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512-Mbit XDR DRAM transfers data at 8-Gbytes/s
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3/24/2006   Post a comment
Elpida Memory Inc. is sampling 512-Mbit XDR DRAMs that operate at 4-GHz, providing a data transfer rate of 8-Gbytes/s that is claimed to be more than four times the peak bandwidth of DDR2 memory devices.
LNA targets in-vehicle GPS receivers
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3/24/2006   Post a comment
NEC has launches the UPG2311T5F low noise amplifier, optimized for in-vehicle GPS applications.
Multi-layer switches advance 10-GbE adoption in enterprise networks
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3/24/2006   Post a comment
Aimed at accelerating 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10-GbE) adoption in data center and enterprise networks, Broadcom Corp. has developed a series of stackable, 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10-GbE) switches that feature multi-layer switching.
Motor control kit simplifies AC, DC designs to 3 kW
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3/24/2006   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics' Motor Control Reference Design Kit simplifies the evaluation and implementation of 3-phase brushless direct current (BLDC) and AC drive applications across three power ranges, up to 3 kW.
CEO interview: Toshio Nakajima of NEC Electronics
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3/24/2006   Post a comment
Toshio Nakajima, who became president of NEC Electronics Corp. last November, wants to reverse the chip maker's financial slide, work closely with other Japanese partners and expand operations in China.
NEC worker allegedly faked purchases, inflated sales
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3/23/2006   Post a comment
Japanese electronics maker NEC Corp. has launched an internal probe after finding an employee at an engineering unit allegedly faked business deals and inflated sales by 36.3 billion yen ($310 million) over half a decade, according to an online Business Week report.
Analog switches minimize return signal attenuation
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3/23/2006   Post a comment
Supertex Inc.'s eight-channel analog switch ICs feature robust latch-up protection and a quiescent current of 10 microamps.
Actions Semi to license power meter technology
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3/23/2006   Post a comment
China's Actions Semiconductor plans to license its power meter-related technology to an unnamed company in exchange for royalty fees.
Dual-channel RF power detector handles 11GHz, multiband
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3/23/2006   Post a comment
Linear Technology's LTC5533 features 40dB dynamic range, 45 dB channel-to-channel isolation and draws 500 microA per detector.
STMicro unveils STB middleware for Chinese market
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3/23/2006   Post a comment
Semiconductor supplier STMicroelectronics has announced that its affiliate company Shanghai-BMC has released a complete digital video broadcasting-multimedia home platform (DVB-MHP)-compliant middleware solution for TV set-top boxes for the international market.
Stratix FPGAs qualified for military sector
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3/23/2006   Post a comment
Altera has qualified its Stratix FPGA family for military temperature operations as part of its commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) strategy.
IC vendor enters storage market with pair of SATA/SAS port multipliers
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3/23/2006   Post a comment
Exar's XRS10L140 and XRS10L240 are the first in a series of storage devices called Xstor that are designed to improve signal integrity and bandwidth bottlenecks in data management systems.
Analyst: Dell acquisition starts AMD relationship
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3/23/2006   Post a comment
A prominent semiconductor industry analyst characterized Dell's proposed acquisition of high-end PC supplier Alienware as a way for the computer giant to "back its way" into a relationship with Advanced Micro Devices.
Analyst: Dell acquisition starts AMD relationship
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3/23/2006   Post a comment
A prominent semiconductor industry analyst characterized Dell's proposed acquisition of high-end PC supplier Alienware as a way for the computer giant to "back its way" into a relationship with Advanced Micro Devices.
Consumer apps fuel audio power amp demand
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3/22/2006   Post a comment
Demand for a variety of handheld consumer electronics products is resulting in an onslaught of audio power amplifiers from companies like Austriamicrosystems, National Semiconductor, STMicroelectronics, Toshiba America Electronic Components and Texas Instruments.
AMIS have 3000+ FPGA-to-ASIC conversions (and counting)
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3/22/2006   Post a comment
Anchor Bay Technologies enjoys HD video processing success with AMI Semiconductor's FPGA-to-ASIC conversion technology.
Amps drive video signals close to zero volts
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3/22/2006   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics Inc. introduced two single-supply, 300-MHz amplifiers that were designed to drive high-definition signals on 75-ohm video lines at close to zero volts in high-end industrial and medical imaging systems, and in HDTV-enabled set-top boxes and DVD players.
