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32-bit AVR processor targets multimedia systems for cell phones
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3/31/2006   Post a comment
Atmel Corp.’s new AP7000 family of 32-bit processors integrate on a single chip virtually all the functionality required for multimedia systems that are deployed in cell phones and other infotainment systems. Packed into the chip are two Ethernet MACs, USB with On-chip PHY and LCD Controller.
Rabbit MPU integrates 10Base-T Ethernet, hardware DMA, 16-bit memory device support
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Rabbit Semiconductor’s Rabbit 4000 microprocessor integrates 10Base-T Ethernet, hardware DMA and 16-bit memory device support.
French chip market grew by 5.1% in Q4
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3/31/2006   Post a comment
After sustained growth over the past year, the French semiconductor market ended 2005 on a positive note.
Triple-voltage supervisor is very low power
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3/31/2006   Post a comment
Austriamicrosystems' AS1920/AS1922, touting a power dissipation of just 6.5 microamps, is a triple-voltage supervisor IC for microprocessor-based systems.
Bluespec switches to assembly language development environment!
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3/31/2006   Post a comment
Bluespec has made a bold move by abandoning high-level software languages for its internal development of tools and has switched, instead, to assembly language.
Cost-optimized DC/DC controllers boost TPS40K series
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3/31/2006   Post a comment
Texas Instruments' newest additions to its TPS40K series include four cost-optimized DC/DC buck controllers that are suited to a wide range of applications.
Analog signal processor doubles performance
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Anadigm released its third-generation lower power and higher performance dynamically programmable Analog Signal Processors (dpASP).
Video decoders target security surveillance apps
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Techwell, Inc. unveiled two, four-channel NTSC/PAL video decoders with integrated audio analog-to-digital (A/D) converters, and a Motion Joint Photographic Experts Group (MJPEG) compression controller for multichannel digital video recorders (DVRs) for security surveillance applications.
Network interface chip to stimulate volume 10-GbE deployment
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3/31/2006   Post a comment
NetXen Inc. has developed a family of multi-protocol, intelligent network interface controllers (NIC) that are aimed at facilitating widespread deployment of 10-Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) technology in datacenter networks.
Stratix II GX FPGAs shipping in volume
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3/31/2006   Post a comment
Altera Corp. is shipping the Stratix II GX EP2SGX90E device and accompanying development kit. Featuring 12 transceivers and 90,960 equivalent logic elements (LEs), the EP2SGX90E device is the first member of the Stratix II GX FPGA family to ship to customers.
Multi-LED driver touts tight programmability
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3/31/2006   Post a comment
Catalyst Semiconductor's LED driver, the CAT3626, is a 1x/1.5x charge pump with precision current-setting capabililties to serve applications from display backlighting to RGB/flash in cell phones and digital cameras.
Synplicity cuts structured ASIC tools, 8% of workforce
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3/30/2006   Post a comment
Synplicity said it would phase out its cell-based and structured ASIC design tools and reduce its global workforce by roughly 8 percent, or about 24 positions.
Genesis Microchip to fall short of guidance
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3/30/2006   Post a comment
Image processing chip supplier Genesis Microchip Inc. announced Thursday (March 30) it expects fiscal fourth 2006 quarter sales to top off at $60 to $61 million, slightly below the previously guided range of $62 to $67 million.
Op amp filter removes GSM burst noise
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3/30/2006   Post a comment
Intersil Corp.'s operational amplifier features an 8-MHz low-pass filter that is said to remove Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) noise from the video band — and it also serves as an anti-aliasing filter.
Dual RF power detector chips work to 11-GHz
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3/30/2006   Post a comment
The fabs at IC house Linear Technology Corp. are dishing up dual-channel RF detector chips that work out to 11-GHz. LTC's Type LTC5533 chips can be used to measure RF power in multi-band WiFi, WiMAX and other radio applications.
H-Stream Wireless raises $12.6 million
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3/30/2006   Post a comment
Fabless wireless semiconductor start-up H-Stream Wireless has raised $12.6 million in Series A funding from investors that include Intel Capital, Tallwood Venture Capital and Granite Ventures.
