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Analyst: Infineon exits cell IC market just in time
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8/31/2010   9 comments
In the Intel-Infineon deal, one analyst believes that Infineon exited the wireless business just in time.
Troubled FormFactor issues warning
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8/31/2010   Post a comment
FormFactor Inc. has issued a warning amid product shipment delays.
TI to provide foundry services to Spansion
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8/31/2010   Post a comment
Texas Instruments has agreed to provide foundry services to another semiconductor vendor, but a spokesperson for the company said TI has no designs on beefing up its presence in the foundry business long-term.
Edwards sells solar equipment unit
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8/31/2010   Post a comment
Solar Semi Engineering Ltd., a solar and semiconductor startup company, has purchased Edwards Chemical Management Europe Ltd. (CME) for an undisclosed sum.
HP, Hynix to commercialize the memristor
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8/31/2010   31 comments
Seeking to commercialize its memristor technology, Hewlett-Parkard Co. has entered into a joint development agreement with South Korea's Hynix Semiconductor Inc.
Samsung pledges $70M for connected TVs
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8/31/2010   1 comment
Samsung vowed to spend about $70 million to establish its connected TV platform and showed a new app to control the TV using its Galaxy S Android smartphone.
TFT Touchscreen LCDs feature extended temp range, LED backlight
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8/31/2010   Post a comment
InfoVue TFT (Thin Film Technology) LCDs from Lumex are full color graphic display devices that come in both touch screen and standard formats and feature an extended temperature range, LED backlighting for high contrast, and a thin profile starting at 3mm.
Firm raises solar outlook
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8/31/2010   1 comment
There is a lull in the IC market, but solar is up.
Gartner cuts second-half PC sales forecast
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8/31/2010   5 comments
Gartner revised downward its PC sales forecast for the second half of 2010, citing an uncertain economic outlook in the U.S. and Europe.
Epson Toyocom XP-6000CA absolute pressure sensor
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8/31/2010   1 comment
Epson Toyocom Corp. has developed an extremely small absolute pressure sensor dubbed the XP-6000CA, which employs a QMEMS pressure-sensing structure that allows the sensor to squeeze into a tiny 7.0 × 5.0 × 2.0t mm package while providing total pressure accuracy (±30 Pa) and high resolution (0.3 Pa).
Infineon set to focus on capacity before acquisitions
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8/31/2010   3 comments
Infineon, which is selling its wireless business unit to Intel, is planning to use the cash it will receive to re-invigorate its in-house manufacturing ahead of seeking growth through acquisitions.
2A, 42V boost converter offered in automotive, military temperature grades
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8/31/2010   Post a comment
For applications in extreme ambient temperatures, Linear Technology has created "H-grade" and "MP-grade" versions of the LT3580, a current-mode, fixed frequency step-up DC/DC converter with internal 2A, 42V switch. The device operates from an input voltage range of 2.5V to 32V, making it suitable for applications with input sources ranging from a single-cell Li-Ion to automotive inputs.
AVX AU series multilayer ceramic chips
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8/31/2010   Post a comment
AVX has beefed up its multilayer ceramic chip (MLCC) line to include gold plated terminations, helping to eliminate a printed-circuit board’s susceptibility to tin wiskering that can affect system performance.
Maxim Integrated Products MAX2063 digital IF/RF variable-gain amplifier
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8/31/2010   1 comment
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced the MAX2063, calling it the industry's only fully programmable, multi-state, dual-channel, digital IF/RF variable-gain amplifier (VGA).
Ethernet switch takes new tack at virtual I/O
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8/31/2010   1 comment
Startup Xsigo Systems, Inc. rolled out a 10 Gbit/second switch that can handle Ethernet networking and Fibre Channel storage traffic for a fraction of the cost of Fibre Channel over Ethernet adapters sold by companies such as Cisco Systems.
Intel will run wireless as separate business
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8/31/2010   5 comments
Intel will operate the wireless business it is set to acquire from Infineon as a separate business, according to executives speaking at a press conference called to discuss the deal.
Toshiba rolls 24-nm NAND flash
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8/31/2010   5 comments
Toshiba Corp. has announced that is has started mass production of NAND flash memories using a 24-NM CMOS manufacturing process technology.
Trident fires opening salvo on frame rate conversion patents
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8/31/2010   8 comments
Trident plans to pursue license agreements with select chip vendors for its motion estimation/motion compensation patents – essential to LCD displays and 3-D TV sets.
RF-MEMS to boost NTT's cell phones
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8/31/2010   3 comments
WiSpry and NTT DoCoMo will jointly develop tunable RF-MEMS capacitor arrays on CMOS chips to tune its filters in realtime thereby improving performance, mitigating dropped calls and expanding network capacity.
Vishay NTCLE305E4xxxSB micro-chip NTC thermistors boast small diameter, fast response time
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8/31/2010   Post a comment
Vishay has launched a series of micro-chip negative temperature coefficient thermistors with a small 1.6-mm body sensing diameter, fast response time down to = 0.7 s, and temperature accuracy of ± 0.5°C from + 25°C to + 85°C.
Cree devises 150-mm SiC wafers
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8/31/2010   2 comments
Cree Inc. claims that it has achieved a breakthrough in the development and commercialization of silicon carbide (SiC) technology.
Sematech completes 3-D chip pilot line
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Sematech announced the completion of its 300-mm, 3-D IC pilot line.
Cypress CY8CMBR2044 CapSense Express
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8/30/2010   Post a comment
Cypress semiconductor released a new version of its capacitive-sensing controller technology, intended to cut system-design time and expand the market for such applications.
Applied's flowable CVD: Another opinion
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8/30/2010   Post a comment
Applied called FCVD a ''game changer.'' Some analysts were not as impressed, however.
