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Magnetism seen as key to superconductivity
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Magnetic spin excitations that couple electrons may be the key ingredient for superconductivity.
Design team execs left Apple to form startup
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2/4/2010   1 comment
Amid the excitement over the A4 microprocessor designed in-house at Apple Inc. and used to power the iPad, it has emerged that a number of the internal design team have already left to form a startup.
DRAM leads top ten IC growth sectors for 2010, says analyst
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2/4/2010   Post a comment
All but four of about 28 IC product categories will grow in 2010 resulting in an overall IC market growth of 15 percent, according to a forecast from market research firm IC Insights Inc. (Scottsdale, Ariz.).
Overvoltage-protection devices from -75V to +44V target automotive applications
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Maxim Integrated Products announced the MAX16914/MAX16915 overvoltage-protection controllers for automotive and industrial systems that must tolerate high-voltage transient and fault conditions
Broadcom acquires Teknovus for $123 million
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2/3/2010   Post a comment
Broadcom Corp. made it official Wednesday (Feb 3) it is spending $123 million to acquire startup Teknovus Inc. (Petaluma, Calif.) for its Ethernet passive optical networking technology chipsets and software.
Flexible I/O expander IC family supports mobile telecom, industrial and medical applications
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Toshiba Electronics Europe (TEE) has introduced a new family of flexible I/O expander ICs for use in mobile phone handsets and industrial and medical applications.
Analysis: Microchip benefits from SST M&A blunder
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2/3/2010   1 comment
Silicon Storage Technology Inc. is being snapped up at a bargain price by Microchip Technology Inc., which will buy the company partly with the storage IC vendor's cash, gain many valuable patents, critical technology applications and a steady stream of licensing payments after stockholders rejected a prior offer that significantly undervalued the company.
Microchip to pay $273M for SST
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2/3/2010   1 comment
Microchip Technology Inc. said it has struck an agreement to pay approximately $273 million for Silicon Storage Technology Inc., which has also terminated a previous merger deal with a private equity investment group.
Equalizing cable transceiver extends reach and reduces gauge of copper cables
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The PHY2210 equalizing cable transceiver announced by Phyworks enables cable manufacturers to extend the reach and reduce the gauge of active copper cable assemblies supporting all standard data rates up to 10.5Gbps
ARM, Giesecke & Devrient team to secure phone payments
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2/3/2010   Post a comment
Processor intellectual property licensor ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) is collaborating with Giesecke & Devrient (Munich, Germany) and the two companies are going to demonstrate the combination of the Mobicore operating system running with ARM TrustZone hardware at the Mobile World Congress, in Barcelona.
Smallest Class-D audio amplifier reduces codec noise
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2/2/2010   Post a comment
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) has introduced a 3.2-W, mono Class-D audio amp with an integrated digital-to-analog converter (DAC) noise filter that reduces codec noise by as much as 82 percent, compared to devices without this feature.
ARM lays out roadmap with three more cores
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ARM Holdings plans to launch three processor cores during 2010. The cores, codenamed Eagle, Heron and Merlin, all have lead licensing customers and deliveries of intellectual property will start either in 2010 or early in 2011 depending on the core, said ARM CEO Warren East.
MoSys tips memory chips in new silicon drive
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MoSys Inc. said it will make memory chips using a novel high-speed interface for a broad range of networking and storage markets as the first of a planned family of standard parts for the company that is expanding beyond its roots as a supplier of silicon cores.
Report: India needs a wafer fab, says summit keynoter
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The Indian government should help private enterprise invest in a semiconductor wafer fab, according to an EE Herald report that references Madhavan Nair, former chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization.
Dash7 sensor network alliance rolls working groups
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2/2/2010   Post a comment
The Dash7 Alliance, a coalition of organizations promoting a standard for wireless sensor networks based on the ISO18000-7 standard, has announced it now has more than 40 participating organizations, including leaders from the semiconductor, supply chain and RFID industries.
TowerJazz, Soitec team on backside illumination
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Backside illumination is fast gaining traction, and TowerJazz Ltd. (Migdal Haemek, Israel) and SOI wafer supplier Soitec SA (Bernin, France) have joined forces to seize the opportunity.
Samsung, Toshiba retain lead in Q4 NAND ranking
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2/1/2010   Post a comment
The six companies fighting for NAND flash memory market share retained their positions in the fourth quarter of 2009. Samsung and Toshiba led with market shares of 38.6 percent and 3.7 percent respectively, according market research company DRAMexchange.
Tensilica targets high quality audio and smartphones with HiFi EP DSP core
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2/1/2010   Post a comment
Tensilica introduced HiFi EP, a superset of the HiFi 2 architecture that is optimized for simultaneous multichannel codec support and continuously expanding audio pre- and post-processing.
Full-year chip sales fell 9% in 2009, says SIA
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2/1/2010   1 comment
Global semiconductor sales were $226.3 billion in 2009, a decline of 9 percent from 2008 when sales were $248.6 billion, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA). The full-year decline was as had been expected in the last month but much less than had been predicted in the first months of 2009.
PC, phone demand strong in 2010, says SIA's Scalise
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Units sales of PCs and cellphones will grow in the low-to-mid teens of percent in 2010, providing a "solid platform for chip sales," according to George Scalise, president of the Semiconductor Industry Association.
Graphics chips shipments to rise 27% in 2010, says analyst
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Some 544 million graphics chips will ship in 2010, up 27.9 percent on the 425.4 million shipped in 2009, according to market analyst Jon Peddie Research (Tiburon, Calif.).
Rumor mill: B'com, Cavium eye Teknovus acquisition
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2/1/2010   1 comment
Chatter in the rumor mill says Broadcom Corp. or Cavium Networks may be about to acquire startup Teknovus Inc. for its passive optical networking technology, just as Marvell is expected to roll out its first PON products this week.
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