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SigmaTel profit falls, foresees loss
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1/31/2006   Post a comment
Mixed-signal multimedia semiconductor supplier SigmaTel Inc. reported fourth-quarter earnings of $4.6 million, or 12 cents per share on sales of $82.0 million, compared to $19.5 million, or 52 cents per share on sales of $78.6 million in the year-ago quarter.
Atmel posts 4Q profit, but $32 million loss for '05
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1/31/2006   Post a comment
Bouncing back from consecutive quarterly losses, semiconductor vendor Atmel reported a fourth quarter net income of $53.8 million, a substantial improvement over net losses for both the year-ago and prior sequential quarters.
SGI replaces CEO
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1/31/2006   Post a comment
Silicon Graphics named Dennis McKenna president, chairman and CEO. McKenna succeeds Robert Bishop, who will remain on the board of directors and serve as vice chairman.
DC/DCs respond in a hurry to GSM's call for power
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1/31/2006   Post a comment
Advanced Analogic Technologies' AAT1146 and AAT2512 DC/DC converters, with a fast transient response ideally suited for GSM phone applications, respond quickly to demanding load swings.
Fujitsu posts profit on strong consumer sales
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1/31/2006   Post a comment
Japan-based Fujitsu Ltd. reported consolidated net sales of 1,121.4 billion yen ¥ ($9.5 billion) for the third quarter of fiscal 2005, up 7.5 percent over the third quarter of fiscal 2004.
Xilinx claims fastest DDR2 SDRAM interface
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1/31/2006   Post a comment
Programmable logic supplier Xilinx announced the immediate availability of a Virtex-4 FPGA-based, 667 megabit-per-second DDR2 reference design.
Green Hills announces DSO solution for Xilinx Virtex-4 FPGAs
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Green Hills announces immediate availability of entire device software optimization (DSO) product line for Xilinx Virtex-4 Platform FPGAs.
WCDMA/EDGE transceiver targets multi-band mobile phones
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Infineon AG jumps into the fray of new multi-band transceviers with its SMARTi 3GE dual-mode WCDMA/EDGE radio frequency (RF) transceiver.
Port expanders store user settings in non-volatile memory
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1/31/2006   Post a comment
With Cypress Semiconductor's three latest I²C port expanders, designers don't have to perform reconfiguration after each power-up. The devices are designed with a proprietary addressing algorithm that allows them to store all user settings in non-volatile memory.
Freescale adds 5-volt capable family of 8-bit HCS08 MCUs
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1/31/2006   Post a comment
Freescale says its new MC9S08AW family of 8-bit MCUs is the first HCS08 core-based microcontrollers that support 5-volt industrial and automotive applications. The devices offer enhanced brown-out detection for controlled power-on reset in the event of a brown-out or power failure.
Low noise amps support satcom and radio systems
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Mimix Broadband, Inc. expands its product line of GaAs MMIC LNAs to cover 5 GHz to 45 GHz, with low noise performance achieving 1.7 dB.
600 MHz MPU targets automotive infotainment apps
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1/31/2006   Post a comment
Renesas Technology’s newest 32-bit superscalar processor runs at 600 MHz, the highest speed yet for an SH-based MPU. Targeted applications for the new SH7785 are automotive infotainment systems and other high-performance multimedia systems that process 2D and 3D graphics.
Actel FPGAs form heart of railway communications products
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FAR Systems selects Actel ProASIC Plus flash FPGAs for design security, reliability, and single-chip ease of design.
Researchers claim 3-D nanostructure breakthrough
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A breakthrough by an international team of scientists affiliated with the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center could pave the way for the building of complex, three-dimensional nanostructures using semiconductor photolithography equipment.
ARM offering MCU development kit
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1/30/2006   Post a comment
ARM released a microcontroller development kit said to integrate the company's RealView Compilation Tools with Keil's development environment.
Philips claims first 90-nm ARM9-based MCU
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1/30/2006   Post a comment
Royal Philips Electronics announced the availability of what the company called the industry’s first 90-nanometer ARM9-based microcontroller, the LPC3180.
Atheros' profit jumps nearly six fold
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1/30/2006   Post a comment
Wireless semiconductor provider Atheros Communications reported a fourth quarter GAAP net income of $13.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2005, a nearly six-fold increase from the $2.2 million that the company reported for the same period of 2004.
