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NAND: History's fastest-growing IC market
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The NAND flash-memory business is on track to become the fastest-growing semiconductor sector in history despite a ''phenomenal first-quarter price collapse,'' according to Semico Research.
Brooks restates, takes $64M charge
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As expected, fab gear supplier Brooks Automation restated its financial statements for the fiscal years 1996 through 2005 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, taking a $64.5 million charge for stock-based compensation.
Photronics slashes revenue forecast; cites FPD shortfall
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Blaming a shortfall in flat panel display photomask orders, U.S. mask maker Photronics said it has revised its quarterly guidance downward and now expects revenue of $106 million to $107 million for its fiscal third quarter.
Elpida sees strong profits, sales
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Japanese DRAM supplier Elpida Memory Inc. posted a profit of 6.6 billion yen ($57.6 million) for its first fiscal quarter, compared to a net of 1.5 billion yen ($13.1 million) in the previous period and a loss of 3.3 billion yen ($28.8 million) in the like period a year ago.
AMI to buy ultra-low power SRAM business
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AMI Semiconductor said it has entered into an agreement to acquire the ultra-low power six-transistor SRAM and medical system-on-chip ASIC businesses of NanoAmp Solutions for approximately $21 million in cash, plus an adjustment for closing inventory of the business.
Giga-tronics posts loss
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Microwave components supplier Gigatronics Inc. reported a net loss of $1.0 million, or 21 cents per fully diluted share for the first fiscal 2007 quarter ending June 24, 2006. This compares with a net profit of $0.2 million, or 4 cents per share in the year-ago quarter.
Luminus Devices announces its PhlatLight products are Rohs-compliant and environmentally friendly
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Luminus Devices, Inc. has announced that its PhlatLight product line is compliant with the European Union's RoHS Directive, "restriction of the use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment," that took effect throughout Europe beginning July 1, 2006.
Actel offers free IDE for 32-bit ARM7 MPU core
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Programmable logic supplier Actel released a free development environment for Actel's CoreMP7, claimed to be the industry's only soft 32-bit ARM7 microprocessor core for FPGAs.
Asymtek makes management changes
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Automated fluid dispensing supplier Asymtek, a Nordson company, has reshuffled its management team.
ASM Pacific's CEO to retire
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ASM International N.V.'s subsidiary, ASM Pacific Technology Ltd., has announced that Patrick Lam, managing director and chief executive, is officially retiring from ASM Pacific and ASMI by year's end.
Power Integrations faces delisting
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Semiconductor supplier Power Integrations faces delisting from the Nasdaq exchange after stating it does not expect to update its SEC filings by the previously announced deadline of Aug. 2, 2006.
Power-One and Silicon Laboratories agree to resolve litigation
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Silicon Laboratories to join the Z-One Digital Power Alliance and announce joint developments with Power-One
Sierra Wireless' PCI Express modules ease 3G integration
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The modules have common interfaces for both Sierra Wireless UMTS and CDMA modules.
Intel and Micron sample 50 nanometer NAND flash memory devices
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Micron Technology, Inc., and Intel Corp. have begun sampling NAND flash memory built on 50 nanometer (nm) process technology. The samples were manufactured through IM Flash Technologies, a joint development and manufacturing venture from Micron and Intel.
Digital power management IC targets lower power applications
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Zilker Labs introduces highly integrated 3 amp power management and conversion IC that complements existing company products.
Soitec closes acquisition of TraciT Technologies
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Early June, Silicon-on-Insulator wafer supplier Soitec SA concluded an agreement to acquire all the shares of TraciT Technologies, a Grenoble-based company specialized in thin layer transfer technologies that leverage molecular adhesion and mechanical, as well as chemical, thinning processes for the production of micro-electro mechanical (MEMS) and power circuits. The transaction is now finalized.
Toshiba's IC sales down, sees big growth
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Toshiba Corp.'s semiconductor unit is on a wild topsy-turvy ride.
Lockheed Martin set to make seed-sized spy plane
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The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded Lockheed Martin a $1.7-million, 10-month contract to design a remotely controlled nano air vehicle (NAV) that is capable of collecting military intelligence both indoors and in urban outdoor environments.
