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Nordic launches Bluetooth LE slave chip
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1/24/2011   Post a comment
Nordic Semiconductor A/S has announced the availability of the nRF8001 Bluetooth 4.0 slave transceiver, which the company claims is the lowest energy Bluetooth Low Power chip.
Wireless beacons for new and existing machines
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1/24/2011   Post a comment
Low-power wireless specialist, IDC, is targeting cable-less machine monitoring and enhanced safeguarding with its new range of wireless-enabled stacking beacons.
AMD launches new embedded computing platform
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1/24/2011   Post a comment
AMD has announced immediate availability of its Embedded G-Series processor; what the company is calling the world's first and only Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) for embedded systems.
"Linear" goes semi-digital with step-down DC/DC controller merged with digital management
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1/24/2011   1 comment
LTC3880 from Linear Technology Corp. provides dual output plus I2C/PMBus control
Nanotape could make solder pads obsolete
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1/24/2011   24 comments
Solder pads could soon be made obsolete by a new nanotape material created by the Semiconductor Research Corporation and Stanford University.
Renesas releases DRAM for large-capacity networks
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1/21/2011   1 comment
Renesas Electronics announced the availability of a family of 576-megabit (Mb) low-latency DRAM products for network equipment.
Elliptic launches security processing engine for 4G wireless markets
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1/21/2011   Post a comment
The CLP-620 Security Protocol Accelerator - LTE (SPAcc-LTE) from Elliptic Technologies is a high-performance cost- and power-efficient security engine for the developing 4th Generation mobile wireless markets. CLP-620 is the first security IP on the market that supports all algorithms required for 4G wireless markets around the world, including the ZUC based algorithms which have been recently introduced to target wireless networks in key Asian markets.
Zoran says Q4 sales beat target
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1/21/2011   Post a comment
Zoran said sales for the fourth quarter of 2010 came in ahead of the company's expectations thanks to design momentum in the digital TV space.
Anadigics, CEO Mario Rivas, both on a roll
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1/21/2011   10 comments
RFIC supplier Anadigics has been riding the momentum in the 3G and 4G wireless markets.
Top ten OEMs buy 34% of chips, says Gartner
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1/21/2011   7 comments
The top ten OEMs, led by Hewlett Packard, were responsible for $104.3 billion of semiconductor chip purchases in 2010, or 34.7 percent of the market, according to market research company Gartner Inc.
'Universal' memory aims to replace flash/DRAM
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1/21/2011   24 comments
A single "universal" memory technology that combines the speed of DRAM with the non-volatility and density of flash memory was recently invented at North Carolina State University, according to researchers.
Fairchild's Q4 sales miss analysts' targets
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1/20/2011   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor reported sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010 that feel just short of consensus analysts' expectations, but the company offered guidance for the current quarter that beat analysts' views
Maxim MAX98304 Class D amplifier
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1/20/2011   Post a comment
Maxim has lowered the noise and boosted the output power and EMI performance of its latest Class D amplifier.
NAND flash market set to grow 18% in 2011
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1/20/2011   1 comment
The global NAND flash memory market is set to grow 18 percent to reach $22.0 billion in 2011, according to market research company iSuppli, now owned by IHS.
Tegal, consulting firm form solar venture
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1/20/2011   Post a comment
Chip equipment vendor Tegal has joined together with consulting firm se2quel Partners to form a new company dedicated to the development and operation of large scale photovoltaic-based solar utilities.
Analog Bits preps PLL IP for Common Platform 28nm LP process
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1/20/2011   Post a comment
Analog Bits Inc. has introduced a design kit for Phase-Locked Loop (PLL) IP products, supporting the Common Platform 28nm process technology.
Mentor achieves test chip for Common Platform 32/28nm technologies
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1/20/2011   Post a comment
As part of a collaboration with the Common Platform Alliance (CPA), Mentor Graphics Corp. has designed a test chip using its netlist-to-GDSII solution for CPA 32nm and 28nm high-k metal gate IC manufacturing technologies.
