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RF Micro to discontinue WLAN chipset efforts
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2/28/2005   Post a comment
RF Micro Devices Inc. said that it will discontinue its internal "WiFi" or wireless local area networking (WLAN) chipset development efforts.
AMD announces Open Platform Management Architecture spec
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2/28/2005   Post a comment
AMD Inc. has released an Open Platform Management Architecture (OPMA) specification that defines a common hardware interface between the server platform and its server management subsystem.
MCU enables energy-efficient lighting systems
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2/28/2005   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor has hopes of penetrating smart fluorescent lighting applications that require power factor correction and/or high-resolution pulse width modulation with its newest 8-bit microcontroller line.
System-on-chip calls attention to higher power density
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2/28/2005   Post a comment
Product Review—Enpirion's latest device is promoted as a step-improvement over the company's EN5330 introduced last May (see eeproductcenter.com, ID#21100422 and ID#21100071), which was the first claimed power system-on-a-chip with an on-board output inductor for its synchronous buck PWM converter.
Sensor measures temperature with pinpoint accuracy
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2/28/2005   Post a comment
National Semiconductor Corp.'s TruTherm thermal management technology facilitates pinpoint-accurate temperature measurements for chips with integrated thermal diodes.
Toolbox enables fixed-point design directly in MATLAB
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2/27/2005   Post a comment
Complete fixed-point design environment enables engineers to eliminate the time-consuming and error-prone process of creating and debugging fixed-point designs in the C programming language.
32-bit ARM9 based SoCs now available with OSE 5.0 operating system
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2/26/2005   Post a comment
Enea Embedded Technology is porting Version 5.0 of the OSE Real-Time Operating System to the LH7A400 ARM-based BlueStreak SoC to improve the performance of mobile terminal devices
IC offers drop-in GPS functionality for portable wireless devices
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2/26/2005   Post a comment
SiRF Integrates Baseband, RF, and Flash Into a Single Package for use in aided-GPS receivers.
U.S. adopts smart card IDs
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2/25/2005   Post a comment
The U.S. government has adopted new smart card-based identification cards for federal employees and contractors.
Slow semiconductor growth seen for both '05, '06
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2/25/2005   Post a comment
Semiconductor sales were robust in 2004, but concerns about inventory levels continue to shape the industry in 2005.
'Mobile Suica' phones board Japan's rail system
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2/25/2005   Post a comment
Consumers here will soon be able to use their mobile phones on Japan's extensive railway network.
Low-Z driver ICs boost multiphase, motor designs
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2/25/2005   Post a comment
Four new high-speed, low-impedance n-channel MOSFET driver ICs from Siliconix are intended to improve high-current, single- and multiphase DC/DC switching power supply designs. One of the new drivers is specifically suited to brushless motor control applications.
Power manager ICs expand facility
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2/25/2005   Post a comment
Summit Microelectronics' new SMB110 and SMB113 chips bring additional functionality to the company's line of Programmable Power Manager (PMM) ICs for digital supplies. The SMB110 five-channel and SMB113 four-channel ICs are optimized for increasingly complex consumer electronics applications.
Memory Bulletin: NAND flash rankings in '05, '06
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2/25/2005   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. is expected to remain the leader in the NAND-based flash-memory market in 2005 and 2006, but Hynix/STMicroelectronics, Infineon, and Micron will experience the fastest growth in the business, according to projected rankings from RBC Capital Markets Inc.
AMD breaks technical ground but can't penetrate Dell
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2/25/2005   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. keeps pushing the envelope in processor innovation and performance improvement, but it can't break down the wall at Dell Inc., which continues to pass on using non-Intel processors in its product line.
Acoustic echo cancellation and noise suppression libraries
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2/25/2005   Post a comment
Software libraries provide a cost-effective, easy way to improve sound quality and intelligibility
RTL synthesis support is downloadable
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2/25/2005   Post a comment
Precision synthesis supports all lattice digital devices including latticeECP-DSP and latticeEC FPGAs
Magnetoresistive Random Access Memory (MRAM) alpha samples
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2/25/2005   Post a comment
Wow, is this technology marching forward or what?
