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New LinkSwitch-PH LED driver ICs are up to 88% efficient, deliver reduced component count
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1/27/2011   Post a comment
Power Integrations has launched seven new members to its LinkSwitch-PH family of LED driver ICs. Optimized for industrial and commercial settings where high efficiency and system longevity are dominant requirements, the LNK413 and LNK419 are suitable for lighting applications ranging from 3 W bulbs to 55 W replacements for fluorescent lighting fixtures.
Microsoft calls for 16-core server SoCs
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1/27/2011   14 comments
A Microsoft executive called for multicore system-on-chips to drive the lower power servers for future data centers, but said he wants x86, not ARM based chips.
Advantest, Teradyne post mixed results
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Two ATE giants-Advantest Corp. and Teradyne Inc.-separately posted mixed results.
Nanotech boosting piezoelectrics, thermoelectrics
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1/27/2011   2 comments
Nanoscaling critical dimensions of advanced piezoelectric and thermoelectric materials is inching them toward commercial energy harvesting applications, according to separate research groups at Northwestern University and Boston College.
Firm boosts solar forecast
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1/27/2011   7 comments
Solar is warming up again.
Firms hatch landfill electricity plant
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1/27/2011   5 comments
Is this the next big thing in energy? The Republic Services Vasco Road Landfill will be home to a new 4.3 megawatt landfill gas-to-electricity plant that will be owned and operated by Ameresco Inc.
Bluetooth I/O Module supports iPhone/Android, analog I/O support in industrial apps
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1/27/2011   Post a comment
The Bluetooth I/O module OBI411 from connectBlue implements wireless I/O functionality, enabling the user to either read/write digital I/O signals or read analog I/O signals wirelessly. The new module is targeted for industrial applications such as remote control, Apple iPhone operation and server communication via a mobile phone.
STATS ChipPAC posts mixed results
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Singapore's STATS ChipPAC Ltd. posted mixed results for the quarter.
Update: Cree rolls 'breakthrough' LED bulb
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1/27/2011   45 comments
Cree Inc. claims that it has banished last century’s lighting with a ''revolutionary'' LED light bulb.
TI TLV320DAC3202 headset driver
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1/27/2011   4 comments
Check out TI’s latest Class-G amp for cost-sensitive media players and mobile handsets
Analog Devices' ADP124 and ADP125 low dropout regulators
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With a power supply rejection ratio that is double the level of comparable parts, Analog Devices says its latest LDOs can help battery-operated portable equipment run longer and more efficiently.
On Semi buys Cypress image unit
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1/27/2011   2 comments
On Semiconductor Corp. has bought another company.
TSMC ups capex, outlook mixed
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Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) has raised its capital spending for 2011 amid mixed results for the quarter.
Parade Technologies PS8330A/B DisplayPort 1.2 repeater/redriver
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Parade’s repeater supports a 5.4Gb/s main link, fast AUX, and HDMI-compatible dual-mode operation.
Icera aims Espresso at smartphones
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1/27/2011   4 comments
Fabless chip company Icera Inc. has announced it is sampling the latest chip set and software in its Espresso series of platforms targeted at HSPA+ smartphones.
Europe awards contract to assess 450-mm pilot line
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Two consultancy firms with expertise in the semiconductor industry – Future Horizons Ltd. and Decision SA – have been awarded a one-year joint contract to assess the benefits of a 450-mm semiconductor prototyping line being located in Europe.
EVE enhances ZeBu debugging capabilities
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EVE SA (Palaiseau, France) has developed superior debugging capabilities for its ZeBu emulation platform so that designers can quickly and easily generate design waveforms.
Four-core ARM A9 to run Sony game console
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1/27/2011   18 comments
Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) has announced its next-generation portable entertainment system (codenamed NGP) will be run on a four-core Cortex-A9 processor from ARM and a PowerVR SGX543MP4+ graphics core from Imagination Technologies. NGP will make its debut at the end of the year 2011, Sony said.
Memory and capacitive touch options added to MSP430 16-bit MCU portfolio
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1/27/2011   2 comments
Texas Instruments Inc. has added 64 variants to its ultra-low-power MSP430 Value Line microcontrollers (MCUs) that aim to provide 6-bit performance at an 8-bit price.
Fairchild’s UniFET II MOSFETs reduce switching losses, withstand high current spikes
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Fairchild Semiconductor has developed an optimized power MOSFET, the UniFET II MOSFET, that features an improved body diode, reduced switching losses and the capability of withstanding double the current stress during diode recovery dv/dt mode.
EDA firm Calypto names new CEO
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Privately held EDA vendor Calypto Design Systems announced that Doug Aitelli, currently the company's current vice president of worldwide sales, would assume the position of CEO.
Update: Hynix' Q4 income slips, LSI posts loss
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Memory chip maker Hynix Semiconductor reported that its fourth quarter net income declined sharply sequentially, while fellow chip maker LSI reported a net loss.
Update: Lam reports record results
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Lam Research Corp. announced financial results for the quarter ended Dec. 26, 2010.
Spansion posts loss, ups capex
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Amid a loss and some $454.0 million in disputed claims against the company, Spansion Inc. has raised its capital spending for 2011.
Qualcomm raises outlook after record quarter
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1/26/2011   1 comment
Qualcomm raised its sales target for the fiscal year after reporting record quarterly sales that beat analysts' expectations.
GE's SBC324 3U OpenVPX rugged SBC features quad core processor operating at up to 2.1GHz
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1/26/2011   Post a comment
GE Intelligent Platforms has rolled the second in its family of new products that take advantage of the 2nd Generation Intel Core i7 processors – formerly codenamed ‘Sandy Bridge’. The SBC324 3U OpenVPX rugged single board computer features a quad core processor operating at up to 2.1GHz, coupled with up to 8GBytes of DDR3 1,333MHz memory for exceptional performance in size-, weight- and power-constrained applications in harsh environments such as unmanned vehicles.
