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Intel has late metal fix for design error
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1/31/2011   15 comments
Some more details of a design error in companion chip to the Sandy Bridge processor, and the fix being implemented, have emerged in a conference call held by Intel to discuss the issue and the impact on revenues and margins.
Rambus CEO sees light in semi growth
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1/31/2011   1 comment
In the first DesignCon keynote today here president and chief executive officer of Rambus Inc. painted an optimistic forecast for semiconductors and electronics in general, and of course touted Rambus' IP business model as ideal to produce "one SoC that addresses a broad range of performance levels and price points. "
Cavium buys Chinese fabless chip firm
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1/31/2011   Post a comment
Cavium Networks said it signed a definitive agreement to acquire Beijing-based fabless chip firm Celestial Semiconductor in a cash and stock deal worth $55 million.
SIA: Chip sales hit record $298B in 2010
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1/31/2011   Post a comment
Global 2010 semiconductor sales totaled a record $298.3 billion, up 32 percent increased from 2009, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.
Xilinx experts have lots to say at DesignCon 2011
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1/31/2011   1 comment
Through silicon vias (TSVs), signal integrity, design methodologies, FPGA-based SoC development, demonstrations, technical sessions, the future of FPGAs, and more...
Despite chip bug Intel raises Q1, 2011 outlooks
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1/31/2011   1 comment
Despite acknowledging it has discovered a costly design error in a processor support chip, Intel has raised its revenue predictions for both the first quarter of 2011 and the full year.
Synopsys: IC Compiler speeds DRC up to 7X
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1/31/2011   Post a comment
Synopsys released the latest version of its Galaxy Implementation Platform and IC Compiler, including enhancements that the company claims make automatic design rule check repair up to 7 times faster.
Cadence rolls 28-nm digital design flow
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1/31/2011   Post a comment
EDA vendor Cadence Design Systems rolled out an end-to-end digital design flow for 28-nm based on the company's Encounter platform.
Optiphase creates waveform and timing generator instrument using Opal Kelly XEM3001 FPGA module
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1/31/2011   1 comment
Optiphase has created a PC-controlled Waveform and Timing Generator (WTG) instrument using the Opal Kelly XEM3001 FPGA module mated with a custom adapter PCB.
Intel finds design error in chip
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1/31/2011   13 comments
Intel has found a design error in a support chip for the recently announced Sandy Bridge processor. The company says it has implemented a solution but that the error could cost the company $700 million.
ARM adds to Cortex processors and fills out roadmap
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1/31/2011   3 comments
The ARM Cortex-R5 MPCore and the Cortex-R7 MPCore processors have been launched for use in 3G and 4G mobile baseband, mass storage, automotive and industrial markets. A roadmap for the Cortex R-Series processors also enables ARM's customers to future-proof their designs based on a single consistent architecture.
Microchip expands PIC microcontroller family with Ethernet, CAN and USB connectivity
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1/31/2011   Post a comment
Microchip announces a six-member family of 32-bit PIC32MX5/6/7 microcontrollers that provide integrated, CAN, Ethernet, USB and serial connectivity peripherals with new, more cost-effective memory options.
New 10 Gbps repeaters double signal conditioning performance at half the power
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1/28/2011   Post a comment
Provide the industry's highest equalisation gain (36 dB), consume half the power (55 mW/channel) and deliver twice the reach (20 m over 24-AWG cable) of current solutions
ITC finding for ADI over Knowles to stand
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1/28/2011   Post a comment
The U.S. International Trade Commission will let stand a determination last year by an administrative law judge finding that patents asserted by Knowles Electronics against Analog Devices are invalid.
China's ZTE cracks handset vendor top 5
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1/28/2011   7 comments
China's ZTE placed fourth in sales globally among handset vendors in the fourth quarter of 2010, marking the first time that a Chinese company cracked the top five in any quarter, according to market research firm IDC.
Microsemi, Lattice post results
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1/28/2011   Post a comment
Microsemi reported a net loss despite another quarter of increased revenue, while Lattice Semiconductor saw sales and net income decline sequentially.
