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XMC module features four SRIO ports, PCI Express
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11/20/2008   Post a comment
nnovative Integration has announced the X5-COM XMC IO module. The module features a Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGA, four 4.125 Gbps serial Rapid IO (SRIO) ports, and a PCI Express host interface.
Enhanced SPI4.2 solution portfolio from Lattice
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Low-cost, low-power SPI4.2 cores from Lattice Semiconductor are bolstered with enhanced buffer-management features.
Another programmable logic vendor goes under!
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Ambric, a pioneer in massively parallel processor arrays is looking for someone to purchase the company's IP and assets.
Optical chips said to run cooler, pack more bits
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an ultra-low power alternative to charge that uses lasers to encode data as excitons inside insulators has been proposed by theorists at Johns Hopkins University.
MSC : EXM32 CPU module is designed for harsh environmental conditions
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A high computing performance, large on-board flash memories and very low power dissipation are main attributes of MSC's EXM-IMX31 CPU module.
UWB chip pioneers Staccato and Artimi merge
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Ultrawideband and Wireless USB chip and software specialists Artimi (Cambridge, England) and Staccato Communications (San Diego, Calif.) have merged, with the new entity also closing a $20 million round of equity financing.
MicroEmissive Displays falls into administration
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Developer and manufacturer of light-emitting polymer microdisplays, Microemissive Displays Group plc (Edinburgh, Scotland), plans to appoint administrators following unsuccessful attempts to raise further funds.
NXP sees sales decline by up to 25% in Q408
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In a grim update on immediate prospects, NXP Semiconductors said it is forecasting a 15 to 25 percent sequential decline in sales for the fourth quarter of 2008, blaming the weakening macroeconomic conditions and a deteriorating sales environment.
SCART solution reduces power in set-top boxes, A/V receivers
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11/19/2008   Post a comment
Maxim's patented DirectDrive technology enables this device to operate audio and video signals from +3.3V, eliminating the need for a +5V supply and minimizing the use of a +12V supply.
Micrel, Zilog to partner on subsystem-level modules
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11/19/2008   Post a comment
Micrel and Zilog said they will collaborate to develop subsystem-level module products targeted at motion sensor, television remote and RF point-to-point cable replacement markets.
Illinois gives sneak peak on multicore programming ideas
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11/19/2008   Post a comment
Researchers at the University of Illinois have detailed their agenda for defining the parallel programming capabilities needed for tomorrow's multicore processors in a white paper that provided one of the most specific plans to date for a next-generation multicore CPU they plan to build in tandem with new parallel programming tools.
In tough VC market, fabless startup snags $12 million
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Bucking industry and economic trends, fabless startup Quantance said it has raised $12 million in series B funding from new and existing investors.
Infineon : Mobile phone chip is optimized for lowest system costs
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Infineon Technologies has introduced the X-GOLD102, a single-chip solution that optimizes system performance by factor five and reduces the bill-of-material (BOM) by almost 10 per cent compared to currently available Infineon platform solutions.
ARC sounds out SoC designers looking for better bass
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ARC International has started licensing to consumer OEMs and chip designers its Virtual Bass audio enrichment software technology, which is optimized for the ARC Sound Subsystem as well as x-86 hardware platforms.
Fear and hope stalk the chip industry, suggest analysts
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11/19/2008   Post a comment
Chip industry analyst group Future Horizons is predicting that the semiconductor industry will see a 2 per cent decline next year but that there will be no re-run of the huge downturn of 2001.
Distributed 1-W power amplifier covers DC to 6 GHz
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11/19/2008   Post a comment
Hittite Microwave Corporation has released chip and SMT GaAs pHEMT MMIC power amplifiers, designated HMC637 and HMC637LPS respectiveley, which are ideal for military EW, test & measurement equipment, and telecom applications from DC to 6 GHz.
Cadeka Microcircuits : A-D converters process from 20 to 80 Msamples per second
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CADEKA introduces two analog-to-digital converter families operating from 20 up to 80 Msamples/s.
