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Swiss criminal investigation targets ST dealings
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11/30/2006   Post a comment
A Swiss prosecutor is conducting a criminal investigation of alleged fraudulent activity pertaining to certain ST Microelectronics currency transactions entered into by the company's former treasurer between 1998 and 2005, ST said.
Analyst: Digital camera market plateaus at $18B
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11/30/2006   Post a comment
With the majority of amateur and professional photographers having made the switch from film to digital cameras, the worldwide market for digital still cameras appears to be leveling off at about $18 billion per year, according to market research firm IC Insights.
DC/DC conversion ICs pick up on power management
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11/30/2006   Post a comment
Product recap - With industry's call for the highest possible system efficiencies taking center stage, today's DC/DC conversion ICs for advanced datacom, telecom, and portable products are taking on more power-management duties.
QuickLogic announces SDIO and CE-ATA solutions for Marvell PXA3xx processors
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11/30/2006   Post a comment
Low power connectivity solutions from QuickLogic provide fast time to market and design flexibility for handheld consumer electronics applications.
Cypress Semi forges new mobile device model
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11/30/2006   Post a comment
Seeking to reshape the mobile market, Cypress Semiconductor Corp. is pushing for a new peripherals concept--or even a standard architecture--for feature-rich and other handhelds.
Broadcom buying networking middleware vendor LVL7
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11/30/2006   Post a comment
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Broadcom Corp. has offered $62 million in cash for LVL7 Systems Inc., one of the few remaining independent developers of middleware for networking protocols. Given LVL7's existing integration deals with Agere, Infineon Technologies, Marvell Technology, Vitesse Semiconductor, Fulcrum Microsystems and Switchcore, the Broadcom move could prompt some scrambling in the communications IC sector.
ST demos chip for speedy medical diagnostics
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11/30/2006   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has demonstrated a prototype device capable of selectively collecting and manipulating biological molecules which the chip group suggests opens the way to cost-effective automated sample preparation for medical and forensic diagnostics.
Philips sells stake in nano tools supplier
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11/30/2006   Post a comment
LONDON — Royal Philips Electronics is selling its 24.8 percent stake in FEI Co, a supplier of tools such as scanning electron microscopes to semiconductor and nanotechnology device makers. FEI, which is headquartered in Hillsboro, Oregon, filed a registration statement on Form S-3 with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Thursday (Nov.30) relating to the planned secondary offering of 8,406,007 common shares.
ADI pushes chipset at Chinese TD-SCDMA handsets
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11/30/2006   Post a comment
Analog Devices, Inc. has started sampling Tier 1 mobile handset makers and local ODMs with a second-generation chipset that complies with the Chinese 3G TD-SCDMA Low Chip Rate (LCR) air interface.
Philips sells stake in nano tools supplier
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11/30/2006   Post a comment
Royal Philips Electronics is selling its 24.8 percent stake in FEI Co, a supplier of tools such as scanning electron microscopes to semiconductor and nanotechnology device makers.
Scalable application processors target wireless handhelds
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11/29/2006   Post a comment
Marvell has launched its first family of application processors based on Intel's XScale Technology. The PXA3xx series are aimed at such applications as feature handsets, GPS navigation systems, wireless handhelds and other consumer electronic devices.
Marvell apps processors deliver ultra low-power wireless video
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11/29/2006   Post a comment
PXA3xx processors target smartphones, GPS navigation systems, and other consumer electronic devices.
Motorola makes strategic investment in Sequans
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11/29/2006   Post a comment
Motorola's venture arm has made what is described as a "substantial" investment in WiMAX chip supplier Sequans.
Smallest p-channel MOSFET optimizes power management
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11/29/2006   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor, in a package that's just 1-by-1.5-by-0.65 mm, says its FDZ191P is the industry's smallest footprint p-channel MOSFET for optimized low-voltage power management applications.
LED driver eyes automotives
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11/29/2006   Post a comment
Rated for operation at +125°C ambient, Supertex' AT9933 is a variable frequency pulse width modulated (PWM) controller suited for automotive LED lighting applications.
NEC's high-gain IF amplifier targets DBS
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11/28/2006   Post a comment
The UPC3232TB features low current operation, wide dynamic range, and 40 dB isolation,
Eclipse plug-in offers ThreadX kernel-aware debugging for MIPS cores
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11/28/2006   Post a comment
Express Logic, Inc. and First Silicon Solutions, a division of MIPS Technologies, Inc. have jointly launched ThreadX kernel-aware debug support for the MIPS SDE software development toolkit.