Samsung execs face jail in connection with DRAM probe
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3/22/2006   Post a comment
Three executives from Samsung Electronics have agreed to plead guilty and to serve jail time in the U.S. in conjunction with an alleged global conspiracy to fix DRAM prices.
Fast FPGA-based modules prototype logic on your PC
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3/22/2006   Post a comment
Here's news of a fast Xilinx FPGA-equipped tool to help get a logic circuit up-and-running, with a bonus of controlling and interactively monitoring your circuit while it runs. Software permits you to program your design---using a PC graphical interface---into the FPGA, then run, control, and observe it. You can even save your design for automatic FPGA configuration at power-up.
Nvidia to acquire 3D graphics company
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3/22/2006   Post a comment
Graphics processor company Nvidia Corp. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Hybrid Graphics Ltd., a Finland-based developer of embedded 2D and 3D graphics software for handheld devices.
Chip maker expands digital isolator family with four-channel devices
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3/22/2006   Post a comment
The latest additions to Silicon Laboratories' 2500VRMS digital isolator product family use chip-scale transformers fabricated using CMOS technology to deliver highly integrated four-channel isolators that the company claims are one-third the size of optocouplers, the traditional method of providing isolation in a system.
Sigma Designs posts higher sales
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3/21/2006   Post a comment
For the fourth fiscal 2006 quarter ended Jan. 31, 2006, digital media processor supplier Sigma Designs Inc. reported net sales of $10.5 million, up 24 percent from $8.5 million for the previous quarter and up 33 percent from $7.9 million reported for the same period last year.
GEIA develops long-term IC storage guidelines
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3/21/2006   Post a comment
The Government Electronics and Information Technology Association (GEIA) has released a new standard for the long-term storage of electronic devices.
PoE controller fields 25-watt applications
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3/21/2006   Post a comment
National Semiconductor hails its LM5072 as the industry's first single-chip Power over Ethernet (PoE) controller for higher-power (25-watt) PoE applications.
Pin driver doubles throughput
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3/21/2006   Post a comment
Intersil Corp. announced a quad,18-volt pin electronics driver and comparator that includes four independent, programmable drivers and high-speed window comparators for use in automated test and measurement (ATE) applications.
Rambus raises first quarter guidance
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3/21/2006   Post a comment
Semiconductor intellectual property provider Rambus raised its first quarter revenue guidance, saying that the company now expects to report revenue in the range of $45 million to $48 million.
RTOS, tools support added to Freescale dual-core MPC8641D processor
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3/21/2006   Post a comment
At the Multicore Association Expo in Santa Clara, Ca., Green Hills Software announced OS and tool support for Freescale’s dual-core MPC8641D processor based on PowerPC cores.
Muliticore generator toolkit generates cycle accurate simulation models
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3/21/2006   Post a comment
Mirabilis Design Inc. has just released the first in a series of hardware and software model generators for the VisualSim Architect support detailed cycle-accurate simulation models of microprocessors, microcontrollers, DSP and application-specific processors in less than one day using only parameters.
Quick supply for PowerQUICC chips delivers 10 amps
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3/21/2006   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor's MC34703, a third generation QUICCsupply for powering the company's Power Quad Integrated Communications Controller chip as well as other company microprocessors and DSPs, delivers up to 10 amps for applications ranging from telecom and network cards to industrial controllers.
Express Logic offers an enhanced version of ThreadX for MIPS 34K core
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3/21/2006   Post a comment
Express Logic has created an enhanced version of ThreadX for the MIPS32 34K multi-threaded processor cores.
Singapore's Memory Devices to buy Taiwanese memory chip module maker
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3/21/2006   Post a comment
Singapore-based memory storage maker Memory Devices said it plans to acquire Taiwanese memory chip module maker TwinMOS for $96.8 million. The merged entity hopes to challenge Kingston Technology, the market leader in solid- state memory products.
Samsung bullish on NAND market growth
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3/21/2006   Post a comment
Despite concerns about oversupply in the global NAND flash market, Samsung Electronics is forecasting that the market will reach up to $18.5 billion in 2006.
picoChip readies next multicore processor
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3/21/2006   Post a comment
Wireless chip specialist picoChip will start selected sampling of its third-generation picoArray processors by the middle of the year. Reference designs using the parts are being prepared.
Dual-channel isolators provide data and power isolation in single package
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3/21/2006   Post a comment
ADI has extended is iCoupler digital isolator family with a trio of devices that are the first to employ isoPower, the company's proprietary technology designed to couple data and power isolation in one package. The ADuM524X products are said to reduce cost by 70% and board space by 80% compared with other isolation methods.
