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Samsung's ARM roadmap leads to quad-core 'Aquila'
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4/19/2010   Post a comment
A roadmap document labeled as from Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. shows the company working on a series of ARM-based processors designed to power future netbook computers.
Samplify introduces ultrasound beamformer IC
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4/19/2010   Post a comment
Samplify Systems Inc. (Santa Clara, Calif.) has announced an autofocus beamforming technology for ultrasound imaging.
SOFTWARE TOOLS - CyClockWizard streamlines customization of timing solutions
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4/16/2010   Post a comment
CyClockWizard, a new free tool from Cypress for selection and customization of Cypress's programmable timing solutions, integrates custom configuration and field programming of supported Cypress timing solutions.
AMD posts Q1 profit, reversing year-ago loss
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4/15/2010   Post a comment
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. reported $257 million in profit for the first quarter on a 34 percent increase in revenue as the microprocessor and graphics IC company recorded solid demand for its products worldwide.
SOFTWARE TOOLS - Deos RTOS supports Freescale e300, e500 safety-critical apps
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4/15/2010   Post a comment
DDC-I has announced that its safety-critical, DO-178B Level A certifiable, Deos real-time operating system (RTOS) and OpenArbor development tool suite are available for the Freescale Semiconductor e300 and e500 cores. Deos running atop Freescale PowerQUICC II Pro and PowerQUICC III processors provides a platform for developing and hosting mil/aero and other safety-critical applications, particularly those requiring high design assurance and timely DO-178B certification.
Motion controllers add zing to flat videogame market
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4/15/2010   Post a comment
The Nintendo Wii commanded 43 percent of the unit market for videogame consoles in 2009, but Sony and Microsoft are expected to challenge the Wii's dominance in a relatively flat market this year focusing on new motion-control technologies, according to market watcher iSuppli Corp.
A/V clock generator eliminates external clock conditioning
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4/15/2010   Post a comment
A new triple-rate (3G/HD/SD) audio/video clock generator from National Semiconductor Corp. eliminates the need for external clock conditioning in professional and broadcast video equipment.
Seoul pushes Acriche LED to 150 lumens per watt
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4/15/2010   Post a comment
LED manufacturer Seoul Semiconductor Co. Ltd. (Seoul, South Korea) has said it has developed an AC LED capable of 150 lumens per watt, surpassing the luminous efficiency of DC LEDs.
ST VP to head micro-nanotechnology cluster
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4/15/2010   Post a comment
Loic Lietar, corporate vice president of STMicroelectronics NV (Geneva, Switzerland), has been appointed president of Grenoble-based Minalogic applications cluster for micro-nanotechnology and embedded systems.
Intel launches PCI-enabled 'SoC'
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4/14/2010   1 comment
Intel has announced that is developing a system-on-chip for embedded applications based around its Atom processor core. However, it appears the SoC will be of a fixed design with a fully-described bus interface to which other chip vendors can attach their chips.
Reports: Intel has ported Android to Atom
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4/14/2010   Post a comment
Intel has ported Google's Android operating system to its Atom microprocessor, according to multiple reports that reference Renee James, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's software and services group, as their source.
Intel Q1 profits, sales surge as demand stays strong
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4/13/2010   Post a comment
Intel Corp.'s net income rose 288 percent on a 44 percent increase in revenue and strong margin gains as demand for electronic products stayed buoyant through the traditionally weaker first quarter.
Entrepreneurs drive Silicon Valley toward Detroit 2.0
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4/13/2010   1 comment
A handful of entrepreneurs hope to turn Silicon Valley into Detroit 2.0 by supplying key subsystems for next-generation electric and hybrid vehicles but they disagree about how the new market they see for electric and hybrid vehicles will emerge.
High efficiency 4-A switch buck-boost converter takes up 60 percent less board space
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4/13/2010   Post a comment
TI is touting its latest power management chip as the industry's smallest and highest performance buck-boost converter with a 4-A switch and up to 96 percent efficiency.
SATA storage controller optimized for real-time encryption
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4/13/2010   Post a comment
PLX Technology Inc. is calling its OXUFS944SE the industry's highest-performance, lowest-power direct attached storage (DAS) controller for the consumer storage market.
Multichannel A/V decoder chips target video surveillance systems
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4/13/2010   Post a comment
Conexant Systems launched a new family of multichannel audio/video (A/V) decoders targeted at video surveillance systems with digital video recording capabilities, video capture cards, and motion sensors.
