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Intel launches solid-state drive
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12/30/2010   26 comments
Intel Corp. has introduced to the market a solid-state drive (SSD) that offers 40- and 80-Gbyte memory capacity in a format measuring 51-mm by 30-mm and only 5-mm deep. The unit weighs 10 grams.
Connected TVs already at 21% of market, says analyst
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12/30/2010   12 comments
About 45 million units and some 21 percent of all TVs shipped in 2010 are forecast to have internet connectivity, according to market research company DisplaySearch
Intel shrinks SSD drive
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12/30/2010   3 comments
Intel Corporation has released the Intel® solid-state drive 310 Series, a solid-state drive (SSD) with Intel® X25-class SSD performance that measures 51mm-by-30mm and 5mm thick.
5 things to watch for in new cameras during 2011
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12/28/2010   33 comments
Here are five things defined by camera OEMs and chip vendors as the next battleground for the digital still camera market in 2011.
Cypress fleshes out 65nm SRAM family
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12/27/2010   1 comment
Cypress Semiconductor reports that new devices deliver industry’s fastest QDR SRAM operating speed of 550 MHz while reducing power consumption by 50 percent.
Key innovators in 2010
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12/27/2010   6 comments
Multicore development, the Droid phone and the acceleration of Tesla's electric car head our list of top innovations in 2010.
ITC won't review Samsung-Spansion finding
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12/23/2010   5 comments
The U.S. International Trade Commission said it will not review an October determination that Samsung did not violate flash memory patents held by Spansion.
IBM racetrack memory enters home stretch
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12/23/2010   9 comments
IBM's racetrack memory entered the home stretch to fabricating a prototype solid-state memory chip that can replace both flash memory and hard disk drives.
Many-core Plurality to benchmark on EEMBC
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12/23/2010   2 comments
The Embedded Microprocessor Benchmark Consortium (EEMBC) has announced that Plurality Ltd., a developer of many-core processors, has joined the consortium's Consumer Workgroup.
Report: Sony to buy back fab from Toshiba
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12/22/2010   Post a comment
Sony plans to re-acquire a semiconductor fab in Nagasaki, Japan, that it sold to Toshiba in 2008, according to a report.
NXP sells off sound division for $855 million
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12/22/2010   15 comments
NXP Semiconductor NV, a chip company that has been undergoing a strategic overhaul and downsizing led by CEO Rick Clemmer, has agreed to sell its Sound Solutions business line to Dover Corp. for $855 million.
Prism Sound adds Bluetooth support to audio tester
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12/22/2010   Post a comment
Prism Sound's dScope Series III audio analyzer has been upgraded so support audio streaming directly between test system and Bluetooth device, enabling real-time, closed-loop testing of Bluetooth audio systems.
Xilinx lowers quarterly guidance on weak comms
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12/22/2010   1 comment
FPGA vendor Xilinx Inc. has reduced its guidance for its third fiscal quarter which ends with the calendar year.
ARM share price soars on Windows reports
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12/22/2010   20 comments
ARM's share price jumped sharply on reports that Microsoft will use the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next month to demonstrate a version of its Windows operating system that will run on processors designed by the U.K. firm.
13 'fabless' chip firms to top $1B in sales
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12/22/2010   5 comments
IC Insights said that a record 13 fabless chip companies will top $1 billion in sales this year, though the firm defines the term to include one company that maintains its own fabs but gets most of its wafers from foundries.
ITC ruling for Tessera over chip firms upheld
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12/21/2010   Post a comment
A U.S. federal appeals court upheld an ITC ruling against several chip makers that were found to infringe BGA package patents held by Tessera Technologies.
Samsung Electronics selects Dialog’s audio codec IC for new line of MP3 players
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12/21/2010   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics has adopted the DA7211 audio codec IC from Dialog Semiconductor plc to deliver the highest level of audio performance in its YP-Q3AB MP3 player.
