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Intel claims speed record with NASA's Itanium-based supercomputer
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10/26/2004   Post a comment
Intel Corp. jumped into the supercomputer sweepstakes, announcing that its Itanium 2 processor powers a NASA system running at what is claimed to be a world-record speed of 42 teraflops/s.
Fairchild donates flu vaccines to Maine
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10/26/2004   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor (South Portland, Maine) has announced that the company's South Portland facility has donated its supply of flu vaccines to the State of Maine to help address the shortage and direct the vaccines to Maine residents who need it most.
Vette, Micro Power garner new round of funding
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10/26/2004   Post a comment
Two thermal management developers--Vette and Micro Power--have obtained a new round of funding.
ZiLOG MCUs get programming support from BP Microsystems
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10/26/2004   Post a comment
ZiLOG, Inc.'s Z8 Encore!, eZ80Acclaim! and Crimzon LP32300 microcontroller (MCU) families will be supported by device programmer supplier BP Microsystems.
No cost benefit in China wafer fab, says TSMC's Chang
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10/26/2004   Post a comment
Morris Chang, chairman of foundry chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd., said Tuesday (Oct. 26) that the company's China-based wafer fab will not be more cost competitive than its Taiwan-based fabs for at least five years.
Analyst's Couch: can logic & memory co-habitate?
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10/26/2004   Post a comment
As we proceed toward the development and commercialization of advanced semiconductor technologies, the semiconductor industry is faced with several important questions. One of the obvious topics deals with the technology itself. Is technology creating more problems than it's solving? And what product markets are these new technologies addressing?
Agere posts loss on restructuring charges
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10/26/2004   Post a comment
Agere Systems (Allentown, Pa.) posted a net loss of $127 million, or 7 cents per share, on sales of $439 million in its fourth 2004 fiscal quarter ended September 30th, reflecting $132 million in restructuring charges.
Digital Potentiometers Fit in 3mm x 3mm SOT23 or TDFN Packages
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10/26/2004   Post a comment
These 32-tap, nonvolatile, linear digital potentiometers (MAX5432-MAX5435) from Maxim Integrated Products offer integrated E2PROM (electrically erasable PROM), allowing the devices to function as mechanical pots, thus saving board space.
Halbleiter-Content in Fahrzeugen steigt
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10/26/2004   Post a comment
Der Automobilmarkt bleibt für die Halbleiterhersteller ein Wachstumsmarkt. In diesem Jahr sollen in den fahrbaren Untersätzen Chips, Gleichrichter und Transistoren im Wert von 13 Milliarden US-Dollar verbaut werden, für das kommende Jahr rechnet das US-Marktforschungsunternehmen Databeans bereits mit einem Wert von 15 Milliarden.
Philips: Managementwechsel schneller als geplant
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10/26/2004   Post a comment
Der Management-Wechsel an der Spitze von Philips Semiconductors vollzieht sich schneller als geplant: Statt zum Jahresende wird Frans von Houten nun bereits zum 1. November die Nachfolge von Scott McGregor antreten.
Fairchild denies infringement in Power Integrations suit
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10/25/2004   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor International (South Portland, Maine) on Monday (Oct. 25) said that it does not believe its products violate Power Integrations Inc.'s patents.
Nvidia raises guidance due to graphics IC demand
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10/25/2004   Post a comment
Citing strong demand for graphics ICs, Nvidia Corp. (Santa Clara, Calif.) expects to report total revenue for the third quarter of fiscal 2005 of between $510-to-$515 million, as compared to the previous range of $470 million to $502 million.
Mindspeed to scrap WAN chips amid loss, restructuring
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10/25/2004   Post a comment
Communications chip maker Mindspeed Technologies Inc. (Newport Beach, Calif.) on Monday (Oct. 25) said it has implemented a restructuring plan to cut costs, including a move to terminate the development of certain ATM and transmission products.
HP remains largest chip buyer but Dell closes gap
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10/25/2004   Post a comment
Hewlett-Packard Co. is expected to remain the world's largest purchaser of semiconductors in 2004 and 2005, according to iSuppli Corp. on Monday (Oct. 25).
Anadigics narrows loss on growing sales for Q3
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10/25/2004   Post a comment
Anadigics Inc. (Warren, N.J) reported net sales of $25.1 million in the quarter, up from $22.7 million in the previous quarter and up from $17.8 million a year ago.
Intel, Clearwire to devise networks based on WiMAX
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10/25/2004   Post a comment
Intel Corp. and Clearwire Inc. on Monday (Oct. 25) said they will jointly develop and deploy wireless broadband capabilities using WiMAX networks.
Preamplifier Renders Lightning Speed
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10/25/2004   Post a comment
This third-generation mobile preamplifier from STMicroelectronics Inc. offers speed, low power consumption and vertical recording support for mobile disk-drive applications.
