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PowerDsine investors approve sale to Microsemi
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12/29/2006   Post a comment
Shareholders of PowerDsine Ltd. have approved the acquisition of the specialist developer and maker of chips and modules for Power over Ethernet applications by Microsemi Corporation for $245 million.
Xilinx ships industry's largest 65-nm FPGA
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12/29/2006   Post a comment
Xilinx started to ship the LX330, a 65-nm FPGA that is said to deliver 65% more logic than the largest 90-nm device. Xilinx fab partners UMC and Toshiba have quickly ramped 65-nm production, producing excellent yields that have enabled the chip vendor to deliver the complete 65-nm Virtex-5 LX platform on time and over one year ahead of its competition.
Dual-slot, hot swap controller simplifies PCI Express connection
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12/29/2006   Post a comment
Linear Technology's LTC4242, a narrow, dual-slot PCI Express hot swap controller for mid-range networking or storage servers and embedded applications, eliminates complex software interfaces, yet provides a rugged and compact solution for independently controlling the main supplies and the auxiliary supply on two slots.
Hedge fund urges Cypress to reorg, go private
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12/28/2006   Post a comment
Los Angeles-based hedge fund Chapman Capital has written a letter to the board of directors of Cypress Semiconductor urging the company to reorganize itself and become a private company through leveraged buyout.
Intel ordered to produce evidence
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12/28/2006   Post a comment
A U.S. District Court in Delaware has ordered Intel to produce documents and other evidence related to its business conduct outside of the U.S., according to a statement issued by Advanced Micro Devices.
40-amp driver-MOSFET cuts power losses by 20 percent
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12/28/2006   Post a comment
Renesas Technology's R2J20602NP 40-amp driver-MOSFET claims the industry's highest efficiency, cutting power losses by more than 20 percent compared to the company's first generation product.
Analyst: Back-end memory testing could tighten in '07
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12/28/2006   Post a comment
The back-end memory testing industry may become tighter in the second half of 2007, as memory packaging and testing companies struggle to keep pace with a changing and rapidly growing market, according to a report by market researcher DRAMeXchange.
Report: Powerchip denies selling fab to Vanguard
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12/28/2006   Post a comment
Taiwan's Powerchip Semiconductor said in a filing to the Taiwan Stock Exchange that reports that it is planning to sell its eight-inch-wafer plant to Vanguard International Semiconductor are pure speculation, according to a Forbes.com report.
Octal load-control switches simplify automotive designs
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12/28/2006   Post a comment
Providing versatile and board-efficient power distribution, Freescale Semiconductor's MC338xx and MC3399x octal serial switch ICs for automotive electronics control up to sixteen loads.
QuickLogic provides power comparison resource package
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12/27/2006   Post a comment
Demo platform, whitepaper, and microsite compares leading low power programmable logic from QuickLogic, Xilinx, Altera, and Lattice Semiconductor.
Samsung unveils 1-Gbit mobile DRAM
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12/27/2006   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics said it has developed the industry's first one gigabit mobile DRAM for mobile products, using 80-nm process technology. It will be available in second quarter 2007.
TSMC, UMC undamaged by quakes, according to report
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12/26/2006   Post a comment
The world's two largest semiconductor foundries -- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC) and United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) -- reported no damage from a pair of major earthquakes that struck southern Taiwan, according to a report.
Low-cost charge pump drives six white LEDs
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12/26/2006   Post a comment
Allegro's A8434 touts a proprietary high-efficiency, low-EMI charge pump design, which provides a well regulated output for driving up to six white LEDs.
Bidirectional video filters simplify the input-output connection
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12/26/2006   Post a comment
Eliminating the need for separate input and output connectors, Maxim says its MAX7481/MAX7482 bidirectional video filters are the first devices to use the same filter for both the record and playback modes.
Renesas to collaborate with PSC for China market
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12/26/2006   Post a comment
TOKYO — Renesas Technology Corp. will participate in a Powerchip Semiconductor Corp. (PSC) subsidiary to reinforce software development and support for Chinese consumer electronics market. Renesas and PSC have agreed that Renesas will jointly manage Retronix Technologies Inc. (RTX), currently a wholly owned subsidiary of PSC which is specialized in system solutions.
Cypress' radio-on-a-chip cuts design time
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12/22/2006   Post a comment
The PRoC LP integrates the company's 2.4-GHz transceiver with its low-cost 8-bit Flash microcontroller.
