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Data acquisition front-end IC offers battery management benefits
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3/31/2010   Post a comment
austriamicrosystems has unveiled a high precision data acquisition front-end IC for automotive battery current, voltage, temperature sense applications and in general for sensor interface applications where precise measurement of small signals close to ground is required.
Hynix CEO sees chance to reduce debts
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3/31/2010   Post a comment
Kwon Oh-chul, the incoming CEO of Hynix Semiconductor Inc. (Icheon, Korea), is looking forward to a good year in terms of sales and profits and that this will let Hynix reduce its debts and for banks to offload more of their stake in the company.
TV tuner IC vendor gains $16 million in Series E
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3/31/2010   Post a comment
Xceive Corp., a fabless developer of RF-to-baseband TV tuner ICs, has announced it has secured more than $16 million in a combination of Series E equity and debt financing.
HARDWARE TOOLS - Microchip development kits speed accessory designs for iPod and iPhone
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3/30/2010   Post a comment
Microchip Technology Inc. offers three new development kits that enable the rapid design of accessories for iPod and iPhone using Microchip's PIC microcontrollers. The kits provide examples of the hardware and software required to implement applications such as digital-audio sound systems, docking stations and many new accessories that can leverage the infrastructure for iPod and iPhone.
Intel rolls Xeon chips for high-end servers
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3/30/2010   Post a comment
Intel Corp. officially rolled out its new high-end x86 server processors, the Xeon 7500 family, using up to eight dual-threaded cores with support from more than twice as many OEMs as Intel's previous high-end server CPUs, including an SGI system delivering a up to 256 processors.
Micrel unveils PoE power sourcing equipment controller
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3/30/2010   Post a comment
Micrel Inc., has introduced a Power over Ethernet (PoE) Power Sourcing Equipment (PSE) Controller that provides 8-ports of IEEE 802.3af-compliant power delivery in a compact 64-pin LQFP package.
WLED driver with PWM-controllable boost converter maximizes power efficiency
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3/30/2010   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced a high-efficiency WLED driver with an integrated boost converter and five GPIO ports that can be used to drive LEDs (powered from an alternate power supply) in parallel.
Applied raises forecast, sees upturn
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3/30/2010   Post a comment
Citing the IC upturn, Applied Materials Inc. has raised its outlook for 2010.
NEWS - Cypress introduces industry's first programmable PLCs
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3/30/2010   Post a comment
Cypress has launched the industry's first programmable PLCs that enable reliable transmission of command and control data over both high and low voltage power lines with no new wires.
NEC expands 32-bit MCU line
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3/30/2010   Post a comment
NEC Electronics America Inc. announced 78 new members to the V850ES/Jx3 family of 32-bit All Flash microcontrollers (MCUs) with low power consumption, optimized pin counts and expanded functionality.
Analysis: NXP shares sale could open IPO floodgate
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3/30/2010   Post a comment
If NXP Semiconductor Inc. pulls off a successful initial public offering, other chip vendors could follow with their own shares sales, opening the floodgate for the industry to raise much needed capital from the equity market.
Programmable timing devices promise low power for portables
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3/29/2010   Post a comment
IDT's family of VersaClock devices offers lower power and greater flexibility for designers of mobile consumer devices.
Analyst, reviewers cool on Nvidia Fermi
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3/29/2010   Post a comment
Nvidia Corp. has officially rolled out adapter cards using its latest high-end graphics processor, code-named Fermi, to a cool reception from analysts and reviewers who say the chip does not have a dramatic performance advantage over graphics processors rolled out last fall from archrival Advanced Micro Devices, although Fermi could make deeper in-roads into supercomputers than AMD's offerings.
8-bit MCUs support energy efficient designs
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3/29/2010   Post a comment
Infineon Technologies recently expanded its XC800 microcontroller (MCU) portfolio with two powerful 8-bit device series—the XC82x and XC83x—which reduce system cost and allow for improved energy efficiency of a wide range of industrial applications.
Tough 2009 creates winners, losers in chip vendor ranking
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3/29/2010   Post a comment
Qualcomm, Hynix and Advanced Micro Devices each managed to climb two places in a top ten ranking of chip vendors by 2009 revenue provided by market research company Gartner Inc. (Stamford, Conn.).
DesignArt launches 4G basestation chip family
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3/29/2010   Post a comment
DesignArt Networks Ltd. (Ra'anana, Israel) has announced its DAN3000 family of ICs for use in 4G LTE and IMT-Advanced basestations. The company said its chips would allow the deployment of multi-gigabit mobile radio access networks (RANs).