PMR audio processor claims unrivalled performance
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12/21/2010   Post a comment
CML Microcircuits has added a new audio scrambler and sub-audio signaling processor, the CMX148, to the company’s family of analog two way radio ICs.
Low-power HDMI receivers deliver enhanced A/V system performance
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12/21/2010   Post a comment
Analog Devices has introduced what the company claims is the industry’s smallest, single-chip receivers to incorporate HDMI version 1.4a support for 3-D display resolutions and extended colorimetry.
Math library for HiFi audio DSPs now available
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12/21/2010   Post a comment
Tensilica has announced that the NatureDSP Math library from DSP and VoIP software solutions provider IntegrIT DSP Design House is now available for its HiFi audio DSPs for system-on-chip (SOC) design.
Voice processing modules available free to developers
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12/21/2010   Post a comment
Texas Instruments is now offering field-proven Telogy Software voice processing modules free to developers designing with C55x and C64x+ DSPs.
Dresden's 'Cool Silicon' project preps phase 2
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12/21/2010   5 comments
The Dresden Cool Silicon project, backed by state and federal government funding and launched in 2009, is preparing to enter its second phase.
Maxim Integrated Products' MAX11645 2-channel analog-to-digital converter
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12/21/2010   5 comments
Check out what Maxim is calling the industry's smallest 2-channel, 12-bit ADC that includes an internal reference in a space-saving 4mm2 WLP.
Texas Instruments' TPS54618 step-down SWIFT DC/DC converter
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12/21/2010   Post a comment
This 6-A converter in a 3-mm x 3-mm QFN package achieves 95-percent power efficiency over full load.
TSMC to raise R&D spend in 2011, says report
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12/21/2010   Post a comment
Foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. plans to raise its R&D spending by nearly 39 percent to NT$50 billion (about $1.68 billion) in 2011, according to a Taipei Times report that quoted chairman and CEO Morris Chang.
Narda rolls high speed switched BIT attenuator
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12/20/2010   Post a comment
Narda has launched the Model DA64-63B, a high-speed switched-bit 63-dB attenuator that operates from 2 to 6 GHz.
NFC poised to take off, iSuppli says
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12/20/2010   5 comments
Boosted by support from Nokia and Google, use of near field communication in handsets is poised to begin an explosive growth phase next year, according to market research firm iSuppli.
Fab tool book-to-bill ratios slide again
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12/20/2010   Post a comment
A trade group reported that the book-to-bill ratio for Japan-based chip equipment vendors slide again in November to 1.09. The ratio for North American firms also slipped in November.
IP reuse standard said to be gaining steam
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12/20/2010   3 comments
More than 1,200 copies of the IEEE IP-XACT standard created to ease IP reuse have been downloaded in the past six months, according to Accellera, an EDA standards organization.
Power Integrations RDK-251 reference design
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12/20/2010   Post a comment
Power Integrations announced a new reference design for a 5-watt offline LED driver that includes flicker-free TRIAC dimming and single-stage power factor correction.
Feeling the heat, MediaTek seeks a comeback
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12/20/2010   5 comments
Facing a slowdown after several years of robust growth, Taiwan's MediaTek is looking to break into higher-margin smartphones and other handsets made by Tier 1 OEMs.
MCUs have on-chip oscillator provide ±1 percent accuracy
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12/20/2010   Post a comment
The R8C/L3xM 16-bit microcontrollers have been added to the Renesas Electronics R8C/Lx series have an high-speed on-chip oscillator along with ultra-low power consumption.
Hynix CEO warns of weak pricing: report
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12/20/2010   Post a comment
The CEO of Hynix Semiconductor Inc. has warned that memory chip prices are likely to continue to fall in the first quarter of 2011 and will impact his company's fourth quarter sales and profits, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
PFC/PWM controller implements dual-switch flyback power-supply topology with higher efficiency, lower parts count
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12/19/2010   Post a comment
Fairchild FAN6920 IC yields better performance and efficiency across load range than LLC/single-flyback topologies
Semitech Semiconductor SM2101
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12/18/2010   2 comments
Semitech Semiconductor unveiled its SM2101, an FSK/BPSK-based power line transceiver for Advance Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and Automated Meter Reading (AMR) applications.
