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China's value-added tax on ICs due to expire
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3/31/2005   Post a comment
China's value-added tax on semiconductors is due to expire Friday, concluding a deal reached between the US and China last year to end what US officials believed was a discriminatory tax against foreign chipmakers.
Transmeta lays off 67, names Arthur Swift new president, CEO
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3/31/2005   Post a comment
Transmeta Corp. cut 67 employees from its global workforce and the troubled processor company also named Arthur Swift new president and chief executive.
Ramtron touts 1-Mbit FRAM as drop-in replacement for SRAM
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3/31/2005   Post a comment
The company's latest 3-V, 1-Mbit FRAM, which comes in a 32-pin thin small outline plastic (TSOP) package, offers virtually unlimited read/write cycles. While FRAM is known for high write-endurance, some applications needed more cycles than FRAM could offer. Now Ramtron's FM20L08 allows users to access each address a million times per second indefinitely with no wear out.
Integrated features cut component count in phone line IC
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3/31/2005   Post a comment
The newest member of Clare, Inc.'s phone interface IC family for direct access arrangements (DAA) in telephony apps features simultaneous phone line ringing detect and caller-ID monitoring, which simplifies DAA designs for international telephone applications.
Firm raises IC forecast amid brighter outlook
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3/31/2005   Post a comment
Investment banking firm SG Cowen Securities Corp. raised its IC forecast amid an improved outlook in the information-technology (IT) and semiconductor markets.
Firm raises IC forecast amid brighter outlook
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Investment banking firm SG Cowen Securities Corp. raised its semiconductor forecast amid an improved outlook in the information-technology (IT) and IC markets.
Ambric names former Arm exec to management team
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3/31/2005   Post a comment
Ambric Inc., a fabless semiconductor company, has named Jerry Ardizzone as vice president of sales.
LVPECL Fanout Buffers & Multiplexers seek to obsolete Industry Standard 100EPxxx families with Stub-free termination.
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3/31/2005   Post a comment
Low-voltage differential logic for PECL had typically been very klugey. Micrel hopes to change this with a gamily of fanout buffers that can talk to 12 other PECL devices. The device outputs provide an 800mV swing (1600mV differential).
Another Fully-Buffered DIMM tester bows in
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3/31/2005   Post a comment
Another company has also joined the FB-DIMM test fray. Predating Tek's recent announcement, Pycon has shipped more than 130 FB-DIMM testers since November of last year---and is now offering a very enticing deal for first-time buyers.
8051-based MCUs go lead-free
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3/31/2005   Post a comment
Goal Semiconductor has launched its 'go green' initiative with the VRS1000 " an 8-bit, flash 8051 MCU, modified to meet RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) standards.
Verdrillte Leitungen mit 10 Gbit/s
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3/31/2005   Post a comment
Mit einem neuen Einchip-Transceiver erhält der Vollduplexbetrieb über einfache Kabel ungeahnte Geschwindigkeiten: Der proprietäre Baustein für den 'Nahverkehr' schafft nach Unternehmensangaben über ein ungeschirmtes verdrilltes Kupferkabel einen Durchsatz von 10 Gigabit/s.
Applied research center planned for Bangalore
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3/31/2005   Post a comment
The Birla Institute of Technology and Science will set India's first center for applied research and professional excellence in June.
Is there a doctor in the house? RFID chip and read/write modules do the tracking, tracing, and documenting
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3/31/2005   Post a comment
Maxell has taken its RFID coil-on-chip technology and honed it for the medical, biotech, and pharmaceutical industries, offering read/write capabilities and a small 2.5 x 2.5 mm form factor. And, they have paired it with a reader/writer with an access time of less than 1 s.
SMSC acquires fabless semiconductor company
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3/31/2005   Post a comment
SMSC acquired fabless semiconductor company Oasis Silicon Systems Holding AG.
SST downgrades guidance on flash memory slump
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3/30/2005   Post a comment
Silicon Storage Technology Inc., announced Wednesday (March 30) it expects first quarter revenue to range from $84 million to $88 million, compared to previous guidance of versus $95 to $105 million.
32-bit MCUs run at 64 MHz for automotive apps
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3/30/2005   Post a comment
Offering twice the speed of its M32C/80 microcontrollers, four new M32C/95 MCUs from Renesas Technology America, Inc. have up to 768KBytes of flash, a 3-Channel CAN interface amont other on-chip peripherals.
Reference Desk
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3/30/2005   Post a comment
Gathered is a compendium of 2005 market forecasts from IC Insights, iSuppli, Gartner, VLSI Research, Semico Research, Information Network and others. Also see recent Q&A’s of CEOs Steve Appleton, Craig Barrett, among others.
Elpida, Toshiba claim world's fastest DRAMs
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3/30/2005   Post a comment
Japan's Elpida Memory Inc. and Toshiba Corp. separately claimed to have rolled out the world's fastest DRAMs, based on the XDR memory interface technology from Rambus Inc.
