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Zoran fires back at hedge fund
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2/23/2011   Post a comment
Zoran Corp. has responded to Ramius LLC's claim that the previously announced merger with CSR plc "may undervalue Zoran," and its question as to whether the transaction "was the result of a full and fair sale process to maximize value for all Zoran shareholders."
Linear Technology LTC4444/-5 N-channel MOSFET
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2/23/2011   1 comment
Linear’s 100V synchronous N-channel MOSFET drivers operate from -40°C to 150°C.
SMSC: No bidding war for Conexant
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2/23/2011   2 comments
SMSC is not going into a bidding war for Conexant Systems Inc.
International Rectifier's IR347x and IR386x SupIRBuck families
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2/23/2011   Post a comment
IR's expanded SupIRBuck line is aimed at energy-efficient computing and consumer applications.
Maxim Integrated Products' MAX44007 and MAX44009 sensors
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2/23/2011   Post a comment
Maxim's second generation of digital ambient-light sensors maximize battery life and simplify system design.
National Semiconductor LM21212-1 and LM21215 buck regulators
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2/23/2011   Post a comment
National's 12A and 15A buck regulators deliver greater than 97 percent efficiency for high-performance FPGAs, ASICs and microprocessors.
Millimeter-scale all-in-one computers debut
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2/23/2011   4 comments
Researchers from the University of Michigan debuted what they billed as the world's first all-in-one, millimeter-sized processor at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco.
Analyst: OmniVision hit by yield issues
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2/23/2011   2 comments
OmniVision Technologies Inc. is having yield issues with its backside illumination (BSI) CMOS image sensors, according to an analyst.
Tough years seen ahead for NOR flash
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2/23/2011   3 comments
After a booming 2010, NOR flash memory revenue is expected to decline by nearly 6 percent to $4.8 billion in 2011, signaling the beginning of difficult years ahead marked by declining prices, according to IHS iSuppli.
SEMI book-to-bill slips
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2/22/2011   Post a comment
North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted a book-to-bill ratio of 0.85 in January, down from 0.90 in December, according to SEMI.
Applied: Firing on all cylinders
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2/22/2011   Post a comment
''Applied Materials Inc. is firing on all cylinders for once,'' according to C.J. Muse, an analyst with Barclays Capital, in a new report.
Firms push to extend mobile DRAM spec
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2/22/2011   Post a comment
There is a proposed standard to extend mobile DRAM technology to higher speeds-a move that could push out competing next-generation efforts from MIPI, Rambus, Silicon Image and the 3-D chip community.
Analyst: NAND market to 'collapse'
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2/22/2011   16 comments
Don’t look now, the NAND flash party may be nearly over.
Update - Analyst: Micron to retake NAND lead
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2/22/2011   3 comments
At the 2011 International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) here, Hynix, Samsung and the Toshiba-SanDisk duo separately provided more details about their cutting-edge NAND parts.
Check out the new HDR video camera dev kit and reference design from Lattice
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2/22/2011   2 comments
Production-ready development it and FPGA reference design accelerate time-to-market and enable full HD HDR camera designs at lowest system cost.
CML Microcircuits unveils single chip multi-transcoder IC for SDR and VoIP applications
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2/22/2011   Post a comment
CML Microcircuits has launched a single chip G.711/G.729A/CVSD (speech compression) full duplex multi-transcoder device suited for SDR, VoIP, wireless PBX and privacy type digital voice communications.
Single-chip audio system solution sets new standard for audio quality
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2/22/2011   Post a comment
Intersil Corporation has introduced a new family of single-chip audio system solutions that provides improved audio quality in consumer products.
Firm narrows bid for Conexant
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2/22/2011   Post a comment
The bidding war continues for Conexant Systems Inc.
Icahn makes bid to acquire Mentor
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2/22/2011   15 comments
Billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn offered to buy EDA vendor Mentor Graphics for $17 per share, or about $1.9 billion total.
Western Digital grabs disk drive lead
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2/22/2011   5 comments
The hard disk drive market recorded growth of 17.1 percent in unit shipments to reach 653.5 million units in 2010, according to The Information Network. Western Digital Corp. took from long-time market leader Seagate Technology plc.
Hedge fund says CSR deal undervalues Zoran
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2/22/2011   Post a comment
The subsidiary of activist hedge fund Ramius that has been pushing its own slate of directors to take over the board of Zoran expressed concern that a $679 million stock deal for Zoran to merge with CSR may undervalue Zoran.
Medtech prognosis: Going digital, under stress
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2/22/2011   5 comments
As the health care industry transitions to digital networked technology, medtech providers face increasingly complex global regulations, insurance reimbursement rules and VC funding pressures.
Medtech prognosis: Going digital, under stress
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2/22/2011   5 comments
As the health care industry transitions to digital networked technology, medtech providers face increasingly complex global regulations, insurance reimbursement rules and VC funding pressures.
Op-amps raise audio performance without increasing BOM costs
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2/22/2011   Post a comment
Diodes Incorporated is meeting demands for higher performance audio without an increase in BOM cost by introducing dual channel op-amps that offer a low input noise performance.
SoC integrates power with audio and touch-screen controller
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2/22/2011   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has developed a range of integrated Power SoCs that combine power management with mixed-signal functions such as digital audio, a high-speed interface, and a touch-screen controller on a single chip.
