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Low power audio codec optimizes performance and prevents speaker damage
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7/26/2011   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced the MAX98089, a highly integrated stereo audio codec targeted at portable multimedia applications such as tablets, netbooks, and mobile phones.
Class-G headphone and Class-D speaker amplifiers balance audio power versus battery life
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7/26/2011   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor has developed the FAB1200 stereo Class-G ground-referenced headphone amplifier with integrated buck converter, as well as the FAB2200 audio subsystem with stereo Class-G headphone amplifier and 1.2 W Class-D mono speaker amplifier.
Fab tool vet Cutini to lead solar startup
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7/26/2011   Post a comment
Longtime semiconductor capital equipment executive Jerry Cutini has joined elQ Energy, a developer of DC-to-DC parallel solar technology, as president and CEO.
DisplayLink USB virtual graphics technology enables low-power, low-cost embedded displays
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7/26/2011   Post a comment
DisplayLink USB virtual graphics technology enables embedded applications to provide detailed information to the consumer in multiple displays in different or remote locations without requiring power cords, delivering current via a USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 cable.
Former CFO to become Intel's next chairman
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7/26/2011   10 comments
Intel Chief Administrative Officer Andy Bryant was elected to the new position of vice chairman of the board of directors in preparation for him to be elected the company's next chairman following Intel's annual stockholder meeting next May.
MIT prof pedicts medical device revolution
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7/26/2011   4 comments
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has created its Medical Electronic Device Realization Center (MEDRC) to develop technologies for enabling affordable and accessible delivery of services to patients, according to its leaders.
Tektronix buys Optametra for coherent optical testing
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7/26/2011   1 comment
Tektronix, Inc. has acquired Optametra, LLC, a producer of test equipment for optical transmission products. The details of the transaction were not disclosed.
U.S. group calls for cloud-friendly policies
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7/26/2011   4 comments
A group of experts from industry and academia made 14 recommendations for best practices and policies to accelerate adoption of cloud computing in the U.S.
Cracking the code on a next-gen software strategy
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7/26/2011   Post a comment
Whether you are a chip, board or systems maker, you cannot afford to remain aloof from the shifts in software, unless you don’t mind getting lost in a jungle of code.
ProMOS to swap debt for equity, say reports
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7/26/2011   Post a comment
Struggling DRAM maker ProMOS Technologies Inc. has agreed a deal in principle with more than 30 creditor banks to swap half of its NT$57 billion (about $2 billion) of debt for equity, according to a Taiwan Economic News report.
Infineon ships chips for Chromebook security
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7/26/2011   Post a comment
Infineon Technologies AG has said it is shipping security chips for devices running Google's Chrome operating system.
ARM sees licensing up in Q2, is tepid on 2H
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7/26/2011   Post a comment
While some its partners and licensees have been turning in less than stellar financial figures in the second quarter, results from ARM Holdings plc continued to show significant annual growth and increased profits in its second quarter financial results.
SMSC chips enhance power over USB
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7/26/2011   Post a comment
SMSC has announced a set of three power switches to enhance charging capabilities over USB.
Multicore group works on task management API
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7/26/2011   2 comments
The Multicore Association is defining a task-management API to ease parallel programming for embedded systems that use heterogeneous processors.
Intel SoCs aided by interconnect, IP library
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7/26/2011   3 comments
Intel now has the tools in place – in particular an on-chip interconnect fabric, an extensive IP library and software – to make a success of its system-on-chip engineering effort, according to Bill Leszinske, an executive with Intel's Atom processor SoC development group.
Ten mobile vendors license chip interconnect
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7/26/2011   4 comments
Ten cellphone chip makers have licensed the Chip to Chip Link developed by Arteris and Texas Instruments that lets cellphone chips share memory.
ST hurt by quake impact, lower Nokia sales
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7/26/2011   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics reported second quarter sales that were in line with analysts' expectations, but the company guided for lower-than-expected third quarter sales, citing lingering effects from the March 11 earthquake off the coast of Japan and weaker demand from a major wireless customer, believed to be Nokia.
