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Design Exploration Tools Encourage More Creativity
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11/30/2004   Post a comment
What if a design tool had the hooks and means to capture a design, but, also had an inherent functionality to encourage you to creatively iterate, or explore? Instead of doing design iterations to fix problems, iterations would be done to streamline the design.
IP Flourishes But Designer Beware
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11/30/2004   Post a comment
There is a growing number of companies who's product is IP. They capture their expertise in a descriptive language wrapper, and sell it. It is the logical step in the evolution of functional complexity.
National Semi's analog equalizer affords high ESD protection
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11/30/2004   Post a comment
National Semiconductor Corp. today introduced a multi-gigabit analog equalizer that extends the reach of high-speed switch, router, storage area network (SAN) and server backplanes.
Timing Integration Spawns Sequel Part
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11/30/2004   Post a comment
Modern designs have tighter and more stringent timing constraints in place and there is very little margin for error when it comes to wander, jitter, skew and slew, and rise/fall times. With more attention paid to clocking and clock distribution, central control can be more effective once a built system has been characterized.
Cradle's CT3400 Multiprocessor DSP gets Jaxstream's MPEG4 encoder
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11/30/2004   Post a comment
Cradle Technologies has ported Jaxstream Inc.'s MPEG4 encoder to the Cradle CT3400 Multiprocessor DSP (MDSP).
Finely Tuned Process Will Yield Fast Dense DDR2 SDRAM
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11/30/2004   Post a comment
There is a reason that monolithic memory devices will always lead ASICs in terms of density and performance. It is because the fabrication recipes for memory only parts are tweaked and optimized specifically for a particular memory device.
1 Mbit NovRAM is Ferro-cious
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11/30/2004   Post a comment
It would be great if all memory were non volatile. If even highly dense DRAM and PSRAM held their contents long after power was removed, functionality everywhere would change.
Battery Based NovRAM Eases Production Worries
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11/30/2004   Post a comment
Battery backed up low power SRAM is still a viable technology for system designers.
En Inde, une usine de semi-conducteurs devrait entamer sa production en 2006
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11/30/2004   Post a comment
La première entreprise indienne dotée d’une unité de fabrication devrait révolutionner le secteur en s’équipant d’une usine de plaquettes de 200 mm en février 2005, avec un lancement de la production prévu pour juillet 2006, a annoncé CyberMedia News le 26 novembre 2004.
Progression des mémoires DRAM et des processeurs mais recul des produits analogiques en octobre
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11/30/2004   Post a comment
Les derniers chiffres mondiaux sur les semi-conducteurs, publiés par la Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA), sont mitigés. En octobre, les livraisons de microprocesseurs et de mémoires DRAM ont progressé, tandis que les produits analogiques ont essuyé un repli, selon Princeton Tech Research. Au total, les ventes mondiales de semi-conducteurs ont progressé de 1,5 % en octobre selon les chiffres publiés le 26 novembre 2004 par la SIA, atteignant 18,8 milliards de dollars pour le mois. Cela re
Microtune est disposé à verser 5,6 millions de dollars pour régler une action collective en justice
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11/30/2004   Post a comment
Microtune, fournisseur de systèmes et de circuits intégrés RF, est prêt à verser 5,625 millions de dollars pour mettre fin à une action collective en justice, en instance à la Cour fédérale du district est du Texas contre Microtune et une pléiade d’anciens et d’actuels dirigeants de Microtune, a indiqué la société lundi (29 novembre 2004).
TriQuint exits opto module business, cuts 200 jobs
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11/30/2004   Post a comment
TriQuint Semiconductor Inc. on Monday (Nov. 29) announced the repositioning of its optoelectronics business strategy and cut 200 positions in the unit.
Express Logic RTOS ported to Altera's Nios II
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11/30/2004   Post a comment
The ThreadX real-time operating system has been ported to Altera's Nios II soft-core processor.
