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Wearable vital-signs monitor now CE marked for European sale
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10/22/2009   Post a comment
Toumaz Technology Ltd. (Abingdon, England), a developer of low-power wireless body monitors, has announced that its Sensium Life Pebble, a body-worn vital-signs monitor, has been awarded a CE mark.
Tilera raises $10 million in Quanta 'cloud' deal
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10/22/2009   Post a comment
Notebook computer maker Quanta Computer Inc. (Taoyuan, Taiwan) has made a $10 million investment in Tilera Corp. (San Jose, Calif.), a startup developer of multicore processors and compilers.
Energy Micro plans to raise $10 million in 2010
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10/22/2009   Post a comment
Energy Micro AS (Oslo, Norway), the startup that has brought the Gecko family of 32-bit microcontrollers to market, is planning to raise about $10 million in venture capital in the first half of 2010.
CMOS operational amplifiers deliver low current consumption with quick response
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10/22/2009   1 comment
The BU7265G/SG and BU7411G/SG series of CMOS op-amps (operational amplifiers), developed by Rohm Semiconductor claim to provide the industry’s lowest current consumption and slew rate.
ARM CTO: power surge could create 'dark silicon'
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10/22/2009   Post a comment
Without fresh innovations, designers could find themselves by 2020 in an era of "dark silicon," able to build dense devices they cannot afford to power, according to the chief technology officer of ARM Ltd. at the company's annual tech conference where FPGAs and netbooks were also hot topics.
TriQuint misses analyst estimates
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10/21/2009   Post a comment
RF semiconductor supplier TriQuint Semiconductor fell short of consensus analyst expectations for third-quarter sales and fourth-quarter guidance, a rare miss in a stretch that has seen many chip makers beat analyst estimates over the past two weeks.
Energy Micro launches ARM-based Gecko microcontrollers
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10/21/2009   2 comments
Startup Energy Micro AS (Oslo, Norway) has launched its first products, the EFM32 family of microcontrollers, otherwise known as Gecko, with the claim the microcontrollers offer more than four times the battery life of existing 8, 16 or 32-bit microcontrollers.
Nanodots could yield denser memories, ceramic engines
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10/21/2009   1 comment
Researchers at North Carolina State University said they were able to read and write bits at room temperature using magnetic nanodots that delivered 1 terabit of memory per square centimeter.
TI launches ARM processors for industrial apps
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10/21/2009   1 comment
Texas Instruments Inc. (Houston, Texas) has announced the availability of two Cortex-A8 based microprocessors optimized for industrial applications. Cortex-A8 is developed by ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England).
Altera starts production shipments of Stratix IV GT EP4S100G2
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10/21/2009   Post a comment
Altera has begun production shipments of its Stratix IV GT EP4S100G2 FPGA, said to be the first FPGA with integrated 11.3-Gbps transceivers.
Forum split on future of chip startups
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10/21/2009   1 comment
A discussion panel organized here by Cadence Design Systems Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) revealed some of the dynamic tension between the fabless chip startup community and their key suppliers — the EDA companies and the foundries. Held immediately before an evening meeting intended to put hopeful startups in front of venture capitalists, the round-table aired a number of issues facing startups but drew few conclusions.
EU project set to make chip cards more secure
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10/21/2009   Post a comment
Three of Europe's leading chip makers, Infineon Technologies AG, ST Microelectronics and NXP Semiconductors Germany GmbH, as well as its largest supplier of chip cards, Giesecke & Devrient GmbH and Gemalto, have joined forces with several other companies and research organizations to develop a high-security chip card platform.
ARM stretches out with A5 core, graphics, FPGAs
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10/21/2009   3 comments
ARM Ltd. opens its annual Silicon Valley technical conference announcing the Cortex A5, a new core to anchor its high-end line of mobile and embedded processors as well as plans to bolster its nascent position in graphics, extend its progress in microcontrollers and take a step in a potentially new direction with FPGAs.
Off-the-shelf USB host controller chip measures just 4x4mm
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10/21/2009   Post a comment
Elan Digital announced what the company claims to be the world's smallest off-the-shelf USB host controller chip, just 4x4mm in a 36-pin QFN package.
Altera unveils dev kit for Cyclone III LS
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10/21/2009   Post a comment
Altera announced the availability of the Cyclone III LS FPGA Development Kit, featuring hardware and software solutions that allow customers to prototype and test designs for Altera's Cyclone III LS FPGAs.