Programmable bridge controller fuels Intel's push into embedded applications
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3/21/2006   Post a comment
QuickLogic has expanded its relationship with Intel by providing a companion device based on its QuickPCI family of programmable bridge controllers that are used to connect Intel's PXA processor and wired Ethernet controllers.
Actel offers flexible pulse-width modulation IP block
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3/21/2006   Post a comment
Actel unveiled CorePWM, described by the company as a flexible pulse width modulation intellectual property building block for digital-to-analog conversion, optimized for Actel's nonvolatile FPGAs.
SST cuts first quarter guidance
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3/21/2006   Post a comment
Flash memory specialist Silicon Storage Technology cut its first quarter guidance, saying that it now expects first quarter revenue to be between $108 million and $112 million.
Performance no longer driving node migrations, de Geus says
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3/21/2006   Post a comment
Technology node migration is being driven now by SoC integration, not performance increases, said Synopsys Chairman and CEO Aart de Geus.
Fastest 4-channel isolator speeds digital power
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3/20/2006   Post a comment
Product Review - Silicon Labs says its Si844x four-channel digital isolator is far superior to traditional optocoupler circuitry for AC/DC and DC/DC supplies.
A/D converter captures audio for portable recording apps
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3/20/2006   Post a comment
Cirrus Logic Inc. launched a low-power, analog-to-digital (A/D) converter today that is said to provide high quality audio capture capabilities for portable digital audio recording applications, such as digital voice recorders, voice recognition systems, digital microphones and audio video capture cards.
State-diagram tool for multicore design now supports softcore FPGAs
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3/20/2006   Post a comment
At the Multicore Expo Teja Technologies Inc. will take the wraps off a major enhancement to its Teja NP multi-core state diagram tool suite designed to simplify the design of multicore systems within FPGAs.
Philips chipset claims power efficiency boost
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3/20/2006   Post a comment
Royal Philips Electronics added two new products to its GreenChip family of energy-efficient ICs, one for desktop PCs and one for notebook computers.
Processors pack VoIP bells, whistles
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3/20/2006   Post a comment
Highly integrated applications processors are playing a key behind-the-scenes role in the latest Internet Protocol wired and wireless telephony systems. From basic IP handsets and feature-rich desktop video phones, to SoHo and enterprise gateways and routers, the wide variety of VoIP products shown at last week's Voice Over Networks Conference here owe their existence to the ingenuity of chip designers and algorithm developers.
Fujitsu, Rambus ink patent deal
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3/20/2006   Post a comment
Semiconductor IP company Rambus Inc. has signed a patent license agreement with Fujitsu Ltd., covering the manufacture and sale of systems and semiconductors worldwide.
Micron hit with another class action suit
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3/17/2006   Post a comment
Micron Technology has been hit with another class action lawsuit tied to the company's supposed involvement in an alleged price-fixing scheme among memory chip makers between February 2001 and February 2003.
Quasi-resonant reference design delivers 160 watts for CRT TVs
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3/17/2006   Post a comment
ON Semiconductor's latest GreenPoint reference design, centered around the NCP1337, an enhanced PWM controller that eases the building of free-running quasi-resonant supplies, provides providing 160 watts for CRT TVs.
Seiko Epson to trim chips, displays units
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3/17/2006   Post a comment
Restructuring at Seiko Epson Corporation will lead to a dramatic reduction of its ailing displays and semiconductors divisions as well as a narrower range of printers. The moves are expected to save $544 million over the next three years.
Court halts Japanese suit against Patriot, TPL
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3/17/2006   Post a comment
IP firm Patriot Scientific Corp. has announced that the U.S. District Court of Northern California has stayed the declaratory judgment actions recently filed in that court against Patriot and the TPL Group, another global intellectual property management company, by several Japanese manufacturers.
IBM to license Rambus IP for Cell BE chips
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3/17/2006   Post a comment
Processor IP company Rambus Inc. has signed a technology license agreement with International Business Machines, enabling the company to build Cell Broadband Engine (Cell BE) processors and companion chips using Rambus' FlexIO processor bus and XDR memory interface technologies.
Power manager IC supports entry-level GSM/CDMA phones
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3/17/2006   Post a comment
Austriamicrosystems' AS3653 provides virtually complete power-with-power management support for the entry-level GSM and CDMA phone market.
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