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Cambridge, Novaled claim OLED advances
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Two companies active in organic-light-emitting-diode (OLED) technology, Novaled GmbH and Cambridge Display Technology, have announced advances in OLED efficiency and manufacturing, respectively.
AMI, MagnaChip team on 0.18-micron process
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Mixed-signal semiconductor companies AMI Semiconductor and MagnaChip Semiconductor have announced they would develop a specialized 0.18-micron process to enable next generation medical devices.
Keithley posts profit on sales gain
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Keithley Instruments Inc. said sales of $35.0 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2005 decreased 12 percent from the prior year's fourth quarter sales of $39.7 million, although they were at the upper end of the company's guidance for the quarter.
Build high-end motor controllers effortlessly
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Performance Motion Devices Inc.'s brushless motor control IC developer's kit is an integrated board and software package that is said to allow designers to build high-performance stand-alone motor controllers, amplifiers or intelligent drives for use in low-cost high performance brushless motor control applications.
STATS ChipPAC opens wafer bump plant in China
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Singapore-based semiconductor test and packaging services supplier STATS ChipPAC has announced it will open a 200-mm wafer bumping operation in China specializing in gold bump services for the liquid crystal display (LCD) driver market.
Zilog reports loss as margins slide
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Microprocessor supplier ZiLOG Inc. reported a net loss of $4.8 million, or 29 cents per share on sales of $20.5 million in the third quarter, compared with a loss of $2.0 million, or 12 cents per share on sales of $22.8 million in the year-ago quarter and $6.1 million, or 38 cents per share on sales of $20.6 million the previous quarter.
Industry applauds end to tariffs on multichip packages
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Industry groups like the Semiconductor Industry Association and Information Technology Industry Council applauded a five-nation deal to eliminate duties on multichip packages.
Programmable logic outpacing MPU industry, Altera exec claims
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Programmable logic developers are a decade ahead of the microprocessor industry, and use of the chip technology continues to rise, an Altera Corp. executive told a conference in India.
MMICs target hi-reliability, space, and military apps
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Hittite introduces four products that use the company's LH5 leadless hermetic SMT package.
PHY, digital core IP combo integrates HDMI in SoCs
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Silicon Image Inc. has unveiled a high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) digital IP receiver and transmitter core with a companion physical layer (PHY) chip for MPEG system-on-chip (SoC) designs.
Microsemi to acquire Advanced Power Technology
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11/2/2005   Post a comment
RF and analog semiconductor supplier Microsemi Corp. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Advanced Power Technology Inc., a supplier of high-power switching products, for cash and stock.
Qualcomm sales meet guidance, earnings slip
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CDMA technology supplier Qualcomm Inc. posted earnings of $538 million, or 32 cents per share on sales of $1.56 billion in its fourth fiscal 2005 quarter ended Sept. 25, compared to earnings of $560 million, or 33 cents per share on sales of $1.36 billion in the previous quarter.
USB MCUs boost speed specs, flash memory
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Cypress Semiconductor has expanded its line of enCoRe USB microcontrollers at signaling rates of 12 Mbps and 1.5 Mbps with various amounts of on-chip flash. The units are aimed at a broad range of human interface devices such as mice, keyboards, wireless dongles, and gaming controllers as well as Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) handsets.
Actel's new design flow for FPGAs with ARM7 core
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Actel's Libero IDE delivers secure, comprehensive design flow for developinf FPGAs with ARM7 microprocessor core.
PLD tool suite gives more control to the designer
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Lattice Semiconductor Corp. has released version 5.1 of its ispLEVER programmable logic design (PLD) tool suite, which it claims boosts field programmable gate array (FPGA) logic utilization by as much as 35% and design operating frequencies up to 25%.
MIL-STD-1553B IP core offers full code coverage
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Core1553BRT version 3.0 IP core, the latest version of Actel Corp.'s MIL-STD-1553B remote terminal core, offers a higher level of redundancy by incorporating the use of protected state machines.
Renesas to license SMSC's IP for digital content
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SMSC and Renesas Technology Corp. have reached a licensing agreement enabling Renesas to incorporate SMSC technology providing Digital Transmission Content Protection (DTCP) for DVD audio and video, including copy-protected DVDs.
Fabric7 unveils Opteron-based servers
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A family of servers based on AMD's dual-core Opteron processor is being pitched by manufacturer Fabric7 Systems Inc. as highly scalable and flexible.
