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30 new Windows smartphones to hit stores by end of '09
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Microsoft said it expects its partners to deliver more than 30 smartphones running its Windows Mobile 6.5 operating system by the end of 2009.
Audium : Audio amplifier is more efficient than Class D
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Audium Semiconductor has launched an audio power amplifier IC which, at normal listening levels, is claimed to be 20 times more efficient than competing devices, such as Class D amplifiers, without compromising audio quality.
Freescale issues reference design for smart metering
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Freescale introduces a turnkey metering reference design built upon an advanced microcontroller (MCU) customised for the electrical metering market.
Americas region continues to lead semiconductor recovery
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The Americas region achieved actual sales of $3.22 billion in August 2009, up 7.6 percent from the same month a year before, according to "actual" data from the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization. The Americas, which is dominated in terms of sales by the U.S., remains the only region able to demonstrate monthly sales growth year-on-year.
August 'actual' chip sales hint at double dip
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Despite the optimistic commentaries heaped upon the global sales of semiconductors in August by the Semiconductor Industry Association and others, the months' sales returns show the gap between sales this year and last year increasing. The Americas is the only region bucking this trend.
Silicon nanowire synthesis is CMOS-compatible, claims Leti
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The Electronics and Information Technology Laboratory of the CEA (CEA-Leti) of France has demonstrated that the synthesis of silicon nanowire can be achieved at temperatures as low as 400°C by using a copper-based catalyst and an unconventional preparation method.
Millimeter-wave startup raises $10 million in Series A
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Peraso Technologies Inc. (Toronto, Ontario), a fabless semiconductor company focused on the development of multi-gigabit millimeter-wave transceivers, has secured CDN$10 million (about $9.5 million) in Series A funding. The investment group comprises Celtic House Venture Partners, iNovia Capital and VentureLink Funds.
Tiny WiMAX transceiver improves SNR by 10dB
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Delivered in a wafer-level packaging, the MAX2839AS from Maxim is a 2.3 to 2.7GHz RF transceiver set to increases data throughput and link range in nomadic and WiMAX subscriber applications.
Nordic Semiconductor and Rutronik expand distribution deal to the whole of Europe
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Nordic Semiconductor and Rutronik expand their distribution deal to the whole of Europe, with a 28-country franchise agreement.
Is Altera building a MIPS-based processor core?
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10/6/2009   5 comments
Altera isn't talking about its plans for the 32-bit architecture it licensed from MIPS Technologies, leaving analysts to speculate that the company may be planning to market its own MIPS-based CPU core.
Xilinx still fighting decision in IRS case
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In what has become a very closely watched tax case, programmable logic vendor Xilinx continues to fight a May court ruling that could cost the company more than $40 million in back tax payments.
Samsung licenses image processing core from Apical
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Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has licensed the iridix image processing intellectual property core from Apical Ltd. for use in imaging products.
Altera licenses 32-bit architecture from MIPS
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10/6/2009   2 comments
Altera has licensed the MIPS32 architecture from MIPS Technologies. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
ARM, GlobalFoundries to work on 28-nm HKMG process
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Processor and physical intellectual property provider ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) and chipmaker GlobalFoundries Inc. (Sunnyvale, Calif.) have agreed a deal to support customers implement the Cortex-A9 processor on GlobalFoundries 28-nm high-k metal-gate manufacturing process.
Intersil : PWM regulators target Intel mobile CPUs
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Intersil has introduced compact multiphase PWM regulators that comply with the Intel Mobile Voltage Positioning (IMVP-6.5TM) specification.
SiBeam readies 2nd gen Wireless HD chip
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SiBeam, a pioneer in 60GHz chips for wireless video networking, is demonstrating its second generation chipsets based on the WirelessHD specification at this week's CEATEC Japan exhibition.
PCI Express compliant system design with Xilinx Spartan-6 FPGAs
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Xilinx announced the compliance of its low-cost Spartan-6 FPGA family with the PCI Express 1.1 specification, enabling low-risk and low-cost implementation of serial connectivity solutions.
Maxim : Audio codec supports digital microphones
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Maxim introduces the MAX9867, a low-power, stereo audio codec that integrates features such as digital microphone support and programmable digital filters to deliver a richer audio experience to end users.
Analog Devices : 16-bit D-A converter features 400-MHz bandwidth
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Analog Devices has introduced a dual-channel, 1.2-GSPS (giga-sample-per-second), 16-bit digital-to-analog converter that supports the high data rates and complex modulation schemes required for advanced multi-carrier wireless and broadband communications equipment throughout the world.
Samsung to report big Q3 sales increase
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Samsung Electronics said it expects to report third quarter sales of approximately 36 trillion won ($30.8 billion) and an operating profit of roughly 4.1 trillion won ($3.5 billion). Both would be sharp increases from the company's second quarter numbers.
NXP shoots for hefty payday with Trident deal
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Two years from now NXP Semiconductor and its turnaround specialist president and CEO Rick Clemmer will find out whether the chip maker's investment in Trident Microsystems Inc. was a smart deal or a Trojan horse.
North American engineering student FPGA competition sign-ups open
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Altera, Terasic, Impulse Accelerated Technologies and IEEE Canada announced the opening of sign-ups for 2009 Innovate North America FPGA Competition.