Cypress, Simtek expand nvSRAM agreement
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3/30/2006   Post a comment
Nonvolatile SRAM supplier Simtek Corp. has signed an expanded license and development agreement with Cypress Semiconductor Corp.
Infineon memory spinoff advances, say reports
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German chip maker Infineon Technologies AG is advancing the spin off of its DRAM and other memory businesses, opting for a U.S. rather than an Asian listing, according to German media reports.
SigmaTel expecting bigger loss
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3/29/2006   Post a comment
Mixed-signal fabless chip vendor SigmaTel said it expects to report a larger net loss than previously expected for the first quarter. The company is not providing a specific net loss forecast at this time.
PowerPC-based MPU targets industrial apps
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AMCC’s PPC405EZ industrial-grade PowerPC-based microprocssor utilizes its timer architecture and IEEE1588 Ethernet to enable networking and connectivity.
Virtex-4 FPGAs turn into traffic managers for triple-play apps
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3/29/2006   Post a comment
Xilinx has partnered with Modelware Inc. to provide designers of networking infrastructure equipment with a product that will enable them to integrate advanced traffic management features into their systems. With the ability to support throughput from 50-Mbits/s to more than 10-Gbits/s, the hardware-based product can manage traffic in all types of triple-play applications from access equipment to metro core routers.
User-configurable Lattice IP cores accelerate time-to-market
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Lattice IPexpress functions, including DDR, Ethernet MAC, FFT Compiler, and PCI, can be parameterized, instantiated, and evaluated on the desktop.
Mercury Computer Systems Joins the Xilinx Alliance Program
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3/29/2006   Post a comment
Mercury serial RapidIO IP core for Xilinx Virtex and Spartan families provides full-featured interoperability, expanding the ecosystem for this industry-standard interconnect.
Motor drivers speed down the brush-free route
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3/29/2006   Post a comment
Product recap - Vendors are racing to market with a slew of controller ICs and modules for driving brushless DC motors.
Seagate and QuickLogic to deliver high-performance, energy-efficient storage solutions
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Companies team to deliver improved mass storage solution for portable systems incorporating CompactFlash hard drives and low power embedded processors.
"Win Big!" with Actel's 2006 Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) workshops
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Attendees to Actel's workshops and demos at the 2006 ESC may win match-quality soccer balls, Sony PSP prize packs, or a 37-inch flat panel HDTV.
European photonics group seeks R&D boost
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Photonics21, an industry led initiative that counts amongst its members all the main European companies and research organizations in optoelectronics, will next week call for a doubling of funds from national support programs over the next five years. The group believes urgent action is needed if the continent is not to fall even further behind the U.S. and Asia in optical technologies.
Cambridge Consultants re-enters venture funding
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Design and development group Cambridge Consultants is reactivating its spin-out business after a gap of about four years. It hopes to have a new venture fund running by the summer and the first new funded company by early next year.
ST aims to be top semi supplier to China
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STMicroelectronics is gunning for the top position in supplying semiconductors to China, according to the company's top executive in the region.
RF chip maker adds design center in New England
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RF CMOS chip supplier Peregrine Semiconductor opened the company's third engineering design site, the New England Design Center.
Monolithic Power reports sales, earnings gains
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3/28/2006   Post a comment
Fabless semiconductor supplier Monolithic Power Systems Inc. posted earnings of $3.8 million, or 12 cents per share on sales of $32.5 million in its fourth 2005 fiscal quarter, compared with $0.7 million, or 2 cents per share on sales of $14.8 million in the year-ago fourth quarter.
12-bit A/D delivers 500 Msamples/s
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3/28/2006   Post a comment
e2v's Grenoble, France division (formerly a part of Atmel) kicked off a new high-resolution family with a monolithic, 12-bit, analog-to-digital (A/D) converter boasting a clock frequency of 500 Msamples/s.
NAND, NOR flash headed in opposite directions
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3/28/2006   Post a comment
Sales of NAND flash memory grew 64 percent to reach $10.6 billion in 2005, while the market for NOR flash declined 13 percent to finish the year at $8 billion, according to a report by market analyst firm IC Insights.
