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Apple MacBook debuts Thunderbolt I/O
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2/24/2011   27 comments
Apple announced its latest MacBook Pro notebook will build in Thunderbolt, the new high speed systems interface from Intel formerly known as Light Peak.
Analyst: 'Apple effect' could drag on Avago
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2/24/2011   3 comments
Analog chip vendor Avago Technologies supplies only a duplexer to the CDMA version of Apple's iPhone 4, less than Avago supplies to other leading CDMA OEMs and a possible drag on the company's revenue going forward, according to an analyst.
PC processor market to grow 10% in 2011, says IDC
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2/24/2011   Post a comment
Worldwide PC microprocessor shipments fell in the fourth quarter, down 4 percent sequentially and down 21 percent compared with 4Q09, according to market research firm International Data Corp. For the full year 2010, however, worldwide PC microprocessor unit shipments grew 17.1 percent, while revenue increased 26.7 percent to $36.3 billion, the firm said.
Consortium claims SiGe frequency record
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2/24/2011   1 comment
The European Union's DotFive project has produced a silicon germanium chip set that it claims has the world's highest frequency of operation in the history silicon germanium.
U.S. back on top in IPOs
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2/24/2011   1 comment
After a surge in IPOs by companies in the Asia-Pacific in 2010, the U.S. has regained the lead in IPOs so far in 2011 with 24 already executed, according to financial research and services provider Renaissance Capital.
Linear Technology LT3512 high voltage isolated flyback regulator
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2/24/2011   Post a comment
Linear’s high voltage monolithic flyback regulator simplifies isolated DC/DC converter design.
Emerson Power LCC250 embedded power supply series
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2/24/2011   Post a comment
Emerson Network Power has started to sample fully enclosed 250 W fanless AC-DC power supplies, featuring a 12 Vdc output and a wide operating temperature range.
ADI releases transceiver for ZigBee
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2/24/2011   Post a comment
Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI), has introduced the ADF7241 RF transceiver for 2.4 GHz ISM (industrial, scientific and medical) frequency band applications.
Linear Technology LTC6803 battery stack monitor
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2/24/2011   Post a comment
This device is Linear’s second generation high voltage battery monitor, which includes a 12-bit ADC, precision voltage reference, high voltage input multiplexer and serial interface.
TI TPS54060 and TPS7A30/49 development kits
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2/24/2011   Post a comment
TI’s latest power solutions generate clean positive and negative voltage rails for powering data converters and amplifiers.
Allegro Microsystems A4934 three-phase drivers
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2/24/2011   Post a comment
Allegro MicroSystems designed its latest three-phase DC motor driver IC with BEMF sensing circuits, eliminating the need for Hall sensors in fan and blower applications.
Cree C2D05120E Schottky diode
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2/24/2011   1 comment
Cree’s 1200V silicon carbide Schottky diode can enable smaller, lower cost, and more efficient solar power micro-inverters.
Vishay SiR870DP and Si4190DY 100V N-Channel TrenchFET power MOSFETs
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2/24/2011   1 comment
Vishay released two 100 V n-channel TrenchFET power MOSFETs with on-resistance ratings down to 4.5 V VGS in SO-8 and PowerPAK SO-8 packages.
Fairchild Semiconductor FAN6204 secondary-side synchronous rectification (SR) controller
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2/24/2011   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor has developed a secondary-side synchronous rectification controller that increases power efficiency while integrating more functions.
ISSCC panel sees challenges at 20-nm
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2/24/2011   4 comments
After some debate, there is finally some consensus at the 22-/20-nm logic node-at least among leading-edge foundries.
Ramtron hurt by IBM foundry delays
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2/24/2011   6 comments
Amid problems with its foundry ramp with IBM Corp., Ramtron International Corp., a supplier of nonvolatile ferroelectric random access memory (FRAM), reported total revenue of $16.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2010, compared with total revenue of $14.4 million for the same quarter last year.
