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CE growth to see 'significant slowdown'
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4/25/2007   Post a comment
CE growth may decelerate in the coming years, but a few areas will still be hot, such as PMP/MP3 players. But giants like Apple, Samsung and Sony will make it tough for the little guy to survive.
China mulls spending nearly $1 billion to shore up LCD makers
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4/25/2007   Post a comment
The China government may create a fund to help its nascent LCD industry, which is being hammered by a super competitive landscape and poor pricing.
µSerDes device uses CTL technology
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4/24/2007   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor introduced the FIN212AC, a µSerDes device designed for serializing high-speed signals in multi-megapixel-resolution CMOS and CCD image sensors, commonly found in portable products including cell phones with built-in cameras.
Starnes joins Objective Analysis
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4/24/2007   Post a comment
Embedded-processor guru Tom Starnes has joined Objective Analysis, a semiconductor market research firm, as director of processors.
DSP market to see 'moderate' growth in '07
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4/24/2007   Post a comment
The DSP market is expected to grow 8 percent this year, a moderate gain that will outpace the 3.5 percent growth in the wider chip market, according to Forward Concepts.
Computer products boost Arrow's 1Q
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4/24/2007   Post a comment
Arrow Electronics Inc. reported sales of computer products grew 33 percent in the first quarter of 2007 and hoisted the distributor's overall sales and profits to record levels for the period that ended in March.
TI stung by 1Q inventory correction
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4/24/2007   Post a comment
Excess inventory choked first-quarter revenue and profits at Texas Instruments Inc., as the company struggled with lower-than-expected demand for DSP chips used in cell phones.
Elpida doubles memory sales in '06
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4/24/2007   Post a comment
Elpida Memory Inc. on Tuesday (April 24) reported a 103-percent jump in sales, to $4.13 billion, during its last fiscal year ending in March.
iSuppli lowers 2007 chip forecast
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4/24/2007   Post a comment
Market research firm iSuppli has reduced its forecast for 2007 global semiconductor revenue growth to 8.1 percent, down from its previous estimate of 10.6 percent growth for the year.
Elpida says '06 memory sales more than doubled
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4/24/2007   Post a comment
Japan's Elpida Memory Inc. reported a 103-percent jump in sales during its last fiscal year ending in March.
iSuppli lowers 2007 chip forecast
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4/24/2007   Post a comment
Global semiconductor revenue will rise to $281.4 billion in 2007, up 8.1 percent from $260.2 billion last year, according to market research group iSuppli, who previously estimated a 10.6 percent growth for the year.
Companies demo UMA, femtocell interoperability
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4/24/2007   Post a comment
Ubiquisys Ltd and Kineto Wireless Inc. have successfully tested interoperability between the former's ZoneGate 3G femtocell access points and Kineto's Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) network controller.
Sprint goes femto with WiMax
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4/24/2007   Post a comment
Sprint Nextel Corp. wants to shrink WiMax base stations even further so that they can be used to enhance data transfer speed and capacity in the home, according to Unstrung .
picoChip deal with GWT extends femtocell reach
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4/24/2007   Post a comment
picoChip is partnering with Global Wireless Technologies (GWT) for a reference design that extends its picoArray platform to support CDMA2000 and EvDO femtocells and picocells, thus covering the entire spectrum of 3G standards.
DSP market to see 'moderate' growth in '07
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4/24/2007   Post a comment
DSP market is expected to grow 8 percent this year, a moderate gain that will outpace the 3.5 percent growth in the wider chip market, according to Forward Concepts.
Samsung uses direct metal links in DRAM stack
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4/24/2007   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics follows up IBM Corp. with advances in using direct metal connections between chips to increase performance and decrease power usage.
AMD fights back with boosted Barcelona performance
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4/24/2007   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices revealed today (April 23) its upcoming quad-core Opteron will exceed the integer performance of Intel Corp's high-end four-core CPU by 20 percent. Previously, the company had only said the chip will provide a "double digit" boost over its archrival's processor.