High-side current-sense amplifiers provide wide common-mode range for auto apps
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4/13/2010   Post a comment
Maxim's new automotive current-sense amplifiers offer a -20V to +75V input common-mode range to protect against beyond-the-rails voltages due to inductive kickback, reverse-battery conditions, and other transient events.
Numonyx set to discuss potential PCM "showstopper"
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4/13/2010   8 comments
A research team from flash memory company Numonyx is set to discuss current density in phase-change memory at the International Reliability Physics Symposium.
ESC: Confab to host another round of Intel versus ARM
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4/12/2010   3 comments
Intel and ARM have been squaring up to each other across the netbook and smartphone sectors for a couple of years now. The ARM-versus-Intel battle is set to continue on a number of fronts at the Embedded Systems Conference in Silicon Valley, coming up April 26 to 29, at the McEenery Convention Center in San Jose, California.
Intel, Samsung, others form WiMax 2 consortium
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4/12/2010   Post a comment
Alvarion, Beceem, GCT Semiconductor, Intel, Motorola, Samsung, Sequans, XRONet and ZTE as well as the Taiwanese research organization, ITRI, have launched the WiMax 2 Collaboration Initiative (WCI).
Infineon predicts strong Q2 and Q3
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4/12/2010   1 comment
European chip company Infineon Technologies AG has said that it now expects the second quarter of its 2009/10 financial year, ending Sept. 30, 2010, will be better than previously expected.
ESC: NXP set to demo Cortex-M4 microcontroller
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4/12/2010   Post a comment
NXP BV (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) has said it will demonstrate a microcontroller based on the ARM Cortex-M4 at the Embedded Systems Conference in San Jose, California.
Semtech debuts low-power capacitive touch sensor IC platform
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4/8/2010   Post a comment
Semtech announced the SX864x platform of capacitive sensing ICs that come in 8- and 12-channel models and feature integrated LED drivers.
Thermally efficient modules simplify low-power motor controls design
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4/8/2010   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has added intelligent power modules to its product range serving appliances and other low-power motor-drive applications to give customers a simple and compact solution for AC motor drive applications.
ARM Cortex-M3 32-bit MCUs ship in 6x6mm package
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4/8/2010   Post a comment
Toshiba Electronics Europe has extended its range of ARM Cortex-M3 32-bit microcontrollers with a miniature device that combines high-performance processing with ultra-low-power operation.
Freescale's latest 32-bit processor targets high-resolution displays
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4/8/2010   Post a comment
A 32-bit device based on the Power Architecture technology, Freescale's MPC5125 processor features dual Ethernet, dual universal serial bus (USB), four CAN interfaces and a graphical display controller capable of supporting display resolutions up to 720p/WXGA.
Instrumentation amplifier debuts with on-chip diagnostics
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4/8/2010   Post a comment
National Semiconductor's LMP8358 zero-drift, programmable instrumentation amplifier simplifies pressure and thermocouple bridge measurements with easy detection of shorts, open circuits and degraded source connections.
March sales at UMC rise 9.8%
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4/8/2010   Post a comment
The world's number two foundry United Microelectronics Corp. (Hsinchu, Taiwan) has reported sales for March that are up 9.8 percent on sales in February 2010. This is slightly less than is usual as March tends to be a considerably stronger March with sequential rises of around 25 percent.
En Garde! MEMS gyros penetrate smartphones
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4/7/2010   1 comment
Handset makers are confirming reports that MEMS-based gyroscopes are being built into next-generation smartphones to provide new twists on user interfaces, mobile gaming and location-based services.
World's smallest MEMS microphones with a digital interface
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4/7/2010   Post a comment
The EPCOS T4030 MEMS microphone measures only 3.25 x 2.25 x 1.1 mm, making it about 60% smaller than alternative products.
Class-D audio amplifiers reduce design complexity in portable electronics
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4/7/2010   Post a comment
Analog Devices, Inc., has introduced a pair of Class-D audio amplifiers for smart phones, GPS units and other handheld electronics where premium sound quality offers a major competitive advantage.
Class-G amplifier delivers analog audio performance, extends battery life
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4/7/2010   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has introduced a stereo headphone amplifier IC that achieves higher efficiency than previous-generation devices, enabling listeners to enjoy high-quality sound for longer between battery charges.
