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Low voltage, bi-directional DC motor driver housed in small package
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2/23/2009   Post a comment
Allegro's latest device has a high output current and wide operating voltage range, making it a key component for portable applications.
Coeur ARM 32-bits ultra basse consommation
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2/23/2009   Post a comment
ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, GB) a conçu un coeur ARM 32-bits avec un nombre de portes très réduit de seulement 12.000 portes destiné aux applications ultra-basses consommation.
Lattice moves away from high-end FPGAs
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2/23/2009   Post a comment
After a period of losses and competitive pressures, Lattice Semiconductor Corp. is refining its focus and moving away from the high-end of the field-programmable gate array (FPGAs) race.
Lattice rolls 65-nm FPGAs, clock chips
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2/23/2009   Post a comment
Seeking to grab share in a down market, programmable logic device (PLD) specialist Lattice Semiconductor Corp. has launched a three-prong attack.
Point-to-point embedded 240-to-960 MHz RF link gets feature-rich TX/RX front end
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2/23/2009   Post a comment
Silicon Labs' EZRadioPro provides extra link budget due to sensitive front end, higher power PA, despite ultra-low-power design
AxisNT touts efficiency gains of tripe mode PA module
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2/23/2009   Post a comment
Wireless infrastructure group Axis Network Technology (Aylesbury, England) has started sampling a triple mode power amplifier module and IP linearization solution that, it says, offers a 45 percent final stage efficiency for UMTS 64QAM systems at 2.1GHz.
ARM preps tiny core for low-power microcontrollers
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2/23/2009   2 comments
With help from lead partner and licensee NXP, ARM Holdings plc has designed a very low gate-count ARM processor core suitable for use in microcontrollers aimed at ultra-low power applications. Chips are expected to ship from licensees before the end of 2009.
MCUs: 16-Bit MAXQ MCU extends battery life in portable equipment
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2/23/2009   Post a comment
Extended voltage range enables utilization of up to 95% of battery capacity
SOFTWARE TOOLS: ESL Design Environment speeds development for XDR Memory
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2/23/2009   Post a comment
CoWare and Rambus joint project enables design of maximum product performance to cut development time and reduce costs
Analysis: Will Synopsys take over the world?
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2/20/2009   1 comment
While competitors stumble amid the downturn, Synopsys is firing on all cylinders and beating analyst expectations with revenue and profit. Executives say Synopsys' financial strength will drive future marketshare gains. But do customers want an EDA market with one dominant player?
Zilog vend sa division wireless control
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2/20/2009   Post a comment
Maxim et Universal Electronics Incorporated ont racheté ensemble l'activité "Wireless Control" de Zilog ce qui ne laissera que les microcontrôleurs standard dans ce qui fut le pionnier des microprocesseurs avec le Z80.
Single-conversion tuner sharpens analog, digital TV broadcast reception
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2/20/2009   Post a comment
Maxim has developed a single-conversion silicon tuner that employs a single downconversion step from RF to 36MHz to provide artifact-free reception of analog signals and high-quality reception of digital signals.
Hyperstone : 32-Bit MCU suits cost-sensitive applications
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2/20/2009   Post a comment
Hyperstone has introduced the high-performance E2 – 32-bit RISC/DSP microcontroller with additional on-chip highlights such as programmable serial communication engine, an analog to digital converter and 32 kBytes on chip (I-RAM) complemented by an external memory and peripheral interface controller.
Graphene semiconductor theory confirmed
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2/20/2009   Post a comment
Graphene, sheets of pure carbon atoms akin to unrolled nanotubes laid flat, could herald a new era of ultra-high speed semiconductors.
Updated: NAND capex seen dropping 59% in 2009
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2/19/2009   2 comments
Total NAND flash memory manufacturing capex is expected to fall by 59 percent in 2009 after decreasing by 28 percent in 2008, according to an analysis by DRAMeXchange, a memory clearing house.
WCDMA power amplifiers with integrated directional couplers
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2/19/2009   Post a comment
kyworks Solutions has introduced a family of single and dual-band WCDMA power amplifiers (PA) for universal mobile telecommunications system (UMTS) applications that integrate the directional coupler, significantly reducing the phone board footprint and bill-of-material costs.
