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Fabless firm makes meter deal with India's Aftek
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3/18/2010   Post a comment
Aftek Ltd. (Mumbai, India) has announced a collaboration on automatic meter management with Advanced Digital Design SA, a developers of SOCs for communications over powerlines.
Chip market to slow in second half, says TSMC's Chang
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3/18/2010   Post a comment
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. chairman Morris Chang has said he expects chip market growth to slow in the second half of 2010, before picking up again in 2011, according to a Taiwan Economic News report.
Energy Micro raises $13 million in funding
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3/18/2010   Post a comment
Energy Micro A/S (Oslo, Norway), the startup that has brought the Gecko family of 32-bit ARM-based microcontrollers to market, announced it has raised $13 million in an initial financing round led by Northzone Ventures and Investinor.
Product Trends: Low-power ADCs are not just for handhelds
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3/18/2010   Post a comment
Circuit and system designers still want it all and want it now, but when it comes to analog-to-digital converters, it's clear that across all resolutions and speeds, low power is taking priority, and for good reason.
Analog vendors battle phantom forecasts
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3/18/2010   2 comments
The analog semiconductor market is in a fragile state with supply and demand in a state of imbalance and spot shortages showing up in certain product areas but some vendors appear to be managing through the difficult situation better than others.
MEMORY - Kilopass partners with Samsung Electronics Foundry to offer One-Time Programmable (OTP) Memory
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3/17/2010   Post a comment
Kilopass Technology, Inc. announced that Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. will support Kilopass' one-time programmable (OTP) antifuse memory, XPM, in its foundry business' advanced logic processes.
Innovative Silicon moves floating-body RAM off SOI
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3/17/2010   1 comment
Innovative Silicon Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.), a pioneer of floating-body memory, has said it has adapted its technology for operation at less than one volt and so that it does not require a silicon-on-insulator substrate.
CSEM launches Icyflex range of controller-DSPs
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3/17/2010   Post a comment
Centre Suisse d'Electronique et de Microtechnique (Neuchatel, Switzerland) has announced the Icyflex family of 16/32-bit RISC processor cores. The flexible architecture allows for different combinations of control and DSP functionality.
MicroUnity sues mobile giants for patent infringement
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3/17/2010   Post a comment
Former media processor startup MicroUnity Systems Engineering filed suit Tuesday alleging 22 of the world's top cellphone companies including chip, system and service providers infringe 15 of its patents, one of the broadest suits in recent memory.
Intel launches 32-nm Xeon secure processors
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3/16/2010   Post a comment
Intel launched a new line of secure processors implemented at 32-nanometer and offering two new security features said to offer data centers a stronger foundation for cloud security.
Dual-channel buffer with power-saving mode supports SATA 6Gbps speeds
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3/16/2010   Post a comment
Maxim's latest SATA redriver supports data rates up to 6.0Gbps while offering multiple low-power operating modes to extend battery life and conserve energy.
ASIC, ASSP revenue to rise 14% in 2010, says Gartner
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3/16/2010   Post a comment
Revenue from application-specific ICs and application-specific standard products is set to increase by 14.4 percent in 2010, to $93.3 billion, according to Gartner analyst Bryan Lewis.
Tyndall CEO touts junctionless transistor to the Valley
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3/16/2010   Post a comment
Professor Roger Whatmore, CEO of Tyndall National Institute, University College Cork, has joined the trade and investment mission to Silicon Valley led by Ireland's Prime Minister, Brian Cowen. Prof. Whatmore is presenting information on Tyndall's breakthrough junctionless transistor.
20V switching regulators simplify intermediate power bus, PoL designs
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3/15/2010   Post a comment
ADI's ADP2300/01 step-down dc-to-dc non-synchronous regulators feature internal compensation to enable design engineers to reduce power system design complexity while generating power conversion efficiencies of greater than 90 percent.
16-bit quad, SPI DAC with internal reference achieves ±4LSB INL (Max)
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3/15/2010   Post a comment
Linear Technology has introduced the LTC2654, a quad voltage output 16- and 12-bit digital-to-analog converter (DAC family) with internal reference and SPI interface.
MagnaChip files $250 million IPO
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3/15/2010   Post a comment
MagnaChip Semiconductor, a logic IC spinoff from Hynix Semiconductor Inc. that filed for bankruptcy protection in June 2009, has now filed documents with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission related to a proposed initial public offering (IPO) of stock.
Looking ahead to designing with ARM
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3/15/2010   Post a comment
ARM Virtual conference boasts a bevy of new products.
WLED flash driver improves picture quality in mobile phones
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3/15/2010   Post a comment
austriamicrosystems announced the AS3645, an inductive, ultra small, high-efficiency single/dual LED flash driver that it claims offers 25% higher output current than existing equivalents.