Multifunctional sound processors for car audio systems
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4/7/2010   Post a comment
Semiconductor manufacturer Rohm has announced the development of eighteen different sound processors optimized for increasingly sophisticated car- and home-audio systems.
February's poor chip sales: a blip or a sign?
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4/7/2010   1 comment
Actual global sales of semiconductors was $20.79 billion in February, down 4.9 percent from the actual sales in January of $21.85 billion, according to figures from World Semiconductor Trade Statistics.
When will Virage become profitable?
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4/6/2010   Post a comment
Lately, Virage Logic Corp. has made big headlines.
Small precision voltage reference draws less than 1µA supply current
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4/6/2010   Post a comment
Linear Technology's precision SOT23 voltage reference has an initial error of less than 0.05% and a guaranteed temperature drift of less than 10ppm/°C.
Monolithic RF ICs reduce component count by more than 75 percent
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4/6/2010   Post a comment
Analog Devices Inc. has introduced two new RF ICs for broadband communications systems that it says reduce component count by more than 75 percent in point-to-point radios, wireless base stations, cable infrastructure, and communications test equipment, without compromising performance.
16-Bit, 80-Msps ADC offers noise reduction in data conversion systems
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4/6/2010   Post a comment
Linear Technology Corp. has introduced a low-power 16-bit no missing codes, 80 Msps analog-to-digital converter (ADC) that dissipates 89 mW, which the company claims is less than half the power of competing products.
Class-D audio amplifiers reduce design complexity in portable electronics
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4/6/2010   Post a comment
Analog Devices, Inc., has introduced a pair of Class-D audio amplifiers for smart phones, GPS units and other handheld electronics where premium sound quality offers a major competitive advantage.
NEC expands 8-bit series with precision analog sensing
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4/6/2010   Post a comment
NEC Electronics Europe has expanded its 8-bit microcontroller (MCU) portfolio with the addition of the All Flash 78K0/Kx2-A MCU series, which has enhanced analog functionality for battery-operated portable devices.
Voltage regulator offers low power for battery-powered applications
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4/6/2010   Post a comment
On Semiconductor's 50 mA low drop out linear voltage regulator can drive currents in excess of 50 mA and is housed in a compact SC-88A package with a footprint measuring 2.2 mm x 2.2 mm with an overall height of 1.10 mm.
Standards to drive 2 million 60-GHz shipments in 2015, says ABI
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4/6/2010   Post a comment
Two wireless protocols are set to drive the take up of 60-GHz chipsets and take the annual market to 2 million shipments in 2015, according to market research company ABI Research.
Telecom providers hungry for 100G, but price averse
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4/6/2010   1 comment
Big telecommunications providers are hungry for higher density systems, but they are concerned about the high costs of the first 100 Gigabit Ethernet systems coming this year and the need to transition to IPv6, according to an NTT chief technologist who shared details of a recent evaluation of core routers.
Ten mobile devices set to drive the processor market
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4/5/2010   Post a comment
The market for eBooks, tablets, smartphones and other mobile consumer products is exploding, according to Jon Peddie Research (Tiburon, Calif.), which creates an increasing market for multimedia and application processors.
SOFTWARE TOOLS - New Prism capabilities analyze benefits of migrating to MIPS32 multicore
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4/2/2010   Post a comment
CriticalBlue has announced enhanced support for the MIPS32 architecture within CriticalBlue's Prism product. Software developers will now be able to analyze their existing software applications and quickly assess the tangible benefits of migrating to MIPS32 multithreaded and multicore devices.
IBM benchmarks prod microprocessor designers
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4/2/2010   Post a comment
IBM Research and Intel Research collaborated on a set of benchmarks made publicly available to aid microprocessor designers and to evaluate the winners of a clock synthesis contest at the International Symposium on Physical Design.
Spansion claims progress in emergence from Chapter 11
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4/2/2010   Post a comment
Spansion Inc. has said that the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware has issued a decision regarding Spansion's reorganization plan that sets aside a number of objections to the plan and provides guidance on the remaining issues.
At least two more WiMax handsets coming in 2010
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4/1/2010   Post a comment
At least two more WiMax handsets are expected to emerge this year, according to the company that designed silicon inside the EVO 4G handset recently announced by Sprint, and they will be joined by prototype phones for the Long Term Evolution network that will be demonstrated as early as May by China Mobile.
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