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4-Mbit SRAMs offer fast access time for radiation-hardened systems
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4/25/2005   Post a comment
Designed to meet the stringent radiation, size and weight requirements of space applications, two new sub-20-ns 4-Mbit SRAMs combine radiation hardened capabilities with fast access time over the full military temperature range. From the existing 3.3-V, AT60142E SRAM, Atmel Corp. has derived two new versions, the AT60142F with improved speed and power consumption, and the AT60142FT, a 5-V variant.
Data converter selection becoming more complex, says ADI
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4/25/2005   Post a comment
Although speed and resolution have been the traditional factors engineers used to select data converters, specifying the appropriate converter hinges just as much on what application the part is used in, according to John Hussey of Analog Devices Inc.
Programmable RESET controller comes in tiny chip-scale package
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4/25/2005   Post a comment
Using its GUI-based programming technology, Summit Microelectronics has developed and begun marketing its SMR 101 programmable RESET microcontroller. System designers can customize the unit to address hundreds of unique combinations of voltage and timing requirements.
The Sun Will Come Out: Cypress subsidiary promises nice return
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4/25/2005   Post a comment
Analyst Doug Freedman of American Technology Research is high on Cypress Semiconductor. He's not particularly impressed with their current financials. But he convinced their SunPower subsidiary will make them a fortune. Here's the newsletter that came out on Friday.
Atheros unveils PCI Express-compliant single-chip WLAN solutions
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4/25/2005   Post a comment
Atheros Communications Inc. has announced what it claims are the first single-chip wireless local area network solutions that comply with PCI Express specifications.
Rambus claims successes in three legal cases
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4/25/2005   Post a comment
Rambus Inc., a licensor of memory interface technology, claimed legal successes in three separate cases.
1-GHz splitter delivers three output paths for TVs, DVRs, and PVRs
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4/25/2005   Post a comment
Each of the three paths from this active splitter features independent gain control for picture-in-picture enabled TVs and set-top boxes with personal video recording (PVR) and digital video recording (DVR) functionality.
Audio amp circuitry suppresses RF signals
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4/25/2005   Post a comment
National Semiconductor Corp. today introduced an audio amplifier featuring internal circuitry that suppresses RF signals from passing through the amplifier.
Streamline medical ultrasound designs with monolithic Doppler phase-shifter
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4/25/2005   Post a comment
Analog Devices, Inc. created an IC that simplifies the development of continuous wave (CW) Doppler imaging in stationary and portable ultrasound systems.
Dual-phase controller raises the Hammer
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4/25/2005   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products' MAX8760 is a dual-phase, step-down controller that (with external MOSFETs) powers up AMD 9G and AMD Hammer CPU cores. The MAX8760 is intended for two types of CPU core applications: stepping down the battery directly, or stepping down a 5-volt system supply to create the core voltage. The chip's single-stage converter allows this device to directly step down high-voltage batteries at high efficiency. Alternatively, it uses a two-step conversion at a higher switching fr
STMicro, eASIC trumpet 24-hour turnaround chip tape-out
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4/25/2005   Post a comment
Structured ASIC specialist eASIC Corp. (San Jose, Calif.) has licensed its 0.13-micron technology to STMicroelectronics and claims the Franco-Italian group achieved 24-hour turnaround from RTL to tape-out for a printer platform chip.
Samsung, Microsoft prototype disk drive with flash buffer
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4/25/2005   Post a comment
A flash memory from Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has been used as a buffer within a prototype rotating disk drive developed with Microsoft Corp. to support the Longhorn operating system, Samsung said.
Selon Brian Halla, le secteur américain des puces doit aller au-delà de la loi de Moore
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4/25/2005   Post a comment
Le PDG de National Semiconductor Corp., Brian Halla, souhaite que le secteur des puces aux Etats-Unis arrête de considérer la loi de Moore comme sa carte de visite. Il l’encourage à chercher un moyen de mettre fin à « l’attaque apathique » subie par les politiciens et qui menace la compétitivité mondiale du secteur.
Power block simplifies synchronous buck designs
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4/23/2005   Post a comment
International Rectifier's iP1203, the latest addition to the company's iPOWIR family, is a synchronous buck converter building block that achieves over 90 percent efficiency at full load. The iP1203, with relatively few external components, can deliver 15 amps at 0.8 to 8 volts from a 5.5 to 13.2-volt input to simplify DC/DC point-of-load (POL) converters that power network processor units and ASICs.
Hot-swappable, 21-bit, dc-balanced deserializers cut space and cost
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4/22/2005   Post a comment
The latest members of the high-speed LVDS SerDes family, the MAX9234, MAX9236, and MAX9238, are hot-swappable, 21-bit, dc-balanced LVDS deserializers.
High-end computing mounts dual-core processor wagon
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4/22/2005   Post a comment
The Portland Group Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of STMicroelectronics, has released performance speed-up numbers for workstations based on AMD's latest dual-core Opteron that show a 30 percent increase in speed compared to the previously reported best single-chip performance.
