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MCUs - ICs combine Flash and ARM Cortex-M3 processing for M2M cellular communications
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12/31/2009   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics' robust, low power ST32-M ICs combine Flash and ARM Cortex-M3 processing for M2M cellular communications. The family is software compatible with ST's ST32 SIM card IC family.
MIPS chairman appointed interim CEO
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12/31/2009   Post a comment
MIPS Technologies said its board of directors has appointed the company's chairman to act as interim CEO following the scheduled retirement of longtime president and CEO John Bourgoin.
Spansion plans to emerge from bankruptcy in Q1
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12/31/2009   Post a comment
NOR flash vendor Spansion said it plans to emerge from bankruptcy early in 2010 after posting a GAAP net income of $1.5 million for the quarter ended Sept. 27, despite declining sales.
South Korea closes NAND antitrust probe
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12/30/2009   Post a comment
South Korea's Fair Trade Commission has closed a three-year investigation of NAND flash memory chip makers, saying it found no evidence that they were engaged in international price fixing, according to reports.
SENSORS - CMOS image sensor has pipelined snapshot shutter capability
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12/30/2009   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor's new 1.3-Mega-Pixel VITA 1300 image sensors deliver 150 fps at full resolution and has pipelined snapshot shutter capability.
ITC issues final determination against Tessera
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12/30/2009   Post a comment
The U.S. International Trade Commission issued a final determination that Tessera Technologies failed to prove that its patents were infringed by some DRAM manufacturers and sellers, including Elpida Memory, Nanya Technology, Powerchip Semiconductor and ProMOS Technologies.
Broadcom settles stock options suit for $160M
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12/29/2009   Post a comment
Fabless chip vendor Broadcom said it has agreed in principle to settle the securities class action litigation pending against the company and some of its current and former officers and directors for $160.5 million in cash.
Company cranks portable wireless audio at CES
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12/29/2009   Post a comment
Eleven Engineering Inc. will jump into the pool of providers of wireless audio streaming technology at the Consumer Electronics Show with a set of dongles and speakers using its proprietary 2.4 GHz technology.
Taiwanese solar cell maker to buy GE Energy plant
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12/29/2009   Post a comment
Motech Industries, the Taiwan-based solar cell manufacturer that is 20 percent owned by chip foundry TSMC, said it signed an agreement to acquire GE Energy's Delaware solar module assembly operation. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Israeli startup licenses LTE technology to Sequans
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12/29/2009   Post a comment
WiMax chip supplier Sequans Communications SA (Paris, France) has licensed LTE IP from Dorfour Ltd. (Tel Aviv, Israel). Dorfour was founded by engineers from Texas Instruments and WiMax systems provider Alvarion.
Explosion in LED-backlit LCD-TV shipments predicted
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12/28/2009   Post a comment
Global shipments of LED-backlit LCD-TVs with 40-inch or larger screen sizes will rise by nearly eight fold, from 2.5 million units in 2009 to 18.8 million units in 2010, according to market research firm iSuppli.
Apple media pad could leapfrog e-books, netbooks
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12/28/2009   1 comment
A combination Apple media pad, e-book and netbook anticipated by some observers could steal much of the thunder about mobile systems expected at this year's Consumer Electronics Show.
Analyst: Impact of FTC versus Intel overblown
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12/28/2009   Post a comment
The final impact of a suit brought by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission against Intel is likely to be less than what many expect, according to a Wall Street analyst, who rejected the notion that the courts would force the microprocessor giant to license modern x86 instruction sets to other firms.
On Semi launches California Micro tender offer
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12/28/2009   Post a comment
On Semiconductor has launched a previously announced tender offer to acquire California Micro Devices for $4.70 per share, or about $107.3 million in total, the company said Monday (Dec. 28).
Taiwan set to outspend Samsung on DRAM capex, says analyst
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12/28/2009   Post a comment
Inotera Memories Inc. will triple its capital expenditure in 2010 to $1,385 billion as part of an effort by Taiwan DRAM manufacturers that will, in aggregate, eclipse the spending of market leader Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., according to DRAMexchange Technology Inc., a Taiwan-based market analysis company.
DRAM capex set to rise 80% in 2010, says analyst
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12/28/2009   Post a comment
Capital expenditure by DRAM makers will increase by 80 percent year-on-year to $7.85 billion in 2010, according to DRAMexchange Technology Inc., a Taiwan-based market analysis company. The company estimated the DRAM makers will spend $4.30 billion in 2009.
