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Nufront licenses leading ARM cores
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9/24/2012   5 comments
Cortex-A15 and Mali-T658 cores should enable fabless chip vendor to offer hardware supporting 3-D graphics, visual computing.
Fujitsu said to be selling chip business
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9/24/2012   8 comments
Woes for Japanese IC sector continue as firm reportedly hires UBS to help sell its chip unit.
Cypress introduces 16-Mbit NV SRAMS
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9/21/2012   Post a comment
Devices can interface directly with ONFI and Toggle NAND bus controllers.
Teardown: Inside Apple's iPhone 5
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9/21/2012   29 comments
Photos show Apple mostly stuck with incumbent suppliers.
Anritsu adds LTE software to signaling tester
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9/21/2012   Post a comment
Platform targets early conformance and carrier acceptance tests
Japan Inc. reportedly moves to block KKR’s Renesas takeover
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9/21/2012   4 comments
Japanese manufacturers have teamed up with a government-backed turnaround fund to put together a rescue package for Renesas Electronics.
A peek inside Apple's A6 processor
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9/21/2012   5 comments
Teardown points to likely manufacturer, yields clues about GPU core scheme.
Fab tool book-to-bill slips again
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9/21/2012   Post a comment
The ratio of bookings to billings for North America-based semiconductor equipment manufacturers declined for the fifth straight month in August.
Slideshow: Vision, medtech in focus at DESIGN East
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9/21/2012   Post a comment
We offer a few post cards from the DESIGN East conference that served up talks and demos on computer vision, personal health care along with the nuts and bolts of embedded systems.
Maxim advances analog integration strategy
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9/21/2012   4 comments
The analog IC maker has released five new highly integrated products for the factory automation and automotive markets, as well as collaborated with the companies to product a reference design for a telehealth fitness shirt.
Seiko rolls out photocurrent detection ICs
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9/21/2012   Post a comment
Due to its ultra-low current consumption and low-voltage operation, Seiko's latest product line is suitable for small battery-operated mobile device applications.
Vishay L-NS series resistors
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9/21/2012   Post a comment
Vishay has expanded its L-NS series of surface-mount thin film chip resistors with devices in 0508, 0612, and 1225 case sizes.
Murata Americas SN2100 industrial-grade, high-power Class 1 Bluetooth module
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9/21/2012   Post a comment
Murata's industrial-grade high-power Class 1 Bluetooth module is designed to achieve a broader transmission range than typical Bluetooth solutions.
Analyst says Apple A6 processor uses custom CPU core
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9/21/2012   9 comments
Apple's A6 processor uses an internally-developed processor core rather than the ARM Cortex-A15, according to an analyst.
ARM TechCon to tip 'big-little' processors
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9/21/2012   2 comments
A presentation at the upcoming ARM TechCon will detail the so-called "big-little" processing approach, including power savings and the first processors to use the technique.
DESIGN East: Vision guru calls for helping hand with ARM
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9/21/2012   2 comments
Gary Bradski (shown), a lead developer for OpenCV, said the open source computer vision library sorely needs optimization for the ARM architecture.
SpaceX booked for October return to space station
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NASA confirmed that SpaceX will fly its second resupply mission to the International Space Station in early October.
TI has six-channel LED driver
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9/20/2012   Post a comment
Texas Instruments has introduced a six-channel LED controller that drives up to 28 LEDs per string and has a dimming control.
Rohm makes smartphone fuel cell
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9/20/2012   1 comment
Rohm has developed a hydrogen fuel cell that can be used to recharge mobile phones and other portable electronic equipment.
Students go Googly for top engineering employers
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9/20/2012   24 comments
Check out the deep-dive list of most coveted companies to work for in the U.S., Japan, China, and globally.
Globalfoundries looks leapfrog fab rivals with new process
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9/20/2012   22 comments
Globalfoundries unexpectedly said it plans to offer 14-nm process technology featuring FinFET 3-D transistors in 2014, a year after its 20-nm process is scheduled to enter production.
DESIGN East: XPrize calls for Star Trek tricorder
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9/20/2012   4 comments
Star Trek’s tricorder could someday be sold at the local drug store if the sponsors of the XPrize have their way.
Motorola asks ITC to ban Apple products
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9/20/2012   3 comments
The war between the leading suppliers of personal electronics has escalated as Google subsidiary Motorola Mobility has asked for a ban in the United States on a broad set of products from Apple.
Intel's Embedded Framework Gains Traction at DESIGN East
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9/19/2012   Post a comment
Embedded vendors at Design East welcomed Intel’s Intelligent Systems Framework, praising its motives while expressing a mix of hope and skepticism about the effort.
Intel exec Maloney to retire
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9/19/2012   6 comments
Sean Maloney, a longtime Intel executive who is currently an executive vice president and chairman of the company's China subsidiary, plans to retire in January after 30 years with the company, Intel said.
Cypress grabs Ramtron, at last
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9/19/2012   2 comments
After several rejections, non-volatile memory vendor Ramtron agreed to be acquired by Cypress Semiconductor in a deal valued at $109.8 million.
China Fabless: Why is GigaDevice chasing the no-growth$3 billion NOR flash market?