USB port power controller ICs tackle pesky charging issues
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7/26/2011   Post a comment
SMSC's programmable USC100x trio emulate chargers; optimaize, manage charing under complex scenarios
TI development kit combines MCU and Bluetooth
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7/25/2011   Post a comment
Kit merges Stellaris ARM Cortex-M3 MCU performance with TI’s seventh-generation CC2560 Bluetooth solution to enable streaming audio, data transfers and other advanced capabilities
TI says damaged Japan fabs back in action
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7/25/2011   2 comments
Texas Instruments said t two semiconductor fabs damaged in the March 11 earthquake in Japan resumed production ahead of schedule as the company reported second quarter results that beat analysts' expectations.
Brooks buys another life sciences firm
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7/25/2011   2 comments
Continuing to broaden the company's scope into the life sciences market, semiconductor equipment vendor Brooks Automation acquired life sciences technology vendor Nexus Biosystems in a cash deal worth $79 million.
Mindspeed buys assets of W-CDMA chip vendor
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7/25/2011   Post a comment
Network infrastructure chip maker Mindspeed Technologies said it acquired substantially all of the assets of San Diego-based W-CDMA signal processing chip vendor IPG Communications.
Broadcom, PLX beat Q2 estimates
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7/25/2011   Post a comment
Chip makers Broadcom and PLX Technology reported second quarter results that exceeded consensus analysts' expectations.
Texas Instruments ADS42xx analog-to-digital converters
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7/25/2011   Post a comment
TI bolstered its ultra-low-power, high-speed, ADC family with eight dual-channel devices from 65 to 250 MSPS.
Allegro MicroSystems A8502 and A8514 LED drivers
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7/25/2011   Post a comment
Allegro MicroSystems rolled out a pair of multi-output LED drivers for backlighting automotive LED displays.
Zarlink adopts 'poison pill'
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7/25/2011   2 comments
In an apparent bid to thwart a hostile takeover attempt by Microsemi, Canadian chip vendor Zarlink Semiconductor said its board of directors has adopted a limited duration shareholder rights plan that prevents anyone from acquiring the right to vote on more than 20 percent of the company's outstanding shares.
Stackpole HDM series carbon film leaded resistor
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7/25/2011   Post a comment
Stackpole’s latest resistor is carbon-film-based and uses a unique material set, processing, and process control to achieve moisture-resistant performance comparable to metal-glaze resistors at a fraction of the cost.
Silicon Labs warns of weak demand
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7/25/2011   2 comments
Mixed-signal IC vendor Silicon Laboratories reported second quarter sales and profit that handily beat consensus analysts' expectations, but warned that it expects sales to fall in the third quarter due to weak end user demand.
Texas Instruments TPS62730 voltage regulator
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7/25/2011   Post a comment
TI's 3-MHz, 100-mA step-down DC/DC converter adds 20-percent run-time to ultra-low power wireless and MCU applications.
Qualcomm buys gesture-recognition technology
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7/25/2011   9 comments
Qualcomm acquired some assets of GestureTek, a developer of gesture-recognition technology, and plans to use it in its Snapdragon processors.
Firm alleges collusion by SRAM vendors
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7/25/2011   2 comments
A lawsuit filed in U.S. federal court by GSI Technology alleges that Cypress Semiconductor and other chip vendors participated in a conspiracy to monopolize the market for high-performance SRAMs.
GE announces micro-holographic storage that supports 500GB disk at Blu-ray speed
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7/25/2011   3 comments
The micro-holographic material can support on one disc the same storage capacity as 20 standard Blu-ray discs
Triad offers 1 million gates plus analog
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7/25/2011   4 comments
Triad Semiconductor Inc., whose via-configurable arrays offer programmable analog with a microcontroller, has announced the availability of its largest configurable array to date, the VCA-6, with more than one million ASIC gates.
ST gets Air for TV
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7/24/2011   2 comments
STMicroelectonics has claimed a significant step forward in its third generation TV SoC platform for STBs, with the successful porting and certification of Adobe AIR 2.5 for TV. It enables AIR-based applications to be run on connected TVs.
