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Philips Semiconductors to become NXP
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8/31/2006   Post a comment
With an ownership change from Royal Philips Electronics to a consortium of private equity investment companies, Philips Semiconductors will become NXP. Semiconductors, or NXP.
Private equity group to buy Intergraph for $1.3 billion
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8/31/2006   Post a comment
Software vendor Intergraph has signed a definitive agreement to be acquired for roughly $1.3 billion by an investor group led Hellman & Friedman LLC and Texas Pacific Group.
Hitachi unveils hard drives for auto, DVR apps
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8/31/2006   1 comment
Hitachi Global Storage Technologies has introduced two drives for automotive applications and a 2.5-inch drive for digital video recorders.
Akeena Solar goes public
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Akeena Solar Inc., a designer and installer of solar power systems, announced the company's shares have been approved for quotation on the NASD's Over-the-Counter Bulletin Board.
Foundries brace for inventory correction
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The IC lull is expected to hit the silicon foundry industry, warned Gartner Inc.
Mosaid adds to complaint against DRAM vendors
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Mosaid has added claims of infringement of two additional to an existing complaint against Micron Technology, Powerchip Semiconductor and ProMOS Technologies.
EEs have head in sand on offshoring issue
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More reader response on the offshoring issue.
Sharp unveils large LCD TVs from Gen 8 fab
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Sharp Corp. said it would introduce 42-, 46-, and 52-inch liquid crystal display (LCD) TVs whose panels would be fabricated in the company's Gen 8 fab in Kameyama.
OmniVision posts profit, names COO
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Amid some management changes, CMOS image sensor maker OmniVision Technologies Inc. said revenue for the first quarter was $136.9 million, compared to $131.8 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2006, and $96.0 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2006.
Zilog searching for permament CEO
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Zilog hopes to name a permanent chief executive no later than February, according to its interim CEO.
Programmable oscillators ship in two days
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Ecliptek has added the ultra-miniature EP13E7, EP15E7, and EP16E7 programmable oscillators to its EPO family of frequency control products.
Hynix confirms Oregon fab expansion
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Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski praised Hynix Semiconductor Inc.'s expected decision to invest $250 million in the company's fab in the state.
IRS appeals decision on Xilinx price transfer taxes
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8/31/2006   Post a comment
The U.S. Internal Revenue Service has filed an appeal in federal court, seeking the overturn of a 2005 U.S. Tax Court decision in favor of leading programmable logic vendor Xilinx, according to a regulatory filing.
Dc/dc module market declining, says report
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Once a bright spot in the long-troubled merchant power supply market, the dc-dc converter module sector is now projected to grow significantly less than anticipated just 12 months ago, according to market research firm Darnell Group.
Startup heads for the Silver Screen with HD encoder
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Fabless semiconductor startup MnD Semiconductors has developed a chip architecture that can be easily scaled from low cost, high definition, video decoders to high performance, real time, multi-channel, video encoders and transcoders.
Emcore sells stake in LED unit to GE
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Compound semiconductor specialist Emcore Corp. Thursday (August 31) sold its 49 percent interest in loss-ridden GELcore LLC to the lighting operations of GE Consumer & Industrial, a division of General Electric (GE), for $100 million in cash.
Spansion hires former LG exec to head Korean operation
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Flash memory supplier Spansion Inc. has appointed Steve Kwon as vice president of its Spansion Korea operation.
TDK unveils 200-Gbyte blue laser disc
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Japan-based TDK has developed a single-sided recordable blue laser disc with a capacity of 200 Gbytes, surpassing the current 25-Gbyte capacity for single-layer Blu-ray discs and 50 Gbytes for dual-layer discs.
3.3-V RS-485 transceivers consume up to 70% less board space
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Intersil has introduced its most rugged RS-485/RS-422 transceiver family yet. The ISL317XE is the first Intersil RS-485 devices to have an IEC61000 ESD rating, providing what it says is the highest ESD standard in the industry. The 3.3-V devices also support a data transmission rate of 20-Mbits/s and are housed in a tiny MSOP (mini small-outline package), consuming 50 to 70% less board space than conventional parts.
Wirewound resistors housed in TO-220 package
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Ohmite Manufacturing offers its RoHS-compliant TK/TN series as thick-film or thin-film resistors. The heatsinkable wirewound resistor series is housed in a TO-220 package.
Digital power chips work their way into the loop
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Product recap - Digital power is advancing on a broad front, even as IC makers struggle to balance its purpose and scope against marketing hype to take a still ill-defined area "to the next level."
Conduction-cooled COTS computer handles military's C4ISR
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Need to hear them, find them, blast them? MIL board and systems supplier Mercury Computer Systems has a product that can work in development or deployed in military systems. Its PowerStream 6600 multi-computer runs 716 PowerPC FLOPS of performance in a conduction-cooled enclosure.
Celerity names new CEO
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Celerity Inc., a provider of advanced gas and chemical delivery solutions, announced that David Shimmon, chief executive, will move to the role of executive chairman.
Firm gains funds for aluminum nitride work
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Crystal IS Inc., a developer of native aluminum nitride (AlN) substrates, has completed a $10.6 million second round of financing.
X-Fab posts increased sales, profits
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Silicon foundry specialist X-Fab Semiconductor AG (Erfurt, Germany) reported sales of Euros 89.7 million ($110.2 million) for the six months ended June 2006, up 16 percent on the corresponding period last year.