Power amplifier series provides high linear output power
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3/15/2010   Post a comment
Avago Technologies announced two new high linear power amplifier (PA) modules that feature low power consumption and improve signal quality for WiMAX and WiFi applications that operate in the 2GHz range.
Chip profitability jumps to decade high
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3/15/2010   Post a comment
Operating profitability at semiconductor companies shot up to a 10-year high in the fourth quarter of 2009 lifted by tighter cost management, production outsourcing and a push towards product specialization at the biggest IC vendors.
3G modems are $3.5 billion market in 2010, says In-Stat
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3/15/2010   Post a comment
The market for 3G cellular modems, aside from those deployed in mobile phone handsets, will be worth more than $3.5 billion in 2010, according to according to market research company In-Stat.
Tabula tips comms-oriented FPGA products
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3/15/2010   Post a comment
A couple of weeks after fabless chip startup Tabula Inc. tipped its time-sharing FPGA architecture the company has launched its ABAX family of chips. The company said the chips will sample in third quarter and go into mass production in Q4 2010.
POWER - 12-/8-channel system monitors integrate current monitoring and nonvolatile fault registers
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3/14/2010   Post a comment
The MAX16070 and MAX16071 from Maxim Integrated Products are flash-configurable system monitors that supervise 12/8 voltages plus one current. Designed to simplify power-management schemes in multivoltage systems, these devices feature an integrated current monitor, nonvolatile fault registers, and an easy-to-use graphical configuration tool.
SOFTWARE TOOLS - UAD3+ tests and debugs complex SoCs
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3/13/2010   Post a comment
The Universal Access Device 3+ (UAD3+) from pls (Programmierbare Logik & Systeme) is a hardware tool for high-end trace, multi-core and multi-target debugging, profiling, and calibration targeted for users of complex 16-bit and 32-bit microcontrollers (e.g. ARM7/9/11, Cortex-M3/R4/A8, PowerArchitecture, TriCore, XC2000/XE166 and SH-2A).
Are 18 and 20 bits now the new 16 bits?
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3/13/2010   3 comments
Recently introduced 20-bit DACs are truly impressive, and revisit the eternal question: how do you measure this level of performance? . . . . .
Bill Schweber, Planet Analog Editor
End of conflict at ST-Ericsson Caen
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3/12/2010   Post a comment
An official statement from France's Ministry of Industry announced the end of balance-of-power between ST-Ericsson, the 50/50 joint venture between Ericsson and STMicroelectronics NV, and 114 employees at its site in Caen, in the French region of Normandy. An agreement was signed on March 11.
Email: Is there still room for startups in WSN?
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3/12/2010   2 comments
A postgraduate student from Newscastle in the northeast of England writes asking if there is room left for startups to make an impact in wireless sensor networks. If so, he asks that the industry to save a space for him while he finishes his PhD.
Energy efficient Atom platform fits SOHO storage apps
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3/11/2010   Post a comment
Intel Corp. debuts its first Atom processor-based energy efficient platform optimized for networked home and small office/home office (SOHO) storage devices.
ADI's Fishman pitches analog investors
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3/11/2010   Post a comment
While skeptics argue that Jerald Fishman, Analog Devices Inc. president and CEO, faces big challenges in talking up his company's value to investors in a tough market, Fishman remains undaunted.
Fairchild minimizes power losses in multi-stage power supplies
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3/11/2010   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor has developed a CCM PFC controller for 300W to 2kW power supply designs that bring high system efficiency, high power factor and low total harmonic distortion (THD).
Silicon Hive launches parallel platform, licenses LSI
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3/11/2010   Post a comment
Silicon Hive BV (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) has introduced another manifestation of its parallel processing hardware acceleration technology called HiveLogic and announced it has licensed the platform to LSI Corp. (Milpitas, Calif.).
Ralink, TrendChip merge to form wireless, broadband IC player
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3/11/2010   Post a comment
Ralink Technology Corp. (Hsinchu, Taiwan), a developer of wireless chips, has announced an agreement to take over the broadband chipset supplier TrendChip Technologies Corp. (Hsinchu, Taiwan).
Analyst: High-priced hardware will kill Google Chrome
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3/11/2010   12 comments
Mobile systems using Google's Chrome software will be more expensive than competing mini-notebooks using Intel processors and Microsoft Windows--one reason why Chrome will not be successful in an expanding mobile systems market that will see multiple winners, according to an International Data Corp. analyst.
