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Les sociétés japonaises s’intéressent à l’intégration et non à l’externalisation
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L’externalisation et les stratégies dites fabless (sans unité de fabrication) sont légions dans le secteur des semi-conducteurs, mais Rohm, Sony et Renesas sont intéressés par une plus grande intégration.
Greco-Indian startup helps Samsung jump-start MIMO standard
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Greco-Indian startup Athena Semiconductors Inc. and Samsung Electronics' digital media R&D center have developed a single-chip RF CMOS transceiver for up to three input and output signals as part of a Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) approach to wireless LAN.
Vonage previews wireless VoIP phone, service
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Voice over IP provider Vonage is previewing its first portable Wi-Fi handset at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that it has co-developed with U.S.-Chinese equipment maker UTStarcom Inc.
VoIP software specialist raises another $5.6 million
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Voice over IP software developer Trinity Convergence, Inc. has raised a further $5.6 million in a Series C funding round, bringing the total investment in the Research Triangle Park, N.C.- based company to $16.1 million.
Analysis: VCC flags in fourth quarter
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The Silicon Strategies' Venture Capital Counter registered US$97.7 million of investment in December 2004, taking the total for 2004 to US$2128.9 million. The total number of deals for 2004 was 173.
Cassidy made president TSMC North America
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Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. has appointed Rick Cassidy president, TSMC North America, effective from the beginning of 2005. Cassidy takes over from Edward Ross, who was named President Emeritus, TSMC North America.
Langzeitstabiler Drucksensor
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Für Druckmessungen in Gasen und Flüssigkeiten hat American Sensor technologies einen hochgenauen Festkörper-Druckschalter entwickelt. Einsatzmöglichkeiten sieht der Hersteller in industriellen und landwirtschaftlichen Hydraulik- und klimatechnischen Anwendungen.
Schwaches Jahr für Chip-Industrie erwartet
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Hohe Lagerbestände, sinkende Verkaufspreise und ein schwaches wirtschaftliches Umfeld werden die Aussichten der Halbleiterindustrie für 2005 verdüstern. Die Investmentbank Pacific Crest Securities erwartet einen weltweiten Umsatzrückgang von 4 Prozent gegenüber 2004.
La Chine annonce sa première puce destinée à la télévision numérique
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Une université chinoise vient d’annoncer la conception de la première puce du pays destinée à la télévision numérique en collaboration avec des entreprises nationales.
Saab säljer radioverksamhet
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Saab Communication AB har ingått ett avtal att sälja sin verksamhet inom kortdistansradio (SSR) till amerikanska Telephonics Corp.
MagnaChip beefs up CMOS image sensor line
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After spinning off from Hynix Semiconductor last year, Korea's MagnaChip Semiconductor is moving quickly to beef up its CMOS image sensor product line.
ISSI lowers Q4 forecast amid pricing pressures
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Integrated Silicon Solution Inc. expects its revenue for the December 2004 quarter will be lower than the Company's previous guidance.
TI to deploy immersion litho, evaluates ASML, Nikon
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Texas Instruments Inc. disclosed it plans to deploy immersion lithography in the future and is evaluating competitive scanners from ASML Holding NV and Nikon Corp.
Heard on the Beat: Atmel's Texas fab for sale
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Atmel Corp. has named real estate broker Binswanger/CBB (Philadelphia) as the exclusive agent for the sale of its 8-inch fab in Irving, Texas, which was shut down several years ago.
IR's Class D audio directFET MOSFET boosts audio performance
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The device parameters of International Rectifier Corp.'s DirectFET MOSFET are tuned specifically for improved audio performance such as efficiency, total harmonic distortion (THD) and power density.
'Super 3G' technology proposed for next-gen cell phones
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Some 26 companies from Asia, Europe and the United States have agreed to work on a unified data standard for next-generation cellular phones, the Nihon Keizai Shimbun in Japan reported on Friday (Dec. 31).