Chip integrates LIN transceiver, voltage regulator functionality
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4/24/2007   Post a comment
AMI Semiconductor has introduced low-power, mixed-signal devices that combine Local Interconnect Network (LIN) transceiver and voltage regulator functionality in a single chip for in-vehicle networking applications.
Zero-IF TV tuner eliminates SAW filters
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4/23/2007   Post a comment
Maxim has introduced a fully integrated, ZIF direct-conversion TV tuner for DVB-T applications. The MAX3580 tuner uses ZIF architecture and an on-chip RF tracking filter to eliminate the need for external discrete filtering components and a SAW filter required by older, IF-based tuners.
Multi-core microcontrollers target embedded applications
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4/23/2007   Post a comment
Renesas Technology America has introduced five SuperH 32-bit microcontrollers that use multi-core technology to achieve the high levels of performance required by many embedded system applications.
Group to commercialize molecular memory devices
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4/23/2007   Post a comment
Technology transfer and patent license specialist Competitive Technologies, Inc. has signed an exclusive worldwide agreement with Dr Branimir Simic-Glavaski to commercialize his patented molecular information/large-scale memory devices.
MCUs target 2.5G, 3G mobile-phone SIM cards
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4/23/2007   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has introduced a pair of secure MCUs designed specifically for high-volume 2.5G and 3G mobile-phone SIM cards.
Mixel releases characterization report for SerDes IP
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4/23/2007   Post a comment
Mixel announced the availability of an extensive characterization report for its MXL-SRDS-4254, a four-channel SerDes IP suitable for PCI Express, SATA, Fibre channel, Sonet, XAUI and other serial interface standards.
AMD fights back with boosted Barcelona performance
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4/23/2007   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices revealed today its upcoming quad-core Opteron will exceed the integer performance of Intel Corp's high-end four-core CPU by 20 percent.
Driver IC provides closed-loop control around fan speed, temperature
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4/23/2007   Post a comment
Andigilog's aMC8510 and aMC8520 are designed to provide improved reliability and acoustic management, as well as lower power consumption for DC brushless fan cooling products.
Single-phase metering chip embeds flash memory
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4/23/2007   Post a comment
Analog chip vendor austriamicrosystems is getting ready to sample the AS8268, a single-phase SoC metering IC that embeds flash memory to provide secure program and data in LCD meters.
Samsung wins in Q1 mobile shipments, says iSuppli
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4/23/2007   Post a comment
Global mobile-phone shipments in the first quarter of 2007 fell by 12.8 percent sequentially, declining to 253 million units, down from 290.1 million in the fourth quarter, according to market research group iSuppli Corp. The only mobile phone maker in the top five not to have suffered a quarterly decline was Samsung.
Wintegra in mobile WiMAX push
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4/23/2007   Post a comment
Packet processing chip specialist Wintegra is rolling out a single chip processor for mobile WiMAX basestations
North, South Korea planning IT forum
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4/23/2007   Post a comment
Following in the path of other emerging markets, North Korea is eager to get its hands on advanced technology and will hold a meeting with South Korea to forge closer tech ties.
UC Berkeley confirms $10 cell phone project
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4/23/2007   1 comment
How cheap is cheap? Try 10 bucks for a cell phone. UC Berkeley confirmed that it is, indeed, working on such a device, but it will be years before it gets to the serious engineering stage.
Intel SoC processor powers new consumer electronics generation
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4/23/2007   Post a comment
Intel has unveiled a highly integrated media processor for the consumer electronics (CE) market segment that will power a new generation of devices, such as digital set top boxes and networked media players, and bring consumers advanced in-home information and entertainment services.
2-Mbit FRAMs ship in volume
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4/23/2007   Post a comment
Aimed at automotive, printer and instrumentation applications, Fujitsu is now offering in volume production a pair of 2-Mbit FRAMs that feature non-volatile memory with high-speed data writing, low power consumption, and the ability to provide a high number of write cycles.
Integrated front-end module targets WiMAX devices
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4/22/2007   Post a comment
JMD launched the M30001, a WiMAX front end module containing all active and passive components required to interface WiMAX transceivers more directly to the antenna.
