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Altium Designer 2013 is available now!
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2/7/2013   Post a comment
As part of a paradigm shift – Altium re-engineers and opens up its DXP platform.
Flash will ride DRAM bus in 2014, says Micron
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2/7/2013   19 comments
Micron will put flash on the DDR4 bus in 18 months, and it expects Windows support, leapfrogging today’s solid state drives on PCI Express.
Reflective display funnels light
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2/7/2013   2 comments
University of Michigan researchers have developed a technology for creating reflective displays with vivid colors that can be viewed at nearly any angle.
Atmel's new Cortex-A5 MPUs for embedded industrial & consumer apps
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Delivering 850DMIPS, lower power consumption (under 200mW in active mode), and robust security features, SAMA5D3 series MPUs are backed by rich peripherals and easy-to-use design tools.
CATV test platform touts performance enhancements
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Sunrise Telecom announced a major firmware upgrade for its CM3000 and CM3800 DOCSIS 3.0 cable-modem network and spectrum analyzers, enabling cable providers to identify and resolve impairments before they affect customer experience.
Atmel ships high performance, low-power Cortex-A5-based MPUs
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Atmel is shipping in production quantities the SAMA5D3 series, its highest performance, low-power microprocessor units based on the ARM Cortex-A5 core.
Image sensors for high-precision, real-time distance measurement systems
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Hamamatsu Photonics has developed three new image sensors that feature a high-speed charge transfer structure in each pixel to enable high-precision TOF distance measurements.
Wide terminal thin film chip resistors debut with ohmic values down to 1 O
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In a compact 0406 package, Vishay claims its latest devices boast the lowest ohmic values in the industry.
Meet the Opal Kelly "Brainiacs"
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Optogenetics gives researchers unprecedented control and allows them to specifically activate or inhibit subgroups of neurons within the brain.
Toshiba develops zero wait state flash memory for 100MHz ARM microcontrollers
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Toshiba has developed a new generation of its high speed flash memory to provide zero-wait state performance at 100MHz for its ARM-based embedded microcontrollers.
Smaller Raspberry Pi board drives cost under $25
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A smaller version of the Raspberry Pi computer built in the UK is driving the cost to under $25.
Lattice’s HDR60 camera dev kit in the news
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NIT demos WidDy sensor board with Lattice’s HDR60 Camera Development Kit at SPIE Photonics West; easily integrated boards accelerate advanced camera designs.
Linear Technology LTM8045, a 2.8V-18V input, multi-topology DC/DC µModule converter
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Linear Technology rolled out a 2.8V-18V input, multi-topology DC/DC µModule converter, with onboard inductor, power switch and DC/DC controller delivering up to 700mA output current.
Single-chip line card device integrates quad DPLLs for 100G muxponders
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Microsemi is offering what it claims is the industry's first monolithic quad channel translator for optical networks.
Hirose DF60 Series board-to-wire connector handles up to 40 amps
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Hirose Electric has developed the DF60 Series, a board-to-wire connector with the capacity to handle up to 40 amps.
Fujitsu, Panasonic to form fabless chip firm
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2/7/2013   3 comments
Two struggling Japanese vertically integrated companies have announced a plan to merge their system LSI businesses to form a fabless chip company.
Intel microserver leaves $2.5B door open for ARM
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2/7/2013   24 comments
ARM server SoCs will have a $2.5 billion addressable market by 2016, said a market watcher who called Intel’s competing Centerton CPU a step backward.
Short reach chips to drive low cost 10G switches
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2/7/2013   3 comments
A new class of short reach 10 Gbit/second Ethernet chips is on the way, opening the door to smaller, cheaper, lower power switches for data centers.
Tablets keep gaining on PCs
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2/6/2013   11 comments
Tablets accounted for one in three personal computer shipments in the fourth quarter, according to a market research firm.
GloFo, Samsung in race to 14nm
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2/6/2013   33 comments
Globalfoundries and Samsung are on track to offer 14-nm FinFET manufacturing in 2014, but an IBM executive has warned that EUV litho won’t be ready until the 7-nm node.
Chip market to contract in 2013, says analyst
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2/6/2013   8 comments
At least one market watcher expects a small contraction in chips this year, but believes the long-term outlook for semiconductors is solid.
Dell going private in $24 billion deal
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2/5/2013   18 comments
Leveraged buyout includes investment from founder Michael Dell, Silver Lake Partners and a $2 billion loan from Microsoft.
ARM rates FDSOI process as "good technology"
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2/5/2013   29 comments
Processor IP licensor is ready to help make a success of fully-depleted silicon-on-insulator chip manufacturing, but it is up to developer ST to make the process more widely available.
Redpine device packs Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Zigbee
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The RS9113 combo device aims to simplify machine-to-machine communications, packing three wireless standards into one module.
Samsung ramps venture efforts, Valley office
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2/5/2013   2 comments
Young Sohn leads a new office and expanded venture efforts from the South Korean giant, promising rain for semiconductor and other component startups.
Photonic PCBs inching closer
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2/5/2013   7 comments
IBM and Dow Corning have developed a tough, flexible photonic substrate material capable of fabricating waveguides for PCB interconnects.
Cisco packs ASICs at 40G, embraces OpenFlow
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2/4/2013   5 comments
Cisco announced a dense 40G switch using two 40-nm ASICs and a software controller supporting the OpenFlow protocol for software-defined networks.
December dip ends weak year for global chip sales
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2/4/2013   1 comment
December sales below expectations, capping year in which sales of chips declined by 2.7 percent.
DesignCon; Nvidia to discuss challenges of chip design
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2/2/2013   Post a comment
Moore's law means chip companies can never afford to lay back on their laurels. Nvidia's SVP of GPU engineering is set to talk about how the firm stays ahead of the game.
Fujitsu, Panasonic reportedly close to merging chip units
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2/1/2013   12 comments
Struggling Japanese electronics firms hope to spin LSI chip units out into joint venture by March 2014.
Single-stage LED driver targets price-sensitive retrofit bulbs
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iWatt Inc. has introduced the iW3626 driver, the first device of an AC/DC solid state lighting LED driver platform aimed at price-sensitive, non-dimmable, residential SSL bulb applications.
Metcalfe seeks peace between warring comms camps
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2/1/2013   8 comments
Bob Metcalfe, who helped invent Ethernet in 1973, is trying to bring together competing comms interests in software-defined networking.
MEMS MooMonitor tracks herds
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2/1/2013   12 comments
Tracking devices that monitor the activities of farm animals could represent a potentially huge market for MEMS sensors.
Slideshow: Lessons learned, fun had at DesignCon
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2/1/2013   6 comments
The view from the show floor included excitement over copper traces, silicon optics and beer.
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