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Xilinx and Barco Silex ease Video over IP development
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9/6/2012   Post a comment
Flexibility of FPGA-based platform enables broadcast OEMs to accelerate time-to-market with "future-proofed" next-generation Video over IP systems.
Quanta QCT preps server using Atom CPU
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9/6/2012   3 comments
Quanta QCT has become the second company, following Hewlett-Packard, to say it will use Intel’s upcoming Atom-based Centerton processors in microserver this year.
TSMC produces 14.2% efficient CIGS solar modules
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9/6/2012   5 comments
TSMC Solar Ltd. (Taichung, Taiwan) has announced that it has made solar conversion modules based on copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) technology with an efficiency of 14.2 percent.
Xilinx and OmniTek launch the Era of All Programmable SoCs
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Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC-based platform combines fully programmable hardware and software to reduce time-to-market and enable focus on innovation and differentiation.
Altera unveils innovations at the 20nm node
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Altera's mega-cool next-generation devices extend the promise of "Silicon Convergence"
Altera achieves production rollout of all 28-nm FPGA families
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Industry's broadest range of optimized 28-nm FPGAs meets diverse product design and differentiation requirements for customers.
Sharp mortgages factories to keep going
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9/6/2012   5 comments
Japan's troubled Sharp Corp. has mortgaged nearly all of its domestic factories and offices, including one making liquid crystal displays for Apple products, to secure loans, according to a Reuters report.
Digital Blocks extends LCD controller IP core family
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Building on expertise with Full HD 1920x1080 LCD panels, Digital Blocks supports the video / graphics requirements of 3840 x 2160 QFHD LCD panels in customized ASIC, ASSP, and FPGA solutions.
Synopsys IC Validator updated for 20nmv
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Synopsys has released IC Validator 2012.06, a physical verification platform for advanced process nodes…
QLogic cards hop on flash cache craze
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QLogic will ship early next year versions of its network adapters that aim to manage and simplify use of non-volatile memory caches in servers.
Fab spending to jump in 2013, says SEMI
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9/6/2012   1 comment
Total fab spending is set to expand by 16.7 percent in 2013 to reach a record high of $42.7 billion, according to industry trade group SEMI. Fab spending is also set to head east as a cycle of building wafer fabs in the United States comes to an end and projects in Korea, China and Taiwan start to drive spending.
UMC to make 'back-side' image sensors
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Foundry United Microelectronics Corp. and STMicroelectronics have announced a collaborative effort to develop a 65-nm CMOS image sensor processor that supports back-side illumination and which will be opened up to other foundry customers.
Microinverters, power optimizers to grow by 70% in 2012
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Microinverters and power optimizers represent the fastest growing segment of the global photovoltaic inverter market, according to IMS Research.
MicroGen backed by Xtrion
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9/6/2012   1 comment
Belgian holding company Xtrion, the majority owner of X-Fab Silicon Foundries, led an investment round totaling $2.6 million in U.S. MEMS energy harvest company MicroGen Systems.Gen
Lenovo to acquire Brazil's biggest PC maker
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9/5/2012   2 comments
China's Lenovo will acquire Brazil's largest PC and consumer electronics vendor in a cash and stock deal worth about $147 million.
KLA-Tencor aims below 20-nm
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Chip equipment vendor KLA-Tencor rolled out new tools for overlay and photomask inspection at the Semicon Taiwan tradeshow in Taipei.
MEMC to pay $88M to settle supply dispute
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Silicon wafer supplier MEMC Electronic Materials said it agreed to pay 70 million euro (about $88.2 million) to specialty chemical provider Evonik Industries to settle a supply dispute.
APEC offers 600V discrete IGBTs
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Advanced Power Electronics has released a family of 600V discrete IGBTs for use in AC and DC motor control, home appliances, UPS, solar inverters, and induction cookers.
Semiconductor R&D set to hit record high
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Spending on research and development by semiconductor companies worldwide is expected to grow 10 percent in 2012 to a record high of $53.4 billion, according to market analysis firm IC Insights.
TSMC on 450-mm wafers and lithography
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9/5/2012   6 comments
Foundry chip maker TSMC now foresees the start of volume production of ICs on 450-mm diameter wafers in 2018, according to local reports that reference executives speaking ahead of the Semicon Taiwan exhibition and conference.
What's new in automotive electronics
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Car sales, aftermarket booming; fuel economy regs may strangle the V8; let there be light.
Intel tests oil immersion to cool servers
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9/5/2012   15 comments
Seven Xeon servers were immersed in an oil cooling vat for a year, demonstrating an approach that could shave energy use for certain kinds of data centers.