Updated: TSMC vaults to No. 4 in IC rankings
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IC Insights semiconductor company revenue rankings for the first half of the year showed TSMC jumped from No. 8 to No. 4, and Qualcomm became the first fabless company to crack the top 15.
ASMI's sales, profits up
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Chip-equipment maker ASM International N.V. reported sales of 234.8 million euros ($299.9 million) in the second quarter of 2006, up 14 percent from the first quarter of 2006 and up 28 percent from the second quarter of 2005.
Ikanos acquires Doradus technologies
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Ikanos Communications Inc. has acquired the privately-held Doradus Technologies Inc., a digital TV DSP specialist founded by Ikanos' former director of engineering Sam Heidari.
Ikanos acquires digital TV DSP company
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Ikanos Communications Inc. has acquired the privately-held Doradus Technologies Inc., a digital TV DSP specialist founded by Ikanos' former director of engineering Sam Heidari.
Hemlock seeks new polysilicon plant site
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Hemlock Semiconductor Corp. said that it is launching a worldwide search for a potential second manufacturing site to produce polycrystalline silicon to support the growing demand from the solar and chip markets.
Wind River contributes 300K lines of code to Eclipse
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Device software optimization specialist Wind River Systems has released more than 300,000 lines of code to the Eclipse Foundation, an open source community focused on providing an extensible development platform and application frameworks for building software.
Power-One, Silicon Labs resolve patent suit
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Power-One Inc. and Silicon Laboratories Inc. have agreed to settle and resolve the patent infringement lawsuit filed by Power-One on Dec. 14, 2005 against Silicon Laboratories.
Soitec finalise l'acquisition de TraciT Technologies
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Fin juin, le spécialiste du silicium sur isolant Soitec SA conclut un accord en vue d’acquérir l’intégralité des actions constituant le capital social de TraciT Technologies SA, société grenobloise axée sur la fabrication de nouveaux produits par adhésion moléculaire et amincissement mécano-chimique pour des applications dans le domaine de la gestion de l’énergie et des micro-systèmes. L’acquisition est dès lors finalisée.
DDC-I's SCORE compilers available to Wind River Workbench developers
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DDC-I's SCORE compilers are available for the Wind River Workbench, an eclipse-based development suite, and Wind River's VxWorks real-time operating system.
Power amp enables cutting edge 3G WCDMA handsets
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Anadigics offers a heterojunction bipolar transistor power amplifier for a WCDMA cellular handset that features advanced designs including an integrated MP3 audio player, digital camera with video capabilities, and two-inch color screen.
Don't Ring Death Knell For ASIC Career Just Yet
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The rumor that ASIC design is dying a slow death is one a consultant wants to put to rest completely.
Patent granted to Theta Microelectronics to reduce power in wireless transceivers
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Theta Microelectronics has been granted US patent No. 7,010,033 entitled “Power Dissipation Reduction in Wireless Transceivers,” a key element of the company's dynamic biasing and adaptive radio IP portfolio.
Microsofts Automotive-Plattform schaltet einen Gang höher
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Microsoft will seine Telematikplattform für die Automobilindustrie erweitern. In der nächsten Ausgabe sollen Funktionen für Telefonie und Navigation neu hinzukommen. Im Gespräch mit EE Times.eu nannte Microsoft-Manager Jürgen Za Einzelheiten.
AMD, Telmex team on Mexico Internet access
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Advanced Micro Devices Inc. announced nationwide availability of the Telmex Internet Box Personal Internet Communicator (PIC) for citizens across Mexico.
Small Tree signs Mac OS X deal with Foundry
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Small Tree Communications Inc. has gained another partner in marketing networking solutions to the Macintosh OS X community.
Platform provides RF hardware measurement for wireless networking
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Agilent Technologies announces Connected Solutions Workbench for testing wireless systems.
India begins trial IPTV services
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India's state-owned communications services provider, Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd. (MTNL) will reportedly offer Internet Protocol TV services (IPTV) under the Tri-Band name, with trial services to soon start pilot runs in New Delhi and Mumbai.