STMicroelectronics offers tool set for MCU line
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11/28/2006   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics is offering a low-cost, complete evaluation and development package for its tiny 8-pin versions of the ST7Lite microcontroller family, with a recommended resale price of just $12.00.
Renesas' emulator programs MCU's on-chip flash
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11/28/2006   Post a comment
Renesas Technology America, Inc. has launched its E8a emulator, an ultra-small tool for debugging embedded systems and programming Renesas microcontroller's on-chip flash memory.
Serial ATA controllers support PCIe interconnect
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11/28/2006   Post a comment
Designed to deliver cost-effective RAID data protection for desktops, workstations and entry-level servers, Adaptec Inc. has launched a family of entry-level serial ATA (SATA) controllers consisting of the Adaptec Serial ATA 1220SA and 1430SA HostRAID devices that support Intel Corp.'s latest PCI Express (PCIe) interconnect.
3Dlabs plans spinout, samples first media processor
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11/28/2006   Post a comment
Graphics chips specialist 3Dlabs Inc., Ltd., is planning a spinout from its owner, Creative Labs, and has started sampling selected designers with its first media processor, the result of a project announced earlier this year when the company exited the workstation graphics chip business to focus on digital media silicon.
Development board quickly evaluates light-to-frequency converters
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11/27/2006   Post a comment
Texas Advanced Optoelectronic Solutions' evaluation board, the LTFEVM, is now available for checking the company's TSL230RD, TSL235R, TSL237S, TSL237T, TSL238D, and TSL245R light-to-frequency converters.
Regulator ICs set automotive options
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11/27/2006   Post a comment
Maxim's MAX6765-MAX6774 family of linear regulators, with a wide variety of options, delivers up to 100 mA for automotive applications. These devices draw just 31 microamps and thus are particularly suited to always-on modules.
Atmel extends 8051 flash MCU line with 128-Kbyte device
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11/27/2006   Post a comment
Atmel Corp. has beefed-up its 8051 based microcontroller line with the launching of AT89C51RE2, a new MCU with 128 Kbytes of flash program memory.
500-MSPS, 12-bit A/D touts small size, low power, and smooth performance
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11/27/2006   Post a comment
The ADS5463 from TI meets needs of imaging, communications, T&M, SDR, and radar applications
Emerging technology sees through clothing
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11/27/2006   Post a comment
Millimeter-wave technology researchers at Northrop-Grumman Space Technology are developing a technology said to enable small cameras to look through clothing and other inert materials to detect weapons or other contraband. This technology, known as passive millimeter-wave technology, can also see through heavy clouds in order to perform aerial surveillance on bad weather days, according to proponents.
Lattice ports TurboConcept WiMax IP to FPGAs
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11/27/2006   Post a comment
TurboConcept has ported and tested its TC1000 - WiMAX, an 802.16 Convolutional Turbo Code decoder IP core, on Lattice's FPGA devices.
Sequans, Alcatel to produce WiMax devices for emerging economies
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11/27/2006   Post a comment
WiMax chip specialist Sequans Communications and telecommunications equipment vendor Alcatel have entered into a cooperative agreement to produce low-cost end user devices based on Sequans' chips and tailored to the need for broadband access in developing countries.
CSR software to expand wireless peripherals market
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11/27/2006   Post a comment
Bluetooth chip specialist CSR plc has started selling a software upgrade that it says has the potential to transform the wireless PC peripherals business from a premium after-market to a mass market standard.
Analyst sees troubling signs, flat IC growth
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11/26/2006   Post a comment
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Looking into his crystal ball, Mark Edelstone, an analyst at Morgan Stanley, sees some troubling signs amid a flat semiconductor forecast for 2007. The overall semiconductor market is projected to grow by 9 percent in 2006 and 10 percent in 2007, Edelstone said. The market ''is a mixed bag,'' he said in a recent interview.
Signal conditioner IC advances automotive-sensor diagnostics
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11/24/2006   Post a comment
Optimized for the fast-changing dynamics of automotive control systems, ZMD's ZMD31150 signal conditioning IC, for fuel injection, ABS, power steering, and air conditioning applications, includes advanced on-chip diagnostics for use with Wheatstone Bridge sensors.
Wolfson's Milne plans an 'active retirement'
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11/24/2006   Post a comment
David Milne, who has announced he will retire from all executive duties from Wolfson Microelectronics , the company he co-founded in 1984, has no intention of leaving the business world entirely, nor even the semiconductors business, he told EE Times Europe . But he said Wolfson needed someone younger at the helm to take the company to the next stage of its development, which he stressed does not mean a diffe
Precision temperature sensor is lowest-power for 3G phones
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11/24/2006   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics touts its STLM20, the company's first in a new series of precision temperature sensors, as the lowest-current drop-in replacement for industry-standard LM20 devices.
