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Frustration mounts over delayed India chip policy
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10/20/2006   Post a comment
BANGALORE, India — India's delayed national semiconductor policy is causing mounting frustration among stakeholders and potential investors. Thursday's (Oct. 19) announcement that the first chips will roll out from the SemIndia plant next June, three months later than expected, again fueled concerns here that the government is not taking seriously chip makers' concerns. The delayed rollout is expected to cost SemIndia more money than it had anticipated, according to industry sources.
Zilog to increase investment in China
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SHANGHAI, China — Pegging much of its future growth on Asia, Zilog Inc. intends to increase investment in its Shanghai design center so that it can be more responsive to its increasing number of customers here.
Rambus expects $200M in options charges
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SAN FRANCISCO — Chip memory technology licensor Rambus Inc. is likely to take stock-based compensation charges of more than $200 million as a result of an internal investigation into historical stock options granting practices, the company said Thursday (Oct. 19).
Cypress ends buyout discussions
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10/20/2006   Post a comment
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Cypress Semiconductor Inc.'s board said that it has terminated its process of evaluating a possible buyout of the company. The chip maker also said it "has determined that continuing with its standalone strategy at this time is in the best interests of its stockholders."
Ballast IC makes for brighter fluorescent lamps
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10/20/2006   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics says its L6585 "combo IC," which integrates a power factor correction stage with a half-bridge controller and all the relevant drivers and logic for an electronic ballast IC, ultimately makes for fluorescent lamps that shine brighter.
Zilog to increase investment in China
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Pegging much of its future growth on Asia, Zilog Inc. intends to increase investment in its Shanghai design center so that it can be more responsive to its increasing number of customers there.
Rambus expects $200M in options charges
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Chip memory technology licensor Rambus is likely to take stock-based compensation charges of more than $200 million following an internal investigation into historical stock options granting practices.
1-chip solution advances automotive battery monitoring
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10/20/2006   Post a comment
Product Review - Analog Devices' ADuC703x family of Smart Battery Sensors, claiming the first single-chip solution for precision battery management in automotive applications, integrates high-precision data acquisition of current, voltage, and temperature, a programmable flash memory-based MCU, and a local interconnect network (LIN)-based controller with high-voltage transceiver in a small 48-pin package.
Synplicity, Achronix collaborating on FPGA synthesis
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10/19/2006   Post a comment
Synplicity and Achronix Semiconductor have signed a multi-year development and OEM agreement around providing EDA technology for Achronix multi-gigahertz FPGAs, the companies said.
SemIndia chips to roll out in a year, report says
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10/19/2006   Post a comment
With the first batch of chips from SemIndia Inc.'s fab in Hyderabad scheduled to come off the production line in less than a year, the facility has already procured an order worth about $400 million, according to a report by Cybermedia News.
32-bit MCUs deliver high-quality graphics for automotive displays
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10/19/2006   Post a comment
TI has expanded its 32-bit TMS470 MCU platform with the TMS470PLFx devices for automotive instrument cluster host controller applications in a variety of vehicle diagnostics and driver assistance applications.
Samsung marches to 50 nm for DDR2
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10/19/2006   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics has developed a 50-nanometer, 1-gigabit DDR2 DRAM chip based on three-dimensional transistor design and multilayered dielectric technology.
SATA controllers extend RAID 6 performance
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10/19/2006   Post a comment
AMCC launches a high-performance 3ware 9650SE SATA RAID controller family that employs simultaneous parity calculation to boost the performance in RAID 6 systems.
RFI starts SMIA conformance testing for camera modules
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10/19/2006   Post a comment
RFI Global Services Ltd (RFI) has become the first laboratory to be approved by the founder members of the SMIA forum, Nokia and STMicroelectronics, to test handset camera module compliance to the SMIA standard.
More charged in DRAM price-fixing probe
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10/18/2006   Post a comment
A total of three executives from DRAM manufacturers were indicted for their alleged participation in a price-fixing conspiracy in 2001 and 2002, the U.S. Justice Department said. The indicted executives include two South Korean nationals from Sasung Electronics and one American from Hynix Semiconductor's U.S. subsidiary.
3-phase motor driver ICs add more power management
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10/18/2006   Post a comment
Stressing high efficiency, Toshiba's three high-voltage, three-phase motor driver ICs include comprehensive power management circuitry for DC brushless motors, air conditioner fans, and pump motors.
Thermal management chips for PCs and servers support PECI
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10/18/2006   Post a comment
Andigilog's aSC7611 and aSC7621 thermal management system controllers with integrated fan control, touting superior accuracy, provide support for Intel's emerging platform environmental control interface (PECI) for desktop PCs and servers.
