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LED driver packs higher accuracy, advanced diagnostics in small package
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2/22/2007   Post a comment
austriamicrosystems has introduced the AS1110 16-channel constant current LED driver with advanced error diagnostics for open and short-circuited LEDs. It offers an accuracy of +-3% between channels for improved picture quality.
E-Band Tx/Rx module transmits data at multi-gigabit rates
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2/22/2007   Post a comment
To enable broadband point-to-point radios to carry voice and data traffic at multi-gigabit per second rates, Endwave has released a transmit-receive module that operates over the E-Band frequency spectrum from 71.0-86.0 GHz.
India outlines long awaited semiconductor policy
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2/22/2007   Post a comment
BANGALURA, India — India's long awaited semiconductor manufacturing policy has been announced, paving the way for the country to make its mark on the global semiconductor map.
India outlines long awaited semiconductor policy
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India's long-awaited semiconductor manufacturing policy has been announced, paving the way for the country to make its mark on the global semiconductor map.
Sales, profits, outlook surge at CSR
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2/22/2007   Post a comment
Bluetooth chip specialist CSR's strategy of relying less on the mobile phone sector is paying off, with over 50 percent of the company's sales in 2006 of $704.7 million, up 45 per cent on the previous year, now coming from non-cellular applications.
Zetex returns to growth, nearly doubles profits in '06
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2/22/2007   Post a comment
Zetex Semiconductors had sales last year of £67.2 million ($124.1million), about 20 percent up on the previous year in dollar terms, and pre-tax profits nearly doubled to £1.6 million.
PWM control IC touts input voltage range up to 75-V
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2/22/2007   Post a comment
International Rectifier introduced the IR3651, a PWM control IC designed for high-performance synchronous DC/DC buck applications.
VLP DDR2 Registered DIMMs remove heat with liquid
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2/22/2007   Post a comment
SMART Modular Technologies has launched a family of liquid-cooled DDR2 registered DIMMs (RDIMMs) that are designed to remove heat more effectively than conventional air-cooled RDIMMs that use fans or heat sinks and work in standard blade server and high performance computing (HPC) applications with chassis fitted for closed-looped liquid cooling.
Hitachi, Renesas develop 1.5-V phase-change memory module
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2/22/2007   Post a comment
Hitachi Ltd. and Renesas Technology Corp. have developed a 1.5-V low-power, high-speed phase-change memory module for on-chip nonvolatile memory applications. Fabricated using a 130-nm CMOS process, the 512-Kbyte module achieves 416-kbyte/sec high-speed write and read speeds with an access time of 20-ns.
2-W SiGe HBT amplifiers target FRS, GMRS, SMR, UHF, ISM applications
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2/21/2007   Post a comment
California Eastern Laboratories (CEL) has announced the availability of a medium power SiGe HBT transistor amplifier from NEC. The 2-W NESG270034 is designed for two-way radio applications including FRS, GMRS, and SMR, as well as for general UHF- and ISM-band applications.
Low-power ADC simultaneously samples 6 differential inputs
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2/21/2007   Post a comment
The LTC2351-14 from Linear Technology is a 1.5 Msample/s low-power analog-to-digital converter (ADC) with six simultaneous-sampling differential inputs. Operating from a single 3.3-V supply, power dissipation is typically 16.5 mW.
NXP warns of declining sales in Q1 2007
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2/21/2007   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors said in an interim statement it expects a sequential fall in sales in the range of 7-13 percent (on a currency comparable basis) during the first quarter of 2007 compared to fourth quarter of 2006.
ZMD expands in Americas with Newark
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2/21/2007   Post a comment
Mixed-signal IC supplier ZMD AG has signed Newark as its first catalog distributor in the Americas region.
AMD CEO says Dell partnership moving ahead
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2/21/2007   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices chairman and CEO Hector Ruiz said Dell chairman and CEO Michael Dell has given him no indication that the PC giant will back off its strategy to use AMD chips.
NXP warns of declining sales in Q1 2007
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2/21/2007   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors said in an interim statement it expects a sequential fall in sales in the range of 7-13 percent (on a currency comparable basis) during the first quarter of 2007 compared to fourth quarter of 2006.
TI tips details on IC-production efforts
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2/21/2007   Post a comment
Texas Instruments Inc. here elaborated on its IC-manufacturing strategy, saying that it will shortly announce a new strategic deal with a silicon foundry provider. TI did not identify the provider, but some speculated that the chip maker could form a closer partnership with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC).