Raise the roof with Wolfson's DAC for car stereos
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11/29/2004   Post a comment
Wolfson Microelectronics plc is addressing the growing in-car DVD player market with a new version of its WM8718 differential stereo digital-to-analog converter (D/A converter), which features improved audio quality and smaller packaging.
India's Ittiam named top DSP IP provider
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11/29/2004   Post a comment
Ittiam Systems, an India-based provider of DSP systems and services based here, has been named the most preferred global supplier of DSP-based intellectual property by Forward Concepts.
Tiny RF power detector spans 50MHz to 2.7GHz
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11/29/2004   Post a comment
Cellular handsets can benefit from Analog Devices' new detector with 45 dB of dynamic range.
Halbleitermarkt: Analog verliert
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11/29/2004   Post a comment
Die jüngsten Zahlen der Semiconductor Industry Associatioon (SIA) belegen eine uneinheitliche Entwicklung. Während PC-Chips ein neues Jahreshoch verbuchten, gingen die Auslieferungen von Analogbausteinen deutlich zurück.
Maxim's stereo audio D/A design cuts component count
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11/29/2004   Post a comment
Aimed at portable applications, Maxim Integrated Products Inc.'s MAX9850, a 1.8-V stereo audio digital-to-analog (D/A converter), features a patented design that eliminates bulky capacitors and crystal oscillators.
New indicators
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11/29/2004   Post a comment
Primary-side switch enhances off-line designs
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11/27/2004   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics' newest primary-side switch for off-line, low power AC/DC converters, the VIPer53E, touts an extended VDD range of 9-18 volts versus 9-14.5 volts for its VIPer53 (increased range implemented by eliminating an internal error amp) for improved flexibility in transformer design. The VIPer53E serves as an alternative to the VIPer53 when a power supply requires only secondary regulation.
DRAMs and processors up but analog down in October
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11/27/2004   Post a comment
The latest worldwide chip figures from the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) are a mixed bag.
Taiwan et la Chine devraient contribuer à la hausse de 3% des ventes de semi-conducteurs en octobre
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11/26/2004   Post a comment
La moyenne trimestrielle des ventes mondiales de semi-conducteurs devrait atteindre 19 milliards de dollars pour octobre, soit une progression par rapport aux 18,41 milliards de dollars en septembre 2004, selon Handelsbanken Capital Markets. Ce résultat est attribué au transfert des activités de fabrication vers Taiwan et la Chine et aux premiers signes d’une saison de Noël qui devrait connaître de fortes ventes.
Chip set delivers cool power solutions
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11/26/2004   Post a comment
International Rectifier's new MOSFET-with-controller chip set, featuring four new high- efficiency DirectFET power devices designed to keep operating device temperatures and real estate requirements in tow, is optimized for primary-side and full-bridge DC/DC converter topologies. It's suited to applications that range from bulk 48-volt conversion for system boards up to 220 watts to powering 250-watt RF amplifiers in a base station system.
ADI table sur un 1er trimestre 2005 faible
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11/25/2004   Post a comment
Analog Devices Inc. (ADI) a publié un bénéfice net de 132 millions de dollars, ou 34 cents par action, sur des ventes de 632 millions de dollars pour le quatrième trimestre fiscal, clos le 30 octobre 2004. Ceci est à comparer au bénéfice de 169 millions de dollars, ou 43 cents par action, sur des ventes de 717,8 millions de dollars au trimestre précédent et au bénéfice de 88 millions de dollars, ou 23 cents par action, sur des ventes de 557,5 millions de dollars pour la même période l’année dern
Signal conditioning compensates for bridge sensor errors
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11/24/2004   Post a comment
Offset and span are the fundamental parameters that describe how bridge sensors function, writes this TI amplifier guru in the November Planet Analog magazine. Offset is the output of the sensor without any applied stimulus. For an ideal bridge all the resistance elements would be exactly matched and the offset would be zero, he say. In reality, the offset can be a significant percentage of the sensors full scale output (FSO). A typical offset of 15 percent is common for many sensor types. Here'
IR-linked sensor simplifies temperature monitoring
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11/24/2004   Post a comment
It's difficult to obtain the temperature of a circuit component whose potential is several tens of volts from ground, and the job becomes harder as that voltage increases, write Maxim's applications team. Temperature measurements in high-EMI environments are also difficult, they say. A good solution for such cases is to implement a temperature probe linked to the readout location only by an infrared (IR) signal. The provision of power for the sensor can be simplified by minimizing power consumpt
Epson's ICs make building Internet cameras simple
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11/24/2004   Post a comment
The latest addition to Epson Europe Electronics GmbH's line-up of network camera controller ICs feature a built-in JPEG encoder and camera interface, enabling users to easily and inexpensively build a network camera simply by connecting a camera module to the controller.