Suit claims HP, Agilent sold defective medical devices
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2/25/2005   Post a comment
Citing a "scheme to defraud its customers by knowingly selling defective and potentially dangerous medical devices," a former employee of Hewlett-Packard Co. filed suit against HP and its spin-off entity, Agilent Technologies Inc.
GaAs — not silicon — to rule digital cable gear
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2/24/2005   Post a comment
Digital cable TV (CATV) services will require high-end infrastructure components based on gallium arsenide (GaAs) devices for the foreseeable future, according to Strategy Analytics.
Marvell's sales up 7% in record quarter and year
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2/24/2005   Post a comment
Marvell Technology Group Ltd. said revenue for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2005 was a record $340.3 million, an increase of 40 percent over $243.3 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2004 and a 7 percent sequential increase from $317.6 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2005.
Analyst's Couch: Samsung, SigmaTel win iPod designs
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2/24/2005   Post a comment
Apple Computer Inc. tipped over the "apple cart" with its new iPod Shuffle digital audio player, by moving away from some of its longtime semiconductor suppliers in the product, according to International Data Corp. (IDC).
Integrated design environment gives optimizing support for Flash-based FPGA families
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2/24/2005   Post a comment
Software allows customers to fully leverage all architectural features and performance of the new low-cost devices and enables device serialization
Atmel MCUs tout internal temperature sensor capabilities
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2/23/2005   Post a comment
With the launching of its new tinyAVR flash microcontroller family, Atmel Corp. joins the growing number of 8-bit MCU vendors that offer units in 8-pin packages.
Digital consumer electronics will drive new HDD growth, says analyst
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2/23/2005   Post a comment
Cable companies like Comcast have a strong interest in seeing that set top boxes come equipped with media storage devices, a Lehman Brothers analyst told IDEMA, and because of that the disk drive industry is poised for 38% growth. The need for storage will foster a new pecking order among consumer electronics companies, the analyst said. Steve Ohr was there to capture his comments.
Pericom Semiconductor cuts workforce
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2/23/2005   Post a comment
Pericom Semiconductor Corp. announced Wednesday (Feb. 23) it would reduce its workforce by 25 employees as part of a cost reduction program slated to save $1.2 million annually.
Canadian embedded memory startup emerges
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2/23/2005   Post a comment
Seeking to bring scalability in the embedded memory space, a new Canadian startup has emerged and said it will shortly ship its initial products — a set of DRAM-based cores for the 90-nm node.
ZiLOG's MCU fits in 8-pin package
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2/23/2005   Post a comment
Packing all the functionality of its larger 20- and 28-pin XP family members, but using 80 percent less space on the printed circuit board is ZiLOG's Z8 Encore! XP microcontrollers in a small 8-pin footprint.
Dialog Semi narrows 2004 loss, warns of more cost cuts
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2/23/2005   Post a comment
Dialog Semiconductor Plc. reported a net loss of $7.6 million on sales of $153.4 million in 2004, compared to a loss of $27 million on sales of $122.9 million a year ago.
Ikanos ponders IPO as it doubles size of India center
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2/23/2005   Post a comment
Ikanos Communications Inc., a fabless developer of high-speed broadband access chips, said it would expand its Bangalore staff from 35 to 80 as the company mulls over a possible IPO.
Freescale va ouvrir un centre de développement logiciel à Bangalore
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2/23/2005   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor Inc. a révélé son intention d’installer un centre de développement logiciel à Bangalore, à l’heure où cette région devient un foyer de talent et de développement en matière de logiciel.
Infineon va fermer son usine de plaquettes 150 mm à Munich d’ici à 2007
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2/23/2005   Post a comment
Le fabricant de puces allemand Infineon Technologies AG prévoit la fermeture progressive de son usine de plaquettes de 150 mm à Perlach, près de Munich. L’activité de fabrication devrait être transférée vers les usines de plaquettes de Regensburg, en Allemagne, et de Villach, en Autriche.
High gain, low noise amplifier boosts 0.5 to 6 GHz applications
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2/23/2005   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies packs an E-pHEMT LNA into a 2x2mm package
Chipset enables first GSM/GPRS/EDGE handsets
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2/23/2005   Post a comment
Based on Philips' Nexperia cellular system chipset, Samsung's handsets are now available
Philips to tweak reference designs for Indian market
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2/23/2005   Post a comment
Dutch electronics company Philips said Wednesday (Feb. 23) it is looking to tweak some of its reference designs for the global market into custom products for the Indian marketplace.
