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Japan's EUV source vendors file for divorce
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4/25/2011   8 comments
Japan's Komatsu Ltd. and Ushio Inc. have agreed to terminate the ongoing joint venture agreement regarding light source vendor Gigaphoton Inc.
Mentor dismisses Icahn's board nominees
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4/25/2011   Post a comment
Mentor Graphics CEO Walden Rhines fired back at billionaire financier Carl Icahn, saying that Icahn is distorting the qualifications of his three nominees to Mentor's board of directors.
VLSI: IC billings down, ASPs fall
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4/25/2011   1 comment
It's a mixed picture for ICs, according to VLSI Research Inc.'s ''Semiconductor Analytics'' report.
TI muscles into touch-panel frenzy
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4/25/2011   3 comments
Texas Instruments is muscling into the touch-panel rush by targeting its ultra-low-power microcontrollers for touch applications.
New $29 battery-powered MachXO2 Pico Development Kit from Lattice
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4/25/2011   2 comments
The MachXO2 Pico Development Kit provides designers with a flexible and low cost platform to rapidly evaluate and verify their designs in hardware.
Security manager IC with 1024 bytes of nonimprinting memory
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4/24/2011   Post a comment
Maxim's newest security manager combines a patented nonimprinting-memory scheme with an ultra-low battery current for applications requiring the highest level of security.
Touch controller now offers haptic feedback
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4/24/2011   Post a comment
Atmel has introduced capacitive touch application-specific microcontrollers for implementing touch button, slider and wheel functionality, that integrate Immersion's haptic intellectual property to create a more intuitive and powerful user experience.
Telit supports smart metering initiatives with energy-efficient, wireless M-Bus module
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4/24/2011   Post a comment
Telit Wireless Solutions has launched a module featuring wireless M-Bus transfer technology.
USB MCU families tackle medical applications
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4/24/2011   Post a comment
Silicon Laboratories has introduced two microcontroller families that expand its focus on USB connectivity.
HDCP GMSL chipset enables secure transmission of digital content in cars
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4/24/2011   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced another two members of its high-speed LVDS SerDes, a gigabit multimedia serial link (GMSL) chipset that features high-bandwidth digital content protection (HDCP) for in-vehicle infotainment solutions.
Maxim, Cypress beat estimates
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4/22/2011   Post a comment
Chip makers Maxim Integrated Products and Cypress Semiconductor reported quarterly results that exceeded Wall Street analysts' expectations.
Nanya sees loss, enters mobile DRAM biz
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4/22/2011   3 comments
Taiwan DRAM maker Nanya Technology Corp. and its joint venture, Inotera Memories Inc., continue to spill red ink.
FRAM customers mad over IBM foundry delays
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4/22/2011   11 comments
Amid ongoing problems with its foundry ramp with IBM Corp., Ramtron International Corp., a supplier of ferroelectric-based memory, reported total revenue of $10.6 million for the first quarter of 2011, compared with $15.8 million for the same quarter last year.
Renesas begins with foundries, restarts Naka
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4/22/2011   Post a comment
Renesas Electronics Corp. has announced that it plans to run test production at the 200-mm wafer fabrication line at its Naka wafer fabrication factory on Saturday (April 23) with mass production scheduled to start on June 15. The company stated it has also begun transferring some chip production to foundries.
TriQuint brings GaAs to the masses
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4/22/2011   2 comments
In 1985, a group of engineers left Tektronix Inc. and founded TriQuint Semiconductor Inc. to pursue gallium arsenide (GaAs) technology for high performance wireless applications.
U.S. firms still dominate fabless rankings
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4/22/2011   4 comments
U.S.-based companies captured nine of the top 10 places and 13 of the top 20 spots in a sales ranking of global fabless chip suppliers compiled by market research firm IC Insights.
Cymer buys software firm
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4/21/2011   Post a comment
Cymer Inc. has completed the acquisition of eDiag Solutions, a privately-held company based in Seoul, Korea, for $15.0 million in cash, $6 million of which was paid at closing in the second quarter.
SEMI book-to-bill climbs
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4/21/2011   Post a comment
North America-based manufacturers of semiconductor equipment posted a book-to-bill ratio of 0.95 in March, compared to 0.87 in February, according to SEMI.
Report: ASE to invest $1B in China
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4/21/2011   Post a comment
Taiwan's Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc. (ASE) plans to invest $1.2 billion in manufacturing facilities in Shanghai, China, according to Digitimes.
Production issues hit iPad 2 shipments
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4/21/2011   3 comments
Manufacturing problems at Apple Inc. led to a shortfall in iPad 2 shipments in the first quarter, prompting IHS iSuppli to reduce its forecast for 2011.
Image gallery: Inside RIM's Playbook tablet
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4/21/2011   16 comments
A step-by-step image gallery produced during a teardown analysis of Research in Motion's BlackBerry Playbook, showing the innards of the tablet at every step of the way.
SanDisk's Q1 beats analyst estimates
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4/21/2011   1 comment
Flash memory vendor SanDisk reported first quarter numbers that beat analysts' expectations as its CEO said the company remains on track to deliver a strong year despite lingering supply chain problems in the wake of the March 11 earthquake off the coast of Japan.
AMD beats estimates sans CEO
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4/21/2011   2 comments
Advanced Micro Devices Inc. beat Wall Street's estimates despite lower shipments for microprocessors and graphics chips.
Kilopass releases non-volatile memory IP
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4/21/2011   Post a comment
Kilopass Technology Inc. reports that it has released Itera, the industry's first and only embedded multi-time programmable (MTP) non-volatile memory (NVM) intellectual property (IP).