Renesas Offers 3-D graphics software for SH-mobile processors
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11/24/2004   Post a comment
Renesas Technology is about to offer its OpenGL ES Library 3-D graphics software for the company's SH-Mobile high-end application processor.
Le marché des équipements pour semi-conducteurs se replie
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11/24/2004   Post a comment
Les fabricants nord-américains d’équipements pour semi-conducteurs ont affiché un rapport commandes-facturation de 0,96 pour le mois d’octobre, soit une progression par rapport au chiffre révisé de 0,94 en septembre, a annoncé le groupe Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI) le 22 novembre 2004.
Samsung et Infineon gagnent du terrain au classement des 10 premiers fabricants de puces
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11/24/2004   Post a comment
Intel Corp. devrait conserver sa place de plus grand fabricant mondial de puces en 2004. Cependant, les fournisseurs de DRAM Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. et Infineon Technologies AG devraient gagner du terrain, selon le classement des 10 plus grands fabricants de puces, publié par IC Insights Inc. le 22 novembre 2004.
Chiphersteller: Samsung und Infineon rücken vor
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11/24/2004   Post a comment
Intel wird auch 2004 der größte Halbleiterhertseller bleiben, doch der Abstand zu den Verfolgern wird kleiner. Vor allem der DRAM-Hersteller Samsung sowie die Infineon AG haben deutlich an Boden gewonnen.
Sigma says processor is being designed into FVD players
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11/23/2004   Post a comment
Sigma Designs announced that its EM8620L media processor is being designed into first generation FVD (forward versatile disc) players now emerging in Taiwan and China.
ADI expects weak quarter after sales fall sequentially
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11/23/2004   Post a comment
Analog Devices Inc. (ADI) reported net earnings of $132 million, or 34 cents per share, on sales of $632 million for the fourth 2004 fiscal quarter ended Oct. 30, compared to $169 million, or 43 cents per share on sales of $717.8 million the previous quarter and $88 million, or 23 cents per share on sales of $557.5 million in the year-ago quarter.
Un magnat de Hong Kong investit 90 millions de dollars dans Grace
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11/23/2004   Post a comment
L’un des hommes les plus riches de Hong Kong parie sur la société Grace Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp., de Shanghai, avec un investissement de 90 millions de dollars qui devrait aider la fonderie à faire grimper le développement de la production et accroître sa R&D avancée. Ces étapes devraient préparer la voie pour une offre publique de vente d’actions de la société en 2005.
Callers can come out of the cupboard with Wolfson's audio codec for VoIP devices
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11/23/2004   Post a comment
Wolfson Microelectronics plc's WM8510 mono audio compressor/decompressor (codec) is the company's first product specifically designed for Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) devices and digital telephones.
Analyst Couch: DVD chip sales to slow well into '05
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11/23/2004   Post a comment
A crackdown in China, excessive inventories, and other issues are expected to put a damper on DVD player and recorder semiconductor sales well into 2005, according to a report from International Data Corp. (IDC).
