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Nvidia: ARM supercomputer to be more efficient than x86
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12/6/2011   39 comments
An ARM CPU is inherently more efficient than an x86 CPU and therefore best suited toward the high performance computing needs of the future, according to Nvidia.
IPextreme introduces IP management tool
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12/6/2011   Post a comment
IPextreme goes from IP provider to tool vendor by packaging their experience in managing and distributing IP…
Intel, Micron offer 128-Gbit NAND flash memory
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12/6/2011   7 comments
Intel Corp. and Micron Technology Inc. have announced the development of a 128-Gbit NAND flash memory made using a 20-nm manufacturing process technology.
MSP430 microcontrollers increase performance and precision
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TI's MSP430 microcontrollers enable more performance and higher precision in home automation, industrial and portable medical applications
Samsung plans China NAND flash wafer fab
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12/6/2011   1 comment
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., has said it is seeking permission to build a NAND flash memory wafer fab in China and get it running in 2013, according to local reports.
Fab tool spending projected to decline in 2012
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12/6/2011   2 comments
Worldwide sales of new semiconductor manufacturing equipment are set to grow 4.7 percent in 2011, but forecast to decrease by roughly 10.8 percent next year before returning to growth in 2013, according to the fab tool vendor trade group SEMI.
MEMS transistor integrated on CMOS
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12/6/2011   4 comments
A MEMS transistor was announced by Semiconductor Research Corp. and Cornell University, giving SRC members access to on-chip timing solutions for their CMOS chips.
AMD offers Fusion APUs as alternative accelerators for supercomputing
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12/6/2011   3 comments
While Intel and Nvidia engage in a war of words over which architecture best suits high performance computing –graphics cards or many integrated cores—rival chip designer AMD is offering up its own Fusion architecture for consideration, and some vendors are already taking the bait.
TSMC hands out 2011 supplier awards
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12/6/2011   Post a comment
Foundry giant TSMC recognized 12 equipment and materials suppliers at its annual supply chain management forum last week.
Chinese firm offers sub-$100 Android 4.0 tablet
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12/6/2011   16 comments
A Chinese consumer electronics firm is offering the world's first tablet based on Android 4.0 for less than $100 each.
Microsemi announces Private Label Program for FPGAs and SmartFusion cSoCs
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12/5/2011   1 comment
New Private Label Program is said to create a viable alternative for ASIC and ASSP development
Infrared emitters offer high current drives with low thermal resistivity
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12/5/2011   1 comment
Compact package also features high radiant intensity and optical power.
Samsung says Austin fab ramped in record time
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12/5/2011   2 comments
Samsung Electronics said its subsidiary in Austin, Texas, completed ramp to volume production of its 300-mm fab in record time.
EDA standards bodies Accellera, OSCI merge
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12/5/2011   Post a comment
As expected, EDA and intellectual property standards development organizations Accellera and OSCI said their members and boards have approved their merger.
Offline AC/DC flyback regulator eschews optocoupler; simplifies, improves design and power factor
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LTC3798 from Linear Technology modulates input current, eliminates extra switching stage
October global chip sales fell back, says WSTS
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12/4/2011   4 comments
Global chip sales in October were $23.41 billion down 20.5 percent from the preceding month and down 4.1 percent on the $24.40 billion recorded for October 2010, according to figures published by the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics.
Intel, Google don't support Android to PC port
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12/3/2011   26 comments
A developer in Taiwan has been making internet waves with his new but unauthorized release of a Google Android Ice Cream source code for x86 devices, aimed specifically at PCs.
Avago beats expectations, but see sales decline
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12/3/2011   2 comments
Analog chip vendor Avago Technologies reported sales for its fiscal first quarter that beat analysts' expectations, but said it expects sales for the current quarter to decline by at least 10 percent.
Freescale licenses Vivante ScalarMorphic graphics
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12/2/2011   3 comments
Vivante has said it has extended its licensing agreement with Freescale Semiconductor Inc. to include the next-generation of multicore GC5000-MP and general-purpose graphics processing unit cores.
Integrated transceivers save space in LIN, CAN applications
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12/1/2011   Post a comment
Automotive-qualified compact integrated circuits also target cost in vehicle comfort and convenience, and industrial designs.
NASA supercomputer searches for sister planets
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12/1/2011   7 comments
NASA’s Kepler program has been scouring the skies with the aim of exploring the structure and diversity of planetary systems and search for other life-supporting planets in our galaxy.
IR IR3553 PowIRstage integrated device
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12/1/2011   Post a comment
IR's IR3553 40A PowIRstage delivers high current in the smallest form factor for cost-sensitive multiphase applications.
IBM, Micron to build hybrid memory with TSVs
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12/1/2011   19 comments
Micron Technology's hybrid memory cube will become the first commercial CMOS manufacturing technology to employee IBM's through-silicon via process, the companies said.
China's Vimicro to spin off handset IC business
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12/1/2011   Post a comment
Chinese fabless chip vendor Vimicro International said it would spin off its mobile-phone multimedia processor business into a joint venture as part of an ongoing effort to reduce expenses and focus on the PC notebook multimedia processor and Internet Protocol-based surveillance businesses.
Report: Chinese foundries to merge
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12/1/2011   4 comments
Shanghai Hua Hong NEC and Grace Semiconductor, China's second and third largest semiconductor foundries, have agreed to a merger that is currently awaiting regulatory approval, according to a report by the Reuters news service.
Samsung samples 2-GHz dual-core A15 processor
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12/1/2011   10 comments
Samsung has started sampling the industry's first dual-core ARM Cortex-A15 processor for high end tablet PCs.
U.S. chip firms beat rivals in 2011, says IHS
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12/1/2011   7 comments
Chip companies from the Americas region, which in terms of the semiconductor industry is dominated by the United States, are set to achieve a successful 2011 with aggregated growth of 8.5 percent while all other global regions declined, according to market analysis firm IHS.
Intel bounces back in 2011 chip company ranking
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12/1/2011   20 comments
Intel is set to be a nearly $50 billion company and have enjoyed 23 percent growth in 2011 as it increases its lead of the top 20 chip company ranking produced by market research firm IHS.
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