Gallium arsenide on a roll, says analyst
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1/28/2011   9 comments
The global market for GaAs devices was $4.9 billion in 2010, up 32 percent on 2009, according to market research firm Strategy Analytics.
Dongbu licenses EnSilica RISC processor
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1/28/2011   Post a comment
Design house EnSilica Ltd. has announced that Korean foundry Dongbu HiTek has licensed the eSi-1600 embedded RISC processor. The eSi-1600, part of a configurable family of processor cores, is a 16-bit CPU core suitable for integration into ASIC and FPGA designs.
TCXO helps tune femtocells and base stations
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1/28/2011   Post a comment
Precision Devices has announced the TS05, a temperature compensated crystal oscillator (TCXO) in a 5mm by 3.2mm by 1.5mm package.
Synopsys aims to ease memory integration with new complier
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1/27/2011   Post a comment
DesignWare DDR PHY compiler enables designers to optimize DDR memory interface IP for specific applications
Freescale sales grow for 6th straight quarter
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1/27/2011   9 comments
Freescale Semiconductor's top executive said the company is in position to grow in 2011 after reporting sequential revenue growth for the sixth consecutive quarter.
Introducing Opal Kelly’s new entry-Level Xilinx Spartan-6 USB FPGA module – the XEM6001
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1/27/2011   4 comments
This XEM6001 module is offered as an upgrade to Opal Kelly’s popular XEM3001, providing many enhancements, while keeping the same footprint and pinout.
TI TLV320DAC3202 headset driver
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1/27/2011   4 comments
Check out TI’s latest Class-G amp for cost-sensitive media players and mobile handsets
Analog Devices' ADP124 and ADP125 low dropout regulators
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1/27/2011   Post a comment
With a power supply rejection ratio that is double the level of comparable parts, Analog Devices says its latest LDOs can help battery-operated portable equipment run longer and more efficiently.
Icera aims Espresso at smartphones
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1/27/2011   4 comments
Fabless chip company Icera Inc. has announced it is sampling the latest chip set and software in its Espresso series of platforms targeted at HSPA+ smartphones.
Europe awards contract to assess 450-mm pilot line
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1/27/2011   Post a comment
Two consultancy firms with expertise in the semiconductor industry – Future Horizons Ltd. and Decision SA – have been awarded a one-year joint contract to assess the benefits of a 450-mm semiconductor prototyping line being located in Europe.
Four-core ARM A9 to run Sony game console
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1/27/2011   18 comments
Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) has announced its next-generation portable entertainment system (codenamed NGP) will be run on a four-core Cortex-A9 processor from ARM and a PowerVR SGX543MP4+ graphics core from Imagination Technologies. NGP will make its debut at the end of the year 2011, Sony said.
Memory and capacitive touch options added to MSP430 16-bit MCU portfolio
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1/27/2011   2 comments
Texas Instruments Inc. has added 64 variants to its ultra-low-power MSP430 Value Line microcontrollers (MCUs) that aim to provide 6-bit performance at an 8-bit price.
EDA firm Calypto names new CEO
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1/27/2011   Post a comment
Privately held EDA vendor Calypto Design Systems announced that Doug Aitelli, currently the company's current vice president of worldwide sales, would assume the position of CEO.
Update: Hynix' Q4 income slips, LSI posts loss
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1/27/2011   Post a comment
Memory chip maker Hynix Semiconductor reported that its fourth quarter net income declined sharply sequentially, while fellow chip maker LSI reported a net loss.
Qualcomm raises outlook after record quarter
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1/26/2011   1 comment
Qualcomm raised its sales target for the fiscal year after reporting record quarterly sales that beat analysts' expectations.
Tech takeaways from Obama's State of the Union
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1/26/2011   44 comments
Excerpts from U.S. President Barack Obama's third State of the Union address before Congress, in which he emphasized science, technology and engineering more than any State of the Union in recent memory.
UMC confirms 2011 capex at $1.8 billion
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1/26/2011   Post a comment
For 2011 foundry chipmaker United Microelectronics Corp. said it is planning to maintain its annual capital expenditure budget at $1.8 billion; in line with capex spending in 2010.
