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Newport Media raises $30 million in C round
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11/20/2006   Post a comment
Mobile TV chip startup Newport Media Inc. has raised $30 million in a Series C funding round that brings the total investment in the company to $66 million since its foundation in 2005.
Georgia Tech center to foster Cell processor
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11/20/2006   Post a comment
Georgia Tech's College of Computing has partnered with Sony, Toshiba and IBM to create a "center of competence" focused on fostering the Cell microprocessor technology in such applications as bioinformatics, scientific computing, finance and entertainment.
Comment: The push is on for NFC standards in mobiles
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11/20/2006   Post a comment
Collaboration between Sony and NXP, the former Philips Semiconductors, goes back a long way in the areas of smart cards and contactless communications and applications, so we should not be surprised that they are to form a joint venture to develop secure chips for such applications.
Sony, NXP plan JV for contactless smart card chip
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11/20/2006   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors signed a memorandum of understanding with Sony, establishing a joint venture to create a secure chip for contactless smart card applications in mobile phones. The companies aim to establish the venture by the middle of 2007.
DiBcom looks to India for mobile TV developments
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11/20/2006   Post a comment
Mobile TV chip specialist DiBcom is to open a software development centre in Bangalore, India, its first foray away from R&D at its home base in France.
U.S. wireless start-up makes AIM debut
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11/20/2006   Post a comment
Dealings in shares in xG Technology, a company that has patented and developed modulation and encoding technology that allows broadband signals to be transmitted at low power on already used parts of the electromagnetic spectrum, opened on London's Alternative Investment Market (AIM) Monday (Nov.20). However, the company has had to scale back the value of the flotation.
NXP, Sony team for secure contactless ICs
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11/20/2006   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors and Sony Corporation, already two of the major backers of Near Field Communications (NFC) technology and applications, plan to joint venture to develop secure chips for contactless communications.
21-bit LVDS deserializer reduces EMI, cost for displays
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11/17/2006   Post a comment
Check out Maxim's latest member of its high-speed LVDS SerDes family, a hot-swappable, 21-bit DC-balanced LVDS deserializer with programmable spread spectrum. The MAX9254 spreads output clock and data over a specified ±2% or ±4% range to reduce EMI. By reducing the number of wires/traces from 22 to 8, the MAX9254 simplifies design, saves space, and diminishes the cost of system interconnects, such as cables and backplanes.
Wireless transceivers deliver wide frequency range for industrial apps
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11/17/2006   Post a comment
AMI Semiconductor has developed two single-chip wireless transceivers, the AMIS-52150 and AMIS-53050, which are optimized for sub-GHz, low-to-moderate data rate wireless communications in industrial applications.
Sharp enters blue laser mass production
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11/17/2006   Post a comment
Sharp has tossed its hat into the blue laser ring as the second supplier of the diode, following Nichia. Sharp has already begun supplying the diodes to an undisclosed customer.
Dual full-bridge MOSFET driver eases motor control
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11/17/2006   Post a comment
Allegro MicroSystems A3985 is a digitally programmable dual full-bridge gate driver for industrial bipolar two-phase stepper motors, two-phase brushless DC motors or two individual torque motors.
Stand alone controller drives small BLDC motors
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11/17/2006   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor's stand alone MC34929 is suited to driving small three-phase brushless DC (BLDC) motors in consumer, portable and office equipment.
Programmable 8-channel, 16-bit ADC is fault protected to 25 volts
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11/17/2006   Post a comment
Linear Technology's LTC1859, a 16-bit, 8-channel, 100 ksps analog-to-digital converter for multichannel high-resolution applications, offers software programmable inputs that are fault-protected to ±25 volts.
ZiLOG's MCU offers vector control capability
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11/17/2006   Post a comment
ZiLOG's Z8 Encore! MCU (FMC16100 Series) is claimed to be the first 8-bit MCU to offer vector control capability, a feature that significantly lowers the bill of materials costs for appliance manufacturers.
CDT extends range of passive matrix OLED displays
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11/17/2006   Post a comment
Cambridge Display Technology (CDT) has revealed details of a driving technology that promises to extend the viability of passive matrix OLED displays.
16-bit quad DAC is software programmable over six ranges
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11/17/2006   Post a comment
Linear Technology's LTC2704-16 is a 16-bit, quad DAC with six software-programmable output voltage ranges.
White LED driver flashes brighter
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11/17/2006   Post a comment
Touting an innovative power management technique for maintaining picture quality in portable wireless devices even when the battery is taxed by multiple phone functions, Analog Devices's new ADP1653 dual white LED driver promises a brighter camera flash for better picture quality in low-light conditions.
