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Startup aims to replace NOR flash in mobile devices
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4/24/2008   Post a comment
Israeli startup KDR Flashware Solutions Ltd. (Or Yehuda) claims that the technology it has developed, based on its software, signal processing and system resources, allows single flash chip solutions with code and data on one die.
Q1 profits down at Wolfson, but shares hold on TI talk
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4/24/2008   Post a comment
First quarter profits at Wolfson Microelectronics (Edinburgh, Scotland ) were down 30 percent to $3.1 million compared to the same period last year, but the shares held firm following continued bid interest from Texas Instruments.
Analysis: Much-needed joint ventures accelerating for memory
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4/24/2008   Post a comment
The announcement of the MeiYa Technology DRAM joint venture between Taiwan's Nanya Technology Corp. and U.S.-based Micron Technology Inc. offered further evidence that JVs are in vogue--if not indispensable--in the memory industry.
High-speed CAN transceiver provides advanced power management
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4/23/2008   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has launched a +/-80-V fault-protected, high-speed, automotive CAN transceiver that provides an advanced interface between the protocol controller and the physical bus in a CAN node.
DoD may push back on Apple's P.A. Semi bid
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4/23/2008   2 comments
Apple Inc. may have to face the ire of the U.S. Department of Defense following its planned acquisition of P.A. Semi Inc because the startup's PWRficient processor is designed into DoD programs in every major branch of the armed services, said one P.A. Semi customer who expects Apple will end production of the parts.
Op amps deliver ultra-low noise
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4/23/2008   Post a comment
Analog Device's ADA4898 op amp offers a combination of low distortion, low noise, high speed and high precision for 16- and 18-bit precision instrumentation applications.
Manufacturing test product supports Freescale's latest storage processors
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4/23/2008   Post a comment
Kozio's kDiagnostics provides a manufacturing solution for functional testing of Freescale-based hardware, including the MPC837xE series of processors, as well as numerous other CPUs and chipsets.
AMCC rolls out dual processor AMC reference design kit
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4/23/2008   Post a comment
Based on its Power Architecture 460GT processor, AMCC has developed a dual-processor reference design kit called Arches that is aimed at accelerating customers' time-to-market for AdvancedTCA and MicroTCA systems.
iNEMI takes its roadmap on the road
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4/23/2008   Post a comment
iNEMI, the International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative , is holding a workshop in Europe to give industry the opportunity to review "work in progress" on its 2009 roadmap.
Low-jitter, dual-output clock generator provides wide frequency range
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4/23/2008   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced the MAX3674 wide-frequency-range, dual-output clock generator for high-speed system equipment.
Kit enables easy RF modem development
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4/23/2008   Post a comment
Microchip Technology is offering for just $240 the EZLink development kit from Integration Associates that provides wireless customers an option for easy sub-GHz RF modem development using Microchip's PIC18F2520 8-bit MCU and Integration's IA4421 EZRadio transceiver.
Boom seen in SIM card shipments
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4/23/2008   Post a comment
Shipments of SIM cards last year increased by 28 percent, with growth being driven by demand and opportunities in emerging markets and from the latest high-speed multimedia handsets.
Development tool supports Stellaris MCUs with USB
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4/23/2008   Post a comment
Code Red Technologies, a developer of software development tools for 32-bit MCUs, and Luminary Micro, creators of the Stellaris Cortex-M3-based MCUs, announced the immediate availability of Red Suite v1.5 development tools for the Stellaris MCUs featuring USB.
Automated test product supports AMCC PowerPC processors
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4/23/2008   Post a comment
Kozio Inc., a provider of automated hardware functional test for digital circuit boards, announced support for the latest AMCC Power Architecture processors, the PowerPC 460EX and PowerPC 460GT.
Infineon chips in for Samsung's HEDGE phones
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4/23/2008   Post a comment
Infineon Technologies AG (Munich, Germany) has scored a major win in the mobile handsets sector, with number two supplier Samsung Electronics deploying the German chip maker's XMM High Speed Data packet Access (HSDPA) platform.
LED drivers provide 32 dimming levels
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4/22/2008   Post a comment
Catalyst Semiconductor has expanded its line of Quad-Mode fractional charge pump LED drivers with two high-resolution brightness devices that offer 32-dimming levels to provide enhanced LCD backlight control in emerging portable product applications.
