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Trident Microsystems appoints president
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11/30/2005   Post a comment
Video IC supplier Trident Microsystems Inc. has appointed Jung-Herng Chang, currently president of Trident Technologies Inc. (TTI), its new president, effective immediately. Frank Lin will remain as the company’s chairman and chief executive
PIC MCU line moves up to 16-bits
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11/30/2005   Post a comment
Microchip Technology has launched its first family of 16-bit microcontrollers. There are 22 general-purpose devices that offer up to 40 MIPS performance, 16 Kbytes of RAM, 256 Kbytes of flash program memory, and up to 100-pin packages.
14-bit A/D reaches 190 Msamples/s
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11/30/2005   Post a comment
Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) unveiled a 14-bit, 190 Msamples/second analog-to-digital (A/D) converter that is said to provide strong dynamic performance and low power dissipation.
2.4-GHz chip integrates radio, memory, and MCU
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11/30/2005   Post a comment
Wireless keyboard/mouse, audio systems, gamepads, sports and leisure equipment designers get a boost from Chipcon's CC2510 system on chip (SoC) in a 6x6 mm package.
Serial RapidIO 8-port switch provides 64-Gbits/s of bandwidth
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11/30/2005   Post a comment
Designed to perform multiple switching applications in the embedded, communications, wireless and storage markets, the MC432 is a 64-Gbits/s switch with eight ports of 4X lanes.
Nanoident to build organic sensor factory
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11/30/2005   Post a comment
High-tech nanotechnology startup Nanoident plans to build what is claimed to be the world’s first organic semiconductor sensor plant.
Semtech reports sales and earnings
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11/29/2005   Post a comment
Analog and mixed-signal semiconductor supplier Semtech Corp. posted net earnings of $11.5 million, or 15 cents per share on sales of $60.9 million in its third fiscal 2006 quarter ended Oct. 30.
Samsung admission could benefit Rambus
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11/29/2005   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics admitted that it conspired with other companies to fix the price of DRAM between Jan. 1, 2001 and June 15, 2002, according to the U.S. Department of Justice plea agreement that company representatives signed last month.
Design software provides improved performance for Lattice FPGAs
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11/29/2005   Post a comment
Companies claim designers can expect to achieve up to a 20 percent performance improvement and significant area savings compared to competitive solutions.
Lattice and Synplicity CPLD/FPGA seminar series
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11/29/2005   Post a comment
Forthcoming seminar series to be held in cities throughout the United States and in multiple cities in Europe and Asia.
Design tool suite boosts FPGA-PCB integration
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11/29/2005   Post a comment
Altium releases Altium Designer 6.0, which provides a unified approach to electronic product development.
LDO regulator powers low-voltage MPU cores
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11/29/2005   Post a comment
Micrel Inc. launched an ultra high-bandwidth, low-dropout, 5-A voltage regulator for powering core voltages of low-voltage microprocessors.
Synplicity tool claims improved performance for Lattice FPGAs
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11/29/2005   Post a comment
Lattice Semiconductor and Synplicity jointly that version 8.4 of Synplicity's Sinplify Pro logic synthesis engine provides additional performance enhancing features for Lattice FPGA devices, resulting in up to 20 percent performance improvement and significant area savings.
1-watt DC/DC powers test, data acquisition apps
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11/29/2005   Post a comment
Texas Instruments' DCP010507DB, a 1-watt DC/DC converter, delivers a dual ±7-volt output that's suited to powering basic data acquisition systems, test and measurement equipment with sensors that require isolation, and motor controllers.
Buck controllers economize DC/DC designs
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11/29/2005   Post a comment
Accenting simpler and lower-cost designs, Vishay Intertechnology's high-voltage SiP12201 and low-voltage SiP12202 synchronous buck step-down controller ICs will (with external MOSFETs) deliver up to 10 amps for telecom and industrial end systems. Operating efficiency is as high as 93 percent to extend battery life in portable applications and minimize heat generation in enclosed field-mounted and rack-mounted systems.