Tower primps for Wall St., mulls fab grab
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11/17/2006   Post a comment
After years in the shadow of larger foundry rivals, Tower Semiconductor is ramping additional capacity that will put it on the path to sustainable profitability.
Former Elpida exec to plead guilty to price fixing
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11/16/2006   Post a comment
A former Elpida Memory executive has agreed to plead guilty in connection with an ongoing U.S. Justice Department investigation into DRAM price fixing, the Justice Department said.
Altera's net seminars present advantages of Stratix III FPGAs
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11/16/2006   Post a comment
Net seminars oresent benefits of 65-nm high-end Stratix III FPGA family - plus there's a chance to win a Roku Labs SoundBridge M2000 ($400 value)!
Xilinx strengthens industrial networking solutions with EtherCat technology
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11/16/2006   Post a comment
Xilinx announce the implementation of a scalable EtherCAT slave controller functionality in an intellectual property (IP) core for its Spartan series of FPGAs.
Nordic Semiconductor lands two design wins
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11/16/2006   Post a comment
A wireless sports watch and an alarm clock that measures biorhythms both benefit from ulta-low-power transceivers and radios.
AMI's transceivers target industrial applications
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The AMIS-52150 and the AMIS-53050 are optimized for sub-GHz, low-to-moderate data rate wireless communications.
Freescale sets licensing of ColdFire MCU architecture to embedded customers
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11/16/2006   Post a comment
Broadening customer access, Freescale Semiconductor has begun a ColdFire microcontroller licensing program for the embedded design community. The V2 ColdFire core is available now for licensing through IPextreme Inc., semiconductor intellectual property (IP) licensing specialists.
Consumers keep chip sales sizzling
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11/16/2006   Post a comment
Buoyed by strong sales into the consumer electronics market, the global semiconductor market is forecast to maintain a strong growth rate that should see sales rising to $321 billion by 2009, up more than 41 percent from $227.5 billion, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.
Zensys brings home third generation SoC
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11/16/2006   Post a comment
Wireless home control chip specialist Zensys has started sampling its third generation of devices for the Z-Wave specification it has pioneered and that competes against other technologies such as ZigBee and Insteon.
Reference design claims best-in-class for VR11 solutions
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11/16/2006   Post a comment
Primarion's PX3538 controller-based reference design, using a standard multiphase synchronous buck technology, touts 90 percent efficiency for VR11 applications.
Pushbutton interface chip simplifies audio control
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11/16/2006   Post a comment
Maxim's stand alone MAX5486 dual, 32-tap, audio controller with a simple, debounced pushbutton interface for volume and balance control eliminates the need for external bias circuitry, which ultimately saves design time, costs, and board space.
Nanotron, Airbee team for wireless sensor networks
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11/15/2006   Post a comment
Nanotron Technologies GmbH and Airbee Wireless are teaming to develop and market a complete software and hardware solution for the wireless sensor networking market.
PIC MCU embeds peripherals for motor/fan control
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11/15/2006   Post a comment
Microchip Technology's newest general purpose PIC microcontroller offers designers specialized peripherals for cost-effective control of fans or small motors.
Infineon CEO: Consolidation means more chip firms
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11/15/2006   Post a comment
MUNICH, Germany — Consolidations may be the wave of the future in the semiconductor industry, but they will happen "around segments," said Wolfgang Ziebart, chief executive officer of Infineon Technolgies, at a CEO round table at Electronica here today.
Toshiba rolls SoCs for U.S. cable standards
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11/15/2006   Post a comment
Toshiba America Electronic Components rolled out a pair of system-on-chip devices specifically designed to support North American cable TV standards, including the Advanced Television Systems Committee standard and digital cable.
36-volt bipolar-SiGe op-amps tout benchmark performance
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11/15/2006   Post a comment
Texas Instruments says its two new precision op-amps, the OPA211 and OPA827, combine ultra-low noise with lower power, smaller package size and higher bandwidth than competitive 36-volt amplifiers.
Taiwan to loosen China chip investment restrictions, group says
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11/14/2006   Post a comment
Taiwan is reportedly finalizing by a plan to relax restrictions on Taiwanese company investment in China, enabling firms to use 0.18-micron chip manufacturing technology in China.