Chip sales grew slightly in July
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Semiconductor sales improved slightly in July compared to June, but remained lower than July 2011, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association trade group.
China Fabless: VeriSilicon touts shift to design lite
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9/4/2012   14 comments
If you think chip companies are popping up everywhere in China, producing a flood of me-too products based on me-too business models, think again. VeriSilicon doesn’t fit the stereotype.
Wintel dominance seen waning in post-PC era
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9/4/2012   35 comments
The powerful alliance between Intel and Microsoft that has set the pace in the computer market for a generation is beginning to fray amid a new era of computing, according to IHS iSuppli.
Lawmaker hails Silicon Valley patent office
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9/4/2012   9 comments
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (shown) said as many as 100 new patent examiners and administrative patent law judges will be setting up an office in Silicon Valley by 2014.
Carbon and Arteris team to simplify chip design
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Carbon Design Systems and Arteris have released a Carbon Performance Analysis Kit (CPAK) that features an Arteris network-on-chip (NoC) interconnect…
Cadence says 28-nm DDR4 IP proven on TSMC process
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EDA and IP vendor Cadence Design Systems said the first products in its double-data rate (DDR)4 SDRAM PHY and memory controller IP family have been proven in silicon on TSMC processes.
Fujitsu Semi offloads test and assembly operations
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Fujitsu Semiconductor will transfer ownership of two Japanese semiconductor test and assembly facilities to J-Devices, a test and assembly specialist, under the terms of an agreement signed last week.
Startup integrates solar conversion, logic
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9/4/2012   3 comments
Israel startup Sol Chip, which is developing technology to integrate solar energy conversion with logic circuits, has raised an additional $1 million in funding.
Greenliant SSDs take aim at embedded industrial apps
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The ball grid array SATA/PATA drives use MLC NAND flash memory.
IBM, ST go back to the future with nanorelay logic
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9/4/2012   13 comments
In a return to the days of electromechanical computation, IBM and STMicroelectronics are working on a project to enable a low power processor made from nanometer scale mechanical relays.
10 Hot Topics at DESIGN East
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9/4/2012   3 comments
Come to Boston Sept 17 - 20; get a free show-floor pass or 15% sessions discount to learn the latest in embedded, Android, MEMS, and more.
FormFactor to acquire MicroProbe for wafer tests
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FormFactor, Inc. has signed a merger agreement with Astria Semiconductor Holdings, Inc., the parent company of MicroProbe, Inc., to acquire MicroProbe for $100 million in cash and $16.8 million in stock.
Researchers move quantum computing to silicon
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9/4/2012   5 comments
Quantum computing has been brought a step closer to mass production by a research team led by scientists from the University of Bristol that has made a transition from using glass to silicon.
Energy Micro: Faster processing consuming less energy
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9/3/2012   1 comment
Benchmark tests using IAR Embedded Workbench for ARM version 6.40 confirms EFM32 Gecko as the lowest energy microcontroller…
New Silicon Labs' MCUs deliver best-in-class temp sensing accuracy
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9/3/2012   Post a comment
Silicon Labs’ new C8051F39x/37x 8-bit MCUs are ideal a wide range of consumer, industrial, and communication applications.
Microchip's new volatile digital-to-analog converter (DAC)
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Low-power, low-cost 6-bit volatile DAC with command code features 1.8-5.5V wide operating voltage range along with I2C and SMBus compatibility.
GainSpan’s reference design codes provide easy Wi-Fi connectivity
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Facilitating easy connectivity to Atmel and STMicroelectronics MCUs gives access to advanced networking features and reduces development time.
TI introduces $17 C2000 LaunchPad Eval Kit
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Prototyping with Piccolo 32-bit MCUs is easier and less expensive with hardware and software that expands to TI BoosterPacks, enabling a myriad of applications.
Startup spins out pay-as-you-go solar
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9/3/2012   6 comments
Eight19 Ltd. has decided to spin off its Indigo pay-as-you-go solar technology for off-grid markets as a separate company called Azuri Technologies Ltd.
Printed sensor startup preps pilot line
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9/3/2012   1 comment
Isorg, a French startup company that can print optoelectronic sensors on plastic and glass surfaces to create novel forms of detection, gesture control and image sensing, has completed the construction of its pilot manufacturing line.
Agilent blasts out 14 new FieldFox analyzers
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9/1/2012   2 comments
In a boon for field applications, the new handheld analyzers bring MIL-spec functionality to applications spanning 4 to 26.5 GHz
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