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Consumer meets medical in ESC teardown
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8/31/2011   2 comments
A teardown of the Nonin Onyx II 9560 fingertip pulse oximeter at DesignMed 2011 will give a glimpse into the future of personal medical devices.
Novellus warns of 'incremental caution'
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Fab tool maker Novellus Systems narrowed its third quarter sales target to the low end of previously guided range as the company's CEO warned that customers were being "incrementally cautious."
China's solar rise seen in Solyndra's fall
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8/31/2011   82 comments
High profile solar panel startup Solyndra will file for bankruptcy as China's producers of crystalline solar cells continue to dominate the market.
U.S. sues to block AT&T's T-Mobile buy
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8/31/2011   4 comments
The U.S. Justice Dept. filed a civil antitrust lawsuit in an attempt to block AT&T's proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile, saying the deal would decrease competition for wireless communication services.
Microsemi expands SmartFusion cSoC offering for industrial and military applications
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New leaded 208-PQFP package reduces PCB manufacturing and debugging costs
NSA-approved, defense-grade cryptographic Spartan-6Q FPGAs now in production
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8/31/2011   1 comment
Third generation secure architecture with information assurance methodology and anti-tamper IP pass extensive qualification process and extends Xilinx capabilities in secure applications.
Synopsys, Achronix extend tool agreement
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EDA and IP supplier Synopsys and FPGA startup Achronix Semiconductor announced a multi-year extension of their OEM agreement for Synopsys FPGA synthesis tools.
OSRAM Opto Semiconductors IR OSLON SFH 4715S
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OSRAM Opto Semiconductors says its latest LED is the smallest infrared device in the 1-watt class.
Touchstone tips drop-in replacement comparator
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Analog IC startup Touchstone Semiconductor introduced an analog comparator billed as a drop-in replacement for Maxim Integrated Products' MAX917 comparator.
Reports: Samsung to pay retirees with cancer
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8/31/2011   9 comments
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has said it will provide up to ten years support costs for semiconductor and LCD manufacturing workers if they are diagnosed with cancer within three years of retiring from the company. This is according to Korean news reports that referenced unnamed Samsung officials.
ARM extends Michigan research deal
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8/31/2011   5 comments
Processor intellectual property licensor ARM Holdings plc has renewed research cooperation with the University of Michigan into ultra-low energy and sustainable computing.
Analyst sees upside in 2H11 chip market
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8/31/2011   1 comment
Semiconductor Intelligence LLC, a consultancy formed by analyst Bill Jewell, sees some positive signs for the electronics economy in the second-half of 2011, but has nonetheless reduced its global chip market growth forecast for 2011 to 4 percent from a previous forecast of 9 percent.
MediaTek aims at 'partnership' with Philips
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8/31/2011   2 comments
Consumer chip company MediaTek Inc. has announced it has achieved a design win with consumer electronics company Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV and is planning to develop "a long-term and close partnership with Philips."
Cisco, VMware team on network virtualization
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8/31/2011   2 comments
Cisco Systems and VMware said they have expanded their strategic relationship to create new technology for network virtualization that will broaden the mobility range of virtual machines across multiple datacenters and cloud environments.
Electric vehicles to boost analog IC demand
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8/30/2011   10 comments
The market for semiconductors used in electric vehicles and hybrid electric vehicles is expected to quadruple between 2011 and 2018, reaching $2 billion, according to market research firm Strategy Analytics.
ST launches tiny 3-axis analog gyroscope for gaming, GPS, appliances, robotics
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8/30/2011   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has announced a high performance, 3-axis analog gyroscope, the L3G3250A, that measures 3.5x3x1 mm, with a footprint of 10.5 mm3, nearly 40% smaller than current generation.
Electronics enters era of 'systemic risk'
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8/30/2011   8 comments
The electronics industry has entered an era of "systemic complexity" where growing ecosystems of companies need to collaborate closely, according to a panel of CEOs.
