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Integrated modulator reduces component count in broadband satellite apps
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4/22/2009   Post a comment
ADI's ADRF6750 modulator saves space, reduces cost, and lowers complexity by integrating an analog I/Q quadrature modulator, fractional-N PLL (phase locked loop) synthesizer, VCO (voltage controlled oscillator) and digitally controlled RF attenuator, all within an 8 mm x 8 mm LFCSP package.
Qualcomm, Broadcom in 'advanced' settlement talks
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4/22/2009   Post a comment
Qualcomm postponed its scheduled quarterly earnings release until next week, citing advanced settlement talks with rival fabless chip vendor Broadcom.
Freescale posts gain on debt reduction; sales fall
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4/22/2009   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor Inc. said it benefitted from a $2.3 billion gain from debt reduction activities in the first quarter, boosting net profit to $1.8 billion, a figure that masked otherwise disappointing sales results for the quarter. The chip maker announced additional reorganization plans.
Xilinx hits revenue target as profit shrinks
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4/22/2009   Post a comment
Programmable logic vendor Xilinx reported a net income of $70.5 million on revenue of $395 million for the company's fiscal fourth quarter, which closed in March.
Ikanos to buy Conexant's broadband access products
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4/22/2009   Post a comment
Chip vendor Ikanos Communications plans to acquire Conexant Systems' broadband access product line for $54 million under the terms of a definitive agreement between the two companies.
AMD rolls out 40W server CPUs
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4/22/2009   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices will roll out server microprocessors today that hit a new low in power consumption for the company as well as some at new and higher data rates.
VGA multiplexer offers extended ESD protection
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4/21/2009   Post a comment
Maxim's 1:2 VGA multiplexer switches between two VGA ports while maintaining 6pF (typ) on-capacitance and 5ohm (typ) on-resistance for higher-bandwidth applications.
SanDisk Q1 loss grows on lower revenue
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4/21/2009   Post a comment
Flash memory card vendor SanDisk posted a GAAP net loss of $208 million, nearly 19 times greater than the $11 million that the company lost during the same period of 2008.
Quad 12-bit/10-bit/8-bit DACs include 10ppm/°C reference
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4/21/2009   Post a comment
Linear Technology's latest quad DACs integrate a precision reference in tiny 3mm x 3mm QFN and MSOP packages for industrial, automotive and ATE applications.
A/V demodulator sharpens TV reception with fewer parts
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4/21/2009   Post a comment
With support for NTSC, PAL and SECAM analog broadcast standards, this demodulator chip from Fresco eliminates the need for multiple external SAW filters typically required for TV-grade reception.
AMD Q1 net loss widens on lower sales
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4/21/2009   1 comment
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. said first quarter net loss increased as revenue fell 21 percent but added product sales improved on a sequential basis and forecasts second quarter sales will be unchanged from the preceding three-month period.
Altera's Q1 revenue decline in line with guidance
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4/21/2009   Post a comment
Programmable logic vendor Altera saw first quarter revenue decline 16 percent sequentially and 21 percent year-to-year, in line with revised guidance issued in March and not as severe as originally anticipated.
Bluetooth upgrade rides 802.11 radios
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4/21/2009   Post a comment
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group has released its version 3.0 specification supporting data rates up to 24 Mbits/second over a shared 802.11 radio, a small but significant step toward the technology becoming a de facto protocol for ad hoc, secure wireless peer-to-peer networks.
UWB startup Radiospire folds
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4/21/2009   5 comments
Another ultrawideband startup bites the dust as Radiospire Networks Inc. confirms it is closing its doors, but three remaining UWB startups remain committed to the technology despite a string of bad news over the last nine months.
Samsung to ramp up DDR3 production
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4/21/2009   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics said it is ramping up 50-nm class production of DDR3 memory chips in response to increased demand stemming from Intel's launch of the Xeon processor 5500 series.
Tokyo meeting energizes low power Bluetooth
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4/21/2009   Post a comment
Chip makers made a series of announcements about new devices and development systems to support the forthcoming Bluetooth low energy standard at a Developer's Preview this week, held in Tokyo to precede the annual Bluetooth All Hands Meeting.