Charge pump serves regulated floating supply apps
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ON Semiconductor says its NIS6201, designed to replace a small switching power supply, is the industry’s only floating regulated charge pump for low-power applications. It delivers 20 mA at 8-15 volts for supervisory circuits, LED drivers and the like.
New expanders allow designers to choose I/Os in any combination
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Maxim Integrated Products has added 11 general-purpose input/output (GPIO) and LED drivers to its portfolio of serial-bus-controller products.
Tuner meets all DVB, cable, terrestrial, and analog standards
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Zarlink Semiconductor introduced a new single-conversion tuner for the digital TV market.
D/A converters are jammed with functionality
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Multichannel digital-to-analog converters from Analog Devices Inc. are said to pack the highest concentration of analog signal processing performance in a single chip.
Amp improves headphone experience
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Maxim's 60mW, DirectDrive stereo headphone amplifier features built-in RF noise rejection
Actel releases IP core for military, aerospace applications
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Actel introduced an intellectual property core designed for use with the company's radiation-tolerant and firm-error immune field-programmable gate arrays.
Altera offering x8 PCI Express core for Stratix II
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11/1/2005   Post a comment
Programmable logic supplier Altera released an x8 PCI Express MegaCore function optimized for Stratix II GX field-programmable gate arrays.
Cypress expands Encore family of USB microcontrollers
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Promising a flexible mix of speeds and configurations, Cypress Semiconductor released a suite of new additions to its family of USB microcontrollers.
Pericom CFO Craighead steps down
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Pericom Semiconductor Corp. said Michael Craighead, chief financial officer, has resigned.
IXYS reports higher sales, earnings
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Power and RF Semiconductor supplier IXYS Corp. posted earnings of $5.5 million, or 16 cents per share on sales of $63.4 million in the second 2006 fiscal quarter ended Sept. 30, compared to $3.8 million, or 11 cents per share on sales of $61.4 million in the year-ago fiscal quarter.
SPEAr Head integrates ARM core, IP, configurable logic
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STMicroelectronics has completed validation and released its SPEAr Head, a new member of the company's Structured Processor Enhanced Architecture family of configurable System-on-Chip ICs.
Mentor Precision Synthesis support for QuickLogic's low-power FPGAs
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The latest version of Precision Synthesis from Mentor Graphics supports QuickLogic's uWatt FPGAs and programmable bridges.
Lattice announce new programmable power management devices
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New devices add power supply margining, trimming, and voltage measurement to existing power manager capabilities.
Actel introduces new version of CORE1553BRT IP core
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First MIL-STD-1553 IP core to offer safe state machines and 100 percent code coverage.
Actel holds first annual FPGA space forum
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Actel's forum fosters connection with FPGA users in the space community and demonstrates Actel's long-term commitment to the industry.
Microchip ships one billionth lead-free device
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With the shipment of its one billionth Pb-free device, Microchip demonstrates efficient RoHS conversion and commitment to environmental responsibility.
Chip vendor delivers low-cost SATA technology to enterprise sector
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Bringing serial ATA (SATA) storage to the enterprise sector continues to gain momentum as PMC-Sierra is the second major chip maker last month to develop active-active multiplexers with native command queuing (NCQ).
Analog adds 3-Axis MEMS Accelerometer with low power
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Analog Devices, Inc. has added the ADXL330 three-axis accelerometer to its iMEMS family of motion devices featuring a power consumption of only 200 microamps at 2.0 V.
Samsung inks codec agreement with Vimio
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Ireland-based Vimio plc, a developer of mobile content distribution software, has signed an agreement to license its audio and video codecs to Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. for use in mobile phones.
World's smallest Fast Ethernet PHY measures a mere 5mm x 5mm
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Teridian Semiconductor Corp. today announced two transceivers for embedded 10/100 Ethernet consumer audio/video and industrial applications.
Audio power amp eradicates switching noise
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Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC) today announced what it said is the first Class-KB audio power amplifier based on bipolar, complementary metal oxide semiconductor and double-diffused metal oxide semiconductor technology.
Power management IC ups the programming margin
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Lattice Semiconductor promotes its ispPAC-POWR1220AT8, the first chip in its second generation Power Manager II devices, as a complete power management solution that provides an optimized set of programmable digital and analog functions for Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture (ATCA) applications and the like. "Our second generation Power Manager II devices (which add power supply margining, trimming and sequencing), in addition to integrating all power supply management functions into one c
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