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Wolfson issues warning over slow sales
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6/27/2011   4 comments
Mixed-signal fabless chip company Wolfson Microelectronics plc has issued a trading update notice stating that that second quarter revenues would come in at the lower end of previous guidance.
European solar incentive cuts initiate global PV market shift
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6/27/2011   1 comment
Continued government policy adjustments are causing major shifts in the sizes, growth rates and customer segment mix of photovoltaic (PV) markets in 2011, according to the conclusions of three new Regional Downstream PV Market reports issued by Solarbuzz. Specifically, European markets, led by Germany and Italy, have absorbed Feed-In Tariff (FIT) rate cuts of up to one-third between January 1, 2010 and July 1, 2011.
Network analysis tablet supports 10GBps, NetFlow and virtualization
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6/26/2011   Post a comment
Fluke Networks introduced the OptiView XG, a network analysis tablet that the company believes is the fastest solution for network and application problems, for both wireless and wired access.
Smart energy module combines metering and control
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6/26/2011   Post a comment
ByteSnap Design has developed a ZigBee Smart Energy-compliant module that provides both metering and control in smart energy systems.
Small 4G/LTE capable USB router
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6/26/2011   Post a comment
DOVADO TINY claims to be the world's smallest 4G/LTE capable USB router, measuring only 20-mm x 58-mm x 87-mm.
SIM controllers address the M2M markets
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6/26/2011   Post a comment
The devices, from StarChip, are based on the Cortus APS3s 32-bit core, enabling 20Mips at 20MHz across an extended range of temperatures from -40 to +105 degrees C.
HomePlug Powerline Alliance plans to support for IEEE P1905 convergent digital home network standard
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6/26/2011   3 comments
A P1905 network would include combinations of stationary home networking devices such as set top boxes, home gateways, Blu-Ray players and televisions, and mobile devices such as laptops, tablets and cellphones.
Freescale's makeover: How's it look?
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6/26/2011   32 comments
CEO Beyer, in his keynote at Freescale Technology Forum, portrayed Freescale as a company of “embedded processing.” What pops into your head, when asked to describe Freescale in one key word?
Opinions divided on patent reform impact
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6/24/2011   9 comments
Large companies praised and individual inventors criticized the patent reforms passed in Congress seen as having moderate impact across a variety of issues.
NIST materials scientist awarded Kyoto Prize
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6/24/2011   2 comments
The Kyoto Prize winners this year include material scientists pioneer John Cahn, now an emeritus Fellow at the U.S. National Institute of Standards Technology (NIST). Cahn's numerous contributions to the science of metallurgical alloys--including the co-authorship of the seminal paper explaining quasicrystals--are widely used in semiconductors, renewable energy, robotics, medicine and transportation.
Accenture to do Windows development for Nokia
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6/24/2011   22 comments
Mobile phone maker Nokia Oy and Accenture plc have finalized their agreement to outsource Symbian software development and support to Accenture. At the same time Accenture said it will retrain and redeploy transferred staff while providing Microsoft-related services to Nokia through Avanade, a majority-owned technology services company.
Power transistor market set to grow 9% in 2011
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6/24/2011   6 comments
The global market for power transistors is set to reach $13.1 billion in 2011, according to market research firm IC Insights Inc., an increase of 9 percent over 2010, which itself was a 44 percent increase over the market in 2009.
Tilera launches many-core 64-bit processor
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6/24/2011   3 comments
Fabless many-core processor vendor Tilera Corp. has launched its Tile-Gx 3000 family of 40-nm processors claiming they provide a 10-fold improvement over Intel's SandyBridge processor in terms of performance-per-watt.
DDC presents Total-ACE fully integrated MIL-STD-1553 single package solution
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6/24/2011   Post a comment
Data Device Corporation (DDC) has introduced time-saving design collateral for the Total-ACE fully integrated MIL-STD-1553 single package solution.
Doubling shipments boosts Imagination profits
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6/24/2011   2 comments
The number of chips that shipped containing graphics and other cores from licensor Imagination Technologies Group plc annually almost doubled in the financial year to April 30, causing a jump in revenue and profit.
