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Fluidigm opens Singapore's first biochip plant
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10/25/2005   Post a comment
Fluidigm unveiled a new facility in Singapore that will support rising demand for its integrated fluidic circuits and the firm's regional expansion plans.
Chinese fabless company plans $225 million IPO
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10/25/2005   Post a comment
Chinese fabless semiconductor company Actions Semiconductor has filed a registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and plans an initial public offering on the Nasdaq National Market.
Mindspeed narrows loss, meets guidance
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10/24/2005   Post a comment
Network semiconductor supplier Mindspeed Technologies Inc. posted net loss of $4.3 million, or 4 cents per share on sales of $31.1 million for the fourth 2005 fiscal quarter ended Sept. 30, 2005.
Atheros posts profit
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10/24/2005   Post a comment
Wireless semiconductor supplier Atheros Communications Inc. reported net earnings of $2.2 million, or 4 cents per share on sales of $45.8 million in the third quarter ended Sept. 30, compared with a net loss of $0.2 million on sales of $43.4 million the previous quarter.
PortalPlayer posts healthy profit on increased sales
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10/24/2005   Post a comment
PortalPlayer reported a third quarter net income of $10.3 million, or 40 cents per diluted share, up sharply from the $6.3 million that the company reported for the second quarter and the $3.2 million that it reported for the third quarter of 2004.
8-bit MCU line adds more integration for under $1
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10/24/2005   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor has expanded its 8-bit MCU offerings with the launching of the S08QG family at pricing below $1 in large volumes.
Mux-buffer extends reach of serial interconnect
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10/24/2005   Post a comment
Dual signal-conditioning multiplexer/repeater supports data transfers from 1 Gbps to 4 Gbps
New configurable processor from Stretch
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10/24/2005   Post a comment
Stretch software-configurable processors' multiple GigE Ethernet ports supported by Treck TCP/IP protocol stack.
Dual mux-buffer boosts signal integrity
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10/24/2005   Post a comment
National Semiconductor Corp.'s dual multiplexer/buffer with integrated equalizers, programmable pre-emphasis, and up to 4 Gbits/s of serial I/O performance, are said to provide the lowest jitter and longest cable reach in the industry.
Actel ARMs the masses with the M7
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10/24/2005   Post a comment
The most popular 32-bit embedded processor, the CoreMP7, a soft ARM7 optimized for size and speed, is now available for use in Actel FPGAs.
Atheros names Dan Artusi to board
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10/24/2005   Post a comment
Wireless semiconductor supplier Atheros Communications Inc. has named semiconductor industry veteran Dan Artusi to its board of directors.
4-Mbit EEPROM tailored for military sector
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10/24/2005   Post a comment
Mintech Semiconductors Ltd.’s Interconnect & Test Division has introduced a 4-Mbit EEPROM with access times of 120-, 150- and 200-ns.
The Incredible Shrinking Radio: Monolithic radio for GSM/GPRS integrates a complete phone on a single chip.
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10/24/2005   Post a comment
Clear the inventory shelves! This breakthrough product is a single-chip phone that integrates the power management unit (PMU), battery interface and charging circuitry, digital baseband, analog baseband and a quad-band RF transceiver in a monolithic 12 x12mm CMOS IC.
RF Engines targets wireless with multi-channel DDC
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10/24/2005   Post a comment
RF Engines is using this week’s GSPx signal processing conference to introduce a flexible, 64-channel digital down-conversion core for use in FPGAs.
China's ZTE accesses Agere net processors
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10/24/2005   Post a comment
Agere Systems has scored another major win for its Advanced Payload Plus 300 range of network processors, with ZTE Corporation, China’s largest listed telecoms equipment maker, using the part in its next generation of DSLAM platfortms.
Microchip unveils 64-pin PIC microcontroller with integrated LCD driver module
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10/21/2005   Post a comment
Microchip announces its new PIC16F946 microcontroller, which features an integrated LCD driver module that is capable of driving 168 LCD segments.
New book: "Rapid System Prototyping with FPGAs"
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10/21/2005   Post a comment
New book will take a designer with a basic knowledge of implementing FPGAs to the "next-level" of FPGA use.