ChipWrights targets ViSP processor at netbooks
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4/21/2009   Post a comment
ChipWrights Inc. (Bedford, MA), the fabless group that focuses on digital signal processing-based devices called visual signal processors (ViSPs), is touting its multi-core CW5631 SoC as the ideal solution for netbook developers struggling to implement successful web video and Linux support without driving costs sky-high.
Innovision signs NFC licensing deal with chip supplier
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4/21/2009   Post a comment
Innovision Research & Technology plc, the Cirencester, England based company focusing on the development of SoCs and tags for Near Field Communications (NFC) and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) systems, has signed an agreement with a major European semiconductor company to market its Intellectual Property in combination with the un-named company's own silicon IP for use by third party customers.
RFEL sees bounce from Queen's Award win
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4/21/2009   Post a comment
The CEO of one of the companies that won the Queen's Award for Industry in the Innovation category, John Summers of RF Engines Ltd (Isle of Wight, England) said the award will help greatly in increasing international credibility and in attracting the best electronics design talent.
China's fab utilization sinks to 43%, says iSuppli
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4/21/2009   Post a comment
China's first quarter semiconductor fab utilization rate sank to 43 percent, a new low for what had been the world's fastest growing chip making region, according to market research firm iSuppli.
POWER: Tiny battery charger IC targets Li-Ion and Li-Polymer systems
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4/20/2009   Post a comment
Summit's SMB239 programmable battery charger IC targets portable devices using Li-Ion and Li-Polymer batteries.
TI Q1 profits fall 97% but visibility improves
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4/20/2009   Post a comment
Texas Instruments Inc.'s first quarter net profit dropped 97 percent from the year-ago quarter and sales fell 36 percent but the analog IC and DSP company says it is more confident about the demand picture after inventories fell across the industry.
Analysis: Oracle looks back to the future
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4/20/2009   1 comment
Oracle Corp.'s proposed $7.4 billion acquisition of Sun Microsystems marks a strange step back to the future that raises questions about the outlook for Sun's hardware, Java software and the database giant itself.
IC recovery will be faster than '01, firm predicts
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4/20/2009   Post a comment
The effects of the current chip industry downturn will be shorter lived than the downturn of 2001, when industry revenue took three years to return to 2000 levels, according to a market research forecast.
Altera rolls evaluation kit
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4/20/2009   Post a comment
Altera announced the availability of the Transceiver Signal Integrity development kit, Stratix IV GX Edition.
3-Gbps SDI equalizer yields low jitter across cable lengths
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4/20/2009   Post a comment
National Semiconductor's PowerWise cable equalizer guarantees lowest maximum jitter across cable lengths.
Atmel : 32-bit CPU supports Hi-Speed USB
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4/20/2009   Post a comment
Atmel has introduction of a new AVR32 microcontroller with high speed communication.
Analysis: 'Inconsistent profitability' sank Sun Microsystems
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4/20/2009   Post a comment
Sun Microsystems Inc. executives desperately wanted the company to survive as a standalone enterprise but its already shaky outlook worsened as the weakened global economy hurt demand for information technology products making it necessary for the enterprise computing and software vendor to seek salvation in the arms of a strong suitor.
Adobe Flash being ported to TVs, STBs
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4/20/2009   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors has started porting the Adobe Flash Platform into some of its chips targeting set top boxes. The move is part of plans by Adobe to extend the Flash Platform into televisions, set-top boxes and Blu-ray players.
PCIe switches add high bandwidth interconnection to many applications
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4/20/2009   Post a comment
PLX Technology recently rolled out a pair of high-performance PCIe switches that are intended for control planes, back planes, gigabit Ethernet cards, host bus adapters, servers, enterprise storage, and multi-function printers.
TI claims fastest dual 14-bit ADC
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4/20/2009   Post a comment
TI has developed a dual, 14-bit analog-to-digital converter that it says delivers that industry's fastest sample rate at 250 MSPS.
ARM releases IP platform for TSMC's 40-nm process
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4/20/2009   Post a comment
ARM plc is making available from its website what it says is the industry's most comprehensive IP platform for TSMC's 40-nm G foundry process.
Samsung display venture predicts smartphone, OLED surge
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4/20/2009   Post a comment
Samsung Mobile Display, the mobile display venture of the Korean conglomerate, expects a significant increase in the number of smartphones that will be shipped over the next few years, rising to 500 million units in 2012 from a projected 170 million in 2009.
