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AMD gained MPU share in Q409, says iSuppli
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Advanced Micro Devices increased its share of the global microprocessor market to 12.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2009, as the company took share from both larger rival Intel and smaller players, according to market research firm iSuppli.
AMD, Rambus renew license deal
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Rambus Inc. announced Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has renewed its patent license agreement.
IBM warns of 'design rule explosion' beyond 22-nm
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The recent The International Symposium on Physical Design featured a warning from IBM about "design rule explosion," Mentor Graphics' pitch to the automotive sector and a proposal from a former Cadence Design Systems Fellow on using EDA to study the human brain.
Micron beats Street, sees NAND fab ramp
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Micron Technology Inc. beat Wall Street's estimates amid an ongoing recovery in the memory market.
Machine design cost and risk too high? Build it right the first time
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Competitive pressure is mounting on machine builders. Here's how to create that highly competitive multipurpose machine by adopting modern control systems, sophisticated algorithms, and integrating high-end electronics into their mechanical machine.
PrimeSense confirms Microsoft 'Natal' design win
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PrimeSense Ltd. (Tel Aviv, Israel) a developer of a 3-D recognition sensor technology, has said it is providing the 3-D sensing technology for Project Natal for the Xbox 360 from Microsoft.
CEA-Leti claims measurement uncertainty reduction at sub-28nm
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The Electronics and Information Technology Laboratory of the CEA (CEA-Leti) of France claimed it has been able to reduce measurement uncertainty in the sub-28nm nodes.
Magma names head of Indian operations
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EDA vendor Magma Design Automation Inc. announced it has appointed Alok Mehrotra as managing director of Indian operations.
Qualcomm locates augmented reality R&D in Vienna
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Wireless chip vendor Qualcomm Inc. (San Diego, Calif.) has opened the Qualcomm Austria Research Center GmbH in Vienna, Austria, as a center for the design and development of augmented reality and related technologies.
STMicro demos embedded system solution for printers
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STMicroelectronics unveiled a prototype formatter board for laser-printer applications, based on the company's Spear embedded microprocessor technology.
Data acquisition front-end IC offers battery management benefits
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austriamicrosystems has unveiled a high precision data acquisition front-end IC for automotive battery current, voltage, temperature sense applications and in general for sensor interface applications where precise measurement of small signals close to ground is required.
Energy storage to be a $45 billion market in 2015
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The market for batteries, supercapacitors and fuel cells targeting transportation and smart grid applications will more than double from $21.4 billion in 2010 to $44.4 billion in 2015.
Hynix CEO sees chance to reduce debts
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Kwon Oh-chul, the incoming CEO of Hynix Semiconductor Inc. (Icheon, Korea), is looking forward to a good year in terms of sales and profits and that this will let Hynix reduce its debts and for banks to offload more of their stake in the company.
TV tuner IC vendor gains $16 million in Series E
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Xceive Corp., a fabless developer of RF-to-baseband TV tuner ICs, has announced it has secured more than $16 million in a combination of Series E equity and debt financing.
Kyocera to acquire LCD facility from Sony
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Kyocera Corp. has agreed to acquire a part of Sony Mobile Display Corp.'s thin-film transistor liquid crystal display design and manufacturing business. The amount Kyocera is spending was not disclosed.
Target names sales partner in Korea
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Target Compiler Technologies NV (Leuven, Belgium) announced it has concluded a distribution agreement with Seoul-based Acetronix to provide sales and marketing support for its IP Designer and IP Programmer EDA tools throughout Korea.
Rapid growth expected for GaN power management ICs
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The market for gallium nitride power management chips is expected to grow to $183.6 million in 2013 from virtually zero in 2010, according to market research firm iSuppli, which most of this growth to occur in 2012 and 2013 as technology advancements reduce the cost of manufacturing.
Jury: SCO does not own copyright on Linux code
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3/30/2010   4 comments
A jury in a Salt Lake City Federal court ruled that Novell, not the SCO Group, owns the copyrights to the Unix operating system, at least temporarily protecting a wide range of Linux users whom SCO claimed owned it royalties.
HARDWARE TOOLS - Microchip development kits speed accessory designs for iPod and iPhone
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Microchip Technology Inc. offers three new development kits that enable the rapid design of accessories for iPod and iPhone using Microchip's PIC microcontrollers. The kits provide examples of the hardware and software required to implement applications such as digital-audio sound systems, docking stations and many new accessories that can leverage the infrastructure for iPod and iPhone.
GPS front-end module delivers low noise figure for mobile applications
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Avago is offering a miniature GPS front-end module that integrates a low noise amplifier with pre- and post high rejection FBAR filters in 3 x 2.5mm package.
SOFTWARE TOOLS - D2 and Beceem offer 4G Android toolkit
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Beceem Communications and D2 Technologies have announced a reference design for Android mobile devices that delivers 4G VoIP services with seamless multi-radio and multi-standard call handover between 4G and 3G networks.
Chip maker asks ITC to block iPad sales
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Taiwanese chip and touch screen maker Elan Microelectronics has asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to ban the import and sale of some Apple products, including the forthcoming iPad tablet, on the grounds that they allegedly infringe on patents held by Elan.
Novellus CEO: New (and old) IC growth drivers
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It's back to the future in the semiconductor industry. Driven by many of the same dynamics from the 1990s, the semiconductor industry is set for a new and healthy three-to-four year growth cycle, according to the top executive from Novellus Systems.
Intel rolls Xeon chips for high-end servers
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Intel Corp. officially rolled out its new high-end x86 server processors, the Xeon 7500 family, using up to eight dual-threaded cores with support from more than twice as many OEMs as Intel's previous high-end server CPUs, including an SGI system delivering a up to 256 processors.
