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BenQ axes Beijing handset R&D center
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12/18/2006   Post a comment
Chip sales to hit $400B in 2011
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12/16/2006   Post a comment
SHANGHAI, China — The semiconductor market will top a dizzying $400 billion in 2011, according to a recent report by IC Insights. From now till then, the annual growth will stay just the right side of respectable, maintaining double-digit average increases of 10.1 percent. Along the way, IC Insights believes the $300 billion mile marker will be reached in 2008, eight years after the industry passed $200 billion.
Startup tunes .11n for short-range HDTV video
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12/15/2006   Post a comment
Startup Amimon Inc. will demonstrate at the Consumer Electronics Show a prototype of its wireless high definition interface for HDTV video, using technology based on a variation of 802.11n that can deliver up to 1.5 Gbits/second.
Altera Ships Production-Qualified Stratix II GX FPGAs
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12/15/2006   Post a comment
Stratix II GX FPGAs for high-speed interconnect protocols such as PCI Express, CEI-6G, serial digital interface (SDI), Gigabit Ethernet, Serial RapidIO (SRIO), XAUI, SerialLite II, Fibre Channel, and SONET/SDH.
Cefriel joins the Lattice LEADER design services program
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12/15/2006   Post a comment
Lattice's global network of premier design services companies welcomes ICT center of excellence Cefriel, which is developing a LVDS-PCIe (PCI Express) interface.
Austrian foundry pushes 50V embedded flash process
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12/15/2006   Post a comment
Chip design and foundry company austriamicrosystems is expanding its service foundry operation to include a 50V high-voltage CMOS process with embedded flash.
Chip sales to hit $400B in 2011
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IC Insights believes the semiconductor market will top a dizzying $400 billion in 2011.
Macronix tapping SONOS for next-gen flash
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12/15/2006   Post a comment
Next year, Macronix International will introduce a 2Gbit flash test chip based on its new BE-SONOS, which will help flash move beyond the barriers faced by today's floating gate technology when it scales below the 45 nanometer node.
Chip makers venture into portable HD H.264 market
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12/15/2006   Post a comment
Shifting warily from the fast-growing but increasingly commoditized H.264 decoder IC market, several semiconductor companies are testing the waters for H.264 High Profile encoder/decoders.
PoE manager for power source equipment delivers 25 watts
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12/15/2006   Post a comment
Texas Instruments says its TPS23841 is the industry's first fully integrated power-over-Ethernet (PoE) management device for power source equipment (PSE) that allows multiport enterprise systems to deliver up to 25 watts over a standard Ethernet cable.
IP Unity buys Glenayre Messaging for $25 million
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12/14/2006   Post a comment
IP Unity has acquired the messaging business of Glenayre Technologiesf or $25 million in cash. It will rename the company IP Unity Glenayre.
FCC OKs DS-OFDM UWB modulation without waivers
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12/14/2006   Post a comment
Approval was granted without waiver restrictions that are currently being applied to the WiMedia Standard UWB technology.
Motion control IC provides advanced stall-detection
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12/14/2006   Post a comment
The Magellan 55110 from Performance Motion Devices, a single-axis motion control processor IC for step motors, has advanced stall-detection features. Designed specifically for step motor applications,
DRAM party winding down, Gartner says
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12/14/2006   Post a comment
The DRAM segment is at the tail end of its most successful period in years, but the party will start to wind down in 2007, according to market research firm Gartner. The firm projects DRAM revenue growth willslow to 15 percent next year, with revenue peaking in 2008.
Single-chip comprises THD analyzer
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12/14/2006   Post a comment
Build your own test gear. Specialized IC supplier Mixed Signal Integration has a nifty CMOS chip that can measure THD. The device is a single-chip 1/6th octave-wide five-harmonic distortion analyzer.
SST offers 16 Mbit 1.8V parallel flash memory
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12/14/2006   Post a comment
Silicon Storage Technology has beefed-up its 1.8V low-density flash product line with the launching of its 16 Mbit Multi-Purpose Flash Plus device.
Samsung targeting mobile TV on notebooks
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12/14/2006   Post a comment
Samsung Electro-Mechanics has developed a module that is set to bring mobile digital TV (MDTV) to notebooks. Dubbed the SuwonExpress, the device was jointly developed with CyberLink Corp. (Taipei, Taiwan) and Siano Mobile Silicon (Yaqum, Israel).