32-bit 66-MHz PCI-to-PCI bridge housed in 128-pin PQFP
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11/14/2006   Post a comment
Tundra Semiconductor is planning to sample in March a 32- bit 66-MHz synchronous PCI-to-PCI bridge that will be housed in a 128-pin PQFP package for less than $6 each in volume.
Xilinx Spartan-3E FPGAs enable new HDV camera-recorder
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11/14/2006   Post a comment
JVC looks to Xilinx programmable technology to achieve substantial cost reduction and enhance features of its latest HDV camera-recorder.
Toshiba launches MIPS-based SoCs for digital TV apps
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11/14/2006   Post a comment
Toshiba America Electronic Components has expanded its TC904XX family of single-chip system-on-a-chip solutions for mid-range and low-end digital TV applications. The SOCs employ a 64-bit MIPS-based RISC host processor and two highly optimized DSP processors for compute-intensive multimedia tasks.
Freescale, IPxtreme ink ColdFire licensing deal
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11/14/2006   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor is to licence its V2 ColdFire cores through semiconductor IP licensing specialist IPextreme Inc.
1-Gbits/s LVDS chipset rolls with embedded clock architecture
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11/14/2006   Post a comment
Check out this LVDS SerDes chipset from National Semiconductor. It can serialize 24 bits of data over a single differential pair at a bandwidth speed of 1.03-Gbits/s. And it features an embedded clock architecture that eliminates the need for a second oscillator at the receiver.
Four-channel transceiver module samples for InfiniBand applications
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11/14/2006   Post a comment
Zarlink Semiconductor is sampling a quad small form-factor pluggable (QSFP) transceiver module that it says provides InfiniBand equipment manufacturers with edge and board density savings of more than 60% while slashing power consumption to 250-mW per transceiver channel. At 5-Gbits/s on each of the eight fibers, the Zarlink module is said to offer the densest, pluggable transceiver bandwidth on the market.
AMI Semi offers embedded flash for automotive apps
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11/14/2006   Post a comment
AMI Semiconductor's High Injection MOS (HiMOS) embedded memory IP enables designers to configure the size of the on-board flash memory capacity from 2Kbytes to 64Kbytes in target applications expected to operate in harsh conditions.
Infineon sounds off about MEMS-based microphones
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11/14/2006   Post a comment
Infineon Technologies AG has used MEMS technology for a silicon microphone for consumer and computer communications devices that it unveiled at Electronica and that it says is approximately one-half the size and operates on just one-third the power of conventional microphones.
Wireless nets get SoC
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11/14/2006   Post a comment
Dust Networks Inc. announced what it claims is the world's first system on a chip for wireless OEMs.
AMD Stream processor rides Nvidia's wake
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11/14/2006   Post a comment
The ATI division of Advanced Micro Devices spun a version of an existing graphics processor tailored for technical computing one week after graphics archival Nvidia released its latest GPU which has a special mode for technical applications.
Intel leapfrogs AMD with quad core x86 processors
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11/14/2006   Post a comment
Intel Corp. officially rolled out its first two quad-core CPUs, claiming it has retaken the lead from archrival Advanced Micro Devices in the multi-core CPU wars.
Moto, Qualcomm power up 3G phones
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11/13/2006   Post a comment
Expanding what has been, at times, a troubled relationship, Motorola Inc. and Qualcomm Inc. are to collaborate on 3G mobile phones using Qualcomm's UMTS chipsets. Previously, the two companies have worked together primarily on solutions based on CDMA2000 technology.
ST plays Ball for MEMS motion controller
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11/13/2006   Post a comment
Finnish wireless sensor specialist Ball-IT oy and STMicroelectronics are demonstrating at Electronica a MEMS-based wireless motion-control device that can operate as a free-hand personal computer mouse, compass, measuring tape, pedometer, or a 3D-object controller.
Spel-Sunyang partnership eyes camera modules
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11/13/2006   Post a comment
India's Spel Semiconductor is teaming with South Korea's Sunyang DNT Co. Ltd. on the design, manufacture and marketing of camera modules for use in phones, notebook computers and PDAs.
Multimedia processor targets sub-$100 CE devices
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11/13/2006   Post a comment
Ten months after rolling out the Zevio ASIC platform at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, LSI Logic has introduced the Zevio 1020--a multimedia application processor designed to power sub-$100 consumer devices
4.25 Gbps buffer and MUX family touts fail-safe protection
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11/11/2006   Post a comment
Micrel touts its SY58603U-SY58610U as the industry's first 4.25 Gbps buffer and multiplexer family with fail-safe I/O protection for SONET, Fibre Channel, and Ethernet data and clock distribution.
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