AMD debuts 12-core server processors
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3/29/2010   1 comment
Advanced Micro Devices has officially rolled out its latest Magny Cours sever processors a day before archrival Intel Corp. is expected to announce its competing Nehalem-EX CPUs with Hewlett-Packard and SGI among companies announcing plans to use the AMD chips in servers.
ESC: Microchip simplifies access to embedded wireless
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3/26/2010   9 comments
Recent moves regarding ZigBee, Wi-Fi and Google have greatly increased the opportunities for designers of embedded systems, once they overcome the many issues associated with embedded wireless, from determinism to FCC regulations to rising concerns regarding security.
Report has microntrollers grow to $12 billion this year
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3/26/2010   Post a comment
The microcontrollers market will likely exceed a value of $12 billion for 2010, according to a market research firm.
Letter to the Editor: TI defends analog strategy
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3/25/2010   1 comment
Texas Instruments Inc. in response to a recent EE Times report on the analog IC market said it has increased investments in manufacturing facilities and boosted production as part of plans to improve lead times for its products.
BOARDS - Fanless, ultra low-profile Intel Atom system uses minimal power
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3/24/2010   Post a comment
The SolidLogic Atom JT01 from Logic Supply is an ultra-slim, fanless Intel Atom system housed in a ruggedized, small-footprint enclosure targeted for use in industrial environments, public access areas, or remote locations. The SolidLogic Atom JT01 is designed for reliable, stable operation while consuming minimal power.
BOARDS - GE brings multicore PowerPC computing to 3U CompactPCI
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3/24/2010   Post a comment
GE's new IMP3A 3U CompactPCI SBC brings multicore PowerPC computing to 3U CompactPCI and uses QorIQ processor to deliver leading performance/watt.
High-performance 32-bit stereo DAC optimizes sound quality for pro audio, high-end A/V
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3/24/2010   1 comment
The AK4480 32-bit stereo DAC from AKM Semiconductor features an advanced architecture designed to offer higher quality sound for professional and high-end audio applications.
Renesas, Cavium collaborate on networking
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3/24/2010   Post a comment
Renesas Technology Corp. and Cavium Networks Inc. have announced that they are working together to deliver joint reference designs that incorporate quad-search ternary content addressable memory with Octeon multicore processors for networking.
Groups seek path to bring smart grid home
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3/24/2010   2 comments
Members of the ad hoc U-Snap Alliance hope to field this summer the first products based on its specifications for carrying smart grid data over home networks, one of a handful of new efforts seeking ways to unite today's fragmented wired and wireless technologies for emerging energy applications.
MaxLinear prices IPO to raise $90 million
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3/24/2010   Post a comment
RF and mixed-signal broadband communications IC provider MaxLinear Inc. (Carlsbad, Calif.) priced its initial public offering of 6,444,100 shares of Class A common stock at a price to the public of $14.00 per share.
Google, Microchip develop energy monitor software
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3/24/2010   Post a comment
Microcontroller company Microchip Technology Inc. (Chandler, Ariz.) has announced the result of a partnership with software giant Google Inc. to produce a reference implementation of the Google PowerMeter application programming interface.
Intel, AMD gear up for next round of server fight
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3/23/2010   2 comments
Archrivals Intel Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices are gearing up for the next round of battle in the lucrative server microprocessor market, but due to shifting strategies on both sides the battle between Intel's Nehalem-EX and AMD's Magny-Cours will be in some ways a tie.
Hardware platform transmits control data over power lines with no new wires
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3/23/2010   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor has launched a programmable product for data communication over existing power lines.
USB-OTG bus port protection array offers low capacitance and leakage current
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3/23/2010   Post a comment
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc., has introduced a new ESD-protection array featuring low capacitance and leakage current to protect USB-OTG ports against transient voltage signals.
Handsets with Wi-Fi to hit 25% in 2102, says In-Stat
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3/23/2010   1 comment
Mobile handsets with embedded Wi-Fi continued to experience growth in 2009 despite total handset shipment declines, according to market watcher In-Stat (Scottsdale, Ariz.).
Microchip expands DSC portfolio for digital power applications
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3/23/2010   Post a comment
Microchip Technology's eight new dsPIC DSCs support complex digital power applications, and add more memory, PWM Channels and CAN.
IDT rolls Serial RapidIO Gen2 system modeling tool
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3/23/2010   Post a comment
IDT's new modeling tool enables architects to virtually build and test systems, improving design efficiency and speeding time to market.
SiGe downconverting mixer delivers high linearity, noise performance
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3/23/2010   Post a comment
Maxim's latest SiGe downconverting mixer delivers a combination of high linearity, noise performance, and component integration over a wide band of operation.
