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Video scaling ICs offer deinterlacing support, HDMI 1.3 deep color, and xvYCC capabilities
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2/29/2008   Post a comment
Anchor Bay's new low-cost ABT1012 and ABT1015 ICs are designed to independently scale SD and HD images horizontally and vertically for outstanding picture quality up to 1080p resolutions.
MCUs deliver USB connectivity to consumer, industrial apps
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2/29/2008   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor has introduced its Flexis JM family of 8- and 32-bit microcontrollers (MCUs) to help designers easily incorporate USB connectivity into a wide range of consumer and industrial applications.
Digitally-controlled potentiometers housed in tiny package
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2/29/2008   Post a comment
Touted as the industry's smallest, Intersil launches its ISL23511 and ISL23512 low-power, single pushbutton digitally-controlled potentiometers (DCPs) in a 2 x 1.6-mm micro-TQFN package.
Nokia concept phones, French state aid for chip R&D lead story ranking
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2/29/2008   Post a comment
Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Feb. 24, as ranked by EE Times Europe readers, up to and including Friday, Feb. 29. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
Single-conversion TV tuner saves space in DVB-T, PAL applications
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2/29/2008   Post a comment
Maxim's single-conversion, hybrid (analog and digital) television tuner integrates a tracking filter, RF and IF VGAs, and VCOs, and consumes only 760mW from a single +3.3V supply.
Survey: Chip execs expect growth, profit volatility
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2/29/2008   Post a comment
Senior executives in the semiconductor industry expect only moderate revenue growth for the sector for this year and 'volatile' profitability for the next five years, according to survey by consultancy group KPMG.
Israeli semiconductor sales reach $2.9 bn in '07
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2/29/2008   Post a comment
Sales of semiconductors by Israeli chip makers reached $2.9 billion in 2007, including exports from foreign owned fabs, such as Intel's.
32-bit MCU integrates powerful ARM926EJ-S CPU
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2/28/2008   Post a comment
The latest microcontroller (MCU) from Toshiba also combines an LCD controller with numerous other peripherals to bring feature-rich processing to consumer electronics.
Single-chip inverters improve energy efficiency in brushless motor apps
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2/28/2008   Post a comment
Toshiba America Electronic Components has announced a series of nine monolithic single-chip inverter driver ICs targeted at direct current motors in energy-saving appliances.
Step-down converters improve power efficiency
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2/28/2008   Post a comment
Toshiba has introduced two single-chip dc/dc converter ICs that deliver high efficiency and high-output current for digital consumer product applications.
TI's Templeton stresses energy, medical, safety apps
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2/28/2008   Post a comment
Texas Instruments CEO Richard Templeton used his keynote address at the chip maker's developers' conference to underscore plans to leverage TI's expertise in the medical , energy and safety markets.
Triple controller optimizes tradeoffs in performance, size, and cost
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2/28/2008   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has released the MAX15003, a triple-output synchronous step-down controller that delivers at least 15-A per output while maintaining excellent line and load regulation.
Single-chip controller ICs designed for intermediate bus converters
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2/28/2008   Post a comment
Vishay has introduced two new controller ICs for intermediate bus converter (IBC) applications that the company boasts are the first such single-chip devices to integrate high-voltage, 1.6-A half-bridge MOSFET drivers with a full range of protection features.
Nvidia-AMD: Deal or no deal?
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2/28/2008   2 comments
Industry observers are pushing for Nvidia Corp. to acquire troubled microprocessor maker Advanced Micro Devices Inc., but such a transaction is fraught with regulatory and other hurdles.
Adaptive digital power controllers target efficiency-sensitive apps
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2/28/2008   Post a comment
Zilker Labs Inc. has introduced adaptive DC-DC power controllers that are intended to maximize efficiency in power-constrained applications, particularly in the embedded computing, storage and telecom/datacom sectors.
Graphics switch connects to PCIe, DisplayPort in PCs
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2/28/2008   Post a comment
Pericom is offering a switch that allows connection to monitors using either DisplayPort or PCI Express Gen2 graphic output ports.
160-Gbit/second PCB bus goes optical
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IBM Corp. described what it claims is the world's first optically-connected circuit board at the Optical Fiber Communication Conference in San Diego.