Controller manages both analog and digital POLs
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11/29/2005   Post a comment
Power-One says its ZM7300 series of Z-One Digital IBA controllers are the first that can manage analog based systems (VRMs, linear regulators, point-of-load converters) as well as digital POLs, for a total of up to 32 devices simultaneously.
Wireless base station design gets streamlined
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11/29/2005   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics reports that its STW51000 is the industry's first baseband modem SoC that is bundled with multi-standard software libraries
Spansion expecting fourth quarter loss
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11/29/2005   Post a comment
Spansion, the flash memory operation jointly owned by Advanced Micro Devices and Fujitsu, expects to incur an operating loss for its fiscal fourth quarter, according to reulatory filings.
Intel to raise Q4 guidance, says analyst
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11/29/2005   Post a comment
Intel is expected to raise its fourth quarter revenue outlook based on solid PC demand in October and November, according Citigroup analyst Glen Yeung.
Motorola, Skyworks team to develop digital radios
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11/28/2005   Post a comment
Motorola Inc. and Skyworks Solutions Inc. have agreed to produce complete Edge radios based on Skyworks’ Helios DigRF Radio solution.
24-bit A/D integrates amplifier front end
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11/28/2005   Post a comment
Designed for high impedance sensors, Linear Technology Corp. today unveiled an ultra high precision, multiplexed 24-bit no latency Delta-Sigma analog-to-digital (A/D) converter with an integrated high performance amplifier.
Chip delivers Ethernet services to the last mile
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11/28/2005   Post a comment
TranSwitch Corp. is planning to sample EtherMap-PDH, a device that delivers Ethernet services into the last mile over existing copper infrastructure.
FPGAs accelerate automotive navigation product development
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11/28/2005   Post a comment
Blaupunkt Shortens Development Time for its TravelPilot Rome Automotive Navigation System Using Altera's Cyclone FPGAs and Nios II Embedded Processors.
Infineon readies HDD core using 90-nm process
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11/28/2005   Post a comment
Infineon Technologies AG has started shipping to Hitachi a hard disk drive read channel core, the first IC implemented in the company’s 90-nm process technology. Infineon developed the controller with Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST).
Zoran, Thomson team on digital TV reference design
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11/28/2005   Post a comment
Zoran Corp. and the Thomson Tuner Group have developed a digital-to-analog reference design that enables CRT makers to integrate, decode, and display digital television feeds compliant with the A-74 standard set by the ATSC committee.
Smart-card interface IC packaged in miniature 20-pin QFN
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11/28/2005   Post a comment
A 20-pin quad flat pack, no lead (QFN) package is now being offered with Teridian Semiconductor Corp.'s smart-card interface IC, part number 73S8024RN, making it what the company claims is the smallest chip of its type on the market.
ARCHITECTURES: Designers quietly tap async practices
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11/28/2005   Post a comment
Asynchronous logic design is becoming one of the better-kept secrets in the chip design community.
64-Mbit serial flash device delivers 50-MHz read speed
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11/28/2005   Post a comment
Spansion LLC is sampling a 64-Mbit flash device with a serial peripheral interface (SPI) for $2.50 in 10,000-unit quantities.
Decline in licensing deals widens losses at Imagination
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11/25/2005   Post a comment
A steep decline in licensing revenues saw revenues at Imagination Technologies Group plc decline for the half year ended September, even though the licensable circuit developer and IP group increased royalty revenues by over 200 percent over the corresponding period last year.
Distributed Computing Toolbox aimed at multiprocessing, IPC
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11/25/2005   Post a comment
To simplify development of multiprocessor and distributed computing applications, Mathworks has released its Distributed Computing Toolbox 2
Amps promise high accuracy
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11/25/2005   Post a comment
Analog Devices Inc. said its precision amplifiers provide a combination of high accuracy, low power, small size and low price.
Israeli upheaval could delay grant for Intel fab
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11/24/2005   Post a comment
The political upheaval and pending elections in Israel could delay approval of government grants towards Intel’s proposed $4.2 billion wafer fab in Kiryat Gat.
