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ST's advanced wireless MCU supports SEP 2.0, reduces power outages and carbon emissions
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3/22/2012   2 comments
STMicroelectronics has begun advanced sampling of the STM32W, its newest single-chip wireless microcontroller for the next generation of smart grid standards.
TI tips IC portfolio for Thunderbolt interconnect
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3/22/2012   5 comments
Texas Instruments claimed to offer the semiconductor industry's first IC portfolio optimized for the Thunderbolt high-speed interface standard.
TSMC, Altera team on 3-D IC test vehicle
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3/22/2012   1 comment
Claiming an industry first, TSMC and Altera announced the joint development of a heterogeneous 3-D IC test vehicle using TSMC's chip-on-wafer-on-substrate integration process.
Applied Materials readies DRIE machine for MEMS
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3/22/2012   Post a comment
Leading chipmaking equipment company Applied Materials is planning to launch a deep reactive ion etch machine for small wafer sizes at the end of April, as part of a renewed commitment to the MEMS market, according to executives.
Get hands-on and see the Xilinx Zynq-7000 EPP in action at DESIGN West
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3/22/2012   Post a comment
Xilinx offers something for every developer at ESC 2012, including software and hardware design workshops
Boost converter cuts fuel consumption up to 15%
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3/22/2012   Post a comment
International Rectifier's integrated AUIR3240S boost converter (battery power switch) is designed for automotive stop/start applications on both hybrid and IC-engine powered cars.
IHS: Chip inventories to improve in Q1
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3/22/2012   Post a comment
Average days of inventory held by semiconductor suppliers is expected to decline by 0.5 percent in the first quarter after hitting an 11-year high in the fourth quarter of 2011, according to market research firm IHS iSuppli.
Sigma Designs bids for Trident's DTV business
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3/21/2012   1 comment
Sigma Designs signed an asset purchase agreement to serve as a "stalking horse" bidder to acquire assets of Trident Microsystems' digital television chip business.
Microchip combines Wi-Fi module and 32-bit PIC32 MCU in cost-effective new demo board
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3/21/2012   3 comments
The Wi-Fi Comm Demo Board from Microchip Technology Inc. combines Microchip’s 32-bit PIC32 microcontroller family with its low-power MRF24WB0MA agency-certified, IEEE 802.11, embedded Wi-Fi radio transceiver module. 
Broadcom to buy PON processor firm Broadlight
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3/21/2012   3 comments
Broadcom signed a definitive agreement to acquire Broadlight, a provider of fiber access passive optical network processors, for $195 million in cash.
Energy Micro launches Gecko development kit
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3/21/2012   1 comment
Priced at $309, Energy Micro's latest kit includes full SEGGER J-Trace and J-Link support, reducing the need for additional debugging tools.
Renesas RX62T motor control kit
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3/21/2012   2 comments
Renesas has expanded RX MCU support with a brushless DC motor-control kit for energy-efficient applications.
Toshiba CUSxxF30 Schottky diodes
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3/21/2012   Post a comment
Toshiba Electronics Europe introduced a series of Schottky barrier diodes aimed at high-speed switching applications in the 500 mA to 1000 mA current range.
Texas Instruments TPS92310 and TPS92311 dual mode off-line controller for non-dimmable LED lighting
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3/21/2012   1 comment
TI has introduced what it says is the industry's first dual mode off-line controller for non-dimmable LED lighting.
XMOS adds analog to processor for audio apps
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3/21/2012   4 comments
Fabless chip company XMOS has added the XS1-S processor to its family of event-driven 32-bit embedded processors.
Materials science pioneer honored
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3/21/2012   3 comments
John Werner Cahn, a National Institute of Standards and Technology scientist responsible for major paradigm shifts that have repeatedly redefined modern materials science, recently received the Kyoto Prize in advanced technologies in San Diego.
Xilinx inaugurates expanded R&D and Technical Support site in Hyderabad, India
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3/20/2012   2 comments
The Xilinx India team is pivotal to the development, delivery, and support of the company’s flagship programmable platforms
ACE: Top exec finalists stood apart from crowded field
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3/20/2012   5 comments
The five finalists for the UBM Electronics ACE Executive of the Year Award distinguished themselves for leadership in a year when industry many leaders did yeoman work.
