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Analog Devices CEO Jerry Fishman dies
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3/29/2013   6 comments
Semiconductor industry's longest-tenured CEO succumbs to an apparent heart attack after more than 35 years at ADI.
Diodes AH1898 programmable Hall switch
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3/28/2013   Post a comment
Diodes' programmable omnipolar Hall effect switch enables designers to use the same contactless detection circuit in multiple applications or with different field strengths.
ADI designs ADMP801 MEMS microphone for hearing aid apps
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3/28/2013   Post a comment
Analog Devices’ tiny MEMS microphone features low equivalent input noise and power consumption.
Qualcomm, GloFo are stars of 2012 chip supplier ranking
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3/28/2013   3 comments
IDMs and fab-lite companies suffer as pure-play fabless and foundry companies are the star performers in a 2012 ranking of chip suppliers from IC Insights.
FinFET race holds promises, perils
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3/27/2013   9 comments
Rising capacitance is one of the challenges ahead in realizing the promises of the first process node to use 3-D transistors, said a group of experts.
14-nm node brings host of design challenges
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3/27/2013   6 comments
Achieving 14-nm chip production may be more difficult than iimagined, according to experts at the International Symposium on Physical Systems.
Tabula's 22nm 2GHz ABAX2 3PLDs set 100G industry benchmarks
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3/26/2013   5 comments
Tabula sets new industry benchmarks with a suite of 100G programmable solutions based on the company’s ABAX2P series of 3PLD devices.
Windows 8 update foretells demise of desktop PC
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3/26/2013   7 comments
A recent Windows Blue build is in the wild, sporting a more polished tablet experience. Does this spell retirement for traditional desktop computing?
GPUBoss makes it easier to find and compare the best GPUs
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3/26/2013   Post a comment
New website helps you pick a graphics card using aggregated data and a visual UI.
Xilinx extends solutions and support for Avionics apps
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3/26/2013   Post a comment
DO-254 and DO-178 certifiable solutions, SEU mitigation and support allow avionics system designers to reduce certification burden and increase system reliability.
China fabless: RDA for sale at 'fair price'
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3/26/2013   1 comment
Speculation has it that Spreadtrum is poised to acquire fabless chip company, but RDA may be looking for a better deal.
Fujitsu releases 1-Mb, 2-Mb FRAM
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3/25/2013   1 comment
Featuring an SPI serial interface, the products guarantee 10 trillion read/write cycles.
Development board provides eGaN driver to speed designs of high frequency switching power conversion systems
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3/21/2013   Post a comment
Efficient Power Conversion Corp. has introduced the EPC9010 development board to make it easier for engineers to start designing with a 100 V enhancement-mode gallium nitride field effect transistor.
Digital power controllers with PMBus interface targets highest density, energy efficient isolated power converters
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3/21/2013   Post a comment
Analog Devices, Inc. has introduced an advanced digital power controller with PMBus interface targeting ultra-compact, high density isolated DC-to-DC Power Supply systems with parallel/redundant capability.
Microsemi designs flash memory for operation under extreme conditions
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3/21/2013   Post a comment
Microsemi has released high-temperature flash memory products that withstand environmental challenges of deeper oil and gas drilling.
Exclusive: SMIC's CEO makes utilization first focus
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3/21/2013   4 comments
SMIC CEO Tzu-Yin Chiu hopes to put to bed the industry’s image of the Chinese foundry as hip-deep in red ink and fighting TSMC in court.
Cypress PSoC 4 challenges 8-, 16-, and 32-bit MCUs
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3/20/2013   Post a comment
Cypress’s PSoC 4 architecture delivers flexible, low-power ARM Cortex-M0-based devices for embedded designs.
Educator Shu-Park Chan leaves Silicon Valley legacy
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3/20/2013   Post a comment
Shu-Park Chan, a champion of electronics engineering education, passed away February 22, the same day the Silicon Valley university he founded here was officially accredited.
Xilinx unveils new Zynq-7100 All Programmable SoCs
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3/20/2013   Post a comment
Xilinx extends its Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC family to combine the highest performance ARM processor-based analytics, control, and signal processing.
Altera Cyclone V GT FPGA is compliant for PCIe Gen2 at 5 Gbps
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3/20/2013   Post a comment
Industry’s only low-power 28nm FPGA in production allows developers to reduce total system costs in PCIe Gen2 applications.
