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Updated: Speculation simmers over Intel-TSMC announcement
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2/27/2009   Post a comment
Speculation is building about a planned news conference Monday where Intel and TSMC are set to make a strategic announcement.
Gennum coax video interface delivers uncompressed HD for surveillance, industrial imaging applications
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2/27/2009   Post a comment
Aviia (Advanced Video Interface for Industrial Applications) is a robust interface for high definition (HD) video over coaxial cable lengths up to 100 meters.
Xilinx unveils two next-gen FPGA families for targeted design platforms
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2/27/2009   Post a comment
Xilinx's Spartan and Virtex reach 6th generation. See them at Embedded Systems Conference in March.
January chip sales seen down 30% year-on-year
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2/27/2009   Post a comment
The three-month moving average of global chip sales is expected to come in at $15.1 billion for January, down from the $17.7 billion achieved in December 2008, according to analysts at Carnegie Group (Oslo, Norway).
ARM, NXP finances and EUV advances lead story ranking
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2/27/2009   Post a comment
Here are the top five online stories for the week beginning Sunday, Feb. 21, as ranked by EE Times Europe readers, up to and including Friday, Feb. 27. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
Is Nokia seeking partners for laptop initiatve?
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2/27/2009   Post a comment
Nokia is in negotiations with Taiwanese notebook makers and EMS companies about its proposals to enter the netbook or small laptop market, according to sources cited by DigiTimes .
Is Nokia seeking partners for its laptop initiative?
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2/27/2009   Post a comment
Nokia is in negotiations with Taiwanese notebook makers and EMS companies about its proposals to enter the netbook or small laptop market, according to sources cited by DigiTimes .
Analyst weighs benefits of Nokia/Qualcomm link
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2/27/2009   Post a comment
Qualcomm is likely to see its position as the leading supplier of baseband chips for next generation mobile handsets enhanced following its recent deal with Nokia, but the jury is still very much out on just what market share gains it woud enjoy, according to market research group iSuppli.
High linearity dual downconverting SiGe mixers for DCS/PCS, WCDMA, WCS, LTE, WiMAX, and MMDS base stations
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2/27/2009   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced the MAX19995/MAX19995A/MAX19997A/MAX19999 family of high-performance, dual, downconverting mixers targeted specifically for DCS/PCS, cdma2000™, WCDMA, WCS, LTE, WiMAX™, and MMDS wireless-infrastructure applications.
Comment: Android beyond the phone
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2/26/2009   Post a comment
Look out, Redmond, I'm seeing signs that Google's Android could wind up in netbooks, digital picture frames and a host of embedded devices as a friendly, app-rich face for Linux.
DSP and microprocessor algorithms re-factored for FPGA acceleration
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2/26/2009   Post a comment
FPGA image processing design services and IP from Impulse Accelerated Technologies reduces project risk.
250mA LDO withstands 80V input
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2/26/2009   Post a comment
Linear Technology has announced a high reliability (MP) grade, wider temperature range version of the LT3013, a micropower LDO with input voltage capability up to 80V.
Report: $2B chip market in alternative energy
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2/26/2009   Post a comment
Alternative energy systems and the semiconductors used in them could grow at an annual rate of as much as 40 percent over the next several years, according to a new market research report.
Audio network chip start-up nabs $6 million
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2/26/2009   Post a comment
BridgeCo Inc., the provider of processor IC and software platforms for home networking and Internet radio, has raised a further $6 million from its existing backers, bringing the total raised to $59 million.
2G dual-band transmit modules target emerging market handsets
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2/26/2009   Post a comment
RF Micro Devices' family of dual-band GSM/GPRS transmit modules provides a small footprint, improved efficiency and robust ESD protection.
UMTS femto base-station chipset drives adoption in access points, residential gateways
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2/26/2009   Post a comment
The receiver and transmitter in Maxim's new UMTS femto base-station chipset use the company's proprietary high dynamic range MAX-PHY interface to eliminate the need for a mixed-signal analog front-end.
Atmel : RF transceiver is IEEE P802.15.4c compliant
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2/26/2009   Post a comment
Atmel announced the AT86RF212, an IEEE P802.15.4c compliant RF transceiver for the Chinese wireless market.
Hall-effect switch drives lower voltage, deeper micropower and higher ESD
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2/26/2009   Post a comment
Aimed at portable handsets, PDAs and personal entertainment devices, Melexis' MLX90248 New Generation micropower and omnipolar Hall-effect switch provides what the company says is the industry's lowest current consuming magnetic, contactless solid-state switching.
