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Development kit supports 8051 MCUs
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1/25/2006   Post a comment
Ramtron International is now offering its $99 development kit and evaluation module that supports all of its 8051-based MCUs.
Current-sink D/A converter measures 3 x 3-mm
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1/25/2006   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products Inc. says this 10-bit, dual, digital-to-analog (D/A) converter for fiber-optic applications can sink 3.6 milliamps of current per output.
Highly integrated LIN 2.0-compliant chip reduces board space
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1/25/2006   Post a comment
Tailored for automotive systems, Atmel's LIN 2.0-compliant system basis chip integrates a 5-V voltage regulator and a watchdog in a very small QFN20 package.
Intel tips 45-nm process, demos chips
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1/25/2006   Post a comment
Seeking to get a jump on its rivals, Intel Corp. disclosed the initial details of its 45-nm process.
Maxim extends TDM to packet nets
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1/25/2006   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products and Dallas Semiconductor, its wholly-owned subsidiary, are working with RAD Data Communications to produce TDM over Packet (ToP) chips, the two companies announced.
NEC posts loss, reintegrates compound-semi group
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1/25/2006   Post a comment
TOKYO — Japan-based NEC Electronics Corp. posted an operating loss of ¥7 billion ($61 million) and a net loss of ¥2.6 billion ($23 million) for the fiscal 2005 third quarter on sales of ¥163 billion ($1.4 billion).
Hynix net earnings soar on flash sales
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1/25/2006   Post a comment
South Korean chip maker Hynix Semiconductor Inc. said its fourth-quarter net profit skyrocketed to 751.0 billion won ($768.5 million), a four-fold hike from 186.1 billion won ($190.4 million) a year ago.
QuickLogic offers low-power FPGAs in BGA package
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1/25/2006   Post a comment
In addition to small size and low power, the QL8150 supports a temperature range from –40C to +100C and comes in Pb-free packaging.
Hynix 4Q income up four fold, according to reports
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1/25/2006   Post a comment
Fourth quarter net income at South Korean memory supplier Hynix Semiconductor jumped more than four-fold year-to-year, reaching 751 billion won (about $770 million), according to wire reports.
Wireless sales help STMicro post profit
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1/24/2006   Post a comment
Semiconductor supplier STMicroelectronics record net earnings of $183 million, or 20 cents per share on sales of $2.39 billion, compared with $187 million, or 20 cents per share on sales of $2.33 billion in the year-ago quarter.
Zarlink turns profit after divesting RF business
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1/24/2006   Post a comment
Zarlink Semiconductor Inc. posted earnings of $51.0 million, or 39 cents per share on sales of $37.4 million in its third fiscal 2006 quarter ended December, compared with a net loss of $7.6 million, or 6 cents per share on sales of $36.6 million in the year-ago quarter.
Elpida returns to profitability
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1/24/2006   Post a comment
Elpida Memory Inc. returned to the black in its December-ended fiscal third quarter.
Strong power amp sales drive RF Micro profit
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1/24/2006   Post a comment
RFIC semiconductor supplier RF Micro Devices Inc. posted net earnings of $14.7 million, or 7 cents per share on sales of $208.0 million in the third fiscal 2006 quarter ended Dec. 31, 2005, up from $0.58 million on sales of $168.9 million in the year-ago quarter.
12-bit A/D converters tout low power
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1/24/2006   Post a comment
Austriamicrosystems today launched a family of fully differential 12-bit, 8-channel, 400 ksamples/s, low power analog-to-digital (A/D) converters for battery-powered remote sensor and data-acquisition devices.
iSuppli sees glimmer of hope for DRAM market
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1/24/2006   Post a comment
A recent rebound in DRAM prices has lifted DRAM suppliers, though market conditions are still shaky, according to a report from market research firm iSuppli Corp.
Agere loss meets guidance
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1/24/2006   Post a comment
Semiconductor supplier Agere Systems posted a net loss of $19 million, or 11 cents per share on sales of $403 million in its first fiscal 2006 quarter ended Dec. 31, 2005, meeting the guidance the company provided in October.
Magnolia Broadband secures $14 million
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1/24/2006   Post a comment
Fabless semiconductor group Magnolia Broadband, Inc., has raised $14 million in a fourth round of financing that brings the total invested in the five year old company to $40 million.
