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Intel weakness not just about HDDs, says Nomura
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12/14/2011   10 comments
Investment broker Nomura Equity Research reckons the $1 billion that Intel shaved off its forecast for 4Q11 sales revenue is about more than just a shortage of hard disk drives hurting PC sales.
Intel, Inside make NFC deal
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12/14/2011   9 comments
Inside Secure SA, a fabless supplier of near field communications (NFC) chips, has signed a technology transfer agreement to provide Intel Corp. with NFC designs and technologies.
Nvidia releases CUDA compiler source code
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12/14/2011   4 comments
Nvidia siad it would provide the source code for its CUDA low-level virtual machine-based compiler to academic researchers and software-tool vendors, a move the chip firm said would more easily add GPU support for more programming languages and support CUDA applications on alternative processor architectures.
FormFactor, Sequans cut Q4 outlooks
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12/14/2011   1 comment
Wafer probe card maker FormFactor and chip vendor Sequans Communications became the latest chip industry players to lower their sales targets for the fourth quarter, citing difficult market conditions.
TI releases tiny power management ICs
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12/13/2011   2 comments
Texas Instruments has unveiled what it claims to be the smallest power management ICs (PMICs) for solid state drives (SSDs), hybrid drives and other Flash memory applications.
TI introduces industry’s smallest power management ICs for solid state drives
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12/13/2011   Post a comment
The LM10504, LM10503 and LM10506 power management ICs (PMICs) from Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) are a family of tiny, single-chip, power management integrated circuits (PMICs) for powering all the supply rails in solid state drives (SSDs), hybrid drives, and other Flash memory management applications.
Workstation market sees Q3 growth, offers hope
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12/13/2011   1 comment
The workstation market could be seeing a slow but meaningful comeback, according to recent analyst numbers.
Broadcom to buy Israeli startup Broadlight
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12/13/2011   5 comments
Broadcom has decided to acquire Israeli networking and embedded processor developer Broadlight for approximately $200 million according to Israeli business news sources.
HiSilicon licenses eSilicon's 40-nm TCAMs
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Chinese ASIC vendor HiSilicon Technologies has licensed 40-nm ternary content-addressable memory macros from design and manufacturing services firm eSilicon.
Analyst says chip shipments near bottom
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12/13/2011   Post a comment
Semiconductor shipments are likely to hit bottom late this quarter or early in the first quarter of 2012, according to a Wall Street analyst.
Report: Apple in talks to buy flash memory firm
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12/13/2011   11 comments
PC and consumer goods firm Apple is in talks to buy startup Anobit Ltd. and is prepared to pay between $400 million and $500 million, according to a report in a Hebrew publication called Calcalist.
Three-phase BLDC fan-motor driver employs resistor-programmable, sensorless sinusoidal architecture
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Microchip Technology claims industry first for MTD6505 motor driver for PC fans, in ultra-thin, 3×3 mm UDFN package
Op amps respond to the general-purpose call
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STMicrolectronics' LMV82x, LMV82xA, TSV85x, & TSV85xA are LMV321 upgrade; meet performance and price points for signal-conditioning applications
Fab tool billings, bookings plummeted in Q3
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12/13/2011   Post a comment
Worldwide semiconductor manufacturing equipment billings and bookings posted double-digit sequential declines in the third quarter, according to the trade group SEMI.
Avago drops patent suit against Cypress
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12/12/2011   4 comments
Analog chip vendor Avago Technologies dropped a patent infringement lawsuit it filed against Cypress Semiconductor earlier this year, Cypress said.
Differential op amp tackles CMV to +275V, offers CMRR of 100 dB
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INA149 diff amp from Texas Instruments offers precision with high common-mode rejection, common-mode-voltage tolerance
Broadcom launches connected-car Ethernet portfolio
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12/12/2011   1 comment
Portfolio designed specifically for automotive to cut connectivity cost and cabling weight.
Lattice announces new rev of mixed-signal design tools
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12/12/2011   1 comment
Tighter integration with the Lattice Diamond design environment delivers added flexibility, ease of use, and faster time-to-market…
Researchers: Carbon better than copper for TSVs
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12/12/2011   6 comments
Three-dimensional chip stacks are better connected with through-silicon-vias filled with carbon nanotubes instead of copper, according to researchers at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Hot new rev of Lattice Diamond design software available
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12/12/2011   2 comments
New release of Lattice Diamond design software accelerates FPGA design optimization for low-power and cost-sensitive applications…
Freescale makes product portfolio mobile
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12/12/2011   6 comments
Freescale Semiconductor has launched "Freescale Mobile" for selected handset browsers, the firm said on Monday.
CSR guts Zoran's DTV chip business
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12/12/2011   8 comments
Chip maker CSR plc said it would discontinue investment in the digital TV and silicon tuner product lines it recently acquired when it bought Zoran and lay off about 800 employees by the end of the second quarter of 2012.
Intel cuts Q4 guidance, cites disk drive shortage
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12/12/2011   4 comments
Intel has cut its fourth quarter guidance by 6.8 percent referencing a shortage of hard disk drives as the reason.
Surface-mount micro thermo-generators challenge batteries
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12/11/2011   1 comment
Micropelt has launched a compact thermo-generator package (TGP), which makes thermal energy harvesting ready for mass production.
All-in-one embedded single-board computer measures 100x72mm
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12/11/2011   Post a comment
With the MIO-2260 Data Modul presents an all-in-one ultra-small size embedded SBC in a 100x72mm footprint, easy to integrate into space-limited systems, making it a good fit for power saving environments.
Bluetooth Ethernet port adapter boasts range up to 1000 meters
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12/11/2011   Post a comment
connectBlue launched a rugged Bluetooth Ethernet port adapter, the RBE231 which features Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and a communication range of up to 1000 meters.