IC Insights sees flat DSP sales for 2005
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11/24/2005   Post a comment
Sales of digital signal processors are likely to be flat this year, mainly because of a decline in consumer electronics applications, according to IC Insights Inc. The total market will be worth $7.8 billion.
Analog switch housed in chipscale package
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11/23/2005   Post a comment
Aimed at cell phones and other handheld devices, this dual analog switch from Intersil Corp. measures 2.0 x 1.5 mm and touts ultra-low resistance.
Korean watchdog probes Samsung, Apple flash deal
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11/23/2005   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics is being investigated for allegedly selling NAND flash memory chips to Apple at well below the market rate.
Home networking chip startup raises $14.5 million
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11/23/2005   Post a comment
Home and multimedia networking chip startup CopperGate Communications has closed a third round of financing, raising $14.5 million.
UC-Berkeley team wins Intel-backed contest
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11/23/2005   Post a comment
A team of University of California, Berkeley students and graduates known as Harmonic Devices took home the $25,000 grand prize in the Intel+UC Berkeley Technology Entrepreneurship Challenge.
Mosaid's sales, earnings up
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11/22/2005   Post a comment
Semiconductor IP company Mosaid Technologies Inc. reported net income of $4.3 million, or 37 cents per share on sales of $16.2 million in its second fiscal 2006 quarter ended Oct. 31, up from a net loss of $1.1 million, or 11 cents per share on sales of $7.0 million in the year-ago fiscal quarter.
Staktek unveils memory stacking technology
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11/22/2005   Post a comment
Packaging IP services company Staktek Holdings Inc. has unveiled a family of flash memory stacking technologies, called FlashStak, aimed at higher capacity, low-cost flash storage applications.
Clocks retain accuracy
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11/22/2005   Post a comment
Seiko Instruments' real time clocks feature low current consumption for MP3 players, digital cameras, digital video cameras, handheld games, mobile phones, and home security systems.
SiGe front-end IC targets private mobile radios
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11/22/2005   Post a comment
Atmel has launched its ATR0981, a RoHS-compliant SiGe front-end IC that spans 300 to 500 MHz.
Tuner ICs slash power for portable apps
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11/22/2005   Post a comment
Infineon reduces power consumption and footprint area of its tuner ICs for portable applications by 50 percent
TI to sell sensor, RFID division, says analyst
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11/22/2005   Post a comment
Texas Instruments has reached an agreement to sell its Sensors & Controls division, according to Tristan Gerra, an analyst with R.W. Baird.
Atmel receives $43.1 million in Ericsson patent dispute
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11/22/2005   Post a comment
Semiconductor supplier Atmel Corp. has been awarded $43.1 million in damages in a patent dispute with Ericsson related to its AVR microcontroller technology.
SigmaTel initiates European IP strategy
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11/22/2005   Post a comment
Austin-based mixed-signal semiconductor supplier SigmaTel Inc. has established a European Intellectual Property (IP) protection and licensing strategy.
Industry group forms to create multicore HW/SW standards
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11/22/2005   Post a comment
Responding to increasing calls from embedded system developers, a newly formed industry group - The Multicore Association - will meet next week to begin work on developing standards for inter-processor communications, debug and other software development tools and building blocks.
High power telemetry transmitter targets 2 to 4GHz S-band applications
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11/21/2005   Post a comment
M/A-COM has announced an S-band telemetry transmitter designed for rugged, space-limited applications and harsh environment commercial and industrial applications.
Semico: NOR to grow 19 percent in 2006
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11/21/2005   Post a comment
After several years in the doldrums, the NOR flash market is gaining momentum and is slated to post 19 percent growth in 2006, according to data from Semico Research Corp.
Class-D amplifier targets FPDs
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11/21/2005   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products Inc. said this high-power amplifier is the lowest cost Class-D amplifier available for flat-panel applications.
Sanyo downgrades forecast after steep loss
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11/21/2005   Post a comment
has reported a huge loss in the first half of its fiscal year and has reduced its full year guidance, projecting a loss reaching 10 percent of its estimated sales.
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