Cosmic Circuits to develop IP for Globalfoundries
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12/17/2010   13 comments
Analog and mixed-signal IP core provider Cosmic Circuits will develop foundation analog IP for Globalfoundries Inc. at the 55-, 40- and 28-nm nodes.
IBM, Mosaid settle over embedded DRAM patents
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12/17/2010   9 comments
Memory IP licensor Mosaid Technologies Inc. has announced that IBM Corp. is the latest company to settle over alleged infringement of Mosaid patents.
MStar raises $280 million in Taiwan IPO
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12/17/2010   7 comments
TV chip supplier MStar Semiconductor Inc. has raised NT$8.4 billion (about $280 million) in the biggest initial public offering of stock traded on the Taiwan Stock Exchange in 2010, according to reports.
IMFT Singapore NAND fab set to start 2Q11
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12/17/2010   9 comments
IM Flash Technologies LLC, a joint venture between Intel Corp. and Micron Technologies Inc. that makes NAND flash memoy, is preparing its delayed wafer fab in Singapore and expects to commence commercial production in the second quarter of 2011, according to online reports.
SEMI book-to-bill dipped again in November
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12/16/2010   2 comments
North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted $1.51 billion in orders in November and a book-to-bill ratio of 0.96, down from 0.98 in October, according to the SEMI trade group.
Spintronics aims for atomic memories
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12/16/2010   11 comments
University of Utah researchers demonstrated how memory can be stored on the atomic spin of phosphorus atoms on a silicon substrate.
NIST launches $44M technology program
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12/16/2010   7 comments
A new technology innovation program for advanced manufacturing research in electronics, biotechnology and nanotechnology was funded with $22 million by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, which expects matching funds from research partners to exceed $44 million total.
Report: Fairchild Semi to cut jobs
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12/15/2010   16 comments
A spokesperson for Fairchild Semiconductor confirmed that the company plans to lay off an undisclosed number of employees at the its fab in South Portland, Maine.
Intel, AMD CPU shares held steady in Q3
News & Analysis  
12/15/2010   1 comment
Intel and AMD fought to a third quarter stalemate in their perpetual battle for market share of the microprocessor market, according to iSuppli.
November chip sales fell, says analyst
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12/15/2010   2 comments
The three-month average of global chip sales for November is set to be $25.7 billion, a 2.4 percent drop compared with $26.32 billion in October, according to Bruce Diesen, an analyst at Carnegie Group (Oslo, Norway).
Gartner cuts 2011 fab tool forecast
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12/15/2010   5 comments
Gartner cut its forecast for the 2011 semiconductor capital equipment market, saying it now expects fab tool revenue to decline 1 percent next year.
Penn predicts 6% chip market growth in 2011
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12/15/2010   8 comments
Malcolm Penn, founder and principal analyst with consultancy Future Horizons (Sevenoaks, England), sees a return to a "normal" 6 percent growth pattern for the semiconductor market in 2011.
Welcome to the 'fab-tight' era, says Penn
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12/15/2010   20 comments
Semiconductor manufacturers are no longer building wafer fabs in anticipation of demand, according to Malcolm Penn, principal analyst with Future Horizons. "Forget fab-lite, welcome to the fab-tight era," Penn said speaking at a one-day presentation on his forecast for 2011.
10 technologies to watch in 2011
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12/15/2010   57 comments
Here are 10 technologies that we think will generate buzz, attract developers and investors, and get end users to open their wallets in 2011 and beyond.
FormFactor shakes up board
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12/15/2010   3 comments
FormFactor announced the resignations of three independent members of its board of directors and said that Carl Everett—who served as interim CEO of the company from May until September—had stepped down from his executive role in the company's operations.
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