Wisair raises $20 million in C round funding
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1/24/2006   Post a comment
Ultrawideband chip start-up Wisair has closed on a $20 million Series C round of funding that the company will use to expand volume production and its marketing efforts.
36- and 28-port SAS expanders offer full interoperability with controllers
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1/24/2006   Post a comment
LSI Logic is shipping production units of Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) 36-port and 28-port expanders that operate at 3-Gbits/s. By adding the LSISASx36 and LSISASx28 to its product portfolio, LSI Logic can now offer storage equipment manufacturers SAS expanders and controllers that are interoperable.
SWIFT DC/DCs power DVDs to DSPs
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1/24/2006   Post a comment
Texas Instruments' wide-input TPS5430 SWIFT converter delivers 3 amps at greater than 90 percent efficiency for consumer electronics and industrial point-of-load power systems. A second converter, the company's low-input TPS5413 synchronous step-down device, provides similar output for 5- and 3.3-volt distributed power systems and broadband and networking infrastructure.
Report slams impact of nanotechnology research
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1/24/2006   Post a comment
A market research group specializing in tracking developments in nanotechnology has hit out at the pace of commercialising the technology and the lack of commercial impact of nanotechnologies despite $18 billion of public funding since 1997.
MOSFET-driver chip boosts DC/DC efficiency
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1/24/2006   Post a comment
Two new MOSFET-driver chips from Vishay Intertechnology, the SiC714CD10 and SiC711CD10, simplify the design of single and multiphase DC/DC converters and contribute to a significant increase in efficiency over discrete solutions.
AMD to offer $500 million in common stock
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1/24/2006   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices intends to offer approximately $500 million worth of its common stock and grant the underwriter, Merrill Lynch & Co., a 30-day option to purchase an additional $75 million worth stock to cover over allotments.
TI meets guidance, but projects flat quarter
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1/23/2006   Post a comment
Semiconductor supplier Texas Instruments Inc. posted fourth-quarter 2005 earnings of $655 million, or 40 cents per share on sales of $3.59 billion, compared with $490 million or 28 cents per share on sales of $3.15 billion in the year-ago quarter.
Mindspeed's sales up, loss widens
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1/23/2006   Post a comment
Communications-chip maker Mindspeed Technologies Inc. posted sales of $33.2 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2006, up 7 percent over the $31.1 million reported in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2005 and up from $26.3 million in the like period a year ago.
HP licenses MMP portfolio
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1/23/2006   Post a comment
Alliacense announced that Hewlett-Packard has become the first system manufacturer to purchase a license to use intellectual property protected by the Moore Microprocessor Patent portfolio.
Sipex settles shareholder suit
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1/23/2006   Post a comment
Analog IC supplier Sipex Corp. has announced that the Superior Court of the State of California approved the settlement of a shareholder suit against the company’s current and former directors and officers.
Audio amplifiers cut power consumption
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1/23/2006   Post a comment
National Semiconductor Corp. expanded its ceramic speaker driver family today with two Boomer audio power amplifiers in tiny packages that are said to provide high capacitive loads for portable applications like cell phones, smartphones, and notebook computers.
On-chip capacitive digital isolators transmit data at up to 150-Mbits/s
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1/23/2006   Post a comment
TI has developed what it claims is the first on-chip capacitive digital isolators—the ISO721 and ISO721M—that are three times faster than optocouplers, 35% faster than high-performance inductive and magnetic coupler devices, and offer up to 60% lower power than optical devices.
8-bit MCUs tout new embedded peripherals
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1/23/2006   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has expanded its ST7Lite family of 8-bit microcontrollers for power applications in lighting, low-end motor control, uninterruptable power supplies and ovens. The latest offerings provide flexible digital peripherals, accurate and fast 10-bit ADC and fast comparator with 16 selectable voltage references.
Rhodes to leave Conexant in June
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1/23/2006   Post a comment
Matt Rhodes is leaving Conexant Systems, Inc. having spent only 18 months as the chip supplier's’s president.
Broadcom pays $80 million for Sandburst
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1/23/2006   Post a comment
Broadcom Corp. is buying, for $80 million, mainly in cash, privately owned fabless chip company Sandburst, which specializes in chip sets for Ethernet and IP switches.
Former semi journalist keeps on rockin'
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1/21/2006   Post a comment
Peter Dunn, a former semiconductor journalist who covered the industry for more than a decade, has made available for download his humorous songs celebrating technology.