AMD aims 'most capable' processor at embedded
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1/20/2011   5 comments
Microprocessor vendor Advanced Micro Devices Inc. has announced the immediate availability of its G-Series processor which is describes as an Accelerated Processing Unit of APU for embedded systems.
Analyst: IC content in electronics hit record
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1/19/2011   1 comment
The semiconductor industry benefited in 2010 from a record high dollar content in electronic systems, 25.4 percent, according to market research firm IC Insights.
Apple not sweating iPad competitors
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1/19/2011   9 comments
Apple Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook said following the company's record quarterly earnings that new Android- and Windows-based tablets don't measure up to the iPad.
Renesas RJK60S5DPK N-channel power MOSFET
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1/19/2011   Post a comment
Renesas is sampling an N-channel power MOSFET that achieves an on-resistance of 150 milliohm, which is nearly 52% lower than its existing devices to reduce the amount of loss that occurs during power conversion.
Maxim Integrated Products' MAX15040 synchronous switching regulator
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1/19/2011   Post a comment
Maxim's 3.3V synchronous DC-DC regulator integrates MOSFETs in a 2mm x 2mm package to save space, reduce BOM cost, and minimize EMI.
Linear Tech posts gains, but sees slowdown
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1/19/2011   Post a comment
Linear Technology said the company's sales and profit increased dramatically year-to-year for the quarter ended Jan. 2, but that it expects sales in the current quarter to decline sequentially
Samsung rolls 20-nm process
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1/18/2011   1 comment
Samsung has increased the stakes in the leading-edge semiconductor business by rolling out a 20-nm process.
Apple posts record sales, profit
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1/18/2011   5 comments
Apple reported record revenue and profit for its first quarter of fiscal 2011, one day after the company announced that CEO Steve Jobs was taking medical leave for an undefined time period.
Five reasons Apple needs Steve Jobs
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1/18/2011   24 comments
With Steve Jobs on medical leave for the second time in 24 months, Apple employees, investors and fans are forced to contemplate the possibility of Apple without him. Here are five ways the company would suffer if he is unable to return.
Toshiba announces its first ARM Cortex microcontrollers with on-chip USB Device
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1/18/2011   Post a comment
Toshiba Electronics Europe will be using Embedded World 2011 to showcase its range of 32-bit ARM Cortex-M3 microcontrollers including its first members to feature on-chip full-speed (12Mbps) USB-Device connectivity, targeting industrial control to office automation.
If you can’t beat ’em, join Rambus
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1/18/2011   8 comments
Rambus, known for its hardball legal tactics in the memory chip business, may turn out to be a godsend for inventors armed with big ideas but few resources to protect their IPs and advance their technologies.
Plastic Logic to get $700 million in Russian deal
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1/18/2011   8 comments
Plastic Logic, a struggling venture capital backed company, which specializes in organic electronics, is set to receive $700 million in deal backed by Rusnano, the technology investment arm of the Russian state.
Chip-scale atomic clock approaches performance of modules
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1/18/2011   2 comments
Symmetricom SA 45s CSAC uses innovative concept and execution, enables portable applications
Chip-scale atomic clock approaches performance of modules, far exceeds TXCOs
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1/18/2011   5 comments
Symmetricom SA 45s CSAC uses innovative concept and execution, enables portable applications
ARM, IBM extend collaboration down to 14-nm
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1/18/2011   1 comment
ARM and IBM have announced an extension to their existing collaboration to allow ARM produce physical and processor IP tuned to IBM's manufacturing process down to 14-nm.
SiC power MOSFET pushes past Si-based MOSFETs/IGBTs with lower losses, lower capacitance, easier drive
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1/17/2011   6 comments
Cree CMF2012SD series block 1200V, on-resistance of 80mO, are stable with temperature rise
Fairchild’s industry-first bi-directional logic gate optocoupler offers highest level of optical isolation, EMI immunity
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1/17/2011   Post a comment
The FOD8012 logic gate optocoupler from Fairchild Semiconductor is a full duplex, bi-directional logic gate optocoupler with high noise immunity as well as optical isolation. This bi-directional optocoupler is targeted for industrial fieldbus communications, programmable logic control, and servo control as well as inverter, factory automation, process control and test and measurement applications.
