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AMD, Hynix to crack top 10 in '06, iSuppli says
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12/5/2006   Post a comment
SAN FRANCISCO — Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) and Hynix Semiconductor Inc. will finally break into the list of the world's top 10 semiconductor suppliers this year, according to a preliminary ranking from market research analyst iSuppli Corp.
Xilinx rolls out Spartan-3a low-cost I/O-optimized FPGAs
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New Xilinx cost-reduced Spartan-3a FPGA family targets high-volume applications requiring high I/O gate ratio, low-power, and anti-cloning security capabilities.
Analysts see little synergy in LSI/Agere combo
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Analysts were cautiously optimistic on the proposed $4 billion merger of LSI Logic and Agere Systems announced Monday, sometimes scratching their heads about where the two companies will find cost and product synergies.
Analysts see little synergy in LSI/Agere combo
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Analysts were cautiously optimistic on the proposed $4 billion merger of LSI Logic and Agere Systems announced Monday, sometimes scratching their heads about where the two companies will find cost and product synergies.
Teja in OEM pact with Sun for Coolthreads
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Network processing software specialist Teja Technologies signs its first broad OEM pact, working with Sun Microsystems on CoolThreads multithreading technology for SunFire, Netra, and ATCA platforms.
AMD, Hynix to crack top 10 in '06, iSuppli says
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Advanced Micro Devices and Hynix Semiconductor will finally break into the list of the world's top 10 semiconductor suppliers this year, according to a preliminary ranking from market research analyst iSuppli, which increased its chip industry growth forecast to 9 percent for 2006.
LSI grabs Agere in $4 billion stock merger
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In a sign of further consolidation in semiconductors, LSI Logic Corp. and Agere Systems Inc. announced that they have entered into a $4 billion agreement to merge the two companies under the LSI Logic name in an all-stock transaction.
Samsung develops new mobile display driver IC
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Samsung Electronics said it has developed what it claims is the world's first mobile display driver IC combining the display driver and readout functions for embedded display panels.
AMI High-side driver ASSP targets 24-volt apps
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AMI Semiconductor has expanded its family of high-side driver application specific standard products with a product designed specifically for the control of LEDs, relays, solenoids, transistor gates, valves and other loads in industrial systems.
LSI Logic snaps up Agere for $4 billion
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LSI Logic Corp. said it has agreed to buy storage and networking IC supplier Agere Systems Inc. for approximately $4 billion, creating a $3.5 billion revenue company in further signs of aggressive consolidation within the semiconductor market. With this purchase, LSI, based in Milipitas, Calif., expects to improve its competitiveness in a wide range of markets in addition to beefing up its engineering workforce and presence in more than 20 countries worldwide.
Qualcomm buys two wireless communication businesses
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Qualcomm Inc. said it reached an agreement to acquire two businesses that would help boost the product offerings of its wireless and mobile communications division as it seeks to consolidate its hold on the sector. The company said today it will purchase Airgo Networks Inc., a WLAN technology IC supplier, and the majority of RF Micro Devices Inc.'s Bluetooth operation. The terms of the separate transactions were not undisclosed.
Qualcomm buys Airgo, RFMD's Bluetooth business
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Qualcomm is beefing up its offerings in both the WiFi and Bluetooth chip sectors with the acquisition of Airgo Networks Inc. and the majority of RF Micro Devices' Bluetooth assets.
Europe shines in October chip sales, says SIA
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Europe showed the strongest month-on-month growth of chips during October, increasing sales by 3.4 percent to $3.53 billion, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).
Belkin gets early start in Certified Wireless USB product race
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The hub will incorporate Wisair's Ultra Wideband chipset.
Analyst cuts '06 chip forecast, warns of tough Q4
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A financial analyst cut his forecast for 2006 semiconductor industry growth for the third time and said the Philadelphia Stock Exchange SOX semiconductor index could decline in December given continued supply chain inventory reductions, impending first quarter seasonal weakness and continued negative year-on-year industry revenue comparisons.
