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ARM gets to sit beside Intel inside Dell laptop
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9/29/2009   2 comments
Dell has unveiled a range of laptops that, for the first time, use a microprocessor based on one of ARM plc's low power cores, sitting side-by-side an Intel Core Duo.
Exciton transistors inch toward commercialization
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9/29/2009   Post a comment
Researchers have refined the materials mix and architecture of excitonic transistors to permit economical operation at 125 degrees Kelvin, which they say is attainable with inexpensive liquid nitrogen.
ADI to upstage Silicon Image with new HDMI 1.4 IC
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9/29/2009   5 comments
Some new AV receivers or sound bars -- scheduled for Christmas launch -- may come with HDMI 1.4 features including audio return channel and 3D processing, but they will be powered by Analog Devices' new HDMI 1.4 transceiver IC, rather than those by Silicon Image.
Partnerships, VC funds warm up French solar industry
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9/29/2009   Post a comment
As summer fades away, many initiatives have emerged to continue to foster solar energy on the French soil.
Magnetic superpower on the rise
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9/29/2009   1 comment
At the 10th Cambridge Enterprise Conference, at the end of September, a number of startups showed up to exhibit what could be the next wave of technology to penetrate our everyday lives. Magnifye Ltd was one of them.
Analysis: What's behind Taiwan's decision to ease investment rules?
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9/29/2009   Post a comment
Comments reported by local media from Taiwan's economic minister Shih Yen-shiang on the easing investment restrictions with regard to mainland China were enough to send the share prices of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and United Microelectronics Corp. shooting upwards, but the devil could yet be in the detail.
Virage rolls new interface IP products
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9/29/2009   Post a comment
Intellectual property vendor Virage Logic announced new interface IP products to join its SiPro product line, the group of products that have sprung from the company's January licensing agreement with AMD.
Powerful problems seen for mobile handsets
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9/29/2009   Post a comment
Emerging solutions for bridging the power gap required by a growing number of handset features and available handset battery capacity are unlikely to solve the increasing and worrying problem, according to market trackers at IMS Research.
Integrated DAC and line-out driver claims power consumption savings of two thirds
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9/29/2009   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has introduced a combined audio-DAC and line-driver IC that can supply the audio Line-Out connection in set-top boxes, DVD players and other consumer devices.
Yamaichi : SIM and Smart card reader mounts on circuit board
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9/29/2009   Post a comment
With the FMS008-4000-xx connector Yamaichi offers a variable reading system for SIM and Smart cards.
TSMC, UMC boosted by lifting of Taiwan investment ban
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9/29/2009   Post a comment
The Taiwan government is set to lift a long-running ban on investment by Taiwanese companies in Chinese counterparts, according to reports. The result is likely to benefit foundry chipmakers Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. and United Microelectronics Corp.
Tower and Jazz Semiconductor enhances SiGe platform to offer power savings
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9/29/2009   Post a comment
Tower Semiconductor Ltd., and its U.S. subsidiary, Jazz Semiconductor, has announced the availability of its proprietary Deep-Silicon-Via (DSV) technology available in its 0.18-micron SiGe BiCMOS (SBC18).
Suss seeks strategic position in Taiwan's 3D chip game
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9/29/2009   Post a comment
Back-end semiconductor tool vendor Suss Microtec (Garching, Germany) joins the Taiwan-based 3D chip integration equipment consortium Adstac. The company expects that the move secures a "strategic edge" in a booming future market.
Drive makers at crossroads over next generation
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9/29/2009   Post a comment
Hard disk makers will have to decide in the next year which of two major paths they will take to tomorrow's drives that will pack a terabit or more per square inch, according to a leading consultant—heat-assisted recording or patterned media.
Jova rolls low-cost image sensor tester
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9/29/2009   Post a comment
Hoping to lower the cost of CMOS image sensor testing, Jova Solutions Inc. has rolled out its next-generation tester.
Secure CPU vendor introduces security server
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9/28/2009   Post a comment
Secure processor vendor CPU Technology introduced a security server that combines hardware and software used to encrypt embedded applications and configure security features for the company's Acalis CPU872 secure processors.
