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Wireless USB startup WiQuest folds
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10/31/2008   Post a comment
WiQuest Communications Inc. officially closed its doors today, the first of perhaps several casualties to fall among ultrawideband chip designers.
Wireless USB startup WiQuest folds
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10/31/2008   1 comment
WiQuest Communications Inc. officially closed its doors today, the first of perhaps several casualties to fall among ultrawideband chip designers.
NAND revenue to fall further, iSuppli says
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Worldwide NAND flash memory revenue, which routinely expanded by triple-digit percentages in the late 1990s and early 2000s, will fall by 14 percent in 2008 and decline another 15 percent in 2009, according to a revised forecast by market research firm iSuppli.
Wave of consolidation set to hit 4G chip sector
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10/31/2008   Post a comment
The mobile broadband chip sector is likely to see a swathe of consolidation as the business matures, according to a study by Light Reading's Components Insider research unit.
ST, TI in France and CSR lead week's story ranking
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10/31/2008   Post a comment
Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday October 26, as ranked by EE Times Europe readers, up to and including Friday, October 31. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
Commentary: No quick fix for Motorola's mobile woes
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10/31/2008   Post a comment
Motorola's dreadful third quarter results and scheduled retreat from the European and parts of Asian territories is only part of the bad news from the ailing company. And the postponement of plans to divest the mobile handsets division is just facing up to the realities of the bad state of this group, and the economic situation.
ST, Arkados develop HomePlug AV SoC
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STMicroelectronics NV (Geneva, Switzerland) and Arkados Inc. (Piscataway, New Jersey) have joined forces to develop and manufacture a 200-Mbit per second, HomePlug AV wideband powerline modem system-on-chip.
Italy to host consortium's first NFC interoperability trial
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10/31/2008   Post a comment
StoLPaN, the pan-European consortium driving the adoption of Near Field Communications (NFC), will conduct its first public trial of the technology in the Dolomite skiing resorts of North East Italy.
Linear Technology : Fast A-D converter uses one-third the power
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10/31/2008   Post a comment
Linear Technology's LTC2261 low-power 14-bit, 125 Msamples/s analog-to-digital converter dissipates only 127 mW, less than one-third the power of prior solutions.
Broadband quadrature modulator claims to be first to integrate AGC
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10/31/2008   Post a comment
Analog Devices claims an industry's first by integrating automatic gain control (AGC) circuitry into its ADL5386 high-performance broadband I/Q quadrature modulator, all within a compact 6-mm - 6-mm LFCSP (lead-frame chip-scale package).
Distributed broadband amplifier covers 30 kHz to 40 GHz
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10/31/2008   Post a comment
Mimix Broadband has introduced the XD1008-BD, a GaAs MMIC distributed amplifier with 15 dB gain, 22.5 dBm P1dB at 22 GHz, and 4.5 dB noise figure at 26 GHz.
GaAs pHEMT MMIC LNAs target wireless broadband
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10/31/2008   Post a comment
Hittite Microwave Corporation has introduced three new SMT packaged GaAs pHEMT MMIC low noise amplifiers (LNAs) which are ideal for automotive, broadband, cellular/3G, WiMAX/4G and fixed wireless applications from 2.1 to 6 GHz.
Chartered posts loss, cuts capex
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Singapore's Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing cut its planned capital expenditure outlay for 2008 by $100 million after posting a third quarter loss and saying its expects a larger loss in the fourth quarter.
Freescale dragged to loss; will lay off 10%
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Freescale Semiconductor said it would trim about 10 percent of its workforce after charges dragged the company to a $3.37 billion loss in the third quarter.
New DSP-FPGA development platform
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Avnet, Xilinx, and Texas Instruments release the Avnet Spartan-3A DSP FPGA / DaVinci Development Platform.
Atmel motor driver chips feature high reliability
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10/30/2008   Post a comment
For always-on applications that require high reliability in rough environments, Atmel has developed two new brushless dc motor driver chips. Application examples are fuel pumps, turbochargers and exhaust gas recirculation.
Over-the-air TV gears for mobile, Web roles
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10/30/2008   Post a comment
Proponents of over-the-air digital TV are gearing up for new mobile and Web offerings that could hit as early as next year, but even some implementers admit the effort faces a host of daunting challenges.