TI introduces Power Factor Correction (PFC) & Digital Power Workshop kits
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3/19/2013   Post a comment
PFC engineers can develop high-voltage and advanced power metering designs and analog power supply designers can easily transition to digital with new TI kit.
China, India outspending U.S. in semiconductors
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3/19/2013   23 comments
Both countries will announce plans to invest billions in semiconductors this year, moves Cadence CEO Lip-Bu Tan says he wish the U.S. would make.
Intel cuts manufacturing costs with Big Data
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3/18/2013   1 comment
Processor giant uses big data to develop chips faster, identify manufacturing glitches and warn about security threats.
Spreadtrum flourishes as $50 smartphones boom
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3/18/2013   16 comments
Chip suppliers like MediaTek and Spreadtrum will continue to benefit from surging demand for smartphones in developing countries in 2013.
Dual-interface NFC tags connects smartphones to any device
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3/15/2013   Post a comment
Inside Secure has released an innovative near field communication (NFC) tag that creates virtually limitless possibilities for interactions between NFC mobile devices like smartphones and a broad range of medical, communications, entertainment and other electronic devices.
IGBTs designed for high power industrial applications
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3/14/2013   Post a comment
Microsemi adds multiple new devices to non-punch through IGBT product family.
Micrel Inc. announced the MIC23450 and MIC23451, two triple-output, high-efficiency synchronous buck regulators
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3/14/2013   Post a comment
Micrel's latest regulators operate at 3MHz in PWM mode, which allows the use of tiny, low-cost capacitors and inductors thereby creating one of the smallest, simplest to use triple-buck regulators in the industry.
Texas Instruments SM74611 active diode
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3/12/2013   1 comment
TI has introduced a smart bypass diode with with it claims offers the industry’s lowest power dissipation.
Cable operators seek migration path to IP
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3/12/2013   6 comments
Transcoding from MPEG to Internet Protocol offers one route to delivering video to any device.
Greenliant unveils industrial-temp SSDs
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3/11/2013   Post a comment
The SATA and PATA embedded drives use MLC NAND flash memory.
Lattice unveils world’s smallest FPGA for miniature systems
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3/11/2013   Post a comment
Tiny iCE40 LP384 simplifies innovation in compact, portable solutions by delivering system functionality at hardware- accelerated Speeds with 25uW power consumption.
Xilinx showcases 400G apps for optical and wired OTN Markets at OFC 2013
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3/11/2013   Post a comment
All Programmable FPGAs and highly optimized OTN SmartCORE IP portfolio enable 400G solutions for next-generation smarter networks.
Moore's Law trumped by Wright's Law
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3/7/2013   49 comments
Moore's Law has competition from other predictions, some of which are more accurate for long-term and others better in short term.
Patent office to open in Silicon Valley
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3/7/2013   2 comments
The new office will be in Menlo Park, said acting Commerce Department Rebecca Blank, and will mainly handle patent challenges.
Samsung ranked top filer of patents in Europe
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3/7/2013   7 comments
Electronics and semiconductor companies are plentiful at the top of a ranking of patent filers for 2012 produced by the European Patent Office
Micron rolls out SAS SSD
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3/4/2013   Post a comment
The 6 Gb/s device achieves 10 drive fills per day for five years.
Xilinx solutions target growing ASIC and ASSP gaps
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3/4/2013   Post a comment
Combining SmartCORE IP and ARM processor-based smarts with All Programmable device portfolio addresses ASIC and ASSP gaps for next-gen smarter networks and data centers.
Everspin unveils 1-Mb MRAM with Quad SPI interface
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3/4/2013   Post a comment
Memory features a 104-MHz clock speed with a 52 MB/s read/write bandwidth.
Chip market starts year brightly
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3/4/2013   4 comments
The Americas region posted its best total since 2001 as three-month average global sales showed year-on-year growth in January, according to numbers released by the SIA.
Solid state lighting LED driver targets commercial dimming apps
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3/4/2013   Post a comment
iWatt Inc announced it has introduced a digital AC/DC LED driver platform, and the first device is a two-stage, Flickerless LED driver with output power up to 45W.


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