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Vitesse posts fiscal year profit
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12/31/2008   Post a comment
Vitesse Semiconductor said it posted a net income of $16.6 million, or 7 cents per share, on revenue of $228.5 million for the company's fiscal year, ended Sept. 30.
Cheaper iPhone on the way, says analyst
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12/31/2008   Post a comment
A lower-cost version of Apple's popular iPhone, unofficially dubbed the "iPhone Nano" by some, could be hitting stores by the second quarter of 2009, according to a Wall Street analyst.
Pure Wafer set to be acquired
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12/31/2008   Post a comment
Welsh reclaimer of silicon wafers, Pure Wafer, has received a bid approach from an un-named party as it revealed a pre-tax loss of £800,000 for the year to June 30, compared to a profit of £3.6 million the year before.
Actions Semi lowers Q4 guidance
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12/30/2008   Post a comment
Chinese fabless chip vendor Actions Semiconductor cut its guidance for the fourth quarter, saying it now expects revenue of $15 million to $16 million.
Intel rolls new education PCs at CES
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12/30/2008   Post a comment
Intel Corp. will make a fresh foray into low-cost PCs at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, launching a tablet-style netbook for students as well as a personal area network technology for linking Wi-Fi devices.
Top 20 predictions for semis in 2009
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12/30/2008   1 comment
To help sort out the confusion in the market, I have released my own chip forecasts--and other predictions--for 2009.
Top stories of 2008: Energy, memristors
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12/30/2008   Post a comment
Renewable energy and emerging semiconductor technologies like memristors were among the top industry stories in 2008.
Chip distributor inventories rising, analyst warns
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12/30/2008   Post a comment
Thanks to weaker-than-expected shipments in November, inventories for Asian semiconductor distributors have reached far beyond desired levels, something likely to have a negative impact on overall chip shipments in the first half of 2009, according to a Wall Street analyst.
InterDigital, ModeLabs seal patent licensing pact
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12/30/2008   1 comment
French mobile device developer ModeLabs Group has become the latest in the wireless sector to take a license for some of InterDigital's patents related to 2G and 3G cellular technologies.
Medical giant designs in Amimon wireless
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12/30/2008   8 comments
Stryker Corp., a large medical electronics company, has struck an exclusive deal to use proprietary wireless technology from startup Amimon for its operating room systems, a second major design win for the company which is the midst of a battle with multiple short-range, high bandwidth wireless technologies.
DARPA chief reviews legacy
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12/29/2008   Post a comment
The head of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency reflected on his nearly eight years at DARPA, refuting charges the agency has tightened spending on basic research.
Samsung preps WiMax, LTE chips
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12/29/2008   1 comment
Samsung Electronics is expanding its portfolio of silicon for cellphones with basebands for Long Term Evolution and WiMax and media accelerators at a time when its handset division is tapping a broader set of chip vendors.
IPWireless re-acquired in management buy-out
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12/26/2008   Post a comment
NextWave Wireless Inc. (San Diego, Calif.) has sold a 75 percent stake in its IP Wireless mobile chip and systems subsidiary in a management buyout for just $1 million.
Micron posts wider loss, cuts capex
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12/23/2008   Post a comment
Memory supplier Micron Technology reported a net loss of $706 million, or 91 cents per share, on revenue of $1.4 billion for the first quarter of the company's fiscal 2009, which closed Dec. 4.
PLX Tech cuts guidance
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12/23/2008   Post a comment
PCI Express chip vendor PLX Technology cut its revenue estimates for the fourth quarter, citing reduced demand.
Zoran cuts fourth quarter guidance
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12/23/2008   Post a comment
DSP vendor Zoran cut its revenue guidance for the fourth quarter, citing an economic downturn affecting the company across all its markets.
Notebooks surpass desktops in strong quarter
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12/23/2008   Post a comment
Amid strong PC sales, global notebook PC shipments exceeded desktop sales on a quarterly basis for the first time ever in the third quarter of 2008, according to iSuppli Corp. forcing the market watcher to increase its 2008 PC estimates half a point.
DRAM spot prices rebounding, firm says
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12/23/2008   Post a comment
Spot prices for DRAM chips are on the rebound thanks to production cuts by several vendors, and the spot price for 1-Gbit DDR 2 667-Mhz parts may reach $1 again in the first quarter of 2009, according to DRAMeXchange, a DRAM clearing house.