Hurt by Intel, AMD cuts MPU prices
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12/22/2006   Post a comment
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Hurt by competitive pressures from Intel Corp. and other factors, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) has cut its product prices in the channels and offered favorable terms to others, according to an analyst. ''We believe AMD is experiencing a challenging Q4'06 from both a demand and a product mix stand point,'' said analyst Doug Freedman of American Technology Research Inc., in a report. ''Intel's new products are having an impact as they ramp Core 2 supply, enabling t
5-amp LDO powers ultralow-voltage DSPs, ASICs
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12/22/2006   Post a comment
Micrel's MIC69502 is a 5-amp low-voltage, low-dropout (LDO) regulator suited for FPGAs, microcontrollers and logic ICs in next generation optical networks, communication switches, storage networks, wireless base stations, and home entertainment systems.
Bidirectional voltage-level translators simplify connectivity
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12/22/2006   Post a comment
Texas Instruments' TXB0104 and TXS0104E bidirectional voltage-level translation devices for connecting next-generation processors and peripherals eliminate the need for direction control signals used in traditional voltage-level translators.
Siemens breaks network speed record
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12/22/2006   Post a comment
Researchers at Siemens have set what they say is a record of 107Gbit/s electric transmission of data over a single fiber-optic cable of just over 100 miles.
Analyst: Femtocells to challenge Wi-Fi cellphones
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12/22/2006   Post a comment
Market research group Strategy Analytics has given chip design group picoChip an early Christmas present, suggesting low cost femtocells using its designs could emerge as a strong contender for Voice over IP services over Wi-Fi.
CCFL controllers make for low-cost inverters for LCD backlighting
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12/22/2006   Post a comment
Dallas Semiconductor touts their DS3992 two-channel, and DS3994 four-channel controllers for cold-cathode fluorescent lamps (CCFLs) as low-cost inverter solutions for LCD backlighting applications.
Low-offset buffer improves I2C reliability
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12/22/2006   Post a comment
Linear Technology's LTC4307 is an I2C bus buffer with low offset and a "stuck bus" recovery feature designed to significantly increase system reliability.
NXP guides to a weaker Q4 as semi cycle softens
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12/22/2006   Post a comment
LONDON — The board of directors of NXP BV, formerly Philips Semiconductor, said the company's fourth quarter results would be weaker than normal seasonality would suggest due to a softening of the semiconductor business cycle.
Samsung Semi president faces jail in DRAM probe
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12/21/2006   Post a comment
The president of Samsung Semiconductor, the U.S. subsidiary of Samsung Electronics, has agreed to plead guilty, serve 10 months in prison and pay a $250,000 fine in connection with an ongoing U.S. Justice Department investigation into DRAM price fixing in 2001 and 2002.
Genesis, Silicon Image reach multimillion dollar settlement
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12/21/2006   Post a comment
Genesis Microchip said it has agreed to pay Silicon Image $4.5 million to settle terms of a memorandum of understanding entered into by the companies in 2002. But Silicon Image puts a different spin on the agreement, saying it was worth far more.
NXP makes slim profit in first 9 months of 2006
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12/21/2006   Post a comment
LONDON — NXP BV, formerly Philips Semiconductors, said it made a net profit of 2 million euro (about $2.6 million) on total sales of 3.77 billion euro (about $4.97 billion) in the first nine months of 2006. Total sales in the nine months ended Sept. 28, 2006, increased 10.6 percent compared to the same period in 2005 although this was partly due to foreign currency effects.
ADI sues Silicon Labs for patent infringement
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12/21/2006   Post a comment
Analog Devices filed a patent infringement suit against Silicon Laboratories in U.S. District Court in Boston. ADI alleges that Silicon Labs' Si84xx family of products infringe multiple U.S. patents addressing physical construction and signaling techniques related to ADI's iCoupler digital isolation products.
Taiwan handset ODMs face pressure from EMS players
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12/21/2006   Post a comment
Taiwan ODMs are losing ground in entry-level handsets, and may have to more aggressively pursue opportunities for customized models in the 3G era if they want to survive.
Shanghai firm readies chip for China digital TV spec
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12/21/2006   Post a comment
A Chinese company is hoping to ramp up volume production of chips supporting China's digital terrestrial TV standard
Lattice and ANAGRAM provide crystal clear audio solutions
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12/20/2006   Post a comment
ANAGRAM Technologies has optimized its audio DAC and digital audio amplifier IP cores for Lattice's LatticeECP, LatticeECP2, and LatticeECP2M FPGAs.