Chipsets Extend Wi-Fi® Coverage
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11/23/2004   Post a comment
Broadcom introduces a single-chip 802.11g client IC and a router system-on-chip IC to extend WLAN coverage throughout the home or office.
Samsung, Infineon gain ground in top-10 chip rankings
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11/23/2004   Post a comment
Intel Corp. is expected to remain the world's largest chip maker in 2004, but DRAM suppliers Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and Infineon Technologies AG will gain the most ground, according to the top-10 chip rankings from IC Insights Inc.
SigmaTel raises forecast reportedly due to iPod
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11/22/2004   Post a comment
SigmaTel Inc., a provider of analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits, on Monday (Nov. 22) raised its forecast for the fourth quarter of 2004, reportedly due to strong chip sales at Apple Computer Inc.
Heard on the Beat: Motley Fool rips NVE
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11/22/2004   Post a comment
MRAM is one of the hotter technologies in the market. And on the surface, NVE Corp. is on the leading-edge of MRAM, as the company has separate licensing deals with Freescale and Cypress.
Analysis: Samsung vs. Toshiba vs. Renesas in NAND flash
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11/22/2004   Post a comment
The NAND flash market is currently being served by a one-size-fits-all solution.
IEEE forms high-power PoE group
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11/22/2004   Post a comment
PowerDsine, a supplier of Power over Ethernet (PoE) solutions, announced Monday (Nov. 22) that the Institute of Electrical Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has formed a new 802.3 Study Group to discuss the enhancement of the IEEE PoE 802.3af standard.
Can You See Me Now? — Ten-line EMI Filter Protects LCD Lines
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11/22/2004   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics NV has developed an electromagnetic interference (EMI) filter for LCD driver lines. It will be used in mobile, computing and consumer applications that are subject to increasing interference from wireless applications such as cell phones and Bluetooth connections.
Funktionsfähiger RFID-Tag auf Polymer-Basis vorgestellt
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11/22/2004   Post a comment
Rund ein Jahr nach ihrer Gründung hat die PolyIC GmbH einen voll funktionsfähigen RFID-Tag auf Polymerbasis vorgestellt. Innerhalb von weniger als zwei Jahren soll der Prototyp serienreif sein.
ARM7-based MCUs tout improvements in speed, on-chip flash
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11/22/2004   Post a comment
ARM7-based microcontroller solutions are gaining momentum in the marketplace with the announcement this week of several new units from Philips Semiconductors. The move follows similar products from Atmel and ST Microelectronics. For details, see Marty Gold's assessment.
Streamlining the 3G Basestation: Cellular System Designers Get The Performance, Integration, and Headroom They've Been Looking For
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11/22/2004   Post a comment
New direct conversion I/Q modulator enables compact basestation designs with design flexibility and low system cost.
Audio/power ICs answer call for multitiered wireless
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11/21/2004   Post a comment
Three new audio-with-power-management ICs from Freescale Semiconductor provide OEM designers with very highly integrated one-chip solutions appropriately customized for the wide range of today's consumer wireless products. The MC13790, for low-tiered, cost-effective wireless applications such as 2G/2.5G handsets, integrates an RX/TX audio system, seven low dropout (LDO) regulators with sequencing circuitry for power management functions, and a lithium-ion/NiMH battery charger. The MC13883, a mod
Triple-output DC/DC powers TFT-LCDs
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11/20/2004   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products' MAX8726 is a triple-output DC/DC converter that provides the regulated voltages required by active matrix, thin-film transistor (TFT) liquid crystal displays (LCDs). One 200-mA DC/DC stage and two 20-mA charge-pumps convert a 3.3- to 5-volt input into three independent output voltages.
Zilog president Burger out, Ramchandani assumes duties
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11/19/2004   Post a comment
Zilog Inc. announced Friday (Nov. 19) that president and director Michael Burger would leave the company on Dec. 3, with executive vice president of marketing Ramesh Ramchandani taking over some of Burger's duties in the interim.
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