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Wireless infrastructure seen as growing market for GaAs ICs
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8/25/2011   2 comments
The global market for gallium arsenide semiconductors used in wireless network infrastructure is projected to grow to reach about $320 million in 2015 from roughly $205 million in 2011, according to market research firm Strategy Analytics.
DDC's ruggedized PMC card provides 16 channels of avionic I/O
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8/25/2011   Post a comment
BU-65596/7F/M boasts DO-254 compliance and four dual-redundant MIL-STD-1553 channels.
Maxim Integrated Products MAX13256 transformer driver
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8/25/2011   Post a comment
Maxim is helping designers quickly design a highly efficient isolated DC-DC converter with its latest device, an isolated power, 36V, H-bridge transformer driver.
Bourns Model 54 and model 56 industrial-grade panel controls
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8/25/2011   Post a comment
Bourns' industrial-grade panel controls provide the flexibility of a panel control plus push-pull switch or rotary switch in one compact component.
Microsemi announces cost-optimized SmartFusion cSoC (mixed-signal FPGA)
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8/25/2011   2 comments
New cost-optimized solution is ideal for applications in the industrial, communications, medical and military/aerospace market segments
Efficient Power Conversion Corp. EPC2014 eGaN FET family
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8/25/2011   Post a comment
EPC has expanded its eGaN FET family with a 40V, 16 milliohm power transistor.
AMD appoints former Lenovo exec CEO
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8/25/2011   27 comments
AMD's board of directors appointed as CEO Rory Read, a longtime IBM exec who most recently was president and chief operating officer at PC vendor Lenovo Group.
NEC finally releases CyberWorkBench for sale
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8/25/2011   8 comments
NEC Corp. has launched its C-based CyberWorkBench design platform in a dedicated FPGA version for commercial sale.
The lowdown on Telegent: Split three ways
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8/25/2011   Post a comment
Telegent did not crash and burn. The startup which distributed $100 million among shareholders and employees was a "success," say former managers and Reed Hundt, the ex-FCC chairman who served as a Telegent board member.
Steve Jobs resigns as Apple CEO
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8/24/2011   42 comments
Steve Jobs, the visionary and iconic leader who twice led Apple to prominence, resigned as CEO of the company he co-founded in 1976, alluding to lingering health issues.
Applied posts strong Q3, but sees Q4 decline
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8/24/2011   1 comment
Applied Materials, the largest supplier of semiconductor production equipment, delivered strong quarterly results that beat analysts' expectations but warned that it expects a sequential sales decline of 15 to 30 percent in the current quarter.
Tendril offers smart energy APIs to developers
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8/24/2011   Post a comment
Tendril has opened its application program interfaces (APIs) for select developers to build on the Tendril Connect cloud platform to deliver energy applications.
World's first 28-Gbps-enabled FPGAs now shipping from Altera
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8/24/2011   Post a comment
New 28nm FPGAs featuring 28-Gbps transceivers enables higher throughput, increased performance, and reduced power in high-end applications.
Altera ships Stratix V GT FPGAs
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8/24/2011   1 comment
Altera said it has begun shipping 28-nm Stratix V GT devices, the first FPGA featuring 28-gigabits-per-second transceivers.
Report: Lighting apps continue to boost LED usage
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8/24/2011   19 comments
LED usage continues to rise across applications and lighting is leading with a predicted increase of 20 percent over 2010.
Embedded systems gaining secure footing
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8/24/2011   5 comments
Today's embedded system designers optimize mainly for performance and footprint, but with the rise of Internet-enabled devices, security has become the third leg of the embedded design process.
Micronas inks foundry agreement with X-Fab
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8/24/2011   1 comment
Analog/mixed-signal semiconductor foundry X-Fab Semiconductor Foundries and automotive sensor and IC supplier Micronas Semiconductor announced a strategic partnership by which X-Fab will manufacture Micronas products using its 0.18-micron high-voltage CMOS process with embedded flash.