SOFTWARE TOOLS - CoWare and Tensilica collaboration speeds development of multicore Tensilica-based platforms
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12/26/2009   Post a comment
CoWare and Tensilica have collaborated to speed development of multicore Tensilica-based platforms with CoWare virtual platforms.
WIRELESS/RF - Embedded Wi-Fi solution offers lower power consumption, longer range connectivity and smaller footprint
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12/24/2009   Post a comment
Atmel and H&D Wireless have collaborated to delivery the industry's most power-efficient IEEE802.11b+g Wi-Fi solution, with lower power consumption, longer range connectivity and smaller footprint.
Hynix confirms 2010 capex increase
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12/24/2009   Post a comment
South Korean memory chip vendor Hynix Semiconductor has confirmed that it will increase its planned capital expenditure for 2010 to 2.3 trillion won (about $1.95 billion), according to reports, which cite a filing made by Hynix with the South Korea Stock Exchange.
Incomplete 3DTV products in CES spotlight
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12/23/2009   1 comment
The HDMI standard is getting an update to support broadcast stereo 3D content on new and existing links, one of many pieces of the puzzle still being put in place for the roll pout of 3DTV which will be a major focus at the Consumer Electronics Show.
UMC, Epistar plan LED joint venture in China
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12/23/2009   Post a comment
Foundry UMC and Taiwan-based LED supplier Epistar have formed an LED chip joint venture based in Mainland China.
RTL simulator adds enhanced assertions, Xilinx SecureIP support
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12/23/2009   Post a comment
EDA vendor Aldec released its latest RTL and gate-level simulator, Active-HDL 8.2 sp1, for FPGA design and verification engineers.
Micron logs first profit in three years
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12/22/2009   Post a comment
Memory chip vendor Micron Technology swung to profit in the quarter ended Dec. 3, topping Wall Street's expectations with sales of $1.74 billion.
Avnera chip provides multi-point HD audio connections
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12/22/2009   Post a comment
Fabless chip maker Avnera unveils the world's first multi-point wireless solution to connect up to 10 audio devices from music players to speakers, according to the company.
Sun exec named Altera CFO
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12/21/2009   Post a comment
Programmable logic supplier Altera Corp. Monday (Dec. 21) appointed Ronald J. Pasek, a 19-year veteran of Sun Microsystems Inc., to the position of chief financial officer.
Seven things to fix in 2010. Join the conversation
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12/21/2009   17 comments
The editors of EE Times came up with their own informal list of things we hope engineers fix in 2010, spanning everything from nano-lithography to space travel. What do you want to see get done next year?
8-bit body control MCUs have standby power consumption of 0.65microA
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12/21/2009   Post a comment
NEC Electronics launched eight new all flash MCUs for automotive control, designed to respond to all temperature environments, with a standby power consumption of only 0.65microA.
Intel packs graphics on Atom for netbooks
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12/21/2009   Post a comment
Intel Corp. is shipping new versions of its Atom processor that integrate graphics and a memory controller on the same die as the x86 CPU in hopes the new chips will help expand its lead in the rapidly growing market for netbooks.
Email to the editor: FTC's complaint is about runtime libraries
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12/19/2009   1 comment
A reader provides extra detail on the compiler issues behind the FTC's recently-made suit against Intel.
Nokia, ST-Ericsson partner on TD-SCDMA
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12/18/2009   Post a comment
Nokia and ST-Ericsson have announced a long-term partnership in the area of TD-SCDMA technology and ICs. As part of the partnership, Nokia will use ST-Ericsson as a supplier of chipsets for its Symbian-based TD-SCDMA portfolio.
Analog Devices completes manufacturing upgrades ahead of schedule and shortens lead time
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12/18/2009   Post a comment
Analog Devices has successfully completed operational improvements to lower cost and achieve greater wafer fabrication efficiencies for its proprietary analog, mixed-signal, and MEMS (micro-electromechanical system) manufacturing process technologies.
CSR's BlueCore7 multifunction wireless solution meets new Bluetooth low energy specification
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12/18/2009   Post a comment
CSR nnounced that, immediately following the Bluetooth SIG’s adoption of the Bluetooth low energy specification, it has qualified its BlueCore7 multifunction wireless solution for Bluetooth low energy products.
Wireless audio IC supports home, portable apps
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12/18/2009   Post a comment
Kleer, a maker of chips for wireless audio, has announced a new release of its flagship KLR3012 wireless audio module, which contains new technology to support both portable audio devices and home audio equipment.