Vanishing 'goodwill' erodes high-tech asset value
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2/19/2009   1 comment
High-tech corporate assets have fallen sharply across the industry in recent quarters as businesses remove chunks of increasingly worthless goodwill intangible assets from their balance sheets and as cash utilization accelerate due to payouts to laid off employees and requirements for funding a variety of additional reorganization actions.
Capteur CMOS 3 Mpixels avec grande profondeur de champ
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2/19/2009   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics annonce les premiers capteurs CMOS disponibles sur le marché à 3 Mpixels, avec un motif Bayers bruts, au format optique ¼ de pouce, et avec profondeur de champ étendue.
Analysis: Nokia/Qualcomm and the 'new' wireless landscape
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2/19/2009   1 comment
Who wins and loses from the deal announced during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that arch rivals Qualcomm and Nokia are set to work together and the phone maker is considering using Qualcomm's baseband chips in smartphones.
ADI accelerating fab consolidation as sales fall
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2/18/2009   Post a comment
Analog Devices will accelerate plans to consolidate its two remaining U.S. fabs into one facility as part of an effort to permanently reduce spending in the face of further projected revenue decline of 5 to 15 percent this quarter, the company said. Revenue from ADI's most recent quarter declined 28 percent sequentially.
16-bit industrial DAC comes with +/-10V, 4-20mA outputs
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2/18/2009   Post a comment
This DAC from Maxim incorporates a voltage-output amplifier, current-output amplifier, and pass transistors on the same silicon.
Recession seen slowing embedded modem growth
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2/18/2009   Post a comment
More than 35 million cellular modems for laptops and netbooks shipped in 2008, 10 percent of which were embedded in the computers, according to market research firm ABI Research. The firm expects the number of embedded modems to double to 7 million units in 2009, fewer than it had previously forecast.
High-end clusters a bright spot in downturn
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2/18/2009   Post a comment
The high performance computing market will decline 5.4 percent in 2009, but remain one of the most resilient sectors in information technology through the recession, according to the latest forecast from International Data Corp.
Q1 PC builds looking slightly better, analyst says
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2/18/2009   Post a comment
Recent checks into first quarter PC builds have revealed modestly better conditions than were present last month, a Wall Street analyst said.
Updated: AMD shareholders approve foundry spinout
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2/18/2009   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices said its shareholders voted to approve the proposed spinout of its manufacturing operations into a separate foundry company.
Updated: AMD shareholders approve foundry spinout
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Advanced Micro Devices said its shareholders voted to approve the proposed spinout of its manufacturing operations into a separate foundry company.
Actel rolls out low-cost IGLOO nano starter kit
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2/18/2009   Post a comment
IGLOO nano starter kit from Actel immediately available for low-power, high-volume designs.
Imagination offers VGX150 vector graphics processor core
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2/18/2009   Post a comment
Mulitmedia processor technology licensor Imagination Technologies Group plc (Kings Langley, England) has announced the first core in a family of vector graphics processor IP cores. The series is known as VGX and the first core is the VGX150.
Economic realities to impact LTE roll-out
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2/18/2009   Post a comment
Fourth generation networks and specifically LTE (Long Term Evolution) may be one of the major talking points here at the Mobile World Congress, but the messages are unclear about what their impact will be in the short term.
Fairchild PFC controller scales to 1000W designs with BCM scheme
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2/17/2009   Post a comment
The FAN9612 implements automatic phase control that provides a relatively flat efficiency curve across a broad load range.
Analyst bullish on Broadcom's cellular business
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2/17/2009   Post a comment
The announcement that Broadcom will be a supplier to some of Nokia's next generation high-speed packet access-based handsets continues a pattern of recent design wins that should position Broadcom to gain share in the cellular handset market in years to come, according to Craig Berger, an analyst with FBR Capital Markets.
LED driver claims flickerless dimming
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2/17/2009   Post a comment
Responding to a significant number of requests for a TRIAC dimmable LED driver, National Semiconductor has introduced a constant-current controller that enables uniform dimming of LEDS without flicker.
Demand soars for energy efficient electronics
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2/17/2009   2 comments
Energy efficiency has fully emerged as a key requirement for power electronics and management.
