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Judge blocks AMD's request in EU case against Intel
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10/9/2004   Post a comment
A federal judge has reportedly denied Advanced Micro Devices Inc.'s request to order Intel Corp. to turn over documents to the European Commission.
Under the Hood: JVC Digital Videocam offers a cast of analog players
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10/8/2004   Post a comment
The GR-DV3000 digital video camera from JVC represents an emerging breed of hybrid still/video digital image-capture devices which rely heavily on support from the analog world. Capable of capturing megapixel stills and electronically-stabilized, the videocam uses a wide assortment of analog parts. What is unusual, Portelligent's David Carey shows, is the number of data converters and image processors from Japan.
Jennic adopts fabless model, seeks funding
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10/8/2004   Post a comment
Semiconductor intellectual property vendor Jennic is changing its market approach, shifting from being solely a supplier of IP to a fabless manufacturing business model, providing ICs directly to customers.
SMIC confirms 90-nm foundry technology plans
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10/8/2004   Post a comment
Chinese foundry vendor Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. (SMIC) confirmed reports that it is developing 90-nm process technology.
Wolfson Loads Audio Codec With Functionality
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10/8/2004   Post a comment
With the WM8974 mono audio codec, Wolfon Microelectronics has packed all of the required audio functions for digital still cameras and ditial-voice recording applications onto a single, tiny chip.
Korean startup debuts IC for CD-like wireless audio
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10/8/2004   Post a comment
Open Solution Inc., a Korean fabless semiconductor startup, is sampling a digital audio processor designed for use in wireless applications. The company is also developing a digital processor for wireless video as well.
Foundries face inventory correction, then downturn
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10/8/2004   Post a comment
Prospects for a long upturn in the silicon foundry business have been cut short by the sudden IC inventory correction problem.
Broadband GaAs Attenuator Delivers High IP3 for Broadband, Cellular, and Microwave Systems
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10/8/2004   Post a comment
The HMC467LP3 digital attenuator spans DC to 6GHz with an Input Third-Order Intercept point of +50 dBm
PowerPC processor targets embedded storage and networking apps
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10/7/2004   Post a comment
Applied Micro Circuits Corp.'s (AMCC) PowerPC 440SPe processor offers three independent PCI Express interfaces and one PCI-X version 2.0 interface. The newest PowerPC chip is aimed at such applications as RAID controllers and storage area networking (SAN) equipment.
AMD meets lowered expectations in Q3 results
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10/7/2004   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. reported sales of $1.239 billion for the third quarter, up 30 percent compared to the same period in 2003 but down two percent from the second quarter of 2004.
Soitec debuts strained SOI for partially-depleted chips
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10/7/2004   Post a comment
Soitec SA claimed to have devised the industry's first germanium-free, strained silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technology for partially-depleted CMOS chips.
FIB-X formed to provide FIB services
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10/7/2004   Post a comment
Moving to address next-generation chip designs, failure analysis laboratory Microtech Analytical Labs Inc. (MAL) has spun out its focused ion beam (FIB) services unit into a new and independent company, according to officials at the FSA Expo here this week.
Analyst raises Q3 forecast for wafer maker MEMC
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10/7/2004   Post a comment
While nearly all IC-equipment and materials vendors are lowering their quarterly forecasts, investment banking firm Lehman Brothers on Thursday (Oct. 7) raised its estimates for silicon wafer maker MEMC Electronic Materials Inc.
Infineon adds 16-, 32-bit MCUs for auto and industial apps
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10/7/2004   Post a comment
Infineon Technologies has beefed-up its microcontroller line with the launching of three new 16-bit MCUs for automotive and industrial applications as well as a new 32-bit device in its TriCore family for cost-sensitive industrial applications.
Component orders down in September, says ECA
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10/7/2004   Post a comment
The monthly electronic component order index compiled by the Electronic Components, Assemblies & Materials Association (ECA) dipped in September, confirming an onslaught of reports from various suppliers indicating an industry slowdown.
TI Reveals Forthcoming ADCs With Embedded Clocking
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10/7/2004   Post a comment
Texas Instruments Inc., Dallas, Texas, plans to be the first to market analog-to-digital converters (A/D converters) that utilize low-voltage differential signaling (LVDS) that include an embedded clock and 8B/10B encoding.
One-chip PD interface simplifies connection to PoE
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10/7/2004   Post a comment
National Semiconductor's LM5070 is billed as the first completely integrated, space-saving interface solution for the Powered Device (PD) that connects into Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) systems. Competing solutions use two or three chips, says the company.
