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Bloated IC inventories seen in Q3
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After two quarters of ballooning semiconductor inventories in the first half of 2006, early results for the third quarter indicate that excess chip stockpiles are not going away, according to iSuppli Corp.
U.S. signs off on patent disclosure plan
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U.S. antitrust enforcers have signed off on a proposal by an computer industry standards group to disclose and license patents.
MGV says 1-kW DIN supply can't get any slimmer
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MGV's SPH613 and SPH1013 series, an extension to the company's Super Slim family, set claim to the slimmest 600- and 1,000-watt power supplies on the market - 56 and 66 mm, respectively.
Temperature sensor for DDR memory is accurate to 1 C
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Maxim Integrated Products' MAX6604 temperature sensor is accurate to ±1°C for DDR memory modules in notebook computer applications.
Adhesive delivers high temp resistance up to 205 degrees C
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Master Bond offers a high-temperature thermally conductive epoxy adhesive, sealant, and coating for a variety of metal, glass, ceramic and plastic substrates.
EC raids SRAM makers amid U.S. probe
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The European Commission confirmed that it raided the premises of several SRAM producers in Germany over alleged price-fixing practices.
RFID for mil-aero poised to take off, researcher says
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Military and aerospace contractors are expected to expand their use of RFID technology for services like the maintenance, repair and overhaul of military equipment and aircraft.
Automotive relays offer small size, light weight
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CIT Relay & Switch offers the A2 and A3 series relays for automotive applications. The devices feature a typical electrical life of 100,000 cycles with a mechanical life of 10 million cycles.
Online design guide speeds up RF cable configurations
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Gore expands its online capabilities with the GORE Microwave/RF Assembly Builder, an online interactive design guide that provides step-by-step instructions for configuring GORE microwave/RF cable assemblies.
WSTS cuts IC forecast for '06, '07, '08
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In another sign that the IC business is slowing and maturing, the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) group reduced its semiconductor forecast for 2006, 2007 and 2008.
India's Ittiam rolls multiformat high-definition video decoder engine
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Ittiam Systems' Trinity multiformat high-definition video decoder (MFVDEC) soft IP core for high-definition DVD and set-top ASIC solutions is said to maximize the number of functions available per die size. A demonstration chip is expected in a few months.
Early developer kits offered for microdisplays
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eMagin Corporation will begin shipping pre-production samples of its SVGA-3DS 0.44-inch microdisplay in December 2006.
National flashes smallest LED driver
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National Semiconductor says its LM2754 is the world's smallest, fully-integrated flash LED driver.
Boost converter operates from single cell, delivers 95% efficiency
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Austriamicrosystems introduces a synchronous, high-efficiency, step-up converter which comes in a small 6-pin TSOT package.
Industrial LCDs feature LED backlighting
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Kyocera introduces a new line of industrial LCDs that feature a unique LED backlighting system instead of conventional CCFLs .
TCL turns off TV business in Europe
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Chinese consumer electronics company TCL Group will exit the European TV market, hoping to staunch losses in the region. The decision will cost it 45 million euros in restructuring charges.
Agere profits jump on strong margin improvement
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Agere Systems Inc. today posted strong fiscal fourth quarter revenue and net income, beating analysts' consensus estimate on a surge in sales into the consumer and storage markets. The communications and networking chip maker also announced fiscal 2006 results showing its first annual profit since being spun off from Lucent Technologies Inc. in 2002.
Energy harvesting will power growth -- but which ones?
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An upcoming report by Darnell on ultra-low-power wireless components explores energy harvesting and micro-power generators, and is available for sponsorship. The report quantifies the market for these components by application and identifies the markets that are commercially viable.
Chinese companies favoring soft IP
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TAIPEI, Taiwan — Chinese companies ready to buy intellectual property blocks are favoring design-ins with soft cores rather than hard cores. This is pushing IP vendors to loosen up about delivering RTL code to Chinese customers. The development is occurring as Chinese companies become more proficient at handling the more design-intensive soft IP, said Chu Lung, president of Asia-Pacific operations for Cadence Design Systems.
SMIC slips back into the red for Q3
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TAIPEI, Taiwan — Foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. slid back into the red in the third quarter, losing $35 million even though sales slightly increased 2.1 percent to $368 million. Despite expectations of higher sales in the fourth quarter, the foundry is likely to lose money again, hit by a double whammy of low gross margins and an industry-wide inventory build.
Plasma panel growth slowed in Q3, firm says
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SAN FRANCISCO — Third quarter plasma panel shipments increased 17 percent sequentially and 47 percent year-to-year, reaching a record 2.8 million units, according to market research firm DisplaySearch Inc., which noted that growth was slower than previous quarters.
Chartered Semiconductor invests in Taiwan's Gateway Silicon
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SINGAPORE — Chartered Semiconductor announced Oct. 30 an investment in Taiwan-based design services firm Gateway Silicon that the foundry said would broaden its range of solutions. The amount of Chartered's investment in the ASIC/system-on-chip design specialist was not disclosed, but Chartered said that Gateway's parent, Macronix International, would continue to hold a majority stake in the company.
ARM buys SOI specialist to extend its physical IP
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LONDON — ARM Holdings plc, a developer of processor related intellectual property (IP), said it has acquired Soisic SA, a developer of silicon-on-insulator (SOI) IP. How ARM acquired Soisic and the purchase value were not disclosed in the announcement of the purchase.
Plasma panel growth slowed in Q3, firm says
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Third quarter plasma panel shipments increased 17 percent sequentially and 47 percent year-to-year, reaching a record 2.8 million units, according to market research firm DisplaySearch. The firm noted that third quarter growth was slower than any of the past 12 quarters, which had ranged from 73 to 170 percent year-to-year.