Mono audio subsystems extend battery life in portables
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3/10/2010   Post a comment
The MAX97000/1/2 combine a Class D speaker amplifier with a Class H headphone amplifier to maximize efficiency in applications requiring high audio quality, output power, and efficiency.
Audio codecs, algorithms target the ARM Cortex-M4
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3/10/2010   Post a comment
Ittiam Systems has announced audio processing software for the ARM Cortex-M4 processor, including a fully optimized implementation of MP3 and WMA decoders, complemented by a set of audio effects and acoustic processing algorithms.
60V DC/DC controller draws 50µA in battery-powered systems
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3/10/2010   Post a comment
Linear Technology has introduced a high voltage dual output synchronous step-down DC/DC controller that draws only 50µA when one output is active and 60µA when both outputs are enabled.
WIRELESS/RF - Rabbit 6000 is first wireless comm and control on chip for industrial automation
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3/10/2010   Post a comment
The Rabbit 6000 is the first wireless communications and control on chip for industrial automation. Rabbit plans easy-to-use, ultra-compact MiniCore networking modules based on new chip.
Monolithic DAC offers 18/20-bit performance, targets high-end MRI and related applications
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3/10/2010   Post a comment
Analog Devices AD5791 digital/analog converter yields >1 ppm accuracy, resolution, noise, and output drift; 1 μsec settling and update rate
HARDWARE TOOLS - Energy Micro launches starter kit for energy friendly MCUs
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3/9/2010   1 comment
A low cost starter kit for Energy Micro's EFM32 Gecko microcontroller family is now available. Priced at $69, the kit provides all the basic functionality a system developer needs to build energy efficient applications based on the 32-bit ARMCortex-M3-based EFM32 Gecko microcontrollers. The company claims the EFM32 Gecko MCUs consume less than a quarter of the energy of other 8-, 16- and 32-bit MCUs.
Interview with Chuck Thacker, PC pioneer
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3/9/2010   2 comments
Charles Thacker won the 2009 Turing Award for his work in the early 1970's on the Xerox PARC Alto, a forerunner of the Apple Macintosh and IBM PC, and is now a Microsoft researcher testing out parallel programming concepts on a multi-core FPGA development system he designed.
Cisco rolls router for 100 Gbit core networks
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3/9/2010   Post a comment
Cisco Systems announced its next generation core router, the CRS-3 which can route 100 Gbit/second streams and sports an aggregate throughput of up to 322 Terabits/second.
Small-sized PA reduces component cost
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3/9/2010   Post a comment
Targeted at Bluetooth, 802.15.4/ZigBee and other 2.4 GHz applications, California Eastern Laboratories is now shipping its new µPG2251T6M GaAs power amplifier (PA), which eliminates the need for RF component matching.
Analysts cite five opportunities in mobile data
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3/8/2010   Post a comment
Systems and semiconductor companies have a handful of opportunities for growth in mobile data networks despite the fact most carriers will keep a lid on capital equipment spending over the next two years, according to analysts from Barclays Capital.
Microsemi expands backlight controller line
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3/8/2010   Post a comment
Microsemi has introduced a new CCFL controller featuring mega-contrast dimming for 24-volt cold cathode fluorescent light (CCFL) inverter applications in small- to large-sized LCD displays.
Analog Devices offers WSN transceiver
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3/8/2010   Post a comment
Analog Devices Inc. has announced today the availability of an RF transceiver targeting short-range wireless systems in the 2.4-GHz ISM band.
Broadcom takes stake in multicore pioneer Tilera
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3/8/2010   Post a comment
Broadcom Corp. (Irvine Calif.) has made an investment in multicore processor developer Tilera Corp. (San Jose, Calif.).
WIRELESS/RF - Rabbit launches first wireless comm and control on chip for industrial automation
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3/6/2010   Post a comment
Rabbit launches first wireless comm and control on chip for industrial automation, plans easy-to-use, ultra-compact MiniCore networking modules.
Blue Wonder launches LTE modem core, software
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3/5/2010   Post a comment
Blue Wonder Communications GmbH (Dresden, Germany) has launched what it claims is the world's first embeddable LTE modem core.
Beamforming Wi-Fi startup raises $15 million
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3/4/2010   Post a comment
Quantenna Communications Inc., a developer of silicon for wireless networking that delivers guaranteed bandwidth, has raised $15 million in a Series D round of financing from its current investors Grazia Equity, Sequoia Capital, Sigma Partners, Southern Cross, Swisscom, and Venrock Associates.
Hall-effect sensor interface provides flexibility through analog and digital outputs
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3/4/2010   1 comment
Maxim's dual, 2-wire, Hall-effect sensor interface offers an analog output for linear information and a digital output for Hall-effect switches, giving designers multiple sensor-monitoring options.
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