Bluetooth SIG opts for WiMedia flavor of UWB
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3/28/2006   Post a comment
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group has settled on a version of ultrawideband to propel forward. The SIG will create a high-speed version of the WiMedia Alliance's multiband orthogonal frequency division multiplexing.
Barrett: EC's Intel antitrust probe will find no wrongdoing
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3/28/2006   Post a comment
Intel Corp. expects to prevail in the European Commission's antitrust investigation into how the company conducts business in the European Union, according to a Reuters report that quotes Craig Barrett, the chip maker’s chairman and former CEO.
Motor drive platform facilitates high-efficiency air conditioning
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3/28/2006   Post a comment
International Rectifier's new iMOTION motor control platform for air conditioning applications promises mechanical simplicity, quieter operation, and very high efficiency.
Infinera numerates its numbers
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3/28/2006   Post a comment
Optical transport vendor Infinera Inc. talked big numbers here Monday (March 27) as it boasted lab demonstrations of an integrated 1.6-Tbit/s optical chip and revealed its current revenue numbers.
Lattice adds new distributor
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3/27/2006   Post a comment
Where does one go to obtain discontinued FPGAs? If you're a customer of Lattice, the answer is Rochester Electronics.
Fabless startup claims first ARM Cortex-M3-based products
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As expected, Luminary Micro, the fabless semiconductor startup formed in 2004 to bring ARM Cortex-M3 processor-based microcontrollers to market, rolled out its first Stellaris MCUs.
A/D converters handle 250 MSamples/s for cable and wireless
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3/27/2006   Post a comment
If you have an application that requires high sample rates, low power, and small footprint, check out Analog Devices AD9230 12-b A/D converter.
Microsemi, Monolithic Power settle patent suit
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3/27/2006   Post a comment
Microsemi Corp. and Monolithic Power Systems Inc. announced they have settled a patent infringement lawsuit brought by Microsemi in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
Zilog raises March quarter guidance
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Microprocessor company Zilog Inc. has raised its revenue outlook for its fourth fiscal quarter ending March 31, 2006.
A/D converters tout true 16-bit resolution
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Analog Devices, Inc. rolled out two analog-to-digital (A/D) converters for high-end instrumentation, medical and wireless communications applications that are said to maintain low noise and high dynamic range — even at high input frequencies.
ARM7TDMI-based MCU targets smart card reader/writer apps
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Oki Semiconductor’s new ML675050 ARM7TDMI-based Advantage Microcontroller for Smart Card reader/writers meets ISO-7816 and EMV (Europay, MasterCard, Visa) IC Card standards.
ARM-based MCUs boast entry-level price of $1.00
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Semiconductor start-up Luminary Micro has launched its first family of ARM Cortex-M3-based microcontrollers. The entry level price is $1.00.
Spansion partners to expand presence in handsets
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3/27/2006   Post a comment
Flash memory supplier Spansion Inc. has inked deals with Qualcomm Inc. and ARM Ltd that help expand its offerings for the wireless market and expands its logic-on-flash line-up.
ClearSpeed powers ahead despite losses
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3/27/2006   Post a comment
High performance processor specialist ClearSpeed Technology reported a 78 percent increase in turnover for the year ended 31 December 2005 to £439,000 ($764,000) but a pre-tax loss of £6.8million ($11.8 million), which was up from £4 million ($7 million) in the previous year.
UWB chip, system developers get ARM-ed
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3/27/2006   Post a comment
Some of the leading providers of silicon and hardware for ultrawideband are to use the ARM9 processor core in their next generation networking products and devices.
Siemens sells remaining 18% stake in Infineon
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3/25/2006   Post a comment
Siemens has sold its remaining 18 percent stake in Infineon Technologies for Euros 1.2 billion ($1.4 billion) in a placement managed by Goldman Sachs.
Multicore 'painful,' but necessary, panelists say
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3/24/2006   Post a comment
The migration to multicore processing, though fraught with challenges, is the only plausible way to achieve the computing performance required in the not-to-distant future, concluded a panel at the Multicore Expo Thursday.
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