AMD taps Bozzo to head Euro region
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AMD has appointed Alberto Bozzo as corporate vice president and general manager of its Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.
Broadband quadrature modulator integrates automatic gain control
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Operating over a 50-MHz to 2200-MHz frequency range, Analog Devices' ADL5386 supports high-data-rate complex modulation for next-generation communication infrastructure equipment.
Digital audio receiver IC integrates sample-rate converter
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Cirrus Logic Inc. has introduced the CS8422, a 24-bit, 192 kHz digital audio receiver with a low-jitter PLL and integrated asynchronous sample rate converter.
Portable audio codec improves battery life
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Cirrus Logic's audio codec consumes 5.1 mW of quiescent power in playback mode and features a bimodal, patent-pending Class H technology.
European, US sales hold back global chip growth
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The European and North American markets held back global semiconductor sales in September, according to the latest figures from the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics Organization (WSTS).
Chip sales up 1.6% in September on back of PC sales
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10/30/2008   Post a comment
Worldwide sales of semiconductors, expressed as the three-month moving average, increased by 1.6 percent to $23 billion in September compared to sales of $22.6 billion in the corresponding period last year, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association(SIA).
Continental announces cost cutting program
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10/30/2008   1 comment
Like most other automotive electronics suppliers, Continental AG (Hannover, Germany) sees stormy weather ahead as a result of the sudden drop in demand for cars. Along with its Q3 figures, the company announced a cost cutting program.
Intel increased MPU share in Q3, iSuppli says
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10/29/2008   Post a comment
Intel increased its dominance over the worldwide microprocessor business in the third quarter, accounting for 80.4 percent of all revenue in the product category, according to market research firm iSuppli.
Mosaid, Powerchip settle patent litigation
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10/29/2008   Post a comment
Memory IP provider Mosaid Technologies said it has settled its patent infringement litigation with Powerchip Semiconductor and signed a patent license agreement with the Taiwanese provider of memory chips and foundry services.
New listing: 150-mm NXP fab in Northern France
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10/29/2008   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors has hired a realtor to help sell its integrated passives device business and related 150-mm fab in Caen, France.
ST to suspend production due to slow demand in Q4
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10/29/2008   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics NV (Geneva, Switzerland) reported that its fab utilization rate amounted to 85 percent in the third quarter of 2008. It is, however, expected to strongly decrease in the fourth quarter of 2008 and, possibly, in the first quarter of 2009.
Qualcomm faces $1bn GPS patent lawsuit
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10/29/2008   Post a comment
Wireless chip group Qualcomm Inc. has become embroiled in yet another patent litigation battle, this time focusing on assisted-GPS technology and against U.S. homeland security company Gabriel Technologies.
Silicon Labs : Fully-integrated automotive AM/FM radio receiver IC reduces component count by 40 percent
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10/29/2008   Post a comment
With the Si474x, Silicon Laboratories claims the industry’s smallest, most fully-integrated automotive AM/FM radio receiver IC.
Gopher takes the grunt out of microcontroller picks
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10/29/2008   Post a comment
GruntWare has developed a Web-based search tool that enables designers to select a proper microcontroller for embedded applications.
CSR set to cut UK jobs as it warns of tough '09
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10/29/2008   Post a comment
Wireless chip specialist CSR plc (Cambridge, England) is planning to make its first job cuts in the U.K. for many years in a drive to save $20 million of costs in 2009. Between 40 and 50 jobs are likely to go next year, in both R&D and support functions such as marketing and administration.
Linear Tech's LTC2261 ADC does 14 bits at 125 Msps and 127 mW; offers varied digital-side choices
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10/29/2008   Post a comment
Analog/Digital converter dissipates 127 mW, operates from 1.8V supply, with >73 dB SNR and 85 dB SFDR
ST swings to loss on Numonyx, NXP JV charges
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10/29/2008   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics reported a third quarter net loss of $289 million, or 32 cents per share, after posting a profit of $187 million during the same period of 2007.