Antenna IP looks to slash cost
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3/20/2012   2 comments
Ploughshare Innovations (which licenses intellectual property developed by the UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory) has introduced an antenna design that operates across multiple frequency bands and features a bill of materials (BOM) cost that is expected to be under 10 cents in volume.
MathWorks can help with your ISO 26262 projects
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3/20/2012   Post a comment
MathWorks launches ISO 26262 process deployment advisory service for the development of high integrity systems
New XMOS XS1-S processors simplify high-speed USB audio design
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3/20/2012   Post a comment
XMOS has released the third generation of its XS1 event-driven 32-bit embedded processors, the XS1-S Family.
Chipset family supports Thunderbolt 10.3 Gbps interface standard
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3/20/2012   Post a comment
End-to-end IC solution greatly eases adopting this aggressive but complex connectivity standard
Mono audio amp IC for Hi-Fi speakers gives 13W burst output and 10x efficiency gains
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3/20/2012   Post a comment
The HiAS2001-QNC-010 delivers 13W burst and 3W continuous power output and is over 10 times more efficient at typical listening levels than comparable Class D amplifiers.
Digital audio development board accommodates multiple audio file formats and DACs
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3/20/2012   Post a comment
The Audio Streamer Micro-Blox development board from technical broadline distributor Future Electronics features an ARM Cortex-M4 microcontroller with audio file decompression software, a choice of high-end and low-cost DACs, a codec, and digital and analogue microphones.
32-bit microcontrollers Include I2S interface for audio playback applications
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3/20/2012   Post a comment
Microchip Technology has announced a new series of low-pin-count 32-bit PIC32 MCUs that provide 61 DMIPS of performance in packages as small as 5 mm x 5 mm.
RS Components introduces DesignSpark Synergy boards, powered by mbed
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3/20/2012   Post a comment
The first three members in the new DesignSpark Synergy family are the AnimatronicLab, the AudioCODEC and the DisplayBoard.
Merus Audio raises EUR 1.7m to develop ultra-efficient and compact audio amplifiers
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3/20/2012   2 comments
Merus Audio has raised EUR 1.7 million in its Series A round of financing to help develop audio amplifier ICs targeting a wide range of high-volume consumer electronics applications, including iPod/MP3 speakers, surround and stereo systems, soundbars and TVs.
XMOS launches developer partner program
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3/20/2012   Post a comment
XMOS has launched a new Partner Program, enabling companies to use XMOS devices and no-cost development tools as well as application code and reference designs to meet their exact product specifications.
Sensory and Tensilica partner on speech recognition subsystem
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3/20/2012   Post a comment
Tensilica and Sensory are partnering to bring Sensory's TrulyHandsfree Voice Control to Tensilica’s leading HiFi Audio DSPs for SoC designs.
Applied tips advanced CVD films for displays
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3/19/2012   Post a comment
Applied Materials said it has developed new plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition technology for use in the production of higher-performance, high-resolution displays for next-generation tablet computers and TVs.
Opera TV solutions now available for the MIPS architecture
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3/19/2012   Post a comment
MIPS and Opera to demonstrate optimized technology at CCBN in Beijing and IP&TV World Forum in London
Court grants injunction against Emulex products
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3/19/2012   Post a comment
A U.S. federal court granted Broadcom's request for a permanent injunction against certain Emulex products previously found to infringe two Broadcom patents.
Toshiba launches ultrafast SDHC memory cards
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3/19/2012   Post a comment
UHS-I compliant SDXC and SDHC memory cards boast 95 MB/s transfer rates.
Microchip unveils serial flash memory device development kit
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3/19/2012   1 comment
Kit includes three daughter cards for Explorer 16 Development Board; Enables designers to evaluate Microchip’s stand-alone serial flash memory devices
Microchip offers dev kit for SPI and SQI serial Flash memory devices
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3/19/2012   Post a comment
The SuperFlash Kit 1 from Microchip Technology is a new development kit that enables designers to evaluate Microchip’s SPI and SQI serial Flash memory devices.