La nanotechnologie ne sera pas utilisée sur les circuits intégrés avant au moins 10 ans
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3/30/2005   Post a comment
Les structures nanotechnologiques devraient très certainement être nécessaires sur les circuits intégrés une fois que la mise à l’échelle CMOS aura atteint ses limites logiques, mais ne vous attendez pas à voir apparaître des dispositifs moléculaires tels que les nanotubes de carbone ou les nanofils sur des puces avant au moins 10 ans.
AMD unveils virtualization platform
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3/30/2005   Post a comment
AMD Inc. has for the first time publicly disclosed key elements of its Pacifica virtualization technology for x86-based servers, desktops and mobile computers, at the AMD Reviewer's Day in Austin, Texas.
Chartered lance le SiGe dans ses nouvelles offres de fonderie
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3/30/2005   Post a comment
Basé à Singapour, Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing Pte. Ltd. a dévoilé ses nouvelles solutions de fonderie « à valeur ajoutée », notamment un procédé silicium-germanium (SiGe).
Tiniest charger-with-DC/DC powers Bluetooth
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3/30/2005   Post a comment
Texas Instruments' bq2501x family, combining a precision USB/AC charger system and a synchronous DC/DC converter, charges and powers portable systems from either an AC adapter or USB port with autonomous power source selection. Billed as the smallest battery charger-with-converter available for space-limited portable applications, the bq25010, in a 3.5-by-4.5 mm QFN for single-cell lithium-ion batteries, is optimized for Bluetooth headsets and accessories.
Remote terminal unit senses relay-based applications
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3/30/2005   Post a comment
R2 Controls is providing an inexpensive way of remote sensing and high-speed remote relay control via its Modbus mixed signal remote terminal unit (RTU) for demanding field and industrial relay-based applications.
Micron's quarterly results beat Wall Street's estimates
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3/29/2005   Post a comment
Micron Technology Inc. reported net income of $118 million, or $0.17 per share, on net sales of $1.308 billion in its second fiscal quarter of 2005.
Intel debuts 64-bit 'Truland' chips, tips 'Paxville'
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3/29/2005   Post a comment
Intel Corp. expanded its line of 64-bit microprocessors for the mid-tier enterprise market.
Intel CEO reportedly gains $10.7 million on options
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3/29/2005   Post a comment
Though the semiconductor industry finished 2004 with a whimper, the year finished with a flourish for Intel Corp. chief executive Craig Barrett, who realized a $10.7 million profit from exercising 384,000 stock options in 2004, according to an Associated Press report.
Hynix to set aside $339 million in DRAM price-fixing case
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3/29/2005   Post a comment
Hynix Semiconductor Inc. has apparently set aside 347 billion won ($338.7 million) in provisions related to the ongoing price-fixing investigation in the DRAM industry, according to a report.
Entretien avec M. Pasquale Pistorio, Président honoraire de ST
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3/29/2005   Post a comment
Pasquale Pistorio a cédé son rôle de Président-directeur général de STMicroelectronics NV à Carlo Bozotti lors de l’assemblée générale annuelle de la société le 18 mars 2005. Après avoir dirigé la société et celles qui l’ont précédée pendant 25 ans, M. Pistorio a été nommé Président honoraire.
Transmeta posts Q4 loss, shows $107 million deficit for '04
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3/29/2005   Post a comment
Troubled Transmeta Corp. said net revenue for the fourth quarter of 2004 was $11.2 million, compared to $7.0 million in the third quarter of 2004.
Glitch-free buck-boost outperforms SEPICs
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3/29/2005   Post a comment
Product Review - Linear Technology touts its LTC3780 as the only "true buck-boost controller" IC today, i.e., one that generates no glitches whatsoever during (seamless) switching transitions from the buck to boost mode and vice versa, or for input transients or step changes in load. Designs using it are simpler (especially with respect to magnetic design considerations) and perform better in many applications than the popular single-ended primary inductance converter (SEPIC), according to the c
SMIC loan quest stalled, says report
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3/29/2005   Post a comment
The chairman of Shanghai-based chip maker Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp (SMIC) said Tuesday it is looking elsewhere to borrow money to buy manufacturing equipment while the U.S. government holds off approving a $769 million loan, according to an Associated Press report.
Austin's "magical mystery tour"
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3/28/2005   Post a comment
American Technology Research hosted a bus tour in Austin, Texas last week where a group of investors (clients of AmTech) met with executives from SigmaTel, Freescale, and Silicon Labs. The bus trip finished up with a tour of Solectron's Austin plant. Here are some of the key takeaways from that meeting, presented by AmTech analyst Doug Freedman.
