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Audience reverse engineers human hearing for mobile
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3/30/2012   5 comments
Using its earSmart voice processor, using two microphones that work like human ears, Audience’s chip enables analysis of sound in much the same way as the human brain, which when processing audio decides what to remove, what to keep and what to enhance.
Xilinx Zynq-7000 receives product of the year ACE award
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3/30/2012   2 comments
The UBM electronics ACE awards are given to the best new products that are seen in EETimes and EDN each year. Xilinx gets the best product award for the Zynq-7000…
STMicroelectronics TS331, TS332 and TS334 voltage comparators
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3/30/2012   1 comment
STMicroelectronics' latest voltage comparator achieves a propagation delay of 200ns while consuming only 30µA of supply current.
Beyer on WSTS: 'We will fix this'
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3/30/2012   3 comments
SIA Chairman and Freescale CEO Rich Beyer expressed confidence in SIA’s ability to regain Intel’s and AMD’s participation in WSTS.
Triad attempts to make mixed-signal design for the masses
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3/29/2012   1 comment
Unique to Triad is a mixed-signal aware place and route tool that places vias in the global routing fabric to configure and interconnect the analog and digital resources…
TI THS4531 ADC driver
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3/29/2012   Post a comment
TI's fully differential amplifier uses only 250 uA of quiescent current while providing 36 MHz of bandwidth to support the low power needs of portable and high-density systems
SMIC slipped back into the red in 2011
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3/29/2012   Post a comment
Chinese foundry SMIC reported a loss of $245.6 million for 2011 after reporting a rare profitable year in 2010.
Linear Technology TM2881 and TM2882 isolated µModule transceivers
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3/29/2012   Post a comment
Linear has introduced automotive (H-grade) and high reliability military (MP-grade) versions of its isolated µModule transceivers, which guard against large ground-to-ground differentials and common-mode transients in RS485 and RS232 networks.
PLX Technology TN8045 10GBase-T PHY
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3/29/2012   Post a comment
PLX Technology is getting ready to sample the TeraPHY TN8045, a 40nm, quad-port, 10 Gigabit Ethernet PHY in a 25x25mm2 BGA package.
Dialog Semiconductor SC14453 green VoIP family
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3/29/2012   Post a comment
Dialog Semiconductor's SC14453 Green VoIP processor includes class-leading integrated audio, security and graphics functions.
World on cusp of EV tipping point, says Tesla CTO
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3/29/2012   53 comments
Slow, steady improvement in battery technology over the past several decades as brought the world to the cusp of a tipping point that will lead to greater adoption of electric vehicles, according to JB Straubel, chief technology and co-founder of Tesla Motors.
Indian design firms eye chip IP model
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3/28/2012   6 comments
While Indian tech firms continue to focus on design services, at least two companies are seeking to generate and license chip IP.
Slideshow: EE Times, EDN honor 2012 ACE Award winners
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3/28/2012   5 comments
UBM Electronics, the publisher of EE Times and EDN, honored companies, teams and individuals for achievements over the past year by presenting the 2012 UBM Electronics ACE Awards in a ceremony.
First shipments of transceiver-packed Virtex-7 X690T FPGAs from Xilinx
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3/28/2012   Post a comment
First FPGA device, using 80 GTH serial transceivers, breaks the 2 Tbps bandwidth barrier and makes ground-breaking network communication systems possible
Mobile MotionEngine empowers apps
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3/28/2012   2 comments
The Freespace MotionEngine has already empowered the smart TV revolution at LG, Roku and Sony by enabling remote controllers to point-and-click on-screen air-mouse style. Now Hillcrest Labs has repurposed it for tablets and smartphones running the Android and Windows Phone operating systems.
Analog Devices to launch dual-core Blackfin with a vision accelerator
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3/28/2012   4 comments
In a move to cash in on the embedded vision markets, Analog Devices, Inc. is rolling out a family of 1-GHz, dual-core Blackfin processors integrated with a vision accelerator.
Analog Devices’ Blackfin processors feature 1GHz core performance, accelerated vision analytic, and low power consumption
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3/28/2012   Post a comment
Analog Devices, Inc. has launched a series of 1-GHz, dual-core, Blackfin processors optimized for embedded vision applications.
