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Synopsys to buy Magma for $507 million
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11/30/2011   25 comments
EDA and IP vendor Synopsys signed a definitive agreement to acquire rival EDA vendor Magma Design Automation in a deal worth about $507 million.
Skyworks to get AnalogicTech at lower price
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11/30/2011   1 comment
Skyworks Solutions will acquire Advanced Analogic Technologies for about $250 million in cash under the terms of an amended agreement between the companies.
Rugged MIL-COTS power supply offers scalable power in small package
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11/30/2011   Post a comment
The VME550 series from Aegis Power Systems features 18-36 VDC input with capability of one to six DC outputs.
Cray to provide supercomputer to Kyoto University
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11/30/2011   1 comment
Supercomputer maker Cray has been contracted to build a new supercomputer for the Academic Center for Computing and Media Studies at Kyoto University in Kyoto, Japan.
PC sales rankings: New No. 2 Lenovo breathing down HP's neck
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11/30/2011   8 comments
China's Lenovo Group rode a strong surge in third quarter shipments to move into second place among global PC vendors, surpassing Dell and posting a strong challenge to market leader Hewlett-Packard, according to market research firm IHS iSuppli.
Report: Magnetic sensors to grow in automotive motors
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11/30/2011   1 comment
Revenue derived from the use of magnetic sensors in automotive motors will expand by nearly 40 percent in 2012 reaching $160.3 million, according to market research firm IHS iSuppli.
Imec and Kaneka research copper for silicon solar cells
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11/30/2011   Post a comment
Research consortium imec (Leuven, Belgium) is cooperating with Kaneka (Osaka, Japan) to come up with silver-free heterojunction silicon solar cells.
ASML, TEL to speed up litho cooperation
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11/30/2011   3 comments
Dutch lithography equipment specialist ASML has announced an agreement made with semiconductor production equipment supplier Tokyo Electron Ltd. to accelerate joint development activities in extreme ultraviolet and ArF immersion lithography clusters.
Toshiba to close wafer fabs, slow IC production
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11/30/2011   5 comments
Toshiba Corp. has announced it plans to close three manufacturing facilities and consolidate much of its discrete, analog and imaging IC production into three others, as part of a response to a fall off in demand for consumer products from the western hemisphere.
Crystalline alloy boosts piezo MEMS operation
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11/30/2011   Post a comment
Researchers have successfully integrated a new, highly efficient piezoelectric material into a silicon microelectromechanical system.
UMC, Kilopass extend license agreement
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11/30/2011   Post a comment
Non-volatile memory IP vendor Kilopass Technology expanded its manufacturing license agreement with Taiwanese foundry UMC to cover process technology spanning from 55 nm to 130 nm.
Globalfoundries replaces CFO, appoints CTO
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11/30/2011   3 comments
Globalfoundries appointed Daniel Durn, a former executive at the firm's parent company, to the position of chief financial officer and assigned two other senior executives to key positions.
IDT claims first piezoelectric MEMs
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11/30/2011   8 comments
Integrated Device Technology said it has developed what it claims is the world's first piezoelectric micro-electro-mechanical system.
Tegal invests in Israeli medtech startup
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11/30/2011   Post a comment
Semiconductor equipment supplier Tegal said it made a $300,000 strategic investment in NanoVibronix, a privately held firm that develops medical devices and products that implement its proprietary therapeutic ultrasound technology.
Tsubame 2.0 supercomputer wins Gordon Bell award
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11/30/2011   2 comments
The Tokyo Institute of Technology’s Global Scientific Information Computing Center has won the the supercomputing industry’s highest honor, the Gordon Bell Prize, with its Nvidia GPU-accelerated Tsubame 2.0 supercomputer.
Microchip Tech rolls low-cost MCU dev tool
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11/29/2011   2 comments
Microchip Technology rolled out what it claimed is the lowest cost development tool supporting 3.3V, 16-bit and 32-bit PIC microcontrollers and 16-bit dsPIC digital signal controllers in 28-pin SPDIP packages.
Nokia tweaks Bluetooth for indoor navigation
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11/29/2011   15 comments
Nokia Research is courting partners and expanding Bluetooth as part of a new initiative for indoor location-based services.