Stocks: Xilinx, EDA companies pummeled
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1/20/2006   Post a comment
The Big Three EDA companies and programmable logic supplier Xilinx were among many companies that took it on the chin as the Nasdaq composite index dropped 2 percent.
Analyst raises MIPS' target following quarterly results
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1/20/2006   Post a comment
Citing the strength of fiscal second quarter financial results, Adams Harkness analyst Dennis Wassung raised the firm's price target on MIPS Technologies to $11 from $8.
Carbon nanotube, molecule joined to create transistor
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1/20/2006   Post a comment
Columbia University researchers have successfully married a carbon nanotube with an organic molecule, creating what they said is a hybrid carbon-nanotube/molecular transistor.
Chip streamlines mobile TV design
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1/20/2006   Post a comment
New chips from TI work with both DVB-H (DTV1000) UHF and L-band and ISDB-T (DTV1001) to support mobile TV deployments world-wide in US, Canada, Europe, Middle-east, Africa, Australia, Taiwan, India, People’s Republic of China, and Japan.
Broadcom launches 802.11n chipsets
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1/20/2006   Post a comment
Broadcom Corp. has launched wireless local area network (WLAN) chipsets to comply with the next-generation IEEE 802.11n specification.
Memory loss: Infineon back in the red
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1/20/2006   Post a comment
Infineon Technologies AG reported the latest in a string of quarterly losses, with its DDR2 product line particularly hard hit.
Reset ICs drop in at low cost
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1/20/2006   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics' 20-strong series of three-pin reset ICs, the STM18xx series, are designed as lower current, low cost drop-in replacements for the industry standard DS18xx (Dallas/Maxim) series for voltage monitoring in high volume MCU-based applications.
Japan hits Hynix with 27.2% tariff
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1/20/2006   Post a comment
Responding to alleged government subsidies, Japan moved to impose tariffs totaling 27.2 percent on DRAMs manufactured by South Korea's Hynix Semiconductor Inc.
Xilinx falls short of Wall Street earnings expectations
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1/19/2006   Post a comment
Programmable logic supplier Xilinx reported a net income of $81 million on revenue of $450 million for the company's third quarter of fiscal 2006. Xilinx topped Wall Street analyst revenue expectations, but fell short on bottom line income.
Cree, Cal Micro report sales, earnings
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1/19/2006   Post a comment
Semiconductor supplier Cree Inc. reported net income from continuing operations of $20 million, or 26 cents per share, on sales of $105.6 million in the second fiscal 2006 quarter ended December.
Rambus' 4Q income slips 35 percent
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1/19/2006   Post a comment
Rambus reported a net income of $9.4 million on revenue of $41.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2005. The company reported a net income of $33.7 million on revenue of $156.2 million for the full year.
Tiny analog switches target tight spaces
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1/19/2006   Post a comment
ON Semiconductor rolled out a trio of low resistance analog switches for portable and wireless audio applications that it says are the smallest and highest performing available.
Israeli-Turkish team targets wireless TV market
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1/19/2006   Post a comment
Wireless multimedia processor startup Adimos Wireless Multimedia is teaming with Turkey's Beko Elektronik to integrate wireless technology into LCD TVs.
Audio subsystem houses Class D speaker
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1/19/2006   Post a comment
National Semiconductor Corp.'s audio subsystem with a mono Class D speaker driver is said to integrate all the analog and digital functions needed for smart phones and voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) phones.
SIA board of directors to meet in Beijing
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1/19/2006   Post a comment
In a largely symbolic gesture that the organization hopes will demonstrate good faith on its part, the Semiconductor Industry Association is planning to hold a meeting of its board of directors in Beijing, China, early this summer.
Fairchild posts fourth-quarter loss
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1/19/2006   Post a comment
Semiconductor supplier Fairchild Semiconductor recorded a net loss of $4.7 million, or 4 cents per share on sales of fourth quarter sales of $370.8 million, compared with net earnings of $15.8 million, or 13 cents per share on sales of $379.4 million in the year-ago quarter.
Battery charger IC fits into cost-effective designs
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1/19/2006   Post a comment
Semtech's SC804 is a 1.5-amp, single-cell lithium-ion battery charger for cost-effective portable designs.
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