Embedded MCUs tout increased integration
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10/25/2004   Post a comment
SMSC says its new KBC1100 and KBC1100L family of integrated microcontrollers expands the role of the traditional keyboard controller (KBC) to be the first mobile embedded controller solution that integrates critical thermal, power and system management capabilities with keyboard scan, serial port and consumer infrared (CIR) functionality into a single device.
Tiny Amplifiers Require no External Components to Set Gain
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10/25/2004   Post a comment
Responding to demands for highly flexible design solutions to support a wide variety of applications, Linear Technology introduces the LT1991 precision and LT1995 high-speed gain selectable amplifiers, which don't need external components.
Nvidia révise à la hausse ses prévisions
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10/25/2004   Post a comment
Faisant référence à la forte demande de circuits intégrés graphiques, Nvidia Corp. (Santa Clara, Californie) prévoit que le chiffre d’affaires pour le troisième trimestre 2005 sera compris entre 510 millions et 515 millions de dollars. La fourchette précédemment annoncée était entre 470 millions et 502 millions de dollars.
World's First Automotive-Qualified Multi-Channel Narrowband Transmitter Targets Car Access Control Systems
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10/25/2004   Post a comment
New multi-channel narrowband transmitter from austriamicrosystems serves worldwide radio and data transmission applications
A Peak into the Future: Texas Instruments Announces Plans to Combine Tuner, OFDM Demodulator, and Channel Decoder Processor into the Industry's First Single Chip for Cell Phone Digital TV
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10/25/2004   Post a comment
The company plans to leverage its RF processor technology and 90-nanometer process technology to develop a device for 2006.
Wisair Rolls Out First Complete Multi-Band OFDM Alliance Compliant UWB Chipset Solution Demonstrating an Over-The-Air Wireless Link
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10/25/2004   Post a comment
RF Chip and New Baseband Chip Support Wireless USB and Consumer Electronics Applications
Intel stellt Weichen für Post-Silizium-Ära
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10/25/2004   Post a comment
Für die Zeit nach 2013 – wenn es voraussichtlich mit der weiteren Skalierung der Siliziumtechnik vorbei sein wird – machen sich manche Halbleiterhersteller bereits Gedanken. Intel gewährte nun einen tiefen Blick in die Glaskugel. Zu sehen sind exotisch anmutende Technologien und Werkstoffe.
Schwache Auftragslage lässt Chip-Lieferanten zittern
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10/25/2004   Post a comment
Die jüngsten Quartalsergebnisse zeigen es schwarz auf weiß: Die Chip-Lagerbestände sind auch im dritten Quartal angewachsen, während die Auftragslage abgeflaut ist. Viele Anbieter verzeichnen mittlerweile Umsatzrückgänge auf das Niveau vom zweiten Quartal 2003.
A/D Converter Houses Five Differential Reference Inputs
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10/23/2004   Post a comment
Linear Technology Corp.'s LTC2447, a high accuracy, variable speed/resolution 24-bit delta-sigma A/D converter, features a unique multiplexing architecture to directly digitize multiple ratiometric sensors.
No IC downturn seen in '05 by some analysts and execs
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10/23/2004   Post a comment
Don't look for a downturn in 2005 — at least according to VLSI Research Inc.
Dallas' 16-bit MCU boasts 3.6 normalized MIPS/mA performance.
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10/22/2004   Post a comment
Dallas Semiconductor's 16-bit microcontroller line called MAXQ boasts the industry's highest MIPS/mA.
Three-Phase PWM Controller Includes Power MOSFET Drivers
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10/22/2004   Post a comment
Intersil Corp. unveiled the ISL6566, a three-phase pulse-width modulation (PWM) control IC, with integrated metal-oxide semiconductor field-effect transistor (MOSFET) drivers.
MCU line touts on-chip CAN Version 2.0B
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10/22/2004   Post a comment
Renesas Technology America, Inc. has added six 16-bit M16C/29 group microcontrollers (MCUs) that provide flash memory, comprehensive peripheral functions, and an interface circuit that supports the controller-area network (CAN version 2.0B) standard.
Hitachi raises guidance as sales improve
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10/22/2004   Post a comment
Hitachi Ltd. of Japan raised its fiscal guidance for the first half of fiscal 2004 ended September 30, which the company attributed to an improving economy and demand for IT and consumer products.
ARM makes application-processor play
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10/22/2004   Post a comment
No longer taking a one-size-fits-all approach to its cores, ARM Ltd. said it will start offering a more diverse lineup of 32-bit processors to meet an ever-expanding list of applications using embedded processors.
Lagerbestände vermasseln Chip-Aussichten
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10/22/2004   Post a comment
Die Chip-Lagerbestände sind im dritten Quartal überraschend schnell angewachsen und drohen für mehrere Quartale die Bilanzen der Branche zu belasten, hat das Marktforschungsinstitut iSuppli eruiert. Die Hersteller fahren ihre Produktion unterdessen eilig herunter.