CEA calls for signing Declaration of Innovation
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6/24/2011   2 comments
In a dramatic move to reinvigorate the U.S. economy thru ingenuity and innovation Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association, offered his Declaration of Innovation at CE Week here.
Micron's sales fall short of estimates
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6/24/2011   4 comments
Memory chip vendor Micron Technology reported revenue for its fiscal third quarter that fell below analysts' expectations as the company posted sequential declines in sales for both DRAM and NAND flash memory.
House passes patent reform bill
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6/23/2011   22 comments
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a patent reform bill by a vote of 304-117, the last major hurdle in revamping the U.S. patent system.
Nvidia quit PC benchmarking consortium, too
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6/23/2011   9 comments
Nvidiay left PC benchmarking consortium Business Applications Performance Corp., the organization now engaged in a war of words with Advanced Micro Devices after AMD exited the group earlier this week.
Analog Devices AD8429 instrumentation amplifier
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6/23/2011   Post a comment
ADI's latest instrumentation amplifier is designed for the precision measurement of extremely small signals present in noisy industrial operating environments
Tecate PowerBurst ultracapacitor cells and modules
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6/23/2011   1 comment
These custom and off-the-shelf devices from Tecate provide maximum design flexibility in space-constrained systems.
Astrium wins $105M contract for Galileo management, control
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6/23/2011   Post a comment
European space company Astrium announced it will deliver the Ground Control Segment for the full operational Galileo system, Europe's global navigation satellite system, at this week's Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, France.
Samsung must pay over leukemia deaths, says report
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6/23/2011   11 comments
A court in Seoul, South Korea, has ordered that Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. pay compensation to the families of two young employees who died of leukemia, according to the Yonhap news agency.
Updated: India again seeks help with fabs
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6/23/2011   42 comments
The so-called Empowered Committee, set up by the Indian government to get the country into chip manufacturing, has prepared an advertisement inviting potential technology providers and financial investors to make a preliminary expression of interest in setting up semiconductor wafer fabs in India.
JTAG sponsors EU student mission to the Moon
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6/23/2011   1 comment
Boundary-scan specialist JTAG Technologies (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) said it has agreed to donate its boundary-scan hardware, software and technical support to the European Student Moon Orbiter (ESMO) project.
Microsoft releases Kinect-for-Windows SDK
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6/23/2011   6 comments
Microsoft Corp. has announced a free beta release of the Kinect for Windows SDK.
ST Micro's lab-on-chip covers multiple food pathogens
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6/23/2011   2 comments
STMicroelectronics and Veredus Laboratories have successfully developed and deployed a lab-on-chip that is able to detect 10 to 12 food-borne pathogens, including E.coli, in one test.
ST-Ericsson tips restructuring plan
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6/23/2011   2 comments
ST-Ericsson, the mobile phone chip joint venture between STMicroelectronics NV and Ericsson AB, has said it will implement cost savings to reduce annualized costs by about $120 million by the end of 2012. Up to 500 jobs are expected to be affected on a staff roster of about 6,700.
Analog startup goes old school, gets funding
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6/23/2011   21 comments
An analog IC startup with a seasoned management team and a throwback business model emerged to disclose the receipt of $12 million in series A venture capital funding and announce new analog comparator products.
PCI Express poised for 2x upgrade
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6/22/2011   Post a comment
The PCI SIG said it expects to deliver within four years a fourth-generation PCI Express delivering at least 16 GTransfers/s over copper links.
Smart Cities platform monitors noise, pollution, structural health, and waste management
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6/22/2011   Post a comment
The Smart Cities sensor board from Libelium measures noise pollution, dust quantities, structural health, and garbage levels.
PCI Express takes on Thunderbolt
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6/22/2011   19 comments
The PCI Special Interest Group will launch an effort in July to create a cabled version of PCI Express that will take on the Thunderbolt interconnect developed by Intel.
