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Times Square New Year's Eve Ball going high-tech
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12/31/2005   Post a comment
When the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball slides down to mark the beginning of 2006, it will be the last time it is lit entirely with conventional, incandescent light bulbs. Starting in December 2006, the ball will be lit by LEDs.
Analysis: Promise, but questions as 2006 approaches
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12/30/2005   Post a comment
As the ball drops on 2005, the prognosis for the electronics industry in 2006 remains at best a puzzle to many.
Motor driver IC keeps an eye on the camera
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12/30/2005   Post a comment
Designed for portable electronics products with a basic digital camera, Freescale Semiconductor's MPC17C724 is a dual-channel motor driver IC that delivers 400 mA per channel for controlling the camera lens and shutter.
Video codec startup claims iPod first
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12/30/2005   Post a comment
Claiming an industry first, low-power codec IC provider Mobilygen said that its MG1264 chip supports real-time, high-quality H.264/ACC video capture compatible with Apple Computer's video iPod.
XM Satellite Radio to showcase 'advanced services' at CES
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12/29/2005   Post a comment
XM Satellite Radio plans to unveil the XM "Advanced Services Vehicle," a concept car featuring in-car video, voice command, weather alerts, parking space locator and other innovations at next week's Consumer Electronics Show
Spintronics generating excitement in tech world
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12/29/2005   Post a comment
Spintronics, the new technology wherein both the charge and spin of an electron is used to carry information, is generating much excitement in the technology world for its potential in a wide range of applications.
LTC's Li-Ion battery charger IC fits in 2-by-2mm DFN package
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12/29/2005   Post a comment
A complete charger solution requires only four discrete components and can charge a single-cell Li-Ion battery at up to 750mA.
Three Japanese companies confirm consideration of foundry
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12/29/2005   Post a comment
Hitachi, Toshiba and Renesas Technology confirmed that the companies have initiated a joint study on the feasibility of creating a Japanese foundry to which each company could outsource some fabrication.
Consumer electronics vet named to PortalPlayer board
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12/28/2005   Post a comment
Fabless semiconductor vendor PortalPlayer appointed consumer electronics retail veteran and former Good Guys CEO Robert Gunst to the company's board of directors.
Ovonyx, Samsung ink pact on memory IP
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12/28/2005   Post a comment
Ovonyx Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. have entered into a long-term license agreement to use Ovonyx' intellectual property relating to the thin-film semiconductor memory technology.
ARC names 35-year tech vet CFO
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12/28/2005   Post a comment
Thirty-five year technology veteran Vic Young as been appointed senior vice president and chief financial officer of configurable CPU/DSP processor core and subsystem vendor ARC International.
QuickLogic, Mentor in OEM agreement on FPGA tools
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12/28/2005   Post a comment
QuickLogic customers will get access to Mentor Graphics' Precision Synthesis tool within the QuickLogic Quickworks FPGA development environment through an OEM agreement between the companies.
Philips transfers TSMC shares within group
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12/28/2005   Post a comment
Royal Philips Electronics has acquired approximately 1,928 million shares of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co from its wholly owned Taiwanese subsidiary, Philips Electronics Industries.
UMC reportedly seeks delisting from Taiwan exchange
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12/28/2005   Post a comment
The chairman of United Microelectronics Corp., reportedly said he is considering delisting the contract chipmaker from the Taiwan Stock Exchange after being penalized for delaying disclosures.
2-Gbit DDR2 SDRAM samples for server applications
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12/28/2005   Post a comment
Manufactured using 80-nm process technology, 2-Gbit DDR2 SDRAMs from Elpida have begun sampling to server manufacturers. The 2-Gbit DDR2 SDRAM devices are available in three different data-rate speeds, including 533-Mbits/s, 667-Mbits/s, or 800-Mbits/s.
Cradle gains $18 million in funding, names CEO
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12/27/2005   Post a comment
Fabless DSP provider Cradle Technologies has completed an $18 million round of financing and promoted Patrick Soheili to the position of president and CEO.
Free multicore debug configuration tool available
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12/27/2005   Post a comment
To help developers just getting their feet wet in their first multicore SoC or multiprocessor designs, Lauterbach is providing a free extension to its TRACE32 debug tool, called T32Start.