Blackfin gets Microsoft .NET Micro Framework support
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10/28/2008   Post a comment
Analog Devices' Blackfin processors will have Microsoft .NET Micro Framework available, enabling developers to use Visual Studio.
Preliminary DFI specification 2.1 now available
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10/28/2008   Post a comment
The preliminary version of the DDR PHY Interface (DFI) specification 2.1, which defines an interface protocol between memory controller logic and PHY interfaces, has been made available on the DFI ecosystem community Web site.
Seoul Semi says U.S. court rules against Nichia
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10/28/2008   Post a comment
Seoul Semiconductor said that a U.S. court has ruled in its favor in a lawsuit filed against the company by Japan's Nichia and its U.S. subsidiary.
Broadcom completes AMD DTV buy at reduced price
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10/28/2008   Post a comment
Broadcom has completed the acquisition of Advanced Micro Devices' digital TV (DTV) chip business for $141.5 million, more than $50 million less than the two companies originally agreed upon, Broadcom said.
Gartner warns of bleak prospects for OEMs
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10/28/2008   Post a comment
Market research group Gartner has issued one of its most pessimistic outlooks for several years, suggesting that many OEMs will not increase production of electronic equipment — which they typically would — for the holiday season, in anticipation of weaker demand from consumers.
TI to cut 300 to 350 jobs in France, say reports
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10/28/2008   Post a comment
Dallas-based Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) announced its intention to cut 300 to 350 jobs, out of 900, at its site in Villeneuve-Loubet, in the French region of Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur.
Nujira amplifies handset development efforts
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10/28/2008   Post a comment
Power amplifier technology specialist Nujira (Cambridge, England) is powering ahead with plans to extend its technology from the wireless infrastructure space to handsets, trebling the size of its development team targeting chips and IP for mobile phones.
Toshiba launches 43-nm SLC NAND lineup
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10/28/2008   1 comment
Toshiba launched a new line-up of 43-nm single-level cell NAND flash memory products available in densities ranging from 512 Mbits to 64 Gbits.
ARM sees no reason for pessimism
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Processor IP vendor ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, UK), has achieved record sales in the third quarter and is far from downbeat about future prospects despite the current global economic concerns.
HDMI Active Cable in-cable signal conditioning chip boasts v1.3c compliance
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10/28/2008   Post a comment
RedMere's MagnifEye signal conditioning chip technology enables a new breed of HDMI cabling products for consumer multimedia, gaming consoles, DV camera and mobile phones.
USB 2.0 2-of-4 crosspoint switch handles 480-Msps data
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10/27/2008   Post a comment
Maxim MAX498 switches any 2 of 4 USB pairs while supporting data rates up to 480 Mbps, with 5 ohm (typical) on-resistance and 6 pF (typical) on-capacitance
Two-channel, 10-bit ADC family spans 65/100/130 Msps, 43 to 75 mW/channel dissipation, sport 85 dBc SFDR.
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10/27/2008   Post a comment
Maxim MAX19515/MAX19516/MAX19517 analog/digital converters have 60 dBFS signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and 85 dBC SFDR at 70 MHz; 1.8, 2.5, or 3.3 V analog supplies
Impairment charge drags Zoran to a loss
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10/27/2008   Post a comment
Citing a $167.6 million non-cash impairment of goodwill and intangible assets within the company's consumer segment, Zoran posted a third quarter GAAP net loss of $154.2 million, or $3.01 per share, on revenue of $126.1 million
Atheros posts record quarterly revenue
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10/27/2008   Post a comment
Communications IC provider Atheros Communications posted a GAAP third quarter net income of $10.1 million on record revenue of $138.1 million.
Former Cypress exec to head PLX Tech
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10/27/2008   Post a comment
PLX Technology named 25-year semiconductor industry veteran Ralph Schmitt president and CEO. Schmitt replaces Mike Salameh, who has held the top job at PLX since co-founding the company in 1986.
Memory devices: Falling prices, slowing demand and oversupply translate into a bleak end to 2008, says researcher
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10/27/2008   Post a comment
With the DRAM industry still suffering from inventory in the channel combined with slowing PC demand, spot pricing fell for the twentieth consecutive week with 1-Gb DDR2 devices now priced at $1.00, according to the latest report from research firm Gartner.
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