Audio power amplifiers for digital TVs boast efficiency
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1/30/2006   Post a comment
Texas Instruments Inc.'s Class-D audio power amplifiers are said to feature an easy-to-use layout and low electromagnetic interference to speed the design cycle of medium- and large-screen digital televisions.
8-bit MCU packs 32 KB of SRAM and 256 KB of flash
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1/30/2006   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics 8-bit uPSD3400 Turbo Plus microcontroller series is now available with 32 Kbytes on-chip SRAM. The devices also integrate 256 Kbytes of flash memory, USB 2.0 full-speed as well as other interfaces and peripherals.
MIPS64-based processors target intelligent networks
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1/30/2006   Post a comment
Cavium Networks has beefed-up its line of single and dual core MIPS64-based processors. The 64-bit processors target networking, wireless, control and storage applications.
LVDS PHYs drive data rates of 400-Mbits/s in extreme environments
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1/30/2006   Post a comment
Aimed at automotive, industrial and military applications, National Semiconductor's LVDS PHYs are designed to drive signals through cable harnesses in systems operating in high-temperature environments.
ARM-9 based MCU packs vector floating-point coprocessor
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1/30/2006   Post a comment
Targeting embedded applications, Philips has launched its 90-nm ARM-9 based MCU. Integrated into the 32-bit chip is a vector floating-point coprocessor and USB On-The-Go. Another feature is the ability to operate in ultra-low-power mode down to 0.9V.
Philips MCU delivers 200 MHz, USB OTG and low power
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1/30/2006   Post a comment
Priced at under $8 in volume quantities, the LPC3180 is among the earliest standard-part 32-bit MCUs to be based on an ARM9 core.
Mapper provides key packet processing capabilities for last mile Ethernet access
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1/30/2006   Post a comment
PMC-Sierra has developed PM4390 ARROW M8xFE, its second generation data mapping device that delivers standards-based OAM features that carriers require for mainstream adoption of Ethernet in the last mile access.
Throughput drives 32-bitter's design
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1/30/2006   Post a comment
Atmel Corp. has developed a high-performance 32-bit RISC processor core with an instruction-set architecture de- signed from the ground up to increase computational throughput per cycle.
PWM controllers for VR11 apps tout highest accuracy
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1/30/2006   Post a comment
Intersil Corporation's family of PWM controllers for Intel VR11 applications claims the industry’s highest accuracy.
Japan's Hynix tariff goes into effect
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1/27/2006   Post a comment
The Japan government has invoked the countervailing duty of 27.2 percent on DRAMs manufactured by Hynix Semiconductor Inc. and exported to Japan.
Analysis: Accurate prognosis of electronics industry difficult
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1/27/2006   Post a comment
Two weeks into the earnings season, getting an accurate pulse of the electronics industry remains difficult as companies’ results continue to track unevenly.
Precision voltage reference fits in 2 x 2-mm package
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1/27/2006   Post a comment
Linear Technology Corp. claims to have developed the first precision series voltage reference that is available in a 3-lead, 2 x 2-mm DFN package.
PoE controller can be powered from AC adapter
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1/27/2006   Post a comment
National Semiconductor says its LM5071, for power-over-Ethernet (PoE) applications, is the industry's first single-chip PD controller with DC/DC converter that can be powered from alternative sources such as an AC adapter.
First Indian semi study out next week
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1/27/2006   Post a comment
A gap in the Indian semiconductor industry-- the lack of any official statistics on the industry here-- will be filled next week with the release of a market research study.
15MBd optocouplers offer 250% higher CMR rating for industrial apps
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1/27/2006   Post a comment
Fairchild has developed single- and dual-channel optocouplers that deliver a 25-KV/µs minimum common-mode noise rejection (CMR) rating, a high bandwidth data rate of 15-Mbits/s, and low-power consumption—features that make the devices well-suited for industrial control applications.
Toaster-sized Cell BE-based processor appliance achieves 200 GFLOPS
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1/27/2006   Post a comment
Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. has just unveiled the third member of its Cell Broadband Engine (BE) based family of embedded computers claiming a throughput of 200 GFLOPS.
ARM11 CPU and physical IP combo delivers 750 MHz at 90 nm
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1/27/2006   Post a comment
ARM Limited reports that an implementation of an ARM1176JZF-S processor, enhanced with the ARM Artisan Advantage cell library and memories, has been able to achieve a frequency of more than 750 MHz using a 90 nanometer foundry process.
