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STMicro Mobile App Voltage-Agnostic MEMS-Based Motion Sensor
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3/31/2009   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics MEMS sensors with a 3-axis accelerometer with absolute analog output for data-integrity protection in hard-disk drives, vibration monitoring and compensation, remote control, as well as motion user interfaces in mobile and gaming devices or portable media players.
Ramtron samples power efficient 512-Kbit, 1-Mbit Serial FRAM
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3/31/2009   Post a comment
Ramtron has launched two more devices in a family of new parallel and serial FRAM products that offer higher-speed read/write performance, lower voltage operation, and optional device features.
GaAs MMIC SP8T switch streamlines mobile phone design
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3/31/2009   Post a comment
NEC's UPG2193T6E SP8T GaAs MMIC antenna switch meets the needs of new 3G UMTS, W-CDMA and Quad Band EDGE mobile phone designs.
Freescale rolls 45-nm comms processors
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3/31/2009   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor said it is sampling new communications processors based on its 45-nm process technology,
Longer Music Playback with TI Low Power Class-G Headphone Amplifier
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3/31/2009   Post a comment
Two new 25-mW Class-G stereo headphone amplifiers from Texas Instruments were released using DirectPath technology allowing for the length of music playback to be increased by 20 percent.
PowerWise audio subsystems simplify portable product design
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3/31/2009   Post a comment
National Semiconductor has expanded its line of low-power Boomer Class D audio subsystems with two devices—the LM49352 mixed-signal audio subsystem and LM49151 analog subsystem—aimed at simplifying portable product design.
SiliconBlue rolls evaluation kit, peripheral daughter modules
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3/31/2009   Post a comment
Startup SRAM FPGA vendor SiliconBlue Technologies announced the immediate availability of iCEman65, an evaluation and development kit for low-power designs based on the company's iCE65 FPGA, as well as two peripheral daughter modules.
Video: Cisco shows server at Xeon launch
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3/31/2009   Post a comment
Big data centers are preparing for a shift to 10 Gbit/s Ethernet and some are interested in GPU processing once standards emerge, said a panel of data center managers who are testing Intel's just announced Xeon 5500 processors.
Guest blog: Mike Santarini
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3/30/2009   3 comments
Mike Santarini, a former editor at EE Times and EDN (now publisher of Xilinx user magazine Xcell Journal) makes his first guest blog entry for Programmable Logic DesignLine, warning EDA vendors to get serious about the FPGA business.
Intel rolls 45-nm server CPUs
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3/30/2009   Post a comment
Intel Corp. formally rolls out server versions of its 45-nm Nehalem processors, the Xeon 5500 chips that integrate memory controllers and a high-speed interconnect, taking a page from archrival Advanced Micro Devices which pioneered the approach in x86 chips.
Altera, National Semi working on digital video for automotive apps
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3/30/2009   Post a comment
Altera will collaborate with National Semiconductor to develop graphics interconnect solutions to address the growing use of digital video in automotive infotainment and driver-assistance applications, the companies said.
QuickLogic platforms to incorporate MDDI interface
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3/30/2009   Post a comment
QuickLogic said it is developing new platforms tailored for Qualcomm's latest Mobile Station Modem MSM7xxx-series and MSM8xxx-series mobile processors, including Qualcomm's Snapdragon family of mobile computing processors.
QuickLogic platforms to incorporate Qualcomm's MDDI interface
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3/30/2009   Post a comment
QuickLogic said it is developing new platforms tailored for Qualcomm's latest Mobile Station Modem MSM7xxx-series and MSM8xxx-series mobile processors, including Qualcomm's Snapdragon family of mobile computing processors.
Microchip : 16-bit DSCs target power conversion applications
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3/30/2009   Post a comment
Microchip announces seven next-generation 16-bit dsPIC digital signal controllers (DSCs) for common, multi-drop switch mode power supplies (SMPSs) and other power conversion applications.
QLogic converges nets in ASIC
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3/30/2009   Post a comment
The move to merged data center networks takes a step forward as QLogic Corp. formally announces new chips and cards designed for the Fibre Channel over Ethernet standard with rivals Emulex and Intel Corp. expected to announce competing products soon.