NXP's new owners "love the semiconductor industry"
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10/18/2006   Post a comment
The new private equity owners of NXP Semiconductors bought the former Philips Semiconductors in the middle of a typical semiconductor cycle, and are committed to holding their stake for seven years, according a senior executive at the chip group.
Automotive MCUs feature embedded flash, high clock speeds
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10/18/2006   Post a comment
Fujitsu Microelectronics America introduces three 32-bit microcontrollers (MCUs) with embedded flash memory and high 80 MHz clock speeds for next-generation automotive applications.
Wales to host first Dye Sensitized Solar Cell plant
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10/18/2006   Post a comment
A recently established renewable energy company, G24 Innovations Ltd, is planning to build the first plant to make dye sensitized solar cells (DSSC) on a commercial scale at a facility in Cardiff, Wales. The eventual investment into producing the so called 'solar foils' could be between £60 million and £75 million and the project could create 300 jobs.
Op-amp for high-end audio touts benchmark performance
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10/18/2006   Post a comment
National's LM4562 dual operational amplifier for high-end audio applications claims benchmark performance for its combination of high speed, low distortion, wide operating voltage, and high output drive.
Intel slashes '06 capex; likely to trail Samsung
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10/17/2006   Post a comment
As expected, Intel trimmed its 2006 capital expenditure outlook, saying the company now expects to spend between $5.7 billion and $5.9 billion. It's likely Intel will trail Samsung in 2006 capital spending.
Intel revenue, income up sequentially
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10/17/2006   Post a comment
Intel posted third quarter net income of $1.3 billion, up 47 percent sequentially but down 35 percent year-to-year, the company said. Revenue of $8.7 billion was up 9 percent sequentially but down 12 percent year-to-year.
32-bit MCU delivers power efficiency for automotive apps
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10/17/2006   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor said it has introduced the industry's first dual-core, 32-bit microcontroller (MCU) family with flexible low-power modes for automotive applications.
Startup Gear6 touts RAM cache scheme
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10/17/2006   Post a comment
Startup Gear6 emerged from stealth mode with a novel concept for boosting performance in the data center with rackable RAM cache systems that sit on an Ethernet network.
Microsoft certifies Samsung flash SSD drives
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10/17/2006   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics said three of its flash solid-state disk drives have been certified by Microsoft for use in Windows-compatible peripherals.
ST, Nanotron partner for location networks
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10/17/2006   Post a comment
ST Microelectronics and Nanotron Technologies GmbH have joined forces to develop complete designs for wireless control and sensor networks targeted at the real time location systems (RTLS) market.
Bluewater Systems to use Altera FPGAs for customizable, ARM-based module
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10/17/2006   Post a comment
Cyclone FPGAs enable Snapper 255 to be fully customizable to meet diverse design requirements for a broad range of ARM-based processor systems.
200-volt stereo driver IC serves high-end audio
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10/16/2006   Post a comment
National touts its LM4702, for high-power, high-end consumer applications, as the industry's first 200-volt stereo driver IC.
14-channel clock generator meets critical wireless, optical requirements
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10/16/2006   Post a comment
Analog Devices says its AD9516 series, for wireless base station, optical network, and telecom applications, is the industry's first low-phase-noise, 14-channel clock generator with jitter below 1 ps.
IPTV firm chooses NXP platform
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10/16/2006   Post a comment
Interactive Television Networks, a provider of Internet Protocol TV systems and networks, has selected the NXP STB810 set-top box chip platform to build IP set-top box devices for mass deployment in the U.S.
Xilinx ships 65-nm FPGA with hard-coded PCIe block, Ethernet MAC
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10/16/2006   Post a comment
Intended for high-performance logic with serial connectivity, the Virtex-5 LXT FPGAs from Xilinx are the second of four domain-optimized platforms due to be launched in 65-nm. The Virtex-5 LXT platform delivers the first FPGA with a hard-coded PCI Express (PCIe) endpoint block and tri-mode Ethernet MAC, which gives designers an off-the-shelf product that the company says saves time, reduces power consumption and frees up FPGA fabric resources.
Profits soar at Samsung, further growth expected
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10/16/2006   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. reported record quarter-on-quarter profits for its third quarter, with sales of memory chips and mobile phones leading the charge.
Grant awarded to help improve cell phone image quality
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10/16/2006   Post a comment
Britain's Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) has awarded the Robert Gordon University a £300,000 research grant for a project aimed at improving the processing power and battery life of current mobile phones and thus its often unpredictable image quality.
