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Analysis: Why Renesas is creating mobile IC spinoff
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10/31/2010   5 comments
Renesas Electronics' decision to spin out its mobile semiconductor products into a separate subsidiary is motivated not only by the differences between the markets for microcontrollers and baseband chips, but also to help protect Renesas' power amplifier business.
Consortium aims to stake 'vampire power'
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10/29/2010   12 comments
A consortium backed by the European Union aims to reduce standby power for electronic devices, which is estimated to account for 10 percent of European energy usage.
Graphene bandgap opened by vapor
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10/29/2010   10 comments
Tuning a semiconductor bandgap in sheets of pure carbon called graphene can be done using water vapor during fabrication, according to researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Asia fuels sales of 1.34B cellphones in 2010
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10/29/2010   10 comments
Vendors are expected to ship as many as 1.34 billion cellphone handsets this year with sales projected to hit 1.7 billion units a year in 2015, according to ABI Research.
Carbon Design Systems launches IP web portal
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10/29/2010   1 comment
New IP web portal eliminates the virtual platform assembly bottleneck by offering models for the majority of third-party IP content used in advanced SoC / FPGA designs.
New design software transforms board management
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10/29/2010   1 comment
New software enables analog and board designers to integrate a circuit board’s power management and digital board management functions into the newly announced Platform Manager device family.
Lattice intends to blow your socks off at Electronica 2010
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10/29/2010   9 comments
Held every two years, Electronica – one of the largest and most anticipated trade shows in the industry – attracts thousands of companies and tens of thousands of attendees, including over 700 journalists from 34 countries.
Analog chip vendors post profits
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10/28/2010   5 comments
Analog chip vendors Maxim Integrated Products, Alpha and Omega Semiconductor and MaxLinear reported profits for their most recently concluded quarters
connectBlue launches OWS451 Wireless LAN Serial Port Adapter with enterprise security
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10/28/2010   1 comment
connectBlue’s new OWS451 Wireless LAN Serial Port Adapter is designed to facilitate replacement of a serial cable with a wireless LAN connection. The new adaptor is based on the latest IEEE802.11a/b/g/n standards and provides state-of-the-art security options, as well as dual-band support for both 2.4 and 5GHz radio bands.
Interconnect pushed China super to #1
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10/28/2010   26 comments
A homegrown, ultrafast interconnect chip set was part of the secret sauce behind the Tianhe-1a, the first China-built system to be named the world's fastest supercomputer.
Hynix, Magnachip post Q3 gains
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10/28/2010   1 comment
South Korean chip makers Hynix Semiconductor and MagnaChip Semiconductor reported third quarter sales increases despite some signs of a softening semiconductor market.
Microchip adds license for MIPS32 M14K cores, expands 32-bit MCU options
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10/28/2010   6 comments
Microchip Technology Inc. is licensing the MIPS32 M14K family of cores from MIPS Technologies Inc. to expand on its 32-bit PIC32 microcontroller family, which is currently based on the MIPS32 M4K.
Hynix uses SpringSoft's Verdi, Laker for flash memory apps
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10/28/2010   Post a comment
Hynix Semiconductor Inc. said it has deployed SpringSoft's Verdi software as the debug platform for digital designs and the company's Laker software as the custom chip design platform for flash memory applications.
Atrenta, CEA-Leti team on 3D design, advance power reduction
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10/28/2010   Post a comment
Soon after it established presence in Grenoble, France, Atrenta Inc. announced the signing of a multiyear collaboration agreement with CEA-Leti on advanced power reduction and 3D design.
Will Broadcom buy change the femto market?
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10/28/2010   13 comments
Broadcom’s $86 million acquisition of Percello validates the fledgling femtocell market; it presents a scenario for femtocell to get integrated in another box; and it shows the future of femtocells priced on par with WiFi.
PandaBoard touts low-cost OMAP 4 mobile software dev
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10/28/2010   3 comments
PandaBoard is an open source development tool for mobile devices that provides access to the OMAP 4 applications processor platform from Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI). The OMAP 4 platform is power- and performance-optimized for Smartphones and other mobile devices. A growing online community of Linux experts supports PandaBoard developers designing on mobile open source software distributions such as Android, Angstrom, Chrome, MeeGo and Ubuntu.