NeoMagic names Doug Young new CEO as Agarwal resigns
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4/22/2005   Post a comment
NeoMagic Corp. announced Friday (April 22) that co-founder Prakash Agarwal has resigned as president, chief executive, and board member, with vice president of worldwide sales Doug Young assuming Agarwal's duties.
Perspectives toujours faibles pour les équipements destinés aux circuits intégrés
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4/22/2005   Post a comment
Malgré une légère hausse du rapport commandes/facturation et une perspective de dépenses d’investissement positive de la part d’Intel Corp., le secteur des équipements pour semi-conducteurs devrait rester morne, selon les analystes.
Un ancien dirigeant d’Applied Materials rejoint Tower en tant que directeur général
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4/22/2005   Post a comment
Le fondeur Tower Semiconductor Ltd. annonce la nomination de Russell Ellwanger, ancien dirigeant d’Applied Materials Inc., au poste de directeur général. M. Ellwanger devrait prendre ses fonctions à compter du 1er mai.
Cypress table sur un 2ème trimestre bénéficiaire
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4/22/2005   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. a publié une perte nette de 65,1 millions de dollars, soit 50 cents par action, sur des ventes de 200,3 millions de dollars au premier trimestre. Ceci est à comparer avec la perte nette de 28 millions de dollars, soit 22 cents par action, sur des ventes de 210,2 millions de dollars au trimestre précédent.
Truck with $2 million of Maxim's chips hijacked in Asia
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4/22/2005   Post a comment
Chip maker Maxim Integrated Products Inc. said that some $2.2 million worth of untested chips were stolen in Malaysia.
First quarter earnings up 6% at Lattice Semiconductor
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4/22/2005   Post a comment
Lattice Semiconductor Corp. Thursday (April 21) reported first quarter revenue of $51.3 million, an increase of 6 percent from last quarter's revenue of $48.5 million but down 13 percent from the $59.1 million reported for the first quarter of 2004.
First quarter earnings up 6% at Lattice Semiconductor
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4/22/2005   Post a comment
Lattice Semiconductor Corp. reported first quarter revenue of $51.3 million, an increase of 6 percent from last quarter's revenue of $48.5 million but down 13 percent from the $59.1 million reported for the first quarter of 2004.
Executive comment: RoHS compliance and industry standardization
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4/22/2005   Post a comment
With the deadlines approaching for implementation of the European Community's directive on the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) in less than 18 months, manufacturers are grappling with the details of complying with this complex change that is projected to cost in the billions of dollars.
Tale of two different quarters for SanDisk, SST
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4/21/2005   Post a comment
It was the tale of two cities for flash-memory suppliers SanDisk Corp. and Silicon Storage Technology Inc. (SST).
Vitesse cuts headcount by 12%, posts quarterly loss
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4/21/2005   Post a comment
Communications-chip maker Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. said that it will reduce its headcount by 12 percent in a move to cut costs.
Freescale posts profit, expects flat growth
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4/21/2005   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor Inc. reported net earnings of $85 million, or 20 cents per share, on sales of $1.44 billion in the first quarter of 2005, compared to $5 million, or 1 cent per share, on sales of $1.43 billion in the previous quarter.
Broadcom, TriQuint post mixed results in quarter
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4/21/2005   Post a comment
Communications-chip makers Broadcom Corp. and TriQuint Semiconductor Inc. separately posted mixed results in the quarter.
Xilinx revenue up for year, quarter
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4/21/2005   Post a comment
Xilinx Inc. reported revenue of $1.6 billion for the company's fiscal 2005, a 13 percent increase from the $1.4 billion that the company posted for fiscal 2004.
Hot-swappable, 21-bit LVDS deserializers curtail space and cost
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4/21/2005   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has added three members to its high-speed low-voltage differential signaling (LVDS) SerDes family. The MAX9234, MAX9236 and MAX9238 are hot-swappable, 21-bit, DC-balanced LVDS devices that can deserialize three LVDS serial inputs into 21 single-ended LVTTL/LVCMOS outputs, and communicate over a three-wire twisted pair or differential line.
Taxes, not labor costs, drive IC production offshore, says SIA
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4/21/2005   Post a comment
The U.S. needs a coordinated strategy to reduce the cost differential created by foreign government tax and incentive policies in order to keep chip manufacturing in the domestic market, according to the top executive at the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA).
Hynix to pay $185 million in DRAM price fixing case
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4/21/2005   Post a comment
As expected, South Korea's Hynix Semiconductor Inc. has plead guilty to price fixing in the DRAM industry and will pay a $185 million fine, according to the Associated Press.
Photonic IC startup raises $10.6 million investment
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4/21/2005   Post a comment
Alphion Corp. (Princeton Junction, New Jersey), a developer of photonic components based on monolithic integration of indium phosphide, has closed a third round of funding with an investment of $10.6 million. This brings the total company funding to $42.6 million, Alphion said.