MIPS licenses processor to Shanghai research center
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3/28/2005   Post a comment
MIPS Technologies Inc. has announced that the IC and System Research Center of Shanghai Jiao Tong University has licensed the MIPS32 4Kc SMIC .18 hard core to develop SoCs for China's expanding digital television (DTV) market.
Virtex-4 FPGAs boast lower power
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3/28/2005   Post a comment
Xilinx has raised the performance benchmark again by claiming that version 4.1 of its Web Power Tool provides 1 to 5 W lower power per FPGA in its Virtex-4 family.The company cited its 90nm triple-oxide technology, embedded IP and power-saving configuration circuitry to its 'lead' in low-power consumption.
Exar adds seamless redundancy for system clocking
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3/28/2005   Post a comment
What Exar Corp. calls the Intelligent Dynamic Clock Switch (IDCS) offers high-performance and integrated redundancy for a wide range of mission-critical applications.
MagnaChip acquires image sensor startup IC Media
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3/28/2005   Post a comment
Korea's MagnaChip Semiconductor Ltd. announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire IC Media Corp., a developer of CMOS image sensors, for an undisclosed amount.
OmniVision buys IP house for image sensor apps
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3/28/2005   Post a comment
OmniVision Technologies Inc., a supplier of CMOS image sensors, announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire all of the outstanding shares of CDM Optics Inc.
Luxtera claims 10-Gbit modulator via CMOS process
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3/28/2005   Post a comment
Luxtera Inc., a fabless semiconductor company, claimed that it has devised a 10-gigabit-per-second optical modulation device, based on a standard CMOS fabrication process.
China microprocessor developer scrambles for funds
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3/28/2005   Post a comment
One of China's earliest microprocessor developers, BLX IC Design Corp., Ltd., is struggling to find cash to keep its product development on track after one of its main investors declined to deliver on more funding.
Structured ASIC speeds peripheral design
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3/28/2005   Post a comment
Faraday Technology Corp. has announced the PeripheralComposer-1 (PC-1), a structured ASIC the company said can significantly reduce customers' design and manufacturing time.
eMagin Corp. restates results
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3/28/2005   Post a comment
Display IP supplier eMagin Corp. announced Monday (March 28) it would file an amended Form 10-QSB for its third 2004 fiscal quarter ended Sept. 30, 2004, to reflect restated financial results for that quarter.
Differential amps drive 12-bit A/D converters
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3/27/2005   Post a comment
Today National Semiconductor Corp. unveiled two high-speed, low-distortion differential amplifiers and two high-speed, low-power, 12-bit analog-to-digital converters (A/D converters) that provide the most accurate signal capture at the lowest power consumption.
Mixed signal power control is programmable and non volatile
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3/26/2005   Post a comment
System designers benefit from the combination of non volatile programmable logic and special functions, especially analog.
Rankings debate
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3/25/2005   Post a comment
Not all rankings are alike. Compare -- and contrast -- the top semiconductor vendor rankings in 2004 from IC Insights, iSuppli, and Dataquest/Gartner.
"Failsafe" clocking mechanism offers clock switchover
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3/25/2005   Post a comment
Micrel's SY8984x series of high bandwidth 2:1 multiplexers prevent short cycles ("runt pulses") when switching from one clock to another. Such a feature is important in data center and other mission-critical applications, in which a cough or short-cycle could result in false data triggers. While a number of manufacturers promote this form of clock switching, Micrel's architecture may be unique in that it does not rely on a phased-locked loop (PLL).
256-Mbit DDR2 SDRAMs achieve 800 Mbits/s operation
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3/25/2005   Post a comment
Elpida claims the DDR2 SDRAM devices are the industry's first to reach 800 Mbits/s operation. The company is targeting its latest memory products at the high-end PC market.
PowerPC-based MPU touts increased speed, memory performance and dual fast Ethernet
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3/25/2005   Post a comment
Applied Micro Circuits Corp. says its new AMCC 440GR PowerPC-based microprocessor offers increased processor speed, memory performance and integrated dual Fast Ethernets.
NEC America appoints new CEO
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3/25/2005   Post a comment
NEC Electronics America Inc. announced Friday (March 25) the appointment of Yuichi Kawakami as its president and chief executive effective April 1, succeeding current president and CEO Toshio Nakajima.
Toshiba vows to fight Lexar decision
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3/25/2005   Post a comment
Toshiba Corp. vowed to fight a jury verdict in California in favor of U.S. plaintiff Lexar Media Inc. that makes Toshiba liable for $465.4 million in fines related to alleged misappropriation of NAND flash memory trade secrets.
Serialize 27 lines into a single, twisted-pair wire
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3/25/2005   Post a comment
The latest members of Maxim Integrated Products Inc.'s high-speed LVDS serdes family, can serialize 27 lines into a single DC-balanced twisted pair or differential line for improved EMI and low-cost routing.
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