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Gartner: Fab tool revenue grew 143% in 2010
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4/4/2011   Post a comment
Worldwide semiconductor equipment sales grew 143 percent in 2010 to nearly $41 billion as the market recovered from the industry slowdown of the previous two years, according market research firm Gartner.
GSI: Hit by Cypress suit
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4/4/2011   2 comments
GSI Technology Inc. said on March 30, 2011, Cypress Semiconductor filed suit against GSI in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota.
New low-cost VaultIC100 chip from INSIDE Secure protects from counterfeiters and cloners
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4/4/2011   1 comment
The folks at INSIDE Secure, who specialize in semiconductor solutions for secure transactions and digital identity, have introduced a teeny-tiny turnkey security chip.
Global averaged chip sales dip in February
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4/4/2011   7 comments
The three-month average of worldwide sales of semiconductors was $25.19 billion for the month of February 2011, a decline of 1.1 percent from the prior month when averaged sales were $25.52 billion, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).
E-field sensing startup raises $4 million
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4/4/2011   3 comments
Ident Technology AG, a developer of proximity sensing and gesture recognition ICs, has received 2.9 million euro (about $4.1 million) to fund the development of its GestIC three-dimensional (3-D) gesture control chip using a fabless semiconductor business model.
Hynix announces DDR4 DRAM and module
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4/4/2011   2 comments
Hynix Semiconductor Inc. has announced that it has developed a 2-Gbit DDR4 DRAM IC and 2-Gbyte memory module based on the IC. The IC has been implanted using a 30-nm class (somewhere between 30 and 39-nm) manufacturing process technology.
Marvell storage card packs novel SoC
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Marvell's DragonFly adapter, it's first broadly marketed add-on card, accelerates storage traffic in computer networks thanks to a custom SoC.
Freescale, Cactus partner in medical
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4/4/2011   5 comments
Freescale will partner with ASIC designer Cactus Semiconductor for medical electronics business, especially for chips in blood glucose meters.
UK startup unveils LTE transceiver IC
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4/4/2011   1 comment
Genasic Design Systems Ltd., a privately-held RF design company formed in 2009, has announced the availability of its first chip, a 65-nm CMOS transceiver IC for HSPA and LTE applications.
Globalfoundries joins IMEC's CMOS club
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4/4/2011   1 comment
Abu Dhabi owned foundry chipmaker Globalfoundries Inc. has signed a "strategic, long-term" partnership with European research institute IMEC on sub-22nm CMOS scaling and GaN-on-Si technology.
Tower offers $140 million for Micron fab
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4/4/2011   6 comments
Tower Semiconductor Ltd., a specialty foundry chipmaker which trades under the name TowerJazz, has announced it is proposing to buy a wafer fab belonging to Micron Technology Inc. in Nishiwaki City, Hyogo prefecture, Japan, for $140 million.
IEEE kicks off cloud standards efforts
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4/4/2011   10 comments
The IEEE is kicking off two efforts to ease the take off of cloud computing, a design guide and a standard for interoperable cloud services.
AMD, Globalfoundries revise wafer deal
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4/4/2011   1 comment
AMD and Globalfoundries forged a complex amendment to their wafer-supply agreement in a deal that could shift some business away from TSMC.
Semtech's new proximity capacitive touch sensor platform is optimized for TV apps
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4/3/2011   Post a comment
Semtech Corp. announced a new platform of easy-to-use capacitive sensing ICs optimized for the next-generation of energy-efficient, touch button television applications. The 8-channel SX8660/61 touch sensor platform features integrated LED drivers and an extended, 10cm range of proximity sensing.
Intel releases third-generation SSD line
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The 320 Series uses 25nm NAND flash memory and targets PCs, servers, and data center storage applications.
Digi-Key drops printed catalog to become solely Internet-based
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4/3/2011   10 comments
In an unprecedented industry move, electronics component distributor Digi-Key Corporation announced that it will immediately cease all print versions of its product catalog and TechZone Magazine, offering this content exclusively online.
Ultra-low-power technology group focuses on energy-efficient applications
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4/3/2011   1 comment
STMicroelectronics has demonstrated a next-generation variation of its smart power technology, which is expected to enable significant reductions in the power consumption of a wide range of electronic systems – from new medical equipment to battery chargers in hybrid electric vehicles.
Casio G-SHOCK features Bluetooth low energy
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4/3/2011   2 comments
Casio has revealed a Bluetooth LE watch that employs Nordic µBlue nRF8001 single-chip-connectivity to wirelessly link to smartphones, enabling incoming call, email and SMS alert notifications, and a Finder Function that enables users to locate a misplaced phone.
Easing integration into EtherNet/IP networks
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The new Anybus X-gateway CANopen from HMS Industrial Networks is said to enable system integrators to easily transfer I/O data between automation devices on EtherNet/IP and CANopen.
