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Gas gauge ICs fuel high accuracy
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10/31/2004   Post a comment
Focus On battery management—Gas-gauging ICs for the high-stakes portable market are in the very-high-accuracy phase of their evolution, sparked by learning algorithms that enable the best of these "early warning" systems to determine remaining battery capacity to 1 percent. With power availability in portable devices perhaps the most critical factor in applications ranging from cell phones to medical monitoring, users and system designers want to know exactly what's left in the tank—to
Finally, Embedded EEPROM for Real World Designs At a Good Price -- Free
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10/29/2004   Post a comment
'FREEPROM Memory Offers Non-Volatile Storage in Mixed-Signal ICs for Real-World Applications and Operating Conditions up to 150 Degrees C'
512KB Electronic Passports; One step Closer to Universal Electronic ID
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Sharp Ships the Australian Government IC Module for E-passports
Timing is Everything
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Industry's First Register and Phase Lock Loop for Registered DIMMs at 667 and 800 Mbps
One Wire 4 Kb Memory is Addressable
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10/29/2004   Post a comment
Between GPIO and external addressability, these new parts can now play nice with others.
TI, SMIC partner on 90-nm technology
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10/29/2004   Post a comment
Chinese silicon foundry provider Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) on Thursday (Oct. 28) disclosed that it has signed a deal to develop 90-nm process technologies with Texas Instruments Inc.
Worldwide IC sales to fall by 3% in September
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10/29/2004   Post a comment
Worldwide semiconductor sales are projected to drop by 3 percent in September amid the current inventory correction problems in the marketplace, according to Handelsbanken Capital Markets.
Cirrus Delivers Two New Audio Product Lines — High-Performance Converters (DACs) that Support Six- and Eight-Audio Channels and a Sample Rate Converter for Synchronizing Multiple Audio Sources
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10/29/2004   Post a comment
Expanding its high-performance analog and mixed-signal audio converter ICs, Cirrus Logic Inc. unveiled two new 24-bit, 192-kHz, multi-channel digital-to-analog converter (D/A converter) ICs, the CS4365 and CS4385. The company also announced a high-performance asynchronous sample-rate converter — giving audio system designers a high-performance, cost-effective silicon solution for synchronizing multiple audio sources.
The Week in Review: October 24 to 30
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10/29/2004   Post a comment
Gathered below are the top five stories for the week beginning Sunday October 24, 2004, as ranked by Silicon Strategies' readers, up to and including Saturday, October 30. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
Polymerelektronik schält sich aus dem Ei
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10/29/2004   Post a comment
Bei kaum einer anderen Technologie in der Elektronik klaffen Versprechen und Wirklichkeit so weit auseinander wie bei der Polymer-Elektronik. Vor allem Schaltgeschwindigkeiten und Zuverlässigkeit bleiben noch weit hinter der Siliziumtechnik zurück. Doch die Akteure bleiben optimistisch. Schließlich winken phantstisch anmutende Kostensenkungen.
ASE Test posts profit but sees flat fourth quarter
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10/29/2004   Post a comment
ASE Test Ltd. (Taipei) reported third-quarter net income of $20.6 million, or 21 cents per share on sales of $163.5 million, compared with $0.7 million, or 2 cents per share on sales of $103.1 million in the year-ago quarter.
Foundry pricing, spending cutbacks impact worldwide CapEx
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10/29/2004   Post a comment
Price competition and spending cutbacks among the leading silicon foundries have prompted an investment banking firm on Friday (Oct. 29) to lower its forecast for worldwide capital expenditures in 2004 and 2005.
Ramtron's chairman leaves over potential conflicts
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10/29/2004   Post a comment
Memory maker Ramtron International Corp. on Friday (Oct. 29) named board director William Howard as chairman.
Mosaid lowers forecast due to ATE pushouts
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10/29/2004   Post a comment
Citing a shortfall in sales for memory testers, Mosaid Technologies Inc. on Friday (Oct. 29) lowered its estimates for the second quarter of fiscal year 2005, ended October 22.
Power Amplifier Targets WLAN IEEE802.11b/g Applications
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STMicroelectronics Introduces Three-Stage Linear PA with +19dBm Output Power
Multichemistry battery IC simplifies charging
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10/29/2004   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products' MAX8713, billed as a simplified SMBus-based multichemistry battery charger that uses a minimum number of external components, provides a regulated charge voltage accurate to ±0.5 percent for portable equipment applications such as handset car kits, digital cameras, and cable modems.