Judge approves TI's purchase of Qimonda assets
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9/28/2009   Post a comment
A U.S. bankruptcy judge has approved the $172.5 million purchase by Texas Instruments of semiconductor manufacturing equipment from Qimonda's fab in Virginia.
Silicon Image CEO resigns amid lower forecast
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Amid a lower forecast for the quarter, Silicon Image Inc. has announced the resignation of its president and chief executive, Steve Tirado.
OPTEK donates 200 high brightness LEDS to university bridge development contest
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TT electronics OPTEK Technology donated 200 high brightness LEDs to an engineering team at North Carolina State University participating in the 2009 North Carolina Engineering Day to be utilized in a bridge design.
OSRAM introduces new compact LEDs for daytime running lights in mid-range vehicles
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9/28/2009   Post a comment
OSRAM Opto Semiconductors has introduced the OSLON MX ECE and OSLON SX ECE LEDs designed for use in daytime running lights in the front light clusters of mid-range vehicles.
SmartGridLicense.com serves as hub for utilities and other industries seeking information about Smart Grid technology
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9/28/2009   Post a comment
A new Web site was launched to serve as a resource for utilities and other industries seeking information about licensing technology that fosters development of the Smart Grid.
SOFTWARE TOOLS - Arasan adds IEEE 1588 PTP support to Ethernet IP Core
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Arasan Chip Systems, Inc. has integrated support for IEEE 1588 Precision Time Protocol (PTP) into its Ethernet IP core. Mission critical environments such as factory automation systems, networking environments, manufacturing, test and measurement systems rely on IEEE 1588 to maintain precise timing synchronization in order to execute activities in real-time.
Battery makers mix new notebook chemistries
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9/28/2009   Post a comment
New variations in the chemistry used for lithium ion batteries promise longer life for notebook computers, but the changes will also force new trade offs in the power electronics of those systems.
Analog Devices offers first PDM digital-input class D audio amplifier for portable applications
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9/28/2009   Post a comment
Analog Devices, Inc., has introduced what the company claims is the industry's first PDM (pulse density modulation) digital-input Class D audio amplifier for handset and other portable applications, such as portable media players and laptop computers.
Emerson Network Power unveils high-efficiency, triple-output AC-DC power solution
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9/28/2009   Post a comment
Emerson Network Power has launched a new high-efficiency AC-DC power solution which features information technology equipment (ITE) and non-patient contact/critical medical safety approvals, making them ideal for use in ITE and light industrial systems, as well as equipment intended for non-patient contact and non-patient critical use in low power medical, dental and laboratory applications.
10 companies in trouble (revisited)
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9/28/2009   3 comments
Four months ago, EE Times published a story highlighting 10 companies that, in our opinion, were in trouble.
10 companies in trouble (revisited)
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9/28/2009   3 comments
Four months ago, EE Times published a story highlighting 10 companies that, in our opinion, were in trouble.
10 companies in trouble (revisited)
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9/28/2009   3 comments
Four months ago, EE Times published a story highlighting 10 companies that, in our opinion, were in trouble.
Elpida readies 2GB Mobile DDR2 memory
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9/28/2009   1 comment
Elpida Memory will start sampling next month a 2-gigabit DDR2 Mobile RAM, targeting smartphones, netbooks and mobile Internet devices.
58-VIN, 2-A with IOUT, 2.4 MHz step-down DC/DC converter draws 85-uA of quiescent current
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9/28/2009   Post a comment
Linear Technology Corporation has introduced a 2 A, 58 V(IN) step-down switching regulator with Burst Mode operation to maintain quiescent current under 85 uA.
Inphi to fight Netlist suit
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Inphi Corp. said that it will defend itself in response to a ''nuisance lawsuit'' announced by Netlist Inc.
VW, Varta JV to speed up e-car battery research
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9/28/2009   1 comment
Automotive manufacturer Volkswagen plans to intensify its efforts to develop and eventually produce batteries for electric cars. Besides its existing collaboration with Sanyo and Toshiba, the manufacturer plans to launch a research joint venture with Varta Microbattery GmbH.
