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8-channel ultrasound receivers enhance CW doppler processing
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ADI's new octal ultrasound receivers reduce system size, complexity, and power consumption for mid- and high-end cart-based ultrasound systems.
Maxim tailors SoC for automotive sensor applications
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Maxim's newest member of its MAXQ RISC microcontroller product line measures multiple analog signals and outputs the results on a CAN bus
Analyst: Chip delays could slow Verizon's LTE rollout
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A research note from Deutsche Bank has cast doubts over the ability of early adopter Verizon Wireless to launch a 4G Long-Term Evolution network in up to 35 markets in the U.S. by the end of next year using datacards, and suggests handsets may be even longer delayed.
Intel's Barrett in the dark about timing of semiconductor recovery
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Intel's chairman Craig Barrett is as unsure as everyone else about when the market for semiconductors will pick up.
Intel touts 2-GHz Atom
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Intel has unveiled 2GHz versions of its Atom processor at this week's Developers Forum in Beijing, China, targeting the parts at handheld Internet notebooks and mini laptops.
intoPIX : multichannel JPEG 2000 codec IP-Cores to meet broadcasters needs for live events
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intoPIX, a provider of JPEG 2000 solutions, presents its latest IPX-JPHD encoders and decoders for the broadcast industry.
IBM Fellow: Moore's Law defunct
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4/7/2009   6 comments
An IBM researcher says Moore's Law is running out of gas.
Summit Micro claims smallest programmable 500mA battery charger with SMB239
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4/7/2009   2 comments
Summit Microelectronics introduced the SMB239, described by the company as the industry's smallest charger IC and solution, enabling slimmer industrial designs for portable consumer electronics.
Micron to raise $450 million through offerings
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Memory chip specialist Micron Technology plans to raise $450 million through the sale of common stock and convertible senior notes.
Class G: music to your ears?
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Class AB is out and Class G is in, according to Texas Instrument's Christoph Gromann, discussing headphone amplifiers for MP3 players and mobile phones.
Intersil : Signal switches provide single pole/triple throw
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Intersil has introduced two switches that provide an optimal solution for eliminating congestion in handheld device connectors.
Femtocell standard homes in on deployments
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The prospects for commercial rollouts of femtocells –or small cellular home basestations—took a major step forward with the publication by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), the Femto Forum and the Broadband Forum of the first global standards for the emerging technology.
European chip sales in February were lowest for 10 years
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European sales of semiconductors in February, when measured in Euros, came in at Euros 1.6 billion, the worst performance in a decade, according to an analysis by the European Semiconductor Industry Association (Brussels, Belgium).
RF chip start-up raises $10 million in Series C
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Programmable radio frequency (RF) chip specialist WiSpry Inc. (Irvine, Calif.) has raised an additional $10 million in a Series C financing round, bringing the total invested in the start-up to $28 million.
Siemens picks ADI Blackfin for smart power meters
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As part of its 'Smart Grid' infrastructure concept, Siemens is currently developing smart power meters for global markets. As core element for its smart power meters, the company has selected the Blackfin Digital Signal Processor from Analog Devices
Dual RF LDMOS bias controllers offer integration, reduce cost with power savings
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At 7mm x 7mm, Maxim says its latest devices are the industry's smallest LDMOS bias controllers to integrate all of the analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog interfaces and logic functions required for cellular base-station control.
Stereo headphone amplifier doubles audio playback time for portables
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National's latest PowerWise stereo headphone amplifier draws 0.9 mA (typical) of quiescent current to double the audio playback time of smart phones, full-featured mobile phones and portable music players.
MCUs: STM8S MCUs raise 8-bit performance and scalability
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STMicroelectronics' STM8S platform enables legacy 8-bit MCUs to transition to lower supply voltages
SECURITY: CPU Tech answers DoD mandate to protect critical program info
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Acalis CPU872 Secure Processor Development Kit enables anti-tamper protection of software and systems
CPUs: ConnectCore embedded core modules claimed to be industry's fastest
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Digi's new ARM9-based wired/wireless family targeted for display and multimedia apps
MCUs: Fujitsu Adds 48-Pin Versions to its 16FX MCUs for Auto/Industrial Apps
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The new MCUs offer 3 channels of combined LIN-USART-SPI, one I2C channel, and one C-CAN interface for automotive
MCUs: MCU offers 1 Megabyte of on-chip Flash
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Renesas Technology's SH7286 support includes a Renesas Starter Kit (RSK)
Single chip drives, controls high power LEDs
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Cypress Semiconductor Corp. has started sampling the first devices in a range of single-chip embedded power controllers that can drive and control high power LEDs.
ZigBee chip specialist raises a further $8 million
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Capitalizing on the increasing interest in and demand for smart energy/grid initiatives, ZigBee chip specialist Ember Corporation ( Boston, Mass. and Cambridge, England) has closed a funding round of $8 million that brings the company's total funding to $89 million.
Diodes : LED drivers cut drive circuit requirements and overhead.
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Diodes introduces a family of LED driver ICs that reduce the number and size of external components required by drive circuits.