Les ventes d’Intel accusent une baisse de 2% au 2ème trimestre
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4/21/2005   Post a comment
Alors qu’il prévoit de dynamiser ses dépenses d’investissement en 2005, Intel Corp. annonce des recettes de 9,4 milliards de dollars pour le premier trimestre, soit une hausse de 17% par rapport à l’année dernière mais une baisse séquentielle de 2%.
Sematech répertorie les principaux défis techniques pour 2006
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4/21/2005   Post a comment
Le consortium de fabrication des puces, Sematech, a publié une liste des « principaux défis techniques » pour 2006.
AMD debuts dual-core Opteron
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4/21/2005   Post a comment
For the second time in past two years, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. today will take the lead in transforming the industry-standard, mainstream computing market with the release of the first dual-core x86-based microprocessors for servers.
Cypress expects Q2 profit despite wider Q1 loss
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4/21/2005   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. posted a net loss of $65.1 million, or 50 cents per share on sales of $200.3 million in the first quarter, compared to $28 million, or 22 cents per share on sales of $210.2 million in the previous quarter.
ARM prepares "Tiger libraries" to enhance next processor
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4/21/2005   Post a comment
ARM Holdings plc is preparing specialized cell libraries for its Tiger processor to give licensees the option to enhance the processor's performance or reduce its power consumption, Warren East, ARM's chief executive officer told EE Times.
Hynix takes another step to regain control from creditors
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4/21/2005   Post a comment
Memory supplier Hynix Semiconductor Inc. received creditor approval Thursday (April 21) for a $1.5 billion debt refinancing plan that will allow management to regain control of the company 20 months ahead of schedule, according to a report in the Korea Herald.
NiMH booster delivers 400 mA for portables
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4/21/2005   Post a comment
ON Semiconductor's NCP1423, the latest member of the company's portfolio of micropower IC step-up devices, is a DC/DC switching regulator that boosts the voltage from a single nickel metal hydride (NiMH) or nickel cadmium (NiCd) cell to 1.8 volts, or two cells to 3.3 volts for portable electronic products. It delivers up to 400 milliamps for such applications as wireless optical mice and keyboards, wireless headsets, audio players, PDAs and other hand-held devices.
Updated: IC Insights raises 2005 semiconductor capital spending forecast
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4/21/2005   Post a comment
IC Insights Inc. has raised its forecast for 2005 worldwide semiconductor industry capital spending to a 5 percent annual decline, up from a 10 percent drop, but the market research company has lowered its expectations for 2006 to a 7 percent annual decline.
Former Applied Materials manager joins Tower as CEO
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4/21/2005   Post a comment
Foundry chipmaker Tower Semiconductor Ltd. (Migdal Haemek, Israel) has announced the appointment of Russell Ellwanger, formerly a senior executive with Applied Materials Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.), as chief executive officer.
Op amps come in SOT-23 package
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4/21/2005   Post a comment
Microchip Technology Inc. is offering single-supply, rail-to-rail input/output, low-power operational amplifiers in space-saving 5-pin SOT-23 packages that operate over a variety of bandwidths ranging from 10 kHz to 10 MHz.
New advanced memory devices targeted at notebooks, graphics
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4/21/2005   Post a comment
In Infineon Technologies' latest push into the graphics and notebook space, designers are reminded once again that the company continues to be the only memory vendor to package a select number of modules using dual-die technology. Just one month after it began sampling the industry's first dual-die based 4-Gigabyte (GB) DDR2 registered dual inline memory modules (DIMM) for server applications, the company has developed a 2-GB SO-DIMM featuring a dual-die package. Along with that product announce
China's BLX unveils 64-bit processor
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4/21/2005   Post a comment
BLX IC Design Corp., one of China's best known developers of homegrown processor technology, has released a 64-bit version of its CPU that reportedly matches the performance of the Pentium 3.
Conexant narrows loss as it unloads inventory
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4/20/2005   Post a comment
Communications semiconductor supplier Conexant Systems Inc. reported a net loss of $73.2 million, or 16 cents per share on sales of $169.7 million in its second 2005 fiscal quarter ended March, compared to $120.7 million, or 26 cents per share on sales of $140.6 million in the previous fiscal quarter
T-RAM readies embedded SRAM, gains $40 million in funding
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4/20/2005   Post a comment
Memory startup T-RAM Semiconductor Inc. said that it is readying its first product — an embedded memory line.
Single chip addresses handset lighting
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4/20/2005   Post a comment
As mobile phones integrate more multimedia capabilities, primary and secondary display resolutions are increasing and their brightness is a key selection criterion for consumers.
iSuppli: Power management market okay for now, but expect things to get ugly
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4/20/2005   Post a comment
iSuppli says the power management suppliers are doing okay " meeting their expectations " for the current quarter. Expect the second half to be stronger in demand but (ugh!) pricing will take a nose dive later this year. You heard it here first!
BLX moves Godson processor up to 64-bit
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4/20/2005   Post a comment
BLX IC Design Corp., one of China's best known developers of homegrown processor technology, has released a 64-bit version of its CPU that reportedly matches the performance of the Pentium 3.
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