Silicon Labs : Ethernet clock IC eases frequency conversion
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12/23/2008   Post a comment
Silicon Laboratories has expanded its Any-Rate precision clock family with the Si5315, a jitter-attenuating clock multiplier IC that meets or exceeds the performance, integration, frequency and jitter requirements for the 1G and 10G Synchronous Ethernet (SyncE) market.
STMicroelectronics : Watchdog IC features chip-enable
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12/23/2008   Post a comment
By providing a chip-enable input, the STWD100 watchdog timer IC from STMicroelectronics prevents automatic reset generation during in-system programming or boot-up, enhancing flexibility for developers to control and manage applications.
XMOS offers free audio code for processors
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12/23/2008   Post a comment
Multicored processor vendor XMOS Semiconductor Ltd. (Bristol, England) has developed source code for a range of digital audio applications including Ethernet AVB and USB 2.0. The company plans to demonstrate hardware versions of the applications at the 2009 NAMM conference.
National PowerWise buck controllers hit 85% peak efficiency
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12/23/2008   Post a comment
The LM5085 and LM5088 controllers can operate from inputs as high as 75V while the LM25085 and LM25088 can operate from inputs as high as 42V.
MCUs: Gleichmann launches 8-/16-bit MCUs with low standby power
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12/22/2008   Post a comment
78KO and 78KOR MCUs are targeted for battery-operated applications
Powerline group breaks two-year deadlock
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12/22/2008   Post a comment
Thanks to growing momentum behind the ITU G.hn standard covering all wired home networks, the IEEE P1901 has taken a significant step toward defining a standard for competing power line technologies, breaking a two-year deadlock.
Step-down controller line provides input voltage range up to 75V
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12/22/2008   Post a comment
National's latest PowerWise products include four new high-voltage, non-synchronous buck controllers that feature a high input voltage range, high-performance pulse width modulation (PWM) control and reduced electromagnetic interference.
Dual digital pulsers use active clamping to enhance ultrasound imaging
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12/22/2008   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products' dual, high-voltage digital pulsers provide a guaranteed 1.3A (min) output current, enabling them to be independently configured to enable unipolar or bipolar pulsing in high-voltage systems from low-voltage logic outputs.
Updated: Memory spot prices stage rally
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12/22/2008   Post a comment
Spot prices for memory parts showed some increases for the week ending Dec. 19 on news of DRAM production cutbacks and better-than-expected holiday sales of NAND flash products, according to market research firm Gartner.
Reference design launched for low power RF remote control
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12/19/2008   Post a comment
Ultra low power chip specialist GreenPeak (Utrecht, the Netherlands) is rolling out an IEEE802.15.4-based RF technology reference design that it says can be used to build home remote controls that can run almost forever on a single battery.
Infineon counterclaims in Volterra patents dispute
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12/19/2008   Post a comment
Infineon Technologies AG and Primarion, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Infineon Technologies North America Corp. have filed a counterclaim against Volterra Semiconductor alleging fraud on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, as well as for antitrust violations.
MCUs: IPextreme adds HCS08 synthesizable IP Core to its MCU line
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12/19/2008   Post a comment
IP core is object code compatible with Freescale 68HC08 and HCS08 devices, enabling easy migration to ASICs and FPGAs
Analysis: IC market gloom won't last
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12/19/2008   1 comment
The semiconductor industry is forecast to experience a steep sales drop in 2009 but the market could witness bounce back strongly in the second half of the year as various stimulus programs, government fiscal actions and improvement in the global economy lift corporate and consumer demand for electronic equipment.
ITC to investigate Spansion complaint against Samsung, others
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12/19/2008   Post a comment
The U.S. International Trade Commission has agreed to investigate a complaint by flash memory specialist Spansion against certain flash memory chips made by South Korean giant Samsung Electronics and products based on those chips marketed by some of the biggest names in electronics.
Mercury launches Virtex-5-based digital receivers
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12/19/2008   Post a comment
Mercury Computer Systems launches a new family of high-performance COTS digital receivers featuring Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGA technology in a flexible mezzanine card format.