Sarance Technologies delivers Interlaken protocol IP core for Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGAs
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12/20/2006   Post a comment
Interlaken protocol IP core from Sarance Technologies implements next generation high-speed serial chip-to-chip packet interface in Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGAs.
Comparators top list of top 10 IC growth products
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12/20/2006   Post a comment
Comparators, chips used to measure two different voltages, will be the fastest growing semiconductor product segment in 2006, with projected growth of 37 percent, according to estimates by market research analyst firm IC Insights.
NEC's LNA targets SDARS and ISM Band
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12/20/2006   Post a comment
The UPG2310TK provides high gain, low noise, and a high intercept point all in a compact 1.5 x 1.3 x 0.55 mm package.
1.8-V UARTs housed in tiny packaging for portables
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12/20/2006   Post a comment
For portable devices that need to interface with Bluetooth EDR and wireless modems, NXP has launched a 1.8-V UART line that can support data rates as fast as 5-Mbits/s and meet the small form factor requirements of these applications thanks to their TFBGA packaging measuring just 3.5-mm x 3.5-mm.
Qualcomm chips to support Samsung flash
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12/20/2006   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics said its OneNAND flash memory will be supported by new Qualcomm Mobile Station Modem chip sets.
Interface chips support updated HDMI v1.3 standard
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12/20/2006   Post a comment
Analog Devices has expanded its line of HDMI interface chips with multiplexers, receivers and transmitters that support the updated HDMI v1.3 standard. The latest additions to ADI's line address growing consumer demand for high-definition content in multimedia products ranging from 1080p deep-color HDTVs to low-power portable applications, including digital video and still cameras, portable media players and cell phones.
China firms make last-ditch effort on EVD
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12/20/2006   Post a comment
China's optical disc spec is quickly running out of time to fashion a happy ending on the small screen.
Microcontrollers integrate power-saving technology
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12/19/2006   Post a comment
Atmel has released four AVR microcontrollers that incorporate a power-saving technology for multi-year battery life in LCD, lighting control, security, home automation, ZigBee and other battery applications.
Gas gauge chipset advances Li-ion battery protection
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12/19/2006   Post a comment
Texas Instruments' bq20z90 advanced Impedance Track gas gauge chip for multicell, lithium-based battery packs, for use with the company's bq29330 analog front end (AFE) battery protection IC, uses one-third fewer components than its predecessor.
eBay taps FreeFlow for private auction services
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12/19/2006   Post a comment
In a deal that could bring online auctions into the mainstream among electronics multinationals, eBay Inc., the biggest name in online auctions, has teamed up with FreeFlow, an Intenet-auction service provider that has, until now, focused in the high-tech sector.
Under The Hood: TI 65-nm chip at heart of Nokia 2610
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12/19/2006   Post a comment
Decapping the chip at the heart of Nokia's 2610 entry-level phone shows a 65-nm Texas Instruments baseband processor supported externally by Samsung memory and an Infineon RF front end.
Power factor correction IC implements interleaving to boost efficiency
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12/19/2006   Post a comment
Renesas Technology's R2A20112 is a critical-conduction mode power factor correction control IC for AC/DC power supplies, which the company says is the first device of its type to implement interleaved operation in order to boost efficiency and cut supply size.
Taiwan approves fab investments in China
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12/19/2006   Post a comment
After years of delay, Taiwan finally approves investment for two chipmakers in China, and loosens rules for 0.18-micron technology.
150-volt, 35-amp DirectFET MOSFET runs cooler
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12/19/2006   Post a comment
International Rectifier's IRF6643PbF, a 150-volt, 35-amp DirectFET MOSFET for isolated DC/DC converters, touts superior thermal performance and higher efficiency in a low-profile SO-8 package.
China fabs to boost used semi equipment market
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12/19/2006   Post a comment
The used chip equipment market will do well in China in the coming years as foreign companies send their legacy gear there to set up fabs.
Kleer's audio models deliver low power, robust performance
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12/18/2006   Post a comment
The Audio LP line features high quality audio, low power consumption and robust ISM band coexistence.
Dual 14-bit ADC supports 3G and WiMAX basestations
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12/18/2006   Post a comment
With sample rates of up to 150 Msamples/s, ADI's latest ADC can support 3G and WiMax basestations with half the board space of typical solutions.
Temp sensors boost thermal management for 90-nm processors
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12/18/2006   Post a comment
Product Review - SMSC's temperature sensors include resistance error correction, beta compensation, and automatic diode-typing for 90-mm processors; the same technology is also a part of their fan controller ICs.
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