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Microchip’s strategy in a ‘weak economy’
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9/30/2011   13 comments
In a recent interview at ESC, Microchip’s COO made no efforts to sugar coat the weak global economy. But he noted: Now is not the time to panic, it’s time to “focus on things we can control.”
Unmanned vehicles push wireless, but lack in multicore
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9/30/2011   8 comments
Military electronics is going through a mobile boom in drones—a rise in unmanned planes, trucks and ships—that is just beginning.
Vishay buys specialty resistor firm
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9/30/2011   4 comments
Discrete IC and passive component supplier Vishay Intertechnology said it acquired the resistor businesses of Huntington Electric for about $19.6 million.
Energy Micro spots ESC Boston with Geckos, Dracos
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9/30/2011   Post a comment
Leave it to a company like Energy Micro (Oslo, Norway) to just add 100, yes one hundred, microcontrollers to its portfolio in one swoop, as it did at last week's Embedded Systems Conference here.
Gartner: IC capex to decline 19% in 2012
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9/30/2011   4 comments
Worldwide semiconductor capital equipment spending will total about $35.2 billion in 2012, representing a 19.2 percent decline from the projected 2011 total of $43.5 billion, according to the latest forecast from Gartner.
Rambus crypto division licenses tech to secret firm
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9/30/2011   4 comments
Cryptography Research, Inc., a division of Rambus Inc., has made a cryptic announcement about signing a license agreement with a major smart phone and tablet manufacturer.
Imagination offers devboard for Meta core
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9/30/2011   4 comments
Multimedia processor core licensor Imagination Technologies has announced the introduction to the market place of Minimorph, a development system for the company's Meta processor core.
Amkor to buy Toshiba's Malaysia subsidiary
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9/30/2011   3 comments
Toshiba said it signed a deal to sell its Malaysian test and assembly operations to Amkor Technology. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Best in class will thrive in new spending environment
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9/29/2011   1 comment
Recent statements about the U.S. defense budget have made frequent mention of cuts, fiscal constraints and reform, with subsequent lobbying and debate across the national media. Although this is the reality today, and possibly for several years to come, focusing on the headlines often masks some of the more subtle trends.
Micron swings to loss on lower DRAM prices
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9/29/2011   19 comments
Memory chip vendor Micron Technology said it swung to a net loss in its fiscal fourth quarter, largely because of declining average selling prices for DRAM chips.
Deadline looms for SRAM settlement funds
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9/29/2011   2 comments
The deadline is quickly approaching for companies that purchased SRAM memory indirectly between Nov. 1, 1996 and Dec. 31, 2006 to join a class action settlement and potentially be eligible to receive a portion of $41.3 million in settlement money.
NeoPhotonics buys Santur for $39.2M
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9/29/2011   Post a comment
Photonic module maker NeoPhotonics has agreed to acquire Santur for $39.2 million in cash, gaining access to its 40 and 100 Gbit/s optical components.
Advanced Thermal Solutions MS 1000-CS-WC candlestick sensor
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9/29/2011   3 comments
Advanced Thermal Solutions has unveiled a flexible, robust candlestick sensor that can simultaneously measure both temperature and air velocity for characterizing thermal conditions in electronic systems.
Samsung preps 30-nm LPDDR3 DRAM
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9/29/2011   1 comment
Samsung said it has developed the first monolithic 4-Gb LPDDR3 memory using 30nm class technology for mobile applications.
Dick Tracy uber-watch tipped for ARM TechCon launch
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9/29/2011   21 comments
I'm Watch, is a Dick Tracy style watch for the 'app' generation that is being tipped to launch at ARM TechCon, which takes place Oct. 25 to 27 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Silicon Valley.
Synopsys to distribute ARM Fast Models
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9/29/2011   Post a comment
Synopsys will distribute ARM Fast Models and create models of ARM Cortex series processors under the terms of an agreement between the two companies, Synopsys said.
Silicon Line SL82027 and SL82017 MIPI M-PHY optical media converter ICs for mobile phones
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9/29/2011   Post a comment
Silicon Line GmbH is sampling optical media converter ICs targeted at mobile and smart phones using the latest MIPI Alliance based M-PHY standard.