Patent suit targets Intel, Freescale, Marvell
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8/24/2011   29 comments
A company going by the name Power Management Systems LLC filed a complaint earlier this week in U.S. federal court charging that semiconductor vendors Intel, Freescale Semiconductor and Marvell Technology Group market chips that infringe upon a U.S. patent controlled by Power Management Systems.
Freescale eyes post-PC era
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8/24/2011   13 comments
Freescale CEO Rich Beyer laid out the chip maker's strategy during an event in India.
NXP PCA9525 and PCA9605 no-offset I2C-bus buffers,
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8/24/2011   1 comment
NXP has designed its latest no-offset I2C-bus buffers to enable system designers to isolate capacitance and interface with other bus buffers.
IDC: Server demand to slow after strong Q2
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8/24/2011   2 comments
Demand for servers remained high in the second quarter, but weakening macroeconomic conditions throughout the world are likely to take a toll on server demand later this year, according to market research firm IDC.
China was largest PC market in Q2, says IDC
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8/24/2011   8 comments
PC shipments in China surpassed those in the U.S. in the second quarter, making China the largest PC market in the world, according to market research firm IDC.
Mindspeed exec named Lantronix CEO
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8/24/2011   Post a comment
Kurt Busch, a former executive at semiconductor supplier Mindspeed Technologies, was named president and CEO of smart connectivity technology firm Lantronix.
SoC firm licenses Palmchip smart grid IP
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8/24/2011   Post a comment
Greenvity Communications licensed Palmchip's AcurX smart grid platform for use in smart energy and home area network chips.
Texas Instruments DAC8562 family of 16-, 14- and 12-bit digital-to-analog converters
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8/23/2011   Post a comment
TI's new family of dual 16-, 14- and 12-bit DACs provides what the company says has the highest precision and lowest power consumption.
PCB production grew 19% in 2010, says IPC
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8/23/2011   2 comments
Worldwide production of printed circuit boards grew 19 percent in 2010 compared to 2009, reaching nearly $55 billion, according to a new report by IPC, an industry trade group.
Avago's sales, profit top expectations
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8/23/2011   Post a comment
Analog chip vendor Avago Technologies reported better-than-expected sales and profit for the quarter ended July 31.
On Semiconductor NCV8871 non-synchronous boost controller
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8/23/2011   Post a comment
On Semi's latest boost controller features a wide input voltage range of 3.2 V to 44 V, which can be used to drive an external N-channel MOSFET.
Students win Synopsys design competition
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8/23/2011   2 comments
University of Rochester students Bin Ma and Dustin Moore were named winners of the 2011 Robert S. Hilbert Memorial Optical Design Competition, sponsored by EDA and IP vendor Synopsys.
Intel's solar spinoff files for bankruptcy
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8/23/2011   32 comments
Spectrawatt, the solar cell manufacturer that was originally spun off from Intel in 2008, has filed for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11 of the U.S. bankruptcy code, according to multiple reports.
Audio sub-system features programmable PLLs
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8/23/2011   Post a comment
IDT has launched what it calls the world’s first audio subsystem with integrated programmable clock generator for portable applications.
IHS: 300-mm manufacturing set to double
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8/23/2011   1 comment
Semiconductor manufacturing using 300-millimeter wafers will see production nearly double from 2010 to 2015 as chip producers increasingly employ them for older, more mature products, according to a report by market research firm IHS iSuppli.
Class D audio amplifier for flat panel TVs features digital power limit and selectable gain
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8/23/2011   1 comment
ON Semiconductor has introduced the NCS8353 stereo audio amplifier, a Class D device with high efficiency levels (greater than 87%), that eliminates the need for the inclusion of a heatsink in the system design.
Digital audio SoC family enables cooler new flat-panel TV designs
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8/23/2011   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has released two new Sound Terminal digital-audio system-on-chip ICs for home-entertainment applications, which will enable smaller new-product designs while also running cooler to help designers meet tough product-safety requirements.
