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Virtex-5 USB module packs power in small footprint
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3/4/2010   Post a comment
Opal Kelly is shipping its fastest FPGA USB 2.0 integration module, the XEM5010, which is based on a powerful Xilinx Virtex-5 FPGA, and delivers 256-Mbytes DDR2, 36-Mbit synchronous SRAM, 32-Mbit flash, and up to 200 high-speed user I/Os.
WSTS: January chip sales up 72% on a year ago
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3/4/2010   2 comments
January's global market for semiconductors was $22.38 billion according to "actual" data from the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization. This was slightly down on the figure for December 2009 of $23.48 billion, but exceeded the January 2009 actual sales figure of $13.02 billion by 71.9 percent.
Startup creates PV module production unit at ST Rousset
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Startup Nexcis, specializing in the manufacturing of CIGS solar cells and modules from electrodeposition, has inaugurated a photovoltaic (PV) module production unit at STMicroelectronics' former 6-inch fab in Rousset, France.
ESC: Panel to debate wireless sensor networks
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3/4/2010   4 comments
A panel of experts has been drawn together to discuss the future of wireless sensor networks at the Embedded Systems Conference, which take place April 26 to 29 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California.
Leon4 processor available from eASIC
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eASIC Corp. (Santa Clara, Calif.) has said it can supply the Leon4 processor from Aeroflex Gaisler AB (Goteborg, Sweden) as part of its eZ-IP Alliance Core Library.
Workers protest against closure of ST-Ericsson Caen
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3/3/2010   Post a comment
Angry workers at ST-Ericsson's site in Caen, in the French region of Normandy, have gone on strike to protest against the group's intention to close the site.
3-D TVs for industry: $64B; health research: zero
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3/3/2010   2 comments
Plenty of money will be made selling stereo 3-D televisions over the next few years, according to two market research reports issued this week, but whether any of it funds research on the health impacts of broad use of such novel systems remains to be seen.
Analog IC market to grow 15% in 2010, says firm
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3/2/2010   Post a comment
After declining along with the rest of the chip industry in 2009, the general purpose analog IC market is poised to grow 15 percent to reach more than $15 billion in 2010 as inventory levels normalize and demand increases, according to market research firm Databeans.
EMBEDDED WORLD - Fujitsu announces dev solution for virtual instrument cluster for autos
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3/2/2010   Post a comment
Fujitsu Microelectronics Europe (FME) has announced its "virtual cluster application" for virtual instrumentation in vehicles of the future. The new application provides a 'right-sized' complete system solution, including hardware and software components, a demo application, as well as tool support to enable a quick start to development.
EMBEDDED WORLD - IAR Embedded Workbench now supports Renesas SH-2A family
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3/2/2010   Post a comment
IAR Embedded Workbench is now available for Renesas' SH-2A and SH2A-FPU MCU architectures. The toolset comprises IAR C/C++ Compiler, assembler, linker, librarian, text editor, project manager, and IAR C-SPY Debugger in a single integrated development environment (IDE).
Current-sense amplifiers and fault-protection switches target remote RF LNAs
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Maxim's new automotive-grade current-sense amplifiers with switches protect against open-load and short-circuit conditions while providing phantom power to remote RF LNAs.
Dual-interface EEPROM enables remote access to electronic device parameters
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3/2/2010   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has started to sample RFID-compatible EEPROMs that provide the flexibility to remotely program or update electronic products, anytime during their lifetime, and anywhere in the supply chain.
Freescale chip built to power sub-$99 e-readers
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Freescale's low-cost hardware E-Reader controller--the i.MX508--combines an advanced ARM Cortex A8 applications processor with a hardware Visplex E-Ink display controller for faster page turns, integrated touch control and extended battery life.
Host controller handles USB data transfers to boost processing power
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Future Technology Devices International has enhanced its Vinculum device line with the VNC2 user programmable dual USB 2.0 Host/Slave intelligent SoC controller that is designed with its proprietary 16-bit MCU core.
Voice processor firm raises $15 million
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Audience Inc. (Mountain View, Calif.) has raised $15 million in a series E round of funding, bringing the total funding raised since the company's founding in 2000 to $75 million.
AMD hopes 890GX maintains chip set traction
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Advanced Micro Devices released its 890GX chip set that it claims offers higher performance and throughput at significantly lower costs that current chip sets from its archrival Intel Corp.
Atmel develops floating point unit for 32-bit AVR UC3 MCUs
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By adding a floating point unit to its 32-bit AVR UC3 MCUs, Atmel is enabling designers to replace a two-chip MCU and DSP solution with just one Atmel MCU for applications in the automotive and industrial control markets.
Mixed-signal fab-lite gathers pace at NXP
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With NXP shutting wafer fabs ICH in Hamburg, Germany and ICN5 in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, and announcing plans to close ICN6 by early-to-mid 2011 the fab-lite movement is gathering pace at the chip company.
Chip market boom makes analyst hike forecast
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Bruce Diesen, analyst with Carnegie ASA (Oslo, Norway), has raised his forecast for 2010 chip market growth from 13 percent to 15 percent on the strength of the January global chip sales reported by the SIA.
Xilinx, Inova team on in-car video links
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Xilinx Inc. and Inova Semiconductors GmbH have introduced a communications transceiver design called Automotive Pixel Link (APIX) that can be deployed on the Xilinx Automotive (XA) family of Spartan-6 field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs).
Freescale sues Funai, JVC, Panasonic for alleged patent violation
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Freescale Semiconductor Inc. is asking the U.S. International Trade Commission to investigate an alleged violation of several of its patents by three Japanese OEMs, including Panasonic and JVC, and is also asking the agency to issue an order banning the sale of affected electronic equipment by a group of U.S. retailers.
LRA model predicts 40% chip market growth for 2010
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3/1/2010   1 comment
Global chip sales in January, as reported by the Semiconductor Industry Association, were so strong that the linear regression analysis (LRA) model used by independent industry analyst Mike Cowan has come up with a 39.6 percent growth prediction for the chip market in 2010.
ESD company Shocking raises $8 million
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3/1/2010   Post a comment
Shocking Technologies Inc. (Santa Clata, Calif.), a startup company developing technology to deal with electrostatic discharge has raised $8 million in a B-1 round led by Vista Ventures.
January averaged global chip sales up 47%, says SIA
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3/1/2010   Post a comment
The three-month average of global sales of semiconductors in January was $22.49 billion, flat with the equivalent figure in December 2009 and up 47.2 percent from January 2009, according to the Semiconductor Industry Association.
Printed logic startup signs greetings card deal
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Nano ePrint Ltd., a spin off from the University of Manchester in England, has announced that it is developing an all-printed electronic greeting card in collaboration with Novalia Ltd., to a specification provided by Hallmark subsidiary Tigerprint Ltd.
Tabula tips time-share FPGA architecture
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Fabless FPGA startup Tabula Inc. has announced the architecture of its 3-D programmable logic devices (3PLD), which it is calling Spacetime, because it uses the temporal domain as third dimension to maximize the use of on-chip resources, thereby allowing denser logic.
Deutsche Telekom invests in Lantiq
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3/1/2010   Post a comment
Lantiq Deutschland GmbH, the wireline spin-off from Infineon Technologies AG, has closed a "strategic investment" from T-Venture Holding GmbH, the venture capital arm of German telecommunications operator Deutsche Telekom AG.
SiLabs debuts wireless microcontrollers
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Silicon Laboratories has combined its line of microcontrollers with its line of wireless transceivers to create a family of 12 wireless microcontrollers which can single handedly handle many battery operated applications.
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