QDR Consortium pre-announces new SRAMs
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4/21/2011   1 comment
New QDRII+ SRAMs claim industry's fastest quad data rate.
Brooks sells contract manufacturing business
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4/21/2011   Post a comment
Brooks Automation Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its contract manufacturing business based in Portland, Ore. to subsidiaries of Toronto, Canada-based Celestica Inc. for approximately $80 million in cash.
India's latest fab push pegged at $5 billion
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4/21/2011   16 comments
India is launching another effort to bootstrap a domestic chip industry.
India's latest fab push pegged at $5 billion
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4/21/2011   16 comments
India is launching another effort to bootstrap a domestic chip industry.
TranSwitch HDplay products of receivers
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4/21/2011   Post a comment
TranSwitch is rolling out a family of ICs that it claims supports HDMI and DisplayPort standards at the highest speed and image resolution of any product on the market.
Flash data storage startup raises $6 million
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4/21/2011   1 comment
Arkologic Holdings Ltd., a startup developing solid-state data storage products based on flash memory ICs, has said it has raised $6 million in a Series A financing round led by private equity firm Landtek Corp.
Analog Devices ADP8866 programmable LED driver
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4/21/2011   Post a comment
Analog Devices released an LED charge pump backlight driver with independent LED control, allowing different currents for each channel at different times.
TI tibq51013 wireless power receiver
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4/21/2011   Post a comment
With major enhancements to its wireless power technology, TI was able to dramatically reduce the size of its receiver chip.
Broadcom joins GreenTouch comms consortium
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4/21/2011   2 comments
Fabless chip company Broadcom Corp. has said it has joined GreenTouch, a global industry consortium formed by Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs that is focused on improving the energy efficiency of IT and communications networks.
India preps $5 billion two-fab plan
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4/21/2011   5 comments
The Indian government has announced renewed efforts to try and create a chip manufacturing industry on the sub-continent and is looking for investment of about $5 billion to build two wafer fabs.
IM Flash formally opens Singapore fab
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4/21/2011   Post a comment
As expected, Intel Corp. and Micron Technology Inc. have expanded their NAND flash memory joint venture operations with the official opening of IM Flash Singapore.
Update: SanDisk-Toshiba reclaim NAND lead
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4/21/2011   15 comments
Last week, Intel Corp. and Micron Technology Inc. took the process technology lead in the NAND flash market by rolling out a 20-nm process. This week, Intel and Micron lost the lead.
6-axis MEMS improves e-compasses
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4/21/2011   2 comments
STMicroelectronics says its six-axis digital compass cuts power in half and boosts magnetic resolution by a third.
Freescale reports Q1 sales increase
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4/20/2011   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor reported that first quarter sales improved on both a sequential and year-to-year basis and said it expects modest impact from the early closure of an earthquake damaged fab in Japan.
Apple's profit steady on record iPhone sales
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4/20/2011   7 comments
Apple posted first quarter results that beat consensus analysts' expectations and said it sold a record number of iPhones during the quarter.
Update: Qualcomm posts strong results
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4/20/2011   Post a comment
Qualcomm Inc. said that sales were $3.88 billion for its second fiscal quarter, up 46 percent year-over-year and up 16 percent sequentially.
Analysts eat crow after Intel's blowout Q1
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4/20/2011   20 comments
Wall Street analysts acknowledged that their estimates for Intel's first quarter sales and earnings were too conservative, a day after the No. 1 chip vendor reported first quarter financials that handily exceeded analyst expectations and the company's own targets.
IDC sees IC growth in 2011
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4/20/2011   Post a comment
Worldwide semiconductor revenues increased more than 24 percent to $282 billion in 2010, according to International Data Corp. (IDC). What about 2011?
QDR Consortium rolls fast SRAMs
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4/20/2011   Post a comment
The QDR Consortium, which includes Cypress Semiconductor Corp. and Renesas Electronics Corp., have rolled out the industry’s fastest Quad Data Rate (QDR) SRAMs.
Samsung seeks to fill 'Flip' void
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4/20/2011   2 comments
Seeking to fill the Flip camcorder void, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. has launched its W200 Pocket Cam.
Conexant CEO steps down
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4/20/2011   2 comments
Golden Gate Capital and its affiliate, Gold Holdings Inc., have announced the appointment of Sailesh Chittipeddi to the positions of president and chief executive of Conexant Systems Inc.
Fujitsu says all fabs running at 100%
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4/20/2011   Post a comment
All seven of the Fujitsu Group manufacturing facilities that were idled in the aftermath of the 9.0-magnitude earthquake that stuck off the coast of Japan March 11 have now resumed operations at 100 percent of capacity, according to the company.
Report: Toshiba forced to halve NAND output
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4/20/2011   2 comments
Toshiba Corp. has told customers it will have to halve its output of NAND flash memory ICs in May and June because of a shortage of blank wafers and other materials, according to a Digitimes report that referenced unnamed industry sources.
Sanyo LC87F1864A 8-bit Flash microcontroller
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4/20/2011   Post a comment
SANYO Semiconductor has introduced an 8-bit flash microcontroller with USB 2.0 Full-Speed interface function and built-in DC-DC converter with selectable output voltages.
Goepel PXI 6161 communication controller supports MOST150 test
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4/20/2011   Post a comment
With the MOST150 infotainment bus system entering production, Goepel is providing a new communication controller supporting that bus system during design and test of MOST-based automotive systems.
Dialog offers PMOLED display driver IC
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4/20/2011   Post a comment
Power management IC firm Dialog Semiconductor plc has announced that it has developed a passive-matrix organic light emitting diode (PMOLED) driver IC, the DA8620, which is being used by Lenovo in its S800 mobile phone.
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