Single and dual comparators aim to solve supply chain management challenges
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8/23/2011   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor has developed the FAN156 low voltage comparator and the FAN256 dual low voltage comparator to provide supply chain flexibility.
Non-magnetic surface-mount MLCCs from 6.3 VDC to 3000 VDC
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8/23/2011   Post a comment
The devices will typically be used in filter circuits for MRI equipment, implantable medical devices, ferromagnetic-sensitive instrumentation, electronic test systems, and high-end audio amplifiers.
New GaN FET offers high frequency switching with enhanced performance
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8/23/2011   Post a comment
The EPC2012 FET is a 1.6 mm 2200 VDS device with a maximum RDS(ON) of 100 milliohms with 5 V applied to the gate.
ST's new digital gyroscope has superior sensor resolution and audio/mechanical noise immunity
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8/23/2011   Post a comment
The L3GD20 three-axis digital-output gyroscope from STMicroelectronics combines high sensing resolution with outstanding immunity to audio noise and vibrations.
Analog Devices AD9648 and AD9642 A/D converters
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8/23/2011   Post a comment
Analog Devices' 14-bit A/D converters meet demanding performance requirements of communications, instrumentation and test and measurement applications.
Osram sues Samsung, LG in South Korea
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8/23/2011   Post a comment
German high-tech lighting manufacturer Osram and its subsidiary, Osram Opto Semiconductors, filed multiple lawsuits in South Korea against companies controlled by LG Group and Samsung, claiming that the companies are infringing core Osram patents.
Silicon Labs tips TV tuner for China
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8/23/2011   Post a comment
Analog and mixed-signal IC maker Silicon Laboratories introduced a new silicon TV tuner chip designed to offer the optimal balance of performance and affordability for TV makers in China and Taiwan.
Image gallery: Aerospace tech in the desert
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8/22/2011   7 comments
A dusty aerospace outpost on the northern edge of Edwards Air Force Base in Southern California aspires to be the next big thing in commercial space transportation.
Jedec readies DDR4 memory spec
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8/22/2011   6 comments
The Double Data Rate 4 memory chip standard will include three data width offerings, differential signaling, data masking and a new termination scheme, according to the Jedec Solid State Technology Association, the standards developer that creates the DDR standards.
TI’s dual 16-, 14- and 12-bit DACs provide highest precision, lowest power consumption
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8/22/2011   Post a comment
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) has announced that their family of dual 16-, 14- and 12-bit digital-to-analog converters (DACs) provide the industry’s highest precision and lowest power consumption.
Supercomputer, data center nets diverging
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8/22/2011   3 comments
Networks used inside supercomputers and data centers are diverging, according to papers at this week's Hot Interconnects event.
World's first dual channel brushless DC motor controller targets small electric vehicles and robotics
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8/22/2011   Post a comment
The HBL2350 from Roboteq, Inc is a dual channel, high current brushless motor controller, capable of simultaneously driving two brushless DC motors up to 75Amps each at up to 50V.
GPRS modem routers simplify M2M data connectivity
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8/21/2011   Post a comment
Radio Data Technology (RDT) has released their latest RM6000 GPRS modem routers following successful field trials in the water and traffic management industries.
Panel PC targets self service environment
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8/21/2011   Post a comment
The panel PC features gigabit Ethernet, 801.11 b/g/n wireless and Bluetooth connectivity as standard, has built-in webcam and microphone and features a choice of either single touch resistive or multi-touch capacitive touchscreens.
Short range radio modules now report signal strength
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8/21/2011   Post a comment
Short-range radio device supplier, LPRS, is now shipping production quantities of its latest generation of wireless modules, easyRadio Advanced (eRA).
WiMAX subscriptions surpass 20 million globally
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8/21/2011   4 comments
The WiMAX Forum has announced that WiMAX technology has broken the 20 million global subscriber mark. This significant milestone comes among reports from operators around the world reporting dramatic subscriber growth.
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