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Amp boosts WLAN, PHS and Bluetooth signals
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11/21/2005   Post a comment
Toshiba announces its medium power amplifier optimized for wireless applications from 1.9 to 2.5 GHz such as WLAN, Personal Handy System (PHS), and Bluetooth designs.
Xilinx establish training network for Asia Pacific
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11/18/2005   Post a comment
Eight partners operating 22 training locations in ten countries deliver FPGA design courses across the Asia Pacific region.
Xilinx offering design training in Asia through provider network
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11/18/2005   Post a comment
Xilinx wants designers in Asia to hit the books on programmable logic design. The company has assembled a network of authorized training providers to help them do it.
Infineon ends 2005 in the red
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11/18/2005   Post a comment
German semiconductor supplier Infineon Technologies AG completed its fiscal 2005 year in the red, as the troubled company began to restructure its operations toward a fabless business model.
X2 multipliers deliver 20 to 31 GHz
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11/18/2005   Post a comment
Optimized for compact, low noise applications, two active MMIC multipliers from Hittite target microwave signal chains and VSAT radios.
Selectable supervisor monitors positive and/or negative supplies
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11/18/2005   Post a comment
Linear Technology's LTC2909 is a dual low-voltage supervisory IC that can monitor one of three possible polarity combinations. The LTC2909 can monitor two low-voltage inputs: Positive, negative, or both, for under-voltage, over-voltage, or either to its corresponding supply. It can also monitor a single supply (positive or negative) for under-voltage or over-voltage simultaneously. The chip's adjustable trip thresholds are set with an external resistive divider network.
Joint fab reports resurface in Japan
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11/18/2005   Post a comment
Five Japanese semiconductor manufacturers have reportedly reached a basic agreement to establish a joint fab. The companies denied the report.
Video switch saves space
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11/18/2005   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor's video switch matrix integrates analog switch capability, input clamps, bias circuitry and cable drivers into one device.
Acoustic echo canceller preserves sound
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11/18/2005   Post a comment
Zarlink Semiconductor unveiled its latest acoustic echo canceller that is said to improve voice quality and reduce noise in a wide range of hands-free communication applications, including car kits, desktop phones and intercom systems.
x16 burst A/D multiplexed PSRAM reduces pin count by 30%
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11/18/2005   Post a comment
Designed for low-density, entry-level mobile handsets, a x16 burst A/D multiplexed pseudo-SRAM (PSRAM) from Micron Technology Inc. is sampling in 16-, 32- and 64-Mbit densities.
90-nm MLC NOR flash reaches 1-Gbit density
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11/18/2005   Post a comment
Intel Corp. has introduced its fifth generation of StrataFlash multi-level cell (MLC) flash products dubbed M18, which it claims are the first 1.8-V, 90-nm NOR devices in production.
EL lamp driver boasts higher brightness
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11/18/2005   Post a comment
Touting lower noise and a patented high-voltage circuit to deliver higher brightness levels, the HV859 driver IC from Supertex delivers ±105 volts to electroluminescent lamps measuring up to 5 in2 for LCD backlighting, PDAs, mobile cellular phone keypads and other handheld wireless devices.
Interface chip can read up to five smart cards
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11/18/2005   Post a comment
A multiple smart-card reader interface device from Atmel Corp. is designed to handle up to five smart cards, making it suitable for Point of Sales (POS) terminals and health-card reader applications.
MCU offers on-chip “learning” capability
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11/17/2005   Post a comment
ZiLOG has added the ZLP12840 to its Crimzon infrared remote microcontroller line. Packed into this device is the ability to learn codes from other infrared remote controls via a learning circuit.
Marvell posts record quarterly revenue
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11/17/2005   Post a comment
Marvell Technology Group reported record revenue of $426 million and a net income of $93 million, based on generally accepted accounting principles, for its fiscal 2006 third quarter.
TI fab workers want overtime pay for suiting up
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11/17/2005   Post a comment
Two Texas Instruments employees have filed a collective action civil lawsuit charging the company with failure to pay overtime wages legally due employees for the time spent donning protective clothing and other preparations required for a cleanroom environment.
Timing analysis tool expands FPGA and board design flows
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11/17/2005   Post a comment
Version 8.0 of Chronology's TimingDesigner has enhanced timing analysis and diagramming capabilities for FPGA and board design flows.