ST raises the bar with 8-bit MCU platform
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2/28/2008   Post a comment
ST has revealed details about its latest 8-bit microcontroller (MCU) platform that is implemented around a high-performance 8-bit core and a set of state-of-the-art peripherals.
Power controller features dynamic phase dropping
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2/28/2008   Post a comment
Check out Primarion's PX3664, a digital multi-phase power controller with dynamic phasing for synchronous DC/DC buck converters in computing and communications applications.
Microchip puts USB OTG function into 32-bit PIC32 MCUs
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2/28/2008   Post a comment
Microchip Technology has integrated USB 2.0 On-The-Go (OTG) functionality to its 32-bit PIC32 microcontroller (MCU) family and increased its maximum operating frequency to 80-MHz.
CSR misses targets, remains cautious on outlook
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2/28/2008   Post a comment
Wireless comms chip specialist CSR plc saw its revenues in the fourth quarter of last year increase to $232.5million from $173.3million in the corresponding period of 2006. For the whole year, sales were $848.6million, up 20 percent from $704.7 million during 2006.
Green Hills rolls support for OMAP35x
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2/27/2008   Post a comment
Green Hills Software, has announced plans to support the Texas Instruments OMAP35x superscalar applications processors.
ARM tools add support for DaVinci and OMAP35x
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2/27/2008   Post a comment
The ARM RealView family of development tools will provide enhanced support for the Texas Instruments DaVinci and OMAP35x platforms, including the recently-released DaVinci TMS320DM355 digital media processor and OMAP35x processors.
Buck regulators deliver high efficiency
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2/27/2008   Post a comment
Semtech Corp. has introduced three step-down (buck) regulators with high-input voltage and programmable frequency needed for networking and digital consumer applications.
Infineon launches 900-V Superjunction MOSFET line
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2/27/2008   Post a comment
Infineon Technologies AG is touting its latest product line as the industry's first 900 V superjunction MOSFETs specifically intended for high-efficiency SMPS (switched-mode power supply), industrial and renewable energy applications.
Microchip Technology announces new low-cost, general-purpose 8-bit PIC microcontrollers
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2/27/2008   Post a comment
New 28- and 40-pin 8-bit Flash MCUs from Microchip feature 16 MHz internal oscillator, operation down to 1.8V, and enhanced peripherals.
Highly integrated power management IC maximizes battery run-time
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2/27/2008   Post a comment
Linear Technology's LTC3566 switch-mode USB power manager integrates a switching PowerPath manager, a stand-alone battery charger, a synchronous buck-boost regulator, an ideal diode and controller, plus an always-on LDO, in a compact, low-profile 4 x 4-mm QFN package.
ETSI pushes standards for NFC with mobiles
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2/27/2008   Post a comment
Wider adoption of near field communications with mobile phones took a further step forward with the European Telecoms Standardization Institute ETSI's Smart Card Platform Technical Committee approving the specification for the Host Controller Interface.
Microchip Technology delivers six billionth PIC microcontroller!
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2/27/2008   Post a comment
White-good appliance maker Mabe takes delivery of Microchip Technology's six billionth PIC microcontroller.
Synchronous rectification module increases efficiency in power supplies
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2/27/2008   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor offers power supply designers a Power-SPM module that increases efficiency in power supplies to meet ENERGY STAR requirements.
DDR2 RDIMM doubles memory capacity of Opteron, Xeon-based systems
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2/27/2008   Post a comment
Hynix has launched a 2-Rank 8-Gbyte PC2-4200 RDIMM that doubles the memory capacity of AMD Opteron-based and Intel Xeon-based systems, while improving power efficiency by up to 30% when compared to 8-Gbyte 4-Rank or 4-Gbyte 2-Rank modules.
Micrel expands high power density line
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2/27/2008   Post a comment
Micrel has added a member to its high power density family of products, a fully-integrated 4A synchronous buck regulator dubbed the MIC22400 for powering systems from 3.3V and 5V supply rails.
NXP, NTRU team for microcontroller security
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2/27/2008   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors and embedded security specialist NTRU have started sampling what they say is the first software-based encryption solution for general-purpose ARM7 processor-based microcontrollers.
