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RF front ends support DAB and T-DMB applications
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4/21/2006   Post a comment
Atmel launches two new front-end devices, the ATR2732 and ATR2733, for Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB) and Terrestrial Digital Multimedia Broadcast (T-DMB) applications.
Audio D/A provides output drive capabilities
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4/21/2006   Post a comment
AKM Semiconductor's newest member of its Audio2go family is a 24-bit stereo digital-to-analog (D/A) converter, with a ground-referenced capless headphone amplifier and a 2-volt rms line output amplifier, as well as an AC-coupled auxiliary line out.
2-Gbyte memory card touts highest capacity for mobile phones
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4/21/2006   Post a comment
Samsung claims that its 2-Gbyte MultiMediaCard (MMCmicro) is the smallest, fastest and highest capacity memory card for mobile phones.
Intersil, Cree post higher sales, earnings
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4/20/2006   Post a comment
Analog semiconductor supplier Intersil Corp. reported first-quarter net income of $32.4 million, or 22 cents per share, on sales of $178.9 million in the first quarter, compared to $12.8 million, or 9 cents per share on sales of $128.1 million in the year-ago quarter.
Stock-based compensation accounting drags on PDF
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4/20/2006   Post a comment
Thanks to $2.2 million in stock-based compensation expense, PDF Solutions posted a sharp decline in first quarter net income of 76 percent year-to-year and 87 percent sequentially, despite record revenue.
Nokia sales surge, as do IP disputes with Qualcomm
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4/20/2006   Post a comment
Nokia reported earnings and sales above expectations for the first quarter of the year, lifted by strong demand for its products in emerging markets such as China.
Cypress profit beats guidance
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4/20/2006   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor Corp. reported first-quarter net income of $7.1 million, or 5 cents per share on sales of $249.1 million, compared to a net loss of $68.8 million, or 53 cents per share on sales of $200.3 million.
Boosted battery charger ICs propel portable power
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4/20/2006   Post a comment
Product Recap - Competition is lights-out for dedicated battery charger ICs that are more flexible, carry more fail-safe protection, use fewer external parts and occupy much less real estate, and waste next to no power.
TI buck-boost DC/DC converter is 96% efficient
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4/20/2006   Post a comment
The TPS63000 provides up to 28% greater run-time compared to a standard high-efficiency buck converter with a 3.3 V output.
UTAC opens new Singapore facility
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4/20/2006   Post a comment
United Test and Assembly Center Ltd. opened a second facility in Singapore to meet growing demand for its services.
Fairchild Semi returns to profitability in Q1
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4/20/2006   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor posted profits of $26.6 million for its first quarter, turning round losses of $10.4 million the previous quarter.
Lattice tailors PLDs for automotive market
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4/20/2006   Post a comment
Lattice's MachXO Crossover PLDs and ispMACH 4000V CPLDs have been qualified to meet the requirements of the automotive sector.
Interface chips improve signal integrity over long distances
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4/20/2006   Post a comment
Pericom has developed signal conditioning re-drivers that are designed to manage next-generation high-speed protocols, including SATA, SAS, XAUI, Fibre Channel, and PCI Express.
Fujitsu, Mitsui form quantum dot lasers venture
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4/20/2006   Post a comment
Japanese groups Fujitsu and Mitsui have formed a joint venture, dubbed QD Laser Inc., to develop and make quantum dot lasers.
Op amps amplify low-level analog signals simply
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4/20/2006   Post a comment
Cirrus Logic Inc. claims to have simplified the task of amplifying low-level analog signals within scientific and industrial measurement applications with its latest operational amplifiers.
Camera flash IC drives 32 brightness levels
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4/19/2006   Post a comment
Catalyst Semiconductor cites the programming flexibility of its CAT3612 camera flash LED driver, which gives designers 32 output power levels for setting flash (strobe) and movie (torch) modes.
Qualcomm posts sales, earnings gains
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4/19/2006   Post a comment
Wireless technology supplier Qualcomm Inc. reported net income of $593 million, or 34 cents per share on sales of $1.83 billion in its second fiscal 2006 quarter ended March 26. By comparison, Qualcomm earned $532 million, or 31 cents per share on sales of $1.37 billion in the year-ago fiscal quarter.