TI unveils fully integrated analog front end for portable medical equipment
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3/23/2010   Post a comment
TI's first device in analog front end family reduces component count and power consumption by up to 95 percent for improved system portability and patient mobility.
ARM, IBM, Cadence build SOI IP ecosystem
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3/23/2010   1 comment
ARM, Cadence and IBM, under the umbrella of the SOI Consortium, have joined forces to ease the access to energy-efficient silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technology.
Education to reduce barriers to SOI adoption
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3/23/2010   Post a comment
The SOI Industry Consortium has launched the 'Ready for SOI Technology' program to stimulate adoption of energy-efficient silicon-on-insulator (SOI) technology. A cornerstone of the program is education.
Analysts cite five growth areas to watch
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3/22/2010   Post a comment
PC demand is starting off the year better than expected with Acer, Apple and Hewlett-Packard benefiting from the trend, and in smart phones Samsung and LG Electronics are poised for a major push into handsets using Google Android, according to analysts from Barclays Capital.
ARM, Renault, MontaVista join in-vehicle alliance
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3/22/2010   Post a comment
ARM Holdings plc, Renault and MontaVista Software have joined GENIVI, an automotive electronics industry alliance that is seeking to drive adoption of an open-source car infotainment platform. MontaVista joined GENIVI as a core member in June, 2009 and now the three companies have all been elected to take seats on the board of directors of the organization.
Intersil set to buy Techwell for $370 million
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3/22/2010   Post a comment
Analog circuit designer and manufacturer Intersil Corp. (Milpitas, Calif.) has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Techwell Inc. (San Jose, Calif.).
4G/LTE chips coming . . . but first, a little chaos
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3/22/2010   8 comments
As the wireless industry transitions to WiMax/LTE, gone are the days when baseband chip vendors could continuously hold onto their existing 3G/2G solutions. On the horizon is the industry's growing appetite for DSPs -- specifically designed to run Software Defined Radio (SDR), according to CEVA.
Multicore graphics firm raises $8 million
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3/22/2010   Post a comment
Privately-held graphics chip vendor LucidLogix Technologies Ltd. (Kfar Netter, Israel) has received an additional $8 million in funding from current investors Rho Ventures, Giza Venture Capital and Genesis Partners, bringing total capitalization to $40 million.
Dialog preps power management IC with audio
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3/22/2010   Post a comment
Dialog Semiconductor plc has announced a system-level power management IC that includes a class G codec. The device is called the DA9057, and has five on-board dc/dc converters to support 24-bit stereo audio headphone playback on a 5-mW power budget.
Chelsio debuts Fibre Channel over Ethernet chip
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3/22/2010   Post a comment
With its latest 10 Gbit/second chip, the four-port T4, Chelsio Communications Inc. aims to push ahead of a pack of competitors seeking design wins in data center systems expected to converge networking, storage and clustering functions on to Ethernet.
CPUs: 3rd gen Diamond Standard controllers boast up to 15% improvement in speed/power and 20% smaller size
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3/21/2010   Post a comment
Tensilica, Inc.'s third generation of Diamond Standard controllers comprises five upward-compatible processor cores based on a common Xtensa architecture. The new controllers deliver up to 15 percent faster clock speed, up to 20 percent smaller die area and up to 15 percent less power consumption.
SOFTWARE TOOLS - CCStudio v4 now supports Stellaris ARM Cortex-M3 MCUs
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3/20/2010   Post a comment
TI's CCStudio v4 now supports Stellaris ARM Cortex-M3 MCUs, providing a common environment across TI's microcontroller portfolio to simplify development with Eclipse framework.
Quartics opens Shanghai R&D center
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3/19/2010   Post a comment
Quartics Inc. (Irvine, Calif.) has announced the opening in Shanghai of its center of excellence for video algorithm development and systems engineering. The company also introduced its programmable Qvu processor for video enhancement technology to consumers and OEM/ODM customers in China.
Researchers give update on road to parallelism
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3/19/2010   1 comment
Researchers at the University of Illinois detailed progress on three many-core processors among several small steps they have taken on a long and complex journey toward creating new parallel programming models to harness tomorrow's many-core processors.
GPS-enabled GSM/WCMDA handset shipments jumped 92% in 2009
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3/19/2010   Post a comment
Global shipments of GPS-enabled GSM/WCDMA handsets increased 92 percent in 2009 to 150 million units, according to analysis firm Berg Insight AB (Gothenburg, Sweden). With growth set to continue at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 38.7 percent, shipments are forecasted to reach 770 million units in 2014.
Report: Intel, Sony work on Google TV
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3/18/2010   Post a comment
Eighteen months after launching a software initiative for Internet-connected TV's with Yahoo, Intel is reportedly at work on a bigger, better deal with Google and Sony.
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