Golden Gate buys Conexant
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2/23/2011   9 comments
Conexant Systems Inc. is going private.
CPU, DRAM ride organic substrates at ISSCC
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2/23/2011   3 comments
Papers at the ISSCC described the first simple processor and DRAM built on organic substrates as well a process for printing n- and p-type CMOS transistors on plastic.
AMD's 'Zacate' built with standard EDA tools
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2/23/2011   9 comments
AMD detailed the technical specifications of the first of its chips known as an "accelerated processor unit," combining microprocessor cores with graphics, at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference.
Analyst: Marvell should buy EZchip
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2/23/2011   6 comments
Is EZchip Semiconductor Ltd. a takeover target?
IMEC, Renesas tip reconfigurable transceiver
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2/23/2011   Post a comment
At this week’s International Solid-State Circuit Conference (ISSCC) here, IMEC and Renesas Electronics Corp. presented a paper on a highly-linear reconfigurable transceiver that eliminates the need for surface acoustic wave (SAW) filters.
ChipMOS narrows focus
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2/23/2011   Post a comment
Taiwan's ChipMOS Technologies Inc. will receive approximately $11.6 million in the sale of its idle, non-core assets, including six sets of Advantest T5377 and Advantest T5377S memory test systems, respectively, and a building located in Hsinchu Science Park, Taiwan.
AVX UQCL multilayer capacitor chip series
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2/23/2011   Post a comment
AVX has developed a multilayer capacitor chip series with new dielectric and internal electrode materials in a 0402 size.
Zoran fires back at hedge fund
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2/23/2011   Post a comment
Zoran Corp. has responded to Ramius LLC's claim that the previously announced merger with CSR plc "may undervalue Zoran," and its question as to whether the transaction "was the result of a full and fair sale process to maximize value for all Zoran shareholders."
Linear Technology LTC4444/-5 N-channel MOSFET
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2/23/2011   1 comment
Linear’s 100V synchronous N-channel MOSFET drivers operate from -40°C to 150°C.
SMSC: No bidding war for Conexant
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2/23/2011   2 comments
SMSC is not going into a bidding war for Conexant Systems Inc.
Zarlink appoints CEO to replace Mandy
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2/23/2011   Post a comment
Zarlink Semiconductor Inc. has appointed Gary Tanner as president and CEO, effective May 24, 2011, taking over from Kirk Mandy.
International Rectifier's IR347x and IR386x SupIRBuck families
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2/23/2011   Post a comment
IR's expanded SupIRBuck line is aimed at energy-efficient computing and consumer applications.
Nanosensors to benefit military and energy sectors
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2/23/2011   3 comments
The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) of the University at Albany is spearheading a pair of national initiatives in innovative nanosensing technologies in support of critical applications in the military and energy sectors.
Jabil buys back factories it sold in 2010
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2/23/2011   5 comments
Electronics manufacturing supply contractor Jabil Circuit Inc. has announced it has acquired three factories in France and Italy that it had sold off in July 2010. The move was made because of "multiple breaches" of terms and conditions by the purchaser including the diversion of funds that had been designated as working capital, Jabil said in a statement.
Maxim Integrated Products' MAX44007 and MAX44009 sensors
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2/23/2011   Post a comment
Maxim's second generation of digital ambient-light sensors maximize battery life and simplify system design.
Android will outshine Nokisoft, says ABI
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2/23/2011   15 comments
Smartphone shipments grew from 177 million in 2009 to 302 million in 2010, a 71 percent growth rate according to ABI Research. At the same time Nokia's handset market share has dropped from 39 percent to 33 percent, while the share held by Android-based phone makers has gone from 4 percent to 24 percent, the market analysis company said.
Mentor claims comprehensive support for UVM 1.0
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2/23/2011   Post a comment
Mentor Graphics Corp. announced its comprehensive support for Accellera's Universal Verification Methodology (UVM) across a host of products including Questa advanced functional verification platform, the Questa MVC Verification IP library, the Veloce emulation platform and the Certe Testbench Studio tool.