GSMA calls for clarity on mobile comms IPR
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12/14/2006   Post a comment
The trade association representing the interests of mobile phone operators, GSM Association (GSMA), has urged industry to increase the transparency around intellectual property rights related to new technology standards.
NEC, Sony, Toshiba outline 45-nm process advance
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12/14/2006   Post a comment
The three Japanese companies that are working together to develop logic process technologies for the 45-nm generation — NEC Electronics Corporation, Toshiba Corporation and Sony Corporation — said they have moved closer to their target with the development of an LSI mass production platform.
ST, Ericsson team for 3G baseband processors
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12/14/2006   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has been chosen by Ericsson Mobile Platforms as the preferred supplier of third-generation digital baseband processors to OEMs that are licensees of the Swedish group's 3G mobile-phone platform.
Ningbo Bird to invest $38M in TD-SCDMA
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12/14/2006   Post a comment
China's local 3G standard picks up more support as one of the country's largest domestic makers commits $38 million to handset development for TD-SCDMA.
NXP claims highly integrated PC TV processors
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12/14/2006   Post a comment
Claiming to offer new levels of performance and system integration, NXP Semiconductors introduced a pair of PC TV processors for desktop and notebook multimedia PCs.
India IC consumption set to double
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Driven by communications, India will see its IC consumption more than double by 2010.
SMIC denies reports of fab delays
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Despite local reports to the contrary, Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. said it is ahead of schedule with the ramp-up of its Chengdu plant and on schedule with a 300-mm wafer facility in Shanghai.
Microchip packs 18-bit delta-sigma ADC in a SOT-23 package
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12/14/2006   Post a comment
Microchip Technology says its 18-bit, delta-sigma analog-to-digital converter, for portable measurement in industrial, medical, consumer, and automotive applications, is the highest-resolution ADC available in a SOT-23 package.
FRAM memory device achieves AEC-Q100 standard for automotive apps
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12/13/2006   Post a comment
Ramtron International Corp.'s FM25C160, a 16Kb, 5V, SPI FRAM memory device has been qualified to AEC-Q100 (Automotive Electronic Council's Stress Test Qualification for Integrated Circuits) standards. The FM25C160 is the third FRAM device to be AEC-Q100-qualified as part of an aggressive automotive qualification program.
Dual-voltage-supply translator is fully configurable
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12/13/2006   Post a comment
Fairchild is sampling a dual-supply bi-directional translator that is configurable for both uni-directional and independent bi-directional voltage translation between two logic levels.
DiBcom's mobile TV chipset handles DVB-H and DVB-T standards
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12/13/2006   Post a comment
The STK-7078 MD is compatible with both Windows XP and Vista and is available in the form of a USB-2.0 key.
Pixelworks CEO steps down, remains chair
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12/13/2006   Post a comment
Allen Alley plans to resign as president and CEO of display IC vendor Pixelworks, effective Dec. 31, Pixelworks said. Alley, who founded Pixelworks, will continue to serve as the company's chairman.
ST reorganizes product groups
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12/13/2006   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics said it plans to reorganize its product segments into three separate groups and as one of its top executives left the company. Effective Jan. 1, ST will divide its product groups into an Application Specific group, a Flash Memories group and a Multi-segment group.
High-side current monitors feature 8-450 volt input range
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12/13/2006   Post a comment
The HV7801 and HV7802 high-side current monitors from Supertex feature an ultrawide operating range, 8 to 450 volts, for motor controls, off-line sensors, instrumentation amplifiers, and current-sensing for high-voltage LED drivers, batteries, and switchmode supplies.
Chip-scale driver for LED flash delivers 1 amp
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12/13/2006   Post a comment
California Micro Devices' family of PhotonIC flash LED drivers, which includes the CM9410, delivers up to 1 amp in a package that's one-fifth the size of equivalent solutions.
Antenova RF design group believed to have come from Xindium
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12/13/2006   Post a comment
Speculation is mounting that the RF designers that will form the core team of Antenova Ltd's planned research and development center in Chicago came from Xindium, an Indium Phosphide start-up that specializes in developing PA amplifiers for mobile devices but is now refocusing on other technologies.
Antenova buys into U.S. RF integration expertise
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12/13/2006   Post a comment
Integrated antenna specialist Antenova Ltd has acquired a team of RF design engineers in the U.S. with expertise in optimizing RF circuits with antennas and also said it plans to open an R&D center in the Chicago area.