Honeywell files LCD suit against 34 companies
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10/6/2004   Post a comment
Honeywell filed a suit against 34 electronics companies, claiming infringement of a liquid crystal display (LCD) patent.
Intersil blames hurricanes for lower forecast
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10/6/2004   Post a comment
Citing the hurricanes in Florida and other factors, chip maker Intersil Corp. lowered its revenue and earnings estimate for the third quarter, ending October 1.
Jazz Semiconductor delays IPO amid IC slowdown
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10/6/2004   Post a comment
Silicon germanium (SiGe) foundry specialist Jazz Semiconductor Inc. has quietly put its initial public offering on hold, according to company officials.
MagnaChip launches, takes five fabs
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10/6/2004   Post a comment
As expected MagnaChip Semiconductor Ltd. has been launched as a sell-off of the non-memory operations of Hynix Semiconductor Inc.
Linear Technology changes CEO
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10/6/2004   Post a comment
After 23 years of leading Linear Technology Corp. (Milpitas, Calif.), chief executive Bob Swanson will relinquish that role effective January 4, 2005, passing the torch to current chief operating officer Lothar Maier.
A/D Converters Simultaneously Sample 8 Channels
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10/6/2004   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products Inc.'s high-speed, 14-bit simultaneous sampling analog-to-digital converters (A/D converters) offer ±10-V, ±5-V, and 0-V to 5-V inputs in a 48-pin TQFP.
VMETRO to acquire DSP supplier Transtech
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10/6/2004   Post a comment
VMETRO Inc. (Houston) has agreed to acquire UK-based digital signal processing solutions provider Transtech DSP Ltd., in a stock transaction.
Broadcom assumes $28 million in legal costs (Updated)
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10/5/2004   Post a comment
Broadcom Corp. said it will record an aggregate cost of approximately $27.5 million in connection with its legal settlement with Agere Inc.
Foundry Watch: PolarFab lists multi-project wafer sched
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10/5/2004   Post a comment
PolarFab Inc., an analog and mixed-signal semiconductor foundry, has published its multi-project wafer schedule for 2005.
Just what you need: SMSC introduces USB port controllers with an odd number of ports.
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10/5/2004   Post a comment
SMSC used the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco last month to show an expanded line of USB2.0 products, including the USB2503 and USB2507, the industry's first USB2.0 3-port and 7-port hub controllers. as well as the USB2504, a second generation 4-port hub controller; the USB2228, a controller for 12-in-1 flash card readers; the USB3250, a second generation USB2.0 physical layer transceiver (PHY) device.
Hynix spinout named MagnaChip, says report
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10/5/2004   Post a comment
The non-memory chip unit of Hynix Semiconductor, which is to be spun out as an independent company Tuesday (Oct. 5), will be named MagnaChip Semiconductor, according to a Korean website report.
Analysis: U.S. photomask industry in limbo
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10/5/2004   Post a comment
Toppan Printing Co. Ltd.'s proposed move to buy DuPont Photomasks Inc. for $650 million leaves the U.S. photomask industry in limbo — if not possible extinction.
Industry slowdown is short term, says National's Halla
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10/5/2004   Post a comment
Refraining from making any firm predictions, National Semiconductor Corp. president and chief executive Brian Halla said in an analysts' meeting in New York City Tuesday (October 5) the current slowdown in the electronics industry is due to customers adjusting their inventories and doesn't expect the slowdown to persist long term.
AMD tips dual-core processor design for '05 intro
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10/5/2004   Post a comment
During the Microprocessor Forum here on Tuesday (Oct. 5), Advanced Micro Devices Inc. disclosed some of the first details of its dual-core microprocessor design.
MCU software suite optimized for embedded apps
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10/5/2004   Post a comment
ZiLOG, Inc. has a new version of its ZTP integrated, preemptive multitasking OS and TCP/IP protocol software suite. As with earlier releases of ZTP, the latest Version 1.4 is optimized for embedded systems.
Taiwan's Via to enter 64-bit processor market
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10/5/2004   Post a comment
During the Microprocessor Forum here on Tuesday (Oct. 5), Taiwan's Via Technologies Inc. disclosed plans to enter the x86-based, 64-bit processor market.