Report: TSMC wins key 40-, 28-nm deals
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2/22/2011   10 comments
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) is fighting back against rival Globalfoundries Inc. and winning key contracts from Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) for its 40-nm and 28-nm manufacturing process technologies, according to a Taiwan Economic News report.
Panel debates keeping up with 'Gene's Law'
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2/22/2011   8 comments
After two decades of dramatic improvement in the energy efficiency of circuits, the semiconductor industry will need to explore new circuit structures, architectures, materials and other items to continue to keep pace, according to a panel of experts at ISSCC.
Samsung CEO: Four challenges seen for ICs
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2/22/2011   5 comments
At the 2011 International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) here, Oh-Hyun Kwon, president of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.’s semiconductor business, outlined four challenges for next-generation IC design and scaling.
Researcher describes 'smart' orthodontics
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2/21/2011   2 comments
A team of German researchers is developing "intelligent" orthodontic brackets with integrated stress sensors to enable orthodontists to measure the forces being exerted on individual teeth.
Samsung CEO: Headwinds hinder PRAM
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2/21/2011   11 comments
At the 2011 International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) here, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. will describe more details about its 1-Gbit, 58-nm phase-change memory (PRAM) technology.
Samsung CEO: Green fab tools wanted
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2/21/2011   Post a comment
At the 2011 International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) here, Oh-Hyun Kwon, president of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.’s semiconductor business, urged fab tool vendors to take more steps to reduce energy consumption.
Accellera approves verification standard
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2/21/2011   Post a comment
EDA standards development organization Accellera said it approved version 1.0 of its Universal Verification Methodology standard.
Stork leaves Applied to join On
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2/21/2011   2 comments
On Semiconductor Inc. has appointed Hans Stork to the position of chief technology officer (CTO) and senior vice president.
Intel buys Dutch multimedia DSP firm
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2/21/2011   4 comments
Intel Corp. has acquired Silicon Hive BV, a licensor of customized parallel processing DSP accelerators for various multimedia applications.
Samsung takes DRAM 512-pins wide
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2/21/2011   7 comments
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has announced the development of a 1-Gbit DRAM with a 512-pin wide I/O interface intended for mobile applications such as smart phones and tablet computers.
Study: foundries provide more IP than IP vendors
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2/21/2011   7 comments
Chip foundries provide more design intellectual property (IP) to fabless chip companies than the IP core licensors whose principal business it is, according to the 2010 fabless ecosystem survey conducted by a university professor for the Global Semiconductor Alliance.
CSR to buy Zoran for $679 million
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2/21/2011   4 comments
CSR plc has agreed to acquire troubled Zoran Corp. for $679 million.
Update: MIT, TI tip 28-nm app processor
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2/21/2011   5 comments
At the 2011 International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) here, Texas Instruments Inc. and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) will outline what could be a major breakthrough in the gap between performance demands and battery capacity in the mobile space.
ISSCC: Toshiba rolls flip-flop
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2/20/2011   2 comments
Toshiba Corp. has developed a new flip-flop circuit using 40-nm CMOS process that will reduce power consumption in mobile equipment.
STMicroelectronics teams with LifeNexus for the Personal Health Card
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2/20/2011   Post a comment
The Personal Health Card is believed to be the first multi-purpose electronic health card using the embedded iChip for securely maintaining an individual’s personal health record, with a payment card option on the same card.
Continental, NXP to integrate NFC into cars
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2/20/2011   5 comments
Chip vendor NXP and automotive electronics supplier Continental have demonstrated how NFC (Near Field Communications) can be used as an enabler for new automotive applications.
2011 GSMA Mobile Innovation Award
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2/20/2011   Post a comment
EDMI and Sierra Wireless are pleased to announce that the two companies were awarded the GSMA Global Mobile Award for Best Mobile Innovation for Utilities at the 2011 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Integrated SoCs target mid-range automotive infotainment systems
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2/20/2011   Post a comment
The R-Car M1 series of SoCs released by Renesas Electronics represent the integration of the company’s SH-Navi series and EMMA Car series products.
Modular Smart Meters deliver flexibility, accuracy and cost savings
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2/20/2011   Post a comment
Presented as the industry's most cost-effective smart-meter chipset, STMicroelectronics combines configurable 'measurement' IC with separate smart sensor chips to boost performance and hardware scalability.
Fanless design exceeds expectations in high-end digital signage applications
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2/20/2011   Post a comment
NEXCOM's NDiS 166 Digital Signage Player is built around the Intel I5/I7 processor series and QM67 integrated graphics controller.
Secure microcontroller brings smart card security to device authentication
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2/20/2011   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors N.V. has introduced the au10tic family of secure ICs designed specifically for device authentication.
Update: China fab tool firm looks to expand
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2/19/2011   10 comments
After overcoming some major hurdles, Chinese fab tool vendor Advanced Micro-Fabrication Equipment Inc. (AMEC) is moving towards its next growth phase.
Update: Intel to build fab for 14-nm chips
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2/18/2011   26 comments
Intel Corp. announced plans to invest more than $5 billion to build a new chip manufacturing facility at its site in Chandler, Ariz.
Amkor, Tessera continue bitter battle
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2/18/2011   6 comments
Amkor Technology Inc. and Tessera Technologies Inc. continue to battle on the legal front.
MagnaChip files for IPO again
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2/18/2011   Post a comment
As expected, MagnaChip Semiconductor has filed for an initial public offering (IPO) in the United States-again.
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