STM adds 40 drop-in replacements for voltage monitoring
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12/24/2005   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics STM1061 line of precision voltage detectors include 40 drop-in replacements for industry-standard parts, particularly Torex Semiconductor's XC61C devices.
Broadcom engineer indicted on alleged theft of trade secrets
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12/23/2005   Post a comment
An engineer has been indicted by the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California for allegedly committing theft and unauthorized downloading of trade secrets.
Report: Equity firm in talks to buy TI sensor unit
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12/23/2005   Post a comment
The Wall Street Journal reported that private equity firm Bain Capital is in discussions to buy Texas Instruments' Sensors & Controls division, which analysts have estimated to be worth approximately $2.5 billion.
SDR startup secures $3 million in funding
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12/23/2005   Post a comment
Software-defined-radio technology startup TechnoConcepts has raised $3 million from three institutional investors, two of which had previously invested in the company.
Applied Signal earnings fall despite higher sales
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12/22/2005   Post a comment
Applied Signal Technology Inc. posted earnings of $3.1 million, or 26 cents per share on sales of $57.6 million during the fourth fiscal quarter of 2005 ended Oct. 31.
300 milliamp low dropout regulator operates down to 1.7 volts
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12/22/2005   Post a comment
Linear Technology Corp.'s 300 mA very low dropout (VLDO) linear regulator with input voltage capability down to 1.7 volts features a low internal reference voltage with corresponding adjustable output voltage operation from 0.4 V to 3.6 V.
TI set to acquire RFIC design house Chipcon
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12/22/2005   Post a comment
Chipcon’s design experience in ZigBee RF transceivers and SoCs is expected to complement TI's advanced analog silicon technologies and broad systems expertise. TI agreed to pay approximately $200 million for Chipcon. The transaction is expected to be complete in January 2006.
TI adds SMBus capability to notebook battery chargers
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12/22/2005   Post a comment
Texas Instruments' bq24721 is the company's first integrated battery charge controller with a system management bus (SMBus) interface aimed at three- to four-cell, multi-chemistry battery packs (to 19.2 volts) used in portable applications.
4-phase controller goes mainstream for digital power management
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12/22/2005   Post a comment
Primarion's four-phase PX3539 controller IC is designed to address mainstream server and high-end desktop applications in digital power management.
Maxim chips worth $565,000 hijacked
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12/22/2005   Post a comment
For the second time this year, a truck carrying chips made by Maxim Integrated Products Inc. has been hijacked in Asia.
Lattice settles shareholder suit
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12/22/2005   Post a comment
Programmable logic supplier Lattice Semiconductor has reached a comprehensive agreement to settle a consolidated shareholder derivative litigation against a number of Lattice's former and current executive officers and directors.
Micron posts profit, appoints directors
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12/21/2005   Post a comment
Memory supplier Micron Technology Inc. reported net earnings of $63 million, or 9 cents per share on sales of $1.36 billion for the first fiscal 2006 quarter ended Dec. 1, compared with $43 million, or 7 cents per share on sales of $1.26 billion in the previous quarter.
Low-dropout regulators convert input to low-voltage output
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12/21/2005   Post a comment
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. claims these dual-output, low-dropout (LDO) regulators with 48-microamp ground current can convert 2.25- to 5.5-volt inputs to outputs that are as low as 1.5 V, at 150 milliamp and 300 mA current levels.
STMicro technology does multimedia streaming
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12/21/2005   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has announced details of a portfolio of technologies the company is developing for audio/video streaming in wireless home IP-based networks.
White LED flash driver saves board space
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12/21/2005   Post a comment
Designed for tight layouts, ON Semiconductor's NCP5603 charge pump IC can drive a high-power white LED for high brightness torch or flash applications for camera phones, or power several LEDs for general backlighting in other portable consumer electronic devices.
Grace Semi, ARM ink licensing agreement
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12/21/2005   Post a comment
Grace Semiconductor Manufacturing and ARM Holdings announced a licensing agreement by which ARM will develop a suite of Artisan physical intellectual property to support Grace's 0.18- and 0.13-micron process technologies.
Shrinking Class D amplifier moves to 0.4-mm pitch
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12/20/2005   Post a comment
Aimed at portable applications, National Semiconductor Corp. rolled out a Boomer Class D, 2.5-watt audio amplifier that it claims is the smallest in the world.