China's Actions Semi powers ahead in Q3
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Actions Semiconductor said sales hit a new high of $45 million in the third quarter, up 19 percent from a year ago and 16 percent quarter on quarter. Sales were driven by demand for its new line of Series 9 personal media player chips, the company said.
Configurable processors on the rise, speakers say
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Speakers including analyst Jim Feldhan predicted a bright future for configurable processor cores at ARC International's ConfigCon Silicon Valley 2006 conference Monday.
Consumer giants push 60-GHz high-def home nets
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LG, Matsushita, NEC, Samsung, Sony and Toshiba said they have formed WirelessHD to deliver a specification for multi-Gbit/second wireless home networking via 60- GHz radios.
SMIC slips back into the red for Q3
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Foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. slid back into the red in the third quarter, losing $35 million even though sales slightly increased 2.1 percent to $368 million. Despite expectations of higher sales in the fourth quarter, the foundry is likely to lose money again, hit by a double whammy of low gross margins and an industry-wide inventory build.
SLAC claims world's brightest X-ray laser
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The Department of Energy's Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) has broken ground on the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS), the world's first X-ray free-electron laser.
Report: Toshiba to sell stake in wafer unit to private equity
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Toshiba's silicon wafer unity, Toshiba Ceramics, plans to conduct a management buyout in conjunction with a pair of private equity firms, according to a Reuters report.
AMD rolls first post-acquisition ATI graphics card
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AMD rolled out the first product borne of its recent acquisition of ATI Technologies, a graphics card that makes use of ATI's CrossFire technology and is billed as providing "gaming enthusiast-class" technology at a low price point: $149.
AMCC expands family of PowerPC evaluation kits
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Applied Micro Circuits Corp. has expanded its family of PowerPC evaluation kits, with the addition of four kits supporting its PowerPC440EPx, 440GRx, 440GX and 440SPe processors.
MEMS resonator touts small size, high Q
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Startup company SiTime claims to introduce the industry's smallest and thinnest megahertz MEMS resonator aimed at automotive, consumer and industrial frequency control applications.
Options scandal: Atmel expects big restatement
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Atmel is the latest high-tech company to acknowledge it would restate a significant portion of its historical financials in connection with past stock options granting practices, saying its financial statements for 2003 through 2005, plus the first quarter of 2006, should no longer be relied upon.
Broadcom dismisses Qualcomm legal claims
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Broadcom Corp. dismissed Qualcomm Inc.'s move to declare victory in their long and bitter legal battle.
Xilinx VP to Keynote at GSPx 2006
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Xilinx announces new processing solutions, delivers conference papers and conducts booth demonstrations.
Lattice announces PCI Express solutions for LatticeECP2M AND LatticeSCM FPGAs
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Successfully tested against the PCI Express version 1.0a specifications, these solutions enable single-chip, programmable PCI Express endpoints.
Lattice expands ispClock5300S family of clock distribution devices
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New sixteen- and twenty-output devices feature programmable skew and programmable termination.
Integrated radio card platform for W-CDMA and WiMAX standards from Xilinx and AXIS
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Platform delivers high power amplifier efficiency and reduces operating and capital costs for wireless base station OEMs.
Xilinx announces new MicroBlaze embedded kit
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Low-cost kit includes Xilinx Platform Studio Integrated Design Environment, Spartan-3E embedded board, and flexible 32-bit MicroBlaze soft processor.
AC/DC supply assists compact 250-watt medical applications
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10/30/2006   Post a comment
One of the smaller, mid-power supplies for cost-effective medical applications, Tamura's PAM250/PAS250 Series of single output switching supplies, measuring just 4-by-7-by-1.5 inches, delivers up to 250 watts at 12 to 48 volts.
Xilinx XtremeDSP development tools reduce Power for Virtex-5 DSP applications
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Xilinx, Inc. has launched version 8.2 of its XtremeDSP development tools. These tools consist of the System Generator for DSP and AccelDSP, which feature optimized DSP support for XilinxVirtex 5 LX and LXT.
Primarion partners with two university centers for advancing digital power
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Primarion is partnering with the Center for Power Electronics Systems and Colorado Power Electronics Center to advance digital power technologies.
7-inch TFT display suits automotive and industrial apps
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OSD has introduced a 7-inch WVGA 800 x RGB X 480 transflective TFT display with white LED backlighting for automotive and industrial applications.
Antenna specialist extends management team
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Integrated antenna specialist Antenova Ltd has added two key executives to drive the company's operations and sales in global markets. Mike Edwards has been appointed vice president of worldwide sales and marketing while CL Lim has been promoted to vice president and general manager of Asia.
Intel invests in medical technology firm
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Intel Capital has invested $7.3 million in medical technology provider BrainLab. The companies intend to spur usage of specific IT applications in the medical area.
Chinese companies favoring soft IP
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As developers in China begin to favor soft IP blocks over hard cores, intellectual property vendors like MIPS and ARM are loosening up about delivering RTL code to Chinese customers.
Qualcomm gains ruling over Broadcom
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Qualcomm Inc. said that the Federal Court in San Diego has enjoined Broadcom Corp. from any further solicitation, use or dissemination of its confidential WCDMA trade secrets, including source code.
Quad-MAC CEVA DSP core targets cellular and portable multimedia
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10/30/2006   Post a comment
CEVA, Inc.'s newest DSP core called the CEVA-X1641 is fully compliant with the company's CEVA-X Instruction Set Architecture and the first Quad-MAC DSP core in the scalable CEVA-X family.
ASMI predicts profitabilty in 2007
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Dutch semiconductor equipment ASM International N.V. made net profits of Euros 13.1 million ($16 million) in the third quarter, down from Euros 17.4 million in the second quarter, on sales of Euros 213.4 million, down 9 percent sequentially.
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