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ROHM : Temperature sensor ICs are small and highly accurate
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3/24/2009   Post a comment
ROHM presents a series of thermostat and analog temperature sensor families integrating a temperature detection element, constant current circuit, comparator, and high-accuracy reference voltage source in a single chip.
IQE boosts sales, profits
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3/24/2009   Post a comment
Semiconductor wafer supplier IQE plc (Cardiff, Wales) says inventories are coming to an end after a slow Q1 and expects increasing demand in the second quarter of the year as it reported a seven-fold jump in full-year operating profits.
NXP creditors ready to swap bonds worth $600M
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3/24/2009   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductor has received commitments from bondholders willing to exchange $600 million of its debts for new secured bonds, lifting the chip maker closer to its goals of cutting down high interest payments.
Researchers team for organic electronics
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3/24/2009   Post a comment
OLED specialist Novaled AG (Dresden, Germany) has teamed with the Eindhoven, Netherlands based Holst Centre on the development and exploitation of Organic Thin Film Transistors (OTFT) using the Novaled PIN OLED technology and materials.
Atmel : Capacitive touch button controller targets mobile devices
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3/24/2009   Post a comment
The AT42QT1040 a convenient, easy to implement, low cost touch sensor IC, which brings capacitive user interfaces to price-sensitive consumer and mobile devices.
ARC extends deal with medical implant maker
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3/24/2009   Post a comment
ARC International (St Albans, England) has extended its IP licensing deal with Boston Scientific to include a wider range of its cores in medical devices.
Cloud service battles videogame boxes
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3/24/2009   Post a comment
Armed with a proprietary compression technology, startup OnLive will launch this fall an online service that aims to rival the experience of dedicated videogame consoles, using ASIC-based algorithms to zip content from its remote servers to users on PCs, Macs or TVs in under 80 milliseconds.
NAND prices on the rebound, analyst says
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3/23/2009   Post a comment
Average selling prices for NAND flash memory parts have rebounded from a low of about 80 cents per gigabyte in the fourth quarter of 2008 and are currently close to covering cash costs, according to a memory industry analyst who cited cuts in capacity and fab utilization.
ST touts power efficient ICs for set top boxes
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3/23/2009   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has started integrating new technology into set-top-box chips that the company says will have significant impact on the devices' power consumption and environmental impact.
DSP drives Broadcom's 65-nm, 10 GbE SFP+ dual-PHY chips
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3/23/2009   Post a comment
Broadcom's BCM8727 dual 10 GbE SFI-to-XAUI PHY and BCM8750 dual 10 GbE SFI-to-XFI PHY are DSP-based, low-power, dual 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) SFP+ physical-layer (PHY) devices in 65-nm CMOS. The devices are designed to enable a low-cost fiber infrastructure upgrade path from 1 to 10 GbE.
12V hot swap controller eliminates external sense resistor
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3/23/2009   Post a comment
Allegro has designed its highly integrated Hall-effect current sensor with power good indication.
Analysts remains bullish on mobile TV prospects
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3/23/2009   Post a comment
Despite recent setbacks and disappointing numbers on the uptake, Cantab Wireless (Cambridge, England) estimates that the number of people receiving mobile TV will reach 472 million by 2013.
Mobile operators seal, extend network sharing deals
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3/23/2009   Post a comment
In a wide-ranging cost cutting deal that will have major implications for their equipment suppliers, and further down the chain for many component suppliers, Vodafone and Telefonica have confirmed they will pool their mobile networks in the U.K and said that the deal covers several other European countries.
NXP first to demo ARM Cortex-M0 silicon
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3/23/2009   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors (Eindhoven, the Netherlands) is using this week's Embedded Systems Conference in San Francisco to demonstrate what is says is the first functional ARM Cortex-M0 silicon.
SOFTWARE TOOLS: Linux support available for Altera's Nios II embedded processor
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3/23/2009   Post a comment
Wind River's Embedded Linux solution is designed for FPGA-based soft CPU
The 50-nm DRAM battle rages on: An overview of Micron's technology
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3/23/2009   Post a comment
With the help of advanced imaging techniques, Semiconductor Insights analyzed the process technology used to fabricate Micron's newest 1-Gbit DDR2 50nm SDRAM and is now ready to reveal some of the design trends introduced by the North American DRAM manufacturer.