Samsung foundry to run 20-nm wafers in 2011
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2/23/2011   5 comments
Samsung's foundry operation is preparing to run test-chip shuttles for customers beginning in the second half of 2011, according to Ana Hunter, vice president of foundry services.
National Semiconductor LM21212-1 and LM21215 buck regulators
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2/23/2011   Post a comment
National's 12A and 15A buck regulators deliver greater than 97 percent efficiency for high-performance FPGAs, ASICs and microprocessors.
Amid 60 GHz debate, ST ponders WirelessHD
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2/23/2011   2 comments
Amid a great wireless debate, STMicroelectronics revealed at ISSCC it is kicking the tires on the WirelessHD version of 60 GHz networking.
Millimeter-scale all-in-one computers debut
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2/23/2011   4 comments
Researchers from the University of Michigan debuted what they billed as the world's first all-in-one, millimeter-sized processor at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco.
Intel details Sandy Bridge at ISSCC
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2/23/2011   7 comments
Intel disclosed more technical details of its 32-nm Sandy Bridge processor at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference, including further description of its modular ring interconnect, design techniques used to minimize the cache's operational voltage and the inclusion of debug bus for monitoring traffic on the interconnect.
Panasonic settles with Freescale
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2/23/2011   Post a comment
Panasonic and Freescale Semiconductor have reached a settlement in a patent dispute at the U.S. International Trade Commission. Financial terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
Analyst: OmniVision hit by yield issues
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2/23/2011   2 comments
OmniVision Technologies Inc. is having yield issues with its backside illumination (BSI) CMOS image sensors, according to an analyst.
Tough years seen ahead for NOR flash
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2/23/2011   3 comments
After a booming 2010, NOR flash memory revenue is expected to decline by nearly 6 percent to $4.8 billion in 2011, signaling the beginning of difficult years ahead marked by declining prices, according to IHS iSuppli.
SEMI book-to-bill slips
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2/22/2011   Post a comment
North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted a book-to-bill ratio of 0.85 in January, down from 0.90 in December, according to SEMI.
Applied: Firing on all cylinders
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2/22/2011   Post a comment
''Applied Materials Inc. is firing on all cylinders for once,'' according to C.J. Muse, an analyst with Barclays Capital, in a new report.
Firms push to extend mobile DRAM spec
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2/22/2011   Post a comment
There is a proposed standard to extend mobile DRAM technology to higher speeds-a move that could push out competing next-generation efforts from MIPI, Rambus, Silicon Image and the 3-D chip community.
ISSCC: Algorithm paves path to better video
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2/22/2011   9 comments
A TI researcher described a parallel approach to handling current and future compression specs to enhance quality and reduce power for creating or playing video.
Analyst: NAND market to 'collapse'
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2/22/2011   16 comments
Don’t look now, the NAND flash party may be nearly over.
Update - Analyst: Micron to retake NAND lead
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2/22/2011   3 comments
At the 2011 International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) here, Hynix, Samsung and the Toshiba-SanDisk duo separately provided more details about their cutting-edge NAND parts.
Delphi offers sound generator for e-cars
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2/22/2011   4 comments
With the advent of e-cars the problem arises that approaching electric cars are not noticed by other traffic participants such as pedestrians and cyclists. Automotive tier one Delphi has developed a sound generator that facilitates the recognition.
Check out the new HDR video camera dev kit and reference design from Lattice
Product News  
2/22/2011   2 comments
Production-ready development it and FPGA reference design accelerate time-to-market and enable full HD HDR camera designs at lowest system cost.
CML Microcircuits unveils single chip multi-transcoder IC for SDR and VoIP applications
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2/22/2011   Post a comment
CML Microcircuits has launched a single chip G.711/G.729A/CVSD (speech compression) full duplex multi-transcoder device suited for SDR, VoIP, wireless PBX and privacy type digital voice communications.
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