System-on-Module added to line-up
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A system-on-module based on TI's Sitara AM3517/05 system-on-chip is targeted at high-visibility, space-constrained industrial and retail products like shelf-edge advertising, kiosks, dispensing machines, ticketing machines or elevator controllers.
Media processor SoC for multimedia display products
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Conexant Systems announced a single-chip media processor for multimedia display products including connected Web devices and interactive video displays, and applications such as digital signage, home automation/security, and user interface (UI) control.
ISM band wireless gateways and nodes for industrial sensor networks
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The SureCross Performance wireless gateways and nodes from Banner Engineering feature a high-power radio frequency architecture with 1-Watt transmit power in the 900 MHz ISM band.
Wireless modules combine WLAN, Bluetooth, FM and GPS functionality
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Jorjin Technologies launched three wireless modules based on Texas Instruments' WiLink IC solutions.
Embedded computer offers high power with low footprint
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The RE2 board from Blue Chip Technology represents an emerging field for ARM Cortex A8 based embedded computers, enabled by an OMAP 3 processing core which also integrates a C64x up to 520MHz DSP.
Axiomtek’s wide-temp fanless embedded computer touts low power, small footprint
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4/2/2011   Post a comment
The eBOX620-800-FL is a new low-power embedded computer from Axiomtek that offers fanless cooling, wide operating temperature, and optimized expandability. The embedded box computer utilizes the low-power, single-core Intel Atom processor N450 1.66GHz and the dual-cores Intel Atom processor D510 1.66GHz with Intel ICH8M I/O controller hub.
Movea's MotionPod IMU measures DOF motion in wristwatch size unit
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4/2/2011   Post a comment
MotionPod from Movea is a wireless, miniaturised, Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) that uses MEMS sensors to accurately measure 9 Degree-of-Freedom (DOF) motion with a PCB module that is about the size of a small wristwatch.
Momentum builds for 3-D chips
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4/2/2011   26 comments
Many wonder if mainstream 3-D chips based on through-silicon-via (TSV) technology is feasible-or will even fly-amid ongoing problems in the arena.
Do parts from Japan pose radiation risk?
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4/1/2011   15 comments
Questions have arisen about contamination and radiation levels of electronics parts from Japan, though no dangerous radiation levels have been detected in any cargo, according to a trade group.
Atomic superconductor one-ups squid
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4/1/2011   6 comments
Circulating ultra-cold atoms around a ring exhibits superfluidity—the atomic version of superconductivity—potentially enabling sensors capable of tracking rotational motion in gyroscopes of unparalleled accuracy, according to the National Institute of Standards and Technology and Technology.
IHS: Chip revenue dipped in fourth quarter
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4/1/2011   1 comment
Global semiconductor revenue in the fourth quarter of 2010 dipped by 3.7 percent compared with the previous quarter, the first sequential decline in chip revenue since the first quarter of 2009, according to market research firm IHS iSuppli.
IBM's Watson piques university students' interest
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4/1/2011   4 comments
A symposium held at Carnegie Mellon University this week brought together academic minds to share ideas with students about what's possible with IBM's Watson OAQA technology in such areas as medicine, law, business, computer science, and engineering.
Acer CEO resigns in PC sales drop
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4/1/2011   4 comments
Acer's chief executive Gianfranco Lanci has resigned from the company amid falling PC sales.
Hynix agrees six-year patent deal with Mosaid
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Memory and wireless patent holder Mosaid Technologies Inc. has said that Hynix Semiconductor Inc. has agreed to take a six-year license to Mosaid's patents, with fixed equal quarterly payments over the term.
Motion sensor makers must move on ‘function delivery’
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4/1/2011   1 comment
Several levels of competition characterize today's motion sensor market.
Venture capital exit market ticks up in Q1
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Venture-backed company exit activity jumped in the first quarter of 2011 showing an improvement over 1Q10 in both mergers and acquisitions and in companies making an initial public offerings of shares, according to a report from by Thomson Reuters and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA).
BT resin in full production in May, says maker
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4/1/2011   4 comments
Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Company Inc. has said it now expects to achieve pre-earthquake production levels for bismaleimide triazine (BT) resin for semiconductor package substrates from the beginning of May.
Bluespec working to eliminate the industrialized world’s dependence on oil
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4/1/2011   4 comments
Soon to be *Previously known as ‘The Synthesizable Modeling Company’* Bluespec redeploys its engineers to work on a ‘Promising’ solution.
Xilinx buys optical transport chip vendor
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4/1/2011   2 comments
FPGA vendor Xilinx Inc. has acquired Omiino Ltd. a Belfast telecommunications startup for an undisclosed amount, according to local reports. Xilinx follows AppliedMicro and Altera as an acquirer of companies that developed optical transport IP and implemented it in FPGAs.
Android remains processor neutral, says MIPS
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4/1/2011   5 comments
Processor intellectual property licensor MIPS Technologies Inc. is fully involved in Android antifragmentation efforts and is one of many companies invited to participate by Google, according to Art Swift, vice president of business development and marketing at MIPS.
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