DESIGN West: TI’s new multicore DSPs pack performance and low power in small form factor
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3/27/2012   Post a comment
Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) unveiled three new devices based on its KeyStone multicore architecture utilizing the TMS320C66x digital signal processors (DSP) generation.
Microchip announces remote control demo board
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3/27/2012   2 comments
Integrates graphics, touch sensing, USB, and wireless connectivity; provides complete solution including HW and S/W; speeds design of apps with graphical displays
SimpleLink GPS CC4000 from TI brings GPS capabilities to MCU-based apps
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3/27/2012   Post a comment
Hardware-controlled GPS solution is ideal for countless location, precision timing, and velocity applications
RDA buys Chinese IP to broaden cell phone offering
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3/27/2012   6 comments
RDA Microelectronics Inc. (Shanghai, China), a fabless chip company that markets RF and mixed-signal chips for cellular and broadcast communications applications, has announced the acquisition of all the baseband intellectual property from privately-held Chinese company Coolsand Holding Co. Ltd. for $46 million.
Altera’s shipping low-cost 28nm Cyclone V FPGAs
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3/27/2012   1 comment
Latest shipment of what Altera describes as “the lowest power, lowest cost 28nm FPGAs available on the market” completes rollout of tailored 28-nm product portfolio
Microsemi’s SmartFusion ref design for industrial and medical LCD displays
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3/27/2012   1 comment
SmartFusion (FPGA with hard ARM Cortex-M3 MCU) reference design features include OpenGL SC graphics library and customizable display controller
NXP rolls MCUs for power management applications
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3/27/2012   3 comments
NXP Semiconductors announced a new series of microcontrollers featuring an interconnected and flexible analog subsystem, based on the ARM Cortex-M0 processor at the DESIGN West event.
Xilinx defense-grade Virtex-6Q FPGAs with anti-tamper / anti-counterfeit features
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3/27/2012   Post a comment
Third-generation, high-performance, secure IP core architecture reviewed by the NSA furthers Xilinx's secure leadership position in state-of-the-art A&D apps
Altera launches Design Services Network Program
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3/27/2012   1 comment
Launch of Design Services Network Program will accelerate customer design productivity and innovation
Lattice, Intellivision announce intelligent HD video analytics for HDR-60 camera dev kit
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3/27/2012   1 comment
Video Analytics with the Lattice HDR-60 Video Camera Development Kit improve time to market for 1080p camera applications
TI announces Audio Capacitive Touch BoosterPack for ultra-low-power MSP430 MCUs
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3/27/2012   Post a comment
Add crystal clear audio to MCU-based apps; harness real-time DSP performance using easy-to-use, plug-in board for the MSP430 LaunchPad development kit
Oclaro, Opnext to merge
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3/26/2012   Post a comment
Oclaro, a provider of optical communications and laser products, said it agreed to merge with optical module and components vendor Opnext in an all stock deal.
Chip rankings: Intel had highest share in over 10 years
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3/26/2012   3 comments
Intel accounted for 15.6 percent of the overall semiconductor market in 2011, as brisk sales of its core chips and the acquisition of Infineon AG's wireless chip business unit helped the No. 1 chip vendor achieve its highest share of the overall chip market in more than 10 years, according to market research firm IHS iSuppli.
Microchip brings cost-effective analog/digital capabilities to 8-bit PIC microcontrollers
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3/26/2012   Post a comment
New MCUs feature on-chip 12-bit ADC, 8-bit DAC, op amps, high-speed comparators, eXtreme low power technology, and 16-bit PWM for advanced control
Nvidia's Kepler to get compute cousin, says analyst
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3/26/2012   1 comment
Nvidia will likely announce a follow-up to its recently launched Kepler platform to better address upcoming compute products and the HPC space later this year, according to an analyst.