Marvell's founders file complaint against Goldman Sachs
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3/19/2012   13 comments
Sehat Sutardja and Weili Dai, the founders of chip vendor Marvell Technology Group, filed a claim in the San Francisco office of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority against Goldman Sachs and two account executives, alleging Goldman Sachs manipulated the 2008 financial crisis to defraud the two Silicon Valley executives of several hundred million of dollars.
Adapteva close to sampling 28-nm, 64-core coprocessor
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3/18/2012   3 comments
Adapteva Inc. (Lexington, Mass.), a small and lean fabless startup that has developed a series of multicore floating-point processors, claims its latest device, a 28-nm 64-core processor is close to sampling.
New iPad has higher BoM than iPad 2, says IHS
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3/17/2012   5 comments
Apple's new iPad models are more expensive to produce than the iPad 2 at time of launch, though they carry the same price points, according to market research firm IHS iSuppli.
TEL acquires deposition tool vendor
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3/17/2012   3 comments
Japanese semiconductor equipment vendor Tokyo Electron Ltd. said it signed a definitive agreement to acquire Nexx Systems, a supplier of physical vapor deposition tools for thin films and electrochemical deposition tools for metals.
Micrel to acquire controlling stake in PhaseLink
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3/16/2012   Post a comment
Analog chip vendor Micrel said Thursday it signed a definitive agreement to acquire a controlling interesting in PhaseLink, a privately held provider of high-performance integrated timing solutions to system and oscillator manufacturers.
Lime Microsystems enables a Universal Wireless FPGA-based Communications Toolkit
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3/16/2012   Post a comment
Lime has developed a universal wireless toolkit for communication networks of any complexity. It's based on its configurable transceiver and Altera FPGAs.
Teardown slideshow: Inside the third-generation iPad
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3/16/2012   23 comments
A photographic essay of UBM TechInsights' teardown analysis of the newest iPad, including detailed findings about differences between the A5X processor and the standard A5.
iPad teardown reveals IC design winners
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3/16/2012   12 comments
Consumer electronics repair company iFixit has disassembled the latest iPad tablet computer from Apple to reveal the details of how it is put together including the IC design wins.
University lab to provide interoperability testing for NVMe spec
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3/15/2012   Post a comment
The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory, which provides testing and standards conformance services for the networking and storage industries, is accepting founding members for its new Non-Volatile Memory Express Consortium.
TSMC's solar subsidiary gets certifications
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3/15/2012   Post a comment
TSMC Solar Ltd., a wholly-owned solar module subsidiary of foundry giant TSMC, has received both Underwriters Laboratories and International Electrotechnical Commission certifications for a range of its copper indium gallium selenide photovoltaic modules.
TI licenses Apical iridix image processing IP
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3/15/2012   2 comments
Apical Ltd., a developer of image processing intellectual property, has said it has licensed its iridix image processing IP cores to Texas Instruments Inc.
Mixed-language verification tool takes FPGA and ASIC debugging to the next level
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3/15/2012   Post a comment
Aldec Europe has launched the latest version of its Riviera-PRO high-performance, mixed-language verification tool.
Touchstone Semiconductor TS1002 and TS1004 operational amplifiers
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3/15/2012   Post a comment
Touchstone's two latest rail-to-rail operational amplifiers are fully specified to operate at 0.8V while consuming less than 0.6µA supply current per amplifier.
Globalfoundries expects sales to AMD to increase
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3/15/2012   2 comments
Mike Noonen, head of sales at Globalfoundries, expects AMD to spend more on wafers with Globalfoundries in 2012, despite an amended wafer supply agreement that gives it the right to use others foundries for 28-nm APUs.
ST-Ericsson re-org is prep for sale
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3/15/2012   1 comment
Didier Lamouche, the CEO appointed in December at fabless mobile chip joint venture ST-Ericsson, is set to announce a re-organization before the end of the month, which will ready the company for sale, according to a Reuters report that quoted unnamed sources.
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