TSMC to see slow Q4 as foundry market declines
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10/5/2004   Post a comment
Citing an inventory correction, a research firm has lowered its estimates for bellwether foundries Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) and United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC), while Second-tier foundries are also seeing a sudden decline in fab utilization, due to wafer cancellations from their customers.
DSP extension is available for MIPS architecture
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10/5/2004   Post a comment
MIPS Technologies has launched its DSP ASE, a new digital signal processing extension to the MIPS architecture. The DSP ASE (application-specific extension) is said to improve signal processing performance by up to 300 percent over a range of embedded applications.
Ethernet-Strom aus nur einem Chip
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10/5/2004   Post a comment
Eine Single-Chip-Lösung für Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) hat National Semiconductor vorgestellt. Der Baustein erleichtet gegenüber bisherigen Lösungen aus mehreren Chips das Design von PoE erheblich.
Intel to see seasonal growth in Q4 after weak Q3
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10/5/2004   Post a comment
Intel Corp. is projected to rebound and experience "normal" seasonal patterns in the fourth quarter after a dismal third period, according to an analyst.
High Precision Amplifiers Boost Accuracy
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10/4/2004   Post a comment
Today National Semiconductor Corp. made its foray into the precision market with a family of high-precision, high-performance amplifiers that are said to improve accuracy in industrial, medical and automotive applications.
TI's 16-bit MCU line touts 0.8 uAmps standby power
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10/4/2004   Post a comment
Texas Instruments' newest family in its MSP430 16-bit RISC microcontroller product line offers system designers real-time clock standby power of 0.8 microamps with the ability to switch in less than one microsecond to a fully synchronized 16 MIPS in active mode. Power in active mode is spec'd at 300 microamps.
CMOS Goes High Power: SP4T and SP6T Antenna Switches Rewrite the Rules for GSM Handsets
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10/4/2004   Post a comment
Engineers at Peregrine Semiconductor have head their heads down and noses to the proverbial grindstone as they worked their own silicon on sapphire process into what they have named UltraCMOS. Early results are two antenna switches that may change the parameters of handset design for multi-band phones.
Peek-a-boo: Current tap monitors GPIO parallel ports
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10/4/2004   Post a comment
Designed to provide an alternative to monitoring and controlling the inputs and outputs of a system's microcontroller or microprocessor, Texas Instruments is introducing the SN74LV8153 8-bit Output Expander to compliment its PCF8574 and PCF8574A I/O expansion devices. These TI expanders offer a viable method of taping a parallel bus and a practical means of interfacing with different peripheral devices.
Multipoint-LVDS line drivers support AdvancedTCA clock distribution
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10/4/2004   Post a comment
The industry's first Multipoint-LVDS line drivers for clock distribution, which provide high noise margin for heavily-loaded backplanes. These devices can distribute clocks on network equipment that is compliant to the AdvancedTCA specification of the PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group.
Simtek lowers forecast amid foundry production issues
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10/2/2004   Post a comment
Simtek Corp. on Friday (Oct. 1) reduced its forecast and updated its foundry production issues with Singapore's Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Pte. Ltd.
Micrel latest to reduce forecast amid sales lull
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10/2/2004   Post a comment
Chip maker Micrel Inc. on Friday (Oct. 1) lowered its revenue and profit outlook for its third fiscal quarter ending September 30.
The pulse
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10/2/2004   Post a comment
Trying to make sense of the cyclical semiconductor industry? Gathered here is a compendium of recent stories on IC forecasts, August chip data, DRAMs, PCs, and semiconductor equipment.
Ultra-thin boost converter optimized for white LEDs
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10/2/2004   Post a comment
Allegro MicroSystems' A8430 is a high-frequency DC/DC boost converter in a 3-by-3 mm QFN package only 0.75 mm high that's designed for driving white LEDs or similar loads from a single cell Li-ion or multicell NiMH power source. Working from a 2.5- to 10-volt input, it provides a programmable constant-current output at up to 36 volts (up to four LEDs in series at 20 mA from a 2.5-volt input, 5 LEDs at 20 mA from a 3-volt input, or seven LEDs from a 10-volt input).
Digital camera shipments bottom out in August
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10/1/2004   Post a comment
It appears that digital camera shipments have bottomed out after a slight lull, according to RBC Capital Markets Inc.
Qualcomm acquires Spike Tech to bolster 3G effort
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10/1/2004   Post a comment
Qualcomm Inc. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire semiconductor design services company Spike Technologies Inc. for $19 million in an effort to support increasing demand for 3G CDMA wireless devices.
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