CMOS Voltage Comparator Touts 50,000:1 Improvement in Sensor Input Signal Detection
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10/22/2004   Post a comment
Richard Reid, the infamous shoe bomber who allegedly tried to blow up an American Airlines plane in 2001, probably wouldn't have stood a chance if Advanced Linear's ALD2321 voltage comparator was used by airport security.
CIA invests in tunable RF, smart scanning developer
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10/21/2004   Post a comment
Paratek Microwave Inc., a provider of smart scanning antennas and tunable radio frequency front ends, on Thursday (Oct. 21) said it has signed a strategic investment and development agreement with In-Q-Tel, the venture capital arm of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.
Intel reportedly halts LCOS development
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10/21/2004   Post a comment
Intel Corp. announced thagt it had canceled plans to develop a liquid-crystal-on-silicon chip for projection TVs, according to several reports.
AMI Semi cuts 80 jobs, reorganizes backend operations
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10/21/2004   Post a comment
Amid a decline in growth for the third quarter, AMIS Holdings Inc. (Pocatello, Ida.), the parent company of AMI Semiconductor, on Thursday (Oct. 21) said it would cut 80 jobs and reshuffle its backend operations.
Broadcom posts record Q3 sales but sees slower Q4
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10/21/2004   Post a comment
Chip maker Broadcom Corp. (Irvine, Calif.) said revenue for the third quarter of 2004 was a record $646.5 million, an increase of 0.8% from the $641.3 million reported for the second quarter of 2004 and an increase of 51.9% from the $425.6 million reported for the third quarter of 2003.
Chip inventories swelled over $1 billion in Q3, says iSuppli
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10/21/2004   Post a comment
Despite production trimming efforts by semiconductor suppliers, chip inventories bloated during the third quarter and are likely to be a problem for several more quarters, according to market research firm iSuppli Corp. (El Segundo, Calif.).
Freescale to gain freedom from Motorola by year's end
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10/21/2004   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor Inc.'s move to cut costs and reduce its workforce is part of a plan to become totally independent from Motorola Inc. by year's end, according to executives from the chip maker.
Q4 is a bust for semiconductor, IC-equipment industries
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10/21/2004   Post a comment
Here's the worst nightmare for semiconductor and chip-equipment vendors: Based on the recent financial results and preliminary projections, the fourth quarter appears to be a bust for the industry.
ARM makes application-processor play
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10/21/2004   Post a comment
ARM Ltd. said it will start offering a more diverse lineup of 32-bit processors to meet an ever-expanding list of applications using embedded processors.
QuickLogic, Renesas to partner on Wi-Fi solutions
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10/21/2004   Post a comment
QuickLogic Corp.has partnered with Renesas Technology Corp. to enable low-power solutions for the expanding Wi-Fi market.
Graphics display controller supports 70Mbps PCI bandwidth, dual display output
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10/21/2004   Post a comment
Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc.'s newest 32-bit graphics display controller IC called the MB86296 Coral PA, has b een designed for advanced navigational and video display applications in automobiles.
Power switch with fast PWM optimizes motor control
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10/21/2004   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor's 4-milliohm MC33981 eXtreme Switch with fast pulse width modulation (PWM)controller, optimized for DC motors, is designed to replace electromechanical relays and discrete devices in cooling fans, fuel pumps and automotive applications while reducing board space and increasing system reliability.
SST revenue falls short on inventory, foundry problems
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10/20/2004   Post a comment
SST (Silicon Storage Technology, Inc.) announced preliminary third-quarter results reporting net income of $14.2 million on revenue of $112.2 million.
STMicro cuts CapEx in '04 and '05, posts flat Q3 results
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10/20/2004   Post a comment
Amid lackluster results in Q3 — and a weak projection for Q4 — STMicroelectronics Inc. on Wednesday (Oct. 20) said that it would cut its capital expenditures by 10 percent in 2004 and would lower its overall spending in 2005.
Troubled Transmeta restates Q2 loss, deficits widen in Q3
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10/20/2004   Post a comment
Troubled microprocessor supplier Transmeta Corp. (Santa Clara, Calif.) posted a wider loss in the third quarter and restated its results in the second period.
Embedded CPUs take on media tasks
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10/20/2004   Post a comment
Movies on car dashboards, animated 3-D displays on car navigation systems. Camera phones that double as MP3 players, and PDAs as camcorders. The media-everywhere scenario brings lots of new bells and whistles to the consumer — and a whole set of mostly unfamiliar tasks to the world of the mobile-systems designer. A flurry of processor and architecture announcements early this month showed the direction in which vendors of CPU cores are moving to meet the challenge.
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