Springsoft announces new tool for chip finishing
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11/29/2011   Post a comment
Springsoft has announced a new tool optimized for the task for chip finishing, enabling high-speed layout changes…
Nvidia Kepler GPUs to trail AMD's next generation
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11/29/2011   6 comments
Nvidia’s first generation Kepler GPU should emerge in March 2012, according to reports.
TI's MSP430 ultra-low-power automotive MCUs improve fuel efficiency, battery life
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11/29/2011   2 comments
Texas Instruments Incorporated's MSP430 line of 16-bit ultra-low-power microcontrollers for automotive applications has achieved AEC-Q100 certification.
PCI Express 4.0 drives to 16 GT/second
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11/29/2011   3 comments
PCI Express will double its data rates to support up to 16 GTransfers/second in an upcoming version 4.0 of the spec due by the end of 2014.
Vishay Precision Group VSMF series Bulk Metal foil resistors
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11/29/2011   Post a comment
VPG released a new series of chip resistors with flexible terminations offering low TCR of ±2.0 ppm/°C and load-life stability to ±0.01%.
Altera continues 28-nm rollout with shipment of Arria V FPGAs
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11/29/2011   1 comment
Altera demonstrates its lowest-power midrange FPGAs with 10.3125-Gbps transceivers optimized for wireless, broadcast, and military applications
ADLINK Rugged COM Express Type 6 module targets mobile apps
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11/29/2011   Post a comment
ADLINK's latest Express-HRR COM Express Type 6 module offers a modular, power-efficient design with Intel Core i7 processor, QM67 chipset, and standards-based design to support multi-vendor interoperability.
3-D IC confab to look at commercial opportunities
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11/29/2011   Post a comment
As 3-D integration and packaging approaches an inflection point, an upcoming conference in this area will bring together semiconductor luminaries for discussing 3-D commercial opportunities.
Deutsche Telekom gets in on optical chip startup
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11/29/2011   2 comments
German telecommunications operator Deutsche Telekom has joined Ericsson and Nokia Siemens Networks in investing in Skorpios Technologies Inc., a 2009 startup developing silicon photonic technology.
Applied tips atomic-layer film treatment
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11/29/2011   Post a comment
Applied Materials announced a new atomic-layer film treatment that the company claims can reduce chip power consumption and lower the k-value of dielectric films by up to 20 percent.
WSTS drops 2012 chip market growth forecast to 2.6%
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11/29/2011   Post a comment
The World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization has lowered its prediction for the 2012 global chip market to 2.6 percent annual growth but raised its view of 2013 to 5.8 percent annual growth.
Android market hack for Kindle Fire
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11/29/2011   10 comments
While Amazon’s wildly popular Kindle Fire tablet launched recently without official access to the Google Android Market, it hasn’t taken developers long to hack the code and make it work.
Semi industry vet Jim Fiebiger dies
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11/29/2011   Post a comment
James R. Fiebiger, a semiconductor industry veteran for more than four decades, died recently in Los Angeles. The cause of Fiebiger's death was not immediately known.
Seagate: HDD shortages to last for months
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11/29/2011   8 comments
Seagate said it expects revenue for the quarter ending in December to be above consensus analysts' expectations, but warned that the recent flooding in Thailand will lead to a shortage of hard disk drives that will last several quarters.
Report: Powerchip mulls fab sale
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11/28/2011   3 comments
Taiwanese memory chip vendor Powerchip Technology is considering the sale of one of its 300-mm fabs to help pay off debt at the request of one of its creditors, according to a report.
SATS firm takes stake in Elpida finance unit
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11/28/2011   1 comment
Memory test and assembly services provider Walton Advanced Engineering paid about $50 million to acquire 7,500 preferred shares in a finance subsidiary of memory chip vendor Elpida Memory.
Microchip integrates wireless transmitter with MCU
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11/28/2011   3 comments
The single-chip design targets remote control, security, and keyless entry systems.