Zoran shareholders approve CSR merger
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CSR is expected to complete the acquisition of fellow chip maker Zoran following approval of the deal by Zoran shareholders, the company said.
WIN Enterprises introduces fanless box computer with VIA Nano/Eden CPU
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The PL-80320 from WIN Enterprises, Inc. is a fanless box computer for embedded applications powered by VIA Nano/Eden processors.
Microchip Technology MCP1754/MCP1754S low dropout regulators
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Microchip's latest low dropout regulators feature a high PSRR of 70 dB at 1 kHz (typical).
Intel may cut capex, says analyst
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8/30/2011   7 comments
Intel may cut back on capital expenditures in 2011 and 2012 in the face of slackening PC demand, according to a Wall Street analyst.
Intel forms subsidiary for government projects
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8/30/2011   1 comment
Intel Corp. has formed a wholly owned subsidiary, Intel Federal LLC, to address new opportunities in working with the U.S. government.
Fujitsu Semiconductor Europe enhances F2MC-8FX family of high-performance 8-bit microcontrollers with embedded flash memory.
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Fujitsu's new F2MC-8FX 8-bit microcontrollers integrate analog comparators and an op-amp for energy-saving efficiency.
ADI, TI DSPs debut for less than $2
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8/30/2011   2 comments
Two major DSP vendors—Analog Devices and Texas Instruments—have drastically cut price tags on its latest processors in an effort to bring sophisticated signal processing to a broader range of cost-sensitive applications.
Texas Instruments C553x DSP
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Check out TI's $1.95 DSP and $55 development kit.
GlobalFoundries charts road to 14 nm
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8/30/2011   16 comments
GlobalFoundries will give an update on its work from 32- to 14-nm technology, including work on advanced 3-D ICs at its annual tech conference.
UK photovoltaic firm attracts Fister as CEO
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8/30/2011   5 comments
Mike Fister, a former manager of processor development at Intel and CEO at EDA software vendor Cadence, has been appointed CEO of privately-held Enecsys Ltd. (Cambridge, England).
Analog guru leaves legacy in $85 text book
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8/30/2011   21 comments
Jim Williams, a respected analog engineer who passed away in June 2011, has made a posthumous contribution to electronic engineering as a co-author and co-editor of Analog Circuit Design, published by Newnes, an imprint of Elsevier Science & Technology Books.
Scopes cover hi-speed/hi-fidelity domains at ESC
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8/30/2011   1 comment
Tektronix, Inc. has introduced a mixed-domain oscilloscope that delivers the functionality of an scope and a spectrum analyzer in a single instrument. And Rohde & Schwarz has enhanced its real-time digital trigger scope for analyzing extremely small signals with high fidelity. Both companies will exhibit their wares at the Embedded Systems Conference, Boston (Sept. 26 to 29).
Freescale joins 4G-era small-cell basestation race
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8/30/2011   10 comments
Freescale has begun sampling new wireless basestation SoCs designed for picocells and femto cells, by using the company’s QorIQ Qonverge family of processors.
Analog Devices offers 200 MHz version of Blackfin embedded processor for $2 and $99 dev kit
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Analog Devices, Inc. has introduced a 200-MHz version of its ADSP-BF592 Blackfin embedded processor that delivers 400-MMAC performance for $1.99 each in 1,000-unit quantities.
GlobalFoundries fabs 20-nm test chip
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8/29/2011   11 comments
GlobalFoundries taped out a 20nm test chip using design tools from Cadence Design Systems, Magma Design Automation, Mentor Graphics and Synopsys.
MIT chip spinout gets $6.5M in funding
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8/29/2011   12 comments
MTPV, a startup developing chips used to convert heat to electricity, has received $6.5 million in funding from 13 investors, according to a regulatory filing.
GlobalFoundries, Amkor forge alliance
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8/29/2011   2 comments
GlobalFoundries and Amkor will co-develop integrated assembly and test solutions, including 3-D ICs, as the first members of a new alliance.
