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Maxim beats revenue target
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4/30/2009   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products posted net revenue of $339.7 million for its fiscal third quarter ended March 28, besting company guidance for the term.
IDT posts big loss; to sell network search assets
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4/30/2009   Post a comment
Hurt by a hefty write down, mixed-signal chip vendor Integrated Device Technology reported a GAAP net loss of $719.2 million on revenue of $107.4 million for the quarter ended March 29 and said it entered into a definitive agreement to sell assets of its network search engine products to NetLogic Microsystems for $90 million.
Netbook growth seen slowing when economy recovers
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4/30/2009   1 comment
Netbook shipments grew by more than 2,000 percent last year and are expected to grow another 68.5 percent in 2009, but this explosive growth is likely to slow as the economy rebounds beginning in 2010, an analyst said.
Gennum won't match IDT's offer for Tundra Semi
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4/30/2009   Post a comment
Gennum said it won't match the roughly $100 million deal that Integrated Device Technology offered to acquire Tundra Semiconductor, paving the way for the IDT-Tundra deal to go through.
Analyst: PC builds, chip inventories improving
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4/30/2009   Post a comment
A financial analyst said the outlook for second quarter PC builds is looking better and that Asian chip distributors are reporting better-than-expected demand for semiconductors across a number of markets.
Dialog Semi : Power management ICs optimize Intel Atom processors
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4/30/2009   Post a comment
Dialog Semiconductor has announced a family of power management ICs (PMICs) designed to optimise the power efficiency of applications using the Intel Atom processor Z5xx series which is being broadly adopted today.
Microchip : 16-bit MCUs claim lowest sleep current
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4/30/2009   Post a comment
Microchip announces the PIC24F16KA family of 16-bit microcontrollers (MCUs) with nanoWatt XLP eXtreme low power technology.
LSI reports $104 million loss as sales tumble
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4/29/2009   Post a comment
Abhi Talwalkar is not calling the bottom, but the chief executive of LSI Corp. is looking for glimmers of hope in his company's latest quarterly results in which it lost $104 million as sales tumbled 27 percent compared to the first three months of 2008.
Latest Freescale digital signal controllers look to reduce power involved with motor control
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4/29/2009   Post a comment
The MC56F8006 DSCs combine the functionality of a microcontroller (MCU) and the processing power of a digital signal processor (DSP) with a flexible set of peripherals to create a versatile embedded control solution.
UMC buys Chinese foundry He Jian
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4/29/2009   Post a comment
UMC said it would pay $285 million to acquire the 85 percent of Chinese foundry He Jian Technology that it did not already own.
Silicon Labs Q1 beats revenue, earnings targets
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4/29/2009   Post a comment
Analog/mixed-signal IC vendor Silicon Laboratories posted better-than-expected first quarter revenue of $83.7 million and GAAP earnings of 1 cent per diluted share.
Analysis: Even ARM's solid results fail to raise optimism
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4/29/2009   Post a comment
Well, we are well into the first quarter reporting season, and if anyone was hoping for big improvements after the disastrous end to last year’s financials, they will be more than disappointed.
Renesas : Application processor targets mobile phones
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4/29/2009   Post a comment
Renesas Technology has announced the SH7370, an SH-MobileHD application processor for mobile phones.
ADI samples low-power ADCs for wide variety of applications
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4/29/2009   1 comment
Available in multiple speed grades, ADI's new pin-compatible, low-power, dual-channel ADCs increase channel densities and reduce power consumption in power-sensitive communications, industrial, portable-electronics and instrumentation equipment.
Instrumentation amplifier features low power, small size
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4/29/2009   Post a comment
ADI's AD8235 in-amp enables palm-sized medical devices and activity-monitoring medical products with what the company claims is 50 percent less power consumption than competitive offerings.
14-bit ADC reduces digital feedback in data conversion systems
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4/29/2009   Post a comment
Linear Technology has introduced a low-power 14-bit, 150Msps ADC that it says dissipates 149mW, less than one-third the power of competitive products.