Lattice offers MachXO dev kit for system control designs
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10/21/2009   Post a comment
Lattice Semiconductor announced the immediate availability of the MachXO Control Development Kit, offering designers of CPLDs and low-density FPGAs a suite of board management and system control resources to enable the development of system control designs.
PC maker sees slow road for USB 3.0
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10/21/2009   1 comment
Description: Intel's decision to wait until 2011 to support USB 3.0 in PC chip sets will put mainstream adoption of the interconnect on hold for a year, said a senior technology manager at a top tier PC maker who also called for separate 60 GHz industry groups to unite in the wake of the failure of wireless USB.
STMicro narrows loss on improved sales
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10/20/2009   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics posted a net loss of $201 million on revenue of $2.28 billion for the third quarter, as sequential gains in revenue across all markets were not enough to push the company to profitability.
SanDisk beats expectations, profit grows
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10/20/2009   Post a comment
SanDisk reported sequential and year-to-year growth in third quarter sales, as the company's chief executive touted favorable pricing and improved industry fundamentals.
Micron rolls NAND for enterprise storage systems
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10/20/2009   Post a comment
Micron Technology this week announced 34-nm NAND flash memory devices targeted at enterprise applications. The devices are said to offer significantly better endurance compared to standard NAND devices.
Cypress rolls out 65-nm 144-Mbit SRAMs
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10/20/2009   2 comments
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. announced what it is calling the industry's first monolithic SRAMs at 144-Mbit densities, the latest members of its 65-nm SRAM family.
Gennum samples single-chip 10G EPON transceiver
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10/20/2009   Post a comment
Gennum Corp. has started to sample in limited quantities the GN7350, a single-chip 10G EPON transceiver for next generation PON systems that it says will help reduce power and cost while enhancing ONU (optical network unit) performance.
Micro Crystal : Real time clock has very low current drain
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10/20/2009   Post a comment
Micro Crystal has introduced an SMD package real time clock (RTC) that typically draws just 130 nA at 3.0 V.
Former TI analog exec joins power management startup
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10/20/2009   Post a comment
Larry Blackledge, a former vice president and general manager at Texas Instruments, has joined Active-Semi International Inc. (San Jose, Calif.), a supplier of power management ICs, as chief executive officer.
Soitec sales down 21.7% year-on-year
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10/20/2009   Post a comment
French SOI specialist Soitec SA reported sales of 94.2 million euros ($140.48 million) for the first half of financial year 2009-2010, down 21.7 percent on a year-on-year basis.
8x8 keypad controller with eight GPIOs and LED drivers
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10/20/2009   Post a comment
The MAX7360 key-switch controller from Maxim Integrated Products offers a complete solution for keyboard control and backlighting while reducing external component count in portable applications.
Low power Bluetooth set to be energized
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10/20/2009   Post a comment
Just over 2.5 billion Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) chipsets will ship in 2014 in a market that will grow at 78 percent CAGR between 2009 and 2014; but less than a third of those shipments will be for the single mode ICs, according to market research group ABI. The forecast comes as the low energy Bluetooth community gathers in Munich, Germany for its first international technology conference at which, for instance Texas Instruments will showcase an ultra low-power coin cell demo using the upcom
Duo partner for wireless ECG patch
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10/20/2009   Post a comment
Research group IMEC and Terepac Corp. (Waterloo, Canada) are joining forces to develop a wireless ECG system within the Human++ Program at IMEC's Holst Centre in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
Analog strength helps TI top forecasts
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10/19/2009   Post a comment
Texas Instruments reported a net income of $538 million on revenue of $2.88 billion for the third quarter, exceeding analyst expectations.
Comment: ARM, Xilinx and the future of programmable platforms
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10/19/2009   10 comments
The information provided to me so far about the ARM-Xilinx programmable systems collaboration was long on canned quotes and short on detail which of course leads to all sorts of questions and speculations.
Researcher paves alternate path for hard drives
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10/19/2009   Post a comment
Carnegie Mellon University professor Jimmy Jian-Gang Zhu is developing a microwave-assisted magnetic recording technique he believes will pack three terabits of data in a square inch of a hard disk, opening a third path in an ongoing debate about the future of the hard drive.
Rohm agrees to acquire Kionix, adds MEMS technology
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10/19/2009   Post a comment
Rohm Co., Ltd (Kyoto, Japan) and Kionix, Inc., (Ithaca, New York have entered into a definitive agreement in which Rohm will acquire all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Kionix. Rohm has said that once the transaction has been completed Kionix will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Rohm, but will operate as stand-alone business under the Kionix name and brand, in its current facility.
