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The Week in Review: Dec. 26 to Jan. 1
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12/31/2004   Post a comment
Gathered below are the top five stories for the week beginning Sunday December 26, 2004, as ranked by Silicon Strategies' readers, up to and including Thursday, December 30. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
MoSys' chairman, CEO resigns, cites health problems
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12/31/2004   Post a comment
Fu-Chieh Hsu, chairman, president and chief executive of Monolithic System Technology Inc. (MoSys) on Friday (Dec. 31) announced that he has resigned from the company, effective Dec. 30.
TSMC va accélérer le déploiement de son procédé 90 nm
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12/31/2004   Post a comment
Afin d’accélérer le déploiement de sa technologie 65 nm, le géant taïwanais de la fonderie, Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC), a annoncé, le mercredi 29 décembre, qu’il développerait les capacités de son usine 90 nm au cours de l’année 2005.
NIST devises world's smallest, sensitive sensor
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12/31/2004   Post a comment
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) claims to have demonstrated a tiny, magnetic sensor that can detect magnetic field changes as small as 50 picoteslas — a million times weaker than the Earth's magnetic field.
Japanese companies look to integrate, not outsource
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12/30/2004   Post a comment
Outsourcing and fabless foundry business strategies are common in the semiconductor industry, but Rohm, Sony and Renesas are seeking more integration.
Future Horizons cuts IC forecast to 15% growth in '05
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12/30/2004   Post a comment
Market research firm Future Horizons on Thursday (Dec. 30) cut its worldwide growth forecast for ICs. The research firm now predicts that the semiconductor industry would grow 15 percent in 2005, down from its original forecast of 28 percent.
Three-phase PWM condenses microprocessor designs
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12/30/2004   Post a comment
International Rectifier's IR3093 is a three-phase interleaved PWM control IC that supports AMD Athlon, AMD Opteron, AMD Athlon64, and Intel VR10.X processors for applications that include desktop computer motherboards, voltage regulator modules, video graphics cards and telecom single-in-line (SIP) modules. It integrates MOSFET gate drivers, reducing parts count by 75 percent as well as solution size over competing devices, according to the company.
Samsung sets aside $100 million for DRAM probe
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12/30/2004   Post a comment
South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. on Thursday (Dec. 30) said that it has set aside a $100 million provision against a DRAM price fixing scheme that has rocked the industry, according to published reports.
ESS Technology lowers fourth quarter forecast
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12/30/2004   Post a comment
ESS Technology Inc. on Thursday (Dec. 30) lowered its forecast for the fourth quarter.
USB OTG for Faster Cores and Faster Streams
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12/30/2004   Post a comment
Embedded ASIC and SoC Designers Gain Hi-Speed USB Host, Device or OTG Support.
MagnaChip moves full speed ahead in foundry business
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12/29/2004   Post a comment
South Korea's MagnaChip Semiconductor Ltd. has moved into pilot production with its 130-nm foundry process. The spin-off from Hynix Semiconductor Inc. plans to bring the technology into volume production in 2005.
Staccato Communications names new chairman, CEO
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12/29/2004   Post a comment
Staccato Communications Inc., a developer of ultrawideband chips, on Wednesday (Dec. 29) named Rick Kornfeld as president, chief executive and board member, effective immediately.
Force Field Wireless markets wireless-security paint
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12/29/2004   Post a comment
A small startup in Silicon Valley has an anti-intrusion tool that sells for $69 a gallon--you supply the brush.
Intel to strike up 'out-of-band' technology
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12/29/2004   Post a comment
Intel is taking out-of-band technology to the chip level.
Conexant shareholders file suit, saying company hid troubles
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12/28/2004   Post a comment
Shareholders of Conexant Systems Inc. have filed a class-action suit against the company in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, claiming the communications semiconductor supplier failed to fully inform them about the company's deteriorating finances and inventory problems.
IC design house SiNova sets up shop in Dubai
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12/28/2004   Post a comment
Fabless IC design house SiNova Semiconductor Inc. on Monday (Dec. 27) announced plans to establish a microelectronics design center in the Emirate of Dubai.
UMC to invest in CMOS image sensor developer
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12/28/2004   Post a comment
IC Media Corp., a developer of CMOS image sensors, on Tuesday (Dec. 28) said that it has closed its Series D financing round of $12 million.
Predictions for IC, equipment biz in 2005 and beyond
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12/27/2004   Post a comment
Happy Holidays! Silicon Strategies has compiled a list of 15 predictions for the IC and chip-equipment industries in 2005 and beyond. The predictions come from crystal balls at Silicon Strategies and various analysts.