Analog Devices boasts fastest, 1nv/vHz, low power, rail-to-rail amplifiers
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9/29/2011   Post a comment
Analog Devices unveiled a series of high-speed amplifiers that establish a new performance standard with the best combination of high-speed, low noise and low power.
Azoteq IQS243 capacitive sensor controller
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9/29/2011   1 comment
Azoteq's 3-channel capacitive sensor controller can work reliably through glass up to 15mm thick and achieves proximity detection up to 150mm.
Crocus appoints CEO for Russian MRAM fab
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9/29/2011   Post a comment
Crocus Technology Inc., a developer of MRAM memory ICs, has announced the appointment of Boris Omarov as CEO of a manufacturing joint venture, Crocus Nano Electronics (CNE), which is being created to run an MRAM wafer fab under development in Russia.
TE Connectivity LGA 2011 sockets
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9/29/2011   Post a comment
TE Connectivity has developed a surface-mount LGA 2011 socket specifically for Intel's Core i7 and Xeon 5 CPU processors.
Samsung shrinks Exynos dual-core processor
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9/29/2011   3 comments
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has announced an addition to its Exynos family of application processors for smartphones at mobile-oriented Samsung exhibition held at the Westin hotel in Taipei, Taiwan.
ST-Ericsson augments reality on NovaThor
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9/29/2011   Post a comment
Struggling wireless chip vendor ST-Ericsson NV has announced that it is collaborating with Metaio GmbH to support augmented reality applications and capability with its NovaThor chips for smartphones and tablet computers.
Six handset makers back Isis NFC payment
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9/29/2011   3 comments
Isis, a joint venture between U.S. mobile phone service providers AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless, has announced that HTC, LG, Motorola Mobility, RIM, Samsung Mobile and Sony Ericsson will introduce NFC-enabled mobile devices that implement Isis NFC and technology standards for electronic payment.
Bergman becomes CEO at Synaptics
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9/29/2011   1 comment
Synaptics named Rick Bergman its president and chief executive officer a week after he departed Advanced Micro Devices where he was general manager of products.
Fibre Channel decline predicted for 2014
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9/28/2011   3 comments
Fibre Channel will decline starting in 2014, the same year 10 Gbit/s Ethernet will surpass Gbit Ethernet in unit shipments, according to a new report.
Qualcomm jumps into ‘Embedded’ fray
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9/28/2011   4 comments
Qualcomm, traditionally known for its direct relationships with mobile handset OEMs and ODMs, has jumped into the “embedded” fray, by launching the company’s newly designed “DragonBoard.”
Kindle Fire profitable at estimated $150 BoM
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9/28/2011   17 comments
Amazon will make a profit on the Kindle Fire, but probably only a third to a quarter as much as the Apple iPad and Playbook, according to estimates from UBM TechInsights.
Mosaid says Google bought 18 patents for $11M
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9/28/2011   4 comments
Canadian IP licensor Mosaid Technologies said Google recently bought five patent families from the firm for $11 million.
AMD warns of lower Q3 sales
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9/28/2011   7 comments
AMD warned that third quarter sales would be up less than expected compared to the second quarter, primarily because of 32-nm yield issues at its foundry provider, Globalfoundries.
Spansion claims world's fastest serial flash memory
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9/28/2011   Post a comment
Spansion aims to change the way serial flash is perceived and open up new markets.
Atmel and Redpine Signals enable ultra-low power 802.11n Wi-Fi for AVR and ARM-based MCUs
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9/28/2011   Post a comment
Atmel Corporation and Redpine Signals have announced that 802.11n Wi-Fi can be implemented for all Atmel AVR and ARM-based microcontrollers (MCUs) using Redpine Signals’ Connect-io-n and n-Link modules, designed to make it easy to integrate Wi-Fi capability for a variety of embedded systems in building automation, metering, digital audio and medical applications.
ESC keynoter wants to revolutionize medical devices
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9/28/2011   2 comments
ESC Boston keynoter Charles G. Sodini claimed that by 2020 medical devices will have made a similar impact on the technology roadmap as transistors did in the 1980s and smart phones in the 2010s.