Freescale inks collaboration deals
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6/22/2011   Post a comment
Freescale announced a collaboration on a memory module with NOR flash memory vendor Spansion and an agreement around embedded software with Wind River.
AMD, PC benchmarking group trade barbs
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6/22/2011   13 comments
AMD traded barbs with PC benchmarking consortium BAPCo after AMD resigned from the organization and said it would not endorse the latest version of a popular benchmark.
KLA joins Sematech's EUV research program
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6/22/2011   8 comments
Semiconductor equipment vendor KLA-Tencor joined chip-making vendor consortium Sematech's lithography defect reduction program at the University at Albany.
Voice recognition in Sync with simplicity
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6/22/2011   4 comments
Ford Motor Co. claims to have tamed voice recognition with the latest version of its Sync technol­ogy by upping the number of com­mands a hundredfold while simplifying their grammar.
Smart automotive controller cuts chip-count
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6/22/2011   8 comments
Freescale Semiconductor rolled out a new line of smart microcontrollers with integrated high-voltage capabilities for smarter motor-powered capabilities inside the cabin of automobiles
AVX Professional TRM Series and TRJ Series tantalum capacitors
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6/22/2011   Post a comment
AVX says its latest capacitors more than double the electrical performance and reliability of standard SMD tantalum capacitors.
Nat Semi stockholders approve TI takeover
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6/22/2011   Post a comment
National Semiconductor Corp. has announced that the company's stockholders approved the acquisition of the company by Texas Instruments Inc. at special meeting held Tuesday (June 21).
Allegro Microsystems A8516 LED driver
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6/22/2011   1 comment
Check out Allegro MicroSystems' new multi-output WLED/RGB driver for backlighting LCD monitors and televisions.
National Semiconductor remembers Bob Pease
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6/22/2011   3 comments
National Semiconductor Corp. has created a web-page to commemorate the accomplishments of analog design engineer Bob Pease, who died June 18.
China white-box handset market in decline
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6/22/2011   4 comments
After a couple of recent profit warnings from white-box – or unbranded – handset manufacturers Nomura Equity Research has concluded that China's handset OEMs are facing structural problems.
Two design standards efforts combine forces
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6/22/2011   3 comments
Accellera and the Open SystemC Initiative have signed a memorandum of understanding to form a single organization that will leverage the complementary EDA standards efforts of both groups.
Freescale rolls MEMS pressure sensor
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6/22/2011   4 comments
Freescale announced a low-cost Xtrinsic pressure sensor for consumer devices at the Freescale Technology Forum.
Dot Hill releases 36TB storage solutions
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6/22/2011   Post a comment
The Dot Hill AssuredSAN 3000 series is now available with 3TB disk drives, offering up to 36TB capacity in a two-unit system.
Mushkin targets mobile devices with SD and microSD cards
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6/22/2011   Post a comment
The Mushkin Class 10 SDHC cards are compliant with the SD™ Association specification and guarantee a minimum data transfer rate of 10MB/s for stutter-free operation with high-definition camcorders and cameras.
U.S. House to vote on patent reform
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6/22/2011   14 comments
The House of Representatives is set to vote as early as Wednesday on a broad patent reform bill, the last big step in a six-year effort to enact a patent reform.
Vishay Schottky rectifiers offer wide current-ratings range
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6/21/2011   Post a comment
Vishay has released 12 new 45 V Trench MOS Barrier Schottky rectifiers in power TO-220AB, ITO-220AB, and TO-263AB packages for PV solar cell bypass protection.
SIM controllers provide 20Mips@20MHz over extended temp range
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6/21/2011   Post a comment
StarChip's new SCM family of secure SIM controllers for M2M markets is based on the Cortus APS3s 32-bit core, enabling 20Mips@20MHz across an extended range of temperatures (-40°C to +105°C).
PLX, Avago demo PCI Express over fiber
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6/21/2011   Post a comment
Chip makers PLX Technology and Avago Technologies announced a collaboration using optics to demonstrate PCI Express extending beyond its dominant role within the box to a cabled box-to-box solution.
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