X5-TX PCI Express XMC Module from Innovative Integration
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12/19/2008   Post a comment
X5-TX PCI Express XMC Module, Xilinx Virtex5 FPGAs, Direct RF Digitizing, Programmable Logic Design, Innovative Integration, RADAR
Analog Devices gets star power with ex-Alpha architect
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12/18/2008   Post a comment
Analog Devices (ADI) has appointed well-known CPU designer Dan Leibholz as Engineering Director of the company's general-purpose DSP division.
IBM claims fastest graphene transistor
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12/18/2008   2 comments
IBM Research is claiming the world's fastest graphene field-effect transistor, operating at 26 GHz.
Gartner cuts chip equipment forecast again
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12/18/2008   Post a comment
Semiconductor equipment spending is projected to decline 30.6 percent in 2008 and 31.7 percent in 2009, according to a revised forecast by market research firm Gartner.
ST-NXP Wireless : UMA chipset platform uses cellular network of WiFi
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12/18/2008   Post a comment
ST-NXP Wireless has announced that its 3G unlicensed mobile access (UMA) chipset platform is now in mass production, paving the way for a new range of converged fixed and mobile phones with enhanced multimedia capabilities.
U.S. R&D investments to target infrastructure, jobs
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12/18/2008   Post a comment
The chairman of the House Science Committee said his panel will focus new federal R&D investments on broadband infrastructure for applications like interoperable health IT networks.
Wolfson extends Smart Power solutions for designers of portable devices
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12/18/2008   Post a comment
Wolfson Microelectronics has launched two additional integrated power management and audio ICs utilising its Smart Power technology to offer more options for designers of portable devices.
AnalogicTech : MOSFET driver offers lowest impedance in its class
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12/18/2008   Post a comment
By operating at up to 28 V and combining a high switching frequency with a compact SC70JW package, AnalogicTech’s AAT4910 MOSFET driver meets the desing needs of today's multiphase dc-dc converter and motor control circuits.
Intel says no job cuts as analyst cuts estimates again
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12/18/2008   Post a comment
A Wall Street analyst again cut estimates for Intel, citing continued deterioration in PC demand, but noted that Intel said it is not planning a meaningful headcount reduction.
Semi execs feeling gloomy about 2009
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12/18/2008   Post a comment
Semiconductor executives anticipate a steep decline in profitability over the next 12 to 18 months, according to a recent global survey of semiconductor company executives conducted by KPMG, the U.S. audit, tax and advisory firm.
GaAs device sector set for 5% fall in '09
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12/17/2008   Post a comment
The Gallium Arsenide device market will face a 5 percent decline next year compared to 2008 according to market research group Strategy Analytics.
Micron, Sun take NAND endurance to one million cycles
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12/17/2008   Post a comment
Micron Technology Inc. (Boise, Idaho) has said it has worked with Sun Microsystems Inc. (Mountain View, Calif.) to develop a single-level cell (SLC) NAND flash memory technology that extends the lifespan of flash-based storage for enterprise applications and reaches a million write cycles.
Analysis: Inventory crisis looms for chipmakers
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12/17/2008   Post a comment
A huge inventory buildup in semiconductor inventory is being predicted by research firm iSuppli Corp., a development that could further put a dent on IC manufacturers' ability to quickly recover from what could be the sharpest decline in market history.
SST cuts guidance, 120 jobs
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12/17/2008   Post a comment
Citing weakening demand caused by the global economic slowdown, flash memory specialist Silicon Storage Technology cut guidance for the fourth quarter and said it would cut its workforce by about 17 percent, or roughly 120 jobs.
RF Micro to cut manufacturing, 5% of workforce
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12/17/2008   Post a comment
RF Micro Devices will reduce it workforce by 5 percent, or about 250 employees, as part of a cost reduction plan that includes the idling of a 4-inch fab and manufacturing cutbacks at its U.K. facility.
PA enables small system footprint for embedded WLAN
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12/17/2008   Post a comment
SiGe Semiconductor has released the SE2568U ISM-band high-performance power amplifier (PA) targeted at the embedded 2.4 GHz wireless LAN (WLAN) market.
IBM, Toshiba, AMD build "smallest SRAM cell"
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12/17/2008   Post a comment
Toshiba, IBM and AMD have developed what they says is the smallest functional SRAM cell that makes use of FinFETs. The trio outlined details of the cell at this week's International Electron Devices Meeting in San Francisco.
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