Intel backs cloud computing alliance
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10/27/2010   6 comments
Intel through its clout behind cloud computing, pledging to help drive the creation of standards, including participation in an alliance of global businesses.
Group will certify demand response systems
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10/27/2010   2 comments
A handful of smart grid users and vendors have formed a nonprofit group to create a test and certification program for energy demand-response systems.
Projection display firm raises VC
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10/27/2010   2 comments
Light Blue Optics Ltd., a startup company developing a color projector suitable for inclusion in mobile phones and other portable equipment, has announced it has raised $13 million in funding.
BI Technologies Model 144 series resistor networks
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10/27/2010   2 comments
Aimed at military and aerospace applications, TT electronics BI Technologies is offering high-reliability custom resistor networks in hermetically sealed metal or HTCC packaging, enabling harsh environment operation to +175°C.
IBM, European researchers seek CMOS successor
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10/27/2010   6 comments
IBM Research Zurich, Infineon Technologies and Globalfoundries have joined forces with a half dozen European universities and research centers on a mission to cut the power consumption of electronic devices by10-fold and reduce standby power to zero.
Audio hub codec enables HD audio in portable apps
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10/27/2010   Post a comment
The WM8958 audio hub solution from Wolfson Microelectronics is designed to help bring high-definition (HD) audio to the next generation of portable multimedia devices.
Fairchild uses Magwel's Power Transistor Modeling tool to verify high current power devices
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10/27/2010   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor has selected Magwel's Power Transistor Modeling (PTM) tool for use in its design and verification of high current power devices.
Samsung tablet borrows handset chips
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10/26/2010   17 comments
Samsung's Galaxy Tab reuses much of the hardware found in the company's smartphones, following a path Apple and other cellphone makers have pioneered.
STMicro hits Q3 target, names new COO
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10/26/2010   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics reported revenue for the third quarter in line with consensus analyst expectations and said it expects further growth in sales in the fourth quarter despite softening of demand in some market applications.
Spansion dragged to loss; sees sales growth
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10/26/2010   1 comment
NOR flash memory vendor Spansion reported a third quarter sequential increase in net sales and said it expects further growth in the fourth quarter.
High-definition PC audio codecs offer 3-state Class-D modulation, extend battery life
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10/26/2010   Post a comment
Integrated Device Technology is claiming the world's first family of high-definition PC audio codecs to feature the DDX-based class-D modulation technology developed by Apogee Technology.
Cadence sketches out tools vision
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10/26/2010   5 comments
Cadence Design Systems, Inc. rolled out a strategy to provide an end-to-end flow silicon and software design tools as part of a new EDA360 campaign.
Power-efficient audio codec targets consumer electronics devices
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10/26/2010   Post a comment
Conexant Systems, Inc., has introduced a new power-efficient stereo audio codec targeted at consumer electronics products including mobile Internet devices, smartbooks, and Web tablets.
Linear Technology's LTC4071 tiny shunt battery system
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10/26/2010   Post a comment
Linear Technology has developed an easy-to-use, tiny shunt battery system for Li-Ion/Polymer batteries that integrates a charger and battery pack protection in one IC.
AVX UT series of multilayer chip capacitors
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10/26/2010   Post a comment
AVX has expanded its MLCC product line to include low profile, fine copper termination versions.
Veeco's Q3 sales up big
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10/26/2010   Post a comment
Chip equipment vendor Veeco its third quarter sales more than tripled compared with the third quarter of 2009, beating consensus analyst expectations for the period.
Himax licenses Synopsys' Galaxy, Discovery tools
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10/26/2010   Post a comment
Flat panel displays provider Himax Technologies Inc. announced it is using Synopsys' Galaxy Implementation and Discovery Verification platforms for its video SoC products.