1-GHz Triple Current Feedback Amplifier Provides Optimal Slew Rate
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10/29/2004   Post a comment
Intersil Corp. claims the EL5367 is the world's fastest triple amplifier — breaking the 1-GHz barrier. Now, the race is on between Analog Devices Inc. and National Semiconductor Corp. to see who will produce the next triple amp in the GHz range.
Centillium cuts programs, workforce
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10/28/2004   Post a comment
Broadband chip set provider Centillium Communications said late Thursday (Oct. 28) it has reduced its work force and cut development programs in an effort to lower operating expenses and save approximately $4.5 million in the first quarter of 2005.
Sharp and IBM Japan team on 1 Mbyte Java-based Flash card
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10/28/2004   Post a comment
Sharp Corp. and IBM Japan Ltd. have collaborated to develop a 1 megabyte Flash memory card equipped with IBM's Java Card Open Platform (JCOP), an embedded operating system based on Java technology.
Field Programmable Analog Arrays Get Larger and Cost Less
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10/28/2004   Post a comment
Anadigm New Field Programmable Analog Arrays Double Processing Capability, Feature Aggressive Pricing
Hard Core Logic
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Tough and rugged FPGAs are targeting hi rel applications as specialized IP emerges.
Partnership Supports Low Power WiFi in Embedded Applications in FPGA
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10/28/2004   Post a comment
Leverage what you do well. Here is a case in point as QuickLogic takes advantage of it's low power.
Staking Out A Claim
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First Low-Cost FPGAs To Support 400Mbps DDR Memory Interfaces Now Shipping
Defects driving IC test strategies
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10/28/2004   Post a comment
The IC design and test community's quest to achieve fewer than 100 defective parts per million (DPPM) is becoming more difficult as process technologies move below 100 nanometers.
Fujitsu, Matsushita, NEC to lower forecasts
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10/28/2004   Post a comment
Fujitsu, Matsushita and NEC on Thursday (Oct. 28) posted strong results for the first half of 2004, but the Japanese electronics giants lowered their respective outlooks due to a slowdown in semiconductors and other products.
Module Integrates 802.11a/g MAC/baseband, a USB 2.0 Transceiver, Processor and Memory for WiFi Applications
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10/28/2004   Post a comment
Integrated Design Extends 802.11g and 802.11a/g Connectivity to Broad Range of Computer and Consumer Electronic Devices
Contactless MCU embeds 2KB of EEPROM
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10/28/2004   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics' newest contactless smartcard microcontroller called the ST19WR02 has 2-kbytes of EEPROM embedded on-chip for applications ranging from financial institutions to mass transit operators.
India to form semiconductor forum
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10/28/2004   Post a comment
The India Semiconductor Association (ISA) will be formally launched next week. It will initially bring together 31 member companies that are Indian subsidiaries of overseas semiconductor and electronic design automation companies.
Waves Audio, Tripath develop LCD TV audio reference design
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10/28/2004   Post a comment
Seeking to overcome the poor fidelity inherent in liquid crystal display (LCD) TVs, Waves Audio Ltd. (Knoxville, Tenn.) and Tripatch Technology Inc. (San Jose) have jointly developed an audio reference design that promises to help OEMs improve the audio quality of their LCD TVs.
Small 7-Channel Temperature Monitors Accurately Read Temperatures at Multiple Locations
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10/28/2004   Post a comment
Small size, high precision, and user flexibility make the MAX6697/MAX6698 precision 7-channel temperature sensors from Maxim Integrated Products Inc. a suitable choice for notebook, desktop, and industrial applications, where accurate temperature readings of multiple locations are a must.
Heard on the Beat: SMIC, LSI Logic are foundry partners
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10/28/2004   Post a comment
Don't look now but LSI Logic Corp. appears to be accelerating its "fab lite" strategy. For years, LSI Logic has been quietly shifting more and more of its chip production to the silicon foundries.
IR, Skyworks buck trend; post strong Q3 results
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10/27/2004   Post a comment
It's not all doom and gloom for the IC industry, based on the financial results of International Rectifier (IR) and Skyworks announced Wednesday (Oct. 27).
LSI Logic cuts workforce, posts loss
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10/27/2004   Post a comment
LSI Logic Corp. (Milpitas, Calif.) cut 510 positions, approximately 11 percent of its workforce, as the semiconductor supplier announced a comprehensive restructuring program after an unprofitable third quarter.
