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Maxim beats revenue target
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Maxim Integrated Products posted net revenue of $339.7 million for its fiscal third quarter ended March 28, besting company guidance for the term.
U.S. House airs patent reform debate
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The debate over patent reform came to the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday as a diverse set of five industry executives, an academic and an engineer testified on their views for and against the draft Patent Reform Act of 2009, focusing on its provisions on infringement damages and post-grant review of patents.
IDT posts big loss; to sell network search assets
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Hurt by a hefty write down, mixed-signal chip vendor Integrated Device Technology reported a GAAP net loss of $719.2 million on revenue of $107.4 million for the quarter ended March 29 and said it entered into a definitive agreement to sell assets of its network search engine products to NetLogic Microsystems for $90 million.
TSMC confirms 40-nm yield issues, gives predictions
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Silicon foundry giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) posted better-than-expect results in the first quarter of 2009.
Netbook growth seen slowing when economy recovers
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4/30/2009   1 comment
Netbook shipments grew by more than 2,000 percent last year and are expected to grow another 68.5 percent in 2009, but this explosive growth is likely to slow as the economy rebounds beginning in 2010, an analyst said.
Ex-Delco exec tapped for U.S. education post
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A former automotive executive has been nominated by the Obama administration to be deputy education secretary.
Dual 20-V p-channel TrenchFET Gen III power MOSFET lowers on-resistance and saves power
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Vishay Intertechnology, Inc., has introduced a new with the lowest on-resistance ever achieved for a dual p-channel device in the thermally enhanced PowerPAK SC-70 2-mm by 2-mm footprint area.
Developers get access to Windows 7
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4/30/2009   1 comment
Microsoft Corp. has made a version of the next-generation of its Windows operating system, Windows 7 Release candidate, available to a limited set of professional developers and plans to debut a broader release will be on May 5.
Gennum won't match IDT's offer for Tundra Semi
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Gennum said it won't match the roughly $100 million deal that Integrated Device Technology offered to acquire Tundra Semiconductor, paving the way for the IDT-Tundra deal to go through.
Report: Indian software companies to hire more foreign engineers
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Indian technology services companies are reportedly preparing to hire more foreign engineers as they seek to position themselves as job creators in overseas markets where they have operations.
Is Windows 7 launch set to reveal ARM processor support?
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There have been rumors for a while now that Microsoft engineers in Redmond, Washington, have been demonstrating the Windows XP operating system running on chips with ARM processing cores inside.
Dialog Semi to surf the Atom wave
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Chip vendor Dialog Semiconductor taps the market momentum of Intel's Atom microprocessor by offering a power management device tailored for the Atom. The device helps designers to significantly reduce board space and costs, the company says.
Top five products of week 18
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The editorial team of EETimes Europe has selected the following five products as products of the week ending May 1th.
ALPS : Media connector takes both SIM and microSD cards
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ALPS : Media connector takes both SIM and microSD cards
Asyst CEO resigns as firm seeks buyer
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Stephen Schwartz, chief executive, president and chairman of troubled Asyst Technologies Inc., has resigned, according to a filing. But who will ultimately buy the company?
Asyst CEO resigns as firm seeks buyer
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Stephen Schwartz, chief executive, president and chairman of troubled Asyst Technologies Inc., has resigned, according to a filing. But who will ultimately buy the company?
Diodes : MOSFET packages save space and raise charger performance
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Diodes has introduced dual device combinations in thermally efficient ultra small DFN packaging for charging and switching applications in portable devices.
InvenSense spins first pitch-and-yaw MEMS gyro
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What is claimed as the first pitch-and-yaw MEMS gyroscope is said to be able to sense the two axes used by remote controls and baton-shaped game controllers, creating a new category of 3-D motion sensor.
Dialog Semi : Power management ICs optimize Intel Atom processors
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Dialog Semiconductor has announced a family of power management ICs (PMICs) designed to optimise the power efficiency of applications using the Intel Atom processor Z5xx series which is being broadly adopted today.
TSMC results fall in Q1, sees rebound
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Silicon foundry giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) saw its fortunes tumble in the quarter, but it sees a rebound.
Analyst: PC builds, chip inventories improving
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A financial analyst said the outlook for second quarter PC builds is looking better and that Asian chip distributors are reporting better-than-expected demand for semiconductors across a number of markets.
Microsemi buys defense electronics unit
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Continuing on its buying spree, analog-chip maker Microsemi Corp. has acquired Endwave Inc.'s defense electronics and security (D&S) business.
IMEC links nanophotonics, electronics on chip
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Research institute IMEC (Leuven, Belgium) has reported a method to integrate high-speed CMOS electronics with nanophotonic circuitry based on plasmonic effects.
Infineon-Chef: Das schlimmste ist vorbei — vielleicht
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Wenn man Infineon-Chef Peter Bauer Glauben schenken darf, hat sich der Markt von seinen Tiefständen gelöst. Die Erholung, falls sie denn eine ist, findet bisher aber eher in den Köpfen als in den Zahlen statt.
Toshiba licenses SC300 processor from ARM
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ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) has announced that is has licensed its SecurCore SC300 processor to Japanese chipmaker Toshiba Corp. for use in embedded security applications.
The worst is over - maybe, Infineon's Bauer says
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If one believes Infineon's top executive Peter Bauer, the market is about to recover from its ugly low in the first quarter. The recovery, if any, however takes place more in the sentiment than in real figures.
