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Microchip offers stand-alone, real-time clock/calendar family
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11/9/2010   6 comments
Single-chip devices feature EEPROM and SRAM with performance bang-for-buck over a wide temperature range for automotive, smart energy, appliance, consumer, and commercial markets.
Programmable octal CMOS clock generator IC produces (almost) any frequency, replaces more complex PLL approach
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11/9/2010   Post a comment
Silicon Laboratories says Si5350/51 offers lower jitter, power than available products, along with innovative synthesizer approach
Fujitsu launches FM3 line of MCUs based on ARM Cortex M3
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11/8/2010   Post a comment
Fujitsu Semiconductor Europe has released 44 microcontrollers (MCUs) from its new FM3 family of general-purpose RISC microcontrollers using the ARM Cortex M3 core. The FM3 family includes the High-Performance MB9BF500/400/300/100 series for the 32-bit market, which demands high-speed performance, and the Basic MB9AF100 series for the 16-bit market, designed for superior cost-performance and low power consumption.
Freescale rolls with automotive safety
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11/8/2010   3 comments
Freescale Semiconductor unveiled new automotive sensor chips to meet consumer demand for increased safety and growing government regulations for better electronic stability and collision at Electronica 2010.
Xilinx unveils defense-grade Spartan-6Q, Virtex-6Q FPGAs
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11/8/2010   2 comments
Xilinx Inc. has presented the Spartan-6Q and Virtex-6Q families, a new generation of FPGAs qualified for the aerospace and defense markets.
The company formally known as Actel unveils 65nm embedded flash platform
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11/8/2010   2 comments
I shouldn’t poke fun, because this is a very interesting announcement, but I really find it hard to say Microsemi’s SOC Products Division, formerly known as Actel Corporation…
Accelerometer maker offering gyroscope, too
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11/8/2010   1 comment
Kionix, one of the biggest suppliers of accelerometers, is branching out into gyroscopes, introducing its first such device this week.
New Lattice MachX02 is the Do-It-All PLD
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11/8/2010   3 comments
65nm MachX02 PLDs deliver 3X increase in logic density, 10X increase in embedded memory, more than a 100X reduction in static power, 30% lower cost compared to their predecessors.
EE Times updates ‘Silicon 60’ list of emerging startups
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11/7/2010   17 comments
The EE Times 60 Emerging Startups list has been updated to version 11.0, reflecting the latest corporate, commercial, technology and market conditions.
September, Q3 chip sales fall below par
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11/5/2010   3 comments
The market for semiconductor chips softened in the third quarter and fell behind the ten-year average historical averages according to an analysis of data from the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization.
HP pursues 'sensing-as-a-service'
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11/5/2010   10 comments
An HP business strategist outlined the company's championing of sensing-as-a-service, a play on software as a service, which bundles its wireless MEMS sensors with the data processing expertise to interpret the raw data feeds.
More chip makers top analyst estimates
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11/4/2010   3 comments
Chip makers Atmel, Microchip Technology, Skyworks Solutions and International Rectifier all reported sales for their most recently concluded quarters that exceeded consensus analyst expectations.
Analyst: Smartphone IC market surging
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11/4/2010   6 comments
Chips to power smartphones are expected to account for 47 percent of the overall cellphone IC market in 2010, according to IC Insights.
SATS business not sitting still
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11/4/2010   1 comment
The semiconductor and assembly test business is expected to see 6.2 percent growth in 2011, according to Gartner.
Update: Gartner sees bright spots for ICs
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11/4/2010   2 comments
Market research firm Gartner Inc. has not raised its IC forecast in 2011, which calls for modest growth. But the firm still sees some bright spots in the marketplace.
VTI champions MEMS timing chips
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VTI Technologies, the leader in combo micro-electro-mechanical system (MEM) chips, has entered the consumer market for gyroscopes and silicon-MEMS oscillators.
Analysts split on MEMS growth rate forecasts
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11/4/2010   Post a comment
Analysts from iSuppli and Yole Development offered differing projections of MEMS growth rates for the next few years at the MEMS Executive Congress.