SIA: Record October chip sales, but slowdown looms
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12/2/2006   Post a comment
SAN FRANCISCO — October worldwide semiconductor sales reached $21.9 billion, setting a new monthly record for the fourth consecutive month, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). But the organization's chief warned of a slowdown on the horizon.
Ericsson, Intel collaborate to push mobile broadband
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Ericsson has entered into a joint effort with Intel Corp. to accelerate deployment of services and applications on mobile PCs, powered by Ericsson's HSDPA-based mobile broadband and IMS solutions and Intel Core Microarchitecture for mobile clients and servers. Together, the two companies are aiming to accelerate the market uptake of mobile broadband and multimedia services usage, through a more convenient and attractive experience for consumers and enterprises.
SIA: Record October chip sales, but slowdown looms
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12/1/2006   Post a comment
October worldwide semiconductor sales reached $21.9 billion, setting a new monthly record for the fourth consecutive month, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association. But the organization's chief warned of a slowdown on the horizon.
Real-time clock chip includes EEPROM and crystal
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STMicroelectronics' real-time clock (RTC) includes EEPROM and an embedded crystal in a single 18-pin SOIC to boost reliability and cut board space and overall cost.
Integrated-inductor DC/DCs boost efficiency, thermal performance
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Enpirion's second-generation DC/DC power converter families with integrated inductors, the 3-amp EN533x and 6-amp EN536x, tout improved thermal performance and efficiency, lower ripple and noise, and a 25 percent reduction in footprint over competing solutions.
CMOS image sensors aim for true machine vision
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New CMOS imager chips are emerging that directly sense depth--3D pixel-by-pixel--enabling machine vision to realize its goal of perceiving objects, and reacting appropriately.
Analyst downgrades Broadcom
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A Wall Street analyst who last week said Broadcom has secured a socket in Apple's forthcoming cellular handset downgraded Broadcom's stock rating to "neutral" from "buy."
WiMedia Alliance certifies six IC products for UWB interoperability
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Platform-level certifications are expected to be completed by early 2007, about the same time system-level Wireless USB products start to appear.
Infineon maps multi-gate technology to CMOS
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Infineon reports a major breakthrough in semiconductor technology, promising significant reductions in space and leakage currents.
Single/dual/quad comparators draw just 8.5 microamps per input
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austriamicrosystems' initial line of comparators, its AS1970-75 family, available in single, dual, and quad versions, tout low power consumption—down to 8.5 microamps per input.
Smallest high-frequency 3-amp regulator serves satellite radio
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Micrel says its MIC4722, a 3-by-3 PWM buck regulator working at 2.7 MHz, is the industry's smallest and highest-frequency 3-amp device.
Nonvolatile SRAM modules tout integrated reflowable battery
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Dallas Semiconductor's newest nonvolatile SRAM modules integrate a reflowable battery into surface-mountable devices.
Swiss criminal investigation targets ST dealings
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SAN FRANCISCO — A Swiss prosecutor is conducting a criminal investigation of alleged fraudulent activity pertaining to certain ST Microelectronics currency transactions entered into by the company's former treasurer between 1998 and 2005, ST said Thursday (Nov. 30).
Quantum dot technology specialist buys rival
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Quantum dot technology specialist NL Nanosemiconductor GmBH has bought for an undisclosed sum rival Zia Laser Inc, a leading innovator and manufacturer of quantum dot semiconductor lasers.
Transitive hails Manchester Uni's Knowledge Transfer award
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Transitive Corporation says that its technology and commercial success was one of the key elements in the University of Manchester winning the coveted Knowledge Transfer Challenge Award and the accompanying £500,000 grant from the U.K. government's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
Layout tool speeds MEMS design
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GenISys has started sampling to designers of MEMS based devices, sensors and flat panel displays a flexible simulation platform for mask aligner lithography that lets them virtually model, redesign and optimize device layouts and processes in hours rather than weeks.
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