LSI rolls multicore strategy
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2/17/2009   Post a comment
LSI Corp. rolled out at the Mobile World Congress a new multicore strategy behind an upcoming family of chips targeting wireless infrastructure gear, mixing and matching its portfolio of cores and on-chip interconnects from recent acquisitions to create new standard products and ASIC offerings.
Microprocessor supervisor circuits provide battery backup, CE gating
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2/17/2009   Post a comment
In small TQFN or TDFN packages, these supervisory circuits from Maxim integrate a variety of features including a microprocessor reset circuit, battery-backup switchover, power-fail warning, and chip-enable (CE) gating.
Voltage regulators deliver benchmark efficiency, reduce system size
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2/17/2009   Post a comment
International Rectifier, IR, introduced its second generation (Gen2) of SupIRBuck integrated point-of-load (POL) voltage regulators for energy-efficient high performance server, storage and netcom applications.
LCD TV power, inverter supply design eliminates power conversion stage
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2/17/2009   Post a comment
On Semiconductor's reference design for up to 180W LCD TV power supplies uses Microsemi's CCFL inverter controller and supports ENERGY STAR 3.0 efficiency standards.
Semtech debuts highly integrated ISM-band transmitter
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2/17/2009   Post a comment
Check out the SX1230, Semtech's latest RF transmitter that reduces BOM by up to 40% for a wide array of applications.
Convertisseur 0,32V pour cellule solaire
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2/17/2009   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor a présenté une technologie de conversion de puissance fonctionnant dès 0,32V et conçue pour les applications photovoltaïques. Le convertisseur continu/continu fournit un voltage de sortie de 4 V.
Nokia signe avec ST-Ericsson et Qualcomm
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2/17/2009   Post a comment
ST-Ericsson et Qualcomm Inc. ont révélé tous deux des programmes de partenariat avec Nokia concernant des plateformes de référence qui utiliseront le logiciel de la Symbian Foundation.
Mellanox bridges data center nets
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2/17/2009   Post a comment
Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. will jump into the market for multi-protocol bridging chips and systems with its BridgeX chip and a family of gateway systems based on it supporting 40Gb/s InfiniBand, 10 Gigabit Ethernet and 8Gb/s Fibre Channel.
Capacitive sensor measurement made simple
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2/17/2009   2 comments
Interfacing to MEMS transducers, such as those that sense acceleration, pressure, altitude, humidity, rain, level and gas, e2v's CPIC2.0 ic has been designed to ease the process of sensor data acquisition.
Qualcomm, Nokia start making up
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2/17/2009   Post a comment
Both ST-Ericsson and Qualcomm Inc. have revealed partnership programmes with Nokia based round reference platforms that will use the Symbian Foundation's software.
Texas Instruments : Smartphone ICs use 45-nm technology
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2/17/2009   Post a comment
To answer handset manufacturers’ diverse requirements in the rapidly-evolving Smartphone and Mobile Internet Device (MID) markets, Texas Instruments has extended its OMAP 3 family with 45-nm products.
SDR solution targets GSM/EDGE base stations
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2/16/2009   Post a comment
Octasic today announced Vocallo BTS, its Software Defined Radio platform for GSM, EDGE and EDGE Evolution base stations. The platform implements a complete Layer 1 solution for up to 12 GSM carriers or 6 EDGE carriers or any combination.
Ten Startups to Watch in 2009
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2/16/2009   Post a comment
Ten Startups to Watch in 2009 in the European power management arena.
Green energy power converter eases apps
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2/16/2009   Post a comment
Ultra-low voltage power converter enables individual solar cells, thermocouples, bioelectric implants and other green energy sources to be harvested without ganging them together.
TI unveils multi-core OMAP 4
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2/16/2009   Post a comment
Texas Instruments has expanded its popular OMAP mobile applications platform and processors, with the fourth generation set to be the first devices that use ARM's Cortex-A9 MPCores.
Startup aims Wi-Fi at embedded systems
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2/16/2009   Post a comment
Startup ZeroG Wireless officially throws its hat into the ring of competitors trying to bring Wi-Fi to embedded systems with a new chip and module that could bring 802.11b connectivity to new lows in cost, size and power consumption.
Fujitsu : WiMAX baseband unit targets mobile PCs
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2/16/2009   Post a comment
Fujitsu Microelectronics announces the MB86K23, a Mobile WiMAX baseband device targeting the expanding mobile PC market.
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