Intel cuts forecast after weak quarter
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4/19/2006   Post a comment
Intel Corp. posted first-quarter net income of $1.3 billion on revenue of $8.9 billion, down significantly on both a sequential and year-to-year basis, with the troubled semiconductor supplier citing slumping PC sales and inventory woes as the culprits.
Rambus profit slips, sales rise
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4/19/2006   Post a comment
Chip licensing company Rambus Inc. posted first-quarter 2006 earnings of $1.8 million, or 2 cents per share on sales of $47.2 million, compared with $4.4 million or 4 cents per share on sales of $34.7 million in the year-ago quarter.
16-bit MCUs offer DSP performance
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4/19/2006   Post a comment
Infineon’s 16-bit MCUs provide designers of industrial control and automotive systems with flexibility to choose the optimal combination of on-chip peripherals and memory. The devices offer an on-chip MAC with DSP software library.
Lattice targets automotive market with CPLDs
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4/19/2006   Post a comment
Lattice Semiconductor said automotive versions of its MachXO and ispMACH 4000V programmable logic devices have been characterized and qualified to meet the certification requirements of the AEC-Q100 standard, a guideline developed by major automakers and suppliers for qualifying electronic components.
Inphi's track-and-hold amplifiers boast 18 GHz bandwidth
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4/19/2006   Post a comment
Numerous components used in traditional heterodyne receiver architectures can be replaced with these track-and-hold amplifiers plus an ADC.
Tundra expands portfolio with Alliance Semi purchase
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4/19/2006   Post a comment
Canada's Tundra Semiconductor Corp. is buying, for $5.8 million in cash, the systems solutions business unit of Alliance Semiconductor Corp., broadening its product portfolio to include a range of PCI Express products.
ASML books strong profits, offers upbeat outlook
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4/19/2006   Post a comment
Dutch lithography equipment maker ASML Holding NV reported increased first quarter sales and profits and delivered an upbeat outlook for 2006 . It also outlined details for a share buyback of up to Euros 400 million.
Op amp preserves SNR
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4/19/2006   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics' ultra low noise, wide bandwidth operational amplifier (op amp) is intended for high end industrial, medical and instrumentation applications.
'Paint-on' laser seeks to free chip bottlenecks
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4/18/2006   Post a comment
Researchers at the University of Toronto have created a laser that promises to relieve the interconnect bottleneck in microchips.
TI boosts revenue, profit year-to-year
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4/18/2006   Post a comment
Texas Instruments reported that first quarter revenue increased 23 percent while net income was up more than 42 percent year-to-year.
Toshiba expands 8-, 16-bit MCU lines
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4/18/2006   Post a comment
Toshiba America Electronic has expanded its embedded flash microcontroller product line with the addition of a new 16-bit MCU and six new 8-bit MCUs based on its SuperFlash memory technology.
Stretch taps Craig Lytle as president, CEO
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4/18/2006   Post a comment
Software configurable processors start-up Stretch Inc. has appointed Craig Lytle president and chief executive officer.
8-bit UART integrates RS-232 transceiver
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4/18/2006   1 comment
Exar claims that it is the first chip maker to combine an 8-bit UART and RS-232 transceiver in one space-saving package for consumer and battery-powered applications.
Fujitsu ups profit forecast, Elpida sees losses
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4/18/2006   Post a comment
Japanese electronics conglomerate Fujitsu Ltd. has revised its fiscal 2005 full year results and said Tuesday (April 18) it is on schedule to beat its net profit target for the year ended last month by 36 percent, mainly due to better than anticipated sales of hard disk drives, semiconductors and mobile phones.
Frontier, Factum team for mobile TV
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4/18/2006   Post a comment
Digital radio chip and module specialist Frontier Silicon has teamed with Swedish company Factum Electronics to develop and supply broadcasters with complete systems for mobile TV and digital radio using the T-DMB standard.
Scientists tout CMOS technology for making optical devices
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4/18/2006   Post a comment
Researchers at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem have developed a method for building optical devices based on standard VLSI silicon technology that they have dubbed OPTIMOS.
Class AB audio amplifier package shrinks 30%
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4/18/2006   Post a comment
National Semiconductor Corp. today introduced a 1.3-watt mono Class AB Boomer audio amplifier that touts improved output power and a 30 percent package size reduction for hands-free cell phone use and ringer functions.