Secrets of level-translation revealed
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10/27/2004   Post a comment
Supply voltages continue to migrate to lower nodes to support today's low power, high performance applications. While some devices are capable of running at lower supply nodes, others might not have this capability. To have switching compatibility between these devices, the output of each driver must be compliant with the input of the receiver that it is driving. A Texas Instruments' engineer describes the some of the level translation schemes to interface these devices with one another, and the
IR, Skyworks buck trend; post strong Q3 results
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10/27/2004   Post a comment
It's not all doom and gloom for the IC industry, based on results on Wednesday (Oct. 27) from International Rectifier (IR), Skyworks, among others.
LSI Logic cuts workforce, posts loss
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10/27/2004   Post a comment
LSI Logic Corp. (Milpitas, Calif.) cut 510 positions, approximately 11 percent of its workforce, as the semiconductor supplier announced a comprehensive restructuring program after an unprofitable third quarter.
Sun spins first silicon of 'Niagara' processor
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10/27/2004   Post a comment
Sun Microsystems has manufactured first silicon of its next-generation Niagara processor, which isn't due to ship until 2006.
On Semi posts first profit since 2000 despite IC lull
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10/27/2004   Post a comment
Moving into a profitable mode for the first time in nearly four years, On Semiconductor Corp. on Wednesday (Oct. 27) said revenues in the third quarter of 2004 were $318.4 million, a decrease of 5 percent from the second quarter of 2004.
$1 More Will Get You a Whole Lot More — Atmel's Ultra Low Power MP3 Decoder for Mobile Phone Applications Sounds Like a Bargain
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10/27/2004   Post a comment
Atmel Corp. announced the AT89C51SND2C, a MP3 decoder, which combines all the features needed in a mobile phone to play MP3 ring tones and to convert a cell phone into a pen drive — in a single package.
Grace taps U.S. IDM in 130-nm process deal
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10/27/2004   Post a comment
SHANGHAI, China -- Chinese foundry chip maker Grace Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp. said it is in the final stages of negotiating a technology transfer for a 0.13-micron manufacturing process from a U.S.-based integrated device manufacturer.
UMC to absorb fab venture in Singapore
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10/27/2004   Post a comment
Taiwan's United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) is apparently planning to "liquidate" its fab operation in Singapore and will fold the former joint venture into the parent company.
Atmel receives $1.2 million for SmartCard chip development in Scotland
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10/27/2004   Post a comment
Atmel Corp. (San Jose) announced Wednesday (Oct. 27) it has received a $1.2 million grant from the Scottish government to continue developing chips for SmartCards.
Philips Develops Highly Integrated System Solution to Speed GSM/GPRS Handset Development
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10/27/2004   Post a comment
Including a Baseband device, RF transceiver, front-end module, power management unit, and software, the 5120 is optimized for multimedia performance.
Halbleiterhersteller präsentieren unerfreuliche Zahlen
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10/27/2004   Post a comment
Schwache Nachfrage und volle Läger drücken die Ergebnisse der Chipindustrie. Den jüngsten Beweis liefern die glanzlosen Quartalsbilanzen von Atmel, Atheros, RF Micro Devices, Vitesse und Zoran.
Memory Bulletin: near-term outlook remains positive for DRAM
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10/26/2004   Post a comment
Despite diverging trends in DRAM demand and the possibility of a resumption in price erosion next month, iSuppli Corp. said it is maintaining its "positive" rating for near-term DRAM market conditions.
Atmel, Atheros, RF Micro, Vitesse, Zoran post weak Q3 results
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10/26/2004   Post a comment
Weak demand and inventory issues continue to rock the communications-chip industry, as evidenced by the latest flurry of lackluster financial results from Atheros, RF Micro Devices, and Vitesse.
All-silicon clock oscillator features small size, low EMI
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10/26/2004   Post a comment
Housed in an 8-pin microSOP package, Dallas Semiconductor's new center-spread-sprectrum all-silicon EconOscillator features up to a 20 dB reduction in radiated emissions (RMS voltage) compared to crystal oscillators, said the company.
Digi-Key signs agreement with Silicon Laboratories
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10/26/2004   Post a comment
Digi-Key Corp., a leading catalog distributor, has announced a distribution agreement with Silicon Laboratories Inc. to distribute the company's high-performance, analog-intensive, 8-bit microcontroller (MCU) product portfolio as well as wireline, networking and synthesizer products.
ITC keynoters say designers need IC yield data
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10/26/2004   Post a comment
Speakers at the International Test Conference said IC yields depend as much on chip design issues as on process considerations.
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