New Circuit Protection Options for Power Electronics
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12/27/2004   Post a comment
When a fault occurs in a linear transformer or power supply, some of the components may begin to overheat. In the case of the switch mode charger, some of the components that can fail are the magnetics or the switching FETs. A solution to this problem may be to use a polymeric positive temperature coefficient device that can help provide both overcurrent and overtemperature protection in one convenient package. A Raychem engineer offers these insights. (Thanks go to Paul O'Shea at powermanagment
NEC to slash profit forecast for fiscal year, says report
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12/27/2004   Post a comment
Japan's NEC Electronics Corp. is expected to miss its operating profit forecast for the year by 40 per cent due to the slowdown in the IC industry.
Heard on the Beat: new chairman named at FSA
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12/27/2004   Post a comment
There is a changing of the guard at the Fabless Semiconductor Association (FSA). Wim Roelandts, president and chief executive of Xilinx Inc., will be stepping down as chairman of the FSA.
Micron liefert 2-GBit-NAND-Flashspeicher in 90-nm
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12/23/2004   Post a comment
Wie Micron Technology Inc. kürzlich mitteilte, hat das Unternehmen mit der Auslieferung der ersten NAND-Flashspeicher mit 2 Gigabit Speicherkapazität begonnen.
Gartner korrigiert Chip-Zuwächse für 2005 nach unten
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12/23/2004   Post a comment
Die weltweiten Halbleiterumsätze bewegen sich in 2004 auf eine 23-prozentige Zunahme hin. Sollte Gartner-Dataquest Recht haben, werden die Umsätze dann bei 218 Milliarden US-Dollar liegen.
Linear Tech answers handheld application needs with new LVDO
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12/22/2004   Post a comment
In response to emerging handheld applications, Linear Technology Corp. has developed the LTC3025 very low dropout regulator (VLDO) with a dropout voltage of only 45 mV, and an output current of 300 mA.
Atmel targets PC drives and DVD recorders with high-speed laser diode drivers in tiny packages
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12/22/2004   Post a comment
Atmel Corp.'s ATR084x family is designed for digital versatile disk with read/write function (DVD±RW)/CD-RW combo drives and enables RW speeds of up to 16 times (DVD±RW), and 52 times (CD-RW), respectively.
Wireless infrastructure gets a boost from variable gain amplifier
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12/22/2004   Post a comment
The ADL5330 from Analog Devices is the first monolithic VGA to provide broadband operation from 1 MHz to 3 GHz with a precision 60-dB linear-in-dB gain-control range.
Quad DC/DC brightens display solution
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12/21/2004   Post a comment
Linear Technology's compact LT1942 incorporates a triple-output supply with built-in power sequencing for thin-film-transistor liquid-crystal displays (TFT-LCDs), as well as a driver for backlighting up to 12 white-LEDs.
Chinese company develops complete RFIC transceiver
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12/21/2004   Post a comment
Comlent, a fabless RFIC design house, announced Tuesday (Dec. 21) it is the first Chinese company to successfully develop a whole radio-frequency integrated circuit (RFIC) transceiver and power amplifier (PA) chip set for PHS/PAS handsets.
Earthquake damage lands Sanyo in the red
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12/21/2004   Post a comment
Sanyo estimated the cost of earthquake damage at its Niigata semiconductor fab last October at about $837 million.
SST lower guidance, will take inventory charge
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12/20/2004   Post a comment
SST (Silicon Storage Technology) Inc. announced Monday that revenue for the fourth quarter ending December would top out between $102 million and $108 million, compared with previous guidance of $120 to $130 million.
SST lower guidance, will take inventory charge
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12/20/2004   Post a comment
SST (Silicon Storage Technology) Inc. announced Monday that revenue for the fourth quarter ending December would top out between $102 million and $108 million, compared with previous guidance of $120 million to $130 million.
Ember, Mototech ink partnership on ZigBee products
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12/20/2004   Post a comment
Ember Corp. and Mototech have entered a partnership to produce cost-effective ZigBee solutions for OEM and ODM customers.
DRAM industry gets caught in price fixing scheme
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12/20/2004   Post a comment
It has the makings of the biggest scandal in the history of the semiconductor industry. Or perhaps it's much ado about nothing. Most guess that the vast majority of the case will get swept under the rug.