Spartan-6 achieves PCIe 1.1 compliance
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Xilinx said its low-cost Spartan-6 FPGA family achieved compliance with the PCI Express 1.1 specification.
RIM, Adobe to bring Flash player to Blackberry
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Research in Motion said it was working with Adobe Systems to bring support for Adobe's Flash player to the Blackberry platform. RIM also announced it had joined the Open Screen Project, an Adobe-backed initiative dedicated to bringing Flash support to mobile phones, TVs, PCs and other consumer electronics devices.
IMEC chief: Innovation only way out of recession
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Spared the worst of the recession, IMEC researchers talked about advances in wireless, medical, solar and MEMS devices as well as their work in CMOS scaling at an annual press gathering.
Semi industry continues to shed inventory
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The semiconductor industry's inventory situation is improving, but is unlikely to turn positive for suppliers until at least 2010, according to market research firm Gartner.
100W audio amplifier IC claims superior efficiency at high and low outputs
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10/5/2009   7 comments
Audium AS1001 claims to overcome drawback of conventional Class D approach
IEF: Pistorio's six tips for today's semi CEO's
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Pasquale Pistorio, the driving force behind ST Microelectronics for many years and now honorary chairman of the chip group, gave a bravado and uplifting talk to delegates of the International Electronics Forum in Geneva.
Integrated RF mixers and modulators enable high-density radio cards
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Analog Devices has introduced a series of highly integrated RFICs (radio frequency integrated circuits) designed for LTE (long term evolution) and 4th generation (4G) cellular base stations
Two-bit digital step attenuator targets 4G LTE applications
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Peregrine Semiconductor has released the PE43204 2-bit UltraCMOS™ digital step attenuator (DSA), the latest addition to the company's highly popular DSA portfolio.
Analysis: Gear vendors not crying over TI fab deal
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10/2/2009   Post a comment
A deal by Texas Instruments to open a new 300-mm analog stocked almost exclusively with used manufacturing equipment is not detrimental to capital equipment manufacturers, according to industry executives and analysts. Some suggested it may actually be a positive for beleaguered equipment suppliers.
Power management startup appoints ex-Chipidea exec as CEO
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SiliconGate LDA (Porto, Portugal), a developer of power management intellectual property cores for use in system-on-chip ICs, has appointed Floriberto Lima as president and chief executive officer.
August averaged chip sales show global growth, says SIA
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The three-month average of global sales of semiconductors rose to $19.06 billion in August, July, up 5.0 percent from $18.15 billion in July and down 16.1 percent from $22.71 billion in August 2008, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).
Texas Instruments : 200-mA regulators have auto low-power mode
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Texas Instruments has introduced the TPS727xx family of 200-mA, low dropout regulators (LDOs) which offer an auto low-power mode that combines ultra-low quiescent current of less than 8 uA with fast transient response while maintaining low noise and a high power supply rejection ratio (PSRR).
V-shaped recovery gathers pace, says IC Insights
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The 2009 IC market, measured on a quarterly basis and especially with regard to unit volume shipments, has displayed a classic "V-shaped" recovery, according to market research organization IC Insights Inc. (Scottsdale, Ariz.).
Numonyx CEO takes on PCM doubters
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Brian Harrison, president and CEO of Numonyx BV made a spirited and forthright defense for the prospects of phase-change memory technology (PCM) at Future Horizons' International Electronics Forum, which takes place here this week.
What is the cost of fabs and R&D at 22-nm?
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The biggest challenge facing the IC industry is not the current downturn or a dearth of killer applications, but simple economics.
PMIC cuts component count in low-power portables
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Wolfson Microelectronics has launched the WM8320, a highly integrated power management integrated chip (PMIC) that is designed to maximize ARM processor performance and extend battery life in portable multimedia devices, such as netbooks, mobile Internet devices, smartphones, handsets and digital photo frames.
Crocus enters STT-MRAM race
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MRAM startup Crocus Technology Inc. (Grenoble, France) announced it has developed a Spin Transfer Torque (STT)-based MRAM technology.
U.S. grant targets remote graphics visualization tools
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The National Science Foundation has awarded $7 million to the Texas Advanced Computing Center to advance its "Longhorn" project to build a suite of remotely accessed graphics visualization and data analysis tools.
Updated: Researchers present MRAM-based FPGA architecture
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Researchers at the Montpellier Laboratory of Informatics, Robotics and Microelectronics, in France, claimed they have developed a FPGA circuit based on non volatile resistive memory cell.
Altair offers 4G LTE baseband chip
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Altair Semiconductor Ltd. (Hod Hasharon, Israel), a 4G communications chip company, has announced the commercial availability of its LTE baseband chip, the FourGee-3100.
National Semiconductor introduces 24-bit color SerDes for infotainment displays
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National Semiconductor claims the industry’s first serializer and deserializer (SerDes) chipsets capable of driving high-resolution, 24-bit color flat-panel displays with a 65 MHz clock.
Peregrine introduces a 2-bit digital step attenuator for 4G LTE applications
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Peregrine Semiconductor has announced the PE43204 2-bit UltraCMOS Digital Step Attenuator (DSA).
Updated: Nvidia announces next-gen graphics chip
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10/1/2009   1 comment
Nvidia Corp. previewed at its developer conference its next-generation graphics processor, a three-billion transistor chip code named Fermi, packing 512 cores and claiming advances in floating point and memory architecture.
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