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Mentor to proceed with bond offering
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3/31/2011   Post a comment
Despite protests from billionaire financier Carl Icahn and others, EDA vendor Mentor Graphics it would move ahead with a plan to offer up $253 million in convertible bonds through private placement.
Cadence rolls wide I/O IP
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3/31/2011   Post a comment
Cadence Design Systems Inc. claims that it is first to market with a licensable, wide I/O memory controller core.
Ambarella rolls camera SoC for surveillance
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3/31/2011   Post a comment
Image processing IC vendor Ambarella rolled out a new camera SoC that the company said brings high-quality 1080p60 H.264 performance to the video surveillance market.
ABI: Android in 45% of smartphones by 2016
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3/31/2011   7 comments
By 2016, 45 percent of all smartphones worldwide will be running Google's Android operating system, according to market research firm ABI Research.
SMIC details profitable 2010
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3/31/2011   Post a comment
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. made a net income of $14.0 million on sales revenue of $1,554.8 million in the 2010 calendar year. The company announced that sales were up 45.3 percent from $1,070.4 million in 2009 and the company turned round to a net profit from a loss of $962.5 million in 2009.
Reports: Google could "standardize" Android on ARM
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3/31/2011   8 comments
Google Inc. may be entering talks with ARM Holdings plc about a standardization of Android operating system for an ARM-based chipset, according to a Digitimes report that references unnamed sources at notebook computer makers.
Samsung to hire 300 fab engineers in Texas
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3/31/2011   15 comments
Samsung Austin Semiconductor will hire 300 engineers and technicians in the first six months of 2011 as part of the $3.6-billion expansion of the semiconductor's plant.
Renesas sells U.S. fab to Telefunken
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3/30/2011   4 comments
Japan’s Renesas Electronics Corp. will sell its semiconductor wafer fabrication facility in Roseville, Calif. to Germany’s Telefunken Semiconductors International LLC for approximately $53 million.
NAND supply chain still in flux
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3/30/2011   Post a comment
What is the overall impact of NAND flash following the recent earthquake in Japan right now?
Why did Anadigics' Rivas leave us?
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3/30/2011   3 comments
Mario Rivas acknowledged that his sudden resignation from Anadigics was a result of discussions with the company’s board, which he characterized as “very conservative.”
Icahn turns up heat on Mentor's board
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3/30/2011   5 comments
Billionaire financier Carl Icahn lashed out at Mentor Graphics' board of directors for rejecting his $1.9 billion takeover bid and announcing plans to raise up to $253 million through private placement of convertible bonds.
VLSI Research ups IC forecast
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3/30/2011   1 comment
VLSI Research Inc. has increased its IC forecast amid stronger-than-expected demand in the first quarter.
Samsung, Sumitomo form sapphire substrate JV
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3/30/2011   Post a comment
Japan's Sumitomo Chemical Co. Ltd. and South Korea's Samsung LED Co. Ltd. have entered into an agreement to establish a joint venture in Korea for research and development, manufacture, and sales of sapphire substrates for LEDs.
Linear Technology LTC2145 analog-to-digital converters
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3/30/2011   Post a comment
These low power 12-/14-bit 25Msps-125Msps ADCs operate at less than 100mW at 125Msps.
Korean wafer maker plans $450M IPO, say reports
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3/30/2011   1 comment
LG Siltron Inc. South Korea's sole silicon wafer maker, has hired two financial institutions to manage a proposed $450 million initial public offering, according to Reuters, which referenced a report from the International Financial Review.
TI expects chips from Miho fab in September
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3/30/2011   4 comments
Texas Instruments Inc. has said its wafer fab in Miho, Japan, is on schedule for a return to full production by mid-July — meaning chips shipments in September — while its fab in Aizu is on track for full production by mid-April or earlier.
World's smallest MEMS mic debuts
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3/30/2011   10 comments
Akustica, acquired by Bosch in 2009, announced what it claims is the world's smallest digital microphone, its AKU230 which consumes only 700 square microns.
New compression and encryption IP cores for Lattice FPGAs
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3/30/2011   1 comment
Lattice and Helion Technology have created scalable, resource-efficient compression system IP cores that are particularly well-suited for the wireless microwave backhaul market.
