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Nokia bleeds $1.38 billion in Q4; sales drop 21 percent
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1/27/2012   7 comments
Nokia had some good news and bad news for financial investors on Thursday (Jan. 26), announcing that though it had managed to sell over 1 million Windows Phone 7 Lumia devices to date, it had also lost $1.38-billion in the fourth quarter of 2011.
Vishay VLMx1300 series of LEDs
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1/27/2012   2 comments
Vishay's latest ChipLEDs in white and a range of colors boast high brightness in the smallest surface-mount package.
NKK Switches Y2B series panel seal pushbuttons
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1/27/2012   Post a comment
NKK Switches launched a series of 24mm square, flush mount and tamperproof panel seal pushbutton switches for applications requiring a low-profile, yet secure and splash proof design.
Freescale's CEO sees light at end of the tunnel
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1/26/2012   1 comment
Freescale Semiconductor CEO Rich Beyer said the semiconductor industry is close to the end of the current downturn on a day when his company reported a narrower net loss despite a decline in fourth quarter earnings.
Micron's president to retire
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1/26/2012   2 comments
D. Mark Durcan, president and chief operating officer at memory chip vendor Micron Technology, will step down in August and be succeeded by Micron's vice president of sales, the company announced.
Implantable MEMS senses body fluids to rap music
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1/26/2012   2 comments
Researchers at Purdue University have developed a MEMS sensor that uses the low bass sounds of rap music to selectively power the device when implanted in the body.
Gallery: Fujitsu from supers to teddy bears
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1/26/2012   9 comments
Fujitsu’s corporate labs demoed a sampler of its latest work in everything from world-class supercomputers to smartphones—and even a robotic teddy bear—at an annual forum here.
Cypress beats estimates, but warns of Q1 sales slide
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1/26/2012   Post a comment
Chip vendor Cypress Semiconductor reported sales and profit for the fourth quarter of 2011 that beat analysts' expectations, but warned that it expects revenue for the first quarter of this year to be down more that normal.
Dual 3A DC/DC converter offers fault protection
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1/26/2012   Post a comment
The LT8582 from Linear Technology operates from an input voltage range of 2.5 V to 22 V with transient protection to 40 V.
ST Micro chip controls auto car-door electronics
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1/26/2012   1 comment
STMicroelectronics has developed a digital control chip to replace the mechanical relay in car-door electronics.
Tektronix power sensors/meters speed measurements
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1/26/2012   Post a comment
Tektronix, Inc. has introduced compact RF and microwave power sensors/meters that increase measurement speed, cover a wide frequency range, and provide extensive power measurements from basic average power to pulse profiling.
TSMC returns fire over 28-nm process issues
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1/26/2012   5 comments
Maria Marced, a senior executive with foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd., has hit back at analysts who have said it has yield problems with its 28-nm CMOS manufacturing processes.
Printed electronics startup plans pilot production line
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1/26/2012   1 comment
PragmatIC Printing Ltd., a developer of printed electronic technology, has announced plans to begin pilot-scale production at the government-backed Centre for Process Innovation in Redcar, Northern England.
Beyond adds development support for royalty-free 32-bit processors
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1/26/2012   3 comments
Trace32 debugger software development tools from Lauterbach now support the BA22 family of royalty-free microprocessor cores from processor IP licensor Beyond Semiconductor.
LSI beats estimates
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1/26/2012   2 comments
Storage and networking chip vendor LSI delivered fourth quarter sales and first quarter guidance that exceeded analysts' expectations.
Teradyne reports uptick in orders in Q4
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1/26/2012   Post a comment
Automated test equipment vendor Teradyne reported fourth quarter sales that exceeded analysts' expectations and said order bookings improved by more than 50 percent compared with the previous quarter.
Fab tool spending outlook improving, says Lam CEO
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1/26/2012   Post a comment
Martin Anstice, president and CEO of equipment vendor Lam Research, said the outlook for wafer fab tool spending in 2012 is looking up after Lam reported steep declines in sales and profit but delivered results that beat analysts' expectations.