SH/Tiny flash MCU line expands with 16-Kbyte version
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4/29/2009   Post a comment
Renesas' latest16 Kbyte version includes 4Kbyte of RAM and is ideal for white goods applications such as washing machine and vacuum cleaner motor control.
UMC Q1 sales fall; sees profit in Q2
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4/29/2009   Post a comment
Silicon foundry UMC reported that first quarter sales declined 41.5 percent sequentially as capacity utilization fell to 30 percent, but said recent orders point to strong second quarter demand.
Wi-Fi startup raises $18 million
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4/29/2009   Post a comment
Quantenna Communications, Inc., a startup focused on consumer Wi-Fi network chips for consumer video, has closed a $13.85 million Series C funding round led by new investor.
Sales, utlization rates tumble at NXP
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4/29/2009   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors (Eindhoven, the Netherlands) is blaming the economic downturn and decreased utilization rates for losses of $673 million in the first quarter, nearly 50 percent less than in the corresponding quarter a year ago. Pre-tax loss came in at $71 million, compared with profits of $183 million in Q1 2008.
ARM sees Q1 sales, profits drop
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4/29/2009   Post a comment
ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) posted a 10 percent fall in sales expressed in dollars for the first quarter of the year as it saw continuing decline in the semiconductor market.
ADC family lowers power requirements by up to 60 percent
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4/29/2009   Post a comment
Analog Devices has introduced 18 power-efficient analog-to-digital converters (ADC) with resolutions ranging from 10 to 16 bits.
RS launches 8,000 more Texas Instruments devices
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4/29/2009   Post a comment
RS Components has announced the launch of 8,000 new products from Texas Instruments (TI).
Updated: Atmel lays off 293 workers
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4/28/2009   Post a comment
A spokesperson for Atmel confirmed that the company laid off 293 workers, including 266 at the company's fab in Colorado Springs, Colo., and 27 at the company's headquarters in San Jose, Calif.
RF Micro posts loss, says demand stabilized
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4/28/2009   Post a comment
RF Micro Devices reported a GAAP net loss of $49.4 million on revenue of $172.3 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009, which closed March 28, the company said.
QuickLogic sees sales fall
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4/28/2009   Post a comment
Programmable chip vendor QuickLogic had sales of $4.6 million in the first quarter, down 23 percent from the fourth quarter of 2008 and down 59 percent from the first quarter of 2008, the company reported.
Market watcher: GPU sales bounce back in Q109
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4/28/2009   Post a comment
Graphics and multimedia chip market watcher Jon Peddie Research (Tiburon, Calif.) estimates shipments of graphics chips dropped to 74.9 million in the first quarter of the year, down 21.1 percent from the corresponding quarter of 2008.
Fairchild : Resonant controller simplifies power design
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4/28/2009   Post a comment
Fairchild introduces the FAN7621, a resonant controller for power designers of LCD and PDP TVs, servers, game consoles and LED lighting applications.
Rambus: Ruling allows it to seek higher damages
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4/28/2009   Post a comment
A U.S. federal court ruled that the patent damages that memory technology licensor Rambus could seek from Samsung Electronics for alleged infringement after June 2005 were not capped by a March 2005 settlement between Rambus and Infineon Technologies, according to a statement issued by Rambus.
CoWare, Carbon team for ARM IP models
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4/28/2009   Post a comment
EDA group CoWare Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) and Carbon Design Systems are joining forces to develop implementation-accurate models of ARM IP targeted for CoWare's SystemC-based designs.
Trio plan chip packaging joint venture
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4/28/2009   Post a comment
The consolidation in the semiconductor market is set to continue as Toshiba Corp. plans to create a joint venture in Japan with two packaging groups, Amkor Technology and Nakaya Microdevices, in a bid to cut costs.
Apple hires AMD graphics CTO
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4/27/2009   Post a comment
Apple Inc. has confirmed the company hired Bob Drebin, a former chief technology officer of the graphics group at Advanced Micro Devices with deep roots in graphics chips for videogame consoles.
Actel offers free reference designs for LCD apps
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4/27/2009   Post a comment
Actel is offering five reference designs, free of charge, which are implemented using the Igloo Video Demo Kit, the company said.