EU to help fund broadband over powerline field tests
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2/21/2007   Post a comment
The European Commission has approved Euros 9.6 million funding to the Open PLC European Research Alliance (OPERA) to aid extended field deployments based on the open specification for broadband access over powerline developed by the Alliance over the past few years.
Alcatel-Lucent invests in WiMAX chip specialist
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2/21/2007   Post a comment
Alcatel-Lucent has made a strategic but undisclosed investment in WiMAX chip specialist Sequans Communications.
Programmable Hall-effect sensors housed in small packages
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2/21/2007   Post a comment
Allegro Microsystems' A1380 series of programmable, Hall-effect linear sensors is available in miniature packages, including a TO-92 (3-lead, single in-line package) or SOT-23W (3-lead, surface mount).
I/Q demodulator operates in 800-MHz to 2.7-GHz frequency range
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2/20/2007   Post a comment
By delivering this wide frequency range, the LT5575 high linearity direct conversion I/Q demodulator from Linear Technology covers all of the cellular and 3G infrastructure, WiMAX and RFID bands.
Xilinx protocol packs simplify design of high-speed serial interfaces
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2/20/2007   Post a comment
Virtex-5 characterization reports, IP Cores, interoperability data, and technical documentation from Xilinx enable users to rapidly adopt PCI Express, PCI Express and XAUI.
ChipX purchases OKI's US ASIC assets
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2/20/2007   Post a comment
ChipX and Oki Semiconductor collaborate in sharing Oki's technology, libraries, and foundry services for the worldwide market.
Top 10 OEMs account for a third of global chip revenue
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2/20/2007   Post a comment
The 10 largest OEMs consumed a third of all semiconductors purchased in 2006, or $84 billion worth, according to early results from a recent study by Gartner Inc.
Processor combines data and servo processing on single chip
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2/20/2007   Post a comment
Magnum Semiconductor has developed the MS3900 front-end processor for DVD recorders and players. The DSP-based IC provides optical disk data and servo processing on a single chip to perform DVD encoding, DVD and CD decoding, and servo control functions.
Developer conference set for Power architecture
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2/20/2007   Post a comment
Power.org is seeking to show a continuing embedded base for its Power instruction set architecture in the aftermath of Apple Inc.'s move away from the PowerPC.
Digital RF seeks to move beyond hype
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2/20/2007   Post a comment
Digital RF technology has benefited from a move to "digitally-assisted" RF rather than full "digital RF," experts said.
SEC ends Altera stock option probe
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2/20/2007   Post a comment
Altera Corp. today said the Securities and Exchange Commission has ended its investigation of the company's historical stock option awards without recommending any enforcement action.
Showa Denko tips hybrid process for compound semis
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2/20/2007   Post a comment
Japanese conglomerate Showa Denko K.K. is claiming a major breakthrough in the production of compound semiconductors based on gallium nitride (GaN) and other nitrides with a process dubbed "Hybrid PPDTM." The company has already started building a plant at its Chiba site that uses the process, to make devices targeted at blue/white LEDs.
Optoelectronics startup raises $7.4 million
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2/20/2007   Post a comment
Optoelectronics startup ColorChip, Inc., ( Caesarea, Israel) has completed a $7.4 million funding round led by Vertex Venture Capital joining existing investors including Bessemer, Eurofund, Motorola, Polytechnos and Walden Israel Venture Capital.
Analysts: IPR issues could haunt 4G, LTE, mobile WiMax
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2/20/2007   Post a comment
Two reports on the Intellectual Property (IP) and patent rights associated with next generation mobile networks suggest the situation may pan out better than with existing networks, but both include important caveats.
Sun steps on TOEs with Ethernet chip
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2/20/2007   Post a comment
Sun Microsystems is eschewing TCP offload engines with Neptune, a 10 Gbit/second Ethernet adapter card and chip optimized for use with multi-threaded processors such as Sun's Niagara.
H-bridge drivers target DC brush motors
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2/19/2007   Post a comment
A H-bridge driver series from ROHM Co. Ltd. incorporates a new VREF variable system for high-efficiency operation of brush-commutated motors. Typical applications include A/V equipment, PC peripheral devices, office equipment, and home appliances.
microSD Flash memory card delivers 2-Gbyte capacity
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2/19/2007   Post a comment
Kingston boosted the capacity in its latest microSD Flash memory card to 2-Gbytes for consumers who need more space to store and transport mobile content on sleeker, multifunctional mobile phones.
