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TI cuts 1,700 jobs in OMAP shift
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11/14/2012   42 comments
Texas Instruments dropped the other shoe more than a month after saying it would refocus its OMAP product line on embedded markets.
Self-assembling polymers could boost computer memory
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Researchers from the University of Texas-Austin say they've developed a method of directed self-assembly that could boost hard drive capacity fivefold.
Tessera unit cuts jobs, shutters Israeli facility
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DigitalOptics to cut workforce outside China by up to 40 percent and close manufacturing facility to focus business on MEMS camera modules.
Japan readies nav system to augment GPS
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Tokyo-based embedded system developer showed off a GPS plus QZS signal receiver unit, designed to boost the accuracy of positioning information.
'Mind of Engineer' study spotlights global design challenge
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11/14/2012   2 comments
At Electronica, UBM Tech showcased the results of its new study, which tracked variations in engineers self-perceptions and information-gathering habits.
Apple A6X uncovered
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11/14/2012   9 comments
UBM TechInsights puts the Apple A6X processor under the knife (and microscope).
Touchstone adds to Maxim ADC replacements
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11/14/2012   Post a comment
Touchstone Semiconductor announced availability of TSM1285, a new 12-bit, 300ksps analog-to-digital converter (ADC) that can be used as a drop-in replacement for Maxim’s MAX1285 ADC.
Advanced Power Electronics offers two ICs at Electronica
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11/14/2012   Post a comment
Advanced Power Electronics Corp. has announced two power control ICs at Electronica this week.
Chip market to shrink in 2012, says Gartner
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Gartner has revised downwards its forecast for the global semiconductor market.
Huawei is closing Irish RF design center
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11/14/2012   1 comment
Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. is closing down its RF IC design center in Cork, Ireland.
Power Integrations offers LYTSwitch family of LED IC drivers
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11/13/2012   Post a comment
Power Integrations has introduced its LYTSwitch IC family which delivers tight regulation and high efficiency for tube replacements and high-bay lighting, while providing exceptional performance in Triac-dimmable bulb applications.
AMD says it's not for sale
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11/13/2012   Post a comment
CPU supplier responds to report that it hired JP Morgan to explore strategic options, including the potential sale of the company.
Analog has place in increasingly digital world
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For every analog signal processing function replaced by digital, there are two new analog functions springing up, and the trend is expected to continue or perhaps even accelerate.
Micron offers automotive-grade memory cards
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Micron Technology has announced the availability of an embedded multimedia memory cards (eMMC) suitable for the automotive environment.
Microsoft's top Windows exec departs
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11/13/2012   2 comments
Microsoft announced that Steven Sinofsky, who oversaw the development of Windows 8, is leaving the company.
Revolutionizing simplicity with NXP's LPC800
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11/13/2012   8 comments
LPC800 microcontroller delivers basic building block for every embedded toolbox.
Unified MEMS sensor interface sought
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11/13/2012   2 comments
The MIPI Alliance, a standards group, is exploring ways to develop a MEMS interface spec that can be used across the board.
Corelis releases I2C exerciser version 1.23
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New version features repeatable triggers, additional API examples, and Windows 8 support.
STMicro contactless memories with energy-harvesting capabilities
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Battery-free NFC/RFID memory applications get quick start with energy-harvesting discovery kit from STMicroelectronics.
Electronica: Freescale auto push ranges from radar to MCU
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11/13/2012   2 comments
Freescale emphasized its automotive credentials at the Electronica exhibition by launching a series of automotive industry related products covering microcontrollers, radar and pressure sensors.
Xilinx announces next-gen 20nm All Programmable Portfolio
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11/13/2012   1 comment
Next-generation FPGAs, second generation SoCs, and 3D ICs will be ‘co-optimized’ with the Vivado Design Suite for the most compelling alternative ever to ASICs and ASSPs.
Synopsys unveils memory test and repair tool
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Algorithms address process variation and resistive faults at 20 nm and below.
Electronica: NXP's CEO sees tough year ahead
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11/13/2012   1 comment
Next year could be a tough year for the overall semiconductor market with low single-digit percentage growth, according to Rick Clemmer, CEO of NXP Semiconductors.
Electronica: Smart grid will save us, say CEOs
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11/13/2012   9 comments
The CEO panel discussion held on the day of the Electronica exhibition gave four CEOs the opportunity to see good times ahead for "essential" semiconductor technology.
Nvidia's Tesla K20 debuts at SC12
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GPU accelerators said to be the firm’s highest performance, most efficient to date.
Apple settles patent litigation with HTC
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Resulting license deal could be worth up to $280 million per year for Apple, according to an analyst.
Nintendo's next-gen Wii expected to sell out
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IHS iSuppli predicts a fast start for the Wii U, with holiday shortages, but longer term the console must grapple with a new gaming landscape.