ARM, Xilinx to collaborate on programmable systems
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10/19/2009   Post a comment
FPGA vendor Xilinx Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) and ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) have announced they are collaborating to enable ARM processor and interconnect technology to be implemented within Xilinx FPGAs.
NXP passes Chinese ePassport IC test
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10/19/2009   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors (Eindhoven, the Netherlands), one of the leading providers of secure ICs for global e-passport providers, has won a coveted deal to supply its SmartMX security chips to power the Chinese government's first ePassport scheme.
Microtune unveils integrated receiver platform, reduces workforce
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10/19/2009   Post a comment
Microtune has unveiled an ultra-small, low-cost technology platform dubbed MicroCeive that the company says will be the foundation for a new breed of tightly integrated receiver products for the digital TV and cable TV markets.
Leti's planar SOI technology suits low power 22nm node
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10/19/2009   Post a comment
The Electronics and Information Technology Laboratory of the CEA (CEA-Leti) of France claimed that its planar SOI technology meets requirements for low-power 22-nm node devices.
NXP to provide ICs for hearing implants
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10/19/2009   Post a comment
Chip company NXP BV (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) has a agreed to design and manufacture ICs for hearing implant products from Cochlear Ltd. (Sydney, Australia). The agreement includes the definition, development and supply of speech processor and wireless communication ICs to be used in forthcoming Cochlear products.
Analysis: Solid Q3 for AMD, Intel; now for the hard part
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10/16/2009   Post a comment
Intel Corp. looks set to outperform rival Advanced Micro Devices Inc. when the enterprise IT equipment market rebounds as expected early in 2010 just as the consumer sector that drove strong PC sales in the third quarter begins to fade.
RECENTLY INTRODUCED ANALOG (and related) PRODUCTS, October 16, 2009 edition
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10/16/2009   Post a comment
Here is our frequently updated, linked list of new analog ICs and related products
Smart moves at ITU to unify home net standards
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10/16/2009   Post a comment
The HomeGrid Forum, an industry group established to drive industry specifications for home networking, is urging silicon manufacturers to start adopting the G.Hn standard following the decision by the ITU to ratify key elements of the specification for networking via power lines.
SMIC stretches 45-nm process to 40-nm, 55-nm
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10/16/2009   Post a comment
Foundry chipmaker Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp., which is fighting to catch up with the leading-edge semiconductor technology pace set by its rivals, has said it plans to extend its 45-nm bulk CMOS to 40-nm and 55-nm geometries.
AMD Q3 net loss narrows despite 22% sales plunge
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10/15/2009   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices Inc.'s third quarter net loss narrowed slightly from the year-ago period and the company's overall performance improved strongly on a sequential basis as the chip vendor benefitted from debt buyback, rising demand for notebook computers and lower operating costs.
Fairchild posts profit, touts inventory reduction
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10/15/2009   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor posted a third-quarter net income of $2.7 million on revenue of $331.8 million, topping analyst expectations.
Cypress Semi latest to top Q3 estimates
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10/15/2009   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor became the latest chip company to top analyst expectations for the third quarter, reporting sales of $178.7 million for the period.
Email to the editor: NXP's target market size
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10/15/2009   Post a comment
An email to the editor from Malcolm Penn
Micro Crystal : Real time clocks are single package solutions
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10/15/2009   Post a comment
Micro Crystal offers a selection of real time clocks (RTCs) that are single package solution, featuring a 32.768 kHz crystal and IC in the same package to provide maximal reliability, accuracy and space saving.
Analyst: European semi sales head for "good times"
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10/15/2009   Post a comment
The good times seems to be coming back at last for Europe's semiconductor industry, according to economic research firm e-forecasting.com (Durham. NH).
Marine VHF baseband processor enables maritime mobile transceivers
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10/15/2009   Post a comment
The CMX885 Marine VHF baseband processor from CML Microcircuits is designed to meet the global requirements of low cost, highly integrated marine VHF transceivers by offering complete audio processing with selectable audio processing order.
Samsung: DDR DRAMs to remain in short supply
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10/14/2009   Post a comment
OEMs could be scrambling for their supply of DRAMs for some time, as South Korean memory makers warned that shortages of DDR-based SDRAMs could last until the first quarter of next year.
Avago ups Q4 outlook
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10/14/2009   Post a comment
Analog chip vendor Avago Technologies said it expects fourth-quarter revenue to be about $417 million, up 15 percent from the third quarter.
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