Integer-N frequency synthesizer enables multi-band base stations
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9/28/2011   1 comment
Linear Technology announces the LTC6946, the first device in a family of high performance integer-N frequency synthesizers with integrated VCO.
Cypress Gen4 touchscreen controllers deliver high SNR, fast refresh, zero display noise
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9/28/2011   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. has introduced a new Gen4 family of TrueTouch touchscreen controllers. According to the company, the Gen4 family delivers the world’s highest Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR) in real world applications and is the first and only touchscreen IC that delivers built-in 10V Tx to drive the touch panel at 10V.
Avago shareholders unload 15 million shares
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9/28/2011   2 comments
Analog chip vendor Avago Technologies announced the sale of 15 million ordinary shares by certain existing shareholders to Citigroup and Deutsche Bank Securities, as underwriters in the registered public offering of those shares.
TI's new 6LoWPAN sub-1GHz solutions deliver mesh wireless Internet connectivity
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9/28/2011   Post a comment
Texas Instruments Incorporated has introduced new sub-1 GHz 6LoWPAN solutions, aimed at providing a gateway for remote, low-cost wireless sensors to connect to the Internet and a wireless extension of wired IPv6 infrastructures.
Analog Devices ADIS16228 multi-axis MEMS vibration monitor
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9/28/2011   Post a comment
Analog Devices introduced a MEMS-based ADIS16228 iSensor vibration monitor, a fully integrated vibration analysis system for industrial equipment.
MeeGo gone: Intel drops OS in favor of Tizen
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9/28/2011   21 comments
Chip giant Intel has decided to drop its MeeGo mobile operating system in favor of the Tizen project announced by two Linux-oriented non-profit groups, the LiMo Foundation and the Linux Foundation.
New from Xilinx – Pocket Power Estimator App for iPhones and iPads
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9/28/2011   3 comments
Using this app, designers can quickly evaluate the low power benefits of Xilinx’s 28nm 7 Series FPGAs
Synopsys' CODE V Enhances Analysis of Precision Optical Systems
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9/28/2011   Post a comment
Synopsys has a new version of its CODE V® optical design and analysis software ready for you with enhancements to its Beam Synthesis Propagation tool…
Linux groups launch Tizen to fight Android
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9/28/2011   28 comments
Two Linux oriented non-profit groups, The LiMo Foundation and The Linux Foundation which include a number of high profile supporters, have announced an open-source project called Tizen, intended to develop a mobile device software platform based on the Linux operating system.
Industrial versions of Opal Kelly’s XEM6010 Xilinx Spartan-6 FPGA USB modules now available
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9/28/2011   1 comment
The new XEM6010-LX45I and XEM6010-LX150I modules are specified for the full industrial temperature range of -40ºC to +85ºC
Sematech appoints Stefan Wurm to run litho
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9/28/2011   6 comments
Semiconductor R&D consortium Sematech has announced the appointment of Stefan Wurm as director of lithography.
Samsung invests in OLED pioneer Novaled
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9/28/2011   4 comments
Organic light emitting diode materials specialist Novaled AG has said it has received an undisclosed amount of financial backing from Samsung Ventures Investment Corp.
Freescale increases pulse of healthcare apps
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9/28/2011   1 comment
Freescale Semiconductor has expanded its offerings of reference designs and support tools for the consumer health and wellness markets.
Actions, Dialog raise Q3 forecasts
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9/28/2011   Post a comment
Two companies have raised their guidance for how they will perform financially in the third quarter, going against the recent trend in chip business announcements.
Open-Silicon takes broad ARM license
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9/28/2011   2 comments
Open-Silicon Inc. has signed a multi-year comprehensive licensing agreement for a broad portfolio of processor cores and related intellectual property from ARM Holdings plc.
Agilent is first to release MIPI M-PHY transmitter compliance test software
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9/27/2011   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies Inc. has announced what they claim to be the industry’s first MIPI* M-PHY compliance test software package for transmitter validation.
Atmel to acquire ADD Semiconductor
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9/27/2011   2 comments
Chip vendor Atmel signed a definitive agreement to acquire power line chip vendor Advanced Digital Designfor an undisclosed amount, the company said.
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