Linear power MOSFETs offer improved power dissipation
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4/20/2007   Post a comment
IXYS Corporation has released a series of 500-V to 1200-V linear power MOSFETs with a proprietary cell design that significantly improves ruggedness and power dissipation capabilities.
Bell Micro reports double-digit growth in 1Q
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4/20/2007   Post a comment
Bell Microproducts Inc. reported preliminary revenue for the first quarter of 2007 was in the range of $990 million to $1.01 billion, up 14 to 16 percent from the $867 million reported in the first quarter of 2006.
Samsung exec pleads guilty in DRAM scandal
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4/20/2007   Post a comment
A sixth executive from Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has agreed to plead guilty to participating in a global conspiracy to fix DRAM prices, the Department of Justice announced.
AMD is nearly out of cash, says analyst
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4/20/2007   Post a comment
Following a horrible quarter and market share losses, Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) is within two quarters of running out of cash, according to an analyst.
Green Hills toolkit supports Freescale's auto MCUs
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4/20/2007   Post a comment
Components of the Green Hills Software development toolkit include: royalty-free real-time operating systems (RTOS), optimizing C/C++ compilers for Power Architecture, MULTI integrated development environment (IDE) with multicore debugger, virtual prototyping platform, TimeMachine tool suite and high-speed Nexus hardware probes.
Renesas rolls multicore embedded processor
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4/20/2007   Post a comment
Renesas Technology Corp. said it will begin sampling its SH2A-Dual series multicore architecture for embedded microcontroller applications in July.
AMD reports huge loss
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4/20/2007   Post a comment
Hit hard by a price war with Intel Corp., Advanced Micro Devices Inc. reported first-quarter 2007 revenue of $1.233 billion and a net loss of $611 million, or minus $1.11 per share.
Multi-threading analog simulator cuts run time by 80%
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4/19/2007   Post a comment
Tanner EDA introduced their T-Spice simulator for analog and mixed-signal chip designs which has been developed for use on computers with multiple processor cores. On average, the tool delivers 40% faster simulations on single-processor, dual-core computers and 80% faster run times on two-processor, dual-core machines.
TI unveils LTE solution for wireless infrastructure
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4/19/2007   Post a comment
TI has created a Long Term Evolution (LTE) development platform that combines its wireless infrastructure optimized DSPs, software libraries and ATCA/AMC cards from two leading systems developers. This combination hardware/software package provides a starting point for the development of LTE prototype systems.
TI partners with board, software specialists for 3G infrastructure
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4/19/2007   Post a comment
The 3G Partnership Program's Long-Term Evolution project seems a long way off, but Texas Instruments Inc. is convinced that it's time to start LTE infrastructure planning now.
Intel cranks 45nm ultramobile CPU
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4/19/2007   Post a comment
Intel Corp. is applying its 45nm process technology to a new processor designed for ultramobile PCs. The chip, code named Silverthorne, is Intel's first ground up design aimed at a new class of mobile systems smaller than notebooks but larger and more feature rich than cellphones.
Freescale expands ColdFire portfolio USB options for industrial connectivity
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4/18/2007   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor has expanded its 32-bit ColdFire USB device portfolio to offer flexible USB connectivity for a wide range of industrial applications.
Xilinx develops FPGA-based deserializer for TI's ADS6000 ADC line
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4/18/2007   Post a comment
Xilinx has released a Virtex-4 FPGA-based deserializer reference design, application note and evaluation module for TI's ADS6000 analog-to-digital converter (ADC) family.
High-power inverter targets cold-start applications
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4/18/2007   Post a comment
The E220 series DC-AC inverter from Endicott Research Group combines up to 12 watts of output power with the company's unique vacuum-encapsulated design to ensure CCF lamp ignition for LCDs used in low-temperature environments.
Mainstream PCs headed for quad-core chip boost
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4/18/2007   Post a comment
Nearly half of all mainstream desktop systems are expected to have quad-core microprocessors by the end of 2009, predicts market research firm iSuppli.
Infineon expands design presence in Singapore
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4/18/2007   Post a comment
Infineon Technologies announced it will undertake a major expansion of its R&D operations in Singapore, a sign of Asia's increasingly vital role in the company's strategy.
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