TDK eSSD integrates controller and flash memory in a single package
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3/26/2012   Post a comment
3 Gbps SSDs pack up to 4 GB of NAND flash memory in a 17-mm x 17-mm form factor for industrial applications.
Microchip simplifies C compiler line
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3/26/2012   3 comments
Provides best execution speed and code size for all PIC MCUs and dsPIC DSCs
Lattice announces MachXO2-based bridge design for Sony IMX136 image sensor
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3/26/2012   1 comment
The folks from Lattice will be demonstrating camera design solutions at the ISC West Conference
Latest Freescale wireless robot can walk, dance, and teach sensor programming
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3/26/2012   2 comments
Tower System mechatronics robot and board enable rapid sensor application development with easy-to-use programming language and expanded capabilities
Altera to showcase SoC FPGAs and advanced embedded technologies at ESC DESIGN West 2012
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3/26/2012   Post a comment
SoC FPGA virtual target with FPGA-in-the-Loop extension enables device-specific embedded software development targeting SoC FPGAs
Multi-cores tackle human interface
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3/26/2012   5 comments
The diverse demands of realtime process control which must nevertheless offer a touch-enabled user-interface—from smart appliances to point-of-sale terminals to medical monitors—is best addressed by heterogeneous multi-core processors, according to Freescale Semiconductor, which introduced its new Vybrid family of microcontrollers at DESIGN West 2012.
Ambiq launches nanoampere RTC chips
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3/25/2012   10 comments
Fabless chip company Ambiq Micro has announced the introduction to the market of the AM08XX and AM18XX real-time clock (RTC) chips, which the company claims are the world's lowest power RTC chips. The typical active current is between 15 and 55 nanoamperes, Ambiq said.
Movidius signs $25 million Chinese partnership deal
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3/25/2012   2 comments
Fabless mobile multimedia chip company Movidius has signed a deal with electronics manufacturer Keen High Technologies that is expected to generate more than $25 million of equipment sales over the next three years, according to reports.
Design West: Express Logic's ThreadX RTOS supports both symmetric and asymmetric multiprocessing for multicores
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3/24/2012   Post a comment
Express Logic, Inc., has announced that the ThreadX RTOS now is available for multicore systems in both Symmetric Multiprocessing (SMP) or Asymmetric Multiprocessing (AMP) modes.
Lime Microsystems, Altera team for Universal Wireless Communications Toolkit
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3/24/2012   Post a comment
UK transceiver designer Lime Microsystems and Altera have teamed up to develop a Universal Wireless Communications Toolkit that allows developers to create wireless protocols of almost any complexity, including flexible M2M and white space systems.
Set-top box IC family enables more value-added services for entry-level equipment
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3/24/2012   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has revealed the company’s range of set-top box system-on-chip ICs for HD terrestrial, cable IP and satellite equipment providing platform for operators and retailers to deliver innovative Internet-based services in price-sensitive markets.
Micrium, TI launch TCP/IP book with robotics examples
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3/24/2012   4 comments
Real time operating system vendor Micrium has teamed up with Texas Instruments Incorporated to produce a new book based on the uC/TCP-IP network stack and TI's Stellaris EVALBOT robotic evaluation platform.
STMicroelectronics’ advanced wireless MCU to serve smart grid benefits to energy-conscious users
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3/23/2012   1 comment
True single-chip microcontroller with industry-standard radio taps into STM32 DNA and latest protocols to speed-up arrival of better energy-saving products
Microsemi to share expertise and demo solutions at DESIGN West
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3/23/2012   Post a comment
The March 27-29 event in San Jose, California, will highlight the latest developments in electronic design
Inside Secure to show anti-counterfeiting chip at DESIGN West
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3/23/2012   2 comments
Inside Secure, the French based security chip vendor, will demonstrate its latest near field communications-based anti-counterfeiting chip next week at the DESIGN West conference in San Jose, Calif.
Fab tool book-to-bill above parity for first time in 16 months
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3/23/2012   Post a comment
North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor capital equipment posted a book-to-bill ratio of 1.01 on a three-month average basis for February, the first time the industry has achieved a book-to-bill above parity since September of 2010, according to the fab tool vendor trade group SEMI.
Panel sees MEMS market boom, silicon to win more slots
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3/23/2012   2 comments
The consumer electronics industry is going to continue as the driver for rapid expansion in MEMS volume shipments with established equipment being loaded with more sensors and actuators even as sales expand and new equipment comes on to the scene. That's according to the final panel discussion at the MEMS Executive Congress Europe held in Zurich, Switzerland, on Tuesday March 20.
Analog Devices Inc. ADE7816 single-chip energy measurement AFE (analog front end)
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3/23/2012   1 comment
Analog Devices' latest single-chip energy measurement AFE is capable of monitoring the energy consumption and power quality of up to six electrical circuits.
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