$29.99 breakout boards from Lattice accelerate PLD design and hardware evaluation
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3/30/2011   1 comment
Three new low-cost I/O breakout boards for the MachXO, ispMACH 4000ZE, and Power Manager II devices provide easy access to I/O pins.
Microchip aims to take up MCU slack
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3/29/2011   1 comment
Amid a possible disruption in supply for microcontrollers, Microchip Technology says that it can take up the slack.
Five predictions following Japan quake
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3/29/2011   8 comments
Bill McClean, president of IC Insights Inc., provides his analysis of the situation in Japan and its effect on worldwide GDP, electronic system sales, and the worldwide semiconductor market.
Teardown slideshow: Inside the Nintendo 3DS
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3/29/2011   5 comments
A photographic slideshow of the innards of the Nintendo 3DS gaming system, courtesy of a teardown analysis performed by UBM TechInsights.
ASML gains in fab tool rankings
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3/29/2011   1 comment
VLSI Research Inc. has released the 2010 rankings for the leading wafer fab equipment (WFE) suppliers.
Tessera names new optics boss
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3/29/2011   Post a comment
Tessera Technologies Inc. has named Bob Roohparvar as its new president of its struggling Imaging & Optics unit.
Elliptic CEO steps down
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3/29/2011   1 comment
Elliptic Technologies Inc., a provider of security semiconductor IP and software, has announced the appointment of Vijay Dube as the company’s president and chief executive.
Microfluidics detects cancer with nanotubes
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3/29/2011   5 comments
A nanotube studded microfluidic sensor aims to detect single cells of cancer in blood samples containing billions of healthy cells, according to its inventors at MIT and Harvard.
Synopsys preps 'surge' verification via cloud
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3/29/2011   1 comment
Synopsys Chairman and CEO Aart de Geus said the company would leverage the power of cloud computing to offer verification services on a massive scale by putting hundreds or even thousands of computers to work at one time on verifying customer designs using its VCS Verilog compiled code simulator.
EDA growth hit double-digits again in Q4
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3/29/2011   Post a comment
EDA revenue for the fourth quarter of 2010 totaled nearly $1.51 billion, up 15 percent compared with the third quarter and up 19 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2009, according to the EDA Consortium.
Altera charts new course for FPGA industry with optical innovation
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3/29/2011   6 comments
Altera shares its vision of the future with optics subsystem embedded in FPGA package thereby eliminating chip-to-chip and chip-to-backplane bandwidth bottlenecks.
NXP announces secondary share offer
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3/29/2011   2 comments
NXP Semiconductors N.V., the European chipmaker spun off from Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV by a private equity buy out in 2006, has announced that certain of its shareholders intend to offer in a secondary offering, subject to market and other conditions, approximately 25 million shares of its common stock.
Fujitsu restarts two front-end chip fabs
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3/29/2011   3 comments
Operations partially resumed at two Fujitsu Group front-end semiconductor fabs in Aizu-Wakamatsu-shi, Fukushima prefecture, that had been idled in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami that struck off the coast of Japan March 11.
Renesas mulls foundry for auto MCUs, say reports
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3/29/2011   3 comments
Renesas Electronics Corp., the world's leading maker of microcontrollers that was hit hard by the Japan earthquake of March 11, is in talks on outsourcing the production of automotive microcontrollers to Globalfoundries Inc., according to reports.
Teardowns find Fujitsu FCRAM in Nintendo 3DS
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3/29/2011   4 comments
Teardowns conducted by UBM TechInsights and IHS iSuppli found Fujitu's fast-cycle RAM. It's the first time the part has been found in a UBM TechInsights teardown and, according to IHS a potential problem as a proprietary technology.
Anadigics CEO resigns
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3/28/2011   4 comments
Anadigics Inc. has announced the resignation of its president and chief executive, Mario Rivas, and its senior vice president, Greg White.
Mentor's board rejects Icahn takeover bid
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3/28/2011   3 comments
The board of directors of EDA vendor Mentor Graphics voted unanimously to reject a $1.9 billion takeover bid made by billionaire financier Carl Ichan last month, Mentor said.