Infineon rejuvenates ULC handset platform
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At the GSM Asia in Macao, Infineon has introduced a successor to its XGOLD 101 platform for Ultra Low Cost (ULC) handsets. While the chip vendor continues to produce the XGOLD 101, the next-gen XGOLD 102 offers enhanced functionality.
Shakeout looms for Chinese chip firms, iSuppli says
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11/19/2008   Post a comment
There than more than 550 fabless semiconductor companies competing in China today, but at least 100 of them will disappear within two years, according to market research firm iSuppli.
Linear Tech LTC4222 controller protects dual supplies
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11/19/2008   Post a comment
Controller can protect boards with supply voltages between 2.9V and 29V -- allowing safe insertion and removal from live backplanes.
Processor startup freezes in 'VC winter'
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11/18/2008   Post a comment
Ambric Inc., one of a handful of startups pursuing aggressive multicore chip designs aimed at applications in areas such as video processing, is closing down and will sell its assets after failing to secure a $15 million series C round of venture capital funding.
Study: China consumed one-third of chips in '07
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11/18/2008   Post a comment
Semiconductor consumption by electronics manufacturers in the Chinese market grew by 23 percent last year, as China consumed more than a third of the chips produced globally for the first time, according to a study by PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Micron's Multi-Chip Packages offer optimized memory solutions for TI's OMAP35x processors
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11/18/2008   Post a comment
Micron Technology, Inc. has introduced its high-performance multi-chip package (MCP) solutions optimized to work seamlessly with Texas Instruments Incorporated's (TI) OMAP35x applications processors.
Zoran's one-chip HDTV processors boast unprecedented integration, advanced audio and color
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Unprecedented integration includes TV microcontroller, demodulator, audio codec, multiple analog video inputs plus three HDMI inputs.
Actel leverages UMC foundry solutions for 65nm eFlash FPGAs
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Next-generation Actel eFlash FPGAs to use UMC's 65nm low leakage process and embedded flash technology.
Broadcom says Qualcomm held in contempt of injunction
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11/18/2008   Post a comment
A federal judge found Qualcomm in contempt of an injunction entered last December that was designed to prevent the company from infringement of two patents, according to Broadcom.
Operators push for more NFC enabled phones
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11/18/2008   Post a comment
Operators from around the world have renewed their call for handset makers to incorporate full NFC functionality, including the standardized Single Wire Protocol Near Field Communications interface, into their models from the middle of next year to speed the uptake of contactless payments.
NEC : Automotive image processors allow real-time object detection
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NEC Electronics has introduced the IMAPCAR2 image processors, intended for automotive safety mechanisms and collision-prevention systems.
On Semi, Microchip drop bid to acquire Atmel
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ON Semiconductor and Microchip Technology have abandoned their joint bid to acquire Atmel.
ST-NXP Wireless closes Dresden, Nuremberg activities
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Mobile handset chip vendor ST-NXP Wireless will close its activities in Dresden and Nuremberg (both Germany). The move is part of a major restructuring effort announced earlier.
Mercury unveils multi-GPU development platform
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11/17/2008   Post a comment
The VXS-based Mercury Sensor Stream Computing Platform offers scalability in compute power, performance, and thermal management, and allows for much greater, tunable performance for a variety of commercial and defense applications.
Spec drives USB to 300 Mbytes/s and beyond
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11/17/2008   1 comment
The widely used USB interface officially gets an upgrade to a version 3.0 at a developers' conference where a handful of companies are expected to announce product plans for the new spec with data rates that could hit 400 Mbytes/second.
JTAG Technologies : Boundary scan module also performs functional tests
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11/17/2008   Post a comment
JTAG Technologies has introduced the compact JT 2149/MPV Digital I/O Scan (DIOS) module, which allows digital I/O test access to circuit boards requiring external I/O stimulus and response monitoring.
TI, Fulton power up for wireless power
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11/17/2008   Post a comment
Texas Instruments has started working with Fulton Innovation to accelerate the latter's development of wireless power solutions that can charge portable devices without traditional power cords.