Eye movement controls gaming console
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11/4/2010   11 comments
A team of engineers inside National Instruments has unveiled the LabView source code to "EyeMario," which demonstrates how video gamers can use their eyes to control Nintendo gaming consoles.
Startup opens retina implant fab
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11/4/2010   11 comments
Retina Implant AG, a developer of electronic sub-retinal implants for the visually impaired, has opened a manufacturing plant to meet anticipated demand for its devices.
Quickpath IP bound for Achronix FPGAs
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11/4/2010   4 comments
Achronix will be including a hard Quickpath IP core in support of processor communications on forthcoming field programmable gate arrays enabled by Intel manufacturing.
TI’s free IQmath Library brings floating point to C2000 and Stellaris MCUs
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11/4/2010   Post a comment
Texas Instruments Incorporated's free IQmath Library now supports both the 32-bit C2000 and Stellaris MCU platforms, delivering floating-point benefits to developers using fixed-point microcontrollers (MCUs).
Qualcomm, On Semi top expectations
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11/3/2010   Post a comment
Chip vendors Qualcomm and On Semiconductor reported quarterly earnings that beat consensus analysts' expectations, though On Semi's outlook for the current quarter came in below what analysts thought it would be.
MEMC claims legal win over Soitec
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11/3/2010   Post a comment
MEMC Electronic Materials said it received a favorable ruling from a U.S. federal court on its litigation with Soitec that will enable MEMC to continue to produce and sell silicon-on-insulator wafers.
Isolated Class-D audio drivers target high-power designs
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11/3/2010   Post a comment
The Si824x isolated Class-D audio drivers from Silicon Laboratories are designed for consumer, professional and commercial audio systems with up to 1,000 W of output power.
Is IBM serious about phase-change memory for servers?
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11/3/2010   26 comments
IBM is looking forward to improving its server computers within a few years through the use of phase-change memory, according to two separate reports that reference different senior executives with the company. This is despite review papers and discussion within a patent application that seems to acknowledge problems with the scaling of PCM.
Qualcomm has bought Sandbridge, says analyst
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11/3/2010   3 comments
Qualcomm has bought 4G modem chip company Sandbridge Technologies Inc., according to Will Strauss, president and principal analyst with Forward Concepts (Tempe, Ariz.).
Intel to acquire Dresden LTE firm
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11/3/2010   7 comments
Infineon's wireless business unit, which is in the process of being acquired by Intel Corp., is taking over Blue Wonder Communications GmbH, a specialist in LTE communications.
BEEcube's BEE4-W speeds prototyping of military/aerospace comm designs
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11/3/2010   Post a comment
The BEE4-W is BEEcube's latest generation FPGA Berkeley Emulation Engine (BEE) platform, specifically designed to address rapid system-level prototyping of wireless and digital communications designs. It is a commercial, stackable full speed multi-FPGA based prototyping platform, integrated with DAC/ADC modules for mixed signal and digital communications designs. With four (4) integrated ADC and DAC solutions, the Xilinx Virtex-6 FPGA based BEE4-W enables a wide range of high-performance, real-t
Microsemi completes Actel buy
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11/2/2010   1 comment
Microsemi said it completed the acquisition of programmable logic supplier Actel.
NXP sees demand for NFC, lighting ICs
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11/2/2010   3 comments
Despite closing wafer fabs and being constrained in manufacturing capacity in some areas, NXP is building capacity in its remaining manufacturing sites, according to CEO Rick Clemmer.
New PCI Express Root Complex (RC) Lite solution for Lattice FPGAs
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11/2/2010   1 comment
Lattice Semiconductor today announced the immediate availability of the PCI Express Root Complex (RC) Lite solution based on the LatticeECP3 and LatticeECP2M FPGA families.
Sidense files to nix rival's patents
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11/2/2010   2 comments
Sidense, a licensor of one-time-programmable fuse-based memory intellectual property, has petitioned the United States Patent and Trademark Office to invalidate one-transistor memory patents that rival Kilopass has attempted to assert against it.