Multicore CPUs face slow road in comms
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3/20/2009   2 comments
The transition to multicore processors in communications and networking systems is expected to be a slow one due to complex and fragmented nature of the underlying technology, predicted a technology analyst.
Report: Intel gains in graphics downturn
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3/20/2009   Post a comment
Intel will make some gains at the expense of Nvidia in a declining graphics market, according to a new report from financial analysts at Barclays Capital.
STMicroelectronics : Set-top box ICs demodulate cable or satellite signals
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3/20/2009   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has introduced two single-chip set-top box (STB) ICs that enable manufacturers to increase product performance and implement added-value features using fewer components.
Analyst: waning interest in femtocells is only temporary
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3/20/2009   Post a comment
Is the fizz going out of the femtocells market?
Updated: Gennum to acquire Tundra Semi for $86 mln
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3/20/2009   Post a comment
Gennum Corp. said it would acquire all outstanding shares of Tundra Semiconductor, a supplier of system interconnect products and IP, in a deal valued at $86 million.
National Semi buys solar firm
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3/19/2009   Post a comment
National Semiconductor acquired Act Solar, a privately held solar energy company that provides power optimization for commercial and utility-scale solar installations. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
Startup begins shipping MMIC receiver modules
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3/19/2009   Post a comment
MMIC Solutions Ltd (Ledbury, England), a startup focusing on modules and subsystems for commercial millimetre wave applications, has shipped its first integrated receiver modules to U.S. group HXI LLC, which specializes in radio links for backhaul.
Flash server group raises $8M in round B
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3/19/2009   Post a comment
Flash memory based video server developer and supplier Edgeware (Stockholm, Sweden) has closed an $8 million series B round led by new investor Micron Technology.
POWER: MPU supervisory circuits provide battery backup and CE gating
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3/19/2009   Post a comment
- Maxim Integrated Products's MAX16016/20/21/23/24 low-power (< 1.2microamps), microprocessor supervisory circuits feature precision power-supply monitoring and battery-control functions.
apt-X to expand licensing business after sale of hardware division
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3/19/2009   Post a comment
Audio compression and codec design specialist apt-X (Belfast, Northern Ireland) plans to invest the undisclosed but "substantial" proceeds received for selling its broadcast hardware division to Audemat (Lille, France) on the expansion of its licensing business.
Micronetics buys part of MA/COM's RFID lines
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3/19/2009   Post a comment
Microwave and RF components and subassemblies specialist Micronetics, Inc. (Hudson, NH) is buying, for an undisclosed sum, some of the RFID identification lines of M/A-COM RFID, Inc, , a subsidiary British defense , aerospace and sub-assembly group Cobham plc (Wimborne, England).
CSR, Taiyo Yuden team for wireless modules
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3/19/2009   Post a comment
Wireless chip specialist CSR plc (Cambridge, England) is partnering with Japanese module maker Taiyo Yuden to produce modules integrating Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS capabilities.
Automotive slump drags down microcontroller demand
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3/19/2009   Post a comment
Against the background of weak demand it the automotive industry, the market for microcontrollers is going to shrink 11 percent, predicts market researcher Databeans. While automotive applications will remain a large market for MCUs, new markets in industrial lighting, alternative energy and IC cards are emerging.
LTE protocol stack startup touts licensing deals
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3/19/2009   Post a comment
4M Wireless Ltd. (Luton, England), the start-up focusing on protocol stacks for LTE technology, has licensed its technology to a fabless semiconductor company developing a multi-mode baseband chip for 4G.
Samsung claims first 16-Gb DDR3 module shipment
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3/19/2009   Post a comment
South Korea's Samsung Electronics said Thursday it shipped the first high-density memory modules based on 2-gigabit, 50-nanometer-class DDR3 memory.
AXT chief exec resigns
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3/18/2009   Post a comment
Philip C. S. Yin resigned as chairman and CEO of semiconductor substrate supplier AXT in order to pursue other opportunities, according to the company.
Sensys traffic management system uses TI MCU, RF components
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3/18/2009   Post a comment
A traffic management system developed by Sensys Networks Inc. targets states and cities dealing with increasing traffic, fuel cost and pollution.
Analysis: Why IBM should buy Juniper, not Sun
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3/18/2009   Post a comment
IBM should buy a Juniper or Brocade, not Sun Microsystems because the next big war in data center computing is all about integrating merged computer and communications systems into larger offerings.