Intel joins legal fight over Psion's 'netbook' claims
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2/26/2009   Post a comment
Intel has joined Dell in legal moves to stop pioneering small computer maker Psion Teklogix's efforts to stop the use of the term ‘Netbooks’ for the latest craze in small laptops.
Japanese group takes strategic stake in Nujira
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2/26/2009   Post a comment
Power amplifier specialist Nujira (Cambridge, England) has won a strategic, but undisclosed level investment from Japanese financial group Mitsubishi UFJ Capital.
Analyst: Trio dominated GaAs device market in '08
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2/26/2009   Post a comment
The market for Gallium Arsenide devices grew by 9 percent in 2008, according to market research group Strategy Analytics, with early estimates showing that RFMD, Skyworks and TriQuint further consolidated their position in the sector.
GRAPHICS/VIDEO: Testing starts on 40-nm low power HDMI transmitter analog IP core silicon
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2/26/2009   Post a comment
Silicon Image ultra low-power IP core targets mobile products requiring HDMI or MHL interconnect to digital TVs
Report: NXP considering debts swap as credit rating falls
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2/25/2009   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductor is slated to Thursday (Feb. 26) announce a new efforts to bring its $6 billion debt under control by swapping the bonds for new secured bonds as part of the continued reorganization of the loss-making company.
Altera's Stratix III selected for largest ASIC prototyping engine
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2/25/2009   Post a comment
The Dini Group uses Altera's Stratix III in its single-board prototyping engine for custom ASICs that are devoted to wireless communications, networking, and graphics processing.
Module combines Virtex-5 and embedded PowerPC core for high-performance I/O signal processing
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2/25/2009   Post a comment
Acromag's PMC-VFX modules enable users to offload CPU-intensive operations such as video/3D data processing or floating-point math to improve system performance. See it at Acromag's booth at the Embedded Systems Conference.
Credit Watch: Chartered's survival hinges on Temasek
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2/25/2009   Post a comment
A major ratings agency has downgraded Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd.'s bonds further into junk territory but the Singapore foundry's remains a viable player in the wafer business because of the support it can count on from parent Temasek Holdings Pte Ltd.
Home networking groups edge toward G.hn
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2/25/2009   1 comment
Three ad hoc groups promoting competing networking standards have formed liaisons with the Home Grid Forum, another step toward industry support for the ITU G.hn effort to create a single wired standard for home networks over powerline, coax and telephone lines.
AnalogicTech : Battery charger supplies up to 2A
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2/25/2009   Post a comment
With the AAT3620, AnalogicTech claims the industry’s first fully integrated single-cell Lithium-ion battery charger capable of supplying up to 2A charge current in a small 3x3 mm TDFN package.
ADI acquires 'smart grid' technology
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2/25/2009   Post a comment
Analog Devices Inc. has acquired a Canadian developer of power-line communications and other smart grid technologies.
Gartner réduit encore ses prévisions à moins 24 pourcent pour 2009
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2/25/2009   Post a comment
Gartner Inc. a encore réduit ses prévisions pour le marché des semiconducteurs mondial en 2009 à $194.5 mds soit une baisse de 24.1 pourcent.
Sales up but losses widen at ARC
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2/25/2009   Post a comment
ARC international (St Albans, England) increased revenues by 18 percent to £17 million for the year ended December 2008, with revenues from royalties steaming ahead by 61 percent to £7.9 million compared with the previous year. Licensing revenues, however, were flat at £7.3 million as the company cautioned that uncertainty in the semiconductor industry might affect the timing of new licence revenues and royalty volumes this year.
Clock generator eliminates oscillators in networking systems
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2/24/2009   Post a comment
ADI's clock generator reduces cycle time and complexity in networking and communications systems.
6-Watt LED driver with integrated DC-DC boost converter focuses on larger LCD panel backlighting applications
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2/24/2009   Post a comment
ON Semiconductor has introduced a new 6 W LED driver with an integrated, high-power DC-DC boost converter and on-chip diagnostics to maximize efficiency in larger, general purpose LCD panel backlighting applications.
Texas Instruments : Hot-swap managers suit 3 to 20 V voltage rails
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2/24/2009   Post a comment
Texas Instruments has introduced three hot-swap managers that help protect against over currents for voltage rails between 3 and 20 V and an operating current of up to 5 A.