Fast network products debut at SC '08
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11/17/2008   Post a comment
At the Supercomputing 2008 conference, QLogic Corp. debuted a range of 40 Gbit/s Infiniband switches based on a new ASIC and Alacritech Inc. launched an upgraded version of its 10 Gbit Ethernet adapter card that can be used for partial offload of TCP processing.
Report: Micron homes in on Qimonda
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11/17/2008   Post a comment
If German publication Wirtschaftswoche is correct, memory chip vendor Micron Technology has acquired an option to take over competitor Qimonda along with the takeover of Qimonda's stake in the Inotera joint venture.
Gartner again lowers IC capex forecast for '09
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11/17/2008   Post a comment
Market research group Gartner has lowered its forecast for semiconductor equipment manufacturing gear sales in 2009, just weeks after a previous downgrade.
Cray second to break petaflops barrier
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11/17/2008   Post a comment
The world officially has a second petaflop-class computer, the Jaguar system at U.S. Oak Ridge National Laboratory hit Linpack performance of 1.059 petaflops using a Cray XT5 system in the latest rankings of the world's fastest supercomputers.
Firms to optimize Adobe Flash for ARM-based devices
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Adobe Systems and ARM Holdings are expected to announce a partnership to optimize Adobe's Flash Player 10 for mobile phones, televisions, automotive platforms and mobile computing devices based on the ARM platform.
Class AB audio amplifier targets portable, wireless applications
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11/16/2008   Post a comment
On Semiconductor's NCP2991 is a noise-free 1.35 watt audio amplifier with a -103 decibels power supply rejection ratio.
Current-sense amplifier features reverse-battery, load-dump protection
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11/16/2008   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products' automotive-grade high-side current-sense amplifier uses external resistors to set the voltage gain for maximum design flexibility.
ARM introduces S/W interface standard for Cortex-M series processors
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11/14/2008   Post a comment
New standard from ARM provides a single, scalable interface standard across all Cortex-M series processor vendors enabling easier code sharing and re-use.
Intel rolls next-gen desktop CPUs
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Intel Corp. will officially roll out its first Core i7 processors, claiming they are the world's most powerful CPUs based on integer processing performance.
ARM and Canonical to bring Ubunto
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11/14/2008   Post a comment
Popular commercially-supported Linux distribution Ubuntu to be available on low-power ARM SoCs with rich integrated graphics and video subsystems and a proven track record of low-power design.
Featured Product: Microchip rolls inductive touch sensing
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11/14/2008   Post a comment
Inductive touch sensing allows users with gloves, and on surfaces that contain liquids, to activate electronic functions on panels made of plastic, stainless steel, or aluminum.
Comment: Sun needs new focus to survive storm
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11/14/2008   Post a comment
If Sun Microsystems wants to survive, it needs a new identity, something its latest reorganization, drastic as it is, fails to deliver.
Letter to the editor: Intel and sensationalism
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11/14/2008   Post a comment
The headline "Intel cuts 4Q guidance by up to $2.2 billion" reads like something from the NY Post. Why not run "Intel 4Q guidance cut by as little as $800 million?"
Could Nokia really buy chips from Qualcomm?
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11/14/2008   Post a comment
Qualcomm Inc. is hoping to win chipset business from mobile phone maker Nokia, now that the companies have at least partially settled some of their differences, it emerged at the chip maker's Analyst Day.
Tiny RF MEMS switch targeted at T&M gear
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11/14/2008   Post a comment
Omron Electronic Components has started sampling a 10GHz RF MEMS switch, offering a typical insertion loss of 1dB at 8GHz in a tiny package measuring 5.2 x 3.0 x 1.8mm.
AMD hangs up on smart phone market
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11/14/2008   Post a comment
In its drive for profits, AMD will deliver a 65 nm chip set geared for small notebooks next year, but it will not pursue the class of so-called Mobile Internet Devices and smart phones Intel is going after with its current and future Atom CPUs.
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