Gartner: ASIC design starts to fall by 22% in '09
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3/30/2009   Post a comment
ASIC design starts are expected to drop by 22 percent in 2009 as the economy causes firms to push out and--in some cases--cancel designs, accordng to market research firm Gartner.
Declining ASIC starts seen as gain for FPGAs
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3/30/2009   Post a comment
FPGAs are displacing ASICs--a trend that in 2009 will be exacerbated by the global financial crisis--and now have a 30-to-one edge in design starts, according to market research firm Gartner.
Second-gen QuickLogic VEE proven system block
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3/28/2009   Post a comment
QuickLogic has announced the second generation of its VEE proven system block, said to improve consumer viewing experience while also extending the battery life of mobile devices.
PC slide slows as Intel eyes embedded
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3/27/2009   Post a comment
It's not a recovery, but the PC market's slide seems to be slowing according to one financial analyst firm while Intel is positioning itself for growth in embedded markets beyond the PC, said an analyst at the firm.
DisplayPort receiver aims to replace LVDS in notebooks
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3/27/2009   Post a comment
Chrontel has developed a receiver chip with integrated timing control (TCON) that enables notebook and netbook designers to make the transition from LVDS to DisplayPort.
30V power transistors achieve 1.6 milliohms RDS(ON) in 5x6 package
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3/27/2009   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has introduced a series of 30V surface-mount power transistors, achieving on-resistance as low as 2 milliohms (max) to increase the energy efficiency of products such as computers, telecom and networking equipment.
Action urged to help Europe's semis sector
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3/27/2009   Post a comment
European governments and public authorities need to take coordinated, strong and urgent action to ensure the continent can remain competitive in the semiconductor and nanotechnologies sectors, Dirk Beernaert of the European Commission's Nanoelectronics division warned Friday (March 27).
24-bit delta-sigma ADC delivers speeds up to 4 MSPS
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TI says its latest 24-bit delta-sigma ADC offers a 60 percent faster sample rate than the nearest competition.
Elpida to raise $465 million through offering
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Japanese DRAM vendor Elpida Memory plans to raise capital to shore up its finances by selling shares in two of its businesses.
Nvidia countersues Intel
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3/26/2009   1 comment
Graphics chip vendor Nvidia has filed a countersuit in Delaware against Intel claiming breach of contract, the company said.
SOFTWARE TOOLS: Microchip Technology unveils PICDEM Lab Development Kit
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3/26/2009   Post a comment
Low-Cost Kit provides complete development environment for educators, students, and engineers who are new to PIC microcontrollers
Chipmaking equipment market fell 31% in 2008, says SEMI
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3/26/2009   Post a comment
Worldwide sales of semiconductor manufacturing equipment fell to $29.52 billion in 2008, down 31 percent on 2007, according to trade association Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International (SEMI).
New analog IC markets seen after 2008 decline
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3/26/2009   Post a comment
Growth drivers for analog ICs will migrate from mobile phones, multimedia players and general trends in portability and wireless to a new lineage of applications on the horizon in areas such as energy, transportation, health and safety, according to market research firm Databeans. The firm reported that the analog IC market declined 2 percent in 2008 and is in for another tough year in 2009.
TI analog boss says unit will drive company growth
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3/26/2009   Post a comment
Texas Instruments Inc. is bolstering its position in the analog semiconductor market by relying on its extensive product portfolio and worldwide sales force to drive growth in a depressed demand environment, according to company senior vice president Gregg Lowe.
Analysis: Is TI ready for a major analog IC acquisition?
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3/26/2009   Post a comment
Texas Instruments Inc. wants to sharply increase its analog IC market share, but achieving that goal would require the company to again gamble on a significant acquisition similar to a strategic move it made nine years ago that helped cement its leading position in the segment.
Credit rating agency lowers outlook for TI
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3/26/2009   Post a comment
Fitch Ratings lowered its rating outlook for Texas Instruments to "negative" from "stable," saying it expects TI's revenue and operating performance for 2009 to deteriorate due to broad-based macroeconomic weakness through at least the rest of the year.
Lenders sue Freescale over debt swaps
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3/26/2009   Post a comment
Senior lenders who provided $150 million to Freescale Semiconductor have filed suit against the chip maker over its attempt to exchange about $4 billion in notes for up to $1 billion in a new term loan.