Frontier, S3 team on digital radio SoC
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4/20/2009   Post a comment
Silicon& Software Systems Ltd (Dublin, Ireland), a licensor of mixed-signal circuits for consumer products, has licensed its IP to Frontier Silicon (Watford, England) for use in the latter's Chorus 3 SoC for digital radios.
Tpack picks Macnab as new CEO
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4/20/2009   Post a comment
Tpack AS (Copenhagen, Denmark), which focuses on taking field-programmable gate arrays and selling them on to customers programmed up to do mainly communications functions, has named Colin Macnab chief executive officer.
Gennum ups bid for Tundra Semi
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4/17/2009   Post a comment
Gennum has increased the value of its offer to buy Tundra Semiconductor by about 31 percent to Cdn$112 (about $92.3 million), the companies said.
AUDIO/VIDEO: Audio/video demodulator serves growing worldwide legacy analog TV market
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4/17/2009   Post a comment
Fresco Microchip's FM1050 eliminates the need for multiple external SAW filters typically required for TV-grade reception and simplifies traditional designs through significant component count and cost reduction.
SENSORS: Mixed-signal MCU measures sensor signals in microvolt range
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4/17/2009   Post a comment
Maxim's MAXQ7670 calculates angle of displacement from sensors with differential outputs
TriQuint retains GaAs foundry lead
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4/17/2009   Post a comment
TriQuint Semiconductor Inc. said it remains the largest commercial GaAs foundry based largely on continued growth in communications markets like smartphones.
Mobile OS poll, Bluetooth, IBM fab club lead story ranking
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4/17/2009   Post a comment
Here are the top six online stories for the week beginning Sunday, April 12 , as ranked by EE Times Europe readers, up to and including Friday, April 17. The ranking is based on the number of reader "views" or "hits" on a particular article.
Mosaid loses Qimonda IP license deal, but NXP re-signs
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4/17/2009   Post a comment
Memory IP specialist Mosaid Technologies Inc. (Ottawa, Canada) and NXP Semiconductors BV (Eindhoven, the Netherlands) have extended their patent license deal. However, troubled and insolvent memory maker Qimonda (Munich, Germany) has terminated the six-year patent licensing agreement between the two companies that came into effect July 1, 2006
Researchers tout diamond transistor breakthrough
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4/17/2009   Post a comment
Researchers at the University of Glasgow have developed what they suggest is –with 50nm gate lengths -- the smallest diamond transistor ever.
Fairchild Semi posts loss, says orders improving
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4/16/2009   Post a comment
Fairchild Semiconductor reported a net loss of $51.1 million on revenue of $223.3 million for the first quarter, but the company's top executive said orders improved toward the end of the quarter and in the first weeks of the second quarter.
Dell, HP drive growth for low-end CPUs
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4/16/2009   Post a comment
Dell announced a deal to sell its latest Intel Atom-based netbooks through China's top cellular carrier, and rival Hewlett-Packard rolled out a new line of thin-client computers, most based on Via's x86 processors, reinforcing the fact much of the growth in consumer and business computing is for low-end systems, especially in emerging markets.
Cypress revenue beats estimates
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4/16/2009   Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor posted a GAAP net loss of $90.7 million on revenue of $139.3 million in the first quarter as gross margin fell and factory utilization hit an all-time low of 34 percent, the company said.
Solid-state lighting startup gets $12M in funding
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4/16/2009   Post a comment
Solid-state plasma lighting startup Luxim said it has obtained $12 million in series C funding from existing investors.
Atmel enhances AVR MCU line
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4/16/2009   Post a comment
With up to 12 MIPS of processing throughput, 8-bit A/D converter, analog comparator, and a 16-bit timer with PWM, this 6-pin device is well suited for size and cost constrained high volume consumer applications.
Low-power chipset enables high-quality voice over broadband
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4/16/2009   Post a comment
Zarlink's VE8820 chipset helps manufacturers design Voice-over-IP (VoIP) equipment that meets environmental and operating cost concerns from service providers.
PC shipments plunge in Q1, say analysts
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4/16/2009   Post a comment
Market researchers Gartner Inc. and IDC both reported steep declines in first quarter sales of PCs in all geographic areas, as well as a very poor performance from Dell that saw it yield top slot in shipments to HP.
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