Supreme Court won't overturn Tessera ruling
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11/28/2011   2 comments
The U.S. Supreme Court refused to overturn a patent infringement ruling by the U.S. International Trade Commission which found for Tessera Technologies over several chipmakers.
VeriSilicon takes ARM license
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11/28/2011   1 comment
IC design foundry and custom silicon provider VeriSilicon has licensed intellectual property from ARM Holdings, including Cortex processor and Mali graphics processing unit cores and Artisan physical IP, ARM said.
Lattice announces new LatticeECP4 low-cost, low-power FPGAs
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11/28/2011   1 comment
6G SERDES, hardened communication engines, and ultra-high bandwidth DSP blocks for cost- and power-sensitive applications in the wireless, wireline, and video markets
Novellus claims legal win over Linear Tech
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11/28/2011   Post a comment
Novellus Systems said a California appellate court unanimously upheld its legal victory in a lawsuit brought by Linear Technology.
ARM releases free version of its Development Studio for Android platforms
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11/28/2011   Post a comment
One type of virtual prototype is a software development kit, specifically designed for application developers who have no need to know about the underlying hardware platform…
MEMS enters world of precision archery
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11/28/2011   9 comments
If you like to go bow shooting, now you can do so with a high-tech measurement system that uses a MEMS as part of an arrow-mounted device which provides detailed information about arrow speed, flight dynamics and bow performance.
Optical diode boosts silicon photonics efforts
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11/28/2011   4 comments
An optical diode demonstrated by MIT researchers could speed the arrival of silicon photonics.
ST-Ericsson replaces CEO with ST's Lamouche
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11/28/2011   3 comments
ST-Ericsson NV, the struggling mobile phone chip joint venture, has announced the appointment of Didier Lamouche as president and CEO, with effect from Dec. 1, 2011. Lamouche, who is chief operating officer of STMicroelectronics NV, replaces Gilles Delfassy who has led ST-Ericsson since September 2009.
USB audio decoder IC offers versatile audio playback benefits
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11/26/2011   2 comments
ROHM has developed a USB audio decoder IC that enables audio playback of MP3 files from CD-ROM and USB memory using a single chip, making it ideal for a variety of equipment, including AV receivers, radio players, and stereo component systems.
NXP claims breakthrough Class-AB and Class-D audio amplifiers for start-stop systems
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11/26/2011   1 comment
NXP Semiconductors N.V. has introduced two new automotive audio amplifiers supporting energy-saving start-stop systems.
New HD audio PC solution offers 5x better audio quality
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11/26/2011   Post a comment
The new devices claim to offer up to 5x better audio quality than other solutions available in the market today, with a DAC signal-to-noise ratio of 105 dB and true 2 Vrms capless output capability.
Die-cast enclosures in three interesting new shapes
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11/26/2011   Post a comment
Responding to customer requests from several different sectors for die-cast enclosures to provide a strong and robust environmentally sealed housing with good EMC screening in a non-rectangular shape, Hammond Electronics has extended its popular 1590 family with the introduction of the 1590TRP and STP models.
Advanced car radio tuner IC family reduces cost and complexity
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11/26/2011   Post a comment
Silicon Laboratories has introduced the Si476x automotive tuner IC family designed to deliver high RF performance coupled with advanced signal processing while reducing cost and complexity of car radio systems.
Active vibration control technology solves noise issues in hybrid cars
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11/26/2011   4 comments
Trelleborg's active vibration control (AVC) system is claimed to out-perform traditional passive systems by monitoring and adjusting to sound levels, significantly contributing to improved driver comfort.
Online simulation tool creates flyback power supply circuits in minutes
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11/26/2011   1 comment
Fairchild Semiconductor has launched an easy to use, powerful online simulation tool that allows designers facing the challenge of designing a flyback circuit for their applications’ power supply to throw the application note away and ‘Auto Design’, optimize or ‘Advance Design’ like a power supply expert.
Broadcom, NXP, Freescale and Harman join forces to establish in-car Ethernet
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11/26/2011   2 comments
After recent announcements from chip vendor Freescale and automotive supplier Continental, four technology companies launched the OPEN Special Interest Group aiming at establishing Ethernet in automotive applications.
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