Driver/boost regulator illuminates LED-LCD combo
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10/21/2005   Post a comment
Linear Technology's LT3466-1, for single cell lithium-ion applications, contains a DC/DC converter for driving up to 10 white light emitting diodes (LEDs) and a separate converter for generating the bias voltages for thin-film-transistor liquid-crystal displays (TFT-LCDs) or driving an OLED display. Each channel has independent dimming and shutdown control.
Microcontroller drives 168 LCD segments for automotive and industrial applications
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10/21/2005   Post a comment
Microchip’s newest PIC-based microcontroller drives 168 liquid crystal display segments. The PIC 16F946 offers system designers an integrated LCD module and provides easy access to varying pin counts and levels of performance.
TI MSP430 MCU breaks 500 Nano amp barrier
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10/21/2005   Post a comment
Targeting battery powered applications, the MSP430F20xx microcontrollers from Texas Instruments Inc. now deliver 500 nanoamps in standby mode utilizing a very low-power oscillator technology. The oscillator allows the MCU to be totally self-clocked in an ultra-low power standby mode with self-wakeup capability using no external components
Smallest stepper controller IC can mount on the motor
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10/21/2005   Post a comment
AMI Semiconductor says its AMIS-30621 and -30622 stepper motor controller ICs for automotive applications are the industry's smallest. In a micro leadframe package, they are suited to remote and multiple axis positioning using a local interconnect network (LIN), or requiring serial connectivity, respectively.
PA brings fiber home
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10/21/2005   Post a comment
ANADIGICS new fiber-to-the-home/fiber-to-the-premises RF amplifier enables digital and analog television applications.
Chip set targets millimeter wave apps
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10/21/2005   Post a comment
Mimix Broadband, Inc. introduces 13/15 GHz 3-chip transceiver solution for wireless communications applications
Chartered halves loss, boosts revenue in 3Q
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10/20/2005   Post a comment
Singapore's Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing reported a net loss of $34.5 million on revenue of $290.1 million for the third quarter.
Switches tout improved density
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10/20/2005   Post a comment
Supertex Inc. rolled out two new low charge injection, 16-channel, 200-V analog switch ICs that tout improved density and performance.
ChipX announces new Structured ASIC family with embedded PCI Express PHY
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10/20/2005   Post a comment
Silicon-proven PCI Express subsystem offers a high-performance, low-risk alternative to traditional implementation options such as ASICs and FPGAs.
ON Semi posts higher sales, earnings
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10/20/2005   Post a comment
Semiconductor supplier ON Semiconductor Corp. reported net earnings of $23.5 million, or 6 cents per share on sales of $313.6 million in the third quarter, up from $18.5 million, or 5 cents per share on sales of $302.8 million in the previous quarter.
Freescale acquires fabless company CommASIC
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10/20/2005   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor has acquired CommASIC, a San Diego-based fabless semiconductor company, to strengthen its offerings in wireless broadband technologies.
Clock-phase aligner bursts forth
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10/20/2005   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products Inc. said this is the industry's first burst-mode clock-phase aligner that acquires a signal in 13 bits — enabling best-in-class broadband passive optical network and gigabit passive optical network optical line termination designs.
PMC-Sierra in discussions to acquire semi firm
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10/20/2005   Post a comment
PMC-Sierra Inc. is "advanced" discussions to acquire a semiconductor company and plans to offer $215 million aggregate worth of senior convertible notes to possibly help fund the acquisition.
TI offers volume production on digital signal controllers
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10/20/2005   Post a comment
Texas Instruments says its 32-bit TMS320F2801, TMS320F2806 and TMS320F2808 digital signal controllers are now available in volume production quantities.
Cypress posts another loss
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10/20/2005   Post a comment
Semiconductor supplier Cypress Semiconductor Corp. reported a GAAP net loss of $5.9 million, or 4 cents per share on sales of $227.1 million in the third quarter, compared to earnings of $4.3 million, or 12 cents per share on sales of $219.6 million in the year-ago quarter.
Virage Logic, MIPS Technologies partner on IP kits
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10/20/2005   Post a comment
MIPS Technologies and Virage Logic have forged an alliance to deliver the first in a series of new core-optimized intellectual property (IP) kits.
