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Private equity firm buys process tool maker
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Francisco Partners, a technology-focused private equity firm, said it acquired Ichor Systems, a designer and manufacturer of process tools and gas and chemical delivery modules sold to capital equipment makers serving the semiconductor industry and others. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Maxim Integrated Products MAX44000 optical sensor
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Maxim Integrated Products' highly integrated light and proximity sensor extends battery life, shortens design time, and saves board space in space-constrained, portable applications.
Kit supports pairing of DSC, smartphone
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1/5/2012   1 comment
Image processing chip vendor Ambarella announced a wireless camera developer's kit to facilitate applications in which cameras that combine still photography and full HD video can wirelessly stream video to smartphones.
Texas Instruments' UCC27210 and UCC27211 MOSFET drivers
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TI says its latest high-performance MOSFET drivers deliver efficiency and reliability, protecting a power system from 100-V surges.
Mindspeed buys PicoChip for up to $75 million
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1/5/2012   11 comments
Mindspeed Technologies Inc., a fabless networking chip company, has agreed to acquire PicoChip Ltd, a provider of chipsets for femtocell basestations, for $51.8 million with an additional $25 million potentially payable in 2013.
Broadcom to show 802.11ac chips in products at CES
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1/5/2012   8 comments
Broadcom has announced the launch of its first Gigabit speed 802.11ac chips, dubbing the new standard “5G Wi-Fi” and boasting support from a host of consumer electronics partners.
Marvells Armada-based Foresight Platform to power Google TV
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1/5/2012   3 comments
Marvell has announced that its ARMADA-based “Foresight Platform” is to power the next generation of Google TV.
Intel makes way for Ivy Bridge; discontinues 25 CPUs
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1/5/2012   11 comments
Intel has notified hardware partners it will be phasing out production of some 25 desktop CPU models to make way for its new 22nm Ivy Bridge processors due out in April.
IHS: Chip inventories declined in Q3, Q4
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1/4/2012   3 comments
Semiconductor inventories declined in the third quarter of 2011 for the first time in eight quarters and likely fell further in the fourth quarter of last year, according to market research firm IHS iSuppli.
Report: AMD sued over allegedly faulty chips
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1/4/2012   5 comments
Quanta Computer, a Taiwanese contract manufacturer of notebook computers, filed a lawsuit against AMD alleging breach of contract and saying AMD sold defective products, according to a report by the Bloomberg news service.
PV inverter maker Satcon slashes jobs
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1/4/2012   4 comments
Satcon Technology became the latest U.S.-based solar power equipment maker to slash jobs, announcing a set of cost reductions that include cutting 140 jobs, or about 35 percent of the company's total workforce, and the closure of its Canadian manufacturing facility.
GreenPeak rolls SoC for motion-enabled RF4CE remote controls
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GreenPeak Technologies has announced the launch of the GP570, a chip that will allow the development of low cost motion-enabled remote controls designed for smarter and intuitive navigation of interactive entertainment services.
Spreadtrum offers Android platforms for $100 smartphones
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1/4/2012   1 comment
Spreadtrum Communications Inc. has announced that is has Android platforms that should enable customers to make $100 retail TD-SCDMA and EDGE/Wi-Fi smartphones with 1-GHz clock performance. The TD-SCDMA platform is based on the SC8810 chip and the EDGE/Wi-Fi platform is based on the SC6820 chip, Spreadtrum (Shanghai, China) said.
Samsung Chinese wafer fab gets OK
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1/4/2012   2 comments
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has received permission from the South Korean Ministry of Knowledge and Economy to build a NAND flash memory wafer fab in China with the proviso that the ministry provides security support to prevent technology leaks, according to reports.
Intel's Ultrabook challenge to win over consumers
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1/4/2012   26 comments
Intel has been pushing the concept of “Ultrabook” PCs for almost a year, but to date, only four PC OEMs have introduced the thinner, lighter, sleeker notebooks to market.
Analyst sees another flattish year for ICs in 2012
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1/4/2012   2 comments
Semiconductor revenue is forecast to grow by zero to 4 percent in 2012, after likely growing about 1 to 2 percent in 2011, according to a Wall Street analyst.