Lattice posts $23 million loss
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1/26/2006   Post a comment
Programmable logic supplier Lattice Semiconductor reported a fourth quarter 2005 net loss of $23 million on revenue of $54 million.
8-MHz buck regulator suits ultra-thin portables
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1/26/2006   Post a comment
Micrel says its MIC2285 is the industry’s first 8-MHz, 500-mA synchronous buck regulator for portable applications. As such, the regulator, working off a 2.7- to 5.5-volt input, is suited for space-sensitive applications including ultra-thin cell phones, PDAs, GPS systems, digital cameras, and portable media players.
Broadcom earnings beat guidance
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1/26/2006   Post a comment
Communications semiconductor supplier Broadcom Corp. posted fourth-quarter 2005 net earnings of $194 million, or 50 cents per share on sales of $820.6 million, compared with $71.1 million, or 20 cents per share on sales of $539.4 million in the year-ago quarter.
IR meets guidance, expects flat quarter
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1/26/2006   Post a comment
Semiconductor supplier International Rectifier Corp. posted GAAP net earnings of $24.3 million, or 34 cents per share on sales of $278.8 million in its second fiscal 2006 quarter ended December.
IDT narrows loss
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1/26/2006   Post a comment
Semiconductor supplier Integrated Device Technology Inc. posted a net loss of $42.3 million, or 21 cents per share, on sales of $160.8 million in its third fiscal 2006 quarter ended Jan. 1, 2006.
Fanless MPU scales up to 1.5GHz at no more than 7.5W
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1/26/2006   Post a comment
VIA Technologies' VIA Eden and Eden ULV Processors take fanless computing to 1.5Ghz.
RFID market to grow 10 fold by 2016, firm says
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1/26/2006   Post a comment
Market research analyst IDTechEx expects 1.3 billion RFID tags to be sold in 2006, with the majority going to a range of diverse markets from baggage and passports to contactless payment cards and drugs.
XFP transceiver offers best in class jitter performance
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1/26/2006   Post a comment
eePC's Janine Love spent some time talking to the team at Silicon Laboratories to find out more about their new XFP transciver IC.
Baseband chipset supports EDGE and GSM/GPRS handsets
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1/26/2006   Post a comment
Analog Devices SoftFone baseband chipset supports 3.0-megapixel camera integration, offers large library of ringtones, and eliminates the need for a co-processor.
High-performance controllers boost the PoE connection
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1/26/2006   Post a comment
PoE product recap - With power-over-Ethernet (PoE) the closest thing to “the next big app” in the largely mature power area, vendors are bringing new controller systems to market with higher levels of integration, higher power capability, and a lower cost per port.
Nanometrics buys Accent for $81 million
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1/26/2006   Post a comment
Metrology-equipment specialist Nanometrics Inc. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Accent Optical Technologies Inc., a supplier of process control and metrology systems, for $80.9 million in stock.
Single-chip CMOS transceiver targets HSDPA, WCDMA, and EDGE
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1/26/2006   Post a comment
The first product from Sirific Wireless is an impressive single-chip transceiver that supports WCDMA bands (I, II, III, IV and V), as well as all four EDGE, GPRS, and GSM bands.
SiRF chip integrates GPS, Bluetooth
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1/25/2006   Post a comment
Chipset vendor SiRF Technology has launched SiRFLinkI, a single-chip solution integrating GPS and Bluetooth functions the company said reduces size, cost, and power requirements.
Qualcomm results mixed, but demand grows
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1/25/2006   Post a comment
Wireless semiconductor supplier Qualcomm Inc. reported net earnings of $620 million, or 36 cents per share on sales of $1.74 billion in its first fiscal 2006 quarter ended Dec. 25, 2005.
LSI posts profit on 21% revenue increase
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1/25/2006   Post a comment
LSI Logic reported a return to profitability on a 21 percent year-to-year increase in fourth quarter 2005 revenue. The company reported a GAAP net income for the quarter of $38 million, a sharp turnaround from net losses of $197 million for the fourth quarter of 2004 and $73 million for the third quarter of 2005.
Intersil, Cirrus report higher sales and earnings
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1/25/2006   Post a comment
Analog semiconductor suppliers Intersil Corp. and Cirrus Logic Inc. posted year-over-year sales and earnings gains in their December fiscal quarters.
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