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User-configurable FPGA 3U PXI card offers 160 digital I/O signals
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10/30/2009   Post a comment
Geotest launched a user-configurable FPGA 3U PXI card that features 160 digital I/O signals for specific application needs. The new GX3500 employs the Altera Cyclone III FPGA that supports clock rates up to 150MHz and features over 55,000 logic elements.
ZigBee based transmissions use only 100 microjoules of harvested energy
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10/30/2009   Post a comment
Jennic has demonstrated the capability of its JN5148 to perform multiple packet transmissions from 100 microjoules of energy harvested from an electro-mechanical switch.
In-system emulation technology support for the MPC85xx
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10/30/2009   Post a comment
Goepel electronic announced the development of a special model library for Freescale processor types MPC85xx to support its in-system emulation technology VarioTAP.
Samsung triples Q3 profit on better chip ASPs
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10/30/2009   1 comment
South Korea's Samsung Electronics recorded a sharply better operating profit in the third quarter, thanks largely to better demand and higher average selling prices for memory chips, the company said.
Maxim posts profit
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10/30/2009   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products posted a sequential double-digit increase in sales for the second consecutive quarter in the period ended Sept. 26, the company said.
Exec details ST's ARM Cortex-A9 licensing choice for HDTVs
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10/29/2009   Post a comment
In an interview with EE Times, Laurent Remont, director, R&D/Architecture Group, Home Entertainment and Displays Group at STMicroelectronics NV (Geneva, Switzerland), provided details on ST's decision to build its next-generation HDTV consumer device around the high-performance ARM architecture.
Updated: Juniper challenges Cisco on the edge
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10/29/2009   Post a comment
In a splashy New York City event, Juniper Networks announced its next generation of silicon, systems, software and partnerships around a family of networking products geared to serve businesses and service providers and attack archrival Cisco Systems.
Viewpoint: In defense of Hector Ruiz
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10/29/2009   2 comments
Ex-AMD boss Hector Ruiz might have been justified in providing confidential information about the company's reorganization to a group being investigated for insider trading but he alone can end the controversy by disclosing why he talked so candidly about his former employer.
256Mbit serial Flash memory innovates with 32-bit addressing scheme
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10/29/2009   Post a comment
Memory manufacturer Macronix has announced what the company claims to be the world's first 256Mbit serial Flash product, based on an innovative 32-bit addressing scheme.
LSI, Silicon Labs report bigger Q3 profits
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10/29/2009   Post a comment
Chip makers LSI and Silicon Laboratories reported sharp increases in third-quarter profits and sales that beat Wall Street's expectations.
Bluetooth group drops ultrawideband, eyes 60 GHz
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10/29/2009   6 comments
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group has shelved any plans to use the ultrawideband technology it acquired from the WiMedia Alliance when that group decided in March it would fold, and in its place is conducting due diligence on 60 GHz technology as a possible transport for a future high-rate Bluetooth.
Microsemi to close Arizona fab
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
Analog mixed-signal semiconductor vendor Microsemi plans to close its manufacturing facility in Scottsdale, Ariz., by April 2011, eliminating an undisclosed number of jobs.
Intel, Numonyx claim phase-change memory milestone
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10/28/2009   13 comments
Researchers from Intel and its flash memory joint venture, Numonyx, have demonstrated the ability to stack multiple layers of phase-change memory (PCM) arrays within a single die, a breakthrough that could pave the way for PCM to one day displace multiple existing memory technologies in various applications, they said.
Dual-SATA RAID storage controller features real-time encryption
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
PLX Technology announced the OXUFS946DSE, claiming it to be the industry's lowest-power (391mW), highest-performance dual-storage controller that bridges two SATA hard disks with eSATA, FireWire800 or USB2.0 serial interfaces.
700mA step-down converters provide flexible control in a tiny CSP
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced the MAX8884Y/MAX8884Z 700mA step-down converters with dual 300mA LDOs in a 2mm x 2mm CSP (chip-scale package).
Linear Tech : Downconverting mixers satisfy 4th generation LTE
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
Linear Technology’s LTC554x family of four high dynamic range downconverting mixers covers the 700MHz to 4GHz wireless infrastructure frequency range.
Intellon, Whirlpool snag smart grid grants
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
Proposals from chip designer Intellon Corp. and white goods giant Whirlpool were among a broad group of 100 projects selected Tuesday to share $34 billion in federal funds to accelerate deployment of smart electric grids.