Aehr Test names new CEO
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Semiconductor test and burn-in equipment supplier Aehr Test Systems appointed Gayn Erickson, a 23-year veteran of the semiconductor test industry, to the position of CEO.
Ex-Energy Conversion chief named COO of Brooks
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1/3/2012   1 comment
Semiconductor equipment vendor Brooks Automation appointed Mark Morelli, formerly CEO of solar equipment provider Energy Conversion Devices, to the role of executive vice president and chief operating officer, effective immediately.
NVE claims MRAM patent infringement by Everspin
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1/3/2012   2 comments
NVE, a developer of spintronics technology, said it filed a lawsuit in U.S. federal court alleging patent infringement by MRAM supplier Everspin Technologies.
Engineers arrested for selling Intel test CPUs on eBay
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1/3/2012   38 comments
Four Intel engineers have been arrested by Taiwan’s Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) for allegedly selling off CPU samples on eBay for personal financial gain.
Rambus sees higher Q4 sales
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Chip technology licensor Rambus raised its sales target for the fourth quarter of 2011, saying it now expects sales for the quarter ended Dec. 31 to be about $83 million.
Imagination backs Toumaz wireless IC spinout
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1/3/2012   6 comments
Wireless communications technology firm Toumaz established a new fabless subsidiary responsible for its wireless IC business.
ITC to probe Elpida, Nanya complaints
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The U.S. International Trade Commission will launch an investigation based on a complaint filed by Elpida Memory and its U.S. subsidiary against rival DRAM vendor Nanya Technology and its U.S. subsidiary, the ITC said last month.
Toshiba touted as Elpida white knight
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1/3/2012   4 comments
Japan's Elpida Memory Inc. could be the first casualty of the DRAM nuclear winter and Toshiba is being discussed as a potential purchaser, according to a report from DRAMexchange, a market research division of TrendForce Corp. (Taipei, Taiwan).
Global chip sales continue to slip in November
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1/3/2012   5 comments
The three-month average of worldwide sales of semiconductors was $25.13 billion for the month of November 2011, a decrease of 2.4 percent from the prior month when the equivalent sales figure was $25.74 billion, according to the SIA.
ASIX releases the world’s first single-chip USB 3.0 to gigabit Ethernet controller
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1/2/2012   1 comment
ASIX Electronics Corp. claims that the AX88179, the company’s latest addition to ASIX’s USB-to-LAN product portfolio, is the world’s first USB 3.0 to Gigabit Ethernet controller.
Silicon Labs claims lowest power wireless microcontroller
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1/1/2012   Post a comment
Silicon Labs is aiming to have the industry’s most energy-efficient microcontroller and wireless MCU with several architectural and technology innovation in its C8051F96x
Blood pressure monitor uses any Bluetooth version 4.0 'Smart Ready' smartphone or computer
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1/1/2012   5 comments
IDT International Limited is claiming to have developed the world's first Bluetooth low energy (or Bluetooth Smart) blood pressure monitor, which is expected to be ready to go into volume production by March 2012.
16-channel audio DAC boasts high-performance at lower power
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Analog Devices has introduced a 16-channel audio D/A converter that is capable of improving audio system performance and reducing power consumption for professional, ‘prosumer’ and automotive audio equipment applications.
TI's LightCrafter senses without touching
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1/1/2012   8 comments
The next most promising frontier in emerging ubiquitous MEMS applications, structured light illumination, is poised to revolutionize metrology applications by removing the need for touch with MEMS that both micro-miniaturizatize and increase the precision of conventional solutions.
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As data rates begin to move beyond 25 Gbps channels, new problems arise. Getting to 50 Gbps channels might not be possible with the traditional NRZ (2-level) signaling. PAM4 lets data rates double with only a small increase in channel bandwidth by sending two bits per symbol. But, it brings new measurement and analysis problems. Signal integrity sage Ransom Stephens will explain how PAM4 differs from NRZ and what to expect in design, measurement, and signal analysis.

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