Mixers integrate LO driver amps
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11/17/2005   Post a comment
A new family of mixers from Hittite Microwave is optimized for 2.5G and 3G wireless infrastructure applications
Charger IC peaks for portables
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11/17/2005   Post a comment
Microchip Technology says its MCP73831 battery charger IC offers the industry's best overall performance. "The MCP73831 charge management controller offers the best combination of features, output-voltage regulation, and thermally-efficient packaging on the market for small, lithium-ion and lithium-polymer-powered applications," said Keith Pazul, marketing manager for Analog and Interface Products Division. "This new charger supports market trends toward consumer devices that deliver higher perf
Commentary: Is Infineon going fabless?
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11/17/2005   Post a comment
Infineon Technologies’ decision to split its DRAM and logic businesses and seek an IPO for its memory business could foreshadow the German chip maker's move to a fabless model for CMOS manufacturing below the 90-nm node.
Transceiver allows stackable switches with common cable
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11/17/2005   Post a comment
KeyEye Communications, Inc. announced the KX1000, a member of a new family of copper media transceivers. The KX1000 is a single chip device targeted at stackable Ethernet switch and other intra-system link applications.
Companies collaborate on debug software for Altera FPGAs
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11/16/2005   Post a comment
Tektronix, Altera and First Silicon Solutions introduced FPGAView, a software package from FS2 for Tektronix TLA logic analyzers that the companies claim enables real-time debugging of Altera's field-programmable gate arrays.
Rave Computing joins Nallatech's channel partner program
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11/16/2005   Post a comment
Rave to provide integration services expertise for Nallatech's FPGA-based systems.
eASIC selects Fujitsu as foundry supplier for 90nm Structured ASICs
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11/16/2005   Post a comment
Fujitsu employs its in-house direct-write e-Beam technology to manufacture eASIC's maskless and NRE-free Structured ASICs with fast turnaround times.
Converter makers kick performance up a notch
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11/16/2005   Post a comment
The latest wave of digital-to-analog (D/A) converters boasts solid performance, low noise, minimal distortion, super low power and minuscule footprints.
Infineon shifts smart card focus to boost profits
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11/16/2005   Post a comment
Despite its success with smart card technology, Infineon Technologies AG's earnings in the market continue to sag.
SIA: Asia-Pac to grow much faster than other regions
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11/16/2005   Post a comment
The Semiconductor Industry Association annual forecast calls for chips sales in the Asia-Pacific region to grow by 69 percent between 2004 and 2008, more than twice the growth rate of the next closest market.
ColdFire MPUs tout on-chip USB functionality
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11/16/2005   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor has beefed-up its 32-bit ColdfFire microprocessor offerings with two new devices that offer greater control, connectivity and security features for embedded applications such as factory automation, medical devices and retail point-of-sale scanners.
Logic cell architecture sharply lowers FPGA power consumption
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11/16/2005   Post a comment
QuickLogic Corp.'s experience with Eclipse II customers has led the company to develop a new FPGA line called PolarPro, which is designed with a new logic cell architecture that is tailored to address the needs of power-sensitive applications. PolarPro will give the battery-powered, handheld designers the option of choosing an FPGA, which hasn't been viable due to its high-cost and power-consuming nature.
Chip bridges legacy PCI devices to PCI Express-based applications
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11/16/2005   Post a comment
Texas Instruments' XIO2000 is a single-function PCIe-to-PCI translation bridge that connects two different interfaces. It allows designers to bridge legacy PCI devices to the latest PCIe applications used in PCs, docking stations, ExpressCard, split-chassis systems and test and measurement instruments.
PMIC's stock rises on the consumer index
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11/16/2005   Post a comment
Product recap - Power ICs and controller chips, the two most highly regarded components among the many shades and grades of power management ICs (PMICs), continue to make their way into more consumer products as well as more digitally intensive power and control architectures. At the same time, the latest batch of devices, veering somewhat from the previous generation’s highly integrated chips that provided much of the circuitry and all the bells and whistles for handheld phones (e.g., aud
Telematics switch rated for 10W
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11/16/2005   Post a comment
ANADIGICS has introduced an RF switch that provides an impressive 10 W power rating, which is ideal for applications such as automotive telematics, as well as GSM, CDMA, and WLAN mobile platforms.