Automotive-grade digital optocouplers feature high speed, low power
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
Avago's R2Couplers are aimed at CANBus interface isolation applications, and meet stringent automotive AEC-Q100 Grade 1 qualifications.
Fujitsu fiscal Q2 profit rise on investment gains, sales drop 10%
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
Fujitsu Ltd.'s net income for the fiscal 2009 second quarter jumped to $804 million from $47 million, boosted by a huge increase from gains on the sale of investment securities, which helped to offset the negative impact of a 10 percent decline in sales from the year-ago comparable quarter.
Conexant launches SoC line for embedded audio applications
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
Conexant Systems has launched an audio system-on-chip (SoC) product line for embedded audio and voice applications.
ST licenses ARM Cortex-A9 multiprocessor core
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
European chipmaker STMicroelectronics NV has licensed the Cortex-A9 MPCore multicore processor from ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) for use in its next-generation set-top-box and digital TV system-on-chip (SoC) ICs.
Silicon Laboratories combines capacitive and IR proximity sensing
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
With its QuickSense portfolio, Silicon Laboratories Inc., launched three new products aimed at the human interface market, supporting accurate and fast-response touch, proximity and ambient light sensing within a common development environment.
STMicroelectronics : Smart-reset chip supports two-button control
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
To overcome the frustration people can feel when electronic products ‘freeze’ in mid-operation, a smart-reset chip announced by STMicroelectronics allows the system to be restarted safely without removing the battery or finding a tool to push the reset button, usually hidden behind a hole in the casing.
Earnings roundup: More chip firms top estimates
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
More semiconductor companies and suppliers reported quarterly sales that beat consensus analyst expectations, including RF Micro Devices, Silicon Storage Technology, Amkor Technology, Actel, National Instruments and Integrated Device Technology.
Actel swings to Q3 profit
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
Actel reported a third-quarter profit, surprising analysts who had expected the programmable logic vendor to post a loss for the period.
Update: Ex-AMD CEO Ruiz reportedly linked to insider-trading case
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10/27/2009   Post a comment
Ruiz, the former CEO of AMD, allegedly supplied confidential information about the company's plans to spin off its manufacturing operations to a defendant in the Galleon Group insider trading case, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal.
Year-to-year chip growth expected to return in Q4
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10/27/2009   1 comment
After declining on a year-to-year basis for the first three quarters of 2009, semiconductor industry revenue is expected to increase on a year-to-year basis in the fourth quarter--albeit in comparison to the low levels established in the fourth quarter of last year.
Lattice, Affarii offer RRH solution for wireless infrastructure
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10/27/2009   Post a comment
Lattice Semiconductor and networking and telecommunications solutions provider Affarii Technologies said have developed a complete 3G/4G-based Remote Radio Head solution for wireless infrastructure customers.
12-bit ADC with 1-GSPS sampling simplifies wide-band analog front-end design
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10/27/2009   Post a comment
Texas Instruments has introduced an ADC that combines 12 bits of resolution with a 1-GSPS sampling rate, effectively doubling the amount of signal bandwidth that can be captured in a single ADC, designated the ADS5400.
Nanoradio supplies "Always on WiFi" for Sharp
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10/27/2009   Post a comment
Nanoradio has announced that it is to supply the NRX700/2 WiFi chipset to Sharp for WLAN modules to the wireless mobile industry in Japan and Asia.
FPGA processing AdvancedMC module for the IST markets
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10/27/2009   Post a comment
CommAgility targets industrial, scientific and telecoms applications with its AMC-V5Fe, a mid-size advanced mezzanine card that includes a high-speed PCI Express interface and a Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGA.
U.S. awards $3.4 billion in smart grid grants
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10/27/2009   Post a comment
Eighteen million homes—13 percent of all U.S. households--will get smart electric meters within three years as part of $3.4 billion in U.S. government grants to upgrade the country's aging electric grid announced by President Barack Obama in remarks at one of the country's largest solar farms in Arcadia, Florida.
PowerPC 440 demo on Xilinx Virtex 5 FPGAs runs gigabit Ethernet link
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10/27/2009   Post a comment
Designer of IPv4 and IPv6 solutions and related real-time embedded internet protocols, Treck, Inc. released a TCP/IP demo based on the Xilinx ML507 evaluation board.