Schnelle Instrumentenverstärker mit geringer Drift
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Anspruchsvolle Anwendungen in der Mess- und Steuerungstechnik hat Analog Devices mit der Vorstellung zweier hoch genauer Instrumentenverstärker im Auge.
UDcast, JSAT réduisent la fracture numérique japonaise
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Le fournisseur sophipolitain de solutions d’IP par satellite UDcast SA va collaborer avec l’opérateur satellitaire japonais JSAT en vue de déployer des systèmes de communications IP par satellite à destination des zones rurales et insulaires japonaises dépourvues de connexions filaires.
Conexant continues DVB-S2 leadership with demodulator shipments exceeding 1M units
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Conexant Systems, Inc. further solidified its industry-leading DVB-S2 market position with shipments of the world's first DVB-S2 satellite set-top box (STB) demodulator and forward error correction (FEC) decoder exceeding 1 million units.
U.K. researchers develop 'nanodog' sniffing sensor
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Researchers from the University of Bangor in North Wales have developed a biosensor that can detect low levels of explosive materials in the atmosphere.
Memory Bulletin: DRAMs, NAND down
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It was a forgettable week for memories, as DRAMs and NAND flash were down.
Toshiba closes German fab
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According to media reports, Japanese electronics concern Toshiba Corp. has decided to close down it's fab production site in Braunschweig, Germany. The chip production will be transferred to Japan.
Report: Graphics chip shipments decline
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The latest edition of Jon Peddie's Market Watch, the firm's quarterly graphics survey, has Intel showing a 1.5 percent sequential decline in graphics shipments in Q2 06.
Quashed report tracks design exodus
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A controversial report suppressed for two years by the Bush administration provides what critics claim is the most exhaustive look yet at the outsourcing of U.S. high-tech jobs. The congressionally mandated report, compiled by the Commerce Department's Technology Administration, also contains stark predictions about the future of U.S. chip design as many more U.S. engineering jobs emigrate to low-cost locations like India.

Variability fingered as next design pothole
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The effects of process variations loomed large at last week's Design Automation Conference here, as leading-edge chip designers spelled out the challenges they face at 65 nanometers and beyond. But many offered differing views and approaches for dealing with the problem.

AMD bets big with acquisition of ATI
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Jerry Sanders, a walking symbol of controlled chaos, is probably having a good laugh. In one bold move, the company he co-founded has shaken up PC industry supplier relationships in the near term and revived the possibility of CPU and graphics processor integration in the long term, as the personal computer evolves into an entertainment platform.

Big move for small packages
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In an industry obsessed with miniaturization, Freescale Semicon- ductor Inc. has high hopes for a packaging technology that could radically alter the way chip sets are deployed.

By the Numbers: Budgets strive to match designs
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Tight budgets are forcing chip designers to be more resourceful. Though 42 percent of IC designers and 66 percent of their FPGA counterparts have bigger tool budgets this year than last, a higher percentage of respondents have increased their design starts this year, according to the "EE Times 2006 EDA Users Survey."
By the Numbers: Budgets strive to match designs
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Tight budgets are forcing chip designers to be more resourceful. Though 42 percent of IC designers and 66 percent of their FPGA counterparts have bigger tool budgets this year than last, a higher percentage of respondents have increased their design starts this year, according to the "EE Times 2006 EDA Users Survey."
Biosensor made of living cells takes off for space
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Experiments in the International Space Station will soon determine whether a new biosensor that uses living cells encased in a self-assembling inorganic nanocrystal can withstand the vacuum and hard radiation of space. If successful, the experiment could yield ultrasensitive biosensors as well as a new surface treatment that repels bacteria for surgical tools like catheters. It could also serve as a test bed for medical researchers trying to understand how some bacteria, such as tuberculosis, ca
Light causes mechanical motion
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Carbon nanotubes harbor highly energetic properties, such as ballistic electron transport and electroluminescence. And the list just seems to keep growing. Now optical-to-mechanical transducers have been demonstrated based on a nanotube thin film, enabling light to directly control mechanical motion.
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