Samsung unveils fusion memory for mobile apps
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Samsung Electronics said it has developed a prototype fusion memory chip that can increase the data processing speed between processors in mobile applications.
Samsung unveils fusion memory for mobile apps
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Samsung Electronics said it has developed a prototype fusion memory chip that can increase the data processing speed between processors in mobile applications.
China mobile TV spec similar to Europe's DVB-SH
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12/13/2006   Post a comment
The spec known as China Multimedia Mobile Broadcasting is a close cousin to Europe's digital video broadcast from satellite for handhelds, or DVB-SH. That could make it easier to deploy, but also raise sticky IP issues.
Consortium preps multicore CPU benchmarks
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12/12/2006   Post a comment
The Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium (EMBC) has started work on a standard suite of tests to measure performance of multicore processors and expects a benchmark suite could be available in six to eight months.
Fujitsu readies H.264 format video-processing IC
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12/12/2006   Post a comment
Fujitsu Microelectronics America, Inc.'s upcoming MB86H50 video processing IC has been designed for real-time compression and decompression of high-definition TV-level video in H.264 format.
CMOS imager taps copper wires
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12/12/2006   Post a comment
IBM Microelectronics researchers have developed a CMOS imager technology that uses copper wiring instead of the normal aluminum wiring, thereby improving pixel performance.
Dual-band chipset is 802.11n-draft compliant
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12/12/2006   Post a comment
Here's a chipset that may ease designs of wireless digital entertainment systems. Re-introduced as second-generation silicon by Metalink, the WLANPlus chipset is billed by the company as the industry's first IEEE-802.11n-draft-compliant dual-band chip-set.
IBM awards university grants for Cell processor
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12/12/2006   Post a comment
IBM Corp. has made equipment and services awards to ten universities using the company's Cell Broadband Engine processor based on the Power Architecture.
Company formed to commercialize nanomaterial production
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12/12/2006   Post a comment
Technology venture company IP Group has teamed up with scientists from the University of Surrey's Advanced Technology Institute (ATI) and CEVP Ltd, a leader in plasma tool manufacture, to form Surrey NanoSystems, which will develop and make tools for producing nanomaterials.
Audio post-processor ICs for DTV deliver home-theatre features
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12/12/2006   Post a comment
Cirrus Logic's CS48520 and CS48540 for digital TV (DTV) applications are complete audio post-processing solutions designed to deliver home-theater-like audio quality.
JMD's WiMAX front end targets mobile phones, laptops
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12/12/2006   Post a comment
The M30001 module integrates all active and passive components required to interface WiMAX transceivers directly to an antenna.
ISM-band radio-on-a-chip includes flash microcontroller
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12/12/2006   Post a comment
Building a remote control, wireless mouse, or home automation product? If so, check out this new device from RFIC maker Cypress Semiconductor. It's debuting a next-generation radio-system-on-a-chip for ISM band applications. The device integrates the company's existing 2.4-GHz transceiver with its popular enCoRe II 8-bit Harvard architecture flash-equipped microcontroller.
Micron expands Bracknell imaging design center
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12/12/2006   Post a comment
Micron Technology has started another recruitment drive for design engineers at its Bracknell, England design centre to focus on image sensor IP development that will be used throughout the company, and on system-on-chip product designs.
64-byte FIFO UARTs target battery-powered applications
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12/12/2006   Post a comment
Check out Exar's latest pair of 64-byte FIFO UARTs, both of which feature a selectable I²C/SPI slave interface. While both parts are similar in nature, each has a unique feature. The XR20V2170 integrates an RS-232 transceiver, and the XR20M1170 is a low-voltage, 1.8-V device. The devices are suited for industrial, consumer and battery-powered applications.
NXP platform marries GPS, multimedia capabilities
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12/12/2006   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors introduced a new personal media player platform combining GPS navigation functionality with multimedia capabilities. The offering is based on NXP's Nexperia mobile multimedia processor PNX1090 and software from NXP and partner ALK Technologies.
FlexRay transceiver drives active safety in vehicles
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12/12/2006   Post a comment
NXP, formerly Philips Semiconductors, is shipping what it claims is the industry's first FlexRay transceiver, the TJA1080. With the high-speed FlexRay network communications system, car makers can introduce advanced safety and comfort features.
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