PolySwitch nanoASMD, microASMD, miniASMD, ASMD and AHS surface-mount devices
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10/26/2010   Post a comment
Tyco has qualified its surface-mount PolySwitch devices according to AEC-Q200 standards to address the miniaturization trend in automotive electronics.
Qimonda settles with U.S. subsidiaries
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10/26/2010   1 comment
German chip maker Qimonda said its insolvency administrator has reached a settlement with Qimonda's U.S. subsidiaries, giving the parent company the right to over 800 patents and patent applications, according to a Dow Jones report.
Technology said to thwart voice phishing scams
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10/26/2010   9 comments
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology say they have identified a digital fingerprint hidden within voice signals that can reveal fraud and thwart voice phishing scams.
Mentor Graphics FloTHERM thermal analysis software
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10/26/2010   Post a comment
Mentor Graphics released a new version of its FloTHERM 3D computational fluid dynamics software with features that allows engineers to identify where and why heat flow bottlenecks occur and how designers might fix the problem.
Zoran cuts outlook, mulls restructuring
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10/25/2010   Post a comment
Zoran cut its outlook for the remainder of 2010 after posting third quarter sales that came in slightly below consensus analysts' expectations.
C&K Components KMT5 ultra-miniature tactile switches
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10/25/2010   Post a comment
C&K Components has expanded its KMT Series of ultra-miniature tactile switches with what it says is the smallest available top-actuated, double-action tact switch.
Rohm's BD8381EFV-M LED driver
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10/25/2010   Post a comment
ROHM Semiconductor has developed LED driver for automotive forward illumination applications that allows designers to specify the same driver for use in high-beam, low-beam and daytime running light circuits.
austriamicrosystems' AS8650 is a smart power management System Basis Chip (SBC)
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10/25/2010   Post a comment
austriamicrosystems’ system basis chip cuts cost, saves space and reduces power losses of engine control unit supplies in next-generation automotive applications.
Xsens releases MTw wireless 3D motion tracker
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10/25/2010   1 comment
The MTw from Xsens Technologies B.V. is a miniature wireless inertial motion tracker for 3D kinematic measurements of body movements.
Analog Devices' ADM3052 and ADM3053 CAN transceivers
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10/25/2010   Post a comment
ADI’s latest isolated CAN transceivers are said to be the first integrated devices to isolate signals and power, reducing component count by up to 80 percent and board space by up to 70 percent.
Modest growth projected for ICs in 2011
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10/25/2010   5 comments
Semiconductor industry revenue is projected to grow 5.1 percent in 2011, according to market research firm iSuppli, which predicts the industry will enjoy a "soft landing" after a booming 2010.
International Rectifier's AUIRF7738L2, AUIRF7737L2, AUIRF7736M2 automotive DirectFET2 power MOSFETs
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10/25/2010   Post a comment
IR recently expanded its family of automotive DirectFET2 power MOSFETs that deliver power density, dual-sided cooling and minimal parasitic inductance and resistance levels for heavy load applications.
Scenes from USA tech fest
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10/25/2010   8 comments
Photos from the USA Science & Engineering Festival, a two-day event held on the National Mall that drew tens of thousands of participants.
CE parts met cockpit avionics in vintage F-15 video camera
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10/25/2010   Post a comment
A video camera system once used in the F-15 essentially marries a general-purpose Sony CCD camera chip set to some special-purpose military hardware.
Atrenta, TSMC team on soft IP qualification flow
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10/25/2010   Post a comment
Atrenta Inc., a provider of early design closure solutions, and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) announced they have joined forces to enhance the quality of delivered synthesizable IP using Atrenta's SpyGlass platform.
High-accuracy ADE7953 energy-metering IC resists tampering
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10/25/2010   Post a comment
The ADE7953 energy metering IC for single-phase meter configurations measures active, reactive and apparent energy along with rms voltage and current. It also provides neutral-current measurements that help designers develop tamper-proof smart meters.
Intel's embedded Xeon tackles avionics
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10/25/2010   6 comments
Mercury Computer systems claims first dibs on ruggedizing Intel's high-performance Xeon server processors to for avionics, space, surveillance and military pattern recognition.
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