Update: Advantest to buy Verigy for $1.1B
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3/28/2011   1 comment
As expected, Advantest Corp. and Verigy Ltd. have announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Advantest will acquire all outstanding Verigy ordinary shares for $15.00 per share in cash. The total acquisition price will be approximately $1.1 billion.
iWatt deploys Magma's Titan to to shorten analog design process
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3/28/2011   Post a comment
iWatt, Inc., specializing in a power control ICs, has licensed the Titan mixed-signal design platform from Magma Design Automation Inc. to improve analog design and layout productivity and to automate difficult routing tasks analog cell layouts and chip-level assembly.
Digital edition: 'The day the lights went out in Japan'
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3/28/2011   14 comments
We present a special digital edition focusing on the consequences and lessons of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.
The eyes reveal all: ultra-fast logic analyzer tackles DDR, other high-speed, multichannel challenges
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3/28/2011   Post a comment
Agilent U4154A AXIe-based unit captures 4 Gb/s; 68 channels, sees 100 ps/100mV eyes; adds advanced probe sets
Plastic memory hopeful raises $500,000 with PARC
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3/28/2011   1 comment
Thin Film Electronics ASA, a long-time developer of plastic electronic memory, has raised 2.8 million Norwegian Krone (about $500,000) from Palo Alto Research Center (PARC).
Verigy dumps LTX-Credence
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3/28/2011   Post a comment
As expected, Verigy Ltd. announced that its merger agreement with LTX-Credence Corp. has been terminated.
Wireless MCUs Power sub-GHz mesh network modules
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3/27/2011   Post a comment
Silicon Laboratories is providing the wireless microcontroller technology for a new line of sub-GHz wireless mesh networking modules from California Eastern Laboratories (CEL).
Tag writing app targets NFC-enabled Android smartphones and tablets
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3/27/2011   3 comments
NXP Semiconductors has launched an application which allows Android smartphone users to use their NFC-enabled handset to create their own NFC tags.
Motion sensing for smart consumer devices
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3/27/2011   1 comment
STMicroelectronics has released the first details of its iNEMO Engine, which features advanced filtering and predictive software engine to integrate the outputs from a 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis gyroscope and 3-axis magnetometer.
Cloud-based collaboration for M2M applications
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3/27/2011   Post a comment
Verizon Wireless and Sierra Wireless have announced a new collaboration to co-market the Sierra Wireless' AirVantage; a cloud-based platform for developing, deploying and operating the next generation of connected devices and M2M applications.
Wireless sensor networking chip market grew 300% in 2010
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3/27/2011   Post a comment
Shipments of 802.15.4-based WSN (wireless sensor network) ICs continued to show extremely strong growth in the second half of 2010 as demand for ICs for trials and early pilots returned after the sharp decline in 2009.
ST launches market's smallest 3-axis analog gyroscope
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3/26/2011   3 comments
The L3G462A from STMicroelectronics (ST) is a motion-sensor with what the company claims is the market’s smallest 3-axis analog-output gyroscope. Housed inside an ultra-small 4mm x 4mm x 1mm package, ST’s newest gyroscope combines superior performance and reliability with smart power management and design flexibility. The new sensor is designed for high-precision gesture control and intuitive user interfaces, and is targeted for mobile phones, tablets, game controllers and other consumer devices
Micron's CEO unsure of quake's net effect
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3/25/2011   7 comments
Steve Appleton, chairman and CEO of Micron Technology, said it is too early to tell whether Micron would gain or lose sales as the result of damaged chip production facilities and infrastructure problems following the earthquake in Japan.
McAfee buys database firm
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3/25/2011   5 comments
McAfee Inc. plans to acquire privately-owned Sentrigo, a provider of database security and compliance, assessment, monitoring and intrusion prevention solutions.
Report: Intel's faulty chip slows PC production
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3/25/2011   7 comments
The design error found by Intel in its Cougar Point support chip for the Sandy Bridge processor has started to impact the PC supply chain, according to a Taiwan Economic News report that referenced un-named sources at foundries and packaging houses.
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