Prosilog présente la nouvelle version de son outil graphique de conception de systèmes sur puce Magillem
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Prosilog SA, société française spécialisée dans le développement et la commercialisation d’outils pour la conception de systèmes sur puce, annonce la nouvelle version de son outil graphique de conception de systèmes sur puce Magillem. Dotée du module « Spirit Editor », la version Magillem 2.2 permet l’intégration de blocs d’IP conformément à la spécification SPIRIT 1.0, annoncée le 8 décembre 2004.
The CTO interview: Hans Stork of Texas Instruments
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At the recent IEDM conference in San Francisco, Silicon Strategies caught up with Hans Stork, senior vice president, chief technology officer and director of silicon technology development at Texas Instruments Inc.
Schottky rectifier meets cost, size needs for low-power applications
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Philips Semiconductor introduces the VF PMEG1020EV Schottky rectifier that provides 2 A continuous current capability and improved efficiency in a SOT666 packages. It helps reduce system cost and size in all low-power and high-efficiency applications.
VCSEL sub-assembly achieves 2.5 Gb/s data rate
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Optek Technology's 850nm VCSEL targets high-speed communications links in fiber optic test equipment.
An 'intelligent' approach to dummy fill
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Dummy fill and line slotting have become requirements for nanometer ICs — but they have an electrical impact designers can't ignore. David White (right) and Bob Moore from DFM startup Praesagus examine current solutions and outline an "intelligent" approach to dummy fill.
RF ICs: Moore's law on steroids
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RF IC's push Moore's law with a vengeance. But there are some steps you can take for first-time-right RF ICs, says Xpedion CEO Pete Rodriguez.
IC market to decline 4% in '05
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Amid the current inventory correction problem, falling ASPs and related economic factors, the semiconductor industry is expected to decline by 4 percent in terms of worldwide sales in 2005 over 2004, according to a report from Pacific Crest Securities Inc. on Monday (Jan. 3).
China MOC says Corning did not engage in fiber dumping
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Corning Inc. has announced that the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) of the People's Republic of China affirmed the company's original position that it had not dumped standard single-mode optical fiber into the Chinese market.

IC shipments down in November but analog to grow
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Worldwide IC unit shipments were down in November, but bloated chip inventories are beginning to subside for select products in the marketplace, according to analysts.
AMD-Prozessor macht Video mobiler
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Ein Chip von AMD überträgt Video-Inhalte auf digitale Videorecorder und übernimmt gleich die Anpassung an die jeweilige Bildschirmgröße.
GaAs LNA spans 17 to 26 GHz
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The HMC517 from Hittite Microwave can be easily be integrated into hybrid or MCM assemblies due to its small size.
Flash Microcontrollers offer extremely low power consumption
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Renesas Technology announced the H8/38076RF group, its latest family of low voltage flash microcontrollers
AMD unveils media processor, teams with TiVo for DVRs
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AMD has unveiled a system-on-chip (SoC) solution for portable media players that supports direct video content transfer to digital video recorders and scaling to DVD-quality displays. At the same time, AMD is partnering with TiVo to support its DVR initiative.
Taiwan to lead world in 300-mm fabs, says report
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Responding to fears that Taiwan is losing its competitiveness, an official from the Taiwanese government claims the island will lead the world in 300-mm fabs by 2006, according to the The Taipei Times.
IBM's PC unit was unprofitable for three years
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A Securities and Exchange regulatory filing by IBM revealed that the firm continued to lose money in its PC operation in the past three years, and that the losses continued even after the firm had outsourced most of its PC manufacturing in 2002.
China claims to devise its first digital TV chip
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A Chinese university is claiming the nation's first digital TV chip design as part of a joint effort with domestic companies.
Nortel retains NYSE listing, gets extension on 10-K filing
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Nortel Networks Corp. and its principal operating subsidiary, Nortel Networks Ltd. have received a three-month extension from the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) to file its 2003 annual 10K with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), during which time Nortel will remain listed on the exchange.
UMTS stimuliert Markt für Drahtlos-Modems
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Glänzende Aussichten verheißt das Marktforschungsinstitut In-Stat/MDR den Anbietern von Mobilfunk-Modems. Nach einem fulminanten Jahr 2004 werde die Nachfrage in den kommenden Jahren noch zulegen, so die Marktforscher.