ASIC breaks $10 barrier for PCI Express bridging applications
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10/20/2005   Post a comment
LSI Logic Corp. has added a new slice in it RapidChip IntegratorQS Platform ASIC family, the RC11Si204, which provides peripheral and storage media developers with two lanes of GigaBlaze serializer/deserializer (SerDes).
SerDes chipset converts 24 bits of data over a single LVDS differential pair
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10/20/2005   Post a comment
National Semiconductor Corp.’s latest high-speed, low-voltage differential signaling (LVDS) serializer/deserializer (SerDes) chipset can serialize 24 bits of data over a single differential pair in flat-panel display applications.
Fuel gauge costs under $1
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10/20/2005   Post a comment
Designed for especially cost-sensitive applications, Dallas Semiconductor's DS2745 is a Li+ battery monitor with an I2C interface that costs under $1. Mounted on either the host side or the battery-pack side of the application to continuously monitor battery capacity, the DS2745 measures current, accumulated current, voltage, and temperature.
PMC-Sierra, Power Integrations post gains
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10/19/2005   Post a comment
Semiconductor suppliers Power Integrations Inc. and PMC-Sierra Inc. posted sequential sales and earnings gains.
CPT develops display with RGBW technology
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10/19/2005   Post a comment
Taiwan display supplier Chunghwa Picture Tubes Ltd. has developed a high-brightness, low-power 2.0-inch qVGA display utilizing Clairvoyante’s PenTile RGBW technology.
Mapper supports all protocols
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10/19/2005   Post a comment
Exar Corp. launched what it claims is the industry's first universal multiprotocol framer for Ethernet-over-Sonet applications.
Xilinx offering free RPR MAC reference design for Virtex-4
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10/19/2005   Post a comment
Xilinx announced the availability of a free resilient packet ring media-access controller reference design for use with its Virtex-4 family of FPGAs.
Multimedia processors bring video to mobile phones
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10/19/2005   Post a comment
Broadcom has expanded its mobile multimedia processor family to support high-quality video on handheld screens and the capture of 5 megapixel camera images.
Fibre Channel controller features four-lane native PCI Express bus
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10/19/2005   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies Inc. has introduced a dual-port entry-level 4-Gbits/s PCI Express (PCIe) Fibre Channel controller for cost-sensitive storage systems used in small- and medium-sized business environments.
Secure Digital, MultiMediaCard MCUs get a performance boost
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10/19/2005   Post a comment
Silicon Motion Technology Corp. has a new family of high performance flash card microcontrollers for use in Secure Digital (SD) cards and MultiMediaCards (MMC).
Update: Intel falls short of earnings guidance on charges
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10/18/2005   Post a comment
Semiconductor supplier Intel Corp. posted third-quarter earnings of $2 billion, or 32 cents per share on sales of $9.96 billion, compared with year-ago third quarter earnings of $1.9 billion, or 30 cents per share on sales of $8.5 billion in the year-ago quarter.
Mitrionics announces Mitrion platform for programming FPGA-based supercomputers
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10/18/2005   Post a comment
Mitrion platform allows supercomputing software to be written to run on FPGAs faster, easier, and more affordably than any other development solution.
Altera completes rollout of low-cost Cyclone II FPGAs
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10/18/2005   Post a comment
Programmable logic supplier Altera Corp. has completed the rollout of its low- cost Cyclone II field-programmable gate array family.
LDOs trumpet high PSRR
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10/18/2005   Post a comment
Intersil Corp.'s new family of dual low dropout regulators are said to provide high power supply rejection ratio, low quiescent current, and good performance for noise-sensitive applications like imaging sensors for digital still cameras or cellular phone camera modules, MP3 players and portable medical and instrumentation devices.
Onyx DSP features Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound functionality
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10/18/2005   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor says its DSPD56374 DSP now features Dolby Digital, Dolby Virtual Speaker and Dolby Headphone technology functionality. The DSP will allow consumers to enjoy a cinematic experience through any standard set of headphones or stereo speakers whenever or wherever they choose, including in the car, or with portable devices like MP3 players.
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