ON Semi shutters two flooded Thai sites
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12/9/2011   Post a comment
ON Semiconductor has decided not to restore production at two of its three Thai test and assembly facilities damaged by flooding earlier this year.
Lattice to buy SiliconBlue for $62 million
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12/9/2011   8 comments
FPGA company Lattice Semiconductor Corp. has announced it plans to acquire SiliconBlue Technologies Inc., a startup that has specialized in low-power FPGAs, for $62 million in cash.
Crocus signs SMIC to make magnetic memory
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12/9/2011   Post a comment
Crocus Technology Inc., a vendor of magnetic RAMs, has signed a technology development and wafer manufacturing agreement with Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp., China's most advanced semiconductor foundry.
LED driver ICs feature diagnostics and protection features
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12/9/2011   1 comment
AEC-Q100 Grade 0 qualified devices can drive upwards of 15 LEDs at 1A or higher.
Qualcomm announces two Snapdragon S4 chips
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12/9/2011   5 comments
Qualcomm Inc. has announced two variants to its Snapdragon S4 class of processors – the MSM8625 and the MSM8225 chips.
TSMC breaks ground for third phase of GigaFab
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12/9/2011   Post a comment
Chip foundry Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. has broken ground for the third phase of its Fab 15 wafer fab in the Central Taiwan Science Park in Taichung, Taiwan.
Intel takes a seat on the board of NFC Forum
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12/9/2011   1 comment
The NFC Forum, an industry association that promotes the use of Near Field Communication technology, has announced that Intel has upgraded its membership to become a sponsor of the organization with the benefit of a seat on the NFC board of directors.
Judge tosses claims in NY suit against Intel
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12/9/2011   Post a comment
A U.S. federal judge in Delaware dismissed several claims against Intel in an antitrust suit filed by New York's attorney general in 2009, according to an Associated Press report.
SMIC to pay Elpida $21M in settlement
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12/9/2011   Post a comment
Chinese foundry SMIC will pay Japanese memory chip vendor Eplida Memory $21 million to settle all pending arbitration claims and counterclaims relating to the firms' amended 2007 wafer supply agreement, SMIC said.
IHS cuts 2012 PC forecast on HDD shortages
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12/8/2011   Post a comment
Market research firm IHS iSuppli cut its PC market forecast for 2012, citing hard disk drive shortages triggered by rampant flooding in Thailand earlier this year.
Gartner cuts 2012 chip market forecast
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12/8/2011   1 comment
Gartner reduced its forecast for the 2012 global semiconductor market, saying it now expects the market to reach $309 billion, a 2.2 percent increase from the projected total this year.
MEMC slashes jobs, outlook
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12/8/2011   Post a comment
Silicon wafer supplier MEMC Electronic Materials said it would eliminate more than 1,300 jobs, or about 20 percent of the company's global workforce, as part of a series of restructuring actions to be taken this month and in the first quarter of 2012.
Developer hits back at Intel's Android fragmentation claims
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12/8/2011   5 comments
In response to Intel’s claims that he was fragmenting the Android operating system, Chih-Wei Huang has hit back at what he calls “prejudiced” PR tactics to discredit his work.
Analog Devices 20-bit AD5790 and 18-bit AD5780 D/A converters
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12/8/2011   2 comments
Analog Devices' 20-bit AD5790 and 18-bit AD5780 D/A converters provide stability and ultra-low noise needed to increase accuracy of instrumentation equipment.
MEMS chip enables battery-free sensors
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12/7/2011   6 comments
Belgian research institute IMEC described a MEMS chip that can harvest energy from vibrations inside car tires allowing a tire pressure monitoring systems to run battery-free.
TI engineers elected as IEEE Fellows
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12/7/2011   2 comments
Three engineers from Texas Instruments have been elected as IEEE Fellows for “extraordinary accomplishments” in the semiconductor space and their contributions to the electrical engineering community.
Rambus co-founder exits board, takes leave
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12/7/2011   2 comments
Mark Horowitz, co-founder of technology licensor Rambus, will step down from the company's board of directors and take a two-year leave of absence from his role as the company's chief scientist.
Intel, Photronics back multi-beam litho firm
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12/7/2011   2 comments
Intel's venture capital arm and photomask vendor Photronics have each invested an undisclosed amount in IMS Nanofabrication AG, an Austrian firm developing direct-write lithography technology, IMS said.
Movidius raises $9 million from Celtic House, others
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12/7/2011   1 comment
Fabless mobile multimedia chip company Movidius Ltd. has raised $9 million in a Series C round of venture capital funding. The funds came from existing shareholders.
Former Intersil exec takes helm at Exar
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12/7/2011   Post a comment
Former Intersil president and COO Louis DiNardo was named president and CEO at chip and subsystem vendor Exar.
Report: McAfee cuts jobs
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12/7/2011   1 comment
Security software maker McAfee, a subsidiary of chip giant Intel, cut about 250 jobs, or roughly 3 percent of its workforce, according to a report by the Reuters news service.
Video: Challenges on the path to Exascale computing
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12/6/2011   1 comment
Like the race to put man on the moon back in the 1960’s, the race to achieve exascale computing is becoming a pressing, global ambition.
QuickLogic’s new CSSPs solve HD display bridging issues in mobile device designs
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12/6/2011   1 comment
LVDS, RGB and MIPI DSI interface bridging capabilities; supports up to WUXGA (1920x1200) resolution; improves battery life and enhances bright sunlight viewability…
IEDM: Sony game exec lays out chip needs
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12/6/2011   3 comments
The CTO of Sony Computer Entertainment told chip makers he needs better image and motion sensor technologies in order to achieve the "ultimate immersive system."
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