Chip offers 802.11b/g access point
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11/16/2005   Post a comment
Atheros Communications launches what it believes is the world’s most integrated single-chip 802.11g access point solution
Charges drag down ADI's profit
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11/15/2005   Post a comment
Analog Devices reported fiscal fourth quarter net income of $68.3 million on net sales of $622 million. For fiscal 2005, ADI reported net income of $414.8 million on revenue of $2.4 billion.
Vimicro sets share price for stock offering
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11/15/2005   Post a comment
Chinese fabless DSP and multimedia chip maker Vimicro International Corp. said it has priced its initial public offering at $10 per share.
Xilinx investing $40 million in Singapore operations
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11/15/2005   Post a comment
Xilinx plans to invest $40 million to quadruple manufacturing capacity at the company's Asia Pacific headquarters in Singapore.
22-bit A/Ds reside in 8-pin MSOP
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11/15/2005   Post a comment
Microchip Technology Inc. claims these 22-bit analog-to-digital (A/D) converters are among the lowest in power consumption and among the smallest package-sized high-resolution A/D converters in the industry.
IBM chip unit, Moto awarded National Medal of Technology
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11/15/2005   Post a comment
IBM's Microelectronics Division and Motorola have been awarded the 2004 National Medal of Technology by the U.S. Commerce Department.
Silterra, Essensium target European market
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11/15/2005   Post a comment
Malaysian foundry Silterra and Belgium-based design company Essensium announced a new partnership that will see the two companies jointly develop turnkey solutions for European semiconductor customers.
Huawei to use Agere processors
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11/15/2005   Post a comment
Huawei Technologies will use Agere Systems Inc.’s Advanced Payload Plus 300 network and Link Layer processors in its next-generation 3G infrastructure equipment.
Spansion to extend flash range with logic IP deals
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11/15/2005   Post a comment
Spansion, the flash memory venture between AMD and Fujitsu, is planning to collaborate with ‘strategic partners’ to integrate logic blocks into its MirrorBit technology that would form the basis of a new line of products dubbed Logic on Flash.
Triple A/D converters geared for video
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11/15/2005   Post a comment
Extending its line of mixed-signal video ICs, Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) today introduced a pair of 8- and 10-bit triple analog-to-digital (A/D) converters that provide up to 165 Msamples/second.
High-performance computing becomes interactive
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11/14/2005   Post a comment
New software platform brings ease and interactivity of desktop applications to high-performance computers.
Serial interconnect protocol optimized for Stratix II GX FPGAs
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11/14/2005   Post a comment
Second-generation serial protocol extends flexibility, increases performance, and offers cost savings.
High-performance computing become interactive
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11/14/2005   Post a comment
New software platform brings ease and interactivity of desktop applications to high-performance computers.
Differential amp drives high-speed converters
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11/14/2005   Post a comment
eeProduct Center's Janine Love finds out why and how Analog Devices designed a differential amplifier that can drive A/D converters up to up 380MHz.
ARM9 MCU draws 2.5 microA in standby for POS apps.
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11/14/2005   Post a comment
Atmel Corp. touts the low power specs for its new ARM-9 based MCU. Operating at 500Hz, the MCU draws 400 microA. Maximum operating power at 180 MHz with all peripherals turned on is just 65 mA. In standby mode, the device consumes only 2.5 microAmps.
Modulator reduces cost for base station designs
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11/14/2005   Post a comment
Designers of 900-MHz products take note, Linear Technology has developed the LT5568 direct I/Q modulator just for your high-performance applications, such as GSM/CDMA base stations and second-generation RFID applications.
Design tools eye nanoscale realm
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11/14/2005   Post a comment
As the CAD community grapples with emerging technologies like silicon nanowires, biofluidic microchips and DNA self-assembly, one major question emerges: How are we going to design this stuff?
High-current charger IC touts digital edge
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11/14/2005   Post a comment
Advanced Analogic Technologies’ AAT3686, a lithium-ion/polymer battery charger IC powered by the USB port or an AC adapter, boasts a number of leading edge features. These include a digital (versus analog) thermal loop for quicker response and more stable operation in the AC adapter mode, the highest charging current capability for a chip of this kind, circuitry that cuts back on the charge current depending on the condition of the alternative (USB) power source, and a serial data output t
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