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9/19/2012   9 comments
While China's fabless industry is mostly chasing apps processors, GigaDevice Semiconductor is targeting a market most have forsaken: NOR flash memory.
SK Hynix joins EUV metrology research effort
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9/19/2012   1 comment
DRAM and flash memory provider SK Hynix has joined an effort to develop metrology tools for spotting defects in masks used in extreme ultraviolet lithography.
Agilent boosts speed on RF network analyzers
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9/19/2012   Post a comment
Digital hardware upgrade options for Agilent Technologies’ ENA series network analyzers enable measurement cycle times that are two times faster than most other comparable RF network analyzers.
Handheld optical power multimeter handles install and maintenance
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9/19/2012   Post a comment
GAO Fiber Optics' handheld optical power multimeter integrates an optical source and optical power meter for the installation and maintenance of fiber communications and CATV systems.
TI extends its Miracast offerings
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9/19/2012   Post a comment
Texas Instruments has enhanced its Miracast system for streaming digital content from mobile devices to larger screens.
Fab lite, fewer startups to fuel doubling of IC growth rates
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9/19/2012   2 comments
Three decades of shrinking semiconductor revenue growth rates are about to be reversed, according to a new estimate.
Design EAST: Sensors needed for medtech devices
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9/19/2012   Post a comment
Freescale gave engineers at Design EAST a portable health meter (shown) during a discussion about next-generation medical electronics systems.
Cowan tips chip market growth for 2013
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9/19/2012   2 comments
The global chip market will contract by 0.5 percent in 2012 and then increase by 7.7 percent in 2013, according to market analyst Mike Cowan.
Teardown: Inside the Kindle Fire HD
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9/19/2012   9 comments
A photographic play-by-play of the UBM TechInsights teardown of the Amazon Kindle Fire HD.
Global chips sales slipped in August
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9/19/2012   Post a comment
Worldwide semiconductor sales on a three-month average basis were likely $24.4 billion in August, unchanged from the $24.40 billion posted by World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization for July, according to Bruce Diesen, an analyst at Carnegie Group (Oslo, Norway).
DESIGN East: IoT will be huge--maybe sooner than later
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9/18/2012   7 comments
TI's Mark Grazier (shown) said three major standards groups he sits on are starting to work more closely on interoperability for the Internet of Things.
Slideshow: Sights and sounds of an IndyCar race
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9/18/2012   Post a comment
The last IndyCar race of the 2012 season was the highlight of the Littelfuse Speed2Design program as well.
DESIGN East: Futurist tells engineers to embrace change
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9/18/2012   13 comments
Consultant Mike Walsh tossed embedded engineers a handful of “mind grenades” to make points about changing customer, supply chains and companies.
TI introduces new SafeTI MCUs and PSU for safety-critical apps
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9/18/2012   2 comments
Latest 32-bit Hercules RM4x safety MCUs, TPS65381-Q1 power supply, software and documentation help designers more easily achieve IEC 61508 SIL-3 safety standards.
New SafeTI functional safety design packages from Texas Instruments
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9/18/2012   2 comments
Customers can more easily achieve IEC 61508, IEC 60730 and ISO 26262 safety certification for industrial, transportation, automotive and medical applications.
Kilopass details smaller footprint memory bit cell
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9/18/2012   Post a comment
At MemCon today Kilopass Technology Inc. is describing its embedded VCM NVM IP bit cell technology which is said to quadruple the density of available anti-fuse NVM IP bit cells.
Think electronics manufacturing is on life support? Think again
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9/18/2012   7 comments
Electronics manufacturers like Switzerland's Escatec are employing a dual strategy of making high-end products in Europe while maintaining assembly operations in Asia.
Snapdragon S4 processor goes embedded
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9/18/2012   Post a comment
Intrinsyc, a product development company that helps other companies develop smartphones and tablet computers, is offering an embedded development system for Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 processor.
PLX preps PCI Express fabric amid server debate
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9/18/2012   Post a comment
A lively debate has cropped up around using PCI Express as a fabric connecting servers as PLX Technologies works on a switch chip that could enable the concept.
Fab tool vendor Brooks cuts 10% of workforce
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9/17/2012   Post a comment
Brooks Automation, a provider of automation tools used in semiconductor manufacturing and other industries, said it expects to cut about 150 jobs in an effort to reduce operating expenses.
Silicon Power unveils 7-mm SSDs for ultrabooks
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9/17/2012   1 comment
Two models use the SATA III interface for read speeds of 557 MB and 550 MB, respectively.
Western Digital introduces 5-mm hybrid HDD
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9/17/2012   Post a comment
The drive pairs MLC NAND flash storage with magnetic disks for 500 GB capacity.
AMD CFO Seifert steps down
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9/17/2012   2 comments
AMD CFO Thomas Seifert (shown), who served as the company's interim CEO for seven months last year during the search for Dirk Meyer's replacement, announced his resignation effective Sept. 28.
Week in automotive electronics (Sept. 17, 2012)
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9/17/2012   Post a comment
China and the automotive industry; how costly is F1 racing; Freescale taps camera partner; Ford and rare earths
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