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Report: Sigma Designs to buy CopperGate
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Sigma Designs Inc. is in discussions to acquire CopperGate Communications Inc., according to reports.
Analysis: Behind the downfall of Silicon Image's CEO
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9/30/2009   4 comments
The sudden resignation of Silicon Image CEO Steve Tirado may not have surprised those following the company's recent financial results.
Analysis: Behind the downfall of Silicon Image's CEO
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9/30/2009   4 comments
The sudden resignation of Silicon Image CEO Steve Tirado may not have surprised those following the company's recent financial results.
BOARDS - Intel Atom board boasts high performance per watt for CompactPCI
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Kontron's upgraded CP305 offers typical power consumption of 10 Watts, EN50155 compliant reliability, soldered components and ultra low TDP for harsh environments.
Next-generation XPhase dual phase IC features independent power savings function
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International Rectifier has introduced a next-generation XPhase dual phase IC with independent power savings function for energy-efficient multiphase server applications.
EASIC offers ASIC-in-a-Box design kits
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Fabless ASIC house eASIC this week announced two ASIC-in-a-Box design kits that the company said would improve access to ASIC design and reverse the trend of declining ASIC starts.
Controller boosts telescope output by damping noise
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9/30/2009   1 comment
A CCD controller devised at the University of Montreal amplifies the output from optical instruments like telescopes and endoscopes while supressing noise for a tenfold net boost.
Dopant-free transistor could boost printable electronics
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Researchers from the Nanoelectronic Materials Laboratory (NamLab) based in Dresden (Germany) have created an electronic device that goes without dopants. The device gets its switching characteristics by means of electric fields. With its high electron mobility, it could eventually be used in printable electronics.
Renesas, Panasonic to devise 28-nm process
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Amid a merger agreement with NEC Electronics Corp., Renesas Technology Corp. is moving forward with its process technology alliance with Panasonic Corp.
Boost switch delivers high efficiency in high-frequency step-up DC-DC designs
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Fairchild's boost switch combines a 30V integrated N-Channel PowerTrench MOSFET and Schottky diode for low input capacitance (55pF typical) and total gate charge (1nC) to improve efficiency in DC-DC boost designs.
Automotive SoC enables precision ultrasonic sensing
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Maxim's newest MAXQ mixed-signal microcontroller provides a compact SoC for accurate ultrasonic distance measurements, and adds intelligence to cost-sensitive sensor-conditioning applications.
Epson develops high-speed USB hub controller for auto applications
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Epson's S2R72A04 boasts an operating temperature range of -40°C to 105°C.
ISuppli upgrades 2009 chip forecast again
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Market research firm iSuppli again upgraded its forecast for 2009 semiconductor sales, saying it now predicts a decline of 16.5 percent compared to 2008.
Low jitter clock generator targets broadcast video applications
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Silicon Labs' Si5324 replaces traditional multi-component video PLL products with a single clock IC while providing 80 percent lower jitter than competing products.
Ericsson : POL supplies allow easy paralleling
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Based on the popular POLA platform, two point-of-load (POL) devices from Ericsson Power Modules provide easy paralleling, making it possible for power servers and memory storage designers to access very flexible solutions for the next generation of low voltage supplies with high dc currents approaching 100 A.
Exar enters digital power market
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The first two products in the series—the XRP7704 and XRP7740—are two highly integrated field programmable power regulator ICs that Exar claims provide programmable digital power at the same cost as analog with many additional power management features.
BVM : A-V capture card supports H.264 MPEG-4
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BVM’s MP-840, a high-end video and audio capture Mini-PCI card, supports the high performance H.264 MPEG-4 video compression standard, digitally encoding four channels at 120 fps with full D1 resolution.
JTAG : Boundary-scan controller supports PCIe bus
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JTAG Technologies has added the DataBlaster JT 37x7/PCIe to its line of high-performance boundary-scan IEEE Std. 1149.1 controllers. The unit offers support for the PCI-express slot format found extensively in today’s PCs.
EDA revenue posted sixth consecutive decline in Q2
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EDA revenue declined on a year-to-year basis for the sixth consecutive quarter in the second quarter, the longest string of successive declines since at least 1997, according to the EDA Consortium.
Analysis: European technology report hints at protectionism
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A long-awaited strategy document from the European Commission on technology shows hints of a climate of increased protectionism within Europe, where the beleaguered technology-based industry has suffered more than its equivalents in many other regions.
Industry wants more from EC than just awareness
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The European semiconductor industry hails the EC announcement to foster nanotechnology and electronics. But the EC measures are not fast enough and not going far enough, some criticize.
Rigel : Vital signs simulator simulates six parameters
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A hand held, combination vital signs simulator capable of undertaking six synchronised vital signs parameters tests has been launched by Rigel Medical.
Renesas improves PLC solution for smart metering networks
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Renesas Technology presents an enhanced version of its popular PLC network layer RUN-M.
Young : Polymer capacitors offer excellent noise absorption
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Young Electronics Group introduces the Nippon ChemiCon ultra low ESR functional polymer capacitor which offers excellent noise absorption.
EC report discusses increased support for electronics
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The European Commission has identified nanotechnology, electronics and photonics as key enabling technologies (KETs) that are of strategic interest to the European Union. Advanced materials and biotechnology are also listed in a report that goes on to discuss ways in which greater support should be offered to these disciplines.
Faulty memory chip causes Philips defibrillator recall
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9/30/2009   1 comment
Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV (Amsterdam, The Netherlands), a leading vendor of consumer and medical products, has announced that it is recalling approximately 5,400 HeartStart FR2+ automated external defibrillators (AEDs).