Chair with iPod docking station hits market
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Adonis Furniture Inc., an importer, manufacturer and wholesale distributor of sofa-bed futon frames and platform beds, has rolled out the world's first ''video-game rocker chair'' with an iPod-licensed docking station.
GE allies with Nichia on LEDs
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General Electric Company (GE) and Nichia Corp. have formed a strategic alliance to support GELcore LLC, a Cleveland-based LED joint venture between GE and Emcore Corp.
Russian high-tech plan will require patient investors
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Russia will launch its first high-tech industrial park facilities by the end of 2007, Russian sources said.
Renesas to expand Kumamoto plant
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Renesas Technology Corp. has announced plans to develop a new facility at the Kumamoto plant of Renesas Kyushu Semiconductor Corp., a wholly-owned back-end process manufacturing subsidiary in Kyushu, Japan.
Samsung demos 4G technology, plans late 2008 launch
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Samsung Electronics demonstrated its 4G mobile technology, claiming it can deliver multicell data handovers at speeds of 100 Mbps.
Omron to acquire NHK's optical components group
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Japan-based Omron Corp. has reached a preliminary agreement with NHK Spring Co. Ltd. to acquire NHK Spring's FTTH(1) optical coupler business.
Rugged RS-485/RS-422 transceivers provide ±15-kV ESD protection
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Targeted at the consumer, industrial, medical and automotive markets, Linear's rugged RS-485/RS-422 low-power transceivers are capable of operating up to 20-Mbits/s or 250-kbits/s for low EMI while at the same time provide ESD protection up to ±15-kV.
Frontier upgrades DAB receiver chip
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Frontier Silicon has started sampling a second generation version of its Chorus programmable DAB baseband receiver.
X-Fab posts increased sales, profits for 1H '06
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Silicon foundry specialist X-Fab Semiconductor AG (Erfurt, Germany) reported sales of Euros 89.7 million ($110.2 million) for the six months ended June 2006, up 16 percent on the corresponding period last year.
Real time clocks boost security, tamper detection
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Intersil's ISL1219/21 real time clocks with improved tamper detection are suited for time stamping single events such as the moment a warranty is voided by the removal of a cover, or recurring events such as the opening and closing of a security door.
FETs for ballasts have one-third RDS of planar devices
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Fairchild Semiconductor's 600-volt SuperFET MOSFETs, in a DPAK (TO-252) to address today's ultra-slim, low-profile ballast applications, have as little as one-third the on-resistance (0.6 ~ 1.2 ohms) of traditional planar MOSFETs.
Zilog's chairman, CEO resigns
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Chip maker Zilog Inc. said that Jim Thorburn, its chairman and CEO, has resigned.
MIPS to investigate options practices
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8/30/2006   Post a comment
Arriving fashionably late to the stock options investigation party that has been raging for months, intellectual property supplier MIPS Technologies has initiated voluntary review of historical stock-based compensation practices and related potential accounting impact.
PMC-Sierra to shutter Canadian site, cut 40 jobs
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8/30/2006   Post a comment
Chip maker PMC-Sierra plans to close its development site in Ottawa, Canada, eliminating 30 to 40 mostly R&D jobs.
Liebert UPS extends to 8 kW
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8/30/2006   Post a comment
Emerson Network Power's new higher-capacity version of its Liebert GXT double-conversion UPS extends protection to 10 kVA (8 kW) in just 6U of rack space.
JDS Uniphase narrows loss
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8/30/2006   Post a comment
Optical communications company JDS Uniphase reported a GAAP net loss of $45.8 million, or 3 cents per share on sales of $318.2 million in its fiscal fourth 2006 quarter ended June 30. In the year-ago quarter, JDS Uniphase lost $145.7 million, or 10 cents per share on sales of $170.9 million.
IC-equipment slowdown arrives
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The long-awaited, chip-equipment slowdown has unfortunately arrived, that is, based on new and disappointing data from two major players in the industry: LTX Corp. and Novellus Systems Inc.
Jasper offers free verification planning tool
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Verification-focused EDA startup Jasper Design Automation is making available a free tool for tracking the progress of verification plans.
LTX posts strong results amid slowdown
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LTX Corp., a provider of semiconductor test solutions, had a strong quarter, but the company also warned that it is seeing a slowdown.
Ex-Brocade execs plead not guilty, says report
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Two former Brocade Communication Systems executives pleaded not guilty in federal court to charges arising from an alleged stock options backdating scheme, according to an Associated Press report.
PowerDsine joins Ethernet Alliance
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PowerDsine Ltd., a supplier of Power over Ethernet (PoE) solutions, has joined the Ethernet Alliance, an industry group focused on supporting the advancement of existing and emerging Ethernet technologies.
Itox motherboard packs Intel dual-core processors
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Itox has added the G5C100-N-G Mini-ITX motherboard with the Intel dual-core processors into its long-life product line.
ISSI avoids potential proxy battle
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Avoiding a potential proxy battle, Riley Investment Management LLC said that it has reached an agreement with memory maker Integrated Silicon Solution Inc. (ISSI).
Firm gains contract for 3D chips
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8/30/2006   Post a comment
Irvine Sensors Corp. has exercised a $3.4 million option for the next phase of a program to develop three-dimensional (3D) circuits.
July chip sales rose 10% year-to-year, analyst predicts
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8/30/2006   Post a comment
Buoyed by the strength of the world economy, the three-month average of global chip sales rose to $20.1 billion in July from $19.6 billion in June, according to Bruce Diesen, an analyst with Terra Securities ASA.
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