SoC energy meter ICs offer greater memory density
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4/22/2008   Post a comment
Analog Devices, Inc. has expanded its portfolio of energy metering solutions with the ADE51xx and ADE55xx single-chip metering devices that feature greater memory density for more advanced solid-state energy meter applications.
Power modules save space in two-phase SRM motor designs
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4/22/2008   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor has claimed the industry's first SRM-SPM power modules for driving two-phase switched reluctance motors (SRMs) in small motor applications.
Dual-channel DAC delivers enhanced performance for 3G, 4G communications
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4/22/2008   Post a comment
TI has introduced a 16-bit, dual-channel, 800 MSPS digital-to-analog converter (DAC) for wireless base stations, software-defined radio applications and multi-frequency test equipment.
ChipX mixed-signal ASIC processes and procedures satisfy DO-254 standard
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4/22/2008   Post a comment
ChipX is now ready to offer DO-254 certification support for aerospace and military ASIC projects.
Waveguides bridge 'terahertz gap'
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4/22/2008   Post a comment
University of Utah researchers succeed in building terahertz waveguides that harness surface plasmon polaritons at the interface between a metal and a dielectric--stainless steel foil and air gaps formed by perforations--to transmit, bend, split and combine terahertz radiation.
Actel and Pigeon Point Systems to deliver TCA management solutions
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4/22/2008   Post a comment
Expansion of Actel's TCA offering allows Fusion PSCs to provide sophisticated ATCA and MicroTCA system management capabilities.
Tradition gives way to necessity at TI
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4/22/2008   1 comment
Texas Instruments Inc. is making a hard turn towards its analog IC business for revenue growth and margin expansion, a move that holds lessons for other companies in the electronics industry.
SigmaTel OK's bid from Freescale, pushes ref design for PNDs
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4/22/2008   Post a comment
Shareholders of SigmaTel (Austin, TX) have approved the acquisition of the analog IC specialist and the deal, valued at about $110 million, is expected to close by the end of April. At the same time, SigmaTel has introduced a version of its STMP37xx processor reference design targeted at the portable navigation GPS market, which it says enables sub-$99 portable navigation devices (PNDs).
Ramtron : Serial F-RAM challenges flash in small systems
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4/22/2008   Post a comment
Ramtron has unveiled a 2-Mb serial F-RAM memory in an 8-lead TDFN (5.0 x 6.0 mm) package.
National offers the smallest buck regulator ICs
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4/21/2008   Post a comment
Chips are suited to high-input voltage regulation apps such as MP3 players utilizing Firewire and auxiliary power adapters with direct connection to 12-volt vehicle systems
Power management IC streamlines multiple-supply designs
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4/21/2008   Post a comment
MC34700 quad-output device is suited for microprocessors, memory, and motors
New switch, transceiver and card push 10GE ahead
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4/21/2008   Post a comment
In separate silicon announcements, Fujitsu Microelectronics is debuting a switch, startup Aquantia new transceiver and Mellanox an upgraded server controller, all pushing forward what has been to date a slow transition to 10 Gbit/s Ethernet.
UPA targets 400Mbps+ powerline technology
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4/21/2008   Post a comment
The Universal Powerline Association is gathering industry consensus round an effort to develop the PowerMAX specification for powerline communications technology that will deliver 400Mbits/ second and beyond.
Low-latency DDR2 notebook memory hits the global market
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4/21/2008   Post a comment
PC2-5300 memory from Kingston Technology enhances current laptops without overclocking.
Microchip rolls out low-cost 32-bit USB-OTG MCU
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4/21/2008   Post a comment
Microchip Technology has added another low-cost 32-bit USB On-The-Go MCU to its PIC32 line, enabling the chip maker to offer designers a dozen options to solve their growing requirements for more performance, more memory and advanced USB OTG connectivity.
Negative-charge-pump WLED driver saves 50% PCB area
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4/21/2008   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced the MAX8822, a white-LED (WLED) driver that combines a highly efficient negative charge pump with two independent, low-dropout (LDO) regulators.
XMOS programmable chips bring flexibility, differentiation at low cost
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4/21/2008   Post a comment
XMOS has launched a programmable chip line that eliminates the delays involved in classic hardware description languages and low-level logic synthesis by employing an entirely software-based design flow using C and the XMOS-originated XC-programming language.