CISPR-compliant digital EMC-EMI receivers
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10/27/2009   Post a comment
The Narda PMM 9010 EMI receiver from Teseq is a fully digital receiver covering the frequency range 10 Hz to 6 GHz, aimed at EMC emission and immunity testing.
Record-setting Q3 reported for GPU shipments
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10/27/2009   Post a comment
Third quarter shipments of graphics processors jumped 21.2 percent compared to the second quarter, signaling that the holiday season will be robust for PCs and the industry in general, according to market research firm Jon Peddie Research.
Spansion cuts more jobs
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10/26/2009   Post a comment
NOR flash vendor Spansion acknowledged that the company cut an undisclosed number of jobs as it continues restructuring under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
Qualcomm creates open source software group
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10/26/2009   1 comment
Qualcomm Inc. announced Monday it has set up a separate wholly-owned subsidiary to work on open source software for mobile systems, the Qualcomm Innovation Center, Inc. with a dedicated group of engineers led by Rob Chandhok, senior vice president of software strategy for Qualcomm CDMA Technologies.
Marvell boosts sales guidance
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10/26/2009   Post a comment
Marvell Technology Group boosted its sales target for the quarter ending Oct. 31, saying the company now expects revenue to be up 19 to 21 percent compared with the previous quarter.
ADC pumps 12-bit results at 1 Gsps while buffered input yields smooth driving
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10/26/2009   Post a comment
Texas Instruments ADS5400 targets radar, defense, wireless, and test & measurement with ADC with speed/performance claimed to be twice as good as available ICs
Tilera announces plan for 100-core processors
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10/26/2009   3 comments
Tilera Corp. will announced plans for a 100-core embedded processors at the Many-Core Virtual Conference this week where system maker Top Layer networks will discuss its use of Tilera's architecture.
Freescale CEO optimistic but still cautious about IC market
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10/26/2009   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor Inc. CEO Rich Beyer wants IC executives to add fixed costs cautiously as the sector begins to revive, noting recent sales growth must be deemed sustainable before suppliers boost manufacturing capacity to meet any expected bump in demand.
China semi market expected to rebound in 2010
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10/23/2009   Post a comment
China's semiconductor market is projected to decline by 6.7 percent to $68 billion in 2009, mainly due to falling exports, but is expected to rebound in 2010, according to market research firm iSuppli.
Triple RGB laser driver enables designers to embed pico projectors
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10/23/2009   Post a comment
Fabricated using Maxim's newest BiCMOS process, the MAX3600 RGB laser driver enables designers to embed pico projectors into compact consumer electronics, supporting switching times below 2ns and resolutions up to WXGA and 1080p.
NXP improves sales, net profit in Q3
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10/23/2009   Post a comment
NXP BV (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) achieved a net profit of $412 million on third quarter sales of $1,034 million. This compares to a net profit of $344 million in the second quarter of 2009 and to a loss of $2,540 million in the third quarter of 2008.
Hynix returns to profitability
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10/23/2009   Post a comment
South Korean memory maker Hynix Semiconductor returned to profitability in the third quarter on 26 percent sequential sales growth, the company said.
Lattice posts loss, sees improving business
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10/23/2009   Post a comment
Programmable logic vendor Lattice Semiconductor reported a third-quarter net loss of $4.1 million on revenue of $49.1 million, and the company's top executive predicted that the worst of the semiconductor industry downturn has passed.
Broadcom beats Q3 estimates, but sees flat Q4
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10/23/2009   Post a comment
Fabless chip vendor Broadcom reported a second consecutive quarter of greater than 20 percent sequential revenue growth, but the company warned it expects fourth quarter sales to be flat.
Freescale Q3 net loss narrows on lower charges
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10/22/2009   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor Inc. said its losses fell in the recently ended quarter although sales dropped sharply from the year-ago quarter even as incremental improvements to operations boosted margins at the automotive IC vendor.
DRAM rebound to continue in 2010, says iSuppli
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10/22/2009   Post a comment
The DRAM industry is likely to continue its rebound in 2010, according to market research firm iSuppli, which said sequential growth in DRAM revenue and pricing during the second and third quarters was the strongest the industry has seen in at least five years.
Wind River's Klein on Intel , multicore, embedded Linux
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10/22/2009   Post a comment
It is most definitely not "business as usual"; it is "better than usual," proclaims Ken Klein, president of Wind River.
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