Anobit to be fully integrated into Apple
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1/26/2012   4 comments
Apple will integrate Anobit rather than run it as a separate unit, according to comments made by CEO Tim Cook, referring to his firm’s $390 million Israeli acquisition.
SanDisk pauses fab expansion
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1/26/2012   7 comments
Flash memory maker SanDisk said it would put a freeze on expanding its Fab 5 after fourth quarter and fiscal year results came in below analyst expectations. The firm also announced weak first quarter revenue guidance based on lower demand for Flash memory in mobile.
Analog Devices releases 3.5GHz PLL synthesizers
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1/26/2012   Post a comment
Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) has released two new PLL synthesizers-- ADF4151 and ADF4196--for applications such as communications infrastructure base-stations, pulse and Doppler radar applications, test and instrumentation equipment, microwave point-to-point systems, PMR (professional mobile radio), VSATs (very small aperture terminals) and aerospace systems.
Elpida announces ReRAM chip, aims to enter market 2013
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1/25/2012   8 comments
Struggling DRAM maker Elpida Memory Inc. has announced the development of a non-volatile resistance memory (ReRAM) prototype. The company said it plans to work with Sharp Corp. on commercialization with a view to volume production of a gigabit-scale ReRAM in 2013.
Qualcomm buys MEMS display startup, reportedly for $175M
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1/25/2012   7 comments
Communications technology company Qualcomm Inc. has bought fabless MEMS display startup Pixtronix Inc.
Samplify Systems announces APAX application acceleration technology
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1/25/2012   Post a comment
Accelerate application performance in data centers and cloud computing, as well as FPGAs and also ASICs/SoCs and application processors used in consumer and mobile devices…
Lockheed Martin selects LynxOS for U.K. AWACS
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1/25/2012   4 comments
Real-time response using LynuxOS earned another notch in military-critical operations when LynuxWorks was recently chosen for the British Royal Air Force AWACS.
Analog Devices ADP5041 multi-output regulators
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1/25/2012   Post a comment
These multi-output regulators with supervisory and watchdog timers from Analog Devices reduce component count and increase power density and reliability.
Touchstone TS6001A and TS6001B voltage reference IC
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1/25/2012   Post a comment
Touchstone has expanded its voltage reference family with a low-power, low-dropout precision SOT-23 voltage reference IC.
Mars probe completes critical trajectory tweak
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1/25/2012   3 comments
Mission planners say the Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft completed a successful maneuver that will hasten its encounter with Mars in August.
Microsoft keynoter to DesignCon attendees: 'Believe!'
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1/25/2012   2 comments
Microsoft’s Ilan Spillinger will kick off day two of DesignCon with a keynote address on Tuesday, January 31 from noon to 12:30.
ZMDI ZSSC3016 sensor signal conditioner
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1/25/2012   2 comments
ZMDI has developed a high-precision 16-bit sensor signal conditioner that provides energy-efficient high accuracy amplification and high resolution output.
Day 3 DesignCon keynote: The future is optics
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1/25/2012   Post a comment
DesignCon keynoter Prith Banerjee will draw upon his vast experience as director of HP Labs and SVP of research in a talk that will breathe life to the complex realities of handling information within just the next few years.
Fabless firm offers MEMS optical IC platform
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1/25/2012   1 comment
Si-Ware Systems Ltd., a fabless chip and design service company, has announced its SiMOST platform for the creation of single-chip optical systems.
Samplify offers speed up for multicore processors
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1/25/2012   Post a comment
Samplify Systems Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.), a startup fabless chip company with expertise in compression, has announced it can provide application acceleration technology called APAX that can more than double the performance of multicore processors.
AMD’s Joe Macri challenges DesignCon attendees to embrace the future
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1/25/2012   Post a comment
DesignCon 2012 keynoter AMD’s Joe Macri will deliver a challenge to the design community to embrace the enormous opportunities that will soon be handed to them in the form of an advanced architecture.