Analysis: What an IBM-Sun merger would mean
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3/18/2009   3 comments
A possible merger of IBM and Sun Microsystems makes business sense and has interesting implications for the Sparc and Power microprocessors as well as Java.
Can Sony really afford to buy Ericsson out of handsets JV?
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3/18/2009   Post a comment
The rumors about a divorce between Sony and Ericsson from their 50:50 mobile phone joint venture have surfaced again, with German technology magazine Manager-Magazin reporting the Japanese group has approached the its Swedish partner about acquiring total control.
Quad Virtex-5 computing platform launched
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3/18/2009   Post a comment
Tokyo Electron Device announced the release of inrevium TB-5V-SX95T4-HSC, a Quad Virtex-5 FPGA high-speed computing platform.
Dafca rolls FPGA tool, names new CEO
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3/18/2009   Post a comment
Validation technology provider Dafca this week appointed 30-year industry veteran Dennis Shepard as its new CEO and introduced two products, ClearBlueXpress and ClearBlueFPGA, to address the SoC and FPGA markets.
Dashing towards another wireless data standard
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3/18/2009   Post a comment
A consortium of semiconductor companies, RFID industry players, system integrators and wireless data users have formed the DASH7 Alliance that will develop and promote a technology that extends the ISO 18000-7 standard.
Drastic changes seen for TFT LCD components, materials market
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3/18/2009   Post a comment
The market for TFT LCD materials and components is likely to see dramatic changes over the next year, as well as declining revenues for the first time, according to researchers at DisplaySearch (Austin, TX).
Chipset eliminates current transformers in polyphase energy meters
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3/18/2009   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced a chipset that reduces the BOM cost of a polyphase energy meter by replacing three high-cost current transformers with three low-cost shunts.
Maxim : Re-drivers bridge long distances
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3/18/2009   Post a comment
Maxim introduces two re-drivers to support the industry’s latest high-speed serial interfaces. The MAX4950 is a quad-channel buffer designed to re-drive PCI Express (PCIe) Gen I and Gen II signals (up to 5.0 Gbits/s), while the MAX4951 is a dual-channel (Tx and Rx) re-driver for SATA/eSATA Gen I (1.5 Gbits/s), Gen II (3.0 Gbits/s), and Gen III (6.0 Gbits/s) signals.
Atmel : Digital audio gateway kit demonstrates digital audio streaming, decoding and playback.
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3/18/2009   Post a comment
Atmel introduces the AVR32 ATEVK1105 digital audio gateway kit, demonstrating digital audio streaming, decoding and playback.
TI, Apple weigh in on smart phones
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3/18/2009   Post a comment
A Texas Instrument executive shared his vision of the smart phone at a Silicon Valley event while Apple rolled out a beta of the iPhone OS version 3.0.
14-bit converter performs direct digital synthesis for RF signals to 3.6 GHz
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3/17/2009   Post a comment
ADI's DAC architecture streamlines wideband communications design, allowing wireless and broadband equipment to support multiple standards using a single direct-to-RF transmit core.
Ramtron cuts workforce, salaries
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3/17/2009   Post a comment
Nonvolatile ferroelectric random access memory vendor Ramtron International will cut its workforce by 17 percent and reduce salaries for all employees by 5 to 12 percent as part of a series of cost reduction actions, the company said.
T-Mobile sees Android, 3G rising
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3/17/2009   Post a comment
Like many wireless carriers, T-Mobile hopes to buck the downturn by expanding its cellular network and portfolio handsets; however, the company wants to streamline the number of application environments it supports and lower the costs of its back haul network.
Audio networking group starts R&D in India
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3/17/2009   Post a comment
Audio network chip start-up Bridge Co (Zurich, Switzerland) has added a research and development center in Bangalore, India.
Microchip : Development kit introduces 8-bit flash MCUs
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3/17/2009   Post a comment
Microchip announces the PICDEM lab development kit, a comprehensive entry-level development platform for all of Microchip’s 8-bit Flash PIC microcontrollers (MCUs) with 20 or fewer pins.
Altera claims highest density transceiver FPGA
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3/17/2009   Post a comment
Altera announced the availability of what it describes as the industry's highest density transceiver FPGA, the EP4SGX530.
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