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DirecTV explores Wi-Fi, G.hn networks
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1/29/2010   Post a comment
DirecTV said it is testing versions of Wi-Fi and aims to test wired links based on the ITU G.hn standard days after the company debuted the first satellite TV set-top boxes to use the home networking technology of the Multimedia over Coax Alliance.
Atmel puts smart card business up for sale
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1/29/2010   1 comment
Microcontroller vendor Atmel Corp. (San Jose, Calif.) has announced it is exploring the potential sale of its smart card business located in Rousset, France and East Kilbride, Scotland but that it intends to discontinue potential sale discussions for its customer-specific products and aerospace businesses.
Haptic piezo controller helps to "feel the touch" in touch-screen applications
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1/29/2010   Post a comment
A novel haptic solution that provides customers with an enhanced, true "touch" experience with touch screens has been introduced Maxim Integrated Products which the company claims is the industry's first fully integrated, programmable HPC (haptic piezo controller) for single-layer and multilayer piezo actuators.
Hynix: no bidders for stake forces rethink
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1/29/2010   Post a comment
Bank shareholders in Hynix Semiconductor Inc. had received no offers for their 28 percent stake in the memory maker by a Friday deadline, according to local reports that cited lead investor Korea Exchange Bank as their source.
The worldwide mobile phone market grew 11.3% in the fourth quarter of 2009
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1/29/2010   Post a comment
Ending five consecutive quarters of retrenchment, vendors shipped 325.3 million units in 4Q09 compared to 292.4 million units in the fourth quarter of 2008, says IDC.
Freescale posts lower Q4 net loss
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1/28/2010   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor Holdings Ltd.'s financial position improved in the fourth quarter with its net loss dropping on lower charges and rising margins even as sales crept up from the year-ago quarter.
Analyst rails against the fab-lite
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1/28/2010   6 comments
The fabless chip vendors and pursuers of fab-lite manufacturing strategies are about to get a shock, according to Malcolm Penn, principal analyst with Future Horizons (Sevenoaks, England). Some companies could under-perform, others could be driven out of business in a market that should be booming for them; and all because they have lost control of manufacturing.
Soaring DRAM prices push Elpida into Q3 profit
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1/28/2010   Post a comment
With the average selling price for PC DRAMs rising 30 percent compared with the previous quarter Elpida's PC DRAM product sales soared in its third financial quarter, which ended Dec. 31, 2009, propeling the company into profit.
LSI, Seagate team up for solid-state storage
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1/28/2010   Post a comment
LSI Corp. (Milpitas, Calif.) and Seagate Technology Inc. (Scotts Valley, Calif.) are going to work together on PCI-based solid-state storage for data centers.
Miniature optical finger navigation input system targets cell phones
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1/28/2010   Post a comment
Avago Technologies announced a miniature optical finger navigation (OFN) input system that brings high precision cursor control to a variety of mobile and consumer electronic devices.
Hynix shares tumble on lack of bidders
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1/27/2010   Post a comment
The stock price of memory chipmaker Hynix Semiconductor Inc. fell 8.9 percent on Tuesday (Jan. 26) to close at 23,600 won (about $20.40). The tumble was prompted by concerns that the consortium of banks that bailed the company out several years ago cannot find a buyer to take over their stakes, according to a Reuters report.
Future Horizons sees 30% chip market boom
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1/27/2010   Post a comment
The worldwide chip market is set for two years of more than 20 percent growth and could even hit more than 30 percent growth in a single year, according to Malcolm Penn, the principal analyst and founder of the U.K. market analysis company Future Horizons (Sevenoaks, England).
Solution supports customizable MCU projects
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1/27/2010   Post a comment
Atmel and Micro Digital announced an out-of-the-box board support package for Atmel's AT91CAP9 starter and development kits.
Oracle, Sun ready to lift veil on merger plans
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1/27/2010   Post a comment
Oracle and Sun Microsystems will discuss their plans for the combined company just four days after the European Commission approved the merger, an event that needs to answer a range of questions about the future of the company's microprocessors, systems, software—and staff.
RF - Energy Micro to enter low power RF arena
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1/26/2010   Post a comment
Energy Micro to enter low power RF arena, targeting dramatic reduction in transceiver energy consumption.
Diversity tuner integrates two signal paths in tiny package
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1/26/2010   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products' diversity tuner for ISDB-T and DVB-T automotive applications integrates two high-performance signal paths that operate from a single fractional-N synthesizer.