IGP chipset delivers 2D/3D graphics
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12/20/2005   Post a comment
VIA announces its CN700 integrated graphics processor (IGP) chipset for embedded commercial systems and home entertainment systems.
JAM Technologies expands to Singapore
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12/20/2005   Post a comment
JAM Technologies has opened a new headquarters here in a move that CEO Mike Holt said positions the company to better supply one of its key markets.
Japanese firms countersue Patriot over patents
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12/20/2005   Post a comment
Processor developer and IP company Patriot Scientific Corp. has been named a defendant in five declaratory judgment lawsuits filed in the Federal District Court in Oakland, Calif., by a group of 20 Japanese electronics manufacturers.
Dual-supply voltage level translators span 1.65 to 5.5 VDC
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12/20/2005   Post a comment
TI adds two dual-supply level translators to its translation portfolio. These configurable designs allow each port to operate over the full 1.65-V to 5.5-VDC supply voltage range.
Network-on-Chip für SoCs
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12/20/2005   Post a comment
Halbleiterexperten sind sich einig, dass eine neue Verbindungs-Technologie nötig ist, wenn man SoC-Bausteine mit einer Milliarde und mehr Transistoren erfolgreich realisieren will.
CDCs für berührungsempfindliche Bedienelemente
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12/20/2005   Post a comment
Analog Devices stellt unter der Bezeichnung AD7142 einen programmierbaren Kapazitäts-/Digital-Wandler mit 14 Eingangskanälen vor.
Class D amplifier cuts flat-panel display costs
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12/20/2005   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products Inc.'s highly integrated, filterless, mono, Class D amplifier is said to reduce costs in flat-panel displays and high-end audio applications.
Brokerage reportedly cuts rating on six semi stocks
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12/20/2005   Post a comment
The Philadelphia Semiconductor Index declined more than 11 points after Stifel, Nicolaus & Co. reportedly cut ratings on six semiconductor stocks -- AMD, Broadcom, Intersil, RF Micro Devices Texas Instruments to "hold" from "buy."
Walter Hewlett to retire from Agilent's board
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12/19/2005   Post a comment
Electronics supplier Agilent Technologies Inc. has announced that Walter Hewlett will retire as a director of the company effective March 1, 2006.
NEC says parallelizing processor cuts time, cost
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12/19/2005   Post a comment
Japan-based NEC Corp. has announced it has developed a multicore processor technology capable of performing automatic parallelization of application programs, without modifying them.
WLAN gets a boost with a dual PA
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12/19/2005   Post a comment
SST has developed a dual power amplifier (PA) that reduces the BOM for emerging 2x2 MIMO products.
Zoran, Chinese company team on product lab
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12/19/2005   Post a comment
Digital TV semiconductor supplier Zoran Corp. has opened a joint product development laboratory with Xiamen Overseas Chinese Electronic Corp. Ltd. (Xoceco), a China-based consumer electronics maker.
WLAN RF front end realized on a single die for portable apps
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12/19/2005   Post a comment
By using an advanced InGaP process, ANADIGICS is achieving a new level of integration with its AWL6254 and AWL6255 front-end ICs, designed to quickly add 802.11 a/b/g/n WLAN functionality to mobile and portable devices.
Condensed PWM controllers are more capable
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12/19/2005   Post a comment
PWM controller recap - While lacking the glitz of so-called digitally-based systems, traditional PWM-based controller ICs for today’s switching power supplies show a fair amount of innovation in their own right.
128-Mbit DDR DRAM transfers data at 1.6-Gbytes/s
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12/16/2005   Post a comment
Integrated Silicon Solution Inc. has introduced a 128-Mbit, DDR DRAM for the networking, consumer and automotive sectors. The IS43R32400A is organized as 4-Meg x 32, has an 8K refresh, and runs up to 200-MHz. And it provides a data transfer rate of up to 1.6-Gbytes/s.
Web-based operational amplifier simulator tool saves time
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12/16/2005   Post a comment
Based on input and output specs provided by the user, Intersil Corp. claims this free, interactive, iSim Web-based simulator tool will find the right Intersil operational amplifier for a given application.
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