Power amplifier supports mobile broadband wireless spec
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2/19/2007   Post a comment
ANADIGICS expanded its WiMAX product portfolio with the AWM6423 power amplifier module that measures 4.5 mm X 4.5 mm and is designed with an integrated step attenuator and output power detector to minimize external component count, PCB space requirements, and development costs for new designs
IBM, Intel in cache clash
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2/19/2007   Post a comment
After a decade of research on embedded DRAM, IBM Corp. disclosed last week it will be able to pack as much as 48 Mbytes of eDRAM on a processor or ASIC when its 45-nanometer process technology comes online in 2008. The milestone could mark a shift toward using DRAM for cache in some chips.

Philips execs share Euros 1 million bonus in creation of NXP
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2/19/2007   Post a comment
Three senior executives at Royal Philips Electronics were awarded a total of Euros 1.05 million in the transaction that saw the spin-off of the conglomerate's semiconductors division to create NXP Semiconductors, the company's annual report, published Monday (Feb. 19) shows.
WiMax specialist Vecima to acquire Spectrum Signal Processing
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2/17/2007   Post a comment
Victoria, B.C.-based WiMax specialist Vecima Networks Inc. has acquired 20-year-old Spectrum Signal Processing Inc. in a cash and share transaction worth approximately 18 million Canadian dollars.
SiP combines 8-bit MCU, LIN transceiver for automotive apps
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2/17/2007   Post a comment
Aimed at LIN applications, Atmel Corp.'s ATA6602 and ATA6603 multichip modules combine an 8-bit AVR microcontroller (MCU) and a LIN system basis chip (LIN SBC) in a system-in-package (SiP) without internal connections.
ST unveils 65-nm NOR Flash for mobile apps
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2/17/2007   Post a comment
Based on its fourth-generation multi-level-cell (MLC) technology, ST's 65-nm PR NOR Flash family offers up to 133-MHz in burst read speed, program throughput of 1.0-Mbyte/sec, and deep power down mode with 1.8-V power operation.
FPGA-based automotive graphics platform offers scalability
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2/17/2007   Post a comment
The Altera Automotive Graphics System (AAGS) is a scalable product that enables design engineers to design multiple automotive infotainment products based on one electronic design.
SanDisk slashing workforce, salaries
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2/16/2007   Post a comment
Responding to the rapid deterioration of NAND flash prices in recent months, SanDisk implemented a series of cost-cutting moves, including cutting its global workforce by about 10 percent and reducing salaries for all executives.
Faraday announces FPGACompanion ARM CPU device
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2/16/2007   Post a comment
The optimized bus and system designs in the FPGACompanion ARM CPU device from Faraday facilitate using the same ISA from FPGA prototype to full volume production.
Altera automotive graphics platform enables "Design Once, Make Many" applications
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2/16/2007   Post a comment
The new building blocks in Altera's automotive graphics platform support the rapid development of in-car multimedia systems.
Altera and TES partner on FPGA-based PCI graphics controller IP
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2/16/2007   Post a comment
High-quality graphics core from Altera and TES for automotive and industrial display designs.
AMD unveils Geode LX900 processor
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2/16/2007   Post a comment
Targeting the embedded market, AMD has announced the release of its AMD Geode LX900@1.5W processor and the addition of its second generation AMD Opteron processors and AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processors to the AMD64 Longevity Program.
8-bit MCU supports field oriented control
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2/16/2007   Post a comment
Infineon Technologies has introduced a family of 8-bit MCUs with field oriented control (FOC) capability and a new drive software configuration tool kit, which is part of a complete development environment for industrial and automotive motor control applications.
Auto processors adding horsepower
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2/16/2007   Post a comment
The processing power of new-generation microcontrollers may soon give automobiles the anthropomorphic appeal of HAL, the talking computer depicted in, "2001: A Space Odyssey."
ESS retrenches, divests DVD chip lines
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2/16/2007   Post a comment
As part of a cost-cutting effort, ESS Technology Inc. said it sold its DVD chip product lines to a Hong Kong-based electronics distributor, and will instead pursue licensing of its image sensor technology and patents.
ESS sells HD-DVD, Blu-ray technology for $13.5M
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2/16/2007   Post a comment
Digital video processor vendor ESS Technology has sold its HD-DVD and Blu-ray Disc DVD technologies and related assets to SiS Holding Ltd., a Hong Kong-based electronics distributor, for $13.5 million.
PowerTrench MOSFETs roll for plasma display panels
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2/16/2007   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor's FDB2614 (200V) and FDB2710 (250V) N-channel MOSFETs are designed to provide system efficiency and space optimization in plasma display panel (PDP) applications.
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