Samsung met de côté 100 millions de dollars pour faire face à une enquête sur les mémoires DRAM
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Le jeudi 30 décembre, la société sud-coréenne Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. a annoncé la constitution d’une réserve de 100 millions de dollars pour faire face à une affaire d’entente sur les prix de la mémoire DRAM qui a secoué le secteur, selon certains communiqués.
Le PDG de MoSys démissionne pour raisons de santé
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Fu-Chieh Hsu, Président-directeur général (PDG) de Monolithic System Technology Inc. (MoSys), fournisseur de cœurs de propriété intellectuelle et d’autres produits, a annoncé, le vendredi 31 décembre, qu’il avait quitté la société à compter du 30 décembre 2004. Fu-Chieh Hsu, l’un des cofondateurs de l’entreprise, a invoqué ses récents problèmes de santé pour justifier sa démission.
DRAM-Kartellverfahren: Samsung bildet Millionen-Rücklagen
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Der koreanische Elektronikkonzern Samsung wappnet sich für die Folgen der DRAM-Affäre: Das Unternehmen hat vorsichtshalber hohe Rücklagen gebildet.
Up/downconverter mixer offers high linearity and low noise for 2.5/3G basestations
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Maxim's MAX2039 integrates many discrete components, resulting in a 2.5x reduction in board space and 33% reduction in component count as compared to previous solutions.
Nächste Mobilfunkgeneration rollt an
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Gut zwei Dutzend Unternehmen aus Europa, Asien und den USA haben sich auf die Entwicklung eines gemeinsamen Datenstandards für die nächste Mobilfunkgeneration geeinigt.
La Chine va accroître ses dégrèvements fiscaux sur les exportations de produits électroniques
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Afin de rendre ses produits plus concurrentiels sur les marchés étrangers, la Chine a augmenté de 13 à 17 % ses dégrèvements fiscaux sur les exportations de produits électroniques.
LSI Logic to launch a new DVD recorder chip set
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Logic Corp. has solidified its position as the global leader DVD recorder chips with the introduction of a new DVD recorder chip set.
New players
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Two foundries -- Korea's MagnaChip and India's ISMC -- will be closely watched in 2005. Silicon Strategies explores the strategies of these two emerging foundry players. Click links to read stories.
Tech evangelist for CEA's contributions
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1/2/2005   Post a comment
The 21st century's mania for cool gadgets has given iPods a celebrity worthy of Elvis and turned the Consumer Electronics Show into a media mecca. But the Consumer Electronics Association, the power behind CES, doesn't carry the same cachet as Steve Jobs or Colonel Tom Parker, and that bothers Virginia Williams.
Roll up your sleeves; it's a new year
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The electronics industry is going to be busy putting out brush fires this year. Some will require a coordinated effort by all industry players; others must be addressed by individual companies.
Beyond The Box
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Three years ago, in the midst of the brutal economic downturn, InFocus Corp. decided to move its manufacturing operation from Wilsonville, Ore., to contract manufacturers in Asia.
Reinventing Innovation
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Dell Inc. has made an art form of outsourcing product development. It does virtually no design work and spends approximately 1 percent of sales on R&D-less than a quarter of what many other leading technology companies spend for product innovation.
Who Will Dominate System-In-A-Package?
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With system-in-a-package technology catching on, the old semiconductor supply chain-from wafer fab to assembly-and-test house to contract manufacturer-is being redefined. And numerous players, eager to tap into a growth market, are in a tussle for dominance. For OEMs, the rivalry is another twist in an already complicated supply chain.
Tough Times For Optical Ics
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Four years after the electronics industry suffered its worst-ever downturn, the optical communications sector is still in a funk.
LCD = low-cost display
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There's good news this year for makers of mobile phones, PDAs, car infotainment units and all manner of handheld gizmos: The supply constraints that drove up pricing for small liquid-crystal displays starting in late 2003 have vanished, shifting the balance in favor of buyers.
Labor supply chain: the next big thing?
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In a bow to the axiom that necessity is the mother of invention, IBM Corp. has launched an innovative program to raise the efficiency of its services-and-solutions work force. The initiative taps into the same supply chain principles the company says it has employed successfully on the product side of its business.
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