Lattice : Power management IC is a programmable, single chip solution
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4/27/2009   Post a comment
Lattice Semiconductor has added the ProcessorPM to its Power Manager II family.
IDT trumps Gennum's bid for Tundra
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4/27/2009   Post a comment
Integrated Device Technology, Inc. has bid Cdn$ 6.25 per share to acquire the whole stock of communications chip specialist Tundra Semiconductor Corporation (Ottawa, Canada), trumping an offer from Gennum Corp. earlier this month.
IC current source solves myriad problems, attenuates headaches
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4/27/2009   2 comments
LT3092 two-terminal, easy-to-use device supplants more complex FET and transistor/Zener designs for this common but unglamorous function, and provides superior performance as well.
Antenova takes GPS module on the golf course
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4/27/2009   Post a comment
Integrated antenna and RF specialist Antenova (Cambridge, England) has won a design-in deal for its GPS antenna module from G-Core Ltd., the GPS Golf navigation group.
Qualcomm to pay Broadcom $891M to settle patent disputes
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4/27/2009   Post a comment
Qualcomm will pay Broadcom $891 million over four years under the terms of a settlement and multi-year patent agreement announced by the companies.
FPGA startup crunch
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4/25/2009   Post a comment
These articles are part of a series that examines the status of various FPGA startups in light of the economic recession.
Editors' Choice: Products of the Week
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4/24/2009   Post a comment
Check out Editors' Choice, highlighting what we think are this week's top products.
Low-power HART modem IC minimizes system size
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4/24/2009   Post a comment
A single-chip, HART-compliant modem IC has been introduced by Maxim Integrated Products that enables the smallest solution size for modulating and demodulating 1.1 kHz/2.2 kHz FSK signals.
Will KKR inject more funds into NXP?
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4/24/2009   Post a comment
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., the private equity group that led the leveraged buyout of NXP Semiconductor from Philips Electronics, is reportedly seeking almost $1 billion from investors in one of its European funds to recapitalize six of its investments, including NXP.
Freescale to shut French plant
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4/24/2009   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor is closing its six inch fab in Toulouse, France, as well as another similar size line at Sendai in Japan, as part of its ongoing restructuring plans.
New 8-bit microcontrollers with integrated constant high-current drivers from NEC Electronics
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4/24/2009   Post a comment
NEC Electronics introduced a new 8-bit All Flash general-purpose microcontroller (MCU), the PD78F8025, with integrated constant high-current drivers, and 32 kilobytes (KB) of flash memory.
FPGA startup crunch: Is Achronix flush enough?
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4/23/2009   Post a comment
Flush with cash after raising more than $86 million in venture capital over the past two years, products already shipping, revenue and dozens of design wins already under its belt, FPGA startup Achronix has the technology and financial stability to weather the current downturn, according to the company's founder.
Lattice posts loss; revenue hits target
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4/23/2009   Post a comment
Lattice Semiconductor's first quarter sales declined to $43.3 million, the company said, down 13 percent from the prior quarter and down 23 percent compared to the same period of 2008. Revenue was in line with revised guidance issued by the company in March.
Memory profitability still distant, says iSuppli
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4/23/2009   Post a comment
While overall memory chip prices are expected to stabilize during the remaining quarters of 2009, a true recovery in demand and profitability is not imminent, according to market research firm iSuppli.
Analysis: Can Freescale beat the odds?
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4/23/2009   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor Inc. is still in a fight for survival although chairman and CEO Rich Beyer now believes recent steps taken by the company to shore up its cash position, reduce debts and cut costs position the company for long-term success.
Nokia's NFC phone sends the right messages
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4/23/2009   Post a comment
Mobile phone maker Nokia claimed it has changed the prospects for Near Field Communications (NFC) in the mobile sector with the surprise announcement that it will start shipping in the third quarter, in selected markets, its first SIM-based handset – the 6216 Classic.
Partners port Android to MIPS chip
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4/23/2009   1 comment
Embedded Alley, a small open source developer, has struck a deal with RMI Corp. to port the Android operating system to RMI's MIPS-based Au1250 processor, hoping to ride a wave of interest in using Android systems beyond its target smart phone market.
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