Fab tool book-to-bill improves again
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1/25/2012   Post a comment
The the three-month average ratio of bookings to billings posted by North American fab tool makers improved for the third consecutive month in December after six straight months of declines, according to SEMI.
Israel gives Intel ultimatum on fab grant
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1/25/2012   36 comments
The Israeli government is attempting to force Intel’s hand on a decision to potentially build a new fab in the north of the country in exchange for a 1 billion shekel ($264.37 million) grant
Ethernet AVB development kit for open network standard automotive infotainment applications
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1/25/2012   Post a comment
Xilinx has demonstrated at the 2012 International CES the world's first FPGA-based Ethernet Audio/Video Bridging (EAVB) network implementation optimized for carrying high-speed data traffic within the automobile.
Reference design for licence-free radio microphones based on DECT
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1/25/2012   Post a comment
By taking advantage of DECT, the radio microphone design delivers higher audio quality with no interference and quadruples the range of existing radio microphone technology.
Clock oscillator has a phase noise of -100 dBc/Hz at 10Hz offset for audio equipment
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1/25/2012   Post a comment
Crystek's HCMOS Clock Oscillator family is suitable for use in applications such as DACs, ADCs, digital audio broadcasting and professional CD audio equipment.
Class-D audio amplifier exhibits power density of 3.2-W/mm-square
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1/25/2012   2 comments
STMicroelectronics has introduced a high-performance, analog class-D audio amplifier that is claiming best-in-class power density.
Apple posts record sales, earnings
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1/25/2012   14 comments
Apple reported its highest ever quarterly sales and earnings, thanks to record sales of its iPhones, iPads and Macs.
Altera, RFMD offer disappointing sales targets
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1/24/2012   Post a comment
Chip makers Altera and RF Micro Devices posted quarterly numbers in line with consensus analysts' expectations, but provided sales targets that were lower than Wall Street expected.
U.S. approves first tidal energy project
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1/24/2012   15 comments
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission this week approved the first-ever commercial license for a U.S. tidal energy project in New York City’s East River.
AMD posts loss, still beats street estimates
News & Analysis  
1/24/2012   3 comments
Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has posted a net loss of $177 million for the fourth quarter of 2011 on revenue of $1.69 billion, with operating income of $71 million, still managing to beat analyst expectations.
Imec makes photonics biosensors for Genalyte
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1/24/2012   Post a comment
Imec and Genalyte have developed and produced a set of disposable silicon photonics biosensor chips to be used in Genalyte diagnostic and molecular detection equipment.
Researchers find bilayer graphene acts as insulator
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1/24/2012   Post a comment
Research physicists at the University of California, Riverside have identified an insulating property of “bilayer graphene” (BLG) formed when two graphene sheets are stacked in a special manner.
Engineering salaries on the rise
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1/24/2012   9 comments
Salaries in the tech sector, especially for engineers, are at their highest level since 2008, according to a recent survey, with average yearly pay for tech professionals in Silicon Valley pushing past $100,000.
Apple was top chip buyer in 2011, Gartner says
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1/24/2012   4 comments
Apple was the leading customer of semiconductor chip vendors in 2011, buying $17.3 billion worth of chips and accounting for 5.7 percent of chips purchased on a design total available market basis, according to market research firm Gartner.
Soitec, Sumitomo offer GaN wafers
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1/24/2012   Post a comment
Semiconductor manufacturing materials vendors Soitec and Sumitomo Electric have announced that they have demonstrated four- and six-inch diameter engineered gallium nitride wafer substrates.
Ten technologies that will shake the CE world
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1/24/2012   16 comments
Our editors found evidence aplenty of shifts under way at the recent International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas,. Here are 10 technologies that we're betting will alter the consumer electronics landscape this year.
Test solution troubleshoots cellular networks
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1/24/2012   Post a comment
The MW8208A aims to help wireless network field technicians and engineers accurately and quickly locate the source of passive intermodulation (PIM) either in the base station antenna system or in the surrounding environment.
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