Wolfson takes ultra low power to a new level with world-leading DAC
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1/26/2010   Post a comment
Wolfson Microelectronics has announced the launch of the WM8912, an ultra low power DAC.
Intersil module solves difficult power supply challenges
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1/26/2010   Post a comment
Aimed at satisfying a wide range of point-of-load (POL) power requirements, Intersil's scalable power module is easy to use, lowers risk, speeds time to market, provides a smaller footprint and simplifies inventory.
Step-down converter eases power design in consumer electronics
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1/26/2010   Post a comment
TI has introduced its first dual-output fully synchronous SWIFT power management IC, a 1.5-A/2.5-A converter that simplifies power design in consumer electronics with a 12-V power supply, such as a set top box or digital TV.
ST tailors 90V, 2A ultrasound pulser with four independent channels
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1/26/2010   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics' latest low-noise ultrasound pulse controller provides four independent channels, each of which generates precisely controlled high-voltage pulses to drive piezoelectric crystals or other transducers.
Smart card firms team to establish open standard
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1/26/2010   Post a comment
European smartcard makers Giesecke & Devrient GmbH and Oberthur Technologies S.A. and chip providers Infineon Technologies AG and Inside Contactless S.A. have launched an industry initiative to advance open and secure public transport smartcard applications.
TI Q4 net soars on higher analog IC demand
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1/25/2010   Post a comment
Texas Instruments Inc.'s net income rose sharply in the fourth quarter on benefits from higher analog demand, improving manufacturing utilization as well as lower overall costs and the company sees sales rising sequentially in the traditionally slower first quarter.
DirecTV adopts MoCA for home networking
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1/25/2010   Post a comment
DirecTV will use home networking chips from Entropic Communications Inc. in a deal that adds support from a major satellite TV player for the technology of the Multimedia over Coax Alliance which to date has mainly been used in set-top boxes for Verizon's Fios IPTV service.
High-voltage scan drivers minimize panel cost in LCD HDTVs
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1/25/2010   Post a comment
Maxim's latest scan drivers integrate all logic needed for high-performance scan-driver systems.
MCUs - 8-pin MCUs feature 3.5 kB self-programmable Flash memory
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1/25/2010   Post a comment
Microchip's PIC12F617 is an 8-pin MCU featuring 3.5 kB self-programmable Flash memory and enabling high performance designs.
MIPS appoints former Cavium exec as CEO
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1/25/2010   Post a comment
Processor intellectual property licensor MIPS Technologies Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.) has announced the appointment of Sandeep Vij as president, chief executive officer and director, replacing interim CEO Anthony Holbrook who will continue to serve as chairman.
Audium appoints Chris Travis as Chief Technology Officer
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1/25/2010   Post a comment
Audium Semiconductor (Bristol, UK) has appointed Chris Travis as the company as Chief Technology Officer (CTO).
SiTel collaborates with Broadcom on combined ADSL2+, 802.11n and DECT chip
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1/25/2010   Post a comment
SiTel Semiconductor has announced that its DECT/CAT-iq technology has been integrated into Broadcom's single-chip Integrated Access Device (IAD).
National Semiconductor releases new generation of integrated power modules
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1/25/2010   Post a comment
The Simple Switcher power module family announced by National Semiconductor provides the efficiency of a synchronous switching regulator with the simplicity of a linear regulator.
MCUs: Oki 8 bit MCUs with embedded flash
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1/24/2010   Post a comment
ROHM Semiconductor is supplying the ML610Q400 series of CMOS 8 bit microcontrollers developed by OKI Semiconductor.
MODULES - COM Express Module features integrated graphics and memory controller
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1/23/2010   Post a comment
ADLINK'S Express-CB COM Express Moduleboasts direct CPU-to-memory interface and Intel HD Graphics.
Top OEMs accounted for one-third of '09 IC revenue
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1/21/2010   Post a comment
The 10 largest original equipment manufacturers and original design manufacturers consumed one-third of all semiconductors in 2009, the same percentage as 2008, according to market research firm Gartner.
AMD posts Q4 profit on Intel settlement
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1/21/2010   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. posted its first quarterly profit in years on a boost from the $1.2 billion settlement received from rival Intel Corp., rising sales and improving operating efficiencies.
BOARDS - Ultra-low-power STX SoM speeds customization and time-to-market
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1/21/2010   Post a comment
The STX88831 STX system-on-module (SoM) from Axiomtek integrates a high-performance, low-power 1.6 GHz Intel Atom processor N270 with Intel 945GSE and ICH7M chipsets, delivering best performance-per-watt for communication, healthcare, automation, and transportation applications.