ARM CEO East on IoT, platforms
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11/12/2012   2 comments
Warren East, CEO of processor intellectual property licensor ARM, talks about how the company is adapting to serve an applications domain that ranges from servers, mobile and clients to the Internet of Things.
http://confidential.eetimes.com/analysis-reports/4400974/Best-of-ARM-TechCon
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11/10/2012   Post a comment
Here's a digest of our coverage of this year's key ARM show, with a focus on the new 64-bit "big-little" architecture.
Renesas Electronics expands the RL78 family of MCUs with industry's highest segment count LCD controller
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11/9/2012   Post a comment
Renesas has added to its RL78/L13 Group of low-power microcontrollers with on-chip LCD controller offering up-to 376 segment drive capability in an 80-pin package.
ZigBee network processor supports three standards concurrently
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11/9/2012   Post a comment
TI introduced a ZigBee wireless network processor to offer the three most popular ZigBee standards for one end-device: ZigBee Smart Energy, ZigBee Home Automation and ZigBee Light Link.
Qualcomm overtakes Intel in market capitalization
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11/9/2012   20 comments
It's focus on apps processors for mobile devices and the fact that it is fabless has helped push Qualcomm past Intel in terms of market capitalization.
NAND storage firm raises cash
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Diablo Technologies, a fabless chip company that supplies memory controllers and interconnect devices for memory subsystems based on NAND flash storage, said it has closed a $28 million funding round.
TSMC sales stay strong in October
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11/9/2012   Post a comment
Foundries TSMC and UMC both achieved strong annual sales growth in October, defying forecasts of a slowdown expected to hit the chip market in the fourth quarter.
Samsung Galaxy S3 was best-selling smartphone in Q3
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11/8/2012   5 comments
Reign as best-selling smartphone likely to be short with Apple's iPhone 5 selling briskly.
MEMS growth outpacing competitors
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11/8/2012   2 comments
The MEMS market has been growing rapidly for years, but it's only just the beginning, according to analysts.
Qualcomm, Globalfoundries gain in chip sales rankings
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11/8/2012   6 comments
Fabless giant, foundry forecast to climb to top 20 rankings ladder by growing sales by 30 percent in 2012.
OEMs look to cut number of contract manufacturers
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11/7/2012   Post a comment
Half of electronics OEMs surveyed by IHS iSuppli say they plan to cut the number of outsourced manufacturing suppliers they use in the next year.
Electronica 2012 highlights mobile, embedded
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11/7/2012   1 comment
The theme for Electronica 2012 is "Inside Tomorrow," an appropriate reference to the rise of embedded systems and machine-to-machine communications.
Lattice to showcase FPGA-based security and surveillance solutions
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11/7/2012   2 comments
New camera design solutions leverage Lattice’s low density and ultra-low density FPGAs.
Aldec gives SoC S/W engineers early access to H/W
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Aldec Inc. presents on Platform Validation at Verification Futures 2012
Amkor's CEO to step down in 2013
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11/7/2012   Post a comment
Ken Joyce to step down at the end of next year after 15 years with the semiconductor packaging and test house.
Research uncovers materials challenges for future chips
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11/6/2012   Post a comment
Researchers at McGill University and General Motors demonstrated that electrical current may be drastically reduced when wires from two dissimilar metals meet.
Apple, Amazon squeeze costs out of latest tablets
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11/6/2012   Post a comment
Teardowns conducted by IHS iSuppli reveal lower BoM costs on iPad mini, Kindle Fire HD.
Free MPLAB XC32++ compiler from Microchip
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11/6/2012   1 comment
Free C++ compiler is standards-compliant for commercial apps, includes Dinkumware libraries, and has no time or memory limits.
Free Cortex-M3 MCU dev kits from Energy Micro & CODICO
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11/6/2012   Post a comment
These kits enable embedded system designers to discover the fastest and most effective way to develop energy-efficient products – free of charge.
DCD's DT8051 powerful, tiny 8-bit CPU
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11/6/2012   2 comments
Digital Core Design (DCD) has introduced the DT8051 -- the world’s most powerful tiny 8051 for use in ASICs and FPGAs.
Cadence 14nm test-chip boasts ARM MCU and IBM FinFET tech
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11/6/2012   Post a comment
14-Nanometer SOI FinFET process leverages ecosystem partnerships between EDA, foundry, and IP providers to deliver significant power savings potential.
IDT introduces DDR3 memory buffer
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11/6/2012   Post a comment
Device can operate at can operate at 1.5 V or 1.35 V with transfer speeds up to 1866 MT/s.
Slideshow: China fabless Nufront in search of new frontie
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11/6/2012   8 comments
Nufront is a company to watch, as it battles against competitors like RockChip and AllWinner in China. A larger question remains, though, how Nufront will define its new frontier – beyond the tablet market.
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