NXP swings to profit on flat Q3 sales
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11/2/2010   1 comment
NXP Semiconductors NV made a net profit of $369 million on revenue of $1,213 million in the third quarter of 2010 on a GAAP basis.
EDA startup targets debug, validation
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11/1/2010   Post a comment
An EDA startup spun out of research at the University of British Columbia came out of stealth mode promising to deliver a breakthrough technology for post-silicon debug and validation.
Researchers claim superior 'quantum tunneling'
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11/1/2010   4 comments
Researchers at Oregon State University claim to have perfected a better method for "quantum tunneling" using metal-insulator-metal architecture, potentially paving the way for faster, lower power and cooler running electronics,
Elpida posts profit, sees DRAM price erosion
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11/1/2010   1 comment
Japan's Elpida Memory reported strong year-to-year gains for the second quarter and first six months of its fiscal year, but the company experienced sequential sales decline between its first and second quarters due to eroding DRAM selling prices.
Chinese RF startup files for IPO
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11/1/2010   3 comments
Fabless RF and analog chip company RDA Microelectronics Inc. (Shanghai, China) has filed an F-1 prospectus form for a $100 million initial public offering of stock with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission.
Veridae Systems delivers new debug solution for FPGAs, ASICs, and SoCs
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11/1/2010   1 comment
Silicon debug and validation suite provides on-chip visibility from multiple-FPGA ASIC prototypes through to final IC thereby reducing overall complex IC development time by 10 to 30%
DNA detection startup signs Roche
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11/1/2010   1 comment
DNA Electronics Ltd., a fabless chip startup that offers real-time nucleic acid detection, has signed an agreement with a subsidiary of Hoffmann-La Roche AG (Basel, Switzerland) to develop a semiconductor-based DNA sequencing system.
Microlab: Injector diplexer works with LTE and GSM
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11/1/2010   Post a comment
Microlab has announced the BK-51 series of injector-diplexer products for separating or combining the new LTE-2600 band (2400 – 2690 MHz) and GSM-850/ 900 bands (698 – 960 MHz).
Achronix’s next-gen FPGAs in Intel’s 22nm process
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11/1/2010   1 comment
Next-generation FPGAs from Achronix are to be built using Intel’s 22 nm process; the Speedster22i will be the first commercial FPGA family to have an end-to-end supply chain within the USA.
Narda Coupler
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11/1/2010   Post a comment
A compact 90-deg. hybrid coupler from Narda meets military shock and vibration requirements.
Ceva signs for gesture-recognition
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11/1/2010   1 comment
DSP intellectual property licensor Ceva Inc. has teamed up with EyeSight Mobile Technologies Ltd., a developer of touch-free interface technologies for consumer electronics.
Triquint: Defense apps get boost from 20W GaN power amp
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11/1/2010   Post a comment
TriQuint pre-releases its TGA2572 20W PA for defense communications systems.
September chip sales up, says ESIA
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11/1/2010   Post a comment
The three-month average of global sales of semiconductors for September was $26.42 billion, up 2.9 percent compared with the previous month and up 26.2 percent compared with the same month a year before, according to the European Semiconductor Industry Association.
Analyst: September chip sales rise
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11/1/2010   Post a comment
The three-month average of global chip sales for September is set to be $26.5 billion, slightly up from $25.7 billion for August, according to Bruce Diesen, an analyst at Carnegie Group (Oslo, Norway).
MIPS CEO: ‘Companies need to have a soul’
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11/1/2010   26 comments
In a sharp contrast to a year ago, the Wall Street loves MIPS. Share holders love them. Even the media seems to be in love. But MIPS CEO believes that’s not enough: “Companies need to have a soul.”
Intel to fab FPGAs for startup Achronix
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11/1/2010   25 comments
Intel will lend its semiconductor process technology muscle to build FPGAs for programmable logic startup Achronix Semiconductor at 22-nm and beyond.
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