Stereo ADC solution offers high quality line input audio performance in recordable media applications
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12/17/2009   Post a comment
Wolfson Microelectronics has added its Pure Sound audio portfolio with the introduction of the WM8783, an ultra low pin count, low power stereo ADC solution designed to offer high quality line input audio performance in recordable media applications, including LCD TVs, set top boxes and DVD recorders.
PC, not TV chips the focus for Intel at CES
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12/17/2009   Post a comment
Intel Corp will announce 17 new processors at the Consumer Electronics Show including two 32 nm parts with graphics in a package with an x86, however it has no design wins to announce yet for its digital TV chips.
STMicroelectronics announces performance- and software-scalable SoCs for digital TVs
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12/17/2009   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics launched a family of full high-definition H.264/MPEG SoCs aimed at the worldwide flat-panel digital TV market.
Achronix' 1.5-GHz FPGA in commercial production
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12/17/2009   Post a comment
FPGA startup Achronix Semiconductor's Speedster 1.5-GHz FPGA is now in commercial production on TMSC's 65-nm G-Plus process technology, according to a statement.
AppliedMicro's energy conscious processors continue drive toward low-power processing
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12/16/2009   Post a comment
AppliedMicro has announced energy efficient versions of the company's families of 405 and 460 embedded processors that consume up to 40 percent less power for a variety of embedded applications.
NEC Electronics introduces four new 8-bit LCD microcontrollers with integrated metrology engine for smart electricity meters
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12/16/2009   Post a comment
NEC has announced the availability of four new 8-bit All Flash LCD MCUs with an integrated metrology engine providing energy measurement and management functions for smart electricity meters.
Freescale charts a debt-free future: Will it succeed?
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12/16/2009   2 comments
Executives at Freescale Semiconductor Inc. say their plan for paying off or at least sharply reducing the company's $8 billion in long-term debt includes the possibility of an initial public offering, but they must first successfully complete its multi-year turnaround.
Is NFC there to stick? A report from CARTES
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12/16/2009   Post a comment
While smart card manufacturers where showcasing their latest visual tricks and printing capabilities on the busy alleys of CARTES & Identification in Paris, Near field communications (NFC) was definitely in the spotlight, technically there, but still far away from mass deployment.
Chinese processor drives $99 netbook, say reports
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12/16/2009   3 comments
Recently formed Cherrypal (Palo Alto, Calif. and Hong Kong, China) has launched a netbook computer priced at $99 that, according to reports, is powered by a processor from Ingenic Semiconductor Co. Ltd. (Beijing, China).
eSilicon, Synopsys sign multiyear licensing deal
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12/16/2009   Post a comment
Fabless company eSilicon Corp. announced it has concluded a multi-year licensing agreement with Synopsys Inc. to use its Galaxy Implementation Platform, Discovery Verification Platform, DesignWare IP and services.
Microchip readies ZigBee RF4CE protocol and XLP compliant platform
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12/16/2009   Post a comment
Microchip's platform for next-generation RF control of consumer electronics consists of eXtreme low power microcontrollers, compliant transceiver and industry's smallest stack.
Power/current monitor enables board and system-level optimization
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12/16/2009   Post a comment
Linear Technology's power and current monitor for 4V to 80V systems provides the necessary circuits to accurately measure, monitor, and control power in situations in which both the current and voltage may vary.
Broadcom taps 40-nm process for high-def handsets
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12/16/2009   Post a comment
Broadcom Corp. is sampling its first 40 nm chip, a cellphone media processor capable of recording full 1080-progressive high definition video, the company said at its annual meeting with Wall Street analysts where it positioned itself as poised for a return to profitable growth that will outpace its markets.
Broadcom lifts Q4 guidance
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12/15/2009   Post a comment
Citing stronger than expected demand in broadband and enterprise networking markets, Broadcom raised its fourth quarter sales target by about 5 percent, saying the company now expects to report revenue of roughly $1.32 billion.
Judge dismisses cases against ex-Broadcom execs
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12/15/2009   Post a comment
A U.S. federal judge dismissed securities fraud charges against Broadcom co-founder Henry Nicholas and a former chief financial officer at the fabless chip vendor, citing prosecutor misconduct.
Toshiba samples 64-Gbyte NAND module
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12/15/2009   Post a comment
Toshiba Corp. has a launched a 64-Gbyte NAND flash memory module that complies with the e-MMC standard.
Altos unveils statistical memory characterization tool
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12/15/2009   Post a comment
Library characterization startup Altos Design Automation Inc. has introduced Variety MX that it claims is a fast and accurate statistical timing model generator for embedded memories.
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