China universities join Sun Sparc program
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2/27/2008   Post a comment
Sun Microsystems Inc. and China's Ministry of Education have signed a three-year agreement to train at least 100 educators a year on Sun's multi-core Sparc CPUs while China establishes an unspecified number of Sun centers of excellence.
IBM's big iron looks to hybrid CPUs, open-source code
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2/27/2008   Post a comment
The mainframe computer is alive and well and adopting the latest open-source software and hybrid processor technologies, said a top engineer behind IBM Corp.'s System z10, IBM's first to use a 4.4 GHz quad-core processor.
Jazz Semi improves advanced high-voltage BCD power platform
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2/27/2008   Post a comment
Jazz Semiconductor has announced enhancements to its advanced bipolar CMOS DMOS (BCD) process platform including the addition of an ultra-low Rds(on) scalable NLDMOS device.
Functional interconnect chips reduce development time, costs
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2/26/2008   Post a comment
IDT has launched a new family of CPRI-based functional interconnect chips (FICs) that span the interface between the wireless radio card and a Serial RapidIO-enabled baseband processing system.
Buck regulator features internal compensation and reduced footprint
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2/26/2008   Post a comment
Exar Corp. has announced the latest addition to its PowerBlox family of high-efficiency, step-down switching regulators with the introduction of the SP7656 3-A (4-A peak) non-synchronous buck regulator.
TRIAC series needs no parameter derating up to 150°C
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2/26/2008   Post a comment
These high-junction-temperature TRIACs from ST will enable manufacturers to lower their costs by using smaller heatsinks.
High-side power monitor measures current, voltage up to 80V
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2/26/2008   Post a comment
Linear's high-side power monitor measures current and input voltages from 7V to 80V, and uses an internal 12-bit A/D converter to continuously measure both high side current and input voltage to give a true power reading.
RS-485/RS-422 transceivers feature integrated LDO
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2/26/2008   Post a comment
Maxim's latest half-duplex RS-485/RS-422 transceivers are designed to save board space and reduce cost in automotive and industrial applications.
Ultra wideband startup raises $24 million
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2/26/2008   Post a comment
Wisair (Tel Aviv, Israel), a startup which provides single-chip parts for Ultra Wideband (UWB) and Wireless USB (WUSB) designs, has secured $24 million in its latest round of funding.
Analyst: Inspection systems provider Camtek should be sold
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2/26/2008   Post a comment
Automated optical inspection (AOI) systems maker Camtek Ltd. (Migdal Haemek, Israel) should prepare itself to be acquired by one of the larger providers of semiconductor equipment, according to a new research note by the investment house Oppenheimer Israel.
MRAMs headed for orbit
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2/26/2008   Post a comment
MRAM technology is headed for orbit with the launch of SpriteSat by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.
AMC baseband card targets WiMAX, LTE
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2/26/2008   Post a comment
CommAgility's AMC card features TI's multicore TCI6487 DSP. It targets wireless baseband and other processing-intensive applications such as WiMAX and LTE.
Tundra Semiconductor Announces End-to-End RapidIO Baseband Development Platform
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2/26/2008   Post a comment
Tundra Semiconductor Corporation today announced an end-to-end RapidIO-enabled MicroTCA platform for wireless base stations.
Catrene opens up for first proposals
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2/26/2008   Post a comment
Companies, research organizations and academic institutions have until April 23rd to submit proposals for the Euros 6bn, four year, EU research project Catrene. The first call will open on February 29 and project labelling is planned for September 30, 2008.
Phyworks beats the 10G Ethernet drum with EDC chip
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2/26/2008   Post a comment
Communications chip specialist Phyworks (Bristol, England) is launching at the Optical Fibre Communications expo in San Diego, California, a CMOS retimer with EDC that offers 10G Ethernet performance in legacy fibre infrastructure as well as laser driver for small form factor modules operating at between125Mbit/second and 1.25Gbit/second.
Latest power products at APEC 2008
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2/26/2008   Post a comment
The Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC) 2008 kicked off in Austin, Texas this week featuring the latest developments in power electronics.
Micrel rolls out programmable receiver with jam avoidance
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2/25/2008   Post a comment
Targeting garage door openers and tire pressure monitoring systems, Micrel is claiming the industry's first programmable receiver with a jam avoidance feature.
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