LG.Philips, Nippon Electric form glass polishing venture
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2/23/2005   Post a comment
Flat-panel display maker LG.Philips LCD Co. Ltd. has set up a joint venture with Japan's Nippon Electric Glass (NEG), a supplier of LCD glass.
Struggling Fujitsu gains $2.35 billion in share sale
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2/23/2005   Post a comment
In an effort to "further enhance its financial stability," Japan's Fujitsu Ltd. said it has sold a portion of its shareholdings worth 245 billion yen ($2.35 billion) in Fanuc Ltd. and Advantest Corp.
Sasken develops GSM/GPRS chip with Rohm
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2/22/2005   Post a comment
Sasken Communication Technologies Ltd. said it has developed a complete GSM/GPRS chipset solution, including the baseband and protocol software, with Japan-based semiconductor supplier Rohm Co. Ltd.
Executive Comment: a working definition of 3D chips
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2/22/2005   Post a comment
Various concepts for three-dimensional (3D) electronics have been explored for many years. Interest in designing 3D semiconductor products has been particularly high in the last decade.
Toshiba nominates new chairman, chief executive
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2/22/2005   Post a comment
Toshiba Corp. has nominated Atsutoshi Nishida, executive officer and corporate executive vice president of the company, to the position of president and CEO.
Agere adds India design center
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2/22/2005   Post a comment
Agere Systems has opened a second development site here as part of its expansion, joining an existing site set up in 1998 when the company was part of the Lucent microelectronics group.
AMD invests in Patriot, licenses processor IP from firm
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2/22/2005   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. purchased restricted shares in Patriot Scientific Corp. and licensed the company's intellectual property (IP) portfolio.
Arrow gets 4Q sales lift, meets earnings estimates
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2/22/2005   Post a comment
Arrow Electronics saw a 14 percent sales gain and met financial analysts' earnings expectations before special charges for the fourth quarter.
Mysticom retimer chips achieve new levels of integration for CX4 and LX4 apps
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2/22/2005   Post a comment
Mountain View, Calif. — Mysticom Semiconductor has introduced a pair of new retimer chips for Xenpak, X2 and XFP modules that incorporates its third generation 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) transceiver technology. The new chips — the MY3128 designed for 10GBase-CX4 over Infiniband cable and the MY3129 designed for10GBase-LX4 over multimode fiber — tout the highest levels of integration and industry's smallest footprint. For systems designers, this means fewer components, lower costs a
8-bit MCU supports full-speed USB 2.0
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2/22/2005   Post a comment
Designed to support full-speed USB 2.0, STMicroelectronics uPSD3400 Turbo Plus series of 8051-class embedded flash microcontrollers offers system-level-integration with flash and SRAM densities of up to 256-kbytes and 32-kbytes, respectively.
Nvidia opens design center in Bangalore
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2/22/2005   Post a comment
Graphics chip company Nvidia Corp. has announced it would set up a design center here as the company continues its Asia-Pacific expansion.
L’Europe approuve l’aide à Philips suite à l’incendie de son usine de plaquettes à Caen
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2/22/2005   Post a comment
La Commission Européenne autorise le transfert de 33 millions d’euros au titre d’une subvention d’état à Philips Semiconductors, destinée à ses installations de Caen, dont l’usine de fabrication de plaquettes a souffert d’un incendie le 12 décembre 2003.
Technology moves forward to provide us with universal memory
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2/21/2005   Post a comment
For too long, we have been conditioned into thinking of memory as volatile or non volatile. For too long have real time scratchpad memory, buffer memory, and register states been fleeting with loss of power. It's time to shift our paradigms and new technology is giving us that opportunity.
Content Addressable Memory and Network Search Engine Challenges
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2/21/2005   Post a comment
Content Addressable Memory (CAM) is a very specific type of memory used only by search engines. Future demands on IP based networks will shape how these elusive parts work.
Toshiba, SanDisk move up opening of 300-mm flash fab
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2/21/2005   Post a comment
Toshiba Corp. and SanDisk Corp. plan to open a new 300-mm flash memory fab as early as June, several months ahead of scheduled.
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