the STM32 platform is based on the latest ARMCortex-M4 core, which adds signal-processing capabilities and faster operations to the company's portfolio of STM32 microcontrollers.
Kontron ETXexpress-SC COMs now offered w Celeron processors for cost-sensitive apps
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9/25/2011   Post a comment
Kontron has extended its COM Expressbasic ETXexpress-SC Computer-On-Module product family with three entry-level modules equipped with the cost-optimized Intel Celeron dual core processors and Intel HM65 Platform Controller Hubs.
Energy Micro and Hitex offer Class B self-test library for EFM32 Cortex-M3-controlled home appliances
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9/25/2011   Post a comment
Energy Micro and Hitex Devepment Tools have jointly published a self-test library for the ARM Cortex-M3 based EFM32 Gecko microcontroller family.
ESC automotive products preview
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9/24/2011   Post a comment
Here's what we can tell you about some of what's being shown at the annual ESC clambake in Boston.
TI closes National acquisition
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9/23/2011   17 comments
As expected, Texas Instruments closed the $6.5 billion acquisition of former rival National Semiconductor.
Stars align at last for Galileo’s deployment
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9/23/2011   8 comments
Galileo, Europe’s global navigation satellite system (GNSS), seems like it’s been in the works for years. But the program’s first satellites — expected eventually to be part of a 30 ­strong constellation — are only now poised for deployment, with a targeted launch date of Oct. 20.
Medical MEMS tackles knee replacement
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9/23/2011   5 comments
A California firm has created a system using Analog Devices' MEMS to improve the precision of knee replacement surgeries.
Pioneer of EDA to speak at IEF event
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9/23/2011   1 comment
Professor Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli, of the University of California, Berkeley electronic engineering and computer science department, is one of two keynote speakers added to the program of the International Electronics Forum to be held at the Ayre Hotel, 5-7th October 2011, Seville, Spain.
Rohde & Schwarz to offer wireless test certification
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9/23/2011   Post a comment
Rohde & Schwarz has rolled out a training and certification program for the wireless communication infrastructure community.
Arasan Chip Systems Introduces USB 2.0 HSIC PHY IP
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9/23/2011   Post a comment
Reuse at all levels is wonderful, especially when a standard can be repurposed for a different application. Arasan produces USB 2.0 HSIC PHY IP for on board interconnect…
Amphenol Max M12 data link connector
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9/23/2011   Post a comment
Designed to withstand high vibration, high temperature and extremely rugged environments, Amphenol's Max-M12 high speed connector meets both IEC 61076-2-101 and SAE J 2839 standards.
Parallelization tool for Tegra to show at ESC
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9/23/2011   2 comments
Vector Fabrics is planning to demonstrate its vfEmbedded software development tool for parallelizing code operating on the Tegra multi-core processors from Nvidia at the upcoming Embedded Systems Conference in Boston, Mass.
MStar licenses PowerVR graphics IP
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9/23/2011   Post a comment
Taiwanese digital TV IC vendor MStar Semiconductor has signed up to use the PowerVR SGX Series5XT graphics processor core from Imagination.
Rick Bergman, products GM, leaving AMD
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9/23/2011   1 comment
Rick Bergman, general manager of AMD's products group, is stepping down to pursue another opportunity at a different firm, AMD said.
Via files patent suits against Apple
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9/23/2011   5 comments
Taiwan x86 chip maker Via Technologies, Inc. is suing Apple Inc. for infringing three U.S. processor patents.
HP keeps strategy, names Whitman CEO
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9/22/2011   15 comments
Hewlett-Packard named Meg Whitman its new chief executive, reaffirming strategic decisions of Leo Apotheker but seeking a new leader to execute on them.
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