UMC raises profit, sees Q1 slowdown
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1/26/2011   Post a comment
Foundry chipmaker United Microelectronics Corp. posted steady results in the fourth quarter, but the foundry vendor sees a slowdown in the first quarter of 2011 with both wafer shipments and average selling price per wafer falling.
CSR signs A5, A9 multicore deals with ARM
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1/26/2011   Post a comment
Wireless and audio chip vendor CSR plc has signed a deal with ARM Holdings plc under which it has licensed both the Cortex-A5 and the high-end Cortex-A9 cores in multiprocessing form. CSR says it wants to use the cores in automotive navigation and location-aware consumer equipment, especially in Brazil, Russia, India and China.
GaN depo process said to make brighter LEDs
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1/26/2011   5 comments
Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a gallium nitride deposition process said to result in 1,000 times fewer defects, thereby boosting the output of light-emitting diodes as well as other GaN devices such as power transistors.
KKR unloads 10.9 million shares of Avago
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1/26/2011   Post a comment
Private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR) unloaded 10.9 million shares of Avago Technologies last week reducing its stake in the analog chip vendor to 16 percent from 21 percent, according to a Dow Jones report.
RF Micro's sales, outlook fall short
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1/26/2011   Post a comment
RF Micro Devices reported sales and offered guidance that both came up short of Wall Street analysts' estimates.
Digital radio receiver module optimised for slave mode operation
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1/26/2011   Post a comment
Frontier announced its first digital radio receiver module specifically optimised for slave mode operation in a wide range of home audio products.
Configurable sensor AFE solution aims to simplify sensor systems designs, speeds time-to-market
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1/25/2011   Post a comment
ICs from National Semiconductor aim to slash creation time for a sensor-based designs, with configurable analog front-end (AFE) ICs supported by a new sensor-selection, evaluation tool
ST to maintain capex above $1 billion in 2011
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1/25/2011   Post a comment
Europe's leading chipmaker STMicroelectronics NV plans to invest between $1.1 billion and $1.5 billion on capital expenditure in 2011, between a 6 and 45 percent increase year-on-year.
ST sales, profits up, outlook down
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1/25/2011   Post a comment
Fourth quarter financial results at STMicroelectronics NV came in above expectations despite the drag of widening losses at wireless chip subsidiary ST-Ericsson reported on the same day.
Losses widen at ST-Ericsson
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1/25/2011   3 comments
Wireless chip maker ST-Ericsson said it made a net loss of $177 million on net sales of $577 million in the fourth quarter of 2010 and expects revenue to decline in the first quarter of 2011.
Altera unveils 28-nm FPGA portfolio with a few surprises
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1/25/2011   1 comment
The folks at Altera are taking a very different approach to their forthcoming 28 nm FPGA portfolio as compared to their arch-rivals at Xilinx.
Silicon Image pushes 'connectivity co-processor' for TV
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1/24/2011   8 comments
Silicon Image plans to introduce to TV architecture what the company calls “a connectivity co-processor, something akin to the southbridge on a PC motherboard,” according to Caillo Martino, Silicon Image CEO.
TI beats Q4 estimates, but orders slip
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1/24/2011   Post a comment
Texas Instruments reported sales and profit for the fourth quarter of 2010 that exceeded consensus analysts' expectations, but the company said orders declined on both a sequential and year-to-year basis.
Single-chip receiver works with multiple satellite navigation systems
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1/24/2011   Post a comment
Stand alone receiver targets greater accuracy and sensitivity for In-car navigation, telematics, and portable navigation devices.
Analog I/O is alive, well, and soaring, thank you very much
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1/24/2011   8 comments
Reports of death of analog are not only premature, they are flat-out wrong, as latest product offerings prove
Chipmakers 2011 capabilities ranked
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1/24/2011   4 comments
There will be three foundry sources of leading-edge semiconductor technology by the end of 2011: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC), GlobalFoundries Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., with possible addition of Intel, according to new research from IHS iSuppli.
Equity firm buys EDA startup OneSpin
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1/24/2011   Post a comment
UK based private equity firm Azini Capital acquired German EDA startup OneSpin Solutions from founding investors Apax Partners and Infineon.
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