Frontier starts sampling tiny DAB module
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11/23/2006   Post a comment
Frontier Silicon has started sampling a DAB digital radio module that measures only 27 x 16 x 2.6 mm, which, the company says enables it to be fixed directly to the DAB radio system board and avoids the need for connectors.
Milne steps down at Wolfson Microelectronics
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11/23/2006   Post a comment
David Milne is to step down as chief executive of Wolfson Microelectronics plc, , the mixed-signal fabless chip supplier he founded 22 years ago. He will be replaced by Dave Shrigley, a former Intel executive.
CSR radio chip meets Bluetooth v2.0+EDR spec
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11/22/2006   Post a comment
BlueCore5-FM was designed for mobile handsets and includes an FM receiver.
Kozio's kDiagnostics ships with AMCC's Saguaro evaluation kit
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11/22/2006   Post a comment
Kozio, Inc.'s evaluation version of its kDiagnostics software is now shipping as part of Applied Micro Circuit Corp.'s (AMCC's) new Saguaro evaluation kit for the nP3705 packet processor.
16-Mbit page-erasable serial flash targets PC BIOS spplications
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11/22/2006   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics is offering 16-Mbit serial flash memory chips with 4-Kbyte sectors for PC BIOS applications.
Actel's RTAX-S FPGA Family hits major reliability milestone
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11/22/2006   Post a comment
High-reliability, radiation-tolerant FPGAs focused on military and aerospace applications achieve 1.4 million device-hours of life testing data.
Saifun, SMIC extend partnership to 8Gb flash
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11/22/2006   Post a comment
Non volatile memory technology specialist Saifun Semiconductors Ltd. has teamed with Chinese foundry Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) to develop and make 8Gb Data flash that the partners anticipate will be available by 2008.
Imagination licenses mobile TV IP to Mavrix
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11/22/2006   Post a comment
Imagination Technologies Group plc has licensed its mobile TV IP platform to Mavrix Technology, Inc., a fabless semiconductor company developing a complete system-on-chip (SOC) solution for the mobile TV market.
Cray, IBM picked for U.S. petaflop computer effort
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11/22/2006   Post a comment
Cray Inc. and IBM Corp. will split nearly half a billion dollars as part of a government contract announced by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Tuesday afternoon (Nov. 21) to fund development of petaflop-class supercomputers before the end of 2010.
Report: Broadcom in iPhone, analyst says
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11/22/2006   Post a comment
Wall Street analyst Alex Gauna of UBS believes that Broadcom has secured a socket in Apple Computer's anticipated mobile phone product, according to a Reuters report.
4:1 multiplexer has highest bandwidth
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11/22/2006   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor says its FHP3194 is the industry's first 1.2 GHz 4:1 analog multiplexer. Boasting an 800 MHz small-signal and 500 MHz large-signal (-3 dB) bandwidth, the FHP3194 touts 25 percent higher bandwidth than competing devices.
Analyst: PortalPlayer nabs Apple iPhone design win
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11/21/2006   Post a comment
PortalPlayer, the media processor company that famously lost a key socket in the next-generation iPod nano earlier this year, has secured an applications processor design win in the forthcoming iPhone from Apple Computer, according to a Wall Street research analyst.
KLA-Tencor set to expand in Israel
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11/21/2006   Post a comment
KLA-Tencor is expected to recruit around 20 engineers and technical staff, mainly in order to expand its support for Intel's Fab 28, which the chip maker is building in Kiryat Gat, Israel.
picoChip sets up development centre in Beijing
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11/21/2006   Post a comment
picoChip has set up a development centre in China to augment a sales and engineering support operation in Shenzhen that it established two years ago.
Nova Measuring cuts 8% of workforce
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11/21/2006   Post a comment
Semiconductor metrology specialist Nova Measuring Instruments Ltd., is reducing its workforce by 8 percent, with research and development groups and production staff set to be the worst affected. It is taking a $300 000 charge in its fourth quarter because of the cutbacks.
CML warns of reduced sales, increasing losses
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11/21/2006   Post a comment
CML Microsystems PLC swung to a pretax loss in the first half and said it expects second-half losses to be above those recorded in the first half.
Altera and White Electronic Designs partner on specialized mil/aero FPGA packaging
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11/21/2006   Post a comment
Partnership provides military and aerospace customers with access to a broad variety of packaging options for FPGAs that meet the rigorous requirements of defense applications.
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