Swedish researchers tout simple process for flexible electronics
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3/26/2009   Post a comment
Swedish scientists are touting the possibility of cheaper flexible display screens and solar cells as a result of research and development in the production of organic electronics.
Powerchip sees DRAM shortages on the horizon
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3/26/2009   Post a comment
The aggressive capacity cuts in DRAMs over the past few months are likely to lead to significant shortage for the parts by the end of the year, Frank Huang, World Semiconductor Council chairman as well as chairman of Taiwanese chip maker Powerchip has warned.
Calls for major restucturing at NXP
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3/26/2009   Post a comment
Several holders of bonds in NXP Semiconductors (Eindhoven, the Netherlands) have started pushing for a more comprehensive restructuring at the chip maker following a partially successful debt swap earlier this week, according to a report from < i> Reuters .
Debate breaks out over home net standards
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3/25/2009   1 comment
The HomePlug Powerline Alliance is raising concerns that the ITU G.hn effort to create an overarching home networking standard will not interoperate with its technology.
Switch simplifies lithium-ion battery disconnect
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3/25/2009   Post a comment
Maxim's latest battery switch features four enable inputs for disconnecting a Li+ battery from a load in portable applications.
Wafer reclaimer forced to suspend shares
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3/25/2009   Post a comment
Struggling silicon recycling venture Pure Wafer (Swansea, Wales) has warned that discussions with a potential buyer for the business have ended without success, and as a consequence, its shares have been suspended on London's Alternative Investment Market (AIM) section.
Companies partner for high temperature modules
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3/25/2009   Post a comment
Modules specialist C-MAC MicroTechnology (Old Amersham, England) has teamed with Belgian group Cissoid — which focuses on high temperature electronics device — for the development of high reliability components, modules and sub systems for high temperature applications operating up to 225°C.
No Russian revolution for contract manufacturing
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3/25/2009   Post a comment
Russia is turning out to be a disastrous place for contract electronics manufacturing despite not long ago being seen as a promising emerging market with massive growth potential.
Nordic readies ULP wireless sensor ICs
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3/25/2009   Post a comment
Wireless chip specialist Nordic Semiconductor ASA (Oslo, Norway) is readying a range of devices it suggests will set the benchhmark for ultra low power wireless sensors.
Analyst: Growth in optos, sensors, discretes set to outpace ICs
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3/25/2009   Post a comment
Sales of optoelectronics, MEMS-based accelerometers, CMOS image sensors, power transistors, and overall discrete devices set record high revenue levels last year, despite the disastrous final months of 2008, according to market research group IC Insights (Scottsdale, AZ.).
X-Fab sees major falls in sales, profits in '08
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3/25/2009   Post a comment
Analog and mixed-signal foundry group X-Fab (Erfurt, Germany) said the outlook this year for its services is "clouded by a high degree of uncertainty" as it reported sales growth during the first half of 2008, followed by a significant decrease during the second half.
POWER: Chipset eliminates current transformers in polyphase energy meters
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3/25/2009   Post a comment
Maxim's new chipset meets challenges of rapidly evolving electrical metering industry
Pulse~Link lays off 40+, seeks investors
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3/24/2009   Post a comment
Add ultrawideband pioneer Pulse~Link to the list of UWB companies struggling for survival in the current downturn since the company lost its lead investor late last year, laid off most of its employees and is seeking new financing partners.
Graphene circuit combines Si, GaAs functions
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3/24/2009   2 comments
Graphene transistors could enable complex new circuits using relatively simple architectures, according to Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers.
FPGA firms gear up for ESC Silicon Valley
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3/24/2009   Post a comment
Xilinx and Altera each issued statements highlighting their plans for the Embedded Systems Conference Silicon Valley to be held next week at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, Calif.
Gen 2 PCIe switch line touts highest lane counts
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3/24/2009   Post a comment
PLX is offering four new PCI Express switches with features that include x16 support, multi-root, multicast, non-transparency.
QuickLogic to roll new CSSPs
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3/24/2009   Post a comment
QuickLogic plans to introduce new members of the company's customer specific standard products and new proven system blocks next week at the Globalpress Electronics Summit 2009 in San Francisco, the company said.
Diodes : LED drivers cuts component count
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3/24/2009   Post a comment
Diodes’ AP880X family of LED driver ICs reduces the number and size of external components required by drive circuits.
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