Axiomtek launches 2-slot fanless industrial barebones system sporting Intel Atom D425 and D525
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The IPC922-212-FL from Axiomtek is a new 2-slot fanless industrial barebones system based on the Intel Atom processor D425/ D525, boosting server performance with faster processing speeds.
Fibre Channel over Ethernet, GPON rising
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8/29/2011   5 comments
Fibre Channel over Ethernet is driving sales and market share shifts for 10 Gbit Ethernet, while China drives sales in GPONs, according to two Dell 'Oro Group reports.
Dongbu tips specialty foundry processes
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8/29/2011   1 comment
South Korean chip builder Dongbu HiTek announced the availability of a pair of specialized 180-nm process technologies for creating analog, power, and mixed-signal chips.
ABI: 97% of smartphones to have touchscreens
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8/29/2011   9 comments
By 2016, smartphones with touchscreens will account for 97 percent of all smartphone volume, up from 75 percent in 2010, according to market research firm ABI Research.
NXP loses manager to Globalfoundries' Dresden fab
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8/29/2011   1 comment
Globalfoundries Inc. has appointed Rutger Wijburg as vice president and general manager of its manufacturing campus in Dresden, Germany – known as Fab 1 – with effect from October 2011.
Laird develops EMI shielding effectiveness calculator
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8/29/2011   1 comment
As information is entered, the calculator computes shielding effectiveness, ?and if there are apertures, it plots their pattern.
Analyst predicts DRAM price plunge in 2H11
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8/29/2011   13 comments
The second half of 2011 is shaping up to be a DRAM buyer's dream as the price for the memory component is set to go into free-fall, according to market research firm IHS.
Russian-backed Crocus buys NXP's MRAM patents
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8/29/2011   8 comments
Crocus Technology Inc., a developer of magnetic RAMs with French origins and Russian financial backing, has announced the acquisition of the MRAM patent portfolio of NXP Semiconductors NV.
A&O power chip firm to buy Oregon fab
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8/29/2011   4 comments
Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Ltd., a power semiconductor IC vendor with strong connections in China, has said it intends to buy a 200-mm wafer fab owned by Integrated Device Technology Inc. and located in Hillsboro, Oregon.
Emulex to demo 10GbE upgrades at VMworld
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8/29/2011   1 comment
Networking IC vendor Emulex said it would demonstrate new technology enhancements to its OneConnect 10 Gigabit Ethernet universal converged network adapter family at the VMworld exhibition in Las Vegas this week.
GaN MMIC PA supports EW and test equipment
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8/27/2011   Post a comment
Hittite Microwave Corporation has introduced the HMC999 GaN HEMT MMIC power amplifier (PA) which is ideal for test and measurement equipment and military EW and ECM applications up to 10 GHz.
3200 MHz source replaces DROs
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8/27/2011   Post a comment
EM Research has released the ESP-3200 phase-locked oscillator which operates at 3200 MHz and is designed as a dielectric resonator oscillator (DRO) replacement in high-reliability, ruggedized applications such as SATCOM, electronic warfare, GPS, radar, and telemetry.
Axiomtek's new interactive digital signage has high performance per watt, improved graphics
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8/27/2011   Post a comment
Axiomtek has released the OFP240-D510, a 24-inch full HD multimedia interactive digital signage panel that offers full high-definition video playback and cutting-edge graphics performance.
Fujitsu launches Calypso single chip solution for automotive hybrid instrument clusters
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8/26/2011   Post a comment
Calypso MB9EF126 is the first member of Fujitsu Semiconductor Europe's FCR4 family of devices to be based on the ARM Cortex-R4 core, operating at up to 160MHz and offering more than 200 DMips processing power.
Calypto acquires Mentor's Catapult C
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8/26/2011   12 comments
Calypto Design Systems said it acquired Catapult C Synthesis from Mentor Graphics in a deal with undisclosed terms.
NEC releases first dedicated FPGA version of CyberWorkBench
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8/26/2011   1 comment
CyberWorkBench is a C-based high-level synthesis (HLS) design platform developed by NEC over the course of twenty years.
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