Circuit design platform aims to mitigate substrate noise coupling
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Targeting analog, mixed-signal, memory and high-speed I/O designs, Apache Design Solutions has released Totem, an integrated power and noise integrity chip design platform that aims to tackle noise-coupling in mixed-signal SOCs.
EU eyes industry opt-outs from climate cost
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The refining, cement and glass industries may get help dealing with the cost of meeting European climate targets to safeguard their global competitiveness, a draft European Commission report showed.
Rich nations' 2020 greenhouse cuts: -9 to -15 pct
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Industrialized nations are aiming to cut emissions of greenhouse gases by an average of between nine and 15 percent below 1990 levels by 2020, far short of cuts outlined by the U.N. Climate Panel, Reuters estimates show.
Motorola net loss widens, handset share sinks
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Motorola Inc.'s net loss widened in the first quarter, total revenue fell and the company's share of the wireless handset market tumbled to 6 percent as it struggles to revamp operation in a weak economy.
LFoundry rolls RF process design kit
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Aiming at designers of analog/mixed signal and RF devices, LFoundry GmbH (Landshut, Germany) has introduced a process design kit (PDK). The PDK enables designing chips operating at frequencies of up to 15 GHz, the company promises.
Microchip : 16-bit MCUs claim lowest sleep current
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Microchip announces the PIC24F16KA family of 16-bit microcontrollers (MCUs) with nanoWatt XLP eXtreme low power technology.
Freescale : 16-bit digital signal controllers suit power-sensitive applications
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Freescale has introduced a family of digital signal controllers (DSCs) that provide energy-efficient motor control at competitive price points.
Infineon meets expectations, outlook negative
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With sales of €747 million (about $971 million) in the second quarter of its FY2009, chip maker Infineon met analyst expectations. However, the company lowered its outlook for the second half of the year and announced capex cuts.
IBM's DeveloperWorks goes social
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IBM Corp. is ushering into the era of social networking its ten-year old Web site that supplies technical information on open source software by launching My DeveloperWorks which aims to help IT developers collaborate on topics including Java, Linux and XML.
ST's Q1 loss widens; wireless JV to cut 1,200 jobs
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STMicroelectronics reported that its first quarter loss widened on a decline in revenue and announced its wireless joint venture with handset maker Ericsson would eliminate 1,200 jobs.
LSI reports $104 million loss as sales tumble
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Abhi Talwalkar is not calling the bottom, but the chief executive of LSI Corp. is looking for glimmers of hope in his company's latest quarterly results in which it lost $104 million as sales tumbled 27 percent compared to the first three months of 2008.
Cadence Q1 sales fall further
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Cadence Design Systems posted a GAAP net loss of $63 million on revenue of $206 million for the first quarter. Revenue declined 9 percent compared to the previous quarter and 24 percent compared with the same period of 2008.
Latest Freescale digital signal controllers look to reduce power involved with motor control
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The MC56F8006 DSCs combine the functionality of a microcontroller (MCU) and the processing power of a digital signal processor (DSP) with a flexible set of peripherals to create a versatile embedded control solution.
Testing product debuts for virtualized data centers
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Ixia's IxVM allows enterprises to test both virtualized network resources and applications across thousands of VMs.
CEA will set specs for 3-D glasses
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The Consumer Electronics Association plans to set standards for stereo 3-D glasses, one of many efforts aimed at paving the road to interoperable 3DTV products for the digital home, a concept some see as the next big thing in television.
Nokia's new 'wave' and eyeSight are no empty gestures
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Taking advantage of Nokia's newly exposed camera API, eyeSight Mobile Technologies developed an image processing algorithm, which translates a mere wave of the hand -- captured by a camera sensor on mobile handset -- into a gesture-controlled user interface.
UMC buys Chinese foundry He Jian
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UMC said it would pay $285 million to acquire the 85 percent of Chinese foundry He Jian Technology that it did not already own.
Logic level Trench MOSFETs deliver new level of benchmark efficiency
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A new range of logic level gate drive trench HEXFET power MOSFETs has been introduced by International Rectifier which features benchmark on-state resistance (RDS(on)) and a high package current rating for high power DC motors and power tools, industrial batteries and power supply applications.
AnalogicTech's reveals first Class D Audio Amplifier
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Advanced Analogic Technologies Incorporated has introduced the company's first Class D audio amplifier which builds on the company's experience building power management ICs for portable applications.
ADI unveils 18 low-power ADCs for power-sensitive communications
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Analog Devices, Inc., has introduced 18 power-efficient analog-to-digital converters (ADC) with resolutions ranging from 10 to 16 bits.
Silicon Labs Q1 beats revenue, earnings targets
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Analog/mixed-signal IC vendor Silicon Laboratories posted better-than-expected first quarter revenue of $83.7 million and GAAP earnings of 1 cent per diluted share.
SMIC posts loss, sees order rebound
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China's Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) posted another loss for the quarter.
Sematech, TOK to develop 22-nm resists
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Sematech and Tokyo Ohka Kogyo Co. Ltd. will team up to develop and demonstrate extreme UV materials and resists for use at the 22-nm node and beyond.
Analysis: Even ARM's solid results fail to raise optimism
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Well, we are well into the first quarter reporting season, and if anyone was hoping for big improvements after the disastrous end to last year’s financials, they will be more than disappointed.
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