Wacker retreats from solar wafer business
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Wacker Chemie AG (Munich) backs out of the joint venture with Schott Solar AG. The move highlights the competitive dynamics in the solar industry.
Mirics, Nvidia develop CUDA-based mobile TV
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PC-TV chip company Mirics Semiconductor Ltd. (Fleet, England) has said it has developed a mobile TV receiver to run on Nvidia graphics processing units (GPUs).
DCPs gear up to drive digital power semiconductor market forward
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Suppliers of digital power semiconductors are aligning behind Digital Controllers of Power (DCPs) in preparation for an almost sevenfold rise in revenue by 2013, according to market research company iSuppli Corp.
Philips to close facility in France
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Here comes another name on the list of site closures. Dutch Royal Philips announced it would shut down its TV production facility in Dreux, France, a move that will impact about 212 jobs. No date has been mentioned.
ARM in talks with GlobalFoundries, say reports
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Processor intellectual property licensor ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) is holding talks with the foundry chip manufacturer GlobalFoundries Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.), according to reports.
Analysis: TI fab ramp puts analog rivals on notice
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Having finally announced its intent for a 300-mm fab in the United States, Texas Instruments Inc. is putting its analog rivals on notice.
Forum: Will cloud services rain on data center systems?
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9/29/2009   1 comment
Cloud computing will rain down a new level of competitors and price pressures on today's data center hardware vendors, reshaping the business computer market, according to an industry consultant.
Canon shuffles responsibility for semi equipment
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Canon and its independent marketing arm, Canon Marketing Japan, announced they have reached a basic agreement to transfer Canon Marketing Japan's semiconductor equipment-related business to Canon, effective Jan. 1, 2010.
Avnet releases Spartan-6 kits
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Electronics distributor Avnet released a pair of new kits supporting Spartan-6 FPGAs from Xilinx.
Step-down DC/DC converter draws only 85uA of quiescent current
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Linear Technology Corporation has announced the LT3980, a 2A, 58Vin step-down switching regulator with Burst Mode operation to maintain quiescent current under 85uA.
WIRELESS/RF - Kits speed Zigbee development on ARM Cortex-M3 SoC cores
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EM35x InSight Development Kits enable development and debugging of ZigBee products on ARM Cortex-M3 based SoCs
Micron narrows quarterly loss
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Saying the market remains challenging but is beginning to improve, memory chip vendor Micron Technology reported a net loss of $88 million for the quarter ended Sept. 3, down from a net loss of $290 million in the prior quarter and a net loss of $344 million in the year-ago quarter.
Microsemi offers RF power transistors in thermally-enhanced MOSFET package
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Microsemi Corporation (Irvine, California) has introduced a new family of RF MOSFETs in a thermally-enhanced SOE package for broadband commercial and hi-rel applications requiring high power and gain without compromising reliability, ruggedness, or inter-modulations distortion.
Class D audio amplifier delivers constant 1-W to provide continuous high quality audio output as battery depletes
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ON Semiconductor has introduced a new Class D audio amplifier with an integrated charge pump that provides a cost-effective and space-efficient speaker amplifier solution for applications such as cell phones, digital video recorders and portable speakers.
Boost switch delivers high efficiency in high-frequency step-up DC-DC designs
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Fairchild Semiconductor brings designers of cell phones, medical, portable and consumer applications a boost switch that provides high efficiency in boost conversion circuits.
Battery charger module for Li-ion batteries fits small footprint
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Micro Power has released a SMC-65 battery charger module for Li-ion batteries which features an open frame charger assembly that provides efficient, reliable battery charging in a small footprint that can be easily integrated into industrial, medical and military OEM products.
Lean IC inventories could create artificial sales bump
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Global chip revenue in the third quarter is likely to rise by 3 percent more than actual demand would dictate, creating an artificial bump in sales thanks to lean inventory levels, according to market research firm iSuppli.
Mindtree acquires Kyocera's Indian design arm
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Software services provider MindTree will acquire the design arm of Japan's Kyocera Wireless Corp.
TI to open 300-mm analog fab in North Texas
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9/29/2009   2 comments
Texas Instruments plans to open a 300-mm analog semiconductor fab in Richardson, Texas. The company expects to begin equipping the facility next month and ship the first chips from the fab by the end of next year.
R&D guru returns to TSMC
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Shang-Yi Chiang has rejoined Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) in the R&D ranks.
Analog Devices : HDMI 1.4 transceiver suits home and pro AV systems
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Analog Devices has expanded its Advantiv advanced television portfolio with an HDMI 1.4 (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) transceiver for home and professional AV (audio/video) designs.
Atmel : 128 KB flash MCU suits low-power applications
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Atmel has announced a 128 KB picoPower megaAVR microcontroller, targeting size-constrained, low-power applications.
Innovation et énergie verte
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La hausse inévitable du coût de l'énergie a suscité beaucoup d'intérêt pour l'énergie verte. La nécessité de gérer l'énergie n'a rien de nouveau pour les ingénieurs de Linear. Ce qui a changé, c'est l'intérêt que nos clients portent à l'augmentation du rendement. Les acheteurs comprennent maintenant que la consommation électrique des grandes installations comme les centres de données ou les stations de base peut dépasser le coût des équipements eux-mêmes. Aussi, nos clients attachent beaucoup pl
Maxim introduces mixed-signal MCU for ultrasonic sensor applications
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Maxim introduces the newest member of its MAXQ RISC microcontroller product line: the MAXQ7667 SoC (system-on-chip), mixed-signal microcontroller for ultrasonic sensor applications.
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