Group touts graphene transistor advance
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4/21/2008   Post a comment
Researchers at the University of Manchester (England) have unveiled what they claim is the smallest transistor made, measuring one atom thick and ten atoms across.
eASIC shatters FPGA performance with 235-MHz LEON3 processor
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4/21/2008   Post a comment
eASIC Corp. and Gaisler Research have migrated the LEON3 processor to eASIC's Nextreme family of zero mask-charge ASIC devices and achieved 235-MHz performance, shattering the performance achievable using high performance FPGAs.
NET+ARM MPUs feature flexible interface modules
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4/21/2008   Post a comment
Digi International has introduced the NS9215 and NS9210 NET+ARM microprocessors featuring Flexible Interface Modules (FIMs) that provide different hardware interfaces based on the needs of the product or application.
Technology Week in Review: 'Racetrack' memory, lighting triggered
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4/18/2008   Post a comment
This week's review of top technology stories includes more about IBM Almaden's "racetrack" memory architecture as well as a description of how ground-based lasers were used to generate lightning. Striking!
NXP 'renewal' strategy a mix of lite and might
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4/18/2008   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors, in less than two years since separation from Philips Electronics, has implemented a range of reorganization programs that include asset-lite manufacturing, divestiture and acquisitions, even as it battles analysts' concerns that its highly leveraged debt position could make further expansion difficult.
3.3-V dual SCART saves power in set-top boxes, A/V receivers
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4/18/2008   Post a comment
Aimed at set-top boxes and A/V receivers that have two SCART connectors, Maxim Integrated Products' MAX9598 3.3-V dual SCART chip uses power-saving technology to consume 70-mW of quiescent power and integrates DirectDrive technology, eliminating the need for costly AC-coupling capacitors on the audio outputs.
Analysts remain upbeat on Nokia despite economy
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4/18/2008   Post a comment
While Nokia's share price was market down significantly despite Nokia's excellent results, analysts suggests the Finnish handset maker will weather the storm of sharp currency movements and economic downturn better than most of its peers.
Israeli startup targets femtocell baseband
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4/18/2008   Post a comment
Startup Percello Ltd. (Hertzliya, Israel ) is readying a baseband chip that it claims is suitable for all UMTS femtocell backhaul architectures.
Executive Interview: Xilinx chairman Wim Roelandts
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4/17/2008   Post a comment
Moore's Law is still valid but it does not work for most sectors of the industry today, according to Wim Roelandts, chairman of programmable logic device vendor Xilinx Inc. (San Jose, Calif.). Roelandts met EE Times Europe during his first visit to Israel, where he attented the recent Global Semiconductor Association conference.
Moldova’s tech community beckons
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4/17/2008   Post a comment
Moldova’s science and technology community may begin to look attractive as neighboring Romania pulls in more foreign companies and faces rising wages and a labor shortage.
XMOS Semi : Programmable chips bring flexibility and differentiation at low cost
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4/17/2008   Post a comment
XMOS Semiconductor, the creator of Software Defined Silicon (SDS), has announced a family of programmable chips.
3G terminal patent holders lower royalty fees
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4/17/2008   Post a comment
The companies that hold a major portfolio of patents on W-CDMA third generation technology for handheld devices within the 3G Licensing group have agreed to revised royalty rates for a further 5 years beginning January 2009.
Rules need a re-write, say IP experts at forum
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4/17/2008   1 comment
The rules of the road in intellectual property need a re-write at the levels of patents, silicon, software and systems, according to speakers at the inaugural Intellectual Property Symposium.
Large-memory 16-bit USB MCU line includes OTG functionality
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4/17/2008   Post a comment
As the only 16-bit MCU line with integrated USB 2.0 device, embedded-host, dual-role and On-the-Go functionality, the PIC24FJ256GB1 makes it cost-effective and easy to add advanced USB features to embedded designs.
Camera processor IP core delivers high-resolution pictures for mobile phones
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4/16/2008   Post a comment
Aimed at mobile phones, Silicon Image has announced the availability of its 12 megapixel (MP) camera processor IP core for integration into system-on-a-chip (SoC) semiconductors.
Chip gets e-paper up to speed for interactive apps
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4/16/2008   Post a comment
E Ink and Seiko Epson jointly developed a controller chip for electrophoretic displays (electronic paper) that they claim makes the e-paper as responsive as LCDs for interactive applications.
Customizable IP camera reference design reduces design cycles, time to market
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4/16/2008   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor has developed an IP camera reference design based on the i.MX27 multimedia applications processor that is designed to deliver crisp video streaming for video surveillance applications, while reducing design cycles and time to market.
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