CEA-Leti ramps up 300-mm 3-D fab
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1/17/2011   4 comments
France's CEA-Leti research center in Grenoble has begun to ramp up production on its 300-mm wafer fabrication facility dedicated to 3D-integration applications.
Picochip shares femtocell roadmap to enable complete 3G basestation on a USB dongle
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1/17/2011   1 comment
Picochip unveiled its vision for next-generation femtocells, including picoXcell technology that will allow its customers to create an entire 3G cellular basestation in an ultra-small form factor such as a USB dongle.
Survey finds 'consumers want femtocells'
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1/17/2011   4 comments
Research carried out by the Femto Forum and international research firm, Parks Associates, finds improved indoor wireless coverage and fast access to advanced data services are drivers for consumer interest.
Multicore SoCs provide computing power to driver assistant systems and consumer devices
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1/17/2011   Post a comment
With its new i.MX 6 application processor family, Freescale aims at automotive infotainment systems, driver assistant systems and other embedded applications requiring high number crunching capacity.
Intel to invest $500 million in Irish fab
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1/17/2011   6 comments
Intel Corp. is set to spend $500 million as it re-commissions Fab 14 at its wafer fab site in Leixlip, Ireland, according to local reports. The move will create 200 long term technical jobs after a two-year build is completed. More importantly the investment looks set to secure the jobs at the three wafer fabs currently active there.
Dialog raises guidance for full year
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1/17/2011   1 comment
Dialog Semiconductor plc, a provider of power management ICs and audio and video related mixed-signal devices,, has raised its guidance for its fourth quarter end Dec. 31, 2010, and full year revenue.
Very cool FPGA-based graphics controller
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1/15/2011   1 comment
This FPGA-based control module involves an integration of three controllers (SVGA, SDRAM, and FLASH), thereby providing additional functionality to any embedded system.
Chips sales flat in December, says analyst
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1/14/2011   3 comments
The three-month average of global chip sales for December is set to be reported at $25.4 billion, a dip of 2.2 percent from $25.97 billion in November, according to Bruce Diesen, an analyst at Carnegie Group (Oslo, Norway).
TSMC vaults into top 10 in R&D spending
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1/14/2011   3 comments
TSMC became the first pure play foundry to move into the top 10 among semiconductor R&D spending in 2010, according to market research firm IC Insights.
Intel beats estimates on record sales
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1/14/2011   9 comments
Intel reported record sales for the fourth quarter and full year of 2010 and said its capital spending would increase 73 percent this year.
Tablet flood to disrupt display market
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1/13/2011   5 comments
An expected flood of new media tablet products in the mold of Apple's iPad will cause disruptions in the global display industry, generating both shortages and excess inventories as display makers attempt to satisfy booming demand from their tablet customers, according to new research from IHS iSuppli.
Microfluidic pumps focus liquid lens
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1/13/2011   5 comments
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has shown a liquid lens with a focal length that can be electrically adjusted with tiny microfluidic pistons with no moving parts, a breakthrough it says could boost all types of precision imaging applications.
Jedec to create standards for smaller SSDs
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1/12/2011   1 comment
Standards development organization Jedec Solid State Association said a subcommittee would develop standards for the solid state drives for applications beyond conventional disk drive form factors, such as tablets and ultra-thin notebook PCs.
Linear Technology Corp. LTC3810H-5 high input voltage synchronous step-down DC/DC controller
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1/12/2011   Post a comment
Linear is offering a high input voltage synchronous step-down DC/DC controller with guaranteed specifications for junction temperatures as high as 150°C.
Volume driver spotted for 3-D TSVs
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1/12/2011   7 comments
Daniel Armburst, Sematech's CEO, detailed a new effort that could propel 3-D chips based on through-silicon vias into the mainstream.
Analog Devices' ADV7525 and ADV7526 HDMI transmitters
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1/12/2011   Post a comment
ADI's Advantiv ADV7525 and ADV7526 transmitters enable mobile designers to deliver 3-D display resolutions, extended colorimetry and longer battery life to portable HD video and camera devices.
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