Production shipments of Cyclone IV available
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Altera has begun production shipments of Cyclone IV FPGAs and made available a Cyclone IV GX-based transceiver starter kit.
Pigeon Point offers BMR starter kits with SmartFusion
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Pigeon Point Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of programmable logic vendor Actel, announced new AdvancedTCA IPM Controller and ATCA/AdvancedMC Carrier IPMC board management reference starter kits using Actel's new SmartFusion mixed signal FPGA.
Micrel unveils PoE power sourcing equipment controller
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Micrel Inc., has introduced a Power over Ethernet (PoE) Power Sourcing Equipment (PSE) Controller that provides 8-ports of IEEE 802.3af-compliant power delivery in a compact 64-pin LQFP package.
WLED driver with PWM-controllable boost converter maximizes power efficiency
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Maxim Integrated Products has introduced a high-efficiency WLED driver with an integrated boost converter and five GPIO ports that can be used to drive LEDs (powered from an alternate power supply) in parallel.
4.0-mm profile Inductor delivers high maximum frequency to 2.0-MHz
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Vishay Intertechnology Inc. has launched a new IHLP low-profile, high-current inductor in the 6767 case size.
Supreme Court expected to rule on Bilski case soon
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Legal experts expect the Supreme Court will issue a decision any day upholding the Bilski ruling that limits business-method and software patents but may call for the Federal Circuit court to broaden a test of what can be patentable it set in that case.
Robotics are on road to autonomous assistants
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Robots are becoming a staple in a host of environments and applications, from the classroom and the factory floor to the surgical theater, the combat zone and the space station.
Applied raises forecast, sees upturn
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Citing the IC upturn, Applied Materials Inc. has raised its outlook for 2010.
NEWS - Cypress introduces industry's first programmable PLCs
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Cypress has launched the industry's first programmable PLCs that enable reliable transmission of command and control data over both high and low voltage power lines with no new wires.
GaN-based military RF power amplifier delivers 100 W from 20 to 305 MHz
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BC Systems has introduced the Model RF40015, an RF power amplifier designed for defense applications in which broadband frequency coverage of 20 to 305 MHz and RF output power of at least 100 W in Class AB operation is desired in a compact, rugged package.
Applied invests in Enphase Energy
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Enphase Energy Inc. (Petaluma, Calif.), a supplier of solar microinverter systems, has secured $40 million in funding, with Bay Partners leading the equity financing.
Applied to lower investments in SunFab
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Applied Materials Inc. plans to lower its investments in its SunFab solar technology amid disappointing results with the technology.
Intel-Micron JV hiring for delayed Singapore fab
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In another signal that a delayed 300-mm fab in Singapore is moving closer to ramp up, IM Flash Technologies--the NAND flash joint venture between Intel and Micron Technology--is advertising dozens of jobs openings in the island city-state.
NEC expands 32-bit MCU line
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NEC Electronics America Inc. announced 78 new members to the V850ES/Jx3 family of 32-bit All Flash microcontrollers (MCUs) with low power consumption, optimized pin counts and expanded functionality.
Large Hadron Collider smashes protons at 7-TeV
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The Large Hadron Collider housed at CERN (Geneva, Switzerland) has been re-opened and two beams of protons have been brought into a collision with an energy of 7 tera electron-volts.
Report: Third Chinese Foxconn employee falls to death
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An employee of contract electronics manufacturer Foxconn fell to his death Monday (March 29) in Shenzhen China, according to a Xinhua report that cited the company and police as sources.
Analysis: NXP shares sale could open IPO floodgate
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If NXP Semiconductor Inc. pulls off a successful initial public offering, other chip vendors could follow with their own shares sales, opening the floodgate for the industry to raise much needed capital from the equity market.
Infineon uses Synopsys' Galaxy for baseband processor
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Munich-based chipmaker Infineon Technologies AG said it has deployed Synopsys' Galaxy Implementation Platform, including IC Compiler, for the 40nm processor aimed at the X-GOLD 626 multi-million-gate analog and digital system-in-package (SIP).
Mentor optimizes Veloce emulator with Platform LSF
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Mentor Graphics Corp. and Platform Computing (Ontario, Canada) said they have deployed Platform LSF high performance computing solution to optimize Veloce emulation systems as shared resources.
Microsemi buys White Electronic for $100 million
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Microsemi Corp., a manufacturer of analog and mixed-signal ICs, has resumed the buying spree that characterized the company in 2009, and agreed to acquire White Electronic Designs Corp. (Phoenix, Arix.) for a cash offer of $7 per share. The net transaction value is approximately $100 million, net of White Electronic's projected cash balance at closing, Microsemi said.
Project seeks structures to improve solar cell efficiency
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Research organization IMEC (Leuven, Belgium) has started work on a collaborative research project to improve the efficiency and cost of solar cells though the use of metallic nanostructures.
Virage, MIPS match memory, processor IP
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Processor IP company MIPS Technologies Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.) is teaming up with another IP licensor Virage Logic Corp. (Fremont, Calif.) to offer embedded memory IP for joint customers.
Avago files suit against STMicroelectronics
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Avago Technologies Inc. has filed a patent infringement suit against STMicroelectronics Inc.
Tanner EDA appoints sales partner
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Tanner EDA, a division of Tanner Research Inc. (Monrovia, Calif.), has concluded an agreement with New York-based Kelleher Systems for the distribution of its full-flow analog IC design suite, HiPer Silicon, throughout North America.
Programmable timing devices promise low power for portables
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IDT's family of VersaClock devices offers lower power and greater flexibility for designers of mobile consumer devices.
Plastic interconnect device eliminates board-to-board connectors
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ITT Interconnect Solutions has developed a plastic connector that does not require harnessing, eliminating the need for board-to-board connectors.
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