Hynix holding out against Rambus, say reports
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1/21/2010   Post a comment
Memory chip maker Hynix Semiconductor Inc. still sees a gap between its position and that of Rambus Inc. (Los Altos, Calif.), the memory intellectual property licensor that is pursuing it in the law courts, according to reports.
Multiprotocol chipset maximizes data throughput with enhanced ESD protection
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1/21/2010   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products launched three ICs that form a complete multiprotocol transceiver chipset supporting V.28 (RS-232), V.10/V.11 (RS-449/V.36, EIA-530, EIA-530A, X.21), and V.35 protocols.
BOARDS - ETX Module features small size, low power
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1/20/2010   Post a comment
WIN Enterprises' ETX module MB-80200 boasts small size and low power consumption. It has two Pineview processors and fanless operation.
Dual output, 60-V synchronous boost controller eliminates heat sink with 97 percent efficiency
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1/20/2010   Post a comment
Linear Technology Corporation has unveiled a dual output, high power synchronous step-up switching DC/DC controller that replaces the boost diode with a high efficiency N-Channel MOSFET.
NEWS - First JEDEC-compatible memory buffer creates a new class of load-reduced DIMMs
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1/20/2010   Post a comment
The first JEDEC-compatible memory buffer from Inphi Corporation creates a new class of load-reduced DIMMs, enabling servers and workstations to operate at higher speeds and support more memory modules.
LSI adds four-core PowerPC, eDRAM to arsenal
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1/20/2010   Post a comment
LSI Corp. has added a new Power PC processor and fast embedded DRAM cores to its library, claiming demand for custom silicon is on the rise in its core networking and storage markets as it moves into 40nm technology and targets the transition to 10 Gbit Ethernet.
Icera launches 'interference-aware' HSPA modem
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1/20/2010   Post a comment
Icera Inc. (Bristol, England), a developer of soft modems for mobile broadband, has announced the availability of IceClear, the company's "interference-aware" receiver technology.
U.S. cracks down on Energy Star violators
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1/19/2010   Post a comment
The U.S. Department of Energy plans to start conducting its own tests soon to determine whether products are in compliance with the Energy Star program, the latest step in a broad initiative under the Obama Administration to crack down on an electronics industry that has been lax in adhering to the requirements of the energy efficiency program.
Korea recruits Abu Dhabi investor for chip initiatives
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1/19/2010   Post a comment
ATIC of Abu Dhabi, the government investment vehicle behind GlobalFoundries, has agreed to explore with the Korea Semiconductor Industry Association potential collaborations and partnerships in the chip industry.
Mosaid, Samsung settle terms of patent licenses
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1/19/2010   Post a comment
Memory IP provider Mosaid Technologies Inc. (Ottawa, Canada) has said it has agreed semiconductor patent license terms with Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.
New LED driver reduces size and cost of lighting products
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1/19/2010   Post a comment
Diodes Incorporated has introduced a 1 Amp rated linear mode constant current LED driver specifically designed to reduce the size and cost of a range of general illumination products, including flashlights and lighting in emergency, garden, and poolside applications.
Memory to boost market growth, says analyst
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1/19/2010   Post a comment
The flash memory, DRAM and optoelectronics (LEDs) sectors will fare best in 2010 as worldwide semiconductor revenue advances 15 percent to $257 billion, according to market research firm Databeans Inc. (Reno, Nevada).
Lime, Percello create femtocell reference design
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1/18/2010   Post a comment
Lime Microsystems Ltd. (Guildford, England), a developer of multiband multistandard RF transceiver ICs, has announced that it is collaborating with Percello Ltd. (Ra'anana, Isreal) to develop a reference platform for femtocell designs.
ST joins CEA-Leti e-beam lithography program
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1/18/2010   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics NV announced it has joined Imagine, a three-year program focused on electron-beam direct write lithography for IC manufacturing for 22-nm and beyond.
Icera makes growth claims, upgrades mobile broadband
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1/18/2010   Post a comment
Potentially preparing the way for an IPO, Icera Inc. (Bristol, England), a developer of soft modems for mobile broadband applications, has announced strong year-on-year growth for 2009.
SPI/I2C UART integrates an oscillator to offer fast data rates
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1/15/2010   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced what the company claims is industry's lowest power, fastest, and smallest serial UART to communicate over an SPI/I2C interface.
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