SIA sends wish list to Obama
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1/26/2011   4 comments
The U.S. Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) said that it was encouraged by President Obama’s State of the Union address.
Tech takeaways from Obama's State of the Union
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1/26/2011   44 comments
Excerpts from U.S. President Barack Obama's third State of the Union address before Congress, in which he emphasized science, technology and engineering more than any State of the Union in recent memory.
Intel pumps $100M into new research model
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1/26/2011   7 comments
Intel will invest an additional $100 million in U.S. university research over the next five years, using a new model that gives it more control of the focus and outcomes.
Evaluation copy of OKL4 Verified secure microkernel offered by OK Labs
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1/26/2011   Post a comment
Open Kernel Labs (OK Labs) offers download of OKL4 Verified, a fully verified, bug-free secure microkernel for business-critical and mission-critical applications in mobile/wireless devices. Device manufacturers (OEMs), mobile network operators (MNOs), application developers, researchers, and other interested parties can now download, run, and test OKL4 Verified on embedded ARM11 platforms.
Silicon Labs buys SpectraLinear
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1/26/2011   3 comments
Silicon Laboratories Inc. has aquired SpectraLinear Inc., a supplier of integrated timing solutions, for approximately $40 million.
Ramtron's top execs resign
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Ramtron International Corp., a supplier of ferroelectric-based low-power memory and integrated semiconductor products, continues to shake up its operations.
Synopsys launches DesignWare DDR PHY compiler
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Synopsys Inc. has introduced the DesignWare DDR PHY compiler to facilitate the integration of memory interface IP.
ITT Cannon signal connector
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1/26/2011   Post a comment
ITT Interconnect Solutions has developed a fully sealed (IP69K) RoHS-compliant signal connector, which it says is the first of its kind to withstand temperatures up to 150°C.
MEMS market to grow 9.5% in 2011, says IHS
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1/26/2011   1 comment
The global market for MEMS devices is set to grow 9.5 percent in 2011 to reach a value of $7.73 billion, according to market research company IHS iSuppli.
EqcoLogic Ethernet over coaxial cable adaptors for IP camera and Networked Video Recorder systems
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EqcoLogic is shipping Ethernet over 75-Ohm coax cable adapters for IP camera and networked video recorder systems that it says can replace analog camera systems.
UMC confirms 2011 capex at $1.8 billion
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For 2011 foundry chipmaker United Microelectronics Corp. said it is planning to maintain its annual capital expenditure budget at $1.8 billion; in line with capex spending in 2010.
UMC raises profit, sees Q1 slowdown
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1/26/2011   Post a comment
Foundry chipmaker United Microelectronics Corp. posted steady results in the fourth quarter, but the foundry vendor sees a slowdown in the first quarter of 2011 with both wafer shipments and average selling price per wafer falling.
Docea Power joins Synopsys System-Level Catalyst Program
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Design-for-power startup company Docea Power SAS (Moirans, France) said it has joined the Synopsys System-Level Catalyst Program to guarantee the interoperability of its Aceplorer software tool with Synopsys system-level solutions.
CSR signs A5, A9 multicore deals with ARM
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1/26/2011   Post a comment
Wireless and audio chip vendor CSR plc has signed a deal with ARM Holdings plc under which it has licensed both the Cortex-A5 and the high-end Cortex-A9 cores in multiprocessing form. CSR says it wants to use the cores in automotive navigation and location-aware consumer equipment, especially in Brazil, Russia, India and China.
Engineer jailed for spying
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1/26/2011   8 comments
Noshir S. Gowadia of Maui, Hawaii was sentenced this week to 32 years in prison for communicating classified national defense information to the People’s Republic of China (PRC), according to the FBI.
Obama calls for R&D boost at Sputnik moment
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1/26/2011   29 comments
President Obama called for more federal government investment in R&D, education and transportation at what he dubbed is a Sputnik moment.
GaN depo process said to make brighter LEDs
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1/26/2011   5 comments
Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a gallium nitride deposition process said to result in 1,000 times fewer defects, thereby boosting the output of light-emitting diodes as well as other GaN devices such as power transistors.
KKR unloads 10.9 million shares of Avago
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1/26/2011   Post a comment
Private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR) unloaded 10.9 million shares of Avago Technologies last week reducing its stake in the analog chip vendor to 16 percent from 21 percent, according to a Dow Jones report.
RF Micro's sales, outlook fall short
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1/26/2011   Post a comment
RF Micro Devices reported sales and offered guidance that both came up short of Wall Street analysts' estimates.
Digital radio receiver module optimised for slave mode operation
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1/26/2011   Post a comment
Frontier announced its first digital radio receiver module specifically optimised for slave mode operation in a wide range of home audio products.
Rubicon rolls 300-mm sapphire substrates
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Rubicon Technology Inc. has moved into the production of 300-mm sapphire substrates for the production of LEDs.
Update: MIPS misses Street's estimates
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1/26/2011   2 comments
The IP firm missed Wall Street's estimates.
Update: AMEC claims legal win over Lam
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1/26/2011   Post a comment
China fab tool firm Advanced Micro-Fabrication Equipment Inc. (AMEC) claims that it has prevailed for the second time in a patent infringement suit filed against AMEC subsidiaries by Lam Research Corp. in the Intellectual Property Court of Taiwan.
Update: Altera beats estimates
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1/26/2011   1 comment
Altera Corp. announced fourth quarter sales of $555.4 million, up 5 percent from the third quarter of 2010 and up 52 percent from the fourth quarter of 2009.
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