HSDPA chipset improves transmission
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4/17/2006   Post a comment
Agere Systems announced its X455 HSDPA chipset will use enhanced technology to improve transmission range in poor call conditions.
Freescale’s 8-bit MCU upgrades memory, peripherals
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4/17/2006   Post a comment
The newest version of Freescale’s 8-bit MC68HC908JL16 MCU features 16 Kbytes of flash memory, 512 bytes of RAM, I2C and flexible clock options. With up to eleven I/O ports featuring high current drive capability, the device can drive up to eleven LEDs off the MCU without an additional driver.
Startup looks to hit ground running with two-pronged model
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4/17/2006   Post a comment
Key ASIC, a six-month old startup with plans to be both a fabless ASIC provider and an intellectual property and design-for-manufacturing services vendor, plans to turn a profit this year.
New India semi association forms
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4/17/2006   5 comments
The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), a Silicon Valley-based not-for-profit global organization, has launched a Semiconductor Special Interest Group (Semi SIG) in Hyderabad.
ARCHITECTURES: Security processor targets IP storage networks
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4/17/2006   Post a comment
Security technology that can keep intruders out of corporate networks has always been sought after. And as more Internet Protocol-based storage systems are added to networks, delivering data security without affecting network performance becomes an ever greater concern. The HIPP III 4450 FlowThrough security processor unveiled by Hifn Inc. at the Embedded Systems Conference this month addresses all of the "data in flight" security requirements for IP storage protocols, including iSCSI, FCIP, iFC
DC/DC regulator is optimized for OLEDs
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4/17/2006   Post a comment
Product Review - Advanced Analogic Technologies' AT1230 is a 2-MHz, 18-volt, 100-mA step-up converter optimized for powering both organic LEDs (OLEDs) and general purpose LCD and CCD modules in portable systems.
Family of supervisor ICs claims power savings
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4/14/2006   Post a comment
Sipex introduced a dual/triple/quad family of supervisor ICs designed to operate with a wide operating input voltage range to address traditional operating voltages and newer applications.
Court nears verdict in Rambus vs. Hynix dispute
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4/14/2006   Post a comment
A decision in the long and bitter patent lawsuit by Rambus Inc. against Hynix Semiconductor Inc. is expected to be rendered in the near future, perhaps as early as next week, according to sources close to the case.
RISC core adds muscle to Renesas microcontroller
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4/14/2006   Post a comment
A Renesas microcontroller employs proprietary flash memory and circuit technologies and an enhanced 32-bit SH-2 RISC core architecture that can simultaneously execute two instructions per cycle. Designated the SH7211F, the microcontroller can deliver a 1.5X performance improvement compared to previous microcontrollers.
Updated: Samsung adding 300-mm line to Austin fab
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4/14/2006   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics that it plans to invest $220 million to add a new 300-mm line to its existing fab in Austin, Texas. Initial construction is set to begin later this year.
Tiny clock optimized for switching regulators
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4/14/2006   Post a comment
Linear Technology Corp. claims its spread spectrum silicon oscillator is a tiny, robust, low-power device that is optimized for switching regulators.
AFE integrates programmable audio/video switch
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4/14/2006   Post a comment
Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC) expanded its family of analog video front-end processors with a device that is said to maximize analog input design flexibility and reduce interface design complexity.
RFID supplier plans $120 million IPO
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4/13/2006   Post a comment
RFID supplier Alien Technology filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a proposed initial public offering of approximately $120 million worth of common stock.
Energy meter ICs meet India's, Japan's requirements
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4/13/2006   Post a comment
Targeting India's and Japan's residential power measurement requirements, the CS5464 and CS5467 power/energy ICs from Cirrus Logic are also designed to facilitate higher-accuracy, lower-cost, and more reliable power meters.
PIC ROM MCUs enable seamless switching from flash versions
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4/13/2006   Post a comment
Microchip Technology Inc.’s new PIC16CR line of complementary read-only-memory microcontrollers enable seamless switching between ROM and flash versions, resulting in shorter time-to-market, reduced scrap and lower overall costs.
8051-based SoC touts digital signal processing extensions
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4/13/2006   Post a comment
Ramtron’s 8051-based microcontroller called the VRS51L2xxx offers embedded systems designers a fully integrated, system-on-chip with a 40-MIPS, single cycle 8051-core, a JTAG program/debug interface, digital signal processing extensions and a robust digital peripheral set.
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