Analyst cuts forecast for AMD
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8/30/2010   4 comments
An investment banking firm has lowered its estimates for Advanced Micro Devices Inc.
Graphite foam cools hi-intensity LEDs
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8/30/2010   15 comments
Oak Ridge National Laboratory researcher James Klett (shown) claims to have developed a graphite foam technology that can help cool LED light fixtures and extend their lifespan.
Report: EMS vendors face supply chain 'pileup'
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8/30/2010   2 comments
Contract manufacturers are facing a challenging supply imbalance characterized by tight inventories of components and a glut of raw materials, according to a report by market research firm iSuppli.
Intel-Infineon deal: What analysts are saying
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8/30/2010   8 comments
Here's what analysts said about the Intel-Infineon deal.
Top-of-rack 10GE switches to hit $500M
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8/30/2010   3 comments
The market for 10 Gbit/second Ethernet switches geared for rack-mounted servers grew a whopping 300 percent in the last quarter, an indicator a major upgrade cycle is underway in business networks, said an analyst.
Achronix, Opticomp demo 40-Gbit/s networking kit
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8/30/2010   3 comments
Achronix Semiconductor has teamed up with optical module supplier Opticomp to produce a development system for optical data communications.
MOST Cooperation to highlight new application options at SAE Convergence
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8/30/2010   Post a comment
At the SAE Convergence, America's most distinguished automotive electronics event, the MOST Cooperation will demonstrate that the MOST technology is now ready to set off for new horizons. The group plans to enhance the market position of its bus system hitherto used solely for multimedia data transport. New domains targeted include connected services and driver assistance systems.
Chip sales stay strong amid slowdown signs
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8/30/2010   3 comments
The three-month average of global sales of semiconductors for July was $25.24 billion, up 1.2 percent from June and up 37.0 percent from July 2009, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.
QNX tackles Freescale processors as platform for its software
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8/30/2010   3 comments
QNX Software Systems has announced that its CAR Application Platform now supports Freescale Semiconductor's i.MX processors which are used widely in automotive environments.
Webench tool takes designer from LED driver through LED and even heat sink
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8/30/2010   1 comment
LED Architect from National Semiconductor encompasses specific LEDs, heat sinks for complete system-level design and tradeoffs analysis
TPS7A30 and LT1175 prove that LDOs are still vibrant and vital
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8/30/2010   1 comment
TPS7A30 (Texas Instruments) and LT1175 (Linear Technology) low dropout regulators push negative voltage, micropower boundaries
Analysis: Intel's wireless move no guarantee of success
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8/29/2010   11 comments
Intel pays $1.4 billion for a ticket to bet on itself in the convergence of computing and communications. And Infineon gets richer and 30 percent smaller, but where's the plan?
Microsoft founder sues the industry
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8/29/2010   17 comments
Interval Licensing LLC, which is backed by Paul Allen, has filed a complaint against AOL, Apple, eBay, Facebook, Google, Netflix, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples, Yahoo, and YouTube.
Crystek CVCO55CC targets digital radios
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8/27/2010   Post a comment
Crystek's CVCO55CC-1490-1550 VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) operates from 1490 to 1550 MHz
Semitech SM2200 OFDMA power line transceiver
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8/27/2010   Post a comment
Semitech Semiconductor announced an Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access (OFDMA) power line transceiver useful in smart grid applications.
3Par a $2 billion company
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8/27/2010   16 comments
The 3Par bidding war between HP and Dell speaks volumes about the dynamics of today's computer industry
China researchers claim faster MRAM
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8/27/2010   5 comments
MRAM speed can be boosted and power consumption cut by using a new electrical switching technique that requires much less energy to write bits, according to Chinese researchers.
Intel cuts sales target on weak PC sales
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8/27/2010   7 comments
Intel lowered its sales target for the third quarter, saying the company now expects revenue to be between $10.8 billion and $11.2 billion, down from a previous estimate of $11.2 billion and $12 billion.
ADI front end ICs aim to lower power consumption
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8/27/2010   Post a comment
Analog Devices has introduced 12-bit and 10-bit mixed-signal front-ends (MxFEs) that aim to reduce power and board space for developers of wireless infrastructure and portable radio equipment.
Visteon forms Russian automotive JV
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8/27/2010   2 comments
Automotive supplier Visteon Corp., which is currently operating under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, has formed a joint venture with Avtopribor, one of Russia's largest automotive components suppliers.
ST launches 3-D digital TV chip
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8/27/2010   8 comments
STMicroelectronics has announced it is offering an IC with 3-D television support and 120-Hz motion estimation and motion compensation for 1080-line progressive scan pictures within mid-range integrated digital televisions.
Jobs await U.S.-based Taiwanese expats
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8/27/2010   10 comments
A Taiwanese delegation is due to launch a recruitment drive in Boston next month in an attempt to hire 1,000 Taiwanese expatriates working in the U.S.
Magma hits guidance, beats analyst expectations
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8/26/2010   2 comments
Magma Design Automation met or exceeded all financial guidance for the quarter ended Aug. 1, posting a net loss in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles of $3.3 million on revenue of $32.6 million.
IR tops expectations, but profit declines
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8/26/2010   Post a comment
International Rectifier posted a net income of $29 million on revenue of $263.8 million for the quarter ended June 27, beating consensus analysts' expectations.
California proposal could jumpstart U.S. solar market
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8/26/2010   3 comments
Will solar finally take off in California--and the U.S.?
Sony, LG adopt Hillcrest Labs 3-D remote control
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8/26/2010   1 comment
Sony and LG have adopted Hillcrest Laboratories' MEMS-enabled Freespace remote control technology for its 3-D and Internet-enabled TVs.
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