Industry discovers the IC: inventory correction
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12/20/2004   Post a comment
By some accounts, it has been a banner year for the IC industry in 2004. The first half was hot as vendors racked up record sales and profits. And in total, the industry is expected to grow anywhere between 25-to-30 percent in 2004 over 2003, depending on the forecaster.
Big news in bad semiconductor materials industry
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12/20/2004   Post a comment
The semiconductor materials industry can be summed up in one word: lousy. Chemicals. Photomasks. Photoresists. Silicon wafers. Slurries. Specialty gases. You name it. They are capital-intensive, low-margin businesses.
No leap of faith required here — Datel claims 14-bit A/D converter hybrid approach makes the most sense
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12/20/2004   Post a comment
Advances in monolithic processing and design architecture have now evolved to where analog and digital design sections can share the same die to provide higher resolution and conversion speeds. Datel's ADSD-1410, a single multichip hybrid module with two internal separate A/D converters and supporting circuitry, is an example of this evolution.
Cutting the cord: Atmel's new transceiver links up to 10 cordless handsets across 300 m
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12/19/2004   Post a comment
With the launch of its ATR2806 SiGe BiCMOS transceiver IC, Atmel has brought together more than a decade of work in silicon germanium (SiGe) as well as low-IF and integration expertise in this 5th-generation product. The team at Atmel focused hard on the trade-offs between technical performance and price, and kept its aim keenly fixed on superior sensitivity.
IEDM buzz
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12/19/2004   Post a comment
The sparks and papers were flying at IEMD in cool and crisp San Francisco, as presenters addressed process technology, strained silicon, high-k, MRAMs, and even test tube transistors.
All-in-one regulator cuts costs to the core
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12/18/2004   Post a comment
Intersil Corporation bills its ISL6568 two-phase PWM controller IC as the industry's smallest all-in-one VID multiphase CPU core regulator. With integrated 3-amp, 5-12 volt MOSFET gate drivers, it claims the highest performance-to-price ratio in the smallest PC board area of any Intel or AMD CPU core voltage regulator available.
Intel macht Fortschritte beim 65-nm Prozess
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12/17/2004   Post a comment
Mit Fotos stellte Intel während der 'International Electron Devices Meeting' (IEDM) zwei Mikroprozessoren vor, die der Chipriese mit seiner 65-nm Technologie hergestellt haben will.
MRAM Activity Heats Up -- Toshiba and NEC Announce --
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12/17/2004   Post a comment
Magneto Resistive Technology seems to be gaining momentum In the last month or so, several key players have announced the results of their research so far. It looks real promising....
Embedded Algorithms for Co and Parallel Processing
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12/17/2004   Post a comment
C language based hardware compiler can automate the generation of algorithms into embedded hardware and make your own re-usable IP.
Hidden in a Minor Release Number is a Major Upgrade
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12/17/2004   Post a comment
Altera's new Quartus II vers. 4.2 is not just an incremental upgrade. It's a new level.
When DNA Meets Silicon
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12/17/2004   Post a comment
Advancements in Silicon Based DNA Processing and Interfacing Will Change Our World.
More MRAM Activity -- Renesas and Mitsubishi Announce
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12/17/2004   Post a comment
Magneto Resistive Technology seems to be gaining momentum In the last month or so, several key players have announced the results of their research so far. It looks real promising....
Embedded Systems ASIC Designers Can Now Use Anti-Fuse Technology in Their Designs
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12/17/2004   Post a comment
Embedded Designers Can Now Add Field Programmable Logic Arrays and OTP Memory To Their ASIC Designs
Goal Semi's quad D/A converter drives over 200-volt output
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12/17/2004   Post a comment
Goal Semiconductor Inc.'s highly integrated digital-to-analog converter (D/A converter) means compact system designs for high-voltage control applications.
Samsung presents most papers at IEDM conference
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12/17/2004   Post a comment
Which company presented the most papers at the 50th International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) here this week?
Analyst's Couch: DVD chip market up, down
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12/17/2004   Post a comment
The combined DVD player and recorder semiconductor market is projected to reach over $2.4 billion in 2004, up 27 percent over 2003, according to International Data Corp. (IDC).
Motorola annonce une réorganisation en vue d’une « mobilité transparente »
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12/16/2004   Post a comment
Motorola Inc. devrait débuter la nouvelle année par une réorganisation de ses différentes unités en une « entreprise de mobilité transparente » à l’heure où le nouveau Président-directeur général, Ed Zander, tente de donner une nouvelle forme à la société. Quatre unités devraient être créées et aucune perte d’emploi n’est prévue dans le cadre de cette réorganisation.
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