Adobe and Sony launch competition to develop apps for new tablets
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7/24/2011   2 comments
The ‘Adobe AIR App Challenge Sponsored by Sony’ is intended to drive the creation of innovative Android applications for the two models of Sony tablet devices and offer developers a chance to win $200,000 in total cash prizes.
User Association certifies Smart Meter stack for PICs
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7/24/2011   Post a comment
Through a partnership with Kalki Communication, Microchip is now able to provide a Device Language Message Specification (DLMS) protocol stack optimised for its 16bit PIC microcontrollers.
Modena v 5.1.0 facilitates specification and testing of infotainment ECUs
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7/23/2011   Post a comment
Automotive engineering company Berner & Mattner presents Modena 5.1.0 as an extended version of its specification and test software for model-based development in automotive infotainment, thus increasing the application range for users.
Panel PCs target kiosk and digital signage providers
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7/23/2011   Post a comment
NEXCOM’s range of fanless multimedia Panel PCs are claimed to minimise space and enable installation in almost any location, including retail outlet, supermarket, train station and airport.
COM Express starter kit targets computer-on-module designs
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7/23/2011   Post a comment
The new starter kit promises application designers straight-forward and fast access to the complete feature set of the latest COM Express pin-out Type 6 basic and compact Computer-on-Modules.
Fujitsu FRAM targets industrial, factory, and low-power applications
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7/22/2011   2 comments
Latest MB85RSxxx SPI Series, MB85RCxxx I2C Series and FRAM-based RFIDs designed and manufactured by Fujitsu.
IBM researchers perform data scan record
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7/22/2011   7 comments
IBM researchers successfully scanned 10 billion files on a single system in 43 minutes, shattering the previous record of one billion files in three hours by a factor of 37.
Barcelona selected to host MWC through 2018
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7/22/2011   4 comments
Barcelona in Spain has been selected to host the Mobile World Congress exhibition from 2012 to 2018, according to the GSM Association Ltd., the industry body which organizes the event. The award is said to be worth 3.5 billion euro (about $5 billion) to the city in terms of spending and increased trade.
ESC India: Domestic industry continues to struggle
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7/22/2011   10 comments
Despite a large domestic market, inadequate manufacturing capability and entrepreneurship continue to hinder India's embedded systems industry.
Escatec plugs global R&D as part of EMS work
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7/22/2011   Post a comment
Escatec, a Swiss-born design and manufacturing house, has plans to increase its R&D activities from 30 to 200 employees and its turnover from $4 million to $40 million over the next five years.
VC funding slips slightly in Q2
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7/22/2011   1 comment
Venture investing edged downward in the second quarter with software and social media showing growth, according to a new report from Dow Jones VentureSource.
Taiwan comforted by Apple chip spend cycle
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7/22/2011   2 comments
Despite concern about the global economic situation Taiwan is taking comfort from an expected cycle of semiconductor purchasing to come in the second half of 2011, driven by the needs of forthcoming Apple products, according to a Taiwan Economic News report.
Rambus sees Q3 profit on rising revenue
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7/22/2011   4 comments
Patent licensing company Rambus Inc. made a net loss of $10.6 million on sales revenue of $66.2 million in the second quarter of 2011. However, Rambus (Sunnyvale, Calif.) guided that it would be profitable in Q3 on rising revenue.
SanDisk beats estimates on record Q2 sales
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7/21/2011   7 comments
Flash memory vendor SanDisk reported record sales for the second quarter which exceeded consensus analysts' expectations.
No new CEO as AMD misses sales estimates
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7/21/2011   11 comments
AMD reported second quarter sales that fell short of analysts' expectations despite record microprocessor shipments in the quarter. The company did not appoint a new permanent CEO, as had been speculated.
Analysts high on Xilinx amid margin concern
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7/21/2011   3 comments
Analysts remained mostly bullish on Xilinx after the company's earnings report despite some concerns about the company's declining gross margins.
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