RF Micro reports rising demand, cash improvement
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RF Micro Devices Inc.'s financial results improved in the March quarter on better than expected demand and the wireless IC vendor now sees manufacturing capacity rising strongly through the year, boosting its cash position.
Briton tapped as VP global sales at Chartered
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A Briton has been appointed senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing at Singapore-based foundry Chartered Semiconductor Manufacturing.
Under the Hood: Android dreams, GooglePhone delivers
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People are talking about smartphones again: This time it's the T-Mobile G1, a distinctly un-Apple, un-iPhone-like slider. But, is the new "GooglePhone" a true revolution, or creative re-use?
No recovery yet, Gartner says
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4/6/2009   1 comment
Are the electronics and semiconductor markets recovering? Not yet, according to market research firm Gartner, which said recent positive industry events are characteristic of a demand reset.
Video: Where hardware and software collide
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A panel of executives at ESC Silicon Valley talked about the clash of cultures between hardware and software engineers as chipmakers take on the responsibility of developing more embedded software and agreed that a system-level approach has become mandatory.
MagnaChip seeks investment from financial firm
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4/3/2009   Post a comment
South Korean financial services firm KTB Securities is in negotiations to invest in MagnaChip Semiconductor, the logic spin-off of Hynix Semiconductor, according to a report out of South Korea that was confirmed by a MagnaChip executive.
Freescale CTO: Stimulus means big opportunities
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Huge amounts of money being poured into the economy through stimulus packages by governments worldwide will provide a big opportunity for electronics and particularly embedded systems, according to Lisa Su, Freescale Semiconductor's chief technology officer and senior vice president/general manager for networking and multimedia.
Peregrine : Digital step attenuators offer unmatched flexibility
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Peregrine Semiconductor has released three UltraCMOS digital step attenuators (DSAs).
Plastic memory close to commercialization
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Printing memory onto flexible plastic substrates has been demonstrated by partners Thin Film Electronics and InkTec Co. Ltd.
NEWS: JEDEC takes on low power in NVM and SDRAM memory devices
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The JEDEC Solid State Technology Association has released its Low Power Memory Device Standard, with advanced power management features, and a shared NVM/SDRAM interface.
Micron net loss shrinks, sales plunge 29%
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4/2/2009   Post a comment
Micron Technology Inc.'s quarterly net loss narrowed slightly on cost-cutting but sales dropped sharply as manufacturing overcapacity continued to hurt average selling prices at DRAM suppliers.
Analyst sours on Infineon, ST but touts ARM
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4/2/2009   1 comment
Infineon Technologies AG, STMicroelectronics NV and ASML Holding have had their equity ratings lowered to "sell" from "hold" by an analyst who warned the companies' operating positions are becoming dire due to deteriorating demand. The analyst, however, confirmed ARM Holding's "buy" rating.
Renesas pilots patent program
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Renesas Technology Corp. is piloting a cross-functional program to align its work in patents with the company's R&D units and overall business goals and could generate dozens of new patents it could assert with potential competitors and partners.
Trimble : GPS timing receiver keeps systems in sync
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Trimble has introduced an embedded GPS receiver for timing applications.
Chip industry may have hit 'local bottom,' says VC
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With chip inventories at record lows, the semiconductor industry may have it at least a "local bottom," according to venture capitalist Dave Epstein.
Intel gained MPU share in each quarter of '08
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4/1/2009   1 comment
Intel in the fourth quarter of 2008 accounted for 81.8 percent of global microprocessor revenue, topping a year when it gained market share in microprocessors during every quarter, according to market research firm iSuppli.
Ramtron adds two power efficient memory devices to high-speed F-RAM family
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Ramtron International Corporation has launched two more devices in a family of new parallel and serial F-RAM products that offer higher-speed read/write performance, lower voltage operation, and optional device features.
Altera Stratix IV GX FPGAs achieve PCI Express 2.0 compliance
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Altera's 40-nm Stratix IV GX FPGAs achieved compliance with version 2.0 of the PCI Express standard, passing the testing procedures of the PCI-SIG compliance workshop, the company said.
Actel shipping Igloo Plus starter kit
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Actel announced the availability of a low-cost Igloo Plus starter kit, said to enable designers to quickly evaluate the company's Igloo Plus family and prototype designs.
Xilinx ships first Virtex-6 FPGAs
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Xilinx said it shipped the first Virtex-6 FPGAs.
Low noise amplifier module targets cellular and next generation LTE applications
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Avago Technologies has launched a low-noise, high gain and high linearity balanced amplifier module for use in tower mounted amplifiers, low-noise amplifier (LNA) modules and cellular base station applications, designated ALM-1522.
Cost-effective 5- and 6-bit UltraCMOS digital step attenuators offer high linearity and flexibility
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Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation has released three new UltraCMOS™ Digital Step Attenuators (DSAs) in the expansion of its popular 50-Ohm DSA line, designated PE43502, PE43503 and PE43602.
CPUs: Freescale rolls 45-nm comms processors
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Freescale Semiconductor said it is sampling new communications processors based on its 45-nm process technology.
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