USB 2.0 based JTAG emulator supports ARC processors
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10/13/2006   Post a comment
Corelis, Inc.'s USB 2.0-ARC/MetaWare JTAG emulator enables software and firmware developers to obtain the throughput and portability of the Corelis USB-1149.1/E controller while using the MetaWare Debugger for ARC processors.
iMOTION motor drive module saves a year's software development
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10/13/2006   Post a comment
Product Review - Greatly streamlining time-to-market, International Rectifier's IRMCT3UF1 is a fully-integrated HiRel hybrid motor control module for BLDC and PMAC motors that does away with the software development phase.
DSP libraries are optimized for Power744x processor
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10/13/2006   Post a comment
VMETRO has launched VSIPlus, a bundle of C-libraries for DSP processing that is optimized for the Power744x processor. The libraries support VxWorks 5.5 and products such as the Phoenix VPF1 DSP VXS board. The bundle includes VSIPL, CSIPL and VecLib open-standards.
Hot products: Cavium's 1-GHz processor, OmniVision's 1.3-megapixel sensor
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10/13/2006   Post a comment
Among the hottest products at www.eeProductCenter.com are a new processor line that offers 1-GHz performance, a family of three-axis accelerometers and a camera chip sensor that enables thinner camera phones.
Low cost handset shipments set to take off
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10/13/2006   Post a comment
The rapid development of tightly integrated and low cost chipsets from companies such as NXP Semiconductors, Texas Instruments and Infineon Technologies means that shipments of Ultra Low Cost (ULC) mobile phones could reach 48 million units next year, according to Strategy Analytics.
IP Group to aid Glasgow University with spinouts
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10/13/2006   Post a comment
Technology commercialization group IP Group plc has sealed a 25 year partnership with the University of Glasgow to help form spinout companies and to initially fund them with up to £5 million in return for equity stakes.
High-voltage buck control ICs drive LED signage
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10/13/2006   Post a comment
International Rectifier's 200- and 400-volt half-bridge buck regulator control ICs for AC/DC offline applications are designed to drive multiple LEDs for indoor and outdoor signage as well as architectural, entertainment, design, and decorative lighting.
Class D amp delivers 30 watts for home TV
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10/13/2006   Post a comment
Microsemi's LX1725 class D amplifier delivers 15 watts per channel, or a single channel output of 30 watts, for LCD TVs and home theaters.
Royalty-free MCS8051 microcontroller for Actel FPGAs
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10/13/2006   Post a comment
Synthesizable MRAM8051 microcontroller netlist library for Actel FPGAs includes royalty-free license for use in Tekmos merged ASICs.
eASIC adds new Structured ASIC channel partners in Europe
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10/12/2006   Post a comment
Cryptex in Italy and ORSoC in Sweden have signed partnership agreements to provide sales and support for eASIC's Nextreme 90 nm Structured ASIC product family.
RF transceiver chips target WiMAX terminal designers
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10/12/2006   Post a comment
Check out these IEEE-802.16 RFICs from Analog Devices Inc. Integrating A/D converters and DACs on-chip, they promise to slash the cost of WiMAX designs.
LDO is automotive-qualified
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10/12/2006   Post a comment
Texas Instruments' new family of low-dropout (LDO) regulators, with an input voltage range of 45 volts, will survive the harsh requirements of the high-transient automotive environment for car stereo, instrument clusters, and telematics applications.
Brocade, Cisco craft their own storage processors
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10/12/2006   Post a comment
Fibre Channel switch maker Brocade Communications and Ethernet giant Cisco Systems have developed their own storage processors to handle virtualization on their Fibre Channel switches.
EU set to decide on European Institute of Technology
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10/12/2006   Post a comment
The European Commission has had to scale down plans for a flagship project that was proposed as a way to compete with the U.S. in leading research projects and as a centre of excellence in innovation and education because of lack of interest from industry.
Transmeta files suit against Intel
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10/12/2006   Post a comment
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Despite bailing out of the x86-based microprocessor business last year, Transmeta Corp. Wednesday (Oct. 11) announced that it has filed a lawsuit against Intel Corp. The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, alleges that Intel infringed upon ten of Transmeta's patents. The patents cover computer architecture and power efficiency technologies, according to Transmeta (Santa Clara, Calif.).
ULDO is a tight fit for wireless designs
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10/12/2006   Post a comment
Micrel's MIC5301 ULDO regulator touts a dropout of just 40 mV at 150 mA, more than 75 db PSRR, and extremely low output noise all in a 1.6-by-1.6 mm MLF package that ideally suits the device to portable and wireless applications.
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