ARM will overtake Intel in netbooks, smartbooks, says analyst
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9/28/2009   4 comments
Intel Corp. will claim 94 percent of the netbook/smartbook market in 2009 but ARM Holdings plc and its processor licensees with take the lead in 2012, according to Robert Castellano of market research company The Information Network (New Tripoli, Pennsylvania).
Peripherals authentication could change landscape
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9/28/2009   Post a comment
A presentation at the recent Intel developers forum gained little attention though it has the potential to significantly change the market for PC add-ons — and a broad spectrum of consumer devices.
Forte acquires IP, datapath synthesis vendor
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9/28/2009   Post a comment
High-level synthesis EDA vendor Forte Design Systems has acquired Arithmatica, a U.K.-based supplier of IP and datapath synthesis. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
Broadcom licenses ARM Cortex-A9 multiprocessor core
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9/28/2009   Post a comment
Fabless communications chip company Broadcom Corp. (Irvine, Calif.) has licensed the Cortex-A9 MPCore multicore processor from ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) for use in some mobile and wireless applications.
Liquavista takes $3.7 million loan from Dutch government
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9/28/2009   Post a comment
Electrowetting display pioneer Liquavista BV (Eindhoven, The Netherlands has received a 2.5 million euro (about $3.7 million) innovation loan from SenterNovem, an agency of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs. The money is intended to accelerate the development of Liquavista's range of eReader display technologies.
Synopsys expands parasitic extraction capabilities for AMS designs
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9/28/2009   Post a comment
EDA and IP vendor, Synopsys Inc. has expanded its parasitic extraction tools with analog mixed-signal (AMS) and custom digital IC designers in mind.
Former Hynix DRAM plant to get solar makeover
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9/28/2009   1 comment
A South Korean leather goods manufacturer plans to buy from Hynix Semiconductor the closed DRAM plant here with plans to turn it into the largest solar cell producer in the United States.
Robots in education
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Dissecting the bot
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Even in this tough economy, robots are being introduced for a variety of new application areas.
Drafted for duty
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Netbook, smartbook, tablet PC: Can anybody straighten this out?
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9/28/2009   1 comment
Scan the dyslexicon of products targeting the territory between laptops and mobile phones--e-books, mini-notebooks, mobile Internet devices, netbooks, smartbooks, smartphones, tablet PCs and tomorrow's cloudbooks--and you understand why consumers are confused.
Eye-Fi uses Secure Digital (SD) card slot for Wi-Fi in cameras
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9/28/2009   Post a comment
In a recent product teardown, Portelligent analyzed Eye-Fi's "Share," a Wi-Fi-enabled SD card that makes it easy and affordable to add Wi-Fi connectivity to any digital camera with an SD card slot. Eye-Fi's product line-up includes five Wi-Fi SD card/service combinations between $50 and .
Slideshow: Denials, memories and the 'Turbo Man' at IDF
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9/25/2009   Post a comment
This year's Intel Developer Forum will not be remembered for huge surprises or landmark announcements. But it had some visual moments.
Intel vows to make TV personal, social, optical
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9/25/2009   Post a comment
In Intel's view of the future, television will be ubiquitous on both mobile and home-viewing devices, offering personalized programming, social media capabilities, 3-D and more--all running over Intel's Light Peak optical interconnect technology.
Judge approves MagnaChip's reorg plan
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9/25/2009   Post a comment
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Peter Walsh has approved a reorganization plan submitted by South Korea's MagnaChip Semiconductor, according to a Reuters report.
Dongbu to host analog forum in Korea
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9/25/2009   Post a comment
South Korean foundry vendor Dongbu HiTek will host the "Analog Semiconductor Leaders' Forum."
EDA application runs on iPhone
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9/25/2009   3 comments
Forget a $20,000 workstation or even a PC--now there is an EDA application that runs on Apple's iPhone.
Mapper Lithography gains grant
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9/25/2009   Post a comment
Mapper Lithography BV has been awarded a subsidy of around 10 million euros ($14.7 million) by SenterNovem, an agency of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs.
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