Microchip : Low-voltage EEPROM offers two write-protect options
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2/24/2009   Post a comment
Microchip announces a series of I2C EEPROM devices that claim the lowest operating voltage available on the market.
HomePlug SoC set to debut at CeBIT
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2/24/2009   Post a comment
SPiDCOM Technologies, a fabless chip group focusing on ICs and Linux-based software bundles for broadband access and home networks, is set to unveil its next generation HomePlug AV SoC at CeBIT, in Hannover, which kicks off March 3rd.
Simplified clock generator architecture reduces cycle time and complexity in networking and communications systems
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2/24/2009   Post a comment
Analog Devices has introduced a clock generator that simplifies clock design and reduces the need for oscillators in multi-standard networking and communications infrastructure systems, designated AD9551.
Sinking stocks complicate high-tech recovery
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2/24/2009   Post a comment
Many high-tech stocks have fallen by as much as 80 percent to 90 percent in the last 12 months, crushing their market value and potentially complicating recovery efforts by these companies, some of which may need to tap the investment markets for funds as cash hoards become depleted.
Analysis: Japan's electronics giants face inevitable breakup
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2/24/2009   Post a comment
In order to survive what's now being billed as the worst global economic depression in decades, Japan's Big-5 high-tech companies will have to accelerate their reorganization efforts and merge, shutter or spin off non-profitable semiconductor, hard disk drive and system LSI businesses.
picoChip : Baseband solution covers eight-user WCDMA femtocells
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2/24/2009   Post a comment
picoChip has announced the PC8219, a complete baseband solution for eight-user WCDMA femtocells designed to run on its PC202 processor chip.
Siano expands in China, touts lowest-cost MDTV chip
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2/24/2009   Post a comment
Mobile TV chip specialist Siano Mobile Silicon (Kfar Neter, Israel) has opened offices in Shenzhen, the hub of China's design, development and manufacturing activities in consumer electronics.
RFEL to sponsor DSP expertise courses
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2/24/2009   Post a comment
Signal processing based applications specialist RF Engines Ltd (Isle of Wight, England) is investing in the future by not only continuing to recruit engineers but has started sponsoring students focusing on MSc degrees at the University of York.
Companies partner for NFC-enabled electronic wallet
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2/24/2009   Post a comment
Atmel and French contactless card system developer TazTag (Rennes) are collaborating to develop a secure NFC module that can be used to protect personal data.
Marvell rolls plan for 'plugtop PCs'
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2/24/2009   Post a comment
Marvell Technology Group Ltd. has announced a so-called Plug Computing initiative and a $99 developer's kit using its 1.2 GHz ARM-based processor to drive to its vision of a variety of "wall-warts" that build in its Sheeva CPU and act like embedded home computers.
Micron shutting 200-mm fab, cutting more jobs
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2/23/2009   Post a comment
Memory chip specialist Micron Technology will cut up to 2,000 jobs and phase out 200-mm wafer manufacturing operations at the company's Boise, Idaho headquarters in response to deteriorating economic conditions.
Exar to acquire Hifn for up to $59 million
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2/23/2009   Post a comment
Communications chipmaker Exar has signed a definitive agreement to acquire security IC provider Hifn in a deal that could be worth as much as $59 million.
Startup virtualizes data center I/O
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2/23/2009   Post a comment
Startup VirtenSys officially debuts today aggregation switches that virtualize server I/O in hardware, aiming to lower cost and power consumption and ease management.
Qimonda reports 'substantial' investor negotiations
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2/23/2009   Post a comment
Insolvent memory chip manufacturer Qimonda says it is in "concrete negotiations with numerous international interested parties". The company now hopes on financial concessions from German and Portuguese governments.
Groups extend 3-D stacking collaboration
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2/23/2009   Post a comment
French research group CEA-Léti (Grenoble) and Brewer Science (Rolla, MO), Inc. have extended their partnership on the development of 3-D chip stacking processes to create a common laboratory.
Torex : Voltage regulators offer low dropout voltage
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2/23/2009   Post a comment
Available in the tiny USP-6C package (1.8 x 2.0 x 0.6 mm), as well as in standard SOT-25 and SOT-89-5 versions, the XC6220 Series of voltage regulators from Torex Semiconductor offer low dropout voltage – typically 20 mV with a 100 mA load.
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